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German troops heading to Turkey-Syria border
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German troops heading to Turkey-Syria border

Published: 06 Dec 2012 11:26 GMT+01:00
Updated: 06 Dec 2012 11:26 GMT+01:00

The German government said Thursday it had approved participation in a NATO mission to deploy Patriot missiles to help member state Turkey defend its border against Syria and will send up to 400 troops.

The foreign and defence ministries said in a joint statement that the mandate, which is expected to be presented to parliament early next week, would run to January 31, 2014.

NATO on Tuesday approved Turkey's request for Patriot missiles to defend its border against Syria following a series of blunt warnings to Damascus not to use chemical weapons.

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the troop deployment would help stabilize the region. "The deterrent serves to ensure that the [chemical] capability does not become an intention," he told reporters.

NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance's decision reflected a "steadfast commitment" to preserving the security of its 28 member states.

The alliance said that Germany along with the Netherlands and the United States have agreed to provide the Patriot missile batteries, which would come under the command of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

"Turkey is currently the most-affected partner in the Syria conflict. It is exposed to a potential threat from Syria," the ministries said. "The deployment of Patriot air defence systems in close cooperation with the Netherlands and the US underlines Germany's reliability as an ally."

Turkey is a vocal opponent of the regime in Syria, where monitoring groups say over 41,000 people have been killed in almost 21 months of conflict.

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14:16 December 6, 2012 by Zubair Khan
That means days for Syrian President Assad are now numbered. What a departure in waiting for this man!
16:28 December 6, 2012 by american25276
send in the big guns if the syrian president tries the chemical attack
16:34 December 6, 2012 by Beachrider
Having Deutchland be the NATO-representative (along with Nederland) is a strong message to the Syrians that their actions have international attention. Two charter members of NATO will be representing Western interests in an easy-to-understand way.

I don't really think that the Syrians want to attack Turkey, that is just dumb. They might over-pursue people running from their military, though.

Good work by the German leaders in making a point without exacerbating the touchy situation.
16:58 December 6, 2012 by Leo Strauss
Git' em. Git that there Ass-sad. Hes a mean sucker. Boy I seen it on TV. He like that there Sodom-insane and n` that Ayo-tollah o Rock o rolla mullah guy over there in that Sawdy A Rab place. They all got them turbans with funny moustaches n think they are all that- so let`s bomb em n let God sort it out later. Hell, they got freedom fighters over there n they need some help! Ya`ll know them guys that look kinda like terrorist al kida but are really good?

Quit foolin` round with dictators! Gotta show Mr assad we ain`t playin.

Yeah! Git some! Ya`ll git some!!

PS Yo, good to see Germans n Mrs Murkal is steppin up n doin whats right to help freedom over in terkey.

You go, girl. :)

(sarcasm!)
18:32 December 6, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Where are all the War Protesters? Lol. Oh right, they don't actually care much about war. They only care when a Republican is in office.
19:04 December 6, 2012 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Remind me again why we should lift one single finger to defend a country who says to his people living in our country, to refuse to integrate?
19:40 December 6, 2012 by marimay
@ Der Grenadier aus Aachen

Are you effing retarded?
20:09 December 6, 2012 by Englishted
@IchBinKönig

What war? these missiles can't be used aggressively or am I as stupid as a republican voter?
20:30 December 6, 2012 by Leo Strauss
@IchbinKonfus

Rep-Dem fake paradigm Red Herring. Both Demo-rats and Republi-cons are for the AF-Pak-Iraq-Libya-Syria-Iran military campaign, regardless of "War Protesters". Both parties together are the war party. We all know that Mittens would be doing the same thing right now.

@Der Grenadier

Immigrant/wedge issue Red Herring. Germany as a member of NATO crime syndicate is obliged to defend fellow member Turkey under Article 5 of the treaty.

@Englishted

Turkey is the staging area for Al-Qaeda and other Saudi and Qatar financed Islamist terrorist franchises that are being used by NATO to overthrow Assad. The Patriot Missile defensive posture must be viewed within the whole context, which is an offensive foreign insurgency attack on the sovereign nation of Syria.

Come on Peeples, once more from the top:

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.de/2012/02/empires-double-edged-sword-global.html
21:25 December 6, 2012 by 9900lawre
In October 1994 i was on a NATO exercise in southern Turkey boardering Syria and Iraq. I was there at the times of the much reported cross border raids by all kurdish group in the region. I'm a British Soldier who was put on exercise in the area as a Turkish political cusion. The day NATO forces withdrew from the region, columns of Turkish T72's roled deep into northern Syria and Iraq to take control of the Kurdish uprising and saught to gain a permenant foot hold in the name of protecting it's people.

2012 sees the involvement of Germany and other nations being used under the NATO banner in the name of protecting the Turkish People. I'm afraid that having been in a similar boat 18 years ago i can't pull myself to believe that Turkey has any other agenda than to again step foot in northern Syria. Not to help the syrians but to again try and gain a foot hold in the kurdish regions for it's own evils.
21:44 December 6, 2012 by Leo Strauss
@9900lawre

Thanks for your personal input.

I think that you are spot on regarding the Turks and their motives regarding Syria and its Kurdish territories. We can only speculate what the powers that be have promised the Turks in exchange for their co-operation in this NATO-Salafi Jihad insurgency op. The question is, what have the Kurds been offered? And not only the Kurds in Syria but Iraq as well. Will this all blow-up in the Turks` face? Somebody is going to be double-crossed.

You and others might like this article by Pepe Escobar on the "Kurdish Spring":

http://www.voltairenet.org/article175214.html

Peace
22:34 December 6, 2012 by 9900lawre
Turkey funds the Iraqi Kurdish movement, Iraq funds the the syrian Kurdish movement, and Syria funds the turkish Kurdish movement. The perfect insability triangle.

Now the Germanic/Ottoman links are set in platinum, Turkey is forcing a win win situation. NATO is damned now if it does and damned if it doesn't.
22:43 December 6, 2012 by wxman
I was going to give this situation a more in depth analysis and discussion comment, but decided to go for the shorter more obvious response. This is how world wars start.
07:28 December 7, 2012 by insight101
400 troops...dang, isn't that the whole germie army?

@Leostrauss-Instead of your sarcasm, why don't you offer a serious alternative to the things you are criticizing? The usual European mantra of dialogue and engagement...or what?
10:03 December 7, 2012 by delvek
The only problem is that the dawn of WW3 is taking too damn long, hurry it up! I cant take much more bloviating of fiscal cliffs, green energy, reality shows, conservatives, liberals, war on women, war on gays, fat capital cats ... HURRY IT UP WHY DONT YOU!!!
11:14 December 7, 2012 by Leo Strauss
@insight101

My first post on this thread was sarcastic, but usually I am trying to point out the contradictions, fallacies and outright propaganda of the mainstream media/PSY OP narrative. In my other posts on this thread I have linked to articles that shed some more light on the Syrian crisis, and I hope that the TL Peeples will check them out in order to get a little more background on this topic.

I find it surreal that on the one hand, we are asked to give up our civil rights and liberties in order to gain security through the War on Terror; while on the other hand NATO has always been allied with Al Qaeda and other Salafist terrorist groups and is supporting them now in Syria. So I`m going through the TSA naked body scanner because of Al Qaeda, but.....hmmmmmmm.

So, how about ending the fake War on Terror, for starters?

Here`s another link for ya:

http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/

So waddya THINK? :)
16:06 December 7, 2012 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
@marimay

You obviously make a great point. Can't argue with logic like that.
11:00 December 8, 2012 by Englishted
When he is removed will he also be replaced by a Islamist dictatorship ,that Arab spring turned into a harsh winter with very little in the way of summer or even autumn.

A desert shield is ok but no desert storm please.
20:35 December 15, 2012 by raandy
Such bull Sh^t, The last thing Syria wants is problems with Turkey, all international intrigue .
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