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Archive The Caliphate Conspiracy: Oct. 13, 2014 - July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

EGYPT HAS PROOF OF TURKISH SUPPORT OF ISIS


Egypt has been able to shed some light on the recent cooperative spirit coming from Turkey. It has been remarked earlier that the agreement between Ankara and Washington for the use of Incirlik airbase to launch airstrikes against ISIS is still at a verbal stage and probably weeks away (source). Now a senior Foreign Ministry official said that..
(...) Egypt could prove Turkey was supporting the Islamic State affiliate in Sinai, Ansar Beit Al Maqdis, or Champions of Jerusalem, a terrorist group that has fired rockets at Israel and attacked security forces after the Egyptian military under Mr. el-Sisi overthrew the country’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. The group also calls itself Wilayat Sinai, or Sinai Province. “We have evidence linking the Turkish government to Ansar Beit Al Maqdis,” said the source. “This is in addition to the support the Turks have given to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.” On July 4, Egyptians made public pictures of men killed or captured in Sinai who were suspected of being agents with Turkey’s intelligence agency, MiT. On July 23, the privately owned, pro-government Tahrir News identified the four men as MiT colonel Ismail Aly Bal and operatives Diaa El Din Mehmet Gado, Bakoush Al Hussaini Youzmi and Abd Allah Al Turki. Egypt made the striking statements after Turkey launched its first attacks against the Islamic State in northern Syria last week and allowed the U.S. to use Turkish air bases for bombing runs against the militants after Turkey resisted American assaults from its territory for the past year. Jacques Neriah, a former deputy head for assessment of Israeli military intelligence, said the American-Turkish cooperation likely reflected Ankara’s attempt to conduct damage control and bolster its image in Washington. (Source)




July 30, 2015

TURKEY PM: "ISIS AND PKK COORDINATING AGAINST TURKEY"

This is a patent lie, an indication of the sub standard level the NATO ally has now stooped to. And it is not just coming from a regime spokesman, but from the PM himself. Shameless!


American Volunteer with Kurds Shot At By Turkish Army

Documents seized during a US Special Forces raid in Syria prove that Turkey has been working with the Islamic State in Syria. Israel National News reported:
Damning evidence was found when US special forces killed Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Sayyaf in May, revealing that NATO-member Turkey has in fact been collaborating with the brutal jihadists. The British Guardian reported on Sunday that when Abu Sayyaf’s compound was raided in eastern Syria, it was discovered that Turkey is the main buyer of smuggled ISIS oil which was managed by Abu Sayyaf to economically prop up the terror group. 
The report quoted a senior Western official, who told the Observer that the findings at the compound showed direct deals between Turkish officials and ISIS leaders is “undeniable.” “There are hundreds of flash drives and documents that were seized there,” the official said. “They are being analyzed at the moment, but the links are already so clear that they could end up having profound policy implications for the relationship between us and Ankara.” “We are at a phase in this war where things that have been in the shadows for a long time are now being exposed to daylight. 
Hezbollah is dominant in the west of Syria, and the Turkish role, however you wish to define it, is also becoming clearer. This is an important time for them. Will they now see ISIS as a threat to their own sovereignty? …A lot of damage has been done from this.” ISIS was allowed to transform into a major regional power thanks to an estimated $1-4 million a day in oil sales during a period of six months beginning in late 2013. While Abu Sayyaf’s oil smuggling operation has been cut in scope, tankers still carry crude oil from the refineries captured by ISIS to the Turkish border. (Source)



July 28, 2015

TURKEY FOUNDING "UNITED TURKMEN ARMY"


A high-level delegation from the Syrian Turkmen Brigades held secret talks in Ankara on Monday to put final touches on a strategy, aiming at developing all armed brigades into a regular Turkmen Army. Sources in Ankara said the talks have largely revealed the final shape of the United Turkmen Army, who will include 5,000 men. (Source) But Kurdish commentators have said this Turkmen army is largely made up of IS, Nusra (and FSA) fighters, that under cover of fighting IS and Assad will attack the Kurdish forces instead.



TURKEY TROT: THE GAME OF DIVIDE AND CONQUER


Erdogan has hit on a 3 step plan to get back to absolute power. 1. To conflate the Kurds and the Islamic State as the same bunch of terrorists. 2. Getting the "international community" behind this conflation. Turkey had called an extraordinary meeting of NATO today for this purpose. NATO dutifully complied. (Presser) 3. To disqualify and declare the Kurdish HDP Party illegal on the grounds of its alignment to a terrorist organization. This will open the way for new elections in which Erdogan is to play the nationalist card. If that is the case Turkey and Erdogan are benefiting from chaos and an uptick in terrorism. This is pure speculation, but who knows what plans he has with ISIS.  And there's more trouble brewing on the terrorist front.


But according Theodore Karasik, a Gulf-based analyst of regional geo-political affairs, Turkey is now in ISIS’ crosshairs. The information he has on the Balkans is truly alarming!  (Source)




July 26, 2015

TURKEY CALLS NATO EMERGENCY MEETING ON TUESDAY



Jul 25, 2015 Turkish forces have launched airstrikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, an escalation which puts a truce in place since 2013 into question.


NATO Security General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss security at the request of Turkey after last week's suicide bombing there and Turkish security operations against Islamic State and PKK Kurdish militants. NATO said in a statement on Sunday that the North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 28 NATO allies, would meet following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under Article 4 of NATO's founding Washington Treaty. "Turkey requested the meeting in view of the seriousness of the situation after the heinous terrorist attacks in recent days, and also to inform allies of the measures it is taking," NATO said.  (Source)



OBAMA CONTINUES TO SUPPORT TURKEY'S ATTACKS ON KURDS

This may be confusing. So let's connect the dots here. Obama is supporting Turkey's attacks on the Kurdish PKK under the cover of bombing a few empty positions of ISIS. The YPG (remember, those Kurdish forces with the plucky girls?) is the PKK's affiliate in Syria. They have been responsible of liberating Kobane, protecting the Yazidis, and are currently marching on the ISIS capital Raqqa after having cut their supply lines. And just to make the alignment clear, this is where the Kurds stand on Israel.





EU CALLS TURKISH ATTACKS ON PKK

EU Foreign Policy Czar Mogherini has called upon her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to continue the peace process with the PKK. The EU has issued a statement to that effect on Saturday. Bild am Sonntag is reporting that the German DefMin, Ursula von der Leyen has a made similar declaration. But Washington continues to support the Turkish attacks on the PKK. Confusion continues to reign the Obama regime. The PKK is (or was) indeed Marxist (as is Cuba). The PKK is still on the terror list. Yet the US is having courteous relations with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) that hosts the PKK. (Source in Dutch)



TURKEY ATTACKING THE BEST FORCE AGAINST ISIS

Part of the problem is Western versus the Islamic approach to terrorism. Islam has no division of powers. Neither does it make a difference between civilians and the military. Because in Islam war is by definition against unbelievers, civilians are legitimate targets. We in the West call that terrorism. Turkey does not make any difference between the terrorist group ISIS and the PKK, the latter waging a legitimate war against the Turkish state resisting oppression of the Kurds. Their solution, a Socialist state, is equally oppressive. But the PKK affiliate in Syria, the single most effective force against ISIS, has made the transition to a normal, democratic and secular faction.
Turkey's sudden willingness to join the fight against the Islamic State group is a sign that it's afraid of losing clout with the U.S., but its second front against Kurdish rebels in Iraq on Saturday could complicate Washington's war. For months, Ankara had been reluctant to join the U.S.-led coalition against IS despite gains made by the extremist group on Turkey's doorstep. Now, Turkish warplanes are directly targeting IS locations — the latest bombing run coming early Saturday for a second straight day. Turkey then opened a second front on Kurdish rebel sites. The strikes against the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, muddle the U.S.-led fight against IS. The United States has relied on Syrian Kurdish fighters affiliated with the PKK while making gains against IS. U.S. officials declined to comment publicly on the Turkish strikes in northern Iraq. (Source)





July 25, 2015

TURKEY: "ISIS AND PKK COLLABORATING AGAINST US"

After daybreak the world is trying to make sense of the Turkish attacks on the Kurds, which apparently continued well into the day. Turkey is harping on the narrative there is no difference between ISIS and the PKK, both being terrorist. Except of the widespread documentation of collaboration with ISIS and a 'peace process' with the Iraqi Kurds, which is now presumably dead. The moral equivalence is translating in head lines as "Turkey launches airstrikes on ISIS-PKK", as if the groups are related. Turkish MP Davutoglu has even made it official, stating the groups are collaborating against Turkey. The media are as ever dumb, lazy and uncritical. 2015

Turkish MP Davutoglu: there is cooperation between IS and the Kurdish terror organization PKK against Turkey.



UNDER COVER OF STRIKES ON ISIS, TURKEY ATTACKS KURDS

And then under cover of airstrikes on ISIS, what many expect to happen, actually happens: while the police are attacking protesters on the ground, the Turkish air force is bombing PKK bases in Iraq.



July 24, 2015

 (Video) Turkish Airstrikes On ISIS Positions in Syria




As Turkey Attacks ISIS in Syria, a Catalogue of Collusion






June 13, 2015

Turkey Fire Warning Shots At Syrian Refugees





June 11, 2015

Turkish Secret Service Caught Working For ISIS






June 7, 2015

Kurds Reveil Proof of Turkey-ISIS Cooperation

During its recent operation on ISIS gangs, YPG uncovered Turkish flags, plane tickets showing of gangs who traveled through Turkey on the way to Syria, Turkish translations of the Koran, and the list of Turkish gang members who participated in the attack against YPG positions in Til Xenzir. YPG’s military operation codenamed 'Commander Rubar Qamishlo' enters its 28th day as YPG deals major blows to ISIS gangs. Several gang members were killed during yesterday’s operations in the villages of Ummud Tavaric, Xerkan, Hecer, Nestel, Dixalîyê and Hevasi. YPG also uncovered many documents belonging to the gangs and our agency managed to get a hold of these documents. (...) One of the most important documents uncovered by YPG is the list of 17 Turkish gang members who participated in the ISIS attack on Til Xenzir which is located 25 km to the west of Serêkanîyê. Last winter in Til Xenzir, YPG commanders were stating that the attack came from the Turkish side of the border and the feeing gangs took refuge in Turkish military posts. (Source) H/t: @SaintMichel180 @TaninKendal @windwens



Feb. 20, 2015

5 Turkish Prosecutors Removed In Arms 4 Jihad Scandal





Feb. 9, 2015

IS Suspect: 'MİT Helped Us Smuggle Arms To Jihadists'

Mehmet Aşkar, one of the 11 suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) currently being tried by the Niğde High Criminal Court, has said that Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MİT) helped them smuggle arms to opposition groups in Syria during the early stages of the country's civil war, a Turkish daily has reported. According to a story published in the Cumhuriyet daily on Monday, Turkish authorities are trying to divert public attention from the case because the prosecutor's dossier has details which reveal the involvement of MİT in arms smuggling. The 11 suspects in the case include a Syrian Turkmen who is allegedly linked with the anti-regime Free Syrian Army (FSA) and radical groups such as ISIL and al-Qaeda affiliates. Haisam Toubaljeh, also known as Heysem Topalca and who is also a suspect in the Reyhanlı attack case, according to Hürriyet, is believed to have been involved in numerous cases of smuggling as well as a transfer of rocket warheads to Syria that was intercepted in November 2013 by security forces in the southern city of Adana. (Source) H/T @HananShamounNL




Jan. 30, 2015

Turkey Wants the Kurds To Disarm By March





Nov. 28, 2014


The Caliphate Conspiracy




Turkey's Supply Line To The Islamic State

There is plenty of evidence that the Caliphate has no want of supplies. As we already reported, Turkey shipped $1.3 billion in goods to IS through September, the highest nine-month total on record. (Source) That's apart from the rat lines that funnel arms and Jihadists over the border.



Nov 27, 2014 The radical Islamist group Islamic State (IS) is growing steadily. It now pays salaries to thousands of troops and has state-of-the-art weapons at its disposal. It has declared a caliphate stretching across parts of Syria and Iraq. Against a backdrop of cross-border trade with Turkish goods, it is now seeking to control border crossing points to Turkey. (Source)



Nov. 12, 2014

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Research Paper: ISIS-Turkey Links By David L. Phillips
Introduction
Is Turkey collaborating with the Islamic State (ISIS)? Allegations range from military cooperation and weapons transfers to logistical support, financial assistance, and the provision of medical services. It is also alleged that Turkey turned a blind eye to ISIS attacks against Kobani. (Source)



Nov. 9, 2014

Former IS Member Reveals Turkey Is An Ally

Don't miss this: why IS and Turkey feel the same hatred for the Kurds, specifically the Marxist PKK/YPG/J as they feel for Assad - "Fighting an Existential War With Demoralized Leaders" (Source)
It's not because the PKK is a terrorist organization; Islam hardly understands the concept of terrorism. And it's not hatred against Assad for being a dictator; the Middle East is full of dictators for the one reason: to prevent political Islam from ever grabbing power. Turkey, IS and the Muslim Brotherhood hate the Kurds, the PKK and Assad because they are Godless apostates!


Nov. 5, 2014

Turkey Sept. Exports to Islamic State Worth $1,3bn

Unbelievable! Turkey shipped $1.3 billion in goods to ISIS through September, the highest nine-month total on record.
Turkey shipped $1.3 billion in goods to Syria through September, the highest nine-month total on record, according to trade statistics published in Ankara last week. The increase came after President Bashar al-Assad’s government in Damascus lost control of most border crossings with Turkey, leaving them to rebel groups such as the Free Syrian Army and Islamic Front, as well as Islamic State extremists. (...) While Turkey imposed financial sanctions on Assad three years ago, the trade is legal and shows up in Turkish customs data. Transporters enter a no-man’s land where state control is absent and they pay whoever controls the crossing. (Source)


Oct. 31, 2014

Erdogan Blanks Out On Defense of Kobane

There's something seriously amiss with the Turkish President Erdogan. He can't for the life of him understand why the coalition is concentrating so much of their efforts on Kobane. Suppose you're a hard nosed, pragmatic, Machiavellian power politician and you're half a psychopath who's incapable of empathy; even then there's still the matter of the symbolism, dealing a vicious opponent (?) a major psychological blow, postmodern optics, an historically oppressed people, and the one chance to score brownie points with that suspicious peace partner and their many friends in the West. What TF is the matter with this man?! He appears to be obsessed with getting the secular Assad out, nothing else seems to matter.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he believes that the coalition combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is focusing too much on the Syrian town of Kobane near the Turkish border and should turn its attention to other areas. "Why Kobane? And why not other towns like Idlib, Hama or Homs, or why not even Deir al-Zor?" Erdogan said in Paris on Friday after talks with President Francois Hollande. "Why not Iraqi territory, 40 percent of which is occupied? Why aren't we envisaging an intervention in these provinces and why are we envisaging an intervention in Kobane? (Source
Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu meantime told the BBC it would only take part in operations if the US-led coalition's strategy included military action against Syrian government forces. Western and Arab air strikes are only targeting jihadists in Syria and Iraq. Turkey would meanwhile "accelerate" the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to fight in Kobane, Mr Davutoglu said. But he emphasised that negotiations with allies over access to Turkey's military bases for refuelling and air strikes would not succeed until "the parameters are clear". (Source)



Oct. 28, 2014

Turkey Wants FSA To Rule Liberated Kobane

While Turkey has finally agreed to let the Meshmerga convoy pass over its territory to Kobane (ETA early hours of the morning), the plan to drop 1300 men of the FSA to fill the vacuum once IS has been defeated, is still on. Foreign Minister Davutoglu explains it on Press TV. (Source) As a matter of fact, this glues very well with another development regarding the FSA: retired US General John Allen may have upgraded the FSA from a military force to a political role.
What we would like to see is for the FSA and the forces that we will ultimately generate, train and equip to become the credible force that the Assad government ultimately has to acknowledge and recognize." "There is not going to be a military solution here," he added, in comments published at the weekend on the newspaper's English language website. (Source) H/t @AJDarcy
Related: What is the FSA? (Source)


Oct. 27, 2014

Turkey Plotting Against Kurds, Can't Approve of US Assistance

The plot is thickening in the Caliphate Conspiracy with Turkey. Hostility is now no longer a secret, lies and schemes are thick, and Erdogan is trying to split the Kurdisch factions.



Two Dead Journalists at the Turkish-Syrian Border

Once, an isolated coincidence; twice, calls for investigation. Two dead journalists at the Turkish-Syrian border, one dead in a car accident, another shot.



Oct 20, 2014 A Lebanese-American reporter working for Iranian channel, Press TV, Serena Shim has been killed in a car crash in Turkey, following her reports of accusations from Turkey’s intelligence agency that she had been “spying.”



Oct. 26, 2014

Turkish Border Village Joins Islamic State 

While Western Governments try to keep Jihadists from traveling to the battle fields in Syria and Iraq, thereby risking home attacks like we saw last week in Ottawa and New York City (source), MB ruled Turkey has no such compunctions. This case shows how Islamic State does not even have to conquer territory to expand! Here an entire Turkish village volunteered to join the Caliphate.


German Report On theTurkish Rat Lines Into Syria


NATO member Turkey is mainly responsible for the growing number of Al Qaeda and IS affiliated Jihadists in Syria. This report shows how Turkey allows Jihadists from all over the world to use its land as a jumping board. Turkey also arms the Jihadists, provides them with medical treatment, and allows them to cross the border without any restrictions. - H/t @JacquelineWxxx



German report how Turkey arms and sends Jihadists into Syria. 

Yet again more evidence that Turkey is still allowing IS terrorists to cross into Kobane to kill Kurds.

Turkey Denies US NATO Base, 20 mts From Kobane

Evidence of Turkey's open hostility is everywhere, yet the West is wearing blinkers.


Oct. 22, 2014

More Evidence That Turkey Is A Rat Line For IS

Erdogan can't understand why Americans think Kobane is important and worth fighting for. This tells us volumes about the nature of Erdogan. And more evidence that Turkey serves as what the CIA calls a 'rat line', a back channel highway for the Islamic State.



Oct. 17, 2014

Turkey's Int'l Standing In Tatters After Kobane

Dutch Parliament voted today on a proposal to investigate Turkish armaments shipments to Jihadist groups in Syria and Turkish involvement in the attack on Kobane. The same subject was debated yesterday in the Turkish parliament. The former American Ambassador to Turkey as well as US VP Joe Biden have made the same accusations. The name of Nusra (Al Qaeda in Syria) is mentioned. "Leaked document proves Syria-bound Turkish trucks were carrying arms." (Source) It has also been reported that FSA has sold weapons to Nusra and IS. Turkey has a huge PR problem, but there's a plan to counter the gap in a campaign for the "hearts and minds" of Europeans. It's laughable. Here's a report of what happened today in the UNSC where new temporary members were chosen. Turkey lost richly from Spain. (Tweet)



Oct. 16, 2014

To Turkey, the Kurds Are a Bigger Threat Than IS

Today more indications have come to light about the position of Turkey in relation to combating the Islamic State.
Turkey on Wednesday said only Syrian refugees would be allowed to cross its border to fight jihadists for the mainly Kurdish Syrian town of Kobane, rejecting calls from the West to fully open the frontier. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters that "those coming from Syria can go back to join the fight" for Kobane, but that Turkish and other nationals would not be allowed to cross the border.
We have to consider the ideological basics: Turkey spent decades fighting the PKK, the Marxist party. They are on the terrorist watch list for good reason. Victims of PKK actions can be found all over the country. Add to that the Islamist turn the country has taken over the last decade or so, and it becomes apparent why the Kurds may be seen as a bigger threat than ISIS. As we pointed out before, as a Muslim country Turkey has no fundamental quarrel with the builders of the Caliphate.

From the West this all looks very different. The fact that the Kurds emerged from the collapse of the Ottoman Empire as a stateless people has opened the West up to view the Kurds as an oppressed people living on the edge of four countries - Iran, Syria, Iraq and Turkey - under continuous forms of dictatorship at any given time during the last century.

Given that the Kurds emerged from post Saddam Hussein's Iraq as the people who made the most of their new found liberty, has made the West very sympathetic to the plight of the Kurds. Their truly heroic stance at Kobane did the rest. These people deserve a huge break. If the Turks insist on maintaining their hostile position while pretending to be an ally, this is going to cost them dearly.



Oct. 14, 2014

Turkey Bombs Mutual Ally, the Syrian Kurds 

Who still had any doubt about the position of Turkey in this coalition, may be persuaded by the indisputable fact that Turkey is now bombing their own "peace partner" and coalition ally, the Syrian Kurds.
Turkish warplanes have bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets near the country’s border with Iraq. The strikes highlight rising tensions in Turkey over Ankara’s perceived unwillingness to aid besieged Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani. The Turkish General Staff dispatched F-16 and F-4 jets to the southeastern village of Daglica in Hakkari province on Monday, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reports. (...)  Turkey says the bombings came in response to three days of attacks on the Daglıca military guard post with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns. PKK insurgents for their part blamed the Turkish military of violating the ceasefire. Monday’s strikes were the first to be conducted since the Kurdish rebel group declared a ceasefire with Turkey in March 2013. (Source)

Moreover, in an interview with spokesperson of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Polat Can, when asked why the coalition hasn't started their bombing campaign on IS before they reached Kobane, has this to say:
They [Turkey] made every effort to prevent any help from reaching us and to prevent the air strikes. At first, coalition jets could get no closer than 10 kilometers to the Turkish border, because Turkey would not allow it. Read it all! (Source)
And then there's this!
And here some news about the new Al Qaeda. The point about Syria is, most good guys are fighting in the army of the secularist, Assad. What is left, are various denominations of Islamists, the "moderates" rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood.
And another indicator that the FSA are (at least in part) very far from moderate. The Gulf Arabs are playing us for fools.

Introduction


Oct. 13, 2014

The Caliphate Conspiracy

It started with the testimony of Abu Muhammad al-Amriki, who perished Oct. 12, 2014 in the service of the Caliphate.



Abu Muhammad al-Amriki was under orders while fighting with Nusra to let arms from Turkey pass to the Free Syrian Army. 

A very ugly story is taking shape. As long suspected, we are presented with a confidence trick, a false choice between radicals and moderates. It is reminiscent of what was on offer in the interbellum, when the world was presented with two forms of totalitarianism, and ended up having to fight both. The same is true today. There is no radical and moderate Islamism; whatever we do, we'll end up having to fight both. You can't negotiate or live with evil and expect clean hands.

As Abu Muhammad al-Amriki is explaining in the video above, Turkey - with assistance of Nusra, which is Al Qaeda in Syria - has been arming the Free Syrian Army (FSA, or Jamal Marouf  as Al-Amriki calls them  (Wiki)*. Al-Amriki was operating from a border town called Atma (Wiki); here an interactive map for easy handling. Global Post has the full story on Abu Muhammad al-Amriki, who he was and how he died. (Source)

As we revealed not long ago, the roots of (at least some of) the FSA is the Muslim Brotherhood**, the ideology of the former President of Egypt, Mohammed Mursi, the Palestinian terror organization that is running Gaza, and Erdogan of Turkey himself. The West is upholding the Muslim Brotherhood as the "peaceful, secular and democratic" alternative to radicals like Al Qaeda and Islamic State.

Erdogan, in the meantime on another chess board, is playing faithful NATO member and loyal ally to the West. Erdogan is saying one thing, while doing quite another.

This video is showing a Turkish train loaded with 49 tanks, allegedly a transport consigned to Islamic State in Tel Abyad, another contested Kurdish town. The transport was paid for by the Turkish government.



Sep 22, 2014 Turkish train carrying tanks and other weapons, consigned to ISIS in Tel Abyad. Reported by Zilan Qandil, journalist from Kobane.
Here is some more circumstantial evidence about the game Turkey is playing. It is not at all beyond conjecture that Erdogan is using IS, Nusra and FSA (all or in part) as a vanguard for a reconstituted Caliphate of his own.
Notwithstanding the incompetence of this US administration, it is still a good question how come Susan Rice believes she has a deal, allowing the coalition to launch airstrikes against IS from bases in Turkey, which a day later is categorically denied by the Turks? The explanation of the administration is that "the Turks weren't ready to go public with the information". Maybe there's not much more to it than eagerness for good PR. 
This story broke this morning, which required some sorting out. The upshot is: the Turks have been chasing away the Kurdish forces while IS orcs got a free pass. It's not the first time such behavior has been reported. 
And then there's this.
Well, can you?

* Al-Amriki also mentions the following receivers of the Turkish armament shipment: 1- Muhajerin: foreign Jihadists. 2- the emir of Al-Nusra. 3-Abo Allayth: an unknown person, probably aligned to IS. 

** From "Obama's 'Moderate Syrian Rebels' Have Muslim Brotherhood Roots" logged on the Live Blog on Oct. 1, 2014 (Source)
Most illusive of all fighters in the theater are Obama's famous moderate Syrian rebels: Harakat Hazm. From the Wiki: "The previous incarnation of the group, called Harakat Zaman Mohamed (The movement of the time of Muhammad) was supported by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood". (Source


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