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    Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'
    13 October 2014

    Turkey has agreed to let the US use its military bases for operations in Iraq and Syria, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice says. Ms Rice said the US welcomed the new agreement, which included the training of moderate Syrian rebels. The US is leading air strikes against Islamic State militants, who have seized large parts of Iraq and Syria. Turkey shares a border with both countries, but has so far ruled out any ground operation of its own. Speaking to US broadcaster NBC, Ms Rice said Turkey had also agreed to let the US use Turkish bases and territory "to train moderate Syrian opposition forces". "That's the new commitment, and one that we very much welcome," she added.

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    Turkey, which has been stung by protests internally and criticism from around the globe for its refusal to assist anti-ISIS coalition forces and Kurdish fighters in the border town of Kobane, has now agreed to allow coalition forces the use of Turkish military bases within 100 miles of the Syria/Iraq borders and the huge air base at Incirlik off the Mediterranean coast. Turkey has also agreed to train 4,000 moderate fighters a year that have been vetted by Turkish intelligence.


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    Re: Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    Turkey, which has been stung by protests internally and criticism from around the globe for its refusal to assist anti-ISIS coalition forces and Kurdish fighters in the border town of Kobane, has now agreed to allow coalition forces the use of Turkish military bases within 100 miles of the Syria/Iraq borders and the huge air base at Incirlik off the Mediterranean coast. Turkey has also agreed to train 4,000 moderate fighters a year that have been vetted by Turkish intelligence.
    That is important, but not enough. Turkey has tanks directly next to the battlefield and is letting the ISIS rub up the mostly civilian Kurds. That is not acceptable.

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    Re: Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    That is important, but not enough. Turkey has tanks directly next to the battlefield and is letting the ISIS rub up the mostly civilian Kurds. That is not acceptable.
    The Kobane calculus could change quickly and dramatically with US Apache runs from Turkish bases relatively close to the border. However...

    What bothers me about Obama's boots-on-the-ground prohibition is how it would effect likely necessities like SAR operations.

    If a coalition jet fighter or copter goes down, how do they propose to rescue the crew without boots on the ground?


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    Re: Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    The Kobane calculus could change quickly and dramatically with US Apache runs from Turkish bases relatively close to the border. However...

    What bothers me about Obama's boots-on-the-ground prohibition is how it would effect likely necessities like SAR operations.

    If a coalition jet fighter or copter goes down, how do they propose to rescue the crew without boots on the ground?
    Maybe he will make an exception. Maybe he will say a prayer.

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    Re: Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    The Kobane calculus could change quickly and dramatically with US Apache runs from Turkish bases relatively close to the border. However...

    What bothers me about Obama's boots-on-the-ground prohibition is how it would effect likely necessities like SAR operations.

    If a coalition jet fighter or copter goes down, how do they propose to rescue the crew without boots on the ground?
    Well perhaps the Kurds could play the boots on the ground and save the potential downed chopper? Then, Turks are also nearby?
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    Re: Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

    Dumb move by the Turks, now their citizens will be facing terror reprisals.

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    Re: Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    Dumb move by the Turks, now their citizens will be facing terror reprisals.
    Yeah they should just appease evil, things turn out much better that way.

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    Re: Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

    Ms Rice said the US welcomed the new agreement, which included the training of moderate Syrian rebels.
    Am I the only one who questions one strange thing here: why training rebels, but not helping the official government and training their army? To prepare the rebels to get back to overthrowing the government after dealing with IS?

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    Re: Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

    How many billion of tax dollars is that going to cost?

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    Re: Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    Turkey, which has been stung by protests internally and criticism from around the globe for its refusal to assist anti-ISIS coalition forces and Kurdish fighters in the border town of Kobane, has now agreed to allow coalition forces the use of Turkish military bases within 100 miles of the Syria/Iraq borders and the huge air base at Incirlik off the Mediterranean coast. Turkey has also agreed to train 4,000 moderate fighters a year that have been vetted by Turkish intelligence.
    Turkey has been known to make these deals and then brake them after they are paid off. The one that comes to mind is the use of Turkey as a jump off point into Iraq in 2003. We built them roads and infrastructure to accept our large troop deployment (freighter access and roads from the ocean to Iraq). They were never used by the US.
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