Battle of Syraq, 2016 Year End SITREP (11): After Turkish Army Bloodied by ISIS at al-Bab, Erdogan Accuses Washington of Supporting Islamic State

The year opened with Russia and Turkey as enemies, exchanging economic blows and locked in proxy warfare across Syria in the aftermath of Turkey's treacherous shoot down of a Russian SU-24 bomber in November 2015. 2016 closes with Turkish president turned despotic strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accusing Washington and its allies of supporting not only the Kurdish militants of the PKK but also the Islamic State terrorists, plus rumors of Russian air strikes in support of Turkey's troops struggling to make gains against Daesh at al-Bab.

As the Russia Analyst predicted as far back as August 7, 2015, the Obama Administration would eventually try to make Erdogan the fall guy for the spectacular rise of ISIS, only to have the Sultan blame Washington in reply. We also predicted along with the rest of team RogueMoney and some friends of RM such as Dr. Jim Willie and Joseph P. Farrell, that Turkey would pivot East -- as the alternative would be winding up 'on the menu' with its own territorial integrity in question due to the Kurdish issue. We just did not envision it occurring in this way, with the Russian-Turkish-Iranian troika talking about a nationwide ceasefire across Syria in 2017, and the U.S. State Department and EUnuchs pointedly NOT invited to the peace table...

Cold Turkey: How War on the Rocks’ Contributors Clint Watts and Andrew Weisburd Lied By Omission About the Incirlik Power Cutoff (But Trust Them, Russia Hacked the Election for Trump)

Back in mid-July after the failed putsch against Turkish president turned dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Team RogueMoney and other alt-media gave extensive coverage to what was going on at the Incirlik Air Base, where many of the alleged coup plotters in Turkey's military served alongside U.S. counterparts before being arrested for treason. One of the oddities we noticed at the time was how some military oriented media such as Stars and Stripes were forced into covering the cutoff of electricity to the base, a key installation for the hosting of American B61 tactical nuclear bombs in Europe, due to the legitimate concerns of family and friends about the U.S. servicemen sweating in the summer heat without air conditioning at the facility.

However, to read articles published by Clinton Watts or Andrew Weisburd written for War on the Rocks (WoTR) and The Daily Beast, you'd think any doubts expressed on Facebook or Twitter about the security of Incirlik, its large tactical nuclear arsenal and the American servicemen and women there were all fabricated by sophisticated Russian propaganda trolls. In the aftermath of a Turkish policeman's assassination of a Russian Ambassador raising the question of Islamist if not ISIS infiltration of Turkey's security forces, and the prospect of the next attack (one that won't be sickeningly welcomed by a columnist for the NY Daily News) being against a U.S. diplomat or facility like Incirlik, Watts' and Weisburd's poo-pooing of last July's power cutoff merits another look. So too, does the faux Atlanticist, globalist agenda the two men are pushing -- which comes perilously close to advocating a fulltime, U.S. government run propaganda machine to attack the alt-media in real time for allegedly repeating Russian government-produced agitprop.

Russian Ambassador to Turkey Murdered on Camera by Turkish ‘Ex’ Cop, Putin Ally Suspects NATO Security Service Connection to Assassination

This is an open thread to discuss the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov on Monday December 19 by a reported (ex?) Turkish police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, in Ankara.

The Russia Analyst was saddened but not surprised by the news that the infamous Turkish Deep State and its not so hidden backers, humiliated by the defeat of their jihadi proxies in Aleppo, would create a provocation to sabotage the negotiations between the Kremlin and the turd in the hummus bowl, aka Anatolian dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. However, we were expecting an incident similar to the shoot down of the SU-24 bomber by allegedly rogue, Gulenist-inspired elements of the Turkish military last November, not the assassination of a Russian chief of diplomatic mission on camera. The brazenness of the attack and the killer's rant about Aleppo as well as making the single finger salute of ISIS and other assorted jihadist terrorists in Syria before he was (conveniently) shot dead by police have already fueled speculation in Moscow as to who or what forces are ultimately behind the perp...

The Guerrilla Interviews Mimi al Laham aka Syrian Girl (@PartisanGirl)

V the Guerrilla Economist interviews Mimi al Laham aka Syrian Girl from Australia on her views of the proxy war that has ravaged her homeland over the last six years. Al-Laham is a Muslim who defends a secular, multiconfessional Syrian state, whose family was persecuted by the father of the current President Bashir al-Assad, Hafez al-Assad.

For the last few years through her Twitter feed and Youtube channel, Syrian Girl has exposed the U.S/UK government funded propaganda supporting Washington's Saudi/Qatari backed jihadist takfiris posing as moderate rebels fighting Assad. She also worked with MIT professor/arms control expert Dr. Ted Postol to expose the August 2013 East Ghouta sarin attack as a false flag operation blamed on the Syrian Arab Army. Mimi has appeared on numerous media platforms including Infowars, Russia Today and Iran's Press TV. - JWS

Battle of Syraq SITREP 9: The Sultan Backs Down, Aleppo Jihadists Seeking Negotiated Surrender

Surprise! After blustering that Turkish armed forces entered Syria to topple 'the tyrant Assad', the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has backed off under pressure from Russia. As RT.com reports

“The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation [in northern Syria] is not any country or person, but only terrorist organizations,”Erdogan said Thursday, as quoted by the Hurryiet Daily News.

“No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to derail it,” he added.

Erdogan: Turkey Invaded Syria to ‘End’ Assad Government — Calling the Turkish Bluff

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President turned neo-Ottoman dictator of Turkey, is unmasking himself as an Islamist fanatic who cannot accept the crushing defeat of his proxies in Aleppo, by announcing 'we entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant Assad'. Or is he just bluffing with a weak hand, judging by Moscow, Damascus and Tehran's calm reactions to the latest Turkish threats?

Nothing is quite as  it seems in Syria. Jihadists who vowed to fight to the bitter end in east Aleppo crumbled in the span of 48 hours this past weekend. ISIS, which fought tooth and nail to hold Palmyra against the Syrian Arab Army and Russian advisers, after melting away before the Turkish invasion into the Syrian border town of Jarablus, is suddenly fighting the Turkish Army again. The Daesh-bags allegedly captured two Turkish soldiers embedded with Ankara's 'moderate rebel' allies. Or did they? Given the increasingly Islamist bent of the post July coup Turkish military, perhaps the Turkish infantrymen actually defected to Daesh?

Short Battle of Syraq SITREP 7: Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Receiving Pantsir Air Defense Systems

While the Obama Administration appears to be flailing about for some action to look tough on ISIS or the Russians ahead of the November 8th U.S. elections, in Syria the pro-government forces continue to advance in Hama province and reduce the jihadist stronghold of east Aleppo.

The announcement by the Assad government that various rebel factions are in negotiations to leave behind the Al-Qaeda loyal Nusra die hards as well as reports that a high level Turkish delegation is headed to Damascus for talks are indicative of the tide turning decisively against U.S./GCC proxies. It would appear that any neocon hopes for a radical revision of facts on the ground will have to await the arrival in the White House of their war queen Hillary Clinton. With the Turks abandoning their Nusra proxies in Aleppo, only direct American intervention that risks all out war with Russia can save Washington's decade-long project to topple Assad.

Battle of Syraq SITREP 6: U.S. Backing Down in Syria or Setting Up a #BlameRussia October Surprise False Flag?

After a heated war of words this week over Syria, signs this weekend are that Moscow's warning that any more bombings 'accidental' or deliberate of combined Syrian/Russian forces would result in the shoot down of American-led coalition aircraft has cooled off Washington's war hawks somewhat. Or more accurately, having exploited the Russian card with a politicized report from the intelligence community officially blaming Moscow for the 'hack' (insider leak, cough cough) of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Friday, it isn't clear whether the Obama Administration intends or needs a direct clash of arms in Syria before Election Day. However, the dark side or 'dirty Deep State' as with the Maidan snipers killings, the Odessa massacre in Ukraine or the false flag shoot down of MH17 in the Donbass may have other ideas...and could be preparing a nasty October Surprise.

Putin’s Grey Cardinal KGB/SVR Lt. Gen. (Ret) Leonid Reshetnikov: CIA Plotting Removal of Russian President — Including Via Assassination

On Friday, September 2, 2016, a Mercedes Benz sedan crashed head on at high speed into a BMW driven by Russian President Vladimir Putin's chauffeur, killing him instantly and putting the Mercedes driver into a coma. The crash occurred around mid-day along Kutuzovsky Prospekt, one of the busiest thoroughfares in Moscow, while neither Putin nor anyone else was in the black Russian Federation Council BMW.

In the Russia Analyst's September 11, 2016 post about the wreck and widespread reporting of 'conspiracy theories' that the Mercedes Benz was hacked and hijacked by unknown parties to careen into Putin's driver, we mentioned retired KGB/SVR Lt. Gen. Leonid Reshetnikov. In our article, we speculated that this was more of a message than an actual attempt on Putin's life, and we also cited Reshetnikov's widely translated interview of April 2015 with Argumenty y Fakti discussing assassinating world leaders as a standard tool in the CIA's black bag. Thanks to the translations of the Moscow-based expats at Russia Insider, we have English subtitles of the retired KGB/SVR analyst strongly hinting in a broadcast on the Tsargrad TV channel last month that the September 2nd wreck was indeed, a warning regarding the life of (his think tank the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies' (RISS) principal patron) Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.