October 7, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
said on Saturday that the conflict on the border between Syria and
Turkey may spread to neighboring countries and create a regional war.
Turkey continued shelling
of Syrian targets on Sunday in what Al Arabiya describes as immediate
retaliation after a mortar round allegedly fired from Syria hit the
southeastern Turkish border village of Akcakale where five civilians
were killed last week.
Akcakale is a key supply route for the CIA’s Free Syria Army and other so-called rebels.
On Wednesday, the New York Times conceded that “was unknown whether the mortar shells were fired by Syrian government forces or rebels fighting to topple the government
of President Bashar al-Assad. The Turkish response seemed to assume
that the Syrian government was responsible,” despite conclusive
The United Nations Security Council condemned Syria for the incident
and on October 4 Turkey’s parliament voted to violated Syrian national
sovereignty and authorize cross-border military operations.