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excerpt from “The signs of war are growing”
by Abdullah Al Hadlaq, Al Watan Daily, 17 September 2008
It seems that the powerful countries are preparing to destroy Persian nuclear installations. Air maneuvers (Anatolian Eagle) were launched from the Turkish city of Konyarecently. These international air maneuvers are overseen by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with the participation of Turkey, the United States of America, Israel, and Italy along with military aircraft belonging to NATO.
It seems that the objectives of such exercises, which will continue until September 19, are to train fighters for victory, to decide on tactical training needs and plan exercises accordingly for efficiency and to test and validate systematically the fighters” combat readiness to launch an attack on Iran to destroy its nuclear installations.
excerpt from “Israel, US and Turkey in Joint Mediterranean Naval Exercise”
Israel National News, 21 August 2008
Israel was the host this week for Reliant Mermaid IX, a joint search and rescue (SAR) exercise in the Mediterranean Sea involving the air and naval forces of Israel, the United States and Turkey.
This year was the ninth that the [Israeli], Turkish and American military forces held… coordinated maneuvers… to improve the effectiveness of a joint… response in the event of an actual emergency rescue operation.
Syria has called the joint SAR exercise “a sinister alliance” between the US, Turkey and Israel… Iran, as well as Syria, denounced Reliant Mermaid as part of an American plot to project its power in the Mediterranean through an alliance between the nations involved in the joint operations.
excerpt from “The Role of Israel in the Georgian War“
by Brian Harring, 17 August 2008
Two airfields in southern Georgia had been earmarked for the use of Israeli military aircraft, intended to launch an attack on identified targets relating to Iranian atomic energy projects. This attack was approved by President Bush in an undertaking with the government of Israel signed in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2006.
The thrust of this top secret agreement was that the Israeli government would have “free and unfettered use” of unspecified Georgian airfields, under American control, onto which they could ferry fighter-bombers which then could fly south, over Turkish territory (and with clandestine Turkish permission) to strike at Tehran. The distance from Georgia to Tehran is obviously far less than from Tel Aviv.
excerpt from “U.S.-Turkish Relationship: What’s Wrong with This Picture?”
by Mark Parris (*), Brookings Institute, 10 September 2008
Last fall, polling by the Pew Research Institute showed approval ratings for the U.S. in Turkey were in single digits. In July, Iran ‘s whacko President Mahmud Ahmadinijad visited Istanbul, where he was welcomed by cheering crowds, some of them chanting “death to America .” Iran, by the way, regularly clobbers us in popular opinion polling in Turkey … If [the U.S.-Turkish] relationship is so strategic, and so firmly founded on common interests and values, why is our image in Turkey so abysmal? Why is Iran more popular than we are?
* Mark Parris served as the U.S. ambassador to Turkey from 1997 to 2000
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