Syria: Turkish, Israeli and American intelligence behind car bombings in a Turkish border town ?


Israel: ‘Red line’ for unproved use of chemical weapons + bombing of Syria…

May 5, 2013

‘Do the US, Iran Agree on Red Line For Syrian Chemical Weapons?’

The US’ turnaround and the Israeli attack, which has been in the works since Obama’s visit to Israel last month, according to Ben Caspit, follow a US intelligence assessment made public on April 25, based on evidence from Great Britain, France and Israel, and made by US intelligence agencies with “varying degrees of confidence” of “small scale” chemical weapons use, based upon “physiological samples” where “the chain of custody is not clear.”
There were also four key events which took place on April 30: the meeting of the Arab League delegation with US Secretary of State John Kerry about a revived Arab Peace Initiative, a fiery speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, an Israeli attack on Gaza and Iran’s statement that chemical weapons use is a red line in Syria.
As the United States and United Nations proceed with their investigations into the allegations of chemical weapons use, Washington, its Arab allies and Israel are now looking to increase military pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, so that Assad will agree to a political solution that includes his stepping aside. Syria is no longer just a battle of “the opposition” against the “Assad regime.” Those days are long gone. Syria is now a full scale Middle East War, with sectarian overtones and direct Israeli engagement, with the United States and Israel taking the side of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey (read Sunni) to topple Assad, and break or set back the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah (read Shiite) axis.
(Iran has consistently opposed the use of weapons of mass destruction, as well as chemical weapons by any country, and has sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in this respect.)


Turkey: ‘Red line’ for unproved use of chemical weapons + blaming Syria’s intelligence service for two car bombings that killed at least 46 people

May 9, 2013

‘Turkey would support U.S.-led no-fly zone in Syria: NBC’

Washington — Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would support a U.S.-enforced no-fly zone in Syria and warned that Damascus crossed President Barack Obama’s “red line” on chemical weapons use long ago, according to an NBC News interview released Thursday.
A no-fly zone to prohibit Syrian military aircraft from hitting rebel targets has been mentioned by American lawmakers as one option the United States could use to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Right from the beginning … we would say ‘Yes,” Erdogan said when asked if Turkey, a NATO member that shares its longest border with Syria, would support such action, according to an report.

May 12, 2013

‘Turkey Blames Syria for Deadly Car Bombs’

Turkey — Turkey on Sunday blamed groups connected to Syria’s intelligence service for two car bombings that killed at least 46 people in a Turkish border town a day earlier.
Turkish officials said Sunday that security services had arrested nine people, all Turkish citizens, including the alleged mastermind, after two car bombs ripped through Reyhanli, a small town close to Syria. Syria denied any involvement in the bombings.Turkey’s interior minister, Muammer Guler, said an investigation showed that the huge blasts—which damaged almost 500 shops, 300 homes and 60 vehicles—were carried out by a “terrorist organization in close contact with Syria’s intelligence agency.”
Following the blast residents had attacked Syrian refugees and cars with Syrian number plates after the attacks, witnesses said.
One woman, who earlier Sunday buried a brother-in-law killed in the blast, blamed Turkey’s prime minister for bringing Syrians to Reyhanli and demanded they leave the town.
“I don’t want this government, I don’t want Syrians here. Why weren’t they taken somewhere further? We are tired of seeing Syrian fighters, it was the rebels who caused this,” said the woman.

May 22nd, 2012

‘Syrian rebels say Turkey is arming and training them’

Michael Weiss, the Research Director of The Henry Jackson Society, said that the weekend before last he was in Hatay province, in southern Turkey, interviewing Syrian ‘rebels’ and ‘activists’, who all complained of the lack of foreign assistance ‘in toppling the Assad regime’
Jackson: ‘A lot’s changed in a week. Rebel sources in Hatay told me last night that not only is Turkey supplying light arms to select battalion commanders, it is also training Syrians in Istanbul. Men from the unit I was embedded with were vetted and called up by Turkish intelligence in the last few days and large consignments of AK-47s are being delivered by the Turkish military to the Syrian-Turkish border. No one knows where the guns came from originally, but no one much cares.
This news, which has provided a much-needed morale boost to Syria’s embattled opposition, does appear to corroborate a recent report by the Washington Post that the United States has been facilitating the transfer of Gulf-purchased weapons to the so called rebels:
‘The U.S. contacts with the rebel military and the information-sharing with gulf nations mark a shift in Obama administration policy as hopes dim for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Many officials now consider an expanding military confrontation to be inevitable.
Material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border. Opposition activists who two months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said this week that the flow of weapons — most still bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military — has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.’



Israel’s goal in Syria: Prolong war, maximize destruction:

US tax buys bombs Israel drops on Syria:


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4 Responses to Syria: Turkish, Israeli and American intelligence behind car bombings in a Turkish border town ?

  1. kruitvat says:

    Here is some good information about the car bombs in a Turkish border town.
    But it is wrong to believe that Washington wants to resolve the so called Syrian ‘conflict’ through dialogue between the parties involved…

    Israel behind twin car bombing in Turkey
    …Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan while addressing a rally in Istanbul, raised rhetoric against Assad regime over twin car bombing by accusing Damascus for trying to drag Turkey into its civil war by such provocations.

    Turkey’s opposition criticized the government’s policy on Syria, saying its active support of the rebels had put the country’s security at risk.

    Mehmet Akif Okur, assistant professor at the Ankara-based Institute of Strategy, suspects a link between the Reyhanli bombings and the agreement to hold a joint conference on Syria, reached by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart Israel-Firster John Kerry during their talks in Moscow last week.

    “It looks like the story of a Turkish fighter jet shot down by Syria is repeating itself. Back then, as soon as the Geneva conference was proposed, our plane was downed. Now, another such conference on the Syrian problem is being planned, and again Turkey shudders, this time over deadly blasts. People who committed those crimes appear to have a certain strategy. And we see how, within the framework of that strategy, a potential response or no response is pre-calculated. When our fighter jet was gunned down, Turkey was evidently expected to openly wage a war against Syria and refuse to participate in the Geneva conference. In that case, it would have been in impossible for Turkey, as a country at war with Syria, to engage in dialogue about ways of ending the Syrian conflict. Also, there has been a sharp decrease in support of Ankara’s Syrian policy among the Turkish public. If we look at opinion polls, we’ll see how incidents like these encourage that process. The latest terrorist acts will predictably spark outrage among Turks and may prompt Ankara to revise its support of the Syrian opposition.”

    Any political aware person knows that Turkey had violated Syrian airspace several times and along with French, Israeli and NATO officers, is providing military training to anti-Assad rebels since day one. In the past, even Turk soldiers had been captured by Syrian forces allegedly aiding the rebels.

    Damascus, which has nothing to gain from such provocations – denied being involved in killing fellow Muslim Turks. Furthermore, Assad is not stupid enough to tangle with Turkey which has the fourth largest army among the NATO countries. In fact, Damascus had kept peace with even the Zionist entity since the 1967 Israeli invasion and occupation of its Golan Heights. The only two parties which gain from such terrorism – are pro-USrael rebels or the anti-Ankara Kurd militias who want to sabotage the recent agreement between Washington and Moscow to resolve Syrian conflict through dialogue between the parties involved.

  2. kruitvat says:

    Israel–Turkey relations

    Israeli–Turkish relations refer to the bilateral ties between Israel and Turkey. Israel–Turkey relations were formalized in March 1949. Turkey was the first Muslim majority country to recognize the State of Israel.

    Military, strategic, and diplomatic cooperation between Turkey and Israel were accorded high priority by both countries, which shared concerns with respect to the regional instabilities in the Middle East. According to a New York Times report in 1999, the strategic partnership between the two countries had the potential to alter Middle East politics: Trade and tourism were booming, the Israel Air Force practiced maneuvers in Turkish airspace and Israeli technicians were modernizing Turkish combat jets. There were also plans for high-tech cooperation and water sharing. Relations deteriorated after the 2008–09 Gaza War and the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid, but by March 2013 Israel apologised for the raid, opening path for normalised relations.

  3. kruitvat says:

    Syria denies involvement in Turkey’s Reyhanli car bombings

    May 12, 2013

    Syria has denied allegations that it was behind two car bombings which killed 46 people in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli.

    Syria Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi told a news conference on Sunday that his country “did not commit and would never commit such an act because our values would not allow that.”

    He blamed Ankara for the Saturday bombings in Reyhanli as well as the ongoing unrest in Syria by facilitating the flow of arms, explosives, vehicles, militants and money across the border into the Arab country.

    “It is (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip) Erdogan who should be asked about this act… He and his party bear direct responsibility,” Zohbi said.

    The Syrian minister also stated that Turkey has planned the attacks to use them as a pretext to justify foreign intervention in Syria.

    “Why this timing? Why these attack, just days before the meeting between Erdogan and (US President Barack) Obama? Does he (Erdogan), whose country is a NATO member, want to incite the United States (into intervening in Syria) by telling him his country has been attacked?” Zohbi said.

    He added that the Turkish government has turned its border areas with Syria into centers for international terrorism.

    At least 46 people were killed and scores of others injured in two car bomb explosions in Reyhanli, near the Syrian border, on Saturday. No group has claimed the responsibility for the attacks. Turkish authorities say nine people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.

    Turkey, which supports militants fighting against the Syrian government, has accused Syria of being behind the attacks.

    “No one has the right to make arbitrary accusations. He accuses us first, and then says he will find the proof. That actually means he will fabricate the evidence,” Zohbi said, referring to Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler.

  4. kruitvat says:

    Syria condemns terrorist act in Turkey

    12 May 2013

    Al-Zoubi: Turkish Government is to Blame for al-Rihaniyeh Bombings

    DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi, stressed that the bombings which rocked al-Rihaniya city in Turkey are a terrorist act that is condemned by all moral, human and legal standards, offering condolences to the Turkish people for the martyrs and wishing recovery for the injured.

    “Any accusation against Syria in any statement, where explicit or implicit, by any Turkish official is completely rejected,” said al-Zoubi addressing the Intellectual Political Symposium which kicked off Sunday at the al-Assad National Library in Damascus.

    Minister al-Zoubi, said that the Turkish government led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to blame for the bombings in al-Rihaniyeh havign urned the border areas with Syria into “international terrorist concentrations,” and turned the Turkish civilians’ houses, farms and properties into centers and passages for terrorist groups.

    He added that the Turkish government has been facilitating the delivery of weapons, explosive devices, car bombs, money and killers into Syria.

    Al-Zoubi held Erdogan and the Turkish government directly responsible, both morally and politically, towards the peoples of Syria and Turkey, the region, and the whole world.

    He stressed that what happened in al-Rihaniyeh is blamed on Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party, pointing out that Syria has nothing to do with this as it is not how it behaves.

    “We have problems with Turkey since hundreds of years, yet Syria…has never acted this way or done such an act. It’s not because we can’t, but because the way we were raised and our morals, conduct and values don’t allow us to do such a thing,” he added.

    The Minister reiterated that no one has the right in Turkey to issue arbitrary accusations against Syria, expressing deep sorry over the victims of the bombings in al-Rihaniyeh.

    Al-Zoubi wondered how the Turkish Interior Minister has accused Syria of the bombings only then to say that he will prove his accusations when they reach evidence, pointing out that when the Turkish minister says he would reach evidence that means he wants to fabricate one.

    Al-Zoubi said big questions need to be answered by the Justice and Development Party and Erdogan government, including what interest do [they] have in destroying Syria? Why going too far in killing and destruction? Why this timing for al-Rihaniyeh operation?

    He continued asking “Why should the bombings in Turkey take place days before Erdogan’s meeting Obama?…Is it that [Erdogan] wants to show off and say he has enough power to intervene in Syria?… Does Erdogan want to foil the Russian-U.S. efforts to hold an international conference?” al-Zoubi asked.

    Al-Zoubi commented on the statements made by the Turkish Foreign Minister yesterday in which he said “Turkey can defend itself” by saying “Against whom does it have to defend itself? Does it have to defend itself against terrorism and terrorists?, noting that the government of Erdogan should shoulder complete responsibility for what happened.

    “It Turkey, the state and the people, want to defend themselves, they have to ask Erdogan and his government to step down because they are to blame for what happened,” the Information Minister added.

    “I ask Erdogan to step down as a murderer and blood shedder and I say to him that that it’s not his right to brag out his glories at the expense of the blood of the Turks and the Syrians,” al-Zoubi added.

    He highlighted the cooperation between the Israeli enemy and the Turkish government, despite the latter’s claim of supporting the Palestinian people, referring particularly to Turkish government allowing the Turkish Airlines company to sponsor the Israeli second international fair in occupied Jerusalem and the joint military exercises between Turkey and Israel, reminding that the Israeli enemy has not even apologized for the martyrs of Mavi Marmara.

    He stressed that Israel has committed an aggression against Syria recently and raided military sites near Damascus and violated, through this aggression, the international commitments (Disengagement of Forces Agreement), adding that Israel has allowed terrorists to operate inside the demilitarized zone and to kidnap the UN observers.

    “Accordingly, Syria has the right at this time and at any other time to deal with the Golan issue in the way the owner has the right to deal with his property, because the Golan is and has always been a Syrian Arab land,” said the Information Minister,” adding that “Israel must understand that it can’t take a promenade in the Syrian sky because the Syrian land and sky are not a promenade for anyone.”

    He stressed that “The Syrian army and people know very well how to defend Syria,” noting that this talk is addressed to “all who think that the circumstances are convenient for them to tamper with the country.”

    “Everybody should know that we are people who don’t forget to respond to an aggression against the aggressors, nor do we forget our martyrs and those who killed them,” said al-Zoubi.

    He pointed out that the Syrian media is facing a real battle, along with all the state’s institutions, in terms of offering martyrs and having to confront great pressures by foreign parties to suppress its voice.

    He noted that the Ministry of Information has allowed access to 300 media outlets, including American, French and British because “we believe that it they would convey at least part of the truth, that would be in Syria’s interest.”

    Al-Zoubi indicated that Syria has conducted many investigations into lots of incidents which took place on the borders with Turkey and Jordan and come to know quite well who are the perpetrators and the accomplices.

    Answering a question on how Syria’s future would be, he said reaching “the renewed Syria” is a national political, economic, social, human and cultural project to which all Syrians should contribute regardless of any differences among them.

    Al-Zoubi added that this project cannot be launched without a comprehensive national dialogue that does not exclude anyone.

    For his part, Head of the Journalists Union, Elias Murad, said the Syrian people can achieve renewal for themselves and their homeland through the package of decisions which have been issued in the framework of the political reform and the national dialogue project.

    English Bulletin

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