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MENA Mashup: Bibi, the ‘Khorasan Hustle’ and Turkey

Here’s an excellent riposte to Bibi’s UN buffoonery, from a Palestinian…

Palestinian official likens Netanyahu to IS leader

A senior Palestinian official on Tuesday likened Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of the Islamic State group, after the Israeli prime minister compared Hamas to the organization.

“Netanyahu is trying to disseminate fear of the Islamic State led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but Netanyahu forgets that he himself leads the Jewish state,” said Saeb Erekat, the PLO’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel.

“He wants us to call Israel the Jewish state and supports terrorist settlers who kill, destroy and burn mosques and churches … like Baghdadi’s men kill and terrorize,” Erekat told AFP.

So after Monday’s blatant bigotry from the UN podium, (where’s Hugo Chávez when ya need him?) the devil Bibi met with Obama in the Oval Office…

Obama and Netanyahu barely conceal tension in discussions over the middle east

US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with the US president calling for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths and the Israeli leader warning of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities.

Obama and Netanyahu spoke to reporters before convening private discussions in the Oval Office…

Sitting alongside Netanyahu Wednesday, Obama said leaders must “find ways to change the status quo so that both Israel citizens are safe in their own homes, and schoolchildren in their schools, from the possibility of rocket fire but also that we don’t have the tragedy of Palestinian children being killed as well.”

Netanyahu reiterated his scepticism about the diplomatic process and his fear that Iran will be allowed to retain elements of their nuclear program.

“Iran seeks a deal that would lift the tough sanctions that you worked so hard to put in place and leave it as a threshold nuclear power,” Netanyahu told Obama. “And I firmly hope under your leadership that would not happen.”

Israel and the United States contend that Iran is seeking to build a bomb. The Islamic republic insists the program is for peaceful purposes.

Now, as I’d quipped on Col. Lang’s righteous rant… The end of the beginning of the end?

Nutty-yahu was talking oranges(Iran) and Obomber was talking apples(Gaza/Settlements)…! Wtf over…?

Now, moving along to the ‘Khorasan Hustle’ Cenk Uygur has been on a roll lately…

Here’s the Glennzilla post, Cenk cites… The Fake Terror Threat Used To Justify Bombing Syria

Now, ironically, the blowback to this entire Khorasan phantasm is not only coming from the Left, but the Right too, from Human Events’ John Hayward…

The Khorasan hustle

American bombs falling on an unexpected location in Syria. The target was not ISIS at all, but one of their rivals in the terrorist-infested Syrian resistance – a gang nobody ever heard of before, called the “Khorasan Group.” We were told this relatively small crew was on the verge of staging a major terror attack against the Western world, so it had to be taken out pronto. The initial reaction among Americans supportive of the attack on ISIS, and even some of the critics, ran along the lines of, “Well, okay, if they’re that bad, better give ‘em the works.” We were told the bombing strike all but eliminated the threat.

Then the story started changing. Suddenly the Khorasan Group wasn’t an “imminent” threat at all. Then the Obama Administration admitted that maybe they didn’t get wiped out in those bombing attacks… it’s been reported that the group leader was killed, and one of their headquarters buildings was leveled, but the overall condition of the unit remains in question. (It’s been very slowly leaking out that our airstrikes in Syria have wiped out more buildings than terrorists, because the terrorists knew we were coming and skedaddled out of the buildings.) {…}

This little hustle is consistent with the Administration’s perpetual efforts to re-brand the terrorist menace, a tornado of political spin that will probably continue until the next President is sworn in, whose purpose is to make it seem at least faintly plausible that Obama told something vaguely resembling the truth at least once during his re-election campaign. {…}

…It sure doesn’t look like Jabhat al-Nusra is buying any of this “Khorasan Group” stuff.

Meanwhile ISIS appears to be doing quite well in Iraq, overrunning an Iraqi military base and seizing a fresh cache of weapons. Turkey is moving armor to the Syrian border to keep the Islamic State at bay, and Lebanese Christians are gearing up for battle too, in response to ISIS threats to crucify them. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of Degrading and Ultimately Destroying going on as of yet. Let me ask a highly impolitic question: if we saw the ISIS leadership acting as erratically as the Obama Administration has been – the top guy telling ridiculous lies and getting called out by his intelligence officers, blustery language inconsistent with the realities on the ground, mouthpieces tripping over each other as they told conflicting stories – wouldn’t we consider it encouraging news?

Naturally, the Blame Game has begun in earnest… Obama blame of spy agencies over Islamic State’s rise draws riposte

Moyers & Co. looks at the Goobers’ Dog Whistling About ISIS — and Latinos Too

Moving along to Turkish affairs…

Delving deeper…

Turkish parliament OKs anti-terrorism action in Syria, Iraq

The Turkish parliament on Thursday passed a motion to authorize cross-border military actions in neighboring Syria and Iraq to fight terrorist groups.

Of the 396 parliament deputies who voted at Thursday’s session, some 298 voted for the motion while the rest 98 against.

The decision will grant the government a one-year mandate to send Turkish Armed Forces, “if necessary,” “to foreign countries for cross-border operations and interventions and to position foreign militaries in Turkey for the same purposes.”

“The terrorist elements of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party still exist in northern Iraq. On the other hand, the significant increase in the number of other terrorist elements in Syria and the threat posed by them in Iraq is also alarming,” according to the motion, which specifically cited “increasing security risks over use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.”

The motion also cited as its impetus the growing security risks against the tomb of Suleyman Sah, as the Islamic State (IS) militants are reportedly advancing toward the burial place of the grandfather of the Osman l, founder of the Ottoman Empire.

The Turkish parliament earlier authorized the government to launch cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria, but it did not include deployment of foreign troops on Turkish territory.

Earlier this month, Turkey refrained from becoming part of a group of countries that have pledged support to the central government in Baghdad in its fight against the IS. It also refused to sign a communique that supports a U.S.-led international campaign against the militant group.

As the WaPo whined yesterday…Turkey to approve a bigger military role in Iraq and Syria — but not on American terms So sad…!

So what about Erdogan’s real intentions with ISIS… Assad ‘not less dangerous’ than ISIL, Turkish FM claims

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu compares the Syrian regime to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is “not less dangerous” than the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Speaking in a televised interview Wednesday evening, Cavusoglu said Assad’s forces were responsible of 200,000 deaths since the outbreak of civil war three years ago.

He also criticized the UN for its “passivity” over Syria and said safe havens for refugees protected by a no-flight zone were “a must.”

He called for support for the Free Syrian Army, adding: “The Free Syrian Army is not only fighting the regime but also ISIL, Hezbollah and foreign fighters, and it needs support.”

The Free Syrian Army, mostly comprised of soldiers who defected from the Syrian armed forces, has been the main opposition group to receive support from the West.


ISIS opens diplomatic consulate in Istanbul, Turkey’s President denies

On Wednesday the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed that it had opened its first diplomatic consulate in Istanbul.

Abu-Omar al-Tunisi, the head of ISIS Foreign Relations announced that ISIS is determined to open its first diplomatic consulate in Istanbul, and in a friendly country like Turkey.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan firmly denied the ISIS presence in the country, however, an official source in the government anonymously stated that Turkey is developing formal relations with ISIS following al-Tunsi’s announcement that ISIS has opened a consulate in Istanbul.

According to Turkish daily Aydinlik, the consulate will provide consular services for all who wish to join the group, send money funds, and will pay the hospital fees of all wounded militants who traveled to Turkey to receive medical treatment.

It is noteworthy that Twitter recently suspended an account that belonged to ISIS and had shown the address and contact information of the ISIS consulate in Istanbul.

What a clusterf*ck…! *gah*

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