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Jan 16 13:17

Turkey Notifies NATO Of Imminent Massive Invasion Of Syria To Fight Kurds

Turkey is poised for an imminent massive ground invasion of Northern Syria to quash Kurdish militia groups currently holding Afrin near the Turkish border. Multiple regional outlets have reported a build-up of forces that could constitute the largest external intervening force thus far in the entirety of the Syrian war.

According to Middle East based Al-Sura News, Turkey's military build-up currently underway includes special forces troops, Army units, Turkish-backed Syrian Rebels and Turkey's air force. The Kurdish YPG/J (People's Protection Units) has held Afrin since the Syrian government withdrew from the area in 2012, which constitutes the western-most part of the self-declared Rojava autonomous Kurdish zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF I were a bookie in Vegas, I don't know what odds of war breaking out between Turkey and Syria were, but I wouldn't bet against it starting within the next 24- 48 hours.

Jan 16 12:29

US-Backed Syrian Kurds Mobilize Civilians, Turkey May Attack ‘At Any Moment’

The Kurdish YPG is scrambling to raise its civilian population into an irregular force in the Afrin District of Northern Syria, desperately trying to shore up defenses ahead of a Turkish invasion which officials say could happen “at any moment.”

Turkey’s President Erdogan vowed such an invasion over the weekend, and has been talking it up ever since, insisting now that Turkey needs to not only take Afrin, but to strangle the US-backed border army before it is fully operational.

The US has said the border force will be 30,000-strong, and Erdogan is loudly opposed to the idea, calling it a “terror army,” and insisting that the only reason to establish such a border force would be to attack Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War with Turkey (and, potentially, Russia) over Northern Syria?!?

This is completely insane, on the part of all parties, except for Syria, which simply wants to be left alone, and Russia, which severely frowns on this illegal occupation on the part of the US.

This could go absolutely out of control at any moment. Let us hope that some adults in the room (Namely, Putin and Lavrov) can ratchet down the tensions before this escalates past the point of no return.

Jan 16 11:36

US admits to forming “terrorist army”, Erdogan says

Turkey’s President Erdogan said the US formation of a 30,000 YPG militants on its border with Syria would be dealt with and the country’s armed forces were ready to start operations.

Jan 15 09:43

US-led coalition intends to create large new border force in Syria: Report

The so-called military coalition led by the United States in Syria is reportedly planning to set up a new large border force of up to 30,000 personnel with the aid of its militia allies in war-torn country, a move that will further infuriate Turkey, a NATO ally that is already angry over Washington’s strong support for Kurdish-dominated forces in the Arab country.

Jan 14 09:07

Turkish Forces Shell Syrian Kurds Targets in Northern Syria - Reports

Turkey’s artillery fired on Saturday at least 36 times at targets in the Afrin district of Aleppo, according to Anadolu news agency. The Turkish forces were firing from Turkey's southern province Hatay and the observation point in Syria’s Idlib province.

Jan 13 09:24

Erdogan says Turkey will crush Kurdish militia in Afrin

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey's military incursion in northern Syria's Idlib province would crush Kurdish militia forces that control the neighbouring region of Afrin.

The Kurdish YPG militia said Turkish forces inside Syria fired shells into Afrin on Saturday, but no one was wounded.

Jan 12 15:37

Syria - Erdogan (Again) Switches Sides - Delivers New Supplies For Terrorist Attacks

Turkey, in line with U.S. services, decided to block the current Syrian advance in south-east Idleb. Yesterday an ad-hoc alliance of jihadi "rebels" launched a counteroffensive to stop the Syrian army from cutting off a big chunk of "rebel" held territory in east-Idleb.

Jan 12 12:35

Russia Says It Knows Who Ordered The Mysterious Drone Attack On Their Base . . . And It Wasn't Turkey

By Brandon Turbeville

In the past few weeks the Russian Khmeimim Airbase in Lattakia, Syria has been attacked twice. Once, on New Year’s Eve, the base was attacked by terrorist infiltration squads armed with mortars. The attacks resulted in the death of two Russian soldiers and the damaging of a number of Russian aircraft. On January 6, the base was attacked again, this time by one of the weirdest operations of the last few years. The base came under fire by 13 armed drones who were either shot down or brought down by electronic warfare means by the Russian forces. Where these drones originated from, who operated them, and from where they were controlled are all mysteries...

Jan 11 10:25

Russia is blaming Turkey for attacks on its military bases in Syria — after hinting the US was responsible

The Russian military announced on Wednesday that Turkish-backed rebels attacked its Hmeimim air base and Tartus naval facility in Syria over the weekend with 13 drones.

"The recent drone attack on Russian bases in Syria was launched from an area near Idlib, which is controlled by Turkish-backed rebel forces," according to RT, adding that Moscow complained to Turkey about the incident. The drone attack reportedly took place overnight from January 5 to January 6.

The Russian military said that the attack originated from the village of Muazzara, which is located in the Idlib region of Syria.

Jan 09 10:34

Turkey to extend state of emergency for another 3 months, Deputy PM says

Turkey will extend the state of emergency imposed after the 2016 coup attempt for another three months, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday, the sixth such extension of an emergency rule that has ushered in a sweeping crackdown.

Emergency rule allows the president and cabinet to bypass parliament in passing new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms. More than 50,000 people have been arrested since its introduction and 150,000 have been sacked or suspended from their jobs in the military, public and private sectors.

Jan 09 08:33

As Syria Moves Toward Idlib, Potential For Clash With Turkey Becomes Real - Will Russia, NATO Be Involved?

By Brandon Turbeville

After the defeat of ISIS and the liberation of Deir ez Zour, the Syrian military is now setting its sights on the terrorist capitol of Idlib. While maintaining a sizable terrorist presence since the beginning of the conflict, various cease-fire agreements have seen terrorists shipped from cities and towns from all across the country into Idlib city and province. As a result, a massive concentration of terrorists now populate the area and thus Idlib represents the last major battle to eliminate Islamic extremist terrorists from Syria (not counting the Kurdish extremists in the north and northeast)...

Jan 02 12:00

How Much Death and Destruction Awaits Us in 2018? Paul Craig Roberts

The Anglo-Zionist empire is trying to overturn the Iranian agreement and to restart the attempt to overthrow the government of Syria.

The New Year is one full of economic, political, and war threats.

Dec 31 06:59

Re-reading the Greats: Jean Paul Sartre, Pepe Escobar, et. al.

For our bi-polar world....

I’ve been reading Pepe Escobar’s articles for over 30 years–since the time I would read re-prints of his “Asia Times” articles in The Japan Times–my daily reading when I lived in Japan. These days, I mostly catch his work at a number of excellent global websites.

Dec 30 10:34

Russia puts Erdogan back in his place after he ludicrously called Assad a terrorist

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that there is no legal basis to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan comments that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is a terrorist.

"As for the fact that the Turkish president called Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad a terrorist, Syrian government representatives are at the UN and represent the Syrian government at the UN Security Council, so this [statement] has no legal basis whatsoever, even without additional assessments and arguments," Zakharova said.

"I will not talk about the moral aspect. From the legal point of view, such statements are unsubstantiated," the diplomat added.

Dec 29 06:57

Syria hits back brutally against Erdogan's claims that Assad is a terrorist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reaffirmed his stance against Bashar al-Assad as Syrian President during a state visit at the Carthage presidential palace in Tunis on Wednesday, describing the Syrian President as a "terrorist," as reported by FRN earlier today.

"I clearly want to say Assad is a terrorist who leads state terror. There is no peace in Syria now and won't be with Assad. Otherwise we would have an unfairness on the people who are killed. We can not recognize this situation as Turkey," he said.

However the Syrian Foreign Ministry did not take the ridiculous claim lightly and hit back at the Muslim Brotherhood sympathetic Turkish president.

Dec 28 08:40

Erdogan Tries to Patch Up Relations With EU After Year of Finger-Pointing

Turkey and the European Union have had an ongoing spat since 2016 after Brussels expressed strong criticism of Ankara over mass arrests in the country, connected with the failed coup attempt. Despite Turkey's courting of the bloc with a view to entering it, negotiations have been halted.

Dec 28 08:17

Erdogan backtracks on Assad - calls to remove from power

Ankara has backtracked on its previous statements and continues to support the withdrawal of Syrian President Bashar Assad from the political scene, Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan said.

"It is impossible to go further with Assad in Syria, in any case. He is guilty of the death of about a million Syrian citizens. Will the people of Syria then want to see him at the head of the country? He fomented state terrorism," Erdogan said at a press conference during his visit to Tunisia.

Dec 27 09:38

PREPARING FOR WW3? Russia cosies up to Turkey after agreeing £1.8 BILLION arms deal

TURKEY has snubbed its Nato allies by agreeing to buy a Russian missile system in a deal worth £1.8billion ($2.5bn).

Moscow will supply Ankara with four divisions of S-400 surface-to-air missile divisions once the agreement is finalised.

The system, designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, can engage targets at a distance of 250 miles.

But the arms deal has caused concern in the West because the weapons cannot be integrated into Nato's defences.

Dec 27 09:29

Erdogan Slams Assad as 'Terrorist'

"Assad is definitely a terrorist who has carried out state terrorism," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a televised news conference with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunis.

"It is impossible to continue with Assad. How can we embrace the future with a Syrian president who has killed close to a million of his citizens?" he said.

The Syrian president has yet to comment on the accusations, however, he has repeatedly denied allegations of targeting civilians.

Dec 27 08:11

Turkey Temporarily Granted Ancient Ottoman Red Sea Port in Sudan for Rebuilding

According to Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, Turkey will reconstruct a ruined Suakin port city on Sudan's Red Sea coast, which has been temporarily handed over to Ankara so that the country could restore it as a tourist attraction and a transit point for pilgrims traveling to Mecca as announced by President Tayyip Erdogan earlier.

Dec 27 05:48

GAS WAR - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN MAY BE SCENE OF FIRST CONFLICT OF 2018

The eastern Mediterranean is expected to witness the first conflict of 2018, as developments at the end of 2017 are signaling worsening relationships between Turkey and the Greek Cypriot-Greece-Israel-Egypt bloc. Territorial disputes over natural gas and newly discovered hydrocarbon reserves in the eastern Mediterranean basin are the reason.

Up until a few years ago, the hope was that these hydrocarbon reserves would offer a real opportunity for a peaceful settlement of the Cyprus conflict. But these optimistic hopes vanished with both Turks and Greek Cypriots unilaterally speeding up exploration and drilling operations.

In 2004, the European Union had declared the Greek Cypriots the sole entity representing the island of Cyprus and accepted it as an EU member. Feeling that its hand has been strengthened following the EU decision, the Greek Cypriots claimed the right of natural resources exploration in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Cyprus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

any massive conflicts over oil in the region will cause oil prices to soar.

Dec 26 10:06

New Erdogan Decree Grants Immunity For "Suppressing Terror", Paves Way For Militia Violence

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest batch of presidential decrees has transformed Turkey into a nation of government-endorsed militias and "anti-terror vigilantes."

According to Ahval, Erdogan published Turkey's latest state of emergency government decree – the country has been under a perpetual state of emergency since the summer of 2016 failed coup - in the Official Gazette on Sunday. And not only does it condone the purging of thousands of civil servants from their jobs, but, in an unprecedented escalation, grants immunity to "those who took to the streets during the coup attempt" or "assisted with suppressing terror." Furthermore: ''Notwithstanding whether individuals hold a formal title or whether they have fulfilled a formal duty, those who have acted in the scope of suppressing the coup attempt and acts of terror on July 15, 2016, and actions that were extensions of these events'' will be exempt from being put on trial for their actions."

Dec 26 10:02

A Nation Divided: Dropping Turkish Birth Rates Threaten Erdogan Political Brand

In a nation whose current government is leaning toward religious autocracy, a declining birth rate is seen as an existential threat.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, noting the country's aging demographics and plummeting birth rate, has been urging women to give birth to up to three children, claiming that Europe's second-most-populated nation requires "bigger numbers," according to The Guardian.

Dec 22 09:41

Russia, Turkey finalize deal on S-400 missile defense system: Putin's aide

Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential aide who oversees Russia’s matters of military cooperation, said Thursday that the deal was now finalized and Moscow would begin delivery of the system to Ankara in late 2019.

“The first deliveries are likely to begin at the end of 2019, beginning of 2020,” Kozhin said.

He said no more issues remained about the deal, which was discussed between Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the former’s visit to Ankara on December 11.

Dec 22 07:44

Putin, Erdogan discuss creation of Palestinian state

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday they both supported creating a Palestinian state, the Kremlin said the day after the U.N. rejected the decision by Washington to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In a phonecall, the two leaders "discussed the situation of Middle East peace talks in the context of the resolution adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on the status of Jerusalem," the Kremlin said in a statement.

They "confirmed the mutual disposition to continue to assist in resolving the Palestine-Israeli conflict on the basis of international norms and realisation of the right of the Palestinian people to create an independent state," it said.

Dec 18 07:38

Thousands protest Trump's Jerusalem move across Turkey

The protests against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital continued across Turkey as thousands gathered for rallies organized by Turkish NGOs.

The pro-Jerusalem rallies were organized by the Memur-Sen and Hak-I? trade unions, Turkey's IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, the Anatolian Youth Association, and the Cihannüma and ÖNDER foundations in Ankara, Kocaeli, Diyarbak?r, Hatay and several other cities.

"We will not be silenced until Jerusalem is liberated from Zionist occupation," Memur-Sen Chairman Ali Yalç?n said, during his opening speech of the protest at Ankara's Anadolu Square.

"Whatever Masjid al-Haram and Masjid Nabawi mean to us, Masjid al-Aqsa is the same," said Hak-I? Chairman Mahmut Arslan.

Dec 17 10:02

Turkey hopes to open embassy in East Jerusalem, says Erdo?an

Turkish president announces intention days after leading calls for area to be recognised as capital of a Palestinian state

Dec 15 11:14

Turkey to open embassy in East Jerusalem

Turkey will open embassy in East Jerusalem after members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declared the city the capital of Palestine, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.

"Recognition of the Palestinian state is in line with UN decisions. We will strive for recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital," Cavusoglu was quoted by Daily Sabah as saying.

Dec 14 07:40

Three Turkish parties issue joint declaration on Jerusalem

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on Dec. 13 called on the international community to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

“We call on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC] and all other countries to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestine, which is currently under occupation and whose borders were defined in 1967,” said the political parties in a joint declaration.

The parties recalled that parliament had issued a joint declaration on Dec. 6 against the U.S. move recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital.

The AKP, the CHP and the MHP account for the overwhelming majority of seats in the Turkish parliament.

Dec 13 08:00

Trump 'Almost Rewarded' Israel for Terrorist Acts: Erdogan at OIC Summit

Relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognizing the city as its capital was deemed a punishment for Palestinians Wednesday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Ergodan at a Middle Eastern summit.

Erdogan's comments about President Donald Trump's announcement last week that the United States will move the embassy from Tel Aviv were made at the opening session of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit meeting in Istanbul, a hastily arranged meeting that was called after Trump's move.

Ergodan called Israel an "occupying and terrorist state" and asked "all just countries" to instead recognize Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. He added that Muslim countries will never abandon Palestine's hopes for sovereignty and independence.

Dec 12 16:34

Turkey Places Bounty on Two Former U.S. Government Officials

A wealthy ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has placed a bounty on the heads of two former U.S. military and intelligence officials as part of what U.S. officials told the Washington Free Beacon is an effort by the Turkish government to threaten and intimidate Americans who they believe are working to undermine Erdogan.

A bounty of three million Turkish lira, or nearly $800,000, was placed on the heads of former Pentagon official Michael Rubin and former top CIA official Graham Fuller for what Erdogan's allies claim is their role in a 2016 failed coup that nearly toppled Erdogan's ruling government.

Dec 11 08:28

Erdo?an says US is a ‘partner in bloodshed’ with Jerusalem decision

The U.S. has become a “partner in bloodshed” with its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said.

“With its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has become a partner in the bloodshed,” Erdo?an said at an event marking World Human Rights Day in Ankara on Dec. 11.

“The statement by U.S. President Donald Trump does not bind us, nor does it bind Jerusalem or the Muslim world,” he added.

Dec 11 08:14

Erdogan Calls Israel 'Terrorist State' That 'Kills Children', Bibi Strikes Back

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have traded accusations in the wake of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the country's embassy to the disputed territory from Tel Aviv.

"Palestine is an innocent victim […] As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated during his speech in the central city of Sivas on Sunday.

The Turkish president vowed to use all possible means to fight Israel, claiming that "we will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children," holding a picture a 14-year-old Palestinian boy from Hebron, as he described, allegedly dragged away by Israeli soldiers.

Dec 11 08:03

Thousands protest US move on Jerusalem in Istanbul

Thousands of people flocked Sunday to Istanbul's Yenikap? Square, protesting the U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Palestinian ambassador to Ankara Faed Mustafa was among the protestors. Speaking at the rally, Mustafa said, "Peace can never prevail without independence of Palestine, and Palestine cannot be an independent state without Jerusalem as its capital."

He went on to say Jerusalem was not the capital of Israel. "It is sacred land on the earth. Israel occupied it forcibly.

Dec 11 08:02

Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital ‘null and void,’ Erdo?an says

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Sunday condemned the Israeli invasion of Palestine, accusing the country of expanding its borders through state-terror and occupation since 1947, and stressed that the U.S.-decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital was "null and void."

Speaking at a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) event in northeastern Turkey's Sivas, Erdo?an used a map of Palestine to point out Israeli encroachment from 1947 to 1967 and how its borders were gradually expanded to occupy Palestinian territories.

"Between 1947 and 1967 Palestine began to shrink. After 1967 Israel was much larger than any time before," the president pointed to the map, which also showed how the Palestinian territories were gradually disappearing.

Dec 10 09:50

Erdogan steps up attacks on 'state of occupation' Israel

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday described Israel as a "state of occupation" which used "terror" against the Palestinians, as he stepped up his criticism of the US recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.

Erdogan has been bitterly opposed to the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem and has called a summit of Islamic countries on December 13 in Istanbul.

"Israel is a state of occupation," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul, referring to Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank and settlement building.

"And now they are making use of terror and are bombing young people and children," he said.

Dec 09 13:22

Jerusalem’s fate – Grant F Smith

Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem signals Washington now deems this to be Israel’s capital.

How this is in America’s interest is difficult to fathom.

The law of unintended consequences is surely in play.

Dec 09 09:34

Turkish protesters: 'Jerusalem is ours and will remain so'

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters march in Istanbul against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Dec 08 09:48

Putin To Visit Turkey And Egypt Amid Anger Over Trump's Jerusalem Move

Russian President Vladimir Putin, already scheduled to visit Egypt on December 11, will travel to Turkey on the same day for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Putin and Erdogan plan to discuss bilateral issues, including joint energy projects, as well as the conflict in Syria and the broader situation in the Middle East, the Kremlin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump just pivoted the Middle East towards Russia!

Dec 07 08:46

Turkish Organizations Launch Widescale Protests of US Israel Embassy Move

US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem has sparked protests in Gaza and Istanbul. Turkish groups say this is only the beginning.

Dec 06 06:14

Syria war, Sochi peace – Pepe Escobar

In a well choreographed Sochi summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin defines a peaceful future for Syria after the liberation of the country from militants

The main take away of the trilateral, two hour-long Russia-Iran-Turkey summit in Sochi on the future of Syria was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“The presidents of Iran and Turkey supported the initiative to convene an All-Syrian Congress for national dialogue in Syria. We agreed to hold this important event at the proper level and ensure the participation of representatives of different sectors of Syrian society.”

Dec 06 06:03

Has Russia-gate morphed into Israel-gate?

From ‘Russia-Gate’ to ‘Israel-Gate’ – Justin Raimondo

I feel obligated to repeat my admonition of the various Beltway careerists who light up the small firmament of anti-interventionism: why no defense of the White House on this vitally important issue?

Given the scope of a special counsel’s powers, and the wide berth he is given to pursue possible violations to the law far removed from his original mandate, perhaps we should have expected that some other foreign connection would come to light.

Dec 06 05:17

Rare Conversation with Jared Kushner, Saban Forum – 2017

A lot of countries in the Middle East want the same thing – economic progress, peace for their people.

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, said Sunday that Israel needs to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians before it can form an alliance with the greater Arab world.

Dec 05 08:51

Erdo?an warns Trump: Jerusalem is Muslims’ red line

Washington’s potential recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could prompt the cutting of Turkey’s diplomatic relations with Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said on Dec. 5.

“This could go as far as cutting our diplomatic relations with Israel. You cannot take such a step,” Erdo?an told a parliamentary group meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“Mr. Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims,” he said, adding that Ankara would take necessary measures in the event of a possible U.S. move, including convening the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.

Such a move would not only be a violation of international law, but also “a big blow to the conscience of the humanity,” Erdo?an said.

Dec 04 07:56

INTERVIEW - Ex-SDF man tells of US support for PKK/PYD

A former spokesperson and defector from the Syrian SDF, a group dominated by the terrorist PKK/PYD, spoke to Anadolu Agency on Friday.

Talal Silo, a former high-ranking commander and spokesperson of the U.S.-backed force who defected from the terrorist group last month, is currently in Turkey.

Despite Turkey’s objections, the U.S. has provided the PKK/PYD with arms, calling it an ally in the fight against Daesh, but ignoring its terrorist group status.

Silo told Anadolu Agency about the organization’s "exit to the Mediterranean" project.

He said a U.S. intelligence chief told them that it is necessary to reach Mediterranean in order to be "permanent".

The PKK/PYD is currently occupying more than one fourth of Syrian territory. The expansion strategy of the organization has grown as it advanced its area of dominance, starting from the Iraqi border in eastern Syria, then west through the Turkish borderline.

Dec 03 09:41

Progress report on the US-Russian war

I am often asked if the US and Russia will go to war with each other. I always reply that they are already at war. Not a war like WWII, but a war nonetheless. This war is, at least for the time being, roughly 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% kinetic. But in political terms the outcome for the loser of this war will be no less dramatic than the outcome of WWII was for Germany: the losing country will not survive it, at least not in its present shape: either Russia will become a US colony again or the AngloZionist Empire will collapse.

At the end of the day, political regimes can only survive by the consent of those it rules. In the United States this consent is clearly in the process of being withdrawn. In Russia it has never been stronger.

Dec 01 09:39

Turkey issues arrest warrant for ex-CIA officer over alleged ties to coup plot

Turkey issued an arrest warrant for a former officer with the US Central Intelligence Agency on Friday over his alleged links to last year's attempted coup in the country.

Prosecutors in Ankara accuse Graham E. Fuller, the former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, of violating Turkey's constitution, attempting to overthrow the government and obtaining confidential government documents for espionage purposes, according to state news agency Anadolu.

The Turkish government has blamed US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the attempted uprising in July 2016.

Gulen, 76, who vehemently denies any involvement in the plot, has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 and runs a lucrative network of charter schools.

Nov 28 08:25

Turkish Jets Strike PKK Positions in Asos Mountains, Sulaymaniyah

Turkish military announced on Tuesday it bombarded over 40 positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Sulaymaniyah province.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Turkish General Staff said that the airstrikes were launched on Monday in the Asos region near the mountainous border with Turkey.

The air raids have resulted in destroying 41 targets, including shelters and tunnels of the PKK, the statement reads.

Nov 28 08:24

Turkish forces kill 12 PKK militants

The Turkish military killed a total of 12 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants on Nov. 27, according to a statement from the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces on Nov. 28.

The statement said Turkish fighter jets conducted an airstrike on PKK targets in northern Iraq’s Zap and Metina areas, killing eight militants and destroying two caves.

Four others were killed in a clash with security forces in Turkey’s eastern province of Tunceli, it added.

Nov 27 13:37

Why Mueller Is REALLY Indicting Flynn

So why is Mueller really going after Flynn?

When Flynn was head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and afterwards, he blew the whistle on the U.S. and its allies willfully allowing Islamic terrorists to flourish in Syria.

That didn’t ingratiate him with the Deep State …

Then last November, Flynn ruffled more feathers by writing:

The primary bone of contention between the U.S. and Turkey is Fethullah Gülen, a shady Islamic mullah residing in Pennsylvania whom former President Clinton once called his “friend” in a well circulated video.

Nov 26 18:01

N.Korean politician 'optimistic' on ties with Turkey

A parliamentarian from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said he was "very optimistic about the future relations between" his country and Turkey.

Kim Chung Song, a member of the DPRK's Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), told Anadolu Agency:

"There are many things in common between the independent foreign policy of Turkey and DPR Korea."

Nov 26 08:06

Turkey support key as US seeks to hold on in Syria

The Isis group may be on the run from its last bastion in Syria but the United States is gearing up for a longer stay in the country.

And if US forces are to counter Iranian and Russian influence as Syria struggles to emerge from civil war, they will need Turkey's help.

But Washington's relations with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's testy government have been strained of late, posing a diplomatic challenge.

So when US President Donald Trump called his counterpart Friday, he needed to make a significant gesture -- and he seems to have delivered.

Tensions remain high, but Trump's apparent promise not to send any more weapons to the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia was a key concession to Ankara.

Nov 26 08:05

Trump says US to stop arming Syrian Kurds

President Donald Trump has told Turkey's president that the United States will cut off its supply of arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Nov 22 07:28

Turkey-NATO Row: 'Turkish Exit Will Lead to Complete Unravelling of Alliance'

Relations between Turkey and its NATO allies took a turn for the worse this week after President Erdogan's top aid reportedly advised parliament to reconsider Ankara's membership in the alliance. Yunus Soner, deputy chairman of Turkey's Vatan Party, told Sputnik that his country's withdrawal from the Western alliance is virtually inevitable.

Nov 19 08:50

NATO Adds to Turkey’s Chagrin. Turkish Good-Bye to NATO?

There has long been speculation about a Turkish good-bye to NATO.

The U.S. and its military proxy organization in Europe are doing their best to further such a move:

The image of Atatürk was displayed as a target during the drill at NATO’s Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger, Norway held between Nov. 8 and Nov. 17, while a NATO soldier posted defamatory words about Erdo?an on the social media.

Atatürk is the founder of the secular Turkey. He was designated as “target” during a desk-top drill. NATO’s Joint Warfare Center is not a low level school but an elite officer training institution led by a Major-General. The 40 Turkish soldiers who attended the training course were immediately ordered back home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey now appears, both economically, and militarily, to be moving toward a more Russian/Chinese orbit, and NATO has no one but itself to blame for this.

Nov 18 09:44

Turkey withdraws troops from Norway after Erdogan is listed as ‘enemy’ during NATO drills

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the country’s troops have left ongoing NATO war games ahead of schedule, after his name appeared in an “enemy chart.” The move comes amid tensions between the US and Turkey within the military bloc.

Nov 18 09:17

TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN ACCUSES US OF SUPPORTING ISIS

Turkey’s president said, “The administration in the United States has changed but everything remains the same as before.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of granting financial aid to members of the Islamic State group, a State Department-listed terrorist organization.

“The United States has disappointed us a lot, saying that it fights Daesh (the Islamic State group) but in reality, it gave them a lot of support,” said the head of state at a meeting of the Justice and Development Party, AKP, the ruling party of Turkey.

Russia has made the similar remarks on several occasions.

The Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zajarova, said that some testimonies indict the U.S. military and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, for supporting the Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

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Erdogan and the Russian Spokesperson, Zajarova, are both correct in their observations.

We had a caller into the show yesterday, a gentleman named Roy, who is a wounded Iraq War Veteran, who joined the US military at 18 right after 9/11. He expressed both his disbelief and displeasure at the reality that the US military was providing money, equipment, and training to our alleged "enemies" in the Middle East, just for the purpose of destabilizing countries even further, thus insuring that Middle Eastern oil was only sold in US dollars, and was only going through, and sold to US-approved vendors.

Both ISIS and the Kurds have been proxy groups, used by a succession of US administrations to terrorize various elements in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and prevent, wherever possible, a peaceful resolution to geopolitical problems.

Nov 18 09:08

Erdogan Rejects NATO Apology For Appearing on Bloc’s 'Enemy Poster'

The Turkish president has reacted to the apology over an incident during drills in Norway made by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg a day earlier.

Nov 17 16:18

Purchase of Russian S-400 system creates issues for Turkey’s use of F-35 – top US Air Force official

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is a "significant concern," a top US Air Force official said, adding that it could affect Ankara's operation of F-35 jets, some 100 of which Turkey is planning to buy.

Nov 17 13:25

TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN ACCUSES US OF SUPPORTING ISIS

Turkey’s president said, “The administration in the United States has changed but everything remains the same as before.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of granting financial aid to members of the Islamic State group, a State Department-listed terrorist organization.

Nov 17 11:25

ERDOGAN: America gave DAES a bunch of dollars

Turkish President Rexhep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the US of financial support to DAEŠ.

"The US has disappointed us a lot. They said they were fighting DAES, and what did they do? They gave DAES a bunch of dollars, "Erdogan said. He added that Ankara does not want to co-operate with Washington "about Africa," because the United States "has consistently violated" the agreement.

Nov 13 07:38

Russia blows UN lies out of the water

The recent report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations accused the Syrian government troops of being responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack, without providing any evidence.

The fact that the OPCW has not properly acknowledged the possibility that sarin gaas was in the possession of the rebels in Khan Sheikhoun, on April 4, 2017, is yet another major issue with regard to the veracity of the OPCW report and its findings.

There have been multiple sources of evidence in the past that the terrorists in Syria were getting toxic substances the same way they were getting many of their arms - from Saudi Arabia through Turkey.

Nov 09 09:09

Turkey Tells US To Withdraw Weapons, Support for Syrian Rebels

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the United States should withdraw its weapons and support for the Kurdish and Arab forces that just routed ISIS in Syria, calling them a post-war threat to the region and Israel.

Nov 07 15:08

Eva Bartlett Exposes the Lies on Syria - Corbett Report Extras

Published on Nov 6, 2017SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=24821

Today we're joined by Eva Bartlett of InGaza.wordpress.com to discuss her reporting from Syria. We talk about the lies, propaganda and outright fabrications that have attempted to paint the terrorist insurgency as a "civil war" led by "moderate rebels," including the use of children like Omran Daqneesh and Bana Alabed as unwitting icons for the fake narrative. We also discuss recommended sources for real information about what's happening in Syria.

Nov 06 10:24

Israeli-Saudi Tandem Adjusts to Syria Loss

It seems that matters are coming to a head in the Middle East. For many states, the coming period will likely prove to be the moment in which they determine their futures — as well as that for the region as a whole.

President Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel on May 22, 2017. (Screenshot from Whitehouse.gov)
The immediate peg for “crunch time” is Russia’s fast-track proposal of a conference to be held in Sochi, with the near-full kaleidoscope of Syrian opposition invited, which, if all goes as planned, might mean 1,000 delegates arriving in Sochi as soon as Nov. 18.

Nov 06 10:20

Preparing For EU Collapse

If there is one thing the Spain vs Catalonia conflict reminds us of, it has got to be Turkey. And that is a much bigger problem for the EU than it realizes.

Nov 05 14:22

Tillerson’s Wobbly War Assurance – Finian Cunningham

Washington has spurned appeals from Russia and China for multi-party talks and a “double freeze” on all military actions by the US and North Korea.

Surely, Russia and China should draft a resolution at the UN Security Council demanding implementation of their diplomatic roadmap. If the US vetoes then it stands to be exposed as an aggressor.

A war with North Korea is completely unnecessary. It is a gratuitous calamity in the making.

Nov 05 10:05

ISIS WAS STATE-SPONSORED BY US ALLIES, SAYS FORMER GOVERNMENT INTELLIGENCE ANALYST

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the peer-reviewed paper published in the Routledge journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism in July, confirms not only that several regional states deliberately empowered al-Qaeda and ISIS foreign fighters for their geopolitical ends, but that many of these states are ostensibly US allies in the ‘war on terror’: including Turkey, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Study author Professor Daniel Byman of Georgetown University’s Security Studies Programme was previously a Middle East analyst for the US intelligence community, and headed up the Center for Middle East Studies at the RAND Corporation?—?a major US government defence contractor.

‘NON-STATE’ TERROR IS OFTEN STATE-SPONSORED

Flying in the face of much conventional wisdom on the ‘non-state’ nature of international Islamist terrorism, the study finds that:

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Again, for those who have been paying attention, these revelations come as no major surprise.

The US government will stop at nothing to destabilize those regimes it wants to destroy or regime change.

That hasn't worked out quite so well for the US government with Syria, so one has to wonder what the US is going to do there next, considering Russia's intense protection of the current regime.

Nov 03 12:58

25 Killed in Fighting Between Turkish Troops and Kurds Near Iraq Border: Turkey Says 12 Kurds Killed Trying to Flee Into Iraq

Fighting was reported in Turkey’s southeast Hakkari Province on Thursday, along the Iraqi border, with at least eight Turkish soldiers killed and 17 Kurdish fighters, who the Turkish government identified as members of the PKK.

Fighting began early in the day, when PKK members were crossing through the mountains near the border and got in a clash. Five Kurdish fighters were killed, along with the Turkish forces. Helicopters were deployed to the border to look for more.

In the course of that search, Turkey spotted another 12 Kurds trying to flee into Iraq. Warplanes quickly attacked and killed all of them, and identified all of the slain as PKK, though it doesn’t appear there was any fighting in this case.

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It was only a matter of time before something like this happened....

Nov 01 09:59

NATO General Threatens ‘Consequences’ for Turkey Buying Russian S-400

In looking to upgrade their air defense system, Turkey had a choice: buying the advanced Russian S-400 systems, or more expensive, US-made alternatives. Turkey chose to buy Russian, and NATO isn’t happy.

Oct 30 07:07

FORMER QATAR PRIME MINISTER: QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, TURKEY, AND USA COLLUDED AND COORDINATED TO FUND AL QAEDA AND DESTROY SYRIA

Via Zerohedge…

A television interview of a top Qatari official confessing the truth behind the origins of the war in Syria is going viral across Arabic social media during the same week a leaked top secret NSA document was published which confirms that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the conflict.

And according to a well-known Syria analyst and economic adviser with close contacts in the Syrian government, the explosive interview constitutes a high level “public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state, [including] possible support for Nusra/al-Qaeda.” Importantly, “this admission will help build case for what Damascus sees as an attack on its security & sovereignty. It will form basis for compensation claims.”

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So.... the US/Qatar/Saudi Arabian/Turkish war against Syria.... had absolutely zero basis in fact, only in propaganda: why am I not surprised?!?!?

And to those in the US alphabet soup agencies reading this, please understand: the American people now know that they are lied to, on a consistent basis, by their government, so they have stopped believing... and stopped listening to... the corporate presstitutes, dutifully regurgitating government propaganda, engineered to further the US Deep State Agenda.

This, primarily, is about engineering complete, hegemonic control of planetary resources; expropriating those resources to which this government, and the corporations which own them, have absolutely no moral right; and insure that those resources are only sold to American-approved governments, and only for US dollars.

However, the development of the PetroYuan, set to come about in the next couple of months, may well shatter the US dollar hegemony, and without China having fired a single shot.

Oct 28 10:54

NATO General Threatens ‘Consequences’ for Turkey Buying Russian S-400

In looking to upgrade their air defense system, Turkey had a choice: buying the advanced Russian S-400 systems, or more expensive, US-made alternatives. Turkey chose to buy Russian, and NATO isn’t happy.

While NATO was initially just complaining the S-400 was incompatible with their own systems, top NATO General Petr Pavel told reporters this week that Turkey is likely to be punished by the alliance for not buying American.

“The principal of sovereignty obviously exists in acquisition of defense equipment, but the same way that nations are sovereign in making their decision, they are also sovereign in facing the consequences of that decision,” Pavel insisted.

Pavel dismissed reporter questions about the Turkish government’s recent anti-democracy moves, insisting nobody is perfect. Apparently the same leeway does not apply for the question of buying American weapons.

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Pavel's comments on this issue have yet again demonstrated that NATO is not about democracy, but about power and control, to the point of publicly attempting to shame, and potentially punish Turkey for not using the US's far more costly, and inferior, defensive weapons rather than chosing Russia's very capable, and less costly, S-400 series.

And of what actual "consequences" does Pavel speak?!? Turkey is a geographically critical component to NATO, and I would politely suggest that Pavel doesn't do something ham-fistedly, pig-headely stupid here, to the point where the Turkish government believes that its NATO membership is no longer of value, and leaves.

Oct 25 07:38

Steve Bannon Launches His Big Foreign Policy Crusade

Just another neocon in Israels pocket!

Stephen K. Bannon joined other Republican grandees such as Sen. Tom Cotton at a packed event in Washington on Monday.

Bannon, who has sometimes been cited as “Trump’s dove,” has emerged as one of the harshest critics of Iran in Trumpworld, collaborating extensively with former UN ambassador John Bolton, as I’ve reported. Bolton thinks the current move on the JCPOA is essentially for show: the deal is unsalvageable. His plan, backed by extreme hardliners like Frank Gaffney, calls for discussing military options with Israel against Iran and backing Kurdish national aspirations, which is a nonstarter for Iran, Turkey and the Shia-dominated government in Iraq; Bolton was spotted entering the White House on Monday.

Oct 24 07:21

Turkey's Largest Military Column Heads to Syria's Idlib

A terrorist commander disclosed on Tuesday that a long convoy of Turkish Army vehicles has been forwarded to Idlib province in Northwestern Syria, adding that the convoy is the largest military column Ankara has thus far sent for a Syria mission. The longest military convoy of the Turkish army, including over fifty vehicles, has entered the small border town of Kafr Lusin and later moved to the small town of Qah in Northern Idlib, the militant-affiliated websites quoted Hazifah al-Taher, a commander of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board), as saying. The websites further said that 80 Turkish soldiers, deployed in Kafr Lusin, crossed the border into Northern Idlib. Hazifah al-Taher further told the websites that the Turkish convoy has been forwarded to Idlib to take control over a key base that overlooks the town of Afrin in Qala'a Sam'an in Western Aleppo.

Oct 23 14:38

John Brennan’s Police State USA – Mike Whitney

So it all started with Brennan, the resentful Intel chief who got his nose bloodied by Putin in Syria and decided to seek his revenge.

And, keep in mind, Washington’s Sunni proxies were not a division of the Pentagon; they were entirely a CIA confection: CIA recruited, CIA-armed, CIA-funded and CIA-trained. The defeat is not a loss for the US Military, but a blot on the record of CIA Director John Brennan, the architect and main proponent of the failed project to remove Assad. Brennan’s whole scheme has gone down in flames.

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