A next Balkan war in Bosnia is a matter of time. The Republic of Srpska is planning on holding a referendum next Sunday, 25 September, on a seemingly minor issue. The Bosnian Serbs will be voting on the date of the “national independence day.” This referendum seems, however, to be a run-up to to a referendum on the splitting up of the country. The Serbs want to secede from Bosnia and become part of Serbia, claiming their democratic right on self-determination. Continue reading
The events in Syria are changing rapidly. Turkey has entered Syria and is heading for Al-Bab, a city 35 kilometers from Aleppo, according to a Turkey government official and a statement issued by the Turkey-supported Muslim militia united in the FSA (Free Syrian Army).The next step is lifting the siege of Aleppo from the east. Atatürk became the Father of all Turks after he had won the Battle of Gallipoli and defeated major European powers; Erdoğan will be the father of all Sunni Muslims if he liberates Aleppo and thus gains the upper hand over Russia and Iran.
Russia, the Kurds, and the Syrian army were very close to cutting off the Raqqa-Turkey supply route. Turkey’s invasion is a gift from heaven for the Jihadists in Raqqa: it prevents them from being cut off from Turkey. Turkey’s invasion of Syria is clearly to the advantage of ISIS.
Turkey’s objectives in Syria have always been clear and these are to:
1. prevent the Kurds from gaining autonomy, destroy the YPD, the sister organisation of the PKK, and
2. remove Assad from power.
Is the downing of MH804 the first in a series of attacks that will crash the European economy? It is not yet clear what brought the Egyptian Flight MS804 down. No Jihadist group has claimed responsibility until now. The data from the plane sent to a data center just before the crash indicates that there was smoke near the cockpit. One of the possible scenario’s is that some of the Charles De Gaulle airport staff smuggled a bomb on board of the plane. The same plot brought down the Russian plane . Charles De Gaulle already dismissed 70 staff members due to their connections with ISIS.
Europe faces an existential crisis. Current European leadership and European leading elites have manoeuvred Europe into a situation that will spin out of control and result in a vicious circle of violence. History teaches that in the long run ethnic minorities can bring about unrest. The imams in Europe, very often in the payroll of Saudi Arabia or another Gulf country, take care that their fellow Muslims retain their religious integrity and keep themselves away from the infidels. Meanwhile European authorities struggle with violent criminals who converted to radical Islam and became even more dangerous. The Dutch jihadist reintegration approach helped criminal and jihadist El Bakraoui to evade the Belgian justice system, before he blew himself up in Brussels. To understand what is happening on the old continent, let us bring up tree main topics, and then elaborate on them.
It was a political decision to down the Su-24, and it reflected more the growing impatience on the part of the Turks at the Russian military actions in Syria rather than an exasperation at the violation of Turkish airspace. The decision also showed Turkish shortsightedness and political immaturity. It was a blow to Russia, one that may lphoto Eugene Sergeevead to far-reaching international consequences. The long-term consequence for Turkey may be the loss of some of her territory to Kurds.
The course of events and their background
If each single violation of a country’s airspace were to lead to the outbreak of hostilities, we would long have had world war three that would have erupted in the region of the Baltic states where such incidents caused by Russian and NATO pilots are far from being rare. The long accepted practice is that in such cases the pilots of both sides try to make eye contact in order to identify the intruder beyond any doubt. Then the alien craft is escorted out of the country’s airspace. Continue reading
Egypt, being in a very difficult geopolitical position, may be the next victim of the Syrian war. The Egyptian army has beens truggling with Islamic terrorists on the Sinai Peninsula for a long time, with he Libyan branch of Islamic State causing problems in the western part of the country. Unfortunately for President Abd al-Fattah as-Sisi, with Russian raids in Syria, Islamic militants are now moving to Libya through Sinai.
Egypt did not want to get involved in the war in Syria or in Iraq, directly or indirectly, trying not to spoil the relations with Saudi Arabia. Egypt shared with Bashar al-Assad the common aim, which is to fight the Islamic insurgency. In fact, the nation is waging a war in the north of Sinai against militant groups loyal to the Islamic State. The worst is yet to come, though. Continue reading
Serbia and Kosovo were brought to “the brink of conflict,” according to the Serbian president, after a Kosovo-bound train bearing the popular catchphrase ‘Kosovo is Serbia’ was prevented from crossing the border by Albanians, who deemed it an affront. Source RT
A Russia-backed Libyan warlord could start a “civil war” in Libya, increasing refugee flows to the EU, Malta has warned.The danger comes as the Libyan commander, Khalifa Haftar, advances on Tripoli, the seat of the UN-recognised government, Malta’s foreign minister, George Vella, told press in Valletta. Source: Malta Independent
The Syrian army has warned Israel of “repercussions” after rockets struck a major military airbase outside Damascus. Source Aljazeera
There are conflicting reports about the reason of their escape. Benghazi Shura Council said all ISIS militants in Al-Sabri and Qanfouda districts were given a safe corridor by Dignity Operation fighters to leave from the western gate of the city, while Dignity Operation claims that they had secretly escaped. Source Libyaobserver
The Isis terrorist group wants to carry out a “mass casualty” chemical weapons attack in Britain, the national security minister has warned – describing it as “everybody’s worst fear”. Ben Wallace said Isis had already used chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq, where it controls large areas. Source: Independent
Turkey aims to establish a ceasefire in Syria before the new year, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, adding that Ankara would not hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Source: Reuters
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he has evidence that U.S.-led coalition forces give support to terrorist groups including the Islamic State and Kurdish militant groups YPG and PYD, he said on Tuesday. Source Reuters
Benghazi: Clashes continued for the second day among heavily-armed militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli, vying for power and control over the city, with one dislodging another in at least two posts, a five-star hotel and a barracks, in what appears to be the worst outbreak of violence the city has seen in two years. Source Gulfnews
Islamic State is likely to launch more attacks in Europe, the EU police agency Europol warned on Friday, with several dozen militants already in place and more possibly arriving as IS faces setbacks in Syria and Iraq. “Today’s report shows that the threat is still high.” Source: Reuters
Israeli jets fired two missiles from Lebanese airspace towards the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, early on Wednesday, the official Syrian news agency said, in a strike on an unknown target that caused loud explosions. Source: The Guardian
China has ordered residents in the restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province to report to authorities all religious activities including circumcision, weddings and funerals as part of efforts to beef-up security, state media reported today. Source Greater Kashmir
Russia has said it will soon begin airstrikes on Syria launched from its flagship aircraft carrier. The Admiral Kuznetsov is escorted by several other battleships, including frigates capable of launching cruise missiles. Source: DW
On Thursday, Erdogan said that the recent bloody terrorist attacks that cost dozens of lives caused him the same grief as the grief he feels because of territories lost by the Treaty of Lausanne. The treaty had designated the borders of the modern Turkish State, including the borders with Greece. Source GreekReporter
Creation of an economic union, transition to free trade and extension of customs privileges are needed for expanding the cooperation between the Turkic-speaking countries, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said. “If the countries strengthen the economic relations, ties in the political spheres will also be expanded,” Source: Trend News Agency
Tuesday morning a Turkish CN235 entered Greek airspace and descended to the low altitude of just 30 meters as it flew over the islet of Panagia, part of the Oinousses island cluster east of the Greek island of Chios. Source Greek Reporter
Two pairs of Turkish F-4 fighter jets violated Greek air space between the eastern Aegean islands of Lesvos and Chios on Monday, Greek authorities said. Source Ekathimerini
Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos underlined the ‘risk of an accident’ in the Aegean from the continuous violations of the Greek airspace by Turkish fighters and the air combats that follow, in an interview with Realnews Sunday newspaper. Source Greek Reporter
About 200 migrants reached the shores of the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday. They were reportedly Africans who had been residing at closed camps in northwestern According to Greek state news agency, thousands of Africans who had reached coastal Turkey recently were looking into ways to crossing to Greece. Source Ekhatimerini
“If they [Turkey] threaten our country, they will meet with our response and they will know that we shall not make concessions in the name of diplomacy on issues of national sovereignty,” Kammenos said in a radio interview Thursday. Source kathimerini
The Central Banks of Turkey and China have concluded their first Turkish lira-yuan swap deal worth 450 million Turkish liras ($132.42 million), a Turkish Central Bank source told Anadolu Agency. The swap took place on Nov. 30, which is aimed at reducing reliance on the greenback. Source Anadolu Agency
EU states should be permitted to send some asylum-seekers back to Greece from March, the bloc’s executive said on Thursday as it looks to restore a common policy on migration that collapsed last year under a mass influx of refugees. Source Reuters
German companies should remain hopeful about the future of their investments in Turkey since the country offers considerable economic growth potential, Germany’s ambassador to Turkey Martin Erdmann said on Wednesday. Source Anadolu Agency
Two Turkish warplanes that violated Greek airspace over the Lesvos-Chios-Samos islands area twice, were involved in dogfights with a pair of Greek F-16 fighter jets on Monday. The Turkish F-16 entered Greek airspace in the area of Lesvos and Chios early in the morning and were intercepted by the Greek planes. Source Greek Reporter
The fight to save the lira plunging against the dollar will get a public boost as people rush to currency exchange offices to convert dollars to lira, with businesses offering free meals to haircuts to anyone documenting the switch Source Daily Sabah