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NATO Prepared to Defend Turkey

Oct 16th, 2012 Current Affairs, defenses

The Washington Times recently reported that NATO has warned Syria of its intentions to defend member-state Turkey following a week of mortar and artillery fire initiated by Syria.

According to the article, Syria has defended the border hostilities as an accidental consequence of the civil war within Syrian borders. Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has commented on the situation as follows:

Obviously, Turkey can rely on NATO solidarity. We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.

The article goes on to state that, although Rasmussen refused to comment on contingency plans, he did express that he hopes “it won’t be necessary to activate such plans; we do hope to see a political solution to the conflict in Syria.”

NATO’s preparations may have implications for the United States as a fellow NATO member-state pursuant to article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty which declares “an attack on one [member-state]…shall be considered an attack against them all.”

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