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New hotspot to worry NATO

October 14, 2012 • Editorial

What is it called when two countries that share a common border exchange artillery fire? A “skirmish”? An “inevitable long-term conflict”? How about “potential war”?

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said last week that “worst-case scenarios” are now a reality as Syria’s civil war has directly affected its northern neighbor Turkey, both in terms of the sheer numbers of Syrian refugees and fire crossing the border. Tensions are mounting on both sides, as analysts have noted, but the belligerence flows from the Syrian regime.

Syria and Turkey exchanged fire across their troubled border for a sixth straight day, attacks that look increasingly like an intentional escalation by President Bashar Assad to send a message to his northern neighbor that it will pay dearly for supporting the Login to read more

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