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  • Turkey to Welcome Seven Muslim Brotherhood Exiles from Qatar

    09/16/2014 7:33:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Ankara would welcome seven top Muslim Brotherhood (MB) figures who are being forced to leave Qatar after heavy pressure from Gulf countries. In a press meeting with journalists after returning from an official trip to the Arab country, Erdogan said the Islamist leaders can come to Turkey like any other foreign visitor, if they wish to do so. Turkey's ruling moderate Islamist AK Party backed the Muslim Brotherhood after Egypt's army ousted president Mohamed Morsi from office in July 2013. He added that none of the figures have yet contacted Turkish officials...
  • The end of Turkey as an ally?

    09/14/2014 9:32:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 14, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Turkey has made a decision to not only refuse to join the “broad coalition” against ISIS that President Obama promised Wednesday night is more than just a major slap in face for Obama and America. It also presents an obstacle to the success of the president’s promised “degradation and destruction of the caliphate. As The Wall Street Journal notes: Was it only a week ago that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listed a "core coalition" of 10 countries willing to join the U.S. effort to destroy the Islamic State? Since then Britain has categorically ruled out military strikes in Syria,...
  • U.S. Aids Turkey in Creating an Islamic Caliphate and an Antichrist

    09/01/2014 3:02:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/31/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Obama is sending Defense Secretary Hagel to Turkey to ratchet its efforts to tame ISIS while knowingly is aware that Turkey is a supporter of ISIS! The efforts as they claim is to build what the administration termed Coalition of the Willing.As has been predicted by Shoebat.com, The United States will plead to Turkey to end ISIS.Now Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is being sent by Obama preparing to visit Turkey to intensify the push for an international campaign against ISIS.In his remarks during a briefing on Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said that Hagel will start...
  • Turkey refuses US permission for combat missions against ISIS: official

    09/11/2014 5:10:42 AM PDT · by blueyon · 61 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 9/11/14 | Agence France Presse
    ANKARA: Turkey will refuse to allow a US-led coalition to attack jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, a government official told AFP Thursday. " Turkey will not be involved in any armed operation but will entirely concentrate on humanitarian operations," the official said on condition of anonymity. The decision echoes the country's refusal to allow the US to station 60,000 troops in Turkey in 2003 to invade Iraq from the north, which triggered a crisis between the two allies. Ankara then also refused Washington permission to...
  • Erdogan Compares Israel to Hitler, Says: They Will Drown in the Blood They Shed

    09/10/2014 7:08:06 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 8-3-14
    Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan, speaking at a rally prior to his election as President of Turkey, said: "Just like Hitler tried to create a pure Aryan race in Germany, the State of Israel is pursuing the same goals right now." He further said: "The more they shed blood, the more they will drown in the blood that they shed." The crowds responded with chants: "Damn Israel! Down with Israel!" The address was posted on the Internet on August 3, 2014. Following are excerpts: Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan: 100 years ago, we withdrew our soldiers from Shuj'aiyya, but we never withdrew our hearts....
  • Obama and Turkey’s Erdogan discuss the importance of “combating the scourge of anti-Semitism”

    09/08/2014 5:57:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/8/14 | Robert Spencer
    When two staunch foes of Israel like Obama and Erdogan discuss combating anti-Semitism, they are either performing for the cameras or mean that they need to put yet more pressure on Israel. For in the view of Leftists and Islamic supremacists, if there is any anti-Semitism, it is because of the alleged misdeeds of Israel. If Israel makes another series of concessions to the “Palestinian” jihadis, all will be well. “Obama and Erdogan Discuss Fighting Anti-Semitism,” by Ben Ariel, Arutz Sheva, September 6, 2014: U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to combat anti-Semitism, the...
  • Time to Part Ways with Erdogan: In Turkey, We Are Seeing the Death of a Moderate Muslim State

    08/21/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/21/2014 | Ari Lieberman
    There is no question that Turkey, because of its size and geo-strategic location maintains a pivotal role in NATO. Its armed forces are NATO’s second largest and its troops had acquitted themselves well during the Korean War. Turkey had also played a constructive role in bridging relations between Israel and the Muslim world acting as an effective interlocutor. But with the ascent of the Islamist Justice and Development party in 2002 and the rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as party boss, things have taken a stark turn for the worse. Under the stewardship of an increasingly unbalanced Erdogan, Turkey has...
  • SHOEBAT: Most prominent spiritual leader in Muslim Brotherhood declares Turkey

    08/20/2014 10:20:24 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 8-20-14 | Walid Shoebat
    Walid Shoebat posted this on Sunday and this is big: Listen up folks. The most prominent spiritual leader for the Muslim Brotherhood is none other than Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi and this Sunday he declared that Turkey is where the Caliphate will be established. In an interview with TV Turkia Qaradawi declared that: “We came to Turkey to assess the Fourth Assembly of the Union of Muslim Scholars in Istanbul, capital of the Islamic Caliphate!”
  • An uncertain future awaits Turkey after Erdogan's presidential victory (the sultan ascends)

    08/12/2014 5:25:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/12/2014 | NAT da Polis
    Early surveys were confirmed. Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the first popularly elected president of the Turkish Republic, a state founded in 1923 on the basis of the secular ideas of Kemal Ataturk. About 52 per cent of the electorate chose again Erodgan's style of politics. Based on an authoritarian and arrogant use of power, and an instrumental use of popular support, such a style is equally informed by contempt for those who think differently. Erdogan's support is found among a majority of Turks, mostly devout Muslims and conservative, who began to share in the spoils of political and economic...
  • Will Erdogan's Presidency End NATO As We Know It?

    08/11/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Allies: With all the disconcerting things going on in the Mideast, you could be forgiven for missing an event critically important to America's long-term interests: Recep Erdogan's election as president of Turkey. Erdogan's 52% victory over the weekend in a stage-managed election, making him the nation's first directly elected president, heralds a new era of conflict in the Mideast and perhaps the end of NATO as we know it. Turkey has for decades been a key ally to the U.S. and NATO in the Mideast, an anchor in the Cold War against the USSR and friendly toward Israel as the...
  • Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Has WON–So What Lays Ahead?

    08/11/2014 4:10:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/11/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    As we predicted. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the presidential election with 52 percent of the vote, according to early results. Thus, Erdogan has become the country’s first popularly-elected head of state. He appears triumphant with the crowds of millions carrying fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow flags. (Revelation 19:17)  With 98.75 percent of the ballots counted, Erdogan leads with 52 percent, the Hurriyet Daily reports. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, has received 38 percent of the votes. Selahattin Demirtas, head of the leftist pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, is in third place with just...
  • (Islamist) Erdogan emerges victorious in Turkish presidential elections amid low turnout

    08/11/2014 2:47:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/10/2014 | Constanze Letsch
    Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the country’s first direct presidential election on Sunday, and issued a message of unity, saying he would be a president for everyone. “I will not be the president of only those who voted for me, I will be the president of 77 million,” Erdogan said in a victory speech delivered from the balcony of his Justice and Development Party headquarters in Ankara. “Today the national will won once again, today democracy won once again,” he told thousands of flag-waving, cheering supporters. “Those who didn’t vote for me won as much as those who...
  • Turkey says no Turkish military strike against IS

    08/09/2014 7:57:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 8/9/2014
    Turkey's defense minister on Saturday ruled out a Turkish military intervention against Islamic State fighters in Iraq, and said his country was not involved in U.S. airstrikes against the extremists near the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil. Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz told reporters central Anatolian province of Sivas that his country had not provided "any support to the U.S. so far." He cited Turkey's responsibility toward 49 Turkish citizens taken hostage by the IS from the Turkish consulate in Mosul in June. The hostages include diplomatic staff, special forces police and children. Due to this, Yilmaz said, "it is impossible...
  • One-Man State: Presidential Election Set to Seal Erdogan’s Supremacy (Turkey)

    08/07/2014 5:51:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 06, 2014 – 03:28 PM | Hasnain Kazim and Maximilian Popp
    … Erdogan, 60, has been in power for 11 years, and because he can no longer serve as prime minister after three terms in office, he is now seeking election as president on Aug. 10. Ideally, he would of course like to become ruler for life, or at least until 2023, the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. He often mentions 2023, and the number is also featured prominently on his campaign posters. […] But he has become more and more authoritarian with each election win. He has had protests quelled and critics arrested, and has...
  • Recep Erdogan’s unhinged anti-Israeli hate speech is a disgrace to Turkey

    08/06/2014 6:34:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    National Post ^ | 8/6/2014 | Jonathan Kay
    “Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies,” as it is widely known on the Internet, states that as any online comment thread grows longer, “the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 100%.” With all due respect to American internet-law pioneer and free-speech advocate Mike Godwin, perhaps the law ought to be renamed after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who might just be the world’s most verbally promiscuous trivializer of the Nazi legacy.“Just like Hitler, who sought to establish a race free of all faults, Israel is chasing after the same target,” Mr. Erdogan recently told supporters at a...
  • Islamic State fighter: 'Turkey paved the way for us' (ISIS)

    08/06/2014 12:09:40 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/30/2014 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Prime Minister’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “AKP government has helped us a lot” since the war in Syria began, an Islamic State fighter told a Turkish journalist. The Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) exclusively provided The Jerusalem Post with a report on Tuesday based on an interview with the fighter, who is in Ankara for medical care, by journalist Deniz Kahraman from the left-liberal Aydinlik newspaper and the OdaTV website, in which the fighter says Turkey played a crucial role in the Sunni group’s spectacular advances. “Turkey paved the way for us. Had...
  • Congress losing patience with Turkey’s Erdogan

    08/04/2014 3:41:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2014 5:09 PM EDT | Bradley Klapper
    Members of Congress are losing patience with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In a sharply-worded letter, Democrats and Republicans who’ve led House efforts to advance U.S.-Turkish relations warned Erdogan last week about what they considered to be his anti-Semitic comments. They told him he risked damaging ties between the U.S. and Turkey. …
  • Erdogan: Israel Deliberately Killing Palestinian Mothers

    08/03/2014 10:52:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 8/4/2014, 5:13 AM | Elad Benari
    In yet another verbal tirade against Israeli, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused the Jewish state of “deliberately killing Palestinian mothers”, Reuters reported. Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters at his biggest rally so far ahead of the August 10 election, Erdogan again likened Israel’s actions to those of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. “Just like Hitler, who sought to establish a race free of all faults, Israel is chasing after the same target,” Erdogan told the sea of cheering supporters at an Istanbul arena, according to Reuters. “They kill women so that they will not give birth...
  • Erdogan dominates Turkey’s uneven presidential race

    08/03/2014 11:00:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Aug 4, 2014 1:03am EDT | Humeyra Pamuk and Johnny Hogg
    After dominating Turkish politics for more than a decade, few doubt Erdogan will beat his main rival Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, a diplomat with little profile in domestic politics, or Selahattin Demirtas, a young Kurdish hopeful. But Erdogan’s opponents say it has been an unfair contest, a charge the prime minister dismisses. An Erdogan victory would concentrate more power in the hands of a man who has divided Turkish society along secular-religious lines and worried Turkey’s western allies. While his rivals have funded their rallies mainly from donations, Erdogan has turned his public appearances, some of them state-financed, into a show of...
  • After Anti-Israeli Comments, Erdogan 'Glad' to Return Jewish Award

    07/30/2014 2:40:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 7/30/2014 | Abe Katsman
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be "glad" to return an award given to him in 2004 by a prominent American Jewish group, Turkey's embassy in the US said Tuesday, amid a growing controversy over the premier's anti-Israel remarks.According to Israel National News, the American Jewish Congress had given Erdogan the Profile of Courage award in recognition of his efforts at that time to seek peace in the Middle East. But the AJC now wants the award to be returned following Erdogan’s repeated verbal assaults against Israel, most recently over the Gaza conflict.Erdogan has slammed Israel's attacks on Gaza as "genocide" of...
  • 'Freedom Flotilla II' set to sail for Gaza from Turkey (With Turkish military protection)

    07/27/2014 9:23:57 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 70 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/28/2014 | Jerusalem Post
    Amid Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas attacks from Gaza, a “Freedom Flotilla” is being organized in Turkey to bring humanitarian aid to the Hamas-controlled Palestinian coastal enclave with the protection of the Turkish military, according to an unconfirmed media report. The flotilla, called “Freedom Flotilla II,” is being organized by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), the same organization that was behind the Mavi Marmara flotilla that sought to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010. Israel Navy commandos boarded the ship, were attacked, and killed nine of the attackers.
  • Turkish Prime Minister: Israel Has ‘Surpassed What Hitler Did To Them’

    07/25/2014 1:31:17 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 62 replies
    CBS DC ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ridiculed Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza, accusing the Israeli government of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler.” Speaking at a political re-election rally in the Turkish city of Ordu, Turkey’s prime minister said that Israel has “surpassed what Hitler did to them” and declared the country a “terrorist state.” “[Israelis] have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism,” said Erdoğan. He accused Israel of rejecting ceasefires that Hamas has proposed and “spitting death, spitting blood.” Erdogan reiterated his opposition to Israel’s...
  • U.S. ally cuts off communications with Obama and seeks new trade outside dollar

    07/23/2014 8:12:42 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 33 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Staff
    On July 21, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan spoke in an interview with Turkey's ATV television, and confirmed that his office had cut off direct communications with President Obama, and in fact, were no longer even answering calls received from the White House. In addition to this startling announcement regarding a long standing U.S. ally, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development followed this up with a press release that stated that Turkey was quickly moving away from their reliance on the dollar as the global reserve currency, and is seeking increased trade with Russia in a mutually beneficial exchange of...
  • 'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey's Erdogan

    07/22/2014 4:09:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/22/2014
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict. Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September. "In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV...
  • Erdogan calls Israel more barbaric than Hitler

    07/19/2014 1:19:51 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Raphael Ahren
    ANKARA — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler” during its ground invasion of Gaza. Erdogan made the comment during a campaign speech Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu. He is running for the presidency in elections next month. He has been speaking out strongly against Israel during its offensive against Hamas in Gaza, which has killed more than 300 Palestinians. Hamas has fired some 1,500 rockets at Israel and carried out a series of terrorist infiltrations via tunnels and from the sea in recent days. Erdogan accuses Israel of using...
  • Erdogan says Israel more barbaric than Hitler

    07/19/2014 1:23:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 19, 2014 2:45 PM EDT
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler” during its ground invasion of Gaza. Erdogan made the comment during a campaign speech Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu. He is running for the presidency in elections next month. …
  • Turkish PM Erdogan: Israeli policy in Gaza no different than Hitler’s mentality

    07/15/2014 8:43:19 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 15 2014 | The Right Scoop
    And to think that Erdogan is a much closer ally and friend to Obama that Netanyahu himself. Despicable: YNET – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday stepped up his rhetoric against Israel over its deadly air offensive on Gaza when he compared Israel to Adolf Hitler, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported. Erdogan reportedly told members of his party that Israel’s policies regarding the Palestinians were no different to the mentality of the Nazi leader. Referring to a purported remark by a Knesset member that “all Palestinians are our enemies,” Erdogan reportedly said this was no different to the views...
  • Erdogan to Israel: Stop Attacking Gaza or No Normalization

    07/10/2014 9:28:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/14 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Thursday that his country’s ties with Israel would not return to normal unless Israel ceases its offensive on Gaza, AFP reports. "You will first stop this oppression. If not, it is not possible to realize normalization between Turkey and Israel," Erdogan said in the central Anatolian city of Yozgat after a dinner breaking the daily Ramadan fast. .....
  • PIPES: Turkey’s support for ISIS Islamist terrorists

    06/26/2014 10:12:08 AM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/17/2014 | Daniel Pipes
    ...Ankara may deny helping ISIS, but the evidence for this is overwhelming. “As we have the longest border with Syria,” writes Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a Turkish newspaper columnist, “Turkey’s support was vital for the jihadists in getting in and out of the country.” Indeed, the ISIS strongholds not coincidentally cluster close to Turkey’s frontiers. Kurds, academic experts and the Syrian opposition agree that Syrians, Turks (estimated to number 3,000), and foreign fighters (especially Saudis, but also a fair number of Westerners) have crossed the Turkish-Syrian border at will, often to join ISIS. What Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel calls a “two-way...
  • Turkey’s High-Risk Power Play

    06/25/2014 5:34:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 25, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. For most Westerners, Turkey is a hard nut to crack. How can you understand a state sponsor of terrorism that is also a member of NATO? How can you explain Turkey’s facilitation of Kurdish independence in Iraq in light of Turkey’s hundred-year opposition to Kurdish independence? What is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan trying to accomplish here? Is he nuts? On the terrorism support front, today Turkey vies with Iran for the title of leading state sponsor of terrorism. First there is Hamas. Last week an Israeli security official told the media that...
  • Turkey at ‘crossroads’ to authoritarian rule, Amnesty says

    06/11/2014 1:13:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06/11/2014 @ 09:38 | Andrew Rettman
    British rights group Amnesty International has painted a disturbing picture of EU-aspirant Turkey as a country on the way to authoritarian rule. Its report, published on Tuesday (10 June)—one year after mass protests which broke out in Gezi Park, Istanbul—warns that thousands of people are at risk of prison for exercising their right to freedom of assembly, while police officers are getting away with acts of severe brutality. It says that after 12 years in power the ruling party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “is perhaps at a crossroads”. “It can choose to acknowledge legitimate grievances and reach out...
  • Turkish Prime Minister to Perform Namaz at Hagia Sophia Church

    05/05/2014 7:40:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The current Turkish prime-minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan is considering the possibility of Muslim prayer at Hagia Sophia Church in Istanbul (Constantinople), reports Romphea. Erdogan is planning to participate in a namaz at the historic Hagia Sophia Church in Constantinople, reports the Radikal Turkish daily newspaper. The Muslim prayer will probably be performed during the annual celebrations of the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, just before the August elections, when Erdogan wants to retake his office of prime-minister. Realizing that such prayer at Hagia Sophia may provoke active opposition, the Turkish authorities have to make concessions and...
  • Motion to transform Hagia Sophia into a mosque: Conquest of Constantinople a national holiday...

    05/05/2014 3:14:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 5/5/2014 | NaT da Polis
    A little-known independent deputy from the Burdur district, Hami Yildirim, has filed a motion in the Turkish parliament to transform the Istanbul Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque. The Hagia Sophia is known to all as an architectural masterpiece, a symbol of united Christendom, built by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD. The news was broken by Haber Turk and so far has not been denied. On the contrary, there are other worrying signs: a few days ago, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his desire to celebrate an Islamic function in Santa Sofia on 29 May, the day that commemorates...
  • Neither Erdogan’s victory, nor the Muslim Brotherhood’s protests are an Ottoman slap

    04/15/2014 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 15 2014 | Nervana Mahmoud
    Following a trail of setbacks, Islamists in the Arab world have something to celebrate. Their hero, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan, has won in TurkeyÂ’s local elections, a victory Islamists in the Arab world are selling to their followers as their own. The relationship between ErdoÄźan and his Arab Islamists is based on mutual exploitation. ErdoÄźan engineers more domestic popularity for himself by harping on the misfortunes of Islamists. At the same time, Arab Islamists market ErdoÄźanÂ’s success as proof of the soundness of their ideology, and use his success as a tool to counter misgivings among their junior cadres and supporters....
  • CIA was Involved in Benghazi Attack

    04/10/2014 8:07:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | April 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    t has been learned that one week prior to the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, CIA Director David Petraeus met with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan. This finding, reported by Hurrieyt at the time, further bolsters brand new claims by Seymour M. Hersh, the man who broke the Abu Ghraib prison scandal story in 2004. In early 2012, the Obama administration, along with the administration of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached an agreement that would have Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia provide funding for an operation run by then CIA Director David Petraeus (the Petraeus...
  • Syrian Rocket Hits Turkish Mosque

    03/31/2014 7:43:56 AM PDT · by Fennie · 24 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | March 31, 2014
    A rocket hit a mosque near Turkey's border with Syria on March 31, injuring a Syrian woman, Dogan News Agency has reported. The incident took place at around 2 p.m. in the Yayladagi district of Hatay, a Turkish province on the border with Syria, when clashes between Syrian regime forces and the Free Syrian Army had intensified.
  • Turkish PM Erdogan tells enemies they will pay price after poll

    03/31/2014 2:38:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/31/2014
    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule and said he would "enter the lair" of enemies who have accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. "They will pay for this," he said. Erdogan, fighting the biggest challenge of his 12-year rule, addressed supporters from a balcony at AKP headquarters at the end of a long and bitter election campaign in which he has labeled his opponents "terrorists" and an "alliance of evil". The harsh tone of his balcony address suggested he felt he now had a mandate for...
  • Here Is The YouTube "Start A False Flag War With Syria" Leaked Recording That Erdogan Wanted Banned

    03/27/2014 10:29:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/27/14 | tyler durden
    UPDATE: *TURKEY'S DAVUTOGLU SAYS LEAK IS 'DECLARATION OF WAR': TURKIYE As we noted here, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had blocked Twitter access to his nation ahead of what was rumored to be a "spectacular" leak before this weekend's elections. Then this morning, amid a mad scramble, he reportedly (despite the nation's court ruling the bans illegal) blocked YouTube access. However, by the magic of the interwebs, we have the 'leaked' clip and it is clear why he wanted it blocked/banned. As the rough translation explains, it purports to be a conversation between key Turkish military and political leaders discussing what...
  • Turkey’s New Jihad on Christian Armenians

    03/27/2014 4:04:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 3/27/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Far from being repentant of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, is again targeting Armenians; is again causing their death and dislocation.In the early morning hours of March 21, al-Qaeda linked Islamic jihadis crossed into Syrian territory from the Turkish border and launched a jihad on the Christian/Armenian town of Kessab. Among other thing, “Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages.”  Reportedly eighty people were killed. The jihadis later made a video touring the devastated town; no translation is needed, as the main phrase shouted throughout is...
  • Twitter sues Turkey over service ban

    03/26/2014 2:26:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 3-26-2014 | RT
    Twitter has filed lawsuits in several Turkish courts to challenge an access ban on its service recently pushed through by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The move comes on the same day an Ankara administrative court moved to suspend the ban. “It’s now been six days since the Turkish government blocked access to Twitter. Throughout this time, we’ve been engaged in a discussion with Turkish authorities to hear their concerns, inform them about how our platform and policies work, and try and bring this situation to a resolution,” Hurriyet Daily cited Twitter’s general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, as saying on the social...
  • Ankara warns Moscow it may close Bosphorus for Russian ships

    03/18/2014 2:45:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Bsanna News ^ | 2014-03-18
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow about the possible consequences of the conflict with Ukraine and any harassment of Crimean Tatars in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Turkish media reported. “If self-proclaimed Crimean authorities or so-called self-defense fighters commit violence against Crimean Tatars living in the peninsula, Turkey will be forced to close the Bosphorus for passage of Russian ships,” the prime minister of Turkey said in a television program. …
  • Turkey threatens Russia

    03/18/2014 9:58:21 AM PDT · by meatloaf · 132 replies
    "The threat to close the Bosphorus to Russia comes from a report by Hvylya, citing a Turkish diplomatic source. According to the source, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan yesterday spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone and warned of the consequences for conflict with Ukraine. The Hvylya source was also reported on by UNIAN."
  • Boy’s death spurs anti-Erdogan feeling in EU parliament

    03/12/2014 12:42:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 12.03.14 @ 09:28 (Mar. 12) | Andrew Rettman
    EU support for going further in Turkey accession talks is ebbing away over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly brutal ways of keeping down dissent. MEPs and EU officials at a debate in Strasbourg on Tuesday (11 March) paid tribute to Berkin Elvan, a teenage boy who died earlier the same day in a hospital in Ankara after 269 days in a coma. His injury was caused by being hit in the head with a tear gas canister when going to buy bread during anti-government protests last summer. But Turkish police on Tuesday fired more tear gas at the 2,000...
  • Turkish PM says tapes of talk with son a fabrication (Turkey the next Ukraine?)

    02/25/2014 10:18:21 AM PST · by mojito · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/25/2014 | Samia Nakhoul and Nick Tattersall
    Turkey's Prime Minister accused political enemies of hacking encrypted state communications to fake a phone conversation suggesting he warned his son to hide large sums of money before police raids in a graft inquiry that reached into government. In a dramatic session of parliament after posting of an 11-minute audio tape on YouTube, Tayyip Erdogan described it as a shameless and treacherous "montage". He did not name those he held responsible but made it clear he was talking of a network run by former ally, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The head of the main parliamentary opposition insisted the conversation was...
  • Middle-earth as the Middle East

    02/15/2014 8:33:35 AM PST · by rktman · 3 replies
    PJMedia.com ^ | 2/14/2014 | Timothy Furnish
    Controversial Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been described as the savior of the Islamic world and as a new Ottoman sultan. But likening him to the wizard Saruman from The Lord of the Rings is novel—as was done earlier this week by a leader in the Turkish opposition party: “[Turkey has become] a country where headlines and program flows can change with one phone call as if it were Middle-Earth in Lord of the Rings. The [person] who does it is like a Saruman the White who has lost all sense of shame,” Republican People’s Party’s [CHP] deputy...
  • Turkish central bank makes massive rate hike to stem lira fall

    01/28/2014 3:00:52 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 6 replies
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's central bank hiked all of its main interest rates in dramatic fashion at an emergency policy meeting, ignoring opposition from Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as it battles to defend a crumbling lira. The bank raised its overnight lending rate to 12 percent from 7.75 percent, its one-week repo rate to 10 percent from 4.5, and its overnight borrowing rate to 8 percent from 3.5, much sharper moves than economists had forecast. The lira strengthened to 2.18 against the dollar after the decision from 2.25 late on Tuesday, having hit a record low of 2.3900 early on...
  • Turkish Prime Minister Delivers Speech As a Hologram

    01/29/2014 8:18:45 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | Jon-David-Kahn
    On January 26, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan addressed the ruling Justice and Development Party at a meeting in Izmir...as a hologram.
  • PM Erdoğan uses hologram ... for first time in Turkey

    01/28/2014 5:42:22 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 7 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Hurriyet Daily News
    Full title is " PM ErdoÄźan uses hologram to address Ä°zmir party members for first time in Turkey " The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has introduced the latest state-of-the-art innovation to Turkish politics, resorting to a tool usually found only in science-fiction books: The hologram. 3D holographic beams reflected Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźanÂ’s image as he addressed a party meeting in Ä°zmir on Jan. 26.
  • Turkish judicial purge brings corruption investigation to halt

    01/22/2014 12:15:42 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/22/2014 | Daren Butler and Nick Tattersall
    Turkey's purge of the judiciary and police has brought a corruption investigation shaking the government to a grinding halt and could undermine confidence in state institutions, senior legal figures and the opposition said on Wednesday. Ninety-six judges and prosecutors were reassigned overnight, the biggest purge of the judiciary since a graft scandal erupted on December 17 with the arrest of businessmen close to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and three ministers' sons. Erdogan has portrayed the corruption inquiry as an attempted "judicial coup" orchestrated by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose network of sympathizers, known locally as "Cemaat" (religious community), hold considerable...
  • Turkish bizarre: MPs throw tablets, punch colleagues in heated brawl [VIDEO]

    01/12/2014 4:39:03 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 13 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 1/11/13
    A heated debate in Turkish parliament relating to a massive corruption scandal turned into a full-on melee today with punches, flying kicks, and thrown tablet computers. Turkey has been rocked in recent weeks by allegations of graft that have beleaguered Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party. [Click link for video]