BRUSSELS: EU Parliament vote to halt Turkey’s accession to the European Union over controversial post-coup probes after authorities issue an arrest warrant for head of Syrian Kurdish PYD party in relation to Ankara #bomb attack on military bus attack in February – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReports – Nov.24: EU Parliament vote to halt Turkey’s accession to the European Union over controversial post-coup probes the Independent on Thursday reported in their article: The European Parliament has voted to freeze long-term plans for Turkey to join the EU in what is widely seen as a response to Ankara’s crackdown on political opposition and independent media since July’s failed coup.

MEPs voted 479 in favour on the motion amending EU-Turkey relations, with 37 against and 107 abstentions in a plenary session in Strasbourg on Thursday.

The long-expected suspension had been criticised by those who say that freezing out President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will only push the country to adopt even harsher stances on human rights issues.

More than 40,000 people have been jailed under emergency laws since the aborted military takeover this summer, and 100,000 fired from public sector jobs, many in schools and universities.

This week the Daily Sabah reported that a Turkish court issued an arrest warrant for #PYD head, 48 #PKK terrorists

A Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant for 48 PKK terrorist members, including the #PKK ‘s Syrian branch of the Democratic Union Party #PYD head Salih Muslim, on charges that they planned and carried out numerous attacks on the #police and the citizens of the country …

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TURKEY: #Police arrest PKK Militant suspected of carrying out the ‘ Motorcycle #Bomb Attack ‘ on #Police HQ in Istanbul on Friday as reported by Anadolu News Agency – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Oct.08: This is an update on Fridays motorcycle #bomb attack injuring 10 people

Turkish police detain suspected PKK militant over Istanbul bomb

Turkish police have detained a suspected militant from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who is believed to have carried out a “motorbike bomb” attack that wounded 10 people near an Istanbul #police station, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.

The woman suspect was captured along with two other people in Aksaray province in central Turkey, carrying a fake passport, Anadolu said.

Forensic officers work next to damaged motorbike at the scene of a blast near a police station in Istanbul on October 6, 2016. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

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DUHOK: ‘ Airstikes against PKK in Kurdistan mountains cause concern for Christians who fled Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:DUHOK: Aug.07: Turkey’s air strikes against PKK positions in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan “are starting to cause fear.” They have certainly caused “deaths, injuries and destruction” and the region is living in “a new situation of danger,” said Mgr Rabban al-Qas, bishop of Duhok (Iraqi Kurdistan), in the homonymous  governorate on the border with Turkey and Syria.

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In this area, hundreds of thousands of Christians found refuge after they fled the Nineveh Plain in the wake of the invasion by Islamic State forces. Many families found shelter in Duhok, a region close to the bombings. As a result of this, many Christians want to escape.

“At night, from the village of Komane, we can see Turkish planes bomb the Kurdish mountains, where PKK fighters are hiding. Villagers and Christian refugees are scared.”

Overnight on 6-7 August of last year, hundreds of thousands of people left the overwhelmingly Christian villages in Nineveh Plain, from Qaraqosh to Karameles, and found refuge in Erbil and other areas of Kurdistan.

Last week, the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael I Mar Louis Sako addressed a prayer to Pope Francis and the world’s bishops, urging them to remember the tragedy of this persecuted community. In it, he pleaded for peace and security, “before it is too late.” and the strength to “stand fast in this violent storm.”

For Bishop al-Qas, “direct international pressure on Ankara” is needed to stop “bombing our region,” especially since the Turks left their borders open to Daesh* to move fighters and supplies.

Even the President of Iraqi Kurdistan Massoud Barzani and Iraq’s central government in Baghdad have told Turkey to stop military operations on Iraqi territory and respect the country’s borders. However, “Turkish airplanes seem unwilling to comply.”

At the same time, Barzani ordered PKK fighters to leave the region, because “if they want war, they can do it on the other side of the border”.

Meanwhile, the life of some Christian refugee families is slowly getting back to normal, said the prelate. “Many have found work; others have opened their own businesses. Through the help provided by various associations, people are also setting up working groups. Catholic groups play a leading role, providing material support and technical assistance, knowledge, and experience.”

Unlike some groups and organisations that encourage Christians to move overseas (via Jordan and Lebanon), and thus “make money exploiting their situation, fears and concerns, friendly words and concrete support help us a lot, especially in terms of planning for the future,” the bishop said.

Indeed, the community’s liveliness and strong faith despite hardships are exemplified by the “50 and more children who will receive their first communion next week, not to mention the baptisms, weddings, and confirmations . . .”

Many families that fled Mosul and the Nineveh Plain of a year ago “have found some stability in Ankawa and Duhok,” the bishop said. “Some have bought a house and are rebuilding their lives because they have come to realise that they are not going home to their villages anytime soon, and are determined to stay here in Kurdistan.”


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‘ US-led Coalition Intensify Air-Strikes in Past Two Days As PKK Risk Igniting Three Decade Conflict ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 15 – American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria’s Turkish border after the jihadists’ advance began to destabilize Turkey.

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The coalition had conducted 21 attacks on the militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani over Monday and Tuesday and appeared to have slowed Islamic State advances there, the U.S. military said, but cautioned the situation remained fluid.

U.S. President Barack Obama voiced deep concern on Tuesday about the situation in Kobani as well as in Iraq’s Anbar province, which U.S. troops fought to secure during the Iraq war and is now at risk of being seized by Islamic State militants.

“Coalition air strikes will continue in both of these areas,” Obama told military leaders from coalition partners including Turkey, Arab states and Western allies during a meeting outside Washington.

The fight against Islamic State will be among the items on the agenda when Obama holds a video conference on Wednesday with British, French, German and Italian leaders, the White House said.

War on the militants in Syria is threatening to unravel a delicate peace in neighboring Turkey where Kurds are furious with Ankara over its refusal to help protect their kin in Syria.

The plight of the Syrian Kurds in Kobani provoked riots among Turkey’s 15 million Kurds last week in which at least 35 people were killed.

Turkish war-planes were reported to have attacked Kurdish rebel targets in southeast Turkey after the army said it had been attacked by the banned PKK Kurdish militant group, risking reigniting a three-decade conflict that killed 40,000 people before a ceasefire was declared two years ago.



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#Turkey : ” Fighting on the `Streets Breaks-Out’ as `Thousands of Kurds Demand Release’ of their Rebel Leader”

#AceWorldNews says that according to the latest reports thousands of Kurds rallied in towns across south-eastern Turkey on Sunday, demanding the release of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, in commemoration of the 15th anniversary since he was first captured.

In Diyarbakir, the main city in the south-east, the demonstrators fought with police in side streets, according to Reuters, while in Cizre, near the Iraqi border, protesters lobbed petrol bombs as police retaliated with tear gas. Ocalan is leader of the PKK – the Kurdistan Workers Party – and is regarded by Turkey as being responsible for tens of thousands of deaths.

For Kurds, Ocalan represents the struggle for self-determination and political rights. While peace talks began in late 2012, there was a rebel withdrawal in September due to the apparent lack of progress the Turkish government made in addressing their concerns.

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