17 December 2015   Leave a comment

Turkey intensified its attacks on Kurdish populations on southeast Turkey.  President Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “annihilate” the Kurds involved in an uprising against Turkish control.  The intensified attacks by both sides follow a two-year period of rather peaceful relations, but the civil war in Syria has unraveled the uneasy truce.  As the Turkish-Kurdish gap widens, the Russian-Kurdish alliance strengthens.  As the Russian-Turkish gap widens, the Turkish-Israeli alliance renews.  The balance of power in the Middle East moves very fast–the US does not play that game very well or effectively.

The US and Russia have worked together to forge a UN Security Council Resolution that attempts to cut off the sources of funding for Daesh (the Islamic State).  The resolution targets individuals and entities who have worked with Daesh selling oil and ancient artifacts.   Experts estimate that Daesh pulls in about $80 million a month from these activities.

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Posted December 18, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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