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Turkey, US to Work Closely on Syria

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu talk after their news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, August 11, 2012.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu talk after their news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, August 11, 2012.
Dorian Jones
ISTANBUL — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Turkey and the U.S. will increase cooperation in support of Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

Secretary Clinton, at a news conference in Istanbul with her Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, announced the formation of a common operational structure between the two countries to support the Syrian opposition.

"Our two ministries are coordinating much of it, our intelligence and military have very important roles to play," she said.

Turkey, which neighbors Syria, is already a base for the Syrian Free Army, but Clinton stressed that U.S. support will continue to be non-lethal.  But when the U.S. secretary of state was asked if the cooperation with Turkey  could extend to no-fly zones over Syria she did not rule it out

"The issues you posed in your question are exactly the ones the minister and I have agreed need greater in-depth analysis," she said. "It is one thing to talk about all kinds of potential action. You cannot make  reasoned decisions without doing intense analysis and operational planning."

Clinton also said the deepening bilateral cooperation will focus on the nightmare scenario in Syria.

"In the horrible event that chemical weapons were used, and everyone has made that clear that is a red line to the world, and what that means in terms of response and humanitarian and medical emergency assistance and of course what needs to be done to secure those stocks from ever being used or falling into to wrong hands," she said.

The U.S. secretary of state also warned of the danger that terrorist groups including al-Qaida might seek to use Syria as a base There was also concern expressed over the humanitarian crisis in Syria and increasing numbers of refugees fleeing the country.

Clinton announced $5.5 million of new aid, for the refugees.  Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu said refugees fleeing to Turkey had surged to 3,000-a-day and that his country might need international assistance. Around 55,000 Syrians have already sought refuge in Turkey.  The secretary of state also met with representatives of the Syrian opposition and Turkey's prime minister and president during her visit.

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
August 14, 2012 3:50 AM
What is the identity of rebels of Syria? Why do Clinton and U.S. government take defence for rebels? Why do they want to destroy Assad administration? Are they dislike Assad because their rivals of China and Russia support him? Has Assad been a dectator in Syria? Has Assad been related to Alkida? Has Assad put disadvantage to the U.S. in oil import? Why are they like rebels? Are they pro-democrats? Are they would be easy to control for the profit of U.S.?

by: Joe Zrnchik from: Highland, IN
August 12, 2012 8:48 AM
The situation is urgent in the Arab States because Assad's forces are crushing the al Qaeda invaders and now the Kurds stand to bring Erdogan's political career to an end in Turkey.

The reality of Syria is that the US lies and everybody pretends like it is the truth.

As a retired officer I want to know why the US is supporting al Qaeda scum? Did any Iranians or Syrians attack us on 9/11? No, it was a Saudi supported bin Laden and his jihadist militants we are now supporting who attacked us and sent us on a decade long Gloabl War on Terror. This shows the GWOT is just a farse.

In the US civil war there was 30 million people and over 600,000 people died; this represented 2% of the overall population. In Syria there are 20 million and there has been only 15,000 dead. For the carnage to reach US Civil war proportions there would have to be over 400,000 dead. But while Lincoln is worshiped, Assad is reviled for killing only about 2% of the number Lincoln killed.

So, where does the US suddenly get off telling Syria it must surrender and hand the nation over to foreign exported jihadists from Sauid Arabia sent to destroy Syria?

If the US and Turkey create no-fly zones Syria needs to ask Russia to establish a no-no-fly zone and start knocking planes out of the sky left and right. It also needs to invite Iran and Hezbollah to exterminate the cockroaches sent from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to infest Syria. Then the war will end when these al Qaeda terrorists scum find out they are facing real fighting units like Hezbollah.

Turkey will have enough problems after unleashing Kurdish discontent. If Syrian Shiites deserve a country, then why not the Kurds? Why is Turkey so hypocritical about worrying about Syrian Shiites while his country committed genocide against Armenians and mass slaughter against Kurds?

Also, if Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are so worried about rights and democracy, maybe they should stop slaughtering the Shiites they refuse to grant any rights to and allow them a political voice.

Joseph Zrnchik
MAJ, Army (Ret.)
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by: NW Hoosier from: Chicago metro
August 14, 2012 12:26 AM
Major Zrnchik,

You may like to google "stop NATO". There you will find more about the global militarism, if you do not already know of it.

by: max from: austrlia
August 12, 2012 5:44 AM
Som of the coments have strted to pick ut on Hilery CLINTON how can USA set in to help rebels again after what happened in Libia as that situatin gave rebels and moslems in other countries think they will get the same help I just wonder How many people have been killed because of a situation USA has created I am not anti USA but there are some bad people useing power at the present

by: Dr. Malek Towghi from: USA
August 11, 2012 4:59 PM
"Turkey, US to work closely on Syria". Are we going to betray the Kurds and the Christians again? Thanks to God that Russia has survived !
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by: robby
August 12, 2012 10:35 AM
what do you guy mean by saying the last sentence? that is Russia has survived.
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by: Al_Kilo from: USA
August 12, 2012 9:20 AM
Don’t worry about the Russians. Clinton has been working for them since the beginning of this crisis. Recent contracts of Gazprom and Exxon directly with the Kurds, bypassing Baghdad, are an indication of what is really driving politics behind the scene.
By dragging their feet and working for the Russians behind the scene, Clinton/Obama appear to be deliberately sheltering Iran, perhaps as not to weaken Iran’s position, thus not weakening the justification to bomb them.
A possible outcome will be a 3 way partition along ethic/religious lines of Syria/Iraq (artificial colonial entities anyway), a bit like Pakistan and India, but hopefully less violent. This will include the creation of 3 or 4 new entities, starting with Kurdistan (the big winner), a new predominantly Sunni Syria, a new Shia Iraq and perhaps a separate western Alawite enclave. And yes, in this new arrangement Christians as well as other religious minorities will need protection.

by: Wingnut from: USA
August 11, 2012 2:42 PM
And here we thought the USA was fighting AGAINST terrorism. Now we see they are supporting it. hmmm.

by: Mukacey from: USA
August 11, 2012 12:51 PM
i start to believe this is all about Iran...

by: Anemone
August 11, 2012 11:41 AM
Since when Hillary Clinton cares about human blood after all the savage deaths she willfully provokes?

by: Jeff Ritherdon from: Thailand
August 11, 2012 7:39 AM
Hang in there Syria. Syria’s strength and resilience along with support from Russia will in the long run see an over reaching UN defeated. Perhaps too, Saudi Arabia will revolt against what really is a depraved government and the UN empire of card tricks and deceit will come crashing down.
Erdogan is crazy. Following along with the NWO will or may well ruin Turkey for good. Turkey is being set up for a sucker punch. NATO want them to attack Syria with the promise that the NWO has a special reward for them. This will not be the case. Turkey will be destroyed in the process. Remember Ataturk's legacy, empire is something you are better off not having.

by: Jeff Ritherdon from: Thailand
August 11, 2012 7:26 AM
All the death and destruction taking place in Syria right now is the fault of NATO terrorists. The prostitute media have a campaign running to create belief in the mind of the masses that the Syrian government shall soon fall. They write of generals and politicians defecting, the slaughter of civilians and the existence of biological weapons. The media manufacture lies and create the allusion of massacres, all of which have been discredited.
Syria is the victim of NATO aggression and lunatic war mongers like Clinton and Rice. The fact is the total of all the disinformation leveled at Syria has come to nothing. The likes of NATO’s death squads have largely been defeated, but the lies just keep pouring out of the mouths of the mainstream press via the direction of the World Bank oligarchs. The majority of the world, not in the US sphere of influence, wants Syria left alone and refuses to co-operate in the criminal intent to invade them. This includes Russia, China and Venezuela. Syria is a sovereign nation under reform. She is a liberal country enjoying a growing economy and distribution of wealth. The powers within the UN and Wall Street want nothing less than the crushing of sovereign nations. The plan is - reformation from chaos - this is barbarism. UN/NATO, the world grows weary of your blood-lust.
Soon countries like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will rise up in real revolution. Not Obama/CIA backed colour revolution but a genuine revolt from the grass roots of societies who are tired of living within a feudal state; feudal states the US call democracies. Revolution of this nature and magnitude will see the cold blooded fascist NATO war machine grind to a halt.

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