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Free Kelsey Osborne!

freedominourtime - 1 hour 43 min ago

Victims of the Prohibitionist Cartel: Kelsey with her abducted children.

If 23-year-old Gooding, Idaho resident Kelsey Osborne is sent to prison for using medicinal cannabis to treat her daughter’s seizures, Governor Butch Otter should immediately grant her a pardon. If he fails to do so, he should be dragged into a public square in Boise and horsewhipped. 
Madyson Osborne, Kelsey’s young daughter, has suffered from seizure-like symptoms since she was 18 months old. Doctors prescribed Risperidone for the child’s condition, despite its serious potential side effects. On October 4, Madyson suffered an unusually severe fit that involved vomiting and disruptive behavior her mother had not previously seen. 
Desperate to obtain relief for her child, and understandably concerned about the cumulative effect of the dangerous antipsychotic drug she had been taking, Kelsey made the girl a smoothie with marijuana butter – which immediately calmed her down and helped her get to sleep. During a medical appointment the following day, Madyson tested positive for marijuana. At this point, the doctor – acting as an agent of the state, rather than a physician bound by Hippocratic ethics to protect his patients – contacted the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which seized Kelsey’s children. 
The mother now faces a charge of inflicting “injury on a child” by substituting a healthy but officially banned treatment for a toxic pharmaceutical product that has been approved by the state. Since this happened in Idaho, a felony drug charge will almost certainly be imposed as well. 

Last year, acting on behalf of the pharmaceutical cartel, Idaho’s Republican Governor Butch Otter vetoed a measurethat would not have decriminalized the use of medicinal marijuana but wouldhave allowed parents a positive legal defense of necessity if they are charged with an offense for using medicinal cannabis to treat children suffering from seizures.  At the same time, Otter issued an executive order allowing a tiny number of families to participate in an officially sanctioned test project using a marijuana-derived product offered by a government-licensed pharmaceutical company. What this means, of course, is that providing medicinal cannabis to a child is only a “crime” if this is done in a way that circumvents state-approved gatekeepers. 
If Kelsey Osborne were able to use the defense offered by the bill Otter vetoed, it’s profoundly doubtful that the Jerome County Prosecutor’s Office would bother pursuing the case. 
Owing to the corrupt entente between the pharmaceutical cartel and the state’s prohibitionist Pharisees, Idaho is burdened with anti-marijuana laws worthy of Saudi Arabia. The irony of this situation is lost on the full-time “creeping Sharia” alarmists who canker the Gem State, the sort of people who are reliably deaf and blind to most varieties of native-grown authoritarian sanctimony. Such people irrigate their skivvies at the thought that somewhere in the state a woman might be wearing a hijab as a gesture of religious commitment, but they aren’t unduly troubled by the thought of children being abducted at gunpoint from a young mother who faces prison for trying to wean her daughter from a foul psychoactive drug that routinely wrecks both minds and bodies. 
Six years ago, Detroit resident  Maryanne Godboldo – who, like Kelsey Osborne, is a single mother -- held off an attempt by police and “child protection” bureaucrats to abduct her teenage daughter, Ariana, so that she could be forcibly drugged with Risperidone. Godboldo, a college dance instructor, had attempted to school her daughter at home, but was eventually compelled by her financial circumstances to place the youngster in a local government school. This meant subjecting the already troubled child to the government-dictated suite of vaccinations. Shortly after receiving the injections, the girl experienced severe side-effects, including behavioral problems she hadn’t previously experienced. 
In entirely predictable fashion, the government’s medical functionaries decided to add one more noxious chemical to the cocktail by prescribing Risperidone as the “remedy” for the damage caused by the injections. Within a few days, the victim began to display suicidal impulses. 
Maryanne sensibly decided to withdraw her child from the local mind-laundry and take care of her at home. The so-called Child Protective Service, decreeing that this motivated, loving, and well-educated mother was “in denial,” authorized itself to kidnap the child and finish the job of destroying her mind.

When the child snatchers came for her daughter, Maryanne — exercising the natural and plenary authority of a mother defending her child — denied them entrance to their home. Rather than obeying her lawful order to leave, the CPS contacted a SWAT team — complete with automatic weapons, armored personnel carriers, and helicopters — that laid siege to her home for ten hours.

Maryanne, who took up arms against the invaders, eventually surrendered and was charged with several felonies. All of those charges were dismissed a few months later when the Wayne County District Court ruled that the search of her home was illegal.
Seething with frustration over his thwarted desire to make an example of Godboldo, the DA tried to revive those charges in 2014. On July 12 of that year they were finally, and definitively, dismissed

“In the end, it is a basic human right for parents to choose if they want to medicate their children,” observes Godboldo’s attorney, Allison Folmar. “When the state steps in and says `hey, mom and dad, we know what’s better for your child,’ that’s wrong.”

Victorious: Goldbodo (center) with friends.
Significantly, an appeals court that heard Godboldo’s case acknowledged that citizens in “imminent danger” as a result of illegal police action have the right to use lethal force in protection of their homes. The true purpose of the right invoked in the Second Amendment, after all, is to protect one’s self and one’s family from the criminal violence of those who claim to rule us. 

If Idaho were the state it pretends to be, its residents would not permit its government to punish Kelsey Osborne for choosing a safe and healthy treatment regimen for her daughter’s seizures – and they would not allow Governor Otter to escape accountability for the harm he has inflicted on that family, and many others, in the service of the pharmaceutical-prohibitionist axis.

This essay has also been published at the newly inaugurated website of The Libertarian Institute -- which is where you will also find the archives of the weekly Freedom Zealot Podcast. Please check it out -- and tell your friends!

Dum spiro, pugno!

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Mosul Offensive Drawing to A Close As Daesh/ISIS Uprooted- Phase 2

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 7 hours 44 min ago
Wow, it's so amazing. One week and the offensive is drawing to a close! The offensive over! Moving onto the next stage.  This is exactly as I'd suggested:  Monday Ocotober 17 :The Battle for Mosul Has Begun? "Surely the US will want to wrap it up by the end of the month or beginning of November at the latest ?" Tuesday Oct. 18 - Mosul- Difficult Fight? Already Ahead of Schedule?  Wednesday Oct. 19- Taking Mosul "So far this is easier then Fallujah" What Comes After Will Be Worse, For Iraq. Thursday Oct.20-Taking Mosul "So far this is easier then Fallujah" What Comes After Will Be Worse, For Iraq.

I had even stated why this would end quickly: Because ISIS would melt away. Evaporate. As they have done time and time again- From last Monday's post:
Quoting Soufan group " When faced with the prospect of overwhelming force in other strategic cities, the Islamic State has often preempted a strategic defeat with a tactical retreat, thus preserving the majority of its fighting force"You didn't know that about ISIS?  Did you think ISIS left Jarablus because they are in cahoots with Turkey? Nah, them leaving was just more of their usual.  Perhaps you believe the spin presented by so many others?  Me, I prefer truth and facts.   Additionally, I've mentioned the phenomena myself on several occasions. (available in previous monday's post)

  So much for all those hollow (without real or significant worth; meaningless) claims about Turkey taking Mosul.....

The latest
The Mosul offensive is drawing to an end and that the Daesh de facto capital in Iraq would soon be made Daesh-free, military sources said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

A small distance of five to six kilometers keeps Iraqi forces away from center city.

Elite counterterrorism forces' Maj.Gen. Maan al-Saadi said that forces have advanced all the way to Mosul city's outliers and currently await reinforcement to march into the Daesh definitive stronghold.

What remains are fears on the aftermath of freeing Mosul from Daesh, especially with areas suffering greatly from sectarian rifts, namely Tal Afar, which is a ticking bomb, said Nineveh's MP Ahmed al-Jarba told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Counterterrorism forces restored control over Rutbah, a small borderline town located near Jordan in Iraq's western Anbar province, after Daesh took over most of its neighborhoods.

Anbar council member Jasem Al Asaal said that Iraq forces were able to successfully drive Daesh fighters out of the last two grips the terror group had in Rutbah.

More so, the U.S.-led international coalition held a meeting in Paris on Tuesday, to review the offensive on the militant bastion.

With the Mosul battle in its second week, French President Francois Hollande called for the coalition to prepare for the aftermath and the next stages of the campaign against the militants.

As the ministers met, Hollande warned that "the recapture is not an end in itself. We must already anticipate the consequences of the fall of Mosul."

"What is at stake is the political future of the city, the region and Iraq," Hollande said, calling for "all ethnic and religious groups" to have a say in the future running of Mosul.
I'll finish with my previous statement regarding the taking of Mosul

 Mosul will be taken in short order- The fallout from the taking of Mosul will drag on for years and years-  
Not sure how the 'taking' of Mosul will be defined? But it will be hyped as a success!
You can count on it!

The NATO allies have their sites set on Raqqa. In a couple of weeks time. After the election? Or perhaps some NATO member state can invoke article 5 mentioned in yesterday's post?
NATO-Run Safe Zones Could Stabilize Syria- Invoke Article 5- US Election UnaffectedOptions, options, options.. UPDATE: Retreat and resurgence: IS's never-ending cycle unfolds in Mosul " IS will rely on its usual tactics, retreating when needed before regrouping"  
From Earlier Today-Who Suffers From Russia, Turkey Pipeline Deal?
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Who Suffers From Russia, Turkey Pipeline Deal?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 8 hours 13 min ago
Forbes Ken Rapoza
After kissing and making up from a downed Sukhoi fighter jet over Syria, Russia and Turkey are back to being business partners again. Gazprom and Botas Petroleum agreed on Oct. 10 to push ahead with the so-called Turkish Stream pipeline. This is going to hurt a few countries.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, look at each other during a news conference following their meeting in Istanbul, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Putin and Erdogan voiced support for the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey, called Turkish Stream, a project that was suspended amid tensions between the two countries. The pipeline would carry Russian natural gas to Turkey and onto European Union countries. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

On the stock side of the equation, it’s impossible to say whether the pipeline is good for Gazprom’s share price, because the stock hasn’t been over $5 since April.

The deal is good for Turkey. It is not so good for Ukraine and Bulgaria, who will lose out now that the South Stream pipeline is no longer needed. Bulgaria was going to collect transit revenues from that deal.

“Turkish Stream hurts Ukraine because it deprives them of the trans-Balkan route that supplied Turkey via Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria. So it also deprives Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania of transit fees. Bulgaria is even more unhappy than the others of course since South Stream is dead,” says Sijbren de Jong, an energy sector strategist at the Center for Strategic Studies in The Hague.

Too bad for Bulgaria- Bulgaria wants to play a two-sided game with Russia and NATO

 It was Borisov who actually ruined all Bulgarian-Russian joint projects, including South Stream and propelled the military partnership (including bases) with the US. If such a player is opposed to NATO’s plans, it says a lot about their suicidal under text. On the other hand, recent reconciliation between Russia and Turkey may influence the change of behavior of the Bulgarian leadership (or at least part of it represented by the Prime-minister), because of huge Turkish influence in the country. That sign will be undoubtedly seen by the Russian authorities.Russia/Turkey Pipeline Deal...

The Turkish Stream pipeline was designed by Gazprom as an alternative route into southern Europe instead of through Ukraine. It was to planned to have a total capacity of 63 billion cubic meters (bcm), consisting of four parallel pipelines each with a capacity of 15.75 bcm. Last October, Gazprom said it would cut the capacity by around 25%, citing its planned Nord Stream II pipeline. But that pipeline has now been dealt a mighty blow by a Poland anti-trust ruling.  Gazprom claims it will go it alone now that its main European partners, including Shell, are out for now.

Turkey was the second card up Gazprom’s sleeve.

It’s unlikely to be a full house, however.

The third and fourth line of the Turkish Stream are “hopelessly unrealistic,” writes de Jong in an op-ed published on Monday by the Royal United Services Institute in the U.K. The reason: there not enough demand for gas in the region to support the construction of all those pipelines.

This month’s agreement means the two sides are now committed to the construction of two pipelines. One would serve the Turkish domestic market, and the other would extend into southeastern Europe, replacing the old South Stream proposal with the Italian oil major Eni. Details of any pricing agreement remain elusive.Recall at the time of the shootdown this posts?

If Oil Was Really A Consideration- Turkey Would NOT Have shot the Russian Jet down"Turkey relies almost entirely on imports for its total oil consumption of about 720,000 barrels per day. A large chunk of those imports come from Russia. In 2014 Russia also supplied 27 billion cubic metres of natural gas to Turkey, representing 56 per cent of its total consumption. Russia was Turkey's largest source of imports, supplying goods worth $25.3 billion, or more than 10 per cent of Turkey's total imports.In this context, if oil was a consideration for the Turkish authorities in its decision to shoot down a Russian jet, it would have had good reason to hold fire"As I had suggested at that time.. Turkey had nothing to gain by shooting down the Russian jet. But other parties did!

Russia/Turkey Pipeline Deal - Irking Ukraine
Turkish Stream doesn’t only irk Ukraine, and take away potential revenues from Bulgaria. It also may outsmart Iran and other gas producers further south.

“Russia knows it needs to use the surplus from the second pipeline to pre-empt future deliveries from Azerbaijan, and maybe even Turkmenistan and Iran,” de Jong says.May and maybe aren't concrete- What's interesting is to see Ukraine get cut out. And Bulgaria? Sometimes it pays to play both sides against the other? And other times it doesn't?
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Syria rejects Russian proposal for Kurdish federation

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 09:12
Options, options, options.
Dozens of Russian aircraft land daily at Khmeimim air base near Latakia, Syria. One such aircraft from Moscow that landed Sept. 17 didn’t attract attention, but its passengers, eight officials of Russia's Foreign and Defense Ministries, were carrying documents that one day could alter the political scene of the region.

But not that day.

The documents, obtained by Al-Monitor, included a memorandum of intent regarding the possibility of the Syrian government's granting Syrian Kurdistan "special status within the framework of Syria." The delegation was tasked with finding a solution to the Kurdish issue in Syria by having the parties agree to the memorandum.
Salih Gedo, secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Syrian Kurds, attended the meeting. "The Russians had a document ready. It was in our favor. They wanted federalism in Syria while reinstating the rights of Kurds. We accepted all of the [stipulations] and suggested some additions.” According to Gedo, the Syrian government's delegation did not accept the agreement, saying it would split the country, and Damascus would not agree to start a dialogue about an autonomous administration. The memorandum contains five basic proposals. The text follows below:
The Syrian Kurdish Party has suggested, and the Syrian Arab Party has agreed, to discuss the following issues:1. Constitutional recognition of the nationalistic and political rights of the Kurdish people in Syria, and at the same time recognition of the rights of other national minorities.2. Recognition of the democratic self-rule system in the cantons [of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin, which are currently controlled by Kurds] and acknowledgement that members of the self-rule [system] represent the interests of all national and religious groups in these areas, and acceptance of all decisions issued by the legislative council of these cantons.3. Recognition of the self-protection units and the Asayish [Kurdish police] forces as the legitimate national military forces.4. The formation of delegations from both parties [the self-rule system and the Syrian government] to coordinate relations between the cantons and the central government in Damascus.5. Change the name "the Syrian Arab Republic" to "the Syrian Democratic Republic," and form therein a government with varied democratic views on the basis of a federalism system.Gedo said the Kurdish side suggested adding: Stop Arabs from settling in the Kurdish villages of Jazeera province, restore the Kurds' property and compensate the Kurds for damages they have suffered.
Any disputes during implementation of the terms would be resolved through talks between the two parties. "These disputes may not be resolved in international courts,” the memorandum said.
Gedo emphasized that the issue is not dead and that the Russian side will continue contacts with the Damascus government. He said the proposed agreement allows for flexibility by stipulating that "each of the parties has the right to abrogate the agreement at any time provided it informs the other of such in writing.”
Syria, one of four Middle East countries where Kurds live in large numbers, has about 3 million Kurdish residents, most of them without legal status. With the advent of the civil war in 2011, Kurds began to demand rights and recognition. Main Kurdish towns in Syria on the border with Turkey, such as Qamishli, Kobani and Afrin, came under the control of the Kurdish nationalist Democratic Union Party (PYD).
From the beginning, Turkey opposed this development. Some in Turkey felt the Syrian regime had abandoned the border region to the Kurds, both to avoid opening a new front in the civil war and also as a challenge to Turkey. But when the PYD unilaterally declared autonomous cantons at Qamishli, Kobani and Afrin, nobody, certainly not the Damascus regime, recognized these new entities. Then when the PYD's military arm, the People's Protection Units (YPG), began seizing land between the disconnected cantons, Turkey reacted strongly and declared it wouldn't allow a Kurdish entity to form a corridor on Turkey’s border.
In recent months, Western countries have been supplying arms to the YPG and giving political support to the PYD. These uncoordinated, conflicting interests of outside powers and lack of political cohesion among the Kurds assured that the Kurdish issue in Syria would remain unresolved. Kurds at times built close relations with the United States and at other times with Russia.
So some political figures in the region have wondered why Turkey has kept silent about Russia's blatant support for the Kurds. Another Kurdish official who was involved in the Khmeimim meeting said, “Of course the Turks know exactly what transpired in the meeting. They also know the Syrian regime is not going to accept the Russian plan for an autonomous Kurdish entity. So why should Ankara react and upset Moscow for an illusion that's not likely to work?" It appears from my reading of the above article Russia may have wanted Syria to accept 3 separate cantons existing within it's borders. NATO/US on the other hand is pushing for a unified Kurdish territory- across northern Syria to the Mediterranean.Taking a chunk of Iraq and then a piece of Turkey and onto Iran- I've covered the actions that demonstrate that plan as an ongoing process.

Some readers here may recall this aspect being entertained by myself? If not, I'll refresh your memories...

March 01/2016: In this post - Vladimir Putin, Godfather of Kurdistan? Not a Parent of Kurdistan?
Russia has sold Syria’s sovereignty down the river. As the US long did too
Both the US and Russia claim Syrian sovereignty is non negotiable. Both are lying. Would everyone feel better if I said- misleading?  Russia jumped into the Syrian fracas to block a split, a complete split, or a balkanization.  Pushing for some type of federated Syria instead of the US fracture. Speaking for myself, I wanted Syria to remain the nation that stole my heart. But, pretty much figured Russia was not going to save Syria in the way I’d hoped.Was I mistaken? I don't think so. Am I disappointed? Always was.
But the blog is about discerning truth to the best of my ability- 
shrugs shoulders....that's all there is to it.
NATO-Run Safe Zones Could Stabilize Syria- Invoke Article 5- US Election Unaffected Cognitive Dissonance aside:
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NATO-Run Safe Zones Could Stabilize Syria- Invoke Article 5- US Election Unaffected

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 08:43
This "letter" appears in WSJ as if it's a random letter to the editor- Written to the general public. In some ways it is. In other ways it isn't. The author is very interesting. I've done some digging that readers may find very interesting

Promote a NATO initiative by invoking Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty against ISIS in Syria in retaliation for its terrorist attacks in Europe and America.
Oct. 24, 2016 4:01 p.m. ET

Regarding the letters of Oct. 12 responding to Sen. John McCain’s “Stop Assad Now—Or Expect Years of War” (op-ed, Oct. 5): There is a way to overcome these valid points about what is the endgame for the U.S. and how Syria will be governed
. As chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. McCain would be able to promote a NATO initiative through invoking Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty against ISIS in Syria in retaliation for its terrorist attacks in Europe and America.
First, NATO must stop the civil war in Syria by implementing the necessary no-fly zones and safe-haven enclaves. The new zone for President Bashar al-Assad and the Alawites must cover their area of influence, which is only about one-quarter of the country, in the West and North. This should stop the tidal wave of refugees to Europe.

NATO would take control of an existing airport in Syria, perhaps Deir Ezzour or Palmyra, thus countering the basing problem caused by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s denial of operating use of Incirlik air base to America and NATO.

Bringing in NATO would mean European, not American, boots on the ground. The U.N. and relief organizations are encountering great difficulties in bringing in relief supplies to various locations in Syria, and this initiative would give them much improved security and access, and America would no longer be paying the full cost This initiative doesn’t require President Obama’s approval.
President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to try to block this. Indeed, it would be irrational for him to want to block an effective attack on ISIS.

Robert Laidley
New York

 Robert Laidley lays out several key points

-Make the destruction of Syria an admitted/open NATO operation through an invocation of Article 5

-Implement a no fly zone and designate safe havens for NATO to run- Leave Assad a tiny rump portion

-Take control of yet another airport. Or perhaps two? (There are already multiple US and French airbases in the Kurd annexed territory of Syria)

- No need for Incirlik as Turkey has denied operating use  and the US has been pulling personnel out of Turkey for months now .If this no fly zone safe zone is implemented in Syria, complete with airports- Turkey will become an open target- NATO long turned it's back on this inconvenient ally

-NATO involvement would mean European boots on the ground not American, boots on the ground. Which, coincidentally, will really turn the middle east remake into yet another world war- History repeats?

- America would no longer be paying the full cost: Obama wouldn't need to approve it.

Who is this fellow Robert Laidley?

The presentation in WSJ is that of a 'concerned citizen'. Robert Laidley appears to have an interest greater then that of an average citizen. Robert Laidley is President of the Atlantic and Conservation Institute.  Wow, the Atlantic and Conservation Institute! That must be an important institution? Yup, that's what your supposed to believe Wow! Important!

 What we can know is better then believing

-Robert Laidley heads an NGO
-An NGO that has little money? Look here.  Also look here
 When I see NGO's with this type of profile (non existent)... I'm reminded of a front company for some other type of operation. A cover of sorts. With a label that is used strictly as an appeal to authority for perception management purposes

Robert Laidley has written articles that have been published by the Washington Times

How to Save the Euro

Austerity leads nowhere
Robert Laidley invites Ambassadors to talk security

Mr. President, Fix The EMP Mess!, by AMBASSADOR HENRY F. COOPER
Several months ago, Robert Laidley invited Dr. Peter Pry and me to speak about the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat at an Atlantic and Conservation Institute conference at The Explorer's Club in New York City. A few weeks later, he invited me back for a dinner at which I met Jen Bawden, who was already a member of the EMP Coalition formed by Frank Gaffney and others at the Center for Security Policy.In case your curious who Ambassdor Cooper is ? 

Robert Laidley and Ambassador Cooper are Washington insiders. Therefore Robert Laidley's letter published by WSJ has to be considered for what it really is. An insider communicating with other insiders, for public consumption, to push or promote a desired agenda

Cognitive Dissonance aside:
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Moscow will provide Ankara with intelligence about operation in Syria

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 08:50
This news seems a natural partner to yesterday's post: Did Putin give green light to Turkish attack on US-backed Syrian Kurds?  I suspect Russia either green lighted or at the very least looked the other way. If Russia's goal is to ensure Syria's territorial integrity, it doesn't seem sensible they would allow YPG to annex more territory.After reading the article below, the question became: Did Russia provide Turkey with the intelligence for the strike? Or was Turkey relying on their own resources? As Russia looked the other way?

 Moscow will provide Ankara with intelligence about operation in Syria

 On October 24, Moscow will provide Ankara with intelligence information about the Turkish operation “Euphrates Shield” in Syria, Izvestia newspaper reported. An informed source said to the newspaper, the agreement on the transfer of intelligence information was reached during a recent visit of Russian leadership to Turkey.

“The chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Viktor Gerasimov, was a member of the Russian delegation and held talks with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar. The sides reached an agreement regarding the transfer of intelligence, useful to the Turkish military during the operation ‘Euphrates Shield.’ The two sides also discussed the information specifically, regarding how and in what format it will be provided,” the source told Izvestia.

In turn, as the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich said to the newspaper, “Turkey privately joined the pool of intelligence sharing created by Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran…We pass the radio intercept data to the Turkish side and also radio engineering and optical imagery intelligence that may be of interest. In response, they also share information. The Turks have very effective special services and a very good intelligence network in Syria,” Klintsevich said.

“Although Turkey is a NATO country, it is very much offended by a coup attempt, in which, according to some data, some of the Western powers may be indirectly involved. President Erdogan and the Turkish leadership now understand that they can do business with Russia,” he said.

In late August, Turkey and its allied Syrian rebels started military operation “Euphrates Shield” against the so-called Islamic State in the Jarablus area of Syria. At the same time, the Turkish side also stated that the operation is aimed at liberation of the territory from the Kurdish groups.

Talks between the Russian and Turkish leaders were held in Istanbul on October 10th. As stated then by the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “the Syria issue was considered multilaterally…We discussed the issues related to the operation ‘Euphrates Shield.’ We made an assessment of how we can cooperate in this direction.”

In early August, in response to the results of the talks between the two leaders in St. Petersburg, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavusoglu, told reporters that Turkey and Russia have agreed to establish a mechanism on Syria that will include diplomats, military and intelligence representatives.

 Also:  No Turkish Troops To Mosul: Refugee Safe Haven
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Did Putin give green light to Turkish attack on US-backed Syrian Kurds?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 15:27
Certainly this thought crossed my mind when I read the news about the strikes on the US backed and trained  YPG/PKK in northwestern Syria.  Turkey attacks Syrian Kurdish forces, 'kills 160'
 Warplanes belonging to the Turkish Air Force conducted airstrikes on 18 Kurdish positions and killed “160 – 200” fighters on Wednesday night in northwestern Syria, Turkish media claimed. Citing information from the Turkish General Staff, the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) said Turkish bombers attacked the Kurdish village of Maarat Um Hawsh under control of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin Canton, north of Aleppo.
Kurdish forces confirmed the Turkish aerial bombardment reporting at least 20 airstrikes were carried out in Umm Hawsh and Um Qura village. According to a statement on the Facebook page of the United States-backed YPG, Kurdish positions were also hit by at least 100 rounds of Turkish artillery shelling.The attack took place this past Wednesday night, the 19th of October, the same day Putin and Erdogan were in contact.


In exchange for assistance in clearing Aleppo?
Turkish jets launched a massive assault on People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces in northern Syria on Oct. 20 to prevent the Syrian Kurdish group from taking the strategic town of al-Bab in northwestern Syria. If the YPG, which is linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), seizes al-Bab, there would be a corridor connecting Syrian Kurdish regions east and west of the Euphrates River — something Turkey has vowed not to let happen. Amberin Zaman reported that “the strikes mark the second time Turkey has attacked the YPG from the air, raising interesting questions about Ankara’s relations with Russia and with the Syrian regime. YPG sources who spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity said Turkey is unlikely to have initiated the strikes without informing Russia, whose planes effectively control the skies over northwestern Syria.It's very, very, very doubtful Turkey made those strikes without notifying Russia. In fact, to me, it seems impossible to believe Russia was unaware.
Russia and Turkey are on opposite sides of the Syrian conflict, but Ankara’s fears of the emergence of a PKK-run Kurdish entity along its borders appear to have surpassed its desire to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. This is one of the main reasons Turkey was so keen to patch up ties with Russia, and some claim with Damascus, after downing a Russian jet over the Syrian border last year.” Zaman added that Russia will not, however, allow Turkish-backed rebel forces to seize al-Bab, as this could threaten the Syrian government’s efforts to retake Aleppo. “YPG sources speculate that Moscow gave the green light for Turkish airstrikes to prevent their forces from moving on to al-Bab. In exchange, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan assured Russian President Vladimir Putin in an Oct. 19 telephone conversation that he would help eject Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, the jihadist group formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, from Aleppo. Whether he will, or even can, remains unclear,” Zaman wrote.I'd linked this in the comment section of a previous post- May as well bring it here


MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. Russian and Turkish Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, exchanged views on the Syrian settlement and discussed the operation to liberate Iraq’s Mosul, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday after a telephone conversation between the two leaders initiated by the Turkish side.
"The Russian side stressed the importance of efficient separation of ‘moderate’ opposition groups from militants of Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups affiliated with it," the Kremlin said. I suspect Russia either green lighted or at the very least looked the other way. If Russia's goal is to ensure Syria's territorial integrity, it doesn't seem sensible they would allow YPG to annex more territory
The removal of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham forces from Aleppo is an interest shared by both Russia and the United States, and it’s a key element of the UN proposal for Aleppo. This column reported Oct. 9 that UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura had said that he would be willing to personally escort the 1,000 Jabhat Fatah al-Sham fighters out of Aleppo, as they were holding the besieged city hostage. For some reason, the al-Qaeda-linked group’s role is left out of many op-eds and Western press accounts of the battle for Aleppo.Yes, for 'some reason' AQ's role in Aleppo is always glossed over.. Rolls eyes 
In addition to the withdrawal of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham fighters, the UN Aleppo proposal seeks a cessation of the bombing by Syrian and Russian forces, an end to shelling of western Aleppo by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and other armed groups, unimpeded humanitarian access to the city and respect for existing independent local administration. Updated 6:16 est to add-  hat tip AnonymousOctober 20, 2016 at 10:29 AM
Y on KSA.

Erdogan comment here is almost identical to the 2012 comment son Brazil.

Both ISIL and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), “are pawns that serve the same purpose and are supported by the same powers,” Erdoğan also stated, without giving details.
Erdogan and Putin agree to clear Aleppo?
  Erdoğan said the two sides had talked about a consensus for taking al-Nusra fighters out of Syria’s second largest city. 

“He [Putin] said that as of 10:00 p.m. [Oct. 18] the air bombardment was stopped [in Aleppo]. They [Putin] appealed to us about taking al-Nusra out of the city. We have given the necessary instructions to our friends [officials]. We have talked about a consensus [with Putin] to work on taking al-Nusra out of Aleppo and maintaining the peace of the people of Aleppo,” Erdoğan said Oct. 19, addressing a meeting of neighborhood leaders in Ankara.

More on Mosul at the opening link above. Directly connected to the earlier post on Turkey. KRG, Mosul and more 
No Turkish Troops To Mosul: Refugee Safe Haven
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No Turkish Troops To Mosul: Refugee Safe Haven

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 15:07
Turkey is not taking part in ground operation for the liberation of Mosul in Iraq, although Ankara has been in talks with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to declare a safe haven in the north of the country, Turkey’s prime minister said.

“There are air and ground units in the coalition forces. Turkey will take part in the air units,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. 

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu also ruled out the participation of Turkish troops in the operation to retake Iraq’s second city

Speaking to journalists at a Justice and Development Party (AKP) members’ meeting in Afyonkarahisar on Oct. 22, he said special forces could be used to support local fighters in the Mosul offensive.     

“The land operation must be conducted by the [Iraqi] army instead of different groups. It is out of the question for Turkey or other countries to join in the land operation,” he said. “There are Peshmerga fighters that Turkey has trained and there are Nineveh forces among them. If needed, our special forces can of course join to support the local fighters.”     
No Turkish troops involved in the retake of Mosul- KRG fighters, Turkmen and Nineveh forces are being employed for Mosul. In a race for control of Mosul.. Or at least a piece of the pie.

  Nineveh forces. 
  Iraqi federal court issued an arrest warrant against former Nineveh governor Atheel al-Nujaifi for allegedly allowing Turkish troops into Iraq last year, a controversy that has resurfaced as Iraqi and Kurdish forces are locked in an offensive to evict IS from its stronghold of Mosul. According to Turkish authorities, it was Nujaifi who gave the green light for troops to set up base in Iraq. Turkey says its role at the Bashiqa camp had been to train the Sunni Nineveh Guard militia, formerly known as the Hashd al-Watani. Nujaifi is in command of the militia, which enjoys good relations with Turkey. Nujaifi, who is based in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, said in a Facebook posting after news of the warrant that the Mosul offensive was the priority at this time, and that his Turkish-trained forces would be fighting alongside the Iraqi army for Mosul. Containing the Flood of Refugees

The Iraq Kurdish region is already overfilled with refugees- many of them Syrian Kurds- who fled the PKK/YPG. This has been covered here previously. Most recently here
Putting pressure on the Barzani government:

“If fighting starts in Mosul, hundreds of thousands could flee the city as they did in 2014. Refugee agencies estimate 700,000 could be heading towards neighboring Erbil and Duhok in the autonomous region of Kurdistan. The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) is working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to prepare, but they have raised less than 40% of what is needed to prepare the necessary infrastructure for refugee camps; reportedly, authorities were seeking €253 million. That means there will not be enough tents in place” Given low oil prices, the KRG is stretched financially.Turkey is also full of refugees, many of them Syrian Kurds, many are Syrian Arabs, who also fled the PKK/YPG. Turkey and the Kurdish autonomous zone governed by Barzani have a shared interest in keeping a flood of refugees out of their respective areas. So them cooperating on this aspect makes complete sense. Turkey and the KRG government have a common enemy in the PKK/YPG
Çavusoglu said Turkey was “currently backing the operation with air support,” but did not elaborate on the role of its power over the operation. Yildirim also added that they planned to contain the possible refugee influx within the borders of Iraq by forming a safe haven in northern Iraq.

“The Iraqi Kurdish administration is aware of the importance for cooperation on this matter and they are ready to work with Ankara,” Yildirim said. “We have troops both near Arbil and on the Iraqi side of the Hakkari-Sirnak border region. There are special units deployed there.” Turkey and the KRG will establish a safe have in northern Iraq to secure the region against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and contain a possible refugee influx, Yildirim said in a television interview on late Oct. 22. “What we have done in Syria, will be done in Iraq,” he said.

“Declaring a safe haven in the region is required and desired by Turkey and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) because, there is a common threat, the PKK, which is a threat to both Turkey and northern Iraq,” he said. Trend
An attack by Peshmerga fighters on the Daesh-held town of Bashiqa was backed by Turkish artillery and tank fire, Yildirim said after a meeting of Justice and Development (AK) Party members in Afyonkarahisar, western Turkey. “Peshmerga forces took action to clear the town of Bashiqa from Daesh,” he said. “They asked for help from our troops at the Bashiqa camp and we are supporting them with artillery, tanks and Firtina howitzers.​” Turkey has maintained a long-standing training base near Bashiqa, around 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Mosul. Their presence has created tension between Ankara and Baghdad, with Iraqi lawmakers calling for their removal. Peshmerga troops said they had taken the town on Sunday as part of the operation to free Mosul, Iraq’s second city, from Daesh. Referring to Turkey’s involvement in Iraq and Syria, where it launched an operation in August to clear the border region of terrorists, Yildirim said Turkey would not seek permission to fight terrorism “both inside and outside the country”. “We will not hesitate to take the necessary steps to protect our country’s territorial integrity and the nation’s unity and solidarity,” he said.
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A Step Closer to UN (Not Security Council) Sanctioned Attack on Syria

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:58
I was going to add to the previous post, Canada's FM Stephane Dion Forgets Terrorists in Aleppo. Forgets Canada Violated Syrian Territory,  information that Mr Dion was pushing for a circumvention "to avoid (defeat, failure, unpleasantness, etc.) by artfulness or deception" of  UN security council approval regarding Syria.

Recent news out of the UN simply begs for it's own post

Dion’s statements were made at a general assembly meeting at the UN"
“The minister will ask the UN Security Council to break the impasse that has prevented the international community from intervening Syria”
The impasse will not be broken. And what Dion calls intervention by the "international community”
is nothing more then a NATO campaign to bomb Syria, completely. Only Russia and Syria have been impeding this attack. The NATO allies have been looking for a way to legitimize their much desired attack on Syria.

Let’s go back to my post, dated October 12/2016:

 How the UN Can Ensure Aleppo Falls to Terrorists- Resolution 377A “Uniting for Peace”
“We strongly urge the Security Council to protect the civilian population of Syria by immediately creating safe havens in northern and southern Syria, and by enforcing a no-fly zone. In the event that the Security Council is unable to agree on these very basic actions, we call on the United Nations General Assembly to demand implementation of Resolution 377A. This measure, also known as the “Uniting for Peace” resolution and the “Acheson Plan,” which dates from 1950, provides a means of circumventing a deadlocked Security Council and enabling the United Nations to enact collective resistance to aggression”In the October 12th post you will find a link back to Resolution 377A. Which is how the US got it’s war on in Korea. A war that continues to this day..

Stepping back a bit further  still to October 6/2016:

 UN Official Calls for Security Council Veto Limit to Allow NATO a Freehand in Global Terror Reign
The United Nations' top human rights official has called for limits on the use of the veto power by the U.N. Security Council's five permanent members to halt the tragedy unfolding in east Aleppo in northern Syria.

Jordan's Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, from Jordan is the  U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

"The U.N. Security Council, in particular, should without any further delay, adopt criteria to restrain members from using the veto when there are serious concerns [that] war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide may have been committed."Hope your getting the picture? If not the latest news should fill in the lines

UN Human Rights Council passes resolution on Aleppo

GENEVA, October 21. /TASS/. The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday passed a resolution on the situation in Aleppo that had been initiated by a number of the Gulf states.

"Regrettably, it was not an objective and unbiased discussion of the situation in Syria, in Aleppo in particular, but yet another attempt at an information propaganda warfare on Damascus and Moscow," Russian Permanent Representative to the Geneva office of the United Nations and other Geneva-based international organizations Alexei Borodavkin, told TASS.Instead of extending support to the Syrian government and the people in their efforts against international terrorism, the session’s initiators "are seeking to throw a protective veil over terrorists, to spare them from destruction, to give them a possibility to regroup forces and continue their atrocities on the tortured Syrian land," he said.

The resolution was passed by 24 votes of the 47-member Council. Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, Algeria and Burundi voted against and 16 more states abstained.

The resolution demands the ‘regime and its allies’ to instantly stop air strikes and combat flights over Aleppo. The United Nations commission investigating human rights violations in Syria is commissioned to conduct a special probe into the situation in Aleppo and issue a report by the next session of the United Nations Human Rights Council due in March 2017. The resolution calls to call answerable those responsible for human rights violations and allocates a major role in it to the International Criminal Court.  The resolution that was just passed DEMANDS that Syria stop protecting itself, instantly,  from  this destabilization by NATO nations- As they remake the middle east. Syria must stop the airstrikes targeting terrorists and sadly, yes, their civilian prisoners. For two days humanitarian corridors have been open allowing for safe passage. Al Nusra and their terrorists allies have refused to leave and killed civilians who tried to leave. Nothing is mention in that regard with this UN resolution. No limits on the terrorists or their killing. No condemnation of them refusing to let civilians leave. All demands on Syria and it's allies.

Is the agenda to destroy Syria and remake the entire area clear enough to you now?

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Canada's FM Stephane Dion Forgets Terrorists in Aleppo. Forgets Canada Violated Syrian Territory.

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 10:24
-Ridicules the ceasefire ongoing in Aleppo, presently.
-Doesn't mention that NATO's proxy thugs are simply refusing to leave Aleppo- while forcing civilians to stay
-Doesn't mention that ISIS/AQ/Kurdish proxies are targeting civilians. Canada too as bombs are dropped from planes adorned with the Canadian flag
How do you like your perception managed?

Global News
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion is at the United Nations in New York to try to ratchet up pressure on Russia and the Syrian government to stop bombing Aleppo and allow in much-needed humanitarian assistance.

Dion will call out Russia and Syrian President Bashar Assad by name during a special session of the UN General Assembly organized by Canada and supported by more than 70 other countries.
The minister will ask the UN Security Council to break the impasse that has prevented the international community from intervening Syria

 Dion says Canada asked for the special session so countries could express frustration at the current situation in Syria, and to try to put extra pressure on Russia and Syria to end five years of fighting.Dion asked for this special session to manipulate the mass mind and distract from the Mosul onslaught- which includes Canadian Special forces ON THE GROUND- And Canadian bombing, too! Of places like Mosul University 

National Post

 Churkin went on to note that Dion had made no mention of either the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or other terrorist groups, and he appeared to question if Canada was committed to fighting such elements. Canada is committed to fighting alongside terrorists, not against them, obviously. Or surely ISIS or AQ would have entered his mind and their names would have passed their lips

 Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari also attacked Canada, accusing it of violating his country’s sovereignty by deploying military forces inside Syria without permission.
Churkin took it further then Stephan's failure to mention terrorists and pointed out how conveniently Ban Ki Moon forgot all about terrorists too!


 "What is happening in this room makes us really puzzled. How comes that when speaking about the situation in Syria, about the toughest humanitarian situation there, the UN Secretary General makes no mention about the terrorist organizations whatsoever - neither Jebhat al-Nusra nor the Islamic State? Is tackling terrorism not one of the main goals of the United Nations?" Churkin said Russia’s envoy mentioned the Resolutions of the UN Security Council 2249 and 2254, which require countries "to liquidate the safe location that terrorists had created on major parts of the Syrian territory." "In this respect I have a question whether Secretary General takes into account these Resolutions of the Security Council when he speaks about Syria?" Churkin said
Buffoon man Stephane Dion, like Ban Ki doesn't mention the Belgian allies (NATO) killed a bunch of civilians The Belgians deny it, but, you can be sure they did kill civilians. As Canada has. The US has killed civilians. France too! In fact it's quite clear that civilians are being killed in Mosul, presently, by the allies. But, they aren't talking about that!

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday it had summoned the Belgian ambassador to complain about what it said was Belgium's "stubborn denial" of allegations that Belgian military jets had killed civilians in an air strike near Aleppo in Syria.The Russian Defence Ministry and the Russian Foreign Ministry say two Belgian F-16 jets bombed a settlement in Aleppo province on Oct. 18 and killed six civilians, a charge Belgium says is false. Moscow has held up the alleged incident as an example of what it complains are the West's double standards when it comes to condemning air strikes on civilians in Syria, something the Russian air force has regularly been accused of but denies.The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had summoned Alex Van Meeuwen, Belgium's ambassador to Moscow, to hand over what it said was Moscow's evidence backing up its accusations and to express its disbelief over what it called the "continuing stubborn Belgian denial" of the bombing allegations.
Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput said in a statement on Thursday that Russia had fabricated the evidence against his country to falsely accuse the Belgian air force.
He demanded Moscow issue a formal retraction of what he said was "a groundless and unsubstantiated allegation."The Belgians will acknowledge the attack at some later date, will cite fog of war, and express sympathy and sorrow. Later.

Stephan Dion was perhaps unaware that the UN along with Russia and Syria were attempting to deliver aid to eastern Aleppo but their terrorists were preventing the deliveries!

Both Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar ash-Sham, along other organizations cooperating with them, are ultimately sabotaging UN efforts to restore the delivery of humanitarian assistance to eastern Aleppo, [carried out] with [Russia's] support and the support of the Syrian government,” Lavrov told the press on Friday. “[They] explicitly shell those routes through which such humanitarian aid can be delivered.” The UN humanitarian agency on Friday said it is currently unable to conduct medical evacuations from Aleppo due to lack of security. The agency said it plans to use Days 3 and 4 of the four-day pause in fighting in the Syrian city for medical evacuations and aid delivery, but it is still awaiting security guarantees, AP reported.
State Department unconcerned about Al Nusra- Like Stephane Dion they are on message 'bad Russia' bad Syria

Asked if Al-Nusra’s presence in East Aleppo was an obstacle to the cessation of hostilities, Kirby once again tried to shift the responsibility on Syria and Russia. “The only thing that stands between where we are now and a permanent and enduring ceasefire in Syria is Bashar al-Assad and his supporters,” Kirby said. “We recognize Al-Nusra as a spoiler, we have concerns about co-mingling, I’ve talked about this ad nauseam.”

 On Thursday, however, the militants opened fire on civilian evacuation routes, injuring three Russian officers at the El-Masharka government checkpoint, the Russian Center for Reconciliation said.
The terrorists have no interest in this ceasefire and opportunity to exit Aleppo, same as their American and Canadian partners in NATO

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Sheriff David Clarke: The Warlord of Milwaukee County

freedominourtime - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 00:49

Now that Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County faces a possible federal felony conviction that would dislodge him from office, the floor is open for nominations to replace him as the preening figurehead for the Punitive Populist constituency. Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke, who has been auditioning for that role over the past several years, is the prohibitive favorite for that position. 
Like Arpaio, Clarke is a part-time sheriff and full-time media whore, tirelessly seeking opportunities to favor Fox News viewers with a visage set in a sullen pout that he mistakes for an expression of Churchillian pugnacity. Where Arpaio advertised himself as the “World’s Toughest Sheriff,” Clarke has become the most visible exponent of the view that law enforcement officers should be provided with an institutional “safe space” befitting members of a specially protected class.
Perhaps the most remarkable facet of Clarke’s public persona is his studied rejection of the idea that sheriffs and other police officials should be peace officers. He espouses the view that law enforcement is a tribe that is at war not only with criminal offenders, but with its law-abiding critics. 
Clarke, an FBI-indoctrinatedprohibitionist fanatic who was awarded a Master’s Degree in “Security Studies” through the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California, has issued an explicit demand for the suppression – and, if necessary, the “eradication” --  of Black Lives Matter activists and others giving voice to what he calls “anti-cop rhetoric.” Such people, he maintains, are “vulgar, vile, [and] vicious … slime” who should be characterized as “domestic terrorists.”
Following a prominent speaking role at the investitureof God-Emperor (in waiting) Donald Trump, Clarke published an essay urging the public and the political class to mobilize for a literal war of extermination – and insisting that citizens must rally to the defense and protection of the police officers whose advertised role is to protect them.
“It’s time to come to the aid of our police, our front-line soldiers, by calling this war, and not terrorism,”exhorted Clarke in an essay for The Hill.“Avoiding the truth through wordsmithing – the false narrative of the lone-wolf – is contemptible as more innocent officers perish while our politicians hem and haw. We as a people need to declare that we stand with the rule of law, and not with the false tales of the revolutionary Marxist forces, who most recently have rebranded themselves from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter.”

A poseur on horseback. Those who refuse to enlist in that war are “accomplices” in league with “an enemy within our borders [and] without our borders,” Clarke insists.
“This slime needs to be eradicated from American society and American culture,” Clark insisted during an August 29, 2015 interview with Fox News host Jeanne Piro. While professing to “love the First Amendment” and “freedom of speech,” Clarke maintained that the right is “not absolute.” You can’t say anything you want in the United States. You cannot threaten people’s lives…. This is not First Amendment-protected.”
As he explained in the same interview, Clarke believes that the spectrum of impermissible speech may end with overt death threats, but it begins with the “disparagement” of police in social media.
It should be noted that as a Law-and-Order Leninist, Clarke does not object to insurrectionist speech or activism in principle: It’s all a question of who does what to whom. As Donald Trump’s presidential prospects have dimmed, Clarke’s ardor for order has waned, and his appetite for retaliatory violence has waxed. 
“It’s incredible that our institutions of gov[ernment], W[hite] H[ouse], Congress, DOJ, and big media are corrupt & all we do is bitch,” wrote Clark in an October 15 post on Twitter. “Pitchforks and torches time.” 
After successfully baiting media critics into condemning his hypocrisy, Clarke published an essay commending himself for emulating the courage of the Founding Fathers. Those men, Clarke apparently forgets, were disreputable radicals who opened fire on law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties on the morning of April 19, 1775, and whose revolutionary exemplars included a black felon named Crispus Attucks (he “stole” himself by escaping the custody of a man with a “lawful” claim to own him) who was killed while assaulting a law enforcement officer and trying to seize his firearm. 

Patriot martyr Crispus Attucks acted in self-defense, but his actions were an obvious threat to “officer safety.” If cornered and compelled to contemplate the matter at adequate length, Clarke might well dissolve into a puddle of cognitive dissonance. 
Yes, the sheriff professes to revere the colonial-era patriots, but he also subscribes to the “officer safety uber alles” dogma, under which the use of hostile language toward officers by a Mundane can justify the use of lethal force by the former. This was made clear in Clarke’s interview with Megyn Kellyin which he discussed the arrest and subsequent death in detention of Chicago activist Sandra Bland.
Bland was stopped in Hempstead, Texas by State Trooper Brian Encinia on July 10, 2015 for allegedly failing to signal a turn. The already tense encounter deteriorated when Encinia ordered Bland to extinguish her cigarette. She was not legally forbidden to have a lit cigarette in her car, but police officers are often trained to perceive lit cigarettes, car fresheners, or even heavy colognes and perfumes as masking agents to cover up the smell of marijuana.When Bland refused to put out the cigarette, Encina (who had previously been warned about “unprofessional” behavior)needlessly escalated the encounter, ordering her from the car, bellowing the incantation “I am giving you a lawful order,” then pulling a Taser and threatening to “light you up.” 
Bland’s violent arrest led to a three-day incarceration in the Waller County Jail that ended with a death that has been described as a suicide, despite a number of documented irregularities and derelictions on the part of the guards.Asked by Kelly if he considered Trooper Encinia’s actions to be appropriate, Clarke said that he “wholeheartedly” supported the officer. This encounter, he continued, was a “classic case of a citizen who did not comply with an officer’s lawful commands.”
Although she was armed only with a lit cigarette – an object some exceptionally inventive police apologists describe as a dangerous weapon – and her own sense of self-ownership, Clarke described Bland as “loaded for bear from the time she was pulled over.”
“I expect an officer to go into arrest mode” in dealing with a citizen exhibiting such impudent self-possession in the presence of a uniformed overseer, Clarke told Kelly. “And once you go into arrest mode, you get to move up on the force continuum – it’s no longer verbal commands, you can use intermediate weapons. He chose a Taser.”

While the violence employed by Trooper Encinia was entirely appropriate, Clarke opined, “I was more appalled with the language [Bland] was using with an authority figure…. She did some things that caused an officer to move up in terms of his response to keep her safe and to keep himself safe.” (Emphasis added.)
Disdainful language hurled at “an authority figure” is to be treated as a “threat,” from Sheriff Clarke’s perspective – and a violent assault with a reliably lethal weapon by an officer on an unarmed woman suspected of a trivial traffic violation is merely a responsible exercise of that “authority.”
Trooper Encina was subsequently fired and charged with perjury for lying in the official report describing his assault on Bland. This would not change Clarke’s opinion of the ex-trooper and his conduct, given that the sheriff consistently condemns – on the basis of purely tribal considerations -- legal action against abusive law enforcement officers.
“I’m tired of qualifying these statements [by talking] about `bad apples’ within the law enforcement profession,” complained Clark in another Fox News appearance after a Texas prosecutor offered a fleeting acknowledgement that corrupt police officers exist. Clarke perceives law enforcement as an undifferentiated mass of heroic virtue – or at least he insists that the public should embrace that official fiction. 
It has been said that no honest cop ever struck it rich, and no wealthy cop could possibly be honest. (For the purposes of discussion, I will stipulate to the possibility that the words "honest" and "cop" can be used in proximity without violently annihilating themselves as if they were matter and anti-matter.) Clarke is a stranger to the penury that frequently is virtue’s unwelcome companion.   During 2015, Clarke was paid a more than adequate plunder-derived salary of $132,290. He also received speaking fees, travel reimbursements, gifts, and other benefits amounting to more than $150,000, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. This includes trips overseas to Israel and Russia sponsored by the National Rifle Association.
The Sheriff was given more than $9,000 in travel reimbursements to attend the annual Herb Allen & Company conference, a four-day gathering of moguls and media figures in Sun Valley, Idaho. In November, he was paid a $5,000 honorarium to offer a 48-minute presentation at the annual Restoration Weekend, a neocon assembly in Charleston, South Carolina. During that visit he was given nearly $3,000 in travel reimbursements, $1,212 for lodging, and almost $800 for meals. 

Clarke told the Journal-Sentinel that “I reported everything that I was required to report.” Milwaukee attorney Jeremy Levinson, who focuses on campaign finance and ethics issues, argues that “It looks like Clarke’s banking money he shouldn’t or is a part-time sheriff with a side job.” 
However, continued Levinson, the latter possibility “would require one to believe he’d get those lucrative speaking gigs and travel even if he weren’t an elected official.” 
Sheriff Clarke has been warmly embraced by a segment of the population that looks upon all government agencies and officials – except for the police and the military – with incurable suspicion and no small amount of hostility. This includes some people who really should know better:  Clarke was named 2013 “Sheriff of the Year” by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, a group that opposes federalization of law enforcement. That honor is a dubious fit for someone who clearly sees himself as a warlord, rather than a peace officer.

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Mosul Attack “Faster then Planned”

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:29

*Mosul attack faster than planned: Iraq PM
The offensive to seize back Mosul from Islamic State is going faster than planned, according to Iraq's prime minister, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched a new military operation to clear villages on the city's outskirts.*Iraq PM hails swift progress of Mosul offensive

*Mosul Operation Advancing 'More Quickly' Than Expected, Iraqi Prime Minister Says

*Independent- ISIS Retreats as Army Gains Faster then Expected

In some places the US-backed Iraqi coalition is just four miles away from outskirts of Isis-held city following three days of heavy fighting- SPIN
The long-anticipated offensive to free the city of Mosul from Isis is going faster than planned, Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi has said, as the country's elite special forces were deployed in the fight for the first time.

“The forces are pushing towards the town more quickly than we thought and more quickly than we had programmed,” Mr al-Abadi said via satlink to representatives of several Middle Eastern and Western countries gathered in Paris on Thursday to discuss Iraq’s future. Wednesday- Taking Mosul "So far this is easier then Fallujah" What Comes After Will Be Worse, For Iraq.  Tuesday -Mosul- Difficult Fight? Already Ahead of Schedule? Monday -The Battle for Mosul Has Begun?"Surely the US will want to wrap it up by the end of the month or beginning of November at the latest ?
In time for Hillary to crow about the victory?
In time for Obama to end his presidential term on a positive note for the history books?
We'll have to see how this plays out for the US election and Obama's legacy." One wonders about the situation the Iraqi forces may be being led into?

From Earlier:
Aleppo: Provisional Ceasefire via LiveSurveillance Cam and Drone Footage
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Aleppo: Provisional Ceasefire via LiveSurveillance Cam and Drone Footage

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 09:14
 RT: Livestream videos from web cameras installed along ‘humanitarian corridors’ in Aleppo, as well as real time drone footage, are now available at Russia’s MoD website, providing a closer look at what is happening in the city amid a provisional ceasefire.

Online Monitoring in Aleppo City via Cam and Drone Live Streaming- Link to Russian Defence Ministry Site - English

Watching Kastello Road presently- the shadows are long indicating late afternoon early evening- Cars, vans and buses being checked.

You can also view the Masharka checkpoint.
There are, what appears to be, 3 views for each area.

SANA reporting: 
  -Some gunmen leave Aleppo eastern neighborhoods via Bustan al-Qassr corridor that was targeted by terrorists

Drone footage shows  lots of intact buildings..... interesting 

UPDATE: Army helicopters throw publications over eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo showing locations of corridors

The leafletting took place hours ago:

SANA reporter said that in coincidence with the beginning of the humanitarian pause at 08:00 am today, helicopters of the Syrian Army threw hundreds of thousands of publications on the eastern neighborhoods showing the locations of the humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilians, whose number is six in addition to two more routes for the exit of gunmen.
The reporter clarified that the publications included instructions for a safe exit and calls upon the gunmen to seize the chance of either having their legal files settled or leaving, in addition to providing help to those who want to leave.08:00 Syrian time would have been midnight (Thursday) EST
It's 10:46 am EST, as this sentence is typed, and it is surely nightfall in Syria now.
 Sputnik is reporting that NATO's terrorists openfire on civilians wanting to leave

 "Some 2,000 – 2,500 civilians who wanted to use the corridors and flee eastern Aleppo gathered in Bustan al-Qasr. Al-Nusra [Front] militants opened fire and did not allow them to leave. Several people were wounded," the source said.

 Earlier, Aleppo residents told RIA Novosti that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist group formerly known as al-Nusra Front threatened to shoot Syrian civilians planning to leave eastern Aleppo through six allocated humanitarian corridors.

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Taking Mosul "So far this is easier then Fallujah" What Comes After Will Be Worse, For Iraq.

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:06
As has been mentioned ISIS  'lays down'. Melts Away. Disappears. Always. 

Related: Mosul- Difficult Fight? Already Ahead of Schedule?
Related :  The Battle for Mosul Has Begun?

I've noticed the phenomena myself on more then one occasion. Soufan group reported on it more then once also. (linked contained in above posts)

Flashback: Transcript of Assad Interview- Setting Records Straight via Highlights & more
2014:  ISIS = Smoke & Mirrors. Giving cover now for strikes on Syria
 We have to realize that ISIS is the smoke and mirrors to the ME reshape. ISIS is the deception. The distraction. While we are spoon fed the ISIS soma, NATO headed by the US, in cahoots with Israel and the GCC nations reorder the globe to suit their agenda.The agenda hasn't changed. 


 Iraqi forces moving toward Mosul along one southern front progressed quickly Monday, the first day of the offensive. But the push slowed Tuesday, as forces still miles outside Iraq’s second-largest city regrouped and rested before resuming efforts to encircle it.

On Wednesday, Iraqi military officials ordered a pause to allow one of the Iraqi army divisions operating south of Mosul to make up ground. The division had been delayed in the first two days of the offensive, moving only about half a mile along the 35-mile route to Mosul, an officer of the government’s Emergency Response Division said.

It wasn’t clear why the army division was delayed, the officer said.

The officer said that in two days of fighting to clear villages west of the Mosul-Baghdad highway, his forces had encountered 10 suicide car bombers deployed by Islamic State, and intercepted and destroyed seven.

Although the Sunni Muslim extremist group is still formidable, the officer added, it (ISIS) is employing simpler and fewer defenses than it used in previous battles in the city of Fallujah and elsewhere in Iraq.

“So far, this is far easier than Fallujah,” he said.
Easier then Fallujah? The crown jewel of the Islamic State? Simpler and less defended. Easier then Fallujah?

Kurdish forces
 In the town of Shaquli, Peshmerga troops settled in, their armored vehicles sprouting heavy weapons parked behind freshly made berms.

Some fighters took selfies alongside an abandoned Islamic State truck bomb.
 The vehicle had approached the front line, then the driver jumped out without detonating the explosives, the Peshmerga said. Meanwhile, warplanes screeched overhead, and the occasional military vehicle rumbled past, kicking up clouds of dust.The vehicle approached the front line. The driver jumped out without detonating the explosives.
Why? I thought this was an epic fight? Why did the driver not detonate the explosives? Where did the driver go? Was he killed? Or did he disappear into the advancing Kurdish troops?
Why didn't the Peshmerga  fighter mention the conclusion of the incident? In my opinion, it reads to me as if a truck full of explosives was delivered to the fighters. I assume these fighters are PKK.

 “We’re waiting for orders,” said Qahraman Said Hamed, 38, his face grimy from manning a heavy machine gun during the push earlier this week.

So far, he said, the offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State, which has held the city for more than two years, was proceeding more easily than expected.
“They’re not like they used to be,” he said of the jihadists. “They’re getting weaker now. They’re in defensive positions and just trying to protect themselves.”
By all accounts the advance is proceeding along very easily. For the Iraqi military, Fallujah, was unsurprisingly a tougher battle- (The reason, in my opinion, for that was mentioned in a previous post)


The Iraqi government does not want the inhabitants of Mosul to flee in order to hold onto the territory- As Iraq's territory. They've been leafleting the area in advance of troop movements.

It is a case where the spoils are going to be more problematic than the victory. Already there is talk in Iraq and the U.S. Congress of turning Mosul and surrounding Ninevah Province into several quasi-autonomous “cantons” along the lines of the Kurdish protected zone created after the Gulf War. This is a terrible idea.

Such mini-states would have no legitimacy in the eyes of the Iraqi government or people. They would likely fight among themselves over land and oil. And their creation could give momentum to a total breakup of the Iraqi state, which would create the sort of chaos that allowed Islamic State to thrive in the first place.

This is why the Iraqi government has to come up with a plan now for a temporary ruling authority to take civilian control of Mosul as soon as the fighting ends. This government would have to allow representation from all the ethnic and religious factions and be committed to religious tolerance and rule of law.
The plan should be made public before the battle ends, which would keep Mosul’s residents calm and eager to expel the terrorist forces. Equally important is avoiding atrocities by Shiite militia members against the Sunni population for alleged collusion with the terrorists, as occurred after the fights to re-take Amerli, Fallujah and Tikrit from Islamic State. Shiite units should be kept out of the center-city fighting entirely.
I've discussed the multitudinous problems with the fall out of Mosul on numerous occasions:
Part 3 (above) also has a part 2 and part 1... 
My first thought was that Obama might want Mosul done as a two year anniversary deal- However, an October surprise always had great potential too!
There's more here on Mosul. Much more..  

UPDATE 5:55 pm EST

  Iraqi Advance Into Mosul Exceeds Expectations
 “The Mosul operation is proceeding ahead of schedule due to the deterioration of ISIS defenses,” Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi said Tuesday.Islamic State terrorists have destroyed their administrative buildings in the city, including offices containing passports and tax records.Isn't that amazing? Islamic State is carrying out the same type of action as the Kurds PKK/YPG take when they steal territory. Destroy administrative buildings and of course administrative records- Like land titles and ownership documents..
I've got a post covering this topic relating to the ethnic cleansing of Manbij somewhere here
 “Some ISIS terrorists, dressed in Iraqi forces uniforms and in vehicles carrying Iraqi flags, are moving in areas not yet liberated south of Mosul in order to arrest people who show support for Iraqi forces" Hmmm.. who would have provided ISIS with Iraqi military uniforms? That wouldn't be advantageous to the Iraqi military to have done that? Not at all! Good for who ever would be best served by turning the populace against the Iraqi military though? Gee, which parties could that be?
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Mosul- Difficult Fight? Already Ahead of Schedule?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 08:55
There is much spin today about the fight for Mosul being long and difficult.  Dramatic media presentation? Sure. Realistic? Not so much. Narrative prep to make the 'win' seem that much more substantive.

I disagree completely with the presentation!

*Since Mosul's been being softened for months and months now- Not to 'fight' but to displace.

From Yesterday:   The Battle for Mosul Has Begun?
So an "official announcement" marks the beginning of the Mosul onslaught?

As readers here know, Mosul, has been being bombed for months now..  As Kurds continue to make clear territory they take, is theirs. 
And the Kurds have NATO on their side

As I'd mentioned last week it was reported that around 1,000 fighters remained in Mosul-

* Russia and Turkey Plot The Endgame in Aleppo
 "Not much resistance is expected from the Islamic State fighters numbering around 1000 in Mosul,........" Some media outlets are suggesting it's higher. It's doubtful there are even 1,000 fighters there as of today in Mosul!

ISIS will 'lay down' just like it always does.
" ISIS has largely vacated Mosul... as they do everywhere else when 'the big battle' is on  As has been reported.  Every time. Jarablus. Dabiq. Kobane. Etc., Don't believe me? I'll let the Soufan Group tell you about it!On October 16, Iraq announced that the battle for Mosul had begun; on the same day, U.S. and Turkish-backed rebel forces retook the Syrian town of Dabiq from the Islamic State.• As it has done elsewhere in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State chose not to fight to the end in Dabiq. • Despite its apocalyptic rhetoric, the Islamic State’s military strategy in the face of mounting territorial losses has been decidedly non-apocalyptic, particularly since its most decisive defeat in Kobani in early 2015. Regarding Mosul: 
 When faced with the prospect of overwhelming force in other strategic cities, the Islamic State has often preempted a strategic defeat with a tactical retreat, thus preserving the majority of its fighting force."You can read the rest about the fierce ISIS laying down in yesterday's post relinked above!

Edited to add: My version of laying down has most of them switching teams- Think of Mosul when it was first taken. Think of Kobani- where ISIS changed clothes and blended in with the  PKK Kurds- which would be so very easy to do

It's already being reported the fight is ahead of schedule. Seriously.

President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday of a tough battle ahead as Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition advanced on Mosul to wrest the city from the Islamic State group. Obama said the push to liberate the northern city, the jihadists’ last stronghold in Iraq, now in its second day, was a “major step forward.”Iraqi forces were making gains as tens of thousands of fighters advanced on Mosul in an unprecedented offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State group.
With the crucial battle in its second day, Iraqi commanders said progress was being made as fighters pushed on two main fronts against the jihadists’ last stronghold in Iraq.
The US military, which is leading a coalition providing air and ground support, said Iraqi forces even looked “ahead of schedule” but senior Western officials warned the battle would be long and difficult. Advancing in armoured convoys across the dusty plains surrounding Mosul, forces moved into villages defended by pockets of IS fighters after intensive aerial bombardment.After just two days the campaign is ahead of schedule- Wow!

Media drama aside-

Mosul will be taken in short order- The fallout from the taking of Mosul will drag on for years and years-  
Not sure how the 'taking' of Mosul will be defined? But it will be hyped as a success!
You can count on it!
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Russian/Turkish Rapprochement. Certainly Not A First!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 08:55
The other day wizoz left a comment below the post: An Insecure West and Turkey?
WizOzOctober 16, 2016 at 9:28 PMLet's make a short incursion in history.
"The Treaty of Hünkâr Iskelesi (once commonly spelled Unkiar Skelessi, and translating to The Treaty of "the Royal Pier" or "the Sultan's Pier") was a treaty signed between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire on July 8, 1833, following the military aid of Russia against Mehmed Ali that same year. The treaty brought about an alliance between the two powers, as well as a guarantee that the Ottomans would close the Dardanelles to any foreign warships if the Russians requested such action. The treaty would have significant consequences regarding the Ottoman Empire’s foreign relations, especially with Great Britain and Ireland, as the terms of the treaty worried the other great powers of Europe."
The panic in Western capitals was so great that they sent the Navies to the Dardanelles, threatening the Turks.

I had bookmarked an article about this agreement, and others, and the subsequent concern to ‘the great powers of Europe” Pravda By Harun Yahya

 One can understand the apprehension of Europe when you imagine the influence in the region the two countries could have as a unified force.

After the start of normalization between Turkey and Russia, and the subsequent coup attempt on July 15, Turkish and Russian governments stepped up their efforts to solidify an alliance. Both countries began developing common strategies with respect to regional issues, most notably those regarding the Black Sea and Syria. It is also expressed that once this alliance reaches maturity, Iran, Azerbaijan and even Pakistan might also join in. As a matter of fact, Iran started to take steps in that direction and initially made its Hamedan airbase available for use by Russian planes.

This alliance, proposing that only the regional nations can find solutions to the regional problems, is a valuable step that has real potential to bring peace longed for by the entire world. However, this is certainly not the first instance of a rapprochement between the two nations. In 1833, the Treaty of Hunkar Iskelesi (Unkiar Skelessi) brought about a joint defense alliance. Sultan Mahmud II and Russian Tsar Nicholas I prudently realized that such a treaty could block the plots of third party countries. According to the treaty, if one party requested military assistance, the other would offer that help with all its resources. Furthermore, according to the confidential clause of the treaty, in case of a war, the Ottomans would close Dardanelles to all warships except for the Russian ships.  This treaty became possible due to Russia's support for Ottoman during Mehmet Ali Pasha's riot. Upon the request of Mahmud II, the Russian army helped suppress the riot. Mehmet Ali Pasha, who had achieved military successes against the Ottoman army up to that point, dared not fighting the Russian army and signed the peace deal. This move effectively ended the riot. The positive outcome prompted the two leaders to make their cooperation official.

With the Treaty of Hunkar Iskelesi, two sides guaranteed the safety of each other. However, even though the treaty was confidential, the European countries managed to acquire its details with the help of the British ambassador Ponsonby. Britain and France immediately protested against the treaty and British fleets were dispatched to the shores of Izmir. Facing such reaction, Ottoman Empire had to retreat and signed the Baltalimani Treaty with the British, which included heavy economic terms. Due to European threats of war and political pressure, the treaty had been revoked by the London Treaty of 1840.The sending of British fleets to the Turkish shores was a definite signal of British aggression
One can see similar traces of foreign intervention in the wars between Turkey and Russia. Two countries were pitted against each other over and over again by means of insidious plans, and war was shown as the only solution. Spies, diplomats, treacherous soldiers, double-dealing politicians, paid warmongers in the media considered their personal gains over their respective countries' interests. As a result, two neighboring countries fought while others took advantage of these conflicts.The two countries were pitted against one another time and time again- Think about the well timed shoot down of the Russian jet- Just another example of pitting Turkey and Russia against one another?  Definitely.

11/2015  : The Russian minister said there was a question of American involvement in the downing of the Russian plane. According to his sources, the US demands all members of the anti-IS coalition led by Washington, who use US-made military aircraft, coordinate all deployments with the US military. “I wonder if this demand of the Americans covers… Turkey. If it does, I wonder whether Turkey asked permission from the US to fly its US-made planes and take down – let’s say 'an unidentified' – plane over Syrian territory,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov is saying the US was behind the shootdown!
Another example of the historical Russian-Ottoman rapprochement took place during the reign of Sultan Abdulaziz. Son of Mahmud II, Abdulaziz too considered Russia a close ally and friend and started an alliance process one more time. Russian ambassador to Istanbul, Mr. Ignatiev mediated in this process of friendship. However, once again, a group of British-sympathizing soldiers staged a coup and ousted Sultan Abdulaziz. The policies of Mithat Pasha, who came to power, ''British'' Said Pasha and the new sultan caused another war between the Ottomans and Russians, which ended with a death toll of 250 thousand people.

Similar plots and schemes continued throughout 18th and 19th centuries and gave rise to a total of six wars. During these wars, certain European countries led by the British, sometimes sided with the Ottomans and sometimes with the Russians. These powers, provoking and giving rise to the wars, then acted as mediators to assist in signing peace treaties. Regardless of the winner on paper, it was actually both countries who lost in all those wars. Innocent people died, cities came down and both empires eventually collapsed as a result of such plots.

In the 20th century, Turks have always received a friendly hand from their northern neighbor Russia. For instance, it was the Russians who revealed the existence of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. During Turkish war of independence, we enjoyed military and financial support from Russia. Indeed, as a gesture of appreciation, statues of two Russian generals, General Frunze and Marshall Voroshilov were erected in Taksim Square, the heart of Istanbul, among others who won the Independence War. Russia supported the Turkish industrial efforts during the first years of the Republic. This friendship contributed in the recovery of war-torn Anatolia. However, our young Republic fell victim to similar past plots; whenever the two countries created warm friendly ties, civil unrest and military coups followed in Turkey. Clearly, certain circles didn't like the friendship between Russian and Turkish nations.

20th century brought pains to both nations. Russian and Turkish lands were occupied, dismembered and foreign powers made ambitious plans to share them. Nevertheless, the brave people of the two countries didn't allow such sinister plans to be successful, even if it meant losing their lives.

In the 21st century, under the leadership of President Erdogan and President Putin, the two countries started on an unnamed alliance in areas of politics, economy and trade. Mega projects were announced one after another. Joint companies and friendships were established. Russians and Turks enjoyed the comfort of friendship and fraternity. Even the regrettable incident of plane downing in December 2015 was not able to eclipse the long-time friendship. Despite the heavy domestic and foreign pressure otherwise, Turkey and Russia entered a normalization process and today continue to improve their relations, picking up where they left off. There are no longer any obstacles before the two countries' common action. We have to pay special tribute to President Putin and President Erdogan for their devoted efforts to making this friendship possible.

It should be remembered that countries that built great civilizations in history will never completely disappear. Indeed, both countries today enjoy sizable influence and power in their regions. As a matter of fact, Russia hosts a Muslim population that is larger than many Islamic countries. 20 million Muslims in Russia are siblings to the nations of both countries. Considering this magnificent power potential, it is obvious that only the Russian-Turkish alliance can bring peace to conflict zones. Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that some circles that feed off wars are targeting this alliance. What the 230 million people of Russia and Turkey should do is to protect our common goals with all our might and work to further reinforce this unity. 
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The Battle for Mosul Has Begun?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 11:39
So an "official announcement" marks the beginning of the Mosul onslaught?

As readers here know, Mosul, has been being bombed for months now.. 
Months and months

Surely the US will want to wrap it up by the end of the month or beginning of November at the latest ?
In time for Hillary to crow about the victory?
In time for Obama to end his presidential term on a positive note for the history books?
We'll have to see how this plays out for the US election and Obama's legacy.

It's being reported the battle is going well-  
4:15 p.m.
A senior military commander says the wide-scale military operation to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants "is going very well."The Commander of the Joint Military Operation Commander, Army Lt. Gen. Talib Shaghati, told The Associated Press in an interview in the town of Khazer that the troops were moving forward according to plan. Shaghati wouldn't give details on the progress.I've not  much to say about this news because I've already written so much about it!

September 30/2016: 2nd October Surprise Possibility - Taking Mosul. Dam of Mass Destruction.

August 31/2016: Could a Mosul Victory be an "October Surprise"

July 13/2016: Mosul Assault "ISIS Hostage" John Cantlie in Mosul- Taking Mosul for Kurdistan

June 5/2016: Planned Attack to Take Mosul Faces Delay ??? Don't Believe That!!!

June 02/2016: Mosul, Iraq and it’s Liberation. Definitely in Coordination with Moves In Raqqa, Syria

May 29/2016:  NATO Backed Kurds Move on Mosul- Canadians and/or Americans on Frontlines?

 May 24/2016: Chaos in Baghdad. Keeping Iraqi forces away from the NATO/PKK Operation to Take Mosul

 As I said  the battle for Mosul has been ongoing for months and months.

The window to take Raqqa and Mosul together is shut tight. Due to Turkey's presence. 

ISIS has largely vacated Mosul... as they do everywhere else when 'the big battle' is on
  As has been reported.  Every time. Jarablus. Dabiq. Kobane. Etc., 
Don't believe me? I'll let the Soufan Group tell you about it!
On October 16, Iraq announced that the battle for Mosul had begun; on the same day, U.S. and Turkish-backed rebel forces retook the Syrian town of Dabiq from the Islamic State.• As it has done elsewhere in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State chose not to fight to the end in Dabiq. • Despite its apocalyptic rhetoric, the Islamic State’s military strategy in the face of mounting territorial losses has been decidedly non-apocalyptic, particularly since its most decisive defeat in Kobani in early 2015.Regarding Mosul: 
 When faced with the prospect of overwhelming force in other strategic cities, the Islamic State has often preempted a strategic defeat with a tactical retreat, thus preserving the majority of its fighting force.You didn't know that about ISIS?  Did you think ISIS left Jarablus because they are in cahoots with Turkey? Nah, them leaving was just more of their usual.  Perhaps you believe the spin presented by so many others?  Me, I prefer truth and facts.   Additionally, I've mentioned the phenomena myself on several occasions. 

Here   But the Kurds always emerge victorious. How can ISIS be portrayed as so threatening when the Kurds can beat them so handily?  Like when ISIS took Mosul Dam, but, the Kurds quickly took it back? Or just took it from  Iraq as in annexation?

In 2014:  "How do the Kurdish fighters keep doing it? ISIS allegedly moves in, Kurdish fighters also move in and very quickly secure the territory- Without the benefit of aerial bombings? This same scenario occured in Iraq.  Did ISIS just melt away when the Peshmerga and PKK fighters came to secure the territory that ISIS had so conveniently cleared for them?"

ISIS does just melt away- As observed and stated on more then one occasion by myself and Soufan group.Especially in tandem with the Kurds.  ISIS always melt away..... so conveniently. In order to aid the US in their  remaking the middle east agenda. It's way more likely that ISIS, or KurdIShIS as I call them, evacuates when the US/NATO high command gives the order. And regroup where and when the US/NATO high command tells them to.

Cause after all, who created ISIS? The US and the UK with the help of Israel
Exactly, as I had stated years back and Bashar Assad  recently validated :)
Transcript of Assad Interview- Setting Records Straight via Highlights & more
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An Insecure West and Turkey?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 17:55
Certainly a loaded headline. How is the West insecure? Why is the West insecure?
What does their insecurity have to do with Turkey? Did their insecurity stem from their failed coup attempt?  Is the article the Greek perspective? NATO perspective? Both?

Greece spends large on NATO. 
On Monday, figures were released showing Greece as having the second highest spending in NATO, second to the U.S.Greece was pivotal in moving ‘refugees’ to Europe as part of NATO's weaponized refugee movement. This has been discussed previously here at the blog.

Paints the US as victim to Turkey. Which is absurd. Poor US.. no one to talk to :(
Has the US done anything about Gulen yet? Nope!
Certainly demonizing Turkey. Which only bolsters my opinion of Turkey being targeted by NATO. Greece and Turkey have a lot of challenging, difficult  history, that’s for sure!

In Washington, Berlin and Brussels, you can’t helping sensing the fear of losing Turkey as an ally and partner of the West. President Recep Tayyip Ergodan is doing everything in his power to enhance that fear and to project the image of a powerful yet unpredictable leader. His meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his outbursts against the Europeans and his tough stance on the issue of Mosul are all part of this strategy.

The Americans have lost their traditional footholds in the Turkish military and foreign ministry. They no longer have anyone in Ankara with whom to talk and are having trouble interpreting Erdogan’s actions. (Are they really?) The Europeans, meanwhile, are terrified that Turkey will turn the refugees staying in its borders loose on the bloc’s shores. (They've been moving refugees back into Syria.. and need them to block Greater Kurdistan so sending them to Europe is a bit of a silly claim. Besides Italy has been trafficking migrants through to Europe now- mostly from Africa and nothing to do with Turkey)
“We don’t want to be sitting around a table in a few years arguing over who’s to blame for losing Turkey,” one top European official said.

Greek interests are not being well-served by all this insecurity surrounding Turkey. The country’s geopolitical hand may be stronger, but we are not yet in a position where either the American or the Europeans would intervene decisively in the event of a confrontation with Turkey. In the best case, they would resort to their usual tactic of trying to meet both sides in the middle.
 Turkey's not going to intervene in Greece at this time- They're presently occupied so I find that suggestion non credible- If Greece wanted to keep relationships good with Turkey why didn't they return the coup plotters?  Instead of giving them military escort for safe landing and ensuring they made their way into Europe- Not neighbourly of Greece at all. No sireee...
There are those who believe that Turkey could collapse or that Erdogan could be overthrown in the next few years, when the imprisoned establishment decides to exact its revenge. Nothing is out of the question. The Turkish economy is dealing with its own challenges and there are a number of open fronts for the country, many of them quite explosive.  Yes, Turkey is being economically targeted! 
Erdogan and Turkey are in a state of instability and no one can forge policy on the basis of pipe dreams. Athens no longer has the Russian card, and while it can be fairly confident that the Americans and the Europeans will not allow Greece to become a failed state, that’s as far as they can rely on their support.

The US could supply it with the hardware that would help the country to safeguard itself from an unpredictable Turkey and enhance its regional role, but Washington is not ready to make such a move, mainly because it doesn’t want to offend Ankara.

These are the broad brushstrokes we need to bear in mind as a difficult winter approaches, with challenges looming on the Cyprus issue and over the Eastern Mediterranean energy map. Let us hope that Turkey will not intensify its efforts to establish a fait accomplis in the Aegean.
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Transcript of Assad Interview- Setting Records Straight via Highlights & more

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 18:24
You've watched the video? If not find it here: Assad's Entire Interview With Russia’s Komsomolskaya VIDEO  The transcript is available here: SANA

Yesterday I had the entire transcript nicely spaced with comments and poof! Lost it!
 I'm not going that route again- Steely eyed focus on four pertinent parts of the interview. 
-Wasn't fussy on the interviewer's style. 
-She got Assad a bit off track and thankfully he regrouped. (Typical empty headed journalist)
 When, you ask? When they talked about the creation of ISIS.
She did the meme version of Turkey creating ISIS- Assad humoured her and then cleared the history up- I was very happy to see that record set straight!

*Creation of ISIS:
President Assad: Part of it is related to what happened in Iraq after the invasion in 2003, where the American army or the Americans in general control everything in Iraq, including the prisons, and the leader of ISIS and most of his entourage were in the same prison. So, ISIS was created in Iraq under the American supervision. So, ISIS was created in Iraq under the American supervision.
Journalist: It was maybe not ISIS, this period, but Al Qaeda? President Assad: No, it was called IS, it wasn’t ISIS. It was “Islamic State of Iraq.” Journalist: Islamic State? President Assad: Because it wasn’t in Syria at that time. That’s why it was called IS. That was in 2006. Journalist: 2006? President Assad: 2006, of course. Journalist: Already, it was Islamic State in 2006?President Assad: Of course. In 2006, of course, before the withdrawal of the Americans. That’s why they played either direct role or indirect role in creating ISIS.
ISIS was indeed created in Iraq under US/UK supervision. It was IS or ISI. When the US/UK proxy army entered Syria in 2013 led by the groomed by NATO, in Georgia, Chechen, it became ISIS. This is a history I know very well.

Let's go back to :
ISIS- A US created "stay behind" using Iraqs plundered wealth.- The roots of ISIS go back to Oct. 15, 2006, when what is known as the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was established.-The group emerged in the ashes of the U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) -After a U.S. counterterrorism campaign and Sunni efforts to maintain local security in what was known as the Tribal Awakening, AQI violence diminished from its peak in 2006–2007. But since the withdrawal of U.S. forces in late 2011, the group has increased attacks on mainly Shiite targets in what is seen as an attempt to reignite conflict between Iraq's Sunni minority and the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki”It's absurd to say Turkey created ISIS when Turkey was dead set against the invasion of Iraq.

More on the creation of ISIS:  Al Qaeda + "Awakening Councils" = ISIS In closing: it should be clear why we are reading descriptions of ISIS as including 'former Baathists', 'ex -military' and 'sunni extremists'. ISIS does contain all those elements.Sunni extremists including Kurds who are approximately 90+ percent Sunni Muslim.

But what is not mentioned is the ties that bind. Loyalty and support to and for the US/UK paymasters via the NATO tyranny machine. 2013 and the arrival and rebrand of IS/I to ISIS as it moves into Syria 
*Meet the Rebel Commander in Syria That Assad, Russia and the U.S. All FearThe final capture of the airport in August immediately boosted the prestige of its unruly mastermind Tarkhan Batirashvili, according to analysts—an ethnic Chechen whose warring skills, learned in the U.S.-funded Georgian army, are now being put to use by a group deeply at odds with more mainstream Western-backed rebels. The jihadi commander has recently emerged from obscurity to be the northern commander in Syria of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS)Let's go back to a post  researched and written, by myself, in August of 2014:
ISIS = Smoke & Mirrors. Giving cover now for strikes on Syria We have to realize that ISIS is the smoke and mirrors to the ME reshape.
ISIS is the deception. The distraction. While we are spoon fed the ISIS soma, NATO headed by the US, in cahoots with Israel and the GCC nations reorder the globe to suit their agenda.Clearly as I've been saying here for well over two years  the Middle East is being remade, right before our eyes. In plain site. Hidden  out in the open. Through clever obfuscation and other misdirection.

The GCC are useless idiots. There is little to no benefit to them as nations. Israel is the big cheese in the middle east and with the help of US/UK that is a 'cheese' that will no longer "have to stand alone"!

Assad was stating flat out the reality of ISIS. Everything else is bullshit! This is me being fed up with reading so much baloney for so long now

* Assad:  No Contradiction between Israel and Terrorists

Question 6: For me, it’s a very strange thing. Daesh, ISIS, with their ideology, never threaten Israel, and Israel never threaten Daesh, ISIS. It’s like some kind of agreement about – maybe not on friendship –  but neutrality. Why, you think, it’s like this? And what’s the role of Israel in this war?Oh empty headed journalist lady it is  friendship, kinship and connivance- Nothing to do with neutrality
President Assad: Not only ISIS, of course, or Daesh, not only al-Nusra; anyone, any terrorist who holds a machine gun and started killing and destroying in Syria was supported by Israel, either indirectly through the logistical support on the frontier, or sometimes by direct intervention by Israel against Syria in different areas in Syria. Why? Because Israel is our enemy, because they occupy our lands, and they look at Syria as enemy of course, and for them they think if they undermine the position of Syria and make it weaker as a whole, as society, as army, as state, that will prevent Israel from moving toward the peace, and the price of the peace is to give back the Golan Heights to Syria. So, for them, Syria will be busy with another issue now, it would be busy to talk about the Golan or the peace process, or even to do anything to get back its land. That’s why Israel is supporting every terrorist, and there’s no contradiction between Israel and any organization like al-Nusra or ISIS or any Al Qaeda-linked organization.
 No contradiction whatsoever!  Straight up blunt talk. You'll notice that ISIS has not targeted Israel?  Though ISIS has targeted Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia. I've written plenty on the curiosity of ISIS not striking Israel. And how it is the Islamists simply fulfill Israel's every wish.  In a disgusting sycophantic way. This is one issue I see the alt media and the msm equally avoid-  Refresh your memory with but a few previous post covering Israeli involvement- well documented here and in Israel's own media- With coverage of  their Islamist fighters in their hospitals and more!

*Mohammed Alloush of Jai(y)sh al-Islam: Assad is the Enemy, Not Israel.* Israel’s Islamists, Al Nusra Front, claim responsibility for Damascus bus bombing*Vice News: IDF Aiding THEIR Terrorists in Golan *Israel- The not so missing link in the Syrian war puzzle*Israeli Minister calls on World to Recognize Golan Annexation* Israel attacks Syria aiding their takfiri (Kurds and others) Netanyahu hints in advance*Israel Sides with Syrian Jihadists
Of course there are literally 100's of posts documenting Israel's involvement from day 1 of the destabilization of Syria
Turkey and Assad's optimism: 
Question 4: Now, we have a new player in this region. Okay, I mean, it was a Turkish intervention, and nobody speaks about this now, like nothing happened. What’s your opinion about the role of Turkey in this war, and about this intervention?President Assad: If we start from today, it’s invasion.Journalist: Invasion!President Assad: This incursion is invasion, whether a small part, or large part of the Syrian territory; it’s invasion, against international law, against the morals, against the sovereignty of Syria. But what do the Turks want from this invasion regardless of the mask that they wear to cover their intention, real intentions. They wanted to whitewash their real intention that they used to support ISIS and al-Nusra.The language "it's an invasion against international law:" ? Which it is! But, compared to the statements regarding Israel? That's very reserved.  Assad then asks the question "what do the Turks want from this invasion regardless of the mask that they wear to cover their intention"?

He answers his own question: "They wanted to whitewash their real intention that they used to support ISIS and al-Nusra." Assad is saying more or less that Turkey is attempting to clean the slate .
Assad's statement begs the question: What is behind this change  by Turkey? 
The attempt to create Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0? The betrayal by the US of Turkey? The coup? The warming relations between Russia and Turkey? Assad is telling us something has changed Turkey's course.

When the journalist says Turkey created ISIS- Assad states "they supported ISIS, they give them all the logistical support and they allow them to sell our oil through their borders" 

They supported ISIS. Past tense. Logistics and oil sales could have been all managed through NATO affiliated forces embedded in Turkey. And the Kurds. I've more then a few posts here on the ISIS oil going through the Kurds and onto Israel.
*  Carving Turkey After a NATO Roasting- Claims vs Reality*Israel buys most oil smuggled from ISIS territory - report Notice we read and hear nothing more about ISIS oil sales? Why is that?

Assad made no mention of the border wall Turkey is building. Why? Could it be because it aids Syria in securing it's border? Just thinking out loud here.
Assad did not suggest Turkey is out to take Syrian territory either? Though he clearly stated that was Israel's intent.  There are times that what is not said, speaks as loud as what is said.

Assad does not believe Russia was mistaken in making amends with Turkey and is looking positively on this mending fences- He sure didn't speak like that about Israel!
Question 5: After the Russian plane was shot down by the Turks, Russia stopped relationships with Turkey. Now, after, okay, his excuses, we again… it looks like again friendship, tourism, diplomatic relations everything. Putin called this a “knife in the back” when this plane was beaten by the Turks. Do you think maybe we Russians make a mistake to trust Erdogan again after his betrayal?President Assad: No, actually, I look positively to this relation. Journalist: You look positively? President Assad: Yeah, positively. Why? Journalist: Why?President Assad( cutting to the chase) "So, through this rapprochement, let’s say, between Russia and Turkey, the only hope that we have as Syria is that Russia can make some changes in the Turkish policy. This is our hope, and I’m sure that this is the first goal of the Russian diplomacy toward Turkey these days; in order to decrease the damage of the messing-up with the Syrian territory by the Turkish government. I hope they can convince them that they have to stop supporting terrorists, stop allowing the flow of terrorists and money for those terrorists through their borders.Assad is sure that the first goal of Russian diplomacy toward Turkey is to decrease the damage of messing up with the Syrian territory. Assad is sure, because he has been reassured by the Russians- That was interesting. Here's hoping!

The Kurds and their demands:

President Assad: Exactly, to have referendum by the Syrian people to say yes or no. Second, some people, they talk about Kurdish federalism in the north, regardless of what I talked about, about most of the Kurds that they don’t ask for this. Even if you want it, the majority in that area are Arabs. So how can you have Kurdish federalism while you have majority of Arabs? Another point I've made repeatedly. Having written tons and tons on the Kurds. The nomads. 
 There was no desire for a 'greater kurdistan' on the part of the disparate Kurds. However NATO and Israel want Kurdistan and they have employed the PKK to strong arm the non unified Kurds through tyrannical means.
PKK Challenges Barzani in Iraq- One ring to rule them all?
Israel has been very clear about their desire for Greater Israel via Kurdistan/Israel 2.0
Kurdistan aka “Second Israel”- Ethnic Cleansing the Indigenous of the Middle EastAre there more posts on these topics here? Literally 100's and 100's. This is one long running blog!
From earlier today:

Turkey’s tilt to Russia changes dynamics of Syrian battlefield
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Turkey’s tilt to Russia changes dynamics of Syrian battlefield

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 14:30
Financial Times 
 October 13, 2016 by: in Beirut

Erdogan has made up with Putin and now hopes to prevent Syrian Kurds from securing territory near its border Rebel-held eastern Aleppo looks as though it will either fall or be razed to the ground in the face of relentless Russian bombardment from the air and under siege from Iran-backed militia on the ground.

President Vladimir Putin will then have got his way: saving the regime of Bashar al-Assad inside a rump Syria, with the ruins of Aleppo marking its northern perimeter, as part of his reassertion of Russia’s credentials as a regional and global rival to the US.

But it is not just Mr Putin’s ruthlessness that will bring this about. It is Turkey’s tilt towards Russia and, to a degree, Iran, which is the main change in the strategic equation on the crowded battlefield of north-west Syria.

During five years of civil war that has killed up to 500,000 Syrians and displaced half the population, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, sought to topple Mr Assad, backing rebel forces against him and allowing jihadi volunteers to use Turkish territory as a launch pad into Syria.

That sharp focus is fading out as Ankara has turned to more pressing considerations — especially since the violent attempted coup against Mr Erdogan in mid-July.

Turkey’s main goal in Syria now is to prevent Syrian Kurdish fighters from consolidating an autonomous territory below its border. Ankara fears the Syrian Kurds will link up with their Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) allies waging an insurgency in south-east Turkey from bases inside the Kurdistan Regional Government autonomous territory of northern Iraq.

Ankara has also moved to mop up Isis cells and sympathisers inside Turkey and push the jihadis away from its borders. In late August, the Turkish army launched its first real incursion into Syria, spearheading a rebel force officials in Ankara say numbered 3,000. This thrust pushed Isis out of the so-called Manbij pocket of north-west Syria, with Turkey regaining control of 98km of its porous border. But the primary aim was to prevent the Syrian Kurds fighting Isis from moving westwards across the river Euphrates to join up their eastern and western territories.

Before making this tricky military move, Mr Erdogan made up with Mr Putin, ending a rift opened when Turkey shot down a Russian jet that strayed over its border from Syria last November. Russia gave Turkey a free hand against Syrian Kurdish forces to whom it had offered temporary and opportunistic support. Turkey deployed Syrian rebel forces needed to defend Aleppo to take Jarabulus on the west bank of the Euphrates and push on southwards.

Turkish officials say this new warmth towards Russia does not seal the fate of Aleppo and the Syrian rebellion. But it does extend to a transactional relationship with Iran, the Assad regime’s other international patron, which is cracking down on its own Kurdish minority. “We are neighbours and we can do many things together,” says a senior official in Ankara. Better relations with Russia and Iran are a precondition for ending the regional crisis. “If we make all bilateral relations hostage to the Syrian crisis then it’s lose-lose-lose,” he says.

One element in this new equation is that Moscow and Tehran were quicker to condemn July’s attempted coup than Washington and most European capitals, even though Turkey is a Nato ally and EU candidate member.

But as far as Syria is concerned, Turkey long ago concluded that the west has abandoned mainstream Sunni rebels. The US, with a lame-duck president and distracted by an intense electoral contest, is focused narrowly on Isis — angering Turkey by using Syrian Kurdish militia as a strike force. The EU, scorned by Mr Erdogan as impotent, can muse about punishing Russia for its behaviour in Syria but may struggle to renew the sanctions for Mr Putin’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine at the end of this year.

For now, therefore, it looks as though Russia can continue to pulverise rebel Aleppo. “They are fighting, we are not, they are winning”, is the curt summary of one European envoy in the region.

 “This is the worst of the scenarios we envisaged: that we get left with Assad and Daesh [Isis]”.
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