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Apr 19 14:48

Turkey ‘may face sanctions’ for buying Russian S-400 missiles and not toeing US line – diplomat

Ankara’s decision to buy S-400 air defense systems from Russia exposes Turkey to possible US sanctions and may bar it from getting F-35 jets, a State Department official said, adding that Turkey should “align with the West.”

The warning came on Wednesday from Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell, who spoke to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on behalf of his department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Apr 19 09:14

Is Trump’s Broader War against Syria on Hold? A Member State of NATO is “Sleeping with the Enemy”: America is at War with both Syria and Turkey

The US war cabinet chose to implement a face saving punitive bombing rather than an all out war against Syria. Defense Secretary Mattis was acutely aware that a punitive bombing could lead to escalation and military confrontation with Russia.

Russia’s objective was to avoid a military clash while ensuring the defense of Syria. The Russians were crystal clear. They would counterattack if Russian military assets were targeted.

Washington also knew that they could not initiate at this juncture a major military campaign against Syria largely due to divisions within the Atlantic Alliance and the fact that a NATO member State, namely Turkey had become an ally of Russia and was fighting US proxy Kurdish rebel forces (integrated by French, British and US Special Forces) in Northern Syria.

What Washington decided upon was a punitive attack while putting a major theater war against Syria “on hold”.

Apr 18 12:42

Conflict Looming Between Greece And Turkey Over The Oil-Rich Imia Islets?

Yesterday the Turkish Foreign Ministry: “the rocks of Imia, their territorial waters and the airspace are exclusively under the Turkish sovereignty”... An honest answer to Ankara is given by Athens regarding Imia and the provocative announcement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs accuses Turkey of challenging European law and makes it clear that Greek sovereignty over Imia is clear and indisputable. It also calls on Ankara to stop perversion and to reunite. “While the European Union calls on Turkey to respect European law, she answers with a provocative circumvention announcement. It repeats a flagrantly illegal position, ignoring the fact that the legal status of the Aegean is fully guaranteed by international law. The Greek sovereignty over Imia is clear and indisputable in accordance with the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, the 1930 Italian-Turkish Agreements and the 1947 Treaty of Paris.

Apr 18 12:36

European Parliament To Turkey: Release The Two Greek Soldiers You Have Held Captive

The European Parliament calls on Ankara to release Aggelos Mitretoides and Dimitris Kouklitzis, who have been imprisoned since early March in the highest security prisons in Andrianoupolis without being charged. According to a draft resolution published by Euractiv, “the European Parliament urges the Turkish authorities to complete the judicial process soon and release the two Greek prisoners and return them to Greece”.

Apr 18 12:12

Turkish Army Starts Fresh Operation against Kurdish Fighters in Northern Syria

The Turkish Army troops and Ankara-backed militants have started an assault on the outskirts of the occupied town of Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo to hunt the Kurdish fighters that are carrying out sporadic attacks against them, militant-affiliated websites reported on Wednesday. The news websites reported that the Turkish soldiers and their allied militants have kicked off a fresh round of operation against the Kurds in a mountainous region, including Mound Hassan Dayereh, between Bolbol and Rajou region North of Afrin. The websites further said that the Turkish troops' operation is aimed at putting an end to the Kurdish fighters' sporadic attacks on the Ankara forces, adding that tens of Kurdish militias are still operating in the region. They went on to say that the Kurdish fighters have been launching surprise attacks on the Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army in Afrin region, and inflicted tens of casualties on the militants so far.

Apr 18 11:58

Northeastern Syria: Kurdish Militias Reinvigorate Positions at Border with Turkey

The Kurdish fighters on Wednesday boosted their defense capabilities in their positions along the border of Syria's Hasaka province and Turkey as war is raving between Ankara's army and the Kurds. The Kurdish fighters reinvigorated their strongholds near the town of Tal Halaf West of the town of Ra'as al-Ein in Northern Hasaka at the border with Turkey. The Kurdish militias have dug long tunnels along the border as well as long trenches around the border passageway and near the silos of the town of Ra'as al-Ein. The Kurdish militants have also recently received a number prefabricated cement rooms made by the US-led coalition forces that they plan to place in a region between the town of Ra'as al-Ein in Hasaka and the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa near the border with Turkey. Military analysts believe that the move by the Kurdish militias is in line with the US plan to create Kurdish border guards in Syria.

Apr 18 10:58

Is Trump’s Broader War against Syria on Hold? A Member State of NATO is “Sleeping with the Enemy”: America is at War with both Syria and Turkey

However, there is an important element which has largely been neglected in recent independent media reports regarding Syria, which suggests that the US could take the decision NOT to engage in the conduct of a major military campaign at this particular juncture.

Why?

The structure of US military alliances is in crisis.

Military Strategy 101 tells us: you do not wage a major war when one of your key allies is “sleeping with the enemy”.

An understanding of the military structure of alliances including cross-cutting coalitions is absolutely crucial. So-called “enduring alliances” in support of America’s “Long War” can no longer be relied upon.

NATO is in crisis: The U.S. and several NATO member states are not only at war with Syria, they are also at war with Turkey which is fighting the US sponsored Kurdish rebel forces in Northern Syria.

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NATO needs to figure out what it will do with its rogue member, Turkey; at the same time, Russia and China are drawing more and more countries into their orbits of influence, in terms of defense, economy, and geopolitics.

This, taken together, does not augur well for the waning influence of the US in these arenas; more and more, the US is presenting all the symptoms of an empire in deep decline.

Apr 18 09:43

Erdogan, Rouhani agree to maintain Turkey, Iran, Russia cooperation in Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed on Tuesday to maintain the cooperation between Turkey, Iran and Russia for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, a source in Erdogan’s office said.

Apr 17 09:45

Turkey says France's Macron won't break its Russia alliance

Ankara, Turkey: Turkey on Monday said French President Emmanuel Macron will not be able to break its partnership with Russia, after he argued the weekend's air strikes against the Syrian regime had driven a wedge between Ankara and Moscow.

"We can think differently but they (our relations with Russia) are not so weak that the French president can break them," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"We have strong relations with Russia," Cavusoglu added. "But our relations with Russia are not an alternative to NATO relations or our allies."

There have been growing signs of Western discomfort over the alliance of Turkey -- a key NATO member since 1952 -- with Iran and Russia over Syria.

Apr 16 08:22

‘Massive Backsliding’: Turkey Bid to Join EU Bloc Doomed Says New Evaluation

The European Commission in Brussels will soon give some pointedly negative updates to Turkey’s progress in joining the European Union in its country report.

In a draft version of the upcoming report, the EU Commission noted that "Turkey has made big steps away from the EU" and that there is a "serious relapse in the areas of justice, public administration reform, fundamental rights and freedom of expression." The Commission also predicted additional relapses "in an increasing number of other areas," according to Politico.

The draft report also urges Turkey to "end the state of emergency without any delay," referring to "disproportionate measures" used by its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his administration, including layoffs and arrests following a July 15, 2016, coup attempt.

Apr 14 09:07

Turkey orders detention of 140 people over Gulen links - Anadolu

Turkish prosecutors ordered the detention of 140 people including serving army officers over alleged links to the U.S.-based preacher accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, the state-run Anadolu agency said on Friday.

Police launched simultaneous operations in 34 provinces across the country for 70 serving army members in a probe led by state prosecutors in the central province of Konya, Anadolu said.

It said the suspects were targeted based on statements by soldiers previously detained over ties to the cleric Fethullah Gulen and were believed to have been responsible for student houses for Gulen’s movement.

Apr 12 06:57

‘Concretization’ of 12,000-year-old site Göbeklitepe sparks anger in Turkey

Apr 12 06:56

NATO head to visit Turkey on April 16

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will pay an official visit to Turkey on April 16, according to diplomatic sources.

Turkey-NATO relations, the Turkish military’s “Operation Olive Branch” in Syria’s Afrin, counter-terrorism, reparations ahead of the 2018 Brussels Summit and regional issues are expected to be on the agenda of the meeting.

Stoltenberg is expected to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu and Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.

Apr 12 06:56

White House Shares Details of Trump-Erdogan Phone Conversation

The US and Turkish leaders in a phone call on Wednesday discussed Syria and agreed to stay in touch, the White House said in a statement.

"President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to discuss the current crisis in Syria. The two leaders agreed to stay in close contact about the situation," the statement read.

US President Donald Trump threatened action on Syria this week in response to last Saturday's alleged chemical attack in the militant-held city of Douma that reportedly killed and injured civilians. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted Russia should get ready for a strike on Syria after Moscow reportedly vowed to shoot down missiles.

Apr 11 13:22

Turkish Army Seizes Saudi-Backed Militants' Weapons in Northern Syria

The Turkish-backed militant groups on Wednesday seized weapons of the Saudi-backed militants of Jeish al-Islam that withdrew from the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta as soon as they arrived in regions under the Ankara-backed militants' control. The Turkish army ordered its allied militants to seize the personal weapons of the Saudi-backed Jeish al-Islam terrorists that have recently left Douma and arrived in regions that are under the control of the Euphrates Shield forces in Northern Syria. Several convoys of Jeish al-Islam militants arrived in Northern Syria within the framework of an evacuation agreement with the Syrian Army. A wave of anger and disappointment has been reported among Jeish al-Islam militants after the Ankara-backed forces seized their weapons. Saudi Arabia and Turkey are two rivals in providing back up for terrorist groups in Syria.

Apr 11 10:28

World War 3 WARNING: Russia and US could set ENTIRE Middle East ‘on FIRE’ Turkey warns

A CONFLICT between Russia and the US in Syria could set entire Middle East region “on fire”, Turkey’s national defence minister Nurettin Canikli warned as World War 3 tensions mount between the two world powers.

Apr 11 09:52

ISRAEL IS SECRETLY BUYING OIL FROM IRAQI KURDISTAN. SIMILAR CHANNEL WAS USED FOR ISIS OIL

Israel has been secretly buying oil through the Turkish port of Ceyhan, which is supplied by the oil pipeline from Iraqi Kurdistan, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported on April 10.

According to Haaretz, in November Samir Madani, a Kuwaiti oil trader, noticed some oil tankers, heading to the Suez Canal from Turkey’s port of Ceyhan. It stopped somewhere in the eastern Mediterranean outside Israel’s territorial borders, turned off its identification transponder and “resurfaced” a few days later, “mysteriously” lighter than when it had left Ceyhan. Then the vessel sailed to Cyprus and returned to Turkey, loaded up on oil that had come from the northern Iraq and repeated the journey, including the act of disappearing.

“His conclusion was that the Valtamed had been shipping oil that wasn’t recorded anywhere to a country that wasn’t supposed to buy it – in other words, Israel was secretly buying Kurdish oil through Turkey,” Haaretz wrote.

Apr 11 08:12

Trump: Get ready Russia, missiles will be coming at Syria, nice and new and ‘smart’!

Trump is insane and anybody who still supports this NUT!

Donald Trump warned Russia to "get ready" after Moscow vowed to shoot any missiles fired at Syria down. "They will be coming, nice and new and smart," Trump tweeted.

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Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!

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Apr 11 05:53

Trump Builds Coalition for War on Syria

President Trump is in the process of building a new coalition of allies to participate in a multi-nation “strike force” attack on the Syrian government. This talk of coalition action reflects the rapid escalation of plans since US officials embraced Saturday’s allegations of a chemical weapons strike.
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Macron, however, suggested he does “not want an escalation,” but rather that the strikes should be against Syrian chemical facilities.>>>
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But Syria disarmed their chemical program before the war really began, and dismantled all of those sites. This means there aren’t really operating facilities to be bombed in the first place.>>>
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The US, France, and Britain will doubtless lead this new coalition, and Australia is expected to join, with Saudi Arabia expected to be drawn into the conflict. Turkey is potentially to be invited too>>>

Apr 10 14:30

Erdogan rejects Russian proposal to handover Afrin to Syrian government

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday criticized the proposal of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who suggested that Ankara might yield the control of the Syrian city of Afrin to Damascus.

“Lavrov’s approach is not correct. We know better than anyone to which side Afrin should be transferred. When the time comes, we will give Afrin to its inhabitants,” Erdogan told reporters.

The president commented on Monday’s statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said that Moscow was hoping that Turkey would return the control of the city to the Syrian government.

Speaking about the Kurdish-dominated Syrian city of Afrin, which fell under the full control of Turkish armed forces on March 24, country’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag stated that the Turkish army would pull out from the city after a political settlement in the country is reached.

Apr 10 10:19

Russia Considers Dropping Dollar & Euro For Oil Trade With Iran And Turkey

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak says the Kremlin is mulling taking payments for oil in national currencies, particularly with Turkey and Iran - circumventing the U.S. dollar. Novak added that both countries have expressed interest in the idea.

“There is a common understanding that we need to move towards the use of national currencies in our settlements. There is a need for this, as well as the wish of the parties,” said the energy minister.

Novak notes that rearranging their financial relationships to accept the national currencies would require an upgrade to the financial and economic mechanisms which facilitate the oil trade.

“This concerns both Turkey and Iran – we are considering an option of payment in national currencies with them. This requires certain adjustments in the financial, economic and banking sectors.”

Apr 10 08:08

Turkey To Oversee Peace In Donbass?

The Turkish authorities supported the idea to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission to the Donbass and intend to participate in it.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced Ankara’s support for the peacekeeping mission.

“Turkey supported the deployment of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the occupied part of the Donbass and declared its readiness to participate in it,” he wrote.

Apr 10 07:39

FLASHBACK - Turkey ‘used chemical weapons’ in north Syria

Kurdish doctors in Syria have accused Turkey of using chemical weapons in an offensive on Afrin, after several civilians were treated for symptoms of poison gas.

Turkey has vehemently denied the allegations, saying its forces do not use “banned ammunition” or keep chemical weapons in their arsenal.

But medics at the main hospital in the town, which lies near the border with Turkey, claim that the symptoms exhibited by the victims, and analysis of the substance, point to the use of chlorine gas. If proven to be true, it would be the first known chemical attack by Turkey in Syria.

Apr 09 09:21

In 24 hours, Turkey stations troops atop 8 mountains in Kurdistan Region

As Turkey’s ground operations against the PKK continue in the northern areas of the Kurdistan Region, Turkish troops have intensified their bombardments and artillery shells, stationing soldiers on top of eight mountains in the past day.

The mountains are located in Sidakan, in northern Erbil province, overlooking Barazgir and Dooramolk plains. With the capture of these mountain peaks, Turkey has now entered 20 kilometers deep into the Kurdistan Region.

Faris Rasul, the chieftain of the Shapan village in Sidakan, told Rudaw that from last night until 2 p.m. on Friday, Turkey constantly bombed the area and later deployed soldiers atop the peaks of Mounts Shapan, Dilan, Kawet, Bane, Chiasor, Alakan and Chiyanaya.

Turkish troops are a hill away from Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) forces in Sidakan, a Rudaw correspondent reported on Friday night.

Apr 08 07:44

Kurdish Fighters Reveal the Reason for US Base in Manbij

As US armed forces bolster their presence in Syria’s north, their Kurdish allies reveal the real reason for this deployment and for the construction of US military installations in the region.

Two Syrian Democratic Forces fighters posted near a new US military base in Manbij told Ruptly video agency that the SDF coordinates its activities with US troops against Turkish operations in the region.

The fighters explained that the base was established a year ago in order to ward off a potential Turkish offensive.

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.

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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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

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