Turkey : Part Four

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Postby Exit40 on Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:19 am

Turkish Aggression Is NATO’s ‘Elephant in the Room’
Despite being a NATO member, Turkey has bought Russian air defense. And a recent push into Libya and its energy ambitions nearly led to armed conflicts with France and Greece.
By Steven Erlanger Aug. 3, 2020

BRUSSELS — The warships were escorting a vessel suspected of smuggling weapons into Libya, violating a United Nations arms embargo. Challenged by a French naval frigate, the warships went to battle alert. Outnumbered and outgunned, the French frigate withdrew.

But this mid-June naval showdown in the Mediterranean was not a confrontation of enemies. The antagonists were France and Turkey, fellow members of NATO, sworn to protect one another.

A similarly hostile encounter between Turkey and a fellow NATO member happened just two weeks ago, when Turkish warplanes buzzed an area near the Greek island of Rhodes after Greek warships went on alert over Turkey’s intent to drill for undersea natural gas there.

Turkey — increasingly assertive, ambitious and authoritarian — has become “the elephant in the room” for NATO, European diplomats say. But it is a matter, they say, that few want to discuss.

A NATO member since 1952, Turkey is too big, powerful and strategically important — it is the crossroads of Europe and Asia — to allow an open confrontation, alliance officials suggest....

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Postby Seeker on Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:43 am

Huge explosions rock Lebanon capital Beirut with widespread damage, injuries
By Bassem Mroue

BEIRUT -- A massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital.

Lebanese Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh said there were dead and wounded, but did not have an exact figure, just saying there were hundreds of casualties.

A civil defense official on the scene of the blast said his men had evacuated dozens to hospitals and that there were still bodies inside the port, many of them under debris."............

https://abc7.com/beirut-explosion-in-to ... b/6353080/


******Check out the video was a huge explosion. The shock wave is really scary. Hoping it wasn't a tactical nuke******

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Postby Seeker on Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:17 pm

They are saying the explosion was a fireworks factory thank goodness. Many people speculating it was a small nuke which was my first thought seeing it but both Lebanon and Israel saying Israel had nothing to do with it. So glad to hear that but man a huge explosion for sure. About wiped the port out it looks like.

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Postby Seeker on Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:34 pm

Trump says Beirut explosion was caused by a 'bomb of some kind'
Hunter WalkerWhite House Correspondent,Yahoo News•August 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — At a coronavirus briefing on Tuesday evening, President Trump said an explosion that rocked Beirut earlier in the day was caused by a “bomb of some kind.”

Officials in Lebanon had previously stated the blast came from a large quantity of explosive materials that were being held in a warehouse, but Trump, citing conversations with top U.S. military personnel, characterized the explosion as an “attack.”

“I’ve met with some of our great generals and they seem to feel that it was — this was not some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of event — this was a — seems to be, according to them they would know better than I would — but they seem to think it was an attack,” Trump said. “It was a bomb of some kind.”.....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Seeker on Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:27 am

Looks like it may have been a missile attack in Beirut. Check out this infarred video of the explosion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz7_uQvHcZU

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Postby Exit40 on Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:12 am

Seeker wrote:Looks like it may have been a missile attack in Beirut. Check out this infarred video of the explosion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz7_uQvHcZU

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I'm betting this is photo shopped. A missile would show up on radar, would have been blamed on Israel already. No matter who fired it.

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Seeker on Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:27 am

I sort of wondered that as well but with Trump saying his military people said it was a bomb of some sort makes me wonder.

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:35 am

Turkey denounces maritime deal between Greece, Egypt
Foreign ministry declares the agreement 'null and void', stressing that Greece and Egypt have no mutual sea border.
6 hours ago

Turkey has slammed a "so-called agreement" between Greece and Egypt on an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The Turkish foreign ministry in a statement on Thursday declared the deal "null and void", adding Greece and Egypt have no mutual sea border.

The area is located on Turkey's continental shelf, as reported to the United Nations, the ministry said....

Snip... Turkey will not allow any activity in these areas and will continue to resolutely defend its legitimate rights and interests in the eastern Mediterranean as well as those of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, it added....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Seeker on Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:38 am

Beirut explosion highlights danger of Hezbollah’s guided munitions
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN AUGUST 6, 2020 16:02

The terrorist group also has a special terminal at the Beirut Port where it regularly unloads weapons that are shipped to Lebanon from Iran, the ‘Post’ has learned.....

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/beiru ... ons-637629
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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:26 am

A century-old treaty haunts the Mediterranean
By Ishaan Tharoor
August 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. PDT

A hundred years ago, French, British and Italian officials convened in a famous porcelain factory southwest of Paris to carve up the Ottoman Empire. The Treaty of Sèvres, signed Aug. 10, 1920, concluded months of fitful negotiations among the victors of World War I and paved the way for the remaking of the modern Middle East. It imposed terms on the defeated Ottomans widely seen as even more punitive than the measures dictated to Germany by the Treaty of Versailles earlier that year, forcing the empire to rescind all its claims to lands in the Middle East and North Africa.

Britain and France marked out separate zones of colonial influence from the deserts of Arabia to the Black Sea, motivated not least by their desire for lucrative oil concessions. Greece and Italy secured their own holdings in what’s now western and southern Turkey, including retaining control over myriad Aegean islands. Istanbul, once the capital of a transcontinental imperial juggernaut, would be internationalized along with the strategic straits that the city straddles. Ethnic Armenians and Kurds would be granted their own enclaves, while the Ottomans were left with a humiliating rump state in the Anatolian hinterland....

Snip... What we are witnessing in Turkey is only the translation of a global phenomenon, the questioning of the status quo and the international order which prevailed until then.”...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:53 am

France to boost military presence in eastern Mediterranean
Move comes as Greece-Turkey tensions rise after Ankara sends ship to prospect for oil and gas in disputed waters.
4 hours ago

France will boost its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean amid an escalating standoff between Greece and Turkey over oil and gas exploration in disputed waters.

France will send two Rafale fighter jets and the naval frigate 'Lafayette' to the region as part of plans to increase its military presence, the armed forces ministry said on Thursday.

French President Emmanuel Macron called the situation in the eastern Mediterranean "worrying", and urged Turkey to stop its "unilateral" prospecting and "allow a peaceful dialogue" between the neighbouring NATO members....

Snip... "Nobody wants to go to war. Nobody wants to see two NATO members mix it up," he told Al Jazeera. "On the other hand, when you have this many naval vessels, when tensions are this high … things are in a dangerous place."...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:06 am

Iraq fumes against Turkey over deadly drone attack
Iraq rejects Turkish military action on its soil after commanders killed in a drone attack in northern Kurdish region.
12 Aug 2020

Iraq cancelled a ministerial visit and summoned Turkey's ambassador on Wednesday as it blamed Ankara for a drone attack that killed two high-ranking Iraqi military officers.

Iraqi officials called the attack a "blatant Turkish drone attack" in the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, where Turkey's military has for weeks raided positions of fighters it considers "terrorists".

Two border guard battalion commanders and the driver of their vehicle were killed on Tuesday, the army said in a statement, marking the first Iraqi troop deaths since Turkey launched the cross-border operation in mid-June against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels....

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Postby Exit40 on Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:44 am

Mediterranean crisis: Turkey warns Greece, slams 'bully' France
Turkey warns Greece of retaliation if attacked amid claims in energy-rich region as Ankara accuses Paris of 'bullying'.
21 hours ago

Turkey has warned Greece of retaliation against any attack on its survey vessel in the eastern Mediterranean and accused France of acting like a bully amid escalating tensions in the energy-rich region.

Speaking to reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said one of the warships accompanying the exploratory Oruc Reis vessel, the Kemal Reis, had "given the necessary response" to an attack on Thursday.

"If this continues, they will receive their answer in kind," he said, without specifying which nation's ships had allegedly attacked Turkey's. "We can't let even the smallest attack go without an answer."

Turkey and Greece are vehemently at odds over overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources in the increasingly volatile region....

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Postby Exit40 on Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:24 am

Turkish, Qatari and German ministers in Libya for talks with GNA
Turkish, Qatari defence ministers reiterate support for GNA as Germany's chief diplomat warns of 'deceptive calm'.
23 hours ago

Turkey and Qatar have reiterated their support for Libya's internationally recognised government during a trip by their defence chiefs to the capital, Tripoli, where Germany's foreign minister also paid an unexpected visit.

Ankara has provided crucial military support to the United Nations-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) to help it stave off a 14-month assault from rival forces based in eastern Libya.

The country has been split since 2014 between factions based in the east and west, and regional powers have aligned themselves with the competing sides.

While Turkey and its regional ally Qatar support the GNA, forces in the east led by renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar have received backing from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:57 am

Libya's UN-recognised government announces immediate ceasefire
Turkey-backed Government of National Accord called for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held in March.
4 hours ago

Libya's UN-recognised government announced a ceasefire across the country on Friday and called for demilitarising the contested strategic city of Sirte, raising hopes for peace in the more than nine-year-old conflict.

The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) also called for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held in March, and for an end to an oil blockade imposed by rival forces since earlier this year.

GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj "issued instructions to all military forces to immediately cease fire and all combat operations in all Libyan territories", a statement said....

Snip... "I think this is the first time in the entire Libyan conflict whereby we have military stalemate, the military dynamics are equal," Hamdi told Al Jazeera. "This time as a result of Turkish intervention, the western side, the GNA ... has enough power to prevent Haftar from marching westwards....

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Postby Exit40 on Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:13 am

Erdoğan Needs New Enemies
by Burak Bekdil
August 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

All those Turkish-Greek tensions in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas bolster a century-long Turkish nostalgia to take back some of the Greek islands. Yeni Safak, a fiercely pro-Erdoğan newspaper, suggested that the Turkish military should invade 16 Greek islands.

"Discussion of wars and invading Greek islands is... a tactic used by the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to distract the Turkish population from the woeful economic situation." — Greek City Times.

Erdoğan needs epic stories of military might against real or fabricated foreign enemies to tell an increasing number of grudging voters in the face of an ailing economy. That is bad news for the entire region....

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Postby Exit40 on Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:17 am

AUGUST 22, 2020 / 6:42 AM / UPDATED 33 MINUTES AGO
Turkey expects big drop in gas imports after Black Sea find: minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey expects its energy imports to fall significantly following a major Black Sea natural gas find and more discoveries could be made in another area now being evaluated, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said on Saturday.

President Tayyip Erdogan announced the discovery of a 320 billion cubic metre (11.3 trillion cubic feet) gasfield on Friday that could come on stream as soon as 2023 and said Turkey was determined to become a net energy exporter.

If the gas can be commercially extracted, it could transform Turkey’s dependence on Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan for energy imports, which cost the country $41 billion last year....

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Postby Exit40 on Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:44 am

Haftar rejects GNA's call for Libya ceasefire
LNA dismisses ceasefire announcement as 'marketing' stunt, says GNA is planning a Turkish-backed offensive on Sirte.
19 hours ago

Renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar's forces have dismissed a ceasefire announcement by Libya's internationally recognised government as a "marketing" stunt.

Ahmed Mismari, spokesman for Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), said on Sunday rival forces from the war-torn country's west were mobilising around front lines in the centre of the country.

In a media briefing, he said the eastern-based forces were ready to respond to any attempted attack on its positions around the coastal city of Sirte and Jufra, further inland....

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Postby Exit40 on Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:42 am

Arabs and Muslims to Turkey's Erdogan: "Why Don't You Protest Against Yourself?"
by Khaled Abu Toameh
August 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

"Erdogan's Turkey has been normalizing its relations with Israel since the establishment of Israel." — Rawaf al-Soain, Saudi writer, Twitter, August 14, 2020.

"Erdogan is trading in the Palestinian cause. Turkey has had relations with Israel for more than 70 years, but it has done nothing good for the Palestinians all these years." — Abdullah al-Bander, Saudi political activist, Twitter, August 18, 2020.

"The statement was actually issued by Erdogan, the official sponsor of terrorist groups in the region. He uses these groups to destabilize the Arab countries, including Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Egypt.... Only the terrorist groups see him as the Emir of the Faithful and Caliph of Muslims... Where is his support for the Palestinian cause when he directs all his support to Hamas and ignores the Palestinian Authority? He hosts wanted terrorists in Ankara and allows them to establish radio and television stations to preach the Muslim Brotherhood ideology." — Adel al-Sanhoury, Egyptian columnist, youm7.com, August 21, 2020....

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Postby Exit40 on Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:43 am

Are Turkey and Greece Heading for War?
by Uzay Bulut
August 25, 2020 at 4:00 am

Turkey has threatened to invade the Greek islands in the Aegean since at least 2018. A recent Egyptian-Greek maritime deal appears to have escalated Turkey's regional aggression.

"Turkey's policy is part and parcel of a broader strategy to expand Turkey's influence in the Middle East, the Gulf, and Africa. The aim is to impose geopolitical dominion: an undisputed regional hegemonic regime whereby Turkey is be able to determine big and important developments.... It appears willing to use military force in order to impose its revisionist plans." — Dr. Giorgos Kentas, Associate Professor of International Politics and Governance at the University of Nicosia, in an interview with Gatestone.

"Turkey is currently attempting a similar policy of revisionism against Greece. The aim is to impose a hegemonic regime over Greece's maritime zones and/or maritime zones that Greece claims in Eastern Mediterranean." — Dr. Giorgos Kentas.

"The Turkish economy found itself on its knees last time US President Donald Trump cared to send Erdogan a message over the arrest of American Pastor Andrew Brunson. What is keeping President Trump from doing that now?" — Anna Koukkides-Procopiou, a Senior Fellow and Member of Advisory Board of the Center for European and International Affairs of the University of Nicosia, interview with Gatestone....

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Postby Exit40 on Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:47 am

AUGUST 26, 2020 / 2:30 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO
Erdogan says Turkey won't compromise over rights at sea

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan talks to media after attending Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is determined to do whatever is necessary to obtain its rights in the Black Sea, Aegean and Mediterranean, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

“We will not compromise over what belongs to us ...We are determined to do whatever is necessary,” Erdogan said, a day after Germany’s foreign minister sought to ease tensions between Turkey and Greece in their dispute over control of eastern Mediterranean waters.

Speaking at an event commemorating the 11th century military victory by Seljuk Turks over the Byzantine empire at Malazgirt, Erdogan also called on Ankara’s counterparts to avoid mistakes that he said would bring their destruction....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:54 am

State Department condemns Erdoğan meeting with Hamas
BY LAURA KELLY - 08/25/20 11:10 AM EDT

The State Department on Tuesday objected to a recent meeting in Istanbul between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and two leaders of Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization that controls the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip and is in an ongoing conflict with Israel.

State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that both officials, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh and deputy chief Saleh Al-Aruri, are designated by the U.S. and European Union as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists.”

Al-Aruri is sought by American law enforcement for involvement in terrorist attacks, hijackings and kidnappings. The State Department’s Rewards for Justice program offers up to $5 million for information on Al-Aruri’s whereabouts.

“President Erdoğan’s continued outreach to this terrorist organization only serves to isolate Turkey from the international community, harms the interests of the Palestinian people, and undercuts global efforts to prevent terrorist attacks launched from Gaza,” Ortagus said in a statement....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:32 am

Turkey's Hostility to Israel-UAE Peace Accord
by Uzay Bulut
August 27, 2020 at 4:30 am

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It should not be a surprise that a government that supports Hamas is against the normalization treaty between Israel and the UAE. The treaty will hopefully pave the way for more peaceful coexistence and cooperation between Israel, the UAE and other Muslim countries. The Erdogan regime, through its hostility to the deal, its hosting Hamas terrorists on its own soil, and its recent acts of aggression in Syria, Libya, Greece and Iraq, has once again demonstrated that it supports the destruction of Israel, regional instability, neo-Ottoman expansionism, and war.


The regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, through its hostility to the Israel-UAE peace deal, its hosting Hamas terrorists on its own soil, and its recent acts of aggression in Syria, Libya, Greece and Iraq, has once again demonstrated that it supports the destruction of Israel, regional instability, neo-Ottoman expansionism and war. Pictured: Erdogan (right) welcomes Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal (center) and Ismail Haniyeh in Ankara on June 18, 2013. (Photo by Yasin Bulbul/AFP via Getty Images)

When the Israel-United Arab Emirates (UAE) peace agreement, also known as the Abraham Accord, was announced on August 13, the UAE became the third Arab country, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, formally to normalize relations with Israel.

Turkey, however, condemned the Israel-UAE agreement despite its 71 years of diplomatic relations with the Jewish State. The Turkish foreign ministry said in a press release:

"While pursuing its narrowly defined interests, the UAE has attempted to present its betrayal to the Palestinian cause as an act of altruism. The history and the conscience of the people in the region will never forget or forgive this hypocritical act."...

Snip... Erdogan's reaction to the UAE-Israel agreement is reminiscent of his response in 2017 to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. During a Human Rights Day event in Ankara, Erdogan said, "Those who think they are the owners of Jerusalem today will not even be able to find trees to hide behind tomorrow." The reference is to an Islamic text sanctioning the killing of Jews. According to this hadith (a reported saying by Islam's prophet, Mohammed), on the eve of the Judgment Day, Muslims will try to annihilate Jews, "Stones and trees will cry out to Muslims and say, 'O Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him'."...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:50 am

EU warns Turkey of sanctions as east Mediterranean crisis worsens
Top EU diplomat says preparing sanctions against Turkey over territorial dispute with Greece in Eastern Mediterranean.
21 hours ago

The European Union has threatened Turkey with fresh sanctions - including tough economic measures - unless progress is made in reducing soaring tensions with Greece and Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell on Friday said the bloc wanted to give "a serious chance to dialogue" but was steadfast in its support for member states Greece and Cyprus in the crisis, which has raised fears of a military standoff.

A dispute over maritime borders and gas drilling rights near the island of Cyprus has reignited the long-running rivalry between Athens and Ankara, with the two neighbours staging rival naval drills....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:47 am

Will Gas Discovery Change Turkey's Political Course?
by Burak Bekdil September 3, 2020 at 4:00 am

"Turkey's never-ending military challenge against world powers in seas and land" makes for hundreds of stories of Turkish heroism in the media, which is largely controlled by Erdoğan and his business cronies.

Now comes the promise of tens of billions of gas-dollars from the Turkish merchant of dreams. Experts say production at the Black Sea field could start in 7-10 years, at best. Erdoğan has promised 2023 for production. In that election year, Turkish voters may question the availability of natural gas, or, more realistically, they may ask Erdoğan why they are still paying high gas bills to heat their homes.

With the discovery of a natural gas field off Turkey's Black Sea coast, containing an estimated 320 billion cubic meters of gas, there is unprecedented euphoria in the pro-Erdoğan media. There is propaganda talk of "Turkey on the way to becoming a global power." Pictured: The Turkish drilling ship Fatih sails up the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea on May 29, 2020. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

Turkey's economy minister, Berat Albayrak, has said that the discovery of a large natural gas field off Turkey's Black Sea coast will change Turkey's [political] axis. "Neither the West, nor the East, Turkey's new axis is Turkey," said Albayrak, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son-in-law. The discovery, at an estimated 320 billion cubic meters (bcm) of deep sea gas, marks a historic day for Turkey, Erdoğan said, the beginning of a new era....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:09 am

NATO says Greece, Turkey set for 'technical talks' on Med tension
Tensions running high over Turkey's drilling activities, which Greece and Cyprus say violate their sovereignty.
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NATO says alliance members Turkey and Greece have agreed to hold "technical talks" on ways to de-escalate military tensions in the eastern Mediterranean Sea over disputed gas exploration activities.

Tensions are running high over Turkey's drilling activities, which Greece and Cyprus say violate their sovereignty, and both sides have deployed warships in a show of force, raising fears of conflict erupting by accident.

"Following my discussions with Greek and Turkish leaders, the two allies have agreed to enter into technical talks at NATO to establish mechanisms for military de-confliction to reduce the risk of incidents and accidents in the eastern Mediterranean," NATO chief chief Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement on Thursday.

"Greece and Turkey are valued allies, and NATO is an important platform for consultations on all issues that affect our shared security."...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:17 am

Greek, Turkish politicians reignite clash over Eastern Med talks
Greek PM cites Ankara's 'provocations' as Turkish FM accuses Athens of lying over intentions to enter dialogue.
4 Sept 2020

Tensions between Greece and Turkey over maritime boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean have been reignited as political leaders of both countries traded insults amid efforts by NATO to foster dialogue.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday his country would only start talks with Turkey to resolve conflicting claims once Turkish "provocations" ceased.

The war of words escalated last month after Turkey dispatched a seismic survey vessel to a disputed area for energy exploration following a maritime deal between Greece and Egypt. Turkey says the pact infringes on its own continental shelf....

Snip... But Greece said later on Thursday that Athens never agreed to the technical talks, claiming Stoltenberg's statement did not "correspond to reality". Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Greece did, in fact, agree to the proposal when it was made....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:22 am

Turkey's 'Filthy War' Against Syria, Libya
by Khaled Abu Toameh September 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

The Turkish regime, about a month ago, cut off the water supply to residents of northern Syria, where the temperature in August easily reaches more than 39° Celsius (103° Fahrenheit). It is a move, human rights advocates said, that "amounts to crimes against humanity." They called for launching an international investigation into Erdogan's violations and "crimes."

Political analyst Mayyar Shehadeh pointed out that although the European Union has objected to Erdogan's "provocations", it has not taken any effective action to stop him from pursuing his violations against the civilians in northern Syria.

Maj. Gen. Ahmad Al-Mismari, spokesman of the Libyan National Army, warned Europe against the escalation of illegal immigration across the Mediterranean, and indicated that this migration may not be innocent: there may be terrorist elements among them that cause unrest in Europe.

"The move against Palestine is not a step that can be stomached," Erdogan said. The thirst-ravaged Syrian civilians near the border with Turkey and the victims of the civil war in Libya, however, do not seem to be worried about the Israel-UAE deal. Erdogan's victims want to see him held to account for his crimes against innocent civilians.

"The spirit of conquest is dominant in the modern Turkish political scene and their regional interventions. Rooted in the Ottoman 'law of the sword' – or the idea that the conqueror can rule a conquered country or territory according to his desires – Turkey has returned to its Ottoman ambitions." — Costas Mavrides, Cypriot member of the European Parliament and committee chair at The Union for the Mediterranean....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:31 am

Turkey’s Muscle Flexing in the Med Isn’t Just About Gas
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is building a navy capable of asserting his nation’s interests as a regional power.
By Marc Champion September 6, 2020, 9:00 PM PDT

Sailing through the Bosporus Strait that divides Europe from Asia last year, a Turkish fleet saluted the tomb of 16th century pirate and admiral Barbarossa, reviving a tradition that harks back to when the Ottoman Empire ruled the Mediterranean Sea.

Little noticed abroad, the tribute by sailors returning from the country’s largest-ever naval exercise now appears freighted with symbolism. As Turkey rebuilds its maritime might and contests disputed waters, it is once more in conflict with historic adversaries to the West.

International attention has focused on the race for offshore natural gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean that prompted not just Turkey, but also Cyprus, Egypt, Greece and Israel to claim rights in one of the world’s most crowded seas. Yet the roots of the tensions run deeper.

The growth of the navy reveals the scale—often dismissed outside Turkey— of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition to assert his nation’s interests as a specifically Muslim regional power, able to go toe-to-toe with Europe, Russia and the U.S....

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Postby Exit40 on Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:11 am

Turkey blasts 'arrogant' Macron amid Eastern Med crisis talks
Turkey responds to French leader, who earlier criticised Erdogan over Ankara's conduct in Mediterranean and Libya.
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Turkey has condemned Emmanuel Macron over "arrogant" remarks made with "colonial reflexes" after the French president intervened in a brewing crisis between Ankara and Athens over Eastern Mediterranean exploration rights.

In a statement on Thursday, the Turkish foreign ministry said Macron endangers EU interests with his "individual and nationalistic stance".

Macron seeks "to give lessons by speaking pedantically with his old colonial reflexes", the statement added.

Earlier on Thursday, Macron stepped up anti-Turkey rhetoric amid his discussions with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:22 am

US eyes Greek island as alternative to Turkish base due to ‘disturbing’ Erdogan actions, senior senator claims
by Joel Gehrke, Foreign Affairs Reporter | | September 11, 2020 06:00 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “disturbing” foreign policy has spurred U.S. officials to intensify preparations to withdraw from Incirlik Air Force base, according to a senior Republican senator and American analysts.

“We don't know what's gonna happen to Incirlik,” Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee for Europe, told the Washington Examiner. “We hope for the best, but we have to plan for the worst.”

Erdogan has threatened American access to the base, which reportedly houses dozens of U.S. nuclear weapons, multiple times since he squashed a failed coup attempt in 2016.

A withdrawal would signal a major shift in the balance of trust between the United States and the country that boasts the second-largest military in NATO, but Erdogan’s increasing affinity for Russian President Vladimir Putin and truculence with other NATO allies has angered American officials and raised the specter of other crises in the transatlantic alliance....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:22 am

Erdoğan warns Macron: 'Don't mess with Turkey'
Turkish leader hits back after criticism from French president, as US says it has ‘deep concerns’ over Turkey’s energy search Sat 12 Sep 2020 14.43 EDT

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Saturday warned his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, “not to mess” with Turkey, as tensions between the Nato allies escalated.

“Don’t mess with the Turkish people. Don’t mess with Turkey,” Erdoğan said during a televised speech in Istanbul on the 40th anniversary of the 1980 military coup.

Macron has strongly condemned Ankara during a standoff between Greece and Cyprus on one side and Turkey on the other over hydrocarbon resources and naval influence in the eastern Mediterranean.

Erdoğan urged Greece to “stay away from wrong” actions in the disputed waters backed by countries such as France, which stepped up its military presence in the region after rival naval exercises by Athens and Ankara last month.

The US has urged Turkey to cease activities that are raising tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, with secretary of state Mike Pompeo calling on all sides to back diplomacy....

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Postby Exit40 on Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:28 am

Turkey open to Mediterranean Sea talks but 'determined': Erdogan
Turkish leader promises to continue to implement 'a decisive and active' policy in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday Ankara was open to "constructive" talks but would remain determined in its eastern Mediterranean standoff with Greece.

Erdogan made the comments in a videoconference call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before an EU summit next week, at which the bloc will discuss imposing sanctions on Turkey over its search for energy in waters claimed by Cyprus and Greece.

Germany has taken the lead in trying to mediate an end to a conflict that has seen the two NATO neighbours stage rival air and sea drills in strategic waters between Cyprus and Crete.

The Turkish presidency said Erdogan told Merkel the dispute "could be resolved through negotiations ... provided that a constructive approach, based on fairness, prevails".

Erdogan "underscored he will continue to implement a decisive and active policy with regard to Turkey's rights", his office said....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:18 am

SEPTEMBER 18, 20205:02 AM UPDATED 26 MINUTES AGO
Turkey upset by Sarraj's plan to step down in Libya - Erdogan
By Tuvan Gumrukcu, Orhan Coskun

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey was upset that Libya’s internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, an ally, wants to quit next month and Ankara may hold talks with his government on the issue in the coming week.

Sarraj announced on Wednesday his intention to step down by the end of October. The move could feed political tensions in Tripoli amid new efforts to find a political solution to the country’s conflict.

“A development like this, hearing such news, has been upsetting for us,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul, adding that Turkish delegations may hold talks with Sarraj’s government in the coming week.

“With these meetings, God willing we will turn this issue towards the direction it needs to go,” he said....

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Postby Exit40 on Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:24 am

Why UAE’s landmark deal with Israel is bad for Turkey
Washington's doors are closing to Turkey while those same doors are being opened to Gulf monarchies.
Sep 17, 2020

As the historic agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain continue to reverberate across the globe, the reaction from Turkey, the first majority Muslim country to recognize the Jewish state, has triggered a mix of mockery and disbelief.

When news broke in late August that the UAE was normalizing ties with Israel, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara might suspend its own ties with Abu Dhabi “because we side with the Palestinian people.” Last week, when Bahrain declared it was following suit, Turkey charged this would “further encourage Israel to continue illegitimate practices toward Palestine and its efforts to make the occupation of Palestinian lands permanent.” It then protested Morocco’s decision to open its airspace to civilian flights to Israel.

“Turkey’s own flag carrier, Turkish airlines, makes 14 flights a day to Israel,” observed Namik Tan, a former Turkish ambassador to the United States and Israel. The statements are “nothing less than laughable,” the former envoy said....

Snip... “Turkey is a treaty ally to the United States, so it is supposed to be closer than any of the Gulf monarchies. But what is happening in effect is that Washington's doors are closed to Turkey, while the same doors are being opened to the Gulf monarchies,” said Selim Koru, an expert at the Economic Policy Research Foundation in Ankara....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:39 am

Hackers Target Greek Newspaper for ‘Insulting’ Erdogan
By Patrick Sykes
September 19, 2020, 6:12 AM EDT

Erdogan Spokesman on Turkey Black Sea Gas Find, Eastern Mediterranean Conflict

A Greek newspaper’s website appeared to have been hacked after printing an expletive-laden headline that the Turkish government said insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Saturday morning, the Dimokratia News homepage was replaced with a Turkish message that read: “The Turks are here, where are you?” By midday Turkish time, the message had been removed but the website was still down.

Dimokratia published the headline on its front page on Friday, prompting the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon the Greek ambassador.

In a statement, the Greek Foreign Ministry condemned the use of insulting language, which it said did not reflect the country’s political culture....

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Postby Exit40 on Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:47 am

Turkey slams 'biased' EU sanctions over Libya arms embargo
Ankara lashes out at EU's decision to sanction Turkish firm accused of breaking a 2011 UN arms embargo on Libya.
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Turkey says the European Union's sanctions on a Turkish firm accused of breaking a United Nations arms embargo on Libya showed the bloc's double standards and biased stance.

The EU on Monday froze the assets of Avrasya Shipping, whose cargo vessel Cirkin was involved in a naval incident between NATO members France and Turkey in June.

The EU has accused the company of using the ship to smuggle weapons to Libya.

Ankara denies the arms-trafficking claim and says the ship was carrying humanitarian aid....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:27 am

Turkey: Erdoğan's Soft Spot for Hamas
by Burak Bekdil
September 23, 2020 at 4:00 am

So far, Erdoğan's fanaticism has come without any cost to him internationally, or any damage to his domestic political survivability. He has every ideological and pragmatic reason to keep up his love affair with Hamas.

Erdoğan seemingly loves to make such gatherings [with Hamas terrorist leaders] public to challenge the parts of the world that designate Hamas as a terrorist entity: the EU, Israel and the United States. There is also a message to his Turkish audience: I challenge the world powers, including America, and I remain untouchable.

"In overlooking these designations and thousands of its victims, who were injured and murdered by Hamas terrorists, Turkey is actively supporting it both financially and logistically." — Spokesperson for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Fox News, August 28, 2020....

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In reality, it is equally possible that these developments might actually spur a two-state solution, by notifying the Palestinians that, as the Arab saying goes, "The dogs bark but the caravan moves on."
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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:27 am

The Dangerous New Iran-Qatar-Turkey-Hamas Alliance
by Khaled Abu Toameh September 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

Abbas has already damaged the Palestinians' relations with some Arab countries by condemning the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain for signing peace treaties with Israel.... Now it appears that the Palestinians are also headed toward ruining their relations with Egypt because of Abbas's decision to make peace with Hamas and appease Iran, Turkey and Qatar.

"Qatar has provided Hamas with more than a billion dollars since 2012... Qatar did not provide these funds out of a humanitarian standpoint and to help the residents of the Gaza Strip. The Qataris did so to help Hamas and its leaders and to enable Qatar to establish a foothold in the region." — Egyptian writer Hashem al-Fahkrani, Al-Youm7.com, September 21, 2020.

"Those who believe that Hamas's first goal is to resist Israel are mistaken. Its first and only goal is to receive money. Hamas's slogan is: Loyalty to anyone who pays the most." — Hashem al-Fahkrani.

Yet, the Palestinian leadership and the international community appear distinctly indifferent the looming danger of this newest axis of evil. For them, the only fate worse than death is normalization between the Arabs and Israel. Abbas has once again pegged his hopes and those of his people on entities that would obstruct the Palestinians and destroy Israel...

Snip... The Egyptians are trying to sound an alarm bell to Abbas and the rest of the world about the dangers of the Hamas-Iran-Turkey-Qatar alliance that poses a threat to security and stability in the Middle East....

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**** Here in Zechariah we have two sets of four, the four horns that scatter and the four carpenters who cast out the horns. On the one hand we have the UN, EU, Russia, and the US. On the other we have Turkey, Iran, Qatar, and Hamas. Which of these groups do you suppose fits the descriptions given by Zechariah, or so they fit at all ? D. ****

Zec 1:18 ¶ Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns.

And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.

¶ And the LORD shewed me four carpenters.

Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.


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Postby Exit40 on Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:48 am

Amid Mediterranean tensions, retired Turkish admiral grabs the spotlight touting supremacy at sea
By Kareem Fahim September 27, 2020 at 3:00 a.m. PDT

ISTANBUL — After a career at sea and eight years of retirement, Cem Gurdeniz, a 62-year-old Turkish admiral, has suddenly found himself in the limelight here, touting an expansive, nationalist vision of Turkish power projected far into the contested waters off his country's shores.

Gurdeniz developed the maritime doctrine, called Blue Homeland, more than a decade ago because he was disturbed by what he said was the government’s reluctance to secure Turkey’s rights. His vision has gained popularity at a volatile moment as Turkey and Greece square off in the eastern Mediterranean, leading to fears of a war within NATO.

Blue Homeland’s aims are spelled out on a map showing Turkey’s land mass surrounded by a wide buffer of nearly 180,000 squares miles of sea stretching beyond the Greek islands off Turkey’s west coast. The concept — once narrowly associated with left-wing nationalists — is now regularly cited by Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, when talking about maritime disputes. Blue Homeland has energized Turks who feel the country has been unjustly denied its rightful claims to the sea, given its long coastline, and has confirmed for adversaries fears of resurgent Turkish expansionism.

“We cannot neglect the seas again. We cannot be pushed away from the geopolitics of the Mediterranean, the civilization of the Mediterranean,” Gurdeniz said in an interview in an Istanbul cafe overlooking the Bosporus and, in the distance, the Black Sea....

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Postby Exit40 on Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:50 am

Syria minister calls Turkey main terrorism sponsor in region
Syria’s foreign minister is accusing Turkey of being “one of the main sponsors of terror” in his country and the region
By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press September 26, 2020, 11:30 PM

UNITED NATIONS -- Syria’s foreign minister accused Turkey on Saturday of being “one of the main sponsors of terror” in his country and the region, and said it is guilty of “a war crime and a crime against humanity" for cutting water to more than a dozen towns that resisted Turkish occupation.

In unusually harsh language, Walid al-Moallem said “the Turkish regime reigns supreme" when it comes “to sponsors and financiers of terrorism."

He said in a prerecorded speech to the first-ever high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic that the cutoff of water supplies endangered civilian lives, especially during the coronavirus crisis.

The nine-year Syrian conflict, which initially began as a civil war, later became a regional proxy fight. Turkey, which now controls a zone in northern Syria, has backed opposition fighters against Syrian President Bashar Assad, Syrian Kurdish fighters and the Islamic State extremist group....

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Postby Exit40 on Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:10 am

Turkey
Syrian rebel fighters prepare to deploy to Azerbaijan in sign of Turkey’s ambition
Volunteers in Syria’s last rebel stronghold claim Turkish firm signing up fighters
Bethan McKernan in Istanbul Mon 28 Sep 2020 14.13 EDTLast modified on Mon 28 Sep 2020 17.42 EDT

Syrian rebel fighters have signed up to work for a private Turkish security company as border guards in Azerbaijan, several volunteers in Syria’s last rebel stronghold have said, at a time when the long-running conflict between Baku and neighbouring Armenia is showing dangerous signs of escalation.

The potential deployment is a sign of Turkey’s growing appetite for projecting power abroad, and opens a third theatre in its regional rivalry with Moscow. Ankara is already engaged in a volatile power struggle with Russia in the conflicts in Syria and Libya, and tensions could now spill over into Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Guardian spoke to three men living in the last rebel-controlled corner of Syria, who said that almost a decade of war and grinding poverty had made them keen to register with militia leaders and brokers who promised work with a private Turkish security company overseas. They expect to travel over the border to Turkey before being flown to Azerbaijan....

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Postby Exit40 on Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:21 am

Nagorno-Karabakh clashes continue, prompting emergency UN talks
As violence extends into a third day, international community steps up with dozens reported killed and hundreds wounded.
29 Sep 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan have reported further bloodshed in Nagorno-Karabakh as the worst spate of fighting since the 1990s raged for a third day in the region, and as heavy weaponry was moved to the front lines.

Dozens have been reported killed and hundreds wounded since clashes between Azerbaijan and its ethnic Armenian mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh broke out on Sunday, in a new eruption of a decades-old conflict.

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said 10 civilians had been killed by Armenian shelling since Sunday. There was no official information about casualties among Azeri servicemen....

Snip... Russia has called for an immediate ceasefire while Turkey said it would continue to support Azerbaijan. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that Armenia immediately quit Azerbaijani lands he said it was occupying, adding it was time to end the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis....

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Postby Exit40 on Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:33 am

Turkey touts past maritime conquests ahead of talks on dispute
‘Blue Homeland’ doctrine challenges Greek, Cypriot claims that confine Turkey to narrow strips of coastal waters.
30 Sep 2020

As Turkey and Greece prepare for talks to calm a bitter maritime dispute, Ankara released a video this week glorifying a 16th-century naval victory that led to the Ottoman Empire taking control of the Mediterranean.

The video, shared on Twitter by the presidential communications department and viewed nearly half a million times, intersperses tales of ancient sea battles with footage of modern Turkish warships, driving home a message that Turkey must defend its interests in offshore waters.

This doctrine, called “Blue Homeland” in the video and accompanying song, has been championed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government as it challenges Greek and Cypriot maritime claims that confine Turkey to narrow strips of Aegean and Mediterranean coastal waters.

The policy, mirroring Turkey’s assertive military interventions on land in Syria and Libya, has come to prominence in the last year – more than 10 years after it first emerged – and is feeding into the east Mediterranean dispute....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:00 am

Erdogan's Plan to Take Over the Palestinian Authority
by Khaled Abu Toameh October 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

What we are witnessing is an Arab autocrat (Abbas) seeking the help of a Muslim autocrat (Erdogan) in holding "free and fair" elections. Abbas, it seems, is confident that Erdogan's observers would rubber-stamp the results of any Palestinian election to ensure that the PA president emerges victorious

Now he [Erdogan] has a chance to use the Palestinian elections to try to bring his Hamas friends to power after getting rid of Abbas.

"It is terrifying that Abbas speaks as if he lives in another world. Is there a Palestinian interest in attacking the US administration, even if this administration takes unfair positions against the Palestinians? Is there a Palestinian interest in referring negatively to the peace accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain? There is a Palestinian need to return to reality. There is a Palestinian need to come to terms with the truth." — Khairallah Khairallah, Lebanese journalist and political commentator, al-Arabiya, September 29, 2020....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:26 am

Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkey's Support For Azerbaijan Challenges Russian Leverage
October 2, 20205:36 PM ET Lucian Kim

As world powers call for peace and the warring parties pledge to fulfill "historic" missions, ordinary people are suffering the most as fighting flared this week in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region on Russia's southern border. The territory, located in Azerbaijan, is claimed by both Armenians and Azerbaijanis.

"As the recent escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict worsens, civilians are bearing the brunt of the surge in violence," the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement Friday. "Civilian deaths and injuries, including of children, have been reported on both sides of the line of contact, and in Armenia," the ICRC said. It cited reports of hundreds of homes, schools and hospitals destroyed by heavy artillery.

Fighting broke out on Sunday in a conflict that dates back to the dying days of the Soviet Union three decades ago. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan were Soviet republics, but as the Soviet Union broke apart in the early 1990s, the ethnic Armenian majority of Nagorno-Karabakh demanded unification with Armenia. After Azerbaijan declared independence from Moscow, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh seceded, setting off a bloody war....

Snip... Erdogan said the call for peace by France, Russia and the United States was unacceptable because the three countries had "neglected" the Nagorno-Karabakh issue for almost 30 years....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:27 am

A Fifth War Won't Do Turkey Any Good
by Burak Bekdil October 5, 2020 at 4:00 am

On August 28, a former MP from Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party, Metin Külünk, published a map of "Greater Turkey" which illustrates the extent of Turkey's revisionist ambitions. It includes areas of Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Syria, Iraq, Georgia and Armenia.

In a similarly threatening statement, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar provocatively advised Greece to remain silent "so as not to become a meze [snack] for the interests of others."

Erdoğan's fifth war would be one with no winners. But Erdoğan's Turkey would be the bigger loser....

Snip... When the head of Israel's Mossad, Yossi Cohen, reportedly said in August that "Iranian power is more fragile but the real threat is from Turkey," he had a point. These days, threats from Turkey have been coming in unprecedented abundance....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:26 am

Fighting in the Caucasus: Erdogan's Ottoman Ambitions
by Con Coughlin October 9, 2020 at 4:00 am

Turkey's support for Azerbaijan, which could prove to be decisive in the conflict, stems from Mr Erdogan's determination to recreate the glory of the Ottoman Empire, when Turkey formed the epicentre of the Muslim world.

The latest outbreak of violence -- the most serious to affect the region since the early 1990s -- began at the end of last month, after Azerbaijan was accused of launching a full-scale assault against Armenian positions in the mountainous enclave, prompting a full-scale mobilisation of Armenian forces.

Even so, Mr Erdogan's intervention in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute puts him at odds with another major power with aspirations to increase its influence in the region, namely Russia....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:13 am

Erdogan’s proxy war in Armenia ugly echo of Turkey’s genocidal campaign century ago
By Post Editorial BoardOctober 11, 2020 | 8:26pm

Fostering a proxy war in in Armenia may serve Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s needs, but it’s an appalling echo of the genocide Turkey committed against Armenians a century ago.

On Sept. 27, Azerbaijan resumed its conflict with Armenia, accusing it of unprovoked attacks. At issue is the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, a mountainous territory of 150,000 people (mostly ethnic Armenians) that is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but claimed and governed by Armenia since an earlier war.

The Azeris are plainly the aggressors: They not only outnumber the Armenians 3-to-1, they’ve been modernizing their military with a huge assist from the Turks....

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“We are a step away from a large-scale war,” says Olesya Vartanyan of the International Crisis Group, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing deadly conflicts....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:31 am

Cyprus
Peace hopes at stake as northern Cyprus voters go to the polls
Unofficial early results show first round voting has narrowed field to leftist incumbent and rightwing nationalist
Helena Smith Sun 11 Oct 2020 16.01 EDTFirst published on Sun 11 Oct 2020 10.12 EDT

Voters in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus are to face a stark choice between candidates in a run-off presidential election deemed crucial for the resumption of peace talks that could end 46 years of ethnic division on the Mediterranean island.

Following a campaign fraught with allegations of overt meddling from Ankara, the 200,000-strong electorate cast votes yesterday in a first-round contest that narrowed the field to a pro-reunification moderate and a Turkey-backed nationalist who wants two clear states on the island.

With three quarters of the votes counted on Sunday night, unofficial results showed incumbent Mustafa Akıncı and challenger Ersin Tatar trading the lead several times, but neither with the required majority to win outright. Centre-left CTP party leader, Tufan Erhurman, is knocked out after coming a distant third.

Akıncı, who has pledged to push for reunification with Greek Cypriots under a federal “roof” if re-elected for a second five-year term, shocked voters on Friday by publicly accusing Turkey of interfering in the polls....

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