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  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Saudi Arabia keeps oil tap on for world growth, Russia hurts

    06/25/2012 1:12:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | June 25, 2012
    LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is showing no sign of changing its policy of high oil output to support global economic growth, despite a fall in crude prices below $90 a barrel for the first time in 18 months. Gulf and Western government sources in contact with Saudi officials said the OPEC power can tolerate oil at $90 or below for months, price levels that hurt Iran and Russia as they face off against Riyadh over the conflict in Syria. .... "If we keep producing at roughly the same rate, we're not flooding the market," said a senior...
  • More Turk Bias Against Greeks, Armenians

    08/13/2012 8:44:48 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 6 replies
    commentarymagazine.com ^ | 12AUG12 | Michael Rubin
    The White House continues to talk about Turkey not only as a regional ally but also as a model for reform in the Middle East. It has been several years, however, since Turkish reforms contributed to democracy. The latest case in point is Turkish real estate reform. The Turkish government has announced new regulations. Here is the rub: While the government has removed onerous rules and regulations that made navigating Turkish real estate a nightmare, the government has in effect legislated its traditional hatreds. Armenians, for example, need not apply. They are by law unable to own housing or businesses...
  • Turkey treating Iraqi Kurdistan 'as independent'

    08/12/2012 11:40:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | Saturday, August 12, 2012 | AFP
    Turkey has been dealing with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region as though it were an independent state, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement released on Saturday. Turkey is "dealing with the (Kurdistan) region as an independent state, and this is rejected by us," Maliki said in a soon-to-be broadcast interview with a Turkish television channel, according to the statement on his website. If Turkey "wants to establish good relations, its relations with the region must be built through the gate of Iraq," Maliki said. His remarks come after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Kurdistan and made a...
  • Assessing the Threat to Turkey from Syrian-Based Kurdish Militants

    08/10/2012 1:24:59 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 8/9/2012 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Kurdish militias recently took control of several towns in northern Syria, raising fears in Turkey that in addition to their camps in the mountainous border areas in Iraq, the Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (PKK) could also now operate against Turkey from Syria. It is however, unlikely, that the PKK could operate from Syria against Turkey. Even when former Syrian president Hafez Assad supported them before 1998, the PKK carried out few operations in areas near the Syrian border. Turkish Kurd militants threaten Turkey if it enters Syria The Syrian Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the PKK-affiliated Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat (PYD -Democratic...
  • Five killed in Turkey chopper crash [ three Russians etc]

    08/09/2012 7:16:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, August 9th 2012 | IANS / Daily News
    At least five people, including three Russians, were killed in a helicopter crash in Turkey Thursday, according to Russian Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsia. The Kamov Ka-32 helicopter hit a mountainous slope before it crashed into a valley during a firefighting mission, killing all five people on board, Xinhua quoted a spokesperson for Rosaviatsia as saying. The other two killed were Turkish citizens, the spokesperson said. The accident would be investigated by Turkish authorities with assistance from Rosaviatsia and Interstate Aviation Committee, an organisation authorized to oversee the use and management of civil aviation in the Commonwealth of Independent States,...
  • Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

    08/05/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-4-2012 | Dalya Alberge
    When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century victims of the Black Death or the Great Famine of 1315-17. Now they have been astonished by a more explosive explanation a cataclysmic volcano that had erupted a century earlier, thousands of miles away in the tropics, and wrought havoc on medieval Britons. Scientific evidence including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one...
  • Victory closer, divisions deepen in Syria opposition

    08/05/2012 2:01:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2012 | Yara Bayoumy
    ...The head of the Syrian National Council (SNC), a long-established opposition umbrella group, said talks would be held within weeks to form a transitional government. The next day the Free Syria Army, a loosely coordinated group of insurgents fighting Assad's forces, floated a separate proposal that called for the establishment of a higher defence council bringing together military and civilian figures. And the day after that, a group of exiled Syrian activists who left the SNC announced a new opposition alliance that also aimed to form a transitional government. It is neither news nor a surprise that Syria's opposition is...
  • Tehran seeks help to free Iranians held in Syria [ asks Turkey and Qatar ]

    08/05/2012 12:24:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2012 | Reuters
    Iran has asked Turkey and Qatar to help secure the release of 48 Iranians seized by rebels in Syria on suspicion of being military personnel but who Tehran says are pilgrims. Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad accuse Iran of sending fighters from its Revolutionary Guard to help Assad's forces put down the 17-month uprising. Tehran denies the charge and says the group was on a religious pilgrimage to Syria. Iranian media said on Saturday that the 48 were abducted from a bus in Damascus, the latest in a string of kidnappings of visitors from the Islamic Republic,...
  • As Syrian War Roils, Sectarian Unrest Seeps Into Turkey

    08/05/2012 12:10:39 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 4, 2012 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    The Alawites here are worried they could become easy targets. Historically, they have been viewed with suspicion across the Middle East by mainstream Muslims and often scorned as infidels. The Alawite sect was born in the ninth century and braids together religious beliefs, including reincarnation, from different faiths. Many Alawites do not ever go to a mosque; they tend to worship at home or in Alawite temples that have been denied the same state support in Turkey that Sunni mosques get. Many Alawite women do not veil their faces or even cover their heads. The towns they dominate in eastern...
  • Turkey's Fate...Islam In Prophecy pt 15

    The modern nation of Turkey is an important player in the events leading to the Day of the Lord. Though it is a Muslim nation at present, in the earliest centuries of the new testament church, it was in the Turkish region that the gospel first flourished beyond the borders of Judea and Samaria. The apostles took the gospel to what then was refered to as the Roman province of Asia, within decades of the resurrection of Jesus. Paul taught there for two years as recorded in Acts 19.The original letters of the Apocalypse were addressed to churches in Ephesus,...
  • 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?...
  • White House Dismisses Reports of Aid to Syrian Rebels

    08/02/2012 3:34:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Kent Klein
    Syrian human rights activist Ammar Abdulhamid, with the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, says his contacts in Syria tell him there is no evidence of a surge in aid to the rebels. "I do not really see any intensification of these efforts. I see a lot of leaks, it seems to me, that were sort of primed to show that something is being done. But the reality is, so far on the ground, we have not detected any real involvement by the U.S. in the ongoing military operations in the country," Abdulhamid said. The State Department said Wednesday...
  • Kurds to stop oil exports in month unless Baghdad pays

    08/02/2012 3:51:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Alex Lawler and Peg Mackey
    Under Iraq's budget, the KRG is to supply 175,000 bpd of crude for export, but the KRG halted the trade in early April, saying Baghdad owed it a backlog of payments. The central government is required to route 50 percent of the KRG's export earnings to Kurdistan to cover producing companies' previous costs. Baghdad issued two payments in 2011, totaling $514 million; the KRG said it is owed $1.5 billion. Crude produced in Kurdistan is fed into Iraq's Kirkuk export stream and sold onto world markets via the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. The KRG export halt had cut Kirkuk...
  • Ahmadinejad: World forces must annihilate Israel

    08/02/2012 12:41:41 PM PDT · by yoe · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 2, 2012 | JOANNA PARASZCZUK
    n a speech published on his website Thursday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the ultimate goal of world forces must be the annihilation of Israel. Speaking to ambassadors from Islamic countries ahead of 'Qods Day' ('Jerusalem Day'), an annual Iranian anti-Zionist event established in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini and which falls this year on August 17, Ahmadinejad said that a "horrible Zionist current" had been managing world affairs for "about 400 years." Repeating traditional anti-Semitic slurs, the Iranian president accused "Zionists" of controlling the world's media and financial systems. It was Zionists, he said, who were behind the scene of...
  • Khamenei Warns Iran's Top Leaders: War In Weeks

    08/01/2012 7:22:23 AM PDT · by Fennie · 25 replies
    DEBKA ^ | August 1, 2012
    On July 27, just before Friday prayers, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei summoned top Iranian military chiefs for what he called "their last war council." "We'll be at war within weeks," he told the gathering, DEBKAfile's exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose. Present were Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi, Khamenei's military adviser General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, Armed Forces Chief Major General Seyed Hassan Firuzabadi, Revolutionary Guards Corps commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari and Al Qods Brigades chief General Qassem Soleimani. The commanders of the air force, the navy and ground forces were also there.
  • Iran preparing to attack Saudi Arabia and Qatar?

    08/01/2012 9:45:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 8/1/12 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Reza Kahlili - the pseudonym for a former CIA agent who acted as a spy in the Revolutionary Guards - reports that Iran is preparing to attack Saudi Arabia and Qatar if it's necessary to save Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. Dozens of Iranian ballistic missiles have been preprogrammed to hit Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, the source said. Qatar will also be hit at the same time as it is directly involved with the events in Syria. Iranian officials have increased their verbal attacks recently on Saudi Arabia, seeing the monarchy as behind the unraveling in Syria and...
  • A Russian-Saudi-Turkish-Chinese alliance to contain the Muslim Brotherhood and Obama?

    08/01/2012 9:47:00 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 19 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 7/31/'12 | David P. Goldman
    I suggested during our conference call yesterday that the only friend the Muslim Brotherhood has in high places is Barack Obama. I didn't mean that facetiously. Turkey's application to join the SIno-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Organization following Prime Minister Erdogan's July 19 pilgrimage to Russia is a diplomatic humiliation for the United States, and of the first order. Just when Washington is demanding that Russia withdraw support for the Assad regime in Syria, and when Turkey is the linch-pin for American logistics in support of the Syrian opposition, Erdogan has proposed in effect to joint the Russian-Chinese club (without being compelled...
  • Syrian rebels acquire surface-to-air missiles: report (MANPADs, man-portable air-defense systems)

    07/31/2012 8:26:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rebels fighting to depose Syrian president Bashar al Assad have for the first time acquired a small supply of surface-to-air missiles, according to a news report that a Western official did not dispute. NBC News reported Tuesday night that the rebel Free Syrian Army had obtained nearly two dozen of the weapons, which were delivered to them via neighboring Turkey, whose moderate Islamist government has been demanding Assad's departure with increasing vehemence. Indications are that the U.S. government, which has said it opposes arming the rebels, is not responsible for the delivery of the missiles. But some...
  • AMERICAS WAR-HORSE HARLOTS (The shame is boundless, the rape obscene.)

    07/28/2012 4:54:02 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 7 replies
    BRIGHTENING GLANCE ^ | 6/29/2012 | James Ryan
    AMERICA’S WAR-HORSE HARLOTSStoop, Romans, Stoop,And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's bloodUp to the elbows, and besmear our swords;Then walk we forth, even to the market-place,And waving our red weapons o'er our heads,Let's all cry, "Peace, freedom, and liberty !"                            Julius Caesar, Act III, i According to experts if you really, really want to get rid of a neighbor—“bump off” is the professional term—call the mafia. But if you’re a down-at-the-heels fast fading super power, broke and bewildered, and need to continue the Arab Spring fairy tale about having the Arabs choose America-friendly democracies that sprout like orange groves throughout the Middle...
  • Turkey: Forgotten Ally in a Forgotten War

    07/27/2012 7:50:02 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 18 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | 7/27/2012 | Richard Weitz
    Much has been made recently of the unique and ascendant role Turkey is playing in international relations. As a member of NATO, a diplomatic power broker in the Middle East and a rising international economic player, Turkey has become a novelty even in an era of unprecedented global cooperation and political interdependence. But this is actually nothing new. For more than half a century, Turkey has played this unique role, symbolized so succinctly by the bridge over the Bosporus River that links Asia to Europe, East to West. For the United States, the bridge to Turkey spans more than two...
  • Assad on the way out says Turkish Prime Minister

    07/26/2012 3:53:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    euronews ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | unattributed
    Assad's days are numbered according to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The news comes as Syrian government forces say they are preparing for a major push against the rebels in Aleppo on Friday. Speaking on Thursday the Turkish prime minister said that the Syrian President and his inner circle were on their way out which would usher in a new era. He also said that Turkey could act against a 'terrorist' organisation in northern Syria if it sees it as a threat. A warning to Kurdish militants thought to be operating in the region. In Moscow Russian Foreign Minister Sergei...
  • Turkey could act against Kurdish rebels in Syria

    07/26/2012 3:37:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Ozge Ozbilgin
    Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey could act against a "terrorist" organisation in northern Syria if it sees it as a threat, in a warning to Kurdish militants believed to be active in the region. Erdogan's talk of possible intervention marked a new escalation in tensions between Turkey and its southern neighbour, which have been increasingly at odds since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad failed to heed Ankara's calls to quit... His comments were Ankara's first acknowledgement of concern about the growing influence of Syria's Democratic Union Party (PYD) - linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has...
  • IMF loans for Turkey transferred to the Israeli military industries[TURKEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED!]

    11/25/2001 6:00:24 PM PST · by oxi-nato · 64 replies · 451+ views
    Turkish news reports said on Friday that loans of the International Monetary Fund IMF the Turkish minister of the economy Kamal Darwish used to say it will arrive Turkey very soon in order to rescue the economy from its drastic recession, appeared to be used to rescue certain Israeli military industry companies instead of supporting the Turkish economy. The Turkish daily Millet said that it is expected that a sum of USD 700 million of the IMF loans will be transferred to the Israeli manufacturing company " AMA" and this loan will rescue the company from the drastic financial crisis ...
  • Israeli spy planes enter Hungary airspace following killing of Syrian national in Budapest

    03/18/2010 10:33:43 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 48 replies · 2,682+ views
    'Israeli spy planes flew over Budapest' Reports about Israeli spy planes entering Hungary follow mysterious killing of Syrian in Budapest Published: 03.18.10, 18:43 / Israel News Two Israeli aircraft appearing to be spy planes flew near Budapest's international airport last week but did not land there, Hungarian media reported Thursday. According to the reports, the planes were on a "spy mission" that may be connected to the assassination of a Syrian national in his vehicle Wednesday in the Hungarian capital. The two Gulfstream planes, reportedly equipped with the IDF's finest intelligence means, flew through Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania before entering...
  • Russia Backs Greece-Cyprus-Israel Triangle Against Turkey on Offshore Gas

    05/08/2012 4:48:42 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    On May 3, Moscow criticized Turkeys plans to explore natural gas deposits around the divided island of Cyprus, under the protection of Turkish naval and air power. Russian Foreign Affairs Ministrys chief spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, cautioned Turkey that its actions may exacerbate the situation on the territory of Cyprus (Rossiskaya Gazeta, May 4). The Greek Cypriots and Israel are coordinating their plans to develop offshore gas deposits and export the product in partnerships with international companies. One export route under consideration would run via mainland Greece into Europe. The Republic of Cyprus, Greece and, recently, Israel are all involved in...
  • Netanyahu: We Want to Restore Relations with Turkey

    07/24/2012 5:26:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/7/12 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Turkey and Israel are looking for ways to normalize political relations, saying, We want to restore relations with Turkey. Netanyahu spoke to a group of Turkish journalists in Jerusalem and his comments were reported by the Turkish daily Todays Zaman. In a region where instability reigns, Israel and Turkey are two quite stable countries. I believe in [our] common interest, Netanyahu told the journalists, adding that Turks and Jews have a long history. The newspaper noted that the conversation between Netanyahu and the Turkish journalists was the first time since the May...
  • Report: Syria Moves Chemical Weapons to Borders

    07/24/2012 5:15:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Syria's rebels late Monday charged the regime has moved its chemical weapon stockpiles to airports and airbases on its borders with neighboring countries. We in the joint command of the Free Syrian Army inside the country know very well the locations and positions of these weapons," Syria's largest rebel group said in a statement. We also reveal that Assad has transferred some of these weapons and equipment for mixing chemical components to airports on the border, it added. The move comes just one day after the embattled regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad warned it could use unconventional weapons if...
  • EU: Hizbullah Not a Terror Organization

    07/24/2012 12:49:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/12 | Gabe Kahn
    The European Union on Tuesday rejected Israel's request that it categorize Hizbullah as a terrorist organization. Cypriot Foreign Minister Gujarat Cossack-Marcolis, who presently holds the EU's rotating presidency, said "there is no consensus on the issue, because Hizbullah also has an active political arm." She added that the matter is open for reconsideration if "tangible evidence" that Hizbullah is involved in terrorist activity can be brought. .....
  • Muslim Antichrist? Idea stirs hornet's nest

    07/24/2012 10:59:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | July 23, 2012 | Drew Zahn
    Popular Turk personality fires back, says Christians teamed with Satan A WND authors bold claim that the biblical Antichrist will be Islamic has rankled one of the Mideasts most dynamic personalities, prompting the creator of a TV show reportedly seen by millions to fire back that its not Muslims, but Christians who are on the side of the Antichrist and Satan. Adnan Oktar, who writes Islamic creationist books under the pen name Harun Yahya, is reported by Reuters to be one of the most widely distributed authors in the Muslim world, with a publishing empire that boasts over 250 books...
  • Syrians revolt, fly own flag at refugee camp in Turkey

    07/22/2012 6:35:26 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Hurriet Daily News ^ | 22 July 2012 | anon
    Syrian refugees started a riot in a Gaziantep refugee camp today, taking down the Turkish flag and replacing it with their own, Doğan news agency reported. Syrian refugees at the site began protesting about the 1,500 Turkmen refugees that had been added to the camp, precipitating a verbal argument with security officials. The row soon escalated into a riot as hundreds of Syrians took Turkish police officers hostage and seized their guns. The Turkish flag at the entrance was taken down and refugees replaced it with their own. Syrian refugees also heavily damaged the central building nearby while destroying computers...
  • Should Turkey be afraid of the Syrian Kurds?

    07/21/2012 10:36:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    cnn.com ^ | July 20, 2012 | Soner Cagaptay
    After the Syrian uprising began in spring 2011, Ankara took a firm stand against the Bashar al-Assad regimes crackdown. Turkey adopted some tough rhetoric toward Assad and began offering refuge to members of the Syrian National Council (SNC) opposition group. Turkey also provided safe haven to Syrian refugees fleeing persecution, as well as hosting some members of the armed opposition group, the Free Syrian Army. Simultaneously, reports surfaced that Assad was re-allowing the PKK, which Damascus sheltered in the 1980s and the 1990s, to operate inside Syria. In March of this year, for example, the PKK was accused of moving...
  • Syrian rebels prepare for bloody Ramadan face-off

    07/21/2012 3:18:21 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    France 24 ^ | 7/20/2012 | Sophie PILGRIM
    While the rest of the Muslim world prepares for a Ramadan of fasting and festivities, in Syria, opposition fighters are gearing up for a month of fighting against the Bashar regime - a battle each side believes will bring an end to the other. This will be a very special Ramadan in Syria, 28-year-old Waleed al-Homsi* nods pensively. By the end of this month, everything will be fine. No more revolution, no more Assad. A new Syria will be born. Speak to any anti-regime activist like Waleed, and he or she will tell you the same thing. Riding a wave...
  • Turkey, Saudi Arabia promoting stricter Islam in Albania

    07/20/2012 4:27:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    CNA ^ | 7/20/2012
    Other countries propagation of a stricter form of Islam in Albania is causing tensions with Christians and with other Muslims, a charity leader says. Peter Rettig, head of the South-East Europe Section of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, said that young imams trained in Turkey and Saudi Arabia are spreading a different form of Islam from what is customary in Albania. The countries are strongly promoting the building of Islamic schools. This is leading to tensions, he told Aid to the Church in Need. The Catholic charitys project partners have reported incidents that are not dramatic...
  • Cyprus Preparing for Influx of Foreigners Fleeing Syria Violence

    07/19/2012 9:19:57 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 11:42 AM
    Cyprus is preparing to assist with the evacuation of as many as 200,000 European Union and third- country nationals in Syria if violence in the country escalates, the government said. We have plans to enable the evacuation not only from Syria but also other countries in the area, Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Markoulli told reporters in Nicosia today. People fleeing the upheaval will reach Cyprus by plane or by boat and will remain in Cyprus 48 hours before they are transported to their country. The plan is similar to the one applied in 2006, when 65,000 citizens from the EU and...
  • Syrian Forces Pound Rebel Hideouts After Damascus Attack

    07/19/2012 9:09:48 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 11:43 AM
    Syrian security forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad pounded rebel hideouts in Damascus today in retaliation for the blast that killed three top anti- insurgency leaders. The troops used helicopters and heavy artillery against the rebels, while snipers took up positions on rooftops on the outskirts of the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement. The regime has gone mad, Rima Flaihan, spokeswoman for the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, said in a telephone interview today from Jordan. The regime is in a horrid state of savagery, seeking revenge for the killings of the military...
  • Syria rebels 'control all Iraq border points'

    07/19/2012 2:57:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | July 19, 2012
    Syrian rebels took control of all border crossings between Iraq and Syria on Thursday, Baghdad's deputy interior minister told AFP. "All the border points between Iraq and Syria are under the control of the Free Syrian Army," Adnan al-Assadi told AFP by telephone. "The border points and all the outposts are under the control of the Free Syrian Army. "The Syrian army are focusing on Damascus." Assadi also said there was fighting under way between the Syrian army and rebels across the border from the northern Iraqi region of Sinjar. The top official said Iraqi border guards had witnessed the...
  • Syrian Rebels Seize Control of Turkish, Iraqi Borders

    07/19/2012 6:35:11 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 04:08 PM
    Rebels attacked Syrian forces Thursday on two spots along the nation's porus border with Iraq, killing 21 soldiers and seizing control of one of the four major border posts, a senior Iraqi army official said. The assaults against Syria's government unfolded throughout the day, putting the Iraqi army on high alert to prevent any violence from spilling across the border. "We have security concerns because the border crossing now is out of the Syria government's control, and nobody can anticipate what will happen," said Iraqi Army Brig. General Qassim al-Dulaimi. Al-Duliami said about a half-dozen rebels stormed the Syrian border...
  • Google Removes 640 Videos from YouTube Promoting Terrorism

    06/18/2012 11:32:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 7:11AM BST 18 Jun 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Google removed 640 videos from YouTube in the second half of last year amid fears they promoted terrorism. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) made a request for five user accounts to be closed for allegedly promoting terrorism. Google agreed and deleted the 640 videos."
  • Gold for Oil - Turkey skirting Iran sanctions by trading gold for crude

    07/12/2012 5:06:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/12/12 | Adam Kredo
    Turkey has exchanged nearly 60 tons of gold for several million tons of Iranian crude oil, despite its promises to uphold Western sanctions on Irans energy sector, according to recent Turkish reports. By using gold instead of money, Turkey is able to skirt Western sanctions on Irans oil trade, particularly those pertaining to SWIFT, the global money transfer service that until recently assisted the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian financial institutions. Over the past several months, Turkey has given Iran 60 tons of gold, or more than $3 billion, according to a July 8 report on the Turkish...
  • Syrian army attacks rebels, Turkey scrambles F16s

    07/04/2012 6:29:46 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 2 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | July 4, 2012 | By Mariam Karouny
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army pressed its offensive against rebels, bombarding the city of Douma near Damascus, and Turkey said it had scrambled warplanes after Syrian helicopters flew near its border. Turkey's armed forces command said the fighters took off on Monday when Syrian transport helicopters were spotted flying near the frontier, without entering Turkish air space. It was the third day in a row that Turkey had scrambled its F-16s. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a Turkish daily he wished his forces had not shot down a Turkish jet last month and that he would not allow tensions...
  • As Syrian rebels dig in, soldiers defect en masse

    07/03/2012 8:01:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | Tuesday, July 03, 2012 | Mariam Karouny
    Syrian helicopters bombarded a Damascus suburb on Monday and Turkey scrambled warplanes near the border in the north, as the UN human rights chief warned that arms supplied to both the government and rebels were deepening the 16-month conflict. Fighting has come to the gates of the capital in recent weeks and is also raging throughout the country as the battle to unseat President Bashar al-Assad increasingly takes on the character of an all-out civil war, fuelled by sectarian hatred. Syrian government forces have launched an assault on Douma, a city on the edge of Damascus where they stormed a...
  • Jumblatt urges countries to end support for Assad

    07/03/2012 6:52:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | Tuesday, July 03, 2012 | unattributed
    Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said he wished that countries still supporting the Syrian regime would draw lessons from the "civilized event" in Egypt and allow their own people to practice democracy. "Egypt and the Arab world have lived extraordinary historic moments in the past two days with President Mohammad Mursi taking the presidency, ushering in a new era and a new stage," Jumblatt said in his weekly article to be published by the PSP's weekly newspaper Al-Anbaa. "If a lesson is to be drawn from this it is that injustice cannot last indefinitely. I wish that some states...
  • PICTURE: TAI rolls out Turkey's first Hurkus trainer

    07/02/2012 9:42:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight International ^ | 07/03/2012 | Tolga Ozbek
    PICTURE: TAI rolls out Turkey's first Hurkus trainer Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has rolled out its first manned aircraft design in Ankara, with the Hurkus trainer expected to make its flight debut in April 2013. Tolga Ozbek Launched in 2006 and supported by 27 Turkish companies, the $150 million Hurkus programme covers the manufacture of four prototypes - two flight-test examples and two aircraft for static testing. TAI has worked on the design of three variants so far, including a civilian-targeted Hurkus A, a B-model military trainer and a C-variant close air support design. Powered by a 1,600hp (1,180kW) Pratt...
  • Turkey scrambles F-16's on Syria border

    07/01/2012 2:07:01 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 July 2012 | James Reynolds
    urkey has scrambled six F-16 fighter jets near its border with Syria after Syrian helicopters came close to the border, the country's army says. Six jets were sent to the area in response to three such incidents on Saturday, the statement said, adding that there was no violation of Turkish airspace. Last month, Syrian forces shot down a Turkish jet in the border area. The incident further strained already tense relations between former allies. Turkey's government has been outspoken in its condemnation of Syria's response to the 16-month anti-government uprising, which has seen more than 30,000 Syrian refugees enter Turkey....
  • Do you think it is not related to the energy wars?

    07/01/2012 7:22:46 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 2 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 6/30/2012 | MURAT YETKİN
    Russian energy giant Gazprom issued a brief statement on June 29 which actually touches on many political problems in the greater geography surrounding Turkey. It said that the company is ready to send more gas to Turkey if necessary, but from 2018 on Turkey could ask help from Azerbaijan as well. Reuters got it right when it called the statement a threat; a threat to both Turkey and Azerbaijan. The date the Russian company named, 2018, is the planned completion date for the TANAP (Trans-Anatolian) pipeline, which will carry Azerbaijani natural gas to Europe, a $7 billion project which was...
  • Turkey in Game of Chicken with Syria

    06/29/2012 4:03:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    Turkey-Syria relations have entered a new stage after Syrian forces shot down a Turkish F-4 fighter jet on June 22 in international waters over the Mediterranean Sea. Syria claimed that the Turkish jet violated Syrian airspace, but Turkey protested that its aircraft was in Syrian airspace for only a brief time and left after just two minutes. Thirteen minutes after the Turkish plane exited Syrian airspace, Syrias air defense forces shot down the jet. Its two pilots are still missing (TRT, June 24). Turkey considered the Syrian aggression to be an attack against Turkey and claimed that Syria has become...
  • Syria Masses Tanks On Border With Turkey

    06/29/2012 5:52:35 AM PDT · by Strategy · 113 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 29, 2012
    The Assad regime has massed approximately 170 tanks near the Turkish border, according to an unconfirmed report on Friday by a general in the Free Syrian Army. General Mustafa al-Sheikh told Reuters that the tanks are now located 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the border, northeast of Aleppo. "They either want to move toward the border to confront Turkish troops stationed there, or they are planning to attack rebels in towns near the border," al-Sheikh said. The move comes after Turkey on Thursday sent anti-aircraft guns, rocket launchers and other fortifications to the border, marking an escalation in hostilities between...
  • Cry Wolf, Cry NATO?

    06/27/2012 3:11:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2012 | Austin Bay
    The boy cried "Wolf." Turkey's Prime Minister cried "NATO!" On June 24, following Syria's downing of a Turkish Air Force reconnaissance jet, the Turkish government called for a NATO treaty Article 4 consultation. Article 4 says NATO allies will "consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security" of any NATO ally is threatened. An Article 4 consultation sends several grim diplomatic signals. In Turkey's case, it demonstrates that Ankara believes the complex security threat it faces requires alliance action. Syrian military attacks are only one facet of the threat. Terrorist attacks...
  • Syria May Have Mistaken Turkish Jet for Israeli One

    06/27/2012 2:00:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/6/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Israeli F-16i (Illustration Only) flash 90 A Syrian minister on Wednesday was quoted as saying his country's forces may have mistaken the Turkish plane they shot down for an Israeli one. Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoebi told the Turkish news channel A Haber in a telephone interview that Damascus did "not want a crisis between Turkey and Syria." Al-Zoebi said Turkish and Israeli fighter jets were mostly US-made, which may have led the Syrian forces to mistake it for an Israeli jet. However, military observers note that Israel retired its last F-4 Phantom jet the type of jet shot...