Obama hjälper sin islamistvän Erdogan att återskapa det Ottomanska imperiet i Syrien och Irak

Turkish Army Intervenes In Iraq As Obama Administration Tries To Help Erdogan Realize Expansion Dreams

”… very dangerous …”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who will soon receive the absolute powers he has always wanted, ordered his army to intervene in a second Arab country over the weekend.

After launching operation “Euphrates Shield” in Syria at the end of August, the Turkish army now directlyintervened in Iraq and shelled the ISIS-held city of Mosul on Monday.

Euphrates Shield was officially labeled as an anti-ISIS operation, but soon after Turkey invaded Syria it became clear that the real goal was to prevent the Syrian Kurds from establishing a contiguous autonomous area along the Turkish border.

Commenting on the new intervention, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that Turkish artillery had killed 17 ISIS terrorists near Mosul as part of the operation that aims to drive ISIS out of Iraq.

Cavusoglu claimed that the Kurdish Peshmerga militia had asked for the Turkish “assistance,” a claim that was quickly denied by the Iraqi Kurds.

The Turkish foreign minister also made clear that Turkey’s air force will also take part in the battle for Mosul and later said the Turkish army was active at multiple fronts in northern Iraq.

Turkey’s insistence to take part in the battle for Mosul led to a serious crisis with the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government at the beginning of October.

As Western Journalism reported Oct. 11, both Erdogan and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim have made clear that they view the battle for the liberation of Mosul as a regional matter, not just an Iraqi affair, as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stated Saturday when declining Turkish help.

“Mosul belongs to the people of Mosul. Do not let outsiders in and ruin the original demographic fabric of the city, which might lead to a new civil war. We are following the situation attentively,” Yildirim said at the time, while Erdogan insisted that the Turks would take part in the operation no matter what.

Both Erdogan and Yildirim, who are heading one of the largest Sunni countries in the Middle East, fear that the Shiite-dominated Iraqi army and its Iranian-backed allies of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia will not protect the Sunni population in Mosul after they chase ISIS out of the city.

Hashd al-Shaabi commanders have already made clear that they are ready to confront the Turkish army whenever it violates Iraq’s sovereignty, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Monday that Turkey’s intervention in Iraq was “very dangerous.”

“We regard as very dangerous [acts of] intervention by foreign countries without any coordination with the host country and believe that [for any foreign measure,] the Syrian and Iraqi governments must request help and demand that another country act against terrorism inside their territories,” Rouhani told reporters. He didn’t mention Turkey but it was clear his message was directed at Ankara.

The Iranians too are actively involved in the operation to “liberate” Mosul.

The commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani, is reportedly overseeing the Iraqi military operation north and east of the city, as Western Journalism reportedlast week.

An Iraqi source who wishes to remain anonymous told Western Journalism on Monday that Iranian operatives were entering liberated villages in the Mosul area and telling residents that their army and air force were responsible for the victory over ISIS.

The Turkish intervention in Iraq is the latest evidence that Erdogan has not given up his dream of reviving the Ottoman Empire, which disintegrated as a result of the Turkish collaboration with Germany during World War I.

Over the past few weeks Erdogan twice criticized the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne that defined the borders of modern Turkey.

His criticism about the treaty leaving Turkey “too small” raised eyebrows in Greece and Bulgaria, which share borders with Turkey, and drew criticism from Turkey’s opposition.

The statements of the Turkish autocratic leader coincided with the publication of new maps of Turkey on national TV.

These maps showed Turkey as just a little bigger and including the northern Iraqi cities Mosul, Arbil and Kirkuk, the home of a huge oil industry.

The maps also included large parts of northern Syria including Aleppo (Halab), which lies south of the area that has already been occupied by Turkey since the intervention in August.

On Sunday and Monday, both Erdogan and Cavusoglu made clear that the Kurds will pay a price for their “greater Turkey” aspirations.

Erdogan told academics in Ankara that Turkey will clear a nearly 2,000-square-mile area along the Turkish border of “terrorists” — meaning Kurdish fighters of the YPG militia that dominates the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Cavusoglu said Monday that Turkey will use the “Mosul intervention” to become “even more active” against Kurdistan Workers’ Party bases in northern Iraq.

He said Turkey would never allow the Sinjar region — once home to the Yezidi minority that became the victim of genocide committed by ISIS — to become a “second Qandil,” referring to the headquarters of the PKK in Iraq.

On Tuesday he continued to threaten the government in Baghdad and said that if necessary Turkey wouldlaunch a ground operation in Iraq.

The only party involved in the Middle East turmoil that doesn’t seem to be worried about Turkey’s latest actions in Syria and Iraq is the Obama administration.

On Monday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter even pressed the Iraqi government to allow for a Turkish role in the “liberation” of Mosul.

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UNESCO omröstningen i morgon (lite mjukare text om Jerusalem denna gång) kan inte gå bra med tanke på vem som röstar

New UNESCO World Heritage Vote on Jerusalem Set for Wednesday

Another UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem is coming up for a vote, this one by the World Heritage Committee.”

Knesset member Carmel Shama Hacohen, Israel’s envoy to the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / Flash 90

The United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization is set to vote in Paris on another resolution on Wednesday on the issue of Jerusalem, this time on the “Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.”

The resolution, sponsored by Kuwait, Lebanon and Tunisia, is being reviewed by the agency’s 21-member World Heritage Committee and this time doesn’t contain any reference whatsoever to Christianity and the “Jewish people” at all.

Member states who are eligible to vote on Wednesday include: Azerbaijan, Angola, Burkina Zimbabwe, Croatia, Cuba, Faso, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Both Mexico and Brazil, who voted in favor of the previous resolution, entitled “Occupied Palestine,” subsequently expressed regret and vowed to abstain in future votes. Italy, which abstained, said it would oppose future resolutions on such issues. Moreover, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call that he would try to convince his European colleagues to do the same, according to Netanyahu’s office.

All three responses were welcomed by Israel – but not one of the three is a member of the World Heritage Committee, and therefore none of them can cast a ballot in Wednesday’s vote.

Israeli envoy to UNESCO Carmel Shama Hacohen has been directed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also acting Foreign Minister, to try to convince those member states who abstained during the previous vote to this time vote against the resolution.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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”Everybody needs to go home” – Pro refugee volunteer who helped Ansbach bomber

Published on Jul 30, 2016

Anette Walden lived on the same street as Ansbach suicide bomber Mohammad Daleel and grew to know him well after her voluntary work supporting refugees in the area.

The school teacher said after Daleel had an operation on an injured arm she visited him in his hostel to help feed him.

Now she thinks all migrants should go back home.

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WSJ: How Mosul Could Impact the U.S. Election

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Iran says Saudi Arabia is the Mother of Terrorism. United Nations, 24 Oct

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Saudiernas ekonomi kommer att blöda om de tänker följa OPEC:s beslut

October 25, 2016 — 7:23 PM EEST
  • OPEC must reduce output by at least 1.3 million barrels a day
  • Iraq joins list of nations seeking exemption from Algiers deal

Saudi Arabia faces the prospect of much deeper — and financially painful — oil production cuts after Iraq joined the queue of group members seeking immunity from the deal hatched in Algiers.

In addition to Iraq, the second-biggest exporter in the group, Iran has already sought to exclude itself. Output is also recovering from fields in Nigeria and Libya, two more countries that were exempted from the Algiers deal because violence has wrought havoc in their oil industries. Taken together, more than a third of OPEC’s production now stands outside the plan.

Iraq’s plea to be left out prompted Olivier Jakob, a consultant at Petromatrix GmbH, toquip on Twitter that the oil-club stood for the ”Organization of Producers Exempt from Cuts.”

The worsening OPEC equation presents Saudi Arabia with a difficult choice after its Algiers U-turn: carry a greater burden within the group, ceding market share to other producers, or lose credibility by softening the terms of the deal. In a worst-case scenario, Saudi Arabia will have to cut production by more than 1 million barrels a day, sending the kingdom’s output to a two-year low.

While oil has rallied more than 15 percent since Algiers, the growing cost of following through is becoming clear. During the last two weeks, Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih has appeared to give himself room for maneuver. In a speech in London last week, he mentioned the possibility of an OPEC freeze as well as a cut. He’s also stressed the need for non-OPEC nations to take part in a global deal to manage supply.

“Oil markets started moving into balance recently, but we in OPEC, along with producers from outside the group, started intense consultations to take the right action to quicken the re-balancing and market recovery,” Al-Falih said Sunday in a speech.

Willing to Cut

In Algiers, OPEC agreed to reduce its production to a range of between 32.5 and 33 million barrels a day. That means for Saudi Arabia and other countries willing to cut, the numbers look like this. In a best-case scenario — based on Nigeria meeting its target to restore production, Libya maintaining recent improvements and Iran, Iraq and Venezuela staying at September levels — reductions of 1.3 million barrels a day would be required to meet the top end of the Algiers target. In a worst case, where Iran, Iraq and Venezuela produce more than they did last month, that rises to over 2 million barrels a day, based on Bloomberg calculations.

“Everyone has a lot to lose if they do not fill in the details and implement a final agreement at the end of next month,” said Mike Wittner, global head of oil research at Societe Generale SA. “Of all the developments, the one that worries me the most for posing an issue for the other members of OPEC is Iraq.”

OPEC representatives and counterparts from countries outside the group will meet in Vienna later this week to discuss how the burden of output cuts is shared. The most contentious topic is likely to be how the production of individual countries is measured.

Since Algiers, Iraq and Venezuela have criticized OPEC estimates of their production, which are compiled from secondary sources that include independent analysts and news organizations. Those estimates will form the basis for any future OPEC deal limiting production, according to the group’s secretary-general.

Islamic Militants

Iraq, which said over the weekend it shouldn’t be required to cut production as it’s fighting Islamic militants, claims it’s currently pumping more than 4.7 million barrels a day, higher than estimates from OPEC’s secondary sources of 4.46 million barrels a day for September.

Venezuela is also dissatisfied with its OPEC estimates since they don’t include heavy crude production from the Orinoco basin, Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino said earlier this month.

OPEC agreed in Algiers that Libya, Nigeria and Iran should receive special treatment as they’re seeking to increase their production after experiencing disruptions due to internal violence, sabotage and sanctions. So far this month, Libya and Nigeria have managed to increase their daily output by 220,000 barrels and 300,000 barrels respectively.

Iran has steadily increased its crude production since the start of the year following the lifting of sanctions. Tehran has repeated it aims to ramp up its production to a level around 4 million barrels day from around 3.7 million a day estimated by OPEC for September.

While OPEC members from Angola and Gabon to Algeria and Ecuador could contribute to the required output cuts, Saudi Arabia’s main support will come from its Gulf allies of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, according to Wittner.

Torbjorn Kjus of DNB Bank ASA expects OPEC to over-promise in Vienna, but under-deliver on implementation. He expects Saudi Arabia to cut output by about 400,000 barrels a day and the U.A.E. to trim a further 100,000 barrels a day. The other members probably won’t comply, he said.

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Immigrants! Don’t Vote for What You Fled

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