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Turkey deploys tanks to hills over Syria
Turkish soldiers patrol the Turkey-Syrian border on Oct. 4: Turkey has gone on the defensive after a Syrian mortar attack killed five Turkish civilians.
Turkish soldiers patrol the Turkey-Syrian border on Oct. 4: Turkey has gone on the defensive after a Syrian mortar attack killed five Turkish civilians.
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ccording to Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency, Ankara has deployed tanks and missile-defense systems to the hilltops overlooking Syria. Tension between the two neighboring countries has reached a fever pitch since the Oct. 3 Syrian shelling of a Turkish town that left five civilians dead. Turkey's ties with Syria had been eroding since it began supporting Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad. On Saturday Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the United Nations Security Council for failing to agree on decisive steps to end the crisis. More than 30,000 people have been killed in the 19-month uprising against Assad's regime.

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