NATO chief Rasmussen: Alliance has plans to defend Turkey.

By bne IntelliNews October 10, 2012
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen yesterday said that NATO had plans in place to protect and defend Turkey against any attack from Syria if necessary, but he hoped the two countries could find ways to reduce tension. Rasmussen also asserted that Turkey has the right to defend itself within international laws. The Turkish military has been exchanging artillery fire with Syria since last week after a Syrian mortar killed five Turkish civilians in a border town. The situation was calmer yesterday; there were no reports of any skirmish. Earlier this week , chief of general staff Gen. Necdet Ozel visited troops stationed at the Syrian border.

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