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World Peace “Lennon Ivan Style” – Part 327

 

In summary, I refer to “World Peace Lennon Ivan Style – Part 327” as the belief that IRAQ and SYRIA victories are critical to ISIS decimation, while SYRIAN negotiations must result in peace, while focusing on the new geopolitical realities, whereby tensions between ISRAEL and IRAN represent the biggest concern, as the trigger for a potential Third and Final World War, such that all leaders across the globe must increase their efforts to identify creative diplomatic options to reduce tensions, by considering the appointment of THE ROCK as special envoy to the MIDDLE EAST, as the current situation between ISRAEL and IRAN depicts the new geopolitical realities in the region, whereby U.S. President Donald Trump seems to have realized that he needs an ally in the MIDDLE EAST, and hence the U.S. turned its attention to SAUDI ARABIA, who has been grappling with the KHASHOGGI scandal, whereby there has been an international uproar over the alleged killing of a SAUDI journalist inside the SAUDI ARABIAN consulate in the capital of ISTANBUL, TURKEY, with U.S. President, Donald Trump, initially playing public relations frontman and spin-doctor for the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family by speculating about rogue killers, while insisting that the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, while now being forced to qualify his initial unconditional support with a WOW, as gruesome details emerged from TURKEY’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, stating that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a disgusting seven-minute long attack, in a deliberate murder, that he listened too in its entirety, whereby the doctor instructed the hit men to listen to music, as he dismembered Jamal Khashoggi’s body, while he seemed to be enjoying it, was simply disgusting, as the remains of Jamal Khashoggi remain undiscovered, that were most probably dissolved in acid to insure that never again found, hence, Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salmen (MBS) and the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family will walk away absolved, as TURKEY has not produced adequate substantive evidence to pin them with the crime, other than an abundance of circumstantial evidence that they ordered the hit as defacto rulers of SAUDI ARABIA, such that the CIA made the right decision with CIA Director, Gina Haspel, not appearing at a closed Senate hearing on relations with SAUDI ARABIA, although the CIA was accused of engaging in a cover-up of the Jamal Khashoggi murder, albeit after U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed a reported CIA assessment that Crown Prince MBS was to blame for the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the CIA made the right decision to respect U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision, such that if anyone needs to defend the U.S. decision, it is Donald Trump, although U.S. President Donald Trump made the right decision, in the best interests of the U.S., to describe SAUDI ARABIA as a vital ally and thus resisting calls for sanctions against SAUDI ARABIA’s leadership, on the simple premise that the CIA assessment is predicated on strong circumstantial evidence, while the American justice system is predicated on innocent until proven guilty by a court of law with substantive evidence.

 

TURKEY News

 

During the week ending on Sunday, December 2, 2018, the focus in TURKEY seemed to shift to the TURKISH struggling economy, largely attributable to a lack of confidence by foreign investors, due largely to TURKEY’s repressive crackdown measures on all opposition movements. It is important to note that, several months ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allowed TURKEY’s two-year state of emergency to come to an end but as trials of dissidents and journalists continue, human rights campaigners continue to pressure TURKEY to do more to reverse a suffocating crackdown on free speech. Critics claim that the state of emergency, in place since the failed “Coup D’État” in July of 2016 that killed 250 people and wounded 1,400, has been used to detain opponents of the governing AKP for lengthy periods of time without trial to intimidate dissidents and to prosecute media outlets. That is, more than 120,000 people in the police, military, academia, media and civil service have been detained or dismissed from their jobs, over their alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, who is the exiled TURKISH preacher based now in the U.S., who TURKEY blames as the brains behind the operations for the failed “Coup D’État”.

 

However, the behaviours of TURKEY’s governing AKP seem to be taking their toll on the TURKISH economy as turbulent politics have resulted in economic turmoil whereby the sliding TURKISH Lira set-off alarm bells across TURKEY as businesses struggle to cope with the financial impacts of a declining TURKISH Lira. Unfortunately, TURKEY’s fragile economy recently received another economic blow when TURKEY’s growth forecasts for this year and next year were dramatically reduced, triggering further drops in the value of the TURKISH Lira. It is important to note that TURKISH Finance Minister Berat Albayrak stated that growth would be 3.8% this year and 2.3% in 2019, both revised downwards from the initial forecasts of 5.5%. Ironically, TURKEY’s finance minister insisted that TURKEYS’s economy did not face any significant risks, despite the TURKISH Lira plunging to its lowest point after new economic data was released that points to the risk of a sharp economic slowdown in TURKEY. However, the drop in the TURKISH Lira that had lost about 40% of its value against the U.S. dollar this year, hitting severe lows in October’ 2018, after TURKEY’s economic confidence index also hit extreme lows, has recovered slightly since. It is important to note that U.S. rating agency Moody’s downgraded 20 TURKISH financial institutions due to increased risks of a sudden shift in investor sentiment that could leave TURKISH banks struggling to attract foreign financing that keeps TURKISH banking sector liquid.

 

Thus, TURKISH banks that borrowed heavily abroad now face the near impossible task of refinancing short-term debt in expensive U.S. Dollars and E.U. Euros. It is important to note that around $180 billion in TURKISH foreign debt matures from now until the end of July of 2019, of which approximately $145 billion is owed by the private sector, particularly TURKISH banks, which borrowed heavily abroad in foreign denominated currencies. Therefore, TURKEY will be hit with a currency mismatch as TURKEY mostly earns returns on investments in TURKISH Lira, while it has to payback its foreign currency denominated debt by converting a plummeting TURKISH Lira, resulting in significantly higher debt payments. However, this week TURKISH Finance Minister Berat Albayrak continued to focus on urging MUSLIM countries to use their national currencies in order to liberate their respective countries from the burden of exchange rates. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated this philosophy in a speech to the Standing Committee For Economic & Commercial Cooperation Of The Organization Of The Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) by stating that there is no way out of using domestic and national currencies, as otherwise MUSLIM countries will be crushed under exchange rates. Furthermore, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that boosting trade among members of the COMCEC would make them stronger while underlining that boosting international trade among ISLAMIC countries is key, such that all ISLAMIC countries should complete procedures and update concessions lists to make a preferential trade system a reality.

 

Thus, TURKISH Finance Minister Berat Albayrak who declared war on soaring inflation and called on TURKEY’s businesses to cut prices by 10% to counter runaway inflation, that has driven up the price of everything from food to fuel, and sent inflation to 25% during October’ 2018, its highest in 15 years continued with the firm stance of implementing this policy. Furthermore, TURKEY has already resorted to the seizure of numerous companies that have been accused of conspiring against the TURKISH government with speculation, opportunism and stockpiling. Furthermore, TURKISH police have also raided businesses, based on accusations of speculation, and shops and supermarkets, based on allegations of price gouging. Thus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is calling on consumers to report shops and businesses for excessive price hikes in order for the police to investigate and resolve accordingly. However, this week, the Credit rating agency JCR (Japan Credit Rating) removed TURKEY’s ratings from the Credit Monitor and confirmed TURKEY at BBB- with a negative outlook, citing a recent recovery in the TURKISH Lira’s value, an improvement in TURKEY’s current account balance and easing of the TURKISH and U.S. ties. It is important to note that JCR also noted that TURKEY’s foreign reserves have been declining, while its external financing needs remained high, as TURKEY’s refinancing has been facing downward pressure amid remaining uncertainties over TURKISH government policy and economic environment. Nonetheless, it is important to note that after all factors were considered, JCR has removed TURKEY from JCR Ratings under Credit Monitor and confirmed TURKEY now as having a negative outlook.

 

However, TURKEY’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued to warn the SYRIAN regime, RUSSIA and IRAN that an all-out military offensive on IDLIB could lead to a disastrous outcome for TURKEY by triggering a new wave of refugees heading towards the TURKISH borders. Thus, the world has been bracing for weeks for the Bashar al-Assad Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to attack IDLIB, where around 2.5 million civilians are living in opposition-held territory with no clear escape routes if fighting escalates. Hence, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached a ceasefire deal with RUSSIA, in recent months, to prevent an all-out attack on IDLIB, as TURKEY is worried that an attack on IDLIB will trigger a mass exodus of refugees fleeing towards the TURKISH border. It is important to note that the weapons, which have entered SYRIA in large quantities, in recent months, including ammunition and GRAD rockets, clearly indicated that TURKEY would be providing complete TURKISH military support, for a long drawn-out battle over IDLIB, if necessary, that functioned as an effective deterrent from a full scale attack by the SAA and its RUSSIAN and IRANIAN backed allies. However, in recent months, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which includes former AL-QAEDA terrorist fighters among its ranks, seems to be attempting to consolidate power in northern SYRIA with waves of arrests of civilians during the TURKEY and RUSSIAN brokered ceasefire.

 

Therefore, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave the HTS rebels inside the IDLIB buffer zone another warning to leave the designated RUSSIA and TURKEY designated demilitarized zone. Furthermore, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that if HTS rebels refuse to leave the designated demilitarized zone, TURKEY will allow the SAA and RUSSIAN Air Force to resume their operations against them in northwestern SYRIA. However, in recent months, two of the largest terrorist groups in IDLIB clashed consisting of HTS rebels and their allies from the Hurras Al-Deen (HAD) organization. That is, clashes between HTS and HAD occurred at the checkpoint of the northern bridge of the SARAQIB town, with both sides calling in reinforcements, amid fears among the citizens of the escalation of clashes. Thus, recently, the TURKISH backed National Liberation Front (NLF) were placed on high alert in the IDLIB province after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began moving their troops to the front-lines near the demilitarized zone. It is important to note that Naji al-Musfata, the spokesman for the NLF, has publically declared that NLF forces are fully prepared for an imminent attack by the SAA. Hence, this week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a powerful attack against a number of jihadist groups inside the northern part of HAMA, firing several surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells towards the jihadist military camps along the HAMA-IDLIB border. It is important to note that among the targets for the SAA was the AL-BRAIDIJ Camp, which is currently under the control of the jihadist rebels along with the jihadist rebel posts in the towns of AL-JANABRA, AL-SAKHAR, KHUWAYN, AL-TAMAN’AH, and SUKEEK. Furthermore, the SAA also targeted the Turkestan Islamic Party’s (TIP) missile launching platforms near the town of AL-SIRMANIYAH given that AL-SIRMANIYAH was the location from which the jihadist rebels launched their deadly attack against the SAA in northeast Latakia last week.

 

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that TURKEY would continue to buy natural gas from IRAN in line with its long-term supply contracts despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to punish countries doing business with IRAN. Hence, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that TURKEY must be realistic, as TURKEY cannot let people freeze in the winter, so nobody should be offended when the U.S. imposed sanctions are ignored, as TURISH people cannot afford to heat their homes without purchasing IRAN’s natural gas. Furthermore, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued with his juggling acts of competing interests, as the first batch of U.S. military personnel for joint patrol activities in MANBIJ, SYRIA is now fully operational. Contemporaneously, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping were discussing more trade in their local currencies, while avoiding the U.S. dollar. Simultaneously, TURKEY seems to be negotiating deals with GERMANY as GERMANY needs TURKEY’s cooperation in halting the flow of ISIS fighters, currently hiding in SYRIA, but who often use TURKISH territory to reach the E.U., while TURKEY needs GERMAN technology, investment and financing. Ironically, TURKEY now also seems to be having an affair with RUSSIA, as RUSSIA joined TURKEY in avoiding the U.S. dollar as the two countries formally opened talks for trade in their local currencies while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has publicly said that the reign of the U.S. dollar as the global trade currency should come to an end.

 

However, in an unusual chain of events that triggered a change of fate, international uproar over the alleged killing of a SAUDI journalist inside the SAUDI ARABIAN consulate in the capital of ISTANBUL, TURKEY continues, whereby the SAUDI ARABIAN officials had promised consequences for anyone, even a member of the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family, found responsible for the assassination. Thus, TURKEY has led a relentless campaign to hold SAUDI ARABIA accountable, as TURKISH authorities have allowed media leaks to the international press. Furthermore, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan formally denounced SAUDI ARABIA for initially trying to deny involvement in the killing, as after weeks of lying, SAUDI ARABIA finally admitted that Jamal Khashoggi was dead, such that as per TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, covering up this kind of savagery will hurt the conscience of all humanity. Furthermore, this week, gruesome details emerged from TURKEY’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, stating that slain dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a disgusting seven-minute long attack inside the SAUDI ARABIAN embassy in ISTANBUL, TURKEY, in a deliberate murder, that he listened too in its entirety. Of particular note, Mevlut Cavusoglu, described how he allegedly heard a doctor speaking to hit men, instructing them to listen to music, as he dismembered Jamal Khashoggi’s body, while noticing that he seemed to be enjoying it, such that Mevlut Cavusoglu summarized the murder and dismemberment as simply disgusting. Ironically, the remains of Jamal Khashoggi, who never left the SAUDI ARABIAN consulate after entering it to get documents for his upcoming marriage, remain undiscovered, while the TURKISH authorities continue to search for them, with some speculation that Jamal Khashoggi’s body was dissolved in acid.

 

IRAQ News

 

As a friendly reminder, there were two obvious potential outcomes from IRAQI political party negotiations with substantial regional and international consequences. That is, the first potential outcome was a coalition headed by Moqtada al-Sadr that would probably mean a diminishing U.S. presence in IRAQ combined with an IRAQI government that is independent of IRAN’s influence, while reintegrating an independent and sovereign IRAQ into the Arab world. Conversely, the second potential outcome was a coalition headed by the pro-IRANIAN Fatah Alliance representing the SHIITE militias, along with parties loyal to former Prime Ministers Haider al-Abadi and Nouri al-Maliki, as well as smaller groups such as the Kurdistan Coalition, that would result in an overtly pro-IRANIAN government. Thus, in spite of dramatic differences, the three parties that gained the most votes in IRAQ’s May 12, 2018 parliamentary elections agreed to work together to form a new IRAQI government. Thus, after the dust settled, Barham Salih was voted by parliament into the position of President with his first act naming Adil Abdul-Mahdi to be prime minister, who formed the new government during November’ 2018. Ironically, IRAQ’s prime minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi presented his new cabinet to the IRAQI parliament for approval, although he has no parliamentary block of his own to stand on, and is thus dependent on the blocks of cleric MUQTADA AL-SADR and pro-IRANIAN militia leader HADI AL-AMIRI for his position.

 

Furthermore, uncertainty appeared to be looming over IRAQ, as it appears that ISIS is trying to re-emerge in IRAQ, while the traditional political parties remain strong, such that the new president and prime minister will have a difficult time translating recent political developments into concrete changes. However, it is important to note that for the first time ever, the IRAQI parliament voted freely for IRAQ’s next president, with Barham Salih winning by a landslide vote of 219 to 22 over his competitor, while in the past, the parliamentary vote served mainly as a rubber-stamp of election results. Furthermore, immediately after Barham Salih was sworn in as President, he designated Adil Abdal-Mehdi to become prime minister, who is the first prime minister not to come from the Islamic Dawa Party, which has dominated post-invasion IRAQI politics. Nonetheless, further complicating the situation in IRAQ is the U.S. re-imposing sanctions against IRAN as IRAQ finds itself caught in the crossfire between its key allies of IRAN and the U.S. such that IRAQ’s economy could suffer the worst economic collateral damage from the U.S. sanctions on IRAN. Ironically, as soon as the most recent round of U.S. sanctions hit IRAN, the IRAQI Prime Minister stated that IRAQ would reluctantly comply but one week later, reality hit IRAQ whereby many IRAQIS forced the IRAQI government to maintain trade relations with IRAN. Thus, IRAQI’s new Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi had no choice but to formally request that the U.S. provide certain exemptions to IRAQ on specific critical IRANIAN goods with an IRAQI delegation set to travel to Washington as soon as the U.S. counterparts are ready to meet.

 

Nonetheless, deadly protests continued to rage in IRAQ over the lack of basic services and government corruption as IRAQI security forces were bracing with a rise in violence that has resulted in more solidarity protests throughout IRAQ as activists look to create momentum in their protests against intermittent electricity availabilities, undrinkable water, unemployment and frustrations with the political system. Furthermore, tensions were once again high in IRAQ this week as IRAQ’s Hezbollah Al-Nujaba forces told IRAN’s Al-Abna News Agency that the U.S. must leave their country immediately. Furthermore, Ali Aboud, an Iraqi Hezbollah envoy to IRAN stated that Hezbollah would not allow even one U.S. soldier on IRAQI territories and holy sites. Ironically, the IRAQI Hezbollah leader stated that HEZBOLLAH opposed the U.S. presence in IRAQ since they first launched their operations way back in 2003, while also accusing the U.S. of working with ISIS in order to destabilize IRAQ. Meanwhile, a senior commander of the IRAQI government forces was killed in a bomb attack in IRAQ’s eastern province of DIYALA, as IRAQI government troops are engaged in joint counter-terrorism operations across IRAQ to flush out the last remnants of the ISIS extremists. It appears that Hashd al-Sha’abi was killed along with four of his aides when a bomb explosion successfully hit their armoured vehicle on the outskirts of the Hamrin Mountains, located 80 kilometers northeast of the provincial capital city of BAQUBAH.

 

SYRIA News

 

As a friendly reminder, in recent months, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) along with its RUSSIAN allies retook a town, DERAA, that was at the heart of the SYRIAN civil war, that engulfed SYRIA for over seven years now, as SAA government forces raised the SYRIAN flag, in the birthplace of the SYRIAN war. It is important to note that the SAA along with their RUSSIAN allies now continue to focus their attention on IDLIB where they have vowed to wipe out all terrorists. It is important to note that the SAA and RUSSIA have signalled that an all-out offensive to retake the last rebel-held province in SYRIA consisting of IDLIB is only a matter of time. Therefore, the SAA and RUSSIA have triggered rising fears over a major humanitarian crisis as it has become evident that IDLIB will eventually be subjected to an intense bombing campaign.

 

It is important to note that IDLIB is home to nearly three million people, consisting of around half of whom are rebels and civilians transferred from other areas such as ALEPPO, EASTERN GHOUTA and DERAA after they fell to SAA forces following heavy fighting. Furthermore, the situation on the ground is further complicated by the direct presence of TURKEY, which backs certain rebel groups in the area and operates as a guarantor country to ensure the de-escalation zone agreed upon with RUSSIA is respected. However, in recent months, TURKISH backed opposition groups in IDLIB have attempted to unify into a new coalition, with some 70,000 fighters pledging to fight against SAA forces but the terrorist group, Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the most dominant rebel force in IDLIB in control of about 60% of the province, has not joined the coalition. Thus, it was a positive development for TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reach a ceasefire deal with RUSSIA to prevent an all-out attack on IDLIB, as TURKEY is worried that an attack on IDLIB will trigger a mass exodus of refugees fleeing towards the TURKISH border. However, in recent months, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which includes former AL-QAEDA terrorist fighters among its ranks, seems to be attempting to consolidate power in northern SYRIA with waves of arrests of civilians during the TURKEY and RUSSIAN brokered ceasefire.

 

Therefore, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave the HTS rebels inside the IDLIB buffer zone another warning to leave the designated RUSSIA and TURKEY designated demilitarized zone. Furthermore, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that if HTS rebels refuse to leave the designated demilitarized zone, TURKEY will allow the SAA and RUSSIAN Air Force to resume their operations against them in northwestern SYRIA. However, in recent months, two of the largest terrorist groups in IDLIB clashed consisting of HTS rebels and their allies from the Hurras Al-Deen (HAD) organization. That is, clashes between HTS and HAD occurred at the checkpoint of the northern bridge of the SARAQIB town, with both sides calling in reinforcements, amid fears among the citizens of the escalation of clashes. Thus, recently, the TURKISH backed National Liberation Front (NLF) were placed on high alert in the IDLIB province, after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began moving their troops to the front-lines near the demilitarized zone. It is important to note that Naji al-Musfata, the spokesman for the NLF, has publically declared that NLF forces are fully prepared for an imminent attack by the SAA. Hence, this week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a powerful attack against a number of jihadist groups inside the northern part of HAMA, firing several surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells towards the jihadist military camps along the HAMA-IDLIB border. It is important to note that among the targets for the SAA was the AL-BRAIDIJ Camp, which is currently under the control of the jihadist rebels along with the jihadist rebel posts in the towns of AL-JANABRA, AL-SAKHAR, KHUWAYN, AL-TAMAN’AH, and SUKEEK. Furthermore, the SAA also targeted the Turkestan Islamic Party’s (TIP) missile launching platforms near the town AL-SIRMANIYAH given that AL-SIRMANIYAH was the location from which the jihadist rebels launched their deadly attack against the SAA in northeast Latakia last week.

 

Meanwhile, the tensions between IRAN and ISRAEL seem to have continued to escalate again after ISRAELI airstrikes targeted IRANIAN military infrastructure inside SYRIA, in recent months. Obviously, IRAN condemned the wave of ISRAELI air strikes in SYRIA and clearly stated that these attacks by ISRAEL represent a blatant violation of SYRIA’s sovereignty such that IRAN has backed SYRIA’s right to defend itself against ISRAEL. It is important to note that the strikes were the heaviest strikes carried out by ISRAEL on SYRIA in decades that came right after twenty rockets were fired at ISRAELI military positions in the occupied Golan Heights of SYRIA. It is no secret that the strikes hurt IRAN that has deployed hundreds of troops inside SYRIA as military advisers to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) while thousands of IRANIAN militia armed, trained and financed by IRAN, have also been battling SYRIAN rebel forces alongside the SAA. ISRAEL stated that ISRAELI fighter jets struck almost IRAN’s entire military infrastructure inside Syria consisting of some 70 targets in ISRAELS biggest assault since SYRIA’s civil war commenced in 2011.

 

Subsequently, the tone escalated between ISRAEL and IRAN, as ISRAEL continues to look to RUSSIA for help to protect ISRAEL from IRAN’s presence in SYRIA to prevent IRAN from gaining a permanent foothold in SYRIA. ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to be adamant that the IRANIANS want to stay in SYRIA, and ultimately take over control of SYRIA, that will be a threat not only to ISRAEL but also for other countries in the region, such that IRANIANS should not be allowed to remain in SYRIA. However, in recent months, IRANIAN forces did pull back from the Golan Heights that seems to be a step in the right direction. However, this week tensions seemed to have risen once again as IRANIAN’s were fuming at the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions to an IRANIAN economy already suffering from high unemployment and an IRANIAN Rial currency which has lost around half of its value since April of 2018. The new sanctions target IRANIAN purchases of U.S. dollars, metals trading, coal, industrial software and IRAN’s auto sector although the toughest sanctions targeting oil exports have only taken effect recently. However, IRANIAN President Hassan Rouhani clearly stated that IRAN would not let the enemy bring IRAN to its knees such that if the enemy thinks they will defeat IRAN, they will take their hope to the grave with them.

 

Hence, U.S. President, Donald Trump, warned that the U.S. is developing a new strategy for the war in SYRIA that would focus more heavily on pushing IRAN’s military and its proxy forces out of SYRIA. However, U.S. President, Donald Trump, then seemed to realize that he needed an ally in the Middle East and hence the U.S. turned its attention to SAUDI ARABIA who has been grappling with the KHASHOGGI scandal whereby there has been an international uproar over the alleged killing of a SAUDI journalist inside the SAUDI ARABIAN consulate in the capital of ISTANBUL, TURKEY. Nonetheless, U.S. President, Donald Trump, seemed to have initially sided with the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family by speculating about rogue killers, while insisting that the SAUDI ARABIAN family must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Obviously, with the IRANIAN oil embargo plans that took effect on November 5, 2018, when sanctions kicked-in, success of the embargo depends on SAUDI ARABIA pumping extra oil to compensate for the anticipated shortfall.

 

Nonetheless, this week gruesome details emerged from TURKEY’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, stating that slain dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a disgusting seven-minute long attack inside the SAUDI ARABIAN embassy in ISTANBUL, TURKEY, in a deliberate murder, that he listened too in its entirety. Of particular note, Mevlut Cavusoglu, described how he allegedly heard a doctor speaking to people, instructing them to listen to music, as he dismembered Jamal Khashoggi’s body, while noticing that he seemed to be enjoying it, such that Mevlut Cavusoglu summarized the murder and dismemberment as simply disgusting. Ironically, the remains of Jamal Khashoggi, who never left the SAUDI ARABIAN consulate after entering it to get documents for his upcoming marriage, remain undiscovered, while the TURKISH authorities continue to search for them, with some speculation that Jamal Khashoggi’s body was dissolved in acid.

 

 

TURKEY News – THE ROCK’s Opinions

 

This week’s focus in TURKEY seemed to shift to the TURKISH struggling economy, largely attributable to a lack of confidence by foreign investors, due largely to TURKEY’s repressive crackdown measures on all opposition movements. In my opinion, over the last two plus years, TURKEY has been radically transformed with emergency measures used to consolidate authoritarian powers, silence opposition voices and take away basic human rights and civil liberties. However, the behaviours of TURKEY’s governing AKP seem to be taking their toll on the TURKISH economy, as turbulent politics have resulted in economic turmoil, whereby the sliding TURKISH Lira has set-off alarm bells across TURKEY, as businesses struggle to cope with the financial impacts of a declining TURKISH Lira. In my opinion, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blaming the rest of the world for waging an economic war against TURKEY, while most reputable economists would tend to agree that the TURKISH government has forced their central banks to follow counterproductive, if not destructive, economic policies, is a sure sign that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is living in a delusional reality.

 

In my opinion, the underlying problem is that TURKISH banks and companies borrowed a lot of U.S. dollars, as TURKISH foreign currency debt represents about 30% of TURKEY’s GDP, such that TURKEY is now struggling to pay down the debt as the TURKISH Lira is falling. In my opinion, TURKEY’s economy is struggling in large part due to the TURKISH Lira losing almost 40% of its value against the U.S. dollar since the beginning of the year, albeit recovering slightly since it hit its lows during October’ 2018. In my opinion, there are a slew of reasons dissuading investors from TURKEY, but at the end of the day, many investors continue to try to liquidate their TURKISH Lira given that it has been dropping fast since the beginning of the year. Thus, the solution from my point-of-view is quite obvious, that TURKEY needs to raise interest rates in order to counter its problems of high inflation and a declining TURKISH Lira, while its economy should be able to bear the brunt of higher interest rates, without significant drops in current production levels.

 

Thus, this week’s focus of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued to be on TURKEY’s fragile economy, that received another economic blow recently, when TURKEY’s growth forecasts for this year and next were dramatically reduced, triggering further drops in the value of the TURKISH Lira. Thus, in my opinion, TURKEY seems to find itself in an awkward position, like a dog chasing its tail, as TURKEY has seen its currency plunge over 40% this year, over investor concerns about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s influence over monetary policy and a horrible diplomatic separation from the U.S. In my opinion, the TURKISH economic turbulence has shaken global financial markets and created the potential for a banking crisis that could have a disastrous domino effect across the entire global financial markets. In my opinion, TURKEY’s banks face a potential barrage of bad debts as the TURKISH Lira sell-off has driven up the cost for companies to service their foreign currency denominated loans.

 

That is, TURKISH companies have been borrowing in U.S. Dollars and Euros for years, to take advantage of lower interest rates, but it appears that the private sector has accumulated over $145 billion in foreign currency denominated debt, maturing during the upcoming year. Nonetheless, Berat Albayrak, TURKEY’s finance minister stated that TURKEY does not foresee a big risk on the TURKISH economy and banking system as the TURKISH economy has strong fundamentals. Hence, although THE ROCK kindly and politely offered his consulting services to Berat Albayrak to help TURKEY straighten out their economic and geopolitical mess, Berat Albayrak seems to be heading in the right direction as TURKEY continued to focus on urging MUSLIM countries to use their national currencies in order to liberate their respective countries from the burden of exchange rates. However, in my opinion unifying the MUSLIM world for economic trade purposes will be far more difficult to implement in practice then it sounds in theory. That is, bloodshed and crises in the MIDDLE EAST from SYRIA, IRAQ, YEMEN and PALESTINE go back to lines drawn at the end of World War I, such that there has not been significant progress since 1918 or 90 years. In my opinion, the unification of the MUSLIM world for economic trade purposes continues to be a challenge, as MUSLIMS seem to be easily fooled by those who try to incite their differences and turn them against each other. In my opinion, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it best that in regions where borders are drawn in blood, MUSLIMS should not erect new borders and new walls in their hearts, while adding that if millions are poor and hungry in the war-torn nation of YEMEN, MUSLIMS are responsible for that, and not others. Thus, in my opinion, by extension to the vision of uniting the MUSLIM world for trade, this will prove to be an extremely daunting task in practice as those same powers that have divided the MUSLIM world for territory will divide the MUSLIM world for economic trade.

 

In my opinion, Berat Albayrak sounds like President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which is not surprising as he is his son-in-law such that Berat Albayrak seems to be significantly influenced by the President and seems to be extremely reluctant to go against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s firm belief in the need to maintain interest rates stable at around 17%. However, in my opinion, TURKEY faces the risk of a rapid slowdown in the TURKISH economy that could potentially culminate in a difficult recession unless TURKEY’s finance minister, Berat Albayrak, takes urgent steps to rebalance the TURKISH economy while fuelling investor confidence. In my opinion, TURKEY’s finance minister, Berat Albayrak, acted appropriately, by declaring war on soaring inflation and calling on TURKEY’s businesses to cut prices by 10% to counter runaway inflation, that has driven up the price of everything from food to fuel, and sent inflation to 25% last month, its highest in 15 years. However, in my opinion, TURKISH Finance Minister Berat Albayrak is over optimistic, as he still foresees a better and stronger economic fiscal year during 2019, while ignoring the fact that the inflation rate that hit a high of 25.2%, is far above the TURKISH central bank’s target rate of 5% for core inflation, after stripping out volatile factors such as energy and food prices. Nonetheless, in my opinion, TURKEY still seems to be an attractive country for long-term investors regardless of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) lowering TURKISH growth forecasts to negative 0.4%, in recent months, after the OECD had initially predicted in August that Turkey would grow by 0.5%in 2019. However, in my opinion, the OECD hit the nail on the head that regaining business, household and investor confidence in monetary and fiscal policies will be crucial for TURKEY to reverse the anticipated negative growth.

 

In my opinion, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s unorthodox brand of economics whereby inflation should not be contained by raising interest rates or other traditional measures, but rather by employing supply-side measures to reduce costs, may very well work for medium, large and government controlled organizations. Therefore, in a country such as TURKEY that resembles a military controlled state, forcing Turkish companies to lower prices by 10%, accompanied by policing of businesses, shops and supermarkets to verify prices can certainly be implemented. However, there will obviously be collateral damage with reduced margins by businesses and particularly retailers, such that TURKEY will likely have to also force the banks to restructure loans and defer payment schedules. Thus, in my opinion, investors are scared by soaring inflation, widening operating deficits and a declining TURKISH Lira that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has immediately stabilized by recently releasing U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson. Furthermore, in my opinion TURKEY’s position as outlined by TURKEY’s science and industry minister, Mustafa Varank, is the best strategic option for TURKEY, whereby while global trade wars loom, TURKEY is seeking new cooperation in which both sides benefit. In my opinion, this week’s developments were positive as Credit rating agency JCR (Japan Credit Rating) removed TURKEY’s ratings from the Credit Monitor and confirmed TURKEY at BBB- with a negative outlook, citing a recent recovery in the TURKISH Lira’s value, an improvement in TURKEY’s current account balance and easing of the TURKISH and U.S. ties. However, in my opinion, not everyone seems to share the same outlook as Credit rating agency JCR as TURKEY has tumbled to the bottom of the emerging-market pile, according to a Bloomberg analysis. That is, although TURKEY was ranked fifth out of 21 nations in a similar study six months ago, TURKEY has slumped on a scorecard that includes metrics ranging from growth prospects, to the state of the current account, sovereign credit ratings and stock and bond valuations. Thus, in my opinion, TURKEY needs to focus on regaining momentum in its construction industry, as the collapse of TURKEY’s currency has caused a surge in interest rates, that has plunged TURKEY’s once-booming construction industry into a deep recession, such that what was once the driving force of the TURKISH economy, has now triggered significant rating downgrades across the world.

 

Nonetheless, it seems that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be forced to turn to the E.U., although TURKEY’s bid for E.U. membership has all but expired, as TURKEY will seem to be forced to return to GERMANY to finance TURKISH short-tern needs. However, in my opinion, any E.U. aid is unlikely to be enough while the pledge by QATAR to invest $ 15 billion during the upcoming year seems to have had very little favourable impact on the TURKISH Lira. In my opinion, as inflation rates rise, the TURKISH central bank will eventually be forced to raise interest rates to halt the TURKISH Lira’s free-fall, albeit any interest rate hike may be too little and too late. Thus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s belief that interest rates are the mother and father of all evil, as a cause of inflation, will now likely result in TURKEY being forced to go to the IMF for bail-out financing although TURKEY continues to rule out this option on the basis that IMF financing represents an unacceptable surrender of TURKISH sovereignty.

 

In my opinion, I was not surprised to see TURKEY focus its attention on IDLIB and continue to warn the SYRIAN regime, RUSSIA and IRAN, that an all-out military offensive on IDLIB could lead to a disastrous outcome for TURKEY, by triggering a new wave of refugees heading towards the TURKISH borders. In my opinion, TURKEY has already sheltered 3.5 million SYRIANS such that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is under significant domestic pressure to not take in any more refugees. Nonetheless, RUSSIA’s worries about AL-QAEDA linked terrorist groups based in IDLIB are legitimate but a full-scale military attack is not the way to deal with this situation as it will certainly put the lives of all innocent civilians at risk and create a humanitarian crisis. Thus, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan needs to receive full credit for being able to negotiate a ceasefire deal with RUSSIA, in recent months, to spare IDLIB from disastrous consequences for the time being. In my opinion, the large quantities of weapons entering SYRIA, in recent months, indicated that TURKEY would be providing complete TURKISH military support for a long drawn-out battle over IDLIB, if necessary. Thus, RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin once again made the right strategic decision to hold back the SAA and IRANIANS from engaging in a full fledge military assault on IDLIB that in my opinion will have disastrous consequences for all parties. However, in my opinion the withdrawal of all the so-called radical fighters from the area by October 15, that includes hardline Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is dominated by a rebel faction previously linked to al-Qaeda, were obviously not yet persuaded to leave IDLIB peacefully.

 

Therefore, in my opinion, actions in recent months by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), to consolidate power in northern SYRIA with waves of arrests of civilians was irresponsible and on the verge of insane. Thus, in my opinion, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was forced to warn the HTS rebels again to leave the RUSSIA and TURKEY designated demilitarized zone. Furthermore, in my opinion, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the right strategic decision by warning HTS rebels that if they refuse to leave the designated demilitarized zone, TURKEY will allow the SAA and RUSSIAN Air Force to resume their operations against them in SYRIA. In regards to concerns in recent months, as two of the largest terrorist groups in IDLIB clashed consisting of HTS rebels and their allies from the Hurras Al-Deen (HAD) organization, I am surprised to see that HAD got the upper hand to control the checkpoint from HTS, for which the clashes took place and are still on-going.

 

However, given that these clashes represent infighting as both of these terrorist groups have fought together against the SAA, prior to this firefight, I would let them go at each other. In my opinion, I was not surprised to see, in recent months, that the TURKISH backed National Liberation Front (NLF) was placed on high alert in the IDLIB province after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began moving their troops to the front-lines near the demilitarized zone. Thus, this week, I was not surprised to see the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carry out powerful attacks against a number of jihadist groups inside the northern part of HAMA, AL-BRAIDIJ Camp, AL-JANABRA, AL-SAKHAR, KHUWAYN, AL-TAMAN’AH, SUKEEK and AL-SIRMANIYAH given that the jihadist rebels have been gaining momentum recently, such that the SAA was forced to quell the recent surge in uprisings by the jihadist rebels. In particular, the SAA had to re-enforce their positions near the demilitarized zone in IDLIB, destroying several tunnels dug by the jihadist militants, while the SAA prevented another attempt by jihadist militants to break into SAA positions in the de-escalation zone. In my opinion, the jihadist militants needed to receive a strong message that the de-escalation zone is like a sacred shrine. Furthermore, it was important for RUSSIA to once again advise the jihadist rebels that RUSSIA would provide back up and support as necessary to quash the recent jihadist rebels uprising. In my opinion, IDLIB remains the most dangerous area of SYRIA as IDLIB became the stronghold of anti-government opposition forces, including jihadists, over the past couple of years, with the SAA allowing thousands of militants and their families to evacuate to IDLIB from ALEPPO, DAMASCUS, DA’ARA and other SYRIAN areas taken over by the SAA in order to avoid bloodshed. However, now the SAA and RUSSIA find themselves in a tough predicament, as there is no where else for the jihadist militants to go, albeit the jihadist militants need to be contained while trying to prevent a mass uprising whereby the entire territory of IDLIB is raised.

 

Meanwhile, I was not surprised to see President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stating that TURKEY would continue to buy natural gas from IRAN, in line with its long-term supply contracts, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to punish countries doing business with IRAN. In my opinion, TURKEY has made it clear that the U.S. imposed sanctions will be ignored, as TURISH people cannot afford to heat their homes without purchasing IRAN’s natural gas, such that economic necessities will take precedence over politics. In regards to TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued with his juggling acts of competing interests as the first batch of U.S. military personnel are now fully active on joint patrol activities in MANBIJ, SYRIA, this is definitely a step in the right direction for peace in the KURDISTAN region of SYRIA. In regards to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussing more trade in their local currencies, while avoiding the U.S. dollar, it is obvious that both TURKEY and CHINA are furious at recent imposed U.S. tariffs such that they will engage in transactions in domestic currencies in an attempt to weaken the demand for U.S. Dollars. In regards to GERMANY needing TURKEY’s cooperation in halting the flow of ISIS fighters, currently hiding in SYRIA, while TURKEY needing GERMAN technology, investment and financing, TURKEY is leveraging GERMANY perfectly to fuel its economic needs. In regards to TURKEY having an affair with RUSSIA, as RUSSIA joined TURKEY in avoiding the U.S. dollar, with the goal that the reign of the U.S. dollar as the global trade currency come to an end, I am not surprised to see RUSSIA pushing against the U.S. Dollar, as RUSSIA believes that a weakened demand for the U.S. Dollar will trigger an increased demand for the RUSSIAN Ruble and TURKISH Lira.

 

In my opinion, the international uproar over the alleged killing of a SAUDI journalist inside the SAUDI ARABIAN consulate in the capital of ISTANBUL, TURKEY has still not been resolved. Furthermore, consequences for anyone, even a member of the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family, found responsible for the assassination, must be enforced to the fullest extent of the law as the audio recordings of Jamal Khashoggi being assaulted, tortured, killed and dismembered inside the SAUDI ARABIAN consulate, are disturbing and down right psychopathic in nature. Thus, TURKEY led a relentless campaign to hold SAUDI ARABIA accountable, as TURKISH authorities have allowed media leaks to the international press. Thus, in my opinion, it was not surprising this week to see, gruesome details emerge from TURKEY’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, stating that slain dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a disgusting seven-minute long attack inside the SAUDI ARABIAN embassy in ISTANBUL, TURKEY, in a deliberate murder, that he listened too in its entirety. In my opinion, the doctor instructing the hit men to listen to music, as he dismembered Jamal Khashoggi’s body, while he seemed to be enjoying it, was simply disgusting. In my opinion, the remains of Jamal Khashoggi that remain undiscovered were most probably dissolved in acid to insure that it will never be found. Hence, in my opinion, the Jamal Khashoggi scandal will shortly come to an end, with the Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salmen (MBS) and the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family walking away absolved, as TURKEY has not produced adequate substantive evidence to pin them with the crime, other than an abundance of circumstantial evidence that they ordered the hit as defacto rulers of SAUDI ARABIA. Hence, in my opinion, SAUDI ARABIA has appropriately indicted 11 suspects in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, with five facing the death penalty, on the basis of adequate substantive evidence, while another 10 were held in connection to the death, on the basis of adequate circumstantial evidence, as authorities gather substantive evidence to corroborate suspicions, in conformance with international laws.

 

Furthermore, in my opinion, the CIA made the right decision with CIA Director, Gina Haspel, not appearing at a closed Senate hearing on relations with SAUDI ARABIA although the CIA was accused of engaging in a cover-up of the Jamal Khashoggi murder. In my opinion, after U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed a reported CIA assessment that Crown Prince MBS was to blame for the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the CIA made the right decision to respect U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision, such that if anyone needs to defend the U.S. decision, it is Donald Trump. However, in my opinion U.S. President Donald Trump made the right decision, in the best interests of the U.S., to describe SAUDI ARABIA as a vital ally and thus resisting calls for sanctions against SAUDI ARABIA’s leadership, on the simple premise that the CIA assessment is predicated on strong circumstantial evidence, while the American justice system is predicated on innocent until proven guilty by a court of law with substantive evidence.

 

IRAQ News – THE ROCK’s Opinions

 

As a friendly reminder, with ISIS inevitably nearing its downfall in IRAQ, IRAQI security forces need to be prepared for a different kind of war against ISIS, shifting away from ground offensives, to intelligence work and surgical airstrikes to counter an expected move by ISIS away from holding territory and back to a more terrorist role of a dispersed underground terror organization. In my opinion, ISIS is already laying the groundwork for a new terrorist strategy of hiding in remote areas, carrying out attacks in IRAQ and abroad and resorting to organized crime to bankroll future operations. In addition, in my opinion, IRAQ has obtained the necessary political support to get the SUNNIS back into the government in IRAQ to avert a new set of extremists in IRAQ. That is, given that the SUNNIS were brought back into the IRAQI political system, that should be the end of a significant ISIS uprising, as if the SUNNIS are not satisfied with their political voice, then IRAQ could see the emergence of new terrorist groups having a similar agenda as ISIS.

 

As a friendly reminder, either a coalition under Moqtada al-Sadr was expected to emerge or a pro-IRANIAN coalition under the Fatah Alliance was expected to emerge such that either way, it seemed that the U.S. presence in IRAQ would likely diminish over time. Ironically, after months of negotiations, Barham Salih was voted by parliament into the position of President with his first act naming Adil Abdul-Mahdi to be prime minister, who formed his government during November’ 2018. Thus, it seems that the results of the elections were bypassed for the benefit of stability, as this new duo represents the old IRAQI regime, as both have been active in IRAQI politics since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. That is, President Barham Salih was previously deputy prime minister of IRAQ and Prime Minister of IRAQI Kurdistan while Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi was formerly vice president of IRAQ and more recently oil minister. Thus, in my opinion, the election of President Barham Salih, a KURD, and his nomination of Adil Abdul-Mahdi to be prime minister, a Shiite, seems to have broken months of political deadlock in IRAQ after an inconclusive May election result that everybody seems to have agreed to scrap. Nonetheless, with IRAQ’s prime minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi presenting his new cabinet to the IRAQI parliament for approval, although he has no parliamentary block of his own to stand on, and is thus dependent on the blocks of cleric MUQTADA AL-SADR and pro-IRANIAN militia leader HADI AL-AMIRI for his position, Adel Abdul Mahdi will most likely not be able to control IRAQI corruption or challenge existing underlying militia influences in IRAQ.

 

In regards to recent uncertainty looming over IRAQ, as it appears that ISIS is trying to re-emerge in IRAQ, the new president and prime minister will have a difficult time translating recent political developments into concrete changes. Nonetheless, it is important to note that for the first time ever, the IRAQI parliament voted freely for IRAQ’s next president, with Barham Salih winning by a landslide vote of 219 to 22 over his competitor, representing a step in the right direction, given that Barham Salih acclaimed a clear majority. Thus, in my opinion, this vote marks a departure from last summer’s election shake-up, with some two-thirds of the members of IRAQI parliament now being new to the job, as growing protest movements exposed IRAQI citizen disillusionment with the political process, while increasing pressure on the IRAQI parliament for significant change. Nonetheless, in my opinion, poor governance, lack of public infrastructure and high levels of corruption, particularly in poor SUNNI areas, is helping to fuel ISIS’s objectives of a comeback after its crushing defeat. Unfortunately for IRAQ, the U.S. sanctions on IRAN seem to be arriving at the worst possible time, as the embargo on its IRANIAN neighbour could hit jobs in IRAQ and cut off a crucial source of relatively cheap imports into IRAQ.

 

In my opinion, with 80% of the products on the market in IRAQ being IRANIAN made, if the border closes, it will be an economic crisis for IRAQ. Thus, I was not surprised to see many IRAQIS pushing the IRAQI government to maintain trade relations with IRAN because IRAQ, which shares around 1,450 kilometers of border with IRAN, will be badly hurt by the IRANIAN sanctions. In my opinion, IRAQ relies on IRAN for gas supplies, electricity, water and food such that the U.S. has placed IRAQ in a loser position, as by attempting to cut-off the head of IRAN, the U.S. cut-off the waist of IRAQ, such that although IRAN suffers most without its head, IRAQ is unable to reproduce without its waist. In my opinion, IRAQ will certainly experience shortages of key products if IRAQ complies with all of the U.S. sanctions that could lead to political turmoil at a critical crossroads period in IRAQI politics. Therefore, I was not surprised to see Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, clearly state that IRAQ has presented the U.S. with a framework, from which the IRAQI delegation will go to the U.S. to negotiate, with a clear vision of what IRAQ really needs, which includes IRANIAN natural gas, electricity and other critical trade related products that fuel the IRAQI economy.

 

Nonetheless, I was not surprised to see the deadly protests continuing to rage in IRAQ over the lack of basic services and government corruption as IRAQI security forces were bracing for new rounds of violent protests. In my opinion, intermittent electricity availabilities, undrinkable water, unemployment and frustrations with the political system will certainly result in more IRAQI protests. In my opinion, it is easier said than done for IRAQI security forces to protect and facilitate peaceful demonstrations when frustrated IRAQI populace hurl stones and Molotov cocktails at local IRAQI government buildings and IRAQI security forces. Furthermore, I was not surprised to see tensions once again high in IRAQ this week as IRAQ’s Hezbollah Al-Nujaba forces told IRAN’s Al-Abna News Agency that the U.S. must leave their country immediately. Furthermore, I was not surprised to see Hezbollah state that they would not allow even one U.S. soldier on IRAQI territories and holy sites, as Hezbollah is ISRAEL’s arch enemy and thus defacto enemy of the U.S.

 

In regards to accusing the U.S. of working with ISIS in order to destabilize IRAQ, that obviously makes no sense as the U.S. has spent millions of dollars leading the ALLIANCE to victory over ISIS forces in both IRAQ and SYRIA. Hence, as usual Hezbollah and the U.S. can only agree to disagree, while Hezbollah persists with verbal threats, knowing full well, that it is best to avoid a full fledge confrontation with the U.S., as once that first rocket is fired, Hezbollah knows full well that they will unleash a wrath from hell. In regards to a senior commander of the IRAQI government forces who was killed in a bomb attack in IRAQ’s eastern province of DIYALA, as IRAQI government forces flush out the last remnants of the ISIS extremists, this perfectly illustrates that ISIS may have been significantly weakened, but ISIS is still not dead. Nonetheless, IRAQI security forces have managed to uncover and destroy four ISIS terrorist hideouts in the rural areas of IRAQ’s northern oil-rich province of KIRKUK, consisting of SAGHIRA, AL-KHANI, AL-OWAIFIYAT and GHABZOU’A as a sure sign that IRAQ is slowly but surely taking out the remaining ISIS entrenchments, albeit also unfortunately suffering casualties in the process.

 

SYRIA News – THE ROCK’s Opinions

 

As a friendly reminder, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) along with its RUSSIAN ally recently retook a town, DERAA that was at the heart of the SYRIAN civil war, as SAA government forces raised the SYRIAN flag in the birthplace of the SYRIAN war. Thus, in my opinion, the shift now in focus of the SAA campaign to IDLIB was expected, as it is unacceptable that terrorists, particularly the AL-NUSRA FRONT, are using the de-escalation area of IDLIB to attack the SYRIAN army and to also attack the RUSSIAN military bases in the area by utilizing drones. However, in my opinion, TURKISH backed opposition groups in IDLIB that have attempted to unify into a new coalition, with some 70,000 fighters pledging to fight against SAA forces without the terrorist group, Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the most dominant rebel force in IDLIB in control of about 60% of the province, will not be able to indefinitely withstand the impending SAA and RUSSIAN military onslaught. Furthermore, in my opinion, a major military operation in IDLIB could pose a particularly threatening humanitarian crisis because there is no opposition held territory remaining in SYRIA, where people could be evacuated to, such that as many as 2.5 million SYRIANS could try to flee to the closed TURKISH border, creating a new refugee crisis of catastrophic proportions. Hence, in my opinion, although RUSSIA’s worries about AL-QAEDA linked terrorist groups based in IDLIB are legitimate, a full-scale military attack is not the way to deal with this situation as it will certainly put the lives of all innocent civilians at risk and create a humanitarian crisis. Thus, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan needs to receive full credit for being able to negotiate a ceasefire deal with RUSSIA to spare IDLIB from disastrous consequences for the time being. In my opinion, RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin is by far the best negotiator currently in the region, who always seems to be able to remain cool, calm and collected, as he once again made the right strategic decision to hold back the SAA and IRANIANS from engaging in a full fledge military assault on IDLIB that in my opinion will have disastrous consequences for all parties.

 

However, in my opinion, the withdrawal of all the so-called radical fighters from the area by October 15, that includes hardline Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is dominated by a rebel faction previously linked to al-Qaeda, were obviously not yet persuaded to leave IDLIB peacefully to no surprise. Therefore, in my opinion, actions in recent months by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), to consolidate power in northern SYRIA with waves of arrests of civilians was irresponsible and on the verge of insane. Thus, in my opinion, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was forced to give the HTS rebels another warning to leave the designated RUSSIA and TURKEY designated demilitarized zone. Furthermore, in my opinion, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the right strategic decision by warning HTS rebels that if they refuse to leave the designated demilitarized zone, TURKEY will allow the SAA and RUSSIAN Air Force to resume their operations against them in SYRIA. In regards to concerns in recent months, as two of the largest terrorist groups in IDLIB clashed consisting of HTS rebels and their allies from the Hurras Al-Deen (HAD) organization, I am surprised to see that HAD got the upper hand to control the checkpoint from HTS, for which the clashes took place and are still on-going. However, given that these clashes represent infighting as both of these terrorist groups have fought together against the SAA, prior to this firefight, I would let them go at each other. In my opinion, I was not surprised to see recently, that the TURKISH backed National Liberation Front (NLF) had been placed on high alert in the IDLIB province after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began moving their troops to the front-lines near the demilitarized zone. Thus, this week, I was not surprised to see the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carry out powerful attacks against a number of jihadist groups inside the northern part of HAMA, AL-BRAIDIJ Camp, AL-JANABRA, AL-SAKHAR, KHUWAYN, AL-TAMAN’AH, SUKEEK and AL-SIRMANIYAH given that the jihadist rebels have been gaining momentum recently, such that the SAA was forced to quell the recent surge in uprisings by the jihadist rebels. In particular, the SAA had to re-enforce their positions near the demilitarized zone in IDLIB, destroying several tunnels dug by the jihadist militants, while the SAA prevented another attempt by jihadist militants to break into SAA positions in the de-escalation zone, as in my opinion the jihadist militants needed to receive a strong message that the de-escalation zone is like a sacred shrine. Furthermore, it was important for RUSSIA to once again advise the jihadist rebels that RUSSIA would provide back up and support as necessary to quash the recent jihadist rebels uprising. In my opinion, IDLIB remains the most dangerous area of SYRIA as IDLIB became the stronghold of anti-government opposition forces, including jihadists, over the past year, with the SAA allowing thousands of militants and their families to evacuate to the area from ALEPPO, DAMASCUS, DA’ARA and other SYRIAN areas taken over by the SAA in order to avoid bloodshed. However, now the SAA and RUSSIA find themselves in a tough predicament, as there is no where else for the jihadist militants to go, albeit the jihadist militants need to be contained while trying to prevent a mass uprising whereby the entire territory of IDLIB is raised.

 

Meanwhile, in regards to escalation of tensions in recent months between ISRAEL and IRAN, I am not surprised to see ISRAEL continuing to look to RUSSIA for help to protect ISRAEL from IRAN’s presence in SYRIA to prevent IRAN from gaining a permanent foothold in SYRIA. In my opinion, ISRAEL will not back down from its position that IRANIANS want to stay in SYRIA, and ultimately take over control of SYRIA, that will be a threat not only to ISRAEL but also for other countries in the region, such that IRANIANS should not be allowed to remain in SYRIA. However, in recent months, IRANIAN forces have pulled back from the Golan Heights that should be welcomed as a positive development, although ISRAEL clearly stated that such a pull back is insufficient, with no compromises or concessions from ISRAEL’s position of a complete withdrawal being necessary. In my opinion, tensions have obviously risen once again since IRANIAN’s were fuming at the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions to an IRANIAN economy already suffering from high unemployment and an IRANIAN Rial currency that has lost around half of its value since April of 2018. The recent sanctions that target IRANIAN purchases of U.S. dollars, metals trading, coal, industrial software and IRAN’s auto sector that took effect seem to reflect the U.S. belief that IRAN will eventually surrender via the pressure tactics of sanctions. However, in my opinion IRAN’s pride runs through the veins of a majority of IRANIANS who would prefer to eat sand and drink sewage water before conceding to U.S. pressure tactics via sanctions.

 

Hence, in recent months, I was not surprised to see IRAN’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, warn that IRAN stands ready to build advanced centrifuges and further enrich uranium as part of a restart of its nuclear program. Furthermore, I was not surprised to see ISRAELI Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz specify that if IRAN presses forward with its nuclear program, IRAN will face a direct threat from the U.S. and its allies. In my opinion, the U.S. withdrawal from the IRAN nuclear deal has already badly shaken IRAN’s economy, crashing its currency, the IRANAN Rial, such that IRAN will have to choose to either come back to the negotiating table with the U.S. or watch its IRANIAN economy suffer from re-imposed U.S. sanctions. Thus, I was not surprised at U.S. President, Donald Trump warning that the U.S. is developing a new strategy for the war in SYRIA that would focus more heavily on pushing IRAN’s military and its proxy forces out of SYRIA. In my opinion, the new U.S. strategy would probably not involve the U.S. military directly targeting and killing IRANIAN soldiers or IRANIAN proxies, given that the U.S. military only has the right of self-defence authorization in SYRIA, and thus should only strike IRANIAN targets if the U.S. feels threatened. In my opinion, the U.S. plan will likely focus on political and diplomatic efforts to force IRAN out of SYRIA by squeezing SYRIA financially. That is, the U.S. will likely withhold reconstruction aid from areas where IRANIAN and RUSSIAN forces are present and also impose sanctions on RUSSIAN and IRANIAN companies working on reconstruction in SYRIA. Ironically, IRAN seems to be heading in the direction of weathering the storm created by the crippling U.S. sanctions on IRAN’s oil industry that came back into full force during November’ 2018. Therefore, IRAN’s strategy seems to be heading in the direction of maintaining a status-quo arrangement until the fate of U.S. President Donald Trump becomes clearer in terms of whether he will ultimately be elected to serve a second term in 2020.

 

However, U.S. President, Donald Trump, then seemed to realize that he needed an ally in the Middle East and hence the U.S. turned its attention to SAUDI ARABIA who has been grappling with the KHASHOGGI scandal whereby there has been an international uproar over the alleged killing of a SAUDI journalist inside the SAUDI ARABIAN consulate in the capital of ISTANBUL, TURKEY. Nonetheless, I am not surprised that U.S. President, Donald Trump, seems to have sided with the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family by initially speculating about rogue killers, while insisting that the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, I was not surprised that U.S. President, Donald Trump did not hide from the U.S. realities that he does not want the U.S. lucrative business relationships with SAUDI ARABIA to change. However, it was not surprising this week to see, gruesome details emerge from TURKEY’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, stating that slain dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a disgusting seven-minute long attack inside the SAUDI ARABIAN embassy in ISTANBUL, TURKEY, in a deliberate murder, that he listened too in its entirety. In my opinion, the doctor instructing the hit men to listen to music, as he dismembered Jamal Khashoggi’s body, while he seemed to be enjoying it, was simply disgusting. In my opinion, the remains of Jamal Khashoggi that remain undiscovered were most probably dissolved in acid to insure that it will never be found. Hence, in my opinion, the Jamal Khashoggi scandal will shortly come to an end, with the Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salmen (MBS) and the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family walking away absolved, as TURKEY has not produced adequate substantive evidence to pin them with the crime, other than an abundance of circumstantial evidence that they ordered the hit as defacto rulers of SAUDI ARABIA. Hence, in my opinion, SAUDI ARABIA has appropriately indicted 11 suspects in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, with five facing the death penalty, on the basis of adequate substantive evidence, while another 10 were held in connection to the death, on the basis of adequate circumstantial evidence, as authorities gather substantive evidence to corroborate suspicions, in conformance with international laws. Furthermore, in my opinion, the CIA made the right decision with CIA Director, Gina Haspel, not appearing at a closed Senate hearing on relations with SAUDI ARABIA although the CIA was accused of engaging in a cover-up of the Jamal Khashoggi murder. In my opinion, after U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed a reported CIA assessment that Crown Prince MBS was to blame for the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the CIA made the right decision to respect U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision, such that if anyone needs to defend the U.S. decision, it is Donald Trump. However, in my opinion U.S. President Donald Trump made the right decision, in the best interests of the U.S., to describe SAUDI ARABIA as a vital ally and thus resisting calls for sanctions against SAUDI ARABIA’s leadership, on the simple premise that the CIA assessment is predicated on strong circumstantial evidence, while the American justice system is predicated on innocent until proven guilty by a court of law with substantive evidence.

 

In my opinion, the current situation in the Middle East depicts the new geopolitical realities whereby tensions between ISRAEL and IRAN represent the biggest concern, as the trigger for a potential Third and Final World War that would likely be triggered by a direct ISRAEL and IRAN conflict, such that all leaders across the globe must avoid the temptation to look away but rather should increase their efforts to identify creative diplomatic options to reduce tensions, minimize civilian casualties, prevent the further use of chemical weapons and alleviate the humanitarian crisis from a civil war spiralling out of control with no end in sight, by considering the appointment of THE ROCK as special envoy to the Middle East. That being said, the current situation between ISRAEL and IRAN depicts the new geopolitical realities in the region, whereby U.S. President Donald Trump seems to have realized that he needs an ally in the MIDDLE EAST, and hence the U.S. turned its attention to SAUDI ARABIA, who has been grappling with the KHASHOGGI scandal, whereby there has been an international uproar over the alleged killing of a SAUDI journalist inside the SAUDI ARABIAN consulate in the capital of ISTANBUL, TURKEY, with U.S. President, Donald Trump, initially playing public relations frontman and spin-doctor for the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family by speculating about rogue killers, while insisting that the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, while subsequently being forced to qualify his initial unconditional support with a WOW, as gruesome details emerged from TURKEY’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, stating that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a disgusting seven-minute long attack, in a deliberate murder, that he listened too in its entirety, whereby the doctor instructing the hit men to listen to music, as he dismembered Jamal Khashoggi’s body, while he seemed to be enjoying it, was simply disgusting, as the remains of Jamal Khashoggi remain undiscovered, that were most probably dissolved in acid to insure that never again found, hence, Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salmen (MBS) and the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family will walk away absolved, as TURKEY has not produced adequate substantive evidence to pin them with the crime, other than an abundance of circumstantial evidence that they ordered the hit as defacto rulers of SAUDI ARABIA, such that the CIA made the right decision with CIA Director, Gina Haspel, not appearing at a closed Senate hearing on relations with SAUDI ARABIA, although the CIA was accused of engaging in a cover-up of the Jamal Khashoggi murder, albeit after U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed a reported CIA assessment that Crown Prince MBS was to blame for the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the CIA made the right decision to respect U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision, such that if anyone needs to defend the U.S. decision, it is Donald Trump, although U.S. President Donald Trump made the right decision, in the best interests of the U.S., to describe SAUDI ARABIA as a vital ally and thus resisting calls for sanctions against SAUDI ARABIA’s leadership, on the simple premise that the CIA assessment is predicated on strong circumstantial evidence, while the American justice system is predicated on innocent until proven guilty by a court of law with substantive evidence.

 

In my opinion, SYRIA desperately needs a ceasefire on all fronts with RUSSIA taking over a new round of negotiations between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, the KURDISH YPG and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) along with all external parties actively involved in this conflict consisting of TURKEY, IRAN, U.S. and RUSSIA in order to put an end to this madness once and for all. In my opinion, although ISIS was literally disappearing from the face of the map in SYRIA, new showdowns between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) under the control of President Bashar al-Assad and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) only serves to fuel the re-emergence of ISIS as a dangerous player in SYRIA. In my opinion, even without formal federalization, SYRIA is in substance divided into several regions controlled by different forces consisting of the government under SYRIAN President Bashar al-Assad; the anti-Assad opposition groups under the banner of the Free Syrian Army (FSA); pro-Turkish and pro-Iranian militias; and the KURDS. Thus, in my opinion, RUSSIA is the only player in SYRIA able to garner enough respect from ALL affected parties to negotiate a deal such that ALL parties need to put their big egos aside and give RUSSIA exclusive mediation powers to develop some sort of reorganized SYRIA that can once and for all put an end to all of this senseless never ending violence, bloodshed and utter madness.

 

 

Summary

 

In summary, I refer to “World Peace Lennon Ivan Style – Part 327” as the belief that IRAQ and SYRIA victories are critical to ISIS decimation, while SYRIAN negotiations must result in peace, while focusing on the new geopolitical realities, whereby tensions between ISRAEL and IRAN represent the biggest concern, as the trigger for a potential Third and Final World War, such that all leaders across the globe must increase their efforts to identify creative diplomatic options to reduce tensions, by considering the appointment of THE ROCK as special envoy to the MIDDLE EAST, as the current situation between ISRAEL and IRAN depicts the new geopolitical realities in the region, whereby U.S. President Donald Trump seems to have realized that he needs an ally in the MIDDLE EAST, and hence the U.S. turned its attention to SAUDI ARABIA, who has been grappling with the KHASHOGGI scandal, whereby there has been an international uproar over the alleged killing of a SAUDI journalist inside the SAUDI ARABIAN consulate in the capital of ISTANBUL, TURKEY, with U.S. President, Donald Trump, initially playing public relations frontman and spin-doctor for the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family by speculating about rogue killers, while insisting that the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, while now being forced to qualify his initial unconditional support with a WOW, as gruesome details emerged from TURKEY’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, stating that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a disgusting seven-minute long attack, in a deliberate murder, that he listened too in its entirety, whereby the doctor instructed the hit men to listen to music, as he dismembered Jamal Khashoggi’s body, while he seemed to be enjoying it, was simply disgusting, as the remains of Jamal Khashoggi remain undiscovered, that were most probably dissolved in acid to insure that never again found, hence, Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salmen (MBS) and the royal SAUDI ARABIAN family will walk away absolved, as TURKEY has not produced adequate substantive evidence to pin them with the crime, other than an abundance of circumstantial evidence that they ordered the hit as defacto rulers of SAUDI ARABIA, such that the CIA made the right decision with CIA Director, Gina Haspel, not appearing at a closed Senate hearing on relations with SAUDI ARABIA, although the CIA was accused of engaging in a cover-up of the Jamal Khashoggi murder, albeit after U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed a reported CIA assessment that Crown Prince MBS was to blame for the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the CIA made the right decision to respect U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision, such that if anyone needs to defend the U.S. decision, it is Donald Trump, although U.S. President Donald Trump made the right decision, in the best interests of the U.S., to describe SAUDI ARABIA as a vital ally and thus resisting calls for sanctions against SAUDI ARABIA’s leadership, on the simple premise that the CIA assessment is predicated on strong circumstantial evidence, while the American justice system is predicated on innocent until proven guilty by a court of law with substantive evidence.

 

 

Spirit of John Lennon – THE ROCK’s News:

December 2, 2018

2018-12-01T06:22:48+00:00

4 Comments

  1. Ivan Cindric December 1, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Christiano Says, “Who Is Captain America Modern Era Of Navigating Through A Lost World?”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLDQZEgmw34

    (DISCLAIMER: Pure Innovative, Creative & Artistic Comparison Solely Utilized For Entertainment Purposes That Should In No Way Be Interpreted As Reality As Blatantly Obvious That Fantasy)

  2. Ivan Cindric December 1, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Reality versus Illusion, Jesus & The Virgin Mary Lead “The Rock” Through Stations Of The Cross, To Rise Above Evil Satanic NWO, Chill To See Zero Tolerance For Whistleblower, Corrupt Life Extremist Terrorist Liberation Movements (ETLM), Poisoning Minds With Brainwashing Techniques, Via Illuminati Demonic Cults, Triggering Irrational, Illogical & Incoherent Deductive Reasoning To Perceive Terrorist Threats From The Prophet & Divine Ministries, As Mind Control Triggers Inseminated To Unleash Turbulence In Skies, While Statistically Impossible For Those Perceiving Threats To Be Aware Of Precise Travelling Logistics Of The Prophet, As Not Publicized Any Where, Such That Nothing Transpires Other Than Reputation Preservation Of Dominant Personal, Financial & Political Interests, Desperate To Lend Credence To Complete & Utter Non-Sense Via Replications, For Hosts To Be Trapped In Delusional Altered States Of Realities, Unable To Awaken From Demonic Trance Fantasies, For Prophet Through Meditations With God To Advise All Hosts Still Trapped With Poisoned Minds, That Root Of Underlying Problem Is Lack Of Faith In God, As Only Remedy To Awaken Brainwashed Zombies, As Formal Justice System Does Not Operate In Spiritual World But Rather In A Legalistic World, Whereby Guidance From The Divine Is Treated As Circumstantial Evidence, Thus Without Substantive Evidence, One Must Have Faith In God To Break The Demonic Curse, While The Prophet Exposes Clear Brainwashing Signs When Love Stories Converted Into Hard-Core Pornography, While Prophets Sermons Are Clearly Anti-Pornographic Via Technique Of Parody Mockery, Albeit Hosts Brainwashed To Point That Unable To Awaken From Demonic Trance Of Non-Relinquishing Tortuous Kind, As God Advises THE ROCK’s Followers That THE ROCK’s Web Market Was Seized & Persecuted, Because Of Modern Day Return Of Jesus Via THE ROCK, To Bring Back Faith In God, In A New World Order (NWO) That Has Sacrificed Core Values, Morals, Principals & Ethics For Materialistic Driven Objectives, Such That All Of THE ROCK’s Testimonies Come From Almighty God, Such That Authorities Can Monitor THE ROCK & THE ROCK’s Web Market To Their Hearts Content, As God Has Made It Clear To THE ROCK That All Hosts With Demonic Ghosts, Driven By Satanic Forces From Hell, Cannot Take Away God’s Superiority Over Their Black Magic Demonic Spells, As God Has Advised THE ROCK That Satan Has Infiltrated All Around THE ROCK’s Family & Friends Core, While Only Reason THE ROCK Still Alive Today, Thanks To Competent Authorities, Who God Led Accordingly, Such That Indirectly Prevented Multiple Assassination Attempts, By Mere Presence, Albeit God Advises That Many May Hate THE ROCK Because Of His Name, But THE ROCK Is Still Alive & Kicking, Thanks To Guidance Exclusively From Divine, While Being Shadowed By Holy Ordained Spirit, As God Prepared THE ROCK For Persecution That Did Come, Such That THE ROCK Knew From Outset That THE ROCK Would Be Treated With Harshness & Cruelty, Especially By Family, Friends & Those Close To THE ROCK, But THE ROCK Accepted Heavy Cross So God’s Prophesies Could Be Fulfilled, Such That Nothing Rattles THE ROCK To Point Of Anger, Discouragement & Despair, While THE ROCK Never Cedes, As God Foresaw & Thus Prepared THE ROCK Accordingly, For Victory Over Satanic Forces Unleashed From Depths Of Hell, Such That THE ROCK Concludes That Hosts With Demonic Ghosts, Who Refuse To Recognize Their Blatantly Obvious Errors In Judgement, At Day Of Tribulation, Will Have Everything Taken Away, As Thrown Into Oblivion Of Hell, As God Has Final Say?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qK3Sr66520

  3. Ivan Cindric December 1, 2018 at 7:44 am

    We Will ROCK You! / Nous Allons Vous ROCKÉ! / Lo Haremos Vosotros ROCAR! / Mi Ćemo Vas ROKATI!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI-7lZ06vO8

  4. Ivan Cindric December 1, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Christiano Says, “WHO Is STAR WARS – ROGUE ONE – ANAKIN SKYWALKER vs DARTH VADER Transposed Over World Powers Creating Innovative, Creative & Artistic Mashup Analogies?”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9cY66Kivo8

    (DISCLAIMER: Pure Innovative, Creative & Artistic Comparison Solely Utilized For Entertainment Purposes That Should In No Way Be Interpreted As Reality As Blatantly Obvious That Fantasy)

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