Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Impact of the Kurdish/US Campaign to Take Raqqa: Syria/Turkey's Betrayal/Russia

Atlantic Council
 "The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced in a statement on November 5 that they would be launching Operation Euphrates’s Wrath to isolate Raqqa—the Islamic State (ISIS)’s de facto capital. The operation—backed by the US-led coalition—aims to encircle Raqqa by taking control of surrounding villages and access routes to weaken ISIS and ultimately liberate the city. 1*The short-term focus of this operation, however, has created internal ethnic divisions between Arab and Kurdish groups within the SDF." 
1* Syria's Kurds Announce "Euphrates Rage" There will be Ethnic Cleansing of Arabs

 It also created new waves of displacements among locals, which could be used as a recruiting tool by ISIS. Additionally, it has 2*increased tension between Syrian Kurds and Turkey, which could lead to full-scale military confrontations in the future.

 2 *US Led Coalition Should Stop Turkey's Advances Towards Raqqa

The reported  ongoing planning for imminent significant external terror attacks from Raqqa and the Obama administration’s search for more significant achievements against ISIS have 3* led to the immature announcement of the operation to isolate the extremist group in Raqqa. The United States views the SDF as the only local force capable of executing such an operation in the near term, despite the challenges facing this alliance.
 3* Whose Timeline Will Win In Raqqa? Was the US forced Into a Move on Raqqa?

3* The US & Israel's Taking of Raqqa Impeded by Intermeddlers
Turkey opposes any cooperation between the United States and Syrian Kurds. The country is worried that advances by Syrian Kurdish fighters will embolden Kurdish militants in its own southeast, where it has been fighting an insurgency for three decades led by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The United States, focused on its short-term objective of militarily defeating ISIS, is sending mixed signals to all of its allies—neglecting the long-term consequences of such actions and the risk of sparking secondary conflicts. Raqqa’s campaign has led to internal divisions between Arab and Kurdish groups within the SDF and resulted in the withdrawal of Arab forces from the operation. In a statement released on November 8, Liwa Thuwwar Raqqa (Raqqa Revolutionaries’ Brigade)—the main 4*Arab group within the SDF and most popular in Raqqa—announced that it would not participate in the operation. "The brigade refused to participate in the operation because the YPG [the People's Protection Units—the main military wing of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration] did not keep to what we had agreed—that the battle be led by the [Raqqa Revolutionaries’] Brigade and that the fighters all come from Raqqa itself,” Liwa Thuwwar's political office leader, Mahmoud Hadi,said. “But what happened on the ground has unfortunately been the complete opposite to what we had agreed," he added. The Brigade’s move aims to pressure the United States to meet its  statement to let Arab forces take the lead in the operations.
4*Arab ‘element’ withdraws from Raqqa Offensive- Doubting Ethnic Cleansing by Kurds?

 Reported Kurdish forces’ violations against Arab communities, especially during their June 2015 attack on Tal Abyad, have led Arabs to mistrust the Kurdish forces. As a result—and due to Turkey’s hostile position towards the YPG and the Kurdish Democratic Party leader (PYD)—the United States supported and funded the creation of the SDF, a Kurdish-led alliance with some Arab and Assyrian fighting groups. The absence of Arab forces in the fight to isolate Raqqa, where Arabs are the majority, will increase tensions and mistrust in the SDF operation and lead to confrontations with local communities, which will directly benefit ISIS. The SDF’s Raqqa operation also led to new waves of displacements among local communities, where Arabs are the majority, which is playing into the hands of ISIS. On November 11, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported large-scale displacement among locals in the Hamisha district, as well as in other villages in eastern Raqqa province. The SDF-ISIS fighting displacement of locals, and US-led airstrikes—which reportedly killed twenty non-combatants in Hamisha have forced many locals to leave their houses.
Ethnic cleansing was always the plan-
Moreover, there has also been a growing trend where local communities do not welcome people fleeing from ISIS-controlled territories for fear that they belong to sleeper cells for the terror group. Such violations and practices caused the people living in communities under ISIS to feel indifferent towards the operation because they believe this will simply be replacing one enemy with another. In other cases, it has reportedly contributed to pushing people to join ISIS because they are fearful of what might happen once ISIS is kicked out; they see ISIS as “the devil they know.” Thus, ISIS losses against the Kurdish-dominated SDF, which locals in ISIS-controlled areas do not see as friendly, allows the terrorist group to benefit from its defeats and use fear as a recruiting tool. To achieve its short-term objective of driving ISIS out of Raqqa, the United States is sending mixed signals in an attempt to please all of its allies at once. The same day that the SDF announced its Raqqa operation, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, rushed to Ankara for a four-hour meeting with his Turkish counterpart. He assured Turkey that the Kurds will not take on the main role of liberating Raqqa and that Turkish views would be taken into account before any final assault.
 I'm quite certain Dunford lied! Equivalent to the Manbij lie. Betraying Turkey..Turkey isn't buying the US lie! Also, still at a loss why the so called alternative media has not noticed and reported on, save for myself, the fact that the US chose YPG/PKK over Turkey's offer of assistance? (Same as the msm and alt media never mention the fact that Kurdish militias have annexed Syrian and Iraqi territory- why the silence?)
Why the US  didn't take Turkey's offer up,  is obvious. Greater Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0. Remaking the middle east. The US could have worked with both Syria and Russia to take Raqqa from ISIS- But they rejected that cooperation too! Again, doesn't fit the agenda. 


hattip Ally! : US rejects cooperating with Russia or Assad in Raqqa operation  
"The US-led coalition will not work with Russia or the Syrian government to take Raqqa from the Islamic State (ISIS), according to State Department spokesman Mark Toner. Moscow and Damascus have in the past suggested that the United States coordinate the Raqqa campaign with them."
 Speaking of Syria's concerns with Raqqa: New pro-Assad force in the works for east Syria 



"Days after US-backed troops announced the start of a long-anticipated drive toward Raqqa, a recruiting call has gone out in pro-regime circles for the Mobilization Forces of the Euphrates and Jazira." 
 BEIRUT - Days after US-backed forces announced the start of a long-anticipated drive toward Raqqa, a recruiting call has gone out for a new pro-regime militia ostensibly slated to operate in northern and eastern Syria. A number of pro-Assad media outlets on Tuesday posted an advertisement for the “Mobilization Forces of the Euphrates and Jazira,” the latter term an old designation for the Hasakeh province under the de-facto control of Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). 

 Atlantic Council -Salih Muslim 

 Nonetheless, in a recent interview, Salih Muslim—a co-leader of the PYD—said that Dunford’s statement “was more of a ‘declaration of intent’ on the part of the Americans rather than a firm commitment toward Turkey.” This is not the first time that the United States has made promises to Turkey with regard to Syrian Kurds that it has not been able to keep. It promised Turkey in August that the SDF would allow local Arabs to run the city of Manbij after liberating it from ISIS; however, the SDF still remains in Manbij three months later. The US failure or unwillingness to fulfill its promises in Manbij—which is likely to happen also in Raqqa—led to a number of clashes between the SDF and Turkey backed by its Syrian rebel allies. 

There it is folks the US betrayal of Turkey- (a) Refusing to work with Turkey to clear ISIS, instead choosing their ethnic cleansing Kurdish partners. (b)The US did not ensure that YPG/PKK removed themselves from Manbij and they will not ensure the Kurds will remove themselves from Raqqa because Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0, aka remaking the middle east- Exactly as stated here for years now!   Just in case you're still doubting the US has betrayed Turkey? 

Turkey again asks US stop arming Kurdish militia in Syria (and PKK in Turkey) 

  “The U.S. says they don’t give arms to the YPG. But we know that they have done since the Kobane [battle between the YPG and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]. We captured those arms from [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK militants in Turkey. So we know that the U.S. gives weapons to the YPG. And we told [U.S. Chief of General Staff Joseph] Dunford not give weapons to them,” Çavusoglu said at a joint press conference with his Bosnian counterpart Igor Crnadak.

 Long time readers here KNOW that the US has backed and armed the Kurds against Iraq, Syria and Turkey. And all the cheer leading for Kurdish militias done by alt and msm was just more of that cheering for the US backed destabilization of all the named nation states under the guise of rooting for a perceived "underdog"

 And finally from Atlantic Council
The Raqqa operation is a continuation of the US’ balancing act between Syrian Kurds and Turkey. This strategy, which avoids confrontation by sending mixed signals to its allies, has allowed the US to degrade ISIS in Syria, but this has come at the cost of increasing local tensions. The current operation, in the absence of clear roles and agreements among the US allies, will likely increase the frequency and intensity of military confrontations between Turkey and the rebel groups it backs and the SDF as they come into further contact along shared frontlines. This fighting, as well as the lack of a credible alternative to ISIS that enjoys popular support, will benefit radical groups like ISIS. 
 Coincidentally the US's Brand Ambassador  for the Middle East/north Africa remake proclaims.. Al Baghdadi Says Target Turkey and Saudi Arabia.. "I Can See For Miles & Miles"

 A few of so many related posts!



  1. The Kurds have made their final pact with the devil.
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  2. The Kurdish militias have made deals with the devil time and time again
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The Kurds’ Proxy Trap? No Meme Kurdish History

From Earlier Today:

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  1. Let's be clear: Turkey could easily prevent its own destruction. The reason Dunford came to Turkey, was because the US needs the use of Turkish airbases for the Raqqa op. Turkey also run supply lines to US bases in north Syria. When US SOFs enter Syria to help YPG, they do so from Turkey. Turkey should immediately cancel all cooporation with the US & allign with Russia & Assad. It is beyond me they havnt done that yet.

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    1. I could not agree more. Everything stated in Penny's analysis is on the mark. As for the why's for Turkey's continued failure to extricate itself from Empires' evil grasp and NATO's control, I would venture an educated guess it is due to the flow of very large sums of good old US Dollars and Euros into the grimy pockets of certain members of Turkey's ruling class.

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    3. Absolutely, they are lead by a bunch of traitors on US payroll.

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    4. "The reason Dunford came to Turkey, was because the US needs the use of Turkish airbases for the Raqqa op"

      Which airbase Rescue?

      "When US SOFs enter Syria to help YPG, they do so from Turkey"

      Disgusting

      I suspect there is cooperation between Turkey and Russia already... The problem is the deep, deep ties between Turkey's military and NATO..

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    5. Charles: "I would venture an educated guess it is due to the flow of very large sums of good old US Dollars and Euros into the grimy pockets of certain members of Turkey's ruling class"

      It's the military more then the ruling class though there has to be aspects of that most definitely-

      Turkey was manipulated into NATO with the help of a Kurdish uprising something like 65 years ago-- ties run deep

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    6. Hi

      Incirlik is being used for arming YPG. I saw a video of arms being dropped to YPG in Kobane, the plane came from Turkey. Video was later removed.
      I have seen reports of Diyarbakir being used as well, but I have a hard time believing it as the Turkish military is opposed to the US having a presance in the SE. This was the reason US wasn't allowed to invade Iraq from Turkey in 2003.
      The US probably mainly uses their illegal bases in Syria. But the supply lines are in Turkey. Constant reports of how SOFs and officials cross the border.

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    7. Turkish Russian coop is strong, but Assad is against it. Remember he stopped the attack on Tal Rifat & Afrin, & is now trying to coordinate with YPG. See his last interview, where he says some insane stuff about Erdogan.

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  2. I am deeply perplexed as to why the alt media continues with their hatred of Turkey.
    Some are clearly disinfo agents, but I think great many simply believe that Erdogan is to blame for the entire war, largely because they are pro American. Also, the propaganda campaign in favour of the 'Kurds' have been very successful.
    It is indeed the anti-imperialist left that is insanely pro Kurdish, leads the charge for the partition of Syria, glorifying Rojava & salivating for the destruction of Turkey.

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    1. Rescue:"I am deeply perplexed as to why the alt media continues with their hatred of Turkey.
      Some are clearly disinfo agents, but I think great many simply believe that Erdogan is to blame for the entire war, largely because they are pro American"

      I believe, personally, much of the alt media is completely compromised and the rest follow

      "Also, the propaganda campaign in favour of the 'Kurds' have been very successful"

      It's been successful on most,sadly.

      "It is indeed the anti-imperialist left that is insanely pro Kurdish, leads the charge for the partition of Syria, glorifying Rojava & salivating for the destruction of Turkey"

      The insane bloodthirsty crowd, you mean?

      Not thinking of all the deaths that will and must ensue...and have all ready

      Makes me sick!

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  3. There is no balancing act between YPG & Turkey, the US is totally in favor of YPG, & plans to carve up Turkey next.
    You just have to read the statements of YPG officials. Their bloodlust is insane. Turkish presence is agression because YPG planned to annex that territory & they will demand that the US drive out Turkish forces next.
    And this is what is now happening now. The day after Brett the idiot claimed YPG had finally vacated Manbij, YPG went on the offense, after ISIS handed several villages to them. There are now reports that when Turkey send bombers to target Kurdish positions the US forced TR aircrafts down.
    All hell is about to break lose between the US & TR.
    Which is good because we might finally se the closire of US bases in Turkey.

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    1. Hi Rescue:
      Thanks: I've made that point over and over the betrayal of Turkey is now so obvious that it cannot be denied by anyone anywhere and yet, still it comes down to myself and Willy Loman as the only ones mentioning it

      The US chose YPG over working with Turkey to clear ISIS
      The US supplies YPG/PKK weapons and Turkey is confiscating them
      The US broke the Manbij promise
      The US attempted that coup
      It's now so in your face that it's beyond denial and yet I still see nothing

      The YPG has already demanded the US drive Turkey back and your reporting the US sent aircraft the force the fighter planes down!
      Wow

      After I put this post up I said to hubby- more hell is about to break loose between Turkey and the US because the agenda is what it is and the US is on board with the murderous kurds

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    2. There are daily nearly economic hits being taken.
      Lira has crashed this week.
      The NGO's and foundations are disrupting social life and have been for long time now.
      I'm far from a fan of Turkey ( and Turks in general) but, this is classic take down, and as you say,
      nobody sees nutten ??

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    3. hey karin

      It is a classic take down- and that's what bothers me about no one saying a thing.

      anti war? sometimes
      good to destroy nations? sometimes?
      kill innocent civilians? sometimes?
      I question that silence.
      Taking Turkey out is so beneficial to Israel 2.0---

      Personally speaking- I've no issue with the Turkish people- government in general- well don't get me going- but the Turkish government isn't my government
      we have trudeau and that's bad enough!

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    4. @ Karin,
      Actually, what is striking is how calm things are in Turkey. The NGO's have not been successful. Even after the HDP arrests there are hardly any protests, other then in Europe.
      A Turkish friend of mine said the US is trying to organise a democratic oprising. The HDP & CHP are having joint protests this weekend. She also said it wouldn't work. I believe her, the CHP will only be regarded as traitors, working in tandem with foreign interests.

      The US has been trying to take Turkey down for three years now. They have been unsuccessful, even PKK invasion of towns & a coup didn't work, I struggle to see what will work. In the end an over military assault is the only way.
      I hope they get that new anti aircraft system soon.

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    5. Its official! The US & Turkey are not allies.
      The US have stated that they do not support the Turkish move on Al-Bab, calling it "unhelpful". The US will do a lot to prevent Turkey from taking the town. If they can't they will target Turkey covertly, or perhaps overtly.
      http://linkis.com/www.france24.com/en/ApN5a

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    6. I agree with everything Rescue has said-most people in Turkey believe that their country is being targetted by the West and Gulf States and they have done since July 2015. I never believed them until I discovered Penny's blog. And just to add Rescue, Turkey has its OWN nuclear weapons: https://youtu.be/L3znA-ENsQo

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    7. Penny and Rescue: Turkey is leaving Nato soon. Watch this https://youtu.be/a35P_dBPfEQ

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    8. Rescue "The US has been trying to take Turkey down for three years now"

      Three years! Interesting. I caught wind of it two years ago. But three? I can believe it- must have been even more subtle then when I finally picked up the signs

      Rescue: "The US have stated that they do not support the Turkish move on Al-Bab, calling it "unhelpful"

      I had that news article to post yesterday but got sidetracked with all the clinton/silsby stuff
      I'll be using it today

      "The US will do a lot to prevent Turkey from taking the town"

      I absolutely agree because they want the Kurds to take it- This is where Syria and Iran need to get active- make a deal with Turkey and together take Syrian territory back- There will be no peace with the Kurds in the northern part of Syria
      not for Syria
      not for Turkey
      not for Iran

      "If they can't (prevent the Turks from taking al bab) they will target Turkey covertly, or perhaps overtly"

      Most definitely!

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    9. Ally "most people in Turkey believe that their country is being targetted by the West and Gulf States and they have done since July 2015"

      The best thing the Turkish people can do is keep an eye on the government (betrayers) and stick together as a nation state (see your selves as a nation rather then all this identity politics crap)

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  4. The Gezi park demonstrations in 2013 were the first attack on Turkey. After that Erdogan was potrayed as repressive, Obama criticised him, MSM narrattive changed. I saw the conspiracy immediately.
    Something happened between the US & Turkey in 2013, I'm not entirely sure what it was. Certainly, the red line crossed in Syria, which the US didn't act on, was a factor. Before that, Turkey believed they had full support to remove Assad, after they knew it wasn't the US's intention.
    In that year Erdogan & AKP fell out with Gülen, & this might have been crucial, because that meant AKP was no longer under CIA control.
    Then the rest is history. Attack after attack, endless undermining, forcing Turkey to aid YPG in Kobani & all over N. Syria, PKK invasion of the SE from Syria, etc. etc.
    This won't end well.

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    1. Rescue, take a look at this: http://aryanempires.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/exclusive-turkeys-erdogan-didnt-follow.html?m=1

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    2. Thanks Ally.
      This fits with belief that the US started to destabilise Turkey in 2013.
      The US pressured Turkey to invade & overthrow Assad. They wanted TR to be weakened like Iraq was through the Iran-Iraq war.
      Then it would have been easy to partition both as the US pleased.

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