Tag Archives: Turkey

Germany: Regime to pull troops from Turkish base in spat with Ankara

Source: New York Daily News

“Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet decided Wednesday to pull German troops and reconnaissance aircraft out of Turkey’s Incirlik air base after Turkish officials refused to let lawmakers visit them. … Germany has about 270 troops stationed at Incirlik, near the Syrian border, with Tornado reconnaissance aircraft and a refueling plane. They will redeploy to a base in Jordan, but the move may take around two months and Germany acknowledges that flights by its planes will be interrupted for a time. The German troops are part of the international coalition against the Islamic State group.” (06/07/17)


Syria: Trump regime begins arming Kurdish fighters for Raqqa assault

Source: Stars and Stripes [US state media]

“The United States began providing weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters for the first time Tuesday, a Pentagon official said, equipping the group to participate in the impending assault on the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa despite objections from American ally [sic] Turkey. The United States started distributing rifles, ammunition and vehicles to the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit, known as the YPG, about three weeks after President Donald Trump approved arming the group, said Eric Pahon, a spokesman for the Defense Department. The YPG make up about half of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the U.S.-backed militia force charged with destroying ISIS in Syria.” (05/30/17)


Turkey: Regime pouts, says Erdogan’s guards should be allowed to attack protesters in America

Source: Washington Post

“Turkey’s Foreign Ministry lodged a formal protest Monday with the U.S. ambassador over ‘aggressive’ actions by American security personnel during a visit to Washington last week by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was marred by a violent clash between Turkish guards and protesters. … Local police said the Turkish guards savagely attacked a peaceful protest outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence as Erdogan was visiting. Footage of the melee showed what appeared to be Turkish security guards kicking and choking protesters as police struggled to contain the unrest. It also showed Erdogan watching, from a distance, as the fighting raged. … But Turkish diplomats faulted the local police, saying they had failed to quell an ‘unpermitted’ and ‘provocative’ demonstration.” (05/22/17)


DC: Blood clash outside Turkish embassy sends nine to hospital

Source: New York Daily News

“The lawn outside Turkey’s D.C. embassy turned into a war zone just moments after President Trump welcomed his Turkish counterpart at the White House Tuesday afternoon. The surreal scene pitted opponents to President Erdogan’s recent consolidation of power against the leader’s supporters around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. A suited man stomped a bullhorn-toting protester in the head, according to video of the chaotic melee. An officer with the Metropolitan Police Department was forced to repeatedly bash several assailants with a baton just to stop them from driving their feet into a woman’s back. In total, nine were taken to the hospital following the bloody battle. Two were seriously hurt. Flint Arthur, a protester from Baltimore, told CNN that Erdogan backers had broken the police lines to attack his fellow protesters.” (05/17/17)


Syria: US to arm Kurds fighting Islamic State despite Turkish opposition

Source: ABC News

“President Trump has authorized the U.S. military to arm Syrian Kurdish rebel forces to support the future offensive on Raqqa, the de facto capital in Syria for ISIS. The move has been long opposed by Turkey which sees the groups as an extension of Kurdish terrorist organizations that have conducted attacks inside Turkey. ‘Yesterday, the president authorized the Department of Defense to equip Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces as necessary to ensure a clear victory over ISIS in Raqqa, Syria,’ said Dana White, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, in a statement.” (05/09/17)


Putin pushes Syria “deconfliction zone” proposals in talks with Erdogan

Source: Washington Post

“Russian President Vladimir Putin expanded a diplomatic blitz over the war Syria on Wednesday, meeting with Turkey’s president as the Kremlin pushes a proposal to create ‘deconfliction zones’ in Syria with apparent U.S. support. The talks with Turkish Prime Minister Reçep Tayyip Erdogan reflect possible growing cooperation between nations once deeply at odds over Syria’s conflict — with Turkey backing rebel factions and Russia providing key military support to Syria’s government.” (05/03/17)


Turkey: Regime announces plan to abduct more on suspicion of disloyalty to Erdogan

Source: International Business Times [India]

“Turkey issued detention orders for around 3,224 people on Tuesday over their alleged links to a failed coup attempted in July last year. Reports state that more than a thousand people have already been detained by authorities for their suspected association with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for the coup, NTV reported. … The fresh round of detentions came 10 days after voters in Turkey backed Erdogan in a referendum to reform its constitution to give sweeping powers to the Turkish president.” (04/26/17)


Turkish forces attack Kurds in Iraq, Syria

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Turkish warplanes have carried out airstrikes on Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) militants near Iraq’s Sinjar mountains and in northeastern Syria, a statement from the military said on Tuesday. The statement said the strikes were aimed at preventing the outlawed group from sending weapons, explosives and fighters for attacks inside Turkey. … In Iraq, Kurdish sources said that six Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed by accident during a Turkish strike on a nearby PKK position. In a statement, Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region said the Turkish airstrikes on the peshmerga were ‘unacceptable,’ but that the apparent accident should be blamed on the PKK, whose affiliates were the target of the strikes.” (04/25/17)


Trump commemorates Meds Yeghern, stops short saying it in English (“Armenian genocide”)

Source: Yahoo! News

“The United States irked its key ally Turkey on Monday, criticizing 1915 massacres in Armenia as ‘one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century,’ although stopping short of calling them genocide. … Former president Barack Obama had promised to recognize the killings as a genocide. But over eight years in office, in need of cooperation from Turkey, he did not follow through. New President Donald Trump issued a statement saying bluntly that ‘today, we remember and honor the memory of those who suffered during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century.’ … Amid sharp Turkish criticism for the remarks, the State Department noted that the US president, in fact, had made no mention of genocide. … In Istanbul, the foreign ministry [whined that] Trump’s remarks on the remembrance day were ‘misinformation’ and ‘false definitions.'” (04/24/17)


Turkey: Opponents seek to annul referendum result as Erdogan’s new powers become reality

Source: Reuters

“Turkey’s main opposition began a battle on Tuesday to annul a referendum handing President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, while the bar association and an international monitor said an illegal move by electoral authorities may have swung the vote. A defiant Erdogan, whose narrow victory exposed the nation’s deep divisions, has said Sunday’s vote ended all debate on the more powerful presidency he has long sought, and told European observers who criticized it: ‘talk to the hand.'” (04/18/17)