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Nov 26 08:33

WATCH: Police put down mass protests sparked by plummeting currency

Scenes of police in full riot gear attempting to suppress protests have been coming in from Istanbul, as more people have taken to the streets across Turkey, upset over the record fall of the lira.

Officers wearing helmets and carrying shields are seen cordoning off streets in Istanbul, while police in lighter gear infiltrated the crowds and forcefully dragged away some protesters, in footage from RT’s Ruptly video agency.

There was a massive police presence as people flooded the streets of the Turkish city on Wednesday, decrying the government’s handling of the financial crisis. While many took part in the protests, thousands of others lined up at gas stations due to the rapidly rising fuel prices. Many more bought US dollars in panic. Others invested money in electronic products, while some companies halted sales in the country amid skyrocketing inflation.

Nov 26 08:12

Eight reasons why the U.S. should ditch Turkey as a military partner

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has transformed his country and its relationship with America — but not for the better. President Donald Trump’s personal ties to Erdogan may have disguised the widening divergence in interests, but a chasm has now truly opened between the two governments, requiring a much tougher approach toward Ankara than in the past.

The Republic of Turkey grew out of the ramshackle Ottoman Empire, which collapsed at the end of World War I. Ankara joined NATO in 1952, controlling access to the Black Sea and serving as the alliance’s southeast foundation.

Nov 24 08:00

China alarmed by NATO powerhouse Ankara’s expanding pan-Turkic order

The article below, from China’s Global Times, is based on an interview with Yang Jin, associate research fellow at the Institute of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. It is followed by excerpts from an article of three days earlier on the Turkish Daily Sabah’s website.

The recently renamed Organization of Turkic States now consists of five members and two observers with a reported fifteen other nations expressing interest in joining, most all of those with Turkic minorities (such as Ukraine and Afghanistan).

China is justifiably concerned, as should be India, recently target along with Armenia and Greece in the Anatolian Eagle air combat exercise held in Turkey with the new Three Brothers axis: Turkey, Azerbaijan and Pakistan (and fourth brother Qatar).

Nov 16 13:29

Turkey On Verge Of Currency Collapse As Lira Implodes, Crashes 4% In Minutes

In recent weeks we have had our share of humorous hot takes on the current state of Turkey's currency, which thanks to the "sage" economic despotism of the country's authoritarian ruler has been in freefall for much of the past decade.

Well, this morning the most profitable FX short this year of all expanded major FX pairs...

... continued to be the gift that keeps on giving, and collapsed as much as 4% in minutes, in an episode right out of hyperinflationary Argentina or Venezuela.

While there was no immediate catalyst for today's drop - the lira only dropped below below 10 vs the dollar for the first time ever last Friday - traders are dreading this Thursday's central bank meeting at which policymakers are expected to cut interest rates further even as Turkish inflation tops 20%.

Nov 15 10:33

Erdogan Considers Himself to Be Most Experienced Among World Leaders

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that his grasp of the world makes him the most experienced among leaders of other countries.

"I know the world. Among today's leaders, I am the most experienced. I say this not to brag, but to determine my place among other leaders. Because it is important for my people to know who is who," Erdogan said at a meeting with youth in the northwestern Turkish province of Canakkale, with his speech broadcast on Twitter.

Erdogan assumed presidential office in 2014, after just over a decade of service as prime minister. He was re-elected as president in 2018 after transforming Turkey's governance system from a parliamentary to presidential republic.

Nov 11 08:06

Poland accuses Turkey of 'synchronising' refugee crisis with Belarus and Russia

Poland criticised Turkey on Tuesday for maintaining an open corridor between Istanbul and Minsk, and helping Belarus to bring thousands of refugees to its border with Poland.

“We see that [Turkish actions] are fully synchronised with Belarus and Russia. It bothers us, we don't like it,” said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during an emergency parliamentary session.

Morawiecki mostly blames Belarus for Poland's refugee crisis, but says the mastermind is Moscow. But in response to a question, he also criticised Ankara for not doing enough.

“A month or two ago, Turkey seemed to want to work closely with us,” he added. “Our help in extinguishing the fire, our help in promoting the Turkish tourism industry, unfortunately turned out to be a one-way favour. And we don't like it. And we point this out to our Turkish friends.”

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Going for the "Big Lie" here.

Nov 10 08:16

French Frigate Bristling With Missiles Deployed to Mediterranean Amid Turkey Tensions

France and Turkey are lined up on opposite sides of a regional dispute over gas drilling rights. In late 2019, Turkey and Libya signed a contentious maritime boundaries agreement laying claims to large swathes of the eastern Mediterranean, angering Greece and Cyprus. Athens and Cairo responded with a maritime delimitation deal of their own.

France has deployed its Auvergne frigate to Cyprus, sending a message to Ankara that Paris remains committed to its Cypriot and Greek partners in the ongoing maritime exclusive economic area (EEZ) dispute.

Nov 08 07:43

Turkish press condemns “Russian attacks on Syria’s Idlib”

From today’s Daily Sabah. The Kremlin’s strategic partner and “special and good” friend Turkey is poised to launch a major military offensive in the area even as it arms the regime in Kiev with combat drones to replicate last year’s slaughter in Nagorno-Karabakh in the Donbass and incite a Kosovo-style “humanitarian” war in Crimea.

Nov 08 07:41

Turkey to extend troop deployment in the Caucasus under Strategic Partnership and Mutual Assistance Agreement with Baku

The Turkish government is threatening the Republican People’s Party and Peoples’ Democratic Party for opposing the extension og the Turkish military deployment to Azerbaijan and part of cpnquered Nagorno-Karabakh.

‘Azerbaijan troop mandate must be beyond political polemics’

The Azerbaijan troop mandate that is expected to be submitted to Parliament must be held out of political polemics, Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Group Deputy Chairman Bülent Turan said on Sunday.

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“The Azerbaijan mandate had been accepted by all parties in the Parliament except for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). I hope the Republican People’s Party (CHP) does not repeat the mistake in the recent mandate and we have the chance to underline with our state, our security forces, our armies that we are on the side of our Azerbaijani brothers with all our parties’ support,” he said.

Nov 04 06:57

Turkey Detains 17 People Over Protest Against U.S. Navy Personnel in Istanbul

Turkish authorities detained 17 people on Wednesday for putting a hood over the head of a visiting U.S. Navy civilian employee in a protest against United States policy in the Middle East, the Istanbul governor's office said.

The group that carried out the act, the Turkey Youth Union (TGB), shared images on Twitter of the incident, in which a group of people chanted anti-U.S. slogans at their target.

Oct 29 10:48

Turkey says US must repay it for ‘unfair’ expulsion from $1.4bn F-35 jet deal or offer other hardware in return

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that the US must deliver over 100 F-35 fighter jets or compensate Ankara by either repaying the $1.4 billion it had invested in the aircraft program or offering other hardware.

Turkey ordered the Lockheed Martin-manufactured fighters prior to its expulsion from a multi-national partner procurement program in 2019 over the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems. Ankara has criticized its removal as unfair. However, its defense industry has continued to develop and manufacture some of the aircraft’s key components.

During a TV interview on Thursday, Cavusoglu said that Turkey had already “clarified its view” on the S-400 purchase and reiterated that it was “unfairly removed” from the program. He then called on Washington to either let it back in or find a way to repay the investment – failing which, he said, the country would “consider other options.”

Oct 28 06:39

Turkish Parliament Extends Syria, Iraq Missions by Two Years

On Tuesday, Turkey’s parliament voted to extend their military mandate for cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria. This authorized two more years of operations.

Turkey has been operating in Iraq for decades, and in Syria throughout the Syrian War. In both cases, the operations center almost exclusively on attacking Kurdish groups, who they label “terrorists.”

Syria’s YPG has been expecting another Turkish incursion on them in the lead-up to this vote. Turkey’s President Erdogan is again talking up these operations, saying there is “no patience left” for the YPG, who he labeled “a source of terror attacks.”

Oct 28 06:32

Kremlin Says Turkish Drones Risk Destabilising Situation in East Ukraine

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that its fears about Turkey's decision to sell strike drones to Ukraine were being realised and that the Turkish drones risked destabilising the situation in eastern Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was commenting on the deployment by Ukrainian government forces of a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone to strike a position in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

"We have really good ties with Turkey, but in this situation our fears are unfortunately being realised that the deliveries of these types of weapons to the Ukrainian military can potentially destabilise the situation on the line of contact," Peskov told reporters.

Russia-backed separatists have been fighting government troops in Ukraine's Donbass region since 2014, soon after Russia seized the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine. Kyiv says at least 14,000 people have been killed.

Oct 25 07:02

US military bases in Turkey

Smooth as an arrow, three-kilometer "concrete" figs Can be seen from afar. A large American base, built in the early 1950s, became one of the main actors of the Cold war-the immediate proximity to the borders of the Soviet Union, as well as the good location in relation to Iraq, Syria and the entire zone of the Arab – Israeli conflict turned figs Into a priceless treasure of the US air force.

From here, the EU-130 and U-2 made their reconnaissance flights, with the help of their air base, the Americans continuously "monitored" the situation in the middle East, Figirlik provided the entire Northern sector of operation desert Storm, and served as a reference point during the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq.

To date, the airbase Incirlik built 3048-metre runway and 57 of the protected aircraft hangars and caponiers from armobeton here permanently based 39th air wing of the U.S. air force, Incirlik actively used by the Turkish air force and the RAF.

Oct 22 07:00

Erdogan Warns Turkey Could Deploy Heavy Weaponry Against Syrian Army

Damascus has repeatedly condemned Turkey's illegal deployments in its northern territories, and has demanded that all foreign militaries and militias not explicitly invited into the war-torn country by its internationally recognised government leave immediately.
Turkey will deploy heavy weaponry in Syria against the Syrian army if necessary, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned.

"At the moment, our operations are continuing in the critically important points of the region, there are absolutely no compromises. We are continuing this process in Syria. Right now I don't know what position the regime [of internationally-recognised Syrian President Bashar Asssad -ed.] will take, but we continue to do everything necessary, especially against this approach in Idlib, and we will continue to respond with all our heavy weaponry. We will not leave this situation as it is," the Turkish leader told reporters on Thursday.

Oct 18 05:39

Beijing, Moscow, Ankara Push US Out Of Red Sea Dominance

The U.S. abandonment of Ethiopia has forced its government to seek allies and protection elsewhere, and Russia, China, and Turkey have rushed in to fill the power vacuum.

The now-open hostility of the Biden administration toward Ethiopia was rationalized as being supportive of Egypt’s position as the United States’ preferred partner in the region, controlling the Suez Canal. Washington also justifies its hostility on claims—widely discredited by the evidence—of Ethiopian “human rights violations” in its fight against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) marxist insurgency. But it was the TPLF which began the war surging into the neighboring Ethiopian Amhara and Afar regions, causing millions of refugees.

And despite the U.S. efforts to please Cairo, Beijing and Moscow have also improved their positions with the Egyptian government.

Oct 16 06:36

US-Greek Bases Pact Signals Bid to Pressure Turkey, Dominate East Mediterranean

The new expanded US-Greece defence pact shows that Washington wants to pressure Turkey while securing a strategic position to counter threats from the Middle East and control the Eastern Mediterranean, analysts said.

The United States and Greece on Thursday signed an amendment to their existing mutual defense agreement that allows US forces to train and operate from additional locations inside the country.

Strategic Positioning

Tensions between Turkey and Greece have been on the rise over maritime and airspace claims while Ankara has taken exception to a new defence agreement Athens signed with France. On Friday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price, when commenting on the renewed deal, said Washington supports efforts to de-escalate tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, some experts think Washington has broader aspirations.

Oct 15 10:32

Turkey: Lira slumps to record low after Erdogan fires three Central Bank governors

The Turkish Lira slumped to another record low on Thursday after Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired three Central Bank monetary policy committee (MPC) members, according to local reports.

Turkey's Official Gazette said the three governors fired by Erdogan late on Wednesday were Semih Tumen and Ugur Namik Kucuk, along with another MPC member, Abdullah Yavas.

Erdogan has since replaced two out of the three governors. They include Taha Cakmak as a deputy central bank governor and Yusuf Tuna as an MPC member.

Oct 15 10:28

Ankara’s Penetration into Central Asia Threatens to Bring Pan-Turkic Extremism to Russia’s Border

The Central Asia region for thousands of years has been the location of endless conflict and Great Power competition as it is a crossroads for East-West trade routes. Scythians, Huns and various tribes of Turks and Mongols, among a plethora of other groups, have swept across the region. In the 19th century, Central Asia hosted the so-called Great Game between the British and Russian Empires, and, over the last two decades, the U.S. made a serious attempt to establish a permanent presence. However, just as the U.S. makes its withdrawal from Afghanistan, Ankara is making serious attempts to supplant the dominant Russian and Chinese influences in the region.

Oct 15 09:41

Greece underscores 'threat of war' with Turkey at signing of defense pact with US

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias underscored the persistent “threat of war” with Turkey in a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the signing of a deal to upgrade defense cooperation between Athens and Washington.

“Greece is facing a casus belli, a threat with war if it exercises its sovereign rights and, I have to say, Greece is facing daily provocation,” Dendias said Thursday at the State Department. “Greece is committed to resolve disputes with diplomacy and always in accordance with international law.”

Turkey and Greece have competing economic claims in the eastern Mediterranean, the danger of which was dramatized in a “mini-collision” between two frigates attempting to enforce the claims of the capitals. NATO officials established a “deconfliction” mechanism to avoid an outright conflict between the two countries, which went on to maintain “a quiet summer,” to the gratification of U.S. officials.

Oct 12 07:25

Erdogan Says Turkey 'Sick and Tired' of 'Terrorist Attacks' in Syria, Will 'Eliminate the Threats'

Ankara previously dispatched troops to the northern part of Syria and conducted joint operations with local militants against Kurdish forces in the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the situation in Syria on Monday, warning that his country will retaliate following reports that two Turkish police officers were killed in a shootout with Kurdish fighters.

"We have run out of patience", he said, as cited by Daily Sabah. "Turkey is determined to eliminate threats arising from northern Syria, either together with forces active there, or with our own means".

Oct 04 10:08

Iran Deploys Tanks, Armor, Artillery to Azerbaijan Border; Turkey Deploys its army in Azerbaijan

Iran is massing troops, artillery and armor along its northwestern border with Azerbaijan; and now Turkey is sending troops into Azerbaijan to confront Iran if a war breaks out.

A major fight is brewing between Iran and Azerbaijan/Turkey over trade routes being blocked. The scalable Google map below shows the region:

Azerbaijan imposed a $300 Truck Toll upon only Iranian trucks, to travel 40 miles (or so) along an Interstate Highway that passes through Azerbaijan, to places in Armenia. That road was previously Armenia until Azerbaijan invaded last year and took a considerable portion of land, including the road. The yellow-highlighted segment of road on the map below is the issue:

Oct 04 06:47

Turkey sentences deceased Kurdish politician to eight years in prison

A Turkish court sentenced a Kurdish politician who died four years ago to more than eight years in prison for his alleged links to an umbrella group linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), media affiliated with the group reported on Sunday.

Ahmet Onder was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison in Hakkari province’s criminal court in the Kurdish-populated southeast Turkey during a trial of people accused of links to the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), Firat News Agency (ANF) reported. KCK is an umbrella group of a number of parties, including the PKK, which is deemed a terrorist organization by Ankara.

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What are they going to do? Dig up the corpse and throw it in a cell?

Sep 28 10:53

Erdogan Defiantly Says "Of Course" Turkey Will Buy More Russian S-400 Missile Defenses

In a rare CBS interview which aired Sunday on "Face the Nation", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an announced his intent to purchase another round of Russian S-400 air defense systems, after under the prior Trump administration Turkey's reception of S-400s triggered deteriorated relations with Washington and a years-long diplomatic standoff which saw US threaten sanctions on its NATO ally.

Biden administration officials have on multiple occasions condemned the prior deal which "provides Russia revenue, access and influence" - as Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said earlier this year. Erdogan in the weekend interview confirmed bluntly that "of course, of course, yes" Turkey will pursue more Russian anti-air defense systems.

Sep 27 05:27

Headed to Georgia, Turkey: NATO ships return to Black Sea

Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey are full NATO members, Georgia and Ukraine are NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partners. The only littoral state not a NATO member or advanced partner is Russia. Non-recognized Abkhazia also is on the Black Sea. It would be an immediate target in NATO’s plans for the “liberation of occupied territories.” Moldova is also near the Black Sea, so a coordinated assault in the region would include Abkhazia, Crimea, Donetsk, South Ossetia and Transdniester.

Sep 22 05:07

Pentagon completes NATO exercise held in Turkey for first time

Dynamic Front 21 came to close Sept. 20, as the last of the Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard began packing their gear and getting ready for the trip back to the U.S. from the Polatli Training Area in Turkey, that served as their home for a month.

“[It] was an honor to be the first National Guard unit hosted by Turkey for a NATO exercise and their hospitality went above and beyond.”

The Soldiers were part of the second phase of Dynamic Front 21, which was added this year to allow the exercise to expand for the first time into Turkey. The move to add a training location in Turkey was doubly significant as Dynamic Front 21 brought the NATO Allied Land Command’s commander to serve as the exercise’s senior trainer.

Sep 13 07:47

Thousands Protest In Turkey Against COVID-19 Vaccine Passports

Thousands of people gathered in the Maltepe district of Istanbul in Turkey on Saturday to protest against COVID-19-related restrictions, including vaccine mandates, saying the restrictions infringe on their rights.

Nearly 3,000 people attended the rally, which was permitted by the governor’s office and started at 2 p.m. local time, Turkish news agency Diken reported.

Demonstrators organized the protest in the wake of new measures that passed government and will go into effect starting Sept. 13—requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for all users of intercity planes, buses, and trains, as well as for those attending large events such as concerts or theater performances.

Sep 07 08:45

Erdogan's Plans For The Future Of Afghanistan: China, Russia, & Terrorists

The US and the EU should not buy Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's fake pro-Western posture (such as when he offered to run the Kabul airport, then fled) or his fake anti-radicalism (such as when he is courting the Afghan terrorists). Erdogan's strategy, as a member of NATO, is clearly to bolster Russia's and China's plans for the future of Afghanistan.

When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 in support of the communist Afghan government, then in conflict with radical Muslim fighters, Turkey was having its own civil war between ultra-left and ultra-right factions. In September 1980, the Turkish military staged a coup d'état and banned all political parties, including Islamist ones.

Sep 06 07:13

Turkey says it 'neutralized' 18,500 militants over 6 years

Turkey has “neutralized” nearly 18,500 people that it calls “terrorists” over the past six years, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.

Since the start of this year, that figure was 1,865, spokesperson Maj. Pinar Kara told journalists in Ankara. The ministry uses the term to describe killed, wounded or captured combatants.

The vast majority of the 18,455 neutralized since July 2015 are thought to be members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged war on Turkey since 1984. A 2½-year ceasefire with the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the European Union – broke down in 2015.

Aug 30 09:53

Turkey poised to recognize Taliban as Afghanistan's govt, expected to sign deal to operate Kabul airport after US exit - reports

NATO member Turkey is reportedly nearing a deal to recognize Afghanistan’s Taliban government and operate the Kabul airport in partnership with Qatar, paving the way for the Islamist group to attract foreign aid and investment.

The agreement is awaiting approval by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and will be finalized once Washington’s exit is completed, the Middle East Eye (MEE) reported on Saturday, citing two unidentified people familiar with the negotiations.

Aug 30 09:52

Despite American objections, Turkey has ‘no hesitations’ about buying second batch of Russian-made S-400 missile systems – Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he has no doubts about Turkey buying another batch of S-400 anti-aircraft systems from Moscow. Earlier, the Russian exporter said a new contract will likely be signed by the end of the year.

Speaking to reporters on board his plane as he returned from a visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday, Erdogan said defense cooperation with Russia is expanding, with the procurement of S-400 missile systems expected to go smoothly.

We have no hesitations about the purchase of a second batch of S-400s from Russia. Turkey and Russia are taking a lot of steps, whether it be with S-400s or other areas in the defense industry.

Aug 30 05:57

Turkey, Israel, Islamist Ennahdha Accused of Planning to Shoot Down Tunisian President's Plane

Earlier, Tunisia’s Ennahda Party called for an investigation after reports emerged that President Kais Saied was targeted for an assassination attempt by Islamist "political groups".

Turkey, Israel and Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahdha Party have been accused of plotting to assassinate President Kais Saied, according to an investigation published in the Tunisian newspaper al-Anwar. In response, Ennahdha has sued the newspaper. Israeli and Turkish authorities are yet to respond to these allegations.

Last week, the country’s media reported that an assassination attempt on the president had been foiled in one of the "coastal" cities. Saied's press office did not officially comment on the reports.

"The attempted assassination of Said was supposed to take place on May 8, 2020, when a surface-to-air missile was delivered to the city of Djerba. It was supposed to be transported to the capital to shoot down the plane with the president on board," claimed the outlet.

Aug 27 07:34

Taliban Ask Turkey For Help To Run Chaotic Kabul Airport

The chaotic airport is currently the locus of unprecedented chaos (not to mention a makeshift, and temporary, US embassy), but Afghanistan's new rulers, the Taliban, are already looking beyond Aug 31 when the US is scheduled to evacuate its domestic presence, and according to Reuters they have asked Turkey for "technical help" to run the Kabul airport even as they demand that Ankara's military also withdraw fully by the end-August deadline.

The conditional request by the Islamist Taliban leaves Ankara - a current NATO member - with a difficult decision over whether to accept a hazardous job, a Reuters source said.

Aug 25 07:50

DOZENS OF SENIOR AFGHAN OFFICIALS, INCLUDING SPY CHIEF, SMUGGLED TO TURKEY

APPROXIMATELY 40 SENIOR OFFICIALS in the government of deposed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have been secretly smuggled to Turkey in recent days. They include Afghanistan’s intelligence chief, according to reports in Turkish media. They claim that the Afghan officials were smuggled out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan by Turkish military and intelligence operatives. The latter reportedly hid the officials among crowds of Turkish citizens who were evacuated from Kabul in recent days, as the Taliban were entering the Afghan capital.

Aug 25 07:43

Turkey Carries Out Airstrikes in Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkey’s Defense Ministry announced a flurry of attacks against Iraqi Kurdistan on Tuesday morning. The strikes hit the Suleimani Province, near the Iran-Iraq border.

Turkey claimed to be attacking “terrorist” targets, adding that a heavy blow was dealt. The mayor of the area reported that there was not much damage from attacks targeting farmlands, but that there were a lot of frightened farmers in the area.

Turkey has been attacking PKK targets in Iraq recently. They didn’t elaborate on targets today beyond “terrorists,” which is generally Turkish government shorthand for Kurds.

Aug 24 06:00

Turkey reinforces Iran border to block Afghan refugees

Afghans who manage to make the weeks-long journey through Iran on foot to the Turkish border face a three-metre high wall, ditches or barbed wire as Turkish authorities step up efforts to block any refugee influx into the country.

The beefed up border measures in Turkey, which already hosts nearly 4 million Syrian refugees and is a staging post for many migrants trying to reach Europe, began as the Taliban started advancing in Afghanistan and took over Kabul last week.

By the end of the year, authorities plan to add another 64km to a border wall that was started in 2017. Ditches, wire and security patrols around the clock will cover the rest of the 560km frontier.

“We want to show the whole world that our borders are unpassable,” Mehmet Emin Bilmez, governor of the eastern border province of Van, told Reuters at the weekend. “Our biggest hope is that there is no migrant wave from Afghanistan.“

Aug 18 05:30

Turkey Drops Kabul Airport Plans but Will Assist if Taliban Ask -Sources

Turkey has dropped plans to take over Kabul airport after NATO's withdrawal from Afghanistan but is ready to provide support if the Taliban request it, two Turkish sources said on Monday amid turmoil following the militant group's victory in Afghanistan.

Turkey, which has 600 troops in Afghanistan, had offered to keep them in Kabul to guard and operate the airport after other NATO members pulled out, and was discussing details with Washington and the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

The plans were thrown into disarray over the past two days after Ghani fled the country on Sunday as the Taliban swept in to Kabul and thousands of Afghans, also hoping to escape, thronged the airport on Monday.

Aug 09 05:07

Turkey & The West: Drifting Further Apart

In theory, Turkey is a NATO ally. In theory, also, Turkey is in negotiations with the European Union for full membership. In reality, both are illusions.

In September 2010, Turkish and Chinese aircraft conducted joint exercises in Turkish airspace. In 2011, the Turkish government announced plans to build a ballistic missile with a range of 2,500 kilometers. In 2012, Turkey joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as a dialogue partner. (Other dialogue partners were Belarus and Sri Lanka; observers were Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Iran, and Mongolia.) Since then, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said numerous times that Ankara will abandon its quest to join the EU if it is offered full membership in the SCO.

Aug 05 07:15

Germany needs answers before selling weapons to Turkey, says official

Germany's informal hold on defence exports to Turkey remains in place over concerns about the destination of arms, a European official told journalists on Wednesday.

According to the official, Turkey has so far failed to explain the purpose of the hundreds of defence exports it has requested from Germany, and no serious conversation is taking place between the two countries to respond to Berlin's concerns over their final destination.

Even though there is no formal arms embargo enforced by Germany against Turkey, Ankara says Berlin has put an informal hold on a large number of defence industry products that are crucial to the country’s defence capabilities.

Aug 03 07:24

Turkey: People flee popular tourist spots to escape wildfires

Turkey is continuing to battle deadly wildfires sweeping through the country, forcing tourists to flee in boats and turning the sky red.

More than 120 fires have now been brought under control, but local and international firefighters are still battling another seven blazes. A total of eight people are known to have died.

Over the weekend, tourists and local residents had to be evacuated from Bodrum and Marmaris, with private boats coming to their rescue as the flames crept closer to the shoreline.

Investigators are trying to establish whether some of the fires were started deliberately, amid reports that one suspected arsonist has been detained.

Aug 02 05:22

Turkey intensifies advance into Africa

Turkish state-owned defense firm ASFAT will export its minesweeping equipment to Burkina Faso, following the vehicles’ sale to Azerbaijan where it is being used to clean its lands of mines left by occupying Armenian forces.

News of the sale was announced by Turkey’s Defense Ministry in a Twitter statement. The statement pointed out that this marks ASFAT’s first defense industry export to the region.

Jul 30 05:39

Victoria Nuland: Turkey is NATO partner “deterring the harmful influence of Russia and Iran”

Excerpts from a column by Sedat Ergin, editor-in-chief of Hürriyet

NATO comes first in the initial category where strong cooperation takes place. Nuland states that Turkey has made very important contributions to NATO’s missions in various parts of the world. Likewise, she considers economic cooperation, where the bilateral trade volume exceeds $20 billion, as a positive agenda. It places special emphasis on increasing cooperation in the energy and liquefied natural gas (LNG) field.

The U.S. State Department official includes the topics of combating terrorism and deterring the harmful influence of Russia and Iran in the Middle East among the priorities shared by the two countries. She lists Turkey’s support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia and their accession to NATO as another common ground. It is possible to conclude from this statement that the issues related to the Black Sea have brought Turkey and the United States closer.

Jul 30 05:39

NATO launches military training for Afghan special forces in Turkey

NATO launches military training for Afghan special forces in Turkey

NATO has launched a military training program for soldiers from Afghanistan in Turkey. It marks the first military training program outside the country for soldiers from Afghanistan after the end of the NATO training mission there.

According to information from Ankara, members of the Afghan Special Forces were flown to Turkey on Wednesday for a training course. It is supposed to be the prelude to regular training programs outside Afghanistan.

Jul 26 08:12

Breaking! Russia Attacks, Ceasefire Broken in Syria! U.S, Turkey, and Israel on the Alarm!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia is responding to Israel's ongoing missile strikes into Syria.

Jul 26 05:58

Israeli, Turkish And Terrorist Attacks Across Syria

Syria is currently a powder keg ready to explode. The calm days of status-quo are apparently over, and fresh attacks are springing up in many locations. After 10 years of war, and a shattered economy, the Syrian people were hoping to get back to rebuilding their broken lives and homes. Experts are warning of new battlefields opening up which may bring stability and the end of occupation, or could dissolve into a greater international quagmire.

The US and Turkey illegally occupy areas in Syria with no plans to withdraw. Israel conducts frequent unprovoked airstrikes all over Syria with impunity. Russia is fighting Al Qaeda terrorists, and assisting the Syrian Arab Army to establish safe areas for civilians to return home to. While the west continues to support Radical Islamic terrorists in Idlib, who hold about 2 million persons under an oppressive regime. Syria is the only secular country in the Middle East and its people have fought 10 years to remain so.

Jul 21 08:01

WEAPONIZING “HUMANITARIAN AID” TO SYRIA:

On Friday July 9 the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to a conditional one-year extension of the Turkey/Syria border crossing at Bab al Hawa. As part of the agreement, the UN Secretary General needs to report regularly on what is happening with the aid going into the Al Qaeda dominated zone. Evidently Russia and China thought the time was not right to insist on principle.

A few weeks ago a friend had sent me a link to a Foreign Policy magazine news story about the Bab al-Hawa crossing, and asked, “Is this accurate?” What could be wrong with humanitarian aid?

There have been many such stories, both short and long. The essence of them all in Western media is that Bab al-Hawa must be kept open for humanitarian reasons. Many of the articles castigate Russia or any other country, such as China, that were contemplating blocking a renewal of the UN authorization of the border crossing.

Jul 12 10:10

Germany provides NATO ally Turkey with first of six submarines

Germany provides NATO ally Turkey with first of six submarines

Earlier this year the first German-designed submarine purchased by Turkey left its dock and will join the Turkish navy next year. It is one of six Reis-class submarines to be constructed at the Golchuk Naval Shipyard in Izmir in a deal that will net German death merchants an estimated $4 billion.

The acquisition of the submarines occurs as Turkey is embroiled in territorial conflicts with Greece and Cyprus over oil and natural gas drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. (Cyprus, Greece and Israel have formed an Energy Triangle to jointly exploit natural gas fields lying between Cyprus and Israel as well.)

Jul 12 06:52

Hosting Abbas, Erdogan says he won’t stay silent on ‘Israeli oppression’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul Saturday to discuss bilateral ties, reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to reports.

The closed-door meeting took place at the Vahdettin Pavilion in Istanbul, an official residence assigned to the president of Turkey. There, the two leaders discussed regional developments and steps to strengthen bilateral ties, Turkey’s Communications Directorate said, according to the Anadolu News Agency.

“It will not be possible to establish lasting peace and stability in the region as long as Israel’s policies continue,” Erdogan said Saturday, according to the news agency.

Jul 09 08:01

Turkish F-16s Deployed to Poland for NATO Operations near Russian Border

NATO announced that four Turkish F-16s fighter jets have flown from the 6th Main Jet Base (Bandirma Base Command) to Malbork, Poland as part of NATO’s permanent patrols conducted by rotating multinational combat aircraft.

Air policing as NATO delicately phrases it. Somehow one suspects that if Russia were to fly Sukhoi Su-57s continuously near the U.S. Atlantic seaboard or over the Great Lakes the Pentagon’s concerns would not be assuaged by being assured the deployments were merely a matter of policing.

The patrols began at the Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania immediately after the nation was inducted into NATO in 2004. A decade latter NATO also deployed them to the Ämari Air Base in Estonia. Now Poland has been added to the growing list of NATO bases in nations bordering Russia’s northwest.

Jul 09 07:37

Turkey to Transport Syrian Mercenaries to Afghanistan — Syrian Opposition Report

SOHR activists have reported a deal reached between the Turkish intelligence and leaders of its Syrian factions leasers either in Afrin or other areas under the control of the Turkish forces in Syria to move them to Afghanistan in Kabul, likewise similar transferring process to Libya and Nagorno.

However, the process would be different this time as the Turkish intelligence will recruit those mercenaries via Turkish security companies with official contracts. It is worth noting that the process would start in September under the supervision of the Turkish intelligence because the Syrian faction’s members don’t trust their leaders. The main task of those mercenaries will be protecting Kabul airport, governmental institutions and headquarters and the international forces.

Jul 06 05:49

Rehearsing for Conflict With Armenia, Greece and India: Turkey Inaugurates NATO-Backed Bloc From Balkans to Chinese Border

Turkey has recently hosted and led several military exercises with the word Anatolian (Anadolu) as part of their code names, but two in particular, occurring simultaneously, warrant close examination.

They are Anatolian 21 and Anatolian Eagle 2021: the first a special operations exercise and the second an air combat one.

Anatolian 21 is led by Turkish special forces, and what is most significant about it is the list of participants. Nations fully participating are Albania, Azerbaijan, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan and as observers Kosovo and Mongolia.

If one desired to see a concise exemplification of the Turkish government’s geopolitical ambitions, especially as a reflection of Ankara’s three-pronged strategy of neo-Ottomanism, pan-Turkism and pan-Islamism, the above roster couldn’t be more illustrative.

Jul 06 05:48

Ever-Widening Arc: Mongolia, Turkey United in Framework of NATO Partnership

On July 3rd, Turkey’s Daily Sabah featured an opinion piece by the Mongolian ambassador to Turkey, Ravdan Bold, entitled Mongolia, Turkey friendship toward strategic partnership.

He began his article by drawing parallels between the histories of the two countries.

In only the second sentence, however, he denounced the only two nations bordering his own – Russia and China – for, in the avatars of Czarist Russian and the Chinese Middle Kingdom, having “coerced Mongolia into autonomy status with the Treaty of Khyakta signed in 1915.”

The nation he represents has been an independent state for a century and throughout the Cold War was a close ally of Soviet Russia. Arguably the latter’s closest ally politically and geographically.

The ambassador praised Turkey for supporting his nation in the United Nations as a non-permanent Security Council member.

Jul 06 05:48

Syria: US Stealing Grain and Oil, Building Up Military Bases – Turkey Guilty of War Crimes

In the latest of what have become regular reports on the subject, the Syrian Arab News Agency provides a detailed account of the American military forces illegally occupying part of the country continuing to loot grain and oil from the nation.

(Spelling of the relevant locations is that of the Syrian agency.)

It was reported that 45 U.S. vehicles departed the town of Rmelan in the northeast province of Hasaka (the al-Hasakah Governorate) loaded with stolen wheat and oil, “in parallel with bringing equipment and logistical material to support their bases in the province.” The amount of vehicles bringing arms and supplies to the military base was reported to be 27.

Jul 05 08:38

Turkey Allows Qatar To Base 36 Warplanes, Hundreds of Troops

The Turkish press on July 1 reported that Ankara has signed an agreement with the Persian Gulf state of Qatar to allow the latter to deploy 36 military aircraft and 250 service members to Turkey.

The Turkish chief of the general staff, General Ya?ar Güler, was in the Qatari capital of Doha on March 2 to sign the agreement, though the news of the agreement was only disclosed on July 1 by the Hürriyet newspaper. The agreement in turn is based on a bilateral military cooperation pact signed by the two nations in 2007, three years after the NATO summit in Istanbul, Turkey which established the military bloc’s partnership program for Persian Gulf nations, the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative. Qatar became one of the first four members (with Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates).

Jul 05 08:37

Turkey Exports Striker Armored Vehicles for the First Time – To Kosovo

According to local new sources Turkey has exported its armored combat vehicle Vuran (Striker) for the first time: to Kosovo.

Turkey’s Anadolu Agency said the pseudo-government of Kosovo will be the first foreign recipient of the 4×4 multi-purpose armored vehicle. Wikipedia, though, says that Libya has also purchased the vehicle from Turkey. Both Kosovo and the nation it was part of in 1999, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and Libya in 2011 were bombed relentlessly and mercilessly by NATO ostensibly in the name of “humanitarian intervention.” As was predicted by some, the main beneficiary of both wars has been the Turkish military.

Jul 05 07:57

US neocons Bolton & PNAC lay down weapons of war for protest signs with their new ‘Turkish Democracy Project’

The aging neocons who have been practicing regime change ops in the Middle East for decades are now launching a project targeting Turkey – perhaps in honor of the deceased Don Rumsfeld.

Erdogan’s Turkey has long been something of a thorn in Washington’s paw, given its ongoing refusal to buy inferior US military equipment (it was booted from the US’ F-35 program for insisting on buying Russian S-400 missiles, making the Americans who still store their nukes at Incirlik somewhat nervous), its refusal to place the good of Israel above its own benefit, and its rumblings of discontent regarding the US’ pleas for support (or at least safe passage) to its Syrian ‘moderate rebel’ militant groups, which Ankara considers to be little more than terrorists.

Jun 08 10:24

Turkey accused of 'stealing' trees in Iraqi Kurdistan logging campaign

As Turkey's military operations target Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Iraqi Kurdistan, the region's environment is falling prey to a deforestation campaign aimed at constructing roads for Turkish military outposts and economic gains, according to several officials and eyewitnesses who spoke to Middle East Eye.

Over the past week, reports of Turkey's logging in Duhok province have been circulating on social media, with people condemning it and calling on the Turkish army to stop the campaign.

The news was first reported by Ali Hama Salih, an MP in the Kurdish region's parliament, who posted footage and pictures of fallen trees and burnt forests.

Jun 01 06:40

Turkey Prepares A Syrian Diversion For Its Internal Strife

By South Front,

A Turkish operation in northeastern Syria may be brewing, if recent developments are an indication. On May 28th, the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) announced that it had eliminated the mastermind behind ISIS assassinations in the region, in a joint operation with the “Free Syrian Police.”

As a result of these revelations, Turkey’s leadership is feeling a sense of urgency. There were allegations of high-level phone tapping and more, alongside the illicit weapon and drug trade. As such, the focus needs to be shifted quickly outside of Turkey and what better way than to organize a sort of crisis in the north of Syria?

May 30 09:13

Greenpeace Report Highlights Extent of European Nations’ Dumping of Waste in Turkey

By Doga Celik

Published on May 17, Greenpeace’s latest report, “Trashed: How the UK is still dumping plastic waste on the rest of the world,” has revealed that the UK exports most of its waste to Turkey. The report documents how trash from Britain was found in ten dumping sites around Adana, a city on Turkey’s southern coast.

The second part of the report focuses exclusively on Turkey, noting that “exports of plastic waste from the UK to Turkey increased by a factor of 18 in 4 years, from 120,000 tonnes in 2016 to 210,000 tonnes in 2020.” Almost 40 per cent of the UK’s waste ends up in Turkey.

Some the waste found in Turkey is of quite recent vintage...

May 26 19:15

What Lies Beneath: President Biden’s Deceptive Acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide

Op-Ed by David Boyajian

President Biden’s April 24 statement acknowledging the Armenian Genocide (1915–1923+) carried out by Turkey was welcome but flawed. Indeed, “Turkey” appears nowhere in the document. Moreover, the State Department swiftly undermined Biden’s virtuous-sounding words.

American acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide isn’t even new. The U.S. House has passed several resolutions on the Genocide. And a nearly unanimous Congress did so in 2019.

Presidents going back to Woodrow Wilson have described the Armenian ordeals with language such as: an effort to exterminate all Armenians; terrible massacres; mass killings; death marches; and an ancient [Armenian] homeland was erased. If these don’t describe genocide, the word is meaningless...

May 24 07:52

EXCLUSIVE: Turkey's interior ministry has suspended security cooperation with US

Suleyman Soylu, Turkey's interior minister, has gradually ended all practical cooperation between Turkish security forces and the US government since he entered office in 2016, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Soylu has suspended joint training and programmes between Turkish and American police forces, denied early US access to Turkish police intelligence on suspects, and refused to share information regarding ongoing Turkish investigations with American counterparts, a Turkish official told MEE.

"However, it didn’t completely impede the cooperation with the American authorities, because they were able to receive the relevant information once the investigations have been completed and submitted to the courts,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Soylu and Washington have a longstanding animosity. In 2018, the Trump administration temporarily sanctioned Soylu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul over the arrest and detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a US citizen.

May 20 02:29

Biden Condemns Erdogan's Gaza Tirade As "Anti-Semitic" & "Reprehensible"

On Monday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a fiery speech to supporters which blasted Biden's "inaction" over the Gaza crisis, addressing Joe Biden to specifically say the US president has "blood on his hands". He was further reacting to the recent reports that Biden approved a $735 million dollar weapons sale from the United States to Israel, essentially accusing the US of supporting genocide against the Palestinians. Erdogan had also lashed out at Europe, accusing Austria in particular trying to make Muslims "pay the price of their own genocide against the Jews" - after an Israeli flag was seen flying over a federal building.

In response the State Department has come out swinging, condemning "Erdogan's recent anti-Semitic comments regarding the Jewish people" which the US finds "reprehensible," according to State Department spokesman Ned Price on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Biden is most furious against Erdogan, because Biden... is thoroughly impotent to get the killings of Palestinians to stop, as Netnayahu has nixed a cease fire any time soon.

Andven though Netanyahu has knocked out major commuications coming from Gaza or the West Bank, so people cannot see what the IDF is doing here, he cannot control what cell phones are able to see, witness and transmit; the optics here, well, not exactly wonderful for Israel's image.

May 14 10:53

Turkey’s Karpowership shuts down power to Lebanon

Turkey’s Karpowership, which provides electricity to Lebanon from two barges, said it was shutting down supplies over payment arrears and a legal threat to its vessels amid the country’s economic crisis.

The company, which supplies 370 megawatts (MW), or about one-quarter of Lebanon’s supply, told the government this week it would have to shut down in the absence of moves towards a settlement.

May 12 06:45

US, Turkey Continue Depredations in Syria

Over the past twenty-four hours the Syrian press is replete with accounts of ongoing American, Turkish and associated attacks on the country both military and economic.

One news story is of a meeting between the ministers of water resources of Syria and Iraq, Tammam Ra’ad and Mehdi Rashid al-Hamdani, respectively, discussing Turkey’s diverting or outright pilfering water from the Euphrates ad Tigris Rivers. For several weeks the Syrian hydroelectric and agricultural sectors have suffered substantial damage from the theft.

In their video conversation the Iraqi minister lamented the effect the Turkish actions has had on the citizens of his country. His Syrian counterpart spoke of measures taken by his nation to work with friendly governments and international organizations to address and redress their concerns.

May 10 07:58

Turkey calls Israel 'terrorist' state, seeks to 'save Jerusalem' - analysis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called Israel a cruel “terrorist” state, as Turkish media called to “free al-Aqsa” in Jerusalem, just like he reconsecrated the historic Church of Hagia Sophia as a mosque last year.

Writing in Turkish, Erdogan said he “invite[s] the whole world, especially the Islamic countries, to take effective action against Israel’s attacks on al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem and Palestinian homes.”

May 07 06:27

As NATO Summit Approaches: Will Biden Keep US Nuclear Weapons in Turkey?

A piece was published in Turkey’s Hürriyet on May 5 by its editor-in-chief Sedat Ergin analyzing the prospects of the Biden administration removing American nuclear bombs from Turkey.

It has been estimated that the Pentagon maintains 50 B61 tactical nuclear weapons at the Incirlik Air Base in the country among an estimated 350 of those kept in Europe under the auspices of a NATO nuclear sharing or burden sharing arrangement. Both expressions are used. The other 300 bombs are reputed to be in Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Those in Turkey have the advantage of being closer to Russia and the Middle East. The Incirlik Air Base, in Adana, is not far from Turkey’s border with Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Biden's handlers have any horse-sense whatsoever, they will get these weapons OUT of Turkey, just as quickly as humanly/diplomatically possible.

May 07 03:53

NATO's Southeastern Spearhead: Turkey's Military Aggression In Iraq, Syria, Yemen, & Caucasus Signals Proxy Conflict With Iran

Authored by Rick Rozoff via Anti-Bellum,

The past week has witnessed reports of increased Turkish military activity in Iraq and Syria as well as its intruding itself deeper into the war in Yemen. In all three cases Ankara has pitted itself against forces that are or can be seen to be pro-Iranian: Shiite parties in northern Iraq, the government of Syria and the Houthi-led government in Yemen.

Direct tensions between Turkey and Iran have been increasing since last year over the above three nations as well as the Turkish-directed attack on Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan (Turkey and Azerbaijan identify themselves as “one nation, two states’) and its aftermath.

May 03 06:34

NATO’s Southeastern Spearhead: Turkey’s Military Aggression in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Caucasus Signals Proxy Conflict With Iran

The past week has witnessed reports of increased Turkish military activity in Iraq and Syria as well as its intruding itself deeper into the war in Yemen. In all three cases Ankara has pitted itself against forces that are or can be seen to be pro-Iranian: Shiite parties in northern Iraq, the government of Syria and the Houthi-led government in Yemen.

Direct tensions between Turkey and Iran have been increasing since last year over the above three nations as well as the Turkish-directed attack on Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan (Turkey and Azerbaijan identify themselves as “one nation, two states’) and its aftermath.

May 03 06:22

Turkey: How Erdogan's Pledge For Reform Collapsed In Five Months

His critics often joke that when President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an pledges democratic reforms, one should run away immediately. His latest charm offensive in November, aimed at repairing Turkey's badly-strained ties with the West and Western institutions, has proven that the joke still holds value.

"We don't see ourselves elsewhere but in Europe," Erdo?an said on November 21.

"We envisage building our future together with Europe."

Two days later, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar described NATO as the "cornerstone of our defense and security policy" and said that Turkey was looking forward to cooperating with the incoming administration under Joe Biden in the United States. Erdo?an also promised a bold package of democratic reforms.

Apr 30 05:33

Upcoming Biden-Erdo?an meeting positive step: CENTCOM head

A planned meeting in June between the American and Turkish presidents is a "good sign" towards resolving disagreements, the head of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said on April 27.

Speaking at a virtual gathering of the think tank the American Enterprise Institute, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie called Turkey "a longstanding" and "valued NATO partner," saying the U.S. has an Article 5 relationship with Turkey with NATO.

The article states that any armed attack against one member of the NATO alliance is an attack against them all.

His remarks came in response to a question on whether the increase in Turkey's military capability, especially in the drone area, would shake up the regional dynamics.

The commander said Turkey has legitimate national security concerns associated with its borders with Syria and Iraq and the U.S. also recognizes that.

"So, you know what we try to do with Turkey is we maximize the areas where we can find agreement," said the U.S. commander.

Apr 28 05:42

"Exit NATO!" Turks Hold Anti-American Protest Outside Incirlik Base Over Armenian Genocide Decision

Shortly following Joe Biden's controversial Armenian Genocide statement on Saturday where he became the first US president to shift policy in terms of Washington official recognition of the WWI-era massacre of over one million Armenians in Asia Minor, the US Embassy in Ankara announced the closure of all American diplomatic facilities for Monday and Tuesday as a security precaution.

As expected, anti-American protests have indeed popped up at various locations where US personnel are stationed, most notably including outside Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. US troops and intelligence operatives have long been housed at the base in southern Turkey, and it was a major hub out of which anti-Assad military missions in were launched over the past many years. A group of protesters were seen and heard at the gates of Incirlik base loudly denouncing the "lie" of Armenian genocide while telling the Americans to "go home!" and "get out of Turkey!"

Apr 26 11:52

Erdogan Urges Biden to Reverse Armenian Genocide Recognition, Warns of 'Destructive Impact' on Ties

Turkey has historically rejected the use of the term genocide to describe the events that unfolded in the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century, insisting that its government never intended to deliberately kill the Armenian people, but was simply responding to their rebellion.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that Ankara is "disappointed" by the decision of US President Joe Biden to recognise the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide, and urged Washington to backtrack on the decision. Erdogan warned the US that the recent statements by its president will have a "destructive impact", serving no purpose other than hindering bilateral ties.

The president cautioned the US against politicising the historical events, stressing that historians, and not politicians, should determine how to label them. He further alleged that the "radical initiatives of Armenian and anti-Turkish circles" are behind Biden's decision to recognise the genocide.

Apr 23 04:54

Biden About To Declare US Recognition Of Armenian Genocide, Enraging Turkey

It's long been a Turkish 'red line' for which all the country's recent modern leaders have reacted fiercely at the mere suggestion, and which only thirty countries in the world officially acknowledge. It's being widely reported that President Joe Biden is preparing to declare the formal US recognition of the Armenian genocide, which was the mass systematic killing of over one million Armenians in Asia Minor from 1915-1917 at the end of the Ottoman Empire. Hundreds of thousands of Greek and Assyrian Christians were also slaughtered in the name of achieving 'Turkification'.

According to CNN on Thursday, "Two people familiar with the decision said the President was expected to make the declaration as part of an official statement on Remembrance Day, which falls on Saturday. Both said it was possible he would change his mind before then, and issue a statement merely recognizing the event without describing it as genocide."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel will not want Biden to declare Armenia as a genocide. They like to claim a monopoly for the Holocaust.

Apr 22 06:44

US Formally Notifies Turkey of Removal From F-35 Deal Over S-400 Purchase, Report Says

The United States has officially notified Turkey that it was excluded from the agreement on the F-35 jet production due to its purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence systems, the official Anadolu news agency reported, citing a Pentagon source.

According to the news agency, the US abrogated the 2007 F-35 deal with Turkey and concluded a new one with the remaining participants in the program — Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.

The decision by Turkey, a NATO member, to deploy the Russian-made air defence system instead of the US Patriot system triggered a crisis in relations between Ankara and Washington. In July 2019, the first batch was delivered to Turkey. Despite the US authorities' repeated demands to abandon the deal and sanctions introduced last December, Ankara refused to make concessions and has continued negotiating the additional supply of Russia's S-400s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given that the F-35 is a piece of junk, the US did Turkey a favor!

Apr 21 19:58

Key U.S. Air Base in Turkey Sits on Property Stolen from Armenians During the Genocide

Op-Ed by David Boyajian

This article first appeared in The Fresno Bee and is reproduced here with permission from the author.

Suppose the U.S. built and operated a military base in Germany on property confiscated from Jews during the Holocaust. America, Jewish Americans, Germany, and Israel would have reached a principled resolution years ago.

Now consider Incirlik (EEN-jeer-leek) Air Base in Turkey. American taxpayers and the Army Corps of Engineers built it 67 years ago. Its 3,320 acres are home to the U.S. Air Force’s 39th Air Base Wing, B-61 nuclear weapons, thousands of American military personnel, and American businesses...

Apr 19 15:06

BITCOIN BANNED IN TURKEY

Apr 19 06:40

Balance Of Power In The Black Sea: Will The Montreux Convention Prevail?

The current deterioration of any hopes of a lasting “ceasefire” in the eastern Ukraine, have brought not only the long smoldering conflict back into the forefront of global media attention, but have also presented an opportunity for several geopolitical rivals to take advantage of the situation for their own perceived benefit. Russia responded rapidly to immediate signals from the Kiev government that it fully intended to explore yet another military campaign to resolve the long-standing stalemate in the Donbass and a possible invasion of the Crimean Peninsula.

Apr 19 05:18

Russian aviation authority sets up crisis center to return Russians from Turkey

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency has set up a crisis center for return of Russian nationals from Turkey, the authority said on Saturday.

"The crisis center of Rosaviatsiya [acronym for the Federal Air Transport Agency - TASS] will be regularly informing the Russian Transport Ministry about the number of performed flights from Turkey to Russia, the number of transported citizens as well as the number of Russian citizens with issued flight tickets, who are waiting to return to their homeland," the statement says.

The meeting on April 17 was attended by representatives of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Transport Ministry, Economic Development Ministry, Federal Tourism Agency, State Air Traffic Management Corporation and Russian airlines tasked to fly citizens back from Turkey.

Apr 18 09:08

Russia Slaps Flight Restrictions on Turkey After Erdogan Backs Ukraine

Russia has announced that it is to restrict flights to and from Turkey from April 15 to June 1, citing climbing COVID-19 cases in the country. Although Turkey’s coronavirus outbreak—which threatens to spiral entirely out of control—will be seen by many experts as an excellent reason to prevent Russians from taking Turkish holidays, the suspicion will be that the restriction, announced on April 12 by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, is actually a response to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s weekend expression of his readiness to support Ukraine amid a flare-up of tensions in its breakaway pro-Moscow eastern regions and a stark build-up of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border.

In a sign of worsening relations between Moscow and Ankara, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Turkey and other “responsible” nations not to feed what he described as “belligerent sentiment” in Ukraine.

Apr 15 04:51

Erdogan, Zelensky Confirm 'Strategic Partnership' Between Turkey and Ukraine After Istanbul Meeting

President Erdogan praised cooperation between the two countries, especially regarding the defence industry.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that Ankara and Kiev have agreed to continue their "strategic partnership." Erdogan added that ensuring security and peace in the Black Sea region is Turkey's priority.

The Turkish president further praised the existing defence cooperation between the two nations, stressing that it's not aimed at any specific third country.

"Bearing in mind the matters on national defence and security, we began working in the 2+2 format [defence and foreign ministers of both states]. We will therefore enhance the cooperation between our countries," the Turkish president added.

Apr 14 16:10

Multiple Missile Deployments Strike Turkish Armed Forces, Erbil Airfield

Iraqi military bases housing American troops have come under fire from militia forces in northern Iraq for some time. In February, multiple rockets were launched against a military base near the Erbil International Airport that left one military contractor dead and injured several others.

Explosions have sounded off near Iraq's Erbil International Airport on Wednesday, with reports surfacing that additional strikes were reported on Turkish military camps in nearby areas.

A security source informed Sputnik that in addition to the missile that struck the Erbil airport, there were two other unidentified rockets that hit a Turkish military camp in Bashiqa and an undisclosed village.

Apr 14 16:09

US Notifies Turkey of Cancellation of Passage of 2 Warships Through Bosphorus, Turkish Source Says

n accordance with the Montreux Convention, the Turkish Foreign Ministry was previously alerted via diplomatic channels that two US warships would be passing through the Bosphorus Strait in order to reach the Black Sea. The warships were originally slated to begin travel on April 14 and remain in the Black Sea until May 4.

"Yes, the US embassy has notified our ministry about this," a Turkish foreign ministry source told Sputnik on Wednesday, regarding reports of the cancellation.

It was reported late last week that Washington would be deploying the USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Donald Cook to the region, shortly after the USS Monterey and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower transited the Bosphorus Strait and conducted "multi-domain" NATO operations in the Black Sea.

Apr 13 05:59

Russia restricts air service with Turkey from April 15 to June 1

Russia imposes restrictions on regular and chartered air service with Turkey for a period from April 15 to June 1 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Monday.

"We have taken a decision to restrict regular and chartered air service from Russian international airports to Turkish airports and back from April 15 to June 1, except flights necessary for the participation of Concern Titan-2 Joint-Stock Company in the construction of a nuclear power plant <…>, bringing Russian nationals vacationing in Turkey home," she said, adding that two flights, from Moscow to Istanbul and from Istanbul to Moscow would only be allowed per week on a reciprocal basis.

Apr 12 06:30

Turkey Demands Return of Crimea, Suppression of Donbass, NATO Membership for Ukraine

Two days after donning combat gear while visiting government troops at the Donbass battle line, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky flew to the Turkish capital of Ankara to join the nation’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, in a tête-à-tête and a meeting of the Strategic Ukrainian-Turkish Council that produced a twenty-point statement. In that document Turkey fully backs the position of Ukraine and its backers in the U.S., NATO and European Union in regard to forcing the Donetsk and Lugansk republics to return to Ukraine, forcing Russia out of Crimea and granting NATO membership to Kiev.

Apr 10 14:50

Erdogan, Zelensky Confirm 'Strategic Partnership' Between Turkey and Ukraine After Istanbul Meeting

President Erdogan praised cooperation between the two countries, especially regarding the defence industry.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that Ankara and Kiev have agreed to continue their "strategic partnership." Erdogan added that ensuring security and peace in the Black Sea region is Turkey's priority.

The Turkish president further praised the existing defence cooperation between the two nations, stressing that it's not aimed at any specific third country.

Apr 10 07:10

Putin accuses Ukraine of 'dangerous provocative actions' in call with Erdogan

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of “dangerous provocative actions” in its eastern Donbass region in a phone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the Kremlin said on Friday.

The two leaders also discussed possible joint production of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19.

Apr 10 06:03

Zelensky arrives in Turkey

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has started an official visit to the Republic of Turkey, Ukraine's Ambassador to Turkey Andrii Sybiha says.
"The working visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife to the Republic of Turkey has begun," Sybiha wrote on his Facebook page.

According to him, the Ukrainian president is expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.

The ninth meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council between Ukraine and Turkey will be held under the co-chairmanship of the presidents of the two countries.

A number of bilateral documents are planned to be signed during the visit.

Apr 10 05:55

Ukrainian President to meet with Erdogan in Istanbul

The Turkish presidency announced that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will receive in Istanbul tomorrow his Ukrainian counterpart, Vladimir Zelensky, against the backdrop of the new escalation in the Donbass region.

In a statement, the Turkish presidency confirmed that Erdogan and Zelensky would chair in Istanbul the ninth meeting of the high-level strategic cooperation council between the two countries.

The statement indicated that the meeting, which will be held in the presence of the relevant ministers, will review “all aspects of Turkish-Ukrainian relations that rise to the level of strategic partnership and the steps that can be taken to deepen cooperation between the two countries.”

The two leaders will also discuss “dealing with regional and international files based on an understanding on the need to maintain peace and stability.”

Apr 06 04:57

US Sanctions Turkey for 'Significant' Transaction With Russia, State Department Says

Cooperation between Turkey and Russia in defense and intelligence has never been met with enthusiasm by the United States. Particularly, when Turkey moved to purchase the S-400 Russian-made air defense missile systems, Washington began its threats to impose sanctions on Ankara.

Turkey's Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), along with four top officials working within it, including its chief, Ismail Demir, will be sanctioned by the US under its Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), the US State Department said on Monday.

The United States has announced that it will sanction Turkey's SSB and four top officials for "ties" with the Russian defense and intelligence sector.

Apr 01 08:32

Turkey slams US for its 'baseless' human rights report findings

The Turkish government has issued a scathing response to the latest US human rights report, in the latest example of strained ties between the two Nato allies.

The Turkish ministry of foreign affairs, in a statement on Wednesday, said the US's findings regarding Turkey's human rights record were "baseless" and formed on "vague" allegations.

The report, released on Tuesday and entitled the "2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices", faulted Ankara over a series of "significant human rights issues".

It highlighted allegations that ranged from arbitrary killings and torture cases to the jailing of tens of thousands of political foes, including politicians, lawyers, journalists and human rights activists.

Mar 25 05:21

The US Continues To Smuggle Oil While Turkey Complains To Russia It Can't

The intensity of the conflict in Syria’s northeast refuses to die down, as more and more strikes are carried out targeting each involved party’s interests. For its part, MSM reports on all of these, but many of them are presented in a light, much different from reality.

On March 23rd, a video emerged showing the Damascus government forces conduct a strike on Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

The shelling targeted the terrorist fortifications and depots. MSM, in conjunction with various Western-backed organizations such as the “International Rescue Committee”, shifted the story and claimed that a civilian hospital had been struck.

As such, the narrative is this – the “Bloody Assad Regime” is back at it, targeting civilians and killing its own people. As might be expected this media campaign is part of the attempts by the US to rebrand HTS as a “former terrorist” and now reformed organization, in order to have another ally, in a different part of Syria.

Mar 20 12:26

Iran, Russia and Turkey signal growing alliance

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was all smiles during a trip to Turkey on Friday. He said it was productive as he stood alongside his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. He said it was a “wonderful” trip where he spoke with his “brother Cavusoglu.” The trip signals the growing alliance that Turkey and Iran have in the region.

Zarif said “as before, constructive engagement on bilateral and regional issues. Ultimate aim: Apply Iran and Turkey's experience of 400 years of peace to our region. Together, anything is possible.”

Mar 20 07:26

Turkey In Turmoil Again: Erdogan Fires Second Central Bank Chief In 4 Months, Sparking Foreign Capital Panic

On Thursday, moments after the Central Bank of Turkey unexpectedly hiked rates by a whopping 200bps - double the consensus expectation - to 19% from 17%, the highest rate since the country's panicked scramble to contain the collapse of the Turkish lira during the economic turmoil of 2018, we said that "unfortunately for Turkey - whose economy will now grind to yet another halt - it had no choice: inflation had accelerated for a fifth month in February as oil rallied and the impact of last year’s lira weakness lingered, while capital outflows soared. The upward trend fueled expectations the central bank would try to rein in prices by raising interest rates... but nobody had expected a 200 bps rate hike."

Mar 20 06:34

Turkey's Erdogan quits European treaty on violence against women

President Tayyip Erdogan pulled Turkey out of an international accord designed to protect women, the country’s official gazette said on Saturday, despite calls from campaigners who see the pact as key to combating rising domestic violence.

The Council of Europe accord, forged in Istanbul, pledged to prevent, prosecute and eliminate domestic violence and promote equality. Turkey, which signed the accord in 2011, saw a rise in femicides last year.

No reason was provided for the withdrawal, but officials in Erdogan’s ruling AK Party had said last year the government was considering pulling out amid a row over how to curb growing violence against women.

“The guarantee of women’s rights are the current regulations in our bylaws, primarily our Constitution. Our judicial system is dynamic and strong enough to implement new regulations as needed,” Family, Labour and Social Policies Minister Zehra Zumrut said on Twitter, without providing a reason for the move.

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