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Apr 06 09:21

French Special Forces to be deployed in Manbij very quickly: Macron to Syrian Kurdistan delegation

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday vowed to send troops to Syria in support of the US-led coalition to block any further advance by Turkey who has promised to continue its military offensive east of Afrin.

In a meeting with Kurdish and Arab representatives in Syria, Macron expressed his country's readiness to send French troops to support the US-led Coalition in Syria, which includes the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), Paris-based news magazine Marianne said.

A delegation representing the Kurdish, Arab, and Christian components of Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) held talks with the French Presidency on Thursday to discuss the situation in the country’s north, Reuters reported quoting Kurdish officials in Paris.

Apr 06 09:20

Turkey hands out 'warnings' to US, Iraq, Kurds, Cyprus, and Greece

Turkey’s National Security Council headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday threatened that Ankara would “take action” to drive out Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq if the United States and Baghdad failed to do so.

The council’s monthly meeting in Ankara, comprised of civilian and military Turkish leadership, lasted four hours.

“Turkey will not hesitate to use initiative if terrorists in Manbij are not driven away,” a statement on Erdogan’s presidential website read, warning the US whose special forces there in the northern Syrian town continue to work with Kurdish-led groups.

Manbij has become a new flashpoint after Turkey’s Russian-approved invasion of Afrin westward.

Apr 06 09:02

Turkey Accused of Allowing Migrants to ‘Surge’ into Europe as Europol Tracks 65,000 People-Smugglers

Turkey has been accused of allowing migrants to “surge” into Greece amid a dispute over EU funding, as Europol reveals they are tracking some 65,000 people-smugglers.

Greece was on the frontline at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, with over 800,000 arriving from Turkey by sea over the course of the year.

The influx was reduced dramatically after the European Union agreed to transfer some 3 billion euros to the Turkish government to stem the influx, but Ankara has been accused of loosening its borders again and allowing over 5,000 migrants to enter Greece over the first two months of 2018.

Apr 06 08:36

Defense minister slams Russia, Iran, Turkey for shaping Syria’s future alone

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday criticized the leaders of Russia, Turkey, and Iran for meeting on the future of Syria without United Nations permission.

Also noting the absence of any US representative, Liberman told Army Radio that this was the first time such a scenario had played out since World War ll.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is just upset that they will not get the Golan as part of a deal.

Apr 06 07:35

Turkey Says France Must Choose Ally, Turkey or Kurdish YPG

Having just met with the French Foreign Minister, Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik has publicly made clear that Turkey is demanding France choose between supporting them, or supporting the Kurdish YPG.

The Turkish government has expressed growing annoyance at NATO nations for backing the YPG, and a lot of that recently has centered on France. This is because President Macron has been very public in backing the Kurds, and suggested supporting them in Manbij.

Apr 04 09:11

Russia will move forward S-400 delivery dates for Turkey – Putin after meeting Erdogan

During Vladimir Putin’s first foreign visit since his election last month, the Russian and Turkish presidents agreed to broaden military cooperation, and launched the construction of the country's first nuclear power plant.

At a press conference in Ankara, Putin announced that Russia would push forward its delivery dates for the S-400 defense systems, which are now due after a contract was signed between the two countries in December, despite objections from Turkey’s NATO allies.

Apr 04 08:55

PHOTOS: Kurdish Militia Forced To Leave Sinjar, Yazidis Give Highest Respect To Them

The Kurdish militant group known as the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has been forced to leave the Sinjar area of northern Iraq under threat of a Turkish invasion.

The PKK first arrived in Sinjar to help rescue the Yazidi minority group from an ISIS-perpetrated genocide in 2014-15. This came after the rival Kurdish militant group, the Peshmerga, who have strong relations with Turkey, completely evacuated Sinjar leaving the Yazidis to be slaughtered by ISIS.

Now that Sinjar has been secured from ISIS thanks to the PKK who fought off the terrorist group, Turkey wants to continue its operation against the PKK that began with their invasion of Afrin in northwest Syria that was held by PKK-affiliated the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Apr 04 05:42

Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani to discuss Syrian war

Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran to hold talks to end the conflict amid rapid developments on the ground.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Ankara on Tuesday, followed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the evening, as the leaders meet for the second time since November to discuss the Syrian situation.

Iran and Russia, which support the Syrian government in the crisis, and Turkey, which backs the moderate opposition, have been in close cooperation through a series of talks aimed at finding a solution to the Syrian conflict since last year.
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According to Mensur Akgun, who leads the international relations department at Istanbul's Kultur University, the three countries have gradually become closer over the Syrian issue as a result of their will to solve the crisis.

"As the influential actors on Syria, none of the three has interest in the continuation of the crisis and the US presence and influence on the war-torn country," Akgun told Al Jazeera

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Apr 03 05:45

Opposing “Attila III” In Cyprus: Nicosia And Athens To Change Strategy

Cyprus and Hellenism are faced with “Attila III “, as Turkey is determined to succeed in the policy of threats and extortion, that it did not succeed in 1964, 1974, 1983, 2004 – control of the Republic of Cyprus. Turkey threatens that if there is no voluntary allegiance, it will attempt to demolish the Republic of Cyprus with a new “invasion.” Although the challenges in the Aegean must not be downgraded, of course, nor will they, it is rather attributed to the pre-election needs of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey and Erdogan, if they fail to reach a settlement soon, will use every means they have in order to prevent the Republic of Cyprus from exploiting its natural resources in the Mediterranean Sea, especially with Plan B ready and in this context threatens the abolition of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus through Turkish drilling in Cypriot waters.

Apr 03 05:42

Is Kosovo A Protectorate Of Turkey In The Balkans? The Puppets Of Erdogan

Strong reactions have been sparked in the Kosovo Parliament following the recent incident with the kidnapping of the six Turkish teachers of the Mehmet Akif college, funded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sworn enemy, Fetoulah Gullen. In particular, the Turkish secret services, MIT (Milli Istihbarat Teshkilat), in cooperation with the state secret services of Kosovo, organized the arrest and subsequent illegal export of the 6 in Turkey. The teachers stayed legally in Kosovo where they taught. They were not given the opportunity neither to defend their rights nor to seek asylum. Their luck is prescribed. Life-long ties and torture. Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj hastened to state that the whole operation took place without his knowledge, and for that reason the Interior Minister and the head of the secret service of the country ceased to be responsible for their duties.

Apr 02 08:40

Erdogan calls Netanyahu 'terrorist', Israel 'terrorist state'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his comments targeting Turkey's ongoing military operation in the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin.

His remarks on Sunday came in response to Netanyahu's earlier comments rejecting Ankara's "moral lessons" over the Israeli army's killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, and labelling Erdogan as someone who "bombs Kurdish villagers".

Apr 02 08:39

Netanyahu says Turkey in no position to lecture ‘world’s most moral army’ over violent Gaza clashes

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Turkey is in no position to lecture the IDF on its conduct during violent clashes in Gaza. He said Israel had “the most moral army” and dismissed Ankara’s criticism as an April Fool’s Day joke.

“The most moral army in the world will not be lectured by those who have indiscriminately bombed civilian populations for years,” Netanyahu’s office said in a tweet, ironically adding that “apparently this is how April Fool’s Day is celebrated in Ankara.”

The prime minister’s intervention on social media comes after Ankara blasted the use of lethal weapons by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in violent clashes that erupted in the Gaza Strip earlier this week.

Apr 01 07:17

NATO Quarrel: Turkey Warns France Not To Enter Syria

Ankara has called on Paris to abandon any hasty steps in Syria, as stated by the Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.

French President Emmanuel Macron previously met with the delegation of the Kurdish “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) and announced their support from Paris, in particular to stabilize the situation in the northeast of Syria.

Apr 01 07:06

Congress makes Afrin part of Turkish province

The Afrin Liberation Congress, held under Turkey's auspices following the capture of the region of Afrin in Syria by Turkish and Free Syrian Army forces, has announced that the region will be governed as part of the Turkish province of Antakya, independent news site T24 said .

The region will also establish a 450-person police force, the congress decided, and a governor and local governor will be appointed by Turkey’s central government.

Around 100 individuals from the region took part in the congress in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, and elected a 35-person assembly made up of 24 Kurds, eight Arabs, one Alawite, one Yezidi and one Turkmen, spokesperson Hasan Shindi said.

“Turkey here is proceeding with a dual structure,” legal scholar Vahap Co?kun was quoted as saying.

Apr 01 06:55

Iraq starts deploying forces in Sinjar after Turkey’s threats against PKK

Iraq has started deploying forces in the country’s northwestern Sinjar region after Turkey threatened to enter the area to attack Kurdish militants.

Iraqi police forces, fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, also known as Hashd al-Sha'abi, and some army soldiers arrived in Sinjar on Friday.

The mayor of Sinjar, Fahd Hamed Omar, told the Associated Press that forces from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group had abandoned the area.

"Of course, now Iraqi forces are being deployed all around the district of Sinjar and inside Sinjar,” he said.

Mar 31 10:33

Macron pledges support for Kurdish militants in Syria, infuriates Turkey

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised support for US-backed Kurdish militants in northern Syria, which has been the target of a Turkish offensive, prompting Ankara to angrily slam the offer as “clear support for terrorists.”

For the first time since entering the Elysee Palace, Macron on Thursday hosted a delegation of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria which is largely dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

“The president ... paid tribute to the sacrifices and the determining role of the SDF in the fight against Daesh,” Macron’s office said in a statement.

“He assured the SDF of France’s support for the stabilization of the security zone in the northeast of Syria, within the framework of an inclusive and balanced governance, to prevent any resurgence of” Daesh, the statement added.

Mar 30 12:26

"We're Entering A New And Dangerous Phase": US Soldier Killed In Syria

Two coalition personnel, including an American, were killed and five others wounded late on March 29, when a roadside bomb exploded in northern Syria, the U.S. military said Friday. While the military did not say where the attack took place or give the nationalities of the other casualties, it came hours after a local Syrian official said that a roadside bomb exploded in the Arab-Kurdish town of Manbij, not far from the border with Turkey.

A Department of Defense official in Washington said one of the two killed was an American service member and the other was of another nationality that the official would not specify. The killed American was the fourth US military member killed in Syria since the US became officially involved under the pretext of fighting ISIS in 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am just hoping and praying that neither Turkish nor Russian military were involved here......

Mar 30 11:55

Erdogan: Turkey Ready to Attack US-Backed Kurds in Manbij

Following a meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement threatening to attack the Syrian city of Manbij unless Kurdish forces immediately and unconditionally withdraw.

They has been demanding the Kurdish YPG withdraw from Manbij since they captured it from ISIS, on the grounds that it is on the western shore of the Euphrates River, and Turkey doesn’t allow Kurds west of the river.

The US backed the Kurds in taking Manbij, however, and US forces are still embedded in the city. This was meant to dissuade Turkey, a fellow NATO member, from attacking. Erdogan, however, insists Turkey won’t hesitate to attack the city, even if it means a military confrontation with the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that President Trump got the memo on this; what happens if Turkish forces kill, and/or injure American troops embedded with the Kurds here?!?

What will the US response be then?!?

President Trump and Sec Def Mattis had better get this sorted, and quickly.

Mar 30 09:36

Turkish Intel Arrests Six Members of Gulen Movement in Kosovo – Reports

Officers of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT), in cooperation with Kosovo’s intelligence service, have detained 6 senior alleged members of the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, accused by Ankara of being behind the 2016 failed coup attempt in the country, local media reported Thursday.

The detention took place following the Ankara-led operation against the Gulen movement in the Balkan region, the Anadolu news agency said, referring to its sources.

According to the agency, the detainees are accused of helping FETO members flee Turkey to countries like the United States.

Mar 30 09:34

Kremlin: Most of 'Fake Reports' on Russian Mall Fire Come From Ukraine, Turkey

Most fake reports about the deadly fire in Kemerovo came mainly from Ukraine and Turkey, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

"It was not without the so-called well-wishers: those who knowingly distributed such [false] information. We have established the origin of fake reports, they mainly came from two countries: Ukraine and Turkey. It is another question why [it came] from these countries but information about 300-400-500 dead originated this way," Peskov said speaking in a Russian university as quoted by the BBC Russian Service.

This comes as on Wednesday, a Moscow court arrested in absentia a Ukrainian prankster who has been spreading false information about the number of victims in the accident, claiming that there were hundreds rather than the confirmed 64.

Mar 30 07:21

Turkey Breaks With NATO, Refuses To Expel Russians

"Turkey isn’t considering taking any decisions against Russia... there is a positive and good relationship between Turkey and Russia."

Mar 27 10:00

World War 3: Turkey will be 'HUMILIATED' - Erdogan threat of ISLAM ARMY slated by expert

Turkey’s President is believed to be plotting an “army of Islam” to wage war against Israel, the country's media has reported.

And Turkish state’s media mouthpiece Yeni ?afak suggested uniting with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to form a joint army to simultaneously attack Israel from all sides.

Yeni ?afak suggested: “If the member states of the OIC unite militarily, they will form the world’s largest and most comprehensive army.

Mar 27 09:49

Turkey not considering actions against Russia over Skripal case – PM

Turkey is not considering any moves against Russia over the Skripal poisoning case, Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has confirmed. "Turkey and Russia's bilateral relations are at a good level. We are currently not considering such decisions against Russia," he said on Monday, as quoted by the Daily Sabah. It comes after the US, 16 EU countries, other European states and Canada all expelled diplomats in response to the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK on March 4. The European Union has also recalled its ambassador to Russia, and the UK previously expelled 23 diplomats over the incident. Russia denies having any involvement in the attack and has offered its full cooperation in the investigation. Despite Western allegations, no proof has been presented that Moscow played any role in the incident.

Mar 27 09:14

Erdogan Ramps up Repression of Kurds and Leftists, Even Outside Turkey

Turkey's increasingly authoritarian president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ramped up the violent repression of Kurds and leftists not just inside his country, but abroad as well. EDR one visited Washington D.C. in May 2017 to meet with Donald Trump. In response, left wing and pro-Kurdish activists in the United States organized a protest outside the Turkish embassy. These protesters were then physically attacked by members of the Turkish leader's security team. Nine activists were hospitalized, some with serious injuries.

Mar 27 08:39

SYRIA-IRAQ WAR REPORT – MARCH 27, 2018: TURKEY PREPARES TO INTERVENE IN IRAQ

On March 26, 6,749 militants and members of Faylaq al-Rahman and their relatives left the southern part of Eastern Ghouta and were transferred using 110 buses to the militant-held part of Idlib province, according to the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria. Over the past three days, 13,190 militants and their family members have been evacuated from Eastern Ghouta. Faylaq al-Rahman also released 26 Syrian service members and civilians under the evacuation agreement.

On the same day, the Center said that over 114,000 people had left Eastern Ghouta via humanitarian corridors since the introduction of the daily humanitarian pause.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has established full control of the area of Harasta abandoned by members of Ahrar al-Sham and is now preparing to enter the remaining militant-held areas in the southern part of Eastern Ghouta as militants withdraw.

Mar 26 12:56

Washington, Ankara in Secret Agreement: US Forces to Remain in Manbij, Kurds to Leave

Russian media reported that the Kurdish forces will be forced to withdraw from Manbij, Raqqa and Eastern Euphrates after occupation of Afrin by Ankara and allied militants and following a secret agreement between the US and Turkey as Washington plans to extend mission in Syria.

Russian media outlet Nezavisimaya Gazetta reported on Sunday that clashes between the Kurds and the Turkish army will likely extend to Manbij, Raqqa and the Eastern banks of the Euphrates, adding that the Kurds have retreat from the battlefield in Afrin after several days of heavy clashes and probably after the recent agreement between Ankara and Washington.

The Russian outlet added that the Kurdish units will not be allowed to remain in Manbij, and "these will be the US and Turkish military forces that will be deployed in the region.

Mar 26 11:57

Syrian sources: Turkish air raids destroy Christian archaeological sites

The Directorate-General of the Syrian Department of Antiquities denounced, in an official note, the destruction of important Christian archaeological sites caused by air raids carried out by the Turkish military airforce in the Afrin area, in north-eastern Syria. "The Turkish aircraft - reads the note, released Thursday, March 22 in the name of the director of Syrian antiquities, Mahmoud Hamoud - bombed the archaeological site of Barad, 15 kilometers south of the city of Afrin".

Mar 25 09:06

Two Americans Among Seven Westerners Killed by Turkish Forces in Syria

Two months ago, a 40-year-old Frenchman with a handlebar mustache stood in front of a ragtag group of foreign fighters and recorded a defiant video statement: “We fought Daesh in Raqqa,” he said, referring to the Islamic State. “Now it is the fascist Turkish state we are fighting, here in Afrin.”

A month later he was dead.

His name was Olivier Le Clainche, and he was the third of seven European and American citizens to die fighting Turkish forces in Syria—a coalition that includes dozens of jihadist militias in Aleppo province that Turkey has sponsored and directed for the last two years. Turkish forces invaded the Afrin district of Aleppo province on January 20, attacking a Kurdish militia that has numerous foreign fighters from western countries.

Mar 21 09:22

Erdogan tells US to end ‘deception’ on Syria

TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today told the US to stop "deceiving" Turkey and start cooperation after Washington said it was concerned by the Turkish-led offensive on the Syrian city of Afrin.

Erdogan's typically abrasive comments came after the US State Department reacted to the capture by Turkish forces of Afrin from Kurdish militia by sounding alarm over the fate of civilians and looting.

"If we are strategic partners, you must respect us and you must work with us," Erdogan told Turkey's NATO ally during a speech to ruling party lawmakers in parliament.

Mar 21 09:22

Iraq approves Turkish military operations to purge joint borders

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq and Turkey have agreed that the latter can launch military operations on the joint borders presumably targeting anti-Turkish, Kurdish fighters.

Meeting with Iraqi Justice Minister Haider al-Zamili in Baghdad, Turkish ambassador to Iraq, Fateh Yildiz, said Ankara started to launch military operations on its borders with Iraq “to purge the borders from terrorist pockets in collaboration with the Iraqi government”, as quoted by a statement by the Iraqi justice ministry.

“Turkey is prepared to cooperate with the Iraqi government in the field of counter-terrorism and entrenching the sovereignty of both countries,” the statement quoted Yildiz saying.

Mar 21 07:25

Israelis forced off of Turkish plane after joking about bringing bombs onboard

Three Israeli nationals removed from Turkish Airlines plane, interrogated after falsely claiming to be carrying explosives.

ed note–a textbook case of the nature of ‘the Jewish problem’ and why it–along with its inevitable by-product, ‘anti-Shemitism’–has existed for thousands of years. Whether it is Jews making jokes about bringing bombs on board an airliner and all the disruption that this causes or whether it is a penniless nomad named Abram selling his wife into sexual slavery under the false pretext that she was his ‘sister’, the adherents of this peculiar cult mindset never seem to figure out that engaging in such behavior is (A) unacceptable, and (B) likely to result in negative backlash against them.

Mar 19 11:46

Erdogan vows to expand Syria offensive to eastern regions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to further expand military operations against Kurdish militants in Syria to the eastern parts of the Arab country, even threatening to send troops to northern Iraq if Baghdad could not clear the region of the militants.

Speaking in Ankara a day after Turkish forces and their allies stormed and captured the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin, Erdogan said on Monday that his country’s military would target the Syrian city of Manbij, as well as Ayn al-Arab or Kobani, and towns along the border to the east of the Euphrates River.

"Now we will continue this process until we entirely eliminate this corridor, including in Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tal Abyad, Ra's al-Ayn and Qamishli," Erdogan said in his speech.

Mar 19 09:42

Why is NATO moving its Airbase from Turkey to Jordan?

People in the Middle East are joking, cynically: “From Incirlik, Turkey to Al-Azraq, Jordan with love.”. That is, if they pay any attention to the movement of NATO troops in this part of the world.

They should.

At least one substantial part of an incredibly deadly and aggressive force has been gradually relocated, from an ‘uncertain’ and according to the West suddenly ‘unreliable’ country (Turkey), to the impoverished but obedient Kingdom of Jordan.

It is now clear that NATO is not sure, metaphorically speaking, which direction is Turkey going to fly in, and where it may eventually land. It is panicking and searching, ‘just in case’, for an exit strategy; almost for an escape plan from the most important regional power.

Is the West really losing Turkey? Nobody knows. Most likely, nobody in Ankara is sure, either, including Mr. Erdogan.

Mar 18 09:04

Turkey Bombs Hospital In Syria

Mar 17 09:56

VIDEO: Turkish Supported Terrorists Directly Threaten China

Turkey has decided to play a very dangerous game by directly supporting terrorists who have openly threatened China.

The Uyghurs are a Turkic minority group from China’s western Xinjiang province. Large segments of their population seek independence from the Chinese state and aim to establish a new state called East Turkistan that would be governed by Shariah Law.

As the Uighurs are ethnic kin with the Turks, they have long had Turkey as a safe haven for those against the Chinese state.

Mar 16 07:11

PHOTOS: Turkey Continues Brutality Against Kurds In Afrin, 20+ Civilians Killed

Graphic images have emerged from the northwest Syrian city of Afrin after the Turkish air force just conducted an air raid that has killed at least 20 civilians and injured many more.

This comes as the Olive Branch forces, a coalition of the Turkish military and their Syrian puppets, prepare to storm the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) held city.

Turkey recognizes the YPG as a terrorist organization as it is the Syrian branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that is internationally recognized as a terrorist group, including by Washington.

Mar 14 08:23

Kurdish Youth Group in Germany Vows to Turn Europe Into 'Rubble and Ash'

It seems that Germany may face the consequences of Turkey's ongoing military operation against the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region.

Citing the Turkish military's Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, a Germany-based left-wing Kurdish youth group has threatened to turn European streets into "rubble and ash," according to Deutsche Welle.

The warning came after pro-Kurdish protesters clashed with police across Germany late last week, which prompted Ankara to urge Berlin to take measures to protect Turkish citizens living in Germany.

Mar 13 06:55

Russia Agrees to Speed Air Defense System Delivery to Turkey

Russia will speed up the delivery of its S-400 air defense systems to Turkey at the latter’s request, says Russian presidential aide Vladimir Kozhin.

Talking to TV channel Rossiya 24, Kozhin, aide on military and technical cooperation to the president of Russia, said that Russia plans to start shipping the systems in early 2020.

"The contract is signed and it is being fulfilled. The Turkish side kept expressing its desire to speed it up and we have found an optimal option here: we met them halfway about speeding up the contract," Kozhin said in an interview Monday.

Mar 11 13:43

Putin’s Missiles: Deterring an American Attack?

The nuclear poker game just became more exciting.

Putin’s March 1st presentation of new Russian weapons has been greatly misunderstood as a declaration of strategic parity or triumphalism.

Mar 11 10:11

‘Turkey not a NATO country?’ Erdogan slams allies’ refusal to support his offensive in Syria’s Afrin

Turkey’s leader has scorched NATO allies over their failure to support his “counter-terrorist” operation in the Kurdish-held Syrian region of Afrin, but expressed gratitude that they at least had no guts to openly oppose Ankara.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered the inflammatory comments while speaking before a gathering of his ruling AK Party in the Turkish city of Mersin on Saturday.

“Hey NATO where are you? We’re fighting so much. NATO, Turkey is not a NATO country? Where are you? You’ve invited NATO-member states to Afghanistan,” Erdogan said.

Mar 11 09:59

‘US won’t even sell us rifles’: Turkey’s FM explains purchase of Russian S-400 air-defense systems

Ankara’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 air-defense systems was prompted by the reluctance of its NATO allies, primarily the US, to sell advanced weaponry to Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.
“We needed it urgently because we did not have an air defense system. We even had troubles with buying simple rifles from the US due to concerns of the Congress. We had to buy it from someone,” Cavusoglu told the Zeit newspaper, in an exclusive interview.

The S-400 Triumf is the most advanced Russian anti-aircraft system, designed to engage aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 400km and ballistic missiles up to 60km away. The launcher can use at least four interceptor missile types, suited to different targets. An S-400 division can engage up to 36 targets simultaneously.

Mar 10 08:27

The Coming Backlash Against the Pentagon’s Hybrid War in Syria

U.S. and Turkish officials are due to meet in Washington today to begin thrashing out the range of issues now threatening to tear the already fragile relationship between the two NATO allies apart.

The Turkish-American discord goes back to the Obama administration when Washington persuaded Ankara to spearhead the regime-change project in Syria circa 2011, only to see the U.S. retract later, leaving Turkey holding a can of worms.

Since then the relationship has become mired in several disputes, with the overarching geopolitical result that Turkey has steadily drifted away from its Western allies towards a détente with Russia. This has taken the form of a quasi-alliance with Moscow over the Syrian conflict—a partnership that appears to be flourishing as a “win-win” economic relationship and has resulted in the Turkish decision to purchase an S-400 air defense system from Russia.

Mar 09 07:51

Turkey, Iran part of 'triangle of evil' in region: Saudi crown prince

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman claims Turkey and Iran, along with extremist groups, have formed a “triangle of evil” in the region amid Riyadh’s anger over Tehran-Ankara cooperation in Syria and the Turkish support for Qatar in the standoff with a Riyadh-led quartet of states.

“The contemporary triangle of evil comprises Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups,” Egypt’s Al-Shorouk newspaper quoted bin Salman as saying on Wednesday in an interview with newspaper editors in Cairo.

Bin Salman’s belligerent comments against Iran were not the first of their kind, but those against Turkey mark a sudden escalation.

The heir to the Saudi throne further accused Turkey of seeking to revive the Ottoman Empire.

Mar 08 10:59

Making Sense of the Russian 5th Generation Fighters in Syria – The Saker

The question is whether this was worth the risk?

First, amazingly enough, the reports of the Su-57 in Syria are true. Some say 2 aircraft, some say 4 (out of a current total of 13). It doesn’t really matter, what matters is that the deployment of a few Su-57s in Syria is a fact and that this represents a dramatic departure from normal Russian (and Soviet) practice.

Introducing the Sukhoi 57 5th generation multi-role fighter

Mar 07 08:58

Turkey will buy S-400 from Russia despite threats from USA

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that he would not refuse from the purchase of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems from the Russian Federation despite possible sanctions from the United States.

Mar 06 11:10

Erdogan calls for mobilization of army reserves in Syria

In his recent speeches at Justice and Development Party (AKP) meetings, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to be more chauvinistic than ever with frequent impassioned references to war sagas. With the battles at Afrin, the dose of his nationalistic and martyrdom utterances has increased, so much so that on Feb. 24 at a party meeting in Kahramanmaras he called on Turkish men who have already served in the army to be ready to go to Syria.

Addressing his supporters who were chanting, “Our leader, take us to Afrin,” Erdogan said, “Don’t worry. Once we decide to go we will not leave you behind, but take you with us. Now we are dispatching our trained cadres. Those who received mobilization orders should get ready. But at this moment we don’t need them. The minute we decide we will hit the road.”

Turkish males are subject to conscription when they reach the age of 20, and they are required to mobilize until the age of 41.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IT looks as though the Turkish government is preparing for more than just a little "cross-border" jousting with the jihadists; if Edrogan has called up Turkish reserves, he is planning on something far more ambitious than originally thought.

Mar 06 09:58

US-Backed Kurds Halt Anti-ISIS Operations to Fight Turks

While it doesn’t appear likely to change anything about the US plan to keep troops within Syria, the Pentagon announced Monday that there is an “operational pause” in the war against ISIS in Syria, because the Kurds are busy fighting the Turks.

The US strategy for fighting against ISIS within Syria has been to provide air support and artillery to target the area of the operation and throw Kurdish YPG fighters into the situation until they take over the territory.

In January, however, Turkey invaded northern Syria, attacking the YPG’s Afrin District, and vowing to hit the rest of the YPG’s territory, starting with Manbij and advancing eastward. Kurdish YPG forces, and their allies, have made defending their territory the entire focus of their operations.

Mar 04 07:26

Pro-Syrian Government Forces Hit By Turkish Airstrike Near Afrin

Pro-Syrian government forces were targeted in an air raid by the Turkish Air Force in the town of Kafr Zita, near Afrin, on Saturday.

Thirty-six people are reported to have died in the attack.

Mar 01 13:16

Why Turkey Wants To Invade The Greek Islands

There is one issue on which Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its main opposition, the Republican People's Party (CHP), are in complete agreement: The conviction that the Greek islands are occupied Turkish territory and must be reconquered.

So strong is this determination that the leaders of both parties have openly threatened to invade the Aegean.

The only conflict on this issue between the two parties is in competing to prove which is more powerful and patriotic, and which possesses the courage to carry out the threat against Greece. While the CHP is accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's AKP party of enabling Greece to occupy Turkish lands, the AKP is attacking the CHP, Turkey's founding party, for allowing Greece to take the islands through the 1924 Treaty of Lausanne, the 1932 Turkish-Italian Agreements, and the 1947 Paris Treaty, which recognized the islands of the Aegean as Greek territory.

Feb 28 15:54

Blundering Into Iran – Philip Giraldi

Countering an assumed Iranian threat that is no threat at all and triggering a catastrophic war would be a major mistake that would lead to a breakdown in the current political alignment of the entire Middle East. And it would be costly for the United States.

Feb 27 12:35

Turkey Threatens to Invade Greece

In an incident that took place less than two weeks after the Greek Defense Ministry announced that Turkey had violated Greek airspace 138 times in a single day, a Turkish coast guard patrol boat on February 13 rammed a Greek coast guard vessel off the shore of Imia, one of many Greek islands over which Turkey claims sovereignty.

Most of the areas within modern Greece’s current borders were under the occupation of the Ottoman Empire from the mid-15th century until the Greek War of Independence in 1821 and the establishment of the modern Greek state in 1832. The islands, however, like the rest of Greece, are legally and historically Greek, as their names indicate.

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), however, and even much of the opposition seem intent on, if not obsessed with, invading and conquering these Greek islands, on the grounds that they are actually Turkish territory.

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This, coupled with the following article, also at globalresearch.ca, does not augur well for peace in the region:

Erdogan Vows to Recapture all Lands Once Held by the Ottoman Empire... and more

What we have here... is a President of a NATO member who appears to have lost his reality licence; what is NATO going to do now, in light of the fact that Greece is also a NATO member, as well as the US, a NATO member with troops embedded with Kurds in Syria, who Edrogan wants to have wiped off the face of the earth?!?

Could this herald the end of NATO as we have known it?!?

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, you had BETTER start working the phones here, and fast, if you do not want to see NATO disintegrate into a hideous regional war between existing NATO members.

Feb 27 10:27

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 27, 2018: TURKEY GAINS CONTROL OF BORDER STRIP INSIDE AFRIN

On February 26, The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army linked the TAF-held area in western Aleppo and southwestern Afrin after they had captured the village of Anqalah and nearby points from the Kurdish YPG.

On the same day, the TAF’s general staff said that 2,059 so-called ‘terrorists’ had been neutralized in Operation Olive Branch.

Meanwhile, reports appeared that the YPG is ready to hand over the city of Manbij to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) under a wide-ranging deal which would involve the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance in preventing further Turkish advances in Afrin. However, these reports are still unconfirmed.

The Tiger Forces, the Republican Guard and their allies opened a new front against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham in Eastern Ghouta, attacking their positions northeast of the Armoured Vehicles Base. The main clashes in the area are taking place the Harasta and Dawahirah fronts.

Feb 27 09:55

Turkey's Erdogan tells crying girl, 6, she'd be honored if killed in battle.

“If she becomes a martyr, God willing, she will be wrapped with it. She is ready for everything, aren’t you?” he asked.

Feb 26 13:25

Turkey gains control of border strip inside Syria's Afrin, sends special forces for new fight

The Turkish army has taken control of the outer edge of Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin during its ongoing cross-border offensive against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Turkish state media reported on Monday that the military and its allied militants had pushed some Kurdish YPG forces back from the frontier near the Turkish border.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, Turkey has captured 115 “strategic points” and 87 villages since launching its operation in the Syrian region.

Feb 26 11:59

Turkish Army Attacks Afrin Convoy, Kurds Say It Was Full of Aid

Fighting continues in Syria’s Afrin District, a Kurdish area which is being invaded by the Turkish military. Friday saw Turkish forces attacking a convoy that was heading for the main town in the district.

Exactly what sort of a convoy this was remains hotly contested. The Kurdish YPG says the convoy contained food and medical aid, as well as civilians being evacuated from the areas Turkey is already pushing into.

Turkey, however, says the entire convoy of 30-40 vehicles was full of “terrorists,” and weapons for the YPG forces that are resisting the invasion, which Turkey insists is a terrorist group.

Several of the cars were destroyed in the shelling, and the YPG is reporting one killed and ten wounded. Turkey offered no casualty figures on this specific incident but has claimed to have killed massive numbers of Kurds in the course of the invasion.

Feb 26 11:21

Syria ceasefire not to affect offensive in Afrin: Turkey

Turkey welcomes a United Nations Security Council resolution on a month-long ceasefire in Syria, but says it will have no effect on Ankara's ongoing cross-border offensive in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously voted in favor of a resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria 'without delay' to allow aid delivery and medical evacuations.

Feb 26 11:10

Turkish President Calls-Up Military Reserves; Tells Nation "On the Eve of Resurrection" (Of Ottoman Empire)

The President of Turkey, Recypt Erdogan - a fanatical Muslim - announced the full mobilization of Turkish Armed Forces Reserves today and told an assembled crowd in Maras Province to check on Call-up orders for duty because, he said, "We are on the eve of a Resurrection" (of the Ottoman Empire) and that he's ready to march with his people when the time comes. (To conquer much of Europe).

Erdogan paraded a little girl dressed in military fatigues in today's convention speech in Maras province, saying she is ready to be martyred and buried with a Turkish flag in her pocket. Here's video. You can see the child is petrified:

Feb 26 09:52

UN Unanimously Backs Ceasefire in Syria

After several days of fighting over the exact wording, the UN Security Council unanimously backed a ceasefire resolution over the weekend, calling for an end to fighting in not just Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, but the rest of the country.

Over 500 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the past week in fighting around the Ghouta area, the last substantial rebel-held territory near the capital, as Syrian and Russian forces pounded the territory trying to force an evacuation deal.

The deal is to stop fighting, and get humanitarian aid into the area “without delay,” but timing isn’t clear, with the Syrian government saying they don’t consider it valid against “terrorist” groups, but promising to work quickly on getting aid into these areas. Turkey has said they don’t believe the ceasefire applies to their invasion, though Syria says it does.

Feb 26 09:26

Erdogan: US Is a ‘Double-Faced, Liar, Crook’ Country

After the latest series of US and Turkish threats, warnings and ultimatums, which culminated with Erdogan saying the Americans were in need of an “Ottoman slap”, the US sent over a series of delegations headed by Tillerson, Mattis and McMster to try and repair the relationship:

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Erdogan is right. The US government Is a ‘Double-Faced, Liar, Crook’ Country

Feb 24 11:54

Putin’s Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It?

Israel has now had a taste of President Putin’s ‘stick’: Your air superiority in the North has just been punctured by the Syrian air defences. You, Israel, will lose it completely were our Russian S400s air defences to be enabled: ‘Think it over’.

Last week saw the first ‘game changer’ that almost plunged the region into war: the downing of one of Israel’s most sophisticated aircraft – an F16i by Syrian air defense.

As Ronen Bergman wrote in the New York Times: “Israel will no longer be able to act in Syria without limitations”; and secondly, “if anyone was not yet aware of it, Russia is the dominant power in the region”.

Feb 22 09:46

Jim Mattis refutes the “Fake News” of Israel and NATO

For the first time, a practicing Secretary of Defense has denounced the ongoing lies of Israel, its own administration and NATO.

This should have been the “front page” of all Western newspapers. But only Newsweek reported it [ 1 ].

Feb 20 11:47

Syrian Fighters Enter Afrin; Turkey Retaliates With Immediate Bombardment Sending Turkish Lira, Stocks Tumbling

As we reported yesterday, in a surprising twist in the ongoing Syrian proxy war, YPG Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria - who are backed by the US - had struck a deal with the Russia-backed Assad regime for Syrian forces to enter the Afrin region and repel a Turkish offensive which began last month.

Badran Jia Kurd, an advisor to the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria told Reuters that Syrian troops will deploy along several border positions and could enter the region within the next two days: "we can cooperate with any side that lends us a helping hand in light of the barbaric crimes and the international silence," Jia Kurd said.

We didn't have long to wait for this escalation to unfold, and moments ago a convoy of fighters waving Syrian flags entered the northern Kurdish-held region of Afrin, which Turkey is targeting in a cross-border operation, according to footage on Syrian state TV shows.

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So give me a moment to get my head around this; the Syrian Army is now assisting the US-supported Kurds in fending off a Turkish invasion of Afrin?!?

IF a country's leadership is intellectually gifted, they will chose their battles, and enemies, and scenarios for winning very carefully; Erdogan, in his unhinged bloodlust against even the non-militant Kurds, thought such a scenario as the US supported Kurds being assisted by the Syrian Army could never happen.

In war, sometimes, you need to consider, far ahead of actual events, what you will do if the unthinkable actually happens, which it did in this case.

Feb 20 11:03

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 20, 2018: TURKEY THREATENS TO STRIKE SYRIAN ARMY

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continue preparations for a ground operation against militants in Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta. Now, government forces and warplanes target fortified positions, HQs and weapon depots belonging to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and their allies.

Pro-militant sources and the mainstream media have already started a propaganda campaign targeting the SAA as the only side responsible for civilian casualties in the area. Various sources provide different numbers, but the key thing in these reports is that the number is high.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nsura) will be exterminated if powers having influence over the group fail to discipline it.

Feb 20 10:59

Escalation in Syria – How Far Can the Russians be Pushed? - The Saker

A new US strategy in Syria: to punish the Russians as much as possible short of an overt US attack on Russian forces.

Events in Syria have recently clearly taken a turn for the worse and there is an increasing amount of evidence that the Russian task force in Syria is being targeted by a systematic campaign of “harassing attacks”.

First, there was the (relatively successful) drone and mortar attack on the Russian Aerospace base in Khmeimin. Then there was the shooting down of a Russian SU-25 over the city of Maasran in the Idlib province. Now we hear of Russian casualties in the US raid on a Syrian column (along with widely exaggerated claims of “hundreds” of killed Russians).

Feb 20 10:11

BREAKING - Syrian Forces Heading To Afrin!

Feb 19 15:21

World Watches as All-Out War Between Israel and Iran Inches Closer

Over the weekend, Israel used the long-standing adversarial threat of Iran as a pretext to launch a barrage of attacks against targets in Syrian territory. According to the Israeli side, an Iranian drone launched from Syria flew deep into Israeli airspace, which prompted Israel to not only down the drone, but to also target the base the drone was allegedly launched from in Syria.

Feb 19 11:09

Afrin's Kurds Agree With Syrian Gov't for Army to Help Fight Turks - Official

Amid reports of Turkey allegedly launching a gas attack in Syria, Kurdish YPG groups in Afrin are calling on the Syrian army to meddle in to protect their borders from Turkish combat men, a YPG representative Nuri Mahmud told RIA Novosti.

Senior Kurdish official Badran Jia Kurd has announced that the Syrian Kurdish forces and government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter Afrin to help halt Turkish attacks. He added that the army troops would be deployed along a number of border positions and were expected to arrive in the Afrin region within the next two days.

The Turks-initiated military operation "Olive branch" has been underway against Kurds in Afrin, Syria’s north-west since January. Turkey reported it had eliminated over 1.5 thousand militants, including both Kurdish fighters and Daesh militants (deemed a terrorist organization in Russia), according to Ankara.

Feb 19 11:08

YPG Official Rep: Syria Should Close Airspace for Turkish Jets

In an interview to Sputnik, Kurdish YPG representative Nuri Mahmud detailed the disposition around the Syrian city of Afrin, where Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch is still underway.

"The attacks on Afrin by the Turkish army and groups of the Free Syrian Army, controlled by Turkey, have entered the fourth week – they launch massive airstrikes and employ heavy weaponry. Many countries feel indifferent to Afrin’s fate, whereas they should really demonstrate support of the city and help repel the Turkish offensive. If the Syrian regime deems itself landlord of this territory, it must close Syria’s airspace for Turkish planes and fulfill its commitments with regard to defending Afrin, which is part of the Syrian state. We haven’t engaged in talks with the Syrian authorities on this issue before," Mahmud underscored.

Feb 19 10:49

Syria pro-govt forces to enter Afrin ‘within hours’ amid Turkish military op – state media

Pro-government Syrian forces are expected to enter Afrin enclave “within hours,” local media report. Earlier, an adviser to the Kurdish administration said a deal has been reached to allow Syrian forces into the embattled area.

Feb 19 09:35

President Erdogan warns Putin that Syria will face 'consequences' if it wades into Turkey's offensive in Kurdish enclave

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Syria will face 'consequences' if it wades into Turkey's offensive in Afrin.

Erdogan told Putin that Turkey's military operation in the northern Syrian Kurdish enclave will continue as planned during a phone call between the two leaders.

Feb 18 08:53

Thousands Rally Against Munich Security Conference in Germany

Around 2,200 people participated in a demonstration against the ongoing Munich Security Conference (NSC) in Germany, local Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcaster reported on Saturday.

The demonstrators shouted slogans including "No to War," "Dismiss NATO," "There Are No Winners in War," according to the media reports.

The rally organizers gathered over 100 protest groups from across Germany.

Kurdish activists campaigning against the ongoing Turkish military offensive in Syria’s Kurdish-held Afrin region joined the protesters.

Feb 18 05:47

Time for Turkey to return to the West

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These contacts could ultimately result in an improvement in Turkey’s relations with the European Union as a whole. Within that framework, the Feb. 14-15 visit to Turkey by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland was also probably important.

It is same for relations with the U.S., only much more complicated. Çavu?o?lu had said in advance of Tillerson’s visit that relations between the two countries could either get better or worse but not stay the same. Following a three-hour-plus meeting between Erdo?an, Tillerson and Çavu?o?lu on the evening of Feb. 15 - and a near two-hour meeting between Tillerson and Çavu?o?lu with their delegations on the morning of Feb. 16 - the joint declaration and joint press conference showed that Ankara-Washington ties are at least not going to get worse for the time
being.
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But the main focus of the Tillerson visit was the Turkish-U.S. rift in Syria. It was interesting to see Tillerson saying the status of the town of Manbij was a priority, as Çavu?o?lu said Turkey wanted the U.S. to keep its promises and remove the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Manbij to the east of Euphrates as a precondition for coordinating actions in Syria.

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Feb 17 09:33

Turks propose joint deployment with US in Syria as allies aim to mend ties

Turkey proposed on Friday staging a joint deployment with U.S. troops in Syria, as the two NATO allies sought to rescue a rapidly deteriorating strategic relationship that Washington acknowledged had reached a “crisis point”.

Feb 17 05:52

Tillerson's Visit to Ankara Seen as Green Light to Turkey's Chemical Attack against Kurds

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The attack was launched by the FSA militants who are backed by Ankara and at the end of Rex Tillerson's visit to Turkey, raising speculations that the attack was launched after a US green light.

Washington's silence on the attack that has reinvigorated speculations about its suspicious role in the incident comes as it has repeatedly accused the Syrian army forces of conducting chemical weapons against militants, a claim always rejected by Damascus.

Experts believe the US selective approach is yet another indicator of Washington's willingness to make an instrumental use of chemical warfare.

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Feb 16 15:42

HERE IS THE FALSE FLAG EVERYONE SAID WAS COMING! Six People Hospitalized After Alleged Turkish Gas Attack in Afrin - Reports

Reports have surfaced that a Turkish chemical weapon attack in the Northern Syrian city of Afrin has hospitalized six civilians. The Turkish military is doing battle with US-backed Syrian Kurdish militias over control of the border city.

Jiwan Mohammad, the general director of the Afrin hospital, told Syrian state-owned outlet SANA that he had treated six men for "difficulty breathing, coughing, and burning all over the body." He added that the symptoms were indicative of a chemical weapon attack.

Feb 16 10:15

Damascus to Deploy Forces in Afrin - Reports

The Kurdish militias and the Syrian government have reached an agreement on the deployment of the Syrian Armed Forces in Syria's district of Afrin, Lebanese media reported on Thursday.

The decision was made in order to protect the district and counter the attacks of Turkey or its allies in Afrin, Mayadeen broadcaster reported, citing a source with a knowledge of the situation.

A source familiar with the situation told Sputnik on Thursday that the Syrian Armed Forces would enter the territory near the border with Turkey in the district of Afrin in the next few days.

Feb 16 10:14

Syria to deploy troops to Afrin under deal with Kurdish militants: Reports

The Syrian government is reportedly set to deploy troops to the northern district of Afrin, which has been the target of a month-long Turkish offensive, as part of an agreement with the Kurdish militants operating there.

Citing “special” sources, Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen broadcaster reported Thursday that Damascus had reached an agreement with militants of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) to station troops in Afrin with the aim of countering Turkish military attacks.

Russia’s Sputnik news agency also quoted a source familiar with the situation as saying that Syrian forces would enter the flashpoint region within “the next few days.”

Feb 16 07:11

Why Is Germany Selling Recycled Ukrainian Weapons to the Kurds?

Sophie Mangal appears to be a pseudonym for pro-Syrian journalists, as exhaustively explained in this recent Counterpunch article.

The Washington Post tried to make a big deal about this, claiming that this was smoking gun evidence of Kremlin Trolls in action!, in their Christmas day article Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options.

Feb 15 17:42

Turkey, Russia to sign deal for second S-400 regiment in 2020

Turkey will sign an agreement with Russia for the second S-400 missile defense system regiment in 2020, a Russian official said Wednesday.

"After the delivery of the first regiment is completed in May-June 2020, the parties plan to sign a new contract on the delivery of the second S-400 regiment in 2021. The list of supplies will be similar to the one included in the first contract," the unnamed official told Russian news agency TASS.

The source also said the new deal will include partial localization of production with some Turkish firms manufacturing certain "non-crucial" parts of the S-400 systems.

Feb 15 08:50

Animosity Toward US Brings Turkey, Russia, and Iran Together for Summit on Syria

The leadership of Turkey, Iran, and Russia have all agreed to attend an upcoming summit in Istanbul on the topic of Syria, with the date for the meeting to be decided soon. Looming large over this is US relations.

Those three nations have met in the past on trying to get a peace process going in Syria, but right now the big issue on all their minds is increasing hostility from the US.

Turkey’s invasion of northern Syrian Kurdish territory has them facing potential conflict with US troops embedded in Manbij. The Pentagon has made clear their presence in Syria is at least in part intended now to fight Iran, and over the past week, US forces killed scores of Russians in the east.

Feb 13 13:07

US troops should stay clear of YPG: Erdo?an

Ankara further toughened its language against the U.S. on Feb. 13, ahead of key meetings in Brussels and Ankara between senior Turkish and American officials.

Speaking at parliament on Feb. 13, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an slammed the U.S.’s continued cooperation with the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and a senior U.S. military official who vowed to respond to any Turkish attack in Manbij.

“It is clear that those who say ‘we will respond aggressively if you hit us’ have never experienced an Ottoman slap,” Erdo?an told his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputies in parliament.

Feb 13 10:03

Pentagon to NATO-Member Turkey: ‘You Hit Us – We Will Respond Aggressively’

urkey demands US military pulls out of northern Syria to the west of Euphrates around Manbij. US refuses to do so. Turkey threatens it will launch an offensive on Manbij whether US is still present there or not. Turkey adds it may not be able to distinguish between Kurdish militiamen and US troops in battle and could target both. US sends a hi-ranking Pentagon delegation to Manbij to deliver the message the US “will respond aggressively if attacked”. — This has all happened. Welcome to 2018 where the nations with two largest militaries in NATO are issuing threats, warnings and ultimatums…to each other.

Feb 12 13:10

Kurdish Fighters Destroy Turkish Army's Main Position, Tanks in Northern Syria

Hawar news reported that the Kurdish militants struck the Turkish army's defense lines North of Afrin, destroying a main position, four tanks and a depot of arms and ammunition and killing five army soldiers.

Hawar news further said that the Kurds repelled four repeated attacks of the forces of Operation Olive Branch on the villages in Shera region near the villages of Deir Sawan, Arab Weiran and Tal Shemshak, killing 23 members of the Turkish army and allied groups.

It added that the Kurds managed to destroy a military vehicle and truck of the Turkish army Tal (hill) Aka in Bolboleh region and a tank in the village of Sheikh Khourzeh.

The Turkish Army General Staff announced in a statement on Sunday that nearly 1,270 Kurdish militias were killed in the Turkish Army's Operation Olive Branch in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo.

Feb 12 10:58

Turkey could JOIN FORCES with Assad's Syria regime in MASSIVE SNUB to US after talks

Serkan Topal, a deputy in the Turkish parliament, has suggested Turkey and Syria restore diplomatic communication.

He said: “Ankara and Damascus have to put dialogue back on track.

“I brought the issue to the agenda at a parliamentary session, pointing out that it has to be discussed in the ministerial council.

“So far, we haven't received a response with regard to the initiative.

Feb 11 10:00

Israeli warplane downed by Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles

IAF chief Tomer Bar reveals F-16 intercepted following strike in Syria was likely shot down by barrage of surface-to-air missiles, shot by Syrian armed forces and made, supplied by Russia; mission 'a complete operational success' despite downing, Bar stresses; stray missiles from the barrage may have reached Israel's Central District—missile trails spotted in region.

The Israeli Air Force's leading conjecture on the F-16 plane that was shot down by anti-aircraft fire on Saturday morning is that Syrian forces used a Russian made SA-5 Gammon medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile to intercept the Israeli aircraft.

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Translation: the Israeli military doesn't know if it was a Russian SAM which shot down the Israeli F-16, but they will tar Russia for it anyway.

I would almost be willing to bet real money that this coming week, , the link between alleged "Syrian/ Iranian Agression" and Russia will be the mantra of the presstitutes in the corporate news.

Feb 10 12:25

Russian-Turkish axis in Syria faces meltdown

With suspicions running high that the nominal allies drew each other's blood on February 3, Ankara may well seek a modus vivendi with the US.

Two things differentiate the downing of a Russian Su-25 ground-attack jet in the western province of Idlib on February 3 from the drone attacks on the Russian air base at Hmeimim a month earlier.

Suffice to say, the air is thick with innuendos and dark hints that Russia and Turkey may have drawn each other’s blood on February 3, despite notionally being allies in Syria’s hybrid war.

Feb 09 14:16

Turkey bombs US-backed militants in northern Syria

Turkey has bombed US-backed Kurdish fighters in Afrin with impunity, just after Washington cited an alleged attack on the militants to target pro-government forces in Syria.

The Turkish army said in a statement on Friday that the overnight strikes destroyed 19 targets, including ammunition depots, shelters and gun positions, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven US-backed militants with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as well as two civilians were killed in the attacks.

Turkey began the attacks on January 20, but halted them after terrorists downed a Russian jet in the northwestern Syria province of Idlib, in order to allow Moscow to reinforce its air defense system.

The offensive is aimed at the YPG, which Turkey says bears ties with anti-Ankara militants.

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This feels to me to be getting more dangerous by the moment.

The US has stated that it will NOT move its troops embedded with the Kurds at Manbij, which he Turks have stated they will invade next.

I really think that the US, by having a physical presence in Syria, is setting our military up at Manbij to become "sacrificial lambs" for a bloody display of a false flag to be blamed on Syria, so that the US has another "justification" for a full-on invasion of Syria.

Feb 07 13:27

At US outpost in Syria, US general backs Kurdish fighters

On the ground in Syria, the top U.S. general in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group pledged on Wednesday that American troops would remain in the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Manbij despite Ankara's demands for a U.S. pullout.

"We're here to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS is maintained in this area," Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk said during a visit to U.S. forces in Manbij. ISIS is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.

Funk's visit comes amid rising tensions between Turkey and the United States — NATO allies that have ended up on opposing sides in some aspects of the multi-layered war in Syria.

While fighting IS in Syria, the U.S. has backed the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG — a group that Ankara considers "terrorists" and allied with Kurdish insurgents within Turkey, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The YPG makes up the backbone of a force that fought IS in Syria.

Feb 07 09:16

Turkey will ‘hand Manbij to Arab owners’ after expelling YPG: Erdo?an

Turkey’s anticipated military operation into Syria’s Manbij will expel the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the city so its “original Arab owners” can be resettled there, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said.

“Mr. Obama did not tell the truth. Trump is also on the same path. They said: ‘We will withdraw from Manbij.’ Why don’t you withdraw? Who have you brought to this city with you? The PYD [Democratic Union Party], the YPG and the [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK. You allow them to settle and tell us ‘Don’t come to Manbij.’ We will come to Manbij to hand it over to its real owners,” Erdo?an told his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) parliamentary group on Feb. 6.

Feb 07 09:02

Russian-Turkish axis in Syria faces meltdown

Idlib province is situated right on Syria’s border with Turkey. It is supposed to be a “sealed border” under strict surveillance by Turkish security agencies. If what Sablin alleged was based on factual information, Russian intelligence recently monitored the transfer of MANPADS from Turkey to extremists.

Curiously, the day after Sablin spoke, Turkey came out with a counter-allegation of its own, attributed to “security sources,” to the effect that the weaponry used in the attack against a Turkish army tank on February 3 by Kurds in Afrin “might have been a Russian-made 9M113 Konkurs” and that the “claim is being evaluated.” Five Turkish soldiers were killed in that attack.

Suffice to say, the air is thick with innuendos and dark hints that Russia and Turkey may have drawn each other’s blood on February 3, despite notionally being allies in Syria’s hybrid war.

Feb 05 11:43

The Syrian Madhouse Gets Even Crazier

Why on earth are at least 2,000 US troops mixed up in this fracas in darkest Syria? Because the pro-Israel neocons in Washington, who pretty much run US foreign policy these days, are determined to have revenge for the defeat of US-backed rebel forces in Syria. So it’s once more into the breach near Afrin and the town Manbij though America has zero national interests in Syria. The US first tried to overthrow Syria’s governments in Damascus in 1948 because it was too independent and flirting with the Soviets. Today’s intervention is part of Israel’s plan to fragment Syria and gobble up its water and fertile land resources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned that a clash between Turkish and US military in Syria, will lead to broader confrontation against Russian forces here.

War in Syria, to fragment it, possibly involving Russian troops, is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could do right now; unfortunately, however, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is absolutely zero guarantee that the US governmen will not do it.

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