US Says Turkish Shelling 'Appropriate,' 'Proportional'

The United States said Thursday Turkey had taken "appropriate" and "proportional" action in firing back at Syria after a deadly cross-border shelling, but urged that tensions should not escalate.

"From our perspective, the response that Turkey made was appropriate," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, adding Ankara had long made it clear that it would respond to any violation of its territory.

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