Anti-war protest in Istanbul. 4 Oct 2012
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Turkey's parliament authorises military action in Syria

The Turkish parliament has approved a government request to send troops across the border into Syria, after a mortar attack, in which five Turkish civilians were killed.

The bill, passed by 320 to 129, also permits strikes against Syrian targets.

But Turkey's PM said his country has no intention of starting a war, saying the authorisation was purely deterrence.

Turkey has been firing at targets inside Syria since Wednesday's shelling of the town of Akcakale, which killed two women and three children.

James Reynolds reports from the Turkey-Syria border

  • 04 Oct 2012
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