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The mandate, valid for one year, was passed by 320 votes in the 550-seat Turkish parliament, it added. Turkey's deputy prime minister, Besir Atalay, said authorising the use of force in Syria is not a declaration of war but is intended as a deterrent. The vote came as Turkey resumed shelling Syrian government military positions on Thursday morning in retaliation for a mortar round which landed over its border killing five of its citizens. Turkish state media said artillery units based in the border town of Akcakale had begun striking targets inside Syria early this morning, and that the attacks were continuing
Originally posted by Hellmutt
Where does that leave NATO? An attack on one (NATO member) is an attack on all (NATO members). If Turkey attacks first, this does not apply, but Turkey was attacked first, right? Or what?