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Turkey’s Border Mission: Erdogan Warns Against US Move to Form YPG-Dominated Border Force

  • TRT World Published on Jan 16, 2018
    Turkey has deployed dozens of military vehicles to the border with northern Syria, as it prepares to launch a military operation against the YPG-controlled town of Afrin. The warning of an imminent operation came after the US announced plans to use YPG fighters in a security force along Turkey’s border – a plan strongly opposed by Ankara. TRT World Correspondent Joseph Hayat reports.


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Turkey Slams US Decision to Create ‘Military Force’ in North of Syria

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Turkey Notifies NATO Of Imminent Massive Invasion Of Syria To Fight Kurds

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  • Turkey Notifies NATO Of Imminent Massive Invasion Of Syria To Fight Kurds
    by Tyler Durden,
    Turkey is poised for an imminent massive ground invasion of Northern Syria to quash Kurdish militia groups currently holding Afrin near the Turkish border. Multiple regional outlets have reported a build-up of forces that could constitute the largest external intervening force thus far in the entirety of the Syrian war.

    According to Middle East based Al-Sura News, Turkey’s military build-up currently underway includes special forces troops, Army units, Turkish-backed Syrian Rebels and Turkey’s air force. The Kurdish YPG/J (People’s Protection Units) has held Afrin since the Syrian government withdrew from the area in 2012, which constitutes the western-most part of the self-declared Rojava autonomous Kurdish zone.

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January 18, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Erdogan: We Will ‘Strangle’ U.S.-Backed Force in Syria “Before It’s Even Born”

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  • Erdogan: We Will ‘Strangle’ U.S.-Backed Force in Syria “Before It’s Even Born”
    by Ellen FrancisEzgi Erkoyun,
    BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to “strangle” a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria “before it’s even born,” as Washington’s backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.

    The United States announced its support on Sunday for plans for a “border force” to defend territory held by U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters in northern Syria.

    The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad responded on Monday by vowing to crush the new force and drive U.S. troops from the country. Assad’s ally Russia called the plans a plot to dismember Syria and place part of it under U.S. control.

    But the strongest denunciation came from Erdogan, who has presided as relations between the United States and its biggest Muslim ally within NATO have stretched to the breaking point.

    “A country we call an ally is insisting on forming a terror army on our borders,” Erdogan said of the United States in a speech in Ankara. “What can that terror army target but Turkey?”

    “Our mission is to strangle it before it’s even born.”

    Erdogan said Turkey had completed preparations for an operation in Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria. The Kurdish-led regions in Syria say they need the border force to protect them against threats from Ankara and Damascus.

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January 17, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Russia, Turkey Condemn US-Backed Syria “Border Force”

  • PressTV News Videos Published on Jan 15, 2018
    Russia and Turkey strongly denounce US plans to station militants along Syria’s international borders. Russia has described the US move as provocative and unilateral which is aimed at regime change. Erdogan said the US is going ahead with the plan despite Ankara repeatedly objecting and warning Washington against the move. The US says it is planning to set up a 30000-strong border force inside Syria to protect territory held by militants that the White House has supported. The force will operate along Syria’s borders with Turkey and Iraq. The announcement comes as Damascus and its allies have dealt a crushing blow to terrorists across the country.
  • Has Syria attacked America? NO! Is Syria threatening American interests? NO! Is Syria a threat to America? NO! So, why is America waging a war of aggression against Syria? Why is America supporting, fomenting … terrorists against Syria?


January 16, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Erdogan: Turkey’s Accords & Ties with Washington Losing Validity

  • RT Published on Jan 5, 2018
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the world may be “doomed” if the conviction of a Turkish banker by a US court is how the US understands justice, and warned that US-Turkish ties and accords are “losing validity.”


January 6, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , | Leave a comment

RAW: Hundreds Protesting at US Consulate in Turkey Over Trump’s Decision

  • RT Published on Dec 7, 2017
    Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the US Consulate in Istanbul on Wednesday to protest US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara could cut diplomatic ties with Israel if Trump follows through on his campaign promise.


December 8, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump Informed Abbas by Phone of Intention to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem – Palestinian Spokesman

A protest against a promise by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to re-locate U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, in the West Bank near Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, January 20, 2017. © Mohamad Torokman / Reuters

  • Trump Informed Abbas by Phone of Intention to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem – Palestinian Spokesman
    Donald Trump has informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of his intention to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a spokesperson for Abbas said. The Palestinian president told Trump the move would have “dangerous consequences.”

    “President Mahmoud Abbas received a telephone call from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he notified the President (Abbas) of his intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah said in a statement, which did not specify when the move could happen.

    President Abbas warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world,” Abu Rdainah said.

    It comes after reports emerged on Friday that Trump would be recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this week, with AP and Reuters citing unnamed sources within the US administration. That report sparked a wave of reactions across the Muslim world.

    One of those reactions was from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who warned earlier on Tuesday that US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be a “red line” for Muslims. He also said the step would prompt Ankara to cut diplomatic ties with Israel.


December 6, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump’s U-Turn: US and Turkey Agree to Jointly Fight Against ISIS & Kurdish PKK

  • RT Published on Nov 24, 2017
    Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan have agreed on a joint fight against ISIL and Kurdish separatist fighters in Turkey. Earlier in a telephone conversation with the Turkish president, Trump also promised to cease arming US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. Read more:
  • Trump briefs Erdogan on ‘pending adjustments’ to military support for US-backed forces in Syria
    The US and Turkey have discussed “pending adjustments” to military support for Washington’s “partners” on the ground in Syria, and have agreed to join forces against “all forms” of terrorism, including the Kurdish PKK and Fetullah Gulen’s movement.

    Washington and Ankara reaffirmed commitments to jointly fight not only Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), but “all terrorists organizations,” including the Kurdish PKK and Fetullah Gulen’s movement, the Turkish presidency said following Recep Erdogan’s phone conversation with Donald Trump Friday. The two leaders also “discussed recent developments in Syria, bilateral ties and a summit in Russia’s Sochi,” where President Vladimir Putin hosted Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier this week, the statement added.

    Earlier, Turkey’s foreign minister announced that Washington has also allegedly agreed to stop arming the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia that serves as the backbone for the US-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

    The White House, however, did not explicitly mention the issue of arming YPG in its statement following the phone conversation, but did say that Trump and Erdogan discussed “pending adjustments” to Washington’s military support for US-led forces on the ground in Syria. It also confirmed the two leaders “discussed combating terrorism in all its forms,” and to foster “regional stability.”

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November 25, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Russia, Turkey & Iran Pave Way to End Dramatic War in Syria

  • RT Published on Nov 23, 2017
    Sochi summit lays the groundwork for the National Dialogue Congress, which will bring to the table both the Syrian government and various sectarian groups willing to enter into talks with Damascus READ MORE:


November 24, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Putin’s Syria Plan Could Spark ‘New Persian Empire’ – Analyst

  • RT America Published on Nov 22, 2017
    Russian President Putin has met with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, President Erdogan and President Rouhani, to discuss a political solution, while the United States has been largely left out. John Sitilides, geopolitical strategist at Trinity Advisors, joins ‘News With Ed’ to discuss.


November 23, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Supports ISIS? Israel, Turkey, US, Qatar …

  • RT Published on Nov 18, 2017
    Turkey’s anger with its allies was seen again, with the president accusing Washington of supporting Islamic State, by directly funding militants in Syria. But it seems almost everyone’s been accused of supporting ISIS at one point or another. READ MORE:

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ISIS is a creation of western Illuminist agencies: CIA, MI6, Israeli Mossad … ISIS is a Mossad asset not an enemy of Zionist ‘666’ Israel. Click on image for article.

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November 19, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

De-Dollarization Continues, More Countries Pivot Away From The Dollar

  • X22Report Published on Oct 10, 2017
    Russia’s central bank is trying to stop cryptocurrencies. London housing prices are falling, the bubble is popping. In NY the commercial real estate and residential real estate is falling apart, foreclosures are way up, back to 2009 levels. The IMF is trying to convince the world that the economy is fully recovered, but buried deep in the report it says the recovery cannot be sustained. More countries move away from the dollar, Turkey and Iran decide to trade in their local currencies.


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Middle East and Asia Geopolitics: Shift in Military Alliances?

The following map was prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters. It was published in the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006, Peters is a retired colonel of the U.S. National War Academy. (Map Copyright Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters 2006).

  • Middle East and Asia Geopolitics: Shift in Military Alliances?
    by Prof Michel Chossudovsky,
    A profound shift in geopolitical alliances is occurring which tends to undermine US hegemony in the broader Middle East Central Asian region as well as in South Asia. Several of America’s staunchest allies have “changed sides”. Both NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are in crisis.

    Turkey and NATO
    NATO is characterized by profound divisions,  largely resulting from Ankara’s confrontation with Washington. Turkey –which constitutes NATO’s heavyweight– is now fighting US-supported Kurdish rebels in northern Syria, –i.e  the US which is member of NATO is supporting and financing Kurdish rebels who are fighting a NATO member state.

    While Turkey formally remains a member of NATO –which has an integrated and coordinated air defense system–, the Erdogan government has purchased Russia’s S400 air defense system which is slated to be used against America’s Kurdish proxies in Northern Syria.

    A NATO member state is now using the air defense system of an enemy of US-NATO against US-NATO supported rebels. In turn, Turkey has dispatched troops to Northern Syria with a view to eventually annexing part of Syria’s territory. In turn, Moscow and Ankara have established an alliance of convenience.

    Israel is a firm supporter of the formation of a Kurdish state in Iraq and Northern Syria, which is considered as a stepping stone to the formation of Greater Israel.  Tel Aviv is considering the relocation from Israel of more than 200,000 Jewish ethnic Kurds to the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

    In turn the bilateral military cooperation agreement between Turkey and Israel is in jeopardy. Needless to say these developments have also led to the reinforcement of US-Israeli military cooperation including the setting up of a US military base in Israel.

    Meanwhile, Turkey  has established closer links with Iran, which ultimately contributes to undermining US-NATO strategies in the broader Middle East.

    The New Middle East
    Washington’s strategy consists in destabilizing and weakening regional economic powers in the Middle East including Turkey and Iran. This policy is also accompanied by a process of political fragmentation (see map above)

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October 3, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Middle East and Asia Geopolitics: Shift in Military Alliances?

US-Led Coalition Exchanged Fire with Turkish-Backed Rebels in Syria

  • Published on Aug 29, 2017
    US-led coalition forces in Syria have returned fire after being shot at by Turkey-backed rebels near the northern city of Manbij, according to a coalition spokesman.


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