|Turkish Workers’ Party condemns deployment of NATO in Turkey||
The deputy chairman of the Turkish Workers’ Party (IP) has condemned the deployment of NATO forces in Turkey, urging all political parties, popular groups and unions to stage demonstrations against the move.
The Turkish official took swipe at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for giving the green light to NATO and accelerating the process of Turkey’s ‘occupation’ by NATO troops.
He said the launch of a new NATO base in the western province of Izmir has turned the region into the war commanding center of the United States in the Middle East.
On November 21, 2012, Turkey formally asked NATO to deploy surface-to-air Patriot missile batteries on its border with Syria.
NATO declared on January 14 that its Patriots being deployed along Turkey’s border with Syria should be operational by early February.
The Turkish politician further blamed the NATO forces for criminal actions across Turkey, saying the troops are moving freely from one place to another.
The Turkish military is under the command of NATO generals, with several Turkish commanders and generals being arrested and jailed, he went on to say.
The Turkish official also touched upon a mosque attack at NATO’s Incirlik Air Base in the city of Adana on New Year’s Eve, where the holy Quran was torn up and the windows were smashed.
In a written statement, the Turkish military said that the mosque was damaged but was open for prayer. Although the military has begun a thorough investigation into the case, they said it was still not clear who carried out the offensive.
The profane act triggered rallies in several cities across Turkey, with protesters demanding the identification and punishment of the culprits.
(Source: Press TV)
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