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Thu Nov 26, 2015, 05:56 PM

 

Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-25/meet-man-who-funds-isis-bilal-erdogan-son-turkeys-president

Russia's Sergey Lavrov is not one foreign minister known to mince his words. Just earlier today, 24 hours after a Russian plane was brought down by the country whose president three years ago said "a short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack", had this to say: "We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident and believe this is a planned provocation" by Turkey. But even that was tame compared to what Lavrov said to his Turkish counterparty Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today during a phone call between the two (Lavrov, who was supposed to travel to Turkey, has since canceled such plans). As Sputnik transcribes, according to a press release from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lavrov pointed out that, "by shooting down a Russian plane on a counter-terrorist mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria, and one that did not violate Turkey’s airspace, the Turkish government has in effect sided with ISIS." It was in this context when Lavrov added that "Turkey’s actions appear premeditated, planned, and undertaken with a specific objective." More importantly, Lavrov pointed to Turkey’s role in the propping up the terror network through the oil trade. Per the Russian statement:

"The Russian Minister reminded his counterpart about Turkey’s involvement in the ISIS’ illegal trade in oil, which is transported via the area where the Russian plane was shot down, and about the terrorist infrastructure, arms and munitions depots and control centers that are also located there."


Others reaffirmed Lavrov's stance, such as retired French General Dominique Trinquand, who said that "Turkey is either not fighting ISIL at all or very little, and does not interfere with different types of smuggling that takes place on its border, be it oil, phosphate, cotton or people," he said.

The reason we find this line of questioning fascinating is that just last week in the aftermath of the French terror attack but long before the Turkish downing of the Russian jet, we wrote about "The Most Important Question About ISIS That Nobody Is Asking" in which we asked who is the one "breaching every known law of funding terrorism when buying ISIS crude, almost certainly with the tacit approval by various "western alliance" governments, and why is it that these governments have allowed said middleman to continue funding ISIS for as long as it has?" Precisely one week later, in even more tragic circumstances, suddenly everyone is asking this question. And while we patiently dig to find who the on and offshore "commodity trading" middleman are, who cart away ISIS oil to European and other international markets in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars, one name keeps popping up as the primary culprit of regional demand for the Islamic State's "terrorist oil" - that of Turkish president Recep Erdogan's son: Bilal Erdogan.

His very brief bio:

Necmettin Bilal Erdogan, commonly known as Bilal Erdogan (born 23 April 1980) is the third child of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current President of Turkey.

After graduating from Kartal Imam Hatip High School in 1999, Bilal Erdogan moved to the US for undergraduate education. He also earned a Masters Degree in John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2004. After graduation, he served in the World Bank as intern for a while. He returned Turkey in 2006 and started to his business life. Bilal Erdogan is one of the three equal shareholders of "BMZ Group Denizcilik ", a marine transportation corporation.


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In the next few days, we will present a full breakdown of Bilal's various business ventures, starting with his BMZ Group which is the name implicated most often in the smuggling of illegal Iraqi and Islamic State through to the western supply chain, but for now here is a brief, if very disturbing snapshot, of both father and son Erdogan by F. William Engdahl, one which should make everyone ask whether the son of Turkey's president (and thus, the father) is the silent mastermind who has been responsible for converting millions of barrels of Syrian Oil into hundreds of millions of dollars of Islamic State revenue.

By F. William Engdahl, posted originally in New Eastern Outlook:

Erdogan's Dirth Dangerous ISIS Games


More and more details are coming to light revealing that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, variously known as ISIS, IS or Daesh, is being fed and kept alive by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President and by his Turkish intelligence service, including MIT, the Turkish CIA. Turkey, as a result of Erdogan’s pursuit of what some call a Neo-Ottoman Empire fantasies that stretch all the way to China, Syria and Iraq, threatens not only to destroy Turkey but much of the Middle East if he continues on his present path.

In October 2014 US Vice President Joe Biden told a Harvard gathering that Erdogan’s regime was backing ISIS with “hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons…” Biden later apologized clearly for tactical reasons to get Erdogan’s permission to use Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base for airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, but the dimensions of Erdogan’s backing for ISIS since revealed is far, far more than Biden hinted.

ISIS militants were trained by US, Israeli and now it emerges, by Turkish special forces at secret bases in Konya Province inside the Turkish border to Syria, over the past three years. Erdogan’s involvement in ISIS goes much deeper. At a time when Washington, Saudi Arabia and even Qatar appear to have cut off their support for ISIS, they remaining amazingly durable. The reason appears to be the scale of the backing from Erdogan and his fellow neo-Ottoman Sunni Islam Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu.

Nice Family Business


The prime source of money feeding ISIS these days is sale of Iraqi oil from the Mosul region oilfields where they maintain a stronghold. The son of Erdogan it seems is the man who makes the export sales of ISIS-controlled oil possible.

Bilal Erdogan owns several maritime companies. He has allegedly signed contracts with European operating companies to carry Iraqi stolen oil to different Asian countries. The Turkish government buys Iraqi plundered oil which is being produced from the Iraqi seized oil wells. Bilal Erdogan’s maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports that are transporting ISIS’ smuggled crude oil in Japan-bound oil tankers.

Gürsel Tekin vice-president of the Turkish Republican Peoples’ Party, CHP, declared in a recent Turkish media interview, “President Erdogan claims that according to international transportation conventions there is no legal infraction concerning Bilal’s illicit activities and his son is doing an ordinary business with the registered Japanese companies, but in fact Bilal Erdogan is up to his neck in complicity with terrorism, but as long as his father holds office he will be immune from any judicial prosecution.” Tekin adds that Bilal’s maritime company doing the oil trades for ISIS, BMZ Ltd, is “a family business and president Erdogan’s close relatives hold shares in BMZ and they misused public funds and took illicit loans from Turkish banks.”

In addition to son Bilal’s illegal and lucrative oil trading for ISIS, Sümeyye Erdogan, the daughter of the Turkish President apparently runs a secret hospital camp inside Turkey just over the Syrian border where Turkish army trucks daily being in scores of wounded ISIS Jihadists to be patched up and sent back to wage the bloody Jihad in Syria, according to the testimony of a nurse who was recruited to work there until it was discovered she was a member of the Alawite branch of Islam, the same as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who Erdogan seems hell-bent on toppling.

Turkish citizen Ramazan Bagol, captured this month by Kurdish People’s Defence Units,YPG, as he attempted to join ISIS from Konya province, told his captors that said he was sent to ISIS by the ‘Ismailia Sect,’ a strict Turkish Islam sect reported to be tied to Recep Erdogan. Baol said the sect recruits members and provides logistic support to the radical Islamist organization. He added that the Sect gives jihad training in neighborhoods of Konya and sends those trained here to join ISIS gangs in Syria.

According to French geopolitical analyst, Thierry Meyssan, Recep Erdogan “organised the pillage of Syria, dismantled all the factories in Aleppo, the economic capital, and stole the machine-tools. Similarly, he organised the theft of archeological treasures and set up an international market in Antioch…with the help of General Benoît Puga, Chief of Staff for the Elysée, he organised a false-flag operation intended to provoke the launching of a war by the Atlantic Alliance – the chemical bombing of la Ghoutta in Damascus, in August 2013. “

Meyssan claims that the Syria strategy of Erdogan was initially secretly developed in coordination with former French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé and Erdogan’s then Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in 2011, after Juppe won a hesitant Erdogan to the idea of supporting the attack on traditional Turkish ally Syria in return for a promise of French support for Turkish membership in the EU. France later backed out, leaving Erdogan to continue the Syrian bloodbath largely on his own using ISIS.

Gen. John R. Allen, an opponent of Obama’s Iran peace strategy, now US diplomatic envoy coordinating the coalition against the Islamic State, exceeded his authorized role after meeting with Erdogan and “promised to create a "no-fly zone" ninety miles wide, over Syrian territory, along the whole border with Turkey, supposedly intended to help Syrian refugees fleeing from their government, but in reality to apply the "Juppé-Wright plan". The Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, revealed US support for the project on the TV channel A Haber by launching a bombing raid against the PKK.” Meyssan adds.


There are never winners in war and Erdogan’s war against Syria’s Assad demonstrates that in bold. Turkey and the world deserve better. Ahmet Davutoglu’s famous “Zero Problems With Neighbors” foreign policy has been turned into massive problems with all neighbors due to the foolish ambitions of Erdogan and his gang.

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Reply Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President (Original post)
Demeter Nov 2015 OP
alfredo Nov 2015 #1
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Demeter Nov 2015 #9
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panader0 Nov 2015 #2
Hydra Nov 2015 #16
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Demeter Nov 2015 #11
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ancianita Nov 2015 #14
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alfredo Nov 2015 #15
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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 07:24 PM

1. Looks like Russia is getting its revenge.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 07:31 PM

3. Not yet

 

Truth doesn't constitute revenge.

Revenge takes something of value away from the offender.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 08:11 PM

8. trust is something of value

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Response to alfredo (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 08:27 PM

9. Only a fool trusts Turkey or its President

 

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Response to Demeter (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 08:42 PM

10. True. Ask the Armenians

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 07:31 PM

2. What about Saudi oil too?

Don't Saudis fund terrorists?
That entire region is a can of worms.
Bring our troops home.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 27, 2015, 04:22 AM

16. The point that was made a few days ago that ISIS is blowing through a lot more money

Than a few oil tankers. The word is Saudi backing, but "not official..." which probably means the Royal Family is doing it through proxies.

Still, every little bit helps/hurts a cause- Turkey's covert support makes them stronger.

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 07:53 PM

4. K&R'd.

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 08:02 PM

6. VERY informative.

I had no idea. I was completely ignorant of this wrinkle in the ever-more-complicated terror tapestry that is ISIS and their fellow travelers/supporters.

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 08:05 PM

7. Bomb Anyone Who Buys ISIS Oil

 

That will solve the problem in a matter of weeks.

I mean it.

Supporting these ISIS assholes in any way should be death, or life in prison.

Regardless how powerful you are.

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Response to Yallow (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 08:53 PM

11. ISIS Toyota trucks: 60 to 80% of weapons US sends to 'moderates' end up with ISIS - Daniel McAdams

 

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Thu Nov 26, 2015, 09:08 PM

12. If We Want To Stop Terrorism, We Should Stop SUPPORTING Terrorists

 

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/11/if-we-want-to-stop-terrorism-we-should-stop-supporting-terrorists.html

The 9 Ways to Stop Terrorism


In the wake of the barbaric Paris terror attacks, everyone is arguing over what we should do to stop further terrorism. Some say we need more war against Islamic countries … or more spying … or more crackdowns on our liberties. In reality – despite what the talking heads may say – the methods for stopping future attacks are well known …

I. Stop Overthrowing the Moderates and Arming the Crazies

We know it’s a difficult concept to grasp, but if we want to stop terrorism we should – wait for it – stop supporting terrorists. Specifically, we’re arming the most violent radicals in the Middle East, as part of a really stupid geopolitical strategy to overthrow leaders we don’t like (more details below). And see this, this, this, this and this. And – strangely – we’re overthrowing the moderate Arabs who stabilized the region and denied jihadis a foothold. Indeed, the U.S. and its allies are directly responsible for creating and supplying ISIS. As an internal Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document produced recently shows, the U.S. knew that the actions of “the West, Gulf countries and Turkey” in Syria might create a terrorist group like ISIS and an Islamic CALIPHATE...


II. Stop Supporting the Dictators Who Fund Terrorists


Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest sponsor of radical Islamic terrorists. The Saudis have backed ISIS and many other brutal terrorist groups. And the most pro-ISIS tweets allegedly come from Saudi Arabia. According to sworn declarations from a 9/11 Commissioner and the Co-Chair of the Congressional Inquiry Into 9/11, the Saudi government backed the 9/11 hijackers (see section VII for details). Saudi Arabia is the hotbed of the most radical Muslim terrorists in the world: the Salafis (both ISIS and Al Qaeda are Salafis). And the Saudis – with U.S. support – back the radical “madrassas” in which Islamic radicalism was spread.

And yet the U.S. has been supporting the Saudis militarily, with NSA intelligence and in every other way possible for 70 years.

In addition, top American terrorism experts say that U.S. support for brutal and tyrannical countries in the Middle east – like Saudi Arabia – is one of the top motivators for Arab terrorists. U.S. and NATO-supported Turkey is also massively supporting ISIS, provided chemical weapons used in the jihadi’s massacre of civilians, and has been bombing ISIS’ main on-the-ground enemy – Kurdish soldiers – using its air force. And some of the Turkish people also seem to be unsympathetic to the victims of terrorism. The U.S.-backed dictatorships in Qatar and Bahrain also massively fund ISIS. So if we stop supporting the tyrannies in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and Bahrain, we’ll get a two-fold reduction in terror:

(1) We’ll undermine the main terrorism supporters

And …

(2) We’ll take away one of the main motivations driving terrorists: our support for the most repressive, brutal Arab dictatorships

What a concept!

III. Stop Bombing and Invading When a Negotiated Settlement Is Offered

The U.S. rejected offers by Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to surrender … and instead proceeded to wage war...If we want to stop terrorism, we have to stop overthrowing Arab leaders and invading Arab countries to grab their oil.

V. Stop Drone Assassinations of Innocent Civilians

Top CIA officers say that drone strikes increase terrorism...The CIA – the agency in charge of drone strikes – even told Obama that drone kills can increase terrorism. If we want to stop creating new terrorists, we have to stop the drone strikes.

VI. Stop Torture


Top terrorism and interrogation experts agree that torture creates more terrorists. Indeed, the leaders of ISIS were motivated by U.S. torture. Once again, we have a very current example: Charlie Hebdo-murdering French terrorist Cherif Kouchi told a court in 2005 that he wasn’t radical until he learned about U.S. torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. If we want to stop creating new terrorists, we have to stop torturing … permanently.

VII. Stop Mass Surveillance

Top security experts agree that mass surveillance makes us MORE vulnerable to terrorists. Indeed, even the NSA admits that it’s collecting too MUCH information to stop terror attacks. Stop it.

VIII. Stop Covering Up 9/11


Government officials agree that 9/11 was state-sponsored terrorism … they just disagree on which state was responsible. Because 9/11 was the largest terror attack on the U.S. in history – and all of our national security strategies are based on 9/11 – we can’t stop terror until we get to the bottom of what really happened, and which state was behind it. Many high-level American officials – including military leaders, intelligence officials and 9/11 commissioners – are dissatisfied with the 9/11 investigations to date.

The Co-Chair of the congressional investigation into 9/11 – Bob Graham – and 9/11 Commissioner and former Senator Bob Kerrey are calling for either a “permanent 9/11 commission” or a new 9/11 investigation to get to the bottom of it.

The Co-Chair of the Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 and former Head of the Senate Intelligence Committee (Bob Graham) said that the Paris terror attack, ISIS, and other terrorist developments are a result of failing to stand up to Saudi Arabia and declassify the 9/11 investigation’s report about Saudi involvement in 9/11:

The 9/11 chairs, Ron Paul, and numerous other American politicians have called for declassification, as well.

Again, others have different ideas about who was behind 9/11. But until we get to the bottom of it, terror attacks will continue.

IX. Stop Doing It Ourselves

The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan – Lt. General William Odom said:

By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.


The Washington Post reported in 2010:

The United States has long been an exporter of terrorism, according to a secret CIA analysis released Wednesday by the Web site WikiLeaks.


Wikipedia notes:

Chomsky and Herman observed that terror was concentrated in the U.S. sphere of influence in the Third World, and documented terror carried out by U.S. client states in Latin America. They observed that of ten Latin American countries that had death squads, all were U.S. client states.

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They concluded that the global rise in state terror was a result of U.S. foreign policy.

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In 1991, a book edited by Alexander L. George [the Graham H. Stuart Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Stanford University] also argued that other Western powers sponsored terror in Third World countries. It concluded that the U.S. and its allies were the main supporters of terrorism throughout the world.


Indeed, the U.S. has created death squads in Latin America, Iraq and Syria.

Some in the American military have intentionally tried to “out-terrorize the terrorists”. As Truthout notes:

Both [specialists Ethan McCord and Josh Stieber] say they saw their mission as a plan to “out-terrorize the terrorists,” in order to make the general populace more afraid of the Americans than they were of insurgent groups. In the interview with [Scott] Horton, Horton pressed Stieber:

“… a fellow veteran of yours from the same battalion has said that you guys had a standard operating procedure, SOP, that said – and I guess this is a reaction to some EFP attacks on y’all’s Humvees and stuff that killed some guys – that from now on if a roadside bomb goes off, IED goes off, everyone who survives the attack get out and fire in all directions at anybody who happens to be nearby … that this was actually an order from above. Is that correct? Can you, you know, verify that?

Stieber answered:

“Yeah, it was an order that came from Kauzlarich himself, and it had the philosophy that, you know, as Finkel does describe in the book, that we were under pretty constant threat, and what he leaves out is the response to that threat. But the philosophy was that if each time one of these roadside bombs went off where you don’t know who set it … the way we were told to respond was to open fire on anyone in the area, with the philosophy that that would intimidate them, to be proactive in stopping people from making these bombs …”


Terrorism is defined as:

The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

So McCord and Stieber are correct: this constitutes terrorism by American forces in Iraq. And American officials have admitted that the U.S. has engaged in numerous false flag attacks. Indeed, many top experts – including government officials – say that America is the largest sponsor of terror in the world … largely through the work of the CIA.

Stop Throwing Bodies In the River


Defenders of current government policy say: “we have to do something to stop terrorists!”
Yes, we do …But we must also stop doing the 9 things above which increase terrorism. We have to stop “throwing new bodies in the river.” But the powers-that-be don’t want to change course … they gain tremendous power and influence through our current war on terror strategies...

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 09:59 PM

13. Looks like Turkey is having their own (Bush/Cheney) version of greed/power.

Going to post a link to another related article:
http://www.dw.com/en/turkey-jails-two-journalists-over-claims-ankara-supplied-arms-to-syrian-jihadis/a-18878867

Why is Turkey still a NATO country? We'd be better off giving the Kurds a homeland and making THAT a NATO country! Gee. I wonder why I want to drink now!

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 11:19 PM

14. I can't even. This is beyond evil. All these millions pouring into the EU over powermongers!

Last edited Fri Nov 27, 2015, 07:59 AM - Edit history (1)

Why have our country's people even been dragged into bed with all of them. This is beyond evil. Someone please tell me why we have to endure this.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 27, 2015, 07:24 AM

18. Well, I'd point a finger at the White House and the State Department, since

 

cleaning house begins at home....

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2015, 12:44 AM

15. Was Turkey trying to protect an oil shipment, and saw the jet a threat?

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Fri Nov 27, 2015, 04:49 AM

17. From July, but adds weight to the OP... "Links between Turkey and ISIS are now ‘undeniable’"

A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State’s ‘chief financial officer’ produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently.

Islamic State official Abu Sayyaf was responsible for directing the terror army’s oil and gas operations in Syria. Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) earns up to $10 million per month selling oil on black markets.

Documents and flash drives seized during the Sayyaf raid reportedly revealed links “so clear” and “undeniable” between Turkey and ISIS “that they could end up having profound policy implications for the relationship between us and Ankara,” a senior Western official familiar with the captured intelligence told the Guardian.

More: http://www.businessinsider.co.id/links-between-turkey-and-isis-are-now-undeniable-2015-7/?r=US&IR=T

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Fri Nov 27, 2015, 07:26 AM

19. In the fight against ISIS, Russia ain’t taking no prisoners Pepe Escobar

 

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/322613-russia-isis-anti-terrorism-operation-syria/

The so-called Islamic State should have learned by now: they've picked a fight against the wrong guys. We have entered "take no prisoners" territory. For Russia, now all the gloves are off. Especially after online terrorist magazine Dabiq published a photo of the alleged bomb that downed the Metrojet: a crude device inside a can of Schweppes Gold, placed under a passenger seat. Also published were photos of passports of Russian victims, allegedly taken "by the mujahedeen."

Their collective fate was sealed the minute the Director of the Federal Security Service Aleksandr Bortnikov told President Putin, about the Metrojet crash on October 31 in Egypt that: “We can say with confidence that this was a terrorist act.”

Caliphate goons may run – in the deserts of ‘Syraq’ and beyond - but they can’t hide, as per Russia’s presidential message: “We will search for them everywhere - wherever they are hiding. We will find them in any spot on the planet and we will punish them.” The message comes with extra enticement; the $50 million bounty offered by the FSB for any information leading to the perpetrators of the Sinai tragedy. Putin’s message instantly turned heavy metal in the form of a massive, impressive Russian barrage over 140 Caliphate targets, delivered via 34 air-launched cutting-edge cruise missiles and furious action by Tu-160, Tu-22, and the Tu-95MC ‘Bear’ strategic bombers. This was the first time the Russian long-range strategic bomber force has been deployed since the 1980s Afghan jihad.

And there’s more coming - to be stationed in Syria; an extra deployment of 25 strategic bombers, eight Su-34 ‘Fullback’ attack aircraft, and four Su-27 ‘Flanker’ fighter jets.


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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2015, 09:04 AM

20. Thanks for this view of Turkey we don't see in the corporate press

If even 25 percent of this is accurate, a fundamental reassessment of policy is needed.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 27, 2015, 01:10 PM

21. You're Welcome! Haven't seen you around for the longest time

 

hope all is well.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #21)

Sat Nov 28, 2015, 01:00 PM

25. Thanks, Demeter.

I've been busy with work. Hope all is well with you, too! Glad that you and some other "Old DUers" are still active here. Keeps me coming back.

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Fri Nov 27, 2015, 02:43 PM

22. Russia just dealt a huge blow to Turkey over its downing of a Russian warplane

 

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-just-dealt-huge-blow-164949490.html

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Friday that Russia would be suspending its visa-free travel agreement with Turkey, in light of Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane earlier this week.

The suspension, which will make it harder for Russians to travel to Turkey, is likely to have a significant negative impact on Turkey's economy.

Russians account for a huge portion of Turkey's tourism industry. About 3.3 million Russian tourists visited Turkey in 2014, the second-largest number of tourist arrivals after Germany and around 12% of total visitors, according to Reuters.

The move comes two days after Russia issued an official travel warning advising its citizens against visiting Turkey. Russian travel agencies have also announced that they will withdraw their business in Turkey until next year, according to a translation by Boris Zilberman, a Russia expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank...

AND THAT'S JUST FOR STARTERS

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2015, 03:01 PM

23. Obama's drone war a 'recruitment tool' for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/18/obama-drone-war-isis-recruitment-tool-air-force-whistleblowers

Four former US air force service members, with more than 20 years of experience between them operating military drones, have written an open letter to Barack Obama warning that the program of targeted killings by unmanned aircraft has become a major driving force for Isis and other terrorist groups.

The group of servicemen have issued an impassioned plea to the Obama administration, calling for a rethink of a military tactic that they say has “fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like Isis, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantánamo Bay”.

In particular, they argue, the killing of innocent civilians in drone airstrikes has acted as one of the most “devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world”.

The letter, addressed to Obama, defense secretary Ashton Carter and CIA chief John Brennan, links the signatories’ anxieties directly to last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris. They imply that the abuse of the drone program is causally connected to the outrages...MORE

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2015, 11:09 AM

24. k&R!

 

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Sat Nov 28, 2015, 02:56 PM

26. Thanks Demeter...K&R!

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Response to haikugal (Reply #26)

Mon Nov 30, 2015, 07:41 AM

27. On behalf of Demeter, who has been locked out of DU by Hillary terrorists, I thank you

 

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Mon Nov 30, 2015, 12:13 PM

28. He/she only has 3 hidden posts but is flagged for review?

Wth?

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Mon Nov 30, 2015, 12:54 PM

30. They are awful...I'm so sorry to hear this!

We have so many good people locked out...my ignore and jury list is huge. I have never had to use either before but I do now.

Enough is enough...

Go Bernie!!!

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Response to Proserpina (Reply #27)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 02:54 AM

31. you called Hillary supporters who blocked someone from posting in a group "terrorists"?

that's out of line.

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #31)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 06:21 AM

32. Is it?

 

When people are forced out of discussion for actually discussing, as opposed to sycophancy, when the thought police (like you) censor everybody's opinions, deny facts and destroy the value of DU, why yes, I'd call that terrorism of a social nature. Joe McCarthy wasn't exactly a patriot, and neither is the Swarm.

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Mon Nov 30, 2015, 12:14 PM

29. Thanks Demeter. K&R. nt.

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Response to Demeter (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 01:37 PM

33. I'd be more willing to believe this if Zerohedge wasn't saying it...

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