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Thanks David. I knew in my heart that it wasn't for good.Exit40 wrote:Brenda, the following is what I thought would be the real purpose, plus Turkeys ability to modify other F-16's they are authorized to repair and maintain as part of this new role for them. No one had brought this up, except a Turkish news source, the one reporting the following....
**** Turkey: F-16s can now hit Israel targets
– September 14, 2011Posted in: Featured Stories, Israel, Sci/Tech, Turkey
Turkish fighter jets
Turkey has developed a new system for its US-made F-16 fighter jets that will allow them for the first time to fire at Israeli targets, a report says.
The new Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) — an identification system designed for command and control — developed by Turkey’s Military Electronics Industry (ASELSAN) will replace the US version of the system that was being run on the fighter jets so far, Turkey’s Star Gazete newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The US system identified all Israeli targets as a ‘friend,’ thus preventing the Turkish fighter jets from firing at them automatically, even if the Turkish pilots were ordered to fire at them, the report said.
The new system, however, will allow Turkey to define its enemies itself, the report said.....
Eventually the Europeans got a handshake but Erdogan got the hug treatment.
Exit40 wrote:The main Syrian opposition group says Homs is a disaster area and is urging international protection for civilians.
The Syrian National Council said government forces had been shelling residential areas for days.
It says civilians are very short of food and medical supplies, and electricity and water have been cut.
Last week the Syrian government agreed to an Arab League deal to pull troops out of residential areas.
However, the BBC's Jonathan Head, in neighbouring Turkey, says this has not happened.
Opposition activists describe conditions in some parts of Homs, Syria's third largest city, as catastrophic.
Chana Ya'ar wrote:Arab League Warns 'Catastrophe' Imminent in Syria
Arab League secretary-general Nabil el-Arabi warns that a "catastrophic" situation is imminent in Syria.
In a move that received little public attention,
Qatar's foreign minister flew two weeks ago to Ankara, to convey the Arab message.
The Arab world wants an Arab solution to the Syrian crisis.
Immediately after the Qatari foreign minister's departure,
Davotuglu convened the Turkey-based Syrian opposition
and promised assistance for toppling Bashar Assad.
Turkey is determined to try to be part of the Syrian solution.
After all, Syria was the cornerstone of Turkey's new Arab policy.
A failure in Syria means a collapse of the entire policy,
for which Turkey was even ready to sacrifice its long and fruitful relationship with Israel.
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