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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Beşir Atalay
The Obama administration's decision to provide military support to the Syrian opposition is a timely one that will help create "a level playing field" in the war against Bashar Assad's regime, senior Turkish officials said on Friday.
Turkey doesn't want war with Syria but it's determined to protect its borders and its people, the country's prime minister declared Thursday.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm Thursday over the growing tension on the Turkish-Syrian border after Turkey’s Parliament authorized military operations against Syria.
Turkey's prime minister insisted Thursday that his country does not want to go to war with Syria, after the Turkish parliament authorized military action against Syria's regime and Turkish forces lobbed mortars into Syria for the second consecutive day.
A 12-year-old girl became the ninth victim Tuesday of a bomb blast in Turkey's southeast, which has highlighted fears that Kurdish rebels seeking self-rule are becoming emboldened by moves toward autonomy by the Kurdish minority in war-torn Syria.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that voters have approved changes to a military-era constitution in a referendum widely seen as a vote of confidence for his government.
"The White House declaration ... makes us very happy," Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said at a meeting hosted by the Middle East Institute in Washington.
"Some mistake were made," he said.