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1. Has @Trump business dealings finally become threat to US national security and US troops in Syria? First: @realDonaldTrump is taking money from business in Turkey. That's not subject to any dispute. Here Trump admits to conflict of interest in Turkey
2. Second: Turkey is no longer an ally. We pretend it is to keep the fiction of @NATO unity in tact but the fact is Erdogan and his AKP are allied with US enemies like ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Russia and Iran. This is not subject to dispute.
3. August 2016, when US allies #SDF negotiated ISIS' surrender of #Manbij, the ISIS forces drove into Turkey. This is a fact and the @StateDept @CIA & DIA know it's true. IMO these ISIS are among the fighters with Turkish forces in #Afrin and near Manbij.
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Shop keeper I spoke to from Afrin. "I fled from Aleppo to Afrin. Then (after Turkey took #Afrin) everything was stolen and I lost everything and had to flee again. I want to go to Holland. Help me. There is no future in Syria"
Another civilian from Afrin claimed Turkish army is not doing anything to stop looting and stealing by groups. They just want Kurds to leave. Moreover regime dont allow Kurds from Afrin to go Aleppo. So if they want to go Aleppo they have to pay FSA groups to bring them Manbij
Than from Manbij to Qamishli. Than fly from Qamishli to Damascus and then go Aleppo. Only rich people can afford this.
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1. In January Turkey's dictator with the permission of @SecPompeo & @KremlinRussia_E engaged in genocide, pillage, sexual assault against Christians Yazidis and Kurds in #Afrin. Now after pillaging of food, property & ethnic cleansing now turns on its Al-Qaeda/ISIS henchmen.
2. People of the world need to impose a full boycott on all Turkish agricultural goods. It's olive oil made from pillaged olives of Afrin is tainted with blood of innocents including Christians, Yazidis and Kurds. Destroy the Turkish economy. Make the #GreyWolves howl. Erdogan giving the Grey Wolf Hand signGrey Wolf  Mehmet Ali Ağca who shot the Pope who later forgave him.Attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II took place on Wednesday, 13 May 1981, in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. The Pope was shot and wounded by Mehmet Ali Ağc
3. US Wholesalers: A boycott of all Turkish food goods is coming. Don't buy any olive products from Turkey. Don't say you didn't know you were in a war crimes supply chain. You know now. @USFoods @WholeFoodsNews @RalphsGrocery @supervaluPR @GoldmanSachs @USDA @USDAFoodSafety
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Thread: Olive Oil as victim of #Syria’s War Economy

In spite of very favorable crop for olives that is usually grown in Kurdish areas around Afrin & North, #Aleppo residents are having to pay exorbitant retail prices for Syrian Olive oil as it gets shipped to #Turkey instead =>
2-Healthy harvest usually drives retail prices of Olive oil down. On the street of Afrin, a container of 16.5 Kg of olive oil currently sells for as little as SYP 13,000. #Aleppo (40 km away) residents however, are having to pay SYP 30,000 for the very same Container. Why? ==>
3-Armed groups in control of #Afrin are sending the finished Ollive oil to Turkey first. If any of the olive oil were to make to the residents of #Aleppo , the countless checkpoints along the 40km road collect enough fees to send prices of each container up by nearly
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#SRO | ARCHIVES - Vidéos about #YPG in battles against regime in #Aleppo city are rare because not same policy as rebels to show their battles with phones. Here #YPG hunting out #Assad loyalists from Salah ad-Din mosque area in Ashrafiyah (Feb. 2013) :
ADD.: #Assad regime flag is taken down from police station and local services in Ashrafiyah (a building just next to Salah ad-Din mosque) with columns at entrance, and the #Rojava flag is being shown for the view of all. #YPG, at that time, controlling already most of Ashrafiyah.
#SRO | ARCHIVES - #AFP report from Dec. 12 - 14, 2012 on #YPG in #Afrin and #Aleppo kurdish suburbs. TV report clearly also showing #YPG controlling Sheikh Maqsoud industrial zone (their most important extent of control there : north = rebel territory) :
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#SRO | THE POWER OF RUMOR - November 2, 2012, without verifying sources, #SOHR and some pro-#PYD accounts on social networks reported death of Nujin Derik (Shah Ali Abdo), an #Aleppo #YPJ commander, after clashes and capture by #FSA Liwa Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi in Ahsrafiyah (1).
#SRO | THE POWER OF RUMOR - In few hours, social networks sent thousands messages supporting the martyr. A day of protests was called by #PYD in all kurdish areas in honor of Nujin Derik. Few days after, she was released alive and came back in #Afrin (2) :
NOTE : so, when something is said in "Syria, it must be verified at any moment by all means we have. This exemple, as so many others, is showing how the rumor, more today with the power of social networks, is gaving us the obligation to follow strong rules for verifying.
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1. Obvious that @realDonaldTrump & his incompetent @WhiteHouse legal team think that avoids criminal liability. But under 18 U.S. Code § 1119 it's murder of "national of the United States" defined under Immigration law that includes a green card holder. I researched it re #Afrin.
2. Reported #Khashoggi had a Green Card so, to go to Turkey, he needed to seek a Form I-131 Re-entry Permit or (NB not immigration practitioner) IMO he would self-deport. Trump's behavior & focus on status is tell he had some knowledge of the murder. Love to play poker with him.
3. The close timing of the alleged murder with the release of #PastorAndrewBrunson is flashing as a big red light. #Erdogan would love to de-stabilize KSA. His alliance with Al-Qaeda makes Turkey de jure at war with US via the 2001AUMF. Trump takes money from KSA and Turkey.
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Seems Yezidi's continued to be ignored in #Afrin despite of nobel peace price for @NadiaMuradBasee. Turkish-backed armed groups threaten Yezidi's in Afrin, calling on them to convert to Islam, building mosques in their areas (1)
syrianobserver.com/EN/Features/34…
Report: "[Armed] groups pushed to imposed an Islamic environment on the area’s Yazidis and forced them to attend Islamic mosques for prayers as well as changing some Yazidi centers in #Afrin into Islamic mosques and destroying some Yazidi shrines and looting their contents." (2)
On July 14, the Afrin Media Center reported that the Turkish-backed Descendants of the Prophet brigade turned the house of an Ezidi, 60-year-old Hannan Nasiru, in the Basoufan village, into a mosque (3)
kurdistan24.net/en/news/47bfd7…
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1-The Turkish soldiers and their affiliates are running a prostitution network of Kurdish womens in Afrin. One FSA medias was angry at the Turks for arresting one of them (Salah al-Safi) and threatened to expose them if he wasnt released. The Turks refused so they posted proofs
2- They have in their possession a lot of video proofs and pictures which they will release if he isn't free from the Turks prison. This is crazy stuff that the UN is letting happening.This FSA channel is no better wince they are only releasing this for their own agendas #Afrin
3-But we need to take a stand against this and we need to speak to our political representatives in whatever country we are living in. This cannot go any longer because each days that goes on there is man and women suffering from those #WarCrimes #twitterkurds
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Scandalo in #Olanda: il governo ha supportato e finanziato diversi gruppi jhiadisti in #Siria

#thread
1) Il governo olandese ha sostenuto finanziariamente e logisticamente diversi gruppi jhiadisti in #Siria, i c.d. “ribelli” dell'Esercito Libero Siriano. Lo rivela un inchiesta del programma televisivo Nieuwsuur che sta destando un vero e proprio terremoto politico in #Olanda.
2) Nel contesto del programma NLA (assistenza non letale), i Paesi Bassi hanno inviato attrezzature di logistica a ben 22 gruppi armati in Siria fino all'inizio di quest'anno. Si trattava di aiuti classificati come “non letali”, destinati ai gruppi di combattimento "moderati".
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Our volunteers inside #Afrin confirm that #Turkish army has closed the border crossing in village of Nisria of Jindirese town, where #FSA fractions used to smuggle armament and people into #Turkey, after a dispute between smugglers. The smugglers have instead started to++
use the border crosssing at village of Hamam of the same town.

Sources on the ground told AAN that #Turkish troops closely collaborate with the smugglers to use the crossing into Turkey in exchange for $1.500 per person. The smuggling activities on the border with #Turkey++
video of which has just been released and been circulated on social media platforms, has increased after the recent operations by #YPG targeting terrorists and other local groups targeting both terrorists and their families.
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Thread Upsum
#IRGC and #Hezbollah have trained hundreds of #SDF fighters who will be joining the #SAA offensive on the W. #Aleppo - #Saraqeb Axis. The deal was forged in August and immediately put to work.
It began back in July when an #SDF delegation met Gen. Ali Mamlouk in #Damascus. His coterie included the #SAA Coordination officer with #Iran-ian forces. He berated the SDF for dealing with Americans, called them “US agents” and asked them to "show loyalty" to #Syria.
Then, negotiations began when #SDF offered to take part in the forthcoming #Idlib offensive, as a way of building trust between both parties. In return, the #SAA would have to back up their claim for #Afrin. The idea sounded agreeable and tweaks began.
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Two car bombs detonated in front of the Headquarters of a Free Syrian Army faction in #Afrin town centre in northwestern Syria. At least 10 people dead, including civilians.
"Afrin Hawks" or the "Afrin Falcons" have claimed responsibility for the twin attacks. The brigade is supposedly a unit of the US-backed Kurdish #YPG.
The Afrin Hawks vow to continue terror attacks in #Afrin if the Arab settlers from East Ghouta do not leave the Kurdish majority region.
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It’s extraordinary just how much BS gets created in people’s minds.

I never once expressed “support” for #Turkey’s #Afrin operation.

- Did I say it was inevitable? Yes.
- Did I observe it & comment on its advance vis-a-vis broader #Syria dynamics (i.e. my job)? Yes.
My critique has always been about the imbalance/s created in northern #Syria by U.S. counter-#ISIS policy.

The #YPG was/is the #PKK - all U.S. officials admit that in private. That didn’t necessarily have to preclude working with them, but ignoring it caused big, big problems.
#pt: As an analyst of terrorist groups, I did see a certain irony & short-sightedness in the words of one top, serving U.S. official, “allying with a terrorist group (#PKK) to fight another terrorist group (#ISIS).”

It’s got nothing to do with any position on #Kurds, whatsoever.
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U.S. counter-#ISIS strategy & its insistence on ignoring/denying the #YPG’s roots helped give birth to problems like #Afrin today.

Everything was driven by short-term objectives, with their long-term implications constantly swept aside as inconvenient distractions.

Now look.
Was the U.S. right [at the time] to partner with the #YPG? Absolutely.

Were sufficient, honest efforts put in place to balance the consequences of working with the #YPG? No.

The result = a profound imbalance & a security challenge that #Turkey was always going to hit back at.
#pt: The #YPG did a superb job at liberating territory from #ISIS control; they were a truly reliable partner.

BUT, the U.S’s creation of a profound imbalance in northern #Syria - ironically - created the conditions in which the #YPG stood to lose a great deal.

Look at #Afrin.
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1. I urge young #Kurds across the US to be more politically active. No excuses. Know your elected representatives, get in touch with their offices & educate them on the Kurdish plight. Kurds with access to Capital Hill in DC have more responsibility, we can influence policy.
2. We don’t need fancy offices. We know what brings Kurdistan down, we know who those are that work with Turkey, Iran. We can provide lawmakers with a different voice, one that is for the sole interest of Kurdistan. For how long will you complain but do nothing to change it?
3. Take advantage of the institutions that exist, they’re for us to utilize. Don’t allow corrupt individuals & offices to push party agendas. You have access to members of Congress, as Kurdish officials do. It’s very simple. Call👉make an appointment👉educate.
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#Thread on how a generation/generations of Syrian have been brain washed.
A few years ago I was working with Syrian refugees and I realised that
on of the strategical path to stop extremism is to make sure Syrian refugees are in safe hands/lands as they get exploited by many.1/1
In Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and in some camps in Iraqi Kurdistan young Syrian girls are looked and used as sex slaves. This has reached a new level in Turkey and Syrian teenage girls get sold like in territories held by ISIS. 1/2
thetimes.co.uk/article/1-200-…
This has resulted in more hatred towards Assad and Iran as well as Europeans for the deal they signed with Turkey. Furthermore, Syrian refugees in Turkey are the first victims of more radical Islamism ideology implemented by current government in charge. 1/3
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#Thread on what’s happening in #Afrin under Turkish backed forces.

Turkish backed forces raped three girls age 15.

This interview was published on HaberTurk TV(27th of March).

Reporter in Turkish: What has changed in Afrin?What do you think about Turkish humanitarian aid?1/1
Old Kurdish man: We as the people of Afrin want these forces to leave. They aren't Free Syrian Army. They are thieves, rapists, terrorists and Turkish backed forces are destroying our houses. Last night Turkish backed forces raped three fifteen-year-old girls.
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The interpreter however interpreted: We don't want non Afrinis here.YPG didn't belong to Afrin, stole our properties, were bad to our women.We don't want YPG because they are not the owner of Afrin. 1/3
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Instead of giving back the city of Afrin to the central government of #Damascus, #YPG took the decision on behalf of all inhabitants, #Kurdxs and Arabs, to pull out and allow #Turkey to occupy it: #YPG "greatest" strategy. No place for Kurds even in the mountains now.
#YPG militants were described for years as "best fighters" and "best military partners" but the war in #Afrin showed they are not best fighters and they are worse planners with no strategy.
In both #Iraq and #Syria, #Kurds political leadership pushed the Kurdish population future and dreams for at least another 100 year back (and I am positive here) as a result of their alliance with the #USA in both cases and countries.
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THREAD on #Russia's stance in Eastern #Ghouta:
1.#Putin convened a National Security Council meeting today to discuss the situatiion,;directed all RUS agencies involved in #Syria abide by the 2401 #UNSC Resolution, emphasized "terrorists [in the area] continue their provocations"
2. Despite the UN vote #Moscow stands firm in its position:Western media campaign around East #Ghouta is "crocodile tears","they been silent on militants shelling of #Damascus for 2 years now that #SAA,RU go after militants (yes,not only HTS)everyone suddenly cares for civilians"
3.Yet the scale of humanitarian tragedy demanded urgent action.The decision to let civilians out seen as temporary fix since many radicals will flee along w/ them, amass in other parts of town,thus humanitarian tragedies where radical shild w/ civilians doomed to repeat
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With the continuous flow of hundreds of well trained and armed Syrian popular forces, the Turkish #OliveBranchOperation is expected to be halted in the coming week: #Damascus clear confrontational attitude towards #Ankara seems obvious +
#Turkey knows that #Damascus is not acting alone and that #Russia is not far from seeing the Central government regain control of the Kurdish #Afrin enclave when #Kurds accepted all the Syrian gov conditions +
In the coming weeks, #Russia and #Ankara will have to find a way out to save #Turkey's face and present a scenario where everybody is a winner, including the #Kurds who have managed to save the destruction of the enclave.+
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#Russia is discussing/finalising with #Turkey the cease-fire in #Afrin to allow 4000 #SAA men to take control of the entire city, surrounding villages, establish 52 positions in the enclave and deploy forces on the borders with #Turkey.
Thos who believe the deployment of the Syrian army will only be on the 160 km along the borders with #Turkey are mistaken because that was the initial request of the Afrin administration from day one, rejected by the government of #Damascus.
#Few minutes ago, #Damascus was informed that #Turkey is still rejecting few articles in the deal regarding #Afrin. Negotiators are still positive and hope to undo the problem in the next hours.
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NEW - #Ahrar al-Sham & Nour al-Din al-Zinki have merged, creating Jabhat Tahrir Souriya, branded with “green” revolutionary flag.

- Ahrar leader Hassan Soufan = leader
- #Zinki leader Tawfiq Shahbuddin = deputy

“JTS” calls on other groups to join for greater unity.
#pt: What does “JTS’s” formation mean?

- Unlikely to be a full merger, but closer Ahrar-Zinki coordinating ties have been clear for months.

- Northern #Syria’s two biggest non-#HTS factions are compiling (with Syrian Islamic Council backing) pressure on #Jolani & HTS.
I’m told that x4 sub-factions of #HTS have agreed to join the newly formed Jabhat Tahrir Souriya (#JTS) and at least x5 others are negotiating possible terms.

#Syria #Idlib
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Turkey's Diyanet (islamism-map.com/#!/DIYANET) has instructed over 140 mosques in the Netherlands (islamism-map.com/#!/ISN) to pray for Erdogan's victory in #Afrin, promoting jihad and martyrdom:
In Germany too, Turkish mosques have been instructed by Diyanet to pray for Erdogan's victory:
Dutch and German mosques acting as the long arm of Erdogan and promoting #jihad and #martyrdom is just another example of how the Islamization of Turkey is threatening Europe. Read our moment for a collection of more examples:
twitter.com/i/moments/8493…
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