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جمعرات, اگست 2, 2012

What is happening on the Turkey-Syria border?

 US President Barack Obama has reportedly signed a secret order, authorizing more support for rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad government.

According to the reports that come from Turkey from the border town of Şanlıurfa military equipment is being pilled towards the border with Syria.

The decree broadly permits the CIA and other US agencies to aid militants in Syria against the country’s army, Reuters quoted informed sources as saying on Wednesday.

The order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence "finding," marks Washington’s growing support for armed terrorists in Syria.

The move came after the United States and its allies failed to push tougher sanctions against the Assad government in mid-July at the UN Security Council.

It was not immediately clear when Obama had signed the secret order while the full extent of the clandestine support the US is providing to Syrian rebels remains unknown.

The White House declined to comment on the report.

A US government source, however, confirmed that under provisions of the presidential finding, Washington is collaborating with a secret command center operated by Turkey and its allies.

Turkey, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has established a base near the Syrian border to facilitate military training and transfer of military and communications means to Syrian rebels.

According to those reports, tanks and armored personnel vehicles of the 5th Armored Gaziantep Brigade are already located at the border.
Mehmet Ali Dag, a correspondent with the Ihlas News Agency located in the border region of Kilis, shared his view of the situation with the Voice of Russia.

"15 years ago the number of tanks and the military forces on the border with Syria was about 30 times higher. Those were safety measures against the possible terrorist attacks. Later the relations with Syria improved, and the military forces were pulled away from the border. Lately, since some of the border regions of Syria are seized by forces close to the Workers' Party of Kurdistan, the Turkish Armed Forces deployed missile defense systems, armored vehicles and other military equipment at strategically important points of the borderline as a safety measure. It was done for the sake of safety. In the past there was the state of Syria, with which negotiations could be held. Now there is no such state. There is an opposition, which itself is divided into 5-6 groups that cannot find accord between themselves."
Journalist Sedat Atilla from Şanlıurfa adds:

"Given the latest events in Syria and the seizure of some border towns, the Turkish Armed Forces began to pull military equipment to the border. In Şanlıurfa and the regions of Ceylanpınar and Akchekara Turkish military forces are also being built up."

The military keep a close watch over what is going in Syria. All emergencies are reported directly to the General Staff in Ankara. Meanwhile, Arab residents of Şanlıurfa pray that the disputes stop in Syria as soon as possible, democracy settles in and the bloodshed is stopped. Tent camps for refugees are organized in the regions of Ceylanpınar and Akchekara. To date, they have taken in about 15000 refugees.

 The so-called "nerve center" is located in the southern Turkish city of Adana, which is also home to Incirlik, a US air base where US military and intelligence agencies have a notable presence.

On Wednesday, the US State Department publicly announced a total of $25 million for "non-lethal" assistance to the Syrian opposition.

The US Treasury, meanwhile, confirmed it has authorized the Washington representative of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants to conduct financial transactions on behalf of the terrorists.

The FSA has claimed responsibility for a bombing that targeted the headquarters of the National Security in the capital Damascus on July 17.

Four top Syrian military and security officials, including Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, his deputy Assef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani, were killed in the terrorist attack.

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