Turkey and Israel Help Expand the Caliphate, Allow Slaughter in Kobani

by lizard

While a vigorous debate about yard signs and tv commercials unwinds in the comment thread at Cowgirl’s place, the terrorist tool, ISIS, continues making significant gains.

With the help of alleged allies, like Turkey and Israel, the caliphate is expanding, and now threatens Lebanon. From Moon of Alabama:

In cooperation with Turkey the Islamic State has laid siege on the independent Kurdish enclave Kobane in north east Syria. The city is likely to fall soon just as the Turkish government wants it to. Turkey’s blockade of reinforcement and supplies for the defenders inflames the 15 million strong Kurdish population in Turkey. The fall of Kobane may well lead to an end of the peace process between Turks and Kurds and to a renewed civil war in south east Turkey. Turkey houses many refugees from Syria and is a major logistic hub for the Islamic State.

Thanks Turkey! It’s so worth having you in NATO. Here’s more from MoA:

Jordan, south of Syria, is a major hub of anti-Assad activities. The CIA is running large training programs in Jordan where refugees from south Syria get prepared for fighting the Syrian government. As soon as groups of such “moderate rebels” are send over the border to fight against the Syrian army parts of them inevitably defect to the Islamic State or the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhad al-Nusra (JAN). They take the weapons they were given by the CIA and the supporting Gulf states with them. Chinese FN-6 man-portable air-defense system, supplied by Qatar to such “moderate rebels”, were used in recent days by the Islamic State to shoot down at least three Iraqi army helicopters. While Jordan has mostly isolated the Syrian refugees in desert camps parts of its own population are also sympathetic to the Islamic State. Jordan has now closed its borders to all refugees to isolate itself against further IS infiltration. It might hold out a bit longer before the flood reaches its main cities.

From Jordan “moderate rebels” and Jabhat al-Nusra Islamists have progressed in north-western direction along the Golan height demarcation zone with Israel against Syrian government forces and towards south Lebanon. These groups are protected against Syrian counterattacks by Israeli artillery and do get some of their support, including medical services, directly from the Israeli side. Their task is to infiltrate through the Druze inhabited areas near the Sheba Farm into south Lebanon and to attack the Lebanese Hizbullah positions which are protecting Lebanon from Israel. Israel is also continuously probing those positions by reconnaissance by force. Hizbullah recently publicly acknowledged to counter these probes thereby demonstrating undiminished capabilities despite also being engaged in other areas. Other “moderate rebel” groups supporting Jabhat al-Nusra went north from Jordan and took the important Syrian height of Tar Harrah between the Golan heights and Damascus. Some Syrian army forces are now squeezed between the insurgents on the Golan heights and those around Tal Harrah. Both of these “moderate rebel” thrusts from Jordan progressed due to massive use of U.S. supplied TOW anti-tank missiles.

Thanks Israel! It’s so worth giving you over 233 billion dollars in financial aid over the past 6 decades.

As Kobani gets ready to fall to the Islamic State, the US is busy bombing empty buildings and grain silos:

The U.S. is conducting a curious humanitarian war against ISIS in Syria. While Kobani, the largely Kurdish district that straddles the border with Turkey is being attacked by ISIS forces and facing the very real possibility of mass civilian killings if it falls, U.S. military spokespersons claimed that they are watching the situation in Kobani and have conducted occasional bombing missions but that they are concentrating their anti-ISIS efforts in other parts of Syria. Those other efforts appear to consist of bombing empty buildings, schools, small oil pumping facilities, an occasional vehicle and grain silos where food is stored to feed the Syrian people. Turkey also seems to be watching as the Kurds of Kobani fight to the death against ISIS.

With friends like Turkey and Israel, who needs enemies?

Where is the liberal interventionists R2P crowd when you need them?

  1. JC

    Zero Hedge is all over the use of the “oil weapon” by the U.S. and its allies. The striking part of this is our deal with Saudi Arabia. The quid pro quo:?

    Saudi Arabia to pressure Russia, Iran with price of oil

    Saudi Arabia will force the price of oil down, in an effort to put political pressure on Iran and Russia, according to the President of Saudi Arabia Oil Policies and Strategic Expectations Center.

    Saudi Arabia plans to sell oil cheap for political reasons, one analyst says.

    To pressure Iran to limit its nuclear program, and to change Russia’s position on Syria, Riyadh will sell oil below the average spot price at $50 to $60 per barrel in the Asian markets and North America, says Rashid Abanmy, President of the Riyadh-based Saudi Arabia Oil Policies and Strategic Expectations Center. The marked decrease in the price of oil in the last three months, to $92 from $115 per barrel, was caused by Saudi Arabia, according to Abanmy.

    With oil demand declining, the ostensible reason for the price drop is to attract new clients, Abanmy said, but the real reason is political. Saudi Arabia wants to get Iran to limit its nuclear energy expansion, and to make Russia change its position of support for the Assad Regime in Syria. Both countries depend heavily on petroleum exports for revenue, and a lower oil price means less money coming in, Abanmy pointed out. The Gulf states will be less affected by the price drop, he added.

    Yeah, we do the Saudis dirty work taking down (or at least severely weakening him) Assad, they drop the price enough to do economic damage to Iran, pressuring them on their nuclear ambitions, and major economic damage on Russia (via oil income the state relies on to fund things like its military revitalization) to keep them from becoming an impediment to western imperialism.

    And here we thought our local gas prices were just plunging due to seasonal changes, recession fears, and increased U.S. production. Of course, about that increased U.S. production? It allows us to make better use of the “oil weapon” as it insulates us from its effects on our intended targets: Iran and Russia.

    Who woulda thunk that the call for decreased U.S. oil independence was really a cry for building a new strategic weapon with the power of a nuclear bomb? That’s the Obama doctrine for you!

  2. Gentlemen: Since we have nothing remotely resembling transparency, we are left to construct a puzzle given only a few border pieces. It’s almost impossible to understand long term goals. This much we know:

    ISIS serves US/Wall Street/London/oil cartel interests.
    Terror is not now nor has it ever been an issue, as most of it is committed by CIA/MI6/Mossad agents, on instruction and to advance WS/L/oc agenda.
    Somehow, pipelines and gas fields are in play.
    Russia has been a problem in the past and is going to be somehow further marginalized. Putin is trying to avoid war at all costs. After all, Russians know lots about that stuff. WS/L/oc are trying to suck Russia in by use of Kiev terror on Ukrainians.
    It is in the long term best interest of Wall Street/London/oil cartel agents that anything representing Arab unity or democratic governance be destroyed. That has been the case since the days of Nassar.
    US Military is at the disposal of Wall Street/London/oil cartel.
    Real power, as always, is like a black hole – you can only be aware if it by behavior of those around it.

    In light of all of this, Obama’s selection as president was brilliant, as it neutralized any potential organized opposition in the US. Since Obama is a black man, supporting him confers moral superiority on Drmocrats, and that is pretty much the extent of their political awareness.

    Get your popcorn out, grab a beer. WW4 is underway.

  3. steve kelly

    Mike Whitney at CounterPunch on Kurds, Syria and Turkey

  4. steve kelly

    ExxonMobile is already drilling in Kurdistan and has a deal to supply Turkey with natural gas at prices much lower than Russia has been charging. http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/business/2013/05/turkey-and-exxon-explore-oil-in-iraqi-kurdistan.html#

    Just clearing the way, making it safe for Big Oil and those piplines.

  5. steve kelly

    Watching the “markets” closely this week. Supply-siders seemed to forget all about demand — again. If Baghdad falls, amid scheduled US/UK TBTF bank crash simulation (training exercise?), it could get interesting in a heartbeat.

  6. Craig Moore

    “Wars cannot be led from well-appointed tables in Rome..”

    • lizard19

      tell me, Craig, do you actually believe this crap? from your link:

      Obama’s rapid withdrawal from Iraq and disengagement from the Middle East in general is therefore understandable, even though it’s a justified target for criticism in the recent memoirs by former officials of his administration. The allure of proclaiming peace and the appeal of focusing on domestic undertakings trumps the unrewarding slog of negotiating with allies and chasing barbaric groups in distant valleys. But the risks are big and, now, they are on the front pages.

      rapid? the withdrawal followed the timeline established by Bush. there was nothing “rapid” about it. and how can this piece claim Obama has disengaged from the Middle East? he’s expanded drone strikes and continues dumping cash and arms into the region. that doesn’t sound like disengagement to me.

      the right-wing criticism of Obama is utter bullshit. do you believe the bullshit, Craig?

      • Craig Moore

        test, test. Comment is blocked

        • lizard19

          you didn’t answer my question.

          • Craig Moore

            I was trying to be polite since Obama repeatedly took credit for ending Iraq as his plan. http://www.whitehouse.gov/iraq

            August 31, 2010

            President Obama announces the end of the combat mission in Iraq and discusses the future of the U.S. commitment to helping build a stable Iraq in an address to the nation from the Oval Office.

            “Last February, I announced a plan that would bring our combat brigades out of Iraq, while redoubling our efforts to strengthen Iraq’s Security Forces and support its government and people. That is what we have done. We have removed nearly 100,000 U.S. troops from Iraq. We have closed or transferred hundreds of bases to the Iraqis. And we have moved millions of pieces of equipment out of Iraq. This completes a transition to Iraqi responsibility for their own security.” – President Obama

            BTW, the precipitous drawdown before the end date of the SOFA was all Obama’s. Remember the disagreement within his own ranks? http://www.cbsnews.com/news/leon-panetta-criticizes-obama-for-iraq-withdrawal/

            Now, why are you blaming Bush for Obama’s decisions as CIC?

            • lizard19

              the conservative obsession with the SOFA negotiations is ridiculous. what the hell do you think keeping troops in Iraq would have accomplished? would that have stopped regime change in Libya? would troops in Iraq have stopped our “allies” from funding jihadists to overthrow Assad?

              you don’t need to answer those questions, Craig. they’re rhetorical and meant to show how your perception of events are blinded by your partisanship.

              • Craig Moore

                Blinded by partisanship???? What the hell do you call Dem Panetta’s assessment? Seems you are the one with blinders on.

              • JC

                What would you republicans do different Craig? Would you have stayed in Iraq for another 11 years and borrow another 2 trillion dollars (ignoring another 4 trillion in long term expense fallout) to keep occupying Iraq? And then when that didn’t do the job stay for another 11 years and borrow another 2 trillion dollars? Whoops, that’s what Panetta wants to do.

                Maybe you’d just drop a nuke somewhere for effect? Or annex Iraq and whatever other lands we wanted to “democratize” into the U.S. as a territory or protectorate? Maybe a little genocide so that the peoples there were more compliant? It seems that the weaponized version of ebola going around right now might do the trick.

  7. steve kelly


    When do you estimate Baghdad will fall to ISIS? And what impact do you see that having on the US/EU (G7; G20) economy, if any?

    What do you make of this:

    “I want to highlight the progress we have made this year on the proposal for Total Loss Absorbing Capacity (TLAC) to facilitate the orderly resolution of systemically important banks. By coming to a broad consensus, we achieved a major advance in our efforts to tackle Too Big to Fail internationally and protect taxpayers from bearing the burden of any global bank’s failure.” Treasury Sec. Lew, Oct. 10, 2014


    “War games” (this week) for banks. How reassuring.

    • Craig Moore

      IMHO, Baghdad may fall in 1 year or less. The EU is extremely dependent on the ME and Russia for their petrochemicals. IF the EU implodes it will drag the US with it for multiple reasons. As to the Treas. Sec., he seems deluded by his own rhetoric.

      • If the MIC* objective in 2003 was to destabilize Iraq and break it down into three manageable provinces (Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish), and if Iraq unexpectedly held together through it all and forced MIC to leave in 2011 (as agreed to by Bush and carried out by Obama), and if now “ISIS” is achieving that goal instead of US military, I don’t see why Baghdad falling matters. That means that ISIS nothing but a stalking horse for MIC.

        Nothing is transparent, everyone is lying, Craig, about everything. Can you deal with that?
        *US Military Industrial Complex, who make policy and hand down orders to Obama, and Bush before him.

  8. Thierry Meysson, as usual, cuts through a lot of crap:


  9. lizard19

    Craig, I’ll respond to you down here. what I would call Panetta is an abject failure trying to cover his ass by bashing the President:

    Panetta’s first tests as a CIA director occurred in his first year at the Agency; he failed both tests miserably. In December 2009, a young Nigerian boarded a commercial airliner with explosives and a key CIA facility in Afghanistan was hit by a suicide bomber. Both events represented major intelligence and operational failures; both events revealed the failure of trade craft in both the directorates of intelligence and operations. In the case of the Afghan bombing, the blame resided at the highest levels of the National Clandestine Service, but Panetta praised the work of the clandestine service and no one was held accountable or even responsible.

    In the case of the bombing of the most important CIA facility in Afghanistan, the base had been turned over to an inexperienced and unprepared CIA officer. Too many CIA officers were exposed to the suicide bomber, and the bomber had not been properly vetted. In any event, the bomber himself should never have been permitted to enter such a sensitive facility. In my experience at the CIA–24 years–in dealing with such operations, safe houses were used in order to reduce the risk of loss or compromise. The trade craft in this case was abysmal but Panetta praised the work of his senior operational leaders in an op-ed in the “Wall Street Journal.”

    Panetta also managed to harm the CIA in an even more fundamental way by undermining and compromising the work of the Office of the Inspector General. His immediate successors had tried to achieve this, particularly Porter Goss and General Michael Hayden, but it was Panetta who pulled the switch. A former colleague of mine, John Helgerson, was the inspector general during the Bush years and tried to stand up to the efforts of Goss and Hayden, but believed that it was safe to retire in 2009 when a Democratic administration came into power and a supposedly decent civil servant and public official such as Panetta was named director of CIA. Well, Helgerson put his money on the wrong horse.

    Panetta knew that the National Clandestine Service and such former directors as Goss, Hayden, and particularly George Tenet were angry at the outstanding, but ultimately embarrassing, work of the OIG, particularly its exposures of such intelligence failures as the 9/11 attacks, the shootdown and coverup of a missionary plane over Peru, and the unconscionable acts of erroneous detentions as well as torture and abuse. Panetta placed the OIG in the hands of a bureaucratic lightweight, David Buckley, who had no interest in investigating and dissecting the serious transgressions of the National Clandestine Service. President Obama made a major contribution to this mess by waiting more than a year and a half to even display any interest in nominating a successor to Helgerson.

    but hey, Panetta is feeding your chosen narrative, and you are lapping it up.

  10. Eric

    “What would you republicans do different Craig? Would you have stayed in Iraq for another 11 years and borrow another 2 trillion dollars (ignoring another 4 trillion in long term expense fallout) to keep occupying Iraq?”

    JC – First – I doubt Craig has ever been to a Republican Central Committee meeting, but you’re willing to lump him in as one of THOSE Republicans – LOL

    Second, you are obviously not a student of history – if you care to look it up, the US Army is STILL in Korea after 60 years, staring across the border. What does that have to do with this you’ll ask ? It has to do with not giving back ground that US troops bled for.

    I’m really surprised at you JC – when it matters little, you’re an Obama critic (realist) but when it’s important you’re an Obama worshipper. You could have been an asset to the Baucus staff – LOL

    • JC

      Eric, I understand the history of U.S. empire building and maintenance quite well. If you understood half of what I write, it is all anti-imperialist.

      Where you get the idea that there is any Obama worshipping in me at all is beyond me. I think you are simply deluded as to what many people in this country think.

      • Interesting just to stand back an analyze the mind at work there JC. One, it is “Obama” making policy, so our elections are the ultimate determinant of foreign policy, and other sources of power are not apparent to him. Two, you are either an Obama “critic” or “worshiper.” That’s misunderstanding US politics and being a black/white thinker at once.

        I suggest you’re swimming in the shallow end of the pool today.

      • Eric

        “What would you republicans do different Craig? Would you have stayed in Iraq for another 11 years and borrow another 2 trillion dollars (ignoring another 4 trillion in long term expense fallout) to keep occupying Iraq?”

        Is this not your quote JC?

        This quote obviously supports the early withdrawal of US troops by The Great Leader, Barack Hussein Obama.

        • Steve W

          Eric, just because you are a psychopath doesn’t mean very many other people are too. OK, Hillary is, and so is Rush.
          We aren’t.

          Borrow on, dude! Just pretend it’s already your money for your war as you borrow it from my kids, Eric. You are a conservative bum, Eric. How many hundreds of billions do you need them to stake you?

          • mike

            Nice Steve, your whole arguement is to hurl ad hominems thereby negating your point…any reasonable person would consider you to be a douche bag…I’ll go with the douche bag lacking more evidence.

        • JC

          I didn’t support the iraq war from day 1, Eric. I didn’t support the surge. I didn’t support the sunni “awakening” (bribing), I haven’t supported any of Obama’s faux foreign policies. The foreign policies coming out of D.C. do not originate in either the white house or the congress — those are just the venues through which they are prosecuted and paid for with borrowed/printed/stolen dollars.

        • Eric, American foreign policy has not changed in overall thrust (although there are tactical shifts, creation of “ISIS,” the latest) in 13 years, actually 51, maybe even 69 years. Elections are a population management tool, allowing release of pent up emotions without affecting real planning and policy. If need be, they can be easily be stolen or altered to fit, as our vote counting procedures are a huge joke.

          I know, lost you. Incomprehensible. Just think of elections as the American version of prayer beads, a nice way to pass the time but having no effect on anything other than faces in the news. Whatever you do, vote, goddammit. It’s your duty.

          I know, lost you at “incomprehensible,” six syllables.

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