#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: The court in Ankara delivered the verdicts against 475 defendants, 365 of whom had been detained: Several former military officials and civilians individually received up to 79 life sentences for their role in the failed coup. A former brigadier general was sentenced to life in prison for providing fuel for F-16 jet fighters flown by the insurgents, while several of his colleagues received a similar sentence for instructing the pilots to strike specific targets in the capital: The pilots were likewise sentenced to life in prison for bombing police sites, the Turkish Parliament building and a state broadcasting company in the country’s capital. In one ruling, a former F-16 pilot received 16 life sentences for killing 15 people near the presidential compound: Another defendant, a former brigadier general, was handed a life sentence for detaining a military police chief during the coup:
Turkish courts previously sentenced 121 people to life in prison for their role in the coup in June and 151 last year.
On July 15, 2016, elements of the Turkish Armed Forces tried to seize control over key sites in Ankara, Istanbul and several other locations across the country, but were quickly overpowered. The government accused dissident cleric Fethullah Gulen of staging the coup. Gulen, who has lived in self-exile in the US since 1999, denied the allegations:
The Gulen movement is considered to be a terrorist group by Turkey: Security forces regularly conduct raids against the cleric’s supporters in different parts of the country:
#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: A note has been presented to the ambassadors, saying that the search violated international law, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday: German servicemen from the Hamburg frigate, which has been patrolling the Mediterranean as part of EU’s Irini operation to uphold an arms embargo on Libya, boarded a Turkish freighter overnight about 200km (125 miles) north of the Libyan coastal city of Benghazi: However, they couldn’t finish their search of the ship due to vigorous protests from Turkey. The German Defense Ministry acknowledged that by the time the troops left they had not “found anything suspicious,” but insisted that all procedures were followed correctly:
Earlier, Turkey blasted the inspection as an “unauthorized and forceful act,” saying that the vessel was only carrying paints and humanitarian aid. Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hami Aksoy, complained that the crew of the ship were “treated like criminals” during the search. Ankara reserved the right for “all kinds of compensation” from the EU, he added: Aksoy also questioned the legitimacy and the purpose of the Irini Operation, suggesting that it was biased and only aimed “to punish” the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya – while allowing the ships carrying cargo for the rivaling forces of Khalifa Haftar to travel unchecked: Turkey’s support for GNA in the Libyan conflict has been one of many grievances between Ankara and Brussels, which include Turkish backing for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, and its aggressive rivalry with Greece and Cyprus for maritime jurisdiction and energy exploration rights in the Mediterranean:
The European Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting in December to decide if Ankara deserves to be sanctioned over its “expansionist” policies.…
#AceNewsReport – Mar.17: According to sources, the new Turkish Army military site will be established just north of Aleppo city atop the mountain of Jabal Anak near the small rebel-controlled city of Anadan: Turkish forces began establishing military observation points in northwest Syrian at the beginning of 2018 as part of a deescalation scheme brokered between Moscow and Ankara aimed at reducing violence across the region #AceNewsDesk reports
The establishment of such sites by the Turkish military come immediately after the Syrian Army concluded its Idlib-Aleppo operation against ISIS and other militant groups: Turkish forces begin to set up new base just north of #Aleppo city https://t.co/Kfeh5sMNgX#Syria#Turkey Al-Masdar News March 17, 2018
#AceNewsReport – TURKEY:June.17: Suleyman Demirel, who intermittently led Turkey for over three decades as prime minister and president, has died at the age of 90. Demirel had been being treated in an Ankara hospital for a respiratory infection.
The politician, known to his supporters as Baba, or Father, served five different stints as prime minister starting in 1965, despite the fact he was twice toppled and even banned from politics for 7 years.
Demirel served as Turkey’s President between 1993 and 2000.
#AceBreakingNews – ST PETERSBURG:June.11: Russian security services have detained Ilyas Kagirov, who is suspected of being the head of a group recruiting students for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in St. Petersburg, NTV reported.
The group was working at the State Marine Technical University and had contacts in Syria, security sources say.
Several Russian citizens have recently been detained on the Turkish border.
They were allegedly heading to Syria to join IS.
ST. PETERSBURG, June 9 (RAPSI) – The Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested a Russian national who allegedly headed the St. Petersburg group of the international terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.
The suspect was arrested as part of a case opened under Part 2 of Criminal Code Article 205.5 (the creation of and participation in a terrorist group).
Eight suspects have been arrested in St. Petersburg since the summer of 2014, including two alleged leaders of local Hizb ut-Tahrir cells.
The FSB official said Hizb ut-Tahrir activity in St. Petersburg has been stopped as a result of a joint operation of the local FSB and Interior Ministry departments.
Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Party of Islamic Liberation), founded in Jerusalem in 1953, is banned in several Arab and Central Asian countries. Russia’s Supreme Court banned the group from operating on the territory of the country in 2003, describing it as a terrorist organization.
Hizb ut-Tahrir members are regularly arrested by the police across Russia, mainly in big cities in central Russia, the Volga region and Siberia. Also, there are many supporters in Crimea, which rejoined Russia last spring.
A criminal case over the creation of a Hizb ut-Tahrir cell in the St. Petersburg region was opened last May.
The violence broke out in Diyarbakir on Tuesday when Aytac Baran, the leader of a charity linked to the Kurdish Islamist political party Huda Par, was shot dead. The attack prompted a gunfight that left three more people dead and 11 injured.
The clashes inflamed tensions in Turkey’s main Kurdish city days after legislative elections. Baran’s supporters have accused backers of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) of being behind the attack, but it has denied the claim.
#AceBreakingNews -ANKARA:June.09:Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the cabinet of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, but asked it to stay until a new government is formed.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY:Jan.07: US. has shelved the handover of two leftover frigates to Turkey as Congress excluded Turkey from a bill seeking permission to transfer vessels to foreign countries citing Turkey’s sour relations with Israel and the latest gas row with Greek Cyprus.
‘ USS Frigate McClusky ‘
The move is interpreted by foreign policy experts as an action that will lead Turkey to think twice before getting into new arms purchases.
Signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 authorizes the transfer of the frigates Curtis and McClusky to Mexico on a grant basis.
It took the better part of two years, but Congress has finally approved the potential transfer to Taiwan and Mexico of six frigates being decommissioned by the US Navy. The move means negotiators have permission to make a deal for transfer of the ships, four of which are still in service.
Signed into law Thursday by President Barack Obama, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 authorizes the transfer of the frigates Curts and McClusky to Mexico on a grant basis.
The act also authorizes the sale of the frigates Taylor, Gary, Carr and Elrod to Taiwan, Defense News reported.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – October 30 – Ten Iraqi Peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said.
‘ Small Iraqi peshmerga force enters Syrian town ‘
The development followed heavy overnight clashes as Islamic State fighters unsuccessfully tried to capture the border crossing point, the only gateway in and out of the strategic Kurdish town besieged by the militants.
Kobani-based activist Mustafa Bali said the 10 entered Kobani first and that the rest will follow gradually later in the day because the border crossing point has been targeted by Islamic State fighters.
“The first 10 are now with the People’s Protection Units and they include doctors and fighters and the rest are expected to enter in the coming hours at night,” Bali told The Associated Press.
The People’s Protection Units, also known as the YPG, are the main force in predominantly Kurdish regions in northern Syria.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the 10 peshmerga fighters entered Kobani around noon through the Turkey-Syria border crossing.
Remaining peshmerga forces are in a facility on the outskirts of the border town of Suruc, about 12 kilometers from the border with Syria, on a road that leads to the border crossing in the village of Mursitpinar.
The mission of the peshmerga troops is to help Kurdish fighters inside Kobani try to break the siege by Islamic State militants who launched the attack on Kobani six weeks ago.
The ability of the small force to turn the tide of battle will depend on the effectiveness of their weapons and on continued U.S.-led airstrikes against the extremists.
Activists say there are currently some 1,000 Syrian Kurdish fighters and more than 3,000 jihadis in the Kobani area.
Most civilians have fled.
In the Syrian capital of Damascus, President Bashar Assad’s political adviser accused Turkey of committing “aggression” against the country by allowing rebels to cross into Kobani.
#AceWorldNews – ISTANBUL – October 28 – Nineteen miners were trapped on Tuesday after a coal mine in southern Turkey collapsed following a flood inside the mine, local media reported.
Nineteen workers trapped in mine collapse in southern Turkey
Rescue teams and medics were sent to the mine in the town of Ermenek in Karaman province, about 110 km (70 miles) north of Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline.
Media reports said the collapse occurred after water that had built up inside the mine coursed into areas where the workers had been located.
“The water accumulated underground has flooded into the gallery. According to initial reports 25 workers have been saved while 19 workers remain trapped,” Karaman Governor Murat Koca was quoted as saying by Turkey’s Dogan News Agency (DHA).
The flood occurred shortly after midday about 300 meters below ground, DHA said.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Transport Minister Lutfi Elvan were heading for the mine, local media reported.
#AceNewsServices – LEBANON – October 20 – A Lebanese-American reporter working for Iranian channel, Press TV, Serena Shim has been killed in a car crash in Turkey, following her reports of accusations from Turkey’s intelligence agency that she had been “spying.”
“Our correspondent Serena Shimhas been killed near the Turkey-Syria border. Serena was killed in a reported car accident when she was returning from a report scene…their car collided with a heavy vehicle,” a Press TV broadcast stated on Monday. Shim had also been the mother of two young children.
The driver of the vehicle was subsequently arrested, according to Turkish news agency Hurriyet, citing the Turkish Doğan News Agency. Press TV disputed this, alleging that both driver and vehicle have disappeared.
#AceNewsServices – October 20 -The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been transferring its war casualties in Northern Syria, specially those wounded in the town of Kobani, to Turkish hospitals, local sources reported on Monday.
“Since Saturday evening, the ISIL terrorists have been transferring a number of their injured members to Turkey through Tal Kania Araban road,” independent local sources in Syria’s Kurdish region told FNA on Monday.
“The Turkish army lit the sky by the help of flares to facilitate this transfer at night,” they added.
Meantime, other reports said that 124 volunteer forces have managed to cross the Turkish border on Sunday to join the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces in the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani to fight against the ISIL terrorists.
The YPG forces announced that they have killed a large number of terrorists in the past two days.
Sunday reports from Kobani said that clashes between the Kurdish resistance fighters and ISIL had taken the form of street war after the YPG forced ISIL militants out of a major part of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani and as the coalition states avoid targeting concentration camps of the terrorists outside the city.
“The clashes between the terrorists and the YPG forces now continue in the form of street wars with warring sides only 5 to 10 meters in distance,” a journalist from Kobani city, Farhad Shami, told FNA on Sunday.
He also said that the terrorists had fired over 50 mortar rounds on the city center and their attacks continue to break the resistance of the popular forces.
Asked about the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on ISIL forces, Shami said the bombing campaign which targeted ISIL positions in the Eastern and Southern parts of the city were useless as terrorists’ artilleries and other heavy weapons and equipment and the main transit route of the terrorists, from Tal Abyaz and Jerablus towards Kobani, were not raided at all.
As a result, he said, ISIL is very calmly reorganizing its troops to prepare for more attacks.
#AceNewsServices – TURKEY (Suruc) – October 18 – When Islamic State jihadists launched a major offensive on the majority Kurdish town of Kobane in September, more than 180,000 people fled across the border into Turkey.
Local authorities struggled to cope with the influx at first, and thousands of refugees were forced to sleep on the streets of the Turkish border town of Suruc.
Now camps are being set up to provide shelter and other assistance.
With the borders closed and thousands unable to leave Kobane, VICE News visited one of six refugee camps in the town to find out how refugee families — some sharing tents with up to 14 other people — are coping with leaving their homes and livelihoods behind.
#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – October 16 – Iran and Turkey quietly came to the aid of Kurdistan in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.
Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani said neighboring states have sent weapons to help block the ISIL advance in September 2014. Barzani identified two of the suppliers as Iran and Turkey.
“This was a great help for that moment,” Barzani said.
In an interview with Sky News Arabic, Barzani said Iran sent two air transports laden with weapons on the first night of the ISIL offensive against Kurdistan. He did not identify the Iranian equipment.
Later, Barzani said, Turkey began to send weapons to KRG forces. The president said he was asked by the Turkish leadership not to announce Ankara’s assistance.
“Turkey sent [arms] later but asked us not to announce it due to domestic conjuncture,” Barzani said.
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.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 13 – Even though Islamic State militants in Syria have no aircraft to speak of, the US’s top military commander says establishing a no-fly zone may be part of the campaign.
#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
#AceNewsServices – October 12 – The European Commission has decided to give 3.9 million euro ($4.9 million) of humanitarian aid “to help meet the urgent needs of the thousands of people” who are seeking shelter in neighbouring Turkey to escape the Islamic State advance to the Iraqi town of Kobani, the European Commission said in a statement.
“Over 180,000 Syrians have been displaced to Turkey by the fierce fighting in Kobani.
This further adds to the impact of what is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our times.
We are directing urgently needed funds to help the humanitarian organizations on the ground deal with the massive influx of refugees,” said Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.