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In yet another sign of the deterioration in Israel-Turkish ties, Turkey’s Star Gazete reported Tuesday that the military is installing new technology that will allow warplanes and ships to target Israeli vessels. Previously, Turkish planes, ships and submarines used American technology, which automatically classified Israeli equipment as “friendly.”
Turkish air force will be fitting its F-16 fighter jets with new IFF systems, which will not treat the signal from an Israeli IFF transponder as friendly, and will thus facilitate more efficient attack.
This consideration is hardly abstract: Israel has participated in a number of NATO-sponsored exercises in the last several years, including air and sea exercises in the Aegean Sea. It is no accident that Turkey has announced retrofitting her air force’s IFF systems, and planning to do so with her ships and submarines, a few days after Israel and Greece signed a military cooperation agreement.
The Turkish announcement was also made two weeks before the target date for offshore oil drilling to begin south of Cyprus, in the area where Cyprus and Israel have established a maritime claims agreement.
The IFF modification for Israel is one Turkey couldn’t direct at Greece without burning all her bridges, but there is certainly an element of Turkey seeking to drive a wedge between Greece and Israel.
originally posted by: theultimatebelgianjoke
a reply to: Layaly
So are the Israelis trying to go after the Turks, with the Greeks on their side, just to make sure they mess up the NATO alliance ? This is speculative, but it will be worth keeping an eye on the upcoming diplomatic relations between the Turks and the Israelis.
Now the Turks themselves are playing with fire, they prevent the NATO alliance to provide too much support to the Kurds and thus, the only armed militants on the ground to fight ISIS properly are the Shia militias backed by Iran. The recent terror action at their Syrian border will probably help them change their minds when it come to prevent the smuggling of weapons and fuel through their border which remains ATM one of the main entry gate to the Islamic state from Europe.
A court indictment by the Turkish prosecutors into the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian rebels has once again highlighted fears this week that sarin toxic gas was used by the opposition and not the Assad government.
The prosecutor in the Turkish city of Adana has issued a 132-page indictment, alleging that six men of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and Ahrar ash-Sham tried to seek out chemicals with the intent to produce the nerve agent, sarin gas, a number of Turkish publications reported.
Turkey’s flirtation with purchasing non-NATO-compatible Chinese missiles to complement its planned air defense system indicates that Ankara may be preparing for a grander non-Western policy pivot in the future
originally posted by: Thecakeisalie
a reply to: Layaly
Six degrees of secrecy anyone?
I believe that on some level some officials are leading the sniffer dogs astray. Sniffer dogs are good at following a specific trail, and if you retrace your tracks and cross your paths enough then then sniffer dogs will lose the scent and will end up where they started and the perpetrators will make their escape.
I believe that's how some high level officials get away with what they have done-they leave a convoluted trail behind them that uses a myriad of loopholes and proxies to cover their tracks.