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US Attack on Raqqa Updated..

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

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

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

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..

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

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

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.,

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

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"

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

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.
Link

 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

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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West Unhinged Over Turkish Referendum

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:14
Unhinged : Deranged, Unbalanced

It’s seems the time has come for one of those all encompassing posts- the ones that attempt to make sense of the non-sense.  It’s as if there is presently a whirl wind of activity around Turkey seemingly unrelated but in actuality-  all very related. 

Target Turkey:

This is becoming  ever more obvious and heavy handed. Yet, many still don’t or can’t see it. Not sure which it is? I’ve long stated here that the propaganda employed to target Turkey is necessarily devious and liberally applied- Pun intended. While it may be true that Turkey is a NATO nation it is one that has been barely tolerated by the Atlantacist crowd. The crowd that truly runs NATO. 

 
Very brief history- 


Turkey was manipulated into NATO to take advantage of  it’s geographical location with the encouragement of Kurdish agitation/ors Yes, that's how long the Kurds have been proxies for NATO/UK and Russia. As was covered in Caroll Quigley’s book: Tragedy and Hope.



Did Russia agitate? Did Britain agitate?  Did both parties agitate? Can’t be sure. But the end result which benefited the NATO alliance saw the US step up in the region & Turkey join NATO. The Kurds were happy to play the for profit proxies- same then as today

Jay Dyer Tragedy and Hope Lecture Series

Link

- 1945 Anti-Turkish agitation was encouraged among the Kurds- By the end of 1946 Britain found the burden of providing military and economic aid to Greece and Turkey too heavy for its over-strained resources.
 - It was, moreover, eager to overcome the American aloofness in the Near East, where it felt it was bearing much of the Soviet pressure alone.
 - Accordingly, in February 1947, it threatened to withdraw completely from Greece and Turkey by April 1st.
 - On March 12th the American President enunciated the "Truman Doctrine" to a joint session of Congress.
-His request for $400 million for aid to Greece and Turkey was granted, after considerable debate, in May 1947.

 
SummarizingIn 1947 Turkey was being attacked by Sunni Muslim Kurdish proxies backed by either/ or both/ Britain and Russia-

 Brief digression- the modern day reverence for these terroristic proxy fighters is bizarre!- From  at least 1947 forward the PKK and their other rebrands have chosen crime, murder, smuggling as a way of life. They were employed willingly, for profit! They  profit from the misery they force on others- Including other Kurds!  If this band of merry marauding murdering thugs is worth reverence then I fail to see why Osama Bin Laden and his mujaheddin weren't also as equally lauded by the masses?
Except that OBL and company weren't marketed in quite the same way, were they? 
Sadly, it is the marketing, the meme and the way your mind has been messaged/massaged via the media telling you what to think that creates the reverence.

Osama and his cult/ militia
Ocalan & his cult/militia
-The US grants 400 million, in 1947 dollars, in aid to Greece and Turkey, undoubtedly in preparation for their induction into NATO- and lo and behold Greece and Turkey simultaneously become NATO members- You decide who benefited the most from the Kurds attacking Turkey 60 plus years ago.

Using this calculator just to give you an idea in today's dollars how much the US ponied up in aid to Turkey and Greece the  1947 400 million is equal today to $4,491,758,139.53 in 2017. Yes that is very nearly 4.5 billion dollars. The US could certainly buy everything and everyone that needed to be bought- Keep in mind that NATO was created, as stated by the very first secretary General of NATO General Ismay, "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down"  Turkey would have served as an effective foil, at that time, in this regard 

 (foil: prevent something considered wrong or undesirable from succeeding)

The Cuban Missile Crisis and Turkey

  Keeping  the stated purpose of NATO in mind  let us now talk about the Cuban missile crisis as it pertains to Turkey- Most people don’t realize that during the Cuban missile crisis the US had moved nuclear weapons into Turkey aiming them straight at the USSR- This was the real crisis. It was not simply that the “Soviets” were moving missiles to Cuba- the reality was Cuba was  both the response to and the obfuscation by the US of their nuclear missiles being in Turkey

Cuban Missile Crisis
“Was a 13-day (October 16–28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning American ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey with consequent Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba”
Nuclear missile placement in Turkey was an extremely provocative move on the part of the US- The Soviets responded- The crisis was on. This is NATO nearly bringing the planet to the brink of nuclear war. The geographical locale of Turkey was crucial to keeping Russia/USSR down

Let’s bring this up to present day:

Turkey, as it is today, is no longer necessary to the great game. Europe is weak- It’s been unionized. It’s history- stolen.  Europes people are losing their roots and identity. Europe has a faceless technocratic bureaucracy running the show in the most fascist/communistic manner possible. Europe is servile to NATO and by extension US


This is the plan for Turkey as well. A plan Turkey is resisting. The powers that shouldn't be don't like resistance to their plans. Their very"borg" like in their domination of the planet- Assimilating everyone into the great hive- Filled with mindless worker drones competing for resources and put to death when when no longer usable.
 technocratic transhumanist hive man
"Resistance is Futile"? Resistance is Required!
Turkey, as is planned, can be made subservient and passive like all the great nations of the past by being  destabilized, balkanized and a portion of it absorbed into the jumbled mess that is the  EU. The southern portion can be turned into NATO’s new southern flank Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0. The fractured Turkey will have two obedient governments installed. One in the Turkish state ensconced in the EU- The other in Kurdistan.

November 14,2014:  Kurdistan. NATO’s new Southern Flank? If all goes well for NATO, Israel and the Kurds.  Turkey will be supplanted as NATO’s Southern Flank. It seems to be just a matter of time.....I hold the opinion that Turkish leadership has become aware of what looks to be it’s impending betrayal

A bit of background

“For a long time, Turks have resented the “curse of strategic significance” related to its forming NATO’s southern flank. They felt it enabled the military to keep a watchful eye over their politicians”The Military keeping a watchful eye over Turkey’s politicians. Makes one wonder who exactly is is in charge, doesn’t it? I don't wonder so much, but others may?
How to Betray an Ally in Plain Site?

The creation of a perception of a Turkey as so out of control, so despotic, will almost certainly leave the NATO allies no choice but the save Turkey from itself- That's one way to spin the desired intervention...

Initially I too fell for the early spin and shouldn’t have. My infatuation with Syria blinded me to the reality of the situation- There has never been any evidence that Turkey created ISIS or supported ISIS- Just a whole lot of spin- Supporting ISIS was never beneficial to Turkey- Any more then it was beneficial to Syria to support ISIS and that is a claim that has been bandied about on many an occasion.  ISIS was created in Iraq- with the help of US/UK and Israel. This is something I'd written about on more then one occasion-  three years ago? My mistake at that time?  I didn't understand how fully & completely the Sunni Muslim Kurdish militias were in thrall to the US/UK-

ISIS- A US created "stay behind" using Iraqs plundered wealth.Al Qaeda + "Awakening Councils" = ISISISIS = Smoke & Mirrors. Giving cover now for strikes on Syria Where there are contradictions, there are lies-
This does not mean Turkey did not support specific actors in Syria- They did. And they did so in order to have a say in the obvious attempt to ‘remake’ Syria. To ensure their interests would be considered. As much as I do not like this, reality necessitates Turkish involvement for them to survive as a present day nation state. Any nation or any person would do this if faced with their own destruction via that which was occurring on the other side of their border-  Or on the other side of their front door.

Turkey- the PKK and the changing narrative


Have you noticed that the PKK/TAK/YPG pick your brand, has not carried out any recent large scale bombing attacks in Turkey? The silence is deafening.. It’s been how long now? Correct me if I’m mistaken but it looks to be mid December 2016

If there has been any since let me know?

I suspect the quiet is a prelude to this changing perception tact... Perhaps better characterized as a reality revision- “Reality revisions are agenda-driven and thereby fictitious narratives carefully scripted to revise an entire global reality in order to meet or fulfill that agenda”

The PKK has undoubtedly been told by their bosses to refrain from attacking Turkey during the run up to the referendum. The reality revision agenda at this time is to focus on the referendum and spin it as a negative. Bombings, mayhem and death would elicit sympathetic responses and/or empathy for Turkey  which is not desired at this time.  
Alongside the absence of PKK attacks we have an extremely coercive campaign of Turkey targeting/disinfo being waged by the US and it’s compliant lackies

Willy Loman/Scott Creighton covered some of this news in these posts:

*About that Dusted Off “news” That Gen. “Mad Russian” Flynn Lobbied for Turkey…

*Dutch police deport Turkish minister to Germany after barring her from consulate in Rotterdam
Before the Dutch incident Germany played it’s servile roll. 

 A referendum vote that could increase the powers of Turkey's president is threatening to cause a diplomatic row with Germany. Austria has conspired as well
Four planned Turkish political meetings in Austria were canceled on Friday in the latest signs of unease across Europe over a series of campaign events to rally support among expatriate Turks for President Tayyip Erdogan.This is a coordinated campaign to interfere with the Turkish referendum

April 16/2017:

A constitutional referendum will be held in Turkey on Sunday, 16 April 2017.[1] Voters will vote on a set of 18 proposed amendments to the Constitution of TurkeyThe referendum is an internal Turkish matter. For the Turkish government and it’s people. 
We should ask ourselves why the coordinated campaign against Turkey's, her people and their  right to choose their own way? Is it a problem of too much freedom for a people NATO sees as chattel- There to use, abuse and toss aside. Much the same as they see the rest of us

I’ve written previously about the referendum and the present day constitution which was a military coup constitution.. Speaking for myself I can no more condemn the Turk’s right to have a referendum on the future direction of their nation state then I could condemn Crimea for doing the same.

Europe/US seem hell bent on quashing external support for the referendum. Expect the spin to amplify and multiply exponentially until the April date. Entertain the possibility that another coup attempt may be made before this vote occurs also. Or quite possibly a false flag to frame the Turks, most probably in areas with a higher then average Kurdish populace- to advance the ‘eternal victim’ meme. It’s a good thing that the propaganda against Turkey has been so heavy handed for so long now- It’s really conditioned the western response ahead of time..



A few more things you should all be aware of..
 

1-I should mention here that Turkey gave the boot last year to a bunch of western backed NGO’s including , most recently, Mercy Corps- funded by USAIDhttps://blog.usaid.gov/tag/mercy-corps/
The aid organisation Mercy Corps says Turkey has revoked its registration, forcing it to stop operations from Turkey?

“Mercy Corps' statement said its operations inside Syria would continue.”
Undoubtedly in Syrian territory annexed by PKK
Last year... “ in November the government closed hundreds of non-governmental groups it accused of being linked to terrorist organisations or acting against national security, as part of a crackdown launched after an attempted military coup in July”
A Russian replay? Indeed.  How much do you all want to bet Mercy Corp was being used to bring in the means to destabilize both Syria and Turkey? I’m quite confident they were doing exactly that. They were also accused of aiding in the black market organ/blood trafficking with the Kurds. A claim  I find to be credible. Given the history of both parties, USAID affiliated NGO’s and the Sunni Muslim Kurdish proxies

K24

“Mercy Corps was not the only humanitarian group the pro-Justice and Development Party (AKP) targeted.

It alleged the Irish aid charity GOAL, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and the International Medical Corps (IMC) “were providing financial and military support to the PKK.”

The IRC is a familiar NATO NGO..

Yenisafak newspaper claimed Mercy Corps, partly funded by grants from the US government, “was engaged in Syrian PKK’s human trafficking, organ trade, and arms smuggling activities.”2- Turkey has fallen out of favour with NATO/US- 

Yet so many ignore the coup which was US backed- I've zero doubt, at this time, of that myself.
The alternative media never mentions the fact that Turkey is building this expensive border wall along the shared Syrian/Turkish border- More then half completed present day...  Last mentioned here
* August 2016 - Turkey's Border Wall With Syria

*November 2016 - Turkey: No US Cooperation on Safe Zone/Border Wall Construction Continues & Raqqa 
I believe this is a case of cognitive dissonance- Contradicting their indoctrinated beliefs- Turkey's border wall runs contrary to many claims made about Turkey. Some alternative sites also previously claimed Turkey was annexing Mosul, Iraq- That was not planned nor did it ever occur.

3-Turkey Seeks To End NATO Patrols In Aegean Sea

4-Ankara More Interested in Counterterrorism Then Assad Departing

5-CFR President Richard Haass:Gap Growing Between Allies and Turkey

6- Waging Financial Warfare Against Turkey


 7- The Tsar Meets the Sultan The use of ad hominems/name calling/logical fallacies to demonize


8- Yes, Willy Loman it's about blamin' and framin' Turkey and Saudi Arabia

 
Where I dissect why it is some so called peace group would be advocating for regime change in Turkey...
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The US Military Dives Deeper into Syria, Hunkering Down for the Long Haul

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:05
 Soufan

Bottom Line Up Front:
• During his March 9 testimony to the U.S. Senate, commander of U.S. Central Command General Joseph Votel stated 400 Marines had recently arrived in Syria.• These forces will provide artillery support for the military push into Raqqa, expected within weeks.• A contingent of U.S. Army Rangers has been deployed to Manbij in a high-profile bid to prevent fighting between the various factions and armies in the crowded battlefield.• Though the U.S. presence in Syria has been exclusively part of an anti-Islamic State mission, recent signs indicate it may be creeping towards broader and longer-lasting stability operations.The US presence in Syria has always been based on the pretext of fighting ISIS- Mission creep was always intended. It was not happenstance.  Interesting that the US mission expansion under the Trump presidency didn't get a whole lot of attention?
."Without much public attention and no congressional debate, the U.S. military is expanding both its presence and its operational parameters in Syria. Until now, the U.S. effort in Syria has been focused exclusively on fighting the so-called Islamic State. (bullocks!) The U.S. has no domestic legal authorization to directly engage in the Syrian civil war; its fight against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Syria is authorized—somewhat tenuously—by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The previously acknowledged 503 semi-permanent military personnel in Syria have been comprised primarily of Special Operations Forces (SOF). That changed this week with the addition of 400 U.S. Marines who will provide artillery support in the gathering push towards Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State"The US has no legal or moral authorization or necessity to be in Syria and yet they've been there all along. September 11/2001- The false flag needed to kick off the regional remake.
"While the numbers remain small and will likely never come close to the scale of the U.S. military presence in Iraq during the Iraq war, the focus of the mission in Syria is beginning to broaden. A contingent of U.S. Army Rangers, perhaps two dozen or less, has been deployed outside of the pivotal town of Manbij in northern Syria. This unit is engaged in a high-profile and high-risk mission, (against Turkey) not fighting the Islamic State, but keeping the various and competing non-Islamic State military forces around Manbij from fighting each other. The presence of the Rangers highlights how enormously complicated the Syrian battlefield is, particularly in northern Syria.  Photos from Syria show heavily armored Stryker fighting vehicles prominently displaying the U.S. flag and markings of the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 3rd Battalion. The rare public display of the Ranger presence was, in the words of Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis, “a visible sign of deterrence and reassurance” to keep Turkish forces and Turkish-backed militias from attacking Kurdish forces that had retaken Manbij from the Islamic State. The U.S. has partnered closely with the Syrian Kurdish fighting force known as the YPG; Turkey, which has always been concerned about Kurdish influence and intentions both inside and near its borders, considers the YPG a terrorist entity aligned with the PKK and objects strongly to U.S. support" During his March 9 testimony to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Army General Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), stated that more conventional troops, as opposed to the SOF personnel, would perhaps be needed in the future after current combat operations. He stated, “As we move more towards the latter part of these operations into more of the stability and other aspects of the operations we will see more conventional forces requirements perhaps.” Such a commitment would be rather significant and lengthy, given what would undoubtedly be the most fragile of ceasefires between warring sides such as the Kurds, Turkey, the Assad regime, and its Iranian and Russian backers. Toppling the Islamic State will not end the group’s threat; it will continue to be a dangerous terror group long after it loses its self-proclaimed caliphate. Indeed, the complex battlefield in Syria, filled with competing objectives, ensures that the larger conflict will continue long after the Islamic State is toppled—a reality that the U.S. military appears to be tacitly acknowledging as it slowly increases the scope of its mission in the country. There will be a no fly/safe zone.  Bad news for Iran and Turkey.
At some point in time we're going to talk about the narrative shift, the perception managing presentation that has occurred regarding Syria...It's interesting to witness and appears to be being swallowed hook, line and sinker.

Update 9:55 am est- hattip to my hubby :)

The U.S. is sending 2,500 troops to Kuwait, ready to step up the fight in Syria and Iraq

The U.S. military is sending an additional 2,500 ground combat troops to a staging base in Kuwait from which they could be called upon to back up coalition forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The deployment will include elements of the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. About 1,700 soldiers from the same unit are overseas now, spread between Iraq and Kuwait. They're focused on the U.S.-led effort to train and assist the Iraqi troops doing much of the fighting against ISIS there.

 These new personnel, however, will be "postured there to do all things Mosul, Raqqa, all in between," Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the Army's deputy chief of staff for operations, told House lawmakers Wednesday. He was referring to the Islamic State's two main strongholds: Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, major urban centers where U.S.-back allies are fighting a well entrenched enemy.

"So the whole brigade will now be forward," Anderson said. 


It's unclear when this new wave of paratroopers will deploy. Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, an 82nd Airborne Division spokesman, referred additional questions to the U.S. military command in Baghdad. Officials there did not immediately respond to Military Times' request seeking additional details. 

All told, the 82nd Airborne's 2nd Brigade Combat Team includes about 4,400 soldiers who compose infantry, artillery and cavalry units, plus their supply pipeline.  

Today, there are about 6,000 American troops spread between Iraq and Syria, where this week Marine Corps artillery crews established a fire base from which U.S. forces intend to attack ISIS targets in and around Raqqa.
With another 2,500 ready to go...

The Manbij situation has been covered fairly extensively- Last year & the recent posts below:
*Manbij Dead Lock: Russia, Turkey, U.S. Hold "Surprise" Military Talks *US Sends 500 Additional Troops Into Manbij to “Send ISIS a Message”?*Manbij: NATO's Fracturing Point, US Troops Parade In Armored Convoys*Manbij Conjuncture- Russia Makes a Deal*NATO Fracturing at Manbij? US Reinforces Manbij to Defend From Turkish Attack??*US Commander Votel in Northern Syria Meeting With PKK/YPG*Why Does Turkey’s Capture of Syria’s Al Bab Matter? The reality of no fly/safe zones:  *Tim Kelly (OIT) Interviews George Webb: DynCorp Harvest: Killing is Good Business *Safe Zones an Inducement to Increase Human Misery
If you have the time over the week-end do listen to this interview, and leave some thoughts :)

Tim Kelly/Crystal Clark: Dimmunization, Dehumanization, Dumbing Down and Depopulation
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Tim Kelly/Crystal Clark: Dimmunization, Dehumanization, Dumbing Down and Depopulation

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 16:39
 Another must listen interview from Tim Kelly's Interesting Times Podcast

More then two hours long, covering a whole lot of territory.

This is the first I've heard of Crystal Clark and in some ways she reminded me of myself.
I haven't had the time to read her article yet... but I will. The interview has certainly made her article a must read in my mind. The article discussed is embedded below for your, and mine, convenience. Her website is also included, linked & highlighted.

 Crystal Clark joins the show to discuss her article: "Globalist Reality Revisionism & the Four Directives: Dimmunization, Dehumanization, Dumbing-Down Depopulation." This essay seeks to expose globalist Reality Revisionism and the Four Directives in conjunction with the future genocidal consequences of their furtherance based on current trends.“Reality revisions are agenda-driven and thereby fictitious narratives carefully scripted to revise an entire global reality in order to meet or fulfill that agenda. These are major, major paradigm shifts of generational proportions that summarily pre and re-define the future victor and victimhood status of billions. These shifts aren’t meant to change the perception and therefore direction of reality for a day, week, or months, but permanently.” — The Roles of Social Engineering and Perception Management in Reality Revisionism etc.,

We talk about psychopathy, elite pedophilia, eugenics, psychological warfare, full spectrum dominance and the agenda of the criminal globalist elite. Crystal is a writer, researcher and host of Drowning-in-Absurdity, a website dedicated to analyzing the machinations of the psychopathic elite.
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Takin' umbrage to UMBRAGE

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 19:47
While my taking umbrage implies, for example, that  I find the bizarre claims of Russia hacking the US election without evidence, offensive- (Too bad Wikipedia doesn’t take umbrage to such absurdity)
 
The CIA's UMBRAGE Program takes an entirely different type of offence: a transgression of the law; the act of attacking- to a whole new level
 
Sadly, no. This is serious stuffThe CIA’s UMBRAGE programme could provide us all a glimpse into how it was the CIA, er I mean, Russia hacked the US election. If we are to believe the claims at all. Could UMBRAGE be employed in other situations? Seems likely. Thoughts?

To understand the direction we're heading in let’s define “umbrage” as employed by the CIA programme
 5.a shadowy appearance or semblance of something.Umbrage... A shadowy appearance or semblence of something- semblance, of course, being related directly to resemblance. A shadowy appearance resembling something- umbrage

WikiLeaks files detail CIA 'UMBRAGE' project, which would allow spies to pin attacks on other countries

The program allows the CIA, to pin a hack on others, by leaving a shadow/y appearance resembling something....done by another.

"The CIA had a special programme allowing it to trick people into thinking they had been hacked by other countries, according to WikiLeaks.

The agency was cataloguing the hacking methods of outside cyber attackers, including those from Russia, according to files published by the organisation. Once it had them catalogued, it could use them to break into other countries or people's computers or phones – making it look like a different country had done so.

The project, called UMBRAGE, is just one of a range of different hacking tools that appear to be have been revealed by the leak

UMBRAGE works in part by getting around the problems of those hacking techniques. Any cyber attack inevitably leaves a trace of how it was done – but by cataloguing other hackers' tricks, those traces could look like they come from someone else entirely.

"The CIA's Remote Devices Branch's UMBRAGE group collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques 'stolen' from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation," WikiLeaks wrote in its release. "With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the "fingerprints" of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from."

The UMBRAGE project includes a variety of cyber weapons, including tools that can allow data to be deleted, webcams to be spied on and various other survey techniques, according to the documents"
 Therefore the CIA could have been the party responsible for the DNC hacks and subsequent email leaks blamed on the Russians - and isn't choosing the bear such an obvious moniker... I don't know? Why not pick vodka ;)

Wikipedia:  In October 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama used the red phone line to directly contact Putin and issue a warning to him regarding the cyber attacks.[8] Russian officials have repeatedly denied involvement in any DNC leaks or hacks.[9][10][11]"In June 2016, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) first stated that the Russian hacker groups Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear had penetrated their campaign servers and leaked information via the Guccifer 2.0 online persona.[24][25]"
Additional reading RT:

Every hacking technique leaves a “fingerprint” which, when collated, can be used to connect different attacks and tie them to the same culprit.

The CIA’s Remote Development Branch (RDB)’s Umbrage sub-group collects an archive of hacking exploits created by other actors, like Russia and other hackers, and leaves this false trace for others to detect.
Hacking Team

An Umbrage document shows how the agency mined information from a breach of Italian “offensive security” vendor Hacking Team, that boasts governmental and law enforcement clients.
Some 400GB of data including “browser credential stealing” and “six different zero-day exploits” was released in the breach, which Umbrage studied and added to its repository.
#Vault7 - there goes the whole CIA narrative about Russian hacking of the 2016 election. https://t.co/VTikpCut5Ppic.twitter.com/2gkY9CFD88— John Hanson (@Crayz9000) March 7, 2017While the documents released don’t tie Crowdstrike to the CIA’s Umbrage program, the data demonstrates how easily fingerprints can be manipulated, and how the CIA’s vast collection of existing malware can be employed to disguise its own actions.Crowdstrike, a private security firm linked to the Atlantic Council, found the hackers who accessed the DNC emails Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof says that by using Russian “fingerprints” the CIA may have deliberately put the blame for hacking on the Russians.“Apparently they were able to obtain Russian malware and then they can turn that around and make it look like [attacks] were coming from Russia. And that gets into a political narrative that we’re hearing these days of hacking and what have you, blaming it all on the Russians.
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Manbij Dead Lock: Russia, Turkey, U.S. Hold "Surprise" Military Talks

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 09:48
Some media outlets are reporting these talks as "surprise talks" That's just silly. Given what has been occurring in Manbij as of late a meeting seemed absolutely necessary. 
I will relink the posts covering this very tense and dangerous situation at the bottom- 

The latest via Bloomberg:
 The top military officials from Russia, Turkey and the U.S. met on Tuesday in a bid to defuse escalating tensions outside a strategic Syrian town.

The meeting follows Turkish threats to attack the northern town of Manbij, which is controlled by Kurdish groups seen by the U.S. as key allies in the fight against Islamic State. The U.S.-led coalition said on Saturday that it had deployed troops outside the town to “deter aggression,” a day after Russia announced that Syrian government forces would be stationed near Manbij.


U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Turkey’s Chief of the General Staff Hulusi Akar are discussing “joint issues related to regional security, including Syria and Iraq,” in the southern Turkish city of Antalya, the Turkish military said in a statement on its website.
Joseph Dunford, left, Hulusi Akar, center, and Valery Gerasimov, March 7.
Source: Turkish Military Pool Photo via AP Photos


Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said his country seeks a “trilateral mechanism” to clear the area of “terrorist groups.” In Manbij, “the U.S. is raising a flag, Russia is raising a flag nearby, things have turned into a flag competition,” Yildirim said in an interview with ATV television late Monday.
Erdogan, Putin

The mounting strains around Manbij have emerged as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepares to visit Moscow on Thursday accompanied by his defense minister for talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Russia has taken the diplomatic lead in seeking to resolve the war in Syria after its military intervention in 2015 succeeded in bolstering President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey sent troops across the border into Syria in August, backing Free Syrian Army rebels in battles against Islamic State. The army has also clashed with Kurdish groups that the government in Ankara regards as terrorist organizations with links to separatists in Turkey, and which took control of Manbij after expelling Islamic State from the town just before the Turkish incursion.
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Turkey has sought the support of the U.S., its NATO ally, to lead a ground offensive against Islamic State’s main Syrian stronghold of Raqqa that would advance through areas controlled by Kurdish fighters, a Turkish official said last week. The U.S. views the Kurds as an essential element of the battle against the radical Sunni group that’s waged a global campaign of terrorist attacks from its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

The U.S. has moved 500 soldiers to the outskirts of Manbij, according to Ilnur Cevik, chief adviser to Erdogan. The U.S.-led coalition “has taken this deliberate action to reassure coalition members and partner forces, deter aggression and keep the focus on defeating ISIS,” spokesman Col. John Dorrian said on Twitter.
The US acknowledged they moved 500 additional troops yesterday- check re-linked posts at bottom
There’s a high risk of a Turkish assault on Manbij, said Anton Lavrov, an independent Russian military expert who follows the Syrian conflict closely. That could provoke a bigger crisis as “both the U.S. and Russia want to maintain the status quo and keep the Kurds in control of the territory they hold.”

The U.S. deployment was “a clear signal to the Turks not to go down that road,” said Abdsalam Ali, a Syrian Kurdish representative in Moscow. The Kurds are hopeful that Turkey “will be forced to stand down,” he said.
The Kurdish thugs should stand down- But like their Israeli allies they think annexing territory is their right- They will applaud when Israel takes Golan completely, that will suit them just fine... It will see them that much closer to their allies.

Related posts- If unfamiliar start at the bottom with the oldest post and work up:
US Sends 500 Additional Troops Into Manbij to “Send ISIS a Message”?Manbij: NATO's Fracturing Point, US Troops Parade In Armored ConvoysManbij Conjuncture- Russia Makes a DealNATO Fracturing at Manbij? US Reinforces Manbij to Defend From Turkish Attack??US Commander Votel in Northern Syria Meeting With PKK/YPGWhy Does Turkey’s Capture of Syria’s Al Bab Matter?
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US Sends 500 Additional Troops Into Manbij to “Send ISIS a Message”?

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 18:45
The first article linked directly below is not humour! Though it's contention is absurd.
Clearly the media is opting to spin the overtly confrontational position taken by the US, in support of their Kurdish terrorists, against Turkey, a NATO ally.  This silly spin was mentioned in the first post from today. Manbij: NATO's Fracturing Point, US Troops Parade In Armored Convoys

The media is always managing perceptions- It’s job 1.
During times of war the media is working over time to control your thinking. As Mika Brzezinski states, does their work,"our job", of "actually controlling what the people think"

-The media spins to prevent you from thinking about the US betraying their NATO ally of decades.
-The media does not want you to think about how it is the US is walking alongside the PKK aka YPG. Known and recognized terrorists for decades.
 - And hey, how about the presence of  an additional 500 US boots on the ground in Manbij, Syria?  An invasion and occupation by the US is also glossed over 
 - Instead you are being distracted with ‘sending ISIS a message’- That’s ridiculous!
Link


United States troops are officially on the ground in war-torn Syria to help in the fight against the Islamic State.

That’s bad news for ISIS.

The U.S. has deployed 500 troops, many of them highly skilled special operators, to Syria to “deter aggression and keep focus of defeating ISIS.”

The American convoys were spotted rolling through the outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij, near the village of Yalanli.
The American flags made it so no one could mistake who the convoy belonged to.

Be safe and give ISIS hell, boys.Farcical presentation.

France 24 is reporting with a bit more reality
The Pentagon said Monday it has sent additional US troops into northern Syria in a show of strength aimed at deterring rival powers from targeting each other instead of the Islamic State group.

"We have brought in some additional forces to be able to do this reassurance and deterrence mission," Davis said, without giving numbers.

Reassure the PKK/YPG who have annexed Syrian territory with the assistance of the US and ISIS while deterring Turkey a nation that entered Syrian territory in order to clear their border of US backed terrorists YPG/PKK.

The United States is backing a Kurdish-Arab alliance (an arab veneer) called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to fight IS, and these fighters pushed the jihadists from Manbij last year. Around the same time, (Actually months after Manbij was passed to Kurds & the US didn't keep their word regarding their retreat. And about 6 weeks after the US backed coup in Turkey) Turkey crossed into northern Syria and joined the anti-IS fight, while also working to keep in check the Kurdish fighters, which it views as terrorists."This is obviously a really complicated situation, Davis said."We have made visible actions in deploying US forces as part of the coalition in and around Manbij to reassure and deter -- that's to deter parties from attacking any other parties other than ISIS itself."Visible to who? Turkey? Seems so since the US is embedded with the PKK/YPG
Reassuring to who? It seems it would be the Kurds since the US is right there with them
Deterring who? Obviously Turkey. 

Since Turkey has made very clear they expect the US to keep their word and have the Kurds retreat... And the US does not want Turkey to go to Manbij.. because the US wants their Kurdish proxy terrorist pals to permanently annex &  occupy Syria with an eye to attacking Turkey once the US gets their safe zone on!

 Flashback: Why Does Turkey’s Capture of Syria’s Al Bab Matter?

 Flashback: NATO Fracturing at Manbij? US Reinforces Manbij to Defend From Turkish Attack?? 
  There had been no indication from Erdogan that the Turkish forces inside Syria want to rest on their laurels with the taking of Al Bab.
“The US does not want Turkey to march on Manbij,” said Stein.
It's not that complicated really. It all began in earnest in 2002- When the US invaded Iraq. This invasion set the wheels in motion for the remake of the middle east/north african region

You know it's all just the "birth pangs of a new middle east" 

Who say's women can't kill as well as men?
Condoleeza Rice 2006
RICE: What we're seeing here, in a sense, is the growing -- the birth pangs of a new Middle East. 

RICE: And whatever we do, we have to be certain that we are pushing forward to the new Middle East, not going back to the old one.
The remake, er birth pangs,  I've discussed here for years.  
What complicates this situation is the multitude of lies to cover up for that which is actually occurring.
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Manbij: NATO's Fracturing Point, US Troops Parade In Armored Convoys

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:11
Flashback to the post from last week:

NATO Fracturing at Manbij? US Reinforces Manbij to Defend From Turkish Attack??

Was I was really the only blogger to have caught the reports of the US being present in Manbij? Obviously signalling flagrant US backstabbing of a NATO ally, Turkey.... As has been posited here for so very long now..

Reiterating the simplistic synopsis:
Necessary background since most people still believe Turkey & the US are lovers. They aren't. Turkey is the betrayed party in the tryst the US is having with Kurdish terrorists. Though Turkey has tried to win back US affection. The US has repelled Turkey in favour of it's new love... (simplistic breakdown) 
Manbij, specifically:
Manbij is a problem, from way back, for Turkey. It's also a source of acrimony between Turkey and the US. Along with the coupThe discord between the US & Turkey over the PKK presence at Manbij has been covered repeatedly here at the blog. Some mentions were relinked in last weeks posting on this topic

RT reporting after Rudaw broke the news- Rudaw has seen at least one of it's reporters abused by the PKK/YPG

American soldiers have been spotted traveling in an armored convoy near the Syrian city of Manbij, with a US spokesman calling it a “deliberate action” aimed at ensuring Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is defeated.
Oh that is funny! Was the US spokesman going for humour? It was a deliberate action having nothing to do with IS.





The video was filmed amid sporadic exchanges of fire between the Kurdish-affiliated Manbij Military Council (MMC) and Turkish troops in areas west of Manbij. Rudaw Twitter
 Rudaw English @RudawEnglish
Amid clashes with Turkish-backed forces, Manbij Military Council published video reportedly of US forces arriving north of Manbij on Friday. 4:44 AM - 4 Mar 2017
Clearly a message to Turkey

The US-led coalition in Syria confirmed the presence of American forces around Manbij on Saturday, after the MMC published one of the first video accounts of US forces in northern Syria on social media.

The US is sending a clear undeniable message to Turkey- We are allied with the PKK terrorists!
 Nothing new in that message to me or to the Turkish leadership.


Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in August, both to clear IS from areas near the Turkey-Syria border, and to prevent Kurds from extending their control in the region. To achieve the objectives, Ankara wants to capture both Raqqa and Manbij to create a 5,000 sq km “safe zone” in northern Syria. However, Ankara said on Sunday that it would not oppose the Syrian Army over control of Manbij. “We do not consider the scenario under which the Syrian Army would enter Manbij, as [a] negative one. The Kurdish self-defense units are leaving the city. The Syrian land must belong to the Syrians,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, according to Sputnik.
Don't miss a truly excellent but difficult interview from Tim Kelly @ Our Interesting Times

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Tim Kelly (OIT) Interviews George Webb: DynCorp Harvest: Killing is Good Business

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 17:51
I like Tim Kelly. He does very interesting, fairly in depth interviews, considering the time constraints everyone of us deals with."Our Interesting Times" will be perma- linked in the sidebar. 

 Just got to hear this interview today and it is a MUST LISTEN interview, the perfect partner to the post covering the fallacious concept of safe zones as anything having to do with safety. 
 It's not an easy interview- but it's better to understand the reality of warfare as a business model. Including the creation of safe zones to exploit, cannibalize and profit from misery intentionally forced on humanity via the capitalist war model.

If you missed it?   Safe Zones an Inducement to Increase Human Misery
After you listen to this interview you will have a better understanding of exactly why it was I made the statement below, in the post relinked above!

"So called 'safe zones' are created for this specific reason, to up the misery level for civilians. There is nothing humanitarian or "safe" about them-  They will not stem the refugee flow- A simply absurd claim.The authors cite incident after incident- Known outcomes- same every time. Which suggests quite clearly this is the desired outcome- no matter what nonsensical assertions made.
 This is how the drug/organ/human trafficking is expanded exponentially- This feeds the black markets. The black budgets and covert ops- Only a moron, habitual liar or complete psychopath would extol the virtue of 'safe zones' as anything but inducements to increase human misery"

Tim Kelly & George Webb

 George Webb returns to Our Interesting Times to discuss his open-source investigation DynCorp Harvest: Killing is Good Business. We discuss evidence of a global human trafficking and organ harvesting network hiding under the cover of various humanitarian, military and national security operations
 
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