Tag Archives: Turkey

Coup and counter-coup in Turkey

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Barry Stocker

"On July 20th 2016, a group of army officers up to at least the Brigadier General (one star general) level attempted to seize control of the Turkish state. On the morning of the 20th it was evident that the coup had collapsed though the government, along with its allies in the media, social media, think tanks and so on was eager to promote the idea of an unended coup which might spring back into life, like the villain in a horror film, at any moment over a long indefinite period of time. No follow-up coup materialised. The most that can be said for that unending coup mentality was that it is difficult to know how much of the army would have gone over if the coup organisation had captured or killed President Erdoğan. What the never-ending coup claims achieved was to legitimise and mobilise paranoia, intolerance, and authoritarian state reactions with regard to anyone who might be in opposition to the Erdogan/Justice and Development Party (AKP) government." (03/14/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/03/14/coup-and-counter-coup-in-turkey-first-of-a-series-of-posts-on-turkey-since-15th-july-2016-and-background-topics/

Twitter confirms it was hacked as handles tweet swastikas

Source: New Indian Express [India]

"Several top Twitter accounts, including those of a German football club, a French ministry and BBC North America, were defaced Wednesday by pro-Turkish hackers with a message slamming 'Nazi Germany' and 'Nazi Holland.' … The message also featured a swastika and was followed by a video showing extracts of speeches by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Twitter confirmed the attack. … The cyberattack comes after Turkish politicians were last week banned by The Netherlands and several German towns from holding rallies to woo expatriate support for an April 16 constitutional referendum on boosting Erdogan's powers." (03/15/17)

http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2017/mar/15/twitter-confirms-it-was-hacked-as-handles-tweet-swastikas-1581663.html

Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch regime warns citizens after Erdogan threat

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The Netherlands has warned its citizens over travel to Turkey as a row between the countries shows no sign of abating. Germany, Austria and the Netherlands blocked Turkish attempts to hold rallies in those countries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed retaliation, accusing them of 'Nazism.' … The proposed rallies aimed to encourage a large number of Turks living in Europe to vote Yes in a referendum on 16 April on expanding the president's powers. The plans were criticised by senior EU officials on Monday." (03/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39254556

Turkey: Pilot of crashed Syrian jet rescued

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The pilot of a Syrian military aircraft that crashed near the border between Syria and Turkey has been found alive and taken to a hospital, officials say. The Syrian pilot ejected before the crash, in southern Turkey. He has some spinal fractures but is not in a critical condition, reports say.
It is unclear what caused the crash. An Islamist group which is fighting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said the plane had been shot down, but the Syrian government has not confirmed it." (03/05/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39172115

Rouhan, Erdogan meet to defuse tensions

Source: Reuters

"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Wednesday to improve ties, including in the fight against terrorism, Iran's state news agency IRNA said, following some angry exchanges between the regional rivals. Tehran and Ankara support opposite sides in the conflict in Syria. Largely Shi'ite Muslim Iran backs the government of President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey, which is majority Sunni, has backed elements of the Syrian opposition. … Erdogan and Rouhani met on the sideline of an economic cooperation summit in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, IRNA said, though it gave no details of their talks." (03/01/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-turkey-diplomacy-idUSKBN1684K6

Syria: Turkish-backed rebels claim they've captured al-Bab

Source: Yahoo! News

"Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said Thursday they had fully captured the town of Al-Bab from the Islamic State group, marking a key defeat for the jihadists after weeks of heavy fighting. As Ankara said its allies now had 'near complete control,' the rebel announcement came on the opening day of peace talks between the Syrian opposition and regime in Geneva. Al-Bab, just 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of the Turkish border, was the last IS stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo." (02/23/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/syria-rebels-announce-capture-al-bab-113052632.html

Turkey: Regime puts 47 on trial for "coup plot to kill Erdogan"

Source: Yahoo! News

"Almost 50 suspects went on trial on Monday accused of plotting to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a luxury Aegean hotel on the night of the botched July 15 coup. Forty-four suspects, mainly soldiers, are under arrest, while three others still on the run are being tried in absentia at the court in the southern city of Mugla." (02/20/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/erdogan-assassination-plot-suspects-trial-turkey-084006685.html

Syria: Russian airstrike kills Turkish troops

Source: Guardian [UK]

"Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and 11 injured after a Russian fighter jet accidentally bombed their location outside an Islamic State-held town in northern Syria. … The Turkish military said in a statement that a Russian warplane struck a building where Turkish personnel were present at 8.40am on Thursday as it was targeting Isis. It said the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, called his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to express his condolences." (02/09/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/09/russian-airstrikes-accidentally-kill-three-turkish-soldiers

Syria: Turkish forces "targeting Islamic State-held Raqa" as fighting rages for al-Bab

Source: Yahoo! News

"Turkey said Wednesday it was looking to push towards the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa in northern Syria in the next stage of its nearly half-year military operation, as fighting raged for the town of Al-Bab. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu suggested Turkey and its allies could send special forces to take Raqa, the de-facto capital for the Islamic State (IS) group, despite being mired in intense fighting against jihadists in Al-Bab to the west." (02/08/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkey-targeting-held-raqa-fighting-rages-al-bab-130818571.html

Turkey: Regime detains 400 allege Islamic State members

Source: Straits Times [Singapore]

"Turkish police have detained hundreds of suspected members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in nationwide raids, just over a month after an attack on an Istanbul nightclub claimed by the extremists. More than 400 suspects were yesterday rounded up in Turkey's biggest police operation so far against ISIS since the New Year attack on the Reina nightclub just 75 minutes into 2017 that killed 39." (02/05/17)

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/turkey-detains-some-400-isis-suspects-in-nationwide-raids