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Obama Increases Security Cooperation with Turkey in Preparation for Escalation Against Syria

June 6, 2014 (EIRNS)—U.S. President Barack Obama and his Turkish buddy, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be launching joint operations in Syria in support of the Syrian opposition. A leading commentator for Hürriyet points out that Obama's recent West Point speech, where he announced more aid to the Syrian opposition implied it would done in cooperation with Turkey. The author references a comment by outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Frank Ricciardone, during a farewell lunch for him by Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Board in Istanbul on June 5, where he mentioned the need for the United States and Turkey to work together, including on Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, and Iran—all the British Empire's trigger points for thermonuclear extinction war—as well as "important national security cooperation."

Hürriyet points out that shortly after Obama's West Point speech, in which he pledged to "ramp up support" to opposition groups in Syria, Erdogan's government announced on June 3 that al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda group in Syria, which was supported out of Turkey, was finally included on Turkey's "terrorist organizations" list.

Hürriyet continues,

"So with those two developments, the U.S. has agreed to get involved with the Syrian civil war (some speculate in order to hurt Russia more because of its Crimean `gambit' in Ukraine) in military and intelligence terms short of sending troops there, and Turkey adopted a new Syrian line parallel with the U.S., and generally the West."

The author suggests that this shift began before the March 30 Turkish local elections.

This is supposed to be about cleaning up the mess caused by the fact that there are over 8,000 foreign mercenaries in Syria who hold passports from the United States and European countries, who mostly travel through Turkey.