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  • Turkey shells Syrian regime forces, US calls to stop

    02/13/2016 2:23:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/16
    The Turkish military on Saturday hit targets of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Syrian regime in two separate incidents in response to incoming fire, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. In line with the rules of engagement, the armed forces shelled targets of the PYD around the town of Azaz in Aleppo province, Anatolia said, quoting a military source. The army also responded to Syrian regime fire on a Turkish military guard post in Turkey's southern Hatay region, it added. There were no further details on the nature of the Turkish strikes but they likely involved...
  • Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants - Greek website

    02/08/2016 12:34:25 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:27am IST | Michele Kambas in Athens, Orhan Coskun in Ankara and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels
    Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:27am IST Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants - Greek website BRUSSELS Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened in November to flood Europe with migrants if European Union leaders did not offer him a better deal to help manage the Middle East refugee crisis, a Greek news website said on Monday. Publishing what it said were minutes of a tense meeting last November, the euro2day.gr financial news website revealed deep mutual irritation and distrust in talks between Erdogan and the EU's two top officials, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk. The EU officials were trying to...
  • "We Can Put Refugees On Buses": Leaked Memo Shows Erdogan Blackmailed Europe For Billions

    02/08/2016 12:54:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/08/2016 | Tyler Durden
    If there's anything we've learned over the past twelve months it's that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prepared to employ all manner of nefarious tactics in order to preserve his grip on power in Ankara.Following unfavorable election results last June, Erdogan plunged the country into civil war be restarting a long simmering battle with the PKK and proceeded to crack down on journalists and anyone else critical of the ruling AKP. Ultimately, new elections were called and AKP put up a stronger showing, effectively paving the way for Erdogan to rewrite Turkey's constitution and install an executive presidency.But...
  • Shortly before Syria peace talks begin, Turkey infiltrates Syria joins up with ISIS

    01/20/2016 9:20:52 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 01/20/2016 17:26 | MAAYAN GROISMAN
    Shortly before Syria peace talks begin, Turkey infiltrates Syria By MAAYAN GROISMAN \ 01/20/2016 17:26 Eyewitnesses to the incursion reported that the Turkish forces have not encountered any resistance from ISIS fighters, which raises the question of possible collaboration between ISIS and Turkey. In what appears to be a well-planned strategic move committed in light of the upcoming Syria peace talks, a large number of Turkish forces crossed the border and entered the Syrian town of Jarablus on Tuesday, according to Turkish media reports. Eyewitnesses to the incursion reported that the Turkish forces have not encountered any resistance from ISIS...
  • Erdoğan says Turkey will not allow Russia to settle north of Syria

    01/22/2016 7:45:42 AM PST · by McGruff · 25 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | January 22, 2016
    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that Turkey will not allow Russia to build a base in northern Syria. President Erdoğan was asked by reporters after the Friday prayer of what he thinks about claims that Russia will build a base in Northern Syria. Erdoğan said that Turkey is aware that there are around 100 Russian soldiers deployed in northern Syria. Erdoğan said that the PYD terror organization, which is known to be supported by Russia, is no different than the Daesh terror organization. "There is no difference between them. We will also talk with Mr. Biden about this...
  • Erdogan To Take Control Of The Islamic United Nations...

    01/20/2016 5:59:48 PM PST · by amorphous · 12 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 20 Jan 2016 | Walid Shoebat
    What Caliph Al-Baghdadi wanted to gain through terrorism, Erdogan of Turkey was able to gain 'by peace' where he is "deceiving many". Erdogan in two months will lead the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (O.I.C) considered to be the Muslim 'U.N' coming second to the United Nations in size and global power. But that's not all. As this happens, the cunning Erdogan was able to woo Saudi Arabia to arrange the Turkey-Egypt talks setting the framework for a peace deal between Turkey and Egypt to be finalized before April where Al-Sisi hands over the leadership of the O.I.C to Erdogan. Keep...
  • BO Appoints Pro-Muslim Brotherhood Special Assistant For Middle East, N Africa & Gulf Region

    03/17/2015 4:54:08 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 7 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 3/14/2015 | Walid Shoebat
    The White House has appointed pro-Muslim Brotherhood Robert Malley as a new special assistant to President Barack Obama. As if this is not bad enough, Malley is in charge to cover the whole kitten caboodle: The Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region. This appointment happens to be at the same time that Erdogan of Turkey and Qatar had a millstone breakthrough in reviving the Muslim Brotherhood by gaining special provisions for the Islamist organization in Saudi Arabia and the Arab gulf. Malley, who now works as Senior Director of National Security Council of the White House (NSC) on...
  • Followers Of A Mysterious Turkish Islamic Cleric Have Donated Heavily To Hillary’s Campaign...

    11/23/2015 2:14:34 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/23/15 | Chuck Ross
    Members of a secretive Turkish Islamic movement that is at the center of a congressional ethics committee investigation have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and to her family’s charity, a Daily Caller investigation has found.The largest donation from a leader of the Gulen movement, which is operated from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains by a moderate Muslim cleric named Fethullah Gulen, came from Recep Ozkan. A former president of the Gulen-linked Turkish Cultural Center, Ozkan gave between $500,001 and $1,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent months, the charity’s website shows. He also served as a national...
  • Nine Germans among Istanbul dead: reports

    01/12/2016 7:42:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Jan 2016 16:00 GMT+01:00
    Nine of the ten people who died in a terrorist attack in Istanbul on Tuesday morning are German, German media are reporting. German government sources told broadcaster N-tv that nine of the victims were German. The Turkish government had already confirmed that most of the people who died in the attacks were German. [...] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the attack had been a suicide bombing carried out by a terrorist of Syrian origin. ...
  • BREAKING: Majority of Turkish Voters Say ‘YES’ To An Islamic Caliphate And Want Erdogan To...

    01/07/2016 10:17:41 AM PST · by Perseverando · 21 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | January 6, 2016 | Walid Shoebat
    Told you that 2016 will prove an interesting year. Now Yeni Safak, the pro-Erdogan main newspaper under the control of Erdogan in Istanbul published the people’s vote and their desire regarding the new presidential system which Erdogan wants to establish. The conclusion? 60% of voters support a presidency system (in reality a Caliphate): More than half of voters in Turkey found to favor presidency system in Turkey, according to figures from the GENAR research company. The research indicated that 59.6 percent of voters support a presidency system, while 55 percent of voters say yes to a new constitution, according...
  • Erdogan: We Can Have a Presidential System With a Unitary State, Just Look at Hitler!

    01/01/2016 8:02:18 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-01-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Turkish president Erdoğan wants his country's Parliament to adopt a new Constitution in 2016 that would empower the president and weaken the legislative body. Because many Turks are worried by this prospect -- fearing that it would turn him into a dictator -- he tried to comfort them yesterday. He did so by pointing out that a so-called presidential system and a unitary state certainly are possible. Just look at Hitler's Germany! I kid you not: "There is no such thing as 'no presidential system in unitary states.' There are examples of this around the world. There are examples in...
  • Turkey's president says all he wants is same powers as Hitler

    01/02/2016 9:11:03 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 1, 2016 | Richard Spencer
    Turkey’s controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sparked mockery and condemnation by defending new powers he wants to give himself as being similar to Adolf Hitler’s. In a statement that surprised even his critics, Mr Erdogan responded to arguments that putting political power in the hands of the presidency would not work in a "unitary state". He said there were other examples of its being successful. "There are already examples in the world,” he said. “You can see it when you look at Hitler's Germany. There are later examples in various other countries." The Turkish presidency at present is largely...
  • Erdogan: 'Turkey needs Israel'

    01/02/2016 3:05:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/1/16
    Turkey must accept that it needs Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday, as the two countries seek to thrash out a deal on normalizing ties. NATO member Turkey was a key regional ally of Israel until the two countries fell out over the deadly storming by Israeli commandos in 2010 of a Turkish aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, bound for Gaza. AFP reports that Erdogan further raised hackles in Israel with his sometimes inflammatory rhetoric towards the Jewish State. But the atmosphere has transformed following the revelation last month the two sides were making progress in secret talks to...
  • Erdogan Denies Citing the Third Reich As Good Example for Turkish Presidential System

    01/02/2016 3:45:33 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-02-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    As we reported yesterday, Turkish president Recip Erdoğan caused quite a stir when he appeared to defend his proposed "presidential system" by referring to Nazi Germany. While visiting Saudi-Arabia, the Turkish leader said: "There is no such thing as 'no presidential system in unitary states.' There are examples of this around the world. There are examples in the past, too. When you look at Hitler's Germany, you can see it there. You can see examples in other countries as well. What is important is that a presidential system should not disturb the people in its implementation. If you provide justice,...
  • Erdogan's office denies advocating Hitler-style rule

    01/01/2016 2:11:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2016 1:49 PM EST
    The Turkish president's office said Friday that Recep Tayyip Erdogan was not advocating a Hitler-style government when he called for a state system with a strong executive.A statement from Erdogan's office said the Turkish president has declared the Holocaust, anti-semitism and Islamophobia as crimes against humanity and that it was out of the question for him to cite Hitler's Germany as a good example. ...
  • Amid financial hardship, Erdogan looks to Qatar as 'rich daddy'

    12/31/2015 5:13:27 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | December 29, 2015 | Zülfikar Doğan
    Amid financial hardship, Erdogan looks to Qatar as 'rich daddy' Zülfikar Doğan Posted December 29, 2015 A series of controversial steps in the region has left Turkey increasingly isolated in its neighborhood. As a result, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has gone on a hunt for new "friends." Normalizing ties with Israel is now back on the agenda. The second door the government has knocked on is Qatar's. Yet, even Qatar's friendship could not stop the Arab League from adopting a joint statement last week condemning the Turkish troop deployment in Bashiqa, near Mosul, and urging Ankara to...
  • The Mystery Of Dubai's Vaporized Gold: The Plot Thickens

    12/26/2015 4:59:15 PM PST · by Rockitz · 40 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 26 December 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier this week, we told a fascinating story about an unprecedented, multi-year smuggling ring involving Turkey, Iran, and Dubai (as well as China, Russia and countless other nations) which saw corruption reaching to the very top of the political and financial establishment: from president Erdogan in Turkey, to one of Turkey's richest people, Iran-born Riza Sarraf, to Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the son of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and one of the world's richest people. The smuggled object in question was gold, billions of dollars worth of gold. The focus of the story was the previously unknown...
  • Turkey's Erdogan meets Hamas leader Meshaal in Istanbul: sources

    12/19/2015 4:47:33 PM PST · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19th, 2015 | by Humeyra Pamuk
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met with Khaled Meshaal, leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas, on Saturday in Istanbul, Turkish presidential sources said, a day after Israel and Turkey said they were close to patching up five-year political rift. A source from Erdogan's office said Meshaal "briefed Erdogan on the latest developments in the region", without giving further details. Islamist Hamas controls the Gaza strip. Israeli officials said late on Thursday that a deal with Turkey was struck to normalize ties following high-level bilateral talks in Switzerland. Turkish officials said a final agreement was yet to be sealed,...
  • Democracy in Turkey

    07/24/2011 1:39:26 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 12 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 11, 2011 | Dani Rodrik
    Dani Rodrik has just returned from Turkey, shunned while defending his father-in-law, the main defendant in the military coup plot case. The Harvard professor explains his take. IN DECEMBER I traveled to Turkey with my wife and young son, as we do every year during winter break. This time, though, we had more than visiting family and friends in mind. We were on a mission to demonstrate that what many have called the trial of the century in Turkey is in fact a sham built on fabricated evidence. Nearly two hundred Turkish military officers stand accused of having plotted a...
  • Turkey says its patience with Russia 'has a limit': newspaper

    12/14/2015 2:36:41 PM PST · by SaveFerris · 25 replies
    Reuters / Yahoo ^ | 9 hours ago | Reuters
    ROME (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister said Ankara's patience with Russia "has a limit" after Moscow's "exaggerated" reaction to a weekend naval incident between the two countries, an Italian newspaper reported on Monday. A Russian destroyer fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean on Sunday to avoid a collision and summoned the Turkish military attache over the incident.. "Ours was only a fishing boat, it seems to me that the reaction of the Russian naval ship was exaggerated," Mevlut Cavusoglu told Italian daily Corriere della Sera in an interview. "Russia and Turkey certainly have to re-establish the...
  • Time For A Wakeup Call: The War Scenario Between Russia And Turkey In Syria...

    12/13/2015 8:06:16 PM PST · by amorphous · 15 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 13 Dec 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    The Russian-Turkish conflict in Syria is not going to be an easy one for either party. Russia wants to punish Turkey for its menace in Syria. So Russia threatens to cripple Turkey by cutting-off the gas supplies. But this will also hurt Russia’s economy. Muslim Azerbaijan will gladly provide Turkey with a new gas-hookup and this will bring the Turkic states closer to Istanbul and further from Moscow. On the other hand, the increasing Muslim global menace is the fire necessary for Christendom's refinement, unity, and even bringing Jerusalem (which no longer trusts Turkey) closer to Cyprus. This conflict is...
  • The Gog Of Turkey’s Invasion Of Iraq Escalates The War With Russia...

    12/11/2015 4:45:19 PM PST · by amorphous · 1 replies
    Shoebat.Com ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    These days we hear of confrontations between Russia and Turkey, Iraq and Turkey, Syria and Turkey, the Kurds and Turkey with no serious war on ISIS. Surprised? Even when I look at the media this morning and read headlines like "The Ottomans strike back - Turkey's race for control is metastasizing in Iraq" I begin to ponder, the world is witnessing a rising Hitler. Then to continue in the article "Erdogan wishes not to defeat ISIL, but endeavor to play the beast to feed his neo-Ottoman dreams" is when I begin to think, did this Muslim author (Catherine Shakdam), study...
  • Obama: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Bat?

    08/03/2012 1:15:50 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 16 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | Friday, August 3, 2012 | Timothy Knight
    It is not unusual for President Obama and our allies to communicate on a regular basis, especially with the Turkish Prime Minister in regards to the ongoing situation in neighboring Syria, however the Turkish press and government are bewildered over a photo released by the White House of President Obama talking to the Prime Minister earlier this week: Maybe the President really likes baseball, or maybe he's trying to create the image of Teddy Roosevelt's famous "walk softly and carry a big stick" quote for the fall campaign, but either way it's a massive failure. Why do I say that?...
  • Allah Stripped Turkish Leaders Of Their Sanity Says Putin

    12/10/2015 6:03:13 AM PST · by PeteePie · 31 replies
    Figuro International News ^ | Dec 3, 2015 | Edmondo Burr
    President Vladimir Putin has attacked the Turkish ruling elite by saying that “Allah has deprived them of their sanity.”
  • Turkey paying off CNN, presumably to cover up funding for ISIS.

    12/08/2015 12:22:06 PM PST · by dangus · 20 replies
    See footnotes in document | 12-8-15 | Dangus
    I just saw an ad on CNN for Turkish airlines. Why would an American ever fly Turkish Airlines? Only 35 departing from the US used Turkish Airlines to fly anywhere but Istanbul all of last year. (1) So why is Turkish Airlines advertising on CNN? Simple: it's an excuse to give CNN cash. Why would Turkey want to give CNN cash? To influence U.S. policy. See, Turkey is the primary funder of ISIS. (2, 3) To be specific, Turkey's Prime Minister's son, Bilal Erdogan, is the person through whom ISIS sells its oil and collects their money. (3) Turkey has...
  • Russia, Turkey Tensions Heating Up: Putin Surrounds Turkey with Military Presence

    12/09/2015 5:30:01 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-09-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Vladimir Putin was dead serious when he warned Turkey that it would "regret more than once" shooting down a Russian fighter yet. Not only has the Russian president announced all kinds of sanctions against Turkey, but he's now also surrounding the Islamist-led country with his military. As Hurriyet Daily News reports, Putin has sent 14 helicopters to Erebuni Air Base in Armenia. Half of these helicopters are armored Mi-24 attack helicopters, while the other seven are Mi-8 model transport helicopters. Meanwhile, Putin has also sent a submarine called the 'Rostov-on-Don' to the Mediterranean. Russia has a naval base there, and...
  • Turkey Refuses To Withdraw Troops From Iraq, Threatens To Slap Sanctions On Russia

    12/08/2015 12:39:36 PM PST · by amorphous · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 Dec 2015 | Tyler Durden
    That sounds more dramatic than it actually was. Turkey sent around 150 soldiers and two dozens tanks to Bashiqa, just northeast of Mosul in what Ankara described as an effort to replace an existing contingent of around 90 troops that have supposedly been on a "training" mission with the Peshmerga for the better part of two years. As we documented over the weekend, this is hardly the first time the Turks have entered the country. However, the circumstances are quite different this time around. That is, this isn't a anti-terror mission aimed at tracking the PKK. Over the weekend, we...
  • Erdogan’s dreams of empire are perilous for Turkey

    12/07/2015 3:57:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 6, 2015 | Norman Stone
    Erdogan's dreams of empire are perilous for Turkey Norman Stone Ankara is becoming far bolder with its foreign policy. Provoking Russia over Syria may be a step too far, though he aggressiveness of Turkish foreign policy is something new. It goes back to 2009 when, at Davos, President Erdoğan insulted Shimon Peres, then Israel's president, using the Turkish form of "you" that is normally used for dogs, and accusing him of atrocities in Gaza. That went down very well with his home constituency, less well with Turks who think about things, and it also went down well in the Arab...
  • Turkish Court to Decide if Comparing Erdogan to 'Lord of the Rings' Character 'Gollum' is a Crime

    12/02/2015 12:27:51 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 02, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    Turkish court to decide if comparing Erdogan to 'Rings' character Gollum a crime It can't be flattering to be compared to "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum, but a Turkish court is trying to determine if it is a crime. A doctor who likened President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the pasty, cave-dwelling creature is facing up to two years in prison in Turkey, where insulting the president is a crime, reports said Wednesday. Bilgin Ciftci is accused of sharing images of the two, but it is up to a court to determine whether a comparison to the muttering, gangrel creature...
  • Russia Presents Detailed Evidence Of ISIS-Turkey Oil Trade

    12/02/2015 8:54:18 AM PST · by mojito · 37 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/2/2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Monday, Turkey’s sultan President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said something funny. In the wake of Vladimir Putin’s contention that Russia has additional proof of Turkey’s participation in Islamic State’s illicit crude trade, Erdogan said he would resign if anyone could prove the accusations. Now obviously, conclusive evidence that Ankara is knowingly facilitating the sale of ISIS crude will probably be hard to come by, at least in the short-term, but the silly thing about Erdogan’s pronouncement is that we’re talking about a man who was willing to plunge his country into civil war over a few lost seats in Parliament....
  • Turkey: Gollum experts to decide if Erdogan was insulted

    12/01/2015 11:30:55 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/15 | Ari yashar
    Turkey once again showed it can't take a joke, as a Turkish court ordered a panel of experts to assess the character of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings - to decide whether a doctor who compared President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the figure should be jailed. Dr. Bilgin Ciftci of Aydin is accused of "insulting" Erdogan by posting images online comically comparing Erdogan and Gollum, the fantasy creature with a personality split between good and evil who became a fan favorite for pining over the One Ring - better known as "my precious." The experts will determine whether...
  • Russian-Turkish Tensions Heating Up: Erdogan Says He'll Resign if Putin Proves Turkey Buys ISIS Oil

    12/01/2015 5:44:55 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-01-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Tensions between Russia and Turkey continue to rise. Their relationship suffered a deadly blow when Turkey shot down a Russian jet last month. Ever since, Russia's President Putin and his Turkish counterpart Erdogan have gone after each other, both in public and privately. In the last few days, Putin has accused Turkey of buying ISIS oil. The Russian president is convinced that the terrorist group is shipping massive amounts of oil to the Turkish black market, where it's then sold for a relatively low price. Putin's accusations are backed up by Mowaffak al Rubaie, a former Iraqi Governing Council member...
  • The EU’s New Turkish Deal Brings Insecurity For Europe

    12/01/2015 3:28:31 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Dec 2015 | Christopher Carter
    The EU has provisionally agreed to provide Turkey with €3 billion+ to supposedly spend on 'stemming the migrant flow' along with an easing of visa restrictions and a promise of accelerating talks about Turkey's accession to the EU. The EU has now conceded it is powerless to stem the tide of migrants and refugees on its own, and has opted to open Europe's doors to 75 million Turks. Through its desperate attempts to try and sort out the migrant crisis, the EU has shoved all its cards into the hands of the autocratic President Erdogan. This deal with Turkey will...
  • Erdogan Says Will Resign If Oil Purchases From ISIS Proven After Putin Says Has "More Proof"

    11/30/2015 11:59:11 AM PST · by amorphous · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Tyler Durden
    "I've shown photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products," Vladimir Putin told reporters earlier this month on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Antalya. Putin was of course referencing Islamic State's illicit and highly lucrative oil trade, the ins and outs of which we've documented extensively over the past two weeks:
  • Erdoğan admits supplying ISIS jihadists with weapons

    11/29/2015 4:58:41 PM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Speisa ^ | 11/29/15
    In Turkish media it emerges that Turkey's support for ISIS jihadists in Syria comes from the highest level of power in the country - the President and the government. Today's Zaman, which is controlled by the Gülen movement, writes that President Recep Erdoğan has admitted that the Turkish intelligence service, MIT, has smuggled weapons to ISIS in Syria. In a speech on November 24, to an assembly of teachers, the president said, according to the newspaper: "You know of the treason regarding the MIT trucks, don't you? So what if there were weapons in them? I believe that our people...
  • Turkey Arrests Generals Who Stopped Syria-Bound, Weapons-Laden, Spook Trucks

    11/30/2015 9:58:35 AM PST · by amorphous · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Tyler Durden
    If there's a silver lining to last Tuesdays downing of a Russian Su-24 warplane by two Turkish F-16s it's that the world is now starting to scrutinize President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Even to the uninitiated it seemed strange that a NATO member would shoot down a Russian fighter jet over an alleged 17 second violation of Turkish airspace. Why, one wonders, would the democratically elected leader of one of the world's foremost up and coming emerging markets decide, out of the blue, to become the first member of the alliance to engage a Russian or Soviet aircraft in more than...
  • Erdogan more isolated than ever on Syria

    11/30/2015 1:25:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | November 29, 2015
    Erdogan more isolated than ever on Syria Erdogan’s "feel good moment" backfires The most notable consequence so far of Turkey’s shooting down a Russian fighter Nov. 24 has been a possible opening for a deepening of Russia’s cooperation with the US-led coalition against the Islamic State and a free fall in Turkish-Russian relations. Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande agreed Nov. 26 to share information about targets in Syria and to strike “only terrorists.” Putin added that Russia is “ready to cooperate” with the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition. Credit for the inspired diplomacy of turning crisis into...
  • Putin orders sanctions against Turkey over jet downing (Erdogan wishes it had not happened.)

    11/28/2015 7:59:42 PM PST · by amorphous · 66 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 28 Nov 2015
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a series of economic sanctions against Turkey following the downing of Russian figher jet by Turkish forces earlier this week. A decree published on the Kremlin's website on Saturday came hours after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced "sadness" over the incident, saying he wished it had not happened.
  • Putin said to be 'fully mobilized' as Turkey sends rebels arms

    11/28/2015 6:57:50 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2015/11/28
    Putin said to be 'fully mobilized' as Turkey sends rebels arms President Vladimir Putin is fully mobilized to tackle what the Kremlin regards as an unprecedented threat from Turkey following the shooting down of one of its warplanes by a Turkish F-16, the Russian leader's spokesman said on Saturday. In comments which underscore how angry the Kremlin still is over the incident, Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, called the behavior of the Turkish air force "absolute madness" and said Ankara's subsequent handling of the crisis had reminded him of the "theater of the absurd." "Nobody has the right to traitorously shoot...
  • Putin orders economic sanctions against Turkey after downing of Russian plane

    11/28/2015 2:44:39 PM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 28, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for economic sanctions against Turkey after a Russian jet was downed earlier this week on the Syrian border. The sanctions were announced in a decree published on the Kremlin's website and comes as Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan voiced regret over the incident, saying he wished the event hadn't happened. The decree calls for bans on some goods and forbids extensions of labor contracts to Turkish individuals working in Russia, The Associated Press reported. It also calls for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for all Russian tourism companies to stop...
  • Violence Erupts In Turkey After Prominent Lawyer Is Assassinated On Live TV

    11/28/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by amorphous · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 28 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    A day after Turkey arrested two journalists for their report exposing Erdogan's weapons deliveries to "extremist groups" in Syria, confirming that no dissent to the president's foreign policy would be allowed, today a new riot has erupted in Istanbul following the dramatic murder in broad daylight of Tahir Elci, the president of the Turkish bar association in southeastern Diyarbakir province, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen while giving a public speech. A campaigner for Kurdish rights, Elci had been criticized for challenging Turkey's official stance of calling the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) a terrorist organization. A Turkish prosecutor last...
  • While Putin Kills Terrorists, Obama Pays Them $500,000,000...

    11/28/2015 8:56:00 AM PST · by amorphous · 30 replies
    Shoebat.Com ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    While Putin was shelling the terrorists on Thanksgiving, president Barack Obama signed the Pentagon funding bill which allows $500 million in aid to the very terrorists in Syria that Putin is frying. Obama couldn't find a better time to sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 except on the eve of Thanksgiving. So while Obama funds terrorists on Thanksgiving to aid his 'Turkey' friend, Putin slaughters her little chicklings at Turkmen Mountain in Syria. On the 25th, Russia also destroyed Turkish convoy crossing the borders into Syria at Azaz which is a hub, where Turkish aid (weapons, ammunition,...
  • Double dealing tyrant who's sabotaging the West's battle to crush ISIS:Turkey's Erdogan seems to be

    11/27/2015 7:52:01 PM PST · by House Atreides · 40 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | November 26, 2015 | Michael Burleigh
    ...the fact is that Erdogan's regime has on many occasions turned a blind eye to ISIS activity in Turkey, as well as to Turkish businessmen and smugglers doing trade deals with the jihadist butchers. To be fair, on the surface, Turkey's president is fully involved in the fight against ISIS. In October he allowed U.S. jets to use Turkey's Incirlik air base for operations against ISIS, pledging that his forces, too, would join the fight. But the truth is that Turkey's planes have aimed their missiles almost exclusively at the one army which poses a real threat to ISIS, and...
  • Russians burn Erdogan's effigies, shout 'down with ISIS'

    11/27/2015 1:50:51 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Friday, November 27, 2015 | PTI
    Activists in Moscow, belonging to a youth wing of the conservative Rodina party, put a life-size inflatable doll of Erdogan in a coffin and delivered it to the Turkish embassy. - Getty Images Moscow's fury over Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border was on full display today as pro-government activists staged anti-Turkey rallies, even parading a life-size doll of its president in a coffin. In Crimea, a group of young people gathered around a hay effigy with the face of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set up on the main square of Simferopol. Videos shot at...
  • Unreal: Erdogan Warns Russia Against Downing Turkish Jets in Syrian Airspace

    11/27/2015 1:28:08 PM PST · by marvel5 · 25 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | November 27, 2015 | Rudy Panki
    Check out the latest from Turkey's aspiring sultan: When asked what would happen if Russia shot down a Turkish jet that strayed into Syrian airspace, Turkey's airplane-shooter-in-chief said that it would qualify as Russian “aggression.” According to Erdogan, This kind of an incident which may happen of course will further push us to take measures. … Of course it will be an aggression against our rights of sovereignty and it is a natural right of [Turkey] to protect those rights Yes, Turkish warplanes zooming around Syria is a matter of “Turkish sovereignty.” You heard it here first. Why does Russia...
  • Turkey warns Putin not to 'play with fire'

    Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned Vladimir Putin not to "play with fire" as their war of words continued to escalate over the downing of a jet. Putin has refused to contact Erdogan because Ankara does not to apologize for the downing of the Russian warplane, Putin aide Yuri Ushakov told Reuters Friday. On Thursday, Putin again slammed Turkey's explanations for the shoot down near the border with Syria, saying that the warplane's flight details had been passed to the U.S. in advance and should have been known to the Turkish government. "The American side, which leads the coalition...
  • Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

    11/27/2015 6:01:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 108 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Nov 27, 2015
    Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire' ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia not to "play with fire" on Friday, but added he did not want to harm relations with Moscow, comments that look more likely to inflame than quell the dispute over a downed Russian bomber this week. Relations between the former Cold War antagonists are at their worst in recent memory after Turkey shot down the jet near the Syrian border on Monday. Russia has threatened economic retaliation against Ankara, which Erdogan has dismissed as "emotional" and "unfitting". "We very sincerely recommend to Russia not...
  • NATO Is Harboring ISIS, And Here's The Evidence

    11/24/2015 10:02:49 PM PST · by amorphous · 61 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 24 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    For the better part of a year, Turkey remained on the sidelines in the "fight" against ISIS. Then, on July 20, a powerful explosion ripped through the town of Suruc. 33 people were killed including a number of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) members who planned to assist in the rebuilding of Kobani. The attack was promptly attributed to Islamic State who took "credit" for the tragedy the next day. To be sure, the attack came at a rather convenient time for President Tayyip Erdogan. A little over a month earlier, the ruling...
  • Obama calls Turkish president to discuss downing of Russian warplane

    11/24/2015 6:06:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 24, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on the need to reduce tensions after Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane flying near the country's border with Syria, the White House said Tuesday. Obama voiced support "for Turkey's right to defend its sovereignty" during a phone call with Erdogan, according to a White House statement. "The leaders agreed on the importance of de-escalating the situation and pursuing arrangements to ensure that such incidents do not happen again," the White House added. U.S. and NATO officials said Tuesday the Russian jet entered Turkish airspace, according to the Associated Press....
  • Turkey Destroys Kurdistan, World Silent [Leave homes, be shot. Stay in homes, be bombed.]

    11/19/2015 2:17:12 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/19/15 | Uzay Bulut
    In 1990s, the Turkish military used to burn down Kurdish villages; today they burn down Kurdish towns.This month, three neighborhoods in the Kurdish city of Silvan in Diyarbakir Province -- Tekel, Konak and Mescit -- were put under military curfew and then attacked from November 3 to November 14. Telephone lines, water, and electricity were cut.The neighborhoods, besieged by armored police vehicles, were then bombarded by tanks and artillery shooting from the hills. Many houses were hit by bullets and bombs; some houses were burned. [1]Representatives of the governor's office in Diyarbakir claimed that the military operations aimed to "remove...