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Turkey prepares for military operation against Kurds after Istanbul blast

Is everyone trying to false flag their way into new wars? It’s hard to tell anymore but here is more wars/rumors of war news. Johnny

Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher

The Turkish armed forces may launch an operation in northern Syria as the order for the recent terrorist attack in Istanbul was allegedly given from the Kurdish-majority city of Kobani. The November 13 explosion on the Istiklal pedestrian street in central Istanbul led to the death of six people and was quickly blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and their Syrian branch, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), who control Kobani.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said police arrested a woman believed to have left the bomb on Istiklal Street. According to him, it is suspected that the order came from Kobani, a Syrian town on the border with Turkey, and that the perpetrator entered Turkey via Afrin, a Kurdish-majority region in northern Syria controlled by Turkish-backed forces.

“We will conduct an operation in Ain al-Arab (Kobani). Now this obligation is weighing heavily on our necks,” Miliyyet newspaper quoted Turkish security expert Abdullah Agar as saying.

Earlier, the official representative of the President of Turkey, Ibrahim Kalin, said that Ankara is ready for a new military operation in northern Syria, which could start at any time. Damascus has repeatedly stated that it is illegal for Turkish forces to conduct operations against Kurdish forces there and has called on Ankara to withdraw its troops.

Meanwhile, an unnamed senior official said to Reuters on November 15 that Turkey plans to pursue targets in northern Syria after it completes a cross-border operation against the PKK in Iraq. Threats against Turkey posed by Kurdish militants or the Islamic State are unacceptable, the official said, adding that Ankara will clear threats along its southern border “one way or another.”

“Syria is a national security problem for Turkey. There is work being done on this already,” the official said, declining to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media, according to Reuters. “There is an ongoing operation against the PKK in Iraq. There are certain targets in Syria after that is completed.”

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the Istanbul blast, and the PKK have denied any involvement, police say the suspected bomber is a Syrian woman named Ahlam Albashir. She was detained only a day after the blast at a house raid in Istanbul.

This year alone, Turkey has conducted three incursions into northern Syria against the YPG. Confusingly, despite the PKK being recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the European Union, the YPG are allies of Washington and the EU.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a major challenge in next year’s election, with polls suggesting he could lose power after two decades. This was a similar scenario to what occurred before the 2015 general election, with a wave of bombings and other terrorist attacks gripping the country. They were mostly blamed on the PKK and the Islamic State.

It could be suggested that Erdogan either orchestrated the Istanbul bombing, or is taking maximum advantage of the operation to gain more votes through ultra-nationalist rhetoric and the corresponding military operation against the Kurds, just like what happened in 2015. In fact, a September MetroPoll survey in Turkey found that more than half of Turkish citizens believe that their government is using tensions with Greece for an “election agenda,” an election agenda that can also be imposed against the Kurds too.

It is also notable that it was reported by Al-Monitor on November 9 that Turkey is reorganising militant forces in northern Syria and is reportedly using “threats and ultimatums to discipline the disorderly factions.” According to the report, Ankara is using Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) — the formerly Al-Qaeda aligned jihadi outfit controlling the northwestern province of Idlib — “as a stick in its efforts to push the factions to form a joint military command and a joint administrative structure.”

The report added that factions were told by Turkish officials on November 2 “to unite under a joint command and shut separate operation rooms, cede all urban checkpoints to a joint security apparatus, hand over control of crossings — a source of lucrative revenues — to a financial committee and create a joint fund, and close down the prisons they operate. A warning was issued that fresh internal conflicts could result in dissolving the groups involved.”

Turkey’s restructuring of jihadist forces under its command and/or influence in northern Syria only days before blaming the PKK for the Istanbul blast, something the Kurdish militant group denies perpetrating, will raise questions on whether the terror attack was a false-flag operation to justify a new military operation and to boost Erdogan’s ratings in the lead up to next year’s elections.

Source: InfoBrics

Israel Loads new Missiles on Modified F-35s, Can Now Strike Iran without Refueling!

According to Israeli media reports, Israel has entered a higher phase of readiness to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. This comes with the development of upgraded capabilities and intensive training.

The Israeli Air Force conducted four drills simulating an attack on Iran last month to test different elements of the strike plans.

At the same time, Israeli engineers achieved a major technological breakthrough, allowing F-35 aircraft to fly back and forth to Iran without refueling.

The stealth aircraft is expected to play a key role in a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, destroying air defenses and performing other vital tasks.

The Israeli Air Force has also developed a one-tonne heavy bomb that will be included in the arsenal of weapons used by F-35s (known to the IAF as “Adir”). This bomb can be carried inside the aircraft’s weapon interior without compromising its stealth signature on enemy radar.

The bomb is made by Rafael Advanced Weapons Systems and is said to be autonomous and can be protected from interference and cyber warfare systems. The bomb was recently used in a series of IAF tests, the results of which were presented to Secretary of Defense Benny Gantz.

In 2019, Lockheed Martin was considering adding two 600-gallon outer fuel tanks under the F-35’s wings as part of a larger range expansion study. This would have a significant effect on stealth characteristics but would increase the total fuel capacity by about 40 percent. Prior to that, studies had examined the addition of smaller tanks of 480 and 460 gallons. It seems that this problem has now been solved.

Earlier, a senior official revealed that Israel had significantly increased the list of possible targets for an attack inside Iran.

The 4 Scenarios of the large scale Israeli Exercises

The IAF has conducted four large-scale exercises to simulate attacks on Iran in the past month.

The first exercise involved dealing with Iranian radar and tracking and early warning systems, such as those protecting its nuclear facilities.


The second involved the simulation of long-range combat flights. In this case it was achieved with destinations in Europe.


The other exercises included defensive measures against Iranian cyber attacks and electronic warfare systems, which could be used by Iran to undermine an Israeli military operation.


In another exercise, the Israelis simulated strike operations against numerous targets, in short periods of time and at a distance of 1,100 miles. Advanced weapons were used to accurately attack F-15 and F-35 aircraft. In particular, the IDF for the needs of the exercise took off almost 100 fighter jets from Israeli bases.


The Israeli Air Force has also been training rescuers who flee militarily away from the state border – including being forced to land in the middle of the sea.


The Israeli Air Force has reportedly been able to integrate full co-operation between fifth-generation and fourth- and fourth-generation aircraft into the exercise, allowing for real-time division of tasks, information transfer and other classified missions, they said. security officials.

“Iran’s radar sites and anti-aircraft missiles are crowded and numerous – but they are not the only challenge. They must attack goals with content and meaning. The attack should be able to cause enormous damage without expanding. “There are several targets in Iran, in different ranges.”

“Israel’s strategy has changed – We will hit the ‘head” “

The news of progress in Israel’s military readiness came just a day after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the strategy for Iran had changed over the past year. The Armed Forces “will strike the head… and not only in the arms transfers as we have had in recent years”.

During recent military maneuvers, the IAF has also opened cooperation between fifth-generation fighter jets such as the F-35 and fourth-generation aircraft such as Israel’s older F15 and F-16 models. The planes practiced the exchange of information, missions and much more.

“Iran’s missile systems and surface-to-air radars are full and are not the only challenge, ” a defense official said. “ We must be able to attack targets that are important and the attack must be able to cause extensive damage. “There are many targets in Iran of different ranges.”

Iran: Removed 27 IAEA cameras from nuclear facilities

Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the “removal of 27 cameras” to monitor its nuclear activities , responding to a decision critical of Tehran, the agency said.

The measure “naturally poses a serious obstacle to our ability to continue working there, ” IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi told a news conference in Vienna.

The IAEA, which oversees Tehran’s nuclear activities to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful, can continue inspections and has other tools, but Tehran’s decision means “less transparency, more doubt.” Rafael Grossi explained.

” Does that mean we have reached the end of the road?” I hope not. “We hope that the spirits will ease a little and we will be able to focus again on the problems to be solved,” he added, calling on Iran to resume dialogue.

If the engagement persists after three or four weeks, “the IAEA will no longer be able to provide the information it needs to develop Iran’s nuclear program,” Grossi warned.

This “will deal a fatal blow” to the 2015 international agreement, which provides for the curtailment of Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for easing the regime of international sanctions against Iran.