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  • Syrian rebels in secret talks with Moscow to end Aleppo fighting

    12/01/2016 1:57:59 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 9 replies
    Syrian rebels in secret talks with Moscow to end Aleppo fighting. Turkey-facilitated negotiations without US show how Washington could become sidelined
  • Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad's rule

    11/30/2016 9:28:26 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 83 replies
    R T ^ | 11-29-16 | Staff
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands.....
  • The showdown for control of Turkey’s military

    11/30/2016 7:18:40 AM PST · by Hawthorn · 6 replies
    Erdogan has already transformed Turkey into an Islamic Republic in all but name. Now he appears intent on building his own Turkish equivalent of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, loyal to him and the ideology of his slow motion revolution.
  • Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad

    11/30/2016 5:32:40 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/30/2016 | Andrew Osborn
    The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara. In a speech on Tuesday, Erdogan said: "We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror," Erdogan said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call: "It is a very serious statement and one which differs from previous ones [...] We hope that our Turkish partners...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    11/29/2016 4:18:07 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 198 replies
    Our Thanksgiving turkey turned out picture-perfect this year, thanks to my husband’s careful and devoted ministrations. I wouldn't want anything but the 'whole bird beautifulness' for Thanksgiving; but for other occasions you may want to try a boneless, stuffed turkey ‘loaf’. We happened to find a video by Chef John of ‘Food Wishes’, where he shows how to debone a turkey: you’d like to try first with something easier, try with a chicken; the process is practically the same, and a search on ‘deboning a chicken', will bring up lots of videos, including Jacques Pepin’s, whose videos are always...
  • Erdogan: Turkish Forces Are In Syria To End Assad's Rule

    11/29/2016 9:59:20 AM PST · by Fennie · 61 replies
    RT News ^ | November 29, 2016
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army has entered Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands of Syrians. "We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn't enter] for any other reason," the Turkish president said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul, as quoted by Hurriyet daily. Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is...

    11/27/2016 8:06:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Quwa, Pakistan ^ | November 27, 2016 | Bilal Khan
    With the Pakistan Navy seeking four to six new fast attack craft (FAC) missile boats, the Turkish shipbuilder Savunma Teknolojileri MĂĽhendislik ve Ticaret A.Ĺž. (STM) is offering its newly unveiled FAC-55. The Turkish news outlet Deniz Haber Ajansi reports that the STM FAC-55 was showcased in Karachi during the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), and had attracted interest from Pakistan and a few other countries. With a top speed of 55 knots (102 km/h), STM designed the FAC-55 to exhibit several capabilities typically found in larger corvettes, such as STMÂ’s Ada-class. For example, the FAC-55 appears to be armed...
  • Turkish President Threatens To Reopen Borders To Hundreds Of Thousands Of Migrants

    11/25/2016 2:58:04 AM PST · by Fennie · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2016 | Associated Press
    ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the European Union that if it continues threatening his country he will open the border gates and allow hundreds of thousands of migrants to flood into EU countries. Erdogan, in a speech Friday, reacted furiously to a non-binding resolution approved the previous day by the European Parliament demanding that the bloc freeze membership negotiations with Turkey over the government's heavy-handed crackdown following a failed coup in July. "We are the ones who feed 3-3.5 million refugees in this country. You have betrayed your promises," Erdogan told the EU. "If you go...
  • IS conflict: Turkish soldiers killed in Syria attack

    11/24/2016 7:15:27 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    BBC (UK) ^ | 24 November 2016 | none stated
    Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and 10 wounded in an attack in Syria, but reports differ about what happened.
  • Turkey warns EU of 'flood' of migrants

    11/24/2016 5:41:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    REUTERS; THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | November 24, 2016 | By REUTERS
    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has warned Europe that without Ankara's help it could be "flooded" by waves of migrants and cutting off talks with the bloc would be far more damaging to Europe than Turkey. "We are one of the factors protecting Europe. If refugees go through, they will flood into Europe and take it over, and Turkey prevents this," Yildirim said in comments broadcast live on television. "I accept that cutting off ties with Europe would harm Turkey, but it would damage Europe 5-to-6 times more."
  • Turkey Threat to Retaliate after Syrian Air Strike Kills Its Soldiers

    11/24/2016 3:42:00 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 39 replies
    South Front ^ | 11/24/16 | none stated
    Ankara said it will retaliate after three of its soldiers were killed in a suspected air strike by the Syrian Air Force in the province of Aleppo. The attack occurred last night during a Turkey-backed militants operation in northern Syria, the Turkish military said in a statement. 10 other soldiers were wounded in the air strike that it “assessed to have been carried out by Syrian regime forces”. No details about the location of air strike have been provided. “It is clear that some people are not happy with this battle Turkey has been fighting against Daesh (Islamic State). This...
  • Thanksgiving: 35,000 Pounds of Turkey Flown to U.S. Troops in War Zones

    11/24/2016 2:49:02 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 24, 2016 | Edwin Mora
    The Thanksgiving holiday has reached the thousands of U.S. troops fighting terrorist groups in the Middle East and Afghanistan, ensuring Americans at home enjoy a peaceful day next to their loved ones. “While everyone here is proud of the job they doing to rid the world of [the Islamic State], they are no doubt missing their families during the holiday as well,” U.S. Army Col. Joe Scrocca, director of public affairs for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, told Breitbart News. “Thankfully, teammates become like family and we are fortunate to enjoy a special...
  • Turkish forces in Syria near al Bad were hit with 2 airstrikes today

    11/24/2016 2:45:31 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 24, 2016 | Texas Fossil
    I was told via Direct Message that Turkish forces in al Bad in Syria were hit with 2 air strikes today. So far no one is admitting to doing it. But today is 1 year since Turkish aircraft shot down a Russian Aircraft in disputed territory near the border of Turkey and Syria. Coincidence? Guess we will see. I was told there were many casualties.
  • McCain disappointed with Trump withdrawal from TPP

    11/24/2016 9:06:04 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/16 | Jordain Corney
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to pull out of an Obama administration trade deal is predictable but disappointing. "The President-elect’s announcement that he intends to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though anticipated, is still a disappointment to those of us who still believe in free trade and the importance of America’s strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. He added that Trump's decision to pull out of the trade deal, which is already expected to die on the vine in this year's lame-duck...
  • Turkey’s indigenous helicopter to be equipped with locally-made missiles

    11/24/2016 5:14:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | November/23/2016
    Turkey’s new locally-built advanced attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter ATAK will be equipped with UMTAS, a long range air-to-surface anti-tank missile developed by Turkey’s ROKETSAN, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Nov. 23. Test firing has already commenced, according to the report. The UMTAS was originally designed to engage tanks and heavily armored vehicles, but it can be integrated to various platforms from helicopters to drones. The L-UMTAS and UMTAS versions have now been integrated and fired from the ATAK helicopters. As a result, the ATAK, which became a part of the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) inventory in June 2014, will...
  • 'Yes, we cran': Obama pardons turkeys for last time as POTUS

    11/23/2016 5:45:05 PM PST · by Loyalist · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | November 23, 2016 | Betsy Klein & Samantha Reyes
    Washington (CNN)--President Barack Obama dished out some final Thanksgiving puns Wednesday as he performed the ceremonial White House task of pardoning turkeys. Obama was joined at the Rose Garden ceremony by his two young nephews, Austin and Aaron Robinson, as opposed to his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, whom, he said, "just couldn't take my jokes anymore -- they were fed up." He then spoke about turning from "polls to poultry" in carrying out the tradition. This year, the two lucky birds, named Tater and Tot, came to Washington by way of Iowa. Obama, however, said the tradition wouldn't end...
  • Archaeological excavation unearths evidence of turkey domestication 1,500 years ago

    11/23/2016 10:15:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies ^ | November 21, 2016 | Provided by: Field Museum
    Turkey eggshells and bones from an offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico. Credit: © Linda Nicholas, The Field Museum. ================================================================================================================================ The turkeys we'll be sitting down to eat on Thursday have a history that goes way back. Archaeologists have unearthed a clutch of domesticated turkey eggs used as a ritual offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico—some of the earliest evidence of turkey domestication. "Our research tells us that turkeys had been domesticated by 400-500 AD," explains Field Museum archaeologist Gary Feinman, one of the paper's authors. "People have made guesses about turkey domestication based on the presence or...
  • Video: When turkeys explode

    11/23/2016 10:11:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | November 21, 2016 | Provided by: American Chemical Societ
    Credit: The American Chemical Society ============================================================================================================================ There are three times more cooking fires—the most common cause of house fires—on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. And the thousands of "turkey-fryer explosion" videos on YouTube are a testament to why frozen turkeys and hot oil are an especially dangerous mix. With the holiday coming up, Reactions teamed up with the District of Columbia Fire Department to explain the chemistry behind grease fires, how they happen and how to avoid them this Thanksgiving. Watch the video here: Read more at:
  • Researchers talk turkey: Native Americans raised classic holiday bird

    11/23/2016 10:02:51 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | November 21, 2016 | Provided by: Florida State University
    Credit: Yathin S Krishnappa ============================================================================================================================ Hundreds of years before the first Thanksgiving, Native Americans were raising and feasting on America's classic holiday meal. Florida State University Associate Professor of Anthropology Tanya Peres and graduate student Kelly Ledford write in a paper published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports that Native Americans as early as 1200 - 1400 A.D. were managing and raising turkeys. This is the first time scientists have suggested that turkeys were potentially domesticated by early Native Americans in the southeastern United States. "In the Americas, we have just a few domesticated animals," Peres said. "Researchers...
  • Turkey’s president slams those who call Trump ‘dictator’

    11/23/2016 6:40:40 AM PST · by RummyChick · 14 replies
    Nirapad news ^ | 11.23.16 | joy
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses an annual economy and trade meeting of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. Erdogan declared Wednesday that an upcoming vote in the European Parliament on whether to freeze membership talks with Turkey is of “no value” to his country.(Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service/Pool Photo via AP) 23 November 2016, Nirapad News: Turkey’s president has maintained that many in the U.S. and Europe are calling U.S. President-elect Donald Trump a “dictator” because he wasn’t their favored candidate. Addressing a meeting of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday, Recep Tayyip...
  • Trump and Armenia’s Occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh

    11/23/2016 4:57:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 23, 2016 | Jason Katz
    Recently, Azerbaijan celebrated 25 years of independence from Soviet rule. Arguably Eurasia’s most Western-friendly and secular Muslim-majority nation, Azerbaijan has long fought another battle, one that the election of Donald Trump may shift: the occupation of its Nagorno-Karabakh region by Armenia. As the international community often does, a multilateral body was established to “solve” the problem following a bloody war from 1988 to 1992. For decades, the OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by Russia, France, and the U.S., has produced no demonstrable gains. Successive U.S. presidents have paid lip service to the Minsk Group and pleaded for time. The election of Donald...
  • Coup Purge: Turkey Ousts Only Christian Mayor

    11/22/2016 11:10:41 AM PST · by detective · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Nov 2016 | Edwin Mora
    The only Christian mayor in Turkey, a U.S. NATO ally, has been removed as part of a purge by the ruling Islamist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following an abortive coup earlier this year. “A massive purge by the Turkish government of politicians and officials accused of being supporters of the network of Fethullah Gulen — the Turkish Islamic preacher, continued this week with the sacking of Februniye Akyol, the first Assyrian Christian to be elected co-mayor in Turkey, in the city of Mardin,” reports Independent Catholic News.
  • Trump’s business empire raises concerns about foreign influence

    11/21/2016 11:01:01 AM PST · by dirtboy · 32 replies
    Wash Post via ^ | 11/21/2016 | Drew Harwell and Anu Narayanswamy
    Turkey is a nation in crisis, scarred by government crackdowns following a failed coup attempt and on a potential collision course with the West. It is also home to a valuable revenue stream for the president-elect's business empire: Trump Towers Istanbul. Donald Trump's company has been paid up to $10 million by the tower's developers since 2014 to affix the Trump name atop the luxury complex, whose owner, one of Turkey's biggest oil and media conglomerates, has become an influential megaphone for the country's increasingly repressive regime. That, ethics advisers said, forces the Trump complex into an unprecedented nexus: as...
  • Turkey's Erdogan says he's been 'disillusioned' by Obama

    11/20/2016 4:58:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 20, 2016 7:23 PM EST | Jeff Horwitz
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he’s “disillusioned” with the Obama administration for failing to address Middle Eastern refugees and extradite one of Erdogan’s political rivals. “They failed to rise to the occasion and handle these issues seriously,” Erdogan said of the refugee problem during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Turkey has taken in roughly 3 million refugees from Syria and elsewhere, twice the number that have fled to Europe. …
  • Turkey bill to pardon statutory rape if perpetrators marry victim

    11/18/2016 1:32:11 PM PST · by tekrat · 15 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/18/2016 | Zia Weise
    Turkey’s governing party has sparked an outcry after putting forward a bill that would pardon up to 3,000 child rapists if the perpetrator married his victim. Critics have warned that such a law would encourage sexual abuse, while the government has defended the bill as an attempt to deal with legal complications arising from child marriage. The controversial proposal would apply to statutory rape cases without use of “force, threat, or any other restriction on consent” involving girls aged 15 or younger.
  • Outrage over Turkish proposal protecting child marriage

    11/18/2016 4:46:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2016 6:37 AM EST
    A Turkish government proposal which would pardon some people imprisoned for statutory rape in the past decade has fallen short of passage by legislators. The proposal would defer sentencing or punishment for sexual assault in cases where there was no force and where the victim and perpetrator were married. Following the defeat late Thursday, the government is bringing the proposal back for consideration next week. An earlier law, abolished in 2005, said there is no crime if the couple marry. …
  • Tread Carefully – Report: Michael Flynn Possible As National Security Adviser…

    11/17/2016 7:42:07 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 23 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | November 17, 2016 | Sundance
    Media are reporting that General Michael Flynn is being “offered” the position of National Security Adviser to President-Elect Donald Trump. However, there should be some reasonable caution on this announcement: Almost everyone who supports Donald Trump has also supported Michael Flynn.... HOWEVER, recently, unbeknownst –at least originally– to the to the Trump campaign, General Flynn accepted a lobbying role for the government of Turkey, specifically to advocate for Recep Erdogan and Turkish interests, and presumably never told the campaign.
  • Michael Flynn, Trump's reported pick for national security advisor, sat in on intel briefings

    11/17/2016 7:40:59 PM PST · by Mariner · 52 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 17th, 2016 | Michael Isikoff
    Full Title: Michael Flynn, Trump's reported pick for national security advisor, sat in on intel briefings — while advising foreign clients Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has reportedly been offered the role of national security adviser in Donald Trump’s White House, began receiving classified national security briefings last summer while he was also running a private consulting firm that offered “all-source intelligence support” to international clients. Flynn’s relationship with his overseas clients is coming in for new scrutiny amid recent disclosures that two months ago, during the height of the presidential campaign, his consulting firm, the Flynn Intel Group,...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    11/17/2016 4:35:04 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 243 replies
    Especially at this time of year, I’m a fan of ‘finger food’ that can be made ahead, frozen, and ready in just minutes in the event of impromptu visitors. Nothing fits this bill better than the Gougere, a light savory ‘puff’ of cheesy pastry that goes wonderfully with cocktails and freezes very well. There are many variations on the Gougere, but this one is basic and classic: Last Thanksgiving, I took the advice of Freeper ‘boatbums’, and we dry-brined our turkey for the first time; it really was the best turkey we’ve had, even though we made the mistake...
  • Meanwhile in Turkey, President for Life Erdogan? You are watching Democracy fail Before your eyes

    11/17/2016 8:30:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Just as our democratic elections were wrapping up last week we heard rumors that a different sort of transition of power was taking place in Turkey. Aspiring tyrant Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the nation’s president, was spreading the word that he would like to see some changes to the constitution which would effectively remove most limits to his power. At the time I predicted that while the desired changes would be sweeping and transformative, there was actually a good chance he could pull it off.Sometimes I really get tired of being right. (Business Insider) President Tayyip Erdogan could govern Turkey...
  • Turkey's Erdogan could govern until 2029 under plans to change constitution

    11/17/2016 8:06:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2016 | Ercan Gurses and Orhan Coskun
    President Tayyip Erdogan could govern Turkey until 2029 with expanded executive powers under proposals the ruling AK Party hopes will go to a referendum next spring, officials who have seen the latest draft told Reuters on Wednesday. Erdogan and his supporters argue Turkey needs the strong leadership of an executive presidency, akin to the system in the United States or France, to avoid the fragile coalition governments that hampered its development in the past.
  • Report: 60 diplomatic passport holders, mostly soldiers, seeking asylum in Germany

    11/16/2016 4:02:07 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | November 15, 2016 | TM
    According to a report in Deutsche Welle (DW) on Tuesday, most of the 60 Turkish diplomatic passport holders who are seeking asylum in Germany in the post coup period are military personnel who were representing Turkey at NATO. Given the fact that the military personnel at NATO have classified information regarding Turkey, which is a NATO ally, German officials are reportedly evaluating the applications with sensitivity. In an earlier report in October, German media said that 35 Turkish diplomatic passport holders had applied to Germany for political asylum. Today’s DW story gives this number as 60. However, it has emerged...
  • Turkey Warns Citizens Against Travel to United States Due to Violent Protests

    11/13/2016 9:03:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | November 13th, 2016 | Hana Levi Julian
    Turkey has warned its citizens against traveling to the United States in an advisory on the website of its Foreign Ministry posted Saturday. The warning comes in the wake of the coast-to-coast protests by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton that have taken place in some two dozen major American cities following Tuesday’s election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States. The ministry said in its warning, “It has been understood from protesters’ social media accounts that the protests will continue for a while.” The ministry also advised Turkish citizens to be “calm”...
  • Turkey warns citizens traveling to US amid anti-Trump protests

    11/12/2016 10:44:20 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 16 replies
    Turkey's Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning concerning the United States Sunday as thousands of Americans spilled into the streets fourth day in a row to protest President-elect Donald Trump.
  • US should hand over Gulen to Turkey: top Trump adviser

    11/10/2016 11:02:33 PM PST · by Fhios · 37 replies
    Via WND ^ | Kasim Ileri
    Turkey should be a top priority in U.S. foreign policy, a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday in an article that slammed Barack Obama for failing to understand Ankara’s geopolitical position. “We must begin with understanding that Turkey is vital to U.S. interests,” retired Gen. Michael Flynn wrote for the Hill newspaper. He also called Turkey "a source of stability in the region”. Flynn was a key national security adviser to Trump during his presidential campaign and is expected by many to be appointed to a Cabinet position, possibly as defense secretary. The veteran general wrote that it...
  • US should not provide Gülen ‘safe haven,’ says top Trump advisor (STOP THIS BS FOR FS)

    11/10/2016 7:12:32 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 20 replies
    The United States should not provide a safe haven for the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, who the Turkish government accuses of orchestrating the failed July 15 coup attempt, a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump has said. “The forces of radical Islam derive their ideology from radical clerics like Gülen, who is running a scam. We should not provide him safe haven,” retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn wrote for the Hill newspaper in a piece published on Nov. 8. “In this crisis, it is imperative that we remember who our real friends are,” added Flynn, who is the former...
  • Dunford, Turkish Leaders Create Long-term Plan Against ISIL in Raqqa

    11/07/2016 5:03:07 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    US Department of Defense ^ | Nov. 6, 2016 | Jim Garamone
    ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 6, 2016 — U.S. and Turkish military leaders have hammered out a long-range plan for operations against ISIL in Syria. “The coalition and Turkey will work together on the long-term plan for seizing, holding and governing Raqqa,” Dunford said following his meetings.He noted that operations against the so-called capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have already begun, even as operations against the terror group continue Mosul in Iraq.Coordinate Operational PlanningDunford said he meet with Akar to coordinate operational planning in many areas, including operations against ISIL in Raqqa, operations in Mosul and...
  • A sleeper-cell in SW Michigan?

    11/04/2016 2:13:06 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 14 replies
    11-4-16 | Me
    I am presenting the news and you decide. Michigan restaurateur gets another chance to fight deportation "A decade later, however, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began seeking his deportation, citing his past ties to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK, which had been designated a terrorist organization in 1997. Officials said Parlak did not initially reveal his PKK activities or his conviction. TODAY's NEWS "The bombing was likely carried out by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and Turkish officials have already blamed the group for the explosion."
  • Clinton Campaign Was Warned That Turkey’s Erdogan Was Attempting to Buy Favor

    11/01/2016 11:23:38 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 1, 2016 | Brent Scher
    Top Hillary Clinton campaign officials were warned last summer that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would make contributions to the campaign through American proxies to gain favor, but chose to take money from one of the people they were warned about nonetheless. The warning came last August in an email to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Michael Werz, an expert on Turkey who used to work for Podesta’s Center for American Progress, told Podesta that the “Erdogan faction” was making investments in Democratic candidates such as Clinton. “Am told that the Erdogan crew also tries to make inroads via donations...
  • European Union Offers a Million Debit Cards for Syrian Refugees in Turkey

    10/31/2016 6:58:17 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 28 October 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PhD
    In an effort to keep more Syrian migrants from flooding into Europe, the European Union (EU) is providing funding for a million debit cards for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Turkey is currently home to some 3 million Syrian migrants who have been prevented from traveling to Europe thanks to an accord between the EU and the Turkish government that went into effect last March. The debit cards, called the Kizilay card (Turkish for “Red Crescent”), are meant to ease the economic burden on Syrian migrants as well as provide a substantial cash injection into the Turkish economy. The cards can...
  • Turkey sacks 10,000 more civil servants, shuts media in latest crackdown

    10/30/2016 6:59:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    rueters ^ | 10/30/2016 | Humeyra Pamuk
    The extent of the crackdown has worried rights groups and many of Turkey's Western allies, who fear Erdogan is using the emergency rule to eradicate dissent. The government says the actions are justified given the threat to the state posed by the coup attempt, in which more than 240 people died. The executive decrees have ordered the closure of 15 more newspapers, wires and magazines, which report from the largely Kurdish southeast, bringing the total number of media outlets and publishers closed since July to nearly 160. Universities have also been stripped of their ability to elect their own rectors...
  • Iraqi Shia militias tighten noose around Isis with Mosul offensive

    10/30/2016 7:51:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 29 Oct 2016 | Reuters
    Iraqi Shia militias have launched an offensive to the west of Mosul in an operation intended to tighten the noose around Islamic State’s Iraq stronghold. But the move has alarmed Turkey and could inflame tensions in the mainly Sunni area A spokesman for the Shia militias, known as the Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) forces, said thousands of fighters “started operations [on Saturday] morning to clean up the hotbeds of Daesh [Islamic State] in the western parts of Mosul”. The militias aim to capture villages west of Mosul and reach the town of Tal Afar, about 35 miles from the city,...
  • Travel Warning (Turkey)

    10/29/2016 4:53:36 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    US government ^ | 10-29-16 | US Embassy and Consulates in Turkey
    This order applies only to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, not to other U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey. The Department continues to monitor the effect of these developments on the overall security situation in the country. This replaces the Travel Warning dated October 24, 2016. The Governor of Ankara, acting under the authority of the recently-extended state of emergency, and on the basis of reported terrorist threats against cities in Turkey, has banned all demonstrations in Ankara province until November 30. The Department continues to monitor the effects of the ongoing state of emergency; recent terrorist incidents in Ankara,...
  • Turkey appoints permanent imam for Hagia Sophia; will lead five daily prayers

    10/23/2016 1:09:57 PM PDT · by cutty · 18 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | October 22, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Observers are warning about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly neo-Ottoman stance and disregard for secular prerogatives.” Indeed, and this new appointment essentially completes the motion of making the Hagia Sophia into a functioning mosque again. European Union officials ought to see this for what it is: a decisive rejection of any pretense of dealing with the Christian or post-Christian West on a mutually respectful basis. Erdogan is an Islamic supremacist and is pursuing an openly supremacist imperative. European officials who are still pushing for Turkey’s entry into the EU, as well as the ongoing phenomenon of massive Muslim immigration...
  • Syrian army says it will 'bring down' any Turkish war planes in its airspace

    10/21/2016 6:45:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2016
    Syrian army says it will 'bring down' any Turkish war planes in its airspace The Syrian military said on Oct. 20 that it would bring down any Turkish war planes entering Syrian air space, a response to air strikes carried out by Turkey overnight in northern Syria. "Any attempt to once again breach Syrian airspace by Turkish war planes will be dealt with and they will be brought down by all means available," the Syrian army general command said in a statement. Turkish air strikes hit a group of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the military wing of the...
  • Turkey Bombs U.S.-Backed Kurds in Syria's Aleppo Province

    10/20/2016 4:57:05 AM PDT · by kimtom · 11 replies ^ | Oct 20 2016 | Alexander Smith
    Link Only Turkey (Nato ally) bombs US backed Kurds!!! (My lead in)
  • Turkish president blasts U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State ahead of Ash Carter’s visit

    10/19/2016 7:58:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2016 | Carlo Muńoz and Guy Taylor
    Turkish president blasts U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State ahead of Ash Carter’s visit By Carlo Muńoz and Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Updated: 10:43 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will be walking into diplomatic buzz saw Thursday when he arrives in Turkey a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a blistering critique of the U.S.-backed campaign to oust the Islamic State group from neighboring Iraq, demanded a bigger role for Turkish military forces. Mr. Erdogan’s remarkable outburst was the latest sign of difficulties the Obama administration faces in keeping the various members...
  • Erdogan Invokes Document That Claims Mosul As Turkish Soil

    10/18/2016 7:18:14 AM PDT · by Strategy · 13 replies
    Kurdistan 24 ^ | October 17, 2016 | Ari Khalidi
    ISTANBUL, Turkey (Kurdistan24) - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invoked on Monday an early 20th-century irredentist document that claimed the Iraqi city of Mosul as Turkish soil. Erdogan's remarks came amid the commencement of a long-anticipated operation by the Iraqi Army, Kurdistan's Peshmerga Forces and the US-led Coalition to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State (IS). In Mosul "a history lies for us. If the gentlemen desire so, let them read the Misak-i Milli (National Oath) and understand what the place means to us," Erdogan declared. The Turkish president referred to an Ottoman Parliament-sealed, 1920 pact that designates Kirkuk and...
  • Turkey attacks YPG positions north Syria, Kurds respond

    10/15/2016 8:47:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Ara News ^ | October 13, 2016 | Ahmed Shiwesh
    Turkey attacks YPG positions north Syria, Kurds respond ARA News Tel Abyad – Turkey’s military targeted a headquarters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the city of Tel Abyad in northern Syria. “The Turkish artillery bombed the YPG-held village of Khenitiya in Tel Abyad countryside, targeting a YPG security office,” YPG officer Salih Watti told ARA News. The attack, which took place in the afternoon on Wednesday, only caused material damage. No casualties were reported. However, the Kurdish YPG responded to the fire by launching artillery shells at Turkish Army installations near the Syrian border. It was not...
  • Turkey to unearth German-made WWII-era Focke-Wulf fighters, buried 'upon US request'

    10/14/2016 8:14:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | 2016/10/14 | METIN CAN
    Turkey to unearth German-made WWII-era Focke-Wulf fighters, buried 'upon US request' METIN CAN ISTANBUL viation enthusiasts hope to shed light on a bizarre chapter in the history of the Republic of Turkey with the excavation of an area in the central city of Kayseri. The site, at a now-defunct airport currently used as a military headquarters, is allegedly home to more than fifty Focke-Wulf FW-190s imported from Germany that were reportedly "buried" after they were decommissioned some 70 years ago. Although aviation experts dispute the improbability of the burial of the single-seat fighter aircrafts en masse and claim they were...