Russian expert warns of possibility of large-scale war in Middle East

Turkey has asked NATO to deploy “Patriot” missiles on the Turkish side near the Turkish-Syrian border.

In an interview with the Voice of Russia, Russian analyst Konstantin Sivkov said: “Deploying these missiles in Turkey will be dangerous for Syrian military planes – this is obvious. A lesser obvious thing is that Turkey is getting ready for a war against Syria. If an attack on Syria from the territory of Turkey does take place, this will most likely be an attack not of the Turkish army, but of NATO’s forces.”

“The Middle East is getting ready for a large-sale battle which will very likely affect the Russian part of the Caucasus, and this, in its turn, will be reflected on the entire Russia,” Mr. Sivkov added.

Deployment of Patriots in Turkey means no-fly zone for Syria

The planned deployment by NATO countries of Patriot air defence systems on Turkey’s Syria border will actually amount to the imposition of a no-fly zone for Syrian aircraft in circumvention of the UN Security Council.

The opinion has been voiced by the leading research fellow of the Russian Institute for Oriental Studies, Vladimir Kudelev.

He feels that Patriot systems may drastically influence the fighting between the government troops and the opposition in the north of Syria, since the militants will thus get a 200 kilometre – to 250 kilometre-wide “umbrella” all along the Syrian-Turkish border. Continue reading

Misfire: NATO mortar ‘gift’ from Turkey to Syrian rebels – newspaper

People gather on October 4, 2012, in front of the house where five people were killed after a mortar fired from Syria crashed inside the Turkish border town of Akcakale on October 3, killing five civilians, including a mother and her three children.(AFP Photo / Miguel Medina)

The mortar used to attack the Turkish town of Akcakale is a design specific to NATO and was given to Syrian rebels by Ankara, according to Turkey’s Yurt newspaper. The mortar killed one adult and four children from the same family on Wednesday.

An article by the paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Merdan Yanardag, states that the newspaper received information from a reliable source, which claimed that Turkey itself sent the mortars to rebels in the so-called “free army.”

“Turkey is a longtime member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and they’re going to act in conjunction with other NATO powers, so it’s unsurprising that this has happened,” editor of the Pan-African news wire, Abayomi Azikiwe, told RT.

NATO has so far shunned any military involvement in the conflict, but Azikiwe says the alliance is deeply involved in every decision that Turkey makes.

“Ankara isn’t taking any military actions or contemplating any type of military strategy without being in full cooperation with NATO forces,” he said. Continue reading

Aggressors will suffer crushing defeat by attacking Iran: Cmdr.

The file photo shows Iran’s short-range missile Fateh launched during an exercise

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi has warned that any military attack on Iran will result in a heavy defeat for the aggressors.

“The Islamic Republic establishment has acquired such a capability that the aggressor forces will suffer an unbelievable and crushing defeat in case of any attack or intervention,” Fadavi said on Thursday.

Iran has not recognized the power of the global arrogance ‘even for a moment’ since the victory of the Islamic Revolution 33 years ago and Iranian leaders have safeguarded the legitimacy of the Islamic establishment by standing against their conspiracies, he added.

Fadavi emphasized that the enemy seeks to confront with Iran by imposing economic and political sanctions and desecrating Islamic sanctities. It does not dare to have a direct confrontation with Iranian forces.

Israel has recently stepped up threats of carrying out a strike against Iran’s nuclear energy facilities.  Continue reading

German`s State TV ZDF: Syrian Rebels Take Responsibility for Provocation

One of the German state television channels, the ZDF, has broadcasted two interesting reports today.

In both reports it is said that the so-called Syrian rebels have taken responsibility for yesterday`s provocations for which the Syrian Arab Army and thus, the Syrian government was immediately blamed for by the Turkish government, Western governments, last but not least, by Western media, of course.

The below link to the first video clip by the German State television channel ZDF, there is one of these examples for this. From minute 00:50 in this video report, it says the following (translated):

“Rockets and Mortar Fire – Turkey exacts vengeance for an attack from the Syrian side which took place yesterday afternoon. For weeks, Ankara has warned for any provocation in direction to Turkey. Until late at night, the fighting has taken place. Meanwhile, Syrian rebels have taken responsibility for this provocation.”

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Iran warns Turkey against military intervention in Syria: Al-Watan newspaper

Turkey received ‘very strong warnings’ in the past few hours from Syrian ally Iran in case Ankara launched a military strike against Damascus, a report revealed

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the lawmakers and supporters of his party at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, February 1, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Syrian ally Iran has warned their common neighbour Turkey that it will meet a harsh response should Ankara carry out any strikes inside Syrian territory, a pro-Damascus daily reported on Monday.

“Any attack on Syrian territory will meet with a harsh response, and the Iranian-Syrian mutual defence agreement will be activated,” the Al-Watan newspaper said.

“Turkey has received very strong warnings in the past few hours and the following message — beware changing the rules of the game,” the paper added.

Iran is the closest regional ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but has also striven to keep good relations with Turkey even as the standoff over its controversial nuclear programme has deepened with other NATO member states. Continue reading

Turkish parliament authorizes military assault on Syria ‘when necessary’

Turkey’s parliament has authorized cross-border military operations into Syria ‘when necessary’ following a casual mortar-shelling incident on the Turkish-Syrian border, reports Hürriyet Daily News.

The Turkish army has been retaliating by shelling Syrian military positions since Wednesday.­

The government-initiated debates in the Turkish parliament took place behind closed doors. The cabinet of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan claimed the Syrian military had launched an act of aggression against Turkey.

The motion signed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says that the Syrian crisis “affects the stability and security in the region” and accuses Damascus of conducting assaults into Turkish land.

“This situation risks and threatens our national security. In this respect, the need for taking precautions and acting quickly against any threats to Turkey has arisen,” says the document.

In accordance with Article 92 of the Turkish constitution, the government demanded a one-year authorization to send Turkish troops to foreign countries, which was granted. Continue reading

Turkey Attempts to Trigger War Vs. Syria

Turkey fires rounds into Syria after unknown attackers fire mortars into Turkish border town.
by Tony Cartalucci  (land destroyer)

October 3, 2012 – After over a year of harboring foreign terrorists and supporting their operations near and across the Turkish-Syrian border, NATO-member Turkey has claimed it has retaliated with military force against “targets” inside Syria for an alleged attack on Turkish territory that it has blamed on the Syrian government.

Despite heavily armed listed-terrorist organizations operating in large numbers on both sides of the Turkish border with Turkey’s explicit approval and logistical support, the government in Ankara appears to have excluded the possibility that these terrorist forces, not the Syrian military, were responsible for the attack which consisted of mortar rounds the armed militants are known to widely use.

Terrorists operating in Syria pose next to a large mortar. Mortars of all sizes are a favorite of terrorists operating in and around Syria in NATO’s proxy bid to effect violent regime change. The mortars fired into Turkish territory could just as likely have come from terrorists Turkey itself is funding, arming, and harboring on behalf of long-planned NATO machinations. Unlike the Syrian government, the terrorists, Turkey, and by consequence, NATO, all have an actual motivation for launching the initial attack that has caused Turkey to retaliate and predictably call on NATO to intervene.

The New York Times itself, in its article titled, “Turkey Fires Artillery at Syrian Targets in Retaliation for Civilian Deaths,” concedes that:

It was unknown whether the mortar shells were fired by Syrian government forces or rebels fighting to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The Turkish response seemed to assume that the Syrian government was responsible.

Turkey’s immediate, unwarranted act of military aggression, along with knee-jerk condemnations from the US bear all the hallmarks of an orchestrated event – or at the very least an attempt to opportunistically seize upon an isolated incident to disingenuously advance the West’s collective geopolitical agenda. Continue reading