Saturday, August 31, 2013

Turkey's Position On The Impending Western Military Strike On Syria

For Turkey, Planned U.S. Missile Strikes on Syria Not Good Enough -- Piotr Zalewski, Time

For some American allies, such as the UK, whose parliament seemed to reject any armed involvement in Syria on Thursday, punitive airstrikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad might be too much to stomach. For others, it may be too little. As the U.S. readies to proceed with limited missile strikes against Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed over a thousand people last week, Turkey, a key regional ally and Syria’s neighbor, seems to want more than Washington is willing to give.

The Obama administration signaled Friday that any action against Syria would be brief and measured. Turkey, however, having declared it would join any international coalition against Assad, with or without U.N. backing, has made it equally clear it wants a more robust intervention. On Wednesday, according to Turkish media, Ahmet Davutoglu, the country’s Foreign Minister, counseled his US counterpart John Kerry that any action should be forceful enough to bring Assad’s regime to the negotiating table.

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More News On Turkey's Position On What To Do In Syria

Turkish PM says Syria intervention should aim to end Assad rule -- Reuters
Erdogan wants Syria regime change, not limited strikes -- Al Arabiya
Turkey’s Erdogan Urges Action to Oust Syrian Regime -- Wall Street Journal
Turkey says intelligence analysis shows Syrian government behind chemical attack -- Washington Post/AP
Turkey says no doubt Assad's forces behind poison gas attack -- Reuters
Turkey Releases Evidence Linking Syria Regime to Attack -- Wall Street Journal
Turkey Frustrated Over Syria -- Al-Monitor
Turkey Weighs Consequences Of Role in Syria Strike -- Deniz Zeyrek, Al-Monitor

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