SYRIA ON WAR FOOTING / ´Unusual troop movements´ on border with NATO-member Turkey (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein TEL AVIV, Israel 04/12/12)
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TEL AVIV – The Syrian military is on its second highest alert level,
believing Turkey may be attempting to stage a provocation in hopes of
drawing Damascus into a conflict, a top Syrian official told WND.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Syria noted
unusual Turkish troop movements in recent days along the Syria-Turkey
Turkey claimed the movement was to guard refugees coming into the
country from war-torn areas of Syria. The Syrian official, however,
said Damascus believes Turkey may be trying to “surprise” Syria with
some sort of provocation.
The Syrian official said President Bashar al-Assad asked Russia to
investigate the Turkish Army deployments.
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Already, shots were fired today by Syrian forces toward a refugee
camp in Turkey, located across the border from Syria.
Turkish media reported that Syrian troops fired at Syrian refugees
trying to cross the border with Turkey.
It was the second border incident in recent days. On Monday, Syrian
forces fired into Turkey and Lebanon, killing two people in a Turkish
The Syrian official talking to WND claimed that in both incidents
Syrian troops were first fired upon by insurgents along the Turkish
Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem phoned his
Turkish counterpart over the matter, securing a Turkish pledge to not
take any “unilateral” measures, the Syrian official said.
Still, Syria believes its foe Turkey has been disappointed with the
lack of momentum for a NATO air campaign to target Assad’s regime and
that Ankara may be trying to agitate for an international military
solution to violence in Syria.
Assad has been engaged in a months-long violent crackdown on a well-
armed insurgency targeting his regime.
Last week, WND reported Turkey has been surprised by a sudden behind-
the-scenes change in attitude from the Obama administration regarding
Assad, according to Turkish diplomatic sources.
The sources said that while U.S. rhetoric against Assad remains
strong, the Obama administration is suddenly dropping the ball by
supporting a NATO campaign against Assad. The sources said the U.S.
is suddenly scaling back material support for the Syrian opposition.
The Turkish sources said Turkey and the Syrian opposition are
disappointed with the change in attitude, which they claim comes
without any diplomatic justification from U.S. officials.
The sources said some Turkish officials believe Obama may have made a
deal with Syria or Iran.
Earlier this month, WND quoted informed Middle Eastern officials
saying Obama has been engaged in secret, back-channel talks with Iran
in which he informed Tehran’s leaders he is completely opposed to any
Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
The officials told WND the behind-the-scenes talks aim to secure a
guarantee from Iran that it will not retaliate against the U.S. in
the event of an Israeli military strike, the officials said.
It was unclear what, if anything, Obama offered Iran in exchange for
a pledge against targeting U.S. installations, including in the Gulf.
The State Department did not return a WND request seeking comment on
the alleged back-door talks. (Copyright © 2012 FrontPageMagazine.com
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