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  • Turkish Water Park: Children and Adults Electrocuted

    06/24/2017 11:09:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/23
    Three children and two adults who tried to rescue them have been electrocuted in a water park in north-western Turkey, local media say.The incident happened in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province, 100km (62 miles) east of Istanbul. The park manager and his son dived in to help the three children. The five, believed to be all Turkish, were taken to hospital but could not be saved. It was unclear how the pool had become electrified. Rescuers and park personnel flushed the pool's water away as others turned off electricity in the facility.
  • AKP usurps the chuches and monasteries in Mardin (Turkish Islam Confiscates Christian Churches)

    06/24/2017 7:44:55 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 24 Jun 2017, 10:36 | ANF Mardin
    The AKP government has usurped churches, monasteries and graveyards belonging to the Syriac community in Mardin and handed them over as state property to the Diyanet, Turkey's Presidency for Religious Affairs. According to the Armenian newspaper Agos many churches, monasteries, graveyards and other assets of the Syriac community in the city of Mardin have been usurped and transferred to the state's Treasury and other relevant state institutions. After Mardin became a Metropolitan Municipality, its villages were officially turned into neighbourhoods as per the law and attached to the provincial administration. Following the legislative amendment introduced in late 2012, the Governorate...
  • Turkish Leader Ataturk Proved That A Nation’s Terminal Decline Can Be Reversed

    06/24/2017 12:55:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Return of Kings ^ | June 15, 2017 | Beau Albrecht
    There are times in history when a man of humble birth rises to the occasion when his nation is in mortal danger. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was one of them. A very brief historical background During the 16th Century, Europe was awakening from its long medieval slumber. However, the Ottoman Turks also were on the rise. They expanded their territory in the Balkans, overrunning the region entirely. They made inroads into Eastern Europe, and even threatened Central Europe. If Vienna hadn’t held out, the region would’ve been in grave peril. They further expanded elsewhere, taking over North Africa, making further gains...
  • The Evolution of Yannis: From Turkish Nationalist to Jailed Greek Activist

    06/23/2017 10:59:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Armenian Weekly ^ | June 23, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı, an ethnic Greek peace activist born in Samsun, was recently arrested by Turkish police in the Kurdish city of Şırnak, where he had been living since 2012. Yannis Vasilis YaylalıMeral Geylani, his partner and fellow activist, told the Armenian Weekly that four lawsuits have been filed against Yaylalı. Three of them are for “discouraging the public from military service” and one is for “publicly disrespecting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk” through his articles and social media posts about the 1914-1923 massacre of Pontian (Pontic) Greeks by Turkey.“On April 22, the day he posted his article about the commemoration of...
  • Erdogan tones down rhetoric in light of Qatar's fate

    06/22/2017 7:00:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    al-Monitor ^ | June 21, 2017 | Pinar Tremblay
    Will Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ever be welcome in Washington again? Many US legislators would like to think he wouldn't dare come back after the horrid events of May 16, when his security detail attacked peaceful protesters. Just days later, a bipartisan House resolution was introduced to condemn Turkey and ask for the perpetrators to be prosecuted. Dana Rohrabacher, Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee for Europe, said Erdogan "is an enemy of everything we stand for. … More importantly, he is an enemy of his own people.” These are some of the strongest words of public...
  • Turkish reinforcements to attack Afrin and al-Shahba

    06/22/2017 7:16:34 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANHA Harwar News Agency ^ | 06.22.2017 10:44 | J.O
    Turkish occupation army passed on Wednesday 11 military vehicles including 4 trucks loaded with canons to the Syrian lands.Turkish occupation army promoting its existence on the Syrian land and going further in its occupation, new reinforcements have been sent across the borders to the southern countryside of Azaz.Anadolu state agency said that 11 military vehicles including 4 trucks loaded with canons and ammunition have been sent to Syria, activists circulated footage of this convoy as” reinforcing the Turkish military units stationed at the borders with Syria.Reliable sources noted that the convoy headed towards the southern countryside of Azaz which...
  • Turkey and Syria prepare for an embargo and attack on Rojava (Important!)

    06/22/2017 6:45:18 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    ANF News ^ | 22 Jun 2017, 13:03 (CDT +8hrs) | SEYIT EVRAN
    Turkey and the Baath regime are preparing for a joint attack on Shehba and Efrîn. The Baath regime instated an embargo by closing off the Aleppo road, while the Turkish state started dispatching heavy weapons like tanks, artilleries and Howitzers and infatry units to the area. Turkey’s plans failed in Raqqa, and now they are preparing for a joint attack on Efrîn and Shehba with the Syrian Baath regime. The Turkish state moved heavy weapons like artilleries, mortars, tanks and Howitzers in large numbers for a possible attack on Shehba and Efrîn. The heavy weapons taken to Syrian territory were...
  • Baath regime panics as SDF enters Raqqa

    06/21/2017 8:11:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ANF News ^ | Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017, 11:50 | SEYIT EVRAN
    Russia, Iran and the Baath regime under their control panicked with the Raqqa operation following the Tabqa operation and resorted to slander, then to attacking the SDF. RussiaÂ’s approach changed when the YPG-led SDF launched an operation to liberate Tabqa. Russia had always played both sides in Bab and Shehba as well as Aleppo, developing relationships with SDF/YPG on one hand and Turkey on the other. When the operation to liberate Tabqa launched, RussiaÂ’s approach changed further, even as far as issuing threats for some issues. This approach by Russia was very clearly displayed in a statement a couple days...
  • Turkey dispatches tanks and military equipment into Syria

    06/21/2017 7:53:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 32 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017, 18:45 | News Desk
    The Turkish army has dispatched military equipment and vehicles into Syria. The invading Turkish army has dispatched military vehicles and trucks loaded with tanks, howitzers and ammunition into Syrian soil through al-Bab al-Hawa Border Gate. Photo taken by a witness on the route of the Turkish truck convoy shows the shipment of Turkish tanks into Syria.
  • Report: Turkey stirring up tensions on Temple Mount

    06/21/2017 5:03:19 PM PDT · by Lera · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/21/17 | Uzi Baruch
    Turkey is spending tens of millions of dollars to gain a foothold inside Israel’s capital city and to stir up tensions between Arab residents and Israelis, a new investigative report claims. According to the report, set to be published in full by journalist Nadav Shragi this coming Friday in Yisrael Hashavua, since 2004 some $63 million from Turkish NGOs and the Turkish government have gone to organizations in eastern Jerusalem dedicated to “defending and strengthening the Muslim heritage and character of Jerusalem. Some of the funds have been transferred by the Turkish government through the Turkish International Cooperation and Development...
  • Turkey-backed Syrian rebels attack Kobane (more distractions)

    06/20/2017 6:35:58 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ARA News ^ | June 21, 2017 | Hozan Mamo
    Musa, a 25-year-old Kurdish marksman, stands atop a building as he looks at the destroyed city of Halimce, east of the Syrian town of Kobane. File photo Turkey-backed rebel groups in Syria launched on Tuesday an offensive on a Kurdish village in Kobane district, in northern Syria.The Islamist rebels based in northern Aleppo shelled the Shuyukh village in Kobane with mortar fire. “The village was hit by dozens of mortar shells, fired by Turkey-backed Islamists that are based in the vicinity of Jarablus city,” a local media activist told ARA News in Kobane.The bombardment caused a number of injuries among...
  • First journalists go on trial over Turkey coup bid

    06/19/2017 11:09:46 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    afp ^ | 6/19/17 | Fulya OZERKAN
    Istanbul (AFP) - Several Turkish journalists went on trial in Istanbul on Monday on charges of links to the group allegedly behind last year's failed military coup. The trial is the first to include journalists arrested under the state of emergency imposed after the attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July although more cases are set to go to court in the next few months. All those on trial are accused of links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen who Ankara says masterminded the bid to oust Erdogan. The coup left 249 people dead, not including the plotters....
  • Turkey Uncensored: A War On Journalism

    06/19/2017 8:21:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Philos Project ^ | June 19, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Today, 167 journalists languish in Turkish jails, a figure reported by Turkey’s Platform for Independent Journalism (P24). Many TV stations, news agencies, newspapers, magazines, radio stations and publishing houses have also been shut down under state of emergency decrees since last year’s abortive coup.But pressures against the media is not a recent phenomenon in Turkey. It would not be an overstatement to say that since Turkey’s 1923 founding, violent as well as non-violent attacks against newspapers and journalists have been the norm in the country.Many Turks – including journalists – have recently been trying to get away from the pressures...
  • HPG: Turkish army was dealt heavy blow at Çukurca border

    06/18/2017 12:07:31 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    ANF News ^ | Sunday, 18 Jun 2017, 12:46 | BEHDINAN
    HPG Press Center issued a statement on the invasion operation carried out by the Turkish army since June 17 on the Çukurca border line. According to the HPG statement, at least 30 soldiers have been killed in clashes. The HPG statement said: “The occupying Turkish army’s invasion operation launched on June 16 at 21.30 in the Zap area in Medya Defense Zones, and the clashes that ensued continue in all intensity.” The statement included the following on the development and process of the operation: AT LEAST 30 SOLDIERS KILLED IN SEVERAL SPOTS On June 17, at 04.30 the occupying...
  • Turkey's dismissed NATO officers admit massacres against Kurds

    06/18/2017 8:04:10 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | 7 Jun 2017, 12:52 | News Desk
    Vocal Europe news site has published an interview based on an extensive, full of inquiries and recorded conversation with five former Turkish Senior Officers, from Armed Forces, Air Forces and Navy, who served at SHAPE and NATO Headquarters in Belgium and who were purged after the attempted coup on 15 July last year. The interview gives place to the five officers' opinions on the coup attempt of 15th July 2015, and confessions on the situation of the Turkish army. The officers state that the Turkish army has been suffering heavy losses, and hold ErdoÄźan's supporters responsible for the deadlock...
  • In Angry Rant, Erdogan Complains That His Goons Face Charges In Embassy Attacks

    06/16/2017 12:52:27 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 16, 2017
    The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is upset with the U.S. after 12 of his bodyguards were charged with assault for attacking peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. last month. In a blistering speech at an Iftar dinner event on Thursday, Erdogan questioned the legality of the charges and claimed that his bodyguards were protecting him from physical harm. “They have issued arrest warrants for 12 of my bodyguards. What kind of law is this?” Erdogan said in the speech, according to Hurriyet Daily News. “If my bodyguards cannot protect me then why am I bringing them to America with...
  • Egypt: Gulf siege against Qatar should include Turkey

    06/15/2017 9:04:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | June 14, 2017 at 4:29 pm | none stated
    The Egyptian president has called on allies in the Gulf to escalate the diplomatic row with Qatar to include Turkey, the New Arab reported. According to the news outlet, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi urged Gulf leaders to expand their boycott until Ankara gives up support for Qatar. He is reported to have said that this would maintain the pressure on Doha to respond positively and help bring a speedy end to the regional siege. The sources said that Al-Sisi raised the matter during a meeting with the King of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, last Thursday in Cairo. They added...
  • D.C. Police: 12 Turkish Guards Charged for Beating Protesters

    06/15/2017 12:11:25 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 20 replies
    A dozen men who traveled with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the U.S. last month have been charged criminally for a high-profile attack on protesters in the nation's capital. The Turkish guards were filmed May 16 breaking through a police line, then kicking and punching protesters who had been chanting "baby-killer Erdogan" as the authoritarian leader arrived at the Turkish ambassador's home. The attack outraged American lawmakers, and the House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution calling for prosecution of assailants. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham announced the charges at a Thursday press conference, saying that "in the...
  • Turkey Uncensored: Why Are the Jews Leaving Turkey?

    06/15/2017 10:37:49 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Philos Project ^ | June 15, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently delivered a blistering speech in Istanbul, calling Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian Arabs “racist and discriminatory.” He also said that the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip “has no place in humanity.”Meanwhile, the Jewish population of Turkey – which has for decades been exposed to discrimination, as well as various forms of pressures and hostility – continues to decline. According to the 1927 census, there were 81,392 Jews in the country. Today, there are fewer than 15,000. And the situation is only worsening. Approximately 6,200 Jewish citizens are preparing to leave Turkey, according to...
  • Qatar crisis opens the gates of anti-Trumpism in Turkey

    06/15/2017 8:56:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | June 14, 2017 | Pinar Tremblay
    The election of US President Donald Trump was neither a surprise nor an unpleasant event for Islamists in Turkey. To the contrary, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were making extra efforts to cheer for their newly elected American colleague. Erdogan’s 22-minute March meeting with Trump, despite being a fiasco on multiple fronts, was portrayed as the beginning of an affectionate personal relationship. Pro-AKP media refrained from using negative language against Trump. However, the tide took a stark turn with the Qatar crisis. As several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab...