“We have held our first talks with the Taliban, which lasted 3.5 hours,” Erdogan told reporters. “If necessary, we will have the opportunity to hold such talks again.”
Responding to criticism over Turkey’s engagement with the Taliban, Erdogan said Ankara had “no luxury” to stand idly given the unstable situation in the region.
“You cannot know what their expectations are or what our expectations are without talking. What’s diplomacy, my friend? This is diplomacy,” Erdogan said.
Turkey had been planning to help secure and run Kabul’s strategic airport, but on Wednesday it started pulling troops out of Afghanistan, which has been interpreted as meaning Ankara is abandoning this possibility.
Erdogan said the Taliban now wanted to oversee security at the airport, while offering Ankara the option of running its logistics.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.06: The 35-year-old coal-fired Kemerkoy Power Station in south-west Turkey’s Mugla region and a nearby town on the Aegean Sea were evacuated late yesterday as deadly wildfires reached the plant….
#AceDailyNews says that Turkey evacuates power station as wildfires rage on as death toll from Turkey wildfires rises to 4 as babies, children and people over the age of 65 were removed from the area, and have been taken to shelters local media reported
In a statement the Kemerkoy Electric Distribution Company said the power plant is not at risk of explosions.
Mugla Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Osman Gurun said that the hydrogen tanks in Kemerkoy Power Station have been emptied.
“Even if the fire reaches the power plant, an explosion is not expected,” the mayor said. “Hydrogen facilities and hydrogen gas in the power plant have been emptied and secured.”
Former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ozturk warned that if the Kemerkoy Thermal Power Station burns, toxic gases will be released and could damage human health, Turkey’s NTVreported.
Since 28 July forest fires have been spreading in more than 187 locations in 21 provinces and districts in Turkey, 172 of which were brought under control.
Firefighters used planes and helicopters to tackle the fires, while the government has faced fresh criticism of its handling of the disaster.
#AceNewsReport – July.16: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signaled in the latest Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) the formation of a new monitoring agency that would restrict social media activity, the daily Türkiye reported on July 11.
#AceDailyNews says Erdoğan ‘signals formation of social media supervision agency,’” Duvar English, July 12, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Biden’s handlers are likely taking notes in this and ready to make this social media censorship a government activity…..
The president noted a recent misunderstanding about legislation signed with Qatar, claiming that main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu had purposefully spread misunderstanding.
The legislation was interpreted as allowing all students from Qatar to study medicine in Turkey without any required qualifying exams, when in reality it allowed for military students to do so.
“What Kılıçdaroğlu did is not spreading fake news. It’s misinformation. The European Union equates and penalizes misinformation with terrorism crimes,” the president reportedly said.
The president urged his staff to include misinformation and fake news in legislation, adding that “appropriate penalties” were needed.
The president recently said that the government would launch an operation of truth against fake news by pointing to Kılıçdaroğlu who had repeated the misinterpretation of the news on Qatar students.
“Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu needs to apologize about this story,” the president reportedly said.
AKP officials reportedly said that the new monitoring agency would be similar to the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), known for its excessive censorship of opposition media outlets.
“A supervisory mechanism is needed for manipulative posts created by fake accounts and social media agencies,” one AKP official reportedly said. “Perception dominates facts. This is very dangerous.”…
#AceNewsReport – June.07: Hopefully, we will save our seas from this mucilage calamity,” President Erdogan said: Sea snot”, or marine mucilage, is a naturally-occurring green sludge that forms when algae is overloaded with nutrients as a result of hot weather and water pollution:
TURKEY: Turkey Erdogan vows to solve ‘sea snot’ outbreak a thick, slimy layer of the mucus-like matter is spreading along the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul, damaging marine life and the fishing industry as experts blame pollution and climate change.
It was first found in Turkey in 2007 but has also been discovered in the Aegean Sea near Greece.
Turkey’s recent outbreak along large areas of the Sea of Marmara, which connects the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea, is believed to be the biggest in history and is causing havoc for local communities.
AFP: Fishing boats are being covered by sea snot
President Erdogan blamed untreated sewage being dumped into the sea, as well as rising temperatures, and urged officials to investigate.
“My fear is, if this expands to Black Sea… the trouble will be enormous. We need to take this step without delay,” he said.
His government has dispatched a 300-strong team to inspect potential sources of pollution.
Boats travelling through the Sea of Marmara have to navigate the grey sludge, and some fishermen are being prevented from working as it clogs up their motors and nets.
Divers have reported that large numbers of fish and other species are dying from suffocation.
Professor Bayram Ozturk of the Turkish Marine Research warned such problems would continue unless there was fresh investment to treat and purify waste water being pumped out of Istanbul.
“Due to the overgrowth of the mucilage, several species are under threat [including] oysters, mussels, sea stars,” Prof Ozturk told the BBC. “It’s a real catastrophe.”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: The tolerant political climate under the pretext of freedom of speech has helped far-right sympathizers with violent tendencies expand their support:
Islamophobia tool for Western politicians to cover failure: Erdoğan: Speaking at a meeting with the women’s branch of the Union of International Democrats (UID), a Turkish nongovernmental organization (NGO), in Istanbul, Erdoğan said: “Politicians who fail in foreign policy, get stuck inside and put their personal rivalries before their offices, try to camouflage their inadequacy by attacking myself and Muslims.”
Germany, for instance, has been recording Islamophobic crimes separately since 2017. In 2018, there were 910 incidents, including 48 attacks on mosques alone, a little lower than in 2017 with 1,095 crimes. In 2019, some 871 attacks targeted the Muslim community in Germany, while the 2020 data has not been announced yet.
Every other day throughout the course of 2019, a mosque, an Islamic institution, or a religious representative in Germany was targeted in anti-Muslim attacks. More than 90% of these were attributed to politically motivated crimes by the far-right. Germany is home to 81 million people and the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Of the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, at least 3 million are of Turkish descent.
Islamophobia is being disguised as secularism in France, a French opposition leader had said in criticism of the Emmanuel Macron-led government, which has recently come under fire for policies against French Muslims and just passed an anti-hijab bill.
Under the pretext of the “Islamization” of the countries they live in, racist terrorists switched from attacks on mosques to mass killings. Anders Behring Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in July 2011 in Norway, is viewed as an inspiration for more attacks that followed. Four years later, Anton Lundin Pettersson, harboring similar views as Breivik, killed four students with immigrant backgrounds in Sweden. In 2016, 10 people were killed in Germany’s Munich in another racist act of terrorism. On Feb. 19, 2020, in the German town Hanau, Tobias Rathjen, a terrorist harboring racist views, gunned down nine people of immigrant backgrounds, including five Turkish nationals, before killing himself. The Hanau attack ignited the debate over the seriousness of far-right terrorist threats often ignored by authorities. It was one of the worst acts of terrorism with racist motives in recent memory.
“Those who are still trying to squeeze the European Turks into the narrow patterns of the 1960s do not want to accept the reality of a growing and strengthening diaspora,” the president continued and gave the example of Uğur Şahin and Özlem Tureci to point at how the times have changed.
“The success achieved by our teachers Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci in developing the COVID-19 vaccine has clearly shown what our people can do if they are supported and given the opportunity,” he said.
Europe, a continent that quickly turned into the epicenter of the pandemic, is scraping through the crisis, as each country fends for itself while the European Union fails to come up with a collective response. Still, the Turkish diaspora on the continent holds onto its determination to overcome the coronavirus outbreak and are making do with what European states have to offer. Longing for their homeland, however, breeds discouragement.
Erdoğan also criticized the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for siding with the West whenever it got the chance.
“We get upset when we see those who come upon us by waving the sword of the infidel in order to oppose us,” he said.
“Turkey’s record and the last 19 years of success, we hit our mark with our women and our young people,” Erdoğan continued.
‘Turkey will defeat pandemic’
As far as the fight against the coronavirus is concerned, the president underlined: “We will hopefully overcome this disease together by following the rules of cleaning, masks and (social) distancing.”
“With Allah’s permission and blessing Turkey will be stronger than the process of this pandemic,” he further added regarding the upcoming period.
“We will continue our fight against the pandemic, taking precautions regardless of the criticism of the ones who see the nation’s distress as a door to political favor.”
A total of 52,676 cases, including 2,497 symptomatic patients, were confirmed across the country, according to the data released by the Ministry of Health on Saturday. A decrease from Friday’s nearly 56,000 cases was due to the reduced mobility thanks to weekend curfews in effect in almost all provinces. Turkey’s overall case tally is over 3.79 million, while the nationwide death toll has reached 33,702, with 248 fatalities over the past day. As many as 32,539 more patients in the country won the battle against the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to over 3.3 million. More than 41.2 million coronavirus tests have been done in Turkey to date, with 302,735 done since Friday.
Since the beginning of the crisis, Erdoğan highlighted, more than 100,000 of Turkish citizens have been brought to Turkey from 142 countries.
Turkey offered free air ambulance services for its citizens across the globe during the pandemic. In April 2020, Emrullah Gülüşken, another COVID-19 patient, was airlifted to Turkey from Sweden where his family claimed he was unable to receive treatment. Turkey also initiated a mass evacuation for citizens stranded abroad. The country also regularly dispatches air ambulances to other countries to transfer coronavirus patients who wish to be treated in Turkey.
Urging Russia, Ukraine to resolve problems
“Yesterday we met with the president of Ukraine. We strive for Russia and Ukraine to resolve their disputes peacefully,” the president also added regarding the recent developments in Ukraine.
“Tensions in eastern Ukraine can be resolved peacefully through dialogue, in line with international law and Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Our primary goal is for the Black Sea region to be a basin of peace,” Erdoğan told a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
He reiterated Turkey’s decision to not recognize the annexation of Crimea, saying that Ankara supports Ukraine’s initiative of the Crimea Platform.
For his part, Zelenskiy said the views of Kyiv and Ankara coincide regarding threats in the region and responses to these threats.
AceWorldNews – TURKEY – October 14 – Turkish war-planes have bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets near the country’s border with Iraq.
Turkey bombs Kurdish PKK rebel positions
The strikes highlight rising tensions in Turkey over Ankara’s perceived unwillingness to aid besieged Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani.
The Turkish General Staff dispatched F-16 and F-4 jets to the southeastern village of Daglica in Hakkari province on Monday, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reports.
The daily says the airstrikes caused “heavy damage” to the PKK.
The PKK’s military wing, however, said in a statement on its website that its forces had not suffered casualties during the strikes, Reuters reports.
Turkey says the bombings came in response to three days of attacks on the Daglıca military guard post with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns.
PKK insurgents for their part blamed the Turkish military of violating the ceasefire.
Monday’s strikes were the first to be conducted since the Kurdish rebel group declareda ceasefire with Turkey in March 2013.
The incident underlines simmering anger among Kurds in south-eastern Turkey over Ankara’s failure to intervene against so-called Islamic State (IS) militants, who launched a massive offensive on the predominately Kurdish town of Kobani – not far from Syria’s border with Turkey – on September 16.
At least 35 people were killed throughout Turkey’s Kurdish majority south-eastern provinces last week after protests against Ankara’s inaction descended into violent street clashes.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – October 12 – Turkey continues to block the supply of military equipment and reinforcements for Kurdish fightersdefending the border city of Kobani in northern Syria against the ISIL militants.
Turkey continues blocking military equipment, reinforcement for Kobani
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – Turkey’s parliament was debating a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.
As lawmakers debate in Ankara, the militants pressed their offensive against a beleaguered Kurdish town along the Syria-Turkey border.
The assault, which has forced about 160,000 people to flee across the frontier in recent days, left Kurdish militiamen scrambling Thursday to repel Islamic State extremists pushing into the outskirts of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab.
#AceNewsServices – TURKEY(Ankara) – September 27 – Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world’s most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.
‘Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world’s most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.’
But as the well-dressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their families Saturday on the tarmac of the Turkish capital’s airport, experts had serious doubts about the government’s story.
The official explanation “sounds a bit too good to be true,” said Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat who chairs the Istanbul-based Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies. “There are some very legitimate and unanswered questions about how this happened.”
‘Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world’s most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.’
The hostages — whose number included two small children — were seized from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul after the Islamic State group overran the Iraqi city on June 11. Turkish leaders gave only the broadest outlines of their rescue Saturday.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the release was the work of the country’s intelligence agency rather than a special forces operation.
“After intense efforts that lasted days and weeks, in the early hours our citizens were handed over to us and we brought them back,” Davutoglu said.
Davutoglu was the star of the homecoming ceremony Saturday, flying the hostages back to Ankara on his plane and delivering an impassioned address to the crowd. Families rushed the aircraft to greet their returning loved ones. The ex-hostages emerged wearing clean dresses and suits and showed little sign of having been held captive by fanatical militants for more than three months.
The hostages’ joyous reunion at the airport came as an enormous relief after the recent be-headings of other hostages — two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker — by the Islamic State group.
The gruesome deaths briefly reignited a debate over whether the U.S. or British government should pay ransoms to free hostages.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported no ransom had been paid and “no conditions were accepted in return for their release,” although it didn’t cite any source for its reporting.
The agency said the hostages had been held at eight separate addresses in Mosul and their whereabouts were monitored by drones and other means.
The Iraqi government said it had no information about the rescue.
The hostages declined to answer all but the most general questions, although a couple hinted at ill treatment or death threats.
Ex-hostage Alptekin Esirgun told Anadolou that militants held a gun to Consul General Ozturk Yilmaz’s head and tried to force him to make a statement.
Another former hostage, Alparslan Yel, said the Islamic militants “treated us a little better because we are Muslims. But we weren’t that comfortable. There was a war going on.”
Yilmaz thanked Turkish officials but gave no details about the captivity or release.
“I haven’t seen my family for 102 days. All I want to do is to go home with them,” he told journalists.
How the hostages travelled from Mosul to Turkey and why the Islamic State would relinquish such a useful bargaining chip remained unclear.
“I think it’s fair to say that we haven’t been told the full story,” said Aaron Stein, an associate fellow at the London-based Royal United Services Institute who has studied Turkey’s security policy.
It’s also unclear whether the release will change Turkey’s policy toward the Islamic State. It had been reluctant to join a coalition to defeat the militant group, citing the safety of its 49 kidnapped citizens.
#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 13 – US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo on the latest leg of a regional tour to forge a coalition to battle the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Kerry is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.
The United States says it is “comfortable” it can build an international coalition to fight the armed group, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant on the specifics, it risks finding itself out on a limb.
President Barack Obama this week unveiled a rough
plan to combat Islamic State group fighters simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, thrusting the US directly into two different wars in which nearly every country in the region has a stake.
The broad concept of a coalition has been accepted in Western capitals and on Thursday 10 Arab states, including regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed up to a “co-ordinated military campaign”.
“I’m comfortable that this will be a broad-based coalition with Arab nations, European nations, the United States, others,” Kerry said in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday.
But he added it was “premature” to set out what tasks individual coalition partners would shoulder.
Iran ruled Out:
US officials have said the coalition will be broad. However, when asked on Friday, Kerry ruled out Iranian involvement as inappropriate due to its support for the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.
He said there were “any number of reasons” why Iran should not join a Paris conference on Monday to discuss coalition strategy.
Iran has never offered to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria, describing it as “shrouded in serious ambiguities”. It has sent soldiers to Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to combat Islamic State fighters there.
“No one has called me and asked me with respect to the presence of Iran, but I think under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reasons. It would not be appropriate, given the many other issues that are on the table with respect to their engagement in Syria and elsewhere,” Kerry said.
The US on Friday said that it was at warwith Islamic State, a day after Obama’s statement that strikes against the group were to extend into Syria.
The comments by Pentagon and White House officials on Friday came as the US president was pressed to clear up doubts about how he saw the conflict with the group, also known as ISIL.
“The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaeda,” Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House, said.
#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – June 02 – Turkey’s counter-terrorism unit raided the country’s telecommunications agency and seized its servers, explaining that its actions were part of the espionage probe regarding a leak to foreign countries via satellite.
The raid was conducted over the weekend and kept secret until the very end.
But transportation minister Lutfi Elvan said that Turkey’s Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) was informed about the visit.
“The investigation is ongoing.
These are being done completely within the knowledge of the TIB presidency,” Hurriyet Daily News quoted Elvan as saying.
The prosecutor is investigating claims that TİB’s archive was completely erased before being copied and given to persons from outside of the institution. There are also claims that the entire digital memory and log records belonging to the years before 2012 were particularly erased.
In late April, when announcing the investigation the prosecutor’s office cited claims published in the media, alleging that the entire database of the TİB was leaked via foreign satellites to an unknown location with satellite dishes at the TİB building, which were then left inoperable.
“An investigation has been launched due to the reports claiming that important and sensitive information kept by the state and the TİB was leaked to foreign countries through foreign satellites before being deleted ultimately for the purpose of espionage for foreign countries,” the prosecutor’s office said at the time.
On exactly the same day when the Gölbaşı Prosecutor Office’s statement was released, a member of the Cabinet disclosed that an investigation against Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic scholar that fell out with the government, was launched by the Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office on charges of “attempting to annul the government of the Republic of Turkey; or attempting to partially or entirely block the government from performing its duties.”
In early May, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said at a party meeting that the Gülen movement started wire-tapping the government since five years.
#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – May 31 – Turkish police have blocked access to Istanbul’s Gezi Park and the nearby area to prevent demonstrations to mark the one-year anniversary of the biggest anti-government protests.
Metro station Taksim has also been closed.
According to local media, 25,000 officers were deployed on Saturday.
The measure comes as Taksim Solidarity, the group that organized last year’s protest movement, called for a demonstration on Taksim at 7 pm (1600 GMT).
(BBC News) – June 2013 – At least 12 people have been injured after Turkish police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters occupying a park in central Istanbul.
Demonstrators had held a four-day sit-in at Gezi Park, angry at plans to redevelop that part of Taksim Square.
An Istanbul court later ordered the temporary suspension of the project to uproot trees in the park.
But there is wider anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the unrest has spread to Ankara.
Protests have also been reported in other cities, including Bodrum, Konya and Izmir.
The US later expressed its concern over the reported number of injuries in Istanbul.
“We believe that Turkey’s long-term stability, security and prosperity is best guaranteed by upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association, which is what it seems these individuals were doing,” state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
“These freedoms are crucial to any healthy democracy.”
Earlier this month, riot police clashed with tens of thousands of people attempting to hold a May Day march in Istanbul. Then on May 31, 2013, police evicted a peaceful sit-in protest against the government’s plans to destroy the park, when six people, including a police officer, were killed.
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#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – May 29 – A segment of a train station being built as part of a new Turkish high-speed rail line collapsed in the north-western province of Sakarya, injuring at least six workers, the Dogan news agency and broadcaster CNN Turk reported.
Turkish State Railways said part of a scaffolding platform collapsed and that the six workers had been taken to hospital, Reuters reports.
It said no more were trapped and that it was investigating the circumstances of the accident.
The 330 mile line, set to become operational in June, will link Istanbul and the capital Ankara.
Construction, however, has been delayed as a result of attempted sabotage.
The collapse comes less than three weeks after a mining disaster killed 301 workers, shedding a spot light on poor worker safety conditions in the country.
#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – May 29 – Ankara has voiced concern over the rise of xenophobic, anti-immigration, Euroskeptic and extremist parties, noting that Turkey has long been worried about increasing support for such policies across the continent.(Hurriyet Agency)
Pre-emptive policies should be designed through correct interpretations of the election results by EU institutions, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement released late May 28, while particularly noting “reactionary” votes in EU countries that are still suffering from economic crises.
“It is important for the new EU leadership that will emerge in the post-election period to make the EU an influential and prestigious player again in the political and economic fields … This is indispensable for the future of both the European project and Turkey-EU relations,” the ministry added.
In the European parliamentary poll held on May 25, Euroskeptic parties made big gains across the continent, while anti-establishment parties also gained support.
The Foreign Ministry expressed pleasure that Turkish-origin parliamentarians in a number of countries were among those elected to the European Parliament in the latest elections. It said that such figures both contributed to politics in the EU-member countries where they live and serve as a “bridge of friendship” between Turkey and the countries where they are citizens.
(Islam Online) “We must learn to work together effectively on the both grass roots and leadership levels,” Imam Ahmed Miktar, president of the Association of the Imams of France and a member of the Gathering of European Muslim and Jewish Leaders, told Reuters on Tuesday, May 27.
“Muslims and Jews Our communities can no longer afford the luxury of standing apart.”
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(Zaman) – Ahmet Faruk Ünsal, head of the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples (MAZLUM-DER), said the incident is a reflection of rising fear of Muslims and of different cultures in Europe. “Even a country like Norway was impacted by this threat,” he said, “what we see is that there is growing tilt to the far-right rhetoric in Europe, the French President Nicola Sarkozy’s xenophobic remarks being a case in point.”
#AceNewsServices – ANKARA – May 27 – Italian journalist Federico Motka, kidnapped in war-torn Syria over a year ago, has been freed and safely transferred to Turkey, via the Akcakale border gate in the south-eastern province of Sanliurfa.
Tomorrow he will see his relatives in Italy, promised Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Twitter. 31-year-old Motka used to work in Syria as a coordinator for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and was abducted by a group of armed men on March 13, 2013.
Back in April four French journalists were freed in Syria after 10 months of captivity, also returning home via Turkey.
Freed journalist believed to be kidnapped by ISIL
Federico Motka was greeted by Turkish army officials at the border and underwent a medical check-up at a local hospital. He was then brought to a local police department for his testimony.
Motka had been kidnapped on March 12 last year in Atmeh town in Syria’s northern city of Idlib, security sources told Anadolu Agency.
In his statement, the 31 year-old journalist, said he saw the flag of the group, who tortured and relocated him six times.
He will be sent back to Italy shortly after official procedures are completed, the police said.
ISIL is a hard-liner militant group fighting in the northern and eastern regions of the war-torn country in a bid to establish their own state.
Back in mid-April, four French journalists, following 10 months of captivity in Syria, were released and also brought to Turkey before returning to their home country.
#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – May 20 – Preliminary results from 113 polling stations around the world indicate that former defence minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi will claim a landslide victory over Nasserist Hamdeen Sabahy in the expatriate portion of the presidential elections.
The collated results show that Al-Sisi has claimed 92.5% of the ballots cast, Sabahy won 5.98%, and 1.5% of ballots were invalid.
The preliminary turnout figure from the 114 polling stations was 225,299, although the final turnout is approximately 315,000, according to the foreign ministry.
The first results came in from Australia, where 4,849 people cast their vote over five days, a period that was extended by the Presidential Elections Committee on Saturday from the original four days due to “high turnout”. 4,672 Egyptians voted for Al-Sisi in Australia in three polling stations, compared to 146 for Sabahy, and 32 votes cast were ruled to be invalid.