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  • Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS

    10/18/2019 5:45:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/18/19 | Tal Axelrod
    The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist group by both the U.S. and Turkey, penned an open letter in English rebuking President Trump's comparison of the group to ISIS amid a fight between Kurds and Turkish forces in northern Syria. The PKK said in Friday's letter that it “refused comparisons” to ISIS after Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday that the Kurds were “no angels” and that the PKK is likely “more of a terrorist threat” than ISIS. “We refuse comparisons being made between our movement and the inhumane thugs of ISIS,” the PKK’s...
  • Kurdish Militia Trained Antifa Fighters In Northern Syria

    10/16/2019 10:56:57 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 10 replies
    Oann ^ | Oct 9, 2019
    New details have emerged regarding Antifa’s ties to the Kurdish militia in Northern Syria. One America’s Jack Posobiec explains from Washington D.C.
  • Menendez: Trump ‘Suggested That The Kurds Are Communists’

    10/16/2019 9:58:46 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 58 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 16 Oct 2019
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Robert Menendez (D-NJ) stated that during a White House meeting, President Trump “suggested that the Kurds are Communists, and therefore, all you Democrats must be very happy with that.” Menendez said, “Well, the president came in and he was in a belligerent state from the beginning. He smacked down a whole bunch of papers on the table and said, you all asked for this meeting, I reluctantly agreed to it.
  • REVEALED: Kurdish ‘PKK’ Terrorists Were Rebranded by Obama Officials to Dupe the U.S. Public

    10/16/2019 8:31:20 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 33 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | Oct 16, 2019 | Shane Trejo
    A tremendous deception has been perpetrated on the American public. The fake news, Democratic Party, and neoconservatives within the GOP have gone into hysterics over President Donald Trump’s recent decision to remove troops from Northern Syria, in what they are calling a betrayal of Kurdish allies. Big League Politics has reported on the Kurds setting ISIS terrorists free at several key junctures throughout 2017 when the war against the caliphate was not yet decided. We also reported that the Kurds have been releasing ISIS terrorists in recent days as a ploy to lure U.S. troops back into the region. The...
  • House Republicans joined Democrats in condemning Trump’s actions in Syria

    10/16/2019 2:54:53 PM PDT · by rintintin · 69 replies
    Vox ^ | Oct 16 2019 | By Ella Nilsen and Li Zhou
    In a bipartisan rebuke to President Donald Trump, the US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning his decision to pull United States troops out of Syria, abandoning US allies in the region as Turkish troops have moved in. The 354-60 vote on the resolution Wednesday was largely symbolic, but it signaled the widespread disapproval among lawmakers for Trump’s latest controversial foreign policy move. It came as fighting continued in northeastern Syria between Turkey and Kurdish fighters, who have been a key US ally in fighting the terror group ISIS.
  • How Erdogan Planned This Ethnic Cleansing All Along

    10/16/2019 2:43:36 PM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | October 16, 2019 | Malcolm Lowe
    As the Voice of America itself reported on January 23, Erdogan's plan was to resettle three million or more refugees from other parts of Syria in this "security zone" extending twenty miles deep into Syria. Twenty miles may not sound much, but – the VOA omitted to mention – almost all the Kurdish towns of northeastern Syria lie within that area. So Erdogan's intention to annihilate the Kurdish presence in that area and replace it with others has been manifest ever since the beginning of 2019. A whole series of Trump's Republican supporters in the Senate expressed outrage over his...
  • The Defeat of Kurdistan Maoists

    10/15/2019 4:22:07 PM PDT · by WWII_Historian · 10 replies
    New Right Network ^ | October 15, 2019 | Gary Gindler
    The Kurds should thank the short-sighted strategists of the DNC for Turkish aggression. Hong Kong residents are also paying for the short-sighted policies of the American Left, who, for the past three years, have been trying to expel the legally elected president from the White House. Their (untrue) signal that Trump is about to be overthrown has been heard both in Beijing and in Ankara. But Turkey made a serious mistake – they attacked civilians. Of course, television footage of these crimes and further bullying of civilians by Turkish troops in Northern Syria cannot be compared with what the Russian...
  • Kurdish mothers determined to not leave their sons to PKK

    10/15/2019 2:12:19 PM PDT · by Nifty · 14 replies
    Daily Saba ^ | 5-9-2019 | NA
    The terrorist group also started implementing and adopting an urban warfare strategy in 2015 to carve out enclaves within Turkish territory while using the local population as human shields, using the experience obtained by the YPG during the civil war in Syria. In this urban warfare strategy of the PKK, many children from the local population were recruited to control the streets and engage in clashes with security forces. In July, the PKK and YPG admitted to recruiting children between the ages of 11 and 16 for terrorist activities in a meeting with a U.N. representative. Virginia Gamba, the U.N....
  • Turkish invasion threatens to escalate; US orders pullback (Syria to Help Kurds)

    10/13/2019 2:20:25 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 59 replies
    AP ^ | 10/13/19 | LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and SARAH EL DEEB
    Syrian government troops will deploy along the border with Turkey to help Kurdish fighters fend off Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, the Kurds said Sunday, hours after President Donald Trump ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from the area to avoid getting caught in the middle of the fast-escalating conflict. The announcement represents a major shift in alliances for Syria’s Kurds after they were abandoned by the U.S., with whom they were longtime partners in the fight against the Islamic State group. Adding to the turmoil, hundreds of Islamic State families and supporters escaped from a holding camp in northern...
  • SYRIAN COMPLICATIONS

    10/13/2019 8:30:10 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | Octoer 13,2019 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    Most members of America’s foreign-policy establishment see Turkey as an ungrateful ally, perhaps even a Trojan horse inside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s walls. On Capitol Hill and in many Washington think tanks, a call for concessions to Tehran will get a more sympathetic hearing than a call to compromise with Ankara, a treaty ally for 67 years. Turkey’s determination to secure its southern border against the YPG is a wanton impulse, in the prevailing view. But the YPG has substantial ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK, as then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter testified before Congress in April 2016....
  • Trump did not betray the Kurds

    10/12/2019 8:31:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Caroline Glick ^ | October 11, 2019 | Caroline Glick
    The near consensus view of President Donald Trump’s decision to remove US special forces from the Syrian border with Turkey is that Trump is enabling a Turkish invasion and double crossing the Syrian Kurds who have fought with the Americans for five years against ISIS. Trump’s move, the thinking goes, harms US credibility and undermines US power in the region and throughout the world. There are several problems with this narrative. The first is that it assumes that until this week, the US had power and influence in Syria when in fact, by design, the US went to great lengths...
  • Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

    10/07/2019 9:24:12 AM PDT · by Vendome · 101 replies
    As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).... ROTFLMAO!!!
  • Qods Force 'acting like a nation-state-backed terrorist organization' - US general

    11/03/2009 10:42:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 371+ views
    Long War Journal - Threat Matrix ^ | November 2, 2009 1:05 PM | Bill Roggio
    The Air Force Times' Sean Naylor scored an interview with Major General Mike Flynn, director of intelligence for General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan. There isn't a lot new here to longtime readers of The Long War Journal and Threat Matrix. Flynn gives an overview of the Taliban groups, notes that al Qaeda operatives serve as combat enablers for the Taliban, estimates Taliban forces in Afghanistan at between 19,000 to 27,000 fighters, and said Pakistan remains a major haven for the Taliban and al Qaeda. Of particular interest are Flynn's comments on Iran and the role...
  • Turkish intervention could trigger Syria's 'second great war'

    03/20/2019 4:50:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 35 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 20, 2019 | Amberin Zaman
    AL-OMAR OIL FIELD, Syria — After a bloody and protracted five-year war, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition are on the verge of declaring victory against the Islamic State after the fall of its last crumbs of territory in Baghuz. With Islamic State cells continuing to operate to deadly effect in Syria and neighboring Iraq, it's too early to say "mission accomplished," cautioned Mazlum Kobane, the commander in chief of the SDF, in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor March 10 at a heavily guarded complex near al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria. The charismatic 50-year-old Syrian Kurd, whom coalition officials address...
  • Ex-NATO commander: Allies wondering if Trump was blackmailed to pull troops out of Syria

    12/24/2018 5:48:48 PM PST · by McGruff · 90 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 24, 2018 | Daniel Chaitin
    A former commander of NATO said allies of the U.S. are asking whether President Trump was blackmailed by Turkey to pull U.S. military forces out of Syria. In a CNN segment Monday, Wesley Clark, a retired Army general and former Democratic presidential candidate, said there was no apparent strategic logic for the move that critics view as an abdication to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "You have to ask why was the decision made?" Clarke said on Christmas Eve. "People around the world are asking this and some of our friends and allies in the Middle East are asking, did...
  • CHECKMATE – Saudi Crown Prince MbS Sends Replacement Troops To Defend Kurds in Syria…

    12/21/2018 5:16:50 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 189 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 21, 2018 | Sundance
    ..."Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent military forces to areas controlled by the Kurdish YPG group in north-east Syria, Turkey’s Yenisafak newspaper reported. The paper said the forces will be stationed with US-led coalition troops and will support its tasks with huge military enforcements as well as heavy and light weapons. Quoting the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the newspaper reported that a convoy of troops belonging to an Arab Gulf state recently arrived in the contact area between the Kurdish PKK/YPG and Daesh in the Deir Ez-Zor countryside. This comes at a time when Ankara is preparing to...
  • The Turkey Trap-Erdogan thinks he can blackmail Trump

    05/08/2017 7:19:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 8, 2017 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Turkish autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming to Washington, DC, on May 16 loaded for bear.  He has an ambitious agenda and apparently feels he can achieve it all because he holds “trump” cards against the President of the United States. Erdogan and his proxies have publicly said they want to convince the United States to jettison its budding alliance with the Syrian Democratic Union (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdish group that has become the tip of the spear in the fight against ISIS in Syria. On this point, they will encounter resistance...
  • YPG is not PKK but Ocalan is leader of both (Syria)

    11/25/2018 4:43:32 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | November 25, 2018 11:02 | KAMAL CHOMANI
    Continuing to criminalize the Kurdish freedom movement in Turkey and strengthening Turkish authoritarianism serves no one but President Erdogan and his neo-Ottoman, Islamist-nationalist agenda. On November 6, the U.S. unexpectedly announced a total of $12 million in reward payments for information on three senior members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) – Murad Karayilan, Cemil Bayik and Duran Kalkan. These three have led the PKK’s decades-long rebel war against Turkey. For Ankara and Washington, the PKK is a terrorist group.But it’s not that simple. The PKK is fighting for Kurdish rights and freedoms in Turkey, which Turkey has long violently...
  • Former ECHR Judge: Turkey is obliged to comply with the ECHR

    11/21/2018 7:13:51 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018, 11:30 | ZEYNEP KURAY
    Former ECHR Judge and CHP Izmir MP Riza Turmen stressed that Turkey is obliged to comply with the ECHR’s Demirtas ruling. Former ECHR Judge and CHP (Republican People's Party) Izmir MP Riza Turmen stressed that Turkey is obliged to comply with the ECHR’s Demirtas ruling. Riza Turmen called for compliance with the European Court of Human Rights ruling and stressed that Selahattin Demirtas should be released without delays. Turmen stated that noncompliance with the ruling, which references Article 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights and poses a precedent for other political prisoners, will be the confirmation that Demirtas’s...
  • Erdogan says Turkey not bound by European court’s ruling to release Demirtas

    11/21/2018 6:51:06 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | November 20, 2018 | SCF
    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday said that Turkey is not bound by verdicts of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) following the court’s decision calling for the release of Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtaş from a lengthy pre-trial detention. “ECtHR decisions do not bind us. Up until now, most of the decisions about the organization [Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)] have been negative. There is a lot to be done in reaction [to the verdict]. We will take steps in response and finish the case. Terrorism continues,” Erdoğan said in parliament after the ruling. The ECtHR on Tuesday urged Turkey...