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  • Panic in Damascus?

    08/03/2015 10:39:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | August 3, 2015 | Mouin Rabbani
    The view that 2015 has not been a particularly good year for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has much to recommend it. Within Syria, the government has lost control over most of the province of Idlib, and was recently dislodged from Palmyra by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The key cities of Aleppo in the north and Deraa in the south remain under threat; increased coordination among Syria's notoriously fractious armed rebel groups is an important factor in this regard, as is improved relations among their sponsors.
  • Behind the Lines: Erdogan’s bait and switch

    08/02/2015 5:36:38 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jonathan Spyer
    Turkey’s recent intervention aims to prevent the emergence of a de facto Kurdish sovereignty stretching along its southeastern border The latest events in northern Syria constitute a bold move by the Turkish leadership to deal with a most pressing problem, from their point of view. That problem is not the continued existence of the Assad regime, far to the south. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would certainly like to see the end of this regime. But its continued truncated existence between Damascus and the coast and in isolated spots elsewhere does not constitute an immediate danger for the Turkish leader. (snip)...
  • Scorching ‘heat dome’ over Middle East sees temperatures soar to 165°F in Iran

    08/01/2015 10:01:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:37PM BST 01 Aug 2015 | James Rothwell
    Iran is buckling under the pressure of a massive heatwave passing across the Middle East, with temperatures soaring to nearly 70°C. Scorching heat levels of 50°C have already paralyzed nearby Iraq, where officials were forced to call a four-day public holiday because it was too hot to work. But the word “hot” has taken on an entirely new meaning in Iran’s city of Bandar Mahshahr, where it was claimed that the city’s heat index, or “feels-like temperature”, was among the highest ever recorded. The heat index was recorded by a group of astonished weather experts, who predict the country could...
  • Turkey’s U-turn against ISIL creates doubts about real intentions

    08/01/2015 9:54:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    todayszaman.com ^ | August 01, 2015, Saturday/ 17:00:00/ | DENİZ ARSLAN / ANKARA
    ErdoÄźan's motives in launching a military operation against the PKK are being questioned in international circles, with claims surfacing that air strikes against ISIL are a cover-up for targeting Kurds. Turkey has been candid about being disturbed by the recent Syrian Kurdish advances against ISIL, and ErdoÄźan openly expressed that Turkey will never allow a Kurdish independent state in the region. Turkey says the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), have ties with the PKK. The PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by the US, but US officials say...
  • Turkey Launches All-Out War: 260 Kurds Dead in a Week

    08/01/2015 4:39:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/8/15
    Turkey has killed 260 Kurdish militants in a week-long air offensive on targets in northern Iraq, official media claimed Saturday, as regional Iraqi authorities said it was time the rebels pulled out with concerns growing over civilian casualties. Ankara has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants based in northern Iraq after a wave of attacks inside Turkey. But so far the bombardments have focused far more on the Kurdish rebels and a report by the official Anatolia news agency of 260 alleged PKK militants killed was the first...
  • U.S. defends Turks' bombing of American ally [Kurds]

    07/30/2015 7:24:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    WND ^ | 7/30/15 | F. Michael Maloof
    The Defense Department is defending Turkey’s decision to bomb Kurdish rebels in northern Syria amid concern that the NATO member is using its alliance with the U.S. against ISIS as a pretext to defeat an old enemy, the independence-minded Kurdish Workers Party, or PKK, which also is assisting the U.S. against the jihadist army that has taken over large portions of Iraq and Syria, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. After the PKK claimed responsibility for the execution-style murder of two Turkish police officers near the Syrian border, Turkey bombed PKK fighters in northern Syria and non-PKK...
  • Sunni Arab Nations Are Israel's Allies,' Says Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General

    07/30/2015 12:10:53 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | July 30, 2015
    The director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, called the Middle East’s Sunni Arab nations “Israel’s allies.” Gold used the term twice in a presentation Wednesday in New York focused on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal. “What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East,” Gold said of Iran, “and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression – that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.” Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime...
  • Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire

    07/29/2015 6:35:52 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-29-2015 | Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall
    Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible. The strikes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets including shelters, depots and caves in six areas, a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office said. A senior official told Reuters it was the biggest assault since the campaign started. Iraq condemned the air strikes as a "dangerous escalation and an assault on Iraqi sovereignty", saying it was committed to ensuring militant attacks on Turkey were not carried out from...
  • Turkey Revealed to be Cooperating with ISIS

    07/28/2015 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 7/28/2015, 10:05 PM | Ari Yashar
    Damning evidence was found when US special forces killed Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Sayyaf in May, revealing that NATO member Turkey has in fact been collaborating with the brutal jihadists. The British Guardian reported on Sunday that when Abu Sayyaf’s compound was raided in eastern Syria, it was discovered that Turkey is the main buyer of smuggled ISIS oil which was managed by Abu Sayyaf to economically prop up the terror group. The report quoted a senior Western official, who told the Observer that the findings at the compound showed direct deals between Turkish officials and ISIS leaders is...
  • Reports: Turkish Jets Hit IS Targets in Syria, Kurds in Iraq

    07/24/2015 5:30:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ABC ^ | Jul 24, 2015, 7:07 PM ET | Jul 24, 2015, 7:07 PM ET
    There was no immediate official confirmation of the airstrikes reported by the state-run TRT television and other media. If confirmed, it would be the first time Turkey has struck Kurds in northern Iraq since a peace deal was announced in 2013 between Ankara and the rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The private Dogan news agency said the Turkish jets were targeting PKK training facilities, shelters and anti-aircraft batteries in northern Iraq. Tensions have flared with Kurds in recent days after an IS suicide bombing in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc on Monday killed 32 people. Kurdish...
  • STUNNING=> Obama Gives Turkey Green Light to Bomb Former US Soldiers Fighting ISIS

    07/26/2015 7:31:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 26, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Forty to fifty Americans are fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS– Retired US Marine Jordan Matson joined the YPG Kurdish fighters to fight ISIS in September 2014. Jordan told Greta Van Susteren in February that there are 40-50 Americans fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS. He also said the Kurds are very hospitable to Christians and Yazidis. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)[continued]
  • Turkey Uses ISIS ( Islamic State ) as Excuse to Attack Kurds

    07/26/2015 8:22:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | July 26, 2015 | Uzay Bulut
    Turkish government is using ISIS as a pretext to attack the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Turkey just announced that its air base at Incirlik will soon be open to coalition forces, presumably to fight ISIS. But the moment Turkey started bombing, it targeted Kurdish positions in Iraq, in addition to targeting ISIS positions in Syria. In Turkey, millions of indigenous Kurds are continually terrorized and murdered, but ISIS terrorists can freely travel and use official border crossings to go to Syria and return to Turkey; they are even treated at Turkish hospitals. If this is how the states that rule...
  • Why Has Turkey Joined the Fight Against the Islamic State?

    07/25/2015 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    The Trumpet ^ | 24 July 2015 | Brent Nagtegaal
    After two years of dillydallying and indecision, Turkey has now entered the fight against the Islamic State in Syria. The reason why, though complicated, may mark a sizable turn in Turkey’s foreign policy. ___ On Friday, three Turkish jets fired on Islamic State targets across the Syrian border, resulting in the deaths of 35 terrorists. Following the attack, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that it “was not a point operation” but a process “not limited to one day or to one region .… The slightest movement threatening Turkey will be retaliated against in the strongest way possible.” His rhetoric is...
  • Signs of world's first pictograph found in Gobeklitepe

    07/25/2015 4:58:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Anadolu Agency
    Turkey's Göbeklitepe, the site of the world's oldest temple, may be the home of the first pictograph, according to a scene etched into an obelisk. A scene on an obelisk found during excavations in Göbeklitepe, a 12,000-year-old site in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa, could be humanity's first pictograph, according to researchers... Ercan said the artifacts found in Göbeklitepe provided information about ancient burial traditions. "There were no graves 12,000 years ago. The dead bodies were left outdoors and raptors ate them. In this way, people believed the soul goes to the sky," he added. Ercan said it was called...
  • Turkey says parts of Syria to become 'safe zones' (25 Mile Buffer Zone)

    07/25/2015 10:33:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 7-25-2015 | AJZ
    Turkey has said areas in north Syria cleared of fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group will become safe zones. Saturday’s announcement made by Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, came after Ankara announced it had begun bombing ISIL positions in Syria and and Kurdish fighters' camps in northern Iraq. "When areas in northern Syria are cleared of the (ISIL) threat, the safe zones will be formed naturally," Cavusoglu told a news conference. The conflict in Syria has displaced more than 10 million people, with many residing in makeshift camps near the Turkish border.These...
  • Turkish PM Says Airstrikes Against PKK Will Continue

    07/25/2015 9:47:25 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    BasNews ^ | July 25, 2015 | Staff
    ANKARA – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Saturday that airstrikes against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraqi Kurdistan will continue. “The operations will continue for as long as threats against Turkey continue,” Davutoğlu said in a press conference, before leaving for Istanbul where he is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “Those who threaten [Turkey] will face the consequences,” he added. Davutoglu’s comments came as Turkey launched air attacks against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is listed as a terror organisation by the US, the EU and Turkey. On Friday night and in the...
  • Turkey launches air raids against IS militants in Syria (Turkey Attacks Syria)

    07/25/2015 5:11:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Turkey has launched a third wave of raids against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, and a new campaign to bombard camps of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. "We have given instructions for a third series of strikes in Syria and Iraq. Air and ground operations are under way," Mr Davutoglu told reporters in the capital, Ankara. "No one should doubt out determination," he added. "We will not allow Turkey to be turned into a lawless country." The two-pronged operation against Islamic State (IS) and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants — two groups who are themselves...
  • Turkey confirms attacks on PKK militant camps in Iraq: statement

    07/24/2015 11:12:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-25-2015 | Reuters
    Turkish fighter jets launched attacks on camps of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight SNIP---- Turkey simultaneously launched ground attacks against the PKK and Islamic State in northern Syria
  • Obama Admin: Promoting Murder of US Troops Okay for Obama Funders, But Not for Muslim Clerics

    05/29/2014 10:38:23 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 29 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    Top Obama bundler Jodie Evans with Marxist tyrant Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama The Obama State Department this week disavowed its promotion of a Muslim cleric after it was reported by the Washington Free Beacon that the cleric, Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, endorsed a fatwa in 2004 authorizing Muslims to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. At the same time, the Obama administration continues to deal with Obama funder and Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans who helped deliver cash and humanitarian aid to “the other side” in Fallujah in 2004 and made a personal statement in 2005 supporting the killing of...
  • Turkey bombs Islamic State targets in Syria

    07/24/2015 12:18:16 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    bbc ^ | 7-24-2015
    Turkey's government says it has bombed Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria. A day earlier the two sides exchanged fire near the border, with one soldier killed and two more injured. Turkey is to let the US carry out air strikes against the Islamic State group from a key military base near the Syrian border, US officials have said. Turkish police also launched raids to arrest suspect IS militants on Friday morning in 140 locations in Istanbul. The raids were carried out in 26 districts of the city and involved 5,000 officers. Members of the the youth wing of the...
  • White House on military deal with Turkey: 'We are deepening our commitment' [to what?]

    07/23/2015 6:55:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/23/15 | Susan Crabtree
    The White House on Thursday declined to confirm reports that the U.S. and Turkey have reached a deal allowing the Pentagon to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from a major U.S. base inside Turkey, but did hint that those reports were accurate. Presidential press secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke Wednesday night and agreed to "deepen our cooperation in the fight" against the Islamic State. "There are a few things I can say about this," Earnest told reporters. "The president did, obviously, convene a telephone call [with Erdogan]....
  • Obama: ‘We’ve Ended Two Wars;’ State Dept:Iraq Has ‘Lost Effective Control’ Over Large Areas to ISIL

    07/22/2015 3:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2015 | 5:08 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser in New York on Tuesday evening that he had “ended two wars” during his presidency. In its recently released human rights report on Iraq, however, the State Department said that the Iraqi government had “lost effective control” over a large part of Iraqi territory to the Islamic State terrorist group. Also, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, the group that the administration now calls ISIL was founded in the 1990s by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and fought against U.S. forces in Iraq before Obama removed U.S. troops from that...
  • Ted Cruz’s Iran doomsday: ‘Murder’ of millions of Israelis, Americans

    07/21/2015 12:02:48 PM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/21/15
    Ted Cruz’s worst fear about the nuclear deal with Iran? That “millions of Americans will be murdered by radical theocratic zealots.” President Obama [argues] that under the deal Iran’s ability to quickly make a bomb will be hamstrung, and that doing nothing would actually accelerate Iran’s nuclear capabilities. But Cruz said if Iran were to acquire a bomb, he fears the detonation of a nuclear weapon over Tel Aviv,... that would “murder vast numbers of Palestinians” and Israeli Jews. “The odds are unacceptably high that they would view the murder of those Palestinians is perfectly acceptable collateral damage to annihilating...
  • TEHRAN: 'We will trample upon America!

    07/20/2015 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 84 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jul 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Iranian cleric delivered Friday prayers in Tehran while standing behind a podium that declared, “We Will Trample Upon America,” according to photos released by Iran’s state-controlled media. Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, who was handpicked by the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader to deliver the prayers, delivered a message of hostility toward the United States in the first official remarks since a final nuclear deal was signed between Iran and world powers in Vienna last week. Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and expert on rogue regimes, said that the official remarks by Iranian officials and clerics...
  • Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is 'very disturbing'

    07/21/2015 4:30:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 7/21/15 | Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing".
  • John Kerry: It’s ‘Very Disturbing’ How Ayatollah Keeps Saying He Wants to Destroy Us

    07/21/2015 8:52:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/21/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to Al-Arabiya that it’s “very disturbing” how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues talking about destroying the U.S. and Israel after signing the P5+1 nuclear agreement.Kerry said he would be pitching Gulf partners on “all of the ways in which this agreement, in fact, makes the Gulf states and the region safer.” “I will also discuss with them at great length the things that the United States of America is going to do, working with them, in order to push back against the terror and counterterrorism efforts and other activities in the region that are very...
  • U.S. 'disturbed' by Iranian leader's criticism after deal

    07/21/2015 7:44:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nour
    DUBAI, (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was very disturbed by anti-U.S. hostility voiced by Iran's top leader after a nuclear deal, as both countries' top diplomats sought to calm opposition to the accord from political hardliners at home. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme was "very troubling". "I don't know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that...
  • Defiant Ayatollah: Deal Changes Nothing

    07/21/2015 6:22:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 7/20/2015 | Staff
    If President Barack Obama and other world leaders hoped the nuclear agreement with Iran would lead to normalized relations down the road, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has nipped that prospect in the bud. Speaking Saturday about the deal, the Islamic holy leader denied a wider shift in foreign policy. “We have repeatedly said we don’t negotiate with the U.S. on regional or international affairs; not even on bilateral issues. There are some exceptions like the nuclear program that we negotiated with the Americans to serve our interests,” Khamenei said. Iranians are excited about the ramifications of the deal,...
  • White House Condemns Turkey Suicide Bombing

    07/20/2015 5:58:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/7/15 | Ben Ariel
    White House condemns suicide bombing in Turkey that killed at least 30 people and was blamed on ISIS. Video The White House on Monday condemned an apparent suicide bombing in Turkey that killed at least 30 people and was blamed on the Islamic State (ISIS) group, AFP reported. Spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House "strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack that occurred in southern Turkey," which Ankara said appeared to be the work of ISIS. "We have started to see some extremist activity in other countries that does seem to be related to ISIL," Earnest said, using another acronym...
  • Turkey suspects Islamic State behind bomb that killed 31

    07/20/2015 12:51:48 PM PDT · by NorthMountain · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 3:05 PM EDT | By DESMOND BUTLER Associated Press
    ISTANBUL (AP) -- Authorities suspected the Islamic State group was behind an apparent suicide bombing Monday in southeastern Turkey that killed 31 people and wounded nearly 100 - a development that could represent a major expansion by the extremists at a time when the government is stepping up efforts against them. Turkish officials vowed to strike back at those behind the attack in the city of Suruc targeting a group of political activists who wanted to help the shattered Syrian city of Kobani, a bombing that turned a moment of hope into a scene of horror. "We are face to...
  • Britain Should Invade The Islamic State Says Former Military Boss Lord Richards

    07/19/2015 12:55:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | Andre Walker
    WESTMINSTER, United Kingdom – The former head of the British Military has called for the UK and her allies to invade the Islamic State. Lord Richards told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme the current allied strategy of air strikes and support for Kurdish fighters was “woefully insufficient.” He said the strategy was “firing up” the Islamic State because it was “dribbling” rather than “clouting” the terrorist nation. Richards went on to say: “Sooner or later tanks are going to have to roll, there is going to have to be troops on the ground…. The current strategy won't work in the...
  • Irish police arrest ISIS suspect in Dublin

    07/17/2015 12:54:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 17, 2015 04:06 AM | Frances Mulraney
    Irish police arrested a man in Dublin earlier this week who they suspected of being an ISIS extremist and who had been under surveillance since he was deported from Turkey. Last Thursday the suspect attempted to fly from Dublin to Istanbul, but he was sent back to Ireland as authorities in the Turkish city felt that there were “irregularities” with the Eastern European passport he was using. On his return to Dublin, Irish police (Gardaí) made the decision not to arrest him but placed the man in his 30s under surveillance as he left Dublin airport. Earlier this week, however,...
  • Turkey fails to prosecute two Chechens for beheading three priests in Syria

    07/15/2015 8:51:43 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/15/2015 | Ali Dağlar
    Two Chechens who were accused of beheading three priests in Syria avoided sentencing on murder charges, though they were sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for being a member of a terror organization by an Istanbul court. Magomet Abdurakmanov and Ahmad Ramzanov, two Chechens who were captured in Istanbul’s Bağcılar district on July 4, 2013, along with three Turkish nationals, were accused of murdering three priests in Syria two years ago. However, the court did not hand down a murder sentence on the ground that “the crime was not committed against Turkey and the lack of an agreement on extraditions.”...
  • Obama is killing the Left. Let's help him. (REPOST. I messed up on the last one.)

    07/12/2015 5:58:46 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    I have enormous respect for Victor Davis Hanson and read with great interest his account this week that people are fed up with liberal elites. Amid all this leftish high-fiving about court decisions and executive orders, we forget political and electoral reality. Barack Obama has done more to destroy liberal political power in the Congress and in the statehouses than any Democratic politician since the 1920s. His executive orders and neglect of enforcing existing law have green-lighted the executive power of the next Republican president in a way that Richard Nixon could hardly imagine. He has discredited the idea of...
  • China says Uighurs being sold as "cannon fodder" for extremist groups (By Turkey)

    07/11/2015 2:17:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 11, 2015 | Ben Blanchard
    Uighurs from China's Xinjiang are being given Turkish identity papers in Southeast Asia by Turkish diplomats and then taken to Turkey where some are sold to fight for groups like Islamic State as "cannon fodder", a senior Chinese official said. Beijing says the Turkic language-speaking Uighur minority are firstly Chinese nationals, and those who flee China should be returned to their home region in the far west of the country bordering central Asia. "Turkish embassies in Southeast Asia will give them proof of identity," Tong Bishan, division chief of the Ministry of Public Security's Criminal Investigation Department, told a small...
  • Intelligence group: Turkey prefers ISIS on border than Kurds

    07/10/2015 3:03:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 7/9/15
    Turkey would rather have an Islamic State on its southern borders than a Kurdish state loyal to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an international security and intelligence services group argued Thursday. The New York-based Soufan group said that recent gains made against the Islamic State (ISIS) by the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party (YPG) in Syria has given the Kurdish group control of areas extending more than 400 kilometers along Turkish borders. There is speculation in Turkey that Ankara is considering sending forces into Syria to create a buffer zone along its southern borders, as authorities bolster troops and security along...
  • 'Hackers' give orders to German missile battery

    07/07/2015 2:44:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | July 7, 2015
    German-owned Patriot missiles stationed in Turkey were briefly taken over by hackers, according to media reports on Tuesday.The attack took place on anti-aircraft ‘Patriot’ missiles on the Syrian border. The American-made weapons had been stationed there by the Bundeswehr (German army) to protect Nato ally Turkey. According to the civil service magazine, the missile system carried out “unexplained” orders. It was not immediately clear when these orders were carried out and what they were. The magazine speculates about two weak spots in the missile system which could be exploited by hackers. One such weakness is the Sensor-Shooter-Interoperability (SSI) which exchanges...
  • Armenians have lost faith in Russia

    07/06/2015 1:43:37 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 11 replies
    Al Jaseera ^ | 5 Jul 15 | Richard Giragosian
    After more than a week of sustained protests over increasing electricity prices, Armenian activists have demonstrated a new sense of empowerment in the face of an increasingly embattled government. But it is actually the broader implications of this unrest in Armenia that is much more significant, for two distinct reasons. First, although this wave of protests is clearly rooted in a set of underlying problems reflecting the unique socioeconomic and political conditions of Armenia, the discontent and dissent in Armenia have already reverberated well beyond the borders of this small, landlocked country. More specifically, the trajectory of the protests have...
  • U.S.-led Coalition Targets Islamic State in Raqqa (At least 16 airstrikes were reported in Syria)

    07/05/2015 8:25:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    AP ^ | July 5, 2015
    U.S.-led coalition aircraft unleashed a series of airstrikes targeting Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria, killing at least 10 militants and wounding many others, the coalition and the group said Sunday. At least 16 airstrikes were reported late Saturday and early Sunday, triggering successive explosions that shook the city and created panic among residents, activists said. The U.S.-led coalition often targets Islamic State-held towns and cities in Syria, but the overnight strikes on Raqqa were rare in their intensity.
  • Greece, China, and Russia – a Plan B for Greece

    07/05/2015 5:21:37 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 3 replies
    Golem XIV ^ | 7-3-15 | Pseudonym
    If the Greeks were to vote ‘No’ what would happen next? Well no one can say. But here is a quick thought on what I hope the Greek government might have been exploring if they are excluded from the euro. It’s just food for thought nothing more. They have to be prepared to have a currency that does not depend on Europe supplying Euros. So they will need another currency – hopefully their own. I think we can be sure no western company has been printing them. There are few such companies and there is, I think, no possibility that...
  • Kurds intent on carving new state out of Iraq after ISIS fight ‘whether the US likes it or not’

    07/02/2015 10:17:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2015 | Adam Housely
    Kurdish fighters and leaders are intent on carving an independent state out of Northern Iraq after they wrest back vital territory from the Islamic State "whether the U.S. likes it or not," according to American and international security forces on the ground.
  • As Kurds gain in Syria, Turkish govt ponders military action

    06/29/2015 5:38:34 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 4 replies
    As Kurdish rebels (Kurds) in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants (Kurds) back from the Turkish border.
  • Egypt at War

    07/01/2015 4:19:57 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Commentary ^ | 07.01.2015 - 3:00 PM | Michael Rubinkam,
    Egypt at War Michael Rubin | @mrubin1971 07.01.2015 - 3:00 PM Over the last few days, Egypt has faced a terrorist wave. First, there was the assassination of Hisham Barakat, Egypt’s state prosecutor, the equivalent of the Attorney General. Barakat was the target of Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist animus for his role prosecuting thousands of Islamists since Gen Abdel Fattah el-Sisi overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Now, today, a wave of attacks has killed at least 50 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula. Ominously, several Egyptian security sources are pointing the finger at Turkey, Qatar, and...
  • US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State

    07/01/2015 3:31:59 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 42 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1 Juy 2015 | Con Coughlin
    The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades. They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad. High level officials from Gulf...
  • U.N.: World should be ashamed at failure to end Syria conflict

    07/01/2015 2:49:15 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 7-1-2015 | AP
    <p>U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world should be ashamed that three years after major powers approved a blueprint in Geneva to bring peace to Syria the suffering of its people is reaching new depths and the country is "on the brink of falling apart."</p>
  • Steve Forbes Pens Open Letter to Greek Leaders; Greece Can Teach The World A Needed Lesson

    07/01/2015 6:29:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | BY GREGORY PAPPAS
    Former US Presidential candidate and publisher of Forbes Magazine, Steve Forbes, used the platform of his magazine to pen an open letter to the prime minister and finance minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis. The full text of his letter appears below. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Prime Minister Tsipras and Finance Minister Varoufakis: You may have won a four-month reprieve of sorts from your creditors, but your situation is desperate, and everyone knows it, most particularly Europe’s paymasters, the Germans. As you just painfully learned, your ability to blackmail your creditors is a fraction of what it once was. Businesses,...
  • Report: Turkey Forces Yazidi Refugees to Turn Back at Bulgarian Border

    06/29/2015 7:49:08 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 29, 2015 | Michael Lucchese
    Turkish forces are reportedly forcing refugees fleeing the chaos of the Middle East to turn back from the border with Bulgaria. According to reports, as many as 600 refugees, including women and children, are being forced to return to their camps in Turkey now. One refugee told media that the Yazidis left their camp because conditions are unbearable. “All that matters now is to move on, we don’t even care where we go,” one female refugee said. “We are dying daily, and I can’t stand it anymore.”
  • Turkey 'planning to invade Syria'

    06/29/2015 7:44:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 91 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Jun 2015 | Richard Spencer
    Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an international conflict on Europe’s borders. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorised a change in the rules of engagement agreed by the Turkish parliament to allow the army to strike at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as well as the Assad regime, according to local newspapers. The aim is to establish a buffer zone for refugees and against Isil, but Mr Erdogan has also suggested that the main target of the...
  • Turkey Is Now Set On Invading Syria. Soon We Will See Syria Becoming An Islamist State

    06/29/2015 4:03:58 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    We have been saying for the last two years that Turkey will invade Syria and now the media is all over the issue of a serious possible invasion by the second most powerful army in NATO: Turkey. The spark and excuse for this invasion is simple. As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against ISIS, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of military intervention guised under the claim to push ISIS back from the Turkish border. Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains...
  • Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS

    06/29/2015 1:35:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    The Turkish military is not enthusiastic and Washington may have its doubts, but President Erdogan appears determined to set up a buffer zone.ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to reports in both pro- and anti-government media. In a speech last Friday, Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains by Kurdish fighters against...