compiled by Cem Ertür
7 January, 2009
Turkish daily Milliyet broke the story below on December 30 with the “Iranian explosives in Mersin!” title. Mersin is a port city in southern Turkey, close to the US Airbase in Incirlik.
Meanwhile, according to another Turkish daily Hürriyet, Mr Ali Riza Ozturk, a parliamentarian from the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), issued a parliamentary question addressed to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan concerning the allegations that the NATO base in Naples, Italy would be moved to Urla (western Turkey). As the [US] Incirlik Air Base (southern Turkey) is “within the firing range of Iran and Syria”, Urla would henceforth become the main [US/NATO] airbase in the country in its stead, with the approval of the Turkish government. Actually, this news report is at least two years old. It is also worth noting that the US Incirlik Air Base contains 90 nuclear warheads.
Turkey holds suspicious Iran-Venezuela shipment
Turkish customs discovers lab equipment capable of producing explosives in shipment of 22 containers labeled ‘tractor parts’ traveling from Iran to Venezuela
by Selcan Hacaoglu, Guardian, 6 January 2009
Turkey was holding a suspicious shipment bound for Venezuela from Iran because it contained lab equipment capable of producing explosives, a customs official said Tuesday.
Authorities detected the equipment during a search of 22 containers labeled “tractor parts,” Tosun said. They were brought to Mersin by trucks from neighboring Iran, he said. Turkey’s Interior Ministry said an investigation was under way.
“Experts from Turkey’s Atomic Institute determined there were no traces of radioactive material, but said the equipment was enough to set up an explosives lab,” Tosun said. “We have asked the military to send experts to determine whether to resume the shipment.”
An Iranian embassy official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the shipment contained “nothing important.”