Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kurdish SDF to Pass Control of Manbij to Syrian Army

It's from an unnamed source- Which is problematic. 
However, if true, it's timely and could indicate that there is a wider agreement to push the USrael backed Kurdish militias east of the Euphrates.. A situation I've long believed and have stated here at the blog, could be tolerated by all parties concerned. 
A move that should not be confused or associated with peace, cessation of hostilities and the exit of Israel or the US.

Coming right after the passed UN Resolution..  UN Security Council Approves Syrian Cease-fire/Vasily Nebenzya


photo from sputnik

 "Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) have agreed on the transfer of control over the northeast city of Manbij in the Aleppo province to the Syrian army that will enter the city in the coming days, a Kurdish security source told Sputnik on Saturday. 

"The agreement was reached, under which the Syrian Arab Republic’s army will enter the city of Manbij, controlled by the SDF,” the source said"

UN Security Council Approves Syrian Cease-fire/Vasily Nebenzya

UN, February 24. /TASS/. During negotiations on a UN Security Council resolution on ceasefire in Syria, Russia sought to prevent the document from becoming a pretext for military action in Syria, Russia’s UN envoy, Vasily Nebenzya, said on Saturday.
Vasily Nebenzya

"The reason why we negotiated for so long on this resolution is that we wanted to make sure that it is not used as a pretext for any military action," he said. "We heard some worried comments on that in recent days and including today, some of them very bellicose. And we said it clearly that we won’t let anyone to interpret this resolution as a pretext for military action," the Russian diplomat said.
What might Vasily's statement suggest to us?

If anyone interprets this resolution as a pretext for military action is Russia prepared to act?

The 3 page agreement is embedded below

What do you think?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Ceasefire Syria: UN Vote Delayed, Again.

Regarding Ghouta. 
I haven't covered it because it feels exactly like a replay of Aleppo, Syria. 
Which was covered extensively here. I'm following Afrin much more closely.

Without further adieu.
UN Delays Vote on 30 day Syrian Ceasefire

"The U.N. Security Council has delayed a vote on a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire across Syria in hopes of trying to close a gap over when a halt to fighting should take place.
Kuwait's U.N. Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaiba is the current council president. He told reporters Friday evening that "we are so close," but there are still differences over the timing of a cease-fire.
He said the council will meet at noon EST (1700 GMT) on Saturday.
The resolution sponsored by Kuwait and Sweden calls for a cease-fire to take effect 72 hours after its adoption, followed immediately by access for humanitarian convoys and medical evacuation teams"
 Should we expect an "occurence" in Ghouta overnight? A psyop perped by others intended to send a message or up the pressure exponentially?

 A week of insanity- How will it end?



Chaos continued, Syria.

From yesterday:  Chaos, Syria.

Massive Psychosis set to continue at the UN-

Globe & Mail
A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta district unabated on Friday, witnesses said, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire to end one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the war.
 As mentioned yesterday- The US has been flying out "prisoners" from Syrian territory annexed by their Kurdish proxies... Obviously these aren't prisoners. 
Obviously these are military assets of some value. Most probably these military assets are then presented as flag waving militia members gone to Afrin

 Besides the movement of military assets from Kurdish annexed Syrian territory there are reports of a "civilian convoy" bombed by Turkey. This was NO civilian convoy, same as there were no "prisoners" that were flown by the US to somewhere else in Syria...

The Region & their 5 eyes asset Wladimir van Wilgenburg

This is such a preposterous narrative overall, still it's interesting to read about the locales the  civilians hailed from. Relatively calm areas in Syria and Iraq...
“A group that came from Shingal, Kobani, Manbij, they are all civilians, 1,200 civilians came at the border of Afrin, and immediately hit them from Azaz, and according to my information they were 8 injured, and there was a vehicle burned,” Cemil Sulaiman, a Kurdish official in Afrin told The Region.
You would really have to be a complete moron to believe that civilians from as far away as Sinjar (Shingal) Iraq are going to head straight into a very hot war zone. Absurd to the nth degree! It's clear these were armed and ready to go fighters! And undoubtedly they'd wave Syrian flags as they entered the battle field for the psyop, the continuing psyop, of alleged Assad loyalists going to assist the annexing YPG/PKK.

“This convoy of women, old-aged and activists were exposed to a direct aerial and artillery bombardment by the Turkish invasion army and its terrorist factions, resulting in many martyrs and wounded. The wounded civilians were moved to the hospitals in Afrin enclave for treatment,” the SDF said.

Yah, sure. (eyes roll) As stated, this narrative is so preposterous only a moron could believe that old and aged women and activists were headed to a hot war zone. I would expect that if the YPG/PKK were not using civilians as human shields we might see civilian convoys exiting Afrin- that does not appear to be happening-

What accuracy can be extracted from this absurd narrative?

1- these are fighters- not civilians

2-  pay attention to the locations these fighters are coming from as they head to Afrin

Manbij; you have US special forces embedded with Kurds. Are they part of this convoy?

Kobani: Ayn al Arab, Syria- US forces are also embedded with Kurds there

Shingal: Sinjar, Iraq- I'd just talked about this Shingal/Sinjar the other day! And this cooperation between the Hashd al Shaabi PMU and the PKK- Lo and behold we have fighters coming to Afrin from a region where the PKK cooperates with Hashd 

Are these our flag waving rebels too? The Hashd al Shaabi that works with PKK in Iraq?
I'd say there is a darn good chance these fighters are being passed off as Syrian flag waving Assad loyalists

Contained with the  Afrin False Flag ?? report:

  The Story of PKK and Hashd al- Shaabi in Sinjar (Kurds call it Shingal)
The operations conducted by the Hashd al-Shaabi forces in south Shingal show that the PKK vacated some places there which were taken by the Hashd forces
This is at a time when the Kurdistan Region, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government and coalition forces have demanded that the PKK leave Shingal, but the group is still defying these requests. The question is: Why can’t or do the PKK not want to leave the territory controlled by the Peshmerga, but voluntarily leaves areas under Hashd al-Shaabi control.
Sputnik: Turkey destroys "aid convoy" but was it? 

 "One person was killed and seven others were injured as a result of the Turkish shelling of a humanitarian convoy and cars of residents going to Afrin in order to join the operation," the source said.
"Only the convoy belonging to PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorist groups was targeted during the operation, and utmost importance was given to not harm any civilians," Anadolu, a Turkish news agency, quoted the country's General Staff as saying.
 Personally, I don't need anyone from Turkey telling me this was a convoy carrying fighters and arms. The report from The Region made it abundantly clear that this was indeed fighters heading for Afrin.

 Sputnik video:


I have difficulty understanding why some insist on presenting (false flag)YPG/PKK affilliates moving into Afrin as something good for Syria- I see it as a foot in the door desired by the USrael/UK,  if Damascus is seen to be attacking a so called NATO ally. Not that NATO has much use for Turkey in it's present state. But as a convenient reason to attack Syria and overthrow Assad- this ruse is very useful to the 5 eyes tyranny.

It was reported yesterday that YPG/PKK have handed some neighbourhoods in Aleppo back to SAA- 
Presented as part of this alleged deal for Afrin.. I left his comment at syrian perspective

What makes vastly more sense wrt YPG/PKK leaving Aleppo city/SAA take over in my opinion? (Assuming this is accurate reporting)
PKK/YPG desperately need reinforcements in Afrin as evidenced by their call for SAA to help- may as well give up a completely surrounded neighbourhood- to move fighters and hopefully hold onto the afrin border area- which further suggests they are being routed by the Turkish operation.

YPG commander in Aleppo, Furat Xelil/Khalil, says the Kurdish force has lost control of its districts in east Aleppo (Sheikh Maqsoud) to the Syrian regime, because the YPG there travelled to Afrin to get involved in the “Resistance of the Century”. Via @tobiaschneider

Bundy ” Kurdish force has lost control of its districts in east Aleppo (Sheikh Maqsoud) to the Syrian regime, because the YPG there travelled to Afrin

Isn’t that exactly what I stated?
“PKK/YPG desperately need reinforcements in Afrin as evidenced by their call for SAA to help- may as well give up a completely surrounded neighbourhood- to move fighters and hopefully hold onto the afrin border area-
It just made sense, ya know?
 Prensa Latina
The Kurdish People''s Protection Units (YPG) militias will deliver the Syrian Army in the next 48 hours the neighborhoods they control in the northern city of Aleppo, media reports said today. According to the Syrian State Television, the Kurdish forces will grant the armed body of this nation more than a dozen Aleppo areas, including the Sheik Maksud, Halak, Boustan Basha, Haidarieh and Ain Tal neighborhoods.

It appears that YPG/PKK needed reinforcements so they gave up parts of Aleppo
Additionally YPG/PKK needed reinforcements so badly they were bringing them in from as far away as Iraq!  By bus/car and with US assistance by helicopter.
I'm still not convinced Assad is sending anybody.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Chaos, Syria.

Events in Syria are so heavily muddied, by hyperbole and complete disinfo, it's been two or three of the most media crazy days I've noticed since 2011. When I began following the destruction of Syria  as it began in earnest.
Was saying to hubby- I've never seen the spin so thick and fast. And I've assuredly read through a whole pile of media lies these past nearly ten years.
I suspect this entire area is going to get much worse. If that's even conceivable to all?

Recent News and Views:

Security Council Resolution was a fail. Unsurprisingly

I like this guy

But Russia’s ambassador, Vasily A. Nebenzya, whose veto is the lone obstacle to the resolution, dismissed the reports as disinformation and propaganda.
He accused his fellow ambassadors and United Nations officials of succumbing to “massive psychosis” perpetuated by the global news media, which he said had engaged in the “coordinated and repeated spread of the same rumors in recent days.”
I just love that he used the words "massive psychosis" 
Syria’s ambassador, Bashar al-Jaafari, said accusations by the United States, Britain and France — which he called the “three musketeers” — that the Syrian government was indiscriminately bombing civilians were completely false

Lavrov: US Just Wants to Overthrow the Syrian Government

 The real goal of the West-brokered UN Security Council resolution on Syria is to put the blame on Damascus for everything and provide cover for militants, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

The authors of the resolution on humanitarian issues in Syria, which is to be discussed at the UNSC meeting on Thursday evening, want to “shift the focus" from the peace process "to blaming the Syrian government in order to promote ‘plan B,’ namely overthrowing the regime in violation of resolution 2257,” Lavrov said at a news conference in Belgrade.

 Before the UN Meeting there were 3 trucks, with 3 big signs, circling the UN for 3 hours

Without intervention by law enforcement? Obviously this was a protest/psyop!  Who got this together in short order? Some PR Firm.

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", three billboards circle the United Nations on February 22, 2018 for three hours to demand action on Syria in advance of a Security Council vote in New York

** U.S. Says Troops Can Stay in Syria Without New Authorization

This news definitely suggests  extensive occupation after worsening warfare. With an attempt to overthrow the government..

 WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has decided that it needs no new legal authority from Congress to indefinitely keep American military forces deployed in Syria and Iraq, even in territory that has been cleared of Islamic State fighters, according to Pentagon and State Department officials.
“The United States does not seek to fight the government of Syria or Iran or Iranian-supported groups in Iraq or Syria,” wrote Mary K. Waters, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs. “However, the United States will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend U.S., coalition, or partner forces engaged in operations to defeat ISIS and degrade Al Qaeda.”
Kurds have been "freeing" ISIS members to fight/attack Turkey

Gee the 5 eyes alt media told me that Turkey was supporting ISIS.? 
And that Turkey "controlled" ISIS? Well, That's obviously wrong.

Since it's always been Usrael/Britain that have supported ISIS. 

Sputnik also reported this phenomena of Kurds cooperating with ISIS.. freeing them from prison etc., KURDISIS have always had such a symbiotic relationship

Could these prisoners be the 'flag waving' militia members arriving in Afrin ?
Smart money say's it so. I've got still more information regarding the false flag occurring in Afrin.
 "The source from the town of al-Hasakah (north-east part of Syria) has told Sputnik on the condition of anonymity that local people have witnessed US helicopters landing multiple times on the territory of the local prison, controlled by Kurds, a then leaving.
Masculine and Feminine
Ying and Yang
Kurds and ISIS


 From Earlier Today:

Afrin "Kurdish YPG militia says Syrian army must come help stop Turkey"

I've got a pile of Turkish connected articles too... but this post is getting overly long


Afrin "Kurdish YPG militia says Syrian army must come help stop Turkey"

If you've been following along with the situation in Afrin, as I have, you could be excused for already believing SAA had deployed to Afrin- It's clear they have not from this report!
Quite frankly I can't say with certainty if anyone at all deployed to Afrin and if some person did deploy, who exactly they are.
 What seems pretty certain is Syrian Army has NOT deployed to the area.

“Groups aligned to the Syrian army came to Afrin, but not in the quantity or capacity to stop the Turkish occupation,” YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud told Reuters. “The Syrian army must fulfil its duty... to protect Syria’s borders.”
The YPG has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to send troops to the Afrin region in the northwest, and pro-Damascus militias arrived there late on Tuesday.
Hundreds of those fighters have deployed on front lines in Afrin battling Turkish forces, Mahmoud said.
I personally have serious questions regarding the very idea of loyalist militias being sent to Afrin. Waving a flag just doesn't cut it for me. A flag can be used like a prop. It can indicate loyalty or in the case of a false flag it can indicate deception.

flashback  Afrin False Flag ??

"But Assad did not send the army itself, a deployment that could have sparked a wider direct confrontation with the Syrian government if Turkey did not back down"
Ankara, a pro-Assad commander and Kurdish officials have all said recently that Russia intervened to stop Damascus sending the army to defend Afrin after reports of a deal with the Syrian Kurdish forces.
Ankara (nom de guerre) a pro Assad Commander ? Odd name, no? For an alleged pro Assad/loyal to Syria commander?
While Russia is Assad’s strongest ally in the war, it is also working with Turkey, which backs rebel factions, to negotiate a wider settlement to the conflict.

Russia has made two offers to the Kurds in Afrin.. 

I've covered them both previously- One right before the Turkish operation began
And several months back in 2017- The YPG/PKK wanted nothing to do with either offer, both the times they were offered- This is why I have extreme difficulty believing the narrative presented via the 5 eyes media. That and the fact that it takes plenty of time and energy to sort the wheat from the media chaff.

Most recently

Kurds Rejected Russian Protection In Exchange for Syrian Territorial Return

 July 2017:"Russia and Syria Collude With Turkey" Claims Kurdish Annexer of Syrian Territory

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Middle East Game Much Bigger Then Turkey

Carnegie Europe: Marc Pierini is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective.

"Turkey’s foreign policy is dominated by a heated nationalist narrative, which in turn has triggered military operations in Syria. At the roots of these developments are several threats to Turkey—some very real, some perceived, others imagined—and the ways in which the political leadership uses them.

But beyond the immediate horizon, littered with hard-to-digest news and a couple of unthinkable risks, lies a different set of issues on which Turkey has little leverage. The real world around Turkey is so complex—Iran, Israel, Russia, and the United States are waging battles out there—that it may warrant a sober look from Ankara.

For now, Turkey faces many short-term hurdles.

Turkey’s EU accession has in practice been blocked by Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. The European Parliament has just adopted a new resolution criticizing Turkey’s human rights record. A forthcoming review of EU financial support to Turkey will likely end up with a substantial downsizing of assistance. On March 26, the Bulgarian prime minister will host Turkey’s president and the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission in Varna, where the words of EU leaders are expected to be firm. In April, the commission’s latest progress report on Turkey is also expected to be very critical of the country’s rule of law situation.

Then there are developments in New York.

A U.S. court will issue its verdict in the Zarrab-Halkbank financial crimes case around mid-April. U.S. Treasury fines, thought to be in the billions of dollars, against Turkish state-run Halkbank for violating sanctions against Iran could follow. In addition, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control could exclude the bank from operating in U.S. dollars if it were designated as a foreign sanctions evader.

Closer to home, a fierce narrative is in train: the possibility of a direct conflict between Turkish and American forces in northern Syria. American think-tanks and media are abuzz with scenarios of a potential clash. A military confrontation between NATO’s two largest armies would cross into the realm of the previously unthinkable and, if an understanding is not negotiated, could prove irrecoverable. Diplomatic efforts are currently underway.

Also unthinkable is the possibility of the Turkish navy disrupting again the Cypriot government’s offshore gas exploration.

Whatever happens in Afrin, Manbij, Kobane, or off the coast of Cyprus, there is a much bigger game playing out around Turkey.

The stakes in the Syria, especially its eventual post-war settlement, are immensely higher than the fate of ISIS, the creation (or not) of an autonomous Syrian Kurdish region in a post-war Syria, or the links between the PKK and the YPG. They revolve around two fundamental issues: the balance of power between Russia and the United States in the entire Middle East region; and the potential for war between Iran and Israel.
In the seventy-three years since the end of World War II, the Middle East’s security landscape remained relatively unchanged: the United States was the dominant regional actor and Russia a relatively minor one. Israel was created in 1948 and consistently labelled an “enemy of Islam” by Iran since 1979—but the two never fought a war against each other.

Since 2015, however, momentous changes have been engineered by Russia and Iran in the region, with Turkey’s help.

By rescuing the Assad regime with Iranian support, Russia has drastically changed some of the key parameters of the post-World War II equation in the Middle East: for the first time ever, Moscow has set up a sizeable air force base in the region (in Khmeimin, an extension of Lattakia’s civilian airport in the Syrian coast); it opens and closes the skies of western Syria as it chooses; it is enlarging its naval resupply base within the commercial port of Tartus; and it has driven a diplomatic effort—supported by Iran and Turkey within the so-called “Astana peace process” and Sochi talks—to impose its brand of political settlement for Syria.

Meanwhile, in the process of shoring up the Assad regime, Iran and Hezbollah have also set foot in western Syria. They have established bases and substantially upgraded their arsenals in the country to harass Israel, in particular by building small-scale factories to locally produce drones and missiles, thereby avoiding the hassle of air and sea transport from Iran. Recent incidents between Israel, Iran, and Syria are a testimony to this evolution.

In the face of these developments, the United States is now holding about one third of Syrian territory north and east of the Euphrates River through a combination of proxy fighters—the Syrian Democratic Forces, led by the Syrian Kurdish YPG—and its own special forces. This, in essence, locks its position into future—and “real,” as opposed to the meetings in Astana and Sochi—negotiations about Syria’s future. At stake are the destruction of ISIS, the nature of the Syrian regime, local government composition, the right for foreign powers to maintain forces in the country, and ultimately—albeit indirectly—the security of Israel.

For its own reasons, Turkey has chosen to lend a hand to this geopolitical reshuffle: diplomatically, by participating in the Astana and Sochi talks; financially, by sending money to Iran—to the tune of several billion dollars—through the fully-documented “Zarrab-Halkbank scheme;” and militarily, by issuing threats to U.S. troops in Syria in the hope of pushing them back.

This bigger game playing out around Turkey is not made of somber conspiracies, as Ankara would like to convince its population. Rather, it is the theater of a massive transformation of the Middle East—to the benefit of Russia and Iran. It is as momentous as 1979 was for Tehran. The course that Turkish leaders will choose to follow in the Syrian war will have ominous, long-term consequences not only for their country but for the rest of the world, too"