DAMASCUS/ANKARA/BERLIN (Own report) – The German Bundeswehr is possibly on the verge of a deployment directly at the Syrian border. According to reports in the media, today, Turkey will officially request that NATO station “Patriot” surface-to-air missiles on its southwestern territory, supposedly as protection from Syrian combat jets and missiles. The German government has agreed to participate with up to 170 military personnel. As a matter of fact, the stationing is planned not only for the territory, where, for quite some time, conflicts with Kurdish separatists have been escalating. According to concrete plans drawn up by top-ranking Turkish and US officers and presented to the White House, they also lay the groundwork for establishing a no-fly zone over Syrian territory. The objective is to create conditions, over the next few weeks, allowing the recently – in Qatar – founded Syrian exile leadership to leave exile and become established in northern Syria, which requires security from aerial attacks.
The New Exile Leadership
No-fly zone plans have an immediate importance through the recent negotiations for the creation of a government in exile in Qatar. A few days ago, a new leadership was named, under enormous western pressure. This leadership includes the western protégé, the Muslim Brotherhood dominated Syrian National Council (SNC), which has named a new leadership. (The previous leadership proved to be too incapable of taking action.) According to reports in the media, the leading figure at the Qatar negotiations, was Riad Seif, a member of the Syrian opposition, who as far back as the 1990s had maintained contact to Berlin’s foreign policy establishment and, last June, actually took up residence in Berlin. Seif is involved in the activities of a multinational “working group” on the transformation of the Syrian economy, directed from an office in the German foreign ministry – under German direction. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.) In Qatar, Seif promoted the naming of Moaz al Khatib, as the new chair of the “National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.” Khatib, a former cleric at the prominent Umayyaden Mosque in Damascus, is generally described in the German media as a moderate member of an influential family cultivating Damascene traditions. Critics point out that Al Khatib has publicly expressed sympathy for Yusuf al Qaradawi, currently considered one of the most influential Islamist Muslim Brotherhood clerics, residing in Qatar. In addition, he has expressed contempt toward Jews and Shiites.
Al Khatib’s exile leadership plans to leave exile, in the next few weeks, to get installed in northern Syria, where the insurgents have a large area and a majority of the border crossings to Turkey under their control – the latter insuring the possibility of logistic supplies to the insurgents. The only thing endangering the exile leadership’s relocation plans are attacks by the Syrian air force, which up to now could not be blocked by the insurgents. However, a no-fly zone could. The stationing of the “Patriot” missiles would thereby, lay the groundwork for the insurgent government to become established in Syria and to further pursue the insurgency. With German “Patriot” squadrons, the German Bundeswehr is actively involved.
Full article: Air Defense for the Exile Leadership (German Foreign Policy)