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Any Turkish action on the territory of Syria will be interpreted as aggression by Damascus, the country's foreign ministry said Friday as quoted by SANA news agency.

MOSCOW, October 3 (RIA Novosti) – Any Turkish action on the territory of Syria will be interpreted as aggression by Damascus, the country's foreign ministry said Friday as quoted by SANA news agency.

"Damascus will interpret any action on the part of Turkey on its [Syria's] territory as aggression," the ministry said in a statement.

"The international community and, in particular, the UN Security Council must put an end to the adventures of the Turkish leadership, which pose a threat to the security and peace in the region. They need to take a real and firm stand and hold Ankara accountable for its destructive actions and make it comply with the Security Council's resolution," the statement said.

On Thursday, the Turkish parliament approved the deployment of Turkish troops in cross-border military operations against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria. Prior to the decision, Turkish Minister of Defense Ismet Yilmaz said that the troops will not take any immediate action upon receiving the permission.

The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June, 2014, the jihadist group spread its attacks to northern and western Iraq.

In August, the United States started launching airstrikes against the Islamic State positions in Iraq. In September, the attacks of the US and their allies were extended to Syria.

The United States has been trying to get Turkey involved in its anti-jihadist military campaign ever since the release of Islamic State-held Turkish hostages in September.

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Daesh, Iraq, UN Security Council, UN, Ankara, Damascus
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