Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Turkey vows to retaliate, sends military convoy to Syrian border drawing defiance from Assad
Turkey vows to retaliate 'with determination' after jet shooting, sends military convoy to Syrian border, Threatens Force if Syrian Troops Near Border
Turkey vows to retaliate 'with determination' after jet shooting I hate to say it but it will open between Turkey and Syria probably purposely then Iran will get in and to one degree or the other Russia and China, I do not believe we are smart enough to keep out of it either.
Turkey threatens military retaliation along Syria border, drawing defiance from Assad
Turkey sends military convoy to Syrian border: Turkey has deployed a large number of military vehicles to the Syrian border, daily Milliyet reported. While NATO meeting on Tuesday netted some strong words, the Secretary General of NATO made it clear that chapter 5, the part of the treaty with teeth, was never mentioned. This means that without another incident, there is currently zero chance of NATO action against Syria.
Interestingly, however, Turkey seems to be taking no chances. According to Turkish media, the military is sending a convoy of troops to the border: The shipment included 15 armored tanks, in addition to long-distance guns and other military vehicles. The convoy was heavily guarded as it moved toward the border in the event of an attack by outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) members.
Turkey Threatens Force if Syrian Troops Near Border: Buoyed by support from NATO allies, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday threatened a Turkish military response to any perceived threat from Syria along the troubled border following the disputed downing of a Turkish warplane. The Turkish leader's bellicose tone signaled no discernible easing of tensions between the two Mediterranean neighbors as ambassadors from the NATO alliance, desperate to avoid a wider conflict, held emergency talks in Brussels.
In a unanimous statement, the NATO allies called the episode "another example of the Syrian authorities’ disregard for international norms, peace and security, and human life." “I would certainly expect that such an incident won’t happen again,” Mr. Rasmussen said at a news conference at alliance headquarters in Brussels. He added that NATO would closely follow developments and “if necessary, consult and discuss what else could be done.”
As Syrian opposition groups gather in Turkey and continue to unify, a Syrian Helicopter Pilot Defected and Escaped to Turkey. Also a senior intel officer was assassinated and Turkey a neighbor and once close ally closed its embassy and joined the United States sending non lethal aid to the opposition.
Almost 40 Syrian soldiers - including a general and two colonels - have defected to Turkey, according to Turkish state television. Reports said that the general, two colonels, two majors, one lieutenant and 33 soldiers had arrived in Turkey but did not give any more details.
Another channel, CNN Turk, also reported the defections, adding that they had arrived with members of their families, making a total of 224 individuals. The reported defections come a day before an emergency Nato meeting to discuss the shooting down of a Turkish warplane by Syrian forces. Before that a Syrian Colonel defected to Turkey with his Russian Mig 21 fighter jet, that is why I figure Syria shot down Turkey's plane.
At this point the UN has condemned Syria for what that is worth and Turkey has said they would not go to war over recent events but she is sure appearing to be instigating it right now. Russia and China are not going to allow themselves to be kicked out of Syria as would be the case if the opposition gained power.
Likewise, there is also no way Iran is going to let her ally and guard 'Syria" fall to the opposition or more pointedly Democracy and US and Western influence. Nor are they going to sit still while Turkey gets involved which is what I have to say Syria has been counting on.
Syria seems to be baiting Turkey knowing NATO will step up because Syria knows in turn so will Russia China and Iran. I do not like what I see! Syria is China and Russia's last real foot hold in the middle east they and Iran are not going to give this up easily. This is going to take a hell of a long and deadly fight. I fully expect Russia and China to be drawn into this and then the entire middle east will take sides. I hope we can avert WW3 but I would not bet on it!