Turkey's intervention plan in Syria exposed in secret recording - video
Turkish Government plans to invade Syria have emerged in a recording that has appeared on the internet. In the tape, revealed after Turkey shot down a Syrian plane on the border, are conversations from a meeting of the Turkish Foreign Minister, General Staff and Intelligence chiefs.
At the meeting, attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Ministry undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu, General Staff deputy president Yaşar Güler and MIT undersecretary Hakan Fidan, the MIT undersecretary says: "If a pretext is necessary for war with Syria, I'll send 4 men there, fire 8 missiles and then there'll be a reason," adding that they have sent nearly 2,000 truckloads of equipment to Syria.
As far as can be understood from the tapes Turkish officials are considering using the Süleyman Shah Tomb (a small piece of Turkish territory within Syria) as a pretext for entering Syria. Additionally, the content of the recordings exposes the support which Turkey has provided to groups in Syria, its future plans and talks with America. At one point in the meeting Davutoğlu says: "Just between ourselves, the Prime Minister has said on the telephone that this (attack on the Süleyman Shah Tomb) should be evaluated at this conjuncture."
Another subject revealed in the recording is that at a recent meeting between the General Staff and US officials the latter distributed plans to establish no-fly zones.
At the meeting the possibility of using Al Qaeda as a pretext for invading Syria was discussed, while General Staff deputy president Yaşar Güler stressed the urgency of arming the opposition, mentioning arming 1,000 militants. As for Sinirlioğlu, he spoke in favour of entering both South Kurdistan and Syria with tanks.
Listen the conversation here