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  • Turkish jets shell Afrin’s Rajo district (Efrin)

    01/20/2018 2:52:20 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 20 Jan 2018, 23:30 | ANF EFRIN
    The invading Turkish army shelled Afrin canton with howitzer and mortar fire tonight. Reports are coming through of aerial attack on Rajo district. Saturday afternoon, dozens of Turkish warplanes carried out a bombardment on Afrin Canton of Northern Syria, killing 7 civilians, 3 YPG/YPJ fighters and injuring 12 people. Following the deadly attack, the Turkish army has launched yet another aggression targeting south of Afrin at night. Turkish howitzer and mortar attacks target Celeme and Xelil villages in Cindires region and Iska, Basufane villages in Sherawa district. Reports suggest that Turkish jets have shelled Hecika village in Afrin’s Rajo district at night.
  • Briefing on Syria (U.S. State Department)

    01/20/2018 10:52:31 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    The US State Department ^ | January 19, 2018 | Senior State Department Official Via Teleconference
    Special Briefing Senior State Department Official Via Teleconference January 19, 2018 MODERATOR: Good morning. Thank you, sir. Good morning, everyone, and thanks for joining us for today’s background call on U.S. policy on Syria, and specifically the implications of the Secretary’s speech that took place in California earlier this week. We’re joined today by [Senior State Department Official], who will be referred to as Senior State Department Official. As a reminder, today’s call is on background and will be embargoed until the conclusion of the call. With that, I’m happy to turn it over to our senior State Department official...
  • A US-Turkish Clash in Syria?

    01/19/2018 7:27:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 19, 2018 | Pat Buchanan
    The war for dominance in the Middle East, following the crushing of ISIS, appears about to commence in Syria -- with NATO allies America and Turkey on opposing sides. Turkey is moving armor and troops south to Syria's border enclave of Afrin, occupied by Kurds, to drive them out, and then drive the Syrian Kurds out of Manbij further south as well. Says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, "We will destroy all terror nests, one by one, in Syria, starting from Afrin and Manbij." For Erdogan, the Kurdish YPG, the major U.S. ally in Syria, is an arm of the Kurdish...
  • Russia, Iran open their arms as Turkey loses patience with U.S.

    01/18/2018 8:32:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    N(o)B(rains)C(ollectively) News ^ | Thursday, January 18, 2018 | F. Brinley Bruton
    U.S. military support for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are led by the Kurdish YPG militia, have left Turkey furious. Officials have even warned that Turkish troops are ready to cross into neighboring Syria... Erdogan has also warned of an imminent incursion into Kurdish-controlled Afrin in northwest Syria... With around one-fifth of Turkey’s population identifying as Kurdish, Turkey views the PKK and moves toward Kurdish independence regionally as an existential threat... "The U.S. is directly providing arms to a group ... whose ultimate ambition is not defeating ISIS," said Ziya Meral, a Turkey analyst at the Centre for Historical Analysis...
  • Syrian Kurds appeal to UN as Turkey prepares to attack

    01/17/2018 9:59:35 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    AP News ^ | 1-17-18 | SARAH EL DEEB and SUZAN FRASER
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's dominant Kurdish party on Wednesday called on the U.N. Security Council to act quickly to ensure the safety of Kurdish-controlled territories in the country's north, including an enclave that Turkey has threatened to attack. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will launch a military offensive in the coming days against territories controlled by the dominant Syrian Kurdish militia in northwestern and eastern Syria, and in particular the enclave of Afrin, where an estimated 1 million people live.
  • US military to maintain open-ended presence in Syria, Tillerson says

    01/18/2018 9:11:23 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 54 replies
    fox news ^ | January 17, 2018 | MATTHEW PENNINGTON
    Speaking at Stanford University after being introduced by former top diplomat Condoleezza Rice, Tillerson said the Trump administration was determined not to repeat President Barack Obama's "mistake" when he withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. Republicans for years have argued the withdrawal created the opening for IS' rapid expansion.... Securing a successful U.N. peace process, getting Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power, ridding Syria of Iran's influence and eradicating all weapons of mass destruction in the country.
  • US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds and Turkey

    01/17/2018 2:50:35 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Joshua Landis ^ | January 15, 2018 | Joshua Landis
    The State Department has turned the page on Turkey for it no longer views Ankara as a reliable US partner. Many argue that Washington will abandon Syria’s Kurds in order to assuage Turkish anger. I doubt this. Washington expects more anti-US actions from Erdogan. Many in DC believe that Turkey’s rising Islamism, hardening dictatorship, and worsening anti-Israel rhetoric will only increase in the future. They do not hold out hope that Washington can reverse this trend.The US is increasingly falling back on support for Israel and Saudi Arabia. Trump has clearly set his course and reversed Obama’s effort to...
  • Turkish attack on US-backed Kurds in Syria believed imminent

    01/16/2018 7:37:40 PM PST · by Lera · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/16/18
    Turkish troops and tanks near the Syrian border are making final plans to attack the US military’s Kurdish partners inside northern Syria as tensions between Ankara and Washington near unprecedented levels. Ahead of a widely expected incursion, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to “destroy all terror nests”, a reference to Kurdish forces that the US has used as proxies in the fight against Islamic State (Isis) and Turkey views as a subversive threat.
  • Deciphered telegram reveals the genocide (Armenian Genocide documented)

    01/15/2018 2:21:01 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    AGOS ^ | 04.26.2017 | Taner Akcam
    Historian Taner Akçam decpihred the telegram by executive of Teşikilat-ı Mahsusa (Secret Organization) and Commitee of Union and Progress Bahaettin Şakir dated July 4, 1915. The telegram is about coordination of deportation and annihilation of Armenians. The letterhead on the telegram proves that it is indeed original.We have a telegram written by Bahaettin Şakir on July 4, 1915, which was sent to Governor Sabit Bey for delivering it to Elağız (Harput/Kharpet) Inspector of CUP Nazım Bey. The purpose of the telegram was to coordinate deportation and annihilation of Armenians. The telegram reads: “Are the Armenians who were deported from...
  • Turkey Threatens to Arrest Citizens Traveling to U.S.

    01/15/2018 6:19:02 AM PST · by T Ruth · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jan 2018 | Summarized from Rotters
    Reuters reports: ANKARA – Turkey has warned its citizens against travel to the United States, saying Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest and should take precautions if they do decide to travel, the latest tit-for-tat volley in a diplomatic feud between the NATO allies.
  • Erdogan says Turkey will crush 'terror army' in northern Syria

    01/15/2018 5:47:12 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 15, 2018 / 11:42 AM / Updated an hour ago | Reuters Staff
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday the United States was trying to create a “terror army” on Turkey’s southern frontier by training a Syrian border force that includes a Kurdish militia, and pledged to crush it before it came into being. snip Erdogan also said that Turkey’s armed forces had completed preparations for an operation against the Kurdish-controlled region of Afrin in northwest Syria and the town of Manbij.
  • Turkey vows imminent assault on Kurdish enclave in Syria

    01/14/2018 8:15:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/14/2018
    Erdogan said the operation against the Afrin enclave aims to “purge terror” from his country’s southern border. Afrin is controlled by a Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG. Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has waged a bloody insurgency within its borders. A YPG spokesman in Afrin said clashes erupted after midnight between his unit and Turkish troops near the border with Turkey. Rojhat Roj said the shelling of areas in Afrin district, in Aleppo province, killed one YPG fighter and injured a couple of civilians on...
  • Why the Iranian people love Putin?

    01/13/2018 9:13:45 PM PST · by NorseViking · 3 replies
    Yeni Safak ^ | December 16, 2015 | Abdullah Muradoglu
    How can you explain the fact that interest in Putin in Iran has turned into a strong feeling? What does Putin do to deserve this love? A lot of things. Right from his first term as prime minister (in 1999), Putin started to kill off Muslims in the Caucasus. Now he is killing Muslims in Syria. He indiscriminately showered a hail of missiles on everyone who oppose the regime of Assad. But, we must pay attention to his consistency, Putin kills only the Sunnis. On Friday's sermons in Iran, the mullahs actively praise Russia and sling mud on Turkey a...
  • Turkey says local court to evaluate ruling on jailed journalists

    01/12/2018 8:22:48 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 12, 2018 / 5:31 AM | Tuvan Gumrukcu, Daren Butler
    ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Friday the case of two journalists held for more than a year over alleged ties to a failed coup would be decided by a local court, after the Constitutional Court ruled they be freed, a turnaround likely to deepen concerns for press freedom. snip Earlier on Friday Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the top court had overstepped its limit. “When ruling on individual applications, the Constitutional Court... cannot act like a super appeals court and cannot make rulings like such courts,” Bozdag wrote on Twitter.
  • Turkey’s State of Emergency

    01/12/2018 6:04:18 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    The Nation ^ | 1/11/18 | Maurice Glasman
    Ankara—Politics always involves a tension between laws and leadership, accountability and action. Emergencies occur, the ship of state needs to negotiate the storms of unexpected events; there is a need to act. For those who believe in the priority of rights as an ideal of politics, this can be a problem. The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben mused on this in his State of Exception, arguing that sovereignty and constitutions are unstable partners, with the sovereign always longing to slip the constitutional net.
  • Turkey urges Russia, Iran to stop Syria offensive on Idlib

    01/10/2018 9:25:12 AM PST · by NorseViking · 7 replies
    Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey on Wednesday called on Russia and Iran, the two chief allies of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, to halt an air offensive on the rebel-held Idlib province near the Turkish border. Ankara has been working closely with Russia and Iran to end the Syrian conflict over the last months but has stepped up pressure on Moscow and Tehran as the bombardments on Idlib intensified. "Iran and Russia should fulfil their responsibility. If you are guarantors -- and you are -- they should stop the regime," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the official Anadolu news agency.
  • Why Turkey cares about the trial of Reza Zarrab

    01/09/2018 6:31:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil
    Brookings ^ | Nov. 22, 2017 | Amanda Sloat
    In recent weeks, there has been increasing American interest in a previously little-watched judicial saga unfolding in New York district court. Like a Turkish soap opera, it involves a dashing businessman with a pop-star wife, corruption allegations, leaked tapes of private conversations and intrigue at the highest levels of government. The trial of Reza Zarrab on charges of evading Iran sanctions, including any revelations he makes about corruption in the Turkish government, could have significant political and economic implications for Turkey. It could also damage already fraught relations between Turkey and the United States.
  • Russia-backed Syrian Army encircling Turkish troops in Idlib

    01/08/2018 10:51:02 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 48 replies
    United Press International (Left MSM Bias) ^ | December 8, 2017 | Sami Moubayed, The Arab Weekly (Carnigie)
    With Russian air cover, the Syrian Army is rapidly advancing on the Idlib coun­tryside, encircling thousands of Turkish troops and Turkey-backed rebels in the city. Turkish troops were dispatched to the war-torn city last October. It is unclear whether Syrian forces will stop at Idlib's gates or storm the city, as pro-government media said. If retaken, it would spell the final ejection of the armed opposition from all cities across Syria. On Jan. 2, government troops captured al-Hawa in the southern vicinity of Idlib, shortly after taking the towns of Ard az-Zour, Anshan and Khuwayn.
  • Washington-led international coalition is moving toward recognition of federal regions in NorthSyria

    01/08/2018 7:17:26 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANHA Hawar News Agency ^ | (1-7-17) 07.01.2018 14:46 | ANHA NEWS DESK
    NEWS DESK- The United States-led international coalition in the coming period to take military and diplomatic steps towards federal areas in northern Syria and include diplomatic and political recognition.Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said that the international coalition is expected to carry out ten military, political and diplomatic steps towards the areas east of the Euphrates river,whicch has been liberated by Syria’s democratic forces SDF including diplomatic and political recognition of the area of 28,000 square kilometers, or three times the size of Lebanon.The newspaper quoted a Western official that the U.S Administration is in the process of adopting a new strategy for...
  • Turkish FM: No danger to Israel-Turkey relations

    01/07/2018 3:36:49 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/1/18
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in an interview with Maariv published Sunday that there is no danger to relations between Turkey and Israel. Çavuşoğlu added that "when we signed the agreement and restored our relations, we expected a more positive attitude from Israel. We stated initially that we cannot accept aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem. We are not anti-Semites, as opposed to what was said of us...