Friday, July 31, 2015

Israel Strikes Syria, Lebanon and sights set on the Sinai

Israel's busy, busy, busy-
A round up of the latest happenings

Israel strikes Syrian village killing pro-Assad forces

An airstrike by Israel yesterday on a government held village in the Syrian Golan Heights has reportedly killed fighters loyal to President Bashar-Al-Assad alongside two Hezbollah militants, raising fears that the Syrian civil war could be further spilling over into the wider region.
Israel strikes targets in Syria, Lebanon in two separate attacks

In Lebanon, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Israeli warplanes struck near the Lebanese border with Syria, wounding six. The jets hit an arms depot in the area of Qousaya in the Bekaa region in eastern Lebanon, the group, which has close links to the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, added.
The Syrian army confirmed that Israeli airstrikes hit a pro-Syrian Palestinian militia base along the Syria-Lebanon border, injuring six. In a newsflash, state television quoted a military source as saying Israeli planes had at 3:15 P.M. struck a base belonging to the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a faction that backs President Bashar Assad. 

Meanwhile in the Golan Heights, reports emanting from Lebanon said a vehicle in the outskirts of the Syrian town of Khader, near the Israeli border, in the Quneitra district was bombed at noon.

Syria says Israeli drone attack killed 3 in country's south

In a statement aired on State-run Syrian TV, the Syrian government said that a pilotless Israeli plane struck a civilian car near the predominantly Druze village of Hader, killing the three villagers.
Al-Manar TV, an outlet of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, said the strike targeted a car carrying members of the Syrian National Defense Committees, a pro-Assad militia, near Hader. The village is surrounded by Syrian opposition-controlled territory.
 The Sinai strike news reads like a heavy promotion- Presenting a need for that which is simply desired. Hence preemptive strikes

 Israeli army to launch Sinai strikes

A senior military officer has said Israel could attack militants affiliated to the Islamic State group in neighbouring Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, if they were about to attack Israeli soldiers or civilians.
The “threat of terror from Sinai” has grown in recent years, Brigadier General Royi Elcabets said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the end of his two years as commander of the Edom division that controls the border with the Sinai, Elcabets said IS’s Egypt affiliate could attempt to attack Israel.

“It is our duty to preempt it and strike at it, if and when this happens,” he said in remarks relayed by the military.

IDF says it could launch preemptive strikes in Sinai

The “threat of terror from Sinai” has grown in recent years, Brigadier General Royi Elcabets said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the end of his two years as commander of the Edom division that controls the border with the Sinai, Elcabets said IS’s Egypt affiliate could attempt an attack on Israel.
 “It is our duty to preempt it and strike at it, if and when this happens,” he said in remarks relayed by the military.

ISIS is everywhere the US and Israel need it to be- Same as AQ was

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NATO Bows Out on Turkey. Turkey and Article 4

Long term readers here know I've put forth a line of thought last year that envisions Turkey being destabilized. Made vastly smaller. Vastly smaller.
Some time last year I begin to wonder about all those NATO backed destabilizers piled up at Turkey's southern border and began to understand how they would be turned on Turkey. I failed to consider NATO's destabilizers on Turkey's northern border, initially. But soon enough it dawned on me that the PKK, as a "Stay behind Army" would inevitably become a player in this destabilization.

Yes, I have mentioned on several occasions in multiple posts that, in my opinion, the  PKK is a functioning Stay Behind Army backed by NATO. I have gone so far as to talk this point up elsewhere too. Surely I can't be the sole person who realizes the connection?

With that background in mind consider the latest news which by all appearances  suggests that NATO is leaving Turkey to fend for itself- Come what may.. This falling out was alluded to in yesterday's post:
"Although public statements from the NATO meeting stressed unity, the official said members also urged Turkey to continue peace efforts with representatives of the Kurdish minority.
 Although NATO’s lying lips are talking unity it is abundantly clear there is NO unity- 

12:40 p.m.
Turkey's NATO partners say they stand "in strong solidarity" with the nation, and that the security of the U.S.-led alliance is "indivisible."
Indivisible, eh? Well I guess that depends on who wants the division?


There is NO unity- Turkey and NATO are divisible. When I read the article that will be linked below it seemed quite clear that Turkey is on it's own. 


Turkey's article 4 Consultation Explained




As usual the interesting bits will be highlighted and or underlined
ON TUESDAY representatives of each of NATO's 28 member states gathered at the organisation's headquarters in Brussels, at Turkey's behest, to address the security threats that country faces related to the Syrian civil war. Turkey says it wants its allies' support in combating recent attacks by the jihadists of Islamic State (IS) and by Kurdish militants. Its NATO allies are happy to support its fight against IS, but the battle against the Kurds is more complicated. NATO member states were forced to attend the meeting after Turkey invoked the North Atlantic Treaty's Article Four.

NATO member states were "forced"? Like at gun point?
Or, more likely, did other NATO member states not relish the thought of attending but felt compelled to in order to put on a show of unity?


What is Article 4 and why is it important to a NATO state such as Turkey?
Article Four is less well-known. It says the member states will "consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security" of any member is threatened. In other words, any NATO member can call for a meeting regarding a threat to itself or any other member.
 Article Four has been very seldom invoked; based on a British parliamentary document, this appears to be only the fifth such consultation since NATO was founded in 1949. (A NATO historian confirmed that Article Four consultations are extremely rare, but was unable to produce an exact figure.)
 The Economist goes to lengths to make the point that Article 4 is rarely evoked, except for
  *The first time it was called upon was in 2003, when Turkey invoked it to ask the allies for protection (around the time of the US invasion of Iraq)
* Last year, when Poland and Lithuania jointly requested an Article Four consultation after Russia's annexation of Crimea
 Turkey seems to be the only country that has ever used it, and may be developing a bit of a habit
Back that train up! First we have Article 4 being "rarely evoked" and then immediately after making that claim the writer @ the Economist tells us Poland & Lithuania requested an Article Four consult. Only to contradict their initial claims to tell the reader that Turkey 'seems to be the only country to have used it, habitually! What!?  Liar, liar?
Or are we reading a bit of demonization towards Turkey?
Some good old perception management, perhaps?

Why is Turkey so keen on Article Four?
Turkey has always worried that other members of the NATO alliance do not take its security considerations seriously enough. Turkey has been a member since 1952, yet America has tended to see it more as a crucial strategic asset, first against the Soviet Union and later in conflicts in the Middle East, rather than as a full-fledged partner. When Turkey invoked Article Four in 2003, it was worried that the invasion of Iraq was threatening its own borders in ways that would be overlooked by the rest of NATO
In plain talk Turkish leaders know that NATO doesn't really concern itself with Turkey's security unless it benefits NATO to share in that concern. The 2003 invocation had everything to do with.. you guessed it- the Kurds and their aspirations- I did a post on this way, way back.

What is Turkey asking for now?
In the past two weeks, the fighting in Syria has spilled over into Turkey itself. First, an IS suicide bomber struck the border town of Suruc, killing 32 people, most of them volunteers planning to cross the border to provide aid to the Kurdish town of Kobane. Then militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), who have been fighting an on-and-off guerrilla war against the Turkish government for decades, violated a two-year-old cease-fire by killing several policemen. Turkey responded with air strikes, first against IS and then against PKK camps in northern Iraq. (The PKK retaliated in turn, with a car-bomb attack on a Turkish military convoy.)
 Turkey wants NATO to express support for its efforts to combat both IS and the PKK. But while NATO is pleased with Turkey's newfound eagerness to fight IS, it is hesitant about Turkey's aims towards the Kurds. America has a strong relationship with the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq and an increasingly strong one with another Kurdish militia in Syria, the People’s Defence Units (YPG), which battles IS. The YPG is closely allied with the PKK.
And the PKK is a designated terror group- aka NATO left behind army, purposed with keeping Turkey off balance, always.

Did Turkey get what it wanted out of the Article Four consultation?
Partly. In a statement, the NATO partners said they "strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against Turkey", and affirmed that "the security of the Alliance is indivisible". They placed their support for Turkey in the context of the international struggle against terrorism. America and other NATO allies consider both IS and the PKK to be terrorist organisations. But while the NATO statement specifically offers condolences to the families of the victims in Suruc, where IS staged its attack, it goes on to mention only "other attacks against police and military officers" rather than referring more clearly to the PKK's attacks.
So, you see NATO offered condolences for the victims of the ISIS suicide bombing, but, for PKK victims condolences were given without mentioning their deaths were at the hand of the PKK. Why? Are some victims more 'worthy' then others? Is the political agenda made clear in who we should feel sad for vs who we should not feel sad for?
And it (NATO) does not offer support for any particular actions undertaken by Turkey in response. Invoking Article Four has reminded everyone that Turkey is a NATO ally, but if Turkey wanted NATO's imprimatur for its war against the PKK, it does not seem to have got it.

So, Turkey is a NATO ally, when it suits NATO and when it doesn't NATO doesn't give a hoot about Turkey's politically incorrect dead or the victims of NATO's own covert terror ops
NATO's response or lack of one says it all- NATO has bowed out on Turkey
What happens next?

From Earlier Today:

Lion Cubs of the caliphate? Who is really recruiting children?

Lion Cubs of the caliphate? Who is really recruiting children?

I'm posting this "analysis" because it's an exemplary demonstration of spin. Propaganda. And general nonsense. ( representing the best of its kind)
  
Rudaw 
Opening sentence: "ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The capture of Tal Abyad, or Gire Spi in Kurdish, last week by Kurdish forces caused thousands of residents to flee the strategic border town"
Rudaw which is more or less a Kurdish news, opinion, spin site is ADMITTING that thousands of residents fled the Kurdish forces when they took Tal Abyad

The article then goes on for several paragraphs afterwards informing the readers about how this provides us all an opportunity to become aware of life in Tal Abyad under ISIS occupation.


This spin job is necessary to deflect attention away from one big FACT- The residents of Tal Abyad were still residing in Tal Abyad until they fled the ethnically cleansing Kurdish forces

I generally call the spin that follows in the footstep of the fact that Rudaw doesn't want you to think about all those residents fleeing the Kurdish forces "dazzling with bullshit" 

The entire narrative for life under ISIS occupation is provided 3rd hand by some person from British Channel 4- She informs us all of what these young men are alleged to have said.
 "What happens to these children has become clear in Turkey just across the border from Tal Abyad, where Lindsey Hilsum of British Channel 4 caught up with some refugees. The young men of a family she spoke with told her why they approved of ISIS"

This is by it's very definition hearsay.
hear·say
ˈhirˌsā/
noun
noun: hearsay
information received from other people that one cannot adequately substantiated; rumor.

That type of information can't be taken as fact. It is rumour mongering. Likely entirely fabricated. And can in no way be verified. Accounts such as this should be disqualified out of hand unless one can find additional verifying information. And lots of it. And I mean lots of it!

The only fact we can take away from the entire article. The one sentence that we know is a fact, because, it was made in the form of a factual statement
The capture of Tal Abyad, or Gire Spi in Kurdish, last week by Kurdish forces caused thousands of residents to flee the strategic border town"
The capture of Tal Abyad by Kurdish forces caused thousands of residents to flee from the town.

Before ending this post, I will make mention of another agenda at play in this Rudaw article.

This article spins ISIS's recruit of children- However there have been multiple reports of Kurdish forces recruiting children- It would seem to me this article serves the additional purpose of spinning Kurdish child recruitment away and framing ISIS-
 By using a propaganda technique known as Transference
Transfer is a technique used in propaganda and advertising. Also known as association, this is a technique of projecting positive or negative qualities (praise or blame) of a person, entity, object, or value (an individual, group, organization, nation, patriotism, etc.) to another in order to make the second more acceptable or to discredit it.
So, the Kurdish spin site is transfering their negative attribute (child recruitment) on to ISIS

Reports on Kurds recruiting children:  These reports do not constitute hearsay- these are first hand reports, which can be verified.

July 2015:Kurdish YPG militia recruiting child soldiers in Syria: HRW
 A Syrian Kurdish militia is using child soldiers despite international law prohibiting its practice, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.
The New York-based body said it documented at least 59 children under 18 recruited by the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia and the YPJ, its female branch. 
Some of the children died in combat in June, it said.
“The YPG promised to stop sending children to war and it should carry out its promise," said Fred Abrahams, a special adviser at Human Rights Watch (HRW).
 Some Kurdish Forces Still Recruiting and Using Child Soldiers: Witnesses
Kurdish forces continue to recruit school children as child soldiers, despite a public pledge not to do so, according to witnesses and relatives.
It had previously emerged that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party’s military wing – the Public Protection Units – had been recruiting at schools under their control since the start of 2014. Later the same year, Human Rights Watch also issued a damning report on the many groups involved in the fighting that recruit child soldiers.
Yasser al-Hassan, 46, an engineer in the oil fields of Rmelan, a town in the northeastern al-Hassakah Governorate, told Syria Deeply that armed boys and girls man checkpoints between al-Qamishli and Rmelan.
“Many children died at the fronts in Ras al-Ein, Yarubia and Hassakeh,” he said, adding that he had personally attended the funerals of a number of child soldiers.
“The recruitment is still ongoing under the excuse of defending the area and claims these children volunteered by themselves. But that’s not true, because most teachers in schools are members of the Public Protection Units and they brainwash children and convince them that joining and fighting with them is a sacred matter and that everyone must volunteer to fight with the units.”

My nephew, Butan Taj al-Deen … dropped out when he was in elementary school due to the lack of teaching staff … [he] wasn’t good at school so when he quit his parents didn’t care much and they sent him to work in the vegetable market in town, which is ruled by party members. Every day he brought back with him lots of vegetables and 200 Syrian liras (about one dollar).
“It was a very good salary so his family didn’t pay much attention to the threat their son was under. We later heard he joined the Public Protection Unit.
”We didn’t take this seriously and his family thought he was just going to guard the market along with other members of the party, but three months later we received the news of his death.
“I still can’t believe he was killed. I have no idea how he and his younger friend Hassan Ibrahim joined the party together and both got killed together too. How could a 13- or a 14-year-old child carry weapons and fight?
Going back to 2014: Syrian Kurds recruiting children for military wing, rights group says
 Human Rights Watch said it had found that children had been recruited into the PYD's police force and armed wing.

Transfer is propaganda intended to mislead- Beware of these types of manipulations

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PKK Ended Ceasefire Weeks Ago? A stream of the latest news

This post is going to be a running account of the latest news surrounding what is going on with Turkey!
Before you all start reading I am placing one specific news item at the top of my post!
.Must read. Requires your attention
When the shit started to  hit the fan I saved a bunch of news stories- I always save and read way more then I post here- Thank goodness for the readers..............!
I saved this story from Financial Times in it's entirety:
Headline: Turkey expands airstrikes against ISIS to include Kurdish separatist bases

 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9e3d7194-32af-11e5-bdbb-35e55cbae175.html

What was so very important in that news story for my readers? This very important information, is as follows.............
"The PKK announced three weeks ago that it was ending a three year cease fire complaining of a lack of progress in long-running, stalled peace talks with the Turkish government"

I repeat in large bold print:
"The PKK announced three weeks ago that it was ending a three year cease fire complaining of a lack of progress in long-running, stalled peace talks with the Turkish government"

So, despite the spin in the corporate media, those who are suggesting it was Turkey that declared war on the Kurds. It appears the PKK had announced the end of the ceasefire prior to all the "shit hitting the fan"

 PKK announces end of cease-fire, mobilizes guerillas
 The Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella network that includes the PKK, announced on Saturday that the cease-fire which was declared via a message from the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan in 2013 has ended, dealing a huge blow to the protracted reconciliation process that was expected to speed up with the Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) entrance into Parliament.
Ankara and the HDP have been pursuing a reconciliation process to end the decades-long conflict between the state and the PKK since 2013, but the process has seen serious setbacks prior to the June elections with friction emerging between the mediator HDP and Ankara. The party, which built its election campaign on messages that promised to push forward the stalled peace efforts, failed to abide by its vows once it secured its place in Parliament.

The HDP passed the election hurdle after receiving 13 percent of the votes in the June elections via the support of democrats and liberals, but it was unable to fulfill its assurance of a settlement between the state and the PKK. The blatant intimidation against the government by the KCK has come at a time while expectant HDP voters are waiting for a disarmament announcement.
 Meanwhile, two groups of the PKK, consisting roughly of 50 militants, intercepted the Gürbulak and Iğdır roads on Saturday, opening fire on trucks and throwing Molotov cocktails. During the attacks, three trucks were burned down and one Iranian was injured. On Sunday, PKK militants clashed with gendarmerie forces after they seized a vehicle belonging to the municipality of Göle in the province of Ardahan. One person died and two others were injured after the terrorists opened fire on a bus at the scene of the clashes.

Ankara has been pushing the PKK to lay down its arms as part of the reconciliation process but the resistance of the militants to abandon weapons has crippled the process, which is currently on ice.
 If that information is accurate as reported by Financial Times,  Daily Sabah & Today's Zaman (July 12/2015)  that changes the dynamic at work in this situation from what is being presented by the media as Erdogan's government being the aggressor to the PKK being the instigator of hostilities.
Just something to think about. Something to consider.

On to the narrative as it happened:
Some interesting info via NYT's
11:20 a.m.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is asking NATO to be prepared to help his country as it battles Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdish rebels in Iraq.
12:35 p.m.
Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says a soldier has been seriously wounded in an armed attack near Turkey's border with Iraq.
The agency says the soldier was fired on by a man wearing a mask on Tuesday in the mainly-Kurdish town of Semdinli.
The attack comes amid increased violence between Turkey and Kurdish rebels and Turkish airstrikes against the militants' bases in neighboring Iraq.
A day earlier, a military police major was killed in an ambush of his car in the southeastern province of Mus. Ten people were detained for questioning.
Earlier, an explosion at a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey
12:40 p.m.
Turkey's NATO partners say they stand "in strong solidarity" with the nation, and that the security of the U.S.-led alliance is "indivisible."
Indivisible, eh? Well I guess that depends on who wants the division?

1:50 p.m.
The leader of Syria's main political opposition group is urging NATO partners meeting in Brussels to support the establishment of a "safe zone" in northern Syria.

2:40 p.m.
Turkey's military says a soldier who was seriously wounded in an armed attack near Turkey's border with Iraq has died.
A military statement said the infantry sergeant died in a hospital Tuesday after being shot in the head by Kurdish militant in the town of Semdinli.
There is much shooting in the head going on-  Victims: Turkish military. Turkish police.

3:20 p.m.
A spokesman for the main Syrian Kurdish force fighting the Islamic State group says he does not view a U.S.-Turkish agreement to establish a safe zone in northern Syria as a threat.
When you’re the one in control of the borders would this, could this, plan really threaten you.
I have mentioned to readers here previously KurdIShIS controls nearly the entirety of the Syrian northern border- as you will also read below!
Redur Khalil of the People's Protection Units, or YPG, says it is still not clear how Turkey will fight IS and adds Turkey has no interest in sending ground troops to Syria.

The U.S.-backed YPG controls most of the 910-kilometer Syrian (565-mile) border with Turkey. It has warned Ankara against military intervention in northern Syria.
3:35 p.m.
A senior Turkish ruling party official says Turkey's peace process with the Kurds is not over but has been placed on hold.

Turkey launched peace talks with the Kurdish rebels' imprisoned leader in 2012 with the aim of ending the 30-year conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.
4:05 p.m.
A NATO official says that alliance members have used the closed-door meeting in Brussels to call on Turkey not to use excessive force.

Although public statements from the NATO meeting stressed unity, the official said members also urged Turkey to continue peace efforts with representatives of the Kurdish minority.
Although NATO’s lying lips are talking unity it is abundantly clear there is NO unity-

4:30 p.m.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has affirmed his country's support for Turkey's military actions against the Islamic State group and its right to defend itself against terror acts.
Does Saudi Arabia see the writing on the wall?

4:40 p.m.
The spokesman of one of the main factions fighting the Islamic State group and Syrian government forces says a U.S.-Turkish agreement to establish a zone free of extremists in northern Syria is in their interest.
5:25 p.m.
Turkey's military says it used fighter jets to target Kurdish rebels after its soldiers were attacked near the country's border with Iraq.
6:30 p.m.
A U.N. panel says the threat of foreign jihadi fighters traveling to countries such as Iraq and Syria is a fluid and rapidly-changing problem and the response of governments must be stepped up.
8:25 p.m.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his council of ministers views Turkish airstrikes in his country as "a dangerous escalation and a violation of Iraq's sovereignty."
The US moving the mouth of their sock puppet government in Iraq- After they over threw Maliki.
In a three-part message posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday, al-Abadi said that the council is committed "not to allow any attack on Turkey from Iraqi territory and called on Turkey to respect good relations."
9:50 p.m.
The U.N. humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, has warned against calling a proposed buffer along the Turkey-Syrian border a "safe zone," saying it could risk attracting vulnerable people to an area without "sufficient protection."

The US and Israel pull the strings at the UN also. One would think the UN would want a safe zone for refugees.. In fact you would think they would encourage it so all the displaced Syrians can exercise their right of return... After Angelina Jolie cried rivers of crocodile tears- oh the pity she had for the refugees and their plight- Barf!

From earlier today:

Syria: The "Army of Conquest" moves towards the Mediterranean


Syria: The "Army of Conquest" moves towards the Mediterranean

Well, well, well... This is interesting.
How often can it be stated that geographical location is so important? And, what an interesting name for this NATO backed terror bunch! "Army of Conquest" 

First some much needed background:
  Let's view a map of  the alleged "Kurdistan-  a "geo cultural region" (that means lots of other people have always lived their too) where google claims Kurds have allegedly been in the majority- but that's not really true.  Kurdistan, as claimed, just happens to almost perfectly align with the land of the early Assyria. For comparison purposes, directly below the alleged Kurdistan, I will put a map of the Assyrian domain. Check the borders for yourself.

"Kurdistan"





Early Assyrian Territory

The Darker Green area of the Assyrian Territory aligns nearly perfectly with "Kurdistan" and the expanded Assyrian Territory including Kurdistan looks to be everything coveted by modern day Israel- Curious isn't it?





Just some things to keep in mind..............

Now let's get back to the latest news!

Insurgents have launched a big offensive on government-held areas in northwestern Syria in a bid to advance towards a coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad’s control of western Syria, a monitoring group and activists said on Tuesday.
The taking of the coastal region in Syria would bode very, very badly for Turkey as it stands today. Look at the map of "Kurdistan" above and then you'll be clear on what I am suggesting.
If the Army of Conquest succeeds in taking this area, it will be a loss to Syria and Turkey.

 A Syrian military source described the attack as large and widespread. The insurgents are seeking to drive into the Sahl al-Ghab plain
 Supporters of an insurgent alliance fighting in the area, the “Army of Conquest”, said the insurgents had seized a power station in the area and listed a total of 16 locations captured from government forces in the offensive

Digression-  "Army of Conquest"- kind of says it all. I guess NATO's irregulars aren't even going to pretend to be about fighting oppression, human rights, democracy and justice. Straight up- CONQUEST!
con·quest
ˈkänˌkwest/
noun
noun: conquest
the subjugation and assumption of control of a place or people by use of military force.
Of course the control and subjugation of this area, via military force, plays right into the creation of Israel's partner nation Kurdistan- see map of Assyria.

 Insurgents including the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front captured government-held positions outside the town of Jisr al-Shughour and pushed into the northern tip of the Sahl al-Ghab plain overnight.
Sahl al Ghab plain circled
 Sahl al Ghab - very fertile farmland- home to 11,000 families according to Wiki

Insurgents including, but not limited to, al Qaeda... Gee, who else might be there alongside al Qaeda? PKK? Of course! PYD- The Syrian PKK? Of course they are alongside AQ!
Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory, said government forces had launched a counter attack and had recovered some lost ground in Sahl al-Ghab.

The military source said: “The battles are ongoing in that area between the army and the militant attackers, the terrorists.”
More on this move to the Med: 

Big rebel attack in Syria targets area vital to Assad

Supporters of an insurgent alliance (AQ, PKK, PYD, ISIS, Chechens etc.,) fighting in the area, the "Army of Conquest", said the rebels had seized a power station in the area and listed a total of 16 places captured from government forces in the offensive.
The coastal mountain range, which acts as a buffer for government-held cities such as Latakia, is west of Sahl al-Ghab.
 The insurgents fighting against government forces also included the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham faction and groups including Chechen and central Asian fighters, the Observatory said.
 Chechens and Central Asians- two groups who have gone to fight alongside ISIS

The military has concentrated on defending Syria's west, a tactic Assad alluded to on Sunday when he said the army had been forced to give up some areas in order to hold onto more important ones during the four-year conflict.

This move towards the Mediterranean may explain Turkey's sudden concern with KurdIShIS.

Monday, July 27, 2015

NATO Holding Emergency Meeting At Turkey's Request- US: No Go for No Fly Zone

Oh to be a fly on the wall........
This meeting should result in some real magical language useage via the war mongering media
Should be interesting!
“The rise of Islamic State in northern Iraq, in northern Syria, has effectively destabilized the southern border of Turkey. But also domestically, the threat of terrorism has become very real,” Lete told The Associated Press.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who will chair the closed-door session, said Turkey requested it following recent “heinous terrorist attacks,”

 After months of reluctance, Turkish warplanes last week started striking militant targets in Syria and entered a long-awaited agreement which allows the U.S. to launch its own strikes from Turkey’s strategically located Incirlik Air Base.
The official NATO announcement of Tuesday’s meeting of alliance ambassadors said one of the reasons Turkey sought it was to explain “the measures it is taking.” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters Monday he would spell out in detail the security threats his country faces.
“We expect solidarity and support from our NATO allies,” he said, without elaborating.
Turkey isn't going to get solidarity or support. Not really, despite the magic that will be spoken into your reality.
 “There is no difference between PKK and Daesh. You can’t say that PKK is better because it is fighting Daesh,” Cavusoglu said.
There is no difference between the PKK and Daesh aka ISIS. None what so ever.....

The US and Turkey have no agreement on a no fly zone in Northern Syria
 Ahead of a hastily called NATO meeting, a senior Obama administration official told CNN on Monday (July 27) there is no agreement with Turkey to establish a no-fly zone in the country.
 An yet one would think the US would want a no fly zone ...  Iraq redux
The area the U.S. is considering a "safe zone" is on the Turkish border that, he said, is "still controlled by ISIS."
"The problem is this is an area being bombed almost daily by the Syrian air force," he said. "So what happens when we set up a safe zone there and the Syrians want to conduct operations against people we're supporting? Are we going to go head-to-head with the Syrian air force? So this is setting up a real dangerous situation."
""The problem is this is an area being bombed almost daily by the Syrian air force,"
Excuse me for pointing out the bullshit, but, isn't that the reason for a no fly zone? So the "offending" nation can't fly and drop bombs? Oh the lies, the lies, lies.........

The problem is the US/NATO planes are already bombing Syria in the north of Syria (I've covered this repeatedly) The type of zone Turkey want's would impede the US bombing, land clearing, ethnic cleansing campaign they are presently involved in with the Kurdish militias.
  
Information on  daily US airstrikes made in Syria dating back to October 2014

As of 1 October, U.S. and partner nation attack aircraft have flown over 1,700 strike sorties in support of operations against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria using over 800 munitions against 322 targets.
Whose bombing northern Syria daily? If even half of those over 1700 bombing runs are made in Syria?

 From Earlier:

Turkey: ISIS/Kurds & the Good Vs Evil Narrative

Turkey: ISIS/Kurds & the Good Vs Evil Narrative

Turkey, striking ISIS, hits Kurds- It seems so contradictory and yet it's not
Sample news item: Turkey accused of shelling Kurds in Syria
Turkey denies claims it shelled Kurdish fighter positions in a village in northern Syria, as Ankara continues its campaign against so-called Islamic State
Image from linked news story. ISIS or Kurds? (Check link for answer)

“A Turkish foreign ministry official denied on Monday that bombing of Kurdish positions in northern Syria had taken place. A government official has said that the claim is being investigated.

"The ongoing military operation seeks to neutralise imminent threats to Turkey's national security and continues to target Islamic State in Syria and the PKK in Iraq," the official said.

"The PYD (the political wing of the YPG), along with others, remains outside the scope of the current military effort."

Just by reading the latest news we can spot far too many contradictions in the presented narrative. Too many contradictions indicate falsities.  Turkey is hitting ISIS.  Kurds says Turkey is striking the villages they hold. Western NATO allies seem pleased that Turkey has FINALLY joined the fight against ISIS.  Their approval confirms that Turkey is striking ISIS targets. What’s going on!

How can we reconcile the contradictory claims? How can we make sense of nonsense?  How can Turkey be striking ISIS, to the alleged glee of their NATO allies, who are ‘fighting’ ISIS, while at the same time Kurdish militias  are claiming to be hit?

KurdIShIS is the simplest, most obvious, explanation.

The whole Kurdish/ISIS, White/Black or Good vs Evil, is a full of nonsense, fairy tale and utter bullshit.

*Weapons dropped to ISIS, intended for the Kurds, of course that was“accidental” -Not credible

*ISIS resistance practically melting away when the Kurds come to town. Again on more then one occasion is not credible when on considers the over the top hype of the ISIS threat.

*ISIS releasing Kurdish ‘hostages’ out of the goodness of their hearts, of course! Again, on more then one occasion.

These seeming contradictions clearly demonstrate a cohesion rather then a contradiction.

The Kurds vs ISIS is a classic good vs evil narrative. We love to believe that good will triumph over evil.

"Every time you tell yourself a good vs evil story, you're basically lowering your IQ." Tyler Cowen

I don’t agree 100 percent with that quotation but, I’m using it to make a specific point, with clarification. Every time you allow yourself to be taken in by a presented, simplistic, good vs evil narrative you will be made more foolish for it. Yes, there is good & evil in the real world. That is abundantly evident. And the fact of good & evil’s existence makes it easy for us to be taken in by a patently false, good vs evil, as presented narrative that has nothing to do with the real world.
This false, good vs evil narrative, is the ISIS/Kurd narrative.
Stop believing it.

Finally:
The agenda pushing media is also spinning via their headlines that Turkey is striking Kurdish territory in Northern Syria. To be clear: There is NO Kurdish territory in Syria. There is only Syrian territory taken over by Kurdish “fighters” while tag teaming in their symbiotic, mutually beneficial, relationship with ISIS and ultimately with the NATO/Israel global war machine.

Truth is simple, it is lies that are complicated.

By that I mean, the official contradictory and complicated narratives make the lie obvious.
Pull the layers back and the truth is apparent.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Two killed/ 4 wounded Attack on Military Vehicle in Turkey

Two killed, four wounded as a result of an attack on a military vehicle in Turkey 

baku, Azerbaijan, July 26

Trend:
Terrorists blew up a military vehicle which was carrying troops in the province of Diyarbakir, Turkey. As a result, two soldiers were killed, four wounded, Milliyet reported.
The wounded soldiers were taken to hospital.

Diyarbakir, Turkey- further east and deeper into Turkish territory- heading towards Iran
Interesting location

 Don't Miss, must read, with multiple updates:

Turkey: Creating "Safe Zones", Fighting for it's Survival, Turkey's letter to UN

 Turkey by all appearances is defending it's borders.
Turkey targeted brand ISIS from it's own airspace- Without entering Syrian airspace.

Question # 1: Why didn't/hasn't Turkey enter Syrian airspace?  
Is it because the US and company are in Syrian airspace? As they "fight ISIS"   While aiding Kurds in their ethnic cleansing of area residents.
If, we are supposed to believe Turkey is fighting alongside NATO allies- Why not enter Syrian airspace?
IBTimes

 "Turkey's operations will, if needed, continue until the terror organizations' command centers, all locations where they plan (attacks) against Turkey and all depots used to store arms to be used against Turkey are destroyed," the Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said, confirming a “third wave” of attacks on Isil on Saturday and a second wave against the PKK.

 

Etc., etc.,

Necessary background:

 

Turkey: Creating "Safe Zones", Fighting for it's Survival, Turkey's letter to UN

 And not attempting an expansion?
Reiterating:

Turkey by all appearances is defending it's borders.
Turkey targeted brand ISIS from it's own airspace- Without entering Syrian airspace.

Question # 1: Why didn't/hasn't Turkey enter Syrian airspace?  

Is it because the US and company are in Syrian airspace? As they "fight ISIS"   While aiding Kurds in their ethnic cleansing of area residents.

If, we are supposed to believe Turkey is fighting alongside NATO allies- Why not enter Syrian airspace?

IBTimes
 "Turkey's operations will, if needed, continue until the terror organizations' command centers, all locations where they plan (attacks) against Turkey and all depots used to store arms to be used against Turkey are destroyed," the Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said, confirming a “third wave” of attacks on Isil on Saturday and a second wave against the PKK.

Question # 2: Do the US & Company approve of the safe zones Turkey is talking up?

According to the report below they don't. Why not?

An article from June 27/2015
 Turkey considers creating safe zones in Syria between the cities of Aleppo, Idlib and the Turkish border with the inclusion of the border towns Kobani, Jarabulus and others, depending on the population density in these areas, the Turkish newspaper Milliyet said June 27.
From IB Times (linked above)
 Turkey has long sought a "no-fly zone" or "safe zone" in northern Syria but met resistance from Washington, which says direct military pressure on Islamic State, not a "safe zone", is the best way to end the region's fighting and refugee crisis.
Washington doesn't want a safe zone- And their 'fight' against ISIS has been a cover all along for the Kurdish/Israeli land grab. Turkey wants the safe zone because the leadership of Turkey understand exactly where that Kurdish land grab will lead..  To the destabilization and destruction of Turkey.

Question # 3: What is Turkey's intent with the "safe zones"? 

Based on Turkish claims- Their intent is to return all the Syrian refugees. Thereby preventing the creation of a Kurdistan in Syria- Which will serve as a second base of attack against Turkey. Iraq being the first base of attack- Hence the airstrikes in both places.

Turkey to create IS free safe zones in Syria for refugees: FM

 "Syrian refugees in Turkey and in neighboring countries will be able to settle in these safe regions" 

The Turkish FM claimed in this article that Washington was on board? But is it?
UPDATE: More on the 'safe zone' from Telegraph UK 

"Turkey's operations will, if needed, continue until the terror organizations' command centers, all locations where they plan (attacks) against Turkey and all depots used to store arms to be used against Turkey are destroyed," the Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said, confirming a “third wave” of attacks on Isil on Saturday and a second wave against the PKK.
They also promoted what newspapers said was a plan to create an “Isil-free zone” along Syria’s long border with Turkey - a zone which would be guarded by the non-Isil anti-Assad rebels but importantly also prevent a subsequent takeover by Syria’s Kurds.
"When areas in northern Syria are cleared of the (Isil) threat, the safe zones will be formed naturally," the foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said in response to questions about the newspaper reports.
"We have always defended safe zones and no-fly zones in Syria. People who have been displaced can be placed in those safe zones.

In closing when Turkey attacks "ISIS" and the Kurds they are attacking one and the same entity - Which is why they were never 'on board' with  the illusory fight against ISIS aka KurdIShIS. The NATO backed fight against ISIS was cover for Kurds taking territory- Why would Turkey assist with that? 

Almost forgot!   

Turkey justifies Syrian strike with letter to UN

This after the provocative strike on a Turkish military outpost the other day

 "In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, Turkey cited Article 51 of the UN Charter, which covers an individual or collective right to self-defense against armed attack, as justification for its action.

"It is apparent that the regime in Syria is neither capable of nor willing to prevent these threats emanating from its territory which clearly imperil the security of Turkey and safety of its nationals," wrote Turkey's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Levent Eler in the letter, seen by Reuters.

"Syria has become a safe haven for (Islamic State). This area is used by (Islamic State) for training, planning, financing and carrying out attacks across borders," he wrote.

 Turkey "initiated necessary and proportionate military actions against (Islamic State) in Syria, including in coordination with individual members of the Global Coalition, in order to counter the terrorist threat and to safeguard its territory and citizens."
2nd Update: Regarding Turkey's letter, of Friday July 24/15, to the UN

Turkey told the United Nations on Friday that it had started conducting air strikes on Daesh militant group in exercise of its rights of self-defense as defined by the Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which allows countries to engage in self-defense against an armed attack.
Also Trend

 Turkey's letter to the U.N. followed its early Friday airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria. The jets carried out the operation “without violating the Syrian airspace”, the Prime Ministry said in a statement.

Has the Syrian government commented on the Turkish strikes on KurdIShIS?
Necessary background:

Turkish Jets Strike Kurds in Iraq, Complicating Anti-ISIS Fight

Interesting headline:Turkish Jets Strike Kurds in Iraq, Complicating Anti-ISIS Fight

 Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, authorities said Saturday, the first strike since a 2013 peace deal as Ankara also bombed ISIS positions in Syria.
The strikes in Iraq targeted the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, whose affiliates have been effective in battling ISIS. The strikes further complicate the U.S.-led war against the extremists, which has relied on Kurdish forces making gains in both Iraq and Syria.
  PKK, which has been fighting Turkey for autonomy since 1984 and is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara and its allies
PKK is considered a terrorist organization by the US as well as Turkey. And yet the article is telling us EXPLICITLY that the US is using designated terrorists PKK (Kurdish forces) to "make gains in both Iraq & Syria"-  As we know the Kurds are the ones making the gains- So what is this sentence really telling us?

 The jets hit PKK shelters, bunkers, caves, storages facilities and other "logistical points," a statement from the Turkish prime minister's office said. It said areas targeted included the Qandil mountains, where the PKK's command is based.

I read through literally dozens and dozens of articles this morning and will post more later, however, there appears to have been NO additional strikes in Syrian territory- cross border or otherwise save for the one mentioned the other day.  I can't find any information other then rehashing the previous day attack in retaliation of the provocative strike on the Turkish outpost.
As covered in this post:  Turkey: Jets Target "ISIS", Mass Arrests inc. PKK. Kurds Continue Their Ethnic Cleansing

I checked SANA and there is no news on any attack

CSM is also reporting that the Syrian government has said nothing about the Turkish airstrike:
 
 "The Syrian government has so far refrained from commenting on Turkish strikes inside Syrian territory"

Friday, July 24, 2015

Turkey: Jets Target "ISIS", Mass Arrests inc. PKK. Kurds Continue Their Ethnic Cleansing

 Keep in mind that ISIS/Kurds are KurdIShIS. They are the 'good cop/bad cop' show in action.
Kurds/good- ISIS/bad as always presented via the war mongering media. Though both parties have the same goal- Destabilization. Order out of Chaos And at the highest levels both sides of the dialectic are protected under the mass global NATO umbrella, which includes Israeli interests.

That is my perspective in it's simplest form- realizing it isn't that simple- but breaking it down for ease of understanding why the term KurdIShIS is used here. And why the Kurds and ISIS are just oppisames in more ways then one.

Turkey hits ISIS in Syria- From Turkish Territory- Different then the multiple Israeli strikes.
Reuters
Just the facts:
Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria and police detained hundreds of suspected militants across Turkey on Friday,
Turkey pounds IS targets AND detains hundreds of militants

“ the attacks on Islamic State targets inside Syria and the early morning raids across 13 provinces at home, which also targeted Kurdish militants”
Airstrikes launched from Turkey -
Three F-16 fighter jets took off from a base in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, early on Friday and hit two Islamic State bases and one "assembly point" before returning, the Prime Minister's office said in a statement.
One official said the raid has been launched from Turkish airspace.
 "Turkish fighter jets didn't cross the Syrian border during the operation," the official said, adding the targets had been across the border from the Turkish town of Kilis.
China.org
The Turkish forces have destroyed the Islamic State (IS) targets on the Syrian border that have threatened the Turkish security, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday.

Turkish war jets destroyed the targets within the national airspace, since they did not need to enter the Syrian territory for the attack

In the operation, three F-16 fighters took off from an air base in southeastern Turkey, bombed three IS targets on the Syrian territory for 13 minutes, and then flew back on early Friday.

The military operation came after an IS assault from the Syrian side that killed a Turkish soldier in gunfire on border in southern Turkey on Thursday.
Reiterating: Turkey launched a 13 minute assault on specific IS targets from it’s own territory after an attack by brand ISIS, NATO irregulars, on Turkish soldiers- As stated in yesterday's post, Is Turkey Invading Syria, presently? Incirluk deal. More Turkish Police dead, that was a definite provocation on the part of NATO’s irregulars- Why would they have undertaken that move at this present time? Has the destablization of Turkey moved into full swing?

Reuters continues:
“Turkey has suffered a wave of violence in its largely Kurdish southeast after a suspected Islamic State suicide bombing (by an ethnic Kurd. Kurds killing Kurds.)  killed 32 people, many of them Kurds, in the town of Suruc on the Syrian border this week.”
Mass Arrests- A rather large operation
Police rounded up more than 250 people in raids against suspected Islamic State and Kurdish militants in Friday's raids, the prime minister's office said, adding it was determined to fight all "terrorist groups" equally.
Local media reported that helicopters and more than 5,000 officers, including special forces, were deployed in the operation. Anti-terror police raided more than 100 locations across Istanbul alone, broadcasters CNN Turk and NTV reported.
*More on the raids:

 (ANSAmed) - ROME, JULY 24 - Over 290 people were arrested in a counterterrorism operation on Friday by Turkish police in Istanbul and 16 other provinces across Turkey, media report government sources as saying. Islamic State (ISIS) and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members were targeted in the raid. ''Simultaneous raids have been conducted against a high number of people suspected of preparing operations against civilians,'' the prime minister's office said, adding that ''297 people have have arrested, including 37 foreigners, who belong to terrorist groups.''
37 foreigners?

*Turkey detains nearly 300

DIYARBAKIR, July 23, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Turkish police guard the attack area in the city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, on July 23, 2015. Two Turkish police officers were wounded in an armed attack by gunmen in southeastern Turkey Thursday
"Turkish authorities detained nearly 300 people as police launched large-scale raids to arrest suspected members of Islamic State (IS), the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and other militant groups on Friday.
The raids became necessary after a wave of deadly violence has recently gripped the country, claiming the lives of several security officers.
The police, which was backed by helicopters, raided addresses in sixteen of the country's provinces, Daily Hurriyet informs.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that 297 people were detained in the raids, while a member of the banned Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) was killed.
The DHKP-C member was killed in a clash with police forces while attempting to resist an arrest by the authorities in the Bagcilar district of Istanbul"

Video available here

The US media is spinning this as Turkey stepping up in the US led “war on terror”.
However, that does not seem to be the case.....
Quoting a Turkish official:
 "This morning's air strike and operation against terrorist groups domestically are steps taken as preventive measures against a possible attack against Turkey from within or from outside ... There has been a move to active defense from passive defense."
Reads more like Turkey is defending it’s territory

Turkey has repeatedly said it would take any "necessary measures" to protect itself from attack by both Islamic State and Kurdish militants

As stated: Defending it’s territory.

Incirlik?

As mentioned yesterday- Deal? No Deal? Does the US really want a deal to fly manned aircraft from Incirlik? Personally, I have serious doubts about that. I had mentioned in a post from Dec/14 that US drones are flying from Incirlik. (When I have time I will relink that post) Reuters verifies that earlier reporting
“U.S. defense officials   said on Thursday that Turkey has agreed to allow manned U.S. planes to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants from an air base at Incirlik, (not verified) close to the Syrian border. U.S. drones are already launched from the base” (As long term readers here already knew)
More on the 2 police officers killed yesterday- Definitely a hit!

Rear end another vehicle- Wait for the traffic cops to appear- Head shots. Obviously planned hits. The two police officers killed in their sleep were also shot in the head.- The PKK claimed responsibility for those hits- No doubt they were involved with the staged traffic accident.

"The policemen were targeted from 30 meters in a series of shots when they got out of their traffic patrol vehicle to look a car which had struck a garbage truck. Close to ten empty shells were discovered on the scene. Officer Tansu Aydin who succumbed to a head shot wound was pronounced dead by the Dicle University Hospital. The second policeman, Ali Karhan, remains in critical condition. Security forces have launched operations on the ground with support from air to locate and identify the assailants, according to Turkish press reports"
It’s Always Sunny in Ethnic Cleansing Kurdistan!

Around these parts- facts and truth reign supreme- There have been ample, varied & multiple reports that the Kurds are engaged in ethnic cleansing- There is nothing heroic about that type of action.
I can't condemn other persons for undertaking such attrocities and excuse the favoured Kurdish militias because the media wants me to!
It’s always sunny in Kurdistan. The Kurds remain the darling of the western media and politicians, who love the hard fighters who have scrapped for decades to try and carve out their own homeland along the ethnic faultlines for northern Iraq, Iran, and Syria. But now that they have the excuse to do so, are they pushing out Sunni Arabs in the guise of fighting against the Islamic State? FP contributor Sara Elizabeth Williams writes from northern Iraq that witnesses there say the Kurdish Peshmerga, the military force of Iraqi Kurdistan, “has an agenda that goes beyond fighting the Islamic State: establishing the boundaries of a future Kurdish state and moving the Arabs out.”

Destroying Homes for Kurdistan


There is growing evidence of a far uglier crime perpetrated by America’s closest allies in Iraq. For months, humanitarians working in areas wrested back from the Islamic State have quietly documented a pattern of Sunni Arabs, who were displaced during the jihadis’ advance, being denied the right to return home.
Witnesses — including a half-dozen aid workers, a European diplomat, and a terrified resident of the affected area — say the Kurdish Peshmerga, the military force of Iraqi Kurdistan, has an agenda that goes beyond fighting the Islamic State: establishing the boundaries of a future Kurdish state and moving the Arabs out.
It's time for some who have had their heartstrings pulled to face facts!

One European diplomat who had recently visited this stretch of land spoke of “deliberate, systematic destruction of Sunni Arab property at the hands of the Peshmerga, with only the most tenuous of security justifications.”
Not to mention the Christians & Shiites who have also been ethnically cleansed by the favoured Kurdish terror groups!

And Finally: Parallel State in Action
“Several parties, which benefit from bloodshed but endorse a rhetoric of peace and solidarity, have betrayed our country hand-in-hand with a [terrorist] organization, with its members managing to work at state organizations as insiders,” the Sanliurfa Police Department Head Eyüp Pinarbasi said on July 23
An obvious reference to Gulen

In recent days:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

ISIL’s/ISIS magazine slams Erdoğan, Turkey for first time.

Turkey day today at the blog. And I don't mean Thanksgiving. Sometimes it just happens!
What to make of this?

 A Turkish online magazine that supports the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has slammed Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the first time.
“Konstantiniyye” (the Ottoman word for Istanbul) published its second issue on July 17. The magazine, which did not criticize or threaten Turkey in its first issue earlier this year, changed its tone dramatically as Ankara toughened its stance against ISIL.

“[In this issue] we tried to explain that the state of Turkey, which is trying to confront the Islamic State by displaying erratic behavior, is moving toward disintegration with its support and concessions to the [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK,” the issue’s prologue said.
Turkey. Moving towards disintegration. Can't argue that fact.

The magazine referred to the PKK as “the atheist gang” and Turkey as “the regime of tağut.”

The term “tağut” comes from the Arabic word taghut, which means to “cross the limits, overstep boundaries,” or “to rebel.” Those who cross the limits put by God and the Prophet Muhammad deserve to be punished, according to jihadists.

“This atheist gang, fed by Erdoğan, calls for support by continuously claiming that the tağut government of Erdoğan has been supporting the Islamic State,” an article titled “Erdoğan’s Kurdish state” said. “They actually know that the tağut Erdoğan government is not helping the Islamic State in any way.”

The magazine also targeted Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), describing it as “the party of apostate PKK members.”

“This atheist gang, fed by Erdoğan, which is now fighting with the support of the American aircraft in Syria and Iraq, may fight in Turkey in a similar way in the not too distant future,” the article said.

Two previous posts from today:
 

Is Turkey Invading Syria, presently? Incirluk deal. More Turkish Police dead

Wow, are some wild claims going around or what!? I've seen headlines in the 'alternative' media that leave me scratchin' my head? Where did this all come from? And so suddenly?
As near as I can tell- based on multiple reports- Some NATO irregulars-brand ISIS- undertook a provocative action against Turkish soldiers:

Note the very interesting reporting from Turkish Kurdistan: Ekurd.net
 Turkey’s military and Islamic State fighters have exchanged fire over the Syrian-Turkish border, killing one soldier, Turkish media report.
The governor of Kilis province in Turkish Kurdistan said another two soldiers were injured when a border post was attacked from Syria.
Turkey responded with heavy weapons, reportedly killing one IS militant.
So, brand ISIS fighters fired ACROSS the border, striking and killing one Turkish soldier, injuring two others at their post. And Turkey responded with tank fire from across the border. I can't find any validating or corroborating reports at this time for tanks crossing into Syria?

 Tank fire
“Unfortunately, one of our non-commissioned officers has been martyred and two sergeants injured,” Kilis Governor Suleyman Tapsiz told Turkey’s Anadolu news agency.
He added that the two wounded soldiers were in a stable condition.
In response, Turkish tanks opened fire on IS-controlled targets inside Syria, Turkish media report.
 Does Turkey know there is a "Turkish Kurdistan" at the border with Syria?
So, interesting.....

Kuwait news - Same as above  

NBC news
  Turkish soldier was killed and another wounded in clashes with ISIS across the Syrian border Thursday, a senior official said, days after a suicide bombing blamed on the extremist group killed 32 people.

"Turkish soldiers returned fire after shots came from the Syrian side of the border, from the region where Islamic State militants are. The clash is going on at the moment," the Turkish official said.
Local media reports said the clashes were close to the village of Elbeyli, east of the Turkish town of Kilis, and an area where the armed forces have sent reinforcements in recent weeks.

Turkish army returns fire on Islamic State after soldier killed

 Ankara: Turkish forces returned fire on Islamic State fighters in Syria with artillery and tank shells on Thursday after a Turkish soldier was killed and two others wounded in a cross-border firefight.
 As for the Turkish jets being scrambled because of this incident?

"Turkish jets regularly patrol the 900 km border with Syria"
My understanding of jets being scrambled is as a response to other aircraft in the vicinity. 
 
Incirlik to be used by the US?  

That's the latest claim in the main stream media. But. I've seen this one multiple times too.
Turkey has agreed to allow the U.S. military to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants from a U.S. air base in Incirlik, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing defence officials.
Local media in Turkey said an agreement was finalised late on Wednesday, but Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.
The White House said President Barack Obama and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke on Wednesday, but it declined to say whether they had reached an agreement on the air base. The Pentagon also would not confirm the reports.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama and Erdogan agreed to "deepen" cooperation in the fight against Islamic State militants, but declined to comment on whether they had come to an agreement on Incirlik.
By the way, it appears another police officer was killed in Turkey.  Two ambushed. One died.
 The policemen were patrolling in the Şehitlik district at around 3 p.m. when they were assaulted by a group of assailants who ambushed them. Two of the officers, Ali Karahan and Tansu Aydın, were wounded and taken to the Dicle University Hospital. Aydın died at hospital, while Karahan is currently being treated in the facility's intensive care unit.

So reminiscent of the early attacks in Syria. When on duty  police officers were targeted, repeatedly.

A police officer was killed and his colleague critically injured in an attack by an armed group in Diyarbakır, Turkey. (Photo: Cihan, İsmail Avcı)
Will the PKK take responsibility for this murder, just as they did for the other two?

Kurdish PKK Claim Responsibility for Murder of 2 Turkish Police Officers