10/09/nato-chief-says-ready- to-defend-turkey-amid-border- skirmishes-with-syria/
Secretary General Rasmussen urged calm to avoid an outbreak of war
by John Glaser, October 09, 2012
NATO says it is ready to defend alliance member Turkeyamid continued cross-border attacks with its neighbor Syria, but Western powers continue to urge calm and avoid escalation.
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday that Turkey can rely on NATO-backing, and that the alliance has “all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.”