Turkey strikes back at Syria after mortar kills five

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mcanterel wrote:

Reuters, apologists for murder and terrorism: change your title, it was a suicide attack that killed innocent Syrians, do not try to disguise it.

Oct 03, 2012 8:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kommy wrote:

Why Reuters keep calling them activists, they are terrorists, this was an act of terrorism.

Oct 03, 2012 8:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse

I thought Assad would have had Aleppo well under control by now- looks like he may not be winning the mother of all battles then.

Oct 03, 2012 8:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
openviews wrote:

@ mcanterel

I don’t favor either the Syrian regime or the rebels. There are significant elements of oppression on both sides. I support the best interest of the Syrian people. Assad continues to drag Syria into further bloodshed and destruction. His foolishness is beyond comprehension. Supposedly the Syrian army is one of the strongest in the region yet they can’t even secure their own country. And this will continue to get worse. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Assad must be insane. He had many opportunities to allow for reform in his country and he blew it. Now he’s taken his country past the point of no return. Assad must do something different and bold. He must reach out to the international community with real government reforms and request help to secure Syria. Otherwise the county will be one big pool of blood and ruble. Eventually Assad will be in the pool of blood too.

Oct 03, 2012 10:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse


Settle down. The article said that the number of people killed was REPORTED by activists. It did not refer to the terrorists/rebels/freedom fighters/murderers as activists.

Oct 03, 2012 11:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse

So when they blow our Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq, and when they blow innocent people in Tel Aviv, we call them terrorists. But when they blow themselves up among Syrians, they are activists!!
I wonder, though, how mucg Qatar has been paying Reuters and these journalists to come up with such garbage.

Oct 03, 2012 2:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

It’s hard to understand who is fighting who in this war. But, in the end the syrian people are the ones that will continue to suffer and die. It seems to me that assad has no choice but to flee. His days are numbered, what follows is anyone’s guess.

Oct 03, 2012 3:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kommy wrote:

No one is immune against such attacks, and it has been proven in the past.

Just clean up the scum, help Assad now.

Oct 03, 2012 4:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:

Assad and his followers are Scumbags and i would never defend them, BUT lets be fair about this. Turkey is helping the rebels with a safe zone (as well as refugees too, but still). Risk like this should be expected. I can easily see Syrian soilder chasing rebels/NSA over the border, Sweating and exhuasted, deploying a motar, Firing, and accidently missing. I really don’t want to jump on Syria’s case (about this incident) until i can see a map with border, the rebels position and how close they were to the town (providing it was even close).
Hey Slammy, you know any extra info on this?

@openviews, I wish Assad would do that too (quickest way to end bloodshed).

Oct 03, 2012 5:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Sounds like the Syrian rebels have a new weapon. Rather than shoot at the government, shoot at Turkey and Turkey will shoot at the government. That actually is way smarter.

Oct 03, 2012 5:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlbertaCancuk wrote:

@ mcanterel

A suicide mortar attack!? Really? They have mortars that fire people now? Surprised I’ve never heard of this before, what’s your source?

Oct 03, 2012 6:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Not really AlkalineState- if an Assad truck has a backfiring exhaust near that border then the Turkish army will know all about it from their equipment- they have excellent identification and tracking of artillery rounds etc-most modern armies have such equipment- used for counterbattery fire ( Assad may have skimped on this more modern equipment).

Oct 03, 2012 6:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
thaersaleh wrote:

Turkey strikes back at Syria after mortar kills five

Oct 03, 2012 6:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
joe10082 wrote:

Well here we go. Possibly the spark that started a much bigger fire in the middle East caldron.

Oct 03, 2012 6:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
saavedra wrote:

Dear Mr. Assad:

Please say hello to Sadam and Col. Qudaffi when you meet them again~Ciao.

Oct 03, 2012 6:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kommy wrote:

Another Gleiwitz incident in making.

Oct 03, 2012 6:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyanitsa wrote:

The Turkish citizens killed by the mortar rounds were a woman and her children. Almost certainly the work of a jihadist. That tactic has its shortcomings.

Oct 03, 2012 7:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

Seems pretty likely that the group that would benefit from Turkey going in to Syria is the group who sent the mortar into Turkey.

There is the problem for Turkey: the guys they support are likely lobbing mortars at them. (Maybe Turkey could learn something from America’s early support of Al Queda against the Russians.)

Turkey’s support for insurgents in Syria appears about as stupid as it gets. How to turn your friends into enemies, and right next door! Add Iraq and Iran to the enemy list. I’m going to be surprised if this Erdogan move doesn’t come back to bite him bad. Seems at least as bad a George Bush, Jr.

Oct 03, 2012 7:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

Well folks, we all know where this is headed, don’t we?

Oct 03, 2012 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Progression wrote:

This is another great example of Obama’s leadership and keeping us out of wars that the NeoCons would have had us in a year ago.

Oct 03, 2012 7:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:

Why would people assume that the mortar was fired by Syrian Government forces without investigating? Given the foreign hands in Syria, it could have been any of 8 or 9 foreign countries.

We send the FBI all over the globe these days. Why not send them to Syria? Everything happening in that country smells fishy.

Oct 03, 2012 8:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Syria attacks Turkey, Turkey attacks Syria, NATO convenes and defends Turkey, Russia comes online to support Assad, China sees the Western influence as too much and rattles sabres in N. Korea, China Sea and Afghanistan, US commits to Turkey and Israel troops and weapons, Iran/China do the same for Syria,Lebanon and any other hostile/anti-Western nations, Egypt can’t survive without taking sides so they go to the Arab side and take N.Africa with them, rioting and fighting break out all across Europe when a cartoon of Mohammed is dragged out of a 5 year old trash bin a used to re-inflame the Muslim masses, Iran uses this as an excuse to Jihad the West/Europe calling their suppression of the Muslim riots and the beginning of the Holy War they so desperately need/want and attacks Israel in support of Syria/Muslims, Russia joins when retaliatory strikes occur, Iran invades Turkey, we bomb Iran, China supports anyone that isn’t American, and now we have the story of how it ends.

79 days until the Mayans are proved correct.

Oct 03, 2012 8:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

Send the FBI??? What ground and why? We can even geth them to the scence of the crime in Libya

Oct 03, 2012 8:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

Any Americans killed yet

Oct 03, 2012 8:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

WWIII started a long time ago. Arab Spring anyone

Oct 03, 2012 8:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Life1 wrote:

At least with the Gulf of Tonkin story they made an effort…

Oct 03, 2012 9:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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