Tag: Turkey

Turkey, the Kurds, and Lots and Lots of US Weapons | The Smirking Chimp

the Turkish military doesn’t function without the U.S. weapons industry—and the approval of the U.S. government. Absent all the hardware bearing Made in America stickers sitting in Turkish military bases, we would probably not be fretting about what Turkey’s government was doing to the Syrian Democratic Forces.

placing American military personnel in harm’s way apparently carries less political risk than endangering the profits of munitions manufacturers, or the careers of foreign policy experts.

via Turkey, the Kurds, and Lots and Lots of US Weapons | The Smirking Chimp

Old Dog Thoughts 11,000 Syrian Kurds died fighting IS for America. Trump waves a fond goodbye and lets Turkey in to do what they want.

Fighting Fake News with REAL8/10/19; Betrayal of the Kurds Bret McGurk once Trump’s special envoy on ISIS replies; Meanwhile Bolt asks us to choose;

As WaPo Accuses Trump of ‘Abetting Saudi Coverup,’ Crown Prince Shielded While Khashoggi ‘Murder Team’ Members Face Execution

“It’s not surprising at all, but there is something extra evil about ordering the death of a bunch of people who tortured and murdered a dissident on your orders while you pretend you had nothing to do with it.”

Source: As WaPo Accuses Trump of ‘Abetting Saudi Coverup,’ Crown Prince Shielded While Khashoggi ‘Murder Team’ Members Face Execution

Rising risk of conflict in northern Syria between US and Turkey

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signs a drone at a military airbase in Batman, Turkey, on Saturday.

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an offensive there last month against US-backed Kurdish fighters, he started in an area where American troops aren’t embedded with their allies.

But he said the operation will soon extend further east, to the town of Manbij, where they are. “We’ll press against terrorists without taking into consideration who’s next to them,” Erdogan said on January 30. Several ministers have made the same point.

via Rising risk of conflict in northern Syria between US and Turkey

U.S. Peace Council returns from Syria: “It is not President Assad against his own people, it is President Assad and the Syrian people, all together, against outside mercenary forces, terror organisations, supported by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United States, and underneath it, Israel” | the real Syrian Free Press

The truth about Syria and what is happening in Syria is all here, in the video below, outlined and documented during this press briefing by the U.S. Peace Council (USPC).We cannot be sure how l…

Source: U.S. Peace Council returns from Syria: “It is not President Assad against his own people, it is President Assad and the Syrian people, all together, against outside mercenary forces, terror organisations, supported by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United States, and underneath it, Israel” | the real Syrian Free Press

Turkey and Israel Are Directly Supporting ISIS and Al Qaeda Terrorists In Syria – WTF RLY REPORT

Washington’s Blog The Jerusalem Post reports that an ISIS fighter says that Turkey funds the terrorist group. Turkey is a member of NATO and a close U.S. ally. A German news program – with English subtitles captions – shows that Turkey is sending terrorists into Syria: Opposition Turkish lawmakers say […]

Source: Turkey and Israel Are Directly Supporting ISIS and Al Qaeda Terrorists In Syria – WTF RLY REPORT

Iraq calls on Turkey to ‘immediately’ withdraw troops sent over the border without permission – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Iraqi government demands Turkey withdraw soldiers it sent over the border to an area in the country’s north controlled by Islamic State militants.

Source: Iraq calls on Turkey to ‘immediately’ withdraw troops sent over the border without permission – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Turkey in new air strikes against PKK in northern Iraq – Your Middle East

Turkish warplanes have carried out a new wave of air strikes on northern Iraq in the latest assault on suspected targets of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (

Source: Turkey in new air strikes against PKK in northern Iraq – Your Middle East

Russian fighter jet shot down by Turkish jets near Syrian-Turkish border

In a dangerous escalation in the Syrian conflict, a Russian warplane has been shot down by Turkish fighter jets in Syria near the Turkish border, after it violated the nation’s airspace.

Source: Russian fighter jet shot down by Turkish jets near Syrian-Turkish border

Turkey Just Downed A Russian Plane – Announcing Itself As An Official Partner Of ISIS? | Collective-Evolution

“It’s my deep belief that any actions to the contrary in order to destroy the legitimate government [of Syria] will create a situation which you can witness now in the other countries of the region or in other regions, for instance in Libya, where all the state institutions are disintegrated. We see a similar situation […]

Source: Turkey Just Downed A Russian Plane – Announcing Itself As An Official Partner Of ISIS? | Collective-Evolution

Assad’s warnings start to ring true in Turkey. Will we declare Turkey a criminal State backing ISIS?

Kurdish refugees from Kobani watch as thick smoke covers the Syrian town of Kobani during fighting between Islamic State and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border  in Sanliurfa province October October 26, 2014.  REUTERS-Yannis Behrakis

(Reuters) – When Sunni rebels rose up against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in 2011, Turkey reclassified its protégé as a pariah, expecting him to lose power within months and join the autocrats of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen on the scrap heap of the “Arab Spring”.

Assad, in contrast, shielded diplomatically by Russia and with military and financial support from Iran and its Shi’ite allies in Lebanon’s Hezbollah, warned that the fires of Syria’s sectarian war would burn its neighbors.

For Turkey, despite the confidence of Tayyip Erdogan, elected this summer to the presidency after 11 years as prime minister and three straight general election victories, Assad’s warning is starting to ring uncomfortably true.

Turkey’s foreign policy is in ruins. Its once shining image as a Muslim democracy and regional power in the NATO alliance and at the doors of the European Union is badly tarnished.

Amid a backlash against political Islam across the region Erdogan is still irritating his Arab neighbors by offering himself as a Sunni Islamist champion.

The world, meanwhile, is transfixed by the desperate siege of Kobani, the Syrian Kurdish town just over Turkey’s border, under attack by extremist Sunni fighters of the Islamic State (IS) who are threatening to massacre its defenders.

Erdogan has enraged Turkey’s own Kurdish minority – about a fifth of the population and half of all Kurds across the region – by seeming to prefer that IS jihadis extend their territorial gains in Syria and Iraq rather than that Kurdish insurgents consolidate local power.

Turkey is thus caught between two fires: the possibility of the PKK-led Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey reviving because of Ankara’s policy towards the Syrian Kurds; and the risk that a more robust policy against IS will provoke reprisal attacks that could be damage its economy and the tourist industry that provides Turkey with around a tenth of its income.

Internationally, one veteran Turkish diplomat fears, IS “is acting as a catalyst legitimizing support for an independent Kurdish state not just in Syria but in Turkey” at a time when leading powers have started to question Turkey’s ideological and security affiliations with the West.