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NATO Votes to Deploy Patriot Missiles to the Turkish Border with Syria

December 4, 2012

“”NATO’s position is clear. Any deployment would be to protect turkey. It would be purely defensive in nature. It will in no way support a no fly zone or any offensive operation,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.”

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Leaders from Turkey, Qatar, and Egypt meet with Palestinian Officials in Egypt

November 17, 2012

“Qatar will give $10 million to Egypt to help treat Palestinians wounded in Israeli strikes, according to state media.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows his country’s support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

November 17, 2012

“He also met President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo for the first time since the Egyptian Islamist leader was elected late June.”

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Turkish Foreign Minister: Turkey has banned all Syrian Civilian Airplanes from flying in the Country’s Airspace

October 14, 2012

“The ban follows similar restrictions imposed by Syria, after a Syrian plane alleged to be carrying Russian munitions was intercepted by Turkey.”

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Syria demands Turkey return the Seized Cargo from a Commercial Plane flying from Russia

October 11, 2012

“On Thursday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry demanded the cargo be returned “whole and safe,” and said there were “no weapons or prohibited cargo” on board.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan: Commercial Plane bound for Syria from Russia was carrying munitions for the Syrian Defense Ministry

October 11, 2012

“Earlier in the day, Turkish media speculated that security forces had seized communications equipment, radio terminals and missile components from the Syrian passenger jet.”

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Report: Turkish Security Forces made the Passangers and Flight Crew of the Grounded Plane sign fraudulent papers

October 11, 2012

“Passengers onboard the plane intercepted by Turkish jets said that security forces were making the crew and passengers sign fraudulent papers suggesting that the plane made an emergency landing and no Turkish military were involved in the incident.”

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Analysis: Western Countries accusing Russia of arming Syria to “boost the case for intervention”

October 11, 2012

“Russia of course has strategic interests in Syria, but there is still a nagging question of international law and accepted norms of international relations, and I think this is precisely the point Putin and Lavrov have made repeatedly.”

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Russia: Military-Technological cooperation with Syria conducted according to “established practice”

October 11, 2012

“Russia has maintained its military-technical cooperation with Syria, and that any arms or military equipment sales to Damascus are conducted according to established practice. Current law forbids arms sales facilitated by civilian aircraft.”

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Russian Embassy in Turkey Demands an Explanation about the Grounding of a Moscow-Damascus Passenger Plane

October 11, 2012

“Turkish officials have allowed a Syrian passenger jet which had earlier been forced to land in Ankara, to resume flight, but have confiscated its cargo.”

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Report: Turkish Military Chief vows to “respond with more force” against Syria if Mortar Shelling from the Country continues

October 10, 2012

“The Dogan news agency says Gen. Necdet Ozel made the comments Wednesday during a visit to a town where shelling from Syria killed five civilians last week.”

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Turkish Military deploys 25 F-16 Fighter Jets to the Diyarbakir Base, 100 kilometers from the Syrian Border

October 9, 2012

“It follows days of retaliation from Turkey after Syrian shells started coming over the border last month.”

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NATO: Ready to defend Turkey amid tension with Syria

October 9, 2012

“Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday that Ankara can rely on the alliance, which has “all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.”"

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul: “Worst-case scenario” now playing out in Syria

October 8, 2012

“Turkey’s armed forces have bolstered their presence along the 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria in recent days and have been responding in kind to gunfire and shelling spilling across from the south.”

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Turkey retaliates against Syria after a Syrian Mortar Shell hits the border town of Akcakale

October 7, 2012

“There were no casualties when the latest Syrian shell hit land near a plant belonging to the Turkish Grain Board (TMO), several hundred metres from the centre of Akcakale, where five civilians were killed on Wednesday in previous Syrian shelling.”

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