US Official Trips to Ankara Have Increased Dramatically
From a Reader – January 1, 2006
The CIA Director's Dec. 12 call on the Turkish prime minister last for over an hour, far longer than customary for a mere courtesy call, and followed an even longer meeting with senior staff of MIT, Turkish intelligence. The Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet reported on December 13: "Goss also asked Ankara to be ready for a possible U.S. air operation against Iran and Syria." (1)
Der Spiegel (2) noted Friday that the latest high-level visitor to the Turkish premier was NATO Secretary-General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer. This is not unusual, since Turkey is a member of NATO, but the coincidence of these various trips prompted Spiegel to comment "the number of American and NATO security officials heading to Ankara has increased dramatically."
(1) U.S. Warns Turkey Of Air Strike On Iran And Syria
(2) Is Washington Planning a Military Strike?
Last updated 03/01/2006