"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "
Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)
Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
ABD Savunma Bakanı Carter, Rusya'nın, Suriye'de muhtemelen DAEŞ güçlerinin bulunmadığı alanlara hava saldırısı yapmış göründüğünü söyledi.
Joint Communique Following the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the GCC-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum- Department of State
The U.S. Secretary of State joined Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and the Secretary General of the GCC today in New York for a ministerial meeting of the GCC-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum (SCF). It was the fifth SCF since its establishment in March 2012. The SCF has served as an important forum to strengthen strategic cooperation and advance shared priorities and interests on political, security, economic, and military issues. Today’s discussions examined a range of issues, including the humanitarian and political crisis in Syria, the importance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran, the Middle East peace process, and the need for a political solution to the conflict in Yemen. The Ministers also discussed progress and next steps on the GCC-U.S. strategic partnership and areas of cooperation announced at Camp David on May 14, 2015.
The Ministers affirmed their commitment to addressing the tragic situation of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. The Ministers underscored the need for financial support to address the crisis and called attention to the UN Appeal for Syria, and urged the international community to provide urgently needed assistance, recognizing that previous generosity does not mitigate the need for additional, immediate funding to confront this catastrophe.
The Ministers agreed that the humanitarian crisis, destruction, and terrorism in Syria are symptoms of the Syria conflict and the brutality of President Asad, who has lost all legitimacy. The only way to solve the crisis, they emphasized, is a managed political transition away from Asad, in accord with the Geneva Communique that establishes a new government in Syria, reflecting the aspirations of the Syrian people, and that advances national unity, pluralism, and human rights for all Syrian citizens. The Ministers noted the regime has demonstrated neither the will nor the capability to confront Da’ish (ISIL/ISIS) safe-havens in Syria. The Ministers also noted the regime’s relentless violence against its own people, including the use of barrel bombs and chemical weapons. They strongly supported increased efforts to degrade and ultimately defeat Da’ish in Syria and warned against the influence of other extremist groups represent a danger to the international community and are a significant cause of the refugee crisis.
Rusya Devlet Başkanı Putin yurt dışına asker göndermek için parlamentonun üst kanadı Federasyon Konseyi'nden onay istedi. Konsey oybirliğiyle askerlerin Suriye'ye gönderilmesini onayladı. Kremlin İdaresi Başkanı İvanov, hava operasyonlarının tamamen meşru olduğunu vurguladı. ABD bugün itibariyle Rusya'nın hava operasyonlarına başladığını açıkladı.
İki Amerikalı komutan, Diyarbakır’da Amerikan askeri varlığını doğrulayan açıklamalarda bulundu. Açıklamalar, dün Washington’da Türk-Amerikan Konseyi’nin 34’üncü yıllık Türk-Amerikan ilişkileri konulu konferansında konuşma yapan NATO Avrupa Müttefik Kuvvetleri Başkomutanı Orgeneral Philip Breedlove ve Genelkurmay Başkan Yardımcısı Orgeneral Paul Selva’dan geldi.
Bölgesel güvenlik ve istikrara katkılarından dolayı Türkiye’ye teşekkür eden iki general de, Ankara’nın hava üslerini IŞİD’le mücadele koalisyonunun hizmetine açmasını övdü.
War-torn Syria has become a battleground for competing ideologies as much as rival militias. The ultra-extremist Salafi-jihadism of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been the loudest and most visible of these ideological contenders, but Syria has also seen the birth of a revisionist trend within Islamist militancy. This trend has emerged as a reaction to the worst excesses of Salafi-jihadism and has been championed by the rebels in Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyyah (the Islamic Movement of the Freemen of al-Sham, usually just called Ahrar al-Sham). Ahrar al-Sham has by now emerged as not just a populist revolutionary force and the most powerful non-ISIL rebel faction in Syria, but also the vanguard of a revisionist school that is contesting the nature of the jihadist movement.
In interviews conducted in September 2015 over social media and messaging apps, several Ahrar al-Sham leaders and observers familiar with the group said Ahrar was originally something close to “Salafi-jihadist.” Many of its founders were alumni of the Islamist wing of Syria’s notorious Seidnaya Prison, jailed for joining or abetting international jihadist organizations that included ISIL’s precursor, the Islamic State in Iraq. Interviewees said the initial character of the group was a product of both biography and circumstance — like others taking up arms against the Syrian regime early in the revolution, they seem to have been reactivating old networks of fighters and financiers.
ABD Dışişleri Bakanlığı Sözcüsü Mark Toner mülteci krizi sebebiyle Suriye’de hızla siyasi çözüme gidilmesi ihtiyacı doğduğunu söyledi. Rusya’nın askeri ikmalini ‘Esed’e destek’ diye niteleyen Toner, geçiş sürecinde Esed’in yerinin olmayacağını tekrarladı.
IŞİD’in yok edilmesiyle birlikte Suriye’de geçiş sürecinin de başlaması gerektiğini belirten Toner, Rusların Ortadoğu’daki müttefikini desteklemek istediğini, Esed’den sonrası için kaygılandığını belirtti. ABD’nin geçiş sürecinde Esed’in varlığını kabul etmeyeceğini hatırlattı.
Türkiye ile ABD arasında anlaşmazlık noktalarından olan Suriye’de YPG’ye desteğin devam edeceğini söyleyen Toner, Suriye'nin kuzeyinde kanton yönetimleri oluşturan PYD'yi kastederek, "Grupların kendilerine özel bir alanda yönetim ortaya çıkarmalarını istemiyoruz" diye ekledi. Güvenli bölgenin hâlâ gündemde olmadığı bilgisini verdi.
Russian general tells US diplomats: 'We launch Syria air strikes in one hour. Stay out of the way'- The Telegraph
Russian general tells US diplomats: 'We launch Syria air strikes in one hour. Stay out of the way'
Vladimir Putin orders airforce into action over Syria in first Russian war in Middle East since end of Soviet Union - giving US diplomats one hour's notice
The upper chamber of the Russian parliament has unanimously given a formal consent to President Putin to use the nation’s military in Syria to fight terrorism at a request from the Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Consent was necessary for use of the country's military for foreign combat missions under the Russian constitution.
The request for use of force was sent by the president after considering the large number of citizens of Russia and neighboring countries, who went to join terrorist groups fighting in Syria, head of the presidential administration Sergey Ivanov told media. There are thousands of them, and Russia’s national security would be under threat, should they return home, he added.
“This is not about reaching for some foreign policy goals, satisfying ambitions, which our Western partners regularly accuse us of. It’s only about the national interest of the Russian Federation,” the official said.
Russian Federation Council Speaker said that the situation in Syria is critical as the Islamic State group is taking control of more and more territory.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Iraq welcomes Russia’s decision to use its armed forces in the fight against the Islamic State as long as it stays within the borders of Syria, the head of Iraq’s defense and security committee said Wednesday.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
The United States and Russia agree on "some fundamental principles" for Syria, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday, adding that he plans to meet again with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday.
"There was agreement that Syria should be a unified country, united, that it needs to be secular, that ISIL (Islamic State) needs to be taken on, and that there needs to be a managed transition," Kerry told MSNBC, adding that differences remained on what the outcome of such a transition would be.
Speaking in the television interview from New York amid the United Nations gathering this week, Kerry said both U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both "looking for a way forward" in Syria, suffering from a four-year civil war as well as the rise of Islamic State.
NEW YORK—Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for Russia to be involved in any solution to the crisis in Syria and criticized resistance from Eastern European countries to a robust, European Union-wide solution to the spiraling migrants crisis.
Monday, September 28, 2015
BM Genel Kurulu'nun 70. dönem toplantılarında konuşan ABD Başkanı Obama Rusya'yı tecrit etmek istemediklerini belirtip Moskova'nın dünya düzeninde adil biçimde yer almasını istediklerini ifade etti. "Rusya'yı tecrit etmek istemiyoruz. Bize güçlü bir Rusya gerekli" diyen Obama, Suriye konusunda Rusya ve İran'la çalışmaya hazır olduklarını söyledi.
The deployment of Russian military forces to Syria is a major geostrategic inflection.
Its significance goes far beyond the situation in Syria. It may well herald, in fact, a new era in global geopolitics and security.
Russian forces are establishing an airbase likely to become capable of conducting operations throughout the Levant and the Eastern Mediterranean.
It would be the first time in history that Russia had an outpost on land for projecting force beyond the confines of the Black Sea. The U.S. and NATO must consider and respond to this development recognizing its true stakes.
The Obama Administration remains inexplicably bewildered, however.
Secretary of State John Kerry stated on 22 September that the Russian equipment that had arrived in Syria was there to protect Russian forces. “We don’t yet have clarity with respect to the Russian effort,” he noted in a press conference.
After Kerry’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on 27 September, the State Department stated: “Again, we’re just at the beginning of trying to understand what the Russians’ intentions are in Syria, in Iraq, and to try to see if there are mutually beneficial ways forward here.”
Understanding the Kremlin’s intentions at a basic level is not really very hard, though. Russian President Vladimir Putin certainly means to deter the U.S.-led coalition from attacking the forces of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, establishing any sort of no-fly zone, or taking any meaningful action that might harm Assad’s forces.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Iraq says it will share military intelligence and security information with Syria, Iran and Russia to fight Islamic State.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the intelligence group will focus on "monitoring the movements of the terrorists...and degrading their capacity."
No details on the new arrangement were made available, but it is a clear sign of growing Russian influence in the region.
Moscow has sent fighter planes and other equipment to an air base in Syria in what U.S. military officials say looks like an effort to protect its own assets that are already there. But Secretary of State John Kerry has said Russia's true intentions in Syria are still unclear
A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State in Iraq, Colonel Steve Warren, says the U.S. objects to Syria being part of the intelligence-sharing group.
Suriye'nin Halep kentinde Halk Savunma Birlikleri (YPG) ile aralarında El Kaide'nin Suriye kolu olan El Nusra Cephesi'nin de yer aldığı sekiz silahlı örgüt arasında şiddetli çatışmalar yaşanıyor. Çatışmalarda ölü ve yaralılar var.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
NEW YORK — In an interview with Al-Monitor, Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil focused on the challenges of providing shelter and support for more than 2 million refugees, who now make up almost 50% of Lebanon’s population, and called on the international community to do more. He noted that “Lebanon cannot be the only one receiving refugees. We can give humanitarian assistance to people in need, but not be a political recipient for the problems of Syria.”
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is considering Russia's offer of military-to-military talks on the war in Syria, as Moscow bolsters its military presence there.
Kerry, who held talks this week by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said Wednesday he wants a "complete and clear understanding" of what Russia's intentions are.
"You have a conversation in order to do that,'' Kerry said. "It is vital to avoid misunderstandings, miscalculations [and] not to put ourselves in a predicament where we are supposing something, and the supposition is wrong."
Russia wants talks with the U.S. military to ensure their forces do not come into conflict as it continues its build-up in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.
Washington has expressed concern about Moscow's growing military support for the Syrian regime, even as it conducts its own air strikes against Islamic State rebels in the country.
"The Russians proposed in a conversation I had today, and in the last conversation specifically, that we have a military-to-military conversation and meeting," Kerry said.
"So we are currently evaluating. The White House, the Defense Department, the State Department are discussing the next steps in order to determine the best way forward."
The United States suspended military-to-military dialogue with Moscow in March 2014 after Russian forces were accused of intervening in support of separatist rebels in Ukraine.
A Pentagon official said the U.S. military has no immediate plans to reopen ties but that "senior leaders continue to have the discretion to communicate with their counterparts as necessary."