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    Russia Leaving No Chance for Washington, Ankara to 'Split Syria Up'

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    While Turkey has dreams to re-establish itself as the Ottoman Empire by grabbing Syrian territories, US warhawks are planning to balkanize Syria into different "buffer zones;" however, Moscow has upset both Washington and Ankara's applecart, Salman Rafi Sheikh remarks.

    Neither Washington, nor Ankara is interested in Moscow's successful completion of its military operation in Syria aimed at preserving the country's integrity and sovereignty.

    The downing of the Russian Su-24 by the Turkish Air Force and Washington's tacit approval of Ankara's actions following the treacherous attack was certainly a reflection of their anxiety over the Russo-Syrian advance, according to Salman Rafi Sheikh, a research-analyst of International Relations and for Pakistan's foreign and domestic affairs.

    "A strong state of Syria, purged of every type of terrorist organization, would be a threat to Turkey's un-real dream of re-enacting itself as Ottoman Empire in miniature. While this may be Turkey's vital interest vis-à-vis Syria, 'the West' has larger strategic objectives to achieve out of this conflict," Sheikh writes in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

    However, the "backstabbing" provocation did not work; it did not halt Russia's air campaign, but rather prompted its intensification. The US strategy to force a Russian military 'exodus' from Syria has failed and Washington is obviously not happy with it.

    "In fact, the US' priority is the prospect of an Anglo-American caucus emerging within the US-led coalition as its 'steel frame' so that things remain under control. Russia's induction, on the other hand, might altogether change the alchemy of the coalition, make it unwieldy and shut the door on any future prospect for NATO assuming the role of a peacemaker or peacekeeper in the Middle East," Sheikh elaborates.

    According to the analyst, the White House would prefer it if Russia was excluded from the future political settlement in Syria thus untying Washington's hands. However, it seems that the opposite might happen in near future.

    "With Russia all set to intensify its campaign with or without any coalition, the US and its allies seem to have unwittingly fallen a poor prey to what can better be called their folly of judgment," Sheikh concludes.


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      Zhukovin reply toCevdet Bey(Show commentHide comment)
      Cevdet Bey, Ukraine as a military force is a farce. A limited nuclear war would wipe out Turkey's attempt at military conquests well before they take place. Will NATO trade Warsaw for Ankara? No.
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      anne00mariein reply toKozmik Badger(Show commentHide comment)
      Kozmik Badger, Another likewise from the UK and fully support your distrust of our Government (and all in Westminster) and the so-called Goebbels Media.
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      anne00mariein reply toCevdet Bey(Show commentHide comment)
      Cevdet Bey, Yeah, is that why they all ran from Russia and headed for the Turkish Cruise to Greece? Well done Russia and the Syrian Army.
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      michaelin reply toTactical Investor (Show commentHide comment)
      Tactical Investor, your comment: 'So the top dog status is over' - I believe was more self-conceived as well as supported by the U.S. media. I wonder though if that self-perception has changed for the U.S. populace and if there is a connection with (some) of the irrational acts of the U.S. government over the past few years? In other words, is their sense of being the centre of the world, the prime mover, influential etc fragmenting?
    • Igor R
      I think in the end USA and Turkey will themselves be split.
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      Keep it up keep doing it who, for every bombing that make Turkey's life a living nightmare, people is a gold star for Putin and Assad.
    • Igor R
      Bob Hoferer, you have to realize that Barry is just a puppet in the hands of the zio nazis. But of course he received a nice training from his Indonesian fascist CIA operative step father.
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      King Alibaba of the beheading squad will be utterly devastated. Obama and particularly the bunch of old and ageing CIA clowns would go down blazing in a barrel of dung. Wish they could take some of my country's elite citizen who they made complete idiots with them.
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      Cevdet Beyin reply toZhukov(Show commentHide comment)
      Zhukov, man you must accept your goverment is a pussy. And you cant use nuke never. We down your su24 and kill your pilot than your country doing what? Just say we dont let tourist in Turkey and we dont want Turkish tomatoes :)) Ahh you are nothing brothers if nato want fuck your ass.
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      Zhukovin reply toCevdet Bey(Show commentHide comment)
      Cevdet Bey, Right home boy. You are a just keyboard jiha-nazi trash in search of a place to use profanity.
    • Ann
      "and shut the door on any future prospect for NATO assuming the role of a peacemaker or peacekeeper in the Middle East"

    • Ann
      Bob Hoferer, You go Bob! I'm right there with you on that. Obungler was one of the worst mistakes the American people have made in a while - hopefully we won't make it worse by putting hillary into office.
    • Ann
      Bob Hoferer, But Bob, I do think obama is not the anti-christ, he is a distraction. HILLARY CLINTON IS THE ANTI-CHRIST!
    • Ann in reply toIvan Zadorozhny(Show commentHide comment)
      Ivan Zadorozhny, Nor should they, or any other sane nation with a rule of law.
    • Ann in reply toearlw35(Show commentHide comment)
      earlw35, Even better, it's a pain in IS' @$$
    • Ann in reply toCevdet Bey(Show commentHide comment)
      Cevdet Bey, How's things at the CIA?
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      poeg11in reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, Budget cuts but at least the Turkish agents now accept goat certificates in place of the genuine article. By the time it dawns on them that the pen's empty, they'll be a Saudi property and problem.
    • Blackie
      US still tells the lie that Assaad planted chemical weapons etc.said General Flynn of the US Army.
      Anyway they (US) could have done that trick in Saudi Arabia then go in and steal their oil, plus regime change. Even Russia could go in force-magure! to the crapdum because of ISIS creation and terror funding, and get some free oil US style.
      We can learn from the US.
    • Blackie
      Hi Mr Six pack,
      You will be aware that the day your black president won, in Illinois his home turf the lottery win numbers were 666.
      What are the odds on that happening?.Surely your black president has the endorsement and the mark of the Beast.
    • Blackie
      Please type in illuminati in reverse and see what happens .
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