Turkey Announces End of Military Action in Syria?

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Turkey Announces End of Military Action in Syria?

MARSAL COMMENTS: Turkey has just announced that its objectives for it military incursion into Syria have been accomplished by its taking control of the Syrian town of Al-Bab from ISIS. Continue reading “Turkey Announces End of Military Action in Syria?”

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Turkey Credit Rating Lowered

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Turkey Credit Rating Lowered

MARSAL COMMENTS: Moody’s credit rating agency has downgraded Turkey’s credit rating rank to “Negative. Fitch Agency also rates it at that level. The Turkish Lira has reacted by dropping a little. Continue reading “Turkey Credit Rating Lowered”

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Rising Stakes in Syrian War

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Rising Stakes in Syrian War

MARSAL COMMENTS: the US seems to have sent hundreds of fully equipped and armed marines to Syria, in addition to another few hundred with artillery near Raqqa. This is in preparation for the assault to liberate Raqqa from ISIS together, presumably, with the Kurdish militias. Continue reading “Rising Stakes in Syrian War”

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Syria War Decided Abroad

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Syria War Decided Abroad

MARSAL COMMENTS: The US, UK, EU, Turkey, Russia and the Arab countries have been deciding the war in Syria for the past 6 years. Now another decision is under process; Russian and Turkish presidents will meet in Moscow tomorrow (March 10th) to work out four important next steps. Continue reading “Syria War Decided Abroad”

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ITS NOT A TIDE FOR THE KURDS, IT’S A FLOOD

ITS NOT A TIDE FOR THE KURDS, IT’S A FLOOD

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A few days ago we observed that the ebb and flow of politics seemed to indicate that the Kurds, after taking Manbij, will keep their head low and avoid antagonizing Turkey. They didn’t, and continued northwards towards Jarabulus on the Turkish/Syrian Border.

Turkey was ready and certainly able. Following two days of artillery pounding, Turkish tanks rolled into Syria yesterday, thus realizing the long-expected scenario of a Turkish military presence inside Syria.

The pretexts and justifications for this action may be “dime a dozen”, but once inside, they become difficult to dislodge and eject. A similar situation has existed in north Iraq near Mosul, for almost a year now. Continue reading “ITS NOT A TIDE FOR THE KURDS, IT’S A FLOOD”

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THE EBB AND FLOW OF POLITICS

THE EBB AND FLOW OF POLITICS !

Conditions, circumstances and opportunities are continuously changing, and accordingly, political positions change.

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For five years, Turkey was dead against Assad of Syria. In fact, it took the leading role in inflaming the Syrian, so-called, civil war and was the vanguard in calling and working for Syria’s Assad ouster.

Then a series of events took place. Turkey got carried away and shot a Russian fighter jet, Crippling Russian economic sanctions were placed on Turkey, the long established Turkish Kurdish ceasefire collapsed and a mini Turkish civil war commenced, the Turkish tourist industry all but collapsed, the Syrian army pulled back from the brink of defeat with Russian air power intervention, the EU reneged on all its promises to Turkey, The USA became uneasy about Turkish policies and made it obvious by supporting the Syrian Kurds to probably create their own state in northern Syria, ISIS began targeting Turkish cities, Turkey became isolated geopolitically and then, came the attempted Turkish military coup to oust the president, which was rumored to have been instigated and/or blessed by the American CIA. The last event was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” causing Turkey to change its policies dramatically. Continue reading “THE EBB AND FLOW OF POLITICS”

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RUSSIAN BOMBERS BASED IN IRAN!

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RUSSIAN BOMBERS BASED IN IRAN!

Wow, So many birds with one stone. Is this a game changer in the Middle East?

It was reported yesterday (Tue Aug 16, 2016) that long range Russian bombers flew out of an Iranian military airfield to bomb targets in Aleppo, Syria. This is the first time in over thirty years that a foreign a military presence is seen in Iran. And a first for the Russian military in Iran. What does this mean?

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The Syrian regime: especially as far as the battle of Aleppo is concerned. It gives Russian bombers better logistics and efficacy (Shorter flight time and, hence, more strikes per plane). Continue reading “RUSSIAN BOMBERS BASED IN IRAN!”

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