posted on Sep, 9 2011 @ 05:58 AM
reply to post by demoncleaner
To avoid embroiling NATO or other alliances Turkey has to avoid confronting Cyprus..
The UK has Sovereign bases on the Island that count as British Territory. These contain the UKs theatre reserves for Afghanistan and most importantly
contain GCHQ listening/spy facilities..
It is my understanding Euro-fighter Typhoons where moved to the RAF bases on Cyrpus when NATO moved on Libya, while the Royal Navy have recently
completed their usual amphibious exercises on the Island titled this year, Cypriot Lion.
Any moves on Cyprus would bring in many other countries via various treaties...
If for example Turkish forces attacked the UKs bases then that would by default bring in France.. France like the UK have extensive maritime and
amphibious forces in the Med at the moment and both side with Greece and Cyprus.
As for the US, given who falls on which side it might not be a case of supporting Israel over Turkey but rather UK/France/Greece/Cyprus over
Given how that could escalate I am sure nothing will come of this as I do not feel Turkey are that silly.. especially if it meant a Royal Navy SLBM
might end up sitting off her coast.
In fact going by how this is panning out it seems illogical for Turkey to make such a move so I believe this to be no more than smoke and mirrors to
allow Turkey to deal with the Syrian situation without cries that Israel and the US are pulling the strings.
edit on 9/9/11 by thoughtsfull
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