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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Turkey refuses to help Syrian opposition

The Turks may say that they want Assad out, but they have turned down a request for help from the Syrian opposition (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
“We won't send soldiers [to Syria], won't intervene and won't allow and create conditions for others to intervene,” Bülent Arınç, Turkey's deputy prime minister told a local TV station in Bursa. Arınç, who is also the government's spokesman, said any foreign intervention will create divisions not only in Syria but across the region as well. He added that incidents in Syria are developing along ethnic lines and sectarianism is also playing a role.

Arınç's remarks came at a time when Syria's armed opposition groups asked Turkey to create a buffer zone to shelter anti-regime fighters. Lt. Salem Odeh, a defector from Latakia, told Reuters this week that historic and religious ties with Turkey that go back to the Ottoman Empire mean Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's opponents -- generally wary of outside interference -- would accept a Turkish military role.

“I just hope there will be a Turkish military intervention. It's better, and they have longstanding blood ties from old times, and they are closer to the East than the West,” he added.

Citing Israeli security officials, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Thursday that they believe Turkey is moving toward a military intervention in Syria, in order to create a secure buffer zone for opposition activists. Accordingly, Turkey is expected to set up secure buffer zones on its border with Syria that would allow armed opposition groups to organize against the Syrian regime from bases protected by the Turkish military, according to Haaretz.

However, Arınç categorically ruled out any discussion among government circles that Turkey is considering military intervention. “There is absolutely no such thing,” he underlined. “Some Turkish politicians and some countries are saying Turkey will intervene in Syria. This is totally wrong. This is impossible, we don't think of it.”
Is that the end of the second coming of the Ottoman Empire? Hmmm.

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At 4:02 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

It's clear that Turkey is poised to occupy a portion of Syria and annex it as part of Turkey.


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