Turkey conducts military exercise in northern Syria:
Turkish troops and tanks carried out military exercises on the border with Syria, state-run media reported, while a monitoring group said a Turkish convoy had crossed into northern Syria. It was the second day that Turkey sent military reinforcements to the border near the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria. Meanwhile, artillery shelling by Syrian government forces pounded parts of Idlib, thwarting an infiltration attempt by militants. Tensions are rising in the region after victories by alQaeda-linked militants against Turkey-backed opposition fighters.