Oct 4, 2012 8:14 AM by AP/CS

Turkey authorizes military operations in Syria

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) - State media says Turkey's Parliament has approved a bill authorizing the military to conduct cross-border operations in Syria after a deadly shelling from the Syrian territory killed five civilians.

The Anadolu Agency says legislators on Thursday voted in favor of the bill that gives the government authority for one year to send troops or warplanes to strike Syrian targets whenever it deems it necessary.

A senior official has said Turkey has no intention of declaring war but the move adds a dangerous new dimension to a conflict that is pulling Syria's neighbors deeper into what already resembles a proxy conflict.

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