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  • Iranian Cargo plane forced to land in Turkey

    03/16/2011

    Plane had been forced to land in Turkey on suspicion it was carrying weapons to Syria, day after ship allegedly bringing arms from Iran to Gaza was seized by Israel.

    An Iranian cargo plane, forced to land in southeast Turkey on suspicion it was carrying weapons to Syria, departed on Wednesday after a search squad found nothing illegal on the plane, officials said.

    A team trained in chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear cargo from the Civil Defense Directorate inspected the plane, which landed in the city of Diyarbakir late on Tuesday en route from Tehran to Aleppo in northern Syria, the state-run Anatolian news agency said.

    Airport officials said the plane, which had two pilots, an unknown number of crew members and no passengers, was ordered to land on suspicion it was carrying Iranian weapons to Syria.

    Selcuk Unal, spokesman for Turkey's Foreign Ministry, told Reuters: "The plane was allowed to continue on its route after a routine control." He added the search squads had found "nothing illegal" inside the aircraft.

    The forced landing occurred on the same day Israeli naval commandos seized a cargo ship in the Mediterranean Sea carrying what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said were Iranian-supplied weapons intended for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

    The Israel Defense Forces said the vessel that was captured with Iranian weapons had set off from the Syrian port of Latakia and stopped in Mersin, Turkey, before heading towards Alexandria in Egypt. Turkey was not involved in the arms shipment, it said.

    On Wednesday, Israeli Defense Miniser Ehud Barak told reporters at Ashdod Port, where the seized cargo ship was taken, that he hoped Turkey carried out a proper inspection.

    "We have seen this plane that was stopped in Turkey, and it must be hoped that there, too, they will conduct checks as required, and that the other players that are involved, too -- that everyone in their area do the right things so that this mutual reinforcement of terror and (military) build-up ceases," Barak said.

    Before leaving Diyarbakir, the plane, identified as a Russian-made Ilyushin 62 and bearing Arabic script and green livery, was parked on the tarmac at the airport, which is used for both civilian and military aviation.
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/internat...board-1.349597
    "Selcuk Unal, spokesman for Turkey's Foreign Ministry, told Reuters: "The plane was allowed to continue on its route after a routine control."

    Question:
    Is it routine procedure for Turkey to scramble F-16s against Iranian planes and force them to land because their Israeli friends feels unsecure?
    B0zkurt Hunter

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    Re: Iranian Cargo plane forced to land in Turkey

    Originally posted by Eddo211 View Post
    "Selcuk Unal, spokesman for Turkey's Foreign Ministry, told Reuters: "The plane was allowed to continue on its route after a routine control."

    Question:
    Is it routine procedure for Turkey to scramble F-16s against Iranian planes and force them to land because their Israeli friends feels unsecure?
    Knowing how Turkish society functions..... if there were weapons on the cargo plane, I'm sure it's nothing that a bribe wouldn't take care of.
    "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X

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      Re: Iranian Cargo plane forced to land in Turkey

      Originally posted by KanadaHye View Post
      Knowing how Turkish society functions..... if there were weapons on the cargo plane, I'm sure it's nothing that a bribe wouldn't take care of.
      Case and point:

      Turkey declines to inspect Iranian cargo



      The Ankara government has reportedly rejected a request by the UN to conduct inspections of Iranian cargos at customs checkpoints between Iran and Turkey.


      The UN called on the Turkish government to allow its inspection teams to inspect Iranian cargos at customs checkpoints.

      Today's Zaman website quoted informed sources as saying that Ankara considers the UN request as contradicting Turkey's friendly ties with its neighboring countries.

      It also cited the sources as saying that the Turkish government has rejected the UN request in order to prevent damaging its ties with Iran.

      The Turkish government also voted against the imposition of UN Security Council sanctions against Iran.

      During Turkish President Abdullah Gul's visit to Iran in February and after meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the two sides agreed to increase the value of their annual trade to USD 30 billion.

      “We are determined to immediately reach the value of our annual trade transactions with Turkey to USD 30 billion through the expansion of all-out cooperation,” said the Iranian president in a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Tehran on February 14.

      He added that the volume of trade between the two countries had surpassed USD 10 billion last year while noting that the two countries could upgrade their trade value to USD 30 billion.

      http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170599.html
      "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X

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        Re: Iranian Cargo plane forced to land in Turkey

        Remember Turkey's close economic cooperation with Iran - they don't want to spoil those relations either.
        Մեկ Ազգ, Մեկ Մշակույթ
        ---
        "Western Assimilation is the greatest threat to the Armenian nation since the Armenian Genocide."

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          Re: Iranian Cargo plane forced to land in Turkey

          Originally posted by Mos View Post
          Remember Turkey's close economic cooperation with Iran - they don't want to spoil those relations either.
          It's all about the gas flow to Turkey
          "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X

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            Re: Iranian Cargo plane forced to land in Turkey

            Gas and also economic trade, plus Turkey has been warming up to Iran every since their destroyed relations with Israel. The number of official visits for example has increased a lot.
            Մեկ Ազգ, Մեկ Մշակույթ
            ---
            "Western Assimilation is the greatest threat to the Armenian nation since the Armenian Genocide."

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              Re: Iranian Cargo plane forced to land in Turkey

              Originally posted by Mos View Post
              Gas and also economic trade, plus Turkey has been warming up to Iran every since their destroyed relations with Israel. The number of official visits for example has increased a lot.
              That Flotilla incident was staged. Had that been an American ship, WW3 would have started.
              "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X

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                Re: Iranian Cargo plane forced to land in Turkey

                Originally posted by Mos View Post
                Gas and also economic trade, plus Turkey has been warming up to Iran every since their destroyed relations with Israel. The number of official visits for example has increased a lot.

                They strained the relations they did not destroy them.
                For the first time in more than 600 years, Armenia is free and independent, and we are therefore obligated
                to place our national interests ahead of our personal gains or aspirations.



                http://www.armenianhighland.com/main.html

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                  Re: Iranian Cargo plane forced to land in Turkey

                  They strained the relations they did not destroy them
                  agree with that!

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                    Re: Iranian Cargo plane forced to land in Turkey

                    Originally posted by Armanen View Post
                    They strained the relations they did not destroy them.
                    Unless seculars stage a revolution in Turkey, I highly doubt relations will go back to what they used to be.
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