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Wednesday, December 2, 2015



Turkey PM Says Country Won't Apologize To Russia For Downing Jet

Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters Monday that "no Turkish prime minister or president will apologize ... because of doing our duty."

By Jamey Keaten
Posted: 11/30/2015 07:42 AM EST | Edited: 11/30/2015 09:33 AM EST

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/turkey-pm-says-country-wont-apologize-to-russia-for-downing-jet_565c427be4b072e9d1c24c37?utm_hp_ref=world

BRUSSELS (AP) — Defying calls from Moscow, Turkey's prime minister said Monday that his country won't apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria, saying the Turkish military was doing its job defending the national airspace.

Amid high tensions that have elicited concerns from the U.N chief, Ahmet Davutoglu also said Turkey hopes Moscow will reconsider economic sanctions announced against Turkish interests in the wake of last week's incident. The Turkish resort town of Antalya is "like a second home" to many Russian holidaymakers, he said, but refused to yield on Turkish security.

"No Turkish prime minister or president will apologize ... because of doing our duty," Davutoglu told reporters after meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. "Protection of Turkish airspace, Turkish borders is a national duty, and our army did their job to protect this airspace. But if the Russian side wants to talk, and wants to prevent any future unintentional events like this, we are ready to talk."

Turkey is a member of the NATO alliance.
 
DHA/Associated Press Turkish army officers salute as the coffin of Russian pilot Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov is carried into a Turkish Air Force transport plane at Hatay airport, Turkey. Davutoglu said the army was doing their job to protect the country's airspace.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told The Associated Press on Sunday that he's deeply concerned about tensions between Russia and Turkey after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian warplane on Nov. 24.

Russia on Sept. 30 began airstrikes in Syria that it says are focused on fighters of the Islamic State, but which some observers say target other rebel groups and are aimed at bolstering the forces of President Bashar Assad. Russia insists that the plane that was shot down did not intrude on Turkish airspace.

Davutoglu insisted a violation occurred, and said Turkey had repeatedly warned Russia about incursions into its airspace.

"We also made very clear that the Turkish-Syria border is a national security issue for Turkey. So it was a defensive action," Davutoglu said. He repeated Turkish assertions that there were no IS fighters in the area.

"We have been telling our Russian friends that their bombardments against civilians on our border is creating new waves of refugees which do not go to Russia or to any other country — but coming to Turkey," he said.

"And Turkey, after every bombardment, (is) receiving more and more — tens of thousands of refugees from Syria," Davutoglu added. "Turkey is a country paying the price of this crisis."

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey including bans on some Turkish goods and extensions on work contracts for Turks working in Russia. The measures also call for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for Russian tourism companies to stop selling vacation packages that would include a stay in Turkey.

COMMENT:

The article is very timely  written by the author for the International Community of Nations with a view to openly observe the characteristics of  a so called super power leader of Russia.

 This leader of Russia has no idea or intelligence to Judge the  right and the wrong. 

Over and above  possesses a habit of speaking lies openly like he did in his past profession SPYING when he was caught on wrong foot. 

In addition, has the ego to show official authpority of being a super power President.

The answer to Putin’s announcement to beg apology, the President Erdogan of Turkey himself and the the PM of Turkey serves a tight slap across the face of the Russian President (Ex spy ).

Putin is belittling the great nation of Russia by being Egoist and power drunk failing to judge what  is right and what is wrong.

He is a poor sample of a national Leader as is reported  to be clinging to power for years without any proper public suppor.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Putin Sends Air Defense Missiles To Syria To Deter Turkey

The S-400 missile systems, which will be sent to the Hemeimeem air base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, located just about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the border with Turkey, are capable of targeting Turkish jets with deadly precision.

By Vladimir Isachenkov
Posted: 11/25/2015 08:01 AM EST | Edited: 11/25/2015 09:57 AM EST


ASSOCIATED PRESS

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow.

The S-400 missile systems will be sent to the Hemeimeem air base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the border with Turkey. The systems are capable of targeting Turkish jets with deadly precision. If Russia shot down a Turkish plane, NATO would be required to intervene.

Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday, saying it crossed into its airspace from Syria despite repeated warnings. One of its two pilots was killed by militants after bailing out, while his crewmate was rescued by Syrian army commandos and delivered in good condition to the Russian base early Wednesday.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Putin said the Russian plane remained in Syria’s skies when it was shot down. He described Turkey’s action as a “crime” and a “stab in the back,” warning of serious consequences.

He said that the Russian Foreign Ministry’s warning to Russians not to visit Turkey was needed “because we can’t exclude some other incidents following what happened yesterday and our citizens in Turkey could be in significant danger.”

On Wednesday, the Russian leader ordered the military to deploy the S-400s to Hemeimeem and took other measures that “should be sufficient to ensure flight safety.”
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday that the Russian missile cruiser Moskva already has moved closer to shore to protect the Russian aircraft flying missions near Syria’s border with Turkey with its long-range Fort air defense system.

“It will be ready to destroy any aerial target posing a potential danger to our aircraft,” he said at a meeting with military officials.

Shoigu also said that from now on all Russian bombers will be escorted by fighters on their combat missions in Syria. He said that his ministry has severed all contacts with the Turkish military.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who canceled his planned trip to Turkey after the incident, described the shooting down of the Russian plane as a “planned provocation.”

He said the Turkish action came after Russian planes successfully targeted oil infrastructure used by the Islamic State group, alleging that Turkey benefited from the oil trade.

Lavrov also said that Turkish territory was used by “terrorists” to prepare attacks in other countries, but offered no details. He said that Russia “has no intention to go to war with Turkey,” but added that Moscow will re-consider its ties with Ankara.
Some leading Russian tourist agencies already have suspended the sales of tour packages to Turkey. Nearly 4.5 million Russians visited Turkey last year, second only to German tourists.

Some Russian lawmakers suggested that Moscow should respond to the downing of the plane by cracking down on Turkish companies in Russia, but Lavrov said that “we don’t want to artificially create problems for Turkish producers and exporters, who aren’t responsible for what has happened.” Still, he added that “we can’t but react to what has happened.”

Russia was the biggest source of Turkish imports last year, worth $25 billion, which mostly accounted for Russian gas supplies.

Most Turkish exports to Russia are textiles and food, and although Turkish food exports have not been covered by the Russian food embargo, they fell by 40 percent in January-September this year compared to a year ago.

Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement that Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Lavrov agreed to a meeting "in the coming days," during their telephone conversation Wednesday, but Lavrov said he has no such plans.

Turkey informed the U.N. that two Russian planes disregarded warnings and violated Turkish airspace "to a depth of 1.36 miles and 1.15 miles in length for 17 seconds."
Lavrov shrugged off the Turkish argument that it had no other choice but to shoot the plane down, pointing at the 2012 downing of a Turkish warplane by Syria in its airspace, saying that Ankara argued then that a brief incursion wasn’t a reason to shoot down its jet. He also pointed at routine violations of Greece’s airspace by Turkish combat planes.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that his country doesn’t wish to escalate tensions with Russia over the downing of the plane.

Speaking at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation economy meeting in Istanbul, Erdogan said that Turkey favors “peace, dialogue and diplomacy.” He defended his country’s move to shoot down the plane saying: “no one should expect Turkey to stay silent to border violations or the violation of its rights."

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also sought to ease tensions, saying that Russia is Turkey's "friend and neighbor" and insisting relations cannot be "sacrificed to accidents of communication."

In a sign of the tensions, protesters in Moscow hurled eggs and stones at the Turkish Embassy, breaking windows in the compound. Police cleared the area and made some arrests shortly after the protest began.

Davutoglu told his party's lawmakers on Wednesday that Turkey didn't know the nationality of the plane that was brought down on Tuesday until Moscow announced it was Russian.

He again defended Turkey's action, saying Russia was warned on several occasions that Turkey would take action in case its border is violated in line with its military rules of engagement.

Davutoglu also said Russia is an "important partner and tops the list of countries with which we have shown great sensitivity in building ties."

The Turkish prime minister, however, also criticized Russian and Syrian operations in Syria's Turkmen region, saying there is "not one single" presence of the Islamic State group there. Davutoglu demanded that operations there stop immediately.

COMMENT:

Putin YOU thought you would get away playing hide and seek game with Turkey but Turkey is not the same as Ukraine to gulp whatever you Mr. Putin you have  done there. Be sure you would be a loser in the long run.

Instead of begging apology yourself , you are seeking apology from Erdogan. Putin you have misunderstood Erdogan, As the President of Turkey is that personality who made sure Netanyahu to beg apology ultimately so also you Putin you would have to beg apology one day. 

If you think you are a super power stooge and that Erdogan would  beg apology. Then you are living in fools paradise. No he would never do that because he is on the right side and you Mr. Putin on the wrong side..

Putin you tried to feel the pulse of Erdogan to see if you could apply the same mode of action that you applied on  Ukraine. You unfortunately  went wrong very badly.  Don't try it again as you might land up in serious problem in front of the International Community of Nations.

Putin you sent air defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5655af7fe4b08e945fea839d via @TheWorldPost. What a poor exhibit,  as Russian President's mental aptitude of Judging people? Instead of calmly solving the issue you selected to threaten your neighbor, very bad show.

 Putin tell the truth whether you are in Syria to fight a war with the victims of Assad and his committal of genocide criminal terrorists and ISIS or the Coalition those who are fighting with their lives at stake against the ISIS and the inhumane terrorists Assad and his followers. 

Overtly, you seem to have come to fight on behalf of the Genocide criminals like Assad and ISIS'S to protect them against the International Community of Nations

Where do you get the gas from to run your war equipment from one place to another and ships on the waters of Mediterranean and near Syria and fly your planes. Isn’t this gas Your friend the criminal Assad purchases from the terrorist ISIS to make you fight.

Now tell the World Community of Nations How you intend helping the terrorists.  We are now confirmed you are on the criminal's side. Stop blabbering and shut up threatening the world with your missile capabilities.




Wednesday, November 25, 2015




Putin Accuses Turkey Of Backing ISIS After It Downs Russian Warplane In Syria

Russia says its fighter jet stayed in Syrian airspace. Turkey insists that's a lie.


Sophia Jones Middle East Correspondent, The WorldPost
Posted: 11/24/2015 11:28 AM EST | Edited: 11/24/2015 05:00 PM EST

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/putin-accuses-turkey-of-supporting-isis-after-russian-fighter-jet-downed-in-syria_56546a91e4b0879a5b0c54aa?utm_hp_ref=world


Associated Press. Haberturk TV broadcast footage of the warplane on fire before crashing on a hill.

ISTANBUL -- Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Turkey on Tuesday of directly supporting the so-called Islamic State after Turkish forces shot down one of Russia's fighter jets near Syria's border.

"Our military men are fighting terrorism, sacrificing their own lives, but today’s loss is  a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorism," Putin said of Turkey, alleging that Ankara directly finances terrorism through illicit oil sales.

A Russian marine was killed during a search-and-rescue mission for the pilots of the downed jet, Russia's Defense Ministry said in a briefing Tuesday. One of the helicopters being used to carry out the mission was fired on and had to make an emergency landing.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Syrian rebel fighters brought down the Russian helicopter with a missile.

The Defense Ministry also announced that Russia is severing all military contracts with Turkey.
Russia maintains that its fighter jet stayed within Syrian airspace and did not endanger Turkish sovereignty, but Turkey has given a starkly different account of the incident.

“In line with the military rules of engagement, the Turkish authorities repeatedly warned an unidentified aircraft that they were 15 km or less away from the border,” a Turkish government official told The WorldPost.

The official said that the aircraft failed to heed its warning and was downed as a result after flying over Turkey.

“This isn’t an action against any specific country: Our F-16s took necessary steps to defend Turkey’s sovereign territory," the official added, re-asserting Turkey's role in the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS.

Provided to The WorldPost by a Turkish government official A graphic allegedly showing the flight path of a Russian fighter jet with it violated Turkish airspace on Tuesday.

Putin has threatened that Turkey's downing of his fighter jet will have "serious consequences" on Russia-Turkey relations, but how exactly remains to be seen.

Aaron Stein, Turkey expert and non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, said Ankara is dependent on Moscow for natural gas and is looking to deepen its energy cooperation with Russian entities.

"I think much of the fighting will take place in Syria," he said.

While Turkey and Russia have been close partners in natural resources, the two nations butt heads on Syria policy; Russia backs Syria's dictator Bashar Assad and Turkey demands his ouster.

It's far from the first time that Ankara has been accused of turning a blind eye to or even supporting extremists in Syria, a country in which its shared border has been deemed a "jihadi highway" for ISIS recruits. Turkey vehemently denies any connections to the hardline militant group.

Meanwhile, Russian airstrikes aiding Syria's supposed war on "terrorism" have largely targeted moderate Syrian rebels and civilians, not ISIS.

The Russian-Turkish military dispute comes at an increasingly complicated and deadly time in the nearly five-year-long Syrian civil war, in which over 250,000 Syrians have died and millions more displaced.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The whereabouts and condition of both Russian pilots remains uncertain, with multiple accounts circulating online. A graphic video posted by a Syrian rebel group appears to show one of the pilots lying bloodied on the ground. Local Turkmen fighters in the Turkmen Mountain region in Latakia, Syria claim to have shot dead both pilots. The WorldPost could not independently verify these claims.

Turkey has expressed concern for the Turkmen, a Sunni Muslim minority community that opposed Assad, who are targeted by Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes in Syria.

Turkey summoned Russia's ambassador, Andrei Karlov, last week after demanding an end to Russian military operations close to the Turkey-Syria border. On Tuesday, Turkey reportedly summoned U.N. Security Council representatives to discuss the day's worrying developments.

NATO allies were set to meet in Brussels Tuesday evening, at the request of Turkey, to discuss the heated situation.

Meanwhile, Putin has slammed Turkey and its involvement with NATO on the issue, saying: "Do they want NATO to serve the interests of ISIS?"
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COMMENT:

Hey, my good friends of the World Community of Nations Putin is a rose water washed saint giving sermon to the International Community of Nations that Turkey is helping the Terrorist.

What about him, he is only helping the worst Genocide Criminal of the World.  The swine who killed millions of his countrymen ( infants, children, youths males and females).

In addition, he made millions of Syrians refugees. That created problem to the entire world and vitiated the atmosphere of the recipient countries with human tragedy that cannot be described in words or sentences.

 The person who can fight on behalf of such a vicious criminal like Aassad of Syria has no right to LIVE in the world, least to speak of giving sermons to others.

The idiot should keep his trap shut. Bastard was flying too high. Turkey has just legally punctured the bloody pride and boasting.

Putin should stop his wild game in the dark or else his country might face catastrophe and misery that his short stomach would not be able to digest. 

He should stop blabbering and should instead pose like an idiot, because that is what he is!


Thursday, November 19, 2015




http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/18/how-i-escaped-from-isis.html

 ‘How I Escaped From ISIS’
Motorcycles and minibuses, fake IDs and frantic calls. This is how a former spy and battlefield commander leaves the Islamic State.

For all the attention paid to ISIS, relatively little is known about its inner workings. But a man claiming to be a member of the so-called Islamic States security services has stepped forward to provide that inside view. This series is based on days of interviews with this ISIS spy. Read Part One  

here, Part Two here, and Part Three here.

Part Four: Escaping the Islamic State

ISTANBUL — Abu Khaled looked at me across the outdoor hookah café table in the touristy Laleli district of Istanbul. Across the street cars nearly careened into each other every other second in a busy interaction, semi-subterranean shops, their windows half-buried by the pavement, advertised everything from cellphones to toothpaste to the latest designer women’s fashions—or, at any rate, cheap knockoffs for those who didn’t know the difference or much care. Amid the din of an international city at rush hour was the scheduled call of the muezzin, leading the call to prayer, and an unremitting stream of awful European pop music being pumped through the café’s loudspeakers, which we’d asked in vain to have turned down.

Even though ISIS terror had struck inside Turkey the week before, the organization calling itself the Islamic State, al-Dawla al-Islamiya, felt very far away. Truly, Abu Khaled told me, the people who run it want their subjects to live as if in a world of their own, captive minds in a closed society. But the real world is a small place, and this defector from the ISIS intelligence services said he was not the only one who had grown restive.

“People started feeling bad about all the lying,” he said. “If you read the news…There’s no TV, just an ISIS newspaper, Akhbar Dawli Islamiya. It says we’re still in Kobani,” a Kurdish city retaken from ISIS with the help of U.S.-led bombing raids last year.

The pervasive mendacity in the caliphate competes with a climate of ceaseless recrimination and denunciation: Two Minutes of Hate directed every day, at everyone. And typically the accusers are not Syrians but the muhajireen, the foreign fighters, who haven’t spent 1 percent of the time most residents of al-Bab have spent in Syria. They are an arrogant and unruly gang, increasingly seen, according to Abu Khaled, as colonial occupiers.

They see themselves as superior—holier than thou in the proper definition. “First of all, to most ISIS fighters—especially the foreigners—everybody in al-Bab, everybody in Syria, is kafir. Period. They treat people in this way, which is wrong. Even by ISIS’s standards, that’s clearly wrong. They are Muslims, they have to be treated as Muslims.”

“Foreigners are telling Syrians how to dress, how to live, how to eat, how to work, how to cut their hair. Maybe the only place in the world where there is no barbershop is al-Bab. They’re all closed. Because you can’t cut your hair. You have either long hair, or you must wear it the same exact length everywhere. Because even you”—Abu Khaled gestured to your hirsute correspondent—“like your beard. You would do 30 days in prison. It’s too short. You can’t cut your beard, you can’t trim it. You have to let it grow.”

And just like under Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, ISIS has presided over an atmosphere of mutual suspicion, where the errant joke or critical observation can land you in the cage, or worse. Abu Khaled has a big mouth and is amazed he wasn’t killed before he managed to flee. “One time, a guy was telling me: ‘You see this victory against the FSA?…It’s because God is fighting with us!’ So I told him: ‘So why God and the angels didn’t fight with us when we fought the Kurds in Kobani?’”

Abu Khaled was told that if he kept talking like that, he’d lose his head.
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Edouard Elias/AFP/Getty

Nor was his sense of irony directed merely at the braggadocio of the muhajireen. He had been present at the battle for Kobani, the Kurdish border town in northern Syria besieged for months by ISIS and eventually liberated, thanks largely to U.S. airpower. Abu Khaled had witnessed firsthand just how poorly ISIS’s soldiers fought: more like F Troop than Delta Force.
“When you’re in the secret service,” Abu Khaled said, “everything is controlled. You can’t just leave.”

“The first time I realized that ISIS fighters are not well trained was the last day of Ramadan, this year.” Abu Khaled was leading a charge against Kobani, and he and his men bivouacked in Sarrin, one of the nearby towns ISIS controls in the Aleppo countryside. He decided to attack a series of villages held by Kurdish forces.

Abu Khaled was commanding three ISIS units. One of them was dispatched to Khalat Hadid; another to the village of Nour al-Ali; a third to the small village of Ras al-Ayn. The assault began at 1 o’clock in the morning and involved missiles, mortars, and tanks.

“We took Khalat Hadid within 45 minutes,” Abu Khaled said. “Then my guys ran away.” They ran away?  That’s right. “‘It’s free,’ they told me,” that is, liberated. Apparently they mistook the fall of a village for the permanent seizure of one. Meanwhile, the other two units refused to enter their designated villages. “They said, ‘Ah, it’s too late, blah, blah,’” Abu Khaled recalled, in disgust. So they returned to Sarrin not so much in defeat as in indifference. Then the coalition started hitting the ISIS locations at 4 in the morning. Warplanes killed 23 of Abu Khaled’s men within a few minutes.

Abu Khaled interrogated his soldiers to find out why they had not fought that night. “‘Why didn’t you go?’” he asked some of those who’d gone AWOL. “‘I mean, we were three groups. One of you attacked, the others didn’t.’”

Their response: They were tired of being sent to certain death.

“We had pickup trucks, machine guns. And the Americans were flying all over us. When we left the town, we got bombed. But when we went back to the town, we were fine. The town had never been hit. Then the Kurds besieged it. So we fled, and destroyed all our cars, vehicles, weapons. I destroyed my own car.”

Abu Khaled’s interlocutor didn’t appreciate the reference. He told Abu Khaled that if he kept talking like that, he’d lose his head.

Abu Khaled estimates that ISIS lost up to 5,000 men in the vain attempt to capture Kobani. They went like lemmings over a cliff, without any strategic forethought as to how best to fight both the world’s most powerful air force and one of Syria’s most accomplished militias.

“Everybody I know at that time is dead,” Abu Khaled said. “I trained a Turkish battalion, like 110 people. We had to stop the training after two weeks because they had to go to Kobani. All of them got killed except three. And those three aren’t fighting anymore. I saw one a few days before I defected. He said, ‘I’m not going back.’”

Abu Khaled illustrated just how incompetent he found the ISIS infantry. He used silverware. “Here’s Kobani,” he said, putting a fork on the café table. “Here’s open land, five kilometers of it until the first ISIS position”—a spoon. “When we sent the fighters to Kobani, we sent them one by one. Walking. The logistics for them—weapons, food—came on a bike. Most of the time, the bike couldn’t make it. It’d get hit by an airstrike. So the ones who made it, they entered houses.”

They were instructed to stay inside the house and not do anything. They remained for a day or two. Then, inevitably, one of them stuck his head out a window. Abu Khaled banged the table. “And then the house would get bombed and they’d all get killed!” He let out a mirthless laugh. “People started to think there was an ISIS conspiracy to kill everybody.”

He also found it remarkable that, for all the many months of the siege of Kobani, ISIS fighters came and went as they pleased across the Syrian-Turkish border. The second-largest
89army in NATO stationed soldiers, tanks, and armored personnel carriers within spitting distance of one of the most intense war zones of the Syria conflict and did virtually nothing, apart from sometimes firing water cannon at Kurds trying to flee into Turkey.

“I don’t know the relationship between ISIS and Turkey,” Abu Khaled said. “During the Kobani war, shipments of weapons arrived to ISIS from Turkey. Until now, the gravely wounded go to Turkey, shave their beards, cut their hair, and go to the hospital. Somebody showed me pictures in Kobani. You see ISIS guys eating McDonald’s french fries and hamburgers. Where did they get it? In Turkey.”

Abu Khaled has spent plenty of time in southern Turkey and says ISIS sympathizers don’t even try to hide their proselytizing efforts there. In Kilis, a border town, there are two important mosques, he said. “This one [is] for the Islamic State. You go there, everybody says, ‘You want to go to Syria?’ They arrange your travel back and forth. And the other mosque is for Jabhat al-Nusra,” the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

During the June 2014 invasion of Mosul, ISIS took 49 hostages, including diplomats, soldiers, and children, by raiding the Turkish consulate there. Their release, three months later, went largely unexplained by either party, fueling suspicion that Ankara had either paid a ransom or brokered a prisoner swap with ISIS. Abu Khaled said he knows for certain that the exchange took place because he met two of the jihadists who were swapped for the 49 captives.

“They were prisoners of the FSA,” he said, “held for seven or eight months. Right after ISIS captured the Turks, within 24 hours, these guys told me…‘We were transferred to the custody of Turkish intelligence, which took us on a plane to Istanbul.’” The ISIS detainees weren’t kept in a prison, Abu Khaled says his informants told him, but in “a nice building” with a round-the-clock guard. “They were well taken care of. Then they were exchanged.”
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Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Eventually, the brutality and the incompetence and the lies became too much for Abu Khaled to take. But he served as an agent of Amn al-Dawla, the caliphate’s state security. So he couldn’t simply run away from ISIS; he had to plan and prepare his escape and hope that he wasn’t caught and undone in the planning and preparation.
“I told her, ‘In one hour, you have to leave.’ I told her to gather her stuff, some clothes to wear, in a small bag, and take a cab. Within 45 minutes, she was on her way.”

“When you’re in the secret service,” Abu Khaled said, “everything is controlled. You can’t just leave Islamic State territory. It was especially hard for me because all the border is controlled by the state intelligence. And I trained these guys! Most of them knew me. I was very well known in al-Bab.  So this was also how I got out.”

Abu Khaled’s defection was a very near thing. It started with a friend he had in al-Bab who ran an illegal business printing fake IDs, the kind still issued by the Assad regime. The way ISIS border control works is that if you’re a mere civilian, you can more or less come and go as you please, provided you have identification. Abu Khaled’s passport was still with “Human Resources” in Raqqa. So he needed papers and they had to be a ringer for authentic ones. He showed me the ID he had made for $20. It bore a photograph of him looking much as he sat before me in Istanbul: clean-shaven. It was taken, he said, at a time before his enlistment in ISIS. He stressed that this bore not even a ghost of a resemblance to the appearance he’d adopted for almost a year as a jihadist.

He decided to make his move in early September. And he went solo, at least at first. “When I left, I didn’t tell my wife. I told her only that I wanted to go to Raqqa. ‘I have something to do in Raqqa.’ I left my gun at home—my AK. I had a handgun with me. If you belong to ISIS, you have to have a weapon on you when you are on the street. I had my uniform. I left home at 7 in the morning. I went to my friend’s house, the same one who made the ID. I changed my clothes, I left my weapon at his place. He gave me the new ID. I cut my beard, not completely off, because I didn’t want to get arrested for having no beard. But I looked closer to the ID photo.”

Abu Khaled hopped a motorcycle from al-Bab and drove to Minbij. From there, he hired a minibus, which took him to Aleppo. He says he could have actually hired a bus in al-Bab but for the fact that in every terminal, ISIS had amniyeen, members of the security forces, standing guard to survey the passengers. He was sure he’d be recognized in al-Bab. But the agents in Minbij had no idea who he was. “I gave them the fake ID.” They let him board the bus.

When Abu Khaled arrived in Aleppo—territory held by rebels, not ISIS—he immediately called his wife. “I told her, ‘In one hour, you have to leave.’ I told her to gather her stuff, some clothes to wear, in a small bag, and take a cab. Within 45 minutes, she was on her way, with her mother, brother, and sister. Two, three hours later, they were all there.”

Today, Abu Khaled has built himself a new fighting force—this one to battle ISIS, and the Assad regime as well. The Islamist super-brigade Ahrar al-Sham has evidently helped him finance his startup army, although he says his katiba remains independent. “They gave us 10,000 lira. So it’s like $20 per soldier.” This is the minimum monthly salary to keep a small militia in Syria.

“There are two ISIS brigades in northern Aleppo fighting us,” he said, “and I know the emirs for both of them. One is from Morocco, the other is from Libya. I know how they think and how they fight.”


I asked Abu Khaled again why he’s still in Syria, given the target painted on his back—and on his wife’s and her family’s.

If he made it to Istanbul unmolested, Abu Khaled allows, his wife could probably do so, too. I asked him again: Doesn’t he want a bit of respite, after everything he’s been through? He shook his head no, and said, “I’m not scared of dying.”

Abu Khaled and I walked from Laleli to the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. He asked to see the Blue Mosque, the celebrated Ottoman complex. It might be the last time he ever got to see it, so I obliged. Female visitors, as signs everywhere instruct, are supposed to wear headscarves out of respect. But as we passed through the courtyard of Sultan Ahmet Camii, we spotted a woman in her 20s. She walked up the steps uncovered. But no one stopped her. Abu Khaled looked at her, as if he’d had an important revelation.

“Syria will be like this again one day,” he said.

We wandered around the courtyard of the Blue Mosque briefly before exiting out onto the Hippodrome. Then Abu Khaled stopped for a second and looked up. Not a week earlier, he explained, a Russian warplane had bombed not far from his new home in Aleppo. The walls of his house shook. “Bashar has taught every Syrian to stare at the sky,” he said. “There are no planes here.”

COMMENT:

The author has very diligently  written the article and very intelligently tried to blame Turkey of having link with ISIS but forgot the creator of ISIS is Israel’s Intelligence Organization Mossad.
 It is strongly believed Mossad  is also handling ISIS’S activities from behind the screen.

It is strongly presumed because ISIS has touched all countries in the region except Israel and not only that to overtly show to the World  Community of Nation has obtained an invitation of threat from  ISIS but physically has yet not been attacked as it did to other Muslim Countries. Would Israel clarify.

 This particular point has caught the attention of the observers and it proves that ISIS’S activities could be stopped if Israel also take part in bombing and destroying ISIS installation not to show but to mean by taking part and bombing in reality with physical proof.

Would the Israel government do it to convince the International Community of Nations?

 Intelligentsia vowed that Israel would never take part to bomb-the ISIS Installations  but opines that for convincing the International Community ISRAEL should demonstrate its innocence by doing so..

However, the article has narrated in detail the past victories and defeats of the ISIS and its draw back and other interesting information  divulged by the individual who escaped. 

The readers might like to  read it for up to dating information of ISIS activities.