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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:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Oct 16 09:35

Fresh Infighting Erupts among Ankara-Backed Terrorists in Northern Syria

Fierce clashes have been reported among the largest terrorist groups affiliated to the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield in Northern Aleppo, a Syrian media outlet reported on Sunday.

Oct 13 07:47

More Than 100 Turkish Soldiers, 30 Armored Vehicles Cross Into Syria

A large Turkish army convoy consisting of more than 100 Turkish soldiers, including special forces and commandos, along with at least 30 armored trucks entered Syria’s Idlib region around 22:15 local time, for a joint mission with Russia and Iran to monitor a local de-escalation zone and "pacify al-Qaeda linked militants" there, Hurriyet newspaper reports. While their destination was not clear, local sources told Al Jazeera the troops were headed towards the western part of Aleppo province.

Oct 13 07:39

Turkey shifts policy on Syria

Turkey’s latest intervention in the Syria conflict appears to reflect a 180-degree shift in its policy of backing Al Qaeda-linked takfiris and a range of largely fundamentalist insurgents, as well as the Saudi-sponsored Syrian opposition with the aim of bringing down President Bashar Assad.

Last weekend, Turkish tanks, armoured vehicles and troops gathered in the western sector of the border between Turkey and Syria and exchanged fire with Al Qaeda’s Hay’at Tahrir Al Sham, a coalition headed by Jabhat Fatah Al Sham (formerly Jabhat Al Nusra).

Ankara is deploying Syrian insurgents belonging to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), allegedly, to defeat Jabhat and its allies who refused to sign onto the plan, agreed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, to impose a ceasefire or establish a “de-escalation zone” in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, dominated by Jabhat.

Oct 11 10:43

The House of Saud bows to the House of Putin – Pepe Escobar

Saudi Arabia pivots to Russia, the new sheriff in town.

What a difference a year – an eternity in geopolitics – makes. No one could see this coming; the ideological matrix of all strands of Salafi-jihadi terror – which Russia fights no holds barred, from ISIS/Daesh to the Caucasus Emirate – beating a path to the Kremlin and about to embrace Russia as a strategic ally.

The House of Saud was horrified by Russia’s successful campaign to prevent regime change in Syria. Moscow was solidifying its alliance with Tehran. Hawks in the Obama administration were imposing on Saudi Arabia a strategy of keeping oil prices down to hurt the Russian economy.

Oct 11 10:40

Iran, Turkey sign deal to trade in own currencies

Iran and Turkey have signed a draft agreement to carry out trade activities based on their own local currencies instead of traditional foreign currencies such as the euro and the dollar.

Oct 11 08:53

Turkey's President Erdogan escalates feud with US by claiming arrested American consulate staffer is a spy and threatens to eliminate the 'internal threat'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday branded a U.S. consulate staffer who was arrested by Turkish authorities as a spy.

The Turkish leader added it was within his nation's rights to take steps against 'an internal threat,' in the latest swipe in an escalating feud with the United States.

Oct 09 09:11

Turkish army's reconnaissance team crosses into Syria as part of Idlib offensive

A small army reconnaissance team from Turkey has reportedly crossed the border into Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib ahead of a planned deployment of the Ankara-backed so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA)’s forces in the largely militant-held region.

Oct 09 08:15

US Mission Suspends Visa Services in Turkey to 'Reassess Commitment to Security'

The United States mission in Ankara said it has suspended visa services in Turkey several days after a US consulate employee was arrested in Istanbul over alleged links to Islamic cleric Gulen, accused by Ankara of being behind the failed coup attempt in 2016.

Oct 06 12:45

Iran, Iraq, And Turkey Unite To Block Kurdish Oil Exports

Iraq, Iran, and Turkey are taking a unified stance against Kurdistan’s oil sector after the region elected to seek independence from Baghdad in a referendum in September, according to a new report by Rudaw.

“In the case of northern Iraq; Iran, Iraq and Turkey will form a tripartite mechanism and will decide on shutting down the oil,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after a meeting with leaders from the other two nations on Thursday.

A day before the vote, the Iraqi central government issued a statement calling on “neighboring countries and countries of the world” to stop buying crude oil directly from Kurdistan and only deal with Baghdad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How, practically, are Iran, Turkey, and Iraq going to do this, without literally blowing up the oil rigs?!?

And please remember: Russia has just signed off on an independent deal with Kurdistan regarding its oil; these countries have better tread very softly on any Russian resolved to see an independent Kurdistan happen.

Oct 05 07:08

Khamenei: Iran and Turkey Must Prevent Iraqi Kurds’ Secession

In his first major comments on the matter since Iraqi Kurdistan’s late September vote to secede from Iraq, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke on state TV after meeting with Turkey’s President Erdogan. He said the two nations have to take steps to prevent the Iraqi Kurds from declaring independence.

Over 92% of Iraqi Kurds voted in favor of secession, with a high voter turnout. The Iraqi government has rejected the idea of accepting it, and has been working with Turkey and Iran to claim all border crossings between Kurdistan and the outside world.

It’s not surprising Iraq’s major neighbors are working with them on this. Both Turkey and Iran have substantial Kurdish minorities with their own ambitions for self-determination, and neither wants to set up the precedent of Kurds getting to be a state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question here is, what, precisely, will Turkey, Iran, and Iraq be willing to do to prevent Kurdish independence?!?

Go in with guns blazing?!?

And I would like to politely mention to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that, in the words of my late Grandmother, "the horse is already out of the barn."

The Iraqi Kurds want independence, something which has been denied to them for hundreds of years.

It would be reasonable to suggest that those countries with a substantial Kurdish minority, open up dialogue with Kurdish leaders for more independence and more rights for their Kurdish populations, rather than persecutions of these minorities, as we have seen in Turkey.

But, of course, that...would be logical.

Oct 03 11:43

Erdogan Says Turkey No Longer Needs EU Membership, Son Slams European "Infidels"

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey no longer needs EU membership.

His son Bilal who plays an important role in Turkey’s politics went even further and described the Europeans as “gavur” (indifels).

The comments come after 12-year-long accession talks with Brussels grind to a halt.

“The EU failed us in a fight against terrorism,” Erdogan said on Sunday, though he also suggested the bloc still needed Turkey.

“If the EU is going to leap forward, there is only one way to do so. And it is to grant Turkey membership and start an action of cultural and economic growth,” Erdogan said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an election debate last month it was clear Turkey should not join the EU and entry talks should end, despite it being a crucial NATO ally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, Edrogan certainly made his position abundantly clear regarding the this screed against the EU!!

Oct 03 09:18

Iran Deploys Tanks, Artillery to Iraqi Kurdish Border, Kurdish Officials Say

Talk of Iraq, Iran, and Turkey responded to Kurdistan’s secession vote with military action seems to be growing more serious. Kurdish officials now say that Iran has deployed a dozen tanks and accompanying artillery to their border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Kurdish officials say the tanks can be seen from their side of the border, dubbing the deployment a “dangerous escalation.” The Iranian government presented it as part of a joint military drill with Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very ugly, very quickly.

Oct 03 09:11

NETANYAHU AND ERDOGAN FACE OFF OVER KURDISH REFERENDUM

Following the referendum in “Kurdistan,” Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are now engaged in a war of words over who is responsible for balkanizing the Middle East.

During a televised speech following the Kurdish referendum in Northern Iraq Recep Erdogan accused Israel and their intelligence agency, the Mossad, of manipulating the events leading up to the ‘yes’ vote. Upon seeing the Kurds in what is called ‘Kurdistan’ waving Israeli flags, Erdogan made his thought clear, saying “This shows one thing, that this administration (in northern Iraq) has a history with Mossad, they are hand-in-hand together.”

This has been a major point of debate between the two sides concerned with the Kurdish referendum, with Israel being the only nation to support Kurdish independence. Erdogan made this clear in his plea to Iraqi Kurdish leaders, asking them if they were “aware of what [they] are doing? Only Israel supports you.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The larger question is, what is Turkey actually prepared to do to prevent the existence of ain independent Kurdistan?!?

And what is Israel actually prepared to do to thwart Turkey's doing this?!?

Oct 01 11:16

Unraveling the riddle of the Kurds’ Iraqi pipedream

Masoud Barzani has overplayed his hand – no regional powers are going to assent to partition of Iraq. Expect major turbulence ahead.

Question is will Erdogan sacrifice business interests to put political pressure ?

"Erdogan will get what he wants; the oil, and no independence. Barzani’s hand is not exactly brilliant" avers, Asia Times Roving Eye correspondent Pepe Escobar.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has announced that “Yes” won Monday’s non-binding independence referendum. Now that index fingers in indelible indigo ink are out of the way, the real battle between the KRG and Baghdad begins. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Iraqi Supreme Court have denounced the referendum as “unconstitutional.”

Oct 01 11:11

Washington’s Iron Curtain on the Euphrates

Washington has delayed its project to throw up an iron curtain along the eastern banks of the Euphrates River in order to deploy its Kurdish shock troops deep into Deir Ezzor province. The Syrian Defense Forces or SDF have been blitzing southward for nearly a week to head off the steady advance of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their elite Tiger Forces. The SAA’s stunning triumph in Deir Ezzor has knocked Washington for a loop triggering all manner of erratic behavior including rocket and mortar attacks on SAA troop positions, a US-coordinated stealth attack in Idlib province, and numerous other provocations meant to divert attention from the main strategic objective, the lucrative Euphrates Valley oil fields.

Oct 01 09:40

Erdogan Claims Mossad Played a Role in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Independence Vote

Ankara fiercely opposed the referendum and has threatened sanctions against the region, reflecting its worries about its own sizeable Kurdish minority. During a televised speech, Erdogan claimed that Turkey had been saddened to see some Iraqi Kurds acclaiming the independence referendum with Israeli flags.

Oct 01 08:43

'Israel's Mossad intelligence agency had a role in Iraqi Kurdistan's independence referendum', says Erdogan

Israel's Mossad intelligence agency played a role in Iraqi Kurdistan's recent independence vote, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Saturday.

The Turkish leader said that Israel's role was evidenced by the waving of Israeli flags during celebrations of the 'yes' vote.
"This shows one thing, that this administration (in northern Iraq) has a history with Mossad, they are hand-in-hand together," Erdogan said in a televised speech in Erzurum, eastern Turkey.

Sep 30 14:42

Why Despite Threats, Turkey Won't Impose Sanctions On Kurdistan After The Referendum

High-ranking sources in Kurdistan (Erbil) said that the Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani “expected the sanctions already announced by Baghdad and expects many more sanctions to come in the future”. Nevertheless, “the referendum was an essential step to undertake,” otherwise Barzani would no longer be considered the Kurdish leader. “We are not afraid of Turkish sanctions because Ankara would lose more than it will gain if the common borders are closed. The Turkish representative promised us (months before the referendum) that harsh political measures will be adopted against Kurdistan but that no economic sanctions would be seriously considered. After all it is up to Turkey to stop sending its oil tankers to recover our oil production at a cheap price if Erdogan considers it a practical move within his own economy,” said the source.

Sep 30 14:27

Turkey opens its largest overseas military base in Africa

Turkey has launched a major military base in Somalia. The $50 million facility is designed to provide support and training to troops of the war-torn country which is struggling to rebuild its national security forces. Turkey opened the new military training facility south of Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu Saturday. Senior officials, including Turkey's Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar and Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire attended the opening ceremony, which is expected to house and train at least 1,000 soldiers at a time.

Sep 30 07:10

Ex-spy scurries to cast doubt on CSIS-ISIS link

Ray Boisvert, a former assistant director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), has been busy trying to deflect blame from his former employer in the developing scandal involving an alleged CSIS asset who helped three British schoolgirls and others join ISIS.

Boisvert’s impetus is to shield CSIS and the Canadian state when their hand is exposed in duplicitous activity at home and abroad. He has frequently appeared as a pundit on mainstream media programs, and unsurprisingly was trotted out by the usual suspects to comment on revelations that a Syrian national who spied for CSIS was acting as a liaison for ISIS, helping Westerners travel through Turkey to join the militant group in Syria.

Sep 29 12:32

Conditions to end Syria war in place, joint success with Turkey – Putin

Vladimir Putin has termed the progress in the peaceful solution of the Syrian crisis ‘a joint success’ between Moscow and Ankara after talks with the Turkish leader. He said the agreements created "conditions" to end the bloodshed in the war-torn state.

Sep 29 09:04

IRAN-TURKEY RAPPROCHEMENT HAS HARSH IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL AND THE REGION

Iranian-Turkish relations improve with Russia's blessing, this is why Israel should be worried.

Sep 28 09:15

Erdogan proposes release of US pastor in exchange for coup suspect Gulen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested that Ankara could free a detained US pastor if Washington extradites Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey accuses of being behind last year's failed coup attempt.

Sep 28 09:13

Turkey agrees to ‘only deal with Baghdad’ over oil exports

In a major U-turn, Turkey has agreed to solely deal with the central Iraqi government over crude oil exports, following a contentious secession referendum held by Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, the Baghdad government says.

The office of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reported Ankara’s change of mode on Thursday, following a phone call between Abadi and his Turkish counterpart, Binali Yildirim.

Sep 28 09:12

NATO Splinters: Germany Completes Withdrawal From Turkey's Incirlik Airbase

Several months after an unprecedented collapse in relations between two NATO member states, on Thursday Germany’s military announced it has finished its withdrawal from Turkey’s strategic airbase Incirlik, which as a reminder was prompted by Ankara’s refusal to allow visits by German parliamentarians.

Sep 28 09:08

Turkey stops training Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga after independence vote

Turkey said on Thursday it had stopped training peshmerga forces in northern Iraq in response to a Kurdish independence vote there, whose backers had thrown themselves “into the fire”.

The Kurdish peshmerga have been at the forefront of the campaign against Islamic State and been trained by NATO-member Turkey’s military since late 2014.

Northern Iraq’s main link to the outside world, Turkey views Monday’s vote - which final results on Wednesday showed overwhelming in favour of independence from Baghdad - as a clear security threat.

Sep 28 08:23

TURKEY, IRAQ, AND IRAN CONSIDER JOINT MILITARY ACTION AGAINST THE KURDS

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today warned that every option is on the table for dealing with Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence bid, and that they are considering a joint military operation with the Iraqi central government against the Kurds.

Iran chimed in shortly thereafter, saying they’re eager to stand with both Iraq and Turkey to rule out any possible secession of the Kurds. Top Khamenei adviser Ali Akbar Velayati termed the big “an abhorrent deviation,” adding that the region would “not allow the creation of a second Israel.”

Iraqi officials haven’t directly addressed the possibility of military action against the Kurds, though the Iraqi parliament has approved the deployment of the military into areas contested by the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the sense I get here, is that we are looking at ethnic cleansing of Iraqi Kurds, and happening quickly.

Turkey, historically, is very comfortable with the concept of genocide:

The first genocide of the 20th Century occurred when two million Armenians living in Turkey were eliminated from their historic homeland through forced deportations and massacres.

As the Turkish government considers much of its own Kurdish population to be "terrorists", belonging to, or adhering to the principals of the PKK (even though many are completely innocent of any violence, and just requesting more rights and freedoms as an ethnic minority in Turkey), They will not hesitate to ethnically cleanse Iraq of its Kurdish population in a heartbeat, given the opportunity.

Sep 28 02:55

How to Bring Down the Elephant in the Room

First, a painful, but needed, clarification:

Basement crazies. Neocons. Zionists. Israel Lobbyists. Judaics. Jews. Somewhere along this list we bump into the proverbial “elephant in the room”. For some this bumping will happen earlier in the list, for others a little later down the list, but the list will be more or less the same for everybody. Proper etiquette, atleast in the West, would want to make us run away from this topic. I won’t. Why? Well, for one thing I am constantly accused of not discussing this elephant. Furthermore, I am afraid that the role this elephant is playing is particularly toxic right now. So let me try to deal with this beast, but first I have to begin with some caveats.

Sep 28 02:51

Very Dangerous Escalation in Syria

By now many of you must have heard the news: a Russian Lieutenant-General, Valery Asapov, and two Colonels have been killed in what appears to be a very precisely targeted mortar attack. Just as in the case of the Russian military police unit recently attacked near Deir ez-Zor, the Russians are accusing the Americans of being behind this attack. To make things even worse, the Russians are now also officially accusing the Americans of actively collaborating with ISIS:

Sep 27 08:26

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to halt renewed Israel ties over backing for Kurdish state

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an of Turkey threatened to halt steps being taken toward normalization with Israel if it does not end its support for an independent Kurdish state.

“If Israel does not reconsider its support for Kurdish independence, Turkey will not be able to take many steps we would have with Israel, too,” Erdogan said Tuesday, the day after a nonbinding referendum by Iraqi Kurdistan on whether to seek independence. His remarks were reported by the Turkish Daily Sabah.

Netanyahu was the only leader in the region to endorse the referendum.

Sep 27 08:25

Official: Israel Benefiting From Referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan

Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee blasted the referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan region, and said that Tel Aviv will gain a lot from the instability and chaotic situation in the region.
"This is in the interest of Israel and those who want to expand insecurity in the region," Rezayee told reporters on Tuesday.

The EC secretary underlined that Kurdistan needs security, development and progress; any kind of conflict would make them to lag behind peace and progress.

Rezayee reiterated that the region will face insecurity which would lead to Israel's ill-treatment.

Sep 27 08:24

Israel cheers on Kurds while ignoring Palestinians

Senior Israeli politicians and the Israeli media have been showering the Kurds with warmth and support in their independence effort while ignoring the Palestinian aspirations for self-determination.

Sep 27 08:23

Foreign Ministry: Russia Supports Iraqi Territorial Integrity Amid Kurdish Vote

Russia supports Iraq's territorial integrity, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a referendum on independence held in Iraqi Kurdistan, RIA Novosti reported.

Morever, Moscow calls for both Baghdad and Erbil to resolve all the disagreements strongly by peaceful means, the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

Sep 27 07:34

Russia says it supports united Iraq in wake of Kurdistan independence referendum

Moscow respects the desire of Kurds to have a national state, but believes the issue should be resolved through dialogue, not a unilateral declaration of independence, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after Iraqi Kurds voted for secession.

Sep 26 09:47

'ISRAELI FLAGS WON’T SAVE YOU': ERDOGAN THREATENS IRAQI KURDS WITH FAMINE OVER REFERENDUM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Iraqi Kurds will “not be able to find food” if Ankara decides to halt the flow of trucks and oil into the region, adding that all military and economic sanctions are on the table.

“[They] will be left in the lurch when we start imposing our sanctions,” Erdogan said in a speech broadcast live on television on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters.

“It will be over when we close the oil taps, all [their] revenues will vanish, and they will not be able to find food when our trucks stop going to northern Iraq.”

Erdogan also warned that “flying Israeli flags” would not save the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from regional isolation.

“If the only support for the KRG’s referendum is given by Israel and if the [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK starts celebrating [the results] even before the polls close then there can be neither innocence nor legitimacy,” Erdo?an said, as quoted by Hurriyet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the response to the referendum was positive (and we still don't know precisely how the vote went, because results have yet to be revealed) I am very concerned about massive further violence as a result in this part of Iraq.

The Kurds have been formidable US allies in terms of stomping on ISIS in Syria; but even if the US has stopped short of endorsing this referendum, where does this referendum put the US position vis a vis Turkey, Iraq, and a (soon) nearly created Kurdish state, rich with oil?!?

And don't the Kurdish people believe that such service to the US should have translated into their having their own country?!?

The US government has placed itself, Iraq, and Turkey, into a very sticky wicket, as our British cousins would say, by supporting the Kurds in fighting ISIS in Syria, but not supporting a potentially soon-coming independent Kurdistan, simultaneously potentially carving bits out of Iraq to create this new nation.

What were those in the bowels of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America thinking?!?!? The bottom line is here, they just weren't.

Apparently, not being able to think a scenario through to its logical conclusiion, has to be a prerequisite for working for the Federal government these days.

Sep 26 09:46

Barzani’s decision to hold referendum ‘betrayal to Turkey,’ Erdo?an says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has warned that all military and economic measures are on the table against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), arguing that Masoud Barzani’s decision to go ahead with the vote was “betrayal to Turkey.”

Sep 26 09:42

Reactions to Iraqi Kurdistan referendum continue

Reactions continue to pour in over the independence referendum in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, which was held in defiance of widespread calls for its cancellation.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani that pushing for independence risked sparking an “ethnic war" in the region.

“If Barzani and the Kurdish Regional Government do not go back on this mistake as soon as possible, they will go down in history with the shame of having dragged the region into an ethnic and sectarian war,” Erdogan said in a televised speech.

He also emphasized that all options, from economic to air and land military measures, were on the table in response to the Kurdish vote.

Sep 26 09:42

DM: Closing Iran's Airspace Message to Officials in Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami underlined that sealing his country's airspace to the Iraqi Kurdistan region was just a message to the Kurdish officials for their insistence on holding the independence referendum.

Sep 26 09:33

Commander Blames Israel for Referendum "Plot" in Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri blasted the referendum for independence in the Iraqi Kurdistan region as a "plot" hatched by Israel and its allies.

Sep 26 09:08

Inclusion of Kirkuk in Kurdish Referendum to result in ‘bloodbath,’ says Turkish Minister

The decision of Iraqi Kurdistan’s authorities to conduct the referendum on independence not only on the region’s territory but also in the Kirkuk province, nominally controlled by Baghdad, may lead to an outbreak of violence in Iraq, Turkish Minister of EU Affairs Omer Celik said on Tuesday.

Sep 26 08:47

Iraq starts major military drills with Turkey along common border

Iraqi army has commenced major military drills with Turkish military along the common border after a highly controversial referendum on independence was held in the Arab country’s Kurdish region in open defiance of the central government in Baghdad.

Sep 25 09:41

After the ISIS Caliphate, Rojava

While the Syrian Arab Army, the Russian aviation and Hezbollah are preparing to finish off Daesh, the Pentagon is planning a new war against Syria, this time with Kurdish troops. Just as the mission of the Caliphate was to create a Sunnistan straddling Iraq and Syria, so the mission of “Rojava” is to create a Kurdistan straddling the two states, as the Pentagon has been publicly stating for the last four years.

According to US grand strategy, as defined by Admiral Cebrowski in 2001, and published in 2004 by his assistant Thomas Barnett, all of the Greater Middle East must be destroyed except for Israël, Jordan and Lebanon.

Consequently, the imminent victory against Daesh will change nothing of the Pentagon’s intentions.

Donald Trump has composed his administration of ex-senior civil servants from the Obama administration, a number of opportunistic politicians, many improvised representatives, and very very few trustworthy personalities.

Sep 25 08:58

What the Kurdish Referendum Means for the Future of Iraq

The referendum on independence for the Kurdish controlled territory, due to take place on 25 September, is the latest event billed as threatening the stability of Iraq and a good chunk of the Middle East. Seldom has a democratic poll in such a small place been so universally denounced by so many international powers, including the US, UK, Germany and France.

A White House statement emphasises “to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat Isis and stabilise the liberated areas. Holding the referendum in disputed areas is particularly provocative and destabilising.”

Regional powers like Turkey and Iran have likewise demanded that the referendum be cancelled and threatened retaliation if it is not. In Baghdad, the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has denounced it and the Supreme Court ruled that it was “unconstitutional”. But for all the sound and fury, it looks as if the vote is going ahead.

Sep 25 08:28

Turkish army at Iraqi border and ready to take 'necessary steps' - Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the Kurdish Regional Government’s independence referendum could spell wide-ranging consequences for the area, including Turkish military action and the blockade of a key fuel pipeline.

After members of the KRG voted for independence, Erdogan proffered a veiled threat that military force could be used to preserve the status quo in the region.

Sep 25 08:04

IRAN CLOSES AIRSPACE TO IRAQI KURDISTAN AHEAD OF HISTORIC INDEPENDENCE VOTE

The diplomatic and economic noose is tightening around Iraqi Kurdistan one day ahead of its historic independence referendum. On Sunday, the Iranian government announced closure of its airspace to northern Iraq's Sulaimani and Erbil Airports, at the request of Iraqi authorities. The Baghdad government has repeatedly threatened military intervention in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region should the vote proceed on Monday, which Baghdad warns could provoke invasion by neighboring states. The United States too has warned that the non-binding referendum will be “particularly provocative and destabilizing” - this as Turkey musters tanks along its border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this referendum gets overwhelmingly passed by Iraqi Kurds, which may well happen, look for a massive war in this part of Iraq, with Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, fighting Iraqi Kurds for territory, potentially completely destabilising Iraq.

Sep 25 07:38

Turkey Sees Baghdad As Iraq's 'Legitimate Authority'

Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Monday insisted the 'legitimate authority' for Turkey in Iraq was the central government in Baghdad, Turkey's Anadolu Agency reported.

Speaking in a live TV interview, Yildirim said the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) independence referendum in northern Iraq was illegitimate and its results would be null and void.

"From now on, we will directly speak to Iraq's central government and decide accordingly," the Turkish premier added.

"(The vote) will not contribute to regional peace and stability, but it will increase already-existing tension and problems," he said.

Sep 25 07:37

TURKEY AND IRAN CONDUCT MASSIVE MILITARY DRILLS NEAR KURDISH REGIONS OF IRAQ

Today, Iraqi Kurds will vote in a long awaited and widely condemned separatism referendum that is being boycotting by Arabs and Turkomen.

The referendum which has been condemned by all regional powers except for Israel as well as condemned by the UN, US, China and Russia, has already caused both Iran and Turkey to effectively shut down Iraqi airspace for all commercial flights over the region.

Today, both Iran and Turkey have been conducting large scale live-fire military drills in their respective regions bordering parts of Iraq unilaterally claimed by Kurds.

The no-fly zone over the area which will be policed by Iran and Turkey has been coordinated with the Iraqi government.

According to Keyvan Khosravi, the press secretary of Iran’s supreme national security conucil

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If in fact Kurds vote for independence, this may well create yet another civil war in sections of Iraq and Syria.

But one has to wonder; where is the US government in all this?!? Although the Kurds have been the most steadfast, valiant proxy against the jihadists in Syria, and there was an unspoken understanding that the US would support an independent Kurdish state after the defeat of Isis, that support doesn't seem to be at all forthcoming. As reported at israelrising.com last week:

“The United States does not support the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention to hold a referendum later this month,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday. “The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat [the Islamic State] and stabilize the liberated areas.” Of course, the United States should not be surprised by the drive by the Kurds for an independent state. The Kurds have for centuries pushed for their own sovereign country without success. Now, with the Kurdish Regional Government showing that they are by far the most stable entity in Iraq and have been the biggest reason behind the coalition’s success against ISIS, the drive for independence has been expected. “We know, by the way, that the State Department and possibly the [Defense Department] are personally contacting members of Congress, senators, representatives, asking them not to support the referendum,” Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, told POLITICO in a recent interview. “We’re very serious about independence. It’s kind of disheartening that for two to three years we talked about a referendum and the U.S. said that it was surprised.” The US is challenged by the possibility of an independent Kurdistan, because supporting its independence, would essentially collapse the post World War 2 security structure in the Middle East. An independent Kurdistan in Northern Iraq may only constitute a minority of the total Kurdish population and their homeland in the Middle East, but by the US supporting it, would cause Turkey to disconnect from the West and Iraq to officially declare allegiance to Iran.

Sep 25 06:59

Turkey could block KRG's oil exports in response to referendum, Erdo?an says

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said Monday that Turkey considers the independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) null and void and illegitimate regardless of its results, adding that there may be economic and military repercussions.

Sep 25 06:58

We could ‘come suddenly one night,’ Erdo?an warns Iraqi Kurdish government

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an hinted on Sept. 25 that Turkey could launch an operation to the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) if necessary, citing a previous operation in northern Syria.

Sep 25 06:57

Turkey closes borders with Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Turkish government closed Silopi- Habur border gate, a crossing point into the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Sep 23 09:18

How Independent Kurdistan Will Allow Israel to Kill Two Birds With One Stone

The Kurdistan independence vote scheduled for September 25 will play into Tel Aviv's hands: an independent Kurdish state would allow Israel to solve its energy issues and weaken its regional rivals Iraq and Syria, Iraqi expert told Sputnik. For his part, a Syrian general revealed what steps the Syrian Army is taking to halt Kurdish separatism.

Sep 23 08:17

ERDOGAN’S THUGS ASSAULT PROTESTERS IN US (AGAIN)

In the span of fewer than four months, Recep Erdogan has brought out the rage of his violent AKP fanatics on US citizens again.

After a brutal attack outside the Turkish embassy in Washington DC this May, more pro-Erdogan violence has broken out; this time as the Turkish President made a speech in New York.

Erdogan was giving a speech Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square. Some time into the speech an audience member apparently screamed “terrorist” at the Islamic State funding, vote-rigging, and opposition jailing president.

Men in black suits then approached the protesters and removed from the hall. At this time it is unclear whether those men were US secret service agents, security contractors or Erdogan’s personal security detail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With "friends" like Erdogan.......who, please, geopolitically, needs enemies?!?

Sep 22 15:38

Videos show protesters at NY Erdogan speech punched, hit while being removed

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According to one video on Twitter, a protester who appeared to be American yelled at Erdogan, "You're a terrorist! Get out of my country!"

The scuffles took place as Erdogan addressed the Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC), a group friendly to Erdogan, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

Sep 22 09:12

UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

The UN Security Council on Thursday warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq's Kurdistan region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote.
In a unanimous statement, the 15-member council said the referendum planned for Monday could hinder efforts to help refugees return home and weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State group.

Sep 22 08:15

Turks boast that Russian S-400 SAMs can take out American B-52s, F-22s and Tomahawks

Surprising as it may be to the US, their staunch NATO ally Turkey is listing the American-made warplanes and missiles it says are vulnerable to the Russian-made S-400 SAMs it has just bought.

Sep 21 13:31

200,000 Israelis expected in “Kurdistan” once independence is declared

According to the magazine Israel-Kurd based in Erbil, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Massoud Barzani, the self-appointed President of the future independent Kurdistan, have reached a secret agreement.

Tel-Aviv is committed to installing 200 000 Israelis of Kurdish origin in Kurdistan.

Sep 19 09:07

Turkey ‘will not allow fait accompli’ in Iraq’s north

Ankara has once again stressed that it will not allow any fait accompli in northern Iraq and will take all necessary measures against the independence referendum to be held by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Sept. 25.

Sep 18 12:06

Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath

James Dorsey explains why there should be no reason for optimism that violence and instability in the Middle East, whether in Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or the Gulf states, will come to an end anytime soon.>>

Sep 18 09:32

Turkey Masses Troops, Armored Vehicles Along Syrian Border

In a move rebel officials say is part of the de-escalation deal reached at Astana peace talks, Turkey has begun massing troops and armored vehicles along the Syrian border. The deployments include multiple different convoys heading to different border crossings.

The vehicles were mostly armored personnel carriers, but also included some tanks. Turkey, Russia, and Iran have agreed to set up new de-escalation zones for the next six months to try to facilitate more peace talks.

Turkey is expected to control parts of the Idlib Province under this deal, which stands to be a very complicated process, both because of the large number of rival Islamist rebels packed therein, and especially because the Nusra Front says they don’t intend to de-escalate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed on this one.....

Sep 17 08:09

Cardin: Turkey's Purchase of Russian missile system may trigger sanctions

Top Senate Foreign Relations Democrat warns $2.5 billion Turkey-Russia deal might violate new sanctions law that Trump opposed.

Sep 15 08:15

200,000 Jewish Kurds headed for Iraqi Kurdistan, howls Turkish press

The Turkish media is abuzz with the story of a secret agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government and Israel to resettle Jewish Israelis of Kurdish origin in Iraqi Kurdistan after the independence referendum, and some quarters are taking the news as an indication of US support for Kurdish independence.

Sep 13 09:40

Turkey Signs Russian Missile Deal, Pivoting From NATO

ISTANBUL — In the clearest sign of his pivot toward Russia and away from NATO and the West, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that Turkey had signed a deal to purchase a Russian surface-to-air missile system.

The deal cements a recent rapprochement with Russia, despite differences over the war in Syria, and comes as Turkey’s ties with the United States and European Union have become strained.

It is certain to stir unease in Washington and Brussels, where officials are trying to keep Turkey — a longtime NATO member, and an increasingly unlikely candidate for European Union membership — from entering Russia’s sphere of influence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too late on that last one; Turkey is now definitely "Under the influence" of Russia, as witnessed by this deal.

Sep 12 08:53

Israeli Minister: Kurdistan independence benefits West, Israel

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Monday expressed her support for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan.

During an international counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya, Israel, Justice Minister Shaked said Israel supports the Kurdistan Region’s desire for independence from Iraq.

“Israel [and] the Western countries have a major interest in the establishment of the state of Kurdistan,” Shaked said.

“I think that the time has come for the US to support the process [of an independent Kurdistan],” she continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's agenda is to break up the larger Middle East nations into smaller pieces that are easier to push around.

Sep 06 08:40

US Military To Upgrade Outposts In Turkey

The US military is set to upgrade a number of its facilities in Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base and other discrete outposts that it uses to run operations across the region, according to the White House’s proposed 2018 budget.

Sep 05 10:51

Blackballed: Merkel Vows to Prevent Turkey from Joining EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed that she will block Turkey's membership talks with the European Union, signaling an apparent pivot from her previous position.

During a Sunday televised debate with her Social Democrat (SPD) rival Martin Schulz, the center-right leader shocked the audience with an unexpected pledge to discuss an end to Turkey's EU membership talks with fellow European leaders, if she returned for a fourth term in the upcoming German federal elections.

"The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU," Merkel said, adding that she never believed it would happen.

"I'll speak to my [EU] colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meanwhile, we have the Turkish Foreign Minister deliver the following remarks on Turkey's accession to the EU getting blocked:

Turkey Says Talk of Ending Its EU Accession Undermines Europe

But considering Erdogan's power-mad, dictatorial and suppressive politics at home, manifested by closing down newspapers, and arresting alleged dissidents, I think Merkel's decision to oppose Turkey's accession into the EU is a wise one, for now.

When Erdogan leaves office, and someone who is more Democracy-oriented becomes President, however, a reconsideration may be possible by the EU.

Sep 05 10:02

PEPE ESCOBAR: WHY JIHADISM WON'T BE ALLOWED TO DIE: A serious working hypothesis is being discussed for a while now among independent geopolitical analysts. Here it is, in a nutshell.

Daesh may be dying – but the world is still encumbered with its walking corpse.

Plan B of Daesh’s masters may have been to indoctrinate repeated waves of misguided youth across the EU and “seduce” them into D.I. Y. jihadi terror, creating fear and insecurity in Europe. I’ve just been to Barcelona — and that’s not happening. No Fear.

Daesh can also manipulate its brand name to stake a claim into what we may call the New War Belt in Southwest Asia. That’s also not happening, because the “4+1” – Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, plus Hezbollah – with the addition of Turkey, and with China in a “leading from behind” role, are all working together.

The unfinished war across “Syraq” coupled with spasms of jihadism in Europe could certainly still metastasize into a massive Eurasian cancer, spreading like a plague from Afghanistan to Germany and vice-versa, and from the South China Sea to Brussels via Pakistan and vice-versa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I understand that this is how the American deep state thinks and behaves; but is it truly capable of providing the level of strategy, arms, and personnel to make such actions actually successful against their alleged existential foes, Russia and China, before they collectively, haul off and attack the US?!?

Looking at the Ethnic Uighurs in China (heavily funded by Saudi Arabia, (a US proxy in the Middle East), their violence has only brought the heavy hand of of the Chinese state down harder against them, to the point where any training in foreign countries has been prevented by them being required to turn in their passports.

China orders Xinjiang residents to hand in passports: Citizens of restive region of 11 m Muslim Uighurs must apply to get papers back

This Uighur violence falls far short of either a geopolitical, or military, success.

And let's look at the jihadists in Syria; even though the US military has "dug in" its position in Syria, ostensibly to create a home for Kurdish nationalists, there is a question of just how long the Russians will put up with the nonsense of American troops being in Syria,uninvited, and attempting to balkanize it, and this could potentially be a flashpoint for a war between Russia and the United States.

If one looks at the big picture, the movements and actions of these Western-backed jihadists are, at best, "holding actions" and will not, ultimately be permitted, by Russia and China, to prevent China's New Silk Roads, or Russia's
Eurasia Economic Union.

Sep 05 06:34

Blackballed: Merkel Vows to Prevent Turkey from Joining EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed that she will block Turkey's membership talks with the European Union, signaling an apparent pivot from her previous position.

Sep 02 10:28

Turkey's Erdogan Calls Killing of Rohingya in Myanmar Genocide

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the death of hundreds of Rohingya in Myanmar over the past week constituted a genocide aimed at Muslim communities in the region.

Nearly 400 people have died in fighting that has rocked Myanmar's northwest for a week, new official data showed, making it probably the deadliest bout of violence to engulf the country's Rohingya Muslim minority in decades.

"There is a genocide there. They remain silent towards this... All those looking away from this genocide carried out under the veil of democracy are also part of this massacre," Erdogan said at his ruling AK Party's Eid al-adha celebrations in Istanbul.

The army says it is conducting clearance operations against "extremist terrorists" to protect civilians.

Erdogan, with his roots in political Islam, has long striven to take a position of leadership among the world's Muslim community. He said it was Turkey's moral responsibility to take a stand against the events in Myanmar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan is correct in his assessment here; and although he is not a politician for whom I have a great deal of respect, after watching the repression under which the Kurdish Turks have had to live under his watch, he is right to make this statement.

But it is going to take concerted efforts on the part of Myanmar politicians and military, to ratchet the tensions down here. I am quite certain that there have been atrocities on both sides of the conflict. And if the Rohingya Muslim minority are fighting back, it is because they are at the end of their collective rope, at the violence visited upon them by the Myanmar military.

And please note: I am not agreeing with this violence; I am simply stating that I understand how this can happen.

And this morning, we have the following disturbing story, posted at the South China Post On-line:

Rohingya Refugees heeding the Call to Arms, and Returning to Myanmar

And I call out to Aung San Suu Kyi; because of the terrible prosecution against the Myanmar Rohingya by your Buddhist military, they are now ready to take their fight to Naypyidaw, the capital of your state.

So if you do not want a civil war in your country, there need to be cease-fire talks, and immediately, creating an unbreakable assurance the Rohingya will be treated as brother and sister human beings, and not "less than."

The world is watching what is going on in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi: and the world is waiting to know how you will create a peace between both the Rohingya Muslims, and the majority Buddhists.

Aug 30 10:03

US TROOPS IN SYRIA BATTLE ANTI-ASSAD REBELS ONCE FUNDED BY THE CIA

US troops in SyriaAmerican troops deployed in Syria have exchanged fire with rebels that were until recently supported by the United States Central Intelligence Agency. In 2013, soon after the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War, the then-US President Barack Obama instructed the Central Intelligence Agency to provide covert support to fighters in Syria. Acting on the president’s directive, the CIA promptly joined forces with spy agencies from Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to assist fighters affiliated with the Free Syrian Army. At that time, Washington saw the Free Syrian Army and forces affiliated with it as ideologically moderate. It also agreed with the group’s main aim, which was to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What an epic fail flustercluck!!

Aug 28 07:13

How US Military Presence in Middle East Driving Together Turkey, Iran, Russia

Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Syria need to team up in order to clear terrorists from Syria, Turkish political analyst Bora Bayraktar told Sputnik, adding that the US military buildup in the region, as well as the threat of the creation of independent Kurdish entities, allow for new regional alliances to blossom.
The US military buildup in the Middle East has pushed regional players and their allies to form new alliances in order to restore stability in the region, Turkish journalist and political analyst Bora Bayraktar says.

"The US presence [the Middle East] and strengthening of its positions [there] is triggering security concerns among the region's players, and do pushing them to create new alliances and consolidate efforts in the face of common danger," Bayraktar told Sputnik Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How deliciously ironic, that US military presence in the Middle East, coupled with the the threat of balkanisation of countries like Iraq and Syria, has drawn the leadership of these three countries together!!

Aug 24 06:45

Erdogan, Mattis Stress the Importance of Preserving the Territorial Integrity of Iraq and Syria

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has held talks with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During the talks on Wednesday, Erdogan told the US Defense Secretary that Turkey is concerned about the US support for the Syrian Kurdish separatist group People's Protection Units (YPG). Both officials, however, stressed the importance of preserving the territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq, while also expressing their skepticism over Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, scheduled to take place on September 24th. The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he would pressure the Iraqi Kurdistan leader Massoud Barzani not to hold the referendum. The Iraqi foreign minister also warned that Iraq will not allow an independent Kurdish state to be created on its soil. On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his country's position of not tolerating the establishment of a Kurdish state, either in Iraq, Iran, Syria or Turkey.

Aug 22 10:52

Turkey to thwart attempts to set up Kurdish state in Syria: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has underlined Turkey’s resolve to prevent any attempt by Syrian Kurdish fighters to establish a Kurdish state in northern Syria.

In a Tuesday speech in Ankara, Erdogan described the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD) as terror groups, noting, "We do not and will never allow a so-called state to be established by the PYD, YPG in northern Syria.”

"They want to establish a terror corridor in northern Syria reaching the Mediterranean," he noted.

Erdogan reaffirmed Turkey’s determination to continue to fight against PYD and YPG "wherever we find them.”

The Syrian Kurdish fighters control two "cantons" in Syria's northeast as well as the Afrin region to the west. Turkey says PYD and YPG are the affiliates of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered by Turkey, the US and EU as a terror group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Erdogan didn't get the memo:

Breaking: US Occupation of Syria Now Official

The article goes on to state:

"It has long been assessed that the reason that the US had simultaneously backed ISIS and Kurdish forces was for the purpose of using ISIS as a “place holder” to be defeated, either virtually or in actuality, only to then carve out a US occupation zone under the pretext of forming an independent Kurdish state. Previously last year, representatives of the Kurdish autonomous region made an unconstitutional and unilateral announcement of federalization.

This turn was used to create a seemingly legal ambiguity, or ‘gray area’, to confuse public discourse at the media level. However, the anti-terrorist coalition’s foreign ministers as well as international legal experts are under no illusions that the unilateral declaration of federalization is just as much a violation of Syrian sovereignty as would be a breakaway republic made possible only thanks to a war of US occupation.

Under the international legal norms of the Geneva convention as well as subsequent parallel agreements, a foreign occupying country does not have the right to divide, separate, occupy, or carve out a section of a country regardless of what the occupying army terms such as."

So unless and until Erdogan is willing to fight the US military in Syria, it appears that his plans to prevent a Kurdistan from being carved out of Syria looks like a pipe dream, at this point.

And frankly, I don't think he is going to go there.

Aug 22 08:33

Deal to supply Russian S-400 missile systems to Turkey in final stages – exporter

A contract to supply S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey is in the final stages, but has not yet been signed or entered into force, the head of Russian defense giant Rosoboronexport said, retracting his previous statement reported by RIA Novosti.

Aug 21 11:53

Turkey’s Erdogan calls on Jordan to play bigger role in Palestine

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on the Muslims of the world to show solidarity in issues related to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, stressing the importance of Jordan being involved in the protection of the city’s holy sites. “I want to note the importance we put on the role of Jordan in the protection of the holy places in Jerusalem… We don’t want to experience the same abuse, violation of rights and attacks… So, the Muslim world should be in solidarity on Jerusalem,” Erdogan said ahead of his visit to Amman, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency. The recent tensions in Jerusalem escalated in mid-July, after the strengthening of security measures at the Temple Mount, the third most important holy site in Islam, which is under Jordan’s custodianship. The steps led to violent clashes in Jerusalem and the West Bank and have been widely criticized by Muslim countries. In order to reduce tensions, Israel has since eased the security measures.

Aug 21 02:44

Turkey and Iran sign military agreement against Russia

Generals of Turkey and Iran agreed on cooperation. The head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, when on an official visit to Turkey, signed an agreement with his Turkish counterpart, General Hulusi Akar, to expand military cooperation between the two countries... At first glance, Turkey and Iran have different goals in Syria. Recep Erdogan has repeatedly announced the need to immediately remove the "bloody regime of Bashar Assad" from power. Iran has a completely different approach to the regime in Damascus. Iran, like Russia, views Assad as the legitimate president of Syria and strongly supports his army. At the same time, Erdogan realised that it was possible to negotiate with Iran, namely - on the painful issue of Kurdish rebels in Syria. Ankara is still shocked by the dysfunctional, as Turkey believes, decision of Donald Trump to start deliveries of heavy weapons to Syrian Kurds. The US is no longer an ally for Erdogan on the Kurdish issue.

Aug 18 10:53

Turkey to sign customs deal with Eurasian Economic Union

The EAEU was founded under the auspices of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Turkey plans to sign a customs agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said Friday. “We have a proposal for Turkey to begin negotiations with the Eurasian Economic Union on signing a customs agreement. Without violating a corresponding agreement with the EU, Turkey wants to establish another cooperation with the EAEU,” Zeybekci said at an international fair in Izmir...

Aug 18 06:37

Turkey wants to use national currencies in trade with Russia — economy minister

Turkey’s Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci said on Friday he thinks his country and Russia should use national currencies in their trade. "We are looking at setting a task of using Turkish liras and Russian roubles in bilateral trade. If we don’t do it, our trade will be strongly influenced by exchange rate fluctuations," he said at a plenary session on the margins of the 86th international exhibition in Izmir. "We hope that before October 20, when the Russian-Turkish intergovernmental commission is to meet in Kazan, these issues will be settled and we will be able to set further tasks"...

Aug 17 23:59

Turkish Security Forces Detain 5 ISIL Suspects Plotting Attacks in Istanbul

Turkish security forces detained five suspected members of the ISIL terrorist group in the country's Northern Samsun province, who were planning to carry out attacks in Istanbul, local media said. The statement said that Turkish security forces received information that seven ISIL suspects had been planning to travel to Istanbul to carry out attacks there, Yenisafak reported. During raids in Samsun, five of them were taken into custody, with two others still being sought by Turkish authorities. Turkish Anti-Terror Forces Arrest 12 ISIL Suspects After Policeman Stabbing. On August 11, Turkish police detained 22 people on suspicion of being ISIL members in the country's Eastern Elazig province. Over the past few years, Turkey was hit by a series of deadly terrorist attacks committed by ISIL, including the attack at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on January 1, which resulted in the deaths of 39 people, including over 20 foreigners.

Aug 17 04:53

Turkey "Worried" about Idleb Situation and the Forthcoming Kurdistan Separation Referendum in Iraq

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that a group of Russian military commanders will soon arrive in Turkey to discuss the situation in the northwestern Syrian province of Idleb, which is currently occupied by the terrorist group Hay’at Tahrir Al Sham (ex-Al Nusra Front). “Russia has more understanding of Turkish position on the issue of the Kurdish separatists in Syria than the United States”, Cavusoglu said in an interview with TRT News Channel. Washington provides the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) with weapons and equipment, a thing that poses a grave concern for Turkey who sees YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and whose insurgency begun back in the 1980s in the Turkish southeast.

Aug 16 08:09

Russian,Turkish, Iranian companies ink $7 billion energy deal

Russia's Zarubezhneft, Turkish Unit International signed a $7 billion agreement with Iran's Ghadir Investment Holding to drill for oil and natural gas in Iran, the Turkish company confirmed on August 16, 2017.

Aug 16 07:44

Turkish Pres. Erdo?an to visit Tehran

Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour met with Under Secretary of Turley’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ümit Yalç?n investigating venues for expansion of political, cultural and economic relations as well as for multilateral regional ties especially in Syria and Iraq.

As for various dimensions of developing relations between the two countries, the Iranian side rejoiced to say that constructive negotiations have been held between political, cultural, economic, security and military authorities of Iran and Turkey which are promising of more appropriate grounds for reinvigoration of mutual and all-round cooperation in addition to elevation of trade turnover.

Rahimpour voiced optimism that Astana talks lead to establishment of peace in Syria and stability in the region.

Aug 14 16:32

Turkey’s Drive To Restore Ottoman Era Influence

After nearly a century of being relegated to a smaller regional power acting alongside the Israeli-Saudi nexus, Turkey’s new leadership stands prepared to significantly increase its political power and prestige. Taking advantage of various conflicts around their borders, Turkey has embarked on a bit to expand their influence not just in the Middle East, but also on the borders of an increasingly volatile European Union. These actions, along with consolidation domestically and an increased focus on militarization mean that Turkey’s profile stands a good chance of rising over the next decade.

Aug 13 07:57

Turkey Ending Support for Syrian Rebels 'Goodwill Gesture Towards Damascus'

Turkey has stopped supporting the Syrian coalition of opposition forces. According to analyst and journalist Musa Özu?urlu, this decision is likely to contribute to normalization between Ankara and Damascus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey is pivoting away from the US!

Aug 10 11:29

Russian citizen detained in Turkey for alleged plans to shoot down US plane

The Turkish security service has detained a Russian citizen who allegedly plotted an attack with a drone against one of US planes based at Incirlik, the Haberturk television channel said on Thursday. The channel identified the Russian as Renat Bakiyev. He is also suspected of involvement in the terrorist organization Islamic State (outlawed in Russia). The Russian embassy in Ankara is looking into the reported detention in Turkey of a Russian citizen on the suspicion of terrorism, the Russian embassy’s press-attache Irina Kasimova told TASS on Thursday. "Earlier on Thursday Turkish media said a Russian citizen identified as one R. Bakiyev had been detained in the country’s territory on what appears to be suspicion of terrorist activity. The Russian embassy is taking the necessary measures to look into the situation and clear up the affair," Kasimova said.

Aug 09 11:39

Turkey is trying to get an ATOMIC BOMB in secret weapons plan, warns expert

TURKEY'S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to get hold of an atomic bomb in a plot to build up the nation's weapons, an expert has claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here we go again...

Aug 08 15:15

Bill Still: Turkey Can Occupy Europe in 3 Days

Turkey has used the migrant invasion as a political bargaining chip to force the EU government in Brussels to speed up their entry into EU membership.

The Turkish paper backs up their claim based on the military readiness work of political scientist George Friedman, founder of Stratfor. Turkey has a very large, well-equipped standing army. As the Turkish paper put it: “Friedman said the Turks could defeat Germany in one afternoon and France in one hour.”

“Germany has abandoned by its citizens. If we start in the morning, we can have our evening prayer in Bellevue Castle.” – the official residence of the president of Germany.

Why?

Two years ago, a survey was conducted asking how likely citizens were to fight for their country. It found that only 18% of Germans would fight for Germany, only 29% of the French would, and only 27% of the British would defend their nation.

Aug 08 08:38

US-Backed Kurds Release Video Showing Them Destroying A Turkish Tank In Syria

US-backed Kurdish fighters battling ISIS in Syria released a video on Saturday showing their fighters destroying a tank being used by Turkish-backed rebels in northwest Syria, Military Times first reported.

“Today at about 9:30 am our forces targeted and destroyed a tank belonging to terrorist groups under the Turkish army’s command near in Afrin’s Shera district,” the YPG said on Facebook.

Aug 07 09:31

Scrimping EU to pull £4.3bn from Turkey while snatching cash from UK to fill Brexit hole

THE cash-strapped European Union (EU) is set to withdraw its promise to hand £4.3billion in pre-accession aid to Turkey in a bid to bridge the financial gap left by Brexit.

Günther Oettinger revealed it is very “unlikely” the money, designed to bring Europe and Turkey closer together, will be paid to Ankara as tensions deteriorate between both countries.

Aug 07 09:21

Turkey Can Occupy Europe in 3 Days

Aug 07 08:54

TURKEY & QATAR STAGE MILITARY DRILLS AMID GULF DIPLOMATIC CRISIS

Turkey and Qatar have staged joint military drills showcasing their strategic alliance, according to Qatari media. It comes after Turkish troops moved into Qatar following a diplomatic and transport blockade imposed against Doha by several Arab countries.

The drills were aimed at preparing Qatar's military to defend "vital economic, strategic and infrastructure facilities," Al-Sharq newspaper reported, as quoted by Reuters.

The exercises come after Turkish media reported that joint drills would be taking place August 6-7, with officials saying they would be aimed at "strengthening the defense capabilities of both countries" and "boosting efforts to combat armed groups and maintaining stability in the region."

According to Anadolu agency, Qatari Emiri Navy Commander Rear Admiral Mohammed Nasser al-Mohannadi visited the Turkish frigate ‘TCG Gökova’ last week, which is docked at Hamad Port in Qatar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation could ignite at any moment, as Saudi Arabia has gone back to its original position that its 13 requirements must be met by Doha, and Doha has stated that it will not respond of any of the items with which Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries want done.

Turkey's military already being in Qatar, and doing military exercises, means that Doha hopes the Turkish military presence will preclude any Saudi Arabian military moves against it.

And as a further complication, Qatar is home to the largest military base in the Middle East, Al Udeid Air Base, housing 11,000 US military.

IF Saudi Arabia decides to go in militarily, if Qatar is recalcitrant, how is the US going to respond, and what will be the standing orders to the CO's at Al Udeid?!?

This is rapidly devolving into one hot mess.

Aug 06 08:31

Turkey replaces army, air force and navy leaders

Turkey is set to replace the leaders of its military forces for land, sea and air, local media say. The decision, to be approved by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, comes just over a year after a failed military coup.

The Supreme Military Council (YAS) on Wednesday decided to replace the heads of its three main armed services with other top members of the military, according to Turkish television channels.

The YAS held a four-hour meeting chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Wednesday, with the decisions to be presented later in the day to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for approval.

On the way out - according to the CNN Turk channel and NTV network - are land army commander General Salih Zeki Colak, navy chief Admiral Bulent Bostanoglu and air force commander General Abidin Unal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this military restructuring is interesting; just a little more than a year after the failed coup against Erdogan.

One has to wonder if it is simply paranoia going on here, on Edrogan's part, or if he actually had hard evidence that these military leaders were part of the coup against him.

Aug 04 17:40

Germany in three days and France in one hour’ Shock threat to EU from Erdogan backers

WARMONGERING rhetoric is being spewed by Turkey towards Europe after a newspaper close to the Turkish regime declared the country could overrun Germany in three days.

Newspaper Yeni Söz, closely aligned to the government, made the outlandish claim on the front page of its daily newspaper.

Carrying the provocative headline "Turkey can occupy Europe within 3 days”, the move is the latest in a political spat between Ankara and Berlin.

Turkey has been vying to join the EU for more than a decade, with official negotiants to become a member dragging into their 12th year.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempted to use the migrant crisis as a bargaining chip, striking a deal with Brussels over the crisis in exchange for political sweeteners, which included kick-starting their membership bid.

The paper said: "Friedman said the Turks could defeat Germany in one afternoon and France in one hour, if they have the courage to fight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This very dangerous rhetoric, coupled with the post-coup, dictatorial crack down behaviour by the Turkish government against its own people, is not helping to improve the relationship between Europe and Turkey one bit.

Aug 02 09:38

Turkey Bans Concerts, Hunger Strikes, Public Gatherings And Protests In Ankara

In the latest Turkish crackdown on civil freedoms, the governor's office in Turkey's capital, Ankara, announced a month-long ban on public gatherings and all forms of protests, including sit-ins, hunger strikes, concerts and similar gatherings in order to "protect public order" claiming that such activities increase the chances of terrorist attacks. The statement from the Ankara governor's office was released amid fears of protests following the arrest of two Turkish teachers, Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca, who have been on hunger-strike for 140 days after losing their jobs during the public sector purges that followed the failed coup in July 2016.

The governor's office said all mass events such as sit-ins, hunger-strikes and open-air concerts offered a target to groups like the Islamic State terror organization and are therefore to be banned in Ankara throughout the month of August.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Erdogan is going to accomplish, with these Draconian moves, is to create a brain drain, where the best and brightest Turks will find ways to flee the country, possibly forever.

Aug 02 09:30

"We're Back To Square One" - Saudi Bloc Reinstates Demands As Qatar Economy Collapses

The four countries leading the boycott against Qatar are going back to their list of 13 demands for Doha to meet before talks can start, essentially reverting the Arab Gulf spat back to square one.

At the same time, economic data for June shows that Qatar’s imports plummeted due to the blockade imposed by most of its neighbors, and foreign deposits at Qatari banks dropped to their lowest in nearly two years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get ugly, and very quickly.

There are Turkish troops already in exercises on Qatar soil, and the US has the largest base in the Middle East in Qatar.

One of Saudi Arabia biggest allies, however, is the United States, which also happens to maintain its biggest concentration of military personnel in the Middle East at Qatar's Al Udeid Air Base.
The sprawling base 20 miles southwest of the Qatari capital of Doha is home to some 11,000 US military personnel.

So if Saudi Arabia and the other countries blockading Qatar decide to invade militarily, what will the orders be for the CO at Al Udeid Air Base there?!?

Aug 01 15:10

Turkey, US Accuse Each Other Of Terror Sponsorship In Syria

Turkey and the United States have been accusing each other of supporting various terrorist groups in Syria.

Aug 01 09:03

Thousands of Anti-Israel Islamists in Turkey Protest: ‘Hit, Hit Zionists’

Thousands of Turkish anti-Israel Islamists took to the streets in Istanbul Sunday to protest Israel’s since-removed security measures on the Temple Mount, while a jingle blasting from loudspeakers declared, “Hit, hit Zionists.”

Aug 01 03:56

Is Turkey the next country for a "proxy and long war" of the Transnational Elite?

While Russia helped Ankara 'without conditions' during the coup - a massive fire exploded near the military base of NATO in the air base of Incirlik - where, together with the base of Ismir, have been stationed more than 90 nuclear tactical weapons, more than in any country! Turkish authorities doubted it was an anti-American sabotage. However, the clashes of Erdogan with the west in general and America in particular, mainly in relation to the support of the Kurds by the latter, brought the withdrawing of the German military from Incirlik and afterwards the purchase of Russian missiles (S400) by Turkey. Against this purchase the Americans pleaded Turkey in order to stay a loyal alliance (and a 'client', of course) for the air defence of NATO. The amount of the purchase is about $3bl. While the Russian weapons will be manufactured in Turkey - as part of a "technology transfer" agreement. This military shift comes for the first time after 65 years of Turkey-NATO membership.

Jul 31 09:56

Mass rally in Istanbul over Israel's Jerusalem measures

Thousands of supporters of a conservative Turkish party rallied in Istanbul on Sunday to protest measures taken by Israel in Jerusalem and show solidarity with the Palestinians.

Israel had angered Turkey by installing metal detectors and security cameras at the Haram al-Sharif holy site in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following a July 14 attack in which gunmen killed two policemen.

Jul 28 05:49

Turkey finalises deal to purchase S-400 air defence systems from Russia

Russia and Turkey have coordinated nearly all details for the shipment of S-400 air defence systems to Ankara, press secretary of the President of Turkey, Ibrahim Kalyn, said in an interview with a Turkish television channel. "For the most part, the work has been done, and most important questions on the contract have been resolved," he said. In addition to the price of the S-400 system, which favourably differed from analogues of Western competitors, Russia and Turkey have agreed to partially assemble the systems in Turkey, the official said.

Jul 27 09:46

US Nukes in Turkey Not Secure, Former US Defense Officials Say

Ex-Pentagon officials have called for the US to pull its nuclear weapons from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base as tensions linger between Washington and Ankara.
Joseph Cirincione, president of the nonproliferation and anti-war Ploughshares Fund nonprofit, told Stars and Stripes that the Turkish base was the "worst place possible to be keeping"roughly 50 of Washington’s nukes.

A Turkish special forces policeman stands guard in front the damaged building of the police headquarters which was attacked by the Turkish warplanes during the failed military coup last Friday, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cirincione said there are B61 gravity bombs stored at Incirlik, the maximum yield of which has 10 times the power of the bomb Washington dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

Officials have also suggested relocating the 2,500 US troops currently housed at the base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The questions are, how will the US get these nuclear weapons out of Turkey, if Erdogan refuses to return physical custody of those weapons to the US government?!?

And will Erdogan allow the 2500 US military on this base to leave?!?

Erdogan is going to demand some kind of "quid pro quo" for these steps to be taken, and they may well involve repatriating the Imam Gulen from the United States to Turkey, as Erdogan believes this man was complicit in the failed coup of last year.

Fethullah Gulen

Jul 26 09:48

NATO Squabbles: Germany Freezes Arms Shipments to Turkey

Germany has frozen all arms deliveries to Turkey, a newspaper reported on July 21, amid a row between the NATO partners that has sharply worsened since the arrest of several rights activists in Istanbul.

Berlin stepped up its travel advisory for Turkey on July 20 and warned it would review state guarantees for foreign investment there—measures which Ankara labelled “blackmail and threats.”

Jul 25 11:33

Erdogan: ‘Israeli soldiers pollute Al-Aqsa grounds with combat boots, easily spill blood’

Muslims should use every opportunity to go to Jerusalem to help protect the Al-Aqsa mosque, which Israeli soldiers are “carelessly polluting” while “easily spilling blood,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Muslims should support their brothers in faith suffering from Israel’s actions at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Erdogan told members of the ruling AK Party on Tuesday.

“From here I call upon all Muslims. Those who are able to should visit Al-Aqsa… Those who cannot visit Al-Aqsa should send aid to our brothers there,” Erdogan said in Ankara, as cited by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Jul 24 11:44

Israel 'to close embassy and consulate' in Turkey after Jordan incident

Israel has reportedly closed its embassy and consulate in Turkey amid rising tensions over the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry ordered the closure of its embassy in Anakara and consulate in Istanbul as as a "precautionary" measure, Israeli news website NRG reported, citing a political source.

Jul 23 07:54

Top general says Russians could force US out of Syria, as Congress strikes deal to slap them with new sanctions

US forces have a less credible military foothold in Syria than the Russians do, and could be expelled from the country after the defeat of ISIS, a top US general has said.

Russia, unlike the US, operates in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, said General Raymond 'Tony' Thomas, the head of the Special Operations Command, at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Friday.
'Here's the conundrum: We are operating in the sovereign country of Syria. The Russians, their stalwarts, their backstoppers have already uninvited the Turks from Syria. We're a bad day away from the Russians saying, "Why are you still in Syria, US?" Thomas said, according to Newsweek.

'If the Russians play that card, we could want to stay and have no ability to do it,' Thomas continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since President Trump has ordered the CIA to stand down in their funding, training, and supporting ISIS, there is utterly no credible claim by the US government for a reason for the US military to be in Syria, period, end of discussion.

We have invaded a sovereign country with the original expectation of being able to regime change Damascus; that is not possible, and perhaps, it never was. But the reality on the ground is very clear here; time to go.

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 11:20

Turkey Poised To Invade Syria's Idlib Province As Inter-Jihadist Violence Rages

Two Salafi-jihadi factions in Syria's Idlib province have been engaged in a brutal inter-"rebel" (or rather inter-jihadist) war this week, prompting Turkey to prepare a potential invasion to protect its favored factions on the ground. On Thursday, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS/Al-Qaeda) continued to capture towns in Idlib's countryside from rival Ahrar al-Sham and Turkish backed FSA groups after an uneasy truce between the rebel factions quickly collapsed days prior, causing the weaker Ahrar al-Sham to call in Turkish support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The tragedy which has been Syria the last half-decade, appears to show no signs of ending any time soon; hopefully, the Russians will hold sway here, and influence Turkey away from even the concept of this invasion.

Jul 20 08:17

Pentagon warns of risks after Turkey discloses US forces in Syria

The United States reacted angrily Wednesday after Turkey's state news agency disclosed the locations of American military posts in northern Syria, a move the Pentagon warned could put lives at risk.

The Anadolu Agency (AA) published a report Monday detailing the 10 US military facilities' whereabouts and, in some instances, the number of special operations forces working there.

Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said the release of sensitive military information exposes coalition forces to "unnecessary risk."

Jul 20 07:52

Turkey crisis: Merkel finally breaks silence as Germany threatens to suspend EU payments

ANGELA Merkel has finally broken her silence on the crisis in Turkey as Germany threatens to scrap EU aid payments as tensions escalate.

Jul 20 07:36

Turkey Reveals Extent of Illegal US Base Building in Syria

Turkey's state-owned Anadolu news agency has publicized the locations of 10 US bases in northern Syria, many of them previously unknown to the wider public.

Jul 19 12:32

Pentagon Furious After Turkey Leaks U.S. Base Locations In Syria: "Hard Not To See This As A F-You"

So much for NATO-alliance members working for the common good.

In a move that has angered the U.S. for obvious reason, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu Agency has leaked the precise locations of U.S. bases in northern Syria. The move - which exposes the exact locations of American soldiers on the front lines in the war-torn nation - has sent the ongoing feud between the two NATO allies to new lows. As Bloomberg details, in reports published in both Turkish and English on Tuesday, Anadolu provided detailed information about 10 U.S. bases in northern Syria, including troop counts and a map of the U.S. force presence in the Turkish version.

Jul 19 09:44

Turkish News Reveals Location of Ten U.S. Bases, Troop Numbers In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Ever since the United States began openly arming and working with Kurdish fanatics in Syria under the guise of “fighting ISIS,” Turkey has shown signs of irritation, concern, and outright anger towards America. This is because the Turks fear any support given to Kurds from outside forces will embolden them to renew their fight for a Kurdistan entity carved out of Turkish territory. Indeed, Turkey is also concerned that any arming of the YPG/PYD forces in Syria will necessarily act as a conduit for weapons making their way to the PKK in Turkey...

Jul 19 07:33

Turkey Leaks Secret Locations of US Troops in Syria as Tensions Rise Between Ankara, Washington

In a latest display of Turkish anger at US policy in Syria, the state news agency divulged the locations of 10 US military bases and outposts in Northern Syria where Washington is leading military operations against the ISIL group in its de facto capital of Raqqa.

Jul 19 07:33

Satellite Photographs May Reveal the Long-term US Strategy for Syria

Satellite pictures presented to the German Bild may be a good basis for experts to draw conclusions about Washington's long-term strategy in the Middle East. Reports Focus.

The pictures show a huge military base that the United States has built in the northern part of Syria near the city of Kobani, and which is now used as the main logistics base of the US military in Syria.

The analysis shows that President Donald Trump wants to maintain a sphere of influence in the northern part of the country after the "Islamic state" is finally defeated. This could lead to even greater tensions, especially with Turkey, the editorial said.

Jul 17 10:45

KurdistanWATCH: Children lose limb, life, family to Turkey's shelling of northwest Syria

At least five civilians including children lost their lives when the Turkish army on Wednesday bombed the outskirts of Syria’s northwest Kurdish district of Afrin.

Omar, a 12-year-old Syrian boy whose leg was amputated as a result of the bombing, told Kurdistan24 a rocket hit nearby when he and his family were harvesting their farm in the countryside of the country’s northwest district of Shahba.

“We were all injured,” said Omar.

In the bombardment, Omar and his family were wounded and his father lost his life.

“Two rockets hit near us,” Omar continued. “The first one was a little bit further away, but the second rocket killed two.”

“Someone's leg was cut off and another one's arm was amputated too,” he further said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a look at the face in this image; a sweet, bright little boy who has just had his future, and some of his family, completely robbed from him, courtesy of Edrogan's military shelling of Syria indiscriminately.

In my world, there is no such thing as "collateral damage", period, end of discussion; these are people, brother and sister human beings, who deserve far better from life than what they have received, and are innocent victims of war.

Jul 17 08:44

TURKEY BEGINS BOMBING US-BACKED YPG POSITIONS IN SYRIA

It started two weeks ago, when Turkey warned publicly it was preparing for military intervention in Syria, while accusing the US of creating a "terrorist army" (it wasn't referring to ISIS, but US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia YPG). As a reminder, YPG forms a major part of the U.S.-backed campaign to capture Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa, and whose forces are seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey. The group currently controls a pocket of territory in Afrin, about 200 km (125 miles) west of Raqqa.

Tensions between Turkish forces and the YPG have been mounting in the Afrin region in recent weeks: Turkey's military, which launched an incursion last August into part of northern Syria which lies between Afrin and a larger Kurdish-controlled area further east, has said that it has returned fire against members of YPG militia near Afrin several times in the last few weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; with Russia doing everything it can to protect Syria's territorial integrity, how, and when, they are going to get Turkey to stop this, if they can?!?

Jul 17 08:29

Ankara obstructs investigation into July 15 botched coup: Opposition party

Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), has accused the Ankara government of blocking a thorough investigation into last year’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bulent Tezcan, a CHP deputy chairman, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the government was using the commemorations for the anniversary of the botched putsch to “write a fabricated history.”

Jul 14 15:17

Heading Home: German Troops Start Withdrawal From Incirlik Airbase In Turkey

Germany has begun the process of withdrawing its troops from the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, from where German troops have been carrying out reconnaissance missions as part of the US-led coalition’s campaign in Syria and Iraq. The move follows tensions with Ankara.

Jul 14 13:11

Turkey has arrested Amnesty International’s local director

IT WAS the sort of intervention on behalf of a persecuted opposition politician that Amnesty International carries out hundreds of times a year. In 1998, after Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then the mayor of Istanbul, was jailed for a speech in which he read out a religiously themed poem, the human-rights group termed him a “prisoner of conscience” and wrote to the government demanding his release. Nineteen years later, Mr Erdogan, now Turkey’s president, presides over an increasingly authoritarian regime. And his police force has arrested Amnesty International’s own staff along with other human-rights activists. So it was to Mr Erdogan that the group found itself writing last week to demand the release of detainees. He shows little sign of softening.

Jul 10 15:11

US, Turkish Officials Squabble Over FETO Suspects As Report Claims Erdogan Behind Failed Coup

Turkish government officials are bickering with the US embassy in Ankara over an investigation into two suspects accused of conducting an unlawful search of Turkish intelligence trucks illegally shipping weapons to Syria.

Istanbul’s chief public prosecutor says his office sent a letter to the US embassy, requesting information about Bayram Andac and Muharrem Gozukucuk, two men whom Turkish authorities say are imams of the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group blamed for the July 2016 coup attempt. Andac and Gozukucuk had several telephone conversations with the American embassy in Ankara and the US consulate in Istanbul, the prosecutor said.

Jul 10 13:56

Tillerson Honors ‘Victims & Defenders Of Turkish Democracy’ During Failed Coup Attempt

The US Secretary of State has lauded the courage of the Turkish people who defended their country and democracy during last year’s military coup attempt, which Ankara pinned on the followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Jul 10 07:52

UP TO A MILLION TURKS MARCH FOR JUSTICE AND THE WESTERN MSM SAYS NOTHING

Turkey’s secular Kemalist opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the CHP has led a 450-kilometer 25-day march from Ankara to Istanbul.

The March for Justice (Adalet in Turkish) ended up attracting 110,000 people according to the Turkish government while some opposition members put the figure at over a million people.

The march continued to gain followers on the long road to Istanbul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just look at those images; these are very, very brave, and peaceful, Turks, to have participated in this protest. Just...WOW!

Jul 09 17:42

Germany begins troop withdrawal from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base

Germany has begun the process of withdrawing its troops from the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, from where German troops have been carrying out reconnaissance missions as part of the US-led coalition’s campaign in Syria and Iraq. The move follows tensions with Ankara.

Jul 09 17:16

'This is a dictatorship!' Turkey goes on biggest rally since coup to challenge Erdogan

HUNDREDS of thousands took to the streets in Istanbul in the biggest protest against the country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan since the failed coup.

Turkey's main opposition leader told a huge protest rally on Sunday that the country was living under dictatorship and pledged to keep challenging the crackdown launched by the authorities after the military failed to seize power last year.

The huge rally culminated in the Maltese parade ground after a 25-day, 280-mile march from the country’s capital Ankara, led by Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

Jul 08 04:13

One Step Closer to WW3: US And Turkey's 60+ Year Alliance Coming To An End

Relations between the United States and Turkey have reached a critical crossroad for the first time since World War Two. These two nations cutting ties comes at a time when many nations are rapidly militarizing and ready to make significant moves on the world stage. If the US – Turkey alliance is officially severed, it would make another country in a long list of countries that are now acting against US authority.

Jul 07 10:15

Turkey refuses EU proposal to drop accession bid

Jul 06 13:52

EU Parliament Suspends Turkey Accession Talks

In the latest diplomatic escalation between the EU and Turkey, on Thursday the European Parliament voted to suspend Turkey's EU accession talks, which as a reminder have been dragging on for decades, if Ankara proceeds with its tplanned constitutional reform which grants sweeping powers to President Recep Erdogan. The resolution passed by the parliament in Strasbourg calls for the “ Commission and the member states, in accordance with the Negotiating Framework, to formally suspend the accession negotiations with Turkey without delay if the constitutional reform package is implemented unchanged."

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