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  • How Erdogan rushed to gift Turkey’s multibillion dollar tank factory to cronies, Qatar

    01/22/2019 3:01:02 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Nordic Monitor ^ | 1 hour ago | Abdullah Bozkurt
    The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan rushed a financial agreement between Turkey and Qatar through Parliament for approval ahead of his decision to turn over a $20 billion tank and pallet factory to a company run jointly by his associates and the Qatari army. The deal, the avoidance of double taxation agreement, came just in the nick of time before the ErdoÄźan government presented a multibillion-dollar national tank factory on a silver platter to Turkish-Qatari armored vehicle manufacturer BMC, a company run by Ethem Sancak, a member of the MKYK executive body of the ruling Justice and Development...
  • US reaffirms commitment to protecting Kurdish allies (US SOS Mike Pompeo)

    01/21/2019 4:39:20 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | 3 hours ago | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Monday with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and reiterated Washington’s insistence on protecting its allies in Syria, as it withdraws forces from that country.In a phone conversation with Cavusoglu, Pompeo emphasized “the importance that the United States places on the protection of forces that worked with the United States and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS,” according to a summary of their discussion issued by State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino.The principle US ally in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria has been the Syrian...
  • Turkey demands life imprisonment for US Consulate employee

    01/20/2019 1:44:53 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | 2 hours ago | Rawa Barwari
    ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish prosecutors demand aggravated life imprisonment for a local US Consulate employee, Metin Topuz, who they charge with espionage for a foreign nation, membership in a terrorist organization, and participation in conspiracies to overthrow the government of Turkey.Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim, former ministers Ali Babacan, Muammer Guler, and Zafer Caglayan – the last two themselves targets of a high-level corruption investigation in 2013 – and former Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag are among 30 officials who claimed victimhood and are plaintiffs in an indictment released this weekend against Topuz.The Turkish national who...
  • The United States and the Turkish-Kurdish Conundrum in Northern Syria

    01/20/2019 8:10:06 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Arab Center, Washington DC ^ | January 11, 2019 | Mustafa Gurbuz
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s refusal to meet with US National Security Advisor John Bolton has become the latest episode of what are now periodic US-Turkey tensions over the Syrian Kurds. Erdoğan declared that he would not “accept or swallow” Bolton’s earlier comments that Turkey should provide security guarantees for Syrian Kurds as a precondition for US troops’ withdrawal from northern Syria. This has obviously become unsure as the withdrawal of these troops has actually begun. The “non-paper” that Bolton delivered to the Turkish presidential office included the statement that “the United States opposes any mistreatment of opposition forces who...
  • Is Erdogan digging his government’s grave in Afrin?

    01/20/2019 7:13:45 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    The Region ^ | 13/02/2018 14:13 | Marcel Cartier
    Delusional. Arrogant. Chauvinistic. Egomaniacal. All of these words could probably aptly describe Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at this historical moment. In a sense, referring to him as ‘president’ seems quite disrespectful to the countries that actually have a semblance of democratic institutions. Erdogan has proven himself a ‘leader’ who aspires to be a sultan, a neo-Ottoman dictator who not only sees the Kurdish people as ‘mountain Turks’ but the Turkey-Syria border as fluid and illegitimate. Fascist. Authoritarian. Dictatorial. The friend of al-Qaeda ideologues. With his government’s ill-named ‘Operation Olive Branch’, the 21st century Sultan has shown his willingness to...
  • Opposition parties in Turkey point to several irregularities on voters roll (Voter Fraud)

    01/19/2019 4:42:47 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Rudaw | 14 hours ago | None stated
    ERBIL, KurdistanRegion— As Turkey prepares for its first local election in the post-coup era, political parties are racing to get every vote possible and opposition are finding irregularities on voter registration lists.  Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Tuesday that 53,099 Syrian refugees who have gained Turkish citizenship can vote in the upcoming local election. Turkey will hold provincial and local elections on March 31. The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has claimed that thousands of names of AKP supporters have been abnormally added to voter lists. The pro-Kurdish party says it has visited mukhtars of the locations of supposed...
  • It's time to designate Turkey as a sponsor of terrorism

    01/18/2019 4:26:11 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2019 01:43 PM | Michael Rubin
    On Tuesday, Islamist terrorists affiliated with the Somali group al-Shabaab attacked an upscale hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 21. It wasnÂ’t the groupÂ’s first attack in Kenya. The radical group, which at one point was affiliated with al Qaeda, has used KenyaÂ’s heavy Somali refugee presence as cover for a number of attacks in Kenya and against Kenyans, most famously at the Westgate Mall in 2013. That Kenya remains a contributor of both soldiers and police to AMISOM, the African Union Mission in Somalia which seeks to defend the country against al-Shaabab, only puts it further in the...
  • Turkey-backed Syrian armed group leaders admit conducting assassination and explosion operations..

    01/17/2019 3:11:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    Full translation of an article by Syrian Islamist outlet al-Durar al-Shamiya:" A new covert operation for the Free Army in Manbij .. A source reveals the details (Photos)al-Durar al-Shamiya:Last night, elements of the Free [Syrian] Army carried out a covert operation in the city of Manbij in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, which is under the control of the SDF militia.A security source in the Free [Syrian] Army of the al-Duarr al-Shamiya Network: "The covert activities in the areas under the control of SDF militia are varied, and perhaps the most influential is the assassination of leaders of this occupying...
  • Statement from National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton on Venezuela

    01/13/2019 11:49:56 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 52 replies
    The White House ^ | January 11, 2019 | J:ohn Bolton
    The United States does not recognize Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s illegitimate claim to power. His “election” in May 2018 was viewed internationally as not free, fair or credible.Today, the people of Venezuela are speaking out against Maduro’s illegitimate claim. The Trump Administration resolutely supports the Venezuelan National Assembly, the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people. In particular, we support the courageous decision of the National Assembly President, Juan Guaido, to invoke protections under Venezuela’s constitution and declare that Maduro does not legitimately hold the country’s presidency.We hold the illegitimate Maduro regime directly responsible for the...
  • Trump Admin Plots With Arab Allies to Expel ‘Every Last Iranian Boot From’ Syria

    01/11/2019 1:50:22 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 11, 2019 1:50 pm | Adam Kredo
    MANAMA/Bahrain—The Trump administration, via Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is beginning to build a coalition of Arab allies that will help the United States expel "every last Iranian boot" from Syria and ensure the Islamic Republic's march across the Middle East is stopped in its tracks, according to U.S. officials.Pompeo arrived in Bahrain early Friday to hold the first of a series of meetings with Arab leaders in key gulf nations, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman. During this leg of Pompeo's weeklong trek across the region, the secretary of state will continue his behind-the-scenes...
  • Doctor Warns 85-Year-Old Ruth Bader Ginsburg Likely Very Ill ‘Media Underestimating Severity of Her-

    01/11/2019 12:44:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 116 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | January 11, 2019 | Cristina Laila
    In light of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s history of cancers and most recently, a surgery to have cancerous tumors removed from her lungs as well as her absence from the bench, Dr. Joseph Bentivegna writes Bader, 85, is quite ill. Dr. Bentivegna, M.D. says the media who have commented on Ginsburg’s  health are “underestimating the severity of her illness,” and that “President Trump has a reasonable chance” of replacing Ginsburg in his first term. If Trump wins reelection, the doctor believes Trump has at least an 80% chance of replacing Ginsburg — we believe that chance is much much higher.The...
  • Officials in Syria’s Manbij say both Russia and US now patrolling

    01/11/2019 10:57:05 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | 5 hours ago | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    ERBIL– Senior local officials in the northern Syrian city of Manbij said that both the US-led coalition and the Russian military police are operating in the area, including conducting regular patrols.Manbij Military Council (MMC) Commander Mohammed Abu Adel told Kurdistan 24 that there have been no changes on the ground regarding coordination with US forces and joint patrols, both of which continue.“We also have contact with Russian troops in Manbij. But there is only the internal security forces and Manbij Military Council forces that are deployed on the ground in Manbij,” Adel said.Since Monday, Russian military police units have been patrolling a 5...
  • Rahaf al-Qunun: Unpicking the tweets that may have saved her life

    01/10/2019 5:05:33 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | (3 hours ago) | Heather Chen and Mayuri Mei Lin
    On the evening of Saturday, 5 January, a desperate situation began to unravel on a newly created Twitter account. Fleeing her Saudi family in Kuwait, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, sent out a series of tweets pleading for help from an airport hotel room in Bangkok. At the time she had 24 followers. "I'm the girl who ran away to Thailand. I'm now in real danger because the Saudi embassy is trying to force me to return," her first-ever tweet in Arabic read. --copyrighted tweet image at link Then she said something that would be hard to ignore: "I'm afraid. My...
  • Erdogan's Turkey is No American Ally

    01/09/2019 12:43:53 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Michael Rubin
    President Donald TrumpÂ’s about-face toward his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan is enough to give whiplash. Just 5-months ago, Trump was criticizing Turkey and undercutting its economy to bring ErdoÄźan to his knees over the imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson. Behind-the-scenes, American officials/U.S. intelligence had grown exacerbated with ErdoÄźan for his enabling of the Islamic State as well as terrorist groups ranging from Hamas to Boko Haram . Now, of course, ErdoÄźan is TrumpÂ’s confidant and friend. The irony of this about-face is the prickly Trump has absolutely no idea the disdain with which ErdoÄźan and the Turkish press view...
  • France and Germany join forces as a single superpower

    01/09/2019 12:13:01 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 167 replies
    The Times Company, UK ^ | January 9 2019, 5:00pm | Oliver Moody, Berlin
    France and Germany are to forge shared defence, foreign and economic policies in an unprecedented “twinning” arrangement regarded as a prototype for the future of the European Union.This month Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron will sign a treaty that paves the way for the two nations to present a united diplomatic front to the world and to mount joint peacekeeping missions in conflict zones. Both countries will lobby for Germany to receive a permanent seat on the UN security council, alongside France, the US, China, Russia and Britain, the leading Allied powers on the winning side at the end of...
  • Turkey among biggest losers in global democracy ranking

    01/09/2019 8:51:16 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Jan 09 2019 | none stated
    Turkey among biggest losers in global democracy ranking Out of almost 50 countries in greater Europe, only one performed worse than Turkey in The Economist’s latest Democracy Index, released on Wednesday. Just Italy, which fell 12 spots, outdid Turkey, which dropped 10 places last year.“Turkey’s score declined further in 2018 as the country consolidated amid weakening checks on the presidency,” the Economist Intelligence Unit wrote in its annual report. “A presidential election in June, won by the incumbent, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was held under a state of emergency and appeared mostly free, but largely unfair.”Countries in western Europe, where EIU...
  • Big JW Victory: California and Los Angeles County to Remove 1.5 Million Inactive Voters from Voter..

    01/06/2019 4:31:22 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | JANUARY 04, 2019 | None Stated
    Good news for the voters in California/country.We have signed a settlement agreement with the State of California and the County of Los Angeles under which they will begin the process of removing from their voter registration rolls as many as 1.5 million inactive registered names that may be invalid.These removals are required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), a federal law requiring the removal of inactive registrations from the voter rolls after two general federal elections (encompassing from 2 to 4 years). Inactive voter registrations belong, for the most part, to voters who have moved to another county or state or...
  • President Sisi attends ceremony in New Administrative Capital to inaugurate Egypt's largest church

    01/06/2019 8:15:13 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Ahram (on line) ^ | Sunday 6 Jan 2019 | Ahram Online
    The Egyptian President, accompanied by religious, military and international dignitaries, witnesses ceremony to inaugurate the Nativity of Christ Cathedral and Al-Fattah El-Alim17:43 US President Donald Trump tweeted, "Excited to see our friends in Egypt opening the biggest Cathedral in the Middle East. President El-Sisi is moving his country to a more inclusive future!" 17:40 In a short video message aired before the attendees, Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, congratulated the Egyptian people, government and president on the inauguration of the new cathedral.17:30 Following the moment of silence, the celebration on stage started with a live performance of Islamic chants and Christian hymns...
  • Turkish interior minister calls massacres of Alevis “theatre”

    01/01/2019 11:03:52 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Dec 31 2018 | None Stated
    During a tirade against outlawed Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has referred to two of the bloodiest massacres in Turkish Republican history as “theatre” invented to “incite unrest.”“Those old enough will remember the events in Çorum and Maraş. Dozens of our citizens were killed. It was complete theatre, designed to incite unrest,” Soylu said.“We are living through 40 years of PKK incitement,” the interior minister added. It is unclear what link the minister was attempting to make between the massacres and the Kurdish militant group, which did not become launch its insurgency...
  • U.S. withdrawal from Syria presents opportunity and risk for Turkey - Haaretz

    12/29/2018 1:03:08 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | December 29, 2018 | none stated
    U.S. President Donald Trump reshaped U.S. policy in the Middle East by handing Ankara the job of finishing off Islamic State, in Syria in a move that poses both a risk/opportunity for Turkey, Israeli Haaretz newspaper wrote. Trump was expected to warn the Turkish president over his plan to launch a third crossborder attack targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, namely the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northeast Syria, during a phone call 2-weeks ago. However, something unexpected happened, Haaretz said.Trump is reported to have asked if Ankara can ‘’clean up ISIS?’’ if the U.S. withdraws, with Turkey’s strongman responding  Turkish forces were...