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Turkey retaliates against Syria with mortar fire after a Syrian mortar landed on Turkish territory AGAIN

October 5, 2012

“The Anadolu Agency quoted the governor for Hatay province as saying that Turkish troops “responded with fire” after the round landed in a rural area of the province that borders Syria, the Associated Press reports.”

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Syrian Government pledges to keep its military at least 10 kilometers away from the Turkish Border

October 5, 2012

“The report also said a number of Syrian warplanes which approached within 10 kilometers of the Turkish border despite this warning had been ordered to turn back immediately by Syrian authorities.”

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United Nations Security Council condemns Syria’s attack on Turkey

October 5, 2012

“The rare agreement on a Syria statement condemned the attack “in the strongest terms” and came after Russia rejected an initial text on Wednesday’s incident and proposed a diluted version calling on both Turkey and Syria to exercise restraint.”

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Report: Russia advised Syria to interrogate and murder two downed Turkish Fighter Jet Pilots

October 4, 2012

“Leaked documents on Sunday now reveal that the two pilots in the downed warplane were rescued by Syria, in coordination with the Russians.”

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President Obama: United States “outraged” by Syria’s Mortar Attack on Turkey

October 3, 2012

“The Obama administration said it is “outraged” by the Syrian mortar attack. The US is consulting Turkey on what Hillary Clinton dubbed a “very dangerous situation.” The US State Secretary plans to speak to the Turkish Foreign Minister later on Wednesday.”

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Turkey agrees with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to convene an Emergency Meeting of NATO Members

October 3, 2012

“NATO ambassadors are to convene later in the day to discuss the shelling of the Turkish town. The meeting will be held under NATO Article 4, for consultations when a member state feels territorial integrity under threat, officials say.”

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Turkey hits back at Syria with targeted strikes in retaliation for the Syrian Mortar Shells

October 3, 2012

“Reports suggest that Turkey is now deploying tanks, artillery and missile batteries to the Syria border.”

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Turkish Government Cabinet holds an emergency meeting after a Syrian Mortar Shell exploded in southwestern Turkey, killing 5 people

October 3, 2012

“At least three shells hit three different points in Akçakale, another Turkish official said. “More serious steps could be taken by the Turkish government in order to protect its citizens after these events,” he added.”

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan re-elected after running unopposed

October 3, 2012

“It was Erdogan’s last congress as prime minister and party leader as AKP bylaws set a limit of three consecutive terms.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Ministers from Turkey and Egypt will meet in November to “boost their alliance”

October 1, 2012

“”Accompanied by 13 ministers, I will be in Cairo in early November,” for the meeting of a high-level strategic council established between the two countries to bolster ties, Erdogan told a news conference with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Ankara.”

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Turkey demands return of Art, Antiques and Artifacts that the Government claims were stolen

September 30, 2012

“An aggressive campaign by Turkey to reclaim antiquities it says were looted has led in recent months to the return of an ancient sphinx and many golden treasures from the region’s rich past.”

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France to close 20 of its Embassies across the Arab World after cartoons of Mohammad were published in a French Magazine

September 19, 2012

“The French foreign ministry announced Wednesday that France will close 20 of its embassies in Muslim countries this Friday.”

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Report: White House spending millions of dollars to maintain, rebuild Mosques overseas in a measure of Good Will

September 18, 2012

“The State Department did send Channel Two Action News an e-mail saying that they are fighting Islamic extremism by building relationships with Islamic leaders.”

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Angelina Jolie urges the World to help Syrian Refugees

September 11, 2012

“”We encourage the international community to do everything they can to support these refugees, and there is much to be done,” Jolie told a joint news conference at Zaatari refugee camp, 85 kilometres (53 miles) north of Amman in a desert area near the border.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan: Syria has become a “terrorist state”

September 5, 2012

“Erdogan for years cultivated good relations with Assad, but after the Syrian uprising began 17 months ago, became one of his harshest critics. The Turkish leader has long called for Assad to step down, but his latest comments were some of his strongest yet.”

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