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  • US Predator drone crashes in Turkey (2nd in four days)

    08/21/2017 8:19:05 AM PDT · by McGruff · 9 replies
    RT ^ | 21 Aug, 2017
    A US Air Force MQ-1 Predator drone has crashed in southeast Turkey, the Incirlik Air Base has confirmed. This is the second drone crash in four days involving Predators flown from the joint US-Turkish base near the Syrian border. Monday’s crash happened around 11:50 am local time (0850 GMT), the 39th Air Base Wing said in a statement. No further information about the incident was made available. Another Predator crashed shortly after taking off from Incirlik on Thursday evening, ending up in a field near the city of Adana. That drone was retrieved by US and Turkish officials, the 39th...
  • 'Unprecedented interference' as Erdogan tells Turks in Germany not to vote for 'enemies of Turkey'

    08/18/2017 10:26:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 18 August 2017 14:55 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on Turks living in Germany not to vote for the two parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling grand coalition or the Greens in next month’s legislative elections, calling them “enemies of Turkey”. Upping the stakes in an intensifying row with Berlin, Erdogan said ethnic Turks in Germany should not cast their ballots either for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, or the Greens. “I tell all my kinsmen in Germany… not to vote for them. Neither the Christian Democrats nor the SPD nor the...
  • Turkey completes 556-Km border wall with Syria (4-11-17)

    08/18/2017 5:44:48 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    Gulf Times ^ | 4-11-17 | Dpa/Istanbul
    Turkey has completed a 556-kilometre wall along its border with Syria, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday on its Twitter feed. The wall was designed as a security measure and is made of concrete blocks. Photos from the ministry show the tops of the blocks are covered in barbed wire and there are guard towers placed at intervals. The project was done in cooperation with TOKI, the state-run public housing body. The body said the wall is about three metres high. The full length of the border is 911 kilometres. In the first years of the Syrian civil war, fighters,...
  • Turkey to boost military cooperation with Iran after army chief's visit

    08/18/2017 12:21:18 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | THU AUG 17, 2017 / 9:16 AM EDT | Reuters staff
    Turkey and Iran have agreed to boost military cooperation after talks in Ankara this week between the Iranian armed forces chief of staff and Turkish leaders, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Thursday. Iran's military chief General Mohammad Baqeri met Erdogan on Wednesday on a visit Turkish media said was the first to Turkey by an Iranian military chief of staff since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.
  • Turkey Uncensored: Will Turkey Succeed in Turning the Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque?

    08/16/2017 5:25:49 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Philos Project ^ | Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    The Islamist Felicity Party (Turkish: Saadet Partisi) organized the “Great Jerusalem demonstration” on July 30 in Istanbul. This event attended by thousands of people who condemned Israel following the recent incidents on the Temple Mount.The demo quickly turned into an anti-Israel and anti-Jew hate fest in which several Islamic activists delivered harsh speeches against the Jewish State. Mustafa Koylu, the head of the Cansuyu Association, said, “You have to do one thing so that those who do not see Turkey as a man and as a state will think once again. Open Hagia Sophia to [Muslim] worship! Open it! If...
  • Turks celebrate 1964 napalm bombing of Cyprus

    08/15/2017 4:46:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) ^ | 08/15/17 22:24 | Uzay Bulut
    Cyprus is Turkish, after all. Turks can do whatever they want there. They can even celebrate dropping napalm on Greeks and slaughtering them. Greek Cypriot civilians in the Turkish-occupied enclave of Kokkina in Cyprus. Mustafa Akıncı, the president of the self-styled “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC), which is recognized only by Turkey, also participated in the celebrations.
  • Dondurma Is the Chewy, Stretchy Ice Cream You Need to Know About

    08/13/2017 11:01:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 10, 2017 | Chris Crowley
    Ice cream is many things: Cooling, sweet, quite possibly the most delicious thing ever invented. But it is not usually stretchy. At least not in the U.S. In Turkey, however, ice-cream vendors can pull, stretch, and toss their ice cream like a Jersey Shore show-off playing games with taffy. New York is filled with all sorts of amazing ice-cream creations, but until now, this stretchy Turkish ice cream known as dondurma has been extremely difficult — almost impossible, really — to find Stateside. That’s all about to change, though: Lezzetli Mediterranean Ice Cream is the first American brand of what...
  • AKP MP admits: The opposition in Europe is in our crosshairs

    08/11/2017 7:52:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 11 Aug 2017, 10:40 | SERKAN DEMİREL (ZURICH)
    The ANF has obtained footage of a speech given by AKP Istanbul MP Metin Külünk where Külünk talks about how the opposition in Europe are under close surveillance and are targeted by the state. AKP Istanbul MP Metin Külünk gave a speech in the event organized by the AKP’s European organization Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) Switzerland branch in Hoss Hotel in Winter tour in October 2016 and admitted that the Turkish state targets the opposition from Turkey in Europe. IT IS THE STATE’S DUTY TO SURVEIL THE OPPOSITION IN EUROPE Külünk spoke on the July 15 coup attempt...
  • Greek Orthodox lobby buries American-Turkish relations via Democrats

    08/10/2017 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Alex88TX · 9 replies
    OpEdNews ^ | Gizem Akbash
    While Turkey is trying to support Qatar in its confrontation with other Persian Gulf countries and blames Donald Trump for provoking this regional crisis, the Greek-American elites in alliance with the Israeli lobby are hitting Ankara once more, this time in the religious sphere. Perhaps, in spite of the magnitude of the situation that has arisen as a result of the bold statements of the US president, Recep Erdogan should consider who poses a bigger threat to Turkish interests, and what challenges actually require a harsher response on his part. On the one hand, if you look at the anti-Tramp...
  • Turkey Uncensored: Jews in Turkey Under Attack Over Temple Mount Crisis

    08/07/2017 2:47:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    The Philos Project ^ | Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Dozens of Turkish nationalist-Islamists affiliated with the “Alperen Hearths” (Alperen Ocakları) recently attacked Istanbul’s Neve Şalom Synagogue, where Jews were exposed to three terrorist attacks at the hands of Islamic groups – in 1986 (by Abu Nidal Organization), in 1992 (by Turkish Hizballah) and in 2003 (by Al-Qaeda).On July 20, the demonstrators threw rocks at the synagogue, whose Hebrew name means “the Oasis of Peace,” kicked its doors and tried to break in.Kürşat Mican, the head of the Istanbul branch of the Alperen movement linked to the religious nationalist Great Union Party (BBP), delivered a speech, saying in part:“For long...
  • ‘Germany in three days and France in one hour’ Shock threat to EU from Erdogan backers

    08/04/2017 4:59:14 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 71 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 08/04/2017 | Rebecca Flood
    WARMONGERING rhetoric is being spewed by Turkey towards Europe after a newspaper close to the Turkish regime declared the country could overrun Germany in three days. Newspaper Yeni Söz, closely aligned to the government, made the outlandish claim on the front page of its daily newspaper. Carrying the provocative headline "Turkey can occupy Europe within 3 days”, the move is the latest in a political spat between Ankara and Berlin. Turkey has been vying to join the EU for more than a decade, with official negotiants to become a member dragging into their 12th year. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempted...
  • 'It's memorycide': Turkey dismantles monuments to Kurdish culture

    08/03/2017 4:54:05 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 12 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | August 3, 2017 | Tom Stevenson & Murat Bayram
    DIYARBAKIR – Just a few short months ago, visitors approaching Diyarbakir city hall were greeted by a large, black stone statue of a Lammasu – an ancient Assyrian deity with the head of a man, the body of an ox, and the wings of a bird. Now the building is protected by very different guardians: police officers pointing assault rifles out from behind armoured metal outposts. Turkish officials have been systematically removing Kurdish public monuments and memorials across the country's majority-Kurdish south-east. The city hall's Lammasu is just one of the victims of the statue purge. Over the past year...
  • Number of German residents with immigrant roots reaches record high

    08/01/2017 5:11:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 1 August 2017 11:09 CEST+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    The number of people in Germany who come from immigrant parents or are immigrants themselves has reached a new high of 18.6 million. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) released a report on Tuesday showing that the number of people in Germany coming from an immigrant background increased by 8.5 percent between 2015 and 2016, reaching about 18.6 million people. The increase of nearly 9 percent was a record high itself since 2005 when such figures were first recorded, as was the size of the population. And that means more than one in five (22.5 percent) people in Germany are either...
  • Turkish parliament expels more pro-Kurdish lawmakers in absentia

    07/28/2017 6:50:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    al-Monitor ^ | July 27, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    Turkey’s parliament broke another chip off the country’s largest pro-Kurdish bloc today, stripping two of its lawmakers of their seats over absenteeism. The move against Turkey’s third-largest party marks a first in the chamber’s history. Tugba Hezer Ozturk and Faysal Sariyildiz of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lost their seats for failing to attend any parliamentary sessions since October 2016. Hezer, from Van province on the Iranian border, and Sariyildiz, from Sirnak on the Iraqi border, face a panoply of charges surrounding their alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Both are believed to be in Europe. Ozturk lost her seat by a vote of...
  • Driver killed in crash outside Squirrel Hill Tunnel had history of speeding

    07/26/2017 1:43:34 PM PDT · by Enchante · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 25, 2017 | SHELLY BRADBURY
    Trooper Bondarenka said police can't say exactly what led them to believe the incident may have been intentional, but said police labeled the crash an aggravated assault because of witness statements, physical evidence and Mr. Ulus' state of mind. "There are a few more details to the story, but we can't release that right now," she said.... ...Mr. Ulus did not know Ms. Grimm and she appears to be a random victim who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, Trooper Bondarenka said.
  • Turkey to deport Iranian journalist who wrote for Israeli site

    07/26/2017 10:53:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Time is running out. This is a call for activism. Neda Amin, a female Iranian journalist who works for an Israeli news outlet and a UN refugee in Turkey, will soon be deported to Iran by Turkish authorities. Amin said that she has been harassed by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) for a long time. “People who said they work for the Turkish intelligence organization called me on the phone five or six times one-and-a-half years ago. Then they interrogated me at a foreigners' branch directorate. They kept asking me why I wrote for an Israeli newspaper and with whom...
  • Erdogan urges all Muslims to 'visit' and 'protect' Jerusalem

    07/26/2017 7:40:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies ^ | 7/25/17 | afp
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday urged all Muslims to visit and protect Jerusalem after violence broke out over metal detectors that Israel installed and later removed from a sensitive holy site in the city. "From here I make a call to all Muslims. Anyone who has the opportunity should visit Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa mosque," Erdogan said in Ankara. "Come, let's all protect Jerusalem." He was referring to the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, which is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Iraq’s Blunder vs. Erdogan’s Turkey Today

    07/23/2017 7:04:51 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | July 23, 2017 | Wallace Bruschweiler & William Palumbo
    Is history going to repeat itself in the worst possible way? It took the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency to finally begin the process of systematically dismantling the stranglehold that the Islamic State (aka ISIS, aka ISIL) had on the ancient region around Mesopotamia. After murdering and torturing tens of thousands of innocents, razing countless world heritage sites, and destroying innumerable priceless artifacts, their reign of Islamic terror is finally coming to an end. At least we hope so. Given the developments in a certain Middle Eastern neighbor of Europe, which we will detail shortly, it will be...
  • Jailed pro-Kurdish leader says fair trial impossible in Erdogan's Turkey

    07/23/2017 4:53:46 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2017 | Ece Toksabay, Gulsen Solaker
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's jailed pro-Kurdish opposition leader said no judge could stand up to Tayyip Erdogan, expressing doubts he could ever have a fair trial after the president publicly labeled him a terrorist. In a rare interview from prison, Selahattin Demirtas also told Reuters he believed he accepted some blame for failing to halt the collapse of peace talks between the government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
  • Human rights groups become new target of Ankara’s crackdown (Turkey)

    07/22/2017 12:39:49 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    al-Monitor ^ | July 21, 2017 | Ali Bayramoglu (Translator Sibel Utku Bila)
    The Turkish government’s massive crackdown since last year’s attempted coup has targeted not only the putschists, but also the media, Kurdish politicians, as well as leftist, liberal and conservative oppositionists. The latest developments in this crackdown show that the regime is proceeding fast to the lowest point on its path to autocracy. One particularly alarming omen is the arrest of six human rights activists, including Amnesty International’s Turkey director, following a July 5 police raid on a gathering of civic activists on an Istanbul island. The move indicates that Ankara’s suppression campaign has reached a new phase, turning to local...