n Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan (pictured) announced that the Turkish military had fired at targets in Syria, in response to a Syrian attack that killed five Turkish civilians near their shared border. Observers say it's the first time the two sides have engaged in significant fighting since an uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began some 18 months ago. "Turkey, in accordance with the rules of engagement and international law, will never leave such provocations by the Syrian regime against our national security unrequited," Erdogan said in a statement. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. was "outraged" by the killing of Turkish civilians, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, of which Turkey is a member, said it would convene an emergency meeting to discuss the issue, raising the prospect that NATO could become more deeply involved in the Syrian conflict.
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