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May 19 16:36

TURKISH PRESIDENT VISITS UK TO REMIND EVERYONE HE STILL WANTS TO PUNISH CRITICAL SPEECH

I'm not sure why any nation with at least a passing respect for civil liberties would continue treating Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a world leader worth discussing ideas with. Erdogan rolled into the United States with his entourage of thugs and thought he could have critics beaten and unfriendly journalists tossed from press conferences. He continually petitions other countriesto punish their own citizens for insulting him.

May 19 11:15

Turkey urges Muslim nations to stand with Palestinians

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan calls on Muslim world to back Palestinians against Israel’s 'cruelty' in Gaza and US' 'wrong' decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy there.

May 19 09:58

Erdogan likens Israeli ‘brutality’ in Gaza to Nazi murder of Jews

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday compares Israel’s actions against the Palestinians in Gaza to the Nazi persecution of the Jews in World War II.

“There is no difference between the atrocity faced by the Jewish people in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality that our Gaza brothers are subjected to,” he tells a summit of Islamic leaders in Istanbul.

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May 18 09:27

Turkey rules out returning Afrin to Assad

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akda? has ruled out returning the Syrian district of Afrin, captured by Turkish troops and their allies from Syrian Kurdish forces in March, to the Syrian government, Turkish pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah said .

"A free and democratic Syria can only be built without (Syrian President Bashar) Assad. He has killed many of his fellow citizens and brought much suffering to his country," the newspaper quoted Akda? as saying.

He said that Turkey did not wish to remain in the area for the long term and wanted to return it soon to the Syrian people.

"We want to give Afrin back to the local population, who should be there to decide for themselves,” Akda? said.

“A local Afrin council has been set up, which is a decision-making body with local representatives.”

May 18 09:21

"FUCK TURKEY": NETANYAHU SON'S MESSAGE TO ANKARA OVER GAZA MASSACRE

"Fuck Turkey."
That was the message the Israeli prime minister's son gave to the world, as a state-level row with Ankara over Israel's killing of 62 Palestinians on Monday descended into the bawdiest of insults.

Yair Netanyahu posted the message on Instagram on Wednesday, as Israel and Turkey expelled each other's top diplomats after Ankara's condemnation of Israel's live-fire tactics against Gaza protesters.

Benjamin Netanyahu's son included the message in an image similar to the Turkish flag, which has a red background and white star and crescent moon in the centre. The image showed the words “Fuck Turkey” with the crescent moon in place of the letter ‘c’.

#BREAKING: Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli PM @netanyahu, published a post against Turkey on his instagram acount pic.twitter.com/KUz22izGlf

— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 16, 2018

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One has to wonder; is this kind of heubristic apartheid on the part of Netanyahu's son, inherited in the DNA, or is it carefully taught?!?

I am recalling the lyrics of a song, written many years ago, by Rogers and Hammerstein, from a show called "South Pacific", talking about prejudice.

And if you are my age (I just turned 69), you might recall your mom or dad making a pilgrimage to the local grocery store, and coming home, triumphantly with a big round thing, called a "record", which one would play on a record player, and I would love the opportunity to learn all the songs from a current Broadway show.

And a couple of lines I remember most vividly from this show are as follows are:

"You've got to be taught
Before it's... to late!
Before you are six... or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!!"

But then, what is to be expected from the son of a Prime Minister in a wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons?!?!

Unfortunately and very sadly, what he just posted on instagram, is perfectly predictable, under the circumstances.

May 18 05:54

Turkey vows to bring Israel to ICC over Gaza carnage, Tel Aviv says Ankara will be there first

Turkey suggested that Palestine appeals to the International Criminal Court over Israeli actions in Gaza, saying “crimes against humanity” should not remain unanswered. Tel Aviv said Turkey will appear there first.

May 17 11:15

Erdogan: UN 'finished' after failing to act over Gaza killings

Erdogan accused Israel of "tyranny" and said Turkey would evacuate those injured from Gaza, where hospital facilities are reportedly at a breaking point.

Israel maintains its forces use of live fire is in line with both domestic and international law, arguing the demonstrations are part of the country's conflict with Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip.

May 17 11:09

U.N. has 'collapsed' in the face of Gaza violence, says Turkey's Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the United Nations had "collapsed" in the face of events in Gaza where Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinian protesters on Monday as the United States relocated its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

Turkey has been among the most vocal critics of the Israeli use of deadly force against protesters at the Gaza border and of the U.S. decision to open its new embassy in Jerusalem. It called for an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Friday.

Speaking at a dinner on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Erdogan said the majority of the international community had failed to react to the events in Gaza, and warned that remaining silent would mean "opening a very dangerous door."

May 17 11:00

Israel should be taken to International Criminal Court over Gaza massacre: Turkish FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the Israeli regime should be brought before the International Criminal Court for the recent massacre of tens of Palestinians during anti-occupation protest rallies along the border between the Gaza Strip and occupied territories.

“Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court [over the killing of Palestinians]. Since third parties cannot do it, Palestine needs to initiate this,” Cavusoglu said in an interview with state broadcaster TRT on Thursday.

The top Turkish diplomat added, “We are analyzing what kind of legal steps can be taken [against Israel]. Israel should account for its actions.”

He pointed out that the United Nations Human Rights Committee would hold a meeting in Geneva on Friday to decide on a probe into Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians.

“This crime against humanity should be probed by an independent commission and Israel should account for its actions before the law,” Cavusoglu noted.

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May 17 09:20

'F**k Turkey': Netanyahu's Son Posts Disputable Image Amid Diplomatic Scandal

As an Israeli-Turkish tit-for-tat is in full swing, Israeli prime minister’s son posted a controversial picture under an explicit caption. Although it was quickly taken down, Twitter users seem to have not forgotten.

Yair Netanyahu, a son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had taken to Instagram to post a controversial picture captioned "F**k Turkey," The Haaretz reported.

Responding to the post, Netanyahu’s inner circle said that there was hardly anything unusual about the post, since "Yair Netanyahu is a private person, as is his Instagram account." Whatever the case, the account no longer exists.

May 16 21:37

Turkey calls on the Islamic world to unite against Israel as Erdogan and Netanyahu exchange insults on Twitter over Gaza protest deaths

Turkey is urging on all Islamic nations to unite against Israel at a summit called in the wake of this week's violence on the Gaza border.

More than 60 Palestinians have been killed - many by Israeli live fire - in the last two days amid violent demonstrations over the opening of a new US embassy in Jerusalem.

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an called the extraordinary summit of the world's main pan-Islamic body, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as he engaged in a Twitter spat with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Erdo?an said the meeting in Istanbul on Friday 'will give a very strong message to the world' on the cause of the Palestinians, as his Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, urged Islamic countries to 'review their ties with Israel'.

May 16 11:35

Turkey urges Islamic world to unite against Israel, calls summit

Turkey has urged Islamic countries to review their ties with Israel after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told his ruling party in parliament that Ankara would call an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

"Islamic countries should without fail review their relations with Israel," Premier Yildirim said, adding, “The Islamic world should move as one, with one voice, against this massacre."

Yildirim said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the body, called the OIC summit on Friday.

Yildirim said that after the summit at 3:00 pm a giant rally would be held at the vast Yenikapi meeting area in Istanbul under the slogan of "Stop the Oppression" to express solidarity with the Palestinians.

May 15 10:47

Turkey: US 'as responsible' for Gaza massacre as Israel

The U.S. administration is as responsible for the massacre in Gaza as the Israeli government, Deputy Premier Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

In a series of tweets, Bozdag said: “The U.S. by moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem will not bring comfort, security, stability, and peace to the region; it will increase the already existing discomfort, insecurity, instability, crisis and conflicts; and also trigger many unforeseen negativities.”

He said whatever the U.S. or Israel does or whichever step they take, they are "null and void" for Turkey.

"Jerusalem will eventually be fully liberated; U.S. and Israel will ultimately have to leave Jerusalem to its true owners," Bozdag added.

May 15 09:37

German court dismisses Erdogan’s appeal to ban mocking poem outright, upholds ban on passages

A court in Hamburg on Tuesday rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s appeal to ban outright a satirical poem recited two years ago by a comedian on German television. The case has soured already-strained ties between Berlin and Ankara. However, judges also upheld a ban by a lower court in 2017 on certain passages of the poem, read out by German comedian Jan Boehmermann, and which suggested Erdogan watched child pornography, Reuters said.

May 15 08:54

Turkey tells Israeli ambassador to leave the country over Palestinian protest deaths

Turkey has told Israel's ambassador to Ankara to leave the country over the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces, according to media reports.

Eitan Naeh was summoned to the foreign ministry in Ankara on Tuesday and asked to leave over the deaths at the Gaza border, Haaretz reported. He was told to leave "for some time," a source told Reuters. He has served in the position since October 2015.

It comes after Turkey recalled its own ambassadors in Israel and the United States "for consultations" over the violence on Monday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to the crackdown by Israeli forces as "genocide" and called Israel a "terrorist state" while reaffirming his country's commitment to standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

May 14 13:51

Turkey recalls ambassadors from US, Israel after over 50 Palestinians killed in Gaza

Ankara has recalled its ambassadors from both Washington and Tel Aviv “for consultations,” the Turkish government has confirmed.

The Turkish government also declared three days of mourning on Monday for over 50 Palestinians killed on the Israel-Gaza border.

Israeli security forces opened fire on demonstrators gathering along the border fence to protest the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Turkey will react to this harshly,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

May 10 08:47

US ‘Will Lose’ From Leaving Iran Deal, Tehran Abiding to Agreement – Erdogan

US President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, drawing criticism from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and others who view the move as an escalation and a potential threat to all of the progress made via talks in 2015.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the US “will lose out” from Trump’s decision to exit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to Turkey’s state-backed Anadolu news agency, citing Erdogan’s interview with CNN, which is scheduled to be broadcast later today.

The Turkish president hailed the deal as ending years of “negativity” and “raising hope all around the globe.”

May 09 08:40

US set up base in Syria's Manbij after Turkish threats: local official

U.S. forces set up a new base in Manbij in northern Syria some three months ago after Turkish threats to march on the town, a U.S.-backed militia official there said Wednesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to send troops to Manbij after they expelled the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the Afrin region, further to the west, in March.

Ankara regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdish PKK, which has waged an insurgency inside Turkey for decades. Turkey has been furious with the United States, its NATO ally, for supporting the YPG in Syria.

May 08 10:26

American Journalist Killed in Turkey for Revealing the Truth Regarding ISIS-Daesh

Serena Shim was at the time reporting on Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), from the Turkish side. She was, in her own words, one of the first, if not the first, on the ground to report on ,“Takfiri militants going in through the Turkish border”. These include not only ISIS but also terrorists from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA).

As Shim’s sister Fatmeh Shim stated in 2015, “She caught them bringing in ISIS high-ranked members into Syria from Turkey into camps, which are supposed to be Syrian refugee camps.”

May 07 06:30

"You Can't Control Us" - Turkey Threatens To Retaliate If US Blocks Sale Of 116 F-35s

In the latest sign that Turkey is seriously considering leaving NATO as its relationship with the security bloc (and the US in particular) continues to deteriorate, Turkish Prime Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned on Thursday that the country would retaliate if a bill being pushed by House Republicans to block arms sales to Turkey becomes law.

May 04 08:15

‘You’re only supposed to buy NATO-compatible weapons’ – State Dept to Turkey over Russian S-400 deal

Being a NATO member apparently means you can only buy arms and military hardware that the US-led bloc approves. At least, that’s what the State Department said in its latest warning to Ankara over an S-400 air-defense system deal.

The new warning came on Thursday from US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, who said that Washington has “serious concerns about Turkey’s potential acquisition” of the S-400 anti-aircraft systems.

Apr 30 11:54

Ankara-Backed Militants Hold Civilians Hostage in Afrin

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported on Sunday that the Turkish forces have detained 20 civilians, most of them Izadis, in the village of Qatmeh in Shara region in Afrin.

It added that they also tortured the detainees and loot their properties.

Hawar news reported that the Turkish army and militants have asked $2,500 to $5,000 to free any of their hostages.

In a relevant development, the London-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday that the Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) had started blackmailing civilians and looting their assets in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo amid reports on the Turkish Army's move in replacing locals in Afrin with Eastern Ghouta terrorists.

Apr 27 14:12

Gold Leaving US Vaults: Signs of Upcoming Currency War and Armed Conflict

An armed conflict with Iran might be much closer than generally believed. The nuclear deal has been honored, to everyone’s satisfaction but to Washington’s chagrin. Iran undoubtedly has no military capability that would be a threat to the US. It has never been responsible for any terrorist acts committed abroad or things like that. But it has done something unforgivable in the eyes of the US. It has threatened the USD. That’s what Washington cannot accept, because if it does not support the dollar, there will be problems financing the US government’s huge federal debt. A war with Iran would eliminate the largest non-USD oil exporter. One thing leads to another. The gold repatriations are a precursor to a currency war and armed conflict. That’s what drives US foreign policy.

Apr 25 10:58

Armenia Heats Up As The Proxy War Continues

Armenia is an important part Russia’s long-term plans. A member of the Eurasian Economic Union Armenia is key to protecting Russia’s southern flank.

So, I was not shocked back in 2016 when the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh was activated by the U.S. after a brief visit by then Secretary of State John Kerry as punishment for Russia’s intervention into Syria.

Nagorno-Karabakh had been peaceful for more than twenty years before Kerry’s visit. And within days, fighting broke out on the Azeri side of the region which lies between the two countries.

So, color me not shocked that as the Neoconservatives take control of the Trump White House that they activate a color revolution in Armenia while simultaneously pushing Russia in Ukraine, Syria, the U.K., the financial markets and seemingly everywhere else at the same time.

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The flash points for several potential hot wars are tinder for the kerosine being thrown on them, courtesy of the US and the West.

Apr 25 10:43

Turkey’s Military Offensive in Afrin

In late January, Turkey launched a ground incursion named Operation Olive Branch in the Afrin canton of northern Syria. The offensive is directed against the Kurdish-led Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), particularly its armed wing named People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers as a terrorist group since 1985 and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions surrounding the city of Afrin. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the aim of the operation was to give Afrin back to its rightful owners, a statement that has since been used by Kurdish group to claim that he intends to engineer a demographic shift. However, by March, Turkish troops took control of Syria’s Afrin region, deploying “police force” to oversee 115 “strategic forces” and more than 80 villages under its control, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Apr 25 08:42

Turkey has ‘responsibility’ to share Armenian pain over 1915: Erdo?an

Turkey has a responsibility to share the pain of Armenian citizens over the “1915 events,” according to a statement signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and read at an Armenian memorial held in Istanbul on April 24.

“It is Turkey’s conscientious and ethical responsibility to share the historical pain of our Armenian citizens,” read the statement at the Istanbul Armenian Church on the 103rd anniversary of the mass killing of Ottoman Armenians during World War I.

“We will continue to share your pain and try to resolve your problems in the future,” added the statement, which was read out both in Armenian and Turkish.

Extending his condolences to the Armenian community, Erdo?an also expressed “condolences to the Turkish nation over loss of lives of millions of Ottoman citizens due to wars, migrations, conflicts and diseases during the same period.”

Apr 25 08:34

Armenian-Americans flood the streets of Los Angeles as they call on government to formally recognize 1915 genocide by the Ottoman Empire that took the lives of 1.5MILLION

Thousands of Armenian-Americans took to the streets of Los Angeles on Tuesday to commemorate the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire a century ago.

The demonstrations came hours after Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned following 10 days of large anti-government protests in that country.

Marchers in Los Angeles demanded that the 1.5million deaths starting in 1915 be recognized by Turkey as genocide.

Although Armenians and many historians consider it to be genocide, Turkey - successor of the Ottoman Empire - contends those who died were victims of civil war and unrest.

Los Angeles demonstrators waved Armenian and American flags and carried signs that read '1915 never again' and 'Turkish denial must end.'

Apr 25 08:18

Erdogan Pays Tribute to Armenian Victims on Genocide Remembrance Day

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid tribute Tuesday to the Armenians who died in the Ottoman Empire during World War I on the occasion of the international Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

"Once again, I remember with respect the Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives, and offer my sincere condolences to their children and descendants. On this occasion, I also pray for God’s grace and mercy on millions of Ottoman citizens we lost due to contagious diseases, migration, war and clashes during the same period," Erdogan said in a message to the religious ceremony held in the Armenian Patriarchate, obtained by Sputnik.

Apr 25 07:42

Hybrid War In Reverse: Why The SDF Can’t Hold The Euphrates

This hybrid war, with multiple and difficult to distinguish sides against the Syrian state, is practically over and isolated now only to Idlib and part of Dara province with no perspective for the future. NATO’s humiliation with its failed cruise missiles strikes proved that NATO’s humiliation with its failed cruise missiles strikes proved that NATO is incapable to win any war without full air supremacy.

So what is left? The only option is prolonging the war, forcing Damascus to liberate all the territory at a cost and not in a quick manner. The meeting between Putin, Rohani and Erdogan was established to put together a statement that they are against any US zone in Syria. But what does that mean in perspective, how will they crush US zone of influence?

The US established the SDF forces in the period of the war which was its last hope for a footprint in Syria.>>>

Apr 25 05:12

EU to mobilize €3 bln for Syrians in Turkey in coming two years

The European Union will mobilize additional €3 bln for Syrians in Turkey in the coming two years, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said at a UN-EU donor conference in Brussels on Wednesday. "For Syrians in Turkey, the European Union and member states will uphold their commitments and mobilize additional €3 bln in the coming two years," she said. According to Mogherini, the EU has so far devoted almost €11 bln to the Syrian people, both inside Syria and in the region. She added that the EU had "a very strict way of delivering aid that reaches the people." A two-day international donor conference on Syria, which opened in Brussels on April 24, involves representatives of more than 85 countries and organizations.

Apr 24 14:09

Venezuela Is Replenishing Its Gold!

Venezuela and Turkey have repatriated all their gold stored in the US – Venezuela now sells it. Venezuela, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands are some of the 11 countries that have repatriated a significant portion of their gold reserves held in the US and other countries in recent years. Turkey has recently announced that it has decided to repatriate all the gold it stores to the Federal Reserve (FED). According to the latest IMF data, Turkey’s gold reserves are estimated at 591 tons, worth just over $23 billion. Turkey ranks 11th among the biggest stocks, behind the Netherlands and ahead of India. However, what should be troubled by Turkey is what happened and continues in another country that has decided to repatriate all of its reserves to gold and which has been and continues to be openly against the US. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he did it for the citizens of his country, but he died a little later, and there was no way to appreciate his real intentions.

Apr 24 13:37

Turkey withdraws its gold from USA

The administration of the Central Bank of Turkey has withdrawn the national gold reserve from the US Federal Reserve System. According to Trend news agency, the Central Bank of Turkey had 220 tons of gold at the US Federal Reserve. At the same time, two other Turkish banks - Ziraat and Vakifbank - also started withdrawing their gold reserves from the United States. Their "gold assets" are evaluated at 95 tons. As of March 2018, the gold reserves of the Central Bank of Turkey amounted to $25.3 billion. Analysts believe that Turkey has made such a move against the background of worsening relations between Ankara and Washington. Earlier, Want China Times wrote with reference to Duowei News that China's enormous gold reserves give the People's Republic of China an opportunity to cause the US national currency to collapse. The publications also noted that Russia had doubled her gold and currency reserves since 2005.

Apr 24 10:15

The Great Game Comes To Syria

An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war, one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration’s designs on Iran. It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region’s largest ethnic groups, the Kurds.

However, the “troika alliance” - Turkey, Russia and Iran - consists of three countries that don’t much like one another, have different goals, and whose policies are driven by a combination of geo-global goals and internal politics.

Apr 23 10:49

US supplies weapons to Kurdish militants free of charge: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the US and its allies have been providing free weapons to Kurdish militants operating in northern Syria in a move that poses a threat to Turkey's security.

In an interview with the Turkish NTV news channel on Saturday, Erdogan accused the US and its allies of refusing to sell weapons to Ankara while arming the outlawed Kurdish forces.

“We cannot buy weapons from the US with our money, but unfortunately, the US and coalition forces give these weapons, this ammunition, to terrorist organizations for free,” he said. “So where does the threat come from? It comes primarily from strategic partners.”

The Turkish president also noted that Washington continues to dispatch arms convoys to Syria. "The US sent 5,000 trucks loaded with weapons to northern Syria," he said.

Apr 21 09:41

Turkish Op in Syria: US Promises to Retaliate Against Any Attack on Manbij – SDF

A Syrian Democratic Forces commander has told Sputnik that residents of the city of Manbij in northeastern Syria are on heightened alert due to the planned Turkish military operation in the area but that the current situation in the city is stable.

"Not long ago, we discussed the issue related to Turkey's possible attack on Manbij with the US military which promised to retaliate against any assault on the city, regardless of who would launch this attack," Ebu Adil, commander of the Manbij Military Council within the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), stressed.

He said that the US-led coalition has been stationed in the city since it was liberated from Daesh* militants two years ago.

Apr 21 09:34

Spiegel: Erdogan’s Panic Movement Is Triggering Early Elections In Turkey

As an indication of Erdogan’s weakness and not power, he comments on the announcement of early elections in Turkey, the magazine Spiegel said in its paper version!

In his remarks he notes that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been in power for 15 years and while he is presenting himself daily in the media, he is still surprised by his compatriots, for example by announcing early elections. However, the magazine notes: “Erdogan’s decision to call for elections and not wait until the fall of 2019 is a sign of weakness and not of strength. The President invites citizens to the polls not to extend his powers but to prevent a greater erosion of his powers. The AKP and the MHP may call for a referendum in April 2017 aimed at introducing a presidential system that will give Erdogan even more power, but since then the situation has worsened.”

Apr 20 16:06

Turkey Will Repatriate All Gold From The US In Attempt To Ditch The Dollar

Turkey announced it will repatriate all the gold it has stored at the US Federal Reserve and deliver it to the Istanbul Stock Exchange, in an attempt to eliminate the influence of the dollar.

Apr 20 11:58

Turkey withdrew all its gold - 220 tons - from the United States

CENTRAL BANK OF TURKEY withdrew from the depot of the US Federal Reserve System all the gold of its country.

It said it had 28,689 tons of gold at the end of 2016, and that the withdrawal was completed by the end of last year.

The influential Turkish newspaper Milliyet announced that its largest gold bank from Turkey was also withdrawn from the United States and that they did so at the invitation of the head of the State of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He said that the head of state urged the withdrawal of this move in order for Turkey "to free up currency exchange pressures and use gold in the national interest".

Turkish bank Halk Bankas? returned 29 tons of gold to the country.

According to unverified data, Ankara has withdrawn 220 tons of gold from abroad - mainly from the United States.

Apr 19 14:48

Turkey ‘may face sanctions’ for buying Russian S-400 missiles and not toeing US line – diplomat

Ankara’s decision to buy S-400 air defense systems from Russia exposes Turkey to possible US sanctions and may bar it from getting F-35 jets, a State Department official said, adding that Turkey should “align with the West.”

The warning came on Wednesday from Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell, who spoke to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on behalf of his department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Apr 19 09:14

Is Trump’s Broader War against Syria on Hold? A Member State of NATO is “Sleeping with the Enemy”: America is at War with both Syria and Turkey

The US war cabinet chose to implement a face saving punitive bombing rather than an all out war against Syria. Defense Secretary Mattis was acutely aware that a punitive bombing could lead to escalation and military confrontation with Russia.

Russia’s objective was to avoid a military clash while ensuring the defense of Syria. The Russians were crystal clear. They would counterattack if Russian military assets were targeted.

Washington also knew that they could not initiate at this juncture a major military campaign against Syria largely due to divisions within the Atlantic Alliance and the fact that a NATO member State, namely Turkey had become an ally of Russia and was fighting US proxy Kurdish rebel forces (integrated by French, British and US Special Forces) in Northern Syria.

What Washington decided upon was a punitive attack while putting a major theater war against Syria “on hold”.

Apr 18 12:42

Conflict Looming Between Greece And Turkey Over The Oil-Rich Imia Islets?

Yesterday the Turkish Foreign Ministry: “the rocks of Imia, their territorial waters and the airspace are exclusively under the Turkish sovereignty”... An honest answer to Ankara is given by Athens regarding Imia and the provocative announcement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs accuses Turkey of challenging European law and makes it clear that Greek sovereignty over Imia is clear and indisputable. It also calls on Ankara to stop perversion and to reunite. “While the European Union calls on Turkey to respect European law, she answers with a provocative circumvention announcement. It repeats a flagrantly illegal position, ignoring the fact that the legal status of the Aegean is fully guaranteed by international law. The Greek sovereignty over Imia is clear and indisputable in accordance with the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, the 1930 Italian-Turkish Agreements and the 1947 Treaty of Paris.

Apr 18 12:36

European Parliament To Turkey: Release The Two Greek Soldiers You Have Held Captive

The European Parliament calls on Ankara to release Aggelos Mitretoides and Dimitris Kouklitzis, who have been imprisoned since early March in the highest security prisons in Andrianoupolis without being charged. According to a draft resolution published by Euractiv, “the European Parliament urges the Turkish authorities to complete the judicial process soon and release the two Greek prisoners and return them to Greece”.

Apr 18 12:12

Turkish Army Starts Fresh Operation against Kurdish Fighters in Northern Syria

The Turkish Army troops and Ankara-backed militants have started an assault on the outskirts of the occupied town of Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo to hunt the Kurdish fighters that are carrying out sporadic attacks against them, militant-affiliated websites reported on Wednesday. The news websites reported that the Turkish soldiers and their allied militants have kicked off a fresh round of operation against the Kurds in a mountainous region, including Mound Hassan Dayereh, between Bolbol and Rajou region North of Afrin. The websites further said that the Turkish troops' operation is aimed at putting an end to the Kurdish fighters' sporadic attacks on the Ankara forces, adding that tens of Kurdish militias are still operating in the region. They went on to say that the Kurdish fighters have been launching surprise attacks on the Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army in Afrin region, and inflicted tens of casualties on the militants so far.

Apr 18 11:58

Northeastern Syria: Kurdish Militias Reinvigorate Positions at Border with Turkey

The Kurdish fighters on Wednesday boosted their defense capabilities in their positions along the border of Syria's Hasaka province and Turkey as war is raving between Ankara's army and the Kurds. The Kurdish fighters reinvigorated their strongholds near the town of Tal Halaf West of the town of Ra'as al-Ein in Northern Hasaka at the border with Turkey. The Kurdish militias have dug long tunnels along the border as well as long trenches around the border passageway and near the silos of the town of Ra'as al-Ein. The Kurdish militants have also recently received a number prefabricated cement rooms made by the US-led coalition forces that they plan to place in a region between the town of Ra'as al-Ein in Hasaka and the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa near the border with Turkey. Military analysts believe that the move by the Kurdish militias is in line with the US plan to create Kurdish border guards in Syria.

Apr 18 10:58

Is Trump’s Broader War against Syria on Hold? A Member State of NATO is “Sleeping with the Enemy”: America is at War with both Syria and Turkey

However, there is an important element which has largely been neglected in recent independent media reports regarding Syria, which suggests that the US could take the decision NOT to engage in the conduct of a major military campaign at this particular juncture.

Why?

The structure of US military alliances is in crisis.

Military Strategy 101 tells us: you do not wage a major war when one of your key allies is “sleeping with the enemy”.

An understanding of the military structure of alliances including cross-cutting coalitions is absolutely crucial. So-called “enduring alliances” in support of America’s “Long War” can no longer be relied upon.

NATO is in crisis: The U.S. and several NATO member states are not only at war with Syria, they are also at war with Turkey which is fighting the US sponsored Kurdish rebel forces in Northern Syria.

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NATO needs to figure out what it will do with its rogue member, Turkey; at the same time, Russia and China are drawing more and more countries into their orbits of influence, in terms of defense, economy, and geopolitics.

This, taken together, does not augur well for the waning influence of the US in these arenas; more and more, the US is presenting all the symptoms of an empire in deep decline.

Apr 18 09:43

Erdogan, Rouhani agree to maintain Turkey, Iran, Russia cooperation in Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed on Tuesday to maintain the cooperation between Turkey, Iran and Russia for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, a source in Erdogan’s office said.

Apr 17 09:45

Turkey says France's Macron won't break its Russia alliance

Ankara, Turkey: Turkey on Monday said French President Emmanuel Macron will not be able to break its partnership with Russia, after he argued the weekend's air strikes against the Syrian regime had driven a wedge between Ankara and Moscow.

"We can think differently but they (our relations with Russia) are not so weak that the French president can break them," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"We have strong relations with Russia," Cavusoglu added. "But our relations with Russia are not an alternative to NATO relations or our allies."

There have been growing signs of Western discomfort over the alliance of Turkey -- a key NATO member since 1952 -- with Iran and Russia over Syria.

Apr 16 08:22

‘Massive Backsliding’: Turkey Bid to Join EU Bloc Doomed Says New Evaluation

The European Commission in Brussels will soon give some pointedly negative updates to Turkey’s progress in joining the European Union in its country report.

In a draft version of the upcoming report, the EU Commission noted that "Turkey has made big steps away from the EU" and that there is a "serious relapse in the areas of justice, public administration reform, fundamental rights and freedom of expression." The Commission also predicted additional relapses "in an increasing number of other areas," according to Politico.

The draft report also urges Turkey to "end the state of emergency without any delay," referring to "disproportionate measures" used by its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his administration, including layoffs and arrests following a July 15, 2016, coup attempt.

Apr 14 09:07

Turkey orders detention of 140 people over Gulen links - Anadolu

Turkish prosecutors ordered the detention of 140 people including serving army officers over alleged links to the U.S.-based preacher accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, the state-run Anadolu agency said on Friday.

Police launched simultaneous operations in 34 provinces across the country for 70 serving army members in a probe led by state prosecutors in the central province of Konya, Anadolu said.

It said the suspects were targeted based on statements by soldiers previously detained over ties to the cleric Fethullah Gulen and were believed to have been responsible for student houses for Gulen’s movement.

Apr 12 06:57

‘Concretization’ of 12,000-year-old site Göbeklitepe sparks anger in Turkey

Apr 12 06:56

NATO head to visit Turkey on April 16

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will pay an official visit to Turkey on April 16, according to diplomatic sources.

Turkey-NATO relations, the Turkish military’s “Operation Olive Branch” in Syria’s Afrin, counter-terrorism, reparations ahead of the 2018 Brussels Summit and regional issues are expected to be on the agenda of the meeting.

Stoltenberg is expected to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu and Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.

Apr 12 06:56

White House Shares Details of Trump-Erdogan Phone Conversation

The US and Turkish leaders in a phone call on Wednesday discussed Syria and agreed to stay in touch, the White House said in a statement.

"President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to discuss the current crisis in Syria. The two leaders agreed to stay in close contact about the situation," the statement read.

US President Donald Trump threatened action on Syria this week in response to last Saturday's alleged chemical attack in the militant-held city of Douma that reportedly killed and injured civilians. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted Russia should get ready for a strike on Syria after Moscow reportedly vowed to shoot down missiles.

Apr 11 13:22

Turkish Army Seizes Saudi-Backed Militants' Weapons in Northern Syria

The Turkish-backed militant groups on Wednesday seized weapons of the Saudi-backed militants of Jeish al-Islam that withdrew from the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta as soon as they arrived in regions under the Ankara-backed militants' control. The Turkish army ordered its allied militants to seize the personal weapons of the Saudi-backed Jeish al-Islam terrorists that have recently left Douma and arrived in regions that are under the control of the Euphrates Shield forces in Northern Syria. Several convoys of Jeish al-Islam militants arrived in Northern Syria within the framework of an evacuation agreement with the Syrian Army. A wave of anger and disappointment has been reported among Jeish al-Islam militants after the Ankara-backed forces seized their weapons. Saudi Arabia and Turkey are two rivals in providing back up for terrorist groups in Syria.

Apr 11 10:28

World War 3 WARNING: Russia and US could set ENTIRE Middle East ‘on FIRE’ Turkey warns

A CONFLICT between Russia and the US in Syria could set entire Middle East region “on fire”, Turkey’s national defence minister Nurettin Canikli warned as World War 3 tensions mount between the two world powers.

Apr 11 09:52

ISRAEL IS SECRETLY BUYING OIL FROM IRAQI KURDISTAN. SIMILAR CHANNEL WAS USED FOR ISIS OIL

Israel has been secretly buying oil through the Turkish port of Ceyhan, which is supplied by the oil pipeline from Iraqi Kurdistan, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported on April 10.

According to Haaretz, in November Samir Madani, a Kuwaiti oil trader, noticed some oil tankers, heading to the Suez Canal from Turkey’s port of Ceyhan. It stopped somewhere in the eastern Mediterranean outside Israel’s territorial borders, turned off its identification transponder and “resurfaced” a few days later, “mysteriously” lighter than when it had left Ceyhan. Then the vessel sailed to Cyprus and returned to Turkey, loaded up on oil that had come from the northern Iraq and repeated the journey, including the act of disappearing.

“His conclusion was that the Valtamed had been shipping oil that wasn’t recorded anywhere to a country that wasn’t supposed to buy it – in other words, Israel was secretly buying Kurdish oil through Turkey,” Haaretz wrote.

Apr 11 08:12

Trump: Get ready Russia, missiles will be coming at Syria, nice and new and ‘smart’!

Trump is insane and anybody who still supports this NUT!

Donald Trump warned Russia to "get ready" after Moscow vowed to shoot any missiles fired at Syria down. "They will be coming, nice and new and smart," Trump tweeted.

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Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!

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Apr 11 05:53

Trump Builds Coalition for War on Syria

President Trump is in the process of building a new coalition of allies to participate in a multi-nation “strike force” attack on the Syrian government. This talk of coalition action reflects the rapid escalation of plans since US officials embraced Saturday’s allegations of a chemical weapons strike.
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Macron, however, suggested he does “not want an escalation,” but rather that the strikes should be against Syrian chemical facilities.>>>
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But Syria disarmed their chemical program before the war really began, and dismantled all of those sites. This means there aren’t really operating facilities to be bombed in the first place.>>>
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The US, France, and Britain will doubtless lead this new coalition, and Australia is expected to join, with Saudi Arabia expected to be drawn into the conflict. Turkey is potentially to be invited too>>>

Apr 10 14:30

Erdogan rejects Russian proposal to handover Afrin to Syrian government

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday criticized the proposal of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who suggested that Ankara might yield the control of the Syrian city of Afrin to Damascus.

“Lavrov’s approach is not correct. We know better than anyone to which side Afrin should be transferred. When the time comes, we will give Afrin to its inhabitants,” Erdogan told reporters.

The president commented on Monday’s statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said that Moscow was hoping that Turkey would return the control of the city to the Syrian government.

Speaking about the Kurdish-dominated Syrian city of Afrin, which fell under the full control of Turkish armed forces on March 24, country’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag stated that the Turkish army would pull out from the city after a political settlement in the country is reached.

Apr 10 10:19

Russia Considers Dropping Dollar & Euro For Oil Trade With Iran And Turkey

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak says the Kremlin is mulling taking payments for oil in national currencies, particularly with Turkey and Iran - circumventing the U.S. dollar. Novak added that both countries have expressed interest in the idea.

“There is a common understanding that we need to move towards the use of national currencies in our settlements. There is a need for this, as well as the wish of the parties,” said the energy minister.

Novak notes that rearranging their financial relationships to accept the national currencies would require an upgrade to the financial and economic mechanisms which facilitate the oil trade.

“This concerns both Turkey and Iran – we are considering an option of payment in national currencies with them. This requires certain adjustments in the financial, economic and banking sectors.”

Apr 10 08:08

Turkey To Oversee Peace In Donbass?

The Turkish authorities supported the idea to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission to the Donbass and intend to participate in it.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced Ankara’s support for the peacekeeping mission.

“Turkey supported the deployment of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the occupied part of the Donbass and declared its readiness to participate in it,” he wrote.

Apr 10 07:39

FLASHBACK - Turkey ‘used chemical weapons’ in north Syria

Kurdish doctors in Syria have accused Turkey of using chemical weapons in an offensive on Afrin, after several civilians were treated for symptoms of poison gas.

Turkey has vehemently denied the allegations, saying its forces do not use “banned ammunition” or keep chemical weapons in their arsenal.

But medics at the main hospital in the town, which lies near the border with Turkey, claim that the symptoms exhibited by the victims, and analysis of the substance, point to the use of chlorine gas. If proven to be true, it would be the first known chemical attack by Turkey in Syria.

Apr 09 09:21

In 24 hours, Turkey stations troops atop 8 mountains in Kurdistan Region

As Turkey’s ground operations against the PKK continue in the northern areas of the Kurdistan Region, Turkish troops have intensified their bombardments and artillery shells, stationing soldiers on top of eight mountains in the past day.

The mountains are located in Sidakan, in northern Erbil province, overlooking Barazgir and Dooramolk plains. With the capture of these mountain peaks, Turkey has now entered 20 kilometers deep into the Kurdistan Region.

Faris Rasul, the chieftain of the Shapan village in Sidakan, told Rudaw that from last night until 2 p.m. on Friday, Turkey constantly bombed the area and later deployed soldiers atop the peaks of Mounts Shapan, Dilan, Kawet, Bane, Chiasor, Alakan and Chiyanaya.

Turkish troops are a hill away from Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) forces in Sidakan, a Rudaw correspondent reported on Friday night.

Apr 08 07:44

Kurdish Fighters Reveal the Reason for US Base in Manbij

As US armed forces bolster their presence in Syria’s north, their Kurdish allies reveal the real reason for this deployment and for the construction of US military installations in the region.

Two Syrian Democratic Forces fighters posted near a new US military base in Manbij told Ruptly video agency that the SDF coordinates its activities with US troops against Turkish operations in the region.

The fighters explained that the base was established a year ago in order to ward off a potential Turkish offensive.

Apr 06 09:21

French Special Forces to be deployed in Manbij very quickly: Macron to Syrian Kurdistan delegation

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday vowed to send troops to Syria in support of the US-led coalition to block any further advance by Turkey who has promised to continue its military offensive east of Afrin.

In a meeting with Kurdish and Arab representatives in Syria, Macron expressed his country's readiness to send French troops to support the US-led Coalition in Syria, which includes the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), Paris-based news magazine Marianne said.

A delegation representing the Kurdish, Arab, and Christian components of Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) held talks with the French Presidency on Thursday to discuss the situation in the country’s north, Reuters reported quoting Kurdish officials in Paris.

Apr 06 09:20

Turkey hands out 'warnings' to US, Iraq, Kurds, Cyprus, and Greece

Turkey’s National Security Council headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday threatened that Ankara would “take action” to drive out Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq if the United States and Baghdad failed to do so.

The council’s monthly meeting in Ankara, comprised of civilian and military Turkish leadership, lasted four hours.

“Turkey will not hesitate to use initiative if terrorists in Manbij are not driven away,” a statement on Erdogan’s presidential website read, warning the US whose special forces there in the northern Syrian town continue to work with Kurdish-led groups.

Manbij has become a new flashpoint after Turkey’s Russian-approved invasion of Afrin westward.

Apr 06 09:02

Turkey Accused of Allowing Migrants to ‘Surge’ into Europe as Europol Tracks 65,000 People-Smugglers

Turkey has been accused of allowing migrants to “surge” into Greece amid a dispute over EU funding, as Europol reveals they are tracking some 65,000 people-smugglers.

Greece was on the frontline at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, with over 800,000 arriving from Turkey by sea over the course of the year.

The influx was reduced dramatically after the European Union agreed to transfer some 3 billion euros to the Turkish government to stem the influx, but Ankara has been accused of loosening its borders again and allowing over 5,000 migrants to enter Greece over the first two months of 2018.

Apr 06 08:36

Defense minister slams Russia, Iran, Turkey for shaping Syria’s future alone

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday criticized the leaders of Russia, Turkey, and Iran for meeting on the future of Syria without United Nations permission.

Also noting the absence of any US representative, Liberman told Army Radio that this was the first time such a scenario had played out since World War ll.

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Israel is just upset that they will not get the Golan as part of a deal.

Apr 06 07:35

Turkey Says France Must Choose Ally, Turkey or Kurdish YPG

Having just met with the French Foreign Minister, Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik has publicly made clear that Turkey is demanding France choose between supporting them, or supporting the Kurdish YPG.

The Turkish government has expressed growing annoyance at NATO nations for backing the YPG, and a lot of that recently has centered on France. This is because President Macron has been very public in backing the Kurds, and suggested supporting them in Manbij.

Apr 04 09:11

Russia will move forward S-400 delivery dates for Turkey – Putin after meeting Erdogan

During Vladimir Putin’s first foreign visit since his election last month, the Russian and Turkish presidents agreed to broaden military cooperation, and launched the construction of the country's first nuclear power plant.

At a press conference in Ankara, Putin announced that Russia would push forward its delivery dates for the S-400 defense systems, which are now due after a contract was signed between the two countries in December, despite objections from Turkey’s NATO allies.

Apr 04 08:55

PHOTOS: Kurdish Militia Forced To Leave Sinjar, Yazidis Give Highest Respect To Them

The Kurdish militant group known as the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has been forced to leave the Sinjar area of northern Iraq under threat of a Turkish invasion.

The PKK first arrived in Sinjar to help rescue the Yazidi minority group from an ISIS-perpetrated genocide in 2014-15. This came after the rival Kurdish militant group, the Peshmerga, who have strong relations with Turkey, completely evacuated Sinjar leaving the Yazidis to be slaughtered by ISIS.

Now that Sinjar has been secured from ISIS thanks to the PKK who fought off the terrorist group, Turkey wants to continue its operation against the PKK that began with their invasion of Afrin in northwest Syria that was held by PKK-affiliated the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Apr 04 05:42

Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani to discuss Syrian war

Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran to hold talks to end the conflict amid rapid developments on the ground.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Ankara on Tuesday, followed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the evening, as the leaders meet for the second time since November to discuss the Syrian situation.

Iran and Russia, which support the Syrian government in the crisis, and Turkey, which backs the moderate opposition, have been in close cooperation through a series of talks aimed at finding a solution to the Syrian conflict since last year.
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According to Mensur Akgun, who leads the international relations department at Istanbul's Kultur University, the three countries have gradually become closer over the Syrian issue as a result of their will to solve the crisis.

"As the influential actors on Syria, none of the three has interest in the continuation of the crisis and the US presence and influence on the war-torn country," Akgun told Al Jazeera

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Apr 03 05:45

Opposing “Attila III” In Cyprus: Nicosia And Athens To Change Strategy

Cyprus and Hellenism are faced with “Attila III “, as Turkey is determined to succeed in the policy of threats and extortion, that it did not succeed in 1964, 1974, 1983, 2004 – control of the Republic of Cyprus. Turkey threatens that if there is no voluntary allegiance, it will attempt to demolish the Republic of Cyprus with a new “invasion.” Although the challenges in the Aegean must not be downgraded, of course, nor will they, it is rather attributed to the pre-election needs of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey and Erdogan, if they fail to reach a settlement soon, will use every means they have in order to prevent the Republic of Cyprus from exploiting its natural resources in the Mediterranean Sea, especially with Plan B ready and in this context threatens the abolition of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus through Turkish drilling in Cypriot waters.

Apr 03 05:42

Is Kosovo A Protectorate Of Turkey In The Balkans? The Puppets Of Erdogan

Strong reactions have been sparked in the Kosovo Parliament following the recent incident with the kidnapping of the six Turkish teachers of the Mehmet Akif college, funded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sworn enemy, Fetoulah Gullen. In particular, the Turkish secret services, MIT (Milli Istihbarat Teshkilat), in cooperation with the state secret services of Kosovo, organized the arrest and subsequent illegal export of the 6 in Turkey. The teachers stayed legally in Kosovo where they taught. They were not given the opportunity neither to defend their rights nor to seek asylum. Their luck is prescribed. Life-long ties and torture. Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj hastened to state that the whole operation took place without his knowledge, and for that reason the Interior Minister and the head of the secret service of the country ceased to be responsible for their duties.

Apr 02 08:40

Erdogan calls Netanyahu 'terrorist', Israel 'terrorist state'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his comments targeting Turkey's ongoing military operation in the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin.

His remarks on Sunday came in response to Netanyahu's earlier comments rejecting Ankara's "moral lessons" over the Israeli army's killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, and labelling Erdogan as someone who "bombs Kurdish villagers".

Apr 02 08:39

Netanyahu says Turkey in no position to lecture ‘world’s most moral army’ over violent Gaza clashes

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Turkey is in no position to lecture the IDF on its conduct during violent clashes in Gaza. He said Israel had “the most moral army” and dismissed Ankara’s criticism as an April Fool’s Day joke.

“The most moral army in the world will not be lectured by those who have indiscriminately bombed civilian populations for years,” Netanyahu’s office said in a tweet, ironically adding that “apparently this is how April Fool’s Day is celebrated in Ankara.”

The prime minister’s intervention on social media comes after Ankara blasted the use of lethal weapons by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in violent clashes that erupted in the Gaza Strip earlier this week.

Apr 01 07:17

NATO Quarrel: Turkey Warns France Not To Enter Syria

Ankara has called on Paris to abandon any hasty steps in Syria, as stated by the Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.

French President Emmanuel Macron previously met with the delegation of the Kurdish “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) and announced their support from Paris, in particular to stabilize the situation in the northeast of Syria.

Apr 01 07:06

Congress makes Afrin part of Turkish province

The Afrin Liberation Congress, held under Turkey's auspices following the capture of the region of Afrin in Syria by Turkish and Free Syrian Army forces, has announced that the region will be governed as part of the Turkish province of Antakya, independent news site T24 said .

The region will also establish a 450-person police force, the congress decided, and a governor and local governor will be appointed by Turkey’s central government.

Around 100 individuals from the region took part in the congress in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, and elected a 35-person assembly made up of 24 Kurds, eight Arabs, one Alawite, one Yezidi and one Turkmen, spokesperson Hasan Shindi said.

“Turkey here is proceeding with a dual structure,” legal scholar Vahap Co?kun was quoted as saying.

Apr 01 06:55

Iraq starts deploying forces in Sinjar after Turkey’s threats against PKK

Iraq has started deploying forces in the country’s northwestern Sinjar region after Turkey threatened to enter the area to attack Kurdish militants.

Iraqi police forces, fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, also known as Hashd al-Sha'abi, and some army soldiers arrived in Sinjar on Friday.

The mayor of Sinjar, Fahd Hamed Omar, told the Associated Press that forces from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group had abandoned the area.

"Of course, now Iraqi forces are being deployed all around the district of Sinjar and inside Sinjar,” he said.

Mar 31 10:33

Macron pledges support for Kurdish militants in Syria, infuriates Turkey

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised support for US-backed Kurdish militants in northern Syria, which has been the target of a Turkish offensive, prompting Ankara to angrily slam the offer as “clear support for terrorists.”

For the first time since entering the Elysee Palace, Macron on Thursday hosted a delegation of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria which is largely dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

“The president ... paid tribute to the sacrifices and the determining role of the SDF in the fight against Daesh,” Macron’s office said in a statement.

“He assured the SDF of France’s support for the stabilization of the security zone in the northeast of Syria, within the framework of an inclusive and balanced governance, to prevent any resurgence of” Daesh, the statement added.

Mar 30 12:26

"We're Entering A New And Dangerous Phase": US Soldier Killed In Syria

Two coalition personnel, including an American, were killed and five others wounded late on March 29, when a roadside bomb exploded in northern Syria, the U.S. military said Friday. While the military did not say where the attack took place or give the nationalities of the other casualties, it came hours after a local Syrian official said that a roadside bomb exploded in the Arab-Kurdish town of Manbij, not far from the border with Turkey.

A Department of Defense official in Washington said one of the two killed was an American service member and the other was of another nationality that the official would not specify. The killed American was the fourth US military member killed in Syria since the US became officially involved under the pretext of fighting ISIS in 2014.

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I am just hoping and praying that neither Turkish nor Russian military were involved here......

Mar 30 11:55

Erdogan: Turkey Ready to Attack US-Backed Kurds in Manbij

Following a meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement threatening to attack the Syrian city of Manbij unless Kurdish forces immediately and unconditionally withdraw.

They has been demanding the Kurdish YPG withdraw from Manbij since they captured it from ISIS, on the grounds that it is on the western shore of the Euphrates River, and Turkey doesn’t allow Kurds west of the river.

The US backed the Kurds in taking Manbij, however, and US forces are still embedded in the city. This was meant to dissuade Turkey, a fellow NATO member, from attacking. Erdogan, however, insists Turkey won’t hesitate to attack the city, even if it means a military confrontation with the US.

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I would like to hope that President Trump got the memo on this; what happens if Turkish forces kill, and/or injure American troops embedded with the Kurds here?!?

What will the US response be then?!?

President Trump and Sec Def Mattis had better get this sorted, and quickly.

Mar 30 09:36

Turkish Intel Arrests Six Members of Gulen Movement in Kosovo – Reports

Officers of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT), in cooperation with Kosovo’s intelligence service, have detained 6 senior alleged members of the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, accused by Ankara of being behind the 2016 failed coup attempt in the country, local media reported Thursday.

The detention took place following the Ankara-led operation against the Gulen movement in the Balkan region, the Anadolu news agency said, referring to its sources.

According to the agency, the detainees are accused of helping FETO members flee Turkey to countries like the United States.

Mar 30 09:34

Kremlin: Most of 'Fake Reports' on Russian Mall Fire Come From Ukraine, Turkey

Most fake reports about the deadly fire in Kemerovo came mainly from Ukraine and Turkey, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

"It was not without the so-called well-wishers: those who knowingly distributed such [false] information. We have established the origin of fake reports, they mainly came from two countries: Ukraine and Turkey. It is another question why [it came] from these countries but information about 300-400-500 dead originated this way," Peskov said speaking in a Russian university as quoted by the BBC Russian Service.

This comes as on Wednesday, a Moscow court arrested in absentia a Ukrainian prankster who has been spreading false information about the number of victims in the accident, claiming that there were hundreds rather than the confirmed 64.

Mar 30 07:21

Turkey Breaks With NATO, Refuses To Expel Russians

"Turkey isn’t considering taking any decisions against Russia... there is a positive and good relationship between Turkey and Russia."

Mar 27 10:00

World War 3: Turkey will be 'HUMILIATED' - Erdogan threat of ISLAM ARMY slated by expert

Turkey’s President is believed to be plotting an “army of Islam” to wage war against Israel, the country's media has reported.

And Turkish state’s media mouthpiece Yeni ?afak suggested uniting with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to form a joint army to simultaneously attack Israel from all sides.

Yeni ?afak suggested: “If the member states of the OIC unite militarily, they will form the world’s largest and most comprehensive army.

Mar 27 09:49

Turkey not considering actions against Russia over Skripal case – PM

Turkey is not considering any moves against Russia over the Skripal poisoning case, Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has confirmed. "Turkey and Russia's bilateral relations are at a good level. We are currently not considering such decisions against Russia," he said on Monday, as quoted by the Daily Sabah. It comes after the US, 16 EU countries, other European states and Canada all expelled diplomats in response to the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK on March 4. The European Union has also recalled its ambassador to Russia, and the UK previously expelled 23 diplomats over the incident. Russia denies having any involvement in the attack and has offered its full cooperation in the investigation. Despite Western allegations, no proof has been presented that Moscow played any role in the incident.

Mar 27 09:14

Erdogan Ramps up Repression of Kurds and Leftists, Even Outside Turkey

Turkey's increasingly authoritarian president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ramped up the violent repression of Kurds and leftists not just inside his country, but abroad as well. EDR one visited Washington D.C. in May 2017 to meet with Donald Trump. In response, left wing and pro-Kurdish activists in the United States organized a protest outside the Turkish embassy. These protesters were then physically attacked by members of the Turkish leader's security team. Nine activists were hospitalized, some with serious injuries.

Mar 27 08:39

SYRIA-IRAQ WAR REPORT – MARCH 27, 2018: TURKEY PREPARES TO INTERVENE IN IRAQ

On March 26, 6,749 militants and members of Faylaq al-Rahman and their relatives left the southern part of Eastern Ghouta and were transferred using 110 buses to the militant-held part of Idlib province, according to the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria. Over the past three days, 13,190 militants and their family members have been evacuated from Eastern Ghouta. Faylaq al-Rahman also released 26 Syrian service members and civilians under the evacuation agreement.

On the same day, the Center said that over 114,000 people had left Eastern Ghouta via humanitarian corridors since the introduction of the daily humanitarian pause.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has established full control of the area of Harasta abandoned by members of Ahrar al-Sham and is now preparing to enter the remaining militant-held areas in the southern part of Eastern Ghouta as militants withdraw.

Mar 26 12:56

Washington, Ankara in Secret Agreement: US Forces to Remain in Manbij, Kurds to Leave

Russian media reported that the Kurdish forces will be forced to withdraw from Manbij, Raqqa and Eastern Euphrates after occupation of Afrin by Ankara and allied militants and following a secret agreement between the US and Turkey as Washington plans to extend mission in Syria.

Russian media outlet Nezavisimaya Gazetta reported on Sunday that clashes between the Kurds and the Turkish army will likely extend to Manbij, Raqqa and the Eastern banks of the Euphrates, adding that the Kurds have retreat from the battlefield in Afrin after several days of heavy clashes and probably after the recent agreement between Ankara and Washington.

The Russian outlet added that the Kurdish units will not be allowed to remain in Manbij, and "these will be the US and Turkish military forces that will be deployed in the region.

Mar 26 11:57

Syrian sources: Turkish air raids destroy Christian archaeological sites

The Directorate-General of the Syrian Department of Antiquities denounced, in an official note, the destruction of important Christian archaeological sites caused by air raids carried out by the Turkish military airforce in the Afrin area, in north-eastern Syria. "The Turkish aircraft - reads the note, released Thursday, March 22 in the name of the director of Syrian antiquities, Mahmoud Hamoud - bombed the archaeological site of Barad, 15 kilometers south of the city of Afrin".

Mar 25 09:06

Two Americans Among Seven Westerners Killed by Turkish Forces in Syria

Two months ago, a 40-year-old Frenchman with a handlebar mustache stood in front of a ragtag group of foreign fighters and recorded a defiant video statement: “We fought Daesh in Raqqa,” he said, referring to the Islamic State. “Now it is the fascist Turkish state we are fighting, here in Afrin.”

A month later he was dead.

His name was Olivier Le Clainche, and he was the third of seven European and American citizens to die fighting Turkish forces in Syria—a coalition that includes dozens of jihadist militias in Aleppo province that Turkey has sponsored and directed for the last two years. Turkish forces invaded the Afrin district of Aleppo province on January 20, attacking a Kurdish militia that has numerous foreign fighters from western countries.

Mar 21 09:22

Erdogan tells US to end ‘deception’ on Syria

TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today told the US to stop "deceiving" Turkey and start cooperation after Washington said it was concerned by the Turkish-led offensive on the Syrian city of Afrin.

Erdogan's typically abrasive comments came after the US State Department reacted to the capture by Turkish forces of Afrin from Kurdish militia by sounding alarm over the fate of civilians and looting.

"If we are strategic partners, you must respect us and you must work with us," Erdogan told Turkey's NATO ally during a speech to ruling party lawmakers in parliament.

Mar 21 09:22

Iraq approves Turkish military operations to purge joint borders

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq and Turkey have agreed that the latter can launch military operations on the joint borders presumably targeting anti-Turkish, Kurdish fighters.

Meeting with Iraqi Justice Minister Haider al-Zamili in Baghdad, Turkish ambassador to Iraq, Fateh Yildiz, said Ankara started to launch military operations on its borders with Iraq “to purge the borders from terrorist pockets in collaboration with the Iraqi government”, as quoted by a statement by the Iraqi justice ministry.

“Turkey is prepared to cooperate with the Iraqi government in the field of counter-terrorism and entrenching the sovereignty of both countries,” the statement quoted Yildiz saying.

Mar 21 07:25

Israelis forced off of Turkish plane after joking about bringing bombs onboard

Three Israeli nationals removed from Turkish Airlines plane, interrogated after falsely claiming to be carrying explosives.

ed note–a textbook case of the nature of ‘the Jewish problem’ and why it–along with its inevitable by-product, ‘anti-Shemitism’–has existed for thousands of years. Whether it is Jews making jokes about bringing bombs on board an airliner and all the disruption that this causes or whether it is a penniless nomad named Abram selling his wife into sexual slavery under the false pretext that she was his ‘sister’, the adherents of this peculiar cult mindset never seem to figure out that engaging in such behavior is (A) unacceptable, and (B) likely to result in negative backlash against them.

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