10/16/2013 Turkey says it fires on al-Qaida-linked fighter positions in Syria

Source: The Jerusalem Post

Turkish military fires four artillery shells at Islamist Syrian positions after stray mortar shell strikes Turkish territory.

Patriot missile installation on Turkish-Syrian border.
Patriot missile installation on Turkish-Syrian border. Photo: REUTERS

ISTANBUL – Turkey’s army said on Wednesday it had fired on al-Qaida-linked fighters over the border in northern Syria in response to a stray mortar shell which struck Turkish territory.

The military fired four artillery shells at positions of fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Tuesday, the general staff statement said.

Turkey has repeatedly carried out such retaliatory action when shells fired from Syria hit Turkey in the past. This appeared to be the first time the Turkish military had targeted the al-Qaida-linked fighters in such a way.

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