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BUKAN PERANG SAUDARA,TAPI PERAMPOKAN OLEH NATO, ISRAEL, TURKI, DAN MONARKHI TELUK.
Selasa, 24 November 2015 | 10:44 WIB 
 Suriah
Syria dalam neraka, karena krisis akan terus berlanjut selama ada negara yang mendukung dan membiayai terorisme. Barat bertekad menghancurkan pemerintah Suriah untuk menciptakan negara yang lemah dan pada akhirnya akan menjamin keamanan Israel.
Turki, yang memiliki hubungan erat dengan Barat, memasok senjata, uang dan relawan, untuk kelompok-kelompok seperti Front Al Nusra dan ISIS. “Barat memandang terorisme sebagai ‘kartu as’ yang dapat dimainkan secara berkala”, kata Presiden Suriah Bashar al Assad pada media Rusia RT. Ia menambahkan bahwa aliansi antara Suriah, Iran, Irak dan gerakan Hizbullah-Lebanon, yang disebutnya “sumbu perlawanan”, akan mengalahkan terorisme yang merupakan alat baru untuk menundukkan wilayah tersebut”. Rusia secara tegas telah bergabung.
Amerika Serikat telah membom Suriah sejak September 2014 tanpa persetujuan dari Damaskus yang berarti melanggar hukum internasional. Serangan ini tidak berdampak terhadap kelompok-kelompok teroris seperti ISIS tetapi hanya memperkuat mereka… hingga sekarang. Presiden Rusia, Vladimir Putin, membuat kegemparan ketika ia mengirim bantuan militer ke Suriah. Selama beberapa minggu terakhir, pasukan gabungan dari pesawat tempur militer Rusia dan Suriah menyerang pos komando teroris di Palmyra, Aleppo dan Homs.
Miguel Fernández Martínez, seorang wartawan Kuba dari kantor berita Amerika Latin Prensa Latina sekarang berada di Suriah sebagai koresponden.
“Sebelumnya saya berada di Amerika Tengah untuk meliput pemilu di El Salvador. Saya juga telah melakukan perjalanan ke Amerika Serikat, Puerto Rico, dan bagian lain dari Amerika Latin “, katanya kepada majalah Punto Final. Tentang kehadiran penasihat militer Rusia di Suriah, ia mengatakan bahwa kehadiran tersebut memprovokasi kehebohan di antara para pembuat strategi di Barat, yang berjudi untuk menghancurkan negara Arab ini: “Pers Barat tidak memberi ruang dalam pemberitaannya untuk  mengumumkan “invasi bersenjata” dengan tujuan “perebutan wilayah”. Mereka lebih menciptakan suasana bermusuhan dan ketegangan. Dia mengatakan bahwa serangan udara oleh Israel terhadap wilayah Suriah pada bulan Agustus lalu tidak disebutkan oleh Barat Press: “pesawat tanpa awak menyerang desa al-Koum, yang terletak di provinsi Quneitra, 67 kilometer barat daya Damaskus. Sehari sebelumnya, sebuah helikopter Israel menembakkan roket ke berbagai bangunan di Quneitra, menyebabkan kerusakan material yang serius”.
Pentagon dan NATO melihat kehadiran Rusia di Suriah sebagai kegagalan upaya mereka selama empat tahun terakhir untuk menggulingkan Presiden Bashar al Assad.
Agresi Atas Biaya Barat
Menurut UNICEF, 5,6 juta anak Suriah menderita kemiskinan ekstrim dan dipaksa untuk pindah terus-menerus, melarikan diri dari zona perang. Dua juta pengungsi tinggal di Lebanon, Yordania, Irak, Mesir, Turki dan di negara-negara lain di Afrika Utara. Sementara 3,6 juta anak-anak tetap berada dalam situasi hidup yang rentan. Dua puluh ribu anak meninggal dalam perang ini. “Gambar dari seorang anak Suriah, Aylan Kurdi, yang tergeletak tak bernyawa di atas pasir pantai Turki, berderak seperti cambuk atas hati nurani dari kemunafikan dan diamnya Eropa, yang tidak memberikan perlindungan kepada para korban dari (tindakan)nya sendiri. Eropa, Amerika Serikat, Israel dan tentara mereka mendorong perang yang merenggut kehidupan anak itu. Aylan adalah cerminan dari anak-anak Suriah lainnya yang sekarang sekarat di Damaskus, terkena roket teroris, tercekik gas beracun di al Foa dan Kafraya, atau yang kepala mereka dipenggal secara brutal di Raqaa, atau tertaklukkan oleh panas dan haus di padang gurun karena coba melarikan diri tembakan meriam”, kata Fernandez.
Bagaimana blokade Amerika Serikat mempengaruhi rakyat Kuba dalam komunikasi, internet dan penyiaran? Apakah itu sedikit mirip dengan Suriah?
“Semua blokade berbahaya karena korban memiliki banyak kebutuhan. Kuba tahu sangat baik akan hal ini, setelah menghadapi blokade fisik yang diberlakukan oleh Amerika Serikat selama lebih dari 50 tahun, yang hingga saat ini menyebabkan kerugian dan kerusakan lebih dari 833.755 juta dolar. Dalam kaitan dengan Suriah, kekuatan Barat yang dipimpin oleh Amerika Serikat, Perancis dan Inggris, juga tidak menunjukkan belas kasihan. Mereka menyita ekspor Suriah, memblokir semua kontrak, dan membekukan rekening bank (orang Suriah). Mereka mengganggu sinyal satelit, sehingga kebenaran tidak muncul ke permukaan, dan akhirnya, kampanye media diarahkan untuk mengacaukan, memecah-belah dan menghancurkan persatuan rakyat Suriah dan untuk melemahkan perlawanan terhadap agresi teroris yang disponsori oleh Barat “.
Ceritakan pada kami tentang Pemerintah Bashar al Assad. Bagaimana kehidupan di Suriah sebelum ada intervensi AS dan Uni Eropa?
“Presiden Bashar al Assad dijadikan kambing hitam oleh mereka di lingkaran besar kekuatan internasional yang berusaha mengulang di Suriah apa yang telah mereka lakukan di Afghanistan, Irak, Yaman, Libya dan di negara lain di kawasan itu. Sejak lama sebelum krisis bermula tahun 2011, al Assad berada di bawah kaca pembesar Washington dan badan intelijennya dan ditakdirkan untuk menjadi korban keserakahan imperialis karena tidak tunduk pada fatwa dari Gedung Putih.
Sejak Presiden al Assad berkuasa menyusul kematian ayahnya, Hafez al Assad, ia melanjutkan kebijakan pan-Arab untuk persatuan regional, yang telah membuat Suriah menonjol dalam Gerakan Non-Blok. Assad tidak berkompromi atas perekonomian nasional demi desain IMF. Mengikuti kebijkan ayahnya, ia menjadi pembela yang paling penting bagi perjuangan Palestina untuk mengembalikan wilayah yang diduduki oleh Israel dan untuk kembalinya jutaan pengungsi Palestina ke tempat asal mereka. Suriah telah selalu menjadi salah satu musuh buruk bagi Israel, yang mengutuk kebijakan ekspansionis dan menyerukan kembalinya Dataran Tinggi Golan yang diduduki secara ilegal sejak 1967. Untuk itu, kita harus menambahkan hubungan solid yang terjadi antara Damaskus dan Republik Islam Iran. Mereka dipersatukan oleh ikatan sejarah persahabatan dan kerjasama.
Bashar al-Assad menggerakkan modernisasi masyarakat Suriah yang diprakarsai oleh ayahnya pada 1970-an, membela konsep negara sekuler, mengenakan hukum negara pada semua agama dan hak hidup berdampingan secara damai bagi multietnis, yang membentuk komponen inti rakyat Suriah. Ia juga tidak mengijinkan privatisasi industri minyak atau industri negara yang paling penting lainnya. Karena semua alasan ini, maka itu lah tujuan pemerintahan-pemerintahan neokolonial AS dan sekutunya di Eropa menghancurkannya”.
Apa yang sebenarnya terjadi di Suriah: apakah perang saudara?
“Saya menolak tesis bahwa ada perang saudara di sini. Pernyataan ini bohong seperti matahari yang terbit pada malam hari. Apa yang terjadi di sini adalah agresi internasional, dikelola oleh NATO, Departemen Luar Negeri AS dan intelijen Israel, yang berhasil menyatukan monarki Teluk Persia – Arab Saudi dan Qatar- bersama dengan pemerintah Yordania dan Turki, untuk memulai pengepungan di Suriah. Strategi untuk memulai krisis sudah jelas. Mereka coba mentransfer efek yang telah diuji pada negara-negara lain dalam apa yang dikenal sebagai Arab Spring ke Suriah. Ini bentuk destabilisasi yang menghasilkan penderitaan di semua negara yang mengalaminya. Untuk ini mereka gunakan berbagai metode, salah satunya adalah manipulasi kelompok terkenal Ikhwanul Muslimin, yang telah digunakan di Mesir, Libya, Tunisia dan di negara-negara lain, berusaha memberikan nuansa keagamaan dalam protes-protesnya dan di sisi lain menggunakan organisasi-organisasi politik pengganggu stabilitas yang diorganisir oleh Kedutaan Besar AS.
Bukan rahasia bahwa sebelum demonstrasi populer berlangsung Maret 2011 yang memprakarsai awal konflik, mantan duta besar Amerika utara di Damaskus, Robert Ford, selalu bepergian ke berbagai provinsi, bertemu dengan para pemimpin oposisi dan membiayai aksi-aksi protes. Dalam demonstrasi “populer” ini ada orang-orang bersenjata yang menembaki polisi. Ini menghasilkan kekacauan dan kekerasan, karena itu semua merupakan rencana yang dirancang dengan baik untuk menghasilkan destabilisasi dan memberikan jalan bagi kelompok-kelompok jihad, yang terorganisir, bersenjata dan dilatih oleh Barat, yang sedang menunggu di perbatasan dengan Yordania di selatan, Turki di utara, dan Irak di timur. Juga bukan rahasia bahwa Free Syrian Army (FSA)- yang sekarang hampir tidak ada jejaknya – mayoritas terdiri dari tentara Suriah pembelot, dibiayai oleh Paris, dan bahwa dalam prosesnya mereka terdisintegrasi, dan mayoritas dari anggotanya bergabung ke geng teroris ISIS atau Front Al Nusra, yang merupakan sayap bersenjata Al Qaeda di Suriah.
Salah satu bentuk lain yang digunakan untuk menyerang Suriah adalah melalui penarikan atau perekrutan tentara bayaran dari enam puluh negara lebih, yang terhasut oleh para ekstremis pemimpin agama yang bersikeras menyerukan jihad atau perang suci terhadap pemerintah yang sah di Suriah. Pada akhirnya, setelah perang memangsa selama empat tahun, pasukan terkonsentrasi di dua kelompok besar. Di satu sisi, pasukan tentara Suriah, dengan jumlah hampir 350 ribu orang bersenjata, bekerja sama dengan milisi rakyat yang dikenal sebagai Unit Pertahanan Nasional, dan di sisi lain, geng teroris yang terus menghasilkan kekacauan dan teror”.
TERORISME ISIS
Bagaimana ISIS melonjak dan bagaimana ia diperkenalkan di Suriah? Siapa yang mengontrolnya? Dikatakan bahwa mereka menjual minyak untuk pembiayaan mereka sendiri dan bahwa mereka memiliki jutaan sumber …
“Kelompok teroris ISIS, juga dikenal dalam bahasa Arab sebagai Daesh, muncul sedikit lebih dari setahun yang lalu dan merupakan pemisahan dari kelompok Al Qaeda yang beroperasi di wilayah Irak. Sejak itu mereka mulai ekspansi ke wilayah Suriah, memproklamasikan berdirinya khilafah, dengan ibukotanya di Raqqa, terletak kurang dari 500 kilometer di sebelah timur Damaskus, ditempati oleh ekstrimis bersenjata.
Kekejaman ISIS dibicarakan setiap hari. Mereka memanipulasi keyakinan agama dari anggota dan pengikut mereka, membuat penafsiran yang salah terhadap al-Quran, mendikte hukum Syariah, dan di dalamnya terdapat jenis pemerintahan tiran; mencakup pengenaan hukuman kejam seperti penyembelihan manusia, rajam, penyaliban dan bentuk barbar lain yang digunakan untuk memaksakan hukum. Di belakang mereka ada seluruh jaringan pengedar narkoba, rentenir dan penjahat, yang kebanyakan berada di negara-negara yang berusaha menggulingkan Bashar al Assad. Juga berdagang minyak dari sumur di zona yang diduduki serta menjual benda-benda arkeologi atau peninggalan sejarah yang mereka rusak dari desa-desa berbeda yang mereka lewati.
Ada detail yang tidak ingin saya abaikan, dan itu adalah manipulasi yang dilakukan oleh media mainstream Barat mengenai wilayah yang diduduki oleh ISIS di Suriah. Banyak media bersikeras bahwa lebih dari 50% dari wilayah Suriah diduduki. Ini sesuatu yang tidak sesuai dengan kenyataan. Mayoritas penduduk Suriah tinggal di daerah yang dikendalikan oleh pemerintah yang berada di tengah sampai ke sebelah barat negara itu, di sepanjang pantai Mediterania. Sebagian besar dari wilayah yang dikendalikan para teroris adalah daerah gurun dengan kepadatan penduduk yang rendah; mereka hanya memiliki kendali atas kota Raqqa, sebagian dari kota Idlib, dan tidak sampai separuh kota Aleppo. Tempat yang mereka benar kuat adalah di kontrol jalan ke wilayah timur, di mana mereka menghambat pergerakan pasukan Suriah ke daerah pertempuran dan melemahkan perekonomian domestik rakyat Suriah”.
Siapakah yang menuai keuntungan jika Suriah hancur?
“Saya ingat bahwa beberapa tahun yang lalu seseorang mengatakan kepada saya bahwa AS dan kekuatan-kekuatan besar ingin mengubah Timur Tengah menjadi “danau minyak yang besar”. Barat tidak pernah memandang dengan rasa hormat atas bagian dunia ini (Timur Tengah). Di sini terdapat jejak masa kolonial, sisa dari budaya kuno dari orang-orangnya, dan cadangan penting bahan bakar yang terus mengalir.
Dalam kasus Suriah, setelah menolak untuk menjadi antek dari kekuatan Barat yang besar, ia “dikutuk” dan diinvasi. Hal yang luput dari perhitungan mereka adalah perlawanan rakyat Suriah, yang berkemampuan untuk mempertahankan diri selama lebih dari empat tahun dalam kampanye agresi teroris ini. Salah satu formula yang coba mereka terapkan untuk mengacaukan persatuan nasional adalah sektarianisme dan coba menciptakan perpecahan antara Sunni, Syiah, Alawi, Kurdi, Armenia, Druze, Kristen, Yazidi yang telah membentuk satu sejarah dan pencampuran yang tidak bisa dihancurkan, yang disebut sebagai rakyat Suriah”.
Apa kesulitan yang Anda harus disadari terkait pekerjaan Anda sebagai koresponden Prensa Latina?
“Soalnya sama seperti yang dihadapi oleh setiap rakyat Suriah biasa. Saya tinggal bersama mereka, saya menderita untuk kebutuhan yang sama dan berbagi harapan bersama mereka. Saya bisa mengunjungi daerah-daerah pertempuran, sekolah hancur oleh perang, kamp-kamp pengungsi, dan pada akhirnya, saya mencoba untuk merasakan semua itu. Bahkan saya telah dapat berbicara dengan tentara bayaran asing yang ditangkap oleh tentara Suriah dan mendengar dari bibir mereka sendiri sampai di mana kekuatan eksternal berkomitmen dalam perang ini. Saya memiliki kesempatan untuk mewawancarai menteri melalui segala cara yang ditempuh masyarakat umum. Siapa saja yang bisa memberikan saya versinya tentang perang, dan membantu saya peroleh argumen baru untuk menjelaskan kepada pembaca, akan selalu menjadi agenda saya”.
KRISIS KEMANUSIAAN
Bagaimana situasi kemanusiaan di Suriah?
“Menurut PBB, Suriah menderita krisis kemanusiaan terburuk yang pernah dikenal dalam 70 tahun terakhir. Sebagai konsekuensi dari perang, lebih dari empat juta orang Suriah harus mencari perlindungan di negara-negara lain yakni Lebanon, Turki, Yordania, Irak dan Mesir. Sekitar 11 juta mengungsi di dalam teritori nasional (Suriah), dan jumlah korban tewas adalah mengejutkan. Sampai saat ini, dan beberapa mengatakan bahwa ini adalah perhitungan konservatif, lebih dari 240 ribu orang, 50.000 dari mereka adalah anggota tentara. Di beberapa daerah ada kelaparan dan kekurangan kebutuhan yang paling dasar seperti air dan listrik. Ini adalah situasi yang sangat sulit dan menyedihkan”.
Bagaimana pemerintah menghadapi perang melawan terorisme?
“Suriah sedang dipertahankan dalam perang agresi internasional. Tentara Suriah dan milisi rakyat telah menanggung beratnya perang ini dengan biaya tinggi, baik material maupun manusia. Di pihak koalisi internasional yang dipimpin oleh AS, hanya sedikit untuk dikatakan. Selama lebih dari satu tahun mereka telah “membom” posisi-posisi yang diduga kelompok teroris, dan melakukan apa yang mereka bisa untuk memperkuat teroris. Ada bukti bahwa di beberapa lokasi di timur Suriah dan Irak, pesawat menurunkan senjata dan amunisi yang kemudian (benda-benda tersebut) jatuh ke tangan kelompok-kelompok ekstrimis. Pada bagiannya, milisi Suriah-Kurdi yang dikenal sebagai YPG, juga menyelesaikan tugas yang sulit dalam mempertahankan wilayah di Suriah utara, terutama di daerah utara Aleppo dan di provinsi timur Hasaka, bahkan sampai mengusir teroris dari wilayah mereka “.
Apa yang bisa Anda ceritakan tentang kejahatan terhadap perempuan, anak-anak dan orang tua serta penghancuran properti budaya?
“Mereka menskandalkan opini publik internasional. Mereka menggunakan metode yang benar-benar sadis, seperti memotong kepala musuh, atau menyalibkan orang di lapangan umum atau merajam wanita sampai mati. Mereka melemparkan homoseksual dari puncak-puncak atap bangunan dan memukul wanita yang tidak memakai jilbab atau pergi keluar seorang diri di jalanan. Apa yang dialami anak-anak yang paling menyakitkan. Mereka menutup banyak sekolah di wilayah yang diduduki dan membuka perkuliahan yang mengajarkan pentingnya bunuh diri kepada anak-anak dalam rangka mencapai tujuan, atau menjadikan anak-anak sebagai pembantu dari tukang daging yang mengeksekusi orang. (Dampak) psikologis dan sosial yang menimpa anak-anak ini sangat hebat”.
(*) Diterjemahkan oleh Mardika Putera
(**) Pertamakali diterbitkan oleh Revista Punto Akhir (Punto majalah Akhir), No. 839. Edisi: 23 Oktober-5 November dengan tahun 2015.

ISRAEL’S OIL IN GOLAN, MEGIDDO-JEZREEL VALLEY

The Times of Israel

 

Recently there have been reports that Afek Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of the American company Genie Energy, have discovered an oil bonanza in the Golan Heights “with the potential of billions of barrels.”

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 News, chief geologist Yuval Batov said the layer is 350 meters thick, which is 10 times larger than the average oil find worldwide, and “what’s important is to know that there’s oil in the rock, and this we know.”

However, obstacles remain. The quality, quantity and cost-effectiveness of extraction are still unknown, and there has been resistance from environmental groups concerned about the impact of drilling. Moreover, many nations including the US do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and question her right to exploit the region.

Nonetheless, there is another potential oil bounty that is within Israel’s territory and has escaped much media attention—Zion Oil & Gas’s exploration of the Megiddo and Jezreel Valley.

Texas-based Zion Oil has been drilling near Haifa since 2005 for potential 484 million barrels of oil, interestingly based on its CEO John Brown’s belief in 1981 that oil will be found near the foot of Asher in the Map of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
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Source: Rational Wiki

In 2004, geologists confirm Triassic oil and gas fields are indeed in the same region.
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Source: Peak Energy

Now, Zion Oil holds the Megiddo-Jezreel Petroleum Exploration License that comprises approximately 99,000 acres, and is proposing to drill about 26 miles south of the recent Genie oil discovery.

Megiddo-Jazreel Valley license

Megiddo-Jazreel Valley license

Megiddo-Jazreel Valley license, Source: Energy Pedia

On 6 November, Zion Oil announced the public release of a resource assessment report, with estimated prospective recoverable oil volumes ranging from 20.7 million barrels to 234.6 million barrels of oil. If a discovery is made, the “best estimate” for recoverable hydrocarbons is at 69.7 million barrels.

According to a December 2007 Jerusalem Post article, the Bible Scriptures that led John Brown back in the 1980s to believe there would be oil in Israel are from Deuteronomy 32:13, when Moses says “[God] would suckle him with honey from a stone, and oil from a flinty rock,” and Deuteronomy 33:24 with Moses blessing Asher “he shall be accepted by his brothers, and dip his foot in oil.”

It is no surprise then that in a 7 October press release, Zion Oil noted Dr. Yuval Bartov from Afek saying, “the important thing is to know the oil is in the rock and that’s what we now know.”

Add to this the offshore natural gas fields of Leviathan and Tamar in the Levantine basin, this newly discovered oil and gas bounty could enable Israel to become an important energy exporter and perhaps a ‘game changer’ in the Mediterranean energy market.

 

Tamar Leviathan Fields

Tamar Leviathan FieldsGold Meir once quipped “Moses dragged us for 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil.” Now, it seems not only is there oil, but Moses pointed to it. []

NATO, TURKEY, ANNEXATION OF NORTH SYRIA LIKE NORTH CYPRUS?

The Times of Israel

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NATO, Turkey, annexation of north Syria like north Cyprus?
November 24, 2015, 10:49 pm 3

 

On Tuesday 24 November Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border, and yet again called for another NATO emergency meeting to obtain statements of solidarity with Turkey.

Back in July, Turkey also called for an emergency NATO meeting after an ISIS attack in the Kurdish town of Suruc (that Kurds blame on collusion of Turkish police), in order to justify and legitimize its bombing campaign against the PKK and war on Turkish Kurds. Ankara was able to extract a statement from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: “The security of the alliance is indivisible, and we stand in strong solidarity with Turkey.”

It likewise extracted a statement from the White House that Turkey had a right to defend itself and go after the Kurds, thereby giving a green light for Ankara to pulverize the PKK and alienate US key ally Syrian Kurdish militia forces, who were the most effective ground forces fighting ISIS.

In September, Turkey again extracted a statement of solidarity from NATO SACEUR General Breedlove at the NATO Military Committee conference in Istanbul.

In October, reports from two CHP deputies in the Turkish parliament corroborate previous testimonies that the notorious sarin gas attack at Ghouta was a false flag orchestrated by Turkish intelligence, willing to commit the war crime of sacrificing 1,300 innocent civilians to goad US into the Syrian war to topple Assad.

Turkey’s unhealthy pattern as arsonist-firefighter so exasperated NATO member Germany, that in August Berlin removed its Patriot batteries from Turkey.

Can Turkey get NATO to fight for its 82nd province?

As former NATO chairman of the Military Committee, German general Harald Kujat (ret.) said in an interview on ARD-TV last October, he criticized, “that’s what Turkey wants to provoke [NATO Article 5 on mutual defence]… Turkey basically wants to drag NATO into this situation because the actual goal of Turkey is to neutralize Assad…ISIS’s actions and what’s happening to the Kurds are subsidiary…”

Now, would NATO stand in solidarity with Erdogan as he proceeds to annex Syria’s Aleppo as Turkey’s 82nd province similar to northern Cyprus?

Currently, Erdogan is aggressively pushing NATO and EU to carve Syria’s Aleppo as a no-fly zone/safe zone. However, this is an illusive haven because by definition a safe zone maintains neutrality in a military conflict, and the positioning of armed opposition groups will turn the area into a prime target.

Moreover, claims that on 10 August Turkish military forces entered the planned zone in Syria along with the Turkmen Sultan Murat Brigade presents a worrying picture when taken in conjunction with pro-government media that proclaimed Aleppo as the 82nd province of Turkey.

On 5 August Turkish newspaper Takvim featured a map of the buffer zone that includes Aleppo, Idlib and the north of Latakia to be under Turkey’s control as an eventual 82nd province.
Turkey’s 82nd province, Takvim-5-August-2015

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According to Hurriyet Daily, Erdogan is using the Turkmen card again especially when nationalist sentiments are on the rise, so that “any attack on our Turkmen brothers in the safe zone could easily spark a military clash and drag Turkey into war.”

This is evidenced recently when Turkey extended sovereignty over northern Syria and issued stern warnings to Russia regarding bombing Syrian Turkmen villages, right before proceeding to shoot down the Russian jet fighter in hot pursuit over Chechen jihadists in northern Syria.

According to the director of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdul Rahman, there are at least 2,000 fighters from Chechnya, Dagestan and other Caucasus regions operating with Al Nusra, and “they are concentrated in Idlib, Aleppo, and Latakia provinces”—where Erdogan has called for a buffer zone. These militants are also part of Turkey’s Army of Conquest that Ankara dubs “moderate rebels.”

Counter-terror expert Jacob Zenn assessed that the “rebels may have enough resources to establish a de-facto state in northwestern Syria led by JN [Jabhat-al-Nusra] and supported by several Central Asian militas.” This corroborates the 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency report of Turkey and Arab Gulf states’ desire to carve out a salafist statelet in Syria east of Assad-controlled territory in order to put pressure on his regime.

With its base in the Idlib governorate, the rebel coalition now has a direct supply line open from Turkey’s Hatay Province next to Idlib, further expanded by the new proposed Aleppo buffer zone. Hatay province, located on the coast north of Latakia, was originally part of Syria according to the French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon, but Turkey showed interest in the area with its large Turkish-speaking community and in 1936 pushed for Hatay’s “reunification” with Turkey. In 1939 Turkey annexed Hatay.

Hatay province, adjacent to Aleppo, Idlib and northern Latakia
Hatay province, adjacent to Aleppo, Idlib and northern Latakia

Hatay province, adjacent to Aleppo, Idlib and northern Latakia

In 1974, Turkish forces also invaded and captured approximately 40% of Cyprus and proceeded to expel Greek Cypriots. About 160,000 to 200,000 Greek Cypriots that consisted of 82% of northern Cyprus population became refugees as they fled at the word of the approaching Turkish army.

 

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The occupation of northern Cyprus is viewed as illegal under international law, and Turkey is the only country that recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Now it appears Turkey is once again expanding its sovereignty to its neighborhood, over northern Syria via an attempted no-fly zone, as well as over Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

While Russian jetfighters are flying over Syrian territory at the invitation of the sovereign government of Syria, Turkish jetfighters are flying over Iraqi territory to bomb Kurdish rebels without the consent of the Iraqi government, prompting the Arab League to issue a statement on 4 August condemning Turkey’s violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

In 2011, when Turkey again violated Iraqi and Kurdish territory, in an interview with CNN spokesman for Kurdish Regional Government Kawa Mahmoud said, “We always emphasize that shelling Iraqi border is inconsistent with international conventions and good neighborly relations, and we consider it as intervention and disregard for the sovereignty of the Kurdish and Iraqi territory…the bombings directly affect the infrastructure of the region of (Iraqi) Kurdistan.”

Now that Turkey has shot down Russian planes over northern Syria, Erdogan has given a green light for Russian and Iraqi jetfighters to shoot down Turkish planes over Iraq. As China and India are also contemplating joining the Russian coalition, this would complicate the situation in both Syria and Iraq considerably.

Turkey transforming NATO from a value-based to interest-based alliance?

Finally, as NATO member Turkey is transforming from a secular, democratic system to one of an increasingly Islamist and autocratic presidential system under Erdogan, it appears the alliance is also transforming from a value-based alliance of human right, democracy, and rule of law to one that is increasingly interest-based.

As Erdogan embarks on expanding Turkey’s sovereignty through Islamist proxies in the Eastern Mediterranean (e.g., via Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hamas in Gaza, Salafi Army of Conquest in Syria), continues occupation of EU member Cyprus, and violates EU member Greece’s territorial airspace and waters, his personal ambition is posing a risk for the NATO alliance.

In July 2015, a formation of Turkish fighter jets also violated Greek airspace a total of 20 times before being chased off by Greek aircraft. By antagonizing Cyprus, Greece, Egypt and Iraqi Kurdistan,Turkey is ironically the great unifier driving these countries to side with Russia in the Mediterranean.

Now that Turkey sabotaged French President Hollande’s plan to garner Russia-US cooperation in fighting ISIS by downing the Russian plane, the Russian coalition may seek to forge alternative cooperation with France, Germany and EU rather than US and Turkey, possibly joined by China given recent ISIS execution of the Chinese hostage.

And as Erdogan continues to goad NATO to stand in solidarity with Turkey and its territorial expansions in the Levant, it appears the world is now entering a dangerous new phase of an increasingly post-western and illiberal world order.

RUSSIAN JET, HELICOPTER DOWNED NEAR SYRIAN BORDER. TWO KILLED.


It was a double blow for Russia fighting Islamist extremists in Syria on Tuesday.

Hours after a Russian Su-24 fighter jet was shot down (watch the video clip) by an air-to-air Turkish F-16 plane within the borders of Syria leaving a pilot dead, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter on a search and rescue operation came under mortar fire from insurgents killing one naval infantry soldier, RT reports.

Russian Defense Ministry said the SU-24 jet was shot down within 1 kilometer away from the Turkish border in the Syrian territory while flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters.

“During the flight, the aircraft was flying within the borders of Syria, which was registered by objective monitoring data,” the ministry said.

Moscow plans to suspend military cooperation with Ankara, Russian General Staff representatives said on Tuesday.

Russia has also deployed its missile cruiser off Syria coast and ordered to destroy any target posing danger.

A stab in the back, says Putin

Addressing media from Amman, where he was set to hold talks on Syria with King Abdullah, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the supporters of Islamic State “stabbed us in the back” and the plane downing incident is going to seriously affect Russia-Turkey ties.

“This incident stands out against the usual fight against terrorism. Our troops are fighting heroically against terrorists, risking their lives. But the loss we suffered today came from a stab in the back delivered by accomplices of the terrorists,” Putin said.

Conflicting reports on the fate of pilots

As the plane went down in flames, the two Russian pilots managed to eject, said an initial report.

Reuters reports, citing a deputy commander of a Turkmen brigade in Syria, said Turkmen forces shot dead  the two Russian pilots as they descended by parachute after the Su-24 jet was downed.

Another report said while Turkmen forces seized one pilot, a video posted online showed some armed men standing around the other pilot who appeared to be dead. His face was bruised and bloodied. The men seemed to be happy and were praising Allah, with some regretting that they had not burned him on the spot.

“A Russian pilot,” a voice was heard saying. “Allahu Akbar (God is great).”

Now reports have emerged that the two pilots may be still alive. Ankara is working to secure their release from Syrian rebels, a Turkish government official told Reuters.

“Our units, who received the information that the two pilots were alive, are working to get them from opposition rebels safely,” the official said.

The Russian defense ministry said choppers are searching for the two pilots in the mountainous terrain where the plane crashed.

Oil fueling terror in the region

Addressing media, Putin said the Russian planes and pilots never posed any threat to Turkey. Still the fighter jet was shot down.

“I don’t know in whose interest today’s event is. But I am quite sure it is not in Russia’s interest.”

That Turkey did not try to contact Russia in the wake of the incident and, instead, rushed to call a NATO meeting is worrisome, Putin said, adding that it appears Turkey wants NATO to serve the interests of IS.

“Oil products flow from the captured area to Turkey,” he said.

“IS has big money, hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, from selling oil. In addition, they are protected by the military of an entire nation. One can understand why they are acting so boldly and blatantly. Why they kill people in such atrocious ways. Why they commit terrorist acts across the world, including in the heart of Europe,” he said.

Over the past five days, Russian air strikes had torched more than 1,000 tankers taking stolen crude oil to Islamic State refineries.

Reacting to the downing of Su-24 fighter, the Russian assembly Duma said the incident shows Turkey is supporting the Islamic State.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was planning to visit Turkey on November 25 to discuss Syria, has canceled the trip.

Pilots were warned 10 times: Turkey

Turkish military said the Russian jet had been warned at least 10 times over a period of five minutes before being shot down by two Turkish F-16 fighter jets. An official said the plane had violated Turkish airspace.

But agency reports said the plane reportedly crashed in a village mostly populated by Syrian Turkmen and known by Turks as “Turkmen Mountain”. The place has been a hotspot between the opposition and the Syrian Army.

Earlier, Turkey had warned Russia it has every right to retaliate and take necessary measures in the event its border security is threatened as a result of the Russian military’s operations targeting civilian Turkmen Syrians on the Turkish-Syrian border.

The warning was conveyed to Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov on Nov. 19, as he was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in reaction to Russian air strikes on Turkmen villages in northwestern Syria only a few kilometers from the Turkish border.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with officials from the foreign ministry on Tuesday and instructed them to consult with NATO and the UN on the latest developments on the Syrian border, Davutoglu’s office said in a statement.

NATO is due to hold an emergency meeting at 5 pm Russian time. Surprisingly, hours after the jet downing, Nato has not yet talked with Moscow about the incident.

US shields Turkey, Syrian rebels

Turkey and the rebels it backs in northern Syria have the right to defend themselves against Russian air strikes, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

The rebels reportedly killed one Russian pilot who ejected from the jet hit by a Turkish missile and also a marine who was in the downed Mi-8 helicopter which had gone on a search mission for the two pilots.

“If these ‘Turkomen’ were actually being attacked by Russian strikes, they have every right to defend themselves,” Toner said.

When asked whether that rule does not apply to everyone including the Assad regime, he said what the Assad regime had been doing were acts of terror through the past four years.

3 Russian reporters hurt in rockets strike

Two RT correspondents and a TASS reporter were injured after a press convoy came under shell fire (watch the video clip) on the Turkish-Syrian border. The injuries were minor as the reporters were wearing bullet-proof vests.

The crew were passing the village of Al-Dagmashliya in the province of Latakia, controlled by President Bashar Assad’s forces, when they came under shelling.

RT’s Roman Kosarev sustained a concussion while RT Arabic’s Sargon Hadaya was injured by pieces of shrapnel in his back and leg. The TASS reporter was injured by shrapnel in his hand.

Kosarev said that press convoy was hit by an anti-tank missile coming from a rebel-controlled area some 2.5 km away.

The RT reporters have returned to Russia’s military base in Latakia and are being treated by medics.



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RESCUED PILOT: NO WARNING FROM TURKEY,NO AIRSPACE VIOLATION

Rescued co-pilot of the downed Russian Su-24 jet Captain Konstantin Murahtin said there were no visual or radio warnings issued by Turkey, Sputnik reports.

The co-pilot (facing the media) talks about his great escape

The pilot said: “There were no warnings. Not via the radio, not visually. There was no contact whatsoever. That’s why we were keeping our combat course as usual.

“You have to understand what the cruising speed of a bomber is compared to an F-16. If they wanted to warn us, they could have shown themselves by heading on a parallel course. But there was nothing. And the rocket hit our tail completely unexpectedly. We didn’t even see it in time to take evasive maneuvers.”

He said there was no violation of Turkish airspace adding that the crew of the downed Russian bomber jet knew the area of the operation “like the back of their hands.”

The co-pilot added that he wants to continue serving in the Russian aviation group in Syria.

The rescue operation of the co-pilot lasted 12 hours before he returned to the Hmeymim airbase safe and sound, Russian Defense Ministry Gen. Sergei Shoigu said earlier.

The other pilot who died will be awarded the Star of Hero of the Russian Federation posthumously. Murahtin will also be given state honors along with the rescue team.

Earlier, Russian Ambassador to France Aleksandr Orlov told Europe 1 radio that one of the pilots on board wounded when he parachuted down was killed in a savage way on the ground by jihadists in the area. Another report said the pilot was killed by fire from the ground.

He also said Russia is prepared to coordinate strikes against Islamic State militants in a joint command with the United States, France and others who want to participate, including Turkey.

S-300 air defence system will be moved to Syria

In another development Wednesday, Russia said  it will employ every single resource available, including the S-300 system, to ensure the safety of flights over Syria, President Vladimir Putin said.

“The S-300 air defense complex will be moved to our air base in Syria. I do hope that this and other measures that we will take will be enough to make flights safe,” he said.

Earlier, the Russian defense minister noted that Russia’s S-400 Triumf air defense systems will be moved to the Hmeimim air base in Syria. It is as an upgrade of the S-300 Growler family, designed and developed by Almaz Antei.

Russia has also deployed a missile cruiser near Latakia and is ready to take down any aerial targets threatening its airbase near the Syrian city, with long-range surface-to-air missiles.

The Moskva cruiser, stationed in Latakia as part of the military buildup, is a 11,500-ton, 186-meter warship serving as part of the Russian Black Sea fleet. In addition to anti-ship missiles, anti-submarine mortars and torpedoes, it has 64 Fort missiles, the naval version of the S-300 long-range air defense system. The missiles can engage targets at a range of up to 150km, which is enough to cover all of southern Turkey from Latakia.

Russian military in Syria has ramped up security. All Russian bombers will now be accompanied by fighter jets to protect them from possible aggression. Russia also warned that it would destroy any aircraft threatening Russian forces deployed in the Middle Eastern country.

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey acted in line with its sovereign right to respond to threats, claiming that the Russian jet had violated Turkish airspace.

But flight data released by Russian Ministry of Defense shows that the Su-24 never entered Turkey, and was attacked while performing legitimate maneuvers over Syria.

Downing of jet a planned provocation: Lavrov

The downing of a Russian war plane in Syria by Turkey appears to be a planned provocation, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov said. Ankara failed to communicate with Russia over the incident, he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov

After talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu,  he also said that Moscow is not planning any war on Turkey.

“We are not planning to wage a war against Turkey, our attitude towards Turkish people has not changed,” the minister said. “We have questions only to the Turkish leadership.”

“We have also serious doubts that this act (downing of the plane) was unintentional. It looks very much like a preplanned provocation,” Lavrov said, citing Turkey’s failure to maintain proper communication with Russia, the abundance of footage of the incident and other evidence.

Lavrov added that many Russian partners called the incident “an obvious ambush.”

A former US Air Force general agreed with  Lavrov.

Turkish president has a hidden agenda in the Syrian conflict. The incident may have been planned by Erdogan to drive Russia and NATO apart, former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney told Fox News.

“I think the intentional provocation may have been by Turkey’s President Erdogan. Turkey has been a very secular nation, but he has driven it towards an Islamic society with Sharia law, et cetera. And so I think he may have a hidden agenda. He probably would not mind seeing Russia and NATO get into another conflict like we had in the Ukraine, which we do not need,” the retired US Air Force general said.

According to McInerney, who took Turkish claims that the Russian plane entered Turkish territory at face value, the plane would not have been over Turkish territory long enough for its maneuvers to be seen as offensive.

Reckless criminal act: Russian PM

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev slammed Turkey’s downing of a Russian Su-24 Fencer bomber over Syrian territory, calling it a “reckless criminal act” that will worsen relations between Russia and NATO and shows that Ankara is protecting the IS terrorist organization.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

“The recklessness of the Turkish authorities’ criminal actions of downing the Russian airplane has led to three consequences. The first is the dangerous worsening of relations between Russia and NATO that cannot be justified by any interests, including the protection of state borders,” the Russian prime minister said.

The second consequence was a demonstration of Turkish intention to protect the IS militants.

“Turkey’s actions basically made it clear that the country protects IS. This is hardly surprising, considering the reports that certain Turkish officials have a vested interest in cheap oil supplies coming from the Islamic State,” Dmintry Medvedev said.

“And third, the undermining of long friendly relations between Russia and Turkey, including in the economic and humanitarian spheres. This damage will be difficult to compensate, and its immediate consequences could turn into the refusal of a range of important joint projects and the loss of positions by Turkish companies on the Russian market,” Medvedev said.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the Turkish attack as a “stab in the back” carried out by “accomplices of terrorists.”

Ankara’s move ‘a big mistake’

According to Ismail Hakki Pekin, former head of the Turkish General Staff’s Intelligence Department, Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian Su-24 bomber while it was involved in an anti-terrorist operation was a big mistake.

Turkey's former intelligence director of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. İsmail Hakkı Pekin

In an interview with Sputnik, former head of the Turkish General Staff’s Intelligence Department Hakki Pekin condemned Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, describing it as a “big mistake.”

He specifically pointed to the fact that “the warplane posed no threat to Turkey’s security and showed no hostile intentions.”

Referring to Russia’s 2008 sanctions against Georgia and its ongoing sanctions on Ukraine, Pekin suggested that Russia’s response to the downing of the Su-24 will be very tough.

“Apart from sanctions, Russia also deployed its Iskander missile systems in Kaliningrad in retaliation against NATO’s increasing activities. You have to understand that Russia has a very strong potential in this field,” Pekin said.

He also suggested that the incident with the Russian warplane could further add to Turkey losing its clout in the region.

“Turkey is losing its position in the region following a recent agreement on the military bases. The country is distancing itself from Iran, Syria and Iraq and increasingly drawn into the sphere of influence of Washington’s policy,” he pointed out.

Separately, Pekin suggested that Russia could use the information on Islamic State (IS) selling oil via Turkish territory to have Turkey convicted by the International Court in The Hague.[]

WHY THE HELL DID TURKEY SHOOT DOWN A RUSSIAN FIGHTER JET?

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WHY THE HELL DID TURKEY SHOOT DOWN A RUSSIAN FIGHTER JET?

By Ryan Faith

VICE NEWS’, November 25, 2015 | 5:47 am

On Tuesday, a Turkish Air Force F-16 shot down a Russian Su-24 that had intruded into Turkish airspace. If Turkish reports are to be believed, two Russian jets were warned over emergency frequencies as they approached the border. One broke off and headed south. The other did not respond to the 10 warnings issued over five minutes, so the Turkish fighter fired a missile, downing the Russian plane. Its two occupants are both believed to have ejected. One is currently reported alive; the status of the other pilot is unconfirmed.

The incident happened over the Turkish border with the chaos formerly known as Syria, slightly inside or slightly outside Turkey, depending on whose account you believe. That border extends more than 500 miles, or 800 km — a considerable amount of terrain to patrol and monitor for the flow of weapons, refugees, and fighters that constantly wash back and forth across the line. And what happens around, and above, that border increasingly determines the fate of the Syrian civil war.

While the government led by Syrian President Bashar al Assad hasn’t been in a particular state of conflict with Turkey over the last few years, there has been a regular string of border skirmishes, punctuated with the occasional downing of a jet or helicopter. Turkey is determined to keep the mess at bay on the other side of the border. Meanwhile, the Syrian government, or what’s left of it in areas close to the border, is determined to prevent Turkish territory from turning into a safe haven, supply depot, or base for anti-regime forces.

Related: A Group of Veterans Is Equipping Western Fighters Heading to Battle the Islamic State

And it was almost inevitable that when Russian forces got involved, without much if any coordination with the other nations flying heavily armed planes over and around Syria, someone would get shot down sooner or later.

As for the border region over which much of this heavily armed flying happens, it has taken on a life of its own — and a dangerous one.

There’s a strip of formerly Syrian territory between 25 and 50 miles (80 km) wide that runs most of the length of the border between Turkey and the mess to the south. Sometimes called Rojava, it is land held by Syrian Kurds, who — being Kurdish — share the other Kurds’ longstanding enmity towards Turkey. The Turks spend a lot of time bombing the Kurds in this de facto almost-state, even though both are ostensibly fighting against the Islamic State.

Then there are the nearby parts of northern Syria heavily populated by Turkmen people — who are Syrian-born ethnic Turks. Over the last few years, forces representing those people have combined forces into a collection of Syrian Turkmen Brigades. These brigades are reportedly receiving funding, support, and training by Turkish Special Forces. Given that some of the training is supposed to occur on both the Turkish and Syrian sides of the border, it’s not a huge jump to assume that the Turkish “advise and assist” mission involves some number of Turks on the ground in Syria.

The Syrian Turkmen Brigades are roughly aligned with various elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), who are opposed to both the Assad regime and IS, but relatively ambivalent toward the Kurds.

Watch VICE News’ PKK Youth: Fighting for Kurdish Neighborhoods

Since the Russians have arrived in Syria, they’ve been bombing from the air various militias and groups they label terrorist, and that includes the FSA-aligned Syrian Turkmen Brigades, which hold territory that for the Russians is dangerously close to their airbase in Syria. Quite predictably, their bombing has resulted in some civilian casualties among the population of Syrian Turks.

Thus the Russians stubbornly insist on bombing targets that aren’t properly part of the Islamic State they are officially fighting, like those forces a few dozen miles away that happen to be not just ethnically Turkish, but supplied, armed, and trained by Turkey.

That’s not going to turn out well.

Indeed, if you look at the flight path of the downed Russian jet and overlay it with maps showing Russian airstrikes, it’s pretty clear that the planes overflew areas likely held by the FSA, if not directly by Syrian Turkmen Brigade units. Early reports don’t indicate whether the Su-24 (a ground-attack aircraft) was on its way back from a bombing raid, but that would certainly be a logical explanation.

So yes, in retrospect, this seems about as inevitable as a scene where a foot is slowly descending on a banana peel.

Which raises questions about why it happened now and what happens next.

That’s hard to say, because this exchange occurs at possibly one of the least opportune (or at least most confusing) moments in the Syrian civil war.

Just a couple days ago, Russians asked nearby Lebanon to shut down its airspace so they could go blow stuff up. This is on the heels of a vigorous round of Russian airstrikes. Those strikes were arguably intended to let France know that Russia is backing France in its response to last week’s brutal bout of terrorist attacks in Paris.

On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was scheduled to visit Turkey on Wednesday. That visit has been cancelled. As much as saber-rattling is a time-honored tradition in nation-to-nation diplomacy, actually firing a shot in anger and taking down an aircraft is not normal.

Related: Sorry, France — the US and Russia Aren’t Joining Forces Against the Islamic State Anytime Soon

Similarly, French President François Hollande arrived in Washington on Tuesday in order to seek support for a grand coalition with Russia to take IS down. These talks are starting as the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is moving into the eastern Mediterranean, bringing French jets in range to hit IS, and the French military is opening new communication channels with their Russian counterparts. Unfortunately, this incident, one that Russian President Vladimir Putin has likened to being stabbed in the back, is going to make an already ambitious diplomatic feat all but impossible.

In the end, and true to the ongoing madness that is Syria, it’s going to be very difficult to dig down, over the next few months, to what actually happened and when. Did Russian jets habitually buzz Turkish airspace on their way back from bombing missions? Was the airspace incursion deliberate or accidental? Why did one pilot turn away and the other stay on course?

Similarly, even as facts are established, the sheer density of coincidences and timing make the immediate consequences completely unpredictable. Politicians who subscribe to the idea that one should “never let a crisis go to waste” will be scrambling to establish competing narratives.

So far, there are few winners in this. The pilot or maybe pilots who find themselves in the hands of Turkey-aligned rebels, rather than of the Islamic State — who immolated the last pilot it captured — are probably having the best worst day of their lives. Or at least better than those guys in the Russian helicopter that got shot down on its way to rescue the downed pilots.

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DIPECUNDANGI JET TEMPUR RUSIA SU-27,F-35 AS DIOLOK-OLOK

DIPECUNDANGI JET TEMPUR RUSIA SU-27,F-35 AS DIOLOK-OLOK

Sindonews, Minggu, 16 Agustus 2015 – 03:08 wib

Pesawat Jet Tempur Tercanggih Amerika Serikat F-35 Diolok-olok karena Dinilai Kalah Bersaing dengan Jet Tempur Rusia (Foto: Reuters)

Pesawat Jet Tempur Tercanggih Amerika Serikat F-35 Diolok-olok karena Dinilai Kalah Bersaing dengan Jet Tempur Rusia (Foto: Reuters)

PESAN SOEHARTO SEBELUM MENINGGAL KEPADA JUSUF KALLA

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PESAN SOEHARTO SEBELUM MENINGGAL KEPADA JUSUF KALLA

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SARWO EDHIE TAK LAYAK JADI PAHLAWAN

 

 

SARWO EDHIE TAK LAYAK JADI PAHLAWAN

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Sarwo Edhie Wibowo. (dok.Wikipedia)

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PERANG CINA DAN RUNTUHNYA NEGARA JAWA 1725-1743

PERANG CINA DAN RUNTUHNYA NEGARA JAWA 1725-1743

 Perang Cina dan Runtuhnya Negara Jawa 1725-1743
by Willem Remmelink, Akhmad Santoso (Translator)

Inilah studi yang untuk pertama kalinya memaparkan catatan mendetail, didasarkan pada arsip-arsip Belanda dan babad tradisional Jawa, perihal sejarah Jawa antara 1725-1743.
Paperback, 1st ed., 403 pages
Published 2002 by Jendela (first published 1994)
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