Turkey’s state media reports that Turkey’s Parliament has passed legislation allowing Turkish troops to move into Syria after shelling from Syrian territory killed five Turkish citizens.
This legislation gives the Turkish government an open door for one year to send to troops and warplanes into Syrian territory as needed whenever Turkish interests are at stake or have been attacked.
An anonymous Turkish official said his government has no intentions of declaring all-out war. Rather, the situation in Syria has gotten so bad that Turkey has to take these steps as a defensive measure.
The authorization to send troops comes on the heels of exchanges in gunfire between Turkish troops and Syrian forces during the day on Wednesday and on Thursday morning.