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Was Turkey behind Syria sarin attack?

Posted by Charles II on April 8, 2014

This story is a few days old, but it’s possibly one of the more important foreign policy stories of the year. Seymour Hersh has published an article in the London Review of Books that suggests that the poison gas attack in Syria that killed so many people may have been instigated by Turkey using a Salafist Al Qaeda affliliate, al-Nusra. Here’s the Democracy Now interview:

AMY GOODMAN: In your piece, you mention the leaked video of a discussion between the Turkish prime minister, Erdogan, and senior officials of a false flag operation that would justify Turkish military intervention in Syria. … Sy Hersh, could you explain what the Erdogan administration’s support for the rebels, the Turkish support for the rebels, has consisted of and where the U.S. now stands on this?

SEYMOUR HERSH: Well, … al-Nusra [Salafist terrorist] groups have been inside Turkey buying equipment. There’s also reports that they’ve also received some training from the Turkish intelligence services, which is very—is headed by a man named Fidan, who is very known. There’s reports, wonderful report in The Wall Street Journal recently about Fidan’s closeness not only to Erdogan, the prime minister and the leader of Turkey, but also to the most radical units. And so is Erdogan. They’re all supportin… the more fundamental groups inside Syria. And so, we know they supply training. We know also there’s a—there’s, I guess you could call it, another rat line. There’s a flow—if you’re going to send the chemicals that, when mixed together, meddled together, make sarin, they flow—that flow comes from inside Turkey. A sort of a paramilitary unit known as the gendarmy—Gendarmerie and the MIT [Milli Istihbarat Teskilati] both are responsible for funneling these things into radical groups. There’s actually a flow of trucks that brings the stuff in. And so, Turkish involvement is intense.

Why is this important news? Turkey is a NATO ally. Turkey has nuclear reactors; though it does not have such weapons, it wouldn’t be too hard to divert some material. It would be a real problem if Al Qaeda developed a foothold inside Turkey.

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4 Responses to “Was Turkey behind Syria sarin attack?”

  1. jo6pac said

    I find what ever Turkey is doing it must have the approval of the un, nato, and Amerika. They wouldn’t take a chance of losing un statues or favored nation and beside the current leader of Turkey has his own cess-pool to deal with. They do have nukes but they’re are controlled by nato.

    • Charles II said

      The negative press about Erdogan makes me think that what he’s doing is not approved. US-sanctioned authoritarians always get favorable press.

  2. Someone I know thinks that the Saudis are the ultimate drivers here.

    In an email exchange concerning some goldbug’s fantasy that Putin will use his control of petrodollars to squish the US, someone I know said the following:

    The reason we’ve been ratcheting up pressure against Putin is because when we came to our senses on Syria last year and didn’t spike Iran negotiations, the Saudis twisted our nuts hard. Plus, the Saudis likely have their own way of exerting pressure, just like Bandar has done for years, threatening to stop “cooperating on counterterrorism” which is code for “letting terror happen.” [PW notes: See also Bandar’s not-so-veiled threat with regard to Sochi. I suspect that he realized he overplayed his hand, which is one reason why Sochi stayed terrorism-free.]

    So we start doing the Saudis’ bidding again. To try to reverse course of Assad’s success in Syria, we need to exert pressure somewhere(s) else. Those somewheres else are Ukraine and Venezuela. But by going after Ukraine, Russia’s door steps, we actually got Putin to stop playing games and start the brinkmanship.

    Nevertheless, we have to keep going, in spite of how stupid our policy is, bc the Saudis are the ones who could end the Petrodollar, not Putin.

    • Charles II said

      I question whether the Saudis are in the driver’s seat. The US is starting to produce petroleum, to the point where we could start to break OPEC’s power. The Saudi fields, on the other hand, are declining, though exactly how quickly we don’t know.

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