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  • 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 · 86 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...
  • Gay pride guy gets taken out by a hose

    06/28/2015 1:55:54 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 44 replies
    Bodybuilding.com ^ | June 28, 2015
    https://twitter.com/fundaeryigit/status/615161157469515776
  • Istanbul police use teargas to break up Gay Pride parade

    06/28/2015 1:11:33 PM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    AFP ^ | June 28, 2015 | AFP
    Istanbul (AFP) - Riot police in Istanbul used teargas and fired rubber pellets to disperse thousands of participants in the city's Gay Pride march after some began chanting slogans against the president, an AFP reporter said. The scene turned violent when participants -- many brandishing rainbow flags -- denounced "the fascism" of the conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Police then began to forcefully break up the crowd, with some officers firing rubber pellets into the crowd.
  • Turkish Police Disperse Gay Pride Marchers

    06/28/2015 11:07:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Hundreds of thousands of people gathered for gay pride parades, parties and celebrations around the world Sunday. Most events were peaceful, but in Istanbul, Turkish police fired water cannon and rubber pellets to disperse a crowd. It was not immediately clear why Turkish police stopped marchers in Istanbul, where gay pride parades have been held in previous years. Turkish media reported that police said people would not to be allowed to march this year. In New York, massive crowds gathered ahead of the city’s annual gay pride parade, which was first held in 1970. Organizers said they expected a record...
  • Save the Iraqi Yezidis from Genocide!

    06/27/2015 9:36:20 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 27, 2015 | Dr. Phyllis Chesler
    The Yezidis are now on the move. This has been secretly planned for months. What we now have is a potentially mass exodus from ISIS-controlled Iraq. They have reason to believe that Bulgaria will grant them asylum. However, Turkey, which they must enter and exit on their way to Bulgaria, is giving them trouble. According to my informant Ghulie Khalaf, “There have been clashes between the refugees and the Turkish police. Ten buses are on their way but there are seventeen more buses to be packed but the Turkish guards are stopping them at the border. We want media attention.”
  • Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama 'dumped him for dinner'

    03/25/2010 1:32:44 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 770 replies · 19,725+ views
    Timesonline.co.uk ^ | Thursday March 25, 2010 | Giles Whittell,
    For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a disastrous humiliation. After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at...
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sacks Gen. Qassem Soleimani From Command Of The Syrian War (Iran's broke)

    06/26/2015 10:25:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 15 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | June 26, 2015 AST
    Uproar in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has relieved Gen. Qassem Soleimani,the Al Qods Brigades chief and supreme commander of Iranian Middle East forces, of his Syria command after a series of war debacles. He was left in charge of Iran’s military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. This is revealed by exclusive Iranian intelligence sources. Since Soleimani last visited Damascus on June 2, in the aftershock of the historic town of Palmyra’s fall to the Islamic State, the situation of President Bashar Assad and his army has gone from bad to worse. The Iranian general’s...
  • Muslims Issue A Bulletin Throughout The City Of Jerusalem Calling On Muslims To...

    06/27/2015 5:33:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/27/15 | Walid Shoebat
    In Jerusalem flyers were spread throughout the old city claiming to be ISIS.The bulletin which had the ISIS logo demanded that all Christian Arabs must leave eastern Jerusalem by the end of Ramadan accused of being “Israeli collaborators”. ISIS also demanded that in the case the Christians refuse to leave that Muslims in eastern Jerusalem are mandated to kill all the Christians living there.Photo Credit: Islamic State / JerusalemAl-Quds (Jerusalem Newspaper), the main Arab newspaper there had posted a reply from Theodosios (Hanna) of Sebastia, the Archbishop from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In his reply the Archbishop condemned the...
  • Secret tunnel near 'Dracula's dungeon' uncovered

    06/27/2015 2:59:19 PM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies
    FoxNews - Digging History ^ | June 27, 2015 | Arden Dier
    Archaeologists still aren't entirely sure where a secret passageway beneath a castle in Turkey leads, but visitors can now explore it for themselves. Not far from where Vlad the Impaler—the inspiration for Dracula—was reportedly held in one of two dungeons inside Tokat Castle, the tunnel stretches for about 100 feet before the path is blocked, reports Hurriyet Daily News. "We have made progress. Since it has an angle of 45 degrees, it is hard to remove stones and earth," culture and tourism director Abdurrahman Akyuz says of the tunnel, found during restoration efforts in 2009. "We think that this tunnel...
  • Turkey accused of allowing Islamic State fighters to cross its border in Kobane attack

    06/25/2015 1:54:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/25/15 | Richard Spencer
    Turkey has been accused of allowing Islamic State jihadists to cross its border to attack the Kurdish town of Kobane. Twin car bombs exploded close to the crossing point with the Turkish town of Mursitpinar, and Kurdish activists and residents claimed they had come across the border, despite its being heavily policed on the Turkish side. Convoys of cars carrying up to 40 Isil fighters - reportedly using the uniform of Kurdish YPG militia as a guise - then attacked Kobane from three sides in the early hours of Thursday morning. Kobane became an important symbol in the battle against...
  • An example of how easy it is for an ISIS fighter to reach Syria through Turkey

    06/24/2015 9:13:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JUN. 23, 2015 | NATASHA BERTRAND
    An ISIS fighter captured by Syrian Kurds last month described how easy it was for him to cross Turkey's notoriously porous border into Syria to join the Islamic State, according to a new video obtained by Al-Monitor. Turkish citizen Huseyin Mustafa Peri, who says he was wounded near the Turkish border, told his captors that getting into Syria “was an easy affair." Al-Monitor says it was unable to independently confirm details because Kurdish fighters would not allow him to be interviewed, noting that his statements aligns with the outlet's reporting. "[IS recruiter] Ibrahim Osama had given me a number ......
  • Palestine - European Union Risks “Jew-hater” Label

    06/24/2015 5:38:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/24/15 | David Singer
    The EU will indeed merit the "Jew-hater" tag - should its ill-considered and misconceived labelling action proceed. The European Union (EU) runs the risk of being labelled “Jew-hater” - should it proceed with its plans requiring supermarkets and other retailers to label products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) differently from those made by Jews in Israel. No matter what spin the EU uses to justify any such discriminatory labelling—the EU will be seen to be actively supporting the 2005 Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel—whose manifesto states:
  • The Kurds are pushing into Islamic State's Syria stronghold

    06/22/2015 7:31:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/22/2015 | TOM PERRY, REUTERS
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish-led forces advanced on Monday deep into territory in Syria held by Islamic State, showing new momentum after they unexpectedly swiftly seized a border crossing from the jihadists last week. The Kurds, aided by U.S.-led air strikes and smaller Syrian rebel groups, had pushed to within 7 km (4 miles) of Ain Issa, a town 50 km (30 miles) north of Islamic State's de facto capital Raqqa city, said Redur Xelil, spokesman for the Kurdish forces. The rapid advance into Raqqa province has defied expectations of a protracted battle between the Kurdish YPG group and Islamic State...
  • Iran's Parliament Bans Nuclear Inspectors from Military Sites: 'Death to America'

    06/21/2015 3:03:34 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 21, 2015 | AP
    <p>With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.</p> <p>The bill, if ratified, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.</p>
  • Gladiator Fights Revealed in Ancient Graffiti

    06/20/2015 5:58:55 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19,2015 | Owen Jarus
    <p>Hundreds of graffiti messages engraved into stone in the ancient city of Aphrodisias, in modern-day Turkey, have been discovered and deciphered, revealing what life was like there over 1,500 years ago, researchers say.</p> <p>The graffiti touches on many aspects of the city's life, including gladiator combat, chariot racing, religious fighting and sex. The markings date to a time when the Roman and Byzantine empires ruled over the city.</p>
  • Angelina Jolie begs world to do more during visit to Turkish camps filled with Syrians and Iraqis

    06/21/2015 4:44:39 AM PDT · by dennisw · 22 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 20 June 2015 | By Kelly Mclaughlin
    'There is an explosion of human suffering': Angelina Jolie begs the world to do more during visit to Turkish camps filled with Syrians and Iraqis who have fled war Angelina Jolie serves as a United Nations special envoy for refugees She visited a refugee camp in southeastern Turkey on Saturday, which is home to Syrians and Iraqis displaced by war This visit is the latest in a series of trips to Turkey as part of her work to bring attention to the plight of refugees This was Jolie's third visit to Turkey since 2011, when Syria conflict began Turkey hosts...
  • Exposed: Iran's Super Strategy to Crush America in a War

    06/20/2015 3:02:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The National Interest ^ | June 20, 2015 | Zachary Keck, managing editor
    Since assuming office in 2009, President Barack Obama has consistently held that the United States would carry out airstrikes to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. This position is supported by the vast majority of U.S. policy makers, lawmakers and the political elite, regardless of political affiliation. Nonetheless, it is also generally agreed that airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities would only have a limited impact on preventing Iran from acquiring the bomb. To be sure, a concerted airstrike effort against Iran would delay its ability to build a nuclear arsenal by several years. Nonetheless, Iran would be able to...
  • Putin: Russian pipeline project to help Greece pay its debt

    06/20/2015 5:29:04 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 6-20-2015 | SANDY MACINTYRE and NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said after Friday's talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that a prospective Russian natural gas pipeline should help Greece service its debt, but the Kremlin said the question of direct Russian financial aid to Greece was not discussed. Speaking of the pipeline deal at a meeting with top executives of global news agencies, including The Associated Press, which began nearly three hours behind schedule at around midnight, Putin said he saw no support for the Greeks from the EU. "If EU wants Greece to pay its debts it should be...
  • Obama’s Faith in anti-Semites and the Cost

    06/19/2015 10:35:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | Thursday, June 18, 2015 10:18 PM | Steve Apfel
    It is one thing to hate Greeks or Turks, for want of example, and quite a different thing to hate Jews. Likewise, to hate this country or that one is not akin to hating Israel. The faultless logic of a felon explains all. Asked why he robbed banks Willie Sutton explained, “That’s where the money is.” Well, Israel is where six million Jews are, and Iran is not the only power that, day and night, aches to wipe them off the face of the earth. Clearly there’s more to hating Israel than meets the eye. By “more” I mean a...
  • Brace Yourself for a Thanksgiving Turkey Shortage

    06/18/2015 3:56:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 18, 2015 | Clint Rainey
    Bird flu has made the three-egg omelette a luxury item in parts of America, but the other fowl bearing the brunt of the highly pathogenic virus's outbreak is the poor turkey, whose flocks have been culled by 7.8 million so far. The USDA is now recognizing that this could have bad consequences in, say, five months, when a certain holiday occurs on the third Thursday of November. The federal agency's latest monthly hatchery report is a bit ominous: Reuters notes that it reports a "significant decline" in the May count for baby turkeys, or poults. That number (22.3 million) is...
  • ISIS Is Losing in Northern Syria, but Ankara Is Unhappy

    06/17/2015 11:11:49 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 6/15/2015 | Thomas Seibert
    ISTANBUL — A battle in the northern Syrian border town of Tal Abyad has inflicted a potentially crippling defeat on ISIS that could impede the jihadists’ rampage through Syria and Iraq. But U.S. ally Turkey is not happy about it. In fact, Ankara is accusing Washington of foul play. Some in Turkey want their own military—which is part of NATO—to intervene on Syrian soil, and not against ISIS.
  • Good Riddance, Medieval Moron

    08/20/2014 9:49:14 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 19 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    The upper photo had recently -incorrectly- been portrayed around the internet as a 'child bride' being forced to marry an ISIS warrior in Iraq and/or sold as a slave, when in truth the girl was crying because she botched a poem the poor thing was called upon to recite at a (clearly frightening) ISIS 'youth rally'.... But unlike most stories involving these 7th-century cretins, this one has a happy ending: the MC above that was terrorizing the little girl got just the killin' he needed when he met up with Kurdish militia group 'YPG'. (exhibit B) . Alas, apparently they're...
  • Syrian Kurdish Alliance Sets Sights on Islamic State Stronghold of Raqqa

    06/16/2015 3:05:33 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2015 | AYLA ALBAYRAK And Biography @aylushka_a NOUR MALAS
    AKCAKALE, Turkey—A quick and successful offensive by Kurdish fighters and allied rebels in a northern Syrian town has boosted a U.S.-backed effort to choke off Islamic State’s supply routes. Emboldened by this week’s recapture of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied rebels said their next target is Raqqa, Islamic State’s main stronghold about 50 miles south of Tal Abyad. On Monday, these fighters said they had already begun to advance southward toward Raqqa, reaching the town of Ain Issa, only about 30 miles away. “Now that we have just completed clearing Tal Abyad and the...
  • Islamic State forces routed by Kurdish Forces from stronghold on Syria-Turkey border

    06/16/2015 10:09:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/16/2015 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — The Islamic State was routed Monday from one of its key strongholds on Syria’s border with Turkey after its defenses crumbled and its fighters either defected or fled, raising new questions about the group’s vaunted military capabilities. The fall of the town of Tal Abyad to a Kurdish-Syrian rebel force backed by U.S. airstrikes came after just two days of fighting during which the militants appeared to put up little resistance, focusing instead on escaping to their nearby self-styled capital of Raqqa or fleeing across the border to Turkey. The force — led by Kurdish units of the...
  • Kurds battle to cut IS supply line on Turkey border

    06/15/2015 7:26:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/15/15
    Kurdish forces battled Monday to cut a key Islamic State supply line by seizing the border town of Tal Abyad, as terrified Syrians poured into Turkey to escape the fighting. Forces from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) backed by Syrian rebels advanced on the southeastern edge of the border town overnight, backed by US-led strikes against IS fighters, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Kurdish forces had seized the Mashur Tahtani area on the southeastern edge of Tal Abyad, with the US-led coalition carrying out at least five strikes overnight. "The strikes are paving the...
  • Civilians flee as Kurdish forces close in on Isis held border town in Syria after US led air strikes

    06/14/2015 7:53:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 14 June 2015 | | EMMA GLANFIELD
    Syrian refugees today broke through a barbed wire fence in a desperate bid to flee from the ISIS-held border town of Tal Abyad and cross into Turkey. Turkish troops had watched on helplessly yesterday as heavily-armed ISIS terrorists blocked the border crossing at Tal Abyad, where some 13,000 civilians have crossed over the past ten days. The men, women and children were stopped at gunpoint almost within touching distance of the border town of Akcakale. However, today - backed by allied rebels and air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition - Kurdish forces pressed forward with their offensive on Tal Abyad...
  • Why Is HSBC Leaving Brazil and Turkey?

    06/14/2015 1:24:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11 June 2015 | Daniel Altman
    Because they have economies with flattening income inequality. And that's bad for business. ___ he world’s local bank is about to get a little less local. HSBC is going on a cost-cutting tear, trimming branches in major markets and selling off entire operations in emerging ones. The bank’s leadership says they’re narrowing its business to improve profitability, but there’s a much bigger message — and possibly an important twist — in its new approach. To understand HSBC’s decision, it helps to think about its business model. Retail banks that serve consumers and businesses make their money primarily through loans and...
  • Erdogan to meet Turkey PM after poll setback

    06/09/2015 3:25:34 AM PDT · by markomalley
    AFP ^ | 6/9/15
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for the first time since the ruling party's failure to hold its parliamentary majority left the country facing a coalition government or snap elections. According to custom, Davutoglu will submit his resignation and Erdogan will ask the premier to form a new government at the meeting at 1400 GMT inside Erdogan's vast new presidential palace in Ankara. But this will be no easy task after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since it came to power in 2002,...
  • Turkey’s President Erdogan Calls for the Islamic “Liberation of Jerusalem”

    06/04/2015 1:38:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/4/2015 | Jim Hoft
    Turkey’s Islamist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Barack ObamaPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the conquest of Jerusalem again in an election appeal this week.YNet News reported: Just one week before upcoming parliamentary elections in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and officials in his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) found a unique way to try and secure a victory at the polls by calling for the “liberation” of Jerusalem.“Conquest is Mecca, conquest is Saladin, it’s to hoist the Islamic flag over Jerusalem again; conquest is the heritage of Mehmed II and conquest means forcing Turkey back on its feet,”...
  • Erdogan Lends ISIS a Hand, Pushes Fleeing Human Shields Back Into Their Hands with Water Cannons

    06/13/2015 2:55:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 13, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    VIDEO: 6 minutes After the Islamist AKP party cruised to defeat in last weekend’s parliamentary elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government announced the border would be closed to Syrians fleeing ISIS as “there is no longer a humanitarian tragedy,” in the words of Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş. Kurtulmuş further claimed Wednesday that people were “fleeing strikes by coalition forces and the progress of Kurdish fighters in the region.” He laid blame not on the Islamic State but on the anti-ISIS coalition for driving Syrian refugees into Turkey with “reasonless and meaningless” airstrikes. More than 13,000 Syrian refugees fled across...
  • Report: Turkish authorities providing electricity to ISIL in Tel Abyad

    06/13/2015 11:11:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | June 12, 2015
    In the latest of a series of revelations, the Turkish authorities have allegedly been providing electricity to Tel Abyad -- a northern Syrian city just across the border from the Turkish city of Akçakale -- which is controlled by militants linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). More stunning is the not-so-secret presence of ISIL militants on the streets of Akçakale, in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, a reporter with the Birgün daily claimed in a piece published on Friday. His account echoes many other reports, revealing the risks Turkey is facing as fighting between Kurdish...
  • Hezbollah recruits non-Shiites for ISIS fight

    06/11/2015 7:22:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Thursday, 13 November 2014
    Hezbollah, a radical Islamist movement, is recruiting Druze, Christian and Sunni men to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Lebanese daily news website the Daily Star reported Wednesday. The recruitment process, which is taking place in east Lebanon, is reportedly still ongoing. The new recruits are offered weapons and trainings to “to counter the threat of ISIS and its affiliates.” Lebanon is engaged in a battle against jihadists from ISIS and the Nusra Front along its northern and northeastern border with Syria
  • In Turkey and Mexico, Voters try to Strengthen Electoral Democracy

    06/12/2015 4:45:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Another election, another surprise. Actually, two elections, in two countries last weekend, with surprisingly pleasant surprises. And in two very large countries: Turkey (population 82 million) and Mexico (119 million), both very important to the United States. In the runup to the Turkish election, speculation in English-speaking publications centered on whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party would get a large enough majority in the parliament to amend the constitution without a popular referendum. The AKP, usually described as mildly Islamist, has been in power since 2002. In some respects it has compiled a record that compares favorably with those...
  • Turkish Voters Reject Obama “Apology” Policy

    06/12/2015 5:30:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn’t the only loser in last Sunday’s elections. President Obama had made Erdogan a focus of his policy. The voters in that troubled NATO country voted against Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and in so doing, slapped President Obama. President Obama went to Ankara in April, 2009, for an early edition of his Apology Tours. He spoke to the Turkish Parliament assuring deputies there that “the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam.” Every challenge that we face is more easily met if we tend to our own democratic...
  • Ted Cruz: Now That Erdogan Has Lost the Elections, It's Time To Do Business With Turkey Against ISIS

    06/11/2015 1:43:54 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06-11-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Although Senator Ted Cruz is generally seen as a guy who’s mostly into domestic policies, he proved with an op-ed for Time that he’s very well aware of what’s happening in the world. In his piece, Cruz explains that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s defeat in the elections on Sunday paves the way towards a better relationship between the U.S. and Turkey — at least with regards to the war on terror: "This is good news for Turkey, and it should be good news for the United States as well. Turkey has been a long-standing friend to our nation, and...
  • Syria conflict: Will Aleppo fall to Islamic State?

    06/10/2015 8:48:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9 June 2015 | Lina Sinjab
    There are growing fears that Syria's second city, Aleppo, could be taken over by Islamic State (IS) as fighting to the north between government and rebel forces intensifies. With the military being driven out of the adjacent province of Idlib by a newly-formed rebel alliance, the Army of Conquest, focus has shifted to the fate of Aleppo, an ancient trading hub near the border with Turkey that has been a battleground for the past three years.
  • Demirtas: Turkey cannot continue ISIS support

    06/10/2015 3:32:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 6/10/15
    Turkish policy in Syria, where Ankara stands accused of aiding militants like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) group, is likely to change under a new government, the co-chair of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) said. The comments by Selahattin Demirtas follow a stunning upset in Sunday’s general elections in Turkey, where the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years and is mulling the idea of a coalition government. "Coalition governments will not be able to continue to support groups like ISIL and other extremist groups in Syria," he said in...
  • Pro-government media blame 'external forces' for AKP’s loss [Turkish Election]

    06/09/2015 3:24:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 6/9/15 | Semih Idiz
    Following the devastating losses the Justice and Development Party (AKP) incurred in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Turkey, eyes are on the large segment of the Turkish media, which over these past few years have been co-opted by the AKP to promote its ideological agenda and bolster President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political ambitions. While there were those in the pro-government media who predicted before Sunday’s polling that there would be a relative decline in support for the AKP, few expected it to lose the parliament majority that has enabled it to rule the country without any encumbrance over the past 13...
  • Israel warns of long-range Iran missiles [5,000 kilometers, for Europe.]

    05/16/2006 3:33:38 AM PDT · by familyop · 24 replies · 820+ views
    IranMania ^ | 16MAY06 | IranMania
    LONDON, May 16 (IranMania) - Iran is working to obtain long-range missiles which could threaten the whole of Europe, the former head of Israel's military intelligence said, AFP reported. "Iran already has surface-to-surface missiles capable of being equipped with nuclear warheads with a 1,500 (930 miles) kilometer range but it will in the future have missiles with a range of 5,000 kilometers, which will threaten the whole of Europe," Aharon Zeevi told a conference in Tel Aviv. Iranian President Mahmoud "Ahmadinejad is promising the end of history in two or three years' time and I suggest that we believe him,"...
  • Turks Boast of Historic Slaughter and Rape of Christians

    06/08/2015 11:28:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 8, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Turks Boast of Historic Slaughter and Rape of ChristiansPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On June 8, 2015 @ 12:06 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 21 Comments [1]Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.Earlier this week a news report [2] unwittingly demonstrated how Turkey—once deemed the most “secularized” Muslim nation—is returning to its Islamic heritage, complete with animosity for the infidel West and dreams of the glory days of jihadi conquests: A group of devout Muslims from across Turkey prayed before the city’s historic Hagia Sophia on the 562nd anniversary of the Turkish conquest of Istanbul...
  • The G7's Greek and Russian Headaches

    06/08/2015 6:26:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Monday, June 8, 2015 | David A. Graham
    One is the plight of Greece, with the nation's leftist government and its creditors engaged in the latest round of brinksmanship over its debt. Greece is running out of cash, but international creditors are refusing to release bailout money unless the government makes concessions. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, elected on a platform of fighting back against European-imposed austerity, has refused to budge. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, had expected to have a proposal from Tsipras several days ago, but he was "visibly angry," according to The Guardian... A Greek exit would pose a challenge to a beleaguered...