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Die Presse blamed them for providing weapons and safe haven protection.

"In an article published on Saturday, the newspaper warned against Turkey's attempt to use the last case of tension on the Syrian-Turkish borders as a pretext for a military intervention that is meant to achieve special objectives, pointing out to the repeated calls of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan for establishing a no-fly zone over Syria."

His hawkishness threatens regional peace and stability. Qatar and Saudi Arabia share blame. So do other regional countries and NATO ones. Events advance the ball toward what no one should tolerate. At issue is it too late to stop it?

On October 6, SANA said Defense Minister and Deputy Commander-in-Chief Lt. General Fahd Jassem al-Freij spoke on national television. He said Syria's engaged in global war.

It's defending its homeland and people. He spoke on the 39th anniversary of its Tishreen (October) Liberation War. It restored Syria's "pride, dignity and influential presence."

Israel calls it the Yom Kippur War. It began on October 6, 1973. Al-Freij said Syria again is fighting for justice and international law inviolability. It affirms that no country may interfere in the internal affairs of others.

"Syria's sons today, just like during Tishreen War, are committed to the components of identity and are against all forms of domination and submission."

What's ongoing reflects a "confrontation between the advocates of the Western-U.S.-Zionist project and the advocates of freedom, peace, sovereignty and dignity across the globe."

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"Our armed forces today are more resolved to restore security and stability to Syria and cut off the hand of whoever tries to harm it and eliminate the remnants of defeated terrorists wherever they are," he added. Those who take up arms against Syria have no futures, he stressed.

Gareth Jenkins is senior associate fellow for the Stockholm-based Institute for Security & Development's Silk Road Studies Program. On October 5 from Ankara, he told Voice of Russia that Turkish threats can't be dismissed.

He calls the latest border provocation a cause for concern but not panic. It very much may escalate. Turkey is the Free Syrian Army's (FSA) "main platform." Militants move back and forth cross border freely. They're well armed, trained, and treated in Turkish hospitals when wounded.

Whatever Turkey may want, he said, it's very much involved and may "make things worse and they are already bad enough." Anyone, including nations, playing with fire risk getting burned. 

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If full-scale war on Syria erupts, the entire region may erupt. If Iran is attacked, far worse consequences may follow.

With elections weeks away in America, Obama won't start another war, especially against Iran. It's hard distinguishing between Israeli rhetoric and intentions. 

It's certain Netanyahu won't go it alone. He hasn't the capability or intention of further rupturing US-Israeli relations. Amos Harel is Haaretz's military correspondent and defense analyst. 

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