Two United States MQ-1 Predator drones have crashed in Turkey within four days, possibly cutting the Air Force’s operational fleet of drones at NATO’s main Turkish base down to half. This comes at a moment when the future of US drone operations in the region remain in question due to heightened political tensions with the Erdogan government and the uncertain future of the war in Syria. On Monday Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base, which hosts US and other NATO personnel conducting operations over Syria and Iraq, released a statement confirming the crash of the drone in southeast Turkey at around 11:50 a.m. (0850 GMT), with no further details given. Incirlik had confirmed an earlier Predator drone crash just last Thursday (8/17) near the air base. Last week’s statement quoted a US military spokesman as saying: ‘At this time the safety of our host nation civilians and the recovery and security of our asset is paramount,’ said Col. David Eaglin, commander of the 39th Air Base Wing. ‘Our Airmen train continuously to respond to incidents such as this, and we are working closely with our host nation partners to ensure this is resolved without conflict.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 22, 2017.
With geopolitical uncertainties injecting more volatility into the markets, Financial Sense Newshour sat down with Todd Mariano at Renaissance Macro to get his thoughts on North Korea and other hot spots around the globe, including Turkey, which, he said, is one of the greatest and overlooked concerns right now. Here’s what he had to say in our recent podcast, which aired Saturday on our site and on iTunes (see Art Hill on Technicals; Todd Mariano on N. Korea, China, and Geopolitics for audio). Is Nuclear War Imminent? The short answer is that no, it isn’t, believes Mariano. What we’re observing is that markets are reacting to uncertainty, specifically due to the shifting approach Washington is using to engage with North Korea, he noted. However, the situation really hasn’t changed all that much from a policy perspective, even under the new administration in Washington. ‘What markets are really reacting to amounts to headline risk because of the comments that the president made,’ he said. ‘The way I think this goes is certainly not a preemptive strike by North Korea. No one understands better than the North Korean military and Kim Jong Un that a preemptive strike coming from them would spell the end of the regime.’
21st Century Wire says… This is a potentially incredible breakthrough in the painful 7 year-long Syrian conflict. As 21WIRE has pointed out previous, aside from Turkey’s key part in facilitating the creation and supply of anti-Syrian terrorist enclaves over the last 7 years, it has also played the central role in the dismantling of Syria’s manufacturing sector centered around the now devastated industrial hub of Aleppo. That’s what makes this latest news almost unbelievable. Since 2011, the leadership in Ankara has committed much of its southern territory, a good portion of financial and military resources, as well as nearly all of its diplomatic credibility… for one goal: to destabilize its neighbor and achieve regime change in Damascus. Perhaps its renewed dialogue and a lucrative Southstream energy partnership with Russia, along with the relative success so far in the Astana Peace Process – and Washington’s disruptive military and financial backing of a prime Turkish arch-enemy, the Kurdish militia in northern Syria, has made Turkish President Erdogan and his inner circle realize that it’s time to reverse course on a 7 year failure, and immeasurable social, civil and economic destruction of their southern neighbor.
Germany is now pushing the EU towards a much more tougher policy in its relations with Turkey as Erdogan moves the country ever closer to a full-blown dictatorship. Erdogan has rejected democracy and the rule of law and since the strike of the Putsch, which is characterized by the dismissal of thousands of government officials, mass arrests without legal procedures, and the prosecution of independent media and critics, it is clear that he is not tolerating opposition. This implies a departure from the European model of democratic values -and principles of the rule of law and the actions of Turkey are at odds with the fundamental principles of membership in the EU and NATO. Armstrong Economics
The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 1, 2017 The corporate media is going all out with as much propaganda as they can muster to convince the public its time to get rid of Trump. Imran Awan might have been selling secrets to other countries. The Judiciary committee is pushing to have Mueller removed from the special investigator position. Maduro is now going after his opposition. Trump is thinking about recalling the troops from Afghanistan. North Korea’s missile test was not successful it broke apart before it hit the water. Qatar and Turkey are having drills in the Persian Gulf. Russia has more jet fighters in Syria . Trump decided to stop funding the moderate rebels when he saw these terrorists perform a horrible act.
Jordan has just released the previously suppressed CCTV video footage of last year’s heinous attack on 3 Green Berets by a Jordanian soldier and ISIS-sympathizer as they entered a desert facility to conduct training operations as part of a CIA secret program aimed at regime change in Syria. Last week we reported the following: “The Jordanian government had a strong incentive to gloss over the murders of the three Green Berets. Likewise, the CIA was scared of potential blowback and the exposing of their covert program,” says investigative journalist Jack Murphy, himself an Army special forces veteran. A premeditated green-on-blue attack in Jordan outside of King Faisal Air Base (at al-Jafr in Southern Jordan) late last year resulted in the deaths of three elite US Green Berets in what the media initially dubbed a mere unfortunate gate incident and what the Jordanian government dismissed as a “a tragic accident devoid of any terrorist motives”. But the whole event and subsequent attempts at cover-up just as Obama was leaving office enraged both the families of the slain and the US special forces community; and it further threatened to blow wide open the CIA’s illegal Syrian regime change operation, called Timber Sycamore, which involved American special ops soldiers being tasked with training so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels in Jordan and Turkey as part of an inter-agency program.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 24, 2017.
During last year’s coup attempt Tayyip Erdoan (or the Prez) narrowly escaped an attempt on his life . . . in the year that has now passed, his Justice and Development Party (or AKP) has been at pains to portray its leader as a hero able to defeat his enemy by means of calling upon the Turkish nation. Last Saturday was the first anniversary of Turkey’s Coup-that-was-no-Coup, and the Prez and his henchmen made good use of this opportunity to solidify the quasi-mythological narrative they have been constructing ever since. The commemorative festivities already started on July, 11th: ‘Turkey has started marking the first anniversary of the failed coup attempt that took place last July. The July 15 Democracy and National Unity Day events will be held under the auspices of the Presidency and last until Sunday evening [15 July 2017],’ as related by the official Anadolu Ajans.
Two Salafi-jihadi factions in Syria’s Idlib province have been engaged in a brutal inter-“rebel” (or rather inter-jihadist) war this week, prompting Turkey to prepare a potential invasion to protect its favored factions on the ground. On Thursday, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS/Al-Qaeda) continued to capture towns in Idlib’s countryside from rival Ahrar al-Sham and Turkish backed FSA groups after an uneasy truce between the rebel factions quickly collapsed days prior, causing the weaker Ahrar al-Sham to call in Turkish support. Multiple reports coming out of the region indicate that Turkey has been transferring hundreds of jihadists from its former Euphrates Shield forces in northern Aleppo province (the Turkish occupied “Jarabulus pocket”) to Turkey’s Hatay border region, where they began entering Idlib through the Ahrar controlled Bab al-Hawa crossing. However, in the early morning hours of Friday HTS reportedly captured part of the Bab al-Hawa crossing in a significant blow that could trigger a bigger Turkish response. A larger force may be awaiting word from Ankara for a full scale invasion involving Turkish Army troops which might come at any moment. What is most important here: in #Syria, decision 2eliminate #AQ has been agreed by most external players. Infighting in #Idlib is part of it — Elijah J. Magnier (@ejmalrai) July 21, 2017
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The “worst crisis between Germany and Turkey since World War II” just took another turn worse, after German media reported that in the latest escalation to date between Berlin and Ankara, Chancellor Angela Merkel will freeze present and future Turkish orders of defense goods amid souring diplomatic relations between the two nations, Bild Zeitung said citing unidentified govt officials. This effective trade embargo comes just hours after Germany’s issued a safety warning to tourists traveling to Turkey and warned investors against doing business there. As discussed this morning, in unusually bold language Germany’s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a ‘re-orientation’ of German policy towards Turkey, saying Berlin would reconsider the economic aid and export credit guarantees it provides for the country. ‘We can’t go on as before,’ he said at a press conference. ‘We have to be clearer than before so the authorities in Ankara understand that their policies are not without consequences.’ As the FT adds, “the measures will have a tangible impact on a country that welcomes millions of German tourists every year and is one of Germany’s closest trading partners. Germans make up 15% of the country’s tourism arrivals and trade volumes between the countries stand at 37bn a year.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 20, 2017.
Some 150 Syrian rebels supported by Turkey arrived in the Idlib Province on Thursday to back up Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham in its ongoing battle with the official Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate, formerly known as the al-Nusra Front, rebel sources told Reuters. Tension gave way to open clashes between the two jihadist factions in late June after the al-Qaeda affiliate stormed into rival territory and began arresting militants and non-combatants, accusing them of collaborating with the Turkish Euphrates Shield operation, which sought to use Syrian rebels to secure parts of the Turko-Syrian border. While Euphrates Shield was officially concluded in May, the Turks and their proxy fighters still have a military presence in Northern Syria, even skirmishing with American-backed Kurds as recently as this week. The al-Qaeda affiliate’s current form, now known as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), was established less than a year ago out of several different rebel groups and has quickly become one of the largest, most powerful rebel factions operating in Syria (see the author’s translation of an Arabic language State Department memo on HTS published in March).
Escalation of the diplomatic row between Berlin and Ankara ended in a clear message. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned German citizens that they risk arrest if they travel to Turkey. As KeepTalkingGreece.com reports, the German government on Friday warned citizens travelling to Turkey that they are at risk of arrest. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany had revised its travel advice in the wake of the recent arrests of several human rights activists, including German national Peter Steudtner. Steudtner ‘was no Turkey expert – he never wrote about Turkey, he had no contacts in the political establishment … and never appeared as a critic,’ Gabriel told reporters.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 20, 2017.
So much for NATO-alliance members working for the common good. In a move that has angered the U. S. for obvious reason, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu Agency has leaked the precise locations of U. S. bases in northern Syria. The move – which exposes the exact locations of American soldiers on the front lines in the war-torn nation – has sent the ongoing feud between the two NATO allies to new lows. As Bloomberg details, in reports published in both Turkish and English on Tuesday, Anadolu provided detailed information about 10 U. S. bases in northern Syria, including troop counts and a map of the U. S. force presence in the Turkish version. #AA'nn 'PKK/PYD'ye ABD destei' haberi uluslararas basnda yank uyandrd pic.twitter.com/svt4u9v5CD — ANADOLU AJANSI (@anadoluajansi) July 19, 2017
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The following video was published by X22Report on Jul 19, 2017 Rand Paul says the republican party is pushing towards repealing Obamacare. The government officials do not write the bills the big club writes them and they are passed to their salesman, congressman to sell them to the public. The Russian translator worked for FBI Director Mueller. Trump admin says Iran complies with nuclear deal but imposes more sanctions. US ready to impose sanctions on Venezuela. Pentagon angry with Turkey because Turkey exposed all the US bases in Syria, which were illegally built without the permission of the Syrian government. Trump just stopped the funding of the moderate rebels, the secret CIA funding has been cutoff.
In Islamic symbolism, Crdoba is the lost Caliphate. Political authorities in Crdoba dealt a blow to the Catholic Church’s claim of ownership of cathedral by declaring that “religious consecration is not the way to acquire property”. But this is how history works, especially in the lands where Christianity and Islam fought hard for dominion. Why are secularists not pressing Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give Christians back the Hagia Sophia? No one has raised an eyebrow that “Christendom’s greatest cathedral has become a mosque”. The Spanish left, governing the region, would like to convert the church into “a place for the meeting of faiths”. Nice ecumenical words, but a death trap for the Islamic domination over other faiths. If these Islamists, supported by the militant secularists, will be able to bring Allah back inside the Cathedral of Crdoba, a tsunami of Islamic supremacism will submerge Europe’s decaying Christianity. There are thousands of empty churches just waiting to be filled by the voices of muezzins. The Western attempt to free Jerusalem in the Middle Ages has been condemned as Christian imperialism, while the Muslim campaigns to colonize and Islamize the Byzantine Empire, North Africa, the Balkans, Egypt, the Middle East and most of Spain, to name but a few, are celebrated as a season of enlightenment. Muslim supremacists seem to have fantasies — as well as a long history — of converting Christian sites to Islamic ones. Take, for example, Saint-Denis, the Gothic cathedral named for the first Christian bishop of Paris who was buried there in 250, and the burial place of Charles Martel, whose victory stopped the Muslim invasion of France in 732. Now, according to the scholar Gilles Kepel, this burial place of most of France’s kings and queens is “the Mecca in Islam of France”. The French Islamists are dreaming of taking it over and replacing the church bells with the call of the muezzin.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 19, 2017.
“The Jordanian government had a strong incentive to gloss over the murders of the three Green Berets. Likewise, the CIA was scared of potential blowback and the exposing of their covert program,” says investigative journalist Jack Murphy, himself an Army special forces veteran. A premeditated green-on-blue attack in Jordan outside of King Faisal Air Base (at al-Jafr in Southern Jordan) late last year resulted in the deaths of three elite US Green Berets in what the media initially dubbed a mere unfortunate gate incident and what the Jordanian government dismissed as a “a tragic accident devoid of any terrorist motives”. But the whole event and subsequent attempts at cover-up just as Obama was leaving office enraged both the families of the slain and the US special forces community; and it further threatened to blow wide open the CIA’s illegal Syrian regime change operation, called Timber Sycamore, which involved American special ops soldiers being tasked with training so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels in Jordan and Turkey as part of an inter-agency program. As details of the court case involving the shooter continue to emerge this week, the media continues to misreport the true nature of the what the US special forces personnel were doing in Jordan in the first place, and how a CIA secret program put them at risk.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 18, 2017.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jul 18, 2017 Obamacare failed, it was being replaced with the same insurance, let it fail and then people will see the true nature of what this insurance ponzi scheme has created. New study and it shows America pays the most of insurance and it is dead last in providing health care to its people. Susan Rice and the creator of the dossier have backed out of testifying in front of congress. Legislation has been passed to go after human trafficking. US admits that NK does not have the capability to hit the US. Turkey close to signing deal with Russia for the S-400 missile system. Lebanon military preparing to take control of the border with Syria. The Pentagon releases new report, it concludes that the US empire is collapsing.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jul 17, 2017 The interpreter in the Trump Jr. meeting was linked to the Hillary Clinton and her state department. CNN faked news with the Russian hacking of Qatar, actually the Washington Post is now reporting it was UAE. South Korea and North Korea might work together militarily. Finland is preparing for war with Russia. Russia moving troops into Southern Syria, Israel says it will not go along with the ceasefire in Syria. Turkey is preparing to attack the Kurds. Putin is using Turkey to keep the deep state from establishing a Kurd state.
Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan on Saturday celebrated the one year anniversary of the “failed coup” that aimed to oust him from power on Saturday in typical fashion, by threatening to “chop off the heads” of traitors. Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters gathered at the bridge over the Bosphorus in Istanbul that saw some of the fiercest fighting on the night of the July 15, 2016 attempted coup Erdogan said ‘first of all, we will chop off the heads of those traitors,’ France24 reported, prompting cries from the crowds demanding that capital punishment should be restored in Turkey. In response, the Turkish president vowed again to sign any bill passed by parliament to restore capital punishment in Turkey, a decision that would put an end to Ankara’s European Union membership ambitions. “We are a state governed by rule of law. If it comes to me after parliament, I will sign it,” he said.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 16, 2017.
When taxi and bus drivers take journalists into Syria via the Beirut-Damascus Highway these days, there’s a common greeting that has become a kind of local tradition as the drivers pull into their Damascus area destinations. They confidently tell their passengers: “welcome to the real Syria.” Local Syrians living in government areas are all too aware of how the outside world perceives the government and the cities under its control. After years of often deceptive imagery and footage produced by opposition fighters coordinating with an eager Western press bent on vilifying Assad as “worse than Hitler”, many average Syrian citizens increasingly take to social media to post images and scenes of Syria that present a different vision: they see their war-torn land as fundamentally secular, religiously plural, socially tolerant, and slowly returning to normalcy under stabilizing government institutions. As the most intense phase of fighting in Aleppo was unfolding in 2016, veteran journalist Stephen Kinzer took to the editorial pages of the Boston Globe to remind Americans that the media has created a fantasy land concerning Syria. Kinzer painted a picture quite opposite the common perception: Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press… For three years, violent militants have run Aleppo. Their rule began with a wave of repression. They posted notices warning residents: ‘Don’t send your children to school. If you do, we will get the backpack and you will get the coffin.’ Then they destroyed factories, hoping that unemployed workers would have no recourse other than to become fighters. They trucked looted machinery to Turkey and sold it… The United States has the power to decree the death of nations. It can do so with popular support because many Americans – and many journalists – are content with the official story.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 15, 2017.