NATO Steps Up Activity In Mediterranean, Syria Responds

Rick Rozoff, OpEdNews, July 9, 2012 Shortly after NATO Allied Maritime Command Naples completed a ten-day air surge in the Mediterranean as part of the Western military bloc's almost eleven-year Operation Active Endeavor, Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 docked in Istanbul, Turkey on its way to conduct exercises off the coast of Syria. Active Endeavor was launched in October 2001 as part of the activation of NATO's Article 5 collective military assistance clause and has operated ever since with no mandate other than that the alliance has granted itself. ... NATO