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The Turkish Armed Forces have asked for detailed weather forecasts in Syria in order to more accurately direct artillery strikes, daily Hürriyet reported on its website today. 

The army and the Turkish meteorology department signed a protocol three years ago and founded a forecast system to help guide artillery and missile strikes, the report said.

The system covered areas in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq, where clashes often occur between Turkish security forces and militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Today, the army asked for Syria and Iraq to be included in the system in their entirety, as well as an area stretching from the Balkans to the Caspian Sea. 

When the system was first launched a website was founded for the exclusive use of Turkish military personnel where, for instance, an artillery commander could find a 36-hour forecast of weather conditions in a specific target area. The forecasts were updated four times a day, the report said. 

The joint system can produce a weather report in two seconds and predict weather conditions up to an altitude of 40 kilometers with a large range that includes the Black Sea. The conventional Artillery Meteorology System (TOMES) which was used by the military previously, could predict weather conditions up to an altitude of 5 kilometers with a limited range of 15 kilometers and took an hour to produce an accurate report. 

Weather conditions affected the accuracy of artillery strikes up to 67 percent, the report said. 

“We won’t allow a terrorist organization to become an element of threat against our country. We won’t allow a terrorist organization to [set up] bases in northern Syria,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said July 26, after numerous Kurdish cities in northern Syria declared autonomy and solidarity between the PKK and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria became a possibility.

July/30/2012

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ramazan siracoglu

7/31/2012 9:28:55 AM

Each state has its own interests first. Neighboring events directly affect Turkey. Terror groups in Turkey, which incited thanks to foreign states, get a valid support from Syria and Iraq for their actions. Turkey should take precautions for it.

Nikos T.

7/31/2012 9:21:00 AM

Turkey can not handle the Kurds not even inside Turkish borders. They don't stand a chance outside of them. The cost in human lives will be bigger than they imagine (politicians don't care). In addition, they don't have the right to invade to another country. This is outrageous, it's 2012 and not 1012. Nevertheless, the weather will never get better unless the (mother) US gives (the daughter) Turkey a green light... They are drugging Turkey to a war from witch Turkish people have nothing to win.

Frederick Melick

7/31/2012 3:56:58 AM

It looks like Turkey is caught between its NATO allies and its wanting to be seen as a legitimate negotiating power for in the M.E. A previous contributor stated that either declare war on Syria or abstain from any military or covert action.The Al Assad regime needs to be removed but this will not happen while endless talks and meetings prove futile.Thank you

Blue Dotterel

7/30/2012 10:36:13 PM

Turkey has long been involved in Syria, and Turkey is largely responsible for the criminal terrorist actions committed by the FSA in Aleppo. The AKP leadership has committed crimes again humanity, and violated international law with its hypocritical involvement Syria. By doing so, it is threatening Turkish national security which would be threatened further by an illegal incursion into Syria. Perhaps, the gov't should just declare war and be done with it, and stop pretending to a friend of Syria

stella maris

7/30/2012 6:58:16 PM

We won't allow this and we won't allow that! I would not recommend you to strike, otherwise you will have the whole lot of Kurds fighting you without end, together with AlQaeda and Jihadists, not to speak of Iran and Chinese and if forced to decide also the Russians will turn upon you!. Be wise and let the Syrians sort out their sectarian war themselves. I don't trust the rebels more than I trust Assad. Keep your borders safe, but do mot make any transgressions.

Boris Barmaleikin

7/30/2012 6:47:34 PM

Yes, Turkey may decide to intervene to forestall PKK-created disturbances on its border. But Mr. Erdogan will find it difficult to explain to the world why he can mess with Syria but Israel cannot mess with Hamas. Better if he takes up a leading role in bringing peace to Somalia, the country about which few seem to care.

ender bilici

7/30/2012 6:12:54 PM

Turkey needs to understand the big picture and vision. If Turkey don't do that she only will watch the struggle over control of resources in the Middle East

V Tiger

7/30/2012 6:12:45 PM

Much ado about nothing.More involvement of Turkey in Syria will be a quagmire similar to the US in Iraq,Afghanistan.

ilker avni

7/30/2012 5:40:17 PM

Turkey has no choice but to get invovled in the Syrian crises,if she stands still and waits,the Pkk will gain ground on Turkeys border and cause damage to Turkey.Turkey must show it means bussiness.
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