Turkey Mobilizing: Media Manipulation, Provocation Or Reality?

Tyler Durden's picture

In the aftermath of the recent escalation in tensions between Turkey and Syria, whereby Syria was accused of hostile behavior for firing and taking down a Turkish fighter jet that supposedly spent at least 5 minutes in its airspace, today was a quiet day. At least until recently we saw the following footage in a clip uploaded to YouTube. Supposedly, Turkey has sent troop reinforcement to the Syrian border, after Erdogan's warning that soldiers approaching the border will be treated as targets, the clip explains, citing Turkish daily Zaman reported citing the Cihan news agency. This is unverified, nor is the statement that 15 military vehicles, including tanks and cannons, were dispatched to the border from Diyarbakir.

We are skeptical of the validity of the above especially since earlier today Russia said that Tuesday's Syrian shooting down of a Turkish warplane should not be seen as a provocation and warned world powers against using the incident to push for stronger action against Damascus. It was Moscow's first official reaction which made it quite clear that Russia will not just stand idly by awaiting for NATO to unilaterally take a decision to punish the middle eastern nation for daring to defend itself. But then again, this may be merely misreading Russia's resolve, in collaboration with China, to defend its own national strategic interests.

Finally, why we are concerned this may well be a provocation, but in the other direction, is that the only "news" of this development so far has come from the Times of Israel: a media outlet which the traders amongst you may say is "axes" vis-a-vis a particular outcome.

Large numbers of Turkish troops — including at least 15 long-range artillery pieces and tanks – moved to the Syrian frontier from the eastern city of Diyarbakir. A video published by the Turkish Cihan News Agency showed Turkish tanks being transported by carrier trucks toward the frontier.


The mobilization followed statements by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the Turkish military will respond to any future violation of its border by Syrian military elements.


“As awe-inspiring as Turkey’s friendship is, Turkey’s wrath is equally awe-inspiring,” Erdogan told the Turkish parliament on Tuesday.


“The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces have changed,” Erdogan said. “Any military element that approaches the Turkish border from Syria posing a security risk and danger will be regarded as a threat and treated as a military target.”


Erdogan closed his remarks with an especially harsh condemnation of Syrian President Bashar Assad: “Turkey and the Turkish people will continue to provide all support until the people of Syria have been saved from this tyrannical, murderous, bloody dictator and his gang.”

We will keep track of real developments surrounding this latest geopolitical risk flare up, and keep readers updated.

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Colombian Gringo's picture

Another illegal war, more violence, killing and bloodshed while foodstamps, infrastructure, unemployment benefits and education are being slashed. Fuck Obama the Nobel Piece of shit prize winner and the warmongers pulling his pathetic strings.

dereksatkinson's picture

Bernanke wanted fiscal stimulus... 



Comay Mierda's picture

I think I see Paul Krugman in that truck

THX 1178's picture

Wild Paulkrugman appears!

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

Don't mess with the Turkish Army.

... those boys will fight!

Looks like the old M60A3 tanks are still ready for combat.

el Gallinazo's picture

This makes enough sense to be true.  Thanks for the link.

prole's picture

Don't mess with the Turkish Army. ... those boys will fight!

Hell yeah! Did you see the fight they put up when Isarel killed all those Turkish civilians on that Gaza flotilla ship? That was the "Mother of all Fights!" I forget how many Israelis they killed in that one, could you remind me?

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Those Turkish tanks wouldn't last 10 minutes in downtown Detroit.

KanKhaderKhanKan's picture

The Turks are a tenacious bunch there's a reason why their forefathers created an empire that lasted over 500 years. If you are in doubt of Turkish martial prowess consider this: 

When the Turks entered World War 1 they had the most backward army of all the great powers in material terms (e.g. non-existent weapons, ammo etc) by that war's end the Turks outlasted the Romanov Russian empire, the Austrian Hapsbourg empire whilst FIGHTING WAR OVER 5 DIFFERENT FRONTS and only capitulated to the Triple Entente around the same time as Germany and within a decade after that fought another war with the Greeks and handing their arses on a plate driving the last Greek out of Anatolia...you sound quite young so here's a tip go ask one of your grandparents or great uncles who fought in the Korean war and ask them what they think of the Turk as a soldier and am pretty sure they'll have nothing but admiration for him. 

ZeroAvatar's picture

Thanks, Spirit, been reading your stuff for years now.  It's been a great head's up.

Spirit Of Truth's picture

Your welcome.  It's obvious an uphill battle in that almost everyone WANTS to be misled since they can't handle the truth.



HungrySeagull's picture

Those old gas pyres on treads... It wont take much to burn. At least I hope they replaced the truly flammables.

Syria will hold on to the Golan Heights though. They will NEVER loosen the grip on that. Damascus will burn first.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I would be skeptical that Turkey is mobilizing, except perhaps at a very small scale.  And apparently Turkey's rhetoric is not all fire-and-brimstone.

What would Turkey's INTEREST be in starting a war with Syria?  What do they get out of a land war in Asia?  Nothing.

fourchan's picture



china and russia have no reverence for life.


why do we let them chime in on the civilized worlds activitys?

Spurs's picture

Ruskis and Chinis very uncivilized, thay hord gold

THX 1178's picture

That barbarous relic... not like us Americans with our 11 Nimitz Class carriers and petrodollar system, two illegals wars and drone strikes in more places that I can count... not to mention monsanto & friends flogging their bioweapons. Salt of the Earth.

Thisson's picture

"Never get involved in a land war in Asia!"

el Gallinazo's picture

You know what the quid pro quo was that Obamney and Hitlary promised them?  Somehow, entry to the EU seems to be lower on their list of priorities than it was 5 years ago.  Bet from taking a long look at history, they would like a chance to participate in the Greek bail out.  Or maybe another putsch to Viena?

HungrySeagull's picture

Maybe there is a little bit of shooting with Syria and Turkey, but no one cared until now.

No one really cared that little Georgia got stomped by Russia in a week or two, however stories of courage and battlefield valor on the part of Georgian forces were to be respected.

prole's picture

Uhh no. Intransigent Georgia were the aggressors, egged on by their sinister sponsors.

Russia gave them a well-deserved spanking and I am waiting for Vlad to do the same to any punks chumps cowards and a-holes who disturb Mr. Assad..

The Big Ching-aso's picture




The Turks are great fighters.   On their own turf.   Last time I checked Syria ain't Turkey.

NotApplicable's picture


Why do you speak of abstract entities as if they're living beings? Until you stop this exercise in fantasy, you'll never come to understand the nature of this game, even though you're fully aware of it.

Just how many individuals within the the government of Turkey do you think determine this "interest" at any point in time? Now, how many of that number can influence the rest? That number is the key to your entire flawed paradigm of collectivist thinking.

That number is also the number of agent provocateurs needed to pull off the oldest trick in the book, "Let's you and him fight!"

That number may be as low as a single digit, and likely not more than three, yet you've equated it with the desires of nearly 73M others.

Like I said, nothing you didn't already know, yet you help them pull it off by ignoring what is really going on.

New_Meat's picture

DCRB: your skepticism is well taken.

"Large numbers of Turkish troops — including at least 15 long-range artillery pieces and tanks – moved to the Syrian frontier from the eastern city of Diyarbakir."

... er ... Large Numbers?  Hardly, a battalion or two movin' around.  Maybe a skoshi' battalion task force, hardly what could invade Syria.

Turkey starts the war?  The NATO General Secretary disavows all knowledge of the situation.

- Ned

el Gallinazo's picture

Does he support financial backing for the GAM (Gray Alien Military)?  Never quite got his take on it.

withnmeans's picture

Edgar Casey was right, this is getting scary... Other then him saying Ankara instead of Turkey, but still the same place...

What is next?

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

Whatever it is, you can't stop it or change it.

cifo's picture


Strifes will arise through the period. Watch for them near Davis Strait in the attempts there for the keeping of the life line to a land open. Watch for them in Libya and in Egypt, in Ankara and in Syria, through the straits about those areas above Australia, in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.” Edgar Cayce reading (3976-26) April 28, 1941

847328_3527's picture

ahhh, did you mean, "physical stimulus?"

Pegasus Muse's picture

That tank.  M60A3.  The Patton.  It's 1960s technology - although upgraded over the years.  It should be on the Antiques Road Show. 


Wonder if it's operational or if it's a museum piece?  




GOSPLAN HERO's picture

The Turks are tough soldiers.

"Cav to ya!"


prole's picture

Uh yeah but that was near a hundred years ago. Recently they have been taking it in the ass.



BigInJapan's picture

I will probably be "destroyed" by "Syrian" forces.

Just need to round up that towtruck to put it in place.

Ms. Erable's picture

Sacrificial reserve/training equipment. The Turks have several hundred Leopard2A4 in service, plus more than a few 2A5's. Sending a company's worth of M60A3 along with an artillery battery and some foot fodder is asking - nay, begging - to have your ass handed to you.

HungrySeagull's picture

Don't make me worship the throne. It makes me sick as it is with the reference to the Templar Crusades.

God wills it my ass.

resurger's picture


okay, here is a  /sarc

ZeroAvatar's picture

You mean, Obummer wills it?  Romney's not President, yet.

FEDbuster's picture

Do you really think it matters?  Obamney 2012, Hasten the Collapse

FEDbuster's picture

British special forces are already in Syria according this article.   Deployed on the Turkish boarder, target Assad's palace.


john39's picture

debka is notorious psy-op material... no doubt designed to spread confusion and dissention in Syria...

FEDbuster's picture

Just like our Bureau of Labor Statistics.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

I wonder what happens when the British forces run into the Russian and China forces.  Will they drink some vodka?