Sunday, August 7, 2016

Today's links --all foreign policy

1--Erdogan says talks with ‘friend’ Putin to start new page in Russia-Turkey relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the upcoming talks with his “friend” Vladimir Putin in Moscow will “open a new page” in relations between Turkey and Russia.


“This will be a historic visit, a fresh start. I believe that a new page will be opened [during] ... the negotiations with my friend Vladimir,” Erdogan told TASS news agency in an exclusive interview ahead of his state visit on Tuesday, adding that “there is yet much for our countries to do together.”

The Turkish leader also stressed the importance of Russia’s efforts in Syria by acknowledging that the reconciliation of the Syrian conflict is impossible without Russia.

“A solution to the Syrian crisis cannot be found without Russia. We can resolve the Syrian crisis only in cooperation with Russia,” Erdogan said, stressing that Russia’s participation is highly important for the Syria peace process

2--Putin encourages Iran to join Russia-led Eurasian alliance

Iran is Russia’s longtime partner. We believe that bilateral relations will benefit from the reduction of tensions around Iran following the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program,” Putin said in a major interview with Azerbaijani state news agency Azertac released on Friday. He added that Iranian leaders shared his approach.

3--(US giving MANPADS to ISIS?) Terrorists Seize Advanced American Weaponry From the Battlefields of Afghanistan

4--Close Incirlik: US behind coup in Turkey

The strong words mirror recent anti-American protests near the base including a demonstration one week ago where 5,000 protesters screaming "death to the US" were trailed by vehicles and demanded that Incirlik Air Base be shutdown.

The agitation of the Turkish people also comes amid numerous claims by the Erdogan regime that the CIA, FBI, and a top US General John F. Campbell were all really the masterminds of the coup whereas the regime’s nemesis-in-chief Fethullah Gulen was called nothing but a "pawn" by the Turkish President

5--Russian Airstrikes Rock Aleppo Artillery College, Al-Nusra After Siege Broken

The victory for al-Nusra Front and allied anti-Assad Islamist rebel groups, which are strangely backed by the United States, suggests that the “groundbreaking” victory for the terror groups may be short-lived

6--China, Central Asian states watch as US legitimizes Al Qaeda in Syria

Although a change in name of the terrorist group Jabbat al Nusra to Jabbat Fatah al Sham signifies nothing, Beltway pundits  are pushing for arming and legitimizing various al-Qaeda groups under such nicknames to overthrow the Syrian government.  Since 2015, Idlib and parts of Aleppo have become the base of anti-Chinese Turkistan Islamic Party and Central Asian jihadists and Nusra, which fights closely with them, is only seeking additional support from the US by the recent re-branding exercise.

With Al Qaeda in Syria announcing its name change from Jabbat al Nusra to Jabbat Fatah al Sham and supposedly distancing itself from al-Qaeda, the excited US media, Beltway think tanks and State Department are now pushing full throttle to support this jihadi group to overthrow the Syrian government and establish an Islamic state under Shaira law...

Nonetheless, it seems Beltway pundits are already pushing for arming and legitimizing al-Qaeda groups under various nicknames, describing them as having “local prestige and goodwill” in Aleppo; proposing ways to protect them and finally bomb the Syrian army, and arguing “we need to be somewhat more willing to work with groups that are tainted by past association with the Nusra Front…We should give them anti-tank missiles — though not anti-aircraft missiles — and much more help in terms of ammunition, logistics assistance, and food, to help them build up their forces.”

7--Globalization and its New Discontents

8--Russia accuses U.S. of backing Syrian rebels who use poison gas on civilians

9--Erdogan Wants to 'Smash NATO Secret Army' Allegedly Involved in Attempted Coup

According to Turkish media reports, there was a secret NATO structure involved in the attempted coup that took place in Turkey on July 15, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten wrote....

If one wants to again create relationship of trust with the Western institutions, Gladio [clandestine NATO structure] in Turkey must be eliminated as it already was in several Western countries" Turkish journalist Ozcan Tikit wrote for newspaper Habertürk.

According to DWN, Erdogan and the Turkish government are determined to "completely smash this clandestine structure."

"Erdogan is determined to smash Gladio in any case. Because the head of state has — albeit belatedly — realized that NATO seeks to harm Turkey's territorial integrity," the newspaper noted.

10--Military Success in Syria Gives Putin Upper Hand in U.S. Proxy War NYT

But then the Russians arrived, bludgeoning C.I.A.-backed rebel forces with an air campaign that has sent them into retreat. And now rebel commanders, clinging to besieged neighborhoods in the divided city of Aleppo, say their shipments of C.I.A.-provided antitank missiles are drying up.

For the first time since Afghanistan in the 1980s, the Russian military for the past year has been in direct combat with rebel forces trained and supplied by the C.I.A. The American-supplied Afghan fighters prevailed during that Cold War conflict. But this time the outcome — thus far — has been different.

Russia has won the proxy war, at least for now,” said Michael Kofman, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington....

The Russian campaign began in September, after a monthslong offensive by C.I.A.-backed rebel groups won new territory in Idlib, Hama and Latakia Provinces in northern Syria. One problem for Washington: Those groups sometimes fought alongside soldiers of the Nusra Front, which until recently was officially affiliated with Al Qaeda.

11--Fallout From Turkey Coup Leaves Syria Rebels in the Lurch... Many military leaders involved in support programs are now in jail wsj

Some of the most intense fighting in the five-year Syrian war erupted after last month’s failed Turkish coup—and it is probably no coincidence.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was an early and indispensable backer of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Since 2011, Turkey served as a rear base and supplier for a variety of Syrian rebel groups, including those on the Islamist fringe.

That support is now under threat. Many of the top Turkish military and intelligence officials involved in programs to assist the rebellion, including the commander of Turkey’s 2nd Army responsible for borders with Syria and Iraq, have been detained for alleged involvement in the July 15 putsch.  

12--Jihadist rebels announce next phase of their Aleppo offensive

According to the statement released by Jaysh Al-Fateh, their forces will begin an offensive to capture all of Aleppo City, marking the inception of their second large-scale operation to seize a Syrian provincial capital.
This latest announcement by Jaysh Al-Fateh comes just two days after their jihadists lifted the three-week long siege on the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo City.

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