Washington Plays Hardball with Russia on Syria

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By Stephen LENDMAN

If words could kill, America and Russia might be at war. Hopefully it won’t come to that. Given America’s rage to fight, even the unthinkable is possible.

Russia and China represent Washington’s final frontier. Building up around their borders and encircling both countries with US bases makes anything ahead possible.

Prioritizing peace isn’t America’s long suit. Unchallenged global dominance assures war. One country after another is ravaged. Multiple direct and proxy wars remain ongoing. Flashpoints easily shift from one region to another or target several at the same time.

Currently, the Middle East is ground zero. Longstanding US plans want Syrian and Iranian governments replaced by pro-Western ones. Russia opposes US imperialism for good reason. Recent exchanges between both sides show strain.

On October 12, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland addressed Turkey’s anti-Russian/Syrian provocation. Fighter jets forced a Moscow inbound Syrian airliner to land in Ankara. “We have no doubt (about) serious military equipment” being shipped, she claimed. She lied.

In less than so many words, she accused Russia of aiding and abetting Washington’s enemy. AP said Obama officials “Friday accused Russia of pursuing a ‘morally bankrupt’ policy in Syria.”

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Turkey’s High Risk Game

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By Stephen LENDMAN

Turkey is Washington’s lead anti-Syrian belligerent. It’s playing with fire. It may end up burned. For good reason, Assad blames Ankara for heightened tensions and border confrontations.

On October 11, he told the Turkish daily Aydinlik he has “no difficulties with either Turkish people or its army, only with its government.”

Syria was never hostile to Turkey, he added. Belligerent confrontations make relations tense. Ankara plays Washington’s lead attack dog. Doing so heightens them further.

On October 11, Hurriyet Daily News headlined “Gov’t puts army into ‘high state of readiness,’ ” saying:

According to an unnamed “high-ranking official:”

“We want to give a strong message to the Syrian regime that Turkey is determined to protect its borders and people and is ready to do whatever necessary – that is the meaning of high-level readiness.”

Chief of General Staff General Necdet Ozel continued inspecting troops deployed on Syria’s borders. “We are here, and we are standing tall,” he said. “We have retaliated and if (mortar fire) continues, we’ll respond more strongly.”

Free Syrian Army elements are to blame. Using NATO weapons, they fired mortars on Turkish territory. Assad was wrongfully blamed.

Turkey may end up getting the fight it wants. Washington, of course, calls the shots. Obama officials control how and when. Ankara’s a willing co-conspirator.

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Syria False Flag: how does Erdogan kill his own people?

According to the chief editor of the Turkish daily “Yurt”, Mr. Merdan Yanardag, the newspaper has received reliable information that Turkey has supplied the grenades to the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), which later killed five civilians in the Turkish border town of Akçakale and numerous people were injured.
“This information confirms, that the wrong policies of the Erdogan government are behind the bombardment of the city with mortar shells, which has cost the lives of five Turks,” wrote Yanardag.

That means in plain text, that Erdogan is a traitor and a murderer of his own people! He is a puppet of the U.S. and conducts its criminal policy of a “regime change” in Syria.

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NATO Invasion Of Syria: Coming Soon, Rated X

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Voice of Russia
October 9, 2012

NATO invasion of Syria: coming soon, rated X
John Robles

The stage is set, NATO forces are in position and authorization has been given; now all it will take is a little spark to ignite the powder keg that is the Middle East. The West needs a middle-man, a reason to invade Syria, and Turkey is that tool. Statements by both NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Turkish parliament serve as proof.

Remember about a month ago when US President Barack Obama phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and they spoke about Syria and Obama was photographed sitting behind his desk holding a baseball bat? Well it was a sign, and from sign to action takes time. After all, we are talking about invading a sovereign nation to eradicate its leader. Well the time is coming, all the signs are there.

One of them is the recent authorization by the Turkish parliament granting Erdogan the power to send Turkish troops into “foreign” countries, meaning Syria. Another is the now open bombing by Turkey of its Syrian neighbor and yet another are statements and preparations by NATO and the West.

Rick Rozoff at Stop NATO cites one such statement by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who stated: “I can assure you we have all necessary plans in place to defend and protect Turkey, our ally.” This came after an unprecedented late-night meeting after Turkey began its cross-border bombing of Syria, after which NATO stated: “In view of the Syrian regime’s recent aggressive acts at NATO’s southeastern border, which are a flagrant breach of international law and a clear and present danger to the security of one of its Allies, the North Atlantic Council met today, within the framework of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty…” Continue reading

Turkey strikes Syrian targets retaliating to mortar attack on border

The explosion area after several Syrian shells crashed inside Akcakale town in Turkey people on October 3, 2012, in Sanliurfa. (AFP Photo / Rauf Maltas /Anatolia)

Turkey has fired back at Syria after Syrian mortar bombs killed five people and wounded eight others in a Turkish town near the border, says the Turkish Prime Minister’s office. NATO schedules an urgent meeting to be held later in the day.

Our armed forces in the border region immediately retaliated against this heinous attack… by shelling the targets spotted by radar,” Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s office said in a statement.

Turkey will never leave unanswered such kinds of provocation by the Syrian regime against our national security,” the office added. According to Syrian media, Turkish artillery hit targets in the province of Idlib.

In the official statement, NATO urged Syria to put end to “flagrant violations of international law,” saying that it stands by Turkey, Reuters reported.

Turkey is now deploying tanks, artillery and missile batteries to the Syria border, reports Mahir Zeynalov, a journalist with the prominent Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman, citing sources on the ground.

NATO ambassadors are to convene later in the day to discuss the shelling of the Turkish town. The meeting will be held under NATO Article 4, for consultations when a member state feels territorial integrity is under threat, officials say. Continue reading

At least 40 killed, over 70 injured in three blasts that rocked Aleppo

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Syrian state TV reports of three powerful explosions in downtown Aleppo, the financial hub and largest city of the country. Reportedly the blasts were caused by car bombs that terrorists delivered to the city’s main square.

Syrian officials report 27 fatalities and 72 injured in Aleppo terror act.

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Free Army Commanders: We’d Great Expectations… We’re collapsing

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Three weeks after, the armed rebels entered the northern town of Aleppo, ammunition supplies had dwindled to 600 bullets and six rockets, resulting in a very bloody stalemate with Assad’s forces.

But despite a ‘rotten’ process, supplies are finally on their way

The rusting green Mercedes truck could have been mistaken for a removal lorry.

It was parked in a narrow street outside a luxurious villa a short distance from the Turkish border, and the arms and legs of chairs and tables protruded from the tarpaulin that covered the back.

Beneath the furniture, however, were 450,000 rounds of ammunition and hundreds of rocket-propelled grenades destined for the armed rebels in Aleppo. Continue reading

ERDOGAN AFRAID ABOUT A NEW COUP ?

Hundreds jailed as Erdogan reduces military’s power

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Source: Uprooted Palestinians

The jailing of hundreds of Turkish army officers including top generals accused of plotting to topple Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan underscored how far he has come in gaining control of the country’s once all-powerful military.

But Erdogan, 10 years in power, must grapple with suspicions among critics and even some sympathizers that he is using this and other coup investigations to silence opposition as he sets about taming a militant secularist establishment. Far from flinching, he may seek more power in a revamped presidency.

The verdict against 325 officers at the end of the 21-month trial on Friday would have been unthinkable a decade ago, when generals regularly intervened in policy-making as self-appointed guardians of Turkish secularism.

Judges in the case, dubbed Sledgehammer, handed down prison sentences ranging from six to 20 years against the officers for plotting to wreck Erdogan’s rule almost 10 years ago, soon after his Islamist-rooted party swept to power with the biggest share of the vote in decades.

Hilmi Ozkok, who was head of the armed forces at the time, rejected accusations the court’s decision was driven by revenge.

“The ruling will serve as a deterrent and has a lesson for everyone … in understanding how much Turkey and the rest of the world has changed,” Ozkok told Milliyet newspaper on Sunday.

Turks reading such words from the mouth of the former armed forces chief will gain a measure of the scale of change since Erdogan’s AK party was first elected in 2002.

The generals then made no secret of their disdain for a man who had served a brief prison sentence for religious incitement and had backed a short-lived Islamist government they eased from power in 1997.

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Syria’s Zoabi: We Can End Crisis in Hours, But That Would Be Disastrous

Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi announced that thousands of well-equipped militants entered Syria through its borders, especially through Turkey.

In an interview with Al-Manar TV, Zoabi said Syria “capable of putting the crisis to an end in few hours, but that may result in heavy losses to Syria and its people.” “So, we’re launching qualitative operations against militants,” this minister added.

“There’s nothing called Free Syrian Army but separate armed groups joined altogether with the Western-israeli scheme in Syria,” Zoabi pointed out.

On the other side, Zoabi said the falling of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ‘imminent’, adding that “his [Erdogan] positions concerning the falling of the Syrian regime worth no reaction from us.” Continue reading