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Nov 22, 2012

Trial of Turkish coup general adjourned till January

ANKARA (Reuters) – The trial of former Turkish president General Kenan Evren over a 1980 military coup that led to mass torture and executions was adjourned on Thursday until January to allow for more evidence.

The trial of 95-year-old Evren, symbol of an era when the army dominated Turkish politics, is a landmark in the steady erosion of the military’s power under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. It also offers the country a chance to confront one of its bloodiest periods since the republic’s foundation in 1923.

Nov 15, 2012

On Syrian border, mixed feelings for rebel “liberators”

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) – From a park on the outskirts of Turkey’s Ceylanpinar, Farhad watches with unease as his would-be liberators, guns slung across their backs, roam through his town just over the border in Syria.

“I don’t want the rebels in my town,” the 25-year-old Kurdish man laments. “Why would I want Assad’s planes to come and bomb us? I don’t want Assad, nor do I want the rebels.”

Nov 14, 2012

Syrian planes bomb near border, Turkey scrambles jets

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Turkey scrambled
fighter jets to its southeastern border with Syria on Wednesday
in response to a renewed Syrian air assault of the rebel-held
frontier town of Ras al-Ain, Reuters witnesses said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s air force has been
bombing Ras al-Ain for days, trying to dislodge anti-Assad
rebels who overran the town last week during an advance into
Syria’s mixed Arab and Kurdish northeast.

Nov 14, 2012

Syrian jet strikes rebel-held border town for third day

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) – A Syrian warplane bombed the town of Ras al-Ain near the Turkish border for a third day on Wednesday as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad pressed an air assault to dislodge rebels.

The jet struck twice before circling and bombing again, rocking buildings on the Turkish side of the frontier and sending up huge plumes of smoke, a Reuters reporter in the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar said.

Nov 13, 2012

Residents flee air strikes on Syria border town

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) – A Syrian warplane struck homes in the town of Ras al-Ain on Tuesday within sight of the Turkish border, pursuing an aerial bombardment to force out rebels and drawing a new warning from Ankara.

The second day of jet strikes sent Syrians scurrying through the flimsy barbed-wire fence that divides Ras al-Ain from the Turkish settlement of Ceylanpinar as thick plumes of smoke rose above the town.

Nov 13, 2012

Syrian jet bombs town near Turkish border: witness

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) – A Syrian warplane bombed the town of Ras al-Ain for a second day on Tuesday, meters (yards) from the Turkish border, sending up thick plumes of smoke and causing residents on the Turkish side to scurry for cover.

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are trying to regain control of Ras al-Ain, which fell to rebels on Thursday. The offensive has caused some of the biggest refugee movements since the Syrian conflict began in March last year.

Nov 12, 2012

“What border?”: Syria war reaches Turkey

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) – Aware of the danger but drawn by curiosity, men huddled on a rooftop and gawped as artillery rounds crashed into the earth, yards from the flimsy fence that separates this Turkish border town from Syria.

“This war is not just in Syria, it is now here in Turkey. It is in Ceylanpinar,” said 26-year-old Ahmet Kayakiran. “What border? There is no border any more,” he said, as the concrete roof shuddered with every impact.

Nov 12, 2012

Syrian jets, helicopters hit rebel town near Turkey

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) – A Syrian warplane bombed the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain on Monday, just meters (yards) from the Turkish frontier, sending scores of civilians fleeing for safety into Turkey.

Helicopters also strafed targets near the town, which fell to rebels on Thursday during an advance into Syria’s mixed Arab and Kurdish northeast. There was no word on casualties.

Nov 11, 2012

Syria bombards rebel area near Turkish border

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Forces loyal to
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bombarded the Ras al-Ain area
on the border with Turkey on Sunday, days after the town fell to
rebels during an advance that has sent thousands of refugees
fleeing for safety.

Helicopters circled above the town and opposition activists
said they had strafed targets near the village of Tal Halaf.

Nov 11, 2012

Syria bombs rebel area near Turkish border: activists

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bombarded the Ras al-Ain area on the border with Turkey on Sunday, days after the town fell to rebels during an advance that has sent thousands of refugees fleeing for safety.

Helicopters circled above the town and opposition activists said they had strafed targets near the village of Tal Halaf.