‘Patriots are Turkey’s insurance’

Published on 29 August 2013 at 10:47

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“The countdown has begun for western military intervention in Syria,” notes Zaman, which reports that Turkey has signaled a readiness to “provide logistical support” to an international coalition, a move that will expose it to possible reprisals from the Syrian regime.

It is for this reason that the Turkish army has deployed batteries of ground to air Patriot, Stinger and I-Hawk missiles along the country’s border with Syria, adds the newspaper.

Turkey’s involvement alongside its western allies “poses serious risks for Ankara,” points out Zaman because —

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Turkey will become an open target of the embattled Syrian regime and its key allies, including Iran, Lebanon's Shiite group Hezbollah and Russia, say experts [who affirm that supporters of Assad] seeking to destabilise Turkey […] could revive ethnic and religious tensions.

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