US Military Buildup on Syria?s Southern Border

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US Military Buildup on Syria?s Southern Border
« on: October 15, 2012, 06:48:48 PM »
US Military Buildup on Syria?s Southern Border
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky - Global Research, October 14, 2012
We are at a very dangerous crossroads.
US and British troops are now stationed in Jordan
on Syria?s southern border. Meanwhile, Turkish
troops are being deployed on Syria?s Northern border.
The official story conveyed by Defense Secretary
Leon Panetta at a meeting of defense ministers is
that allied troops from the US and Britain are
working under a ?humanitarian? mandate with the
Amman government to monitor alleged chemical and
biological weapons sites in Syria as well as help
Jordan with the influx of refugees.
A report of the Israeli Intelligence News Service
Debka points to ?the real reason? of allied troop deployments:
?US troops sent to the Jordan-Syria border are
helping build a headquarters in Jordan to bolster
its military capabilities in case violence spills
over from Syria, suggesting deepening US military
intervention in the Syrian conflict.?
The deployment of allied troops on Syria?s
southern border are coordinated with actions
taken by Turkey and its allies on Syria?s Northern border.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has
demanded the support of NATO against Syria under
the doctrine of collective security.
?We will do what needs to be done if our border
is violated again,? he told reporters
following a meeting in Istanbul with German
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
Foreign Minister Davutoglu on Saturday pointed to
the alleged violation of Turkey?s border by Syria
as a violation of NATO?s borders. Under Article
5 of the Washington Treaty, an attack on one
member state of the Atlantic Alliance is
considered as an attack against all NATO member states.
?In this context, we expect the support of our
allies? said Foreign Minister Davutoglu,
intimating that both Germany and other member
states of the Atlantic Alliance should act to to
defend Turkey under the doctrine of Collective Security:
?if such an armed attack occurs, each of them,
in exercise of the right of individual or
collective self-defence ? will assist the Party
or Parties so attacked by taking
forthwith individually and in concert with the
other Parties, such action as it deems necessary,
including the use of armed force, to restore and
maintain the security of the North Atlantic area?
(See full text of Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, April 1949)

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