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Aug 26 15:57

Turkey Invades Northern Syria — Truth of Turkish "Coup" Revealed?

Syria's conflict has escalated into dangerous new territory as Turkish military forces cross the Turkish-Syrian border in an attempt to annex the Syrian city of Jarabulus. The operation includes not only Turkish military forces, but also throngs of Western-backed militants who will likely be handed control of the city before expanding operations deeper into Syria against Syrian government forces.

Aug 26 11:40

Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow

Ankara is carrying out a full-scale ground operation in Syria. This format has not been coordinated with Moscow and threatens to undermine the warming of Russian-Turkish relations...

Aug 26 10:29

Turkey, Let Us Not Celebrate Yet! Now where is Turkey actually heading?

I know Turkey well. I have worked closely with Turkish people for more than 20 years. Five of my books were translated and published there, and in Istanbul, I have appeared on countless television talk shows. And honestly: the more I know Turkey, the less I understand it! It is one of the most complex countries on Earth. Turkey is unpredictable, full of contradictions and shifting alliances. Nothing is really what it appears to be on the surface. And even under the surface, the currents are often merging, separating, and even reversing their course. To write about Turkey, to write fairly and in-depth, requires jogging through a minefield. In the end, you always get it wrong! You make a huge amount of Turkish people unhappy, no matter what you say. It is mainly because there seems to be no simple, objective truth. And various 'camps' disagree with each other, fundamentally and passionately.

Aug 26 10:26

Invading sovereign states, ignoring UN

How important can the declarations from the UN be? Will they entail any real action? Pravda.Ru spoke about it to senior officer at the Center for Military-Political Studies at the Moscow State University for Foreign Relations (MGIMO), Doctor of Political Science, Mikhail Alexandrov. "Nothing will follow. It's just a formal statement. In general, Syria's sovereignty is violated by anyone who will take the trouble, except for Russia and Iran that operate in Syria in coordination with the Syrian government. The UN has shown the reaction because Turkey's actions do not fit into the Western strategy. The US, in turn, has reluctantly swallowed the pill, because the Americans are forced to reconcile with Turkey now after the conflict associated with the attempted coup. The Turks, of course, took advantage of the situation - they took advantage of the US support for their own purposes," said the expert...

Aug 26 10:21

UN declares Turkey aggressor

Spokesman for UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric de la Rivière called Turkey's actions in Syria an invasion and noted that Ankara did not coordinate its actions with the United Nations. The authorities of Syria have recently filed a complaint at the UN about Turkey's illegal actions. According to Syrian officials, the actions of the Turkish army violated Sirya's sovereignty. On August 24, the Turkish army with the support of the aviation of the international coalition started liberating the city of Jarabulus in northern Syria. According to Turkish news agency Anadolu, the operation in Jarabulus was launched to cleanse Turkish borders from terrorist groups and support Syria's territorial integrity. Representatives for the Turkish authorities said that the purpose of the military operation in Syria was to reduce the flow of migrants and deliver humanitarian aid to the population.

Aug 26 09:18

Biden Met by Snubs as He Seeks to Mollify Turkey’s Angry Erdogan

From the minute he stepped off the plane on Wednesday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Turkey seemed ill-fated.

Intended to smooth relations frayed by last month’s botched coup, Biden’s visit instead showcased acrimony with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey sent low-ranking officials -- including Ankara’s deputy mayor -- to greet Biden at the airport. And even before the vice president’s visit ended, the Daily Sabah, a pro-Erdogan newspaper, declared that "Biden wasted a trip, Turkey wasted time."

Biden -- the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Turkey since the coup -- was apologetic and conciliatory during his joint news conference with Erdogan. As the vice president spoke, the Turkish leader sat back in his chair, stone-faced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF President Obama thought for even a millisecond, that this stunt of dispatching Biden, and not extraditing Imam Gulen, was going to eradicate Erdogan's strong belief that the US government was complicit in the failed coup against him, he was (again, as usual) straight out wrong.

Aug 26 07:11

Turkey Invades Aleppo With US Backing

TURKEY invaded northern Syria yesterday with US military and diplomatic backing, striking at both Islamic State (Isis) and Kurdish forces.

Turkish troops and up to 20 tanks accompanied by extremist insurgents pulled from fronts in the Syrian civil war to capture Jarabulus, the key Isis-held border town in the north-east of Aleppo province.

Aug 25 14:00

Hit the ATM: The Ankara-Tehran-Moscow coalition

So Turkish President, a.k.a. Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan is about to make a high-profile visit to Tehran – the date has not yet been set - to essentially kick start the ATM (Ankara-Tehran-Moscow) coalition in Syria.

Anyone as much as hinting at such a massive geopolitical tectonic shift a few weeks ago would be branded a madman. So how did the impossible happen?

A major strategic game-changer – Russia using an airfield in Iran to send bombers against jihadis in Syria – had already taken place, with its aftermath spectacularly misreported by the usual, clueless US corporate media suspects.

Aug 25 11:02

Turkey/US Invade Syria – Hillary Gets ‘No-Fly’ Zone

Just three years after promising the American people that he would not put American boots on the ground in Syria, President Obama has directed the US military to participate in an invasion of northern Syria alongside NATO-ally Turkey. This in addition to establishing de facto US bases in eastern Syria from which US Special Forces are operating.

Aug 25 09:48

Germany mulls pullout from Turkish airbase

Germany's military is preparing to pull out from a Turkish airbase as a row between the two NATO partners escalates, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Thursday.

Aug 25 09:24

US-TURKEY LAUNCH OPERATION "ISIS SHIELD" TO CLEANSE MODERATE ARABS AND KURDS UNDER THE COVER OF FIGHTING ISIS

Sadly, the Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become the pets and toys of the two-faced gangsters in Washington. If Uncle Sam tells them lay down, they lay down, if he tells them fetch, they fetch.

Aug 25 09:11

The Turkish Invasion Of Syria: Who Is Behind It And Why

By Brandon Turbeville

...The Turkish invasion is predicated on the basis of “fighting ISIS,” a wholly unbelievable goal since Turkey itself has been supporting, training, and facilitating ISIS since day one. Not only that, but Turkey is arriving in Syria with terrorists in tow since, as the BBC reported, “Between nine and 12 tanks crossed the frontier, followed by pick-up trucks believed to be carrying hundreds of fighters from Turkish-backed factions of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA).” If Turkey was interested in stopping terrorism, why would they lead the charges for more terrorists to enter Syria? Indeed, if stopping terrorism was truly Turkey’s goal, it is capable of sealing the border from its own side without any need for invasion so why the war the party?...

Aug 24 15:41

Syria won't reach democracy with Assad, Erdogan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Syria will never "reach democracy" under the leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Erdogan made the remarks on Wednesday following a joint press conference with visiting US Vice President Joe Biden and hours after the Turkish military launched an operation on Syrian soil under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

The Turkish president also noted that Turkish-backed Syrian militants had retaken the Syrian town of Jarablus from Daesh Takfiri militants following the incursion that involved Turkish tanks and special forces supported by US and Turkish fighter jets.

Aug 24 14:52

US Provides Air Cover For Turkey’s Operation Against Daesh

The United States says it will provide air cover for what Turkey calls operation against Daesh in Syria, according to Reuters.

A senior US official announced the decision on Wednesday, adding that Washington was “in synch” with its NATO partners on the plan.

Aug 24 14:12

Turkey Formally Requests US To Extradite ‘Coup-Plotting’ Gulen – State Dept

Turkey has formally requested the US to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a cleric that Ankara accuses of orchestrating the failed coup. The State Department has confirmed it received the request, but said it is not related to the coup.

“We can confirm now that Turkey has requested the extradition of Mr. Gulen, but I wouldn’t characterize the request as relating to the coup attempt. In fact, they don’t relate to the 2016 attempted coup,” department spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters Tuesday.

Aug 24 13:28

Turkey Makes ‘Formal’ Request For Extradition Of Gulen: US

Turkey has formally requested that the United States extraditie Pennsylvania-based opposition figure Fethullah Gulen, whom it accuses of orchestrating last month’s failed coup, the US State Department says.

Aug 24 12:55

Syria Condemns Turkish Invasion As "Breach Of Sovereignty" While Joe Biden Meets With Erdogan

Syria's Foreign Ministry, which has the backing of Russia and as of last week, China, condemned Turkey's military incursion against an Islamic State-held Syrian town near its border, aided by aircraft from a U.S.-led coalition, as a breach of its sovereignty, Syrian state television reported. It added that any counter terrorism operations inside its borders had to be conducted in coordination with Damascus and accused Ankara of launching the incursion to replace Islamic State with "other terrorist groups" a reference to rebels.

Aug 24 10:04

Damascus slams Turkey’s military 'aggression' into Syrian territory

Syria has denounced Turkey’s recent military incursion into the Syrian territory, backed by the US-led coalition, saying the offensive violates the Arab country's sovereignty.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned Turkey’s military operation in a statement released on Wednesday, Syrian media reported.

The ministry called for an immediate end to the Turkish "aggression," adding that the operation is being carried out under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Aug 24 09:38

Turkish tanks cross Syrian border in military op to retake city of Jarablus from ISIS

Turkey has launched a ground incursion into Syria targeting Islamic State and Kurdish fighters near the town of Jarablus. Ankara says it wants to take the town to stop cross-border attacks, while the Kurds warn that Turkish troops will get into a quagmire.

“At 4:00 this morning, operations started in the north of Syria against terror groups which constantly threaten our country, like Daesh [Arabic name for Islamic State] and the PYD [he Democratic Union Party of Syria],” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara, adding that the incursion had been prompted by cross-border attacks originating from Jarablus that should be “stopped.”

Aug 24 08:39

'US is suicidal' Turkey says America is 'holding live grenade with pin pulled'

TURKEY'S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned America its continued support for "terrorists" will dramatically backfire for the world's most powerful nation, saying it is like "holding on to live grenades with the pins pulled".

Ankara is furious with Washington for their backing for Syrian Kurdish fighters, who have been instrumental in the defeat of ISIS in large parts of the region.

Turkey has also fallen out with NATO over its support for the Kurdish rebels, which it views as a terrorist group.

Mr Erdogan considers the Syrian Kurdish YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), considered a terror organisation by the European Union as well as Ankara and Washington.

Aug 24 08:31

Turkey Invades Syria, Backed By U.S.

By Brandon Turbeville

On Wednesday morning, Turkey abruptly launched an all-out military assault on Syria, sending in tanks, troops, and engaging in airstrikes, in concert with airstrikes from the United States, to the northern portions of Syria near the Turkey-Syria border under the guise of combating ISIS forces. At this time, the military operations seem focused around Jarablus.

According to the BBC, “A dozen Turkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.”

Aug 24 07:46

Turkey sends in the tanks: Ankara launches 'unprecedented' operation to free jihadist-held Syrian town as minister warns country is under attack from ISIS

The military escalation was immediately condemned by Syria's foreign ministry as a 'flagrant violation' of its sovereignty.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Syria operation was aimed at 'putting an end to' border problems caused by ISIS, but he is also targeting Kurdish fighters who are backed by the US.

Aug 24 07:03

Turkish tanks cross Syrian border in military op to retake city of Jarablus from ISIS

Turkey has launched a ground incursion into Syria targeting Islamic State and Kurdish fighters near the town of Jarablus. Ankara says it wants to take the town to stop cross-border attacks, while the Kurds warn that Turkish troops will get into a quagmire.

“At 4:00 this morning, operations started in the north of Syria against terror groups which constantly threaten our country, like Daesh [Arabic name for Islamic State] and the PYD [he Democratic Union Party of Syria],” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said the military operation would be “short and results-based,” while insisting that it doesn’t violate international law.

Aug 24 06:56

Putin to visit Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Turkey to watch a football match between Russian and Turkish teams on Aug. 31 in southern Turkish city of Antalya, Dogan news Agency reported on Tuesday.

Turkish President Erdogan will also attend the friendship match, Dogan added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet more is happening than just watching a game!

Aug 24 04:41

The West’s Favored Autocrats - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

By prioritizing traditional alliances, control of resources and economic ideology, the U.S. turns a blind eye to other aspects of autocratic behavior that contradict its own avowed values, thereby setting up a vivid display of foreign policy hypocrisy. An example is the issue of democracy and the “Other.” Since the 1960s the United States has been struggling with its racist impulses.

Aug 22 09:16

SHIFTING ALLIANCES: TURKEY, RUSSIA AND THE KURDS

It is an irrefutable fact that the United States sponsors the militants, but only for a limited period of time in order to achieve certain policy objectives. For instance: the United States nurtured the Afghan jihadists during the Cold War against the erstwhile Soviet Union from 1979 to 1988, but after the signing of Geneva Accords and the consequent withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, the United States withdrew its support to the Afghan jihadists.

Aug 22 08:10

NATO Nukes in Romania: Rumor Mill Vs. Reality

By Ulson Gunnar

Unconfirmed reports regarding the US moving nuclear weapons it reportedly maintains at Incirlik Airbase, Turkey to Romania (a NATO member since 2004) made the rounds last week. It is just one of many stories surrounding the apparent fallout between the United States and its stalwart ally and fellow NATO member, Turkey.

Following a failed coup in July, Turkey has accused the US openly of orchestrating the attempted overthrow of the government. Despite this, US forces continue operating from Turkish territory, and according to official reports, American nuclear weapons remain in Turkey.

But what if they were being moved? And if not to Romania as Romanian officials insist, to another NATO member state, what would this mean? And if they are not being moved, who started this rumor and why?...

Aug 21 10:43

Russia could use Incirlik airbase ‘if necessary’ – Turkish PM

Ankara wouldn’t mind it if Russia used the Incirlik airbase for its anti-terror missions against Islamic State terrorists in Syria, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim hinted on Saturday, but acknowledged that no such requests have been made.

Aug 21 10:31

12-14yo child behind suicide bombing that killed 51 at Turkey wedding – Erdogan

“It was carried out like an atrocity,” Ibrahim Ozdemir said, referring to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). “We want to end these massacres. We are in pain, especially the women and children.”

President Erdogan has placed the blame for the attack on IS, which has carried out numerous atrocities across Turkey in recent months. He called the attack a “heinous” bombing.

The attack also comes a month after a failed coup attempt against Erdogan. He has accused the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and his supporters of being behind the attempted power grab.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey has been a major supplier to ISIS in Syria. If Erdogan cuts that off, ISIS in Syria is finished, and the US along with it.

Aug 21 08:00

Kremlin Presses Turkey for Access to NATO's Incirlik Air Base, Home to US Nukes

ROTFWLMFAO! Sorry! Couldn't help it!

Russian officials have reached out to Ankara to request access to the American-built base as a convenient launch pad for airstrikes in the Syrian theater, but it remains to be seen whether such cooperation will roil NATO’s feathers.

Aug 20 12:28

Turkey Aligns With Russia and Iran; Syria Bombed Kurds, Nearly Hit US Commandos

On the fifth anniversary of the US government declaring that Assad must go, the battle for Aleppo rages and major political and military realignments are in the works. Syria bombed Kurdish security forces (Ayaysh), with US commandos nearby. The US scrambled fighter jets, warned Syria, and now patrol that airspace. Russia has increased airstrikes and is using an air base in Iran. Russia is also deploying a combat ship to the Gulf of Aden. There are unconfirmed reports of US nuclear weapons moving from Turkey to Romania.

Aug 20 10:41

Failed Coup in Turkey, Escalating War in Ukraine, The Battle For Aleppo, Freedom for Saif al-Gaddafi in Libya

With the provocations in Crimea and treachery in Syria hopefully Russia will get it’s revenge by helping Syria crush this NATO terrorist invasion. Syria is on the offensive seizing back the most of the 1070 apartments and the air force technical college. They made other important gains in Damascus, Latakia, and Deir Ezzor but of course the war continues. In Libya the power of the green resistance continues to grow despite the dirty war being waged on the country by NATO. In Turkey Erdogan is on the rampage purging his opponents. In Crimea the situation is tense but thankfully the people have been spared a wave of terror bombings and assassinations thanks to the quick response of the FSB and the Russian military. Donbass remains under fire it’s plight forgotten by the outside world which continues to ignore the menace of fascism in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, these setbacks have caused the power elite in DC to feel cornered and wounded; and there are very few things more dangerous to peace in the world than people feeling cornered and wounded.

Aug 20 10:02

'US apoplectic as Turkey pivots eastward'

Turkish President Erdogan has given up on NATO and the EU, and is pivoting toward the East, says ex-Pentagon official Michael Maloof. As Ankara and Moscow discuss military ties, this offers an intriguing new opportunity for regional cooperation.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in an interview with Sputnik news agency, said that Ankara is considering military cooperation with Russia as NATO seems to be shying away from relations with Turkey.

Aug 20 09:54

Romania Denies Reports of US Nukes Transfer From Turkey

Romania denies media reports of US nuclear weapons being transferred from Turkey to its territory, the Romanian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Aug 19 15:16

Turkey And Iran Reach Agreement On Conditions For Syria Peace

In a stunning diplomatic surprise, Turkey and Iran have announced a preliminary agreement on fundamental principles for a settlement of the Syrian conflict.

Aug 19 11:03

Huge Spike In Islamophobic Tweets Blamed On Nice Attack & Turkey Coup

Almost 7,000 “Islamophobic” tweets were sent worldwide in the English language every day in July this year, with the vast majority in Europe coming from the UK, new data suggests.

Aug 19 07:05

Erdogan ‘taking active steps to alienate both US and Europe’ – fmr US diplomat

Aug 18 14:54

Another Clinton Disaster: America's 20 Year Drug-Fueled Special Op to Infiltrate Turkey

In this episode of Spotlight with Sibel and Spiro we discuss the notorious USA-based Mullah Fethullah Gulen and Operation Gladio B in light of Wikileaks’ recent announcement that they plan to release a new batch of e-mails exposing the intimate ties between Hillary Clinton and Gulen’s 25+ Billion shady network.

Sibel Edmonds explains how Fethullah Gulen was brought into the United States during the Clinton Administration, and how Bill Clinton’s White House, the State Department and the Justice Department’s Janet Reno provided the infamous mullah and his terrorism-heroin operations with blanket immunity and protection.

We also take a look at Clinton’s hand-picked handlers, Graham Fuller and Mark Grossman, selected to manage and direct Gulen’s cells in the U.S. and abroad.

Aug 18 12:47

TURKEY RELEASES 38,000 PRISONERS TO MAKE ROOM FOR COUP ACCUSED

Turkey will grant early release to 38,000 prisoners who committed crimes before 1 July, the government said on Wednesday, amid reports of prison overcrowding after the failed coup. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said in a series of messages on Twitter that the move was “not an amnesty” and the convicts were not being pardoned but released on parole. All 38,000 will be released on Wednesday afternoon, according to reports in Turkey.

Aug 18 12:21

Turkish FM: NATO's Inaction Forces Ankara to Develop Military Ties With Russia

It’s a pity that peaceful civilians keep dying in Syria. Unfortunately, the earlier agreed ceasefire is being violated. We need to wage an all-out war against terrorist organizations in Syria. If we don’t flush them out, the wave or terrorism will keep spreading across the world, like an epidemic, threatening Turkey, Russia, Europe, the whole world.

A meeting of Russian and Turkish military officials in Ankara on Thursday was an important step toward prevention of airspace accidents, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Kemal Aydin said.
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Turkey-Russia Committee on Syria to Hold 1st Meeting - Erdogan's Spokesman
That’s why we need to act together also on this track. We believe that the Syrian problem can be resolved if all countries come together in good faith. As we have said once and again, even during this period of crisis between us, without Russia there will be no lasting settlement in Syria. We keep insisting on this now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When President Obama's foreign policy goes wrong, it goes spectacularly wrong, as evidenced by Turkey's post-coup warming of relations with Russia, including issues of trade, and coming military cooperation.

That DC could, collectively think Erdogan wouldn't blame the US for the aborted coup was simply...magical thinking.

Aug 18 11:19

Video: Russian Military Build up in and around Syria

The Russian aircraft-carrying missile cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, with about 15 Su-33 and MiG-29K/KUB fighter aircraft and more than a dozen of Ka-52K, Ka-27 military helicopters and Ka-31 airborne early warning & control rotorcraft aboard, is also expected to be deployed to the eastern Mediterranean to conduct air strikes on terrorist targets in Syria and ensure the air defense of the Russian military grouping located at the Khmeimim Air Base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what happens if Turkey "gifts" the base at Incerlik to the Russian military?!?

Things are moving quickly in this part of the world, and definitely NOT to Washington's liking.

Aug 18 11:14

US Transfers Nukes From Turkey to Romania. Washington Losing Control of some 50 US Tactical Nuclear Weapons at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base

The base was impacted significantly by the events of July 15 and their aftermath. Former base commander Gen. Bekir Ercan Van was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the plot, while the Turkish authorities cut the base’s electricity supply off and prohibited US planes from taking off.

“It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” a source told the EurActive news website.

Another source confirmed to the media outlet that arms are being transferred from Turkey’s Incirlik air base to the Deveselu air base in Romania due to Washington’s lack of trust in the Turkish authorities in the wake of the thwarted coup attempt in the country.The Romanian foreign ministry denied the reports in a written answer to the media outlet.

Aug 18 10:20

Turkey considering military ties with Russia as NATO shows unwillingness to cooperate – Ankara

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at NATO, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. In an interview with Sputnik, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia.

Cavusoglu says that Ankara has become alarmed at the lack of willingness shown by NATO to cooperate with Turkey, which is a member of the alliance.

"It seems to us that NATO members behave in an evasive fashion on issues such as the exchange of technology and joint investments. Turkey intends to develop its own defense industry and strengthen its defense system,” he said in an interview with Sputnik.

“In this sense, if Russia were to treat this with interest, we are ready to consider the possibility of cooperation in this sector," Cavusoglu said when asked about the possibility of working with Russia in the defense sphere.

Aug 18 08:05

Gülen issue turns already strained Turkey-US relations into crisis

Amid the already high tensions between Washington and Ankara over the U.S.'s partnership with the Syrian PKK affiliate PYD and its armed YPG in Syria, Washington's reluctance to extradite FETÖ leader Gülen has further strained Turkish-U.S. relations

Aug 18 07:11

Turkey car bombs: Police station attacks kill six and injure 219

Two big car bombs have hit police stations in separate cities in Turkey, killing six people and wounding at least 219 others.

The first attack targeted a police station in the eastern city of Van, killing one police officer and two civilians. Some 73 people were hurt.

Hours later, a police station in Elazig was hit, killing at least three police officers and wounding 146 people.

Turkish officials blamed the Kurdish militant group, the PKK.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like the botched coup by the US will be the end of their plans to carve a new Kurdistan out of Syria, Turkey, and Iraq.

Aug 17 15:45

Strengthening Russo-Turkish Alliance Stokes US-Russian Cold War

John Helmer, Russian-based Anglo-American journalist says that Russia feels threatened by US, NATO, Turkey, and the turbulence at its borders.

Aug 17 13:48

The United States’ favoured autocrats

Lawrence Davidson says the US does not care if its allies are murderers, corrupt thieves or racists as long as they help it spread capitalism, achieve resource reliability, and ensure security for its allies and strategic advantage over old enemies.

Aug 17 12:49

Does Russia Need Turkish Incirlik Airbase for Operation in Syria?

A Turkish political analyst spoke to Sputnik about the Russian-Turkish cooperation in the fight against terrorism after Iran allowed Moscow to use its Hamadan airbase for strikes against Daesh and al-Nusra Front in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oops!

Aug 17 09:45

US: No legal action on Gulen until proof found

The U.S. will not take any legal action on Fetullah Terror Organization’s (FETO) leader Fetullah Gulen's extradition request by Turkey until evidence is found, State Department said Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And with that, Turkey spins off to stand with Russia!

Aug 17 09:43

Turkey submits Mavi Marmara compensation bill

A bill concerning an approval of procedural arrangements between Turkey and Israel for payment of compensation to Mavi Marmara victims was submitted to the Turkish Parliamentary Speaker's Office in Ankara Wednesday, the office said.

According to the agreement between the two countries, Israel will pay $20 million to Turkey as compensation to families of the victims.

Aug 17 07:40

Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi: Lessons for Erdogan

"Turkey and Russia have agreed that the next government in Syria must allow everyone to freely practice their beliefs, it must be comprehensive and secular", Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Cavusoglu said in an interview with Turkey's NTV.

"Our vision of the future of Syria coincides with the Russian one, - he continued. - The situation in Syria is getting worse every day. We have always said that it is only a political solution that can give Syria stability within the framework of saving the lives of civilians, distinguishing between moderate counteraction and terrorist groups and ensuring humanitarian aid."

Thus, it is clear that the Turkish side no longer insists on the immediate resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but it still support "moderate" insurgents. - See more at: http://www.pravdareport.com/world/asia/turkey/15-08-2016/135329-erdoga...

Aug 17 07:27

Germany accuses Turkey of supporting terrorism: report

A leaked internal government document accuses the government of supporting terrorist organizations such as Hamas, public broadcaster ARD reports.

Aug 17 07:23

WikiLeaks, Hillary-Gulen Intimate Ties & How Clintons Gave Birth to Mullah Gulen’s Terrorist Network

Aug 17 06:57

Number 2 of Gülenist terror-cult is ‘the imam of Israel’, indictment says

A court indictment on Tuesday indicated that the identity of the Gülenist Terror Group's (FETÖ) number two (second in the hierarchy following the leader, Fethullah Gülen) as Harun Tokak, a member in charge of the cult's activities in Israel.

The cult uses the code name "imam," an Islamic title that for Sunni Muslims refers to a prayer leader, as a title for those terror cult members responsible for organizations and institutions in specific countries. The indictment from a court in the western province of U?ak named FETÖ's number 3 as Murat Karabulut, the FETÖ "imam" for Gülenists in the National Intelligence Organization (M?T) and in Asia.

Aug 16 12:06

US Nuclear Weapons At Risk of Seizure in Turkey

Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by “terrorists or other hostile forces”, a Washington think tank said on Monday.

The US has an estimated 50 nuclear bombs at Incirlik in southern Turkey, 110km from the border with Syria.
The base’s Turkish commander was arrested on suspicion of complicity in last month’s coup plot.

“Whether the US could have maintained control of the weapons in the event of a protracted civil conflict in Turkey is an unanswerable question,” said Monday’s report from the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan think tank working to promote peace.

Incirlik is a vital base for the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria, giving drones and warplanes fast access to IS targets.

“From a security point of view, it’s a roll of the dice to continue to have approximately 50 of America’s nuclear weapons stationed at Incirlik,” report co-author Laicie Heeley said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And hey, it wouldn't even have to be a coup ultimately commandeering these weapons; it could well be the Turkish government itself!!

With such an improvement in Turkish/Russian relations in the last week, who knows?!? Turkey may well pivot to Russia, declare itself a BRICs nation, and tell NATO to just vanish, permanently.

Aug 16 10:47

Turkey Threatens To Reopen The Refugee Floodgates To Europe

Even if you’ve only been paying a superficial amount of attention to the European refugee crisis, you’ll be aware of the fact that earlier this year the EU and Turkey agreed to a deal on migrants where in exchange for concessions, Turkey would stem the flow of migrants from its shores. The deal went through and refugee levels from Turkey fell dramatically.

Unfortunately, one major problem with the deal is Turkey’s demand for visa-free travel, something many throughout the EU were intensely against from the beginning, and are even more opposed to now following the Turkish government’s authoritarian crackdown on tens of thousands of its own citizens following last month’s failed coup.

Aug 16 08:03

US IMPUNITY UNDER THREAT: TURKEY MAY DISINTEGRATE NATO

If Turkey leaves NATO, that would be a big change. Turkey has been in the pockets of Washington for a long time. If Washington was behind the coup, this probably has damaged the relationship permanently. Erdogan has very strong motives to realign with Russia despite the problems he had caused. The Russian government has a very strong interest to overlook Turkey’s past behavior and to befriend it, because it weakens NATO on Russia’s borders. There is a possibility, but I don’t know how quickly it happens and what Washington will try to do to retrieve the relationship. It will be some sort of a competition to establish relations with Turkey.

Aug 15 13:25

US Nuclear Weapons At Turkey Base At Risk Of Seizure By Terrorists: Report

A large number of American nuclear weapons stored at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base are at risk of being seized by “terrorists or other hostile forces,” according to a Washington think tank.

Aug 15 09:07

Ex-White House Weapons Chief: US Nukes at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base Aren’t Safe

The Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the White House National Security Council staff for President Bill Clinton cautions that the B-61 tactical nuclear weapons stored in Turkey could easily be seized by jihadists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or Erdogan!

Aug 15 07:23

Desperate Obama sends Joe Biden to Turkey in last ditch bid to rebuild shattered relations

BARACK Obama will send vice president Joe Biden to Turkey in a last ditch attempt to patch up relations with Ankara.

Aug 14 09:09

Russian Media: US preparing chaos in Macedonia, Serbia and Greece to prevent Turkish Stream

Serbian daily Informer, citing Russian media has stated the nations of Macedonia, Serbia and Greece are "screwed" after the latest pact between Putn and Erdogan which decided to get the Turkish stream project back on track.

The only way for the United States to let the three Balkan nations live in peace is if they give up on their business partnership with Russia, regardless of how beneficial it may be for all three.

Aug 14 07:51

Turkey says no compromise with Washington on cleric's extradition

Turkey will not compromise with Washington over the extradition of the Islamic cleric it accuses of orchestrating a failed coup, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, warning of rising anti-Americanism if the United States fails to extradite.

Yildirim's comments, at a briefing for local reporters, were the latest to take aim at Turkey's top NATO ally and coincided with a report that an Istanbul prosecutor wrote to U.S. authorities asking for the detention of cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Turkey says Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in rural Pennsylvania since 1999, masterminded the failed July 15 putsch when a group of rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters in an attempt to overthrow the government. Gulen has denied the charge and condemned the coup.

"There is no compromise apart from this chief terrorist coming to Turkey and being prosecuted," Yildirim was quoted as saying by state-run Anadolu Agency.

Aug 13 10:39

Turkey Says It Won’t Compromise With U.S. Over Gulen Extradition

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If there is "no compromise" in the Turkish government's position on the extradition of Gulen, the only way he is coming back to Turkey is ....quite dead.

This Administration is no stranger to extra-judicial assassinations.

Aug 13 07:41

Turkey May Soon Join BRICS Powers After Putin-Erdogan Meeting in St. Petersburg

US analysts claim that Erdogan’s highly successful meeting with Putin in St. Petersburg could be the beginning of Turkey leaving NATO to join the BRICS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Nuke the bastard!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 13 07:08

WikiLeaks, Hillary-Gulen Intimate Ties & How Clintons Gave Birth to Mullah Gulen’s Terrorist Network

Aug 12 07:05

Turkey Is No Longer a Reliable Ally

The meeting this week between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin and their vow to expand bilateral relations is the latest sign of deteriorating U.S.-Turkish relations since Turkey’s failed coup last month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now the US will attack Turkey????????

Aug 12 06:35

What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

Turkey has hinted it may try to leave NATO – which could cause difficulties for the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme because the country has signed up to buy 100 of the advanced jet fighters.

Aug 11 20:04

Turkey threatens to take down the banks for 'betrayal' by rejecting loans after coup

TURKISH leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said banks that refuse company loans are betraying him.

Turkey's President called for companies to employ a more liberal credit policy, as he rejected any cautions about the "cleansing" in his country.

He said: "We have no right to feel sorry for those who have no compassion for their country and their people."

And dded: "Banks that refuse loans at this stage that our country is in and even recall loans with invented pretexts have shown which side they are on, I want to announce this here.

"And that is not the side of our country and our people"

Aug 11 19:32

End of ISIS? Turkey forms super alliance with Russia to ANNIHILATE Islamic State in Syria

TURKEY has called for a partnership with Russia to help wipe the Islamic State off the face of the Earth.

Aug 11 15:51

Erdogan Threatens To Abandon US Dollar In Trade With Russia

But perhaps the most notable development was reported today by Turkey's Gunes newspaper, which said that as part of the discussion between Putin and Erdogan on Tuesday, the Turkish president suggested to abandon the US dollar in bilateral trade between Turkey and Russia, and instead to transact directly in lira and rubles. This would "benefit both Russia and Turkey", Erdogan allegedly said in his August 9 meeting in St Petersburg, adding that this would relieve the lira from the USD's upward pressure. The reason Erdogan is concerned about exchange rates is because recently Turkish inflation soared by nearly 8% Y/Y, and the recent devaluation of the TRY against the USD has only poured more oil on the fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"INVADE! INVADE NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 11 09:37

Turkey signals joint defense plan with Russia

Turkey and Russia will establish a joint military, intelligence and diplomacy mechanism, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday.

Aug 11 08:47

Greece sees 76 percent rise in migrants after Turkey's dispute with Europe following coup

IMMIGRATION from Turkey to Greece has soared by 76 per cent after a dispute between Ankara and Europe following the failed military coup.

The number of stranded asylum seekers coming from the Turkish shores to the northeast Aegean islands has exceeded 10,000 for the first time ever.

Aug 11 06:55

Putin-Erdogan Meeting - Breakup, Breakdown

The priority is the commitment from Turkey to stop attempts at regime change in Syria, the Russian Caucasus, and the CIS states, including Armenia and Tajikistan. This means the expulsion of Chechen fighters from their havens in Turkey and areas under Turkish control; closure of the Turkish-Syrian border for ISIS and other jihadis; and an end to Turkish support for the Azeri war against Armenia and for Islamic oppositionists in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Crimea.

In return, the Turks want a Russian commitment not to support Kurdish groups to establish territorial autonomies or statelets along Turkey’s borders with Syria and Iraq, nor encourage the Kurds to fight their way back into Turkey to establish an independent Kurdistan.

Aug 10 11:20

US Warns Turkey to Back Off Threats, Accusations Over Coup

Since a failed military coup last month, US relations with Turkey have been worsening consistently, with the Erdogan government harshly criticizing the Obama Administration at every chance, variously accusing the US of not being supportive enough and at times accusing the US of being secretly behind the coup.

The State Department appears to be growing weary of this, and has warned the Turkish government to back off the various threats and accusations against the United States surrounding the coup, saying they find Turkey’s “inflammatory rhetoric” a serious problem.

Turkish officials don’t appear to be keen on backing away from the allegations, with pro-government newspapers accusing the US-based Woodrow Wilson Center of being in on the coup, and the Justice Ministry issuing a statement warning that the US is risking bilateral relations by not handing over exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let me see what bargaining chips the US State Department has to get Turkey to back off from these accusations; the short answer, is .....absolutely none.

A threat to expel Turkey from NATO?!?

Turkey, as of yesterday's meeting between Erdogan and Putin in St. Petersburg , may be ready to execute a Russian-centric pivot, both economically and militarily, which will mean that NATO membership is something Erdogan may be willing to "sacrifice" to see that this pivot gets nurtured.

And so far, the American and NATO troops which were locked down in Incerlik, (and those estimated 50 - 90 varying payload thermonuclear bombs), as still locked down in Incerlik.

The Obama administration has utterly no game, except to extradite Gulen, dead or alive; my bet would be on the first, rather than the latter, as Gulen is a CIA asset, with extensive knowledge of how the CIA functions in Turkey, and therefore would be a "live liability" should he be extradited alive.

Aug 10 10:26

Putin and Erdogan Vow to Repair Ties as West Watches Nervously

Against a backdrop of rising tensions between Turkey and the West, Presidents Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey pledged on Tuesday to repair relations after nine months of open antagonism.

Although their meeting in St. Petersburg on Tuesday produced little beyond vows of friendship and cooperation, the symbolism of the two former antagonists coming together for a friendly talk was enough to raise alarms in Western capitals. Besides being a member of the NATO alliance, Turkey is vital to Europe’s efforts to stanch the flow of migrants from Syria and Afghanistan.

Washington and Ankara, long at odds over American support of the Kurds in Syria and Iraq, have had a series of problems lately. Anti-Americanism has been on the rise in Turkey, amid accusations that the United States played a role in the failed coup in Turkey and widespread resentment of the White House’s criticism of the resulting crackdown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this relationship continues to warm, militarily and economically, and Putin is able to throw Iran into the mix, such a relationship could well become a grand "Eurasian Axis", capable of preventing any outside military interference for either Turkey or Iran.

Oh, and BTW, as reported on 6 August 2016 at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/:

The U.S. Justice Department will send a technical delegation to Turkey this week over the government's request to extradite U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the prime suspect behind the July 15 coup attempt according to Ankara. The Turkish Justice Ministry had invited a delegation from Washington to come to Turkey first to discuss Gülen's extradition. In return, a delegation from the Justice ministry will later depart for U.S. to discuss the extradition after the U.S. delegation's visit. Ankara has already lodged two extradition demands with the U.S. for Gülen, who lives a self-claimed exile in Pennsylvania.

And please remember; at Incerlik, Erdogan has his "bargaining chip" of thousands of US and NATO personnel on lockdown, along with 50 - 90 NATO thermonuclear bombs.

President Obama cannot afford to extradite CIA asset Gullen to Turkey, because he is a "live liability", so he will most probably meet with a "severe health challenge" which will take him out, before the body is returned to Turkey.

This Administration is no stranger to extrajudicial assassinations.

Aug 10 08:43

Russia and Turkey's new friendship is bad news for the West

But even before the attempted military take-over last month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had decided he could no longer afford a cold war with Moscow and began making overtures to the Kremlin. The failed coup appears to have expedited matters: yesterday Mr Erdogan met with Vladimir Putin to agree to normalise relations between the two countries.

Aug 10 08:42

US to Turkey: Back off

As anti-US allegations swirl, skepticism about Turkey’s reliability is hardening in the Obama administration and Congress.

Aug 10 08:31

Turks don’t even want to join EU! Brussels has made SERIOUS mistakes, says Ankara

BUNGLING Brussels bureaucrats have LOST support among the people of Turkey - despite Ankara’s desperately long bid to join the crumbling European Union (EU).

Aug 10 07:56

Putin and Erdogan Talks: Will Russia-Turkey Reset Spell the End of NATO, EU?

In his first foreign trip after the failed coup attempt in his country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in St. Petersburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the hopes of mending ties as Ankara is increasingly isolated from the West.

Aug 10 07:09

Is The U.S. Behind Fethullah Gulen?

Whenever I talk with another Turk about the Gulen movement, a question invariably props up: is the CIA behind Gulen? In fact for most Turks this is a rather rhetorical question, with an incontrovertible answer. The belief that Gulen and his activities are orchestrated by the U.S. is as strongly held as it is widespread among Turks of all political coloration – secular or Islamist.

Aug 10 07:04

Turkey Failed Coup: Ties Emerge Between Hilary Clinton And Mysterious Islamic Cleric Fethullah Gulen

In the April 1, 2009 message, a Gulen follower named Gokhan Ozkok asked Clinton deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin for help in connecting one of his allies to President Obama.

Ozkok is founding board member of the Turkish Cultural Center and part of a network of businesses and non-profits affiliated with the Gulen movement, also known as Hizmet.

Ozkok served as national finance co-chair of the pro-Clinton Ready PAC. He gave $10,000 to the committee in 2014 and $2,700 to Clinton’s campaign last year. He is also listed on the Turkish Cultural Center’s website as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, one of the non-profit arms of the Clinton Foundation. He’s given between $25,000 and $50,000 to the Clinton charity.

Aug 09 18:17

TURKEY AND RUSSIA ALLIANCE: Putin and Erdogan meet and hold 'beneficial' talks

TURKISH president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today Turkey and Russia were determined to normalise ties in an alliance set to unsettle Western leaders.

Speaking at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Erdogan said their talks had been "comprehensive and beneficial".

Aug 09 15:31

Huge Crowds Gather For Pro-Erdogan Rally In Istanbul

Millions gathered in Istanbul’s Yenikapi square, Sunday, to protest the country’s recent failed coup attempt.

Aug 09 14:10

Turkey should investigate Ambassador John Bass for role in failed coup

The new evidence of the US participation in the coup attempt in Turkey emerged. Greek press published a photo made a day before the coup. It shows the US ambassador in Turkey John Basse together with the Turkish senior officer, who looks like one of the leaders of the coup Col. Ali Yaz?c? (former military adviser to President Erdogan). They had a private meeting in Cengelkoy café the day before the coup.

Aug 09 14:07

Letter to President Erdo?an of Turkey

On behalf of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), we are writing to deplore the coup attempt and express our concern over the actions of the Turkish government against academics in Turkey.

(Note the signatory list sounds like a Bar Mitzvah guest list)

Aug 09 13:57

Turkey: U.S. shouldn't "sacrifice" alliance over Muslim cleric

Turkey's justice minister said Tuesday the United States would be sacrificing its alliance with Turkey to "a terrorist" if it were to refuse to extradite a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who the government says is behind the July 15 failed coup.

Bekir Bozdag also told the state-run Anadolu Agency that anti-American sentiment in Turkey is reaching "its peak" over the issue of cleric Fethullah Gulen's return, and risks turning into hatred.

Aug 09 13:44

West On Edge As Erdogan Meets With Putin: "Turkey's Relations With The US Are The Worst In 50 Years"

The bad blood between Turkey and Russia over the November downing of a Russian fighter jet over Turkey is all but forgotten as Turkish president Recep Tayip Ergodan is to meet with “his friend” Vladimir Putin in the latter's home town of St. Petersburg in hopes of turning a fresh page in the two countries’ relations.

It will be their first meeting since diplomatic relations between the two nations turned icy cold late last year. In a slap to the face of its Western friends, as the FT puts it, instead of visiting a Nato ally, Erdogan's first trip abroad since surviving last month’s coup attempt the Turkish president is going to Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Aug 09 13:42

Erdogan’s meeting with Putin will tell us what the future holds for Syria

The Arabs have already been told by their Russian collocutors that Putin, being the old KGB boss that he was, personally sent a message to Erdogan after learning of the coup from Turkish army communications, which were picked up and listened to by Russian technicians at their air base just outside Latakia in Syria.

Aug 09 13:37

Ready to restore ties: Putin, Erdogan revive economic plans, agree to Syria talks

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented a united front at their first meeting since Turkey shot down a Russian plane last year, promising to rapidly rebuild a damaged economic relationship and find a new common policy for solving the Syrian conflict.

“We have gone through a very difficult moment in the relationship between our two countries, but now we would all like to overcome it in the interests of both our peoples,” said the Russian president during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart in St. Petersburg.

“We want to restore our relationship not only for pragmatic reasons, but in the long-term interests of our countries, and for the sake of promoting good neighborly relations between Russians and Turks.”

Aug 09 12:07

BREAKING: Julian Assange Just Delivered The Next Batch Of Emails!

The file from Congress reveals that there are strong ties between Hillary Clinton and high members of the Islamic cleric in Turkey.

Remember about a month ago when you saw thousands of people in Turkey try to pull off a coup against their leader Erdo?an? WikiLeaks has proven Hillary Clinton was one of the chief architects behind that.

Aug 09 09:06

West On Edge As Erdogan Meets With Putin: "Turkey's Relations With The US Are The Worst In 50 Years"

In a slap to the face of its Western friends, as the FT puts it, instead of visiting a Nato ally, Erdogan's first trip abroad since surviving last month’s coup attempt the Turkish president is going to Vladimir Putin’s Russia. As one Turkish diplomat in Moscow said: “Our relations with the US are the worst in 50 years ?.?.?.? and that definitely makes engaging Russia an attractive option.”

Aug 08 12:03

US Justice Department to send delegation to Turkey next week over Gülen's extradition

The U.S. Justice Department will send a technical delegation to Turkey next week over the government's request to extradite U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the prime suspect behind the July 15 coup attempt according to Ankara.

The Turkish Justice Ministry had invited a delegation from Washington to come to Turkey first to discuss Gülen's extradition.

In return, a delegation from the Justice ministry will later depart for U.S. to discuss the extradition after the U.S. delegation's visit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By which time Gulen will have dropped a barbell on his own throat!

Aug 08 08:44

Turkish Lawmaker Calls for Closure of NATO’s Incirlik Air Base After Failed Coup

Deputy Chairman of the Center-Left Republican People’s Party (CHP) Namik Havutca argues that the base that stores 90 US tactical nuclear weapons “makes enemies of friendly countries and poses a threat to Turkey’s internal stability.

Aug 07 07:46

BEX ALERT - Vladimir Putin wants to 'twist Turkey coup to spark conflict' between Erdogan and West

VLADIMIR Putin could use the disintegrating relationship between Turkey and the West to undermine NATO, a former diplomat has warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here we go again... "It's all PUTIN'S fault! It's all PUTIN'S fault! It's all PUTIN'S fault!"

Aug 07 07:39

Turkey releases hacked message implicating Gulen followers in coup

A total of 150,000 Bylock messaging-app users are being implicated as being part of the Gulenist network

Aug 06 11:13

Kerry to Visit Turkey Amid Strained Ties After Failed Coup

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Turkey later this month, Turkey's foreign minister said Friday, amid strained relations with Washington over the possible extradition of a Muslim cleric accused of being behind an attempted military coup last month.

The Turkish government has expressed growing annoyance with what it regards as a lack of solidarity from international allies in the aftermath of the failed coup, as well as increased frustration over perceived foot-dragging by the United States over a Turkish demand that U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen be returned to Turkey to face trial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While I type this, the US/NATO base and its troops in Incerlik, Turkey, is still under lock-down, and the estimated 50 - 90 nuclear weapons stored there have not been released to NATO high command for removal.

Without the extradition of Gulen, the US and NATO have no other bargaining chip to trade with Erdogan for the release of these military personnel, and restoring those bombs to NATO control.

President Obama may well not extradite Gulen, because he is a known CIA asset, with extensive knowledge about how the CIA works in Turkey; however - with enough "plausible deniability"- President Obama may have an "induced major health catastrophe" come for Mr. Gulen, ultimately leading to his death.

Assassinations are a common enough tool of American geopolitics, after all.

Aug 05 15:40

The Danger of Excessive Trump Bashing

The widespread disdain for Donald Trump and the fear of what his presidency might mean have led to an abandonment of any sense of objectivity by many Trump opponents and, most notably, the mainstream U.S. news media. If Trump is for something, it must be bad and must be transformed into one more club to use for hobbling his candidacy.

Amid his incoherence and insults, Trump has raised valid points on several important questions, such as the risks involved in the voracious expansion of NATO up to Russia’s borders and the wisdom of demonizing Russia and its internally popular President Vladimir Putin.

Aug 05 12:55

Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead

The Saudi Foreign Ministry was forced to go on a non-denial denial overdrive about a visit to Israel on July 22 by a delegation led by retired Gen. Anwar Eshki.

Eshki happens to be close to Saudi intel superstar and onetime close Osama bin Laden pal Prince Turki bin Faisal, who recently met in the open with former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) generals Yaakov Amidror and Amos Yadlin.

So what did they actually talk about? Predictably, the imminent prospect of the Full Spectrum Dominatrix finally taking over the White House.
Both Bibi Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and de facto House of Saud ruler and Prince of War Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh have been reduced, under the Obama administration, to the status of proverbial, euphemistic “estranged allies”. Between them, they are de facto allies – even as they cannot admit it to the Arab street. Both are dead sure, under the Queen of War, there will be – what else – war. The question is against whom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such a Turkish/Russian/Iranian alliance would completely trump (pun intended) any of Hillary's plans to attack Iran to please Israel.

Putin has to be one of the smartest people in geopolitics; he's one-thousand chess moves ahead of Obama (and, potentially, Clinton) every moment, and to be developing such ties with Turkey right now, after the aborted Turkish coup (which the Turkish government blames on elements in NATO and the US),one could logically say that the timing couldn't be better here.

Aug 04 16:14

9NEWS’ Brandon Rittiman interviews Donald Trump

Donald Trump: You look at how horribly are veterans are being taken care of.

BRANDON RITTIMAN: So, I want to start by asking. Hillary Clinton did make history. I know she’s not your favorite person, but she made history by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major party in American history.

Do you acknowledge that? Is that a positive step for the country?

TRUMP: She’s got bad judgment. Everything she’s touched has turned bad. Whether it’s Syria, or Libya, or the migration, or the beginning of the Iran deal. She’s got horrible judgment. She voted for the war in Iraq. Another mistake. She was in favor of NAFTA. Another mistake. She’s got bad judgment.

We’re going to have a woman president, but it shouldn’t be her. She would be catastrophic for our country.

Aug 04 13:41

Turkey: Burqa-Clad Attackers Beat ‘Gulenist’ Pregnant Woman For ‘Revealing Clothes’

A Turkish newspaper employee was tackled to the floor during an attack by burqa-clad women accusing the six-months pregnant victim of being a “Gulenist” and wearing “revealing” clothes that violate sharia law. The women were accompanied by a man who warned she was one of four other “targets” they would attack.

Aug 04 10:37

Turkey’s Attempted Coup: Cui Bono??

THE INDIVIDUAL IS HANDICAPPED BY COMING FACE TO FACE WITH A CONSPIRACY SO MONSTROUS HE CANNOT BELIEVE IT EXISTS.

— J. EDGAR HOOVER, ELKS MAGAZINE, AUGUST 1956.

On May 23rd Sean Adl-Tabatabai wrote what now surely seems a prophetic article: “Erdogan Is Preparing For Military Coup In Turkey.”

Aug 04 08:13

Now Erdogan ‘wants to smash secret NATO army’ over alleged role in Turkey coup

PRESIDENT Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to destroy a secret NATO army over its alleged role in the failed military coup.

Turkish media now claims operatives from the clandestine Cold War Operation Gladio took part in the bloodbath which killed 294 people and injured more than 1,400 others.

Turkey's government says the coup attempt was orchestrated by followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999.

Aug 04 08:12

Ankara and Washington: Temporary Chill or Bridges Burned Down?

On Monday, Washington’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Radio Sputnik discussed the rendezvous with Turkish journalist Kemal Okuyan: are Washington and Ankara making first steps to restore ties following the failed coup in Turkey?

Aug 04 08:04

‘It’s DIPLOMATIC FICTION!’ Austria urges for end to EU talks with ‘undemocratic’ Turkey

AUSTRIA is calling on the European Union to END talks with with the “UNDEMOCRATIC” Turkish state over the country’s bid to join the bloc.

Aug 03 15:29

Kevin Barrett: Erdogan better close down Incirlik base

Erdogan cooperated with the US war on Syria and then he got cold feet. He has been diverging from the US policy. He is opposed to Kurds armed by the United States. So, US tried to overthrow and the Israelis were probably involved as well as some (Persian) Gulf countries, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia in particular, whereas Qatar apparently joined Iran and opposing this coup and standing up for democracy. So, the whole deck of cards is being reshuffled now and it's good to see Erdogan speaking some truth for a change and maybe he'll take a lesson from this and decide to move Turkey in a direction of more independence and genuine democracy.

Aug 03 14:42

How Erdogan Destabilized Turkey

Aug 03 14:32

The Mystery Of Turkey’s Failed Coup

The failed Turkish coup and President Erdogan’s harsh reprisals have left more questions than answers, including who was really behind the botched putsch and why, reports Joe Lauria.

Aug 03 12:07

US Established Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to 'Redraw Middle East' Borders

Turkish politicians and activists based in the Adana province, home to the Incirlik air base, told Sputnik that they want Ankara to close the facility or at least ban the US and other NATO countries from using it because Washington has utilized it to carry out its destabilizing strategy in the Middle East.

Aug 03 09:39

Why the EU is REALLY worried about a major new gas line between Russia and Turkey

The deal looks likely to send shockwaves throughout the 28-member bloc and risks plunging European powerhouses Germany and Italy into fresh conflict over the future of the EU after Brexit.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have already fallen out over the direction of the EU's economic policy and both leaders have come to blows over a German plan to increase Russian gas imports.

Fresh proposals for new Russian gas routes into Europe will only increase tension between Rome and Berlin.

EU officials are concerned the deal could force Europe to become ever more reliant on Russia's gas supply as the gas line would bypass Ukraine and potential suppliers in the Caspian region.

Under the new scheme, dubbed the TurkStream pipeline, Russia will pump natural gas in two huge tunnels to Europe's border, with Turkey playing a key role as a major transit country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's one very intelligent way for Russia to come back, economically, from US and EU sanctions!!

Aug 03 08:13

No Wonder Ankara’s Mad: Failed Turkish Coup Costs Country Big

Considering the destruction wreaked on the night of the coup, Tufencki said, "Warplanes, helicopters, weapons, bombs, buildings: 300 billion lira. Maybe I am underestimating a bit. It might go up even more." The minister added that the economy should viewed from a medium-term perspective even if some investors are scared off in the short term.

"The putschists made Turkey seem like a third world country. (Investors) are not coming after the images revealed tanks were deployed on the streets, parliament was bombed." Despite all this, Tufencki said that the country has its affairs under control.

Aug 03 07:33

Will Erdogan Resort to Regional Nuclear Blackmail?

By Mathew Maavak

The failed “military coup” in Turkey last month is still replete with discrepancies, insinuations and outright lies. Disinformation and recriminations continue to swirl like an impenetrable black hole, blotting out cogent questions over the innumerable bloopers in this poorly-scripted geopolitical drama.

To begin with, an astonishing 99 generals were allegedly involved in the July 15 coup. Most armies in the world cannot claim to have 99 generals, let alone boast of 99 coup-plotters. Just how many generals does Turkey have at any one time?...

Aug 03 07:20

Turkey Says Obama Lies — U.S. Was Behind Failed Coup

U.S. President Barack Obama has been resisting the demands of the Turkish government to extradite the person that Turkey alleges was behind the failed July 15th Turkish coup-attempt, and the Turks are now stepping up pressure against Washington by implying that Obama has been lying about Washington’s advance knowledge regarding the coup.

Aug 03 06:37

ERDOGAN: WEST 'SUPPORTS TERROR'

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again spoken out against the country’s allies in the West, saying that they supported last months attempted military coup.

Apparently referring to the perceived harboring of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen – who is accused of orchestrating the attempted putsch – by the US, Erdogan asked: “What kind of alliance do we have if, when I ask you to extradite a person that is involved in a national security case, you continue to hide them in your country?”

“Does the West support terrorism or not? Does the West side with democracy or the coup d’etat? Unfortunately the west is supporting terrorism and is on the side of the putsch,” he continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Erdogan is right, he is right!

Aug 03 06:07

Turkish lawyer files complaint accusing U.S. generals of aiding coup attempt

Barely a day after the Pentagon's top official arrived in Turkey in a bid to cool growing tensions between Ankara and Washington, a Turkish lawyer filed a criminal complaint against him and two other senior U.S. officials.

Aug 02 15:20

Ban On Erdogan: Germany Refuses To Show Turkish President’s Address To Supporters In Cologne

Turkey has summoned the German charge d’affaires in Ankara to explain restrictions imposed by the authorities in Germany on a pro-President Erdogan protest.

Aug 02 15:05

British MP Financed By Group Linked To Failed Turkey Coup

A British MP was paid thousands of pounds by a group allegedly linked to the failed Turkish military coup to write a report on Turkey’s human rights record, which was then promoted during a House of Commons debate, it has emerged.

Aug 02 09:30

US Military Chief Condemns Attempted Coup In Turkey

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford has met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, in an attempt to mend Washington’s strained ties with its strategic ally in the aftermath of last month’s attempted coup.

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