Thursday, March 31, 2016

Staged Provocation of Turkey's Security Detail- Aided by Amnesty International & Brookings

'Cause this doesn't happen unless it was intentional. By design. To demonize an intended target. For the creation of bad press. Trial by media...

Amnesty International's Protestors, threatened by Turkish Security in Washington
Amnesty International, just another, scummy No Good Organization
Amnesty International giving legitimacy to the illegitimate.

Amnesty Press Release: And no surprise they have an individual who will spin for the media
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Today a delegation of Amnesty International USA staff and volunteers protested human rights abuses in Turkey in front of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech. Amnesty protestors were confronted by plainclothes Turkish security who threatened them and grabbed at their protest signs.

"Today’s confrontation in Washington vividly illustrates how little Turkey’s government values human rights such as freedom of the press and freedom of assembly. Those who were present at today’s protest saw firsthand the consequences of governments that violate human rights,” said T. Kumar, Amnesty International USA’s advocacy director for Europe.

Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to address human rights concerns with President Erdogan earlier this week.

Kumar, who was at the scene and was personally threatened by Turkish security, is available for interviews.

Can you say provocation?  

Pay particular attention to the fact there is NO SOUND included with this video

Without the sound I cannot discern for myself what is actually going on! 
Why is the sound off?

Another curious case of a twitter video with no volume?- Scroll down to the 17 second video feed. Amberim Zaman can claim all the baloney, garbage and nonsense she wants to claim
There is nothing to substantiate here claim at her twitter nonsense and Turkish Security walks quite calmly towards her, considering she looks to be making an intentional idiot of herself.
I didn't hear anyone saying a thing to her. Why should I believe her claims?
Hmmmm......

Amberin Zaman, the Economist's former Turkey correspondent and scholar at the Wilson Center, a DC think tank, reported that after being confronted by security she was called a "PKK whore," a reference to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party. She writes often about the Kurds.

Unsubstantiated claims are claims with no substance. And videos, devoid of sound, have no substance, nor do they support the claims made by either party.



10:09 pm est: I originally posted the information above  nearly 3 hours ago, I checked my computer volume, listened to audio in different video footage (You tube) and my computer is okay. Everything is working. YET when I check back to the two videos I linked to, still, nearly 3 hours later there is not a sound to be heard- So, I still cannot verify claims made by two agenda pushing individuals

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thank- You E. William Engdahl! And Yes, it's the Mosul Dam, Again

Before I raise the issue of the Mosul Dam collapse, for the third time this month, I’d like to thank Mr Engdahl for linking to my post of March 10/2016.
 E William Engdahl: Will Obama Murder One Million Iraqis Simply to Steal their Oil?
“In the event of a breach, there is the potential in some places for a flood wave up to 14 meters high (45 feet) that could sweep up everything in its path, including people, cars, unexploded ordinance, waste and other hazardous materials,” (yours truly)
I appreciate the nod to the blog and my work :)

In an initial Mosul Dam post, from March 2/2016:

  I wrote an expansive article on the numerous issues with Mosul Dam.  Mosul Dam Set to Fail- Intentional Take Down? Disaster Capitalism to the Extreme? At that time I wrote that no matter how the dam failed,  if it failed it was the fault of the US. Period!

Launching airstrikes near the dam? 
 Could the US have damaged the Mosul dam, accidentally, on purpose?

The statement added that since Aug. 8, Central Command has carried out 68 airstrikes in Iraq, including 35 near the Mosul Dam.
Or?
 However, the maintenance work was badly affected by the crippling UN sanctions imposed on Iraq following Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
After reading this one could also say thanks to the US and it's multiple invasions, it's sanctions regime, it's incessant war making and bombing they virtually guaranteed the destruction of this vital dam anyway
 Then of course we have the dam being controlled by US, Italian Troops and PKK Peshmerga for sure.

I followed up the March 2 article with the one Mr. Engdahl included in his article. Linked above.

Mosul Dam- The latest.  
Let's call this warning about the dam and pushing the incompetence, negligence angle against the Iraqi government- "Iraqis Kept in the Dark About Mosul Dam"

The US is definitely creating a specific narrative regarding the situation with this dam
Despite intense U.S. pressure to act to keep Iraq's largest dam from collapsing, Baghdad has done little to prepare Iraqis for the possibility of a burst that could unleash a flood reaching the capital and killing hundreds of thousands of people.
See the US "cares"  They are intensely pressuring Iraq to act to keep the dam from bursting- What a joke!
The government signed a $296-million contract with Italy's Trevi Group last month to reinforce northern Iraq's fragile Mosul Dam, but it has not announced any specific plans to try to rescue people in the event of a breach or instructed them in detail how to react safely. 
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's most significant public statement on the dam, which was not widely distributed, advised millions of people living in the path of a potential flood that they should move to higher ground, but provided few specifics
U.S. officials have said Washington feels Baghdad has failed to take the threat seriously enough.
A U.S. government briefing paper released in late February said the 500,000 to 1.47 million Iraqis living in the highest-risk areas along the Tigris River "probably would not survive" the impact of a flood's impact unless they evacuated. Swept hundreds of miles along in the waters would be unexploded ordnance, chemicals, bodies and buildings.

A senior official at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the most lives could be saved by advising people in advance of what to do in the event of a breach of the structure, once known as Saddam Dam and opened in the mid 1980s.
On Jan. 21, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Abadi in Davos, Switzerland, and handed him a confidential note from President Barack Obama pleading for urgent action.
Cause the US cares so very deeply...
The president's personal intervention indicated how the dam's fragility has moved to the forefront of U.S. concerns over Iraq, reflecting fears its failure would also undermine U.S. efforts to stabilise Abadi's government and complicate the war against Islamic State.

Iraqi forces launched a new offensive last week in Makhmour, 60 km (40 miles) south of Mosul, as the beginning of a broader campaign to clear areas around the city but so far progress has been slow.
Mosul is a highly, highly contested city- The Kurds want it.  Both competing groups.The Iraqis want it.
 And it turns out there are also internal rivalries when it comes to the Kurdish fighting for Mosul. The most recent involve a dispute between Iraqi Kurdistan’s most powerful political party, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK
Despite the claim of Baghdad being unconcerned
"Baghdad updated a 2006 evacuation plan last year that calls for moving people to the southern provinces, a government source briefed on Mosul Dam planning said last month"
So why does the US keep pushing the Mosul disaster theme, alongside the Iraqi government negligence story- This has everything to do with the fight for Mosul!

 BLAME GAME

USAID and the U.N. development agency UNDP began working with the Iraqi government weeks ago to set up an early alert system using sirens and other mechanisms, but it is not yet ready and little else has been done to prepare residents.
Gee with the help of the UN and USAID,  and President Obama's concern I simply can't imagine why this early alert system isn't up and running? Can you?

Don't Miss

NATO Op: Destroy Culture, People & History via Chaos- Moved to Italy

If the dam goes, it's intentional.

NATO Op: Destroy Culture, People & History via Chaos- Moved to Italy

Hopefully readers here read the news regarding the closure of the established people moving aka ethnic cleanser operators/operations in Greece?  I'm certain readers here would not believe that news indicated the end of the ethnic cleansing of the Middle East and Africa resulting in the weakening destruction of Europe? 


Link
“This is yet another blow to the EU, after the UNHCR refused to get involved in the refugee returns organised by the bloc under its recent deal with Turkey, claiming that the hotspots in the Greek islands, where refugees are processed, have become prisons. 
At approximately the same time, the Doctors Without Borders and Doctors of the World NGOs decided to abandon the Idomeni area, on Greece’s northern border, for security reasons”

In plain talk: The United Nations and the NGO’s choose,  by simply refusing,  to get involved with the right of return of ethnically cleansed persons, under the deal made with Turkey.
This has nothing to do with Turkey not abiding by the agreement.
Rather the UN, which is the shiny happy face of NATO, simply ignored the agreement made and the compliant No Good Operations went along with the plan!

The people moving operation shipped out to the next base of operations in order to continue the free flow of ethnically cleansed persons into Europe. That new base is Italy. Yup!



Base of operations was transferred to Italy:
 Italy is in the front line in the refugee crisis and has saved hundreds of thousands of lives in the Mediterranean, 3,700 in the last five days alone, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Wednesday at the UN's High-Level Conference on Syrian refugees. Addressing the one-day conference in Geneva, Gentiloni illustrated Italy's initiative of humanitarian corridors, "which can be an initiative that can be emulated by other countries". As for Syrian refugees in particular, Gentiloni said Italy had agreed to take 1,500 more people by the end of 2017 within the framework of the ongoing EU-funded reception programme, as well as facilitating visas for families to reunite. The EU has agreed a 'one in, one out' programme with Turkey to return new Syrian arrivals from Greece, with Ankara taking back one economic migrant for every refugee whose asylum claim is recognised.
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the Geneva conference more needs to be done to provide resettlement and other answers for their plight. "We are here to address the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time...This demands an exponential increase in global solidarity," he told the gathering at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, attended by the representatives of 92 countries together with governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
    Some 4.8 million Syrians have been forced to flee across borders by five years of war, while another 6.6 million are internally displaced. While talks are underway to find lasting peace, the UN chief said more countries need to step up and provide solutions for Syrian refugees.
Italy is more accessible to the mostly North African population being cleansed from their nations..

To the anonymous commenter- you were right on the money when you suggested this was the next move- shortly after your comment I saw a handy dandy map of the new route to transfer the ethnically cleansed into Europe- Right through the center of Italy and straight towards Switzerland.

Don’t think so?- Italy New Humanitarian Corridors
Of course this story is obfuscated with the use of  the  "saving children" manipulation
She said the “experimental humanitarian corridor,” based on a sponsorship system, could be extended to the rest of Europe if successful. It will be presented to European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos next month.

“It’s something not only Italy but Europe really needs at the moment, to bring refugees here safely and also guarantee the safety of host countries,”
She is out of her mind! Is that what Europe really needs at the moment- To aid and abet the ethnic cleansing of an geographic area of the globe and have their own nations overwhelmed? Really, that's what Europe needs?????



For my readers in Italy.

I put this through translate, so I hope it is concise enough for you to understand


 Per la mia famiglia allargata in Italy, miei fratelli e sorelle. La storia d'Italia. La sua cultura. La sua gente. Sono tutti vale la pena trattenendo. Si prega di fare il possibile per salvare la nazione dei miei antenati.

Tenere su la vostra lingua. La vostra storia. Siate orgogliosi di questo patrimonio. Forse guardo troppo romanticamente a tutto, ma, le storie dei miei nonni e la vita che avevano in Italia con tutti i loro figli .... Fino a quando è arrivata la guerra. Bellissimo. Così bello. Mio padre dice loro con tanto orgoglio. Sembra veramente le classi d'elite sono intenzionalmente lavorando per distruggere la vostra cultura, il patrimonio e la vostra nazione. Tenere su di loro, che valgono il risparmio. Non vedo l'ora a un giorno visitare il paese, la cultura e la storia, di una nazione, che ha contribuito alla totalità della persona che sono oggi-

And in English:

To my extended family in Italy- My brothers and sisters. The history of Italy. Her culture. Her people. Are all worth holding onto. Please do what you can to save the nation of my ancestors.
Hold onto your language. Your history. Be proud of this heritage. Perhaps I look too romantically at it all, but, the stories of my Grandparents and the life they had in Italy with all their children.... Until the war came. Beautiful. So beautiful. My father tells them with such pride. It truly appears the elite classes are intentionally working to destroy your culture, heritage and your nation. Hold on to them, they are worth saving. I look forward to one day visiting the country, culture and history, of a nation, that contributed to the entirety of the person I am today-


Monday, March 28, 2016

A Back Stabbing Obama, Cannot Face His Intended Target- Erdogan

Before I get into this latest news from Washington Post- 

I wish to thank the main stream media for prepping the 'bad Turkey' narrative. I wish to thank the so called alt media, also. You all did your jobs well. You have created the needed hostile bias, in the masses, for yet another nation to be destroyed. Thanks to you we will have more environmental destruction, resource waste, death, family destruction, ethnic cleansing and weaponized refugees. 
 You have sold the NATO agenda well. You have promoted the expansion of Israel. And Sykes Picot 2.0. 
 I can't do these things... I can't serve the elite agenda while trying to not participate in it. I don't want others to participate in or be under the thumb of that elitists agenda, either.

The definition of insanity is to do the same things over and over again while expecting a different result- Again, there will not be a different result. This most recent remake is already a disaster, what else could have realistically been expected from the insane games of empire?

 A quote from Max Hoffman- Centre for American Progress ends the WaPo article- I'm using it as the opener for the post! American Progress? Progress for what?
"The White House does not want to make President Erdogan look welcome,” said Max Hoffman, associate director of national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington. “The Gezi Park protests in May 2013 and the ensuing crackdown crystallized long-running concerns about Erdogan’s authoritarianism and the stifling of political dissent,” he said. “The shuttering of newspapers and TV channels has continued, and the consensus in Washington now is that Erdogan is corrupting Turkey’s democracy to pursue his personal ambition.”
 The Gezi Park protests that saw the emergence of our Kurdish media darling, Selahattin Demirtas, henchman of the PKK, with all the weaponized divisive identity politics that comes along with what is just another version of the "Arab Spring"

Stealing an AKP win? HDP = Divisive Identity Politics- NGO's counting ballots

An NGO counted ballots in the June election and stole just enough of the vote to cause that second election in Turkey that the AKP party still won and handily so
Back to Washington Post
When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last traveled to Washington, for a state visit in 2013, President Barack Obama praised him for launching peace talks with Kurdish separatists and leading his country into a new era of economic prosperity.

Mr. Erdogan can expect a very different reception when he returns this week for the Nuclear Security Summit.

Mr. Obama has turned down Mr. Erdogan’s request to join him for the inauguration of a Turkish-funded mosque in Maryland, and the U.S. president has no plans for a formal one-on-one meeting with his Turkish counterpart, who is a vital ally in the fight against Islamic State, U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal.
Clearly the US does not see Erdogan as an ally any longer. As has been stated here so many times, for so long now.
The White House is instead expected to have Vice President Joe Biden meet with Mr. Erdogan.

Senior U.S. administration officials said the decision not to meet Mr. Erdogan while he is in Washington shouldn’t be taken as a slight because the two presidents met in November at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey, and spoke by phone in February.
“The president has been in such regular contact with few other world leaders,” said a senior U.S. administration official. “When it comes to the NSS, there is not a robust [bilateral] schedule, so it’s not as if Erdogan is being excluded.”
Delegations from 51 nations are expected to attend the summit, which begins Thursday. Mr. Obama has only one planned one-on-one meeting—with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Turkey is at the center of the fight against Islamic State, the struggle to end Syria’s civil war, and the global refugee crisis, making Mr. Erdogan a key partner for Western leaders.

Mr. Erdogan has alienated some allies by overseeing a crackdown on domestic critics and waging a new fight with Kurdish insurgents. The allies’ need to work with the Turkish president has tempered their public criticism.
Except WaPo is lying, it was the Kurds that ended the ceasefire. It was the PKK that reignited the fire.
“This is one of the least bright spots for Mr. Erdogan’s foreign-policy agenda, said Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “He took a stellar personal relationship with the U.S. president and look where it is today.”

The U.S. and its allies need Mr. Erdogan’s help in clamping down on Islamic State extremists leaving Syria and containing the migrant crisis stoked by the war in Syria.
Related
Turkey has gone so far as to build a wall at the Syrian border to clamp down on extremists- Who is WaPo kidding with this garbage?
Turkish officials have been trying for months to lay the groundwork for a meeting in Washington with Mr. Obama.
Mr. Obama once said he counted Mr. Erdogan among his closest allies. The two men would talk regularly, and Mr. Obama hosted Mr. Erdogan for dinner when he and his family came to Washington in May 2013. At the time, Mr. Erdogan, then serving as Turkey’s prime minister, had just launched historic peace talks with Kurdish separatists. Mr. Obama called for deeper economic ties when the two leaders held a Rose Garden news conference.
Two weeks later, Turkish police launched a violent crackdown against protesters trying to prevent construction of a mall in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, sparking criticism from the White House. Turkey embarked on a new campaign to stifle dissent.
In December 2013, Turkish police arrested dozens of people in a political-corruption probe that threatened to reach Mr. Erdogan’s door.

Mr. Erdogan responded to the investigation by accusing a former ally, Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, of overseeing the creation of a parallel state.

Turkey has targeted individuals and businesses linked to Mr. Gulen, who lives in (self-imposed) exile in Pennsylvania, including the country’s largest newspaper. Hundreds of Turkish journalists who have criticized Mr. Erdogan have been forced from their jobs. Human-rights groups and press-freedom advocates have accused Mr. Erdogan of using the feud to clamp down on his critics.
When Mr. Biden traveled to Istanbul in January, his meeting with journalists critical of Mr. Erdogan upset the Turkish president and his allies.
The nasty Mr. Biden's visit was covered here at the blog and unlike others in the alt media I reported the truth that Biden has been extremely provocative. January 23/2016
Biden went on to meet with President Tayyip Erdogan, but an expected joint statement was not issued.
  Biden: "He criticized the Turkish state for intimidating media, curtailing Internet freedom and accusing academics of treason" (Biden has chutzpah considering the state of the US media, internet and freedom in general)
Biden: "Last week, he denounced as "dark, nefarious and brutal" more than 1,000 signatories of a declaration that criticized Turkish military action in the southeast"
"More recently, reforms have faltered and Erdogan has adopted a more authoritarian style of rule. (I've read those same memes "authoritarian/dictator/Hitler wrt Assad, Hussein, Gaddafi, etc)
"In an apparent rebuke, Erdogan told Biden on Saturday that he expected sensitivity from Turkey's allies and that they should avoid statements which may equate to support for those trying to hamper Turkish efforts to fight terror, presidential sources said"
Despite the duplicity in Biden's visit main stream and alt media alike spun it as something it was not so it's interesting to see WaPo being honest now.

WaPo Continues...
Turkish officials cast the crackdown as a temporary and unfortunate outgrowth of the need to defend the country’s security from Kurdish militants, Islamic State and Turkish traitors trying to overthrow the government.

“Turkey has a critical period where security can come before freedom, but these are just short moments,” said the aide, who urged America to temper its criticism. “Turkey still has its face towards the West. It’s not rhetoric.”

U.S. officials have expressed private concerns to Turkish leaders about the crackdown on Kurdish separatists, which resumed last summer. While the Obama administration supports Turkey’s fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, U.S. officials have been worried about the use of tanks and troops against Kurdish militants.

Concerns about Turkey’s relations with its Kurdish minority have spread to Syria, where Mr. Erdogan has repeatedly called on the U.S. to stop working with Syrian Kurdish militants aligned with the PKK, a group both countries classify as a terrorist organization. But the Syrian Kurdish fighters are America’s most important ally in Syria, and the U.S. refusal to sever its ties with the fighters has added new strains.
WaPo is still selling the lies mixed in with a bit of truth... Hopefully no one is buying the lies any longer?

Flashbacks:  A few of the very many I've written about the targeting & destruction of Turkey by NATO..

Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey

Pt.2- Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey 

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


NATO Bows Out on Turkey. Turkey and Article 4 

Washington Post spinning large and fast

Washington Post Obfuscates, GREATLY, on Erdogans's Brussels "warning"

Israeli General makes IDF policy clear on Turkey- It's a problem!

*IDF General Calls Turkey a "Problematic Entity" for Israel. And Israel 2.0?
*Carving Turkey After a NATO Roasting- Claims vs Reality
*Turkey and the Discourse of Authoritarianism/ The West's Delusion of Morality


This information should not be missed:

Russia Signals Interest in Warming Ties With Turkey- Russians & the Turkish Riviera

Israel & the Kurds: Love by Proxy
 
Recolonizing Syria: Kurds, Chechens & Uighers= Wahabis, Weaponized Refugees & War

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Russia Signals Interest in Warming Ties With Turkey- Russians & the Turkish Riviera

Came across this news item yesterday, but waited until today to post it.  Despite it being a breach of my two day break! So, I enforced a one day break anyway ;)
  Readers here may recall my mentioning these sanctions were not as far reaching or damage imposing as something the US could and has imposed on nation after nation. For the simple reason that Russia would/could not cut off it's nose to spite it's own face. The US has that luxury. Russia not so much. Flashback: Russia sanctions Turkey? Smoke & Mirrors. Turkey to get very wintery blast
 Turkey remains an important trading partner for Russia, and Moscow aims to minimise problems for Turkish and Russian businesses caused by sanctions, Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Tuesday.
 His comments, playing down the impact of recent economic sanctions.

"Turkey remains our large trading partner. Our embargo is selective, very selective, concerning food and only certain (items)," Ulyukayev said in an interview with Russian state television.

"They are designed in a way so that existing contracts won't be violated. Here we are for the time being very cautious. We don't want to create problems for Turkish business, and even less for our own business and citizens."
So the news contained below wasn't shocking to me. However, it may be shocking to others?
  Russia signals interest to defrost ties with Turkey-

In an abrupt turnaround, Moscow has put out feelers to Turkey signalling interest in calming tensions in the bilateral relations and opening a new page. The Russian civil aviation authorities have lifted the ban on flights to Antalya on the Mediterranean, which is known as the Turkish Riviera and a popular destination for Russian tourists.
No explanation has been given for the decision, in terms of which Ural Airlines will fly seven times a week from the Russian cities of Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan to Antalya.
It's likely going to be business as usual
Moscow had previously banned the sale of tour packages and charter flights to Turkey – as well as import of certain Turkish goods – after a Russian military jet was downed by a Turkish F-16 on Nov. 24. In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order to extend Russian economic sanctions against Turkey.
Moscow’s latest decision suggests that Russian tourists may return to Turkey as before. The number of Russian tourists had dropped by a million last year to 3.6 million.
That's sure good timing for Turkey's economy.
Again, on Thursday, a senior Kremlin politician Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament, was quoted as saying,
    Our relations with Turkey need to be taken out of the deep freeze. We are actually ready to solve this but we are not the reason for this coldness between us.
    For the ice to melt, Turkey needs to take a step and take responsibility for downing our plane. Unfortunately, we have not perceived even an indication from Ankara that such a step will be taken.
Matviyenko put the onus on Turkey by insisting that Ankara must “take responsibility for downing our plane”. But she left the pre-condition sufficiently vague. Some amicable formula seems to be under consideration whereby the two sides can move on.
Clearly, the Russian stance has mellowed, considering that at the peak of tensions, Putin had voiced skepticism whether Russian-Turkish relations could be normalized at all so long as the leadership in Ankara remained in power.
Putin had spoken to the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani twice in recent days. Turkey and Qatar are aligned closely on Syria and the emir is also personally close to Turkish President Recep Erdogan. Possibly, the emir has acted as a go-between. At any rate, it is apparent that the demonizing of Erdogan in the Russian media propaganda has noticeably tapered off.
To be sure, Moscow is preparing the ground for reopening dialogue with Ankara. What explains the sense of urgency? Simply put, it is the Syrian peace talks under way in Geneva. Engaging with Ankara has become an unavoidable practical necessity for Russian diplomacy while steering the Syrian peace process, since Turkey is a key player with real capacity to influence the situation in Syria, whether anyone likes it or not.
In principle, Russia has imposed a ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria but reports continue to appear that Turkey (???) nevertheless keeps supplying the extremist groups in Syria with weapons and fighters. Some Iranian reports even claimed that in Salahuddin in Iraq, Islamic State used brand new weapons manufactured in 2016, which the jihadists could have only sourced from Turkey.
Why doesn't Russia stop this arms flow?
However, Ankara too should be in a chastened mood now. The horrific terrorist strikes in Ankara and Istanbul apart, Ankara would know that the ground situation is turning more and more in favour of the Syrian government forces and the ouster of President Bashar Al-Assad has become highly improbable. 
The capture of the ancient city of Palmyra from the hands of the Islamic State, which is imminent, will be a big morale booster for the Syrian regime. The government forces have encircled Aleppo and cut off most of the supply routes from Turkey. They are expected to have a crack at liberating Raqqa, the ‘capital’ of the Islamic State, in a near future. At this point, clearly, the priorities are changing for both Moscow and Ankara.

While Moscow’s interest will be to see that the Syrian ceasefire holds, Ankara will appreciate that Russia holds many cards on the Syrian chessboard. Put differently, Moscow’s help becomes useful and necessary to secure Turkey’s legitimate interests in any Syrian settlement.

Moscow received two important visitors on Wednesday – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the US Secretary of State John Kerry. Both these western statesmen would have strong reasons to urge the Kremlin to patch up with Erdogan.

For Germany, Turkey is a hugely important interlocutor today on the issue of Syrian refugees. For the US, Turkey is a key NATO ally whose cold war with Russia becomes an obstacle (and a potentially dangerous flashpoint) in the Syrian peace process.

However, from the Turkish viewpoint, the most critical issue today will be Russia’s equations with the Syrian Kurds. Reports suggest that Russia has been helping the Syrian Kurds in their military operations to gain ground in northern Syria in areas bordering Turkey. Russia has also been vociferously advocating the inclusion of Kurds at the Syrian peace table (which is something that Turkey has opposed tooth and nail). Meanwhile, Kurds have proclaimed their agenda of a federated Syria.

Conceivably, Moscow held out a meaningful signal to Ankara on Friday by discarding traces of any ambivalence on Syrian Kurds. The deputy foreign minister and presidential envoy on the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov stated in Moscow,
    Our task is to help Kurds, to find common ground, common approaches. National Syrian interests should prevail over all others. They should proceed from the fact that Syria should not be broken apart as it will be bad for Syrians themselves.

Bogdanov added that Moscow has good relations and contacts with the Kurds. He just stopped short of holding out an assurance to Ankara that Moscow would be willing to go the extra mile to prevent a break-up of Syria. With direct talks between the Syrian government and the opposition expected in the next round of negotiations in April, there is scope for some sort of give and take between Moscow and Ankara regarding the inclusion of Kurds in the peace talks.
Bogdanov stopped short of holding out an assurance to Ankara that Moscow would be willing to ge the extra mile to prevent the break-up of Syria
Moscow has failed to ‘isolate’ Erdogan. On the other hand, it has done well to re-engage Turkey within a week of the visit by the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif to Istanbul.
I don't believe Moscow ever intended to 'isolate' Erdogan
Moscow cannot afford the emergent format of Russian-American co-piloting of the Syrian peace process, which has been shored up with great effort, being upstaged by regional powers who may feel excluded. Of course, the sensible thing will be to engage the irascible parties and give them a sense of involvement. Russian diplomacy cast its net wide in the Middle East, but Turkey was a solitary exception, and the gap was becoming untenable. Moscow is now moving to close it.

Turkish media reported on the lifting of the travel ban 

 Russia has resumed flights to Turkey's southern resort town of Antalya after a ban that was imposed due to the military jet downing incident last November was lifted, Russian media outlets reported yesterday.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Israel & the Kurds: Love by Proxy

Israel and the Kurds: Love by Proxy- Interesting? Let's define proxy:
1.the agency, function, or power of a person authorized to act as the deputy or substitute for another.
2.the person so authorized; substitute; agent.
3.a written authorization empowering another person to vote or act for the signer, as at a meeting of stockholders.
4.an ally or confederate who can be relied upon to speak or act in one's behalf.
Kurds a Love Proxy for who? Considering it is Israel that shouts so loudly for the creation of Kurdistan? Hmmmm.....

Kurdim/Israel Kurdistan Forever
Over the past few years, Israeli politicians—from Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to President Shimon Peres to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman—have been publicly advocating the establishment of a Kurdish state. Most recent to weigh in is Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who called this past January for the formation of an independent Kurdistan and urged enhanced policy cooperation between Israel and the Kurds.
 The ties between Israel and the Kurds are complex and shrouded in mystery. (or secrecy and collusion?) Relations are always more complex when they are asymmetrical, as in this case, where they are between a state and non-state actors. Note that we must say actors, plural, because Israel has to deal separately with four Kurdish players in four countries that host Kurdish communities and political organizations: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Complicating the picture still further is the fact that each of the four groups has a different political agenda, a different approach toward Israel, and different geostrategic calculations within its respective state (or what’s left of two of them) and in the region as a whole. Moreover, Israel and the Kurds do not have common borders, nor do they always have common enemies that can bring them together. Lastly, while Israeli politicians appear eager to go public with their desire for better relations, Kurdish politicians for the most part seek low-keyed relations in the shadows.
OH, I don't know? Perhaps Israel can deal with just one Kurdish entity? The PKK. Making it easier to navigate all those others pesky issues. And with their common ally the US as a go between. I suspect Israel and the Kurds can manage their love affair by proxy quite expediently
 The Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq (KRG) needs Israel at this critical time for several reasons. Kurdish leaders believe that Israel can be their best lobby in the West for the project of a Kurdish state. Proof came from President Peres who, during his June 2014 meeting with President Barack Obama, raised the idea of Kurdish independence. Strong support from Jewish and Israeli opinion leaders are also of great importance. However, as the Kurdish leadership views it, lobbying behind the scenes was one thing and publicizing it was another.
Some situations are just so obvious that reading the highlighted part just affirms that which is already obvious anyway
The Kurds’ second important goal was to acquire weapons and training, which Israel has reportedly been providing the KRG since even before its military encounters with the Islamic State. On the level of economic strategy, Israel granted critical support to the KRG by buying Kurdish oil in 2015, when no other country was willing to do so because of Baghdad’s threat to sue. KRG Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami even admitted to the arrangement, saying that to avoid detection Kurdish oil was often funneled through Israel. Iraq’s Oil Minister, Husayn Shahristani, repeatedly inquired as to the nature of the KRG’s dealings with Israel and the Mossad, to which KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said he wanted to reply: “Are you the Minister of Oil or of Intelligence?”As for Israel, its interest in the Kurds stems from two sources. The first is the persistent geopolitical consideration, noted in passing above, of “peripheral alliances.” The other is the longstanding affinity between two small nations that failed to achieve regional legitimacy for a very long time. In addition, the very misnamed Arab Spring and the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have recently added other important considerations.First, the tectonic changes that have taken place in Iraq and Syria, and Kurdish feats on the battleground, have proven that the Kurds are a formidable barrier against dangerous anti-Israeli forces emanating from both Sunni and Shi‘a Islamist radicals. 
 Kurds are Sunni Muslims and they are Islamists and they are very radical. So that last little bit is a whole bunch of spin. We can however sort the wheat from the chaff and get some solid information from this article. Perception management aside. I've mentioned and long pointed out the fact that Kurds are Sunni Muslims, is largely ignored--- swept under the rug? Obfuscated.
The Kurds’ prowess has complicated U.S. policy, as U.S. support for Syrian Kurds has put it at sixes and sevens with Turkey, a NATO ally. Israel, at least, does not suffer from this problem; indeed, better relations with the Kurds serves as leverage in its relations with Turkey, which are mixed at best.The second consideration is the intelligence dossier. In the past, Israel has used Iraqi Kurdistan as a base from which to obtain intelligence on Iraq. After the Islamic Republic came to power in Iran in 1979, Iraqi Kurdistan also served as a base for Israeli intelligence collection on the Islamic regime. In January 2012 the French newspaper 
Le Figaro claimed that Israeli intelligence agents were recruiting and training Iranian dissidents in clandestine bases located in Iraq’s Kurdish region. 
Iranian dissidents? Kurds from KDP?
A year later The Washington Post disclosed that Turkey had revealed to Iranian intelligence a network of Israeli spies working in Iran, including ten people believed to be Kurds who reportedly met with Mossad members in Turkey.

This precarious relationship between Israel and Turkey—along with the risks and costs to both sides—persists today.While the upheavals in the region have increased the mutual interests between Israel and the Kurds, they have not lessened the Kurds’ desire to keep relations behind the scenes as much as possible.
Being a state in embryo surrounded by Arab and Muslim countries makes the KRG very cautious about publicizing anything that has to do with Israel. This is especially true at this critical time, when it is looking for regional support for its project of establishing a Kurdish state, or short of that trying to preempt negative reactions to it. The KRG is especially wary of Iran, which is opposed to the establishment of a Kurdish state. Accordingly, it is anxious not to be seen as allied with Israel, which would certainly antagonize Tehran. 
In addition, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), a historical ally of Israel and the major power on the ground nowadays, has to take into consideration the position of its partners in the KRG, such as the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) or Gorran, which are allied with Iran and are therefore opposed to relations with Israel.
Gorran is not allied with Iran. They are allies and collude with PKK. Since Iran does not want an independent Kurdistan, I find it hard to accept they are allied with Gorran.  Gorran has  made much trouble for the Barzani gov't. I've covered this, but, you can read these two links for additional info, yourself. Link and Link 
By engaging in the Kurdistan Region’s messy pre-election politics and supporting the opposition Change Movement (Goran), the PKK is attempting to stifle a third mandate for Barzani,
 A source, speaking to BasNews on condition of anonymity, revealed that Gorran has recently asked PKK leaders to appoint some military units to help the party bring Sulaymaniyah province and Garmiyan administration under their full control
At the same time the KRG seeks to buy the goodwill of Sunni Arab countries that used to blame the Kurds for attempting to establish a “second Israel.” Against the background of Sunni-Shi‘a conflicts in the region, these states have become more amenable to the idea of a Sunni Kurdish entity. KRG President Mas‘ud Barzani has said that regional attitudes have shifted markedly of late: “It has been a dramatic change. Countries that had long been against the move were being swayed by the claim that sovereignty within the current borders of the Kurdish regional government could instead bring clarity.” He further emphasized that “the existing culture in Iraq is not one of co-existence.” Interestingly, however, the Palestinians—who could have been the greatest supporters of Kurdish independence since they fight for their own—have come out loudly against the Kurds. PLO Secretary General Saeb Arekat recently declared:  “Kurdish independence would be a poisoned sword against the Arabs.”
 Israel has certainly proclaimed it's support for a 'second Israel" In fact the author of this piece wrote an article of the same name. I will also mention the author of the love by proxy article has written more then one piece about Israel's desired Kurdistan- This is the third writing featured here at the blog, all by the same author, Ofra Benigio.

Recall?  Kurdistan aka “Second Israel”- Ethnic Cleansing the Indigenous of the Middle East
Ofra Bengio for Tablet Magazine
Or?  After declaring autonomy, Syrian Kurds (behind the scenes) ‘open to ties with Israel’
Ofra Benigio for The Times of Israel
Clearly Ofra Benigio is the authority and voice on this topic..

Let's get back to the present day article- I'm going to omit all the stuff about KRG and focus on the PKK and Syria's Kurds
 "Accordingly, Israel and the PKK put out feelers about a possible rapprochement; however, nothing concrete has materialized"
Since the "kurds of syria" and the PKK are one and the same I have a bit of trouble with the author's contention of nothing concrete materializing between PKK and Israel. Considering the reality of the so called Syrian kurds
As for the Kurds of Syria, their role as a main bulwark against the Islamic State following the upheavals in that country was not lost on Israel. The main organizations there are the Partiya Yekitiya Democrat (PYD), which is an offshoot of the PKK, and the Yekeniyen Parastina Gel (YPG) and the Yekeniyen Parastina Jin (YPJ), which are respectively the male and female guerilla fighters on the ground. Here, too, the two parties have recently started to put out feelers to explore the possibility of establishing ties. The Kurds have been interested in acquiring weapons, while Israel has sent humanitarian aid to and reportedly gathered intelligence from the Kurds.

 Israel has been very cautious because it needs to tread a fine line between its relations with the KRG and those with its rivals, the PKK and PYD. In addition, Jerusalem had to take into account the fact that the PYD is still linked to the Assad regime; that it had developed strong ties with Russia while the United States was reluctant to grant it outright support; and that Turkey had labeled it a terrorist organization like the PKK. However, Israel’s stance may change in response to the Syrian Kurds’ March 17 declaration that they intend to create a federal region across the border from Turkey. The Kurds’ move may encourage Israel to develop more significant ties with this emerging entity.

On the face of it, relations with the Iranian Kurdish organizations should not have posed any
dilemma for Israel, since Iran has vowed to eliminate it and has been leading a proxy war against it on several fronts. The difficulty, however, lies in the fragmentation of the Iranian Kurdish parties. Four major parties compete with each other: the two oldest parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), which itself has two branches, and Komala; Parti Azadi Kurdistan (PAK), which was established in 1991; and a younger one called Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane (PJAK), which was established in 2004 and is considered an offshoot of the PKK. These parties, which have their bases in the KRG, do not have direct ties with Kurds in Iran, where only clandestine action is possible. Their basis of support internally is very weak.

On the one hand, the KRG periodically puts the brakes on the activities of these parties because it does not want to antagonize Iran. On the other, the United States initiated the talks with Iran that led to what a Kurdish observer referred to as carte blanche for the Iranian regime “to undertake strict oppressive measures against Kurdish activists, to an extent that even independent social campaigners are not tolerated.” This narrows further Israel’s small margin for engagement with the Kurdish parties of Iran. It maintained certain ties with PJAK, but they were abruptly cut in 2013, possibly at the behest of the United States, which was eager to make a deal with Iran. Even though Israel and the Iranian Kurdish organizations may have a common interest in weakening the Islamic regime, the latter’s growing power since the nuclear deal have frustrated such a partnership. All of these developments have left the KRG as Israel’s main partner among the Kurds.
Israel would not have cut their ties with PJAK- PKK of Iran for the US

To sum up, there are many kinds of asymmetries in contemporary Kurdish-Israeli relations, one of which is that Israel cannot expect Kurds to reciprocate Israeli friendship in public. The KRG believes the acknowledgement of open relations with Israel would jeopardize the eventual establishment of a Kurdish state. The KRG and for that matter Kurds in all parts of Kurdistan will be happy to receive whatever support the Jewish state can offer, but on condition that it does not carry any trademark reading “made in Israel.”

The late Kurdish leader Mullah Mustafa Barzani used to say that the very fact that the Kurds exist as a nation on the ground helps to ease the pressure on Israel. This is indeed the main benefit for Israel from a pro-Kurdish stance, and in the choice between the Islamic State and a Kurdish state, Israel’s interest certainly lie with the latter. As the Middle East faces an unpredictable future, this precarious but mutually rewarding relationship will continue.
Of course there is more to read at the opening link.  

Related Post Recolonizing Syria: Kurds, Chechens & Uighers= Wahabis, Weaponized Refugees & War

These two posts should be read together

Recolonizing Syria: Kurds, Chechens & Uighers= Wahabis, Weaponized Refugees & War

Anonymous left this link a few days ago: I'm just gettin' round to posting it and another related link! AnonymousMarch 21, 2016 at 7:06 AM
How can Syria deflect the US-UK “Federation” Spin?
I loved it! PennyMarch 21, 2016 at 7:20 AM

 I pointed out in the previous post that the all inclusive new territory included Chechens?!?!
What!!! But people are so busy rahrahing some bogus injustice they are missing exactly what is going on

http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.ca/2016/03/syria-kurds-not-say-theyll-declare.html

"Now the conference has just started in Rmelan, about 200 representatives of Rojava have joined [the event]. They represent different ethnicities and nationalities. There are Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Syriacs, Turkomans, Armenians, Circassians and Chechens,"

How many Chechen's lived in Syria prior to the destabilization?
According to common spin all Turkoman are Erdogan loyalists.....??
It appears that is not the case.

This jumped right out at me!
But flew over the heads of everyone else
I'm going to repost your article entirely cause it is a good one
thanks!
Thanks again anonymous!- Below are two articles, excerpts from each article are included
Read them both, in full, at the links provided!
First: How can Syria deflect the US-UK “Federation” Spin?
Planners of the war on Syria are surely wearing a “macabre smile” on their faces as they see their ruse achieve the desired outcome.
As expected, the declaration of a “democratic federation” in northern Syria has created quite wide-scale confusion and controversy, and has re-charged a lot of the previously charged emotions. The move was surely a malevolent one, and if ignored it will entail dire consequences for Syria’s unity and viability, and if fiercely faced and repelled it will lead to another trap of more in fighting and feuding. So how should Syrians react?
The move is obviously a smokescreen designed to obscure vision so that several objectives are lost in the fog. Why do I say this?
Firstly, the announcement was made at "al-Remailan" city (basically an Oil Field, where the US was reportedly building a military base under the pretext of its on-going alleged activities to fight ISIS/Daesh).
Secondly, “forces” already receiving full US support, bearing a striking resemblance to the ill-famed previous announcement of the so-called Opposition “National Syria Council”, made the announcement. So the move should be seen as a US-UK one and not a “Kurdish” one, especially as it includes “representatives” (proxies) of so many other ethnicities and “communities”. It is essential to take this key element into consideration when analyzing the move; otherwise we fall in the trap time and time again.
Yes,  how many Chechens resided in Syria before they came in with team ISIS? And why would the so called Syrian Kurds want team ISIS residing in their so called democratic federation. I sure found that odd! (Okay, I didn't because KurdIShIS has always been a team, but, surely others who don't share my views should have caught that strange act of bizarre friendliness??
Talk about turning the other cheek! 
" Here we have to remember these key elements:
- “Kurds” have recently gained worldwide sympathy
 - Some of the “Kurdish” militias have been extensively propagated by mainstream media, and others as a “key force” in the fight against IS/ISIS (Daesh).
Secondly, the US-UK war planners are now in need of a “fresh horse” to ride, after their old one (ISIS) has been totally exposed and can no longer serve their objectives.
Thirdly, the move should NOT be viewed as a “Kurdish” one for several reasons, mainly because there is no “Kurdish consensus” on the move.
The Kurds, as we know, are not a single unitary mass. There is an array of political parties and organizations carrying “Kurdish” flags who are presumed to be serving “Kurdish aspirations”, but not all of them agree on everything, and many of them have been “infiltrated” by one of more regional or international “Intelligence” service apparatus.
Even as a “community”, not all Kurdish communities are the same. There are several confessions and affiliations within their ranks. Over and above, not all of them share the same historical, religious, cultural, or demographic background. So to deal with them as a “lump sum” is unfair and unrealistic.
What is more important to bear in mind is the fact the Kurdish issue is a time-bomb left by the post-WWII colonial powers (mainly the British and French) who deliberately carved the Middle East map in a way that would retain certain “ticking bombs” that could be detonated at will.
So, if the Kurds have any grievances, they should lay their complaints and grievances at the doors of these forces that deliberately put them and the region in such a fiasco, instead of sparking feuding and inter-fighting with their fellow compatriots of other ethnicities and faiths"
Second!  Andrew Korybko:  Why Are The Kurds Saying That Chechens Are “Genuinely Native” To Syria”?

 Yes, why are the Kurds saying that?
"In what is probably one of the most peculiar revelations thus far exposed in the War on Syria, it has come out that the Kurds’ official federalization plan, the so-called “Project For A Democratic Syria”, not only recycles Secular Wahhabi rhetoric about “fascism” and “semi-fascism”, but ludicrously alleges that the Chechens are “genuinely native in this land” and “participated in creating the region’s history and culture.” This is a shameless and naked distortion of history that’s predicated solely on self-interested geopolitical reasons, namely the Kurds’ interest in extending an ‘olive branch’ of ‘win-win’ federalization to the over 2,000 Chechens that are fighting for Daesh in northern Syria.
Furthermore, by attempting to rewrite history in order to ‘legitimize’ the new jihadist Chechen settlers, the Kurds are also providing irrefutable proof about the existence of Kelly M. Greenhill’s “Weapons of Mass Migration. The logical conclusion that one can draw from this fifth generational maneuver of weaponizing history is that the Kurds and their unipolar American-Israeli-Saudi patrons are intent on existentially destroying the Syrian Arab Republic by even going as far as to change its name – an objective that’s also declared in their previously mentioned manifesto – to something more ‘identity inclusive’ such as the presumable “Levantine Federation” or whatever other artificial ‘compromise’ label they manage to think of"
 The fact that the so called Kurds of Syria are extending an olive branch to the ISIS Chechens is only understandable if you understand the KurdIShIS symbiosis. If you don't comprehend that reality, this federalization deal, including ISIS Chechens, makes no sense. But for myself. A gal who has long promoted and seemed to be the only one who figured out the KurdIShIS collusion, it makes perfect sense. Kurdistan will be a terror state. Can't even recall how long I've stated that very obvious fact for! Vindication, long in coming is enjoyable none the less!
"Syria political activist and journalist Afraa Dagher also reported in September of that year that Daesh was luring Uighur terrorists from China with promises of free land and housing for them and their families, further proving that an undeniable plot to literally colonize Syria was and still is aggressively underway. Had the Kurds and their patrons known the extent to which the Uighur and their families would eventually migrate to Syria in order to fight alongside Daesh, it’s possible that they would have included this Central Asian Turkic group as yet another of the myriad “genuine natives” to Syria in order to lay the groundwork for their envisioned “Federation of Northern Syria”. Like the author explained in his most recent piece on the topic, the Kurds are essentially creating a ‘federation within a proposed federation’, or in other words, a much larger scale and many times more dysfunctional entity than Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the latest “origin story” lie about the Chechens and Turkmens being “genuinely native” to Syria is part and parcel of this charade"
This colonization by the Kurds and their terrorist buddies explains all the ethnic cleansing and displacement that KurdISHIS has engaged in. With the help of NATO. The Kurds and Wahabbi ideology doesn't surprise me in the least- After all they are all Sunni extremists

Andrew wrote an excellent article- Read it entirely!

Third!  Kelly Greenhill and the Weaponized Refugee Information. 

Lecture, from Ms Greenhill,  posted at the blog December 1/2015 The Weapon of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion & Foreign Policy Refresh or give it a listen for the first time
 Professor Greenhill examines an understudied, yet relatively common, bargaining tool and method of persuasion: namely, the use of migration and refugee crises as non-military instruments of state-level coercion. Who employs this unconventional weapon, how often it succeeds and fails, how and why this kind of coercion ever works, and how targets may combat this unorthodox brand of coercion will be explored

Follow Up Post

Israel & the Kurds: Love by Proxy


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Was Syria Cooperating Militarily With Turkey Against The PKK? I Would Say YES

Stumbled across this article, quite by chance- from Jamestown Foundation
Written in 2010- Before the NATO destabilization of both nations began in earnest.
And this is an anniversary post of sorts, also, as you'll find out at the end!

Let's have a look back, keeping in mind all we know from then to present time:
Recent media reports suggest that a new phase of Syrian-Turkish military cooperation has begun against Kurdish militants of the Parti Karkerani Kurdistan (PKK - Kurdistan Workers Party) in Syria. However, a closer examination of the rapprochement between Damascus and Ankara and their respective policies on Kurdish nationalism reveals accounts of greater military cooperation may be premature.
The author of this piece (Wladimir van Wilgenburg) suggest accounts of greater military cooperation may be premature- And yet, I don't think so. Not from reading below.

In the past, Syria has supported the PKK against Turkey and allowed the PKK to recruit Syrian Kurds to fight against Turkey. [1] However, this changed after Syria decided to force PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan out of the country in 1998, when Turkey threatened to invade Syria. After 1998, Syria started to crack down on remaining PKK networks and forged better ties with Turkey. On Öcalan’s orders, most PKK rebels moved to the Qandil Mountains of northern Iraq.
In 1998 Syria and Turkey began to forge better ties and crack down on PKK networks.
By time this Jamestown piece was written a whole lot of crackin' down would have taken place.
I wonder if this concerned certain parties? Israel. NATO. US.

The PKK created the ethnic-Kurdish Partiya Yekiti ya Demokratîk (PYD - Party of Democratic Union) in Syria in September 2003. This party was targeted by the Syrian state, as were other Kurdish political parties in Syria. Hundreds of its members were arrested and PYD meetings were repressed by Syrian security forces. Some PYD supporters were killed during PYD-organized Kurdish New Year celebrations in the town of al-Raqqa near Aleppo in March 2010. [2] Despite this, Öcalan, the currently imprisoned PKK leader, remains positive about Syria, suggesting “Syria will not take part in the annihilation concept of the Kurds,” in a statement published by a pro-PKK news agency (Ajansa Nuceyan a Firate [ANF], June 18).
Readers here are or should be very well aware that PYD and PKK are one in the same. And considering the fact that PKK/PYD is a terrorist outfit, I can understand Syria, as well as Turkey, reigning them in

Syria maintains good ties with Turkey out of concern over Kurdish nationalism, perceived as a threat in both countries. Syria especially fears that the new Kurdish autonomous region in Iraq could affect its own Syrian Kurds. [3] Unrest in the north-eastern Syrian city of al-Qamishli in 2004 convinced Damascus to take harsher measures against Kurdish nationalists. Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Syria, with their community of 3 million forming 16% of the population. The Syrian government is highly critical of federalism in Iraq, and prefers a strong central Iraqi government. Unlike Turkey and Iran, Syria does not have a consulate in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.
So when the US birthed the Kurdish autonomous zone in Iraq in 03, they knew very well that this would destabilize Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran. Talk about killing many birds with one stone?

Ties between the two nations have also grown due to the increasingly assertive foreign policy of Turkey’s ruling Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (AKP - Justice and Development Party). The Turkish-Syrian rapprochement began before the Islamist AKP came to power in 2002. Previously in 1999, Syria had signed the Adana Treaty on security cooperation with Turkey. [4] The seven years of rapprochement under the AKP have brought about a significant strengthening of Syrian-Turkish ties. [5] This has resulted in visa-free travel between Syria and Turkey and joint cabinet-level meetings. These good relations have created positive changes for the Kurds in Syria, since Kurds in both countries no longer need visas for cross-border visits. [6]
Ties between Syria and Turkey had been growing since 2002 (at least until the time of this article in 2010) In 1999 Syria and Turkey sign a security cooperation agreement. I can think of several parties that would not have like this at all. Israel. US.  That cooperation makes a lie of the whole Sunni/Shia split. Interesting

Last summer media reports suggested there was new Syrian-Turkish security cooperation against the PKK. (2009) According to the state-run Anatolian News Agency (ANA, a.k.a. Anadolu Ajansi), 400 PKK members were arrested in the Syrian cities of Aleppo, Kamishli, Afrin, al-Hasaka and Ar-Raqqa and 11 PKK fighters were killed in joint Turkish-Syrian operations at the end of June 2010 (ANA, July 1).  In addition, sanctions were taken against Kurdish families supporting the PKK. The New York Times described this as a sign of growing Syrian cooperation with Turkey (July 1). There were also claims that Israeli-made Heron drones from Turkey were used against the PKK in Syria (Gazete Vatan, July 23). At the same time, Turkish media talked about clashes between the PKK and Shi’a militants in Lebanon (Hürriyet, July 13). But Turkish security analyst Emrullah Uslu thinks it is unlikely that Herons would be used in Syria. [7] The PKK has no armed presence in Syria or Lebanon.
Perhaps the Israeli drones were not used, but, I can't discount out of hand the clashes between the PKK and militants in Lebanon
The PKK’s news agency described accounts of both incidents as “lies” by the Turkish state (ANF, July 17). PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan remarked he does not believe Syria would kill Kurds (ANF, July 18). PKK spokesperson Roj Welat told Jamestown that Turkey is providing misinformation to the public in order to convince Syria to work with Turkey against the PKK. [8] He stated, “There were no such clashes between Syrian military forces and the PKK. Of course they are arresting Kurds and oppressing Kurdish people in Syria, but there have been no such clashes as the Turkish media claims.” 
So Syria was arresting PKK and oppressing PKK but "there were no clashes"? Oh, I think there were clashes. I don't believe the PKK spokesperson at all. So these terrorist, smugglers criminals were just taking their oppression lying down? Only a fool would believe that nonsense. If it don't make sense. It can't be true.

PYD member Shirwan Hassan confirmed a total of 400 PYD supporters have been arrested in Syria in the last three years but not just in the last summer, as reported. [9] During the last Newroz event in Ar-Raqqa, several PYD members were arrested. Other Kurdish politicians like Sherko Abbas and Kurdistan Democratic Party Syria (KDP-S) secretary Ebu Sabir say not only PKK members were arrested in the recent years, confirming there are frequent arrests of Kurdish political activists in Syria. [10]
Syrian President Assad indicated that he did not know anything about the alleged military operations, but said that security meetings with Turkey are not new and happen on a regular basis. The Syrian leader said that his country could give amnesty to “1,500 Syrian-origin terrorists within the PKK” to contribute to a solution of the Kurdish issue in Turkey (Today’s Zaman, July 17). Assad has been clear that military means alone will not solve the Kurdish issue, stating, “We embrace anyone who lays down arms because our goal is not to take revenge but to end terrorism. We cannot end terrorism by hunting terrorists. Because every terrorist killed is replaced by another one” (Today’s Zaman, July September 17).  
Assad the politician. But astute.
It seems as though reports of a wave of arrests of 400 people and military operations against the PKK have been exaggerated. Syria is neither obtaining military support from the Turkish army against the PKK nor is Turkey pressuring Syria to do more against the PKK, although political and security cooperation continues to expand. It is likely that in the future Syrian-Turkish cooperation will continue, especially after the recent rise in tension between Turkey and Israel. Syria and Turkey will need such cooperation to curtail the threat posed by Kurdish nationalism, which has typically taken advantage of cross-border refuges in Syria and Iraq when pressured by the Turkish military.
How does this author draw the conclusion that reports have been exaggerated?  I can't make that conclusion myself especially when he goes on to say in 2010 ' It is likely that in the future Syrian-Turkish cooperation will continue" And "Syria and Turkey will need such cooperation to curtail the threat posed by Kurdish nationalism, which has typically taken advantage of cross-border refuges in Syria and Iraq when pressured by the Turkish military"
 
And in March of 2011 the destabilization began.

 I wrote my very first post on the Syrian destabilization March 24/2011:Western backed Social Media "revolution" coming to Syria That was 5 years ago today- And being a bit wiser and more informed I'm confidently suggesting the first fighters to cross the Turkish border and kill Syrian law enforcement were PKK aided by NATO forces. I mention the killing of these men in June 2011 in the post titled:  Israel wants to deliver "aid" to syrian refugees- NATO troops in Turkey/Recon flights over Syria
NATO forces will be on the ground in Turkey

Turkey has agreed that NATO can turn its airbase in Turkey into a base for ground operations into Syria.

NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said the alliance will transfer the bulk of its ground forces from a military base in the city of Heidelberg in southwestern Germany.

Other troops will arrive from Spain to be placed at the Izmir Air Station in western Turkey, which will now become the centre for ground troops.
That was in 2011. NATO moved it ground forces from Germany and others were set to arrive from Spain- This was a NATO operation from start to finish. And for those who may not know
Izmir Air Station is a US Air Force Facility in NATO occupied Turkey
 Izmir Air Station is a United States Air Force facility in Izmir, Turkey. It is located 320 km (200 mi) SSW of Istanbul, on the western coast of Turkey.
U.S. responsibilities in the Izmir area began on September 8, 1952 with the activation of Allied Land Forces South-Eastern Europe and the arrival on October 14, 1953 of the Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force at Sirinyer Garrison south of Izmir.
 
Notes from the Jamestown article

1. Human Rights Watch, “Group Denial: Repression of Kurdish Political and Cultural Rights in Syria,” www.hrw.org/en/node/86735.
2. “Three young Kurds shot dead, 41 injured at a Newroz event in Syria,” International Support Kurds in Syria Association, March 21, supportkurds.org/news/three-young-kurds-shot-dead-41-injured-at-a-newroz-event-in-syria/.
3. F. Stephen Larrabee, "Turkey Rediscovers the Middle East," Foreign Affairs 86(4), July/August 2007, pp.103-114.
4. Author’s interview with PKK spokesperson Roj Welat, August 2, 2010.
5. Human Rights Watch, op cit.
6. Author’s interview with Syrian Kurdish journalist Sirwan H. Berko, July 28, 2010.
7. Author’s interview with Turkish security analyst Emrullah Uslu, July 28 2010.
8. Soner Cagaptay, "AKP reshuffles Turkey’s neighbors," Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH), October 26, 2009, blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/10/akp-reshuffles-turkeys-neighbors/.
9. Author’s interview with a PYD member who is responsible for external contacts of the PYD in the Netherlands, September 2, 2010.
10. Author’s interview with KDP-S secretary in Iraq, August 14 and Dr. Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, August 1, 2010.