Turkey Blames Kurds, Assad For Terrorist Attack, Vows Swift Response

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Moments after a massive explosion rocked Ankara on Wednesday, we said the following: “Expect this to be pinned on either ISIS or the PKK. If it's the latter, Ankara will once again claim that the group is working in concert with the YPG and that will be all the evidence Erdogan needs to march across the border.”

In short, we wondered whether the bombing - which apparently targeted military barracks - would be just the excuse President Recep Tayyip Erdogan needed to launch an all-out ground invasion in Syria. Turkey has been shelling YPG positions for nearly a week in an effort to keep the group (which Ankara equates with the “terrorist” PKK) from cutting the Azaz corridor - the last lifeline between Turkey and the rebels fighting to oust Bashar al-Assad. It’s unlikely that cross-border fire will ultimately halt the YPG advance and so, Erdogan needs an excuse to send in the ground troops.

Sure enough, Ankara has blamed the YPG for the attack and is vowing to retaliate. “Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed a Syrian Kurdish militia fighter working with Kurdish militants inside Turkey for a suicide car bombing that killed 28 people in the capital Ankara, and he vowed retaliation in both Syria and Iraq,” Reuters reports, on Thursday. “Davutoglu said the attack was clear evidence that the YPG, a Syrian Kurdish militia that has been supported by the United States in the fight against Islamic State in northern Syria, was a terrorist organization and that Turkey, a NATO member, expected cooperation from its allies in combating the group.”

Right. It’s “clear evidence” of something alright, but “clear evidence” of what we’re not sure.

"The assailants have all been identified. It was Syrian national Salih Necar who was born in the northern Syrian city Amuda in 1992," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday. "YPG is a pawn of the Syrian regime and the regime is directly responsible for the Ankara attack. Turkey reserves the right to take any measure against the Syrian regime," he added.

Obviously, that's utter nonsense. Assad is fighting for his life. Both figuratively and literally. The idea that he spends his days plotting Ankara car bombs with the Kurds (who do not, by the way, wholeheartedly support the regime) is patently absurd.

For their part, the YPG says this is nonsense and also says Turkey’s self defense claim (used as an excuse to justify the shelling at Azaz) is equally absurd. “We are completely refuting that," Saleh Muslim, co-chair of the PYD, told Reuters. "I can assure you that not even one bullet is fired by YPG into Turkey [because YPG doesn’t] consider Turkey as an enemy.”

Needless to say, this "terror attack" is exceptionally suspicious. Turkey is one of the countries with the most to lose if the effort to usurp Assad fails. And as you're likely aware, the rebellion is on the ropes. Aleppo is surrounded by Russia and Hezbollah and it will fall in a matter of weeks. Once it's recaptured by Assad, the rebel cause is lost. The rebellion will be over. 

Sending supplies to the hodgepodge of Sunni rebels operating in and around the city is no longer sufficient and even if it were, the YPG is about to cut the last supply line. As we said last week, it's do or die time for Ankara and Riyadh. Either go to war on behalf of the rebels orconcede defeat to Moscow and Tehran. The question, we said, is how Ankara will ultimately be able to pitch an intervention at Aleppo as a fight against terror when the ISIS presence there is relatively minimal. 

Well, now we know. 

Turkey will use the Ankara bombing - which killed 28 people - to justify a ground incursion to punish the YPG which, you're reminded, are not only backed by Russia, but the US as well. "All necessary measures will be taken against [YPG and PKK] anywhere and under any circumstances. No attack against Turkey has been left unanswered," Davutoglu promised. "All those who intend to use terror pawns against Turkey must know that [playing] this game of terror will hit them like a boomerang," he added.

So there you have it: the excuse for Turkey to invade Syria and it's the same as it ever was. Ankara is just "fighting terror," like everyone else in the world. 

For those unfamiliar, the YPG have been the most effective on-the-ground force when it comes to fighting Islamic State. They've managed to secure nearly the entire border with the Turks and are seeking to unite their territory east of the Euphrates with the towns they control west of the river, and that means capturing key border cities. For Turkey, that's an unacceptable outcome, as it would effectively mean establishing a Kurdish proto-state on the border, a move that would likely embolden Turkish Kurds who are already seeking greater autonomy. 

So invading Syria serves two purposes for Ankara: 1) it checks the Kurdish advance, and 2) it shores up the rebels fighting to overthrow Bashar al-Assad. 

But while the Turks are known for being exceptionally capable on the battlefield, it isn't clear they know what they're getting into here. Hezbollah practically invented urban warfare and their fighters view martyrdom as an honor and a privilege (and not in the perverse way that ISIS conceptualizes death). Additionally, Hassan Nasrallah's forces are backed by what is perhaps the most capable air force on the planet. 

We close with a rather inauspicious quote from Davutoglu: "I repeat my warning to Russia - which lately gives air support for YPG to advance into Azaz and conducts heavy shelling on Syrian people - not to use the terrorist organization against innocent Syrian people and Turkey."

Those who live in glass houses Mr. Davutoglu, should most assuredly not throw stones.

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Budnacho's picture

*Ding*....We have a Winner!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Aaaand scene. Roll the war footage and patriotic music boyz.

You're either with us or against us.

Keyser's picture

How convenient... Pass the popcorn... 

peddling-fiction's picture

Syrian passport found on scene. Survived blast, fire and water.

MeetTozter's picture

Wow! Didn't see that coming....

gmrpeabody's picture

Round up the usual suspects...

gladih8r's picture

Have the standard crisis actors been identified yet?  Are they all speaking proper english for the likes of Faux News and ZNN?  Is the "Moron" segment of the population buying into this shit like they are told to?

Ms No's picture

"Is the "Moron" segment of the population buying into this shit like they are told to?"

Yes, except this is Turkey so the blast is most certainly real.  They kill people all of the time there, so this is no biggie.  This latest Reichstag fire is right out of the US playbook of mass shootings on a military base or a gun free zone where it is easier to control the scene.  It's near the capital during a conflict time so they should have pretty good control of that area. 

This type of thing may be the primary way to justify conflict and crackdown for all of human history, for all we know.  Without the internet we probably wouldn't be aware now either.

If you put this template on world history you can see where it was probably used going way back and everywhere. 

RafterManFMJ's picture

Another day, another False Flag.

Hey, I heard they found Assad's passport, wrapped in tissue, inside the burned out vehicle! Can anyone confirm?!

manofthenorth's picture




Boots on th ground in Syria in 3..2..1..

gladih8r's picture

Yeah, the blast and the bodies are real enough.  Erdogan and his cronies are probably busy with a pair of tweezers and a box of tissues....... wankin' their little stubbies as fast as they can.  Probably to no avail though. 

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Baby Bladeface (not verified) peddling-fiction Feb 18, 2016 8:54 AM

Clearly Merdogan a diagnosis paranoid schizophrenia appropriate. His mental pathology additionally aggravated by acute cowardice. He fears all nations and fears especially Turkish citizens.

Fear of own citizens and explains his acts to kill Turkish before rigged election, to kill Turkish soldiers in Ankara yesterday. He believes to keep Turkish afraid of terror, of Kurds, of Assad and then citizen fear overpowers citizen loathing of Merdogan.

Gladly he to send Turkish military into meat grinder, win or lose, because they die and result less Turkish citizens which Merdogan to fear.

Recommend Merdogan for straitjacket and haloperidol injections, and a vegetable the rest of life to keep in the ward no. 6.

Humane solution much more than Gaddafi with bayonet in the ass administered.

TAALR Swift's picture

If the Syrian government is to blame, and Russia fights on behalf of Syria, then why would their FSB bother with this little raid?


Mr. Erdogan, allow me to quote from a fine Scotsman, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832): "What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive". - Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

I'm anxiously waiting for the blooper reel.

intheshortrun's picture

Well, we are not with you. Nato will never follow this scumbag into battle against Russia and neither will US soldiers. Saw an interview on RT yesterday with Maria Zakhrova. She was giving a briefing outlining Russia's mission in Syria. At the end of the interview she expressed deep sadness at how the west has vilified their mission and the Russian people. She said how her grandmother would tell her that war was the worst thing that could happen to a country and anything else is trivial. She repeatedly stressed that Russia does not want confrontation with the USA and rather that they should be partners in this fight. She actually was wiping away tear drops as she said this. I was never more moved from watching a government official speak than this interview. I know she spoke the truth. I saw it in her eyes. I am no fan of Trump but that interview has convicted me who to vote for. Donald Trump has the right policy towards Russia. I have had enough with my country's young men being used as mercenaries for the Saudis and Israelis. 

messystateofaffairs's picture

I like Russians, they are the realest people I have seen.

loonyleft's picture

It's amazing that you can make that comment without a /s tag and get all the up votes. I think you are forgetting:

1. NATO /US is fully behind Turkey's actions and are pushing Russia/Assad into a corner hoping that they get the excuse to go all in against Assad. 

2. US soldiers will go into battle, and have done so for far less reasons. 

3. Trump has no policy towards Russia. Or rather, it doesn't matter what personal policy he has, whoever is president is beholden to the deep government and nothing will change no matter who is voted in. 


intheshortrun's picture

I think your are mistaken my friend.

1. US is very much aware that Erdogan is a loose cannon and more than likely scrambling behind closed doors to control him.  I have yet to hear one NATO general state that they will go into battle against Russia with Turkey. No one is "pushing" Russia into a corner. US generals may be war mongers but they are not insane! They know the difference between fighting Iraqi and Afgani goat herders or Russian soldiers with weapon system as good or some better than ours. The body bag count for a pointless objective would cause social unrest here in the US.

2. You underestimate the sophistication and intelligence of our troops. Remember when Obama drew the famous line in sand for Syria when the Turks had staged a false flag gas attack and blamed Assad. US army barracks were grumbling with almost open mutiny that they would never go fight along side "terrorists"  i.e Al Nusra and Al Queda to ouster Assad.

3. Trump has stated on more than one occasion that his policy with Russia would be one of reconciliation. First off why do we even have a beef with Russia? Last I heard they are no longer communist, in fact they are probably less socialist than America is today. The US has everything to gain by improving relations with Russia and ditching the medieval gulf states. Furthermore most  Americans do not see the nuance differences between Sunni and Shite. Iranian Shites are much more moderate, also due in part to the fact that they are Persian and not Arab and add to the fact that Iranian people themselves are alot more "Western" that their government would have us believe.

Russia is on the right side of history this time and our government knows it. They are looking for a way to ease out gracefully and Erdogan is making the task difficult but we will ditch him in the end if push comes to shove and rightfully so.

pocomotion's picture

In the short run, I cannot be totally in agreement with you.  1st We've known for a long time that Russia and China stand in the way of world domination and to a NWO.  There are reasons that USA would like to control them along with everyone else in the world.  WWIII is coming.  My educated guess - before 2020...  The country to gain the most from all the death to come will be Israel.  The Banks are banking on it.

Do US citizenry want to fight?  Hell no!  Will they be drawn in?  Watch and we shall see...  The CFR calls the ball...  The BIS calls the depressions, USA is the muscle and Satin has ultimate command and control...

zeronetwork's picture
Like mother, like daughter

9/11 changed every thing.

cossack55's picture

Swift response = flight time from Caspian to Ankara for SLBM

Squid Viscous's picture

roll Ted Knight clip... "well... we're WAITING!"

Turkey you fucking pussies...

you're catching up to the Saudis real quick on the list of biggest mouth and biggest pussy on the planet

BarkingCat's picture

I certainly hope that is the welcome the Turks get as  they cross into Syria.


Ignatius's picture

Syria has very real battle field concerns to deal with on their own soil.  Why an asymetric attack in Turkey which fuels Turkish patriotism and their will to fight and send yet more resources to the front?  False flag seems the most likey scenario.

Took Red Pill's picture

They're not even very good at hiding it anymore, it's so obviously a false flag.

Holleyman's picture

False flag fire sale

iinthesky's picture

Yes,  what a shocker!  They don't even bother to hide it anymore. 

StackShinyStuff's picture

No one gives a shit - that's why they don't bother to hide it.

Momauguin Joe's picture

Surprised they didn't mention finding the Syrian passport at the bomb scene.

Seraphin's picture

They did find Syrian passport:

"The assailants have all been identified. It was Syrian national Salih Necar who was born in the northern Syrian city Amuda in 1992"

IridiumRebel's picture

I'd respond but I'm too indifferent right now.

MSimon's picture

I believe the word you are looking for is insouciant.

JAFAH's picture

Insouciant or indifferent, I’m going to procrastinate on that. Or maybe not.

messystateofaffairs's picture

Insanity is the final destination of evils who ultimately come to beleive their own lies are real.

BarkingCat's picture

was it (c)rap that this 15 year old was listening to?


If so then I fully support the beheading.

Of course (c)rap is not music. It is a form of expression. Music requires a melody.

Bro of the Sorrowful Figure's picture

hmm if there's one thing ive learned it's that all this BS is orchestrated. seems to me to be perfect timing to cover up a market crash. looks like im going to be helping myself to some AMZN puts today.

cossack55's picture

Can you wait until I complete my order for the Nitecore tactical search lite?

gmrpeabody's picture

You owe me a new keyboard, cossack...

Kagemusho's picture

Was thinking that, too. Perfect timing. Nothing like a set of crises exploding in furrin' countries to stage a pickpocket's holiday at home. Like rifling the pockets of the rubes gaping at a  Punch-and-Judy puppet show. I fully expect the banks to close Friday evening, like they did in Crete, then shazzam! currency controls at your ATM, and a haircurt on your accounts to boot. Time to be stacked and stocked, cocked and locked.

actionjacksonbrownie's picture

WOW!!  Never saw that coming! Straight outta left field! Shocking! (Did I miss any?)

mog's picture

The latest 'Pearl Harbour'.

Did they find the boxcutters?

Bro of the Sorrowful Figure's picture

nah, just the "terrorists" passports, middle school class pictures, dental records, and a handwritten letter from assad telling them what good little terrorists they are

Space Animatoltipap's picture

Fingerprints on a car which has exploded? Highly unlikely, to put it mildly. And soooo fast they've come to the conclusion. The specific muslim high tech tool of "taqiyya" is of course always very handy.

progro's picture

i think we're going to see some turkish fighter jets shot down soon.

WakeUpPeeeeeople's picture

If I was Putin that would have happened the day after the Russian fighter-bomber was shot down.