Saturday, February 29, 2020

Talking About Idlib With Hubby Today... Updates Inc.

 Geo politics is one of my favourite topics. Much to hubby’s consternation at times. Though he is my number one sounding board for this blog, since I started here in 08. And yah, we’ve been married for much longer then that!   Anyway, while driving in the car today we got to have a really good hashing out about what each of us thinks is occurring.
Hubby said “It’s hard to understand the situation entirely”


Sure enough it is. However he continued with these thoughts. I’m paraphrasing and reiterating
 

 Hubby continued-  There is no advantage to Syria for Turkey and Russia to fight it out in the north west. None. It would just open up every other front in this situation. If they, Russia, Turkey and Syria for that matter  were to go all in fighting, on Syrian territory, the Usrael Kurds will open up their front and start moving. Israel will move as well, likely through Lebanon and on into Syria.  Lebanon is compromised and infiltrated. The US has supported their military for some time now. Hezbollah would be all there was between Israel and Syria. Would that be enough to hold Israel  at bay? Perhaps? And perhaps not.  Hubby is of the mind that Lebanon would be finished.
He's still talking as I type as this conversation continues- he's of the mind that this is a complete exercise in perception management Also mentioning that Turkey has responded hitting a number of Syrian targets and he believes this was done with Russia's full knowledge and acceptance of this taking place.
   
My husband also wonders if Syria has rogue military commanders? And if they do this problem should be addressed or they, Syria, are stepping into their own grave. For Syria, there is everything to lose.  As a state, it would be destroyed.  There is no gain.  The mayhem, and displacement that would follow would be to horrid to contemplate. Cause let’s face it Russia can simply go home. Make a deal for the port access, which they'd pay for anyway. The region would be slowly remade.

The biggest gain would accrue to the US/Israel, their coalition and Kurdish allies. In that case there is everything to gain.

Which takes me back to the question of why Syria struck Turkish forces they know to be present? No one can realistically deny or credibly claim that Syria is unaware of Turkish presence on their soil.  That’s an absurd contention. Syria  knows full well that  Russia, Turkey  and Iran  have made numerous agreements between themselves, allowing the presence of Turkish, Russian and Iranian forces on Syrian soil  Turkey provides Russia with the locations of Turkish  troops. I have to assume that Russia provides this information to Syria. Diplomacy was Syria's best option in this area. (That's my opinion)

What’s been an eye opener to me is how little awareness there is of the agreements, years old  between the Astana Trio! How could this even be possible? Given the significance of these accords? Sadly, I do  get how this came to be and have in fact remarked many times about the lack of awareness, understanding fully these  agreements have received little to no  coverage in the main stream or alternative media.  It also seems to me by very nearly completely ignoring the entente between Turkey, Russia and Iran the alt and main stream media can endlessly demonize Turkey while lionizing Russia. Which is so bizarre since it was Russia that green lighted Turkey’s entrance and positioning in Syria.  All these realities have been covered here as much as one lone blogger gal can manage.  Mention of these agreements come up time and time again. Which begs the question what does the information consumer think is being referenced when these deals are discussed?  If there is no awareness, or very little, regarding these deals how can one understand at all what’s at stake. What’s being talked about? What issues are related? Relevant or not?


UPDATES Begin:

The President of the Republic stressed that an immediate cease to hostilities was needed and called on Russia and Turkey to establish a durable and verifiable ceasefire as they committed to France and Germany at the four-way summit in Istanbul in the autumn 2018,” his office said in a statement.
  - Russia and Turkey will discuss all aspects of the Syrian conflict at talks in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin told French President Emmanuel Macron during a phone call, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Friday to arrange a meeting to address tensions in Syria’s Idlib province, after the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in a strike by Syrian government forces, who are backed by Russian air power.
A Kremlin statement on Putin’s conversation with Macron did not specify when the Russian leader would meet Erdogan but officials on both sides have said they are due to meet on March 5 or 6.

Putin also discussed Idlib by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Kremlin said in a separate statement.
“A consensus was expressed on the need to fully implement the agreements reached ... regarding, above all, the fight against terrorists, while respecting Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the statement said.

And finally a nice comment from Laika

Thanks, Penny. You're one of the very few reliable sources, and the expert on Syria. (I learned a lot from you) 
PressTV, SANA, RT, Sputnik - the latter two most certainly in the hands of the NWO's 5th column within Russia (ask Scott Humor) - won't talk about the PKK NWO terrorists, or even promote(d) them.

Apart from east of the Euphrates, there's even an Israel 2.0 enclave still right in the middle of Aleppo, and these CIA terrorists seem to have an airport at Tell Rifaat (supplies for CIA mercenaries in Idlib?) in another Israel 2.0 enclave north of Aleppo which (at least until recently) also bordered on the Idlib de-escalation area.

If only for that reason, it is understandable that Turkey doesn't want to withdraw from [the territories which used to be] Syria, and intended to liberate all of Syria north of the Aleppo - Mosul highway (the M4), which was at least somewhat stalled by Russia / Syria / Iran.
I've noticed the near total blackout on talking about the Kurds... And I agree RT and Sputnik are quite likely 5th columns within Russia- I've never thought of RT as a great news resource- though I do use RT here, I also use dozens and dozens of others outlets for information. Because I prefer as broad a palette for information as I can possibly manage. I will not use Southfront at all. Ever. It's garbage.

Idlib Updates: Strawmen, Ridicule and Blood Lust Not Included.

 Does it make sense to believe this bombing was some type of warning to Turkey to "end it's ways" As some are suggesting? Perhaps?  Or, not.  If not, why?
  • 1- This is a really bad way to send a message to a nation with a much larger army.
  • 2 -This kind of action puts you and your ally ( Russia) in a very unflattering spotlight & perception does matter

Is that what "friends" do to "friends"? Especially if these types of actions can be used to create a justification for intervention. As mentioned here:Idlib Media Coverage Hyper Inflated To Prep For US Intervention In Syria? 

China's representative is more realistic.  Not agenda pushing. Much more along the lines of what has been written here.

"But China’s representative, Zhang Jun, pointed out that the Syrian conflict had its complicated background"
 Obviously, the idea of a 'warning to Turkey' serves to reinforce a certain train of thought.

"The issue presently is WHY the Turks are still even in Idlib considering they were never invited"
Hey North:
The Turks are still in Idlib because they made an agreement with Russia- back in 2018. Russia made that agreement with what had to be minimally the understanding of Damascus.
 The perception managing media has glossed over this fact, building their own straw man to tear down, which doesn't change the fact that yes multiple invitations were extended to Turkey, by Russia. 

Invited. Via Invitation
 Invitation: A document written or printed, or spoken words, conveying the message by which one is invited.
Russia handed Turkey the invitation. On multiple occasions. In the memorandums that they both agreed to. And the Russian green lighting of Turkey's entries onto Syrian territory. Reread the 2018 Idlib agreement signed between Turkey and Russia. Which refers back to a 2017 agreement (More relevant sections below)

The agreement is here. Excerpts that are relevant to Turkey's presence in Idlib are below:
Memorandum on Stabilization of the Situation in the Idlib De-escalation Area
The Republic of Turkey and the Russian Federation, as guarantors of the
observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic,
-guided by memorandum on creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab
Republic as of May 4, 2017
and arrangements achieved in the Astana Process
-in order to stabilize the situation in the Idlib de-escalation area as soon as
possible,
Have agreed on the following:
    1. The Idlib de-escalation area will be preserved and Turkish observation posts
    will be fortified and continue to function.

    3. A demilitarized zone, 15-20 kms deep in the de-escalation area will be
    established.

    4. The delineation of exact lines of the demilitarised zone will be determined
    through further consultations.

    7. Turkish Armed Forces and the military police of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will conduct coordinated patrols and monitoring with UAVs along the boundaries of the demilitarised zone.

    With a view to ensuring free movement of local residents and goods and restoring trade and economic relations:

    8. Transit traffic on the routes M4 (Aleppo-Latakia) and M5 (Aleppo-Hama) will be restored by the end of 2018.

    9. Effective measures will be taken for ensuring sustainable ceasefire regime
    within the Idlib de-escalation area. In this regard, the functions of the Joint Iranian-Russian-Turkish Coordination Center will be enhanced.
That dear readers is a written invite! We don't have to like it or agree with it, which doesn't matter anyway. The fact of the matter is these agreements are invitations to be present in Syria. And Damascus is very well aware of this reality.
 Quoting Putin : Turkey’s operation in Syria was not something unexpected for us. Foreign Affairs and Intelligence exist so that we face fewer unexpected developments. We understood what was going on and where things would lead.”
“Turkey appears to have secured the approval of several of its other neighbors before launching  Wednesday’s intervention, including apparently Russia. Presidents Erdogan and Putin met in Moscow on 9 August”
These memorandums, approvals and green lights turn the claim of not by invitation into a straw man argument. It's quite clear multiple invitations have been extended. One straw man down. One more to go.

Strawman #2 : NATO Coming to the Aid of Turkey?

Hahaha even NATO won't come to Turkey's aid. Hahaha. Seen stuff like that out there? I have.
  As has been written here for years and years and years now- backed up with credible and multiple sources- NATO has tossed Turkey to the curb.  

A small sampling below:

Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey. or Pt.2- Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey or  Pt-3: Destabilizing Turkey. Pre- Election Bombing/Explosion at Kurdish Rally or  Carving Turkey After a NATO Roasting- Claims vs Reality How about? NATO bows out on Turkey. Turkey & Article 4 or *Turkey/US: Cat & Mouse. Creating Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0 Has Been A Mass Bloodletting

NATO was not going to aid Turkey. They are now and have long been on two different paths. If that fact was grasped here, then Turkey's leadership surely knew that as well.
  So the false claim of NATO rescuing Turkey only to be shunned, spurned or turned away is useful as an appeal to ridicule... Hahaha.  Sadly it's  an effective tool to manipulate the masses.
We're not going down that road here. 

As was reported last night: Erdogan, Putin Try To Calm Tensions After Troop Deaths
Additionally:  Russia, Turkey reaffirm commitment to deescalate Idlib hostilities – Moscow 
    Yesterday, the Russian delegation was still present and meeting with Turkish officials in Ankara 

    TODAY: Feb 29/20: Erdogan and Rouhani Talk
    A political solution remains the only possible way to end the Syria crisis, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday in a phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
    "Erdogan named political dialogue as the only solution to Syrian problems," the Iranian presidential press office said.
    According to the press office, the Turkish president pointed out that "the talks [within the Astana format] have yielded meaningful results and they should be continued for the sake of a stable peace [in Syria].".
    Despite what ever claims were being tossed about yesterday...
    • Turkish and Russian delegations on Friday continued their talks on the recent situation in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, where Bashar al-Assad regime’s airstrikes martyred 33 Turkish soldiers on late Thursday.

      According to diplomatic sources, the meeting was held at the request of the Russian side.

      The Turkish delegation stressed the need for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in Idlib and de-escalation in the region. The delegation also told the Russian side that Syrian regime forces need to withdraw to areas determined in the 2018 Sochi deal.
    This news broke yesterday as well!


     

    It's extremely unlikely these persons are tied to Turkey, in fact it's acknowledged. And vastly more likely they are French Foreign Legion FFL
    "Legionnaires are highly trained infantry soldiers and the Legion is unique in that it is open to foreign recruits willing to serve in the French Armed Forces."
    From France 24: "Images show that dozens of French jihadists are active in Syria in the battle of Idlib.
    "There are a few dozen people who have been in the area since 2013 and who have set up a camp on the Syrian-Turkish border," said FRANCE 24's Wassim Nasr, a specialist in jihadist networks, who spoke for two hours via Skype with French recruiter Omar Omsen, the head of the jihadist group Furkat-al-Ghuraba. Women and children are also there"
    Remember this? France has been busy, busy, busy.

     And finally Janes: Russia denies involvement in airstrike that killed Turks

    "Fighting between Syrian and Turkish regular forces dramatically escalated on 27 February when at least 33 Turkish soldiers were reported killed in an airstrike in Idlib province, raising the number of Turkish fatalities in Syria in February to over 50.

    Turkish sources put the death toll at 33, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that 34 Turks were killed in an incident that took place between Balioun and Al-Barah in southern Idlib, where Syrian government troops have been making rapid advances since 23 February"
    Still hoping for a less bloody resolution to this situation. And a lot less gibberish too!

    Friday, February 28, 2020

    Erdogan, Putin Try To Calm Tensions After Troop Deaths

    Link
     February 29 2020 01:17 AM (yes it's a different time zone then EST)

    Russian and Turkish leaders called for sharply raised tensions in Syria’s opposition stronghold of Idlib to “normalise” yesterday, after deadly attacks which threatened to bring Moscow and Ankara to the brink of conflict.

    In a phone call yesterday, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasised that their militaries need to better co-ordinate regarding Idlib, the Kremlin said.

    They agreed to meet in person as soon as possible, the Turkish government said.

     
    “Serious concern was expressed over the escalation in Idlib that has resulted in numerous victims, including Turkish servicemen,” the Kremlin statement said of the call. “Both sides emphasised the necessity of undertaking additional measures to normalise the situation in north-western Syria,” it said. The Kremlin later said Putin and Erdogan could meet in Moscow on March 5 or 6.

    I'll have more tomorrow.

    Following up on two previous posts

     

    "The threat of a Russia-Turkey-NATO hot war over Idlib is a godsend for US foreign policy"

     Absolutely! Yes, it is! A point that's been made over and over and over again here.

    When the main stream and alt media are frenzied with blood lust at the prospect of a falling out, the hope here has been for diplomacy. For so many reasons. 

    Three recent posts broaching the idea of a godsend to the US : Russia/Turkey Planning New Talks on Idlib- Joint Patrols Continue & US Driving Wedge Between Turkey & Russia OR   Idlib Media Coverage Hyper Inflated To Prep For US Intervention In Syria? Before that :Saturday, February 15, 2020 Intense Battles For the Mind Are Raging! Turkish/ Russian Dissolution or Adapting to Changing Realities?

      "The empire's opinion makers are positively drooling at the prospect of a Russian/Turkish falling out. They want it so bad their willing to fabricate a reality that doesn't exist at this time. Imagining and presenting all sorts of scenarios to manage our minds."
    Here, at PFYT, we're hoping Turkey and Russia keep it together and settle Syria in the manner that has been written about for years. With an eye to keeping Greater Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0, and the further death and destruction that will bring, at bay. 
    The so called alt anti imperial media doesn't promote the idea of Russia and Turkey keeping it together, with cooperation returning eventually, to Ankara and Damascus. Enabling Syria to rebuild. Wanting Syria, Turkey and Iran to be good neighbours. Which for the most part they had been, until 2011. The alleged alt media. like their main stream counterparts, promote the idea of increased warfare.  Cause it's good for business.  Honestly "alt media" hasn't struck me as alternative (not the same as another or each other; unlike in nature, form, or quality) for a very, very long time.

    Image from RT article

    RT Oped -Darius Shahtahmasebi 
    Whether a hot war is on the table or not, the current situation is almost ripe for the United States foreign policy establishment, which has been dreaming of putting Russia and Turkey on a collision course for a while now. If you doubt this, you need only look to this final paragraph of a recent Guardian article:
    Same as the so called alternative media- they've got Russia and Turkey clashing endlessly despite the FACT there has been lots of cooperation. Oh well, why bother with fact when one can push fancy?
    “Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US ambassador to Nato, said Thursday’s events should show Turkey “who is their reliable partner and who isn’t” and prompt it to drop its purchase of a major Russian missile defence system, which Washington says threatens the western alliance.[emphasis added]
    The US has been seriously troubled by Turkey’s move to procure Russia’s S-400 missile system. Washington is also concerned by Turkey’s desire to join the China-Russia dominated Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO), which could see Turkey in an alliance with not only Russia and China, but Iran as well."
    It's not just S-400's or the SCO. It's pipelines. Nuclear power. Trade. Turkey trading with Iran and Russia, both. 
    The US is willing to back Turkey into a corner in which it finds itself confronting Russia, with or without the full support of the NATO alliance, if it means that what was looking like a budding fruitful relationship between Ankara and Moscow will fall completely apart.

    Oh, gosh, who would want that? What parties would want Ankara and Moscow at odds?
    "The divide-and-conquer strategy of the American empire is still alive and well. Given the risk of a heightened conflict involving a NATO member who holds a significant stock of US nukes, one can only hope that cooler heads will prevail and avert the ignition of such a regional powder keg."
    Divide and conquer... 

    UPDATE:

    Putin and Erdogan have been in contact via phone.
    The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke over the phone on Friday, a day after Syrian government air strikes killed 33 Turkish troops, significantly ratcheting up tensions between Ankara and Moscow.
    UPDATE 2 and this isn't a shocker, because the US had met with the Saudis prior to all this coming about in Idlib- US Saudi Joint Support for Idlib Opposition
    "The US embassy’s announcement came as a “surprise” to observers especially that Saudi Arabia has been strongly critical of Turkey which supports the Syrian opposition (not all of it) ; accusing it of interfering in Arab affairs and working to expand its influence in Syria, Libya and other regions of the Arab world"



     

    UPDATE 3: Russian, US top brass discuss situation in Syria in phone call

    Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley discussed the situation in Syria in a phone call on Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
    "The sides exchanged opinions on the situation in Syria and on other issues of mutual interest," the ministry added.

      From yesterday

     

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    Russia/ Turkey Meetings Outcomes Unknown. Russia and Turkey Bombing One Another? Or Just More Spin?


       Disinfohedge (Zero Hedge) and other "alt media" sites are pushing the insinuation about rebels firing on Russian planes- I'm reminded of Winston Churchill's words >>>

    Disnfo Hedge- always a body guard to lies in service of liars/warmongers and regional reshapers.

    But, I digress..........

    Very, very obviously Turkey and Russia are seriously attempting to work out some sort of arrangement  regarding Idlib as talks continue for a second day. This latest round of talks  was preceded by other meetings and a phone call between Erdogan and Putin.
    What will be the outcome of these latest talks? Guess, we'll have to wait and see.

    Accessing airspace

    Today, there is this report:  Turkey says discussing with Russia opening Syrian air space for drones: NTV
    "Turkey and Russia are discussing opening Russian-controlled air space in Syria’s Idlib region for armed and unarmed drones, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Thursday, but he added that problems over the issue persisted. Speaking to reporters in parliament, Akar said Ankara was “hopeful”
    I’d seen reports regarding this topic last week- Turkey wants access to Syrian airspace that is under control of Russia and Syria, present time. Will this option be included in any deal that Turkey and Russia are working on at this time? Who knows? 

    There maybe a number of reasons for this request:

    1- The US and their Kurdish proxies would not be able to move westward.

    2- The three parties could potentially coordinate and target the terror crowd more effectively

    3-  If Turkey gains limited air access it could lead to further cooperation/ coordination  with Damascus? Of course it could lead to conflict, but, I’m hoping deconfliction protocols would be put in place and cooperation will ensue

    4- This could also indicate there will be a refugee zone. I’ve mentioned that possibility, previously.
    Today's Meeting

    Daily Sabah
    "The two delegations discussed the latest developments in Syria in a three-and-a-half-hour meeting in Ankara Thursday.
    The Turkish delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal, included officials from the Defense Ministry, the General Staff and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT).
    Meanwhile, the Russian delegation was headed by the Presidential Envoy for Syria Sergey Vershinin and Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev.
    “In the meeting, the situation in Idlib was discussed to the smallest detail. Turkey has emphasized the importance of proper implementation of the Sochi deal to prevent a mass influx and a humanitarian disaster,” the statement added."
    "Smallest detail" explains extensive meetings.

    Results of talks with Russian delegation will be announced soon, says Turkey's national defense minister

    I'm awaiting the results to be reported

    Yesterday's Meeting

    TASS  OR AA 
    "ANKARA, February 26. /TASS/. Russian-Turkish consultations on the situation in Syria’s Idlib finished on Wednesday in Ankara to be continued on February 27, Anadolu Agency reported.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier he hoped a lasting ceasefire could be reached in Idlib as a result of the talks between Ankara and Moscow.

    The situation in Idlib deteriorated dramatically in early February after the Russian and Turkish taskforces had made another attempt to enforce a ceasefire. Terrorists only intensified their attacks instead, killing Russian and Turkish military specialists. The Turkish president said on Wednesday that Ankara was prepared to use all it combat might in case of an operation in Idlib. In his words, the beginning of another military operation in Idlib was "just a matter of time."

    On February 8 and 10, Ankara hosted two rounds of talks between the Russian and Turkish officials on the situation in Idlib. Two more rounds were held in Moscow on February 17 and 18, also on the situation in Idlib
    As we should have read above contact between Russia and Turkey has been consistent despite whatever bovine excrement has been stinkin' up the internet.

    Meanwhile the US occupation forces have just brought in more equipment to their proxies in Quamishli- via Northern Iraq aka PKK territory, which is how arms of all sorts and lots of them have flowed into Syria for years and years now. Much to Syrian & Turkish dismay!
    Hasaka, SANA- US occupation forces sent a new convoy loaded with logistic equipment and military armored vehicles to Qamishli city in Hasaka countryside , in a new violation of international laws.

    Local sources in al-Ya’roubiyah area told SANA reporter that 11 trucks transporting logistic equipment and armored vehicles entered on Wednesday the Syrian territory coming from northern Iraq via al-Walid illegitimate crossing, and headed for Qamishli to fortify the occupation’s positions in oil- producing areas in the Syrian al-Jazira area
     Why isn't the alleged anti empire alt & msm reporting on this?
    Instead were inundated with gibberish such as...
     While others were steadily promoting disinfo about ISIS coming through Turkey it was explained repeatedly and demonstrated clearly that ISIS and their symbiotic pals in the PKK were passing right on through from Northern Iraq into NE Syria. Then as now. It's been going on in plain sight for  years and years

     Just a couple older reports on this free pass between PKK/Kurdish held territories adjoining two nations.

    2013: Meet the Rebel Commander in Syria

    2015: Creating a Crucial Supply Route Between Syria and Iraq, via Sinjar

    Finally:

    The media is spinning the most outrageous 'stuff" (writing, discourse, talk, or ideas of little value : trash) one is left wondering why? Why is this spinning starting up yet again.

    Example: there are now claims that Russia killed 22 Turkish soldiers- Disinfohedge, again.
    Is there any truth to this report at all? Well, I don't know. What I do know is Zero Hedge is citing "journalist" Lindsey Snell

    Lindsey Snell: Cat and Burka
    That takes the credibility factor down quite a few notches in my book. Considering Lindsey Snell is for all intents and purposes an American operative, likely affiliated with the CIA, pretending to be a journalist. Lindsey and her husband seemed to have some connection to the attempted take down of Erdogan.  Long time readers here may recall her bogus claim of abduction and her burka wearing /kitten days? If you don't recall her "plight" 

    It was covered in this post from last year, for a second time at the blog.
    "Let's go back to when her absurd kidnapping story hit the news and her subsequent arrest in Turkey- immediately preceding the coup attempt. In my opinion this woman was most probably a spook masquerading as a journalist... Definitely not to be considered a trusted source.
    Link-NBC - Including the facebook report on her kidnapping- Which was not ever verified and subsequently removed:
    This Facebook post is no longer available. It may have been removed or the privacy settings of the post may have changed.
    The veracity of the story could not be confirmed.
    U.S. personnel were dispatched to the Turkey-Syria border to support Snell’s safe exit from the war-ravaged country but Snell was subsequently detained by Turkish authorities, the official said.
    Originally from Daytona, Florida, she was based in Istanbul, but left Turkey for Syria just before the failed coup attempt on 15 July.
    Speaking to the Guardian on her flight to New York, Snell said her main concern now was with her husband, Suliman Wardak. 
    Wardak, who is is from Afghanistan, traveled to Istanbul after Snell’s arrest to assist with her case, and was himself detained on 22 August. He has alleged that Turkish authorities accused him of being involved in the coup, and preventing him from leaving the country"
    Sadly, this isn't the first time Zero Hedge presents this person and her 'reporting' as credible. 
    Me? I'll wait for something better.

    What else do I know? None of these "reports" have been verified. Not a one! 
    "If all confirmed, could signal major escalation," she added of the breaking story."
    "Unconfirmed footage showing Russian strike on Turkish forces"
     If manpads are being used to shoot at Russian planes how do I know it's not Kurdish forces?

    Recall this?Russia: US Floods NE Syria With Weapons, SDF/PKK's "YAT" Special Ops Trained & Armed by US To Target Turkish Forces   

    How do we know that coalition planes didn't bomb Turkish forces rather then Russian planes? 
    If any Turkish forces were really bombed?   It's possible that attempts are being made to get Russia and Turkey fighting.  Has to be considered because that wouldn't be a first.

    Still, I hope for resolution through diplomacy. For so many reasons.  And will await better information.

     

    Russian and Turkish forces run new joint patrol in rural Al-Darbasiyah

    Link
    Syrian Observatory sources report that Russian and Turkish forces conducted a new joint patrol in Al-Darbasiyah countryside. Four Russian vehicles and four Turkish others started from Sherik crossing on the border with Turkey and toured the villages of Dalik, Malak, Zahr Al-Arab, Kasra, Qayrawan,Ta’allak, Karkund, Hajughli, Otayshan and Qurmaniyah, then they returned to Sherik again. A Russian helicopter flying at low altitude escorted the patrol.
    Earlier today:

    Related:

    Psyop! Erdogan and Putin Not Meeting March 5, Was There a Meeting Actually Set For This Date?

    Disinfo media is all alight with  headlines that read like this.
     Duvar Media (Look into that media outlet- it's very questionable, to say the least)

    Sputnik can't help itself either
    "Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has denied reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet in Istanbul on March 5. “
     What reports? Reports from disinfo media?

    If there was never a meeting scheduled and there wasn't, then it's obvious the Kremlin would say no meeting was planned.  It's a no brainer.  

    Yet, again we're witnessing obvious disinfo being promulgated through the media to create a perception of discord between Russia and Turkey.

    Who wants discord? Which parties benefit from sowing these false ideas? And why aren't more people checking the facts before acting all chicken little like?

    If you're a reader here and you saw information regarding a confirmed meeting, which should be easy enough to find. Primary sources, please. Not gossip. Leave it here for us all to read. 

    I sure couldn't find anything to indicate a confirmed meeting date had been set.

    Meanwhile Putin did wish Erdogan a Happy Birthday.

    Putin congratulates Erdogan on his birthday

    ANKARA, February 26. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a message of congratulations to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his birthday, the Russian Embassy in Turkey informed on Wednesday.
    "Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a congratulatory message to President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his birthday," the Russian diplomatic mission stated.
     In the real world, there is a Russian delegation in Turkey working on the Idlib situation. They will meet again today. There will be more information about this meeting in short order.


    From earlier today:

    Coronavirus Case of Unknown Origin in California- Markets Spooked

    Coronavirus Case of Unknown Origin in California- Markets Spooked

    Caught this one last night- it seems today the stock market has already gotten wind of it.

    Author: Eamonn Sheridan | Category: News

    This is significant because its the first U.S coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed

    • 1st case of the coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country or have contact with a confirmed case
    More on this anomalous case here 
    A new coronavirus case in California could be the first in the U.S. that has no known connection to travel abroad or another known case, a possible sign the virus is spreading in a U.S. community, health officials said.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case Wednesday.
    California officials said the person is a resident of Solano County, northeast of San Francisco, and is getting medical care in Sacramento County. They said they have begun the process of tracking down people who the patient has been in contact with, a process known as contact tracing. 
    CDC issues beard and mustache guide for coronavirus epidemic 

    As face masks fly off the shelves amid rising fears over the COVID-19 illness, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health have just issued a guide about which types of beards and mustaches will make those masks less effective, and which will be OK.


     I was in a local pharmacy yesterday. The clerk takes a phone call. Someone looking for face masks. Apparently there are none to be had in the region? We've not had any cases locally.
    But it's 24/7 fear mongering on tell a vision.  Fear is a potent manipulator of behaviour.

    Also
    hattip to Yaya for leaving this link: Johns Hopkins Data Map

    I'll embed the map in the sidebar.

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    Russia Slams US Statement About Reaching an Agreement With Jihadists In Idlib

    You'll notice it is the US pushing this idea. Not Turkey. Turkey pushes very different concepts regarding Idlib. 

    Lavrov's words will be highlighted below- Primary Sourced Information
     
    Link

     
    Moscow views US statements on the possibility of reaching an agreement with terrorists in Syria as unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. 
    “Both the al-Nusra Front [outlawed in Russia] and the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham [formerly known as the al-Nusra Front] are officially included on the UN Security Council’s lists of terrorist organizations. They are also included on the national lists of terrorist organizations in the United States. Nevertheless, it is not the first time that Washington officials, including US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey, have made statements suggesting that they view Tahrir al-Sham as not such a terrorist organization. And that it would be possible to establish a dialogue with it under some circumstances,” Lavrov said at a press conference. 
     Turkey also recognizes and has listed these groups as terrorist organizations. That was reported here at the time it occurred. The US, not so much! Also reported here.
    “This is not the first time we hear such hints — which are quite transparent — and we consider them absolutely unacceptable,” the minister added.
    A series of consultations between Moscow and Ankara dedicated to the situation in the northwestern Syrian province of Idleb is currently being prepared, Lavrov said. 
    “Now the next series of consultations is being prepared, which we hope will be able to lead us [Russia and Turkey] to an agreement on how to ensure that this [Idleb] really is a de-escalation zone and that terrorists do not control it,” Lavrov said at a joint press conference with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin. 
    “Therefore, I hope that the ongoing contacts between our [Russian] and the Turkish military, with the participation of diplomats and security services will end positively and we can still make sure that the terrorists do not control this part of Syria, as they should not be in control of any part of the country,” Lavrov said. 

    From the agreements that were reached back in September 2018 and re-confirmed a year later, it was clear that the de-escalation zone was turning into an escalation zone, because from there the militants, who did not want to separate themselves from any groups, attacked targets outside the zone. Nobody ever agreed, within the framework of the agreements reached between the Russian and Turkish presidents, that terrorists would not see retaliations if they acted in the way they began to act, so there was nothing unexpected for anyone. I am sure that the Turkish military, who work on the ground, see and understand everything perfectly,” Lavrov said.

    From earlier today

    Apple Engineer Killed in Tesla SUV crash on Silicon Valley Freeway While Playing Videogame


    Apple Engineer Killed in Tesla SUV crash on Silicon Valley Freeway While Playing Videogame

    How ironic. 
    An engineer, from Apple, who is probably involved in aspects of automation, including possibly the  automobile, acting like an automaton, playing video games as his “self driving” auto slams him into a cement barricade, without ever braking.  Wow!

    auto = self/same
    Hard Hit Into Barricade

    MarketWatch
    The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a videogame on his smartphone at the time.

    Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the start of a hearing Tuesday that partially automated driving systems like Tesla’s Autopilot cannot drive themselves. Yet he says drivers continue to use them without paying attention. He says the board made recommendations to six automobile makers in 2017 to stop the problem and only Tesla TSLA, -1.11% has failed to respond.

    “If you own a car with partial automation, you do not own a self-driving car,” Sumwalt said in opening statements. “This means that when driving in the supposed ‘self-driving’ mode, you can’t read a book, you can’t watch a movie or TV show, you can’t text and you can’t play video games.”
    Surely the Apple engineer should have understood that!
    The March 2018 crash involving a Tesla Model X SUV killed Apple AAPL, -0.04% engineer Walter Huang when it swerved and slammed into a concrete barrier dividing freeway and exit lanes.

    Just before the crash, the Tesla steered to the left into a paved area between the freeway travel lanes and an exit ramp, the NTSB said. It crashed into the end of the concrete barrier. The car’s forward collision didn’t alert Huang, and its automatic emergency braking did not activate, the NTSB said.

    Huang did not brake, and there was no steering movement detected to avoid the crash, the board’s staff said.
    Apple engineer Huang did not brake and made no effort to steer the car. None at all.

    NTSB investigators previously found that Tesla’s system became confused at a freeway exit and was a factor in the crash. Documents released earlier this month quoted Huang’s relatives as saying Huang had previously complained about Autopilot malfunctioning and swerving in the area near where crash occurred.

    So Huang had knowledge that there were issues with the car, in this specific area and yet the automaton sits there playing a game on his smart phone? 
    Clearly “smart phones” and dumb people go hand in hand.

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020

    Event 201: A High Level Coronavirus Pandemic Exercise Oct/2019

    Coincidence? Some kind of economic warfare? Can't be sure. 
    But, find the information below interesting. Particularly due to the parties involved.

    A ‘High-Level Exercise’ Conducted 3 Months Ago Showed That A Coronavirus Pandemic Could Kill 65 Million People

    From "Investing Matters"
    ...“high-level pandemic exercise” entitled “Event 201” was held in New York City.  On October 18th the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, in conjunction with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, brought together “15 leaders of business, government, and public health” to simulate a scenario in which a coronavirus pandemic was ravaging the planet.  The current coronavirus outbreak that originated in China did not begin until December, and so at that time it was supposedly just a hypothetical exercise.  The following comes from the official page for this event
    Event 201
    The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences.
    I find it quite interesting that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was involved, because they are also financial backers of the institute that was granted a U.S. patent for “an attenuated coronavirus” in November 2018.
    Most of us should 'get' that Bill and Melinda's foundation is set up to profit from dis ease and misery.
    It appears that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been quite interested in the threat posed by coronaviruses for quite some time.
    Eric Toner, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, spearheaded putting “Event 201” together.  In his scenario, a coronavirus outbreak had begun on Brazil’s pig farms

    Later Statement from John Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health 
    In October 2019, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security hosted a pandemic tabletop exercise called Event 201 with partners, the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Recently, the Center for Health Security has received questions about whether that pandemic exercise predicted the current novel coronavirus outbreak in China. To be clear, the Center for Health Security and partners did not make a prediction during our tabletop exercise. For the scenario, we modeled a fictional coronavirus pandemic, but we explicitly stated that it was not a prediction. Instead, the exercise served to highlight preparedness and response challenges that would likely arise in a very severe pandemic. We are not now predicting that the nCoV-2019 outbreak will kill 65 million people. Although our tabletop exercise included a mock novel coronavirus, the inputs we used for modeling the potential impact of that fictional virus are not similar to nCoV-2019.

    Not sure what to make of this exercise occurring just months before the outbreak...

    Technocracy Hard Sell- Smart Cities for Emergency Management

    Hard selling (aggressive salesmanship or advertising) of "smart cities" aka open air prisons.

    Nature
    Last December, the Chinese city of Wuhan signed an agreement with the communications giant Huawei to install infrastructure to enhance its security and information services and convert it into a ‘smart city’.
    Could the increased presence of 5 G infrastructure had an effect on the health and well being of the Wuhan residents?
    The agreement also incorporates mechanisms for swift emergency responses, which could, in principle, help in containing the city’s epidemic of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 (see go.nature.com/2uczxpm).
    Other cities might consider adopting similar measures for the timely prevention and control of infectious-disease outbreaks. 
    Well these measures "could" help? They also could not! And lets be realistic, these control measures won't make an iota of difference because of the way a virus spreads- some people simply being carriers.. Which means the smart infrastructure that would spy on you 24/7 would be equally late in "deciphering" any changes in the spied upon population.
    Smart cities’ powerful big-data ecosystems alert the authorities to abnormal changes — for example, in population mobility and vehicle flows — in real time. Data on public emergencies can also be shared with adjacent cities or countries. Models for managing crises associated with disease transmission, air pollution, flooding or sewage discharge, for example, could be embedded in the city ecosystems in advance so that they can be controlled more effectively.
    Turns Out North has posted yet more relevant information:

     Related:

     It is believed that the real government ambition behind this appalling act of ecocide is to pave the way for the establishment of a super-sized control grid, construction of 5G microwave powered ‘smart cities’ and a new high speed railway link between capital cities. All recognised Agenda 2030/Green New Deal ambitions.
     hattip to North @ Northerntruthseeker

    Monday, February 24, 2020

    Russia/Turkey Planning New Talks on Idlib- Joint Patrols Continue & US Driving Wedge Between Turkey & Russia

     Moscow and Ankara are preparing a new series of consultations on the situation in Syria’s Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference on Monday.

    "Another series of consultations is now being prepared and we hope it will help us reach an agreement on how to ensure that this really becomes a de-escalation zone and terrorists don’t boss around there," Lavrov said.

    Russia’s top diplomat noted that the Turkish military in Idlib understands that the fighting in the de-escalation zone is against terrorists. "No one has ever agreed in the framework of the achieved deals between the Russian and Turkish presidents that retaliatory strikes won’t be delivered on terrorists should they try to act as they are doing now," Lavrov stressed.
    ______________________________________________ Kobani being the western PKK name. I didn’t use it here.
    Notable for the fact that the legitimate name is being used. And that Turkey and Russia are still conducting joint patrols

    Syrian Observatory activists reported seeing a Turkey – Russia joint patrol of four Russian vehicles and four Turkish others touring villages in the western countryside of Ain Al-Arab (Kobani). The patrol started from Ashma village and toured the villages of Jarqili Fuqani, Qarran, Dikmash, Kharkhuri, Buban, Saftik, Al-Iza’a area, Susan, Qula, Qaraquy, Beyandar, Mashku and Jabna, before returning to Ashma again. Two Russian helicopters escorted the patrol during its tour.

    On February 17, SOHR sources reported seeing Russian and Turkish forces running a new joint patrol in Ras Al-Ain and Abu Rasin countryside. Four Russian vehicles and four Turkish others started from Sherik crossing on the border with Turkey and toured the villages of Badlik, Malak, Zahr Al-Arab, Abbas, Ibrahimi, Fuqayrah, Hulwah and Arrad in the northern countryside of Abu Rasin and the eastern countryside of Ras Al-Ain, then they returned to Sherik again.
    A Russian helicopter escorted the joint patrol flying at low altitude. It is the first joint patrol to be run by the Turkish and Russian forces since the start of tension between the two sides.   
    "The objective of the United States in Syria’s last rebel-held province of Idlib will cause a split between Turkey and Russia, Timur Göksel, former spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, told Ahval’s Hot Pursuit podcast programme."

    Listen to "Timur Göksel: U.S.’ Idlib objective to cause a split between Turkey and Russia" on Spreaker.

    Study says coronavirus did not originate in Wuhan seafood market-Stock Markets Dropping on Coronavirus spread

     An interesting report. Not implying anything by posting this report, but, it's interesting because all the western media news reports had this virus originating in the market. 
    That is not the case according to the information below.  Also worth mentioning the stock markets, not just the Dow, look to be taking a hit due to the further spread of the coronavirus
    Link
    "Genomic analysis of 93 samples of the novel coronavirus suggests that it did not originate in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, according to a group of Chinese scientists.
    The novel coronavirus that causes the infectious disease known as Covid-19 did not originate at a seafood market in the central China city of Wuhan as was first thought, a new study by a team of Chinese scientists suggests.
    The coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, was imported from elsewhere, said researchers from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Institute for Brain Research.
    The team, led by Dr Yu Wenbin, sequenced the genomic data of 93 SARS-CoV-2 samples provided by 12 countries in a bid to track down the source of the infection and understand how it spreads.
    A new study says the virus did not originate in the market but spread there.
    What they found was that while the virus had spread rapidly within the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, there had also been two major population expansions on December 8 and January 6.
    According to the study, which was published on the institute’s website on Thursday, the analysis suggested that the coronavirus was introduced from outside the market.
    “The crowded market then boosted SARS-CoV-2 circulation and spread it to the whole city in early December 2019,” it said.
    Earlier reports by Chinese health authorities and the World Health Organization said that the first known patient showed symptoms on December 8, and that most of the subsequent cases had links to the seafood market, which was closed on January 1.
    The research went on to say that based on the genome data it was possible that the virus began spreading from person to person in early December or even as early as late November. China reported the outbreak to the WHO on December 31.
    “The study concerning whether Huanan market is the only birthplace of SARS-CoV-2 is of great significance for finding its source and determining the intermediate host, so as to control the epidemic and prevent it from spreading again,” the research team said.
    Human to human transmission of the coronavirus may have started as early as November.
    The scientists said also that although China’s National Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 2 emergency warning about the new coronavirus on January 6, the information was not widely shared.
    “If the warning had attracted more attention, the number of cases both nationally and globally in mid-to-late January would have been reduced,” they said.
    Meanwhile, Xiang Nijuan, a researcher at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV on Saturday that people infected with the new coronavirus were contagious two days before they showed any symptoms.
    Therefore anyone who had been in close contact with someone within 48 hours of them being confirmed as infected should put themselves in isolation for 14 days, he said"
     
     From late yesterday: