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  • Syrian Islamic State fighters evacuate Raqqa city: SDF

    10/15/2017 1:47:03 AM PDT · by Enchante · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 15, 2017 | Staff
    AIN ISSA, SYRIA (Reuters) - A group of Islamic State fighters evacuated the Syrian city of Raqqa overnight, taking civilians with them as human shields, a militia spokesman told Reuters on Sunday. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, continued to battle Islamic State jihadists who remain in the city, SDF spokesman Mostafa Bali said.
  • Turkey shifts policy on Syria

    10/12/2017 9:44:10 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 13 replies
    Jordan Times ^ | Oct 11,2017 | Michael Jansen
    Turkey’s latest intervention in the Syria conflict appears to reflect a 180-degree shift in its policy of backing Al Qaeda-linked takfiris and a range of largely fundamentalist insurgents, as well as the Saudi-sponsored Syrian opposition with the aim of bringing down President Bashar Assad. Last weekend, Turkish tanks, armoured vehicles and troops gathered in the western sector of the border between Turkey and Syria and exchanged fire with Al Qaeda’s Hay’at Tahrir Al Sham, a coalition headed by Jabhat Fatah Al Sham (formerly Jabhat Al Nusra). Ankara is deploying Syrian insurgents belonging to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), allegedly,...
  • Turkey Sentences Wall Street Journal Reporter To 25 Months In Prison

    10/11/2017 9:40:15 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/10/2017 4:55 PM | Chuck Ross
    A Wall Street Journal reporter has been sentenced by a Turkish court to 25 months in prison for publishing an article deemed to be terrorist propaganda by the increasingly authoritarian Turkish government. The sentence against Ayla Albayrak, a Journal reporter previously based in Istanbul, was in response to an Aug. 19, 2015, article Albayrak wrote entitled, “Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey’s Kurdish-Majority Southeast.”
  • AKP-MHP arming their men in Kirkuk (Iraq)

    10/11/2017 10:08:43 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANF News (KIRKUK, Iraq) ^ | Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017, 00:00 | ANF - SEYİT EVRAN
    AKP-MHP have been revealed to be arming some Turkmens in Kirkuk. Erdoğan has sent thousands of infantry weapons to Turkmens in Kirkuk while hundreds of men have received training to provoke unrest in Kirkuk. Turkey has had plans for Kirkuk for a long time. Turkey uses the Turkmens in Kirkuk as an excuse from time to time, in various schemes, and claims that Kirkuk falls within the bounds of the Misak-i Milli (“National Pact”), and is therefore a province of Turkey. In this past month, citing the referendum held in Southern Kurdistan as an excuse, Turkey issued various threats against...
  • Turkey's Erdogan blames U.S. envoy for diplomatic crisis

    10/10/2017 7:28:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 10, 2017 / 4:10 AM / Updated 8:40 | Ercan Gurses
    ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan blamed the U.S. ambassador to Turkey on Tuesday for a diplomatic crisis between the two countries and said Ankara no longer considered him Washington’s envoy. In a blunt and personal attack on outgoing ambassador John Bass, Erdogan suggested Bass acted unilaterally in suspending visa services in Turkey after the arrest of a U.S. consulate worker, and said “agents” had infiltrated U.S. missions.
  • Turkey-US row: Erdogan 'upset' by visa suspension (issues warrant for 2nd US consulate worker)

    10/10/2017 4:13:37 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    BBC Europe ^ | 9 October 2017 | none stated
    Turkey has also suspended visa services in the US. Prosecutors are seeking another consulate worker for questioning as a suspect, the state news agency reports. snip It said the suspect's wife and child had been detained in the city of Amasya, in northern central Turkey.
  • Turkey is still interested in Patriot defense systems, Turkish official says

    10/10/2017 3:56:03 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | 10-8-2017 | RAGIP SOYLU
    The Turkish government is still in talks with Washington about the possible sale of Patriot missile defense systems, a senior Turkish official said Friday. Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Öztürk Yılmaz, who visited Washington last week, told a group of Turkish journalists on Friday that Turkey contacted Americans about the Patriot systems two to three weeks ago. The Turkish official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Yılmaz's remarks and said that Turkey was routinely conducting this kind of talks and Turkish expectations on the deal has not changed. "For us, technology transfer and joint production...
  • Turkey Now Targeting Academic Freedom in Europe

    10/09/2017 5:11:57 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    P J Media ^ | 2017-10-09T11:02:51 | Uzay Bulut
    Turkey’s targeting of dissident academics seems to have crossed the borders of the country. Academic freedom in Europe and in the U.S. is being stymied by the Turkish government and nationalist groups. Most recently, Turkey targeted a conference held September 15 to 18 at the European Academy Berlin entitled “Past in the Present: European Approaches to the Armenian Genocide.” It was part of the “Workshop on Armenian Turkish Scholarship (WATS),” a series founded by the University of Michigan in 2000. It was co-organized by the University of Michigan, the Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies of the University of Southern California...
  • Turkey May Have Finally Exhausted The Patience Of The White House

    10/09/2017 8:36:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    The budding bromance between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may finally be on the rocks. It’s not as if the Turks haven’t given us plenty of reasons to be upset with them already, but the recent arrest of of one of our embassy workers in Istanbul seems to have been the straw which at least put a crack in the camel’s back.This wasn’t even an American citizen who was taken in. It was a Turkish worker at the embassy who was charged with having ties to Cleric Fethullah Gulen (which is the same charge that the...
  • Turkish President Admits He’s Holding Americans Hostage

    10/09/2017 8:35:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Plenty of us have been saying this for almost a year now or at least suspected it strongly. The Tyrant of Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been taking and holding American citizens prisoner since last winter, supposedly on charges of being conspirators (or at least sympathizers) in the failed coup attempt in Turkey last summer. One of the longest held is Pastor Andrew Brunson, who we’ve written about at length here. But now Erdogan has taken additional Americans captive, possibly more than a dozen, all of whom he alleges are somehow in league with exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen,...
  • U.S. Suspends Visa Applications from Turkey

    10/09/2017 5:59:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    The U.S. embassy in Turkey announced Sunday that it has suspended all non-immigrant visa services to Turkish citizens “effective immediately.”“Recent events have forced the United States government to reassess the commitment of the government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel,” the embassy said in a statement. In response, the Turkish government suspended visas for Americans, using much of the same language the U.S. embassy used in its statement.
  • US suspends all non-immigrant visa services in Turkey

    10/08/2017 1:46:30 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | 10-8-17 | Hurriyet
    The U.S. Embassy in Ankara on Oct. 8 announced that it had suspended all non-immigrant visa services at its diplomatic facilities in Turkey. "Recent events have forced the United States Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of US Mission facilities and personnel. In order to minimize the number of visitors to our Embassy and Consulates while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately we have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey," the Embassy said in a statement issued on its Twitter account. Statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey...
  • Turkey’s first tank export ‘Kaplan’ debuts in Indonesia

    10/06/2017 11:55:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The KAPLAN MT Modern Medium Weight Tank, first tank-class vehicle exported by Turkey's defense industry, was presented to the public Thursday by the Indonesian Army in Cilegon during an official parade on National Armed Forces Day. The parade in the coastal West Java city included nearly 6,000 soldiers and Indonesia's most modern imported weaponry including warships, helicopters, submarines and the KAPLAN MT tank. Pindad Chairman Abraham Mose told Anadolu Agency he is pleased by the completion of the tank project. "This project is the proof that we can produce high technology defense vehicles with our own efforts without being dependent...
  • Erdogan continues to insult and threaten Barzani

    10/06/2017 9:41:16 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 6 Oct 2017, 00:00 | ANF ANKARA
    Erdoğan continues with his insults and threats against KDP Leader Masoud Barzani. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech at a meeting where he gathered a group of people from Northern Kurdistan he dubbed “opinion leaders”. Erdoğan reacted to KDP Leader Masoud Barzani because of the referendum and said: “You are governing over a state. Even if it is a state within a country, you are governing over a state. Your borders and air fields will be closed now, how are you going to get out? What kind of governance is this? You are done, before you even began.”...
  • Turkey Has Imprisoned an American Pastor for One Year

    10/06/2017 5:14:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2017 | Senator James Lankford
    October 7, 2016. It’s been almost one year since Dr. Andrew Brunson was unjustly imprisoned without charges in Turkey. Imagine spending a year in a Turkish prison as a hostage. Unfortunately, most Americans have no idea what is really happening in Turkey. Turkey has long been an ally of the United States, but has chosen to complicate and weaken its relationship with the United States and other free nations of the world through its increasingly oppressive policies. On August 25, 2017, the Turkish government issued two new emergency decrees. Article 74 of decree 694 states that “with the exclusion of...
  • The Demise of Turkey’s Democracy: An Open Letter to President Erdogan

    10/05/2017 4:46:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | October 3, 2017 | Alon Ben-Meir
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: File.Dear President Erdogan,I have been in your country scores of times, and have developed close and friendly relations with many Turks from all walks of life; these people all took pride in the incredible progress that Turkey made under your leadership.During your first ten years as prime minister, you transformed Turkey economically, socially and politically, and put the country on the path to greatness as an emerging regional and global power. That is why, Mr. Erdogan, it pains me to witness a once-great reformer destroying his own impressive achievements. You have chosen this destructive path...
  • Assyrians struggling for a primary school in Istanbul (Christians in Turkey)

    09/30/2017 2:10:36 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    The Philos Project ^ | Saturday, September 30, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    The new school year has started this month in Turkey, but Assyrian Christians, otherwise known as Syriacs or Chaldeans, still do not have a single primary school in the country where they could learn their native language and culture. The Istanbul-based newspaper Agos reported that the activists of the Syriac community applied to the Ministry of National Education in 2012 to get its permission and support to open a Syriac kindergarten in Istanbul. When their application was rejected, they took on a legal struggle and were finally able to open the Mor Efrem kindergarten without any economic support from the...
  • Erdogan and Putin prepare to hit US interests in Syria [opinion]

    09/28/2017 2:18:45 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Sept 28, 2017 | Tom Rogan
    Turkey and Russia are aggressively conspiring against U.S. interests in Syria. That's my takeaway from the joint press conference on Thursday, between Presidents Erdogan and Putin in Turkey. First off, on Syria, Putin stated that Turkey and Russia have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria's north-eastern Idlib province. That statement might sound positive, but with Idlib the last major holdout of the Sunni rebellion fighting the Assad-Putin-Iran axis, Putin's words suggest that Erdogan is about to cut-off the rebel supply lines from Turkey. As I warned last December, Russia's endgame has always been the annihilation of the rebels in Idlib....
  • Turkey President Offers to Release US Pastor in Exchange for Muslim Cleric

    09/28/2017 1:55:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    President Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Thursday that Turkey could free a detained U.S. pastor if the United States hands over a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania whom Ankara blames for a failed military coup last year. Turkey has been seeking the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan whose supporters are blamed for trying to overthrow Erdogan's government in July 2016. Gulen has denied any role in the coup attempt, in which 250 people were killed. Thousands of people have been detained in a crackdown since the failed coup, including American Christian missionary Andrew Brunson, who ran a...
  • More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan back independence

    09/27/2017 1:37:32 PM PDT · by Enchante · 31 replies
    Guardian ^ | September 27, 2017 | Martin Chulov
    More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan have opted for independence, according to election monitors, in an overwhelming endorsement of a proposed split from Baghdad that has sparked increasing threats of air and land blockades that could be imposed as early as Friday. The result came after Iraq’s parliament authorised the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, to send troops into areas disputed between Arabs and Kurds that were contentiously included in the ballot. Euphoria on the streets of Erbil in recent days has been met with sharply increasing tension in the region, which is likely to escalate in the wake...