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Top US general: Turkey is facing an immediate threat to its Syrian border
by Cem Ertür
Wednesday Sep 19th, 2012 1:51 PM
In the face of mounting domestic and global dissent, Turkey’s service to NATO imperialism persists ever more blatantly.

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Gen.
Necdet Ozel, Ministry of Defense, Ankara, 17 September 2012







U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his
Dolmabahce office, Istanbul, 11 August 2012
 
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Top US general: Turkey is facing an immediate threat to its Syrian border


propaganda alert

compiled by Cem Ertür

19 September 2012

 


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1)  Top US general Dempsey: Turkey is facing an immediate threat to its Syrian border  (16 September 2012)
 
2)  Prime Minister Erdogan: Syrian regimes' deployment of weapons of mass destruction would be one of the biggest threats to Turkey  (5 September 2012) 

3)  NATO chief Rasmussen: We stand ready to take all necessary steps to defend Turkey  (3 September 2012)
 

4)  List of senior U.S. officials who visited Turkey recently  (August 11th – September 17th, 2012)


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“[The Turks] are facing an immediate threat to their southern border [with Syria]. As a partner [of Turkey] -- bilaterally and also in NATO -- we’re attuned to it. [...]  This is one of those times when we talk about our shared interests and Turkey’s interests in Syria right now are the same as ours. [...]  There is a clear risk of chemical and biological weapon proliferation or lack of control, and then there is the risk of [Syrian] ballistic missiles. [...]  The threats are to the entire region.”

 
[U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, remarks on the eve of his talks with Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara, U.S. State Department website, 16 September 2012]

 

                                


“One of the biggest things [i.e. threats], and not only for Turkey, but the entire region and the world is […] [the Syrian regime’s] deployment of weapons of mass destruction, and chemical ones, of course. If the slightest suggestion of such an attempt should emerge, not only Turkey, but the attitude of the entire globe is going to change forever. And that's my biggest concern. […]  In the light of the intelligence that we have received so far, they are still being possessed by the [Syrian] regime. […]  [I]f you were to ask me if those weapons of mass destruction could be used against the people of Syria, in the light of everything that we have seen so far, I can say, yes, those weapons can be used against the people of Syria. And this is something that slipped out of the tongue of Bashar al-Assad.”
 

[Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, interview with Christiane Amanpour, CNN International's 'News Stream' programme aired on September 5th, 2012]

 




“Of course we stand ready to take all necessary steps to protect and defend Turkey as an ally within NATO”


[NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, interview with Reuters, NATO headquarters in Brussels, 3 September 2012]



 
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notes:


[1]  Dempsey in Turkey to discuss Syrian crisis

by Jim Garamone, US Defense Department website, 16 September 2012

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=117878

 
[2]  News Stream

CNN International website, 5 September 2012

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1209/05/nwsm.01.html


 
[3]  NATO chief: rogue Afghan attacks will not hasten pullout

by Adrian Croft, Reuters, 3 September 2012 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/03/us-nato-rasmussen-idUSBRE8820JQ20120903



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List of senior U.S. officials who visited Turkey recently:



September 17th            U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey held talks on Syria with Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel and Defense
                                     Minister Ismet Yilmaz     (Ankara)
 
September 14rd         U.S. delegation led by former U.S. Ambassador to Syria (Jan.- Oct. 2011) Robert Ford and Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense for International Security
                                     Affairs Derek Chollet attended the second U.S.-Turkish operational meeting on Syria     (Ankara)

September 10th         U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard held talks on Syrian refugees in Turkey     (Istanbul, Adana                                          and Ankara)

September 6th           U.S. State Department's Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Carlos Pascual held talks on Iraq     (Ankara)

September 4th           U.S. Treasury Department’s Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen held talks on Iran and Syria     (Istanbul and Ankara)

September 3rd           CIA director David Petraeus held talks on Syria with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and National
                              Intelligence Organization (MIT) director Hakan Fidan     (Istanbul)

                              U.S. senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman first conducted a fact-finding mission, then visited a Syrian refugee camp     (Istanbul and Hatay)

August 23rd              U.S. delegation led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Ambassador Elisabeth Jones attended the first U.S.-Turkish operational
                              meeting on Syria     (Ankara)

August 11th              U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks on Syria with Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign                                                   Minister Ahmet Davutoglu     (Istanbul)



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related articles:


Turkey: Devastating economic consequences of Syrian crisis and Iran sanctions regime

by Finian Cunningham, Global Research, 11 September 2012

http://www.globalresearch.ca/turkey-devastating-economic-consequences-of-syrian-crisis-and-iran-sanctions-regime/



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

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Global Research, 16 August 2012

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-push-to-ignite-a-turkish-civil-war-through-a-syrian-quagmire/



 
Turkey: NATO’s neo-Ottoman spearhead in the Middle East

by Rick Rozoff, Global Research, 8 August 2012

http://www.globalresearch.ca/turkey-nato-s-neo-ottoman-spearhead-in-the-middle-east/


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propaganda alerts:

 
Clinton targets Syria: "We will go against those that threaten Turkey and Turkish lives"

by Cem Ertür, San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, 11 June 2012

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/06/08/18715010.php




Turkish daily: Turkey’s plan to finish off Assad

by Cem Ertür, San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, 11 February 2012

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/02/11/18707124.php


 

Turkey’s final warning to Syria: Tomorrow may be too late for reforms
 
by Cem Ertür, San Fransisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, 18 June 2011

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/06/18/18682242.php



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