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  • As Fighting Rages, Turkey’s Erdogan Rejects Any US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds Battling ISIS

    10/19/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Turkey’s president on Sunday rejected U.S. proposals to arm Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) near the Turkish border, shortly after the White House said he and President Obama had pledged to “strengthen cooperation” against the jihadists. “It would be wrong for the United States, with whom we are friends and allies in NATO, to talk openly and to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His comments were the latest sign that Turkey and the U.S. are far from being...
  • No, Turkey has not given us permission to use their air bases to attack ISIS

    10/13/2014 8:54:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Yesterday, unnamed administration officials leaked the good news that Turkey would allow us to use their air bases to attack IS forces in Syria and Iraq: Also Sunday, officials confirmed that Turkey agreed to let U.S. and coalition fighter aircraft launch operations against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria from Turkish bases, including Incirlik Air Base in the south. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has been traveling in South America, has said the U.S. wanted access to the Turkish bases. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private talks between the Americans...
  • Turkey In Turmoil After Tanks Roll Out To Stop Deadly Protests; Stocks Tumble

    10/08/2014 7:54:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/08/14 | Tyler Durden
    The reason for the anger: Syrian Kurdish fighters are battling to prevent Islamic State militants from overrunning Kobani, a mostly Kurdish city in north Syria a couple of miles south of the Turkish border. Kurds have blamed the Turkish government for not doing enough to help the Kurds of Kobani.
  • Turkey’s President Calls for Ground Troops to Fight Islamic State

    10/07/2014 7:01:28 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 35 replies
    WST ^ | 7 Oct 14 | Ayla Albayrak and Asa Fitch
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday the besieged Syrian city of Kobani was in imminent danger of falling to Islamic State and called on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the radical group to bolster its air raids with ground operations. The U.S.-led air campaign hit Islamic State positions Tuesday near the Syrian border city of Kobani, known in Arabic as Ayn al-Arab, but officials and Syrian opposition members said the militants were still advancing against Syrian Kurdish fighters. During a visit to a refugee camp in the border province of Gaziantep, Mr. Erdogan declared Kobani was “about to fall” and...
  • Biden apologizes to Turkey president in phone call

    10/04/2014 2:13:31 PM PDT · by McGruff · 14 replies
    AP via Yahoo news ^ | 10/4/2014 | SUZAN FRASER
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden apologized Saturday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was angry over comments in which Biden said Erdogan had admitted that Turkey had made mistakes by allowing foreign fighters to cross into Syria.
  • An Homage To Himself, Erdogan's Own Personal Versailles [restoring Ottoman / Seljuk glory]

    10/03/2014 9:48:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    If he had a choice today, Sun King Louis XIV might actually prefer to be the Turkish rather than the French head of state. Only a few buildings since Versailles have offered as salient an expression of a sitting leader's claims to power as the new official residence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Though there was also the "People's House" of erstwhile Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, the villainous leader was executed before the colossal construction was finished. By comparison to "Genius of the Carpathians" Ceausescu, who laid claim to 3,000 rooms in Bucharest, the ruler of the "new Turkey"...
  • How Turkey Went Bad

    10/03/2014 5:22:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Daniel Pipes ^ | 10/3/2014 | Daniel Pipes
    Only twelve years ago, the Republic of Turkey was correctly seen as a stalwart NATO ally, the model of a pro-Western Muslim state, and a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. A strong military bond with the Pentagon undergirded broader economic and cultural ties with Americans. For those of us who work on the Middle East, time in Istanbul, Ankara, and other Turkish cities was a refreshing oasis from the turmoil of the region.And then, starting with the still-astonishing election of 2002, the country dramatically changed course. Slowly at first and then with increasing velocity since mid-2011, the government...
  • White House huddles as ISIS advances toward Turkey

    10/01/2014 9:03:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/01/2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama met Tuesday evening with his national security team amid reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was advancing toward toward the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani on the border between Turkey and Syria. The president and his top foreign policy aides met at the White House on Tuesday "to discuss our comprehensive strategy to counter the threat posed by [ISIS]," the administration said in a statement. The meeting came as CNN reported that Turkish soldiers and tanks were massing at the border amid concerns about a flood of refugees entering the country ahead of advancing...
  • Turkey allows girls as young as 10 to cover hair at schools

    09/23/2014 4:31:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/23/2014
    Turkey has lifted a ban on the Islamic-style headscarf in schools, allowing girls from the fifth grade and up to cover their hair in a further easing of generations-old restrictions on the public expression of faith. The government, whose roots are in political Islam, has already lifted a ban on religious garb for university students and female civil servants, scrapping curbs stemming from the founding of Turkey's secular republic in 1923 on the ashes of Islamic Ottoman Empire. "Our female students have yearned" for the end of the ban, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said late on Monday after a...
  • Turkey Prevents Aid From Iraqi Kurds Reaching Kobani

    09/24/2014 6:13:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Bas News ^ | 9/24/2014 | Pishtiwan Jaff
    Turkish authorities have hold up tons of aids sent from Iraqi Kurds to Kobani refugees close to Turkish border. Turkey has prevented a convoy of aid supplies sent by the Barzani Charity Foundation that was being sent to the people of Kobani suffering near Turkey’s border. On Tuesday, twelve trucks stocked with food and other basic needs which was provided by Barzani Foundation was sent for Kobani refugees from Erbil to Turkey, however, it was prevented from crossing by the Turkish government. The convoy is currently halted at the Ibrahim Khalil border between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey. Turkish government officials...
  • Rise of Islamic Schools Causes Alarm in Secular Turkey

    09/23/2014 9:55:36 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Istanbul (AFP) -- When Turkish pupils received their school entry exam results after the end of last term, textile worker and father Halil Ibrahim Beyhan received an unpleasant surprise. His daughter had been assigned to a religious high school, like thousands of other students under a new system that caught many parents off guard. Parents, educators and civil society groups have decried the move as another attack on Turkey's secular principles by the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) co-founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing the government of imposing religion on students. "My child will be forced to wear...
  • 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 · 26 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 · 21 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 · 17 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...