Monday, March 27, 2017

Greece/Cyprus Provocation as Pretext to Renounce Turkey ?

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

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

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

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

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

Turkey is the hardest part of the operation. The USA can't openly attack NATO's member. Something big must happen

 Indeed. War must be sold with a lie. Always. That said the US doesn’t have time for a colour revolution. It’s doubtful another coup will fly.

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Taking Raqqa: Dam, Airport Captured- US Deal with Kurds On Syrian Territory

Day 5: Amazing progress! Dam almost taken + Airport taken + No resistance from ISIS

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

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

Sputnik Headline: Syria's Biggest Dam Partially Collapses Due to Fighting

Syria’s largest Tabqa Dam located on the Euphrates river partially has collapsed on Sunday as a result of the fighting between armed units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and militants of Daesh near the city of Raqqa.

DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — Tabqa Dam, which functions primarily as a hydropower plant, suspended service after its control center was damaged by what could have been an airstrike or shelling, a source told Lebanese broadcaster Al Mayadeen, adding that technical experts could not reach the site due to continuing fighting in the area.
Earlier this week, US and Syrian opposition forces were air-dropped to Syria's Raqqa province to conduct a joint operation to liberate several villages in the vicinity of Syria's northern Al Tabqah town from Daesh.

 As of this moment I don't believe the Sputnik by line at all. Sensationalizing much Sputnik?

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

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

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

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

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

****Bonus for the interlopers (Kurd/Israel/America)- Taking the dam will enable the control of Aleppo city- Being very nearly entirely reliant on pipelines from the reservoir


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

And speaking of  the convenience of ISIS  fleeing

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

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

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

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

 U.S.-backed local forces fighting Islamic State in Syria said on Sunday they had taken full control of a former Syrian army airport near the city of Tabqa along the Euphrates River.
US and Friends
 
Kurds............................. ISIS

This idea that there has ever been any REAL fighting between America/Israel's two proxies is utter nonsense. KurdIShIS

Earliest report:

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

U.S.-led coalition forces say the Tabqa Dam in northern Syria is structurally sound.

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

  2. Day 2 -  US Attack on Raqqa Updated..

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



Saturday, March 25, 2017

WWF and the Earth Hour Brainwashing- Silencing the Panda


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

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

A couple of interesting reads excerpted:

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

 

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

Prince Phillip (WWF Founding member) & Queen Elizabeth

 WebCite

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

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

When a series of scandals blew up two years ago over the more alarmist claims made by the IPCC in its 2007 assessment report, the two which attracted most headlines were shown to have been based, not on peer-reviewed science, but on campaigning material put out by WWF. One of these, a prediction that the Himalayan glaciers might all have melted within 30 years, was sourced from a WWF paper based only on a magazine interview with an obscure Indian scientist (who was subsequently employed by the research institute run by the IPCC’s chairman, Dr Rajendra Pachauri).
Pachauri the perv.. Recall this? Guilty in Sexual Harrasement Case
The other, a claim that drought caused by global warming could lead to the destruction of 40 per cent of the Amazon rainforest, was revealed – by my colleague Dr Richard North and this column – to have originated in a WWF propaganda leaflet based on research that had not been concerned with climate change at all, but with the damage being done to the forest by logging and fires.
Exhaustive analysis, led by the Canadian author Donna Laframboise, then revealed that nearly a third of the 18,531 sources cited by the report had no more scientific provenance than press clippings, student theses and claims by activist groups – among which none was more prominent than WWF. But worse was to come. In her recent book on the IPCC, The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert, Laframboise shows how, from 2004 on, WWF deliberately set out to recruit contributors to the IPCC’s next report to its Climate Witness Scientific Advisory Panel.
The result was that WWF “climate witnesses” contributed to two thirds of the 2007 report’s 44 chapters, including every one of the 20 chapters in the section on the impacts of climate change. A third of all the chapters in the report had WWF witnesses as co-ordinating lead authors, ultimately responsible for their contents. As Laframboise summed up, her analysis confirmed that, far from the report being the work of dispassionate scientists, “the IPCC has been infiltrated… wholly and entirely compromised”.
Many of these WWF panel members are now at work on the IPCC’s new report, due out next year. WWF has been so successful in getting its allies into key official positions that, in 2007, the chief executive of WWF UK, Robert Napier, was able to slip seamlessly into a new job as chairman of Britain’s Met Office. This is another body which, through its Hadley Centre on climate change, has been a central player in promoting alarm over global warming ever since 1990, when the centre was set up by Sir John Houghton, one of the IPCC’s founding fathers.
WWF has had only one real setback in its ascent to such influence. In March 2010, I reported here on its part in a hugely ambitious scheme, backed by $250 million from the World Bank under an earlier version of REDD, to turn the CO2 locked in the Amazon rainforest into “carbon credits” worth an estimated $60 billion. The idea was that these would be saleable on the world carbon market, to enable firms in the developed world to stay in business by buying the right to continue emitting CO2. WWF and others were granted selling rights by the Brazilian government over an area of forest twice the size of Switzerland. But, following the twin failures of the UN’s 2009 Copenhagen World Climate Conference, and the bid to give the US a compulsory “cap and trade” scheme, the project came to nothing.
WWF set itself up as a fully for profit business- to sell Carbon credits- Just an incredible hoax
And of course Canada is getting sucked right into this carbon hoax 
Just how far WWF has travelled from the noble purposes for which it was set up was perfectly symbolised by the way it chose as its chief marketing tool the slogan “Adopt a polar bear”. If this organisation still had concern for endangered species closest to its heart, it would know that the idea that polar bears are dying out due to global warming is no more than sentimental propaganda. But then that is the main business that WWF now seems to be in – very much at the expense of the rest of us and, of course, those communities in the Rufiji delta.

And finally Prince Phillip on killing a beautiful tiger for sport:
 It also documents how Prince Philip, the first president of WWF in Britain, shot a tiger in Ranthambhore tiger park in India shortly before the group was founded. In an interview with Huismann, Philip said: "I have never been big game hunting. No, never, except that one time in India. The only way you can be sure of getting a reasonable wildlife population is by making sure that they are balanced. You can't just leave it to nature."
Prince Phillip the arrogant arsehole- "You can't just leave it to nature!- Says the entitled SOB

Say no to Earth Hour, Green/Brain Washing. Don't support the elitist WWF, Greenpeace or any other NGO's for that matter.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Raqqa & Mosul To Fall in Unison- Tillerson Accelerating IS Fight

 Day 3 and the news on this war expansion is still amazingly scarce, considering the implications-  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is not publicly known whether the Trump government has asked Ottawa to contribute troops or assist in other ways in the war against ISIL in Syria, or to take on other roles in the war on terror. But if there is anything to be taken from the example of the war in neighbouring Iraq, where Canada has been a participant since August, 2014, such a request is possible.

Canadian special forces man an observation bunker, Monday, February 20, 2017 in northern Iraq.

Don’t they mean such an order is a given? Because Canada goes where it’s told to go- Like straight to hell as is the present case! (Canada has turned into a wretched nation)
Canada is one of 17 countries currently assisting Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq. About Canadian 800 troops now involved in what the Canadian Forces calls Operation Impact. About 70 are elite Special Forces from the Ontario-based JTF2. They train, advise and assist Kurdish fighters and when at risk themselves, have occasionally joined the fight.
Canada is already indirectly (that's directly involved) involved in the war in Syria. Since December, JTF2 has been advising Iraqi Kurds deployed near the Syrian border in northwestern Iraq”

Putting JTF2 right in bed with PKK terrorists- shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone given JTF2's ‘counterterrorism’ training- KurdIShIS-

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

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

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

Canada, wretched nation. Any questions?

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

Next phase of war. War expansion. No lack of clarity on the Trump administration plans
“The way ahead for the Trump administration amounts only to a " 'supersize' of the Obama plan," says Jennifer Cafarella of the Institute for the Study of War, which laid out a blueprint last week for the way ahead in Syria. But that isn't enough, she argues”
One last item of interest.. The destabilization of the ME/NA looks very nearly to be an US/UK/Israeli operation.With France/Canada/Germany/Norway playing smaller roles of support
“Even as Washington continues to figure out how to deal with Turkey, another big question involves its Arab allies.
The United States has long pressed for Arab states to participate in the anti-ISIS campaign, but has never been satisfied about their commitments. Jordan has sent some troops into Syria along its shared border, and Saudi Arabia has promised to send ground troops — but has not delivered.”

I just don’t think the US is that concerned- This is their plan. And Israel’s.  And they keep advancing it! It's been interesting to observe the recalcitrant/reluctant behaviour of the aforementioned nation states, vs private players/NATO inbreds, to be involved with a regional remake that will see the demise of the said nation states. In other words- Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan haven't been willing to participate in their own destruction. Which has not really bothered the US or Israel one little bit. They had the PKK in their back pocket all along and those three parties had everything to gain. Think of Libya? Same/Same. The US was the biggest player in destroying Libya.

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

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

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


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


Examples below:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

US Attack on Raqqa Updated..

Yesterday I covered the “surprise” attack on Raqqa-

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

First I want to mention the absolute lack of coverage via the msm.. It's still the Parliament 'attack' and the usual Trump circus. And that's what I find odd? The media is against Trump claim isn't as believable when they are doing him a big favour by not or barely mentioning this move in Raqqa. So is the Trump  daily circus really a distraction from the expansion of war in the region?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Airdrop of Forces in Raqqa Draws New Sphere of Influence

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

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

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

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

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

SDF sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that members from the Kurdish internal security force, Asayesh, also took part in the airdrop, adding it was the second joint landing operation between US forces and the Kurds.

Civilians under fire- Not a shocker

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

This week, US-led coalition airstrikes have killed dozens of civilians in Tabqa and nearby towns and villages, as part of a months-long campaign to advance toward Raqqa city. An airstrike Monday night reportedly killed at least 33 displaced people taking shelter in a school building located in a nearby town.
 Tabqa on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently.

"It is very difficult for people to move around inside the city and its countryside because of the warplanes," Abu Juwwad, a Tabqa resident and 40-year-old father of three, tells Syria Direct reporter Noura al-Hourani. A local monitoring group reported airstrikes targeting Tabqa throughout the day on Thursday.

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

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

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

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

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

Bayık: If SDF liberates Raqqa, Turkey's influence will wane – PART I
This article covers Turkey’s no win situation regarding Raqqa- The annexation of Syrian territory and the creation of Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0
hatip to anonymous commenter who reminded me of a way back post from 2013- I'd forgotten entirely about it!
I read it briefly, but, must review the linked material

Turkey + Gladio + NATO = Is pressure being applied to Turkey?

"The overall U.S. policy toward Turkey is largely determined by the United States’ need and appreciation for Turkey as a strategic partner and NATO ally"
As observed June 2013, by yours truly
 Which could tell us that the US policy, being determined by the US's need for Turkey as a strategic partner and ally, can change depending on whatever 'need' the US determines is strategic at the time it is setting policy.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Syria: From Hot War to Frozen Conflict

Frozen Conflict
In international relations, a frozen conflict is a situation in which active armed conflict has been brought to an end, but no peace treaty or other political framework resolves the conflict to the satisfaction of the combatants. Therefore, legally the conflict can start again at any moment, creating an environment of insecurity and instability.

There is much talk about the war on Syria ending. I guess it’s all about how ending is defined?

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

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

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

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

“I think Russia can play an important role in that regard, and the whole policy of Russia is based on the international law, it's based on the Charter of the United Nations, and the Security Council resolutions. So, they can discuss the same issues with the Israelis depending on this criteria, and they can play a role in order that Israel not attack Syria again in the future," Assad said.

Yup, Russia can. But, will they? Assad didn’t say they would. So, it’s anyone’s guess, really.
Flashback: March 01/2016- Vladimir Putin, Godfather of Kurdistan? Not a Parent of Kurdistan?
"Russia has sold Syria’s sovereignty down the river. As the US long did.
Both the US and Russia claim Syrian sovereignty is non negotiable. Both are lying. Would everyone feel better if I said- misleading?  Russia jumped into the Syrian fracas to block a split, a complete split, or a balkanization.  Pushing for some type of federated Syria instead of the US fracture. Speaking for myself, I wanted Syria to remain the nation that stole my heart. But, pretty much figured Russia was not going to save Syria in the way I’d hoped"
Flashback: Syria rejects Russian proposal for Kurdish federation

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

Recall this one?

Flashback: NATO-Run Safe Zones Could Stabilize Syria- Invoke Article 5- US Election Unaffected
"First, NATO must stop the civil war in Syria by implementing the necessary no-fly zones and safe-haven enclaves. The new zone for President Bashar al-Assad and the Alawites must cover their area of influence, which is only about one-quarter of the country, in the West and North. This should stop the tidal wave of refugees to Europe.

NATO would take control of an existing airport in Syria, perhaps Deir Ezzour or Palmyra, thus countering the basing problem caused by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s denial of operating use of Incirlik air base to America and NATO"
 A way to occupy Syria without affecting the US election last year- Relinked due to the location mentioned for NATO taking control of an existing airport— Same locale as the Israeli airstrike last week- Palmyra. Could that airstrike by Israel have been about aiding in this or a similar  plan? Palmyra. The Israeli airstrikes can't just be a happenstance kind of occurrence.

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

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

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

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

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

Brief update... Just something to consider

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

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

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

From earlier:

Shadowy Unmarked S-92 SuperHawk Reemerges in Middle East Hot Spot


 Hoping to tackle the Turkish aspect of this tomorrow, sometime..