— The Erimtan Angle —

‘Press TV’s American journalist of Lebanese descent, Serena Shim has been killed in a car accident in Turkey. She was reporting from the Turkish-Syrian border near Kobani and was returning after doing a report on Kobani when her car collided with a truck. The identity and the whereabouts of the truck driver remains a mystery. We have more in this report (19 Oct 2014)’.

The chairman of the American Nationalist Association Rodney Martin does not mince his words: “Mrs. Shim most likely died as a result of her tireless pursuit of truth which is suppressed by media in the West. Mrs. Shim appears to be the victim of a CIA black op, most likely with the cooperation of Turkey who just recently accused her of being a ‘spy’ after she exposed Turkey’s assistance of ISIL”.[1]

The Press TV reporter appears to have fallen victim to a car crash, but Martin explains that “[f]arcical car accidents have been a CIA and their MOSSAD trainees’ specialty since the early 1950s. Likewise, the CIA has targeted those who have exposed their boondoggles and ISIL is a major CIA boondoggle”.[2] Links between Turkey and the Islamist opposition in Syria seem to have been proven to exist,[3] and while usually the name Al-Qaeda is usually floated in this connection, the implication now is that Turkey has been somehow cooperating with the Islamic State (or ISIL, as Press TV and President Obama like to call the terrorist group); and that now, Turkey in some ways allowed the CIA to execute the U.S. citizen Shim, who was arguably working for the enemy in Washington’s eyes. The ANA chairman elucidates that the “United States does not have a credible track record of investigating deaths/murders of its citizens. It does, however, have a selective policy. Additionally, the United States has not been unbiased with its treatment of media that does not [toe] its policy line. US police harassed US-based Press TV crews this summer in Ferguson, Missouri. The United States demanded Saudi Arabia give US investigators full access when US citizens died in the Khobar Towers incident and demanded the same access for American investigators from Yemen regarding the USS Cole incident”. And so, Martin adds that “Turkey must grant investigators from Iran full access to all forensic evidence and the crime scene so as to assure there is no stifling of honest journalism and a full accounting is provided to Mrs. Shim’s family. Neither Turkey nor the US has the credibility to provide such an investigation”.[4]

Turkey does have well-established ties to the jihadi outfit Ahrar al-Sham, the “principal constituent force” of the Syrian Islamic Front (or SIF), set up in December 2012 as a “Salafi umbrella formation, which is arguably the best fighting force within the opposition” to the Assad regime in Damascus.[5] Links to the Islamic State do not appear to be that obvious . . . even though, over the past month, Turkish action or rather inaction has allowed the IS to gain some temporary ground against the PYD, the Syrian Kurdish organization with clear links to the Turkey-based PKK.[6]

[1] “Press TV reporter appears to be victim of CIA black op: Rodney Martin” Press TV (20 Oct 2014). http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/20/382911/press-tv-reporter-victim-of-cia-black-op/.

[2] “Press TV reporter appears to be victim of CIA black op: Rodney Martin”.

[3] Cfr. C. Erimtan, “Keep on truckin’: Turkey and Al Qaeda in Syria” Op-Edge (31 January 2014). http://rt.com/op-edge/turkey-al-qaeda-syria-486/.

[4] “Press TV reporter appears to be victim of CIA black op: Rodney Martin”.

[5] C. Erimtan, “Turkey between rock and a hard place in US fight against ISIS” Op-Edge (18 September 2014). http://rt.com/op-edge/188796-turkey-isis-usa-conflict-syria/.

[6] Cfr. “Rojava: Syria’s Kurds” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (21 September 2014). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/rojava-syrias-kurds/.

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