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  • Orthodox Icons Hidden from Muslims in Mosque Built Within Ancient Church

    01/23/2017 7:03:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/23/17
    An ancient Trebizond church of Agia Sophia, built between 1238 and 1263 and defiled by being converted into a mosque in 1461, is now set to undergo a restoration project worth about 2 million Turkish liras (about $530,000). The building, regarded as an exemplary piece of Byzantine architecture, located in northeastern Turkey, served as a museum for fifty-two years before being opened to worship again in 2013. The new project plans to continue prior measures taken to conceal the church’s Orthodox Christian frescos from the eyes of Muslims, who, despite their dogmatic opposition to it, have chosen to worship in...
  • Crumbling lira pressures Turkish retailers as economy slows

    01/23/2017 6:21:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 22, 2017 | Ceyda Caglayan
    Turkish businessman Tekin Acar had contracts to open branches of his leading cosmetics chain in ten new shopping malls this year. A few days ago he canceled nine of them after sharp falls in the lira meant he would struggle to afford the rents. Turkey's currency has lost around a quarter of its value since the middle of last year, causing havoc for retailers selling imported goods or paying rent pegged to the U.S. dollar. Many were already suffering from a sharp economic slowdown and dwindling tourism numbers after a spate of deadly bombings.
  • Syrians express 'deep anger' at Turkey for war

    01/18/2017 3:55:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | January 15, 2017
    Syrians express 'deep anger' at Turkey for war "Why did Turkey do this to us?" Fehim Tastekin reports that many Syrians blame Turkey, once a close ally of Damascus, for the war, which has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, according to United Nations and independent estimates. Tastekin, a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Turkey Pulse, reports from Damascus that “being a Turk in Syria is a bit difficult nowadays. No one will harass, insult or attack you, for sure, but everyone has a few words to say about Ankara’s transition from friend to foe.” Tastekin writes, “In a cafe...
  • Turkey faces financial disaster

    01/17/2017 5:46:40 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 30 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 17 Jan 2017 (last modified) | Cengiz Candar
    Gauging the value of the Turkish lira against the US dollar has required the power of divination so far this year. Anxiety is high as Turks wait to see whether the lira will tumble more and reach the once-unimaginable level of 4 lira per $1. snip- Now, 4 lira to a dollar is entirely possible and is seen as a harbinger of the big financial crisis to come. snip- The data indicates Turkey will be facing an inevitable financial collapse or at least a severe economic crisis this year. Such a crisis will worsen the security situation in Turkey, which...
  • Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect 'captured'

    01/16/2017 2:00:02 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2017-01-16
    The main suspect in the New Year's Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul has been arrested, Turkish media report. Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the attack on the Reina club in which 39 people were killed. The Uzbek national is said to have been caught in Istanbul's Esenyurt district. Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims, and dozens of people were injured. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria. The gunman arrived at the club...
  • Staring Into Syria’s Diplomatic Fog

    01/15/2017 7:18:19 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The Century Foundation ^ | January 06, 2017 | Aron Lund
    Syria enters 2017 in a state of diplomatic confusion. On December 30, a truce agreement brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran came into effect. It was endorsed by the UN Security Council on the following day and has been blessed by the United States, but war still rages in many areas of the country. Meanwhile, the gaze of the international community has turned to an unlikely location: Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, where Russia is trying to organize Syrian political negotiations backed by Turkey and Iran. The Astana meeting has been scheduled for January 23, before the resumption of the...
  • Return to Aleppo: A squandered legacy

    01/14/2017 2:08:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | January 12, 2017 | Fehim Taştekin
    Return to Aleppo: A squandered legacy Fehim Taştekin January 12, 2017 This is the second in a series of stories from Al-Monitor correspondent Fehim Tastekin, who is traveling in Syria. ALEPPO, Syria — When I finally arrived in Aleppo from Damascus, accompanied by Damascus-based Turkish journalist Hediye Levent, I discovered the Meridien Hotel we'd wanted to stay at was totally booked because of a government meeting. The hotel general manager found us places at Hotel Riga, once one of the best in the city. We had thought it was not operating because of the war. When we reached the hotel,...
  • Erdogan: 'Turkey Is Attacked by Terrorists Using Foreign Exchange Rates to Harm the Country!'

    01/12/2017 8:51:09 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-12-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees the Turkish lira collapsing before his eyes. So what does he do? That's right: the same thing he always does. Blames others (unnamed "terrorists") for his problems: [EMBEDDED TWEET] "Everyone already sees and knows the attacks that Turkey has been subjected to also have an economic aspect. There is no difference between a terrorist who has a weapon or bomb in his hand and a terrorist who has dollars, euros and interest in terms of aim," Erdogan said. Of course it's not clear which terrorists with dollars and euros he's referring to, but apparently,...
  • Iraqi palace of mirrors: Kurds block aid to Christian militia

    01/10/2017 3:59:55 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 01/01/2017 | William Murray
    The Christian town of Qaraqosh, Iraq, located on the Nineveh Plain, is in ruins. It is far worse than its appearance, which is bad enough. Other than a handful of volunteers to clean up the streets, and the 300 or so members of the Nineveh Protection Unit, or NPU, the town is deserted. The Christian town has enemies other than the ruthless Islamic State, or ISIS, which left it in ruins. Currently the Kurdish militia, the Peshmerga, is blocking aid to the NPU that guards the town, because the NPU is the Assyrian Christian militia. It is the only armed...
  • Erdogan Sees Better Ties With US Under Trump

    01/09/2017 12:25:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he believed relations with Washington would improve under President-elect Donald Trump and that the two NATO allies would reach an easier consensus on regional issues. Ties between the United States and Turkey - which has the second largest army in the NATO alliance and is key to the US-led fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq - have deteriorated sharply since a failed military coup in July. Erdogan and the government blame the abortive putsch on Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, and want...
  • Istanbul attack: ISIS claims nightclub shooting; killer still at large

    01/02/2017 1:07:21 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan. 2, 2017 | Euan McKirdy, Holly Yan and Ian Lee
    Istanbul (CNN)ISIS claimed responsibility for the New Year's attack at Istanbul's Reina nightclub that left 39 people dead, but authorities are still scrambling to find the killer. ISIS' claim, made in a statement posted to Twitter, cannot be independently verified by CNN. But it boasted about the first major terrorist attack of 2017. "In continuation of the blessed operations which ISIS carries out against Turkey, a soldier of the brave caliphate attacked one of the most popular nightclubs while Christians were celebrating their holiday," the statement read. Both Turkish and US officials have called the attack an act of terrorism.
  • New Year, New Jihad

    01/02/2017 9:06:44 AM PST · by OddLane
    America Rattlesnake ^ | January 1, 2017 | Gerard Perry
    One of the most exasperating parts of following news coverage of the latest wave of Islamic atrocities is the deliberately mendacious way these crimes against humanity are portrayed by the Fourth Estate, the Santa attack inside of an Istanbul nightclub being just the latest example of this willful deception. At least the editors of the Daily Beast had the courtesy to enclose that word in quotation marks, but people who didn’t read beyond the headline of this story would probably be under the impression that a deranged mall santa decided to go on a bloody rampage, a la A Christmas...
  • Turkey Arrests 8 In Relation to Istanbul New Year Attack

    01/02/2017 8:47:09 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-02-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    The Turkish authorities have arrested eight people who they believe to have been part of a terror cell responsible for the horrific terror attack at an Istanbul club during New Year's Eve. Although these eight radical Muslims were arrested, the shooter himself is still at large. [TWEET] The Turkish intelligence agency the MIT is known for knowing everything that happens in the country. The last few months, however, that image has been tarnished beyond all repair. Not only do they fail to prevent terror attacks, critics argue, they don't even seem to be able to arrest the terrorists responsible for...
  • Islamic Butchers of ISIS Claim Responsibility for Horrendous New Year's Eve Attack in Istanbul

    01/02/2017 7:55:10 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-02-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    The radical Islamic butchers of ISIS have announced today that the man responsible for the terror attack at a New Year party in Istanbul is one of its members. Through its own Aamaq News Agency, ISIS calls the jihadist a "heroic soldier of the caliphate who attacked the most famous nightclub where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast." Although we're not supposed to talk about, the fact of the matter is that there are some conservative Muslim Turks who object to the celebration of New Year's because they consider it a 'Christian feast.' New Year's parties, they argue, are based...
  • Istanbul nightclub attack: We don't know who was responsible, says Turkey's PM (trun)

    01/01/2017 7:34:25 AM PST · by fella · 30 replies
    Istanbul nightclub attack: We don't know who was responsible, says Turkey's PM after gunman 'dressed as Santa' kills 39 at New Year's Eve Party gunman reportedly dressed in a Santa costume killed at least 39 people, including 16 foreigners, at a famous nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's Eve celebrations. Armed with a long-barrelled weapon, the attacker shot a police officer before storming the elite Reina club in the Ortakoy area of the city at about 1.45am. The Israeli foreign ministry says an Israeli woman is among those who were killed. She was named as Leanne Nasser, 19. She was reportedly in the club with...
  • At least 35 killed, 40 injured in Istanbul nightclub terrorist attack (GRAPHIC VIDEOS)

    12/31/2016 5:47:48 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 43 replies
    RT ^ | December 31, 2016, Edit Jan 1
    At least one gunman dressed as Santa has attacked a night club in Istanbul, killing and injuring scores of people, Turkish media report. Footage shows armored police vehicles surrounding the building as ambulances are rushed to the scene. At least 35 people were killed and 40 wounded in the attack, IstanbulÂ’s governor Vasip Ĺžahin said, calling the incident a terrorist attack. The attack took place at the well-known Reina nightclub in the Ortakoy neighborhood, in IstanbulÂ’s Besiktas district.
  • Turkey: Armed Attack At Istanbul Nightclub

    12/31/2016 3:56:49 PM PST · by cardinal4 · 154 replies
    CNN ^ | 31 Dec 2016 | CNN
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  • Attacker opens fire at Istanbul nightclub, news agency reports

    12/31/2016 5:10:47 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 31 Dec 16 | By Madison Park
    An Istanbul nightclub was attacked Sunday morning, killing 35 people and wounding 40 others, according to Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin. Sahin called the incident "a terror attack" targeting innocent people who were at the club to celebrate the new year. An armed attack has taken place at a nightclub in the Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul, according to Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu. The attacker, who has not yet been identified, opened fire inside the nightclub early Sunday, the agency reported.
  • Gun attack on popular night club in central Istanbul

    12/31/2016 4:12:16 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies ^ | 12/31/16 | hurriyetdailynews
    A gun attack was held on Reina, a popular night club in Istanbul by the Bosphorus, according to broadcaster CNNTurk. Dozens of people were wounded in the attack, local broadcasters have reported. A reporter at the crime scene said live on CNNTurk that some 50 to 60 ambulances have been dispatched to the scene. The attackers used long-barrell guns, eye witnesses said.
  • Many wounded in Istanbul nightclub attack

    12/31/2016 3:54:11 PM PST · by AU72 · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | January 1, 2017 | BBC
    Many people have been wounded in an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey's NTV reports. Footage appears to show a number of ambulances and police vehicles outside the Reina nightclub, in the Besiktas area of the city. NTV says two attackers were involved, with CNN Turk reported they were dressed in Santa costumes. Istanbul had been on high alert for any terror attacks, with some 17,000 police officers on duty in the city. There were reportedly several hundred people in the nightclub at the time.
  • 'Stances have shifted': Russia, Turkey, Iran are discussing chopping Syria into zones of influence

    12/29/2016 9:52:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 28, 2016 | Staff
    Syria would be divided into informal zones of regional power influence and Bashar al-Assad would remain president for at least a few years under an outline deal between Russia, Turkey and Iran, sources say. Such a deal, which would allow regional autonomy within a federal structure controlled by Assad's Alawite sect, is in its infancy, subject to change and would need the buy-in of Assad and the rebels and, eventually, the Gulf states and the United States, sources familiar with Russia's thinking say.
  • Syria conflict: Ceasefire agreement agreed, backed by Russia and Turkey

    12/29/2016 8:04:54 AM PST · by Nextrush · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/29/2016 | BBC
    The Syrian government and rebel groups have agreed a nationwide ceasefire from midnight local time (22:00 GMT) on Thursday, followed by peace talks. The deal was confirmed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and confirmed by the Turkish foreign ministry. Russia and Turkey, which back opposing sides, will act as guarantors. The rebel High Negotiations Committee (HNC), seen by the UN as main opposition group, confirmed the deal, which excludes certain jihadist groups. The Syrian army said in a statement that so-called Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly the Nusra Front) "and the groups affiliated to them" were not...
  • John Kerry, tireless in his diplomatic efforts, often came up empty-handed

    12/29/2016 6:29:29 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 52 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/27/2016 | Tracy Wilkinson
    John F. Kerry was late to his own party. Staffers, journalists and other officials were gathered in the ornate Benjamin Franklin salon at the State Department on Dec. 14 for early Christmas festivities. But the secretary of State was nowhere to be seen. Kerry was on the telephone to various world leaders, trying to find out about a major diplomatic meeting — from which the United States had been excluded. The gathering, which sought to broker a resolution to the devastating Syrian conflict, took place six days later in Moscow and involved the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey.
  • Erdogan Says He Has Evidence US-Led Coalition Has Given Support To ISIS

    12/28/2016 12:59:59 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
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  • Forgotten tragedy of Armenian genocide

    12/28/2016 5:18:15 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 12/28/2016 | Bill Federer
    Theodore Roosevelt continued: “Armenians have been butchered under circumstances of murder and torture and rape that would have appealed to an old-time Apache Indian. … Wholesale slaughter of the Armenians. … The crowning outrage has been committed by the Turks on the Armenians. … I trust that all Americans worthy of the name feel their deepest indignation and keenest sympathy aroused by the dreadful Armenian atrocities.” Historian Arnold Toynbee wrote: “The Turks draft the criminals from their prisons into the Gendarmeri to exterminate the Armenian race. … In 1913 the Turkish Army was engaged in exterminating the Albanians. … Greeks...
  • July Article: Ties Emerge Between Clinton and Mysterious Islamic Cleric

    12/27/2016 5:33:16 AM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/13/16 | Chuck Ross
    A newly-released email and lobbying documents filed with Congress reveals new ties between Clintonworld and members of a network operated by a mysterious Islamic cleric from Turkey. Connections between Clinton and acolytes of the imam, Fethullah Gulen, could muddle the complex relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, a key NATO ally, if the former secretary of state wins the White House.
  • Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims US-led coalition forces have 'supported ISIS'

    12/27/2016 2:55:42 PM PST · by House Atreides · 58 replies
    The Sun ( ^ | December 27, 2016 | Ellie Flynn & Guys Birchall
    TURKEY’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed he has “confirmed evidence” US-led forces have supported ISIS. Erdogan said “it’s very clear” the US is supporting terror groups in a damning press conference in Ankara. He said: “They were accusing us of supporting Daesh (Islamic State). “Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It’s very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos.” Casualties have mounted as the military tries to take the town of Al-Bab from ISIS jihadists and Ankara has become incresingly impatient over the lack of support from the US against the...
  • Aleppo: A tale of three cities

    12/27/2016 11:29:26 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Kurdish Question ^ | 12/27/2016 - 09:13 | Hawzhin Azeez
    Aleppo and the humanitarian crises has dominated international media in the past weeks. News articles with exceedingly dire headlines have increasingly dominated and many heart wrenching images have emerged of Regime brutality. Things, however, came to a head in a recent viral video of a woman called Eva Bartlett, a Canadian Journalist and ‘human rights activist’ speaking about the current situation in Aleppo. Bartlett states that she has been to Syria, including the war torn areas of Aleppo four times (how she managed to do this is soon to be answered) and that in her ‘experience’ the people of Aleppo and...

    12/26/2016 8:49:36 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 89 replies
    WND ^ | 12-26-2016 | Jerome Corsi
    Turkish government intelligence has determined Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22 – the police officer who recently assassinated Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov while the ambassador was giving a speech to open an art gallery in Ankara – was a member of the Gulen organization, which claimed to be the same group that staged an unsuccessful coup in Turkey in July.... ....the Clinton Foundation was engaged in a pay-to-play scheme to obtain Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s support for the Obama administration decision to give asylum to Fetullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim imam the Erdogan government holds responsible for the attempted coup July...
  • Turkish Soldiers Are Dying in Operation Euphrates Shield: Offensive stalls at the edge of [tr]

    12/26/2016 6:06:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 26, 2016 | Paul Iddon
    Dec. 21 was the costliest single day for the Turkish army’s Euphrates Shield incursion into Syria. At least 16 Turkish soldiers, supporting an assault force of 1,500–3,000 Free Syrian Army militia fighters, died in clashes with the Islamic State in its stronghold of Al-Bab.
  • NATO Chief Auditor Yves Chandelon found dead in suspicious incident

    12/24/2016 8:02:25 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Daily Sabah (Istanbul, Turkey) ^ | 12-24-16 | none cited
    Yves Chandelon, the chief auditor of NATO relating to terrorism financing and money laundering, has been found dead in his car in an incident that raises suspicions. 62-year-old Chandelon's death, resembling a suicide with a shot fired to his head, occurred on Dec. 16 and the body was found in his car the same day although the incident was largely kept away from the media. Belgian press started covering the incident on Dec. 21 as his family raised suspicions about his death. Despite Chandelon being left-handed, a gun was found in his right hand, and the gun was not one...
  • Kerry Was So Bad At Negotiating In Syria, He Wasn’t Invited To The Latest Talks

    12/21/2016 9:57:29 AM PST · by ColdOne · 29 replies ^ | 12/21/16 | Russ Read
    Ambassadors from Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Moscow Tuesday to engage in negotiations regarding the ongoing crisis in Syria, intentionally excluding Secretary of State John Kerry. No U.S. representative attended the talks, nor was the United Nations invited to attend. The lack of any Western representation is yet another sign that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his Russian and Iranian allies will have their way in Syria, solidifying another failed attempt on Kerry’s part to seek a diplomatic solution to the problem. The U.S. Department of State maintained a positive view of the negotiations, despite being left out of them.
  • ISIS inflicts heavy losses on Turkish military in al-Bab, 14 killed, 33 wounded

    12/21/2016 4:35:59 PM PST · by odds · 33 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | December 21, 2016 | Rudaw English
    ANKARA, Turkey--Fourteen Turkish soldiers were killed, and 33 others were wounded as the Turkish army and the so-called Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) continue to push deeper into the ISIS-held Syrian city of al-Bab, northwestern Syria, the Turkish military said in a statement Wednesday night. It also claimed that138 ISIS militants were killed in the clashes. The military said earlier in the day that it took control of the road between the two northwestern cities of Aleppo and al-Bab, according to the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News. The Turkish President said on Wednesday that he received the news from the military...
  • [Vanity] Eerie theatrical similarity between assassination & Bertolucci’s "The Conformist"

    12/20/2016 10:58:18 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 6 replies
    12/20/2016 | Vanity
  • Putin VOWS to OBLITERATE ISIS after assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey

    12/20/2016 10:52:33 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 70 replies
    Express ^ | 12/20/16 | Joey Millar
    VLADIMIR Putin has promised to “step up” his fight against terrorists following this afternoon’s horrific attack in Ankara. e said the assassination of his country’s ambassador to Turkey was “clearly a provocation” and vowed vowed to make those responsible “feel the heat”. Mr Putin said this evening: “This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalisation of Russian-Turkish relations as well as undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in solving this conflict in Syria. "The only response we should offer to this murder is stepping up our...

    12/20/2016 9:37:51 AM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 25 replies
    South Front ^ | 12/20/2016 | Staff
    On December 19, Syrian ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, made a statement that 14 foreign intelligence officers were remaining inside the eastern part of Aleppo city and disclosed their alleged names and nationalities. Mutaz Oglacan Oglu – Turkey David Scott Winer – USA David Shlomo Aram – Israel Muhamad Tamimi – Qatar Muhamad Ahmad Assabian – Saudi Arabia Abd-el-Menham Fahd al Harij – Saudi Arabia Islam Salam Ezzahran Al Hajlan – Saudi Arabia Ahmed Ben Naoufel Al Darij – Saudi Arabia Muhamad Hassan Al Sabihi – Saudi Arabia Hamad Fahad Al Dousri – Saudi Arabia Amjad Qassem Al Tiraoui...
  • Donald Trump 'In Tune' With Vladimir Putin on Berlin and Ankara Attacks: Kremlin

    12/20/2016 8:19:14 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 12/20/16 | Damien Sharkov
    Trump has called for international cooperation in fighting terror. The Kremlin has praised U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s response to Monday’s attacks in Berlin and Ankara, claiming that his words are “in tune” with those of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump accused a “radical Islamic terrorist” of shooting dead the Russian Ambassador to Turkey on Monday before also commenting on an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany’s capital. In response to the latter, he declared “terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the Earth,” and called for international support to do so.
  • 'There Can Be Only One Response': Putin Reacts to Assassination of Russian Ambassador

    12/20/2016 7:42:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 156 replies ^ | December 20, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    Russian President Vladimir Putin joins a host of world leaders who have had to respond to brazen terror attacks on Monday. One of those attacks happened in Ankara, Turkey, where Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov was killed in cold blood by a police officer who was standing behind him during a speech in an art gallery. After he shot Karlov several times in the back, the killer screamed that he did it for Aleppo. The entire attack was caught on camera. Putin has vowed revenge. "A crime has been committed and it was without doubt a provocation aimed at spoiling the...
  • How assassination adds to history of Russia-Turkey tension

    12/19/2016 10:21:25 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 19, 2016 | By Bruce Golding
    Monday’s assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey came just as relations between the two countries were warming up following a cold war over the Turkish downing of a Russian fighter jet. Russia was accused of violating Turkish airspace in October 2015 — during the start of Moscow’s intervention in the Syrian civil war — leading Turkey to warn that it would open fire the next time. It made good on the threat less than three months later, when Turkish F-16 fighters shot down a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 warplane near the border of Turkey’s Hatay region on Nov. 24, 2015. Russian...
  • Another Day, More Muslim-inspired Tragedies

    12/19/2016 8:01:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12/19/2016 | New Catholic
    Nine dead, dozens injured in the Berlin Christmas Market: may they rest in peace. In the Turkish capital, the Russian ambassador is slaughtered under the cry of, "Allah is great." Each day, the Muslim brutality increases in intensity and shock -- and an emasculated Western media becomes increasingly afraid of identifying the culprit. The culprit is Islam. There is no other. The religion of the scimitar, of violence, of murder, of sexual perversion will always be Islam. May the sweetness of the coming Baby Jesus convert the hearts of Muslims and secularists alike, so they can one day recognize that...
  • BREAKING: Putin Goes to War… Tells Terrorists, You’re About “to Feel It”

    12/19/2016 4:41:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 243 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | Dec 19, 2016 | Ben Marquis
    “A crime has been committed and it was without doubt a provocation aimed at spoiling the normalization of Russo-Turkish relations and spoiling the Syrian peace process which is being actively pushed by Russia, Turkey, Iran and others,” Putin declared. “There can only be one response – stepping up the fight against terrorism. The bandits will feel this happening.” While praising slain Ambassador Andrei Karlov, Putin also revealed that he is sending investigators to Turkey to work hand-in-hand with Turkish officials, proclaiming, “We must know who directed the killer’s hand,” according to Newsmax.
  • Russian Ambassador Shot/Killed

    12/19/2016 10:23:17 AM PST · by DugwayDuke · 57 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12/19/2016 | WSJ
    Gunman kills Russian Ambassador to Turkey while shouting "Don't forget Syria"..
  • Andrey Karlov, Russian Ambassador to Turkey is shot and killed by Turkish police officer

    12/19/2016 10:43:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 87 replies
    Video of the moment Russian ambassador was shot in Ankara. feed source was on Twitter.
  • Russian ambassador to Turkey dead after being shot in 'assassination attempt in revenge for Aleppo'

    12/19/2016 9:15:22 AM PST · by GonzoII · 256 replies
    Mirror ^ | Updated17:02, 19 DEC 2016 | Chris kitching
    Russia's ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated allegedly in retaliation for the crisis in Aleppo. The gunman reportedly said in Turkish "We die in Aleppo, you die here" before opening fire and injuring Ambassador Andrei Karlov.
  • Russian ambassador to Turkey seriously injured after being shot in 'assassination attempt'

    12/19/2016 8:31:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 108 replies ^ | 12-19-2016 | ByChris kitching
    <p>Russia's ambassador to Turkey has been shot in an 'assassination attempt'.</p> <p>We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.</p>
  • Turkey and Iran’s Dangerous Collision Course

    12/19/2016 3:41:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | DEC. 18, 2016 | ALI VAEZ
    Turkey and Iran’s Dangerous Collision Course By ALI VAEZ DEC. 18, 2016 Today’s competition between Turkey and Iran is the latest iteration of an old power game: a struggle their progenitors, the Byzantine and Persian empires, started over the control of Mesopotamia ? today’s Iraq and Syria. While the rivalry outlived their transformation from empires to nation-states, they have managed to keep the peace between themselves for nearly 200 years. Yet Turkey and Iran are now on a collision course, mostly because of their involvement as the region’s major Sunni and Shiite powers in the deepening sectarian conflicts in Iraq...
  • Germany criticizes Christmas ban at German school in Turkey

    12/18/2016 5:43:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2016 1:09 PM EST
    Germany’s Foreign Office on Sunday expressed irritation over a ban on Christmas celebrations and songs at a German high school in Turkey. […] Turkish administrators of the Istanbul Lisesi, a German high school that was established more than 100 years ago, announced earlier this week that Christmas traditions and the singing of carols would no longer be part of the curriculum, DPA reported. The news agency also reported that the school’s choir had to cancel its appearance at the German Consulate’s traditional Christmas concert in Istanbul. …

    12/18/2016 5:58:58 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 90 replies
    SouthFront ^ | 12/17/2016 | SouthFront
    At least 14 US-led coalition military advisers have been captured by the Syrian Special Forces in a bunker in the city of Aleppo, according to media reports... Mutaz Kanoğlu – Turkey David Scott Winer – USA David Shlomo Aram – Israel Muhamad Tamimi – Qatar Muhamad Ahmad Assabian – Saudi Abd-el-Menham Fahd al Harij – Saudi Islam Salam Ezzahran Al Hajlan – Saudi Ahmed Ben Naoufel Al Darij – Saudi Muhamad Hassan Al Sabihi – Saudi Hamad Fahad Al Dousri – Saudi Amjad Qassem Al Tiraoui – Jordan Qassem Saad Al Shamry – Saudi Ayman Qassem Al Thahalbi – Saudi...
  • Journalists and unions accuse EU-backed Euronews of pandering to oppressive regimes

    12/17/2016 6:08:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 18 December 2016 • 12:57AM | Rory Mulholland
    Euronews, the rolling news channel which was set up to provide a European counterpoint to the American news network CNN, has been reduced to a second-rate news service broadcasting “sponsored” propaganda programs for oppressive regimes, its journalists and unions say. Staff at the multi-language channel — which gets about a third of its funding in subsidies from the European Union — went on strike this week after workers backed a no-confidence motion against the station’s management. […] Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are among a list of undemocratic regimes — where human rights abuses are widespread — which have paid...
  • Dr. Akcam Confirms Turks’ Genocidal Intent By Proving Validity of Talat’s Telegrams

    12/16/2016 4:19:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Asbarez ^ | November 22, 2016 | Harur Sassounian
    Professor Taner Akcam struck a major blow to Turkish denials of the Armenian Genocide in a highly informative lecture at Ararat-Eskijian Museum-Sheen Chapel in Mission Hills, California, on November 20. Akcam, a Turkish scholar, is holder of the Robert Aram & Marianne Kalousdian, and Stephen & Marion Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University. In his recently published book, The Memoirs of Naim Bey and Talat Pasha’s Telegrams, Professor Akcam laid to rest persistent Turkish denials of Naim Bey’s existence and authenticity of the telegrams he sold to Aram Andonian, who published them in his book, “Meds Vojire”...