Monday, 6 October 2014


Every few years, different western leaders admit that they and their primary strategic allies in the 'Muslim world' are the backers, financiers and arm suppliers indirectly and directly to the death squads known as 'Al Qaeda' and 'Isis' etc. 

Here below usa vice president joe biden admits all of this. However, nothing has changed for over a century when the british constructed the Gulf monarchies and then the usa joined in this alliance and added the Turkish state and the Pakistani military intelligences in being the platform on which this death squad terrorism has been rolled out, in a very similar fashion to the usa and britain's relationships with dictatorships in 'latin' America who used death squads against revolutionary movements in that region, or to use a an example much closer to london - in the way the british government used Loyalist death squads in occupied Ireland. 

The alliance between france, britain, the usa and the Gulf monarchies, the AKP Turkish government is not going to go away unless, but this project can be defeated and is being challenged many places, not least in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Algeria with Russia and China also fighitng this off and being the leaders of this struggle and the more broader Global South liberation struggle generally. 

This is nothing new to those forces countering and fighting back this neo-colonial alliance, there is a bitter bloody struggle taking place, as it has since the british manufactured the original death squad state in the 'Muslim world' the kingdom of saudi arabia. One would hope that people would stop supporting those who are leaders in advocating and working for these death squads, rather one would hope that they would support the many different organisations, factions, countries that are in a united struggle (of course, the formal unity can be and should be strengthened) against the death squads and those that back them.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Turkey clashes with US over rise of Isis


Turkey has clashed with the US over its stance on extremist fighters in Syria, with president Recep Tayyip Erdogan securing an apology from US vice-president Joe Biden for comments suggesting Ankara and other countries in the region were largely to blame for the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis.

“If Biden said such a thing, he is history to me,” Mr Erdogan said on Saturday, referring to remarks in which Mr Biden claimed the Turkish president told him: “You were right, we let too many people through (to join extremist groups in Syria).”

Mr Erdogan maintained that armed foreign fighters – as opposed to people with tourist visas – had not entered Syria from Turkey, adding: “If he really said these words, then he should apologise to us.”

The White House later said that Mr Biden had spoken to Mr Erdogan on Saturday to express his regret. “The vice-president apologised for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of (Isis) or other violent extremists in Syria,” it said.

In some of the most outspoken comments to date by a senior western official on the idea that jihadi groups were actively supported by Middle Eastern powers – also including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – Mr Biden had said on Thursday night: “Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria.”

His remarks came at a particular sensitive time. The Turkish parliament voted on Thursday to deepen and extend the authorisation of the use of force in Syria – a motion that could allow allied powers to use Turkish territory and airspace in the anti-Isis effort.

Retired Gen John Allen, Washington’s anti-Isis co-ordinator, is due to visit Ankara next week, in the latest step in a sustained US push to get a hitherto reluctant Turkey to take a more active role in the anti-Isis coalition.

This is a vital issue given Turkey’s strategic position – its border with Syria is 900km long – and its reputation as a transit route for funds and fighters to Islamist rebels battling against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Mr Biden spoke to Mr Erdogan on Friday night to discuss joint efforts “to degrade and destroy Isis” – before more general circulation of his remarks, made the previous night, at a question-and-answer session at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In those comments, Mr Biden said Turkey was now trying to seal the border, “Saudi Arabia has stopped the funding going in” and “the Qataris have cut off their support for the most extreme elements of the terrorist organisations”.

He added: “Everyone in the region has awakened, now under US leadership the coalition has been put together and they are moving.”

But in remarks that underlined the depth of the US’s discontent with its allies over their record of dealing with jihadis, he said: “They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? . . . They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tonnes of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad.”

Mr Biden added: “Except that the people who were being supplied were [al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat] al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”

In an apparent attack at former colleagues such as Hillary Clinton, ex-secretary of state, who pushed during President Barack Obama’s first term for the US to arm the Syrian opposition, Mr Biden suggested that such a step would have left weapons such as anti-aircraft missiles in the hands of Isis and al-Qaeda.

A spokesman for Mr Biden said the US vice-president “respects and admires” Mr Erdogan and that his comments at Harvard were “trying to convey that none of us knew enough about the various elements of the opposition within Syria”.

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