Ocotber 4, 2012
According to sources at the Israeli intelligence asset DEBKAfile,
Turkey is attempting to cut a ten kilometer “buffer strip” with
continuous artillery barrages on the Syrian side of the border.
Barack Obama’s veto and Saudi and Qatari refusals to help pay for it,
Turkey’s government and military decided to make do with carving out a
buffer strip 10 kilometers deep into Syria by continuous artillery
barrages,” the website reports today.
The targets appear to be strictly military, although little is known
about the situation due to media blackouts by both Turkey and Syria.
On Thursday, Turkey’s parliament overwhelmingly approved legislation
permitting the military to engage in cross-border operations into Syria
territory. “The Turkish response to the Syrian shelling was swift – it
fired salvos of artillery rounds inside Syria, contacted its NATO allies
and convened Parliament for a vote authorizing further cross-border
military operations if necessary,” the Associated Press reports.
Syria meanwhile has assured the United Nations that it is not seeking an escalation of violence. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari
said the Syrian government will not admit responsibility and apologize
for the shelling that killed five on the Turkish side of the border
until an investigation of the incident is complete.