Turkey And Germany Say No To Obama Plan Against ISIS, 10 Arab Nations Join Coalition
I’m not surprised that Turkey is refusing to assist Obama against the Islamic State. Turkey, as it stands, has been accused of being one of the biggest ISIS supporters in the region. Then again, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have all assisted the rise of ISIS in some way, yet are three of the ten Arab nations now joining the coalition against the terror entity they helped to build up. The Islamic world. It’s a kingdom that’s divided in more ways than one …
Daniel 2:41, “Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.”
By Howard Koplowitz, IBT – “An airstrike campaign in Syria won’t have Germany’s support, and Turkey said it will only cooperate in humanitarian missions in the fight against the Islamic State as U.S. allies weighed in Thursday on President Barack Obama’s plan to ‘degrade and destroy’ the militant group. It’s unclear what role Britain will play, while Israel has applauded the stragety against the militants also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier questioned whether Obama’s plan of airstrikes and equipping moderate Syrian rebels was adequate. ‘We haven’t been asked, nor will we do it,’ he said of the airstrikes. ‘We need to be honest with ourselves in the current situation, we don’t yet have a final, blanket strategy which guarantees that we’ll be successful against ISIS and similar groups.’
Turkey, a crucial U.S. ally in the Middle East that borders Syria, said it won’t allow the U.S.-led coalition to launch strikes in Syria from its air bases. It also won’t participate in any combat operations. ‘Turkey will not be involved in any armed operation but will entirely concentrate on humanitarian operations,’ an unnamed Turkish government official told Agence France-Press.
There was initial confusion after British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said earlier on Thursday the U.K. ‘will not be taking part of any airstrikes in Syria,’ according to AFP. A spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said Hammond meant to say that the U.K. would not be bombing Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Guardian reported. Obama’s plan does not include any strikes against the Syrian leader.
Israel has emerged as the strongest proponent of the plan.” Read more.
Ten Arab Nations Join US-Led Coalition Against Islamic State – “Ten Arab nations have announced they are to join a US-led coalition against Isis (known as Islamic State) militants. In a joint statement, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, said they ‘will do their share’ to fight against the jihadist group that has taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria. The development marks a major diplomatic success for Washington and US Secretary of State John Kerry, who had embarked on a Middle East tour to lobby for a greater Arab role in the fight against extremists. In fact, some of the ten states have tense diplomatic relations due to their rivalry on other regional issues.” Read more.
Flashback: America’s Allies Are Funding ISIS – “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now threatening Baghdad, was funded for years by wealthy donors in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, three U.S. allies that have dual agendas in the war on terror… in the years they were getting started, a key component of ISIS’s support came from wealthy individuals in the Arab Gulf States of Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Sometimes the support came with the tacit nod of approval from those regimes; often, it took advantage of poor money laundering protections in those states, according to officials, experts, and leaders of the Syrian opposition, which is fighting ISIS as well as the regime. ‘Everybody knows the money is going through Kuwait and that it’s coming from the Arab Gulf,’ said Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.” Read more.
Flashback: ISIS Fighter Claims Turkey Funds the Jihadist Group – “Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party have a well developed reputation for anti-Semitism and anti-Israel policies generally. But now ties to the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, are emerging. The Jerusalem Post reported one Islamic State member said Turkey, a member of NATO, provided funds for the terrorist group. ‘Turkey paved the way for us. Had Turkey not shown such understanding for us, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. It [Turkey] showed us affection. Large [numbers] of our mujahedeen received medical treatment in Turkey … many Saudi families who believe in jihad do assist us. But anyhow, we will no longer need it, soon … We will build the Islamic state in the territories from Tigris to Jordan and Palestine and to Lebanon. Sunni Law will rule …'” Read more.