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  • Thousands of fruit trees destroyed for ‘security reasons’ in Turkey’s Kurdish region

    03/27/2017 11:53:23 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    KOM News ^ | 27 March 2017 | none stated
    Trees destroyed in Turkey's Kurdish province Sirnak, 27 March 2017, (Photo: Evrensel) Thousands of fruit trees have been destroyed for the “security of the villagers” by local village guards allegedly acting with orders from the local Gendarme Commander in Sirnak province, Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish region, reported the daily Evrensel on Monday.The trees were cut within the last month in the Besta region of Uludere district, located near the border with Iraq.The trees are being cut daily in the early hours of the morning by village guards (state paramilitary force) accompanied by soldiers who stand back and do not participate in the...
  • Close to a 1000 HDP administrators behind bars in Turkey

    03/27/2017 11:41:41 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    KOM News ^ | 27 March 2017 | none stated
    HDP supporters protest the arrest of their members in Istanbul with a poster reading, "We are not afraid of you." People’s Democratic Party (HDP) spokesman and Urfa Deputy Osman Baydemir shared data about HDP members under detention in a press conference on Sunday. Close to a thousand HDP administrators are currently in prison in addition to 13 deputies, said Baydemir.A thousand administrators behind bars“37 province co-chairs and 97 district co-chairs have been arrested since July 2016. 27 province co-chairs and 84 district co-chairs who are members of the party administration are currently in prison. A total of 13 deputies, two members...
  • Muslim: ‘No written agreements, just kept promises’ between US, Russia and Kurds

    03/27/2017 6:24:34 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    KOM News ^ | 26 March 2017 | none stated
    PYD Co-leader Salih Muslim In an interview with ANF news agency, Democratic Union Party (PYD) Co-leader Salih Muslim said that a victory in Raqqa was important for the safety of Rojava as the war would be pushed away from the borders of the autonomous region and the people of Raqqa will be free from the Islamic State (IS).“Our democratic federal system will encompass an even greater area and the people of Raqqa are welcome to become a part of it, if they wish to do so,” the co-leader said, adding that about 75% of the forces participating in the Raqqa...
  • The strategic Euphrates Dam stops working and the “Islamic State” organization still controls its

    03/26/2017 2:12:03 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 53 replies
    Syria Observatory of Human Rights ^ | 26/03/2017 | none stated
    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was informed by several reliable sources that the Euphrates Dam which is located on the Euphrates River north of al-Tabaqa city in the western countryside of al-Raqqah has stopped working, the reasons are still unknown until now, where the sources of the observatory suggested that the Dam has stopped because of a power outage, which is being generated from the dam automatically, also the intersecting sources confirmed to the Syrian observatory for Human Rights that the main body of the Dam and the main turbines are still under the control the “Islamic State” organization...
  • Is Turkey rattled by Russian-Kurdish deal?

    03/26/2017 8:17:50 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 24, 2017 | Fehim Taştekin (Translator: Timur Göksel)
    Turkey’s plans to expand its Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria and isolate Kurdish forces in the region appear to be backfiring. After Turkey liberated al-Bab from the Islamic State (IS), it turned toward Manbij, which is controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and its Syrian allies, only to encounter US flags northwest of the town and Russian and Syrian national flags to the southwest. Now a similar scenario is being played out in Afrin. On March 20, YPG spokesman Redur Halil announced Russia would deploy troops to the Cindires district of Afrin province. The statement was followed by...
  • US tells Turkey and EU to ‘tone down rhetoric’

    03/24/2017 9:31:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    KOM News ^ | 24 March 2017 13:24 CET | none stated
    US State Department Acting Spokesman Mark Toner The United States State Department’s Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner called on European and Turkish government representatives to “tone down the rhetoric” in a press conference in Washington D.C. on Thursday.Answering a journalist’s question on whether he “agrees with the behaviour of the president of Turkey (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) who threatens Europeans every day,” Toner said “I think what we have said about some of the back and forth we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks [is] that we want to see everyone get along and tone down the rhetoric.”“Look Turkey is an...
  • ‘No peace for hundred years if Erdogan is harmed’ president’s senior advisor threatens

    03/24/2017 9:19:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 45 replies
    KOM News ^ | 23 March 2017 16:52 CET | none stated
    A senior advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has threatened the world saying, “No one in America, Europe or anywhere else in the world can even have breakfast comfortably if a hair on his [Erdogan’s] head is harmed.” Yigit Bulut, an outspoken figure and senior advisor to the president was responding to questions on Turkish state television TRT on Wednesday, when he made the comments. Answering a question about the latest restrictions from Europe and the United States, such as the prohibition of carrying electronic devices on flights from Istanbul to the UK and US or several European states’...
  • Dozens of ISIS jihadis killed by SDF fire east Raqqa

    03/24/2017 6:25:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 25, 2017 | Hozan Mamo
    Dozens of Islamic State’s (ISIS) jihadist fighters were killed in a renewed offensive by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Raqqa, in northeastern Syria, military sources reported on Friday.The US-backed SDF troops hit ISIS headquarters in the Jadidat Makhit town in the eastern countryside of Raqqa. “The SDF shelled ISIS security centres in the town with heavy artillery and mortar fire,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.Over 45 ISIS militants were killed in the attack.“The terror group was forced to withdraw from the town after suffering heavy losses in manpower and equipment,” the official confirmed.The Syrian Democratic Forces seized...
  • US-backed SDF fighters capture Tabqah Dam near Raqqa in a behind enemy lines operation

    03/23/2017 7:14:53 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 23, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with their Syrian Arab Coalition fighters, launched a multi-pronged offensive behind enemy lines on Wednesday to liberate the Tabqah Dam in Syria from ISIS. Apache helicopters, U.S. Marine artillery and special operation troops were part of this operation to drop SDF fighters near Tabqa.“The Coalition supported this offensive with air movement and logistical support, precision airstrikes, Apache helicopters in close air support, Marine artillery, and special operations advice and assistance to SDF leadership,” the US-led coalition said in a statement.“Over the last four months, the Coalition has conducted more than 300 airstrikes around Tabqah...
  • ‘Who is the real terrorist, Ocalan or Erdogan?’

    03/22/2017 5:23:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    KOM News ^ | 21 March 2017 | none stated
    Georg Restle Prominent German journalist, Georg Restle, on a programme aired on German state TV ARD compared imprisoned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asking, “Who is the real terrorist?”Commenting on a recent Kurdish demonstration in the German city Frankfurt on the Tagesthemen (topic of the day) programme Restle said:“The Turkish president [Erdogan] and his cronies are really angry that tens of thousands of Kurds living in Germany of which some carried posters of Abdullah Ocalan protested peacefully for their rights. The Federal German state is accusing these people of “supporting a terrorist organisation.”“One must ask this question”, Restle...
  • Turkey ‘champion’ of Twitter bans: Twitter report

    03/22/2017 4:49:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    KOM News ^ | 22 March 2017 | none stated
    Picture from International Business Times Turkey has been crowned the ‘champion’ of Twitter bans as more and more accounts are being flagged up for ‘security reasons’, a report released by the social media giant shows.Twitter’s ‘transparency report’ announced that Turkey topped the list of countries that requested account closures, with Twitter closing 3,076 accounts in the last six months alone at Turkey’s request.Of these, 2,232 cases were requested by the government, police and other state institutions, and 844 were requested by the courts. A total of 8,417 tweets were also reported by Turkey, with Twitter closing 290 accounts and deleting...
  • Syria discussing previously rejected constitution with Russia, says president Assad

    03/22/2017 4:33:44 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    KOM News ^ | 22 March 2017 | none stated
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Anything is up for discussion, including a new constitution for Syria, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian journalists on Monday.“We are ready to discuss anything including the constitution, but we need to see who’s going to be in Geneva, are they going to discuss the same paper or not?” the president said. “But for us, as a government, our position is very clear: that we are ready to discuss it in details, but we support the headline, of course.”Both Syria and the opposition groups had previously rejected a Russian proposal for a new...
  • Norway grants asylum to Turkish soldiers

    03/22/2017 4:04:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    KOM News ^ | 22 March 2017 | none stated
    Four Turkish soldiers and a military attaché who had applied for asylum in Norway following the 15 July coup attempt have been granted residence and working permits. Kjell M. Brygfjeld, lawyer of the five Turkish nationals, confirmed the decision which has stirred controversy between the NATO allies to Norwegian daily Klassekampen.Turkey had asked Norway for the extradition of the four soldiers and the military attaché, suspected of having participated in the failed coup. The decision to grant the suspects and their families, all living at secret addresses, asylum in Norway may thus further add to the already tense relationship between Turkey and Europe.Turkish...
  • .@CJTFOIR statement on the #Tabqah Dam OP: “There is nothing easy about this – it takes audacity &

    03/22/2017 12:37:17 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Konstantin Krammer ^ | 22 Mar 2017 | CJTFOIR
    .@CJTFOIR statement on the #Tabqah Dam OP: “There is nothing easy about this – it takes audacity & courage. And the SDF has that in spades.”
  • US airdrops Syrian forces near Raqqa in surprise attack on Isil

    03/22/2017 12:16:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Telegraph Co. (UK) ^ | 22 March 2017 | Josie Ensor
    The US-led coalition has airdropped allied Syrian fighters near the Isil-controlled city of Raqqa in a surprise attempt to cut off the jihadists’ main route out. The operation aims to secure the strategic Tabqa dam across the Euphrates river and isolate the capital of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil’s) so-called caliphate from the rest of the group’s territory in Syria. Five helicopters, supported by five fighter jets, dropped dozens of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters near the northern town of Shurfa on Wednesday afternoon, according to local media reports. More at link
  • Turkey still determined to play role in final Raqqa assault

    03/21/2017 9:06:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 21, 2017 | Fehim Taştekin
    It sounded dramatic: The leaders of 50 Syrian Arab tribes met in Sanliurfa, Turkey, and announced they would set up the Army of Al-Jazirah and Euphrates Tribes to end Russian and Iranian occupation of Syria and cleanse the Euphrates and Al Jazeera areas of the Islamic State (IS), the Kurdish nationalist Democratic Union Party/Kurdistan Workers Party (PYD/PKK), Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Sheikh Rafi al Raco Ukla represented the Shaitat tribe. In his opening speech at the March 14 meeting, he thanked Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for their assistance and added, “The US supports the PYD. The PYD...
  • UPDATE 1-Twitter software helps find, ban users advocating violence

    03/21/2017 8:43:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 21, 2017 | David Ingram
    SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had stepped up efforts to rid its social network of posts from users advocating political or religious violence, and was increasingly using software to find them rather than relying on reports from users or governments. U.S. and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including Twitter, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to fight harder against online radicalization, particularly by Islamist groups that advocate violent activity. -legal requests from around the world directing it to remove content posted by verified journalists and news outlets.
  • Germany rejects arms exports to Turkey

    03/21/2017 8:03:51 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    KOM News ^ | 21 March 2017 | none stated
    German national parliament Berlin, Germany (Photo: Jorge Royan). Germany has rejected more requests for arms exports to Turkey during the past 5 months than in five years between 2010 and 2015, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.The sharp increase in rejections, mainly handguns, ammunition and parts needed in weapons production, is due to “the risk of a deployment in the context of internal repression or the Kurdish conflict,” according to a written response by State Secretary Matthias Machnig to a question posed by lawmaker Jan van Aken.“Respect for human rights is a matter of particular importance for arms export...
  • Obama’s IRS gave ‘Satan Club’ creator fast tax-exempt status

    03/21/2017 7:27:19 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Documents obtained by a government watchdog show that the originator of the “After School Satan Club” received speedy tax-exempt status while conservative groups were stuck in bureaucratic red tape under the Obama administration. Treasury Department files obtained by Judicial Watch last week show Reason Alliance in Somerville, Mass., was given nonprofit status within 10 days of its application in October 2014. The group operates the Satanic Temple out of Washington state and planned an “After School Satan Club” initiative in 2016. “While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) makes conservative groups wait years for tax-exempt status an ‘After School Satan Club‘...
  • Tillerson to woo Turkey during Ankara visit

    03/20/2017 9:05:53 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 16, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    Al-Monitor has learned that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to travel to Turkey March 30. He will be the most senior US official to formally visit Turkey since the Donald Trump administration took office in January. A senior Turkish official who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Tillerson was expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, among others. The official was unaware of Tillerson’s full itinerary but said it would not be unusual for the secretary to visit other countries in the region as well. The official declined to elaborate any further. In an emailed...
  • Are Turkey's big businesses breaking with AKP?

    03/20/2017 8:44:54 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 20, 2017 | Pinar Tremblay
    Filli Boya Paint, one of Turkey’s best-known brands of construction paints, produced a short video to celebrate International Women’s Day. Indeed, it has become a tradition in the last decade that male-dominated sectors, such as the construction industry and car manufacturing, honor women’s accomplishments in their field. This year's Filli Boya commercial was different, however. For starters, most of the speakers in the clip were middle-aged or elderly residents from rural areas. On top of that, the video gave voice to women and men from different regions of the country, identifiable by their attire. The ad was also intriguingly anti-government, but without mentioning the ruling Justice and...
  • We made an agreement with Russia (Syrian Kurds)

    03/20/2017 9:00:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    YPG Rojava ^ | March 20, 2017 | Rędur Xelîl
    The existence of the Russian army units in the Cindy's of the Ephrin Canton was the result of an agreement made between our forces and the Russian army. The agreement was based on the fight against terrorism and on the basis of military training of the Russian army's warriors. We have direct relations with Russia. This step is a positive and good step in the fight against terrorism in Syria. After our forces prove themselves against terrorism, many forces are willing to help us and make a deal with us.
  • Should Turkey Officially Designate ISIS a Terrorist Organization?

    03/20/2017 5:53:58 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 429, March 20, 2017EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey – notwithstanding its official denials – has shown itself extremely reluctant to designate the Islamic State (ISIS) a terrorist organization, and that reluctance has hampered efforts to bring ISIS suspects to justice. Ankara has frozen the assets of ISIS but continues to stop short of officially labeling it a terrorist group. In view of the fact that ISIS has used Turkish territory as a transit route into Syria and Iraq and has placed sleeper cells in dozens of Turkish cities, Ankara would be well advised to designate the group...
  • Turkey: Crackdown on Kurdish Opposition

    03/20/2017 4:38:37 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Human Rights Watch ^ | March 20, 2017 | none stated
    MPs Jailed, Elected Mayors Removed Ahead of Referendum (Istanbul) – The Turkish government has jailed 13 members of the pro-Kurdish democratic opposition in parliament on terrorism charges and taken direct control of 82 municipalities in the Kurdish southeast region, suspending and incarcerating elected mayors, Human Rights Watch said today. The crackdown on democratically elected officials not only violates their rights to political association and participation, and freedom of expression, but also interferes with the rights of constituents who voted for them and whom they serve in office. The move against the national pro-Kurdish party, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and its...
  • US Secretary of State, Turkish FM talk on phone

    03/19/2017 7:02:07 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 3-19-17 | none stated
    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu have talked on the phone, diplomatic sources told state-run Anadolu Agency on March 19.  The two foreign policy chiefs have discussed the preparations for an upcoming meeting of the Global Coalition working to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which will be attended by the foreign ministers and senior leaders of the full coalition, now at 68 members. While this meeting will be held at the Department of State in Washington D.C. on March 22, it will be the first time since the establishment...
  • Erdogan: The Sultan Of An Illusionary Ottoman Empire – Analysis

    03/19/2017 6:40:58 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | March 19, 2017 | Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
    In many conversations and encounters I had over the years with former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, he emphatically echoed his boss President Erdogan’s grandiose vision that by 2023 (the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic), Turkey will become as powerful and influential as the Ottoman Empire was during its heyday. Under the best of circumstances, Turkey cannot realize Erdogan’s far-fetched dream. Had he stayed the course, however, with his socio-political and judiciary reforms and economic developments, as he had during his first nine years in power, Turkey could have become a major player on the global stage and a...
  • Turkey: The journalists’ gulag

    03/19/2017 7:57:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Al Ahram ^ | Hany Ghoraba
    Once the Middle EastÂ’s flourishing democracy, Turkey under Erdogan is lost in a sea of tyranny and political mayhem For all free and democratic societies, freedom of expression and the press are deemed sacred rights and it is considered sacrilege that any governmental authority attempts to control or censor these freedoms. Many in the US and Europe are under the impression that countries such as Cuba or North Korea may have the worst records of human rights violations along with the prosecution of journalists on flimsy accusations. The truth is that one of the worst records of human rights violations...
  • German spy agency chief says does not believe Gulen behind Turkey coup attempt

    03/18/2017 1:05:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Reuters (UK) ^ | Mar 18, 2017 | Michelle Martin; Editing by Dale Hudson
    The Turkish government has failed to convince Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency that U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind last summer's failed coup in Turkey, the BND head told a German magazine. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government accuse Gulen of orchestrating Turkey's failed coup on July 15 in which more than 240 people were killed when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters, attacking parliament and attempting to overthrow the government.. "Turkey has tried to convince us of that at every level but so far it has not succeeded," BND head Bruno Kahl said in an interview...
  • Germany: Turkey is ‘further from EU membership than ever

    03/18/2017 10:41:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    Middle East Monitor (MEMO) ^ | March 18, 2017 | none stated
    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview with news magazine Der Spiegel published today that Turkey has never been less likely to join the European Union than now, as relations between Ankara and Berlin hit a low point.“Today Turkey is definitely further away from becoming a member of the European Union than ever before,” Gabriel said in the interview.He also said that he always had doubts about whether Turkey should join the EU but found himself in the minority in his Social Democrat (SPD) party.Before taking power in Germany in 2005, Chancellor Angela Merkel was an outspoken opponent...
  • REVEALED: Turkey’s Plan To ‘Camouflage’ Its Lobbying Activities In The US

    03/18/2017 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Chuck Ross
    The government of Turkey planned to use front groups and operatives “camouflaged” as journalists to gain access to Capitol Hill and the U.S. security apparatus, hacked emails released by WikiLeaks reveal. The documents, which are from the Gmail account of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s energy minister and the son-in-law of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, show the nascent plan for what has turned into a sprawling lobbying and PR campaign undertaken by the Turkish government. Turkey’s lobbying efforts catapulted into the news last week after Donald Trump’s short-lived national security adviser Michael Flynn registered as a foreign lobbyist for Turkey.
  • Turkey: How the 3,000-year Greek Presence on the Aegean Shore Came to an End

    03/17/2017 5:45:15 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 43 replies
    Philos Project ^ | March 16, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Tension is running high between Greece and Turkey. The cause? Turkish Chief of the General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar paid a visit to Imia, a pair of two small, uninhabited Greek islets in the Aegean Sea, on January 29. He was accompanied by the commanders of the Turkish land, naval and air forces.Imia – which Turkey calls “Kardak” – was a subject of yet another crisis in 1996 that brought Greece and Turkey to the brink of war. Although armed conflict was ultimately averted, Turkey still claims that the islands are Turkish, even though the islands in the Aegean are...
  • Plaintiff behind Trump travel ban runs Muslim Brotherhood mosque

    03/16/2017 8:14:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 85 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 03/16/2017 at 10:05 PM | Leo Hohmann
    The main plaintiff in the Hawaii case blocking President Trump’s revised temporary travel ban is an imam with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The irony is hard to miss: Trump has talked about declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and now it is a Brotherhood-backed imam who is playing a key role in blocking his executive order on immigration. Imam Ismail Elshikh, 39, leads the largest mosque in Hawaii and claims he is suffering “irreparable harm” from the president’s executive order, which places a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from six countries.
  • US demands UN pull report accusing Israel of apartheid

    03/16/2017 7:12:42 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 15, 2017, 10:16 pm | Times of Israel staff and AFP
    Envoy Nikki Haley says Washington outraged by publication; Sec-Gen Guterres distances self from it; Israel slams it as ‘despicable’ The United States on Wednesday demanded that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres withdraw a report by a UN body accusing Israel of imposing apartheid on the Palestinians and of racially dominating them. Guterres distanced himself from the report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) but US Ambassador Nikki Haley said it should be scrapped altogether. “The United States is outraged by the report,” said Haley in a statement. “The United Nations secretariat was right to distance itself...
  • Exclusive: AMN Interview With The Kurdish YPG’s 2nd Highest Official, Redur Khalil & His Message

    03/16/2017 12:59:43 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    American Military News ^ | March 15, 2017 | Joshua Raymond-Castro
    “YPG” is a term many have now heard, but may not know, in news reports about the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Also known as “The People’s Protection Units” they are the 50,000-person strong Kurdish militia that has been working as an ally to western forces in the fight against ISIS in Kurdistan, a region of the Middle East that encompasses small parts of northern Iraq, northern Syria, Turkey and Iran. If you have tips you want American Military News to investigate please email [email protected]. Your identity will be protected. The Kurds are an ancient culture of...
  • Trump says he will submit evidence of wiretapping to House committee 'very soon'

    03/16/2017 12:24:55 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 15, 2017 | none stated
    President Trump discussed his tweeted accusation that President Obama ordered "wires" at Trump Tower tapped during last year's presidential campaign in an exclusive interview with Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday. Trump told host Tucker Carlson that the administration "will be submitting things" to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence "very soon." The president added that he "will be, perhaps speaking about this next week" and predicted that "you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next 2 weeks." When asked by Carlson why he tweeted about the alleged phone tap before producing...
  • Congress wants answers from Turkey on shutdown of US aid pipeline to Syria

    03/16/2017 11:51:59 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 15, 2017 | Julian Pecquet
    Senate Democrats on March 15 vowed to get answers from Turkey one week after Ankara moved to shut down one of the US government's largest partners for aid to Syria. On the sixth anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war, Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Turkey's recent decision to revoke its registration to operate in the country has disrupted "lifesaving assistance" to 360,000 Syrians every month and "effectively ends" support for 100,000 refugees as well as Turkish families inside Turkey. Turkey hasn't provided a justification for its decision, which was made public March...
  • Turkish intelligence chief met with Barzani, discussed PKK’

    03/16/2017 8:52:24 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    KOM News ^ | 16 March 2017 | none stated
    The head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation Hakan Fidan was in the Kurdistan region of Iraq to meet with the region’s President Masoud Barzani in the city of Duhoq between 14-15 March, according to local news agency Roj News.The agency, which bases its story on ‘inside sources’, reported that Fidan met with both Masoud Barzani, who is also the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (and Deputy Leader of the KDP) Nechervan Barzani during his visit.The same sources said that the KDP’s relations with Turkey and a joint plan...
  • TEV-DEM member: Attack on Shengal targets the Rojava revolution

    03/15/2017 7:29:02 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | March 15, 2017 | BĘRÎTAN SARYA
    TEV-DEM (Movement for a Democratic Society) Coordination member Hanife Huseyin stated that KDP and AKP are attacking Shengal with a concept that has Rojava in the center and said: “By taking Shengal, they are aiming to throttle the Rojava Revolution and attack Rojava easily from there.” Huseyin spoke to ANF on the new anti-Kurdish concept the Turkish state and the KDP launched with the attack on Shengal. “THEY ARE ATTACKING SHENGAL IN A JOINT CONCEPT” Husên stated that the attacks on March 3 and March 14 by the KDP gangs against the Êzidî people in Shengal were developed by the joint...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan vows to continue attacking Kurds in northern Syria

    03/15/2017 9:48:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 13, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said in a speech in which he criticized the Dutch government, that Turkey will still attack the town of Manbij, which was previously liberated from ISIS by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).“We won’t allow a terror state, controlled by the PKK and YPG, to be established in northern Syria,” he said.“After Jarablus, Dabiq and Al-Bab, now it’s Manbij’s turn,” he added.Moreover, the Turkish president said following his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday, that Turkey wants to work with Russia and the US-led coalition in Manbij, requesting help to...
  • More Evidence Surfaces – NSA Director Mike Rogers Did Not Aid Obama’s Surveillance Scheme

    03/14/2017 8:39:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 142 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | March 14, 2017 | sundance
    Every time I see an interview discussing 2016 surveillance of the Trump Campaign and candidate Donald Trump I keep going back to that November 17th, 2016, Trump Tower visit by NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers. No-one in the Obama chain-of-command knew Director Rogers was going to meet with President-Elect Trump; Rogers did it entirely on his own impetus, and James Clapper was furious in the aftermath.Additionally, Admiral Mike Rogers is still running the NSA. President Trump has made no effort to replace him. “Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He...
  • Turkey vs. the EU round-up: threats, diplomatic notes, and de-escalation calls

    03/14/2017 7:50:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    KOM News ^ | 14 March 2017 | none stated
    A row between Turkey and Netherlands that escalated over the latter’s refusal to permit Turkish politicians to hold rallies in the country has grown after Turkey issued two diplomatic notes to the Dutch envoy in Ankara amid calls from third parties for calm.Turkey summoned the Dutch chargé d’affaires to the Turkish Foreign Ministry for the third time since Saturday to demand an official apology after Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was prevented from meeting with Turks living in the Netherlands, as well as a comprehensive probe against officers who used “disproportionate” force against Turkish demonstrators.Foreign Ministry sources...
  • Turkey arrests Dutch tourist

    03/14/2017 7:38:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    KOM News ^ | 14 March 2017 | none stated
    A banner with a picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is waved by protesters outside the Dutch consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, March 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) The diplomatic crisis between Ankara and Amsterdam following the banning of Turkish government ministers entering the Netherlands is now affecting tourists.According to Kurdish news agency Rudaw, a Dutch tourist, Anthony Willehm, was arrested at Turkey’s southeastern Uzumlu border gate while he was trying to go to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq.Anthony Willehm at the Turkey border gateWillehm was kept at the border gate for hours and taken to the border city of Hakkari later. Ercan...
  • Turkey Targets Dutch with Diplomatic Sanctions as 'Nazi' Row Escalates

    03/13/2017 8:43:25 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    News Max ^ | Monday, 13 Mar 2017 | source Thomson/Reuters
    Turkey said on Monday it would suspend high-level diplomatic relations with the Netherlands after Dutch authorities prevented its ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate Turks, deepening the row between the two NATO allies. The sanctions - which include a ban on the Dutch ambassador and diplomatic flights from the Netherlands but do not appear to include economic measures or travel restrictions for ordinary citizens - mark another low point in relations between Turkey and the European Union, which it still officially aims to join. President Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking Turkish voters' support in an April 16 referendum on...
  • Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch

    03/13/2017 5:51:52 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 149 replies
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 13, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR REORGANIZING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Purpose.  This order is intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose...
  • Colt's New Agent 1911 -- Why Can't I Buy One In California?

    03/12/2017 2:45:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 68 replies
    American Cowboy Chronicles ^ | March 12, 2017 | Tom Correa
      Dear Friends, Have you ever had a chance to buy something but didn't, then later kick yourself in the ass for not doing so. Well, that's the way I'm feeling about not buying a Colt New Agent 1911. Why can't I buy one? Well, it has to do with new Colt 1911s not being sold in California anymore. Colt rifles are accessible to residents of California, and so are Single Actions, but not the Colt 1911 or any of its versions including the Colt New Agent. In May of 2015, believe it or not, the California DOJ's endless...
  • Columbia University Researchers Confirm Turkey’s Links to ISIS

    03/12/2017 9:26:25 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Armenian National Committee of America ^ | 3-12-17 | HARUT SASSOUNIAN
    A team of Columbia University researchers from the United States, Europe, and Turkey confirmed last week that the Turkish government has provided to ISIS: military cooperation, weapons, logistical support, financial assistance, and medical services. This detailed investigation was headed by David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia UniversityÂ’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He had served as Senior Advisor and Foreign Affairs Expert for the U.S. Department of State.Here are brief excerpts from the extensive research documenting the direct links between Turkey and ISIS: Turkey Supplied Military Equipment to ISIS An ISIS...
  • Hundreds of ISIS fighters pour into Raqqa as Kurdish forces advance

    03/11/2017 2:14:48 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    Al Masdar News (AMN) ^ | 11/03/2017 | Izat Charkatli
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (13:05) – According to the opposition-linked Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 300 high-ranking Islamic State (ISIS) commanders and their families have fled the city of Raqqa amidst the unhindered advances of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition. The escapees were forced to use ferryboats to get across the river from Raqqa as Coalition airstrikes have destroyed all bridges across the Euphrates in Syria. While a detachment ferried for Deir Ezzor, the others fled for eastern Hama’s countryside where the group still enjoys relative stability. As the top commanders escape Raqqa, ISIS sharia men lobbied local youth...
  • The Brotherhood, Erdogan and ISIS

    03/11/2017 10:50:02 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Al Ahram ^ | 3-11-2017 | Galal Nassar
    Political Islam has nothing to offer the region except bad choices and worse, writes Galal Nassar It is an old strategy to present two grim alternatives and force people to choose the lesser of two evils. This was how the Muslim Brotherhood presented itself in Egypt, regionally and internationally through their international organisation. They were the model of moderate, tolerant Islam, capable of restraining the hardliners. In assuming power, they would be in a position to serve regional and international interests by keeping the rank and file of extremist groups in check because with them in the limelight they would...
  • Syrian Pres. Assad: Erdogan is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood

    03/11/2017 9:40:14 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 34 replies
    KOM News ^ | 11 March 2017 | none stated
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Chinese broadcaster Phoenix that Turkish President Erdogan is still supporting the Islamic State (IS) group and himself is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation, adding, "the whole world knows that Erdogan logistically and financially supported ISIS and al-Nusra in Syria." The Syrian President also said that his government did not consent to US army presence in the northern Syrian town of Manbij as Washington increases military presence in the country. Speaking to China's Phoenix TV channel, the Syrian president also said that Russia was the only force sincerely fighting against the Islamic State...
  • UK parliament calls on government to take tougher stance on Turkey

    03/11/2017 9:04:30 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    KOM News ^ | 11 March 2017 | none stated
    A debate held in the British parliament on Thursday regarding human rights violations and the post-coup situation in Turkey has called on the UK government to take a tougher stance on Ankara. Secured by Labour deputy Joan Ryan, the 90-minute debate was the first discussion on Turkey in four and half years and was attended by almost 20 MPs. Opening the debate Ryan criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's recent Ankara visit and said she had signed an arms deal but remained silent on human rights violations. "Business deals can never replace human rights. The government does not have Turkey's human...