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This September 17, 2012 US Department od Defense handout image shows US Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr. meeting with US Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the American Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. AFP PHOTO

This September 17, 2012 US Department od Defense handout image shows US Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr. meeting with US Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the American Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. AFP PHOTO

Washington doesn’t see the possibility of a war between Turkey and Syria, U.S. ambassador to Ankara Francis Ricciardone said today, adding that Ankara would not fall into the trap of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Ricciardone said the United States is on the same page as Turkey in regards to the Syrian issue.

“We don’t see a possibility of war between Syria and Turkey. We will perform our utmost performance, we are sharing intelligence with friend countries,” Ricciardone said.

Touching on the anti-terror fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the U.S.
ambassador said the PKK and the al-Assad regime are common enemies of both countries. Ricciardone also said the United States was disappointed with the UN’s inability to act on the Syria issue. “The UN should be more active and the Security Council should act,” Ricciardone said.

October/16/2012

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turkic voice

10/17/2012 12:28:02 AM

How in the world does this guy think its a trap by basar alasad???like basar needs more to deal with?? more like a jewish or amerian trap we are mostly suspecting, this is why a war wont start.Thats if it has been orcrestrated as a trap at all.

Faruk Timuroglu

10/16/2012 7:27:35 PM

Co-President has been waiting for the sign for so long!

Woodrow Speckels

10/16/2012 7:11:21 PM

Aryet--Was it your exspectation that when Obama got elected he would engage and solve all the ME problems. I certainly hope the ME get less America. We have noticed what appreciation we get when involved with ME countries. If there is a problem in the ME then let the ME take care of it.

turk oz

10/16/2012 6:56:47 PM

Does he mean the trap US is trying to get Turkey in to the war? Remember the greatest Middle East map. So far Egypt and Libya broken up, next is Syria. Of course we all know what is next, it will be Kurdistan republic which will be carved out of Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. I hope Turkey does not fall into this trap.

avron dacota

10/16/2012 6:36:37 PM

I feel pleasure to read " no sign of Syria-Turkey war". But still,be careful your enemy is always busy in conspiracy against the both countries, and they can use their agent's like FSA,salafis,jihadis by a single mortar fire from Syrian soil, this would be enough for war. Mr, Teyyep has already said that any further violation of security of the country will not be tolerated.

Aryeh Rapaport

10/16/2012 5:46:43 PM

US ambassador is living in LALA land. This is what you get from Barak Obama. All Muslims who were so cheerful when he won didnt understand his policies are to back out from ME, decrease involvement. Well Turks - you wanted less America- you get less America. Lets have this region fight a couple decades war to decide if they want Democracy, Islamist extremist entity or some sort of combo. Only thing I know Is Turkey will pay a dear price for being on front line!! Future for Turkey seems wary...
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