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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Turkey tells Iran to butt out

DEBKA is reporting that a 'delegation' from Tehran showed up in Ankara and demanded to see the remains of Israel's strike against Syria three weeks ago. The Iranians shook their fingers a lot and told the Turks that the next time this happens, the Iranians will retaliate even if the Syrians don't. And the Turks told the Iranians to butt out.
According to our military sources, the Iranian delegation returned to Tehran empty-handed. The Turks refused to answer questions on the identity of the aircraft that struck a suspected nuclear target in Syria, their movements in Turkish airspace or their altitudes. The visitors were not allowed to view the fuel tanks and ammunition which fell on the Turkish side of its border with Syria. Neither were the Iranian officers permitted to visit the area where they fell.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Turkey has barred two zones in the area to the public as military sectors. The first is in the southern district of Kilis opposite the North Syrian town of Aleppo, where the fuel tanks were discovered. It is also northwest of the big Syrian missile manufacturing complex of al Safir, where western intelligence sources reported a big explosion in July.

The second zone is in the northern part of Hatay, formerly Alexandretta where Kilis and Hatay interconnect. Turkey has thus excluded the vicinity of the alleged Israeli air raid to outsiders.
This must be the Turkish military speaking and not the Islamist dominated government. The military knows who its friends are.

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