Is Syria Near The Tipping Point?

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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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Wed, 03/14/2012 - 22:59 | 2256618 Cult_of_Reason
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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.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:08 | 2256639 kito
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Did you hear the one about the guy who was Hungary for Turkey Chile but slipped on Iceland and broke his fine China?.......

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:10 | 2256645 Tsar Pointless
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Are you being Syria?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:45 | 2256802 caconhma
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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.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 01:05 | 2256829 UP Forester
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I guess not enough al-CIAda troops were sent in.

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

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 09:00 | 2257258 Max Hunter
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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..

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 05:13 | 2257011 LongSoupLine
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Irish that wasn't true.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 10:11 | 2257522 BlueCollaredOne
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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. 

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 10:13 | 2257590 chumbawamba
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You missed this one that was laying in the Qatar, right in front of your feet.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 10:37 | 2257688 BlueCollaredOne
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Kenya help me come up with more?   Jamaican me crazy just trying to think of others

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 10:55 | 2257706 Schmuck Raker
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If Iraq my brain, maybe I'll come up with Somalia.

Are you in a Russia?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 11:58 | 2258079 chumbawamba
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I Belize there are more but it's time that Iran from here.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:11 | 2256647 Robot Traders Mom
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C'mon Kito. You're better than that...

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:20 | 2256666 ihedgemyhedges
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Yeah, he slipped because he was distracted by a girl who had quite Iraq..............

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:46 | 2256724 Tsar Pointless
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Sure, me too, but when I saw her face, Iran.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:27 | 2256780 dark pools of soros
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If you Kuwait till the 5th date before getting Honduras, would she start to Belize Uruguay?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:33 | 2256788 Tsar Pointless
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As a queer, I give you major props and an up vote for originality.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 08:13 | 2257134 Carmagnole
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Making bad puns on ZH is Norway to go through life, guise

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 01:30 | 2256851 Sokhmate
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This is better than comedy central. You guys have quite the ivvagination.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:05 | 2256748 a growing concern
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Breaking News: Fritolaysia Cuts Off Chiplomatic Relations With Snakistan

Looks like shit's about to get real.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:36 | 2256795 eatthebanksters
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The real question of the day...if Turkey attacks Syria from the rear, will Greece help?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 10:01 | 2257531 Carl Spackler
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I heard the Hungary guy's name is Chad.

Next time he Congo another way.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:35 | 2256791 eatthebanksters
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Chinese #2 was arrested a short while ago...

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 01:02 | 2256825 q99x2
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Nowat. Sounds like a grumpy fellow.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:15 | 2256626 DormRoom
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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.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:22 | 2256670 tickhound
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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.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:20 | 2256769 GMadScientist
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Destabilize (anyone who gets out of line), (expensively but no-bid corruptly) repair, to continue to (foster the illusion of) control...

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:39 | 2259643 tickhound
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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"

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:06 | 2256634 palmereldritch
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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.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:09 | 2256640 Tsar Pointless
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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.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:09 | 2256641 UP Forester
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According to physics per Hank Johnson, it just might....

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:12 | 2256651 Sutton
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Lame flag,Syria.  Very North Korean.  Damascus is in the Old and New Testaments.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:26 | 2256681 thedrickster
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Pretty sure that is the PKK's flag.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:21 | 2256668 BLOTTO
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Ezekiel 38-39


Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:26 | 2256677 Piranhanoia
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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.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 03:44 | 2256948 AnAnonymous
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The Axis of Oilville.


That's a good one.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:48 | 2256682 slewie the pi-rat
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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...

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:28 | 2256685 jywhy999
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Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:41 | 2256719 UP Forester
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C'mon, don't junk the bot.  The bot's a prepper....

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 03:59 | 2256959 msamour
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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?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 08:33 | 2257177 sablya
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If you think this is bad, check the forums.  Nothing but spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, ...., (not)wonderful spam.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:30 | 2256695 a growing concern
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Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:06 | 2256750 Dr. Engali
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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 ?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:36 | 2256793 GMadScientist
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That's totally not my hashish, okay?

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 03:21 | 2256930 Ratscam
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midnight express, what a great movie

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 03:45 | 2256950 UP Forester
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Yeah, almost as great a scene in it as this:


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

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:40 | 2256708 New World Chaos
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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.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:15 | 2256764 Ima anal sphincter
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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.

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