INTERNATIONAL > Origin of Syrian shells into Turkey unclear, US general says


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The commander of the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling. REUTERS photo

The commander of the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling. REUTERS photo

It is not clear who is shooting shells from Syria into Turkey, the commander of the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling has said, private television channel NTV yesterday.
"We are not sure if these shells are from the Syrian army, from rebels who want to get Turkey involved in the issue or from the PKK [Kurdish Workers’ Party]," he said.
Neither NATO nor U.S. troops want to get involved in the increasingly complex Syrian issue, Hertling said, adding that they were presently only sharing intelligence with Turkey and observing the ongoing events in Syria.
A shell from Syria killed five Turkish civilians in the border town of Akçakale in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa on Oct. 3.


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Sid Mark

10/28/2012 9:27:27 PM

An aeroplane was downed and are still trying to find out the cause.

Sev Cihan

10/28/2012 1:04:25 PM

sounds like the pkk want to trick turkey in a war, turkey should bombard the pkk strongholds in syria and should kill every single one of them! no amnesty! they killed children, teacher, doctors and everyone else who could improve the situation of kurds in turkey, but they kill them... they burn schools attack hospitals and do terror attacks on bazars... how can it be that the some kurds are still helping them...

Nikos T.

10/28/2012 10:16:15 AM

Another lie from Davutoglou and Erdogan is exposed. It seems they want to drag Turkey into war.

Eddy Schmid

10/28/2012 6:34:54 AM

WOW, clearly, this guy has the utmost contempt for non military people. It is FACT, the U.S. (and many other militaries these days) DO have the capability to track back via radar to the exact location from whence any such artilery shell or mortar has come from. This is clearly demonstrated on a weekly basis in GAZA, from whence the Israelis do exactly what I've just described.

Ryan James

10/28/2012 2:07:43 AM

"Send in the clowns. Don't bother they're here." The disgrace continues.

Zareh Sahakian

10/27/2012 11:33:50 PM

P.M. Erdogan should have said what this US general is saying the first day of the shelling incident where five Turks lost their lives. Instead Mr. Erdogan chose to resort to empty sabre rattling, (what he is famous for) thus discrediting - again - his government and his country. Mr. Erdogan instead reaffirmed Turkey's inability to take any positive role, or leadership, in the region, something the elite of the Turkish government desperately wanted to convey. This idea has evaporated in thin air.


10/27/2012 4:07:47 PM

Hopefully we are not so stupid to be tricked into a war.

A Shmolik

10/27/2012 3:03:48 PM

Worthy General Hertling, Commaanding the 7th Army as well all US Dorces in Europe and Environs, certainly has a impresive display of ribbons on his chest, closer examination of those ribons with a magnifyng glass, wherein each pne represents a Medal, I fsiled to spot the ribbon for his Good Conduct Medal! Well beside that, he certainly has decorated his uniform with a lot of Patches! This leads me to conclude thathe must have run-out of space but I bet thst he has more patches on his Pifjamas!
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