Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ISIS Crisis Escalates. Turkey In Focus

Caroline Glick has an excellent analysis of Turkey and what is happening in this country. We know from Ezekiel 38-39 that Turkey will be part of the Gog-Magog coalition who invades Israel, so the political intrigue which we see in Turkey is of great importance. Caroline Glick does an excellent job of dissecting the enigmatic country: 

On the terrorism support front, today Turkey vies with Iran for the title of leading state sponsor of terrorism.

First there is Hamas.

Last week an Israeli security official told the media that the abduction of Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah was organized and directed by Saleh al-Arouri, a Hamas commander operating out of Turkey.

Turkey has welcomed Hamas to its territory and served as its chief booster to the West since the jihadist terror group won the Palestinian legislative elections in 2006. Erdogan has played a key role in getting the EU to view Hamas as a legitimate actor, despite its avowedly genocidal goals.

Then there is al-Qaida. As Daniel Pipes documented in The Washington Times last week, Turkey has been the largest supporter and enabler of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Erdogan’s government has allowed ISIS fighters to train in Turkey and cross the border between Turkey and Syria at will to participate in the fighting. Moreover, according to Pipes, Turkey “provided the bulk of ISIS’s funds, logistics, training and arms.”

Similarly, Turkey has sponsored the al-Nusra Front, ISIS’s al-Qaida counterpart and ally in Syria.

To date, most Western analyses of the Erdogan regime’s behavior have come up short because their authors ignore its strategic goal. In this failing, analyses of Turkey are similar to those of its Shi’ite counterpart in Iran. And both regimes’ goals are wished away for the same reason: Western observers can’t identify with them.

The US failed to understand Iran’s strategy because the US was unable to reconcile itself with the fact that other actors do not seek stability as it does.

Like Iran’s mullahs, Erdogan and his colleagues also reject the nation-state system. In their case, they wish to replace it with a restored Ottoman Empire.

Erdogan remains an Islamic imperialist.

Like Iran he aims to destroy the global order and replace it with an Islamic empire. But like Iran, if his adversaries get wise to what he is doing, it won’t be very difficult to beat him at his own game by using his successes to defeat him.

A simple explanation for all the “ISIS threatens Jordan” and even “ISIS threatens Israel” hyperbole,is that the reports of activity on the ground seem to describe  the mutual logistical approach between Jordan and ISIS, on the Jordanian-Iraq border, in order to resupply ISIS from Jordan. ISIS started the present surge in Iraq from Turkey and needs now to be heftily resupplied before it can attempt at Baghdad. This may also explain the ‘peace’ talks in the Ukraine,with Putin scheduling Russian troops for Syria, instead of Iranian ones to be shifted to Iraq. 
Undoing Baghdad would free Shiite southern-Iraq for Iranian domination. It is a country splitting scheme like in the Ukraine, with the Lion’s share to the west. Syria is similarly split already, west vs. Iran+Russia. Iran would still need to secure its interests south-eastern of Baghdad.With US tactical bases in the centers of Iraq & the Ukraine,Iran can be allowed to go ahead with its nuclear power projection, in tandem with Obama’s allied Caliphate agenda.

The Jordanian air force hit ISIS contingents, Monday night, June 23, as they drove into into the kingdom through the Turaibil border crossing which they seized Saturday, debkafile’s military sources report. The jets destroyed 4 Islamist State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) armored personnel carriers, which were already on the move. Also Monday, ISIS completed its capture of the strategic Tal Afar and its environs in northern Iraq, capping its conquest in the last two weeks of Nineveh Province and Mosul, all but one town (Ramadi) of the western Anbar Province, and Iraq’s key border posts in the north, west and southwest.
Jordan called up military reserves Sunday, after discovering that its capital Amman was to be the Islamist organization’s next prey.

Their capture of the key town of Rutba Saturday is seen by Western military sources tracking the Iraqi conflict as marking out the Islamists’ next target. That force split in two – one heading southwest toward the Saudi Arabia border and the other heading west to Jordan.
Sunday, June 22, the Islamists put on the world web a new site called “ISIS in Saudi Arabia.”

 US and Israel have laid on a battery of advanced intelligence-gathering measures in the last few hours, including military satellites, drones and reconnaissance planes for keeping track of the Islamist fighters’ rapid advance.A 500-km broad expanse of desert separates the Iraqi border from Amman which would be no picnic for the ISIS to navigate without discovery. However, they were counting on al Qaeda cells planted in most Jordanian towns to help them make their way across.

It is important to remember that the US and Israel are both bound by military pacts to defend the throne of the Hashemite King Abdullah II.

Unidentified bombers have reportedly launched an air strike on ISIS positions in the northern Iraqi city of al-Qaim. Iraqi television has claimed they are US planes, but the Pentagon has denied responsibility.
US planes were identified by Iraqi television, but the Saudi Al-Arabiya network claims that the raid was carried out by Syria, citing local tribal chiefs.
ABC News cited a US official as saying that the Syrian air force is thought to have launched the air strike. The US has “pretty good information that the Syrians are behind the fighter aircraft bombing in western Al Anbar,” the official said.
The Turkish Anadolu Agency has claimed that 20 people have died, and 25 more were injured in the raid, which allegedly targeted the local market.
The radical Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has taken large parts of the north of the country from the Shia government, pushing Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to request support from the United States and neighboring Shia states.
Syria’s President Bashar Assad is an Alawite, following a branch of Shia teachings.
Despite Maliki’s plea for air strikes last week, the White House has made no commitment beyond saying that they are “an option.” It has, however, dispatched 300 'military advisors' to help the government.
Iraq’s own air force has been carrying out attacks from on insurgent strongholds over the past week.

While the Israeli government is officially keeping mum on the advance of radical Islamist forces in Iraq, local security officials are again voicing concern over America’s failures in Mesopotamia and what that means for the Jewish state.
The armies of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) look poised to seize control of most of Iraq, possibly including Baghdad. And this despite the fact that they were facing an Iraqi military into which America had poured billions of dollars and five years of training.
But when ISIS began to advance, the US-trained Iraqi army “literally left their shirts on the ground and fled,” Israeli officials told The Jerusalem Post.

This is not heartening to Israel, considering that most of the concessions she is asked to make in the peace process with the Palestinians are supposedly backed by American security guarantees.
For instance, in recent US-brokered peace talks, Israel was asked to eventually relinquish control of the strategic Jordan Valley, where a US-trained pan-Arab force would maintain security.
But, the Israelis argued, if US-trained Sunni soldiers in Iraq were unwilling to fight ISIS, how could they be expected to stand firm when fellow Muslims threatened the Jewish state?
Nor is it simply a matter of Washington’s failure to properly discern Muslim loyalties. Apparently, the quality of US training when it comes to local Arab forces is wanting, as demonstrated by Hamas’ relatively easy 2007 takeover of the Gaza Strip from the US-trained and equipped Palestinian Authority security forces.

1 comment:

Caver said...

Geepers....what a gaggle mess. Where did Turkey come from??? How did they get this far into the story without much notice??

Shucks....I got a scorecard, and I can't tell whose what is whose who? Maybe I need to go back and read things more carefully.

Bottom line, I guess, is that things aren't going well for Israel, us, or our traditional allies. Seems odd that someone is our allay on this side of a line in the sand but our enemy which must be defeated on the other side. This is a Whose Who and Whose Ain't changing on a daily basis with us arming/training our enemies that are invading our allies being bombed by planes from unknown entities.

Balderdash! Kerry needs to grab those aliens by the scruff of their little green necks and tell them to go find another solar system to bomb.