Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Today's Links

1---Russian Fighter Jet Posed No Threat to Turkey, So Why Shoot it Down?


2-- Pentagon Not Involved in Downing of Russian Su-24 Aircraft


“Our Turkish Allies informed us that their military aircraft shot down a Russian military aircraft near the Syrian border after it violated Turkish airspace on Tuesday. At this time, we can confirm that US forces were not involved in this incident,” the official said. 


3--Russo-Syrian Forces Close to Cutting Off ISIL's Supply Routes From Turkey


"The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has even begun approaching the Euphrates River east of Aleppo, which would effectively cut off ISIS [ISIL] from its supply lines leading out of Turkish territory," Cartalucci narrates in his latest article for New Eastern Outlook.


He explains that from there, Syrian troops with Russian air support would move north, into the very "safe zone" which Washington and Ankara have planned to carve out of Syria. Cartalucci points out that the "safe zone" includes a northern Syria area stretching from Jarabulus to Afrin and Ad Dana.

If Syrian troops establish their control over this zone, the Western plan of taking and holding the territory (with the prospect of further Balkanization of the region) would fall apart at the seams. In light of this, the regime change project, harbored by the West since the very beginning of the Syrian unrest, would be "indefinitely suspended," Cartalucci underscores.


"The endgame is at hand, and only the most desperate measures can hope to prevent Russia and Syria from finally securing Syria's borders. Turkey's provocation is just such a measure," he emphasizes.
"As in the game of chess, a player often seeks to provoke their opponent into a series of moves," Cartalucci notes.


Russo-Syrian victory would have far-reaching consequences for the region as a whole.
"With Syria secured, an alternative arc of influence will exist within the Middle East, one that will inevitably work against Saudi and other Persian Gulf regimes' efforts in Yemen, and in a wider sense, begin the irreversible eviction of Western hegemony from the region," Cartalucci underscores.


​He believes that it is the beginning of the end of the US-led unipolar global order.
The geopolitical analyst stresses that in a war emotions should be channeled by "superior strategic thinking" into a good plan which serves both short-term and long-term objectives. According to Cartalucci, the Russian leadership has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to take balanced strategic decisions.

4--US-Turkish Military Operation in N Syria Would be de Facto an Invasion
http://sputniknews.com/politics/20151124/1030683556/us-turkish-military-invasion-syria.html#ixzz3sRB9xYTy

The US and Turkey have announced an operation aimed at maintaining control over the last 98 kilometers of the Turkish-Syrian border, between Jarabulus and Afrin; this area overlaps with the primary corridor through which Islamists, including ISIL and al-Nusra receive weapons and fighters, Tony Cartalucci underscores.

In contrast to its vows to "defeat ISIL," the actions of the US-led anti-ISIL coalition demonstrate a desire to preserve the terrorist group, Bangkok-based geopolitical analyst Tony Cartalucci notes.
"Its [NATO's] feigned 'war on ISIS' helped open the door to the recent Russian military intervention. With Russia's entry into the war, the West can no longer afford to drag out its nonexistent operations against ISIS [ISIL], hoping for an opportunity to finally divide and destroy the country," Cartalucci writes in his recent piece for New Eastern Outlook.

Meanwhile, Russia and the Syrian Arab Army have almost sealed up the corridor themselves. In its turn NATO is at pains to implement a partial occupation of Syria. According to the analyst, the race is nearly over now.

Cartalucci points out that the terrorist attack in Paris has given NATO a "strong hand" and will most likely help the US and Turkey justify their upcoming military operation in northern Syria...


"All of the Paris attackers, likewise, passed through Turkey on their way to train, arm, and fight in Syria, and then through Turkey again on their way back to Europe. The tons of weapons and hundreds of fighters shipped covertly to Syria by the US in the Libyan terrorist capital of Benghazi also arrived first in Turkish ports before proceeding on, apparently with the knowledge and cooperation of the Turkish government," Cartalucci stresses.


According to Cartalucci, Western governments are "clearly responsible" for the rise of the Islamic State. The notorious Islamist group has emerged not just as a mere consequence of the West's action or inaction: the group has been created though the intentional effort of the Western political establishment. Western policymakers plan to use Islamists as a "formidable proxy army" in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, Cartalucci believes.


"ISIS [ISIL] is not only destined to divide and destroy Syria and Iraq. If the West has its way, the terrorist organization is destined to move into Iran, the Caucasus region of southern Russia, and Central Asia next," he predicts.

The idea to create an Islamist army is not a new one, Cartalucci remarks, referring to the US-Saudi collaboration with Islamic radicals in Afghanistan in the 1980s and British Empire's use of Wahhabi fanatics in its war against the Ottoman Empire over a century ago.
"When the West calls this a 'long war,' they mean it. And it will be longer still until the people of the West realize their governments aren't waging a 'War on Terror,' they are waging a 'War of Terror'," the geopolitical analyst emphasizes.

5---Obama supports Turkey after it shot down Russian jet
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/11/24/439010/US-Turkey-Russian-jet


6--Financial parasitism and the destruction of democracy
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/24/pers-n24.html


7-First step for the safe zone in N. Syria: opposition groups take two Turkmen towns from DAESH
http://www.dailysabah.com/syrian-crisis/2015/11/21/first-step-for-the-safe-zone-in-n-syria-opposition-groups-take-two-turkmen-towns-from-daesh
Syrian opposition groups supported by Turkish and US warplanes took control of two Turkmen towns in Northern Syria early Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to the security sources, 70 DAESH terrorists were killed in the offensive led by Turkmen opposition force Al-Sultan Murad Brigades. The operation was supported by six Turkish and five US warplanes.

According to the reports, Al-Sultan Murad Brigades cooperating with the Damascus Front advanced to the North of Aleppo, to the ground zero on the Turkey-Syria border. Infiltrating into Harcele and Delha towns, opposition forces defeated DAESH and took control of the two Turkmen-majority villages.

Six Turkish F-16s, four US F-15s and an AC-130 joined the offensive along with three drones.

Security sources added that this success in the fight against DAESH that can be defined as the first step for the creation of a DAESH-free zone in Northern Syria will further encourage opposition forces to fight DAESH terror and help ensure Turkey's border security.

Speaking about Turkey's stance on the recent developments in Northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan said in a live broadcast on Wednesday that declaring no-fly and safe zones is crucial to resolve the Syrian Crisis. The president also added that the coalition forces are taking joint action against DAESH.


8---Watch Putin's angry response to Turkey shooting down a Russian plane
http://www.vox.com/2015/11/24/9791158/putin-plane-russia
Does Turkey want Nato to serve the interests of ISIS?


9---Obama points finger at Russia over jet shoot-down by Turkey
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/11/24/hollande-to-press-obama-on-russia-cooperation-in-isis-fight.html


10---NATO envoys urge Turkey to show restraint after Russian warplane downed
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/24/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-nato-idUSKBN0TD2C620151124#6m6ZIHB3fgGQA5ZB.99


NATO ambassadors called on Ankara to show "cool-headedness" on Tuesday following an emergency meeting in Brussels, after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, diplomats said.Diplomats present at the meeting told Reuters that while none of the 28 NATO envoys defended Russia's actions, many expressed concern that Turkey did not escort the Russian warplane out of its airspace.
"There are other ways of dealing with these kinds of incidents," said one diplomat who declined to be named












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