Is Russia wagging the Liberal political tail in Ottawa? –Walter Derzko
If USA/ Canada is training YPG soldiers and Canadian volunteers are fighting together with Kurdish YPG troops, who appear to be allied with Assad, ISIS and Russia, then there is a problem!! By Walter Derzko, SFi (CONNECTING THE DOTS)
N.B. Hat tip to Bohdan C for spotting the Hammond quote below-WD
FACT: In January 2014, before Moscow invaded and annexed Crimea, Mr. Putin awarded the former Liberal prime minister- Jean Chretien, Russia’s Order of Friendship for “his substantial contribution to the strengthening and development of friendship and co-operation with the Russian Federation.” 
FACT: Former Canadian Liberal PM Jean Chretien (1993-2003) visited Moscow in April 2015 and had a secret meeting with Putin. Publically, details are unknown, however, the InterAction Council said Mr. Chrétien, who is the co-chair of their organization, will “report back to the group on his discussions with the Russian President.” Former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma is also on the Interaction Council 
FACT: The Liberal Party in Canada has withdrawn CF-18 Hornet air support and has promised instead that it would send trainers to train Kurdish troops on the ground.  “Western nations have seen them as reliable allies in the war and have provided them with air support, training, equipment and cash. As a result, the YPG, the Kurdish force that is battling ISIL, has been able to carve out its own mini-state in northeastern Syria.”  N.B. It’s not clear from recent news reports that Canada is now directly training YPG troops, but if they are, there could be a problem. The Canadian press seems to use Pershmerga and YPG interchangeably (see below)
FACT: Canadian volunteers are fighting with a Kurdish faction called YPG says National Post , 
FACT: “Britain has seen "disturbing evidence" that Kurdish YPG forces are coordinating with the Syrian regime and the Russian air force, the Foreign Secretary- Philip Hammond has said.” 
FACT: “The Kurdish YPG, which has become the West’s main ground force against Isil, has taken advantage of a massive regime offensive in north Syria to seize territory of its own from US-backed rebels, effectively leaving Washington in a proxy war with itself. "What we have seen over the last weeks is very disturbing evidence of coordination between Syrian Kurdish forces, the Syrian regime and the Russian air force which are making us distinctly uneasy about the Kurds' role in all of this," Philip Hammond told Parliament on Tuesday. After years of marginalization at the hands of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Syria’s Kurds have emerged as one of the war’s key power brokers, enjoying the support of both Washington and Moscow, even as the two powers square off on opposing sides of the conflict. 
FACT: Russia and FSB /formerly KGB is funding and funneling arms to terrorists in the Middle East; “BEIRUT — Lebanese Hezbollah field commanders with troops fighting in Syria tell The Daily Beast they are receiving heavy weapons directly from Russia with no strings attached. The commanders say there is a relationship of complete coordination between the Assad regime in Damascus, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia. At the same time they say the direct interdependence between Russia and Hezbollah is increasing.” 
FACT: Russians have been fighting for ISIS at least since 2011 
FACT: The KGB/ Kremlin trained most of Saddam Hussein’s top Baathist army leaders, who then went on to form ISIS ,  “The KGB, the East German Stasi and Saddam Hussein’s Mukhabarat intelligence agency are the direct progenitors of the Islamic State security apparatus 
FACT: Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion (3:15 of audio) Admiral (Ret) James Lyons on Islam as a threat doctrine. 
FACT: RUSSIA IS ISIS or ISIS = Russia ; Both ISIS and the Assad regime are led by military and intelligence officers trained in the KGB and both rely on propaganda as a means of internal control, not only of controlling their international image, which is why both so virulently repress independent media that contradicts their officially sanctioned version. , , , ,  N.B. Why did the world know about Osama bin Laden, 10 minutes after 9/11. But I bet you can’t rhyme off who the leaders of ISIS are !!!
FACT: Russia has historic and current ties to the PKK/ PYD Party 
FACT: “Turkey considers YPG a terrorist group because of its affiliation to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. The party’s armed wing, the PKK, has been waging a war against Turkey (a NATO member) since 1984 as it fights for greater rights for Kurds in Turkey. In December, Turkish fighter jets attacked PKK supply camps in northern Iraq. Over the last several weeks, new fighting has erupted between Turkish troops and the PKK in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir” 
 Kurds seek Canadian military, financial support in fight against ISIL: ‘Time to see something concrete’ http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/kurds-seek-canadian-military-financial-support-in-fight-against-isil-in-syria-its-time-to-see-something-concrete
 Hammond: 'Disturbing evidence' that Kurds are coordinating with Syrian regime and Russia http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/12170962/Hammond-Disturbing-evidence-that-Kurds-are-coordinating-with-Syrian-regime-and-Russia.html
 BEIRUT — Lebanese Hezbollah field commanders with troops fighting in Syria tell The Daily Beast they are receiving heavy weapons directly from Russia with no strings attached. The commanders say there is a relationship of complete coordination between the Assad regime in Damascus, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia. At the same time they say the direct interdependence between Russia and Hezbollah is increasing.
 The Islamic State speaks Russian – a new market for ISIS propaganda; 01/02/2016 | by Fainberg, Alisa (Dr.) http://www.ict.org.il/Article/1598/The-Islamic-State-speaks-Russian
 “The KGB, the East German Stasi and Saddam Hussein’s Mukhabarat intelligence agency are the direct progenitors of the Islamic State security apparatus. The proof lies in a cache of documents uncovered after a shootout last year between Syrian rebels and an Iraqi intelligence officer now believed to be the strategic mastermind behind the Islamic State takeover of northern Syria”. Source: BEN MACINTYRE ; THE TIMES APRIL 25, 2015 12:00AM Islamic State owes more to Kremlin than Koran
 How Saddam Hussein Gave Us ISIS By KYLE W. ORTON DEC. 23, 2015. New York Times
 Turkish paper: Russia, Syria maintain ties with outlawed group since Cold War BBC Monitoring European [London] 30 Oct 2015.
Text of report by Turkish newspaper Milliyet website on 27 October [Commentary by Nihat Ali Ozcan: "Russia and the PKK at the Crossroads of Syria"] Russia's increased presence in Syria has not only changed political and military balances but also reopened the "covert operation" files of intelligence organizations. Russia's increased presence in Syria has not only changed political and military balances but also reopened the "covert operation" files of intelligence organizations. This being Syria, the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] - a terrorist organization that was the "guest" of Damascus for 36 years - could of course not be ignored. Al-Asad and Russia did exactly that. They never forgot their old friend, the PKK, which they inherited from the Cold War. They remained in contact [with the PKK] throughout the [Syrian] civil war. Now, the PKK/PYD [Democratic Union Party] has become a prized commodity in the war market and is growing impatient about claiming its own rewards.4
 Chechen separatist leader says Russia controls Islamic State leaders BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union [London] 23 Nov 2015.
Abstract/The associate of [former Chechen separatist leader] Dzhokhar Dudayev and the former field commander claims that the Kremlin was involved in the creation of Islamic State and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is controlling it.
Excerpt from report by private Ukrainian ICTV television on 22 November
[Presenter] It has become known this week that Chechens are fighting on the side of Islamic State [IS]. [Pro-Moscow Chechen leader] Ramzan Kadyrov confirmed that almost 500 of his fighters had joined the terrorists. He naturally considers them traitors. However, another well-known Chechen, Akhmed Zakayev, told an absolutely different version to Fakty Tyzhnya [this news programme]. The associate of [former Chechen separatist leader] Dzhokhar Dudayev and the former field commander claims that the Kremlin was involved in the creation of Islamic State and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is controlling it. Let us hear an excerpt from the interview that we recorded in London. [Zakayev] I have an absolute, 100 per cent, evidence base that IS is controlled by Russian special services today. Those are Iraqi military men who worked under Saddam's rule [former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein]. You know they were Putin's and KGB's allies. Another group comes from the Northern Caucasus which was sent there as soon as it, the so-called IS, started to be formed. These particular secret agents exert their influence and are controlled by the Russian special services. I am more than confident that Putin expected something to happen in Paris or some other place. This action brought political results or political dividends only to one person in the world, Putin, and Putin's regime. Of course, it would be naive to think that everything happened by accident there or was a coincidence. In any case, I am sure that it happened under a planned scenario.
[Passage omitted: correspondent repeats these allegations] Credit: ICTV television, Kiev, in Ukrainian 1645 22 Nov 15 Word count: 277
ICTV television, Kiev, in Ukrainian 1645 22 Nov 15/BBC Monitoring/(c) BBC
 Support of terrorism worldwide by the KGB and FSB http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Litvinenko
Litvinenko stated that "all the bloodiest terrorists of the world" were connected to FSB-KGB, including Carlos "The Jackal" Ramírez, Yassir Arafat, Saddam Hussein, Abdullah Öcalan, Wadie Haddad of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, George Hawi who led the Communist Party of Lebanon, Ezekias Papaioannou from Cyprus, Sean Garland from Ireland and many others. He said that all of them were trained, funded, and provided with weapons, explosives and counterfeit documents in order to carry out terrorist attacks worldwide and that each act of terrorism made by these people was carried out according to the task and under the rigid control of the KGB of the USSR. Litvinenko said that "the center of global terrorism is not in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or the Chechen Republic. The terrorism infection creeps away worldwide from the cabinets of the Lubyanka Square and the Kremlin".
 The 'ripple effect': Canada's support for the Kurds brings unintended consequences http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/the-ripple-effect-canadas-support-for-the-kurds-brings-unintended-consequences
 Sajjan shrugs off concerns about Canadian-trained Kurdish soldiers in Iraq http://bit.ly/1QZFC9J
The debate was sparked by a secret "Canadian Eyes Only" intelligence analysis by Transport Canada that looked at the Kurdish peshmerga, whom Canadian special forces operators have been instructing since late 2014. The report warns there are some factions of the militia group that are designated as terrorist entities under federal law. It focuses on the separate issue of Canadian volunteers who've gone to fight alongside the Kurds. "Any Canadians claiming to have links to organizations such as the People's Worker Party (PKK) are likely to become the subject of Canada's anti-terror legislation," says the report to the department, one of many federal agencies with a security assessment branch. The intelligence analysis, dated Nov. 28, 2014, and obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, parses the various branches and factions of the peshmerga, which make up almost 60 per cent of Kurdish security forces in the region. One of the factions is the People's Worker Party, or PKK, which is designated as a terrorist entity under Canadian law. Turkey, a NATO ally, takes a particularly hard line on the PKK, and recently threatened to boycott United Nations-backed peace talks on Syria if a political group associated with the PKK was at the table. It is unclear how many Canadians — if any — are fighting with the PKK, or another faction known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, but there have been several published reports of it happening since the war heated up in the summer of 2014. The YPG, which came to international attention during the siege of Kobani, has not been deemed a terrorist group.