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Turkey destroys Syrian chemical warfare facility, kills 10 Hezbollah bosses

Multiple sources reported on Saturday that a chemical warfare facility and a range of other Syrian regime targets were hit in multiple Turkish strikes, killing ten fighters and wounding at least 30 others at a Hezbollah HQ near Saraqeb.

By i24NEWS – Reuters



At least nine members of Lebanese Hezbollah were killed in a Turkish strike in Syria’s Idlib, multiple sources reported on Saturday.

According to London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ten Hezbollah members, including officers, were killed in the clashes in the vicinity of Saraqeb, a strategic town in north Syria.

Hezbollah fighters hold flags as they attend the memorial of their slain leader Sheik Abbas al-Mousawi in Tefahta village, south Lebanon.

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Turkish court charges two newspaper editors with spying against gov’t


Istanbul court charges two journalists who reported that Turkey sent arms to Islamist Syrian rebels. This is not the first time that Turkey’s government has targeted Cumhuriyet or other media outlets which criticize Erdoğan.

 By Ben Ariel


A court in Istanbul on Thursday charged two journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet daily with spying after they alleged Turkey’s secret services had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria, AFP reported, citing Turkish media.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – Reuters

Editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief, are accused of spying and “divulging state secrets”, the reports said.
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Russia reports Turkey worked with Israel to target missile cache in Syria

Russia Today reports Israel Air Force jets used a Turkish air base to launch an attack on a Syria weapons depot in Latakia earlier this month.

Israel’s PM Netanyahu: I’m not in the habit of saying what we did or didn’t do.

By Israel Hayom Staff & news agencies


Turkey helped Israel carry out an attack on a Syrian arms depot earlier this month, Russia Today reported on its website on Monday. According to the report, Israeli jets used a Turkish military base to launch one of its airstrikes targeting an arms store in the Syrian port city of Latakia on July 5.

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Turkey’s FM ridicules Assad’s regime for not responding to alleged Israeli attack

Because Israel allegedly carried out an air raid on Hezbollah’s weapons convoy at Syria’s border with Lebanon earlier this week, Turkey’s FM Ahmet Davutoglu asks: Why didn’t Assad even throw a pebble when Israeli jets were flying over his palace?


Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu came out against the alleged Israeli strike on the Syria-Lebanon border earlier this week, as well as criticizing President Bashar Assad’s for inaction over the attack, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on Saturday.

Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. – Photo by AP

The foreign minister, who was traveling to Belgrade, Serbia for an official visit, told reporters, “Why didn’t [Bashar] al-Assad even throw a pebble when Israeli jets were flying over his palace and playing with the dignity of his country?” Continue Reading »

1st Patriot missile battery to defend Turkey against Syria is operational

Germany, Holland & the U.S. are each sending 2 batteries to Turkey & up to 400 soldiers to operate them after Ankara asked NATO for protection.

By Reuters


The first of six Patriot missile batteries being sent by NATO countries to defend Turkey from possible attack from Syria went operational on Saturday.

Dutch military trucks carrying NATO's Patriot Missile Defense System to protect Turkey

Dutch military trucks carrying NATO’s Patriot Missile Defense System to protect Turkey – Photo by AP

The United States, Germany and the Netherlands are each sending two batteries to Turkey and up to 400 soldiers to operate them after Ankara asked NATO for help. The Patriots are capable of shooting down hostile missiles in mid-air. Continue Reading »

Iran warns NATO that Patriot missiles in Turkey could lead to ‘world war’

Islamic Republic officials cautioning that the stationing of NATO missiles could cause conflict in the Middle East and Europe

By Reuters


The planned deployment of NATO Patriot missiles along Turkey’s border with Syria could lead to a “world war” that would threaten Europe as well, Iran’s military chief of staff was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Patriot missile launched in the Negev desert

A Patriot missile launched in the Negev desert, February 4, 2003 during a joint U.S. and Israeli exercise codenamed “Juniper Cobra.” – Photo by Reuters

Turkey asked NATO for the Patriot system, designed to intercept aircraft or missiles, in November to help bolster its border security after repeated episodes of gunfire from war-torn Syria spilling into Turkish territory. Continue Reading »

NATO to station Patriot missiles to protect Turkey from spillover

After the alliance’s decision to station defensive missile system to protect Turkey from spillover, Russia accuses NATO of embroiling itself into Syrian affairs.



BRUSSELS – Russia accused NATO on Friday of moving towards involvement in the Syrian conflict, three days after the alliance decided to station Patriot missiles to protect Turkey from spillover from the violence.

Patriot anti-missile battery site

Patriot anti-missile battery site – Photo: Reuters

The charge came from Russia’s new ambassador to NATO, and came in spite of NATO assurances that the Patriots, which will be placed near Turkey’s border with Syria, are intended purely for defensive purposes.

“This is not a threat to us, but this is an indication that NATO is moving towards engagement and that’s it,” Alexander Grushko told reporters. Continue Reading »

Syria war scares Druze students from enrolling

A Traditionally robust enrollment of Druze students to Syrian universities shrinks considerably as only a quarter applied to war-torn Syria for 2012

Hassan Shaalan


Against the backdrop of Syria’s ongoing war between Bashar Assad‘s loyalists and rebel forces, academic institutions in Syria have seen a drop in the number of Druze applicants. Up until last year, some 200 students applied to Syrian universities annually, but this year, Syrian academies said that only 58 Israel-based Druze students, a Syrian source reported.

Bombing in Syria – Photo: AP

A resident of the Druze town of Majdal Shams in Israel’s Northern Golan Heights told Ynet that over the past year as a student in a Syrian university she felt her life was in danger. Continue Reading »

Turkey Seeking Patriot Missiles from NATO on its Syrian Border

Report from Ankara: Turkey is planning to ask NATO for American Patriot Missiles to help defend its southern region from Syria

By Chana Ya’ar


Turkey is planning to ask NATO for Patriot missiles to help defend its southern region from Syria, said an Ankara source quoted by international media.

The missile defense battery would be stationed  along the country’s 910 kilometer (560 mile) border with Syria, said a senior Turkish foreign ministry official.

“An imminent official request is to be made,” the source told a reporter on condition of anonymity. “The deployment of these type of missiles as a step to counter threats is routine under NATO regulations,” the official said. Continue Reading »

After mortar fired from Syria falls in Turkey’s countryside, Turkish army returns fire

State-run news reports that Turkey responded to a mortar shell fired from Syria; Turkish PM Erdogan warns, Turkey “not far” from war, saying those who “test” Turkey are “making a fatal mistake.”



The Turkish military returned fire after a mortar bomb fired from Syria landed in countryside in southern Turkey, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported the governor of Hatay province as saying on Friday.

Turkish artillery bombarded Syrian military targets on Wednesday and Thursday in response to shelling by Syrian forces that killed five Turkish civilians further east along the border.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned on Friday his country was “not far” from war with Syria following cross-border attacks this week – words which highlighted the danger that the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Asaad will drag in its neighbors.

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