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25 September 2017


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What's your take on the Russian 3-star death in Syria?


Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil is casting his vote. Much of the Christian community in the north has many times stated their support for Kurdistan Region independence.


robt willmann

A related issue: Russian Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov was killed near Deir ez Zor--



i see there is some positive media coverage from Borg organs. Might a faction of the deep state seize on this as a way to compensate for loss of influence in Syria and Iraq? They would have to deal with Turkey, but Israel may view Turkey as a lost cause.



What do you mean by "deep state" in the US context? pl



The Russians have said that the three officers were killed by mortar fire in a Syrian Army CP. That can happen to you anywhere on a battlefield. the assertion that the US played a role in that is not established. pl



i'm thinking the Israeli lobby, the neoconservatives on congressional intelligence/defence committees, anti-Arabists at State, and ideologically aligned CIA elements. Perhaps ex military men in the Trump administration might amplify the message.



Quite possible that those groups share certain beliefs about policy but "Deep State" as a term coined by Erdogan implies a conspiracy of government elements to subvert the state. He, of course, means Gulenists, I don't see that here. pl


"a red-headed step child."

I knew at least two red headed, freckled and fair, Irish looking Kurds, both good friends, one in Switzerland and one in USA. Both hated being mistaken for an Irishman, but neither had about them the baggage that comes with being a step child. They were themselves, and I liked them a lot for that reason alone.


I suspect Lemur is talking about neocon John Bolton who has publicly endorsed the referendum on Israel's behalf - and others of his ilk. He has never been ex military as Lemur seems to think. Bolton denies the neocon label, but is a member of both PNAC and Jinsa.

I myself, as your readers know from my past comments, would like to see an independent KRG living in peace with its neighbors. But douchebags like Bolton endorse it because like Bibi Nuts-and-yahoo they are trying to get the US into a war with Iran.


Albayim, "Deep State" in Turkey was coined long before Gulenists were on the map in Turkey, it mainly referred to Gladio left behind unconventional ultra nationalist warriors from cold war days. Who were later on merged with deep Mafia types and completely broke free of state control. Erdogan is trying to benefit from a false equivalency which his supporters will know nothing about. I suggest for reading material Sibel Edmond's site,boilingfrogspost.com for further reading for everyone .

Babak Makkinejad

You omitted the Protestant Christians - the Puritans.



Kurdistan Referendum is clearly being pushed by Israel to divide and conquer Arabs. For the USA, Kurds are a proxy force of mountain people to be used and tossed aside. The USA, Russia and China are Empires with numerous ethnic groups more or less united. The EU is a German Empire but un-united. Brexit, Catalonia referendum and the Greek occupation are tearing it apart. In the USA due to the end of conscription, the Deplorables were tossed under the bus. America is falling apart too. 11 NFL Presidential tweets verses 0 Puerto Rico tweets. Nation States resist dismemberment. An artificially separated ethnic group tries to reunite; a possibility if supported by outsiders.

If there is ever going to be peace and prosperity, humans must learn to live together. If the aristocratic rich and their paid technocrats don’t start redistributing their wealth, revolutions will happen. In the nuclear age, today in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and Korea; Empires are playing with fire.

Jony Kanuck

The Yazidis do not want to go along for the ride: In fact they do not trust the KRG at all; being left to ISIS is on their minds. See Rania Khalek's good write up at: http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/field-yazidi-fighters-tales-genocide-isiss-hands-and-more-conflict-come

It appears the Yazidi may fight to stay out.


I wouldn't mind watching those innovative Israelis to learn how to airlift oil and gas out of there.


Jony Kanuck -

Other reports say that a majority of Yazidis do want Kurdish independence. The Yazidi, like the rest of the Kurds, are not monolithic and do not speak in a single voice. However, the spiritual leader of all Yazidis worldwide, Mir Tahsin Beg, claims that 80% of Yazidis in Shingal (Sinjar) want independence with the rest of Iraqi Kurdistan.


The Yazidi that are against independence are under the thumb of the Hashd al Shaabi.


Eakens -

Zionist zeppelins? Bibi's hot-air balloons?

Joking aside, the bigger problem is for Rosneft and Exxon. Turkey has stated they will shut down the Kurds oil pipeline. But Putin has some shares in Rosneft so will probably be whispering in Erdogan's ear.



Oil may be just a long time worry of the Barzani-Israeli axis.

I think joint Turkish-Iraqi “major maneuvers” at the border area should be a more urgent worry for the Barzani-Israeli axis. As per Reuters, quote:

"Iraqi soldiers arrived in Turkey on Monday night to join a drill on the Turkish side of the border near the Habur area in the southeast, Turkey’s military said in a statement. Iraq’s defense ministry said the two armies started “major maneuvers” at the border area."


It will be interesting to see what the Barzani-Israeli axis decides if the Turks and the Iraqis decide they will work together to secure the Iraqi-Turkish borders. And an even more pressing question may be, what would they do if the Turks and the Iraqis decide to proceed together to secure the Northern Iraqi-Syrian border.

Would Barzani order his man to shoot on Turkey? I think that may soon become a tough question for the Barzani-Israeli axis.

The Virginian

The referendum is as much about the effort of Massoud Barzani to bolster his position (and his son's) and that of the KDP as it is about a genuine independence movement, to include a perception of leverage in dealings with Baghdad. He can only go so far, however, as his wealth is tied up in part in Turkish banks (in the same bank as many Turkish businessmen -
including relatives of Erdogan - and politicos that make millions off the Kurds) or risk losing it all. Regardless of the Turks, Iranians and Syrians the Iraqi Arabs - including the regular army and PMUs now bloodied in years of combat - will not take lightly any effort to retain the post-2003 expansion of disputed territories into a new state (or prolonged autonomous zone). Erbil remains extremely exposed to military action by Baghdad. Should it come to that, much blood will be spilled on all sides, and absent a regional or international power stepping in there will be a return to conflict of old, Kurd against Arab, Kurd against Kurd, Kurd against Turk, and Kurd against Iranian.


Bandalero: "Would Barzani order his man to shoot on Turkey? I think that may soon become a tough question for the Barzani-Israeli axis."

Let's hope so. It would be good watch all of Israel's Muslim allies quickly humiliated.

The only referendum I want to see in the ME is the one establishing Palestinian independence.


The Virginian:

If your prognosis is correct, it means the Kurds lack the wisdom to avoid fighting ALL their neighbors and among themselves.

A "free Kurdistan" would then be another South Sudan.



Forgive my tone as I understand it sounds alarmist, but this is madness, and must fail.

The problem though is not just Kurdish secessionism, it's also found in Ukraine and elsewhere.

If our course remains unaltered, the American people must prepare for a collision course against a coalition of deep historical forces. And that no matter how loud we howl, those forces cannot bow.


Iraqi PM just announced if Iraqi Kurdish airports, not handed over to Iraqi government in 3 days, all flights to and from Iraqi Kurdistan will be forbidden (Iran has already closed it's air space) . He also said any country buying Iraqi oil from Kurdistan will be legally pursued. I believe all 4 countries will tighten and chock Barezani economically forceing him to escape, or as Kurds usual preferred elimination will have a sudden illness or accident. Nevertheless, Israel and her beholders got thier little post ISIL state of I in stability in Iraq. But IMO this will pass too and is not going to fair better for Israel and her beholders any better than ISIL did.



That's part of what I meant. If Barzani's current bid for an "independent Kurdistan" shall get any possibility to survive he must be friend with Turkey.

From Baghdad, Teheran and Damascus he cannont expect to get any help for creating an Israeli-backed Kurdistan and other neighbors for his landlocked "Kurdistan" he simply doesn't have. So, Barzani is betting everything on that Turkey in the end will support him. If not, Barzani is doomed.

If Turkish tanks would move forward into his Kurdistan, and Turkish-Iraqi military exercises point in my view stringly in that direction, Barzani would be caught in a catch 22 he can't escape from.

If he'ld order his men to shoot on Turkish soldiers, in short Turkey, he'ld turn Turkey into his enemy, and if he'ld let Turkish and Iraqi troops control the borders together, his Kurdish independence bid would have failed.

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