#AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – October 13 – Ankara has denied allowing Washington to use its bases against Islamic State militants, AFP said.
There is no new agreement with the US about Incirlik, a Turkish government official said of an air base in southern Turkey that the US wants to use to launch air strikes.
“Negotiations are continuing” based on Turkish conditions previously laid out, the source added.
US officials had earlier said Turkey would also host training for “moderate” Syrian rebels.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – October 12 – Turkey continues to block the supply of military equipment and reinforcements for Kurdish fighters defending the border city of Kobani in northern Syria against the ISIL militants.
Ankara has also prevented Turkish Kurds from crossing the border into Kobani to join the Kurds in the besieged city fighting tooth and nail against the Takfiri ISIL terrorists.
The move comes as the ISIL terrorists have added further reinforcements to their ranks in an effort to break the resistance of Kurdish fighters defending Kobani for nearly a month.
The ISIL dispatched additional forces to the besieged city from other areas in Syria including its stronghold of Raqqa. The militants possess tanks and heavy weaponry.
However, a Syrian opposition group said Kurdish fighters have managed to halt the terrorist group’s advance and killed 36 of its militants on Saturday.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added that the militants had failed to advance since Friday.
Air-strikes against the ISIL positions in Kobani were carried out on Sunday.
Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages despite US-led airstrikes.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIL terrorists have seized control of at least 40 percent of Kobani.
However, local Kurdish officials say the Takfiri militants have captured a small part of the strategic border town.
Over 500 people have been killed in Kobani and nearly 200,000 have been forced to take refuge in Turkey since the outbreak of the ISIL attacks.
#AceBreakingNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – October 11 – Turkey has agreed to allow Syrian opposition fighters to be trained on Turkish soil.
At least 2,000 fighters will be trained by Turkish and American special forces, a Turkish official said Saturday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Turkey’s intelligence service will select and screen the fighters, who will be trained in groups of 400.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – October 02 – Turkey’s parliament approved a motion Thursday that gives 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.
Parliament voted 298-98 in favour of the motion which sets the legal framework for any Turkish military involvement, and for the potential use of Turkish bases by foreign troops.
#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.
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.”
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 war with 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.
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#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.
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#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.
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.
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#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.”
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#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.
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#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.
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#AceWorldNews- ANKARA – May 01. – In two Istanbul districts, police has used water cannons and tear gas to disperse a rally on Thursday.
Local police reported that several people were injured and there were people detained.
The unrest is linked to the celebration of May Day.
For security reasons, the authorities have banned labour unions from holding a several thousand strong rally on Taksim Square in Istanbul’s down-town.
Part of the workers agreed, but several confederations of labour unions stated that they were not going to obey.
#AceNewsServices – ANKARA – April 24 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent troops to Syria to guard the tomb of a Turkish figure in the Arab country, local media report.
Erdogan sent some 300 forces and several armoured vehicles to the neighbouring country to protect the tomb of Suleyman Shah, who was the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s Today Zaman daily said on Wednesday.
The convoy also consists of six tanks and a food truck.
Turkey considers the tomb of Suleyman Shah as sovereign Turkish territory under a treaty signed with France in 1921.
The Tomb of Suleyman Shah (Turkish: Süleyman Şah Türbesi) is dependent, forming a sort of exclave of the Republic of Turkey situated in Aleppo, Syria. It is the burial place of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
He is believed to have drowned in the Euphrates River in modern-day Syria, and an Ottoman tomb in or near Qal’at Ja’bar has been associated with Suleyman Shah. In accordance with Article 9 of the Treaty of Ankara (1921) signed between France and Turkey, the tomb “shall remain, with its appurtenances, the property of Turkey, who may appoint guardians for it and may hoist the Turkish flag there
The tomb is located in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.
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#AceWorldNews – April 24 – ARMENIA – Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday accused Turkey of an “utter denial” in failing to recognize World War I mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as a genocide, after Ankara for the first time offered condolences for the tragedy.
“The Armenian Genocide… is alive as far as the successor of the Ottoman Turkey continues its policy of utter denial,” Sarkisian said in a statement marking the 99th anniversary of the massacres.
#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – April 22 – The candidate for Turkey’s main opposition party has asked the Constitutional Court to order a re-run of the mayoral race in Ankara, Reuters reported.
The secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) says last month’s close election in the capital city was marred by fraud.
Turkey’s High Election Board has already rejected the charges. CHP lost the election to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party.
The AKP swept to victory despite anti-government protests last summer and a corruption scandal that has dogged Erdogan and his inner circle since late last year.
#AceBreakingNews – ANKARA – April – Ankara court ordered a Turkish government ban on YouTube to be lifted, but allowed the blockage of 15 specific videos to remain in place.
The move comes after a similar overturning of a government ban of Twitter.
The court in the capital Ankara said the YouTube ban was too broad and instead specifically blocked access to 15 videos, a copy of the court document showed, as Reuters reports.
Unlike the decision on Twitter, the ruling on YouTube was not taken by Turkey’s constitutional court and may be overruled by a court of higher jurisdiction.
This means that in practice the video hosting service will remain blocked for now, pending a likely government appeal. RT
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#AceNewsServices – ANKARA – March 31 – Google says Turkey has been intercepting its Internet domain, redirecting users to other sites in the latest battle between Ankara and Web giants.
In a weekend post on Google’s security blog, software engineer Steven Carstensen said the company has received “several credible reports and confirmed with our own research that Google’s Domain Name System (DNS) service has been intercepted by most Turkish ISPs (Internet Service Providers).”
Carstensen said the DNS server “tells your computer the address of a server it’s looking for, in the same way that you might look up a phone number in a phone book.”
“Imagine if someone had changed out your phone book with another one, which looks pretty much the same as before, except that the listings for a few people showed the wrong phone number,” he added.
“That’s essentially what’s happened: Turkish ISPs have set up servers that masquerade as Google’s DNS service.”
Ace Related News: March 30 – Sophos – That’s because the easiest way for a country to get its ISPs to block access to a site like twitter.com is to tell them to stop resolving the name of the site in their DNS servers.
Most home users rely on their ISP for access to DNS, the Domain Name System that turns human-style internet names to computer-style numbers.
For example, when you ask your ISP how to find twitter.com, this is what happens. http://wp.me/p120rT-13WV