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15 December 2015 @ 12:33 pm
Voltairenet op ed  

Military operations in preparation in and around Syria

The Western Press doesn’t have much to say about the military operations in Syria, except to affirm, without the slightest proof, that the Coalition is successfully bombing Daesh jihadists while the Russians continue to kill innocent civilians. It is in fact difficult to form a reasonable idea of the current situation, particularly since each side is readying its weapons in preparation for a wider conflict. Thierry Meyssan describes what is going on.

  Damascus (Syria)

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The silence surrounding the military operations in Iraq and Syria does not mean that the war has ground to a halt, but that the different protagonists are preparing for a new round of hostilities.

The Coalition forces

On the imperial side, there reigns a state of total confusion. With regard to the contradictory declarations by US leaders, it is impossible to understand Washington’s objectives, if indeed there are any. At the very best, it would seem that the United States are allowing France to take certain initiatives at the head of one part of the Coalition, but even there, we do not know their real objectives.

Of course, France declares that it wants to destroy Daesh in retaliation for the attacks of the 13th November in Paris, but it was already saying so before these attacks took place. Their earlier declarations were the stuff of public relations, not reality. For example, the Mecid Aslanov, property of Necmettin Bilal Erdoğan’s BMZ Group, left the French port of Fos-sur-Mer on the 9th November 2015, having just delivered, in total impunity, a cargo of oil which it claimed had been extracted in Israël, but which in reality had been stolen by Daesh in Syria. There is nothing to indicate that the situation is any different today, or that we should begin taking the official declarations seriously.

French President François Hollande and his Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian visited the aircraft-carrier Charles-De-Gaulle, off the coast of Syria, on the 4th December. They announced a change of mission, but gave no explanation. As Army Chief of Staff General Pierre de Villiers had previously stated, the ship was diverted to the Persian Gulf.

The aeronaval Group constituted around the Charles-De-Gaulle is composed of its on-board aerial Group (eighteen Rafale Marine, eight modernised Super Etendard, two Hawkeye, two Dauphin and one Alouette III), the aerial defence frigate Chevalier Paul, the anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet, the command flagship Marne, the Belgian frigate Léopold Ier and the German frigate Augsburg, and also, although the Minister of Defence denies it, a nuclear attack submarine. Attached to this group, the stealth light frigate Courbet remained in the western Mediterranean.

The European forces have been integrated into Task Force 50 of the USNavCent, in other words the US Central Command fleet. This unit now comprises about sixty ships.

The French authorities have announced that rear-admiral René-Jean Crignola has taken command of this international force, without mentioning that he is placed under the authority of the commander of the 5th Fleet, rear-admiral Kevin Donegan, who is himself under the authority of General Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of CentCom. It is in truth an absolute rule of the Empire that the command of operations always falls to US officers, and that the Allies only occupy auxiliary positions. In fact, apart from the relative promotion of the French rear-admiral, we find ourselves in the same position as last February. We have an international Coalition which is supposed to be fighting Daesh, and which – for an entire year – has certainly multiplied its reconnaissance flights and destroyed Chinese oil installations, but without having the slightest effect on its official objective, Daesh. Here too, there is no indication that anything will change.

The Coalition has announced that it has carried out new bombing missions and destroyed a number of Daesh installations, but these allegations are unverifiable and even more doubtful insofar as the terrorist organisation has not made the slightest protest.

From this disposition, we may conclude that France may elaborate its own strategy, but that the United States can re-assert control at any time.

The terrorist forces

We could deal here with the terrorist organisations, but that would involve pretending, like NATO, that these groups are independent formations which have suddenly materialised from the void, with all their salaries, armement and spare parts. More seriously, the jihadists are in fact mercenaries in the service of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar – it seems that the United Arab Emirates have almost completely withdrawn from this group – to which we must add certain multinationals like Academi, KKR and Exxon-Mobil.

Turkey continues its military deployement in Bachiqa (Irak), in support of the Kurdish forces of illegitimate President Massoud Barzani who, although his mandate is terminated, refuses to leave power and organise new elections. When the Iraqi government demanded that Turkey remove its troops and tanks, Ankara responded that it had sent its soldiers to protect the training forces deployed in Iraq according to an earlier international agreement, and that it had no intention of withdrawing them. It then added even more, bringing the number of troops involved to at least 1,000 soldiers and 25 tanks.

Iraq referred its case to the United Nations Security Council and the Arab League, without provoking the slightest reaction anywhere.

Turkey and the ex-governor of Mosul, Atheel al-Nujaifi, would like to be present when the city is taken from Daesh, hoping to be able to prevent it from being occupied by the Popular Mobilisation Forces (al-Hashd al-Shaabi), the great majority of whom are Shia.

It’s clear that everyone is dreaming - illegitimate President Massoud Barzani believes that no-one will question his annexation of the oil fields of Kirkuk and the Sinjar mountains - the leader of the Syrian Kurds, Saleh Muslim, imagines that he will soon be President of an internationally-recognised pseudo-Kurdistan – and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presumes that the Arabs of Mosul long to be liberated and governed by the Turks, as they were under the Ottoman Empire.

Furthermore, in Ukraine, Turkey has deployed the International Islamist Brigade that it officially created last August. These jihadists, who were extracted from the Syrian theatre, were divided into two groups as soon as they arrived in Kherson. Most of them went to fight in Donbass with the Cheikh Manour and Djokhar Doudaïev Brigades, while the best elements were infiltrated into Russia in order to sabotage the Crimean economy, where they managed to cut all electricity to the Republic for 48 hours.

Saudi Arabia united its mercenaries in Riyadh in order to constitute a delegation in readiness for the next round of negotiations organised by the NATO Director of Political Affairs, US neo-Conservative Jeffrey Feltman.

The Saudis did not invite the representatives of Al-Qaïda, nor those of Daesh, but only the Wahhabist groups who are working with them, like Jaysh al-Islam or Ahrar al-Sham. Therefore, in theory, there were no « terrorist groups », as listed by the UNO Security Council, present at the conference. However, in practice, all the participants were fighting with, in the name of, or alongside Al-Qaïda or Daesh without using their label, since most of these groups are directed by personalities who once belonged to Al-Qaïda or Daesh. Thus, Ahrar al-Sham was created just before the beginning of the events in Syria by the Muslim Brotherhood and the principal leaders of Al-Qaïda, drawn from personalities close to Osama bin Laden.

Continuing to act as they had before the Russisan intervention, the participants agreed to a « political solution » which would start with the abdication of the democratically-elected President Bachar el-Assad, and continue with a sharing of power between themselves and the Republican institutions. Thus, although they have lost all hope of a military victory, they persist in counting on the surrender of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Since the representative of the Syrian Kurds was not invited to the conference, we may conclude that Saudi Arabia considers the project for a pseudo-Kurdistan as distinct from the future of the rest of Syria. Let us note in passing that the YPG has just created a Syrian Democratic Council in order to reinforce the illusion of an alliance between Selah Muslim’s Kurds and the Sunni and Christian Arabs, when in reality, they are fighting each other on the ground.

In any case, there is no doubt that Riyadh is supporting Turkey’s efforts to create this pseudo-Kurdistan as a place of banishment for « its » Kurds. Indeed, it is now confirmed that Saudi Arabia supplied the logistical aid necessary for Turkey to guide the air-air missile which shot down the Russian Soukhoï 24.

Finally, Qatar is still pretending that it has not been involved in the war since the abdication of Emir Hamad, two years ago. Nonetheless, proof is accumulating of its secret operations, all of which are directed not against Damascus, but against Moscow - thus, the Qatari Minister of Defence, in Ukraine at the end of September, bought a number of sophisticated Pechora-2D anti-air weapons which the jihadists could use to threaten Russian forces. More recently, he organised a false-flag operation against Russia. Still in Ukraine, at the end of October, he bought 2,000 OFAB 250-270 Russian fragmentation bombs and dispersed them on the 6th December over a camp of the Syrian Arab Army, in order to accuse the Russian Army of blundering. In this case too, despite the proof, there was no reaction from the UNO.

The patriotic forces

The Russian forces have been bombing the jihadists since the 30th September. They plan to continue at least until the 6th January. Their action is aimed principally at destroying the bunkers built by these armed groups and the totality of their logistical networks. During this phase, there will be little evolution on the ground other than a withdrawal of jihadists towards Iraq and Turkey.

The Syrian Arab Army and its allies are preparing a vast operation for the beginning of 2016. The objective is to provoke an uprising of the populations dominated by the jihadists, and to take almost all the cities in the country simultaneously – with the possible exception of Palmyra – so that the foreign mercenaries will fall back to the desert. Unlike Iraq, where 120,00 Sunnis and Ba’athists joined Daesh only to exact revenge for having been excluded from power by the United States in favour of the Chiites, rare are the Syrians who ever acclaimed the « Caliphate ».

On the 21st and 22nd November, in the Mediterranean, the Russian army took part in excercises with its Syrian ally. As a result, the airports of Beirut (Lebanon) and Larnaca (Cyprus) were partially closed. On the 23rd and 24th November, the firing of Russian missiles on Daesh positions within Syria provoked the closing of the airports at Erbil and Sulaymaniyah (Iraq). It seems that in reality, the Russian army may have been testing the possible extension of its weapon that inhibits NATO communications and commands. In any case, on the 8th December, the submarine Rostov-on-Don fired on Daesh installations from the Mediterranean.

Russia, which disposes of the air base at Hmeymim (near Lattakia), also uses the air base of the Syrian Arab Army in Damascus, and is said to be building a new base at al-Shayrat (near Homs). Besides this, some high-ranking Russian officers have been carrying out scouting missions with a view to creating a fourth base in the North-East of Syria, in other words, close to both Turkey and Iraq.

Finally, an Iranian submarine has arrived off the coast of Tartus.

Hezbollah, who demonstrated their capacity to carry out commando operations during their liberation of the Sukhoï pilot held prisoner by militias organised by the Turkish army, are preparing the uprising of Shia populations, while the Syrian Arab Army – which is more than 70% Sunni - is concentrating on the Sunni populations.

The Syrian government has concluded an agreement with the jihadists of Homs, who have finally accepted to either join up or leave. The area has been evacuated under the control of the United Nations, so that today, Damascus, Homs, Hama, Lattakia and Der ez-Zor are completely secure. Aleppo, Idlib and Al-Raqqah still need to be liberated.

Contrary to peremptory affirmations by the western Press, Russia has no intention of leaving the north of the country to France, Israël and the United Kingdom so that they can create their pseudo-Kurdistan. The patriot plan forsees the liberation of all the inhabited areas of the country, including Rakka, which is the current « capital of the Caliphate ».

This is the calm before the storm.

Pete Kimberley

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clothcapclothcap on December 15th, 2015 11:54 am (UTC)
Russia having the capability to switch off electronic means of controlling attack and defence in enemy vessels, machines and installations makes any French grandstanding straightforward theatre.

Do humanity a favour. Perhaps as NATO is no longer an effective deterrent to the pretend enemy, Russia, it could be closed.
(Anonymous) on December 15th, 2015 12:26 pm (UTC)
That's not the only thing the Ruskies are switching off.
Vladimir Putin signs law allowing Russia to ignore international human rights rulings.

"Human Rights Watch have warned the new bill “could have wide spread consequences”, citing that last week the ECHR handed down a ruling which found Russia’s surveillance regulations lacked sufficient safeguards against abuse."

Typical clumsy, ham fisted Ruskies. - (Anonymous) on December 15th, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Typical clumsy, ham fisted Ruskies. - clothcap on December 15th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
clothcapclothcap on December 15th, 2015 12:37 pm (UTC)
ISIS 2.0 – Meet the New Extremist Group the CIA is Paying to Kill Innocent Civilians in Afghanista
December 5, 2015
Activist Post By Justin Gardner
While American bureaucrats claim that heavy interventions in the Middle East are somehow beneficial for the increasingly volatile region, the US military continues its decades-old tradition of creating more terrorists than it kills.
In the 1980s the CIA armed and trained mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan during America’s cold war with Russia, and these Islamic militants went on to become al-Qaida, the premier terror threat to the US.
Several years ago, the Pentagon began supporting opposition forces in Syria, including a group known as the Salafists, to further the US goal of taking out the Assad government. The Pentagon expressed its desire for Islamic militants to establish a “declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria.” These violent fundamentalists morphed into ISIS, the current terror group spreading death and fear in the region and now across the world.
Back in Afghanistan, amid talk of US military “drawdowns,” the American military has nurtured one Afghan paramilitary group that is being accused of “civilian killings, torture, questionable detentions, arbitrary arrests and use of excessive force in controversial night raids.”
The Khost Protection Force (KPF) is a highly secretive collection of local Afghans used to fight a shadow war in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani tribal region and Taliban stronghold. They were lured into the proxy service of the CIA with promises of better pay, equipment and conditions than the Afghan army. And just like the CIA, they enjoy virtual immunity.
“In Khost, the KPF is more influential than the Afghan army and police, and unaccountable to the provincial government, often acting outside normal chains of command. Locally, militias such as the KPF are called “campaign forces,” an informal name Afghans use for pro-government armed groups.”
The Washington Post interviewed “witnesses of six separate attacks by the militia in the past year, as well as court documents in the only known legal case filed against the unit, after one or more of its men shot dead a 14-year-old boy. Three former commanders of the unit, known as the KPF, tribal elders, lawmakers, lawyers, activists and local government officials with direct knowledge of the force and the CIA’s role were also interviewed.”
One man described how the KPF shot his father dead as he opened the gate to their home, then threw a grenade inside which killed his mother. The farmer and housewife were supposedly mistaken for others who were suspected of trafficking guns.
Several other accounts tell of “English being spoken by armed men who had translators with them, suggesting American operatives were present during assaults where extreme force was used.”
According to sources, the CIA still directs KPF operations, pays salaries, and provides training and equipment. CIA operatives will travel with the KPF during raids, ready to call in warplane or drone strikes.
More http://www.activistpost.com/2015/12/isis-2-0-meet-the-new-extremist-group-the-cia-is-paying-to-kill-innocent-civilians-in-afghanistan.html

Edited at 2015-12-15 12:39 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on December 15th, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
Net Weather - jetstream
Net Weather - jetstream

Takes a couple or 3 weeks for the meanders to drift across the pond. Looks mild and wet with bleak weather hitting late Dec. Fair chance for a white christmas.
(Anonymous) on December 15th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
Truth is the first casualty, especially when Russians involved.
"The Kremlin has sent mixed signals on the Free Syrian Army with some government officials saying Russia is arming them and others denying that. The FSA itself has denied receiving any Russian help, complaining that Russia is continuing to bomb it instead.

The Russian defence ministry said more than 150 Syrian opposition groups were helping support the land operation conducted by the Syrian government army.

"Actions by the so-called 'moderate opposition' against Islamic State have assisted the success of the land operation conducted by Syria's armed forces," it said.

A senior Western diplomat who declined to be named was sceptical of Russia's assertions about its collaboration with the FSA.

"That's not reality on the ground," the diplomat said. "The FSA categorically denies it and it's pure propaganda to try and divide the opposition." (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)"

clothcapclothcap on December 15th, 2015 08:12 pm (UTC)
‘Islamic coalition against terrorism’: Saudi Arabia presents 34-state military block

RT 14 Dec, 2015
A Riyadh-based “Islamic military alliance” has been formed to fight terrorism, Saudi Arabian state TV has announced. The coalition consists of 34 countries, including the Gulf States, a number of African countries, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia and Pakistan.
The new alliance's initiatives could potentially include troops on the ground, Reuters reported, referring to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who spoke at a briefing in Paris on Tuesday.
When asked about a possible ground operation, the official said that "nothing is off the table," adding that "it depends on the requests that come."
Countries involved in the coalition aside from Saudi Arabia, include Jordan, the UAE, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, the partially-recognized state of Palestine, the Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros, Qatar, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Yemen.
“The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations centre based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” state news agency SPA quoted an official statement as saying.
More https://www.rt.com/news/325929-islamic-coalition-terrorism-saudi/
clothcapclothcap on December 15th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
Erdogan wants to turn Turkey into Islamist state, bets on uneducated masses - CIA veteran

RT SophieCo 14 Dec, 2015 vid
The skies above Syria are crowded with military planes from various nations. However, the non-stop bombardment of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) seems to be producing nothing in return. The group still maintains the ability to strike anytime, anywhere - even in the US. And while Western nations along with Russia are trying to destroy IS, some of America’s alleged "allies" in the region seem to be playing their own game. Can a war be won in such conditions? Can progress be made if only some are committed to end the fighting? We pose these questions, and many more, to an ex-CIA agent and counter-terrorism expert. Philip Giraldi is on Sophie&Co today.

Sophie Shevardnadze: Philip Giraldi, it's really great to have you with us today - thanks for coming to Russia!

Philip Giraldi: Well, thank you very much. I've enjoyed it.

SS: So, I wanna start with Turkey. You think that Turkey's downing of the Russian plane was a deliberate action, and it was actually aimed at derailing of the anti-ISIS efforts. Why would they want to do that? Don't they want to beat ISIS as well?

PG: Well, that's a complicated question. I'm convinced it's deliberate, because I know they way their government works - there's no way that a local general or colonel would have ordered the shoot-down of the Russian plane. It had to come straight from the top, meaning from the President himself, Erdogan - and knowing that, it had to be premeditated, it had to be something they were setting up and were prepared to do. I think, it's very clear it was a premeditated act.

SS: But why would they want to shoot it down? What is the reason behind it, in your opinion?

PG: They wanted to create an incident that would derail what was developing as a large coalition against ISIS.

SS: And why would they want to do that?

PG: Turkey has no interest in defeating ISIS. Turkey has one foreign policy objective in the Arab world, and that's to keep Kurdish state from development. They are fearful of a Kurdish state developing, taking Turkish territory, Syrian territory, Iraqi territory and Iranian territory.

SS: Now, before this incident between Turkey and Russia we had good neighborly relations - why is Erdogan upon himself - sanctions and tensions - does he not care?

PG: Erdogan made a miscalculation. He thought that by staging this attack on the Russian plane, claiming that Russians had attacked him, that he would get NATO to line up behind him and NATO would support him in a policy against Al-Assad. Now, that didn't happen, and Erdogan is now saying: "I wish I had never done it".

SS: Why do you think Turkey is having so many problems controlling the flow of weapons, ISIS recruits, the oil flow back and forth across the border - even Washington is saying that Turkey should take care of the 100 km border line it has with Syria.

PG: Well, they're having problems because they don't want to control it. They, essentially are putting a lot of pressure on Europeans by letting the refugees through - so that's one aspect of what they're thinking, and also, supplying weapons to ISIS and Al-Nusra is Turkish policy, secret policy, and in return they're able to buy the oil that ISIS is selling, and then they re-export it. The Turkish president's family is involved in making a profit from this.

SS: So, I want to read out your quote: "Turkish war against ISIS is mostly a war against the Syrian Kurds and it's own Kurdish insurgency", and while the government may paint the Kurds as more dangerous than ISIS - are they really?

PG: Well, of course, most of us know they're not. The real enemy is ISIS, but the Turks tend to see this in a very limited terms, in terms of their own very narrow interests, and their very narrow interest is to....

SS: But is ISIS not a threat to Turkey though?

PG: No.

SS: Really?

PG: ISIS has not targeted Turkey, except there's been a couple of incidents that have been attributed to ISIS, but I don't believe that ISIS actually did them. I think the Turkish intelligence service did it.

Vid, transcript https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/325829-syria-isis-us-allies/
clothcapclothcap on December 16th, 2015 12:34 am (UTC)
Thousands Of Russian Troops Sent To Turkish Border
Fort Russ - 15th December, 2015
Originally published at What Does It Mean on the 28th November by Sorcha Faal
*It was also reported here on the 14th December* http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/167367/russia-continues-military-buildup-around-turkey
A stunning new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin states that President Putin, this morning, issued an order to the 58th Army Headquarters of the North-Caucasian Military District to immediately deploy “selected” regiments and brigades of Federation military electronic warfare, anti-aircraft, multiple rocket launcher, anti-tank, motorized rifle, and artillery forces to the Turkish-Armenia border—which in total comprises nearly 7,000 Russian troops now being put into full combat status.
According to this report, the legal authorization for this massive combat deployment is due to the joint Russian-Armenian missile air defense system agreement ordered to be signed by President Putin on 11 November and which will be finalized this week by Prime Minister Medvedev.
With Armenia now becoming a vital part of the Russian Joint Air Defense, this report continues, Federation military forces will now be able to counter threats from Turkey coming from that nations western border—which will mirror the air defense protections provided by Federation Aerospace and Naval forces on Turkey’s border with Syria that since being implemented this past week have seen both United States and Turkish aircraft completely cease flying missions against Islamic State terrorists in this war zone all together.
Important to note too about this Federation military deployment to Armenia, this report says, are that these forces will be protected, like their counterparts operating in Syria, with S-400 Triumf (NATO designation: SA-21 Growler) medium/long-range mobile surface-to-air missile systems and Krasukha-4 jamming platforms giving them near total air defense superiority over 85 percent of Turkish territory.
The Krasukha-4 broadband multifunctional jamming station is mounted on a BAZ-6910-022 four-axle-chassis and like the Krasukha-2, the Krasukha-4 counters NATO-Turkish AWACS and other air borne radar systems. The Krasukha-4, also, has the range for effectively disrupting low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites and can cause permanent damage to targeted radio-electronic devices with ground based radars also being a viable target—which is, undoubtedly, MoD experts in this report state, the reason US and Turkish aircraft have fled from the skies over Syria.

More below
clothcapclothcap on December 16th, 2015 12:34 am (UTC)
With the criminal Erdogan regime in Turkey continuing to support Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq, this report further notes, President Putin’s order today to begin the deployment of Federation military forces to Armenia will protect that nations peoples from their barbaric Turkish enemies who just a century ago (1915-1917) massacred an estimated 1.5 million men, women and children in what is known now as the Armenian Genocide.
And to the great shame of the United States against these Armenia peoples too, this report grimly states, President Obama, this past August, and for the 7th year in row, broke his promise to them to acknowledge the genocide committed against them by Turkey.
The Federation, however, this report continues, is not only one of the 25 nations that has acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, this past week a bill was introduced into the Russian parliament on holding to account anyone who denies that the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces was “genocide”.
With Turkish President Erdogan having lashed out at Russia, Germany and France for recognizing the Armenian Genocide, this report warns, his actions against the Kurdish peoples in the Levant Region are even more troubling—especially since this past summer when he broke off all peace talks with them.
But to the Federations greatest fears of the criminal Erdogan necessitating the deployment of thousands of Russian troops to Turkey’s border, this report concludes, is his using of Islamic State terrorists to create for himself a new empire—and which he and his Prime Minister this past May (2015) made no secret of when they declared to the entire Islamic world:
“We Will Gather Together Kurds And Arabs, And All Of The Muslim World, And Invade Jerusalem, And Create A One World Islamic Empire.”
Map, images http://fortruss.blogspot.be/2015/12/thousands-of-russian-troops-sent-to.html

Edited at 2015-12-16 01:34 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) on December 16th, 2015 09:21 pm (UTC)
The criminal Erdogan regime.
"“We Will Gather Together Kurds And Arabs, And All Of The Muslim World, And Invade Jerusalem, And Create A One World Islamic Empire.”

Fortunately for Israel these dumb people spend most of their time killing each other. When they do co-operate and attack Israel they get their backsides kicked in.

What about the criminal regime of Assad that is responsible for creating this crisis in the first place and most of the carnage in his own country? Got anything that could be called balanced to say about that clothcap?
Re: The criminal Erdogan regime. - clothcap on December 16th, 2015 10:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: The criminal Erdogan regime. - (Anonymous) on December 16th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
clothcapclothcap on December 16th, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC)
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clothcapclothcap on December 16th, 2015 07:54 pm (UTC)
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DEVELOPING: Over 70 Turkish troops missing after massive ISIS attack in N Iraq – report
[What's Erdogan up to now?]
Russian Air Force strikes 'large' ISIS base in Syria after opposition provides coordinates
Putin signs decree suspending free trade treaty with Ukraine starting January 1, 2016
[Poor Ukranians. A new 3rd world country. Oil and soil.]

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clothcapclothcap on December 16th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
Op Edge: West’s reaction to Turkish invasion – an exercise in hypocrisy
9 Dec, 2015
Just days ago, the mainstream Western press was so concerned about the “possible breach of Turkish airspace” for a few seconds by a Russian airplane, that it was ready to justify not only the downing of the jet, but even the murder of one of the pilots.
London’s The Daily Telegraph wrote: “Should Turkey produce evidence to show that the Su-24 was in its airspace then NATO must send the strongest message possible to Russia that such infractions will not be tolerated. If Moscow was seeking to test the resolve of NATO countries to defend their borders then President Putin has had his answer.” Please note: “the strongest message possible” is not to Turkey, which downed the plane, but to Russia, which lost two servicemen and the plane.
A few days passed, and all of NATO, including the US and the UK, is ready to condone a much bigger infraction by Turkey on the territory of the neighboring state of Iraq. A whole Turkish battalion, with tanks and ammunition, enters Iraq’s Mosul province and refuses to leave it, despite the protests of the Iraqi government.
More https://www.rt.com/op-edge/325258-turkish-invasion-iraq-reaction/

CrossTalk: Syrian minefield
16 Dec, 2015
With two widely differing coalitions and one very complex Civil War, it would appear there is little room for compromise in Syria today. While Russia has called for a united front to fight terrorism in the country, Washington and its allies have very different and often contradictory plans.
CrossTalking with Ramzy Baroud, Mehmet Solmaz, and Gareth Porter.
Vid https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/326074-syria-coalitions-civil-war/
clothcapclothcap on December 16th, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC)
The plot unfolds
Mission creep? UK troops may deploy with Muslim ground army against ISIS – reports
RTUK British troops may deploy alongside a new multi-nation Muslim coalition, combining troops from 34 Sunni nations and spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), according to reports.

Millionaire cleared of rape after claiming he ‘accidentally penetrated’ teenager
A London court has cleared property developer Ehsan Abdulaziz, 46, of raping an 18-year-old girl after just 30 minutes of deliberation. The London-based Saudi millionaire claimed he may have accidentally penetrated the teenager after he fell on her.

London man shot by police ‘set up by Turkish mafia,’ gang mediator tells RT
Murder charges could be brought against a police firearms officer who killed a man in north London last week. Scotland Yard has organized a last minute meeting with community groups to diffuse tensions and prevent anti-police riots.
clothcapclothcap on December 16th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
RT Newsline

14:21 GMT
US withdraws F-15 Eagles warplanes from Incirlik base in Turkey
The US has withdrawn its F-15 warplanes deployed to the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey, the US European Command Headquarters EUCOM said Wednesday. The Air Force F-15 Eagles and Strike Eagles deployed to Incirlik are returning to RAF Lakenheath, UK, according to a statement. The six F-15Cs arrived November 6 and “conducted training and operational missions supporting Turkish allies and their sovereign airspace,” the military said. The six F-15Es followed on November 12 to conduct counter-Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) operations in Syria and Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. US Air Force A-10s, remotely piloted aircraft and other Coalition aircraft will remain at Incirlik conducting counter-IS missions.
13:12 GMT
No owners’ complaints over alleged detention of Russian ships in Turkey – embassy
The Russian embassy in Ankara has not received any complaints from Russian ship owners over alleged incidents with commercial ships, TASS reported, citing diplomats. Turkey has detained a total of 27 Russian ships in “a retaliatory move,” Haberturk daily reported earlier Wednesday. It claimed that Russia “has detained eight commercial ships flying Turkish flags in the Black Sea” since the jet crisis erupted between the two countries. Turkey cited missing documents or transactions in line with the Mediterranean and Black Sea memoranda, sources said, adding that the two states’ officials “have started to discuss the issue via e-mail.”
12:56 GMT
At least 26 Qatari nationals kidnapped in Iraqi desert - officials
About 100 gunmen kidnapped at least 26 Qataris from their hunting camp in a sprawling desert area near the Saudi borders early on Wednesday, Reuters reported. “An armed group driving dozens of pickup trucks kidnapped at least 26 Qatari hunters from their camp in the area of Busaya in Samawa desert near Saudi borders,” Samawa Governor Falih al-Zayady said. Two police officers in Samawa confirmed the kidnappings. They said security forces had launched a wide-scale search for the Qataris.
11:05 GMT
Turkey ‘doesn’t plan to pay damages’ after Russian jet downing – spokesman
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said on Wednesday that it was not possible to meet Russian demands for compensation for a jet Ankara downed over Syria last month, Reuters reported. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov said earlier in the day that Turkish authorities should provide financial compensation for the downed Russian Su-24 military aircraft. “Instead of continuing to deny their responsibility for the incident and denigrate Russia’s legitimate actions in Syria, they should… apologize, pay for the damages and provide guarantees that this will not happen again in the future,” Meshkov told RIA Novosti.
clothcapclothcap on December 16th, 2015 10:00 pm (UTC)
Turkish MP faces treason charges after telling RT ISIS used Turkey for transiting sarin
RT 16 Dec, 2015
A treason investigation has been launched against a Turkish MP who alleged in an exclusive interview with RT that Islamic State jihadists delivered deadly sarin gas to Syria through Turkey.
Ankara’s Chief Prosecutor's Office opened the case against Istanbul MP Eren Erdem of Republican People's Party (CHP) after his interview about sarin was aired on RT on Monday.
"Chemical weapon materials were brought to Turkey and put together in ISIS camps in Syria, which was known as the Iraqi Al-Qaeda at that time."
Erdem noted that the chemicals used for the production of weapons did not originate from Turkey. “All basic materials are purchased from Europe. Western institutions should question themselves about these relations. Western sources know very well who carried out the sarin gas attack in Syria,” Erdem told RT.
As Turkish media reported Wednesday, the prosecutor’s office is planning to send a summary of proceedings to the Ministry of Justice on Thursday. Following that, the summary may be forwarded to the Turkish parliament, which could vote to strip Erdem of his parliamentary immunity.
Once Turkish mass-media reported the criminal investigation had been opened against Erdem, the hashtags #ErenErdemYalnızDeğildir - #ErenErdemYouAreNotAlone began to circulate in Turkish social networks.
On Tuesday, MP Erdem issued a written statement in his defense, saying he had become the target of a smear campaign because of his statements made in parliament.
More https://www.rt.com/news/326084-erdem-rt-interview-treason/
David Marcus Burlacu
> accurate information
"It can be argued that this 'revelation' is nothing but a local political move (because he is from the opposition party). However the Russians have also stated that the Turks are complicit in supporting ISIS and their illegal oil trade (theft). This guy may have evidence of Sarin being transported via Turkey to Syria but the fact that he is being pursued under TREASON laws is reminiscent of the cleverly named Patriot Act in the USA which prosecutes whistle-blowers under treason laws. This then gives credence to the possibility of Turkey being complicit in Terrorist sponsoring..."
"five Turkish citizens had been arrested by the Adana Chief Prosecutor's Office as a result of an investigation coded 2013/139. A Syrian national was prosecuted in Turkey for procuring chemical agents for Islamist groups in Syria. At the same time, Erdem noted all the persons arrested within the framework of the 2013/139 investigation were released a week later." And the guy goes to jail for treason same as the journalist and the officers involved in the "humanitarian transport" case (the one of the Turkish secret service full of humanitarian weapons heading to Syria)

Republican hopefuls split on NSA surveillance, Trump wants to ‘shut down’ parts of internet
RT 16 Dec, 2015
The issue of government surveillance was one of the key issues discussed at the Republican debate in Las Vegas. While Donald Trump wants to close parts of the internet, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were at odds as to how far the NSA should be allowed to go.
Cruz was adamant he did the right thing in supporting a vote in the Senate to implement the USA Freedom Act, to end “the federal government’s bulk collection of phone metadata of millions of law abiding citizens.”
More https://www.rt.com/usa/326095-republican-debate-nsa-internet/

Edited at 2015-12-16 10:06 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on December 16th, 2015 10:18 pm (UTC)
You Want War? Russia is Ready for War

Pepe Escobar
Nobody needs to read Zbigniew “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski’s 1997 opus to know US foreign policy revolves around one single overarching theme: prevent – by all means necessary – the emergence of a power, or powers, capable of constraining Washington’s unilateral swagger, not only in Eurasia but across the world.
The Pentagon carries the same message embedded in newspeak: the Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine.
Syria is leading all these assumptions to collapse like a house of cards. So no wonder in a Beltway under no visible chain of command – the Obama administration barely qualifies as lame duck – angst is the norm.
The Pentagon is now engaged in a Vietnam-style escalation of boots on the ground across “Syraq”. 50 commandos are already in northern Syria “advising” the YPG Syrian Kurds as well as a few “moderate” Sunnis. Translation: telling them what Washington wants them to do. The official White House spin is that these commandos “support local forces” (Obama’s words) in cutting off supply lines leading to the fake “Caliphate” capital, Raqqa.
Another 200 Special Forces sent to Iraq will soon follow, allegedly to “engage in direct combat” against the leadership of ISIS/ISIL/Daesh, which is now ensconced in Mosul.
US-Led Coalition Strikes on Syrian Army Possibly Not Accidental - UN Envoy
These developments, billed as “efforts” to “partially re-engage in Iraq and Syria” are leading US Think Tankland to pen hilarious reports in search of “the perfect balance between wide-scale invasion and complete disengagement” – when everyone knows Washington will never disengage from the Middle East’s strategic oil wealth.
All these American boots on the ground in theory should be coordinating, soon, with a new, spectacularly surrealist 34-country “Islamic” coalition (Iran was not invited), set up to fight ISIS/ISIL/Daesh by no less than the ideological matrix of all strands of Salafi-jihadism: Wahhabi Saudi Arabia.
Syria is now Coalition Central. There are at least four; the “4+1” (Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq plus Hezbollah), which is actually fighting Daesh; the US-led coalition, a sort of mini NATO-GCC combo, but with the GCC doing nothing; the Russia-France direct military collaboration; and the new Saudi-led “Islamic” charade. They are pitted against an astonishing number of Salafi-jhadi coalitions and alliances of convenience that last from a few months to a few hours.
And then there’s Turkey, which under Sultan Erdogan plays a vicious double game.
Sarajevo All Over Again?
More: http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20151215/1031786484/russia-ready-war.html