Turkey Blasts "Breakthrough" UN Resolution On Syria: "It Lacks Perspective. Assad Must Go!"

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Following June elections in which AKP lost its absolute parliamentary majority thanks in part to a stronger than expected showing at the polls by the pro-Kurdish HDP, Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan began to lose his mind. 

The vote put in jeopardy Erdogan’s bid to effectively rewrite the country’s constitution on the way to consolidating his power in an executive presidency. That decisively undesirable outcome could not stand and so Erdogan did what any respectable autocrat would do: he nullified the election. First, the President undermined the coalition building process so he could call for new elections. Next, he fanned the flames of civil war and reignited a long-simmering conflict with the PKK. The idea was to scare the electorate into believing that a “strong” AKP government was the only antidote to domestic and international terror. Finally, Erdogan cracked down on the press and anyone else critical of his rule. AKP was also suspected of covertly backing attacks on HDP offices and newspapers. Some (i.e. the PKK) went so far as to suggest that Erdogan secretly worked with Sunni extremists to orchestrate suicide bombings - in other words, there’s speculation Erdogan terrorized his own people. 

Sure enough, AKP had a better showing at re-do elections last month, but by that point, Erdogan was on the fast track to dictatorial delirium. On November 24, he shot down a Russian fighter jet near the border with Syria in the first such direct military confrontation between Russia and a NATO member in at least six decades. And the madness didn’t stop there. After Putin and the Russian MoD laid out their case against Ankara’s role in financing Islamic State via Turkey’s complicity in the group’s lucrative oil trafficking business, Turkey sent hundreds of troops and around two dozen tanks to Bashiqa in Iraq which is right on the crude smuggling route. The deployment infuriated Baghdad and after Turkey refused to pull the troops out, Iraq went to the UN Security Council. Subsequently, Turkish troops were “attacked” by Islamic State.

The Turks claim that Iraq invited them in the past, a contention Baghdad vehemently denies. Thanks to Barzani and the Kurds, Ankara gets to claim that at least someone welcomes the Turkish troop presence (remember, despite Erdogan’s hatred of the PKK and the YPG, Turkey is friendly with Erbil, which relies on Turkey to get some 630,000 b/d of what is technically illegal crude to market). 

Well, for anyone who thought Turkey might be set to bow to international pressure by moving its troops north and thus back towards the Turkey-Iraq border, think again because on Saturday, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu was out with a series of declarations that seem to suggest Turkey is going full-belligerent-retard as Erdogan scrambles to preserve the “Assad must go” narrative on the way to securing whatever Ankara’s interests are in both Iraq and Syria. 

First, Davutoglu said that the provision of training to the Peshmerga and Mosul militiamen is “in line with a request from Iraq authorities and as such, the mission in Iraq will continue “until Mosul is freed” from ISIS. 

Ok, so two things there. The deployment is not “in line with a request from Iraq.” At this point, Turkey’s position has moved from comically absurd to maddeningly obstinate. How many times does Baghdad have to say that Turkey isn’t invited before NATO forces Turkey to drop the “they told us we could be here” line? Further, the idea that Turkey will stay until Mosul “is liberated” from ISIS, means Erdogan plans to remain in Iraq indefinitely. As we’ve documented on several occasions, an operation to retake Mosul is for all intents and purposes a pipe dream and if Turkey intends to wait it out, the troops and tanks could be there for years.

Next, Davutoglu claims that the Islamic State attacks on Turkish positions in Bashiqa prove Turkey “is right.” “Right” about what, it’s not clear, but what’s interesting is that the attacks came just as ISIS launched its first major offensive in northern Iraq since July in a move that US officials say was likely designed to disrupt preparations for an assault on Mosul. The point: all of this is rather conveniently timed.

Davutoglu then slammed a UN Security Council resolution agreed in New York on Friday. The meeting of foreign ministers was tipped by John Kerry in Moscow on Tuesday and when discussions ended, diplomats adopted a resolution which purports to draw a road map for ending the war in Syria. As WSJ notes, the resolution “left unresolved divisions among world powers on key issues in the conflict.”

Which “key issues”, you ask? Well, the only ones that matter - namely, i) the fate of Bashar al-Assad and ii) which groups should be recognized as “terrorists” and which should be awarded the “moderate opposition” badge.

“Both issues were left out of the resolution after an hourslong meeting of foreign ministers in New York on Friday failed to reach a compromise and at one point verged on collapse,” WSJ goes on the recount, adding that “Russian and Iranian diplomats said the question of Mr. Assad wasn’t discussed on Friday because neither of their countries would accept a deal that calls for Mr. Assad’s exit, even at the end of a political transition period.”

As we've said on too many occasions to count, Syria is absolutely critical for Tehran when it comes to preserving Iranian influence and ensuring that the so-called "Shiite crescent" doesn't wane. For Russia, this is a chance to supplant the US as Mid-East superpower puppet master and Moscow isn't about to see it slip away by agreeing to a resolution that makes Assad's ouster a foregone conclusion. 

For Turkey, the absence of a decision on Assad's future is maddening. The Security Council resolution "lacks realistic perspective," Davutoglu said on Saturday, before adding that the "Syria crisis can only be solved if Bashar al-Assad leaves power."

Consider that, and consider the fact that, as we reported yesterday, Ankara is now establishing a military base in Qatar in order that the two country's might work more closely on tackling "common enemies." 

What we're beginning to see here is the formation of three alliances in the Mid-East: 1) Russia, Iran, Syria, and Iraq; 2) Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar; 3) Britain, France, and Germany. The first alliance is pro-Assad, anti-terror. The second is anti-Assad, pro-Sunni extremist. The third is anti-Assad (although less vehemently so), anti-terror (conspiracy theories aside). Note that we've left the US out. Why? Because Washington is now stuck. The US wants desperately to maintain coordination with Ankara, Riyadh, and Doha, but between stepped up media coverage of Saudi Arabia's role in underwriting extremism (via the promotion of Wahhabism) and hightened scrutiny on Erdogan's role in financing terrorists, the position is becoming increasingly untenable. But aligning solely with the UK, France, and Germany entails adopting a more conciliatory approach to Assad - just ask Berlin which, as we reported on Friday, is now working with Assad's intelligence police and may soon establish a base in Damascus. 

With that in mind, we'll close with the following from Obama, which underscores the extent to which the US is now thoroughly confused as to what to do next: 

“Now, is there a way of us constructing a bridge, creating a political transition, that allows those who are allied with Assad right now, allows the Russians, allows the Iranians to ensure that their equities are respected, that minorities like the Alawites are not crushed or retribution is not the order of the day? I think that’s going to be very important as well.”

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JustObserving's picture

First try the sarin gas supplying war criminal, Erdogan

Turkey supplied the sarin that killed over 1300 Syrians in Ghouta to try to get the Nobel Prize Winner to bomb Assad into oblivion

Seymour Hersh Links Turkey to Benghazi, Syria and Sarin

The assessment of the Defense Intelligence Agency is that the sarin was supplied by Turkey to elements in Ghouta with the intent of “push[ing] Obama over the red line.” Intercepted transmissions from Turkish operators in the aftermath of the attack are jubilant, and the success of their covert mission must have seemed well in hand. Obama’s implicit call to war in the coming month was proof of that.


NidStyles's picture

Pretty sure they all made contact through the UN for every single one of these deals. The UN is far worse than any of them individually.


That anyone takes the UN seriously in any government just goes to show how deep and extensive the rot goes around the world. That institution is about as legally viable as Erdogan.


All of these fuckers are criminals.

y3maxx's picture

F*ck Obama, NSA, Nuland, Erdogan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar & Netenyahu.

Freddie's picture

He lives in a huge palace.  He and his son steal oil via mass murder. 

The only bigger traitors to their own people is Paul Ryan and the NeoCon GOP-e RINOs in the House and Senate.

Latina Lover's picture

Erdogan must GO!

There, fixed it for you.

the phantom's picture

Stop calling him Erdogan, his name is Golum... and he needs a polonium sandwich stat.

Volkodav's picture

'The Phony Litvinenko Murder'  William Dunkerley

WTFRLY's picture

White House, Media Silent One Year After Murder of US Reporter Who Exposed Western Links to ISIS October 20, 2015


Turkey killed and American reporter to protect the lies. British reporter Jackie Sutton was found dead a year to the day in Istanbul airport...

nope-1004's picture

Turkey is flat broke.  They are bankrupt and have to sell oil to ISIS for their own funding.

Since Erdogan is in a box, he's going to do anything to maintain power over the people, who don't really know yet that Turkey is wholly insolvent.  Erdogan will start something again, like he tried with the shooting down of the Russian jet, but he is running out of time and I believe Putin knows this.  China, Russian, and Iran are clearly in talks and time is on their side.


Infinite QE's picture

Yes. And the jews are the orcs?

Ignatius's picture

I never thought this would happen, but I think I'm becoming an Assad fan as he's obviously pissing off some other totally despicable people.

Gonzogal's picture

Assad has done much to protect those who are most at risk...his people, who include Chrisitans and Jews, as well as Palestinian and Iraqi refugees.



here is an excellent interview with Assad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdH4JKjVRyA


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"Erdogan must go!"

Ergo, Ergodung be Ergogone!

DeadFred's picture

There aren't that many Turkish troops in Iraq, they can be removed with Iraqi Army and Shiite militia ground troops. The Russian can fly CAP but they shouldn't be involved beyond that. The purpose of Erdogan's insanities is to goad Putin into doing something that will bring NATO against him. He's been wise enough to avoid that so far. The Western economies are a gnats eyelash from collapse so all he needs to so is wait. Maybe selling a few shares of SPY at the right time would help or giving a few billion to some untracable players who call for delivery on their gold futures. I hope he's patient, the end-game is upon us but the fewer nukes that get used the better.

Urban Roman's picture

"the fewer nukes" ... Absolutley!

Japan has already dumped more nuclear pollution in the Pacific than the next ten nuclear armageddons combined. Will they come to their senses and hire the Russians to remediate? Naaaah.

two hoots's picture


Israel, where are you in all of this?   Oh, see below:


Forget Qatar/Russia pipelines.    


Israel/Turkey/US/NATO connection found here:  “That would allow Turkey to reduce its energy dependence on Russia and open up a new market for Israeli and U.S. developers of a new natural gas project off the Israeli coast.”  (WSJ)




Nat Gas in Israel waters:  “Israel has proposed that EU countries invest in a multi-billion euro pipeline to carry its natural gas to the continent, noting that the supply from Israel would reduce Europe’s current dependence on natural gas from Russia.” (Start Up-Israel)




It could be a whole new NG game?  And what thinks Russia/Qatar in all of this?   

BullyBearish's picture

Now it's time to try it with Turkey as that "Egypt thing" didn't work out...

The Pope's picture

So let's sort things out for a minute here...


Israel wants to 'sell' NAT GAS to Western Europe so that all the 'muslim invasion' folks (who are changing the landscape of Western Europe) can keep their fannies warm & toasty.


What a clusterfuck of a world we live in ~ You can't make this shit up!



Kirk2NCC1701's picture

That would be what you'd call "A game-changer", as there is absolutely nothing that Russia could do about it, except to help Syria get the Golan back.

Squid Viscous's picture

Woodsy Owl:

"give a Hoot! don't pollute!... never be a dirty jew"

wasn't that it?

fudge's picture

Note that we've left the US out.

The jew puppet master won't like that :D

You also left out China ;) the ME base they are building is where ? lots of holes in article I think

Bopper09's picture

You can say Fuck.  It's ZH. 

Thanks for making more T-shirts by the way, fellas.  Finally ordered one for myself for Christmas.

Tarjan's picture

Would someone please remove Erdogan from power and send him to the Hague to be tried for war crimes?

Oops, I forgot, rule of law does not apply to these creatures.

PersonalResponsibility's picture

I see things like this and I see grown people acting like spoiled confused children in a tantrum ON BOTH SIDES.  <-- yeah, caps.  It's pathetic.  The problem with grown children in a tantrum, especially in a powerful position, is that people die.  It's so hard to believe these people do these things for money.  It's all about money. So fucking stupid.

Not related to this post but overall on ZH, stop bashing Jewish people! Grow up.  It's all individuals that do the worst things.

EDIT:  Going to go put up some LED Christmas lights because it'll look nice when the snow blankets the ground.  What is wrong with people to not be nice?


WTFRLY's picture

What the fuck kind of bullshit answer is that PersonalResponsibility? The whole fucking world is at war with the Joo World Order. I say that not b/c I hate Jews, but I hate the fake Jew Zionists that push this global warfare state. If your only concern is to "stop bashing Jewish people" then take your ass over there with the hardcore brainwashed and shut the fuck up if you can't see the empire you support for what it is....

PersonalResponsibility's picture

The world has always been at war ever since we were amoebas.  I just wish everyone with a higher intelligence would grow up.

WTFRLY's picture

You should start with yourself and the childish way you are looking at this war like it is just a coincidence and "the world has always been at war ever since we were amoebas". You can talk that shit walking somewhere else.

Able Ape's picture

Turkey needs to be BASTED...

DeadFred's picture

Buy your ham now, because there may be no Turkey by Christmas- Putin

madashellron's picture

Next Erdogan (the Dog) should be made to pay back to Syria all the Billions he has stolen in Oil and antiquities. And for the pain and suffering he has caused to the people of Syria. They can then hang him.

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Official EU - NWO Translation: we now control and operate the massive Qatar nat gas play and we want to run a fucking (Keystone XL) pipeline thru your God foresaken country while shafting Russia! Now move your ass out of the fucking way you rotten little sand nigger!

WTFRLY's picture

Good build but technically the sand nigger line stops at Syria I think.

NoDebt's picture

Maybe it's Erdogan that must go.  Just sayin'.

Neil Patrick Harris's picture

As long as Israel can keep getting cheap ISIS oil and/or drilling rights in the Golan, he can stay.

thestarl's picture

The Iraqi PM needs to issue an ultimatum to Erdogan get out or face the consequences.

rwe2late's picture

Those Iraqi and Syrian soldiers keep getting in the way;

it should be illegal for them to be where they don't belong!


um, .... never mind


OregonGrown's picture

Sounds like Russia needs to A-Bomb Turkey to me!  Damn turks are the blight of the world!

IronForge's picture

Send in the UNSC and NATO into TRK to monitor the ChemWeaps Production and Inventory, along with the groups involved in smuggling them into TRK.

Are the Erdogans getting nervous?  Are they due for a Fall - after trying to bring Mr. Assad Down?  Will Mr. Assad and Sympathizers hunt the Erdogans down after the Invasion and Sabotage are quelled?

bustdrs's picture

Fantastic analysis, ahead of the curve, as always. US shitscared of German pivot east...same as it ever was.

Can't we just print MOAR to fix this? Surely the problem is that we havent had enough QE here.

What would Krugman say? 

smacker's picture

Whereas Hitler went mad after he fought WWII, Erdogan has gone mad even before starting WWIII.


Dictators aren't what they used to be .....

Winston Churchill's picture

Hard to think of anything else that explains his behavior.

Loose canon indeed.

monk27's picture

Erdogan will have a hard life with Trump as POTUS, and he probably knows it...

researchfix's picture

Won´t get an US visum then.