— Alois Irlmaier (@AloisIrlmaier) October 16, 2017
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High-ranking sources in Kurdistan (Erbil) said that the Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani “expected the sanctions already announced by Baghdad and expects many more sanctions to come in the future”. Nevertheless, “the referendum was an essential step to undertake,” otherwise Barzani would no longer be considered the Kurdish leader.
“We are not afraid of Turkish sanctions because Ankara would lose more than it will gain if the common borders are closed. The Turkish representative promised us (months before the referendum) that harsh political measures will be adopted against Kurdistan but that no economic sanctions would be seriously considered. After all it is up to Turkey to stop sending its oil tankers to recover our oil production at a cheap price if Erdogan considers it a practical move within his own economy,” said the source.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister says the possibility of attacking the Kurds is “on the table.”
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today warned that every option is on the table for dealing with Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence bid, and that they are considering a joint military operation with the Iraqi central government against the Kurds.
Iran chimed in shortly thereafter, saying they’re eager to stand with both Iraq and Turkey to rule out any possible secession of the Kurds. Top Khamenei adviser Ali Akbar Velayati termed the big “an abhorrent deviation,” adding that the region would “not allow the creation of a second Israel.”
This will surely end well …NOT.
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s government will never accept a separate Kurdish state in neighboring Iraq and won’t refrain from taking steps to prevent it, the Turkish prime minister said Friday. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim again called on Iraqi Kurdish leaders to abandon plans for a referendum on independence, saying it wasn’t too late for them to turn away “from this adventure.”
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It started two weeks ago, when Turkey warned publicly it was preparing for military intervention in Syria, while accusing the US of creating a “terrorist army” (it wasn’t referring to ISIS, but US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia YPG). As a reminder, YPG forms a major part of the U.S.-backed campaign to capture Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa, and whose forces are seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey. The group currently controls a pocket of territory in Afrin, about 200 km (125 miles) west of Raqqa.
🆘‼️😬🔥 USA-Turkish Embassy: Pro Erdogan-Group, also his Bodyguards, attacks & beat peaceful Kurdish Protesters in Washington. 9 ppl. injured! pic.twitter.com/ouD2wllJnE
— Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) May 17, 2017
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Remember what I told you about Russia vs Turkey?
The Kurds realize that preserving a secular Syria is all that matters now
Ankara is trying to carve up Syrian territory in Idlib — and it looks like they might get away with it. But Moscow has shut down any dreams Erdogan might have had about seizing Manbij and the surrounding countryside.
For those who missed it: Yesterday it was revealed that Russia had mediated a deal between the Kurdish Manbij Military Council (MMC) and Assad, in which the Syrian government would take control of the region.
Russia swooped in and united the Kurds and Assad, while Washington and Ankara were busy squabbling over who should control Manbij.
Pro-Kurdish fighters claim US, Syria, Turkey and Iran are collaborating to undermine them, after having served US as shock troops against ISIS
(MEE) Syria — The Kurdish YPG militia counted the US among its most trusted allies as it fought the Islamic State (ISIS) group in northern Syria. But that all changed on Wednesday. Turkey’s invasion of the border town of Jarabulus, combined with a US warning the YPG will lose its support unless it withdraws from nearby areas, has left the Kurds feeling abandoned.
By sacrificing its Kurdish allies in northern Syria, Washington wants to mend relations with Ankara and prevent Turkey from strengthening its ties with Moscow, thus far killing two birds with one stone, expert on Middle Eastern affairs Jean Perier believes.
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As I’ve said many times: TPTB have WW3 planned for us.
Continue to prepare for
1. Financial/economic collapse
3. Civil war/revolution, …
4. …which will be directly followed by WW3.
“Everything calls peace, Schalom! Then it will occur – a new Middle East war suddenly flames up, big naval forces are facing hostiley in the Mediterranean – the situation is strained. But the actual firing spark is set on fire in the Balkan: I see a “large one” falling, a bloody dagger lies beside him – then impact is on impact. …”
In a move starkly pointing to the risk of all-out war between the major powers in the Middle East, the US military said yesterday that it had scrambled fighter jets Thursday against government bombers inside Syria to protect US Special Forces operating with Kurdish “rebel” militias.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime sent two Su-24 bombers to bomb Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces advancing on government-held positions in the city of Hasakah. The bombers nearly hit US Special Forces troops that are deployed illegally in Syria, embedded in the YPG. US officials tried to contact Syrian government and Russian forces operating in the region, and Russian officials replied that their bombers were not involved.
Tourists in the central square of Austria’s capital fled in terror as Kurdish protesters and opposition Turks attacked each other with pepper spray.
A demonstration over the weekend left at least one police officer injured in the central square of Vienna known as Stephansplatz where the St. Stephan’s cathedral dominates the skyline. Authorities say that the clash came as the result of the Kurdish protest that was marching along the road past the Vienna State Opera House and down to the cathedral.
Turkish opposition protesters are said to have provoked the Kurds into fighting, both sides utilizing pepper spray with tourists caught in the middle reports Der Standard.
The measure is taken ahead of a planned military operation targeting Kurdish militants in the region. Earlier, the army announced an end to another operation against the PKK in Nusaybin near the Syrian border and in Shirnak near the border with Iraq. Turkish security sources say more than 1,000 people, mostly PKK militants, have been killed in three months of clashes in those areas. The fighting resumed in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast last July after the collapse of a two-year-old ceasefire. P-K-K militants have been fighting for an independent Kurdish region in the country’s southeast since the 1980s. The conflict has killed over 40,000 people on both sides.
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