Bloody Saturnalia

My tweet from Nov 24:

Not sure mentioned this “aboveground” b4 but something serious going on with ~mid December, or Dec-Jan w/ some emphasis on ~New Year’s Day.

My tweet from Dec 11:

12/11 Rio-Sun align.; mid Dec Sun in Dark Horse; 12/12: FlashForward “the end”; 12/13-14 Supermoon; 12/17-23 Saturnalia (intense this year)…

My tweet from Dec 16:

Just the tip of the iceberg…. There’s something big underway.

Turkish Pro-Government Media Blames US, CIA For Assassination Of Russian Ambassador

Following yesterday’s Ankara tragedy in which a 22-year-old Turkish off-duty police officers assassinated the Russian ambassador, Turkey found itself in a scapegoat vacuum, having nobody to blame: after all, following this summer’s failed “coup”, Erdogan allegedly purged all forces who were hostile to his administration, which would suggest the police officer was one of “Erdogan’s people.” That however quickly changed when this morning Turkey’s pro-government media outlets and journalists promptly cast the blame for the cold-blooded murder on the US, and the faith-based Gulen movement whose cleric Fetullah Gulen has been granted refuge in rural Pennsylvania, for the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey by a police officer on Monday evening.

The gunman, Mevlut Mert Altintas, chanted Islamist slogans also used by radical terrorist organization the Al Nusra Front after he shot Karlov to death at an art gallery in Ankara. Yet, many pro-government newspapers and columnists did not hesitate to label the gunman a member of “FETÖ,” a term the government coined to call the Gulen movement a terrorist organization, and also talked about the US role in the murder from their front pages on Tuesday.

The pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper announced the murder of the ambassador with a headline saying, “Great sabotage.” The daily said “The pro-FETÖ assassins of the CIA have been mobilized” in order to ruin Turkish-Russian relations. “It is stated that the US has begun open attacks [against Turkey] over FETÖ,” said the daily.

Another pro-government newspaper, the Sabah daily, blasted “Assassination to friendship from vile FETÖ,” in the headline of its main story on Tuesday. The daily said dirty hands took action at a time when relations between Turkey and Russia have begun to normalize.

A third staunchly pro-government daily, Star, said in the headline of its main story on Tuesday: “Bullet from FETÖ to Turkish-Russian relations.” The same exact headline was also used by the pro-government Aksam daily. Aksam said the Russian ambassador was killed by a police officer who attended a university preparation course affiliated with the Gülen movement.

The pro-government Takvim daily said the Western alliance went crazy due to rapprochement between Turkey and Russia and “sent one of the cat’s paws among us and had the Russian ambassador killed in Ankara.”

Pro-government journalists also accused the US and the Gulen movement of the murder of the Russian ambassador.

“The US, which let the rule of the world slip from its hands, is committing suicide attacks through the hands of terror organizations in many countries. Turkey is in first place. They will not manage to do this,” wrote pro-government journalist Fatih Tezcan from his Twitter account on Tuesday.

Another pro-government journalist, ?brahim Karagül, wrote from his Twitter account that the murder of the Russian ambassador would inflict damage not on Turkish-Russian relations but on Turkish-US relations. “Pro-FETÖ assassination teams have been activated. CIA intelligence games have begun. Sleeper cells have woken up. Turkey and Russia are open targets,” he wrote.

According to pro-government journalist Ömer Turan, the aim of Monday’s assassination was to prevent rapprochement between Turkey and Russia.

“I have been making a big effort for months to explain that ‘deep’ NATO will do its best to prevent this,” wrote Turan from his Twitter account on Tuesday.

Turkish-Russian relations collapsed in November 2015 when Turkey downed a Russian jet when it violated Turkish airspace. However, over 2016, there has been tangible an improvement in relations as Turkey has been seeking to pivot away from a European sphere of influence and cozy up to Putin. In an attempt to repair the damage both Erdogan and Putin made statements that yesterday’s attack was an attempt to damage relations between the two countries and to sabbotage the ongoing Syria peace process.

Nostradamus, Byzantium, Turkey & Trump

Five hundred, thirteen years ago, this week, Nostradamus was born.

Michel de Nostredame, depending on the source, was born on December 14 or 21, 1503 and died on July 2, 1566. His name is usually Latinized as Nostradamus. He was a French physician and reputed seer who published collections of twilight language-filled prophecies that have since become widely famous, or infamous.

On the 18th of July 2016, BuzzFeed published one of many articles on Donald Trump. This one was a little different than most. It was entitled, “Don’t Freak Out, But People Are Saying Nostradamus Predicted Donald Trump.”
Did this seemingly semi-humorous and semi-serious BuzzFeed contribution foresee some bumps in the road for Trump – after he was elected?
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow broke a Newsweek story by Kurt Eichenwald on the evening of December 12, 2016, that Donald Trump may have been placed in a compromising position by Turkey.

Here are a few visuals of that insightful story.

And even Boeing, Trump, and Turkey has been brought into the mix.

It is merely wild speculation that Donald Trump is the Anti-Christ, but it is part of the background noise that points to a link to the Nostradamus thread. Fake news, real news, post-truth news, crazy news. It appears reflective of this strange political year.

BuzzFeed, remember, back in July, made the link between Trump, Nostradamus, and Byzantium. With Byzantium and Turkey.

What of all this business about Russia and Trump? Nostradamus may have spoken to that too, not in terms of Trump being the “red” one but perhaps as “red Russia” dawning again?

Does Nostradamus see more? Or is all of this foolishness?

Stay tuned. We are not going anywhere, and we all will be watching.

Islamic State Recaptures Palmyra After Blitz Onslaught Leaves Russia With No Options

Just as the Assad regime (with Russian support) is about to retake Aleppo in a critical offensive, one which would shift the momentum of the nearly 6-year-long Syrian proxy war entirely to the benefit of the country’s ruling regime, something unexpected happened: one day after the US announced it would send another 200 ground troops to Syria, and two days after  Obama unexpectedly lifted a ban restricting the delivery of military aid to “foreign forces, irregular forces, groups, or individuals,” Islamic State jihadists successfully recaptured the ancient desert city of Palmyra, after a much-trumpeted army victory there in March.

On Sunday, the Islamic State retook the desert city of Palmyra in Syria after being driven out of the city hours earlier by heavy Russian aerial attacks, according to Deutsche Welle.

This happened, despite the Russian Defense Ministry saying on Sunday that it carried out 64 airstrikes overnight that killed 300 IS militants and destroyed the extremists’ vehicles and artillery.


This Thursday, April 14, 2016, file photo shows the ancient city of Palmyra in

the central city of Homs, Syria, Thursday, April 14, 2016.

“Despite the ongoing air raids, IS retook all of Palmyra after the Syrian army withdrew south of the city,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.
The Amaq news agency, which has links to the IS militants, also reported that the group had retaken “full control” of the city after first taking Palmyra’s citadel (above photo), which overlooks the historic site.

After launching an offensive in the region a few days before, IS pushed into the city on Saturday, only to be forced to withdraw by a fierce Russian bombing campaign that killed scores of its fighters.

Palmyra was taken by ISIS in May 2015, and taken back in March 2016. ISIS now claims to be in full control of the city again.

In celebration of its rare victory, the Islamic State released video of captured vehicles in Palmyra, as well as general footage from inside the city; notice the Farsi signage

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SYRIA: ISIS release video of captured vehicles in Palmyra, central after government forces retreated from the city.

وكالة أعماق تنشر اللقطات الأولى من سيطرة مقاتلي الدولة الإسلامية على مدينة

Another video from Palmyra shows the Syrian army clashing with ISIS in the surprise Jihadist onslaught.

The following narrative provides a good summary of what happened in the blitz offensive, which saw as many as 64 Russian airstrikes, which however weren’t enough, prompting some to question if Saudi Arabia and/or Qatar are involved and supporting the Islamic State directly.

Some other details from the Daily Beast:

Russian officers stationed at Palmyra, he said, withdrew four days ago; they were then followed by leadership of Assad’s regular army and his militias a day later. All quit the scene because they saw how quickly the few dozen ISIS militants were advancing in their direction, according to al-Homsi.

 

A pro-regime source told The Daily Beast that the oil and gas fields were defended by the National Defense Force, a pro-Assad militia built and trained by Iran. “The NDF had over 800 men posted around the straetgic Shaar gas field and the other areas, in addition to around 250 regular soldiers, the source said. “They had maintained defensive positions for the last 6 months. In August, operations had been stopped. When ISIS attacked days ago they retreated and left most of the heavy weapons without a fight. In the panic, over 100 were killed or are still missing. Word is that a senior NDF commander who was stationed around Shaar was bribed by ISIS. It is not the first time this has happened. A decision was made to prevent the city falling at all costs.”

Unofficial reports suggest that so far the ISIS spoils from Palmyra amount to the following:

  • 30 tanks
  • 6 BMP
  • 6 of 122 / 7 guns
  • 7 of 23 guns
  • Untold anti-tank missiles, grad missiles, tank shells & ammunition.

Additionally, the ISIS propaganda arm, Amaq, published a new map of ISIL gains in the Palmyra offensive. According to Twitter reports, ISIS fighters are now pushing towards the T4 airbase.

As Reuters adds, the Islamic State attack on Palmyra, 200 km (120 miles) to the southeast of Aleppo, threatens to inflict a serious blow on both Damascus and Moscow. Syrian state radio reported the army had evacuated its positions inside Palmyra, whose Roman-era ruins have become an emblem of the conflict. They were redeploying around the city.

As today’s Palmyra fiasco shows, and as analysts have warned, even if Assad defeats the main rebellion, he may still face years of guerrilla insurgency and bombing attacks as he tries to reassert his authority.

Islamic State seized Palmyra in May 2015, one of its last major conquests after nearly a year of advances in Syria and neighboring Iraq that took advantage of the region’s chaos. Its destruction of some of the best-known ruins and killing of the leading archaeologist in the city provoked global outrage and the army’s recapture of Palmyra was presented by Damascus and Moscow as vindicating Russia’s entry into the war.

Islamic State has suffered a string of setbacks since late last year, losing its once long stretch of territory on the border with Turkey, an important source of supplies and recruits, as well as the city of Manbij.

 

The group is fighting an assault on its most important possession in Iraq, the city of Mosul. It is also under attack north of Raqqa, its Syrian capital, following a series of air strikes that have killed some of its most important leaders.

Russian news agencies reported that air strikes had killed 300 militants overnight near Palmyra but that more than 4,000 fighters had still managed to launch the attack on the city.