Friday, September 30, 2016

2nd October Surprise Possibility - Taking Mosul. Dam of Mass Destruction.

Exploring October Surprise possibilities that could factor into the US election.

I suspect Aleppo will stay as it is, for now.
Yesterday we talked Turkey Coup, Part Two? That's One October Surprise Option!
A coup, if successful, could be spun into a win for democracy, freedom and the American way.. 
Mosul would be a feather in Obama's war making cap and a boost for Hillary.

A first glance at a Mosul victory being an October Surprise:  Could a Mosul Victory be an "October Surprise"
“The term “October surprise” refers to a political event that has a last-minute effect on November elections and that is what some are calling the Mosul operation”
  To my way of thinking Mosul doesn’t qualify as an October Surprise, in the sense of coming out of the blue. Taken by surprise. Shocking. Startling.  Etc., However, since the masses are oblivious to the fact that NATO and assorted sundry militias have been continuously attacking Mosul, advancing towards the city centre for months now it's entirely possible the eradicating of ISIS from Mosul, Iraq may come as an October surprise to many.

Mosul’s taking would be a boost to Hillary... A few of the latest tidbits regarding Mosul, Iraq:

1-Pentagon Deploying Still More Troops to Iraq

The Pentagon is to send as many as 600 more troops to Iraq as Iraqi security forces (ISF), Kurdish Peshmerga, and US personnel continue to shape an operation to re-take Mosul from Islamic State fighters that captured the city in 2014, defence officials confirmed on 28 September.

The total authorised US military personnel for Iraq is now around 5,250 troops, but hundreds more are understood to be operating there on a 'rotational' basis through temporary duty assignments. The number has been steadily increasing since US forces returned to Iraq in August 2014.
Roughly 6,000 American troops in Iraq

2- UN is Working to “Pre- position Aid” around Mosul prior to Military Operations
"We are concerned at the possible humanitarian ramifications of the fight. And that is why we are working with our Iraqi counterparts and trying to pre-position as much humanitarian aid as possible," Dujarric stated.
This prepositioning of aid isn't going all that well, as you will read.

3- 700,000 will need aid once Mosul offensive begins: UN
4-UN Prepares for Mass Displacement of Iraqis as Battle Looms to Retake Mosul
Preparations to assist potentially hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis are hampered by a lack of funds. While the operation is expected to cost $196 million, Geddo says the UNHCR has received only $63 million, or 33 percent of what it needs.
In plain talk the UN's humanitarian assistance is not in place and it will not be in place.

 We're talking mass displacement of nearly 1 million people.- If the UN can accomodate 150,000 or so it will be a miracle.  But don't worry the media will be preparing all sorts of feel good spin for the true believers everywhere.

5- Putting pressure on the Barzani government

“If fighting starts in Mosul, hundreds of thousands could flee the city as they did in 2014. Refugee agencies estimate 700,000 could be heading towards neighboring Erbil and Duhok in the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) is working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to prepare, but they have raised less than 40% of what is needed to prepare the necessary infrastructure for refugee camps; reportedly, authorities were seeking €253 million. That means there will not be enough tents in place”
Given low oil prices, the KRG is stretched financially. Nonetheless, there is apparently political will to welcome hundreds of thousands of refugees from Mosul, many of whom will be Kurdish.
We've talked weaponized refugees previously here
There will also be security considerations. Amidst the hundreds of thousands of refugees, KRG authorities fear there may be ISIL members. That means refugees cannot be channeled directly into cities before they are screened and checked for weapons.
And then there is Mosul Dam? 

The Americans said flat out stated it was not a matter of if it would collapse, it was only a matter of when it would collapse.  The words of US Officials! Could the Mosul Dam be hit, accidentally on purpose, to clear Mosul without all the fuss and muss of dropping bombs etc.? Maybe just some of the fuss and muss.  It's possible.

Mosul Dam collapsing would make a real nice October Surprise... An act of God. Not!
People displaced, not because of American war making, no, just a random circumstance. That the US warned and warned and warned about.... all for naught. Obama and Hillary can go and hand out food and feign concern.. 

So can Angelina Jolie, if she's not too busy, with whatever twisted garbage she is up to with her cronies in the CFR.

  Lindsey Lohan can visit all the displaced persons too. (Yes, she been in the news doing that lately)
Lindsey Lohan should be kept away from children

I’ve written on a number of occasions  about the possibility that a weaponized Mosul Dam collapse could be employed against the populace-  I'm using the word weaponized, in this manner: convert/employ to use as a weapon rather then as ordinarily used. A collapsing dam certainly be considered a weapon of massive destruction!


You want possibilities for an October surprise? A second coup in Turkey. The taking of Mosul.
I don't see Aleppo being a situation that can be manipulated, at this time, to the benefit of team America

If you have any scenarios that could present themselves to skew the outcome of the American election, manipulating the voters, feel free to share some thoughts.

From Earlier Today: 

No Meme Kurdish News- Iranian Kurds as Syrian Kurds? Hive Mind & YPG Abuse

 Cause toxic mind viruses will make you very sick

No Meme Kurdish News- Iranian Kurds as Syrian Kurds? Hive Mind & YPG Abuse

Manipulating the Kurdish Youth to Create the Hive Mind, Undoubtedly via the PKK Cult:

Check the image?

Ocalan as cult leader. Think Charles Manson. Jim Jones. Same/same
Young Syrian Kurds launched a new initiative on April 1 to give voice to the Kurdish youth who demand a unified Kurdish position amongst political movements in Syria. Those in charge of the initiative said, “This initiative is not a movement, a political party, or a new organization. And it will not become one. The only mission is to coordinate and organize activities within the initiative’s framework.”
Gee, I wonder where the funding is coming from for this initiative to unify the kurds
 Organizers of the youth initiative are demanding that all Syrian Kurdish parties end their political differences and reach a single political stance.
 One ring to rule them all?
October 2015/ PKK Challenges Barzani in Iraq- One ring to rule them all?

  Tens of thousands of Kurdish-unity-in-Syria aspirants joined the social media pages in less than a week.
 Aldar Khalil, who is a member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a US and Turkey designated terrorist organization, and a member of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEV), which is the PYD dominated political entity running Kurdish areas in Syria, also voiced his support for the movement.
 Yup, one ring to rule them all... PKK under the thumb of NATO/Israel. Now that's what I call freedom!

hattip to Ally for this link!

PYD Closes Offices of Rival Parties in Rojova

Huh, odd, aren't kurds all democratic, women's rights and what's that word, Secular, yah secular- that's it! Closing offices of rival parties reeks of tyranny, but, hey why mix facts with fiction- Let's just keep believing in nonsense... it's so much easier.

 The ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) continues its campaign against its Kurdish political rivals in the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), and in the latest attempt, the party closed three offices of the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) consisting of a number of Kurdish political parties in Rojava.

Bahjat Bashiri, a leading figure from ENKS confirmed to BasNews on Saturday that PYD security forces known as 'Asayish of Rojava' closed three offices of the council in Til Temir town in south west of Hasaka province of Rojava, stating that PYD's campaign against ENKS' members is continuing.

"We have informed the US and the anti-Islamic State global coalition about PYD's campaign of closing the offices belonging to rival Kurdish parties in the region," said the official.

According to sources from Rojava, PYD has launched a new campaign to detain members from other parties for having different political views, and has so far arrested dozens of political figures and activists.

Earlier this month, a number of Kurdish activists and relatives of the prisoners went on a hunger strike for a week to compel PYD to release the detainees.

 And finally! 

Claims of the Kurdish militias being all "Syrian Kurds". They aren't!  I've had this type of information here previously, but, here's yet another inconvenient truth nugget. Understanding these facts may be difficult for the disinfo cons &trolls that flit from site to site spreading disinfo- But, my readers can handle the truth!!

Iranian Kurds Bolster Anti-IS Forces in Iraq, Syria

Hundreds of Iranian Kurds are bolstering Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq as volunteers in the fight against the Islamic State, according to fighters and Kurdish sources in Iraq and Syria.

“I decided to come to Syria to help my Kurdish brethren fight (IS),” said Iranian Kurd Zanyar Rafaat, who joined the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) 

Peace through bloodshed and displacement

Thousands of volunteers from many nations - among them, Americans and Europeans - have been supplementing Kurdish forces over the past two years. Kurds train them, provide weapons and house and feed these volunteers. Several of them, including an American from Maryland, have died in battle.

The Iranian Kurds are choosing to volunteer.
 Ethnic Kurds make up nearly nine percent of Iran’s population of 80 million people. They are largely Sunni Muslims and have long desired more autonomy from Tehran's firm grip.

As I've mentioned the Kurds of Iran have been armed and trained by the US and have begun destabilizing Iran as a proxy force- More inconvenient truths for you all..

 Syria to join Kurdish forces there.
“I went to Iraq with the help of Kurdish forces who control the region,” said Rafaat, who says his Kurdish unit has several Iranian volunteers. “I stayed there for five months before moving to Syria.”
Kurdish commanders reached by VOA in Syria declined to comment on the volunteers, saying the subject was a sensitive one. Sources close to the YPG confirmed that Iranian Kurdish fighters have been fighting with the Syrian Kurdish group since 2014, and are actively recruited.
An Iranian Kurdish rebel group has reportedly received military training from U.S. and European advisers as part of the international program backing Iraqi Kurds against IS, the group's commander told The Associated Press (AP) recently.
The United States has backed Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish forces against IS fighters since 2014. In addition to air support, the Obama administration has also provided training to local Kurdish groups.
"They helped and trained us within the framework of the fight against (IS)," said Hussein Yazdanpana, a commander with the Iranian Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), who was quoted by AP.

"Within the framework of the fight against IS" That's a big obfuscation! It's the big lie, actually!

 “The involvement of the Iranian Kurds in the fight against IS in Iraq and Syria will definitely add to the complexity of their current multifaceted situation in Iran,” said Mort Anvari, a military consultant at the U.S. defense department.
Related to:

Kurds & Americans "Flip the Bird" to Syrians & Turkish Citizen/Nations. US Kill Syrian Civilians

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Turkey Coup, Part Two? That's One October Surprise Option!

Could this claim be true? Well,  it  can't be discounted that's for sure!
Additionally it reads as very plausible- Making it worth consideration.
Consider the news from yesterday that Putin is visiting Istanbul in October..

Rescue brought news to my attention about a ‘bloody October’ for the Turks

Hey Penny,
You should look into this entire "bloody october" scenario that the US apparently has planned for Turkey.

Henri Barkey, one of the coup plotters, has talked about it.
It involves ISIS attacking Turkey dressed up as the PKK. Many Turks on twitter are very worried about it.
 Took it upon myself to do some searching..

Wouldn’t know where to begin to find this on twitter, being a non savvy twitter user.
If anyone point me in the right direction...... I’ll take the assistance!
Did manage to find this article, which seems to generally fit the bloody October scenario Rescue mentioned.

The second coup in Turkey is coming before November, ex-military officer warns

Of course, October precedes November.....
A second coup attempt in Turkey is going to happen very soon and it will be bloodier than the previous one, a retired military officer said on Saturday.

Speaking to Yeni Safak daily, retired Col. Hasan Atilla Ugur said a second attempt is going to be staged very soon.

“Be prepared against the second attempt. And it's going to happen very soon. This is very certain information,” the veteran said.

On July 15, Turkey foiled a deadly coup attempt organized by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) that left 241 people dead about 2,200 others injured.

The attempt was the deadliest in the history of the Republic of Turkish. The U.S., CIA and FBI were accused of being behind the coup that aimed to topple the democratically elected government and to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The U.S. has been hosting FETÖ leader Fethullah Gülen, the mastermind of the coup attempt, and is still providing all support despite Turkey's legal demand for his extradition and detention.

Col. Ugur warned that the second attempt could be more dangerous than the previous one. We are all in a euphoria of victory. But I am warning Turkey.”
The threat is not over

“No one should think 'Ok, it's over. Turkey is on track now. The U.S. cannot do anything. FETÖ cannot attack anymore, the PKK cannot do anything more, we have broken the back of these organizations.'”
The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and U.S., has been conducting an armed conflict in southeast Turkey for more than three decades, killing around 40,000 people.

Despite being listed as a terror group, the EU and U.S. continue to support PKK terrorists, providing them with arms and money, allowing terror sympathizers to organize propaganda rallies in the West.

The retired army officer said that there was a preparation for the new coup attempt.

UK working in southeast Turkey for 2.5 months

He stated that the United Kingdom has been working on a huge uprising in southeastern Turkish provinces.

“As I was informed, the Britons have been meeting with all tribes in the southeast, especially Hakkari, Van, Çatak, Slopi and Mardin areas, for last two-and-a-half months.”

He said that the U.K. has paid all bank debts of these tribes that can be summed up as billions of Turkish lira.

“Negotiations are ongoing,” he said, adding that the U.K.'s consulate general is dealing the talks.

“What is the [U.K.] consulate doing with the tribes? The PKK terrorists allow their vehicles to pass the road into the southeast while they don't allow the other vehicles. Why?” he asked.

UK media preparing the ground

He cited a recent news published in several mainstream U.K. newspapers, including Daily Express and Daily Star, claiming that 10,000 British Naval infantry forces are on standby in Cyprus to enter Turkey in case of another military coup, under the pretext of evacuating British holidaymakers from Turkey.
RT reported this same news: British special forces poised to rescue UK citizens if Turkey suffers 2nd coup attempt
The SAS, as well as the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG), are reportedly ready to deploy from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus should the need arise.
 In case you're wondering Akrotiri, Cyprus is British Territory in Cyprus

 Sovereign Base Areas..
 Akrotiri and Dhekelia (Greek: Ακρωτήρι και Δεκέλεια, Akrotiri kai Dekeleia, Turkish: Ağrotur ve Dikelya), officially the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia[1] (SBA; Greek: Περιοχές Κυρίαρχων Βάσεων Ακρωτηρίου και Δεκέλιας; Turkish: Egemen Üs Bölgeleri Ağrotur ve Dikelya), is a British Overseas Territory on the island of Cyprus. The areas, which include British military bases and installations, as well as other land, were retained by the British under the 1960 treaty of independence, signed by the United Kingdom, Greece, Turkey and representatives from the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, which granted independence to the Crown colony of Cyprus. The territory serves an important role as a station for signals intelligence and provides a vital strategic part of the United Kingdom communications gathering and monitoring network in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Back to the Coup Two Warning
The Daily Express reported that the missions would focus on areas popular with tourists and that troops would be cleared to use lethal force if the rescue operations were interfered. While Daily Star said, “If there is another coup attempt then civil war will follow. If that happens there will be a major international crisis.”

The veteran military officer drew attention to the reports saying that the U.K. is working on a chaos plan in Turkey. “And the main aim of the plan is the invasion of Turkey,” he added.

The big chaos plan

Col. Ugur also shared the plan he received from reliable sources.

“There will be demonstrations in the southeast lead by the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), as they usually do. Undetected pro-FETÖ police and military officers will directly open fire at demonstrators. The incidents will kill between 15 to 20 people. This is certain information. The incidents will take place in Semdinli, Yüksekova and Kiziltepe.”

“If the tribes in southeastern provinces and districts, visited by the U.K. consulate office, rise the bait they would lead the people to the street,” he added.

“An in the western part of the country, some prominent public figures will be assassinated simultaneously either by the PKK or Daesh,” he said.

If they succeed to do this Turkey would find itself in a massive chaotic environment, he noted.

The UK is playing behind the door, not the US

“Everyone will revolt and the civil war, as they [the UK newspapers] described, will be launched.”

He warned that the main attack would be come from the U.K. while everybody is blaming the U.S.

“They bred FETÖ and the PKK for this attack.”

He said that unidentified FETÖ members in Turkey's security forces and intelligence agencies would be mobilized for the attempt.

The second attempt is coming before November
October Surprise Option?
He warned that if no action is taken, the second coup could happen before November this year: “Non-national elements, the PKK, FETÖ, will all work together for the second attempt. All organizations that have been working under U.S. orders in the region, including even the Turkish military, police and bureaucrats, will attack simultaneously. The structure of the attack will not be same as the July 15 coup ... If we don't end this game, the second attempt will come before November.”

Related To:

From Earlier Today:

The Past 24 Hours:


US Threatens to Apply the Terrorist Weapon Against Russia- 48 Hour Aleppo Truce?

The US talk has been over the top the last couple of day. 
Shrill would be the word "being sharply insistent on being heard"
From all I read, nothing new- Just more of the same. Including yet another threat aimed at Russia!

Saved this yesterday from WSJ

WASHINGTON—Secretary of State John Kerry told his Russian counterpart Wednesday that the U.S. was preparing to suspend its engagement with Moscow on Syria if Russia doesn’t take “immediate steps” to halt an offensive on Aleppo and restore a cease-fire.

Mr. Kerry spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov via phone on Wednesday, their first conversation since a brief meeting last Friday in New York.

“The secretary stressed that the burden remains on Russia to stop this assault and allow humanitarian access to Aleppo and other areas in need,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby, describing the phone call between the two diplomats.
Mr. Kerry told Mr. Lavrov Wednesday that the U.S. was preparing to suspend preparations for the next phase of the agreement—establishment of a “Joint Implementation Center,” which would allow the former Cold War rivals to share targeting information on Islamist militant targets.
Russian officials didn’t immediately comment on the conversation between Mssrs. Kerry and Lavrov.

Russia says it would support 48 hour truce in Aleppo

MOSCOW - A top Russian diplomat says a United States' threat to halt co-operation with Russia in the Syria conflict constitutes an "emotional breakdown" and says Russia is willing to support a 48-hour cease-fire around Aleppo.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday rejected Washington's calls for a seven-day pause in hostilities, but said Russia is willing to support a 48-hour truce for humanitarian purposes
 Ryabkov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying of the U.S. that "a certain emotional breakdown occurred."

What was the "emotional breakdown" comment a reference to?
Clearly it was a threat made by the US to employ terrorists against Russia

 US comments on a possible Daesh terrorist group threat facing Russia reflect a state of "emotional breakdown" that practically spurs the banned terrorist organization into action, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Thursday.
"Once again there was a certain emotional breakdown yesterday against the backdrop of the Obama administration's unwillingness to fulfill its part of the agreements that required great inter-agency efforts, primarily from our Ministry of Defense colleagues and of course the considerable efforts of [Foreign Minister Sergey] Lavrov. These poorly concealed invitations to 'apply' the terrorist weapon against Russia is a measure of the political baseness that current US administration has reached in its approach to affairs in the Middle East, and specifically to the situation in Syria," Ryabkov said.
Rybakov is stating that once again the US is threatening to apply the terrorist weapon against Russia
 Go back to two 2014 post:


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Putin to Visit Turkey October 11/16

 Will the US give up Gulen? I don't think so, but, apparently Turkey will find out "in a few days"
Reports that Turkey will have their wall completed by or in February next year
    After stumbling across both the Gulen and Turkey wall news, articles appeared in my news feed regarding Putin visiting Turkey:

    1st News Item:

     Kremlin Spokesman doesn’t rule out Putin’s visit to Turkey in October

    YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 28, ARMENPRESS. Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Turkey in October, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, reports TASS.
    "We do not rule out such possibility," he said. "When all the preparations are completed, we will make a relevant announcement," Peskov added.
    Earlier on Wednesday, the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey Rifat Hisarciklioglu said at a meeting with Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Economic Development Alexey Likhachyov that Turkish government was expecting the official visit by the Russian President to take place in the beginning of October. 
    "It is a great pleasure for us and we are looking forward to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to our country, anticipated for the beginning of October. We expect that during this visit, major projects such as the Turkish Stream and a decision on lifting some restrictions imposed on Turkish businessmen in Russia, will be discussed" Hisarciklioglu said.

    2nd News Item:

    Putin due in Turkey on Oct 11 - UPDATED

    Baku – APA. Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a visit to Turkey on Oct. 11, marking his first visit to the country after relations between Ankara and Moscow were put back on track following a crisis last year, Kanal 24 has reported.

    The Russian president is scheduled to visit Istanbul on Oct. 11, the channel said.
     One item from Armenia and one from Azerbaijain-

    Which seems oddly synchronistic to:

    Arevordi HRR Excerpt: Turkey/Russia/US: Coups and Conflicting Interests

    By the way.... Locally, speaking. The squirrels are getting their winter fur!! Saw a fox yesterday and it too was looking much fluffier then when I had last seen one mid summer- It's may just be an early winter here in southern Ontario.

    That said, back to cleaning my car

    Turkey to Complete Syrian Border Wall Within 5 Months

     In case you are unaware? Or a newer reader? There is an entire post here devoted to the Turkey/Syrian Border wall.  August 29/2016 : Turkey’s Border Wall with Syria

    Alongside additional mentions in older posts.

    A concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of Turkey's 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, an official at a Turkish state institution with knowledge of the project said on Wednesday.

    Construction on a border wall to combat smuggling and illegal migration started as early as 2014.

    The official declined to give an estimate for the cost of construction. But the mass circulation Hurriyet newspaper said that including a road for military patrols planned alongside it, the wall was expected to cost 2 billion lira (£515.4 million).

    Made up of seven-tonne portable blocks topped with razor wire, the wall will be three metres (10 feet) high and two metres (6.5 feet) wide. The official said private companies would be hired once construction tenders were completed.

    Hurriyet cited the head of TOKI as saying that 200-250 concrete blocks were currently being produced daily at five work sites, and that the latest construction work had begun around 20 days ago.
    New watchtowers on roads patrolled by armoured vehicles have already been erected along the border this year as part of increased security measures.
    Updated September 29/2016:

    Came across some additional images of the wall:

    Claims of Turkey doing nothing to secure their border really don't hold water.

    From earlier today: 
    Within a few days....

    U.S. tells Turkey It Will Respond Soon to Demand's For Gulen's Arrest

    ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. officials have told their Turkish counterparts they will respond within a couple of days to Turkey's demand to arrest Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed for a bloody coup attempt, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday.
    Within a couple of days? So, early October? Timing?
    Turkey wants the United States to extradite Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania, and prosecute him on charges he masterminded the attempt to overthrow the government on July 15. The 75-year-old preacher denies any involvement. Bozdag was speaking to NTV channel in an interview broadcast live. 
    Washington has said it is cooperating with Ankara on the matter and asked its NATO ally for patience as it processes the extradition request for Gulen to meet U.S. legal requirements.
    Will the extradition request meet US legal requirements? What ever those may be?

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Syria: SAA Ground Offensive To Take Back Aleppo From the Terrorists

    SAA Ground Offensive Begins
    News Round Up...........
    I will be updating as new info becomes available or asap!
    G & M
    Tuesday’s assault saw pro-government forces, which include the Syrian army and allied militia from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, attempt to attack Aleppo’s Old City near its historic citadel, as well as around several of the city’s major access points.
    Troops advanced from the countryside to the north and south, rebels said, leading to intense clashes. The military and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, said the army had made some gains, but this was disputed by rebels who said they had held them off.
    Senior combatants on both sides said pro-government forces were massing in several parts of Aleppo

    The commander of an Iraqi Shi’ite militia fighting in support of Assad told Reuters a large force spearheaded by the army’s elite “Nimr”, or Tiger, forces had started to move in armoured vehicles and tanks for an attack on rebel-held areas.
    Quelling the uprising in the city would give Assad his biggest victory yet of the war and deliver a powerful blow to his enemies.
     State television reported that the army had retaken al-Farafra district in Aleppo’s Old City and engineering units were clearing mines in the area.
    Al Jazeera 
     Syrian state TV said on Tuesday that troops captured Farafra district, near Aleppo's famous citadel, and fighting was under way near the historic core of the northern city.

    In the district of Handarat, north of Aleppo, government forces also advanced against the rebels, he said.
    Government fighter jets backed by Russia's air force also continued to target the city and its outskirts. 
    Germany calls for Syria Ceasefire
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says everything possible needs to be done to bring about a cease-fire in Syria but that she's skeptical a no-fly zone can be instituted.
    Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Tuesday that "what we currently see on the ground is very, very brutal and clearly targeting civilians," and that talks are needed urgently.
    Merkel says developments in recent days have been a "deep, deep setback."
    Merkel, pure evil! A deep deep setback for who? NATO? Israel? The US?

    The Gaurdian:  

    Nothing worth reading there. Total shite, typical of the Gaurdian. White helmets trash & spin. No real info on the offensive. Included as an example of spin. And obfuscation. Entirely written from the perspective of NATO backed terrorists. 

     Al Masdar Syrian Army, Hezbollah launch massive assault in east Aleppo

    ALEPPO, SYRIA (1:40 P.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside Hezbollah and Kataebat Al-Ba'ath, launched a massive offensive in east Aleppo today, storming the jihadist defenses from four different axes near the Old Aleppo Quarter.
    Led by the 102nd Brigade of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies attacked Fatah Halab's positions inside the Farafeera District, capturing several building blocks after an intense battle this morning.
    Meanwhile, at the Old Aleppo Quarter, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies made a big push from the Aleppo Citadel area towards the Bab Al-Nayrab District; this resulted in fierce firefights that are still ongoing at the moment.
    The Syrian Army's assault this morning is targeting the condensed neighborhoods that are located at the eastern fringes of the Aleppo Citadel; this area has long been a thorn in the government's side because of the constant attacks launched by the Fatah Halab militants.
     SAA take your country back! 

    Don't Miss:

    Arevordi HRR Excerpt: Turkey/Russia/US: Coups and Conflicting Interests


    Arevordi HRR Excerpt: Turkey/Russia/US: Coups and Conflicting Interests

    Arevordi from Heralding the Rise of Russia wrote a brilliant post regarding Armenia and the broader geopolitics of the area, titled:  The problem with Armenia is not its government, it's the people - Autumn, 2016

    His post covers much ground and is worth reading entirely, however, I'm only going to post one section of it here. Why? Because the excerpt below relates to the destabilization and remake of the middle east and asia which is a core topic here!  It addresses, in a very rational and level headed fashion, the relations between Turkey/ Russia/US. Also addressing Armenia/Azerbaijan&  Nagorno Karabakh:  Nagorno Karabakh or Why I'm ignoring the Panama Papers.

    I'll have some commentary of my own, of course.
    "Turkey coup may foster better Russo-Turkish relations

    Merely two days before the assault on the Armenian police compound in Yerevan, Turkey was itself embroiled in what also seemed to be a Western sponsored armed rebellion. Thousands of soldiers led by rebellious military officers attempted to overthrow their country's strongman. The coup attempt ultimately proved a failure and Recep Erdoğan has been using it as an excuse to further clamp down on his opposition and further extend his power throughout the country"
    To my understanding many changes have not yet come to fruition, however some have.
    "Under Erdoğan's long rule Turkey had grown more wealthy, more powerful, more independent and more Islamic. Turkey's rise as an independent power in particular was a source of concern for Western powers. From a Western perspective, Turkey had all of a sudden become unpredictable and belligerent. The world saw the first indication of Ankara's independence and belligerence back in 2003 when Turkey, an influential NATO member, refused to allow US forces to use Turkish territory to invade Iraq. Problems also inevitably began rising between Ankara and Tel Aviv as Erdoğan's increasingly Islamic oriented government began getting more involved in Palestine's liberation struggle. Turkey's makeover under Erdoğan was obviously an alarming development for Western powers who had since the Second World War established very close ties with the country's military, political and economic elite. This concern may have been one of the reasons why Western and Israeli intelligence agencies began backing Kurdish autonomy in northern Iraq against Ankara's expressed wishes. As such, relations between Western powers and Turkey gradually grew frigid in recent years. Interestingly, as Ankara grew colder towards the West, its relations with Russia grew increasingly warm. Although Moscow and Ankara had strong disagreements over Syria and Nagorno Karabakh, Russian-Turkish relations were continuing to register unprecedented advances. Then, quite unexpectedly, Turkish forces ambushed and shot-down a Russian warplane over Syria last NovemberTurkey and Russia all of a sudden found themselves on the edge of war"

    Turkey's growing wealth and prosperity has been discussed here previously- enviable gdp- hence the financial warfare being waged against it- Waging Financial Warfare Against Turkey- Downgraded to Junk Status The refusal to allow US forces to station on Turkish territory in 03 has also been broached here, the Turkish state leadership saw the future and it was not rosy.
    "This concern may have been one of the reasons why Western and Israeli intelligence agencies began backing Kurdish autonomy in northern Iraq against Ankara's expressed wishes"  As I've stated repeatedly here- the Kurds are a proxy force of NATO/US/Israel- They have functioned as a "stay behind army" for all intents and purposes for decades, keeping Turkey off balance. Backing kurdish autonomy, going so far as creating greater Kurdistan is an intentional attempt to finally, completely weaken Turkey.
    The shootdown of the Russian fighter jet, was neither in Turkish nor Russian interests, which is why I contended from the outset the shootdown was undertaken by NATO occupied Turkish forces and curiously Prime Minister Davotoglu-  amazingly, took immediate responsibility to solidify the 'blame Turkey' narrative.

    "It is now becoming increasingly apparent that the downing of the Russian warplane by Turkish warplanes was planned by forces within Turkey that were opposed to Erdoğan's government. The working theory is that there were interests inside Turkey that wanted Erdoğan and Putin to go to war against each other. As we saw, Putin did taken the bait. Moscow took the heavy hit but it did not reply in kind. Instead, Moscow began implementing a series of punitive measures. Damaging sanctions against Turkey were introduced and Kurdish separatists inside Turkey were given more advanced arms and seemed to have been encouraged to intensify their military operations on Turkish territory. By early 2016, Turkey was hurting badly as south-eastern parts of the country had essentially become a war zone and several of its cities began getting hit by terror bombings. By the spring of 2016, Ankara was suffering serious military losses against Kurdish separatists inside Turkey and its political agenda inside Syria had been thoroughly defeated. Compounding these already very serious problems was the drastic drop in tourism in Turkey and billions of dollars in revenue losses. Ankara was growing increasingly desperate.
     Flashback March 27/2016: Russia Signals Interest in Warming Ties With Turkey- Russians & the Turkish Riviera

    This was about the time when Ankara secretly began reaching out to Moscow. According to reports that have been put out recently, the rapprochement was started last May when Turkish officials used business channels to contact their Russian counterparts and Turkish law enforcement bodies arrested the militant who had murdered the Russian pilot. Then on June, Erdoğan sent a letter to his Russian counterpart in which he more-or-less apologized for the downing of the Russian warplane and asked to resume bilateral relations. In an interesting twist, the downing of the Russian warplanes last November began being blamed on forces opposed to Erdoğan's government. In an astounding revelation, it was also reported that Davotoglu's resignation may have also been connected to the incident. Some of us had speculated previously that the incident last November may have been orchestrated by forces interested in undermining Russian-Turkish relations. It now appears that this may have indeed been the case"
    The militant that shot down the plane was alleged to have been a 'grey wolf' : NATO Stay Behind Armies: Gladio and Grey Wolves. Updated .Davotoglu suddenly resigned.
    Undermining Russian/Turkish relations? Who would benefit from that?

    "Sensing a historic chance to drive a wedge between Ankara and the West Russians wasted absolutely no time in jumping at the presented opportunity. Needless to say, Western powers will in-turn be pulling Turkey from the opposite direction. I wrote the following comment some time ago -
    "The closer Turkey moves towards Russia, the harder will Anglo-American-Jewish interests pull Turkey from the opposite direction. Turkey will be torn apart in the process. But I have little hope that such a thing will happen. Erdoğan's government will not last forever and whoever comes after it will mostly likely go back to kissing Western asses."
    This pulling in two powerful directions contributes to the why of Turkey's split personality- It should be understood that Turkey is walking the razor's edge. That is how I see it. 
    It should not have surprised us that Turkey experienced a coup d'état on July 15. In the opinion of many, the attempted coup by military units in the Turkish armed forces was a desperate attempt at stopping Erdoğan's rapprochement with Russia. In the days leading to the military coup, we were seeing the following kinds of articles. Pay particular attention to the pre-coup July 15 article about Alexander Dugin's trip to Turkey -
    Syrian rebels stunned as Turkey signals normalisation of Damascus relations:
    NATO Gets Ill at Ease as Revival of Turkish Stream Looms on the Horizon:
    Ankara eyes Azerbaijan-Turkey-Russia cooperation format - foreign minister:
    Ankara was clearly signalling a new political direction in the weeks leading up to the coup. The direction in question was unmistakably oriented towards Russia. Ankara was even signaling its willingness to negotiate with Bashar Assad, angering Turkish-backed rebel groups in Syria. This must have greatly agitated Uncle Sam, as well as Jews. Therefore, more pressure was to be put on Ankara. This may have been the reason behind series of ISIS attacks against civilian and military targets inside Turkey. This may have also been the reason behind the Bundestag's recognition of the Armenian Genocide and Davutoglu's sudden departure. Through it all, a chorus of complaints about Erdoğan's "dictatorial" government could be heard throughout the Western press. But Erdoğan remained unfazed and stubbornly pressed ahead with his plans. Which in my opinion made a Western-backed military coup inevitable. From the West's perspective: If the coup succeeded and Erdoğan was toppled, it would be wonderful. If the coup did not succeed, it would at least send Erdoğan a stark warning. Time will tell what lasting impact, if any, the failed coup will have on Erdoğan's government.

    What we saw in Turkey recently was nevertheless an effort to stop Erdoğan's government from drifting the country too far away from Western interests. Predictably, Turkey is being torn apart to some degree in the process, and it can get even worst. Erdoğan was crazy enough to think that Turkey, being in the Western orbit, could operate independently and assertively; Erdoğan  was crazy enough to think he could antagonize Anglo-American-Jews and still try to fix relations with Russia. Serious cracks are now appearing between Ankara and Western powers. Naturally, Russia wants to fill the void. Moscow will try but it will not ultimately succeed in pulling Turkey out of the Western orbit, at least not in one piece. I say this because Turkey is too deeply involved with the Anglo-American-Jewish world to survive a total divorce. Therefore, if Erdoğan does not give into Western demands, he will risk having his country torn apart. Which is why I want to see Erdoğan continue his agenda. which is why I want to see Moscow continue trying to pull Ankara out of the Western orbit.

    Nevertheless a reminder for Armenians who get hopeful about Western powers abandoning Turkey: The nation of Turkey continues to be very valuable for Anglo-American-Jews because Turkey is a strategic buffer against Russians, Iranians and Arabs. The Western world's problem is not with Turkey but with Erdoğan's government. The Anglo-American-Jewish alliance simply does not like Erdoğan's increasingly independent and belligerent attitude. Western powers will do what they can to oust Erdoğan but they will NEVER abandon Turkey.
    In a sense, military coup was a Western effort to maintain some degree of control over the country or at the very least weaken Erdoğan's government. It was essentially a show-of-force by the CIA. By having thousands of soldiers inside Turkey take up arms against their leader Uncle Sam sent a message to Erdoğan. The recent rash of terror bombings in Turkey had sent a similar message but that apparently was not enough to scare Erdoğan. Nevertheless, Armenians better not get too excited or too optimistic. Western powers will never abandon Turkey. Besides, the Western-backed military and business elite in Turkey is not a lesser enemy to Armenia.
    That said, Turkey can indeed suffer a lot of damage in the current geopolitical climate. The on-going tug-of-war over Turkey between Western powers and Russia has the potential of tearing the country apart. Facing terror bombings and now a bloody military insurrection, Erdoğan now has a choice to make: He can either continue trying to take Turkey further away from Western influence and risk having Turkey be pulled apart in the process or he can swallow his Anatolian pride and be pragmatic and accept his subservience to the Anglo-American-Jewish alliance. The next few months will reveal his choice. How he reacts to recent developments in Turkey will reveal what direction he wants Turkey to go. However, regardless of what Erdoğan does going forward, Turkey is now a broken nation. Serious fissures are appearing throughout Turkish society. There are now serious problems between the country's Kurds, secular/western leaning Turks, conservative/nationalistic Turks and Islamist Turks. The nation of Turkey is gravely ill and the rift between Erdoğan's government and the West is now very deep.

    That said, Turkey has become an independent player in the region, a wildcard, especially now that Erdoğan's government has defeated the coup. Unlike Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's game nearly one hundred years ago, when he fooled the Bolsheviks into thinking he was contemplating an alliance with them, Ankara's current desire to break out of the Western orbit and enter into a closer friendship with Russia is very genuine. Those who planned the ambush of the Russian warplane last November wanted to embroil Erdoğan and Putin into a shooting war thereby derailing Russia's war effort in Syria and ruining Ankara's prospect of fostering better relations with Moscow. Putin did not take the bait. For his part, Erdoğan began efforts to fix the problem by reaching out to Russia using back channels. Disagreements between Moscow and Ankara over Syria's faith also seem to have been resolved. Turkey will therefore play a lesser political role in the conflict. All in all, Turkey may have finally begun its journey away from Western powers. We can all be rest assured that it will be a perilous journey. As I said, the country runs the risk of begin torn apart because Western powers still control a lot of assets inside the country and also because the West will react by giving Kurds more power. Turkey therefore runs the risk of begin torn apart if it indeed breaks its ties with Western powers. It's beginning to seem like Erdoğan's government is willing to take that chance.

    In the big picture, this all is a good development for Armenia because Turkey's problems with Western powers can have one of two outcomes. 1) Turkey may become a weaker nation with serious internal and external problems. 2) Turkey and Russia will enter into a close alliance. Needless to say, a weaker Turkey is fully in Armenia's interests but such a situation runs the risk of creating major volatility on Armenia's western border. Good Russian-Turkish relations can also be in Armenia's interests, as it will pacify the situation in the south Caucasus, which will in turn boost the region's economy. Good relations between Moscow and Ankara should therefore not scare Armenians. Russia may lose Armenia in a major battle but it will never willingly give up or "sell" Armenia to Turks or anyone else for that matter. Regardless of its agenda vis–à–vis Turkey, Russia will always see Armenia as its single greatest ally in the south Caucasus. Moreover, regardless of its relations with Turkey, Moscow will continue basing troops on Armenia's borders with Turkey and it will continue recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Good Russian-Turkish relations simply means good regional economic cooperation and less military tension, both of which are fully in Armenia's long-term interests. More importantly, good Russian-Turkish relations means the expulsion of Western troublemakers from the region, which is in the benefit of all regional peoples.
    Presentation of the Turkish situation as simplistic rather then multi faceted does a great disservice to the reality of the situation. I see too many alt media types engaging in this. It's deceptive.

    Anonymous commenter mentions the Turkish/Iranian oil for Gold transactions- Covered briefly in this post: December 23/2013 Turkey: Halkbank - Role in Iran Gold Transactions Legal
    Notice the multiple mentions in that post of Fethullah Gulen?
    Bloomberg article link left by same commenter: Gold Trader at Heart of Turkey Graft Scandal Charged in U.S.

    In my opinion the trade between Iran and Turkey was their business, to conduct, and no business of the global tyrant USA.