Turkey vows more force against Syrian shelling

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Also on Wednesday, state-run news agency SANA said President Bashar Assad appointed Sattam Jadaan al-Dandah as Syria’s new ambassador to Iraq. The report did not say when al-Dandah will travel to Baghdad. His predecessor, Nawaf Fares, defected in July to become the most senior diplomat to abandon Assad’s regime during a bloody 18-month uprising that has gradually become a bloody civil war.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been fiercely critical of Assad, said Wednesday that Syria was “the bleeding heart of humanity and the whole Islamic world.”

Erdogan told a meeting of the Islamic Conference in Istanbul that Turkey had refrained from responding to half a dozen shells from Syria, but when five people were killed last week “we had to retaliate in the strongest way that we could.”

Barbara Surk and Zeina Karam in Beirut and Frank Jordans in Istanbul contributed to this report.

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