|code: 325867||Date: 2012/06/30 - 17:42||source: PressTV|
Covert war underway in Syria territory: Analyst
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - "The [so-called] Free Syrian Army is not representative of Syrian civil society. It is an armed group, which is in large part integrated by foreign fighters; mercenaries recruited and supported by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, [as well as] Turkey and other NATO powers including the United States of America," Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, the Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, told us on Thursday.
"So that in effect at this particular juncture, the war has already started. A covert war has been waged within Syrian territory for the last month," he said.
Chossudovsky noted that the Turkish government favors a war in Syria and not a political way to the ongoing unrest in the Middle Eastern country.
"Turkey supported the incursions right from the beginning, right from the beginning in March of 2011 and this incident turns realities upside down. It points to Syria as the aggressor in relation to the incident of the downed fighter jet, which was in Syrian territorial waters at a very low altitude and it now is using that incident to further militarize that 800 kilometer border on Syria's northern frontier," he said.
On Tuesday, Turkey deployed a large number of tanks and other armored vehicles to the Syrian border amid rising tensions with Damascus over the downing of a Turkish jet fighter by the Syrian army.
The move comes after Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan adopted a bellicose tone and vowed to retaliate against Damascus over the downing of its jet.
Syria on Friday said that a Turkish F-4 Phantom fighter plane, was downed in the Syrian territorial waters west of the village of Om al-Tuyour in Lattakia Province, 10 kilometers from the beach.
The Syrian military stressed that it had engaged the jet in the Syrian airspace "according to the laws that govern such situations."
Turkey, however, claims that its fighter jet was shot down in "international airspace."
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters, Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.