06/10/2012

Syrian-Turkish border

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Voice of Russia
October 4, 2012

Syria and Turkey on brink of war
Konstantin Garibov

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Turkish Actions Designed To Trigger NATO Confrontation With Syria?

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The UN and NATO have condemned an incident of shelling across the Syrian-Turkish border. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Turkey not to break ties with Syria. NATO supports Turkey, but a collective military response to Syria’s action will not follow.

Turkey has asked the UN Security Council to take “necessary action” to stop Syrian “aggression”. A mother of a large family and her four children were killed and another 13 injured on Wednesday when a mortar shell fired from Syria hit a house in the border region of Akcakale.

Ankara believes that the attack was carried out by a Syrian military unit. In response, Turkey launched attacks on the Syrian territory from where the mortar attack was supposed to have been carried out. Syria’s Information Minister Omran Zoabi has expressed sincere condolences to the Turkish families of the victims and to the Turkish people. He confirmed that Damascus was determined to maintain peaceful relations with the Turkish people. He also noted that several terrorist groups had been operating in the border region, and their activity had posed a threat not only to Syria but also to security of the entire region.

In response to Turkey’s request, the NATO North Atlantic Council held an emergency meeting that fully supported Turkey and urged the Syrian regime to put an end to any aggressive actions immediately. At the same time, according to the Western press, it’s too early to say about the application of the 5th article of the Washington Treaty that provides for exercising the right for collective response by all NATO member countries in case of an armed attack on a member country.

The article was recalled in June when Syria’s air defence systems shot down a Turkish fighter jet. However, matters didn’t come to that.

At present, according to NATO sources, consultations are being held on the basis of information provided by Turkey. The sources insist that it’s too early to speculate on a possible collective response.

However, it’s not excluded that the Turkish army will receive a mandate to carry out operations on Syrian territory on Thursday. Here is a report from our special correspondent in Turkey Olga Khaldyz.

“Permission to carry out military operations outside Turkey will expire on the 17th of October. The Turkish parliament extends it annually to carry out special operations against militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. On Thursday, the parliament will hold an emergency session that will most likely discuss the issue of granting permission to the Turkish army to carry out operations also on Syrian territory,” Olga Khaldyz said.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tyyip Erdogan made this request Wednesday night. He insisted on the need to respond timely and swiftly and taking necessary measures against risks and threats to national security.

On his part, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Ankara to keep channels of communications with Damascus open. They are necessary to ease tension triggered by the incident of shelling.

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Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

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1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

3) An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

4) Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

5) The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

6) The weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province proves NATO's arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.

7) The seized weapons in Salqain district in Idlib included 7.26 guns along with other weapons as well as boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" carved on them.

8) The Lebanese army intelligence has seized a large quantity of wea Lutfallah II container pons hidden inside cars aboard an Italian ship at Tripoli port, north of Lebanon, Lebanese security sources told Al-Manar TV.

9) This comes just days after the Lebanese Army Marines confiscated Lutfallah II arms shipment off the Lebanese port of Batoun while it was carrying 300,000 pounds of weapons within three containers. Reports said the cargo ship, which was flying the flag of Sierra-Leone, had left Libya and was bound to Syria.

10) Lebanese terrorist Mohammad Hussein Fares confessed to participating in smuggling weapons, militants and journalists into Syria and committing terrorists acts against Syrians.

11) Fares said that they smuggled assault rifles, RPG rounds, sniper rifles, LAW missiles, machineguns and cases of ammo, delivering them to Amoun, with al-Jarban coming later to distribute them among terrorists.

12) US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are arming AL-QAEDA Terrorists to commit Terrorism in Syria.

13) Over 30,000 various weapons have been channelled to Syria since unrest flared up there in April last year, Amin Khteit says. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.

14) The authorities seized weapons smuggled from Turkey in Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish borders in Raqqa countryside.

15) A Turkish parliamentarian has stressed that Turkish ambulances are transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, expressing their opposition to Ankara's policies on the Syrian case.

Photo 1: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets Amnesty International.

Photo 2: State Lunch - Obama with his friend UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992

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