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Tim Kelly Interviews Dr Joseph Farrell: Rotten to the Common Core

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:24
Excellent Interview!

Dr. Joseph Farrell returns to Our Interesting Times to discuss Rotten to the (Common) Core: Public Schooling, Standardized Tests, and the Surveillance, a book he co-wrote with Gary Lawrence. We talk briefly about the troubled history of compulsory education in the United States and the secret agendas behind it. Later we discuss how corporations are enriching themselves under the guise of public education and the problems with standardized testing which Dr. Farrell sees as a mass data collection operation being carried out for the benefit of the corporate state.
Thanks again to Tim Kelley, always accessible via the sidebar here, for making this available to us all! Thanks also to Joseph Farrell @  gizadeathstar.com.,for being such an interesting, well read and widely published, interviewee!




Less then 24 hours ago:
Tillerson in Turkey: Well, That Didn't Go Well!
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Tillerson in Turkey: Well, That Didn't Go Well!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 18:19
Clearly it didn't. The carefully couched language from Tillerson. The Turkish leadership was not as circumspect.

US and Turkey on a Collision Course- WSJ
 Yet, on several key issues of this complicated relationship between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, a head-on collision with potentially unpredictable consequences seems more and more possible.

These flashpoints include Washington’s handling of Mr. Erdogan’s Pennsylvania-based nemesis, cleric Fethullah Gulen. Even more important is the growing American support for Syrian Kurdish forces affiliated with the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a group designated as terrorist by Ankara and Washington alike.Wall Street Journal acknowledged PKK / YPG affiliation.

PKK and friends at Tabqa Dam, Syria“There had been enthusiasm in Ankara, and hope that a reset [with Washington] can be envisioned,” said Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat who heads the Edam think tank in Istanbul. “Today there is an awakening that the relationship with Trump and the Trump administration may not unfold the way Ankara had initially hoped for.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the head of the House intelligence committee, put it less diplomatically in an appearance this month on Fox News. “Our relationship with Turkey is strained and I think it’s going to become even more complicated as we begin to try to get ISIS out of Iraq and Syria,” Mr. Nunes said.
Over the past two years, Ankara also seethed at the U.S. aid for PYD (YPG) in northern Syria. Instead of reversing that policy, as Ankara had expected, Washington appears to be doubling down on support for the Syrian Kurdish group. In early March, the Pentagon went as far as deploying American forces between PYD and Turkish lines near the northern Syrian town of Manbij, effectively blocking a planned offensive by Turkey and its Syrian allies. Then, in recent days, the U.S.—in its most high-profile military operation in Syria so far—airlifted the PYD and its allied Arab fighters across the Euphrates, to the strategic Tabqa Dam near Raqqa.State Gov
And I thank the foreign minister for his hospitality today.QUESTION: (In Turkish.)
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, those were the subjects of our conversations today, to have an exchange of views regarding the most – the best way forward to secure areas inside of Syria, create zones of stabilization, to allow the return of people to Syria and to set the stage for a longer-term political solution. I think the exchange of views was very helpful to both of us today and we will continue to work together on the way forward.
In terms of the future of Raqqa, we look forward to the liberation of Raqqa and the return of its control to local – to its local citizens, its authorities, and to putting it under local control for security so that all of the Syrians who had to flee that area can return.QUESTION: Thank you. Mr. Secretary, how do you convince the Turkish Government that partnering with Kurdish YPG rebels is essential in defeating ISIS when the government here calls that partnership an unacceptable one with a terrorist group?
And Mr. Foreign Minister, your governor has been highly critical of the United States over the arrest of Mehmet Atilla this week, saying you should have at least received advance notice of it. How has that impacted your discussions here today, and how do you respond to charges that Americans like Pastor Andrew Brunson are being arrested here to be used as a bargaining chip for the extradition of Pastor Gulen?
FOREIGN MINISTER CAVUSOLGLU: Can you repeat the first thing, that I couldn’t get the first thing that -- QUESTION: Andrew Brunson.
FOREIGN MINISTER CAVUSOGLU: Andrew Brunson and who else? QUESTION: The arrest of Andrew Brunson. Oh, Mehmet Atilla – his arrest in the United States.
FOREIGN MINISTER CAVUSOGLU: Oh, okay.
QUESTION: Thank you. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, as I indicated in the previous response to the question, we had a very good discussion and conversation today both at the prime minister’s level and the president around an exchange of views of how best to secure areas going forward in Syria. We’re exploring a number of options and alternatives and we had a good discussion around those and there’s additional, I think, consideration on both sides yet to come.
FOREIGN MINISTER CAVUSOGLU: (In Turkish.)
SECRETARY TILLERSON: In response to the question regarding the notification, that is certainly the intent on the part of the consul office here, is to advise anyone when there’s been a change of status of their visa if we’re able to reach them. So that is a normal procedure.
FOREIGN MINISTER CAVUSOGLU: (In Turkish.)
QUESTION: Yes, good afternoon. Lesley Wroughton from Reuters. This is a question for Secretary Tillerson. The minister said that the – that you – that the United States has admitted there’s no difference between the YPG and the PKK. Do you believe that you have overcome your differences over this issue and that you can move forward concretely in Syria in the fight to retake Raqqa, given – if you’ve overcome those differences?
The other question I have is the previous administration said that Syrian President Assad must go. Nikki Haley said yesterday that the fight in Syria cannot move forward without the issue of Assad being resolved. How do you see that issue being moved forward as you move more aggressively on Raqqa?SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, again, I think on the question of how to carry forward with the defeat of Daesh/ISIS in Syria, let there be no mistake, just so we can be clear, there is no space between Turkey and the United States in our commitment to defeat Daesh, to defeat ISIS. Not just in Syria and Iraq, but as members of the greater coalition to defeat Daesh, anywhere Daesh shows its face on planet Earth, they will be confronted by the coalition to defeat them on the battlefield, as well as in the cyberspace and in the social media space.
So in terms of the tactics that are necessary to achieve that outcome, that is why we meet. That is why we meet with our very important partners here, as well as other very important coalition members who are engaged directly in the military activities in Iraq and Syria. So there is more discussion yet to be had regarding the way forward. What we discussed today were options that are available to us. They are difficult options, let me be very frank. These are not easy decisions. They are difficult choices that have to be made. So this has been very good, the conversations today were very frank, very candid, and we will be taking those conversations away. I know the foreign minister and the president and the prime minister, they will consider all of the exchanges we had today, but ultimately, Turkey and the United States will stay together in the fight as part of the broader coalition to defeat Daesh.Tillerson regarding his talks with Turkish leadership inc. Cavusoglu.

Difficult options. Not easy decisions. Difficult choices have to be made.

McClatchy
 The Trump administration and Turkey appeared no closer Thursday to resolving a dispute over the Kurds' role in defeating the Islamic State group in Syria, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited America's often nettlesome NATO ally for the first time.

Although the disagreement centers on tactics for a long-planned assault on IS' self-declared capital of Raqqa, Turkey's long-term security is also at stake. For decades, Turkey has battled Kurdish militants inside its own borders. So Turkey is loath to tolerate the U.S. partnering against IS with Syrian Kurdish fighters instead of Turkey's own military and affiliated Syrian forces."Let me be very frank: These are not easy decisions," Tillerson said after meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other top Turkish officials in Ankara.

The dispute has deepened a divide between the two allies that have agreed on little in recent years.  Turkey accuses the Kurdish fighters known as the YPG of being an extension of a Kurdish insurgent force within Turkey that the U.S. also considers a terrorist organization. Turkey says the U.S. is backing one terror group to fight another, to the detriment of Turkish security, after spending years allowing Syria's civil war to spiral out of control. But the U.S. considers Syrian Kurdish fighters the most effective force at fighting IS and critical to liberating Raqqa.And despite Trump and Erdogan's talk of improving U.S.-Turkish ties, the countries continue to clash over many matters, including the fate of a Pennsylvania-based cleric that Turkey blames for a failed coup attempt last July.Washington hasn't announced which fighters will lead the Raqqa operation, (no need for an announcement) though signs point to a prominent role for the Kurdish-led group, which also includes Arab fighters. The U.S. airlifted hundreds of so-called Syrian Democratic Forces behind enemy lines in Syria last week in what officials described as a key step toward Raqqa.

Tillerson said he and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu explored several ideas for the Raqqa operation, signaling no agreement. The countries will discuss the matter further, he said, insisting each is committed to defeating IS.

Yet Cavusoglu struck a far less sanguine tone, declaring that U.S. support for the Kurds already had damaged ties.

"It has negatively affected the Turkish people's sentiments toward the United States," he said in Turkish.Re: Gulen
Also hanging over Tillerson's trip was Turkey's demand for the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the cleric Turkey blames for instigating last year's failed coup. Gulen denies involvement. The U.S. has said Turkey hasn't provided sufficient proof of his culpability.
Tillerson and CavusogluCavusoglu insisted Turkey had provided plenty of evidence and said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed to "evaluate the documents meticulously." At a minimum, he said Turkey wants the U.S. to arrest Gulen while weighing the extradition. Tillerson didn't budge on F Gulen. Not a shocker!
Cavusoglu: "We are expecting concrete steps," he said. "We need to take mutual steps to put relations with the United States back on track."Tillerson and Turks fail to agree on next moves in fight against Islamic State in Syria Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a day of longer-than-planned meetings with Turkish leaders in Ankara on Thursday, but the most senior Trump administration official to visit the crucial NATO ally seemed to make little headway in salvaging an increasingly troubled relationship. Washington and Ankara disagree sharply over how to wage war against Islamic State militants in Syria, with the U.S. backing Kurdish militias whom the Turks disdain as terrorists. Although Tillerson sought to put the best face possible after the day’s drawn-out talks, it was clear no agreement was reached.
He acknowledged that “difficult choices have to be made.”
Tillerson and Erdogan In their meeting, Erdogan reportedly warned Tillerson that Washington must rely on “right and legitimate” actors in the fight in Syria, code for Turkish demands that Kurdish militias be sidelined. Turkey believes that the Kurdish-dominated People’s Protection Units and Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the U.S. in northern Syria, are merely extensions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a separatist group considered by Turkey and its allies — including the U.S. — to be a terrorist organization.Turkey has said it could provide boots on the ground in an offensive on Raqqah — if the Kurdish forces are kept away.That offer was made long ago- previously covered here at the blog.
Heavy use of the Kurdish forces was part of an Obama administration plan to re-take Raqqah, which now appears to be the blueprint for what would shape up as a Trump administration offensive. Turkish officials had held out hope that President Trump would make a clean break with the Obama-era alliance with Kurdish forces.
Standing at Tillerson’s side on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu blasted the Obama strategy and claimed that even American officials recognized that the militias were in cahoots with Kurdish terrorists. Tillerson remained blank faced as Cavusoglu railed. And America’s top diplomat repeatedly sidestepped questions about support for the Kurdish militias. Turkey has handed over thousands of pages and dozens of boxes of evidence on Gulen, and on Thursday Cavusoglu repeated a demand that the cleric be detained pending a final decision. “We are expecting some concrete steps on [Gulen]… some temporary arrest should be made,” he said.
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Trump’s “strategy” for destroying ISIS

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 16:47
Immoral plans rely on complicity for mutual benefit which inherently implies a willingness to be silent. Or cooperation by and for the greater good of the corporations, military industrial complex,  banks, global construction companies etc.,

In yesterday’s post, Double Standards and Lies: Splitting Syria for Greater Kurdistan, I stated:
“Actually the plan is to destroy 4 countries for Greater Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0. Donald Trump is playing right along with this plan- Israel just can’t wait for it to all fall in place. I’ll talk that up tomorrow.”So here we are, tomorrow has become today, so let’s talk.

Trump has a strategy for destroying ISIS — and it's working

Sure, if by destroying ISIS one means.....destroying nation states - creating new one out of the blood & ashes of the destroyed state-expanding human misery, exponentially, via the increased human, drug and organ trafficking operations, massive ethnic cleansing and people displacement- destruction of families and societies- destruction of the environment etc.,

Because that is what “destroying ISIS” is really all about for the US and Israel.
The White House may not yet have formally agreed on an anti-Islamic State strategy, but their incremental choices are adding up to a coherent approach that departs from the Obama approach in four important ways.floor framing on foundation- with more to come
I don’t see Trumps approach being a departure from the Obama’s. Rather, what I see is an expansion of the approach. Obama built the foundation for fighting ISIS and now the Donald is building the structure atop that foundation. It’s not a change it’s building, up. To yet another Trump Tower- Construction being Trump’s business.

The 4 ways


First, they are prioritizing speed. President Obama’s strategy envisioned a years long campaign to defeat ISIS. While that approach had the advantage of affixing responsibility for outcomes on the countries of the region and incentivized them to develop the governing capacity essential to stabilizing the territory once regained, it paid the very steep price of humanitarian disaster for Iraqis and Syrians in ISIS’s control, escalating pressure on surrounding governments taking in refugees and buffeted by violence, decimation of moderate opposition within Syria, further radicalization within Western societies, and disaffection for our efforts by publics in the region. As Tillerson said, “Our end goal in this phase is the regional elimination of ISIS through military force.” The choices President Trump has made are dramatically picking up the pace of operations. So much so that some have begun to worry we will be the victims of battlefield success, winning before we have stabilization alliances and forces in place.Second, they are committing the U.S. to a long-term involvementYup, there’s that occupation I mentioned yesterday!
By contrast, Mattis and Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford both said flat out in congressional testimony that unlike the Obama administration’s accelerated withdrawal from the region, after ISIS fight concludes, the U.S. would leave troops in Iraq for a long period of time. Signaling our commitment to outcomes rather than imposing arbitrary timelines is a significant change in approach, one providing desperately needed assurance to those who share our objectives.
Those who share ‘our objectives’ That would be Israel and the PKK


Third, they are clear about the priority being assisting the countries we want to win the wars now underway. They have unambiguously chosen a side in the fight. And while that will create qualms among many about the domestic and warfighting choices of those countries, strategy is impossible without setting priorities. Stable states working with us to stamp out terrorism is this administration’s priority for the Middle East. As Tillerson said at the coalition meeting, “When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. We must continue to keep our focus on the most urgent matter at hand.”
Yes, the US has unambiguously chose a side. They chose terrorists in the PKK. The chose Israel. They have chosen to work against Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran- which takes us to the fourth important way
Fourth, they are laying the foundation for an anti-Iran coalition once ISIS problem has been solved. The pivot to pushing back on Iran may come as an unwelcome surprise to the NATO allies and others gathered around Tillerson in Washington last week, but it is a shrewd positioning. And another way to describe shrewd positioning is good strategy.Obama was already working on destabilizing Iran. I've covered that in a number of older posts.
Trumps going to continue building on Obama’s foundation.


Destroying ISIS = Pushing back on Iran?

Brookings Institute:

6 elements to push back on Iran

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Martin Indyk testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "U.S. strategy toward Iran." 1-Rigorous enforcement of the Iran nuclear deal.

2-Support for the Iraqi governmentof Haider al-Abadi - Sounds nice, but, it isn’t “Providing an effective counter-balance to Iran’s influence in Baghdad” What does that mean?

3-Promotion of a political resolution of the civil war in Yemen.- What would that include?
A political resolution would only be offered after gain battlefield advantage
“Gains on the battlefield should impact the dynamics at the negotiating table. In that regard, a successful effort to take control of the Red Sea port of Hodeida could impact the Houthi calculus and lead to greater seriousness and reasonableness on their part in the negotiations”

4- Reduce Iran’s influence in Syria.

5- Concert the capabilities of our regional allies in a regional security framework that can sustain a long-term, burden-sharing effort

6-Lay the foundations for negotiations with Iran about its ambitions and behavior in the region.

Countering Iran’s regional hegemonic ambitions is a deadly serious business. In pursuing this objective, we should be careful about making threats unless we are prepared to back them up, and we should be wary of declaring objectives that we have neither the will nor interest to achieveDestroying ISIS means laying an anti Iran foundation plus pushing back on Iran?

I opened this post by explaining exactly what it means to "destroy ISIS"
 Sure, if by destroying ISIS one means.....destroying nation states - creating news one out of the blood and ashes of the destroyed state-expanding human misery, exponentially, via the increased human, drug and organ trafficking operations, massive ethnic cleansing and people displacement- destruction of families and societies- destruction of the environment etc., And I don't think I was mistaken!!!

OH and one last thing! Assad ‘hindrance to moving forward’

 NEW YORK: US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Wednesday that Syria’s President Bashar Assad is a “big hindrance in trying to move forward” to find an end to the country’s six-year conflict.

“I’m not going to go back into should Assad be in or out, been there, done that, right, in terms of what the US has done,” she told the Council of Foreign Relations.But I will tell you that he is a big hindrance in trying to move forward, Iran is a big hindrance in trying to move forward.”
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Double Standards and Lies: Splitting Syria for Greater Kurdistan

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:44
aka Israel 2.0- It's really becoming so much more apparent. There are nearly 500 posts here covering PKK Kurdish involvement in the remake the region agenda the US is pushing dating back to 2012.
For 5 years I've written about this plan.

Let's go back to August 2012.. A new UN ringmaster for Syria. Iraq & Turkey and how about Kurdistan? Followed up by:  Could a state for Greater Kurdistan be on the horizon??
Quoting from the August post leading to the second post- feel free to read them
 Can't help but notice the oil, gas and business industry is considering the creation of Kurdistan as a real possibility. This should tell us quite a bit!An independent Kurdistan could be a petrol giant. Just a thought For persons that have been following along on the blog for a while now, much of this will seem familiar. Because, much of it has been said here, on multiple occasions. Therefore the potential for an independent Kurdish state should not be a surprise

Pepe Escobar  Certainly, not all of the article- 

PE: "Kurds are carefully paying attention to how Ankara decided to boycott NAM - even though Turkish President Abdullah Gul was personally invited by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi proposed a Syria contact group - Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran - to try to solve the Syrian tragedy.

This means that Egypt - under a Muslim Brotherhood president - privileges mediation for a civil war inside a fellow Arab country, while Turkey sticks to a colour-blind regime change strategy, which would only be possible with a NATO no-fly zone (it won't happen).
So the pressing question for the Kurds becomes how to profit from Ankara's each and every move.
And the winner is... Israel" Of course in the nearly 5 years that has passed since those early posts, more information came to the surface. And, Kurdistan has taken shape before all of our eyes- Cleverly obfuscated by the appearance of "ISIS" and aided by the so called war against ISIS.. 

Trip down memory lane ended let's read the latest:
conspiracy theoristMarch 28, 2017 at 3:02 AMHey Penny
Immoral plans require silence but now more and more people see what is going on. The US decided to destroy two coutries because of Kurdistan. And this is not the end yet https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201703271052008091-syria-raqqa-liberation-daesh-military-operation/ Actually the plan is to destroy 4 countries for Greater Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0. Donald Trump is playing right along with this plan- Israel just can’t wait for it to all fall in place. I’ll talk that up tomorrow. For today let’s look at the sputnik link from conspiracy theorist

Halaf al-Miftah, one of the leaders of Syria's ruling Baath Party, said that he does not rule out that Washington may use the upcoming operation to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh terrorists as a tool to split Syria.

Commenting on the matter, Halaf al-Miftah told Sputnik Arabic that "the US-led international coalition does not wage war against terrorists in Syria" and that "its goal is to change the borders in the Middle East, destroy a single state in Syria and create federal entities."

"The Americans pretend that they are fighting the terrorists, which is widely broadcast by world media; although they talk a lot about it, in reality the situation in the eastern Euphrates area is completely different," he said.

Ali al-Ahmed of the Academy of Geostrategic Problems, a think tank, who told Sputnik Arabic that all the US efforts to allegedly combat terrorism are, in fact, aimed at splitting Syria.

"The international coalition can really liberate Raqqa, but they will become occupiers if they do not coordinate their actions with the Syrian Army. But they do not need coordination, because Americans want to conduct independent policy across the world," Al-Ahmed said.The Americans fully intend to become occupiers- 

Conspiracy theorist, commenter, and Scott @ Willy Loman’s both informed me of this  next news item. I'll let Scott take this away while thanking consiracy theorist for the link also

(Greater Kurdistan Project OUT OF THE CLOSET) Washington’s Greater Middle East Project ‘Aims at Creating Kurdish State’

SC: "The Turkish Kurd says if the U.S. is going to bust off a piece of Iraq and Syria for Greater Kurdistan, well damn it, they better bust off a piece of Turkey as well. Meanwhile, other Kurds who are in communication with the U.S. in Syria and Iraq say “there is no official information on this subject” and they say that because Americans wont get behind a nation building program. If they knew that was the plan, the facade of the “heroic Kurds” would crumble in a heartbeat. They would suddenly change to the greedy, land-grabbing, power-hungry Kurds and all the reports of the Kurds’ ethnic cleansing would make a lot more sense.)" from Sputnik International
The United States has pursued a strategy that entails creating an independent Kurdish state in the Middle East, Chairman of the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) Muslim Mihemed told Sputnik Turkey, commenting on recent rumors that Washington has promised to support Kurdish independence in exchange for Raqqa’s liberation.“We believe that Washington’s Greater Middle East project is aimed at creating Kurdistan among other things. There is a possibility of the US establishing a Kurdish state in Syria and Iraq. This depends on the one who came up with this initiative, Washington. We think that if this project truly exists, it must take into account the rights of all Kurds. Otherwise, establishing a Kurdish state would not be possible,” he said.
The beginnings of Greater Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0UPDATE: March 29/2017:

I forgot to add this yesterday, but, it needs to be in this post.
Raqqa to "join" Greater Kurdistan

Saleh Muslim lies, of course. Claiming they'll vote to be included because you're supposed to believe these are such swell guys- Here's what will happen. The Arabs, inc Christians Arabs, will be ethnically cleansed. Kurds will then vote to join Greater Kurdistan. The US will claim it was all democratically done, the Kurds voted, ignoring the displacement and the dead in the hundreds of thousands- just like it never happened. The kurd cult here in the west will cheer for this wonderful new communistic cult terror state because well, they're gullible, true believers. Sadly.

"Saleh Muslim, the co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party, said it would be up to the people of Raqqa to decide their future once the city is freed from Islamic State, but he thinks the city will join the "democratic federal" system. "We expect (this) because our project is for all Syria ... and Raqqa can be part of it," Muslim said in a telephone interview. "Our only concern is that the people of Raqqa are the ones who take the decision on everything." Muslim added that Raqqa needed to be in "friendly hands" otherwise it would form a "danger to all Syria, particularly northern Syria, the federal system of northern Syria, the areas of self administration". Raqqa needs to be in Kurdish hands, otherwise, all those pesky Arabs and Christians would form a danger particularly to the  Kurdish appropriated/ annexed territory. Oh and a danger to Israel. Israel is very happy with a middle east with way less Arabs and Christians
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Greece/Cyprus Provocation as Pretext to Renounce Turkey ?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 18:42
 Yes, I’m absolutely entertaining the idea of Greece as provocateur to justify some type of NATO action against Turkey- Greece was heavily involved in the US backed coup- that failed. I’ve no doubt that, indeed, the “Keystone” Coup (think Gulen’s home state) was a US plan to overthrow the government of Turkey.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again? The US wanted Turkey demoralized and subservient so they could get their Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0 on without any messy inconveniences- Like Operation Euphrates Shield. But the coup failed. And Operation Euphrates shield impeded the move on Raqqa.

As of last week the US and their Kurd terror proxies made the move.

And the move is just going full steam ahead! With ISIS doing it's usual fade away routine. Trump’s point man,  Tillerson is headed to Turkey on March 30th. I expect he’s going to talk tough. Saw some early reporting that suggests this will be the case. Link
“Meanwhile, US sources said on Friday that the US Secretary of State’s visit to Ankara would be decisive with regards to the US-led campaign to regain the city of Raqqa” Visit to Ankara would be decisive with regards to the US led campaign to annex Raqqa. Crucial, critical and conclusive, just as I expect. Tillerson is going to give Turkey their options. None of them will be to Turkey’s liking. From there Tillerson heads to NATO HQ in Brussels.

The Turkish referendum is April 16. The West is Unhinged over the Turkish Referendum. The perception management has been applied profusely- The usual anti war, anti imperial crowd, including in the alternative media is clamouring for Turkish blood to be spilled- It’s quite sickening to observe.
A thoughtful commenter named  green valleyMarch 25, 2017 at 9:55 PM

Turkey is the hardest part of the operation. The USA can't openly attack NATO's member. Something big must happen
 Indeed. War must be sold with a lie. Always. That said the US doesn’t have time for a colour revolution. It’s doubtful another coup will fly.

 So here is where we get to Greece, possibly involving Cyprus, acting as provocateur, creating some type of pretext to justify an action against Turkey.  Keeping in mind that Turkey has no reason to provoke Greece. Turkey wants ideal conditions for their referendum, so it’s absurd to think they would “provoke” Greece.  However, Greece has incentive aplenty to provoke Turkey. Doing NATO’s bidding is a plus for Greece. Greece is NATO’s big spending lackey.  Greece has already acted very provocatively towards Turkey. Undoubtedly with a whole lot of support from Brussels. Unlike Turkey, Greece is beholden large to the banksters & the EU.

1-Greece was involved with the coup attempt.

2- Greece would not turn over the coup participants. As if their involvement in the attempted overthrow wasn’t bad enough.. Greece Refuses Turkey's Extradition Request of Coup Plotters

3- Greece has been extremely provocative regarding Cyprus..
Greek Minister Responsible for Derailing Cyprus Talks: Obvious Provocation!

4- Greece & Turkey joined NATO at the same time- So a Greek Provocation would be very symbolic of an ultimate betrayal. Think Cain & Abel. Think- As it begins so shall it end.

Considering all the provocations already undertaken by NATO’s gofer, Greece, it’s safe to suggest,  that Greece could and would provoke Turkey, yet again! In some way that would portray NATO’s betrayal of Turkey as necessary for the greater good. You know, the USA as the global social justice warrior.
And isn't the US the ultimate social justice warrior?! 

Thinking about all that is going on present day, while pondering possibilities, it seems very sensible to consider the possibility that Greece will provoke Turkey- An article from the Guardian certainly confirmed my suspicions: Tensions flare as Greece tells Turkey it is ready to answer any provocation
“The Greek armed forces are ready to answer any provocation,” Panos Kammenos declared at a military parade marking the 196th anniversary of Greece’s war of liberation against Ottoman Turkish rule. “We are ready because that is how we defend peace.”Defend Peace? Sure.
“I fear the period from now until the referendum in Turkey, as well as the effort to create a climate of fanaticism within Turkish society,” he told CNN Greece.A climate of fanaticism? How about a climate of national pride? My oh my the negative spin.
Turkey’s EU negotiations have long been hindered by Cyprus, and talks aimed at reuniting its estranged Greek and Turkish communities are at a critical juncture but have stalled and are unlikely to move until after the referendum. “The concern on the Greek side is not so much of an intentional incident but of an accident that then spirals out of control,” Dr Thanos Dokos, director of the Eliamep thinktank, told the Guardian. “The whole nationalist mood in Turkey would make such a situation difficult to defuse.” An accident (false flag) that spirals out of control, is what concerns Greece. To which I respond- Just make sure there are no "accidents".
 “Greece has expressed its concerns to the US,” said Dokos. “But when we don’t have a fully functional national security apparatus in Washington which is usually the firefighter in such situations, when Nato’s influence is limited and the EU’s even less, the big question really is who could or would manage such a crisis if it were to happen.”Hmmmmmm..... That sounds like some convenient excuse making
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Taking Raqqa: Dam, Airport Captured- US Deal with Kurds On Syrian Territory

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 12:28
Day 5: Amazing progress! Dam almost taken + Airport taken + No resistance from ISIS

I've been following this news and collecting information all morning for what would be a very necessary post on the situation taking place presently, concerning the operation to take Raqqa.

The latest two news items first- I'll update with both earlier news and breaking news later today

Sputnik Headline: Syria's Biggest Dam Partially Collapses Due to Fighting
Syria’s largest Tabqa Dam located on the Euphrates river partially has collapsed on Sunday as a result of the fighting between armed units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and militants of Daesh near the city of Raqqa.DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — Tabqa Dam, which functions primarily as a hydropower plant, suspended service after its control center was damaged by what could have been an airstrike or shelling, a source told Lebanese broadcaster Al Mayadeen, adding that technical experts could not reach the site due to continuing fighting in the area.
2. Now only fighting on the ground, no airstrikes. Liberation of dam is slow because we want to avoid damaging it. #Raqqa #Syria — Lizzie Phelan (@LizziePhelan) 26 марта 2017 г.Earlier this week, US and Syrian opposition forces were air-dropped to Syria's Raqqa province to conduct a joint operation to liberate several villages in the vicinity of Syria's northern Al Tabqah town from Daesh.
 As of this moment I don't believe the Sputnik by line at all. Sensationalizing much Sputnik?

2nd source: Fighting puts Syria IS-held dam at 'risk of collapse'
"The dam is designed to hold a certain amount of water and if its floodgates are closed this will increase the water levels and could exceed the pressure the dam can withstand," civil engineer, Mounir Suwaid, told The New Arab.
"The dam has a spillway to get rid of excess water but it cannot discharge all of it," Suwaid said.
He played down the danger that the dam would collapse because of excess water levels, however, he added that the continued air raids could weaken the dam and lead to a disaster.
"The biggest danger lies in the repeated airstrikes and shelling near the dam, which could crack the dam's structure," the engineer said.
IS ordered residents to evacuate the Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday following reports on its propaganda agency Amaq that the dam "is threatened with collapse at any moment because of American strikes and a large rise in water levels."This update is being posted at 3:40 pm est:

 There are no reports present time that the dam has collapsed, however  earlier today reports were coming out of Syria that the dam might collapse. SANA has no coverage of this imminent collapse or partial collapse what so ever!

Here's what I suspect... So called "ISIS" made a whole lot of noise regarding the dam and it's imminent collapse for a few reasons..

1- Quick way to displace the populace- of their own volition

 If you were in the flood zone of the Euphrates/Tabqa Dam you would not wait to find out if these reports were true or false!  Because Lake Assad is huge. It's the largest lake in Syria- all artificially created.
The maximum capacity of Lake Assad is 11.7 cubic kilometres (2.8 cu mi) at a surface
Qal'at Ja'batl, an ancient castle now surrounded by the waters of Lake Assad area of 610 square kilometres (240 sq mi), making it the largest lake in Syria. The project included a hydroelectric power station in the Tabqa Dam, and the construction of a vast irrigation network capable of irrigating 640,000 hectares (2,500 sq mi) of land on both sides of the Euphrates. Lake Assad is the most important source of drinking water to Aleppo, providing the city through a pipeline with 80,000,000 cubic metres (2.8×109 cu ft) of drinking water per year. Nouar Shamout, a researcher at UK-based think tank Chatham House, explained that, with Raqqa under Islamic State, the waters of Lake Assad/Revolution Lake were being used as a tool to “escalate fatalities and migration rates.”
****Bonus for the interlopers (Kurd/Israel/America)- Taking the dam will enable the control of Aleppo city- Being very nearly entirely reliant on pipelines from the reservoir


 2-  Convenient way for ISIS to give it up to the Kurds and Americans-  As they flee the alleged collapsing dam and blend in with the civilians. ISIS has repeatedly, and I mean repeatedly fled when the Kurds came to any town- I've covered this several times. Theatre.

And speaking of  the convenience of ISIS  fleeing

3- It's reported the Americans and their Kurd militia pals took the US desired airport.  

Having all this confusion regarding the dam's collapse could have only been favourable to the usurpers.  Earlier today, let's say about 5- 6 hours ago it was reported the airport was fully surrounded
 Fighters of the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have encircled the military airport of Tabqa to the south of the Tabqa city in order to take the Raqqa city and Tabqa Dam under control.

After liberating two villages to the south and southwest of the airport last night, SDF fighters launched an offensive on the military airport.And just like that! They got it!  Syrian airport "taken back" by US Forces Just like that! Boom! Confusion caused by claiming the dam will collapse and ISIS leaves this most desired airport for the taking

US-backed local forces fighting Islamic State in Syria say they have taken full control of a former Syrian army airport near the city of Tabqa along the Euphrates River.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by a US-led international coalition, said in a statement on Sunday they had seized the air base. Earlier, SDF spokesperson Talal Silo said its fighters had seized "60 to 70 per cent" of the airport but were still engaged in intense clashes with the ultra-hardline militants inside the air base and on its outskirts.Additional reporting on the taking of the airport:

 U.S.-backed local forces fighting Islamic State in Syria said on Sunday they had taken full control of a former Syrian army airport near the city of Tabqa along the Euphrates River.US and Friends Kurds............................. ISIS
This idea that there has ever been any REAL fighting between America/Israel's two proxies is utter nonsense. KurdIShIS

Earliest report:

The Islamic State group ordered residents to evacuate the Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday following reports that a dam contested by U.S.-backed forces upstream on the Euphrates River could collapse, activists reported.

The militants said coalition airstrikes had weakened the Tabqa Dam, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Raqqa, and that the water level behind the dam was risingLink
Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has ordered an evacuation from its de facto capital, Raqqa, following warnings that the Tabqa Dam upstream on the Euphrates River could collapse.

The activist-run Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently says civilians are fleeing Raqqa en masse. It says the militants are warning residents that the dam is out of service, weakened by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, and could collapse. It says water levels are rising behind the dam.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition-run monitoring group, is also reporting the dam is out of service.How long before Trumps no fly/safe zones are created. This moves looks like a worse case scenario for Syria.Turkey. And, Iran.

Finally! Someone else besides myself and Willy Loman is mentioning there is a plan for Greater Kurdistan. Inside Syria Media Center



According to the documents at our disposal, the U.S. authorities and the Syrian Kurds reached an agreement past week on the boundaries of the Kurdish autonomy in the territory of Syria, which had been guaranteed to Kurds in case of capturing Raqqa and Al-Tabqah (34 miles to the West of Raqqa). This confirms the reports about the U.S. plans to divide Syria.  In addition, Washington has already defined the boundaries of the new state of the Great Kurdistan on the territory of Syria and Iraq. It is to be created after ISIS defeat and the final collapse of Syrian Arab Republic. According to the U.S. military, Kurds remain the only force capable of defeating ISIS.In order to strengthen its positions the new U.S. administration announced the upcoming liberation of the so-called ISIS capital, Raqqa. To grease the wheels the Americans resorted to money, their weapon of choice. They bribe ISIS field commanders and increase payments to YPG and FSA units. The U.S. government intends to capture Raqqa by April and to eliminate ISIS in Syria and Iraq this summer. The implementation of these plans requires making concessions to Kurds. This is why the U.S. promises them an independent state in case of victory.This was always the plan. The desired outcome for the US and Israel. The details needed fine tuning but the goal was a creation of a greater Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0.

From Tabqa I expect the move will be towards the city of Raqqa itself, and yes, some water may be let go from the dam to 'encourage' the people to leave.

I'm absolutely amazed at the lack of coverage regarding what is occurring- But then the killing and displacement that has taken place all to create the desired Kurdistan has been hidden in plain site as the "fight against ISIS". And obfuscated by many. This is why Turkey has been so blatantly and abundantly demonized in the msm and alt media-- Because betraying a NATO ally has to be spun just the right way- as I've stated time and time again.

At least I learned, the hard way, which alt media was not trustworthy

5:00 PM EST:  US claims Tabqa dam is not in danger of bursting

U.S.-led coalition forces say the Tabqa Dam in northern Syria is structurally sound.
The Islamic State group claimed Sunday that coalition airstrikes had locked the dam's gates, causing Euphrates River water levels to rise dangerously behind the structure. The group warned the dam could burst.The coalition denied the report in a letter to The Associated Press, saying U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces were in control of a spillway north of the dam "which can be used to alleviate pressure on the dam if need be."The U.S. has provided substantial air and ground support to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are closing in on the IS capital Raqqa, 40 kilometers (25 miles) upstream from Tabqa Dam.The coalition says the dam has not been structurally damaged, to its knowledge, and says it has not targeted the dam.
  1. Day 3 - Raqqa & Mosul To Fall in Unison- Tillerson Accelerating IS Fight  
  2. Day 2 -  US Attack on Raqqa Updated..
  3. Day 1 -  US Launched "Surprise" Attack On Raqqa. Blocking SAA/Hezbollah/Russian Forces


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WWF and the Earth Hour Brainwashing- Silencing the Panda

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 18:09

Silencing the panda is a reference to the BRAND WWF's Panda Logo. Silencing the Panda = Stop hearing the lies
WWF propagates manipulative deceptions better then many- given the money they take in!

WWF promotes Earth Hour globally while asking for donations, of course. Giv'em  your money and they'll save the planet!

A couple of interesting reads excerpted:

Guardian
 
WWF International, the world's largest conservation group, has been accused of "selling its soul" by forging alliances with powerful businesses which destroy nature and use the WWF brand to "greenwash" their operations. The allegations are made in an explosive book previously barred from Britain. The Silence of the Pandas became a German bestseller in 2012 but, following a series of injunctions and court cases, it has not been published until now in English. Revised and renamed Pandaleaks, it will be out next week. Its author, Wilfried Huismann, says the Geneva-based WWF International has received millions of dollars from its links with governments and business. Global corporations such as Coca-Cola, Shell, Monsanto, HSBC, Cargill, BP, Alcoa and Marine Harvest have all benefited from the group's green image only to carry on their businesses as usual.Pandaleaks 

 
Huismann argues that by setting up "round tables" of industrialists on strategic commodities such as palm oil, timber, sugar, soy, biofuels and cocoa, WWF International has become a political power that is too close to industry and in danger of becoming reliant on corporate money. "WWF is a willing service provider to the giants of the food and energy sectors, supplying industry with a green, progressive image … On the one hand it protects the forest; on the other it helps corporations lay claim to land not previously in their grasp. WWF helps sell the idea of voluntary resettlement to indigenous peoples," says Huismann. Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip- 50 years before the Cecil controversy

Prince Phillip (WWF Founding member) & Queen Elizabeth
 WebCite

 What a strange body the WWF (formerly the World Wildlife Fund, now the Worldwide Fund for Nature) has become these days. It is the largest, richest and most influential environmental lobbying organisation in the world. Originally set up in 1961 by Julian Huxley, Prince Philip, Prince Bernhard and others, for the admirable purpose of campaigning to save species endangered by human activity, it has morphed in the last 20 years into something very different, more akin to a multinational corporation. The fact that Julian Huxley, Prince Phillip and Prince Bernhard set up WWF is enough to put me off of this No Good Organization.

 The WWF empire now derives a very hefty chunk of its income from partnerships with governments, or the EU, or actual multinationals, such as Coca-Cola and Sky, which like to use its iconic panda logo (originally designed by the naturalist Peter Scott) to give an “eco-caring” gloss to their commercial activities. The chief reason why it has so greatly increased its wealth and influence is that it has joined other lobby groups, such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, in pushing to the top of its agenda that most fashionable and lucrative of environmental causes, the “battle to halt climate change”.But this has led WWF into some rather odd little tangles, such as those which have recently emerged over its activities in Tanzania. Much of its work there is carried out under a UN climate change policy known as REDD+ (“reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation”), which is part of the UN’s £17  billion Fast Start programme. Britain, giving £1.5  billion, is that programme’s second largest contributor after Japan. Last November, Prince Charles, as president of WWF UK, flew to Tanzania to hand out “Living Planet” awards to five “community leaders” involved in WWF projects around the delta of the Rufiji River, which holds the world’s largest mangrove forest. Part of their intention has been to halt further damage to the forest by local farmers, who have been clearing it to grow rice and coconuts. This is because the mangroves store unusual amounts of “carbon” (CO2), viewed as the major contributor to global warming. (Another WWF project in the delta is to find a way of measuring just how great a threat release of that CO2 might be.) Shortly before the Prince’s arrival, it was revealed that thousands of villagers had been evicted from the forest, their huts in the paddy fields torched and their coconut palms felled. This was carried out by the Tanzanian government’s Forestry and Beekeeping Division, with which WWF has been working. But Stephen Makiri, the head of WWF Tanzania, was quick to insist that WWF had never advocated expelling communities from the delta, and that “the evictions were carried out by government agencies”.  At this point, however, two American professors intervened. They had just published a study of the delta in an environmental journal, entitled “The REDD menace: resurgent protectionism in mangrove forests”. It was highly critical of the so-called “fortress conservation” policy advocated by WWF under REDD+, claiming that it was seriously damaging the traditional life of those local communities which had been sustainably farming and fishing in the area for centuries.
>>>> Read the omitted paragraphs at the links provided

When a series of scandals blew up two years ago over the more alarmist claims made by the IPCC in its 2007 assessment report, the two which attracted most headlines were shown to have been based, not on peer-reviewed science, but on campaigning material put out by WWF. One of these, a prediction that the Himalayan glaciers might all have melted within 30 years, was sourced from a WWF paper based only on a magazine interview with an obscure Indian scientist (who was subsequently employed by the research institute run by the IPCC’s chairman, Dr Rajendra Pachauri). Pachauri the perv.. Recall this? Guilty in Sexual Harrasement Case
The other, a claim that drought caused by global warming could lead to the destruction of 40 per cent of the Amazon rainforest, was revealed – by my colleague Dr Richard North and this column – to have originated in a WWF propaganda leaflet based on research that had not been concerned with climate change at all, but with the damage being done to the forest by logging and fires. Exhaustive analysis, led by the Canadian author Donna Laframboise, then revealed that nearly a third of the 18,531 sources cited by the report had no more scientific provenance than press clippings, student theses and claims by activist groups – among which none was more prominent than WWF. But worse was to come. In her recent book on the IPCC, The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert, Laframboise shows how, from 2004 on, WWF deliberately set out to recruit contributors to the IPCC’s next report to its Climate Witness Scientific Advisory Panel.
The result was that WWF “climate witnesses” contributed to two thirds of the 2007 report’s 44 chapters, including every one of the 20 chapters in the section on the impacts of climate change. A third of all the chapters in the report had WWF witnesses as co-ordinating lead authors, ultimately responsible for their contents. As Laframboise summed up, her analysis confirmed that, far from the report being the work of dispassionate scientists, “the IPCC has been infiltrated… wholly and entirely compromised”. Many of these WWF panel members are now at work on the IPCC’s new report, due out next year. WWF has been so successful in getting its allies into key official positions that, in 2007, the chief executive of WWF UK, Robert Napier, was able to slip seamlessly into a new job as chairman of Britain’s Met Office. This is another body which, through its Hadley Centre on climate change, has been a central player in promoting alarm over global warming ever since 1990, when the centre was set up by Sir John Houghton, one of the IPCC’s founding fathers. WWF has had only one real setback in its ascent to such influence. In March 2010, I reported here on its part in a hugely ambitious scheme, backed by $250 million from the World Bank under an earlier version of REDD, to turn the CO2 locked in the Amazon rainforest into “carbon credits” worth an estimated $60 billion. The idea was that these would be saleable on the world carbon market, to enable firms in the developed world to stay in business by buying the right to continue emitting CO2. WWF and others were granted selling rights by the Brazilian government over an area of forest twice the size of Switzerland. But, following the twin failures of the UN’s 2009 Copenhagen World Climate Conference, and the bid to give the US a compulsory “cap and trade” scheme, the project came to nothing. WWF set itself up as a fully for profit business- to sell Carbon credits- Just an incredible hoax
And of course Canada is getting sucked right into this carbon hoax 
Just how far WWF has travelled from the noble purposes for which it was set up was perfectly symbolised by the way it chose as its chief marketing tool the slogan “Adopt a polar bear”. If this organisation still had concern for endangered species closest to its heart, it would know that the idea that polar bears are dying out due to global warming is no more than sentimental propaganda. But then that is the main business that WWF now seems to be in – very much at the expense of the rest of us and, of course, those communities in the Rufiji delta.
And finally Prince Phillip on killing a beautiful tiger for sport:
 It also documents how Prince Philip, the first president of WWF in Britain, shot a tiger in Ranthambhore tiger park in India shortly before the group was founded. In an interview with Huismann, Philip said: "I have never been big game hunting. No, never, except that one time in India. The only way you can be sure of getting a reasonable wildlife population is by making sure that they are balanced. You can't just leave it to nature."Prince Phillip the arrogant arsehole- "You can't just leave it to nature!- Says the entitled SOB

Say no to Earth Hour, Green/Brain Washing. Don't support the elitist WWF, Greenpeace or any other NGO's for that matter.
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Raqqa & Mosul To Fall in Unison- Tillerson Accelerating IS Fight

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 18:57
 Day 3 and the news on this war expansion is still amazingly scarce, considering the implications-  

Day 1-  US Launched "Surprise" Attack On Raqqa. Blocking SAA/Hezbollah/Russian Forces

Day 2-  US Attack on Raqqa Updated..
 
Jaafari says US move on Raqqa illegitimate... And the world media continues ignoring the news and Jaafari
 "Direct U.S. military intervention in Syrian territory as well as arming factions in Syria and encouraging them to challenge the authority of the state does not serve the fight against terrorism," he saidFrench Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian  said on Friday the battle to recapture Raqqa would restart in the coming days.- Clearly doesn't care what Syria has to sayThe Trump administration moves forward. Expanding the war on Syria. The US has long, long ago invaded Syria. Arming factions that have not only challenged the central state authority, but with US assistance they have annexed vast swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory.. Yup, I'm talking ISIS and the Kurds. The story is all in the maps. The geography of ISIS's march from Mosul through Iraq and into Syria- taking territory for Kurdistan- In plain sight
 
blue skyMarch 24, 2017 at 6:26 AMHey Penny
As you can see at the map below America no longer needs Turkey.
http://s45.radikal.ru/i109/1703/ba/d8129b16f78c.png
The new "strategic partner" will be created soon.
Divide and conquer. I placed the map to the side..

National Post
“This is pretty major,” Col. Joseph Scrocca, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition that is fighting ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon on WednesdayThe United States is deepening its involvement in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant after an unprecedented American airlift of Arab and Kurdish fighters to the front lines in northern Syria, supported by the first use of U.S. attack helicopters and artillery in the country.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, March 22, 2017U.S. officials said the operation inserted Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters behind ISIL lines west of Raqqa, subjecting the American personnel to a degree of risk previously avoided in Syria. The mission was focused on recapturing the dam, the nearby town of Tabqa and a local airfield.

By design, the operation is coinciding with a potentially climactic battle for Mosul, the main ISIL stronghold in Iraq. Together, the battles reflect a U.S. strategy of presenting IS with multiple challenges simultaneously.Readers here may recall my mention that Mosul and Raqqa were intended to be taken or fall together? The US & Israel's Taking of Raqqa Impeded by Intermeddlers

“It is certain the US had desired and originally planned for Raqqa and Mosul to be taken at the same time. Literally, simultaneously.

The taking of the two key cities, Mosul and Raqqa,  is pivotal for the US/Israel plan for Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0. Since their plan has been for one unified Kurdish territory in Iraq, Syria and Turkey”

Better late then not all! Sure there have been delays, but, it’s certain that the US/Israel loves it when their plan finally comes together
NP “The U.S. airlift, known in military parlance as an air assault, marked a new level of commitment to Syria’s Kurds, whose partnership with the U.S. has prompted difficult discussions with Turkey. The U.S.-NATO ally sees the Kurdish fighters as a national security threat because of their links to militants inside Turkey” YPG =  PKK (rebranded , think marketing, for Syrian destabilization) = Terrorists proxies of US/Israel.  There are dozens and dozens of posts demonstrating quite clearly the idea of the YPG being 'Syria's kurds' are patently false.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces confirmed the U.S. airlift and said their fighters seized four villages south of the Euphrates and cut the main artery between Raqqa and northwestern Syria.Cutting off SAA & allies- Taking more Syrian territory
Meanwhile the destroyers of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey plot in Washington
In Washington, the U.S. hosted top officials from 68 nations for a meeting on accelerating the fight against IS in all its dimensions.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Trump’s secretary of State) told the coalition’s first ministerial gathering since President Donald Trump took office that the U.S. was still refining its strategy, but was clear about American priorities.Undoubtedly Canada was represented at the meeting?

NP, again
“The Canadian military has begun to study options for an operation in Syria, for the Liberal government to consider as U.S. president Donald Trump hints he may expand the 16-year-old war on terrorism by sending more troops to that country

It is not publicly known whether the Trump government has asked Ottawa to contribute troops or assist in other ways in the war against ISIL in Syria, or to take on other roles in the war on terror. But if there is anything to be taken from the example of the war in neighbouring Iraq, where Canada has been a participant since August, 2014, such a request is possible.
Canadian special forces man an observation bunker, Monday, February 20, 2017 in northern Iraq.
Don’t they mean such an order is a given? Because Canada goes where it’s told to go- Like straight to hell as is the present case! (Canada has turned into a wretched nation)
Canada is one of 17 countries currently assisting Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq. About Canadian 800 troops now involved in what the Canadian Forces calls Operation Impact. About 70 are elite Special Forces from the Ontario-based JTF2. They train, advise and assist Kurdish fighters and when at risk themselves, have occasionally joined the fight.Canada is already indirectly (that's directly involved) involved in the war in Syria. Since December, JTF2 has been advising Iraqi Kurds deployed near the Syrian border in northwestern Iraq”
Putting JTF2 right in bed with PKK terrorists- shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone given JTF2's ‘counterterrorism’ training- KurdIShIS-

If Canada were to become involved militarily( To become involved? Doublespeak, much?) in Syria again it could send a small number of JTF2 troops there in an advisory role. (They are already there)  Another possibility is that Canada could be asked to provide “boots on the ground” to help protect civilians from violence in safe zones that Trump has said he intends to establish to prevent the Syrian refugee crisis from worsening.

Canadian Brig.-Gen. Dave Anderson, who heads the coalition’s strategic advisory team in Iraq, told Postmedia in an interview late last year that discussions were already taking place then about how “we — that is, the Iraqi security forces — can not only take Mosul but hold it afterwards.”
A bit of slip from Gen. Dave Anderson with the “we – that is, the Iraqi security forces” We  indicating the deep and full  involvement in taking Mosul undoubtedly occupying it afterwards

Canada’s Iraq mission could be extended indefinitely as part of that effort. The potential ask for Canada to extend or expand its role in the region comes as Ottawa undertakes an open-ended commitment to lead a NATO battalion in Latvia from this June, and continue training missions in Poland and Ukraine
Canada, wretched nation. Any questions?

NPR-Big Changes And Major Dilemmas Loom In Next Phase Of ISIS War In Syria

Next phase of war. War expansion. No lack of clarity on the Trump administration plans
“The way ahead for the Trump administration amounts only to a " 'supersize' of the Obama plan," says Jennifer Cafarella of the Institute for the Study of War, which laid out a blueprint last week for the way ahead in Syria. But that isn't enough, she argues”One last item of interest.. The destabilization of the ME/NA looks very nearly to be an US/UK/Israeli operation.With France/Canada/Germany/Norway playing smaller roles of support
“Even as Washington continues to figure out how to deal with Turkey, another big question involves its Arab allies.The United States has long pressed for Arab states to participate in the anti-ISIS campaign, but has never been satisfied about their commitments. Jordan has sent some troops into Syria along its shared border, and Saudi Arabia has promised to send ground troops — but has not delivered.”
I just don’t think the US is that concerned- This is their plan. And Israel’s.  And they keep advancing it! It's been interesting to observe the recalcitrant/reluctant behaviour of the aforementioned nation states, vs private players/NATO inbreds, to be involved with a regional remake that will see the demise of the said nation states. In other words- Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan haven't been willing to participate in their own destruction. Which has not really bothered the US or Israel one little bit. They had the PKK in their back pocket all along and those three parties had everything to gain. Think of Libya? Same/Same. The US was the biggest player in destroying Libya.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu recently sent a clear message about his country's stance on the Syrian Kurds. "We do not wish any of our allies to stand with terrorist groups," he said.From Al Qaeda to ISIS and back to Al Qaeda again

Another progression or regression in narrative I’ve noticed the past little while is, as ISIS shrinks, AQ grows-  In Iraq AQ morphed into ISIS- Which is reversing present day.

Emmanuel Goldstein / Goldstein Emmanuel only to become Emmanuel Goldstein again?


The switcheroo probably has some relation to a move towards Africa. Might just be time for a rebrand too?  After all it’s been years since ISIS emerged.  I'm in my tenth year of blogging and when PFYT began in 08, it was all AQ, all the time.


Examples below:

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US Attack on Raqqa Updated..

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 19:00
Yesterday I covered the “surprise” attack on Raqqa-
US Launched "Surprise" Attack On Raqqa. Blocking SAA/Hezbollah/Russian ForcesFirst I want to mention the absolute lack of coverage via the msm.. It's still the Parliament 'attack' and the usual Trump circus. And that's what I find odd? The media is against Trump claim isn't as believable when they are doing him a big favour by not or barely mentioning this move in Raqqa. So is the Trump  daily circus really a distraction from the expansion of war in the region?

 Then there is the spin from the alt media. Claiming it is unclear how the Trump administration plans to “proceed on Syria”?   Which very nearly shadows the msm presentation by muddying the waters and presenting plans as unclear?

It is quite clear that the Trump administration plans to proceed. They've done exactly that. Proceed. Move forward. Expand operations. They have brought in additional weapons and soldiers- They have blocked SAA and their allies. They are enabling the ethnic cleansing and annexation of Syrian territory and infrastructure. The US wants the airport to expand operations  The US has just made Syria's position at upcoming negotiations in Geneva weaker.While bolstering the YPG/PKK terrorists. There is nothing unclear about the move or Trumps plans to proceed. He, in fact, has just proceeded.

Since media shapes our perception it's always good to be aware of presentation.

 The US has been softening Raqqa for a while now, covered here on a number of occasions. Last time: Raqqa Revisit- Turkey's Syria Border Wall More then Half Complete 

Flashback:  November 2016 - Turkey: No US Cooperation on Safe Zone/Border Wall Construction Continues & Raqqa

 Flashback:  October 30/2016: The US & Israel's Taking of Raqqa Impeded by Intermeddlers
 
Including bombing bridges and all around the dam etc. What else is there to take away from this but that the US is expanding operations in Syria? 

The news from Raqqa is hard to come by- but here is what I’ve managed to find today
If anyone can assist in filling gaps I would appreciate it a great deal- Thanks in advance.

US Airdrop of Forces in Raqqa Draws New Sphere of Influence

Some of this information was covered in yesterday's post
The US-led international coalition against ISIS conducted on Tuesday night an airdrop of US forces and local allied fighters near the city of Tabqa in the northern province of Raqqa,

Sources following up developments in the region said the US airdrop came to support Arab members of the SDF, which includes a majority of Kurdish fighters backed by Washington.

“This new development will draw new borderlines to the sphere of influence in the region,” Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman told Asharq Al-Awsat.

He said the presence of US forces and their allies in the area would prevent regime forces from advancing in the direction of the southern suburbs of Raqqa city.

“It will also prevent regime forces from controlling the Taqba military airport,” Abdel Rahman said.

SDF sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that members from the Kurdish internal security force, Asayesh, also took part in the airdrop, adding it was the second joint landing operation between US forces and the Kurds.
Civilians under fire- Not a shocker

But for residents of Tabqa, a city of around 80,000 people just south of the dam, the onslaught poses a major threat to their lives, as their homes, schools and even a bakery come under fire from the air.

This week, US-led coalition airstrikes have killed dozens of civilians in Tabqa and nearby towns and villages, as part of a months-long campaign to advance toward Raqqa city. An airstrike Monday night reportedly killed at least 33 displaced people taking shelter in a school building located in a nearby town. Tabqa on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently.
"It is very difficult for people to move around inside the city and its countryside because of the warplanes," Abu Juwwad, a Tabqa resident and 40-year-old father of three, tells Syria Direct reporter Noura al-Hourani. A local monitoring group reported airstrikes targeting Tabqa throughout the day on Thursday.

At least 37 civilians have been killed in and around Tabqa over past 24 hours alone, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a local human rights monitor, posted online late Wednesday night.

Q: Are there any fears that the Tabqa Dam will be targeted? If it is hit, what is the likely result?

The coalition is targeting the area surrounding the Tabqa Dam on a daily basis.

It is true that they have not hit the structure of the dam directly, but they targeted the area around it, which could alter the structure of the earth in the area. This is making us fear that the dam will collapse.

If this happens, the result could be catastrophic for Tabqa city, Raqqa, Deir a-Zor, and even Iraq. The dam holds an incredible amount of water behind it. If it erupts, it will be a humanitarian catastrophe that nobody will be able to handle.Ed.: Tabqa Dam’s former head engineer, Abdullah Juwwad Sukran, warned Syria Direct in the past that clashes near the dam risk targeting the structure, unleashing a flood of “historic proportions” downriver in Raqqa and Deir a-Zor, and submerging thousands of acres of farmland.] Collapsing dams have been discussed previously here- I won't rehash the danger if a collapse should occur

Bayık: If SDF liberates Raqqa, Turkey's influence will wane – PART I
This article covers Turkey’s no win situation regarding Raqqa- The annexation of Syrian territory and the creation of Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0hatip to anonymous commenter who reminded me of a way back post from 2013- I'd forgotten entirely about it!
I read it briefly, but, must review the linked material
Turkey + Gladio + NATO = Is pressure being applied to Turkey?"The overall U.S. policy toward Turkey is largely determined by the United States’ need and appreciation for Turkey as a strategic partner and NATO ally"As observed June 2013, by yours truly
 Which could tell us that the US policy, being determined by the US's need for Turkey as a strategic partner and ally, can change depending on whatever 'need' the US determines is strategic at the time it is setting policy.
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US Launched "Surprise" Attack On Raqqa. Blocking SAA/Hezbollah/Russian Forces

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:08
When I first started to assemble this post.. I was thinking, of course, about the further appropriation/theft of Syrian sovereign territory. The further confiscation of Syrian vital infrastructure. Then I realized that the US also moved to block Syria and her allies from their move towards Raqqa. 

I would call this a major escalation in Syria and region. Good thing the Trump Circus is always distracting. So, no change in policy from Obama to Trump then? None, that I can see. Full steam ahead.

 The Drive
 US-backed Syrian fighters and US special operations personnel, along with a cadre of Marines, have been deployed to the al Tabqa Dam, also known as the Euphrates Dam, located roughly 25 miles west of ISIS's self-proclaimed capital of al Raqqa. The surprise deployment to the dam was said to have been largely made possible via US airlift capabilities and fire support. Although the number of troops involved in the operation remains unconfirmed, multiple reports put it around 500. The dam provides electricity to the region, making it an especially high-value asset  A military airbase and a detention center holding prisoners of ISIS are also nearby. The airfield in particular could provide a valuable hub of operations for aircraft and command and control assets, not to mention a firebase, if it were to be secured by US-backed forces. A valuable hub for what operations? Operations against which party? Syria? Turkey? Iran?


Top: The Euphrates Dam during construction in 1973. Bottom: Map showing relation of Euphrates Dam to al Raqqa.

 Here's where we get to the blocking of SAA and allies:
 Blocking the western approaches to al Raqqa may block fleeing ISIS fighters, but it also could work to block Syrian, Russian and Hezbollah troops from approaching the Islamic State stronghold. The US has executed a similar strategy to the north in Manbij, a move that has resulted in US and Russian troops staring each other down at a distance, while Turkey has said a military operation to route Kurdish fighters from the city is on the table. To call the town that is held by US and Syrian Democratic Forces—which are made up primarily of Kurdish fighters—a potential international flashpoint would be an understatement.The US did not make this move now to block fleeing ISIS fighters from Raqqa- ISIS fighters, so called, have been fleeing Raqqa for weeks now!

Here's a report from March 08/2017: British YPG member says ISIS leadership fleeing Raqqa, Turkey excluded from the operation
"A British volunteer with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) told ARA News that the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group is already relocating its leadership away from Raqqa city, in northeastern Syria.Rojhat confirmed that ISIS is already fleeing Raqqa city. “Absolutely, there are reports already coming out from Raqqa that they have relocated their leadership away from the city, so they know it will fall,” he said"Pretty darn convenient, no? ISIS is fleeing Raqqa,  weeks ahead of a surprise US move on Raqqa-- Obviously the move on Raqqa has nothing to do with ISIS and everything to do with annexing Syrian territory in the remake the region agenda, while blocking SAA and allies.

NYT's ISIS Leaders Fleeing Raqqa- Two weeks ago
 As Syrian fighters backed by the United States close in on Raqqa, some of the Islamic State’s leaders have fled their self-declared capitalIn case you doubted that ISIS had been leaving Raqqa weeks ago.
Clearly the US made this move to block SAA and allies-

Flashback: All of a sudden the appearance of the Shadowy Unmarked S-92 SuperHawk Reemerges in Middle East Hot Spot makes a whole lot of sense

 A gray, unmarked S-92 Superhawk with military modifications, including what appears to be elaborate communications and self defensive suites, as well as a rescue hoist among other add-ons, was spotted last week in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.DoD:
 WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 — Local forces in Syria launched a multi-pronged offensive that included a daring air assault behind enemy lines to liberate Tabqa Dam, located 25 miles upstream from the city of Raqqa, the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve public affairs officer said today.

Army Col. Joseph E. Scrocca conducted a teleconference live from Baghdad with the Pentagon press corps to detail the operation
“Seizing Tabqa dam will isolate Raqqa from three sides and give the SDF a strategic advantage and the launching point they need to liberate the city,” he said.He means ethnically cleanse the city of it’s Arab population.. Appropriation of Syrian territory and infrasctructure for PKK/YPG

 U.S. Airlifts Hundreds of Militia Fighters in Attack to Cut Off Raqqa

Hundreds of Syrian fighters and their American advisers were airlifted by United States helicopters across enemy lines on Tuesday and Wednesday in a bold operation

 In a significant commitment of American forces, Marine Corps howitzers and Army Apache attack helicopters provided firepower for the operation. Army surface-to-surface Himars rockets, based in northern Syria, may be used. American Special Operations forces are advising the Syrian fighters on the groundNYT's
  Hundreds of Syrian fighters and their American advisers were airlifted by United States helicopters across enemy lines on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 In a significant commitment of American forces, Marine Corps howitzers and Army Apache attack helicopters provided firepower for the operation. Army surface-to-surface Himars rockets, based in northern Syria, may be used. American Special Operations forces are advising the Syrian fighters on the ground, although a military spokesman asserted that they are not in direct, front-line combat.  The hope is to take the dam intact.  Rather then cover the involvement of US troops, in this obvious escalation, the media insists on covering the 'attack' on the UK parliament, that doesn't appear to have been an attack on the parliament or any parliamentarian. And then there is always the Trump circus- sigh.. while rolling eyes
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Syria: From Hot War to Frozen Conflict

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:06
Frozen Conflict
In international relations, a frozen conflict is a situation in which active armed conflict has been brought to an end, but no peace treaty or other political framework resolves the conflict to the satisfaction of the combatants. Therefore, legally the conflict can start again at any moment, creating an environment of insecurity and instability.
There is much talk about the war on Syria ending. I guess it’s all about how ending is defined?

The war on Iraq never ended after the ‘90 invasion. Though we were supposed to believe the '03 war was a new war, it was really a rebrand of the same war- Going from Gulf war to Iraq War.  Afterwards the Gulf/Iraq war morphed into an occupation that didn’t actually end in 2011,either, though that's the spin! The US Departure from Iraq was all Illusion!   The war against Iraq continues to this day... It’s been a long war- 27 years already.  The war in Syria looks to be following the same trajectory. Claims of it ending are greatly exaggerated.

 Judging by all that is reported. Syria will be federalized. The federalization will serve as the freezing of the conflict. For a time. Syria is a state that has become deeply divided.The division was intentionally created. The divisions will worsen still. It will be made to happen. The division will worsen until like Iraq, the state of Syria completely fractures.  There will be more fighting.
For now we'll talk about the conflict being frozen.  There will be an agreement that will please no one. Since the complete remake of the region has not taken place, yet. Russia is there to ensure it's interests are met. As are all other parties.

I’m not one that believes Russia is Syria’s great saviour- That ship sailed for me quite some time ago. To the contrary, I think Russia will act first and foremost in it’s own interest. Russia will enable Syria to stay as intact as Russia needs it to be. If Assad is looking for more, it will be up to him get back that which will be bargained away. In plain language a greatly weakened Assad will have to take back what is lost. If he can. If he cannot, he can look to Iraq as the future of Syria. Ugly isn’t it?

Assad said something interesting about Russia’s role regarding Israeli attacks against Syria

“I think Russia can play an important role in that regard, and the whole policy of Russia is based on the international law, it's based on the Charter of the United Nations, and the Security Council resolutions. So, they can discuss the same issues with the Israelis depending on this criteria, and they can play a role in order that Israel not attack Syria again in the future," Assad said.
Yup, Russia can. But, will they? Assad didn’t say they would. So, it’s anyone’s guess, really.
Flashback: March 01/2016- Vladimir Putin, Godfather of Kurdistan? Not a Parent of Kurdistan?
"Russia has sold Syria’s sovereignty down the river. As the US long did.
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"
Flashback: Syria rejects Russian proposal for Kurdish federation

As of now it seems Syria’s initial rejection has turned into acceptance.. Resignedly, so. (to accept something as inevitable) There is still the possibility of a NATO/US intervention and safe zones. With some UN involvement. Safe zone talk has been around for sometime now- Obama and Trump, most recently, have both talked safe zones

Recall this one?

Flashback: NATO-Run Safe Zones Could Stabilize Syria- Invoke Article 5- US Election Unaffected
"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"
 A way to occupy Syria without affecting the US election last year- Relinked due to the location mentioned for NATO taking control of an existing airport— Same locale as the Israeli airstrike last week- Palmyra. Could that airstrike by Israel have been about aiding in this or a similar  plan? Palmyra. The Israeli airstrikes can't just be a happenstance kind of occurrence.

Getting back to Russia can help with protecting Syria from Israeli air strikes, sure, but will they?

Let’s talk about rumours of Russia assisting the PKK in Syria. Kurds as proxies for both the Russians and the US/UK goes way back. Read: West Unhinged Over Turkish Referendum

 I don’t believe the Russians are in as deep with the PKK as the US/UK/Israel are- However the Russians are definitely playing the game- Yesterday the PKK in Afrin were claiming Russia was building a base, offering training while plying them with vodka and caviar...

It seems sensible there is some truth to this, but, the claims are also likely exaggerated (hence my vodka and caviar reference) I noticed the Kurds alone were making this claim and I had not seen anything from the Russians- A short time later the Russians clarified and said no base was being built for the Kurds.

“In accordance with the Russian-Turkish agreement signed on December 30, 2016, the Russian Center of Reconciliation carries out round-the-clock ceasefire monitoring. To prevent the violation of the ceasefire, one of the branches of the Center has been set up near Afrin, in a spot bordering the territory held by the Kurdish militias, and that under the command of the Turkish-controlled Free Syrian Army.”The US is also claiming they are completely unaware of this base.

Brief update... Just something to consider

So Russia is helping to strengthen a group whose vision of post-war Syria is nothing like the one Mr Al Assad wants and against which Turkey is actively fighting. So Russia assisting the YPG/PKK? In whose interests? Certainly not Assad's claimed interest.

I really do not believe at this point in time that Russia is building a base. A base is a commitment. A foreign base is a bigger commitment. I’m not so sure Russia has the resources, unlike the US, to commit. I could be wrong. That all said it seems sensible that Russia, with an eye to future business deals, would not alienate the PKK/YPG

The PKK/YPG is planning on creating a state military
 According to YPG Spokesperson Redur Xelil, the unit plans to turn itself into a more organized force similar to an army.“We aspire to exceed 100,000 fighters in the second half of 2017,” he added. A state needs an army.  Then, pipelines? An army to protect the pipelines? 
Future business for Russia? It's all up for grabs right now isn't it?
War is a perverted form of doing business.

From earlier:
Shadowy Unmarked S-92 SuperHawk Reemerges in Middle East Hot Spot
 Hoping to tackle the Turkish aspect of this tomorrow, sometime..  
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Shadowy Unmarked S-92 SuperHawk Reemerges in Middle East Hot Spot

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:10
Bookmarked this the other day..
The Warzone

Who is flying this helicopter? For what reason?


Grey Unmarked S-92 Superhawk Spotted in Northern Syria
A gray, unmarked S-92 Superhawk with military modifications, including what appears to be elaborate communications and self defensive suites, as well as a rescue hoist among other add-ons, was spotted last week in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani. Very similar, if not identical Superhawks were also spotted at America's Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti roughly 20 months ago. It remains unclear who these aircraft belong to, and what exactly their purpose is. As detailed in my previous report, these aircraft could belong to a regional government, likely Saudi Arabia, although S-92s also fly for the governments of Turkey, Bahrain and Kuwait, but they have never been seen in this color scheme or configuration. The S-92s could also be used by the US State Department, CIA or another US agency. US Special Operations Command could also be contracting the helos for their unique needs, although they have plenty of other vertical-lift assets in the region at their disposal. Officially there are no S-92s flying operationally for the US Government today, but that doesn't mean a contractor or shell company isn't operating them on behalf of a US government agency. Eventually the S-92 will enter the Pentagon's inventory in the form of the VH-92A—the helicopter that is slated to replace the VH-60N and VH-3D as Marine OneThe location of the helicopter shown in the photo is also interesting, as just like Djibouti, there is a strong, and increasing US special operations presence in northern Syria. Kobani in particular was the site of fierce fighting in 2014 between ISIS and Kurdish fighters who, with the help of American air power, eventually routed the Islamic State from the town. Kobani was badly damaged in the fighting, but is now in the process of being rebuilt as many residents who ran from the fighting have begun to return home. A citizen-centric police force known as the Asayish patrol Kobani and many other towns in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region that makes up much of Northern Syria, also known as the "Rojava." The men in uniform seen standing in front of the helicopter in the picture are likely members of this indigenous security force.
Other mysterious S-92s have appeared elsewhere in the region, like this one that arrived in the Kurdish enclave of Erbil, Iraq, but not wearing the flat gray paint scheme and not as highly militarized as the one shown above or photographed on the Horn of Africa.  We'll just have to wait to see where these shadowy Superhawks pop up next or if more info as to their origin and mission finally comes to light. 
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Winds of War Blow From Israel's Borders..

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 18:16
The winds of war are blowing on Israel’s borders

Analysis: The Israeli strike in Syria, the Russian and Syrian responses, and the flare-up in Gaza, are bringing Israel one step closer to a military collision. The relative calm along the borders in recent years, which has become a symbol of security stability and deterrence, is gradually wearing out. The two military incidents over the weekend, both on the Syrian front and on the Gazan front—although unrelated—point to the fact that the relative calm along the borders in the past few years, which has become a symbol of security stability and Israel's deterrence abilities, is gradually wearing out. So far, the logic behind IDF operations along the borders was that Israel must do everything in its power to avoid a military conflict.(Delusional tripe) This led to the creation of an equation: On the one hand, Israel acted over the weekend to curb the transfer of long-range and accurate weapons from Syria to Hezbollah and to damage Hamas's infrastructure and capabilities in the Gaza Strip; on the other hand, Israel made sure not to push the enemy into a corner that would force it to respond in a way that could lead to an all-out conflict.In recent weeks, however, Israel itself has been putting this equation to the test. It seems as if there is someone on our side who won’t be too sorry to see the security issue reclaim the headlines.

The weekend events in the north indicate that Israel is striking in Syria not only to curb the Iranian arms convoys to Hezbollah, but also to demonstrate its presence in Syria and make it clear, especially to the Russians, that there will be no agreement in Syria without Israel's input.According to the Syrian army’s announcement, the Israel Air Force attacked the T4 airport, between Homs and Palmyra, a particularly sensitive area as far as the Russians are concerned, as the Syrian military recently completed a successful attack in the area with massive Russian aid. The airstrike and the interception of the Syrian anti-aircraft projectile raised the stakes for Israel on the Syrian poker table. We are one step closer to a military escalation on the Syrian front. Both sides have climbed up a high tree and are unwilling to budge. Syria is successful in the area with the help of Russia. Israel strikes to assist their terrorists.
Russia summons the Israeli ambassador...
Russian Summons Israeli Envoy- Demands Clarification On Syria StrikesIsrael can’t climb down that tree because, according to its military policy, every show of weakness will harm its interests and give the Iranians a foothold in the Golan Heights and a pier at the port of Latakia. Such a pier will turn the supply of arms to Hezbollah from a drizzle into a deluge.If the Syrians fail to climb down the tree and continue threatening Israel’s freedom of action against the weapon convoys to Hezbollah, a clash with the Syrian army—not just in the Golan Heights, but also deep within Syria—will be inevitable.Israel is clearly taking a threatening posture-  Wanting Syria to "climb down" in the defence of their nation. Threatening to go "deep within Syria" This should surprise no one at all. Israel has been positively drooling as the prospect of delivering a heavy blow to Syria
There is no wonder there is a nervous silence coming out of Moscow. Such incidents could have far-reaching ramifications on the agreement the Russians are trying to establish in Syria.

The Israeli ambassador in Moscow does not usually get summoned right before Shabbat unless there is unusual concern and anger on the Russian side. It’s quite possible that the Russians feel there is a gap between what they heard from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his meetings with President Vladimir Putin and Israeli actions on the ground. This isn’t another operational misunderstanding discussed as part of the coordination between the two armies, the Israeli and the Russian, or between the two defense ministries. This is a diplomatic crisis.By saying there is a gap between what Putin heard from Netanyahu and theactual Israeli actions it's very obvious Israel deceived Russia. Instead of admitting that Israeli leadership lied this is written to imply Putin heard incorrectly. Brinkmanship? You bet

In general, Syria's decision to launch the improved S-200 model, which the Russians recently sold them, is surprising. The S-200 is a heavy, immobile anti-aircraft missile, which can reach a range of 300 kilometers, and is not meant for intercepting fighter jets. Furthermore, Russian military experts said recently that Israel was using electronic warfare systems that completely “blind” the Syrian batteries and disrupt their communication systems.Israel was surprised that Syria dared. Russia had informed Syria previously that Israel was using electronic warfare against Syria, to "blind" the missile batteries- Which begs the question: How did Syria get this missile launched in a timely fashion?
As far as we know, the Russians did not provide the Syrians with any information on the Israeli strike, which adds to the ambiguity of the decision to launch the Syrian interceptor. It’s also unclear who gave the order in Syria. It’s possible that the decision to launch the missile was not made in the presidential office, and that the Syrian military echelon claimed responsibility for the launch in hindsight.As far as they know Russia didn't, but, perhaps Russia did provide the Syrians with the information. Israel is unsure.
The working assumption in Israel is that the Syrian missile was directed at some target—but not at the Air Force fighter aircraft, as they were no longer there. The Israeli Air Force is now investigating what was actually shot down by the Arrow missile. It might have been a large fragment of the S-200 that exploded in the air after missing its original target.The IDF had no early warning about the Syrian missile launch. For years, the teams operating the Arrow 2 interceptor have been waiting for a real-time test—and they passed it successfully. This is also an impressive achievement for the Israeli defense industry. The Arrow 2 intercepted a ballistic object at a range of more than 100 kilometers, beyond Israel’s borders. This is a clear message to the Iranians for the day they decide to fire Shahab missile at Israel.The IDF had no early warning that Syria had launched the missile. Interesting.
Curious on how exactly early warning is defined? Their technology?Their spies? 
In Gaza, there has been a significant spike in the number of rockets launched at Israel by Salafist groups. Israel is using this as an excuse to increase its aerial activity against critical military infrastructures in the strip. But this back-and-forth game of ping-pong is taking place during a dramatic change of leadership in Gaza. Yahya Sanwar, who will become the Hamas leader in Gaza in April, is a former student of Abdullah Azzam, al-Qaeda’s spiritual teacher. Granted, he is giving up the prison and underground manners for political visits to civil institutions in the strip, dressed in a suit, but he is not committed to the alleged signs of moderation conveyed by the Hamas leadership in the Gulf states.

Israeli officials estimate that Hamas’ failure to respond to the airstrikes should not be taken as a sign of political moderation, but rather as a sign the organization has simply not yet completed its preparations for another round of fighting. This doesn’t guarantee that Israeli pressure, which will humiliate the leadership in Gaza or lead to casualties, won’t drag Hamas into an armed conflict with the weapons it has accumulated so far.
Israel sending messages..

IDF kills militia commander in drone strike

Yasser Hussien Assayed and his vehicle after the drone strikeGaza & Sinai
AnonymousMarch 18, 2017 at 5:30 PMhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/18/c_136139136.htm

Meanwhile the slow acceleration of the shadow war in Gaza continues to escalate.

day before Syria strikes
Israeli Forces Target Hamas After Projectile From Gaza Hits Country
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201703161051629091-israel-hamas-attacks/

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  1. PennyMarch 19, 2017 at 6:24 AMI see news of Egypt being unable to get the Sinai under control...

    http://www.voanews.com/a/egypt-struggles-counter-insurgency-sinai-peninsula/3772017.html

    "The Egyptian government is struggling to counter an increasingly violent insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula targeting Egyptian police, security forces and Christians.

    Several militant groups, including Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, are controlling large swaths of Sinai, which borders the Gaza Strip and Israel, and have established rule separate from the government in Cairo."

    What will Israel do?

    From Earlier:
    Hate
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Hate

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 10:19
 Have you all noticed as of late how much hatin' on hate is going on? As we condemn hate, we condone it, by hating. It's positively bipolar- extremes of emotion - The way we are informed to not hate while supporting the fight against it , usually involving oppressive stances. Or we insist upon having the state impose violence against alleged haters- If we hate, condemn and impose violence on  so called haters doesn't that make us hateful haters?  Digression: read the absurdities at the embedded link.



 Curiously enough hubby and I were discussing a related topic just the other day. We we're talking about the human ability to discern friend from foe. Judge a threat. Quickly. Avoid being preyed upon by taking the necessary action. I fully believe this survival skill is an utterly necessary human trait.
   In fact it's one that should be employed with more frequency by everyone.  Then this skill, which has obviously gotten weak, can be honed. (refined or made perfect) It seems quite obvious to me that since we haven't exercised this discernment, for various reasons mostly having to do with the many fallacious beliefs we've been indoctrinated with, we have lost that ability to quickly discern or assess precarious situations we  may find ourselves in. Our failure to employ this innate sense is the very reason we, individuals included in a group, are being preyed upon by those who have been vigilant in both employing this discernment and indoctrinating their prey, us, with those aforementioned fallacious beliefs.

Hate is but one tool in that skill set. One of many equally important tools

Putting value judgements on emotions is yet another contrived absurdity- Emotions are not good or bad. They are not positive or negative. Emotions just are. They exist You and I feel them. And that's it. Labels are placed on them so that you can be manipulated. (Science can't even define or explain what an emotion is) The labels, like the assigned values, are truly meaningless gibberish. You know when your angry. You know when your sad. Glad. Mad. Ecstatic. Concerned. Etc., And you know when you love. And you all know hate. None of these feelings or passions are necessarily bad or good on their own. How emotions are utilized or expressed is where the benefit or detriment of any emotion comes into play.

Hate is bad, except when encouraged by the State

Won't spend too much time on this. Pretty sure everyone here understands when the State wants to attack another nation, they use propaganda to encourage the citizens to hate those the State desires to attack. It's a topic that has been repeatedly covered here so just one small reminder

Example:

Lasswell explained that "to mobilize the hatred of the people against the enemy, represent the opposing nation as a menacing, murderous aggressor ... Represent the opposing nation as satanic; it violates all the moral standards (mores) of the group, and insults its self-esteem." 

Resulting in..
Admiral William F. Halsey, commander of the US South Pacific Force, at a l944 press conference declared:
"The only good Jap is a Jap whose been dead six months. When we get to Tokyo ... we'll have a celebration where Tokyo was.
 As we all understand the State loves Hate when it serves their goals and agendas

"They hate us for our freedoms"
 Hate is really, really bad, when discouraged by the State

Here, in a part of the world commonly known as the west, Hate is presented as a societal negative. Unless the state is encouraging hate for war making (discussed above)

 Love your neighbour, turn the other cheek, be a social justice warrior- Put all others above yourself. Entirely unrealistic. You can't love everyone. If you've been attacked etc you do not turn the other cheek. As for the flaky social justice warriors and their bizarre perceptions of social justice...
Is there social justice when you yourself are being put upon? Though you are oblivious to it?   Is it socially just to impose your ways on others? Doing good for one specific group via the divide to conquer strategy of identity politics can harm others. Is that really social justice?

All  these inculcated beliefs are how a person is turned into a rug, to be walked upon or across.  The State loves a society of rug people they can walk all over. Are you a rug?

Borrowed the next little bit from here

Wish I'd caught on to the anti hate campaign sooner, myself.
 "Those who create these social concepts have ulterior motives as they showcase hate as a consuming poison that must be eradicated.

Social control is the main force driving this anti-hate campaign. If you choose to control a society, for instance, then you need that society to be as complacent as possible. Hatred can lead to anger, and anger can lead to violent action, and violent action is the opposite of complacency. Thus, harboring the emotion of hatred becomes socially unacceptable and religiously immoral"

Hate as an impetus for change

 Hate can be an impetus for change. That's why the elites and their lackies manipulate this vital emotion.With the help of the all pervasive perception managing media. That includes main stream media,  social media, movies and any other outlet of influence. The powers that shouldn't be inform us who to hate and who not to hate- Plus where, when and why to hate. Because the creation of hate serves them and their agenda for change. They thrive on that mass of energy.  But does that created 'hate' serve us? After all it's not our desire for change.

 That said, our hate should serve us. Let me give an example here to clarify. We hate our present day circumstance. It's oppressive. Our governments don't work for us. We are becoming as a society more impoverished. And I'm not talkin' just finances. Pretty sure we can all agree with that contention.
 This should be an impetus for change. And yet it isn't. I've seen no real push for change. We still participate in our own oppression. We carry our personal tracking devices around 24/7. We fail to be aware of our circumstances and our surroundings making us easy prey. In more ways then one. We make enemies of those we should find common ground with. And, we completely fail to recognize the parties actually causing us harm. All due to the fact we have failed to properly employ our  personal hate. In other words by choosing to devalue & avoid our hate emotion we have opened ourselves up to abuse while simultaneously weakening our ability to survive and thrive.
"The ability to quickly separate friend from foe is an essential survival strategy. This primitive skill forms the basis of hate. Because mistaking an enemy for a friend can be deadly, mental processes are biased toward doubt, caution, mistrust, and dismissal in evaluating others"We have mistaken enemies as friends for far too long now.

Channeling the Energy of Hate

 I believe hate used judiciously can improve many an intolerable situation. The powers that shouldn't be obviously feel the same. Because they manipulate hate to their advantage and our disadvantage.    Rather then mindlessly following the leads presented, we all need to be mindful of why's of hating.
Hate often arises out of conflict or a sense of impending harm. Who has truly been causing you harm? Who has been really causing conflict?  Change that which is within your control to change. And much more of it is within your control then you have been led to believe.

 Own your hate. Direct your hate. It's your emotion to engage with.  When you feel hate don't employ it in away that will cause your own life to worsen or become more difficult.  Instead channel it in a constructive fashion. Channel it towards change.

Finally: 

 If we begin to view hate appropriately as a necessity for survival and exercising it as a corrective remedy, rather then viewing it as a negative or a force only for destruction, we will certainly be living more honest engaged and self aware lives. Eventually know satisfaction & personal peace.





Additional Reading While Pondering Hate:

http://www.livescience.com/2431-humans-bother-emotions.html

http://www.emotionalcompetency.com/hate.htm

https://eccentriceclectic.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/hate-necessary-emotion-of-humanity/

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Russian Summons Israeli Envoy- Demands Clarification On Syria Strikes

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:06
Interesting? And, I believe a first?

Follow up to this earlier post:  No Fly/Safe Zone Pretext? Israeli/ US Airstrikes etc.,

Times of Israel


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) during their meeting in Moscow on March 9, 2017Russia summoned the Israeli Ambassador to Moscow Gary Koren to provide clarifications Friday, less than 24 hours after Israel struck targets in Syria nation, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement explaining the reasoning behind the operation. 
Syria sent two letters to the UN 
 " The Syrian Foreign Ministry earlier sent two letters to the UN secretary-general and to the director of the UN Security Council calling the strikes a violation of international law, of UN resolutions and of Syrian sovereignty. Syria called on the UN to “condemn the blatant Israeli aggression that is considered a violation of international law.”"Assad’s army" (actually Syria's Army) said the Israeli strikes were conducted to support “[Islamic State] terrorist gangs and in a desperate attempt to raise their deteriorating morale and divert attention away from the victories which Syrian Arab Army is making in the face of the terrorist organizations,” the statement read. It also claimed it had shot down an Israeli warplane and hit a second one, assertions Israel said were false. Jordan, which borders both Israel and Syria, said parts of the missiles fell in its rural northern areas, including the Irbid district. The Jordanian military said the debris came from the Israeli interception of missiles fired from Syria. Radwan Otoum, the Irbid governor, told the state news agency Petra that the missile parts caused only minor damage "
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No Fly/Safe Zone Pretext? Israeli/ US Airstrikes etc.,

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 09:28
My thoughts are this is all related to the desired no fly/safe zone...

Trump To "Supersize President Obama's Strategy to Defeat Islamic State"-The first phase of a series of multiphase campaigns should prioritize seizing and securing a base of operations in southeastern Syria to create a de facto safe zone in the region. 

-Subsequent phases will require establishing a no-fly zone in southern Syria Also mentioned last night: Syrian Kurdish Safe Zones Could Thwart Iranian Threat to Israel

Because ISIS has an airforce, called the IDF, doncha know?

The best no fly zone would most obviously be US/Israel staying out of Syrian airspace!
But that is not what has been discussed by the Trump administration


Before getting to the situation between Israel and Syria... the US bombed a mosque and killed as many as 40+ civilians. They are not denying the airstrike. Their pals over in Israel are not denying their attack on Syria either- Find anything odd about that? I believe the two incidents are related on one another and the desired safe/no fly zone plan- Notice this all occurred in time for the Friday western media cycle?

The Mosque Attack- Airstrike owned by the US

Al Masdar is reporting 57 dead almost 100 injured

Some 300 people, mostly civilians, were present inside the Al-Jinah mosque as it was abruptly hit during prayer time by an airstrike, burying many beneath the rubble.
US claims deadly north Syria strike, denies targeting mosque

Digital Journal reporting the US is owning the airstrike

Denying the targeting but admitting to the strike. My answer to denying the target?  If you launched the deadly strike that hit the mosque- then you killed all the civilians- Period
“The US military says it carried out an air strike in northern Syria against an Al-Qaeda target, but denies deliberately targeting a mosque where at least 42 people were killed according to an independent monitor.

"We did not target a mosque, but the building that we did target -- which was where the meeting took place -- is about 50 feet (15 metres) from a mosque that is still standing," said Colonel John J. Thomas, spokesman for US Central Command.

The Centcom spokesman later clarified that the precise location of the strike was unclear -- but that it was the same one widely reported to have targeted the village mosque in Al-Jineh, in Aleppo province.

"We are going to look into any allegations of civilian casualties in relation to this strike," he added”
Maybe the next announcement from Centcom will be to blame the mosque for picking up it’s foundations and moving next to the targeted building, because that’s how absurd the spin is!

The latest has the US admitting to the strike, but,  not the target


The US admission to this strike is odd for so many reasons- They are claiming a hit on AQ- and low and behold who do we have present for the promotional imagery? AQ masquerading as rescuers, of course, it's the White Helmets. How are the White Helmets going to present this? Since it's quite possible they called in/gave location for the strike on civilians. Are they going to chastize the US to give themselves credibility and also sell the necessity of a no fly/safe zone.  In another Oscar worthy performance? And the Oscar goes to..... The Greatest Unconscious Carrier of Propaganda!
They don't call this the war theatre for nothing!

Civil defence team members try to rescue people who trapped under the debris of the mosque on 16 March, 2017
Now let's get to where we have Israel openly admitting their strikes on Syria

All of a sudden we have the US and Israel both admitting they struck Syria. Openly talking about civilian casualties and intercepting missiles etc.,
Pretext alert. That’s my feeling... 
Early reporting: Israel acknowledges targeting Syria! (Unusual)

Israeli fighter jets struck several targets in Syria early Friday, prompting retaliatory anti-aircraft missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

Syrian forces said they had downed an Israeli plane and hit another as they were carrying out pre-dawn strikes near the famed desert city of Palmyra that they recaptured from jihadists this month.

Israel denied this, saying all its aircraft had returned unscathed.

“(Our) aircraft was at no point compromised,” army spokesman Peter Lerner said.

According to the Syrian forces, the Israeli warplanes attacked a military target near Palmyra, in what they described as an act of aggression that aided ISIS.

The Israeli air force said earlier that it had carried out several strikes on Syria overnight, but that none of the ground-to-air missiles fired by Syrian forces in response had hit Israeli aircraft.

“Overnight… aircraft targeted several targets in Syria,” an Israeli army statement said in an unusual confirmation by the Jewish state of air raids inside the war-torn country.

“Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and (army) aerial defense systems intercepted one of the missiles.”

None of the missiles fired from Syria hit their targets, the army added.One missile was intercepted north of Jerusalem by Israel’s Arrow air defense system, Israeli media reported.

The army said the incident was the cause of sirens that wailed in Jewish settlement communities in the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank. Israeli planes strike triggering interception:

Israel’s military carried out aerial strikes in Syria and intercepted missiles launched at its aircraft from the ground, the Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said in an unusual statement.

Israel Air Force “aircrafts targeted several targets in Syria. Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and IDF Aerial Defense Systems intercepted one of the missiles.

Debris from the missiles, which were intercepted by the Arrow defense system over Jordan, landed on residential homes in the west of that country near Inba and Irbid, the report said.
According to the Syrian media, that country’s defense ministry is claiming that one Israeli plane was downed and another was damaged from anti-aircraft fire.“At 02:40 a.m. aerial forces penetrated the space over the al-Buraiej region, passing through Lebanese airspace and striking a military outpost in the area of the city of Palmyra in the Homs District at the heart of the country,” a statement by the Syrian army’Southfront- Video, images etc
 
The Israeli missile employed to intercept the Syrian anti aircraft fire

Video and photos show the remnants of Israeli Arrow-3 missiles used to shoot down Syrian anti-air missiles launched against Israeli warplanes.

Taken in Jordan

SANA

 The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forced announced on Friday that the Syrian air defense downed one of four Israeli warplanes that violated the Syrian airspace and targeted a military site in the eastern countryside of Homs.

According to a statement by the Command, the four Israeli aircrafts violated the Syrian airspace in al-Breij area through the Lebanese territories at 2:40 am.

The Israeli warplanes targeted a military site near Palmyra in the eastern countryside of Homs, said the Army’s Command, confirming that the Syria air defense forces confronted the enemy’s aircrafts and shot down one of them inside the occupied territories, hit another and forced the other two to withdraw.

“This blatant Israeli act of aggression came as part of the Zionist enemy’s persistence with supporting ISIS terrorist gangs and in a desperate attempt to raise their deteriorating morale and divert attention away from the victories which Syrian Arab Army is making in the face of the terrorist organizations,” the statement read.
Israel and the US admitting they struck Syria, within hours of one another. One final thought- the attack on Syria is most obviously a war waged by the US and Israel against Syria- Those two nations are the major players against Syria.


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Syrian Kurdish Safe Zones Could Thwart Iranian Threat to Israel

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 18:36
There will not be one reader here that will be shocked or even mildly surprised by the Israeli plan, my bad, I mean discussion. ;)


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 In an exclusive interview with Jerusalem Online, Middle East experts David Keleti and Jerry Gordon stated that in last month’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump, the two discussed ways of managing Iranian belligerency.

The two Middle East scholars noted that establishing a Syrian Kurdish safe zone dominated by the democratic Kurdish National Assembly of Syria (KURDNAS), an umbrella organization comprised of a majority of Kurdish tribes and Syrian political parties led by Dr. Sherkoh Abbas, (pictured below left) is the best guarantee that Israel has to thwart the Iranian threat. According to them, the KURDNAS-sponsored militias are also part of the 65,000-strong Kurdish contingent of the SDF, leading the push to liberate the ISIS-controlled capital city of Raqqa.
Keleti and Gordon noted that Israel has many reasons to support the Kurds: “Kurds and Israelis share many similarities; a regional minority with an ancient history, deep connection to their land, and a voice of moderation. Ancient ties bind Jews and Kurds together. The Talmud recounts the generosity of Kurdish Jewish converts and Jerusalem residents King Monobaz and Queen Helena of Adiabene (c. 50 C.E.), especially their donations to the Second Temple, including the famed menorah The Sultan Saladin, a Kurd, permitted Jews to live in the holy city. In 2014, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated his support for an independent Kurdistan in opposition to the federated model favored by the Obama administration.”


Oh lookie, lookie the YPG/PKK have already developed a proposal under review by the Trump administration for  ethnically cleansed Syrian territory they have appropriated: take (something) for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission.
According to Keleti and Gordon, KURDNAS developed a proposal, which is currently under review by the Trump Administration that will help advance such a safe zone that could help to thwart the Iranian threat and at the same time promote the largest ethnic group in the Middle East that lacks a state. It has a phased approach including:

1- North/Northwestern Syrian Kurdish Safe Zones. A U.S.-led coalition would secure safe zones in a quiet section of northwestern Syria to admit vetted refugees. A KURDNAS-backed National Guard would maintain law and order while defending itself against Islamist terror attacks.The US would admit vetted refugees to Syria?
2- Kurdistan Regional Government of Syria. The establishment of an autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government of Syria (KRGS), modeled after the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government, who maintain positive relations with the U.S., Israel, the European Union and Turkey. The Turkish Government is likely to accept a KURDNAS-administered governorate over a PYD-administered one.3- Democratic, representative, and pluralistic Kurdistan in northern Syria. The KRGS will be committed to personal freedom, economic prosperity, and human rights, promoting greater political and economic ties with Turkey and Israel. The prosperity will encourage Kurds in the diaspora to return home and rebuild Kurdistan, and support greater integration with other like-minded Kurdish regions. KURDNAS is well-suited to adopt pluralistic governance, having developed strong relationships with leaders of Druze, Arab, Alawite, and other ethnic communities.“With a new administration in Washington, Russia and Turkey appear more willing to cooperate with the West in de-escalating the Syrian conflict,” they noted. “Russia currently favors a federalist model for Syria granting limited regional autonomy for the Kurds—a strategy now supported by the PYD—over the safe zone model but it (Russia) can be induced to support Kurdish independence in return for official guarantees preserving their Syrian interests including their naval facility in Tartus." The Turkish Government, friendly with Iraqi Kurds, has shown a new willingness to open dialogue with Syrian Kurds. However, no Turkish government, secular or Islamist, will accept an autonomous PYD-administered Kurdish government.”Notice no one is asking Syria what they think? How does the Syrian government and all the other Syrians feel about these plans? Not even a consideration!
In conclusion, the two Middle East experts proclaimed: “Syria’s Kurds desire peace, prosperity, and the opportunity to shape their own future without the twin scourges of Islamist fundamentalism and Iranian imperialism. A unique opportunity exists to work with the U.S. and its allies to achieve stability in Syria and the wider Middle East. Israel, an early supporter of Kurdish self-determination, can continue to play an important role in supporting a strong, democratic and independent Kurdistan.”Islamist fundamentalism and Kurds go hand and hand- The two middle east experts are definitely spinning that nonsense

Ekurds note that ends this article is an amazing bit of spin- With so many reports of PYD’s ruthlessness in northern Syria, the fact that they’ve established an autocratic system,
(taking no account of other people's wishes or opinions; domineering) where they have the   “authority”, not the popularity, on the ground, is not a surprise.  Tyrannical moves such as the reported forces shut down of the Assyrian offices doesn’t tend to make one popular-

Kurdish police (Asayish) reportedly closed the headquarters of the Assyrian Democratic Organization (ADO) on Thursday night, forcing all the members inside to leave the premises.

According to local reports, the Asayish repeatedly threatened to close the ADO’s headquarters today before the finally stormed the site inside Hasakah City’s Al-Malikiyah District.

No reasons was cited by the Asayish for closing the site; however, long-standing rivalries likely played a factor in this latest move.

 However it makes clear the autocracy I mentioned. Keep the above news in mind when reading Ekurds note below
Ekurd’s note: PYD is the ruling and the biggest Kurdish party in Syrian Kurdistan considered as key U.S. ally in the war on Islamic State group. All other small Kurdish parties backed by Turkish government of KNC (ENKS) and KURDNAS which have created or backed by Iraqi Kurdistan’s Massoud Barzani, do not have any real authority or popularity on the ground in Syrian Kurdistan. PYD has established three autonomous cantons in Syrian Kurdistan since 2013.
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Trump To "Supersize President Obama's Strategy to Defeat Islamic State"

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:34
Yesterday, while viewing various news sites, I happened across an article from Arutz Sheva, but was unsure what to make of it.... After searching using different terms,  reading at different sites,  the picture became a bit more clear- Not fully because I can't get a full article from Wall Street Journal- However, I can piece together enough to make the necessary point. President Trump is going to expand the war machine in the region of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey. Most probably greatly expanded it- globally as is reported below!

We've already had clues to that being in the works with Trump claiming "he's going to absolutely do safe zones in Syria"Updated! Trump to Order Plan for Syria "Safe Zones": Document Then the additional movement of thousands of troops. 400 Marines. A contingent of Army Rangers and then  2,500 additional troops to Kuwait, ready to fight in Syria and Iraq.  I was surprised at how quietly this news came and went..... Is it because so many want to believe Trump is different? The US Military Dives Deeper into Syria, Hunkering Down for the Long Haul
 Let's start at Arutz Sheva first- Retrace my path from yesterday, ok?Defense Secretary Mattis is Cutting the Syrian Gordian Knotexcerpt written by Mark Langfan  Today, the US Secretary of Defense under the command of President Trump is on his way to cutting the Gordian Knot of Syria.  The vague outlines of SecDef Mattis’ strategy are apparent. Critically, it is clear SecDef Mattis is not only on his way to solving the Syrian conundrum, but is setting the structural foundation for a Pan-Sunni/Israeli/ (Sunni) Kurdish regional mutual defense against Iran.  Trump really wants Iran defeated, and understands Syria is where their dreams of absolute Persian hegemony over the Arabs and their oil can be defeated. AKA, with Trump, the gloves are off when it comes to defeating Iran, and defeating it badly.  Militarily, ISIS is really the easy problem.  It’s Iran that’s the more difficult strategic puzzle to solve. It’s clear Turkey has to come to grips with the reality that the United States is not going to betray the Kurds. An aside that comment reads much like the comment made here last week
 And as candidate Trump has admonished, President Trump is not going to publicly announce his strategy.  Trump is going to execute it, and destroy ISIS, and Iran first, and then talk about it later.  So, you’re not going to see me remotely explain what SecDef Mattis is doing.  All I’ll say is I believe SecDef Mattis is unfolding a brilliantly planned strategy.
Secretary of Defence Mattis is "unfolding a brilliantly planned strategy" 

Let's talk about that very briefly. 

Late February/early March  Mattis unfolded his brilliantly planned strategy while everyone was focused on eitherTrump's distraction of the day-  (Donald Trump's Major Policy Shift Regarding Undocumented Immigrants?? or  the Oscar "flub" that wasn't a flub. La La Land Starring Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton  we missed the unfolding of the brilliant plan, However, In early March it was the Manbij situation, mostly ignored, and the movement of all those troops- you can find all posts from that time frame embedded in one post  Manbij Dead Lock: Russia, Turkey, U.S. Hold "Surprise" Military Talks)  that clued us in to the brilliant plan in action.


* Mattis presented the White House with an ENTIRELY classified plan to defeat ISIS

 "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis presented a classified plan to the White House Monday for the rapid defeat of ISIS that was reportedly an updated version of the Obama administration's strategy of relying on local forces to carry the brunt of the fight"
Recall my post regarding the continuity and expansion of the US foreign policy from Obama to Trump? Did Trump Really Pull The Trigger on Obama’s Raqqa Plan?
 "This Washing Post article is working hard to present an idea that there is some change between Obama and Trump in the remake the Middle East/North Africa agenda.
So far I only see continuation of policy. Same as occurred when Bush changed to Obama.

So we're dealing with a perception change promotion- which the media is happy to deliver. And those that self identify as leftists/liberals/progressives are happy to believe. These same dupes stayed quiet as the Obama administration wantonly bombed and droned, globally  but are now so incensed about Trump- It's the theatre of the absurd with an audience of the dull and dumbed down"

 "The plan called for the involvement of "all elements of national power" in what Davis called a "trans-regional approach" to defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  McMaster had been at the Pentagon last Friday to be briefed on Mattis' proposals which Davis described in general terms as a "broad plan. It is global. It is not just military. It is not just Iraq-Syria." Davis said Mattis intended the plan to require choices by the president and his team "but it's not a "check-the-block, pick A or B or C kind of a plan."It's global? So like a one world tyranny kind of global?
"Last week, Army Gen, Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters traveling with him in the Mideast that the U.S. might provide artillery support to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces now closing on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. At the Brookings Institute last week, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said that the U.S. was looking to the possibility of a long-term presence of U.S. troops in Iraq following the ouster of ISIS from its last remaining stronghold in the northwestern Iraqi city of Mosul"What Mattis exactly proposed is classified- However Mark Langfan thinks it's great!

 Now we're going to read the Jerusalem Post together:A new strategy against ISIS


" His special forces teams increased their operational tempo to such an extent that they carried out 300 raids per month, dismantling al-Qaida cells one after the other.  That presence will probably will be reflected in increased activity of special forces, mainly from JSOC. The current commander of JSOC is Gen. Austin Miller, who just like McChrystal began his career as a paratroopers officer (82nd Airborne Division), served in the Rangers and commanded a contingent of Delta Force operators in the Battle of Mogadishu (and was awarded the Bronze Star). The most significant operation so far carried out the during his term as commander of JSOC is the raid carried out by the Navy SEALs on an al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) headquarters in Yemen. The operation, the first commando raid authorized by Trump, turned into a shootout in the midst of the village because the force was compromised before hitting its objective. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens was killed and three others were wounded. 14 AQAP fighters were killed in the raid, some of whom were also terrorist network leaders and facilitators"Recall his widow and Trump paying homage to her- Lots of crying and praying involved?
The Jerusalem Post op ed implies that the special forces will increase activity in the area as part of the new strategy- this already seems to be the case.

AEI- America's Way Ahead in Syria
-To protect American interests, President Trump’s goal cannot be a quick end to the war in Syria A global war certainly won't end quickly will it? 
-The US must stop bringing a counterterrorism strategy to a counterinsurgency fight.-Current US strategy empowers al Qaeda. The US has prioritized defeating ISIS before turning to al Qaeda. This has allowed al Qaeda to strengthen its own insurgency in the background. This implies a type of bait and switch tactic will be employed to expand and extend the fight- The wagging of AQ harkens back the the creation of Sunni Councils in Iraq after the invasion- which is mentioned in all this planning- I've written about the fraud of these Sunni Councils previously-
- Iran’s strategy in Syria is designed to prevent America from protecting its interests. Iran is doing so with a functioning, interoperable, and deployable coalition of its proxies and with Russia’s help.  -US leadership is needed to drive a multinational strategy that rallies regional powers capable of building the moderate Sunni Arab resistance essential to defeating the ISIS and al Qaeda insurgencies. -The US must act soon in Syria if it hopes to destroy ISIS and al Qaeda and prevent their reconstitution.-The first phase of a series of multiphase campaigns should prioritize seizing and securing a base of operations in southeastern Syria to create a de facto safe zone in the region. Success will depend on US forces fighting alongside, recruiting, and training local Sunni Arab forces to conduct an immediate offensive against ISIS and future operations against al Qaeda. Subsequent phases will require establishing a no-fly zone in southern Syria  Below are the first three paragraphs of the WSJ article hosted at AEI also- Written by the Kagans-Frederick and Kimberley
The Trump administration is set to supersize President Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State, sending more American forces to the region and lifting restraints on direct participation in combat and when to use armed force. Yet any victory under the current approach will be ephemeral. Even if American proxies, backed by U.S. military forces, wrest Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq, away from ISIS, success will be fleeting. The most important error is the near-exclusive focus on Islamic State at the expense of serious efforts against al Qaeda. Destroying ISIS is necessary but not sufficient. As the Obama administration turned its attention toward ISIS, al Qaeda learned from its failures. It has temporarily deprioritized spectacular attacks on the global stage and focused on embedding itself within Sunni communities in Syria, Yemen, North Africa and elsewhere to develop long-term strength and resilience. Al Qaeda also has become more cautious in imposing its radical version of Shariah. It now indoctrinates populations over years rather than forcing immediate compliance with strict Islamic law. It does not demand that fighters place themselves formally and publicly under its command. Its affiliates in Syria do not even insist that local groups accept its ideology as long as they fight common foes. Al Qaeda today introduces its beliefs slowly and carefully, and the false message that it is more moderate than ISIS resonates around the world.
I did manage to get the article and print it- I can't link to the entire piece at all- However I can share a little more below
 "The U.S. has no meaningful presence among the Sunni Arab tribes in Iraq and Syria (lie) that ISIS, al Qaeda and others are vying to control. This appears to confirm al Qaeda’s claim that it is the only effective armed force dedicated to protecting Sunni populations from a combined assault by all the world’s powers. That message may win out if Washington does not rapidly change its approach America’s backing of Kurdish-led forces to take Raqqa exacerbates these problems and offers little gain. (except for Israel?) Raqqa’s fall will represent only a tactical victory— and al Qaeda, Iran, the Assad regime and the Kurds will compete for the spoils. Sunnis will lose, diminishing the chance of forging a strong Sunni leadership opposed to ISIS and al Qaeda. The key is finding new Sunni partners and taking the fight to new terrain, specifically, southeastern Syria, where ISIS leaders have refuge. American military forces will be necessary. But the U.S. can recruit new Sunni Arab partners by fighting alongside them in their land. The goal in the beginning must be against ISIS because it controls thelast areas in Syria (this benefits the sunni muslim kurds)where the U.S. can reasonably hope to find Sunni allies (they already have the Sunni Kurds?) not yet under the influence of  al Qaeda. But the aim after evicting ISIS must be to raise a Sunni Arab army that can ultimately defeat al Qaeda and help negotiate a settlement to the war. The U.S. will have to pressure theAssad regime, Iran and Russia to end the conflict on terms that the Sunni Arabs will accept. That will be easier to do with the independence and leverage of a secure base inside Syria. America should also liberate itself from the troublesome reliance on Turkey(As stated here repeatedly- the US has betrayed Turkey) by shifting its base of operations south, where a reliable ally, Jordan, is fully committed to fighting Salafi jihadism. Both these moves would give Washington access to Sunni partners not heavily infiltrated by al Qaeda. No single military operation can achieve victory in Syria. But an operation against the enemy’s heartland, freed of the constraints imposed by problematic proxies, would change the assumptions of America’s friends and enemies. President Trump should break through the flawed logic and poor planning that he inherited from his predecessor.He can transform this struggle, but only by transforming America’s approach to it.Nice spin in the article's final paragraphs- The plan continues on unimpeded by whichever President or political party is holding the managerial position in the US

Recall?   Trump's Presidency: A Dangerous Deception
Might be time to revisit that one?

Last time the betrayal/taking down of Turkey was discussed:  West Unhinged Over Turkish Referendum


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Of Course, The Rebels Attend Astana

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 09:00
Yup! As expected. The plenary is taking place today and the rebels will be or are present.
Astana Talks Convene Despite Derailment Claims Still the media is claiming the talks were extended.  If any talks take place tomorrow on the 16th, they will have been extended- That is not the case presently. Today was the plenary and today the rebels are reported as present.

This media manipulation type stuff is so very predictable- 

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“We expect the arrival of representatives from the Northern and Southern fronts of the armed Syrian opposition,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Onuar Zhainakov said Wednesday, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.
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 http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/armed-syria-rebel-group-attend-astana-talks-1730821700
 A representative from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) said the rebel group will be sending five officers to the peace talks on Wednesday night for consultations at an expert level. (Day two of the talks) AA
 A portion of Syria’s armed opposition announced Tuesday they would participate in the third round of the peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana.
We'll know tomorrow if the talks are extended

I wonder if the US Ambassador attended?
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Astana Talks Convene Despite Derailment Claims

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:59
 The msm  isworking so hard to present the Astana meeting as a failure they've condemned it to failure before it has actually taken place! I'll include that information at the bottom of the post

From the Astana Times:

ASTANA – Astana will host another round of talks on settling the conflict in Syria within the Astana Process March 14-15. High-ranking delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran have confirmed participation and invitations have been sent to representatives of the United States, United Nations and Jordan, according to a March 9 press release from the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The guarantor states are expecting confirmation of the participation of delegations from the government and the armed opposition of Syria. Preliminary consultations are scheduled for March 14 and a plenary meeting is scheduled for March 15.The plenary (a meeting to be attended by all participants at a conference or assembly, who otherwise meet in smaller groups) is scheduled for tomorrow- Therefore the meeting/plenary cannot possibly be derailed as it has not even occurred- A train cannot be derailed unless it has already been on the tracks and begun travel. For a meeting to be derailed it would have already begun without full participation- we will know that tomorrow about rebel participation and derailment would still be debatable.

According to the press release, within the framework of the Astana Process, launched with the full support and direct participation of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, there were two rounds of high-level international meetings on Syria on Jan.23-24 and Feb.15-16, as well as a meeting of experts on Feb.6. These meetings produced rules for a joint operational group to monitor the ceasefire regime in Syria paving the way for the parties to discuss the political agenda within the framework of the Geneva Process and in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015). Russia’s chief negotiator says there is no threat of Astana talks disruption

ASTANA, March 14. /TASS/. There is no threat of disruption of the intra-Syrian negotiations in Astana, head of the Russian delegation, Presidential Envoy for the Syrian Settlement, Alexander Lavrentiev, said on Tuesday.
"The Astana process continues and is moving forward. I would not talk about any threat of derailing the talks," he emphasized. "We have a lot of work to do. There are many issues concerning the ceasefire and all other issues related to the Syrian settlement, which we need to discuss. Naturally, we will do that."
"Astana was originally created as a mechanism for trilateral cooperation," the diplomat recalled." "There are quite a few documents that need to be discussed and will contribute to consolidating the ceasefire. They require very careful, detailed discussion and work."
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 The Russian delegation is headed by special presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev and also includes Maj. Gen. Stanislav Gadzhimagomedov as well as Director of Middle East and North Africa Department in the Foreign Ministry Sergey Vershinin.

The UN expert delegation is led by Milos Strugar.

The Delegations from Damascus, Turkey and Iran had already arrived in Astana for the talks. Representatives of the Syrian armed opposition, mainly from the South Front, may come later on Tuesday.



If you were to read Reuters or Nasdaq..

You would believe the talks are derailed as the rebels are allegedly boycotting- And of course it's Turkey's fault- Imagine me rolling my eyes as I read out of context quotes offered up as proof of something that as of yet has not even occurred. Nor will the non appearance of rebel groups necessarily derail the talks for that matter.


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