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  • Turkey appoints permanent imam for Hagia Sophia; will lead five daily prayers

    10/23/2016 1:09:57 PM PDT · by cutty · 18 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | October 22, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Observers are warning about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly neo-Ottoman stance and disregard for secular prerogatives.” Indeed, and this new appointment essentially completes the motion of making the Hagia Sophia into a functioning mosque again. European Union officials ought to see this for what it is: a decisive rejection of any pretense of dealing with the Christian or post-Christian West on a mutually respectful basis. Erdogan is an Islamic supremacist and is pursuing an openly supremacist imperative. European officials who are still pushing for Turkey’s entry into the EU, as well as the ongoing phenomenon of massive Muslim immigration...
  • Turkish president blasts U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State ahead of Ash Carter’s visit

    10/19/2016 7:58:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2016 | Carlo Muńoz and Guy Taylor
    Turkish president blasts U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State ahead of Ash Carter’s visit By Carlo Muńoz and Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Updated: 10:43 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will be walking into diplomatic buzz saw Thursday when he arrives in Turkey a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a blistering critique of the U.S.-backed campaign to oust the Islamic State group from neighboring Iraq, demanded a bigger role for Turkish military forces. Mr. Erdogan’s remarkable outburst was the latest sign of difficulties the Obama administration faces in keeping the various members...
  • Erdogan Invokes Document That Claims Mosul As Turkish Soil

    10/18/2016 7:18:14 AM PDT · by Strategy · 13 replies
    Kurdistan 24 ^ | October 17, 2016 | Ari Khalidi
    ISTANBUL, Turkey (Kurdistan24) - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invoked on Monday an early 20th-century irredentist document that claimed the Iraqi city of Mosul as Turkish soil. Erdogan's remarks came amid the commencement of a long-anticipated operation by the Iraqi Army, Kurdistan's Peshmerga Forces and the US-led Coalition to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State (IS). In Mosul "a history lies for us. If the gentlemen desire so, let them read the Misak-i Milli (National Oath) and understand what the place means to us," Erdogan declared. The Turkish president referred to an Ottoman Parliament-sealed, 1920 pact that designates Kirkuk and...
  • Warming Russia-Turkey relations send a chill through Ukraine

    10/12/2016 1:33:53 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 99 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 11, 2016 | By Fred Weir
    Moscow — Leaders of Turkey and Russia signed a long-delayed deal Monday to build the TurkStream gas pipeline under the Black Sea to deliver Russian gas to Europe's doorstep within three years. The rapid warming trend in Russo-Turkish relations holds deep implications for Syria's immediate crisis, which dominated the talks and the subsequent headlines, but the fallout from that pipeline deal is a potentially crushing blow to struggling pro-Western Ukraine and may be rearranging strategic realities around the region for many years to come. Analysts say that if TurkStream goes ahead it will enable Moscow to cut its former main...
  • Turkey detains brother of cleric Gulen, issues arrest warrants for 115

    10/03/2016 6:16:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 3, 2016 | 6:19am EDT | Humeyra Panuk
    Turkish authorities have detained a brother of Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based cleric they accuse of orchestrating a coup attempt in July, and issued arrest warrants for 115 other people as part of nationwide investigations into the abortive putsch. Kudbettin Gülen was taken into custody on Sunday by Turkish counter-terrorism police in the Gaziemir district of the Aegean province of Izmir following intelligence that he was staying at a relative’s house, state-run Anadolu Agency said. […] Several of Gülen’s relatives, including a nephew, niece and cousins, have been arrested since the July 15 coup. …
  • Moody's downgrades Turkey's credit rating to 'junk' status

    09/24/2016 6:33:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2016 8:06 PM EDT
    Moody’s has downgraded Turkey’s credit rating to “junk” status, a further blow to an economy shaken by terrorist attacks, a failed military coup and a diplomatic spat with Russia. The rating agency on Friday lowered its rating on Turkey’s debt one notch, stripping it of investment-grade status. The move could mean higher borrowing costs as investors demand steeper interest rates to take on riskier Turkish debt. …
  • The Deep Things Of Satan; Erdogan's Sufi Influences...Turkey's Significance pt 6

    But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.(Revelation 2:24)And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you,...
  • The Significance Of Erdogan...Turkey's significance pt 5

    Ever since 1918, at the end of the First World War, the Western world has been in a period of respite, whether we recognize it or not, from the predations of a ravenous Empire which menaced the West for 400 years. We who have been born and raised in this post Ottoman period for the most part don’t even know that a little more than a hundred years ago, all of the West had to deal with a powerful and avaricious Sunni menace, which altered world trade routes, controlled the entire Middle East including the Holy Land, and encroached deep...
  • Ottoman–Mamluk War (1516–17) [began AUGUST 24, five hundred years ago]

    08/26/2016 6:24:55 PM PDT · by Enchante · 11 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | July 19, 2016 | Wikipedia
    Operations in the Levant (1516) The Ottomans first captured the city of Diyarbekir in southeastern Anatolia.[2] The Battle of Marj Dabiq (24 August 1516) was decisive, in which the Mamluk ruler Kansuh al-Ghuri was killed.[2] The Ottomans apparently outnumbered the Mamluks by a factor of 3 to 1.[6] Syria fell under the rule of the Ottomans with this single battle.[6] The Battle of Yaunis Khan occurred near Gaza (1516) and was again a defeat for the Mamluks.
  • Turkey, Israel End Rift Over Naval Raid

    08/20/2016 5:16:00 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    Newsweak ^ | August 20, 2016 | Staff
    Turkey's parliament approved a reconciliation agreement signed with Israel in June which has brought to an end a six-year rift between the two regional powers, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.Relations between the two countries crumbled after Israeli marines stormed a Turkish ship in May 2010 ....
  • Turkish parliament approves deal ending rift with Israel

    08/20/2016 4:09:51 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 35 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 20, 2016 | Reuters
    Turkey's parliament on Saturday approved a reconciliation agreement signed with Israel in June which has brought a six-year rift between the two regional powers to an end.
  • As Turkey "Considers Military Cooperation" With Russia, US Said To Move Nukes Out Of Turkey

    08/18/2016 1:45:50 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | August 18, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past month, ever since the "failed" Turkish coup, there has been a dramatic, and surprising, deterioration in the of Turkey with various European states, most notably Austria and Germany, as well as with the US, and NATO in general. This was confirmed once again earlier today when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu lashed out at NATO, in an interview with Russian Sputnik, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. More importantly, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia. In the interview, Cavusoglu said that Ankara has become alarmed at the lack of willingness...
  • Turkish Newspaper Editor Advocates Seizing US Nuclear Weapons at Incirlik

    08/17/2016 4:21:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 36 replies
    Twitter ^ | August 16, 2016 | Ibrahim Karagül
    "The nukes in Incirlik must be handed over to Turkey. Or else, Turkey should take control of them."
  • Leaked German Report Calls Turkey ‘Platform’ For Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Syrian Rebel Groups

    08/17/2016 12:02:12 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8/17/16 | Jack Moore
    The German government has accused Turkey of being a hub for Islamist groups that allows them to further their aims across the Middle East, according to a leaked confidential document. It alleges that the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supports Palestinian militant group Hamas, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and “groups in the armed Islamist opposition in Syria,” all of which follow Sunni Islam, the same strand as the majority of Muslim Turks. In its response, the ministry says that the Turkish government’s “numerous statements of solidarity and supportive actions” for these three groups “underline their ideological affinity with the...
  • Germany tries to appease Turkey angered by Islamist 'hub' allegations

    08/17/2016 11:37:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    yahoo ^ | 08/17/2016
    Germany on Wednesday tried to row back from its latest spat with Turkey, its crucial partner in efforts to stem mass migration, after Ankara lashed out over a leaked government report alleging Turkey was a hub for Islamist groups. Turkey and Germany have had a series of rows in recent months, just as the European Union has been trying to secure Turkey's help in tackling the influx of migrants to Europe, of which Germany has taken in the bulk. Ankara has also been incensed by criticism from the West of its crackdown following a failed coup attempt on July 15....
  • US nukes at Turkey base at risk of seizure: report

    08/14/2016 11:54:43 PM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    MSN News ^ | August 15, 2016 | Thomas WATKINS
    Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by "terrorists or other hostile forces," a Washington think tank claimed Monday. Critics have long been alarmed by America's estimated stockpile of about 50 nuclear bombs at Incirlik in southern Turkey, just 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the border with war-torn Syria. The issue took on fresh urgency last month following the attempted coup in Turkey, in which the base's Turkish commander was arrested on suspicion of complicity in the plot.
  • Turkey Heads Toward Radical Islamic Dictatorship

    08/14/2016 10:40:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/10/16 | Victor Gaetan
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Post-coup actions turn precarious for Christians, and potentially fatal for a vision of a civil Islam. In Turkey, a failed military coup against President Recep ErdoÄźan on July 15, squelched in about six hours, has triggered a fierce government response: mass civilian arrests, declaration of a state of emergency giving ErdoÄźan authoritarian power for at least three months and a hateful atmosphere of accusation that puts Christians at risk. As a longtime American ally, a member of NATO since 1952 and a country where important American military assets are located, TurkeyÂ’s stability has special significance for the U.S....
  • Turkey coup attempt: Nearly 82,000 sacked or suspended

    08/14/2016 5:52:01 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 August 2016
    Some 5,000 state employees have been sacked and 77,000 suspended in the purge since last month's failed coup in Turkey, the prime minister says. Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara that more than 3,000 of those sacked were members of the military. They are suspected of links to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, he said. Announcing a visit to Turkey by US Vice-President Joe Biden, he again urged the US to extradite Mr Gulen. The cleric, a former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, from where he runs a worldwide network of charities and...
  • Ankara Says Receiving ’Positive Signals’ from US on Gulen Extradition

    08/13/2016 10:57:19 AM PDT · by mvonfr · 25 replies
    Turkey said Friday it has received “positive signals” from the United States over its requests to extradite Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of ordering last month’s attempted coup.....
  • Exclusive: Turkish military officer seeking asylum in United States - U.S. officials

    08/10/2016 2:14:35 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09 August 2016 8:51pm EDT | Phil Stewart and Yara Bayoumy
    [snip]The two U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the Turkish officer was working at the headquarters of NATO's Allied Command Transformation, located in Norfolk, Virginia. They did not name him or offer his rank. However, an official at Turkey's embassy in Washington said Turkish Navy Rear Admiral Mustafa Ugurlu had failed to report to authorities after Turkey issued a detention order for him last month. "On July 22, on that day he left his badges and his ID at the base and after that no one has heard anything from him," the official said, also...
  • Putin offers Turkey's Erdogan closer ties

    08/09/2016 8:56:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9 August 2016
    Russia is ready to restore economic cooperation and other ties with Turkey, President Vladimir Putin has told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg. It is Mr. Erdogan’s first foreign visit since an attempted coup last month. Mr. Erdogan thanked Mr. Putin, saying “your call straight after the coup attempt was very welcome”. Russian-Turkish relations soured last November when Turkey shot down a Russian bomber on the Syrian border. The visit comes as Turkey’s ties with the West have cooled over criticism of Mr. Erdogan’s purge of alleged coup-plotters. …
  • Turkey Becomes A Fascist Dictatorship, Obama Supports

    08/08/2016 2:55:42 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 19 replies ^ | August 1st, 2016 | D. Stone
    Leading up to the the most bizarre and unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey's history, Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been choking out the civil liberties of his citizens, punishing journalists and threatening the country's top constitutional court. Erdogan has taken Turkey further from secularism and closer to Islamic theocracy, which is claimed to be one of the reasons behind the attempted coup. He somehow convinced Germany to punish a writer for reciting a negative poem and has imprisoned journalists in his own country for their negative criticisms of his increasingly authoritarian rule. It is suspiciously obvious that the recent failed coup...
  • BREAKING: Julian Assange Just Delivered The Next Batch Of Emails! She’s TOAST!

    08/08/2016 9:06:55 AM PDT · by ncfool · 271 replies
    Conservative daily post ^ | August 8, 2016 | Martin Walsh
    There has never been a time in US history where our leadership has failed us this badly. Over the last either years, Obama, with the help of Hillary Clinton, has done everything in his power to destroy what makes this country great. Obama wants our military depleted, he wants the world not to be afraid of us, he wants millions of immigrants to come and go as they please, and he is perfectly content with allowing ISIS to grow into the global threat that they are today.ThereÂ’s absolutely no denying that WikiLeaks has been a world champion of bringing justice...
  • IN PICTURES: Huge Pro-Erdogan Islamist Rally In Germany

    08/01/2016 11:35:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | July 31, 2016 | Liam Deacon
    Around 50,000 supporters of Turkey’s Islamist president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have rallied in Cologne, Germany to demand his authoritarian reign continues. The Islamist crowd chanted “Allah hu Akbar!” and held signs reading, “Erdoğan is a human rights activist”, whilst opponents waved banners insisting “Stop the Erdomania!” Members of the Turkish-nationalist, fascist-leaning “Grey Wolves” group were among the crowd that gathered on banks of the Rhine River with the city’s huge gothic cathedral in the background. The German Federal Constitutional Court banned the live broadcasting of Mr. Erdogan’s speech at the rally, Deutsche Welle reports. Some Germans reacted furiously to the...
  • Combat units placed on “high alert” after Incirlik surrounded

    08/01/2016 8:04:58 AM PDT · by amorphous · 27 replies
    TruNews.Com ^ | 1 August 2016
    Vero Beach, FL - (TRUNEWS) Fort Campbell, KY and other active duty combat installations through the U.S. were placed on high alert status Friday, according to a military source. All units in the 101st Airborne Division are currently operating under a 12 hour recall order as of Friday night, according to the active duty soldier, and other combat bases are also on the same recall status for potential combat deployment. The source told TRUNEWS: We were told at a safety briefing that it could be for anything, such as an attack on Clarksville and Nashville. Crew serve weapons are locked...
  • Turkey Says FBI and CIA Behind Failed Coup, Gulen 'Only a Pawn'

    07/31/2016 9:22:17 PM PDT · by amorphous · 33 replies
    Sputnicknews ^ | 31 July 2016
    The Erdogan regime continues to play with fire renewing accusations that the United States spearheaded a complex conspiracy to overthrow the Turkish government. A Turkish prosecutor claims that the CIA and FBI provided training to followers of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara initially called the “mastermind” of the failed attempt to overthrow the Erdogan regime on July 15 that left hundreds dead and thousands more wounded. An indictment, prepared by the Edirne Public Prosecutor’s office and submitted to the local Second Heavy Penal Court, seeks the harshest possible punishment for 43 suspected coup plotters. In the indictment, the...
  • Erdogan’s enabling act

    07/31/2016 6:06:17 AM PDT · by Prospero · 8 replies
    Chronicles ^ | July 20, 2016 | Srdja Trifkovic
    Last Saturday, during lunch with Scott Richert and Aaron Wolf at Rockford’s Prairie Street Brewhouse, I expressed suspicion that the coup in Turkey—just over 24 hours old at that time, and in the final stages of collapse—was Erdogan’s Reichstag fire: a stage-managed event, carried out by clueless stooges, meant to enhance the power of the manipulative autocrat who was its ostensible target.
  • American Soldiers At Incirlik AFB In Turkey Are Under Active Siege Right Now By Erdogan, All Food, W

    07/30/2016 8:47:20 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 96 replies ^ | July 30, 2016 | Andrew Bieszad
    [Original title too long: American Soldiers At Incirlik AFB In Turkey Are Under Active Siege Right Now By Erdogan, All Food, Water, And Power Has Been Cut To The Base] While Americans are bickering about the election this November, what we predicted two weeks ago is under way right now: a repeat of the horrors of Ben Ghazi. So far I have not received reports about the status of the soldiers, or that Incirlik AFB in Turkey has been taken over by Erdogan. However, the situation is not good and is actively worsening. This does not just come from “on...
  • Recent events in Turkey could impact U.S. operations against the Islamic State

    07/30/2016 8:09:29 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 7 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, July 30, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan’s purge of political enemies after a counterfeit coup attempt has compromised U.S. led operations against the Islamic State. Many of the senior Turkish officers who were working with the United States have been either removed from military service or jailed. After the staged coup, President Erdogan began purging the military, with approximately 1,700 military personnel receiving dishonorable discharges including nearly half of the nation’s admirals and generals. The Turkish military had traditionally been the vanguard against the country being taken over by a dictator. Erdogan, however, greatly increased the size and strength of Turkey’s national police...
  • Marino de Medici: Turkey’s descent into one-man Islamic rule

    07/29/2016 9:19:45 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies ^ | Marino de Medici
    The dire dimensions of the punitive measures instituted by Erdogan are beyond any limit conceivable in a state ruled by law. Over 2,000 entities suspected of having ties with Gulen have been shut down, including fifteen universities, 19 labor unions, 1,043 private schools, 1,229 foundations and 35 hospitals and health institutions. The list of persons arrested is also beyond belief: No fewer than 8,000 military personnel, 2,000 magistrates and 1,500 policemen. In total, the number of individuals thrown in jail exceeds 80,000. A large number of them are academics. Education in Turkey has been decimated. Among others, 21,000 teachers from...
  • Egypt Willing to Grant Asylum to Erdogan’s arch-foe, Gulen

    07/26/2016 3:32:12 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 41 replies ^ | MEConfident
    Egyptian lawmakers Monday urged Cairo to grant political asylum to US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen accused of plotting the failed military coup against Turkish President Erdogan, in a move that would further strain relations between the two countries, reports say. Egypt has refused to condemn the failed military coup which occurred July 15 as diplomatic feud between the two countries plays out. Egyptian lawmaker Emad Mahrous reportedly called on al-Sisi’s cabinet to grant Gulen asylum in Egypt as Turkish authorities called on Washington to extradite the Turkish preacher. “[Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan is giving shelter to hundreds of leaders...
  • ‘Erdogan attempting to play hero by confronting US superpower’ (insightful)

    07/26/2016 1:31:04 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    The Turkish leader is attempting to get a tactical advantage over the US and EU, playing the hero for his domestic audience and to get his hands on Fethullah Gulen, political scientist from the Helwan University in Cairo, Dr. Maged Botros, told RT. Turkey has banned all academics from leaving the country as the crackdown following the failed coup intensifies. *snip* Many Western leaders have called for "restraint and moderation" after Erdogan began his crackdown. The US Secretary of Defense has pledged allegiance to Ankara when asked whether Turkey's NATO membership could be affected by the recent turn of events....
  • A Nuclear-Armed Caliphate? (Turkey)

    07/26/2016 7:16:47 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies ^ | William Kilpatrick
    Much has been made of the Islamic State’s claim to the caliphate. But the Islamic State is fast losing ground in Syria and Iraq, and without a territorial claim, its claim to the caliphate is a shaky one. According to some sources, ISIS has already been preparing its followers for the fall of the caliphate. Meanwhile, an Islamist power with a much better claim to the caliphate has been gathering strength. Whether the failed coup in Turkey was the real thing or whether it was staged, as some have claimed, President Erdogan’s hold over the Turkish nation has been immeasurably...
  • Turkey putschists promised a new military base to the US (more Erdogan propaganda)

    The United States Army, one of the architects of the recent Turkey coup plot, would have built a new military base at the zero point of the Turkey-Syria border, if coup plotters were successful in overtaking the power of the military, intelligence, police security, legislative and judiciary institutions in Turkey. The junta regime would have allowed the U.S. military to establish a military base near the Syrian border, if the coup didn't fail, sources said. As millions of Turks continue to swarm to the streets after foiling a military coup attempt, shocking information about coup planners and their masterminds continue...
  • Turkish Police Torture, Rape Own Soldiers, Officers, Judges

    07/25/2016 8:06:08 AM PDT · by dvan · 30 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | July 25, 2016 | William Reed
    A new Amnesty report details the horrific torture that thousands have been subjected to since the post-coup round-up. Following the attempted coup in July 15, upon the calls of mosques all across Turkey and of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and PM Binali Yildirim to the Turkish people “to take to the streets and airports,” pro-government Islamists started hunting Turkish soldiers – their own soldiers – in the streets, beating, torturing, lynching them. Torture and beatings of surrendering soldiers continued at police stations, too. In a disturbing video published on social media and some Turkish newspapers, a police officer threatens...
  • IN DENTENTION Turkey arrests 62 schoolchildren for TREASON following failed military coup

    07/24/2016 7:08:50 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 9 replies
    The Sun ^ | July 23, 2016 | by Guy Birchall
    Before the coup attempt last week, the pupils, aged between 14 and 17, were made to dress up in camouflage and were handed guns with empty magazines, according to their lawyers. The children have been taken to prison and not allowed to speak to their parents as they were accused of treason against the Turkish State. The mum of a 15-year-old boy caught up in the arrest, Emre, while waiting for news outside Istanbul’s Maltepe Prison said: “Our child has never held a gun before. “They were used, they were forced to do this.” The incarcerated kids families and lawyers...
  • Anti-US Sabotage Suspected After Massive Fire Breaks Out Near NATO Headquarters In Turkey

    07/24/2016 4:39:31 PM PDT · by lafroste · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/24/2016 | Tyler Durdin
    A massive fire erupted near a NATO base in the Buca district, near Izmir, Turkey. The fire broke out on Sunday evening in western Turkey. The fire blew through the grassy wooded area and is now perilously near NATO’s military base pushed forward by strong winds. In odd twist, local authorities are investigating the fire as a possible act of anti-American sabotage. The fire erupted shortly after Erdogan's leading Islamist paper headline officially targeted a US commander as coup leader adding his name & picture...
  • Turkey and Erdogan: Here Comes the (real) Caliphate

    07/24/2016 10:38:41 AM PDT · by dvan · 17 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 7/22/2016 | Ralph Peters
    By Ralph Peters Fox News Posted 2016-07-22 05:11 GMT If today's Western leaders possess one general trait, it's a genius for self-deception. Insisting that Islamist terror has nothing to do with Islam, or that religion has no strategic impact, or that all human beings want freedom and democracy, amounts to declaring that up is down, right is left and night is day. And midnight is coming for millions in Turkey, even as we insist that a dying flashlight is the sun. Over the past few years, many Americans heard the term "caliphate" for the first time as ISIS declared that...
  • Incirlik Air Base Being Held Hostage

    07/23/2016 8:10:57 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 23 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, July 23, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Incirlik Air Base is located in the Ä°ncirlik quarter of the city of Adana, Turkey. The United States Air Force and the Turkish Air Force are the primary users of the base, although it is also used by the Royal Air Force and by the Royal Saudi Air Force. The air base has continued to rely on backup generators since the failed coup plunged the country into crisis. Commercial power was cut to the base in and the airspace above it closed to air traffic within hours of last Friday's attempted military takeover in the NATO country. There is little...
  • Obama is America's Erdogan, purges and all... [radio]

    07/23/2016 7:53:49 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 4 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | July 23, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    GOP Nominates Trump for President Erdogan channels Hitler with fake coup LIVE Saturday (7/23) 8 AM EST!!! This week, the GOP finally made it official. Donald Trump is the 2016 Republican nominee for President. Despite incredible opposition from the establishment and globalists, Trump bested them all and now represents the people in his quest for the Presidency. Meanwhile in Turkey, Recep Erdogan appears to have orchestrated an abortive coup, and is using it as a pretext for mass arrests and persecution. Kemalism (i.e., Turkish secularism) is facing a dire crisis from the megalomaniacal Turkish leader – who is both an...
  • As Erdoğan moves, a precarious situation for Christians in Turkey

    07/22/2016 9:57:47 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 10 replies ^ | 07/21/2016 | Max Lindenman
    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in a snit, and on a tear. Having survived last Friday’s military coup, the Turkish president has declared a three-month “state of emergency” and claimed a free hand in steam-shoveling old enemies. As of this writing, he has “detained” 6,000 military personnel and 3,000 judges. Some are being held in a sports stadium, “a development,” observes The Independent, “that has ominous similarities with mass arrests in South American coups in the last century.” Political prisoners are being refused contact with family and legal counsel, even by phone. For good measure, Erdoğan’s revoked the licenses of 21,000...
  • Turkey and Erdogan: Here comes the (real) caliphate

    07/21/2016 4:10:49 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 47 replies
    FOX NEWS Opinion ^ | July 21, 2016 | Ralph Peters
    If today’s Western leaders possess one general trait, it’s a genius for self-deception. Insisting that Islamist terror has nothing to do with Islam, or that religion has no strategic impact, or that all human beings want freedom and democracy, amounts to declaring that up is down, right is left and night is day. And midnight is coming for millions in Turkey, even as we insist that a dying flashlight is the sun. (...)
  • Miss Turkey Gets 14 Months Prison for “Publicly Insulting” Turkey’s Erdogan

    07/21/2016 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 49 replies
    The Duran ^ | June 1, 2016 | ALEX CHRISTOFOROU
    Miss Turkey 2006 has been found guilty for sharing a poem that insulted Turkish President Erdogan. Erdogan’s dictatorship continues to crack down on potential threats to the Turkish state. This time, the dangerous Miss Turkey 2006 (27-year-old Merve Buyuksarac) has been found guilty for sharing a poem that insulted Sultan Erdogan. The Istanbul court gave Miss Turkey a suspended sentence of 14 months for “publicly insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on condition that she does not insult the Sultan again within the next five years. Merve Buyuksarac is the latest of over 2,000 defamation cases President Erdogan has filed in...
  • Turkey suspends European Convention on Human Rights in wake of failed coup

    07/21/2016 7:32:45 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 21, 2016 | Kareem Shaheen in Ankara
    Turkey has said it will suspend the European Convention on Human Rights during a state of emergency declared in the aftermath of last weekend’s coup attempt. “Turkey will suspend the European Convention on Human Rights insofar as it does not conflict with its international obligations,” the deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmus, was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency. The state of emergency will allow the government to rule by decree, passing bills that have the force of the rule of law unless they are overturned by parliament, where the majority of MPs belong to the ruling Justice...
  • Donald Trump Sets Conditions for Defending NATO Allies Against Attack (Praises Erdogan!)

    07/21/2016 5:02:26 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 125 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 20, 2016 | By DAVID E. SANGER and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    For example, asked about Russia’s threatening activities that have unnerved the small Baltic States that are among the more recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us.” Mr. Trump had nothing but praise for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s increasingly authoritarian but democratically elected leader. “I give great credit to him for being able to turn that around,” Mr. Trump said of the coup attempt on Friday night. “Some people say that it was...
  • Coup Attempt Ripple Effect: Azerbaijan Closes TV Station [Planned Gulen Interview]

    07/20/2016 4:41:03 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies
    Eurasianet ^ | July 19, 2016 | by Durna Safarova
    Azerbaijan, a strategic ally of Turkey, has suspended a national TV station that reportedly planned to broadcast an interview with Fethullah Gülen, the Pennsylvania-based imam who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames for instigating a failed coup. In a July 19 statement, Azerbaijan’s National Council for Television and Radio announced that it would suspend for one month the privately run ANS TV’s broadcasts “to prevent the provocation aimed at undermining the strategic cooperation relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan, and not to allow the open propaganda of terrorism,” Trend news agency reported. The Council added that it also would sue to...
  • Erdogan declares state of emergency

    07/20/2016 2:47:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 63 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/7/16 | Elad Benari
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday evening declared a three-month state of emergency following last week's failed coup, Sky News reported. In a speech in which he announced the state of emergency, Erdogan warned there "may be more plans" from dissidents to try and overthrow the government again. He added that the state of emergency was in order to "take the most efficient steps in order to remove this threat as soon as possible, which is a threat to democracy, to the rule of law, and to the rights and freedoms of citizens in our country". Earlier, noted Sky...
  • Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik

    07/20/2016 12:12:11 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 33 replies
    debka ^ | 7/20 | debka
    Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik DEBKAfile Special Report July 20, 2016, 11:29 AM (IDT) Tags: Erdogan, Barack Obama, Incirlik air base, Turkey, US Air Force, Turkish army, US, Some 1,500 US airmen and their families have been locked in the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik together with a stock if tactical nuclear bombs since President Reccep Erdogan crushed an attempted coup on Saturday, July 16. In the four days up until Wednesday, July 20, therefore, no air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq have been staged that Turkish base.
  • Erdogan’s Final Agenda

    07/20/2016 9:41:03 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies ^ | Uri Friedman
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan could soon become the most powerful Turkish leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded modern Turkey, and arguably the most powerful leader “since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire” in 1923, Soner Cagaptay told me. Cagaptay told me this on Sunday, just two days after roaring fighter jets, rolling tanks, and rebel helicopters had descended on Ankara, Istanbul, and the Turkish Riviera in an attempt to overthrow the Turkish president—two days after the insurrectionists had forced a television newscaster to read their manifesto on air, while Erdogan was reduced to FaceTiming with a TV anchor from an...
  • Pro-Government Mobs Attack Religious Minorities in Turkey

    07/20/2016 7:18:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    New Europe ^ | 7/19/16
    Pro-government mob groups attack religious in the aftermath of the attempted coup in Turkey, a democratic watchdog reports. Reportedly, in some cases Muslim citizens reacted against the mobs to protect their fellow citizens. The attacks by Islamist mobs begun on Saturday evening, that is, the evening after the attempted coup had been averted. Attacks were reported at the Catholic Church of Santa Maria in Trabzon; a second attacks was reported on a Protestant Church in Malatya. In Trabzon a mob of 10 people attacked the Catholic Church, throwing stones drawn from the pavement. The mob also carried sledge hummers. Fortunately,...