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Apr 18 08:01

TURKS VOTE TO EXPAND ERDOGAN POWER

Apr 18 07:18

Turkish Soldiers, Kurdish Fighters Exchange Heavy Fire in Northern Syria

The Turkish Army soldiers and allied militants targeted heavily the positions of Kurdish fighters in five different regions in Northern Aleppo, escalating fierce clashes with the Kurds.

Apr 18 06:51

Trump Enthrones Erdogan - Destroys Trust In U.S. Diplomacy

Trump contradicted his speaker, the State Department and his allies by congratulating the Turkish President Erdogan for winning Sunday's referendum vote. He undermined his diplomacy.

Sundays referendum in Turkey makes the presidential office a quasi dictatorial position that leads the executive and can, via decrees, also overrule the legislative and judiciary elements of the state. President Erdogan is now in a dictatorial position. It maybe that a majority of the Turkish voters voted for this change but it is far from certain. The number of votes in doubt because they were not taken in accordance with the legal procedures (2-3 million) is higher than slight majority lead (1.5 million) for the "yes" side.

Apr 17 17:00

Turkey referendum: Erdogan dismisses criticism by monitors

Despite saying that the voting day was "well administered", the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe criticised the campaign, saying:

  • It was an "unlevel playing field" and the two sides of the campaign "did not have equal opportunities"
  • It was unbalanced due to the active involvement of the president and several senior officials
  • It was tarnished by a number of officials equating No supporters with terrorist sympathisers
  • State resources were misused
  • Under the state of emergency, essential fundamental freedoms were curtailed
  • Despite some measures, the legal framework remained inadequate for a genuinely democratic referendum
  • Apr 17 09:16

    Allegations Of Voter Fraud Mar Turkey Referendum

    Claims of voter fraud and other irregularities are tainting today’s critical referendum in Turkey, where voters are deciding whether to approve a massive expansion of presidential powers. The referendum, which will replace the country’s parliamentary system with a more concentrated executive system, could allow for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to remain in office until 2029.

    Given the high stakes, many Turks are on the lookout for irregularities. Videos purporting to show fraud, like voting outside of stations and voters submitting multiple ballots are going viral on Turkish social media. One video appears to show a voter emerging from his booth, then putting five envelopes into the ballot box.

    Apr 17 09:08

    EU Rapporteur For Turkey Warns Turkish Talks Will Be Suspended If Erdogan Gets "Unchecked Powers"

    Just hours after the predictable passage of today's Turkish referendum, the EU has promptly slammed the outcome, warning it threatens to slide the country's collapse into "authoritarianism" and that Turkey's accession talks with the EU will be suspended if the constitutional package is implement as per today's outcome.

    Apr 17 09:06

    McMaster ‘Doubts’ US Will Send More Troops to Syria

    In comments today on ABC’s “This Week,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster downplayed the chances of the US sending more ground troops to Syria, saying that it still “remains to be seen” if more troops are needed, but that he doubts the US will have to send any more.

    President Trump had appeared to rule out such deployments last week, insisting “we’re not going into Syria,” though of course US forces are already in Syria, and there are proposals still coming in calling for additional US troops to be deployed.

    The indications had been that McMaster was leading the push for more troops, however, and had even argued in favor of a deployment of some 50,000 US ground troops to fight in Syria. That McMaster is the one downplaying more troops now may suggest he’s been overruled.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This at least temporarily ratchets down the possibility of direct US/Russian military confrontation in Syria; but for how long, if regime change continues not to be accomplished in Damascus, which is the end goal of US foreign policy here?!?

    And so far, the arming of both the Kurdish YPG, and various anti-government rebels hasn't worked at all; in fact, these appear to be historically failed US policies.

    Apr 17 08:27

    Erdogan Wins Narrow Referendum Victory, Laying Bare Turkey’s Divisions

    Supporters of Tayyip Erdogan waved flags in the streets while opponents banged pots and pans in protest in their homes, after a narrow referendum victory gave the Turkish president sweeping powers and laid the nation’s divisions bare.

    The referendum will bring the biggest overhaul in Turkish politics since the founding of the modern republic, abolishing the post of prime minister and concentrating power in the hands of the president. Unofficial results, which the opposition said it would challenge, showed a narrow victory with 51.4 percent of votes cast in favor.

    Yet the procedures used in both the campaign leading up to the referendum as well as on the day of didn’t adhere to international standards and created an “unlevel playing field,” Tana de Zulueta, head of the team of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe observers present in Turkey, said in a news conference Monday.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Through this referendum, the Turkish people have given Erdogan nearly dictatorial powers; and heaven only knows what he will wind up doing with them.

    Apr 17 06:07

    President Erdogan warns Turkish opposition's challenge to his referendum victory 'will be in vain' as his supporters hunt down and beat protesters

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned opposition parties that their attempts to challenge his referendum victory 'will be in vain'.

    Thousands of protesters took to the street in a rally against the controversial victory, which will give President Erdogan sweeping new powers and could see him remain as president until 2029.

    It comes as shocking video from last night's demonstrations appeared to show a protester being attacked by pro-Erdogan Turks. In the clip, a person is chased down by a large group, who surround them and kick them to the ground.

    This morning, opposition parties complained of a number of irregularities in the voting, and were particularly incensed by an electoral board decision announced on Sunday afternoon to accept as valid ballots that did not bear the official stamp.

    Apr 17 06:00

    Turkish opposition calls for referendum result to be annulled over unstamped ballots

    Turkish opposition figures have called for the results of Sunday’s referendum granting new presidential powers to be annulled, citing unstamped ballots given to voters. The electoral board insists the referendum result is valid, however.

    Bulent Tezcan, deputy chairman of the main opposition Republican Peoples' Party (CHP), said Monday that the “only one way to end the discussions about the vote's legitimacy and to put the people at ease… is for the Supreme Electoral Board to cancel the vote.”

    It is illegal to count the unstamped ballots as valid, Tezcan said. He added that his party had received complaints from a number of regions where people couldn’t vote in privacy, with some ballots counted in secret, as cited by Reuters.

    Apr 16 21:15

    Flashback: WikiLeaks Emails Show Turkey Tried To Hide Corruption Evidence

    Hacked government emails, leaked and newly indexed by WikiLeaks, show that Turkey’s ruling party knowingly misled the public about previously leaked audio in which the country’s leader tells his son how to avoid corruption charges.

    The emails come from the inbox of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s energy minister, who happens to be the son-in-law of Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, the country’s former prime minister and current president. Though per its policy, WikiLeaks doesn’t reveal its sources, the Turkish Marxist hacktivist group RedHack had previously claimed credit for and leaked Albayrak’s emails.

    At issue is the fallout from Turkey’s 2013 government corruption scandal, which led to the detention of more than 50 members of the ruling party, AKP. Despite December 2013 newspaper reports that Erdo?an’s son, Bilal, was named in a followup investigation, he wasn’t arrested.

    Apr 16 21:13

    Flashback: The Erdogan tapes

    In Turksh we have a proverb that goes, “You can chose the way you want to die.” That is where Erdogan is: If the tape is authentic, contrary to his claims — and it looks that way — it would mean he has committed a crime that would require a trial before the Supreme Court. On the other hand, if his converations were manipulated to create the tapes, how can someone who cannot even control his encrypted phones govern a country like Turkey for another 10 years?

    Apr 16 20:59

    Flashback: Erdogan cries foul over money tapes leak implicating son

    Turkey’s prime minister vowed to launch court proceedings to suppress “fabricated and treacherous” tapes of an alleged conversation with his son in which he purportedly instructed family members to hide tens of millions of euros in cash stored at his house.

    Apr 16 19:51

    Protesters in Turkey hunted down and beaten by supporters of President Erdogan after he won disputed victory in referendum to grant him more power and immediately vowed to bring back the DEATH PENALTY

    Thousands of Turkish protesters took to the street in a rally against the referendum result that will give President Erdogan sweeping new powers.

    People raided their kitchen cupboards and banged pots and pans as a symbol of defiance against the result, which could mean Erdogan will remain in power until 2029.

    Others held yellow banners in the air as they shouted 'Thief, murderer, Erdogan'.

    Apr 16 18:16

    'Yes' camp claims win in vote on new Erdogan powers

    The `Yes` camp in a referendum to give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogangreater powers claimed victory on Sunday but the knife-edge result left the country bitterly divided with the opposition crying foul.
    Opponents fear the constitutional changes, which would grant Erdogan more power than any leader since modern Turkey`s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his successor Ismet Inonu, would lead the country to one-man rule.

    Apr 16 15:03

    How to bring down the elephant in the room

    The reason why I decided to tackle this issue today is that the forces who broke Trump in less than a month are also the very same forces who have forced him into a political 180: the Neocons and the US deep state. However, I think that these two concepts can be fused into on I would call the “Ziocons”: basically Zionists plus some rabid Anglo imperialists à la Cheney or McCain. These are the folks who control the US corporate media, Hollywood, Congress, most of academia, etc. These are the folks who organized a ferocious assault on the “nationalist” or “patriotic” wing of Trump supporters and ousted Flynn and Bannon and these are the folks who basically staged a color revolution against Trump. There is some pretty good evidence that the person in charge of this quiet coup is Jared Kushner, a rabid Zionist. Maybe. Maybe not.

    Apr 16 09:05

    Tense Turkey decides its 'destiny' in vote on Erdogan powers

    Turkey voted today to decide whether to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers in a bitterly-contested referendum set to determine the future course of the key NATO member and EU hopeful.
    More than 55.3 million Turks were eligible to cast ballots on sweeping changes to the president's role which, if approved, would grant Erdogan more power than any leader since modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his successor Ismet Inonu.

    Apr 16 08:55

    Erdogan-2029? Early count results show ‘Yes’ vote winning in constitutional reform referendum

    With most of the ballots opened in the Turkish referendum on constitutional reform, over 51 percent of voters have supported expanding the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media report.

    Around 94% of ballots have been counted, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says adding that the "yes'' votes are leading with 51.7%.

    #Turkey#referendum2017 unofficial overall results
    YES: 51.74%
    NO: 48.26%
    Ballots opened: 94.74%https://t.co/pCgJ7oPKXjpic.twitter.com/HUMeo6ZKG8

    — ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) April 16, 2017

    Apr 15 08:12

    Turkish army evacuated 70 Kurdish villages in al-Bab region

    Revolutionary Forces General Commander Hac Ehmed said the invading Turkish army evacuated 70 Kurdish villages, forced the villagers to move and settled in their collaborators.

    Apr 14 13:17

    Steve Bannon told to bury the hatchet with Jared Kushner

    The rift between Mr Bannon and Mr Kushner

    Sources in the White House said that Mr Trump had told Mr Bannon: “We gotta work this out” and to “cut it out” over the rivalry against the president’s son-in-law, whose influence has grown.

    Mr Bannon is said to doubt that the peace will last. Nevertheless his supporters say that he is prepared to fight what he recognised as an all but unwinnable battle against a member of Mr Trump’s family.

    Apr 14 13:11

    Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’

    “There’s a big fight [going on]”

    Bannon has lately complained about Kushner trying to “shiv him and push him out the door”

    The fighting between Kushner and Bannon has been “nonstop” in recent weeks, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. It’s been an “open secret” that Bannon and Kushner often clash “face-to-face,” according to senior officials.

    Apr 13 15:58

    Turkey To Confiscate Bullion And Jewelry

    The dwindling credit of Turkey and significant decline in its currency has led to the new clever idea of confiscating gold with a smile. The Turkish Central Bank has come up with an idea of how to confiscate private gold while pretending they are helping you earn more money. Their objective is to make the private gold stocks of the citizens available to the financial system for themselves, but how to sell that to the people?.

    Apr 11 12:31

    Is Sunday the End of the Road for Turkey as a Secular Country?

    Turkey has long been a shining (only) example of how a Muslim majority country can exist as a progressive society with freedoms, rights and a secular rule of law. But slowly, as power has become more centralized in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, the liberty and secularism that made Turkey so unique has been eroded. The culmination of this is coming on Sunday as Turks go to the polls to vote on a referendum to change the very system of government from a Parliamentary Democracy, to a bastardized Presidential Dictatorship.

    Apr 07 15:06

    Al-Qaeda's Sarin Gas Supplier Welcomes US Attack on Syria

    Turkish president Erdogan called for a US attack before it took place, praised it after it happened, and is urging further action to "stop the regime". Turkey's chief Islamist added his country was "ready to do our part" if the US presented a plan to impose regime change in Damascus.

    Apr 07 07:08

    Syria: Chemical Weapons Came From Terrorists In Turkey

    Syrian officials repeatedly warned the UN Security Council that terrorists from Turkey and Iraq were bringing chemical weapons into Syria.

    Apr 06 08:57

    MEPs Blast EU Migrant, Refugee Policy as 'Disastrous and Hypocritical'

    MEPs have said EU policy on migrants and refugees is "disastrous and hypocritical," one year on from the EU-Turkey migrant deal, which is collapsing amid warnings of a further surge in migrants crossing into Europe this year.

    Apr 06 08:50

    DONALD TRUMP HAS JUST COMMITTED THE UNITED STATES TO A DISASTROUS WAR IN SYRIA

    Rumors of war are percolating in Washington D.C., and if the Trump administration is not extremely careful it may find itself fighting several disastrous wars simultaneously. Just one day after threatening North Korea with war, Donald Trump has committed to taking military action against the Assad regime in Syria. Trump is blaming the chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday on the Syrian government, and he is pledging that the United States will not just sit by and do nothing in response. Unfortunately for all of us, military contingents from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are mixed in among the Syrian forces, and so any strike on the Syrian military could potentially spark World War 3.

    Apr 06 08:05

    TURKEY BLOCKED MY BLOG: A Turkish authority has issued an order to block your WordPress.com site: matrixbob.wordpress.com

    Apr 05 10:09

    Erdogan:? Turkish Army May Enter Iraq for Next Phase of Euphrates Shield Operation

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the next phase of Operation Euphrates Shield may include a stint in Iraq’s Sinjar Region.

    Apr 05 09:49

    Michael Flynn's Lobbying for Turkey Adding Fuel to the Fire

    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to leave Trump's team due to his alleged ties with Russia, but this was only half the problem given his lobbying for Turkey, Russian academic Gevorg Mirzayan wrote in an op-ed for RIA Novosti. Flynn Intel Group received over $500,000 for three months of work on behalf of a Dutch firm with ties to Ankara.

    Apr 05 09:43

    Militants of Euphrates Shield Operation Trained in Turkish Garrisons

    A number of defected militants of the Ankara-led Euphrates Shield Operation disclosed that they have been trained by Turkish army officers and at bases on Turkey's soil.

    Apr 05 09:42

    Turkey Planning to Form More Terrorist Groups in Syria

    Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyadh Haddad said that Turkey is planning to form two new terrorist groups in Syria.

    Haddad said that Ankara intends to rebrand the ISIL and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists groups.

    He added that Turkey has vowed to give Turkish nationality and pay $400 monthly salaries to all fresh members of the new terrorist groups.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Turkey is now a state sponsor of terror.

    Apr 05 09:41

    Ambassador: Damascus to Respond if Turkey Continues Aggression in Syria

    Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said the government of Syria has the right to protect its territory by all means including military if Turkey does not stop its actions in Northern Syria.

    Apr 04 14:24

    Turkey Dismisses 45 More Judges, Prosecutors in Post-Coup Purge

    Since July 15, at least 113,000 people have been suspended or sacked from their public sector roles, or detained in connection with the group accused of trying to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, New Arab reported. Ankara has accused US-based opposition leader Fethullah Gulen with ordering the attempted putsch, claims he strongly denies. According to the Hurriyet daily, over 4,000 prosecutors and judges have been dismissed over alleged links to Gulen's Islamic movement since July. Those suspended in the latest round by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) include the three judges who ordered the release of 21 suspects in a trial of Gulen's "media structure" last week, state-run news agency Anadolu said. The HSYK is a key judicial council that appoints and removes personnel in the judiciary. Hours after the order on Friday, the suspects were not released because the ruling was challenged and new arrest warrants were issued, Anadolu reported.

    Apr 04 11:52

    Erdogan Identifies His Enemies: Kurds, ISIS and the USA

    Turks are heading to the polls in two weeks to decide whether to grant Erdogan more powers. To say the referendum campaign has been a lively one would be an understatement. While on the campaign trail, Erdogan has slammed Ankara's "enemies" for standing in the way of a brighter, more Erdoganian future for Turkey. A poster has appeared, disseminated among others by Ankara's mayor, which identifies forces working for the referendum to fail. They are Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of ISIS, the chairmen of the Kemalist and Kurdish parties, and Erdogan's once ally but now archenemy, Fethullah Gulen. For good measure the contra section includes the banners of PKK militants and that of the United States. Basically Turkey's Islamists are saying anyone who is against their guy is probably a stooge of the Americans. Rather ironic when you consider that Turkey and the US are supposed to be close NATO allies. Notably missing from the demonized naysayers camp is Russia...

    Apr 04 10:57

    Turkish Official: Turkey Coup Was Entirely Staged

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and 180 members of his team orchestrated the coup in Turkey last July, according to a government official.

    Apr 04 09:34

    US to balkanize Syria under Kurdish pretext

    As early as 2013, Western powers have been rooting for the balkanization of Syria as the best possible outcome of the war tearing apart the country since 2011.
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    Since the war against Syria is significant in this period of imperialism, watching how it was led by the US, imperialist proxies and their so-called allies, one can fully understand that the war against the Syrian Arab Republic has been decades in the making.

    Throughout history, the imperialist powers have been facilitating and empowering the most intolerant, bigoted ideologies and groups in the region starting from the Balfour Declaration, passing through the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement and ending in the invasions of Iraq and Libya before making their way into Syria. The latest group to gain the full support of the US on the ground in Syria is the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces (People's Protection Units).

    Apr 04 08:31

    Erdogan vows ‘good surprises’ & more Turkish ops in Syria as Euphrates Shield ‘ends’

    Days after Turkey said it had ended the controversial seven-month Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the military is planning new offensives and “good surprises” in the coming months on Syrian soil.

    The president said more cross-border operations are likely to follow against militant groups Ankara deems terrorist, including Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdish militia known as People’s Protection Units (YPG).

    Apr 04 07:20

    ERDOGAN PROMISES MORE WAR IN SYRIA

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric is at times, oddly honest, sometimes blatantly so. At other times, when he attempts to be more analytical, it is as deceptive as his political and geo-political manoeuvring.

    Last year, Erdogan gave an speech in which he declared his unambiguous intentions to capture former territories of the Ottoman Empire, specifically parts of the legal territory of Syria and Iraq.

    Now, he has said that his illegal invasion and occupation of Syria is not over; it are merely changing names.

    Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield which saw Turkish forces and their jihadist proxies FSA occupy parts of Northern Syria was officially declared a success in a ‘mission accomplished’ style statement from Turkey’s National Security Council.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Why Erdogan felt emboldened to make such threats, right after Tillerson's visit to Ankara, is more than a little disconcerting.

    An independent Kurdistan would give Turkey a "safety valve" through which much of its disagreements with ethnic Kurds in Turkey, could be resolved.

    Apr 04 04:55

    ERDOGAN PROMISES MORE WAR IN SYRIA

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric is at times, oddly honest, sometimes blatantly so. At other times, when he attempts to be more analytical, it is as deceptive as his political and geo-political manoeuvring. Last year, Erdogan gave an speech in which he declared his unambiguous intentions to capture former territories of the Ottoman Empire, specifically parts of the legal territory of Syria and Iraq. Now, he has said that his illegal invasion and occupation of Syria is not over; it are merely changing names.

    Apr 03 12:02

    US Backstabbed Turkey. Now It's Erdogan's Turn to Return the Favor

    Turkey’s nationalist leader Recep Erdogan often tends to forget that his country belongs to NATO and its foreign and security policies are expected to toe the American line. The attempted coup last July should have prompted him to draw proper conclusions, but on the contrary, it made him even more resolute and assertive in the pursuit of independent foreign policies. He crossed the “red line” by his dalliance with Russia and his independent course on Syria, both of which weaken the US’ regional strategy. With the arrest of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, vice president for international banking, Halkbank (Turkey’s state-owned bank) by FBI sleuths in New York on Monday, the Empire has struck back at Erdogan. The New York district attorney’s office accuses Attila with participating “in a years-long scheme to violate American sanctions laws by helping Reza Zarrab, a major gold trader, use U.S.

    Apr 02 10:03

    US-Led Coalition to Create Zones of Stability in Syria

    A meeting of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition of 68 countries – the first meeting of the coalition since Donald Trump was elected US President – was held in Washington last week. It was announced that the US policy’s goal is creating «interim zones of stability» – the term used by State Secretary Rex Tillerson. It stops short of «safe zones», which the American military leaders are reluctant to use, despite of the fact that it is used by members of administration. It does not change the gist of the matter, meaning by and large the very same thing.

    Mar 31 09:20

    Several People Injured in Scrape in Front of Turkish Consulate in Brussels

    Several people were injured in a fight that broke out in front of the Turkish consulate in the Belgian capital, where expats can vote early on changes to Turkish constitution, Turkish and Belgian media reported on Thursday.

    Mar 30 10:29

    Turkey Rebrands Syria Operation, No Troop Changes

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yilidrim made a surprise announcement today, declaring that Operation Euphrates Shield, the name for the Turkish military’s invasion of Syria, which began in August of last year, has come to an end. Unsurprisingly, it’s not actually true.

    This may, however, hint at a change in strategy for the Turkish military forces in the country, as they’ve seized all the readily accessible ISIS territory and seem to be shifting toward more fights against Kurdish forces further to the east. In all likelihood this will mean an escalation of the operation, with the Kurdish forces heavily backed by the US.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    As the US and Kurdish forces work to wrest bits of Syria and Iraq away from those countries to create a "Greater Kurdistan", things could get... very awkward for Turkey, a NATO member, very quickly.

    Mar 30 08:36

    German government explores 8 alternatives to its Turkish airbase – report

    German authorities have examined eight potential locations for the relocation of its air base currently situated in Turkey’s Incirlik military facility, Germany’s government said in response to a parliamentary inquiry, as reported by Die Welt daily.

    “The review of alternative sites to the Turkish aircraft base Incirlik found that, from a military perspective, locations in Jordan, Kuwait and Cyprus were available,” the government said in its official response to the MP’s, which was seen by Die Welt.

    Mar 27 11:51

    Video: Turkey Refuses To Join US-Led Offensive On ISIS Stronghold Of Raqqa If Kurds Involved

    Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Ankara is willing to support the anti-terrorist operation to free the IS stronghold of Raqqa in a US-led offensive.

    Mar 26 09:04

    US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

    In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

    Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

    The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

    Mar 26 08:58

    Checkmate in Syria: Erdogan Thought He Could Outmaneuver Putin

    Turkey’s partnership with Russia in Syria is proving a disappointment for Erdogan — leaving Ankara little choice but to accept Russian protection for the Kurds

    Mar 24 11:21

    EU wants Turkey's Erdogan to be the next 'Yanukovych'

    When discussing the recent scandal in the relations between Turkey and the European Union, many pay attention to the electoral aspect of this conflict - the forthcoming elections in Germany and France and a referendum in Turkey. However, it remains unclear why Turkish President Erdogan has decided to go to the length of the conflict... Turkish President Recep Erdogan is a very smart and experienced politician, who has an amazing, and I would even say, phenomenal political instinct. Erdogan has a remarkable sense of danger, which allows him to stay in power for so long despite intricate intrigues in the Turkish policy. He has felt something and decided to aggravate the relations with the European Union. There are reasons to believe that Erdogan understood that the EU was going to launch the process that could be referred to as the "Ukrainization" of Turkey, in which Erdogan would have to play the role of the Turkish Yanukovych or even Ceausescu or Gaddafi...

    Mar 24 08:33

    HAS ERDOGAN GONE FULLY ROGUE?

    Over the last 20+ years, America has applied the nebulous term ‘rogue state’ with a bit of impunity.

    So when discussing what makes a rogue state, it is better to construct a new, more neutral definition than rely on the American application of the word to any state which doesn’t dance to the NATO/US tune.

    Let us define a rogue sate as: a state whose government pursues unilateral aggressive policies which result in the country’s sudden or gradual isolation from regional neighbours, former allies and those beyond.

    But what about Turkey? Turkey is a great state, a powerful state, and a regionally important state with an economy to be reckoned with, in spite of recent downturns.

    But Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly going rogue.

    Mar 23 14:52

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel Threatens Turkey

    German-Turkish relations have reached a new low point after the Berlin government threatened to impose a ban on public appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany.

    At the opening of the CEBIT industry fair in Hannover, German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded “that the Nazi comparisons from the Turkish side must stop … without any ifs or buts.” Germany would “not tolerate that the end justifies the means and all taboos are ignored.”

    Mar 23 09:47

    Is the Turkish President Working Directly With ISIS to Bring TERROR to Europe?

    Turkish President, Recep Erdo?an on Wednesday, said that “If you continue to behave like this, not a single European, not a single Westerner will be able to take a step on the road safely anytime in the world,” to the European Union.

    Mar 23 09:43

    Turkish President’s Statements Prove Turkey Not Meant for EU – Czech President

    Relations between the European Union and Turkey worsened after the cancellation of Turkish politicians' public appearances in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands by their respective regions’ authorities, ahead of Turkey's national referendum on constitutional reform. The referendum is slated to greatly expand the executive powers of Erdogan, who strongly criticized the EU for banning pro-referendum rallies and compared respective European governments to Nazis. His statements led to appearance of cartoons showing Europe as the land of Nazis.

    Mar 22 12:56

    Erdogan: Soon Europeans ‘Will Not Walk Safely on Their Streets’

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has warned the European Union (EU) that if the diplomatic spat between Turkey and several European countries continues, Europeans won’t be able to walk their own streets safely.

    Mar 22 11:03

    Erdogan Threatens Europeans: You 'Will Not Walk Safely On The Streets'

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan escalated his rhetoric tenfold Wednesday after he seemingly threatened to kill Europeans in "the streets" throughout "the world" if the current diplomatic row with Germany and the Netherlands continues.

    Mar 21 07:41

    'Brexit’s not a problem, Turkey will join!' Germans RIDICULE UK for leaving EU

    A GERMAN satire show has ridiculed the UK as it suggesting Brexit was not a problem because Turkey was lining up to replace Britain.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Small difference. Refugees are trying to get IN to Great Britain. Refugees are trying to get OUT of Turkey!

    Mar 20 13:18

    Marion Le Pen to Erdogan: 'The Future of Turkish People Living in Europe is in Turkey'

    Marion Le Pen responded to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's urging Turks to "have five kids" in order to demographically conquer Europe by saying "the future of Turkish people living in Europe is in Turkey."

    Mar 20 08:13

    Turkish Defense Minister Hints at Berlin's Role in 2016 Turkish Failed Coup

    Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik has claimed that the statement from Germany's chief of intelligence who said that Ankara failed to convince Berlin in Gulen's role in the failed 2016 coup, raises question about the German authorities' own role in the mutiny.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Thin to the point of transparency!

    Mar 19 19:55

    Turkey accuses Germany of supporting 'Muslim cleric behind failed military coup'

    TURKEY has accused Germany of supporting a network of US-based Muslim cleric it blames for last year’s failed coup, in comments likely to raise tensions between the two countries.

    Mar 19 10:59

    Turkey brands Germany ‘HYPOCRITES’ for allowing huge anti-Erdogan PROTEST in Frankfurt

    THE Turkish government has accused Germany of hypocrisy after it allowed tens of thousands of Turkish Kurds to hold a protest in Frankfurt against Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidency.

    Mar 18 08:54

    Erdogan Urges Turks in EU to Have More Children to Become 'Future of Europe'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish nationals living in European countries to have five children, to enroll children in better schools, to open businesses in order to become "the future of Europe."

    Mar 17 15:27

    'You Are Europe's Future': Erdogan Tells Turks In EU To Have Minimum 5 Kids

    Turkish President Recep Erdogan has urged all Turks living in Europe to have at least five children, saying they are the future of the continent and that it would be the best response to the "injustices" imposed on expatriates there.

    Mar 17 13:11

    Turkish Foreign Minister: Religious War In Europe's Future

    I can’t help but wonder – is this a forecast, or a threat?

    RT:

    TURKEY’S FOREIGN MINISTER MEVLUT CAVUSOGLU HAS WARNED THAT EUROPE IS HEADED FOR “WARS OF RELIGION,” CLAIMING DUTCH POLITICIANS ARE TAKING THE CONTINENT “TO A CLIFF.”

    Mar 17 10:20

    ‘We’ll blow your minds’ Turkey threatens to allow through 15,000 migrants a MONTH to EU

    TURKEY today upped its extraordinary war of words with the EU as it threatened to let 15,000 migrants a month into Europe.

    Mar 17 10:09

    Playing Refugee Roulette': EU-Turkey Migrant Deal Verges on Collapse

    The 2016 refugee agreement between the European Union and Turkey, which the EU alleges has helped avert a migration crisis, is teetering on the brink - several damning reports on the damaging humanitarian impact of the deal have added further fuel to the growing inferno engulfing diplomatic relations between Ankara and Brussels.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (File)
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    Why Erdogan is Likely to Put His Threat Into Action and Rip Refugee Deal Up
    The deal was inked in March 2016, and obliged Turkey to stop the passage of undocumented migrants arriving in the EU through its territory, in exchange for the EU accommodating Syrian refugees in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis. In return, the EU pledged to introduce a visa-free regime and provide financial aid to Turkey.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This is about to get singularly unpleasant in a heartbeat.

    Europe can barely cope with the refugees it is already trying to absorb, who have had no education or language skills of their adoptive countries, and cannot find work, except for the most menial, which they take away from European nationals.

    This will not end well, and unfortunately, we may see a call to arms by many nationals who feel that they have been completely marginalised, and their quality of life diminished intensely by this flood of refugees.

    And unlike Holland, where I strongly suspect that there was intense vote-rigging deployed to keep Wilders out of office, there won't be enough vote riggers and electronic systems which can possibly squelch the rage of these people who feel they have been betrayed by their governments to have let this happen.

    Mar 17 09:43

    Istanbul association of exporters confirms Russian grain imports restrictions. Turkey’s duties on Russian wheat, corn not to affect bilateral relations — Kremlin

    President of the Istanbul Association of Exporters Zekeriya Mete has confirmed that Russian grain imports have been restricted, adding that all supplies that have already arrived in Turkey will be accepted. According to Mete, "the move may be a response to the existing bans imposed by Russia on Turkish exports." "Turkey will buy the required volumes of grain from other countries. However, I expect the issue of imports from Russia to be solved somehow in the nearest future at the government level," he added. Earlier on Friday President of Russia’s Grain Union Arkady Zlochevsky told TASS that Turkey has suspended issuance of licenses for duty-free import of sunflower oil, wheat and corn from Russia. According to Zlochevsky, Turkish contractors of Russian exporters have informed about it. Russian exporters are now obliged to pay a duty amounting to 130%. The new terms of grain supplies to Turkey are very unprofitable for Russia...

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