Turkish military exercises continue along Syrian border

The Turkish military’s nine days of exercises on its southern border with Syria continued yesterday amid an announcement that the death toll from the Arab republic’s seven-month-old uprising is nearing 3,000.

This file photo shows the Efes 2009 Turkish military exercise in İzmir.

This file photo shows the Efes 2009 Turkish military exercise in İzmir.

The exercise started Oct. 5, the same day Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lamented the failure of a U.N. resolution to impose sanctions on Syria, saying the veto would not deter Turkey from launching its own sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. More than 2,900 people have been killed in Syria since the start of a crackdown on anti-regime protests, the U.N. said yesterday, a day before its human rights body was to discuss the situation. Today, the U.N. Human Rights Council will discuss the situation in Syria, after Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a European-backed draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would have threatened possible action against al-Assad. Syrian troops stormed villages close to the border with Turkey yesterday, hunting armed military defectors who fought back in clashes that left at least four soldiers and three others dead.

Compiled from AP and AFP stories by the Daily News staff.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
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