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Massive Fire Near NATO Base in Turkey, Possible Anti-American Sabotage

  • Massive Fire Near NATO Base in Turkey, Possible Anti-American Sabotage
    by http://sputniknews.com/  
    A massive fire erupted near a NATO base in western Turkey. Authorities are investigating the fire as a possible act of anti-American sabotage.

    The inferno started on Sunday evening in western Turkey. The fire blew through the grassy wooded area and is now perilously near NATO’s military base pushed forward by strong winds.

    CNNTurk reports that the fire threatens a number of populated areas, and has already impacted a home for the elderly and its adjacent garden, T24 News reports. The channel also reports that anti-American “sabotage” in the wake of the attempted overthrow of the Erdogan government is suspected.

    The fire threatens the Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) base at Şirinyer (Buca) in İzmir, Turkey. LANDCOM is tasked with supporting US troops to enhance reaction time and the unit is equipped to respond to international crises.

    Although Washington maintains its largest overseas nuclear arsenal in Turkey, consisting of up to 90 tactical nuclear weapons, the US atomic weapons stockpile is stored at Incirlik air base and no such weapons of mass destruction are reportedly stored at the Izmir base.

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July 25, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Erdogan Hints at Executing 13,000, Exits European Human Rights Convention

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  • Erdogan Hints at Executing 13,000, Exits European Human Rights Convention
    by http://sputniknews.com/  
    Turkish authorities have arrested more than 13,000 people believed to be tied to the coup attempt and have gutted the country’s civil services sector suspending over 60,000 educators, judges and police.

    “‘Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons for years to come?’ – that’s what the people say,” said Erdogan. “The people now have the idea, after so many terrorist incidents, that these terrorists should be killed, that’s where they are, they don’t see any other outcome to it.”

    In the wake of the coup, the Erdogan government immediately withdrew from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, which bans executions, raising the likelihood of mass executions.

    Erdogan’s Turkey now finds itself in a state of disrepair in the wake of a failed coup attempt that left at least 246 dead and more than 2,000 injured as the country’s president called his people to go into the streets and clash with the military forces attempting to overthrow the government. The coup forces, which labelled themselves a Peace Council, opened fire on civilians with helicopters, tanks, and automatic rifles.

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday authorities had imprisoned over 13,000 people on accusations of treason, including 8,831 soldiers and 2,745 judges – 36% of the entire Turkish judiciary.

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July 25, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Syrian Girl: France Attacking Assad Forces, Not ISIS!

  • Published on Jul 23, 2016
    Syrian Girl Talks about how turkey coup wasn’t planned by Erdogan, ties to Turkey’s apology, says the CIA and the White House who is behind it, and that Russia may have tipped off the Turks.

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https://www.rt.com/usa/316558-us-training-jihadists-dick-black/

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https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/30/isis-j30.html

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July 25, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Turkey’s Secret Pact with Islamic State Exposed by Operative Behind Wave of ISIS Attacks

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  • Turkey’s Secret Pact with Islamic State Exposed by Operative Behind Wave of ISIS Attacks
    by Nafeez Ahmed, https://medium.com/  
    The elephant in NATO’s room: state-sponsorship of Daesh
    New evidence has emerged that the Turkish government under President Erdogan is covertly providing direct military, financial and logistical support to ISIS, even while claiming to fight the terror network.

    The evidence comes in the form of testimony from an ISIS terrorist captured by Kurdish fighters, widely recognised as the most effective force confronting ISIS on the ground.

    The testimony has been reported by two Kurdish news agencies, the Syrian-Kurdish Harwar News Agency (ANHA) based in Rojava, and the Turkish-Kurdish Ajansa Nûçeyan a Firatê (Firat News Agency or ANF News). The latter’s head office is based in Amsterdam.

    Websites of both news agencies are blocked in Turkey.
    Interviews with the ISIS fighter, captured by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), reveal that Turkish military and security forces are facilitating ISIS operations within Syria, as well as ISIS terrorist attacks inside Turkey.

    The new testimony corroborates similar claims made by other former and active ISIS members, as well as Western and Middle East intelligence sources.

    Yet Turkey is a leading member of the NATO alliance. And while the Western members of NATO have gathered mounting intelligence confirming Turkey’s sponsorship of ISIS, they have refused to act on this intelligence.

    Turkish spies thwart Turkish cops
    The source, Savas Yildiz, was captured by the YPG during the ISIS attack on the Kurdish province of Gire Spi (Tel Abyad) in Syria. Blacked out in the Turkish and international press, Yildiz’s capture by the YPG is a significant counter-terrorist success.

    A Turkish national who joined a jihadist group in Syria in 2014, Yildiz was the prime suspect in the twin bombings of the headquarters of one of the main opposition parties in Turkey, the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP). The bombings occured at HDP offices in Adana and Mersin in May 2015.

    Yildiz went on to participate in a string of further terror strikes in Turkey. But he was also originally a prime suspect in the ISIS bombing in Istanbul in March 2016, which killed four and injured 39 civilians. Turkish authorities at first assumed that Yildiz was the suicide bomber in that attack, but police quickly identified the actual bomber as Mehmet Ozturk.

    Both Ozturk and Yildiz were known to Turkish security forces as ISIS operatives. The authorities had put out a dragnet for Yildiz in October 2015, believing he, Ozturk, and two other ISIS operatives — Haci Ali Durmaz and Yunus Durmaz — had re-entered Turkey from Syria to carry out terror attacks.

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http://rt.com/op-edge/168064-isis-terrorism-usa-cia-war/

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/26/isis-syria-turkey-us

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http://www.infowars.com/former-nato-commander-turkey-is-supporting-isis/

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http://www.infowars.com/isis-run-out-of-u-s-embassy-in-turkey/

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July 25, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bo Polny Predicts Worst Stock Market Crash in History By End Of The Jubilee Year on October 2

  • Published on Jul 22, 2016
    Jeff interviews Bo Polny of Gold2020 Forecast topics include: the Shemitah market cycles, the timing of Brexit, 9/11 and the assassination of John F Kennedy in the market, a whole lot of other important events fall on Shemitah cycle dates, the US to hit its debt ceiling, activities of the Pope take place on Shemitah & Jubilee dates, Israel, Syria and Turkey, new nuclear ambitions in the U.K. Bo’s predictions regarding the DOW, time to get out of the markets and into gold and silver, the gold cycle shows upcoming all time highs, the TDV portfolio is up 200% this year so far!

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July 25, 2016 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Erdogan Realigning with Russia: Analyst

  • Published on Jul 22, 2016
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is realigning himself with Russia following the failed CIA-backed coup d’etat against his government, according to American political analyst E. Michael Jones.

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July 23, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Turning Up The Heat All Around The World To Get WWIII Started

  • Published on Jul 21, 2016
    Ukraine and Canada going to send a security agreement. Fighting intensifies in Ukraine, OSCE reports bombings in the South East. French forces caught in Libya, Libyan Unity government says forces need to ask permission. Kerry rallying the coalition forces to come together share intel to remove Assad. 5,000 ISIS soldiers sneak into Syria from Turkey, but turn out to be Turkmen. The entire coup seems to be theatrical as Erdogan gains more power.

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July 22, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Turkish Gov’t Using Attempted Coup as Excuse for Crackdown – Turkish Professor

  • Published on Jul 20, 2016
    Turkey has banned all academics from going abroad as a part of the country-wide crackdown that has resulted in thousands of people being detained or suspended from their jobs over their suspected ties to the coup. Maya Arakon, associate professor at Suleyman Sah University, says that many Turkish citizens are afraid of the government using the coup as an excuse to remove those who oppose the Erdogan administration. US-Turkish relations will also be impacted as the Turkish government seeks to extradite an Islamic cleric suspected of inspiring the coup. Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof and RT correspondent William Whiteman join Anya Parampil to discuss.

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July 22, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , | Leave a comment

The Coup in Turkey has Thrown a Wrench in Uncle Sam’s “Pivot” Plan

People chant slogans during a pro-government rally in central Istanbul's Taksim square, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Forces loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left some hundreds of people dead and scores of others wounded Saturday. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

People chant slogans during a pro-government rally in central Istanbul’s Taksim square, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Forces loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left some hundreds of people dead and scores of others wounded Saturday. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

  • The Coup in Turkey has Thrown a Wrench in Uncle Sam’s “Pivot” Plan
    by MIKE WHITNEY, http://www.counterpunch.org/  
    A failed coup in Turkey has changed the geopolitical landscape overnight realigning Ankara with Moscow while shattering Washington’s plan to redraw the map of the Middle East. Whether Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan staged the coup or not is of little importance in the bigger scheme of things. The fact is, the incident has consolidated his power domestically while derailing Washington’s plan to control critical resources and pipeline corridors from Qatar to Europe. The Obama administrations disregard for the national security interests of its allies, has pushed the Turkish president into Moscow’s camp, removing the crucial landbridge between Europe and Asia that Washington needs to maintain its global hegemony into the new century. Washington’s plan to pivot to Asia, surround and break up Russia, control China’s growth and maintain its iron grip on global power is now in a shambles. The events of the last few days have changed everything. This is from the Daily Sahbah:

    “Turkey’s changing rhetoric toward Russia is also a direct consequence of Ankara’s unmet expectations regarding the Syria conflict. Turkey’s disappointment with the United States’ policy in Syria has increased with time, especially considering Washington’s continued support for the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria. Ankara sees this group as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization (Daily Sabah, 12 June).
    (A Change in Turkish-Russian Relations: What Sort of Rapprochement?, The Jamestown Foundation) 

    Obama can only blame himself for the debacle that is now unfolding. Erdogan was completely clear about Turkey’s red lines, the most important of which is preventing the Kurdish militias from moving west of the Euphrates and creating a contiguous state along the Syrian side of Turkeys southern border. Here’s Erdogan commenting on developments a few months ago:

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July 22, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Turkey Coup Attempt: CIA-Gulen Dry Run?

  • Published on Jul 19, 2016
    Sibel Edmonds is joined by James Corbett and Spiro Skouras to discuss the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey. We touch-upon facts and elements that are currently being systematically blacked out by the establishment media, and analyze the main actors and agendas involved. From the CIA and Operation Gladio B to Mullah Gulen’s $20+ Billion shady network in the United States, and the media’s role in implementing the deep state’s psychological warfare tactics, we leave no stone unturned! Don’t miss this daring and bold discussion, and please help us put out the word by sharing the link to this video.

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July 22, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Failed Coup… An Unrecognized Republic… And Triggers for a Global Economic Meltdown

Turkish army tanks roll past a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a military parade on the 86th anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara, August 30, 2008. Tensions between Turkey's government and its powerful generals will continue clouding the future of the European Union-applicant country, after the new military commander warned against the rising profile of Islam. REUTERS/Fatih Saribas (TURKEY)

Turkish army tanks roll past a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a military parade on the 86th anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara, August 30, 2008. Tensions between Turkey’s government and its powerful generals will continue clouding the future of the European Union-applicant country, after the new military commander warned against the rising profile of Islam. REUTERS/Fatih Saribas (TURKEY)

  • A Failed Coup… An Unrecognized Republic… And Triggers for a Global Economic Meltdown
    by Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor, http://www.internationalman.com/  
    The country is one giant powder keg… and the fuse is already lit. I’m talking about Turkey. When the next global crisis explodes, there’s a good chance Turkey will be involved somehow.

    Turkey was founded from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. It’s where Europe meets Asia. Naturally, it’s a geopolitically significant country. Today, it’s at the epicenter of many crises that are destabilizing the world… the migrant disaster in Europe, the ongoing carnage in Iraq and Syria, the conflict with ISIS, and the new Cold War with Russia.

    In light of all these potential triggers for a global meltdown—as well as the recent failed military coup d’état—I think it’s time to take a closer look at Turkey.

    Bad Blood
    There’s one aspect of Turkey and its myriad of crises that nobody is talking about. That brings us to Greece, Turkey’s historical rival, and where a number of the coup plotters fled after their recent failed putsch. It’s no secret that the Greeks and Turks have been at each other’s throats since at least the 16th century.


    It’s a rivalry of historic proportions because, literally since the days of Homer, most of what is now Western and Southern Turkey had been populated by Greeks. That started changing with the Ottoman conquest of the 16th century, and after World War I, when Turkey ethnically cleansed the area by deporting hundreds of thousands of Greeks and stripping them of their ancestral homes without compensation.

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July 21, 2016 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Erdogan: Turkey Ready to Restore Regional Peace Together With Iran And Russia

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  • I am undecided whether Erdogan staged a false flag coup or otherwise. I am leaning towards it being a genuine coup but a last minute, desperate and poorly executed one by Fethullah Gulen-CIA. The whole event is too complicated in my opinion to be a false flag coup planned by Erdogan. Gulen’s (CIA) people would have known way beforehand and taken action. Gulen’s network in Turkey definitely exceeds Erdogan’s.
  • Whether or not it was a staged coup, the BIG LOSERS are: US, NATO, CIA, the west. Erdogan has now flipped 100% towards Russia.
  • Erdogan: Turkey Ready to Restore Regional Peace Together With Iran And Russia
    by http://tass.ru/en/world
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday held a telephone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

    TEHRAN, July 19 /TASS/. Turkey is ready to work towards restoration of peace and stability in the region together with Russia and Iran, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a telephone conversation with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Monday.

    “Today, we are determined more than ever before to contribute to the solution of regional problems hand in hand with Iran and Russia and in cooperation with them,” the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Erdogan as saying. The Turkish president informed Rouhani about the situation in Turkey. “At present, the situation is getting back to normal but it is too early to say that everything is over,” Erdogan said.

    For his part, Hassan Rouhani gave credit to the courage and political maturity of the Turkish people who stood up to defend the legitimate authorities.

    “Stability and tranquility in Turkey have a positive impact on the atmosphere in the whole region. We have no doubt that tranquility in the Islamic world countries does not suit terrorists and some superpowers,” the Iranian president stressed. He said that the past few days had shown who was Turkey’s friend or enemy both at home and abroad.

    A group of insurgents took an abortive coup attempt in Turkey late on July 16. The main confrontation took place in Ankara and Istanbul. The country’s leaders announced later that the coup attempt had been thwarted. According to the latest reports, 208 Turkish nationals died, 100 insurgents were killed and about 1,500 people were injured.
http://sputniknews.com/world/20160718/1043239951/su-24-pilots-arrested-turkey.html

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July 21, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Turkish Coup Was False Flag Operation?

  • I am undecided whether it was a false flag operation or not.
  • Published on Jul 20, 2016
    Turkey’s failed coup attempt was a staged operation for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to eliminate the opponents of his government, according to an American author and radio host.

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July 21, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , | Leave a comment

Behind The CIA Desperate Turkey Coup Attempt

People chant slogans during a pro-government rally in central Istanbul's Taksim square, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Forces loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left some hundreds of people dead and scores of others wounded Saturday. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

People chant slogans during a pro-government rally in central Istanbul’s Taksim square, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Forces loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left some hundreds of people dead and scores of others wounded Saturday. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

  • Behind The CIA Desperate Turkey Coup Attempt
    by F. William Engdahl , http://journal-neo.org/
    On the evening of July 15, a group of Turkish army officers announced that they had staged a military coup d’etat and had assumed control of the country. They claimed that Erdogan was in a desperate flight for his life and that they were now in the process of restoring order. The only problem for those army officers and their sponsors far away in Langley, Virginia and Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania– where Turkish political operator, Fetullah Gülen, hides in exile under CIA protection–is that they did not succeed. Behind the coup attempt is a far more dramatic story of the huge geopolitical shift that the often unpredictable political survivor, President (still) Recep Erdogan, was in the midst of making when Gülen’s loyalists made their desperate, now apparently failed coup attempt. What follows is a series of Q&A remarks to the background of the dramatic events unfolding in a pivotal part of the geopolitical order.

    Q: How would you comment on the events of Friday to Saturday evening, when the army carried out a coup? Are these events were predictable?
    WE: The coup was a reaction to the recent dramatic geopolitical shift of Erdogan. It was instigated by networks in Turkey loyal to the CIA. It clearly was a desperate move, ill-prepared.

    Q: What do you think are the real reasons for such a move of the army?
    WE: This was a network of officers inside the Army loyal to the Fetullah Gülen Movement. Gülen is a 100% CIA controlled asset. He even lives since years in exile in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania having gotten safe passage and a green card by former top CIA people like Graham Fuller and the former US Ambassador to Ankara.

    Gülen has been a decades-long mad project of the CIA to weaponize political Islam as an instrument of regime change. Recall that in 2013 there were mass protests against Erdogan in Istanbul and elsewhere. That was when Gülen, who previously had made a deal with Erdogan’s AK Party, broke and criticized Erdogan as a tyrant in the Gülen-controlled media such as Zaman. Since then Erdogan has been moving to root out his internal most dangerous adversary, Gülen and friends, including raids on Zaman and other Gülen-controlled media. This is not about a battle between the White Knight and Evil Knievel. It is about power pure in Turkish politics. If you are interested in the details of the Gülen CIA project I urge readers to look in my book, The Lost Hegemon (German: Amerikas Heilige Krieg).

    Q: Do you think these events in Turkey could lead to civil war, as interpreted by some commentators?
    WE: I doubt that. The Gülen Movement in the past two years has been severely reduced in influence by Erdogan and his head of intelligence—purges etc. The traditional so-called Ataturk Army as State Guardian is long gone …since the 1980s.

    What is interesting to watch now will be the foreign policy of Erdogan: Rapprochement with Russia, reopening talks on the Russia Turkish Stream gas pipeline to the Greek border. The simultaneous Erdogan rapprochement with Netanyahu. And most critical, Erdogan’s apparent agreement, part of Putin’s demands for resumption of ties, that Turkey cease efforts to topple Assad by covertly backing DAESH or other terrorists in Syria and training them in Turkey, selling their oil on the black market. This is a huge geopolitical defeat for Obama, probably the most incompetent President in American history (even though he has some serious competition for the title from George W. Bush and Clinton).

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July 20, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Failed Coup in Turkey – A Few Initial Thoughts

Erdogan supporters capture a Turkish army vehicle after soldiers surrendered Saturday. Source: www.cnn.com

Erdogan supporters capture a Turkish army vehicle after soldiers surrendered Saturday. Source: http://www.cnn.com

  • Failed Coup in Turkey – A Few Initial Thoughts
    by http://thesaker.is/  
    When I first heard that a coup was in progress in Turkey my first thought was that it was the USA’s way to punish Erdogan for his sudden apology to Russia.  Yes, sure, I realized that there were many other possible explanations, but that was the one I was hoping for.  I even  told my family that if this was a US-backed coup and if Erdogan or his supporters said so, there would be hell to pay for the USA.  Less than 24 hour later my hopes were fulfilled:

    Turkish Minister Blames US Authorities for Organizing Coup Attempt 
    Kerry Blasts Turkey for Insinuating that Washington Plotted Coup of Erdogan 

    Erdogan was undeterred and he went on to publicly declare“Dear President Obama, I told you this before, arrest Fethullah Gulen or return him to Turkey. You didn’t listen. I call you on you again, after the coup attempt – extradite this man from Pennsylvania to Turkey. If we are strategic partners, do what is necessary,” Erdogan said. He also explicitly called any nation supporting Gulen “an open enemy of Turkey.”

    Now we need to remember that Erdogan has a history of zigs followed by zags, so I would not put it past him to warmly embrace Obama in the near future, but I find that unlikely.  Why?  Simply because there is a lot of indirect evidence that the USA was, indeed, behind this coup.  Consider this:

    The coup involved a very large number of people.  We can get a sense of the magnitude of this coup by looking at the huge purge now taking place in Turkey.  According to various sources it includes no less than 6’000 people, many senior officers (including 5 generals and 29 colonels), 2’745 judges and prosecutors.  So the first thing we need to ask ourselves is how likely is it that the USA did not know what was being prepared by the coup plotters?  I submit that in a country essentially at war, where US forces which are involved in combat operations in nearby Syria and Iraq are deployed and where the US reportedly keeps 50 tactical nuclear weapons, the notion that the USA did not see this coming is far fetched.  Turkey is a NATO member state, which in practical terms means that the US has full control over the Turkish military, and we know thanks to Sibel Edmonds that the Turkish deep state has very close ties to the US deep state – and we are to believe that nobody in the USA saw this coming?

    Furthermore, when Erdogan says that the USA did not hurry to condemn the coup, he is absolutely correct.  In fact, it was rather amusing for me to see that all the western media was indicating that the coup had succeeded, while the Iranians and Russians reported that the coup had failed.  If that was case of wishful thinking on both sides, what does it tell us about the wishes?

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July 20, 2016 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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