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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

US Troops in Jordan, on the border of Syria - invasion coming soon?

A covert task force was sent to Jordan in case Syria loses control of its chemical weapons, US officials said. The team will be stationed at a base 35 miles from the Syrian border, making it the US military’s closest presence to the embattled nation. A 150-member team of planners and other military specialists was covertly deployed in Jordan to aid the country’s army with the influx of refugees across its tumultuous border with Syria, US officials told the New York Times. In addition to helping manage the 180,000 Syrian refugees estimated to have fled across the border, the task force will also reportedly weigh measures like establishing a border buffer zone and a humanitarian corridor.
The US personnel will be based in a training center north of the city of Amman, close to Syria’s southern border. The facility will become the US military’s foothold nearest to Syria, and could be used to launch an intervention if Washington changes its stance in the conflict. Both Washington and the Jordanian government declined to comment on the covert operation. Although the Obama administration’s officially opposes military intervention in Syria, Washington has pledged to supply ‘non-military’ aid to opposition forces and has been actively pushing for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad.
The US has previously used Jordan as a base for other Syria-related military activities. In May of this year, Washington held military drills in Jordan dubbed ‘Operation Eager Lion,’ which saw around 12,000 troops from several nations participate in undisclosed training exercises.
Turkish soldiers taking position in the Turkish-Syrian border. (AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic)09.10, 20:2987 comments

NATO 'will defend' Turkey against Syria as Ankara moves F-16s to border

NATO has promised to back Ankara in its escalating conflict with Syria, as Turkey adds 25 new F-16 fighter jets to its border protection force. It follows days of retaliation from Turkey after Syrian shells started coming over the border last month.
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Two explosions rock Syrian capital Damascus, eyewitnesses report casualties

Two explosions have shaken the Syrian capital, targeting the Air Force intelligence building. Conflicting reports suggest that at least 15 people might have been wounded.
Syria unrest
Turkish soldiers take their position at the Akcakale border gate in southern Sanliurfa province October 7, 2012 (Reuters / Stringer)07.10, 17:2582 comments

Turkey retaliates at Syria for a fifth day

Turkey has returned artillery fire at Syria for a fifth consecutive day, after mortar from Syria landed in the Turkish border town of Akcakale.
Syria unrest
Turkish soldiers walk as they stand guard on the Turkish-Syrian border near the Akcakale border crossing, southern Sanliurfa province, October 5, 2012 (Reuters)05.10, 21:03125 comments

Shelling resumes at Turkish-Syrian border - reports

The Turkish military reportedly fired at Syria on Saturday morning in response to mortars from Syria landing near a Turkish farm. If follows a similar incident on Friday.
Syria unrest
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki05.10, 11:2866 comments

‘Suppliers of arms to opposition want to destroy the Syrian people’ – Iraqi PM

States that send arms to Syria face upheavals and unrest due to sectarian violence, their stability will be in jeopardy and the state of affairs will be no better than in Syria, warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki in an interview to RT.
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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem addresses the United Nations General Assembly  in New York City (AFP Photo / Mario Tama)01.10, 22:1446 comments

Syria FM: Some UN Council members supporting terrorism

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem slammed some UN Security Council members during his speech at the General Assembly Monday, accusing them of supporting "terrorism'' in his country.
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