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Turkey, former backer of ISIS, cuts off flow of Euphrates river. Catastrophe likely result.

Monday, March 6, 2017 10:34
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SYRIA: Erdogan and McCain Conspire to Create Drought
in Syria

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Whitney Webb
"http://www.mintpressnews.com/syrias-water-cut-off-by-turkey-following-mccain-erdogan-meeting/225483/"
target="_blank">Mint Press News

While some measure of stability has returned to pockets
of northern Syria following the Syrian Army’s recent liberation of
al-Qaeda from Aleppo and elsewhere, external forces seem determined
to keep the region volatile, regardless of the cost. In the latest
example of aggressive foreign intervention in Syria, Turkey, which
has long played an antagonistic role in Syria’s nearly
six-year-long conflict, has now cut off the flow of the Euphrates
River into Syria, depriving the nation of one of its primary
sources of water.

According to the Kurdish "http://en.hawarnews.com/turkey-cutting-off-euphrates-water-tishrin-dam-ceases/"
target="_blank">Hawar News Agency
, Turkey cut water supplies to
Syria around Feb. 23, which subsequently forced a hydroelectric
plant at the Tishrin Dam to shut down while also significantly
reducing water levels on its associated reservoir. The dam supplies
both water and power to key parts of northern Syria, such as the
city of Manbij and other parts of the predominantly Kurdish Kobani
Canton.

The dam is one of several major dams along the Euphrates River.
Just downstream from Tishrin lies the Tabqa Dam and its reservoir
Lake Assad, which supplies Aleppo with most of its power and
drinking water, as well as irrigation water for target="_blank" href="/r2/?url=http://www.unu.edu/env/workshops/Aleppo/Workshop_Report.doc"
target="_blank">over 640,000 hectares
(2,500 square miles) of
farmland. A city official in Manbij told Hawar that the city would
provide generator fuel to civilians to help cope with the blackout
that has resulted from the river being cut off. The same official
added that Turkey had “violated the international conventions
of water and rivers energy by cutting off Euphrates
water.”

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This is not the first time Turkey has deprived Syrians of water
as a means to advance their political goals in the region. Turkey
previously "http://the-tap.blogspot.com//feeds/posts/https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/11828.19.0.0/middle-east/turkey-dries-up-the-euphrates"
target="_blank">cut the river off
 in May of 2014, causing
water levels on Lake Assad to drop by over 20 feet and creating the
potential for genocide by means of dehydration. By blocking the
river, Turkey threatens Iraqi civilians as well. Major urban
centers like Mosul, whose water supplies "http://www.danielpipes.org/5107/saddams-damn-dam-ie-the-mosul-dam"
target="_blank">largely depend on reservoirs
fed by the
Euphrates, could be gravely impacted if the river continues to be
blocked.

The act of cutting off the river is not unprecedented, but its
timing is peculiar. Just days prior to Turkey’s act, U.S. Senator
John McCain "http://the-tap.blogspot.com//feeds/posts/https://www.wsj.com/articles/mccain-makes-secret-trip-to-syria-in-midst-of-u-s-assessment-1487795458"
target="_blank">“secretly” visited
the Kobani Canton, the very
region that now finds itself without water, before heading to
Turkey, where he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  "http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mccain-makes-secret-trip-syria-meet-us-military/story?id=45680390"
target="_blank">According to the senator’s office
, “Senator
McCain’s visit was a valuable opportunity to assess dynamic
conditions on the ground in Syria and Iraq.” It adds that McCain
looks forward to working with the Trump administration and military
leaders “to optimize our approach” on fighting the Islamic
State.

While the U.S. has backed the Kurds in their fight to keep their
territories along the Syrian-Turkish border free of terrorist
influence, it has come at the cost of greatly complicating
diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Turkey.  For
example, in early 2016, Erdogan "http://the-tap.blogspot.com//feeds/posts/https://www.rt.com/news/331711-erdogan-washington-syrian-kurds/"
target="_blank">dramatically demanded
that the U.S. choose
between an alliance with Turkey or with the Syrian Kurds. The
diplomatic stand-off has since reached new heights of tension, with
Turkey "http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/02/18/Turkish-President-Erdogan-eyes-Kurdish-town-in-Syria/2011487455956/"
target="_blank">threatening to invade Kurdish-held Manbij
less
than two weeks ago. Manbij is suffering the most from Turkey’s
blockage of the Euphrates, suggesting that the move could be
intended to destabilize the Kurds before something more drastic
takes place.

It also warrants mentioning that despite Erdogan’s and McCain’s
claims that they are eager to “defeat” the Islamic State and other
terrorist factions, both have close ties to those very same groups.
This, of course, suggests that McCain’s visit, as well as recent
moves by Turkey, have ulterior motives that have yet to be publicly
expressed.

For example, McCain has been so intent on removing Assad from
power that he has fostered relationships with the Syria’s “moderate
rebels” and its more notorious opposition factions such as the
Islamic State. Photographic evidence has confirmed this, with
"http://countercurrentnews.com/2014/06/isis-pr-mccain/" target=
"_blank">one infamous photo
showing McCain posing with Khalid
al-Hamad – a “moderate” rebel who gained notoriety after a video of
him eating the heart of a Syrian Army soldier href=
"http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/05/14/khalid_al_hamad_syria_s_cannibal_commander_says_he_has_other_gruesome_videos.html"
target="_blank">went viral online
. McCain has also admitted
meeting with ISIS on national television, going so far as to
acknowledge that "http://anonhq.com/john-mccain-admits-hes-intimate-with-isis/"
target="_blank">he is still in contact
with the infamous
terrorist group.

Senator John McCain in Syria with members of the U.S.-backed
rebel group Northern Storm.

Erdogan, for his part, was revealed to be target="_blank" href="/r2/?url=http://the-tap.blogspot.com//feeds/posts/https://www.thepressproject.gr/article/103870/exclusive-wikileaks-documents-relations-erdogan-ISIS-oil-smuggling"
target="_blank">a major player in the smuggling of Islamic State
oil
out of Syria for sale on the global market. It was these
oil sales that enabled the Islamic State to grow into what it is
today and to become one of "http://abcnews.go.com/International/isis-makes-million-day-selling-oil-analysts/story?id=24814359"
target="_blank">the world’s most well-funded terror groups
.

With such connections now well-documented, it seems unlikely
that McCain and Erdogan discussed how to defeat the Islamic State.
Based on the evidence, it seems much more likely that both remain
eager to destabilize the region due to their shared goal of
deposing Assad. With Turkey already working to destabilize Northern
Syria by cutting off key resources, we will soon see what other
measures may have been discussed during this “secret” meeting.

MARCH 5, 2017 BY
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