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Iraq Warns Turkey Not To Lead NATO Attack On Syria

The Hindu
October 10, 2012

Iraq warns Turkey not to drag NATO into Syria
Atul Aneja

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“Turkey is being presumptuous, you could say, as if it were taking responsibility for solving the Syrian conflict instead of the Syrian people and wants to impose its own solution. For this reason the international community needs to stop Turkey from intervening.”

The Turkish government has strengthened its military presence by deploying 25 F-16 fighter jets at its Diyarbakir base, only 100 km from Syria. The United States has also sent a 150-member task force to Jordan…only 56 km from the Syrian border.

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In the midst of a visit to Russia, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned Turkey not to blow-up its differences with Syria and drag NATO into the conflict.

Visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s veiled support for the Syrian government came soon after Baghdad revived its military ties with Moscow. Mr. Maliki’s three-day visit to Russia was crowned on Tuesday with the announcement of a $4.2-billion weapons deal — a throwback to the era of Saddam Hussein when both sides enjoyed a robust military relationship.

The hefty deal was announced near Moscow after talks between Mr. Maliki and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev. The contract includes transfer of attack helicopters and missiles, reports said.

Iraq is apparently buying 30 Mi-28 attack helicopters and 42 Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile systems, and negotiating for MiG-29 fighter jets, armoured vehicles and other weapons.

The deal also marks a bold return to West Asia by Russia, which already has a naval base in Syria and is collaborating to build Iran’s first nuclear power plant.

Mr. Maliki, a close ally of Iran, asserted that Syria was not threatening Turkey, which should not seek NATO’s intervention. “Turkey is being presumptuous, you could say, as if it were taking responsibility for solving the Syrian conflict instead of the Syrian people and wants to impose its own solution. For this reason the international community needs to stop Turkey from intervening,” he said.

Coinciding with Mr. Maliki’s barbs, Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to snub the Turkish leadership by deciding to postpone his visit to Ankara, Russia Today reported citing the Kremlin press office.

Iraq and Russia have aired their discomfort with Turkey at a time when tensions seemed to be escalating close to the Syrian border. The Turkish government has strengthened its military presence by deploying 25 F-16 fighter jets at its Diyarbakir base, only 100 km from Syria. The United States has also sent a 150-member task force to Jordan as part of contingency plan in case Syria loses control over its chemical weapons. According to the New York Times, the team would be deployed at a base, which is only 56 km from the Syrian border.

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  1. Michael
    October 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    “The Turkish government has strengthened its military presence by deploying 25 F-16 fighter jets only 100 km from Syria…”
    Today went even further by intercepting and forcibly landing Syrian air cargo plane from Moscow bound for Damascus siting illegal heavy weaponry transport over its air space!
    If Russia decide to supply Syrian government with needed defense it can easily make transfer from its naval base in Tartus in accordance with existing bilateral military
    contracts.
    Turkish government could come up with much better excuse to hijack Syrian plane with 35 Syrian passengers on board and land them in Ankara!
    What is your next preplanned provocation for war Neo-Ottoman Turkey?!

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