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World famous linguist Noam Chomsky has claimed that the Syrian extremist group al-Nusra has been a major recipient of Turkish aid and accused Turkish intelligence of selling out US-trained moderate Syrian forces.
"Turkey is the main supporter of jihadi organizations, which are merely distinguished by the Islamic State [the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)]," Chomsky told a packed group of students, journalists and activists at Boston College on Saturday. Chomsky's speech was part of a conference on press freedom in the Middle East organized by the Peace Islands Institute.
Chomsky is not the first to accuse Turkey of what many have called implicit support for radical groups in Syria opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkish authorities have been the subject of much criticism for the porous and loosely inspected border that has been a major transit route for Syria-bound foreign fighters.
Chomsky said Turkey has been very resistant to attacking ISIL, despite a recent deal between Turkey and the US on the use of Turkish airfields for US warplanes. He added that the US claimed or believed that Turkey would join the fight against ISIL after the deal. "But they didn't," Chomsky said, recalling that Turkey instead attacked Kurds in Iraq and Syria.
Chomsky's remarks illustrated a prevailing belief in the West that Turkey's agreement to let the US use jets from Turkish air bases was a ploy to go after the Kurds. Since shortly after the deal with the US, Turkey has largely focused its air campaign on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) elements in northern Iraq and has frequently shelled Syrian Kurdish groups close to Turkey's border.
ince a NATO-led air war toppled the regime of Muammar al-Qaddafi five years ago, Western governments have kept their distance from Libya, even as it plunged into a disastrous civil war. But the country is back in the headlines, and for the first time since 2011, the United States and its European allies are once again drawing up plans for possible military action in Libya.
With a small population of 6.4 million and a territory of mostly empty desert, why is Libya causing so much international concern? The Islamic State. The group has grabbed territory in Libya at an alarming pace in recent months, with potentially dire consequences for North Africa, the Sahel region, and Europe.
Libya is only one of several countries — including in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, Yemen, and Nigeria — where Islamic State militants have expanded their presence or forged an alliance with local extremists. But Libya has taken on an outsized importance because of its geographic location, its oil assets, ports — and the swift advance of ISIS on the ground.
“ISIS didn’t control any terrain along Libya’s central coast this time last year,” said analyst Harleen Gambhir at the Institute for the Study of War.
Made up of Libyan veterans from ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the group initially was active in Derna, a hotbed of extremism. But exploiting a power vacuum in a country with two rival governments, the Islamic State has since seized 150 miles of territory along the central coast, with Sirte — Qaddafi’s hometown — serving as its stronghold. It has staged attacks on oil facilities, sent in senior ISIS figures to oversee operations, and imposed the same brutal brand of social control it has enforced in its so-called “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.
The race to Raqqa is on. Syria and its allies are competing with the U.S. and its allies to snatch east Syria from the Islamic State.
Raqqa in eastern Syria is held by the Islamic State as are the other cities along the Euphrates towards Iraq. To defeat the Islamic State in Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and other eastern Syrian towns and to liberate them, is the aim of all purported enemies of the Islamic State. But this question has to be seen in the larger context.
Could the U.S. and its allies capture Raqqa or Deir Ezzor and with it parts of eastern Syria it could use them as a bargaining chip to gain some negotiation power with Syria and its allies over the future of Syria. Alternatively it creates a Sunni state in east-Syria and west-Iraq. Mosul would be part of such a Sunni state and it would be put under the tutelage of a neo-ottoman Turkey. There have been U.S. plans for such a "Sunnistan" and a revision of the Sykes-Picot borders for some time.
For Syria and its allies the upholding of the unity of Syria is a major objective. To leave Raqqa and the eastern oil fields to the U.S. and its allies would be a devastating loss. Syria and its allies must therefore beat the U.S. and its allies in the race to Raqqa and the larger east Syria.
Syria just made the first major move. A brigade of the Syrian Arab Army attacked the positions of the Islamic State along the Ithriyah to Raqqa road. The town Tal Abu Zayhn has been taken on the way to the first objective, the Tabaqah military airport. Additional supporting forces from various allied groups are assembling in Ithriyah to later support the attack.
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The U.S. move towards east-Syria is still in preparation. The first U.S. plan was to use the Syrian-Kurdish YPG forces of north-east Syria. These were labeled Syrian Democratic Forces after attaching a few men from Arab tribes. These forces would have attacked Raqqa from the north. But the Kurds did not want to invade the Arab lands they would not be able to hold. Their aim is to connect to the Kurdish enclave in north-west Syria along the Turkish border.
The U.S. is coming up with a new plan. There are only sketches visible so far and the following is informed speculation.
The U.S. has extended the runway of the agricultural Rumeilan/Abu Hajar airfield (map) in the Kurdish held area in north east Syria to be able to supply larger operations in the wider area:
This location has been chosen because it's just 100 miles (160 kilometers) from ISIS frontline positions and some of its lucrative oil fields, but well within territory held by Kurdish fighters known as the YPG. The runway is being nearly doubled in length from about 2,300 feet to 4,330 feet (700 to 1,320 meters) -- long enough, say, to receive C130 transport planes. A small apron is also being paved.
Some U.S. special operation forces are said to already operate from there. This is the vanguard on a reconnaissance mission.
It was publicly disclosed that one brigade if the U.S. 101st Airborne Division would go to Iraq to train, advise and assist the Iraqi forces for an attack on Mosul.
Some 1,800 soldiers from the 101st’s Headquarters and its 2nd Brigade Combat Team will deploy soon on regular rotations to Baghdad and Irbil to train and advise Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces who are expected in the coming months to move toward Mosul, the Islamic State group’s de facto headquarters in Iraq.
But Col. Pat Lang was told that two brigades of the 101st would deploy:
I was told today that two brigades of the 101st Airborne Division are going to Iraq, not just one. This probably is related to the Saudi Juggernaut. pl
The Saudi "juggernaut" was the recent announcement that the Saudis would be willing to send troops to Syria. Nobody was, at first, taking that serious but it now starts to make some sense. The Saudis today confirmed their intent:
Saudi’s decision to send troops to Syria in an attempt to bolster and toughen efforts against militants is “final” and “irreversible,” the Saudi military spokesman announced on Thursday.
Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, said that Riyadh is “ready” and will fight with its U.S.-led coalition allies to defeat ISIS militants in Syria, however, he said Washington is more suitable to answer questions on further details about any future ground operations. ... The statement comes as Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman visited NATO headquarters in Brussels to discuss the Syrian civil war.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced yesterday that for The Kingdom, the removal of Assad is "crucial," adding without any sense of shame that the Syrian leader is the "single most effective magnet for extremists and terrorists in the region".
This is not a rogue statement made by a renegade government: It's a policy that has been approved, and most likely dictated, by the United States. And now the Saudis have parked their F-15s at a Turkish airbase used by the US military to strike targets within Syria:
Turkey has openly acknowledged that it is working with the Saudis on a joint attack plan.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has already made this clear:
"If we have such a strategy, then Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch a ground operation,” he added, fueling concerns that a foreign troop invasion may soon further complicate the already turbulent situation in the war-torn country.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE voiced their readiness to contribute troops for a ground operation in Syria on the condition that the US would lead the intervention. Damascus and its key regional ally, Iran, warned that such a foreign force would face strong resistance.
Of course, both Turkey and Saudi Arabia insist that their strikes will be aimed at ISIS -- perhaps one of the most cynical, laughable claims made since the start of the Syrian conflict. As Slavoj Žižek argues, "The so-called 'war on terror' has become a clash within each civilisation, in which every side pretends to fight Isis in order to hit its true enemy."
The US will likely avoid direct involvement, but Washington is already hard at work behind the scenes: Even with many supply lines cut, the CIA is working overtime to resupply the "moderate" rebels with weapons.
Lendo as manchetes cada vez mais estridentes e desesperadas berradas pela mídia ocidental sobre as forças terroristas apoiadas pelos Estados Unidos e que começam a quebrar sob uma bem coordenada ofensiva da Rússia, da Síria e de seus aliados, que parecem cada vez mais capazes de retomar o controle do país, qualquer leitor poderá perceber que, mesmo sendo o termo “rebeldes moderados” ou “oposição moderada” citados inúmeras vezes, a mídia do ocidente parece simplesmente incapaz de nomear entre eles um singelo grupo ou apenas um único comandante para exemplo.
Acontece que nunca houve nem há coisa parecida com os tais “rebeldes moderados” na Síria. Desde 2007, os Estados Unidos vêm conspirando para fundar e armar extremistas aliados à Al Qaeda para derrubar o governo da Síria e desestabilizar a influência iraniana através de todo o Oriente Médio.
Conforme exposto no artigo de Seymour Hersh em 2007 Estamos beneficiando nossos inimigos através do redirecionamento da política de nossa Administração na Guerra ao Terrorismo? Que é explícito ao declarar:
Os Estados Unidos tomaram parte também em operações clandestinas direcionadas contra o Irã e sua aliada Síria. O subproduto dessas atividades foi fortalecer grupos extremistas sunitas que compartilham uma visão radical e militante do Islã, hostis aos Estados Unidos e simpatizantes da Al Qaeda.
A tal “catástrofe” que a mídia ocidental menciona em manchetes cada vez mais histéricas, na realidade não se trata das operações de segurança atualmente colocadas em ação pela Rússia, Síria e aliados, e sim da conspiração descrita por Hersh em 2007, que se tornou inadministrável, começando as ações em 2011, tomando a “Primavera Árabe” como pretexto. Mesmo quando o ocidente tenta dar caras e nomes aos chamados “rebeldes moderados” é muito fácil traçar sua origem, sempre ligada diretamente à Al Qaeda.
O “Comandante Rebelde” da BBC e sua fantasia.
Em reportagem de vídeo publicada recentemente pela BBC, denominada “O conflito na Síria: os rebeldes ‘sentem-se abandonados’ pelos Estados Unidos e Inglaterra” o repórter da BBC Quentin Sommerville afirma ter contatado “em segredo” rebeldes apoiados pelos Estados Unidos na Turquia. A entrevista, alegadamente “remota”, no entanto, foi realizada sob cobertura de operadores de câmera profissionais, mesmo tendo Sommerville asseverado que a situação era tão ruim que os rebeldes poderiam não ter sido encontrados. O “principal comandante rebelde dentro de Aleppo” entrevistado pela BBC não é outro senão Yaser Abdulrahim. Aqui dá para ver claramente a Bandeira da Faylak Al-Sham no vídeo da BBC, com o comandante falso do FSA que, quando em campo, não mais usa seu uniforme novinho com insígnias do "Exército Livre da Síria". Apesar de aparecer em um belo uniforme, com etiquetas do “Exército Livre da Síria” (Free Syrian Army – FSA – em inglês – NT), uniforme este que nunca foi visto com ele no campo de batalha e sentado ao lado de uma Igualmente imaculada bandeira colonial francesa do “Exército Livre da Síria”, Yaser Abdulrahim definitivamente não tem qualquer ligação com o aliás inexistente “Exército Livre da Síria”. Na realidade, Abdulrahim é um dos comandantes da Faylaq Al-Sham, composta por terroristas da Al Qaeda e extremistas da Irmandade Muçulmana. A Faylaq Al-Sham, bem como seu comandante Yaser Abdulkrahim, de acordo com o próprio Sommerville, é parte da da Fatah Halab, grupo de coordenação o qual também inclui outros filiados da Al Qaeda como Ahrar ash-Sham e Jaysh al-Islam – este último grupo é o que literalmente pendurou civis em jaulas de metal colocadas nos telhados para servir como escudos humanos contra os ataques aéreos da Síria e da Rússia.
A organização Observatório dos Direitos Humanos (Human Right Watch em inglês – NT) em um de seus relatos, intitulado “Síria: Grupos Armados Usam Reféns Enjaulados como Contenção de Ataques” revela que:
No curso dos combates entre grupos armados e forças governamentais nas proximidades de Adra al-Omalia em dezembro de 2015, a Jabhat al-Nusra e a Jaysh al-Islam sequestraram centenas de civis, a maioria dos quais Alawitas, de acordo com a Comissão de Inquérito das Nações Unidas na Síria. Os reféns, muitos dos quais mulheres e crianças, são mantidos presos em lugares não identificados no leste de Ghouta. A preocupação é a de que estejam entre aqueles presos nestas jaulas.
O relato da organização de direitos humanos é extremamente preocupante, dado que implica no fato de que a Jaysh al-Islam, membro da Fatah Halab de Yaser Abdulrahim, é colaborador e luta ao lado do grupo listado como terrorista pelo Departamento de Estado dos EUA, a Jabhat al-Nusra.
Here you can see the difference between secular Syria and its Islamist enemies. ISIS uses women as jihadi wives or suicide bombers, while these Christian Arab girls defend their country with brave faces - learning to become snipers.
As Libya votes to form a national unity government, activist Sukant Chandan speaks to Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear about how the NATO bombing – and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton – have plunged the country into chaos.
"The West needs a unity government on paper in order to justify its next phase of military intervention, which it wants to do under the guise and the excuse of Daesh in Libya," Chandan tells Loud & Clear host Brian Becker, referring to Monday’s election.
"And indeed, Daesh in Libya are a primary, so-called ‘rebel faction’ that the leading NATO powers teamed up with."
Both the NATO bombing and the subsequent support for terrorist groups were used to overthrow former leader Muammar Gaddafi, who had become a threat to Western governments. Libya Today: The Catastrophe of NATO's Bombing
"Gaddafi was too radical because he was directly assisting for many decades and continuing a new phase of support to black and Asian people in Europe, and other radical movements," Chandan states. "He had to be cut off, so said imperialism, and that’s what they did."
Without the aid of NATO airstrikes, Libya’s government would have held onto power. It was only with the direct intervention of the West that rebel forces were able to overthrow Gaddafi, violently dragging his body through the street – a sight US presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton joked about on live television.
While the mainstream media portrayed Libyans as suffering under Gaddafi, that depiction was far from the truth.
"The Libyan people – and I’ve visited many working class areas and housing projects, etc. – they lived very well," he says. "It’s well known that the United Nations said Libya had the highest development index of any African country, and I think probably people in Libya had the best living standards of arguably any people of the Global South."
Monica Lewinsky, widely referred to as the first victim of cyberbullying after her involvement with then-President Bill Clinton became public, has become a fierce advocate against bullying and, on Tuesday, launched her own line of apps aimed at supporting those who are oppressed.
President Kennedy and His Brother Robert Kennedy Were Murdered By The Military-Security Complex
Paul Craig Roberts
Presstitute Media, such as the UK Telegraph, spend a lot of energy debunking exposes of government conspiracies. For example, the thousands of highrise architects, structural engineers, physicists, nano-chemists, demolition experts, first responders, military and civilian pilots, and former government officials who have provided vast evidence that the official story of 9/11 is a made-up fairy tale at odds with all evidence and the laws of physics are dismissed by presstitutes as “conspiracy theorists.”
Similarly, those, such as James W. Douglass, who have proven beyond all doubt that President John F. Kennedy was not assassinated by Oswald but by his own paranoid anti-communist military-security complex, are dismissed as conspiracy theorists.
The 9/11 Commission Report and the Warren Commission Report were cover-ups. VP Dick Cheney and the neoconservatives he sponsored needed a “new Pearl Harbor” in order to begin their military assaults on the Middle Eastern countries that had independent foreign policies instead of being US/Israeli vassals. 9/11 was their orchestrated “new Pearl Harbor,” and this fact had to be covered up when 9/11 families persisted in their demands for an investigation and could not be bought off for large sums of money.
Similarly, the Warren Commission had no choice but to cover up that a popular American president, John F. Kennedy, had been murdered by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIA, and the Secret Service, because he was believed by paranoid anti-communists to be “soft on communism” and thereby a threat to the security of the United States. The cold war was on, and the Warren Commission could not hold those responsible accountable without destroying the public’s confidence in the American military and security services.
Nevertheless everyone aware of the forged case against Oswald knew what had happened. One of these people was Attorney General Robert Kennedy, JFK’s brother.
Bobby Kennedy understood the situation. He knew that as a member of a cover-up administration he could do nothing about it. However, he knew that if he won the presidency, he could hold accountable those security elements responsible. His brother had told him that after his reelection he was going to “break the CIA into a thousand pieces.” When the Vietnam war destroyed President Lyndon Johnson, Bobby Kennedy emerged as the next president of the US.
Bobby Kennedy was assassinated the evening that he won the California Democratic primary. Sirhan Sirhan was blamed. He was standing in front of Kennedy. He had an eight shot low caliber pistol, which he fired. He did hit Paul Shrade, who was standing next to Kennedy. But he did not hit Kennedy. Kennedy, according to the medical evidence and eye witnesses was killed from shots to his back and to the back of his head.
This was confirmed to me years ago by a distinguished journalist and documentary film maker who was standing just behind Robert Kennedy when he was shot. He told me that he felt the bullet that hit Kennedy go by his ear and saw its impact. He wrote a full report for the FBI and despite his credentials was never contacted by the investigation.
Now, last Wednesday, 48 years later, Paul Shrade has presented ironclad evidence at the parole hearing of the now 71 year old Sirhan Sirhan that Robert Kennedy was shot by someone else from the rear, not from the front where Sirhan Sirhan was standing.
You can read Paul Shrade’s statement here: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44184.htm Of course, the presstitute media will say that Paul Shrade, who was himself shot when Kennedy was assassinated, is a “conspiracy theorist.” Remember: a conspiracy theorist is anyone who on the basis of hard evidence challenges a government that blames its crime on an innocent third party.
At the time of Robert Kennedy’s assassination, the CIA was conducing mind control experiments. Experts think that Sirhan Sirhan was one of those under the CIA’s control. This would explain why Sirhan Sirhan has no memory of the event.
There has been no shortage of attention paid to the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Most of the questions, however, have centered on the shortcomings in Washington’s response to the crisis, rather than the causes and effects of the Benghazi attack itself. A closer look at Islamist politics in Libya reveals that this singular event was part of a larger plan to create an Islamic State within Libya after the fall of former leader Muammar al Qaddafi.
In fact, over the span of a few years, Libya turned from one of North Africa’s least radicalized countries into a global Islamist hub. Benghazi may have been a flash point in the story of Libya’s unraveling, but it is one event among many that has forever altered the country’s trajectory. To understand what led to the siege on the U.S. installation in Benghazi, one must look back to Washington’s rapprochement with Qaddafi.
The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 coincided with a process of Western rapprochement with Libya, opening the oil-rich country to foreign business. Crippling UN sanctions, prompted by Qaddafi’s 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, had already been suspended by 1999 after Qaddafi agreed to hand over two suspects for trial in The Hague. The U.S. State Department would have been content to see Qaddafi’s regime stew in sanctions indefinitely, but his readmission into the international community seemed inevitable. And so, the administration of President George Log in or register for free to co
Erdogan at November 2015 meeting: Greece got more than 400 bn euro during euro crisis. We should have invested some of that money into a safe zone in Syria, which would have solved all problems with refugees.
How a U.S. propaganda line dissolves into embarrassment.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said at a briefing on Wednesday that at most, only 10% of Russian strikes are hitting the terrorist group ISIS (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, and Daesh) in Syria.
In a report posted Thursday on its website, the [Russian Ministry of Defense] noted that its jets flew 510 combat sorties and hit 1,888 “terrorist objects” in Syria. The previous week’s report claimed 464 sorties that hit a total of 1,354 “terrorist objects.”
Daily reports from the U.S. military for the same period indicate a much lower level of activity: 16 targets struck in Syria.
Syrian President Bashar Assad admits Turkey and Saudi Arabia could soon send troops into the country, but remains confident that he can retake the war-torn nation. The statement comes as Riyadh has reiterated its goal of ousting the leader from office.
Patriarchal press service head Alexander Volkov said that the text of the joint declaration that will be signed by Russian Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis upon the conclusion of their meeting in Havana, Cuba, will be translated in several European languages.
On Wednesday, the body tasked with forming a Libyan national unity government was given an extension until Sunday to do so. At the same time, with the US and several European nations itching to 'take action' in the country, members of Libya's internationally recognized government are stepping out against such a move.
Earlier today, we highlighted the rather abysmal results reported by Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company.
To the extent the conglomerate is a bellwether for global growth and trade, things are looking pretty grim. Maersk Line - the company's golden goose and the world's largest container operator - racked up $182 million in red ink last quarter and the outlook for 2016 isn't pretty either. The company now sees demand for seaborne container transportation rising a meager 1-3% for the year.
“The demand for transportation of goods was significantly lower than expected, especially in the emerging markets as well as the Group’s key Europe trades, where the impact was further accelerated by de-stocking of the high inventory levels,” the company said, in its annual report.
Just how bad have things gotten amid the global deflationary supply glut you ask?
Worse than 2008 according to CEO Nils Andersen who last November warned that “the world’s economy is growing at a slower pace than the International Monetary Fund and other large forecasters are predicting.” Here’s what Andersen told FT:
“It is worse than in 2008. The oil price is as low as its lowest point in 2008-09 and has stayed there for a long time and doesn’t look like going up soon. Freight rates are lower. The external conditions are much worse but we are better prepared.”
As FT goes on to note, “capacity in the container shipping industry increased 8 per cent in 2015” despite the fact that Maersk only sees global trade growing at between 1% and 3% in 2016.
Imports to Brazil, Europe, Russia, and Africa are all falling, Andersen warned. The company's business, Andersen says, is suffering from a "massive deterioration." That, you can bet, will likely lead to a "massive deterioration" in Maersk's shares, which took a substantial hit on Wednesday in the wake of the quarterly and annual results.
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