Turkey Calls Emergency NATO Meeting; ‘No-Fly Zone’ On The Horizon?

By Brandon Turbeville

As Turkey continues to bomb  alleged ISIS targets in Syria and Kurdish targets in Iraq, it has now taken yet another step toward its goal of establishing a “buffer zone” and “no-fly zone” over Syria. This is because Turkey has now called an emergency NATO meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

The meeting is an extraordinary act and is being justified under Article 4 of the NATO treaty.

Article 4 allows any member of NATO to “request assistance” when its “territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened.”

In regards to the scheduled meeting, NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg stated that “Turkey requested the meeting in view of the seriousness of the situation after the heinous terrorist attacks in recent days, and also to inform Allies of the measures it is taking. NATO Allies follow developments very closely and stand in solidarity with Turkey.”

According to SKY News’ Foreign Affairs Editor Sam Kiley, the Turks are requesting NATO surveillance aircraft along the Turkey-Syria border.

Kiley also suggested that Turkey was requesting the establishment of a Safe Zone (aka buffer zone/no-fly zone) over the northern portion of Syria on the border with Turkey.

“It is part of its argument for safe zones inside Syria along its border that would be policed by armed forces presumably from NATO and members of the US-led coalition,” Kiley stated.

Article 4 reads “The parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened.” While it is less of a declaration of military operations than Article 5, which recognizes an attack against one member as an attack against them all, it is clearly a step in the direction of some type of military confrontation, particularly with the Syrian government.

Turkey has called Article 4 NATO meetings twice – once in 2003 and once in 2013. In the latter incident, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United states sent two PATRIOT anti-missile batteries each as well as soldiers trained in the operation of those missiles. Turkey was requesting help with its border security due to the crisis in Syria.

It was also reported in April that the Turks, Saudis, and Qataris, were in high level talks regarding a plan to invade Syria in the relatively near future.

Ironically, the crisis in Syria – in particular, the issue surrounding the Turkish-Syrian border – was largely the fault of Turkey itself as it helped train and funnel terrorists from inside its borders into Syria.

Regardless, it should be remembered that a “buffer zone” and/or a “no-fly zone,” of course, is tantamount to war and an open military assault against the sovereign secular government of Syria since the implementation of such a zone would require airstrikes against Assad’s air defense systems.

With the establishment of this “buffer zone,” a new staging ground will be opened that allows terrorists such as ISIS and others the ability to conduct attacks even deeper inside Syria.

While the goal is clearly to establish such a zone before tightening the grip on Assad even further and ultimately leading to his overthrow, one can only wonder as to what pronouncement or “policy” will result from the Tuesday NATO meeting. Whatever it may be, the Syrian people will be the ones to pay the highest price.

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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 500 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com. 

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11 Comments on "Turkey Calls Emergency NATO Meeting; ‘No-Fly Zone’ On The Horizon?"

  1. James Leonard | July 26, 2015 at 10:51 pm | Reply

    Let’s not forget that Iran and Syria signed a defense pact in 2006 that would REQUIRE Iran to come to the aid of Syria if it is attacked. Let’s also not forget that China has said they will consider an attack on Iran as an attack on China and Russia said an attack on Iran would be a threat to Russia’s national security.

    Are we supposed to believe that NATO isn’t aware of this? Someone is trying to start a major war and it isn’t Syria, is it.

    • No, James, it isn’t Syria that’s trying to start a major war; it’s the USSA, Turkey, and possibly the Saudis and Israel that would do so.

  2. Remember the schoolyard bully who intentionally bumps into someone, pretends to be the victim, then beats the crap out of them? When international relations get carried out with the same techniques and mindset, we need to re-think who we let run the show. Quickly.

  3. Nope, that ain’t going to happen. I’ve heard this nonsense multiple time in the last 5 years. There’s just too much at stake that could lead to a much larger regional war.

    • Kyle Davinski | July 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm | Reply

      I may be wrong, but isn’t there already a conflict in EVERY country in that region..? EXCEPT for the US allies, who interestingly enough, seem to avoid attacks to their own countries…. Minus the random “suicide attackers” that are generally used to open the door for escalation with an enemy state.

  4. John C Carleton | July 27, 2015 at 4:02 am | Reply

    Face it, The District of Columbia is the Charles Manson loose in the world at this moment in history. Senseless, brutal murders done for reasons that sane people do not recognize as legitimate.

  5. Illini Warrior | July 27, 2015 at 9:51 am | Reply

    Screw Turkey …. they should have been tossed out of NATO years ago …. they are just about as radical as any of the Muslim countries ….

    They advocate destroying Israel and if you care to remember – screwed over the US big time during the Desert Storm 2 …. they refused the US to unload and transit into Northern Iraq – NOW they want the US??????

    • Kyle Davinski | July 27, 2015 at 1:25 pm | Reply

      Turkey is for sure a playground for jihadi muslims. It isn’t an accident that they are blowing the shit out of the Kurds, that are the predominant opposition to ISIS in Iraq…. The US should send victoria nuland to turkey with $5billion and some free cookies, like in Ukraine

    • Kyle Davinski | July 27, 2015 at 1:25 pm | Reply

      Turkey is for sure a playground for jihadi muslims. It isn’t an accident that they are blowing the snot out of the Kurds, that are the predominant opposition to ISIS in Iraq…. The US should send victoria nuland to turkey with $5billion and some free cookies, like in Ukraine

    • Screw Israel. Israel screws the US constantly. The USS Liberty, Stolen Nuke secrets and materials, Jonnathan Pollard and countless other moles, and of course their obvious role in the 911 attacks. Israel is the worlds #1 rogue state. Nuclear armed as well. Sounds like you are thoroughly zionized though, so not much point in discussing it, but a lot of folks on this site know what time it is

  6. desertspeaks | July 27, 2015 at 7:16 pm | Reply

    Someone point out how nato affiliates “us/turkey” can even call for a no fly zone in a sovereign country “Syria”.. Syria is not at war with the US or Turkey! The US/Turkey are the aggressors and war criminals!

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