March 29, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The
small northwestern Syrian town of Kassab, located directly on the
Syrian-Turkish border, has turned into a pivotal battleground between
Syrian security forces and armed militants backed by the Turkish
military. The clashes grabbed headlines last Sunday when Turkey shot
down a Syrian warplane conducting airstrikes along the border as the
militants crossed over into Syrian territory.
While the Turkish government maintains the Syrian plane entered
Turkish airspace, it came down in Syrian territory with its pilot having
safely ejected from the downed aircraft and also recovered on Syrian
soil. Reuters reported in its article, “Turkey shoots down Syrian plane it says violated air space,” that:
A Turkish F-16 fired a rocket at the Syrian jet and it crashed around 1,200 meters (1,300 yards) inside Syrian territory.
the Turkish government knew Syrian forces were engaging militants
Ankara itself was harboring in its territory and any cross-border
pursuits carried out by Syria posed no threat to the security of Turkey
any more than the cross-boarder pursuits the Turkish government
regularly conducts in northern Iraq against Kurdish militants. Instead,
it appears that Turkish warplanes were in fact providing air cover for
the militants crossing over into Syria.
More alarming is the fact that the militants have been identified across the Western media as hailing from the US State Department designated terrorist organization Jabhat Al Nusra – Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise. The Wall Street Journal’s Middle East RealTime reported in a post titled, “Latakia Offensive Stirs Dark Memories for Armenian-Syrians,”that:
Islamist rebels took over swaths of Latakia province this week, it
provided them with their first outpost on the Mediterranean Sea.
The military offensive was symbolic for several reasons: rebels
from al Nusra Front taking over northern parts of Bashar al Assad’s
hometown province while the Turkish air force shot down a regime war
plane trying to bombard the rebel advancement, as it flew near their
shared border. Nusra is al Qaeda’s sanctioned offshoot in Syria.
A NATO member providing air support for
Al Qaeda incursions into a neighboring country could not be a more
egregious violation of national sovereignty or international law. Yet
Turkey has apparently not stopped there in seeking to escalate tensions
with Syria. A recently leaked conversation between the head of Turkish
intelligence, Hakan Fidan, and Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet
Davutoğlu, reveals Turkey’s plans to stage a false flag attack on Turkey
itself to provoke war with Syria.