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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrives at a two-day NATO foreign ministers at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels December 4, 2012. REUTERS photo

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrives at a two-day NATO foreign ministers at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels December 4, 2012. REUTERS photo

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu claims that the Syrian regime has 700 missiles, adding that their location, storage method and holders are no secret to Ankara.

“A psychological edge has been exceeded in Syria. In the past, it was feared that “if the regime survives, it will take revenge.” But now everyone thinks of what to do next if the regime falls,” Davutoğlu said in a recent interview with Turkish daily Sabah, adding that Turkey’s demand for the Patriot missile system was for precautionary reasons against any threat from uncontrolled groups. “The protection from NATO will be three dimensional; one is the short-range Patriots, the second is the middle-range Terminal High Altitude Air Defense [THAD] system and the last is the AEGIS system, which counters missiles that can reach outside the atmosphere.” With this integrated system, Turkey will have maximum protection, he said.

Davutoğlu said Ankara wants “establishment of a transitional government without [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad,” while Russia wants “a transitional government with al-Assad continuing in its normal process.” Russia and Turkey agree on the target but have differences over the means to reach it, according to Davutoğlu, who added that Russia’s efficient involvement in the process is more significant in comparison to Iran’s role in the issue.


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ilker avni

12/5/2012 11:51:53 PM

@ america america What about Russian inteligence ,straight from the suppliers mouth,Russia warned Turkey last year while American and israeli intel was still sleeping.The thing i cant understand is why Turkey lacks protecion suits against chemical weapons,as a Nato member you would expect the Turkish armed forces would have stock of these suits.

Kemal Candar

12/5/2012 11:30:29 PM

No Mr. Davutoglu these missile systems are not deployed to defend Turkey. NATO is deploying in the Diyarbakir area and NATO needs these systems to defend the military air base there, while the vulnerable west coast and heavy populated areas stay without missile defense. Don't you know that Syria's Scuds have a 700 KM range? They eventually could reach Ankara and your office. NATO will build up an assault force in Diyarbakir and play the same game as the UN did in Gulf War 1

Deniz Can

12/5/2012 8:04:54 PM

PART 1The explanation of Mr Davutoglu about the developments in Syrian demonstrates clearly that Turkey is one of the actors of this current situation. Mr Davutoglu can still happily say that '… the Syrian opposition, as it gains ground, says it does not support interim formulas after violence in this proportion. Source: Zaman" instead of accepting a strategy and policy to put pressure on opposition to accept an interim formulas., before more bloodshed and destruction and suffering.

Deniz Can

12/5/2012 8:03:52 PM

PART 2 Instead Turkey is papering for post-Assad developments. It means Turkey's strategy about the conflict is to make sure that this conflict continues as it has been, probably in more brutal art until Assad have surrendered, regardless of what the cost has been/is going to be. Turkey's self-interest and Sunni-religious-based hegemonic policy has been pulling Turkey into conflict-zone of foreign policy dictatorship, which is more likely to build its enemy. America is the clear example

mara mcglothin

12/5/2012 6:56:56 PM

Good one AMERICAN AMERICAN Aren't we blessed to be the scapegoat for the rest of the World's ills? I would say this article could have been simply "Turkey Knows Everything" and leave it at that. And they also own NATO didn't you know?

rich bind

12/5/2012 5:38:15 PM

Just 700? Israel has ten of thousands of rockets pointed at her, but Turkish government does not see this as something Israel should consider as a threat.

ilker avni

12/5/2012 4:43:47 PM

The big worry for Turkey is the stock pile of chemical weapons,i wonder how the American would react if Assad pointed the missiles in Israels direction,i bet they would have taken out the threat by now.Assads time is up and he might use the chemical weapons then blame some one else,or he might hand them over to Hezbollah,either way they should be taken out,the last thing you want is a Hizbollah with chemical weapons.

american american

12/5/2012 12:48:41 PM

thanks to american and israeli intelligence. or at least it will be when you get it wrong.
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