Turkey : Part Four

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby burien1 on Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:41 pm

Gruesome ! Risky job being a reporter in that part of the world. :( :shark:
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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:36 am

Crown prince sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him, U.S. intercepts show
By Shane Harris October 10 at 8:16 PM

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him, according to U.S. intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan.

The intelligence, described by U.S. officials familiar with it, is another piece of evidence implicating the Saudi regime in Khashoggi’s disappearance last week after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials say that a Saudi security team lay in wait for the journalist and killed him.

Khashoggi was a prominent critic of the Saudi government and Mohammed in particular. Several of Khashoggi’s friends said that over the past four months, senior Saudi officials close to the crown prince had called Khashoggi to offer him protection, and even a high-level job working for the government, if he returned to his home country.

Khashoggi, however, was skeptical of the offers. He told one friend that the Saudi government would never make good on its promises not to harm him....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:38 am

burien1 wrote:Gruesome ! Risky job being a reporter in that part of the world. :( :shark:


Depends on whether the reporter reports favorably or not.

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:24 am

Turkey has 'shocking' audio and visual evidence of Saudi journalist's murder
By Bard Wilkinson, Nic Robertson and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
Updated 6:56 AM ET, Fri October 12, 2018

(CNN)Turkish authorities have audio and visual evidence that shows journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul just over a week ago, a source familiar with the ongoing investigation told CNN.

The source, who was briefed by a Western intelligence agency, says the evidence showed there had been an assault and a struggle inside the consulate. There is also evidence of the moment that Khashoggi was killed, the source said.

The foreign intelligence service was shocked by the nature of the evidence, provided in a briefing from Turkish officials, the source told CNN....

Snip... International pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi, a former Saudi royal insider who became a critic of the regime and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:26 am

What is the Global Magnitsky Act, and why are U.S. senators invoking this on Saudi Arabia?
By Jordan Tama October 12 at 7:00 AM

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, prompting widespread rumors that the Saudi government is behind his disappearance. A bipartisan group of 11 Democratic and 11 Republican senators sent a letter to President Trump this week, calling for an investigation and a determination of whether to impose sanctions on foreign government officials because of Khashoggi’s reported disappearance, “including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia.”

The letter, signed by all but one member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was drafted pursuant to a 2016 law — the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act — that requires the president to decide within 120 days whether to impose the requested sanctions....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:33 am

Trump administration cautiously optimistic that pastor held in Turkey will be freed
By Karen DeYoung and Carol D. Leonnig October 11 at 2:19 PM

The Trump administration is cautiously optimistic that an American cleric who has been held in Turkey for the past
two years on espionage and ­terrorism-related charges will be released soon after a court hearing Friday, according to U.S. officials and people close to the case.

In a negotiated deal that includes the lifting of U.S. sanctions — both threatened and implemented — against Turkey, charges against the Rev. Andrew Brunson are to be reduced to allow him to be sentenced to time already served, or to be allowed to serve any remaining sentence in the United States.

Snip... The return of Brunson, whose case has been an intense focus of Trump’s evangelical political base, would be a major victory for the president. The administration would likely cast it as proof of the wisdom of his hard-line stance against Turkey, a NATO ally, and his commitment to protecting besieged Christians around the world....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:11 am

Trump to host American pastor freed by Turkey
BY JORDAN FABIAN - 10/12/18 05:10 PM EDT 197

President Trump on Friday hailed the release of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who was being held by the Turkish government, saying Brunson would visit the Oval Office on Saturday.

"I hear he's in very good shape," Trump told reporters traveling with him in Ohio, where he is attending campaign events. “We’re very honored to have him back with us. He suffered greatly.”

The Trump administration had long pushed the Turkish government to release Brunson, who was imprisoned in October 2016 during a crackdown following a coup attempt....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:12 am

Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say
By Clarissa Ward and Tim Lister, CNN Updated 6:26 PM ET, Mon October 15, 2018

Ankara, Turkey (CNN)The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey, according to two sources.

One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible.

One of the sources acknowledged that the report is still being prepared and cautioned that things could change....

Snip... Earlier Monday, President Donald Trump suggested that "rogue killers" could be behind Khashoggi's disappearance, after a phone call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the case. Trump said King Salman told him "in a very firm way that they had no knowledge of it."...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:34 am

Saudi Arabia's sloppy Khashoggi response may force Trump's hand towards punishment
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President Donald Trump will meet his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a full report on his crisis-response visits to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to craft the US response to the suspected murder of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.

Anonymous Turkish officials have leaked increasingly gruesome details of Khashoggi's alleged murder, implicating the Saudi state, to pro-government press and US publications.

But while these officials claim to have audio recordings of the murder, they have not shared them with the US and instead chose to leak them to the press.

Saudi Arabia remains widely suspected of murdering Khashoggi, and has only offered flat denials and access to the sites of interest after long delays and some visible preparation.

Trump explicitly does not want to harm the relationship with Saudi Arabia which he credits with creating jobs. But as global pressure mounts, his hand may be forced....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:01 am

WORLD NEWSOCTOBER 19, 2018 / 4:32 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO
As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king asserts authority, checks son's power: sources

DUBAI (Reuters) - So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said.

Last Thursday, Oct. 11, the king dispatched his most trusted aide, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, to Istanbul to try to defuse the crisis.

World leaders were demanding an explanation and concern was growing in parts of the royal court that the king’s son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to whom he has delegated vast powers, was struggling to contain the fallout, the sources said.

During Prince Khaled’s visit, Turkey and Saudi Arabia agreed to form a joint working group to investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance. The king subsequently ordered the Saudi public prosecutor to open an inquiry based on its findings.

“The selection of Khaled, a senior royal with high status, is telling as he is the king’s personal adviser, his right hand man and has had very strong ties and a friendship with (Turkish President) Erdogan,” said a Saudi source with links to government circles....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:53 am

The Geopolitics of Khashoggi Murder

Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com)

17 October 2018

The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security goons in their own consulate in Istanbul has riveted global attention like few other recent stories. Not surprisingly, the lurid descriptions of this single sensational case have far greater impact on public perceptions than the deaths of some ten thousand Yemenis—mostly civilians— in Saudi Arabia’s military operations in Yemen—facilitated by Washington and London.

Simultaneously we have the theatrical spectacle of the Erdogan government in Turkey releasing in tantalizing dribs and drabs the apparently documented details of the horrors of Khashoggi’s torture, murder and dismemberment, keeping the story alive. All of this skillfully escalates public revulsion and places Saudi Arabia and its impetuous crown prince Muhammad bin Salman (MbS) into a stark spotlight before the world. Saudi Arabia has many enemies in this world; the chickens are coming home to roost.

But what is really going on here? What is Turkey up to? ...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:59 am

Opinion
What Is Turkey’s Game?
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees the Jamal Khashoggi case as a chance to hobble Saudi Arabia, a regional and religious rival.

By The Editorial Board
The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. Oct. 23, 2018

Turkey has furthered the cause of justice by refusing to let Saudi Arabia evade responsibility for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist.

The steady drip of reports from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government-controlled news media over the past three weeks, exposing grisly details of the killing, has drawn the world’s attention to the ruthlessness of the kingdom’s young crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, even as the Trump administration gave every sign of longing to look away.

On Tuesday, Mr. Erdogan again drew the world’s eyes to this atrocity by addressing the issue at length for the first time, in a speech to members of his party....

Snip... That could leave room for Turkey and Saudi Arabia to engineer a deal. “He’s just bargaining and increasing the price,” one diplomat said of Mr. Erdogan....

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**** Pallets of money would solve a lot of Turkey's economic problems I would think. Disguised as cultural support of course. D. ****

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:04 am

RUSSIA AND TURKEY PROMISE TO DEFY DONALD TRUMP'S IRAN SANCTIONS
BY JASON LEMON ON 11/6/18 AT 12:47 PM

Turkey and Russia have both blasted President Donald Trump’s latest round of sanctions against Iran, promising to find ways to defy the punitive financial measures.

"We will not obey such sanctions,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, adding that his government saw Washington’s move as “violating the global balance," Russian news agency Tass reported. The Turkish leader underscored that the sanctions "contradict the norms of international law” and he did not wish "to live in an imperialistic world.”

Voicing similar sentiments, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pledged on Tuesday that Moscow would find ways to circumvent the sanctions and continue financial ties with Tehran. The top Russian diplomat also called Washington’s sanctions "unacceptable methods,” The Moscow Times reported....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:55 am

November 15, 2018, 9:06 PM
State Department says U.S. is evaluating Turkish materials on Fethullah Gulen

The State Department on Thursday said the U.S. is reviewing materials presented by the Turkish government, amid a report that the U.S. is exploring the possibility of removing an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S.

NBC News reported Thursday that the Trump administration is looking for ways to remove Turkish religious scholar Fethullah Gulen as a way to placate Turkey over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, citing two senior U.S. officials and two others briefed on the requests. NBC reported the consideration includes directions to the Justice Department and FBI to reopen an extradition case. The Turkish government blames Gulen for a bloody July 2016 coup in Turkey.

"The NSC has not been involved in nor aware of any discussions relating the extradition of Fethullah Gulen to the death of Jamal Khashoggi," a spokesperson for the National Security Council told CBS News....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:54 am

Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey
BY TAL AXELROD - 11/16/18 09:30 PM EST

Members of the Trump administration are pushing back on a report that the White House was seeking ways to extradite a critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in an effort to get Turkey to ease pressure on Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

An NBC News report on Thursday said that the Trump White House had directed the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI to reexamine a request from Turkey to extradite U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Gülen, who has been in the United States since 1999 and resides in Pennsylvania, is wanted in Turkey over claims he was involved in a failed coup against Erdoğan's government in 2016.

Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas Oxman told Reuters on Friday that the DOJ “has not been involved in nor aware of any discussions” regarding Gülen's extradition....

Snip... The CIA has reportedly concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing, contradicting denials from the kingdom....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Ready1 on Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:36 pm

Didn't Turkey demand Gulen's extradition long before the failed coup?
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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:02 am

Ready1 wrote:Didn't Turkey demand Gulen's extradition long before the failed coup?


Demand ? I don't think so. However, when the relationship broke up, in '13 I think, Erdogan began his 'quest' to discredit him and seek his return for his apparent crimes against the state, and people. The coup was a great excuse for him to use, as Gulen's influence was still relatively high within sections of the govt, and the people too.

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:37 am

CIA has recording of bin Salman giving instructions to 'silence Jamal Khashoggi', Turkish media reports
Josie Ensor, middle east correspondent
22 NOVEMBER 2018 • 11:31AM

The CIA has a recording of a phonecall in which Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave instructions to "silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible", a Turkish news website has reported.

Gina Haspel, CIA director, is said to have revealed the existence of a wiretapped call between Prince Mohammed and his brother Khaled bin Salman, who is Saudi’s ambassador to the US, to Turkish officials during a visit to Ankara last month, according to Hurriyet.

“It is said that the crown prince gave an instruction to silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible and this instruction was captured during the CIA wiretapping,” Hurriyet columnist Abdulkadir Selvi wrote on Thursday. “The subsequent murder is the ultimate confirmation of this instruction.”

The brothers are reportedly heard talking about the "discomfort" caused by the Washington Post columnist's criticism of the kingdom's administration....

Snip... The Turkish media has published a drip-drip of leaks of information since the news of the Khashoggi’s death in early October, designed to put pressure on both Riyadh and the US to respond....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:42 am

Can Turkey trigger international probe into Khashoggi's murder? Inside Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z3OhNkTXYA

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:42 am

Russia, Turkey and Iran hold talks on Syria in Astana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o56t9sQni0U

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Ready1 on Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:48 am

Turkey expanding military operation in northern Syria: Erdogan


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will start a military operation east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria in a "few days".

The operation, announced on Wednesday, could further complicate already strained relations with the United States, which has troops stationed in the area currently controlled by Kurdish forces.

"We will start the operation to clear the east of the Euphrates from separatist terrorists in a few days. Our target is never US soldiers," Erdogan said in a speech televised live.

"This step will allow for the path to a political solution to be opened and for healthier cooperation."


https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/ ... 525008.htm
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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:24 am

Ready1, your link is broken.

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:49 am

Another source ...

December 13 2018 09:51:04
US voices 'grave concern' over Turkey's planned Syria operation

The United States has voiced "grave concern" over a military operation planned by Turkey in northeastern Syria.

"Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as U.S. personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern," said Pentagon Spokesman Cmdr. Sean Robertson on Dec. 12. "We would find any such actions unacceptable."

He said "coordination and consultation between the U.S. and Turkey is the only approach to address issues of security concern in this area."

The U.S. military is committed to working closely with the Turkish military to boost cooperation and coordination, said Robertson, adding "uncoordinated military operations" will undermine that shared interest....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Ready1 on Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:46 pm

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:13 am

Syria endgame: Turkish tactics, American disarray
Erdogan knows he represents the “last bastion of the Muslim Brotherhood,” which he has declared as “the sole hope for the Sunni world.”
Sunday 16/12/2018

“East of Euphrates” has become the newest term in the rough and tumble between Turkey and the United States. It signals a dramatic change in the Syrian endgame. The countdown is on for the American presence in north-eastern Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced an imminent incursion into Syria. It was apparently said in retaliation for a Pentagon announcement on the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia. The Pentagon has said that up to 40,000 YPG personnel would work with US troops in the battle against the Islamic State (ISIS) and other jihadist groups in the region.

Erdogan was clearly angered by the increase. He said the US-Kurdish alliance should cease immediately....

Snip... Erdogan, who is ambitious about expanding his power at home and abroad, will try to push Washington into a corner. For Putin, this is an excellent gambit. The stage is perfectly set....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:39 am

Russia, Turkey and Iran reach agreement on Syria committee
UN says Moscow rejected five names its envoy wanted included in proposed panel
Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor Tue 18 Dec 2018 12.03 EST Last modified on Tue 18 Dec 2018 14.40 EST

The three self-appointed guarantors of the Syrian peace process – Russia, Turkey and Iran – have spurned efforts by the UN to change the composition of a committee due to write a new constitution for the country.

The 150-strong committee, due to start work next year, could pave the way for UN-supervised elections and a possible peace process that would encourage millions of refugees to return to their homeland.

The agreement on the committee’s formation was formally reached by the three countries on Tuesday in Geneva and the proposals passed to the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, for his endorsement and for consideration by the UN security council on Thursday.

The Geneva agreement was signed off by the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, and Iran’s Javad Zarif, underlining how the west has lost control of the Syrian crisis to the trio of countries in the so-called Astana Group....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:15 am

Trump orders full withdrawal of US troops from Syria | Al Jazeera English

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quaNR9YnlZE

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:45 am

Turkey's Erdogan calls for renewed peace efforts in Syria
By Gul Tuysuz, CNN
Updated 2:25 PM ET, Thu December 20, 2018

Istanbul (CNN)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an increase in efforts to establish peace in Syria after meeting his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Thursday.

Their talks came a day after US President Donald Trump announced that he was ordering staff to execute the "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of US military from Syria, declaring that the US has defeated ISIS.

"We must intensify our efforts to establish peace in Syria that embraces all Syrians," Erdogan said at a joint press conference with Rouhani in Ankara....

Snip... Turkey is "deepening [its] cooperation with Iran," Erdogan said, as he reiterated that his country does not support the United States' sanctions on Iran....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Ready1 on Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:10 am

The players continue to consolidate....
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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:40 am

Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held Syrian town
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIRUT — Dec 23, 2018, 9:15 AM ET

Turkey is massing troops near a town in northern Syria held by a U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led force, a war monitor and Turkish media said Sunday.

The buildup comes even though Turkey said it would delay a promised offensive in eastern Syria in the wake of U.S. decisions to withdraw its troops.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to dislodge the Kurdish fighters, who Turkey views as an extension of the insurgency within its borders. The U.S. had partnered with the Syrian Kurdish militia to drive out the Islamic State group since 2014. But the partnership had soured relations between Ankara and Washington....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Dec 25, 2018 7:23 am

Netanyahu, Erdogan Feud as Confrontations With Iran Threaten
By Selcan Hacaoglu December 24, 2018, 4:13 AM PST

Calling each other “baby killer” and “antisemitic dictator” might not be the best way to join forces against a shared threat, but that’s the level of discourse between Turkey and Israel these days.

Both countries stand to lose from the anticipated widening of Iranian influence in Syria after U.S. President Donald Trump announced last week he was pulling American forces out of that country. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reignited a war of words against Israel and its army’s treatment of the Palestinians over the weekend, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasn’t left wanting.

“You are the voice of the oppressor, you are waging state terrorism,” Erdogan said of Netanyahu in a speech in Istanbul on Sunday. “You are kicking women and children as your police drag them.” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu ratcheted things up on Monday, calling Netanyahu a “baby killer.”...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:44 am

Now Russia warns Turkey to stay OUT of Syria and let Assad take back areas vacated by Trump's withdrawal of US troops as Erdogan's forces prepare attack
By AP and JULIAN ROBINSON FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 06:42 EST, 27 December 2018 | UPDATED: 07:16 EST, 27 December 2018

Russia has told Turkey to let the Syrian government take back areas vacated by US troops with Ankara preparing to clear Kurdish fighters from a town in the war-torn country.

The Kremlin's Foreign Ministry said it expects the territory to be handed to Assad's forces after US president Donald Trump announced a pullout from the country last week - a move that surprised allies and sparked the resignation of two of his top aides.

Turkey has said it is working with Washington to coordinate the withdrawal of US forces but remains 'determined' to clear US-allied Kurdish fighters from Manbij in northern Syria. Pictures have emerged today showing Turkish armoured military vehicles and troop carriers being dispatched to the border with Syria.

However, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's troops and Russian forces have also started deploying to the front lines around the town....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:57 am

US officials to visit Turkey over Gulen extradition request
Turkey says Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the US since 1999, planned the 2016 coup attempt.
by Andrew Wilks 2 Jan 2019

Ankara, Turkey - A team of US officials is due to arrive in Ankara on Thursday for a visit that Turkey hopes will pave the way for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a former imam it accuses of orchestrating a coup attempt.

Turkey says Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the US since 1999, masterminded the 2016 attempted coup that led to the deaths of more than 250 people.

Prior to the failed putsch, Gulen's movement placed supporters within the Turkish state apparatus, particularly the judiciary and police, from where it attacked its opponents, including a 2013 corruption investigation that targeted figures close to then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:16 am

Bolton heads to Turkey to hammer out a deal for Syria's Kurds
US National Security adviser to seek assurances from Ankara for Kurds inside Syria as part of troop withdrawal plan.
by Andrew Wilks 3 hours ago

Ankara, Turkey - US National Security Adviser John Bolton arrives in Turkey on Monday to try to hammer out a deal for Syria's Kurds as the United States prepares a military withdrawal from the country.

Bolton will touch down in the Turkish capital, Ankara, where he will be joined by US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, having stated the US pullout is conditional on defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as well as Turkish assurances on the security of the US's Kurdish militia allies.

President Donald Trump's December 19 announcement of the withdrawal of 2,000 troops from Syria has heightened expectations that Turkey could launch a military operation targeting the People's Protection Units (YPG), which has spearheaded the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against ISIL....

Snip... "The US finds itself in an unsustainable position, which was set to happen the moment it chose to arm the PKK's Syria offshoot," said Meral....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:05 am

Trump threatens Turkey with economic devastation
By QUINT FORGEY 01/13/2019 08:34 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Sunday vowed to “devastate Turkey economically” should the Turkish military attack U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters — a rare direct threat by Trump to a NATO ally as his administration grapples with the execution of its plan to withdraw American soldiers from Syria.

“Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions,” Trump tweeted. “Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone....”

The president also wrote online: “....Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey. Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term U.S. policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies. We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home. Stop the ENDLESS WARS!”...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:15 am

White House scrambles to repair rift with Turkey after Trump's threat to 'devastate' ally's economy
Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY Published 3:10 p.m. ET Jan. 14, 2019 | Updated 4:47 p.m. ET Jan. 14, 2019

WASHINGTON – The White House scrambled on Monday to repair a growing rift between the United States and Turkey after President Donald Trump threatened to "devastate" the longtime U.S. ally's economy in a Twitter post.

Trump's warning came on Sunday night in a tweet that seemed to catch even his closest advisers off-guard.

"Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds," Trump wrote on the social media site. He also suggested the U.S. would create a "20 mile safe zone" in Syria to protect the Kurds, though the president did not elaborate....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:20 am

Erdogan: Turkey to set up 'security zone' in Syria
President's remarks come after a 'quite positive' phone call with Donald Trump over the situation in war-torn Syria.
3 hours ago

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would set up a security zone in northern Syria as suggested by US President Donald Trump as both leaders sought to ease growing tensions.

Addressing his deputies on Tuesday, Erdogan said he held a "quite positive" telephone conversation with Trump late on Monday where he reaffirmed "a 20-mile [32-km] security zone along the Syrian border ... will be set up by us".

Erdogan said he viewed the planned security zone in Syria positively and added its range may be extended further.

Erdogan, Trump consider setting up 'security zone' in Syria
The president added he and Trump reached "a historic understanding" during the phone call, but Erdogan didn't elaborate....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:59 am

LINDSEY GRAHAM TRAVELS TO TURKEY AFTER CRITICIZING DONALD TRUMP'S DECISION TO LEAVE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS TO ERDOGAN
BY CRISTINA MAZA ON 1/18/19 AT 3:37 PM

Lindsey Graham Suggests Trump's Syria Withdrawal Announcement Led To Manbij Attack

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham traveled to Turkey via a commercial airline during the government shutdown as lawmakers in Washington debated Turkey’s role in the ongoing war in Syria. Graham met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday, reportedly to discuss the war in Syria and the proposal to create a “safe zone” in northeastern Syria.

Graham has been critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and allow Turkey to take the reigns in the fight against the Islamic State. On Wednesday, Graham used the hearing for attorney general nominee William Barr to criticize Trump’s plan for Syria.

“I hope the president would look long and hard about what we’re doing in Syria,” Graham said shortly after it was revealed that three U.S. soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb in Syria, for which the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) claimed responsibility....

Snip... “The strategic consequences of Trump’s decision are already playing out: The more Turkey expands its reach in Syria, the faster our Arab partners in the region move toward Damascus. It’s not a coincidence that Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates reopened embassies there shortly after Trump said we were leaving,” he wrote....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:11 am

What to expect as Putin and Erdogan discuss Syria's war?
US troop withdrawal, a security buffer zone, and hardline fighters' control of Idlib province high on the agenda.
by Umut Uras 2 hours ago

The leaders of Turkey and Russia hold talks on Wednesday against the backdrop of the planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria, a proposed security zone in the north and the security situation in a rebel-held stronghold.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss the complex situation in Syria, as the nearly eight-year conflict winds down and various players - including numerous armed groups - seek to gain control of territory.

Turkey is seeking a 30-km long buffer zone along its border with Syria to contain a US-allied Kurdish militia that it considers a terrorist group.

Sinan Ulgen, a political analyst and former Turkish diplomat, told Al Jazeera the Putin-Erdogan meeting is key for the two countries to draw a roadmap on cooperation in war-torn Syria following the planned pullout of about 2,000 American forces....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:30 am

Analysis: Russia and Turkey's powerplay in Syria | Al Jazeera English

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRcapaXaZ64

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:34 am

‘DEAR FRIENDS’ PUTIN AND ERDOGAN MAKE JOINT PLANS FOR SYRIA FOLLOWING TRUMP WITHDRAWAL ANNOUNCEMENT
BY CRISTINA MAZA ON 1/24/19 AT 12:24 PM

Weeks after President Donald Trump announced that he would pull all U.S. troops out of Syria, the leaders of Russia and Turkey sat down to make their own plans for the country that would exclude the U.S.

"Cooperation between Russia and Turkey is a touchstone for Syrian peace and stability," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a joint press conference after a three-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. “With our Russian friends we intend to strengthen our coordination even more."

Putin and Erdogan both called each other “dear friend” during the press conference, and emphasized the solidarity between their nations.

It is unclear what their cooperation will look like, since Russia supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Turkey would like to see Assad removed from power. Nevertheless, the two leaders hinted that they had discussed the coordination of ground troops and the fate of Idlib, where an al-Qaeda affiliate recently seized control....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:09 am

Erdogan Faces Syria Choice as Putin Revives 21-Year-Old Treaty
By Taylan Bilgic January 25, 2019, 4:59 AM PST

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested a long-forgotten security treaty between Turkey and Syria should be resuscitated, effectively pressing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to cooperate with the regime in Damascus that he opposes.

A 1998 agreement between Turkey and Syria “that deals specifically with the fight against terrorism” remains in force, Putin told reporters in Moscow after Kremlin talks with Erdogan on Wednesday. The accord “covers many issues relating to ensuring Turkey’s security on its southern borders” that he and Erdogan discussed, Putin said.

The agreement gives Turkey’s military the right to intervene in Syria, Erdogan said Friday in the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum. Turkey expects a “safe zone” to be established in northern Syria within a few months to deter Kurdish fighters once U.S. forces complete a pullout from the area, and “we will not wait indefinitely for promises to be kept,” he said....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:55 am

Damascus condemns Turkish presence in north as breach of deal
Damascus says Turkey's presence in Syria breaches 1998 Adana deal, but Ankara insists deal gives it right to intervene.
19 hours ago

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has condemned Turkey's military presence in northern Syria as a violation of a 1998 protocol between the two countries.

On Saturday, the foreign ministry in Damascus accused Ankara of repeatedly breaching the Adana deal throughout Syria's eight-year war.

"Since 2011, the Turkish regime has violated and continues to violate this agreement," a ministry source said, quoted by state news agency SANA.

The source accused Turkey of "supporting terrorists", using the government's term for both Turkish-backed rebels and other armed groups including former al-Qaeda affiliate Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

It said Ankara was breaching the deal through "occupying Syrian territory via terrorist organisations linked to it or directly via Turkish military forces"....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:34 am

Southern EU Summit sends strong message to Turkey
SEUS called on Turkey to effectively implement Readmission Agreement and normalise relations with Republic of Cyprus.
by Linah Alsaafin 21 hours ago

Nicosia, Cyprus - President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has called on Turkey to meet its obligations and recognise Cyprus as a sovereign state.

Speaking after the fifth Southern European Union Summit (SEUS) drew to a close at the Filoxenia Conference Centre on Tuesday, Anastasiades also backed the resumption of talks with the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus under a UN-supported reunification plan, adding that a result that unites both Greek and Turkish Cypriots would be beneficial to the island.

"What we look forward to is to achieve a solution that will be functional so that it will be viable, always on the basis of the resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations," he said.

The president also pointed out "the need for Turkey to fulfil all its obligations toward Cyprus, including cooperation as well as effective implementation of the Readmission Agreement with the European Union, without discriminations"....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:52 am

Treasury to Take Over Turkey’s Largest Listed Bank, Erdogan Says
By Firat Kozok and Asli Kandemir February 5, 2019, 1:47 AM PST Updated on February 5, 2019, 5:44 AM PST

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan escalated his campaign to seize the nation’s largest listed lender, Turkiye Is Bankasi A.S., calling for a parliamentary vote on the takeover.

Shares of the lender, which is part owned by the main opposition party, tumbled after Erdogan told lawmakers from his ruling AK party in Ankara on Tuesday that “Isbank will become the property of the Treasury, with the permission of God.”

With the financial sector reeling from mounting bad debts and the onset of a recession, a political melee over Isbank before municipal elections in March risks further rattling investors. Isbank shares fell almost 7 percent, their steepest decline since a market rout in August 2018.

"Inevitably financial markets will be nervous to this kind of ’interventionist’ news in the run up to the local elections at the end of March," said Nigel Rendell, a London-based senior analyst at Medley Global Advisors.

It’s not the first time Erdogan has mingled a desire to expand his power over the financial system with an election campaign. Before last year’s presidential vote, he pledged to take greater control of monetary policy, helping trigger a crisis in the lira....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:09 am

China retaliates after Turkey's claims about Abdurehim Heyit
1 hour ago

A screenshot of the footage appearing to show Mr Heyit
China has railed at Turkish claims it is mistreating its Uighur minority, after a dispute about the fate of a prominent musician.

Turkey cited reports Abdurehim Heyit had died in a detention camp, and called China's treatment of the Uighurs a "great embarrassment for humanity".

China then released a video allegedly showing Mr Heyit alive.

The Uighurs are a Muslim minority in north-western China who speak a language closely related to Turkish.

They have come under intense surveillance by the authorities and up to a million Uighurs are reportedly being detained. A significant number of Uighurs have fled to Turkey from China in recent years.

China has asked Turkey to revoke its "false" claims. A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said the musician was "very healthy".

"We hope the relevant Turkish persons can distinguish between right and wrong and correct their mistakes," spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.

What is in the video?...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:20 am

Russia, Turkey, Iran see US pullout from Syria as positive step
Published on Feb 14, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM4JUix1QSU

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:36 am

WARNING TO TRUMP: Iran leader GLOATS with Putin and Erdogan as US pulls out of Syria
IRAN, Russia and Turkey’s leaders welcomed Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria as “a positive step” after they met to decide the future of the war-stricken country.
By ALICE SCARSI PUBLISHED: 11:48, Fri, Feb 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 12:04, Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian and Turkish counterparts in the southern city of Sochi, where they had “constructive and business-like” talks regarding Syria on Thursday. And in the joint press conference, Mr Putin said Washington’s decision of recalling the 2,000 US soldiers currently in northeastern Syria was “a positive step that would help stabilise the situation in this region, where ultimately the legitimate government should re-establish control”. But, he added, he hasn’t seen so far any movement in Syria signalling Mr Trump’s promises will be fulfilled.

The press conference was followed by a series of pictures to mark the talks, where the leaders were portrayed shacking hands and gloating.

Mr Putin, who is Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad’s closest ally, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, are now the major players in the country, torn by eight years of war which between 2011 and 2016 had already killed more than 400,000 people, according to the United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria.

The meeting led to “strengthened cooperation” in the Astana framework, a process initiated by the three countries in 2017 to support the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 demanding a ceasefire in Syria....

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