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#1534562 --- 10/07/19 11:00 AM Bloody high five
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...down low.
Murderous fiends.




Donald Trump just decided to get millions of Kurds murdered on his way out the door

Late on Sunday night, Donald Trump’s White House announced that the United States is pulling out Northern Syria, thus allowing Turkey to invade and take over the region. This means that Turkey, led by Trump’s corrupt and murderous ally Erdogan, will quickly slaughter millions of Kurds – to the point that it’ll be nothing short of mass murder – and it’ll have Trump’s fingerprints all over it.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/kurds-murdered-millions-donald-trump/21627/


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Foreign correspondent: Turkey plans attack on Syrian Kurds
A "voluntary" resettlement plan isn't working out very well.


By Reese Erlich
October 6, 2019

ISTANBUL —The Turkish government plans to use Syrian refugees to displace the local Kurdish population in northern Syria. But so far, the scheme isn’t working so well.

https://48hills.org/2019/10/foreign-correspondent-turkey-plans-attack-on-syrian-kurds/



US troops start pullout in Syria as Turkey prepares operation
American troops 'will no longer be in the immediate area' casting uncertainty on the fate of their Kurdish allies.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/w...7034354242.html
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#1534592 --- 10/07/19 08:59 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Spineless Trump got ‘rolled’ by Turkish president — according to national security official who heard the call

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump said he’d support a Turkish military excursion into northern Syria. The move frightened military leaders and lawmakers who warned it would harm America’s Kurdish allies in the region.

Reporter Eliot Higgins spoke with a National Security Council official about Trump’s decision, which was made after a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The unnamed official said that Trump had gotten “rolled” by his Turkish counterpart.

“President Trump was definitely out-negotiated and only endorsed the troop withdraw to make it look like we are getting something—but we are not getting something,” the National Security Council source said. “The U.S. national security has entered a state of increased danger for decades to come because the president has no spine and that’s the bottom line.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/spinele...heard-the-call/
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#1534595 --- 10/08/19 09:31 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Trump On Turkey: ‘I Have A Little Conflict Of Interest ... It’s Called Trump Towers’
The president, in his own words in 2015, zeroes in on a problem linked to his order to abandon Kurdish allies to a Turkish assault in Syria.

“I have a little conflict of interest ’cause I have a major, major building in Istanbul,” Trump boasted in response. “It’s a tremendously successful job. It’s called Trump Towers — two towers, instead of one, not the usual one; it’s two. And I’ve gotten to know Turkey very well. They’re amazing people, they’re incredible people. They have a strong leader.”

He said then that the situation was “complicated,” adding, “I thrive on complicated.” Trump did not reveal what he would do in the region if he were to become commander in chief.

Trump still profits from Trump Towers in Istanbul, and the “strong leader” then was the same as now: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Though his continuing business interest in Istanbul is widely known, his own admission that it represents a conflict of interest is startling. Critics have long argued that Trump, as presidents traditionally do, should divest from his businesses to avoid conflicts of interest that threaten to put his personal benefit ahead of the nation’s.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Monday that Trump’s decision had nothing to do with the Trump Towers Istanbul complex.


https://www.huffpost.com/entry/conflict-...4b0fc935edf5be0
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#1534596 --- 10/08/19 09:38 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade just ripped Trump apart for 'abandoning' the Kurds in Syria

October 7, 2019

Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade has a very loud wakeup call for President Trump.

On Sunday night, the White House unexpectedly announced the U.S. will "no longer be in the immediate area" of northern Syria where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday a Turkish military incursion was "imminent." So the following morning, Kilmeade wasted no time going after Trump, tearing the president a new one for "abandoning our most loyal allies" in the Kurdish-held area.

"What a disaster," Kilmeade said to bluntly introduce the topic Monday morning. He then cited a White House statement reading the U.S. "defeated the ISIS territorial 'Caliphate,'" and countered by saying "we would not have done that without the Kurds, who did all of our fighting." Those Kurdish allies were "why our casualties were so low" during the ISIS fight, but "now we're saying 'Okay Turks, go wipe them out.'"

Despite Steve Doocy's attempt at rationalizing Trump's decision, it seemed to be universally decried across Trump's conservative base. Kathryn Krawczyk

https://theweek.com/speedreads/870061/fo...ing-kurds-syria
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#1534694 --- 10/11/19 10:41 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Girl, 8, loses leg, brother killed in Turkish shelling of Qamishli

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/111020191

QAMISHLI, Syria – Turkish shelling on the Kurdish city of Qamishli, northeast Syria on Thursday killed an 11-year-old boy and seriously injured his 8-year-old sister while they played outside their home.

Turkey has continued to shell towns and villages along its shared border with Syria as part of Operation Peace Spring, which began Wednesday.

The 11-year-old boy, Mohammed Yousef, was killed in Turkish shelling in the Qudurbag area of eastern Qamishli on Thursday while playing outside with his sister Sara, neighbours told Rudaw’s reporter at the scene.

Sara was injured in the same blast – her right leg reduced to a pulp of meat and bone. In heart-wrenching footage from Salam Hospital in Qamishli she can be heard crying for water while her father Yousef weeps.

The children’s mother was also injured in the attack.

Rudaw correspondent Vivian Fatah went to Salam Hospital where Sara is being treated.

“A shell hit their house. As a result the boy died and we do not know what happened to the girl. They are the children of my brother,” the children’s aunty told Rudaw in the hospital waiting room.

Mohammed was already dead when he arrived at the hospital, one doctor told Rudaw’s reporter. Sara has undergone surgery.

“By the time they got him here, he was already dead. Artillery shrapnel had penetrated his heart,” the doctor said of Mohammed.

“The sister … has had her right leg cut off. There are fractures in her left leg due to artillery shrapnel. We have done a surgery for her, and we will see what happens.”

Rudaw’s reporter went to the site of the attack and spoke to residents.

“It was this house. The children were outside, playing. Then the shell came down, martyring the boy and blowing off the girl’s leg,” one neighbor told Rudaw.

Locals said another woman was killed near her home while returning from the market. Her son, Ahmed Abdullah, 35, was also injured.

Rudaw’s reporter had to cut short her discussion with residents when Turkish shelling resumed.

Mohammed was among eight civilians killed and 14 wounded in Turkish attacks across northeast Syria on Thursday alone, according to the Kurdish Red Crescent. This brings the total to 11 civilians dead and 34 injured since the offensive began on Wednesday.

According to the latest figures published by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 10 civilians have been killed since the start of the Turkish operation.

Turkey’s operation entered its third day on Friday with further shelling on Tel Abyad and Sari Kani.
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#1534731 --- 10/12/19 11:25 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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SIS detainees, affiliates no longer our responsibility: SDF spox

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Fighting off a “genocidal attack” by Turkey, a spokesperson for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they can no longer be responsible for the ticking time bomb that is the thousands of Islamic State (ISIS) militants and their supporters held in Kurdish jails.

“We are currently subject to a genocidal attack. There is a project to make a demographic change and eradicate Kurds. Therefore, our first duty is the protection of our people, border and soil,” head of the SDF press office Mustafa Bali told Rudaw in Hasaka, northern Syria.

“All our forces are focusing on this now. Our prisons, which have about 12,000 ISIS gangs, and camps, which have more than 90,000 families of ISIS fighters and migrants, are like detonated bombs. We do not know when they will explode. However, this is no longer our responsibility,” he said.

The Turkish Army and its Syrian proxies launched Operation Peace Spring against the SDF on Wednesday after appearing to get a green light from US President Donald Trump who pulled American troops back from two outposts on the Turkey-Syria border.

Read on. https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/111020194
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#1534736 --- 10/12/19 04:26 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Norway, Finland and Netherlands suspend military equipment sales to Turkey over Syria offensive

Norway and the Netherlands have followed Finland’s lead in the suspension of military exports to Turkey following its military offensive in Syria.

On Friday, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry stated that it would halt the processing of any new applications for export licenses for military and multi-use military products to Turkey. The ministry also said that it would conduct reviews on any extant ones.

“As the situation is unclear and rapidly changing, the Foreign Ministry, as a precautionary measure, will not process new applications for export licenses for military and multi-use military products to Turkey for the time being,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide explained in a statement.

Søreide also added that all valid licenses to Turkey will also be reviewed, Dagbladet reports.

“We are following the situation with deep concern and are reiterating our clear call for Turkey to end its military operation and respect international law. The Foreign Ministry has also expressed this in a meeting with Turkey’s ambassador to Norway today,” Søreide continued.

Earlier this week on Wednesday, Finland’s Defense Ministry announced it would cease all military exports to Turkey, ANF reports. Yesterday the Netherlands did the same.

Finnish Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen took to Twitter to write: “The situation is severe. Regarding my area of ​​responsibility, I would say this: Finland does not export defense materials to warring countries or countries that violate human rights.”

“No new license will be granted to sell arms to Turkey by the Defense Ministry. As for previously approved licenses, the review is underway,” Kaikkonen said.

The government in Sweden has also suggested that defense exports to Turkey should be stopped at the European Union level. In recent years, Sweden’s military exports to Turkey have risen substantially.

Earlier in the week, Turkey began what it’s calling ‘Operating Peace Spring’, a military offensive in Kurdish-dominated northeastern Syria to clear the area of so-called ‘terrorists’ – a term Turkey uses to describe Kurds.

Europe’s widespread condemnation of the military operation has enraged Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan. Following the harsh criticism from his NATO ‘allies’, Erdogan – for the second time – threatened to flood Europe with 3.6 million migrants living in Turkey.

https://voiceofeurope.com/2019/10/norway...yria-offensive/
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#1534745 --- 10/13/19 10:39 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Meanwhile, the traitor hits the links.




US forces 'left us here to die': Kobane residents after reported Turkish shelling of American base

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Residents of an area where Turkish forces reportedly fired at US Special Force Friday night said they had been left to die while American troops were airlifted to safety.

Turkish forces reportedly fired at US troops on Mashtenour hill in Kobane, northern Syria, by mistake. Turkish shelling was so heavy that US personnel considered firing back in self-defense, a senior Pentagon official told Newsweek. The Turkish Defense Ministry issued a statement shortly afterward denying that its military had targeted US forces.

The Special Forces troops were immediately removed from the targeted area by helicopter.

Reporting just a few hundred meters from the US base on Saturday, Rudaw’s Rangin Sharo spoke to panicked locals who slammed American troops for failing to assist vulnerable people caught up in the shelling.

"Everyone rushed outside after hearing huge mortar bangs landing near our houses panicking everyone - children, elderly and women and our men," Ahmed Mohammed Hassan, 33, an eyewitness who chose not to flee despite the attacks told Rudaw. "The American forces brought in helicopters and removed their soldiers from here, leaving us behind."

"Where is humanity?" Hassan lamented. "They fled for their lives and left us here to die."
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#1534749 --- 10/13/19 03:01 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Hundreds Of ISIS Supporters Escape As Turkish Troops Near Kurdish-Held Syrian Town
A U.S. military official said the situation across northeastern Syria was “deteriorating rapidly.”

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkish forces approached a key Kurdish-held town in northern Syria on Sunday, setting off clashes that allowed hundreds of Islamic State supporters to escape from a camp for displaced people and prompted U.S. soldiers to withdraw from a nearby base.

A U.S. military official said the situation across northeastern Syria was “deteriorating rapidly” and that American forces were cut off from the Syrian Kurdish fighters they had previously partnered with.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/isis-supp...4b087efdbafdbbd
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#1534750 --- 10/13/19 03:36 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Trump itches for torching journalists. “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn't it?"


Foreign journalists, civilians reportedly targeted in Turkish airstrike

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Nine people were killed when a convoy of foreign journalists and civilians was reportedly struck by a Turkish jet on Sunday afternoon, a war monitor and local media have reported.

According to Rudaw’s reporter in Rojava, the convoy had been heading to Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain) from Tel Tammar in northern Syria when it was caught in an airstrike.

Nine people, including 5 civilians and a journalist, were killed in the strike on the humanitarian support" convoy in Seri Kani, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Foreign journalists were on board the convoy, the Observatory confirmed. Hawar News, a media agency close to the ruling Kurdish authority in Rojava, also said foreign journalists were among the passengers.

The death toll is set to rise, the Observatory said, with some convoy passengers, including children, currently in a critical condition.

Northern Syria-based North Press Agency (NPA) reported the severe injury of one of its journalists, named by the agency as Delsoz Yousef.

Footage taken on the scene by Rudaw in a Tel Tammar hospital shows the blanket-shrouded bodies of five of those killed in the convoy strike.

A gruesome video shared online showing the alleged aftermath of the strike shows dead and wounded people scattered among the burning wreckage of vehicles, body armor, camera tripods, and backpacks.

Among the bodies are several armed men.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/131020193
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#1534765 --- 10/14/19 10:17 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Will sanctions, suspended arms sales halt Turkey’s Syria offensive?

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – With US forces set to completely withdraw from northern Syria, ceding the defense of their erstwhile Kurdish allies to the Syrian regime and its Russian and Iranian backers, few means are left available to pressure Turkey to halt its offensive bar sanctions and arms embargoes.

France and Germany joined The Netherlands, Norway, and Finland in suspending arms sales to Turkey as a means of pressuring Ankara to halt or at least soften its offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces.

“Against the backdrop of the Turkish military offensive ... the Federal Government will not issue any new permits for all military equipment that could be used by Turkey in Syria,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Saturday.

Florence Parly, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, issued a similar statement on Saturday.

“Pending the cessation of the Turkish offensive in North-East Syria, France has decided to suspend any plans to export to Turkey war materials that could be used in the context of this offensive. This decision is of immediate effect,” she tweeted.

Nevertheless, European military hardware, including Leopard tanks, has been used to fight the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who until last week was the West’s key ally in the ground war and counterterror effort against the Islamic State group (ISIS).

It is also unclear how much of a dent the suspension will put in Turkey’s arsenal. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Turkey imports 60 percent of its weapons and hardware from the US, which has not joined the embargo.

Turkey also has a burgeoning domestic arms industry and is gunning for complete self-sufficiency, and could easily shop elsewhere – namely Russia – to make up any shortfall.

Unless the US, Britain, and other major arms suppliers get on board, an embargo is unlikely to force Turkey to change course in Syria.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/world/141020191

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#1534770 --- 10/14/19 03:17 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Brett McGurk
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Only four days into Turkish attack and one week after POTUS-Erdogan call:

* UN: 130k displaced (likely to 3x)
* ISIS terrorists escaping (caught after years of painstaking effort)
* Syrians executed on roadways by Turkish-backed opposition forces
* Main US supply lines cut..

7:31 AM · Oct 13, 2019·Twitter
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#1534774 --- 10/14/19 03:41 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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The funeral of Kurdish politician, Hevrin Khalaf, who was dragged by from her car and executed by Turkish forces. Photo: Getty Images.


How Terrible Does Turkey Have to Get?


by Burak Bekdil
October 14, 2019

* So where is this "economic devastation" against Turkey? Or does that make two promises that the U.S. has not kept?

* Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been threatening to flood Europe with more refugees. "We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way," he promised on October 10.

* Meanwhile, obscenely, Erdoğan has been invited to the White House for November 13.

* The real crime was for the US to betray the Kurds -- savory or not -- by making promises it did not keep... and leaving the world to wonder which Middle East ally the US will double-cross next. Take a guess?

Turkey's military offensive into the overwhelmingly Kurdish northeastern Syria is sending messages on many wavelengths. One consequence is beyond dispute: Turkey is adding further chaos, bloodshed and tears to a region already in turmoil. The U.S. had apparently "assur[ed] Kurdish protection from Turkey." Trump spoke of "economic devastion" if Kurdish forces were attacked. "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!)," Trump tweeted on October 7. [Microsoft may thoughtfully have censored this tweet for you. Ed.]

So where is this "economic devastation" against Turkey? Or does that make two promises that the U.S. has not kept?

In theory, the Turkish incursion will build a safe zone that is 30 kilometers (20 miles) deep and stretches more than 480 kilometers (300 miles) toward Syria's Iraqi border -– which just so happens to be the very place where many of the Kurds in Syria live. From there, the Turkish army will push Kurdish militants south and ward off an "existential threat" to Turkey. Once cleared of the YPG forces, the main Kurdish group (the Syrian offspring of the insurgent umbrella organization PKK) Turkey says it will build homes, hospitals schools and rehabilitation centers for the two million Syrian refugees it hosts.

This happy-ending scenario may not materialize so easily.

As in earlier cross-border clashes with the Turkish military, the Kurds have vowed to fight back despite allegedly heavy losses. On Oct. 13, the fifth day of the Operation Peace Spring, the Turkish Defense Ministry said its forces "neutralized" 525 Kurdish fighters. Kurdish shelling in over 300 rounds killed 18 civilians on the Turkish side of the border, including a nine-month old Syrian baby. More than 100 civilians were injured in Turkish towns and villages. One Kurdish, politician, Hevrin Khalaf, and nine other civilians were reportedly dragged from their cars and "executed."

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15007/how-terrible-does-turkey-have-to-get
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#1534807 --- 10/15/19 09:28 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Trump attempts the Walk Back dance wearing flip-flops. This should be interesting.


US sanctions Turkey over Syria offensive

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – After a week of threats, United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday sanctioning three Turkish ministers and two ministries over Turkey’s unilateral incursion into northern Syria. His administration has offered to mediate a ceasefire and warned that more sanctions could follow if Turkey does not end its military incursion.

Violence has escalated as Turkish-backed groups continue to advance into northern Syria in its Operation Peace Spring, now in its eighth day.

Trump repeatedly warned he would introduce sanctions and, on Monday, the US Treasury Department formally sanctioned Turkey’s Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu, and Fatih Donmez, the Minister of Energy.

Both the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources were also sanctioned.

“The United States is holding the Turkish Government accountable for escalating violence by Turkish forces, endangering innocent civilians, and destabilizing the region,” US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters in a joint press conference alongside Vice President Mike Pence on Monday.

Dealing with the designated ministers and their ministries is now prohibited, Treasury added. The department was clear, however, that the sanctions would not affect the operations of NGOs or United Nations in Turkey who are providing services to Syrians.

The sanctions will also not affect Turkey’s energy sector. The Treasury “is prepared to issue authorizations, such as general or specific licenses, as appropriate, to ensure that today’s action does not disrupt Turkey’s ability to meet its energy needs.”

“We are not looking to shut down the energy for the people of Turkey,” said Mnunchin.

Trump also announced measures against Turkey in a statement on Twitter on Monday, bringing steel tariffs back up to the 50 percent that had stood before being reduced in May.

“The United States will also immediately stop negotiations, being led by the Department of Commerce, with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey,” Trump said.

“Turkey’s military offensive is endangering civilians and threatening peace, security, and stability in the region. I have been perfectly clear with [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan: Turkey’s action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes,” the president said, demanding Turkey protect civilians and not jeopardize gains made in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

“I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path,” Trump declared.

Mnuchin described the sanctions as “very very strong,” but qualified they would be lifted if Turkey took “necessary actions,” without going into further detail.

The US move came after European Union nations condemned Turkey’s military incursion.



https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/15102019
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#1534832 --- 10/15/19 10:56 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Humanitarian aid groups fleeing Syria only compounds crisis: Kurdish official


ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria has forced at least 15 international aid organizations to withdraw their staff, compounding the humanitarian emergency, according to a Kurdish administration official.

“The humanitarian plight of the displaced in areas targeted by the aggression has worsened with all humanitarian aid being cut and all international organisations ceasing their activities,” the Kurdish administration said earlier on Tuesday in a statement posted on Facebook.

Speaking at a press conference, Khalid Ibrahim, the Kurdish administration’s head of humanitarian affairs, said the withdrawal of aid organizations has left “displaced people to suffer”.

“At least 15 organizations have left northern Syria due to the Turkish offensive,” Ibrahim said. “This has resulted in creation of a humanitarian crisis, as displaced people are in need of food, water, and daily requirements.”

Local schools in Hasaka province are now hosting families displaced from the border towns of Tal Abyad, Ras al-Ain and surrounding villages as camps reach full capacity.

One Kurdish woman sheltering in a school in Hasaka told Rudaw they are desperate.

“What does Erdogan want from us? Where shall we go? We cannot be displaced every day,” she said.

An Arab resident of Sare Kani told Rudaw: “The only thing we need is to return to our homes. We do not want anything else.”

More than 300,000 people have been displaced since the start of the Turkish incursion – 70,000 of them children, according to Ibrahim. UN OCHA puts the figure at 160,000.

Hasaka, where the majority of the displaced have fled to, is 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the border-city of Qamishli.

“Displaced children are in need of milk, food, and clean water,” said Ibrahim. “Therefore we ask the international community to help us.”


https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/151020195
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#1534839 --- 10/16/19 09:03 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Trump's culpability in Turkish war crimes

There is a warning given to all analysts not to fall into a trap called ‘pride of previous position’. President Trump is currently proving the wisdom of that saying. It became clear very quickly that giving the Turks the green light, intentionally or not, to move against the Kurds in northern Syria was a mistake.

The more people around him tell him it was a mistake and that we need to defend the Kurds, the more he resists. Senior Republicans in the House and Senate have opposed the president's move. The senior military commanders have all opposed the move and advised against it, but it appears that the louder they yell, the more Trump resists. Many say this is because Trump is owned by Putin or Erdogan, but the fact is it is because his ego has overridden common sense. The problem today for America is this: we have a president who has done very well domestically and revived a moribund economy, but understands little about foreign policy.

Trump’s ego is such that he cannot admit when he has made a mistake. While this is common among politicians and successful businesspeople, it is very dangerous when applied to international affairs. Trump’s excuse that he is keeping a promise to get our troops out and stop the unending wars belies the fact that this is more likely to expand the conflict. He said this is done so we do not have to go to war, which the same excuse Obama made in pushing the Iran agreement, that it was either an agreement or war.

The question, then, is how much influence the US can exert on Turkey in the short term. The answer is very little, since Erdogan is a prisoner of his own ego and controls a large army that he sees as invincible. While Trump sees himself as a great negotiator, leaks from the conversation indicate that Trump was, in the words of those present, ‘rolled’ by Erdogan. This leaves the question of whether or not the Turks would have crossed the border if US troops were left in place: a question we will never know the answer to.

I blame Trump for the current state of affairs in northern Syria, but new solutions need to be found. Erdogan sees the Kurds as terrorists, which is what he meant when he told Trump he would handle the terrorists in the area. Trump, of course, took this to mean the Islamic State (ISIS). The problem now is that the PYD and their YPG forces are in fact seen by many as offshoots of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. The Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government also holds this view. Regardless, once the first bombs fell on Kurdish civilians, the US should have moved its troops forward and at least engaged the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army. They did not, which now raises the question of where the rest of the world’s forces are, who have decried Turkish aggression.

In a press conference, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said the US will not go to war against Turkey, a fellow NATO member. This may explain the absence of NATO condemnation, but that alliance must be questioned. NATO was formed as a military response to Soviet aggression, with Turkey holding a strategic location on the border with the Soviet Union. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the purpose of NATO was expanded to peacekeeping and expanding democracy. Turkey has lost its claim as a member since it has assisted terrorism in the region and ended any semblance of democracy in Turkey. The wheels of bureaucracy move slowly, but it’s time NATO accepted this fact and removed any protection Turkey has as a member state.

Unless Congress can convince Trump to reverse course, an unlikely outcome, Turkey must be held accountable for its actions and the war crimes committed by it forces and its proxies. Continuing to blame Trump and protests at the White House are of no use; it is like flogging a dead horse. At this time the eyes of the world and the protests and actions must be directed at Turkey. Syrian forces will do very little against the Turkish army and the Russians are unlikely to engage Turkey directly. In order to end this aggression, some form of credible military threat must be made.

Regardless of how you feel about Trump, he is not the answer to the aggression against the Kurds. Where are the PKK or the Arab League? Turkey must be made to feel pain and in the short term – militarily. It must also be taught that any future actions of this type will bring ruin to the whole of the nation in the form of economic sanctions. In this regard, the US Congress can and must act. Time is of the essence before thousands die. We cannot wait for committee hearings.

Paul Davis is a retired US Army military intelligence and former Soviet analyst. He is a consultant to the American intelligence community specializing in the Middle East with a concentration on Kurdish affairs. He is president of the consulting firm JANUS Think in Washington D.C. and is also a lecturer at Soran University.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/opinion/151020191
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#1534864 --- 10/16/19 05:28 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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The fact that Turkey has a long history of genocide (See Armenia among others) and that the Kurdish people are just another "bothersome" minority would be enough to raise this issue as an example of humanitarian outrage towards the President. But, when you add in the geopolitical ramifications of allowing Russian forces to have an excuse to become a permanent fixture in Syria and bordering on Turkey, it is truly mind boggling how ineffective the president is in dealing with world political issues. This blow to the Kurdish people by the president will have decades long ramifications, none of which will be helpful to the United States.

Once again proving that a reality TV star, without any moral compass, has no business being president of the United States.

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#1534889 --- 10/17/19 10:51 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Pravda1984]
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Originally Posted By: Pravda1984

Once again proving that a reality TV star, without any moral compass, has no business being president of the United States.

Couldn't agree more.

On the precipice of doom by toehold. May his AMORAL compass trip up the muddle headed maniac. Good riddance.


Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of using banned weapons against civilians

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish military and political leaders and health officials have accused Turkish forces of using internationally outlawed weapons in its offensive in the northern Syrian town of Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain) and have asked for an international investigation.

"There are a lot of fears that prohibited weapons are being used in Sari Kani. Wounds we treat at the hospitals are not normal injuries at all," Dr. Manal Mohammed, head of the Rojava Health Board, told Rudaw on Wednesday night.

"Our health board is currently investigating to find out what type of weapon is being used against us. Like I said, wounds we treat are not normal at all,” the doctor said.

Turkey has not commented on the alleged use of banned weapons, but Ibrahim Kalin, the Turkish presidential spokesperson, accused people of levelling false allegations against Operation Peace Spring.

“Those who are smearing the Operation Peace Spring are those who are frustrated, angry and funny for losing positions in Syria,” Kalin told a press conference in Ankara late Wednesday.

Spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mustafa Bali tweeted “we suspect that unconventional weapons are used against SDF fighters” in Sari Kani.

He appealed for an international investigation, saying the local teams on the ground lack the expert knowledge and the foreign specialists and humanitarian aid groups have withdrawn from northern Syria.

Aldar Khalil, an executive board member of northern Syria’s ruling Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM), told Sterk TV on Wednesday that medical examinations “confirm claims that Turkey is using banned weapons containing phosphorus and napalm.”

White phosphorous phosphorous is commonly used to create smoke screens or as an incendiary weapon. Its use is controversial and is prohibited in areas where civilians are located.

The US-led coalition was criticized for appearing to use the chemical during the war against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.

Napalm is a viscous substance that burns at extremely high temperatures. Its use against civilians is banned by a United Nations convention.

Turkey launched its Operation Peace Spring into northeastern Syria last week. The fighting is largely concentrated in the towns of Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain) and Gire Spi (Tal Abyad) on the border where the Turkish army and its Syrian proxies claimed to have seized control, but the SDF says it has retaken lost ground.

Dozens of civilians have been killed in the offensive. The Kurdish Red Crescent reported 62 people have died at Tal Tammer hospital.

Mazloum Kobane, commander of the SDF, told Ronahi TV on Wednesday that 205 civilians have been killed by Turkish forces.

Banned weapons have been used multiple times against civilians in the more than eight-year long Syrian conflict.

In November 2018, the US was accused by the Syrian regime and Russia of using white phosphorus in the fight against ISIS in Deir ez-Zor.

The Syrian regime been accused of using barrel bombs and chemical weapons including chlorine and sarin gas against rebel-held neighbourhoods.

The international community has voiced its concern over reports of Turkey’s Syrian proxies committing war crimes by executing civilians, prisoners of war, and a female Kurdish politician. The United States joined European nations on Wednesday in calling for a halt to the offensive.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed he will not bow to the growing international pressure. “They say ‘declare a ceasefire’. We will never declare a ceasefire,” he said on Wednesday. “They are pressuring us to stop the operation. They are announcing sanctions. Our goal is clear. We are not worried about any sanctions."

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish forces a terrorist organization.

US Vice President Mike Pence is travelling to Ankara to try to negotiate a ceasefire.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/171020192

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#1534904 --- 10/17/19 03:56 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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The Vanishing GOP Adult
Charlie Sykes - The Bulwark

With apologies to Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who has bemoaned the disappearance of adult supervision in our culture, our more immediate problem is the absence of adult supervision in his own party.

Let's start with yesterday's presidential tantrum. In a roomful of putative adults, President Trump apparently melted down, becoming so abusive that Democrats actually walked out of the meeting. It was apparently at that same meeting that he handed out The Letter: "Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool! I will call you later."

And every sentient creature in the universe reacted: this can't possibly be real -- a plaintive cry in defiance of what we know deep down: There is no bottom to the juvenile ignorance of the man who sits in the presidency.

From Vanity Fair:

Is This Real?”: Trump Sends Third-Grade Reading-Level Letter to Erdogan
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/donald-trump-erdogan-letter

Donald Trump has said or done something certifiably insane nearly every day of his presidency. And not like, “This guy’s a little kooky”-level insane, but full-on “Mr. President, put down the stapler and unhand the president of Finland”-level insane. But last week, apparently seeking to prove to the world that we ain’t seen nothing yet re: the depths of his mental instability, he wrote and reportedly proudly distributed the following letter to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, for all the world to see...


This is real:

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#1534969 --- 10/18/19 10:44 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Amnesty condemns ‘shameful disregard for civilian life’ in northeast Syria

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region⁠— Amnesty International detailed evidence of war crimes and a “shameful disregard for civilian life” by Turkey and Turkish-backed forces in a report published Friday, while medical convoys remain under attack.

Compiled from witness accounts taken from October 12 to 16, the statement denounced a vast array of war crimes and human rights abuses committed against civilians in the Kurdish enclave of Rojava in northern Syria, which have “wreaked havoc on the lives of Syrian civilians,” according to Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo.

“Turkish military forces and their allies have displayed an utterly callous disregard for civilian lives” he said, adding that civilians live in “constant fear of indiscriminate bombardment, abductions and summary killings.”

The summary provided detail into the killing of Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf, which was blasted as a “blatant war crime” to be independently investigated, according to Naidoo. Various eyewitness accounts of children injured by Turkish shelling were also included, with medical teams forced to amputate the leg of an 8-year old girl in Qamishli.

Kurdish authorities estimate that more than 300,000 civilians have been displaced and more than 200 killed since Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring, intended to create a 30km ‘safe zone’ in northeastern Syria. The once-dominant military force in the area, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), is seen by Turkey as an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), branded as a terrorist group by Ankara.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Friday that the medical convoy of the Kurdish Red Crescent, accompanied by the US-based Free Burma Rangers, was targeted by Turkish-backed Syrian forces.

“Factions loyal to Turkey are preventing a Kurdish Red Crescent and an American humanitarian organization from going into the city of Ras al-Ain (Sari Kani) to evacuate the injured there as the factions deliberately targeted the convoy parked near one of the entrances of Ras al-Ain city,” the monitor said.

The targeting of humanitarian convoys follows an urgent appeal from Kurdish authorities on Thursday evening to create a humanitarian corridor for those trapped in the city, which has seen heavy fighting in recent days.

Amnesty International additionally expressed concern over the “deteriorating humanitarian situation” following the withdrawal of international NGOs, adding that there are “real fears” over access to basic supplies for the displaced, which is over 90% of the population in some areas.

Naidoo called for collective efforts to open the area to humanitarian groups, adding that “all parties must provide unfettered access to local and international humanitarian organizations.”


https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/181020191
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