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Jan 18 09:41

END OF ISIS: Russia AND Turkey launch joint aircraft campaign against jihadis in Aleppo

Russian fighter pilots will work with their counterparts in Turkey to defeat the sick jihadis in the Syrian capital once and for all.

In a televised address, Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said it was the first time the air forces of Russia and Turkey had teamed up in this way.

The senior Russian defence ministry official said the operation had been conducted in agreement with the Syrian government.

He said the said the joint action, which targeted in the suburbs of the town of al-Bab, had been "highly effective”.

Jan 17 15:43

‘Huge Wave Of Fire Passing By’: Turkish Cargo Plane Crashes Near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

At least 37 people have been killed after a cargo plane belonging to Turkish MyCargo Airlines crashed into a residential neighborhood near Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek, according to the emergency ministry.

Jan 17 10:36

Istanbul Nightclub Attack Involved Intelligence Organization: Turkey

The mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve was carried out professionally with the involvement of an intelligence organization, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

"It appears the Reina attack is not just a terrorist organization's act, but there was also an intelligence organization involved," Kurtulmus said during an interview with broadcaster A Haber. "It was an extremely planned and organized act."

PHOTOS: Scenes of Chaos and Mourning After Istanbul Attack

A gunman killed 39 people at Istanbul's Reina nightclub, a swanky venue by the Bosporus where scores of people had gathered to celebrate the New Year.

The suspect opened fire with an automatic rifle, throwing stun grenades to allow himself to reload and shooting the wounded on the ground.

Turks and visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada were among the victims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's one thing to blame a foreign government's intelligence apparatus, but another thing entirely to prove it; and I have to wonder that no governmental agency has been named as the guilty party yet, and why the timing of this assertion has not been paired with the reveal of which foreign agency is suspected of being behind the massacre.

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 16 11:25

Turkish President Erdogan to be declared 'great sultan'

The Turkish Parliament passed in a first reading the bill about a constitutional reform to sharply expand presidential powers in Turkey. According to Anadolu Agency, the discussion of 18 articles of the bill continued from January 9 and caused quite a commotion in the Parliament of Turkey. The amendments expand the powers of the president. The president will thus be able to chair the the cabinet or individually appoint the head of the government. In accordance with the new amendments, the president will be able to issue decrees and submit issues of constitutional changes to referendum. The president may not suspend his party membership. If the document is adopted, the armed forces and intelligence agencies of Turkey will fall into direct subordination to president. Currently, both the armed forces and intelligences agencies of Turkey are subordinated to the Supreme Military Council. The amendments may reinstate death penalty in Turkey too.

Jan 14 21:06

Turkey threatens to shut down UK and US airbases crucial to fight against IS

BRITAIN and the US are drawing up plans to move warplanes and Special Forces from crucial airbases after Turkey threatened it would kick the allies out.

If carried out, the threats would cripple the ground war against Islamic State.

It comes after stark warnings from Ankara that the West is not doing enough to support Turkey’s position against the Kurds.

Last night one expert warned that Ankara had taken yet another step towards dissolving its membership to NATO.

Jan 14 13:15

Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory?

So get out the popcorn, and put your feet up: the entertainment is about to begin!

Cold war drama fizzling fast

“It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War” – that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (“spies”) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow.

Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention.

Jan 14 13:12

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump And the Liberal-Left Is Helping

Where is the liberal-left’s moral conscience?

The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independent of the policy of the president-elect.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements by Tillerson and Mattis could be dismissed as what has to be said in order to be confirmed.

Jan 14 13:05

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump Into War with Russia

The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue...

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”.

The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Jan 14 12:59

Risks and Opportunities for 2017

Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either Trump will fully deliver on his threats and promises, or Trump deliver on some, but far from all, his threats and promises or, finally, Trump will be neutralized by the Neocon-run Congress, media, intelligence community. He might even be impeached or murdered.

Of course, there is an infinity of sub-possibilities here, but for the purpose of this discussion I will call the first option “Trump heavy”, the second one “Trump light” and the third one “Trump down”.

Jan 14 12:55

Let Trump Be Trump?

Could Trump redefine the presidency?

Donald Trump may be a historic figure, but that does not mean he is easy to understand or anticipate. One thing is for sure – he has a unique style and form of communication.

Jan 13 14:51

Doubt over U.S. access to Turkish air base threatens NATO's power

Unconfirmed reports already alleged that the U.S. was withdrawing its nuclear weapons from Turkey. But even this news pales in comparison with recent statements by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak that the Turkish government might end the presence of U.S.-led NATO forces at Incirlik Air Force Base. These developments raise two questions: 1) what are the causes of the recent deterioration in relations; and 2) what is the possible future format of military cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey. The first question is relatively easy to answer. Recent moves by Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan can be explained by his mistrust of Washington. The use of an artificial enemy represented by the "extremist preacher,” Fethullah Gulen, helped Erdogan purge the country's security agencies. Now, the “fight against Gulen” is creating a number of problems for Ankara, including strained relations with Washington.

Jan 13 14:44

Turkish Lawmakers Brawl Over Moves To Bolster Erdogan Powers

Turkish lawmakers on Thursday approved three more articles in a hugely controversial bill bolstering the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as lawmakers brawled and threw objects in a session of high tension.

Lawmakers have since the start of the week been debating the first reading of the 18-article bill to change the constitution to create an executive presidency.

Jan 13 03:57

Review of The CIA As Organized Crime

The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciously and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes.

Jan 13 03:54

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump

This is a political coup d’etat...an attempt at removing Donald Trump from the White House.

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump.

It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”

Within one short week we went from allegations of “Russian hacking” to “having a traitor sitting in the White House”

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 08 10:17

Ankara: Cyber Attack from Washington Caused Blackout

Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak announced that his ministry had experienced a cyber attack from the United States that led to frequent blackouts in the country. The recent power outages across the country, has led to an increase in complaints from residents of Istanbul and nearby cities, Turkish Minute reported. Albayrak, which is the son-in-law of President Erdogan, has tweeted last week on his official account on “Twitter”, that has made serious warnings about the status quo, but his tweets faced ridicule by users. Albayrak has told the Turkish television that as "we witnessed yesterday, an intensive cyber attacks from the United States, such attacks on various departments of the Ministry of Energy, have been implemented on a regular basis, but we thwarted them all”. Turkey’s largest city faced rolling power outages since last week, when the country was hit by unusually cold weather and snowstorms.

Jan 08 04:36

Turkey assumes USA staged Istanbul night club attack

Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit tweeted a photo collage of outgoing US President Obama as the Istanbul terrorist, on which Obama does bear a striking resemblance to the Istanbul shooter. The caption to the picture said: "Clearest photo of the murderer"... In an interview with Sputnik, authoritative security expert Jevad Galiyashevich noted that the US administration of Barack Obama was violating the laws of its own country, while President Obama was arming terrorists instead of fighting with them. The terrorist attack at a night club in Istanbul came as an obvious attempt to avenge Turkish President Erdogan for his rapprochement with Russia. The Americans put their terrorist dogs on Erdogan to humiliate him and put pressure on Turkey to make the country step away from its plans to regulate the crisis in Syria, the expert added.

Jan 08 04:01

Turkish Energy Minister says US hackers attack country’s power network

Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak said that the country’s power supply network has been recently subject to intense cyber-attacks, which are supposed to be conducted from the US, according to the Sabah newspaper. "In recent days the Energy Ministry underwent a number of powerful cyberattacks that were conducted from the United States," Albayrak said. He added that those attacks were the cause behind frequent power failures that occurred recently. The Minister said that the attacks were registered at the time when most of the plant failures took place, in particular in Istanbul that suffered most. "We have to take precautions against any possible acts of sabotage," he said adding that his ministry is already taking all necessary measures.

Jan 07 10:34

BREAKING: Turkey agrees to withdraw its troops illegally stationed in Iraq

Following the announcement of a meeting between Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the two counterparts have agreed for the total withdrawal of all Turkish soldiers illegally stationed in the Bashiqa region near Mosul.

Iraqi television quoted al-Abadi confirming an agreement reached with Turkey on the withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq.

Jan 06 13:49

Islamic State violence fuels culture wars and widens generation gaps

James Dorsey explains why the Islamist attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub may have emboldened Muslim youth “to stand up for their right to craft lives that reflect a more liberal, less restrictive interpretation of Islam”.

Jan 05 07:54

Turks turn down US military help, asks Russia for air support: US officials

Turkey has declined the US military’s offer to provide air support for its troops in Syria, asking Russia to take on the role instead, American officials say.

Jan 05 06:35

Two killed in Izmir explosion, PKK suspected of attack – governor

A police officer and a courthouse employee have been killed in an explosion outside Izmir courthouse in western Turkey. The governor of Izmir said that initial findings suggest Kurdish PKK militants were behind the attack.

Reuters reports that two suspected attackers have been killed following clashes with police.

Jan 05 06:34

Turkey questions US coalition presence at Incirlik Air Base amid ‘confidence crisis’

Top Turkish officials have questioned the use of Incirlik Air Base by the US-led coalition, citing a “confidence crisis” with Washington and inadequate support for Turkey’s ground forces in Syria.

The US-led coalition does little to provide aerial support to Turkish troops deployed in Syria as part of the Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told state-run Anadolu news agency on Wednesday.

“Our people ask, ‘why are they using the Incirlik Airbase. We allowed not only the US but also other countries’ jets to use Incirlik to jointly fight [Islamic State],” he said.

“What purpose are you serving if you do not provide aerial support against Daesh [Islamic State] in the most sensitive operation for us?” he added.

Jan 04 21:43

’Foreign intelligence services’ may be linked to Istanbul club massacre – Turkey’s deputy PM

The New Year massacre at an Istanbul nightclub was prepared and carried out way too “professionally” to rule out the possibility that the terrorist act was supported by “foreign intelligence services,” Turkey’s deputy PM believes.

After Turkish authorities established the identity of the New Year's eve attacker, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, in an interview with the Hurriyet Daily News, has suggested that external intelligence services could be involved in the terrorist act. Thirty nine people were killed and 69 wounded in the attack.

Jan 04 17:09

Why Terrorists Attack Turkey More Than Any Other Nation

Since terrorism affects Turkey so frequently, one has to wonder – why do terrorists, which usually come from Islamic State, attack Turkey when it’s a primarily Muslim nation?

Jan 04 10:49

“Dreadful Year” Of Attacks In Turkey Capped By 39 Dead In Istanbul Nightclub Attack

Police in Turkey have launched a series of raids across Istanbul as they search for a man who opened fire inside a nightclub during a New Year’s celebration, killing 39 people.

Jan 04 07:12

Good News: Washington Frozen Out of Syria Peace Plan

As the US mainstream media obsessed last week about Russia's supposed “hacking” of the US elections and President Obama’s final round of Russia sanctions in response, something very important was taking place under the media radar. As a result of a meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, and Turkey last month, a ceasefire in Syria has been worked out and is being implemented. So far it appears to be holding, and after nearly six years of horrible warfare the people of Syria are finally facing the possibility of rebuilding their lives.

What is so important about this particular ceasefire? It was planned, agreed to, and implemented without the participation of the United States Government.

Jan 03 07:39

Bloody retribution: Turkey's jets and tanks hit 100 ISIS targets in Northern Syria just hours after the terror group's gunman kills 39 New Year's Eve revellers in an Istanbul nightclub

Turkish jets and tanks hammered 100 ISIS targets in Syria just hours after the terror group's gunman killed 39 New Year's Eve revellers in an Istanbul nightclub.

Dramatic aerial footage shows warplanes using rockets to obliterate ISIS hideouts near the towns of al-Bab, Tadif and Bzagah in the north of the war-torn country, killing 22 extremists and destroying buildings.

The video emerged as Turkish authorities continued their manhunt for the nightclub killer who arrived in a taxi before slaughtering partygoers.

Jan 03 06:34

Lebanon bids farewell to rest Istanbul victims

Lebanon Tuesday bid farewell to two of the victims killed in a mass shooting inside a popular Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day.

Jan 02 19:17

Erdogan Claims To Have Evidence, Photos, Video Of U.S. Coalition Support For ISIS

By Brandon Turbeville

Shortly after Christmas, and lost in the holiday shuffle, Turkish President and terrorist supporter Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made a statement accusing the U.S.-led coalition of supporting not only terrorists in Syria but ISIS itself. He also stated clearly that Turkey has proof that U.S.-led coalition is supporting the notorious terrorist organization it claims to be fighting.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, December 27, Erdogan stated that “They give support to terrorist groups including Daesh (ISIS).”...

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Jan 01 08:53

Gunman Kills At Least 39 In Attack On Istanbul Nightclub

A gunman opened fire on New Year revelers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway on Sunday killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, then fled the scene.

Some people jumped into the Bosphorus waters to save themselves after the attacker opened fire at random in the Reina nightclub just over an hour into the new year. Officials spoke of a single attacker but some reports, including on social media, suggested there may have been more.

The attack shook NATO member Turkey as it tries to recover from a failed July coup and a series of deadly bombings in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara, some blamed on Islamic State and others claimed by Kurdish militants.
The Hurriyet newspaper cited witnesses as saying the attackers shouted in Arabic as they opened fire at Reina.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, condolences to the families and friends of those where were slain here, and prayers for those wounded, that they get the best of care, and recover soon.

But this attack follows an all-too-familiar, and terrifying, pattern; a gunman (or gunmen) enters a crowded place, and start killing people at random, then disappears into the night.

So I have to ask, in a very cold-blooded way, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

Jihadists, attempting to destabilise Turkey?!? Or the Turkish government itself, because now, as after the failed coup in July, they have an even larger "justification" for clamping down on human rights, and minorities?!? Or an attempt by Western nations to destabilise Turkey, because it sees, and feels,Turkey's shifting to become more Russia-Centric?!?

As reported at the atlantic.com last month:

For weeks, the main shopping areas of Turkey’s capital city have been eerily vacant. On October 29, the U.S. government advised family members of embassy staff to leave the country, while other nations sent out warnings, recommending their citizens avoid streets with high foot traffic throughout the month of December, in response to intelligence indicating a likely attack by the Islamic State. With two bombings and one assassination over the past ten days, everyone expected an attack of some sort in Ankara. But few would have predicted the form it would take, when, on Monday night, a 22-year-old police officer named Melvut Mert Altintas gunned down Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. “God is great!” he shouted in Arabic, and “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in Turkish, as he stood over Karlov’s motionless body. For months, Turkey has been unraveling. Shortly after the attempted coup of July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government announced a state of emergency to remove any lingering threats from supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the exiled religious and political leader who the state blames for orchestrating the failed putsch, as well as people affiliated with the Kurdish movement. Mass purges touched nearly all job sectors, with education and the state judicial system taking the biggest hits. Anyone suspected of a crime could be held for 30 days without charge in detention centers where inmates are reportedly being tortured. RELATED STORY Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey on December 20, 2016. 'Russia Through Turks' Eyes' Even the most mundane rituals changed. An extra security check was installed in airports, just after the second set of x-ray machines, where Turkish citizens—as opposed to foreigners—are closely monitored. In the corners of once-bustling restaurants, the prospect of civil war with the Kurds is a common topic of discussion; the slowing economy is another, as the Turkish lira breaks its own record lows against the U.S. dollar from one week to the next. A vacuum salesman told me he no longer made a profit at the current exchange rate; a wine seller said he’s on the verge of closing his shop.

We cannot know for certain who orchestrated this crime; but my sense, right now, is that it was an outside state actor of some kind, who has a goal of completely destabilising the Turkish government.

Dec 31 18:40

At Least 35 People Killed After Shooters Dressed As Santas Open Fire In Istanbul Nightclub - Live Feed

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Turkey greeted the New Year with another tragedy after at least 35 people were killed and 40 wounded around 1:15 am local time, when gunmen dressed as Santas opened fire on New Year's revelers at a nightclub in Istanbul on Sunday morning, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters.

Dec 31 09:10

Turkey Transferring Al-Qaeda Terrorists from Aleppo to Aden

Yemeni security sources disclosed that a Turkish plane has transferred tens of Al-Qaeda terrorists from Syria's Northern city of Aleppo to Yemen's Aden and evacuated wounded pro-Saudi militias to medical treatment centers outside the country when returning to Turkey.

Dec 30 07:09

Clashes, air raids tarnish Russia and Turkey's Syria truce

Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to peace talks between rebels and a government emboldened by recent battlefield success.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, announced the ceasefire Thursday after forging the agreement with Turkey, a longtime backer of the opposition.

The truce went into force at midnight but monitors and rebels reported almost immediate clashes, and violence appeared to escalate later Friday as warplanes bombed areas in the country's northwest, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whose warplanes?

Dec 30 06:40

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan claims to have concrete documentary proof that the West is backing ISIS

Turkish President Erdogan has claimed he has evidence the West is supporting ISIS as he intensifies the political crackdown against rivals following a failed coup.

Tayyip Erdogan claims to have photos and videos proving that western nations backed groups including Islamic State and Kurdish militant groups YPG and PYD, who have launched numerous violent attacks on Turkey in the past.

It comes as he called for the US to extradite his political nemesis, preacher Fethullah Gulen, who the authorities accused of leading a plot to seize power in July.

Gulen, a former political ally turned foe, denies the accusations and Washington has refused to return him to Turkey.

Dec 29 12:53

US Denies It Created ISIS, Accuses Turkey Of Spreading "Fake News"

Two days ago, Turkey's outspoken president Erdogan, now grudgingly pivoting into the Russian sphere of influence and away from NATO, accused the US of supporting and arming ISIS and said he has "confirmed evidence" to back up his claim: "They give support to terrorist groups including ISIS" Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara on Tuesday, adding that US coalition forces "give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It's very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos."

Naturally, the US could not possibly let this allegation go without responding, which it did on Wednesday when it denied Erdogan's allegations, and accusing Turkey of spreading "fake news."

Dec 29 09:16

RUSSIAN ALLIES DISCUSS SPLITTING SYRIA INTO 3 DE-FACTO STATES TO END CIVIL WAR “

Russia, Turkey, and Iran are reportedly discussing splitting Syria into three autonomous sub-states in a final deal to end the ongoing Syrian civil war, Reuters reports.

The three sub-states would be regionally autonomous and nominally remain under the power of a federal administrative system. This federal system would retain Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the beginning, before a less divisive figure took the helm. Assad’s religious sect, Shiite Alawites, would remain in charge of the federal system and have their own zone of influence under the terms of the deal.

The Syrian proposal hearkens back to Vice President Joe Biden’s 2006 proposal to split Iraq into three autonomous sub-states in lieu of pursuing the 2007 troop surge. Biden termed the proposal, “Unity through Autonomy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, dysfunctional, and colossal "failure of imagination" the US government demonstrated, in their lust for regime change in Damascus, is scarily amazing, and shows, yet again, that those Americans in government are pathologically incapable of thinking any scenario through to its potential conclusions.

And the ultimate outcomes of this war against the Syrian government, could have played out many ways; there wasn't just one possibility of resolution here.

And yet, no one in DC saw, for one moment, that the potential for Russian and Iranian involvement would be game-changers which would not give them the outcome they desired.

Dec 28 14:58

Turkish President Erdogan Claims He Has “Confirmed Evidence” US-led Forces Supported ISIS

Obviously Erdogan feels the US has screwed Turkey over to be suddenly changing his tune. Actually, he’s been acting different towards his “allies” ever since Turkey accused the US of being behind the failed coup attempt and took over the Incirlik US air base.

Dec 28 10:34

Behind the Real US Strategic Blunder in Syria

President Barack Obama has long been under fire from the US national security elite and the media for failing to intervene aggressively against the Assad regime.

But the real strategic blunder was not that Barack Obama didn’t launch yet another war in Syria, but that he decided to go along with the ambitions of America’s Sunni allies to create and arm a Syrian opposition army to overthrow the regime in the first place.

Now a former Obama administration official who is knowledgeable on the internal discussions on Syria policy, speaking to this writer on condition of anonymity, has shed new light on how and why that fateful decision was made.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this account is true, President's Obama's catastrophic failure regarding Syria, and that of his entire team, was a pathological inability to think through a scenario to its potential logical conclusions.

There was no "single way" in which the war in Syria could have ended; there were multiple possibilities, and that Obama and his team didn't understand that, has grave implications for other huge foreign policy failures on the part of his administration, which President-Elect Trump will now inherit and have to clean up.

Dec 28 07:44

TURKEY AND RUSSIA ‘BROKER CEASEFIRE DEAL FOR ALL OF SYRIA’

Turkey and Russia have agreed a ceasefire plan for all of Syria that should come into force this evening at midnight, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday.

The plan aims to expand a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo, brokered by Turkey and Russia earlier this month to allow the evacuation of civilians, to all of the country, it said.

But, like previous ceasefire plans that had been brokered by the United States and Russia, it excludes "terror" groups, the agency said.

If successful, the plan will form the basis of upcoming political negotiations between the regime and opposition overseen by Russia and Turkey in the Kazakh capital Astana, it added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the Brits are working furiously to sabotage these efforts, and keep the jihadists in play. As reported Monday at globalresearch.com, and originally reported at farsnews.com, Izvestia.com:

A group of British Generals and military advisors have arrived in Syria to recruit and train the terrorist groups which have withdrawn from Aleppo, a Russian daily reported. The Izvestia newspaper reported that UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon had earlier said that 20 British military instructors have already arrived in Syria to “restore the combat capability of units of the moderate opposition which has retreated from Aleppo”. Earlier reports, in October, said that Britain had sent its military experts to Syria before Aleppo’s liberation by the Syrian army to train the fresh terrorists for combat, first medical aid and defuse bombs. Based on reports in certain media and the social media pages, the mission of these advisors changed with a change in conditions and their first mission now is to assess the combat capabilities and military equipment of the terrorist groups which have left Aleppo and they are due to determine new strategies for the so-called “moderate” dissidents to unite them under a united military command. The British Generals and officers are now being safeguarded by the air force. Since the West fears intensified infighting among the remaining terrorist groups after the liberation of Aleppo, it is attempting to unite them and turn them into an army which can efficiently fight, the Russian daily concluded. The Syrian state television announced on Wednesday that the final phase of the evacuation of the terrorists from Aleppo city had resumed.

What the UK is doing here, which had to be signed off by the highest levels of the British government, is tantamount to an act of war against another sovereign country, Syria; and not only that: they are risking war with Russia, which was invited by the Syrian government, to get rid of all of Syria's jihadists.

Dec 28 07:39

RUSSIA, TURKEY PUSH NATIONWIDE CEASEFIRE PLAN IN SYRIA

Turkey and Russia agreed on a nationwide ceasefire plan in Syria.

The agreement proposes end of hostilities in the country starting at midnight local time on December 29.

The truce agreement has to be approved by the Syrian government and does not extend to terrorist organizations operating in the country.

If the cease-fire succeeds, the Syrian government and opposition will launch peace talks in Astana (Kazakhstan) brokered by Russia and Turkey, according to Anadolu.

Dec 27 13:35

Turkey Announces Proof U.S. is Supporting ISIS

Turkey’s President set to release confirmed evidence with pictures, photos and videos proving the United States supporting ISIS.

Dec 27 13:21

SYRIA ROUNDUP: ALEPPO LIBERATED - TURKEY'S PROBLEMS INCREASE

As planned by the Russian forces the liberation of east-Aleppo was completed before Christmas. There are no longer beheadings by Takfiris in East-Aleppo. Instead a Christmas mass could be held in the damaged Elias Cathedral in the Old City in east-Aleppo. A total of about 88,000 people left the area during the evacuation of east-Aleppo. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross some 35,000 (13,000 militants and their immediate families) left to al-Qaeda held areas in Idleb governate. The UN Humanitarian Relief Organization found that 54,000 entered the government held west Aleppo.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 26 09:15

China-led AIIB invests in gas pipeline linking Azerbaijan with Turkey, Europe

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved its biggest loan so far for the construction of a gas pipeline connecting Azerbaijan to Turkey and Southern Europe.

The Beijing-based AIIB will lend US$600 million to the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) which, when completed, will transport natural gas from fields in Azerbaijan through Georgia into Turkey and then onto markets in Southern Europe.

The bank said investment in the project, which will be financed together with other multinational lenders including the World Bank as well as commercial investors, was vital for linking the South Caucasian country with new markets.

“This crucial upgrade of energy infrastructure between Asia and Europe will further strengthen the economy of Azerbaijan while underpinning energy security in Turkey, as well as several countries in southern Europe,” AIIB Vice-President DJ Pandian said in a statement on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This pipeline will be a huge boost, economically, for Azerbaijan, and give Turkey and Southern Europe more options in terms of purchasing natural gas.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 23 09:17

Apple refuses to unlock iPhone of Russian Ambassador’s killer

The Turkish law-enforcement bodies have turned to the Apple company after the Russian Ambassador was killed in Ankara, asking to unlock a cell phone of the criminal. The phone was found among his personal belongings after his liquidation, according to the MacReports. The phone was locked with a four-digit number, and initial attempts to unlock it were not successful. Russia has already offered its help to hack the smart phone and plans to send a group of experts to Turkey. Apple, in its turn, has not reacted to the request of the Turkish authorities so far, which may evidence the company's unwillingness to render assistance. Before that, the Turkish police checked phone calls of the criminal and found out that eight of his acquaintances used a ByLock program, which is usually used by members of the Muslim preacher Fethullah Gullen's organisation.

Dec 22 14:17

NATO Ramps Up Ukraine War After Defeat in Syria

The timing of the large-scale attacks on Donbas comes just as the US and its NATO allies incur a strategic setback in their covert war for regime change in Syria.

A surge in military attacks this week by NATO-backed Kiev regime forces on the breakaway eastern Ukraine regions is no mere coincidence.

It is the reaction to events in Syria by the US-led military alliance in its hybrid warfare against Russia.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 14:08

Chilling Speech by Syrian Ambassador to UN

“I’m an eye witness, I work at the UN and I know what I am talking about…”

“The British Intelligence facilitated the creation of this Radical Islamic Movement”

“I am Muslim myself and I am proud to be Muslim, but I have nothing to do with this garbage.” Nothing to do.”

“You will never hear any of this in the Main Stream Media…Reporters from all over the world accredited to the UN, boycott my speeches… when I take the floor, next to the Security Council…, 50 of them disappear, they leave because they don’t want to hear, if they hear, they will have to report.”

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 22 10:47

Muslim cleric Gulen denies involvement in Russian ambassador's murder

US-based Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen has denied his involvement in the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, Associated Press reported citing Gulen’s video address. In the video address, Gulen accused Turkey’s government of defaming his movement. Gulen said "it is not possible for them to convince the world of such accusations." On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that according to the investigators, Fethullah Gulen was involved in the assassination of the Russian embassador as the killer had links to his movement.

Dec 22 09:14

Russian ambassador's assassin 'guarded Recep Tayyip Erdogan'

The Turkish policeman who murdered Russia’s ambassador to Ankara provided security to Turkey's president multiple times in the run up to Monday's assassination, it has bean claimed.

Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, served on police details backing up Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s personal body guards eight times since the failed military coup that rocked Turkey in July, Abdülkadir Selvi, a columnist known for his close ties to the government, wrote in Hurriyet on Wednesday.

Alintas, who served on an elite Ankara riot unit for two and a half years, was part of the second tier of security at those events.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another reason for Trump to have a private security detail inside the Secret Service!

Dec 21 10:57

Jaish al-Fatah claims responsibility for murder of Russian ambassador

The Jaish al-Fatah armed coalition, which includes the Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham extremist group (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, outlawed in Russia), has claimed responsibility for the murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, the Al-Youm Al-Sabea newspaper reported in its online version on Wednesday. The tragedy occurred during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition devoted to Russia in the Center for Contemporary Art in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Monday evening. Three Turkish nationals were wounded and the attacker, a 22-year-old former police officer, was killed by local security forces.

Dec 21 10:48

Turkish police arrest 13 suspects tied to Russian ambassador’s murder

The number of suspects linked to the murder of Russia’s ambassador has risen to 13, Turkey’s TV Channel Haber 7 reported on Wednesday. Six suspects have been arrested in the Aidyn province where the assailant, Mevlut Mert Altyntash, was born. Among those arrested were his father, mother, sister and other relatives. Another six suspects were detained in Izmir. In addition, an attorney who owns an apartment, where the assassin had resided for a short period of time, has also been arrested, the TV channel reported. Those in custody have been taken to the security department for interrogation. Police will transfer the other suspects to Ankara a bit later.

Dec 21 08:33

Turkish government orders media BLACKOUT on Russian ambassador assassination as it attempts to link shooting to the same movement it blamed for a failed coup in July 

Turkey's authoritarian government today imposed a temporary blackout on media coverage of the Russian ambassador's shooting.

The order temporarily bans news reports, images and commentary other than those made by the official authorities. This affects all coverage distributed inside Turkey.

However, government backed outlets still appear to be publishing versions of the assassination of Andrei Karlov, 62, that unfolded in Ankara on Monday night.

The pro-government daily newspaper Daily Sabah, often labelled as a mouthpiece for Turkish President Erdogan, claims the 22-year-old riot police officer who shot ambassador Andrei Karlov had links to the Gülen movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is so the people of Turkey do not hear that Al Nusra is claiming responsibility for the assassination.

Dec 21 07:46

Al-Nusra’s hand in Ambassador’s murder spells trouble for US

Today, however, Al-Nusra, the Al-Qaeda branch of terrorists who had occupied much of East Aleppo until its recent liberation, have now claimed responsibility for the attack. Terrorist organisations frequently claim responsibility for acts they wish they had committed in addition to those which they actually execute. This could be the case with Al-Nusra, but if the statement is true, the implications are far reaching.

Since the Battle of Aleppo commenced, the US State Department employed every deceptive trick in the book in order to shelter Al-Nusra from violence. Up until the victory for Syria in the Battle of Aleppo, the US pinned its hopes of regime change on an Al-Nusra victory.

Dec 20 16:13

West Directed Killer’s Hand in Assassination of Russian Ambassador

Virtually everything that Western official sources have been saying about Aleppo, and the Syrian war more generally, is seen to be a grotesque lie.

The climax of condemnation reached unconscionable heights last week when Washington, its Western allies and the UN – all amplified unquestioningly by the Western news media – vilified Russia for allegedly slaughtering civilians in east Aleppo. American ambassador Samantha Power specifically cited unverified reports of children being killed in a basement by Syria and Russian forces.

Dec 20 13:12

CFR’s Preventive Priorities Survey for 2017 Fails to Mention the Main Thing

Nobody else but the US itself has created the security problems it faces.

On December 13, the Council on Foreign Relations released its annual Preventive Priorities Survey to help policymakers plan for potential contingencies. The document evaluates ongoing and potential violent conflicts and sources of instability based on the impact they would have on US interests as well as their likelihood of occurring in 2017.

Dec 20 12:55

US Shutters Embassy, Consulates In Turkey After Shooting

The United States government has shuttered its embassy and consulates in Turkey, after an individual discharged a firearm outside the embassy building in the capital Ankara.

Dec 20 09:18

TurkStream agreement approved by Russia

In a press release issued on the cabinet's website, Russia announced that it has approved a draft legislation that will allow Russia to ratify its agreement with Turkey on the TurkStream natural gas pipeline project.

The news release, which was released by the official website of the Russian government, stated: "the government decided at a meeting on Thursday to approve the draft federal law on ratification of the agreement between Russia and Turkey on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project and to send the document to the State Duma [the lower house of Russia's parliament]."

Russia’s TurkStream ratification follows Turkey’s ratification of a bill for the same project on 2 December, which was signed into law by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to the Daily Sabah, Turkish and Russian officials signed an intergovernmental agreement in October. Parliament and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later approved the agreement in November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to make the US government very angry, and for the following reasons:

Gazprom will be in control of this project, meaning that the natural gas flowing through the pipeline will be sold in rubles, and not in dollars; the route of the pipeline completely bypasses Ukraine, which will mean that there will be no revenue for it whatsoever; and the pipeline will be another source of gas for Southern Europe.

The rival pipeline, known as the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (or TAP, for short) is supposed to pipe in oil from Azerbaijan to the coast of Italy. However, this project is in trouble, due to the outcome of Italy's referendum. as reported at oilprice.com yesterday:

The TAP Consortium has awarded Italian companies a contract for engineering and construction work for the onshore/offshore sections of the pipeline in Italy and for the pipeline-receiving terminal to connect TAP to the Italian Snam-Rete-Gas’s pipeline network. The construction of the pipeline in Greece and Albania had been already launched (EDM, June 16). The process was going smoothly, until TAP faced strong defiance from the local authorities of Italy’s Puglia region on the basis of environmental concerns. The opposition to the project came despite the fact that the Italian minister of environment had already signed the necessary decree of environmental compatibility of the project—following an extensive environmental impact study—and Italy’s ministry of economy had granted the single authorisation permit for the pipeline in 2015 (Tap-ag.com). However, under Italy’s constitution, the regional governments have a veto power over land use and prospective energy infrastructure. The national government under Matteo Renzi has strongly supported TAP. However, Michele Emiliano, the governor of Puglia, voiced opposition to the planned pipeline path along Melendugno, by accusing the government of implementing the project without the region’s consent. Emiliano demanded moving the construction to Puglia’s port city of Brindisi, where there is an available connection to the Snam’s national gas grid.

Dec 20 09:03

A few initial short thoughts on the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara

Okay, so tonight we have the name of the assassin, it is Mevlut Mert Aydintas, a 22 year old policeman who had been recently fired following the anti-Gulenist crackdown of Erdogan against the forces which had attempted to overthrow him recently.

When such an event occurs it is also important to ask cui bono – whom does it benefit?

Alas, both the Turks and the Russians have a long tradition of secrecy and we might never find out who, if anybody, really was behind Mevlut Mert Aydintas.

Dec 20 08:40

Turkish Pro-Government Media Blames US, CIA For Assassination Of Russian Ambassador

Following yesterday's Ankara tragedy in which a 22-year-old Turkish off-duty police officers assassinated the Russian ambassador, Turkey found itself in a scapegoat vacuum, having nobody to blame: after all, following this summer's failed "coup", Erdogan allegedly purged all forces who were hostile to his administration, which would suggest the police officer was one of "Erdogan's people." That however quickly changed when this morning Turkey's pro-government media outlets and journalists promptly cast the blame for the cold-blooded murder on the US, and the faith-based Gulen movement whose cleric Fetullah Gulen has been granted refuge in rural Pennsylvania, for the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey by a police officer on Monday evening.

Dec 20 08:38

Russia, Turkey & Iran ready to be guarantors in resolving Syrian crisis – Russian defense minister

A text of the Moscow declaration on immediate steps in resolving the Syrian crisis is being prepared. Moscow, Ankara and Tehran are ready to be guarantors of its implementation, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.

Dec 20 07:15

Turkey, Russia vow cooperation after ambassador's killing

Russian investigators worked Tuesday to determine whether the assassination of their ambassador to Turkey was the work of a lone gunman or part of a wider conspiracy as the two countries, which have backed opposing sides in the Syrian war, said they would not let the killing disrupt efforts to repair their relationship.

Dec 20 07:09

Kremlin confirms team of Russian investigators flies to Turkey

An investigative team of representatives of Russia’s special agencies, the Investigative Committee and the Foreign Ministry has departed for Turkey, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Tuesday. "A total of 18 people will work as part of the group," Peskov said...
Kyrgyz ambassador to Turkey witnesses Russian diplomat’s assassination, ready to testify http://tass.com/world/920778

Dec 20 06:39

Russian investigators in Ankara seeking answers on ambassador's killing

An unprecedented three-way meeting on Syria between the foreign ministers of Turkey, Russia and Iran in Moscow was going ahead Tuesday despite the assassination.

Dec 20 02:09

Prelude to War? Ambassador Assassinated Monday; Terrorist Strikes Germany! (Video)

The Russian ambassador to Turkey was last night shot dead by an off-duty Turkish police officer at an art gallery in Ankara in 'revenge' for the conflict in Syria.

Ambassador Andrei Karlov, 62, was shot several times from behind by a gunman shouting: 'Allahu Akbar (God is Great). We die in Aleppo, you die here!' He also screamed: 'Only death will take me out of here.'

The shooter, who was wearing a suit and tie, has been identified as Mevlüt Mert Altintas, 22, a member of Ankara's police riot squad. He reportedly fired into the air before taking aim at the ambassador.

He then turned weapon on others in the gallery - injuring three - before he was shot dead in a 15-minute stand-off with police. There has been some suggestion that Altintas was linked to Turkey's failed coup in July.

Dec 19 14:48

Motives Behind The Assassination Of Russian Ambassador To Turkey

In order to identify the likely motives of the 22 years old Turkish police officer who assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, we must keep in mind the backdrop that the Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers are en route to Russia to find a solution to the five years old Syrian conflict for the first time without the participation of the US.

Dec 19 12:22

Horror as Russian ambassador to Turkey is shot dead in art exhibition in Ankara by well-dressed gunman screaming: 'Allahu Akbar... We die in Aleppo, you die here' 

Gunman Mevlüt Mert Altintas, 22, an off-duty member of the Ankara special forces police department, fired into the air before taking aim at the ambassador.

The killer was shot dead after a 15-minute standoff with police.

A video of the horrific attack shows Altintas, dressed in a suit and tie, pacing the gallery while brandishing a gun in one hand.

Meanwhile the US Security Department reported an 'ongoing security incident' outside the US Embassy in Ankara, near to the gallery where Mr Karlov was shot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the assassin wasn't ISIS but a member of Turkey's Special Forces Police. The US claims to have had a security incident at the same time to throw suspicion off of them ... accomplishing the exact opposite.

Dec 19 12:20

Russian ambassador's assassination in Turkey was organised by 'NATO secret services' and was 'a provocation and challenge to Moscow' claims Kremlin senator 

The secret services of a NATO country is 'highly likely' to have been behind the assassination of ambassador Andrey Karlov, claimed a top ally of Vladimir Putin.

Senior senator Frantz Klintsevich, deputy chairman of the Russian upper chamber's defence and security committee, said: 'It was a planned action.

'Everyone knew that he was going to attend this photo exhibition.

Dec 19 12:19

Russian, Turkish Negotiations On Syria Not Cancelled Despite Ambassador's Murder

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has confirmed that trilateral Russian, Turkish and Iranian negotiations on Syria won't be delayed despite the murder of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That may well have been the motive for the assassination; to halt Turkey's pivot towards Russia!

Dec 19 12:07

Russia says killing of ambassador in Ankara is act of terrorism

The attack on Russian envoy Andrey Karlov, who died of gunshot wounds received during an official event in the Turkish capital, Ankara, is qualified by Moscow as a "terrorist act," the Foreign Ministry says.

Dec 19 12:02

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara

The Russian ambassador to Turkey has died after being shot by a gunman in Ankara.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Monday that Andrey Karlov, had died after being shot by a gunman.

“Today in Ankara as a result of an attack, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Andrey Gennadyevich Karlov, received a wound from which he died,” Ms Zakharova said.

Dec 19 12:02

FLASHBACK: Putin condemns Turkey after Russian warplane downed near Syria border

Vladimir Putin has called Turkey “accomplices of terrorists” and warned of “serious consequences” after a Turkish F-16 jet shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday morning, the first time a Nato country and Moscow have been involved in direct fire over the crisis in Syria.
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In Washington, Barack Obama said that Turkey had a right to defend its territory and airspace, but called on all parties to “step back” and ensure the situation does not escalate.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his French counterpart Francois Hollande, the US president said that the incident underlined the shortcomings of Russia’s operation in Syria. “The problem has been Russia’s focus on propping up Assad rather than concentrating on Isil,” he said, using an alternative name for the Islamic State terror group.

“Russian airstrikes against the moderate opposition only help to bolster Isil. Russia could play a more constructive role it if shifts the focus of its strikes,” he said.

Dec 19 11:21

Video Showing The Moment The Russian Ambassador was Shot

(*They sure gave this guy enough camera time to state his case , before security got out of the break room , to do their job .)

Dec 19 11:18

VIDEO: Russian Ambassador Assassinated by 'Policeman' Shouting 'Allahu Akbar' in Turkey

A Turkish "policeman" assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey while reportedly shouting "don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria!"

Was this shooter riled up by the MSM's fake news whining about Russian "atrocities" in Aleppo?

Dec 19 10:32

BREAKING: Russian ambassador to Turkey shot in gun attack in Ankara, Turkey

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a live feed and one important fact that was mentioned is that the assassin had all the necessary documents to get into the Art Gallery. This is feeling like a false-flag of some kind to crank up a war.

Dec 19 09:48

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot in Ankara 'in assassination attempt' - hostages held

NTV said the Russian ambassador was seriously wounded in a gun attack at an art gallery.

Other people have been shot and special forces have been called to the scene.

The gunman is believed to be on the loose and further shots have been heard.

The ambassador has been taken to hospital in the Turkish capital.

Andrei Karlov was made Moscow’s ambassador to Turkey in 2013.

His condition is unknown.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 18 08:38

‘Russia Card’ Vendetta

Hack or Leak ?

When it comes to American politics specifically and European politics in general, there is nothing like playing the Russia card. If there is something wrong or there is something you don’t like, simply blame Vladimir Putin.That is exactly what the CIA is doing.

CrossTalking with Former Intelligence Analyst Ray McGovern, Former CIA Philip Giraldi, and James Jatras

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2016/12/russia-card-vendetta/

Dec 18 08:32

From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Fake Intelligence’ – Wayne Madsen

The real headlines should read: «CIA interfered in presidential election by supporting Clinton over Trump».

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election.

The U.S. media, in a matter of hours, altered course from concentrating on «fake news» about innocent pizzerias being linked to child sexual exploitation to spotlighting «fake intelligence» about Russia’s alleged cyber-espionage operation designed to elect Donald Trump president. The CIA leaked to The Washington Post, the owner of which has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing, findings of a secret report on Russia’s alleged «fixing» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to favor Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dec 15 07:30

THE ULTIMATE “FAKE NEWS” LIST

Isn’t it ironic how the mainstream media has the nerve to lecture everyone else about “fake news” when they are the primary source of fake news on a consistent basis stretching back years?

Fake news stories and fake narratives put out by the mainstream media have resulted in deaths, destruction and people’s lives being ruined.

The most harmful fake news is routinely published by the mainstream media.

They are the main progenitors of fake news.

Dec 14 10:33

Turkey builds 89 new military outposts on Syria, Iraq border

Turkey has built 89 new military outposts on its Syria and Iraq borders as part of efforts to strengthen the country's border security.

According to security sources, Turkey already completed the construction of a 287-kilometer (178-mile) concrete wall along the border with Syria. The wall will maintain security across the Turkish border. Construction efforts of the remaining 538 kilometers of the concrete wall are ongoing.

Turkey shares a 900-kilometer border with Syria, which has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011, and so far 66 new military outposts on the Turkey-Syria border have been constructed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My speculation on this is that Turkey is building these outposts as points of power from which to "nibble" at both Iraqi and Syrian territories, and prevent the solid establishment of an independent, functional Kurdistan state in either Iraq or Syria.

Dec 12 23:12

Exclusive Interview with President-elect Donald Trump Dec 11 2016

The Trump Wave – Chris Wallace with President-elect Donald Trump

When asked why would the CIA put out the story that the Russians wanted you to win, Trump said I don’t think it is the CIA, I think it is the Democrat’s,because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics.

I am open-minded… I’m somebody that gets it…other countries are eating our lunch…the great American people have been forgotten…millions of people have given up looking for work… I understand our country – Donald J Trump

Dec 12 13:22

Obama Out Not With a Bang, But a Whimp

The whimpering Obama administration is not over yet. Expect more sensational CIA exploits; more demonization of Russia; more weaponizing of “moderate” Syrian “rebels”; and even the odd false flag.

Clinton’s campaign – fully supported by President Obama — spent a whopping $1.2 billion and floundered ignominiously at the US presidential election. So Obama decided that the consolation “prize” is to order the “intelligence community” – a contradiction in terms – to conduct a “full review” of how the evil Russians handed out the Big Prize to Donald Trump.

Dec 12 10:22

US Concerned Of More Turkish Attacks On Kurds In Fight For Raqqah

US military officials are concerned of more attacks by Turkey against Kurdish forces fighting to push Daesh Takfiri terrorists out of their de facto capital, Raqqah, in northern Syria.

The United States is sending 200 additional forces to Syria apparently to back up an offensive by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), fighting for Raqqah.

Dec 11 08:59

TERROR IN TURKEY At least 38 killed including 30 police officers by two bombs in ‘inhuman terror attack’ at Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul

A TWIN bomb attack outside a football stadium in Istanbul has killed 38 people – including 30 police officers.

Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility for the “inhuman” terror attack which wounded 160 others hours after the end of a match between two top teams at the Vodafone Arena on Saturday night.

The two bombs, a car packed with 300kg of explosives and a suicide bomb, struck at about 10.30pm in the Be?ikta? neighbourhood in the Turkish city.

At least 13 people have been arrested over the twin bombing which was carried out by militant group TAK, also known as the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons.

TAK, an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was also behind a deadly car bomb that claimed 11 lives in southeastern city Diyarbak?r last month.

Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmu?, said Saturday’s attack was “clearly planned”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very sorry for all those who died, or were wounded in this savage attack, and their families and friends.

But IF, in fact, this offshoot of the PKK actually did this, they did it with the sure and certain knowledge that they have set the stage for a complete ethnic cleansing ,and genocide against, the Kurdish population in Turkey, which makes me doubt that they were, in fact, to blame.

They had to know what the consequences of what such an act would be; how could they do this, when they knew that Erdogan's response will be the most total annihilation of the Kurdish population in Turkey possible?!?

Something here just doesn't make sense at all.

Dec 10 20:18

Turkish citizens rush to exchange US dollars for Lira

The Turkish economy is having a hard time, with the Lira stumbling against the US dollar.

Dec 10 17:27

President-elect Trump Delivers Remarks At “Thank You” Rally In Michigan

President-elect Trump Kicks Off Victory Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“You the American people will be in-charge. Your voice will never fall on deaf ears again.”

“Thank you Michigan. We are going to bring back your jobs & together, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Dec 10 00:44

Rolling Back the Empire: Washington’s Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo

It appears that the battle of Aleppo is about to end and the Syrian Army is on the “verge of total victory.”

Syrian Army helicopters dropped leaflets on parts of eastern Aleppo on Sunday warning anti-government fighters to surrender while they still had the chance. Hundreds of jihadists have already laid down their weapons and surrendered while a hardline corps of deadenders continue to fend off the rapidly advancing army.

Dec 09 14:06

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsNo Evidence, But Pentagon Tries to Convince Turkey Iran Killed Their Troops

A late November attack on Turkish soldiers in northern Syria, which killed four troops, was initially and falsely blamed on a Syrian airstrike by Turkish officials. Turkey met with Russia over the matter, who confirmed that this wasn’t the case, and indeed that the indication was that the attack wasn’t an airstrike at all, but an ISIS suicide bombing.

ISIS was quick to take credit for the bombing the day it happened, so it wasn’t clear why Turkey needed a solid week to concede that their initial claim of an airstrike was wrong. The Pentagon, however, is trying to sell Turkey on the idea that everyone is wrong and Iran attacked them for no apparent reason.

Unnamed Pentagon officials quoted in the Turkish press offered no evidence of Iranian involvement, but noted that the site of the attack, which again apparently was an ISIS suicide attack, was sort of close to some places where Shi’ite militias are located, and since Iran is a Shi’ite state “it might be Iran.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what the Pentagon has become in the 21st century; a fact-challenged, conspiratorial false narrator, attempting to anger Turkey against Iran, when there is not a shred of evidence to support it's claim.

Folks, this makes me very nervous!!

And who are these alleged "Pentagon officials" which made this accusation ?!?

IF in fact Turkish officials spoke to them, I want them named, and interviewed by responsible independent journalists.

Want to talk about fake news and fake accusations?!?

The US government takes the cake, hands-down, on this!!.

Dec 09 13:56

Turkey to submit bill expanding Erdogan powers Saturday

Turkey’s ruling AKP party to submit bill to parliament Saturday to make constitutional changes switching Turkey to executive presidency, giving Erdogan more power.

Dec 09 09:47

Turkish judges urged not to drop charges against Israeli officers

An Istanbul court remained in session until midnight last Friday as a panel of judges considered whether the case brought against four senior Israeli military officials accused of ordering the lethal raid on the flotilla to Gaza in 2010 should be dropped.

The judges failed to make a decision, scheduling another hearing for 9 December.

Dec 08 13:32

Turkish deputy: I will raise Turkish flag on Greek islands

“I will go 18 Greek islands and raise the Turkish flag. Then I will fold the Greek flag and send it to the Greek government via courier service”, Turkish Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP, Tanju Ozcan said in the Turkish national assembly. The head of the conservative party, Binali Yildirim had recently called on the Turkish government to reclaim 18 Greek islands in the Aegean Sea he claimed belonged to Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wild Turkey!

Dec 08 09:10

President al-Assad: Failure of Western states and Turkey in the battle in Aleppo means failure of outside project and the transformation of the course of the war in Syria

President Bashar al-Assad asserted that all Western and regional states rely on Turkey in implementing their incendiary and destructive project in Syria and in supporting the terrorists, asserting that the failure of these states in the battle in Aleppo means a total transformation of the course of the war throughout Syria, and consequently the collapse of the outside project

Dec 07 12:43

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 07 12:38

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and the Spirit of Trumpism

When it comes to foreign policy, the incoming Trump administration displays a split personality.

Mattis exemplifies the dual nature of the new administration.
This was readily apparent during the campaign, when, on the one hand, Donald Trump told us we were lied into the Iraq war, that NATO is “obsolete,” and that we have no business supporting regime change in Syria – and, on the other hand, he declared that he would crush ISIS, that it was a mistake to leave Iraq, and that we have to “rebuild our military,” as if we don’t already spend as much as the top ten defense spenders.

Dec 07 10:43

WORDPRESS BOWS TO ERDOGAN’S DEMANDS

At the request of Erdogan, WordPress censors a critical Turkish blog that collects Turkey-related cartoons.

Here is a sampling of what was censored … (From the banned Blog)

Dec 06 15:52

Rebel commander in Aleppo say they have agreed to withdraw from Aleppo following talks btw people in Turkey & UN

Dec 06 13:01

Iranophobes on Parade – Philip Giraldi

Will Iran be the target of the Trump regime?

Hopefully someone will convince Donald Trump that the real answer to eliminating the “Iranian threat” is not war.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the filling out of the Donald Trump cabinet is the array of Iran haters that seem to be lining up in the foreign policy and national security areas.Trump has been personally advocating sensible policies relating to Russia and Syria but he appears to have gone off the rails regarding Iran, which just might be attributed to those who are giving him advice.

Dec 06 10:38

WikiLeaks Documents Reveal Sinister Relations Between Erdogan And ISIS

Accusations and allegations that the Turkish government - and, specifically, members of Erdogan's family- has an active role in the oil smuggling from areas that are controlled by the “Islamic State”, were some of the most important subjects that were breached but never confirmed in 2015. Today, the leaking of all the emails from the Turkish energy minister by Wikileaks confirms these allegations.

Dec 06 10:22

WHY TURKEY IS SEEKING CLOSE COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA IN SYRIA?

The sudden thaw in Turkey’s relations with Russia and latent hostility towards America is partly due to the fact that Erdogan holds the US-based preacher, Fethullah Gulen, responsible for the July coup plot and suspects that the latter had received tacit support from certain quarters in the US; but more importantly Turkey also feels betrayed by the duplicitous American policy in Syria and Iraq, and that’s why it is now seeking closer cooperation with Russia in the region. In order to elaborate American duplicity in Syria, let us settle on one issue first: there were two parties to the Syrian civil war initially, the Syrian regime and the Syrian opposition; which party did the US support since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in August 2011 to June 2014, when the Islamic State overran Mosul in Iraq?

Dec 05 16:02

Forget Italy, Turkey Is The Main Course

While investors are focused on Italy, Bloomberg's Mark Cudmore warns that another Mediterranean country is poised to grab their attention very soon. A currency crisis in Turkey is rapidly deteriorating, setting the stage for dramatic and unscheduled central bank action.

The lira has weakened by more than 11% in the last six weeks against an equally weighted dollar-euro basket. This devaluation is exacerbating the situation rather than providing a relief valve.

Dec 05 12:51

Forget Italy, Turkey Is The Main Course

While investors are focused on Italy, Bloomberg's Mark Cudmore warns that another Mediterranean country is poised to grab their attention very soon. A currency crisis in Turkey is rapidly deteriorating, setting the stage for dramatic and unscheduled central bank action.

The lira has weakened by more than 11% in the last six weeks against an equally weighted dollar-euro basket. This devaluation is exacerbating the situation rather than providing a relief valve.

Dec 04 18:49

Turkey Proposes Trade With China, Russia And Iran In Local Currencies

Turkey is taking steps to allow commerce with China, Russia and Iran to be conducted in local currencies, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, the government's latest effort to shore up the tumbling lira.

Dec 04 09:26

MAJOR FOREIGN POLICY SHIFT: TURKEY ABANDONING EU FOR SCO

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on November 20 that Turkey did not need to join the European Union «at all costs». Instead, it could become part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), or Shanghai Pact. The Turkish leader said he had already discussed the idea with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic, and military organization founded in 2001 in Shanghai. Its members are Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan speak Turkic languages.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Economically and geopolitically, for a lot of reasons, it makes far more sense for Turkey to joint the SCO than the EU; Erdogan has called this correctly.

Dec 02 13:43

Erdogan Demands Turks Exchange Their Dollars To Gold, Lira

Early this morning, in yet another session of panicked selling, the Turkish Lira crashed to new record lows to just shy of USDTRY 3.60, momentarily going bidless as the currency plunged nearly 400 pips in seconds, after Turkish President Recep Erdogan said the path for investors will be opened with lower interest rates, and urged the central bank to imitate Japan and U.S. where rates are low: “why should we go around with 14-15 percent?”

The answer is simple: the currency tends to drop when an economy is seen as weak, the political regime unstable, or - yes - a central bank cuts rates, which Turkey, as shown in the chart below, can not afford if it hopes to maintain a stable economy with the lira already at all time lows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, how can Erdogan actually FORCE the Turkish people to do this, save for some Executive Decree, under the still existing "Emergency Powers" he possesses, and if he does that, how will he get the Turkish people to comply?!?

House to House raids by the Turkish military?!?

Oh, THAT's just going to be SOOOOO appealing to the Turkish people!!

Dec 02 11:45

Turkey ratifies Turkish Stream gas pipeline project. Ukraine starts counting losses

The intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline was ratified in the Turkish Parliament. As many as 210 out of 223 parliamentarians voted for the decision, Milliyet wrote. Seven MPs voted against it; six others abstained. Russia and Turkey officially signed the agreement about the Turkish Stream on October 10... Naftogaz of Ukraine has refused to implement the costly project to reconstruct infrastructure objects. The contract was originally evaluated at $155 million. The company found the investment inappropriate after Moscow and Ankara came to an agreement to build the Turkish Stream gas pipeline. The money was supposed to be used to reconstruct the stations involved in the transportation of Russian natural gas to Turkey.

Dec 02 10:18

Assad cannot remain in power: Turkish FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Friday said that Syrian President Bashar Assad cannot remain in power, speaking during a visit to Beirut.

Dec 02 09:31

THE BATTLE FOR ALEPPO IS OVER, NOW THE REAL WAR HAS BEGUN

THE RESPONSES TO ALEPPO

Within hours of the news that the Sunni militant resistance in eastern Aleppo collapsed, the U.S. House passed House Bill 5732, authorizing an investigation into creating a No-Fly-Zone over Syria.

In other words, the U.S. House is looking for ways to start a hot war in Syria with Russia. This may just be more impotent sabre rattling by a fading group of back-bencher neoconservatives – think Lindsay Graham and John McCain– but it is something that bears witness all the same.

The goal of a No-Fly Zone is to implement the ‘Plan B’ strategy to break Syria up into two separate countries. Then they can create some form of Greater Kurdistan across parts of Syria, Iraq, Iran and eastern Turkey.

Russia’s deployment of S-300 and S-400 missile defense systems around Syria and delivering them as well to Iran is an important counter-move to this plan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that we have mentioned, on this site, the possibility of an outgoing Obama administration "gifting" President-elect Trump with one, if not two wars, before he has had the opportunity to take the Oath of Office?!?

The time between now, and 20 January, when Trump does take the Oath of Office, is one of the most critically dangerous times in the history of this country.

I mention this because this is the time frame when the execution of a false flag operation, to get the US into a shooting war with Russia, may well take place, courtesy of many elements, inside and outside the US government.

Dec 02 04:50

Putin confirms Russia had nothing to do with attack on Turkish forces — Erdogan

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin he received a confirmation Russia had nothing to do with the recent attack on Turkish forces in Syria. The daily Turkiye reports Erdogan was speaking at a working breakfast with parliament members. "Over the past week we’ve had three conversations with Mr. Putin. He said that Russia had nothing to do whatsoever with the attack on the Turkish forces," Erdogan said, adding that in his opinion "the attack was staged by the forces of the regime," in other words, the Syrian army. "Also, we discussed efforts by our countries to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria. I asked Mr. Putin about attacks on schools and hospitals in Aleppo. I asked him who dealt the strike and he replied it was not Russia. We did not mount such attacks, either, so I asked who did that," the daily quotes Erdogan as saying.

Dec 01 15:42

Turkish Lira Crashes To All Time Lows, Biggest Drop Since Failed Coup Attempt

The relentless dollar rally continues to slam the Turkish lira, which has been printing fresh all time lows on a daily basis, and today has been no exception, tumbling over 1.8%, and pushing the USDTRY to an all time high above 3.50.

Dec 01 09:23

CONFIRMED: Russia negotiates with Turkey for surrender of Jihadis in east Aleppo

Financial Times provides confirmation that as claimed by The Duran in early November Turkey is brokering talks between Russia and the Jihadis in eastern Aleppo for them to surrender the eastern districts of the city.

Dec 01 09:08

Did Turkey Just Declare War On Syria?

By Brandon Turbeville

On Tuesday, ISIS supporter Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech that many have interpreted as a declaration of war on Syria. During a typical Erdogan rant, the Turkish Prime Minister stated, “Close to one million people died in Syria, and they continue dying. Where is the U.N.? What are they doing? We kept saying ‘patience, patience, patience’ but could not take it any more and entered Syria. We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror.”

This last sentence is the point of contention. After all, the original stated purpose of “Operation Euphrates” was to beat back ISIS, not to defeat Assad...

Dec 01 08:57

Operation in Syria only targets terror, Erdo?an clarifies

Turkey’s military operation in Syria is not against any country or person but terror groups in general, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said, in contrast to earlier remarks that Turkey’s objective was to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following.

“The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation is no country or person but only terror organizations. No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to [misrepresent its meaning],” Erdo?an said at a 30th gathering with village chiefs at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Dec. 1.

On Nov. 29, Erdo?an sought to explain the reason for Ankara’s military offensive into Syria, saying: “We entered there to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan just blinked.

And possibly, the wisdom of thinking about the impact of what he says before words come out of his mouth, has just occurred to him, in a blinding vision of light.

Turkey's military actions here are about preventing the formation of an independent Kurdistan on the Turkish/Syrian border.

Nov 30 09:11

Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara.

In a speech on Tuesday, Erdogan condemned what he said was the failure of the United Nations in Syria and cast Turkey's incursion in August, when it sent tanks, fighter jets and special forces over the border, as an act of exasperation.

"We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror," Erdogan said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan may have just been mouthing off. He has to know that any promised support by the US against Russia might well vanish when Trump takes office.

Nov 30 08:23

Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara.

"The announcement really came as news to us," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

"It is a very serious statement and one which differs from previous ones and with our understanding of the situation. We hope that our Turkish partners will provide us with some kind of explanation about this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's encouraging that Reuters felt they finally had to cover this, but were 24 hours late on the story, compared to the independent media:

Erdogan declares war on Syria, 29 November 2016

Nov 30 03:33

Turkey Has Declared War On Syria – Does This Mean That World War 3 Is About To Erupt In The Middle East?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has just announced that the only reason Turkish military forces have entered northern Syria is to “end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad”.

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