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Turkey: Syria pulls back tanks from Turkish border

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In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke rises from houses due to government shelling in Homs, Syria, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)
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BEIRUT (AP) — A Turkish official says Syria has pulled tanks and other military equipment away from its border with Turkey following deadly cross-border shelling this week.

The Foreign Ministry official in Ankara said on Friday that the Syrian pullback was an effort to remove any "perception of threat." The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.

Syrian officials were not available for comment.

A Syrian shell struck a Turkish border town Wednesday and killed five civilians. Turkey retaliated with artillery strikes and warned Syria that it would not tolerate such a spillover again.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has tried to defuse the crisis with Turkey, the worst since an uprising against him erupted 18 months ago.

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