Trump Wants Peace With Erdogan – The Miltary Wants To Sabotage It

from Moon of Alabama

President Trump is attempting to calm down the U.S. conflict with Turkey. The military junta in the White House has different plans. It now attempts to circumvent the decision the president communicated to his Turkish counterpart. The result will be more Turkish-U.S. acrimony.

Yesterday the Turkish foreign minister surprisingly announced a phone call President Trump had held with President Erdogan of Turkey.

United States President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke on the phone on Nov. 24 only days after a Russia-Turkey-Iran summit on Syria, with Ankara saying that Washington has pledged not to send weapons to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) any more.“President Trump instructed [his generals] in a very open way that the YPG will no longer be given weapons. He openly said that this absurdity should have ended much earlier,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters after the phone call.

Trump had announced the call:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpWill be speaking to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey this morning about bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East. I will get it all done, but what a mistake, in lives and dollars (6 trillion), to be there in the first place!
12:04 PM – 24 Nov 2017

During the phone call Trump must have escaped his minders for a moment and promptly tried to make, as announced, peace with Erdogan. The issue of arming the YPG is really difficult for Turkey to swallow. Ending that would probably make up for the recent NATO blunder of presenting the founder of modern Turkey Kemal Atatürk and Erdogan himself as enemies.

The YPG is the Syrian sister organization of the Turkish-Kurdish terror group PKK. Some weapons the U.S. had delivered to the YPK in Syria to fight the Islamic State have been recovered from PKK fighters in Turkey who were out to kill Turkish security personal. Despite that, supply for the YPG continued. In total over 3,500 truckloads were provided to it by the U.S. military. Only recently the YPK received some 120 armored Humvees, mine clearance vehicles and other equipment.

The generals in the White House and other parts of the administration were caught flat-footed by the promise Trump has made. The Washington Post writes:

Initially, the administration’s national security team appeared surprised by the Turks’ announcement and uncertain what to say about it. The State Department referred questions to the White House, and hours passed with no confirmation from the National Security Council.

The White House finally released what the Associated Press called:

a cryptic statement about the phone call that said Trump had informed the Turk of “pending adjustments to the military support provided to our partners on the ground in Syria.”

Neither a read-out of the call nor the statement AP refers to are currently available on the White House website.

The U.S. military uses the YPG as proxy power in Syria to justify and support its occupation of north-east Syria, The intent of the occupation is , for now, to press the Syrian government into agreeing to a U.S. controlled “regime change”…

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So Who is William Jacob Raak?

by Scott Creighton

As one of the nations that prompted the Truman Doctrine, Turkey is one of the first countries to participate in Operation Gladio and, some say, the only country where it has not been purged.[45]

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William Jacob Raak being whisked out of Turkey

A reader (David H.) gave me a little head’s up on a part of a story involving the New Year’s Eve Istanbul shooting at the Reina nightclub. It involved an American “victim” of the shooting, William Jacob Raak, and his less than convincing interviews.

Raak is a military contractor of sorts and his LinkedIn follow page is a veritable “who’s who” of big league Pentagon contractors. He is listed as the president of something called TECH Manufacturing Corp which is a sheet metal fabrication shop in Sharon Hill, Penn. On their Manta page Erick Raak is listed as the “owner”. Probably William’s father. They also have this statement: “Established in 1952 TECH Manufacturing, Corp. is a leading manufacturer of sheet metal and machined items for the aerospace and medical industries. Additionally, TECH Manufacturing, Corp. assists in the manufacturing of rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, UAV’s and a diverse array of small medical components and devices.” The business website, www.techmanufacturingcorp.com, seems to be a dead link. The Manta page is maintained by Jake Raak. Jacob.

Jake Raak says he was shot in the leg by one of the assailants. The bullet supposedly hit his cell phone and then traveled down his hip to his knee. Here he is the night he was shot. This is when he said there were multiple shooters but he only saw the one. In the videos below you can see that interview as well as one he gave as he was being whisked out of the country by some handlers. Both videos are highly suspect in that his behavior is quite odd.

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Here is Jake Raak being whisked out of the country with an odd look on his face.

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Here he is smiling during his interview as he’s being whisked out of the country. He’s talking about the 7 friends of his who were also shot, according to Raak. And he can’t seem to stop smiling.

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Interestingly, during the interview he says he would return to Turkey someday “when it’s not so dangerous”.

The terror attack at the popular nightclub was clearly an attempt to hurt Turkey’s tourism industry. Most of the victims were tourists. So Raak’s statement seems custom made to suit that end.

Here is a photo you aren’t going to see that much of in regards to this story. It’s Jake Raak in the back of that ambulance. He’s just said he was shot in the leg and his 7 friends were also shot. He’s been addressed by first responders and placed on a gurney for transport to the hospital.

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Jake Raak has a wound in his leg, near his femoral artery, from an AK-47 and has already been aided by first responders and loaded into an ambulance for transport… and he is wearing what appears to be a New Year’s Eve scrunchie on his leg and NOTHING ELSE has been done to him. A scrunchie. Still on his leg.

They haven’t cut his pant’s leg to see if he is bleeding internally. They haven’t done any sort of field dressing on his wound. Nope. None of that. They simply put him on a gurney, along with his scrunchie, and wheeled him to the ambulance where everyone seem content to work on other things like getting out of there, instead of working on the guy with an AK-47 gunshot wound to his femur.

Why did they grab this guy right off the bat who’s only apparent injury is his scrunchie while dozens of others lay bleeding out on the nightclub floor?

Are these the worst first responders in Turkey or is this just his get away ride?

According to reports, the assailants got away by dropping their weapons, changing clothes and blending in with the victims either by fleeing the nightclub on their own… or laying down and pretending to be victims.

I’ve put together a couple videos done by others addressing the Raak situation. You can find them below the break.

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Terror attacks not independent from incidents in our region: President Erdoğan

(Destabilization subcontractors? Who does that sound like?)

from Hurriyet Daily

Attacks perpetrated by terrorist organizations in Turkey are not independent from incidents happening in the region, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said after a gun attack at a nightclub in Istanbul on Jan. 1.

In a written statement, Erdoğan vowed that Turkey was “determined to do whatever is necessary in the region to maintain the security and peace of Turkish citizens.”

“We are aware that these attacks carried out by different terrorist organizations targeting our citizens are not independent from incidents happening in our region. We are determined to destroy the attacks and threats against our country from its root,” he said.

Those who are targeting Turkey’s peace and their subcontractors are aiming to destabilize our country, demoralize our people and create chaos,” he added.

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Terror attack on Istanbul nightclub leaves 39 dead, 69 wounded

from Daily Sabah

An assailant dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing 39 people and wounding 69, and escaped afterwards, Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said early Sunday.

Police have launched a province wide search operation for the perpetrator who managed to escape after the attack.

Soylu said that 15 of the attack’s victims were identified to be foreigners, five were Turkish citizens. Efforts continue to identify the remaining 18 bodies. The interior minister also mentioned that 69 people are in hospitals, receiving treatment.

“4 of those injured are in a critical condition. One of them is severely injured,” Soylu said.

A police officer was among the killed in the attack targeting the popular Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district. More than one assailant may have been involved in the attack, sources said. Over 500 people were inside the club at the time.

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Another “ISIS™” Video Targets Enemies of the U.S. Once Again – They Appear to Have Burned Two Turkish Soldiers Alive

by Scott Creighton

Just days after Syria celebrated the liberation of Aleppo from U.S.-backed “moderate” terrorists with the help of Russia, Iran and Turkey, “ISIS™” has released yet another propaganda video.

Unlike the previous “ISIS™” efforts that I have thoroughly reviewed and have shown to be fakes, this one appears to be real. They have taken two men and burned them alive.

I will not be posting the video itself but if you wish too see it, go here.

The two men are supposedly Turkish soldiers though that is not confirmed.

They are taken out of a cage where they stand quite dramatically back to back with their heads down, they are forced to crawl like dogs down a path to a location where they are hooked to chains and are burned alive. Neither of them seems to resist at all, even when the fire is lit and approaches them from behind. They are dripping with some form of accelerent. Only one looks back at the flames as they approach the other.

There is a cut scene to statements made by the men which was clearly recorded some time before the burning scene which leads me to believe the men were probably heavily drugged at the time of their deaths.

It could have still been faked but if it was, the CGI was of much higher quality than their previous efforts. I’m guessing it was not.

The video was supposedly shot in Al-Bab where Turkey recently bombed “ISIS™” targets, killing 63 of them according to Reuters. Hurriyet Daily is reporting today that 16 Turkish soldiers have been killed fighting in Al-Bab. There is nothing on their front page about this video.

Turkey has supposedly throttled social media outlets across the country in the wake of the release of this video.

Daily Sabah is reporting today that the Turks have detained 31 “ISIS™” cell members in Istanbul this week in a series of raids. Is it connected?

Since the liberation of Aleppo we have seen a terrorist car-bombing attack in Turkey, the murder of the Russian ambassador and now this.

So let’s see… Russia was paid back for killing and defeating the CIA’s “moderates” in Aleppo and Turkey has also now been paid back… I guess that just leaves Iran.

UPDATE: You should check out this article. The writer makes the argument that the fall of al-Bab to the Syrian government and the Turks will ultimately hurt the Kurds’ ambitions for creating their own Western Kurdistan in Syria and ultimately help keep them from further destabilizing Turkey itself. KurdISIS?

Daily News’ Kuntzman Praises Murder of Andrey Karlov – Lovingly Compares it to Event That Provided Pretext for Kristallnacht and the Holocaust

by Scott Creighton

Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov’s assassination was barely three days ago and yet the rhetoric surrounding it has already become vile here in the land of the big neoliberal PX.

Over at the NY Daily News, a columnist not only excuses the brutal murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, he applauds it and even suggests he would like too see more Russian dignitaries murdered in cold blood across the globe. The obligatory reference to Hitler is made of course.

“As Vladimir Putin’s man in Turkey, Karlov was the public face of that murderous dictator’s war crimes around the globe and of oppression at home. Andrei Karlov is the human embodiment of policies that deployed bunker busters to kill babies, sent fighter planes on scorched earth bombing runs that destroyed a whole city, aided Syrian madman Bashar al-Assad in his campaign that has killed hundreds of thousands, and even ordered attacks on UN aid workers…

After watching the death of Karlov, I could not help but remember the case of Ernst vom Rath, the Nazi ambassador to France, who was gunned down inside his consulate by a Jewish student in 1938…

That era’s politicians fiddled while Hitler burned down Europe, so it took a nobody named Herschel Grynszpan to stand up for freedom and make a powerful statement that evil must be fought whether in a conference room or on a battlefield” Gersh Kuntzman

I would be remiss if I failed to point out that Kuntzman is Jewish and his murderous hero from 1938 is also of that same religious order.

Kurt Nimmo over at Another Day in the Empire does a good job reporting on this overtly fascist sounding diatribe from Mr. Kuntzman and he explains the connection between the ownership of the Daily News and the Clinton/CIA regime quite nicely. Of course Russia is only being charged with what we actually do in the Middle East. Russia is simply there to stop our CIA’s “moderate” terrorists from forcing a regime change in Syria, which apparently really pisses off Gersh “The Mockingbird” Kuntzman.

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Iranian Bodyguard Wont Take Eyes Off Turkish Bodyguard At PM Meeting Today in Russia (photos)

by Scott Creighton

And who can blame him? The Turkish bodyguard is standing right behind the Turkish Foreign Minister who just happens to be seated next to the Minister from Iran. And as we all know, Iran has been helping Syria and Russia defend the Syrian people from Obama’s terrorists in Aleppo. So yeah, the guy is absolutely right to watch the man constantly.

Dude is watching him like a hawk and doesn’t mind him knowing it. What could the Turkish guard say? The Iranian is totally right to do it. It’s his job. Funny.