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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Feb26: Syria claims Turkey enabling al-Qaida - Damascus complains to UN

Syria claims Turkey enabling al-Qaida - Damascus complains to UN
Feb 27th 2013, 02:02

El_Grillo ‏@El_Grillo1 Syria claims Turkey enabling al-Qaida - JPost -http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=304670 … Collapse   Reply   Retweet   Favorite  Buffer    More 10:00 p.m. - Feb 26, 2013 · Details Damascus complains to UN that Ankara enables terrorist organizations "to receive funding and arms, enter Syrian territory." Syria's President Bashar Assad (center L) heads a cabinet meeting in Damascus, Feb. 12 Photo: Reuters NEW YORK – Syria submitted a letter of complaint last week to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon alleging that Turkey is enabling "Al-Qaida, as well as the Nusra Front and other terrorist organizations, to assemble, take refuge, receive funding and arms, engage in smuggling, and enter Syrian territory." The Syrian delegation, representing the regime of President Bashar Assad, claims those same organizations are responsible for the killing of civilians and the destruction of public and private property in Syrian lands. Citing international law, the delegations claims that Turkey's actions are "tantamount to an act of aggression," a violation of the UN charter and of Syria's right to self-determination. Related: Downing of Turkish jet reveals Syria's lethality Turkey hits back at Syria, vows to protect borders "I hate to side with the Syrian government, but in this case the accusation is correct," said Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official now with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. "By any objective measure, Turkey has become a state-sponsor of terrorism for its support not only of Hamas, but also of al-Qaida affiliates and the Nusra Front," he said. The letter is an escalation in an increasingly tense relationship between the two countries. In the past week alone, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called Assad a "mute devil" for his willingness to attack his own people, and the Turkish...

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