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Oct 20 13:43

A New Middle East Thanks to Putin

If The Nobel Peace Prize Committee wants to restore it's credibility,The Nobel Peace Prize should go to President Vladimir Putin of The Russian Federation!

Peace in the Middle East is coming at us fast and we’re going to have Russian President Vladimir Putin to thank for it.

From the moment Putin began his intervention into Syria the U.S.’s punditocracy said he would get bogged down in a quagmire. That he couldn’t afford the coming war with entrenched ISIS fighters.

Within days of Russian air operations beginning the Syrian Arab Army began taking large chunks of territory from U.S. and Turkish-backed rebels and from ISIS.

The efficiency of the Russian air crews was off the charts and the results on the ground spoke for themselves........

Oct 19 21:09

Turkish bombing damages 3,000-year-old temple in northern Syria

Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish forces have partially destroyed a 3,000-year-old temple in northern Syria, according to a monitoring group and the Syrian regime.

The neo-Hittite temple of Ain Dara was built in around 1300 BC and is famous for its elaborate images of lions and sphinxes.

The temple was at least 60 per cent destroyed by Turkish forces as they attacked the Kurdish-held area of Afrin, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

Pictures posted online by the group appeared to show part of the temple had been reduced to rubble.

Oct 19 05:55

Turkish president Erdogan threatens to restart offensive in Syria

Scattered fighting flared in northern Syria on Friday despite a ceasefire deal as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he would resume a full-scale operation against Kurdish forces if they do not withdraw from a border "safe zone."

US President Donald Trump said Mr Erdogan told him there had been "minor sniper and mortar fire" in the region "that was quickly eliminated" and the Turkish leader assured him in a call that "he very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work."

Mustefa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Turkey, however, of violating the ceasefire deal reached during a visit to Ankara on Thursday by US Vice President Mike Pence.

Oct 19 05:30

China's $3.6 Billion Bailout Insulates Turkey From US

Authored by 'Spengler' via The Asia Times,

Beijing’s biggest support package ever for President Erdogan arrives at a critical time...

Despite the US threat to “obliterate and destroy” Turkey’s economy, the Turkish lira and Turkish interest rates barely have budged in the past week (Turkish stocks, especially banks, are down sharply, in part due to the US criminal charges against Halkbank for aiding Iran sanctions violations). That is remarkable given the fragility of Turkey’s currency earlier in 2019. Between February and May, the Turkish lira fell from 5.2 to the US dollar to 6.2 in response to US sanctions, before recovering to 5.88 to the dollar today. The Turkish central bank leaned on Turkish banks to refrain from offering liquidity to short-sellers, but Turkish money markets remained orderly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China makes deals; the US threatens with wars and impossible to maintain sanctions.

What's wrong with this picture?!? Damned near everything.

Oct 19 05:21

Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Syria. Russia is the Most Successful Player

Russia imposed the Astana process instead of Geneva for peace talks, it offered countries to use their local currencies for commerce rather than the dollar, and it is dealing pragmatically with Iran and Saudi Arabia, and with Assad and Erdogan. The Americans, by their recklessness, showed themselves incapable of diplomacy.

Moscow mediated between the Syrian Kurds and the central government in Damascus even when these had been under US control for years. Putin behaved wisely with Israel even when he accused Tel Aviv of provoking the killing of his officers, and stayed relatively neutral in relation to the Iran-Israel struggle.

On the other hand, Tel Aviv never thought Syria would be reunited. Today Damascus has armed drones, precision and cruise missiles from Iran, supersonic anti-ship Russian missiles- and has survived the destruction of its infrastructure and so many years of war.

Oct 19 05:10

US Military Unlikely To Withdraw From Syria's Key Oil Fields: Report

Via AlmasdarNews.com,

The U.S. Armed Forces are not withdrawing from the eastern Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor or its plethora of oil fields, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the U.S. Armed Forces won’t withdraw from these areas because of Iran’s presence in eastern Syria and the reality that Damascus would again have access to Deir Ezzor’s vital oil fields.

He would add the United States' two largest military bases in Syria are in the east near some of the country’s largest oil fields like Al-Omar.

Damascus has wanted the Al-Omar and Conoco oil fields to be returned to their government; however, with the U.S.’ large military presence in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, they have found themselves blocked from these critical petrol supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US government and military believes they are going to occupy Syria's oil fields forever?!?

How many have actually been withdrawn, or will withdraw from Syria, ahead of a major Turkish onslaught ?!? Were I a betting person, I would say, darned few.

Oct 18 21:46

Democrats Have No Answer for Trump's Anti-War Posture

Maj. Danny Sjursen

I hate to say I told you so, but well … as predicted, in the wake of Trump’s commanded military withdrawal from northeast Syria, the once U.S.-backed Kurds cut a deal with the Assad regime. (And Vice President Mike Pence has now brokered a five-day cease-fire.) Admittedly, Trump the “dealmaker” ought to have brokered something similar before pulling out and before the Turkish Army—and its Sunni Arab Islamist proxies—invaded the region and inflicted significant civilian casualties.

Oct 18 11:13

Trump Claims European Nations Will Take Back ISIS Prisoners

Following reports that several high-value ISIS prisoners and their families had escaped Kurdish detention facilities during the chaos that has dominated northeastern Syria over the past week, President Trump tweeted Friday afternoon that he had convinced several of his European partners to accept responsibility for ISIS members in the custody of Syria's Kurds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, but I cannot for a moment believe this, until President Trump has named names of European leadership who have committed to this, and it is then confirmed by their individual press offices.

Oct 18 10:05

U.N. Investigates Possible Chemical Weapons Use by Turkish Forces in Syria

United Nations chemical weapons inspectors announced on Friday that they are investigating whether Turkish forces used chemical weapons in their invasion of Syria, the Guardian reported Friday.

The Kurds have accused Turkey of using white phosphorous during their recent incursion into northeastern Syria. The Kurdish Red Crescent claims that six patients, including civilians and military members, have been hospitalized in the city of Hasakah due to burns from “unknown weapons.”

The organization could not confirm chemical weapons usage, saying it was “working together with our international partners to investigate this subject.” However, a British chemical weapons expert who examined a photo of one of the victims said the burns on the victim were likely from a chemical weapon.

Oct 18 07:00

Syrian Army, SDF deploy missiles to Turkish border region: video

Trump's tough talk to the would be Caliph of a revived Ottoman Empire has given the Syrians 5 days to liberate large parts of northeastern Syria and to surround the Turkish Salient(Cauldron) with massive amounts of armor,artllery,men and material.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were filmed transporting grad missiles and military equipment to the Syrian-Turkish border on Thursday.

Oct 18 06:55

Russian naval ship heads to Syrian waters for new deployment

A nice reminder to Greece as to how Russia has had their back against Turkey and a slap in Erdogan's face.

The Black Sea Fleet’s patrol ship Vasily Bykov is passing through the Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits in its long-distance deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday.

During its visit, the Russian ship’s crew will take part in the festivities devoted to the 192nd anniversary of the Naval Battle of Navarino. The united squadrons of Russia, Britain and France fought the Ottoman fleet in the Navarino Bay (now Pylos) on October 20, 1827. The allied forces’ victory in the naval battle played a decisive role in the rise of the Greek people’s national struggle for its independence.

Oct 18 06:50

Erdogan sees ‘no problem for Turkey’ if Syrian forces enter areas cleared of Kurdish militia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that it was not a problem for Turkey if Syrian government forces, backed by Russia, were to enter areas cleared of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

Ankara will continue its offensive into northeast Syria more rapidly than before if an agreement with the US to pause the operation and allow the withdrawal of Kurdish forces is not fully implemented, Reuters quoted Erdogan as saying in Istanbul.

He had informed US President Donald Trump about the offensive in a phone call on October 6, Erdogan said, three days before the operation started. He added that “what is necessary will be done when the time is right” about a letter from Trump in which he told Erdogan to not be a “fool” and “tough guy.”

Turkey has no plans to remain in areas under its control in northern Syria, Erdogan added.

Oct 17 12:51

US Senate Sanctions Bill Targets Turkey Over Syria Campaign, S-400 Purchase

The Trump administration greenlit sanctions against Turkish officials and entities on Monday over Ankara's operation in northern Syria. Previously, lawmakers had sought to sanction Turkey under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) over its purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence systems.

A bipartisan group of senators including Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Van Hollen has put together legislation known as the 'Turkey Sanctions Bill', with the bill proposing 'wide-ranging mandatory sanctions' against Turkey.

Senator Graham said he expected strong bipartisan support for the bill.

Oct 17 07:41

Trump dismisses Turkey's invasion of Syria: 'It's not our border'

President Donald Trump on Wednesday downplayed the escalating tensions in the Middle East in the aftermath of his abrupt withdrawal of American troops from northeastern Syria, referring to the area as "not our border" and to Kurdish forces as "no angels."

"If Turkey goes into Syria, that’s between Turkey and Syria," he said to reporters in the Oval Office. "It’s not between Turkey and the United States, like a lot of stupid people would like us to — would like you to believe."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FYI the media misquoted Trump on this.

Oct 17 07:39

Not another dollar! Russia & Turkey agree on settlements in national currencies

Moscow and Ankara inked an agreement on using Russian rubles and Turkish lira in mutual payments and settlements, the Russian Finance Ministry announced on Tuesday.

The deal is aimed at gradually switching to using national currencies in mutual trade, the ministry said. Trade turnover between the two countries grew by 16 percent last year, reaching $25.5 billion.

According to the ministry, the agreement aims for “further expansion and strengthening of interbank interaction, as well as ensuring uninterrupted payments between business entities of the two countries.”

Oct 16 21:59

The Russian Masterpiece in Syria: Everyone Wins

Putin is a genius!

Russia’s operation was complicated and required a lot of patience; but thanks to negotiations supervised by Russia, together with the bravery and courage of Syrian soldiers, almost all of the terrorist pockets scattered around Syria have been progressively overcome.

Erdogan currently finds himself boxed in, squeezed in by a collapsing economy, threatened by his allies (the purchase of the Russian S-400 system irritated many in Washington and in NATO): he desperately needs to present some kind of victory to his base.

With Trump, he is desperate to shift attention away from the impeachment proceedings (a hoax), and similarly needs to present some kind of victory to his base.

Erdogan and Trump have also solved the embarrassing internal conflict within NATO between Turkey and the US, probably reestablishing personal relationships (the tough talk from the White House notwithstanding).

Oct 16 14:52

'Don't be a tough guy!' What Donald Trump wrote to Turkey's president while Syria invasion began - as he promised 'concessions' from Kurds and warned history would see Edrogan as 'the devil' if he attacked

President Donald Trump tried to cajole Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Turkish counterpart, into negotiating with Syrian Kurds instead of invading, a letter released by the White House reveals.

'History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen,' the president wrote on October 9, as Erdogan's forces prepared to cross into Syria.

'Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!' he wrote. 'I will call you later.'

Trump told reporters during a press conference Wednesday that he hadn't given Erdogan 'a green light' to invade, and claimed releasing 'a very powerful letter' would dispel misconceptions about the impact of his troop withdrawal from Syria days before he wrote it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sitting at my desk here, and having a palm-to-forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

That President Trump believed that he could influence Erdogan by insulting him, painfully demonstrates a reckless professional idiocy, writ large, under his watch.

This... is really painful, to watch a President of the United States behaving in this manor, and actually thinking he could "save the day" by doing so.

Oct 16 14:31

Russia patrols will not allow conflict between Turkish, Syrian armies

Good on Russia's leadership!! And I know this will happen when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic, but I think, right now, for his intelligent, adult work in and for Syria, Putin really deserves a Nobel peace prize.

Oct 16 14:26

Turkish invasion creates better conditions for Islamic State terrorists as it creates chaos, Assad’s key adviser tells RT

There is a risk of an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) resurgence in Syria, and it is Turkey’s invasion of the northeast that should be blamed, Bouthaina Shaaban, a political adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, told RT.
“Every war creates chaos and chaos is a good climate for terrorism. So this invasion creates better climate for ISIS terrorists,” she said, referring to the terrorist group by its old name. “But the major force that is fighting for Turkey now are the Jabhat al-Nusra. So the terrorists are led by Turkey now to occupy part of the Syrian land.”

And from beginning it was Turkey, who allowed terrorists from all over the world to cross the border and fight this war against the Syrian people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You mean, the US-funded and trained and armed jihadists groups, sometimes called ISIS?!?

Operational scope Weapons sales, training of Syrian rebel forces
Location Eastern Europe, Jordan, Syria
Planned by Central Intelligence Agency
Target Syrian Army
Date 2012 – 2017
Executed by Central Intelligence Agency
United States Department of Defense
Jordanian Armed Forces
General Intelligence Directorate (Jordan)
Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah (Saudi Arabia)
Qatar State Security
Secret Intelligence Service (UK)

us GOVERNMENT created Al Qaeda and the Isis Terrorist Group

THOSE GUYS?!?

Looking at this, one has to wonder if this very public "spat" between DC and Istanbul, is not a "cover" for bringing ISIS back into Syria for a decap strike against Damascus.

The big question is, what will Russia do now, and what will happen in Sochi next week, when Edrogan will be having some face time with Russia's President Putin?!?

Oct 16 14:04

Turkish President Plans to Visit Russia's Sochi on October 22 - Erdogan's Office

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to visit Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 22, the Turkish presidential administration announced on Wednesday.

Erdogan spoke by phone with Putin on Tuesday. The leaders discussed the situation in Syria and the ongoing Turkish Operation Peace Spring on the Syrian territory. At the end of the conversation, Putin invited Erdogan to visit Russia in the coming days.

"Our president plans to pay a visit to Sochi on October 22," the Erdogan's administration said in a statement.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier confirmed that Putin and Erdogan would discuss the developments in Syria in light of the Turkish military operation against Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria during the Turkish president's visit to Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, that's next Tuesday.

And the decision to send VP Pence to Turkey this week, when President Trump had to know, that Erdogan would only talk to him, rather than to his "Second Lewie", was a thoroughly, and painfully, bone-headed decision.

One has to wonder if Putin is going to offer Erdogan an opportunity to join a major Defense Pact with Russia; suggest that Turkey resign its membership in NATO; and have both countries trading in local currencies, rather than in the US dollar.

But if any of this comes down as a result of this meeting, I have to blame it squarely on the head of President Trump, who absolutely misread Erdogan's intentions here.

And please note; as the US government throws former geopolitical friends under the proverbial bus, the more it is running those former friends into the arms of Russia and China, which I think is about to happen to Turkey very quickly, as Erdogan gets cozy with Putin at Sochi.

Oct 16 13:27

U.S. Sanctions Could Push Turkey to Leave NATO

Erdo?an’s next decision towards Syria will heavily impact the future of not only the region, but his relations with the U.S. and Russia. With murmurings existing for years now whether Turkey should leave the NATO alliance, these sanctions against Turkey, a country already in a deep economic crisis, will only bring this question to the forefront of debate.

Although the U.S. cites human right abuses as the reason for the sanctions, an allegation that cannot be taken seriously considering their own long list of war crimes, it is likely Trump is ‘punishing’ Erdo?an for his insistence and defiance in buying the Russian S-400 system. This means that the souring relations between Washington and Ankara provides the perfect moment for Russian President Vladimir Putin to consolidate his country’s relations with Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not know what the US government is thinking about the issue of Turkey, but I do think that Putin is laughing hysterically, at those people "advising" the President, that they never saw the possibility, outlined in the last paragraph, as seriously possible.

Oct 16 10:34

The Syrian Debacle Is Actually Well Planned Chaos

Op-Ed by Brandon Smith

For many years now I have focused a considerable amount of analysis on the subject of Syria, with an emphasis on the country’s importance to the global elites as a kind of geopolitical detonator; the first domino in a chain of dominoes that could lead to a war involving international powers. I believe this war will develop on multiple fronts, most importantly on the economic front, but it could very well turn into a shooting war involving numerous actors.

Syria is so important, in fact, that the establishment has been careful to smother all discussion about what is really going on there in a fog of propaganda. And make no mistake, BOTH Republicans and Democrats as well as Eastern and Western governments are participating in the lies and misdirection. Obviously, the first and most important lie is a multi-sided one, and we can’t continue forward until it’s dissected – I am speaking of the lie of US involvement in the region...

Oct 16 07:36

The Turkish Invasion of Kurdish-Occupied Syria

The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria has finally brought some much-needed media attention on the U.S. military presence in the war-torn country. The media reports, however, all fail to explain why U.S. troops are in Syria in the first place and the purpose of their presence.

The reason U.S. troops have helped the Kurds seize a quarter of the country is because the policy being pursued is a covert policy to support the non-Arab Kurds to fragment Syria along ethnic lines.

It is actually an Israeli strategy called the Yinon Plan, which was crafted in 1982 by an Israeli advisor to Ariel Sharon. The U.S. involvement in Syria began with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012.

This policy was put into effect because it was seen as the best way to "help Israel", according to an email leaked from Hillary Clinton's account.

Oct 15 21:29

‘Show of force’: US jets & helicopters threaten Turkish-backed fighters who came VERY CLOSE to American troops in Syria

Earlier today the Russian Air Force scared Turkish F-16's away from an attempted bombing of a Syrian armored column. Tonight the USAF and US army put on a show of force and scared Turkish forces away from our guys. I like this!

US fighter jets and gunship helicopters were sent to scare off Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria after they came “very close” to US troops at Ain Issa, the Pentagon said. Washington has also sent a complaint to Ankara.
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A senior US official told reporters the following about the proxy force Turkey is relying on as part of its Syria invasion: "They could have used Turkish regular troops,...Instead they decided to use these thugs & bandits & pirates that should be wiped off the face of the earth"

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Oct 15 18:32

Locals Receiving SAA Units Coming to Protect them in Tal Tamr, Hasakah

After years of living under NATO terrorists of ISIS, Nusra Front, FSA, and SDF, this is how the locals received the advancing Syrian Arab Army units in the town of Tal Tamr, Hasakah province, northeast Syria, video report by Lebanese Al-Mayadeen News channel from Tal Tamr:

Oct 15 16:53

Update- Army units complete deployment in Manbej, enter new villages in Hasaka countryside

15 October? 2019

Aleppo, SANA – Syrian Arab Army units completed their deployment in the city of Manbej and its surroundings in Aleppo province’s northeastern countryside, where they were welcomed by the locals.

Oct 15 16:30

One Rocket Provoked the US Withdrawal: Details of the Kurdish-Russian-Syrian Deal

The killing of any US soldier in Syria would effectively have been a nail in the coffin of the US President Donald Trump’s electoral campaign in 2020. France and Britain, who maintain Special Forces in NES, will follow the US forces out of Syria.

The Syrian forces were given orders to deploy in NES following a deal between Russia and Turkey, and between Russia and the Syrian officials, to guarantee the safety of the separatist Syrian Kurds.

The Russian-Kurdish deal consists of the deployment of the Syrian army on all borders with Turkey and the return of all sources of energy (gas and oil) to the Syrian government-controlled forces.

A US withdrawal from the al-Tanaf border crossing between Iraq and Syria is also expected when a solution is found for the 64,000 refugees at the Rukhba camp.

Oct 15 12:15

Erdogan Holding 50 US Tactical Nukes 'Hostage' As Trump Authorizes Sanctions

Amid all the media and pundit outrage since Turkey's President Erdogan launched his so-called 'Operation Peace Spring' into northeast Syria last week, vowing to wipe out Syrian Kurdish forces who've long held the border areas, what's been largely missing is acknowledgement of the uncomfortable fact that NATO ally Turkey has long hosted a major portion of America's nuclear Cold War-era arsenal stored across Europe.

And as Erdogan threatens to "open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants" to Europe while under increased international criticism for the rapidly rising civilian death toll in Syria, The New York Times reports the following bombshell Monday: some 50 US tactical nukes are "now essentially Erdogan’s hostages".

Oct 15 11:14

US Special Forces In Syria 'Mistakenly' Bombed By Turkey

Turkey has now given Trump every reason to unleash the newly authorized sanctions, as Newsweek reports that American special forces troops have come under Turkish fire.

According to the breaking exclusive: "A contingent of U.S. Special Forces has been caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria." It was "apparently by mistake," the report adds.

Oct 15 10:46

'Treasury is ready to go': Trump says sanctions for Turkey may be coming

President Trump said that there is a “great consensus” among Republicans and Democrats in Congress over sanctioning Turkey after its incursion against the Kurds in northern Syria.

Trump said in a Sunday tweet that he has been in contact with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is highly critical of Trump’s decision to move troops out of northern Syria. Graham has called for Congress to sanction Turkey and suspend its membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization over attacks against the Kurdish people, whom the United States considers allies.

Oct 15 09:03

Neo-Ottoman Turkey’s ‘String of Pearls’

Since 2015, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been pushing for Syrian “safe zones” and “buffer zones” for humanitarian purposes. However, with the current media focus on the bombardment of Kurds amid the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria, what remains submerged beneath the murky waters of Mideast politics may be Turkey’s back-door strategy to reclaim former Ottoman territories.

Oct 15 08:59

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 15, 2019: SYRIAN ARMY TAKING CONTROL OF KEY POSITIONS IN SDF-HELD AREA

On October 14, units of the Syrian Army started entering areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria.

The terms and conditions of the deal made by the SDF and Damascus are yet to be revealed, but government troops already deployed in Tabqah, Tabqah Airport, Tabqah Dam, Ayn Issa and Tal Tamir, and in the Manbij area. Syrian Army troops also moved towards the border town of Kobani. However, the situation there remains unclear. According to pro-Kurdish sources, US troops deployed there have attempted to prevent Syrian troops from entering the town by blocking the Qaraqozak bridge.

Turkey reacted to the Damascus-SDF deal by increasing its military efforts against the SDF around Tell Abyad and Ras al-Ain. Furthermore, Turkish-led forces launched an advance towards Ain Assa and Manbij, where they clashes with detachments of the Syrian Army.

Oct 15 07:32

Syrian govt., not US, must protect Kurds against Turkey: Trump

I have to wonder now whether Putin,Trump,Assad and Erdogan made some kind of deal.

US President Donald Trump says the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other countries should be responsible for protecting the US-allied Kurds in northern Syria against a Turkish incursion, not the US which is "7,000 miles away" from Syria.

"Let Syria and Assad protect the Kurds and fight Turkey for their own land. I said to my Generals, why should we be fighting for Syria and Assad to protect the land of our enemy?" Trump tweeted on Monday.

"Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte. I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!" he went on to say.

Oct 15 06:28

Cautious Optimism on Turks and Kurds

Amid the usual hysterics of ‘impending genocide’ and ‘brutal betrayal’, the long-expected Turkish operation in northeast Syria is rolling, and Turkish troops accompanied by their Syrian rebel allies quickly advance into the former US occupation zone east of the Euphrates River, pushing the Kurdish nationalist militias away from the border. The American soldiers withdrew from the area by the order of their Supreme Commander (save some Special Forces who came under fire but safely retreated).

Oct 15 05:49

Erdogan Holding 50 US Tactical Nukes 'Hostage' As Trump Authorizes Sanctions

Amid all the media and pundit outrage since Turkey's President Erdogan launched his so-called 'Operation Peace Spring' into northeast Syria last week, vowing to wipe out Syrian Kurdish forces who've long held the border areas, what's been largely missing is acknowledgement of the uncomfortable fact that NATO ally Turkey has long hosted a major portion of America's nuclear Cold War-era arsenal stored across Europe.

And as Erdogan threatens to "open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants" to Europe while under increased international criticism for the rapidly rising civilian death toll in Syria, The New York Times reports the following bombshell Monday: some 50 US tactical nukes are "now essentially Erdogan’s hostages".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute lack of thinking, on the part of those who are supposed to be counseling President Trump on issues like this, is painfully on full display right now, with this horrific oversight being one of the more glaring examples.

So, what are Turkey and Edrogan, going to do with these weapons?!? Will Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan order some Pakistani nuclear scientists to reverse engineer the damned things, and make sure their Turkish counterparts understand precisely how to make them work, and how to aim them?!?

I don't know just how terrifying this prospect is to you; but it scares the very stuffing out of me.

Oct 14 22:28

With Turkey’s invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik

But concerns are growing over the reported presence of U.S. nuclear weapons at Incirlik, believed to be about 50 B61 gravity bombs. The New York Times on Monday reported that officials from the State and Energy departments over the weekend reviewed plans for evacuating the nuclear weapons there.

Not surprisingly, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek would not answer questions about possible nuclear weapons at Incirlik and whether they would be moved in a Monday email.

Oct 14 17:51

Trump hits Turkish ministers with sanctions, raises steel tariffs

US President Donald Trump on Monday authorised sanctions against Turkish officials, said the US would stop negotiating with Turkey on a $100bn trade deal, and boosted tariffs on the country's steel to 50 percent over Ankara's military operation in northeast Syria.

Oct 14 12:02

100K flee as Turks hit Kurdish zones in Syria; White House threatens sanctions

Turkey ramped up its air and artillery strikes against the Kurds in northeast Syria Friday — forcing 100,000 people to flee the battle, as the White House threatened Turkey with harsh sanctions.

The Kurds, who recaptured swaths of northeastern Syria from ISIS as US allies, said the Turkish assault could allow the jihadist group to re-merge.

That warning was highlighted Friday as the terror group claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb in Qamishli, the biggest city in the Kurdish-held area, even as the city came under heavy ­Turkish shelling.

Oct 14 11:53

Trump OKs $50M to aid Syria amid outrage over US military pullout, Turkish offensive

President Trump announced Saturday that he had authorized the release of $50 million in aid to human rights groups and other aid organizations in Syria in an apparent attempt to counter criticism of his pullout of U.S. forces there.

“Other presidents would not be doing that, they’d be spending a lot more money but on things that wouldn’t make you happy," Trump said while addressing the Values Voters Summit's Faith, Family and Freedom gala dinner.

Oct 14 03:57

CONVOY ATTACK Turkey ‘bombs convoy of foreign journalists and aid workers killing 14’ in Syria border town

AT least 14 people have been killed in a devastating Turkish air raid on a civilian convoy in Syria yesterday, according to reports.

Five civilians, including a journalist, died after they were attacked as they arrived at the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain, that Turkish-allied forces have seized.

A Kurdish news agency Hawar said one of its reporters was killed in the attack which reportedly left dozens more injured.

Several foreign journalists were with the convoy - which was also carrying aid workers - when it was struck, according to France 2 television's Stéphanie Perez.

She tweeted: "We were in the convoy of Kurdish civilians targeted by Turkish forces and their allies at Ras al Ain. Our team is fine, but some colleagues are dead."

Armed men, who were reportedly guarding the convoy, were among those killed in the bombing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Smooth move there, Edrogan; attempting to "murder the messengers" before the truth could come out about this horrific military confrontation with Syria, I take it?!?

So now, what are you going to do, now that the Kurds have formally aligned with the Syrian Government, and Russia is holding out the option to join forces with the Syrian government, if they need it?!?

You may well have purchased the Russian S-400 defensive weapons system; but you never, for one millisecond, bought Putin's loyalty, which is, most likely, going to put a real "damper" on your expected "victory" against the Kurds in Syria.

Oct 13 14:37

Putin Planning "Deal Of The Century" Between Syria & Turkey As US Exits

If he pulls it off,the Nobel Peace Prize and he will deserve it!

Lebanese Arabic news broadcaster Al-Mayadeen is reporting that Russia has begun organizing "reconciliation talks" between Syria and Turkey, in what would be an unprecedented development, given President Erdogan's position has long been that Turkey won't negotiate with Damascus so long as Assad is in power.

The Middle East broadcaster cited Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said, "Moscow will ask for start of talks between Damascus and Ankara".

Russia's TASS has also confirmed the initiative, making it the first significant attempt to bring the two sides to the table, given Ankara severed diplomatic ties with Damascus in 2012. Turkey could indeed be ready given it has finally gotten its way in Syria — with a long planned attack on Syrian Kurds along the border in northern Syria, which began Wednesday with an air and ground offensive.

Oct 13 14:34

Turkey Warns Of War As Syrian Army Heads To Turkish Border

update2: A top Turkish official warns of bigger escalation now that Syrian Army units appear to be heading to besieged Kurdish towns along the border with Turkey.

It's as yet unclear what the Russian military's role in supporting its Syrian ally will be; however, we could be witnessing the beginnings of Putin's 'deal of the century' unfolding, as we explained previously.

Putin is capitalizing on the chaotic retreat of the US & Turkey's brutality toward the Kurds in order to assert Russia's leadership. He contrasts how Russia has stood beside its beleaguered ally, Syria, while the US has abandoned both its allies, the Kurds and the Turks. https://t.co/NjBYZzwKCG

— Joshua Landis (@joshua_landis) October 13, 2019
But Russia is most definitely a lead player in the Damascus-YPG (and SDF) reunion that now appears to be unfolding.

Oct 13 14:25

Syrian army begins to move troops to 'confront' Turkey in northern Syria: state media

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army has begun deploying its troops to northern Syria battlefronts to “confront a Turkish aggression” on Syrian territory, state media said on Sunday.

Oct 13 14:23

Russia takes part in talks between Syria and Kurdish-led SDF

They have reached an agreement. Syria is rushing massive reinforcements to confront the Turks and force them out of Syria.

BEIRUT/QAMISHLI, Syria, (Reuters) - The Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been holding negotiations with Russian participation, a Syrian Kurdish politician said on Sunday, expressing hope for a deal that would halt a Turkish attack.

Oct 13 14:20

Kurdish-led forces retake most of key city in northern Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a swift counter-offensive against the Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria last night.

Oct 13 14:15

Live Updates: Turkey Conducts Offensive in Syria for 5th Day Amid Growing Pushback

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Kurdish-Led Administration, Damascus Agree to Deploy Syrian Troops Along Turkish Border, Repel Ankara's Offensive
The Syrian army conducts mine clearance outside the town of Khan Sheikhoun after its liberation, Idlib province, Syria
Kurdish-Led Administration, Damascus Agree to Deploy Syrian Troops Along Turkish Border
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Kurdish-led authorities in the northern part of Syria have reached an agreement with the Syrian government in Damascus to deploy Syrian forces along the entire Turkish border to assist in repelling an ongoing military invasion by Damascus.

Oct 13 14:09

U.S.-allied Kurds strike deal to bring Assad’s Syrian troops back into Kurdish areas

Oct. 13, 2019 at 1:47 p.m. PDT
BEIRUT — Syrian government troops began moving into towns near the Turkish border Sunday night under a deal struck with Syrian Kurds, following a chaotic day that saw the unraveling of the U.S. mission in northeastern Syria.

By the time Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper appeared on Face the Nation to announce that President Trump had ordered the final withdrawal of the 1,000 U.S. troops in northeastern Syria, it was already clear that the U.S. presence had become unsustainable, U.S. officials said.

The announcement by the Syrian Democratic Forces that they had reached an agreement with the Iranian and Russian-backed government of President Bashar al-Assad further undermined the prospect of any continued U.S. presence in the country. The deal brings forces loyal to Assad back into towns and cities that have been under Kurdish control for seven years.

Oct 13 14:06

Syrian army units move north to 'confront Turkish aggression'

The Syrian army has dispatched several units to the northern part of the country to confront a ground offensive by the Turkish military and allied militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) on border towns under the control of Kurdish communities.

The new development came after reports emerged noting that representatives from the Damascus government and the Kurdish-led and so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been holding talks in the strategic Hmeimim air base in Syria's western coastal province of Latakia.

Oct 13 14:03

Turkish warplanes commit new massacre in Ras al-Ayn

13 October? 2019

Hasaka, SANA – The Turkish warplanes committed a new massacre against civilians and journalists in an airstrike that targeted a convoy in “Souq al-Mughlaq” marketplace in the city of Ras al-Ayn in Hasaka’s northwestern countryside.

Oct 13 14:01

Army units move north to confront Turkish aggression on Syrian territory

Hasaka, SANA – Syrian Arab Army units began moving north to confront Turkish aggression on Syrian territory, SANA’s reporter in Hasaka said on Sunday.

Oct 13 13:58

‘Others may want to come in and fight’: Trump calls withdrawal of remaining US troops from northern Syria ‘very smart’

Too late! The Turks have cut off numbers of US Troops!
Donald Trump has ordered an urgent evacuation of remaining US troops from northern Syria, saying that Washington won’t take sides in the conflict between Turkey and the Kurds.
“Very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting along the Turkish Border, for a change,” Trump wrote on Twitter. He added that his predecessors “made a bad decision” when they involved the US “into the Middle East Wars.”

Oct 13 13:55

Turkish-backed forces ‘CUT OFF US troops’ after seizing key highway in Syria

Turkish forces have taken control of a key supply route in northern Syria, as Ankara’s offensive against Kurdish militias continues. The seizure cuts off US forces in the region, amid a hasty American withdrawal.

The Turkish incursion reportedly isolates US troops stationed in the Kurdish stronghold of Kobani from those stationed in the eastern reaches of Kurdish territory.

Oct 13 10:40

Axis of Resistance.The West and its Allies Support al Qaeda and ISIS Globally

The real Axis of Evil consists of Washington-led NATO and its allies. The magnitude of the human and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable in scope. Western governments and their agencies send strong delusion to North Americans, who remain largely ignorant to the reality of the catastrophe being committed in their names.

The Western War Of Terror, to which our governments remain committed, loots public treasuries to commit and sustain an overseas holocaust, wherein the West and its agencies support, command and control the very same terrorism that they proclaim to be fighting.

Oct 13 10:30

ISIS terrorists are fighting alongside the Turkish regime forces in Syria

The TV channel asserted that ISIS terrorists are fighting alongside the Turkish regime against Syrian people. It pointed out that the SDF militia abandoned its task of guarding ISIS terrorists held in prisons in the northeast of Syria.

In addition, Over 700 people ran away from Ain Issa camp towards the Turkish border.

Oct 13 09:34

The Pentagon Threatening to Revive ISIS

ISIS and the Pentagon Coincidences: Do you believe in coincidences? If you do, at which number of repetitive coincidences you’ll start to see a pattern and even worse: a plot?

Former top al-Qaeda commander said: ISIS is the creation of the USA, just like how it created al-Qaeda before. This insider reported that the US released al Baghdadi from an Iraqi jail, gave him $20 – $30 million and helped with military training camps in Jordan. Here’s his interview about this from more than 5 years ago:

Oct 13 09:18

Erdogan wants to gain some permanent hegemony over large parts of northern Syria: Tim Anderson

On Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s objectives, Dr. Anderson said, “Erdogan’s goal seems to be to gain (or retain) some permanent hegemony over large parts of northern Syria, making use of a mixture of Syrians and international salafists who support his Muslim Brotherhood party in Turkey; and using as a target the pretext of what he sees as a PKK base across the border.”

The following is the full transcript of the interview:

Oct 13 08:56

Empire Uses Kurds as Pawns in its Imperial Pursuits in Syria

The situation in the North East of Syria regarding the Kurds seems to be a topic of confusion for most. Understandably so as they have been made to appear by US politicians and news outlets as the most effective fighters against terrorism in Syria. Although they have in fact been successful in driving out terrorists in some areas there is information that needs to be discussed that explains the other half of the story that is purposely hidden in the Kurdish and mainstream media news outlets. We have only been hearing from the Kurdish side now it’s time for the Syrians in Kurdish held areas to have their chance to tell us about the hardships they have been put under by the Kurds.

Oct 13 08:53

The Myth of the Kurdish YPG’s Moral Excellence

It’s difficult to determine with precision how many Kurds are in Syria, but it’s clear that the ethnic group comprises only a small percentage of the Syrian population (less than 10 percent according to the CIA, and 8.5 percent according to an estimate cited by Nikolaos Van Dam in his book The Struggle for Power in Syria.

While the estimates are rough, it’s clear that Kurds make up a fairly small proportion of the Syrian population and that the number of the group’s members living in Syria as a proportion of the Kurd community as a whole is very small.

Oct 13 08:43

Erdogan's isis Cooperation

The heroic Syrian Arab Army and its allies have been fighting a fierce war against multi-national terrorists from all over the globe. The battle against isis was the fiercest.

With the ongoing invasion by Turkey- the main backer of terrorists in Syria- of many towns and villages in North and East Syria, many of isis members and cells were given a boost!

According to different news outlets, many isis terrorists have broken out of prisons in northern Syria after Turkish shelling

Turkey is recruiting and retraining isis terrorists to lead its invasion of Afrin in northern Syria, according to an ex-isis source.

“Most of those who are fighting in Afrin against the Syrian Kurds are isis, though Turkey has trained them to change their assault tactics,” said Faraj, a former isis fighter from north-east Syria who remains in close touch with isis.

Oct 11 17:17

Debunking the Putin and Netanyahu/Israel work together canard (final installment)

This will not be an analysis or even a commentary. Neither am I siding with, or expressing support for, the Turkish military operation in norther Syria. Finally, I am not discussing the legitimacy (or lack thereof) of the Kurdish Independence movement. All I propose to do here, is to draw your attention to a series of facts and logical imperatives which, in my opinion debunk and falsify the disinformation campaign aimed at convincing us that Putin and Netanyahu are working hand in glove or, even better, that Putin is a puppet of the Israelis. So, with that in mind, here we go:

Oct 11 12:08

Russia, US veto European statement on Turkey's Syria action

Russian and the United States have used their veto power at the United Nations Security Council to vote down a European statement against Turkey's invasion of northern Syria.

The council held a closed meeting on Thursday to discuss Ankara's military incursion, which began on Wednesday despite widespread warnings by world leaders.

Moscow and Washington had their own reasons to veto the statement by five European members — France, Germany, Belgium, Britain and Poland — who had called the meeting to end the bilateral military action.

In a joint statement after the discussions, the European called on Ankara "to cease the unilateral military action," warning that the offensive threatens progress.

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country would only support UNSC motions that address broader issues, including the presence of foreign forces in Syria.

Oct 11 12:07

Heavy fighting in northeastern Syria as civilians flee Turkish attacks

Turkish warplanes and artillery hit northeast Syria on the third day of an incursion that has forced tens of thousands to flee.

Heavy fighting was reported on Friday amid reports that Syrian Kurds had regained control of two of the 11 villages lost earlier.

"There is heavy fighting between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Turks on different fronts, mostly from Tal Abyad to Ras al-Ain," the so-called Syria Observatory for Human Rights said.

Oct 11 12:02

100,000 people displaced in NE Syria after Turkish incursion – UN

Some 100,000 people have left their homes in northeastern Syria with a growing number staying in shelters and schools following this week’s Turkish military incursion in the region, the UN said on Friday.

The autonomous Kurdish administration in northeast Syria said it started evacuating a camp housing 7,000 displaced people to protect them from Turkish shelling, AFP reported.

Oct 11 12:01

World reacts after Turkish offensive in Syria

With a US green light, Turkey has launched a military aggression in Kurdish-controlled areas in Syria.

Kurdish militants have described the US green light as a “stab in the back”.

Oct 11 12:00

Trump hopes to mediate between Turkey and the Kurds after US withdrawal from Syria allowed Turkish invasion, before saying 'troops have done their job...take a victory United States'

President Donald Trump said last night that he hopes he can mediate between Turkey and the Kurds following Turkey's offensive on US-allied Kurds in northeast Syria.

Trump, who pulled US troops out of the area at the start of the week before the Turkish attack, said on Twitter that the United States had three options.

He again defended his abrupt decision to pull out of northern Syria, allowing Turkey to attack Kurdish towns, at a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night.

Trump said he did not think Americans wanted to see the US military sent back into the region.

'We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds!' Trump tweeted.

Oct 11 05:39

Damascus vows to confront 'brutal' Turkish aggression by all legal means

“After his continuous support for terrorism in Syria, training, arming, protecting and sending terrorists to kill Syrians, the head of the Turkish regime came up today with statements that can only be made by a person detached from reality. He speaks of his commitment to protect Syrian people whilst he has the blood of the Syrian people killed by terrorists on his hands,” Syria’s official news agency SANA cited an unnamed source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates as saying in a statement on Thursday.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

The YPG constitutes the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an anti-Damascus alliance of predominantly Kurdish militants.

Oct 10 16:15

Syrian gov’t rules out peace talks with Kurdish forces

Looks like The Kurds screwed themselves again.

“The armed factions betrayed their country and committed crimes against it. We will not accept dialogue with those who became hostages of foreign forces. There will not be any foothold for agents of Washington on Syrian soil,” Mikdad said.

Oct 10 11:27

Turkey Threatens to Send 3.6 Million 'Refugees' to Europe If EU Frames Syria Op As An 'Invasion'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe against criticizing his country's newly-launched military incursion into Syria, claiming he could allow millions of refugees to pour into the EU if he so chooses.

In a speech to lawmakers from his AK party, Erdogan warned that there would be repercussions if Europe viewed Turkey’s operation in Syria as an invasion.
Hey EU, wake up. I say it again: if you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: we will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you.

Oct 09 12:02

Scott Adams: Is California a Third World Country, Kurds, Bill Gates Saving the World

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1181932641072795649?s=20

There are bad Kurds and good Kurds?
Ukraine planned to investigate Burisma MONTHS before the call?
We’re pulling out of the open skies agreement
What is it and why are we pulling out?
Chinese officials complicit in suppressing Muslim minority
Visa restrictions issued for Chinese officials suppressing Muslims
President Trump is supporting Muslims in other countries
Is America interfering in China’s domestic affairs? Is that bad?
Bernie announces reduced campaign efforts
Bill Gates TerraPower development of SAFE Gen IV nuclear power
Eliminate men & women sport leagues…just have skill based leagues
Leagues by skill level qualifications, not M, F or T

Oct 09 10:39

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 9, 2019: SDF SEEKS COOPERATION WITH ‘BLOODY ASSAD’ AGAINST TURKEY

The withdrawal of US troops from the Turkish border has caused a kind of panic among the leadership of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which mostly consist of Kurdish militias.

On October 7, the group already speculated that the Syrian Army is preparing to capture the town of Manbij taking an upper hand of the US troops’ withdrawal. The Syrian military in fact deployed reinforcements near the area. Pro-government sources say the army is preparing to act in response to a possible Turkish military operation.

On October 8, the Turkish Armed Forces announced that they had carried out strikes on the Syrian-Iraqi border in order to prevent Kurdish groups from using the route to reinforce their positions in northeastern Syria. Ankara expects that units of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which it recognizes as a terrorist group, could be re-deployed from northern Iraq to the Syrian-Turkish border.

Oct 09 10:03

Turkey Joins Russia's Ruble-Based Alternative To SWIFT

After repeated warnings over the past couple of years, Turkey and Russia have signed a pact to increase use of the ruble and lira in cross-border payments, with Turkey signing on to Russia's alternative to SWIFT, the international telecommunications protocol used by banks and central banks the world over.

Though SWIFT is an international cooperative owned by its members, with more than 10,000 banks worldwide relying on its system for handling sizable inter-bank transactions, the safety of the network was brought into question after a series of cyberattacks in 2015 and 2016 resulted in the theft of $101 million from the Central Bank of Bangladesh.

For the first time since SWIFT's laucnh, the hacks stoked doubts about the system's safety, and prompted many US rivals, including Russia, to ramp up work on their alternatives to SWIFT.

Oct 09 10:03

As Syrians Flee Turkish Airstrikes, Congressional Leaders Vow Erdogan Will "Pay A Heavy Price"

The Kurdish-led and (formerly) US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have begun firing back on invading Turkish forces, which are being supported by F-16 jets, already bombarding densely packed civilian areas inside Syria near the border. Now busy defending themselves against Turkish air and ground forces, the SDF has announced "the suspension of all operations against ISIS."

Turkey's Anadolu Agency reports multiple rockets were launched from Kurdish positions in Syria's Qamishli, landing in the center of the Turkish border town of Nusaybin. Turkey will use the Kurdish response as justification for a more aggressive aerial response, with reports suggesting there could already be up to 200 Turkish warplanes in the air currently.

Turkish state media has claimed its invading forces have killed 6 SDF fighters, which it labeled "terrorists", and further cited sporadic shelling on its border towns from SDF positions.

Oct 09 06:10

US cuts Turkey’s access to north-east Syria airspace ahead of military campaign

The United States (US) military has severely limited Turkey’s access to the airspace over north-east Syria, making the upcoming Turkish military operation into the area difficult without the benefit of air cover.

The US has taken a series of actions since yesterday which would potentially hinder the operation, with Pentagon spokeswoman Carla Gleason informing reporters that the Combined Air Operations Centre has removed Turkey from the anti-ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) coalition’s air tasking order, through which it coordinates the flights of member nations.

Oct 09 05:35

Syrian Army deploys large number of soldiers to Deir Ezzor for potential Euphrates offensive

Hence the rebridging of The Euphrates 2 weeks ago by Russian Special Forces.S-300
SAM systems have been in place for months now near The Euphrates to prevent the US from bombing the bridge as they did in 2017. Looks likeThe Kurds are now back with Damascus! Checkmate!

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has deployed a large number of soldiers to the Deir Ezzor Governorate today as they prepare for a potential offensive east of the Euphrates.

According to an army source in Deir Ezzor, the Syrian military deployed several units, including personnel from the National Defense Forces (NDF), to front-lines with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Oct 09 05:08

Between Washington's rock & Ankara's hard place, Kurds had better choose Damascus

The Kurdish people should have never placed their fate in the hands of a far off and thoroughly unreliable US “ally” which has picked them up only to put them back on the shelf so many times before. Syrian Kurds belong to Syria and it is with their Syrian neighbours and government that the SDF should have been in alliance.

But if the US has no business in Syria neither does Turkey. Least of all killing Kurds.

Oct 08 14:53

Not another dollar! Russia & Turkey agree on settlements in national currencies

Moscow and Ankara inked an agreement on using Russian rubles and Turkish lira in mutual payments and settlements, the Russian Finance Ministry announced on Tuesday.

The deal is aimed at gradually switching to using national currencies in mutual trade, the ministry said. Trade turnover between the two countries grew by 16 percent last year, reaching $25.5 billion.

Oct 08 11:51

EXCLUSIVE: 'Work with us in Syria or get out of the way,' Erdogan told Trump

Non-committal on the phone, the US president surprised even Turkish officials with his public support for Ankara's assault into Kurdish-held territory

Oct 08 10:40

Trump threatens Turkey with 'extremely decimated economy' over Syria

President Donald Trump on Monday launched a harsh attack on NATO ally Turkey, threatening to destroy its economy if Ankara takes a planned military strike in Syria too far, even though the U.S. leader himself has opened the door for a Turkish incursion.

Oct 08 09:12

The United States of Betrayal

An independent Kurdistan has always been an Israeli project. The only choice the Syrian Kurds have is to have a rapprochement with Assad and Syria.

by Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA (ret.) Posted onOctober 08, 2019

Oct 07 09:19

Syria - Trump Gives A Green Light For Another Turkish Invasion

Erdogan wants to take a 30 kilometer deep strip including the M4 highway which runs west to east in that area.

But the border area Erdogan marked is quite populated with some 850,000 people living there. Most of them are Kurds.

There is only one solution for them. They will have to call up the Syrian government and ask it to come back into the north east. That would remove the Turkish concerns and would likely prevent further Turkish moves.

Oct 07 07:36

US gives green light to Turkey to launch military operation in north Syria

This is very big! With the Turks coming in from the Northeast,US troops being pulled out, the Russian built bridge across the Euphrates being able to handle 8,000 vehicles a day and Russia telling the US to get it's troops out of Syria this war may be over soon. We shall see!
Meanwhile the neocon traitors in the district of criminals and the wicked witch of Arkansas screaming blood murder that Trump is betraying our allies. The shit is hitting the fan politically! Big! Big! News day!

The United States has given the green light to Turkey to launch a military operation against Washington's long-time Kurdish allies in northern Syria.

The decision came after a phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday.

“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into northern Syria,” the White House said in a statement.

Oct 07 07:29

US Troops Will Withdraw From Northeast Syria to Avoid Turkish Assault

In a surprise announcement late Sunday night, the White House Press Secretary released a statement that said, “Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation in Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in that operation, and the United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area.”

The statement does not make it clear if U.S. troops will fully withdraw from Syria or if they will just relocate. The statement also says, “Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years.”

Oct 07 07:16

Ardent Trump defender Graham calls decision to withdraw from Syria ‘DISASTER in the making’

Shut your mouth you neocon girly man! You too Wicked Witch of Arkansas!
The SHIT is hittin the fan bigtime!

Senator Lindsey Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, has lashed out at his decision to withdraw US troops from northeastern Syria ahead of an imminent incursion by Turkey.

Oct 07 07:05

Ardent Trump defender Graham calls decision to withdraw from Syria ‘DISASTER in the making’

Shut your mouth you neocon girly man! You too Wicked Witch of Arkansas!
The SHIT is hittin the fan bigtime!

Senator Lindsey Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, has lashed out at his decision to withdraw US troops from northeastern Syria ahead of an imminent incursion by Turkey.

Oct 07 07:02

‘Time to get out of these ridiculous endless wars’: Trump orders US pullback from Syrian border before Turkish operation begins 7 Oct, 2019 11:48 / Updated 0 seconds ago

Finally Trump is keeping his promise!!!

It’s time for the US to “get out of ridiculous endless wars,” President Donald Trump said ahead of a withdrawal of US troops from border areas in northeastern Syrian as the Turkish military prepares for an anti-Kurdish incursion.
“The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight,” Trump said in a Twitter thread on Monday just as US troops stationed in northeastern Syria were reportedly pulling back from their positions.

Oct 07 07:01

Breaking: US forces allegedly withdraw from Turkish border

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition forces have allegedly withdrawn from the Turkish border with Syria, the Sputnik News Agency reported, citing the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Oct 06 20:21

PENTAGON SPOKESMAN WARNS TURKEY FROM CONDUCTING UNCOORDINATED OPERATION IN NORTHEASTERN SYRIA Donate

In a response to the recent threats by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a spokesman for the Pentagon said on October 5 that any uncoordinated Turkish operation in northeast Syria would cause “grave concern” to Washington.

Oct 03 20:29

The Strange Messages That Haunted The Saudi Consulate In Turkey Last October | A Dream

The messages all appeared at the Saudi consulate in ?stanbul, last year, seemingly without human intervention. Traced on a mirror, entered into a computer, smeared on a bulletproof glass partition; fingerpainted in dark dried red on a wall; scratched on the newly waxed floor; traced in the pile of a freshly installed carpet; in stencil letters cut out from adjacent polystyrene dropout ceiling tiles; letters cut from the day's newspaper before it had been opened, the phrase arranged neatly and affixed somehow to the blank space at the top of the page; in dripping fresh wet red, under the royal images properly set in gilt frames on the wall.

The messages were all made out of the same seventeen letters.

They all appeared to make sense in relation to the events that took place in that building, on October 2, 2018.

And they haunted my dreams for months.

"KHASHOGGI'S FINGERS"
messages
recounted faithfully
from haunting dreams
by johanna Faust.

Sep 24 04:27

A HALF-DECADE LATE, NY POST ADMITS ISIS IS RUN BY NATO MEMBER TURKEY

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
It's that time once again: over the weekend Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for perhaps the twentieth time warned his army is making preparations to act on its southern border with Syria, saying it will take unilateral steps to create a "safe zone" amid accusations the US is dragging its feet implementing agreements to push Syrian Kurdish forces from the border.

This as yet another 'conspiracy theory' gets belatedly confirmed as conspiracy fact by the mainstream. The New York Post asks "Why isn’t the media covering Turkish President Erdogan’s ties to ISIS?" — well, it's at least been endlessly reported here and other places for about the past half decade. Better late than never, we suppose. The report details:

The evidence of Erdogan’s direct, personal and institutional support for ISIS and related jihadi groups is so extensive, the wonder is why the American media is not paying more attention to it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The answer to that last question, is as plainly obvious a it is painful: the Presstitute whorespondents who want their "access" never denied, never look at what is really going on, but allow themselves to be "misdirected" by a government which, if examined collectively and logically by its people, would immediately demanded to resign.

But you see, all the wars in the Middle East and beyond, serve only the agenda of the US's "Deep State". This is why connecting the dots is of no use and purpose to those alleged whorespondents, because their "daily bread" is earned by spreading lies and creating misdirections, the real purpose of which is to lull Americans into a state of near-vegetative somnolence, until the "next big crisis" du jour is presented, and the US government and military, are, of course, expected to act, as though a US-led war is the only answer to the problem at hand.

Sep 23 15:42

THE UIGHUR ISSUE

According to reliable Chinese sources, from 1990 until 2001 the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) – the Uighurs’ military arm – carried out over 200 terrorist attacks in China and inside Xinjiang.

Obviously this is a danger for the stability of the People’s Republic of China, which cannot afford a jihad area in such a neuralgic position for its defense and its peaceful land and maritime expansion, as anticipated by Xi Jinping.

In the near future this will be the starting point of the jihadist guerrilla warfare – the line of the Belt and Road Initiative defined in 2013.

Sep 19 04:37

Turkey: Alarming Crackdown On Journalists, Desperate Appeal To UN

Authored by Uzay Bulut via The Gatestone Institute,

International human-rights and press-freedom organizations recently appealed to the United Nations to take action against the ongoing abuse of journalists by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.

In a letter to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on September 3, eighteen organizations -- led by the group ARTICLE 19, which promotes freedom of expression -- called on "all Member and Observer States committed to media freedom, democracy and the rule of law" to "speak out and address the Turkish government's repressive campaign against freedom of expression" in the forum of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention during the UNHRC's 42nd regular session.

The letter reads, in part:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what kind of "assistance" in this regard is being given to Edrogan, courtesy of Facebook and Twitter, where their collective capabilities to "deplatform" anyone not walking in lock-step behind this dictator.

That last statement pretty much nails it, and definitely puts both companies in the AFAB category; that, of course is the acronym for "Anything for a Buck".

So congrats, Facebook and Twitter have made it painfully obvious upon which side of the "digital freedom divide" you stand, and it is not with responsible, fact-checked, and documented evidence, but with whatever will soothe whichever dictator on this planet for whom you may be working, overtly, or covertly.

Sep 18 09:43

Palestinian developments are straining Turkey-Israel relations

Recent weeks have witnessed a series of developments in Palestine that have produced mixed reactions in Turkey and Israel. Their relationship is back to the level of tension prevalent in the wake of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara flotilla in 2010.

The most recent development was the announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he will annex the occupied Jordan Valley if he wins Israel’s General Election. Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Çavu?o?lu, criticised Netanyahu’s remarks as, “A vile attempt to win a few more votes in the coming election at the expense of destroying the hopes of achieving a lasting peace in the Middle East.” He added that Israel was encouraged by “some” countries and is on the verge of turning into a racist, apartheid regime.

Sep 16 06:56

Turkey says Israel becoming ‘racist, apartheid regime’ with annexation plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement of his intention to annex areas of the West Bank following next week’s elections shows Israel is becoming a “racist, apartheid regime”, Turkey’s foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would annex the Jordan Valley, a swathe of the occupied West Bank that Israel captured in 1967 and which Palestinians want as part of a future state. The move alarmed Middle Eastern nations, European powers and Arab foreign ministers.

On Saturday, Turkey’s foreign ministry said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) would convene in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss Netanyahu’s statement.

Sep 16 06:05

Trump says 'not fair' that U.S. can't sell F-35s to Turkey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday it is “not fair” to either Turkey or the United States that Washington cannot sell Ankara billions of dollars worth of F-35 fighter jets after it bought a Russian air defense system.

Turkey started taking delivery of Russia’s S-400 air defense system last week in defiance of U.S. warnings that doing so would mean the Pentagon would kick it out of the F-35 stealth fighter program and that it could be subject to sanctions.

Washington’s concern is that deploying the S-400 with the F-35 would allow Russia to gain too much inside information of the stealth system.

Buying military equipment from Russia also leaves the NATO member liable to U.S. sanctions retribution under a 2017 law known as the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please, stop with the bloody whining, already!!

And talk to your good buds at the major defense departments companies who love your administration, in light of the reality that you have so vigorously taken up the mantle of "Merchant of Death in Chief" in their behalf, and tell them to fix the problems, which make US weaponry less competitive than that of Russia and China, OR ELSE!!!

Of course, Mr. President, you have utterly no desire to do this, nor will you, against your campaign contributors, who most likely will arrange for your 2020 victory as a "slam dunk".

So, the problems with American weapons will never, really get fixed; and it will be our kids in uniform who may well suffer and die because of this.

Were I the President, sir, I would never want this on my conscience or soul, that I had done nothing to protect American military from weaponry which should have been fixed, but was not; and yet, these people are the most likely going to be victims of flawed US weaponry.

Sep 11 07:41

Erdogan says Turkey cannot handle new migrant wave from Syria

Turkey cannot handle a new wave of migrants from northern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, adding that Ankara and Washington needed to establish a “safe zone” in the region as soon as possible.

The NATO allies have agreed to establish a safe zone in northeast Syria along Turkey’s southern border, and to clear the area of Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters. On Sunday, Turkish and U.S. troops carried out their first joint military land patrol in the region.

Sep 10 07:33

US sent 30,000 trucks of arms to Kurds in northern Syria: Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has again lambasted the United States for its offering of unwavering support to Kurds in northern Syria, saying Washington has been overgenerous to the Kurdish militants in the region.

In a speech on Saturday, Erdogan said that his country would not remain silent to over 30,000 weapon, equipment and ammunition-laden trucks sent by the US to northern Syria, where Kurds are operating.

The remarks covered on the website of the Turkish presidency came during a speech by Erdogan to members of his ruling AK Party in the city of Eskisehir.

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