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TURKEY BANS ALL SYRIAN FLIGHTS WHICH PRESUMABLY WILL INCLUDE FIGHTER JETS
October 14 2012
Ankara, Turkey – Following the apparent discovery of a great deal of ammunition and other military-related gear on a flight from Russia destined to Syria through Turkey, Turkey has decided to ban all flights through its country headed towards that war-torn nation.
Last week Turkey forced a passenger plane to the ground and, upon inspection, found that it was carrying multiple arms destined for the Syrian government and their military. That, in the wake of increased tensions between Turkey and Syria, has prompted the former to just ban all flights to and from the latter over their territory.
That move will most likely result in even more tension between the two nations which has reached a point beyond which there may be no return. The move will also likely prohibit Syrian warplanes from flying over Turkish territory should it come to that which really shouldn’t be a problem since most of those vehicles are currently flying over their own cities destroying them. The restriction does not prevent Turkish planes from flying over Syrian territory.
“Yes, civilian aircraft. Military aircraft were de facto banned way before,” said one Foreign Ministry official of the ban.
Syria also banned Turkish flights over their territory which, presumably, Turkish officials found kind of amusing.
It’s not clear how Russia will transport weapons and other supplies to Syria with the new ban as they have not yet commented.
“Clearly Turkey has seen this recent action as a provocation which it really isn’t. I mean maybe if through some convoluted means those particular weapons would ultimately be used on Turkey it would be a direct provocation but that is very unlikely. This ban is more likely connected to the ongoing tension between the two which is really looking to be a poor decision by Syria at this stage,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “Obviously this really restricts their ability to get weapons into the country and that is actually a very important thing for them because without weapons, well, it’s pretty tough to wage a war. Generally speaking when you are expending bullets you need to replace them and that will be tougher now.”
Other things such as rockets and missiles will also be tougher to get, one assumes.
“Hopefully this will actually help the cause by putting new pressure on the Syrian
government. Nah, I’m just kidding. Even if it does put more pressure on them it’s not going to have a significant effect on the outcome of anything because Syria is pretty darn committed at this stage. I can’t foresee a scenario where this move will actually help reduce the violence or the potential war with Turkey at all,” continued Martinez. “You never know though. Syria has been all kinds of irrational in this situation and so doing something wacky in this situation, well, that would that is something you might be able to actually predict in a strange sort of way. I do think, though, they should have banned fighter jets explicitly though to be fair I doubt that would really do much. It’s not like Syria respects rules or anything.”
Russian officials are reportedly not happy about the ban because it is preventing them from interfering exactly as they would like to interfere.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent