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Turkey's Incirlik Air Base, housing US nukes, on lockdown with power supply cut

Despite the Pentagon's assertion NATO's Incirlik Air Base remained unaffected by the attempted military coup in Turkey, the base has now been locked down — and power shut off.

Incirlik serves as a base of operations for the West's fight against Daesh (ISIS, ISIL, the Islamic State), which have now been effectively halted as "local military authorities" appear to have forced the lockdown.

But a more ominous fact about the base must be noted: NATO houses the U.S.' tactical nuclear weapons at Incirlik — as many as 80 nuclear bombs, though the total is considered classified information.

An emergency message posted online by the United States Consulate reads:

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Throwing Erdogan to the wolves: From favorite puppet to pariah

© turkishmonitor.com
Vision of the future?
This is How USA-Installed Puppets Go from Democratic Presidents to Despots & Terrorists When Their Time Comes

Have you heard this famous quote 'Marketing is everything ... and everything is marketing'? I know it was originally meant for product sales, because admit it, you can have the best product engineering, financial backing and operational mastery ... but in the end the success of your product is determined by how your customers perceive your product - your brand. This principle of marketing applies equally as well to our domestic politics and politicians, and it is equally valid for world politics and leaders. The principle governs one of the main operations of the U.S. Empire: Regime Building & Puppet Installation. Not only that, it is also used in reverse as well. Think of it as reverse engineering. It is very similar: The Empire uses the same principle of marketing to bring down regimes and uninstall puppets. The reversal of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's world and domestic image provides a perfect example of the Empire's reverse marketing.

In the United States, for over a decade, Turkey's AKP Party and its leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been branded, marketed, and promoted as truly democratic and fair, and the best model of a democratic government for the Islamic world. Please allow me to provide examples of this branding and marketing performed by the US media for the masters and planners of the Empire:

Comment: The first signs of the West turning on Erdogan came more than two years ago. Presumably, he was allowed to stay in power because of Turkey's essential war in the war on Syria. But cooperation with Russia seems to have been the red line for the U.S. Unfortunately for them, the coup has failed: the plotters did not manage to fully control the media, did not arrest key officials, and counted on popular support, which turned to be overwhelmingly in Erdogan's favor and not the military. Now, Erdogan will be able to purge the military and government of the U.S./NATO/CIA/Gulen plants (as well as other opposition his government perceives as dangerous, perhaps), and with relations with U.S. 'hurt' (to quote Kerry), Russia is waiting with even wider-open arms.

See also Sibel Edmonds's interviews with Corbett about Erdogan here and here.


Bad Guys

South Front: NATO seeking to shift balance in Black Sea


NATO holding naval drills in Black Sea
Since 2014, the balance of naval power in the Black Sea has shifted. Moscow has exploted its position on the Crimean Peninsula, building up its fleet strength in the sea. The strategic importance of the waters has risen in NATO's eyes as the bloc seeks to bolster its deterrence against Russia in Europe. To counter Russia's presence, NATO member states advocate the joint NATO naval force in the Black Sea, following the growth of NATO presence in Poland and the Baltic states and other measures to expand the alliance's presence in the region.

But as NATO contemplates enhancing its forces in the Black Sea, it must contend with the constraints set by the 1936 Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits. The pact imposes limits on nations that do not border the Black Sea, restricting the tonnage of warships as well as aggregate tonnage, number of vessels and duration of stay for any single nation. However, NATO could circumvent those restrictions by building its fleet with ships from several nations and using force rotations. NATO could also lean on member states Romania and Turkey, which are largely exempted from the convention's restrictions, to bulk up a Black Sea fleet.

In terms of sheer numbers of ships, Russia does not have the upper hand in the Black Sea. However, Russia has many other military advantages that help make up for its smaller fleet size, including naval aviation and overall aviation assets that it could task for Black Sea missions. It also possesses long-range anti-ship cruise missile batteries that can reach most of the Black Sea. Russia has used its position on the Crimean Peninsula to build up these advantages, and it is in the process of substantially modernizing its Black Sea forces.

Comment: Further reading: Western aggression: NATO conducting naval drills in Black Sea with 25 military vessels taking part


Bad Guys

Kadyrov: Turkey's failed coup meant to punish Erdogan for realigning towards Russia

© TASS/Elena Afonina
Chechnya’s head Ramzan Kadyrov.
The attempt at a military coup in Turkey might be the result of certain groups among the Turkish elite's desire to punish Erdogan for pursuing independent policies. Such an opinion was expressed by the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.

"Despite all the ambiguity in Erdogan's behavior, he still to a certain extent began to pursue policies more independent from the West in evaluating processes ongoing in the region. It is possible that pro-Western generals don't like this," Kadyrov believes.

The Chechen leader pointed to how "Turkish generals have become accustomed to interfering in politics and dictating domestic and foreign policy course to the country's leadership."

"Every such attempt has come from military men oriented towards the West," he added.

Comment: Further reading: Will post-coup Turkey take its place in the New Eurasian Century?


Eye 2

The terror spiral has no visible end


Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel
Predictably, Daesh earlier this morning confirmed they did Nice via one of their "soldiers"

We still don't know if this man is a jihadi lone wolf or not - even as his modus operandi comes straight from Daesh's playbook. And even if he's not an insta-jihadi, what's certain is that his appalling "example" will be emulated.

The Washington-Riyadh axis used terror in Afghanistan even BEFORE the 1980s jihad. Wahhabism destroyed both Afghanistan and Pakistan, installing a Kalashnikov culture. Shock and Awe in 2003 led to Washington promoting Divide and Rule as in pitting Sunnis against Shi'ites - and that brought terror to Iraq. Washington and Brussels supported jihadis in both Libya and Syria, and that was supported even by the liberal 'human rights' left. Ah, but the (bogus) enemy is Putin and "Russian aggression". Meanwhile the real enemy - Salafi-jihadis - even gets crucial "support" (and weapons). Add to it the blowback for NATO's wars - a taboo discussion in the West.

Comment: Further reading on the uses of the slippery entity called Daesh/ISIS:


Pirates

July 14th massacre in Nice - another false flag in France?


President Holland: tool of Empire
Another terror event in France. On Bastille Day; 14th of July, the day commemorating the French Revolution of 1789, the most important French National Holiday. This time in Nice, killing at least 84 people, many children - and leaving scores injured.

President Hollande will eventually achieve his objective - being the first country in Europe with permanent Martial Law. He has already declared to extend the current State of Emergency for another three months, when it expires on 26 July. Such a temporary extension is in his power. He will have plenty of time to force it through Parliament - thereby prompting other EU countries to do likewise.

Why France? - Naturally, Hollande follows Washington's orders. He is the most spineless puppet in Europe, making France the foremost EU vassal of America. And that in a post-Brexit ambiance, where according to several polls 70% - 80% of the French people are anti-EU and would vote for a Frexit, if they were given the chance to vote. This is a considerable increase since the Brexit referendum.

Washington needs a militarized Europe to be controlled by force, to impose its neo-fascist corporate and finance rules, to push the TTIP down the throat of the Europeans, to make Europe the new and effective low-cost high-tech colony of the empire - and an unfailing buffer zone to Russia; Cold War all over again. This time not so cold any more. WWIII is an imminent possibility, thanks to the EU vassals in Brussels giving NATO free reign to advance ruthlessly towards Moscow.

Comment: See the Sott Focus: Deconstructing the official narrative around the attacks in Nice, France and Joe Quinn's interview on Press TV:




Snakes in Suits

Kerry blasts Turkey for insinuating that Washington plotted coup against Erdogan

The United States expressed concern that their longtime NATO ally and critical regional partner believed that Washington would try to overthrow their government calling the claims "harmful to bilateral relations."

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavosoglu on Saturday that public claims suggesting that American officials masterminded the failed coup attempt in Turkey were categorically false and were harmful to relations between the two longtime NATO allies.

Kerry urged Turkey to show restraint in the wake of the coup attempt and to follow the rule of law closely in its investigation into the plot, State Department spokesman John Kirby explained in a statement.

"He made clear that the United States would be willing to provide assistance to Turkish authorities conducting this investigation, but that public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations," said Kirby.

Blackbox

US seen as giving up on goal to overthrow Assad, seeks partnership with Moscow

© Sputnik/ Eduard Pesov
If Moscow and Washington are able to overcome their difficulties and start close cooperation in Syria, there could be a kind of a Russian-American "arms brotherhood" in the fight against terrorism, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.

As for now, both parties are cooperating in Syria, but only in order to avoid dangerous incidents. However, if their cooperation plan is implemented in practice, it will become a kind of "reset" for both parties.

"The fact that President Barack Obama gradually gives up his original goal — the overthrow of Assad, and gives priority to the fight against Islamic State has become noticeable long ago. The planned new partnership with Moscow would consolidate this course," the article said.

Comment: Sounds like wishful thinking on the German newspaper's article.


Light Sabers

2014 WikiLeaks: Things to know about the Gulen empire trying to take down Erdogan

© Unknown
The government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan falls, a large portion of the blame — or credit, depending on your perspective — will lie with a little-known Muslim cleric named Fethullah Gulen and his shadowy, globe-spanning empire. Over the past decade, Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have been in a quiet struggle with Gulen's followers for control of the country's Islamist politics. That's a battle that's mostly taken place behind closed doors — but not anymore.

As a central player in Turkish politics, Gulen has frequently gained the attention of U.S. officials, both in Washington and Turkey. As detailed in the 155 diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks which mention him, U.S. officials have struggled to make sense of the man, but their collected writings on Gulen provide a snapshot of how deeply he and his followers have penetrated the Turkish state and illustrate what a severe threat he poses to the Erdogan government.

Here are five takeaways from Gulen's appearances in the WikiLeaks cables.

Comment: See also:


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Turkey evacuating intelligence officers from Aleppo battlefield

Informed sources said that the Turkish intelligence agents, who have been training Nouralddeen al-Zinki terrorists in Northern Syria, have been ordered to leave the battlefields in Aleppo due to the Syrian government forces' increasing advances and meantime lack of unity among militant groups.

"Suicide attacks of al-Nusra front and Nouralddeen al-Zinki on the government forces' position to reopen Castillo supply line to Northern part of Aleppo city have thus far failed and the Syrian army forces' advances in different battlefields in Northern Aleppo have continued," the sources said.

"On the other hand some of the terrorist groups have no intention to partake in Aleppo battles against the government forces. All these have forced Turkey to start evacuating its trainers and intelligence officers from Aleppo," they added.

"Over 500 terrorist have been killed in the last four days in Aleppo. Ahrar al-Sham is accusing the Free Syrian Army and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups of treason through refusing to send more fighters to battlefields in Aleppo. Turkey and other foreign backers of terrorist groups have come to this conclusion that their affiliated terrorist groups in Aleppo can not resist against the waves of government forces in Aleppo city" the sources went on to say.

Comment: In related news:
The Turkish government closed a strategic border crossing with Syria's Northwestern province of Idlib on Saturday.

Bab al-Hawa border crossing overlooking Idlib province in Syria was closed by the Turkish government.

The Arabic-language Halab al-Youm news channel reported that the main reason for closing the border crossing was the failed coup in Turkey.

Bab al-Hawa is one of the main routes which link the terrorists in Idlib and Aleppo to each other.