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Turkey, US set to train “moderate” Syria rebels as SNC rules out Moscow talks

Al-Akhbar | January 5, 2015

Turkey and the United States aim to finalize an agreement on equipping and training the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels this month, a senior Turkish foreign ministry official said Monday.

Meanwhile, Syria’s Turkey-based opposition, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), ruled out taking part in a Russian-led bid for new talks to end the Syrian conflict.

The training is expected to start in March, simultaneously with similar programs in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the Turkish official said.

The aim is to train 15,000 Syrian rebels over three years.

“Around 1,500 to 2,000 people are expected to be trained in Turkey (in the first year),” the official said, adding that a “limited number” of US soldiers would come to Turkey to help carry out the training jointly with Turkish colleagues.

The training, which the US says is part of its campaign to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, is planned to take place at a base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir.

In October of last year, John Allen, a senior US official, said that his country does not expect the Free Syrian Army (FSA) it trains to fight ISIS militants to also take on Syrian Arab Army forces, but sees them as a crucial part of a political solution to end the war.

“There is not going to be a military solution here,” he added.

The FSA is a term used to describe dozens of armed groups fighting the Syrian army to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad but with little or no central command. They have been widely outgunned by Islamist insurgents such as ISIS.

The plans gained momentum in November 2014 when Britain announced it would also make “a significant contribution” to equip and train the so-called “moderate” Syrian opposition to defeat the ISIS group as well as the Syrian army.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that “the UK is helping the opposition establish security and governance, and to deliver essential services. This includes life-saving search and rescue training, helping Syrians whose homes have been reduced to rubble by the regime’s bombs.

“We are providing non-lethal equipment and the UK expects to make a significant contribution to the US-led Train and Equip program,” Hammond said in the statement, adding that “Assad can play no future role in Syria.”

Meanwhile, Gulf state Qatar, with the help of the US, has already been covertly training the so-called “moderate” Syria rebels to fight the Syrian army and ISIS group as well as other extremist groups for over a year, sources claimed in November.

The camp, south of the capital between Saudi Arabia’s border and Udeid area, the largest US air base in the Middle East, is being used to train the Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants and other so-called “moderate” rebels, the sources said.

Reuters could not independently identify the participants in the program or witness activity inside the base, which lies in a military zone guarded by Qatari special forces and marked on signposts as a restricted area.

But Syrian rebel sources said training in Qatar has included rebels affiliated to the FSA from northern Syria.

The sources said the effort had been running for nearly a year, although it was too small to have a significant impact on the battlefield, and some rebels complained of not being taught advanced techniques.

The training is in line with Qatar’s constant meddling in regional affairs.

Small groups of 12 to 20 militants are identified in Syria and screened by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the sources said.

Once cleared of links with jihadist factions, they travel to Turkey and are then flown to Doha and driven to the base, though it wasn’t clear how the militants are ‘cleared’ of jihadist links.

Rebel fighters have voiced frustration with the US-led approach to fighting ISIS. They say Washington and its Arab allies are too focused on quashing the militant group at the expense of confronting Syrian army, which many rebels still see as the ultimate “enemy.”

ISIS militants have seized large swathes of territory in Syria and around one third of Iraq. They seized Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, in June last year.

Turkey has been a reluctant partner in the US-led coalition against the insurgents, refusing a frontline military role despite its 1,200 km (750-mile) border with Iraq and Syria.

But it agreed in principle to train and equip Syrian rebels and is already training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. Ankara has signalled that it is ready to extend similar assistance to the Iraqi army and send arms.

The US decision to train and equip rebel groups in Syria was criticized by several renowned officials who warned of dire consequences.

Former US Congressman Ron Paul, an outspoken anti-interventionist, denounced in an interview with Russia Today the plans, noting that these Western-backed forces have been “helpful to ISIS.”‬‪

“The FSA turned over the weapons, that we (the US) sent them, to ISIS,” Paul said. “It is pretty well recorded that for $50,000 the FSA turned over one of the two American journalists to ISIS.”‬‪

In an article, Dennis Kucinich quoted historian Alastair Crooke who described “moderate” rebels in Syria as being “rarer than a mythical unicorn,” and warned that “funding Syrian rebels will precipitate a new and wider war in the Middle East.”

“Saudi Arabia, which, with Qatar funded the jihadists in Syria, is now offering to ‘train’ the rebels,” which means that “the sponsors of radical jihadists are going to train ‘moderate’ jihadists,” Kucinich added.

Kucinich also described the US Treasury as becoming the “piggy bank” of ISIS.

“The US has supplied weapons to the Iraqi government and to Syrian rebels which have ended up in the hands of ISIS,” he explained. “As a result, the US Air Force has been bombing Humvees and armored troop carriers purchased with US taxpayer money.”

SNC refuses to take part in Moscow talks

Khaled Khoja, who was elected early on Monday to head the SNC opposition grouping, said Moscow’s proposal was impossible.

“The dialogue with the regime that Moscow is calling for is out of the question,” he said at a news conference in Istanbul, where the Coalition is based.

“We can’t sit at the same table as the regime… except in a negotiating framework intended to achieve a peaceful transition of power and the formation of a transitional body with full powers,” he said.

Russia, a key ally of Assad, has been trying to relaunch peace talks that would include meetings between delegates of the regime and the fractured opposition.

It has invited 28 opposition figures, including members of the tolerated domestic opposition as well as individual coalition members, to Moscow later this month.

Among them are Hadi al-Bahra, whom Khoja succeeded on Monday, and two other previous Coalition chiefs, Moaz al-Khatib and Abdel Basset Sida.

It remains unclear whether the coalition will prohibit its members, who have been invited by Moscow, from attending the talks.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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  1. obama AND THE RULERS OF TURKEY ARE PUPPETS OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2011/may/24/barack-obama-uk-state-visit-in-pictures
    http://hillbuzz.org/barack-obama-was-high-on-cocaine-during-the-missing-hours-of-the-benghazi-attack-last-september-90072

    ” (R to L) Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2nd R) kicks a ball as his wife Emine Erdogan and Queen Elizabeth II amongst other guests attend a garden party held for the Queen’s birthday at the British Embassy on May 16, 2008 in Ankara, Turkey. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are in Ankara for a four day state visit to Turkey, the Queen’s first visit to Turkey for 37 years.
    (May 16, 2008 ….” http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/2sG70uzyZa8/Queen+Duke+Edinburgh+During+Their+State+Visit/qdxFjAPANkj/Recep+Tayyip+Erdogan

    ” Elizabeth II greets the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine during an audience at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain – 31 Mar 2011 ” http://www.rexfeatures.com/set/1302273

    ALSO THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF TURKEY abdullah gül WAS IN GOOD RELATIONS WITH THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II.
    ” President Abdullah Gül was presented with the 2010 Statesman of the Year Award from Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute of International Relations, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony. ”
    http://www.tccb.gov.tr/pages/visits/gb-exclusive/chatham-house/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvxOA_NzL08
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_G%C3%BCl

    ahmet davutoğlu, THE CURRENT PRIME MINISTER OF TURKEY, HAS ALSO RELATIONS WITH THE BRITISH CROWN.

    ” Davutoğlu (C) at the Chatham House International Roundtable, İstanbul, September 2012 with Suzan Sabancı Dinçer (L) and Dr Robin Niblett (R) ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmet_Davuto%C4%9Flu

    CHATHAM HOUSE IS CONTROLLED BY THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II.
    STUART POPHAM, CHAIRMAN OF CHATHAM HOUSE, ” WAS MADE QUEEN’S COUNSEL (HONORIS CAUSA) IN 2011.”
    http://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/stuart-popham-qc
    http://jhaines6.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/presstv-uks-hague-car-bombers-are-us-by-finian-cunningham/
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/most-bloody-jihadists-are-uk-extremists/

    THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY IS CONNECTED WITH THE ROTHSCHILDS.

    1) JACOB ROTHSCHILD “is also a Member of the Council for the Duchy of Cornwall for HRH The Prince of Wales…”, a “Trustee of the Prince of Wales’ Prince’s Charities Foundation. ” and in ” 2002 awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen. Members of the Order are limited in number to 24 and the order is given to those who have rendered exceptionally meritorious service in the field of the arts, learning, literature and science ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild
    ” Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, President, Arts and Business awards The Prince of Wales Medal for Philanthropy 2013 to Lord Jacob Rothschild, one of the five recipients, during a ceremony on December 11, 2013 in London, England. ” http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Prince+Charles/Jacob+Rothschild/Reception+Held+Prince+Charles+London/08Isgaq04Qa
    http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/madeleine-mccann-cover-up-lelievre.html http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/royal-weddings/british-royal-weddings/wedding-of-prince-charles-and-camilla-parker-bowles/

    2) BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD AND HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD, OWNERS OF THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD GROUP, ARE BIG FRIENDS OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY BUT THEY LIKE TO KEEP HIDDEN THIS FRIENDSHIP. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_de_Rothschild_Group http://www.vb.com/chanel/rothschild.htm

    BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD AND ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD WERE PRESENT TO THE CELEBRATION OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARK CHARITY TOGETHER WITH THE DUKE AND THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE UNDER THE NAME “BARON AND BARONESS DE ROTHSCHILD”. http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/201106105582/william-kate-ark-gala-dinner/

    3) EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD ” In 1989, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, for whom he serves as a financial adviser. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Robert_de_Rothschild
    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/sir-evelyn-and-lady-de-rothschild-with-bill-and-hillary-news-photo/104183227 http://aangirfan.blogspot.fr/2012/10/savile-royalty-barak-clinton.html

    4) ERIC DE ROTHSCHILD IS ANOTHER BIG FRIEND OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.
    ” Queen Elizabeth II meets (L to R) Sir Evelyn De Rothschild, Lady Rothschild and Baron Eric De Rothschild during a reception at St James’s Palace in London to mark the 350th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Jewish community in Britain on November 28, 2006 in London, England. ” http://www.gettyimages.nl/detail/news-photo/queen-elizabeth-ii-meets-sir-evelyn-de-rothschild-lady-nieuwsfotos/72668835

    5) ” Marie-Helene de Rothschild was the wife of Baron Guy de Rothschild [father of DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD AND EDOUARD DE ROTHSCHILD], head of the famous banking family. She was well known in France for her lavish hospitality and in particular for some magnificent balls she gave in the 1960s and 1970s at the Chateau de Ferrieres. …Her greatest triumph was the Proust Ball in December 1971, in celebration of the centenary of the reclusive author’s birth. …The guests came in costume and were photographed by Cecil Beaton, adorned as the photographer Nadar. Beaton set up a special studio for the occasion, taking portraits of Marisa Berenson as the Marchesa Casati, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace of Monaco and Elizabeth Taylor. The DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, described by Beaton that night as “a mad Goya”, was bedecked with a large blue feather. …The QUEEN visited the Rothschild stud privately on her visit to Normandy in 1967…. ” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-mariehelene-de-rothschild-1341658.html http://www.rothschild.com/David_de_Rothschild/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edouard_Etienne_de_Rothschild http://moutet.blogspot.de/1996/10/crown-prince-at-house-of-rothschild.html
    http://www.vb.com/chanel/rothschild.htm http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Edouard+de+Rothschild/Gucci+Paris+Masters+2012+Opening+Day/T3NwWmxHTNA
    http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/the-aesthete/2012/05/bill-willis-book

    6) ” Stavros also frequents an old Medici family Palace/estate near Turin where the DUKE OF EDINBURGH and Baron Elie de Rothschild [father of NATHANIEL DE ROTHSCHILD] like to go and shoot birds. ”
    http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/the_onassis_bloodline.htm http://wikibin.org/articles/nathaniel-robert-de-rothschild.html http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/2354/print
    http://www.gettyimages.nl/detail/nieuwsfoto/baron-elie-de-rothschild-his-wife-liliane-his-brother-nieuwsfotos/106499527

    ” American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says Turkey was behind last year’s sarin gas attack carried out by foreign-backed insurgents in Syria.
    In a report published on Sunday in the London Review of Books, Hersh claimed Turkey staged the gas attack to provoke a US war on Syria. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan was known to be supporting the al-Nusra Front, an insurgent group fighting the Syrian government, he said…..”
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/turkey-behind-syria-sarin-attack-american-investigative-journalist-seymour-hersh/
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-27/here-youtube-false-flag-attack-syria-clip-erdogan-wanted-banned
    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/03/24/kessab-targeted-al-qaeda-front-groups-cross-border-attack-from-turkey.html
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-nato-water-war-against-syria-turkey-suspends-pumping-euphrates-water/5386059
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/the-turkish-airline-is-transporting-terrorists/
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/erdogan-orders-to-its-mercenaries-to-take-control-of-the-aleppo-castle-their-future-grave/
    http://www.infowars.com/video-isis-militants-moving-freely-in-istanbul/
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/turkish-anti-missiles-shield-facilities-of-kurecik-to-protecting-nato-lobbies-and-zionist-entity/
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/turkish-army-physicians-are-treating-injured-mercenary-terrorists-in-turkey-and-daesh-isil-controlled-areas/
    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/11/06/assad-advisor-with-political-will-syrian-crisis-over-in-2-weeks.html

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