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    Turkey Blames Syria for Deadly Car Bombs

    The site of one of the explosions after several explosions killed at least 40 people and injured dozens in Reyhanli, near Turkey's border with Syria, May 11, 2013.
    The site of one of the explosions after several explosions killed at least 40 people and injured dozens in Reyhanli, near Turkey's border with Syria, May 11, 2013.
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    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Turkey has the right to "take every kind of measure" in response to twin car bombings it blames on Syria.

    The explosions Saturday took place in the town of Reyhanli, just a few kilometers from a Syrian border crossing in Hatay province.  Forty-three people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

    No one has claimed responsibility for the bombings.

    But Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinsaid called the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "the usual suspect." Hatay hosts a large number of Syrian refugees from the civil war. Arinsaid said they have become targets for the regime in Damascus.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the bombings are "awful" news and that the United States stands with Turkey.

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks, and said no cause or grievance ever justifies targeting civilians.

    In addition to tensions involving Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated the blasts also may have been related to his government's peace talks with Kurdish rebels, an effort aimed at ending nearly 30 years of conflict.

    Erdogan said "Hatay is also a very sensitive province," home to 20,000 to 25,000 refugees. "There may be those who want to agitate these sensitivities," he said.

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    by: Rudy Haugeneder from: Canada
    May 12, 2013 1:17 AM
    Now that Europe has shut its borders to jobless Arab youth, Syria is becoming a political escape hatch to redirect public anger. However, it won't work and Arab governments like Turkey's fear they are losing control and may before long be overthrown by jobless young people looking for a future.

    Without massive immediate job creation, the Arab Spring is apt to totally fail and places like Syria will continue to further descend into Sectarian civil war caused by Saudi and Qatar sponsored Salafists wanting to crush the Shia branch of Islam. Ironically, the Wahhabi-believing Saudi and Qatar royal families may soon also find themselves put to the sword by their own angry young people, no matter how many arms the Americans and other Nato countries have sold them.

    by: Subramanian from: India
    May 11, 2013 7:32 PM
    The Turkish Muslim Brotherhood Government is imploding. the Turkish economy has sustained repeated setbacks and is unlikely to recover even in the event of global recovery. Erdogan and his Islamic mafia state of Muslim Brotherhood has ruined Turkey. He made enemies of Israel and tried repeatedly to humiliate them... all Muslims know that this is a blasphemy against G_d chosen people.

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