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Consortium News - 2019-06-16 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump was kept in the dark about a possible U.S. nuclear response to a Russian cyber-weapon attack. The U.S. has now ramped up offensive cyber-warfare against Russia’s power grid, putting Trump in a deep bind, says Caitlin Johnstone. By…

Strategic Culture - 2019-06-15 - Original post - cached version

Generally, when discussing air-defense systems here, we are referring to Russian devices that have become famous in recent years, in particular the S-300 (and its variants) and the S-400. Their deployment in Syria has slowed down the ability of such advanced air forces as those of the United...

Strategic Culture - 2019-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Idlib is burning. The last bastion of the Syria war, which is presently still in the hands of Turkish-backed Al Qaeda groups is slowly falling into the hands of the Assad regime. For many experts, this last scrap is seen as the final stage in the Syrian war which Assad has won, like the last...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-06-13 - Original post - cached version

Interesting headline:  Turkey Turns to Russia and Not U.S. or NATO for Help in Syria

"Turkey turned to Russia for assistance on Thursday after a group of militants began shelling a Turkish observation outpost in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-06-13 - Original post - cached version

Following up on...

Breaking: Russia (Initiated) & Turkey Broker Complete Ceasefire in Idlib

Will this latest limited fighting break the ceasefire? Or is this typical of the skirmishes that continue until the ceasefire takes full hold?


Penny for your thoughts - 2019-06-12 - Original post - cached version

The back and forth never ends in Syria
If you've not read all the news that's been covered in the 3 part post... why not?

Pt 3: Syria Hot and Hotter, Israeli Strikes and more Pt.2: Syria From Hot to Hotter Part 1: Syria's Northern Border- Hot Spot Getting Hotter The latest ...
Penny for your thoughts - 2019-06-12 - Original post - cached version

As stated yesterday.. there is lots to cover.  Including the latest Israeli airstrikes on Syria
To 'get' the bigger picture, regionally speaking, start with

Part 1: Syria's Northern Border- Hot Spot Getting Hotter Pt.2: Syria From Hot to Hotter Then continue reading below: 8-...
Penny for your thoughts - 2019-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Following up on: Part 1: Syria's Northern Border- Hot Spot Getting Hotter

Which contained the first news article covering the situation on the northern border. From west to east- Mediterranean to Iraq. 

2- Wheat: Damascus offering better price for wheat, of course, the Kurds won’...

The Anti Media - 2019-06-12 - Original post - cached version

(TM) – US officials announced on Monday that Washington had halted the training of Turkish pilots on F-35 fighter jets at an airbase in the US state of Arizona, Al-Jazeera reported. The move at Luke Air Force Base has come sooner than expected, days after acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

The northern border of Syria seems to be in extreme turmoil- from the Mediterranean to the Iraqi border. Easiest way to address all that’s ongoing is to simply list numerically, but, spread it over a two part post- I've lots of ground to cover.

1- A Hot Spot Is Getting Hotter

Aletho News - 2019-06-08 - Original post - cached version

By M. K. BHADRAKUMAR | Indian Punchline | June 8, 2019 Three developments in quick succession in the weekend bring closer to a flashpoint the brewing discord between the US and Turkey on account of the latter’s purchase of the S-400 air defence system. First, Russia disclosed on Friday that the...

Aletho News - 2019-06-07 - Original post - cached version

MEMO | June 7, 2019 Cyprus will earn $ 9.3 billion over 18 years thanks to the exploitation of the Aphrodite gas field under a renegotiated contract with Dutch-British Shell, US-based Noble, and Israeli company Delek, the Energy Minister for Cyprus, announced. George Lakkotrypis told reporters...

Aletho News - 2019-06-07 - Original post - cached version

US Ambassador to Cyprus, Judith Garber MEMO | June 7, 2019 The US Ambassador to Cyprus, Judith Garber, has expressed her deep concerns over Turkey’s continued drilling off the coast of Cyprus, and urged Turkey to halt the operations exploring energy reserves in the surrounding waters. Garber...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-06-06 - Original post - cached version

Syrian Kurd Oil Deals and Tanker Attacks

Multiple media outlets were claiming that the US led coalition launched an airstrike at oil tankers while the Kurdish meida reported they participated in targeting the tankers with machine gun fire and anti tank missiles- mentioned below. The...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-06-03 - Original post - cached version


DAMASCUS: Syria on Sunday accused Israel of targeting an air base in Homs province, in the second such attack in 24 hours

10 Killed In Israeli Airstrikes Launched...
Penny for your thoughts - 2019-06-01 - Original post - cached version

Following up on yesterday's info packed post:

Syria/ Idlib: No Fly Zone Negotiations,Turkey, Russia, PKK & Operation Claw.... Unsure who Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is? Other then the op/ed below is his.  First time I've seen his work. That all said it's a solid article, in my opinion. ...
Grayzone Project - 2019-05-31 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration has approved a Turkish shipment of US-made anti-tank missiles to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels fighting a Russian-backed offensive…

The post US greenlights missiles for al-Qaeda-linked, Turkish-backed Salafi-jihadists occupying Syria’s Idlib appeared first on...

21 Century Wire - 2019-05-31 - Original post - cached version

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – A Turkish observation post in northwestern Hama came under fire this afternoon following a fierce exchange of artillery between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels.

According to claims from opposition activists, the Turkish observation post in...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-30 - Original post - cached version

First up,  Idlib & Syria as a whole :

I've maintained that the Idlib operation is limited in scope. Time wise. Geographically. There is a specific goal. ( Securing highways- talked about this numerous times) Once attained the operation will stop. A whole pile of Idlib posts will be...

The Anti Media - 2019-05-30 - Original post - cached version

(MEE) — Turkey has freed a dual US-Turkish citizen Serkan Golge from prison, the US State Department confirmed, in the latest conciliatory gesture that may help ease some ongoing tensions between the two countries. The US State Department welcomed the news of Golge’s release on Wednesday, almost...

The Anti Media - 2019-05-29 - Original post - cached version

(TM) – Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the delivery of a Russian S-400 missile defense system to Turkey “might be delayed until after June,” the Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, citing local media. “They may not make it in June but will arrive in the following months. The...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-28 - Original post - cached version


"THE KURDS have their own name for northern Syria: Rojava, which means where the sun sets. For decades that seemed fitting. Arab nationalists pushed them off their land and suppressed their language. Then came the jihadists of Islamic State (IS). War...
New Eastern Outlook - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

One story that has received little attention is that of an Armenian genocide survivor and killer of two Turkish Diplomats in the US in 1973. Gurgen Yanikiyan, age 77 lured two diplomats into a hotel room in the US State of California and shot them dead (and to be sure)—he finished them...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Think about how disturbed the US is with Turkey's purchase of the s-400. The pipeline deals. Banking/trade deals. All made between Turkey and Russia. The threat to NATO's stability... since Turkey and Russia have been working together. This subject was broached in today's earlier post:

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

The Day After S-400: The Turkish-American Relationship Will Get Worse

For the geo political minded. Excerpts from a large, but interesting article.

"For the 500 or so days since Turkey and Russia signed an agreement for the acquisition and eventual...
Aletho News - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Turkish army pullout will bring peace to Northern Syria By Firas Samuri | Aletho News | May 22, 2019 In mid-January 2018, the Turkish General Staff announced the beginning of Olive Branch Operation. The goal was to oust the Kurds from the outskirts of Afrin, as well as to create a buffer zone...

The Duran - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Turkey’s provocative move to lay claim to large natural gas findings in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, where large energy companies, like Exxon Mobile and France’s Total, are currently operating, in...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

   Agreed that this ceasefire is temporary- It looks, from where I'm sitting on the other side of the world, that SAA got done what it needed to do for now. Meanwhile Turkey and Russia negotiate..
See the earlier post from today.

Assad: We Met With Hakan Fidan In Tehran & Ready to...
Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

I've zero doubt that Syrian intelligence has met with Turkish intelligence. 
And continues to meet with them. It only makes sense that there is communication.


President Bashar al-Assad has revealed that a Syrian delegation met with the...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Continuing with coverage of Hama/Idlib. From yesterday: Turkey and Russia Negotiate to Reach a Ceasefire: Idlib/Syria


Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Very early reports that a cease fire is being negotiated and possibly a truce of sorts is already in place. Yes, I'll be looking for more information and updating as soon as possible!
Continuing to follow the situation in Syria:

Syrian Situation Report: Israeli Airstrikes? (...
Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version


1. Israeli Strikes Syria- Syria Intercepts.

Quneitra, SANA – The Syrian Arab Army’s aerial defenses on Friday night intercepted hostile targets coming from the direction of Quneitra.

A military source told SANA that aerial defenses detected hostile...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

 While reducing steel tariffs back to the level they were before the Brunson affair, when Trump doubled the tariff’s to pressure Turkey.

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday terminated Turkey’s preferential trade treatment...
The Anti Media - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

(TM) – Turkish basketball player Enes Kanter’s Portland Trail Blazers reached the NBA’s Western Conference finals, which start on Tuesday, but for the first time the series will not be widely televised in Turkey, where Kanter is accused of having terrorist links, Reuters reported. S Sport, the...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

 Previously discussed has been this idea of the Adana Agreement being in play, present time, in Syria. I've read claims that allege Turkey is sending slews of fighters to block SAA in the Hama/Idlib area. That seems not likely for a number of reasons already mentioned. 
 If we also consider...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

Washington’s overt aggressive behavior on the international stage provoked by its desire to impose its own vision of the way that the Middle East must look in the future has pushed most of its traditional allies away from it. So it’s only natural that the US keeps losing allies left and...

Consortium News - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

Giorgio Cafiero explores Ankara’s various reasons for granting the imprisoned leader of the PKK access to his lawyers for the first time since 2011.  By Giorgio Cafiero Special to Consortium News Since his capture in Kenya 20 years ago, Abdullah…

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-11 - Original post - cached version

Following up on the earlier post from today:

Turkey’s S-400 & Iranian oil purchase/EU Idiocy/Hama/Idlib Blow by blow:

1-Syrian army reaches Idlib border

"The Syrian military forces have liberated five settlements in the northwest of Syria from...
Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-11 - Original post - cached version

There was a claim, implanted in the German media, that the S-400 deal between Turkey and Russia was off. That’s been rebutted.


In its Saturday edition, the German Bild newspaper quoted a high-ranking (no name?) Turkish diplomat as saying: "There will...
Aletho News - 2019-05-10 - Original post - cached version

Euro-elitist Guy Verhofstadt By Martin Jay | Strategic Culture Foundation | May 10, 2019 April fool’s day passed a few weeks ago but when we see news from Turkey that President Erdogan is going to do a re-run of elections in Istanbul, some of us are left doing a double take. But then the jaw...

Strategic Culture - 2019-05-10 - Original post - cached version

April fool’s day passed a few weeks ago but when we see news from Turkey that President Erdogan is going to do a re-run of elections in Istanbul, some of us are left doing a double take. But then the jaw dropping moment which follows is not what’s going on in Turkey, a country that certainly has...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-09 - Original post - cached version

There has been an ongoing struggle between occupier and occupied in the north east of Syria.
This was to be expected. Contrary to all the nonsense pushed through the perception managing media there has never been anything egalitarian about the Kurdish occupation/annexing force.


The Anti Media - 2019-05-09 - Original post - cached version

(TM) – Thousands of prisoners are being held in solitary confinement in Turkey under conditions so harsh that some prisoners consider dying by suicide, Deutsche Welle Turkish service reported Tuesday. There are no official figures on the number of prisoners in solitary confinement or how many...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-08 - Original post - cached version

Post headline is actually the headline to a Guardian report: Opening thoughts:  It's interesting to consider the fact that the Turks look to be moving on PKK held territory north of Aleppo. At the same time as Russia and Syria are working another area.  In what, by all appearances, looks to be a...

Aletho News - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

By Adam Garrie | Eurasia Future | 2019-05-07 The leader of the Liberal faction in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt has just decried a decision by Turkish officials to conduct a re-vote in the contentious Istanbul Mayoral race. During the initial vote on 31 March, it was proclaimed that...

Aletho News - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

EU Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt © Reuters / Eric Vidal RT | May 7, 2019 The decision to rerun a local mayoral election in Istanbul has sparked scathing criticism in Brussels — ironically, from none other than the EU’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt. Tweeting about the move, which was...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

 Following up on

Syria: Blow by Blow Updated Syria: Blow by Blow
 "Turkish and Russian officials are reviewing deployment of their forces in the Syrian border region of Tel Rifaat, Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay said


The Saker - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

Syrian War Report – May 6, 2019: Turkey-led Forces Suffer Casualties In Failed Attack On YPG Positions The Idlib de-escalation zone and the northern part of Aleppo province are now

The Anti Media - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

(MEE) – After weeks of complaints and allegations of voter irregularities, Turkey’s election board has canceled the results of Istanbul’s recent mayoral race, ordering a new vote to be held in the city next month. In a statement on Monday, the Turkish High Election Board (YSK) said that seven of...

21 Century Wire - 2019-05-06 - Original post - cached version

Today’s barrage of rockets came from Idlib’s so-called ‘de-escalation’ zone – which is actually being held by Al-Qaeda terrorists – and under the ever-shifting eyes of the Turkish military.

South Front reports…

Militants fired a total of 36 rockets at Russia’s Hmeimim...


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