Shock: Coalition Partner Turkey Launches Airstrikes Against Kurdish Forces With US Approval

In a shocking development over the weekend, Turkey launched airstrikes targeting not the Islamic State, but Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria.

Islamist government in Ankara is led by Obama pal Recep Erdogan (one of Obama’s top five international friends.) Turkey is purportedly one of the 60+ U.S. led members of the anti-Islamic State coalition. Worse yet,  they are bombing the most effective ground force fighting ISIS with the United States’ blessing.

Obama and Erdogan had a phone conversation on the 22nd of July prior to the attacks on the 24th where Turkey got the green light from Obama. Erdogan himself clearly stated: “In our phone call with Obama, we reiterated our determination in the struggle against the separatist organization and the Islamic State” Erdogan told reporters adding that “we took the first step last night.”

“…reiterated our determination in the struggle against the separatist organization …”?

This would be the Kurds, the U.S. allies against ISIS whom Erdogan says that Obama is determined to struggle against. The Kurdish PKK  and the Democratic Union Party (PYD)and its armed wing, Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) has been America’s most effective battlefield partners against ISIS and Obama says nothing?

Via the ISIS Study Group:

A lot of things happened in Turkey this past week that started with an Islamic State (IS) suicide bombing targeting Kurdish activists trying to get humanitarian aid into Kobane and a Turkish Soldier killed during a firefight with IS fighters and ended with the Turkish military beginning operations against the terrorist organization – and the Kurds themselves. The attack on the Kurdish activists resulted in 31 killed and another 100 wounded. The cross-border firefight that occurred last Thursday involved five IS personnel approaching the border and firing on a Turkish Army position.

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Isn’t it odd that it was the cross-border attack that led to the Turkish military retaliation while no mention was made of the suicide attack? Like we said, the reason is because Erdogan is fine with an IS attack conducted on Turkish soil as long as the people being killed are Kurds. Oh the Turkish military will respond with “proportional” retaliatory attacks against IS along the border if they continue – we just think Turkey and IS will maintain their overall deal to not engage in any sustained campaign against each other. In our piece titled “Turkey Evacuates Tomb of Suleiman Shah,” we suspected that a deal might have been made between Erdogan’s government and IS leading to the relocation of Suleiman Shah’s tomb. The events that followed that incident have only added further weight to our suspicions. The problem is the Erdogan government is using last week’s cross-border incident as a target of opportunity to target something much higher on his priority list: the Kurds themselves. The Turkish Air Force has already launched several airstrikes on the Iraqi-side of the Tri-Border Region targeting PKK locations. One would think that the Erdogan government would be blocking access to IS-affiliated web forums, Twitter and Facebook accounts. But they’re not. Instead, the Turkish government is blocking access to Kurdish sites. Now why do you suppose that is? We think you may already know the answer.

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In his last public speech, one of our nation’s founding fathers – Patrick Henry – said “United we stand – divided we fall.” Those words remain true to this day in our America, but they also apply to the Kurds. Nirchivan Barzani and Qudbad Talabani both represent the new generation of Kurdish leaders. They’re in a unique position to unify all of the Kurdish factions in the fight against IS and realize their collective dream of an independent Kurdistan. Failure to see through the agendas of Turkey and Iran will result in the failure to see the establishment of an independent nation. The ball is in their court. We close with this message to both Barzani and Talabani – its dangerously naive in thinking that you can depend on the Obama administration or trust that Turkey and Iran aren’t already plotting against your people. In the end you will only have each other. What’s more important, defending your homes and families from IS’ nihilistic ideology and the realization of your dream of a Kurdish nation – or some petty squabbles from your own Kurdish brothers? Think about what we said – your future depends on it.

The President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government Masoud Barzani, did not take the advice of the ISIS Study group.

He actually took the side of the Turkish government regarding the airstrikes against the PKK, calling the group “arrogant” and praising Turkey for taking a “positive” role in attempting peace talks.

“The Turkish government has taken positive steps, and has adopted a positive attitude for a peaceful resolution; however, we have seen that some sides (the PKK) has taken [sic] it as a matter of pride and did not utilize these opportunities,” Barzani said in statements on Monday.

Barzani noted he felt compelled to make a personal statement against the PKK “because there were wrong interpretations and information being given in my name,” additionally condemning the group for the killing of two Turkish officers, which Barzani noted “will not solve any problems in Turkey.” He added, “Many times we sent messages to the PKK to remain patient and wait, because the peace process takes time and is not an easy process.” The PKK ended a two-year ceasefire with the killing of two Turkish police officers this weekend.

Meanwhile, Turkey defended the strikes on Kurdish PKK targets in northern Syria, saying “we’ve always acted to bring stability to both countries.”

Turkish forces  also launched a new wave of strikes against Kurdish insurgent camps in Iraq.

Ankara says the simultaneous targeting of ISIL and the PKK is part of a campaign that will help create safe zones against extremists. But residents in northern Iraq, where the rebel camps of the PKK are located, have expressed concern.

Sayed Zain al-Deen lives in Amadiya.

“Turkish fighter jets came and hit our village with ten rockets. We and our children were really scared. They even bombed our water supply,” he explained.

Ankara has called for a special NATO meeting on Tuesday (July 28) to discuss its security concerns.

 

Jordan Matson, an American who has been in Rojava fighting ISIS with the Kurds since last Fall,  had this to say on his Facebook page, Sunday:

Today the Turkish army fired tank rounds across the border into rojava wounding 4 ypg. West of kobane.

These actions are giving aid to Isis. The majority of turkeys military action has been against the Kurds, they have done next to nothing to harm Isis in the grand scheme of things.

On the 28th turkey will be asking NATO to support a war against Kurdish rebels in turkey and Iraq.

There never was any intention of doing great harm to ISIS.

How long will our elected officials follow along in this masquerade?

See also Patrick Poole’s in depth report at PJ Media on Turkey’s double dealing regarding the fight against ISIS: Obama Admin Backs NATO Ally Turkey’s Double Game with Islamic State After Turks Bomb Anti-ISIS Kurdish Groups:

This is not the first time that Turkey has been caught double-dealing against their U.S. NATO ally. There was the “gas for gold” scheme with Iran that allowed the Islamic Republic to skirt international sanctions, and Erdogan and the Turkish intelligence chief had a photographed meeting with U.S. designated Al-Qaeda global terror financier Yasin al-Qadi.

Curiously, shortly after those reports showing photographs of Erdogan meeting with al-Qadi appeared in the Turkish media, the Treasury Department under Obama removed al-Qadi’s terror designation.

The preferred route of thousands of foreign fighters now in the ranks of ISIS appears to have been mostly coming from Turkey and crossing the border into Syria, bringing complaints that Turkey was not doing enough to combat the group’s growth and that the border was becoming “a two-way jihadist highway.”

But a series of published reports going back to last year seem to show direct and indirect Turkish support for the Islamic State.

  • In April 2014, Turkish media reports showed photographs of ISIS commander Abu Muhammad being treated at the Hatay State Hospital after being injured fighting in Syria. Opposition politicians also claimed that fighters with Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, were allowed to stay at the guesthouses of the government’s Religious Affairs Directorate.
  • Last November, Newsweek published an interview with a former ISIS fighter who said that ISIS fighters faced no obstructions entering from Turkey. Meanwhile, ISIS commanders bragged about the “full cooperation with the Turks,” while anti-ISIS Kurdish fighters were blocked by Turkish authorities.
  • This account seems to be confirmed by a report from Aydınlık Daily, which reported in July 2014 that the Turkish intelligence service, the MIT, had transported members of Syrian terrorist groups and their weapons across the border.
  • Two weeks after that report, at an event site approved by Erdogan’s ruling AKP Party and sponsored by a publication known for its ISIS sympathiesa rally was held in Istanbul where video showed speakers openly calling for jihad. There were also reports that recruiting for ISIS fighters took place.
  • In January, Turkish military documents from the Gendarmerie General Command leaked online showed thatTurkish intelligence were transporting missiles, mortars and anti-aircraft ammunition for Al-Qaeda and actively obstructed the military from documenting the transfers.
  • The New York Times reported in May that massive amounts of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer used for making bombs, were being prepared in a Turkish town near Syria and transported across the border. The report quoted an opposition politician who admitted that the fertilizing was not for farms, but for bombs.
  • Reuters reported exclusively in late May that court documents and prosecutor testimony revealed that Turkish intelligence had transported weapons across the border in 2013 and early 2014, aiding the offensive push by ISIS into Iraq in June 2014. Erdogan himself had said that the shipments were aid.

 

Jeanine Pirro: Obama’s “Allowing Wholesale Rejection of Federal Law”

The senseless death of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, last week, spurred a much needed conversation around illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.

In this week’s Justice with Jeanine Pirro, the Judge took aim at sanctuary cities, and their defenders.

“I for one am sick and tired of this politically correct nonsense. What is correct about allowing a career criminal who should not have been here in the first place, to walk the streets?” Pirro exclaimed.

Later she noted that although we are all immigrants, “but most of us came here pursuant to the rules.” She added, “The happiest days for me as both a sitting DA and and judge, was when I welcomed newly naturalized citizens who worked hard to get here and pledged their allegiance to America.”

“What to do?” she asked. “I’ll tell you what to do – you enforce the law.”

As she ran a scroll of victims murdered by illegal immigrants, Pirro turned her attention to the president – who likes to repeat, “our immigration system is broken.”

“I’ll tell you what’s broken Mr President,” she seethed,”the hearts of American families who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegals who repeatedly commit crimes that you let walk the streets.”

She noted that Obama was allowing the “wholesale rejection of federal law by sanctuary cities,” citing an Obama diktat from 2010 in which he openly stated that cities that violated immigration laws, would not be punished.

Megyn Kelly: Obama’s Radical Housing Plan “Social Engineering of the Worst Kind” (Video)

On the Kelly File, last night, Megyn Kelly blasted Obama’s radical housing usurpation – calling it “social engineering of the worst kind,” and possibly an attempt to “change the way neighborhoods vote.”

Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has been ringing alarm bells about the “Radical in Chief’s” plan to transform (read: destroy) American suburbia since 2012.

The feds now want to take billions in housing grant money, and condition it on communities proving that they have (what the Feds consider) the correct mix of citizens based on income, race, ethnicity, etc.

“This is what happens when you put a community organizer in the White House – he tries to organize your communities from Washington,” Kelly’s guest Marc Thiessen said.

The good news is – Congress is trying to stop Obama’s power grab by exercising their power of the purse.

Tuesday night, on a vote of 229-193, the House passed an amendment to the THUD (Transportation Housing and Urban Development) bill that blocks any HUD funding that enforces President Obama’s fair housing rule (AFFH). The amendment, offered by Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, protects local zoning rights from federal overreach.

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The Gosar amendment  is endorsed by Americans for Limited Government, Freedom Works, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Taxpayers for Common Sense and Eagle Forum.

It now goes to the Senate, where the prospects for passage are good — but not guaranteed. Kurtz predicts that Obama’s power grab will likely become a major issue issue in the 2016 presidential campaign should Senate Republicans fail to block the AFFH.

Previously: 

Monday Ketch-Up: Obama’s Secret Collectivist Plan For His Second Term

It Begins: Obama To Force Integration Into Suburban Neighborhoods (Video)

Obama’s Scheme To Destroy Middle Class Suburbia

Following Obama’s Lead, Collectivists Are Coming Out of the Closet

German Paper: “Ist Obama ein Kommunist?”

As ISIS Seizes Ramadi and Palmyra, Obama Fights ManBearPig (Video)

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is calling on the Obama administration to come up with a “more aggressive strategy” to deal with ISIS/Daesh in Iraq. The apocalyptic terrorists now control the “key, strategic” city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province.

“The black flags are flying there,” McCaul told Fox News Wednesday morning. “This is a key transit point to Syria in Iraq, and now it’s fallen to ISIS.”

McCaul said that during his recent visit to Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister told him after asking the White House for more military assistance, he has only received received humanitarian assistance. Whatever that means. Suitcases for impromptu road trips? Extra absorbent towels to wipe up the blood?

But it gets better. Obama’s new BFFs on the world stage now get to flex their muscles in Iraq.

“And now the prime minister of Iraq has to rely on the (Iranian) Shia militia — which is, I think, the most disturbing fact…my takeaway from the Middle East — because his Iraqi national army is so incapable of defending Ramadi, of defending Mosul…that you have to rely on the proxy of Iran, Shia militas, to come in to Iraq to fight ISIS.”

Those Shia militas of course would be our sworn enemies during the Iraq war – who American soldiers died fighting.

“This is a prescription for disaster — it will only inflame the Sunni tribes, make the sectarian divisions even deeper and wider, and I don’t see it as a long-term strategy to win.”

McCaul said the Obama’s adminsitration’s strategy — “whatever the strategy is” — is not working.

SEE AlSO: 

Gateway Pundit: Al Sadr Warns ISIS: “If You Touch Our Shrines We Will Make Iraq Full of Your Grimy Bodies”

It almost looks like Obama is setting up a show-down between Iranian Shia Militias and the Islamic state.

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John McCain took to the Senate floor today to blast administration toadies for playing down the Ramadi “set-back.”

Referring to White House Press Sec Josh Earnest’s recent comments, McCain seethed, “how could anyone say that we shouldn’t light our hair on fire when news reports clearly indicate that there are burning bodies in the streets of Ramadi, that ISIL are going from house to house – seeking out people and executing them. Tens of thousands of people are refuges. And what does the president’s spokesman say?! That we shouldn’t light our hair on fire every time there is a setback.”

SEE ALSO:

Shoebat on the door to door carnage in Ramadi.

Muslims in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, all members of ISIS, went door to door slaughtering innocent people at random, eventually killing 500 people at the end of their murder spree. According to one report:

ISIS fighters went door-to-door looking for military troops and security forces after taking the city, and killed 500 people in the streets, including children.

Click on the link at your own risk as there is a gruesome photo.

Muhanad Haimour, an Anbar Province spokesman, said:

There have been executions in the streets of Ramadi… The situation in the city is absolutely terrible. The city is in very bad shape.

Sheikh Rafi al-Fahdawi, a tribal leader from Ramadi who had been fighting ISIS, recounted the scene of horror:

Men, women, kids and fighters’ bodies are scattered on the ground… All security forces and tribal leaders have either retreated or been killed in battle. It is a big loss.

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In Syria –  as I’m sure you’ve heard by now – the ancient city of Palmyra fell to ISIS – and ”its grand complex of 2,000-year-old colonnades and tombs – one of the world’s most magnificent remnants of antiquity,” will soon be destroyed by the barbarians.

This comes just five days after they seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

But for the fighters on the ground, the city of 50,000 people is significant because it sits among gas fields and astride a network of roads across the country’s central desert. Palmyra’s vast unexcavated antiquities could also provide significant revenue through illegal trafficking.

Control of Palmyra gives the Islamic State command of roads leading from its strongholds in eastern Syria to Damascus and the other major cities of the populated west, as well as new links to western Iraq, the other half of its self-declared caliphate.

the State Department is deeply concerned about all of this and will be closely watching the destruction of the city.

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When a reporter asked her if something could be done to save the city, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said, “Well, we are deeply concerned about reports of ISIL’s attacks on the Syrian city, which holds the ruins of Palmyra.”

She acknowledged that “the destruction and looting of these sites has been sort of something we’ve seen in other places” and it’s “incredibly harmful,” but as to the question of what the U.S. could do, Harf only had this to offer:

“We’ll keep watching here, we’ll keep seeing what’s happening on the ground.”

Harf added: “This is the reason we’re trying to push back ISIL out of Iraq and to try and help the Syrian opposition push back ISIL in Syria.”

“This is something we’re following; we’re concerned about this. Obviously, it has been caught in the crossfire for some time and we’ll speak up about it,” said Harf. “Beyond that, I’m not sure what more can be done.”

PJ Tatler: In the Wake of ISIS Gains in Iraq and Syria, POTUS Says Climate Change Poses “Immediate Risk To Our National Security”

The threat of terrorism in the homeland ranks pretty low in this president’s list of issues to be concerned about. In case you haven’t noticed.

“Climate change” is apparently the national security threat that keeps Obama up at night. And those who refuse to act on this crucial national security issue are guilty of “a dereliction of duty” and should be denounced for undermining “American readiness.”

He gave this delusional speech at the  at the commencement ceremony of the United States coast guard academy in New London, Connecticut.
The only saving grace to this hot mess  is the light, tepid applause Obama got at the end – which is typically what Commander in Chief gets when he speaks in front of military audiences – because they don’t buy his bullshit.

Wis. Retired Cop: Hyper-Partisan DA Said It Was His Responsibility To Stop Scott Walker and Republicans (Video)

On Thursday night’s Kelly File, Megyn Kelly interviewed two individuals who are connected to the infamous John Doe Raids in Wisconsin, in which private citizens were persecuted by a vindictive, hyper-partisan DA for “nothing more than exercising their right to support conservative causes.”

Head of Wisconsin Club For Growth Eric O’Keefe, told Kelly that his friends were attacked for their “virtue” and “effectiveness.”

“Because the left was tired of losing election after election after election – they correctly identified some of the most important communicators of political messages in Wisconsin, and they raided their family homes with kids at home. They knew the kids were home – they knew the schedules – they came in the dark…”

Michael Lutz, a decorated former police officer who knew District Attorney John Chisholm,  stated that Chisholm admitted to him that the investigation was entirely political.

“In a personal conversation in his office, he had stated that he believed that it was his personal responsibility to stop Governor Walker and all Republicans from continuing to support ACT 10,” Lutz said.

O’Keefe was speaking out in defiance of the “secrecy order” which he noted was unconstitutional. He declared that he has sued Johm Chisholm because “he’s not fit to serve in public office.”

When Kelly pointed out that Chisholm has denied any wrongdoing, Lutz replied, “this is why I came forward in the first place because through the conversations and through what I witnessed in the district attorney’s office, John Chisholm had become so hyper-political and hyper partisan, he had weaponized his district attorney’s office to go after and prosecute and persecute all those who had a different ideology than him.”

He added, “it’s just so unAmerican and disgusting what’s going on, here.”

Kelly covered the story for the first time on Wednsday’s Kelly File, interviewing the author of the NRO piece, David French. She said she would be staying on the story, and invited DA John Chisholm to come on her show and defend himself.

SEE ALSO:

David French, NRO: Wisconsin’s Shame: Sheriff Clarke Weighs In

Wisconsin Watchdog: U.S. Supreme Court to consider hearing John Doe-related case

Former Army Chaplain: Hostile Environment Targeting Christian Chaplains

A former Army Chaplain, Douglas Lee, said that there are “trends and storm clouds brewing” in the military.   The hostile environment toward Christians, he said, is unique to the Obama administration and he it to the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” He said that there has been “a change and shift – not only in the military – but across American culture.”

He went on to explain “a culture of fear” that a chaplain may say something that crosses a political correct line, citing a particular incident in which a chaplain was “set up” by a counselee and charged with counseling “inappropriate messages” that he said was “theological in nature.”

Yep – sounds a lot like what’s going on all across America, now.

Meanwhile, Army morale is reportedly  low despite PC ‘optimism’ campaign; Pentagon surprised:

Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52%, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as “I rarely count on good things happening to me.” Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs.

Checking in on the Jayvee Team

With so much of the world’s attention in recent weeks being on Iran, ISIS must be feeling a little neglected — because they appear to be acting out even more than usual.

“Hey, we’re an existential threat too,” they seem to be saying as they post pictures of themselves playing soccer with human heads.”

“Hey, we may not have nukes – yet – but we can make pretty nifty cartoons of your president being decapitated.”

“Make no mistake – we’re the meanest kids on the block.”

The Islamic State is demanding a $30 million ransom to release hundreds of Christian hostages. Fox News reports ISIS jihadists are demanding $100,000 for each hostage. “They know we cannot come up with this kind of money so they’re hoping other groups and countries will come up with the money,” Fox quoted an unnamed Assyrian leader. The jihadi army captured 250-300 civilians in attacks on 35 Assyrian villages in the Hasaka province on February 23. Islamic State fighters killed nine Assyrians attempting to defend their homes. So far the Islamist group released 23 hostages who were told to leave the country rather than return to their homes.

No joke – they really are the meanest and most demented kids on the block. They remind me of the evil inbred freaks in the Texas Chainsaw massacre. Only those freaks actually retained an ounce of humanity. They need to be stopped cold by a military willing to unleash overwhelming force on them.

Sadly – that won’t be happening as long as the current pResident is in office.