Skip to comments.Turkey calls Syria security leak 'villainous,' blocks YouTube
Posted on 03/28/2014 2:43:28 AM PDT by Mount Athos
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.
Turkish authorities ordered the shutdown of the site.
The account posted what it presented as a recording of intelligence chief Hakan Fidan discussing possible military operations in Syria with Davutoglu, Deputy Chief of military Staff Yasar Guler and other senior officials.
Speaking to reporters in Kutahya, Davutoglu confirmed the meeting took place[...]
The conversation appeared to centre on a possible operation to secure the tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in an area of northern Syria largely controlled by militant Islamists.
Ankara regards the tomb as sovereign Turkish territory under a treaty signed with France in 1921, when Syria was under French rule. About two dozen Turkish special forces soldiers permanently guard it.
Turkey threatened two weeks ago to retaliate for any attack on the tomb following clashes between militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an al Qaeda breakaway group, and rival rebel groups in the area.
"An operation against ISIL has international legitimacy. We will define it as al Qaeda. There are no issues on the al Qaeda framework. When it comes to the Suleyman Shah tomb, it's about the protection of national soil," a voice presented as that of foreign ministry undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu says.
When the discussion turns to the need to justify such an operation, the voice purportedly of Fidan says: "Now look, my commander, if there is to be justification, the justification is, I send four men to the other side. I get them to fire eight missiles into empty land. That's not a problem. Justification can be created."
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If I understand correctly, the Tomb has not been attacked. Turkey was discussing using the Tomb **and a false flag attack** to justify a military incursion into Syria.
Perhaps this would be used to draw NATO into the Syrian conflict as Syria would naturally attack the invading Turkish forces.
Some of the NATO members seem to want an excuse to escalate involvement in Syria anyway.
I’m going to post this article next from Voice of America on this subject, with much more information.
Everything is connected to everything else. If NATO members are looking for an excuse to intervene in Syria, expect Russia to cause more trouble in Europe with NATO members.