"Turkey's parliament gave authorization on Thursday for military operations outside Turkish borders if the government deemed them necessary, a day after artillery shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.
The government had sought parliamentary approval to send soldiers to foreign countries in a memorandum which said that "aggressive action" by Syria's armed forces against Turkish territory posed a serious threat to national security." JP
Whoa! Is the Syrian Army really this stupid? NATO is a defensive alliance in which an attack on one country is an attack on all. The NATO political headquarters in Brussels made it clear in respnse to Turkey's request for a council meeting that the alliance will back Turkey in any such confrontation. Washington has also made its support of that resolve clear.
Further attacks on Turkish territory or citizens would provide a legal basis for intervention by NATO members in the Syrian civil war.
Get it? pl