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  • Can NATO survive Turkey?

    02/25/2017 4:59:42 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | February 23, 2017 | Michael Rubin
    It has become a staple of diplomatic rhetoric that, whatever problems the United States has with the current government in Turkey, diplomats must ameliorate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan because Turkey is too important to NATO and also a staging ground in any operations against the Islamic State.A Turkish flag (R) flies among others flags of NATO members during the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir. Certainly, that is the position of the new administration. Vice President Mike Pence has said he foresees a “new day” in U.S.-Turkey relations. Trump himself...
  • Turkey cutting off Euphrates water, Tishrin Dam ceases

    02/25/2017 3:40:11 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    ANHA News ^ | 2-25-17 | D.H
    MANBIJ- AKP authorities in Turkey cut off Euphrates River water from Tishrin Dam, consequently, ceasing the dam from generating electricity, and that resulted in depriving people from power.People in North of Syria particularly in Koban canton and Manbij are suffering from cutting off the electricity as the Turkish government cut off Euphrates water which reduced water level in Tishrin Dam Lake, and therefore, the power cut off on many North Syria areas.Since Friday night, the power totally has been cut off after ceasing Tishrin Dam from generating electricity. Soon, the management of Tishrin Dam released a statement and made the...
  • US struggles to maintain two key allies in Syria: Kurds and Turkey

    02/23/2017 4:09:15 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The Pentagon’s top military officer on Thursday underlined that one of the complex challenges the US will face in the future is how to navigate the animosity between the two key US allies in Syria: Turkey and the Syrian Kurds.It comes as the Trump administration debates plans for an increased military campaign against ISIS and future operations to oust ISIS from Raqqa.The Turkish government has suggested that the Kurds should be excluded from the Raqqa operation, while the Kurds argue that Turkey should not play a role in northern Syria and consider Turkish intervention as occupation of Syrian territory.The US military...
  • Turkish forces capture al-Bab after killing over 444 civilians, prepare to attack Kurdish HQ

    02/23/2017 3:54:26 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The Turkish Army forces and allied rebels in Syria captured the town of al-Bab on Thursday after a deal with ISIS to withdraw, in an operation that since the 13th of November killed at least 444 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported. The Turkish-led Euphrates Shield campaign arrived near the city of Bab on 13 November and finished its goals after a campaign that lasted over 3.5 months.Already in January, the Turkish army claimed ISIS would withdraw from al-Bab.After the Turkish-backed rebels controlled 50 per cent of al-Bab city, a deal was reached with ISIS, leading to...
  • AKPs Syria police gathered from FSA, Al Nusra and ISIS (Turkey police in Syria are Terrorists)

    02/23/2017 8:06:12 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 22, 2017 | SEYİT EVRAN
    The groups AKP called “Syrian Police” and stationed in Jarablus, Rai and Azaz have been revealed to be members of FSA, Al Nusra and ISIS.AKP’s political and military institutionalization in line with their Turkifying concept to become permanent in the cities they invaded continue. Most recently, they have formed a “police” organization. Volunteers gathered from Ankara, Antep, Kilis and villages of Jarablus, Rai, Azaz and Shehba are paid 200 dollars and taken in for training. The trainees are called “police”, and some 400 of them have been sent to Jarablus, 250 to Rai and 300 to Azaz. There are still...
  • The Turkish Army Has Had These Howitzers For Over 50 Years [SPG]

    02/23/2017 7:38:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 23, 2017 | Joseph Trevithick
    In February 2017, Turkish troops brought out tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery and more for an annual winter war game called Kış Tatbikatı. Among the various weapons on display on the snowy training grounds were mobile howitzers that Turkey has had in service for over 50 years. Between 1963 and 1966, Turkey received more than 350 M-52 guns from the United States, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. After World War II, the U.S. Army developed the tracked 105-millimeter weapons as part of a whole family of new vehicles to prepare for a major confrontation...
  • John McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria in Midst of U.S. Assessment

    02/22/2017 5:21:20 PM PST · by Candor7 · 78 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated Feb. 22, 2017 4:13 p.m. ET | Dion Nissenbaum
    WASHINGTONSen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) secretly traveled to northern Syria last weekend to speak with American military officials and Kurdish fighters at the forefront of the push to drive Islamic State out of their de facto capital of Raqqa, according to U.S. officials. The unusual visit, which officials said was organized with the help of the U.S. military, came as the Trump administration is debating plans for an accelerated military campaign against Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL. Mr. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, first traveled to rebel-controlled Syria in 2013, when he met...
  • Destruction at Tadem: The Purge of the Armenians

    02/22/2017 4:45:49 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Armenian Weekly ^ | February 22, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Yet another plague has recently shaken Turkey: the purges of academics from Turkish universities. According to the BIA news network,4,811 academics from 112 universities have been discharged by five statutory decrees declared during the state of emergency. Fifteen universities have been closed.One of the universities, from which many academics have been dismissed or even detained by police, is Firat University in the city of Elazig (Kharpert), which has a long history of persecution of Armenian students and educators.A band of defenders from Tadem, including Robert Aram Kaloosdians father Boghos Kaloosdian (top row, center) (Photo: Tadem, My Fathers Village) According to...
  • Turkey failed to deliver a Syrian force to take Raqqa: analysis

    02/22/2017 10:49:53 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 22, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Washington-based analyst NicholasA.Heras, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), told ARA News that the U.S. military remains highly skeptical of Turkeys anti-ISIS plans to take Raqqa, and that Turkey has failed to deliver a Sunni Arab force to take Raqqa.The U.S. military is referring to Turkeys mythical anti-ISIS force as the Unicorn Force, mocking it as something imaginary, a legend told by the Turks to get the Americans to agree to walk away from the SDF [Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces], said Heras, who works forthe CNASs Middle East Security Program.Turkey should have a much stronger...
  • Manbij Military Council: We will fight Turkish army if they attack Manbij

    02/21/2017 8:02:48 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    KOM News ^ | 21 February 2017 | none stated
    The Manbij military council, a multi-ethnic assembly for the various groups that successfully liberated Manbij from the Islamic State (IS) group last year, has responded toTurkish plans tocapture Manbij, Raqqaand even Afrin after their assault on al-Bab as part of the Turkish armys Euphrates Shield operation.Speaking to Firat News Agency (ANF), the Manbij Military Council announcedthatthey will not accept any kind of military intervention by the Turkish army and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups it is backing, addingthat Manbij will be defended if any such attack comes.The Manbij Military Council members also said that the Turkish army has been...
  • Turkey Will Be Alone If It Attacks Syrias Kurds in This City Dont mess with Manbij

    02/21/2017 7:50:03 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 2-19-17 | Paul Iddon
    For months now the Turkish government has been threatening to seize the northwestern Syrian city of Manbij from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of U.S.-backed Arab and Kurdish fighters. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said multiple times that once the Turkish military and its Free Syrian Army allies seize the nearby city of Al Bab from the Islamic State, they will march on Manbij. The Turkish army is presently bogged down in Al Bab, where the operation is at a critical juncture. Premature reports in the pro-government Turkish press and statements by Turkish officials that declare the city...
  • What's really happening in Syria's al-Bab?

    02/21/2017 7:08:57 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 21, 2017 | Cengiz andar
    Following Turkeys path in the war against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria is extremely confusing. One cannot even rely on high-level officials statements regarding developments on the ground. For instance, Gen. Hulusi Akar, chief of general staff, is the highest Turkish official in uniform. As he was traveling Feb. 15 with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Qatar, Akar announced that the operation in al-Bab was over. He said Turkish forces and their Free Syrian Army (FSA) allies had retaken the town. There was every reason to believe the statement, since it was a military matter and the statement came...
  • Interview with Priest's Killer: Missionary Activities a 'Threat' (Turkey)

    02/21/2017 11:42:23 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | February 20, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    A human rights lawyer accuses the police and intel units of having a hand in the murders of Christian clergymen in Turkey by turning a blind eye.Father Andrea Santoro, an Italian Catholic priest, was murdered on February 5, 2006 in the Santa Maria Catholic Church in the northern Turkish city of Trabzon, where he served.Oguzhan Akdin, the killer of the 61-year-old priest, was 16 at the time. He was released on probation in August of last year.The Turkish newspaper Karadeniz recently conducted an interview with Akdin, asking him about his motives for killing of the priest and whether he regrets...
  • Call for help from Nusaybin's Xerab Bava village (Koruky, Turkey)

    02/19/2017 6:10:53 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 19, 2017 | NEWS DESK
    In the village of Xeraba Bav (Koruky) in Nusaybin district of Mardin where the blockades and attacks of Turkish forces continue for nine days, houses are being raided again. The state forces searching houses during the raids tortured and hospitalized a villager named Samet Akdeniz. Hatice Akdeniz, the wife of Samet Akdeniz who spoke to ANF from inside the village explained the current situation in Xeraba Bav. "PROPERTIES SMASHED" Stating that state forces carried out raids on villages one by one during the afternoon hours, Hatice Akdeniz told ANF, "They [Turkish forces] insulted us during the searches, our properties have...
  • Erdogan presses for 1.5 million new jobs ahead of key vote (Turkey referendum is close)

    02/19/2017 5:47:33 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 19, 2017 | Zlfikar Doğan
    After the Turkish lira's dramatic slump against the dollar, for instance, Erdogan declared a "national mobilization" to curb the greenback, urging citizens to convert their dollar savings to Turkish liras or gold. Soon, the Turks were called to mobilize to prop up the shrinking domestic market. In a bid to encourage citizens to spend more, the government cut taxeson furniture, domestic appliances and home sales. Then came "the national housing mobilization" as 10 public and private banks provided a new credit line for homebuyers until March 31, offering 20-year repayment schemes on purchases from a number of major housing projects,...
  • Siege of Kurdish village: 39 detained, 2 disappeared, 3 killed reports (in Turkey)

    02/19/2017 4:40:51 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    KOM News ^ | 19 February 2017 | none stated
    Korukoy village in Nusaybin's Kurdish region, southeast Turkey has been under siege since 9 February 2017 The siege of Kurdish village Korukoy in Turkeys southeastern Nusaybin district continues. According to reports39 people have been detained, two disappeared and three killed.Several women who were able to leave the village to betaken to hospital spoke to reporters about developments in thearea, which has been under siege for nine days.Necla Dogan told Sujin news outlet that security forces had used her house as headquarters against her will.Special forces stormed our house at night, Dogan said. They took us outside and said we were...
  • Turkey: The Last Armenian Woman in a Once-Christian Town

    02/19/2017 2:16:18 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 14, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Prior to the Armenian genocide of 1915, the Turkish southeastern town of Derik used to be an important center for Armenian and Assyrian/Syriac Christians. Today, only one Armenian woman remains: Yursalin Demirci. ... The Armenians of Derik were first subject to massacres and deportations in 1915. The remnant Armenians emigrated from Derik in later years due to various pressures. Because of these reasons, there is no longer an Armenian community in the town. The doors of the Surp (Saint) Kevrok Armenian Church were not opened at Christmas this year. And the church bell no longer rings. I miss the old...
  • Publisher Shutters Turkey Weekly Over Offensive Moses Cartoon

    02/18/2017 1:56:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 17, 2017
    Entire staff of Girgir dismissed over caricature featuring swearing Israelites; Erdogan aide calls publication immoral and a hate crimeThe publisher of one of Turkeys most prominent cartoon magazines on Friday shut down the weekly and fired all its staff after it published a cartoon of Moses deemed to be offensive. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories FREE SIGN UP! Girgir had published in its latest edition a cartoon showing the bearded Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt, with his companions complaining and using vulgar curse words. The decision has been...
  • US refutes Turkish claims it will drop Kurdish force in Syria

    02/17/2017 11:41:07 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    KOM News ^ | February 2017 | none stated
    The US State Department has dismissed claims by Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik that the Trump administration is not adamant on carrying out the Raqqa operation with Kurdish forces.The new US administration has a different approach to the issue. They are not insisting anymore that the operation should definitely be carried out with the YPG. They havent yet made up their minds, Isik told reporters in Brussels on Thursday.Speaking to the Middle East Eye, a US State Department spokesperson referred to a press briefing given on Wednesday by Major General Rupert Jones, a deputy commander in the coalition fighting against...
  • Washington quietly rebuffs Turkish delegations anti-YPG efforts

    02/17/2017 11:29:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    Al Monitor ^ | 16 February 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    As Turkish leaders continue to make hawkish noises about Raqqa, a high-level delegation seeking to persuade the United States to exclude the Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) from a planned offensive to liberate the city from the Islamic Stateleft Washington empty-handed, Al-Monitor has learned. The team headed by Turkish Foreign Ministry UndersecretaryUmit Yalcin and comprising the heads of the ministrys US, Iraq and Syria departments along with senior members of the Turkish Armed Forces and the national spy agency MIT, pushed their case against the YPG in separate meetings on Feb.13-14with US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom...
  • Turkey steps up attacks on SDF-held areas north Syria (SDF contains Kurds & Arabs)

    02/16/2017 4:18:32 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 16, 2017 | Qehreman Miste & Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Turkeys military forcers and allied rebels in Syria continued their offensive againstthe town of Tel Rifaat in northern Aleppo, targeting positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), local sources reported on Wednesday.The Turkish Army and Turkey-backed rebels of the Euphrates Shield have been bombing Tel Rifaat since Tuesday. SDF headquarters and residential buildings in Tel Rifaatwere hit with dozens of mortar shells. The Turkish troops and allied rebels also used heavy artillery and machine guns in the offensiveaimed at driving the SDF out ofthe town.The number of casualtiesis stillunknown.In the meantime, two Turkish cobra helicopters hit the village of...
  • Turkey Detains Hundreds Over Alleged PKK Links, Targeting HDP (Kurds excluded, Turkey referendum)

    02/16/2017 1:46:58 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Financial Tribune ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2017 | International
    Turkish police have detained more than 800 people over alleged links to Kurdish fighters in nationwide operations, according to state media. Police conducted simultaneous raids in 37 provinces and taken 834 people into custody, state-run Anadolu Agency quoted police forces as saying on Tuesday, Aljazeera reported. Authorities received intelligence that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) would escalate attacks after February 15, the day marking the 1999 capture of imprisoned PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan. Along with the suspects, two Kalashnikovs, 11 guns, 15 rifles and ammunition were seized, police said. The operations come as Turks prepare to vote on April...
  • Greeks in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction

    02/15/2017 7:02:26 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | February 15, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    This population decline of Greeks in Turkey has not been due to natural causes but rather the result of state-sponsored attacks and pressure. The current Greek population in Turkey is estimated at fewer than 2,000.  But this population decline was not due to natural causes; the Greek community has become nearly extinct due to many state-sponsored attacks and pressure.The largest attacks took place during the last years of the Ottoman Empire with pogroms and discrimination continuing until the present day.In 2007, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) announced that “the Ottoman campaign against Christian minorities of the Empire between...
  • A new momentum for Kurdish talks?

    02/14/2017 4:21:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | February/15/2017 | AHU ZYURT
    It is hardly surprising to read the statements from the Turkish Presidential Palace regarding a different approach to the Kurdish issue after CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s visit to Ankara. İlnur Çevik, a former journalist and currently advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said Turkey may start looking at the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) from a different perspective. He even cited the example of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (KRG) and Massoud Barzani’s relations with Ankara. “Why shouldn’t the PYD be like Barzani?” Çevik told the New York Times. Çevik knows the issue very well. For a long time he...
  • Coming soon: Erdogan 'The Chief' (Erdogan the Arrogant)

    02/14/2017 9:59:30 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    Al Monitor ^ | February 13, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol
    Anearlyscene involves one ofthe most controversial prohibitions in Turkey's history the ban on reciting the Islamiccall to prayerin the original Arabicthat was imposed in 1932 by the one-party,Kemalistregime and lasted until 1950, whenthe first free elections brought the opposition Democrat Party to power. The Chiefcoversthe ban, abhorred for decades by Turkeys religious conservatives, in adramatic fictional fashion. Asthe unpopular Turkish-language call to prayer is delivered from a minaret, a bold imam walks into the courtyard of a mosque and dares to recite the Arabic call to prayer. A soldier under strict orders to stop such reactionaries forces the imam to...
  • Turkeys Euphrates Shield reaches critical juncture

    02/13/2017 9:35:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 13, 2017 | Author Metin Gurcan | TranslatorTimur Gksel
    Turkeys Euphrates Shield operation, which entered its 170th day Feb. 11 having seen the loss of 65 Turkish soldiers,is at its most critical juncture. In an operation launched the night of Feb. 7from Aqil Hill, a dominating feature west of al-Bab, about 1,300 Turkish troops (700 commandos, 400 tank personneland about 200 special forces) and nearly 2,000 Free Syrian Army fighterstook part. Thirteen Turkish soldiers were killed in theoperation. Security sources told Al-Monitorthat about 800 Islamic State (IS) militants and 10,000 civilians arestill in the town center of al-Bab. IS uses these civilians as "live shields," and the Turkish army...
  • Kurdish female fighters clash with Turkeys military in Syrian town (YPJ fighters)

    02/13/2017 7:10:51 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 14, 2017 | Qehreman Miste
    Hasakah Kurdish female fighters of the Womens Protection Units (YPJ) on Monday clashed with Turkish Army forces near the town of Amude, in Syrias northeastern Hasakah Governorate.The clashes followed an attempt by the Turkish military troops to enter the Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria, where Turkey continues to build a concrete wall alongside the borderline.The Turkish Army on Monday entered the border village of Kharza, located about 10 kilometre west of Amude town. However, a YPJ unit opened fire on the Turkish convoy to prevent its progress, a YPJ officer told ARA News.Clashes broke out in the vicinity of Kharza...
  • HDP: More than 318 members of our party detained today (Turkey)

    02/13/2017 12:30:49 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 13, 2017 | NEWS DESK - ANF
    Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Central Executive Board (MYK) released a statement regarding the increasing operations of political genocide as part of which hundreds were taken into custody across Turkey today. The statement announced that more than 318 people including administrators, provincial-district co-chairs and members of the HDP have been detained in Istanbul, İzmir, Van, Adana, Adıyaman, Kocaeli, Antep, Siirt, Bingöl, Malatya, Bursa and Ağrı provinces and their districts today. The statement by the HDP said the following: "The operations against our party, ongoing since July 2015, continue increasingly without a pause since the coup attempt of July 15, 2016. As...
  • YPG: Turkey breaching Rojava border, preparing for attacks

    02/13/2017 11:38:24 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    KOM News ^ | 13 February 2017 | none stated
    The Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) has issued a statement on the Turkish armys activities and what it calls violations against the territory of Rojava.The YPGs statement says that on 11 February the Turkish military began constructing roads for military purposes near the town of Kobane and announced that on 12 February YPG forces clashed with Turkish soldiers trying to cross the Turkey-Syria border into areas controlled by the Rojava autonomous administration. The YPG said that an intensification of military activity by Turkey signalled to preparations for a future attack against Rojava.Attacks with tanks and heavy weapons were reportedly also...
  • Lindsay Lohan Urges Trump-Putin-Erdogan Meeting To Solve Global Refugee Crisis

    02/11/2017 6:15:42 PM PST · by dynachrome · 44 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-11-17 | Tyler Durden
    Lindsay Lohan urged during a Facebook Live interview with the Daily Mail, that she wanted a sit-down meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other Hollywood celebrities to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis. "I want to try to get the word out to Donald Trump bring him over there, have him see all the positive things they are doing over there and all America can do to help as well." Lohan mentioned Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Rachel McAdams as possible other celebrities she would want involved with the meeting." Why did the world's leaders not...
  • How close are we to a solution in Syria?

    02/10/2017 10:08:30 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 10, 2017 | Amed Dicle
    The SDF commanders in the region who spoke to Al-Monitor say liberating Raqqa will be easier than militarily seizing Manbij. The operation has been going on for four months and is expected to continue until the summer. SDF officials have been talking to Kurdish and Arab politicians and opinion leaders to discuss the future of Raqqa. The diplomatic side of this operation is the most crucial. Before touching upon these issues, one should understand the importance of Raqqa. Geographically, Raqqa is in the middle of Syria and is of strategic importance. It has been under Islamic State (IS) occupation over...
  • 330 more academics expelled with state of emergency decree, stirring debate in Turkey

    02/09/2017 11:55:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Hurrieyt Daily News ^ | February/08/2017 | ANKARA (location)
    A total of 330 academics were expelled with a new state of emergency decree published in the Official Gazette late on Feb. 7, drawing criticism from the opposition and the scholars themselves about the effect the moves will have on education. The academics were among 4,464 public workers who were expelled as part of the decree. The expulsion of the academics also drew reactions from political parties, with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmakers Sezgin Tanrıkulu and Aykut Erdoğdu criticizing the decision. “Dear academics, all those who faced injustices: These days will pass and the justice will be served,”...
  • New CIA chief in Ankara on first foreign visit

    02/09/2017 8:40:34 AM PST · by Cementjungle · 10 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2/9/17
    ANKARA (AFP) - New CIA chief Mike Pompeo arrived in Ankara on Thursday for talks with Turkish officials, on his first foreign visit since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. His visit came two days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Trump for the first time in his White House term, agreeing to work together in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria. He is due to meet Erdogan and Turkish spy agency chief Hakan Fidan, NTV television reported, after the two presidents on Tuesday held their first phone call since Trump took office last month....
  • Maxime Azadi about the indicment: The threat of extradition to Turkey still hangs over me.

    02/08/2017 8:00:32 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    Fair Press (EU) ^ | Jan 15, 2017 | Kristina Markalaus
    A warrant for the arrest of Kurdish journalist, Maxime Azadi, in Brussels which was issued by Interpol on Turkeys request at the end of last year (December 15), sparked strong reactions in the media and the organisations which defend freedom of the media and freedom of expression. Also, a concern has appeared regarding the spread of conflicts with journalist in Turkey onto Europe. The journalist was arrested under the accusation of collaborating with a terrorist organisation and he was conditionally released a few days later. Azadi has been working in Brussels since the year 2000 and he writes for the...
  • Turkey bombs Kurdish villages northwest Syria

    02/08/2017 5:17:45 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 7, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Kurdish officials on Monday accused the Turkish army of shelling the villages of Maranaaz, Vilat al-Qadi, Sheikh Issa east of Afrin district and entering Syrian territory. Turkish media confirmed the shelling. Turkish army and affiliated terrorists are heavily shelling east Efrin [Afrin] from Azaz city since Monday evening the attacks continued until the moment, the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) said in a statement. The Turkish army has been bombarding Kurdish positions in Afrin district from the rebel-held areas of Marea and Azaz in Aleppo Governorate, in northwestern Syria. Its unclear if the shelling was a result of clashes...
  • 62 year-old Peace Mother sentenced to 8 years in Turkey (Erdogan's Insanity)

    02/08/2017 4:12:04 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    KOM News ^ | 28 January 2017 | non stated
    62 year-old Peace Mother sentenced to 8 years in Turkey 28 January 2017 10:26 Sultan Azboy, member of Peace Mothers Movement Sultan Azboy, a member of the Peace Mothers, has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prisonfor allegedly being a member of an illegalorganisation.Sultan Azboy reacted to the decision and said, I standfor peace and they call me a terrorist. I didnt take up arms against anyone. I didnt shoot anyone. I am a peace mother. I am 62 years old and they have sentenced me just for participating in protests for peace. I will continue my...
  • 'If You Love Jesus, Then Die Like Jesus!': Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2016

    02/06/2017 8:15:04 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim ^ | Monday, February 6, 2017 | Gatestone Institute
    Originally published by the Gatestone Institute https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9875/muslim-persecution-christians-november Reports of Christian life under the Islamic State (ISIS) continued throughout November. Many of these came from the ancient Christian towns surrounding Mosul, such as Batnaya and Qaraqosh, conquered by ISIS in August, 2014, and liberated in late October, 2016. One Christian man, Esam, from Qaraqosh, related what ISIS did after his sister's husband refused to convert to Islam: "He was crucified and tortured in front of his wife and children, who were forced to watch. They [ISIS] told him that if he loved Jesus that much, he would die like Jesus." The...
  • Turkish Police Detain Over 440 People In Anti-IS Operation

    02/05/2017 6:13:58 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 02/05/17
    Turkey's anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the Islamic State group, the state-run agency reported Sunday. The Anadolu Agency said 60 IS suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early Sunday in the capital, Ankara. It said a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including Istanbul and Gaziantep, near the border with Syria. The largest operation was in the southeast province of Sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects from multiple addresses and found materials relating to Islamic State...
  • NATO insiders suspect staged Turkey coup

    02/03/2017 7:18:23 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Never More ("aldri mer" Norwegian) ^ | 1-25-17 | Kjetil Stormark
    The dominant assessment in NATO is clear: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan staged the coup against himself.By KJETIL STORMARK / kjetil@aldrimer.noSenior NATO sources tell aldrimer.no that they believe Erdoğan staged the coup himself. However, they stress that there is no written NATO documentation for that claim, because it is simply too sensitive. That’s because all member nation’s have the right to access to all intelligence information gathered by the alliance.1,600 namesBut the dominant NATO assessment is quite clear.«The senior officers, three- and four-star generals, and those who worked with Turkey for 30-40 years and who mentored Turkish officers for...
  • Erdogan tells off Merkel for using phrase 'Islamist terrorism'

    02/02/2017 5:21:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 2 February 2017 17:40 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday rebuked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for using the expression Islamist terrorism, saying the phrase was not correct and saddened Muslims. Speaking after a critical bilateral meeting with Erdogan, Merkel spoke of the need for Turkey and Germany to cooperate even further to fight against terror, including Islamist terrorism and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. We spoke in detail about... the questions of the fight against Islamist terrorism, against every form of terrorism, also the terrorism of the PKK, she said alongside Erdogan at his palace in Ankara. [] This expression Islamist terror seriously...
  • Time running out for hijabi refugee who wants to give birth in America (Trump's Fault)

    01/30/2017 7:07:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/30/2017 | Ed Straker
    <p>A Syrian refugee who was hoping to give birth in America may see her dreams foiled by Donald Trump.</p> <p>The Badat family sat crammedtogether on their couchSunday morning, desperately trying, call after call, to reach the other side of the world.</p>
  • Strange Bedfellows: The Russian - Turkish - Iranian Axis

    01/25/2017 2:54:05 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 8 replies
    jpost ^ | 1/25/2017 | Ofra Bengio
    Sixty years havee lapsed since the Baghdad Pact which grouped together Turkey, Iran, Iraq and the West in an alliance against the Soviet Union and the concomitant Communist danger. Nowadays this Middle Eastern architecture has shifted 180 degrees to where Russia, Turkey and Iran are in an ad hoc alliance against Islamic State but which may turn against the West as well. Still, the new alliance might be termed as a marriage of inconvenience where each of the parties has different motives and is acting at cross purposes in partitioning the Syrian bear. Russia has fulfilled a long-held dream of...
  • Turkey Is Making Its Own Kick-Ass AR-10

    01/24/2017 6:28:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 24, 2017 | Matthew Moss
    In the early 2000s the Turkish army began looking for a replacement rifle for its aging, locally manufactured 7.62-by-51-millimeter Heckler & Koch G3A7s. It was a difficult process that finally resulted in the MPT-76 — an AR-10 derivative — entering service in January 2017.
  • Orthodox Icons Hidden from Muslims in Mosque Built Within Ancient Church

    01/23/2017 7:03:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 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 churchs 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-Monitors 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 Ankaras 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 Syrias 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 Ta&#351;tekin
    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,...