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SYRIA-TURKEY CRISIS UPDATES : Almost 150 killed as Syria truce collapses, Meanwhile US Deploys Troops & 70 Nuclear Bombs in Turkey
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[quote:DoomneT:MV8yMDEzMDYxXzMzODU4MDU5XzQwODE0MTU3] [b][color=red]A look at Turkey’s military capability[/color][/b] [b] Turkey has sent reinforcements to its border with Syria. It has warned of stronger retaliation if Syrian shells continue to land on Turkish soil but made it clear it does not seek war.[/b] [b]Here is an overview of the Turkish armed forces:[/b] [color=red]* TURKEY’S ARMED FORCES:[/color] – Turkey has the second largest standing force in NATO after the United States. – Its armed forces consist of nearly 890,000 personnel including 378,700 reserves. [color=red]* ARMY:[/color] Numbers: 402,000 personnel including 325,000 conscripts - 4,503 main battle tanks, most of which are M48A5 T1/T2s, 310 reconnaissance vehicles, 650 armoured infantry fighting vehicles and 3,643 armoured personnel carriers - 7,787 artillery pieces, more than 5,813 mortars and 1,363 attack missiles [color=red]* AIR FORCE:[/color] – Turkey has two tactical air forces divided between east and west. Numbers: 60,000 personnel - The country has more than 338 combat-capable aircraft, as well as transport planes and gunship helicopters. There are 54 U.S. Northrop F-5A/B Freedom fighter aircraft and 284 ground attack aircraft including 70 F-4E Phantoms and F-16C/Ds with more to be delivered by the end of 2012. - 40 transport helicopters and more than 178 SAM missiles for air defence [color=red]* NAVY:[/color] Numbers – 48,600 personnel including 34,500 conscripts - The navy has 14 submarines, 18 frigates, 52 patrol and coastal boats and 27 mine countermeasure and warfare vessels. [color=red]* PARAMILITARY:[/color] There is a 100,000-strong national guard with 50,000 reserves, its own vehicles and equipment. Turkey’s Coast Guard force has 3,250 personnel including 1,400 conscripts and 1,050 from the Navy. The coast guard has 98 patrol and coastal boats. http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/8617 [/quote]
The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan
To help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict.
The task force, which has been led by a senior American officer, is based at a Jordanian military training center built into an old rock quarry north of Amman. It is now largely focused on helping Jordanians handle the estimated 180,000 Syrian refugees who have crossed the border and are severely straining the country’s resources.
American officials familiar with the operation said the mission also includes drawing up plans to try to insulate Jordan, an important American ally in the region, from the upheaval in Syria and to avoid the kind of clashes now occurring along the border of Syria and Turkey.
The officials said the idea of establishing a buffer zone between Syria and Jordan — which would be enforced by Jordanian forces on the Syrian side of the border and supported politically and perhaps logistically by the United States — had been discussed. But at this point the buffer is only a contingency.
link to www.nytimes.com
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