ERDOGAN BRINGS TURKEY TO ITS KNEES – ITS CURRENCY IN A TAILSPIN

The secular Turks have taken a knee from their autocratic intolerant Muslim Brotherhood American/Israeli hater Erdogan. Turkish currency has imploded 40% this year, a blow to debtors in dollars and more acute to the banks that hold Turkish bonds. Oh how sweet it is says the American Devil to see an adversary to bleed like a beheaded goat. Could this happen to Erdogan? Maybe! What a sight it will be to this Napoleon wannabee running around with his head cut off. 

Turkey is being challenged on numerous fronts, but Erdogan runs with the mouth with conspiracy theories. The first being that Fethullah Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania birthed the coup. Secondly, and this is the albatross, Turkey demands that the U.S. hand him over. Until then Erdogan is holding our man of the clothAndrew Brunson hostage.  The vitriolic diatribe spewing from Erdogan’s mouth is the fodder that Trump relishes with vigor.

Erdogan has caused Turkey’s knees to buckle, soon the state will be on its back looking toward the stars. In pure Koranic fashion Turkey’s nerves will start to contract like a suicide bomber suffering from rigor mortis.  The economy tanking with enemies gathering on all sides, like vultures, ready to pick the choice meat from the carcass. We cant wait for the taste of halal delicacies which will be enjoyed with, what else but Turkish coffee and Raki (Arak in Arabic). WP 20140904 019.jpg  На здоровье. (to your health)

EXPEL THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SLIME FROM NATO

The diminutive Muslim Brotherhood Napoleon wannabe, authoritarian Islamist dictator is poking too many fingers in the eyes of NATO members, specifically the United States. We suggest that John Bolton and Mike Pompeo take President Trump’s advice by convincing our NATO allies that this Muslim Country ruled by fiat, Turkey, be given the heave-ho from the august body.

Why would Christians defend a Muslim who is a Christian/Jew hater? Oxymoron to us. Put another way, does anyone in their right mind think Turkey would come to our rescue in the Mother of all wars against the tyrant regime in Iran. No way Jose! So there you have it; grind this POS back into the dirt he came from.

For example: Turkey and the U.S. appear to sharply diverge on a host of fronts, including Turkey’s war against U.S.-allied Kurds in the Middle East and Ankara’s recent purchase of an advanced Russian missile system.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proved a worthy match for President Trump in frank and sometimes confrontational rhetoric. At one point, he all but threatened to fire on U.S. troops if they got in the way of Turkish military operations clearing out Kurdish positions in northern Syria.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have been surprised by threats against NATO ally Turkey made Thursday by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, two State Department sources told NBC News.

The threats concern the fate of North Carolina Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained by Turkish officials based on allegations of terror and espionage. Trump tweeted Thusday that the “United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey” for keeping Brunson in custody.

Trump called him “a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being.”

The Secretary of State had been involved in delicate negotiations in an attempt to free the 50-year-old pastor, who had been jailed for a year and a half on what the U.S. maintains are false charges connected to a failed coup attempt against Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey cited health reasons for releasing Brunson to home detention Wednesday. In a potential quid pro quo Erdogan has demanded the extradition of Pennsylvania-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the leader has held responsible for the failed July 2016 military coup.

Turkey’s foreign minister told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in their call on Thursday that Turkey “will not bow down to anyone’s threats”, a foreign ministry source said, after President Donald Trump threatened to slap sanctions on Ankara.

The bottom line here comes down to when, not if, will the United States take the necessary action by convincing NATO members that Turkey is a threat to all of them. The truth is the truth, Turkey is now a dictatorship run by a ruthless demagogue on par with Castro, Stalin, Chavez, Ortega, Madero and the rest of the cheap suits.

ERDOGAN – GIVE HIM THE BOOT FROM NATO

United States coup accuser is punching above his weight. A diminutive mule, ERDOGAN, is waging a verbal war against the United States and is gearing up in the trenches for the ultimate fight against Israel. What has to happen here is two-fold, one being to throw the Russia confidant out of NATO and bring to bear all of the economic weight we can against this Muslim Brotherhood bed mate. Turkey is in a predicament,  the economy is in a tailspin, their currency cratering by the minute. Turkey is in big trouble today, but it will only get worse. Remember Turkey is now entering the age of an autocrat taking exclusive power of all levers of government; the legislative and judiciary, not counting the military which has been rationalized since the coup.

What is most important here is Turkey’s stance with Russia, as far as we can tell, Erdogan went to his knees begging for Russia’s help in countering the Kurds in Syria’s Afrin fight.

So why did Russia open the air space to Turkey for the Afrin operation? What does Russia aim to achieve by helping Turkey in this we?

I have come up with the following observations while seeking answers to these questions.

1) It suits Russia’s interests

Russia’s move is in line with the direction that Turkey-Russia relations have recently taken. Russia has considerable economic, political and regional interests in Turkey. By siding with Turkey in Afrin, Russia has actually done what is necessary to protect its interests. On the one hand there are Russia’s interests in Turkey and on the other hand there are its relations with the Syrian Kurds. Obviously the former outweighs the latter. Moscow also probably calculates that the gestures it extends to Ankara help it gain an upper hand and serve as a bargaining chip vis-à-vis Turkey. Indeed, there is no doubt that such gestures will boost the perception of Russia in the eyes of the Turkish public.

2) It shows that Russia is a playmaker

Russia has been an active party in the war in Syria since 2015, supporting Bashar al-Assad with its military power against opposition groups. The steps that Russia has taken towards Turkey will help to bolster its main strategy of strengthening the Syrian regime. Once again, Russia has asserted itself as the main playmaker in Syria. It has shown that all roads lead to Moscow and has prepared the ground for its political strategy of achieving a permanent Russian presence in the Middle East. This, in return, will help Russian President Vladimir Putin achieve his aim of making Russia a powerful global player again.

3) Russia wants Turkey on its side

Russia is also taking into account the possible benefits of maintaining close relations with Turkey because it is a key player in the region. At a time when Syria’s fate is being decided, Russia has taken initiatives – such as the recent peace conference in Sochi – to bring about solutions of its own choosing while maintaining close dialogue and cooperation with Turkey. All of this will give Moscow the upper hand at the table.

4) Turkey is drifting away from the United States

One cannot assume that Russia’s move is not a part of its policy against the U.S. The deepening of disagreements between Ankara and Washington, which has led to serious fissures within NATO, does not upset Russia at all. By facilitating the launch of the Afrinoffensive, which Russia knows the U.S. would be uneasy with, Russia has caused Turkey and the U.S. to drift further away from each other. From Moscow’s point of view, Turkey’s drifting away from the West will bring it within the orbit of Russia.

5) It curbs the U.S.’s Kurdish plan

At the same time, Moscow is trying to curb the U.S.’s plans to establish a permanent American presence in northern Syria and to create an area under its influence that could eventually lead to the emergence of a state. In doing so, Russia is showing the Kurds that cooperating with the U.S. in Syria comes at a price. If the Kurds do not get enough support from the U.S. in the face of the Turkish military operation in Afrin, problems could arise between Washington and the Syrian Kurds. This would also help Russia achieve its geopolitical goals.

6) Russia is trying to mediate between Ankara and Damascus

As a result of Turkey’s operation against the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Turkey has made indirect contact with the al-Assad regime in Damascus. The fact that both sides have troops on the ground necessitates keeping communication channels open, at least to prevent any mishap. We can imagine that out of this necessity, Russia wants to help Turkey and Syria mend ties. Russia might try to strengthen the Syrian regime by helping Turkey and Syria normalize their relations through dialogue.

7) It eases the hand of the al-Assad regime in Idlib

The Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) engagement with the PYD in Afrin has another indirect consequence. The regime in Damascus will find it much easier to act in its plans for Idlib, which is currently held by opposition groups. At a time when the international community’s attention has turned to Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, al-Assad will feel less international pressure as he makes gains around Idlib.

ENTERING THE FINAL CHAPTER

“THE DONALD” has surprised his friends and foes alike in ways that they could not imagine. Not a politician by a long shot, but a fighter for what’s right just the same, President Trump has said what needs to be said. No political flunky this President, but a tactical brawler who knows trench warfare. Globalism, Agenda 21, World without borders are non-starters for him. He knows the ultimate road these far flung philosophies, programs, dictates will take us. And that is the road to self destruction.

Remember back to yesteryear, the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s when a visit to a foreign country brought excitement, exploration, intrigue and happiness? Yes, what a joy it was to see how others lived in real time; to explore their culture, life style, behavior was so educational.

No more! Visit London today, or should we say “Londonstan”. Hit some of the outskirt neighborhoods, no Englishmen in sight. Robes proliferate, call to prayer, hijabs are ubiquitous. Makes one wonders what is going on? We don’t have to tell you, do we? Well there is a push back in the air. Little by little the locals are being vocal; they are concerned on their way of life being diluted by foreigners who don’t respect their ways and their culture. There is an air of revolution spreading from country to country. Questions arise, can the Euro survive?

Hungary is manifesting disgust with the ways of E.U. dictates. Other countries are now seeing the light And this revolution of a cultural clash will ramp up in the coming years as others will attempt to dictate their ways and in so doing try to destroy our culture. Austria’s right-wing government plans to shut seven mosques and could expel dozens of imams in what it said was “just the beginning” of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as racist.  The moves follow a “law on Islam”, passed in 2015, which banned foreign funding of religious groups and created a duty for Muslim organizations to have “a positive fundamental view towards (Austria’s) state and society”.

Can you imagine that Pip Squeak Erdogan farting with the mouth once again. Can’t wait to see him carried out on the horizontal. 

 

Please be advised that this will not happen in Russia or other members of the communist bloc. We will learn that the culture we celebrate ( the Christian-Judaic ethic is not shared by certain members of society. Those are the ones that are most dangerous. Imagine if Clinton were elected, your life style will be obliterated by a new affirmative action regime giving priority to those who want to destroy us.

WE MUST PREVENT  THE THIRD WORLD TO BECOME ENTRENCHED ON OUR SHORES.

ERDOGAN – THE STUFFED SHIRT SUICIDE BOMBER RUNS WITH THE MOUTH

The mouth of the Middle East, no we are not speaking about the the Palestinian airhead Abu Mazen, but the diminutive Nazi wanna be, Erdogan. A suicidal maniac whose ancestors brought death and mayhem to 1,500,000 Armenians. Trying to lecture Netanyahu who spit right back in his face with aplomb. What possessed this wannabe to indulge in a belligerent diatribe against Israel?

Well apparently it was the sight of his buddies, the Hamas vigilantes, who stormed Israel’s border with Gaza. The final tally, 60 or so suicide bombers were put on a carpet ride as they zipped out into space for the opportunity to celebrate with the promised 53 virgins. Of course they will! Those Hamas dudes are pretty slick, using babies as human shields to protect their genitals is a tactic of ingenuity. It proves once again their girly girl personality is just that, no balls.

The provocation of the Iran supported and weaponized Hamas was Israel’s 70th anniversary party and the dedication of the United States embassy to Jerusalem. The cannabalistic nature of theseanimals” took hold as they stormed the border; met with thunder and lighting from the IDF without a Allahu Akbar prayer was evidence of their corrupted cerebellum. Because of the measly lives they built in the Mediterranean facing Gaza their future is bleak; this full affirmation of their ultimate goal of destroying Israel. Like Iran, they want to wipe it from the face of the earth. Only problem here is that they are the ones to be wiped.

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Getting back to the problematic creature Erdogan, a twenty first century killer of Kurds, who is closer to being wiped from Nato, has problems of his own. There is a simmering under current to his autocratic rule. Don’t forget his animosity toward the Kurds, who will someday soon take it to him large. Additionally, the Christians of Turkey know how it is to live under the auspices of a runt. Turkey has blood on its hands going back a century. Never taking full blame for their Nazi like holocaust of the Armenian slaughter. Their arch enemy Israel is about to pass an Armenian resolution blaming Turkey for what everyone else knows. The Turks were cold blooded killers. And don’t forget the Ottomans, venomous perpetrators of murder for five centuries. It wasn’t till WWI that the world rid themselves of these saber carrying criminals. 

Netanyahu would have none of Erdogan’s lip. Erdogan is among Hamas’s biggest supporters and there is no doubt that he well understands terrorism and slaughter. I suggest that he not preach morality to us”  An online comment reads: 

Yair Netanyahu's Instagram post

Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, posted a controversial image saying “Fuck Turkey” on his Instagram account on Wednesday. This follows a diplomatic row between Israel and Turkey which began Tuesday, when Ankara expelled Israel’s ambassador over the number of Palestinians killed during protests in the Gaza border on Monday.

 WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TOO? THAT IS THE QUESTION!

BOOT HIM OUT OF NATO NOW!

Turkish President called Israel a terrorist state on Tuesday, May 15, the day that the lira plunged to its lowest ever point against the dollar. The lira has lost 15 percent of its value in the past three months. its record plunge Tuesday was sparked by Erdogan’s vow to take greater control of his government’s monetary policy if he wins the July 24 election, a clear vote of no confidence by the financial markets.
Erdogan hoped to draw attention from the two-digit inflation rate at home by blasting Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu,  accusing him of having “Palestinian blood on his hands” after 60 Palestinians died in Monday’s raging riots on the Gaza-Israeli border fence. This stratagem may work in the short term, but not for long. The lira will continue to slide, and the Turkish economy go to pot, for reasons that have nothing to do with Israel and the Palestinians. This is the direct result of the growing strength of the US economy, which has the opposite effect on Israel’s thriving economy.
Turkish-US relations have never been so bad. The only part of the Trump administration willing to maintain a modicum of cooperation with Ankara is the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis contends that this is essential in view of the US Air Force’s use of Turkish air bases for attacking the Islamic State in Syria in Iraq. But the common ground between Washington and Ankara is shrinking for four reasons, although both governments are anxious to gloss over this decline.

  1. Erdogan to this day accuses US intelligence of supporting the attempted military coup for his ouster in July 2016. He never tires of demanding US extradition of the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen whom he holds responsible for orchestrating the coup from his American exile.
  2. The Turkish president has been cozying up to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and has become the first NATO member to purchase Russian weapons.
  3. The Turkish army invaded the northern Syrian province of Afrin to drive the Kurdish YPG militia, a staunch US ally, out of that part of Syria. For now, the Turkish troops are stuck there because their further advance is blocked by US and French forces.
  4. Erdogan has developed close ties with the ayatollahs in Tehran.

Therefore, Erdogan will not help himself politically or ease his economic and military woes by rudely insulting Israel; he will only exacerbate them.

LITTLE RUNT RUNNING WITH THE MOUTH ON APRIL FOOLS DAY

As we headed into the Easter weekend, Turkey’s little runt ran his diarrhea mouth once again. Has the Muslim Dog bit off more than he can chew? Will he suffer from a chemical infusion sometime in the future? Only Israel’s Mossad knows. They know how to return the favor.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday for calling Israel’s actions on the Gaza border “inhumane,” saying this must be the way they celebrate April Fool’s Day in Turkey.

“The most moral army in the world,” Netanyahu said of the IDF, “will not be preached to from someone who for years has indiscriminately bombed civilian populations. Apparently this is the way they mark April Fool’s Day in Ankara.”

TIME TO TAKE ERDOGAN OUT FOR BOMBING OUR TROOPS – TRUMP SHOULD GIVE THE ORDER TO KILL ON SIGHT

Dozens of pro-Syrian forces killed in Turkish airstrikes

BEIRUT – Turkish warplanes struck pro-Syrian government forces in the northwestern Afrin region of Syria on Saturday, killing at least 36 of them, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It said this was the third time in 48 hours that Turkish warplanes had struck pro-government forces that entered Afrin last week in support of the Kurdish YPG militia as it fights to stave off an offensive by Turkey and allied Syrian militias.

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At least 36 pro-Syrian government troops have been killed by a Turkish air strike in the region of Afrin, a monitoring group says.

The strike targeted a camp at Kafr Jina in the northern Syrian region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

The pro-government troops entered Afrin two weeks ago to back Kurdish forces.

They are fighting a Turkish military offensive that was launched to clear Kurdish groups from Afrin.

Turkey considers the Kurdish militiamen there terrorists.

The Syrian government has denounced the offensive as a “blatant attack” on its sovereignty and, according to state media, forces were sent in to support the Kurds.

The air strike followed one of the bloodiest days for Turkish troops since they began the offensive in January.

Eight Turkish soldiers were killed and another 13 were injured on Thursday in fighting in Afrin.

Five “heroic comrades fell as martyrs and seven were wounded”, an initial statement from Turkey’s military said. A second statement announced three more soldiers had been killed and six more wounded.

No official details of the clashes were given but the private Dogan news agency said Kurdish fighters used tunnels to ambush Turkish special forces in the Keltepe district.

A Turkish helicopter sent in to rescue the wounded was hit and had to turn back, the report added.

Thousands of civilians in Afrin have fled their homes since Turkey’s offensive began.

A map of Syria showing who controls the different areas

The Turkish government says the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia is an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in south-eastern Turkey for three decades.

The YPG denies any direct organisational links to the PKK.

Neither side has released much information about fatalities, making the death toll in Afrin difficult to gauge.

The UK-based SOHR says more than 141 civilians have died but Turkey denies this, saying only combatants are targeted.

Last month, Amnesty International said indiscriminate shelling had killed scores of civilians in Afrin.

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Yet another new flashpoint?

Analysis by Sebastian Usher, BBC Arab Affairs Editor

When pro-government militia forces edged into Afrin last month, it wasn’t clear what their strategic purpose would be.

Videos showed a small group of militiamen being welcomed to Afrin city by Kurds there as their saviours. But it didn’t seem likely that they would play much more than a symbolic role, allowing the Syrian government to vaunt a new territorial initiative but at no major risk.

In fact, it seemed that it might be a way of de-escalating the latest conflict in Syria after Turkey launched its operation against Kurdish fighters there.

A deal to allow the Syrian government to take over much of the control of the area might suit many of the parties involved. It might even be a less bad option for Turkey, allowing it to turn down the intensity of its offensive.

But if the reports are true that pro-government forces have been badly hit by Turkish airstrikes, that would appear to undercut this interpretation, raising the prospect of yet another new flashpoint in Syria.

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    Moscow: 20 US bases set up in Kurdish areas of Syria

    Secretary of the Russian Security Council Alexander Venediktov told Ria Novosti. “The return of peace and stability to Syria is hampered by continued external interference in the Syrian crisis. For example, in the territory controlled by the people’s self-defense units of Kurdistan, some 20 US military bases have been created,” the official said. According to the Russian official, US interference in the Syria conflict “provoked Turkey’s military operation” targeting Kurdish militias in Afrin. DEBKAfile:  The 20 US bases in Syria were first reported on Jan. 11. The rerun of the report supports Moscow’s campaign against the US military presence in Syria, which claims that it  is illegal, whereas the Russian military was invited by the “legitimate” Assad regime.

LET THE MAN GO -RELEASE SALEH MUSLIM NOW

The Jerusalem Post - Israel NewsThe arrest in a Prague hotel of former Syrian Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) leader Saleh Muslim Muhammad is a test case. Its outcome will establish the extent to which the central role against Islamic State played by Syrian Kurds has accrued some broader political legitimacy for their leadership and organizations.

The former PYD leader, who remains among the most prominent and influential of Syrian Kurdish leaders, is set to appear before a Czech court this week. The Turks are seeking his extradition. If extradited, he will with certainty be convicted and might face incarceration for the rest of his life. Kurdish media are calling his capture the most significant apprehension of a Kurdish leader by the Turks since that of PKK founder and leader Abdullah Ocalan in 1998.
The US built the Syrian Democratic Forces – the main instrument for the defeat of IS in its Syrian heartland – around the YPG. Recent statements by senior US officials have indicated that the US intends to remain committed to its allies in Eastern Syria, and to maintain forces in the part of Syria they control, an area covering some 27% of Syrian territory that includes its main oil and gas fields.

he Syrian Kurds declared the establishment of the “Democratic Federation of Northern Syria” over their area of control in March, 2016.

No Western country has recognized or acknowledged this declaration. The Federation, which is today the governing structure in an area where US forces are located, remains entirely isolated diplomatically, even as its armed forces call in US air strikes and work on a daily basis with American Special Forces.

The ties between the PYD and the PKK are at the root of this. The latter has for the last 34 years been engaged in an insurgency against Turkey, demanding autonomy for the country’s Kurds. It is listed as a terrorist organization by both the US and the European Union. Turkey’s warrant against Saleh Muslim, a non-citizen of Turkey, depicts him as a militant member of the PKK.

The question now is whether the involvement of the PYD with the war against IS has acquired a degree of de facto legitimacy for it in the eyes of the West, even in the absence of formal political recognition.

If so, Western pressure on the Czech Republic will lead almost certainly to Muslim’s release, indicating an embryonic, unspoken political alliance now existing between the Syrian Kurdish leadership and the West. This will produce further fury on the part of NATO-member Turkey’s Islamist and increasingly authoritarian leadership.

The United States must pressure Czech to release Saleh without turning him over to the Turkish Dog Erdogan.

TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST TURKEY

Turkish offensive in Kurdish-held Syrian enclave sets up collision course with US

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Damage to the Afrin region of Syria reportedly caused by Turkish forces.

Civilians have been killed, their neighborhoods destroyed and at least one water treatment plant heavily damaged in the Turkish military offensive against the Kurdish-held Syrian enclave of Afrin, according to video, photos and on-the-ground accounts reviewed by Fox News.

Some of the reporting, which included the apparent deaths of children, is too graphic to publish. Some of the accounts of what is happening in Afrin also cannot be independently verified.

The Turkish intervention, called “Operation Olive Branch,” began in late January and, according to national security specialists, further complicates the conflict in Northern Syria involving Kurdish forces that worked with the United States to rout the Islamic State (ISIS).

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“The Turkish attempt to drive the Kurds from Afrin places the U.S. in a very difficult position,” said Tara Maller, a former military analyst for the CIA who is now a senior policy adviser with the Counter Extremism Project. “If the U.S. is seen as abandoning the Kurds, its allies and the most effective fighting force against ISIS, it could result in the loss of credibility and an unwillingness for others to cooperate with the U.S. in the future against ISIS and other terrorist groups.”

While some 2,000 U.S. forces are in the region, Turkey has threatened to clear the Kurds from its border with Syria. The strategy could impact the town of Manbij, widely reported to be a base for U.S. troops.

Maller, who reviewed photos and video for Fox News, said that “there are U.S. troops in this area, in physical proximity to the fighting. The U.S. has said it is not moving its forces from this area and would hit back hard if attacked. At the same time, the U.S. wants to avoid alienating Turkey and pushing it further into Russia’s sphere of influence. The U.S. must work through diplomatic channels to lessen the tension in the area and prevent this confrontation from drawing in other players and becoming a separate war, which will only embolden ISIS and other radical groups.”

Afrin is home to the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, a Kurdish militia. The Turkish government maintains the YPG is a terrorist group and offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a military struggle against Turkey since the 1980s. At the same time, however, YPG is a central element of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces that now control great swaths of Syria.

Returning from overseas last week, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis gave a wide-ranging brief to reporters, one that touched on the Afrin conflict. Mattis said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had recently visited the Turkish capital,  Ankara, where he dealt with issues “causing friction” and a “loss of rapport between us and our NATO ally Turkey.”

Mattis continued. “And while we understand their (Turkey’s) legitimate security concerns, as I’ve mentioned several times, that does not align with us concurring with attacks into areas that were not sources of violence before the attack into Afrin, for example.”

Asked how “mechanisms” would work with Turkey in Afrin and Manbij, he said: “That’s exactly what we have to work out. That’s — as you said, we’re going to put them in place. So there’s a commitment now to work them out. We have to put them — we have to draw them up together, and then we have to employ them.“

The aim of the Turkish operation is to “stop attacks and border harassments, indiscriminate shelling of urban areas, harboring, equipping and training of terrorists, suicide bombers and assassins,” according to a fact sheet sent to Fox News from the Turkish Embassy in Washington. Turkey also maintains that “all precautions are taken to avoid collateral damage to the civilian population” in the operation, a claim sharply disputed by Kurdish groups.

At the Munich Security Conference this month, Turkey’s minister of foreign affairs called Operation Olive Branch a “legitimate right (for) self-defense,” adding that “supporting a terrorist organization against another terrorist organization (ISIS) is a big mistake and risking the future of the country,” a reference to the YPG.

Maller, of the Counter Extremism Project, said ISIS has been beaten back, but emphasized that the terror group would likely stage a comeback, and the U.S. will need its Kurdish allies again. “ISIS continues to have a formidable presence” along the Syria-Iraq border and “is capable of striking quickly and often. Also, ISIS continues to successfully radicalize and recruit individuals globally, while inspiring followers to carry out attacks. Over time, it is quite possible that ISIS could again gain strength, as it has done before, should the war in Syria drag on and Iraq’s government remain weak and under the sway of Iran.

“While the absolute number of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq may have fallen, the group remains dangerous and continues to spread to Africa, Asia and other parts of the world.”

 

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.

TURKEY’S ERDOGAN EAGER FOR A THREE COURSE MEAL OF LEAD

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned the Syrian regime against entering Afrin province in northern Syria. Syrian State Media reported that Syrian “popular forces” would enter Afrin to support the “Steadfastness of their people in the face of aggression carried out by the forces of the Turkish regime.” The potential conflict between Turkey and Syria comes a month after Turkey launched a major offensive into northern Syria aimed at removing what it called “terrorists” of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from its border. The US has continually urged restraint and said Ankara’s operation is a distraction from the war on Islamic State.

On the face of the new revelations this is imperceivable that a NATO member (Turkey) is warning the United States supported troops that they Turkey will use all of the means necessary to bomb, kill and remove our troops from Afrin. Afriin is located in a mountainous region of northwest Syria next to the border with Turkey. Since 2012 it has mostly been cut-off from the vicious civil war in Syria, a Kurdish canton controlled by the YPG. Since 2015 the YPG has partnered with the US-led coalition in eastern Syria, where it makes up part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF liberated Raqqa from ISIS and are key to helping stabilize eastern Syria, the US says.

In January 2018 Ankara accused the US of training a “terror army” in eastern Syria and launched its operation against Afrin using Tanks, airplanes and more than 10,000 Syrian rebel allies. The bottom line here is one that Turkey will regret; bombing our troops who are working with the YPG Kurds will result in the Mother of all confrontations. Turkey will regret the power of the United States. The Muslim Brotherhood Erdogan will soon have to make a choice, back down or eat lead. We venture the latter – a suicide wish will come true.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Turkey would face the “appropriate response” if it follows through on a threat to widen its assault against a Syrian Kurdish militia all the way to the border with Iraq.

Senior SDF official Redur Xelil was responding to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s threat to sweep militants from the length of Turkey’s Syrian frontier. “When he tries to widen his battle, he will be met by the appropriate response,” Xelil told Reuters in an interview in the town of Amuda in northern Syria.

 Previously we reported on the confrontation that will occur in Afrin:

The Turkish offensive in northwest Syria’s Afrin region against the Kurdish YPG militia has opened a new front in the multi-sided Syrian civil war and strained ties with NATO ally Washington.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, January 26, Turkish forces would sweep Kurdish fighters from the Syrian border and could push all the way east to the frontier with Iraq — a move which risks a possible confrontation with US forces allied to the Kurds.

 The Turkish offensive in northwest Syria’s Afrin region against the Kurdish YPG militia has opened a new front in the multi-sided Syrian civil war and strained ties with NATO ally Washington.

Since the start of the incursion, dubbed “Operation Olive Branch” by Ankara, Erdogan has said Turkish forces would push east towards the town of Manbij, potentially putting them in confrontation with US troops deployed there.

“Operation Olive Branch will continue until it reaches its goals. We will rid Manbij of terrorists, as it was promised to us, and our battles will continue until no terrorist is left until our border with Iraq,” Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

A senior official in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias of which the YPG is the strongest, said any wider Turkish assault would face “the appropriate response.

The Kurdish-led autonomous administration that runs Afrin urged the Syrian government on Thursday to defend its border with Turkey despite Damascus’ stance against Kurdish autonomy.

The Syrian government has said it is ready to target Turkish warplanes in its airspace, but has not intervened so far. It suspects the Kurds of wanting independence in the long-run.

Erdogan demands we hand over Fetthulah Gulen

Previously, we reported that Turkey has closed the airspace above, and suspended all US-led air missions out of the giant Incirlik airbase (which houses some 50 US nuclear bombs), we said that there is speculation the “airbase may be held “hostage” by Ankara as a bargaining chip ahead of demands for the extradition of Erdogan’s arch enemy, Fethullah Gulen, currently a resident of the state of Pennsylvania.” A few hours later this was partially validated when during a televised speech, Turkish President Erdogan called on the United States to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of being behind Turkey’s failed coup attempt. Source: ZeroHedge