Turkey has reinforced its border with artillery and deployed more fighter jets to an air base close to the border region after an errant Syrian mortar shell killed five people in a Turkish border town last week and Turkey retaliated with artillery strikes.
Turkey’s military chief, Gen. Necdet Ozel, vowed Wednesday to respond with more force to any further shelling from Syria, keeping up the pressure on its southern neighbor a day after NATO said it stood ready to defend Turkey.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Washington on Wednesday that the Pentagon was planning for ‘‘a number of contingencies’’ and was prepared to provide the administration with options on Syria, if needed.
‘‘But the military instrument of power at this point is not the prominent instrument of power that should be applied in Syria,’’ he said.
Associated Press writers Jamal Halaby in Amman and Pauline Jelinek in Washington contributed to this report.