Obama Buckles Under to Erdogan Blackmail, World War Nears

Turkish intelligence supplying sarin gas, bioweapons to ISIS prior to upcoming invasions of Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with US President Barak Obama © Ozan Kose
The US president has sided with Turkey and warned the Syrian Kurdish militia not to seize more territory in Syria to avoid upsetting Ankara or the so-called “moderate” opposition. Obama voiced support for Erdogan against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

In a long phone conversation that lasted an hour and twenty minutes, Obama told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the US has an“unwavering commitment” to Turkey’s national security.

Obama said he is “concerned” about the Syrian Army’s and Kurdish fighters’ gains in northern Syria as he “urgently called for a halt to actions that heighten tensions with Turkey and with moderate opposition forces in northern Syria,” according to a statement from the White House.

The US president stressed that the ongoing advance of Syrian armed forces and Kurdish militia, with support from the Russian Air Force, could “undermine our collective efforts in northern Syria to degrade and defeat ISIL.”

While advising Erdogan to show “reciprocal restraint” and avoid shelling northern Syria where Ankara is engaging Kurds, Obama stressed that “YPG forces should not seek to exploit circumstances in this area to seize additional territory.”

At the same time both leaders called on Moscow and Damascus to halt airstrikes against what they call “moderate opposition forces.” Russia has on numerous occasions denied striking civilian targets, and has repeatedly offered its air support to opposition fighters.

Russia’s Foreign and Defense Ministries have also repeatedly asked Washington to provide a list of the groups it considers “moderate”enough. The US also ignored calls to share intelligence on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions or to join a wider coalition of an anti-terrorist force.

While the Kurdish groups, supported by the United States in the fight against IS in northern Syria, are considered one of the most effective ground forces in fighting jihadists in the area, Ankara regards them as terrorists.

Vowing retaliation in both Syria and Iraq for the Ankara bombing earlier this week, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu promised to continue to bomb the Kurds, including PKK bases in northern Iraq and YPG positions in northern Syria. Ankara also made it clear that it expects cooperation from its NATO allies to assist Ankara in this fight. Following the bombing in Ankara, Erdogan promised to hunt the perpetrators“everywhere” possible.

Prior to speaking with Obama, Erdogan announced that American weapons were being used against civilians by the YPG. The State Department has refuted the claims, with spokesman Mark Toner saying: “We have also seen no evidence to substantiate the claim that the YPG is somehow smuggling US weapons to the PKK.”

US-Russia talks on Syria peace ‘serious, constructive’ – Kerry

Earlier in the day, Washington rejected a Russian draft resolution at the UN Security Council condemning any plans for foreign military intervention in Syria. Ambassador Samantha Power even accused Moscow of trying to “distract the world”with its resolution.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the discussions with Moscow on the ceasefire in Syria are “near-constant” and have been “serious and so far constructive.”

“Everyone recognizes the complexity of this endeavor, and there is certainly a lot more work to do. These discussions have been serious and so far constructive, with a few tough issues still to resolve,” Kerry said in London as quoted by Reuters.

He has been in contact with the US Syria team, which is in Geneva and said the negotiations have been ongoing for the past 36 hours.

“Working out modalities for a cessation of hostilities in a situation like Syria is a highly technical and detailed process; and that’s why our teams are still at it. We want this process to be sustainable, and should all participants prove willing to really sit down and work this out, we can get to a cessation of hostilities.”

Kerry briefly stopped in London en route to Jordan where he is to discuss Syria with King Abdullah over the weekend.

The proximity talks launched in Geneva in February have been delayed with an indefinite date of restart, according to UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura. On Friday, de Mistura’s office said it would provide a new date for the meeting in Geneva “as soon as possible.”

De Mistura told Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that the peace talks won’t resume in Geneva on February 25 as he had hoped. He said he can’t “realistically” get the parties in the Syrian conflict back to negotiations by that time. However, he added that he hopes the parties will gather “soon.”

“We need real talks about peace, not just talks about talks. Now the Americans and Russians must sit down and agree on a concrete plan on the cessation of hostilities,” he said in the interview on Thursday.

At the beginning of February, the United Nations temporarily suspended peace talks aimed at resolving Syria’s five-year civil war. The UN said the process was to be resumed on February 25 and called on the sides involved to do more to achieve progress.

An ambitious plan to end hostilities in Syria with verifiable results within a week, revived the Geneva-3 peace talks, when Kerry and Lavrov unveiled the truce plan in Munich last Friday. While the humanitarian aid has begun flowing into besieged towns in Syria this week, the warring sides have yet to end hostilities.

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9 Responses to "Obama Buckles Under to Erdogan Blackmail, World War Nears"

  1. captain obvious  February 21, 2016 at 10:33 am

    so erDOGan is unhappy with his pet military mercenary forces being pummeled in northern Syria and is now making demands and threats about SYRIAN territory..
    he can go take a flying one, same for obummer playing beavis to erDOGan’s butthead.
    a truck bomb goes off and erDOGan magically KNOWS it had to be Syrians and Iraqi’s maybe because its the countries he’s been supporting terrorism in, and a false flag truck bomb is always a great way to justify revenge that makes HIM magically the victim..
    I wouldn’t blame Syria and Russia one bit if they were to blast a 10 mile no mans land “buffer zone” inside turkey, as turkey has continually proposed inside Syria, especially with turkish forces gathered to INVADE (after stealing oil, whole factories and more..) now that their pet military mercenaries posing as “rebels” are getting their clocks cleaned.

  2. Simpsons Donkey  February 21, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Honestly, the seamless idiocy of the Americans!
    In Syria, there are NO moderate opposition. There are NO moderate cannibals. There are NO moderate heart-eating head-chopping, jihadist-marrying child-raping opposition.
    But what do we get from Obama, Samantha Power, and even Kerry? Nonsense!
    These fools may fool the information-poor American public, but they aren’t fooling the people who matter, that is, the governments in the region. They know America’s approach is insane. When a criminal like Erdogan sees his patron is out to lunch, anything is possible. Same goes even more, for the insolent little shits from Saudi, Princes Mohamad and Jubeir.
    Your own ICBM missile shield has been found useless (Dr Postol from MIT), your defence against intermediate hypersonic Russian missiles was already known to be useless, and should the Big One go up, there will be nowhere to hide. Take out these crazy idiots, if you want your population to survive. Power needs to go first. Then Obama needs electro-convulsive therapy — or SOMETHING! Leave Kerry. At least he gets to listen to Sergei Lavrov.

  3. Beydety  February 20, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    “The US president stressed that the ongoing advance of Syrian armed forces and Kurdish militia, with support from the Russian Air Force, could “undermine our collective efforts in northern Syria to degrade and defeat ISIL.”

    I can’t believe that no one asks this single most important question, that that’s who the SAA, Russia and the Kurds are fighting, so WTF is wrong with them doing the job helping the West defeat ISIS?
    What …cked world it’s become.

  4. Bill  February 20, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    If Lavrov believes anything Kerry says…then he’s a fool…

  5. Keyser Soze  February 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    The Rothschild created UN is just a tool to rubber stamp their illegal actions and to force their Anglo-American controlled partners to back these criminal acts.
    The world is more awake than ever to their true aims and the slaughter in the name of freedom,democracy and the farcical war on terror.
    The Zio,s are on the ropes.
    The reckoning is rapidly approaching.

  6. Altimometer  February 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

    What does Lavrov say that makes skull and bonehead Kerry so twitchy.

  7. guitargirl  February 20, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Don’t know what to think about all these ‘players’ anymore. But one thing is for sure, in professional terms it is called “theater’. And a theater it is, where an enormous human blood sacrifice is unfolding.


    • NotAVeteran2  February 20, 2016 at 10:38 am

      “Earlier in the day, Washington rejected a Russian draft resolution at the UN Security Council condemning any plans for foreign military intervention in Syria”.

      Either Jim or Kevin said is yesterday/day before that, that America’s position in this whole debacle would be made very clear (to the world) if/when they would veto the motion.
      Well, there we have it.

      Which maybe goes to show that vetos are a tool of oppression, not one of democracy.

  8. Ramirez  February 20, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Utterly unacceptable to support this, no,consent from anyone !

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