Report: Turkey tells West it might launch offensive against Syria


todayszaman.com

Turkish officials have told Western countries that Turkey might launch a military operation in Syria’s north to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Monday.

“Turkey informed Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leadership of the possibility that it would launch an offensive in … Aleppo, Homs, Hama and Latakia,” As-Seyassah daily quoted an unnamed British officials as saying, according to the Lebanese news website nowlebanon.com.

The report comes amid fears of undesired confrontation between the Turkish and Syrian armies along the border. About 12,000 Syrians have fled their homes in northern towns and have taken refuge on the Turkish side of the border. The Syrian army is reportedly reinforcing troops near the Turkish border to prevent further inflows of refugees towards Turkey. The Turkish military is also reportedly considering reinforcing border troops. Senior Turkish commanders have recently traveled to the border province of Hatay to inspect the border area.

“Turkish officials fear the possibility of the Syrian army committing mistakes on its borders, which might oblige the Turkish army to cross the Syrian border,” the Kuwaiti daily quoted a Lebanese diplomat in Ankara as saying. The Syrian government’s brutal crackdown on anti-regime protesters has brought once-close Turkish-Syrian relations to a breaking point, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan describing the Syrian response to protests as “savagery.”

Earlier, a columnist for Lebanese daily al-Akhbar, said to be close to Hezbollah, claimed that Iran had threatened Turkey that if it were to be used as a platform for NATO action against Syria, then Iran would bomb US and NATO bases in Turkey. A columnist for the newspaper also said Iran sees the preservation of the Syrian regime as the preservation of the Iranian and Lebanese governments.

  1. #1 by Emmanuel on June 28, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    I think this is wishful thinking by the Kuwaitis.

  2. #2 by The Avatar on June 28, 2011 - 4:19 pm

    told ya!
    turkey was sticking their nose in there with the purpose of joining the EU
    eeevery body uses palestine with an agenda

  3. #3 by Ingrid B. on June 29, 2011 - 12:14 am

    Turkey`s status, just another attack dog for the US/Israel..

  4. #4 by funky d on June 29, 2011 - 1:48 am

    the disgusting betrayal of the turkish nation and the islamic by its leaders gets worse and worse every day; this despite their claim to be the leaders of the islamic world.

    the young turks movement has been well and truly re-incarnated in the present day turkish leaders; who if they were doenmah jews just like the young turks of attaturk, bey, etc would not surprise me in the least bit.

  5. #5 by Franklin Ryckaert on June 29, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    When a nation acts against its own national interest,against the friendship with its neighbours,its traditions and its honour,then you can rightly suspect political manipulation behind the scenes.Is it directly the US or is it the secret influence of its crypto-Jewish minority,the Dönmeh?Well when in 2003 the US wanted Turkey’s cooperation for its invasion of Iraq,the Turks refused.So if they really want, they are capable of saying “no” to the Americans.This time there must be a power at play stronger than outside pressure.The Dönmeh seem to be a realistic possibility.If such a small minority was able to totally change the character of the nation,why wouldn’t they not be able to cause a war?

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