Kurds Reject Erdogan Report of Deal with Syrian Rebels to Aid Besieged Kobani

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Kurdish FightersA senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey’s president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let “Free Syrian Army” fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging ISIL terrorists.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday said 1,300 FSA fighters would enter Kobani after the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) agreed on their passage, but his comments were swiftly denied by Saleh Moslem, co-chair of the PYD.

“We have already established a connection with FSA but no such agreement has been reached yet as Mr. Erdogan has mentioned,” Moslem told Reuters by telephone from Brussels.

Turkey’s unwillingness to send its powerful army across the Syrian border to break the siege of Kobani has angered Kurds, and seems rooted in a concern not to strengthen Kurds who seek autonomy in adjoining regions of Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

Moslem said the FSA would be more helpful if it opened a second front against ISIL elsewhere in Syria. “Politically we have no objections to FSA….But in my opinion, if they really would like to help, then their forces should open another front, such as from Tel Abyad or Jarablus,” he said.

Source: Reuters
24-10-2014 – 21:18 Last updated 24-10-2014 – 21:18


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Canada had a shooting at its parliament building?

Watch RAW video of the shooting as it happened live here…

One thing about this “live active shooter” video that stands out to me.  One glaring fact that cannot be overlooked.  One absurdity beyond absurdity that would NEVER happen in a “real” situation like a random spontaneous shooting.

What’s with the cameramen pre-stationed at every angle, hiding from other cameras view, ducking out of the way of the video, not hiding from shooters?

as the canada

At each pillar, we see HIGH QUALITY media video cameras!

Stationed IN FRONT of the pillars at to try to avoid being in each others shot, not hiding from anyone as they are fully exposed !


Then , as if one nice camera out in the open isn’t enough, another camera man is right behind using a nice wooden chair to rest his camera on — just hanging out in the open , no big deal…


Then, to top it off.. a THIRD cameraman ducks out behind our rolling cameraman !!


Notice each cameraman is different.. one wearing a green shirt, one wearing a striped shirt… so we know its not a shot of the same person twice.

THREE total media cameras in the live shot of the shooting, and the camera rolling, which we’re watching to get this video, makes the 4th!!

Then our cameraman runs down the hall, uncut, to another area.. where we see at LEAST 3-4 more cameras with sound engineers on hand as well.


No one else there, just police standing, and MULTIPLE cameras, and sound engineers with microphone booms.


All these cameramen stationed at multiple spots, literally as the shooting took place.

For sure three cameramen in the hall , plus the guy filming what we see above.

False flag? Total Hoax?  Media staged, or forewarned to be there ready to roll?  Combination of these?

For sure too many cameras on hand, and for sure they’re not hiding from gunmen, but from each others view!

duck and coveraduck and cover

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Is an ‘Islamic State in the Maghreb’ following in the footsteps of ISIS?

A fighter of Libya’s Fajr Libya group (Libyan Dawn) fires his gun during clashes in the hill village of Kikla, southwest of Tripoli on October 21, 2014. The internationally recognised Libyan government called for a civil disobedience campaign in Tripoli until its forces retake the capital from militias who seized it. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Turkia)
Published Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Arab Maghreb (North Africa) and the world have been expecting for a while an Islamic State in the Islamic Maghreb (ISIM-Damis) to be declared formally in the footsteps of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). If anything, such a move would demonstrate the failure of the international campaign led by the anti-ISIS coalition. Indeed, one of the direct outcomes of this campaign was the emergence of new ISIS-inspired groups that have pledged allegiance to the radical Islamist organization.
Algiers – Public opinion in the Arab Maghreb and the world has shifted its attitude vis-à-vis the so-called Arab Spring, from initial support and praise, to criticism and disillusionment, as things took a turn for the worse with the emergence of terrorist and criminal factions. Instead of seeking to replace dictatorial regimes, these factions declared war on everything and everybody in their way, and became a major headache for the entire world.
Regardless of who supports and finances it, this scourge has quickly revealed the Arab Spring to have been nothing more than the first chapter of a drive to fragment Arab countries and alter the global balance of power, at the hands of armed groups that entrench sectarian and ethnic fault lines, obliterate minorities, and threaten the countries that oppose them and blackmail others for purely financial purposes: enter the terrorism that has no religion, no color, and no boundaries.
A majority of observers believe the Arab Maghreb is on the cusp of a new wave of terrorist groups, moving beyond al-Qaeda of Bin Laden, Zawahiri, and Abdelmalek Droukdel, to Baghdadi’s ISIS and its legitimate offshoot ISIM, which has been at the center of a lot of speculation since the international coalition declared war on ISIS’ caliphate. The designation ISIM itself carries significant connotations that portend a radical shift in the landscape of terrorist organizations operating in North Africa and the Sahel.

The designation ISIM itself carries significant connotations that portend a radical shift in the landscape of terrorist organizations operating in North Africa and the Sahel.

Recently, the UN envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, cautioned against ISIS operations spreading to Libya. Leon revealed there were reports indicating some groups affiliated to ISIS had started operating in the North Africa region, and said these groups must be isolated and combated, which as Leon explained was another good reason for the conflicting parties in Libya to reach a settlement.
Leon’s statement suggests the Arab Maghreb is fast becoming the main source of support for ISIS outside Iraq and Syria. The Maghreb could also become a future fertile ground for terrorism, in the event the international coalition defeats Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s organization.
This trend began with Algerian, Tunisian, and Libyan terrorist groups pledging allegiance to ISIS. On September 12, a number of extremist elements declared they would be joining ISIS and swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after splitting from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is led by the Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdel. The new group calls itself the Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria, and is led by Khaled Abu Suleiman. The group recently kidnapped and beheaded a French national in central Algeria, with the move being seen as its initiation.
But some see another side to the relationship between the Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria and ISIS, including Algerian security expert Ali Zaoui. Speaking to Al-Akhbar, Zaoui denied the reports about the links between the new group and ISIS, saying the group is actually the Furqan Brigade of the AQIM. The group, he continued, wanted to take advantage of the media attention ISIS has received to split from al-Qaeda and declare allegiance to Baghdadi, even as it is ideologically at odds with him. Zaoui said the move was to get attention by riding on ISIS’ coattails.
For his part, former Algerian army officer Bin Omar bin Jana, said that the Soldiers of the Caliphate is looking to gain a foothold in Algeria, taking advantage of the refugees entering the country from various nationalities and for various reasons, to recruit them as part of a multinational terrorist group, which would then serve as an extension for ISIS in the region.
In Tunisia, the Uqba bin Nafi Brigade, led by Algerian terrorist Luqman Abu Sakhr, declared allegiance to ISIS in a video posted on websites affiliated to extremists nearly a month ago. This development was confirmed by the Tunisian authorities, when the spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior Mohammed Laroui said pro-ISIS elements in the Ansar al-Sharia» group – in reference to the Uqba bin Nafi Brigade – had declared an emirate in southern Tunisia as part of the Islamic State emerging in Iraq and Syria.
Interestingly, the Uqba bin Nafi Brigade is affiliated to AQIM as well, and has close ties to the Tunisian terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia led by Abu Ayaz, and its Libyan branch led by Mohammed al-Zahawi. In other words, the extremist groups operating in Libya now have a bridge to ISIS.
Another factor confirming ISIS’ presence in Tunisia and the region is the fact that the Algerian army has apprehended one of the most prominent leaders of the Uqba bin Nafi Brigade, a Mauritanian known as Safiuddin al-Mauritani. The latter was active in Mali before he slipped into Tunisia along with a number of Tunisian terrorists nearly a year ago. Algerian security sources told Al-Akhbar that the Mauritanian terrorist was on his way to northern Mali, to meet with terrorist leaders in the area, in preparation for a meeting for senior terror leaders in Tunisia, where a new pro-ISIS group would be formed under the name of the Islamic Caliphate in the Islamic Maghreb.

Mauritanian security sources said that ISIS is trying to gain a foothold in the country as well, indicating that members of the group have recently sought to recruit four Mauritanian youths via the internet.

What the above indicates is that ISIS’ ideology is becoming entrenched in the Arab Maghreb, all the way to Mauritania on the Atlantic Ocean. Mauritanian security sources said that ISIS is trying to gain a foothold in the country as well, indicating that members of the group have recently sought to recruit four Mauritanian youths via the internet.
Although the same sources stressed that ISIS’ areas of operation are geographically distant from Mauritania, they said that there are strong indications the group is using different approaches to have cells operate in Mauritania. The sources pointed out that the counterterrorist operation in northern Mali led by a French-African alliance had galvanized Mauritanian youths with terrorist tendencies and brought them closer to groups like ISIS.
Libya: a special case
Libya remains the largest reservoir of recruits for ISIS, as it has been the main reservoir for various militant groups in Syria since the start of the uprising there more than three years ago.
This is if we go by the testimony of one of the most prominent Libyan warlords: In a previous interview with the mayor of Tripoli Mahdi al-Harati, widely viewed as the right-hand man of Abdel Hakim Belhadj, former president of the Military Council in Tripoli, and current leader of the Libyan al-Watan Party, Harati said that he personally moved fighters from various countries of the Maghreb and Europe into Syria to “continue what we started in Libya.” Harati said he leads a group called al-Ummah Brigade, which operates out of Libyan coasts and airports controlled by the warlords of the February 17 conflict and runs training camps preparing recruits before they travel to Turkey and then Syrian.
With the situation in Syria changing and the emergence of ISIS there, leading to violent clashes between various militant groups in Syria with different goals and ideologies, the picture became quite blurry for fighters originating from the Maghreb region. Some of these individuals decided to return home, while others chose to go to where they had first set out from, that is Libya.
These fighters joined the armed militias and extremist groups in Libya, while others founded a new organization called al-Battar, which is known for its brutality and ferocity thanks to the skills its combatants obtained while fighting for ISIS and al-Nusra Front. Al-Battar and other terrorist factions like Ansar al-Sharia are attracting pro-ISIS elements. According to Libyan sources, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi asked these elements to deploy to the Libyan front to counter the attacks by the Libyan army led by Khalifa Haftar as part of Operation Dignity seeking to “purge Libya of terrorists.”

Al-Battar and other terrorist factions like Ansar al-Sharia are attracting pro-ISIS elements.

In this regard, Algerian security expert Ali Zaoui said, “The Libyan arena is becoming an arena for the conflict between the arms of al-Qaeda, whether AQIM or global terrorist groups, which threatens to bring about a new terrorist paradigm in the near future.” Zaoui added, “Al-Qaeda could disappear to make way for the more extremist ISIS,” pointing out that Libya, where he said law and order were non-existent, would be the next front. The Algerian expert put the number of fighters returning from Syria and Iraq at around 13,000.
In the same vein, the Washington Institute for the Near Eastclassed the Libyan city of Darnah as a de facto part of the Caliphate State. A report by institute said, “A relatively new global jihadist group in Libya – Majlis Shura Shabab al-Islam (the Islamic Youth Shura Council), or MSSI – announced…that its claimed territory in the city of Darnah was now part of the ISIS ‘caliphate.’” The report continued, “MSSI’s move suggests a potential future approach to expansion that differs from al-Qaeda’s franchising model,” saying that the group had carried out public executions in a football stadium on August 18.
The leaders and fighters of MSSI are likely to be returnees from Syria and Iraq, and also from al-Battar and Ansar al-Sharia.
Who are the candidates for the upcoming post of emir of ISIM?
Ali Zaoui believes that Mokhtar Belmokhtar is one of the strongest candidates for the post of emir of the upcoming ISIM for a number of reasons, most notably his great ambition to become a global terrorist leader. This is why Belmokhtar had split from AQIM, according to Zaoui, after AQIM leader Abdelmalek Droukdel refused to give him a more senior position.
Zaoui pointed out that Belmokhtar, who is the current leader of the group known as al-Murabitun in southern Libya, has yet to pledge allegiance to ISIS. The Algerian security expert explained that Belmokhtar is biding his time, waiting to see the outcome of his efforts with various terrorist groups in Libya.
Zaoui also nominated Abu Ayaz, leader of Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia), who is currently in Libya. Abu Ayaz has strong links to Libyan terrorist groups and warlords, and had helped them recruit fighters during the Libyan uprising and at the start of the conflict in Syria.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.


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New ISIL Spokesman: 17-Year-Old Australian

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An Australian teenager who ran away from his country to join ISIL militants Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Takfiri group vowing to “not stop fighting”.

The 17-year-old, named in local media as Abdullah Elmir but who calls himself “Abu Khaled”, carried a rifle and directly addressed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the video reportedly posted online, the Sydney Morning Herald said.

New ISIL Spokesman: 17-Year-Old Australian

“To Tony Abbott, I say this. These weapons that we have, these soldiers, we will not stop fighting,” said Elmir, whose family is from the southwestern Sydney suburb of Bankstown.

“We will not put down our weapons until we reach your lands and until we take the head of every tyrant and until the black flag (of ISIL) is flying high in every single land.”

A spokesman for the prime minister said in a statement the video showed the threat posed by the ISIL group.

“As the Prime Minister has said on many occasions, ISIL is a threat that reaches out to Australia and our allies and partners,” the spokesman said.

“That is why Australia has joined the coalition to disrupt and degrade ISIL in Iraq and is giving our law enforcement and security agencies the powers and resources they need to keep Australia and Australians as safe as possible.”

Australia raised its terror threat level in September to “high” after years on “medium” on growing concern about returning militants, while Abbott has warned that those fighting with extremists could face lengthy jail terms if they come home.

Several men were arrested in counter-terrorism raids in September and charged with recruiting, funding and sending fighters to Syria. One of them was last week facing fresh charges of preparing a terrorist attack on home soil.

Source: Websites

24-10-2014 – 14:00 Last updated 24-10-2014 – 14:00


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EU polices encouraged extremism and terrorism in the Middle East


Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said Thursday that the hostile final conclusions on Syria and Iraq, issued by the European Union’s Council of Foreign Ministers in its meeting held in Luxemburg on October 20th, were full of contradictions, misleading, away from a true approach and logic on the situations in the two countries.

“The EU statements are also a flagrant intervention in the Syrian and Iraqi internal affairs which reflect the colonial heritage of some EU countries,” The Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement added that those conclusions indicate some European countries’ continued policies in turning a blind eye to shoulder their responsibilities, due to their support to the armed terrorist organizations, in cooperation with Turkey and Arab underdeveloped regimes in defense for their shameful record in financing, arming and suspicious disregarding of the practices of those organizations in Syria and Iraq.

“The Syrian Arab Republic affirms that the EU Foreign Ministers had to respect Security Council relevant resolutions, particularly resolutions No. 2170 and 2178 before asking other courtiers to respect them… the EU polices have encouraged extremism, spread of terrorism and instability in the Middle East,” The Foreign Ministry said.

It added that talking about democracy by European states became a matter of mockery, particularly as much of these states rush for investments and enjoy relations with countries that violate human rights and principles of democracy in the Middle East and the world, in particular with the Gulf States.

The statement clarified that the EU which mistakenly boasts of imposing economic sanctions on independent, sovereign counters, including Syria, know well that these sanctions will not affect, but innocent citizens, a matter that asserts the partnership of these EU countries with terrorists, including Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra, in practicing terrorism against the Syrian people.

The Foreign Ministry indicated that policies of the EU have been unveiled in front of the world nations and they lost their credibility because they went far away from the international legitimacy and the UN charter.

It concluded by saying ” Syria affirm its full condemnation of the EU polices,” adding that Syria is determined to combat terrorism and will not yield to dictates from any side, adopting a sole reference, mainly the interests of the Syrian people, their dignity and independence.

How the US Supports the Islamic State (ISIS): One “Accidental Airdrop” vs Billions in Covert Military Aid


 The Washington Post would report that the United States military accidentally dropped by air at least one pallet of weapons and supplies that ended up in the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” or ISIS. While a combination of factors about this particular story appear suspicious, including SITE Intelligence Group’s involvement in quickly disseminating an alleged video of ISIS terrorists rooting through the supplies, one fact remains. 

While the US claims it has “accidentally” allowed weapons to fall into the hands of ISIS terrorists, in reality, the US has been arming, funding, and aiding ISIS and its terrorist affiliates either directly or through Saudi, Qatari, Jordanian, or Turkish proxies since at least 2011.

ISIS Didn’t Happen Overnight 

Far from springing from the dunes of northern Iraq or eastern Syria, the rise of ISIS is the verbatim fulfillment of long-established documented US conspiracy. It is perhaps best summarized by the prophetic 2007 report ”The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?“ written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh and published in the New Yorker.

It stated (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

What is ISIS if not an “extremist group” that espouses a “militant vision of Islam” and is “sympathetic to Al Qaeda?”  And surely ISIS is undermining both Iran and Syria, and for that matter Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iran’s allies in Iraq as well.

The rise of extremist groups in the wake of the US-engineered “Arab Spring” is the story of how these clandestine operations reported on by Hersh reached their pinnacle in the creation of ISIS.

America’s Creation of ISIS


Image: Al Qaeda’s Abdelhakim Belhadj poses with US Senator John McCain. McCain’s lobbying would play a part in securing Al Qaeda and its affiliates with sufficient arms to overthrow the secular government of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya. Soon after, these terrorists and their weapons would find
their way to Syria via NATO-member Turkey. 

The US State Department through its global network of foreign subversion funded and directed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and a myriad of faux-NGOs, triggered a coordinated uprising across the Middle East. Protesters served as a smoke screen behind which heavily armed militants began campaigns of violence against the security forces of the respective nations targeted for destabilization. Violence in Egypt went largely unreported because of the speed of which the government collapsed and confrontations ceased. However in nations like Libya and Syria where governments remained resolute, the violence continued to escalate.

While the United States attempted to feign ignorance, surprise, and even displeasure with the “Arab Spring,” it would soon openly align itself with each and every opposition group across the Middle East. In Libya, US Senator John McCain’s visit to Benghazi, Libya would be the political manifestation of military, financial, and diplomatic aid being rendered to militants fighting against the government of Muammar Qaddafi.

These fighters, it would turn out, were not “pro-democracy rebels,” but rather seasoned militants of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), an official Al Qaeda franchise in North Africa. One of their leaders, Abdelhakim Belhadj would eventually find himself in power in Tripoli after the collapse of the Libyan government, and have his photograph taken with Senator McCain.

Image: LIFG terrorist Mahdi al-Harati in Syria commanding fellow
Libyan terrorists in a US-backed proxy war against Damascus. 

After the fall of Libya, Al Qaeda and its affiliates would take their fighters and their NATO-supplied weapons and travel to fight in Syria. They would enter the country through NATO-member Turkey.

While the US has repeatedly referred to the militants fighting the government and people of Syria as “moderates,” the vast majority of these fighters are sectarian extremists, many of whom are not even Syrian. And while the United States and its allies attempt to claim the rise of ISIS is recent, the many terrorist organizations it is a consolidation of where involved in Syria’s fighting since it began in 2011.

The US State Department itself would admit that Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, Jabhat al-Nusra (an offshoot of ISIS), was among the most prominent armed militant groups fighting the Syrian government, beginning in 2011 onward. The US State Department’s official press statement titled, “Terrorist Designations of the al-Nusrah Front as an Alias for al-Qa’ida in Iraq,” stated explicitly that:

Since November 2011, al-Nusrah Front has claimed nearly 600 attacks – ranging from more than 40 suicide attacks to small arms and improvised explosive device operations – in major city centers including Damascus, Aleppo, Hamah, Dara, Homs, Idlib, and Dayr al-Zawr. During these attacks numerous innocent Syrians have been killed.

Billions in Weapons, Cash, and Equipment

Image: US Senator John McCain with members of the so-called “Free Syrian
Army.” Several of the men pictured with McCain would end up committing
horrific sectarian atrocities. 

It is clear that Al Qaeda was virtually handed the nation of Libya by NATO – intentionally. It is also clear that Al Qaeda was quickly mobilized to then push into Syria and repeat NATO’s success, this time by toppling Damascus. The plan – as it was imagined – was to topple Damascus quickly enough so that the general public never found out who was truly fighting in the ranks of America’s proxy forces. This, because of the Syrian people’s resolution, didn’t happen.

From 2011 onward, the United States and its allies both European and regionally, would supply terrorists fighting the government of Syria billions in cash, weapons, equipment, and even vehicles. Story after story in the Western press admitted this, but always with the caveat that the aid was going to so-called “moderates.” For three years these “moderates” received the combined aid from the United States, United Kingdom, members of the European Union, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan.

In the Telegraph’s 2013 article titled, “US and Europe in ‘major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb’,” it is reported:

…3,000 tons of weapons dating back to the former Yugoslavia have been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels, largely via Jordan since November.
 The story confirmed the origins of ex-Yugoslav weapons seen in growing numbers in rebel hands in online videos, as described last month by The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, but suggests far bigger quantities than previously suspected.
The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria’s neighbours. But the report added that as well as from Croatia, weapons came “from several other European countries including Britain”, without specifying if they were British-supplied or British-procured arms.
British military advisers however are known to be operating in countries bordering Syria alongside French and Americans, offering training to rebel leaders and former Syrian army officers. The Americans are also believed to be providing training on securing chemical weapons sites inside Syria.

Additionally, The New York Times in its article, “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid,” admits that:

With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.

The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.

The US State Department had also announced it was sending hundreds of millions of dollars more in aid, equipment and even armored vehicles to militants operating in Syria, along with demands of its allies to “match” the funding to reach a goal of over a billion dollars. The NYT would report in their article, “Kerry Says U.S. Will Double Aid to Rebels in Syria,” that:

With the pledge of fresh aid, the total amount of nonlethal assistance from the United States to the coalition and civic groups inside the country is $250 million. During the meeting here, Mr. Kerry urged other nations to step up their assistance, with the objective of providing $1 billion in international aid.

The US has also admitted that it was officially arming and equipping terrorists inside of Syria. The Washington Post’s article, ”U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels,” reported:

The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.

More recently, scores of Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks were delivered to terrorists along the Turkish-Syrian border, which would later be seen among ISIS convoys invading northern Iraq. In a PRI report titled, “This one Toyota pickup truck is at the top of the shopping list for the Free Syrian Army — and the Taliban,” it stated:

Recently, when the US State Department resumed sending non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels, the delivery list included 43 Toyota trucks.

Hiluxes were on the Free Syrian Army’s wish list. Oubai Shahbander, a Washington-based advisor to the Syrian National Coalition, is a fan of the truck.

The question is, if billions in Saudi, Qatari, Jordanian, Turkish, British and American aid has been sent to “moderates,” who has been funding, arming, and equipping ISIS even more?

America’s Narrative Beggars Belief 

So many resources does ISIS have at its disposal, that it is not only supposedly able to displace the so-called “moderates” in Syria, but has the ability to simultaneously fight the combined military might of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq – not to mention threaten the national security of Russia and China and – so we are meant to believe – carry out a global campaign of terror against Western targets from Canada and the United States, across Europe, and all the way to far-flung Australia.

It is a narrative that beggars belief. The simplest explanation of course, is that there never were any “moderates,” and that the United States and its allies, precisely as renowned journalist Seymour Hersh warned in 2007, went about raising a regional army of sectarian terrorists to fight an unprecedented proxy war with the predictable outcome being an orgy of genocide and atrocities – also as warned by Hersh in his prophetic article.

In fact, Hersh’s report would also state:

Robert Baer, a former longtime C.I.A. agent in Lebanon, has been a severe critic of Hezbollah and has warned of its links to Iranian-sponsored terrorism. But now, he told me, “we’ve got Sunni Arabs preparing for cataclysmic conflict, and we will need somebody to protect the Christians in Lebanon. It used to be the French and the United States who would do it, and now it’s going to be Nasrallah and the Shiites.

What if not a ”cataclysmic conflict,” could ISIS’ current regional campaign be described as? And hasn’t it been Lebanese, Syrian, Iranian, and Iraqi Shia’a, along with many secular and enlightened Sunnis, who have come to the aid of those targeted by ISIS?

The evidence is overwhelming. When considering US support for terrorists and extremists in places like Afghanistan in the 1980′s or even as recently as today with US support of Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK), it would be difficult to believe the US was not involved in raising and directing a proxy army against multiple regimes it openly seeks to supplant.

Ultimately, whether one pallet drifted into ISIS hands by accident in a recent airdrop is a moot point. Billions in cash, weapons, equipment, and vehicles have already been intentionally supplied to the many groups that ISIS represents, as planned as early as 2007. ISIS is the purposeful creation of the United States in its pursuit of regional hegemony in the Middle East, and ISIS’ atrocities were predicted long before the first shots were fired in 2011 in the Syrian conflict, long before the term “Islamic State” went mainstream.

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Sultan Erdogan is fighting against both Syria & the Kurds while at the same time giving a free pass to ISIS/ISIL/Daesh


The brave women of Kobani – where Syrian Kurds are desperately fighting ISIS/ISIL/Daesh – are about to be betrayed by the “international community”. These women warriors, apart from Caliph Ibrahim’s goons, are also fighting treacherous agendas by the US, Turkey and the administration of Iraqi Kurdistan. So what’s the real deal in Kobani?

Let’s start by talking about Rojava. The full meaning of Rojava – the three mostly Kurdish provinces of northern Syria – is conveyed in this editorial (in Turkish) published by jailed activist Kenan Kirkaya. He argues that Rojava is the home of a “revolutionary model” that no less than challenges “the hegemony of the capitalist, nation-state system” – way beyond its regional “meaning for Kurds, or for Syrians or Kurdistan.”

Kobani – an agricultural region – happens to be at the epicenter of this non-violent experiment in democracy, made possible by an arrangement early on during the Syrian tragedy between Damascus and Rojava (you don’t go for regime change against us, we leave you alone). Here, for instance, it’s argued that “even if only a single aspect of true socialism were able to survive there, millions of discontented people would be drawn to Kobani.”

In Rojava, decision-making is via popular assemblies – multicultural and multi-religious. The top three officers in each municipality are a Kurd, an Arab and an Assyrian or Armenian Christian; and at least one of these three must be a woman. Non-Kurd minorities have their own institutions and speak their own languages.

Among a myriad of women’s and youth councils, there is also an increasingly famous feminist army, the YJA Star militia (“Union of Free Women”, with the “star” symbolizing Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar).

The symbolism could not be more graphic; think of the forces of Ishtar (Mesopotamia) fighting the forces of ISIS (originally an Egyptian goddess), now transmogrified into an intolerant Caliphate. In the young 21st century, it’s the female barricades of Kobani that are in the forefront fighting fascism.

Inevitably there should be quite a few points of intersection between the International Brigades fighting fascism in Spain in 1936 and what is happening in Rojava, as stressed by one of the very few articles about it published in Western mainstream media.

If these components were not enough to drive crazy deeply intolerant Wahhabis and Takfiris (and their powerful Gulf petrodollar backers) then there’s the overall political set up.

The fight in Rojava is essentially led by the PYD, which is the Syrian branch of the Turkish PKK, the Marxist guerrillas at war against Ankara since the 1970s. Washington, Brussels and NATO – under relentless Turkish pressure – have always officially ranked both PYD and PKK as “terrorists”.

Careful examination of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan’s must-read book Democratic Confederalism reveals this terrorist/Stalinist equation as bogus (Ocalan has been confined to the island-prison of Imrali since 1999.)

What the PKK – and the PYD – are striving for is “libertarian municipalism”. In fact that’s exactly what Rojava has been attempting; self-governing communities applying direct democracy, using as pillars councils, popular assemblies, cooperatives managed by workers – and defended by popular militias. Thus the positioning of Rojava in the vanguard of a worldwide cooperative economics/democracy movement whose ultimate target would be to bypass the concept of a nation-state.

Not only this experiment is taking place politically across northern Syria; in military terms, it was the PKK and the PYD who actually managed to rescue those tens of thousands of Yazidis corralled by ISIS/ISIL/Daesh in Mount Sinjar, and not American bombs, as the spin went. And now, as PYD co-president Asya Abdullah details, what’s needed is a “corridor” to break the encirclement of Kobani by Caliph Ibrahim’s goons.

Sultan Erdogan’s power play
Ankara, meanwhile, seems intent to prolong a policy of “lots of problems with our neighbors.”

For Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, “the main cause of ISIS is the Syrian regime”. And Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu – who invented the now defunct “zero problems with our neighbors” doctrine in the first place – has repeatedly stressed Ankara will only intervene with boots on the ground in Kobani to defend the Kurds if Washington presents a “post-Assad plan”.

And then there’s that larger than life character; Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, aka Sultan Erdogan.

Sultan Erdogan’s edicts are well known. Syrian Kurds should fight against Damascus under the command of that lousy fiction, the reconstituted (and to be trained, of all places, in Saudi Arabia) Free Syrian Army; they should forget about any sort of autonomy; they should meekly accept Turkey’s request for Washington to create a no-fly zone over Syria and also a “secured” border on Syrian territory. No wonder both the PYD and Washington have rejected these demands.

Sultan Erdogan has his eyes set on rebooting the peace process with the PKK; and he wants to lead it in a position of force. So far his only concession has been to allow Iraqi Kurd peshmergas to enter northern Syria to counter-balance the PYD-PKK militias, and thus prevent the strengthening of an anti-Turkish Kurdish axis.

At the same time Sultan Erdogan knows ISIS/ISIL/Daesh has already recruited up to 1,000 Turkish passport holders – and counting. His supplemental nightmare is that the toxic brew laying waste to “Syraq” will sooner rather than later mightily overspill inside Turkish borders.

Watch those barbarians at the gates
Caliph Ibrahim’s goons have already telegraphed their intention to massacre and/or enslave the entire civilian population of Kobani. And yet Kobani, per se, has no strategic value for ISIS/ISIL/Daesh (that’s what US Secretary of State John Kerry himself said last week; but then, predictably, he reversed himself). This very persuasive PYD commander though is very much aware of the ISIS/ISIL/Daesh threat.

Kobani is not essential compared to Deir ez-Zor (which has an airport supplying the Syrian Arab Army) or Hasakah (which has oil fields controlled by Kurds helped by the Syrian Arab Army). Kobani boasts no airport and no oil fields.

On the other hand, the fall of Kobani would generate immensely positive extra PR for the already very slick Caliph enterprise – widening the perception of a winning army especially among new, potential, EU passport holder recruits, as well as establishing a solid base very close to the Turkish border.

Essentially, what Sultan Erdogan is doing is to fight both Damascus (long-term) and the Kurds (medium term) while actually giving a free pass (short-term) to ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. And yet, further on down the road, Turkish journalist Fehim Tastekin is right; training non-existent “moderate” Syrian rebels in oh-so-democratic Saudi Arabia will only lead to the Pakistanization of Turkey. A remix – once again – of the scenario played out during the 1980s Afghan jihad.

As if this was not muddled enough, in a game changer – and reversing its “terrorist” dogma – Washington is now maintaining an entente cordiale with the PYD. And that poses an extra headache for Sultan Erdogan.

This give-and-take between Washington and the PYD is still up for grabs. Yet some facts on the ground spell it all out; more US bombing, more US air drops (including major fail air drops, where the freshly weaponized end up being The Caliph’s goons).

A key fact should not be overlooked. As soon as the PYD was more or less “recognized” by Washington, PYD head Saleh Muslim went to meet the wily Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leader Masoud Barzani. That’s when the PYD promised a “power sharing” with Barzani’s peshmergas on running Rojava.

Syrian Kurds who were forced to abandon Kobani and exile themselves in Turkey, and who support the PYD, cannot return to Syria; but Iraqi Kurds can go back and forth. This dodgy deal was brokered by the KRG’s intel chief, Lahur Talabani. The KRG, crucially, gets along very well with Ankara.

That sheds further light on Erdogan’s game; he wants the peshmerga – who are fierce enemies of the PKK – to become the vanguard against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh and thus undermine the PYD/PKK alliance. Once again, Turkey is pitting Kurds against Kurds.

Washington for its part is manipulating Kobani to completely legitimize – on a “humanitarian”, R2P vein – its crusade against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. It’s never enough to remember this whole thing started with a barrage of Washington spin about the bogus, ghostly Khorasan group preparing a new 9-11. Khorasan, predictably, entirely vanished from the news cycle.

In the long run, the American power play is a serious threat to the direct democracy experiment in Rojava, which Washington cannot but interpret as – God forbid! – a return of communism.

So Kobani is now a crucial pawn in a pitiless game manipulated by Washington, Ankara and Irbil. None of these actors want the direct democracy experiment in Kobani and Rojava to bloom, expand and start to be noticed all across the Global South. The women of Kobani are in mortal danger of being, if not enslaved, bitterly betrayed.

And it gets even more ominous when the ISIS/ISIL/Daesh play on Kobani is seen essentially for what it is; a diversionary tactic, a trap for the Obama administration. What The Caliph’s goons are really aiming at is Anbar province in Iraq – which they already largely control – and the crucial Baghdad belt. The barbarians are at the gates – not only Kobani’s but also Baghdad’s.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).



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