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  • US Defense Secretary says attack by Turkey on Afrin not justified

    02/18/2018 9:47:57 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    The Region ^ | (2/18/18) 18/02/2018 12:47 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    QAMISHLI - US Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis on Saturday said that an attack by Turkey in Afrin, launched on 20 January, has no valid justifications in one of the strongest comments the US has made on Afrin up until date.  “While we understand their legitimate security concerns, as I've mentioned several times, that does not align with us concurring with attacks into areas that were not sources of violence before the attack into Afrin, for example,” he told reporters en route to Washington.    “We concur with Turkey on the need for locals taking control of the liberated areas, and...
  • Meet America’s Syrian Allies Who Helped Defeat ISIS

    02/17/2018 7:37:34 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | FEB. 17, 2018 | ROD NORDLAND
    MANBIJ, Syria — The large section of northeastern Syria once occupied by the Islamic State is now a rare safe area in the war-ravaged country, thanks to an American-backed coalition known as the Syrian Democratic Forces. The coalition’s fighters, who with American help drove the Islamic State from the region, are Arabs and Kurds, men and women, young and old. Many are veterans of multiple battles and have been wounded, but returned to the fight again and again. Here are a few of them.
  • Life sentences for Turkish journalists is "criminalizing journalism" - the U.S.

    02/17/2018 6:24:57 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    Ahval ^ | Feb 16 2018 | Ilhan Tanir
    "The United States is troubled by the life sentences handed down to 6 journalists and media employees in Turkey, including Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak" the State Department official told Ahval in an email statement. A Turkish court gave life sentences to six people, including former newspaper editor Ahmet Altan, his brother, columnist and economist Mehmet Altan, and well-known journalist, Nazli Ilıcak, after convicting them of being the media wing of an Islamist sect the government says carried out the July 2016 failed coup attempt. The U.S. official stated that these are "extraordinary sentences" and "appear to be...
  • “Ottoman Empire was launching similar attacks during its fall”

    02/17/2018 6:08:02 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    ANF News (Stockholm) ^ | Saturday, 17 Feb 2018, 00:10 | ANF - MURAT KUSEYRİ (STOCKHOLM)
    Speaking about Turkey's invasion attack on Afrin, Syriac journalist Jacob Mirza said that the Ottoman Empire launched similar kind of attacks before its fall. In an interview with ANF Turkish service, Jacob Mirza, a prominent Syriac journalist working for Suroyo TV, criticized Turkish attack on Afrin and said that the main reason behind the attack is Erdogan's loss of power. "Despite all the oppression, the arrest of the opponents and critics of the regime, Erdogan cannot stand in front of the popular opposition. Even the polls of Erdogan show that he won't win the elections in 2019" Mirza said. According...
  • Turkey frees reporter, but sentences 6 other journalists to life for alleged involvement in failed c

    02/16/2018 9:03:54 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16 at 2:50 PM | Jason Rezaian
    A court in Turkey sentenced six journalists to life in prison Friday for their alleged involvement in a failed 2016 coup attempt. The decision came shortly after another reporter who had been controversially imprisoned was conditionally released from custody.Prominent journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak and three other media workers were convicted of crimes against the state, a charge that governments around the world are increasingly employing as a tactic to instill fear in and silence journalists who are critical of ruling authorities. [2017 was the most dangerous year ever for journalists. 2018 might be even worse.]
  • US, Turkey Return From Brink, Aim to 'Normalize' Ties

    02/16/2018 9:59:00 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Feb. 16, 2018, at 10:08 a.m. | MATTHEW LEE and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The United States and Turkey pulled back from the brink of a potentially disastrous crisis on Friday, agreeing to normalize badly strained relations over Syria and other issues that had threatened the NATO allies' longstanding ties. However, details of the rapprochement were vague as the two sides agreed in principle only to form working groups that will begin meeting within the month to examine points of contention and try to resolve them. After talks in Ankara, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the creation of new "mechanisms" to improve...
  • Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle

    02/15/2018 10:34:26 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | ANKARA, Turkey -- Feb 15, 2018, 4:15 PM ET | Matthew Lee and Lolita C. Baldor (AP)
    The discussions were expected to cover several proposals for improving cooperation along the border area. It's been a flashpoint over the years for Turkish-Kurdish tensions, al-Qaida and Islamic State fighters traveling back and forth, and incidents involving major powers including Russia. Reflecting the sensitivity of the talks between Tillerson and Erdogan, only Turkish Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu, serving as translator, also was included in the meeting, which lasted more than three hours. Erdogan's office said the discussions touched on regional developments, including in Syria and Iraq, the fight against terrorism and bilateral relations. "Turkey's expectations and priorities on these issues...
  • FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer Responds to Chairman Nunes and Chairman Goodlatte

    02/15/2018 10:00:03 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 157 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 15, 2018 | sundance
    Moments ago FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer responded to the requests from the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. (full pdf’s below – #1 and #2) There are nuances in each response specific to the statutory roles of each Chairman and the specific requests made by each committee.  Reflected in Judge Collyer’s responses is a need for careful consideration of each unique request.♦House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes holds primary oversight authority over the aggregate Intelligence Community (IC).  Chairman Nunes has requested the transcripts from the FISA Court during the DOJ/FBI Title-1 surveillance...
  • 21 Christian martyrs beheaded by ISIS honoured at Egyptian church inauguration

    02/15/2018 3:24:37 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 15 Feb 2018 11:06 GMT | Christian Today staff writer
    Today will see the inauguration of an Egyptian church dedicated to the 21 Christians beheaded by ISIS on the Libyan coast in 2015. February 15, 2018 marks the third anniversary of the martyrdom of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians and one Ghanaian believer, graphic footage of which was broadcast online. The church dedicated to their memory has been built in al-Our, near Samalut in Egypt's Minya province, the home of 13 of the Libyan martyrs, according to Independent Catholic News. Relatives of those killed are expected to attend today's inauguration service and eventually the remains of the deceased are expected to...
  • Turkey's "Peace Operations"

    02/15/2018 8:56:31 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | February 15, 2018 at 4:30 am | Uzay Bulut
    "You can live a normal life here [Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus] if you keep quiet, if you don't tell the truth that we live under Turkish occupation, that much of our territory is a military zone where we can't go." — Şener Levent, owner and editor of the daily newspaper Afrika, in Turkish-occupied Cyprus. In 1974, the Turkish army brutalized and terrorized at least 170,000 indigenous Greek Cypriots into fleeing to the free, southern part of the island, seized their properties, and replaced them with illegal settlers from Turkey. "40,000 Turkish troops remain in Cyprus as a presence that prevents...
  • Widow of slain Turkish general says July 15 shrouded in mystery, facts should come out

    02/14/2018 8:25:55 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | 13 Feb 2018 | SCF
    Nazire Terzi, the widow of Brig. Gen. Semih Terzi, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Monday, has said the night of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and the killing of her husband for being a coup plotter are shrouded in mystery and that the only thing she wants is for the facts to come out.Semih Terzi was killed by noncommissioned officer Ömer Halisdemir at the Special Forces Command in the Gölbaşı district of Ankara during the coup attempt. Reportedly, Terzi would take over the Special Forces Command with the putschist soldiers accompanying him...
  • Turkey is the wrong ally at the wrong time in the fight against ISIS

    02/13/2018 5:45:59 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Las Angeles Daily News ^ | February 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm | The Editorial Board
    Sometimes when there’s bad news you just have to grit your teeth and bear it. Unfortunately, that’s what the U.S. has to do when it comes to the Syrian intervention underway from our erstwhile NATO ally Turkey. The good news is, Turkey’s meddlesome ambitions are sharply constrained — not just by the U.S. and its allies, but by America’s adversaries, too. Turkey, which continues to lurch further into authoritarianism and nostalgia for its bygone Ottoman Empire, recently chose to exploit the messy situation in Syria in hopes of gaining a big military advantage. The Kurds, who alone managed to break...
  • Greek and Armenian Americans Press U.S. Senators to Block F-35 Sale to Turkey

    02/12/2018 1:40:29 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    The Armenian Weekly ^ | February 9, 2018 | Contributor
    WASHINGTON—The Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) have launched a national advocacy campaign encouraging U.S. Senators to block a planned sale of U.S. F-35 stealth fighters to Turkey’s increasingly erratic and anti-American Erdogan regime. The ANCA and Hellenic American Leadership Council have joined forces to launch a grassroots campaign to block the impending F-35 sale to Turkey (Graphic: ANCA) This joint Hellenic-Armenian American initiative – the most recent in a series of ANCA-HALC advocacy campaigns – warns Senators against the dangers of providing Erdogan with advanced weapons that he may turn against our...
  • 4 tanks destroyed, 5 soldiers killed in Azaz (Syria)

    02/11/2018 4:07:08 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    ANF News - AFRIN ^ | Sunday, 11 Feb 2018, 19:57 | ANF AFRIN
    Details of the action carried out by SDF fighters against the Turkish army and allied gangs are emerging. 4 tanks of the Turkish army have been destroyed and 5 Turkish soldiers have been killed in Azaz as a result of an action by fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). On the other hand, an ammunition depot of the invading forces has been destroyed. Video at link.
  • YPJ Spokeswoman: Turkey intends to perpetrate a genocide in Afrin

    02/09/2018 8:28:41 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    ANF News - STOCKHOLM ^ | Friday, 9 Feb 2018, 14:40 | MURAT KUSEYRI
    YPJ spokeswoman and commander Nesrin Abdullah is in Stockholm for diplomatic talks. Speaking at a press conference in the Swedish parliament, Nesrin Abdullah, spokeswoman and commander for the Women's Defense Units (YPJ) in Rojava, drew attention to the Turkish regime's intention to carry out a genocide on the population in Afrin with jihadist militias. Nesrin Abdullah explained to numerous journalists that in Afrin so far, a peaceful coexistence of different ethnic groups and faiths has taken place. "For 20 days, the NATO member Turkey has been attacking Afrin in front of the world public. These attacks are contrary to international...
  • Turkey-Russia-Iran summit to be held in Istanbul

    02/09/2018 5:17:54 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 8 Feb 2018, 12:00 | ANF NEWS DESK
    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have spoken on the phone. According to a statement issued by the Turkish Presidency, Putin and Erdoğan agreed to hold a second summit after Sochi. The summit will be held with Russia, Turkey and Iran at a date not yet determined. Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov spoke to the Russian news agency Ria Novosti and said, “There was talk about a meeting of the three presidents. A date hasn’t been set yet.” Russia, Iran and Turkey’s administrators had come together in Sochi in November, and after this summit the Syrian...
  • (State) Department Press Briefing - February 06, 2018 (arrest Amnesty International Turkey chairman)

    02/07/2018 3:11:04 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    U.S. Department of State ^ | February 06, 2018 | Heather Nauert
    Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC February 6, 2018TRANSCRIPT: 2:40 p.m. EST MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody. How are you? Good to see you. I didn’t know that you were here today. I thought there was no one from the AP, and I thought, where do we start when we don’t have somebody with the AP? And here you are. (Laughter.) We were just having that debate back there. snip> And finally, I’d like to turn to Turkey, and that is where we’d like to say that the United States is deeply troubled by the February 1 rearrest by...
  • Swedish FM cancels Turkey visit over attack against Afrin

    02/07/2018 1:07:29 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 7 Feb 2018, 10:17 | ANF STOCKHOLM
    Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has cancelled her Turkey visit in two weeks due to the Turkish state’s attacks against Afrin. The news was announced by the Swedish Stae Radio Ekot News Service with the title, “The Government is taking a stand against Turkey’s attacks in Syria”. Wallström was supposed to have a meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister in Ankara in 14 days, and she was planning to meet with Erdoğan during her visit as well. The Swedish Foreign Ministry’s visit has been postponed indefinitely. Ekot said the visit was postponed due to Turkey’s attacks in Syria. The visit...
  • Clintons’ ‘Mr. Fixer,’ ally Sidney Blumenthal emerge on list of Russia collusion figures

    02/05/2018 9:24:36 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Rowan Scarborough
    A shadowy figure tied to the Clintons has suddenly emerged in the Trump-Russia collusion saga.His name is Cody Shearer, dubbed “Mr. Fixer” for Bill and Hillary Clinton and a workmate of fierce Clinton defender Sidney Blumenthal.Last week, his name surfaced in a letter to the Democratic National Committee from Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican. The letter listed nearly 40 names and entities. The two senators asked the DNC to disclose any communications with them from March 2016 to January 2017. The list included the well-known...
  • Statement of the ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands on the bilateral relations w/Turkey

    02/05/2018 6:19:56 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Government of the Netherlands ^ | (2-5-2018) 05-02-2018 | 11:13 | Minister Zijlstra
    News item | 05-02-2018 | 11:13The Netherlands and Turkey have recently held talks at various levels. At this stage, these talks do not yet offer a perspective to normalizing the bilateral relations. Minister Zijlstra: 'Recent talks offered Turkey and the Netherlands an opportunity to come closer to each other, but we have not been able to agree on the way normalization should take place.' Therefore the Dutch government has decided to officially withdraw the Netherlands’ Ambassador in Ankara, who has not had access to Turkey since March 2017. As long as the Netherlands has no Ambassador to Turkey, the Netherlands...