Turkey's Parliament Authorizes Strikes in Syria

7:35 AM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
A Syrian Mig fighter jet flies over the northern city of Aleppo on October 3, 2012. (image credit Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty)
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AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's deputy prime minister says a bill approved by the Turkish parliament authorizing the use of force in Syria is not a declaration of war but is intended as a deterrent against its nighbour.

Besir Atalay told reporters after the vote on Thursday: "The bill is not for war... It has deterrent qualities."

Parliament voted 320-129 in favor of the bill that authorizes the military to conduct cross-border operations in Syria, a day after a deadly shelling from the Syrian territory killed five civilians.

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