Is Syria Near The Tipping Point?

Tyler Durden's picture

The encroachment of yet another troubled nation into global geopolitical (read US implicitly) strife, this time Syria, appears to be intensifying further. As Sabah notes today, the CIA Director David Petraeus paid a surprise visit to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan yesterday. The topics of discussion were 'regional issues' but it was evident from concerns voiced about the instability in Syria and Iraq giving the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) terrorist organization a stronger foothold (a group which has been a source of tension between USA, Syria, Iraq, and obviously Turkey before - whose 'undeclared war' with Syria was a direct response to the countries assistance to the PKK). Seemingly stuck in the middle, Erdogan warned of "the potential crisis that could develop in the region due to the sectarian strife in Iraq" and underlined his concerns of events in Syria. One can only wonder at the strategic positioning that the CIA Director's surprise visit achieved, since the published agenda seemed so calmly diplomatic, and for what reason the ninety minute visit was so spontaneous.


CIA Director pays Erdogan a surprise visit

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan hosted a very special surprise guest yesterday, one that had not been included in the Prime Ministry’s official schedule.


Erdogan held an approximately one and a half hour meeting with CIA Director David Petraeus, who had arrived to Ankara the day prior. Joining the meeting was M?T Undersecretary Hakan Fidan and US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. According to an announcement released by the U.S. Embassy, "During the meeting; regional issues, the fight against the PKK terrorist organization and relations between the two nations' intelligence agencies were the main items discussed."




This visit, which coincided with the intensifying conflict in Syria, was considered to be a critical one. According to the information obtained, during the meeting with Petraeus, Erdogan mentioned his concerns due to the events transpiring in Syria. Erdogan warned that should the instability in Syria intensify, a potential living space will be made available for organizations, especially the PKK. Erdogan underlined the successful functioning of the USA-Turkey-Iraq tripartite mechanism and warned of potential crisis that could develop in the region due to the sectarian strife in Iraq.

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Cult_of_Reason's picture

Not sure about Syria, but according to JPM, China is already in hard landing.

JPM: Chinese Economy Already in Hard Landing.. It’s Not a Debate Anymore, It’s a Fact.

kito's picture

Did you hear the one about the guy who was Hungary for Turkey Chile but slipped on Iceland and broke his fine China?.......

caconhma's picture

From the horse mouth (another fucking American failure):

Syrian army captures Idlib: Last rebel stronghold
DEBKAfile March 13, 2012, 3:19 PM

Bashar Assad’s forces have captured the last rebel stronghold of Idlib, the northern Syrian town on the Turkish border (pop. 200,000), delivering the opposition a resounding defeat. The last holdouts in Idlib retreated or fled into Turkey to escape the atrocities Assad’s forces typically inflict on subjugated areas.

The Syrian ruler has crushed the opposition’s military strength without however completely suppressing the revolt against his rule - although that rule no longer faces an immediate threat.


Syrian & Iranian military situation are greatly improved with improved mutual coordination.

UP Forester's picture

I guess not enough al-CIAda troops were sent in.

Now the bombing can begin, with all the "good guys" out of Syria....

Max Hunter's picture

Exactly.. I was thinking, if only they would remove the Mossad/CIA and Israeli/US backed "freedom fighters", the situation would calm down to a wisper..

BlueCollaredOne's picture

Oman, I'm Ghana have to say we have no countries left to name, or maybe there are a few that I'm completely Bolivia's too. 

chumbawamba's picture

You missed this one that was laying in the Qatar, right in front of your feet.

I am Chumbawamba.

BlueCollaredOne's picture

Kenya help me come up with more?   Jamaican me crazy just trying to think of others

Schmuck Raker's picture

If Iraq my brain, maybe I'll come up with Somalia.

Are you in a Russia?

chumbawamba's picture

I Belize there are more but it's time that Iran from here.

I am Chumbawamba.

Robot Traders Mom's picture

C'mon Kito. You're better than that...

ihedgemyhedges's picture

Yeah, he slipped because he was distracted by a girl who had quite Iraq..............

Tsar Pointless's picture

Sure, me too, but when I saw her face, Iran.

dark pools of soros's picture

If you Kuwait till the 5th date before getting Honduras, would she start to Belize Uruguay?

Tsar Pointless's picture

As a queer, I give you major props and an up vote for originality.

Carmagnole's picture

Making bad puns on ZH is Norway to go through life, guise

Sokhmate's picture

This is better than comedy central. You guys have quite the ivvagination.

eatthebanksters's picture

The real question of the day...if Turkey attacks Syria from the rear, will Greece help?

Carl Spackler's picture

I heard the Hungary guy's name is Chad.

Next time he Congo another way.

eatthebanksters's picture

Chinese #2 was arrested a short while ago...

q99x2's picture

Nowat. Sounds like a grumpy fellow.

DormRoom's picture

Listen to Robert Baer's (former Middle East CIA agent) analysis:


The Syrian rebellion will likely be crushed, because they lack anti-tank weapons from the US & Allies.  China & Russia support the Assad regime,because they may have to implement similar draconian actions in the future on their own ppl.  Muslim Uighur Provinces v. China. Muslim Chechyna v Russia.

Saudia Arabia fears Iran arming Bahrain, and Syrian violence spiralling into Islamic sectarian violence across the peninsula.

tickhound's picture

Destabilize, repair, control... Much like in the financial system, they'll have the plebes beggin' for UN intervention. 

You have to hand it to ''em'... stickin' to those proven solid fundamentals for growth.

GMadScientist's picture

Destabilize (anyone who gets out of line), (expensively but no-bid corruptly) repair, to continue to (foster the illusion of) control...

tickhound's picture

GMad - why you always gotta take me to the deeper end of the pool? ;)

"the thirst of power dons that five sided fist-a-gon"

palmereldritch's picture

They might want to track the FED's new twitter feed to see when their new central bank will be ready for business.  That would be a tell.

Tsar Pointless's picture

Ahh...The Great Game continues.

There are those who would have you believe it ended after WWII. Nonsense. It just entered a new inning. Or quarter. Or round.

Whatever you prefer.

Mr. Pike, call on line WWIII. Mr. Albert Pike, line WWIII please.

UP Forester's picture

According to physics per Hank Johnson, it just might....

Sutton's picture

Lame flag,Syria.  Very North Korean.  Damascus is in the Old and New Testaments.

thedrickster's picture

Pretty sure that is the PKK's flag.

BLOTTO's picture

Ezekiel 38-39


Piranhanoia's picture

After Syria, the trouble makers or oil barons are Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia and they are all prepping for war.  The Axis of Oilville. Looks like everyone gets it with a little MAD guaranteed by the US.

 Film Noir, at eleven.

AnAnonymous's picture

The Axis of Oilville.


That's a good one.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

i first read this piece last week [PIERRE PICCININ via counterPUNCH]

The Syrian Mirage

i would recommend it to all BiCheZ  L0L!!! 

and here is the latest press release regading kofiAnnan from today's TripoliPost

Kofi Annan Concerned

you may find it interesting that he is working outa ankara, too, which is apparently in turkey, not alaska...

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UP Forester's picture

C'mon, don't junk the bot.  The bot's a prepper....

msamour's picture

I have noticed a few bots gained access to Zh lately. Is it just me, or they are spamming? Anything we can do to kicke them out of here? Tyler, are you at all concerned with Bots spamming your site?

sablya's picture

If you think this is bad, check the forums.  Nothing but spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, ...., (not)wonderful spam.

a growing concern's picture

Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

Dr. Engali's picture

No but I smoked a Turkish Hooka.... At least I think it was a hooka. The whole experience is kinda hazy...... What were we talking about ?

GMadScientist's picture

That's totally not my hashish, okay?

Ratscam's picture

midnight express, what a great movie

UP Forester's picture

Yeah, almost as great a scene in it as this:


Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop....

New World Chaos's picture

The Zionists need to take down Syria so they can fly over it to attack Iran.  But they don't want to risk their own skin- remember what happened last time they tried to fight their own battle against puny Syria?  Next time they will use the world's biggest puppet state to fight in their stead, as usual.

Remember MasterBlaster from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome?  America is the huge, armored retard (Blaster).  Israel (Master) is the midget who runs Bartertown and rides Blaster around like a donkey.  When Blaster went down, things didn't work out so well for Master.

Ima anal sphincter's picture

Quite a nice comparison. America....blindly killing and maiming anything in the bankers path.

Maybe the servant will turn on the master. For the world's sake, I hope so.