CIA and MI6 backed Free Syria Army terrorist in the western border town of Zabadani in January, 2012.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday the military alliance is ready to attack Turkey following a week of theatrical performances on the Syrian border designed to portray Turkey’s neighbor as an ominous threat.
“Obviously Turkey can rely on NATO solidarity,” said Rasmussen. “We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.”
Despite evidence that the mortar used in the attack on Turkey was of NATO manufacture and Syria has formally apologized for the attack it did not commit, Turkey has continued to pummel its northern neighbor with artillery barrages over the last week.
“Ankara may want an escalation in the stand-off with Syria, but there will be no NATO war without US backing,” John Glaser writes today. “Although the US has been meddling in Syria’s conflict – by sending aid to the rebel fighters and fueling the violence – many in the US still don’t see an outbreak of war in Syria as workable.”
In August, Moscow’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin warned that NATO is working toward intervention in Syria.
“NATO is planning a military campaign against Syria to help overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad with a long-reaching goal of preparing a beachhead for an attack on Iran,” he said.
Following a statement by the Chairman of the UN Security Council critical of Syria on August 3, Rogozin said “[This statement] means that the planning [of the military campaign] is well underway. It could be a logical conclusion of those military and propaganda operations, which have been carried out by certain Western countries against North Africa.”
“The noose around Iran is tightening. Military planning against Iran is underway. And we are certainly concerned about an escalation of a large-scale war in this huge region,” Rogozin added.
“US, NATO and Israeli military planners have outlined the contours of a ‘humanitarian’ military campaign, in which Turkey (the second largest military force inside NATO) would play a central role,” Michel Chossudovsky wrote in February.
“We are at dangerous crossroads. Were a US-NATO military operation to be launched against Syria, the broader Middle East Central Asian region extending from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with China would be engulfed in the turmoil of an extended regional war.