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Al Arabiya claims not credible, says retired general

Posted by seumasach on September 30, 2012

Hürriyet Daily News

30th September, 2012

A retired Turkish general has dismissed claims that Syria covered up the murder of two Turkish pilots in June, saying the country lacked the technology to place the bodies next to their downed plane, daily Hürriyet has reported.

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Turkish oppositionist: Erdogan’s Syria policy undermines Turkish national security

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2012

CHP: Erdogan’s Support to Terrorism In Syria Threatens Turkey’s National Security


22nd September, 2012

ANKARA, (SANA) – Secretary-general of the Turkish Republican People’s Party (Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi, CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu on Friday said that the support of the Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan’s government to the terrorist acts in Syria poses threats on the Turkish national security.

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US CIA chief Petraeus arrives Monday to cool Israeli ire

Posted by seumasach on September 3, 2012

Israel does not expect anything useful to come out of the Petraeus visit – or even any alleviation of the bad feeling between Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama. High-placed officials in Jerusalem were of the view that the CIA chief fits the US president’s bill at this time. His visit is a non-binding gesture of goodwill for Israel which does not require the White House or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey to backtrack or apologize for his derogatory remarks about the IDF’s capacity for taking Iran on. Another advantage is that any words passing between the CIA chief and Israeli leaders may be classified.


2nd September, 2012

President Barack Obama is sending CIA Director David Petraeus to Israel in a hurry Monday, Sept. 3, in an attempt to quench the flames of discord between Israel and his administration on the Iran issue. He will fly in from a visit to Ankara Sunday, where too he faces recriminations for US handling of the Syrian crisis.

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Turkey peculiarly absent from Tehran

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2012

Kaveh Afrasiabi

Asia Times

28th August, 2012


Ankara has decided to boycott this week’s Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran, which has been much maligned in the Western media despite the summit’s potential to contribute to mediation efforts on the conflict in Syria. By all indications, this decision reflects a low point in Turkish foreign policy.

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Thoroughbred loose on the Kyrgyz steppes

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2012


Asia Times

25th August, 2012

The great game in Central Asia has a history of occasionally turning rough. Turkey may have become its latest victim.

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The Push to ignite a Turkish civil war through a Syrian quagmire

Posted by seumasach on August 16, 2012

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya


15th August, 2012

Through its much-touted ‘zero problems with neighbors’ doctrine, the Turkish government had set out with a realistic chance of being everyone’s friend. It has now made itself everyone’s enemy, including its own, by embracing policies that have put it on a collision course with disaster. By being duped into burning its bridges with Syria – Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya explains – Ankara has laid the foundations for the destabilization of the Turkish republic at the hands of the very same powers whose deleterious strategy she is currently serving.

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Turkey in the Syrian ‘problem’

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2012

Today’s Zaman

15th July, 2012

Many people in Turkey and elsewhere are questioning the motives behind the enthusiastic engagement of Turkey to the cause of regime change in Syria.

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Applause for Davutoğlu…

Posted by seumasach on July 12, 2012

Hurriyet Daily News

12th July, 2012

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu must be congratulated for being courageous enough to confess that Turkey has failed in its policies regarding Syria. It is not at all easy for a politician to admit failure of any sort. Davutoğlu has been often accused by opponents of mixing up academia and politics and trying to bend political realities to fit his “strategic depth” theory. His brave declaration of failure, anyhow, showed that he must still possess some degree of academic ethical values.

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“Turkey has failed in its attempt to opverthrow Assad”

Posted by seumasach on July 12, 2012

TURQUÍA: “Turquía ha fracasado en su tentativa de derrocar al régimen de Assad”

Prensa Islamica

12th July, 2012

El jefe de la diplomacia turca, Ahmet Davutoglu, ha reconocido haber hecho todo lo posible para derrocar al régimen de Bashar al-Assad, pero añadió que estos esfuerzos no han tenido éxito.

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Why Turkey won’t go to war with Syria

Posted by seumasach on July 9, 2012


8th July, 2012

The tension and likelihood of a world war because of the conflict in Syria is currently on the cards because certain countries are behaving like arsonists, especially Turkey, in continuing to offer a logistical base for mercenaries from “liberated” Libya. Saudi Arabia’s ruling House of Saud will keep providing the money to buy them weapons. As for Washington, London and Paris, they will continue to calibrate their tactics in the protracted anticipation of a NATO attack against Damascus.

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Turkey falling prey to seditious US plots in Syria: Turkish Analyst

Posted by seumasach on April 21, 2012


19th April, 2012

A Turkish political analyst says Ankara, by aligning itself with the US interests in Syria, is falling prey to Washington’s modus operandi in sowing the seeds of discord among the Shia and Sunni Muslims in the region.

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