The conflict in Syria is threatening to spread beyond the country's borders. Turkey retaliated to the shelling of a frontier town by firing at targets inside Syria. Turkey is a member of NATO and the alliance is willing to defend the country if necessary. But most NATO members want to avoid intervening in Syria. They fear it would escalate the conflict which might then spiral out of control.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned of "serious consequences" for the entire region if the conflict in Syria draws in neighboring countries. The UN Security Council has condemned the shelling of the Turkish border town of Akcakale while the parliament in Ankara has passed a motion approving military action against Syria.
Most Turks are against going to war with Syria. Relations between Ankara and Damascus have broken down and it appears the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lost patience with its Syrian counterpart.
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