A Syrian Mig fighter jet flies over the northern city of Aleppo on October 3, 2012. (image credit Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty)
AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's deputy prime minister says a bill approved by the Turkish parliament authorizing the use of force in Syria is not a declaration of war but is intended as a deterrent against its nighbour.
Besir Atalay told reporters after the vote on Thursday: "The bill is not for war... It has deterrent qualities."
Parliament voted 320-129 in favor of the bill that authorizes the military to conduct cross-border operations in Syria, a day after a deadly shelling from the Syrian territory killed five civilians.