Obama and Putin Agreed To Screw Erdogan?
By Moon Of Alabama
October 13, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - It's official! The
New York Times finally
admits that the "CIA rebels" in Syria who received tons of TOW
anti-tank missiles are working under the field command of al-Qaeda/Jabhat
Rebel commanders scoffed when asked about reports
of the delivery of 500 TOWs from Saudi Arabia, saying it was an
insignificant number compared with what is available. Saudi
Arabia in 2013 ordered more than 13,000 of them. Given that
American weapons contracts require disclosure of the “end user,”
insurgents said they were being delivered with Washington’s
But, be assured, because these "CIA rebels" feel
bad about it, they are still "moderate" or somewhat "relative
Advancing alongside the Islamist groups, and
sometimes aiding them, have been several of the
relatively secular groups, like the Free Syrian Army,
which have gained new prominence and status because of their
access to the TOWs.
It is a tactical alliance that Free Syrian Army commanders
describe as an uncomfortable marriage of necessity, because
they cannot operate without the consent of the larger
and stronger Nusra Front. But Mr. Assad and his allies
cite the arrangement as proof that there is little difference
between insurgent groups, calling them all terrorists that are
That these "relative secular" al-Qaeda auxiliaries
threatening suicide attacks against Russians only confirms their
secularism. Judging from the reader comments to that NYT piece the
U.S. people are pretty aghast about this now openly admitted
cooperation. They, and a
realist op-ed in the NYT, call for cooperation with Russia and
the Syrian government.
There may already be more cooperation between
Russia and the U.S. than we can see. At least that is what the
Turkish President Erdogan perceives.
Yesterday the U.S. dropped 50 tons of small
weapons and munition to Kurdish fighters in north east Syria.
According the U.S. justification for this those Kurds along with
some Arab Syrian tribals are supposed to attack the Islamic State in
Raqqa. (Those Arab tribals are by the way just a bunch of worthless
according to the Voice of America(!).) But the Kurds do not seem
to know about those Raqqa plans anyway. They have
U.S. officials hope the YPG will now turn its
attention to Raqqa, the Syrian city that is the defacto capital
of the Islamic State, which lies just 60 miles south of Tal
Abyad, a border town the YPG seized from the Islamic State in
June, with U.S. help.
But PYD spokesman Can said the Kurdish group’s
first priority is to link the Kurdish enclave of Afrin,
northwest of the Syrian city of Aleppo, with Kobani, the Kurdish
enclave northeast of Aleppo. That would mean clearing the
Islamic State from villages along 60 miles of the Turkey-Syria
border, in particular the border town of Jarablus.
“Our prime and most important goal is to
liberate Jarablus and to connect Kobani with Afrin,” Can told
McClatchy. Capturing Raqqa, a mostly Arab city, is “not really”
a PYD objective, he said. “Not for now,” he said.
That is just as I suspected the Kurds to react.
But why did the U.S. officials claim that these Kurds and the
collection of thieves would attack Raqqa? Did they not coordinate
with them or was that Raqqa story a ruse?
The Turks seem to assume such and they accuse the
U.S. as well as Russia of coordinating with the Kurds to seal the
border with Turkey:
Turkey warns U.S., Russia against backing Kurdish
militia in Syria
Turkey has warned the United States and Russia it
will not tolerate Kurdish territorial gains by Kurdish militia
close to its frontiers in north-western Syria, two senior
"This is clear cut for us and there is no
joking about it," one official said of the possibility of Syrian
Kurdish militia crossing the Euphrates to extend control along
Turkish borders from Iraq's Kurdistan region towards the
"The PYD has been getting closer with both the United
States and Russia of late. We view the PYD as a
terrorist group and we want all countries to consider the
consequences of their cooperation," one of the Turkish officials
Turkey suspects Russia, which launched air
strikes in Syria two weeks ago, has also been lending support to
the YPG and PYD.
"With support from Russia, the PYD is trying
to capture land between Jarablus and Azaz, going west of the
Euphrates. We will never accept this," the official said.
Is there now really coordination between Russia
and the U.S. to seal the Syrian-Turkish border witch would cut off
the Islamic State but also the al-Qaeda "CIA rebels" from their
supplies? This would destroy all Turkish plans for Syria: a "safe
zone" in Syria under Turkman control, a Sunni ruled
pipeline corridor from Qatar to Europe, the Turkish-Ottoman
annexation of Aleppo. Turkey would be
pushed back into a secondary role.
Do Russia and the U.S. now really make common
cause and decided to screw Erdogan? This would make sense if the
destruction of the Islamic State and all other terrorists in Syria
is the common aim. That would be a change in the Obama
administration's policy. Up to now it only
helped the "salafist principality" to grow and never seriously
And if there is such cooperation why does the U.S
still deliver thousands of TOWs to al-Qaeda which only kill more
Syrians and prolong the fighting?