18/02/2016

NATO, Turkey, annexation of north Syria like north Cyprus?

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NATO, Turkey, annexation of north Syria like north Cyprus?
http://atimes.com/2015/11/nato-turkey-annexation-of-north...
(Picture: Smoke rises from bomb explosions during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on July 20, 1974)

03/06/2013

Anti-government demonstrations continue in Turkey

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Fiercest Anti-Government Demonstrations Continue in Turkey

June 3, 2013

Turkish peaceful protesters clashed with policemen into the early hours of Monday with setting fire to some offices of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years entered their fourth day.

Routers mentioned that roads around Prime Minister Reccep Tayyip Erdogan's office in Istanbul were sealed off as police fired teargas to push back protesters in the early hours of Monday.

In the main street near Erdogan's office, one demonstrator drove a small mechanical digger towards police lines as other protesters followed behind.

At a nearby mosque, medical staff including trainee doctors treated those hurt in the clashes, Routers said.

It pointed out that bus shelters, paving stones and street signs ripped up by protesters to make barricades that littered a major avenue by the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul where some of the heaviest clashes took place overnight, and graffiti covered walls.

Dogan news agency reported that in the western port city of Izmir, protesters through fire bombs at AK Party offices overnight as the policemen stormed commercial compound in Ankara for doubts that protesters resorted to the compound and arrested many persons.

Turkey's main stock exchange has dropped sharply on opening on Monday. It fell 8 percent as investors worried about the destabilizing effect of the demonstrations on the economy.

The Turkish lira weakened to 1.8910 against the dollar on Monday, a decline from 1.8706 on Friday . The yield on Turkey's benchmark 10-year bonds climbed to 7.12 percent from 6.84 percent on Friday.

The EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has condemned the disproportionate use of force by police against protestors in Turkey and expressed “deep concern” over the violence.

" Ashton calls for restraint on all sides and an end to the violence. Dialogue should be opened to find a peaceful solution to this issue,” a spokesperson for Catherine Ashton said in a statement quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

Amnesty International has criticized the use of excessive force to disperse peaceful protestors.

The United States also has called on Turkish security forces to show restraint in facing the protests.

The White House demanded all parties in Turkey to "calm the situation" amid anti-government protests.

Associated Press quoted the White House spokeswoman Laura Lucas as saying : " The U.S. believes peaceful public demonstrations "are a part of democratic expression,"

" Turkey's long-term stability is best guaranteed by upholding "the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association." She added. 

The spark of protests was triggered because of a project to uproot 600 trees from the Gezi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul which is considered an outlet for the city's citizens. 

Ghossoun /

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/03/485472.htm

Turkey explodes – Colère contre Erdogan

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Turkey explodes

The resistance to construction projects in Gezi Park in Istanbul, has been transformed this weekend into a global questioning of the policy of the Turkish government.

Photo: Protesters clash with riot police near the office of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, June 3, 2013, during a demonstration against the demolition of the park (Gurcan Ozturk, AFP)

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La Turquie s’embrase - Une colère sans précédent contre Erdogan

La résistance face aux projets de construction dans le parc Gezi, à Istanbul, s’est transformée, ce week-end, en une remise en cause globale de la politique du gouvernement turc.

Photo: Les protestataires se heurtent à la police anti-émeutes près du bureau du Premier ministre turc Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, 3 juin 2013, lors d'une manifestation contre la démolition du parc (Gurcan Ozturk, AFP)

Turkey: Manifestations anti-gouvernementales

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Le 28 mai 2013, des manifestations débutent en Turquie. Ces mouvements de protestations sont initialement menés à Istanbul par des écologistes et des riverains s'opposant à la destruction du parc Taksim Gezi. Ce parc qui est l'un des rares espaces verts du centre d'Istanbul doit disparaitre dans le cadre du Projet de piétonnisation de la place Taksim. Ce projet immobilier prévoit la reconstruction de la caserne de Taksim, un bâtiment historique démoli en 1940 devant accueillir un centre commercial. Les manifestations s'intensifient suite à la violence de la charge de la police pour déloger un groupe occupant du parc. L'objet des protestations s'est ensuite élargi en des manifestations anti-gouvernementales. Les manifestations se sont également étendues à d'autres villes en Turquie, ainsi que dans d'autres pays ayant d'importantes communautés turques.

Les manifestants ont pris le contrôle de la place Taksim à Istanbul et de rues de la capitale, Ankara8 ainsi que Bursa, Eskisehir, Izmir, Mersin, Adana, Izmit, Konya, Samsun, Trabzon et Bodrum. Certains des manifestants s'identifiaient sous le tag #OccupyGezi.

Les protestataires viennent d'horizons divers. On retrouve des partisans de droite aussi bien que gauche, des nationalistes turcs mais aussi kurdes. Les revendications des manifestants vont des préoccupations environnementales locales initiales à des questions telles que les limitations de vente d'alcool, l'interdiction des baisers dans les transports publics à Istanbul, et la guerre en Syrie. Ces affrontements sont l'un des événements les plus difficiles que le premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan a à traiter en dix ans de mandats.

Le 31 mai 2013, la police a réprimé les manifestants avec des gaz lacrymogènes. 60 personnes au moins ont arrêtées et des centaines ont été blessées. L'action de la police a été largement relayée sur Internet. Des milliers de manifestants se sont rassemblés sur l'avenue Istiklal dans la nuit du 31 mai.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifestations_du_parc_Taksim_Gezi

02/06/2013

Syrian Minister: Release the prisoners of conscience in Turkey !

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Information Minister: Erdogan Should Respect His People's Will and Leave for Doha

Jun 2, 2013

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi called for releasing the prisoners of conscience in Turkey, stressing that there is no justification for the arrest of this huge number of peaceful demonstrators.

Answering questions of the reporters on Sunday, the Minister said the use of excessive force in the face of the Turkish people is wrong, pointing out that the Turkish demonstrators are not terrorists.

Al-Zoubi said there is still an opportunity for Erdogan to halt the violence in Turkey, stressing that Erdogan should respect the will of his people and leave for Doha that might host him.

Popular protests against the policies of the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued in Ankara and Istanbul for the third day in a row.

The Turkish police have used water cannon and tear gas to disperse a peaceful protest against the destruction of Gezi Park in central Istanbul.

Helicopter launched tear gas on the residential neighborhoods, while photos on the Youtube showed an armored police truck hit a protestor.

Rescue people told the media that about 1000 people were admitted to hospitals in Istanbul, while hundreds others were injured in Ankara due to clashes with the police.

The Amnesty International criticized the use of excessive force by the Turkish police to disperse the popular protests against Erdogan's government, saying "The use of tear gas against peaceful protestors and in confined spaces where it may constitute a serious danger to health is unacceptable, breaches international human rights standards and must be stopped immediately."

Amnesty International Europe and Central Asia Director John Dalhuisen said "The Turkish authorities must order police to halt any excessive use of force and urgently investigate all reports of abuse. They have a duty to ensure that people can exercise their right to free expression and assembly."

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/02/485328.htm

15/05/2013

Jeruzalem Post: 'Turkey used chemical weapons'

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'Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL,  JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT,

LAST UPDATED: 8/12/2010 

Report: German newspaper says photos of dead Kurds confirm use.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved Photo: Associated Press BERLIN – German politicians called on Thursday for an international investigation into the reported use of chemical weapons by the Turkish military. The weapons were used against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to the online edition of the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.

“Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations,” said Ruprecht Polenz, chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee in the Bundestag and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.

Polenz recommended an international investigation to examine the deaths of eight Kurdish activists from the PKK. Claudia Roth, co-chair of the German Green party, echoed Polenz’s criticisms, seconding his call for an investigation.

MP Andrej Hunko urged the German Foreign Ministry to file a complaint against Turkey with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

A forensic report from Hamburg University Hospital confirmed that the eight Kurds had been murdered by “the use of chemical substances.”

Turkish Kurdish human rights members delivered photos in March to a delegation of German politicians, Turkey specialists, and journalists. The bodies in the photos were severely deformed and torn to pieces; the photos formed the basis for the forensic report. Hans Baumann, a German expert on the authenticity of photos, confirmed that photos had not been doctored.

The eight Kurdish PKK members were killed last September. The 31 photos, according to German media, are so disturbing that news organizations have been reluctant to publish them. The murdered PKK rebels – two women and six men – range in age from 19 to 33.

The allegation of employing chemical weapons against the Kurdish minority group could further taint Turkey’s battered human rights record.

Turkey’s nearly 12 million Kurds are seeking increased rights and autonomy. Turkey’s armed forces have, according to human rights groups, brutally suppressed the Kurdish ethnic minority’s attempts to secure more independence in the southeast. In July, a series of violent clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels broke out. The PKK had previously attacked a Turkish military post, killing eight Turkish soldiers, prompting a wave of military strikes resulting in the deaths of 12 Kurds.

Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The alleged use of chemical weapons would constitute a violation of the anti-chemical weapons treaty.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry denied engaging in chemical and biological warfare, according to a report in the daily Tageszeitung. The paper noted that German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had been informed of the chemical weapons allegations before his trip to Turkey in late July, but has declined to take diplomatic action.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=184612

Chemical weapons used in Syria, says Turkey

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Turkish media reports that recently (2011) in fact the Turkish army used Napalm or most of all phosphor related substances in their fight against the PKK guerilla. In other words so called thermal weapons which are not banned by any international treaty (unless you target civilians) – even if they are really inhuman. 

To clear up the confusion about thermal bombs and banned chemical weapons read our Document about “The Turkish army and their  use of Chemical weapons”.

Christopher Milroy, a professor of forensic pathology in the UK, went to the Kurdish region of Turkey in the early nineties to investigate use of chemical weapons. Here is an excerpt from an article he published, A secret and dirty war, in the British Medical Journal from July 1994: 

The Turkish authorities refused permission to examine the area where the alleged use of napalm took place. The area had been sealed off and the bodies of the victims had been buried in a mass grave, which had subsequently been concreted over. Nevertheless, a few relatives had been able to identify the victims from clothing or distinct features and removed the bodies for proper Islamic burial. All the bodies were described as severely burnt, without bullet wounds. We believed that the examination of the bodies would probably be obstructed, but hoped to interview relatives to obtain descriptions of the injuries. In Ankara we met human rights workers and then travelled to Kurdistan. We had already been told that arrest warrants had been issued against doctors, lawyers, and other human rights workers who had intended to accompany us.

After a couple paragraphs describing how he and his team were harassed by police and security forces, Milroy continues with his accounts of interviews with family members.

The next day we drove to Adiyaman, where we interviewed another relative of one of the victims. His description was again of bodies so charred that there were no recognisable features to permit a visual identification. No bullet wounds were present. While we were talking to him we were told that a man who was going to try and collect samples from the bodies in a local village had been arrested by the Turkish authorities, along with his entire family. The last information I received was that they were still in prison.

Because of the harassment we were unable to conduct the examinations, though the descriptions given were consistent with the use of napalm. A case has been presented before the European Commission of Human Rights.

Based on Milroy’s description and what little information was published in the Spiegel Online’s article, one can assume that either napalm or white phosphorous were used. Both agents cause severe burning, often to the bone.

In 1999 a ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, a German public-service television station) television report alleged chemical weapons use against the PKK, citing an unnamed member of a Turkish military special unit. ZDF said that in May of that year, a Turkish source told them he had taken part in operations against the PKK in which an unidentified chemical weapon had been used against insurgents hiding in caves.

‘Everyone in there was gassed—it was absolutely certain that nobody survived,’ said the Turkish military source as quoted by ZDF. Amnesty International, which was called in by ZDF to evaluate the military source, described him as ‘all-around credible.’

German Defence Ministry spokesperson at the time, Dieter Puhl, called the report ‘totally false and misleading.’ It is important to note that during that time period, the German government was supplying Turkey with chemical weapons test laboratories. The Defence Ministry said the labs would serve only to ‘protect soldiers and the civilian population.’

In October 1999, Turkish Foreign Ministry deputy spokesperson, Sermet Atacanli, referring to the ZDF programme, said that ‘Turkey assumed the obligation not to develop, produce, store, or use chemical weapons, and meticulously abides by the relevant agreement.’

In August of 2000, Turkish military forces entered what was then called the ‘Northern NFZ’. The northern no-fly zone extended up from the 36th parallel and formed what was supposed to be a protected zone for the Kurdish population there. In the course of the air raids on 15 and 17 August chemical weapons and napalm were allegedly used. Ankara’s official line was that the raids were directed exclusively at PKK targets. Regardless of the official line, many civilians, including women and children, were killed.

Turkish helicopter bombardment

This was an area designated for the ‘protection of the Kurdish civilian population in the north of Iraq.’ Yet the US Embassy in Ankara did not condemn the attack. A spokesperson said: ‘There is information in the reports concerning the use of chemical weapons. But I will not appraise the incident or give detailed information.’ The information he did give was: ‘The US in general defends the rights of the Turkish government against PKK terrorists in northern Iraq.’ How can you defend the use of chemical weapons?

In 2006 14 members of the PKK were killed in a large-scale offensive by the Turkish army after Newroz. Chemical weapons use was suspected in the operation. Subsequently, protests erupted following the funeral for the 14 PKK members. Days of violence ensued in Diyarbakir and nearby cities and towns.

In August 2007 the DTP reported that chemical weapons were used against a group of 11 PKK fighters in ?irnex.

In December 2007 the Turkish Armed Forces bombarded an area in the Qandil mountains. Shortly thereafter almost 200 goats died after grazing in the area where the bombardment took place. A detailed lab analysis of the goat milk detected poison.

A March 2008 report in the Kurdish Globe again mentions chemical weapons use in the Qandil mountain area. Several PKK fighters were seriously wounded by ‘weapons mixed with chemicals; blood flowed from their ears, eyes, and noses.’ These symptoms are not indicative of the napalm or WP that was most likely used in other attacks, but were nonetheless a direct result of illegal toxins used by the Turkish military.

Preliminary examinations by the Kurdistan Ministry of the Environment showed that Turkey used banned weapons. A delegation from Iraq’s council of representatives also declared that Turkish troops had used chemical weapons.

The Kurdistan Ministry of Health organised a medical team to investigate the affected locations and victims’ health. Some affected families were taken to Hewlêr for further medical testing.

One important question is whether or not there is an official sanction by the Turkish government to use chemical and/or biological weapons in its counter-terrorism efforts.

On 23 July 1989, the Turkish newspaper ?kibine Do?ru published an article on chemical weapons use. The article spoke of a secret security directive by the Turkish Armed Forces permitting the use of such agents as part of the government effort to combat Kurdish fighters.

According to the directive, which was issued on 25 February 1986 and signed by Necdet Öztorun, who was at the time commander of the Turkish Army, various methods were deemed permissible to destroy tunnels, including: filling the tunnels with poison gas, and rendering them unusable by introducing a specially bred poisonous insects.

In another section of the directive, it makes mention of the permitted use of gas bombs and NBC (nuclear, biological, and chemical) weapons, such as fire making substances, and tear and emetic gas.

The Turkish government did not explicitly deny the existence of the directive, however, questions remain as to its authenticity.

Regardless of whether or not the directive is authentic, there is overwhelming evidence (though some will insist that it is only circumstantial) that the Turkish government and its armed forces routinely use chemical weapons against the PKK and Kurdish civilians. They have been doing it for decades and will continue to do so with impunity.  The above examples are only a partial account of what has been happening. So why is no one mounting a full-scale investigation of these atrocities? Perhaps the Spiegel Online story will spark some response. It is doubtful however that it will come from the Europeans or the Americans.

Does no one care that a member of NATO, a country that is seeking admission to the EU, is flagrantly violating international law within its borders and beyond? With chemical weapons! Has the ‘global war on terror’ become no more than a licence to kill for governments in Washington’s exclusive terror club? Apparently, and sadly, so.

Sources:

Kurdish radio invites reporters to see victims of Turkey’s chemical attack. IRNA News Agency, 21 May 1999. BBC Summary of World Broadcasts.

Chemical weapons test lab for Turkey from German military. Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 27 October 1999.

Turkish spokesman denies manufacture, use of chemical weapons. Anatolia news agency, 28 October 1999. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring.

Leicht, Justus. Turkish army kills Kurdish civilians in north Iraq. World Socialist Web Site, 30 August 2000.

Milroy, CM. A secret and dirty war. BMJ 1994;309:135 (9 July).

Turkey denies use of chemical weapons in operations against ‘terrorists’. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring. 30 March 2006.

Leicht, Justus. Turkey: Twelve dead and hundreds injured in Kurdish protests. Bella Ciao, 07 April 2006

Turkish Kurdish party accuses Turkey of using chemical weapons. Aso, 29 November 2006. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring.

Pro-Kurdish party says army used chemical weapons in fighting Kurds. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 30 August 2007.

Suspected chemical weapons used in Turkish incursions. The Kurdish Globe, 01 March 2008.

Suspicion of Chemical Weapons in Turkish Bombardment. Rastî Blog, 02 April 2008.

Steinvorth, Daniel and Yassin Musharbash. Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK. Spiegel Online, 12 August 2010.

Exerpts : Kurdish commentary 2011

http://www.pydrojava.net/en/index.php?option=com_content&...

Photo: a victim of chemical weapons (napalm or white phosphorous)

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Vietnam: victims of agent orange in wheelchairs


Israel National News: Turkey used chemical weapons

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Report: Turkey Used Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

Der Spiegel magazine reports that photographs have proven that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 8/13/2010, 1:08 AM / Last Update: 8/13/2010, 

According to a report that was published on Thursday in the German magazine Der Spiegel, German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

The photographs in question were given in March by activists to a German human rights delegation, comprised of experts, journalists and politicians from Turkey’s Left Party. The photos feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts, so much so that he victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, which according to Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists show eight members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) underground movement, considered a terrorist movement by the UN, EU and NATO. They are believed to have been killed in September 2009.

A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has said that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died "due to the use of chemical substances."

Turkey has long been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels, and the evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government to come up with answers. German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany's Green Party, told Der Spiegel: "The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things. It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal."

Roth also demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

Die Tageszeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin, reported on Thursday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations. The Ministry said that Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and as such its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons.

The newspaper also reported that it has obtained additional pictures from the autopsies of six other killed Kurds. These images have also been submitted to the experts for examination.

Human rights activists in Turkey have also demanded an investigation, but the Turkish army has refused to comment.

Recently, there has been an increase in acts of PKK rebels against Turkish military targets. A PKK rocket killed six Turkish soldiers in the Mediterranean port at the end of May. At the end of June, Turkish security forces shot dead two villagers gathering herbs in northern Kurdistan after mistaking them for Kurdish resistance fighters.

In response, the Kurds attacked foreign military positions in the portions of what they consider their homeland  occupied by Turkey and on a bus carrying military personnel in Istanbul. The Kurds believe that their country should include the adjoining parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria that have large Kurdish populations and that once also had a Jewish community. The Kurdish Jews emigrated to Israel in the early days of the Jewish state.

Since 1984, more than 45,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict to achieve goals that were defined as self determination, independence and later as, cultural recognition. The United States recently announced that it sides with Turkey in the conflict and regards the PKK as a terrorist group. Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June: "We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK. The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”

Tags: Turkey, chemical warfare, PKK - Main > News > Defense/Middle East

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139097#....

Latest News: Turkey used chemical weapons against Kurds

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13 August 2010

According to a report that was published on Thursday in the German magazine Der Spiegel, German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

The photographs in question were given in March by activists to a German human rights delegation, comprised of experts, journalists and politicians from Turkey’s Left Party. The photos feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts, so much so that he victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, which according to Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists show eight members of the Kurdistan Workers´ Party (PKK) underground movement, considered a terrorist movement by the UN, EU and NATO. They are believed to have been killed in September 2009.

A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has said that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died „due to the use of chemical substances.“

Turkey has long been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels, and the evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government to come up with answers. German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany´s Green Party, told Der Spiegel: „The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things. It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal.“

Roth also demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

Die Tageszeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin, reported on Thursday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations. The Ministry said that Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and as such its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons.

The newspaper also reported that it has obtained additional pictures from the autopsies of six other killed Kurds. These images have also been submitted to the experts for examination.

Human rights activists in Turkey have also demanded an investigation, but the Turkish army has refused to comment.

Recently, there has been an increase in acts of PKK rebels against Turkish military targets. A PKK rocket killed six Turkish soldiers in the Mediterranean port at the end of May. At the end of June, Turkish security forces shot dead two villagers gathering herbs in northern Kurdistan after mistaking them for Kurdish resistance fighters.

In response, the Kurds attacked foreign military positions in the portions of what they consider their homeland occupied by Turkey and on a bus carrying military personnel in Istanbul. The Kurds believe that their country should include the adjoining parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria that have large Kurdish populations and that once also had a Jewish community. The Kurdish Jews emigrated to Israel in the early days of the Jewish state.

Since 1984, more than 45,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict to achieve goals that were defined as self determination, independence and later as, cultural recognition. The United States recently announced that it sides with Turkey in the conflict and regards the PKK as a terrorist group. Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June: „We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK. The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”

Israel National News / by Elad Benari

http://efendisizler.blogsport.de/?p=721

Syria: Turkeys' opposition - Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de

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May 15, 2013

Chairman of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu will deliver a speech at the European Parliament Socialists Group, and hold a joint press conference with Hannes Swoboda, Chairman of Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, in Brussels.

16:00 Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th Floor salon protocolaire A. (if it is not boycotted by car bombings of the Turkish and Israeli intelligence Services).

19:30 Meeting with Kemal Kilicdaroglu: Salle Royale, Rue royale 324, 1210 Brussels

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CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, 14-16 Mayıs tarihlerinde Belçika ve Almanya'ya ziyaret gerçekleştirecek. 

CHP Genel Başkan Yardımcısı Faruk Loğoğlu tarafından basına yapılan açıklamada, Kılıçdaroğlu'nun, 14 Mayıs'ta Brüksel'e giderek, Avrupa Parlamentosu Başkanı Martin Schulz ile bir araya geleceğini ifade etti. Loğoğlu, Kılıçdaroğlu'nun bazı parlamenterlerle de özel görüşmeler yaptıktan sonra 22 Mayıs'ta  Almanya'ya geçeceğini söyledi. Kılıçdaroğlu, Alman Sosyal Demokrat Partisinin (SPD) 150. kuruluş yıl dönümü etkinliklerine de katılacak.

CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu aynı zamanda Belçika’da CHP, Belçika Birliği üyeleri ile de bir araya gelecek. CHP Belçika Birliği Başkanı Zehra Eryörük’ün Genel Başkan Kılıçdaroğlu’nun ziyareti hakkında yaptığı duyuruda.’’Genel Başkanımız Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu'nun Brüksel ziyareti onuruna Brüksel'de 19 Mayıs Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı'nı kutlayarak unutturulmak istenen Cumhuriyet değerlerine sahip çıkıyoruz.

Belçika'daki tüm vatandaşlarımızı bekliyoruz. Geniş yelpazedeki değerli sanatçılarımızdan şiirler, türküler şarkılar ve halkoyunları ile bayramımızı şölen gibi kutlayacağız’’ diyerek CHP üyeleri, sempatizanları ve gönüllerine geniş katılım çağrısında bulundu.

Tarih: 15 Mayıs 2013 Çarşamba
Saat: 19:30’den itibaren
Yer: La Salle Royale
Adres: Rue Royale 324, 1000 Brüksel

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http://www.gundem.be/tr/belcika/kilicdaroglu-belcika-ya-g...

http://en.haberler.com/cihan-news-agency-diary-gmt-100012...

http://chpbrussels.org/

http://kadersevinc.blogactiv.eu/

http://brussels.chp.org.tr/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdfs/news/expert/agenda_wee...

A non-government information center on Turkey 
Un centre d'information non-gouvernemental sur la Turquie:
http://www.info-turk.be/415.htm

CHP GENEL BASKANI KEMAL KILIÇDAROGLU REYHANLI'DA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgXVZ3Cpn-g

Kiliçdaroglu 'AP Sosyalist Grubu’nda konustu: Türkiye’nin modern demokratik bir 'Anayasa'ya ihtiyaci var:
http://www.abhaber.com/manset-haber/manset-haber/kilicdar...

https://www.facebook.com/K.Kilicdaroglu

https://twitter.com/kilicdarogluk

CHP Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Reyhanli'da:
http://www.aa.com.tr/tr/politika/177824--chp-genel-baskan...

http://www.amerikaninsesi.com/content/brukselden-washingt...

CHP Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de
http://www.haberler.com/chp-genel-baskani-kilicdaroglu-br...

http://www.stargundem.com/ajanslar/kemal-kilicdaroglu-ap-...

http://www.gercekgundem.com/?p=545213

Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de
http://www.ulkedehaber.com/haber/kilicdaroglu-brukselde-1...

13/05/2013

Syria: Turkish, Israeli and American intelligence behind car bombings in Turkish border town ?

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Israel: 'Red line' for unproved use of chemical weapons + bombing of Syria...

May 5, 2013

'Do the US, Iran Agree on Red Line For Syrian Chemical Weapons?'

The US' turnaround and the Israeli attack, which has been in the works since Obama’s visit to Israel last month, according to Ben Caspit, follow a US intelligence assessment made public on April 25, based on evidence from Great Britain, France and Israel, and made by US intelligence agencies with “varying degrees of confidence” of “small scale” chemical weapons use, based upon “physiological samples” where “the chain of custody is not clear.”
There were also four key events which took place on April 30: the meeting of the Arab League delegation with US Secretary of State John Kerry about a revived Arab Peace Initiative, a fiery speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, an Israeli attack on Gaza and Iran’s statement that chemical weapons use is a red line in Syria.
As the United States and United Nations proceed with their investigations into the allegations of chemical weapons use, Washington, its Arab allies and Israel are now looking to increase military pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, so that Assad will agree to a political solution that includes his stepping aside. Syria is no longer just a battle of “the opposition” against the “Assad regime.” Those days are long gone. Syria is now a full scale Middle East War, with sectarian overtones and direct Israeli engagement, with the United States and Israel taking the side of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey (read Sunni) to topple Assad, and break or set back the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah (read Shiite) axis.
(Iran has consistently opposed the use of weapons of mass destruction, as well as chemical weapons by any country, and has sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in this respect.)  http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/us-israel-syria-war-escalate-hezbollah.html

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Turkey: 'Red line' for unproved use of chemical weapons + blaming Syria's intelligence service for two car bombings that killed at least 46 people

May 9, 2013

'Turkey would support U.S.-led no-fly zone in Syria: NBC'

Washington — Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would support a U.S.-enforced no-fly zone in Syria and warned that Damascus crossed President Barack Obama's “red line'' on chemical weapons use long ago, according to an NBC News interview released Thursday.
A no-fly zone to prohibit Syrian military aircraft from hitting rebel targets has been mentioned by American lawmakers as one option the United States could use to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Right from the beginning ... we would say 'Yes,'' Erdogan said when asked if Turkey, a NATO member that shares its longest border with Syria, would support such action, according to an NBC.com report.
http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-says-syria-crossed-us-chemical-weapons-red-203220841.html

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May 12, 2013

'Turkey Blames Syria for Deadly Car Bombs'

Turkey — Turkey on Sunday blamed groups connected to Syria's intelligence service for two car bombings that killed at least 46 people in a Turkish border town a day earlier.
Turkish officials said Sunday that security services had arrested nine people, all Turkish citizens, including the alleged mastermind, after two car bombs ripped through Reyhanli, a small town close to Syria. Syria denied any involvement in the bombings.Turkey's interior minister, Muammer Guler, said an investigation showed that the huge blasts—which damaged almost 500 shops, 300 homes and 60 vehicles—were carried out by a "terrorist organization in close contact with Syria's intelligence agency."
Following the blast residents had attacked Syrian refugees and cars with Syrian number plates after the attacks, witnesses said.
One woman, who earlier Sunday buried a brother-in-law killed in the blast, blamed Turkey's prime minister for bringing Syrians to Reyhanli and demanded they leave the town.
"I don't want this government, I don't want Syrians here. Why weren't they taken somewhere further? We are tired of seeing Syrian fighters, it was the rebels who caused this," said the woman.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323716304578478631250320680.html

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May 22nd, 2012

'Syrian rebels say Turkey is arming and training them'

Michael Weiss, the Research Director of The Henry Jackson Society, said that the weekend before last he was in Hatay province, in southern Turkey, interviewing Syrian 'rebels' and 'activists', who all complained of the lack of foreign assistance 'in toppling the Assad regime'
Jackson: 'A lot's changed in a week. Rebel sources in Hatay told me last night that not only is Turkey supplying light arms to select battalion commanders, it is also training Syrians in Istanbul. Men from the unit I was embedded with were vetted and called up by Turkish intelligence in the last few days and large consignments of AK-47s are being delivered by the Turkish military to the Syrian-Turkish border. No one knows where the guns came from originally, but no one much cares.
This news, which has provided a much-needed morale boost to Syria's embattled opposition, does appear to corroborate a recent report by the Washington Post that the United States has been facilitating the transfer of Gulf-purchased weapons to the so called rebels:
'The U.S. contacts with the rebel military and the information-sharing with gulf nations mark a shift in Obama administration policy as hopes dim for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Many officials now consider an expanding military confrontation to be inevitable.
Material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border. Opposition activists who two months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said this week that the flow of weapons — most still bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military — has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.'
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/michaelweiss/100159613/syrian-rebels-say-turkey-is-arming-and-training-them/

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Israel's goal in Syria: Prolong war, maximize destruction:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/05/301972/israel-using-syria-war-to-spread-sectarian-chaos-in-me/

US tax buys bombs Israel drops on Syria:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/06/302104/us-money-buys-bombs-israel-drops-on-syria/

12/05/2013

Syria condemns terrorist act in Turkey

Al-Zoubi: Turkish Government is to Blame for al-Rihaniyeh Bombings

May 12, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) - Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi, stressed that the bombings which rocked al-Rihaniya city in Turkey are a terrorist act that is condemned by all moral, human and legal standards, offering condolences to the Turkish people for the martyrs and wishing recovery for the injured.

"Any accusation against Syria in any statement, where explicit or implicit, by any Turkish official is completely rejected," said al-Zoubi addressing the Intellectual Political Symposium which kicked off Sunday at the al-Assad National Library in Damascus.

Minister al-Zoubi, said that the Turkish government led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to blame for the bombings in al-Rihaniyeh havign urned the border areas with Syria into "international terrorist concentrations," and turned the Turkish civilians' houses, farms and properties into centers and passages for terrorist groups.

He added that the Turkish government has been facilitating the delivery of weapons, explosive devices, car bombs, money and killers into Syria.

Al-Zoubi held Erdogan and the Turkish government directly responsible, both morally and politically, towards the peoples of Syria and Turkey, the region, and the whole world.

He stressed that what happened in al-Rihaniyeh is blamed on Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party, pointing out that Syria has nothing to do with this as it is not how it behaves.

"We have problems with Turkey since hundreds of years, yet Syria…has never acted this way or done such an act. It's not because we can't, but because the way we were raised and our morals, conduct and values don't allow us to do such a thing," he added.

The Minister reiterated that no one has the right in Turkey to issue arbitrary accusations against Syria, expressing deep sorry over the victims of the bombings in al-Rihaniyeh.

Al-Zoubi wondered how the Turkish Interior Minister has accused Syria of the bombings only then to say that he will prove his accusations when they reach evidence, pointing out that when the Turkish minister says he would reach evidence that means he wants to fabricate one.

Al-Zoubi said big questions need to be answered by the Justice and Development Party and Erdogan government, including what interest do [they] have in destroying Syria? Why going too far in killing and destruction? Why this timing for al-Rihaniyeh operation?

He continued asking "Why should the bombings in Turkey take place days before Erdogan's meeting Obama?...Is it that [Erdogan] wants to show off and say he has enough power to intervene in Syria?... Does Erdogan want to foil the Russian-U.S. efforts to hold an international conference?" al-Zoubi asked.

Al-Zoubi commented on the statements made by the Turkish Foreign Minister yesterday in which he said "Turkey can defend itself" by saying "Against whom does it have to defend itself? Does it have to defend itself against terrorism and terrorists?, noting that the government of Erdogan should shoulder complete responsibility for what happened.

"It Turkey, the state and the people, want to defend themselves, they have to ask Erdogan and his government to step down because they are to blame for what happened," the Information Minister added.

"I ask Erdogan to step down as a murderer and blood shedder and I say to him that that it's not his right to brag out his glories at the expense of the blood of the Turks and the Syrians," al-Zoubi added.

He highlighted the cooperation between the Israeli enemy and the Turkish government, despite the latter's claim of supporting the Palestinian people, referring particularly to Turkish government allowing the Turkish Airlines company to sponsor the Israeli second international fair in occupied Jerusalem and the joint military exercises between Turkey and Israel, reminding that the Israeli enemy has not even apologized for the martyrs of Mavi Marmara.

He stressed that Israel has committed an aggression against Syria recently and raided military sites near Damascus and violated, through this aggression, the international commitments (Disengagement of Forces Agreement), adding that Israel has allowed terrorists to operate inside the demilitarized zone and to kidnap the UN observers.

"Accordingly, Syria has the right at this time and at any other time to deal with the Golan issue in the way the owner has the right to deal with his property, because the Golan is and has always been a Syrian Arab land," said the Information Minister," adding that "Israel must understand that it can't take a promenade in the Syrian sky because the Syrian land and sky are not a promenade for anyone."

He stressed that "The Syrian army and people know very well how to defend Syria," noting that this talk is addressed to "all who think that the circumstances are convenient for them to tamper with the country."

"Everybody should know that we are people who don't forget to respond to an aggression against the aggressors, nor do we forget our martyrs and those who killed them," said al-Zoubi.

He pointed out that the Syrian media is facing a real battle, along with all the state's institutions, in terms of offering martyrs and having to confront great pressures by foreign parties to suppress its voice.

He noted that the Ministry of Information has allowed access to 300 media outlets, including American, French and British because "we believe that it they would convey at least part of the truth, that would be in Syria's interest."

Al-Zoubi indicated that Syria has conducted many investigations into lots of incidents which took place on the borders with Turkey and Jordan and come to know quite well who are the perpetrators and the accomplices.

Answering a question on how Syria's future would be, he said reaching "the renewed Syria" is a national political, economic, social, human and cultural project to which all Syrians should contribute regardless of any differences among them.

Al-Zoubi added that this project cannot be launched without a comprehensive national dialogue that does not exclude anyone.

For his part, Head of the Journalists Union, Elias Murad, said the Syrian people can achieve renewal for themselves and their homeland through the package of decisions which have been issued in the framework of the political reform and the national dialogue project.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/12/481741.htm

04/05/2013

Washington and Tel Aviv want the full control over the Middle East

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April 20, 2013

The so called ‘Syria’s opposition forces’ and their main international allies met in Istanbul where the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced that the US will double its non-lethal military aid (US$123 million). Meanwhile the ‘Syrian opposition’ called on it’s international supporters to deploy drones in Syria and carry out “surgical strikes” on launch sites used by government forces.

April 23, 2013
Israeli general: Syrian ‘regime has used and is using chemical weapons’
Military intelligence chief’s assertion puts pressure on US over its pledge to intervene…
Israel’s top intelligence analyst on Tuesday accused the Syrian regime of using lethal chemical weapons in an assertion that puts pressure on the US over its pledge to intervene should Damascus cross what it has described as a “red line”.
Brigadier-General Itai Brun, head of military intelligence research at the Israeli Defence Forces, told a security conference in Tel Aviv that the lack of international response to the use of a chemical suspected to be the nerve gas sarin was a “very worrying development”.
He said: “There’s a huge arsenal of chemical weapons in Syria. Our assessment is that the [Assad] regime has used and is using chemical weapons.”
Although the Pentagon and state department insisted on Tuesday there was no appetite for intervention in Syria, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, speaking at a Nato meeting in Brussels, called on the alliance to make preparations to respond in the event of chemical weapons endangering one of its members, Turkey.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/23/syrian-regime...

April 29, 2013
‘World’s intelligence agencies know full well that Assad used chemical weapons’Top Israeli official says the evidence is indisputable; former Israeli defense minister claims weapons of mass destruction are already leaking to Hezbollah…
Israeli and foreign intelligence agencies have hard and definitive evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against rebel forces, a senior Israeli official said Monday amid rampant speculation about the West’s next move.
The senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, added that international intelligence agencies possessed hard evidence of the charges against Assad and that Israel’s information to this effect was shared with “all the intelligence agencies.”
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-has-proof-assad-used-...

May 1, 2013
Former Israeli IDF Chief Gabi Ashkenazi said that ‘Syria chemical weapons must be met with response’. Ashkenazi said ‘it would be’It would be wrong message not to respond if Assad regime is indeed using chemical weapons, suggests aiding opposition in more ‘concrete’ ways such as weapons provision.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/former-idf-...

May 3, 2013
US officials: Israelis launch airstrikes into Syria…
Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes against targets inside Syria on Friday, U.S. officials told NBC News.
It’s believed the primary target was a shipment of weapons headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon, they said. A senior U.S. official said the airstrikes were believed to be related to delivery systems for chemical weapons.
An Israeli spokesman in Washington said that Israel would not comment specifically on the reports but said that “Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, especially to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”
It wasn’t clear whether the Israelis alerted the U.S. before the attack. White House officials referred all questions to the Israelis.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/03/18043900-us...

May 4, 2013
Israel launches air strike on Syria…
The early morning strike on Friday targeted “game-changing” weapons believed to be long-range missiles, an Israeli official told the Associated Press.
This is the second Israeli strike on a Syrian arms target this year. After the bombing of weapons convoy carrying long-range missiles to the Lebanese border in January, Israel warned it would not hesitate to act again to prevent the transfer of chemical or any other advanced weaponry from Bashar al-Assad’s massive arsenal to terror groups in Lebanon.
The Israeli government has called on the United States to take steps to safe guard the Assad regime’s chemical weapons store, which is believed to be among the largest in the world.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/isra...

On 3.14.2012, America’s Defense Department’s best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google

01/03/2013

Erdogan's remarks on Zionism / 'No Prizes for Erdogan'

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'Netanyahu blasts Erdogan for ‘dark and slanderous’ remarks on Zionism'

The Turkish prime minister on Wednesday described Zionism as a ‘crime against humanity’ on par with anti-Semitism and fascism...

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February 28, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comparison of Zionism to Nazism, calling it a “dark and slanderous remark, the likes of which we thought had passed from the world.”

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement regarding Erdogan’s “hollow” remarks as well, charging that they “stem from ignorance.”

Erdogan on Wednesday described Zionism as a “crime against humanity” on par with anti-Semitism and fascism.

Speaking in Vienna at a United Nations event devoted to dialogue between the West and Islam, Erdogan decried rising racism in Europe and the fact that many Muslims “who live in countries other than their own” often face harsh discrimination.

“We should be striving to better understand the culture and beliefs of others, but instead we see that people act based on prejudice and exclude others and despise them,” Erdogan said, according to a simultaneous translation provided by the UN. “And that is why it is necessary that we must consider — just like Zionism or anti-Semitism or fascism — Islamophobia as a crime against humanity.”

The Turkish leader’s comments, made at the official opening of the fifth UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum, drew harsh criticism from UN Watch, a Geneva-based watchdog group monitoring anti-Israel bias and human rights abuses at the organization.

“Erdogan’s misuse of this global podium to incite hatred, and his resort to Ahmadinejad-style pronouncements appealing to the lowest common denominator in the Muslim world, will only strengthen the belief that his government is hewing to a confrontational stance, and fundamentally unwilling to end its four-year-old feud with Israel,” UN Watch said in a statement.

Erdogan was also criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and B’nai B’rith International.

“We are appalled and horrified by Mr. Erdogan’s linkage of Zionism and anti-Semitism at a conference devoted, ironically enough, to improving understanding of other cultures,” said the ADL’s national director Abraham Foxman. B’nai B’rith strongly condemned “Erdogan’s effort to revive inflammatory language, by equating Zionism with racism.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-slams-erdogans-dark-and-slanderous-remarks/

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'No Prizes for Erdogan'

July 27, 2011,

Erdogan reacted to the Mavi Marmara incident with enraged indignation. He demanded that Israel apologize for its commandos' actions and pay compensation to the families of the dead. He also demanded an international inquiry into Israel's actions.

Honor is probably not Erdogan's main rationale for pursing his demand for an Israeli apology. Since he was reelected to serve a third term as prime minister last month Erdogan has been openly seeking to establish a neo-Ottoman Turkish hegemonic position in the Arab world.

To this end he has been actively interfering in the popular revolt against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. The IHH has been hosting Syrian opposition leaders in Turkey. Erdogan's clear aim is to replace Iran as Syria's overlord in a post-Assad Syria.

An Israeli apology would serve as proof that his double game of remaining a NATO member and carrying out aggression against Israel is the winning formula. If Israel apologizes for defending itself against Turkish aggression, Erdogan will have succeeded where the Arabs have failed.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and senior IDF officers reportedly argue in favor of an apology, claiming the strategic alliance with Turkey is so important that Israel must be willing to swallow its pride in order to rebuild it. This argument has apparently won over Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor. It has also caused Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to temper his honor-based rejection of the Turkish demand.

The problem with this argument is that it fails to take address Erdogan's second, and more strategically significant motivation of using Israeli humiliation to strengthen his image as a pan-Islamic leader.

Given the true stakes involved, Israel must stick to its guns and say no apology, no compensation, and no political prize for Erdogan. 

Source: 

http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2011/07/no-prizes-for-erdo...

Originally published in The Jewish Press.

18/02/2013

War on Syria: Turkey's Middle East policy

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The war on Syria and the Turkish dream of a neo-Ottoman Empire.

In 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu declared that Turkey would be the 'owner, pioneer and servant of the post-Arab Spring Middle East'.

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Short History

Syria was part of the Ottoman Empire from the 16th through 20th centuries. After the division of Rome into the Eastern and Western empires in the 4th century, Syria came under Byzantine rule. By the late 11th century, the Seljuk Turks had captured most of Syria.

In 1798–99, Napoleon I of France invaded Egypt and also briefly held parts of the Syrian coast. In 1832–33, Ibrahim Pasha, the son of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, annexed Syria to Egypt. Egypt held Syria until 1840, when the European powers (particularly Great Britain) forced its return to the Ottomans.

During World War I the British encouraged Syrian nationalists to fight against the Ottoman Empire. The ambitions of the nationalists were thwarted in the peace settlement, which gave (1920) France a League of Nations mandate over the Levant States (roughly present-day Syria and Lebanon). From this time the term Syria referred approximately to its present territorial extent. France divided Syria into three administrative districts on the pretext that political decentralization would safeguard the rights of minorities. The Arab nationalists angrily asserted that decentralization was also a means of maintaining French control by a divide-and-rule policy.

The French made some concessions after serious disturbances in 1925, which included a rebellion by the Druze and the French bombardment of Damascus. Lebanon was made a completely separate state in 1926, and after long negotiations a treaty was signed (1936) giving Syria a large measure of autonomy. Anti-French feeling continued as a result of the cession of the sanjak of Alexandretta (see Hatay) to Turkey, completed in 1939. In the same year the French suspended the Syrian constitution, and in World War II they garrisoned Syria with a large number of troops, most of whom, after the fall of France in June, 1940, declared loyalty to the Vichy government. Relations with Great Britain deteriorated, and when it was discovered that Syrian airfields had been used by German planes en route to Iraq, British and Free French forces invaded and occupied Syria in June, 1941.

The French proclaimed the creation of an independent Syrian republic in Sept., 1941, and an independent Lebanese republic in Nov., 1941. In 1943, Shukri al-Kuwatli was elected president of Syria, and on Jan. 1, 1944, the country achieved complete independence. However, the continued presence of French troops in Syria caused increasing friction and bloodshed and strained Anglo-French relations. It was not until Apr., 1946, that all foreign troops were withdrawn from the country. In 1945, Syria had become a charter member of the United Nations.

http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/world/syria-history.html

Turkey's Middle East Policy: Too Ambitious?

http://www.chathamhouse.org/media/comment/view/185833

17/12/2012

German pilots in Israel - German troops and missiles in Turkey

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German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted 461-86 on Friday, December 14, 2012, to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

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'Ein Shemer Air Base - History's Twist: German Pilots Seek Jewish Help'

As World War Two raged in the years before Israel’s founding, colonial British planes were scrambled here to fend off German forces. Now the German Luftwaffe is back, preparing for a far more remote fight with the modern equipment and expertise of the Jewish state established after the Nazi Holocaust.

Worried by insurgent ambushes on its soldiers in Afghanistan and return fire that sometimes kills civilians or local allies, Germany last year ordered a small fleet of Israeli Heron spy drones designed to provide real-time images above a battlefield.

That has brought German jet pilots to coastal Ein Shemer air base for accelerated retraining on the unmanned propeller planes, already daubed with their flag and Iron Cross emblem.

“It’s for the need of the ground troops, for our own protection, like convoy protection,” said a Luftwaffe (airforce) major, who formerly flew a Tornado fighter-bomber on Afghan reconnaissance missions and could not be named due to military secrecy.

“In Afghanistan it’s really hard to compare the good guys from the bad guys. So you have to surveil them a long time.”

Israel is a pioneer of combat drones, having deployed them in Lebanon in the Palestinian territories. Heron’s manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), says it is also used by Canadian, French and Australian forces in Afghanistan.

Yet the fact Israeli know-how may now be saving German military lives offers up a unique historical irony lost on none.

The Defence Ministry in Berlin declined to allow the Luftwaffe trainees to be interviewed about such symbolism, but one of them described how they took time off to visit the central Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Dressed in civilian clothes while in Israel, trainees on an earlier course stood at attention for annual commemorations in April of the six million Jews killed in the Nazi genocide.

JEWISH PRIDE

“As a Jew, I felt very proud at this specific moment,” said Tomer Koriat, deputy director of the IAI training programme, who praised the Germans’ mastery of the Heron within intensive courses lasting just three-and-a-half weeks.

“All of us have learned that today we are talking about another Germany than what we used to know ... A very, very good friend, if not the best friend of Israel today in the world.”

Germany has become a key ally of Israel despite Berlin’s criticism of its Palestinian policies.

While the United States regularly conducts drone air strikes in Afghanistan and on suspected insurgent bases in neighbouring Pakistan, its allies are generally limited to using the planes for unarmed surveillance.

This is especially true for Germany. Although it has the third-biggest NATO Afghan contingent—some 4,300 personnel—it often appears uncomfortable with being involved in hostilities while World War Two is still a living memory.

“We’re kept to ‘recce’ (reconnaissance) missions only. We’re the good guys,” joked another Luftwaffe major at Ein Shemer.

He recalled how, flying a Heron on a hunt for IAI staff posing as Taliban guerrillas in the surrounding cotton fields, the high-resolution camera spotted two boys in a fistfight. “I couldn’t do anything to stop it, so I just pulled away.”

Each Heron costs about $10 million, depending on the sophistication of its equipment and the ground control booth. In a boon for spartan Afghan crews, the drone is designed to land and take off automatically.

Israelis are barred by Afghanistan, so IAI ceded maintenance services to German partner firm Rheinmetall Defence.

The former Tornado pilot spoke wistfully of his time in the clouds but said being grounded to fly Herons is just as vital.

“All of the time you have to be really certain what you do, because it has a real effect,” he said. “It’s not like a computer game - ‘Game Over’.”

http://www.vosizneias.com/60926/2010/07/27/60926/

11/12/2012

German Patriot air defense missiles on Turkish border with Syria

The defence ministers of NATO member states decided on February 2, 2012 in Brussels that the command centre of the missile defence system would be located at the Headquarters Allied Air Command Ramstein, Germany. The German defence minister, Thomas de Maizière, also announced that the German Patriot systems would become part of the NATO missile 'defence' system...

Germany's cabinet authorized on December 6, 2012, the stationing of German Patriot air defense missiles on the Turkish border with Syria as part of a NATO mission to help 'protect' Turkey from possible cross-border attacks. The mission will involve up to 400 troops from the German military, the Bundeswehr, and also includes personnel for AWACS surveillance aircraft and commando units.

Germany on Monday expelled four employees of the Syrian embassy in Berlin, the foreign minister said, as part of moves to further isolate the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Photo/video: Germans In NATO Parade 1959

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/germans-in-nato-parade

10/12/2012

Al-Qaeda Fighters into Syria through Turkish Borders

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Dec. 10, 2012 - ANKARA, (SANA) – Turkish Yurt Newspaper and Sol Haber website revealed the entry of 200 al-Qaeda fighters and Jihadists from various nationalities into Syria through the  Turkish borders onboard a Turkish plane that landed in Antakya Airport without registering the flight officially at the airport.

The newspaper quoted Republican People's Party MP, Mehmet Ali Ediboglu, as saying that the plane,  which belongs to the Turkish Airlines and owned by Anadolu Jet Company, landed in Antakya Airport last Friday with 200 multi-national al-Qaeda fighters onboard.

He added that the fighters did not make any official procedures that prove they entered Turkey after leaving the plane, and they were transferred to the Syrian borders.

Ediboglu pointed out that this scandal constitutes new evidence that the government of the Development and Justice Party is supporting the terrorist crimes committed in Syria.

Meanwhile, Sol Haber website said that MP Ediboglu submitted an interpellation note at the parliament against Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin about the Libyan ship, Intisar, which carried weapons and ammunitions to the armed terrorist groups in Syria and docked in Iskenderun Port last August.

MP Ediboglu stressed that 24 libyan fighters were onboard the Libyan ship, according to the website.

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03/12/2012

U.S. backed war with Syria: Turkey to get Patriot batteries

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Itar-Tass

December 3, 2012

Patriot deployment in Turkey arouse RF concern, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said

ISTANBUL: The deployment of NATO’s Patriot systems arouses Russia’s concern and does not facilitate stabilisation of the “shaky situation” in the region, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

Peskov accompanies Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has begun the visit to Istanbul.

This issue will be in the focus of the talks between Putin and the Turkish leadership.

The deployment of NATO’s Patriot systems arouses Russia’s concern, the Kremlin official said, adding that Russia “will inform its Turkish partners about its concerns”.

Peskov said the talks would be held in two aspects: bilateral relations, which “are notable by their diversity and full of excellent projects and international issues”. Russia and Turkey “have serious disagreements on international issues. And we don’t hide this fact”, the presidential spokesman stressed.

In his words, “several steps do not facilitate the normalisation of the situation in the region.”

Peskov said the Syrian problem would be on the agenda. “Russia’s position is consistent and absolutely transparent: one warring party cannot be upheld. This cannot facilitate the settlement of the conflict,” Peskov said, adding, “Active support for one warring party only incites the conflict.”

The spokesman did not rule out that Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyit Erdogan would discuss the detention of Russia’s jet by Turkey.

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Voice of Russia

December 3, 2012

Turkey to get Patriot batteries

After exploring the terrain, NATO and Turkish officers have chosen sites for deploying three Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries in southeastern Turkey.

They wil unveil their conclusions at a session of NATO Foreign to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Turkey asked NATO to deploy as many as 6 Patriot batteries.

Putin to discuss NATO Patriot air defense system in Turkey - Peskov

The deployment of NATO Patriot complexes in Turkey "is a concern to Russia and does not contribute to the stabilization of the already fragile situation" in the region, the President's Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in Istanbul on Monday.

He noted that this issue will be addressed in today's talks. Peskov will accompany President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Istanbul. Shortly after his arrival in Turkey, Putin began closed-door talks with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.

Voice of Russia, RIA

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_03/Turkey-to-get-Patriot-batteries/

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, most believed puppet of Hillary Clinton

29/11/2012

Turkey and France: former colonizators of Syria

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Since 2010, C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

On August 9, 2012, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the spearhead of last year’s campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi, called for 'rapid international action on Syria', comparing the current crisis with the situation in Libya. Sarkozy spoke with the Syrian opposition leader, Abdulbaset Sieda and they noted a 'total convergence in their views on the seriousness of the Syrian crisis as well as the need for rapid action by the international community to avoid massacres,' said a statement signed by Sarkozy and Sieda, the president of the Istanbul-based Syrian National Council. "They agreed that there are great similarities with the Libyan crisis," said the statement. On this way Sarkozy was putting pressure on French President Hollande, who has been much more moderate on the issue compared to his flamboyant predecessor.

On August 11, 2012, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were considering implementing no-fly zones for Syria after holding talks in Istanbul. According to Reuters, Clinton said that Ankara and Washington 'need to plan ways to assist the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad – including possibly implementing a no-fly zone'.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), held a Closed-Door Meeting In Turkey. They met with Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place on Tuesday at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff on Wednesday. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

On November 28, 2012, NATO General-Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO allies 'will respond positively to Turkey’s demand for Patriot missiles within “days” and that command of the system will be under NATO control'. “Russia has no right to intervene in this process. This is a NATO decision; third parties have nothing to say,” Rasmussen said about Russian objections to the deployment.

Earlier this year, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu declared that Turkey would be the 'owner, pioneer and servant of the post-Arab Spring Middle East'. Turkey has the second largest NATO army.

Photo: Fighters against Ottoman Empire in Syria, 1916. After World War I ended, the Ottoman Turks were finally driven out, and France occupied Syria. The French administered and exercised control of Syria until it finally gained its independence in 1946. France was the first NATO-member to recognize the so called Syrian opposition. It is clear that Turkey and France want to re-colonize Syria with the aid if its NATO-partners and that they have big personal ambitions for the 'New Middle East'.

Interesting links (if not blocked by Washington that leads a misleading war-campaign):

http://www.globalresearch.ca/nato-holds-secret-meeting-approving-syrian-operation/5303457

http://www.chathamhouse.org/media/comment/view/185833

http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/world/syria-history.html

http://rt.com/news/sarkozy-urges-syria-intervention-208/

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/top-nato-military-commander-holds-closed-door-meeting-in-turkey/

NATO Secretary General Speech - New NATO, New Turkey (published on February 20, 2012):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3YNJ3ESIW0

28/11/2012

War with Syria: Turkey's Middle East Policy

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On August 11, 2012, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were considering implementing no-fly zones for Syria after holding talks in Istanbul.

­According to Reuters, Clinton said that Ankara and Washington 'need to plan ways to assist the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad – including possibly implementing a no-fly zone'.

On November 28, 2012, NATO General-Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO allies 'will respond positively to Turkey’s demand for Patriot missiles within “days” and that command of the system will be under NATO control'.

Earlier this year, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu declared that Turkey would be the 'owner, pioneer and servant of the post-Arab Spring Middle East'.

Photo: Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with Hillary Clinton before their meeting in Istanbul. (REUTERS / Handout)

The war with Syria and the Turkish dream of a neo-Ottoman Empire

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Earlier this year, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu declared that Turkey would be the 'owner, pioneer and servant of the post-Arab Spring Middle East'.

History

Syria was part of the Ottoman Empire from the 16th through 20th centuries. After the division of Rome into the Eastern and Western empires in the 4th century, Syria came under Byzantine rule. By the late 11th century, the Seljuk Turks had captured most of Syria.

In 1798–99, Napoleon I of France invaded Egypt and also briefly held parts of the Syrian coast. In 1832–33, Ibrahim Pasha, the son of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, annexed Syria to Egypt. Egypt held Syria until 1840, when the European powers (particularly Great Britain) forced its return to the Ottomans.

During World War I the British encouraged Syrian nationalists to fight against the Ottoman Empire. The ambitions of the nationalists were thwarted in the peace settlement, which gave (1920) France a League of Nations mandate over the Levant States (roughly present-day Syria and Lebanon). From this time the term Syria referred approximately to its present territorial extent. France divided Syria into three administrative districts on the pretext that political decentralization would safeguard the rights of minorities. The Arab nationalists angrily asserted that decentralization was also a means of maintaining French control by a divide-and-rule policy.

The French made some concessions after serious disturbances in 1925, which included a rebellion by the Druze and the French bombardment of Damascus. Lebanon was made a completely separate state in 1926, and after long negotiations a treaty was signed (1936) giving Syria a large measure of autonomy. Anti-French feeling continued as a result of the cession of the sanjak of Alexandretta (see Hatay) to Turkey, completed in 1939. In the same year the French suspended the Syrian constitution, and in World War II they garrisoned Syria with a large number of troops, most of whom, after the fall of France in June, 1940, declared loyalty to the Vichy government. Relations with Great Britain deteriorated, and when it was discovered that Syrian airfields had been used by German planes en route to Iraq, British and Free French forces invaded and occupied Syria in June, 1941.

The French proclaimed the creation of an independent Syrian republic in Sept., 1941, and an independent Lebanese republic in Nov., 1941. In 1943, Shukri al-Kuwatli was elected president of Syria, and on Jan. 1, 1944, the country achieved complete independence. However, the continued presence of French troops in Syria caused increasing friction and bloodshed and strained Anglo-French relations. It was not until Apr., 1946, that all foreign troops were withdrawn from the country. In 1945, Syria had become a charter member of the United Nations.

http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/world/syria-history.html

Turkey's Middle East Policy: Too Ambitious?

http://www.chathamhouse.org/media/comment/view/185833

21/11/2012

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan: 'Israel would be held accountable'

The latest deaths add to the growing toll of Gazan children killed in Israeli air strikes.

So far at least 75 people have been killed in the attacks, 13 of them are childen.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that sooner or later, Israel would be held accountable for the “massacre.”

Photo: Erdogan, most beloved puppet of Hillary Clinton, friend of Israel

Israel is 'deeply grateful to the United States' 

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

16/11/2012

NATO: Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia,

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14 September 2012

Turkey's Erdogan in Ukraine

Recep Erdogan is officially visiting Ukraine. In Kiev he and the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich headed the second session of the Strategic Council of Ukraine and Turkey. On September 14 Erdogan will conduct talks in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and participate in the 9th annual session of the Yalta European Strategy where he will speak as a special guest.

Considering an important role of Ukraine in stability in the Black Sea region, Turkey pays great attention to its relations with this country and wants to develop the cooperation in all spheres. In recent times relations between Ukraine and Turkey have gained a character of strategic partnership. The best confirmation for it is a stable growth of trade turnover and mutual investments, mutual support of international initiatives by Ankara and Kiev. However, experts note that political relations falls behind economic cooperation. From this point of view the current visit by Premier of Turkey has a progressive significance.

The countries chosen by Erdogan for visits are notable. At first Azerbaijan, then Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is clear that the current Turkish policy is focused on three bordering territories: the Black Sea and the Caucasian region and Balkans. That is why Ukraine is considered by Turkey as a friendly and strategically important country. There are many advantages in cooperation between Turkey and Ukraine. The main thing is to structure the relations in separate strategic directions with maximum usage of the transit potential.

Another important factor defining the essence of Turkish-Ukrainian relations is the problem of Crimean Tatars. It is a delicate issue of permanent agenda of the countries. Turkey implements all agreements of Crimean Tatars under control of the central authorities of Ukraine. Turkey considers the problem an internal affair of Ukraine, and Ankara has no right to break sovereignty of Ukraine.

http://vestnikkavkaza.net/articles/politics/31392.html

Photo: 14 September 2012 - Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan visiting Ukraine. In Kiev he and the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich headed the second session of the Strategic Council of Ukraine and Turkey.

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November 14, 2012

Georgian Prime Minister met with NATO Sec.General

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili has invited the North Atlantic Council to Georgia. He said about it in Brussels at a joint press conference held after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The Prime Minister stressed that NATO isn't only a military but also a political structure and promised that the new government will do everything to strengthen the democratic institutions.

"We will do everything in order to develop truly democratic institutions. The problems that arose a few days ago, in my opinion, were connected with the fact that the former power was satisfied by facade statements power instead of building truly democratic institutions, and there wasn't enough transparency in society, including in military compounds. The new government will do everything to ensure that all our actions are clear to the international community and NATO. We will do everything to achieve the objectives and Georgia to be a member of the alliance in the near future," Ivanishvili said.

Georgia is a close and committed partner for NATO. It doubled its contribution to NATO's mission in Afghanistan and joined the planning process for the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces after 2014.

Source: Trend News Agency

Photo: 14 November 2012 - Georgian Prime Minister met with Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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12/11/2012

The Turkish dream: seventeen Turkish soldiers killed

Turkish.Helicopter Crash.jpg'A new Middle East is about to be born. We will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East'. (Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu)

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Nov 10, 2012 - ANKARA, (SANA) – Seventeen Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday as their helicopter crashed in southeastern Turkey due to bad weather conditions, said Governor of the Turkish city of Siirt Ahmet Aydin.

Reuters quoted Aydin as saying that the Sikorsky helicopter crashed on Herekol mountain, in the Pervari area of Siirt province.

Turkish Army Kills 42 People over Three Days in Southeastern Turkey

Turkish warplanes and helicopters bombarded over three days targets in southeastern Turkey on the border with Iraq and Iran, killing 42 people.

The office of the Governor of Hakkari Province in southeastern Turkey said in a statement reported by Reuters that this operation, which started last Wednesday, is continuing in the province.

The statement added that a Turkish soldier was killed, while the research operations resulted in seizing amounts of ammunition and medical and food supplies.

The Turkish Air Force last Wednesday violated the Iraqi airspace and launched an offensive on a site in northern Iraq, killing three Iraqi citizens.

R. Raslan/ Mazen /H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/10/451702.htm

(The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't stop its war propaganda and its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria.)

11/11/2012

Turkish government wants a new Ottoman empire

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu: 'A new Middle East is about to be born. We will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East'. 

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Formed around 2500 BC, the Syrian civilization is one of the most ancient on earth, and is strategically placed along the eastern edges of the Mediterranean Sea at the doorway to Asia and the Middle East.

Damascus, the capital, historically called the Fragrant City, is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet, and to this day remains one of the most important cultural and political centers in the Arab world.

For endless centuries Syria was fought over and subsequently controlled by varied factions, including the Egyptian, Roman and Ottoman empires.

The Syrian economy struggled under Ottoman rule, and any attempts at rebuilding were destroyed by the Mongols.

After World War I ended, the Ottoman Turks were finally driven out, and the French influence began.

The French administered and exercised control of Syria until it finally gained its independence in 1946.

In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel, and since then, both countries have occasionally discussed its return to Syria.

Observing that a "new Middle East is about to be born," Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently stated before the Turkish parliament that "we will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East." 

In reality, the Turkish government wants, as was the case under the Ottoman empire, to dominate Syria and the Middle East regio and it hopes to realize its dream with the support of NATO.

C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition, antitank weapons and explosives for terrorist attacks are being smuggled by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries from Turkey to Syria.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

On November 7, 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that NATO is preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles for deployment along the Turkish-Syrian border.

Photo: Fighters against Ottoman Empire in Syria, 1916.

Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu

'A new Middle East is about to be born. We will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East'

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For several years, he CIA, the American State Department and the Pentagon are involved, working with NATO’s Turkey and the kleptocrats in Saudi Arabia to overthrow the Syrian government.

C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition, antitank weapons and explosives for terrorist attacks are being smuggled by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries from Turkey to Syria.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

On November 8, 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey is in talks with the United States and NATO over the deployment of Patriot missiles along its border with Syria.

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu: 'A new Middle East is about to be born. We will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East'.

More info about Nato: 'Stop NATO'  http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/

Photo: Turkish far-right Foreign Minister Davutoglu and warmaker Hillary Clinton

10/11/2012

The Turkish dream: reoccupation of Syria

Exercise Mavi Balina 2012 kicks off in Turkey

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United States European Command
November 5, 2012

NAPLES, Italy: The tri-lateral training Exercise Mavi Balina 2012 (MB12) kicked off in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Turkey, Nov. 5.

Mavi Balina is an invitational maritime exercise, hosted by Turkey, which focuses on providing realistic operational training in surface and submarine warfare for units and staffs of Turkish, Pakistani and U.S. Naval Forces, as well as promotes friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation.

Training with other military forces enhances mutual awareness and the maritime capability of international partners. Mavi Balina helps create an environment that promotes maritime safety and security, and interoperability between the participating nations.

Participating U.S. Naval Forces are the guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and an aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 9.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/turkey-host-nation-u-s-pakistan-conduct-naval-exercise/

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the most believed puppet of Hillary Clinton.

09/11/2012

Turkish government wants war with Syria

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Observing that a "new Middle East is about to be born," Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently stated before the Turkish parliament that "we will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East."

In reality, the Turkish government wants, as was the case under the Ottoman empire, to dominate Syria and the Middle East regio and it hopes to realize its dream with the support of NATO.

For several years, he CIA, the American State Department and the Pentagon are involved, working with NATO’s Turkey and the kleptocrats in Saudi Arabia to overthrow the Syrian government.

C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition, antitank weapons and explosives for terrorist attacks are being smuggled by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries from Turkey to Syria.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

On November 7, 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that NATO is preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles for deployment along the Turkish-Syrian border...

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NATO Prepares To Deploy Interceptor Missiles To Turkey

Xinhua News Agency
November 8, 2012

NATO preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles

ANKARA: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday that NATO is preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles for deployment along the Turkish-Syrian border, local newspaper Today’s Zaman reported on its website.

Davutoglu made the remarks in Brussels following earlier statements by some other Turkish officials that Turkey is in talks with the United States and NATO over the deployment of Patriot missiles along its border with Syria.

Turkey and the United States are considering deploying missiles in the southern Turkish province of Kilis, according to the report.

In the past, Turkey requested the deployment of Patriot missile defense systems on its territory twice in the context of wars in Iraq, respectively in the early 1990s and the 2000s.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/nato-prepares-to-deploy-interceptor-missiles-to-turkey/

08/11/2012

News: Syria's historical fight against Turkey

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History

Formed around 2500 BC, the Syrian civilization is one of the most ancient on earth, and is strategically placed along the eastern edges of the Mediterranean Sea at the doorway to Asia and the Middle East.

Damascus, the capital, historically called the Fragrant City, is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet, and to this day remains one of the most important cultural and political centers in the Arab world.

For endless centuries Syria was fought over and subsequently controlled by varied factions, including the Egyptian, Roman and Ottoman empires.

The Syrian economy struggled under Ottoman rule, and any attempts at rebuilding were destroyed by the Mongols.

After World War I ended, the Ottoman Turks were finally driven out, and the French influence began.

The French administered and exercised control of Syria until it finally gained its independence in 1946.

In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel, and since then, both countries have occasionally discussed its return to Syria.

Photo: Fighters against Ottoman Empire in Syria, 1916.