Turkey will respond with more force

2012-10-10 17:42

Ankara - Turkey's military chief vowed Wednesday to respond with more force to any further shelling from Syria, keeping up the pressure on its southern neighbour a day after Nato said it stood ready to defend Turkey.

General Necdet Ozel was inspecting troops who have been put on alert along the 910km border with Syria after a week of cross-border artillery and mortar exchanges escalated tensions between the neighbors, sparking fears of a wider regional conflict.

Turkey has reinforced the border with artillery guns and also deployed more fighter jets to an air base close to the border region since shelling from Syria killed five Turkish civilians last week.

"We responded and if [the shelling] continues, we will respond with more force," the private Dogan news agency quoted Ozel as saying during a visit to the town of Akcakale. He offered condolences to a man who lost his wife and three daughters to a Syrian shell.

Schools in Akcakale reopened on Wednesday despite the tense situation. They had been closed due to security concerns.

On Tuesday, Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance was ready to defend Turkey, its strongest show of support to its ally since the firing began.

The solidarity is largely symbolic. Nato member Turkey has sought backing in case it is attacked, but despite publicly supporting Syria's rebels, Ankara isn't seeking direct intervention. And the alliance is thought to be reluctant to get involved militarily at a time when its main priority is the war in Afghanistan.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-10 18:02

    Its time! Asaad is nothing more than a Hussein! Ah! But then Syria doesnt have oil! So why should the west care about the thousands that have been slaughtered!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-10 18:13

      Sure this assad is a mass murderer, but I don't believe the West's reluctance to get involved in this civil war, has anything to do with having oil or not !!! Libya has plenty of that stuff, but the West's help to get rid of that gaddafi terrorist, had nothing to do with oil !!! The USA did not buy any Libyan oil before abatoir, during gaddafies visit to the abatoir and when he started eating desert sand !! And Europe today purchases less oil from Libya, than before the popular uprising. The ONLY WINNER (!!) was China !!! ( Without getting their grubby hands dirty, Slimy bastards !!! )

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-10 18:20

      @farthonyfromafrica.12and a half you better start speaking more kindly of your future world power that will with Russia and the rest of BRICS rule the world!Anyway you are way out of touch have had your infantile brain twisted by US spin so badly want to send you a voucher for some on the couch sessions..that's if their is any hope for you at all.Methinks not,you are lost forever in a world of self delusion and madness!

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-10-10 18:59

      Hahaha. Anthony you truly are naive to think that the west didn't go in there for oil

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-10 20:42

      Dankie, ""that will with Russia and the rest of BRICS rule the world"" Don't be rediculous !!! Bafana Bafana, is more influentual than BRICs!!!!! Snap out of this silly fantasy world of yours !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-10 20:55

      Dylan, WHY would the West go into Libya for a regime change ??? EVERYBODY was happy............Besides the Libyans themselves !!!!! The Americans had at the time of the popular uprising, no interest in Libya, which has not changed much even today. The USA certainly has not bought one barrel of Libyan oil,for the last 10 years, maybe even longer! Europe buys now less Libyan oil than before the uprising !!! That prostitute gaddafi, was sleeping with anyone in Europe , who was willing to pay him. His rubbish sons were living the billionaire lifestyle, from the loot stolen from the Libyan people, in Paris, London and New York !! So, maybe you should go and hahaha somewhere else !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-10 21:11

      Dankie, ""@farthonyfromafrica"" Wow......Big Boy !!!!! When crossing the road tomorrow, to school, first look right and than look left, and than quickly cross, straight!!! Ohhh, and ask mummie not to forget your lunchbar!!!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-10 21:45

      @Farthony whatever idiot: By the way mr. Big Fart Anthony, in this wonderful new South Africa which was created with a help of the western interference it is no longer safe for white kids to walk to school. Shake your head so your ears can clap you awake, maybe this will help you to get out of your delusional unrealistic world.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-10 22:40

      Dankie, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, now I start to understand you; You are a bit cross that the Americans 'gave' SA to the Black people....!!!!! And YOU are the one who wants to give some grade one history lessons !!! Display name: dunkie56 ""About Me: I am an outspoken critic wishing only to inspire thought and opinions that are positive and solution orientated.""; Methink you are a little confused and a big bullsh.tter !!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-10 23:37

      Dunkie, in your view then the future of the world is neo-Soviet and neo-Communist. Clearly wrong. You're standing on a slope with sleet on it.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-10 23:41

      @farthony you are seriously unhinged,of course I am unhappy about the crime the agenda against whites who ,mind you,did the right thing and gave the country to the majority.But you farthony can't understand that the Israelis should also do the right thing and give the Palestinian people a country of their own.Of course it suits them to keep it the way it is while they steal more Palestinian land!The wall they built is a reminiscence of "PINK FLOYD'S THE WALL" perhaps you should sit down and listen to it or watch the Dvd and you will then understand the diabolical situation Israel finds itself in.But I suppose it's to much for your infant brain to understand that if the Yanky doodle dandies did not support Israel for so long as their "allies in the middle East"then maybe the Israeli people might have done the right thing by now..but nooo you are to stupid and backward to even contemplate the wrongs of the world today and sit in your smug little delusional why? cause it suits you you pri*k!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-10 23:49

      friedbrainfraser,you finally came to your bum chums are so paranoid about communists and neo soviets why did someone tell you scary bed time stories when you were a little confused laddie as opposed to a big grown up confused idiot who should know better!Wow did uncle Sam get to you and all the time it was him using agent orange it was US companies who caused the Bhopal disaster in India,the great yanks who first used napalm against Vietnamese civilians..collateral damage and all that.So what did Russia do in the meantime..come on tell me you d*ck!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-11 00:45

      Grow up Dunkie. You're being a child with a filthy mouth.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-11 07:04

      Dankie, WOW!!!!!! Talking about being confused.......! Why don't you bring Charles Taylor also into this story ??????????????

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-10-10 18:26

    A BIG Thank you to the Turkish Govt for telling the world how a country must respond when a neighbouring country fires even ONE round of artillery across the border.... BTW, recently the Terrorist organizations residing in GAZA have fired over 100 rockets and mortar bombs at Israeli civilian population....

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-10 18:48

      How many airstrikes have the Israeli air force launched against some home built rockets that merely help the Palestinians give vent to their frustrations and anger,how many Palestinian children will die next time they do!But no worry the wheel turns full circle and if you think the Palestinians are worried by Israeli nukes think again unless the Israeli's commit Suicide once faced with defeat!Now that's a worry same as the Yanks can destroy the world once faced with their own impotence

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-10-10 19:01

      Yes Danny all while Israel continue to bulldoze Palestinian homes to make way for Jewish settlements

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-10 23:45

      Dylan, you believe the US attacked itself on 9/11. Clearly you have no idea what is really happening in the world.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-10 23:46

      Again Patrick, the abuse you see of Palestinians is your own unhealed pain, reflected outwards onto world events.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-10 23:54

      Dunkie, you and Diana consistently perceive the world through one eye standing on your heads. You are completely ineffective.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-11 00:00

      Is that all you have to quite disappointed in you thought you had more fight than that..but again its true that those who bark loudest don't bite..that why you sit here in SA while your countrymen do the dirty work for the Yanks!

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-11 00:05

      Hey duncs please have some mercy on that poor confused maggot. He is simply jealous as no woman would ever stand up for him as i do for you. Anyway its funny to even mention women in relation to him as his sexual orientation is a bit confused.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-11 00:49

      I'm writing about what you post here. It's uninformed nonsense. Stand up for each other as much as you want. It's still largely nonsense.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-11 15:54

      Just because you don't know it Freddy doesn't make it nonsense. What do they call it? Ahh yes, ignorance.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-11 20:12

      Knowing something, and making it up based on preconceived prejudices, are two different things.

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