Turkey refuses to join US-led offensive on ISIS-held Raqqa if Kurds involved

… [VIDEO 2.37 min] – Published on RT, March 23, 2017.

A rift has opened up between NATO allies US and Turkey over the part Syrian Kurdish forces should play in the liberation of Raqqa from Islamic State terrorists as Ankara has openly rejected taking part in any operation that would involve the Kurds … //

… Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its militant wing, YPG, which has been a key force fighting Islamic State militants in northern Syria, as linked to the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which operates in Turkey and Iraq. Ankara considers the PKK a terrorist organization and blames it for being behind the Kurdish insurgency in eastern Turkish regions. The US has designated PKK as a terrorist group, while supporting the YPG in Syria. Russia considers neither of the groups to be terrorist.

The Pentagon on Wednesday confirmed that US aircraft airlifted some fighters from Syrian Democratic Forces, a multinational Kurdish-dominated group, in a bid to retake the Tabqa Dam from Islamic State. US forces also provided fire support.

Earlier Wednesday, US Senator John McCain, who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that the Kurdish issue was an “enormous challenge” for Washington in regard to its relations with Ankara.

Saying that the Trump administration is weighing the issue of providing the Kurdish fighters with heavy arms for the anti-IS offensive, the American official admitted the US faces “tough decisions,” and should be careful not to cross its NATO ally.

“The conundrum is that if you don’t use the Kurds, [the battle against IS] takes a lot longer… But if you do, you have an enormous challenge as far as relations with Turkey are concerned, including things like the use of Incirlik [military base],” McCain told reporters as cited by AFP. The Turkish air base of Incirlik is heavily used by NATO and the US-led coalition to fight Islamic State in the region … //

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(my comment: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rising dictatoreship excludes all worker’s, minority’s and any political opposition’s contribution not only agains ISIS, but inside Turkish politics. If we accept this we’ll get much more problems we could have with any Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK. And again is rising the elimination of a group of subalterns having engaged their lives to solve a problem – where the dominants never want share the final profit with them … also America’s choice will be judged by the rest of us – Heidi).


Supreme Court Decides For Workers and Against Private Equity in Important Bankruptcy Case, Jevic, on naked capitalism, by Yves Smith, March 23, 2017: the Supreme Court ruling for Czyzewski vs. Jevic Holding Corp. is just in, and it’s a rare and important ruling against bankruptcy-court-enabled private equity chicanery …;

Elites Internal War: Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question, on Liberty Blitzkrieg, by Michael Krieger, March 22, 2017: cartoon: Putin did it;

KenFM im Gespräch mit Gerhard Wisnewski, 109.25 min, hochgeladen von KenFM, am 22. März 2017 … schreiben ist ein intellektueller Erkenntnisprozess. Für politische Journalisten ist Schreiben auch Teil einer Entgiftung. Zum Problem wird Schreiben dann, wenn das Publizierte zum Ausschluss aus der Gesellschaft führt. Aber nicht, weil es nicht der Wahrheit entspricht, sondern weil es von der Wahrheit abweicht. Nur, was ist die Wahrheit? Die Wahrheit ist in der Regel die Meinung der Herrschenden … (ganzer Text); Jahrbücher von Gerhard Wisnewski: Verheimlicht, Vertuscht, Vergessen (2007-2017), bei amazon.co.uk2017 bei exlibris.chGerhard Wisnewski bei zapmeta.ch;

Wir fürchten die Liebe – Eugen Drewermann (Talkshow, 1991), 34.29 min, hochgeladen von Geist und Psyche;

We Can’t Find Out How Much Retired Federal Workers Get Paid, and That’s a Problem, on Open The Books, by Eric Boehm, March 15, 2017: what’s retired IRS chief Lois Lerner’s pension? No one, besides Lerner, knows. Adam Andrzejewski and Rep. Ron DeSantis want to find out. Most news coverage about pension issues revolves around the states. Partially, that’s for good reason. States are dealing with a collective shortfall of more than $1.75 trillion (and probably more, because of how those liabilities are calculated), and some states truly are screwed by the over-generous, under-funded retirement promises they’ve made to public workers for the past few decades. Partially, though, the state focus is because we just don’t know much about the federal government’s pension situation …;
related to:
$3.5 Trillion Taxpayer Liability Housed Inside A Cave – Let The Sun Shine On Federal Pensions, on Forbes, by Adam Andrzejewski, March 14, 2017: what has a $3.5 trillion unfunded liability, manually calculated on paper inside a Pennsylvania mountain, and costs taxpayers more money annually than the entire state budget of Florida? Answer: Federal employee pensions. Fact: Federal court rulings state that disclosing the pension amounts of retired congressional representatives and senators violate their privacy rights …;
special page on Forbes: #BeltwayBrief;
example: The AHCA’s Tax Changes And Transfers Would Benefit The Wealthy, Hurt The Lowest Income Households, on Forbes, by Howard Gleckman, March 22, 2017;
related on en.wikipedia – AHCA – refers to: American Health Care Association; or American Health Care Act of 2017 (Trumpcare, Ryancare, Republicare);
now seen in opposition to Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare);

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