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The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has called on Turkey to rein in allied militants in northern Syria, who may have committed a range of war crimes against civilians, including hostage-taking, rape and torture.
By championing ‘the Palestinian cause’, Erdogan intends to channel the anti-Israel energy towards the UAE and other Arab countries that are apparently willing to recognize Israel.
Jim W. Dean - The good news is the 'live fire' drills, another Erdogan showmanship ploy, will probably not go on and save its military from wasting ammunition.
VT Senior Editor Gordon Duff investigates the Deep Roots and Tentacles of the Dark Side
Expansion into northern and northwestern Syria are open goals of President Erdogan and his Neo-Ottoman project. The neutralization of terrorists, the political settlement of the conflict and the stabilization of Syria promoted by the other side of this deal goes contrary to Turkish tactical interests.
The European Union has threatened to slap sanctions on Turkey if it continues with what Brussels has called "illegal drilling". Greece launched naval drills this week in the area where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas, and France, Cyprus, and Italy said they would join Athens.
Turkey is in Libya with both feet, one on the sand and one in the Mediterranean where it is claiming vast oil and gas drilling rights, with warships currently sailing with exploration drilling rigs. Erdogan asked no one's permission, and NATO has been silent on the issue.
Jim W. Dean - VT is back up after being hacked for several hours when one of two key stories were up -- on the Saudis shifting tactical nukes to Turkey to be closer to the NW Syrian battleground, and the NATO tripwire to drag the US into a wider conflict.
The open intervention of Egypt into the conflict will put an end to Turkish hopes to consolidate its recently increased influence in Libya.
Turkish intervention in Libya has not only significantly shifted situation in Libya, but also brought a new challenge for regional security and put MENA on the brink of war.
Can Turkey help liberate Arabia from the Ibn Saud crime family?
Under the influence of combat drugs, Uyghur combatants committed crimes against humanity in Syria, murdering hundreds of men, women and children, while de-populating entire villages and towns. They have been cooperating with various terrorist groups...
Jim W. Dean - With the Covid-19 train barreling down the tracks, the last thing the EU wants is a big surge in refugees.
Jim W. Dean - So once again we have Erdogan possibly snookering the Russians into another agreement that he has no intentions of honoring, using the jihadis as patsies.
Turkey has reportedly decided to activate its Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system in April despite warnings from the US that if it does so, it will be unable to acquire America’s Patriot missile-defense batteries.
With over 1,000 personnel, Turkey has launched a new anti-terror operation in three eastern provinces, the Interior Ministry announced on March 13.
A volley of rockets struck the Camp Taji military base in Iraq on the evening of March 11, killing three US-led coalition service members, two of them Americans and one British, and injuring 12 others.
Terrorist groups operating in Idlib are preparing for a new rebranding under Turkish patronage. According to Syrian sources, Hayat Tarir al-Sham (formerly the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), the Turkistan Islamic Party (an al-Qaeda-linked group), the National Front for Liberation (a coalition of Turkish proxies friendly to al-Qaeda) and several smaller groups are going to create a united command center and even declare a formal merger
Jim W. Dean - The idea of pussy footing around in not closing the door to all illegal immigration is insanity under the current virus spreading conditions.
'Sochi 2.0' agreement has brought about a pause in fighting its chances of lasting are slim. Russia seems keen to avoid open conflict with Turkey and is accordingly giving Turkey one last chance to act against the extremist groups in Idlib, especially Hayat Tahrir Ash-Sham.
Units of the Russian Military Police entered the town of Saraqib in Eastern Idlib following the second liberation of the town from al-Qaeda terrorists and Turkish forces.
All credible reports indicate that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) are giving the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) an unprecedented pounding after President Putin seemingly listened to President Erodgan's request yesterday and "stepped aside" in Idlib so that the two neighboring countries can finally fight one another face-to-face.
A group of Sudanese lawyers has reportedly taken legal measures against a number of travel agencies purportedly collaborating with a security firm based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in “deception of the Sudanese youth and their transfer to Libya.”
The Syrian military uncovered a large missile production factory in one of the newly captured areas in the Aleppo Governorate.
Russian Special Forces and SAA Retake Saraqib
Turkey's aid to terrorists inside Syria and attacks on Iranian forces are not to be tolerated despite strong trade relations with Turkey.
Russian press has become totally undependable for reporting because of undue influence. Video in Russian but relatively informative for the language challenged.
Now the Turkish sultan is really scary. Not only because it has the seventh military power in the world but because, as demonstrated extensively in Syria with the Olive Branch operations in Afrin and Peace Spring in Rojava, it does not put the slightest brake on the ferocity of the Islamic jihadists which it uses as mercenaries, in blatant contrast of the various UN resolutions, to commit human rights violations and infamous war crimes, such as the killing of cold-blooded children and the rape with subsequent stoning of Christian women.
The Permanent Mission of Greece to NATO on Friday evening vetoed a statement that the alliance was preparing to make in support of Ankara, following the recent killing of 33 Turkish troops, Greek newspaper Vima reported, citing information from Greek sources.
Syria is considering expelling Russia and sending its troops home. Why? By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor with intelligence sources inside Syria and Turkey Introduction: This is a...
Turkey in over its head
Greek police used tear gas to turn back 4,000 people at the border with Turkey who flooded the checkpoint after Ankara announced it will no longer stop people from crossing into the EU.
Turkey's Leader Erdogan has given Russia and Syria until this Sunday, March 1st, to withdraw their troops from Idlib or he will (illegally) launch Armageddon.
Turkish occupation forces arrested tens of its mercenary terrorists in the Ras al-Ayn area in Hasaka northwestern countryside after they had attempted to flee towards Turkish lands fearing from engaging in clashes with the Syrian Arab Army in Idleb.
For a long time, Turkiye had remained silent to besiege of Peace Monitoring Points which were established within the framework of the Sochi Agreements, by Assad regime.
Turkey’s military, though competent and robust, is incapable of extended military operations within the Middle East. The “neighborhood” is far too dangerous, particularly if Turkey is forced to operate armor without air cover, something denied them in Syria.
Russian airplane dodging two Raytheon Stinger FM 62 missiles fired from a Turkish “observation post” in Southern Idlib province in Syria. The Turkish base is in the town of Qminas.