Kurds on social media expressed their displeasure with the US, feeling abandoned, as Iraqi troops aided by Iran & Turkey lowered Kurdish flags in the city of Kirkuk, replacing them with the Iraqi flag. Kurds are dependent on large oilfields near the city, to secure an independent state. Iraq’s central government has been weakened previously by the Kurdish illegal oil trade, which some say contributed to the rise of ISIS.
“We #Kurds will never forget your treason 🖕#USA gov #Kirkukِ #TwitterKurds”
“”You were great fighting ISIS. Now, bye”, as they watched Iraq and Iran lowering Kurdish flags in Kirkuk.”
“Kurds fight IS after Iraq abandons Kirkuk.. .then iraq sides with Shia militia to take Kirkuk from Kurds”
“Iran and Turkey both colluding with Iraq in crushing Kurds. Whatever other disagreements, they always come together to oppress minorities.”
“Israel pls do not let kurds die silently like holocaust by Iranian backed militia in Iraq, we are your true friend under serious threat”
“Biggest mistake Kurds made was intervening and helping Iraq defeat ISIS. We should have sat back and watched Iraq burn to the ground.”
The forces led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the armed forces loyal to Libya’s Tobruk-based government, have gained full control of an area known as Libya’s oil crescent with its major oil terminals, general’s spokesman Khalifa Obeidi told Sputnik Sunday.
The eastern Libyan army is an ally of the parliament that is in charge in the country’s east and has not received the support of the international community. “The armed forces have taken full control of the areas of oil crescent, including the ports of Sidra, Brega, Ras Lanuf, as well as over 80 percent of Zueitina deposit,” Obeidi said. Libya has been in a state of turmoil since 2011. The country was later contested by two rival governments — the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies and the Tripoli-based General National Congress. On March 31, the long-anticipated UN-backed Government of National Accord in Libya started to perform its duties, but the government has so far failed to unite the country and remains unrecognized by eastern Libya sputniknews.com
UN-al-Qaeda & the Mulsim Brotherhood continuing fight against ISIS to control Sirte.
Libya Dawn surprisingly appears to of been pushed aside from Tripoli for the time being, something that the Tobruk government & Khalifa Haftar united had so far failed to achieve. The Tobruk government was forced into exile after the militias running a protection racket did not receive annual payments. Many militias operating in Tripoli have no doubt been paid off, to look the other way as the Sarraj government strolled in with little to no resistance.
Before the entrance of the Sarraj government, one thing that the competing sides could agree on, is that they strongly rejected another western military intervention, many having family & friends killed by NATO bombs, only to have NATO claim that their operation resulted in no civilian fatalities, this is also seen as a threat to Libya’s sovereignty.
The Sarraj government needs to regain control of ISIS controlled Sirte, & keep oil production facilities operational, if it wishes to unfreeze the sovereign wealth fund which contains an estimated $67bn, of which will be needed for a continuation of Sarraj government control. If the Sarraj government invites in another western military intervention, it is likely to see stronger opposition from all sides.
The UN Sarraj government expects Haftar’s supporters to flip allegiance in a short space of time, if they don’t, another option is for the Sarraj government to unite with Haftar in the east & open a united attack on Sirte from east & west. But sanctions directed towards those not submitting to the UN imposed government could push Haftar into separatism, seeking to be the government of Cyrenaica dividing Libya into two different countries.
Libya has been completely dependent on foreign aid since NATO destabilized the country to assassinate the head of state, doing so with UN complicity. At this time the UN has provided Libya with only 4 percent of humanitarian relief funds needed in the country, with the $67bn of freezed funds being used partly as a bargaining chip for the acceptance of the UN unity government. Many Libyans may be faced with the dilemma of do you accept the UN imposed government, or do you want your family to go with out their potentially life saving medication? The Sarraj government with its bargaining chip, is the latest hope for asset unfreezing that could ease the humanitarian needs of the country.
The head of the Tripoli-based National Salvation government, Khalifa Ghwell, has voiced strong opposition to any transfer of power, and Council members had to travel to Tripoli by ship after opponents shut down the capital’s airspace.
But a statement posted late on Thursday on the National Salvation government’s website struck a milder tone, saying opposition would be “by peaceful and legal means without use of force or incitement to violence”.
“We will not cling to power,” the statement said. “I demand that the revolutionaries, civil society and the senior clerics be given the opportunity to take the necessary decisions to avoid bloodshed and find a solution to the Libyan crisis.” reuters.com
Israel and Turkey are close to normalizing full diplomatic ties, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said Thursday night, following a high level secret meeting in Switzerland a day earlier to hammer out the reconciliation terms.
Incoming Mossad head Yossi Cohen, and Joseph Ciechanover, who has served as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s special envoy to Turkey for the past five years, met with Turkish Foreign Ministry director-general Feridun Sinirlioglu to draw up the terms of the agreement that would put an end to the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident that led to a tailspin in diplomatic ties between the two countries, the sources said.
Sinirlioglu is a former ambassador to Israel.
The agreement comes at a time of increased regional isolation for Turkey, which is in a bitter dispute with Moscow over the downing of one of Russia’s warplanes, is in conflict with most of its neighbors and is coming under international criticism for its troop involvement in Iraq and its trade in Islamic State’s oil.
Thursday’s announcement came just three days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – known for his very anti-Israel statements and positions – made his first conciliatory statement toward the Jewish state in years, saying the region needs a normalization of Turkish-Israeli ties, and that this “has a lot to offer to us, to Israel, to Palestine and also to the region.”
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the two sides meeting in Switzerland came to the following understandings:
• Israel would establish a compensation fund to pay the families of the nine Turks killed on the Mavi Marmara when it tried to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.
• All Turkish claims against Israel stemming from the raid will be dropped.
• Turkey’s ambassador will return to Tel Aviv, and Israel’s envoy will return to Ankara.
• Hamas terrorist Salah al-Arouri, believed to have masterminded the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers in Gush Etzion who has been operating from Turkey, will not be allowed in the country, and his activities there will end.
• Talks will begin shortly regarding the possibility of laying a gas pipeline to Turkey and the sale of Israel’s natural gas there. As a result of Ankara’s tension with Moscow, this issue is now much more pressing for Turkey, since it is highly dependent on Russian gas.
The Prime Minister’s Office stressed that the understandings are awaiting final signatures from both sides.
Cohen, serving as Netanyahu’s national security adviser, drew up a draft agreement – along with Ciechanover – with the Turks back in February 2014 that had similar elements to what was agreed on in Switzerland.
That draft, however, was never signed.
Netanyahu apologized in 2013 and the issue of compensation has apparently been resolved, but there was no word in Thursday’s statement from the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the issue of the Gaza blockade. jpost.com
Contrary to what you might have read, there’s really nothing unusual about that.
As you may recall, Turkey’s military entered Iraq back in September in hot pursuit of PKK “terrorists” Ankara claimed had fled over the border. And that was just par for the proverbial course. Here’s what we said at the time:
In early 2008, Turkish soldiers entered Iraq in a similar effort to eradicate the PKK. “Operation Sun”, as the incursion was called, was conducted with Washington’s blessing for the most part. “Washington described the PKK as a ‘common enemy’, and only urged Ankara to keep its incursion short and closely focused,” BBC noted at the time, adding that “the positions of the UN and EU have been similar, suggesting a degree of sympathy with Turkey’s cause.”
And then there was “Operation Steel” in 1995. And “Operation Hammer” in 1997.” And “Operation Dawn.” And the aplty named “Operation Northern Iraq.”
You get the idea.
So while history doesn’t repeat itself, it damn sure rhymes and here we are again watching as the Turkish military crosses the Iraqi border as though it’s not even there chasing “terrorists” up into the mountains.
What’s different this time around, is that this isn’t a Kurd-chasing mission.
In fact, if you believe the official line, it’s the exact opposite. Turkey has apparently had some 90 troops on the ground in Bashiqa “for two years” on a mission to “train” the Peshmerga. The new troops – around 150 personnel supported by two dozen tanks- will “take over the mission,” according to Hurriyet. “Turkey will have a permanent military base in the Bashiqa region of Mosul as the Turkish forces in the region training the Peshmerga forces have been reinforced,” the daily continues, adding that “the deal regarding the base was signed between Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani and Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu, during the latter’s visit to northern Iraq on Nov. 4.” zerohedge.com
The Russian Foreign Ministry has demanded the immediate release of a Russian vessel and its crew arrested by the Libyan military, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said.
“We believe the Russian vessel and its crew were seized illegally and demand that the authorities in Tripoli release them immediately and unconditionally,” she said at a briefing in Moscow on Sept.17.
It emerged earlier that the Russian Mekhanik Chebotaryov tanker had been detained in Syria.
The incident occurred at 10:50 a.m. Moscow time on September 16, the tanker’s owner Oil Marine Group said earlier. The tanker was stopped by a Libyan-flagged warship in international waters. The empty vessel had been on its way to the Libyan port of Zawiya. It had been expected to be loaded up while anchored at Zawiya or at the Tunisian port of Zarzis.
The vessel has a 12-member crew.
Having boarded the vessel, the Libyan military did not explain their reason for stopping it. They had two crew members board the warship and ordered the tanker’s captain to follow them and switch off the automatic identification system.
The vessel was then escorted to and moored at the port of Tripoli. The entire crew had their documents and cell phones confiscated. All vessel documentation was also seized.
The company has not received any official statements or demands from local authorities.
Currently, the sailors are on board the vessel, according to the press release. They were threatened with police custody. rbth.co.uk
AFP: In March 2014, the US Navy intercepted and boarded the North Korean tanker “Morning Glory” loaded with an illegal oil shipment in the eastern Mediterranean and escorted it back to Libya, although it later escaped back to sea. afp.com
What AFP fails to mention is that the ship was under the control of an Egyptian company called Golden East Logistics, the contract signed by North Korea with the Egyptian company prohibits the tanker from transporting contraband cargo and entering war or disaster zones.
The false implication is that Russia and North Korea are working together to steal Libyan oil.
In a not wholly unexpected twist to Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni’s surprise resignation on TV last night, the government spokesman that it was simply an offer to resign.
Hatem Oraibi said there had been no official resignation. All that had happened is that, while defending his position in tough questioning from interviewer Mohamed Zeidan of Libya’s Channel TV, Thinni had said that he could resign and that Libyans could find someone else who had a magic wand to solve all their problems.
Thinni had threatened to resign before and has told several people in private that he is exhausted with the job. libyaherald.com
Thousands of pro-government backers took to the streets on Friday in Brazil to show their support for President Dilma Rousseff’s administration as well as state-owned oil giant Petrobras. Marches entitled ‘National Day of the Struggle in Defense of Workers’ Rights, of Democracy, of Petrobras and for a Political Reform’ were held in twenty-two states with organizers stating that more than 175,000 people marched in favor of democracy. Official police tallies, however, say the crowds totaled just over 33,000 throughout the country. Friday marches came two days before Sunday’s (March 15th) expected nationwide protests, organized by different groups through social media. Under drizzling skies and with banners of “Stay Dilma” and “I Defend Democracy”, marchers took to the streets in São Paulo. The group organized by CUT (Brazil’s Main Trade Workers Union) met up with the São Paulo State Teachers’ Union (Apeoesp) on one of the city’s most famous avenues, Avenida Paulista. According to the marchers there were close to 100,000, while police put the number of marchers at 12,000. riotimesonline.com
“Rousseff was the Ultimate Target of the CIA’s Assassination of Eduardo Campos”
The plane crash that killed Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who was running in second place behind incumbent President Dilma Rousseff, has severely harmed Rousseff’s chances for re-election. Campos’s successor on the ticket, former Green Party leader Marina Silva, a George Soros puppet, now stands a very good chance of unseating Rousseff in an expected run-off election. Rousseff’s defeat would signal a victory for the Obama administration’s covert activities to eliminate from the scene progressive presidents throughout Latin America. strategic-culture.org
Silvia reinforces criticism of the government, but is opposed to impeachment
Third place in the presidential race of 2014 with 22.1 million votes, the former senator Marina Silva, housed in the PSB, broke the silence on the eve of the squad for today acts against the government. Through a published text on your site official on Saturday 14, she reinforced criticism of the management of Dilma Rousseff, but expressed opposition to the idea of knocking it down. “A lot of people hit the streets to protest. There is a campaign calling for the impeachment of the president who was elected a few months ago. I understand the indignation and revolt, but do not believe that is the solution. Maybe the result is not the intended return to order but a deepening of chaos. ” According to Marina, the opposition dominated by partisan logic and the desire to bleed the government and weaken it for the next elections. “But there are those who understand the gravity of an institutional crisis, the risks of authoritarian adventures – left or right – the breaking of the economy, uncontrolled violence, in short, a totally undesirable scenario.” Evaluates “The government is bad but we have a responsibility to maintain not him, but democracy. ” cartacapital.com.br
Aécio Neves – Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB)
Rousseff won a second term in Brazil’s presidential election on October 26th by just three percentage points against her centre-right opponent, Aécio Neves. That is by far the narrowest margin in Brazil’s modern electoral history.
“This 15 march will be remembered forever as the day of democracy. The day that brazilians are dressed in green and yellow and took to the streets to recover Its virtues, their values, their dreams. After a lot, i think i chose not to be on the streets this sunday, to make it very clear who It is the great protagonist of these demonstrations. And he is the brazilian people, the people tired of so many misdeeds, so much corruption. But the only way is starting to be followed. So, do not let’s fall out!”
BRICS ‘Brazil President Washington’s Next Target – New Eastern Outlook
Brazil’s newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff survived the massive US State Department disinformation campaign to win the runoff vote against US-backed Aecio Neves on October 26 2014. However it is already clear que Washington has opened a new assault on one of the key leaders of the non-aligned BRICS group of emerging economies-Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa. With a full-scale US financial warfare attack to weaken Putin’s Russia and a series of destabilizations Aimed at China, including most recently the Hong Kong US-Financed “Umbrella Revolution,” getting rid of Brazil’s socially-minded President is a top priority to stop the emerging counter-pole to Washington’s New World (dis-) Order. coletivizando.blogspot.com
The United States declared Venezuela a national security threat on Monday and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the oil-rich country in the worst bilateral diplomatic dispute since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.
U.S. President Barack Obama signed and issued the executive order, which senior administration officials said did not target Venezuela’s energy sector or broader economy. But the move stokes tensions between Washington and Caracas just as U.S. relations with Cuba, a longtime U.S. foe in Latin America and key ally to Venezuela, are set to be normalized.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced the sanctions as an attempt to topple his government. At the end of a thundering two-hour speech, Maduro said he would seek decree powers to counter the “imperialist” threat, and appointed one of the sanctioned officials as the new interior minister.
Declaring any country a threat to national security is the first step in starting a U.S. sanctions program. The same process has been followed with countries such as Iran and Syria, U.S. officials said.
The White House said the order targeted people whose actions undermined democratic processes or institutions, had committed acts of violence or abuse of human rights, were involved in prohibiting or penalizing freedom of expression, or were government officials involved in public corruption.
“Venezuelan officials past and present who violate the human rights of Venezuelan citizens and engage in acts of public corruption will not be welcome here, and we now have the tools to block their assets and their use of U.S. financial systems,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.
“We are deeply concerned by the Venezuelan government’s efforts to escalate intimidation of its political opponents,” he added.
Venezuela called home its charge d’affaires in Washington for consultations, and Maduro accused Obama of a “colossal mistake” and “imperialist arrogance” similar to his predecessors Richard Nixon and George W. Bush.
“President Barack Obama … has personally decided to take on the task of defeating my government and intervening in Venezuela to control it,” Maduro said in a televised address.
In response, Maduro said he would on Tuesday ask the National Assembly, controlled by the ruling Socialists, to grant him decree powers – for the second time in his nearly two-year rule through a so-called Enabling Law, which critics blast as a power grab.
Maduro also paraded the seven officials, hailing them as “heroes” and naming national intelligence head Gustavo Gonzalez, whom Washington accuses of complicity in violence against protesters, as new interior minister. reuters.com
Militants purportedly from the Islamic State group attacked an oil field near Libya’s central coast, prompting a counterattack by the country’s Islamist-backed government that included airstrikes, an official said Wednesday.
The militants swept down from the city of Sirte to attack the al-Dhahra oil field, trading fire with guards and blowing up residential and administrative buildings before retreating, said Mashallah al-Zewi, the oil minister in the Tripoli-based government.
“They surrounded the site from three different directions, and when guards ran out of ammunition, they stormed the place, looted everything and then bombed the buildings, leaving them in ruins,” he said.
All employees and workers, including foreigners, were safely evacuated, he said.
Al-Zewi said that the field is run by al-Waha oil company and other American companies. Al-Waha said on its website that al-Dhahra is one of Libya’s oldest fields, with production starting in 1962. Libya’s state-run National Oil Corporation runs the field.
Officials believe the same militants were behind the February attack on Libya’s al-Mabrouk oil field that killed 10 guards and saw seven foreigners abducted, including three Filipinos. French oil giant Total SA says it worked at that field until 2013. abcnews.go.com