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Feb 08 10:33

Erdogan: US Must Choose Between Turkey and Syrian Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today issued an angry condemnation after US envoy to he ISIS War Brett McGurk visited the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, asking how he could trust the US while they associate with the “terrorists in Kobani.”

Erdogan went on to warn that the US is ultimately going to have to choose whether its partner is Turkey or the Syrian Kurds. The State Department didn’t directly address this, simply saying they view the Kurdish PKK as “a terrorist organization.”

The US has long said that of the PKK, but is overtly backing the Kurdish YPG in northern Syria. Turkey insists that the two are essentially the same group, and at times Erdogan and other top Turkish leaders have also claimed the PKK and YPG are the same as ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By not involving the Kurds in a rational, political process inside Turkey, Edrogan may well be looking at generating a civil war inside his own country. As reported in last November's huffpo:

Would it have been better if the AKP hadn't won a majority in Turkey's elections Sunday? Based on the mood of those who don't support President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP, you would think so. But the truth is, it wouldn't have made much difference. Against Erdogan's authoritarianism, only relentless persistence and a true alternative will one day prevail. The AKP won because Erdogan used two dirty weapons. One: violence against the Kurdish political movement, including the armed PKK. And two: authoritarianism. He killed civilians in the Kurdish majority Southeast during day-long curfews and "operations," bombed the PKK in Turkey and in the Qandil mountains in Iraq, jailed democratically elected mayors, didn't do anything to prevent violence against offices and rallies of the HDP (the leftist party rooted in the Kurdish movement) and increased the pressure on newspapers not yet under his control. And it worked -- he won 49 percent of the vote. Not that it has anything to do with democracy whatsoever, of course. The victory is soaked in suppression and blood. And the chance that Erdogan has had enough now is small. More media will be raided. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to fight the PKK until the last man is standing, and Erdogan outright denied an agreement between the Kurds and the state reached earlier this year. The war rhetoric to gain votes didn't change to talk of peace after the majority was won back: Erdogan hurried to rant against the PKK in his first address after the polling stations closed.

What Edrogan wants to see happen to the Kurds is genocide, plain and simple.

To say that this guy is a loose cannon is like saying the Titanic hit a little ice. He appears to be getting more and more unhinged every day, and I do not believe that the Turkish Constitution has an element in it like the the 25th Amendment to the American Constitution, which provides for the removal of a President if he or she, for mental or physical reasons, is no longer able to carry out their duties.

Also, the fact that this country holds NATO status right now is more than a little scary. NATO was supposed to be a collection of democratic countries, but the anti-democratic bias of the last election in Turkey means that we have a dictatorship in this country, masquerading as a democracy.

To take the heat off of him for his domestic persecution of the Kurds, he may well haul off and attack Syria on his own (and the US may be impotent to stop him); if Russia counter attacks, he could well invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter, which, through treaty, forces NATO members to come to each other's aid, if attacked by Russia.

That was very much how World War I started, due to treaty obligations.

IF I were John Kerry right now, understanding what a loose cannon and geopolitical liability Erdogan has become, because of the desperate situation into which he has put his country's economy, starting with shooting down a Russia fighter last year which resulted in Russian sanctions against Turkey, I would be on the phone with Edrogan right now, telling him to cool it.

Feb 08 09:44

AN EXASPERATED JOHN KERRY THROWS IN TOWEL ON SYRIA: “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO, GO TO WAR WITH THE RUSSIANS?!”

“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city – Syria’s largest before the war – could soon fall.”
Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “…could soon be liberated.”

While we’ll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn’t exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we’re fairly certain you’ll discover that residents aren’t particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.

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IF Turkey decides to invade Syria in the short term, and Russia responds militarily, Turkey could invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter (which states that if one NATO member is attacked, it is as though all are attacked, and all must unite against the attacker). That would definitely force the US's hand, militarily.

I would like to hope and pray that the leadership in Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha understands that when Russian government officials say, if you invade Syria, this will will be an act of war against Russia as well, that they completely understand that in this circumstance, Russia is not bluffing.

Feb 08 09:25

Proxy wars? Will it be Saudi (U.S.) versus Russia , Assad & Nasrallah (Iran)? Daesh who?

A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government's consent amounts to a declaration of war.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.”

Feb 07 17:23

Saudis provide cover for Turkey to start military operation in Syria

Danger exists that Saudi Arabia and Turkey will provide support to armed groupings fighting against the government troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad if these two countries launch a ground operation against the Islamic State terrorist organization on the territory of Syria, experts polled by TASS said on Friday.
On Thursday, a day after the Geneva talks on the Syrian settlement were suspended, Saudi Defense Minister, General Ahmed Asiri said that the armed forces of Saudi Arabia were ready for a ground operation in Syria as part of the US-led international coalition. This statement was welcomed by Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter. Saudi sources told The Guardian that thousands of special force fighters could be moved to Syria, possibly in coordination with Turkey.

Feb 07 17:00

Not Russian op, but NATO’s incursion in Middle East to blame for Syrian crisis – Moscow

Russia’s Defense Ministry has slammed NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, labeling as ‘nonsense’ his comments that the Russian air operation in Syria is causing tensions and undermining the peace process in the country.
The NATO Secretary General made the controversial statement on Friday when he arrived at the EU defense ministers meeting in Amsterdam.

"The intense Russia air strikes, mainly targeting opposition groups in Syria, are undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict… also causing increased tensions and violations of Turkish airspace,” Stoltenberg said.

Feb 07 16:50

Saudi Troops Headed to Syria? Saudi-Turkey Invasion in Support of ISIS?

Russia’s aerial campaign aiding Syrian ground forces continues unrelenting, Putin committed to combating all terrorist groups until defeating or reducing them to a shadow of their peak strength – enabling government troops to contain their remnants.

A previous article cited Russian evidence, indicating possible Turkish ground incursion preparations. Earlier Russian video evidence exposed Turkish shelling of Syria’s Latakia province – whether ahead of plans to invade its territory remains to be seen.

Does Riyadh have the same intention? Weeks earlier, it set up a military coordination body with Ankara. Saudi General Ahmed Asseri said “(t)he kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the (US-led) coalition may agree to carry out in Syria” – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

Washington created ISIS, using its fighters as imperial foot soldiers – supported by other NATO nations, Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.

Feb 07 10:05

Saudi military intervention in Syria amounts to war: Russian deputy

"Syria has to give official consent, to invite, otherwise it will be a war. The same applies to international law," Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the State Duma committee, told Interfax on Friday.

Krasheninnikov said that by promising a ground operation in Syria Riyadh now "intends to send troops to the territory of a sovereign state essentially without declaring a war."

Saudi Arabia on Thursday voiced readiness to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition allegedly targeting terrorists decides to start such operations.

US State Department spokesman John Kirby also welcomed the Saudi decision.

Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.

Feb 07 10:03

Russian Rules of Engagement in Syria

Wont be any DC sponsored terrorists to torture Donald! Go Russia!

Russia’s intervention last year changed the dynamic on the ground. It holds key trump cards, waging real war on terrorism effectively.

It determined rules of engagement - turning the tide in a protracted conflict government forces were losing, now with the upper hand.

Fort Russ quoted an unnamed senior joint operation Syria, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah command official, saying:

“Russia has established new rules of engagement on the Syrian-Turkish border, and has retained the upper hand for the Syrian air force and the Syrian army.”

“Russia also refurbished and upgraded custom made Syrian MiG29SMT (warplanes), to protect the Russian air force squadrons, with clear orders to shoot down Turkish planes that enter the Syrian air space.”

Feb 07 00:00

Russia Is Preparing the Syrian Army to Repel Any Turkish Incursion

Looks like the Russians and Syrians are preparing to defeat the Turks in detail as they come across the border. Assad's heavy units have been held back through the whole war.It's Assads ace in the hole. Retrained and re-equipped by the Russians the last several months and blooded. The Turks are walking into a big trap!

The source comments, “Russia has red lines that it will allow no one to cross, Russia is preparing a strong Syrian military unit that will serve to repel any Turkish ground incursions, Damascus has the right to defend its borders, and will not stay silent anymore to any aerial violations of Syrian sovereignty, and is preparing for any ground offensive by the Turks with aerial bombardment and ground shelling. Russia considers any plane not operating within the US-Russia coordination agreement to be a threat and will be shot down,.......

Feb 06 13:01

Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey about to invade Syria?

As Saudi and Turkish-backed rebels face an impending rout by Russian-backed regime forces, Riyadh and Ankara consider deploying troops.

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Funny how they don't mention the US backed/created "rebels."

Feb 06 13:01

Saudi gambit for all-out US war in Syria

Seriously, Saudi troops going into Syria to fight Daesh? The Saudis, Turks and American CIA have weaponized Daesh. Furthermore, the Saudi army is elsewhere getting pummeled by insurgents in Yemen. The notion that the Saudis or their Persian Gulf allies are readying to send ground forces into Syria is laughable.

Feb 06 11:39

Risking World War III in Syria

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country. The peace talks collapsed on Wednesday even before they began. A day later Saudi Arabia said it is ready to invade Syria while Turkey is building up forces at its Syrian border.

Feb 06 11:13

Syria: NATO's Last Desperate Options in Lost Proxy War

As early as 2012, a Department of Intelligence Agency (DIA) document (.pdf) admitted in regards to the Syrian conflict and the rise of ISIS that:

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).

Feb 06 11:01

Syria warns foreign troops would return home 'in coffins'

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned Saturday that foreign ground troops entering Syria without its approval would "return home in wooden coffins."

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"We're Americans. We demand ALUMINUM coffins!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 06 10:51

Saudi Arabia to send ground troops to Syria

Saudi Arabia said it was ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS. “The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against ISIS) may agree to carry out in Syria,” said Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during an interview with al-Arabiya TV news. Saudi sources added that thousands of Saudi Special Forces could be deployed, probably in coordination with Turkey.

Feb 06 10:09

Syria's Enemies Seek Face Saving Escalation Measures

The Russian military said Thursday that it has "reasonable grounds" to suspect that Turkey is making intensive preparations for a military invasion of neighboring Syria.

Feb 06 09:26

Video: Syrian Army Pounds ISIS

The Syrian army troops backed by popular committees have inflicted heavy losses upon ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists during a series of concentrated operations that were carried out against their dens and gatherings in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor provinces.

Feb 06 08:59

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Feb 06 01:05

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Feb 05 23:55

Week Sixteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a US Invasion of Syria Next?

This week was marked by major successes for the Syria military the Sheikh Miskeen region of the Daraa Province in the south of the country. In the meantime in the north, the Syrian Army continues its offensive north of the strategic Kuweires air base. But these military successes were eclipsed by rumors that the US was setting up and air base in northern Syria, possibly near Rmeilan, a town in the al-Hasakah Governorate in the northeast of Syria, and that this might be the preparation for a US ground intervention

Feb 05 19:11

‘Murderer!’ Turkey’s president heckled by female protesters, security brutally retaliates (VIDEO)

On a state visit to Ecuador,Erdogan has his Turkish Security Force beat and molest Ecuadorian women demonstrating against his visit.This guy has lost it!

Turkish Presidential guards showed astounding levels of brutality towards female activists in Ecuador. Three women were violently hauled away and, according to their accounts, beaten in the face and breasts moments after heckling Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In an act of protest the three activist started screaming “murderer” at Erdogan while he was addressing the crowd at Quito's Centre for Higher National Studies.

Feb 05 18:35

'We Expect A Military Escalation in Syria': Turkey’s True Motives

As Turkey shows increasing signs of invading Syria, Turkish journalist Erman Cete and Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute speak to Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear to discuss the meaning for relations between Russia and NATO.

Feb 05 18:34

Saudi military intervention in Syria amounts to war: Russian deputy

A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government's consent amounts to a declaration of war.

Feb 05 14:52

Diplomat: Turkey one of most unfavorable states in terms of observing rights of Russians

"In the sphere of ensuring rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of Russian citizens, Turkey is one of the most unfavorable countries in the world," Dolgov said. "We annually register at least 1,000 addresses and complaints of Russian citizens to consular offices of the Russian Federation in Turkey. This happens because of fraud and manipulation of different Turkish companies and organizations (insurance, real estate, banking, etc.). ungrounded and biased actions of state agencies and structures, including policemen (illegal arrests of Russian citizens, their detention in unacceptable conditions, and so on), courts (especially in cases of lawsuits dealing with custody rights for children born in Russian-Turkish families) and so on. The Turkish side "systematically ignores its commitments to timely inform Russia’s consular offices about detention and other types of freedom deprivation of Russian citizens, despite their respective demands," the commissioner noted.

Feb 05 14:35

Russia says Turkey systematically violates Open Skies Treaty

Earlier this week, Turkey violated the Open Skies Treaty by refusing to allow Russian inspectors to carry out an observation flight scheduled for February 1-5. This is not the first case when Ankara violates its international commitments, Antonov said. "In December 2015, the Turkish side closed for the Russian observation aircraft a part of airspace along the Syrian border and the Diyarbakir airfield (housing NATO aviation) earlier provided for use for the treaty’s aims. In October 2015, Turkey advised "in a mandatory manner" to delay the Russian observation mission due to carrying out a security operation. Russia agreed and postponed the flight. In 2014, a Turkish escort group said it was impossible to ensure the flights’ security in certain areas of the country’s airspace citing intense flights of combat aviation involved in the anti-terrorism operation. In February 2013, Ankara closed for observation the positions of the Patriot surface-to-air missile system in southern Turkey.

Feb 05 14:17

BREAKING: State Dept Spokesman John Kirby Violates Russian Airspace

Social media and other unnamed sources are reporting that US State Dept spokesman John Kirby has openly violated Russian airspace, in an obvious act of aggression against the Russian people.

Witnesses say that Kirby took off from an undisclosed location in Unkraine, flying his vintage single engine Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft, with a premeditated plan to invade Russia.

Reports said that Kirby was wearing a brown leather bomber jacket, a long wool scarf, his big boy deep sea diver mask, and a vintage WW1 leather flying helmet.

Kirby was seen loading a duffel bag full of hand grenades into the aircraft cockpit before taking off, and when questioned about his flight plan, Kirby stated his only mission was "to kill as many Ruskies as possible, because God told him to".

Note this report is not an accusation, it’s a fact.

Don't ask for proof of this report. We don't need proof.

We have stated that it occurred, and so the report is obviously the gospel truth.

Feb 05 14:05

Moscow says over 160 people died in actions of Turkish military in Kurdish settlements

"According to the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey NGO since the beginning of the active phase of the government operation in Kurdish settlements (July-August 2015) at least 162 people, including women, children and the elderly, were killed as a result of the actions of the Turkish military, and the probe into earlier revealed mass burials in south-east has not been finalized," the diplomat said. "Curfew still remains in some settlements, thus people there are deprived of timely access to food and essentials," he said. "Some reports say the number of internally displaced persons exceeds 100,000."

Feb 05 09:37

Grabbing a Slice: Neighbors Rush In To Get Their Share of the ‘Syrian Pie’

The steady success of the Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces have forced Syria's neighbors to rush in, in fear of missing their chance to grab a piece of the “Syrian pie”, according to military analyst Andrei Koshkin.

Feb 05 09:36

Saudi Arabia May Deploy Thousands of Troops to Syria

The Guardian said on Thursday citing unnamed Saudi sources that Saudi Arabia could deploy "thousands of special forces," "probably in coordination with Turkey."

Feb 05 09:35

Syrian Army Cuts Al-Nusra Militants' Supply Line Between Aleppo and Turkey

Several key supply routes of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front have reportedly been destroyed by the Syrian Army in an area of Aleppo Province which borders Turkey.

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Feb 05 09:02

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Meanwhile, in Geneva, the remote-controlled Syrian opposition, a.k.a. High Negotiations Committee, graphically demonstrated they never wanted to meet with the Damascus delegation in the first place – “proximity” talks or otherwise, even after Washington and Moscow roughly agreed on a two-year transition plan leading to a theoretically secular, nonsectarian Syria.

The Saudi front wanted no less than Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam and all Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria, collaborators at the table in Geneva. So the Geneva charade, quicker than one can say “Road to Aleppo!” was exposed for what it is.

Feb 05 08:56

U.S., Russia “Base Wars” In Syria As Turkey Allegedly Prepares For Invasion

By Brandon Turbeville

The chess pieces are continuing to be set by the world’s two superpowers in Syria in steps that are slowly leading to the possibility of a direct military confrontation between them. That is, if the United States and NATO do not abandon their pipe dreams of world hegemony and the destruction of the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

The latest chess pieces being moved around on the board come in the form of air bases now being set up and expanded by both the United States and Russia inside Syrian territory...

Feb 05 08:56

Former Party Official Slams Erdogan's Increasingly Draconian Turkish State

Commenting on the Turkish government's campaign to demonize former Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc over his criticisms of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its leadership, former AKP Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Gunay warned that Turkey is showing worrying signs of a backslide into dictatorship.

Feb 05 08:54

War Warning: Serious Grounds to Believe Turkey Planning Military Invasion of Syria

Russian Major General Igor Konashenkov has announced that Russia now has ‘serious grounds’ to believe Turkey is preparing an illegal ground invasion of Syria:

“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,”

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,”

“We are surprised that the talkative representatives of the Pentagon, NATO and numerous organizations allegedly protecting human rights in Syria, despite our call to respond to these actions, still remain silent,”

“Such steps carried out by a country, which is a NATO member state, in no way contribute to the strengthening of trust and security in Europe.”

Feb 05 08:53

END OF ISIS? Russian Jets Hit 900 Targets in Last Three Days, Jihadists Fleeing

Russia’s intervention in Syria has produced many astounding results since it began late last year, and they seem to be continuing into the new year too.

Major General Igor Konashenkov is reporting that the Russian airstrikes have hit almost 900 targets from 1-4 February in Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir ez-Zor, which have caused the terrorists to sustain heavy losses:

“In order to retain at least some semblance of a fighting capacity, the militants’ forces in the Syria’s northern regions continue abandoning their positions and falling back to the Turkish border.”

Feb 04 22:26

US Regime Change Talks on Syria hit blind alley

The real danger, however, is that Washington and its allies might now attempt a direct military intervention in Syria out of desperation.

Feb 04 12:12

Syrian Army Troops Block Al-Nusra Supply Routes at Turkish Borders with Aleppo

The Syrian army managed to cut off supply routes to the al-Nusra Front terrorists in the town of Mayer, North of Aleppo, at the bordering areas with Turkey on Thursday.

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Now you know why Turkey is shelling the Syrian troops!

Feb 04 11:36

Turkey preparing for military action in Syria: Russia

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says Moscow has serious grounds to suspect Turkey of preparing for a military incursion into Syria.

“The Russian Defense Ministry registers a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the territory of Syria,” Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.

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Further evidence of these preparations can be found in today's http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610:

Many checkpoints on the Turkish-Syrian border can be used for preparing infrastructure for a military intrusion into Syria, Konashenkov went on to say. Konashenkov showed the photos of one of the border checkpoints, where grounds protected by security guards were being expanded. "In wartime, such methods are used for preparing the transport infrastructure ahead of a military intrusion. Such grounds are usually used for ensuring quick movement of military convoys with weapons and ammunition as well as for prompt transportation and evacuation of personnel. There are plenty of such examples, in which troops and military hardware are involved, on the Syrian-Turkish border," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said. Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier provided convincing video evidence to the world public that Turkish self-propelled artillery systems were shelling Syrian populated areas in north Latakia. "We’re surprised that talkative representatives of the Pentagon and NATO and numerous so-called organizations for the protection of human rights in Syria have kept silent so far, despite our call for reacting to these actions," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said. Russia’s Defense Ministry has intensified all kinds of reconnaissance in the Middle East, the spokesman said. "That is why, if someone in Ankara thinks that the cancellation of the Russian inspectors’ observance flight over Turkey will help conceal something, then this looks unprofessional," Konashenkov said. More: http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610

IF, in fact, these Russia reports are true (and I see no reason to doubt them), the following scenario is very plausible.

Turkey attacks Syria; Russia counter-attacks Turkish forces (or there is a false flag making it appear that this was the case), and Turkey invokes Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

This means that all of NATO's military are, by treaty obligation, constrained to protect Turkey from any attacker, as though they all had been attacked by Russia.

Welcome to World War III, ladies and gentlemen.

Feb 04 11:29

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Notorious Saudi intel mastermind Prince Turki, a former mentor of one Osama bin Laden, has been to Paris on a PR offensive; all he could muster was an avalanche of non-denial denials - and blaming the whole Syria tragedy on Bashar al-Assad.

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It would be terrific if military intervention would just shatter before the US and Turkey get their way in the region, thanks to Russia's invited intervention in Syria; unfortunately, however, there are troubling Russian reports of Turkey preparing for an all-out invasion of Syria.

And THAT could well lead to World War III.

Feb 04 11:15

US-Led Coalition Continues Bombing Syria, Telling Russia to Stop

The US-led international coalition continued bombing targets across Syria, Russia's military said, while demanding that Russia stops its own campaign as part of a ceasefire deal.

Aircraft of the international coalition inflicted 12 powerful strikes in five provinces of Syria between Monday and Wednesday, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov noted that Russia has been accused of targeting areas which "never had terrorist groups" amid a tentative preparation for talks, an allegation he called absurd. Konashenkov countered allegations previously voiced by US Secretary of State John Kerry, noting that the US-led coalition has continued its strikes while condemning Russia's.

"This is especially true of targets engaged outside Raqqa, where aviation of the so-called anti-ISIL coalition supposedly does not fly and does not bomb," Konashenkov told reporters.

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The Russians are being effective, in tandem with their Syrian military counterparts, so much so that they are very close to taking the city of Aleppo.

Kerry's hypocrisy is showing big-time, because if Syria and Russia are able to control the Western part of the country, they will have far more leverage as to what happens with the rest of Syria, and that is the polar opposite of what the US and Turkey want to see happen here.

Feb 04 10:35

Closing In: Russia, Iran, Assad "Encircle" Syria's Largest City As Peace Talks Collapse In Geneva

As we noted four months ago, if Russia and Hezbollah manage to recapture the city, it would effectively restore the Assad government in Syria even if the east of the country is still controlled by Islamic State.

Fast forward four months and it appears that after a protracted fight, Russia and Hezbollah are indeed poised to recapture the city where militants are now surrounded. Critically, Russia and Iran have now cut off supply lines from Turkey.

In any event, the urgency expressed by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey shouldn't be mistaken for some kind of benevolent regard for the lives are lost each and every day the war drags on. Rather, Washington, Riyadh, and Ankara know that if Aleppo falls, that's it for the "moderate" opposition.

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The big question, then, is what are DC and Istanbul prepared to actually do to prevent this from happening, and what will they do if they cannot?!?

Feb 04 09:55

Backed By Russian Jets, Syrian Army Closes In On Aleppo

A Syrian army source said the city of Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces as rebels pounded by Russian air strikes expressed hope that the failure of Geneva peace talks would encourage their foreign backers to send better weapons.

Turkey, a major sponsor of the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad, said there was no point to peace talks while Russia carried out attacks in Syria. Moscow confirmed a Russian military trainer was killed in Syria this week, but denied that Russian servicemen were fighting on the ground.

The United Nations on Wednesday suspended the first peace talks in two years, halting an effort that seemed doomed from the start as the war raged unabated on the ground and government forces severed a major rebel supply route into strategically-important Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the war began.

Feb 04 09:21

General Says Israel ‘Effectively’ Part of Anti-ISIS Coalition

Israeli Major General Nitzan Alon today told reporters that Israel considers ISIS “an enemy” and that it shares so much intelligence with the members of the US anti-ISIS coalition that it is “effectively” a part of that coalition itself.

This seems to be a significant shift from what other Israeli officials have said, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon only weeks ago insisting that Israel “prefers ISIS” to take over Syria rather than the Assad government, an ally of Iran, remaining in power.

Feb 04 09:09

Despite Territorial Loses, the ISIS Global Position Is Secure

Only the Russian Federation has shown a willingness to truly resist the spread of ISIS

Feb 04 09:04

Carter Slams 'So-Called' Partners for Not Doing More in Daesh Fight

In recent statements by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, the US-led coalition against Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL) is less a coalition and more a disparate group following their own interests, suggesting that allies are not pulling their fair share of the weight in the ongoing and costly war.

Feb 04 08:09

Grounds to believe Turkey planning military invasion in Syria - Russian military

Developments on the Turkish-Syrian border give serious grounds to suspect that Ankara is planning a military invasion in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, Defense Ministry spokesman, told journalists.

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.

Feb 04 07:32

Turkey finds awkward excuses for violating Open Skies Treaty with Russia

Turkey has explained its latest move to decline Russia the right for an observation flight over its territory. According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the route of the routine observation flight had not been coordinated. "Observation flights are conducted when both parties agree on a flight plan. In case of the observation flight that the Russian Federation requested on February 2-5, 2016, the parties failed to agree on the flight route, and the flight did not take place," Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said. Russia requested an observation flight over the territory of Turkey for February 1-5 under the Open Skies Treaty. However, Ankara did not give Russia permission for the flight. A Russian Defense Ministry official, Sergei Ryzhkov, said that when the Russian mission arrived in Turkey and announced the route of the observation flight, "the Turkish military denied the right for the flight having referred to instructions from the Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Feb 04 05:12

Senior Fath Al-Halab Commander Flees to Turkey

A senior commander of the Fath al-Halab (Conquest of Aleppo) terrorists group fled the battle against the Syrian army in Northern Aleppo and took shelter in Turkey. "Commander of Fath all-Halab's operations room Major Yasser Abdel Rahim has escaped to Turkey," both sides of the war confirmed on Wednesday.

Feb 03 14:49

‘Irrefutable proof’: Turkey shells Syrian territory – Russian military

The Russian Defense Ministry has presented video evidence it says shows Turkish military shelling Syrian territory using heavy artillery positioned close to the border.

Feb 03 12:54

Syrian Civil War: Could Turkey be Gambling on an Invasion?

A month before Turkey shot down a Russian bomber which it accused of entering its airspace, Russian military intelligence had warned President Vladimir Putin that this was the Turkish plan. Diplomats familiar with the events say that Putin dismissed the warning, probably because he did not believe that Turkey would risk provoking Russia into deeper military engagement in the Syrian war.

In the event, on 24 November last year a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian bomber, killing one of the pilots, in an attack that had every sign of being a well-prepared ambush. Turkey claimed that it was responding to the Russian plane entering its airspace for 17 seconds, but the Turkish fighters made every effort to conceal themselves by flying at low altitude, and they appear to have been on a special mission to destroy the Russian aircraft.

Feb 03 11:07

Major brands exploiting Syria refugee kids: Charity

The report comes a day after the EU police agency Europol said more than 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing after arriving in Europe over the past 18-24 months amid concerns that many might have fallen into the hands of sex trafficking rings or the slave trade.

Feb 03 08:41

Time to Welcome Russia as Partner in War to Destroy Daesh - Donald Trump

The United States should welcome Russia as a full partner in the struggle to destroy the Islamic State, Republican preisdential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump told a rally in Milford, New Hampshire.

Feb 03 07:47

Military Source: Turkey Covering Terrorists Retreating in Syria's Lattakia

Armed terrorists retreating toward the Turkish border in Syria’s province of Latakia are receiving cover from Turkish artillery, a military source said Tuesday. The source added that Turkish artillery is directed at the Syrian Army positions. “Turkish artillery has given cover several times when units of terrorists were retreating and giving up their positions, which allowed the terrorists to leave for Turkey,” the source told RIA Novosti. The source added that Turkish artillery is directed at Syrian Army positions.

Feb 03 07:09

Media: U.S. drone crashed in Turkey (photo)

Unmanned aircraft belonging to the air forces of the USA, crashed near the Turkish city of Adana. The incident occurred 15 kilometers from the settlement in one of the agricultural fields. The estimated crash site of the drone cordoned off by police, according to TV channel Haber Türk. Officials have not yet commented on the incident. Earlier in October, an American Predator UAV crashed in the province of Hatay due to engine problems.

Feb 02 15:49

Turkey moves border into Syrian area, builds bulwarks, local Kurds claim

The Kurdish minority in northern Syria say Turkey is attempting to extend its border into Syrian territory.

Feb 02 15:45

Russia Comments on NATO's Alleged Evidence of Turkish Airspace Violation

The Russian Defense Ministry, commenting on the statement of a NATO representative regarding the ‘classified images’ of the so-called violation of the Syrian-Turkish border by a Russian jet, said that such allegations were expected from NATO as they are trying to withhold information from the public and media.

Earlier, a NATO spokesman said that all images of Russians jet violating the Syrian-Turkish border were secret.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!

Feb 02 12:09

Terrorists Fleeing to Turkey as Army Advances in Aleppo Province

Hundreds of Takfiri terrorists are trying to cross the border to Turkey after losing vast grounds and dozens of their friends in the Syrian army's massive operations in Northern Aleppo province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey is shelling the Syrian forces as they advance ... inside Syria.

Feb 02 09:58

Syrian children found in Turkish garment factories making British high street brands

H&M and Next, two of Europe’s biggest garment retailers, have found Syrian refugee children working in their supplier factories in Turkey, according to a report by a company ethics watchdog.

Of the 28 major brands questioned by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRCC) about conditions at their supplier factories in Turkey and the potential exploitation of undocumented Syrian children and adults, only H&M and Next confessed to finding children working in the factories.

Feb 02 09:56

Turkey's Tourist Industry Collapses as 1,300 Hotels Go on Sale

Some 1,300 hotels have been put up for sale in various Turkish resorts as economic problems, terrorist attacks and the crisis in relations with Russia are felt in the tourist sector, Turkish media reported Monday.

Feb 02 00:19

The Rise of ISIS and Other Extremist Groups: the role of the West and Regional Powers

by Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban (Political and Media Advisor at the Syrian Presidency).

This essay examines the role of Western and regional players (i.e. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) in inflaming the conflict and the growth of terrorism in Syria.

It examines the attempts to break up Syria’s civilian and military institutions, the delegitimization of the Syrian government, the attempts to procure a UN mandate for a military intervention in Syria, the imposition of suffocating economic sanctions on Syria, and most importantly the support that Western and regional powers gave to a plethora of armed groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, to fight the Syrian government.

Feb 01 15:19

US urges Russia to respect Turkey, NATO airspace

The US Department of Defense has urged Russia to respect North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) airspace, saying it “can confirm” reports that a Russian jet violated Turkey’s airspace earlier this week.

Feb 01 14:43

Turkish artillery shells Syrian territory – Russian military presents video proof

The Russian Defense Ministry has presented video evidence it says shows Turkish military shelling Syrian territory using heavy artillery positioned close to the border.

Syria’s General Staff has provided its Russian counterparts with video footage of deployment of self-propelled large caliber artillery vehicles at a Turkish frontier post, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said at media briefing on Monday.

Syrian opposition groups have also provided video evidence of the Turkish military shelling Syrian territory, he added.

Feb 01 13:34

TURKEY FOREIGN POLICY – JAN. 25-31, 2016

This article is a joint product of Rusorient and SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence.

Feb 01 11:48

Tit for Tat: Russia denies SU-34 violates Turkish airspace on Friday

Moscow has denied Turkey’s accusation that a Russian Su-34 bomber violated its airspace.

Feb 01 10:23

Russia military censures Turkey over ‘premeditated provocation’

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says the recent claim by Turkey that a Russian warplane had violated the NATO member state's airspace lacks any factual basis, describing the allegation as a "premeditated provocation."

"The hysteria launched by the Turkish side, that we define as unsubstantiated propaganda, looks pretty much like a premeditated provocation," Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Monday.

In the statement Konashenkov said Russia's military, instead, had in possession a video which showed "a Turkish artillery battery shelling a Syrian frontier village".

Feb 01 09:46

intriguing Footage from inside the Latakia 'refugee camp' at the Turkish border that was bombed 2day. Any civilians there?

FSA rebels posing as refugees. Aid convoy brings them....weapons. And you ask why Russia bombs them? youtube removes this (i wonder why, hehehe :))

Feb 01 09:34

Pentagon insists Russia violated Turkish airspace, calls for calm on both sides

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement Saturday that Ankara’s allegations are “proof-less propaganda,” explaining that Turkish airspace controlling radar stations can only determine the altitude, flight line, and speed of an aerial vehicle, but not its type or state affiliation.

To determine the national identity of a warplane (flying combat missions with its transponder turned off) requires the establishment of visual contact from another aircraft, Konashenkov stressed, adding that no visual contact with the Su-34 had been reported. Neither Russia’s air defense systems in Syria, nor Syria’s airspace controlling radar stations, had recorded any violations of the air border between Syria and Turkey, Konashenkov emphasized.

Feb 01 08:42

Death toll rises among Kurds trapped in Turkey’s southeastern Cizre district amid govt crackdown

More than 20 injured people have been trapped in a basement for over a week in the Cizre district of Turkey’s Sirnak Province, where the Turkish military is fighting Kurdish militants. Reports say ambulances have been denied access and six people have died.

Jan 31 11:50

Turkey has aligned its air force into a state of "full readiness"

The Turkish air force declared "orange" alert level, which means the state of "full readiness to everything", in which pilots take the decision to open fire without approval from command. Earlier Ankara has accused Russia of violating the border.
"We are aware of messages and I can confirm that yesterday another Russian military aircraft violated the airspace of Turkey and NATO", — the representative of the Ministry of defense Mark Wright said the Agency RIA Novosti.
Moscow has rejected these claims. The official representative of the defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov stated that no there were no airspace violations by Russian military aircraft. Official statement of the Turkish foreign Ministry was thus called "unfounded propaganda."

Jan 31 09:48

Erdogan warns Russia will 'face consequences' after airspace violation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned Russia it will "face consequences" after Ankara accused Moscow of a new violation of its airspace.

Jan 31 09:20

New Turkish Airspace Violation Claim Excuse for Su-24 Downing – Lawmaker

Turkey claims that another Russian warplane has violated its airspace in an attempt to deceive the international community and justify the November downing of a Su-24 bomber, a senior Russian lawmaker said Sunday.

Jan 31 07:40

Syrian Army Winning Battle against Militants in Lattakia Regardless of Turkish Artillery Shelling

The Syrian Army and its popular allies are making a rapid march on terrorists' positions at Lattakia province's border with Turkey, battlefield source said, adding that even the Turkish Army's artillery shelling of Syrian government forces has failed to slow them down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Turkey has basically started a war with Syria.

Jan 30 07:15

Ankara has demanded the EU €5 billion for the resettlement of refugees

Turkey asked the EU to increase almost double financial aid to fight the immigration crisis: from €3 to €5 billion. Funds will be allocated to the country's authorities to held migrants on Turkish territory, according to Die Welt.

Jan 30 06:49

WORLD WAR III - THE NEW AXIS OF EVIL

The alliances and proxies of the Syrian Front explained.
The concept that humanity is teetering on the edge of third world war is no longer the domain of the lunatic fringe.

Those of you who have been paying attention know that in reality, the war is already underway. In this video we're going examine the profiles of the key players and the alliances they've formed, expose their motives, and present evidence of crimes that they've already committed. All of our sources will be linked below.

Clearly it is not in the interest of the anti-Assad axis to eliminate ISIS. The United States and France are keen to make a show of airstrikes and special forces, but what they really want is the ability to operate in Syria militarily. This is the only way they'll have any chance of influencing the outcome.

Jan 30 04:46

TURKEY: PROSECUTOR DEMAND LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR CRITICAL JOURNALISTS

The Turkish public prosecutor demands life sentence for the imprisoned editor in chief of Cumhuriyet because of his anti-government reporting. Even the EU appears to be shocked. Angela Merkel will pay billions to Turkey, for them to keep refugees out of Europe. The Turkish public prosecutor wants to bring two prominent journalists of the government critical newspaper “Cumhuriyet”, for alleged agitation against the government and support of terrorist organizations, for life into prison. The indictment of the Prosecutor’s Office, responsible for terrorist offenses in Istanbul, is accusing the journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gul of espionage and an attempted coup against the government, the news agency Dogan reported on Wednesday. The arrest of the two journalists in November had triggered outrage in Turkey and other countries...

Jan 29 16:46

This video destroys Obama’s ‘gun show loophole’ claims

In a new video, conservative comedian and journalist Steven Crowder demolishes anti-gun fanatics’ claims that a “gun show loophole” helps criminals purchase firearms without a background check. Spoiler Alert: There’s really no such thing as a gun show loophole. Watch for yourself:

Jan 29 14:07

You have now landed in Geneva, Syria

Let’s start with last summer, when Iranian Quds Force superstar commander Qasem Soleimani laid down the law, in person, in Moscow, establishing without a doubt the grim situation across the Syrian theater of war.

Essentially Soleimani told the Kremlin and Russian intelligence that Aleppo might be about to fall; that Jabhat al-Nusra was at the doors of southern Damascus; that Idlib had fallen; and Latakia – home to Russia’s naval base at Tartus – would be next.

One can imagine the effect of this jolt of realpolitik on President Putin’s mind. That clinched his resolution to stop the fall of Syria, and prevent it from becoming a Libyan remix.

It’s easy to pinpoint who’s livid with all the Russian action: Saudi Arabia, Turkey and – last but not least – the ‘Empire of Chaos’, all at the table in Geneva.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about to get very nasty very quickly, until we have some adults in the room ratcheting the tensions down here.

Turkey is a NATO member, and if attacked by Russia, may well - as is its privilege as a NATO member - invoke Article 5 of the NATO CHARTER, which states that when one member is attacked, it is as though all NATO members are attacked, and must come to the aid of the attacked party.

This potentially places NATO against Russia, in a military military conflict which will have intense international repercussions.

Let's say, we are looking at the fuse well and truly lit for World War III for real.

Jan 29 12:00

Russia’s EU envoy doubts Turkey’s intention to close border with Syria

"It would be naive to think that Turkey is pulling in its troops toward the [Turkish-Syrian] border to block it," he said. Chizhov said the EU-Turkish relations are "a rather complicated issue," with negotiating processes on many issues connected with Turkey being protracted, in particular, the issue of Turkey’s admission to the EU. "On the other hand, Turkey is not hurrying to establish migrant accommodation centers. The EU has promised… €3 billion to the Turks, but it is not hurrying to open up its purse," he said.

Jan 29 10:02

Isis in Syria: Kurdish militants plan massive attack against Daesh to secure Turkish border

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and its allies in Syria are understood to have made plans to seize a stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border currently held by Islamic State (Isis) fighters. The offensive will deprive Daesh (IS) of a pivotal logistical route for supplies and foreign recruits, but may also have the potential to offend Turkish authorities.

Jan 29 08:58

Russia says organized system of sending future IS gunmen uncovered in Turkey

"In Turkey, there is an organized system of transferring additions to the ISIL terrorist organization [former name of IS] or the so-called Daesh, outlawed in Russia," Andrey Przhezdomsky told reporters. Russia’s special services know all the routes of sending the recruits, he said. "The key route is via Istanbul." The gunmen are taken to a comparative apartment in a taxi and then they meet with an IS representative. They fill in a form and are checked. In case of any suspicions, the person is isolated from others and is punished. "As a rule, they are shot to death," he said. According to Przhezdomsky, Russia’s security services know all the routes of transfer of recruited Russians to the Islamic State terrorist organization.

Jan 28 12:28

Trouble Brewing in Syria: Is US-Led Coalition Preparing for Advance?

US Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to Turkey indicates that Washington is not inclined to pressure Ankara into halting its anti-Kurdish crackdown nor its military deployments near the rich Iraqi oilfields of Mosul, F. William Engdahl notes.

On January 24 US Vice President Joseph Biden held intensive meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

F. William Engdahl, American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant, believes that the Obama administration manipulates both the ambitious Turkish President Erdogan and the impulsive Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, indulging their militarism and greed.

"The Washington game seems to be to give the Saudi-Turkish duo enough rope to hang themselves in a mad power grab of Syrian and Iraqi oil riches and perhaps, if they are really mad enough, of Iran's oilfields too," the researcher remarks in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report and analysis are true (and I have a great deal of respect for the work of Bill Engdahl), heaven help this planet.

There is going to be a point past which Russia cannot NOT respond militarily in Syria, and it almost appears that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been tasked with "playing picador" here in a proxy war against Russia.

Turkey, a NATO member, may well be goaded by the US and NATO into making some kind of military aggression against Russia, then will invoke Article 5 of the NATO AGREEMENT, which states:

Highlights Collective defence means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies. The principle of collective defence is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. NATO invoked Article 5 for the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. NATO has taken collective defence measures on several occasions, for instance in response to the situation in Syria and in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. NATO has standing forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defence efforts on a permanent basis. This principle is enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which states that an attack on one Ally shall be considered an attack on all Allies.

There is only two minor problems with declaring war against Russia, somewhat akin to twin 6,000 lb gorillas, snoozing on the Boesendorfer; neither the US, nor NATO, have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

The second problem is that of the difference in the ethics, and performance, of weapons manufacturers, between Russia, the US, and the West.

When weapons developers in Russia deliver, their products work as advertised, and then some, upon first deployment.

With Western (and particularly US) weapons manufacturers, products are delivered late, flawed, and hopelessly over budget. If you want a glaring example of this, just look at what has happened to the US's F-35.

Jan 28 10:24

Holland to discuss joining Syria air strikes ‘within days’

The Dutch cabinet will discuss a U.S. request to join coalition air strikes against jihadists in Syria within “the coming days”, Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said, amid speculation a decision may come as early as Friday.

“The cabinet will now decide. We’ll discuss it in the coming days,” Koenders told Dutch news programme Nieuwsuur late Tuesday night.

Late last year the Dutch government received a request from its allies the United States and France to broaden its campaign of air support against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group from Iraq into Syria.

After weeks of dallying, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, the Labour Party (PvdA), Tuesday finally agreed to back an extension of air strikes into Syria, apparently ensuring there is now a parliamentary majority in favor of such a move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...political process...", MY ASTROLABE!!!

And Koenders is making this statement 48 hours before the Syrian peace talks are due to begin?!?

I sense very strongly that these talks are being engineered to fail, to open the way for a multi-country attack on the sovereign nation of Syria.

I have learned that in geopolitics, there is no such thing as 'coincidence'.

But the biggest question which needs to be asked under these circumstances, is, just how will Russia respond, should this happen?!?

Remember: Russia was invited by the Syrian government to get rid of ALL jihadists (including those trained and equipped by the US government).

I don't know what odds the bookies in Vegas are making on an explosive, world war generated by the West's and US's actions in Syria, but I would almost be willing to bet they are not terribly badly stacked against this happening.

Jan 28 06:29

Will Israel’s accusations finally trigger reaction from West?

‘Turkey’s deal with the devil’: Will Israel’s accusations finally trigger reaction from West?

The Israeli defense minister’s accusation that ISIS is being funded with Turkish money might make more noise than the same accusation by Moscow, since Israel is listened to in the US and Europe, says Catherine Shakdam, a political commentator on the Middle East.

(*or; the Israeli defense minister could have a really bad fatal accident between now , and the end of the weekend .)

Jan 27 13:53

Turkish Soldier Tells Kurdish Mother: "I Will Rape Your Daughter in Front of You" (VIDEO)

In Cizre, North Kurdistan, an old Kurdish Woman, mother of BDP council member Mehmet Yavuze, with her Daughter, tried to take his Son to the nearest hospital, out of the Cudi neighborhood in Cizre in occupied North Kurdistan, but a Turkish Solider denied her, preventing the Ambulance from getting across, even threatening to rape and kill her Daughter in front of her and the media that was present.

Jan 27 13:12

Diplomat: Turkish ground operation in Syria, Iraq would lead to conflict escalation

Turkey’s ground operation in Syria and Iraq about which Ankara has been talking, would lead to the region’s conflict escalation, Russia's Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said on Wednesday at the European Policy Centre in Brussels at a panel discussion on Russia’s role in the Middle East. Ankara has made statements about a possible beginning of a ground operation in Iraq and in Syria, Chizhov said. It would harm the overall regional situation and would lead to the further considerable escalation. Hopefully, these statements will not be implemented, he said.

Jan 27 12:28

Life Terms for Turkish Journalists who Reported Shipping Arms to Syria Militants

Turkish prosecutors demanded life sentences for two top journalists who reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government tried to ship arms to insurgents in Syria.

Prosecutors asked the Istanbul court to sentence Cumhuriyet newspaper’s
editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul each to one aggravated life sentence, one ordinary life sentence and 30 years in jail, the Dogan news agency reported, quoting the indictment.

Jan 27 02:23

CBC, Peter Mansbridge: Cut the crap, tell the truth or shut up.

http://letterstothebeast.com/2016/01/22/cbc-peter-mansbridge-cut-the-c...

...And however mistaken you may believe regarding my interpretation of your reporting is, I would like to remind you of two very important facts: In 1990 and 1991, Mr. Mansbridge, you told me that Iraqi soldiers were removing babies from incubators in Kuwaiti hospitals, throwing them on the floor, stealing the incubators and taking them back to Iraq. And in 2003, you told me Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction.”

Jan 26 16:16

The Empire Files: Examining the Syria War Chessboard

The war in Syria is an unparalleled crisis. Having gone far beyond an internal political struggle, the war is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kurdistan, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and more.

Jan 26 10:53

Russian Military Denies Rumors of New Air Base in Syria

Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied speculations about constructing second air base in Syria. The rumor could be a false flag operation by Ankara to cover up the concentration of Turkish forces on the Syrian border, MoD spokesman said.

Jan 26 10:14

Turkey knows Middle East going to blow up, should stay out of it – ex Margaret Thatcher advisor

From its clampdown on democracy to the downing of Russia's warplane, Turkey has made a departure.

Jan 26 10:09

Islamic State 'enjoyed Turkish money for oil': Israeli minister

Israel's defense minister said on Tuesday that Islamic State militants had been funded with 'Turkish money', an assertion that could hinder attempts to mend fences between the two countries after years of estrangement.

Jan 26 10:00

US LAUNCHES AIRBASE IN SYRIA

U.S. special operations troops have reportedly taken over an airfield in northeastern Syria, potentially clearing the way to flow more American military support to friendly militias fighting the Islamic State group.

A small team of U.S. troops is setting up a base camp at Rmeilan Air Base in the Syrian Kurdish region near Syria’s Iraqi and Turkish borders, according to local reports.

American helicopters operated at the base over the past couple of weeks as local workers expanded the runway, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rmeilan is near some of Syria’s major oil production facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would not put any stock in any claim from the alleged "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights", which is run by one propagandist out of the UK from his home.

However, this story emerged at globalresearch.ca and zerohedge.com last week, and appears to be a very real development.

And let us remember; Russia was invited by the Syrian government to get rid of the bad guys; neither the US nor Turkey have been invited to this dance.

So the operative question is, what will Russia do now, with US boots on the ground in Syria?!?s

Jan 26 09:34

Erdogan Says 'Won't Tolerate' 2nd Russian Airbase in Kurdish Syria

Erdogan will oppose everything that makes Kurds more secure. Question is what can he do about it?

Jan 25 21:04

CT: Police ‘Gotta Cover Our Ass’ on Open Carry ~ VIDEO

We need activists to keep the police honest. Digital recorders and the Internet are helping make that happen. The police could simply have ignored Michael and done nothing, as it appears they should have done. Or, they could have calmly approached him and asked what he was doing. Instead, the video shows that they concocted a scheme to harass Michael with false charges to “Cover their Ass”. It is a grave miscarriage of justice, and it should not be tolerated.

Jan 25 14:30

CONFLICT IN SYRIA ESCALATES AS RUSSIA AND US ESTABLISH AIR BASES ALONG TURKISH BORDER

Russia and Turkey are preparing for a military confrontation along Syria’s border with Turkey.

According to intelligence sources in the United States, Russia has dispatched engineers to the northeastern city of Qamishli on the border. In late October, according to Syria Direct, the Qamishli International Airport was closed to civilian air traffic and turned over to the Syrian military.

Jan 25 08:54

Erdogan: Turkey Won’t Tolerate Russian Build-up in Northern Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today laid out his agenda for Saturday talks with Vice President Joe Biden, saying a Russian military build-up in northern Syria, which reported involves “up to 200” Russian troops, is threatening to Turkey and “won’t be tolerated.”

Jan 24 10:27

America and Turkey begin Ground Invasion of Syria. How Will Russia Respond?

Russia Insider writes, that Turkey has seized the ISIS-controlled town of Jarabulus, but faced no resistance, according to reports:

“Eyewitnesses to the incursion reported that the Turkish forces have not encountered any resistance from ISIS fighters in the area. These reports once again raise the question of possible collaboration between Turkey and ISIS aimed at halting the advance of the Kurdish militias in north Syria.”

The Turkish operation is “officially” aimed at combating Daesh (ISIS) militants, who have fortified Jarablus. But sources tell Sputnik that Ankara may be more interested in preventing the YPG from gaining a foothold in a region of strategic importance. Various reports indicate that Ankara could soon (if it has not already) launch a ground operation in neighboring Syria, confirms Sputnik on Thursday.

Jan 22 11:54

Shooting of Kurds waving white flag caught on camera (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

An incident in which several civilians with a white flag came under fire has been caught on camera. The victims are reported to be Kurds in the town of Cizre, where they were allegedly shot at by Turkish troops.

Jan 22 10:36

Pentagon Frantic on How to Counter Successful Russian/Syrian Campaigns Against ISIS

they need to keep their mercenary proxy army from being wiped out in their entirety

Jan 22 09:16

HORRIFYING VIDEO SHOWS TROOPS FROM NATO COUNTRY GUN DOWN CIVILIANS CARRYING A WHITE FLAG

An incident in which several civilians with a white flag came under fire has been caught on camera. The victims are reported to be Kurds in the town of Cizre, where they were allegedly shot at by Turkish troops. The series of short video clips published on social media shows a procession of people going along a street, pushing a cart with what appears to be two covered bodies. The walls of the buildings are dotted with holes, possibly from bullets. A tank is shown in the distance.

Jan 21 16:43

Footage of Turkish Fire on Unarmed Kurds

Footage from Cizre where Turkish forces alleged to open fire on unarmed crowd.
Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=16a_1453413961#2Fo0is3BwsklaFqA.99

Jan 21 13:19

US Vice President Joe Biden Admits That US Allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar Finance, Support and Supply ISIS

Video speaks for itself. Speech given at the Kennedy School. The US knows full well its allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are the head of the ISIS hydra and are behind the terrorists that have killed innocent EU, Russian and supposedly US citizens. You Tube has tried to block this video. Download and share. Recently the US and UK appointed Saudi Arabia the head of the UN Human Rights Council. This action should speak volumes about US and UK complicity in the crimes of ISIS. The Saudi UN Human Rights Commissioner is now wrongly accusing Russia and the Syrian government for killing civilians in cities held by the Saudis ISIS terrorist army. The hypocrisy is astounding.

Jan 21 09:57

Russia’s Air Assault in Syria Forces US, Turkey to Scale Back Ambitions

Russia’s aerial onslaught against militants in Syria has entirely changed the dynamics in the region, giving boost to Assad’s army and forcing the US and Turkey to scale back their ambitions: the US has softened its demands for Assad’s departure and Turkey has reduced its support for anti-government fighters, according to Middle East experts.

Jan 21 09:18

Report: Turkish Troops Enter Syria to Stop Kurdish Advance

According to Turkish media reports, a “large number” of Turkish troops have crossed the border into neighboring Syria, moving into ISIS-held Jarabulus uncontested by ISIS forces, and were said to be preparing to fight against Kurdish YPG forces advancing against the town.

The report comes just a day after Turkish forces bombed a YPG headquarters in Tel Abyad, and Turkish officials have repeatedly vowed to prevent the Kurds from crossing the Euphrates River at Jarabulus at all costs.

The report, however, suggests they moved right into ISIS territory without any skirmishes, and if confirmed are likely to raise more speculation that the Turkish government is secretly working with Islamist factions against the Kurds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If in fact these reports are true, it appears that Turkey is goading and daring Russia to do something against this incursion.

If, in fact, Russia responds militarily, look very much for Turkey to invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter, and we will well and truly be in a war against Russia in Syria.

Jan 21 06:05

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services—usually more than one country—because spying today is so effective and so universal. Officials in possession of this secret information often pass it on to the country that’s targeted, in the sincere belief that a heads-up will be appreciated.

But often the information isn’t welcomed—-because the fix is already in. Treasonous assets within the targeted country’s chain of command, who are prepared for the possibility of a leak, take measures to block the information from reaching those who might act on it in a meaningful way.

Jan 21 00:05

Dad and brother of Daesh agree to fight against it. Or 'for' it?

Presidents of the US and Turkey Barack Obama and Recep Erdogan have agreed over a phone conversation of 19 January to enforce cooperation in fight against the Islamic State, according to the White House... 'The Turks need the IS for commercial reasons, they supply oil and get decent profits. For the US the IS is a tool to destabilize situation in the Middle East, which is necessary to dethrone regimes, that don't obey the Washington Administration. But the IS exhausts its mission and satisfies the currents demands of Washington less and less. And as usual in such cases a group is being used and then annihilated, while they can even cooperate with current opponents of this group. In this case the US should join the winning side and pretend that it also fights against the global terrorism, that is also very important from the image point of view. Obama's aim, as he used to say it, is to raise the Syrian opposition to power.

Jan 20 07:47

THE 21st CENTURY: AN ERA OF FRAUD

In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered US foreign policy in a new way. On false pretenses Washington dismantled Yugoslavia and Serbia in order to advance an undeclared agenda. In the 21st century this fraud multiplied many times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya were destroyed, and Iran and Syria would also have been destroyed if the President of Russia had not prevented it.

Jan 19 23:29

Offensive propaganda or new propaganda offensives?

Obama administration announced new online initiatives to bolster its foreign policy narratives and as a means to counter others, for example, this network, RT.

Maybe a better course of action would be for the US State Department to ask itself why fewer and fewer people trust and believe it?

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Don DeBar and James Carden.

Also see: Uncle Sam Got a Shiny New Propaganda Bullhorn for Christmas

Jan 19 23:25

Russian Red Scare No Longer Works

The EU has no-one else to blame for its present stresses and strains but itself, owing to its craven subservience to Washington's reckless policies.

The American and British governments are launching yet another media campaign to demonize Russia, with tall claims that the Kremlin is infiltrating European political parties and news media. The dastardly Russian aim, we are told, is to destroy the European Union.

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Washington and its trusty sidekick in London are desperately seeking to turn back the clock to the “good old days” when they could control their public through scare stories.

Jan 19 14:18

Britain apologises for Kurdish protests – Turkish media

British authorities have reportedly apologised for the Kurdish protests which took place while the Turkish prime minister was visiting the UK in January, according to one Turkish media outlet.

Jan 19 02:58

Burning Bridges: Turkey’s ‘Civil War to Intensify in Coming Months’

"So far, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sworn that the PKK militants will “choke in the ditches” they have dug in residential areas to keep the security forces away."
"The co-chair of the PKK-dominated Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), Cemil Bayik responded in kind last week. “No reason exists currently to end the armed struggle. Rather, the civil war in Turkey will intensify in the coming months,” he said, Al-Monitor reported."
Meanwhile over the border.
Kurdish Peshmerga, PKK, and US Special Forces Battle ISIS, South of Kirkuk

This brief history shows that Kurdistan has only briefly had borders.
They are an ethnic group who have been squeezed between empires for over 2000 years. It would be a lot less trouble for everybody if they gave them sovereign borders
Erdogan probably won't be around for much longer.

Jan 18 13:33

On the Brink? Russian Sanctions to Cost Turkey Four Times Initial Estimates

Russian sanctions are now expected to cost Turkey more than $12 billion annually - four times Ankara's previous estimates, according to a Turkish trade official; this, together with the consequences of the recent terrorist attacks in which the country's tourism industry was targeted, signal that Turkey should brace for the worst.

Jan 18 13:32

Facing Repression, Turkish Academics Circulate New Anti-Erdogan Petition

Last week, the Erdogan government cracked down on the Turkish academic community after over 1,400 academics from 89 universities signed a petition urging the government to "stop the massacre and deportation" of Kurds in the south of the country. Now, academics have prepared a new, harder edged petition, consisting of four points.

Jan 18 08:28

Turkey: Bombing Its Way to a Better Narrative

By Tony Cartalucci

A recent bombing in the Turkish city of Istanbul has left at least 10 dead and 15 injured. The government in Ankara was quick to blame the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh), claiming the bomber was “Syrian” and had crossed over from Syria into Turkey before carrying out the terrorist attack...

However, an overabundance of evidence during the past several years indicates that ISIS is in fact both an intentional creation and continuous perpetuation of foreign state-sponsors of terrorism, including Turkey itself...

Jan 18 08:19

RUSSIA IS READY TO DE-ESCALATE THE CONFLICT WITH TURKEY

In 2016, construction of the "Turkish stream" gas pipeline might resume. This was stated by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak. The statement shows the willingness of the Russian side to make steps forward de-escalation the conflict with Turkey.

Jan 17 11:49

This land is our land: American democracy, at a theater near you

Democracy has been projected on to a fictitious screen of good guy and bad guys. The people watch as impotent spectators, no longer even aware of the real story out there.

Ever since armed white ranchers took over federal property in Oregon the unfolding drama has resembled a parody of a Hollywood Western. Trouble is, no-one is quite sure who’s wearing the white hats as opposed to the black ones.

Jan 17 10:13

Erdogan accuses Iran and Russia of fueling tensions in region

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia and Iran of fueling tensions in the region -- Moscow by continuing to back the regime in Syria and Tehran with its growing confrontation with Riyadh.

"The dangerous course that Russia is now on constitutes a very big problem, not only for itself and the region but also for the world," Erdogan said on Tuesday in a speech to Turkish ambassadors gathered for a conference in Ankara.

"Russia's operations in Syria, the real purpose of which is to keep the al-Assad regime in power, are making regional problems deeper," the Hurriyet Daily News quoted him as saying.

Both Iran and Russia directly back the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad which Turkey opposes. Iran funds the regime and has sent militias in to fight on its behalf.

Russia directly intervened militarily last September and has been bombing forces opposed to Assad ever since.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

REALLY, Recep?!?!?

And Turkey's bombing of a Russian fighter jet has just calmed things down enormously, right?!?

(AHEM). It is time for the adults in the room to collectively cool their jets, and think about how tensions can and should be calmed in the region.

Saudi Arabia's execution of the noted cleric, whose only crime was his criticism of the Saudi government, was a provocation, to which Iran didn't respond. It wasn't the government of Iran which caused the burning of the Saudi consulate in Tehran; it was a mob of angry people, some of whom have been arrested by the Iranian government.

It appears that Erdogan is wanting to provoke both Iran and Russia toward a global confrontation.

And that will do no one any good right now.

Jan 16 16:36

Trump taunts Cruz over citizenship lawsuit: ‘I told you so’

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took aim at rival Ted Cruz in a series of Saturday morning tweets, taunting Cruz over challenges to his citizenship and reports that he did not disclose campaign loans.

Jan 16 11:32

Brutal Crackdown on Kurds Shows Erdogan’s Desire for ‘Dictatorship’

The ongoing crackdown on Kurds in southeastern Turkey shows that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working to set up a dictatorship in the country, Hatip Dicle, the co-chair of Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (DTK), told Sputnik in an interview.

"They [the Erdogan government] call it a "presidential form of government," but in fact it's pure dictatorship. The Turkish government wants to formally introduce the dictatorial form of government in the country," Dicle said.

The Kurdish issue is getting worse every day. People in the country are worried and want to know what steps Erdogan's government would take next after an attack, allegedly carried out by Kurds, last night in the province of Diyarbakir.

Official PKK representatives said they would like to sit at the negotiation table with the government. The PKK also intends to keep pushing for the idea of democratic autonomy for Kurds living in Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would not put it past Erdogan to declare a complete genocide against the Kurds, rather than come to the negotiating table, and create something that actually works, in terms of at least some limited autonomy for its Kurdish population.

And if Edrogan chooses genocide, it will create an absolute civil war in Turkey.

Jan 16 10:55

“Sunnistan”: US and Allied “Safe Zone” Plan to Grab Territorial Booty in Northern Syria

Remember when the Obama Administration told the world how it hoped to identify 5,000 reliable non-jihadist ‘moderate’ rebels hanging out in Turkey and Jordan, who might want to fight for Washington in Syria? After all the drama over its infamous ‘train and equip’ program to create their own Arab army in Syria, they want to give it another try.

This week, Pentagon officials announced their new plan to train up to 7,000 more ‘moderate’ fighters, but this time the project would take place inside Syria (and to hell with international law).

We’re told that this was requested by Ankara, and with all NATO allies singing the same hymn – claiming that this new effort will help in securing Turkey’s porous border with Syria, or so the story goes. Washington’s political cover for this is fashioned from the popular post-Paris theme: to protect civilized Europe from invading hordes and the terrorists who hide among them, as stated in the Wall Street Journal:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jan 16 09:57

Need a Laugh? Check Out These Insane Turkish Media Quotes About Russia

Want a chuckle over what the pro-President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an Turkish media has been broadcasting to corroborate the Machiavellian heroism of the downing of a Russian jet?

Jan 15 15:50

PKK steps up attacks on security forces in Turkey

Photos showing the aftermath of a massive blast that destroyed the entire face of a multi-story police HQ in Turkey’s Diyarbakir province has appeared online.

Jan 15 11:24

Erdogan Now Boasts Military Bases in Somalia, Qatar and Iraq

Turkey is adding a 3,000 man military base in Somalia to its already existing foreign presence in Qatar and Iraq... Turkey is building its first base in Africa. Last week, Turkish Foreign Ministry official Emil Tekin confirmed that Ankara has broken ground on a new military installation in war ravaged Somalia. The Turkish army intends for the facility to be a training center for Somali troops. The fledgling Somali National Army—with the help of African Union troops and American commandos—has been fighting a war with Al Shabaab insurgents for years.

Jan 15 11:22

Need a Laugh? Check Out These Insane Turkish Media Quotes About Russia

"Turkish is the world’s oldest language with a vocabulary of 1.5 million words, whereas English only has half a million words. It is a rarely known fact that Shakespeare was a pure Turk. " "Erdo?an is the Braveheart of the globe... The only man on earth who challenged Israel and made it apologize and the only hero who said firmly “Stop!” to Russian President Vladimir Putin. No one has been able to dare attack a Russian jet since World War II." - "Russia is a more dangerous threat to the world than the U.S… The U.S. is not chasing after an expansionist policy; rather they are seeking solutions to the havoc daunting the earth whilst Russia is in pursuit of reviving the soviet dream... The annexation of Crimea, the Georgian war and the occupation of Syria by Russia proves this and we need the U.S. to confront the re-emergence of communism." "Within 30 years, there will be only two superpowers in the world: China and Turkey.

Jan 15 09:18

4.5mn Russian tourists won’t visit Turkey this year

Turkey expects to lose 4.5 million tourists from Russia this year, as tourism has been badly hit by the Russian crisis and regional uncertainties, said the Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mahir Unal.

Jan 15 08:26

Erdogan accuses Iran and Russia of fueling tensions in region

- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia and Iran of fueling tensions in the region -- Moscow by continuing to back the regime in Syria and Tehran with its growing confrontation with Riyadh.

"The dangerous course that Russia is now on constitutes a very big problem, not only for itself and the region but also for the world," Erdogan said on Tuesday in a speech to Turkish ambassadors gathered for a conference in Ankara.

"Russia's operations in Syria, the real purpose of which is to keep the al-Assad regime in power, are making regional problems deeper," the Hurriyet Daily News quoted him as saying.

Both Iran and Russia directly back the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad which Turkey opposes. Iran funds the regime and has sent militias in to fight on its behalf.

Russia directly intervened militarily last September and has been bombing forces opposed to Assad ever since.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how intensely the US-government enabled Edrogan pushes for Russia to leave Syria, that will only happen when pigs fly.

And unfortunately, every day, we get closer to a potential military confrontation between the US troops and Russian troops in Syria.

Jan 14 10:23

Turkey seals border with Kurdish enclave in Syria surrounded by ISIS

The clampdown on Kurds isn't limited to south-east Turkey. Kurdish people, living in an enclave surrounded by ISIS across the border in Syria, are also being blockaded - as RT’s Murad Gazdiev's been finding out.

Jan 14 09:48

Criminal Probe: Turkey launches investigation into ‘terrorist propaganda’ on TV channel

Turkish prosecutors have opened a criminal probe into a popular TV show for, what they say, is “terrorist propaganda”.

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