When World War Three actually breaks out, which could be any day now, nobody will be able to say they were surprised. It isn’t like Erdogan, or Assad Junior, or Vlad the Impaler, ie Putin, or Israel, or Iran, or Hezzbollah hasn’t given clear indications the balloon is about to go up. We may be appalled. We may be stunned. We may be terrified. We will not be unaware of the looming crisis, at least if you have been reading my little “doomer porn blog.” At any rate, Erdogan has now done something truly amazing in both the military and diplomatic sphere. Erdogan has now completely surrounded Turkey with armed, angry enemies. The level of arrogance and incompetence required to do that is, well truly amazing in its scope. Never has one leader, Erdogan, annoyed so many nations, so much, and with such a potentially devastating effect.

Erdogan now faces Urkaine and Russia to the north. Erdogan now faces Armenia to his East. Erdogan now faces Syria to his south, including Assad Junior, the Kurds, Iran and Hezzbollah. And finally, Erdogan now faces both NATO and Greece to his west. This western threat also now includes Israel, which sent one of its military people to have a chat with Athens. I have no doubt the cargo planes full of military stuff are now landing at the Athens airport.

First, in this link below we see Erdogan has so enraged the Armenians they have cancelled the 1993 attempt at better relations. Vlad the Impaler has yet again proven he is always about three steps ahead of everybody else. Putin has expanded, deployed to a huge Armenian Air Base that is on the Turkish Armenian border.

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Russia’s Staging Bases in Armenia



I said at the time the US Coalition wasted those Russian mercs Putin would have a robust response. Putin has now deployed to Syria four of his most advanced stealth fighters. The Su-57 has the mission of engaging US F-22 Raptor fighters. The SU57 has the mission of shooting down our F-22 fighter jets. Well, the message is now very clear from Russia to the US coalition forces in Syria. The message is, to both Israel and the US, back off or face the consequences.

Assad Junior is moving to retake his capitol city. He is moving east to his border with Iraq, which will bring him into conflict with the US Coalition forces there. He is moving south the Jordanian and Syrian border, which will bring him into combat with the US forces stationed there. Assad Junior is moving towards the Golan Heights, which will bring him into conflict with Israel. Iran and Hezzbollah and Lebanon’s military are going to engage Israel’s F-16’s when they enter Lebanon’s airspace and use it to launch on Syrian and Iranian targets inside of Syria.

If any of you retain any illusions about just how bat poop crazy Erdogan truly is, check out this link to a video where Erdogan is telling some Turkish child she will die in combat. It is like Hitler’s awarding the Iron Cross to those 10 year old kids in 1945. The man is quite mad in my opinion.


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THIS IS SICK: #Turkey‘s war-mongering president #Erdogan parades a little girl dressed in military fatigue in today’s convention speech in Maras province, tells that she is ready to be martyred and buried with a Turkish flag in her pocket.
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Erdogan, well our would be Sultan of the Restored Ottoman Empire is now threatening, all at the same time, to invade NATO member Greece, crush the Kurds in Afrin, move to attack Manbji, with its American military forces stationed there, as well as go to the current Syrian and Iraqi border on the Euphrates River. Other than that, Syria is in good shape.

The link is here.


Russia deploys advanced stealth jets in Syria with warning aimed at Israel

Satellite images show two Su-57 at airbase in Latakia; Russian official says presence of planes a ‘message’ to neighboring states who fly aircraft into Syria ‘uninvited’

Russia has deployed two of its most advanced and sophisticated stealth jets in Syria, in a power move likely to draw US criticism, as the Pentagon expressed its alarm earlier this month over recent close calls with Russian planes in the war-torn country.

Satellite images published by Israeli company ImageSat International on Friday showed the fifth-generation jets — two Su-57 fighter aircraft — at Russia’s airbase in the coastal Syrian city of Latakia. A source in the defense ministry confirmed to RBK news agency this week that the two planes were sent to the Hmeimim base “for a test in real conditions.” The jets are said to be a potential rival to the US’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, which American forces use in patrols over Syria.


Two more Russian topline Su-57 land in Syria to challenge US, Israeli air might

Government sources in Moscow reported Saturday, Feb. 24, that four fifth-generation Sukhoi-57 jet fighters are currently deployed in Syria after a second pair landed Friday.  The first two arrived on  Monday, Feb. 19 at Russia’s Khmeimim air base, along with 4 Su-35 fighters, 4 Su-25 strike aircraft and an A-50U radar command-and-control platform.

DEBKA file reported the first pair’s arrival on Friday, Feb. 23, along with this comment: This top-performance fleet raises Russia’s air strike and defense capabilities in Syria to the highest standards of any air force in the world, with enough power to take on superior US and Israeli air might in the Syrian arena. The Su-57’s weapon bays are designed to carry Russia’s new nuclear tactical X-50 air-launched cruise missile, although it is not known whether the aircraft in Syria are carrying them. DEBKA Weekly’s military sources see President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send the Su-57 fighters to Syria as substantially raising the big power stakes in Syria after the loss of dozens of Russian troops on Feb. 7 to massive US artillery and air strikes that decimated the Russian, Syrian and pro-Iranian forces crossing the Euphrates River. An American radar-invisible F-22 took part in that raid. The Russians have dubbed the Su-57 the “F-22 killer.”

It is also Russia’s response to Israel’s air offensive on Feb. 10, which targeted the shared Russian-Iranian T-4 air base near Palmyra and smashed four Iranian Revolutionary Guards forward command centers in Syria, after downing an Iranian drone. It is also seen in Moscow as a challenge for Israel’s newly acquired fifth-generation US F-35 combat aircraft.
Does Putin intend to order his mighty airborne strike force to go into battle against the US or Israel in the boiling Syrian arena? If he does, he will be launching the first contest between the most sophisticated warplanes ever devised for a test of superior might between the US and Russia and a war escalation unprecedented, even in Syria.
The very presence of the Su-57 across the border has had the instant effect of reducing the Israel air force’s freedom of action over Syria and Lebanon.

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I said that eventually, sooner rather than later, Turkey and Syria were going to get into it. Assad Junior wants his country back. Assad Junior wants his original, pre-civil war borders back, intact, and with no Turkish buffer zone, or Kurdish free state, or Iranian spheres of influence. Assad Junior has now deployed 15,000 troops, unleashed both the Syrian and Russian Air Force, as well as these uber flamethrower things, to take back his capitol city. He is also sending in his own proxy forces to assert full control over his Northern areas. He is taking back large chunks of Southern Syria, not only bordering the Golan Heights and Israel, but his borders with both Jordan and Iraq. Obviously, this will bring into armed conflict with the USA led coalition. And finally, Assad junior has now made it abundantly clear he will defend “his” airspace from anybody: the USA coalition, Israel and Turkey.

The link below explains this.


Update: Syria to shoot down Turkish fighter jets if Afrin operation launched
By Rudaw 18/1/2018

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Syrian regime is fully prepared to shoot down any Turkish fighter jets over its airspace, a senior official told reporters as he warned Ankara against any plans to launch an operation against the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin.

“We warn that the Syrian air force has retaken its past capabilities and is fully prepared to destroy Turkish air targets in the sky of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad told reporters, State-run SANA new agency reported on Thursday.

He stated that If Turkey begins “military acts in Afrin,” Damascus will consider it as an “aggressive act” against Syria’s state sovereignty.

Turkey’s presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said his country has the right to protect itself.

“Turkey has the right to take measures to protect its national security, whether it is threatened from Afrin or Manbij, by PKK, YPG or ISIS. There is no difference,” Kalin said in a press conference Thursday.

“The Turkish army has the authority to take measures without specifying time, place or manner,” he asserted, stressing that purpose of operations in Afrin is to “confront a terrorist group.”

Afrin is the westernmost canton under the control of the self-styled Kurdish enclave in northern Syria established shortly after the start of the civil war in the country in 2011.

Turkey has said they will launch an operation against the Kurdish forces in Afrin held by the People’s Protections Units (YPG).

“Afrin is special, and the northern and eastern region of the Syrian Arab Republic has always been Arab and Syrian Arab territory and will remain so,” the Syrian official stated.

Turkey has said that they will not allow a “terror corridor” on its southern borders with the Syrian Kurdistan, called Rojava. Ankara considers the YPG as an extension of the PKK, a named terrorist organization by Turkey, and the United States. YPG denies the accusations.

Earlier in the day, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that they will coordinate their military movements with Russia, a main backer of the Syrian regime.

Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces Gen. Hulusi Akar and Hakan Fidan, head of Ankara’s intelligence agency (MIT), are to visit Russian on Thursday to discuss, among other topics, the situation in Syria, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Afrin has come under frequent Turkish bombardment, but recently the Turkish artillery has intensified in preparations for an expected operation.

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Despite Turkish leader Erdogan’s  comments to the contrary, the deployment of Assad junior’s proxy forces to defend Afrin is now well underway. The link below shows Syrian proxy forces driving into a wild welcome by the Kurds in Afrin.

The link is here.


The next link shows that Assad junior is wasting no time in restoring the territorial integrity of Syria. He is now launching a massive offensive into the eastern areas of his capital city. The link is here.


And finally, we have this link indicating the neo-con warmongers are now in full control of Trump’s administration. Obviously, any direct combat between US military forces, and Russian, Syrian, Iranian forces, or their proxies, would unleash a tidal wave of chaos in Syria.

The link is here.


Risking Major Escalation, Trump Weighs Killing Of Russian Fighters In Syria As Sign Of “Tough Stance” Toward Putin

In the aftermath of Robert Mueller’s indictment against 13 Russian “operatives” for meddling with the US presidential election, President Trump has been under fire for lashing out at everyone… except Russia. So, in response, Bloomberg reports that the Trump administration is weighing citing the deaths of more than 200 Russian fighters – or rather mercenaries – in Syria, who were killed following US strikes on February 7, as an example of Trump’s tough stance toward Russia.

Recall that last week, “more than 200 mercenaries, mostly Russians fighting on behalf of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, died in a failed attack on a base and refinery held by U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region” In terms of total body count, the U.S. official put the death toll at about 100, with 200 to 300 injured; while Russia admitted that Russians were killed, it said the number was five and denied that the men killed were officially sanctioned Russian troops.

It is this attack that Trump hopes to use as proof of his administration’s determination to show a “hard line” stance toward Putin.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made an oblique reference to “an incident” as she argued that President Donald Trump has been tougher on Russia than his predecessor Barack Obama. And, according to Bloomberg, she was alluding to the Syria battle – an episode which as we suggested last week threatened to further deteriorate relations with Moscow, as it would put the onus on Putin to respond to what Trump will deem an official Russian provocation.

“He has done a number of things to put pressure on Russia and to be tough on Russia. Just last week, there was an incident that will be reported in the coming days, and another way that this president was tough on Russia,” Sanders said in a briefing for reporters.

The Bloomberg source adds that “Trump himself would like to publicly make the case that the battle shows his resolve to confront Moscow.”

The official recognition of Russian deaths would be direct escalation in the diplomatic crossfire: the U.S. has not previously publicly acknowledged that Russians were among the fighters killed in the Feb. 7 battle.

It goes without saying that Sanders’ characterization of the event as evidence that the president has been “tougher on Russian in the first year than Obama was in eight years combined” would further antagonize the Kremlin.

It’s unclear when the White House learned of the attack or the composition of the Russian forces. And if Trump wanted to show his resolve to confront Russia, there are easier ways: he could enact sanctions Congress has already approved in retaliation for the election meddling or publicly criticize the Russian campaign.

As reported previously, in the February 7 Syria battle, Russian mercenaries and allied units fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad attacked a base held by U.S.-backed forces, mainly Kurds, in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region. According to the Pentagon, after 20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed near the Kurds and U.S. soldiers acting as advisers, the U.S. coalition responded with artillery and airstrikes. The result was over 200 Russian mercenaries killed.

U.S. forces used a deconfliction line with the Russian military to inquire whether the attacking force was theirs. White said that U.S. officials “were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the attack.”

What is most notable, however, is that both the Kremlin and the Pentagon have downplayed the incident. Russia’s military said it had nothing to do with the attack and the U.S. accepted the claim. While denying that official Russian troops were present, the Russian Foreign Ministry has acknowledged five Russian deaths in the incident.

Regardless, it was the deadliest clash between citizens of the two countries since the Cold War.

Further complicating matters, the Russian assault on the base in Syria may have been a rogue operation, conducted by the Wagner Group, the Russian equivalent of the US Xi, or Blackwater, a firm owned by a Kremlin-connected businessman named Yevgeny Prigozhin.

The risk is that by elevating the status of Russian mercenaries to state-backed fighters – which would be the only reason why the US action would be indicative of a tough stance toward the Kremlin – Russia will interpret what until now was deemed largely an accident,  albeit the deadliest encounter between the two countries in decades, as an overt act meant to punish Russia by killing its troops – whether legitimate soldiers or mercs – and Putin would have no choice but to respond in kind.

The potential escalation takes place two days after Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, warned the Trump administration on Feb. 19 not to “play with fire” in Syria by supporting the autonomy-seeking Kurds, who have helped the U.S. largely eradicate the Islamic State militant group’s presence in the country.

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Like I have posted over the last week or so, combat between Erdogan’s Turkish forces and militia, advancing towards the Kurdish enclave Afrin, and Assad Junior’s advancing military forces heading into the area, now appears imminent. The Syrian situation has been lurching towards total chaos for some time now. The implications of any direct combat between Syrian national forces, and Turkey’s forces are profound. It will bring in all the other players, like Iran and Hezzbollah, Russia, the USA and the coalition, as well as the Syrian Kurds. Now when that happens, all hell is going to break loose. For one thing, Turkey is a member of NATO, and may try to invoke Clause 5. Clause 5 requires military force to be used by all other NATO members to defend Turkey from Syrian forces. Russia and Iran will then engage the entire NATO alliance, or at least those members who respond to Turkey’s request for military assistance. Granted, NATO will be between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Still, Turkey will have unleashed a fundamental crisis for NATO. If NATO intervenes, it will lead to a wider Syrian war, but if they do not, it will collapse the NATO alliance once and for all.

First, we have the confirmation from official Syrian sources that the Syrian military will deploy into Afrin and defend it from Turkey and its proxies. It is a Reuters story from yesterday. The link is here.

Syrian Kurdish official: deal for Syrian army to enter Afrin

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-m…-idUSKCN1G20QB (fair use)

FEBRUARY 18, 2018 / 1:03 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO Reuters Staff

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official told Reuters on Sunday.
Badran Jia Kurd, an adviser to the Kurdish-led administration in north Syria, said army troops will deploy along some border positions and could enter the region within the next two days.

The agreement underscores the increasingly complex situation in northern Syria where Kurdish groups, the Syrian government, rebel groups, Turkey, the United States and Russia are tangled in a complex web of enmities and alliances.

The complex relationship between the Damascus government and the Syrian Kurds, which each holds more territory than any other side in the war, will be an important element in determining the future course of the conflict.
Turkey launched an air and ground offensive last month on Syria’s Afrin region, opening a new front in the multi-sided Syrian war to target Kurdish fighters in the autonomous canton in the north.

The Kurdish YPG militia, which has received arms from the United States, has seized swathes of northern Syria from Islamic State during the conflict, and has a rival vision for the country’s future to that of the Damascus government.

But while the United States has a military presence in the much larger area of Syria the YPG and its allies control further east, it has not given any support to the YPG in Afrin.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government has had a complex relationship with the YPG during the conflict. They have mostly avoided direct conflict and both sides have at times suggested a long-term agreement between them might be possible, but they have also sometimes clashed and espouse utterly different visions for Syria’s future. Assad has said he wants to take back control of the whole country.

Jia Kurd said the agreement that had been reached with Damascus was purely military and that no wider political arrangements had been made yet.

“When it comes to the political and administrative matters in the region, it will be agreed upon with Damascus in the later stages through direct negotiations and discussions,” he said.

He added that there was opposition to the deal that could prevent it being implemented: “We don’t know to what extent these understandings will last because there are sides that are not satisfied and want to make (the understandings) fail.”

Reporting By Ellen Francis; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Adrian Croft

Next, we have official confirmation from Syrian TV this combat deployment will happen within “hours.” The link is here.

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Syrian TV: Pro-government forces to enter Kurdish enclave

Associated Press

BEIRUT – Syrian state TV says pro-government forces will begin entering the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin in the country’s northwest “within hours.”

The TV gave no further details about the deployment of the troops, known as “popular forces,” which comes amid reports that an agreement has been reached between the Syrian government and the main Syrian Kurdish militia in control of the area.

The agreement may prompt Turkey to pull out its forces and end a month-long air and ground offensive that aims to oust the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, from the border enclave.

The deployment would bring Syrian troops closer to the border with Turkey.

As if this isn’t bad enough, we have Turkey’s response to this Syrian military deployment.

Turkey says will confront Syrian forces if they enter Afrin to help YPG

Turkey,s foreign minister warned on Monday that turkey.s military would confront any Syrian forces entering Afrin province . to protect Kurdish fighters.more at the link:https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,…121366,00.html

Here is a more detailed Turkish statement about fighting Syrian forces.

Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

By Zeina Karam and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT — February 19, 2018, 12:19 PM ET

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, give a press conference in Amman, Jordan, Monday, February 19, 2018. Cavusoglu said his country is ready to battle Syrian government troops if they enter an enclave in northern Syria to protect Syrian Kurdish fighters. Syrian state media said pro-Syrian government forces will begin entering the Afrin enclave “within hours,” after reaching an agreement with the Kurdish militia in control of the region.

Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops if their goal is to protect the Kurdish fighters.

The warning sets up a potential clash between Turkish troops and Syrian government forces backed by Russia and Iran, whose deployment would be a first step toward restoring President Bashar Assad’s presence along the border with Turkey.

The warning by the Turkish foreign minister came shortly after Syrian state media said pro-government forces would enter Afrin “within hours” to “bolster” local forces in confronting Turkey’s “aggression” after reaching an agreement with the Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which controls Afrin.

Details of the deal were not announced by either side, and Kurdish officials said talks were still underway. By nightfall, no troops had entered Afrin.

Assad’s troops have had no presence in Afrin since they pulled out of most of northern Syria in 2012, as nation-wide protests against Assad transformed into a civil war. A return to the area, where a potent mix of regional and international powers have boots on the ground, could further complicate the situation and lead to unwanted confrontations.

But depending on the details of the agreement, it may also serve to defuse the situation in Afrin, where Turkey has been struggling to achieve results in its now monthlong offensive to push back YPG fighters from its borders.

Ankara considers the YPG a “terrorist group” linked to the Kurdish insurgency within Turkey’s borders. On Jan. 20, it launched a major air and ground offensive, pounding the enclave with airstrikes and artillery on a daily basis.

Turkey’s foreign minister, speaking at a news conference in Amman, Jordan, said Turkey would have no problem if Syrian government forces were entering Afrin to clear the area from YPG fighters, but that it would strike back if it turns out the deployment was meant to shore up the Kurds against Turkey.

“If the regime is entering to protect the YPG, then no one can stop us, stop Turkey or the Turkish soldiers,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Turkey has supported rebels fighting to overthrow Assad throughout the seven-year civil war, but in recent years has focused more on trying to contain the Kurds. Government troops deployed along its borders, at this point, may be more palatable for Ankara than the continued presence of the powerful YPG.

The group has received weapons and training from the U.S. for years and has been Washington’s main partner in the war against the Islamic State group in Syria.

It was not clear who, exactly, would enter Afrin. Syria’s state-run news agency, SANA, said pro-government fighters known as “popular forces” would deploy to the area.

“The popular forces joining the resistance against Turkish occupation in Afrin comes in the framework of supporting residents as well as defending Syria and its sovereignty,” SANA said. It added that the deployment aims to “frustrate attempts by Erdogan’s regime and its mercenaries of terrorist organizations to occupy the area,” referring to Turkish-backed Syrian insurgents.

A Syrian Kurdish official told The Associated Press that the Syrian forces will enter Afrin from the Shiite villages of Nubul and Zahraa in Aleppo province.

“The army will deploy in several border areas in coordination with the People’s Protection Units and the Syrian Democratic Forces,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal details of the agreement.

“The army will set up military positions in the border area and the agreement is that the Syrian army and the YPG will defend Syria together,” the official said.
The Syrian Democratic Forces are a U.S.-allied group led by the YPG that has won a series of major victories against the Islamic State group in Syria.

The Syrian government and Kurdish fighters have clashed on occasion, and Assad technically opposes the Kurds’ demands for autonomy. But they have also indirectly worked together in the past, and Turkey represents a common enemy.

Turkish officials said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during which the two discussed Turkey’s military offensive in Afrin. The Turkish officials detailed the call on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations, and did not mention an agreement for government troops to enter Afrin.

Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters meanwhile continued to pound villages in the enclave with artillery, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria’s state media.

The Observatory said Monday’s shelling by Turkish troops killed three people, including a child, and that others were wounded.

Turkey’s private Haberturk newspaper said the Syrian government forces were expected to deploy to four locations in the next two days and 52 locations within the week. The paper claimed that under the deal, the YPG had agreed to hand over heavy weapons it holds. The paper did not provide a source for the report.

The Kurdish official told the AP that the reports about the YPG handing over their weapons are “totally untrue.”

Elsewhere in Syria, government shelling of the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus killed at least 30 people, according to opposition activists and paramedics.

The besieged region known as eastern Ghouta has been subjected to weekslong bombardment that has killed and wounded hundreds of people. Opposition activists say government forces have brought in reinforcements in preparation for a wide offensive on the last main rebel stronghold near the capital.

The Observatory said Monday’s airstrikes and shelling killed 44 people. The Syrian Civil Defense, volunteer first responders known as the White Helmets, said 30 people were killed in eastern Ghouta.

Syrian state TV reported that rebels, in return, fired dozens of mortar rounds and rockets at Damascus, wounding eight people.

Associated Press writers Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, Karin Laub in Amman, Jordan, and Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report


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I said a pissed off Putin is a very dangerous Putin. Well, blog readers, Vlad the Impaler is seriously pissed about his pilot being killed, and we have the body count in Syria to prove it. Since the downing of the Russian fighter jet, and the murder of its pilot, Putin has unleashed wave after wave of bombing missions. Putin has not made any attempt to limit what we here in the West call “collateral damage.” Vlad the Impaler thinks if you are within a quarter mile of a legitimate military target, and Vlad’s a bit loose on that definition, you are fair game to be burnt to ashes.  Let’s just say that Vlad has greatly expanded the “free fire zone,” for his bombers. The Syrian Air Force is joined at the hip with Russia’s Air Force, so any terrorist gets a two for one bomb deal. Putin also likes his cruise missiles, so far with only conventional warheads, and likely sits in his command chair and watches the live video of the explosions. At any rate, the Russian pilot’s death has unleashed the dogs of war in Syria. It isn’t like the dogs of war were ever actually in the kennel. I have no doubt they are roaming freely and chewing on anything they find.

The first link indicates that Erdogan’s contempt for the USA, and especially his contempt for our Secretary of State, is nearly unlimited at this point. We see Erdogan isn’t wasting any time in pouring more troops over the Syrian border.


Turkish Army Dispatches More Military Equipment to Border with Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish Army forwarded more troops and military hardware to the border with Syria to continue assault on the Kurdish militias as a number of Arab media outlets have claimed that the Syrian army plans to deploy in Afrin to stand against the Turkish aggression.

Next, we see that Assad Junior is making a military push to restore the full territorial integrity of Syria, and prevent the Kurds, the Turks, NATO and the USA from slicing his country up like a sausage.


Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:27
Syrian Army Deploys Heavy Flamethrower System to Idlib for Imminent Operation

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army has deployed the TOS-1A, the latest version of the original Russia-made TOS-1 heavy flamethrower system, to Southern Idlib as the countdown has started for an imminent operation against terrorists in the region, a Russian media outlet reported.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted the Russian One website as reporting that the army has deployed TOS-1 A system also known as Solentsik to Southern Idlib to provide back up for the ground troops’ imminent operation in the region.

The TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system is intended for direct fire support of advancing infantry and main battle tanks, and moves in their combat orders. It is designed to engage military personnel, fortifications and light armored vehicles. The heavy flamethrower system is generally similar to multiple launch rocket systems, however it fires different types of rockets and has a shorter firing range.

Sputnik further said that TOS-1A is one of the most powerful launchers with broader range worldwide, adding that the Syrian Army utilized the system in a battle in Idlib province in January.

It added that only one time fire of the system can cover an area as large as 4sq/km.

Military field sources reported earlier today that the Russian and Syrian fighter jets carried out joint combat sorties over terrorist-held regions in Southern Idlib, destroying a main base and killing or wounding a number of militants.

The sources said that the warplanes pounded a main base of the terrorists near the town of Tarmalah in Southern Idlib.

They further said that the base was destroyed and tens of terrorists, including a number of non-Syrians, were killed in the air attack.

A sum of 12 military vehicles of the terrorists were destroyed, the sources said, adding that several commanders, including Abu Omar al-Haskawi, were among the terrorists killed in the raid.

Finally, we have this very interesting statement saying Turkey and the USA have made a “deal” allowing Turkey, or its proxies, to use WMD’s against the Kurds.

The link is here.


Tillerson’s Visit to Ankara Seen as Green Light to Turkey’s Chemical Attack against Kurds

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey-backed militants engaged in Operation Olive Branch in Northwestern Syria launched a chemical attack on the Kurdish population in the village of Aranda in Afrin as Ankara and Washington declared a number of agreements at the end of the US state secretary’s visit to Ankara.

Syrian state media SANA reported that at least six civilians were hospitalized after the attack.

“Six people have been admitted with symptoms of suffocation as a result of the use of projectiles with poisonous gas by the Turkish regime in the town of Aranda,” SANA quoted the hospital’s director, Joan Mohammed, as saying.

Medics are working to determine the type of gas used, Mohammed said.

Local journalist Mohammed Hassan tweeted pictures of patients, who were purported to be victims of the attack, wearing breathing masks.

The hospital director said four of the victims were stable and two were in critical condition.

YPG Spokesman Birusk Hasaka confirmed that Kurds came under what appears to be a chemical attack during Turkey’s offensive on a village, saying that the symptoms of the six people affected are consistent with exposure to a gas poisoning.

The attack was launched by the FSA militants who are backed by Ankara and at the end of Rex Tillerson’s visit to Turkey, raising speculations that the attack was launched after a US green light.

Washington’s silence on the attack that has reinvigorated speculations about its suspicious role in the incident comes as it has repeatedly accused the Syrian army forces of conducting chemical weapons against militants, a claim always rejected by Damascus.

Experts believe the US selective approach is yet another indicator of Washington’s willingness to make an instrumental use of chemical warfare.

Syrian Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said on Wednesday that Washington is uneasy about the achievements of the Syrian Arab Army and therefore it spreads misleading news claiming that the Syrian forces are using chemical weapons in the Eastern Ghouta, Idlib and other areas.

“We call on the United Nations to investigate into the actions and practices of the United States, which threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Syria and aim at the liquidation of the Syrian people, contradicting the objectives and principles of the UN,” according to a statement read by Mikdad at the Ministry HQ, SANA reported.

“There is still no evidence of the use of chemical weapons by Syria and all the accusations are based on false allegations made by the so-called Syrian Civil Defense Organization (white helmets), which actually appeared through publishing news and videos proved to be false,” Mikdad added.

On the period between January 15 and 17 in 2018, terrorists in Idlib used chemical weapons twice against the advanced Syrian forces, Mikdad said, adding that “our soldiers were attacked by chlorine gas near the town of Hawin to the South of Idlib and the town of Sinjar and that made our soldiers in need for medical treatment.”

Mikdad wondered about the role of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which was designed to control the spread and use of chemical weapons, considering that such an act by the OPCW and the lack of desire of Western countries to take practical measures in response to the use of chemical weapons raise serious questions regarding the direct impact on the activities of international organizations of the United Nations.

He said that OPCW is ineffective when it comes to investigating chemical attacks on the Syrian soil, as the facts collected by it are limited to researches that were published on websites and interviews with witnesses in other countries, while the investigation must be credible and serious and it should be done in the place where the alleged incident occurred.

In summary, we see Putin is now bombing the crap out of anybody, anywhere in Syria, he even thinks is a terrorist, including both US and Turkey’s proxies. Further, Erdogan now, apparently, thinks he has a deal to pour more troops into Syria, and use nerve gas against Kurdish civilians. Finally, Assad Junior, along with Putin, is now launching a final offensive to restore most of Southern Syria, Eastern Syria and Northern Syria. His push north will put both Assad Junior, and Putin, in combat with the Kurds, Turkish forces, and Turkish proxies, as well as US troops and their Coalition proxies. Now, what could possibly go wrong in this scenario?

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I literally can’t keep up with the situation in Syria. The on the ground situation is now changing so rapidly, and not in a good way, it is hard to tell exactly who is doing what, and why they are doing it. Still, the link below is a trip wire guaranteeing direct combat between Assad junior’s military and advancing Turkish troops. Since Turkey is nominally a NATO member, the potential for a NATO/Turkey fight between Assad Junior, the Kurds, Iran and Hezzbollah just skyrocketed. The USA is also right in the middle of the boiling pot. In fact, Tillerson is looking even more feckless than I thought yesterday. What will the USA do when both the Kurds and Assad junior’s forces light up the advancing armor columns now headed toward Afrin, and likely Manbji? My only advice would be for any US troops there would be to DUCK AND COVER. As usual with the Iranian FARS news service, things are somewhat muddy. The main article says the Assad junior is a done deal, and the final paragraph says it isn’t. Well, I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens. I said Assad Junior doesn’t want either Turkey or the Kurds telling him what to do. The story indicates the kind of real politic the Kurds are learning. The Kurds have obviously concluded they will get a better “deal” from Assad Junior than they will from the raving lunatic Erdogan. Hour by hour, and day by day, Syria is sliding into total chaos, and heading towards a military confrontation not seen since the October of 1973 Yom Kippur War. The one I was in San Antonio, Texas, Fort Sam Houston taking my medic training. Oh yeah, things are going to get real interesting now.

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Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:16
Syrian Army to Deploy in Kurdish-Held Afrin

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian government and the Kurdish fighters have reached an agreement over deployment of the Syrian Army troops in Afrin region amid advances of the Turkish army troops and Ankara-backed militants in Northern Aleppo, an Arab media outlet reported on Friday.

The al-Mayadeen tv quoted well-informed sources as saying that the Syrian government and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) agreed on the deployment of the Syrian Army troops in Afrin region which has come under attack by the Turkish army troops and their allied militants in recent weeks.

It added that the newly-concluded agreement is aimed at confronting the Turkish’s operation in Afrin.  

A senior Kurdish official said in late January that the Syrian army forces’ deployment in Afrin was welcomed as war was ravaging between the Kurds and the Turkish army.

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel quoted the source as saying at the time that the Kurds welcomed the Syrian army’s presence in Afrin after the Syrian government proposed some solutions and made an agreement with them.

He said that the Kurds were prepared to defend themselves, adding, “We are not enemies of the Syrian government but we want to be a part of the political process in the country; we will also deliver our weapons to the Syrian army once we reach a political solution.”

Meantime, the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel quoted Behjat Abdou, the head of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) committee in Afrin, as saying that no agreement was made to deploy the Syrian army soldiers in Afrin, adding that the Kurds were highly prepared to repel the Turkish army attacks.

Turkey is also ramping up its armor deployments as this link shows.

Turkey deploys upgraded M60Ts to Afrin

James Bingham, London – Jane’s Defence Weekly
16 February 2018

Turkey has deployed upgraded M60T main battle tanks (MBTs) for its Operation ‘Olive Branch’ against Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region of northwest Syria.
Images taken on the Turkish side of the border near Afrin in mid-February show a number of M60Ts equipped with laser warning receivers (LWRs), situational awareness systems, and remotely operated weapon stations (ROWS) that form part of an indigenous upgrade package.

The upgraded version of the M60T was seen when Turkish forces participated in an exercise with Iraqis on the border between their two countries in September 2017, but this is the first time it is known to have been involved in a combat operation.

Not all the Turkish M60s being used in Operation ‘Olive Branch’ have had the upgrade, with several older variants such as M60A3s and baseline M60Ts also being photographed.

The M60T upgrade was unveiled in May 2017 at the IDEF defence exhibition in Istanbul and is the result of a partnership between Aselsan and the General Directorate of Military Factories (AFGM). The LWR, situational awareness systems, and SARP ROWS are all manufactured by Aselsan, with AFGM believed to be responsible for integrating them onto the platform.

Four sets of the LWR and situational awareness systems are mounted on the turret of the tank: two on either side of the arrow-shaped frontal appliqué armor and two on the slat armor at the rear. The LWS is mounted in a rectangular box and the situational awareness system with three apertures directly above it.