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    US Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to Turkey indicates that Washington is not inclined to pressure Ankara into halting its anti-Kurdish crackdown nor its military deployments near the rich Iraqi oilfields of Mosul, F. William Engdahl notes.

    On January 24 US Vice President Joseph Biden held intensive meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

    F. William Engdahl, American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant, believes that the Obama administration manipulates both the ambitious Turkish President Erdogan and the impulsive Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, indulging their militarism and greed.

    "The Washington game seems to be to give the Saudi-Turkish duo enough rope to hang themselves in a mad power grab of Syrian and Iraqi oil riches and perhaps, if they are really mad enough, of Iran's oilfields too," the researcher remarks in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

    Anyway, Biden's visit has indicated clearly that Washington still supports the Erdogan regime and is turning a blind eye to the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Turkish and Syrian Kurds by Ankara "thinly veiled" as a war against PKK (the Kurdistan Worker's Party) and de facto occupation of Iraqi territories near Mosul by Turkey's military.

    Remarkably, Ankara has no scruples about equating the Syrian leadership, Kurdish PKK and YPG (People's Defense Units), fighting terrorists in Syria, to Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL) and al-Qaeda's affiliate al-Nusra Front.

    According to Turkish PM Davutoglu, there are three threats in Syria: "One is the regime [of Bashar al-Assad], another is Daesh, and the third is the YPG," he said as cited by Hurriyet, Turkey's mainstream liberal media outlet.

    "Turkey sees no difference between terrorists groups such as Daesh, PKK, DHKP-C [the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front] or al-Nusra," Davutoglu added.

    As for Turkey's military deployments near the rich oilfields of Mosul, Deniz Zeyrek of Hurriyet reported Monday that during Joe Biden's visit the Turkish side proposed a project to Washington "to calm Iraq's unease."

    "According to the project, which found support from the US, NATO and the US anti-ISIL coalition will jointly operate at the training base in Bashiqa [a town in the Mosul District]. Nonetheless, no logistical change will be made at the base other than a sign showing that an international force is deployed there. The Iraqi army will be allowed to have a representative as part of the international coalition," Zeyrek wrote, citing sources with the knowledge of the matter.

    It seems that there are little if any contradictions between Ankara's foreign policy in the region and Washington's Middle Eastern agenda.

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Istanbul, Turkey January 23, 2016, in this handout photo provided by the Presidential Palace
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    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Istanbul, Turkey January 23, 2016, in this handout photo provided by the Presidential Palace

    "In fact, Biden discussed US military support, unspecified, for a Turkish military move to take the oilfields of Mosul," Engdahl notes.

    "Further, the US Vice President apparently said not a word about the continuing illegal smuggling of Iraqi and Syrian oil by ISIS [Daesh] into Turkey where Erdogan's son ships it to world markets, financing the ISIS terror inside Syria Biden claims to oppose," he adds.

    The researcher calls attention to the fact that Biden signaled that the United States and Turkey are ready to seek a military solution in Syria if the diplomatic Geneva talks fail.

    "We do know that it would be better if we can reach a political solution but we are prepared — we are prepared if that's not possible — to have a military solution to this operation in taking out Daesh," Biden stated.

    Interestingly enough, the statement came after US Defense Secretary Ashton's announcement of the Pentagon's new strategy in Syria that envisages more boots on the ground in the region. Furthermore, rumors are still simmering regarding the US increasing military deployments at the Syrian Rmeilan airfield.

    Engdahl stresses that at the same time Turkey has gained more influence in the region.

    "In March this year, as a result of collusion between the Saudi monarchy of Salman and Erdogan, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was coerced to hand over a vital political post to Erdogan," he notes, explaining that Erdogan will soon lead the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a powerful and influential organization regarded by many as the Muslim 'UN.'

    According to the researcher, the ongoing preparations signal "something very big and very dramatic in the coming few months in the Middle East."


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    • avatar
      Sticking the psychopathic Erdogan at the head of the OIC will show up Islam for what it is.
    • Mikhas
      How many "something very big and very dramatic in the coming few months in the Middle East."can there be?

      Libya is apparently ripe for a US instigated genocide again, Afghanistan and Iraq is boiling and the EUrofags is in no mood, they have just been invaded by Mullah Erdogans jihadists and refugees from every war they have fought so far. The Kurds are "israel´s" bitches so those eyes are not going to be blinded for long and Russia that have won every 17 wars with Turkey can wipe out pretty much everything Biden´s "alliance" has mustered if need be. Someone has a serious death wish or it´s just bragging and cowardly threats as usual..
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      I hope Russia will not allow U.S. scum to gain anything!
    • Andreas Koppain reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,
      -Erdo: "I duno.. I'm just a puppet... Let me ask Oba..."
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      armorin reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
      Andreas Koppa, there is a new reality in Syria. Yes, agree the Us NA will surely want to take credit, take the glory, and more. That's the way they are. But....there is a new reality in Syria. The new reality began on 30/9/2015.
    • Andreas Koppain reply toarmor(Show commentHide comment)
      armor, I admire your enthusiasm.
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      armorin reply toallperils(Show commentHide comment)
      allperils, do not forget that the multi-polar world has Time for it. And most of the world as well is backing it. I really wish, without endangering any human life, that the Us of NA drains itself of its resources, its money, and become a little humble, and leave the stage for others now. They ain't got much time, as their slang says....
    • Ivan Buckeyein reply todvdgrg09(Show commentHide comment)
      dvdgrg09, yes, I think the issue is whether this pipeline runs lateral or vertical through the middle east. Hey, maybe it's a New Holy Cross that the middle east must now carry.
    • Ivan Buckeyein reply toMikhas (Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, my vote is for "just bragging and cowardly threats as usual". The entity called the United States of America is forever damaged and stained that there is no way to walk away from the mess now.
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      If the Turks don't wake up to the fact that Iran isn't alone anymore, they're going to find out the hard way. As far as Turkish wedge state in Syria/Iraq, obviously the Turks can't do it alone and the pentagoons are priming us with press releases about it. But if Iran is threatened, Russian forces can simply drive the classic Caspian invasion routes to rout the Turks at will. How much stake and prestige will NATO actually put into this venture is the big unknown right now, and would that mean massive US/Russian fighting... not just the Turks getting a drubbing.
    • Hagbard Celine

      They like to let others do the work, collecting the spoils of war is more their thing.

      Reminds me of...WW2.
    • avatar
      If Turkey is proved to be playing in Russian affairs in Crimea than a full strike upon Turkey will follow, the rest will be history............
    • siberianhuskyin reply to (Show commentHide comment)

      We can only hope
    • avatar
      Cruising for a bruising
    • avatar
      Get this sentence;

      The Iraqi army will be allowed to have a representative as part of the international coalition

      They are invading a country but will be generous to allow them to participate....

      I wish the Yellowstone goes off.
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      Randall Lee Hilburn
      I heard an interview with a US Army spokesman just this mourning that everyone should be made aware of. It strongly hints at what is coming.

      He said that the Russian intervention is directed towards nothing else but keeping Assad in power, and that they are not targeting DAESCH at all but only those who wanted Assad removed. He said that DAESCH has indeed been seriously degraded in Syria, but it is the attacks by the US and their allies that have done it. not the Russians and Syrians. He also stated that the US now needs to start committing large numbers of ground troops into Syria to finish the job of eliminating DAESCH and removing Assad from power. These are not his exact words but rather the gist of what he was saying.

      It is my contention that sooner or later the US will unleash all out war, and that this might be the beginning of it.
    • siberianhusky
      The trouble is that IF America gives the Saudi enough rope to hang themselves it will be sooo long that the Saudi's feet never leave the ground
    • avatar
      Once again Mr. Engdahl speaks the truth, the US is just itching for another bloodbath, but this time they won't be just going up against any enemy but the Syrian Army/Hezbollah.
    • avatar
      The Republican have a democrat supported candidate (Trump) infurtrating their party. Obama got his hands tied up by dirty Republicans like Macain and other low life war mongers who are actually in control of the white house. This tactic is the only way to expose Macain and his coward war mongers who are controling the white house and using Obama (the nice guy) as their shield to avoid public anger for distabilising the world to feed their own greed and survival while innocent children get killed. Not that the American Repulicans are bad, its just afew causing problems with other greed war mongers, bankers, military hardware sellers etc..

      Obama for US gun control and not use military invasion of Country as a solution (That y his called soft). Macain dont want gun control and prefer military invasion of Country as a solution for greed, which what is happening now. (That y his a corward who would cry even just from getting pinched in his luxury home compared to a refugee child drowning at sea).

      The American military are being used by this so called war mongers for the wrong reason and I believe they will never be happy knowing being used as pawns to do for evil greed their needs and not for their Country and God.

      Macain and war mongers being in control of white house and NATO, also fooled Gremany and France in desperation for power by allowing NATO to dump refugees in European Countries while convincing the European union they ( Macain and war mongers, not America and its citizen) that they will win the war, but actually when they see fit it suit their satanic greed.
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      bangein reply toarmor(Show commentHide comment)
      armor, you are right that is all they are looking for now. That's why they are bringing at the last supper of war the B-52 for what. It is too late. People who should take credit for war have it already as you mentioned it. Drummers can beat it but real actor is the singer whose voice travels spectators hearts.
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