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YPG Rocket Attack Kills One Turkish Soldier.. Injures Three

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 57 min 24 sec ago

One Turkish soldier was killed and three others were injured in a rocket attack by the U.S.-sponsored YPG terror group, launched against two tanks taking part in Turkey's military offensive against Daesh in the Syrian town of Jarablus.This isn't going to sit well with the Turkish population. Their NATO 'ally' supplied rockets used to  kill Turkish soldiers....
I've no doubt that the US or NATO allies did indeed supply the rockets to YPG/PKK to kill whoever the Kurds choose to kill.
The casualties are the first for Turkey since the launch of Operation Euphrates Shield to rid the border region of terrorists on Wednesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, the official said rockets were launched at two Turkish tanks , the northern Syrian city freed from Daesh. The tanks were hit 7 kilometers south of Jarablus, where Turkish forces helped the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to clear Daesh terrorists from the area. The rockets had been fired from an area where the YPG militia has been active. Ankara has frequently voiced its concern over the activity of PYD's armed People's Protection Units' (YPG) along the Turkish border, and has been rigid in its stance of not allowing the PYD terrorist group to found any kind of de facto Kurdish state in northern Syria.
Despite consistent U.S. calls to retreat, PYD units have been moving to the east of the Euphrates river, and the group has continued its offenses amid the conflict between Turkish-backed moderate opposition forces and Daesh terrorists.

The YPG — the Syrian affiliate of the terrorist PKK — has been expanding its dominance west of the Euphrates River since late December, reinforcing its presence in the region using the fight against Daesh as a pretext.
KurdIShIS- It's been obvious for so long now- Only the willfully blind choose not to see.
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Sputnik: "I Mediated Secret Talks Between Turkey and Syria"

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 12:11
It appeared as if Russia, Syria and Iran were all aware that Turkey was going into Syria. As was the US.  From earlier today: Erdogan & Putin Agree to Accelerate Delivery of Aid to Aleppo

In an interview with Sputnik, Ismail Hakki Pekin, former head of the intelligence unit of the Chief of Staff of the Turkish army, said that he took part in five behind-the-scenes meetings with representatives of the Syrian intelligence services. He did not conduct formal talks, but instead served as a mediator between Turkey and Syria.
"I took part in five meetings involving representatives of Turkey and Syria. We held the talks to assess the situation in general and determine whether bilateral relations could be restored," he said. "Much in the same way that Turkey held negotiations with Russia." Two of the meetings took place in 2015 and three were held this year, he added. "At that time we had no information regarding any official talks between Ankara and Damascus. If they took place, [President Bashar al-Assad] or someone from the Syrian intelligence services would have told us."Why would he think that he would be informed of official talks? That's his opinion, might be accurate, might not be. What's most important is that Syria and Turkey were holding talks equal to those held between Russia and Turkey

The informal meetings primarily revolved around the situation in Syria at the time and security measures, he added.
"We talked to representatives of the Syrian intelligence services. They told us about what was happening in Syria, about the prospects of restoring relations between Turkey and Syria, about working on a joint security concept. We discussed possible steps that Ankara and Damascus could take towards each other," he explained.Related to:
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Erdogan & Putin Agree to Accelerate Delivery of Aid to Aleppo

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:54

August 26/2016:

"Turkey's Erdoğan, Russia's Putin agree over phone call to accelerate delivery of aid to Syria's Aleppo" 
Erdogan calls PutinOn August 26, Russian and Turkish presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, conducted a telephone conversation. The presidents discussed the situation in Syria and agreed to continue personal communication conversation. The conversation was initiated by President Erdogan.

"The leaders had a detailed exchange of views on the state of affairs in Syria. They noted the importance of joint efforts in the fight against terrorism," a message from the Kremlin said. In addition, the presidents discussed "issues of further development of Russian-Turkish cooperation in political, trade and economic spheres in light of the agreements reached at the meeting in St. Petersburg on August 9." 
Certainly they would have discussed the Turkish move into Syria.

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Turkey's Move On Syria- Why now? Broken Promises, Coup Fall out, US Elections & Chemical Weapons Meme, Again!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 16:13
It was interesting to watch Biden, sitting in Turkey, telling the YPG they had to move east of the Euphrates after all the blood spilled by the two partners in crime in Manbij.
"Joe Biden had told Kurdish forces that they "must move back across the Euphrates River." He said "they cannot -- will not -- under any circumstance get American support if they do not keep that commitment," according to the AP news agency."Covered the Manbij promise here
So, there was the matter of a promise given by the US to Turkey- once ISIS was removed from Manbij, the Kurds were to vacate the area- They, of course, did not. And it looked as if the US had no intention of encouraging them to do so- Resulting in Turkey taking matters into their own hands. We know the Manbij Kurdish fighters let ISIS go free, displaced a whole bunch of residents and destroyed the registry records making it difficult for the displaced to return. Run of the mill stuff for the Kurdish militias and their US backers. This failure to keep a promise appears to be a factor in Turkey’s move into Jarablus, Syria- Turkey surely noticed the the US didn’t keep their word regarding Manbij- so it appears they moved on their own.

Fallout from the coup?

Turkey is not pleased at all with the handling of the Gulen extradition. Yildirim made that clear. This displeasure over the extradition of Gulen, along with the failure to uphold a promise made,  have likely  played into their decision to move on Jarablus. If you can’t trust your NATO allies, who can you trust?

“Jarablus is a key lynchpin in the Turkish-Kurdish rivalry. The town lies on the western bank of the Euphrates River at the Turkish border in a pocket controlled by the Islamic State group.

The YPG and other Syrian Kurds stand on the east bank of the river, and from there they hold the entire border with Turkey all the way to Iraq. They also hold parts of the border further west, so if they ever took control of Jarablus, they would control almost the entire stretch”

Turkey has long, long wanted a no go zone- The US never went along with it

I covered this topic more then a year ago: Here You can read that post now, if you didn't then.
Snipped from year ago plus post:
Turkey has long sought a "no-fly zone" or "safe zone" in northern Syria but met resistance from Washington, which says direct military pressure on Islamic State, not a "safe zone", is the best way to end the region's fighting and refugee crisis.Shortly after writing the above post another possibility was entertained, here at the blog, that the US might let Turkey have their zone as a way to grind them down: Here
Read now if you did not read then- Makes all this history more understandable!

Turkey’stance : The safe zone , if successful, would enable Turkey to rid itself of it's huge refugee population, while preventing a hostile Kurdish terror state at it's southern border.”

The US stance at that time The United States will not allow Turkey to attack Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (PYD) forces in northern Syria, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told Rudaw Tuesday”

My how this situation has changed!

 Also interesting that the US is saying they’re fully behind this, allied with Turkey, but Turkey is presenting this as their own move. AsiaTimes

 “A senior US official, apparently traveling with US Vice-President Joe Biden, said that the United States was giving air cover to the Turkish operations, telling the Syrian government to keep its planes away.Actually that's not what the US official said so it's interesting to notice the disinfo aspect, the obfuscation of what is really going on.

“We have full visibility on what they [the Turks] are doing,” the official told journalists. I’ve no doubt the US has full visibility, but, that does not tell us they are supportive. It tells us they are aware, watching, can see what’s happening. Having “full visibility” does not speak of participation- active participation. It’s interesting also that the US was supposed to contribute some artillery rockets for the operation, but, they hadn’t arrived yet. Will they arrive? Ever?

"References to this support have been relatively few so far in the Turkish media and politicians’ speeches and in Ankara the operation, known as ‘Euphrates Shield,’ is being portrayed simply as a Turkish military success”The support isn't being referenced because it doesn't exist. No one can say 'full visibility' = active participation. It doesn't!

"However, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, said “Turkey and the United States have planned this from the beginning. The US was to contribute M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) but unfortunately they have not arrived yet.”Another slight on the part of the US towards Turkey?
“Turkey appears to have secured the approval of several of its other neighbors before launching  Wednesday’s intervention, including apparently Russia. Presidents Erdogan and Putin met in Moscow on 9 August”

“It also apparently secured the agreement of the Kurdistan Regional Administration in Erbil in Northern Iraq during a one-day visit to Ankara by President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday this week. The Erbil government  enjoys good relations with Turkey and is on poor terms with the Kurdish militants of Turkey and Syria.”
There seems to be consensus that Turkey made this move with some types of approval from Russia, Iran, Masoud Barzani and the US. Possibly from Bashar al Assad also.

YEREVAN. – At present, no country in the region—neither Turkey nor Iran nor Iraq nor Syria—is interested in the creation of a Kurdish state.

Analyst and former deputy foreign minister of Armenia, Ambassador Arman Navasardyan, noted the aforementioned at a press conference on Thursday.

In his words, if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had to make a choice between the Kurds and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he would side with Assad.

“As long as no Kurdish union is created at the border, since this is a matter of life or death for Turks,” stressed Navasardyan. “Turkey may even conduct some negotiations with Assad, only to prevent the creation of a Kurdish state and take them out of the ‘game.’”

If the US was behind the coup, as most suspect, did it’s fail change the dynamics? Or is the US simply biding time until the election? I can hardly believe that the US/NATO/Israel/Kurds allies are going to let this pass..

Turkish incursion into Syria, backed by the US (??) and likely by Russia too, could be a game changer in civil war
Turkey’s incursion into Syria reflects a shift away from its insistence that President Bashar al-Assad be removed from power in any settlement there and may start to close the gap between the international coalitions that have helped keep the country’s civil war raging, analysts and diplomats say.

In recent months, Turkey has indicated a readiness to accept a transitional role for Assad in any political solution, something Unal Cevikoz, a retired senior Turkish diplomat, called a major change.

“Turkey has realised there are more important challenges than removing Assad,” said Cevikoz, and that in turn has opened the door to improvements in Ankara’s relationships with Russia and Iran, Assad’s main backers. Turkey would not have launched “Operation Euphrates Shield” on Wednesday without a green light from Russia, he said.
The challenges Ankara is now prioritising over Assad include fighting Islamic State, which has stepped up its terrorist campaign inside Turkey, and - even more importantly - stopping the advance of Kurdish forces along the Syrian-Turkish border. Turkey sees the Kurdish militia in Syria as a branch of the Kurdish Workers’ Party, or PKK, an insurgent force it is trying to crush inside its borders.

The focus on Kurdish militias risked further tension with the US, at a low point in their relations, given that Syria’s Kurds are key US allies in the fight against Islamic State. Instead, the operation appears to have provided ground for cooperation there as well.I don't usually quote Landis- However his statement is accurate
“The capture of Manbij has changed things dramatically,” said Joshua Landis, director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, who has run an influential Syria commentary forum for much of the war. “American special forces helped the Kurds to capture a swathe of territory that put them in reach of building a Kurdish state. That clearly terrified the Turks.”"Robert Ford, former US Ambassador to Syria, said in a phone interview that after creating tensions with Turkey by supporting the Kurdish YPG, or People’s Protection Units, “the Americans are choosing not to resist.”"Turkey has been agitating for years to create a buffer zone (read the two posts from 2015) along its border with Syria to prevent Syria’s Kurds from connecting the two areas they hold and establishing their own state, which they have named Rojava. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey previously failed to convince the US to help with the buffer zone, however, and was unwilling to act alone. He would have faced opposition from the Assad regime as well as its Russian and Iranian backers. That calculation now appears to have changed"“The interesting thing is that there has been basically no Russian reaction” to the Turkish incursion, said Dmitri Trenin, director of the Moscow bureau of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “Russians understand Turkey’s legitimate interest on the Kurdish issue, and it looks like Russia may have agreed not to object to a limited operation, in exchange for Turkey being more cooperative on a political settlement with Assad.”WSJ- Today
A new wave of Turkish tanks rolled into northern Syria on Thursday as the military extended its fight to drive Islamic State away from the border and deter advances by American-backed Kurdish forces.

Fears of an immediate clash between Turkish-backed Syrian fighters and the Kurds appeared to subside as the Kurdish forces pulled out of Manbij, a strategic Syrian town on the western side of the Euphrates River, according to U.S. and Kurdish officials.The withdrawal could help defuse regional tensions as Turkey moves into the second day of military operations inside Syria, an offensive complicated by competing interests among the allies and the rival groups of fighters they support.

The Kurdish forces, known as the YPG, are seen as America’s most effective force against Islamic State. But Turkish leaders see the group as an extension of an outlawed Kurdish militant group in Turkey and are pushing to limit its territorial gains in Syria.The U.S. has been putting pressure on the Kurds to pull back from territory that they have taken from Islamic State, as they have previously promised to do. In a call on Thursday with his Turkish counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry said the YPG was moving back to its strongholds on the eastern side of the Euphrates.Turkish soldiers and U.S. warplanes (?- I need more verification of US warplanes being involved?) kicked off the new offensive on Wednesday, joining forces with the Syrian rebels to quickly push Islamic State out of Jarablus, the Syrian border town the extremist group long used as a vital supply route.Fighting was continuing between the Turkish-backed forces and militants in villages around Jarablus on Thursday.

After the swift victory in Jarablus, Turkey said it would remain in Syria until the Kurdish forces in Manbij, 25 miles to the south, followed through on the pledge to pull back.But it has also said it would stay until it is certain that Islamic State poses no imminent threat to Turkey, which gives the military open-ended support to remain in northern Syria.The operation creates an opening for Turkey to fulfill a long-held desire to carve out a buffer zone in northwest Syria that could become a sanctuary for Syrians fleeing the fighting—and a staging ground for its rebel allies.

It would also allow Turkey to retain a geographic wedge between two Kurdish-controlled regions of northern Syria that the YPG would like to connect. That would create a unified Kurdish area on Turkey’s border that Ankara sees as an unacceptable security threat.

 Of course, it's the chemical weapons meme. Again

The US has urged "strong and swift action" after a UN investigation concluded that Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. The report will be discussed by the security council next week.
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Operation Euphrates Shield To Continue Until YPG Retreats.

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:20
Daily Sabah: Quoting PM Yildirim
The operation led by Turkey to liberate Syria's Jarablus from Daesh terrorists will continue until elements of the PKK's Syrian affiliate YPG retreats to the east bank of Euphrates, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Wednesday. Speaking at a live interview on Habertürk TV shortly after meeting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Yıldırım said that it is necessary to cleanse Jarablus of terrorist PKK-affiliated groups including the PYD and YPG. "This was a pledge, a guarantee of the U.S." Yıldırım said.US Promise to Turkey mentioned here: ***Turkey: US to Keep Manbij Promise? 3 Step Road Map: Assad Stays. Cooperating with Iran & More

Perhaps the US promise to Turkey was an empty one? Made to Turkey while plotting a coup and assuming a successful overthrow? A promise made that the US had no intention of keeping.

He continued by saying that the timing of the operation has nothing to do with KRG President Masoud Barzani or U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Turkey.Yıldırım also said that it is necessary to protect Syria's territorial integrity and that it would be a disaster if all ethnic groups wanted to establish their own state.
"The situation would be worse than today if every single ethnic group established a state" he said, adding that Turkey is already paying the price of the conflict in Syria by hosting over three million Syrians and that it is necessary for these people to return to a normal life as soon as possible. Clearly the operation has nothing to do with ISIS despite the perhaps 'face saving' US spin?


I'll certainly have more to say tomorrow :) 

From today's previous post : Syria Shifts Stance Toward Kurds? No. Only Media Narrative Shifted
" ......Turkey will change course in Syria as he no longer needs Kurds as electoral allies and that even before the Syrian conflict, Turkey and the Syrian government were in agreement over the Kurdish issue"  
Even before the Syrian conflict Turkey and the Syrian government were in agreement over the Kurdish issue...

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Syria Shifts Stance Toward Kurds? No. Only Media Narrative Shifted

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 07:44
Syria Shifts Stance Toward Kurds

The WSJ wants you to believe.. Syria has shifted it's stance towards the Kurds- It hasn't.
WSJ wants you to know that Syria and Turkey are in alignment on the Kurdish issue and this cannot be tolerated- victim/kurd meme and all.
wsj in red.
"After years of tacitly allowing the creation of an autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is treating the ethnic minority’s growing power as a threat"Did Bashar al Assad's government tacitly allow the creation of a Kurdish region? Not from anything I've ever read!-
"Syria is now describing the Kurds in terms similar to those used by Turkey, which has been a staunch supporter of Syrian rebels fighting against Mr. Assad.

Forces loyal to the regime have been clashing with Kurds in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah for more than a week. The fighting continued on Monday, with Kurds advancing amid failed attempts to broker a cease-fire"Bear in mind that NATO's ISIS shock troops moved into vast swathes of territory in both Iraq and Syria. Territory, that suspiciously coincided with the NATO/Israel desired Kurdistan.. The US/NATO global terror army then 'fought' ISIS with their besties PKK/YPG who claimed the land as their own- I've discussed this for years now. Tacit approval? I must have missed it? Claims that SAA and Kurds didn't fight one another? False. They sure did. 

Digression---Quotes from Assad regarding the kurds and their annexation. From here and here
 However, he stressed the Kurds “are not allies at this stage, as some suggest."He then expands on the Kurdish issue at greater length, but, most importantly:
 There are things which would relate to the entire population, to the constitution, and the people should endorse these demands before a decision can be taken by the state. In any case, anything proposed should be in the national framework. Assad knows what the demands are, yet he states, the entire population/constitution should endorse these demands before a decision can be taken by the state.
Assad again :Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Kurdish demands in Syria can be discussed after uniting to defeat Islamic extremists, promising he is open to any proposal as long as the country’s territorial integrity remains intact. “We should unite in order to fight IS, Did the Kurds and SAA unite to fight IS? No they did not! The Kurds united with NATO.

Digression over, back to WSJ 
"Syrian airstrikes on Kurdish areas were rare ( "rare" Says WSJ,  no quantification of 'rare' Once a week? 10 times a month? No explantion of "rare"  However, the use of rare informs us that airstrikes have taken place previously!) before last week. But on Thursday, regime warplanes bombed an area of Hasakah near American special operations forces and fighters from the U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who have been fighting Islamic State. The airstrikes prompted the U.S. to scramble jets and issue an unusual warning to the regime.The regime’s shift comes amid a warming of relations between Turkey and Mr. Assad’s allies Russia and Iran. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this month followed by a visit by Turkey’s foreign minister to Iran"There is no shift? The media wants you to believe there was a shift. Assad was not on board with the Kurdish terrorism and had in fact bombed the terrorists on previous occasions. 

"Kurdish leaders see the regime’s new aggression toward their forces as a sign of a rapprochement between Syria and Turkey in a conflict with constantly shifting alliances"This is what you are supposed to believe- this sudden 'shift' is because Syria & Turkey are suddenly on the same page. Syria was never on board with the creation of a Kurdish state annexed out of Syria- so the bombing in Hasakah had nothing to do with Syria/Turkey rapprochement

"A Syrian army statement that followed the Hasakah airstrikes used rhetoric that was similar to Turkey’s. It referred to the police force of the Kurdish autonomous region as “the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party”—the separatist group that Turkey has been fighting for more than two decades"Oh dear, Syria is just like Turkey. Bad, bad, bad!!.... And we all know, 'cause the media and it's liars have informed us Turkey broke the ceasefire with the Kurdish militias- Except they didn't.

Turkey has long accused the main Syrian Kurdish militia, YPG, of being one and the same as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.
 That's because they are- PKK = YPG
The Syrian army statement said it was determined “to protect the unity of Syria’s lands,” according to state media, an apparent reference to Kurdish aspirations for their own state.

Turkey views any regional Kurdish ambitions as emboldening the PKK, which both Ankara and Washington classify as a terrorist group.“The regime has evidently come to the understanding that a Kurdish [autonomous zone] will form a threat to the regime,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in an interview this past weekend, referring to the clashes in Hasakah.President Erdogan has previously called repeatedly for Mr. Assad to step down and said the Syrian leader should be tried for state terrorism at the International Criminal Court. But Turkey has softened its tone lately, with Mr. Yildirim saying on Saturday that his government must accept that Mr. Assad remains a person of influence in Syria and that he might continue to play a role during a transitional stabilization period.WSJ admits YPG/PKK connections:
"Many senior YPG commanders have in fact trained and fought alongside the PKK for years. But the U.S., which relies on the YPG as the most effective fighting force against Islamic State in Syria, has sought to distinguish between the two militias.

The YPG along with its political arm have used the war against Islamic State to expand the territories in Syria under Kurdish control, including leading battles in predominantly Arab areas to link up two separate Kurdish cantons"The establishment of an autonomous Kurdish region was only made possible by Syrian regime forces withdrawing earlier in the war from predominantly Kurdish areas and allowing Kurdish political groups and militias to take over government institutions. The withdrawal was strategic, as the Syrian regime was stretched thin fighting rebels and later Islamic State militants on multiple fronts.In Hasakah Syria maintained control of government institutions and territory- contrary to WSJ claims. Though the  major withdrawal, was unavoidable due to the multi front attack the US/Israel/NATO brought onto Syria
“The regime’s policy previously was to avoid clashes [with Kurds], since the priority was fighting the [rebel] forces supported by Turkey,” said Ahmad Hisso Araj, a Kurdish spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces.So the Kurdish spokesperson can be expected to tell us the truth? Or the version of events the Kurds want you and I to have in our minds?  Notice the narrative includes the 'bad turkey' meme? We already know Assad stated explicitly no annexed version of Kurdistan. We know that the SAA had bombed the Kurds on previous occasions- We know the SAA had fought against the Kurds on previous occasions. We know the Kurds have an agenda of their own, alongside their buddies in Israel, should we expect them to tell us the unvarnished truth?

UPDATE: Carnegie Middle East 
 "Mansour argued that Turkey has been attacking Kurdish groups in northern Syria, such as the YPG, as it perceives them as a bigger existential threat than the Islamic State. According to Mansour, Turkey's actions in Syria are meant to stop any Kurdish advancements. He also believes that Turkey could reach out to former foes like Russia or the Assad regime to stop the Kurds from gaining territory. Mansour explained that it is doubtful that President Erdogan of Turkey will change course in Syria as he no longer needs Kurds as electoral allies and that even before the Syrian conflict, Turkey and the Syrian government were in agreement over the Kurdish issue"
 Even before the Syrian conflict Turkey and the Syrian government were in agreement over the Kurdish issue...
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A Defacto No Fly Zone Has Indeed Been Created in Syria!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 07:12
Defacto: being such in effect though not formally recognized: exercising power as if legally constituted......If it walks, and talks like a duck, it’s a duck. And for all intents and purposes a no fly zone has been instituted over Syria as the US and company openly assist the Kurds in their land grabbing, annexation and ethnic cleansing.

Readers here knew this was a possibility- Several posts have been written on this very subject.
When everyone else, msm and alt msm, was going on and on about the 51 diplomats asking for attack and regime change I noticed no one, anywhere, covering the news that a no fly zone over Syria was ready to go!

Friday June 17/2016:  US General: We Are Ready To Create a No-Fly Zone in Syria
*So, we've got the 51 diplomats demanding attack and regime change
*We've got Rojova in  a position to ask for a no fly zone
*We've got multiple military bases including air fields to enforce the no fly zone.
* No need for Turkey (non NATO Turkey)- the US has already made noise about withdrawing from Incirlik & they've been firing from the Mediterranean If you haven't read the post previously you may wish to now?

You may also want to read this one: June 29/2016 Syrian/Turkish No Fly Zone- To Help ‘fight’ ISIS? You'll find that one pertinent to some information that will be included below!

Soufan Group- Intel Brief a defacto no fly zone in Syria 

Bottom Line Up Front:
• On August 22, a Pentagon spokesman warned Syrian and Russian air force units to ‘stay away’ from U.S. forces embedded with Kurdish fighters.August 21/2016 : Pentagon: Top US Commander warns Russia and Syria: We'll defend ourselves
August 20/2016 : Kurdish Terrorists Annex More Territory in Hasaka, Syria? Did the US Enforce a No-Fly Zone to Enable Annexation?

• The warning came in response to an August 19 incident in which U.S. F-22 jets were scrambled to warn off Syrian SU-24 jets near Hasakah.

• A day earlier, Syrian jets bombed Kurdish positions in the area, causing U.S. personnel to relocate.

• The Pentagon’s warning represents a de facto—though very narrow—no-fly zone over ‘partnered operations’ in parts of northern Syria."The shift in U.S. posture stems from two recent incidents near Hasakah, where U.S.-supported Kurdish troops are positioned. On August 18, two Syrian SU-24 jets attacked four locations well-known to include U.S. personnel. Though no U.S. personnel were injured, the brazen nature of the attack was surprising. Syrian jets returned to the area the following day, but were chased off by U.S. F-22 Raptors. U.S. statements have now made clear that future incidents will likely result in the shooting down of Syrian aircraft—a noticeable shift"“Brazen nature of the attack”? Only Soufan group could spin Syrian airforce defence of their own territory and loyalists against further land annexation by US backed thug Kurdish terrorists as a brazen attack. Rather then defence.

With the help of the US  via their annexation & ethnic cleansing agenda the Kurds were able to take Hasakah. In plain talk they've openly annexed Syrian territory- The bogus fight against ISIS was not the smokescreen that obfuscated the reality. Nope. This time it was in your face!

As mentioned yesterday the Kurds had made their move to take more territory: Early Monday AM: Kurdish Terrorist Militias Violate Truce in Hasakah, Syria

hattip Charles
Charles FasolaAugust 22, 2016 at 12:27 PM
Video via Truthdig... (puke) 

As stated, it's right out in the open now, the Kurds, with the help of the US are and have been annexing territory all along- the media is lying about how this is a new development. It isn't. This is exactly what has been going on all along! There has been fighting a plenty between Syrian Army and the Kurds, I've covered it here previously.  The Kurds have been annexing territory all along with the help of NATO

Also: Kurdish group in near full control of Syria's Hasaka city

 BEIRUT, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Kurdish forces were in near full control of Syria's city of Hasaka on Tuesday after battling pro-government militias, though some government officials remained holed up in buildings in the city centre, a Kurdish official and monitoring group said.The Pentagon denies a defacto no fly zone- Which tells us all there is a no fly zone!
And obviously there is!
Stars and Stripes

The Pentagon said Monday the United States has not created a de facto no-fly zone in northern Syria despite back-to-back incidents in which jets were scrambled to protect troops on the ground.  “We will continue to support our coalition forces and our partnered operations on the ground in Syria,” Cook said. “…We’ve been clear … from the start,” the forces that are fighting the Islamic State group “will enjoy the support of the United States.”Liar- The Kurds haven't been 'fighting' Islamic State- they've been removing the people that live on the land- After the US bombs and kills mass civilians- It's been smoke and mirrors all along. In plain sight for those that had their eyes open to see it all. ISIS shock troops- Kurdish moppers NATO air bombings. Pure terror.

I saw a headline that ISIS has Turkey on it's agenda... this will tie into the expanded no fly zone to be used against Turkey, if all goes according to the NATO terror planners evil plans

Finally, speaking personally, I've only feelings of disgust for those who cheered on the kurdish alphabet militias as the 'best fighters against ISIS', as if NATO wasn't pulling the strings of both parties! Of all parties. ie: rebel factions. It was so very obvious.


Usually I don't go with anonymous sources, unless it fit the general scheme and is a given anyway.. Pentagon denies enforcing no fly zone (no word on creating one..) YPG Kurdish Allies Say Otherwise
  Speaking to PRI on Monday, a YPG rebel commander who did not wish to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the Kurdish fighters had specifically requested a no-fly zone to protect them from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.“The American forces are on the ground, they are following the situation directly,” he said by phone. “We asked our partners to create a no-fly zone. They were very positive about that and accepted this request from our side. Since then there have been no airstrikes on Hasaka.”“We asked our partners [the US] to create a no-fly zone. They were very positive about that,” a YPG commander said.
On Friday, US jets came within a mile of Syrian planes, highlighting the precariousness of having US forces present amid a complex array of proxies, allies and enemies in Syria.
I can just imagine how positive the US allies were about this request... Exactly what they wanted!
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Sheriff Zollman -- What Will You Tell Jack Yantis's Widow?

freedominourtime - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 19:05

No, they won't forget: Adams County residents at the site where deputies gunned down Jack Yantis.

Residents of Adams County, Idaho, should compel Sheriff Ryan Zollman – by nailing his feet to the floor, if necessary -- to answer this question: Are you willing to tell Donna Yantis to her face that her husband Jack deserved to die?
If Zollman answers that question in the negative, he should be forced to answer this one: Are you willing to fire the deputies who perforated Jack Yantis with gunshots, even though they will be spared criminal prosecution, because they killed an innocent man?
Assuming that Zollman isn’t willing to do either of the foregoing, he should candidly admit to the public supposedly served by his office that their lives are less valuable than those of his deputies; that the testimony of a local citizen is never to be credited when that citizen accuses deputies of misconduct; that the personal safety of his deputies is the only important consideration in any encounter with a member of the public; and that he is willing to protect the job security of deputies who have exhibited lethal incompetence even when this means putting the public at avoidable risk. Donna in recovery: What will you tell her, Ryan? If he were any part of a man, Zollman would have fired Deputies Cody Roland and Brian Wood immediately after last November’s fatal shooting. Instead, he is accusing critics of his department of enlisting in the mythical “war on police.”
“It’s clear that in the nation, law enforcement, we’re under attack, and we just have a reason here in Adams County,” simpered Zollman in a television interview shortly after Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden made the entirely predictable announcement that Roland and Wood would not face criminal charges.
Zollman invites the public to pretend that the deputies, not the man they killed without cause or the prospect of facing accountability, are the victims, their egos gravely wounded by criticism from the public that has continued to pay their salaries and – for reasons that defy my understanding --  retains an ingenuous belief in the legitimacy of their profession.
People who pursue a career in law enforcement rarely expose themselves to peril, and are often burdened with an overdeveloped capacity for self-pity. From the moment the Adams County deputies gunned down a rancher in an act of criminally negligent homicide – after pleading with him to finish a dangerous task that exceeded their subsidized but inadequate skill-set – Zollman and his comrades made protection of the killers their highest priority.

To understand how law enforcement administrators would deal with an incident of this kind in a relatively civilized country, it’s useful to recall how Haraldur Johannessen, Reykjavik’s Chief of Police, reacted after his officers fatally shot a man who had been sniping at pedestrians from an apartment window. That December 2, 2013 episode was the first fatal police shooting of a suspect by police in Iceland … well, in the entire history of that country since it achieved independence in 1944.

“Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man,” Johannessen said during a press conference following the incident.
None of the officers involved in the raid regarded what they did as heroic. While acknowledging that deadly force had to be used to protect the public, several of the officers – soul-sick over their involvement in ending an irreplaceable human life – sought grief counseling. Their ability to see a violent criminal suspect as a fellow human being didn’t detract from their efficiency and professionalism.  First of its kind: Iceland lethal force incident, 2013. I suspect that this is because police in Iceland, whatever else can be said about their training and professional conduct, have not been marinated in the same “No Hesitation” – “Officer Safety uber alles” indoctrination that is de rigueur for American law enforcement personnel, and that unlike their American counterparts Icelandic police are not protected by the pernicious legal fiction called “qualified immunity.”   
The US(S)A is a country in which a police officer who risks his life by using non-lethal tactics to end a violent confrontation can be threatened with administrative punishment – or can find himself fired outright and subject to official retaliation for exposing the abusive behavior of his former comrades.
That the deputies who slaughtered Jack Yantis were never in substantial danger of prosecution was made clear by Zollman’s eagerness to reinstate them to patrol duty within daysof the killing – long before the Attorney General had completed the cynical charade of an investigation. In late November, just two weeks after Yantis’s funeral, Zollman told the Idaho Statesman that the deputies would return “when they tell me they’re good to go. Some come back quicker, some come back later.”
The only practical consideration, apparently, was the emotional resilience of the killers. Zollman was prepared to put them back on patrol the moment they had overcome whatever trivial misgivings they may have had about killing the next time an opportunity presented itself.
Jack Yantis, obviously, is never coming back. His wife Donna, who was assaulted on the scene and shackled by the men who had just executed her husband, did rebound from the heart attack precipitated by the criminal actions of Zollman’s deputies, but she will never fully recover from the loss she suffered at their hands.
What happened to Yantis and his family, from Zollman’s perspective, was a shame. The real tragedy would be if the deputies who gunned him down and then left him to bleed to death were to lose their entitlements as members of the punitive caste.
While the Yantis family absorbed the horror of what Zollman’s deputies had done to them, Zollman – with the help of other local agencies – assigned tax-subsidized manpower to guard the homes of the men who killed him. This was done despite the fact that Wood was characterized by one of his colleagues as a “sociopath” capable of killing fellow officers if they were sent to arrest him. At about that time, Wood was the subject of an “officer safety” flier, even though the public at large wasn’t warned of the danger he represented. 
From this we can learn everything necessary to know about the priorities of those who presume to rule us, but there is additional evidence to consider as well.
 Roland: Odd how the bodycam wasn't on. “Is he coming back as an Officer in Adams County and when?” asked Adams County resident Janet Fields of Tami J. Faulhaber, a Senior Investigator in the Idaho Attorney General’s office, in a May 2 email. The question referred to Deputy Roland, from whom Fields had received Facebook comments she considered threatening in nature.
“This seems to be getting worse as your Department allows the two officers that shot and killed Jack Yantis to walk around beating their chests,” Fields protested. “The people in this community, my husband and myself are tired of being afraid of the very people who are supposed to be here to protect and serve us. I am tired of feeling like I have to have a tape recorder … every time I go to the grocery store in town or that our CCP [Concealed Carry Permit] may get us shot by the very people who issued them.”
Officials did take the concerns of local citizens into account – which is to say, they treated them as threats to the safety of the men who killed Jack Yantis.
“Paul – we have discussed here in the office a concern that we have for the safety of the officers when the announcement is made, regardless of what the decision is,” wrote Carl Ericson, Legal Counsel for the Idaho Risk Management Program, in a July 21 email to Paul Panther of the AG’s office. “There is a legitimate worry about possible vigilantism and it could pose a risk to the officers if charges are filed against them and they have not been taken into custody (or voluntarily surrendered) at the time the decision is announced. On the other hand, if no charges are being filed, they may want to leave town to protect themselves prior to the announcement of no charges…. It would be more difficult if they are given a heads up that no charges are being filed and they then start broadcasting it to the world before the announcement.” How they're trained: Shoot first, no questions. Roland and Wood, who have been taking victory laps in the media, are not in danger of being lynched, and they never were. As noted previously, Roland and Wood were also never in serious danger of being charged, because this killing – like every fatal officer-involved shooting – was investigated as an “assault on law enforcement.”
Rather than seeking to establish probable cause –as he would in any similar case not involving the State’s costumed enforcers – AG Wasden used the investigation to build a case against the dead victim.
To conclude that there was no basis for filing criminal charges against Roland and Wood is, inescapably, the same thing as concluding that Yantis deserved to die. If Roland and Wood had been acquitted following a trial, the public could reasonably conclude that the deputies were in the wrong, and that Yantis was an innocent victim, and that the evidence simply wasn’t adequate to support a conviction.

Whether or not the deputies had been convicted of a crime (most likely manslaughter), there is a sense in which a trial was necessary to clear the name of their victim. By refusing to allow the prosecution to proceed, however, Wasden effectively convicted Jack Yantis of attempting, or at least threatening, to murder Deputies Roland and Wood–and in doing so he contradicts abundant evidence that should have been examined by a jury of Adams County citizens.
Jack Yantis musthave been a criminal, because otherwise the deputies wouldn’t have killed him.  That is Sheriff Zollman’s position on the issue. Is he willing to say this to Donna Yantis?

This week's Freedom Zealot Podcast: Yes, the government has a "list"; what have you done to earn a place of honor therein? 

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Israeli Airstrikes Target Syria After "Errant" Fire

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 14:54

Aug 22 Israeli aircraft attacked a target in Syria on Monday after errant fire from fighting among factions in Syria struck inside Israel, Israel's military said.

The Syrian fire had hit an open area near the border in the Golan Heights, causing no injuries, and in retaliation the air force targeted a "Syrian army launcher", the military said.
Near the border of Golan Heights is NOT  Israeli territory- It's all Syrian territory

The Israeli military has responded similarly in the past when mortar fire has landed in the Golan, territory Israel captured in a 1967 Middle East war, during battles in the Syrian conflict.
From Earlier:

John Kerry No Show In Turkey? Will Biden Make The Trip? August 24th?Early Monday AM: Kurdish Terrorist Militias Violate Truce in Hasakah, SyriaPentagon: Top US Commander warns Russia and Syria: We'll defend ourselves
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John Kerry No Show In Turkey? Will Biden Make The Trip? August 24th?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 06:53
Can't find any news regarding John Kerry actually making it to Turkey?
John Kerry to Turkey August 21? Turkish Parliament Approves Deal with Israel
Speaks volumes about parties behind the coup.. If anyone else did catch news of Kerry's visit, please let me know?

 Joe Biden is supposed to visit? According to CNN's latest reporting" Joe Biden to visit Turkey: Exiled cleric will be 'top of agenda'

 When US Vice President Joe Biden visits Turkey on August 24, he'll no doubt have plenty to discuss with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Biden is an interesting choice for a visit to Turkey, because last time he showed up in Turkey he was very hostile and provocative. Kerry doesn't visit, at all, after the coup attempt and hostile Joe Biden is going?  Let's take a trip down memory lane and recall Biden's last visit to Turkey: January 23/2016

 ***Biden shows "loyalty" to NATO ally Turkey- If your idea of loyalty is back stabbing duplicity!  As I've informed my readers here, for well over a year now, Turkey is being targeted by it's NATO "friends"  inc. the PKK.  There are numerous posts on that subject here!
"Biden went on to meet with President Tayyip Erdogan, but an expected joint statement was not issued.  Biden: "He criticized the Turkish state for intimidating media, curtailing Internet freedom and accusing academics of treason" (Biden has chutzpah considering the state of the US media, internet and freedom in general)Biden: "Last week, he denounced as "dark, nefarious and brutal" security forces briefly detaining 27 academics of more than 1,000 signatories of a declaration that criticized Turkish military action in the southeast" "More recently, reforms have faltered and Erdogan has adopted a more authoritarian style of rule" (I've read those same memes "authoritarian/dictator/Hitler wrt Assad, Hussein, Gaddafi, etc)"In an apparent rebuke, Erdogan told Biden on Saturday that he expected sensitivity from Turkey's allies and that they should avoid statements which may equate to support for those trying to hamper Turkish efforts to fight terror, presidential sources said"Since Biden is sending a message of support to NATO's PKK terrorists he made no effort to avoid these multiple and very provocative statements! He wants his terror crew to know, the US has your back!  I'll wager the visit will be both insightful and inciting 

From earlier today-
Early Monday AM: Kurdish Terrorist Militias Violate Truce in Hasakah, Syria
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Early Monday AM: Kurdish Terrorist Militias Violate Truce in Hasakah, Syria

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 05:58
Not a surprise.
hattip to  Charles FasolaAugust 21, 2016 at 6:59 PM

Just received an alert on the Hasaka situation. US/Israel supported kurds launched a large scale attack.....Confirmed all over the place- Attack appears to have taken place just after midnight- Syrian Time
Early evening eastern standard time

DAMASCUS, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Syria's state news agency said that Kurdish forces violated a recently reached truce in the northeastern city of Hasakah, attacking several government positions early Monday.
Newsweek:---Kurdish militiamen have launched an operation to capture the last districts under the control of the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the northeastern city of Hasaka, they said Monday.YPG forces began an assault on the city’s southeastern district of Nashwa, near to the governor’s office that is located close to the city center, after midnight Monday. The Assad regime has accused the YPG of “provocations,” claiming that its security force, known as the Asayish, has bombed regime positions in the city and set fire to government-held buildings. The operation to take control of Hasaka comes after Kurdish and Arab forces liberated the northeastern city of Manbij The operation to take control of Hasaka is not happenstance, it is in fact a planned operation..
Truce in Hasakeh? Kurds deny a deal was reached
It was reported that an agreement had been negotiated with the help of Russia- SAA confirms the agreement.  Kurds Deny- Which tells me the Kurdish militias have no intention of keeping the peace...

Syria's military said on Sunday a truce deal had been reached with the Kurds in the flashpoint city of Hasakeh, but a Kurdish source denied the report and said a deal has yet to be finalized.

In a bid to calm tensions, a delegation of Russian officials from the coastal Hmeimim military airport arrived in the nearby city of Qamishli on Saturday for talks with the two sides.

A Syrian military source told AFP the deal was struck between regime forces and Kurdish fighters after two days of mediation by regime ally Russia.

The three-point agreement calls for a "halt to all hostilities and the return to regime forces of any positions seized by Kurdish fighters" since Wednesday, the Syrian military source said.

More on the truce here:
A truce has been reached between Syrian forces and Kurdish fighters in the volatile northeastern province of Hasakah under a Russian mediation, pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported on Sunday.

The report said the regime of calm includes a cessation of battles, evacuation of wounded people, return to the previous lines of both parties, and the start of negotiations.

The ceasefire starts as of 5 p.m. on Sunday coupled with transporting the wounded to hospitals in the city of Qamishli in Hasaka.The Kurds promptly breached the ceasefire just over 7 hours later..
The military positions should return to their previous state, as the negotiations are set to start on Monday at the Qamishli airport between representatives of the Syrian and Kurdish sides as well as Iranian and Russian mediators.Link

The Kurdish YPG militia launched a major assault on Monday, August 22 to seize the last government-controlled parts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka after calling on pro-government militias to surrender, Kurdish forces and residents said, according to Reuters.

They said Kurdish forces began the offensive after midnight to take the southeastern district of Nashwa, close to where a security compound is located near the governor's office close to the heart of the city.
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  • Pentagon: Top US Commander warns Russia and Syria: We'll defend ourselves
  • Kurdish Terrorists Annex More Territory in Hasaka, Syria? Did the US Enforce a No-Fly Zone to Enable Annexation?  UPDATE BEGINS  
    Syrian regime jets pounded US-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria for a second day on Friday, even after the US-led coalition scrambled jets to protect its military advisers working on the ground. In another escalation of Syria’s conflict, warplanes from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime were bombarding the city of Hasakeh — targeting Kurdish forces that for months have worked closely with coalition military advisers helping local fighters combat the Islamic State group.
    On Thursday, the US sent fighter jets to head off airstrikes conducted by regime planes and to protect coalition advisers, but the Syrian planes had left by the time they arrived. It was apparently the first time the coalition had scrambled jets in response to a regime action and possibly the closest call yet in terms of Syrian forces coming close to killing US or coalition advisers. “This was done as a measure to protect coalition forces,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said. “We will ensure their safety and the Syrian regime would be well advised not to do things that place them at risk... We view instances that place the coalition at risk with the utmost seriousness and we do have the inherent right of self-defense.”
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Pentagon: Top US Commander warns Russia and Syria: We'll defend ourselves

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 12:53
Following up on:  Kurdish Terrorists Annex More Territory in Hasaka, Syria? Did the US Enforce a No-Fly Zone to Enable Annexation?

In the most direct public warning to Moscow and Damascus to date, the new US commander of American troops in Iraq and Syria is vowing to defend US special operations forces in northern Syria if regime warplanes and artillery again attack in areas where troops are located.

"We've informed the Russians where we're at ... (they) tell us they've informed the Syrians, and I'd just say that we will defend ourselves if we feel threatened," Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told CNN in a telephone interview Saturday from his Baghdad headquarters.Townsend is the first senior military commander to speak on the record about the US possibly challenging the Syrian Air Force in the wake of an incident just days ago.Townsend, who took command this week, made the remarks following what defense officials described as an "unusual" incident Thursday in northern Syria in which the regime of President Bashar al-Assad used warplanes to attack an area near where US special operations forces were operating in support of Kurdish forces, which are the Americans' key ally in the conflict.Several US troops had to be quickly moved, and US jet patrols over northern Syria have been beefed up.
Since the US has ZERO business in Syria.... SAA airforce flying over their own territory can hardly be considered an attack ,requiring the US to defend itself- This is Orwellian talk.

All readers here are aware, or should be, that I don't buy the fight against ISIS narrative whatsoever! What is actually occurring is the remake the middle east agenda. Sykes Picot 2  including a Kurdistan or Israel 2.0. 

NATO GLOBAL TERROR ENTITYKurds................ISISIt was mentioned here  that General Townsend  would take over the reins from MacFarland in advance of a move on Mosul.. "By that time, MacFarland’s replacement, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, is expected to be in command in Baghdad"
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Kurdish Terrorists Annex More Territory in Hasaka, Syria? Did the US Enforce a No-Fly Zone to Enable Annexation?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 08:05
It was announced yesterday that the Pentagon scrambled jets to protect US backed Kurdish terrorists as they "underwent training".

The US actively blocking Syria from defending it's sovereign territory from their usurpers
US scrambled jets as Syrian regime targeted Kurdish forces: Pentagon

The US-led coalition scrambled fighters after Syrian regime jets targeted Kurdish forces working with US advisers in northern Syrian, an incident marking another escalation in Syria's bloody conflict, the Pentagon said Friday.Another escalation says Pentagon's talking head. Gee, here I thought the fight was with ISIS and not the legit Syrian government.... Plenty of stupid people believe that garbage!
Thursday's air strike, conducted by two Syrian SU-24 attack planes, targeted Kurdish forces who were undergoing training from US special operations advisers in the area around the northeastern city of Hasakeh, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said."This was done as a measure to protect coalition forces," Davis said.Coalition forces obviously means Kurdish terror/thug/annexers/people displacers..

"We will ensure their safety and the Syrian regime would be well-advised not to do things that place them at risk... We view instances that place the coalition at risk with utmost seriousness and we do have the inherent right of self defense."Self defense? Who is Jeff Davis kidding? The US has zero business keeping Syria's national army out of Syrian territory!
Other reports described the US jets flying in response to Syrian defence of it’s forces in it’s own territory when their loyalist forces had been attacked by the US backed Kurd terror armyThe above highlighted paragraph is the most sensible reason Syria flew the jets- Their forces were under attack from the US backed Kurdish terror crowd and they came to their defence.

This morning Kurdish media is crowing about their most recent land grabbing success

Kurdish forces take ground from Syrian government in Hasaka: official
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syrian Kurdish militia have seized several positions from Assad government forces in the divided Kurdish city of Hasaka in Syrian Kurdistan [Rojava], a Kurdish official said on Friday, expanding their control in one of the heaviest clashes yet between Kurdish groups and the government.

The fighting this week led to the first use of Syrian air force jets against Kurdish groups (to protect their forces) that are a crucial ally of the United States in its fight against Islamic State insurgents. The government has not commented on the fighting.Qamishlo- Syria- the US built an airbase there, recall that news? I do!
The Kurdish YPG militia holds (stole/annexed) wide areas of Syrian Kurdistan [northern Syria], where its political allies have set up an autonomous government since Syria’s civil war began in 2011. The government still has a foothold in the cities of Hasaka and Qamishlo of Syrian Kurdistan.
The Kurdish forces, which already hold most of Hasaka city, had taken government-held buildings including an economics college, said Naser Haj Mansour, a Kurdish official in the YPG- affiliated Syria Democratic Forces alliance
The US has always supported the Kurdish thug/terrorists as they annexed Syrian territory and displaced her citizens- this occurrence appears no different then what is usually done EXCEPT this action was taken against the Syrian state and it’s army to specifically protect Kurdish terrorists rather then under the guise of “fighting ISIS”
In my opinion this latest action by the US makes very clear the fight in Syria has always been against the Syrian state and it’s people- in favour of destabilization and annexation in order to carve out Kurdistan/Israel 2.0 as part and parcel of reordering the Middle East.

Is the US enforcing a no fly zone, protecting their terror army?

Two Syrian regime warplanes attempted to fly to the area again on Friday, but left “without further incident” after meeting coalition aircraft, a US defence official said in a statement.

“No weapons were fired by the coalition fighters.”

The coalition is now conducting additional combat air patrols in the region, he added.
Sure sounds like a no fly zone..... SAA "no fly" over annexed Syrian territory and cannot defend their forces on the ground. Won't be long before loyalist forces are over run. And more ethnic cleansing takes place.

3 cheers for NATO's terrorists Kurdish forces from all those that cheered NATO's thugs on. Dupes. No cheers from me!
June 17/2016 :US General: We Are Ready To Create a No-Fly Zone in Syriawith an eye to  possible eventual expansion? June 29/2016 Syrian/Turkish No Fly Zone- To Help ‘fight’ ISIS? From earlier today: John Kerry to Turkey August 21? Turkish Parliament Approves Deal with Israel
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John Kerry to Turkey August 21? Turkish Parliament Approves Deal with Israel

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 07:42
Taking notice of the fact that as of August 21 it will have taken John Kerry more then 5 weeks to visit their NATO ally.  If Kerry is actually heading for Turkey that is?


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that US State Secretary John Kerry intends to visit this month, in what would be the first trip by a top Western dignitary since a failed putsch. Kerry’s visit, if confirmed, comes at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Ankara in the wake of the attempted military takeover on July 15.“I think their secretary of state is coming on the 21th (August),” Erdogan said on Friday in a live interview with state-run TRT television. Within the next two weeks, a delegation led by Turkey’s foreign and justice ministers would also travel to the US to explain Gulen’s alleged involvement in the coup bid, he added. US State Department spokesman Mark Toner declined to comment.
 Unfortunately Turkish Parliament Approved the Deal with Israel

 The Turkish parliament approved a deal to normalise ties with Israel after a delay caused by last month's attempted coup, state-run media reported Saturday.
Lawmakers ratified late Friday the agreement to restore relations between the two former close regional allies after a six-year rift, before parliament was due to go into summer recess.
Under the deal, Israel will pay Turkey $20 million (17.7 million euros) in compensation for a botched Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship in 2010 that left 10 Turks dead, state-run Anadolu news agency said. Israel will hand Turkey a "lump sum" within 25 working days of the agreement coming into force, the agency said, which families of the victims will receive in due course.
Under the terms of the deal, both sides agreed individual Israeli citizens or those acting on behalf of the Israeli government would not be held liable -- either criminally or financially -- for the raid, Anadolu said.
Israeli cabinet ministers approved the deal with Turkey in late June but Ankara did not send it to parliament because of time pressure following the July 15 attempted putsch by a rogue military faction.
Israel was quick to give its support to the Turkish government in the aftermath of the coup bid, condemning it while repeating its faith in the reconciliation process between the two countries.
Now the deal has been approved, the two countries are expected to begin the process of exchanging ambassadors to fully restore diplomatic ties.
- Policy of reconciliation -
The agreement also involves an easing of the naval blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip allowing Turkey to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians there via Israel's Ashdod port.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously spoken about the economic advantages of improved relations, discussing the possibility of a pipeline to Turkey to export Israeli gas.
The rapprochement between the two countries came after secret talks held in December 2014 with two more rounds in February 2015 in Geneva and April this year in London.
Turkey appears to be willing to return to its previous "zero problems with neighbours" foreign policy after the country also normalised relations with Russia. Relations were damaged after Turkey shot down a Russian jet in November last year.
Earlier this month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his first trip abroad since the coup bid, meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for the first time since 2015.I suspect the payout from Israel was the main reason Parliament ratified this deal.

The 'deal' between Turkey and Israel has been discussed in two previous posts--
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Did the US Transfer Their *Illegaly Hosted at Incirlik,Turkey, Nukes* to Romania?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 07:19
Based on the available information, and, there isn't much information to go on.  It seems that claim is both definitely unverifiable and quite likely false.

But the ongoing narrative and meme implantation / perception management simply can’t be missed! What might happen as these nukes are transferred? Could one go missing? That would be convenient for scare mongering! And war making. Same as always...

*Story originates with Euractiv. Using two anonymous sources and that's it!

*Romania denies Receiving US Nuclear Weapons

*Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament points out that sending the nukes to Romania is illegal, CND also points out that under the nuclear non proliferation treaty illegally 'hosting' these nukes in Turkey is another example of American criminality!

CND: After reports by the EurActiv news web site that the United States has begun the transfer of nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to the Deveselu air base in Romania, campaigners have condemned the decision and said such a move is illegal under international law.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

"Let's be clear, if reports are true, this move is both illegal and very dangerous.
"Article one of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) specifically prohibits the transfer of nuclear weapons to non-nuclear-weapon states. So what the United States government has sanctioned is illegal, and article two of the NPT makes clear that it would be illegal for Romania to accept these weapons.

"Riding rough shod over international law when the NPT has been the best international tool for preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons is remarkably dangerous. It signals to the world that the nuclear powers are not serious about disarmament and makes proliferation far more likely.

"If the US is concerned about the safety of its nuclear weapons, illegally hosted in Turkey, it should use this opportunity to remove all its nuclear weapons from Europe. That would be a step towards fulfilling its international obligations."Romania Denies - The Romanian Foreign Ministry yesterday denied reports claiming the United States has moved its nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania.

Russia Today news channel cited an earlier report by EurActiv online news site claiming the United States has started transferring 20 nuclear warheads stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara.

According to the site, Washington was transporting its nuclear weapons to the US base at Deveselu near the city of Caracal.

During the failed coup attempt last month, Turkey banned US jets from flying to and from Incirlik Air Base which raised questions about the extent of Washington’s ability to keep these weapons in the event of a prolonged internal conflict.
A Euractiv exclusive?  Two independent sources told that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara.

According to one of the sources, the transfer has been very challenging in technical and political terms.

“It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” said the source, on conditions of anonymity.
Another source told that the US-Turkey relations had deteriorated so much following the coup that Washington no longer trusted Ankara to host the weapons. The American weapons are being moved to the Deveselu air base in Romania, the source said.

Deveselu, near the city of Caracal, is the new home of the US missile shield, which has infuriated Russia.

EurActiv has asked the US State Department, and the Turkish and the Romanian foreign ministries, to comment. American and Turkish officials both promised to answer. After several hours, the State Department said the issue should be referred to the Department of Defense. EurActiv will publish the DoD reaction as soon as it is received.

In the meantime, NATO sent EurActiv a diplomatically worded comment which implies that allies must make sure that US nuclear weapons deployed in Europe remain “safe”.

“On your question, please check the Communiqué of the NATO Warsaw Summit (published on 9 July 2016), paragraph 53: “NATO’s nuclear deterrence posture also relies, in part, on United States’ nuclear weapons forward-deployed in Europe and on capabilities and infrastructure provided by Allies concerned. These Allies will ensure that all components of NATO’s nuclear deterrent remain safe, secure, and effective,” a NATO spokesperson wrote to EurActiv.
The Romanian foreign ministry strongly denied the information that the country has become home of US nukes. “In response to your request, Romanian MFA firmly dismisses the information you referred to,”  a spokesperson wrote. Previously mentioned concerns about being set up for the next lie, propaganda narrative, meme to justify increasing the anxiety and advancing the war agenda. News of the move coming hot on the heels of the Stimson report- This meme has worked well previously..

Nukes at Incirlik: Congressional Briefing - Power? Blockade?Destabilizing Turkey:"Roll of the Dice” to Have US Nukes at Incirlik It's been a busy  little more then 24 hours, don't miss.. 
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Little Boy Rescued From Rubble? Coincidentally "White Helmets" Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 13:17
This is the latest heart tugging news story, out of Aleppo? 
The child was rescued from rubble. So it is claimed? 
Except we aren't shown him being removed from the rubble?
Though, the person who took this footage claims he filmed him being removed from the rubble.
 'I filmed the Syrian boy pulled from the rubble - his wasn't a rare case'Can anyone point me towards the footage that shows the removal from rubble occurring?
Of any of the children that were positioned in the ambulance?
Something that demonstrates that claim as being a true claim as opposed to another propaganda operation by some NGO affiliated with NATO, the US or Israel ?
The video embedded below does not show anything like that- It shows the boy being handed off from one person to another person. There may have been a bomb? But, I don't know. It bothers me the way these persons have set the child up to be photographed. It seems exploitative? 

An additional thought... the boy does not appear malnourished- Aren't we supposed to believe everyone is starving in Aleppo?
Coincidentally, or not,  the so called "white hats" have been nominated for a 'prestigious' Nobel Peace Prize
  Syria's White Helmets nominated for Nobel Peace PrizeThe White Helmets have received backing from more than 130 international organisations to win the prestigious global peace prize.
Long time readers here are aware, or should be, that the word "prestigious" is a dual meaning word.
"cause you know sometimes words have two meanings" Prestige  

originates : Mid 17th century (in the sense 'illusion, conjuring trick'): from French, literally 'illusion, glamour', from late Latin praestigium 'illusion', from Latin praestigiae (plural) 'conjuring tricks'. The transference of meaning occurred by way of the sense 'dazzling influence, glamour', at first depreciatory. Pardon my cynicism, but, since I started this blog in '08 there have been so many manipulative media campaigns, so many staged photos, to justify military intervention, perhaps that no fly zone- so the bringers of democracy can save a nation, that I have to ask- What really happened before this small child  was used as a prop? And does the exploitation of this small child for propaganda purposes bother anyone else?


Earlier Today: 
Terrorists Assassinate Leader of Reconciliation in Syria- Who Benefits?  Updated! :Syrian Airstrikes on Kurd Terrorists (NATO backed) in Stolen/Annexed Syrian Territory
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Terrorists Assassinate Leader of Reconciliation in Syria- Who Benefits?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:02
Damascus, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) "Terrorists assassinated Khaled Kassab al-Masri, head of the reconciliation committee in the province of Daraa, about 100 kilometers south of Damascus.
The incident took place in Tafas town, where he was carrying out efforts in cooperation with the parties concerned to settle the legal status of hundreds of people who surrendered their weapons.

The local authorities added that in recent days more than 3,000 people has their legal status settled after accepting the national reconciliation process, constantly sabotaged by terrorist groups"
from earlier today:

Syrian Airstrikes on Kurd Terrorists (NATO backed) Stolen/Annexed Syrian Territory
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Updated! :Syrian Airstrikes on Kurd Terrorists (NATO backed) in Stolen/Annexed Syrian Territory

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 07:50
Early reporting, but, if anyone can assist?

Of course the NATO media is calling this "kurdish held", which is misleading and intentionally so. The REALITY? It's all Syrian territory.
The "kurdish held" is illegally and unlawfully ANNEXED territory- Stolen Land.
Belonging to multitudes of displaced ethnically cleansed persons-  Annexed by Kurdish terrorists supported by NATO bombing campaigns under the guise of fighting "ISIS"

Here is your obfuscated news....

"Syrian government aircraft bombed Kurdish positions in the divided northeastern city of Hasakeh on Thursday, the first such strikes against a Kurdish-held area of Syria, a monitor said.
At least six Kurdish positions were hit, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
An AFP correspondent saw government aircraft target several Kurdish positions in the city, which has seen heavy clashes between Kurdish fighters and pro-government militia since Wednesday"
Also: This is not Syrian Kurdistan- no matter what the terrorists who stole the land and ethnically cleansed the persons living there call it! In fact it acknowledged this is north/eastern Syria right in the ekurd article

Airstrikes in "Syrian Kurdistan"
 "Syrian government warplanes bombed Kurdish-controlled areas of the city of Hasaka in Syrian Kurdistan [northeastern Syria] on Thursday for the first time"

SOHR and ekurd fail to mention this was a response to an attack by the Kurdish terrorist militias.. so I'll mention it right below: 

 hattip to Charles and anonymous!
Charles FasolaAugust 17, 2016 at 5:39 PM


AnonymousAugust 17, 2016 at 7:29 PMAnd now the Kurds are making trouble in the north-east of Syria: "Al-Hasakah, Syria (3:00 A.M.) Intense clashes broke-out in the provincial capital of the Al-Hasakah Governorate tonight after Kurdish police (Asayish) attacked the National Defense Forces’ (NDF) positions near the city-center. 

No reason was given for the surprise Asayish attack on the NDF; however, the former decided to arrest a large number of pro-government fighters and civilians after storming their positions"

It should be very, very clear why the moniker KurdIShIS has been used here for oh, so long.

KurdIShIS, KurdIShIS, KurdIShIS- US Backed Kurds Let ISIS Leave Manbij Kurds/ISIS= the right hand vs the left hand of the same string puller (in Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran does not necessarily apply to North Africa)
                                                               NATO Global Terror EntityKurds ................ ISIS Link
Digression: Tomorrow is "World Humanitarian Day"?“Tomorrow is World Humanitarian Day, but in Syria we witness conflict, attacks, barrel bombs, chlorine gas, air strikes and suicide attacks,” de Mistura told reporters in Geneva on Aug. 18. Perhaps August 19th would be a good day to consider abolishing the UN- the shiny happy face of NATO/Global Corp? That would be very, very beneficial to all humans, 'cause from where I'm sitting the UN hasn't done one bit of good in this world.

Digression ended back to the airstrikes on Kurdish terrorist positions
 "The Kurds, who control much of northeastern and northern Syria along the Turkish border where they have proclaimed an autonomous Kurdish region, recently demanded that the pro-government National Defense Forces disband in Hasakeh.

A government source in the city told AFP that the air strikes were “a message to the Kurds that they should stop this sort of demand that constitutes an affront to national sovereignty.”

While the YPG is a key U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Turkey considers the group as a terrorist"Clearly Syria isn't looking to fondly on the NATO backed Kurdish thugs either!

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KurdIShIS, KurdIShIS, KurdIShIS- US Backed Kurds Let ISIS Leave Manbij

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:56
So many examples of Kurd/ISIS Symbiosis over the years..

US Backed Kurds Let ISIS Leave Manbij- So much for the great battle.

What really went on in Manbij? Ethnic Cleansing- Displacing the populace- Land Grabbing
-The militants' convoy left the town after being guaranteed safe passage by the SDF.

- The militants left the city on Friday while being monitored by US drones, the same day when the US Department of Defense announced that the liberation of Manbij was in its final stages.

- The liberation of Manbij was announced by the Pentagon on Saturday
 I've said this so often, it should no longer need to be said, but, sadly, it must be..

Kurds/ISIS= the right hand vs the left hand of the same string puller (in Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran does not necessarily apply to North Africa)

                                                               NATO Global Terror Entity
Kurds ........... ISIS
From nearly two years ago:

Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey.

FWIW: I believe the Kurdish Pashmerga and ISIS to be joined at the hip to the American/Israeli evil twins. It seems much more likely that there is cooperation and coordination between the Kurds and ISIS. It’s a thought that has been in the back of my mind for sometime now. When one takes a look at the land grabbed by ISIS and the desired Kurdistan one can’t help but see something taking shape. Something like a new nation.Pt.2- Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey Right in Plain Sight! In your face.  From Earlier:Ground Zero: Meme Spirited/Neural Programming/CFR- w Jay DyerNukes at Incirlik: Congressional Briefing - Power? Blockade?
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Ground Zero: Meme Spirited/Neural Programming/CFR- w Jay Dyer

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 06:58
Started in listening to this show from Ground Zero, host Clyde Lewis.
He opened the show talking about a "public service announcement" from the CFR. Yup that CFR! The globalist agenda pushing Council on Foreign Relations, CFR. This definitely caught my attention. 
The concept of memes. Implanted ideas. Narrative prep. Concepts touched on here. In fact today's previous post, as well as one from yesterday, touched again, on that point:  Destabilizing Turkey:"Roll of the Dice” to Have US Nukes at Incirlik & Nukes at Incirlik: Congressional Briefing - Power? Blockade?

Let's watch the CFR public service announcement first:

 About the Council on Foreign Relations: Members including Fareed Zakaria, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Rubin along with CFR president Richard Haass explain CFR’s critical role in understanding today’s world.  

Yup, we need the CFR. Because it's a 'great organization'
"Meme theory of course asks a simple question and that is, do we come up with ideas or do ideas control us?
Do you have ideas, or do ideas have you? What exactly are ideas? Are they divine sparks of inspiration, the accidental by-products of our weird brains, neuronal fireworks displays that find meaning in our lives – or are they more than all these things?
Can memes trigger actions? Is there a process on the internet that a meme can be unleashed and that symbolism and trigger words grow or evolve into realities that are fore structured in a constant barrage of meme voodoo" 

Clyde Lewis @ Ground Zero Media & Jay Dyer


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