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Turkey strikes back after
Syria shells border town

Iranians stand in a street as a garbage can is set on fire, in central Tehran, near Tehran's old main bazaar, on Wednesday.
ran tightens grip to
stop currenCys dive

Five civilians
killed in Turkey,
escalating tensions
BEIRUT (AP) - Turkish
artillery fired on Syrian tar-
gets Wednesday after shelling
from Syria struck a border vil-
lage in Turkey, killing five civil-
ians, sharply escalating tensions
between the two neighbors and
prompting NATO to convene an
emergency meeting.
"Our armed forces at the bor-
der region responded to this
atrocious attack with artillery
fire on points in Syria that were
detected with radar, in line with
the rules of engagement," the
Turkish government said in a
statement from the prime minis-
ter's office.
The artillery fire capped a day
that began with four bombs tear-
ing through a government-held
district in Syria's commercial
and cultural capital of Aleppo,
killing more than 30 people and
reducing buildings to rubble.
Along the volatile border,
a shell fired from inside Syria
landed on a home in the Turk-
ish village of Akcakale, killing a
woman, her three daughters and
another woman, and wounding
at least 10 others, according to
Turkish media.
The shelling appeared to
come from forces loyal to Syrian
President Bashar Assad's regime,
which is fighting rebels backed

by Turkey in an escalating civil
"Turkey, acting within the
rules of engagement and interna-
ciprocated such provocations by
the Syrian regime against our
national security," the office of
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan said in a statement.
Turkish media said Turkey
has prepared a parliamentary
bill for Syria that is similar to
one that authorizes the Turkish
military to intervene in northern
Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish mili-
tants who have bases there. The
bill is expected to be discussed in
parliament on Thursday, Anado-
lu agency reported.
If approved, the bill could
more easily open the way to uni-
lateral action by Turkey's armed
forces inside Syria, without the
involvement of its Western and
Arab allies.
Secretary of State Hillary Rod-
ham Clinton said the U.S. was
"outraged that the Syrians have
been shooting across the border,"
addingthat she would speak with
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu on the matter.
"It's a very, very dangerous
situation," Clinton said. "And all
responsible nations need to band
together to persuade the Assad
regime to have a cease-fire, quit
assaulting their own people and
begin the process of a political
NATO's National Atlantic
Council, which is composed of

the alliance's ambassadors, held
an emergency meeting in Brus-
selsWednesdaynight at Turkey's
request to discuss the cross-bor-
der incident.
The meeting ended with a
statement strongly condemning
the attack and saying: "The alli-
ance continues to stand by Tur-
key and demands the immediate
cessation of such aggressive acts
against an ally." It also urged the
Syrian regime to "put an end to
flagrant violations of interna-
tional law."
NATO also held an emergency
meeting when a Turkish jet was
shot down by Syria in June, kill-
ing two pilots.
Turkey wants to avoid going
into Syria on its own. It has been
pushing for international inter-
vention in the form of a safe
zone, which would likely entail
foreign security forces on the
ground and a partial no-fly zone.
However, the allies fear military
intervention in Syria could ignite
a wider conflict, and few observ-
ers expect robust action from
the United States, which Turkey
views as vital to any operation in
Syria, ahead of the presidential
election in November.
According to Turkey's NTV
station, the Syrian information
ministry said it had launched an
investigation into Wednesday's
shelling and expressed sorrow
for the deaths of Turkish civil-
ians. But it urged Turkey to pre-
vent the cross-border infiltration
of what it called terrorists.

Rial has lot more
than a third of its
value in one week
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Ira-
nian authorities used aggres-
sive measures Wednesday in an
attempt to halt the nosedive of
the country's currency, mak-
ing arrests, vowing to stamp out
sidewalk money changers and
warning merchants against fuel-
ing the mounting public anger
over the economy.
There were unconfirmed
reports of sporadic violence.
Associated Press photos showed
riot police blocking a street with
the charred hulks of a garbage
can and a motorcycle that had
been set on fire. Smoke was ris-
ing from the area in central Teh-
ran near the main bazaar.
The sweeping responses to
the freefall of the rial - which
has lost more than a third of its
value in a week - underscored
the worries for Iranian leaders
after months of dismissing the
West's economic squeeze seek-
ing to rein in Tehran's nuclear
program. A declining currency
causes shifts in an economy such
as making imported goods more
Although the currency cri-
sis is blamed on a combination

of factors - including internal
government policies - the rush
to dump rials appears to reflect
an underlying perception that
international sanctions have
deepened problems such as run-
away inflation and soaring pric-
es for imports and that the only
safe hedge is to grab dollars or
If the economic turmoil
intensifies, it could boost pres-
sure on the ruling system before
elections next June to pick Presi-
dent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's
successor. That has the potential
to hinder nuclear talks with the
West until after the elections.
One of Ahmadinejad's main
critics, parliament speaker Ali
Larijani, has led the calls to
blame the currency crisis mostly
on allegedly misguided govern-
ment monetary policies.
In reply, Ahmadinejad
warned that he could consider
resigning if his government is
put under too much pressure.
"Now is not the time for any-
body to settle accounts," Ahma-
dinejad said Tuesday as the rial
hit a record low. "If my presence
is a burden on you, (the solution
is for me to) write one line to say
Tuesday's rate of 35,500 rials
againstthe U.S. dollar compared
with 24,000 a week ago on the
unofficial street trading rate,

which is widely followed in Iran.
It was close to 10,000 rials for $1
as recently as early 2011.
Exchange houses were closed
Wednesday, and currency web-
sites were blocked from provid-
ingupdates onthe latest rates.
Public grumbling has grown
steadily louder over a punishing
combination of a falling curren-
cy and rising prices, which have
put some staples such as chicken
and lamb out of reach of many
low-income Iranians. Earlier
this week, a petition signed by
about 10,000 workers was sent
to the labor minister to com-
plain that even paying rents has
become a struggle.
The owner of a furniture
showroom said he hasn't made
a sale in 10 days while his work-
shop rent has been increased by
30 percent. He said one of his
workers bought a can of tuna for
lunch Saturday for 35,000 rials,
or about 98 cents at the current
exchange rate. The next day it
was 45,000 rials, or $1.26, said
Hamid, who gave only his first
name because of warnings by
Iranian officials not to discuss
the economic situation with the
"Even Afghan workers are
going home since it doesn't
make sense to work in Iran
with a currency that's worth
less and less," he said.

Godbee is second straight Detroit
police chief to face sex scandal

Hours after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot and killed, and sneether was ekes and injured, Marcel Padilla, left, U.S.
Border Patrol Acting Chief Patrol Agent Tucson Sector, and Jeffrey Self, U.S. Border Protection Joint Field Command Ari-
zona, lease after a news conference.
Authorities face tough territory in
border probe after agent shooting

ordered to decide
fate of chief
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit
Mayor Dave Bing was elected
to replace a scandal-plagued
predecessor after promis-
ing to clamp down on crime.
But following allegations of a
sex scandal involving another
police chief, he's having trouble
stabilizing the department, let
alone the streets.
Bing suspended Police Chief
Ralph Godbee, 44, after a sub-
ordinate, a 37-year-old internal
affairs officer, claimed the two
had engaged in a sexual rela-
tionship for about a year.
The mayor hired Godbee
two years ago after firing his
predecessor, in part because of
similar charges involving a sub-
ordinate. Bing knew at the time
that Godbee previously had a
romantic relationship with the
same woman, a police lieuten-
Should Bing's investigation
conclude that Godbee too must
go, the city would be forced
to seek its fifth police chief in
four years. In Bing's three-plus
years in office, he already has
fired two chiefs.
"He's had more people
resign, fired, quit than any
other mayor that I know of,"
Councilman Kwame Kenyatta
said Wednesday. "It either says
he chooses the wrong people or
doesn't know how to choose the
right people."
Like many police depart-
ments, Detroit's force is under
severe financial constraints.
The city has about 2,700 offi-
cers, down from 4,000 a decade

The department reports
most violent crimes numbers
are down this year, but the city
also is on track to eclipse last
year's 344 murders. Robberies
at gas stations and convenience
stores, including the assault
and carjacking of a prominent
church pastor earlier this year,
are becoming more violent and
"The officers are working
24/7 and aren't being treated
well," said Oakland County
Commissioner William Dwyer,
a former Detroit police official.
"They've taken dramatic cuts
in salaries and benefits. They
are in the most dangerous city
right now in the U.S. If you
expect them to perform, you
ought to treat them like profes-
sionals and not second-class
Even before the alleged
scandal came to light, Bing and
Godbee have been at odds with
officers over a 10 percent pay
cut, requirements that they pay
more for health care and new
rules requiring 12-hour work
Earlier this year, the chief
reduced staffing inside police
precincts to get more officers
on the city's crime-plagued
"The more immediate issue
facing people in Detroit are
the screaming headlines about
the number of people shot or
injured, and the fact that the
number seems to be on the
increase as opposed to the
decrease," said Sheila Cock-
rel, a political analyst and for-
mer Detroit councilwoman.
"Detroiters are going to want
a police chief focusing on those
issues and not what's happen-
ing in his personal life."
Angelica Robinson, the

internal affairs officer who
says she had a relationship
with Godbee, posted on Twit-
ter a photo of herself with her
service weapon in her mouth,
her attorney David Robinson
said. She had learned Godbee
was at a weekend police con-
ference with another woman,
said the attorney, who is not
related to Angelica Robinson.
He said Godbee had other
officers locate her and put her
under surveillance. She has
since been reassigned from
internal affairs to other duties
and does not have use of her
service weapon, David Robin-
son said.
On Tuesday, Bing said in a
statement that he suspended
Godbee for 30 days from his
$140,400-a-year post "pending
a full and thorough investiga-
tion of this matter."
Assistant Chief Chester
Logan has assumed Godbee's
responsibilities during the sus-
Godbee, returning to Detroit
after attending a police confer-
ence out of state, told reporters
Wednesday evening at Detroit
Metropolitan Airport that he
could not comment on Angel-
ica Robinson's claims or his
Bing has spent much of his
first term as mayor cleaning
up the fiscal mess and $300
million budget deficit left by
ex-mayor and convicted felon
Kwame Kilpatrick. He's also
changed the perception of a
City Hall warped by public
However, his handling of the
police department has been
spotty, Kenyatta said, pointing
to the firing of ex-chief War-
ren Evans that led to Godbee
getting the job.

Rural Arizona
desert heavily used
by drug smugglers
PHOENIX (AP) - Investiga-
tors searching a stretch of the
U.S.-Mexico border for clues into
the fatal shooting of a Border
Patrol agent face a treacherous
territory that is heavily used by
drug smugglers, offers many hid-
ing places and is close enough to
Mexico for traffickers to make a
quick getaway.
Whoever killed Agent Nicholas
Ivie and wounded another agent
in the sparsely populated desert
in southeastern Arizona early
Tuesday may have done just that.
Those who carried out the
shooting near Bisbee, Ariz., prob-
ably had time to cross the border
in the early-morning darkness
before authorities could seal off
an escape route, said George
McCubbin, president of the
National Border Patrol Council, a
union representing about 17,000
border patrol agents.
"I seriously doubt anybody
would be laid up and hiding," he
Ivie and two other agents were
fired upon in a rugged hilly area
about five miles north of the bor-
der as they responded to an alarm
that was triggered on one of the
sensors that the government has
installed along the border. The
wounded agent was shot in the
ankle and buttocks and released
from the hospital after under-
going surgery. The third agent
wasn't injured.
Ivie was a 30-year-old father of
two who grew up in Utah and was
active in the Mormon church. He
was an agent for four years.

Authorities have declined to
provide other details, including
what they believe prompted the
shooting and whether the agents
were ambushed. Still, they sus-
pect that more than one person
fired on the agents. No arrests
have been made.
The last Border Patrol agent
fatally shot on duty was Brian
Terry, who died in a shootout
with bandits near the border in
December 2010. Terry's shoot-

ing was later linked to the gov-
ernment's "Fast and Furious
gun-smuggling operation, which
allowed people suspected of ille-
gally buying guns for others to
walk away from gun shops with
weapons, rather than be arrested.
Authorities intended to track
the guns into Mexico. Two rifles
found at the scene of Terry's
shooting were bought by a mem-
ber of the gun-smuggling ring
being investigated.

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