NATO to hold urgent meeting on Syria

Rick Moran
Turkey has requested an urgent meeting of the NATO alliance to discuss the recent shootdown of one of their fighters and Syria's firing on a second aircraft today. VOA: Turkey is asking its NATO allies for a tough response to Syria's downing of one of its aircraft on Friday. Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Arinc says that at a hastily-arranged NATO meeting Tuesday, his country will ask that the shootdown be considered an attack on the entire alliance. That conclusion could trigger a joint military response. But experts do not expect Tuesday's meeting to actually lead to war.   Turkey requested the meeting under NATO's Article Four, which empowers any member to call a meeting if its "territorial integrity, political independence or security" is threatened.  But the Turkish prime minister said Monday his country will ask NATO to consider the downing of its aircraft under Article 5 - as an attack on all of NATO, opening the door to a joint military response.  ...(Read Full Post)

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