Turkey and the United States have intensified political and military dialogue for strategic planning to smoothly deliver U.S. weapons to the Mercenary Army: Free Syria Army (FSA)
On the political level, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Secretary of State John Kerry exchanged two phone calls, one on Saturday and the other late Wednesday, to discuss recent developments in Syria on the eve of a crucial core group meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People on Saturday in Doha. Kerry and Davutog(lu are also expected to hold a tête-à-tête meeting in Doha
On the military-intelligence level, technical experts from the two countries are in intense talks to explore the best ways for the delivery of American weaponry to the FSA. Some representatives of the NATO mercenaries (rebels) have also been present in these meetings.
One of the most likely potential routes for the transportation of this weaponry into Syria is through Turkey, which has a long border with its southern neighbor, diplomatic sources said. Syria’s northern parts are under the FSA’s control and Turkey has stood as the best logistical center for the Syrian opposition since the turmoil broke in the country in 2011.
And if you have been reading here since 2011, you are very well aware that Turkey has been supplying weapons, with CIA assistance, via the border all along.
Since the first terror attack at Jisr Al Shigour
No-fly zone on the agenda of Doha
“After this change of policy, they sure want to be in close coordination with us,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry official told the HDN. “The change in the U.S. position has impacts on the ground and at the political level.
The Doha meeting of 11 foreign ministers of the core group of the Friends of the Syrian People follows recent Syrian regime successes, which intensified its attacks to re-take control of the northern town of Aleppo, the country’s economic capital. The conference follows a high-level meeting in Ankara last week between the Friends of Syria, during which FSA commander Salim Idriss discussed the provision of military aid, including heavy weapons
“We will discuss everything, including the implementation of a no-fly zone over Syria,” Foreign Minister Davutog(lu said in an interview with private broadcaster TGRT late on Wednesday. The use of chemical weapons, which has been proven by the Turkish and U.S. governments, will also be discussed
Aleppo is key for the FSA and Turkey
The regime’s success on the ground is seen as an warning among the international community. Regime forces’ retaking of critical passage point Qusayir, and particularly its marching toward Aleppo, were important developments on the ground that could give hope to al-Assad that he is winning the fight.
“The message we convey to the core group countries is that it’s time to give more support to the opposition. Al-Assad should not be brought to the point where he is winning the victory militarily. Because in this case, he would never approach us for a political solution,” the Turkish official stressed. Al-Assad’s achievements on the ground would make prospects for the 2nd Geneva meeting almost meaningless
As mentioned in yesterday’s post: Obama, Syria and the Aspin doctrine: Plans for a "limited" strike on Syria?