NATO ally shipping missiles to al-Qaeda in Syria


Turkey’s prime minister, a NATO ally, is shipping arms to al-Qaeda and ISIS via Syria-bound trucks operated by the country’s intelligence agency, according to Turkish military officials.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu banned media from reporting on three of the trucks searched by the military’s Gendarmerie General Command, which discovered 45 to 55 missiles or rockets, 30 to 40 crates of ammunition, including mortar rounds, and Douchka anti-aircraft ammunition.

“The trucks were carrying weapons and supplies to the al-Qaeda terror organization,” a report by the Gendarmerie General Command stated.

Davutoglu also removed public prosecutor Aziz Takei from office for ordering the search.

Additionally, the 13 soldiers involved in the search have been charged with espionage and are facing 20-year prison terms.

“Though the scandal is tearing the country apart, the government opted for its favorite tactic of covering it up,” Turkish journalist Fehim Taştekin reported. “A court in Adana banned written, visual and Internet media outlets from any reporting and commenting on the stopping of the trucks and the search.”

“All online content about the incident has been deleted.”

Except for one video, which is available here.

The Gendarmerie General Command and Takei ordered the search at the Turkey/Syria border after receiving a tip that the trucks were carrying weapons and explosives to al-Qaeda in Syria.

“While the trucks were being escorted to Seyhan Gendarmerie Command for an extensive search, MIT [Turkey’s intelligence agency] personnel accompanying the trucks in an Audi vehicle blocked the road to stop the trucks,” Taştekin wrote. “When MIT personnel seized the keys from the trucks’ ignitions, an altercation ensued.”

“MIT personnel instructed the truck drivers to pretend their trucks had malfunctioned and committed physical violence against gendarmerie personnel.”

“The governor of Adana, Huseyin Avni Cos, arrived at the scene and declared, ‘The trucks are moving with the prime minister’s orders’ and vowed not to let them be interfered with no matter what,” he continued. “With a letter of guarantee sent by the regional director of MIT, co-signed by the governor, the trucks were handed back to MIT.”

ISIS militants are already roaming around freely in Istanbul, Turkey, without fear of local authorities, emphasizing the support ISIS enjoys from the Davutoglu government.

The Turkish government has even trained ISIS militants to fight in Syria.

“…After training in Turkey, thousands of ISIS fighters went to Iraq by way of Syria to join the effort to establish an Islamic caliphate subject to strict Islamic law, or Shariah,” Aaron Klein of WND reported.

The centuries-old conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims and the trillions of dollars in potential oil and gas revenue in Syria are both key factors motivating the Sunni-dominated Davutoglu government to support ISIS in its proxy war to overthrow the Shia-dominated Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.

In 2011, Syria announced the discovery of a promising gas field in Homs, which, not surprisingly, became a battleground between Assad’s forces and ISIS, preventing Syria from fully tapping into the field.

Syria also rivals Turkey as one of the most strategic locations for natural gas pipelines to flow into Europe from Asia.

“Syria is the site of the proposed construction of a massive underground gas pipeline that, if completed, could drastically undercut the strategic energy power of U.S. ally Qatar and also would cut Turkey out of the pipeline flow,” Klein also reported. “Dubbed the ‘Islamic pipeline,’ the project may ultimately favor Russia and Iran against Western energy interests.”

But like the gas field in Homs, the construction of the nearly 3,500-mile pipeline has also been delayed by Syria’s war with ISIS.

This definitely helps Turkey, which views the proposed Islamic pipeline through Syria as a threat to its goal of becoming the main transit point for oil and gas flowing from East to West.

And NATO does not want Russia to benefit from a pipeline through Syria.

If the Davutoglu government can successfully use ISIS to topple Assad and install a puppet government in Syria, Turkey stands to gain trillions while also helping NATO isolate Russia.

Mother of returning British jihadist warns of Paris-style attack in UK

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The mother of a young jihadist who fought in Syria last year said the UK risks a Paris-style terror attack if it fails to step up its support for de-radicalization and rehabilitation programs for returning British jihadis.

The woman, known only as Linda, flew to Turkey to bring back her 21-year-old son, James, last year after he secretly left their home in north London to fight alongside a militant group linked to Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).

“It is quite worrying that there’s all these young men returning from these situations and I think that without the right provisions and right care, we could be risking an incident like what happened in France. We do as a society need to address these issues,” she said in an interview with BBC Inside Out London.

“There’s no point in us as a society denying the presence of all these people that are coming back because they are coming back and ignoring the problem isn’t going to make it any better. I feel if these people are just left unattended, not helped, not supported, the potential to society could be devastating. They could become a walking time bomb.”

Linda said she tried to get help for her son to support him in his de-radicalization progress and his re-adjustment to society. However, she added, “I went to various places to try and get him help but they’ve just said, ‘you know, there’s nothing we can do.’”

She said her son was recruited by jihadists online. While in Syria, he was caught in crossfire between opposing militant groups and was hit in the shoulder by shrapnel. When his mother found out about his injury she traveled to the Turkish border with Syria to retrieve him.

“He was in quite a fragile state,” she said. “He was by himself, he was scared.”

“At that point I knew I was going to have to go to Turkey. Because it gave him something to aim for, because he knew that his mum was waiting for him.”

They were reunited four months after he left their London home. After returning to the UK in February last year, he has been questioned by Scotland Yard, but was released the same day because he was not deemed a risk.

MI5 have since “pressured” James into giving them information, his mother said.

She said her son now “doesn’t agree with terrorism whatsoever.”

“I’ve spent a lot of time and effort with him to help him to heal but it worries me that there are no provisions for other people and I know from my own experience that this sort of thing can be difficult for parents.”

As many as 500 young British Muslims are thought to have traveled to fight in Iraq and Syria. Around 300 are believed to have returned to the UK since.

The UK government says it offers returnees the opportunity to enter counter-radicalization programs, such as the Channel program, but Linda said no such support has been offered to her son.

A Home Office spokesman told the BBC: “Some of these people may have been exposed to traumatic experiences and others may be radicalized or vulnerable to radicalization.

“For some, prosecution for terrorist offenses is the right course of action. For others, it may be that support from, for example, mental health or social services might be more appropriate.”

‘Sleeper cells’: 3,000 in Turkey linked to ISIS, police report says

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About 3,000 people have been linked to Islamic State militants in Turkey, says a police report. The data has prompted a red alert over possible attacks, including in NATO and the West, by the so-called “sleeper cells” of the jihadist group.

A Turkish police intelligence report has urged surveillance of about 3,000 people to observe their connections with the jihadists, sources told the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.

“There are around 500-700 Turkish citizens who have joined the ranks of [Islamic State],” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier this week.

Those 3,000 “possible links” to jihadists are additional to the group of about 700 Turkish fighters who are already fighting alongside Islamic State.

The criminal records of foreign fighters who joined the IS militants via Turkey were absent, said the report, adding that it had created problems with security sources.

“A common concern about the foreign fighters is: What will happen when they return to their homeland? We have this concern too.”

Ankara has so far banned entry to 7,250 people from abroad who were planning to join the Islamic State jihadists, and has deported 1,165 would-be extremists.

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    The side entrance of the US Embassy in Ankara

The report contains an “urgent” notice, saying that Islamic State extremists may stage new assaults, including bomb attacks, following the Paris shootings that killed 17 people last week.

The warning also touches upon possible attacks on the consulates of Western countries by Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. NATO facilities and the citizens of Western countries may also be targeted, the report says.

Turkish authorities have already sounded a maximum alert in the consulates and other facilities of Western countries.

One of the factors that increases the risk for Turkey is that IS controls many points on the Syria-Turkish border. Ankara has repeatedly been accused of not taking action to stop the flow of extremists seeking to join ISIS.

“Is it Turkey’s fault it has borders with Syria?” Davutoglu said, responding to calls by Germany’s domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen to take more action to prevent jihadists from entering Syria and Iraq bypassing Turkey. “We need to receive intelligence first so we can track people.”

On Monday, Cavusoglu confirmed that Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, the female accomplice of Amedy Coulibaly (one of the gunman involved in the Paris killings), crossed into Syria from Turkey on January 8. Boumedienne arrived in Turkey from Madrid on January 2 and stayed at a hotel in Istanbul.

“How can I know whether she will join IS? If they have such intelligence, why didn’t they stop her before leaving France?” he asked and added that France did not act on the intelligence provided by Ankara.

FM Cavusoglu has also described Turkey as an open target of ISIS because of its condemnation of the jihadist group as a “merciless terrorist organization that does not represent Islam in any way.”


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    Jamaat-e-Islami aligned with intelligence asset the Muslim Brotherhood


Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest Muslim organization in Pakistan and arguably the most influential in the South Asian sub-continent, will rally a million Muslims on Friday to protest Charlie Hebdo and its satirical take on Islam.

Protests against the latest round of cartoons following a deadly attack on the Paris office of the magazine last week resulted in four deaths in Niger on Friday.

Two demonstrators were killed by police when they attempted to occupy the a French cultural center and after Christian churches were set ablaze.

Violent protests have also occurred in Pakistan and Algeria.

Peaceful demonstrations against the French publication were also staged in the former French colonies of Mali, Senegal and Mauritania.

Jamaat-e-Islami is supported by Saudi Arabia and is closely aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has long served as an intelligence asset for British and U.S. intelligence.

“The Akhwan-al-Muslimeen (the Muslim Brotherhood) in the Arab world, the movements working in the northern African countries, Hammas in Palestine, Rifah in Turkey, Hizb-e-Nehdat-e-Islami, Tajikistan, Ma’Shoomi in Indonesia, the Muslim Youth Movement and the Islamic Party of Malaysia, al To’iah-al Islamia of Kuwait and Qatar and Al-Jamaat-e-Islamia of Lebanon, have ideological and at levels practical contacts with JI Pakistan,” notes


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American public has little influence over the policies government adopts

by ZERO HEDGE | JANUARY 14, 2015

The quaint notion that the U.S. political system remotely resembles either a Republic or a Democracy should have been abandoned long ago.

Any lingering illusions were surely extinguished last year, when an academic study empirically proved that the USA is nothing more than a corrupt oligarchy. I highlighted this groundbreaking piece of research in the post: New Report from Princeton and Northwestern Proves It: The U.S. is an Oligarchy. Here’s an excerpt from the study itself:

    Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

While having super rich and powerful American oligarchs running the show is one thing, the reality of the situation is actually far worse. Thanks to a recent article in Vice, we now know that foreign governments are aggressively employing their extraordinary wealth to advance their interests here on American soil. In many cases, these are autocratic regimes, which not only do not care about the best interests of the nation, they are often caught actively funding ISIS and even perpetuating 9/11 itself. Here are some excerpts from the piece:

For ex-congressman and GOP strategist Vin Weber, Christmas came a few days early and from an unlikely source: the Qatari government. In December, three days before the holiday, the former Minnesota lawmaker and his lobbying firm, Mercury LLC, signed a lucrative lobbying contract with theGulf State,receiving a $465,000 advance for the first few months of work.

Weber isn’t alone. Over the past year and a half, regimes throughout the Middle East, from Turkey to the United Arab Emirates, have gone on what appears to be a shopping spree for former members of Congress. Compared to the rest of the world, Middle East governments have accounted for more than fifty percent of the latest revolving door hires for former lawmakers during this time period, according to a review of disclosures by VICE.

What’s also striking about the latest surge in foreign lobbying is that many of these former lawmakers maintain influence that extends well beyond the halls of Congress. Former Michigan Representative Pete Hoekstra, who used to chair the House Intelligence Committee, appears regularly in the media to demand that the US increase its arms assistance to the Kurds in northern Iraq. Writing for the conservative news outlet National Review, Hoekstra argued that, “the United States needs to immediately provide [the Peshmerga] with more than light arms and artillery to tip the scales in their favor and overcome the firepower of the Islamists.” In that instance and in others, Hoekstra has often not disclosed that since August 12th, he has worked as a paid representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government, which relies on the beleaguered Peshmerga militia for safety against ISIS.

The same goes for former US Senator Norm Coleman, a lobbyist who serves on the board of the influential Republican Jewish Coalition, and whose Super PAC, American Action Network, spent over $12.3 million to help elect Republicans last year. Since July, Coleman has been a registered lobbyist for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, hired in part to work on sanctions against Iran, a key priority of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family. Shortly after signing up as a lobbyist for the Saudis, Coleman, introduced only as a former Senator, gave a speech on Capitol Hill imploring his congressional allies to realize that Israel and Saudi Arabia have many shared policy priorities, and that the United States “should be hand in glove with our allies in the region.” And in a Twitter message greeting the new Congress last week, Coleman wrote that a “nuclear Iran” is the biggest threat and linked to an article calling for Congress to prioritize a new round of Iran sanctions.

It’s not always clear what these lawmaker-lobbyists say or do on behalf of their foreign supervisors, but what is clear is that many of these politicians are willing to renege on their past commitments to human rights. Delahunt, for example, led inquiries in Congress to cast a light into the brutal abuses of Azerbaijan. If anything, Azerbaijan has gotten worse, according to international observers, who note that since last year, the country has gone on an unprecedented crackdown of activists, journalists, and other perceived opponents of the regime. But instead of pushing back against such crimes, Delahunt now works to put a positive spin on the developments.

The influx of foreign influence into Washington is a growing phenomenon. As the New York Times reported late last year, major think tanks, including the Brookings Institute and the Atlantic Council, have allowed foreign donors to call the shots on their policy prescriptions. Major trade groups that can now play an unlimited role in influencing elections, thanks to the Citizens United ruling, receive direct funds from corporations headquartered in foreign lands. The American Petroleum Institute, for instance, is run by a board of directors that includes an executive from ARAMCO, the Saudi state-owned oil company that takes its orders from the Saudi ruling family.
Remember that next time you read a report from a “think tank,” or hear one of their “expert” analysts on some mainstream media propaganda show. You’ll probably hear as much truth from them as you received from Fox News’ recently shamed “terrorism expert,” Steve Emerson.

It appears that this trend of former powerful politicians getting revolving door payouts via shady, human rights abusing regimes represents the wave of the future. After all, why attract all that publicity by joining JP Morgan, when you can just as easily start your own consulting or lobbying firm and earn millions from the likes of say, Kazakhstan. This is precisely what former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has done. Recall: Letter Reveals Tony Blair Advised Kazakhstan’s President on How to Spin Massacre of Innocent, Unarmed Protesters.

Even more troubling, is the fact that several of the governments mentioned in the Vice piece, specifically Qatar and Saudi Arabia, were instrumental in funding the emergence of ISIS, the latest existential terrorist threat du jour. Remember the post, America’s Disastrous Foreign Policy – My Thoughts on Iraq, in which it was noted that:

But in the years they were getting started, a key component of ISIS’s support came from wealthy individuals in the Arab Gulf States of Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Sometimes the support came with the tacit nod of approval from those regimes; often, it took advantage of poor money laundering protections in those states, according to officials, experts, and leaders of the Syrian opposition, which is fighting ISIS as well as the regime.
So these individuals are funding ISIS with one hand, and feeding former U.S. politicians with the other. It’s basically oligarchy on steroids. And it’s not just ISIS either. Bear in mind the increasingly clear connection between Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 attacks highlighted in the piece: Two Congressmen Push for Release of 28-Page Document Showing Saudi Involvement in 9/11.

Are we simply being played as fools by a bunch of authoritarian desert monarchs? Certainly appears that way.

White House aides: Dude, we didn’t think the Paris rally was gonna be that big, okay?

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The fallout from America’s absence from France’s unity rally in Paris after the awful Charlie Hebdo shooting has been well documented–and it’s embarrassing. For heaven’s sake, nations with awful records in journalistic freedom, like Egypt, Russia, Turkey, Algeria, and the United Arab Emirates, were there.

Allahpundit noted how the NFL playoffs might have contributed to our “semi-retired president” staying home. He also mentioned Breibart’s Joel Pollak and his theory about our conspicuous absence in Paris; Obama sat out during the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot rallies, so he couldn’t possibly attend a civil rights rally in Paris. His base would’ve said, “for distant strangers, but not for us?”

At any rate, there’s also the Obama White House staff that didn’t think the rally would be the largest in French history, and never bothered to ask if the president wanted to attend (via Politico):

    Wait, White House aides said Sunday, as they saw coverage come in of the anti-terrorism march in Paris — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is there? Jordan’s King Abdullah? The presidents of Gabon, Benin, Niger? Not to mention the leaders of the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy and other major allies — and even Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov?

    Somehow an event that the French didn’t even announce until Friday had quickly gathered momentum, drawing about three dozen foreign leaders to Paris to express their outrage at the killings of French citizens at a satire magazine and a Jewish supermarket last week. America’s representative, Ambassador Jane Hartley, looked a little out of place.

    White House aides were so caught off guard by the march’s massive size and attention that they hadn’t even asked President Barack Obama if he wanted to go.

    So by Monday morning, the intensity of criticism was so fierce that the aides knew they had to apologize. The media, they felt, had constructed a problem. This time, though, they thought the media might have a point. But they were also counting on the low-attention-span White House press corps to move on as soon as they gave in.

    It was so obvious, they didn’t even go to Obama for sign-off.

Then again, Allah had two exit questions:

    Exit question one: Do we really care that Obama didn’t show up for what was, after all, a well-meaning but toothless gesture? Exit question two: Is the real reason Obama stayed home perhaps because the White House has criticized Charlie Hebdo for its provocations in the past and saw no reason not to boycott until they got pounded yesterday from the right and left alike?

I would say that largely ceremonial gatherings like this is part of the job description as President of the United States, or pretty much for any officeholder at an executive level. Right now, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is having trouble on that front by arriving egregiously late to events, which in turn have some saying that it’s indicative of the mayor’s governing style.

As for the previous White House statements about Charlie Hebdo, that’s just another example of this White House being feckless when it comes to defending the values our society is based upon. Satire and free speech (even awful speech) must be allowed to flow; that’s how debates get started. For example, are we dealing with rational people who think it’s fine to fire bomb a publication because of a cartoon?

Regardless, what is true is that the optics of this whole thing is abysmal. When the White House admits to fumbling the ball, you know they’ve figured out that they’ve stepped in it in a big way. Staffers not thinking this would be a big deal have shed a new light on this whole fiasco.

As Politico mentioned, such admissions are rare; just minutes before the presser former White House press secretary Jay Carney said on CNN, “I don’t think you’ll hear that from my successor, Josh Earnest, today.”

What isn’t true is that this is somehow an Obama criticism thrown into a right wing blender. Heck, the Daily Show mocked our absence at this rally. CNN’s Jake Tapper said he was “ashamed” that we flaked out.

Up to 6 terror-cell members may be at large after Paris attacks – police

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French police stand on the Paris ring road near the scene of a hostage taking at a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris January 9, 2015. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

French authorities are searching the Paris area for a car associated with terrorists allegedly connected to the recent attacks in the French capital, police officials told AFP. Police believe as many as six terror-cell members may still be at large.

One of the alleged terrorists has been spotted driving a Mini Cooper, registered to 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene – the widow and accomplice of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the gunmen involved in the Paris killings.

On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed that Boumeddiene crossed into Syria from Turkey. According to Anadolu Agency, she entered Syria on January 8. She arrived to Turkey from Madrid almost a week before that, staying at a hotel in Istanbul.

Boumeddiene’s partner, Amedy Coulibaly, is believed to have shot a policewoman last week in Paris. He later stormed into a kosher shop, killing four people. The attacker was killed in a subsequent police assault.

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Police discovered Boumeddiene was also connected to Cherif and Said Kouachi – the two gunmen behind the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters in Paris on Wednesday, where 12 people (10 journalists and two policemen) were shot dead.

The three male terrorists were allegedly connected and “synchronized for operations” in France. In a pre-recorded television interview, Coulibaly stated that he was working together with the Kouachi brothers, who said they had links with the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda.

An international manhunt for Hayat Boumediene, as well as other possible suspects, is underway. Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the hunt is urgent because “the threat is still present” following the attacks.

“The work on these attacks, on these terrorist and barbaric acts continues … because we consider that there are most probably some possible accomplices,” Valls told BFM television.

To ensure the security of sensitive sites – including Jewish neighborhoods and schools – in the wake of attacks, France has deployed some 10,000 troops.