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  • Turkey protests: Clashes rage in Istanbul's Besiktas (REVOLT AGAINST ISLAMISM)

    06/03/2013 12:04:58 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 56 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/3/2013 | bbc
    Turkish protestors have clashed with police in Istanbul overnight, in some of the worst violence since unrest erupted three days ago. Protesters in Beskitas district tore up paving stones to build barricades, and police responded with tear gas and water cannon. The violence was sparked by plans to build on a city park but have broadened into nationwide anti-government unrest. Protesters say the Turkish government is becoming increasingly authoritarian. They fear Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) is trying to impose conservative Islamic values on the officially secular country and infringe on their personal freedoms. correspondents...
  • Several reportedly injured in blast near U.S. embassy in Turkey

    02/01/2013 4:04:39 AM PST · by nuconvert · 24 replies
    Turkish news reports say an explosion in front of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara has injured several people.
  • Egypt: Hizbullah declared war on us

    12/29/2008 11:04:58 AM PST · by mojito · 26 replies · 1,337+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/29/2008 | Brenda Gazzar
    In a press conference held on Monday afternoon in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit responded to criticism by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday, saying that "They have practically declared war on Egypt via several satellite stations. The Egyptian people reject and opposes this declaration." "They want for there to be chaos in Egypt as there is in their country," Gheit said of Hizbullah. "I tell this man [Nasrallah]: No, no! Our armed forces can defend our homeland from people like you. Your interest in creating chaos is not in the best interest of...
  • Erdogan ‘Hates’ Israel in WikiLeaks Posting of U.S.-Turkey Talk

    11/29/2010 5:48:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Buisness Week ^ | 11/29/2010 | Benjamin Harvey
    U.S. and Israeli diplomats agreed that the increasingly strained relationship between Turkey and Israel derives mostly from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hatred of the Jewish state, according to embassy cables posted by WikiLeaks.org. Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Gabby Levy described Erdogan as a “fundamentalist” who “hates us religiously” in a 2009 meeting with U.S. Ambassador James F. Jeffrey in Ankara, according to a cable sent from the U.S. embassy on Oct. 27 that year and released by WikiLeaks. “Our discussions with contacts both inside and outside of the Turkish government on Turkey’s deteriorating relations with Israel tend to confirm...
  • Turkey against Nato missile shield targeting Iran

    11/08/2010 10:06:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    worlddawn.com ^ | 11/7/2010 | AFP
    A Nato missile shield project that singles out Iran as a threat will be unacceptable to Turkey, President Abdullah Gul said in an interview broadcast Monday. “Nato is a defence organisation. A defence system is being developed against anyone in the world who has ballistic missiles and does not belong to Nato,” Gul said. “Mentioning one country, Iran… is wrong and will not happen. A particular country will not be targeted…We will definitely not accept that,” he said in an interview with the BBC’s Turkish service, aired on Turkish television. Nato and the United States want to set up a...
  • Turkey-China Military Drill Reveals Deepening Ties

    11/03/2010 1:54:32 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Defence & Arms ^ | 10/22/2010 | Mehmet Ozkan
    The news that Turkey and China had organized a joint military exercise at the huge Konya airbase in Turkey's central Anatolian region last month came as a surprise to many. After all, just a year ago, when clashes between Uighur and Han Chinese broke out in China's Xinjiang province in July 2009, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Chinese authorities of mishandling a situation that he compared to "genocide." What explains such a dramatic improvement in relations between Turkey and China? And how should this military exercise be understood in the context of the current shifts taking place in...
  • Turkey faces tough call on NATO missile shield

    10/18/2010 9:26:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/18/2010 | Defense Talk
    Turkey's Islamist-rooted government faces making a difficult decision that pits maintaining good relations with its neighbours against joining a NATO missile shield directed against Iran. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought in recent years to boost Turkey's ties in the region -- raising suspicions he is moving the country out of the West's orbit -- and will now have to make a decision that will be viewed as a test of its commitment to its NATO partners. The US plan to build a network of ballistic missile interceptors in Europe has been taken up by NATO, partly in order...
  • China mounts air exercise with Turkey, U.S. says

    10/10/2010 8:47:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/8/2010 | Reuters
    The air forces of China and Turkey have carried out a joint exercise, the U.S. Defense Department said on Friday, in what appeared to be the first such drill involving Beijing and a NATO member country. Turkey assured the United States it would take the "utmost care" to protect sensitive U.S. and NATO technologies, said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Tamara Parker, a department spokeswoman. She described Turkey's government as committed to the NATO alliance and the continuation of strong ties to the United States. "To the best of our knowledge, U.S.-made F-16s were not involved in the exercise," Parker said....
  • Russia to offer Turkey advanced surface-to-air missiles

    06/20/2010 8:58:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 6/18/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia is ready to participate in a tender to offer Turkey S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, the state-controlled arms exporter said on Wednesday. "The Turkish military has a great need for S-300 and S-400 long-range missile defense systems," Rosoboronexport CEO Anatoly Isaikin said. "Russia has expressed its readiness to participate in a tender for the delivery of such systems." He said leading SAM manufacturers from Western countries would participate in the tender "on a par with Russia." He gave no indication as to what specific SAM modifications would be offered or the timeframe for the tender. Turkish military experts...
  • Turkey's alliance with Iran is a threat to world peace

    06/14/2010 12:07:08 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 275+ views
    The Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 6/10/2010 | Con Coughlin
    Turkey’s decision to veto the latest U.N. Security Council resolution on Iran should be of concern for all those, like me, who desire a peaceful resolution of the international crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme. The Turks are apparently upset that the West has not responded positively to the nuclear deal it recently negotiated with Iran, with Brazil’s assistance, whereby Tehran would ship some of its stockpile of enriched uranium to Ankara in return for fuel rods for its so-called research reactor in Tehran. In fact this deal was nothing more than a watered-down version of the agreement Iran negotiated with...
  • Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel....

    06/10/2010 11:13:01 AM PDT · by TaraP · 17 replies · 384+ views
    Erdogan's bellicose support for the flotilla has sacrificed Israeli relations in the service of retrograde east-facing aspirations........ Support for Turkey is at an all-time high in the Arab world. The last time Turkish flags were carried through the streets of Middle Eastern capitals was during the first world war, as people took to the streets in continued support for the Ottoman sultan-caliph against the western entente powers. The sultan-caliph had proclaimed a jihad. Thanks to Turkish government support of a blockade-running mission led by a group of Hamas sympathisers, they are flying once again. No ruling Arab leader is as...
  • Ankara Threatens To Sever Israel Ties

    06/04/2010 6:09:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies · 889+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6/5/2010 | JAY SOLOMON
    WASHINGTON—Turkey moved closer to severing its relations with Israel, demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly apologize for his government's high-seas military action against a pro-Palestinian flotilla this week in order to avert a formal diplomatic rupture. Senior Israeli officials responded Friday that their government would never apologize for an act of "self defense" and acknowledged that Israel could be on the verge of losing its closest military and economic ally in the Middle East. Such a development, these officials said, would raise new strategic and diplomatic challenges for Israel if Ankara reorients itself away from its historically pro-Israel and...
  • Turkey taking close look at subs rejected by Greece

    04/16/2010 8:11:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 549+ views
    GeoStrategies Direct ^ | 4/16/2010 | GeoStrategies Direct
    Turkey was examining the prospect of acquiring naval submarines rejected by neighboring Greece. Turkish sources said Ankara could acquire up to six Type 214 submarines from Germany. They said the Turkish Navy could receive the underwater vessels for one-third less than their original price. "This has become a major issue in Turkish relations with Germany," a source said. In 2009, Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, citing a 524 million euro debt by Athens, canceled a multi-billion-euro submarine project with the Hellenic Navy. The navy had refused to pay for the first Type 214 submarine, complaining that the platform was defective. The...
  • Syria and Turkey: Walking Arm in Arm Down the Same Road?

    02/03/2010 10:58:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 322+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | 12/1/2009 | David Schenker
    •The rapprochement between Ankara and Damascus is only the culmination of the increasingly problematic policies pursued by the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP). •Two factors in particular seem to have led to Turkey's shift away from Israel and toward Syria. First, Turkey no longer needed Israeli assistance to pressure the Syrian government to change its policy of providing safe-haven to the terrorist Kurdish Worker's Organization (PKK). Second, in the past seven years, once secular Turkish politics have undergone a profound Islamist transformation. •At the same time, the dynamic between the Turkish military and the state's civilian leadership has changed....
  • 120 Al-Qaida Suspects Detained in Turkey

    01/25/2010 1:13:56 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 550+ views
    (AP) via WASHINGTON POST.com ^ | Friday, January 22, 2010; 10:42 AM | By SUZAN FRASER,AP
    SNIPPET: "ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish police launched a nationwide crackdown on suspected militants linked to the al-Qaida terror network on Friday..." SNIPPET: "Those detained Friday's raids include a faculty member of the Yuzunci Yil University in the eastern city of Van, who is suspected of recruiting students at the campus and other people through the Internet and of sending them to Afghanistan for training, Anatolia reported, citing unnamed police officials. The suspect was identified by his initials M.E.Y. only. Anatolia said other suspects included some local leaders, university students, and people believed to be spreading al-Qaida propaganda."
  • Turkey: An ally no more

    10/27/2009 8:59:45 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 57 replies · 2,264+ views
    jerusalem post ^ | Oct 27, 2009 | DANIEL PIPES
    'There is no doubt he is our friend," Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, even as he accuses Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of threatening to use nuclear weapons against Gaza. These outrageous assertions point to the profound change of orientation by Turkey's government - for six decades the West's closest Muslim ally - since Erdogan's AK party came to power in 2002. Three events this past month reveal the extent of that change. The first came on October 11 with the news that the Turkish military - a long-time bastion of secularism and advocate...
  • Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria to Link Their Power Networks

    05/29/2009 2:53:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 434+ views
    Blog: Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Blog Details Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria to Link Their Power Networks Iran, Iraq, and Turkey yesterday signed an agreement for power and energy cooperation and for linking their power networks with that of Syria. The memorandum of understanding was signed by Iran's Minister of Energy Parviz Fattah and his Iraqi and Turkish counterparts at the end of the first regional power conference, held in Baghdad. Under the agreement, power networks of the Persian Gulf Arab states, Central Asian republics and regional countries will in the long run be connected to those...
  • Summary of Overnight Events, 03 January 2009

    01/03/2009 1:39:00 PM PST · by Cindy · 94 replies · 2,119+ views
    "Summary of Overnight Events, 03 January 2009"
  • TURKEY: GAY ASSOCIATION CLOSED FOR IMMORALITY

    05/29/2008 10:23:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 106+ views
    ANSAmed ^ | MAY 29, 2008
    A Turkish court ruled today the closure of the only gay rights association in Turkey after the prosecutor had said it violated the family protection and public morality laws... Unlike the other Muslim states, homosexuality has never been a crime in Turkey, but is surrounded by a widespread social criticism .
  • Police Dogs Find Bomb-Packed Bus in Turkish Garage

    09/11/2007 5:18:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 632+ views
    FOX News/AP ^ | September 11, 2007
    Police Dogs Find Bomb-Packed Bus in Turkish Garage September 11, 2007 ANKARA, Turkey — Sniffer dogs discovered a bomb-laden vehicle parked in an Ankara garage, as police have increased security measures in Turkey fearing attacks timed to Sept. 11, the governor of Ankara said. Gov. Kemal Onal said a large amount of explosives were found stashed in a minibus, which had a fake license plate. "A possible disaster has been prevented," Onal told reporters at the site. Explosive experts defused the bomb, Police Chief Ercument Yilmaz said, adding that the type of the explosives would be announced later. Police had...
  • Explosion in Ankara Injures Several

    05/22/2007 10:40:32 AM PDT · by oldleft · 15 replies · 782+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 05-22-07 | Associated Press
    A powerful explosion rocked a busy commercial neighborhood in the Turkish capital Tuesday, and at least 20 people, including foreigners, were injured, CNN-Turk television reported. Television video showed medics tending to the injured and carrying people into ambulances on stretchers. The cause of the blast, outside one of the oldest shopping malls of Ankara and near bus stops, was not immediately known.
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 2.3.05

    02/03/2005 7:17:00 PM PST · by GretchenM · 107 replies · 2,777+ views
    AP, yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | Thursday February 3, 2005 | GretchenM
    President and Mrs. Bush attended the National Prayer Breakfast in DC this morning. President Bush took his "Social Security can be fixed" message directly to Americans. The Senate voted 60-36 to confirm Judge Alberto Gonzales as United States Attorney General, with all of the "no" votes coming from Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independent Jim Jeffords of Vermont. Any other descriptions of what the president or his chief advisors did today will appear next to the photos. Enjoy today's visit to Sanity Island!
  • Where Goes the U.S.-Turkish Relationship?

    12/08/2004 7:23:08 AM PST · by stevejackson · 29 replies · 1,248+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | 12/8/2004 | Soner Cagaptay
    Throughout the 1990s, Turkish foreign policy analysts had an easy job. After all, Turkish foreign policy was predictable. Ankara cooperated enthusiastically with Washington, whether in the Middle East or in the Balkans. Turkey aligned itself with Israel and kept at arms length from Middle Eastern neighbors such as Syria and Iran. In Europe, Ankara traded heavily with the European Union (EU) but did not allow the EU to dictate foreign policy. The European Union's frequent allegations and criticism of human rights abuses in Turkey, especially with regard to Turkey's fight against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK, Partiya Karkaren Kurdistan) terrorists, soured...
  • Turkey in the European Union: a lethal fait accompli

    10/29/2004 12:24:16 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 17 replies · 680+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | 29 October 2004 | Srdja Trifkovic
    "Turkey's European Union accession process has ceased to be an ambiguous process for the EU and has taken an irreversible direction," says Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey. The "post-Islamist" leader of his anything-but-post-Islamic country has ample reason to feel cocky: Some European leaders treat Turkey's EU membership as a fait accompli that should be supported if it cannot be resisted. Others are far more enthusiastic, and claim that Turkey's membership would be a blessing for the Old Continent. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, thus declared earlier this month that Turkey had fulfilled the required democracy...
  • Turkey Warns It Will Counter Terrorism

    08/30/2004 5:59:03 AM PDT · by TexKat · 6 replies · 421+ views
    AP ^ | 8/30/04
    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's powerful military Monday marked the anniversary of a 1922 victory that helped bring the country's secular system to power by warning that it is prepared to counter any upswing in activity by Islamic extremists. The staunchly secular military is suspicious of the Islamic-rooted governing party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and of attempts to raise the profile of Islam in this predominantly Muslim but secular country. "The risks and threats that we face today ... force our armed forces to be even more vigilant and powerful ... especially at a time when certain circles are...
  • Bombing - Ankara Turkey

    06/24/2004 1:36:56 AM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 24 replies · 949+ views
    CNBC World | 6/24/2004 | Me
    Watching CNBC World...Breaking news of a Bomb in Ankara(sp?) Turkey, near hotel where Pres. Bush is to stay in a few days time. Initial reports from Reuters say it was a percussion bomb, no injuries reported so far.
  • Document Warns of New Attacks in Turkey

    12/23/2003 12:24:30 PM PST · by TexKat · 11 replies · 188+ views
    AP ^ | 12/23/03
    ANKARA, Turkey - Police fear militants have infiltrated Turkey to organize attacks on U.S., Israeli and other Western interests or Istanbul's most popular shopping mall over the Christmas season, according to an intelligence document made public Tuesday. The document, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, follows suicide bombings in November that targeted two synagogues, the British Consulate and a London-based bank. Those attacks killed 62 people, including the suicide bombers. "It is being detected that the preparations for a large-scale third wave of attacks to follow up the suicide bombings has been completed," said the document....
  • Turkish court charges conspirator in Istanbul bombings

    12/19/2003 2:08:55 PM PST · by TexKat · 12 replies · 173+ views
    Ankara, Turkey — An anti-terrorism court Friday charged a Turk with an offence amounting to treason after authorities said he acted as a link between al-Qaida and suicide bombers in attacks that killed 62 people in Istanbul last month. Adnan Ersoz, who was detained Monday, is suspected to have been involved in the planning of the four truck bombings after meeting with Osama bin Laden, an intelligence official said. Mr. Ersoz confessed he underwent explosives training in al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002, the intelligence official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Mr. Ersoz told a court Friday...
  • Blasts in three Turkish cities

    12/13/2003 10:51:20 AM PST · by Destro · 13 replies · 130+ views
    theaustralian.news.com.au ^ | December 13, 2003 | AFP
    Source: AFP Blasts in three Turkish cities From correspondents in Istanbul December 13, 2003 BOMB blasts shook Turkey's three leading cities, Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, today but without causing casualties or major damage, Anatolia news agency reported. One bomb went off beside the main courthouse in the capital Ankara, followed by a blast in a street beside a police station in Izmir which broke nearby house and car windows, the report said. Police were hunting two people seen hurrying from the scene. A third explosion occurred outside a courthouse in Izmir as a police bomb disposal squad was about to...
  • Turkish Airlines Flight Hijacked

    03/28/2003 1:39:07 PM PST · by nwrep · 19 replies · 423+ views
    AP ^ | March 28, 2003
    Middle East - AP Turkish Airlines Flight Hijacked 4 minutes ago ANKARA, Turkey - A Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Ankara was hijacked Friday, the Anatolia news agency reported. The plane was hijacked after takeoff from Istanbul and was now heading toward Greece, private NTV television reported. The plane at first diverted course and began heading toward the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, but later changed course again and began heading toward neighboring Greece, NTV reported. There was no information on the hijackers.
  • Turkish airliner hijacked

    03/28/2003 1:28:13 PM PST · by Dog Gone · 188 replies · 248+ views
    Sky News | March 28, 2003
    Sky News is reporting that a Turkish airliner flying from Istanbul to Ankara has been hijacked.Developing...
  • Rift between Washington and Ankara could last for years

    03/23/2003 11:17:31 AM PST · by knighthawk · 18 replies · 169+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | March 24 2003
    Turkey's refusal to grant support to the United States in its war with Iraq has dealt a serious blow to ties between the two NATO allies that could linger for years. US officials and experts say miscalculations and mistakes - by Washington and Ankara - provoked the crisis, but the Turkish military bears particular blame. Turkey, its economy already shaky, stands to lose most if not all of a huge US assistance package including $US6billion ($10billion) in direct aid and up to $US24billion in loans that was to offset any negative consequences of war. Because of Ankara's decision, the US...
  • Turkish airspace remains closed to U.S. military aircraft

    03/21/2003 2:01:21 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 34 replies · 248+ views
    Turkish airspace always closed with the American planes Airspace Turkish remained closed with military aircrafts American Friday morning, in spite of green light given Thursday by Parliament, has one learned from source diplomatic occidentale. Les problem would be related to dissension between two country on role military that Turkey intends to play in the north of Iraq, according to observateurs. Le Turkish Parliament approved Thursday the opening of the airspace "to foreign air elements armed" for "a possible military operation" against Iraq voisin. Le daily Sabah affirmed however Friday that Americans and Turks had not managed an agreement on...