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Article 5 of NATO's Charter states:
"The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area."
In other words, NATO's 28 member states are obligated to act by any and all means if one of them is attacked. All for one and one for all. Collective defense is policy. Lawless aggression follows. Countries like Yugoslavia were targeted.
In 1999, with no Security Council authorization, it was lawlessly attacked and ravaged. Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya followed. Perhaps Syria's next, then Iran and other independent states. Washington keeps a list. Among other nations, it includes China and Russia. Both countries know the risk.
Erdogan also wants direct UN Syrian intervention. NATO may be readying to act. War winds blow stronger. Perhaps they're heading for gale force strength. Replicating Libya looks likely.
Nonetheless, Syria's SANA state media reported an official Defense Ministry source saying armed forces agreed "to end missions Thursday morning after they carried out successful missions in combating criminal acts by armed terrorist groups and enforced the authority of the state on all its territories."
They'll remain "on alert to confront any attack by armed terrorist groups against civilians, law-enforcement members, the armed forces and private and public facilities."
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said "it's up to the armed opposition" to cease hostilities beginning 6AM April 12.
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