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Turkey Closes Turkish NATO Arms Corridor into Syria


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#1 StevenJB

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 02:03 PM

America's NATO ally Turkey has closed off the Turkish corridor which allowed U.S. and NATO arms to be delivered to the rebels fighting against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian forces in northern Syria. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's decision will leave the Syrian rebels fighting in Aleppo virtually high and dry. The fall of al-Qusayr cut off their supplies of arms from Lebanon. Deliveries through Jordan reach only as far as southern Syria and are almost impossible to move to the north where the rebels and the Hizballah-backed Syrian army are locked in a decisive battle for Aleppo. Erdogan said that he is afraid of Russian retribution if he continues to let US and NATO weapons through to the Syrian rebels.

Until now, the Erdogan government was fully supportive of the Syrian opposition, permitting them to establish vital command centers and rear bases on Turkish soil and send supplies across the border to fighting units. He has now pulled the rug out from under their cause and given Assad a major leg-up. This about-turn is a strategic earthquake not just in terms of the Syrian war but also for the United States and, as time goes by, for Israel too. Ten years ago, Erdogan pulled the same maneuver when he denied US troops passage through Turkey to Iraq for opening a second front against Saddam Hussein. Erdogan is such a good friend. With friends like Erdogan who needs enemies!

http://www.debka.com...-Syrian-rebels-

#2 zenwalk

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 03:22 PM

This rush to Syria continues to fall apart in new and unexpected ways.

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 03:29 PM

Erdogan is, quite correctly, more concerned about and looking after Turkeys interest before that of the US and Israel. What's wrong with that?

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 03:37 PM

We don't play power politics anymore WKDWZD since Obama. Everything's fixed since Bush. I have it on good authority. Really I do. He's got a Peace Prize to prove it.

#5 StevenJB

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:24 PM

Erdogan is, quite correctly, more concerned about and looking after Turkeys interest before that of the US and Israel. What's wrong with that?

With all due respect, you cannot be serious? Sure, Erdogan's main concern should always be Turkey but he has responsibilities to NATO. Bashar al-Assad's Syria has killed Turks and is an enemy and threat to Turkey. al-Assad has repeatedly spat in Turkey's face and yet, Erdogan, the coward, slinks away from the demands of leadership. Erdogan owes his allies in NATO including France and Britain the courtesy of helping the rebels against al-Assad. Without Turkish transit, the rebels are dead in the water. They may have already been pronounced dead but this is their funeral. The rebels cannot survive without the Turkish connections. Erdogan has now just killed off any remaining chance for Turkey of ever getting admitted into the E.U. Britain and France will carry long and bitter memories of how Erdogan and Turkey stabbed them in the back. Turkey should be promptly expelled from NATO. You may personally hate the Israelis of which I could not care less either way. But, my point is this. Israel would never do such a cowardly thing that Erdogan was doing if they were in NATO and were partners. You always boast what fine allies the Turks have been for NATO and that the U.S. and NATO should trust the Turks more than the Israelis. How wrong you have been proven. The Turks are little more than cowards who shrink from the little Russian bear. Russia is not a strategic threat to anyone anymore and NATO would have Turkey's back. Russia is but a mere shadow of the old Soviet Union. Yet, Erdogan has pissed his pants and is running home scared. He brings shame to Turkey and Turkey brings shame to NATO.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 12:25 PM

With all due respect, you cannot be serious? Sure, Erdogan's main concern should always be Turkey but he has responsibilities to NATO. Bashar al-Assad's Syria has killed Turks and is an enemy and threat to Turkey. al-Assad has repeatedly spat in Turkey's face and yet, Erdogan, the coward, slinks away from the demands of leadership. Erdogan owes his allies in NATO including France and Britain the courtesy of helping the rebels against al-Assad. Without Turkish transit, the rebels are dead in the water. They may have already been pronounced dead but this is their funeral. The rebels cannot survive without the Turkish connections. Erdogan has now just killed off any remaining chance for Turkey of ever getting admitted into the E.U. Britain and France will carry long and bitter memories of how Erdogan and Turkey stabbed them in the back. Turkey should be promptly expelled from NATO. You may personally hate the Israelis of which I could not care less either way. But, my point is this. Israel would never do such a cowardly thing that Erdogan was doing if they were in NATO and were partners. You always boast what fine allies the Turks have been for NATO and that the U.S. and NATO should trust the Turks more than the Israelis. How wrong you have been proven. The Turks are little more than cowards who shrink from the little Russian bear. Russia is not a strategic threat to anyone anymore and NATO would have Turkey's back. Russia is but a mere shadow of the old Soviet Union. Yet, Erdogan has pissed his pants and is running home scared. He brings shame to Turkey and Turkey brings shame to NATO.


With all due respect, only a total nincompoop would claim that Turks are cowards. As regards trust, you are seriously suggesting that Israel should be trusted more than Turkey? Too funny, you won't go very far pushing that barrow mate (outside of the US anyways). :D

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 03:43 AM

With all due respect, you cannot be serious? Sure, Erdogan's main concern should always be Turkey but he has responsibilities to NATO. .
.... Erdogan owes his allies in NATO including France and Britain the courtesy of helping the rebels against al-Assad.


Assuming he cares, and he isn't just using this to give the finger to the EU states that critizised him for his handling of the rioting middle class citizens.

Seeing how he has been snapping at and threatening EU heads of state who offer the mildest of comments on his actions regarding the riots, I would not put it past him.

Internally he has big problems right now (check out the EU news, BBC for example), steming from a resistance to his moving the country from being secular to more religious.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-22817460

-Cynic

#8 ivanbalt

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 05:31 AM

Erdogan is, quite correctly, more concerned about and looking after Turkeys interest before that of the US and Israel. What's wrong with that?


I agree. Unlike the US, Turkey can't walk away from the area when they lose interest in Syria. They have to look out for #1.




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