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  • Call for help from Nusaybin's Xerabê Bava village (Koruköy, Turkey)

    02/19/2017 6:10:53 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 19, 2017 | NEWS DESK
    In the village of Xeraba Bavê (Koruköy) in Nusaybin district of Mardin where the blockades and attacks of Turkish forces continue for nine days, houses are being raided again. The state forces searching houses during the raids tortured and hospitalized a villager named Samet Akdeniz. Hatice Akdeniz, the wife of Samet Akdeniz who spoke to ANF from inside the village explained the current situation in Xeraba Bavê. "PROPERTIES SMASHED" Stating that state forces carried out raids on villages one by one during the afternoon hours, Hatice Akdeniz told ANF, "They [Turkish forces] insulted us during the searches, our properties have...
  • Erdogan presses for 1.5 million new jobs ahead of key vote (Turkey referendum is close)

    02/19/2017 5:47:33 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 19, 2017 | Zülfikar Doğan
    After the Turkish lira's dramatic slump against the dollar, for instance, Erdogan declared a "national mobilization" to curb the greenback, urging citizens to convert their dollar savings to Turkish liras or gold. Soon, the Turks were called to mobilize to prop up the shrinking domestic market. In a bid to encourage citizens to spend more, the government cut taxes on furniture, domestic appliances and home sales. Then came "the national housing mobilization" as 10 public and private banks provided a new credit line for homebuyers until March 31, offering 20-year repayment schemes on purchases from a number of major housing projects,...
  • Siege of Kurdish village: 39 detained, 2 disappeared, 3 killed – reports (in Turkey)

    02/19/2017 4:40:51 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    KOM News ^ | 19 February 2017 | none stated
    Korukoy village in Nusaybin's Kurdish region, southeast Turkey has been under siege since 9 February 2017 The siege of Kurdish village Korukoy in Turkey’s southeastern Nusaybin district continues. According to reports 39 people have been detained, two disappeared and three killed.Several women who were able to leave the village to be taken to hospital spoke to reporters about developments in the area, which has been under siege for nine days.Necla Dogan told Sujin news outlet that security forces had used her house as headquarters against her will.“Special forces stormed our house at night,” Dogan said. “They took us outside and said we were...
  • Ferhat Encü: They will not take our will hostage (Turkish HDP Party Official)

    02/19/2017 4:20:20 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 19, 2017 | KOCAELİ
    HDP Şırnak parliamentarian Ferhat Encü, who had been arrested during the political genocide operations and held hostage for 104 days before his release on Wednesday, was re-arrested after the prosecutor's objection in Şırnak and sent to Kocaeli Kandıra Closed Prison. Ferhat Encü met with his lawyers and sent the following message: "Certain judges continue to break the law and issue unlawful decision against the lawful decision given by judges few in number. Şırnak 1st Heavy Penal Court sacrificed law and justice to political pressures and ruled against the decision of Şırnak ins Heavy Penal Court. This scandalous decision has shaken...
  • Syrian Democratic Forces expel ISIS from four villages east Raqqa, rescue dozens of civilians

    02/19/2017 3:57:50 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 20, 2017 | Ahmed Shiwesh
    Raqqa – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday seized more ground in eastern Raqqa, pushing Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants out of four more villages. The Kurdish-led SDF troops captured the villages of Fatatish, Bir, Shamari and Shwehan in the eastern countryside of Raqqa Governorate in northeastern Syria, after clashes with ISIS militants. “At least 20 ISIS terrorists were killed in the clashes on Sunday, before the group was forced to withdraw from these villages,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.The progress comes as part of the SDF-led Third Phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation for Raqqa.The SDF has also rescued dozens...
  • US refutes Turkish claims it will drop Kurdish force in Syria

    02/17/2017 11:41:07 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    KOM News ^ | February 2017 | none stated
    The US State Department has dismissed claims by Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik that the Trump administration is not adamant on carrying out the Raqqa operation with Kurdish forces.“The new US administration has a different approach to the issue. They are not insisting anymore that the operation should definitely be carried out with the YPG. They haven’t yet made up their minds,” Isik told reporters in Brussels on Thursday.Speaking to the Middle East Eye, a US State Department spokesperson referred to a press briefing given on Wednesday by Major General Rupert Jones, a deputy commander in the coalition fighting against...
  • Washington quietly rebuffs Turkish delegation’s anti-YPG efforts

    02/17/2017 11:29:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    Al Monitor ^ | 16 February 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    As Turkish leaders continue to make hawkish noises about Raqqa, a high-level delegation seeking to persuade the United States to exclude the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from a planned offensive to liberate the city from the Islamic State left Washington empty-handed, Al-Monitor has learned. The team headed by Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Umit Yalcin and comprising the heads of the ministry’s US, Iraq and Syria departments along with senior members of the Turkish Armed Forces and the national spy agency MIT, pushed their case against the YPG in separate meetings on Feb. 13-14 with US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom...
  • New step in the Operation Wrath of Euphrates to liberate Raqqa

    02/17/2017 7:21:30 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ANF News ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | RAQQA - ANF
    Wrath of Euphrates Operation Room announced the initiation of the second step in the operation's third phase, the main goal of which is the liberation of villages in eastern Raqqa. Wrath of Euphrates Operation Room Spokesperson Cihan Şêx Ehmed made the announcement, in which Deir ez-Zor Military Council also participated, in the Mekmen village. Ehmed stated that: "As the Wrath of Euphrates Operation Room, we announce the initiation of the second step in the third phase of the Operation Wrath of Euphrates after the accomplishment of the first step. In this second step, we will liberate eastern Raqqa and cut its...
  • Syrian Kurdish politician: US proposed safe zones to be in YPG controlled areas

    02/17/2017 6:55:45 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    KOM News ^ | 16 February 2017 | Ilham Ehmed
    Ilham Ehmed, Co-chair of Syrian Democratic Council The Co-chair of the Syrian National Council, Ilham Ehmed, has said that the safe zones proposed by the new US administration will be formed in areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).Speaking to Firat News Agency (ANF), Ehmed said, “the most important decision taken by the new administration in Washington is planning for refugees to be placed in safe zones in the region.”According to the ANF, Ehmed was invited to the US for meetings with representatives in congress and federal commissions. “We met with...
  • Turkey steps up attacks on SDF-held areas north Syria (SDF contains Kurds & Arabs)

    02/16/2017 4:18:32 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 16, 2017 | Qehreman Miste & Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Turkey’s military forcers and allied rebels in Syria continued their offensive against the town of Tel Rifaat in northern Aleppo, targeting positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), local sources reported on Wednesday.The Turkish Army and Turkey-backed rebels of the Euphrates Shield have been bombing Tel Rifaat since Tuesday. SDF headquarters and residential buildings in Tel Rifaat were hit with dozens of mortar shells. The Turkish troops and allied rebels also used heavy artillery and machine guns in the offensive–aimed at driving the SDF out of the town.The number of casualties is still unknown.In the meantime, two Turkish cobra helicopters hit the village of...
  • Coalition general says SDF forces to take Raqqa from ISIS, not Turkey

    02/16/2017 3:59:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 16, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Major General Rupert Jones, UK deputy commander of the Coalition forces against ISIS, said that most likely the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will take Raqqa, and not the Turkey-led groups that are currently fighting in al-Bab.“The force that looks most likely capable to conduct the liberation of Raqqa remains the SDF. Are we confident in the SDF? Absolutely we are. We’ve seen their fighting spirit, we’ve seen what they’re capable of doing. They re-took Manbij, a very tough fight, and they prevailed in the face of a tough opposition,” Jones said.“We’ve also always said that we would discuss with our partners...
  • Turkey Detains Hundreds Over Alleged PKK Links, Targeting HDP (Kurds excluded, Turkey referendum)

    02/16/2017 1:46:58 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Financial Tribune ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2017 | International
    Turkish police have detained more than 800 people over alleged links to Kurdish fighters in nationwide operations, according to state media. Police conducted simultaneous raids in 37 provinces and taken 834 people into custody, state-run Anadolu Agency quoted police forces as saying on Tuesday, Aljazeera reported. Authorities received intelligence that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) would escalate attacks after February 15, the day marking the 1999 capture of imprisoned PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan. Along with the suspects, two Kalashnikovs, 11 guns, 15 rifles and ammunition were seized, police said. The operations come as Turks prepare to vote on April...
  • Greeks in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction

    02/15/2017 7:02:26 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | February 15, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    This population decline of Greeks in Turkey has not been due to natural causes but rather the result of state-sponsored attacks and pressure. The current Greek population in Turkey is estimated at fewer than 2,000.  But this population decline was not due to natural causes; the Greek community has become nearly extinct due to many state-sponsored attacks and pressure.The largest attacks took place during the last years of the Ottoman Empire with pogroms and discrimination continuing until the present day.In 2007, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) announced that “the Ottoman campaign against Christian minorities of the Empire between...
  • A new momentum for Kurdish talks?

    02/14/2017 4:21:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | February/15/2017 | AHU ÖZYURT
    It is hardly surprising to read the statements from the Turkish Presidential Palace regarding a different approach to the Kurdish issue after CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s visit to Ankara. İlnur Çevik, a former journalist and currently advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said Turkey may start looking at the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) from a different perspective. He even cited the example of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (KRG) and Massoud Barzani’s relations with Ankara. “Why shouldn’t the PYD be like Barzani?” Çevik told the New York Times. Çevik knows the issue very well. For a long time he...
  • Coming soon: Erdogan 'The Chief' (Erdogan the Arrogant)

    02/14/2017 9:59:30 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    Al Monitor ^ | February 13, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol
    An early scene involves one of the most controversial prohibitions in Turkey's history — the ban on reciting the Islamic call to prayer in the original Arabic that was imposed in 1932 by the one-party, Kemalist regime and lasted until 1950, when the first free elections brought the opposition Democrat Party to power. “The Chief” covers the ban, abhorred for decades by Turkey’s religious conservatives, in a dramatic fictional fashion. As the unpopular Turkish-language call to prayer is delivered from a minaret, a bold imam walks into the courtyard of a mosque and dares to recite the Arabic call to prayer. A soldier under strict orders to stop such “reactionaries” forces the imam to...
  • Turkey’s Euphrates Shield reaches critical juncture

    02/13/2017 9:35:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 13, 2017 | Author Metin Gurcan | TranslatorTimur Göksel
    Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operation, which entered its 170th day Feb. 11 having seen the loss of 65 Turkish soldiers, is at its most critical juncture. In an operation launched the night of Feb. 7 from Aqil Hill, a dominating feature west of al-Bab, about 1,300 Turkish troops (700 commandos, 400 tank personnel and about 200 special forces) and nearly 2,000 Free Syrian Army fighters took part. Thirteen Turkish soldiers were killed in the operation. Security sources told Al-Monitor that about 800 Islamic State (IS) militants and 10,000 civilians are still in the town center of al-Bab. IS uses these civilians as "live shields," and the Turkish army...
  • Kurdish female fighters clash with Turkey’s military in Syrian town (YPJ fighters)

    02/13/2017 7:10:51 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 14, 2017 | Qehreman Miste
    Hasakah – Kurdish female fighters of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) on Monday clashed with Turkish Army forces near the town of Amude, in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate.The clashes followed an attempt by the Turkish military troops to enter the Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria, where Turkey continues to build a concrete wall alongside the borderline.“The Turkish Army on Monday entered the border village of Kharza, located about 10 kilometre west of Amude town. However, a YPJ unit opened fire on the Turkish convoy to prevent its progress,” a YPJ officer told ARA News.“Clashes broke out in the vicinity of Kharza...
  • YPJ General Commander: The Syrian revolution has found its path (YPJ is Women's Kurd Army)

    02/13/2017 1:03:08 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 13, 2017 | QAMISHLO - ANF - SEYİT EVRAN
    YPJ General Commander Nesrin Abdullah made important analyses about how the Raqqa liberation operation differs from others, YPJ’s role in it, Turkey’s goals and aims in the region. Nesrin Abdullah’s comments to the ANF are as follows: THE OPERATION IS A MULTI-PHASE PROCESS The operation to liberate Raqqa is a process. The phases are launched, carried out and finalized taking into consideration the climate and the regional and geographical conditions. Considerations like our forces’ rest, training and technical supplies also play a role. WHAT’S DIFFERENT IN THIS OPERATION There are some differences in this operation to the previous ones in...
  • HDP: More than 318 members of our party detained today (Turkey)

    02/13/2017 12:30:49 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 13, 2017 | NEWS DESK - ANF
    Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Central Executive Board (MYK) released a statement regarding the increasing operations of political genocide as part of which hundreds were taken into custody across Turkey today. The statement announced that more than 318 people including administrators, provincial-district co-chairs and members of the HDP have been detained in Istanbul, İzmir, Van, Adana, Adıyaman, Kocaeli, Antep, Siirt, Bingöl, Malatya, Bursa and Ağrı provinces and their districts today. The statement by the HDP said the following: "The operations against our party, ongoing since July 2015, continue increasingly without a pause since the coup attempt of July 15, 2016. As...
  • Erdogan intent on forming Syria safe zone for Arabs and Turkmens

    02/13/2017 11:49:42 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    KOM News ^ | 13 February 2017 | none stated
    Speaking during his visit to Bahrein in a joint press meeting with the country’s Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Turkish President Erdogan commented on his army’s Euphrates Shield operation in the north of Syria.Erdogan said, “The step we took [in al-Bab] is locked onto a target. After this if we can take joint steps with coalition forces we will go towards Manbij and Raqqa. There we will form a safe zone in which we will allow for mainly our Arab and Turkmen brothers and sisters to settle into.”Turkey has been a long-time supporter of forming safe zones in Syria. Until...
  • YPG: Turkey breaching Rojava border, preparing for attacks

    02/13/2017 11:38:24 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    KOM News ^ | 13 February 2017 | none stated
    The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has issued a statement on the Turkish army’s activities and what it calls “violations against the territory of Rojava”.The YPG’s statement says that on 11 February the Turkish military began constructing roads for military purposes near the town of Kobane and announced that on 12 February YPG forces clashed with Turkish soldiers trying to cross the Turkey-Syria border into areas controlled by the Rojava autonomous administration. The YPG said that an intensification of military activity by Turkey signalled to preparations for a future attack against Rojava.Attacks with tanks and heavy weapons were reportedly also...
  • U.S. Marine Veteran Killed While Fighting ISIS In Syria

    02/12/2017 9:44:14 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 32 replies
    Army Military News ^ | January 30, 2017 | Joshua Raymond-Castro
    Albert Harrington was 49 years old when he was killed in combat Harrington served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in August 1991. According to social media, Harrington had made multiple trips between the U.S. and Syria in the past and was considered a veteran fighter to the Kurdish people, who referred to him as Cekdar Rojava.Harrington’s death makes him the second U.S. volunteer to be killed fighting alongside the Kurdish militia (YPG) in less than a month, with Paolo Todd, 33, of California, succumbing to wounds received fighting ISIS near Raqqa on January 15th.A fellow...
  • How close are we to a solution in Syria?

    02/10/2017 10:08:30 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 10, 2017 | Amed Dicle
    The SDF commanders in the region who spoke to Al-Monitor say liberating Raqqa will be easier than militarily seizing Manbij. The operation has been going on for four months and is expected to continue until the summer. SDF officials have been talking to Kurdish and Arab politicians and opinion leaders to discuss the future of Raqqa. The diplomatic side of this operation is the most crucial. Before touching upon these issues, one should understand the importance of Raqqa. Geographically, Raqqa is in the middle of Syria and is of strategic importance. It has been under Islamic State (IS) occupation over...
  • Assad says US troops welcome in Syria to fight 'terrorism'

    02/10/2017 8:36:45 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 80 replies
    MRT ^ | Updated 12:41 pm, Friday, February 10, 2017 | Bassem Mroue (AP)
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against "terrorists" in Syria — as long as it is in cooperation with his government and respects the country's sovereignty. Speaking with Yahoo News, Assad said he has not had any communication — direct or indirect — with President Donald Trump or any official form the new U.S. administration. But the Syrian leader appeared to make a gesture to the new U.S. president in the interview, saying he welcomes Trump's declaration that he will make it...
  • 330 more academics expelled with state of emergency decree, stirring debate in Turkey

    02/09/2017 11:55:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Hurrieyt Daily News ^ | February/08/2017 | ANKARA (location)
    A total of 330 academics were expelled with a new state of emergency decree published in the Official Gazette late on Feb. 7, drawing criticism from the opposition and the scholars themselves about the effect the moves will have on education. The academics were among 4,464 public workers who were expelled as part of the decree. The expulsion of the academics also drew reactions from political parties, with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmakers Sezgin Tanrıkulu and Aykut Erdoğdu criticizing the decision. “Dear academics, all those who faced injustices: These days will pass and the justice will be served,”...
  • Maxime Azadi about the indicment: The threat of extradition to Turkey still hangs over me.

    02/08/2017 8:00:32 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    Fair Press (EU) ^ | Jan 15, 2017 | Kristina Markalaus
    A warrant for the arrest of Kurdish journalist, Maxime Azadi, in Brussels which was issued by Interpol on Turkey’s request at the end of last year (December 15), sparked strong reactions in the media and the organisations which defend freedom of the media and freedom of expression. Also, a concern has appeared regarding the spread of conflicts with journalist in Turkey onto Europe. The journalist was arrested under the accusation of collaborating with a terrorist organisation and he was conditionally released a few days later. Azadi has been working in Brussels since the year 2000 and he writes for the...
  • Moscow to host pan-Kurdish conference on February 15 (one without Turkey)

    02/08/2017 6:39:08 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Kurdish Institute (original source ARA news) ^ | Wladimir van Wilgenburg (original source)
    A pan-Kurdish national conference will be held in Moscow on 15 February with the participation of Kurds from Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. Abdulsalam Ali, a member of the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), said that they would discuss the current situation in the Middle East and the divisions of zones of influence in the region. Among the participants in the meetings are PYD-co head Asya Abdulla, the president of the Kobani local administration Anwar Muslim, and the former mayor of Diyarbakir Osman Baydemir. Representatives of Kurdish parties in Iran and Iraq will also participate in the meeting. But...
  • Turkey bombs Kurdish villages northwest Syria

    02/08/2017 5:17:45 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 7, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Kurdish officials on Monday accused the Turkish army of shelling the villages of Maranaaz, Vilat al-Qadi, Sheikh Issa east of Afrin district and entering Syrian territory. Turkish media confirmed the shelling. “Turkish army and affiliated terrorists are heavily shelling east Efrin [Afrin] from Azaz city since Monday evening — the attacks continued until the moment,” the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said in a statement. The Turkish army has been bombarding Kurdish positions in Afrin district from the rebel-held areas of Marea and Azaz in Aleppo Governorate, in northwestern Syria. It’s unclear if the shelling was a result of clashes...
  • 62 year-old ‘Peace Mother’ sentenced to 8 years in Turkey (Erdogan's Insanity)

    02/08/2017 4:12:04 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    KOM News ^ | 28 January 2017 | non stated
    62 year-old ‘Peace Mother’ sentenced to 8 years in Turkey 28 January 2017 10:26 Sultan Azboy, member of Peace Mothers Movement Sultan Azboy, a member of the ‘Peace Mothers’, has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison for allegedly being a member of an illegal organisation.Sultan Azboy reacted to the decision and said, “I stand for peace and they call me a terrorist. I didn’t take up arms against anyone. I didn’t shoot anyone. I am a peace mother. I am 62 years old and they have sentenced me just for participating in protests for peace. I will continue my...
  • The face of raw courage: Brave Yazidi teenager was kidnapped by jihadis and sold into sexual slavery

    02/05/2017 5:09:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7 January 2017 | Ian Birrell
    Lamiya Haji Bashar was condemned to sex slavery by Islamic State members She tried to escape many times but was hauled back, sold, attacked and raped The teen was injured when she escaped after another teen stepped on a mine Lamiya hopes to go to university and is raising awareness of the Yazidi slaves (must read, ISIS MUST END)
  • Air Force attack destroys Daesh sites inside Syria (Jordanian Air Force)

    02/05/2017 4:19:27 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    The Jordan Times ^ | Feb 04,2017 | JT (none stated)
    AMMAN — Royal Air Force jets on Friday destroyed various targets of the Daesh terrorist group in southern Syria, a Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army statement said Saturday, cited by the Jordan News Agency, Petra. One of the targets was a military site that previously belonged to the Syrian army and was seized by Daesh, the statement said, adding that the attack was dedicated to the memory of those who died in the line of duty in the war against terrorism. The Royal Air Force’s unmanned jet fighter planes destroyed ammunition warehouses, a structure designated to customising and booby-trapping vehicles and...
  • Islamic State surrounds military airport in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria

    02/05/2017 2:25:15 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 17 January 2017 | Kareem Shaheen
    Islamic State fighters have broken through government defensive lines in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, surrounding a military airport and cutting off food supplies for roughly a quarter of a million civilians in what could become a major humanitarian disaster. Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria is divided between the militants and the government of Bashar al-Assad. The areas controlled by the government have long been under siege but were sustained by supplies flown in to the nearby military airport and by airdrops from the World Food Programme. But on Monday, Isis fighters, which sources from the city said were...
  • Obama’s White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa. Trump’s team took a brief look and >

    02/05/2017 8:21:12 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 2, 2017 | Adam Entous, Greg Jaffe and Missy Ryan
    Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, late-night debates. There were no good options, but Obama’s top foreign policy advisers were convinced that they had finally settled on an approach that could work — arming Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, current and former U.S. officials said. There was just one problem: The Obama team had deliberated for so long...
  • NATO insiders suspect staged Turkey coup

    02/03/2017 7:18:23 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Never More ("aldri mer" Norwegian) ^ | 1-25-17 | Kjetil Stormark
    The dominant assessment in NATO is clear: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan staged the coup against himself.By KJETIL STORMARK / kjetil@aldrimer.noSenior NATO sources tell aldrimer.no that they believe Erdoğan staged the coup himself. However, they stress that there is no written NATO documentation for that claim, because it is simply too sensitive. That’s because all member nation’s have the right to access to all intelligence information gathered by the alliance.1,600 namesBut the dominant NATO assessment is quite clear.«The senior officers, three- and four-star generals, and those who worked with Turkey for 30-40 years and who mentored Turkish officers for...
  • Trump fires acting attorney general after she defies him on immigration ban

    01/30/2017 8:12:33 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 96 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan. 30, 2017 | Mark Abadi
    President Donald Trump fired acting US Attorney General Sally Yates after she defied him on his controversial executive order on immigrants and refugees, according to a statement White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued Monday night. "The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," the statement read in part. Trump named Dana Boente, a US district attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve in Yates's place until the president's attorney general appointee Jeff Sessions is confirmed. Earlier Monday,...
  • Trump’s Victory Will Not Defeat Immigrants or Constitutional Rights (Anti-Trump strategy)

    01/28/2017 6:41:28 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    National Immigration Law Center ^ | NOVEMBER 10, 2016 implemented 1-28-17 | By Jackie Vimo
    Tuesday’s election signaled the start of a difficult period for immigrants in the United States. On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump said he would impose many policies that would tear communities apart, including mass deportations and a ban on Muslim immigrants. He made a lot of promises, but campaigning is not governing. In fact, Trump has already backtracked on his plan for a mass deportation initiative. But Trump isn’t president yet. We have two-and-a-half months to make sure communities are prepared for whatever comes next. We strongly believe that his campaign promises would trample upon the civil and constitutional rights...
  • Syrian Kurds rebuilding Kobani from rubble

    01/28/2017 4:38:05 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | January 25, 2017 | Fehim Taştekin
    KOBANI, Syria — I recently stayed overnight in Serekaniye and awoke to unusual sounds at about 5 a.m. I looked out and saw a group of Asayish (local Kurdish police), both men and women, engaged in physical training in an empty lot. Serekaniye had been the scene of clashes in 2012-13 between the Kurds and groups supported by Turkey. Now, the Asayish there look like a disciplined army.  Not quite 200 miles away in Kobani, there is other evidence that the Kurds have serious aspirations for Rojava, officially the Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria. Though rubble remains in most parts, the city is both rebuilding and launching new construction. There is...
  • Why were protesters wearing hijabs? The dark, powerful, hidden force behind the Women's March on DC

    01/28/2017 11:06:09 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 34 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 1-24-17 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – They gathered by the thousands to watch history on television. They cheered wildly when President Trump said in his inaugural address that the U.S. will eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth. The next day, they looked on in shock and horror at the violent protests in the streets. They were even more horrified when they saw American women wearing hijabs, Muslim headscarves worn as a sign of piety. But this wasn’t Kansas. It wasn’t even the Midwest. It was the Middle East. Cairo, Egypt. Home to tens of millions of devout Muslims. Cheri Berens...
  • Women’s March towards Islam? (US women's March)

    01/27/2017 7:07:03 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Cheri Berens ^ | 1-26-17 | Cheri Berens
    Due to the time difference here in Egypt, I had to stay up all night for three nights to watch the pre-inauguration, inauguration, and post inauguration activities. Many thousands of Egyptians did the same. Every coffee shop with a satellite dish was packed to the maximum. Egyptians were enthralled and impressed by the peaceful process, but also the pomp and circumstance. The coffee shop roared loudly with cheers when Trump said "radical Islam will be eradicated from the planet". We here in Egypt have experienced many terror attacks and all of us have experienced the death of a friend or family...
  • Russia proposes draft Syria constitution recognising autonomy for Kurds

    01/26/2017 1:49:15 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    Kurdish Question ^ | 26 January 2017 | none stated
    According to reports and the comments of two Russian officials, Moscow proposed a draft constitution to the Syrian opposition at the recent Astana talks. Alexander Lavrentyev, the head of Russian delegation at Astana said, "We transferred the draft constitution, which was prepared by Russian experts, to the Syrian armed opposition. I want to emphasise, we have done this solely for the reason that we want to accelerate this process and to give it some additional pacing, we are in no way interfering in the process of consideration and adoption of the constitution." Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov also supported...
  • Embattled Syria troops clash with IS in Deir Ezzor

    01/17/2017 4:25:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    Gulf Times ^ | 1-18-2017 | AFP/Beirut
    Syrian government forces clashed with Islamic State group fighters for a fourth day on Tuesday in an eastern city where a jihadist assault has left more than 100 dead, a monitor said. IS began a fierce attack Saturday on the remaining parts of Deir Ezzor under government control, and has managed to divide the city's eastern half from the west. It has also cut the supply route running from the city's key military airport, limiting the government's ability to bring in supplies and military reinforcements. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Tuesday that Syria's military and...
  • 2017 – “No Fear”… (Brietbart pic - McNaughton)

    01/17/2017 10:47:53 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 17, 2017 | by sundance
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  • Turkey faces financial disaster

    01/17/2017 5:46:40 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 30 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 17 Jan 2017 (last modified) | Cengiz Candar
    Gauging the value of the Turkish lira against the US dollar has required the power of divination so far this year. Anxiety is high as Turks wait to see whether the lira will tumble more and reach the once-unimaginable level of 4 lira per $1. snip- Now, 4 lira to a dollar is entirely possible and is seen as a harbinger of the big financial crisis to come. snip- The data indicates Turkey will be facing an inevitable financial collapse or at least a severe economic crisis this year. Such a crisis will worsen the security situation in Turkey, which...
  • Staring Into Syria’s Diplomatic Fog

    01/15/2017 7:18:19 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The Century Foundation ^ | January 06, 2017 | Aron Lund
    Syria enters 2017 in a state of diplomatic confusion. On December 30, a truce agreement brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran came into effect. It was endorsed by the UN Security Council on the following day and has been blessed by the United States, but war still rages in many areas of the country. Meanwhile, the gaze of the international community has turned to an unlikely location: Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, where Russia is trying to organize Syrian political negotiations backed by Turkey and Iran. The Astana meeting has been scheduled for January 23, before the resumption of the...
  • Iraqi palace of mirrors: Kurds block aid to Christian militia

    01/10/2017 3:59:55 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 01/01/2017 | William Murray
    The Christian town of Qaraqosh, Iraq, located on the Nineveh Plain, is in ruins. It is far worse than its appearance, which is bad enough. Other than a handful of volunteers to clean up the streets, and the 300 or so members of the Nineveh Protection Unit, or NPU, the town is deserted. The Christian town has enemies other than the ruthless Islamic State, or ISIS, which left it in ruins. Currently the Kurdish militia, the Peshmerga, is blocking aid to the NPU that guards the town, because the NPU is the Assyrian Christian militia. It is the only armed...
  • I Fought ISIS with the Kurds In Syria. This Is What It Was Like

    01/10/2017 7:49:16 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    The Tower ^ | January 2017 | Robert Amos
    I dropped out of school to join the fight against tyranny. I learned much more than I had expected. “The Jews and the Kurds, we are alone in the Middle East,” a fighter named Zagros told me as I was leaving Syrian Kurdistan. “Go back to Israel and tell the Kurdish Jews in Israel that they are welcome back here in Kurdistan.” I had been there for almost six months fighting ISIS alongside Kurdish soldiers. A year before, I had been a graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem studying politics and sociology. But after I saw the horrible...
  • Was Friday's declassified report claiming Russian hacking of the 2016 election rigged?

    01/07/2017 5:05:12 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 36 replies
    Fox News - Opinion ^ | January 07, 2017 | Fred Fleitz
    Friday night, during her last show on Fox News, Megyn Kelly asked former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra whether he accepted the conclusion by 17 intelligence agencies in a recently released declassified report that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and that this interference came at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Hoekstra gave an answer many viewers of "The Kelly File" did not anticipate. He noted that the declassified report represents the views of only three intelligence agencies, not seventeen. Hoekstra also questioned why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)...
  • When James Mattis Gave Away His Dinner

    01/07/2017 12:25:14 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Dec 31, 2016 | Frances Tilney Burke
    Character is often revealed in seemingly small gestures. Amid all the speculation about how retired Marine general James Mattis will manage to lead the behemoth called the Department of Defense, one personal experience I had a decade ago as a young staffer in the office of the Secretary of Defense sticks in my mind as a demonstration of Mattis's natural leadership ability. It was also an act of pure kindness I have never forgotten. After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, as large numbers of wounded warriors started to come home to the United States to recuperate at Walter Reed...
  • Caught On Tape: Gunman Shoots US Consular Official In Mexico

    01/07/2017 12:04:53 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Jan 7, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    AP reports that Mexican prosecutors said Saturday they are searching for a gunman who opened fire on, and wounded an official of the U.S. consulate in the western city of Guadalajara. While motive is unclear, the shooting appeared to be a direct attempt to kill the consular employee. As CBS reports, surveillance video of the attack shows the gunman following the official in a parking garage. The official, whose name was not released, was dressed in shorts. The attacker doesn’t appear to try to approach the official. Instead, the gunman waits for him to exit the parking garage and fires...
  • Trump Restaurant for Falafel: a Syrian Kurd names restaurant in Kobane after US President-elect

    01/04/2017 9:27:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ARA News ^ | January 4, 2017 | Enwer Omar
    ARA NewsKobane – A Syrian Kurd opened a falafel restaurant in the city of Kobane, and decided to name it after the US President-elect Donald Trump.Walid Shekhi, 40, opened his “Trump Restaurant” last week in central Kobane, a city under reconstruction since the expulsion of ISIS militants nearly two years ago. Shekhi, a father of six, told ARA News that he named his restaurant after Tump for the US-led coalition’s key role in liberating his hometown from ISIS.“And I believe that the United States under Donald Trump will provide more support to the Kurds to fight and eventually eliminate Daesh terrorists,” he said, using...