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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Excerpts: Syria chemical weapons. NATO oks Patriot missiles to Turkey December 05, 2012

Excerpts: Syria chemical weapons. NATO oks Patriot missiles to Turkey
December 05, 2012

+++SOURCE: Naharnet (Lebanon) 5 Dec. ’12:”Israel Tracking Syria Chemical
Weapons Situation”, Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: Syria chemical weapons
QUOTE: “Netanyahu:’I heard Pres. Obama’s important remarks on the subject
and we see things the same way,’ “
FULL TEXT:Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday[4 Dec.] Israel is
closely tracking developments relating to chemical weapons in Syria, whose
regime has been warned against using them in the country's uprising.

"Along with the international community, we are closely following
developments in Syria related to its chemical weapons stockpiles," Netanyahu
said in a statement from his office.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday[3 Dec.] issued Syria's embattled
President Bashar Assad a blunt warning not to use chemical weapons against
his own people, following U.S. warnings his forces were mixing deadly sarin
gas.

"I heard President Obama's important remarks on the subject and we see
things the same way," said Netanyahu. "We believe these weapons must not be
used and must not fall into the hands of terrorist elements."

Western powers on Tuesday[3 Dec.] warned there would be an immediate
reaction to any use of chemical weapons as the NATO military alliance
prepared to approve a Turkish request for Patriot missiles to protect its
border with Syria.

Russia, the most powerful of the Assad regime's allies, has dismissed fears
of Damascus using chemical weapons and warned that deploying the missiles
risked pouring more arms into the region.

Syria itself has insisted it would never such arms against its own people.

More than 41,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, according
to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The conflict erupted in March 2011 with peaceful democracy protests before
transforming into an armed insurgency when the government began a bloody
crackdown.

+++SOURCE: Naharnet (Lebanon) 5 Dec.’12:”NATO Approves Turkey Request for
Syria Border Missiles”, Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: NATO o.k.’s Patriot missiles to Turkey
EXCERPTS: NATO on Tuesday[4 Dec.] agreed to deploy Patriot missiles along
the border of member state Turkey as requested by Ankara to help it defend
its territory against threats from Syria.

"NATO has agreed to augment Turkey's air defense capabilities in order to
defend the population and territory of Turkey and to contribute to the
de-escalation of the crisis along the alliance's border," a statement said.

Turkey formally asked its NATO partners to deploy the U.S.-made anti-missile
system after a series of cross-border shellings, including one that left
five civilians dead on October 3.

"We say to anyone who would want to attack Turkey -- don't even think about
it," said NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, announcing the decision taken by
the 28-member military alliance.

Germany, the Netherlands and the United States have agreed to provide the
Patriot missile batteries, which would come under the command of the Supreme
Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), the NATO statement said.

Stressing that the surface-to-air Patriot system was purely defensive,
Rasmussen said technical discussions would now follow about how many of the
missiles would be deployed and where.

. . ..

The joint NATO statement on the Patriots' deployment stressed that it "will
be defensive only. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive
operation."

Rasmussen insisted deploying the missiles would lead to a de-escalation of
the crisis, and added that NATO officials would regularly assess the
situation and the implementation of the deployment.

. . .

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Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA

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