Turkey Shells Syria for Sixth Day, Says “Worst Case Scenario” Unfolding
October 8, 2012
The Turkish military shelled Syria for a sixth straight day Monday after the provincial governor’s office claimed a Syrian round landed in a cotton field near the town of Altinozu in the border province of Hatay.
The CIA-backed Free Syria Army is based in Antakya, the largest city in Hatay. The FSA is armed and funded by the Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and receives logistics from the United States. As we noted in September, there is ample evidence that a large number of FSA rebels are in fact members of al-Qaeda.
The Hatay city of Akcakale is a key supply route for the FSA and other so-called rebels.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul warned of a regional conflagration and said “the worst-case scenario we have all been dreading” is unfolding on the border.
“You have to be ready as if you were going to war anytime,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.