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Syria-Turkey Border Clash: Clinton Calls Situation 'Very Worrisome'

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a meeting with Philippine's Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario, not pictured, Thursday, June 23, 2011, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) | AP

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning Syria to withdraw troops now massing near its border with Turkey, saying their presence is worsening an already bad situation for refugees and risks sparking border clashes with the Turks.

Clinton told reporters at the State Department on Thursday that the U.S. saw the situation as volatile and "very worrisome" and that the Syria military should immediately end attacks and provocations in the region. She said the buildup of soldiers just 500 yards from the Turkish border was another sign of the Syrian government's intent to repress its own people.

Earlier Thursday, Syrian troops pushed to the Turkish border in their sweep against a 3-month-old pro-democracy movement, sending panicked refugees, including children, rushing across the frontier to safe havens in Turkey.

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