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The United States is moving to contain Turkey’s “geo-political ambitions” in the Middle East, following its troop deployment in Iraq and downing of a Russian jet last month, says a journalist and analyst in Virginia.

“Turkey has some geo-political ambitions of its own in the region and I think one concern that the Americans have is that Turkey may go rogue or may eventually overstep the bounds of what the Americans find to be acceptable within the framework of the NATO coalition,” Keith Preston, director of, told Press TV on Thursday.

Preston explained that while Washington shares the same goal with Ankara with respect to Syria— which is removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power– it is nonetheless concerned that the NATO ally is pushing the envelope in some corners where US interests are involved.

“It’s true that Turkey and the United States both wish to see the regime of President Assad in Syria deposed and that’s a core objective they both, Turkey and the United States, have.  Both nations also regard Daesh as a weapon against President Assad and that’s why the United States has been a bit lackadaisical in terms of its war against ISIS (ISIL) in Syria,” the analyst noted.

“Americans are also concerned about Turkey stepping out of line a bit by shooting down the Russian plane recently,” he said.

“I think the Americans are somewhat concerned about the fact that that will have the impact of initiating a confrontation between the United States and Russia; and that’s something that the Obama administration does not want; and I think that incident was a bit concerning to the Obama administration and It looks like they are trying to rein in Turkey a little bit,” Preston argued.

On Wednesday, US Vice President Joe Biden called on Turkey to pull its troops out of Iraq as they have been deployed “without the prior consent of the Iraqi government.”

“What Joe Biden wants now is for the Turks to be a little bit restrained,” Preston said.

US Vice President Joe Biden called on Turkey to withdraw any military forces from Iraq “that have not been authorized by the Iraqi government.” (AFP photo)

In another move, the US military announced Wednesday that it was withdrawing 12 F-15 aircraft from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base.

“The United States was a bit alarmed by what happened with the Turks shooting down the Russian plane,” said Preston. “They are concerned about a confrontation with Russia. I think they are trying to mend fences with Russia.”

On September 30, Russia began an air campaign against Daesh terrorists in Syria. Washington accused Moscow of targeting US-backed militants in the country, rather than focusing on the terrorists.

The US and some of its regional allies, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey, have been backing what they call “moderate” militants fighting against the Syrian government.  Some of those militants, who received American arms and training, later jointed the brutal ISIL movement.

US moves 12 jets from Turkish base to Britain

A US Air Force handout photo shows F-16 Fighting Falcons at Turkish Incirlik Air Base, on August 9, 2015. (AFP photo)

The United States military announced it started withdrawing a dozen fighter jets from an air base in Turkey almost a month after a Turkish air force plane shot down a Russian jet near the Syrian border.

US European Command announced on Wednesday that the US military will move 12 F-15 aircraft from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base back to their base in Britain.

Officials said they consider sending other attack planes to Turkey.

The US military had deployed six F-15e Strike Eagles jets to Turkey in November to bolster the purported air campaign against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Six other air-to-air interceptor jets, F-15c Eagles, were also deployed to the base to help boost Turkish defenses and conduct training runs with Turkish fighter planes. The aircraft were also meant to increase the ability of Turkish and American pilots to fly together.

Last month, a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet, claiming the warplane had violated Turkish airspace. Moscow, however, insists the jet never left Syrian airspace.

US officials, however, denied that the withdrawal of the F-15 jets had anything to do with Turkey’s downing of Russian jet. They said the deployments were always intended to be short-term.

The sudden withdrawal is surprising given that the Pentagon had previously urged European allies to use Incirlik as a launching platform for airstrikes against Daesh.

Russia has been conducting airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria at the request of the Syrian government since September 30.

Since July, the United States has sent more than 1000 troops to join the 300 other personnel already in Turkey. The number of US planes has also jumped from fewer than 10 drones to a total of 45 aircraft.

Over the weekend, the US and Turkey agreed on new rules of engagement that will allow the two countries to fly combat air patrols.

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Turkey on Tuesday to discuss the fight against the terrorist group.

The US has been carrying out airstrikes in Syria, allegedly pounding Daesh positions inside the country, since last September. The terrorists, some of whom were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control parts of Syria and Iraq.

The United States and its regional allies – especially Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar – have been supporting the militants operating inside Syria since the beginning of the  crisis in March 2011.

US calls on Turkey to pull troops out of Iraq

US Vice President Joe Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden has called on Turkey to pull its troops out of Iraq as they have been deployed “without the prior consent of the Iraqi government.”

The White House made the announcement on Wednesday after a telephone conversation between Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.  

“Both leaders welcomed initial indications of the withdrawal of some Turkish forces and agreed this should continue, reiterating that any foreign forces can only be present in Iraq with the coordination and permission of the Iraqi government,” read a statement by the White House.

It added that Washington remained committed to sovereignty and territorial integrity in the crisis-hit country, and “called on Turkey to do the same by withdrawing any military forces from Iraqi territory that have not been authorized by the Iraqi government.”

The US vice president also urged the two countries’ leaders to engage in a dialogue “to address any outstanding grievances in the spirit of mutual cooperation.”

Turkey’s deployment to the Bashiqa region, near the Iraqi Daesh-held city of Mosul, has irked the government in Baghdad as it was done without the Iraqi government’s permission.

Ankara maintains that it is protecting itself against the Takfiri militants in the region.

This is while the country has been implicated in supporting the terror group, in part, by allowing them to cross into Syria.


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    • VirusGuard

      It’s a bit too late for the USA to pretend it knew nothing about the 2,000 trucks in oil convoys that were being used to buy oil from ISIS and deliver it to Turkey.

      Turkey was not just giving ISIS made in USA wapons but has been supplying ISIS with Sarin gas and then
      making out the president Assad was using it against his own people as the logic goes.

      The USA would have given the go ahead for Turkey to shoot down a russian fighter so this is just
      a case of the banker puppets in the USA trying to save face.

      Watch the next six weeks as the CIA and MOSSAD try to do all they can to mess up the agreement
      that was just made at the UN and also any flash crash in markets as the bankers try to remind traitors
      in the USA that they still owe Israel the golan heights along with it’s oil.

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