Why Turkey Was Planning A False Flag Operation In Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Nick Giambruno via Doug Casey's International Man blog,

You’ve probably heard about the recent leaked conversations involving Turkey.

It was stunning to hear the highest-ranking Turks casually discussing how to provoke a false flag incident that would justify a large military intervention in Syria.

This is a big deal because Turkish troops in Syria opens the door to NATO troops in Syria, which drastically expands the conflict.

As someone who has spent a number of years living and working in the Middle East, and having been to Syria multiple times, I was encouraged by my colleagues at Casey Research to share my perspective on this.

In case you didn’t know, a false flag is an incident that is designed to deceive people into thinking it was actually carried out by someone else.

It’s like the scene in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. There’s a character who plays on the high school football team and has a fancy sports car. Later, his little brother’s friend accidentally trashes this car. Terrified at how the big brother could respond, they come up with a clever plan to shift the blame on someone else. They make it look like a rival football team vandalized the car, decorating it in the rival team’s colors and slogans. The plan works—the big brother is tricked into thinking that a rival football team trashed his car instead of the little brother.

This is the essence of a false flag, and the same tactic is used by the world’s militaries and intelligence services to nefarious effect. Many believe the Reichstag fire incident that allowed Hitler to drastically expand his power was a false flag operation.

So, why would the Turks propose doing such a thing in Syria?

To answer that question, we need to sift through the complexities of the Syrian situation.

First, the Syrian rebels are divided into mostly Salafi Islamists and secularists, or what was once known as the Free Syrian Army. As things stand right now, the latter is essentially irrelevant and has little influence on the ground—a reality that the Obama administration stubbornly refuses to acknowledge. The Salafi Islamists are the real power of the opposition and can be divided into roughly three groups.

1. The Islamic Front: This is the so-called “moderate” or “mainstream” group and is supported mostly by Saudi Arabia, but also by Turkey and Qatar. It’s the largest group in terms of men, but not necessarily the most militarily effective.

2. The Nusra Front: This is the official Al Qaeda franchise in Syria. It’s more radical, known for beheadings and suicide attacks, and is supported by wealthy individuals in the Gulf and allegedly to some degree from Qatar. Al Nusra also widely coordinates its activities with the Islamic Front. This leads many to question whether there’s any meaningful distinction between the two groups, other than giving the latter a “mainstream” veneer to potential Western backers.

3. ISIL: This stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. These guys are so hardcore that even Al Qaeda disavowed them, as their brutal tactics have alienated many locals. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful on the ground, though. In fact, they control a huge swath of territory that stretches from eastern Syria into the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which for all intents and purposes is a distinct yet unrecognized political entity controlled by these guys.

Now back to the Turkish situation.

Turkey owns a very small piece of territory inside of Syria that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. This small piece of land is the tomb of Suleyman Shah, a relative of one of the founding Ottomans. It’s guarded by 24 Turkish troops and is considered sovereign Turkish territory.

Having Turkish troops in this area is not controversial, as the Syrian government has long agreed to it.

The region where this tomb is located has totally fallen out of the Syrian government’s control for many months. And now, the hardcore ISIL group controls the surrounding area. It has threatened the Turkish soldiers and told them to leave. The Turks refused, and that’s why the Turkish government is getting skittish.

This is where the leaked tape comes in.

The conversation started out with the Turks talking about how they can protect this tomb from ISIL. This is not controversial. I don’t believe the Syrian government would care about the Turks intervening to protect the tomb, since this is an area where it has lost control anyways. Plus, I’d bet the Syrian government would be happy to see the Turks bogged down fighting ISIL militants who’d otherwise be fighting them.

However, that was not the end of the conversation. The really sinister part comes when the high-ranking Turks talk about how easy it would be to create a false flag incident involving the tomb, and how they could use that to justify a much wider military intervention inside Syria.

Such an incident would be a sort of foot in the door to further military activities inside Syria and would allow the Turks to help their favored rebel groups, which have seen serious setbacks lately.

That step would clearly cause them to go to war with the Syrian government and drastically expand the conflict. And once Turkey is involved inside Syria, that opens the door for NATO to be involved.

The Erdogan government has staked a huge amount of domestic political capital by supporting the Syrian rebels. They gambled that their favored rebel groups would quickly win and as a result, Turkey would have more geopolitical influence in a post-Assad Syria. It was a losing bet. Turkey’s favored rebels have seriously faltered, and a growing number of Turkish voters have become skeptical of their government’s intervention and the blowback it’s causing.

A false flag incident with the tomb would be a way for Erdogan to double down in a desperate attempt to turn things around in Syria. Whoever leaked this conversation clearly timed it to take the wind out the sails of such a strategy.

There are only a few people with the capability and motivation to do this. As an ally of the Syrian government, Russian intelligence is at the top of that list. They have leaked similarly shocking private conversations in Ukraine recently. Members of the Turkish military opposed to Erdogan could have also done it.

Instead of coming up with a classy way of saying “touché,” the Turkish government responded by throwing a childish fit, futilely trying to block YouTube and Twitter.

In this digital age, restricting Internet access, seizing and spying on digital data, and otherwise tampering with an individual’s digital presence have become new tools in the traditional toolbox of desperate governments.

Fortunately, mitigating this risk is relatively easy by diversifying your digital presence internationally. In our Going Global publication, we have a comprehensive and actionable section on how to do just that. Whether it’s setting up an offshore email service or cloud file storage, to moving the components of your personal and business websites abroad, using secure encryption, or using a VPN to disguise which country you are accessing the Internet from to get past government blocks, Going Global covers it all.

While the actions of the Turkish government are pathetic and largely obsolete, that doesn’t mean other governments with much greater capabilities won’t try similar things. If we’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s that the NSA and the US government are very much in the business of trying to undermine your digital rights.

Internationalizing your digital presence is the solution. You will secure your privacy and ensure that no government can pull the plug on your digital life.

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KashNCarry's picture

Maybe... Tylers should consider this:


((The conversation turns out to be several put together, as pointed out by Sibel Edmonds))


The Gooch's picture

"Why every, corrupt, failing nation-state is planning false flags everywhere"


OldPhart's picture

Been using this.


"moves" your online presence to another town, state or country.

And it's free.

hungarianboy's picture

Good reading, learned something. Thanks for this topic.

Uncle Remus's picture

Alien view of Earth - False Flagistan.

LetThemEatRand's picture

We really need to get back to a representative government in the U.S.  We all know that the banker/oligarch controlled government here has launched false flags in the past.  When the People do not control their own government, we are pawns.  As in every other country on earth with the possible exception of the Scandavian countries.  It is sad indeed when I read a story like this and I realize that America is really no different than a country like Turkey.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

If it's the same camp that masterminded Ft. Hood (I and II) why not try the exact same false pretext to use a Kerryism in the exact same place a second time -even if the cat is out of the bag?...

Hubris livin large!  "Somebody stop me"... Especially when my Party' just won it's rigged election!!!

The Joker's picture

Really?  The punchline is an infomercial for Going Global?  Really? 

We know what is going on in Syria and we know what the fuck a false flag is. 

This article is hogwash.  C'mon ZH, it's a pitch.  I EXPECT BETTER!

ebear's picture

Or at least better pitches...heh.


Dugald's picture

True, but this bit rang a bell.....

In this digital age, restricting Internet access, seizing and spying on digital data, and otherwise tampering with an individual’s digital presence have become new tools in the traditional toolbox of desperate governments.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Quis bono -- who benefits? Let's see...

The western MIC;
The troubled USD (whose Treasuries are now bought by Brussels/ECB, continued US Deficit Spending at $1T/yr);
Big Oil;
The Israelis (pipeline, water and Lebensraum issues, ongoing free billions from the US);
KSA+Qatar (gas pipeline to EU, expand Wahabi fundamentalism & Sharia law);
The Neocon/NWO crowd;
The Erez Israel (Greater Israel) crowd.

disabledvet's picture

Instead we're staring at not only an independent and very aggressive Ukraine but also "the sudden appearance of a Kurdistan."

These folks exist in four countries (Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria) and can cause a lot of problems for everyone involved.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Plus we have a new contender getting thrown into the Syrian gladiator ring since the FSA (Free Syrian Army) changed commanders. The MEK an Iranian group is being brought into it now since Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir is running the group. He just happens to have some ties to the group.

They've been sitting on the sidelines because they were designated as terrorist group by everyone even though they want to overthrow the current Iranian government for their participation in overthrowing the Shah back in 1979 among other things. The US finally took them off the list in 2012. I


In 2011, several former senior U.S. officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, three former chairmen of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, two former directors of the CIA, former commander of NATO Wesley Clark, two former U.S. Ambassadors to the United Nations, the former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a former White House Chief of Staff, a former commander of the United States Marine Corps, former U.S. National Security Advisor Frances Townsend, and U.S. President Barack Obama's retired National Security Adviser General James L. Jones called for the MEK to be removed from its official State Department foreign terrorist listing on the grounds that they constituted a viable opposition to the Iranian regime.[107] In early 2012, a controversy arose regarding whether Townsend had committed federal felonies by providing material support to the MEK.[108] Many of MEK's American supporters accepted fees of $15,000 to $30,000 to give speeches to the group and took travel expense money to go to Paris for MEK rallies. Former Pennsylvania governor Edward G. Rendell was paid over $150,000 and faced a United States Treasury Department investigation.[11]

In April 2012, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh reported that the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command had trained MEK operatives at a secret site in Nevada from 2005 to 2009. According to Hersh, MEK members were trained in intercepting communications, cryptography, weaponry and small unit tactics at the Nevada site up until President Barack Obama took office in 2009.[109] Hersh also reported additional names of former U.S. officials paid to speak in support of MEK, including former CIA directors James Woolsey and Porter Goss; New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; former Vermont Governor Howard Dean; former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Louis Freeh and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. 


Reads like a who's who of Neocons and globalist types.

and the punchline



On September 28, 2012 The U.S. State Department formally removed MEK from its official list of terrorist organizations, beating an October 1 deadline in a MEK lawsuit.[11][74] 12:45, 27 October 2012 (UTC) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement the decision was made because MEK had renounced violence and had cooperated in closing their Iraqi paramilitary base. The statement said the State Department "does not overlook or forget the MEK's past acts of terrorism, including its involvement in the killing of U.S. citizens in Iran in the 1970s and an attack on U.S. soil in 1992," and that it also has serious concerns about "allegations of abuse committed against its own members." An official denied that lobbying by well-known figures influenced the decision to remove the designation.[110]

The National Iranian American Council denounced the decision, stating it “opens the door to Congressional funding of the M.E.K. to conduct terrorist attacks in Iran” and “makes war with Iran far more likely.[11] Iran state television condemned the delisting of the group, saying that the U.S. considers MEK to be "good terrorists because the U.S. is using them against Iran.

kchrisc's picture

They were trumped in direct action via lies and by Russia. They epically failed in the Ukraine. So looks like its door number three for the goat and false-flag.

kurt's picture


So you had a tree fort and you invited all your friends. Boy did you have fun on that sleep over.

Your mom made you invite a  ugly creepy kid from down the street. All he did was jack off and then cry in fear demanding to be taken home. He smelled farty.

That's Nato's Turkey.

22winmag's picture

I seem to remember witnessing something like that during my childhood.

KanKhaderKhanKan's picture

"That's Nato's Turkey."


Really? They have the third largest army in NATO. If you want to find what the Turks are like as soldiers go ask a relative who fought with them in Korea or Vietnam. Anyone who posts this type of nonsense don't know their military history because if they did they'd know the Turks - unlike the Greeks - not only cleverly played Stalin and Hitler off each other in WW2 but that in WW1 they outlasted the Russians, Austrians and fought the Britains on 5 different fronts whilst facing a massive internal revolt and then subsequently went on to kick the Greeks out of Anatolia. There's a reason why the Turks had an empire for 500 years. The Turks are tough and if Putin kicks off with NATO it'd be the Turks and the Poles who'll do most of the hard fighting not a Frenchman or a Canadian.

kurt's picture


Don't worry we'll take you home. Stop crying.

CuttingEdge's picture

Maybe one level up...

Brussels to Erdogan: Sort Syria out and Merkel says the Germans will let you in the EU. Baroness Ashton will be over with the cookies forthwith.

Ghordius's picture

lol. myself, I'm still not 100% convinced that the phone call was genuine... as much as Nuland's "Fuck the EU"

both very, very likely, and in character, and yet... it's when it's believable that a psy-op works best

anyway, I prefer to judge on the actions, not on the words

smacker's picture

And yet again we see NATO expansionism behind geo-political moves just like we saw in Ukraine.

homiegot's picture

I think the U.S. put them up to it.

Zymurguy's picture

Hmmmm... plans false flag event, acts childish when they don't get their way, over leverages authority to force action.

Sounds like the Obama administration and his handlers are working hand in hand with the Turks.