President Erdogan is the worst villain on the world stage today, eclipsing even his friend Bibi Netanyahu in the bad-guy stakes. He is largely responsible for the creation of ISIS and has the blood of millions of innocent people on his hands.
Gordon Duff – We will now tell that story. Putting highly classified and actionable intelligence “out there” is high risk for a variety of reasons.
Gordon Duff – General Michael Flynn was considered by military and intelligence insiders and the only guy who really understood human intelligence. He was, and “was” is the operative term, the best and the brightest, the guy who transcended the pack.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Turkey to pursue a more realistic approach to regional developments, emphasizing that “self-restraint” is an integral part of neighborhood.
The situation in the Netherlands, on the face of it, has all the characteristics of a political farce, but when one digs a little deeper, what lies beneath is far more sinister and dangerous.
Source: Pravda.Ru photo archive Yet another problem has occurred in relations between Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan just before a meeting of the presidents. As Pravda.Ru reported, Turkey refused to take in ships which arrive from the Crimea. ‘Lately our ships from Sevastopol have not been moored in the port of Zonguldak. It’s a very […]
Trump’s “Super-Sewer:” Flynn Paid Ex-FBI Agents, Behavior Analysts In Lobbying Work For Turkish Government
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s lobbying work for the Turkish government involved payments to several former FBI officials and a retired admiral who served in a top intelligence role for the joint chiefs of staff.
Jim W. Dean – Putin and Erdogan do their dirty dance in Moscow, trumpeting their cooperation on Syria, despite Erdogan having already violated the Tripartite’s published pledge to respect Syria’s sovereign integrity.
The Turkish military targeted with rocket and artillery fires, positions for Syrian government forces and their allies in the western Manbij countryside, according to pro-government sources.
Gordon Duff – Hundreds of US Marines invade Syria, and “invade” is the term, as nobody invited them and nobody believes they are going to do anything against ISIS, unless they “go rogue” and murder their own commanders like was done in Vietnam.
Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Binali Yildirim gives a speech during an AK Party’s group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on February 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says his country will not plan […]
Jim W. Dean – We were not aware of the water plant strategic need until two days ago. This is why the SAA bypassed Deir-Hafer, not even stopping to cut the road off behind it.
Jim W. Dean – Russia stated today that there are no instances of YPG attacks on Turkey, inferring that Turkey has no justifiable security need to continues its push toward Manbji.
US Sets Up Military Base in Syrian Manbij to ‘Defend It From Turkish Attack’ The fall of al Bab, more a “change of flags” exercise, with pro-Turkish ISIS withdrawing on Turkish Army trucks, than a military operation, has serious consequences to the United States. Erdogan has announced he is going to take Manbij, the Kurdish […]
Gordon Duff – Russia issued a secret ultimatum to Turkey today. It is very possible that President Trump will only learn of this through VT, so we will be as exacting as possible. Our sources are direct and “high” or “highest.”
The relationship between Putin’s Russia and Erdogan’s Turkey has been a matter of great interest to us for a long time now. It has been very difficult to discern anything at all about that relationship and that remains the case, despite several notable events that have seen the apparent nature of that relationship change.
We are deeply suspicious of America’s role in Iraq and Syria and utterly suspicious of Turkey as well. Back in October, 2016, we caught the US moving a major force 30 miles West of Tal Afar in Syria, where ISIS would flee to if pressed too hard in Mosul. Then yesterday Iraq accused the US […]
Jim W. Dean – After a full liberation of Mosul, Iraq needs to dispatch its troops to the border with Syria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to prevent terrorists from returning to the country.
On February 23, Turkey-led forces made a major breakthrough in their operations in northern Syria, recapturing al-Bab, Qabasin and Bzaah from ISIS.
Syrian minister: a possible confrontation with Turkey … and Saudi Arabia is seeking land to intervene
Syrian National Reconciliation Minister Ali Heidar strongly criticized Turkish army’s invasion of his country’s territory and underlined that the top political and military brass in Damascus are to make a decision about confronting the Turkish aggression.
Ankara says talks on S-400s are advancing, in potentially historic deal that could cause serious concerns in NATO
…from SouthFront Pro-Turkish militants and the Turkish army have still been facing difficulties in breaking ISIS defenses around al-Bab. Turkey-led forces have failed to seize Qabasin and Bzaah, and retreated from almost all areas seized inside al-Bab. Intense fighting is ongoing. Meanwhile, the Syrian army, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, continued its operation against […]
Jim W. Dean – The Jihadis cleared out of Qabasin and Bzaah to tighten their lines around al-Bab. This makes them more compact as bombing targets, but then there are always those human shields to use inside the city, a routine tactic for them.
Vedomosti: Washington looking to drive wedge between Moscow and Tehran Russia and Iran have a common objective in Syria, and all assertions about the possibility of driving a wedge between the two countries are speculations, Vedomosti quotes former Russian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Andrei Baklanov, as saying. “We have substantially coinciding stances with Tehran. Bashar […]
The Real Reason Behind Turkish Cooperation With Russia in Syria Sputnik: Commenting on the recent Russian-Turkish joint operation against the terrorist group Daesh near the Syrian town Al-Bab in Aleppo Province, Russian military and defense analysts have put forward their reasons why Turkey, a longstanding member of NATO, might have opted to conduct joint military […]
Moscow and Ankara are carrying out their first joint military operation against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced.
The Turkish parliament has passed in a first reading a controversial bill bolstering the powers of the president.
The Syrian military has additionally deployed large reinforcements, including battle tanks and armoured vehicles, to the Kuweires airbase in the province of Aleppo.
Turkish ambassador to Israel Kemal Okem hands his diplomatic credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem al-Quds, December 12, 2016. (Photo by AFP) Israel and Turkey are reportedly drafting a “roadmap” to promote their cooperation in different areas, months after the two sides reached an agreement to normalize their ties. The undersecretaries of […]
Jim W. Dean – VT has been watching the shifting Turkish foreign policy claims with a skeptical eye based on Erdogan’s history. As we have often said, “watch what he does, not so much what he says”.