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  • Turkey prepares to block VPN traffic

    03/24/2018 7:41:06 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 24 Mar 2018, 10:11 | ANF ANKARA
    The Turkish government is preparing to block VPN traffic within to country, an official from Information and Communication Technologies Authority said. Speaking in front of a parliamentary commission, informatics expert Leven Gonenc said that Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are a global problem and currently they are on the test phase of blocking VPN traffic within the country. According to Gonenc, Turkey took serious measures against the VPNs, and targets to move forward phase to phase. Gonenc pointed out the complexity of the issue and said, “There is a provision in the law (of communication) about alternative communication methods like VPN....
  • Victims outraged after assault charges dropped against Turkish leader's guards

    03/23/2018 2:30:45 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2018
    A woman kicked unconscious by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security guards a mile and a half from the White House last year says she’s outraged that federal prosecutors quietly dropped charges against the two men accused of assaulting her. “We've shown the world we don’t really care for our citizens,” said Lusik “Lucy” Usoyan, a Yezidi Kurd born in Armenia. “I’m deeply sad about how it’s turning out. It's undermining our institutions and undermining our fundamental rights.” Usoyan was among a small but diverse group protesting Erdogan in May 2017 as he arrived at the Turkish ambassador’s residence following...
  • Burned to death in a bunker: Horrifying images show civilians incinerated after [tr graphic]

    03/23/2018 11:12:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    This is the horrifying scene left behind after Syrian regime forces reportedly bombed a bunker in eastern Ghouta with Napalm overnight, burning at least 37 civilians to death. Images circulated online by the Syrian Civil Defence, a rescue group otherwise known as the White Helmets, showed volunteers pulling charred bodies from the ruined shelter. Rebel group Failaq al-Rahman, which controls the town of Arbin, said around 125 people, mostly women and children, were inside the shelter when the bomb exploded just before midnight when a ceasefire was supposed to take effect.
  • Erdogan to inaugurate nuclear power plant with 'friend' Putin

    03/23/2018 7:23:49 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 9 replies
    Kurdistan24 ^ | March 20-2018 | Art Khalidi
    RBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced that the construction of his country’s first nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean province of Mersin would begin this year. “We are planning to lay the foundation for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant with my dear friend Mister Putin,” Erdogan told an audience during an energy conference at his Ankara palace. “In fact, I had the chance yesterday to talk with him on this issue over the phone,” the Turkish President said, highlighting a blossoming friendship with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin whom he called to congratulate...
  • [OPINION] UAE sweep exposes Turkish intelligence links to jihadists in Syria

    03/23/2018 7:10:12 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | March 3, 2018 | Abdullah Bozkurt
    The government of President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan, which has aided, funded and armed jihadist groups in Syria for years, is troubled by the detention of a key operative in Dubai by United Arab Emirates security, most likely in cooperation with the Americans. The man who was picked from a Grand Sheraton Hotel in Dubai while having breakfast with his wife on Feb. 20, 2018 is Mehmet Ali Ă–ztĂĽrk. He has been running logistical lines for jihadist groups, especially Turkmens and Chechens, in Syria, since 2011, when the Syrian crisis began. Ă–ztĂĽrk is linked to Turkish spy agency the National Intelligence...
  • Palestinian Arabs: Remove the Americans from Ramallah

    03/23/2018 1:05:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/3/18 | Dalit Halevi
    Palestinian Arabs demonstrated in Ramallah on Thursday, demanding the closure of the America House which, is operated by the U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem and located in the city of Ramallah. The role of the America House, which is established in 2010, is to disseminate American culture. The protesters demanded the removal of American workers and the closure of their offices, in protest of the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and its intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by mid-May, in time for Israel’s 70th Independence Day....
  • Saudi prince denies Kushner is ‘in his pocket’

    03/23/2018 1:07:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 23 Mar 2018 | Karen D. Young
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Thursday it would be ‘‘really insane’’ for him to trade classified information with presidential son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, or try to use Kushner to promote Saudi aims within the Trump administration. Having that kind of relationship ‘‘will not help us’’ and does not exist, he said. Speaking in a meeting with Washington Post editors and reporters, Mohammed denied U.S. media reports that he had claimed Kushner was ‘‘in his pocket,’’ or that he had sought or received a green light from Kushner, when the two met in Riyadh in October,...
  • 62-Page Indictment Against American Pastor Effectively Calls Sharing the Gospel an Act of Terrorism

    03/22/2018 9:22:36 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 15 replies
    American Pastor Andrew Brunson has now been officially charged, facing what amounts to life in prison, as his trial begins in just weeks. Yesterday, in yet another turn of events, a Turkish court approved an indictment that the Turkish prosecutor apparently turned in last week, even after denying doing so. Since the indictment has been approved, the prosecution phase of the case will now begin. After almost a year and a half in prison, Pastor Andrew has his first court date set for April 16, 2018. The case file is now finally open, and by the end of the week,...
  • In Turkey's Kurdish heartland, anger over Syria war finds a stage

    03/22/2018 7:45:38 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The Region ^ | (3-22-18) 22/03/2018 09:01 | The Region
    Tens of thousands of Kurds turned an annual cultural festival into a rare mass political protest on Wednesday against the government's two-month-old military campaign against Kurdish forces in neighbouring Syria. At a rally to mark the spring festival of Newroz in the southern city of Diyarbakir, demonstrators said Ankara risked provoking violence at home if it pressed on with its Syria offensive. The event was the first major public demonstration against the campaign in Syria, in which the Turkish army has battled Kurdish forces, the YPG, or Kurdistan Workers Party. It fell just days after Turkish forces stormed the Syrian...
  • Charges have been dropped against Erdogan’s guards in US

    03/22/2018 5:15:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 22 Mar 2018, 10:10 | ANF WASHINGTON
    American prosecutors have dropped charges against 11 members of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s guards who were accused of attacking peaceful protestors in Washington in 2017. According to a report by Wall Street Journal, prosecutors asked judges to drop charges against four guards in November. Then they dropped charges against seven others on February 14, the day before State of Secretary Rex Tillerson’s visit to Turkey. A source told WSJ that Tillerson, in his private talks with Turkish leaders, pointed to the decisions to drop charges—which hadn’t been publicized or announced—as an example of how the U.S. had addressed Mr. Erdogan’s...
  • Erdogan impatient to charge ahead in Syria as Ankara sizes up Pompeo

    03/22/2018 4:40:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | March 20, 2018 | Semih Idiz
    It is not clear at this stage what effect President Donald Trump’s nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state will have on Turkish-American ties, already strained over a number of seemingly intractable issues.What is clear, though, is that Ankara is rattled with Trump’s choice. The reason is a tweet by Pompeo during the coup attempt in July 2016 in which he likened Turkey, alongside Iran, to a “totalitarian Islamic dictatorship.” The implication of the tweet, which Pompeo later deleted, appeared to be that the attempted coup — which had still not failed at the time of the message — may have been an auspicious event. It only served to reinforce the...
  • Turkish army attacks villages of Kobane (Syria)

    03/21/2018 10:32:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    ANF News ^ | Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018, 19:06 | ANF KOBANE
    The Turkish army has attacked Siftekę and Ziravę villages of Kobane Tuesday evening. The invading Turkish army has attacked Siftekę and Ziravę villages of Kobane soon after Newroz fire was lit Tuesday evening. Turkish soldiers rained bullets as they attacked both villages with gunfire and DShK-fire.
  • Merkel calls Turkey's invasion of Afrin "unacceptable"

    03/21/2018 10:11:28 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018, 14:17 | ANF BERLIN
    German chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's invasion of Afrin in Syria and condemned Turkish actions in the strongest terms on Wednesday. In a statement in the German parliament Chancellor Angela Merkel said that what is happening in Syria, where thousands of civilians are persecuted, killed or forced to flee, is unacceptable. "That too we condemn in the strongest terms" she said. Merkel was explaining the policy statement of the new government for the next four years when she made a statement about Turkish invasion in Afrin. Merkel has been criticized by German politicians and rights organizations for her silence on...
  • US refutes claims of a deal with Turkey over Manbij

    03/21/2018 9:58:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018, 11:55 | ANF WASHINGTON
    US State Department refuted claims of a deal with Turkish government over Northern Syrian town on Manbij. In today’s daily press briefing U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert was asked about Turkish Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin’s claims about a deal between the US and Turkey over Manbij “Well that’s funny because no agreement has been reached” she said. Nauert said her department did not have anything to announce in response to a Turkish statement. Yesterday Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Kalın said that the U.S. and Turkey have reached an agreement over Manbij and he said the implementation of Manbij deal would...
  • Reality Check: How many attacks did Turkey face from Afrin?

    03/21/2018 9:15:12 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 20 March 2018 | Irem Koker
    The claim: Soon after the Turkish military launched an offensive into the Afrin region of northern Syria, the Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote: "Over the last year alone, more than 700 attacks have been launched from the Afrin area under PYD/YPG [the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and its armed wing, the People's Protection Units] control against Turkish cities." Reality Check verdict: The number of incidents publicly reported in that area and period, checked against multiple sources, appears to be far lower than 700 - Reality Check could find only 26. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) told Reality...
  • While fighting deceased Kurds, how can Turkey make peace with its “living” Kurds?

    03/20/2018 5:37:19 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 39 replies
    Ahval ^ | Mar 19 2018 | Nurcan Baysal
    “My son was killed on 5th of May 2017 in a clash with the Turkish army. I learned of his death from the news. On a social media site called “kanlıkule”, the photos of my son’s disintegrated body were shared. In the photos, a special operation’s soldier stood with his foot on top of my son’s body. My wife and I went to Hakkari to meet with the army commander to request my son’s body 20 days later. The commander said that they threw his body into the river. I said ‘commander, I want my son’s body. If you can’t...
  • ALERT: Trump’s National Security Advisor Just Busted In Treasonous Plot To Take Trump Out

    01/14/2018 1:19:39 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 79 replies
    Veteran AF ^ | 1/14/2018 | Prissy Holly
    President Trump has been careful in recent months to properly vet members of his inner- circle after being repeatedly stabbed in the back, but he had no idea that his very own National Security Adviser and top military General, H.R. McMaster has been an Obama plant this entire time. McMaster has been working secretly with Obama for months, even authorizing illegal surveillance on President Trump. Just when we think the level of treachery involving this man couldn’t get any worse, this Obama-era military general has just done something absolutely unbelievable to not only Trump, but our entire country. Anyone with...
  • It’s Time to Kick Erdogan’s Turkey Out of NATO

    03/20/2018 2:07:55 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    The Puffington Ho's Huffy Post ^ | March 20, 2018 | Stanley Weiss
    ... After 67 years, that day has arrived: Turkey, which for half a century was a stalwart ally in the Middle East while proving that a Muslim-majority nation could be both secular and democratic, has moved so far away from its NATO allies that it is widely acknowledged to be defiantly supporting the Islamic State in Syria in its war against the West. Since Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to power in 2003, Turkey has taken a harshly authoritarian turn, embracing Islamic terrorists of every stripe while picking fights it can’t finish across the region - including an escalating...
  • Call to UN Secretary-General: Suspend Human Rights Commissioner

    03/20/2018 4:52:47 AM PDT · by judeasamaria · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 20, 2018 | Mordechai Sones
    Citizens from more than 30 countries around the world appealed to the UN Secretary-General to suspend UN Human Rights Commissioner Zaid Ra'ad al-Hussein after calling Judea and Samaria communities a "war crime", following the latest report he issued regarding the pace of construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria. "While tens of thousands of people are being slaughtered in Syria, and while women's rights are being disregarded in Iran, the Human Rights Commissioner is issuing a report on the settlement movement in Israel, which details construction information, calling it a war crime", mentioned the letter. "The Commissioner' s obsession with...
  • UN reports on human rights violations and abuses in southeast Turkey

    03/20/2018 12:20:28 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | March 20, 2018 | TM
    The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday reported on allegations that the human rights violations and abuses in southeast Turkey are massive and serious, calling on the Turkish government for full and unfettered access to be able to directly, independently and objectively assess the human rights situation in the region.In a 28-page report issued on Tuesday, the OHCHR recommended that Turkey “renew efforts to secure a peaceful end to the situation; and to ensure that every loss of life that occurred in the course of security operations is duly investigated, and that perpetrators...