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  • Fiery Muslim leader to leave Norway

    01/05/2012 5:12:07 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1+ views ^ | Published: Jan. 5, 2012 at 6:25 AM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "OSLO, Norway, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A Muslim extremist leader facing terrorism charges from his Norwegian hosts said this week he's planning on leaving for his native Kurdistan. Najmaddin Faraj, who goes by the name Mullah Krekar, in the 1990s was one of the co-founders of the Kurdish extremist group Ansar al-Islam, which Western officials say has links to al-Qaida." SNIPPET: "Krekar is due in Oslo District Court next month to face terrorism charges, the news agency said. Should he instead return to Kurdistan, he won't be facing any charges from the PUK, a party lawyer told Rudaw."
  • Sunni..Sheik..Calls upon Muslims to Oppose French Bill Criminalizing Denial of Armenian Genocide

    01/01/2012 8:54:41 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 12--23-11
    Following is an excerpt from a sermon delivered by Sunni scholar Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, which aired on Qatar TV on December 23, 2011. Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: We stand by our brothers in Turkey. All Muslims must oppose France in [its Armenian genocide bill]. We reject any allegation against the Muslims at any time. Throughout its history, Islam has never wanted to annihilate any nation. This is completely unacceptable.
  • Kurds protest against Turkish airstrike

    12/30/2011 2:28:08 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    China Daily ^ | Friday, December 30, 2011 | Xinhua
    Nearly 1,000 Kurds staged a protest in Istanbul Thursday against a Turkish airstrike that claimed 35 lives in Turkish-Iraqi border last night. Organized by The Peace and Democracy Party and Freedom and Democracy Party, The outraged protesters gathered at Istanbul city center of Taksim square and shouted slogans on Thursday afternoon. Clashes broke out as demonstrators threw stones against the police and attacked nearby shops while the police tried to disperse the crowd by cannoned water and tear gas. A total of 35 people were killed in a Turkish air raid in Iraq's northern region of Sinat-Haftanin Wednesday night. Most...
  • Ankara's "Economic Miracle" Collapses Changes in Turkey

    12/22/2011 9:50:34 AM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies ^ | 12-21-11 | David P. Goldman
    Turkey's high-flying economy, which expanded at a 10 percent annual rate of gross domestic product growth during the first half of 2011,[1] will crash-land in 2012. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan's "economic miracle," to use the Daily Telegraph's admiring words,[2] depended on a 40 percent annual rate of bank credit expansion, which in turn produced a balance of payments deficit as wide as that of southern Europe's crisis countries. Markets have already anticipated a sudden turnaround in the Turkish economy. The Turkish lira (TRY) fell by a quarter between November 2010 and September 2011, making it the world's worst performing...
  • France to criminalize denial of the Armenian Genocide

    12/18/2011 5:30:45 AM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Spero News ^ | 12/17/11 | Martin Barillas
    French president Nicholas Sarkozy's party has introduced legislation in that nation's legislature that would make illegal the denial of the infamous genocide perpetrated against Armenians and other Christians by the government of Turkey during the Second World War in 1915. This would make it a crime on par with denying the historicity of the Holocaust, perpetrated by the Germany's National Socialist government before and during the Second World War. Historians estimate that approximately 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Turks, at the time ruled by the last of the Ottoman rulers. This was a planned and concerted...
  • What the American Withdrawal From Iraq Means for Israel

    12/18/2011 3:38:13 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 5 replies
    JINSA ^ | December 12, 2011 | Gabriel M. Scheinmann
    snip American allies, such as Israel, are similarly nervous about the precipitous departure. A weak and America-less Iraq will have demonstrably negative consequences for Israel’s security environment. First, no country with an American military presence has attacked Israel. U.S. forces stationed in Turkey, Egypt, and the Gulf States have deterred or prevented those states from embarking on military action. In fact, the presence of U.S. forces has generally signaled the strategic orientation of those countries, first as anti-Soviet and now as anti-Iranian. snip Overall, the American withdrawal from Iraq portends ill for Israel. Iranian domination of Iraq is likely to...
  • Islamists Ready To Pounce As U.S. Lowers Flag In Iraq

    12/15/2011 5:04:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 15, 2011 | Editor
    Mideast: Our premature departure from Iraq tells the world that the U.S., as in Vietnam, can't finish big jobs. But far worse, it opens the door to a nuclear-armed, pan-Islamist empire led by Iran. Why, as Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported Thursday, did Iraqi leaders opt out of the official end-of-war ceremony in Baghdad? Well over 4,000 U.S. servicemen and women gave their lives to free Iraq from Saddam Hussein, and some 32,000 were wounded over nearly a decade of war. Shouldn't the elected representatives of the Iraqi people have been there to express their personal thanks? After all,...
  • Failure of Kurdistan gun control demonstrates universal truths

    12/08/2011 3:21:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 December, 2011 | David Codrea
    “Kurdish civilians hold on to their guns,” a Dec. 3 report in The Kurdish Globe reveals. Firearms remain widely accepted by people in a region where possession of unlicensed firearms is considered illegal. There is a gun market, we are told, where “various types of firearms including pistols and Kalashnikovs are presented and sold to customers.” But there’s a catch: [O]nly members of the Peshmarga and other security forces are allowed to purchase here… You know, the “Only Ones.” For everyone else, there’s a black market that’s [surprise!] thriving, where “[c]heap, Turkish-made pistols can be bought for US$300, while a...
  • Talking Turkey

    11/13/2011 5:10:22 PM PST · by varialectio · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/11 | Jeff Lipkes
    There is an illegal occupation that has gone on for decades in the Middle East and it's not being enforced by the IDF. In August 1974, Turkey seized nearly 37% of the then-independent Cyprus. The pretext for the invasion was the protection of Turkish Cypriots, who made up about 18% of the island's population. On July 15, EOKA B, a Cypriot paramilitary organization supporting union with Greece, backed by the junta in Athens, overthrew the government of Archbishop Makarios. But the coup failed. Makarios survived and his thuggish replacement was ousted after eight days in office, when the regime of...
  • Arab League suspends Syrian membership, calls for sanctions against Assad’s regime

    11/12/2011 5:52:26 AM PST · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 12 3011 | Al Arabiya and Agencies
    The Arab League voted to suspend SyriaÂ’s membership at its meeting on Saturday and said it would impose economic and political sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad as well as call for the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus. The Arab foreign ministers meeting at the LeagueÂ’s headquarters in Cairo also called on the Syrian army to cease its involvement in the killing of civilians and invited the Syrian opposition for transition talks. Opponents of Assad were hoping that the Arab League would suspend SyriaÂ’s membership after Assad pressed ahead with a military crackdown on the unrest despite an...
  • The World is Misreading Obama on Iran (Obama Might Nuke Iran)

    11/08/2011 9:40:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Friday, November 4, 2011 | David Rothkopf
    The government of Iran, much like many across the Middle East, believes that the Obama administration is so consumed with a desire to undo the wrongs of the Bush era and get out from under the costs of two difficult, hard-to-justify wars in the region that it would never intervene against them militarily. Iranian leaders seem to believe that the United States would not risk another war in the region just to stop their development of nuclear weapons. The government of Israel, also worried that its number one ally has lost its appetite for complex entanglements in the region, seems...
  • Turkey investigated over chemical weapons claim

    11/06/2011 3:41:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 06 Nov 2011 | Richard Spencer
    A Turkish human rights group is investigating claims by Kurdish activists that Ankara used chemical weapons in an attack on militants in the east of the country last month. The activists are circulating gruesome pictures of some of the 24 rebels, from the PKK guerrilla group, killed in the Kazan Valley in air raids that began on October 19. Blackened and dismembered, the corpses lie in a morgue in a nearby town with weeping relatives nearby. Their allegations have forced their way into the open in Turkey, which is usually fiercely nationalist when it comes to accusations of abuse by...
  • Suicide bomber kills three in SE Turkey

    10/29/2011 8:50:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 29, 2011
    A female suicide bomber in southeast Turkey killed three people and wounded around 20 in Bingol, a town in the mainly Kurdish region on Saturday, police said. The blast occurred at a tea house close to the office of the ruling AK Party in the town's main street at around 6.20 a.m. EDT, Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said. Police said the woman had detonated explosives strapped to her body. They also said they were hunting for another suspected bomber, and a cordon had been thrown round the town, 110 km north of Diyarbakir, the region's main city. "It was...
  • Russians Boost Iran's Armory With Mobile Radar: Jammers Against Planes Or Missiles

    10/28/2011 2:43:32 PM PDT · by drewh · 11 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | October 26, 2011, 2:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Moscow has sold Iran the highly-advanced Avtobaza truck-mounted systems which are capable of jamming aircraft radar and the electronic guidance instruments of attacking missiles. This deal, announced in Moscow Tuesday, Oct. 25, substantially boosts Russian military assistance to the Islamic Republic. Military sources said these radar jammers are a component of Russia's most sophisticated anti-aircraft and electronic warfare system for the early warning of approaching assault planes and missiles. Avtobaza is only part of the complete system. Its job is to transmit incoming information via optic fibers to separate electronic command centers and central air defense commands which then act...
  • Turkey Is Sheltering Antigovernment Syrian Militia

    10/27/2011 11:45:17 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 12 replies
    Published: October 27, 2011 ANTAKYA, Turkey — Once one of Syria’s closest allies, Turkey is hosting an armed opposition group waging an insurgency against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, providing shelter to the commander and dozens of members of the group, the Free Syrian Army, and allowing them to orchestrate attacks across the border from inside a camp guarded by the Turkish military.
  • Kurdish flag controversy raises tension as KRG redirects oil export

    10/23/2011 3:47:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 2+ views ^ | October 17, 2011 | Shwan Zulal
    Tension between Baghdad and Kurdistan region has reached its peak since the Iraqi PM, Nuri AL-Maliki ordered the removal of Kurdish flags from government buildings in Khanaqin in Diyala province, which is in the disputed territories defined under Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution. Since the directive was issues by the Iraqi PM, many protests in Diyala province and elsewhere in Kurdistan region have taken place... The head of Diyala province also refused to comply with the order from the PM to remove the Kurdish flag from government buildings. The focal point of the incident was in Khanaqin, in an...
  • Turkey and Iran 'collaborating against Kurdish rebels'

    10/23/2011 3:14:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | unattributed
    The Kurdish militants posed a "common problem" for Turkey and Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on an unscheduled trip to Ankara. Turkey vowed jointly to "totally eliminate" the "terrorist threat"... Turkish warplanes and helicopter gunships flew bombing sorties against the main base of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels in Iraq, the Qandil Mountain on the Iraq-Iran border... "The air and ground offensives mostly concentrate within Turkey and in the Cukurca area, while air and ground operations are under way in a few areas across the border in northern Iraq," the military said in a statement Friday... Tuesday's...
  • Turkey launches incursion into Iraq

    10/19/2011 5:19:04 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    Ap via Google ^ | October 19, 2011 | SELCAN HACAOGLU
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish soldiers, air force bombers and helicopter gunships launched an incursion into Iraq on Wednesday, hours after Kurdish rebels killed 24 soldiers and wounded 18 others in multiple attacks along the border. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had launched large-scale operations, including "a hot pursuit within the limits of international law." He did not elaborate, but added, "We will never bow to any attack from inside or outside Turkey." Erdogan canceled a visit to Kazakhstan after the attacks as the chief of the military as well as interior and defense ministers rushed to the...
  • Azeris get Israel UAVs built under license

    10/10/2011 4:31:51 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Spacewar/UPI ^ | Oct 7, 2011
    Azerbaijan is expected to acquire 60 small Israeli-designed unmanned aerial vehicles built under license in the oil-rich former Soviet republic that's moving closer to the Jewish state as the Baku government modernizes its military. The burgeoning military and intelligence alliance between the countries is causing growing concern in Iran, Azerbaijan's southern neighbor, and in nearby longtime rival Armenia. The Israeli Aerostar and Orbiter 2M UAVs are being manufactured by Baku's Azad Systems Co., a joint venture between Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry and Aeronautics Defense Systems of Israel.
  • Article 140 did not stipulate joining Kirkuk to Kurdistan -- Turkmen statement

    10/08/2011 9:50:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Aswat al Iraq (English) ^ | October 8, 2011 | RM (TR)/SR
    The Turkmen Front said today that Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution did not stipulate adhering Kirkuk to Kurdistan region, charging Kurdish premier Barham Saleh of using Kirkuk question for political ends, according to a statement. The statement, copy received by Aswat al-Iraq, added that "dialogue is the best way to solve all pending questions in Iraq, including Kirkuk, but there are parties want to make hindrances". "Article 140 is a disputed article since it was inserted in the constitution, which many regarded it as constitutionally dead item, because it did not stipulate that Kirkuk should join the Kurdish region",...