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Turkey scrambles F-16's on Syria border
BBC ^ | 1 July 2012 | James Reynolds

Posted on 07/01/2012 2:07:01 PM PDT by moonshot925

urkey has scrambled six F-16 fighter jets near its border with Syria after Syrian helicopters came close to the border, the country's army says.

Six jets were sent to the area in response to three such incidents on Saturday, the statement said, adding that there was no violation of Turkish airspace.

Last month, Syrian forces shot down a Turkish jet in the border area.

The incident further strained already tense relations between former allies.

Turkey's government has been outspoken in its condemnation of Syria's response to the 16-month anti-government uprising, which has seen more than 30,000 Syrian refugees enter Turkey.

On Friday, Turkey said it had begun deploying rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns along the border in response to the downing of its F-4 Phantom jet on 22 June.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: f16; kurdistan; lebanon; russia; syria; turkey; war; waronterror
Turkey has 220 F-16 Block 50
1 posted on 07/01/2012 2:07:12 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

Since Turkey in a NATO country, if this continues, then Hussein will use it as a pretext for intervening in Syria.


2 posted on 07/01/2012 2:11:44 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that bastard out of MY White House!")
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To: moonshot925

If Turkey invaded Syria from the rear would Grease help?


3 posted on 07/01/2012 2:19:55 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: moonshot925

Turkey shoot!


4 posted on 07/01/2012 2:22:55 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: moonshot925

If Turkey invaded Syria from the rear would Grease help?


5 posted on 07/01/2012 2:29:40 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Since Turkey in a NATO country, if this continues, then Hussein will use it as a pretext for intervening in Syria.

Yep, it's pretty sure that a Syrian Naval patrol boat will fire on a US Naval destroyer escorting a Turkish humanitarian relief freighter somewhere in the Tonkin Gulf within a couple of weeks.

6 posted on 07/01/2012 2:39:30 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: al baby

lol!


7 posted on 07/01/2012 2:40:20 PM PDT by brivette
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To: moonshot925

Archduke Ferdinand moment?

October Surprise come early?

NATO drawn in against Syria and Pooty-Poot decides he’s ready for another regional war?

Somebody noted that Turkey was going to ask for Article 5 of NATO this week.


8 posted on 07/01/2012 2:46:42 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: moonshot925

The Turks have a good reputation but I saw something on the History Channel a year or so back which made me think the Syrians might be hard to beat too.

They were discussing the last Arab Israeli war with an Israeli Tank commander. He described the battle in detail. The Israelis won but he admitted some admiration for the Syrians. He said they kept coming even tho their tanks were being destroyed and died to a man. None of them ran.


9 posted on 07/01/2012 2:52:32 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: moonshot925

Well then, I guess Syria will have to roll out the Skrebenski 57-G/XL turbo!


10 posted on 07/01/2012 2:52:47 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: The Sons of Liberty; All

Russia is backing Syria.. Also if the shooting match, look for oil to shoot up..


11 posted on 07/01/2012 3:34:39 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Radical Islam is a bigger threat than the LDS...)
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To: al baby

Now that’s Damn Funny.


12 posted on 07/01/2012 3:47:30 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: F15Eagle
Somebody noted that Turkey was going to ask for Article 5 of NATO this week.

Thought they asked for that in the recent emergency NATO meeting. Only the second time in world history someone asked for that declaration ? The problem is Turkey admits violating Syrian airspace, but claimed they evacuated the airspace and were shot down outside Syrian airspace. Syria claims they were shot down right off the coast where beach sun bathers watched the entire episode.

Turkey also noted some previous artillery shelling which did land on their side of the border.

13 posted on 07/01/2012 4:09:21 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: yarddog

:’) In the 1973 war, the Israeli tank commanders directed fire from the open hatch, which at least at that time was standard practice. All the Syrians went in buttoned down. Number one, they couldn’t see the Israelis in time, and couldn’t see what was happening around them; Number two, they had overwhelming numbers and attacked on Yom Kippur, and didn’t expect to encounter any Israelis; Number three, they were operating under a SAM umbrella (the IAF knocks out tanks from the air); Number four, the two generals who ran Syria’s illegal war and invasion of Israel were executed by the former dictator (the current dic’s father, as well as the source of their orders to attack) and their bodies dragged through the streets of Damascus — IOW, there was no incentive to run for it. Syria lost almost 1100 tanks in 1973, and despite SAM support, lost a healthy chunk of their air force in combat, not on the ground like in 1967.


14 posted on 07/01/2012 7:47:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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