[Marxism] [UCE] Turkey Plays Chicken for NATO
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 5 12:20:26 MDT 2012
On 10/5/12 1:59 PM, Ron Jacobs wrote:
Ron, you write:
"From where I sit, it appears the US and its alliance are arming forces
very similar to those it armed in Afghanistan, while the nation of Syria
is looking more and more like Iraq circa 2007, when sectarian conflict
split that nation into many small and dangerous combat zones."
In fact, the CIA supplied Afghan jihadists with ground to air missiles
that wreaked havoc with Soviet helicopters. By contrast, the CIA stands
guard at the Syria-Turkey border to prevent the FSA from getting the
same exact kinds of missiles.
August 12, 2012
DESPITE mounting calls in Washington for a more aggressive US military
role in Syria, the CIA has been quietly working along its northern
border with Turkey to limit the supplies of weapons and ammunition
reaching rebel forces, according to Syrian opposition officials.
“Not one bullet enters Syria without US approval,” one official
complained in Istanbul. “The Americans want the [rebellion] to continue,
but they are not allowing enough supplies in to make the Damascus regime
Details of the CIA’s policing activities offer a rare insight into the
complex struggle for regional advantage that is rapidly developing at
the margins of the Syrian civil war. Conducted mostly by clandestine
agents from America, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iran, the
conflict has turned Turkey’s rugged border provinces into a hotbed of
arms dealers, spies and would-be fighters.
Over the past 10 months, a Syrian opposition official told The Sunday
Times, the CIA has blocked shipments of heavy anti-tank and
anti-aircraft weapons, which rebel units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)
have long described as vital to their efforts to overthrow President
Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
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