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Why Turkey suddenly change its stance towards Syria?

Although it seems Turkey has blunted its extreme position against Syria, the reality is far from being so. Turkey has had a tactical retreat, waiting for opportunity conducive to their objectives.
Turkey has changed the rhetoric against Syria. A witness to this is Turkey’s acceptation that crisis in Syria is solved including the Syrian government.

Furthermore, plan proposed by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, that includes Iran and Russia in negotiations is an indication of change in Turks’ position. Turkish officials had previously criticized Iranian and Russian role in the crisis in Syria, and even excluded these two countries from crisis in Syria talk process.

The change in Turkish position has detected by international analysts and observers as having different reasons, including the given reasons by Turkish media for security, economy and politics. For example, Turkish media had it the Central Bank of the Turkey has predicted economic recession symptoms.

Politically, Justice and Development Party has faced increasing criticism by the opposition.

A poll indicated that 51 per cent of Turkish people believed that Turkey should remain neutral and should not support any party in Syria. So, analysts point to Turkish complicated position on Syria, saying that Erdoğan government has not been strong enough for convergence of its allies to its approach and to influence the developments in Syria. Thus, the benefits of a zero-sum approach in dealing with neighbors have surfaced.

Perhaps, the change would help Turkey, but it is not all the issue. WE, UK, France, and Turkey, along with some Arab governments in the region, have embarked on extensive propaganda on media, human rights, security and virtual networks issues.

They had invested in the primary pressures mounted in Daraa, which might imbue all Syria and bring its disintegration. The plan failed in Jordan-Syria borders, and they immediately implemented the alternative plan in Baniyas in Lebanese borders, which had the same fate as that in Daraa.

A third phase of the plan was to be implemented in Jisr al-Shughour. According to plans by Israel, US, and Turkey, Kurd, Turk, and Salafist forces affiliated with Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) implemented the third phase. They expected a swarm of refugees from north of Syria to Turkey. But that was also aborted by Syrian Army, and their attempts to form a buffer zone in north of Syria and bring it under international spotlight was failed.

With the plan for destabilizing Jisr al-Shughour failed, short-lived unrests in Noman and north eastern parts in Iraqi borders, which fell short of the capacity necessary for creating insecurity. It seems that the uncontrollable nature of armed terrorists in Syria has confounded the failure, and has brought the West to a state of hesitation in providing support for Turkey’s mercenaries in Syria.

Turkeys, on the other hand, are concerned with Al-Qaida presence in their southern borders, since it can act as double-edged sword, whom the West and Turkey deemed controllable and used for their objectives, but now they have come to the idea that Al-Qaida is out of control, posing trouble for Turkey and West, especially with the threat posed by extremism to Turkey.

All these events, in sum, has blunted Turkey’s harsh stance about Syria. On the other hand, since Ankara has not had an independent policy, being in line with policies dictated by forces beyond the region, Turkey seems to change its position on Syria according to US foreign policy shift. This will be definitely a short-lived tactical shift, and it could not be seen as long-term.


How Turkey Recruits Fighters in Syria?

The document is a ten page application form distributed by the Turkish authorities on Syrians inside Syria. Based on the information mentioned in the application, the individual is enlisted either in the ranks of a certain phalanx that fights in Syria, as an intelligence agent, or as a recruit for the intelligence agents that work inside Syria.

The source of this document is an injured Syrian who was in the ranks of the militants. His family took him to Europe for treatment after he was injured in his spinal cord, so he passed on this document to us to publish it and comment on its articles and points.

The injured Syrian said the Turkish authorities established a “Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria” as a civil facade to Al"-Nusra Front" and the militants its trains and arms in its lands before it sends them to Syria.

Turkey also relies on these forms to specify the individuals that it could take to military training camps in Turkey, as well as those who could form military and security cells inside Syria.

He added that “all the supervisors of this center are from the "Muslim Brotherhood" in Syria  and they personally lead Al-Nusra Front.”

The injured Syrian further tells us that one person could fill more than one form, as he could fill forms for people he knows, or he could work on finding people that would fill their personal forms.

Moreover, Turkey presents for each individual, who could find 60 people to fill forms in Syria, a large sum of money.

The injured Syrian said that this form was put by the Turks and they are the ones who supervise the training program, while Qatar and Saudi Arabia fund the civil society center, in addition to cash money that come from France, America, and Germany.

The application form is consisted of 28 articles, and the following points are noticed in it:

1- Article number seven is related to military information and data from the Syrian Arab Army, and it is consisted of 13 sections.

2- Articles between nine and 23 are questions and information about the Syrian society.

3- Articles between 23 and 27 are security and intelligence questions.

4- Article 28 includes questions about the sectarian structure in each applicant’s region.



US Backed terrorists Beat, Humiliate Old Man

Terrorists in Syria broadcasted a video which is in some ways equally as disturbing as the torture and murders carried out by "FSA" terrorists now being backed by American's tax money in Syria because it illustrates the general day to day drudgery of a society run by thugs who have seized power.

The clip shows "FSA" terrorists humiliating and slapping around an elderly man who became a local celebrity in Aleppo for wearing a yellow costume in an attempt to make people happy.

A different version of the video with English subtitles was posted on many channels yet almost immediately censored by YouTube under the bizarre justification that it was “designed to harass, bully or threaten,” when in fact the video was exposing the very people who harassed, bullied and threatened the elderly man.

The terrorists were beating the man with their shoes, and tearing out his mustache and hair, this is the democracy which America wants to spread in the world, I can't imagine more cruelty or savagery more than this.


People of Turkey oppose war in Syria: Analyst

A political analyst says the people of Turkey are against war in Syria and oppose the involvement of the Turkish government in the ongoing crisis in their neighboring state.

“The Turkish people know what it is like for their country to be invaded. Back in the time of Mustafa Kemal [Ataturk], the Greeks and the Russians and everyone attacked their country trying to dismember it like what is [currently] happening to Syria,” Randy Short said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.

He added that the Turkish people as well as intellectuals and human rights activists have realized that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is violating international principles by aiding the militants in Syria.

“Right now their head of state as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar -- which are attacking the people in Syria -- are war criminals and they need to be treated as such and so the people of Turkey are to be commended that they are showing solidarity with the heroic people of Syria who do not want to be a proxy state under the thumb of the imperialist powers,” the analyst noted.

Short further pointed out that the Turkish prime minister is willing to destroy his country’s relationship with its "Muslim brothers" in Syria in order to be “an honorary toady to the people in the European Union.”

“Turkey had just come out of a lot of economic problems that was in before, but it has plunged itself into the possibility of re-igniting a civil war as well as to become hostile with a country that would be made a failed state if these Jihadist [and] Salafist killers somehow take state power in Syria, that would destroy Turkey,” Short concluded.


Source: pressTV


Syria: West’s Legitimacy Collapses as it Props up Hostage-Taking Terrorists

The “Syrian terrorists” have taken dozens of UN peacekeepers hostage, demanding the Syrian Army withdraw its troops from its own nation’s territory. The UN has confirmed that their peacekeepers are indeed being held hostage by what they call “,” and has demanded their release.

Despite this overt, criminal act of terrorism directed at the UN, the West has spun, downplayed, and otherwise ignored the incident. Several of over 20 UN peacekeepers taken hostage by terrorists operating in Syria – operating with Western cash, arms, and immense, continuous political and media support. The inability of the West to condemn and recognize the so-called “militants” as intolerable terrorists, ravaging an entire nation, inflicting death, injury and suffering upon tens of millions, is indicative of a West that has resigned entirely its legitimacy, and even feigned interest in the impartial application of international law. Worst of all, the West had purposefully planned this orgy of terror since 2007, not for promoting “democracy,” but specifically to undermine and destroy neighboring Iran. 

Instead, the US Secretary of State John Kerry awarded the terrorists a whopping $60 million in what he called “non-lethal aid.” The UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague also pledged support, including sending armor, vehicles and even weapons directly to the hostage-taking terrorists.  This substantial and continuous torrent of cash, equipment, and weapons is sent to Al Qaeda terrorists even as both the US and UK sink in unprecedented domestic budget crises.

The West’s Arab collaborators, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have led the Arab World in offering these verified Al Qaeda terrorists Syria’s seat in the Arab League. The Arab League has given the green light (officially) to begin directly and openly arming the terrorists, though they have been arming them since at least 2007.

As the West coddles terrorists who are more overtly committing atrocities, both against the Syrian people and even against international observers including the United Nations, they shed the remainder of their legitimacy. In fact, a US State Department, a British Foreign Office, and even a UN who refuses to condemn and entirely break off relations with an organization that takes hostages amidst a myriad of other atrocities documented over the past 2 years, already has absolutely no legitimacy.

The people of the West must realize their governments have descended into a dangerous psychosis and has abandoned even a face-value commitment to maintaining a rule of law. A nation not confined by law, or even attempting to pretend to be, is a nation capable of anything, on any scale, at any time.

The people of the West now reside in nations far beyond the red line. Now, more than ever, people must begin making hard decisions about their lifestyles and their patronizing of the West’s corporate-financier monopolies. It is not the government or the individuals that constitute it that drive this agenda. It is the corporate-financier interests that create policy think-tanks, that literally write the scripts congressmen, presidents, secretaries and ministers read from – corporate-financier interests we patronize on a daily basis.

While we cannot change the current, perhaps terminal unraveling of Western civilization overnight, we can begin with small but significant steps in rolling back our dependency on corporate-financier monopolies by boycotting them and replacing them. Even a miniscule percentage of change in our lifestyles, month to month will have a profound, collective effect on usurping the unwarranted influence that has granted these insidious interests free reign over the planet and humanity. Decentralizing these monopolies is the ultimate goal, but will take hard work and patience – but it is a goal that most certainly can be achieved, and in many parts of the world it is already being achieved.

If we read the news of hostage-taking terrorists being showered with millions of our tax dollars and being allowed to destroy an entire nation after our own soldiers paid in blood to fight them in a 10 year faux “War on Terror” and are angered, searching desperately for a solution – getting self-sufficient, and decentralizing this war machine, thus returning the reins of power back to the people is that solution. That is real revolution.

The fate of the Syrian people is indeed tied directly to our own wealth, prosperity, peace, and well-being. Failing to realize that is folly we shall pay for many generations to come.

Source: Global Research-By Tony Cartalucci



Terrorists who are cold-blooded killers, who are imported from abroad Seized UN Peacekeepers

It's high time UN and other officials admitted who's friend or foe.

At this writing, efforts to secure their release continue. Reports suggest freeing them on Saturday likely, UN officials hoped to do so Friday. Unsafe conditions and darkness delayed things. So does dealing with rogue killers.

They're not rebels. They're Western-recruited hired guns. They're heavily armed, trained, funded and directed. They're proxy US assassins,They're death squads. They're cold-blooded killers. They're imported from abroad.

At issue is government change. Washington wants subservient puppet leadership replacing the Syrian government. Plans are longstanding. They're unchanged.

Insurgents reveal their true face multiple ways. They're biting the hand that's feeding them. More on that below.

UN Blue Helmets are more paramilitaries than peacekeepers. The UN calls their mission "a way to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for sustainable peace."

They're supposed to monitor withdrawal of combatants, build confidence, enforce power-sharing agreements, provide electoral support, aid reconstruction, enforce rule of law principles, maintain order, and help facilitate economic and social development.

They fail on all counts. They do more harm than good. They're imperial enforcers. They're occupiers. They operate extra judicially. They commit high crimes. They do so repeatedly.

They began in 1948. UNTSO monitored the first of two failed Arab-Israeli truces. Its operation remains ongoing. Peace was never achieved.

The UN plays no active role. UNTSO wastes money. It's little more than worthless window dressing. It does what it wishes. Israel has full control.

Security Council Resolution 350 (May 1974) established UNDOF: UN (Golan Heights) Disengagement Force.

Today its force strength numbers about 1,000. It's comprised of Austrian, Croatian, Indian and Philippines soldiers. Filipino ones were taken captive.

On March 6, world headlines said Syrian opposition forces seized a convoy of peacekeepers. They operated in Golan.

Insurgents said they'll hold them until the government's forces withdraw from Syrian territory. Demanding it was outrageous.

Syria is sovereign territory. Assad defends it responsibly. He's obligated to do so. It's his job.

Peacekeepers were seized the same day Britain announced increased aid. Two days later, London's Telegraph headlined "US and Europe in major airlift of arms to terrorists through Zagreb."

Washington coordinates everything. It's done so since conflict began. US media scoundrels say nothing. They support imperial lawlessness.

The Telegraph said 75 planeloads carried 3,000 tons of weapons. Amounts supplied are far greater than suspected. They include rocket launchers, recoilless guns, M79 anti-tank weapons and others.

"The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organized through Turkey and Jordan, Syria's neighbors."

Weapons also came "from several other European countries including Britain."

British military advisers are involved. So are their French counterparts, US Special Forces and CIA operatives.

Arab League leaders urged member states to do more. They invited opposition officials to take Syria's seat. They want them for a late March Doha meeting. In November 2011, Assad's government was suspended.

Doing so supports Washington's imperium. Most League members brutalize their own people. They're attacked for resisting political, economic and social injustice.

Israel said it won't "stand idle" as Syria's conflict spills into Golan. UN officials said over two dozen Blue Helmets were taken hostage.

Ban Ki-moon demanded their immediate release. He ignores their gruesome atrocities. He's done so all along. He's a shameless imperial tool. He's complicit in crimes of war and against humanity.

A UN statement said they "were on a regular supply mission and were stopped near Observation Post 58, which had sustained damage and was evacuated this past weekend following heavy combat in close proximity at Al Jamla."(It's a village where fierce clashes occurred).

On March 8, the UN News Center headlined "Blue helmets seized in Golan safe but remain captive - UN peacekeeping chief."

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, said "21 peacekeepers are detained in the village of Al Jamla." 

"Apparently they are safe and they have been spread into 4 or 5 locations within that village in the basement of various houses."

"That particular village is subject to intense shelling by the Syrian armed forces."

"Of course we are working 24/7 in the area of operation, with people in the region, and here in the Secretariat, to secure their release under good conditions as quickly as possible."

"As of now there is, perhaps, a hope - but I have to be extremely cautious because it is not done yet - but there is the possibility that a ceasefire of a few hours can intervene which will allow for people to be released."

UNDOF Blue Helmets left nearby positions. They did so as a precautionary measure. They weren't accomplishing anything anyway.

They had no business being there in the first place. Perhaps UN officials will reconsider who's friend and foe. Syrian forces cooperate.

Death squads can't be trusted. Most Security Council members support them. Fighting in Syria rages.

Laddous urged a brief ceasefire. He hoped doing so would expedite release of captive peacekeepers. Syrian military units were falsely accused of shelling areas where they're held. They're cooperating responsibly with UN officials. They're trying to rescue Blue Helmets.

Captors call themselves Martyrs of Yarmounk. An Arabic video said they're "holding UN disengagement forces in Golan Heights, until the Syrian forces withdraw from the outskirts of the village of Jamla back to their positions."

"We call on the US and the United Nations and the Security Council."

"We call on them to get Syrian forces out in order to release these forces."

"We will not release them until after the Syrian forces have withdrawn from the border village of Jamla back to their positions, and if they do not withdraw back within 24 hours, we will deal with these forces as prisoners."

Russian UN ambassador spoke for other Security Council members, saying:

"The members of the Security Council demanded the unconditional and immediate release of all the detained UN peacekeepers and called (sic) upon all parties to cooperate with UNDOF in good faith to enable it to operate freely and to ensure full security of its personnel."

Churkin urged countries able to influence opposition fighters to demand immediate release.

Syria's UN ambassador, Bashar Jaafari, said Syrian forces risk their lives to free them. "We know where (they) are, and we know what we are doing," he said. "We are paying a huge price for their safety."

"The Syrian government forces are doing exactly what they have to do in order to bring back safely the peacekeepers, guarantee the safety and security of the inhabitants of these villages (and) get these armed group terrorists out of the area."

They're death squad invaders. They terrorize and kill. They commit gruesome atrocities. They target innocent men, women, children, the elderly and infirm. It's high time UN officials admitted it.

Saturday reports suggest Blue Helmets will be freed. UN officials announced it. Details are sketchy.

UN spokeswoman, Josephine Guerrero said "arrangements were made with all parties"." A UN team was sent where they're held.

As of early Saturday AM, no deal was reached. Captors demand "a cease fire in the area."

Russia called for an immediate halt to violence. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow's not involved in the regime change game. Washington prioritizes it. Expect no end of conflict soon. by Stephen Lendman


West training terrorists in Jordan


Western training of terrorists  is under way in Jordan in an effort to strengthen secular elements in the opposition as a bulwark against "Islamic" extremism, and to begin building security forces to maintain order in the event of Bashar al-Assad's fall.

Jordanian security sources say the training effort is led by the US, but involves British and French instructors.

The UK Ministry of Defence denied any British soldiers were providing direct military training to the rebels, though a small number of personnel, including special forces teams, have been in the country training the Jordanian military.

But the Guardian has been told that UK intelligence teams are giving the rebels logistical and other advice in some form.

British officials have made it clear that they believe new EU rules have now given the UK the green light to start providing military training for rebels  with the aim of containing the spread of chaos and extremism in areas outside the Syrian government's control.

According to European and Jordanian sources the western training in Jordan has been going on since last year and is focused on senior Syrian army officers who defected.

"As is normal, before any major decision is taken on this issue, the preparations are made so that when that decision is taken, everything is in place for it to go smoothly. That is what these groups [special forces] do. They go in advance," a European diplomat said.

A Jordanian source familiar with the training operations said: "It's the Americans, Brits and French with some of the Syrian generals who defected. But we're not talking about a huge operation."

He added that there had so far been no "green light" for the rebel forces being trained to be sent into Syria. But they would be deployed if there were signs of a complete collapse of public services in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, which could trigger a million more Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan, which is reeling under the strain of accommodating the 320,000 who have already sought shelter there.

The aim of sending western-trained rebels over the border would be to create a safe area for refugees on the Syrian side of the border, to prevent chaos and to provide a counterweight to al-Qaida-linked extremists who have become a powerful force in the north.


British officials say new European guidelines on the Syrian arms embargo, formally adopted by the EU at the beginning of March, allow military training as long as the ultimate aim of that training is "the protection of civilians".

Officials in Brussels say the language of the guidelines is less than clear-cut. "It's deliberately hazy," said one. "When it comes to technical assistance, what it means in practice depends on who you ask. The Brits and the French, for example, are much more forward-leaning than others. The principle is that the assistance should be for the protection of civilians, but as we saw in Libya, that can be interpreted in different ways."

William Hague, the foreign minister, outlined the goals of such training on Wednesday.

The Pentagon said last October that a small group of US special forces and military planners had been to Jordan during the summer .

That planning cell, which was housed at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre in the north of the capital, Amman, has since been expanded to co-ordinate a more ambitious training programme. But Jordanian sources said the actual training was being carried out at more remote sites, with recent US reports saying it was being led by the CIA.

Earlier this week, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, said Washington was now confident that arms supplies to the rebels would not be diverted to extremists. "There is a very clear ability now in the Syrian opposition to make certain that what goes to the moderate, legitimate opposition is, in fact, getting to them, and the indication is that they are increasing their pressure as a result of that," he said.


Source:the Guardian