POLITICS > NATO chief says alliance will defend Turkey over Syria

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NATO Chief Rasmussen. AA Photo

NATO Chief Rasmussen. AA Photo

NATO will defend alliance member Turkey, which struck back after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its border, the alliance's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a meeting in Prague today.
"NATO as an organisation will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey, our ally. We have more plans in place to make sure that we can protect and defend Turkey and hopefully that way also deter so that attacks on Turkey will not take place," he said.

Rasmussen also welcomed a weekend agreement by Syrian opposition groups to put aside differences and form a new coalition.


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Chris Green

11/14/2012 10:48:37 AM

Alex Kader: It is more of a mantra than a cliche but for 'support', read "We will just leave Turkey to it..."

Alex Kader

11/12/2012 11:00:25 PM

“NATO will defend Turkey over Syria “what a cliché. I am one of the persons who are sick and tried to hear this cliché. What is the point to repeat this nonsense statement over and over? Legitimate Syrian government is not fighting against to any country that explicitly excludes ruthless, brutal, sadistic united terrorist organizations. NATO should pay attention to the truth about Mr. Erdogan`s engagement in aggressive and illegal wars before they listen to the dictatorial government of Turkey.

Jobs jon

11/12/2012 10:52:32 PM

@Aryeh Rapaport, don't you think the Israeli discriminative policies are damaging the US image in the ME. Also, you and all other here need to pay honest attention to the Jewish and Christian extremism in the west and around the globe. The west closes its eyes when it comes to the Palestinian Holocaust at the hands of the Israelis. Do you think we in the west need to wake up and face the realities on the ground and say to Israel enough is enough.

shmack shmack

11/12/2012 10:47:09 PM

It's time for some commentators here to take their daily medicine. And quick. So Turkey is a danger for EU, Israel and the whole world but radical Judaists that rule Israel and have direct access to nukes are not? Not long ago an Israeli lawmaker has threatened to flatten every major capital in the world, if need be.

Blue Dotterel

11/12/2012 9:44:04 PM

The US wants NATO to attack Syria. That is all that this means. Defend Turkey from what - "rebel" mortars supplied by Turkey.

Aryeh Rapaport

11/12/2012 6:24:40 PM

Chris, I agree! am worried of her interest, strategy. We cant look back & say Turks had secular govt once upon a time- all is well. Current Islamic govt took clear steps which causes West to question her sincerity. Islamic radicalization throughout Turkey, ME in general in past decades increases risks for region, Israel, EU. I sincerely wish, hope Turks switch Erdogan but I dont think it will happen. I fear Islamists will increase sectarianism, death, fear, instability for Turks, region & World!

Chris Green

11/12/2012 4:10:18 PM

That Turkey does not have certain missile types does not entirely detract from Turkey's ability as a military force which should be underestimated by no one. My great concern is that under Erdogan, Turkey is being taken backwards, far away from the vision of its founding father. Whilst there is no advantage to Turkey in joining the EU, NATO is the stronger for Turkey's participation but one should be fearful of the backward steps that AK Parti seem to be taking recently.

Aryeh Rapaport

11/12/2012 2:12:27 PM

Chris, Turkey obviously cant take care of herself. if she asks a couple of times for Patriot missiles and doesnt get them. Its interesting there is no mention of patriot missiles in this article. Its healthy for West to hold such a card with Turkey so it doesnt go out on adventures with Islamic agendas... NATO should continue working with Turkey to secure her citizens, help protect country, provide security & deterrence against Turkish enemies, West enemies.

Chris Green

11/12/2012 1:30:33 PM

Pretty sure that Turkey can take care of herself!
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