by Cem ErtÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼r
Saturday, Nov. 03, 2012 at 8:43 PM
According to plans prepared by the US and Turkey, Pirinclik Air Base (*) , which is the closest NATO air base to Syria, will assume a central role in the event of an operation against Syria; reports Hurriyet daily.
Turkish daily: NATO airbase in Turkey to assume a central role in a
possible war on
compiled by Cem Ertür
2 November 2012
to plans prepared by the US and Turkey, Pirinclik Air Base (*)
, which is the closest NATO air base to Syria, will assume a
central role in the event of an operation against Syria; reports
A delegation of 20 officials from the United States European Command
(EUCOM) inspected the air base in Diyarbakir for two days to assess its
current readiness for a possible military action.
(*) Hurriyet’s report refers to the NATO base in
Diyarbakir as “2nd Air Force Command”
[headquarters], instead of ‘Pirinclik Air Base’.
Although the US Department of Defence
announced the return of the
Pirinclik Air Base to the Turkish Armed Forces in 1997, the base is
still being used as one of the 24
NATO bases across Turkey and hosts
NATO’s early-warning radar system.
It is also worth noting that another NATO’s Incirlik Air Base
in Adana (southern Turkey) is in a similar proximity to
Turkey’s border with Syria. Incirlik is currently being used
as a command
center of NATO-led covert
operations against Syria.
1) Operasyonel mekanizmada
[The first step through the operational mechanism]
[Notes: Excerpts from Hurriyet’s report have been translated
and edited by Cem Ertür. Today's Zaman is the English version
of the Turkish newspaper Zaman]
may become a star, a focal point of the US project for a Greater Middle
East. We should make that happen.”
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, TV interview on ‘Kanal
D’ channel’s 'Teke Tek’ programme, 14
February 2004. This interview was conducted four months before the
launch of the Istanbul
Cooperation Initiative during
the 2004 NATO
Summit in Istanbul]
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