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Syrian Islamic Terror Imported Into Ukraine

by Oui Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 09:41:08 PM EST

Underground U.S. groups funnel fighters, medics to Ukraine | Reuters |

A turning point in the Ukraine? Throws Erdogan his support behind NATO and the West?

Erdogan: Turkey rejects unlawful actions violating Ukraine's territorial integrity

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Ankara's rejection of aggression against Ukraine's sovereignty and the "unlawful annexation of Crimea," by Russia.
  • "As Turkey, we reject the unlawful actions that violate the territorial integrity of Ukraine, first and foremost the illegal annexation of Crimea," Erdogan said Friday, addressing the Antalya Diplomacy Forum. 
  • "We cannot in any way tolerate acts of aggression against the sovereignty of [Ukraine]," he added.
  • He also slammed the Western capitals for "remaining silent" in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, arguing that the invasion of Ukraine could have been prevented had "the West had spoken out at the time."

450 Arab and foreign extremists from Idlib arrive in Ukraine | Al Mayadeen - Beirut |

Close to 450 extremist Arab and foreign nationals have arrived in Ukraine from Idlib to fight against Russia's forces, less than only three days after they left Syria, passing through Turkey.

Senior fighters from terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (the rebranded version of Jabhat Al-Nusra, i.e Al-Qaeda) have held a number of meetings with senior leaders in the Turkistan Islamic Party group and Ansar Al-Tawhid and Hurras al-Din groups, and agreed on allowing a number of all their fighters to enter Ukraine through Turkish soil.

The sources added that most of these foreign fighters are veterans of the Syrian war, had been causing issues in Idlib, and were given this opportunity to fight against Russia as a compromise by which they would receive a new start and with an acceptable income.

Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham also gave these fighters assurances that their families would be allowed to join them later.

Around 300 of these fighters are Syrian nationals that are originally from the Idlib and Aleppo countrysides, while the 150 others are Belgian, French, Chinese, Moroccan, Tunisian, Chechen and British nationals.

Will Russia turn to Syrian mercenaries for its Ukraine fight?

The shadowy Russian security firm Wagner Group, which has been implicated in war crimes in Libya, is known to have close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin denies any connection. Wagner forces are allegedly present in Ukraine, and according to The Times of London staged three foiled assassination attempts on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy over the past week.

A local activist speaking not for attribution says the Wagner Group and the Russian-backed Fifth Corps are recruiting pro-regime fighters in eastern Syria. Some contracts have already been signed among those with heavy combat experience, the source said. 

The alleged recruitment effort is in its early stages and it remains unclear whether any decision for the Syrians' deployment has been made. 

Syrians and the Ukraine war -- "We share a similar suffering"

Syrian opposition activists say they know what it's like to go up against the Russian military. Some experts think things may have turned out differently in Ukraine if the West had stood up to the Kremlin over Syria.

White Helmets chief reflects on Syria's lessons for Ukraine

Is HTS reining in or expanding jihadist network in Idlib? | Al Monitor - Feb. 15, 2021 |

Similar to importing Al Qaeda and OBL into Pakistan and Afghanistan which terror groups expanded across the globe.

The Turkistan Islamic Party in Double-Exile: Geographic and Organizational Divisions in Uighur Jihadism | Jamestown - Sept 2018 |

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) was one of the world's more obscure jihadist groups until it emerged as a key player in the Syrian civil war in 2013. When the then Afghanistan-and-Pakistan-based TIP first began releasing videos in 2008--the year the TIP and corresponding media group, Islom Awazi (Voice of Islam) was created--it appeared to be more of a propaganda group with a militant wing than a militant group with a propaganda wing (Terrorism Monitor, March 17, 2011). Its videos indicated it only had an underwhelming several dozen fighters across that border region.

Despite initial ambiguity about the TIP, its videos since 2008 have always made it clear the group has an ideological affinity for al-Qaeda and loyalty to the Taliban. The U.S. capture of Uyghurs in Afghanistan as early as 2001 and 2002 also revealed several dozen Uyghur militants were initially placed under the leadership of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in Afghanistan. The IMU was fighting under the leadership of the Taliban.


Antalya Diplomacy Forum

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 12:19:38 PM EST
Meets Founding President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev

Almaty - Kazakhstan

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 12:20:16 PM EST
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Meets Barzani of IKRG

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 12:20:43 PM EST
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Meets NATO Strawman Stoltenberg

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 12:21:25 PM EST
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Insanity rules
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/03/russias-huge-oil-tanker-fleet-struggles-to-find-buyer-destin ations-as-g7-revokes-most-favored-nation-status.html

Domino effect everyone but the US? A la libanaise?
Will there be someone at the Pentagon to pull out the plug?

by Tom2 on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 01:32:14 PM EST
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Monetary Union - yes
ECB - yes
EU Foreign policy via UK and France, former colonial powers - no
EU Defense outsourced to NATO Command and Big Brother - no
Ethnicity plural, but East-West divide - no
Multicultural - no
Xenophobia - yes
Islamophobia - yes
Human rights - deficit
Russophobia surged after loss of HRC in 2016 - yes
Founding principles, abandoned - unfortunately
Future perspective - very bleak
Existential threat - yes
Most likely will fall apart in a few years

Will the EU-27 Survive the Biden Years?

Ukraine already got an invite (??). Will a Brussels under threat, invite Erdogan and Turkey for final accession talks?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 03:13:26 PM EST
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Presence Representative Afghanistan

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 12:22:46 PM EST
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Counter Extremism Project Amir Khan Muttaqi

A member of the Sulaimankhel tribe, Motaqi is a veteran member of the Taliban, serving both as the minister of education and a representative in U.N.-led talks under the first Taliban regime from the 1990s until 2001.

Given Motaqi's prominent role within the Taliban, the United Nations Security Council sanctioned Motaqi on January 25, 2001, with the U.K. Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation also enforcing sanctions on Motaqi on April 2, 2001.

As of June 2007, Motaqi served as a member of the Taliban Supreme Council.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 12:23:15 PM EST
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A New Way Forward for EU-Turkey Relations | Carnegie Europe - Jan. 26, 2022 |

The EU's relationship with Turkey is stuck at an impasse. EU policymakers can no longer conduct effective diplomacy or formulate a wider geopolitical strategy premised on Turkey acceding to the union. They need to look elsewhere and be innovative to regain some influence over Turkey's democratic backsliding and other elements of Brussels' relations with Ankara. The EU's best option would be to modernize its 1963 association agreement with Turkey as the main framework for fostering rules-based cooperation and shoring up the normative foundations of the relationship.

Escaping a Diplomatic Dead End

Deepening tensions between the EU and Turkey have drawn a lot of attention in recent years. Europeans mostly attribute this troubled state of affairs to Ankara's democratic backsliding and increasingly confrontational foreign policy. Despite these tensions, Turkey is still formally a candidate for accession. Some observers continue to see this membership path as the only tool the EU has to place democratic conditionality on its ties with Turkey.

But the prospects of Turkey joining the EU have been dim for a long time. In practice, Ankara has no credible prospect of membership in the near future, if ever. Today, Turkey comes nowhere near fulfilling the EU's accession eligibility rules, known as the Copenhagen criteria--which stipulate that candidate countries have institutions that guarantee democracy, the rule of law, and human rights as well as a well-functioning market economy. Since the Council of the EU concluded in 2018 that "no further chapters can be considered for opening or closing," the accession negotiations effectively have been at a standstill.

From partners to rivals? The future of EU-Turkey Relations

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 03:54:40 PM EST
It must be said, Putin has also approved of federation military recruitment from, ahem, under-employed 'islamist' combatants from the ruins of GWOT.
Sputnik | Putin Agrees to Idea of Sending Foreign Volunteers to Ukraine, 11 Mar
"If you see people who want - on a voluntary basis, especially not for money - to come and help people living in the Donbass - well, you need to cooperate with them and help them move to the war zone", Putin stated during a National Security Council meeting.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu noted that there is a vast number of people who want to help the DPR and LPR in the special operation - over 16,000, with many of them coming from the Middle East.
At the same time, Putin stressed that the Kiev regime's "western sponsors" are actively gathering mercenaries and do not even try to conceal their activity, blatantly neglecting the norms of international law.

The preisdent also approved an idea put forward by Shoigu, suggesting that western-made weapons (small arms, tanks, anti-tank guided missiles and man-portable air-defence systems) seized in Ukraine should be transferred to the troops of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

I predict that importing more disaffected NATO mercenaries will complicate CENTCOM's desultory chain of command.
by Cat on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 06:54:42 PM EST
And to convince the zombies that they are at war in the good camp against the red devils, just a few seconds of this clip without the final advertisement will convince any of these hair heads.
by Tom2 on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 08:31:56 PM EST
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are dead to me.
by Cat on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 09:20:47 PM EST
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This is the language of psychopathy that his G7 benefactors understand.

by Cat on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 10:39:33 PM EST
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This is Churchill-speak. It's what national leaders do in wartime.
He's also negotiating with Putin's regime. I suppose that you are suggesting that he should accede to Putin's terms; but there is no guarantee that would stop people dying (Zelenskiy proposes a bilateral ceasefire; Putin proposes that the Ukrainians should lay down their arms).

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 01:25:12 PM EST
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Syrian fighters to Ukraine?
BEIRUT (AP) -- With Russia's war on Ukraine now in its third week, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday approved bringing in volunteer fighters from the Middle East, particularly Syria.

On Friday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke of "more than 16,000 applications" already from the Middle East, though he didn't specify which country. Syrian opposition activists say Russia recently began recruitment efforts in Syria for the Ukraine war, but put the scale of those efforts so far at far lower numbers.
Omar Abu Layla, a Europe-based activist who runs the DeirEzzor 24 Syria war monitoring group, said recruitment run by the Wagner Group has gone on for days in the eastern province Deir el-Zour near the border with Iraq.

Abu Layla said that so far, dozens of men have signed up in the province. He claimed Russia was offering volunteers from the country between $200 and $300 to operate as security guards in Ukraine for six months at a time.

Some Syrian observers and activists suggest any recruitment going on is so far largely symbolic and remains in the very early stages.

On Friday, an ad for a "combat role" in Ukraine was posted on a closed Facebook group for soldiers of the Fourth Armored Division, one of the largest in the Syrian army. It offered a payment of $3,000 depending on an applicant's expertise and said registration was limited.

Russia's Defense Ministry-run TV channel aired footage purportedly from Syria showing armed men in uniform it described as would-be volunteers. The men waved Russian and Syrian flags and held up a sign bearing the letter "Z" -- used on Russian armored vehicles in Ukraine and now a symbol of support for Russian troops.

Ahmad al-Ahmad, an opposition activist in northwestern Syria, said that in the government-controlled northern town of Ethraya, the Russians have asked senior officers with the Fifth Corps, a Russian-backed Syrian army force, to recruit young men with experience in urban fighting who are ready to go to Ukraine.

As many as 3,000 people have registered in southern Syria, he said. It was not immediately possible for The Associated Press to confirm those reports.

Given that Putin can't take Kiev purely with artillery and rockets, but that block by block combat will be neessary, he may have worked out by now that the level of competence and willingness of his Russian soldiers for going hand to hand with their Ukrainian cousins may cause problems (as will a high death rate among his troops).

Battle-hardened mercenaries are an attractive option, and I'm sure he's cursing himself that he didn't think of it earlier.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 01:36:36 PM EST
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On Friday, an ad for a "combat role" in Ukraine was posted on a closed Facebook group for soldiers of the Fourth Armored Division, one of the largest in the Syrian army. It offered a payment of $3,000 depending on an applicant's expertise and said registration was limited.

US $ availability from Russia may be drawing out.

Quick question: are mercenaries accepting payment in Russian rubles? Asking for a friend...

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 02:07:38 PM EST
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WaPoo | Muslims are fighting on both sides in Ukraine, 10 Mar 2022
trying to differentiate "good" and "bad" trrrsts of the CAUCASION musselman persuasion, failing
by Cat on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 05:47:31 PM EST
So are Christians (as long as you regard the Orthodox heretics as Christians).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 08:55:11 PM EST
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Well, there are the orthodox orthodox, and the schismatic (heterodox?) orthodox.

Kirill of Moscow has seceded from the uniate partriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the Ukrainian Russian orthodox bishops have seceded from Kirill, and now the Dutch Russian orthodox church in Amsterdam has schismatised too.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 02:12:29 PM EST
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From the Roman times and Caesar ... politics of State and religion don't mix. In Amsterdam it was a bit of self-preservation that led to urgency. Vigilantes have harassed and damaged properties of any link or sign of Russian goods or persons.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 03:13:27 PM EST
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From Roman times, we learn that the correct way to instrumentalize religion in state affairs is through syncretism : co-opting local deities by assimilating them with established members of the pantheon.
From Christianised Roman times, we learn that a monotheist state religion corrupts both religion and state.
From the various historical Islamic caliphates, we learn that religion can be a good motivator for empire-building. Also, that religious tolerance is really good for civil society.
From the Christian kingdoms, same thing.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 04:00:08 PM EST
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