Can Turkey Avoid War?

Syria’s cross-border firing on Syrian refugees in Turkey this week is increasing pressure on the Turkish government to take military action in response, but a former Turkish foreign minister says that may only make a bad situation worse.

An United Nations deadline for the Syrian regime and its opposition to halt all violence passed with no apparent cease-fire Tuesday, as U.N. envoy Kofi Annan, visiting the Syrian refugee camps in Hatay, Turkey, tried to sound optimistic. But there seems little hope of a resolution to the Syrian mess anytime soon, even as talks of a cease-fire are rekindled.

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