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  • U.S. says in talks with NATO allies to provide Turkey military aid

    03/10/2020 8:28:35 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 36 replies ^ | MARCH 10, 2020 | Reuters
    he U.S. is discussing with its NATO allies what they can offer Turkey in terms of military assistance in Idlib and discussing measures that may be taken if Russia and the Syrian government breaks a ceasefire, officials said on Tuesday. “We are looking at what NATO can do,” James Jeffrey, the U.S.’ special envoy for Syria, told reporters in a conference call from Brussels where he was holding talks with allies. “Everything is on table.”
  • Is This How Europe Ends?

    03/10/2020 4:59:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | March 10, 2020 | Pat Buchanan
    "Fortress Europe is an illusion." So declares the Financial Times in the closing line of its Saturday editorial: "Europe Cannot Ignore Syrian Migrant Crisis." The FT undertakes to instruct the Old Continent on what its duty is and what its future holds: "The EU will face flows of migrants and asylum seekers across the Mediterranean for decades to come." Can Europe not repel this unwanted home invasion from the Global South? It is "delusional" to think so, says the FT. Europe must be realistic and set about "providing legal routes for migrants and asylum seekers." What occasioned the editorial was...
  • Historically Responsible Decision of the Day: the Antakya Museum-Hotel

    03/09/2020 1:39:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Citylab ^ | August 6, 2012 | Henry Grabar
    When life gives you a giant mosaic, build a museum-hotel. Digging in the soil of Antakya, a small city near Turkey's Syrian border known to the Greeks as Antioch, Nehmi Asfuroglu discovered one of the world's largest and best-preserved ancient mosaics. It was an archaeologist's dream, but Asfuroglu is a developer, and he was hoping to build a hotel on the site. He could have abandoned the project or concealed the discovery, but instead, he funded a seven-month excavation, abandoning the power tools of hotel construction for the manpower of historians from the local university. He hired architect Emre Arolat...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 3/8/2020

    03/08/2020 8:52:21 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/8/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    North Korea launching 3 short range projectiles eastwards into the sea Monday morning local time.... Politics in Israel heating up in the aftermath of its third election in less than a year..... Netanyahu set to go on trial for corruption a week from Tuesday (March 17th) and tonight he asked for cancellation of the trial on the basis of a lack of material being provided by the prosecution..... Four senior members of Saudi Arabia's royal family now reported arrested as the country's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tries to maintain power.... Saudi Arabia slashing oil prices and...
  • Brawl erupts in Turkish parliament over Syria military action

    03/05/2020 7:47:01 AM PST · by McGruff · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 05 Mar 2020
    Fighting broke out in Turkey's parliament after an MP criticised President Erdogan over the country's military intervention in Syria. Engin Ozkoc, an opposition lawmaker, accused the president of disrespecting soldiers. He also said it was irresponsible to send troops into war without air support. President Erdogan has been equally scathing of the opposition, accusing them of "treachery". Turkey is providing military support to rebels in Syria. But more than 50 Turkish troops have been killed in the last month, fueling political tensions.
  • Erdogan says the European continent must share the migrant 'burden' after opening Turkey's borders

    03/02/2020 5:48:30 AM PST · by 4Runner · 22 replies ^ | March 2, 2020
    More than 13,000 migrants have gathered on the Turkish side of a river which separates them from Greece Police were firing tear gas at crowds who were trying to reach the EU, while one child drowned in a dinghy Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan threw open the border in order to pressure Europe over Syria conflict.

    02/29/2020 7:57:03 PM PST · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/29/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Newsdump Alert: French Premier Edouard Philippe invokes French constitution to speed passage of President Emmanuel Macron's "pension reform".... Newsdump Alert: Democrat Presidential candidate Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard warns against US involvement in Turkish-Al Qaeda war against Russia in Syria.... At a UN Security Council emergency meeting Friday night the US Representative Kelly Craft called for the grounding Russian aircraft being used to bomb the forces of the Turkish-Terrorist alliance in Syria saying... "we call on the Russian Federation to immediately ground its warplanes"....... (Warning: This Content May Offend Some Readers) Well another wild weekend here of "happening" after "happening" and "The...
  • Russia denies responsibility after strikes kill at least 33 Turkish troops in Syria

    02/28/2020 8:49:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 28, 2020 | Staff
    Russia's military has denied it is responsible for airstrikes that killed dozens of Turkish soldiers on Thursday night in the Syrian province of Idlib, in an incident which threatens to cause a major escalation in Syria's civil war. Turkey has said at least 33 of its troops were killed and almost 40 more injured in the strikes. It said the airstrikes were carried out by the Syrian government. The deaths, the worst loss of life for Turkey's military since it became involved in Syria, occurred amid rising tensions and a spiraling humanitarian crisis in Idlib. This comes as Turkey seeks...
  • Turkish-Backed Rebels Say They Regain Pivotal Syrian Town

    02/27/2020 5:36:51 AM PST · by BeauBo · 2 replies
    Hamodia (Newspaper of Torah Jewery) ^ | February 27, 2020 | (Reuters)
    Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military said on Thursday they had recaptured the strategic town of Saraqeb in what would be the first major reverse for the Syrian army in a Russian-backed offensive that had made swift gains. Three weeks ago, the armed opposition lost the northwestern town at the junction of two main highways, following advances by the Syrian army in its push to retake the last large, rebel-held region in Syria after nine years of war. Turkey has sent thousands of troops and heavy military hardware into Syria‘s Idlib region in an unprecedented incursion to back the...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Weekend Version Stopping Bernie: The Nevada Caucus

    02/22/2020 9:02:55 PM PST · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/22/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Newsdump Update: US Simulates Nuclear Attack On Russia US Defense Secretary Mark Esper participated in an exercise at the US Strategic Command in Nebraska earlier this week. An anonymous US defense official told the media about the 'mini-exercise' that involved both sides engaging in the use of nuclear weapons.... Whoa welcome aboard with music that I heard on country music radio back in the 1970's as sung by Shel Silverstein. Shel Silverstein did a lot of creative work in his lifetime writing the song before "A Boy Named Sue" as sung by the "Man In Black" Johnny Cash. Other country...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 2/21/2020 Newsdump Friday

    02/21/2020 10:32:49 PM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/21/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone Friday with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the situation in Syria. The Kremlin issued a news release noting that Putin expressed concern about "ongoing aggressive actions of extremist groups"..... Russia's defense ministry says that large numbers of Turkish armored vehicles and huge caches of ammunition entering northwestern Syria point to apparent preparation for a large scale military operation that Turkey has been threatening...... The Pentagon revising upwards for the fifth time the number of traumatic brain injuries resulting from the January 8th missile attack by Iran on the Al-Asad Air Base..... US...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Weekend Edition

    02/15/2020 9:17:18 PM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/15/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    "Hello Goodbye" by the Beatles, a number one song from early 1968 here in the USA. That's around the time my father left the factory to higher paying and longer lasting government employment as inflation kicked in here in the USA. Lyndon Johnson was ramping up government with Medicare and Medicaid and the cost of medical care was beginning to skyrocket, debt was beginning to accumulate and wow here we are 23 trillion dollars plus later. The 2021 federal budget proposed by President Trump adds another 966 billion to that. Well the currency is devalued and its easy to tell...
  • Syria and Turkey Edge Toward All-Out War While Putin Smiles

    02/13/2020 7:49:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/13/2020 | Rick Moran
    There have been several clashes between Syrian and Turkish military forces in the last two weeks, as Syria attempts to retake Idlib province from rebel forces. Turkey has carved out a demilitarized zone in Idlib, which is supposed to be a safe zone for Syrian civilians. Their goal is to prevent a flood of refugees from crossing the Syrian border.But Syria is ignoring the Moscow-negotiated cease-fire and driving hundreds of thousands of refugees toward Turkey, most of them in desperate straits. The UN is warning of a humanitarian catastrophe as 700,000 Syrians are on the move with nowhere to...
  • Egypt versus Turkey

    02/13/2020 9:45:49 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Ahram ^ | Tuesday 11 Feb 2020 | Sherin Helal
    The current feud between Egypt/Turkey has caused many to draw comparisons between how the two states conduct their policies in the ever-turbulent region of the MEIn its response to Turkey’s provocative practices, Egypt has maintained a policy of resilience and followed the guidelines of international law while at the same time showing a firm stance towards the acts of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has deliberately and repeatedly insulted Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi at forums and in speeches using ad hominem tactics. From the way Erdogan has described him, it might have been thought that Al-Sisi was standing for election...
  • US troops clash with pro-government group in northeast Syria

    02/12/2020 11:23:43 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 32 replies
    AP ^ | 2/12/2020 | By ALBERT AJI and ANDREW WILKS
    A Syrian was killed and another was wounded when government supporters attacked American troops and tried to block their way as their convoy drove through an army checkpoint in northeastern Syria, prompting a rare clash, state media and activists reported. The U.S. military said its force came under fire, and that troops responded in self-defense. It said an investigation of the incident was underway.
  • US seeks to pivot to Turkey-first policy on Syria

    02/12/2020 1:52:34 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12 Feb 2020 | SETH J. FRANTZMAN
    The US has come with strong words in support of Turkey’s policies in northern Syria, hoping to push Turkey to greater action against the Syrian regime and Russia in Syria’s northern Idlib province. US envoy James Jeffrey landed in Turkey on Tuesday where he commemorated Turkey’s “martyrs” who had been killed by the Syrian regime and pledged support for Ankara. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Jeffrey have been seeking to pivot the US back to a Turkey-first foreign policy in regards to Syria, to slowly jettison parts of what they see as the problematic Kurdish region ...
  • Turkey suffers first deaths in direct combat with Syria since start of war

    02/03/2020 1:01:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/03/2020 | By Gul Tuysuz,
    Five Turkish soldiers and one civilian personnel were killed in Syria on Sunday, Turkey's first fatalities as a result of direct confrontation between the countries since the start of Syria's civil war in 2011. Nine other troops were also wounded in northwest Syria's Idlib province after they came under heavy artillery fire from the Syrian government Sunday, according to a Turkey defense department statement which added that the troops were reinforcements. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said up to 35 Syrian government soldiers had been killed Monday in response, and pledged further retaliation. Erdogan said up to 40 Syrian targets...
  • Six Reasons Why the Ottoman Empire Fell

    02/02/2020 10:33:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    History ^ | PATRICK J. KIGER
    The Ottoman Empire was once among the biggest military and economic powers in the world. So what happened?At its peak in the 1500s, the Ottoman Empire was one of the biggest military and economic powers in the world, controlling an expanse that included not just its base in Asia Minor but also much of southeastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The empire controlled territory that stretched from the Danube to the Nile, with a powerful military, lucrative commerce, and impressive achievements in fields ranging from architecture to astronomy. But it didn’t last. Though the Ottoman Empire persisted for...
  • Turkish military convoy crosses into rebel-held NW Syria

    02/02/2020 10:05:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Washingtn Post ^ | Feb. 2, 2020
    A large Turkish military convoy rumbled into rebel-held areas of northwest Syria on Sunday, witnesses on the ground and activists said. Separately, airstrikes on a rebel-held village in Syria’s northwest killed at least seven people, opposition activists said. Elsewhere, rebel shelling killed a woman and wounded at least three journalists, Syrian state TV reported. The violence and troop movements came amid a Syrian government offensive into the country’s last rebel stronghold, located in Idlib province and parts of the nearby Aleppo region. Turkish troops are deployed in some of those rebel-held areas to monitor a cease-fire that has since collapsed....
  • When Iran Took Americans Hostage, Bernie Backed Iran’s Defenders

    02/02/2020 6:16:27 PM PST · by plain talk · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 17, 2020 | Ronald Radesh
    Go back over 40 years, to the start of Iran’s long conflict with the United States. On April 1, 1979, the theocratic Islamic Republic of Iran was proclaimed. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who had returned to Iran from exile to assume command of the revolt, became Supreme Leader in December of that year. His rise was accelerated by the seizure on Nov. 4 of 52 American diplomats and citizens, and citizens of other countries, at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The hostage crisis became the means by which the Ayatollah crushed political opponents in Iran. Dealing with the hostage taking became...