Now updated with UN accusations against Iran
First, because it sets up the post lets start with the "Operational Mechanism" talks, taking place today in Ankara, Turkey
The " Operational Mechanism" Turkey and the US have decided to set up during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent visit to Turkey is going to hold its first meeting in Ankara tomorrow.
The meeting will start in the morning at the Foreign Ministry. Owing to the nature of the meeting which will center on technical matters, it will be closed to the press. The operational mechanism decided upon by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutog(lu and his American counterpart Hillary Clinton when Clinton paid a visit to Turkey on August 11 comprises diplomats, military officials and intelligence agents.
The American delegation to soon arrive in Turkey for the meeting will be headed by Ambassador Elizabeth Jones, a high level official at the US State Department and a high level official from the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
More here and here
Not much in the way of details, clearly, NO PRESS allowed.
Just diplomats, military officials and intelligence agents. That should tell us something?
Just for the heck of it. Cause I love words and their meanings/uses. I am including the words defined, to shed some light on just what this "Operational Mechanism" could be suggesting?
1. of or relating to an operation or operations
2. in working order and ready for use
3. (Military) Military capable of, needed in, or actually involved in operations
1. A system of parts working together in a machine; a piece of machinery.
2. A natural or established process by which something takes place or is brought about.
So, could this preplanned, previously agreed to meeting have something to do with preparations/coordinations (militarily) of all the players, like a well oiled machine, to bring about regime change in Syria?
Is this why Turkey is floating their “safe zones” concept, yet again, because they (allegedly) cannot handle the refugees?
Is this why Saudi Arabia and Turkey are suddenly at this time jointly planning “refugee camps”?
Is there going to be an influx of boots on the ground??? Such as the influx that was suggested by Obama, just the other day? When Obama suggested "U.S. forces could move against him" (Assad) In language that was very suggestive of placing boots on the ground?
Ahmet Davutog(lu, Turkey’s foreign minister, speaks at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington DC, February 10 (CSIS)
Turkey's leaders can shed all the crocodile tears they wish, does anyone believe their concern is legitimate?
The refugee problem is a made in Turkey problem. It is a crisis they brought on to themselves and could have stopped at any time. But chose not to.
Not to be left out of the fray Egypt and the Sinai, what's new?
What is going on? The war dance?
I have previously covered the movement by Israel of tanks and troops to the Sinai.
Egypt responded in kind. Israel is complaining
Egyptian tanks arriving in the Sinai city of Rafah (JP photo)
Egypt is suggesting that every move they made was with the OK of Israel and the US
An Egyptian military source said Wednesday that the recent deployment of troops in the Sinai peninsula was fully coordinated with Israel, refuting media reports that the move violated the Israel-Egypt peace treaty.
In light of Israeli qualms over Egyptian troops in Sinai, he said, the Egyptian leadership has been conducting direct talks with Israel on the subject in order to secure Egyptian control over the Sinai Peninsula
The U.S. State Department said it supports Egypt's military deployments in Sinai, but insists such actions be coordinated with Israel while observing the 1979 peace treaty.
"The Egyptians work hard now to defeat terror and turn back other security threats in the Sinai, we've been supportive of those efforts," said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland in Washington.
So the US is aware that Egypt is deploying to the Sinai.
Which would indicate to me that Israel is well aware of the movement of all those US supplied weapons (many of them programmed with the right codes to make them useless against Israeli weapons)
Why the complaining Israel?
Also, why is Victoria Nuland giving me a real April Glaspie vibe? “the United States took no position on the border dispute between Iraq and Kuwait” Of course the US took a position.
I still think Israel wants the Sinai, still think Israel with the help of the US and the new poodles in Egypt are going to give it to them. Hope I am wrong.
Related reading: Israel should retake Philadelphi
Thought this was interesting.
A firm that tracks the pathways of the Internet says a Chinese company is keeping war-torn Syria connected to the Internet as other telecommunications companies withdraw.It was the "studies the structure of the internet" bit that caught my attention-
Hong Kong-based PCCW Ltd. is now carrying most of the Internet traffic to and from Syria, according to Renesys Corp., a Manchester, New Hampshire, company that studies the structure of the Internet. (Studies the structure of the Internet?)
PCCW has shouldered the load as Turk Telecom, the main phone company in neighbouring Turkey, dropped away Aug. 12. It's not clear what killed its connections to Syria, but Turkey has protested the Syria regime's actions.(which would indicate to me Syria cut the connections to Turkey for what should be obvious reasons) China is one of Syria's few international allies.
Renesys said Tuesday that Telecom Italia of Italy and Deutsche Telekom of Germany also carry some Syrian Internet traffic, but the Italian company's share is declining for unknown reasons.(?)
Syria is connected via undersea cables to Cyprus, Lebanon and Egypt, and PCCW is a part-owner
Renesys Corp- The Internet Intelligence Authority
Commercial and government customers turn to Renesys to address strategic, tactical and operational challenges.They have an interesting blog. I saved the link. Found it all so amazing. The tracking of the internet traffic.
Around the time of the Iran elections? Syria. Jordan. Cyprus. And more. Fascinating stuff, in my opinion.
You? I don't know.
UPDATE: UN (conveniently) points fingers at Iran over what APPEARS to be arms shipments to Syria
Iran appears to be supplying Syria with weapons, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
The U.N. accusation backs (bolsters) charges (Charges? Not facts. Not intelligence. Not knowledge. Just charges) by Western officials that Iran is providing funds, weapons and intelligence support to Assad in his bid to crush the opposition.
How timely with the US and Israel wanting any justification to take out Iran