Russian President and Hollande Agree to Interdict ISIS/Daesh Logistics and Supply Convoys Emerging from Turkey Through Jarablus Corridor; France and Russia Pledge to Destroy ISIS Oil Truck Fleet Owned by Erdogan’s Smuggler Son Bilal, Which Earns Most Money for Caliphate; France and Russia Will Concentrate on ISIS and Al Qaeda/Al Nusra Terrorist Rebels; Will Obama Finally Dump the Anti-Assad Derangement?; Another White House Fence Jumper on Thanksgiving Symbolizes Another Rogue Network Warning to Obama
World Crisis Radio
November 28, 2015
The Presidents of France and Russia (seen here in December 2014) met in Moscow on November 26 for a summit on the Syrian war.
At the Franco-Russian summit held in Moscow on Thursday, President Putin opened a new phase of anti-terrorist unity with his statement that “We are ready to cooperate with the coalition which is led by the United States.” As the Washington Post noted on Friday, this “…was the most forthright commitment to a joint effort between Russia and the West since Moscow’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.” The Tax Wall Street Party welcomes this important development.
The two Presidents also agreed to join forces to attack the oil tanker trucks notoriously used to smuggle stolen oil through the Jarablus corridor and into Turkey. This smuggling is widely known to be controlled by the Erdogan Crime Family, and is managed by Bilal Erdogan, the president’s son. The oil is stolen in various parts of the Caliphate, and thence shipped into Turkey. This illegal oil traffic is critical for the ability of ISIS/Daesh to procure foreign exchange which it then uses to purchase ammunition, weapons, spare parts, and food, and to finance the shipping in of new fanatical recruits as cannon fodder.
The attack on these oil tank trucks was begun by the US forces ten days ago. At that time, at the end of the Antalya G-20 summit of November 15-16, and presumably in response to Erdogan’s truculent refusal to stop supporting terrorism and a very unsatisfactory face to face meeting with Obama, the US had already sent Erdogan a message when American warplanes destroyed about 10% of the ISIS-Erdogan oil tank truck fleet, which is estimated at 1,000 to 1,100 trucks. As the New York Times wrote at that time, “United States warplanes for the first time attacked hundreds of trucks on Monday that the extremist group has been using to smuggle the crude oil it has been producing in Syria, American officials said. According to an initial assessment, 116 trucks were destroyed in the attack, which took place near Deir al-Zour, an area in eastern Syria that is controlled by the Islamic State. The airstrikes were carried out by four A-10 attack planes and two AC-130 gunships based in Turkey.” Leaflets were dropped over the area warning civilian drivers to abandon their trucks and flee. The facile Pepe Escobar, who claims the US never attacked any oil trucks, will please take note. A few days ago, the Pentagon upped the US claim for tank trucks destroyed to 280. All in all, ISIS should soon be hurting for cash.
U.S. AC-130 gunship: used to attack Bilal Erdogan’s oil tanker truck fleet as part of new assault on ISIS
The Tax Wall Street Party urges nations opposed to terrorism to join with the Syrian Arab Army in the west and the YPG Kurds in the east to concentrate their efforts on finally and definitively closing the Jarablus corridor, which is the aorta of ISIS logistics.
Putin and Hollande have agreed to attack ISIS and al Qaeda. This is not as restrictive as it might seem. Al Qaeda in Syria operates as the Nusra brigades, which operates as an umbrella for scores or hundreds of terrorist gangs and sectlets.
According to Russia Today, as a result of the Putin-Hollande summit,
“Russia will hit – hard – anything that suspiciously moves on every transport corridor in and out of Turkey. Turkish “humanitarian” convoys – carrying, what else, weapons – were pulverized in Azaz, which is only five kilometers from the Turkish border. And truck distribution points were also bombed near Raqqa.’”
This is most welcome news.
The international news media, as for example Reuters, are only now beginning to catch up with the Tax Wall Street Party analysis that ISIS/Daesh has been lashing out in Lebanon, Paris, and in the Sharm el Sheikh destruction of a Russian airliner because the terrorists are imploding as the result of a series of crushing military defeats associated with names like Sinjar, Ramadi, Aleppo, Kweiris, and the bombing of Raqqa. As Reuters comments:
… Facing French and intensified Russian air strikes in response, Islamic State is on the backfoot [on the defensive]. It has recently lost ground to U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab forces, the Syrian army, and other rebels who are fighting both Assad and Islamic State. The most notable progress by the army and its allies against anti-Assad rebels has been in the northwestern province of Latakia and to the south of Aleppo, though rebels this week launched a counter-attack there. The army and its allies are trying to capture the main Damascus-Aleppo highway from rebels. The government side has also recorded gains against Islamic State forces to the east of Aleppo, where it recaptured an air base, and in Homs province, where they have driven jihadists from villages seized recently by the group. But in Hama, rebels equipped with plentiful supplies of TOW missiles have advanced at the government’s expense, capturing a town on the north-south highway and managing to halt an attack in the strategically vital Ghab Plain. “In the last two or three weeks, the Russian air strikes have started to show their results. This is apparent in southern Aleppo and Latakia,” said Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war. In rural Latakia region – where the Russian warplane was shot down – the army and its allies have recently seized several hill tops [such as Kizilidag and Jabal Aterra], endangering rebel control over surrounding areas [and thus key supply lines on major highways], said a rebel with the Ahrar al-Sham group contacted by Reuters. “The loss of hills has exposed vast areas which are under our control. It’s the loss of these defensive outposts that has created a crisis for us,” the rebel said. “The regime has made progress by heavy artillery bombardment and aerial bombing so their troops advance in territory that becomes open to them.”
Regular readers will recognize many details from our briefing of last Tuesday entitled “The Terrorist Front in Northwest Syria Appears Close to Collapse.” What is needed most right now is for Obama to officially repudiate the crackpot plan to dismantle the Assad government.
He may be considering this right now. And so it is hardly a surprise if Thanksgiving Day has brought yet another White House fence jumper, this time named Joseph Caputo, symbolizing yet another warning to Obama from the rogue network to keep the foreign wars going. Caputo made it over the fence while the entire Obama family was at home for the holiday.
Thanksgiving afternoon at the White House brought with it another lone fence jumper to remind President Obama that the rogue network can get to him anytime and anywhere. Obama was enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with his family in the residence when this incident occurred.
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Incident Took Place in Exact Location Near Kessab/Kassab Which Yesterday’s Briefing Had Identified as Main Hot Spot on Current Battlefield
Monday, November 23, 23:45 hours EST: Hours before the Russian plane was hit, yesterday’s TWSP briefing shows Kessab/Kassab circled in red, as leading flash point in current phase of combat.
Tuesday, November 24, 12:00 hours EST: Hours after the Russian plane is downed, the London Guardian attempts to catch up with TWSP by publishing their own map of the same area with a red circle over the same area – many hours after the TWSP.
So if you want to keep ahead of the news, subscribe to the TWSP/UFAA Daily Briefing!
Tuesday, Nov.24, two Turkish F-16 jet fighters attacked a Russian Sukhoi 24 Fencer aircraft over northern Syria. The Russian plane was most likely on a reconnaissance mission to monitor the extent of the rout being suffered by the terrorist rebel forces on the ground in that area, as the daily briefing of yesterday reported.
Terrorist war criminals surround body alleged to be that of downed Russian pilot in northwest Syria earlier today.
The Turkish action was likely a deliberate and calculated provocation, seeking to mobilize additional support for the Syrian terrorist rebels, who function as a kind of irregular army or private militia for Turkish President Erdogan. As we reported yesterday, it is estimated that a partial military collapse (at minimum) of the rebels in this sector is awaited for late autumn or early winter. Erdogan’s behavior demonstrates this, since the Turkish government did not attempt to clarify the incident with Moscow, but rather turned immediately to the NATO ministerial Council, which met later today. The intent here is clearly yet another bid to drag the United States and other powers in to back up the treachery and adventurism of the Erdogan gang, who are proposing to create a modern version of the Ottoman Empire, starting with territory carved out of Syria. Fortunately, the NATO Council did not go beyond some rhetoric, including the notion that there should be no escalation.
As for the detailed analysis of what happened, Obama repeated that he did not yet have all the information about where the incident had in fact occurred. At the Pentagon, they were saying that it was not clear what had happened. The Pentagon did stress that the United States was not involved in any way.
The Russian plane in question carried a crew of two. They appear to have successfully ejected from their stricken aircraft, but both were the target of heavy small arms fire as their parachutes drifted down onto a wooded and hilly landscape. The terrorist rebels later showed one dead pilot, surrounded by a jeering mass of butchers. The fate of the other pilot is unknown. Russian rescue helicopters were fired on by the local terrorists, and one Russian Marine was killed. The rebel commander boasted of his murderous handiwork, and needs to be brought to justice.
Terrorist rebels firing at Russian airmen who are parachuting from their stricken aircraft: International law expressly forbids such shooting at those escaping aircraft in distress. Therefore this action amounts to a war crime by these rebels.
At the press conference held at noon in the White House by Obama with the French President Hollande, both presidents stressed that any escalation must be avoided. Both presidents also mouthed some ritual boilerplate rhetoric about the need for President Assad to step down, but there was nothing specific proposed in this direction. Hollande stressed his commitment to cooperation with Russia, which would imply a softening of the strident anti-Assad position expressed in recent months by Foreign Minister Fabius of the Quai d’Orsay.
On the whole, if we discount the ritual litanies recited to protect vested interests, this press conference could have been much worse. A Trump, a Cruz, a Carson or some other desperate demagogue might have catapulted things all the way to World War III by spouting lunatic Republican Party rhetorical formulas.
Today’s events illustrate why the NATO alliance is not a source of security to the United States, but rather a clear and present danger. Under the North Atlantic Pact of 1949, the United States is theoretically obligated to come to the assistance of madman Erdogan if he succeeds in goading Russia into some kind of military retaliation. Right now the chances of that might be relatively modest, but they need to be multiplied by the existential threat which is now posed to too many countries by the Syrian conflagration. Obama ought to issue a stern ultimatum to Erdogan to back off, and to accept the verdict of the battlefield for his ISIS puppets. Turkey will do just fine within its current borders, without annexing an inch of Syrian territory. Obama should also declare that Article 5 of the NATO treaty will not be operative in cases of aggression by a NATO member state, such as Turkey (or Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, or any others) against a NATO non-member state such as Russia.
It is also time to rein in the Ukrainian dictator Poroshenko, who has either caused or failed to prevent the blowing up of some electricity pylons whose loss has deprived parts of Russian Crimea of electric current. The Ukrainian complaints against Russia in the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine are dead letters, nonstarters, and of no interest whatsoever to the American people. President Hollande will now proceed to Moscow, where he will seek to intensify cooperation with Putin. If France can serve as the link between the US-led coalition on the one hand, and the Russian-Iranian-Hezbollah- Syrian combination on the other, this would be a positive development. What is needed is a comprehensive worldwide coalition to wage a civilizade (or struggle for the preservation of civilization itself).
Clearing the terrorist forces from Latakia province and the rest of Northwest Syria is an important precondition for the main event, which is to knock out ISIS once and for all. To make ISIS wither on the vine, it is necessary to close the 100 km (60 mile) corridor between Jarablus on the west bank of the Euphrates River and the area of Efrin in Syria. It is through this portal that pass the Turkish deliveries of ammunition, food, spare parts, medical supplies, and brainwashed recruits which are required for the ISIS war effort. If these Turkish deliveries cease, ISIS will collapse within a matter of weeks. This is the task which must be addressed now, including for the purpose of mitigating the European refugee crisis. We urge Obama, Putin, and Hollande, plus Merkel of Germany and Renzi of Italy (whom Hollande will visit soon) to get down to business and interdict the Jarablus corridor.
The terrorist rebel position in northwest Syria is now close to collapse as shown on this map in the area circled in red, where the Syrian Army is about to cut a major supply route of ISIS near Kassab
The rebel position south of Kessab in northwest Syria is regarded as especially critical, with key hills like Kizilidag and Jabal Aterra being liberated by the Syrian government forces. As a result, according to a reliable source, “the access of Turkish military and terrorists to Latakia province is now 100% dependent on the M4 [highway] and from there to minor roads. Should the terrorist defenses collapse on all positions north of M4, which is not very far from happening, then the Syrian Army will have artillery control over M4 and the terrorist rebel rats inside Latakia province will be doomed.”
Clearing the terrorist rebels out of the whole of Latakia province and reaching the Turkish border will be a major achievement for the Russian-Syrian steamroller.
Assad forces working together with Hezbollah have also made gains on the southern side of the major city of Aleppo, and say that they have defeated a rebel counter-offensive. The rebels in this sector are largely al Nusra/al Qaeda, who have reportedly sent a distress call to the Erdogan regime in Turkey calling for re-enforcements and other emergency help. The Russian air force is said to have made it harder for the ISIS butchers to spread propaganda by destroying their main radio transmitter in Menbeij. Terrorist forces also suffered reverses in the eastern part of the city of Homs. Assad forces are also advancing near Ghouta in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, the site of the chemical warfare incident faked by Turkey and Saudi Arabia which almost started a world war in August-September 2013.
Other reports indicate that some of the rebels groups are fighting among themselves. Turkish air force units are effectively deterred from intervening by the presence of Russian S-300 long-range anti-aircraft missiles.
The defeat of ISIS/Daesh and its fellow terrorists is increasingly no more than a question of time.
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CLAUDE GUÉANT, a protégé of the corrupt Charles Pasqua, former chief of staff to President Sarkozy and former French Interior Minister from February 2011 to May 2012: convicted of misuse of public funds and given a suspended sentence of 30 months in prison and a fine of € 75,000. After last week’s colossal security failure revealed that little has changed since the Charlie Hebdo killings, it is time to purge the moles and Grand Orient freemasons from the French security services.
The Tax Wall Street Party condemns the cowardly and despicable irregular warfare action which occurred in Paris, France on November 13, 2015 and the following days, and extends its sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims. We take this opportunity to urge President Hollande and other world leaders to proceed at once in cooperation with the legal Syrian government to the final annihilation of ISIS/Daesh and the punishment of all those forces who have contributed to the creation and maintenance of this savage entity. —Daniela Walls, National Chair
World Crisis Radio
November 21, 2015
Today the French National Assembly voted to extend the current 12 day state of emergency declared by President Hollande and Prime Minister Valls to a state of emergency of three months. While such measures are understandable in the wake of the large-scale terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday, such developments also point unmistakably to the danger of a police state emerging either gradually or suddenly, out of the often exaggerated public safety concerns of national security bureaucrats.
This inexorable process points up the urgent need to destroy the ISIS state and army without any further delay. Every day that passes brings with it the renewed danger of some spectacular revenge attack by this demented genocidal cult, which some unscrupulous bureaucrat is likely to use to advance the cause of liberticide measures – measures that will tend to destroy political and religious freedom.
In a number of Western countries, including France and the United States, there are clearly enough now two distinct factions at work: on the one hand, we have the forces of darkness who refuse to undertake vigorous measures to bring the ISIS monstrosity to an end, while at the same time they use the existence of this terrorist entity as an excuse for new variations on the Patriot Act, and similar oppressive codes in other countries. Groups that can be considered positive and patriotic are the ones who demand the immediate annihilation of ISIS, while at the same time exercising restraint in the area of police state measures. 1
M. Bernard Cazeneuve
In this context, it is useful to inquire why a certain M. Bernard Cazeneuve (in photo) is still Interior Minister (Police Minister) of France. Normally, in a country like France, we can observe the workings of the very useful principle of ministerial responsibility. It means that if a debacle occurs on the watch of a certain head of an executive department (a minister or cabinet secretary), then that failed official must draw the consequences by immediately tendering their resignation. In many countries, if the national soccer team loses an important game, then the Sports Minister must resign. In many countries, a serious train crash is enough to make mandatory the resignation of the Transport Minister. France is a country where this principle has been honored until quite recently. But now we have the case of Bernard Cazeneuve, the minister responsible for police and security under the presidency of Hollande.
Cazeneuve has already had one catastrophic failure during his time in office – the Charlie Hebdo killings of early January, 2015. Now, despite the reform measures supposedly implemented by Cazeneuve and his team to make sure such failures were not repeated, we have the biggest massacre in France since the end of World War II. By French tradition, Cazeneuve should have resigned. But instead, he remains in office, and has now been rewarded with sweeping new powers to jail any person at any time without charges, since the French equivalent of habeas corpus has been suspended for the next 90 days. This dubious proceeding reminds us of the case of US Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was in office at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, but who remained in office in blithe disregard for any idea of ministerial responsibility. Ashcroft should have quit, but he instead made a series of demands for expanded power. The Ashcroft argument seemed to be that the more he failed, the more he should be rewarded with expanded powers.
The oligarchical ascendancy in the Western world over recent decades has thus destroyed one of the important regulating principles of the behavior of top officials. Top officials desperately need to know that if they fail, they will inevitably be fired, and that sooner rather than later. Why then is Cazeneuve still Interior Minister of France, despite his record of failure? The world also wants to know about the failures of the French security apparatus which has now allowed two major multi-person terrorist attacks in 2015 alone.
In a related development, the Paris state prosecutor today announced that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian of Moroccan origin, had perished in the firefight during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday in the Paris suburb of St. Denis. Abaaoud had travelled to Syria and then returned to France. He was very much on the radar of French and European police agencies, who claim they lost contact with him. Why then was it so easy for him to move around without being discovered, or subject to surveillance? Equally important, why did it prove necessary to kill Abaaoud, who would have been much more valuable as a prisoner able to talk about themes like his training with the terrorist rebels in Syria, the transportation apparatus that moved him across Turkey twice, and related themes? The French police seem to be extremely trigger happy when it comes to suspects who might also be knowledgeable witnesses providing important information needed to liquidate the terrorist networks.
And this is not the first time. Back in March 2012, just as the French presidential election was getting underway, the obvious patsy Mohamed Merah went on a shooting spree in the southern French areas of Toulouse and Montauban. He killed some French soldiers, and then went on to attack a Jewish school – all made to order for the fear-based campaign of then-incumbent Sarkozy. Rather quickly, it transpired that Merah was an official informer of the French security agency DGSE. He was officially a French government agent. But soon he was tracked down and surrounded by the French police, who then proceeded to kill him. The killing of Merah was pointedly unnecessary, and probably served to wipe out highly embarrassing testimony that might have implicated some of the top French intelligence officials.
Something similar happened at the end of the Charlie Hebdo terrorism incident of January 2015. In this case, all the principal patsies – including Amedy Coulibaly and Chérif and Saïd Kouachi were slain by the police at the end of the affair.
The French police have now gone three for three when it comes to eliminating suspects who might have become extremely effective witnesses in the dismantling of terrorist networks. They may realize they are protecting Saudi Arabia and Turkey, or they may be trying to protect the mechanisms of state-sponsored terrorism.
The ongoing attempts at analysis of this event have been impeded by a widespread tendency to fall back on clichés which have been around for a decade and a half. Many analysts feel obliged to use words like false flag or Gladio, despite the fact there is much evidence that these notions do not apply. We are dealing to be sure with state-sponsored terrorism, but we must be prepared to entertain the possibility that the states involved are less those of NATO than countries like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, to say nothing of nonstate actors like the Moslem Brotherhood.
One indispensable principle of any terrorism analysis is the issue of cui bono or cui prodest — who benefits from this event, since the one who benefits is the prime suspect.
As we have attempted to outline in recent days, ISIS must be viewed as having suffered very serious defeats recently, including the bombing of Raqqa, the killing of the notorious butcher Jihadi John, the siege of Ramadi by the Iraqi Army, the crisis of ISIS manpower in the Aleppo to Palmyra area, the lifting of the siege at a key Syrian Army air base, and the capture of Sinjar by Kurdish ground forces backed up by US combat aviation. With many demoralized and disillusioned ISIS veterans now returning to their homelands, it is clear that ISIS is threatened by a crippling shortfall in the recruiting of new fanatical patsies. In order to maintain recruiting, ISIS needs victories, so that the young dupes can be made to see the caliphate as somehow invincible. Despite the best efforts of the corrupt Western media, the myth of ISIS invincibility has been torn to shreds, which means that new and spectacular victories are indispensable. That, we would submit, is the most likely explanation for what happened in Paris. This is also probably the motive for the bombastic threats coming from ISIS over the last few days about their grandiose and megalomaniac plans for attacking Washington DC, New York City and Rome, Italy.
Saturday Night Live parody or sophisticated media warfare? ISIS is being defeated on all fronts, and will probably suffer a partial collapse in the Aleppo-Palmyra area this winter, which makes it all the more urgent to arrange terrorist attacks like the Russian airliner, Beirut and Paris, while spewing out threats about glorious victories to come. These guys are a pile of dirty laundry.
Does Saudi Arabia sponsor terrorism? Certainly they do, as seen by the threat of terrorist attacks delivered by Saudi Prince Bandar to Russian President Putin at the end of 2013, when the Kremlin was told that if Russia did not cease its support for the government of President Assad in Syria, Islamist terrorism would strike.
The Turkish government also sends out threats left and right. These can easily be found in the public domain, and most often involve a threat of military action against any power seeking to dominate the Turkish-Syrian border, and especially to close the ISIS supply lines coming into northern Turkey over the hundred kilometers or so starting with Jarablus on the West Bank of the Euphrates River and proceeding over to the area of Efrin and Aleppo. The standard Turkish threat against anybody interfering with the ISIS supply lines includes the snarl of “we won’t ask anybody’s permission” when it comes to the defending the sanctity of ISIS logistics.
1 “An army which liberticide and prey / Makes as a two-edged sword to all who wield….” – Shelly, “England in 1819,” emphasis added
TWSP Foreign Policy Spokesman Dr. Webster Tarpley in Press TV debate on ISIS: “The world needs a broad coalition of nations committed to fighting terrorism. The first task of this new coalition should be to cut the ISIS supply line between Jarablus and Aleppo.”
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, French President François Hollande has announced that he will be visiting Washington on November 24 and Moscow on November 26. Hollande’s mission is to create an international bloc of nations dedicated to an uncompromising assault on ISIS/Daesh. This kind of an international Grand Alliance against terrorism has been the principal goal of Russian diplomacy over the past year. Obama must be ready to support this project and to compel the various factions in this administration to move in this direction. Factions ranging from the neocon militarists to the humanitarian bombers will not like the proposals Hollande is bringing, since they require cooperation with Russia, flexibility in dealing with the Assad government in Syria, and an actual commitment to victory, understood as the crushing and dismantling of ISIS. All of this contrasts sharply with the policy of appeasement of terrorism and phony war which has been promoted by the now departed ISIS Czar General John Allen. Obama needs to be ready to fire any officials who sabotage US participation in the emerging international anti-terror consensus, since to do otherwise will be to court a dangerous isolation of the United States. Ashton Carter at the Pentagon would appear to be the leading candidate for spending more time with his family.
This French diplomatic offensive is a central part of the growing international commitment to smash ISIS in the short to medium run ahead. France, Russia, Germany, and other important countries have a vital interest in making sure that this new and active coalition be formed quickly. This goal is eminently feasible, since the genocidal ISIS cult has now absorbed serious defeats in the Aleppo-Palmyra area, in Sinjar, in Ramadi, in recent bombing attacks on their capital of Raqqa, and the through the loss of internationally known leaders like their infamous butcher “Jihadi John.” Always a paper tiger, ISIS is now on the ropes. If the Jarablus-Aleppo corridor could now be interdicted, the collapse and disintegration of ISIS would be within reach.
Starts diplomatic offensive against ISIS: French President François Hollande, who will arrive in Washington on November 24.
There can be no cease-fire that leaves the ISIS mass murderers in control of populations when the shooting stops. The fanatics could then continue their atrocities as the world looked on aghast. The indispensable pre-condition for a cease-fire is that ISIS be destroyed in advance. Call this the Tarpley Doctrine if you will.
Secretary of State Kerry is obviously thinking about a cease-fire of a very different kind. Given the Secretary’s notorious Skull and Bones track record, we must be forgiven for suspecting that Kerry, like so many other US officials, is scheming to preserve ISIS for future use against Iran, Russia, Central Asia, and other possible targets.
Kerry has suddenly become very optimistic about the timeframe for a cease-fire: ‘Speaking to reporters today in Paris about the weekend Syria talks in Vienna, Secretary of State John Kerry said he believes an agreement on a ceasefire and transition to end the Syrian Civil War could be mere weeks away, saying there was a need to recognize how much the talks have accomplished.’
This looks like a cease-fire designed to save ISIS from imminent military destruction at the hands of a broad coalition of enraged states. Countries that are serious about fighting terrorism should tell Kerry there will be nothing doing in this regard. The situation is reminiscent of the last days of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka in May 2009, when diplomats like Britain’s Milliband and France’s Kouchner rushed in with proposals for a cease-fire which clearly aimed at preserving the rebels so they could survive to destabilize Sri Lanka another day.
Within the context of sharpening factionalization in Washington, Politico highlights a military faction or factions willing to cooperate with Obama whose main idea is to prevent the kind of reckless and irresponsible escalation which is usually associated with neocon civilians, neocon generals, and humanitarian bombers. If these officers are trying to prevent a US escalation on the ground, their efforts are useful. However, the skepticism should not extend to providing air support and air cover to the YPG Kurds west of the Euphrates, where they would play a key role in cutting the ISIS supply line.
‘Even as U.S. and allied aircraft step up their bombing campaign against the terrorist group after Friday’s attacks in Paris, senior military officials privately express worries that political leaders [Ashton Carter? The Republican Presidential field? Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton?] in Washington and foreign capitals still haven’t absorbed the lessons of America’s last two big wars. In both cases, the military defeated the Taliban, Saddam Hussein’s regime and the Iraqi insurgents, but civilian leadership failed to do the political, economic and diplomatic heavy-lifting needed to sustain those wins. The same thing could happen again in the fight against ISIL, the military officials say, unless far more is done to train and arm local allies, beef up the State Department’s capacity to assist foreign allies to improve governing structures, counter the terrorist group’s message in mosques and in social media and employ much more international leverage to end the Syrian civil war. Otherwise, the growing pressure to strike back hard against ISIL will mean that guns and bombs once again get far more attention and resources than the other levers of power that would ultimately prove more consequential. The military officials say these concerns are behind President Barack Obama’s refusal to launch a more expansive military operation that includes American ground troops against the terrorists.’
This report thus indicates the existence of a pro-Obama realist and non-Utopian faction inside the Pentagon.
In the meantime, the flagrant pro-terrorist treachery of Turkish President Erdogan is beginning to be understood by important sectors of the US media and public. One significant harbinger of this occurred this morning when Fox News reporter Geraldo Rivera commented that Saudi Arabia and Turkey, because of their pro-terrorist activities, cannot be viewed as friends of the United States, but that Russia is a reliable partner and friend in the struggle against terrorism. Hearing this on Fox News was something of a watershed. The Fox anchors back in the studio on Sixth Avenue in New York immediately spluttered that Russia was no friend, but the damage was already done. We wonder what most Americans would say if they realized that the NATO treaty commits them and their families to fight and die in the defense of madman Erdogan if one of his pro-terrorist escapades should blow up in his face. The NATO bureaucracy is now more of a threat than a defense for America.
Thanks to pressure from numerous quarters, US policy is evolving toward the goal of closing the infamous Jarablus corridor, where the supply lines serving ISIS in northern Syria come across the border from Turkey. Kerry has finally identified the central military strategic question of the current phase of hostilities in Syria: this is that the easiest, quickest, most economical, most humane, and most elegant way of crushing the ISIS Islamic State is to cut off the ammunition, food, medicine, fuel, and recruits which come into Syria from Turkey, across the section of border which stretches approximately 100 km or 60 miles west from the city of Jarablus on the Euphrates River to the Efrin-Aleppo area.
As Kerry told Fareed Zakaria on the CNN program GPS on Sunday, November 15, 2015:
“About 75 percent of the border between northern Syria and Turkey has been secured. You have another piece where we are engaging in an operation with the Turks to secure the final piece west of the Euphrates River.”
This important news has been largely ignored by the US controlled media. It was cited in NPR’s Morning Edition on Tuesday, November 17, but it seems to have been deleted from the transcript on the NPR web page. Otherwise, it has mostly been carried by RT.
The Tax Wall Street Party welcomes Kerry’s recognition of the strategic importance of the Jarablus to Aleppo corridor. We have been campaigning since late July, and with special emphasis since November 1, to get this critical terrorist lifeline cut. Our thanks and congratulations go to all those activists of good will who have contributed to our campaign to let ISIS wither on the vine, be it on social media or by any other means. We must now redouble our efforts to secure the necessary Grand Alliance which will destroy ISIS.
The obvious danger is that Kerry will be duped by the wily Erdogan, who will try to turn the Jarablus corridor into a safe haven under Turkish air cover for ISIS and other terrorist groups, the very opposite of what he purports in public to now support.
As an expert interviewed by RT noted concerning Erdogan’s track record of prevarication:
‘The fact that the recent attacks against Kurdish militants came shortly before Ankara’s announcement of plans to “act militarily” against ISIS, has caused experts to doubt Turkey’s real intentions. “I believe that Turkey’s declaration that it intends to launch a military operation against ISIS is a mere cover up for its real intention to wage a war against the Kurds. Turkey is against the Kurds and especially the PKK militants,” geopolitical analyst Jamal Wakim told RT. “Especially that Erdogan is worried now about the prospects for Kurdish-American collaboration, after the backing that the Kurds got from Moscow.” One of the Turkish government’s main concerns is the potentially growing influence of Kurds in the region. “In this case, the Kurds of Turkey, who spread for 40 percent of Eastern Anatolia, would be in a better position to pressure for getting their own rights within Turkey on one hand, and maybe they can push forward autonomy and even independence,” Wakim said.’
Observers of the Syrian conflict cannot forget the cynical and treacherous bait and switch carried out by Turkish President Erdogan, with the help of now-ousted US ISIS Czar John Allen at the end of July. Just after the YPG Kurds liberated the town of Tel Abyad and thus took control of the entire Turkish-Syrian border from the far eastern corner all the way to the Euphrates, Erdogan proclaimed that he would now start attacking ISIS, and would allow the United States to use the important Incirlik air base to attack ISIS. But it soon became apparent that the devious Erdogan, the true heir to the Byzantine tradition of trickery and manipulation, was bombing the Kurds, especially the PKK, while maintaining the outrageous scandal of Turkish logistical support for ISIS through the Jarablus corridor.
Erdogan’s late July bait and switch was his attempt at damage control, just after the liberation of Tel Abyad. Probably as part of a secret and very dirty deal between Erdogan and the warmonger ISIS Czar Allen, it was noted that the US was not supporting the advance of the Kurds west of the Euphrates River:
‘…Kurdish forces in northern Syria have disclosed that they were no longer receiving U.S. air support in their ground offensive against Islamic State forces in Jarablus. This city is the last major border crossing between Syria and Turkey still controlled by Islamic State and is critical to the flow of Jihadists into Syria as well as a key conduit for IS smuggling operations. The Pentagon has declined to either confirm or deny the Kurdish claim that they are no longer receiving American air support for operations west of the Euphrates River.’
Russian President Putin has ordered his military forces in the eastern Mediterranean and the Levant to cooperate with French forces as allies. Unfortunately, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook today announced that the United States was not interested in such cooperation because Putin does not share the US obsession with overthrowing President Assad of Syria
At this point, the Turkish attempt to interfere with this operation would face the combined power of Russia, the United States, France and other nations. If Erdogan tries to stonewall, he will be crushed.
This was a stab in the back to the Kurds, who have been the most capable opponents of the ISIS fanatics, and have done most to dismantle the myth of ISIS invincibility purveyed by the controlled media of the NATO countries. But now, ISIS Czar Allen has been forced out, so his secret deals are worthless, and the United States should start supporting the Kurds in a major thrust to capture Jarablus and push further west of the Euphrates.
Therefore, Erdogan is falling back on strategic deception, first of all by promising Kerry that Turkey will do something to cut the ISIS supply lines. This is unlikely in the extreme, as will probably be seen in a few days. But Erdogan is also preparing to depict his phantomatic crackdown on ISIS logistics in the form of a dog and pony show for international dupes. In a harbinger of this, NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman, speaking last Friday on the Diane Rehm Show’s International Hour on NPR, stated:
But will the Turkish Brigadier General mentioned here who is doing such a good job in cutting off the ISIS supply lines turn out to be yet another creature of Hill and Knowlton or some other K Street to Madison Avenue public relations firm hired by the Turks?
As reported yesterday, Obama appears to have held his own during his one-on-one meeting with Erdogan during the just concluded G-20 in Turkey. Of special interest was the US airstrikes which destroyed approximately 125 tanker trucks being used to smuggle oil out of the ISIS territories and into Turkey for sale on the world market. Just as Erdogan is widely reputed to be the operational boss of ISIS, so Erdogan’s son is reliably reported to be one of the kingpins of the oil smuggling operations.
The complicity of Erdogan’s Turkish regime with smuggling operations so vital to the economic survival of the Caliphate is not a matter of speculation, but has been thoroughly documented by publications like the Huffington Post, and the London Guardian, as we see here:
‘More concerning, however, is mounting evidence of past Turkish government collusion with Islamic State. On July 25, the Guardian disclosed that U.S. Special Forces had captured “hundreds of flash drives and documents” when, on the night of May 15-16, 2015, they had raided the compound of Islamic State’s financial chief, Abu Sayyaf. The documents showed there had been widespread collusion by Turkish government officials in the smuggling of oil from Islamic State controlled oil fields in eastern Syria. Stolen antiquities, another lucrative source of revenue for the Islamic State, were also being smuggled out of Syria with the tacit consent of Turkish officials. Indeed, it’s possible that the highly publicized destruction of archeological sites in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State was nothing more than a cover for the systematic looting and sale of artifacts from these archeological remains. According to the Guardian, “direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIS members were now undeniable.” Smuggled oil alone was responsible for generating between $1 million and $4 million a day in revenues for Islamic State.’
And what of the Syrian refugees? The most humane thing we can do for them is to destroy ISIS, and bring the Syrian-Iraqi military conflict to a rapid end. In the meantime, the reactionary Republicans are in high dudgeon about this latest influx of (gasp!) foreigners.
The French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle, currently steaming towards the eastern Mediterranean with a mission of launching air attacks against ISIS.
Neo-confederates always like to turn political and economic problems into conflicts between ethnic groups. The tragedy of the Old South is with them late and soon. Are the Saudis, the Turks, and the Moslem Brotherhood fomenting terrorism? Manifestly they are. But the Islamophobe wants to ignore all that and scapegoat individual Syrians. Such methods are despicable and ineffective. Nevertheless, a gaggle of reactionary and xenophobic Republican governors and members of Congress have now come forward to demand the exclusion from the United States of all Syrians, or at least of all Moslem Syrians. They often cite the extremely dubious Syrian passport found on the body of one of the Paris patsies, which may be stolen or a fake. Incredibly, some right-wing crackpots argue that yet another fake terrorist’s passport found after a terrorist attack proves that the entire incident is somehow not authentic, but then turn around to use the passport story as the motivation for excluding certain kinds of foreigners. This only goes to show that libertarianism has been a form of doublethink since its ill-starred inception. The demagogue Ted Cruz and his rival, the erratic Ben Carson, want to propose legislation to keep refugees out based on a religious or ethnic test – both proceedings of unlikely constitutionality. The new reactionary Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a person who wants economic genocide via killer austerity against Americans, also wants to move Islamophobic legislation.
‘…that’s a very key point, and to prevent them [ISIS] from selling the oil and also getting fighters and arms across the border from Turkey, what they’re trying to do now is close a 63-mile gap in the Turkish border. And I’m told that there’s a Turkish one-star general up there that’s doing quite a good job working to close that gap. But that’ll be really important if they can do it. It may take some time. But if they are able to cut off that area, then you’re going to see ISIS start to “wither on the vine” [notice typical Tarpley-speak]. They can’t move weapons, they can’t sell oil, they can’t get equipment across from Turkey. There’s no other way out.’
Terrorists came from Canada in 1999, and they could come through the Mexican border at will, but for some reason they do not, although that could change. Be that as it may, Islamophobia enacted as an official and declared US policy would antagonize the Arab street and Arab souk, giving ISIS a second wind just when their stock is at an all-time low. It might even bring ISIS governments to power where reactionary monarchs hold sway, which would not be progress. The caliphate would be sure to argue that the crusaders had finally revealed that Islamophobia is the true motivation for the attacks on ISIS. Interrogate refugees, but an ethnic or religious test would violate the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of the equal protection of the laws not just to US citizens but to ALL PERSONS:
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. (XIV Amendment, Section 1)
Notice that this amendment speaks twice about persons, and only once about citizens, meaning that these protections apply to everybody within U.S. jurisdiction.
Which just goes to show that the Republicans and libertarians hate the Constitution they so much profess to revere. The 20 GOP governors are out to lunch and should shut up. Donald Trump, who peaked two months ago, will be joining them soon.
At the close of the G-20 summit held in Turkey, President Obama correctly restated his current policy, despite the demands delivered by Turkish President Erdogan in a one on one meeting of the two leaders. Obama stated that there will be no large contingent of U.S. ground troops sent into Iraq or Syria. Obama added that the U.S. will not support a no-fly zone over northern Syria, and also rejects the idea of a safe haven for terrorists in the Jarablus to Aleppo area. This means that Erdogan has failed in his attempt to change U.S. policy. Obama’s statements are a defeat for Erdogan and his sidekick the ex-U.S ISIS Czar Allen. To emphasize the point, U.S. forces have bombed an agglomeration of oil tank trucks in Turkey, destroying about one hundred and twenty of them. These trucks are the vehicles used for smuggling oil out of Iraq and Syria into Turkey – A trade which is notoriously under the control of Erdogan’s son.
French President Hollande speaking to a rare joint session of the French Senate and National Assembly at Versailles has called upon the United States and Russia to cooperate in the destruction of ISIS. French jets overnight attacked the terrorist capital of Raqqa, and destroyed a number of military installations. The time is ripe for the major powers to join in a final offensive to destroy ISIS. The way to do this is to cut the ISIS supply line that cross from Turkey into Syria in that Jarablus to Aleppo corridor, see video statement below.
(EN) How France Must Retaliate Against Terrorism: Cut the ISIS Supply Lines Crossing the Syrian-Turkish Border Between Jarablus and Aleppo, Quickly Destroy the Islamic State, and Bring the War in Syria and Iraq to an End
(FR) La Riposte qu’il faut au terrorisme: couper les lignes d’approvisionnement de Daesh entre Jarablus et Aleppe, détruire vite l’État islamique, et mettre fin à la guerre en Syrie et Irak