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May 22, 2013

Turkey shuts Syria border crossing after deadly bombings

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has shut its side of the last border crossing with Syria still controlled by President Bashar al-Assad’s government, stepping up security following two deadly bombings this month.

Fifty-one people were killed when twin car bombs ripped through the Turkish border town of Reyhanli in the southern province of Hatay on May 11, heightening fears that Syria’s civil war was dragging in neighboring states.

May 16, 2013

Turkey’s Gul says global response to Syria just talk

REYHANLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul criticized the world’s response to the Syria conflict on Thursday as limited to “rhetoric”, saying his country had received little help in coping with a huge influx of Syrian refugees.

Speaking in the border town of Reyhanli where car bombs killed more than 50 people at the weekend, Gul also called for calm after the incident, which has sparked anti-government protests and a backlash against Syrian refugees in the town.

May 14, 2013

After bombings,Turkey says world must act against Syria

REYHANLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey accused a group with links to Syrian intelligence of carrying out car bombings that killed 46 people in a Turkish border town, and said on Sunday it was time for the world to act against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The two car bombs, which ripped through crowded shopping streets in Reyhanli on Saturday, increased fears that Syria’s civil war is dragging in neighboring states, despite renewed diplomatic moves to end it.

May 13, 2013

Syrian refugees fear backlash in Turkey after bombings

REYHANLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Syrian refugees in Turkey say they fear a backlash after car bombings that killed 50 people and wounded many others over the weekend in a border town.

Turkey is home to some 400,000 refugees from the two-year civil war in Syria, and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has emerged as one of the most vocal leaders in the region supporting the uprising against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

May 13, 2013

Turkey says world must act against Syria after bombings

REYHANLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey accused a group with links to Syrian intelligence of carrying out car bombings that killed 46 people in a Turkish border town, and said on Sunday it was time for the world to act against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The two car bombs, which ripped through crowded shopping streets in Reyhanli on Saturday, increased fears that Syria’s civil war is dragging in neighboring states, despite renewed diplomatic moves to end it.

May 12, 2013

Deadly bombs spark protests in Turkish border city

ANTAKYA, Turkey (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the Turkish city of Antakya on Sunday, a day after bombs killed nearly 50 people in a nearby town as Syria’s civil war spills into the region.

Several hundred people, mostly leftist and nationalist demonstrators, marched through the center of the city no more than 50 km (30 miles) from the Syrian frontier, carrying banners and shouting anti-government slogans while onlookers cheered.

May 12, 2013

Turkey sees Assad’s hand in bombings, warns of border tensions

REYHANLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey said on Sunday it believed fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were behind twin car bombings that killed 46 people in a Turkish border town.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said those involved in the bombings in Reyhanli on Saturday were thought also to have carried out an attack on the Syrian coastal town of Banias a week ago, in which fighters backing Assad were reported to have killed at least 62 people.

May 9, 2013

Turkey steps up chemical weapons tests on Syria casualties

ANKARA, May 9 (Reuters) – Turkey is stepping up chemical
weapons tests on casualties arriving from Syria’s civil war to
help ensure the perpetrators of any such attacks are held
accountable, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday.

The United States has said it views any use of chemical
weapons in Syria as a “red line”, hinting this could lead to
some form of foreign intervention. But chastened by the false
intelligence that was used to justify the 2003 war in Iraq,
Washington says it wants proof before taking any action.

Apr 27, 2013

Turkey’s leader hits a nerve over country’s “national drink”

ANKARA, April 27 (Reuters) – If you are looking for one sure
way to split public opinion in Turkey, just bring up the word
alcohol.

That is what Turkey’s often divisive prime minister did late
on Friday when he pronounced that the national drink was not
beer, nor the aniseed spirit raki – choice tipple of Turkey’s
founding father – but the non-alcoholic yoghurt drink ayran.

Apr 26, 2013

Turkey says chemical arms use would escalate Syria crisis

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey said on Friday any use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would “take the crisis to another level”, but remained cautious about any foreign military intervention in the conflict on its border.

The White House said on Thursday Assad’s government had probably used chemical arms on a small scale, but that President Barack Obama needed proof before he would act.