Operation Iraqi Liberation: Plan B Israel and KurdistanEdit
Aiding the PKK Terrorist Organisation Against TurkeyEdit
U.S. investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported in January 2007 that Washington and Israel were backing the PKK's "Iranian wing" to destabilize the Islamic republic - and hence was nothing whatsoever with the ridiculous idea that Oil for Israel was the cause:
The Pentagon is expanding effort to conduct clandestine and covert intelligence missions overseas. Such activity has traditionally been the C.I.A.’s responsibility, but, as the result of a systematic push by Rumsfeld, military covert actions have been substantially increased.
In the past six months, Israel and the United States have also been working together in support of a Kurdish resistance group known as the Party for Free Lifee in Kurdistan. The group has been conducting clandestine cross-border forays into Iran, I was told by a government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon civilian leadership, as “part of an effort to explore alternative means of applying pressure on Iran.” (The Pentagon has established covert relationships with Kurdish, Azeri, and Baluchi tribesmen, and has encouraged their efforts to undermine the regime’s authority in northern and southeastern Iran.) The government consultant said that Israel is giving the Kurdish group “equipment and training.” The group has also been given “a list of targets inside Iran of interest to the U.S.” (An Israeli government spokesman denied that Israel was involved.)
The Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK), said to be operating as the Iranian wing of the PKK, is designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
PJAK or PKK or Media SpinEdit
AMY GOODMAN: We are going to turn now to Reese Erlich, an independent radio producer and journalist, who reports on Iran, in the latest issue of Mother Jones, and is the author of the forth-coming book The Iran Agenda: the Real Story of U.S. Policy in the Middle East Crisis.
AMY GOODMAN: How did you get to the [PKK] guerrilla camp?
REESE ERLICH: Well, it's quite interesting, two cell phone calls and a drive up into the mountains. One of the arguments by the Kurdish regional government of Iraq and of the United States is that they can't find these guerrillas because it's so inhospitable territory that no one can find them.
AMY GOODMAN: So now, explain the difference. Explain the P.K.K. and the P.J.A.K.
REESE ERLICH: The P.K.K. is the mother organization if you will. It was founded by Oshelan, the Turkish Kurd who is now in jail, charged with terrorism. The P.K.K. by the way, is listed on the United States State Department List of Terrorist Organizations. The P.J.A.K., the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan is the Iranian affiliate. The P.K.K., about two years ago split into four parties in each of the countries where is the Kurds live. In Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran. So the P.J.A.K. is the Iranian affiliate. Basically they're still part of the same organization. In order to get to the P.J.A.K. interviews that I did, you had to go through two P.K.K. based camps with walkie-talkies and soldiers and guerillas and so on. For all intents and purposes they're the same thing. 
The West Supports Terrorism in TurkeyEdit
"Who feeds terrorist groups? Who's behind them? That's what we need to look at," said Yasar Buyukanit, Turkey's military chief on 24 May 2007.
Buyukanıt, emphasized that the PKK had been receiving support from Europe and that certain parliaments in the European countries as well as the European Parliament have held conferences which have been encouraging for the PKK. 
The decision to pull Turkey out of the EU rapid-reaction effort was sent the week of June 4 by Turkish officials to their EU political and military counterparts.
On 20.07.2007 the US Department of Defense launched an investigation into US-registered weapons sent to the Iraqi army ending up in the hands the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) based in northern Iraq, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül said, “The US side is saying they have launched an internal investigation at the Department of Defense; a corruption incident in which some soldiers were involved has emerged, and the necessary administrative procedures concerning these soldiers have been implemented. We are now having discussions with the Iraqi side to determine how the weapons given to the Iraqi army ended up in the hands of terrorists”
"During the two months leading to the presidential election, around 100 Turkish soldiers or security personnel have been killed in clashes with the PKK. PKK's most recent attacks have left 26 people dead, 12 of them civilians."
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's demand that NATO target the PKK has consistently fallen on deaf ears, leading Turkey to threaten an invasion of northern Iraq to quell the crisis.
NATO has a long and bloody history of fostering terrorism in order to safeguard its geopolitical agenda.
Parliamentary investigations in Italy confirmed that NATO had created "stay-behind armies" during and after the Cold War, ostensibly to repel a Soviet invasion of the west, but that this was merely a smokescreen for perpetrating violent acts of terrorism in order to install right-wing governments around Europe, in accordance with a CIA directive to launch a "strategy of tension."
"You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force ... the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security," testified former Gladio agent Vincenzo Vinciguerra. 
Britons Crawl from under the RockEdit
On 28.10.2007 The Sunday Times revealed that BRITONS are among foreigners fighting Turkish troops with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.
According to PKK fighters holed up in one of the natural fortresses of the Qandil mountain range which runs along Iraq’s Turkish and Iranian borders, several Europeans have joined forces with their group.
Turkey Invades Northern iRAQEdit
Thursday 21 februari 2008, Turkey had been warning for months that it was considering an invasion of northern Iraq to go after Kurdish rebels based there. But now that it has happened, many sheep are wondering why.
Its All About the OILEdit
25 February 2008 - Oil prices rose to near $100 a barrel Monday as the Turkish incursion into northern Iraq and warnings by Iran against further sanctions heightened concerns over potential crude supply disruptions. Crude futures were supported by Turkey's ongoing cross-border ground operation against Kurdish rebels in Iraq. 
Kirkuk: Oil Rich JerusalemEdit
On December 18, 2007 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced visit to the city that Iraq's Kurds call their Jerusalem, an oil-rich territory claimed by many where the U.S. administration is emphasizing what it sees as new signs of cooperation and progress. 
Doublecrossing the PKKEdit
Kurdish Media - 2008-02-23 LONDON - Israel has been supporting Turkey in its oppression against the Kurdish people, revealed local sources.
A spokesperson of the PKK stated that in the current conflict, the Israeli army is assisting the Turks in their oppression of Kurds. 
Turkey Energy CorridorEdit
28 February 2008 - BANGALORE - Turkey has offered - during a visit by Foreign Minister Ali Babacan to India this month - to facilitate the supply of oil to India from Central Asia via Israel through a combination of overland pipelines and super tankers.
Under the plan, oil transported through Turkey's extensive pipeline infrastructure from Central Asia to its Ceyhan port would be sent across the Mediterranean Sea by tanker to Israel's port of Ashkelon. There it would be fed into Israel's Ashkelon-Eilat 254-kilometer pipeline. 
Israel has become a potential partner in the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which is protected by GUAM, a US-NATO sponsored military alliance between Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Moldava.
What is envisaged is to link the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline to the Trans-Israel Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline, also known as Israel's Tipline, through a system of underwater pipelines, from Ceyhan to the Israeli port of Askshelon.
While the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline is invariably described as a means of bypassing Russia and channelling Central Asian oil and gas to Western markets, part of this oil and gas is intended for re-export to the Asian market through the Red Sea port of Eilat. By linking the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline to Israel's pipeline system, Israel is slated to become a major player in the global energy market, in alliance with the Anglo-American oil giants. 
Turkey plans new Kirkuk-Ceyhan Natural Gas pipeline parallel to existing Oil pipelineEdit
A spokesperson for the state-owned Turkish Pipeline Company (BOTAS) has announced the company's launch of feasibility studies for the Turkish segment of the planned Iraq-Turkey natural gas pipeline, it has been reported.
He also said that the pipeline will be constructed parallel to the existing Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline.
The project seeks to transfer ten billion cubic meters (bcm) of Iraqi natural gas each year to the Turkish and international markets.
see also Nabucco
Norwegian company first to export Kurdistan crude to Ceyhan, TurkeyEdit
The first crude oil pumped by a foreign company in Iraq in decades will flow into the global market next month.
DNO, a Norwegian oil company, will announce on Wednesday that it will begin producing a small amount of oil from the northern Iraqi region of Kurdistan, marking a symbolic return of foreign companies to Iraq after 35 years of state control.
DNO, which is quoted on the Oslo stock exchange, discovered the Tawke oil field in late 2005, after signing a production sharing agreement in June 2004 with the Kurdish regional government, a semi-autonomous area of northern Iraq.
The sharing of oil resources has been a point of dispute between Iraq’s sectarian communities. The Kurdish authorities’ decision to sign separate contracts, which could bring them a direct income source and consolidate their power, has provoked fears of a break-up of Iraq.
Iraq's oil minister said March 2008 his government will not recognize any oil deals that the northern Kurdish self-governing region has unilaterally inked with foreign companies.
The Kurdistan Regional Government has approved several contracts with international companies, causing tensions with the Iraqi government which is seeking centralized control over the country's oil resources.
But assertive acts by the Kurds, such as the refusal to fly the Iraqi national flag in the region, have irritated the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad as well as Sunni Arabs. Many see such gestures and the recent oil deals as a threat to the country's national unity.
Moscow and Baghdad consolidateEdit
Russia bypasses Turkey with Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipelineEdit
The Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline, however, shelves the Samsun-Ceyhan route.
Private NTV television reported that no Russian companies have been interested in the proposed Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline in the wake of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis project, pushing the fate of the Turkish pipeline into uncertainty.
The [Samsun-Ceyhan] pipeline was envisaged as eventually transporting Russian gas to Israel via the Mediterranean.
For more on Russia circumventing the Turks see also South Stream
Syria and Iraq to reopen Kirkuk-Banias oil pipelineEdit
Syria and Iraq have agreed to repair and reopen an oil pipeline that has been shut since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the official Syrian newspaper Al Baath said Wednesday.
The pipeline, which had been closed for 18 years, reopened in November 2000, despite the poor relations between the two countries ruled by different branches of the Baath party. But it closed again after the invasion.
Dr.Barham Salih, Deputy Prime Minister, has asked Russian Stroy TransJar company to submit a proposal to repair and maintain the pipelines carrying oil from Kirkuk to Banias.
Russia moves its Black Sea fleet to SyriaEdit
Tartus, the second most important Syrian port on the Mediterranean, could be transformed into a base for Black Sea Fleet warships when they are redeployed from the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol, Kommersant daily said, quoting sources in Russia's diplomatic service and the Defense Ministry.
The Defense Ministry source told Kommersant that a Russian naval base in the Mediterranean would not only help Moscow strengthen its position in the Middle East - where it is currently also involved in negotiations on the Iranian nuclear crisis and the Israel/Palestinian issue - but also ensure Syria's security.
Moscow plans to deploy an S-300PMU-2 Favorit air-defense system to protect the base, the paper said, adding that the system will be operated by Russian servicemen and not be handed over to Syria.
At the same time, sources close to the matter said Moscow and Damascus had reached an agreement to modernize Syria's antiaircraft system using medium-range S-125 missile complexes that were deployed in the 1980s. 
Russia’s plans to restore its permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea are causing serious concern in Israel.
In addition, Russia will certainly create a major air defense system to defend its bases that will be able to defend much of Syria from [unprovoked unilateral israeli] attack as well. 
Aqaba, Jordan the new Red Sea oil export terminal to India and the EastEdit
Jordan and Iraq on Wednesday discussed outstanding financial issues and prospects of extending oil pipelines from Haditha in west Iraq to [the Red Sea port of] Aqaba [located in the southern tip of Jordan] and signed a trade cooperation protocol.
The Iraqi finance minister said during his meeting with Dahabi that the proposed pipeline is envisaged to facilitate the flow of Iraqi oil to Jordan as a more feasible alternative to land shipments, which were delayed several times due to security concerns.
There is no clear information published as of yet concerning the destination of the oil and whether it would be for export or for local consumption by Jordan.
- ↑ "Hersh: US, Israel support PKK's Iran wing", Thursday, 04 January 2007 
- ↑ "Report: U.S. Sponsoring Kurdish Guerilla Attacks Inside Iran",Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 
- ↑ "Turkish General Says Many NATO Members Support Terrorism in Turkey" By Osman TACIK, J.T.W. , Thursday , 24 May 2007 
- ↑ "Turkey Pulls Out of EU Rapid-Reaction Effort"By BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS, 06/12/07 
- ↑ "US military corruption behind weapons in PKK hands, Gül reveals",20.07.2007 
- ↑ "NATO, U.S. Aiding PKK Terrorists In Turkey" by Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet, Wednesday, October 10, 2007 
- ↑ "Britons join Kurdish rebels to fight Turks" by Hala Jaber , Qandil mountains, northern Iraq, 28.10.2007 
- ↑ "Oil Rises to Near $100 on Turkey News"By GILLIAN WONG, 25 February 2008 
- ↑ "Rice visits to Iraq's Kurds city call their Jerusalem" By Anne Gearan | Tribune staff reporter, December 18, 2007 KIRKUK,
- ↑ "Israel and the Kurdish Regional Government assist Turkish attacks against Kurds",Global Research, February 24, 2008 Kurdish Media - 2008-02-23 LONDON 
- ↑ "Turkey offers oil pipe lifeline to India" By Sudha Ramachandran, February 28, 2008 
- ↑ "The Militarisation of the Eastern Mediterranean: Israel's Stake in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline" by Michel Chossudovsky,Global Research, May 23, 2006 
- ↑ "New gas pipeline to be constructed between Iraq & Turkey", (30/01/08) 
- ↑ "Norwegian company to pump Iraqi oil", Published: May 15 2007 
- ↑ "Iraq says it won't recognize oil deals with regional Kurdish government", Published: March 8, 2008 ANKARA, Turkey
- ↑ "Russia, Greece and Bulgaria sign deal for pipeline bypassing Turkey",16.03.2007 
- ↑ "Syria and Iraq to reopen oil pipeline link", August 22, 2007 DAMASCUS 
- ↑ "Russia may relocate Black Sea Fleet to Syrian port", MOSCOW, June 2 (RIA Novosti) 
- ↑ "Russian Fleet Worries Israel",Aug. 07, 2007 
- ↑ " Jordan, Iraq discuss outstanding financial issues", AMMAN, November 29 (Agencies)
--Subprime 22:47, 31 March 2008 (UTC)