Haçlı savaşı yayılıyor Müslümanlar oyalanıyor.

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Kanal A Genel Yayın Yönetmeni Alper Tan, Hristiyanların Haçlı savaşı için birleşerek güç kazandığını, müslümanların ise oylandığını yazdı. İşte Tan’ın o analizi:

Kaç senedir anlatmaktan dilimizde tüy bitti. Yeni bir dünya savaşı oluyor. Bu savaş tamamen din eksenli bir savaş. Savaşın bir cephesinde tüm Müslümanlar var. Karşı cephenin komuta merkezinde Vatikan ve Haçlı devletleri, Siyonist İsrail var. Haçlı cephesi, Ortodoks Rusya, Komünist Çin ve Budist Hindistan’ı da yanlarına çekmek istiyor.

Adı konulmamış din savaşları devam ediyor. Haçlı savaşının karargahları Washington, Berlin ve Vatikan. Dini olarak Vatikan, siyasi olarak ABD ve Almanya başroldeler. O nedenle Türkiye’de ardı ardına Alman casuslar yakalanıyor, sınır dışı ediliyor veya öldürülüyor. CIA adına da Paralel çalışıyor.

Yeni küresel savaş daha çok bir istihbarat ve algı savaşı şeklinde yürütülüyor. Medya da çok önemli bir boyutu. Büyük savaşın çeşitli ülkelerdeki cephelerinde sıcak savaşlar da oluyor. Suriye bunun en tipik örneği.

Suriye’deki iç savaşın başından bu yana ABD, AB ve Rusya tamamen senkronize ve danışıklı bir şekilde ortak hareket ediyor. ABD ve Avrupa “Esad karşıtı” rolünde, Rusya “Esadçı” rolündeler. Bunlar tamamen bir oyun. Tamamen bir mizansen. ABD, Avrupa, Rusya, İsrail ve İran.. Hepsi de Esad’ın yıkılmaması için uğraşıyor. Bu ülkelerin tamamı, ne kadar Esad ve rejim karşıtı gruplar varsa onlara saldırıyorlar, onlarla savaşıyor. ABD ve Avrupa “terör örgütü” deyip IŞİD’i vuruyor, IŞİD’i vururken terör örgütü PKK ile ortak çalışıyor.

Rusya ise Esad muhalifi diye ÖSO ve Türkmenlere saldırıyor.

ABD, Avrupa ve Rusya senkronize vaziyette Türkiye ve İslam dünyasının sabrını, tepkisini, kapasitesini ve reflekslerinin seviyesini test ediyorlar. Rusya lideri Vlademir Putin, Kurban Bayramı öncesi Moskova’da büyük bir caminin açılışına katılarak İslam dünyasının saygı duyduğu Türkiye Cumhurbaşkanı Tayyip Erdoğan’la birlikte Müslümanlara sempatik bir “sinyal” veriyor. Aynı Putin bir hafta sonra New York’ta ABD Başkanı Obama ile kadeh tokuşturup, ertesi gün Suriye’de Müslümanlara saldırıyor. ABD ise açıklama yapıp“Rusya’nın saldıracağından haberimiz vardı. Moskova bize söylemişti” diyor.

Putin’in Suriyeli Müslümanlara saldırısı üzerine Rus Ortodoks Patrikhanesi açıklama yapıyor ve bu saldırıyı“Kutsal savaş” yani “Haçlı savaşı” olarak tanımlıyor. Suriye’de Müslümanları vuran, öldüren Rus askerleri, Hristiyan din adamlarınca kutsanıyorlar. Suriye’de Müslümanları öldüren savaş uçakları ve Rus silahları papazlar tarafından kutsanırken çekilmiş görüntüler servis ediliyor.
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Bütün bu olanların öncesinde ise ABD Dışişleri Bakanlığı sözcüsü Jen Psaki “Türkiye gerçek manadaki birleştirici İslam’ı bu hızla yaymaya devam ederse kısa sürede olağanüstü dev bir devlete dönüşecek” diyerek Türkiye üzerine Paralel ve PKK eliyle yapılan saldırılar ve Avrupa ve ABD medyası üzerinden sürdürülen algı operasyonlarının arka planını dışa vuruyordu.

Ey ülkemde “Gassalın önündeki meyyit gibi” gibi uyuyan Müslümanlar! Daha ne zaman uyanacaksınız?

Aylan bebek gibi çocuklarınızın kıyıya vurmasını mı bekliyorsunuz? Afganistan’ı Irak’ı, Suriye’yi “terör”gerekçesiyle ve teröristlerle beraber işgal ettikleri gibi; Kabil’in, Bağdat’ın, Halep’in, Şam’ı yerle bir edildiği gibi; İstanbul’un, İzmir’in, Ankara’nın Konya’nın, Trabzon’un, Diyarbakır’ın da Haçlı koalisyonu tarafından bombalanmasını mı beklemeniz gerekiyor. Allah’ın size bize daha başka bunu nasıl anlatmasını bekliyoruz. Gökten illaki bombalar yağdırmasını mı bekliyoruz.

Hepimiz oyunda oynaştayız. Vatansız kalmış 2.5 milyon Suriyeli Müslüman gözlerimizin önünde bize hiçbir şey anlatmıyor mu? Bunun açık bir Haçlı Savaşı olduğunu daha nasıl anlatacaklar?

Şu satırlara lütfen kulak verir misiniz?

“Artık Allah için birbirimizle uğraşmaktan vaz geçelim. Artık bu fırkalara, bu melun tefrikalara nihayet verelim. Biliyorsunuz ki şarkta, garpta, şimalde, cenupta ne kadar Müslüman varsa hepsi mahkum! İşte o zavallıların şimdilik dinlerini olsun muhafaza edebilmeleri de şu hükumet sayesindedir. Maazallah şu son Müslüman hükümeti de yıkılacak olursa Rusya’daki, Çin’deki, Hind’deki Cava’daki elhasıl dünyanın her yerindeki yüzlerce milyon Müslüman artık dinine sahip olamayacak. O zaman biz yalnız kendi derdimizi değil, dört yüz milyon ibadullahın vebalini de yükleneceğiz. Ne dünyayı görecek gözümüz, ne huzur-u Rabbül’alemine çıkacak yüzümüz kalmayacak.”

Bu mısralar kim tarafından ve ne zaman yazıldı birliyor musunuz? Bugün yazılmadı. Bundan tam 101 sene önce Kasım 1914’te, Birinci Dünya Savaşı’nın başlaması üzerine Mehmet Akif Ersoy tarafından yazıldı. Bugünkü durumdan ne farkı var? Tam da bugünkü durumu anlatıyor.

101 seneden bu yana hala uyuyor muyuz?

Yoksa uyanmaya artık niyetimiz var mı?

Alper TAN 06.10.2015

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Putin Is Rewriting History. There Would Be No ISIS Without Assad.

A lesson on relations between the Islamic State and the Syrian president.

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According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the war in Syria is very simple: President Bashar Assad’s regime is fighting the Islamic State militant group and associated terrorist organizations.

In Putin’s version of Syrian history, as laid out in his United Nations speech on Monday, the Islamic State was “forged as a tool against undesirable secular regimes” and propelled by foreign military support for Syrian rebels. In other words, Western nations helped create the Islamic State by rejecting Assad and naively supporting other opposition fighters whose existence actually boosts the Islamic State. Putin called this an “enormous mistake.”

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“We should finally acknowledge that no one but President Assad’s armed forces and Kurdish militias are truly fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in Syria,” Putin told the U.N. General Assembly.

Two days later, Russia launched airstrikes in Syria. Putin claimed the strikes targeted the Islamic State, but witnesses, analysts and simple geography indicate otherwise — the areas hit are held by other Syrian rebel forces.

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As for Bashar Assad and his regime, they are barely fighting the Islamic State, either. A 2014 study of the IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center database found just 6 percent of the Syrian regime’s counterterrorism operations directly targeted the extremist group.

Diplomats and analysts caution there is no evidence that the Islamic State is a creation or proxy of Assad’s regime. But they do work together to the extent that their interests overlap. For now, they share an interest in decimating the rest of the Syrian opposition, and they use the threat of each other to gather recruits and allies.

Moreover, Assad and his regime have been instrumental in advancing the rise of the Islamic State since the very beginning.

The extremist group was formed in Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003. It was then known as al Qaeda in Iraq, a local branch of the global al Qaeda network that waged a bloody insurgency against U.S. coalition forces.

Syria quickly emerged as the main conduit for foreign fighters who swelled the ranks of al Qaeda in Iraq. Militants from Saudi Arabia, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere streamed through the country to join the insurgency. Records captured from al Qaeda in Iraq by U.S. commandos in 2007 showed that 90 percent of the group’s foreign fighters had entered Iraq via Syria, with the help of Syrian intelligence agents. The Assad regime also let jihadists out of prison and offered them military training to fight in Iraq, Syrian activists told U.S. diplomats according to Wikileaks cables.

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption">An Iraqi woman walks past a jihadi banner in Baghdad in 2004.</span>ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/GETTY IMAGESAn Iraqi woman walks past a jihadi banner in Baghdad in 2004.

“Assad and his intelligence services took the view that jihad could be nurtured and manipulated to serve the Syrian government’s aims,” Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, wrote in 2014 for the London Review of Books. He explained the Assad regime’s motive, referring in particular to the ultra-conservative Salafi jihadists:

 Allowing the Salafists to go to Iraq was thought to be a good idea for two reasons: first, it got rid of thousands of the most aggressive Salafists with a taste for jihad, packing them off to a foreign war from which many would never return to pose a threat to Assad’s secular, minority-dominated government; second, it destabilised the occupation of Iraq and thwarted Bush’s quest to topple authoritarian regimes (everyone in Assad’s inner circle feared that Syria would be next).

In 2011, as peaceful protests erupted against Assad’s repressive regime, the government released more jihadists from prison. Syrian activists and terrorism analysts argue that this was a deliberate ploy to discredit the nonviolent opposition by fueling a violent insurgency.

Some jihadists saw the same scheme, but played along anyway. “The Islamists were sure that the Assad regime had offered the amnesty knowing full well that they would take up arms against it, and that kind of self-fulfilling prophecy … must have been what the government wanted,” Rania Abouzeid wrote in a 2014 Politico investigation.

“It would be jihadi [violence], and this would allow the regime to say to the world, ‘Look at the terrorists.’ We were aware of this,” one al Qaeda leader freed in 2011 told Abouzeid.

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption">Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.</span>MILITANT VIDEO/ASSOCIATED PRESSAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

After the Syrian revolution erupted, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, then the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, sent an associate named Abu Mohammad al-Golani to Syria to set up a branch there. Golani linked up with the militants freed by Assad and established the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria called Jabhat al-Nusra. Baghdadi tried to join Golani’s group with his in a cross-border organization called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Golani and the head of al Qaeda rebuffed him, so Baghdadi took his organization out of the al Qaeda network, renamed it the Islamic State and declared himself caliph.

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Whether by design or not, Syria’s war soon followed a trajectory that was very convenient for Assad, but utterly devastating for ordinary Syrians. Peaceful protests were crushed. The secular opposition was defeated at every turn. And Syria was flooded with jihadist militants from all over the world fighting the regime and each other.

Opposition activists say this was Assad’s plan all along. Iraqi officials told The Wall Street Journal last year that the Syrian president has privately admitted the same. Western officials point to evidence that the Islamic State and the Assad regime have at least tacit cooperation on the battlefield: They rarely attack each other, the regime buys oil from Islamic State territory, and the Islamic State cleared the way for regime forces to capture the city of Aleppo last year.

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Syria expert and Brookings Institution fellow Charles Lister this week urged Western leaders not to fall for the machinations of Assad or Putin. The fact that Western officials areeven contemplating tempering their demand for Assad’s removal after Putin put military muscle behind the dictator, he said, shows they are “dangerously disconnected from Syria’s realities.”

“Well over 100,000 Syrian men currently fighting the Assad regime have sworn to do so until he is removed from power,” Lister pointed out. Helping Assad stay in power would “almost certainly spark a jihadist mobilization the like of which the world has never seen,” he said.

Turkmen rebels: The ethnic Turkish minority fighting long suffered persecution in Syria

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The Turkmen are an ethnic Turkish minority who have lived throughout the Middle East for centuries, but are today mostly concentrated in areas of Syria and Iraq.

Syrian Turkmen first migrated from Turkey as early as the 11th century — before the Ottoman Empire, when the Turkic Seljuk dynasty held power across the wider region.

Today, most live in provinces and towns across Syria’s north, including Latakia, Aleppo and Idlib, as well as the Turkmen Mountain area near the Turkish border which was the site of the shooting down of a Russian plane this week.

Statistics on the Syrian Turkmen population vary widely, but many estimates suggest the Turkmens number around 100,000.

Many still speak the Turkmen language — similar to Turkish — and have tried to maintain their language and culture inside Syria.

But living alongside Arabs and Kurds, the mostly Sunni Turkmen have long suffered discrimination and persecution in a country ruled by a minority Alawite government.

The Syrian regime — under President Bashar al-Assad, and before him his father Hafez al-Assad — has traditionally tried to assimilate the Turkmen people into the wider community, renaming their villages with Arab names, confiscating their lands and redistributing them to Arab owners, and denying them their cultural and linguistic rights.

Since the civil war began, Syrian government distrust of the Turkmen community has increased amid suspicions that Turkmen militants have been actively siding with Turkey against the Assad regime.

Many Turkmen did not immediately join the rebel opposition when the civil war first broke out in 2011. But increasing hostility from Assad’s forces gave them little choice.

By late 2012 a range of Turkmen opposition groups formed the Syrian Turkmen Assembly — a coalition of opposition groups, complete with several military brigades.

While relations between Turkey and the Turkmen have their own history of trouble, the current Turkish government does indeed see the Syrian Turkmen as natural allies in the campaign to oust Assad from power.

Turkey had vowed to protect Turkmens

Syrian Turkmen are among the estimated 2 million refugees who have fled Syria and are now living in camps in Turkey.

Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian warplane should be seen in this context.

Just two days ago Turkey called for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss Russian attacks on Turkmen villages.

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned Russia his government would “not hesitate” to take all steps necessary on Syrian soil to protect the Turkmen people.

A few days earlier the Turkish government summoned the Russian ambassador to protest against the bombing of Turkmen villages.

Turkey and Russia have long been at odds over the crisis in Syria.

Since the beginning Turkey has openly supported the removal of Bashar al-Assad, whereas Russia is arguably Syria’s strongest ally.

But despite claims Russian airstrikes in Syria were targeting Islamic State militants, the reality on the ground has been very different.

Turkey and many Western governments have repeatedly accused Russia of targeting US-backed rebel groups fighting to oust Mr Assad.

The Su-24M Russian bomber shot down yesterday was — even by Russia’s own admission — in an area of Syria where Islamic State is not present.

“Daesh [Islamic State] is not present in the area where Syrian Turkmen are living,” said Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Only Bayirbucak Turkmen — our relatives, our brothers, live there. They say that they are targeting Daesh. But instead they are targeting Bayirbucak Turkmen.”

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Who are Syria’s Turkmens?

Turkmens, who share a culture and language very much like the Turks living in Turkey, have been living mainly in Iraq, Iran, northern Syria, and parts of Middle East and Central Asia for centuries.

Turkmens [also known as Turkomans], have come under the spotlight amid Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes against the civilian population living in northern Syria, including in the Latakia region, where a large number of Turkmens have been living for hundreds of years.

Moreover, the Turkmens in northwestern Syria have closer family ties with Turks living in Turkey due to the geographical distance and sharing of the same historical past under the Ottoman Empire, when compared to those of Central Asia.

Original path analysis (red dotted line) of the downed Russian jet in violation of Turkish airspace provided by Turkish Armed Forces

Original path analysis (red dotted line) of the downed Russian jet in violation of Turkish airspace provided by Turkish Armed Forces

Under Syria’s Alawite minority and Baath regime led Syria’s Bashar Assad, and previously Hafiz al-Assad, Turkmens, about three million in population, have faced oppression and discrimination for many years. The same has been an issue for Turkmens living in Iraq and Iran.

Upon the emergence of the Syrian uprising in 2011 and the civil war which has followed it for nearly five years now, Turkmens have sided with the moderate opposition forces against the regime forces, hence why being under continuous attacks from the Russia and Iran-backed Syrian regime forces.

In recent days, Turkmens, despite their fight against the Daesh terrorists, have been a target for Russia and Syrian regime airstrikes in the Turkmen mountain region, resulting in killings of a large number of civilians.

Last week, regime forces expanded their operations with the support of Russian airstrikes and conducted simultaneous attacks on the Fırınlık, Acısı, and Avanlı regions in the Turkmen mountain area, which are under the control of moderate opposition forces, witnesses told Anadolu Agency.

Turkey has been actively supporting Turkmens through humanitarian and diplomatic channels.

Amid Russia’s recent attacks, Turkey summoned the Russian envoy and put forward concern about Russia’s attacks on civilians in the region.

Russia claims the airstrikes target Daesh terrorists, despite criticism from the international community blaming Russia for targeting moderate opposition forces.

A Russian warplane shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border on Tuesday violated Turkish airspace despite being warned 10 times in the space of five minutes, the Turkish military said in a statement.

Two Turkish F-16 jets on patrol duty along the border were involved in the downing of the warplane, the military statement said.

The plane was brought down in northwest Syria near the Turkmen town of Bayırbucak.

The military has also released a path analysis [red dotted line] of the downed Russian jet, showing the entry and exist of the plane into Turkish airspace. Moscow, on the other hand, claimed that it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space.

United States, NATO, and Turkey’s other allies have backed Turkey saying the country has right to defend its borders and that the data shows Russian jet had violated Turkish airspace. Russia had also violated Turkish airspace in October and Ankara had warned against its repetition.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday harshly slammed Moscow for deliberately attacking Turkmens in the region saying that the international community knows Daesh is not in that region but there are only Turkmens. Erdoğan emphasized that Turkey’s support will continue to Turkmens, as they are Turkey’s ‘brothers and sisters’.

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Russia, Assad strike at Turkmens, giving DAESH a free hand in Syria

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Ankara is concerned after the ongoing Russian offensive in Turkmen-populated Bayır Bucak region in northern Syria, while Moscow is still far from being persuasive in the fight against DAESH by helping regime forces on the ground against moderate Syrian opposition

Russia continues to bomb Turkmen villages in the Bayırbucak Turkmen area in northern Syria to bolster the Damascus regime, which it has been a staunch ally of since the beginning of the crisis, and Turkish officials are alarmed with the intensified airstrikes on the Turkmen-populated region, which was previously under the control of moderate Syrian opposition groups. Following the developments, a closed-door security meeting was held at Çankaya Palace headed by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Sunday. Turkish officials continue to keep in touch with U.S. officials, who had an opposing stance since the beginning of Russia’s air campaign.

Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar, Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Interior Minister Selami Altınok and National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Chief Hakan Fidan together with several senior bureaucrats attended the meeting. Moscow claimed that the airstrikes, which started after receiving parliamentary approval and followed a military buildup in Syria, aimed to support the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad against DAESH. However, Turkey and the West have accused Russia of targeting moderate fighters opposed to Assad, many of which are supported by Turkey and the U.S.

There have been reports of many casualties from the attacks on the area, while the sound of explosions coming from the region was heard in the border town of Yayladağı in Turkey’s Hatay province.

Previously, Sinirlioğlu called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Friday night to discuss the airstrikes.

Russia, Assad strike at Turkmens, giving DAESH a free hand in Syria
Tens of thousands of Turkmen are either already in Turkey or are sheltering in tent cities close to the border after abandoning their homes due to airstrikes by Russia and offensive by the Assad regime.

The Foreign Ministry summoned Russia’s ambassador to Ankara over the bombings and requested that Russia promptly end the operation.

The late night phone conversation in which the two top diplomats evaluated the situation after the offensive on the Turkmen region came on orders from Davutoğlu.

Ankara also sent a letter to the term president of the U.N. Security Council to demand that the issue be handled immediately.

Sources added that Davutoğlu was informed by Akar by phone regarding the latest situation in the region.

At the Prime Ministry, Fidan also briefed the Davutoğlu on the issue. Ankara had requested that Russia promptly end this operation, Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç said on Friday, adding: “Our warnings and request have also been communicated to the Russian deputy foreign minister and special presidential representative for the Middle East, Mihail Bogdanov.”

“If any attack is mounted against civilians on Turkey’s border, even with cluster munitions shelling, so as to draw the people living there toward Turkey and lead to a further refugee flow, all involved will be held responsible,” Davutoğlu told the media in Istanbul on Friday.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Sunday, Khaled Khoja, the head of the Syrian National Council opposition group underlined that Russians must stop its offensive against opposition groups and civilians, saying: “If Russia wants a political solution, it should force the regime to sit at the negotiation table. Moreover, it should allow the political solution to be negotiated between the regime and the opposition, but especially the application of the U.N. Security Council’s Resolution 2165 in which delivering humanitarian aid to besieged areas is stipulated.”

He said: “This situation shows that Russians have no serious intention to contribute to a political solution and that they are an occupying power.”

Almost 40,000 Syrian Turkmens fled from their homes to safer villages near the Turkish border Saturday following attacks by Syrian and Russian forces. Bayırbucak Turkmen area is in the immediate vicinity of Turkey’s Yayladağ border crossing.

After the offensive, a number of Turkmens also entered Turkey at the Yayladağı border crossing in southeastern Hatay province. The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the Turkish Red Crescent and other humanitarian aid organizations began sending humanitarian aid including tents, food and mattresses to displaced Turkmens.

A mobile bakery in Yayladağı also started producing bread to be delivered to Turkmens fleeing to safer villages near the Turkish border. Muhammed Komurcu, a Syrian Turkmen Association official, told Anadolu Agency that the number of internally displaced people has doubled. Mokhtar Fatih Mohamed, head of a Turkmen doctors group in the Bayır Bucak region, told Anadolu Agency on Friday that the Turkmen-majority area is about to fall to regime forces, which may cause 15,000 Turkmen to flee to Turkey.

Turkmens are a Turkic ethnic group based with minority populations in Syria and Iraq where they live alongside large Arab and Kurdish populations. The Turkmen community in these countries includes both Sunnis and Shiites and shares cultural ties with Turks.

Syria’s devastating civil war, now in its fifth year, has left at least 250,000 people dead, according to the U.N.

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