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Turkey’s State-Owned Media Outlet Reveals US Military Positions

After Erdogan’s revamping  of the government Turkey is a dictatorship not a democracy.  The two of the bases for unity in NATO is democracy and mutual support in the case of attack.  Turkey is an undemocratic country  now,  If Turkey was attacked we would be obligated to come to Turkey’s defense. Turkish membership in NATO  should be revoked.

Turkey’s state-owned media outlet has published the locations of U.S. military bases inside Syria, showing a stunningly betrayal to the national security of a supposed ally.

The report contained the locations of 10 American bases and outposts in Kurdish-held northern Syria, which is under the control of the YPG (Kurdish) militia. Turkish security sources confirmed the details of the story, which even included specific troop numbers and details of the capacity of some of the bases, according to Al-Monitor.

The report also revealed the locations of some French forces in the region.

Turkey has for some time been angry with America for its support of the Kurdish YPG forces. The YPG is the militia of the Kurdish regions of Syria and is a partner with the United States in the battle against the Islamic State terrorist group. However, they are also affiliated with the PKK, a Kurdish separatist militia and political party which fights for self-rule in the Kurdish areas of Turkey. Therefore Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group and as a national security threat.

The U.S. government is understandably angry about the leaks.

“We would be very concerned if officials from a NATO ally would purposefully endanger our forces by releasing sensitive information,” a spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition effort to defeat the Islamic State, said in a statement. “We have conveyed these concerns to the Government of Turkey.” ClarionProject

Turkey Slams U.S. Plan To Arm Syrian Kurdish Fighters, Demands Decision Reversed

The Kurds have proven to be the most effective force in fighting ISIS.

President Trump has approved a plan to arm Syrian Kurds so they can participate in the battle to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State, a strategy that has drawn deep opposition from Turkey, a NATO ally.

American military commanders have long argued that arming the Y.P.G., a Kurdish militia fighting alongside Syrian Arab forces against the Islamic State, is the fastest way to seize Raqqa, the capital of the militants’ self-proclaimed caliphate. NYTimes

The United States must support its NATO ally Turkey and reverse its decision to arm Syrian Kurds in the battle against the Islamic State, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. USA Today

Turkey slammed the Trump administration’s decision to supply Syrian Kurdish fighters with weapons against the Islamic State group and demanded Wednesday that it be reversed, heightening tensions between the NATO allies days before the Turkish leader heads to Washington for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the fight against terrorism “should not be led with another terror organization” — a reference to the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the YPG, which Turkey considers an extension of the decades-long Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast. “We want to know that our allies will side with us and not with terror organizations,” he said.

Turkey, which has sent troops to northern Syrian in an effort to curtail Kurdish expansion along its borders, has for months tried to lobby Washington to cut off ties with the Kurds and work instead with Turkish-backed opposition fighters in the fight for Raqqa.

But the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, of SDF, which has driven IS from much of northern Syria over the past two years with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes, are among the most effective ground forces battling the extremists. In announcing the decision on Tuesday to arm the Kurds, the Pentagon’s chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White, called the militia “the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future.”

On Wednesday, the SDF said it captured the country’s largest dam from the Islamic State group. The fighters, which are Kurdish-led but also include some Arab fighters, said they expelled the extremists from the Tabqa Dam and a nearby town, also called Tabqa.

It was the latest IS stronghold to fall to the Kurdish-led fighters as they advance toward Raqqa — the seat of the militants’ so-called caliphate along the Euphrates River. The fall of Tabqa leaves no other major urban settlements on the road to Raqqa, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away. NYDailyNews

Iran’s Potential Role In Enforcing Zones Along Israeli Border Raises Concerns

Russia, Turkey and Iran are to map out the specific zones by June 4th.

Netanyahu:  “With the framework of these arrangements, and also without them, there is an Iranian effort to become firmly established on a permanent basis in Syria, either through the presence of ground forces, or naval forces,” Netanyahu said. He also said the Syrians are involved in a “gradual attempt to open up a front against us on the Golan Heights.” JPost

Iran’s potential role in enforcing a security zone in southern Syria has raised concerns for Israel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said Tuesday.

Under the terms of an agreement signed last week in Astana, Turkey, several large areas of western and southern Syria would become protected areas where the use of weapons, including airstrikes, would be prohibited. Russia, Iran and Turkey would be empowered to “take all necessary measures” to enforce the peace in these zones, including attacks inside those areas against Nusra Front, al-Qaida or ISIS.

One of the zones would be in southern Syria in rebel-held territory along the Israeli-Syrian border by the Golan Heights.

Dunford, who was traveling in Israel this week to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top defense officials, said Israel is concerned about the possibility of having Iranian or Iranian-backed forces, such as Hezbollah, so close to its border….

Israel has supported the rebel presence along its border, providing field hospitals to maintain a buffer between it and the Iranian and Hezbollah-backed Assad regime, said Anthony Cordesman, a senior Middle East expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Cordesman said that Israel may endorse security zones to bring stability to Syria, but it’s unlikely to agree to any limits that would keep it from protecting interests in southern Syria or striking shipments.

Cordesman questioned whether the agreement would move forward.  Stars & Stripes

FBI Translator Married The ISIS Terrorist She Was Meant To Be Investigating

Extremely foolish.

She is out of prison –  only 2 years because of her cooperation with authorities.

An FBI translator who was assigned to investigate a bloodthirsty ISIS terrorist wound up falling head-over-heels in love with the man — and married him instead, a report says.

Daniela Greene, 38, was apparently so lovestruck by the German-born jihadist that she left her husband in the US to be with him in war-torn Syria, and then lied to the feds about her whereabouts, according to CNN.

Denis Cuspert — a wannabe rapper-turned-ISIS pitchman — reportedly became the apple of her eye sometime in 2014, despite having a notorious penchant for violence.

He has been spotted showing off the terror group’s savagery in countless execution videos, some of which show him holding severed heads, CNN reports.

Roughly three years after joining the FBI as a linguist, Greene was assigned to the Detroit bureau in Jan. 2014 and asked to probe Cuspert.

By June, she was already smitten by the tatted-up terrorist and making plans to be with him in the Middle East. They reportedly tied the knot in Syria sometime that month.

Greene eventually got cold feet, though, and decided to come back to the US in Aug. 2014. She was immediately arrested upon her return.  Full article at NYPost

Assad’s Gas Attack Was Part Of Ethnic-Cleansing

The largest religious group in Syria are the Sunni Muslims which make up around 74% of the population.  Assad’s gas attack is part of a strategic vision to change the demographic make-up of Syria.

The location of the attacks this week, the town of Khan Sheikhoun, is just east of the Nusayriyah Mountains, the Alawite minority’s stronghold east of Syria’s Mediterranean coastline. At the same time, the town also sits smack on the M5 highway, Syria’s most important artery, which runs from the Jordanian border through Damascus and Homs to Aleppo.

The gas attack and the hospital bombings that followed it are part of an ethnic-cleansing effort that is designed to chase Sunni populations to the east of this north-south axis and replace them with Shi’ite Arabs from Iraq.

The quest to remap Syria ethnically has been raised by Iranian negotiators in talks with the Syrian opposition. The Iranian rationale is clear. Having already consolidated its political grip on Baghdad, Tehran now wants to extend its reach to the Mediterranean, by cultivating a belt of predominantly Shi’ite communities checkered by an assortment of subservient non-Sunni minorities.

Assad’s interest in this scheme is obvious. He will rule over a shrunken but much more cohesive Syria.

The problem is his other great ally, Russia. Iran’s plan leads to a clash of imperial wills with Moscow.

Moscow’s entry into the Syrian war was sparked by NATO’s removal of Russian ally Muammar Gaddafi, but the Kremlin’s deeper motivation was the historic Russian quest for a warm-water seaport. All czars since Peter the Great sought such a maritime prize, but Russia won it only 250 years after his death, when Hafez Assad leased the Tartus seaport to the USSR.

This is what Vladimir Putin was out to secure when he unleashed his fighter jets on Assad’s rebels, and this is what the Iranians are now threatening, whether consciously or not.

Israeli intelligence believes the Iranians are out to build their own seaport in Syria. That is what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Putin during their meeting in Moscow last month. Netanyahu would not peddle such a report to the Kremlin, had it not been convincingly substantiated. Jpost

The Female Navy Commander Who Launched Tomahawk Missiles Into Syria

The commander of the USS Porter — one of the two Navy destroyers that launched cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield last week — is Navy Commander Andria Slough a Naval Academy graduate.

During her military career, Slough has served as a combat information center officer and an auxiliaries and electrical officer with the USS O’Brien. She’s also served as a weapons officer in the USS The Sullivans and executive and commanding officer USS Defender, according to the Navy’s website. She’s the former deputy director for the Joint Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Operations and Training.

Slough has a received awards like the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Pacific Fleet Shiphandler of the Year and the VADM John D. Bulkeley Leadership Award. CapitalGazette

Under Cover Of Night, Syrian Wounded Seek Help From Israel

Nearly every night Syrian wounded come to the Golan Heights in Israel seeking medical help.  Coming into Israel challenge their perceptions about the Jewish state.

It happens nearly every night. After dark, the Syrian wounded come to known locations on the Israel-Syria front in the Golan Heights, driven by desperation to seek help from an enemy army.

Israeli soldiers on lookout or patrol spot them waiting by the fence and whisk them away to a rear position where army medics soon arrive, according to army officials operating in the Golan Heights.

Israel refuses to accept refugees fleeing the nearly six-year conflict in Syria, a country with which it remains technically at war. But it has allowed in more than 2,600 Syrians for medical care…

One man, his legs pierced by shrapnel, survived a bomb attack in his village in which 23 people were killed.

“In the past we used to know Israel as our enemy. That’s what the regime used to tell us,” he said. “When we came to Israel we changed our minds, there is no enmity between us.

“In the end we discovered that our regime is the enemy of us all,” he said, referring to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.  Reuters

Video: Under the Cover of Night, Syrians Seek Help From Israel

Iran Repopulating Syria With Shia Muslims

This is extremely wrong!

New communities of Shia Muslims are being settled in areas where Sunnis have fled or been forced out as Tehran seeks an arc of control stretching from its borders to Israel.  There would be Iran controlled areas just above Israel.

In the valleys between Damascus and Lebanon, where whole communities had abandoned their lives to war, a change is taking place. For the first time since the conflict broke out, people are starting to return.

But the people settling in are not the same as those who fled during the past six years.

The new arrivals have a different allegiance and faith to the predominantly Sunni Muslim families who once lived there. They are, according to those who have sent them, the vanguard of a move to repopulate the area with Shia Muslims not just from elsewhere in Syria, but also from Lebanon and Iraq.

The population swaps are central to a plan to make demographic changes to parts of Syria, realigning the country into zones of influence that backers of Bashar al-Assad, led by Iran, can directly control and use to advance broader interests. Iranis stepping up its efforts as the heat of the conflict starts to dissipate and is pursuing a very different vision to Russia, Assad’s other main backer. TheGuradian 

The author of the below article is Zvi Mazel.  He is the former Israeli ambassador to Romania, Egypt, and Sweden.  Since 2006 he has been a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs – a think tank specializing in Security and Foreign Affairs of Israel.

Sunnis make up 85% of the Muslim world, while Shi’ites are less than 15%. Nevertheless, Iran enjoys an advantage because it is the supreme Shi’ite religious and political authority, whereas, in the Sunni world, every imam can issue his own fatwas – though there is no general obligation to follow them. The lack of religious solidarity – let alone a common policy – severely hampers the ability of Sunni countries to counter the Iranian threat.

While religious extremism Shi’ite and Sunni appear poised to tear apart the Mideast, the lack of religious solidarity – let alone a common policy – severely hampers the ability of Sunni countries to counter the Iranian threat.

Beginning with Khomeini, Tehran has developed a powerful and aggressive army to push its agenda: exporting its Islamic Revolution to Sunni states as a first step before attacking “the great Satan” – the U.S. and its allies. Iran was a major driving force in the disintegration of Iraq, Syria, Yemen and the shambles that is Lebanon. JPost

MI5 Launches Hunt For Syrian Scientist Posing As Refugee Plotting A Chemical Attack On A Seaside Town

The grave danger to Europe was created by elected politicians who have deserted protecting their own country and citizens.  Do they have a picture of the person that could be published?

Warnings

Security minister Ben Wallace said there were reports of IS using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq, where it controls large areas, and that the Moroccan authorities apprehended a cell in February which was harbouring substances that could be used to either make a bomb or a “deadly toxin”.

He also pointed to a recent Europol report which warned of the chemical threat and the potential realisation of “everybody’s worst fear”.

Mr Wallace said: “Experts have warned that their ambition is a mass casualty attack and they have no moral barrier to using whatever means possible. Telegraph

Evidence

MI5 are understood to be hunting for a Syrian scientist posing as a refugee plotting a chemical attack on a British seaside town.

Counter-terrorism police raided a migrant centre in Berlin the day after the Christmas market truck massacre and are said to have recovered documents detailing the planned attack.

They allegedly contained detailed of various chemical agents and included the name of two English towns.

The suspect, said to be in his early 30s, has gone off the radar and it is feared he could be in the UK, according to the Sunday Express.

It came after a raid of Tempelhof airport, which has now been closed down to house the country’s largest refugee camp.

Officers visited the site on December 20, and a source told the Express the documents recovered were so serious that MI5 were immediately called in.

It is thought officers are searching both named targets, and one of them is described as a ‘seaside town on the south coast’.

Potential targets could include Brighton and Hove, Dover, Bournemouth or Torquay.

US authorities have been following the man since he left Damascus, according to the Sunday Express, and it has been claimed British officials were told previously about a Syrian scientist posing as a migrant.

The paper claims the scientist went rogue having been a a vital cog in President Assad’s chemical attacks.   DailyMail

Update: Jihadist Uses 7-Year-Old Daughter As A Suicide Bomber

Update:  He was killed by rival rebels.

Vile!

Dec. 17th, a 7-year-old girl walked into a police station in Damascus.   She was wearing a bomb which was detonated remotely.

Syrian journalists state the man and woman in the video footage are husband and wife and parents to the two girls, one of whom has been connected to the Dec. 16 explosion.

In one of the videos, the mother keeps hugging the 7-year-old, named Islam, and her older daughter, Fatima.

She is asked why she is sending her very young daughters to jihad by a man behind the camera.

The mother answers: “No one is young when it comes to jihad as every Muslim is supposed to participate in jihad.”  OpposingNews

This is the moment jihadi parents kissed their daughters goodbye shortly before one of them walked into a Syrian police station and was blown up by a remote detonator.

Footage shows a male fanatic lecturing the two children, seven and nine, about how to carry out suicide bomb attacks before they are embraced by a woman in a burka.

A short time later, the seven-year-old is thought to have walked into a police station in Syria’s capital, Damascus, before being killed in an explosion.

With music in the background and sitting in front of a black and white flag, the ranting extremist holds the girls in his arms as he brainwashes them.

Reddit Translation:

Father: [inaudible over nasheed – sorry]

Daughter 1: I’m going to do a suicide mission

F: where?

D1: Damascus

F: Damascus? You’re young, you’re 9 years old, why don’t you leave this to the men? The men escaped? They went on the green buses?

D1: yes

F: You want to surrender so that you’re raped and killed by the infidels?

D1: no

F: You want to kill them, no? We’re a glorious religion, not a religion of humiliation, isn’t that so Baba?

D1: Inshallah

F: Inshallah, [turns to second daughter] Islam my darling, you’re going to carry out Jihad today?

D2: Inshallah

F: You won’t be scared, right?

D2: [nods] inaudible

F: You won’t be scared, because you’re going to God, isn’t that right?

D2: [nods] inaudible

F: Thank god, say Allahu Ackbar

D1 & D2: Allahu Ackbar!

F: Thank god [recites scripture and makes dua]

Both girls then say ‘Allahu Akbar’ before separate footage shows them dressed in coats and woolly hats as they embrace their mother and leave the room.

A short time later, on December 16, a seven-year-old girl calmly walked into a Damascus police station before being killed in a bomb blast that also injured three officers.

Syrian journalists have reported the two adults as being husband and wife and parents to the two girls.

Five Arrested In Egypt After Using Children To Stage Fake ‘Aleppo’ Footage

A fake video taken at a demolition site in Egypt shows a little girl with red stains on a white dress and bandages being interviewed about life in a war-torn Syrian city.

 

Five people in Port Said allegedly making fake videos purporting to show the wreckage of air strikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo have been arrested, the Egyptian Interior Ministry has said.

The videographer, his assistants and the parents of two children who appear in the footage were detained after police managed to trail the would-be camera crew to a building site awaiting demolition, a statement on Monday said.

The team reportedly admitted they had planned to distribute their work on social media, pretending it showed scenes of the injured and destruction in Aleppo, the embattled northern Syrian city which has just fallen back under government control after four years of fighting between the regime and Sunni rebels.  Independent UK

Interesting Cloud Between Israel And Syria, The Cloud Ended Precisely At Israel’s Border

This enormous cloud pillar hovered on the same spot where four days earlier there was a confrontation between Israeli Forces And ISIS Affiliated Terrorists.

A startling video which has been shared over 140,000 times on Facebook reveals without a doubt the hand of God protecting Israel against her enemies.

The video, posted on Thursday by Israel News Online, shows what appears to be an enormous pillar of cloud, dust and rain hovering over the dangerous border between Israel and Syria – in the very same area where ISIS militants had attacked IDF forces for the first time four days earlier.

Most incredibly, the mysterious cloud ended precisely at the border without entering Israel’s Golan Heights region, seeming to afflict the Syrian side while not harming Israel.

“This strange storm of what appears to be dust, cloud and rain did NOT cross the border fence into Israel. It sat like a barrier between ISIS and Israel,” the Facebook post read.

In the video, dozens of amazed IDF soldiers are shown photographing and taping the bizarre weather phenomenon with their phones.  BreakingNewsIsrael