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    09-21-2016, 06:55 PM
    The indigenous Houthis are the natural enemy of al qaeda in Yemen. It is because we are working with the Saudis to destroy the Houthis that al Qaeda in Yemen has flourished. When it comes to al Qaeda in Yemen, the Saudis look the other way: they do not fight against al Qaeda. Historically the Houthis only wanted representation in the Yemen government: they repeatedly asked for a political solution way before this war ever started. The Saudis and the U.S. only want a puppet dictator there and they are doing everything they possibly can to deny any type of democracy. Additionally there is little evidence to support that Iran is fully supporting Yemen's Houthis; and i agree with the comment regarding "Iran being the greatest exporter of terrorism". Iran hasn't attacked another country in hundreds of years; people always say this on the MSM but never explain what their facts are.
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    09-06-2016, 02:10 PM
    Since the coup, it's been difficult to ascertain whether Erdogen is moving east or staying with NATO. The day of Biden's visit was the day Turkey invaded Syria (so I assume the U.S. gave him the green light to do this as an apology for trying to overthrow him - or at the least to try to smooth things over for holding on to Gulen). I've read 3 regiments at Incirlik Air Base who were part of NATO's rapid response force and were close to the CIA were the regiments Erdogen first got rid of. That seems to give at least some indication that the forces closest to the U.S. were those involved in the failed coup. But I wonder if there has been any other indications of whether or not the U.S. was the silent actor behind this coup? There have been statements that Russia tipped off Erdogen before the coup actually occurred, and other statements that Erdogen himself orchestrated this whole coup to get rid of parts of his government that he did not like. But if either of these were true, I would have thought Turkey would have been, by now, showing some tendency of moving eastward. Yet I see no proof of this -- in fact reports are showing Turkey pushing their own agenda in Jarablus over the locals which, if Erdogen had realigned with Russia/Syria, would most likely not have taken place. And I find it difficult to believe after Turkey was a key player in the facilitation of the destruction of Syria through backing the Jihadis that Assad would quickly accept his apology after seeing hundreds of thousands of his own people killed because of it. For the life of me I cannot figure out, however, what would be the incentive for the CIA/Pentagon to back a coup of Erdogen's government after Turkey (unfortunately) was a reliable partner in the game to de-stabilze Syria. Additionally why would the secular Turkish military link up with Gulen who is a sharia-law cheerleader? That relationship makes no sense. Anyway, just trying to read the tea leaves: is it your opinion that the U.S. government was behind the recent failed coup in Turkey? yes/no/not sure.
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    09-06-2016, 01:41 PM
    System won't allow me to give reputation, but thanks for sharing Lucille. I remember reading a year or so ago how a top ISIS leader at that time had been trained in Chechyna in the 1990s for the Yugoslavian war. Personally I disagree with our military training literally hundreds of thousands of foreigners every year (as was sited in a more recent article). I personally think we need to mind our own business and have friendly relationships with all nations where these relationships do not include the sharing of weapons or militarism.
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