Turkey's dilemma over Syrian unrest
bbc / Jonathan Head
13-Jun-2011 (one comment)

Two years ago, Israeli commentators noted what they saw as an alarming development. Turkey and Syria announced that they had just held their first joint military exercise.

It seemed to presage an extraordinary strategic shift by Turkey, whose million-strong army has been part of the Nato alliance since 1951, and which bought much of its equipment from Israel.

Coming in the same year that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an emotional verbal assault on Israel over its operations in Gaza, and when a scheduled joint exercise with the Israeli air force in Turkey had been abruptly cancelled, Israelis feared they were witnessing the creation of a new hostile alliance to the north.

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Darius jaan Turkey is going to start seeing a lot of Syrian refugees and they're not immigrant friendly at all, especially after the influx of Iranians in Turkey after the revolution.

This article in NY Times talks about the upcoming civil war which I also think is very likely to happen, like it almost did in Iraq and prevented only because of the US "surge" in military at the time of W.

The Assad ruling family is from the Alawite minority which in times like these is recipe for disaster.

Syrian Unrest Stirs New Fear of Deeper Sectarian Divide. 

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