Thursday, July 28, 2016

General Votel Admits Allies Jailed in Turkey Amid Coup Backlash

I was going to address the fall out of the coup- And this admission of allies being jailed after the coup attempt will form the perfect starting point to address the fallout of the coup!


ASPEN, Colo. – A top U.S. military commander said there was a persistent concern that the attempted coup in Turkey – and the backlash by the Turkish government – would impair the Pentagon’s operations in the region.
The coup backlash by the Turkish government would impair operations in the region- First thing I've noticed is the Kurdish backed destabilization of Turkey has quieted down- Going by the media reports. Not disappeared but is toned down

U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Joseph Votel said Thursday that a number of the U.S. military’s closest allies in the Turkish military have now been placed in jail following the coup attempt.
“We’ve certainly had relationships with a lot of Turkish leaders, military leaders in particular,” Gen. Votel said at the Aspen Security Forum meeting in Colorado. “I’m concerned about what the impact is on those relationships as we continue.”
The U.S. military sees Turkey as a vital partner in its efforts to combat Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. But an attempted coup by certain members of the military inflamed internal tensions and now the Turkish government has cracked down, arresting thousands of people.
Certain members of the military??

 Would these "certain members of the military" that participated in the coup attempt, who have been jailed,  be the same ones that the US "had relationships with"??

Then he talks Mosul, which I believe was interconnected to the Kurdish/US move on Mosul. Which ties nicely into the post from earlier today: Mosul: The Noose Tightens

Gen. Votel also suggested that the military has a tentative plan in place to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State. But he said they will not proceed until there are other plans in place to stabilize Mosul, provide political leadership in Mosul, and deal with a potential humanitarian issues there.
“We will go to Mosul when its time to go to Mosul,” he said. “Getting ready to go to Mosul is not just about getting a military plan in place.”
One of the Pentagon’s current strategies in combating Islamic State is to “overwhelm them” with numerous operations simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, he said.


  1. Sputink carried an interview with the Iraqi kurd spokeman day ago suggesting the kurds and Turkmen will lead the fight but kurds "will not enter mosul as it is an Arab city and it wouldn't be right" to paraphrase. The article specifically called out the us worry over shiite militias participating in the fight. So everyone agrees to take mosul but no "plan" what to do next.

    Ypg just deployed a representitive to united states as msf kicking up dust on the aleppo situation with drc comparing it to the balkans.

    1. ty anonymous- the kurds are unconcerned about Mosul being an Arab city- They've ethnically cleansed arab cities previously. They've cleansed Assyrian christians already. They want Mosul and I have many posts here where Kurdish spokespersons state that explicitly

      No doubt YPG/PKK have sent many a representative to the US
      would you leave a link to the sputnik article?
      thanks in advance


    3. Given the apparent confusion ongoing over who shot the plane down might it be worthwhile


      Another 'pocket"? Vladimir the merciful?

    5. In what manner would the people of Syria, the Syrian government or Russia benefit by permitting the UN marionettes, who strings are pulled by the Empire, any sort of control of the humanitarian corridors/operations, they've worked for and fought to establish?
      Rather than a humanitarian operation, the result will be a humanitarian catastrophy of huge proportion.

  2. General fyi:

    Most recent posts regarding Kurdish land theft..

    Whatever we take, we hold,” says a peshmerga intelligence officer.

    "For 28,000 square kilometres (11,000 square miles) behind him, Kurdish flags now fly over the remains of deserted and destroyed Sunni Arab villages and towns"

    " We intend to keep it all, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk"

    sadly there is plenty more of that

    US helping Kurdish militia cleanse Northern Syria of its indigenous people. Funny how ISIS/Nusrah Front is right in the middle of the desert riding around in their Toyota trucks and this 'US Coalition' can't hit them, but they can always hit the nearby areas, and repeatedly.
    There has also been an ISIS attack in Qamishli, area under Kurdish control. In a tweet, the Asayish were blaming the Syrian 'regime'. They are being ethnocentric in an area where you're not supposed to be ethnocentric. This arrogance by the Kurdish militia and their unwillingness to cooperate with anyone in the country explains why they have never had a country.