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Gridlock: US has yet to break free of 'Afghan trap'

© AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri
In an interview with Sputnik, political analyst Nikolai Shlyamin said that Washington had fallen into a trap in Afghanistan and that the most protracted war in the US armed forces' history has yet to be finished despite the withdrawal of the US-led coalition forces from Afghanistan a year ago.
"Washington is still in a trap in Afghanistan. Absolutely not taking into account the local national environment and ethnic issues, the United States tried to resolve the Afghan problem by classic military methods."
He added that in the past decade, the problem reached a gridlock and the war lost any meaning, something that he said added significantly to the Taliban's revival.

Comment: Or maybe the US has been successful in keeping the country in chaos as planned:


China adopts 'anti-terrorism law' which could authorize military interventions with Russian coalition

Last week, lawmakers adopted China's first-ever dedicated anti-terrorism law. The new law's most interesting provision, as far as foreign observers are concerned, is an article authorizing the Chinese military to take part in counter-terrorism missions abroad. Will China now join the Syrian, Russian and Iranian-led anti-terror campaign in Syria?

On Thursday, commenting on China's new counterterrorism law, and specifically its provision allowing the People's Liberation Army to participate in anti-terrorism operations overseas, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujin emphasized that China has a "proactive" attitude when it comes to international cooperation against terrorism.

Speaking at a regular monthly briefing for reporters, cited by Reuters, Yang explained that in the event that Chinese forces were ever deployed abroad for the purposes of fighting terrorism, it would be in full respect of international norms, including countries' sovereignty.

Comment: Even though an outright alliance with the Russian coalition in Syria may be impractical, this is still a very interesting development. Also see: Creativity vs Entropy: China the new 'center of civilization'?

Bad Guys

Turkey's aggressive policies are creating 3 territorial disputes with Russia

© AP Photo/ Emrah Gurel
Turkey's policy against Russia is very risky and could lead to three territorial disputes between the two; however Ankara's expansionistic interests echo those of the West, according to Manuel Ochsenreiter, editor-in-chief of the German news magazine Zuerst!

Turkey's aggressive policy against Russia might result in three territorial disputes between the two, Ochsenreiter said in an interview with the Iranian news channel PressTV.

The first conflict centers around Crimea, he explained, as Ankara officially supports Ukraine's stance on the peninsula's reunification with Russia.

Comment: Turkey is acting just like Washington's mad dog.

Check out: Pepe Escobar: Empire of Chaos vs Eurasian Integration in 2016

War Whore

Washington Is opposed to the establishment of Europe's own military forces

The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an exclusive interview to the TV channel "Star" said that Russia has no plans to send troops to the territory of countries who are members of NATO.
"I'm sure everyone understands that no tanks or Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will enter the territory of NATO members, none of this is even being considered", - said Lavrov.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the attitude to Russia towards the Baltic States and Eastern Europe. According to him, the United States claimed that the Baltic and Eastern European countries will calm down only when they join the Alliance. However, Lavrov said, that did not happen.

Snakes in Suits

Facepalm: Turkish President Erdogan cites Hitler's Germany as example of effective presidential system

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his desire to ensure Turkey adopts a presidential system of government and has even cited Adolf Hitler's Germany as an example of how this can be achieved.

Speaking at a news conference, Erdogan was asked by a journalist whether Turkey would be able to keep a unitary structure of government if a presidential system was implemented.

"There are already examples in the world. You can see it when you look at Hitler's Germany," he said, according to a recording broadcast by the Dogan news agency. "There are later examples in various other countries."


Kim Jong-un declares 'holy war of justice' against invaders of North Korea

© KCNA / Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he is ready to go to war if provoked by foreign nations. However, he stopped short of saying that Pyongyang could possibly retaliate with nuclear weapons or long-range missiles.

"We will continue to work patiently to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula and regional stability. But if invasive outsiders and provocateurs touch us even slightly, we will not be forgiving in the least and sternly answer with a merciless, holy war of justice," AP reported Kim as saying.


White House delays new sanctions on Iran without an explanation

© Stephanie Keith / Reuters
The White House notified Congress on Wednesday that the following day the Treasury Department would implement new sanctions on Iran for its recent missile tests. However, when it came time, the Obama administration reportedly delayed without offering a reason.

The heads-up to Congress specified Thursday at 10:30am as the time the new sanctions were to come into effect. The new penalties were to be imposed on just under a dozen companies and individuals from Iran, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates that the US believes have been involved in Iran's ballistic missile tests, which took place earlier this month.


9 key points of Russia's national security strategy for 2016

© Michael Klimentyev / Sputnik
President Vladimir Putin has signed the country's national security strategy for 2016 that names color revolutions and biological weapons as current threats to Russia, among others hazards. Here are nine key points you want to know about the document.


Did U.S. military facilitate the escape of 2000 ISIS terrorists from Ramadi?

© Reuters
The Iraqi Army, the Counter Terrorism units, the Federal police, and Anbar tribes entered the city of Ramadi that was occupied by the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" group (ISIS) for several months. To their biggest surprise, only a few bodies of the terrorist group were found when intelligence gathering by the U.S led coalition and the Iraqi intelligence service confirmed the presence of around 2000 fighters in the city until days before the final assault. Six ISIS fighters were arrested while trying to flee Ramadi among the 442 civilians who left the city one day before the final assault on the city center.

The same phenomenon of "ISIS evaporation" was registered in Sinjar when 7500 Kurds, supported by the U.S Air Force, occupied the key northern Iraqi city, finding a very small number of ISIS fighters in it.

So where did all these ISIS fighters go to?

Comment: Further reading:


Russia calls on Turkey to bring murderer of Russian pilot to justice, Turkey changes its story, blames Gulen and air force

War criminal and murderer Alparslan Celik.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has demanded that Turkey brings to trial Alparslan Celik who confessed in an interview with Turkish media that he had participated in the murder of the Russian pilot of Su-24 downed by Turkish air forces in November.

"We demand that the Turkish authorities take immediate action to catch Alparslan Celik and his accomplices and charge them with criminal offence for killing a Russian pilot and taking part in hostilities as members of an illegal armed group in a foreign country," Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Comment: Russia's Western "partners" sure do make it easy for the Russians to expose them as the lawless freak-shows they are. Leaders with an ounce of common sense would have immediately denounced Celik's actions and subsequent statements - even if they privately approved of them. Heck, even a fairly smart psychopath would see that doing so would be a better PR move than to tacitly sanction his actions and statements by not making a suitable reply.

Not having done so, the Russians are now in the position where it is perfectly suitable to shame Turkish leadership. By bringing attention to their lack of action, it exposes the Turks' tacit approval of this lawless murder. That is a good PR move - on the Russians' part. Not only that, it's the morally right thing to do.