Turkish-Syrian Artillery Exchanges Resume On Sunday

Tyler Durden's picture

The Syrian-Turkish artillery exchanges are becoming a nearly daily tradition: first on Wednesday, when NATO member countries had to be woken up late at night at the request of Turkey to opine on whether Syria had breached Article 4 (leading to a lot fo harsh language by Hillary Clinton), then again on Friday, and now on Sunday, when Syria, (or at least various Al Qaeda factions inside of it, presumably not those endorsed by Turkey) is once again provoking Turkey by firing into the same location as on the previous two occasions, leading to the inevitable Turkish retaliation. All this of course is happening as Turkey deploys ever more military at its Syria border. One of these days, after the latest Syrian 'provocation', Turkey will just snap and invade, taking advantage of the Bill recently passed in Parliament which gives the country permission to invade Syria if it so chooses in retaliation, and of course of NATO's unconditional backstop. And just to add spice to the situation, an unidentified drone will quietly fall out of the skies just because.

From Reuters:

Turkey's military fired an artillery round into Syria on Sunday in immediate retaliation after a shell fired from Syria landed in the Turkish border town of Akcakale, broadcasters said, the second such incident in five days.


Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Syria on Friday that Turkey would not shy away from war if provoked, but a series of mortar bombs fired from Syria have hit Turkey since then.


There were no casualties when the latest Syrian shell hit land near a plant belonging to the Turkish Grain Board (TMO), several hundred metres from the centre of Akcakale, where five civilians were killed on Wednesday in previous Syrian shelling.


The exchanges are the most serious cross-border violence in Syria's conflict, which began as pro-democracy protests, but has evolved into a civil war with sectarian overtones.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the shells fired from Turkey landed near the Syrian town of Tel Abyad.


Broadcaster NTV said the shell from Syria landed in the garden of the TMO plant near storage silos. It said the silos had suffered some damage from shrapnel.


Before the latest strike into Turkey, the Syrian military had fired seven artillery shells on Sunday into an area close to the Syrian customs building, which is around 300 metres from the border and under the control of rebel forces, Dogan said.


People were reportedly killed in those strikes and two Syrians wounded in the strikes were carried through the border fencing and taken to a hospital in Akcakale, Dogan said.

As a reminder: "an online video purporting to be from Jabhat al-Nusra, a jihadist group accused of ties to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility."

As a further reminder, from before the first artillery exchange: "Turkey’s national air carrier, Turkish Air, has been transiting Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants from North Waziristan in Pakistan to the Turkish borders with Syria, sources revealed on Saturday, mentioning that the last group were flown to Hatay on a Turkish Air Airbus flight No. 709 on September 10, 2012. The Turkish intelligence agency sent 93 Al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists from Waziristan to Hatay province near the border with Syria on a Turkish Air Airbus flight No. 709 on September 10, 2012 and via the Karachi-Istanbul flight route,” the source told FNA on Saturday, adding that the flight had a short stop in Istanbul."

And so on.

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ScotlandTheBrave's picture

Looks like NATO is going to secure that pipeline route afterall.

General Decline's picture

If Syria attacked Turkey from the rear, would Geece help?

Spirit Of Truth's picture

I remain concerned this could blow-up suddenly: http://thespiritoftruth.blogspot.com/2012/09/mans-seasonal-insanity.html

Getting past the election will be a relief.  We are in a period of extreme seasonal and strategic vulnerability for the U.S.

Gully Foyle's picture

This only gets interesting when the Kurds start acting up.

You know then the Russian and Chinese money is kicking in to counter the Turks.

Tortfeasor's picture

It's not the price, but the vol that matters

slaughterer's picture

This is the contingent origin of the HORROR>    It will get worse in due time.  

Temporalist's picture

Cultural exchange program. 

knukles's picture

See, if these guys converted to Christianity they'd be taking the holy day off.

Gully Foyle's picture


Well now Billy I guess you just don't understand the Lords word.


Exodus 31:15

For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.

booboo's picture
"Turkish-Syrian Artillery Exchanges Resume On Sunday"

Why were they closed anyway? I thought this exchange has been open 24 hours a day 7 days a week since the start of the first gulf war. Anyway, I'm long as a mother fucker on this one.

zed26's picture

Has there been a statement made by syrias Assad? Russia today discussed the idea that maybe its the salafi rebels who basically control the boarder who fired in to Turkey because they would benefit from a turkish declaration of war on syria.


Lets be honest why would syria make mistake after mistake in hitting Turkey, when its already got western/saudi backed muslim extremists that are mostly foreign fighters causing problems in its country.


lolmao500's picture

Turkey hits Syrian ammunition depot: report

Assad will keep taking the hits because he cannot retaliate... if he does, kaboooooooom.

All those attacks on Turkey are from the western-backed Free Shit Army.

zed26's picture

Free Shit Army indeed!!

knukles's picture

They be frum Dee-Triot?

UGrev's picture

i just had a flashback to a movie with dan aykroyd

lolmao500's picture



Single euro-zone budget gains momentum ahead of summit

Treason much??

blabam's picture

Centralization. Because it works. LOLLOLOL

jonjon831983's picture

How quaint, they are counting exact numbers of artillery shells fired.


"Syrian military had fired seven artillery shells"

GMadScientist's picture

"You feelin' lucky, punk?" ;)

Schmuck Raker's picture

Meanwhile, in Manila...

Philippines in peace deal with Muslim rebels

The deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), announced on Sunday, sets in train a roadmap to create a new autonomous region in the Muslim-majority areas in the south...


The agreement is expected to be signed in a few days in the capital, Manila, officials said. It spells out the general principles on major issues, including the extent of power, revenues and territory of the Muslim region.



Urban Redneck's picture

Can't be scaring away the horny FDI when it wants in there...

GMadScientist's picture

Are you sure this isn't another Onion repeat?

LasVegasDave's picture

Im sure that will be the end of the Phillipines troubles with Muslims

FranSix's picture

Me want fi goh rave:


"a lot fo harsh language by Hillary Clinton"

robobbob's picture

has anyone actually confirmed that the syrian shells are being fired by assad army troops? it seems like it would be a whole lot more beneficial to the rebels to provoke turkey then assad.

Jack Burton's picture

It defies logic for regular Syrian Army units to be shelling Turkey at this point in the proxy NATO war against them. This leaves the Free Syrian Army as a prime suspect. They stand to gain enormous benefits from a Turkish intervention against the Assad government. This is one simple fact beyond dispute. Turkey being a NATO member can not only use the shelling as an excuse to attack Syria, but by treaty can bring along the entire NATO military force, which incidentally is chomping at the bit to unleash it's air forces against the Syrian Army on the ground. A repeat of Libya if you will, only on a much grander scale.

I suspect there is only one reason the NATO planes are not already bombing Syrian air defenses and ground troops. That would be Russia and China's refusal to go along quietly with the NATO attack on Syria. It seems clear that they both have informed NATO command that there will be cosequences if NATO launches war on Syria. What those are, I can only guess.

As for Turkish Airlines rounding up terrorists across the Middle East and flying them to border base camps for arms and intelligence before crossing over to fight the Syrian army, that has been well documented. Libya is also a staging ground for terrorist elements seeking to wage holy war against the secular governmetn is Syria. The US ambassador and staff who were killed by out of control elements in Libya were said to be organizing the collection of terrorists for tansshipment to Turkey. That is what the CIA, private contractors and the embassador were doing in Bengazi, the focal point for Muslim extremist terror groups seeking to be shipped into the Syrian conflict.

Russia's Putin has warned the USA not to continue to support radical Muslim terror groups because blow back could be severe. The USA has not listened to Mr. Putin, but instead is increasing it's ties to all manner of Radical Terrorits organizations across the Middle East, seeking to turn them lose on any secular government that is not under the control of NATO. This includes Russia itself, who strongly suspect that Muslim terrorist groups on Russian soil are funded and supported by the CIA. Right or wrong, many in Russia believe this to be a fact.

SO roll on to war, the USA, NATO and every Muslim terror group they can recruit to fight Syria. This story has a long way to play out. I think Russia is worried they will have to stand aside and let NATO conquer Syria and install a puppet leader who supports radical Islam and will further the radical Muslim instability across the Mid East and Central Asia and southern Russia. The USA is playing a very dangerous game in the hopes of securing all the nations of the Mid East as NATO clients. I think the USA does not know what a monster they are creating.

Element's picture

I'm pretty sure that if Syria wanted to start something with Turkey there would be no mistaking it.  Who can take-seriously a few random mortar hits as an attempt by the Syrian State to start a war?

It's obviously non-state provocateurs mortaring Turkey to goad them and NATO to intervene, and the same people are setting off big bombs inside Syria's cities, to try and get the Syrian military to over-react in anger and thus invite NATO intervention.  

It's all being done by the same rebel scumbags, pretending to be heroic 'liberators'.

Jack Burton's picture

Here is proof enough that the forces fighting Syria contain a strong force of known terrorists. "Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been arming anti Syrian rebels with small arms, but have refused to supply rebels with shoulder fired missiles that can down Syrian aircraft and destory Syrian armored vehicles due to US opposition to the transfer of such weapons. The USA discourages these weapons being given to rebel units because they fear the weapons will end up getting into the hands of terrorists and be used against western targets."

Simple enough, the USA won't allow war winning missiles going to Syria's rebels because terrorists can get ahold of them and use them in terror attacks agaisnt the west, So simple. The USA supports terror groups but trys to keep the arms limited to keep the west safe, while the terrorists ar used to fight Syria.

q99x2's picture

Someone run a DNA test on Hillary. Pretty sure she is not one of us.

Kobe Beef's picture

Oceania has always been at war with Al-Qaeda, er Syria. War is Peace! Ignorance is strength!

BearShitWoods's picture

Iran and Israel are best friends....the joke is on everybdy else.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUCo1JkqnVE&feature=em-share_video_user