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Cablegate: Turkey: Ci/Kr Response for S/Ct

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHAK #0332 0531232
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 221232Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5311
INFO RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL PRIORITY 3908
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC PRIORITY

UNCLAS ANKARA 000332

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

S/CT FOR S. GAIL ROBERTSON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER ECON ASEC PREL ETTC TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: CI/KR RESPONSE FOR S/CT

REF: STATE 6461

1. (SBU) A strict reading of the criteria outlined in reftel
paras 2 and 8 could lead to the conclusion that Turkey does
not possess critical infrastructure (CI) or key resources
(KR) whose incapacity or destruction would have a
"debilitating impact on (U.S.) security, national economic
security, national public health or safety, or any
combination of those matters." However, there are several
key elements of infrastructure that are relevant to note in
this context.

2. (SBU) Turkey has two pieces of critical infrastructure
through which seven percent of the world's oil supply moves
each day:
1) The Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline carries up to 1
million barrels of oil a day; the terminal at Ceyhan has a
holding capacity of 300,00 tons of crude.
2) The Turkish Straits, comprised of the Strait of Canakkale
(Dardanelles), the Sea of Marmara and the Istanbul Strait
(Bosphorous) are among the most hazardous, crowded, difficult
and potentially dangerous natural waterways in the world.
Ships carrying 137 million metric tons of petroleum products,
including 95 million metric tons of crude oil, transit the
straits every year.

The closure or disruption of either of these critical
infrastructures would impede the flow of significant amounts
of crude oil to world markets.

3. (SBU) Separately, Habur Border Gate is the primary
Turkey-Iraq border crossing point. Approximately 3 million
gallons per day of gasoline and diesel fuel for the Iraqi
people and 25 percent of the sustainment fuel for coalition
forces cross into Iraq through Habur Border Gate. Incapacity
or destruction of Habur Border Gate would impact U.S.
national security interests by degrading our military and
humanitarian efforts in Iraq.

4. (SBU) While reftel para 10 excludes from this report "war
fighting facilities managed by other agencies," we note that
Incirlik Air Force Base is a major air cargo hub supporting
operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Over 50% of air
cargo into Iraq transits Incirlik. Up to ten KC-135 tanker
aircraft based at Incirlik support refueling operations for
Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, have
run over 2800 refueling sorties and have delivered over 192
million pounds of fuel. The incapacity or destruction of
Incirlik would have a significant short-term effect on
coalition operations in Iraq and, thus, on U.S. national
interests.

Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Portal:Turk ey

WILSON

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