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Dec 05 11:53

Turkey's Economy Is A House of Cards - Consumer Debt Crisis Emerges

Turkey's soaring inflation, plunging currency, surging interest rates, and a collapsing stock market, has ended almost two decades of stable economic growth and the "good life" for Turkish consumers that started in 2001. Now, the greatest threat facing Turkey is a structural one: its desperate need for foreign financial resources.

A stable economic environment combined with easy access to global liquidity provided Turkey with abundant foreign resources.

The decade of expansionist monetary policies of the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank enabled countries like Turkey to obtain cheap foreign resources and endowed Turkey with a rate of about 5% stable growth.

From 2003-2008, Turkey registered an annual growth of 5.9%. From 2009-2017, the rate of growth was 4.9% per year.

However, after 2014, there were signs the stable growth party was coming to an end. External expansionist policies were nearing an end and interest rate hike cycle was imminent.

Dec 05 11:07

Russia’s S-400 Superior To US Patriot Which “Didn’t Work” – Turkey’s FM Explains Why

According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the S-400 system purchased from Russia is vastly superior to the Patriot air defense system built by the US and this is why Turkey has chosen the former.

The Turkish FM explained that for about a decade Turkey attempted to buy air defense systems, including the MIM-104 Patriot, from the US, however the so-called high-end interceptor missile system simply “didn’t work” when put through tests.

Given that the Patriot failed to meet the Turkish military’s air defense requirements, Turkey then pursued options in other countries.

Cavusoglu claims that by the time Turkey got around to organizing a contract with Russia for the purchase of S-400 the military’s need for a modern highly-effective air defense system was “urgent”.

“[The] S-400 deal is done”, Cavusoglu reaffirmed. “Russia gave us the best deal and [now it] is the done deal and in the future let’s see, who is going to make the best proposal”.

Dec 04 13:45

RAND’S STAND: Sen. Paul Warns of ‘Growing Deep State’ After Being Blocked from CIA Briefing

"I know about the information of the CIA’s conclusions only by reading it in the media."

  • don't worry our friends in the media will fill us all in, with the official story
  • Nov 29 10:40

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOV. 29, 2018: US IS ESTABLISHING ‘OBSERVATION POSTS’ ON SYRIAN-TURKISH BORDER

    On November 28, Russian air-defense forces deployed intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the Russian Hmeimim airbase in the province of Lattakia, according to local sources.

    The intercepted UAV was probably an armed UAV launched by militants in a fresh attempt to attack Russian personnel and aircraft deployed at Hmeimim. The resumption of UAV attacks on Russian facilities in Syria is another sign of the wanng influence of the de-militarization agreement on Idlib province. It’s highly unlikely that radical militants are going to abandon their hostile approach anytime soon if a military operation to punish them is not launched.

    Cells of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) continue their successful attacks on Turkey-led forces in the area of Afrin. On November 26, 4 members of the Hamza Division militant group were killed and 2 others were injured in an explosion of a YPG-planted IED on the road between the city of Afrin and the town of Basuta.

    Nov 29 09:24

    Not good news for the dollar? Russia and Turkey ditched US currency for S-400 missile system deal

    Both facing pressure from Washington, Moscow and Ankara ditched the US dollar when finalizing their landmark S-400 air defense missile systems deal and will do so in the future, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said.

    “We understand that if we’ll make transactions in [US] dollars, they won’t come through,” Putin told reporters on Wednesday, citing his recent talks with Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “So we thought up another option.”

    Speaking at a business forum in Moscow, the Russian president noted that the ‘dollar-less’ S-400s deal with Turkey is just one recent example of the approach the nations share. The same will apply to “other types of goods” as well, he stressed.

    “We don’t have a goal of abandoning from the dollar, but we are forced to do so. And, I assure you, we will do it,” Putin said, adding that it will ultimately make global trade more secure and efficient.

    Nov 27 04:07

    SOROS FOUNDATION TO CLOSE

    Soros foundation to close in Turkey after being bashed by Erdogan

    (*Because Erdogan hasn't learned The Art Of Letting Things Ferment and Reap Havoc like Our "Genius" Chief of The World Police has !)

    Nov 27 03:46

    US Sets Up Observation Posts Along Syria-Turkey Border

    The US has set up at least five observation posts alongside Turkey's border with Syria despite strong opposition by Ankara, a Kurdish commander said Monday. The Arabic-language Sharq al-Awsat quoted an unnamed Kurdish military commander as saying that the US forces started the operations to set up observation posts in regions under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces along Syria-Turkey border. "The US forces have set up three observation posts in Tal Abyaz region in Northern Raqqa and two others in Kobani in Northeastern Aleppo," the Kurdish commander said. He noted that the move by the US comes as Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had previously voiced displeasure over the US plan to set up observation posts along borders with Syria, and said the US measure will make the situation more complicated.

    Nov 26 11:50

    US Training 30,000 Syrian Kurdish Fighters to ‘Contain Iran’

    Following Defense Secretary James Mattis’ announcement that the US is building observation posts on the Syria-Turkey border, officials are also starting a training program for the Kurdish YPG’s Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

    The plan is to train 30,000 more SDF fighters, which are being presented as a plan to both combat what ISIS fighters remain and to “contain Iran.” If the training plan is successful, it would bring the SDF to 90,000 fighters.

    There are reasons to be skeptical, however, as the US has had several training schemes for groups in Syria in the past, and has tended to produce but tiny fractions of their intended numbers. Even then, those newly-trained fighters have proved to be of limited effectiveness and questionable loyalty.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    But, if these fighters do wind up "defeating both Syrian and Iranian operatives, what happens then?!?

    Has Sec Def Mattis promised them a permanent "homeland", by telling them that it will let them occupy certain sections of Syria, permanently?!?

    And have Presidents Putin; and Al Assad;and Edrogan gotten the memo yet on this move?!?

    Nov 23 15:30

    Turkey charges Gulen, 27 others for killing of Russian ambassador

    Interesting development.

    Nov 23 11:13

    ESCOBAR: ERDOGAN, MBS, ISLAMIC LEADERSHIP, & THE PRICE OF SILENCE

    The House of Saud's ties to the Khashoggi slaying are being milked by the Turkish President for maximum benefit amid debate on leadership of the Islamic world and how the crisis may affect US and Saudi strategy in the Middle East...

    Call it the Gazprom double down. Nord Stream 1 and 2 supply northern Europe while TurkStream supplies southern Europe. Pipelines are steel umbilical cords. They represent liquid connectivity at its best while conclusively decreasing risks of geopolitical friction.

    The Kremlin and the Russian Foreign Ministry are very much aware that the high-stakes game goes way beyond ‘Pulp Fiction’ in Istanbul and the Astana peace process on Syria – carefully micro-managed by both Putin and Erdogan alongside Iran’s Rouhani. The big prize is no less than the leadership of the Islamic world.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Putin, as usual, is no less than one thousand chess moves ahead of President Trump, in understanding how all this is going to be perceived globally, and how it can best benefit Russia and its allies.

    Nov 20 11:46

    Full stream ahead! Russia & Turkey officially complete construction of joint gas pipeline

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday participated in an official ceremony marking the completion of the offshore section of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline.
    The offshore section of the pipeline, which is 930km (578 miles) and runs along the bottom of the Black Sea, is designed to deliver Russian gas to the Turkish market. Russia’s Gazprom began construction of the section in May 2017.

    Nov 20 10:37

    TURKEY ATTACKS OWN PROXIES IN SYRIA, NETANYAHU NAMES HIMSELF DEFENSE MINISTER

    From November 18 to November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out a military operation against their own proxies in the region of Afrin. The TAF attacked and partially disarmed a group of about 200 members of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering and its allied groups. The Hamza Division, the Sultan Murad Division, the al-Sham Corps and the 3rd Corps participated in the operation on the side of the TAF. At least 25 militants were reportedly killed in the clashes.

    The formal explanation of the move is that members of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering have been involved in looting and other crimes. However, this is not something uncommon for Turkish-backed groups, which participated in Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations.

    Local sources say that the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering has just become too independent in its decisions and Ankara has decided to punish it for this.

    Nov 19 10:55

    Hardline Turkish Paper Warns ‘War Will Break Out’ if Saudi Crown Prince Remains in Power

    Turkey’s Yeni Safak, a newspaper that supports President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published an editorial on Friday by its most energetic columnist, editor-in-chief Ibrahim Karagul, warning that war will erupt across the Middle East if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) remains in power after allegedly ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

    “So, Saudi is going to execute five people and be done with it! That’s not going to happen; it’s going to be very difficult to get the prince out of this. A regional war is going to break out if the two crown princes don’t go! If the secret deals are disclosed, it will cause unrest on Arab streets,” Karagul thundered.

    That was not the first paragraph of his op-ed. That was the headline.

    Nov 19 10:35

    Gazprom completes sea section of Turkish Stream pipeline. Turkey expects first gas supplies via Turkish Stream in 2019

    Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan took part in the completion ceremony in a video conference mode, a TASS correspondent reported. Putin gave the command to complete the construction of the Turkish Stream. After that CEO of Gazprom, Alexey Miller, ordered the Pioneering Spirit vessel to lower the gas pipeline pipe with a closing joint into the water.

    Nov 19 07:05

    Full stream ahead! Russia & Turkey officially complete construction of joint gas pipeline

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday participated in an official ceremony marking the completion of the offshore section of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline.

    The offshore section of the pipeline, which is 930km (578 miles) and runs along the bottom of the Black Sea, is designed to deliver Russian gas to the Turkish market. Russia’s Gazprom began construction of the section in May 2017.

    It will be continued by a 180km (112 miles) land transit line for gas supply to the countries of south and southeast Europe. The first deliveries are scheduled for the end of 2019.

    Nov 15 10:52

    FIVE SAUDIS FACE DEATH PENALTY OVER KHASHOGGI KILLING; CROWN PRINCE CLEARED

    Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to "interrogate" Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

    As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had "no knowledge" of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Well now, THAT sure didn't take long!!

    Nov 15 10:48

    White House Weighs Kicking Out Cleric Gulen From US To Appease Erdogan; Lira Surges

    In what is the most shocking geopolitical news of the day, NBC reports that the Trump administration is weighing extraditing the nemesis of Turkish President Recep Erdogan, cleric Fethulah Gulen who has been living for years in relative seclusion in rural Pennsylvania, from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    According to the NBC report, Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing the exiled Turkish cleric in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government. The effort includes directives to the Justice Department and FBI that officials reopen Turkey's case for his extradition, as well as a request to the Homeland Security Department for information about his legal status, four sources told NBC.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I am having a Jean-Luc Picard double face palm, upon reading this!!

    The White House HAS to know that this guy will get tortured to say ANYTHING Erdogan wants him to stay, and "publicly confess", and that he is able to absolutely bend DC to his will on this issue.

    Nov 14 09:26

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 14, 2018: TURKISH-PKK CONFLICT ESCALATES AMID FRESH PKK ATTACKS

    The People’s Defense Forces (HPG), a military wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), claimed that it had attacked 6 military bases in the southern Turkish provinces of Hakkari and Sirnak on November 9 and November 10. The HPG stated that 17 Turkish soldiers were killed and 32 others were wounded as a result of the attack. 8 soldiers are also missing, according to the HPG.

    It should be noted that early on November 10 that the PKK also carried out an attack on several targets inside and south of the capital of Sirnak province with seven armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to Turkish sources, the UAVs failed to reach their targets due to technical failures and possible jamming by the Turkish military.

    Nov 13 12:46

    Turkey's "Sea Bandit" Threats Are Indirectly Aimed Against The US

    Turkish President Erdogan warned against so-called “sea bandits”.

    He was speaking in regards to the controversial issue of energy exploration in disputed Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean territories along his country’s maritime borders with Greece and Cyprus, the latter of which is comprised of a northeastern third that declared itself the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” and is only recognized by Ankara.

    Nov 12 12:28

    Turkey Announces Successful Test of ‘Sapan’ Railgun Hypervelocity Weapon

    Ankara announced that it successfully tested an electromagnetic kinetic weapon, joining a club of developers alongside Russia, the US, China, and India.

    Turkey announced a successful test of its new electromagnetic weapon — referred to as ‘railgun' — which shoots metallic projectiles at hypersonic speeds.

    Turkey is the fifth country in the world to develop the weapon, after Russia, the US, China and India.

    Nov 12 12:11

    Turkey Calls French Statements on Khashoggi Tapes 'Unacceptable'

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated Monday that France was in no possession of recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as far as he was aware, with the remarks provoking utmost fury in Ankara.

    The Turkish side has branded French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's statement on the Khashoggi tapes inadmissible.

    "We find it unacceptable that he accused President Erdogan of 'playing political games'," communications director at the Turkish presidency Fahrettin Altun told AFP.

    "Let us not forget that this case would have been already covered up had it not been for Turkey's determined efforts," Altun stressed adding that the comments do not "reflect the facts."

    Nov 09 09:09

    JOURNALIST HUSNU MAHALLI GETS JAIL TERM FOR CALLING ERDOGAN 'DICTATOR'

    Syrian-Turkish journalist Husnu Mahalli has been handed down a 29-month prison sentence on charges of “insulting the president” and a suspended 20-month sentence for “insulting government officials,” after calling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “dictator”, online news outlet Diken reported on Thursday.

    The veteran journalist, who writes columns in prominent opposition daily Sozcu, was arrested in December 2016 for “insulting government figures” over social media, in his columns and on TV. He was released pending trial by an Istanbul court a month later on the grounds that he was not likely to escape and the prison term sought against him was not considered lengthy.

    In his defense during the sentencing hearing, Mahalli demanded his acquittal, stating that he was merely doing his job as a journalist. He said:

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I love the smell of irony in the morning.

    Erdogan did the one thing any dictator would do; punish this guy because he had an opinion.

    Did he absolutely not understand what the optics of this action would look like, once he ordered this guy arrested and charged?!?

    Nov 08 14:41

    US, Turkey Risk Direct Military Clash as They Escalate War in Syria

    As it pursues its war with US-backed Kurdish-nationalist organizations, the Turkish government is threatening an outright military occupation of large parts of Syria that could provoke war with Syria and a direct clash with US forces.

    On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced joint patrols by US forces and Kurdish-led militias as “unacceptable.” Speaking to reporters in Ankara, he said:

    “Not only can we not accept (the joint patrols), such a development will cause serious problems at the border.”

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This looks as though the situation for the American military could get very dicey, very quickly, and particularly if the Russians start shelling American positions, and US troops retaliate.

    But the bottom line here is, we shouldn't be in Syria in the first place! We were not invited, nor were the Turks; the Russians and Iranians were, and have been very successful in kicking out the jihadis.

    Nov 06 14:51

    The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

    Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

    Nov 06 14:49

    The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

    Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

    Nov 05 12:00

    Beware Turkey's Dangerous New Refugee Role

    Turkey, thanks to the United Nations, will now officially be in charge of deciding not only who is a refugee but also where he or she will be placed or transferred. Turkish state authorities have repeatedly threatened to flood Europe with refugees, such as President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's message to Europe in 2016:

    "You cried out when 50,000 refugees were at the Kapikule border. You started asking what you would do if Turkey would open the gates. Look at me -- if you go further, those border gates will be open. You should know that."

    Given the Turkish threats, this new official position for Turkey should be of concern.

    Nov 05 10:09

    US, Israel ‘concerned’ Bin Salman may be unable to advance normalisation

    US and Israeli officials “have expressed concern” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman “may have less leeway to pursue the gradual warming of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours”, following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reported the Washington Post.

    According to the paper, US President Donald Trump’s chief Mideast envoy, son-in-law Jared Kushner, “has discussed with diplomats and others how the crown prince’s position might affect US plans”.

    The Post observed how “Israeli officials have become more vocal about separating the killing from the kingdom’s strategic value.”

    “What happened in the Istanbul consulate was horrendous and it should be duly dealt with,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday.

    Nov 04 09:02

    Turkey Seeks to Trade in National Currencies With Russia, China, Iran

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s recent remarks echoed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s earlier call to put an end to the dollar’s domination and begin trading in national currencies.

    Delivering an opening speech at the 18th session of the D-8 Council of Foreign Ministers in Antalya, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that Ankara was looking to engage in trade with Russia, China and Iran using national currencies.

    “We are experiencing a period of trade wars. The best response against this would be using our local currencies in trade. Turkey is preparing to do trade in local currencies with countries such as China, Russia, Iran and Ukraine. We also continue such negotiations with other countries,” he said.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    So, what happens when no one wants to use the US dollar anymore with which to buy goods and services?!? What happens when to the American economy when that happens?!?

    If I have ever seen economic stupidity writ large, it is President Trump's sanctions against Russia, China, and Iran, which is forcing them to work even more closely together economically, and militarily.

    Nov 03 12:21

    Russia Isolated? US And Britain Excluded From Syria Summit

    There were several takeaways from the recent Quadrilateral Summit in Istanbul on finding a peaceful settlement to the war in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin convened with his counterparts from Turkey, Germany and France for a two-day summit last weekend in a convivial and constructive atmosphere.

    The four powers signed a communique emphasizing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. It was Putin who underscored the inviolability of the Syrian government of President Assad as the internationally recognized authority in the Arab country. The communique also endorsed the right of the Syrian nation to self-determination over the future political settlement, free from external interference.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Just because it was not invited to the conference, is no guarantee that the US government will do the right thing, which would be it's pulling its military from the country; Israel still wants, desperately, for the US to destabilize Syria to the point where it will become a failed state.

    And as of 24 September, 2018, John Bolton made the following statement:

    John Bolton says the US will stay in Syria until Iran and its Proxies are Gone

    For Bolton to have made this statement, it is painfully clear that the US government is perfectly fine with catching hostile fire from Syrian, Iranian, and/or Russian forces in Syria.

    This creates a potential for war by the US and Israel against Russia, Syria, and Iran.

    Nov 01 09:51

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 1, 2018: SDF HALTS OPERATION AGAINST ISIS IN EUPHRATES VALLEY BECAUSE OF TURKISH ATTACKS

    The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which consist mainly of members of various Kurdish armed groups, declared on October 31 that they had halted their operation against ISIS in the Euphrates Valley because of Turkish attacks on their positions in northern Syria.

    The SDF blamed Turkey for its own inability to eliminate the ISIS-held area of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley and called on the so-called international community to pressure Ankara to stop its strikes on SDF targets. The SDF also vowed to retaliate to attacks.

    Oct 31 12:51

    Erdogan Vows to Crush US-Backed Kurdish YPG in Syria

    Speaking to Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday, President Erdogan vowed to see his country crush the Kurdish YPG militarily in Syria. He says all preparations for the long-threatened offensive are completed, and the active operations have started.

    Erdogan has railed about Kurdish “terrorists” for years, and has long insisted no Kurds be allowed west of the Euphrates River. Now, Erdogan says they will be totally destroyed east of the Euphrates River as well.

    Details are scant, beyond Erdogan promising to destroy them, and saying he will “come down hard on the terror organization with more extensive and effective operations.” The US has yet to comment on the matter.

    Oct 31 09:32

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 31, 2018: TURKEY FINISHES PREPARATIONS FOR NEW LARGE OPERATION AGAINST YPG

    Clashes between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) have erupted in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo.

    According to reports, units of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham attacked NFL positions in the village of Kafr Hamra on October 29 and had gained full control of the area by the evening of October 30. Several NFL militants were killed or injured in the incident.

    Over the past few months, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has continued expanding its influence in the parts of Aleppo, Idlib and Lattakia provinces, which are included in de-escalation agreements. While Ankara claims that it keeps the situation under control there, developments on the ground clearly shows that Turkey has in—fact reached a kind of deal with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham that allows the terrorist group to operate freely within the de-escalation zone or Turkey has not enough influence to limit the group’s activity.

    Oct 30 10:55

    Turkey Calls Affiliated Militants to Stand on Alert for Imminent Fight against Kurds in Eastern Euphrates

    Turkey, which has been disappointed at the implementation of the Manbij agreement, has ordered affiliated militant groups in Northern Syria to be prepared for battle against Kurdish militias in Eastern Euphrates, media sources reported.

    Oct 30 09:39

    Russia, Germany, Turkey, France committed to Syria’s territorial integrity - communique

    The participants of the four-party summit in Istanbul - Russia, Turkey, Germany and France - are committed to the territorial integrity of Syria, according to a communique released by the German government on Saturday.

    The leaders of the four nations "confirmed their commitment to sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic," the document reads.

    They are "full of determination to resist separatist plans, aimed at undermining sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, as well as national security of neighboring states."

    Besides, the participants of the Istanbul meeting said they were ready to work on creating conditions for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons. This will depend on providing them with "guarantees against armed conflicts, political persecution and unlawful detentions," as well as on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure to make sure that the population has access to water and electricity.

    Oct 28 09:36

    Turkey Demands Extradition of 18 Saudis Over Khashoggi Killing

    Turkish prosecutors have issued extradition requests for 18 people from Saudi Arabia suspected of participating in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month at the Istanbul consulate.

    Specifics of who is being requested is unclear, but it is believed to include the 15-man kill team that Turkey identified as having arrived in the country for the killing and departed more or less immediately thereafter.

    Oct 27 10:30

    ‘Whole world is watching’: Russia-Turkey-Germany-France talks on Syria kick off

    Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany and France have gathered in Istanbul to discuss the Syrian peace process. While the outcome of such tricky talks is hard to predict, the new format appears to be, at least, quite refreshing.

    Oct 27 06:28

    Syria peace talks set to begin in Istanbul

    Leaders have arrived in Istanbul for a four-way summit on Syria between Turkey, Russia, Germany and France on Saturday.

    The meeting, hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will see the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

    Staffan de Mistura, the UN special Syria envoy, will also attend the summit, which is expected to be followed by a joint statement.
    ***
    Diplomatic win'

    Al Jazeera's Zena Khodr, reporting from Istanbul, said "Russia and Turkey are billing this as a diplomatic win because they were able to bring the EU to the table".

    >>>

    Oct 25 11:38

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 25, 2018: MILITANTS PUSH IDLIB DEMILITARIZATION AGREEMENT TO COLLAPSE

    The Turkish government is continuing attempts to convince the international audience that the situation in the Idlib demilitarized zone is under control and that militant groups are fulfilling the terms of the agreement.

    Initially on October 8, Turkish state media claimed that all militant groups had withdrawn their heavy weapons and fulfilled obligations within the framework of the deal. Nonetheless, by October 15, after multiple violations of the ceasefire regime, it had appeared that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical militant groups had kept their weapons and members in the area. In order to propel the peaceful effort foward. Ankara and Moscow expanded the timeframe for the full implementation of the agreement further.

    Oct 25 10:14

    INTERPOL ALERT ISSUED BY TURKEY FOR EXILED JOURNALISTS PRESIDENT ERDOGAN WANTS TO TOSS IN JAIL

    Turkey's government has already locked up more than 70 journalists -- most of them in the wake of a failed coup. President Recep Erdogan says the imprisoned journalists are terrorists and criminals, but rather than offer evidence of wrongdoing, Erdogan just keeps throwing more of them in jail.

    The notoriously thin-skinned president has been eliminating dissent and criticism since he took power, so there's no reason to give his accusations of criminal activity credence. Erdogan has leaned on favorable laws elsewhere in the world to press for criminal charges and extradition of citizens of other nations who've offended his delicate sensibilities.

    As a player on the world stage, Erdogan and his government will use whatever tools they have available to continue to eliminate their critics. It appears Erdogan is now asking the world's police forces to help him track down journalists he hasn't yet jailed. (h/t Mutlu Civiroglu)

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Erdogan has pushed this country back into a neofeudal theocracy, with all the modern accouterments, like Russia's S-300, added to the mix, and any criticism of anything he does is not tolerated.

    Years ago, before he brought in his repressive reign, I would have said that Turkey was on my bucket list; but with him and his minions in power, not anymore.

    Oct 24 10:17

    Erdogan has outwitted Saudis at every turn over Khashoggi

    Short of declaring all-out war on the House of Saud, it is hard to imagine a more effective way for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to inflict so much damage on the global standing of his Saudi rivals than his adroit handling of the Jamal Khashoggi affair.

    From the moment the journalist disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, Erdogan has proved himself to be a master manipulator in terms of handling the global media coverage. The steady drip-feed of revelations about the grisly fate Khashoggi is believed to have suffered has been skilfully designed to cause the Saudis maximum discomfiture.

    Oct 23 11:22

    KHASHOGGI’S BODY PARTS FOUND IN GARDEN OF SAUDI CONSUL GENERAL’S HOME – SKY NEWS SOURCE

    Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to Sky News sources, who added that he had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured.”
    The sources’ claim echoes a statement by Do?u Perinçek, leader of the left-wing Vatan party on Monday night. Perinçek told Turkish television that Khashoggi’s “body parts” had been recovered from a well in the Saudi consul’s garden, and added that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would explain the findings later on Tuesday.

    The news comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Saudi officials reveal the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s remains, after the Saudi government admitted Khashoggi had been murdered, albeit in a “fist fight” with officials inside the consulate in Istanbul.

    "Jamal Khashoggi's body parts have been discovered" - Sources have told @AlexCrawfordSky "grisly details" about how Jamal Khashoggi's body parts were discovered.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    While it is certainly not beyond Saudi Arabian royalty to plan such an event (they kill women and children routinely in Yemen, and think not a thing of it), why has the Turkish government not circulated the pictures which would authenticate this alleged find?!?

    So, Turkish government, where, please, is the actual evidence this happened?!?

    Because without it, your collective credibility is in tatters, if this is some sort of attempt at making the optics of this alleged assassination look even worse than they already are.

    Oct 23 06:05

    Can Saudi Arabia get away with murder?

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is promising to reveal the "naked truth" about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

    That will be the first official release of details.

    Unofficially, Turkish sources have repeatedly leaked gruesome accounts of how Khashoggi was killed and dismembered three weeks ago.

    The journalist was missing for two weeks before Saudi leaders eventually admitted his killing, they say by mistake.

    Their story has changed since then. What's being described as a "rogue operation" is the latest explanation.

    What is not changing is the kingdom's insistence that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not order the operation to kill.

    >>>

    Oct 22 11:43

    Turkey gives jihadist rebels last warning to leave Idlib buffer zone – report

    The Turkish military has given the jihadist rebels inside the Idlib buffer zone one last warning to leave the designated demilitarized area, Syria’s Al-Watan newspaper reported this morning.

    Citing a source from the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front, Al-Watan reported that Ankara has repeatedly sent warnings to the jihadist groups about remaining inside the demilitarized zone that is located inside the Idlib, Aleppo, Latakia, and Hama provinces.

    The Al-Watan report said that if the jihadist rebels refuse to leave the buffer zone, Turkey will allow the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian Air Force to resume their operations against them in northwestern Syria.

    Oct 21 06:59

    Saudi Arabia Admits Khashoggi Killed in Turkey, Arrests Several, Sacks Top General

    After two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh sacked a top general and arrested several people after confessing that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Turkish city of Istanbul, but made no mention of where his body is.

    Saudi Arabia said in a Friday announcement that the preliminary results of its investigation indicate Khashoggi had been killed in a "fight with people who met him in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul”.

    Saudi Attorney-General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb stated that Khashoggi died after "discussions" at the consulate devolved into an altercation.

    >>>

    (*it could be that Khashoggi could have assumably been on The Soros Payroll )

    Oct 20 08:44

    Syria: The endgame

    It looks like President Bashar al-Assad has won the war in Syria. But who will win the peace?

    In the debut episode of The Take, a new podcast by Al Jazeera's Jetty Studios, we explore the final play in Syria: The country's die-hard rebels are locked in a corner, the Syrian government is opening borders, and the outside powers that supported opposing sides are now striking deals.

    >>>

    Oct 19 04:33

    What does the Saudi consul’s departure mean?

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    Saudi Arabia’s Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi’s departure on Oct. 16 is a very intriguing development in the midst of this debate

    Whatever happened to Khashoggi in the consulate happened in a place under his authority. Therefore, he has a responsibility. At least his testimony as a witness is of crucial importance for the prosecutors who are leading the investigation to shed light on what exactly happened.

    According to the Vienna Convention, there is no obstacle in asking for his testimony or even detaining him.

    With his departure from Turkey, Al-Otaibi has left behind an inexplicable contradiction.

    >>>

    Oct 18 06:57

    Washington, Riyadh, Ankara Striking Deal

    Arab Daily: Washington, Riyadh, Ankara Striking Deal on Khashoggi's Case

    A leading Arab newspaper said events in the past few days indicate that a deal is in the offing among the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to whitewash accusations against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after his order to murder prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    "Some signs of a political deal among Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the US in Khassogi's assassination case have appeared in the past three days," the Arabic-language al-Ahd wrote on Wednesday.

    It questioned the reason for a delay in declaring the results of investigations into Khashoggi's case, and added, "Possibly they want to implement a plot like Lockerby case and say that three people abducted Khashoggi and then put them on trial to exonerate bin Salman."

    This is while the Turkish sources and the US media have reported that bin Salman has directly issued the order to murder Khashoggi and Washington is in possession of a recorded voice of the Saudi crown prince>>>

    Oct 18 06:03

    Turkish Source Says Jamal Khashoggi's Killing Took Seven Minutes

    It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist's last moments told Middle East Eye (MEE).

    Khashoggi was dragged from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the Turkish source said>>>

    (*How the Frig does Turkey end up right in the middle of Everything , all the time ?)

    Pompeo Suggests US May Lift Turkey Sanctions

    Oct 18 05:46

    Turkey Has 11 Minute Audio Track Of 'Khashoggi Assault'

    Turkish authorities have an audio recording which indicates that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official has told Al Jazeera.

    >>>

    Oct 17 08:58

    Allegations about Khashoggi's death --- The whole scenario looks like a poorly written B-movie script

    Could it have happened as reported in the press so far, as improbable as it may appear? Yes, of course.  Does it appear highly unlikely? Yes to that, also.

    Oct 16 13:07

    POLICE FOUND EVIDENCE IN SAUDI CONSULATE THAT KHASHOGGI WAS KILLED THERE - TURKISH OFFICIAL TO AP

    A Turkish official told AP that police have found evidence inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul which confirms that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed there.
    The "high level official" spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity, but said that police had found "certain evidence"that Khashoggi had died in the building. The official did not provide any more details about the evidence uncovered by police.

    Reports in US media on Monday evening suggested that Riyadh might be preparing to admit that Saudi-born Khashoggi was killed as part of an unauthorized interrogation gone wrong.

    Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2. Turkey has accused Saudi Arabia of murdering the journalist, but Riyadh has denied involvement.

    After a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday, US President Donald Trump suggested perhaps “rogue killers” had been responsible for the journalist’s disappearance.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    President Trump, a word here, please.

    IF the overwhelming evidence indicates that Khashoggi was, in fact, assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, I would politely suggest that no element of criticism of the Saudi regime, is not countered, nor responded to, except by Prince Bin Salman's orders.

    OK, so he ordered a hit on a guy he didn't like that he didn't know would go public, and caused the the global consternation it has caused.

    But President Trump, you have to know what you are dealing with here, sir, just as you have had to realize about your other BFF in the Middle East: these are diabolically ruthless men, who control with an iron hand, and who see the elimination of "the enemy" as their only goal, by any brutal means necessary, with utter impunity, and zero consequences.

    So, you've dispatched your "Bag Man", Mike Pompeo, to Saudi Arabia, to clean up the stench your Buddy, Prince Bin Salman, made, and "sanitize it" with a cover story, which no one will believe, about this torturous assassination.

    Mr. President, We the People realize that this pitiful attempt by this administration to put lipstick on this pig of an act, is only about making sure the weapons companies can continue enjoying their fat bottom lines, by insuring that the weapons flow, unrestricted, to Saudi Arabia, with which they are using to murder Yemeni children, women, and the medically fragile elderly.

    Congratulations, Mr. President, on your administration's being "all in" with Bin Salman's torturing critics to death, and killing, starving, and sickening the Yemeni people.

    I am very concerned, Mr. President, that what you see Bin Salman and Netanyahu doing in their countries, and beyond, is something you might love to have the power to do here, with complete impunity, and absolutely zero consequences.

    THAT, Sir, does worry me... and greatly.

    And we have a companion piece, also from blacklistednews.com:

    Pompeo's 12 hour flight to Saudi Arabia gave him only a 15 minute meeting with King Salman

    It is obvious that Pompeo got his marching orders as to how to spin this, and was thrown out of the royal palaces, like some flunky with whom the Saudi king did not want to spend time, other than for the photoshoot, showing them smiling together.

    Oct 15 17:19

    Rogue killers or state murder? Riyadh gets benefit of doubt from Trump where Russia doesn’t

    Trump on the other hand has been more circumspect, even suggesting that perhaps “rogue killers” were responsible for the suspected murder — a theory he proffered to journalists at the White House shortly after a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

    But the mostly low-key reaction from the Washington to the disappearance provides a stark contrast to how both Trump and his predecessors have dealt with unproven accusations made against other countries — most notably Russia.

    When ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury in March, it took nothing more than a swift declaration (sans evidence) from British intelligence agencies before sanctions had been slapped on Moscow.

    Oct 15 10:17

    Police Conducting Search Operation in Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

    Turkish police are conducting a search operation in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul amid the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    Jamal Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, has been missing since October 2 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document, as reported by Turkish media. The Saudi authorities said that the journalist left the consulate on the same day that he arrived.

    Following the incident, Riyadh let the Turkish authorities conduct a search operation in the consulate, while also sending a security delegation to assist in the investigation.

    Oct 15 08:47

    BREAKING NEWS: Trump claims 'rogue' killers could have murdered Jamal Khashoggi after Saudi king 'firmly denies' any part in disappearance of dissident journalist

    President Trump said Monday that he has spoken to Saudi's King Salman about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and he 'firmly denied' any involvement in the journalist's disappearance.

    Trump said that he would send a top U.S. official, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to Middle East to confront Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in person - but wouldn't say whether he believed the Saudi leader's 'flat' denial of wrongdoing in a 20-minute phone conversation.

    The president had a theory of his own as to what may have happened to the Saudi-born writer who Turkey says was lured to his death earlier this month in Istanbul.

    He suggested without evidence that 'rogue killers' could have been responsible for the disappearance that Trump also framed as a murder.

    Oct 15 08:46

    Turkish officials arrive to search Saudi consulate where journalist 'was killed' after cleaners entered the building, amid claims the interior has been REPAINTED since Khashoggi's disappearance

    A team of Turkish and Saudi officials tonight entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for a joint inspection two weeks after a Washington Post journalist apparently vanished inside.

    They entered the building at 6pm local time, hours after a cleaning team swept the premises amid claims the walls have been repainted since Jamal Khashoggi was allegedly assassinated and dismembered for criticising the Saudi crown prince.

    Tonight's inspection was agreed after Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Erdogan spoke yesterday - but the Turks don't trust the Saudis not to obfuscate the investigation, a senior Turkish source today told the Middle Eastern Eye.

    Officials have not revealed what the inspection will involve or how long it will last.

    Oct 13 11:22

    Saudi team arrives in Turkey for Khashoggi investigation: sources

    A delegation from Saudi Arabia has arrived in Turkey as part of a joint investigation into the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, three Turkish sources said on Friday.

    Oct 13 10:23

    Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

    The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

    Oct 12 14:59

    Report: Turkish Authorities Have Recordings Of The Consulate Murder

    Turkish authorities claim to have audio and video recordings that prove Saudi agents tortured and then murdered Jamal Khashoggi:

    The recordings show that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi in the consulate after he walked in on Oct. 2 to obtain an official document before his upcoming wedding, then killed him and dismembered his body, the officials said.

    Oct 12 10:27

    Turks Had Saudi Consulate Bugged With Audio: Khashoggi Death Chronology Details Leaked

    The Washington Post has provided further details on its prior reporting that US intelligence knew full well that Saudi Arabia was seeking to lure the now disappeared and allegedly murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi to its embassy in Istanbul in order detain or kill him.

    In an interesting new revelation the Post speculates based on intel sources that the whole October 2nd incident may have been an attempted "rendition" gone wrong. As more damning evidence emerges showing a Saudi "hit team" of 15 military and intelligence individuals murdered Khashoggi and chopped up his body to carry out of the country, there now appears a strong consensus that the order may have come straight from the top, most likely from crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) himself.

    Oct 12 10:18

    TURKISH COURT FREES US PASTOR BRUNSON AFTER 2YRS IN JAIL

    A Turkish court will release imprisoned US pastor Andrew Brunson, who was jailed for alleged terror links following 2016’s failed coup attempt. Brunson’s arrest has soured US-Turkish relations, with Trump pushing for his release.
    Charged with terrorism offences, the court handed down a sentence of 3 years and 1-1/2 month sentence for the evangelical Christian pastor on Friday. Despite the verdict, the court also ruled that the US man would not serve any further time as he had already been detained by authorities since October 2016.

    Brunson lawyer: My client is a free man as of now, has already left for home, expect him to go to airport right after, will appeal the conviction. pic.twitter.com/85tHQSPX5I

    — Erdem Ayd?n (@eerdemaydin) October 12, 2018

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This is good news; but how it will play out, regarding Turkey's relationship with the US, is still up in the air.

    Oct 12 09:45

    Journalist Disappearance Row: Companies, Media Pull Out of Saudi-Sponsored Event

    Turkey has accused Saudi Arabia of detaining and murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Riyadh has denied the accusations and claimed he left it safe and sound. Saudi Arabia has even provided access to the country’s consulate for investigators to prove its innocence.

    Following the news about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the accusations against Riyadh of murdering him in its consulate in Istanbul, several media outlets and companies have announced their withdrawal from a major event to be held by the Saudis on October 23-25 — the Future Investment Initiative (FII).

    President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, will not be attending the conference, according to anonymous sources within organization, cited by Reuters. The change of plans was reportedly made due to a scheduling conflict with the event's timing. The sources didn't mention if it was connected to the missing journalist.

    Oct 12 09:17

    Turks Had Saudi Consulate Bugged With Audio: Khashoggi Death Chronology Details Leaked

    In an interesting new revelation the Post speculates based on intel sources that the whole October 2nd incident may have been an attempted "rendition" gone wrong. As more damning evidence emerges showing a Saudi "hit team" of 15 military and intelligence individuals murdered Khashoggi and chopped up his body to carry out of the country, there now appears a strong consensus that the order may have come straight from the top, most likely from crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) himself.

    Middle East Eye, for example, concludes based on WaPo's prior report, "Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler, ordered an operation targeting journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi... citing US intelligence intercepts."

    Oct 12 09:11

    'He was interrogated, tortured and then murdered': Arabic audio handed to the U.S. 'proves Saudi critic WAS killed at consulate before 15-man assassination squad sneaked his body to consul general's home'

    The government in Turkey claims to have evidence that US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi Arabia embassy after the critic of the country went to get a visa for his upcoming wedding.

    He was captured on CCTV footage entering the building in Istanbul October 2 and a source has told The Washington Post he was killed and then dismembered by members of security.

    'The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered,' the insider told the newspaper that Khashoggi, 59, worked for.

    'You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic … You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.'

    Oct 12 08:19

    Trump says hopes to have U.S. pastor Brunson home soon

    President Donald Trump on Friday said he hoped U.S. Christian pastor Andrew Brunson would be home safe soon, shortly after a Turkish court ruled to release him after a two-year detention.

    A Turkish court passed a 3-year and 1-1/2 month sentence on Brunson, who had been charged with terrorism offenses, but said he would not serve any further time because he had already been detained since October 2016.

    Oct 11 07:56

    US Intel Knew Of Saudi Plan To Abduct Missing Journalist; Turkey Releases Footage Of "Hit Team"

    Washington knew... and apparently did nothing, reports Bloomberg based on a bombshell Washington Post report:

    U.S. intelligence services intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Saudi journalist and government critic Jamal Khashoggi, whose disappearance in Turkey last week threatens to damage the warm ties between the kingdom and Washington.

    The Saudis were discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi back to the kingdom, The Washington Post reported, citing a person familiar with the communications, which were intercepted before he vanished. Khashoggi, a columnist for the newspaper, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and is feared to be detained or dead.

    For whatever reason, the Post report buried the lede as the story is headlined simply, Saudis are said to have lain in wait for Jamal Khashoggi.

    Oct 11 07:35

    US ramps up pressure on Saudis over Jamal Khashoggi

    Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance has prompted US senators to launch a probe into Saudi officials. Turkish authorities have accused the Saudis of killing the Washington Post writer at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.

    Oct 11 06:48

    U.S. Intelligence Had A 'Duty To Warn' Khashoggi - Why Didn't That Happen?

    It is beyond doubt that the Saudi government abducted, or killed, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But what did the Trump administration knew about the threat to Khashoggi? Did U.S. intelligence services warn him as their regulations require? Was such a warning blocked by the White House? And what will Trump do about the case?

    The Turkish government published pictures of 15 men who had come from Saudi Arabia and were in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul shortly before Khashoggi visited it to get his divorce papers. They moved Khashoggi to the residence of the consul and later that day flew back on the same two private Saudi jets that had brought them to Istanbul.

    Oct 10 11:12

    Fake News regarding alleged Khashoggi Death Squad Retracted

    Al-Jazeera distances itself from Khashoggi death claims, blames Reuters
    Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera has distanced itself from a news item speculating that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered while visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

    Al-Jazeera Arabic, which had repeated the Reuters story extensively, has acknowledged the claims to be unverified and instead blamed newswire Reuters for the information.

    The Reuters story cited only Turkish sources without naming them or providing any substantial evidence to support Khashoggi’s death claims.

    Oct 10 10:41

    EXCLUSIVE: Missing journalist is ALIVE and being held captive in Saudi Arabia after being spirited out of Turkey in a private jet, claims source close to the kingdom's royal family

    A Washington Post columnist who went missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was spirited out of Turkey in a private jet and held captive in the kingdom where he may still be alive, a source close to its royal family has claimed to DailyMail.com.

    Jamal Khashoggi, a long-standing critic of Saudi Arabia and for the last year a columnist for the Post, has been at the center of international concern that he has been murdered after walking into the consulate in Turkey’s largest city and vanishing.

    Turkish police were allowed into the building on Tuesday, a week after Khashoggi vanished, and said that CCTV footage from inside has gone missing and Turkish staff were abruptly told to take a holiday on the day in question, The Guardian reports.

    Oct 10 09:58

    Evidence of what happened to Jamal Khashoggi exists. It must be released.

    THE DISAPPEARANCE of Jamal Khashoggi remained a mystery on Monday, but unlike many mysteries, it is one that could easily be solved. The Saudi journalist and Post Global Opinions columnist walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul at about 1:30 p.m. last Tuesday, Oct. 2, and has not been seen or heard from since. Turkish government sources are saying he was murdered inside the consulate; Saudi officials are calling that allegation “baseless and ridiculous.” They contend that Mr. Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he arrived.

    If either account is correct, there should be tangible evidence — videos, travel logs and other documents — to back it up. Such evidence should be immediately released. Any delay only magnifies the suffering of Mr. Khashoggi’s family, including the fiancee who waited for him in vain outside the consulate. It compounds the crime of those responsible for his disappearance, who will not succeed in deflecting questions through stonewalling.

    Oct 09 13:29

    Did the Saudis Kidnap and Murder Journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

    Last year, Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia over harsh crackdowns on regime critics. Friction between him and its despotic ruling family surfaced after saying the kingdom should be “nervous about a Trump presidency.”

    He opposed Saudi aggression in Yemen, its unacceptable policies toward Qatar, and harshness against critics.

    Banned from writing and speaking out publicly, he self-exiled himself to America, saying

    “I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice,” adding:

    “To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot.”

    Earlier this year, he said Saudi intellectuals and journalists risk imprisonment for criticizing ruling family policies.

    The State Department was largely silent on Khashoggi’s disappearance, a statement saying it’s aware of reports and seeks more information.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Now you understand why I am worried, that one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salam, and the other is Israel's Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu.

    They are, at the end of the day, birds of a feather.

    Oct 09 11:05

    Erdogan Demands Saudis Produce "Proof" That Missing Journalist Left Consulate Alive As 'Murder' Probe Intensifies

    It has been nearly a week since renowned Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and never walked back out. In the ensuing days, the Western media has become incensed by reports that the Saudis sent a 15-man "hit squad" to the consulate to carry out the "preplanned" torture and murder of Khashoggi. Afterwards, they reportedly dismembered his body and smuggled his remains out of the building, all while Khashoggi's Turkish fiance waited outside in her car. After sending a "security team" to the consulate to look for the missing dissident, Turkish investigators launched an investigation into Khashoogi's disappearance on Friday - an investigation for which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged his "personal involvement".

    Oct 09 10:27

    Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

    Turkey said Tuesday it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance a week ago of a Saudi contributor to the Washington Post.

    The announcement came as a surveillance image surfaced of Jamal Khashoggi walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just before he disappeared.

    Khashoggi, 59, went missing while on a visit to the consulate for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée. He had been living since last year in the United States, in a self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman.

    Turkish officials have said they fear the columnist was killed on the premises of the consulate.

    Oct 08 09:56

    Erdogan Vows Revenge Against Kurds in Iraq, Says He’ll Kill At Least 800: Suggests Turkish forces will move against Sinjar and Qandil

    Speaking at a conference of the ruling AK Party in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed revenge against the Kurdish PKK after a Wednesday attack that killed eight Turkish soldiers in southeastern Turkey.

    Erdogan vowed to avenge the troops by “finishing” Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, saying Turkish forces will “go into their dens” in Sinjar and Qandil, Kurdish areas of Iraq where PKK-aligned fighters are accused of being.

    Erdogan has been threatening to go into Iraq after the PKK for awhile, and suggested this may be coming soon with today’s comments. Iraq has repeatedly warned Turkey against incursions into their territory.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    IF Turkey attacks PKK members inside Iraq, he is going to do it when the country, still reeling from the aftermaths of the US invasion and occupation, massive corruption in the Iraqi government, and a weakened Coalition which has thrust the Iranian cleric, Muktada Al Sad,r into the ascent in Iraqi politics.

    He will also have to pick a time when American politicians are too occupied with their political campaigns for high office to really take note of what is happening internationally.

    It is for these reasons I have shared above, that I think that such an attack might well happen some time before the mid-term election cycle here in the US (November 6th, 2018), as politicians will be too focused about what is going on with their respective campaigns to give a damn about the slaughter happening soon in Iraq.

    Oct 08 08:58

    Erdogan Believes Saudi Arabia Ordered Brutal Killing Of Missing Dissident At Istanbul Consulate

    As we suggested on Saturday, the suspected extrajudicial torture, murder and dismemberment of a Washington Post columnist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is already straining tensions between Riyadh and Ankara. To wit, on Saturday, Turkish prosecutors officially launched an investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, according to Turkey's official Anadolou news agency, after a "Turkish security team" was allowed inside the consulate by Saudis (presumably under the assumption that they would produce a clean bill of health). Meanwhile, a handful of anonymous Turkish officials reportedly tipped off the Washington Post and Reuters about the murder.

    Oct 08 08:09

    Turkey claims Saudi dissident was killed, dismembered inside Saudi consulate

    Turkish government sources have said that a former trusted aide of the Saudi royal family, who was shunned by Riyadh after criticizing Saudi policies, was murdered inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Jamal Khashoggi, 59, is an American-educated former adviser to Saudi royals. He worked for years as an advisor to Prince Turki al-Faisal, one of Saudi Arabia’s most recognizable public figures who represented the Kingdom as ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom. But in 2015, when Mohammad bin Salman, favorite son of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, began to rise through the ranks of the royal family, Khashoggi became sharply critical of changes in the Kingdom’s style of governance. He moved to the United States, from where he began to criticize Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the civil war in Yemen, its support for the repression of political freedoms in Egypt, and other issues.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Note that none of this comes from identifiable resources which wanted to state anything for the record, and there is utterly no evidence to support the possibility that the story is either true, nor untrue.

    But looking at Bin Salman's butchery in Yemen, it is entirely possible this assassination happened, unless and until Khashoggi either presents himself, or the body parts are found, and a decent forensic examination can be done.

    There is enough Turkish/Saudi animosity on a number of levels, and has been for many years; but to spin up a story like this with which to tar the Saudi monarchy?!? One has to wonder.

    Oct 04 07:37

    Turkey tells US to stop their ‘delaying tactic’ in Manbij

    The Spokesperson for the Turkish President, Ibrahim Kalin, said on Wednesday that the U.S. was purposely delaying the implementation of the Manbij roadmap.

    “The delaying tactic started becoming a growing problem. Manbij roadmap should be implemented as soon as possible,” Kalin said.

    Kalin continued that Turkey “can take steps at any time to ensure its national security against terror groups in Syria”.

    Kalin’s comments come just a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted the U.S. over their failure to remove all the YPG elements from Manbij.

    Oct 03 10:10

    US Training Turkish Soldiers for Joint Patrols in Syria

    The US has started training Turkish troops ahead of joint patrols the countries will conduct around the Syrian city of Manbij, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Monday as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan railed against US support for groups he called Kurdish terrorists ? and who are America’s main anti-Daesh partners.

    The city was liberated from Daesh militants in the summer of 2016 by the Kurdish-dominated and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which Turkey considers inextricably linked to militant groups it has designated as terrorists, including the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Turkey.

    The US and Turkey have been independently patrolling the Turkey-Syria border by Manbij. Closing ranks in the effort is intended to prevent the outbreak of any violence between the various factions in the area.

    Oct 02 13:54

    Iraq: A Ticking Time Bomb for Oil Markets

    At the same time that a new Iraqi government is forming, a government that is increasing Iranian influence within Iraq, another election is threatening the country’s stability.

    On Sunday, Kurdistan is voting for a new KRG parliament, a vote that may result in new power brokers in Erbil. The Kurdish elections are hugely significant for the region, as they not only decide who is going to be put forward as the potential president of Iraq, but also reshape the KRG as an entity and its relations not only with Baghdad, but also with Iran and Turkey. A further destabilization of Iraq would be an outcome that most regional players aim to avoid, with the war in Syria and the imminent Iranian sanctions already causing uncertainty.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    When US sanctions start to bite, as of 4 November, the last day President Trump has decreed by which foreign governments can buy Iranian oil, look for oil prices to skyrocket internationally, particularly if the Iraqi oil infrastructure cannot be fixed before then.

    Sep 27 14:00

    Syria in Past 24 Hours: Afrin Residents Fleeing [from] Turkish Troops, Allied Militants' Brutalities

    A large number of civilians started leaving Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo for safer regions after the Turkish army and its allied militants intensified looting people's assets, local sources reported on Wednesday.
    Aleppo

    The sources said that local residents of Afrin have started leaving their regions towards Aleppo city and the regions that are under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as measures done by the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militants have deteriorated security in the region.

    The Ankara forces have continued abduction of people, blackmail, plundering people's assets and damaging civilians' businesses.

    Also in the past 24 hours, more Ankara-backed militants were killed in 3 separate attacks launched by the Kurdish militias in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo on Wednesday.

    The Kurds ambushed a group of Ankara-backed forces along a road to the village of Deir Sawan n Sheran in Afrin, killing 3 militants and seizing their arms and ammunition.

    Sep 27 13:37

    Turkish Air Force launches powerful assault across northern Iraq

    The Turkish Air Force launched a powerful assault across the northern region of Iraq on Wednesday, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces reported this morning.

    The Turkish General Staff tweeted that their warplanes destroyed several targets belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in a number of regions in northern Iraq.

    In particular, the Turkish General Staff said that their warplanes targeted the Hakurk, Avasin-Basyan, Sinath-Haftanin, Metina and Qandil regions of northern Iraq.

    Sep 26 07:20

    Turkey will continue buying gas from Iran despite US sanctions – Erdogan

    Ankara plans to stay committed to its long-term energy-supply deal with Tehran despite Washington’s threats to punish countries that do business with Iran, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

    “We need to be realistic... Am I supposed to let people freeze in winter?... Nobody should be offended. How can I heat my people’s homes if we stop purchasing Iran’s natural gas?” Erdogan said in an exclusive interview with Reuters.

    Sep 25 11:28

    Turkey will release American pastor this month: Pompeo

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he was hopeful Turkey would release this month an American pastor whose detention has rocked relations between the NATO partners.

    "Yes, he could be released this month. He should have been released last month -- and he should be released today, in fact," the top US diplomat told reporters in New York where he is taking part in the UN General Assembly.

    Pompeo reiterated that the United States considers Andrew Brunson, who has been detained for nearly two years on terror charges, to be "wrongfully" held.

    "Pastor Brunson and the other US persons that are being held by Turkey all need to be released by Turkey and that needs to be done immediately," Pompeo said.

    Sep 25 07:59

    ERDOGAN HAS ORDERED TURKISH "OPERATIONS" AGAINST POLITICAL ENEMIES ON US SOIL

    A spokesman for Turkish President Erdogan said during a Friday press conference that "operations" have been ordered against Turkey's political enemies, including those on US soil.

    "Our relevant units and institutions will continue their operations in the countries the FETO operates in whether it be the U.S. or some other country," said spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, describing how Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, MIT, would target followers of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen worldwide.

    "Rest assured that they will feel Turkey breathing down their neck," added Kalin.

    Erdogan has been cracking down on Gulen's network, which is said to be in the millions, while Gulen himself lives in exile in Pennsylvania following the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt that resulted in over 250 deaths and the imprisonment of thousands of suspected dissidents.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Translation; it appears that Edrogan has given his marching orders to his intelligence people to carry out some "wet work" here in the US, meaning assassinations.

    Sep 24 12:42

    Turkish-backed militants accept Idlib deal, but reject disarmament

    Turkish-backed militants have rejected laying down their arms or surrendering the territory under their control in Syria’s Idlib Province after Russia and Turkey said they had agreed to set up a buffer zone in the region.

    In a statement released late Saturday, the so-called National Liberation Front (NLF), an alliance of militant factions supported by Ankara, said it would cooperate with Turkey in Idlib, but ruled out disarming.

    "We will not abandon our weapons, our land or our revolution" against Syrian government forces, the group said.

    Earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and announced an agreement on Idlib which is the last major terrorist-held bastion in Syria.

    Sep 24 10:28

    TURKISH INTEL WILL RUN ‘OPERATIONS’ AGAINST POLITICAL OPPONENTS ON US SOIL, ERDOGAN SPOKESMAN SAYS

    The Turkish government plans to continue “operations,” including in the United States, against supporters of a political opponent of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a top adviser to the Turkish president said Friday.

    Speaking to reporters ahead of Erdogan’s trip this week to the U.N. General Assembly, Ibrahim Kalin said that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization, MIT, would continue targeting supporters of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen across the globe.

    “Our relevant units and institutions will continue their operations in the countries the FETO operates in whether it be the U.S. or some other country,” said Kalin, using an acronym for the pejorative term Fethullah Terrorist Organization to describe Gulen’s network of followers.

    Sep 21 13:13

    Breaking: Intense clashes breakout between Syrian Army and Turkish-backed forces in east Aleppo

    Intense clashes broke-out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed rebels in east Aleppo this evening after a relatively quiet few months.

    According to a military source in Damascus, the intense clashes broke out after the Syrian Arab Army fired a couple of mortar shells towards the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) positions at Al-Bab in east Aleppo.

    In response, the Turkish-backed rebels fired several missiles towards the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the nearby town of Tadef, which is just south of Al-Bab.

    Sep 21 09:18

    Russia-Turkey deal on Idlib only ‘intermediate step’ – Lavrov

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that creation of the demilitarised zone in Syria’s Idlib will prevent the shelling of Syrian troops and the Russian Hmeymim military base, speaking at in Sarajevo on Friday after talks with his Bosnian counterpart Igor Crnadak.

    Lavrov said the agreement on the de-escalation zone between Moscow and Ankara is an just “an intermediate step”, adding that by mid-October all heavy weaponry and the Jabhat al-Nusra militants should be moved out of the area.

    Sep 20 12:15

    Turkish Lira Swings Violently As Erdogan's Economic Plan Spooks Traders

    The Turkish lira swung violently, rising to session highs then slumping 1.5% after Turkey presented its medium term economic plan, which together with last week's massive 625bps rate hike was supposed to restore investor confidence in the country's struggling economy.

    The Turkish Lira first rose 1.9% during the speech delivered by Turkey's finance minister Berat Albayrak in which he revealed targets for growth and inflation that signaled a somewhat realistic assessment of the economy and its outlook, including a current account deficit that was forecast at 3.3% for 2019, a number seen as realistic and a far-cry from some of the wild estimates recently suggested by analysts.

    Sep 20 08:53

    Thousands demonstrate against Turkish military presence in Afrin

    Thousands of people gathered in Kobani in northern Syria on Wednesday to demonstrate against the Turkish military operation in Kurdish-dominated Afrin.

    Protesters marched through the streets carrying the flag of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.

    Sep 19 08:54

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 19, 2018: MILITANTS REJECT DEMILITARIZATION ZONE AGREEMENT IN IDLIB

    An implementation of the demilitarized zone agreement in Idlib reached during face-to-face talks between Russian and Turkish presidents on September 17 has appeared to be not a simple task as it has been pointed out by many experts.

    On September 18, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), the Islamic Turkistan Party, Jaish al-Izza and Hourras Addin refused to respect the agreement and to withdraw its forces and military equipment from the contact line.

    On the same day, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated that work to establish a new security system in the Idlib de-escalation zone had started. He recalled that all heavy weapons have to be withdrawn from the demilitarized zone by October 10 and radical groups have to withdraw their forces by October 15.

    Sep 19 07:54

    What does Russia want in northwest Syria?

    Although it is currently in Russia's interest to de-escalate tensions in Idlib, an attack is still likely.

    After months of heightened tensions in the Syrian province of Idlib, the last stronghold of the Syrian opposition, Russia and Turkey seem to have reached a temporary solution.

    Following a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on September 17 in Sochi, the two countries agreed to create a demilitarised zone 15-20km into opposition-control territories along the de-facto front line by October 15.

    All "radical fighters" are to withdraw from the area and all "heavy weapons, tanks, rocket launchers, guns and mortars" are to be removed. Russian military police and Turkish troops will be patrolling the zone to ensure that all armed groups abide by the agreement. Erdogan and Putin also agreed to open the M4 and M5 highways linking respectively Latakia and Damascus to Aleppo to traffic from regime-held areas by the end of the year.

    Of course, this temporary truce is far from ideal and does not include a roadmap for normalisation of the situation in the province, but it is still better than all the other, more violent, options.

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    Sep 19 05:18

    Mop-up operation in Syria’s Idlib to start in November

    The breakthrough and landmark agreements between Russia and Turkey on Syria’s Idlib, announced by the Kremlin, can be hardly called final, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia) to remain in northern Syria. Experts are convinced that after a demilitarized zone is created around Idlib, irreconcilable militants will be eliminated by the Turkish and Syrian forces with Russia’s support, the paper says. So, the Russian-Turkish agreements on Syria, which were reached in Sochi on Monday, may be considered as intermediate.

    Sep 18 21:47

    Can Russia Survive Her “Partnerships”? Has Putin Made A Strategic Miscalculation?

    Paul Craig Roberts

    In an act of intentional deception, Israel used a Russian airplane to cloak an Israeli attack on a Syrian ground position, with the consequence that Syrian air defense missiles downed the Russian airplane with the lost of 15 Russian military lives.

    One wonders how Israel does it. President Putin covered up for Israel’s destruction of the Russian IL-20 just as President Johnson covered up for Israel’s murderous attack on the USS Liberty that resulted in 208 US Navy casualties. https://www.rt.com/news/438728-putin-israel-syria-plane/ As Israel gets away with everything, including routine massacres of unarmed Palestinian women and children, there is no reason to expect Israel to change its behavior.

    Sep 18 12:22

    The Major Attack On Syria Followed Putin-Erdogan Agreement For Demilitarized Zone In Idlib

    The world once again was taken to the brink of World War 3 Monday night, and the situation is still extremely dangerous. A massive wide-ranging assault on multiple Syrian provinces, including the coastal cities of Latakia and Tartus, occurred Monday evening reportedly by Israel and possibly with the help of France or the US, though the Pentagon is denying any US assistance during the assault.

    With Syrian and Russian air defenses responding during the over hour-long attack which targeted among other things an alleged chemical weapons research center, and in the confusion of missiles cross the sky, a Russian maritime patrol plane was shot down with 14 personnel on board. The Pentagon is claiming it was Syrian defense which "accidentally" downed the plane, while Russia is pointing out its radar observed a French frigate firing in the area just before the plane went down.

    Sep 18 08:50

    BREAKING: TURKEY EMBEDS INTO IDLIB, CEASEFIRE SECURED, INVITES RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPERS

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has just publicly declared that Turkey and Russia have agreed to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib which will have a depth of 15 km, to be ready and in place by October 15th. This is effectively a ceasefire, with Turkish forces and Russian military police that will conduct joint patrols towards the de-escalation in Idlib.

    Russia’s Defence Minister Shoigu has just publicly stated: there will be no military operation in Idlib.

    FRN previously raised the possibility of Turkey securing Idlib on its own, then working towards using this possibly to acquire territory or make a better deal with Russia. It appears the second has happened, as we forecasted. Our general operating thesis that ‘things are never as they appear’ was confirmed as well.

    Sep 18 08:47

    Iraq to Deploy More Troops to Turkey Border

    Repeated cross-border incursions by Turkish forces into northern Iraq, generally under the pretext of attacking Kurds, have sparked a reaction from Iraq’s Abadi government, which has issued multiple orders for more troops to be deployed into the border area to stop such incursions.

    The goal of these orders appears to be to prevent ground incursions, though most Turkish raids into Iraqi Kurdistan involve warplanes.Prime Minister Abadi has ordered the foreign ministry to document such incidents and forward them to the UN.

    This has been a recurring problem since the 2003 US invasion and occupation of Iraq. The Turkish government has felt itself totally justified to cross into northern Iraq to “fight terror,” and willing to label most any Kurdish group as a terrorist organization.

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