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#THREAD #RANT on #Turkey foreign policy

Another article (not surprisingly on Al Jazeera) trying to convince us that #Ankara is the victim and Turkish foreign policy is on the defence. The approach is superficial at best and ignores a number of facts >>

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That Turkey unofficially abandoned regime change in #Syria is not the point: same author, in 2013 Hinnebusch & Tur book wrote "Turkey saw an opportunity to bring abt regime change in Damascus at Iran's expense...it was a matter of geopolitical competition between Ankara & Tehran"
Regime change was an unprecedented policy for Ankara to adopt & a revisionist one; by the author's admission, for the purpose of regional power. 4 interventions later it's inaccurate to say that "Turkey's ability to influence the course of the conflict was reduced to a minimum"
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Thread recording every known #R9X Hellfire (aka #NinjaMissile & #FlyingGinsu) strike.

The AGM-114R-9X is an inert variant of the AGM-114 "Hellfire" developed by #Lockheed that is meant to reduce risk of civilian casualties while using pop-out blades to maintain lethality.
The #R9X has received much attention since a @WSJ article by @glubold & @wstrobel last year where it was said to have been used "about a half-dozen times" against high level terrorist targets in "#Libya #Syria #Iraq #Yemen & #Somalia"

wsj.com/articles/secre…
Its extreme precision, exotic nature, and increasingly visible usage by what is presumed to be #JSOC and #CIA according to a piece by @FranticGoat for @thewarzonewire have kept it in the spotlight though.

thedrive.com/the-war-zone/3…
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1️⃣Tells of terror : The Horrors of Turkish supported forces in Syria
⚠️Warning :Graphic & disturbing⚠️
2️⃣These are the stories of people detained in the prisons of the pro turkey Syrian factions, these are terrifying accounts about the torture and violations suffered against the innocent detainees, ranging from rape, electrocution, nail removal, ironing.
#Erdoganisawarcriminal
Death under rape

3️⃣Zainab, a pseudonym for a young woman from the region of #Afrin, in her 30s , after occupation of Afrin by the Turkish army and its pro-Syrian factions, her husband and three children were unable to escape from Afrin in March 2018.
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This is an example of what #Turkey & #Qatar are doing to #Libya now. After capturing #Tarhuna from #Libya National Army today, #Syrian mercenaries & Islamist militias of #GNA used this #Turkish made Kirpi II MRAP to break into #Tarhuna's Mall before looting every shop there!
This video reminds me occupation of #Mosul by #ISIL/#Daesh in summer 2014. These Islamist militias of #GNA as well as #Turkey backed #Syrian Mercenaries captured city of #Tarhuna from #Libya National Army. They can be seen shooting their guns & terrorizing people.
Watch these #GNA's Islamist militias showing off the weapons & equipment which they have captured from #Libya National Army after occupying the #Tarhuna today. Two BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers, several pick-up trucks and ammunition can be seen among the captured weapons.
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#Syrie affrontements après une altercation chez un épicier originaire de la #Ghouta de #Damas à #Afrin zone administrée par la #Turquie depuis l’éviction du #YPG et l’installation de déplacées de différentes régions syriennes
Petite embrouille chez l’épicier et les 14,5 sont dans la rue
3 morts dont « l’épicier déplacé de Ghouta et deux enfants » selon sources sur place #Afrin
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#Syria #Afrin
Big car bomb near a market full of people in Afrin today. Multiple civilians killed.
Among causalities there are also some children.
#Syria #Afrin
I won't post graphic contents but there is a footage of a man burnt inside a car and another one walking near the area of the explosion while burning (probably "just" his clothes).
#Syria #Afrin
At least 13 killed and 30 wounded today in Afrin after a car bomb exploded near a market.
The toll will probably rise.
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Artillery shelling targets the residential neighborhoods in #Afrin, in the northern countryside of #Aleppo, resulting in civilian casualties
#Syria
Shelling by PKK
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A THREAD ON HOW #ERDOGAN AND HIS #AKParti ARMED, FUNDED & SUPPORTED #ISIS IN #SYRIA

In 2013, 30,000 terrorists entered #Syria via #Turkey and established the so-called "jihadi highway", with Turkey becoming a a conduit for fighters seeking to join #ISIS:
foreignpolicy.com/2018/04/12/tur…
The "Jihadi Highway" from #Turkey to #Syria long has been an open secret, well-documented by the international media, Syrian activists and Turkish press. Militants often were spotted in border towns buying supplies before crossing into Syria to join #ISIS:
npr.org/sections/paral…
In 2015, it was estimated a further 20,000 terrorists joined #ISIS in #Iraq and #Syria, according to the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington. The majority of them had traveled to Syria and Iraq through #Turkey:
nytimes.com/2015/03/10/wor…
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1/#Turkey had well established "soft power" lines of influence throughout the Greater #MiddleEast (North #Africa, Horn of Africa, Eastern #Mediterranean, etc.).
2/But now #Turkish leaders are ready to assume greater risk to assert overt military power in an expeditionary manner to expand #Turkey's influence, and therefore leverage, on conflicts beyond the country's near abroad (#Libya being farther than say #Cyprus or #Syria).
3/However #Turkish leaders don't want to risk significant casualties to their own forces in these expeditionary ops, whether far away like in #Libya or closer to home like in #Syria, when #Turkey's military has spent so much time and $$ building a proxy force of #Syrian fighters.
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#BREAKING: An #USAF's MQ-9 Reaper drone used its Hellfire R9X to slice a top JIhadist commander in pieces in al-Bassuta, #Afrin, #Syria. First footage of the aftermath of the airstrike which left a commander of #AlQaeda affiliated #HTS (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham) & two others dead 👇
This Operation was jointly carried-out by the #CIA & #USAF. The Hellfire R9X managed to turn targets into mince meat without causing any harm to any individual outside the car. It is reported that the dead #HTS commander was cooperating with #Turkey backed #SNA terrorists.
Video shows that the car which was targeted had high speed in the #Azaz-#Afrin road in the northern countryside of #Aleppo outskirt, North of #Syria. Not any other car or individual which was in the road at that time was hit. The missile precisely killed the targets.
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#Syrie véhicule frappé par drone US à Atmeh #Idleb à la frontière avec la #Turquie/ vu les dégâts il pourrait s’agir du nouveau #Hellfire dépourvu de charge explosive & équipé de lames pour minimiser les dommages collatéraux/ utilisé une 1ere x contre Abou al-Khayr al-Masri d’#AQ Image
PT une autre photo du mm véhicule où on voit clairement l’absence de traces d’explosion Image
Certaines sources affirme que c’est un commandant étranger d’#HTS qui a été visé par la frappe
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1. After the Mosul hostages were released in 2014 to the present, #ISIS and #Turkey have been mutual affiliates. That's 100% certain. @SenateGOP @SenateDems @HouseGOP @HouseDemocrats @FBIWFO @NewYorkStateAG @MarkHerringVA @DefenseIntel @CIA @ODNIgov @NSAGov
2. I defy any two people at any US intelligence of law enforcement to match my reporting on the war to defeat ISIS in Syria starting in 2014 before @BarackObama jumped in. I watched it all in real time and memorialized it in @Twitter that suspended me when Turkey invaded #Afrin.
3. Turkey is ISIS and if @RTErdogan comes here he is subject to arrest for genocide under 18 USC 1091. I doubt he'll be arrested. But IMO he could be arrested under both US and international law. There is no immunity. See Nuremberg UN Resolution.
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#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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1. The proposed agreement in #Syria marks the final end of the #Ezidi minority. After #Afrin was occupied by #Turkey & its Islamists mercenaries, the same will now occupy the remaining villages in Syria. The #Yezidis remaining in Syria will be forced to flee.
2. Ironically, so far about 40 #Ezidi families from #Syria have been ethnically cleansed by #Turkey/#Islamists & fled to #Shingal in #Iraq; a region where the local #Yezidi population continues to suffer the genocide crimes committed by ISIS.
3. The #Ezidis have thus been expelled from almost their entire homeland in recent centuries (#Iran, #Turkey, #Syria). Only in #Iraq does a significant community still exist, but it has been emigrating increasingly for years.
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1. #SyriaWarCrimes
We're going to have a decade or more of murder trials and suits for the many Turkish and US politicians and service members who were complicit in the #Rojava #Syria #WarCrimes. We need to identify verify preserve with a post and preserve all the evidence.
2. Someone told me #TawanCeng is "war crimes" in Kurdish. I have some #Afrin posts with that tag. We need to pick a tag and have every photo and story attempt to give geo-location date & time and as much other information as possible. We may want to have a tag for enemy phones
3. like #EP and maybe last four of the phone's serial number. My point is this, we are going to charge everyone who touched this genocide. And the better our evidence is the better the odds of successful prosecutions. I'm open to suggestions and my @timinhonolulu.com
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Never has the self-suicide of #Syria's mainstream opposition been more clear than in recent days.

#Afrin was really bad, but this NE incursion (its manner; its consequences etc.) is truly beyond the pale -- in truth, what we've witnessed is a #Turkish campaign through-&-through.
It's clear now that the Dec 2016 loss of #Aleppo - in large part due to #Turkey selling it out to #Russia - was *the* turning point.

Opposition factions lost any sense of autonomy of action & over the years that followed, everyone but #JFS-#HTS & #AlQaeda existed *for* #Ankara.
An #American presence in NE #Syria kept at least some of this #Turkish ambition under wraps (just ), but #Trump's naive (or malicious?) "green light" decision after speaking with #Erdogan let everything loose.

Only now are we seeing the consequences -- and they're not yet clear.
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Thread/ These are the main points in the agreement between the #SDF and the Syrian government. #Syria
1/ The abolishment of the #SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces), with all the current Kurdish forces and military groups joining the 5th Corps (Assault Legion) under Russian control
2/ A solid guarantee of full Kurdish rights in the new Syrian constitution with autonomy which will be agreed upon by Kurdish leadership & Syrian state.
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#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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Avant même le début de l'opération anti terroriste de la #Turquie au nord de la #Syrie contre la milice marxiste kurde #PKK classée terroriste, une grande opération de propagande a été lancée dans tous les médias occidentaux!

Voici un thread sur les éléments de cette propagande
1. Dans tous les articles ou émissions sur cette opération, on annonce que la cible est bien "LES KURDES"

L'objectif est de diaboliser l'opération et la #Turquie en la montrant contre un groupe ethnique, longtemps persécuté et non contre un groupe classé terroriste, le #PKK...
Hors la #Turquie est le pays non seulement qui a le plus de citoyens kurdes mais qui accueille 300 000 réfugiés syriens kurdes!!

Rien que le parti de #Erdogan a 40 députés kurdes et bcp de kurdes votent AKP

Pourquoi donc la Turquie attaquerait "les kurdes"? Quel intérêt ?
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in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, Russia and G-Britain were competing for influence over the Ottoman Empire.After the latter's defeat in1918, the best solution was to allow the establishment of the Turkish Republic and not to be subordinated to either Russia or Britain.
#SDF
The two countries simply and brutally resolved this problem, and the cost was a complete abandonment of minorities. What is happening these days between #Russia and #NATO regarding the "backward" rivalry to win Turkey threatens the rest of the peoples of the historic Mesopotamia.
The world is watching what is going on in NE Syria. Turkey invades not to achieve political goals, but to complete the destruction of the culture of Mesopotamia. This is not a lecture in history, but since 1923, this country had been founded on panic from two things:
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1/#SDF chief Gen. Mazloum: (1)Sent a letter to #Trump asking for mediation with #Turkey; (2) Requested a No Fly Zone to stop #Turkish airstrikes over #Syrian airspace. The U.S. not stopping Turkish airstrikes over the SDF Zone in N/E #Syria is the major source of tension now.
2/#SDF chief Gen Mazloum: "When our soldiers see how their mothers and fathers are being attacked and killed, and #Turkey is using our airspace to do it, that makes them angry with the United States." #Syria
3/#SDF chief Gen Mazloum: Still time for mediation with #Turkey to end the fighting in N/E #Syria. The SDF demands that #Turkish airstrikes stop (after US closes airspace), Turkish artillery strikes also. Also an end to cross-border raids with TSK and #Syrian rebel proxies.
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