#AceNewsReport – Dec.28: Police had tried to close the shop in the southeastern city of Bingol overnight, the governor’s office said, adding that the shop supported Islamic State activities in the country.
#AceDailyNews says according to Reuters News Report: Teams of our police intervened … while attacks using sticks and stones were carried out against our security forces,” the governor’s office statement said.
IslamicState has conducted numerous attacks across Turkey, including on a nightclub in Istanbul on Jan. 1, 2017, in which 39 people were killed.
December.28, 20211:19 PM GMTLast Updated 4 hours ago
The suspects had been detained for assaulting a law enforcement officer, intentionally causing injury and damaging public property, it said.
Footage from the operation showed dozens of people clashing with police using sticks, while gun shots were heard.
Since a failed 2016 coup, Turkey has investigated and tried tens of thousands of people accused of militant links in a crackdown which rights groups say has been used as pretext to quash dissent. read more
The government has said its actions are necessary given the gravity of the threats faced by Turkey.
Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu Editing by Ece Toksabay and Nick Macfie
#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: Mexican media say the incident in Guaymas saw armed attackers storm the city’s municipal palace, shooting dead a female protester and two men – a government worker and a bodyguard for Mayor Karla Córdova, who was in the palace at the time.
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC World News Report: In the Mexican city of Guaymas, three people were shot dead in an apparent attack on the city’s female mayor: And in the Turkish city of Istanbul, clashes broke out with security forces: There were also large rallies in Barcelona, Paris and London to mark the international day for the elimination of gender-based attacks.
Eyewitnesses told local journalists that they heard something like a grenade exploding at the door of the building, before gunshots rang out.
The identity of the attackers and their motives remain unknown.
There was another rally in Mexico City, where crowds chanted “not one (woman) less” as they demanded an end to femicide – the intentional murder of women because of their gender.
“We are always protesting and it shouldn’t have to be this way, violence needs to end at some point,” protester Laura Valle told Reuters news agency. “We notice the authorities are not acting on it, for example, when we report it [violence],” she added.
Police fired smoke bombs at a small group of hammer-wielding protesters who tried to grab their shields.
Police scuffled with protesters as they urged them to disperse from the area.
Many demonstrators were pictured holding banners while others called for the government to resign over its withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention in June.
Some in the party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had argued that the agreement was inconsistent with Turkey’s conservative values. Mr Erdogan said Turkey would use local laws to protect women.
“Women are being killed,” one protester told Reuters. “They are being publicly murdered. As of June, we have started to move away from the guarantees that protect us.
“We do not and will not accept this and we will keep fighting”.
According to rights groups in Turkey, 345 women have been killed so far this year.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: Seven people escaped from the bus and were taken to hospital with burns. ……………..Speaking at the accident site, Bulgarian Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov said the victims had been badly burned, describing it as a “terrifying scene”.
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC News Report: The incident happened on a motorway south-west of the capital Sofia at about 02:00 local time (00:00 GMT) ……..The bus was registered in North Macedonia and was mainly carrying tourists, who were returning from a trip to Istanbul in Turkey.
The cause of the disaster was not immediately clear. Bulgarian officials say the bus swerved off the motorway and tore away a 50m (164ft) section of the crash barrier, but it was unclear if that was before or after it caught fire.
Pictures of the aftermath showed a section of the road where the barrier had been shorn off. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
The mayor of the nearby village of Pernik told local media that the motorway was in poor condition on that section and there were often accidents in the area.
Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani told reporters the coach party had been returning to the capital Skopje from a weekend holiday trip to the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Bulgarian media reports say the vehicle, which had been travelling as part of a convoy of buses, had stopped off at a petrol station near Sofia about an hour before the accident.
Part of the motorway barrier was destroyed in the crash
The victims have not yet been officially named, but officials said they included children, and young people aged between 20 and 30.
Macedonian TV channel Alsat released a list of names it said were passengers on the bus. Comments by Albania’s foreign minister indicate that most, if not all, the passengers were ethnic-Albanians from North Macedonia.
Earlier, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said he spoke to one of the survivors, who told him that passengers were sleeping when the sound of an explosion woke them.
“He and the other six survivors broke the windows of the bus and managed to escape and save themselves,” Mr Zaev told Bulgarian media.
He said the bus belonged to Besa Trans, a travel company that organises trips in Europe.
Within hours of the disaster, relatives of people who travelled to Turkey with Besa Trans last week gathered outside the firm’s office in Skopje, anxiously looking for information.
Bulgaria’s interim Prime Minister Stefan Yanev described the incident as “an enormous tragedy”.
“Let’s hope we learn lessons from this tragic incident and we can prevent such incidents in the future,” he told reporters as he visited the site of the crash.
The area around the site of Tuesday’s incident on the Struma motorway has now been sealed off. Footage from the scene shows the charred vehicle, gutted by the fire.
Investigative service chief Borislav Sarafov said “human error by the driver or a technical malfunction are the two initial versions for the accident”.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.17: While there was no immediate catalyst for today’s drop – the lira only dropped below below 10 vs the dollar for the first time ever last Friday – traders are dreading this Thursday’s central bank meeting at which policymakers are expected to cut interest rates further even as Turkish inflation tops 20%.
#AceDailyNews says according to a Zero Hedge News Report: Turkey On Verge Of Currency Collapse As Lira Implodes, Crashes 4% In Minutes
… continued to be the gift that keeps on giving, and collapsed as much as 4% in minutes, in an episode right out of hyperinflationary Argentina or Venezuela.
Citing two local traders, Bloomberg said that the recent move of the lira “is the result of a surge in local demand for the dollar” which, of course, is obvious… even more so since it is extremely difficult if not impossible to buy bitcoin or other cryptos as a hyperinflation/currency collapse hedge.
The central bank is expected to cut its benchmark one-week repo rate by a further 100 basis points this week to 15%, according to a Bloomberg survey of 21 participants. Meanwhile, inflation is at or above 20%.
And while conventional economists claim there is no way that Turkey can be the next locus of hyperinflation, all we can say there is give Erdoganomics another five years (because Erdo isn’t going anywhere) and check back then.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.07: When the jet landed, 21 passengers ran off across the runways, reportedly escaping over the perimeter fence: Police later made arrests but 12 were still on the run on Saturday.
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC News Report; Palma de Mallorca: Fleeing passengers shut down busy Spanish airport after a plane flying from Casablanca in Morocco to Istanbul, Turkey, was diverted to Palma de Mallorca after a medical emergency was reported aboard.
Police are investigating whether the group’s escape from the plane was spontaneous or an elaborate plot to immigrate illegally.
The top Spanish government official for the Balearic Islands, Aina Calvo, said the event was unprecedented for a Spanish airport.
The drama began when emergency services boarded the Air Arabia Maroc plane to evacuate a Moroccan man said to have fallen into a diabetic coma. As they did so, 21 other passengers ran down the steps and fled, reportedly hiding under parked planes.
After a health check at a hospital found him to be fit and well, the Moroccan man was discharged and arrested for illegally entering the country, Spain’s Efe news agency reports. A fellow passenger accompanying him to the hospital disappeared.
Most of the escapees who were arrested were found by the Guardia Civil, the Majorca Daily Bulletin reports, noting that “one was caught walking along the road to Manacor”.
Some 60 national and international flights were diverted or delayed as a result of the incident.
The Air Arabia Maroc plane later continued to Turkey with its remaining passengers.
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#AceNewsReport – Oct.20: We have run out of patience regarding certain areas in Syria that have been the source of terrorist attacks on our country. We are determined to eliminate the threats originating from those areas,” Erdogan said Oct. 11, referring to Kurdish-held Tell Rifaat, which lies to the south of Marea, where the attack took place the day before…..
#AceDailyNews says according to Al Monitor reports Erdogan threatens fresh military campaign in #Syria …….The state-run Anatolia news agency named 11 villages around Tell Rifaat where, it said, “the terrorists” had deployed heavy weapons such as multiple rocket launchers and TOW, Katyusha and Grad missiles and were using them to “frequently strike Azaz, al-Bab, Marea and Afrin.”
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu charged that Russia and the United States held responsibility for the attacks as well, vowing that Turkey “will do whatever it takes to cleanse the terrorists.”
According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, the attack on the Turkish convoy was carried out by the Afrin Liberation Forces, and the Turkish military responded by firing artillery shells and rockets on villages where Kurdish forces were stationed.
Tell Rifaat is a corridor between multiple frontlines. Lying 21 kilometers south of the Turkish border province of Kilis, 22 kilometers east of Afrin and 27 kilometers north of Aleppo, the town has been in Turkey’s crosshairs since Kurdish forces seized it in February 2016.
Turkey sought to bargain over the area — first with the United States and then with Russia — as part of its Operation Peace Spring in northeastern Syria in October 2019. A Turkish-Russian deal reached in Sochi that month limited Turkey’s intervention to a border strip between Tell Abyad and Ras al-Ain, but contained a provision that “all YPG (Kurdish People’s Protection Units) elements and their weapons will be removed from Manbij and Tell Rifaat.”
In what has become a pattern since then, Ankara would bring up Tell Rifaat and Manbij whenever Moscow reminds Ankara of its commitment under a separate deal to eliminate terrorist groups in Idlib and reopen the M4 and M5 highways. In the meantime, Russia has allowed the deployment of Syrian government forces in Tell Rifaat and Manbij, in addition to Russian military police.
Besides the complex balance of power on the ground, a key question here is whether Erdogan and Putin reached some understanding on the issue at their Sept. 29 meeting in Sochi, which ended without a public statement. What could be Erdogan hoping for by threatening a military operation without a deal with Putin?
The leading Syrian daily al-Watan sees renewed Russian operations in Idlib as an indication that Putin and Erdogan failed to resolve their differences in Sochi. The Syrian foreign minister’s calls on Turkey to withdraw from Syria come across as a further sign that Damascus believes the Putin-Erdogan meeting ended without a compromise. Turkey’s establishment of a new military outpost in the Jabal al-Zawiya area in southern Idlib also points to ongoing differences, as do Russia’s intensifying air raids in the province.
Erdogan may trying to gain room to maneuver and bargain. Most Turkish analysts believe that Erdogan could hardly order a large-scale military operation and risk a major escalation without getting guarantees from Russia to use Syrian airspace. Reports that five Turkish commanders in charge of Syria-related missions sought early retirement last month have fueled speculation of rising discontent in the army over operations in which Turkish troops lack adequate protection.
For others, the prospect of a new operation in Syria is hard to dismiss because of Erdogan’s growing political and economic woes at home, which could push him into another military adventure to distract the public and stoke nationalist sentiments.
The perception that Ankara is setting the stage for a military campaign was also fueled when five mortar shells fired from Syria by unknown perpetrators landed in the Turkish border town of Karkamis, causing no casualties. The incident brought to mind an audio recording leaked in 2014, in which Turkey’s intelligence chief purportedly described how he could stage a missile attack on Turkey from Syria to provide a pretext for war.
Erdogan’s outburst is a response also to US President Joe Biden, who last week charged that Turkey’s actions in Syria threatened US national security and interests. By arguing that Turkey is under attack, Erdogan is seeking to turn up pressure on Washington to end support for the Syrian Kurds as he prepares to meet with Biden in the margins of the G-20 summit in Rome later this month.
In sum, the Tell Rifaat card appears to be a tool for Erdogan to preserve the status quo in Idlib. Yet such maneuvering cannot fend off Idlib-related pressures for good. Russia has shown no willingness to trade off Tell Rifaat and Manbij for Idlib and is unlikely to approve a new Turkish offensive. From Damascus’ perspective, the issue is highly critical because of the following considerations:
The seizure of Tell Rifaat by Turkish forces could make Aleppo vulnerable to attacks again.
The connection of forces in the Turkish-controlled Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch pockets with the Tell Rifaat corridor could expand the anti-government front.
Turkey might seize Manbij as well, which would amount to Turkish control in the entire region west of the Euphrates in northern Syria.
Turkish control of Tell Rifaat might jeopardize the Shiite settlements’ access to Aleppo, meaning that Hezbollah and other Iran-backed Shiite groups are likely to resist such a move.
With Tell Rifaat under Turkish control, multiple strategic gains of the Syrian government might be at risk, and removing Turkish forces from the region could become even more difficult.
In another scenario, Turkey might get a green light for a limited operation in Tell Rifaat that would not impact the control on the ground in return for its withdrawal from the M-4 route in Idlib. Given the importance Damascus and its allies place on Tell Rifaat, any backstepping there would probably require a major step by Erdogan that would significantly alter the situation on the ground.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.02: Aristidou was charged and convicted in Turkey of being a member of Daesh on 15 October 2018 and sentenced to 6 years 3 months, which he was released from early. He was then arrested on return to the UK on 3 February 2021 following deportation from Turkey.
#AceDailyNews reports on CPS Court Report: British man sentenced to 28 months’ imprisonment: Stefan Aristidou, 27, pleaded guilty on 29 July 2021 to sharing pro-Daesh terrorist material between 22 November 2014 and 22 December 2014 as part of a series of messages sent to a friend. The messages stopped after Aristidou said that he was leaving the UK to join #Daesh in March 2015…..
Nick Price, Head of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said: “The CPS was able to show that Stefan Aristidou shared terrorist material on a regular basis before he left the UK in 2015, and unapologetically supported Daesh. The content Aristidou shared was dangerous and it is right that he has been sentenced today.” …………Stefan Aristidou was a resident in the UK until April 2015 when he was reported missing by his family along with his wife………..In 2015, at the time Aristidou went missing, his family were concerned that he had left to join Daesh and contacted the police. His computer was then examined by police hi-tech investigators who found extremist, pro-Daesh videos and evidence of research into Daesh…………Aristidou also sent links to websites where there were Daesh beheading videos. One video he shared was titled ‘ISIS execute soldiers.’ It had a ‘black flag’ in the corner indicating it was produced by Daesh……….The chat around sending the links showed that Aristidou was consistently supportive of Daesh.
Stefan Aristidou (DOB: 19/12/93) has been sentenced to 28 months’ imprisonment, plus an extended one-year licence
On 29th July 2021, Aristidou pleaded guilty to 4 offences of dissemination of a terrorist publication contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006
#AceNewsReport – Sept.25: The columnist recalled that a total of five people had been detained as part of an investigation into bribery and the theft of sensitive data about tenders and information regarding the Turkish-made drones. One of them, named Emre Alp Durmaz, was allegedly linked to Israeli defence companies Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) and Israeli Military Industries Systems (IMI) through his relations.
#AceDailyNews says that the spy cell, which was uncovered and caught in Turkey not long ago, might have sent the sensitive data, obtained from the country’s defence industry and the naval forces, according to Sputnik Israel, Bulent Orakoglu, a columnist for the Turkish daily newspaper, Yeni Safak, has alleged.
The IAI reportedly even worked with Ankara to sell a medium-altitude UAV called “Heron”. In addition, Mehmet Durmaz, the father of the detained, was involved in modernising M60 tanks for Turkey, the columnist claimed in Yeni Safak.Orakoglu admits that there is no solid evidence confirming that the data was sold to Israel, but he stressed that such concerns are natural.
He insists that Turkey’s defence industry could have been targeted for corporate espionage because of its recent success in certain fields, such as drone construction. Ankara has not levelled any public accusations against either Tel Aviv or any of the Israeli companies allegedly related to the case.
“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.21: In a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a sharp increase in people leaving Afghanistan could pose “a serious challenge for everyone”.
#AceDailyNews says Greece has erected a fence at Turkey border amid warnings of Afghan migrant surge we cannot wait, passively, for the possible impact,” Greece’s Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said on a visit to the region of Evros on Friday and his comments came as Turkey called on European countries to take responsibility for Afghan migrants.
“Our borders will remain inviolable.”
“A new wave of migration is inevitable if the necessary measures are not taken in Afghanistan and in Iran,” Mr Erdogan said.
The rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, an Islamist militant group, has left some fearing for their lives and seeking to escape the country, often by any means necessary.
Mr Chrisochoidis said the crisis had created new “possibilities for migrant flows” into Europe. A child is handed over the wall at Kabul airport, as the chaos continues
Greece, which was on the frontline of the migrant crisis in 2015 when more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East crossed from Turkey into the EU, has said it may send back any Afghans that arrive illegally through the country.
Of those who arrived in Greece during the migrant crisis, many travelled further north throughout Europe, but about 60,000 have remained in the country.
Last year, Athens temporarily blocked new asylum applications after Mr Erdogan said Turkey had “opened the doors” for migrants to travel to the EU.
Mr Mitsotakis said at the time that Greece had increased “the level of deterrence at our borders to the maximum”, with security personnel deployed to the Evros land border.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.15: The floods, among the worst Turkey has experienced, brought chaos to northern provinces just as authorities were declaring wildfires that raged through southern coastal regions for two weeks had been brought under control.
#AceDailyNews says that Northern Turkey ‘disaster’ floods death toll rises to 44, hundreds evacuated from affected areas just as the declare wildfires are ravinging the country ……
Torrents of water tossed dozens of cars and heaps of debris along streets, destroyed bridges, closed roads and cut off electricity to hundreds of villages.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) said 36 people were killed in Kastamonu, seven in Sinop and one in Bartin. It said nine people were still in hospital in Sinop.
“This is the worst flood disaster I have seen,” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said late on Thursday after surveying damage.
“The infrastructure in Ayancik (district) has completely collapsed. The sewage system is destroyed. There is no electricity or water,” Sinop Mayor Baris Ayhan told Reuters.
About 45 centimetres of rain fell in less than three days in one village near the worst-hit region, Kastamonu’s Bozkurt district, AFAD cited meteorology authorities as saying.
Hundreds evacuated from flooded areas
Footage of the flood’s first moments in Bozkurt showed the river there overflowing in a fast-moving deluge, which tore up trees and dragged away vehicles.
The small town of Bozkurt lies in a valley along the banks of the Ezine river in Kastamonu province, 2.5 kilometres from the Black Sea.
Experts in Turkey say interference with rivers and improper construction also were contributors to the massive damage in Turkey’s floods.
Geologists have said that construction narrowed the river bed and the surrounding alluvial flood plain of the Ezine stream in Kastamonu’s Bozkurt district, where the damage was most severe.
Residential buildings were built along the waterfront. During severe rains, the contracted stream has limited area in which to move and can overflow.
Speaking in Bozkurt, President Tayyip Erdogan declared the three provinces a disaster zone.
“Our country has been grappling with natural disasters for a while, as are many places in the world. This is not just our country but the United States, Canada, Germany and many other European countries,” he said.
About 2,250 people were evacuated across the region before, during and after the floods, some lifted from rooftops by helicopters.
Many were being temporarily housed in student dormitories, authorities said.
Five bridges had collapsed and many others were damaged, leading to road closures, AFAD added. Parts of the roads were also swept away.
#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.”…
It is noted that Poland, like many EU countries, is concerned about Russia’s aggressive behavior.
“Of course, this is a response to the challenges in the field of national security that we have faced … Our task is to deter a potential aggressor. We all know where this aggressor is,” Blaszczak said.
In May, Poland announced plans to buy 24 combat drones from Turkey. This will make it the first NATO country to purchase Turkish-made UAVs.
Earlier, the United States began working to increase the number of American instructors to train the Ukrainian military as part of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine (JMTG-U).
During the visit of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Kyiv, the issues of expanding military aid to Ukraine were discussed.
#AceNewsReport – June.15: The report noted that German state interests would significantly be affected in case of anti-Turkey activities or passive support for the PKK terrorists, as Turkey strongly opposes support for the terrorist group:
GERMANY: According to the report by Die Welt, pro-PKK Kurdish associations in Germany launched a “human shield” campaign for the PKK terrorists and were planning to send groups of people to Iraq in June.
by DAILY SABAH
The incident took place at the Duesseldorf Airport on Saturday.
Police noted that the co-chairperson of the German Left Party (Die Linke) in Hamburg, Cansu Özdemir, and a group of 18 people were prevented from boarding a plane to Irbil for “the threat of damaging Germany’s reputation.”
Police also told the German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) that they were unsure if they “could rule out any danger coming from members of this group that could potentially have long-lasting effects on Germany’s security concerns abroad.”
The statement also said the preservation of the KRG’s stability, especially in Irbil, is a red line and that will not be allowed to deteriorate under any pretext or group.
The ministry’s statement also pointed out that if the aforementioned groups’ intentions were truly peace and tranquility, they should focus on Qandil because the unrest and warmongering stemmed from there.
The Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq are the PKK’s stronghold, and the group is active in many cities and towns. It occupies a large number of villages in the region and launches attacks on Turkey from there.
The PKK terrorist group has recently increased its multifaceted terrorist attacks by targeting legitimate representatives of the Kurdish people in northern Iraq, including Peshmerga forces and police officers, kidnapping civilians, targeting diplomatic missions and inciting peaceful protests to violence in the KRG.
The terrorist group, disturbed by the Baghdad-Irbil agreement of Oct. 9, 2020, that will end the PKK’s presence in the Sinjar region, is trying to spread the instability it has created in other occupied regions to the north of Iraq with terrorist acts and to divert attention from Sinjar.
The PKK also accuses the Irbil administration of collaborating with Turkey in its successful counterterrorism operations in northern Iraq, while also attacking the KRG’s Peshmerga forces.
Northern Iraq is known as the location of many PKK terrorist hideouts and bases from where they carry out attacks in Turkey. The Turkish military regularly conducts cross-border operations in northern Iraq. Turkey has long been stressing that it will not tolerate terrorist threats posed against its national security and has called on Iraqi officials to take the necessary steps to eliminate the terrorist group. Ankara previously noted that if the expected steps were not taken, it would not shy away from targeting terrorist threats.
Turkey has repeatedly urged German authorities to take action against the PKK, which has been outlawed in Germany since 1993.
The PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for 40 years and has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.
Despite its status as a designated international terrorist organization, the PKK has enjoyed relative freedom in European cities and has a particularly strong presence in Germany. PKK supporters have been allowed to hold rallies, recruit militants and collect funds in Germany, which is home to some 5 million people of Turkish origin, including Kurds.
The PKK has been banned in Germany since 1993, but it is still active, with nearly 14,000 followers among the country’s Kurdish immigrant population.
#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 – May.19: It is no secret that Erdogan sympathizes and maintains close contacts with the radical Islamic terrorist organization Hamas. Nevertheless, the Turkish public has recently won the impression that the government is pursuing a course of rapprochement with Israel. Despite the many harsh words Erdogan regularly directs at Israel, talks have recently become more frequent again. Trade is also on the rise, with exports to Israel increasing steadily in recent years:
TURKEY: Erdogan hits out at Israel as Mideast conflict grows as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking advantage of the escalation between Israel and Hamas to present himself as an Islamic leader and score political points at home: While many heads of state and government are as diplomatic as they can be regarding the growing Israeli-Hamas conflict, urging both sides to de-escalate, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken a very different tack.
As so often in the recent past, the Turkish president has called Israel a “terrorist state” and “immoral.” Erdogan has been following up daily with more verbal attacks on the Israeli state and its allies. The United States recently reacted by condemning Erdogan’s remarks. On Tuesday, Erdogan lashed out at Austria for hoisting Israeli flags on government buildings in Vienna. “I curse the Austrian state,” the Turkish president said.
Erdogan appears to be using the Israel-Hamas conflict to score points on the domestic front
Ankara has indeed been making efforts to normalize relations with Israel, said Sinan Ulgen, director of the Istanbul-based Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM). “The escalation and tensions in East Jerusalem could not have come at a worse time for Turkey,” he concluded.
Ulgen and many other observers even believe that the Turkish government was aiming to play a mediating role between Israel and the Palestinians — there were regular talks with the Israeli Knesset (the Parliament), as well as with the Palestinian leadership. In September 2020, representatives of the two leading Palestinian organizations, Fatah and Hamas, met to settle the 15-year dispute between the two organizations — with the Turkish government as mediator.
The West Bank has seen several protests over the current conflict
“Active mediation between Hamas and Israel and establishing a dialogue would be an initiative that would have many benefits for Turkey,” Ulgen said. But now that Erdogan has launched an anti-Israel campaign, he says, it will be difficult to continue the process.
“In these circumstances, where tensions have reached the highest level, it seems impossible to start new peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,” says Oytun Orhan of the Ankara-based Center for Middle Eastern Studies. “It is simply not possible at the moment to take a neutral position in the current tensions.”
Ankara wants leadership role in Muslim world
Ankara could not be further from taking a mediating role at the moment. The Turkish government seems to have a very different task in view. In an address to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which includes 56 Muslim countries, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu emphasized Turkey’s status as a role model. “The Islamic community (ummah) expects leadership from us,” he said. What he meant was taking consistent action against the Israeli government, which, according to the Turkish foreign minister, is forging ahead with “ethnic, religious and cultural cleansing.”
Turkish foreign policy analyst Aydin Sezer said he was not surprised that the ruling Islamic conservative AKP party is pouring oil on the fire. Erdogan always tries to satisfy his party’s Islamic base, he said. “The government had to react this way (in this conflict) — mainly for domestic political reasons.” The normalization of relations with Israel did not go down well with the AKP base, Sezen added.
Turkey wants a leadership role in the Muslim world, says Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
Isolated on the world stage
The Turkish president often uses religious or nationalist rhetoric to mobilize his core supporters. Polls show that Erdogan and the AKP are facing a decline in popularity. Members of the opposition and critics accuse him of using harsh rhetoric and polarization to draw attention from problems like government failure in managing the coronavirus pandemic and the long-running economic crisis.
Even if the Turkish government’s Islamist rhetoric appeals to the AKP’s main supporters, the question is whether the Muslim world wants Turkish leadership at all. Its bilateral relations are difficult not just with Israel — Turkey is currently isolated in the entire Middle East. Arab countries including Egypt and Saudi Arabia have also turned their backs on Ankara.
The charity said it had investigated 10 sites across southern Turkey and found plastic bags and packaging from UK supermarkets and retailers at all of them.
Packaging for a coronavirus antigen test was also found, indicating the waste was less than a year old, the report said.
The UK generates more plastic waste per person than any other country apart from the US, the report added.
Turkey, Malaysia and Poland received the largest amounts of plastic waste exports from the UK in 2020.
Correspondent Angus Crawford sorted through piles of plastic bags, bottles and packaging left by the roadside.The UK sends more plastic waste to Turkey than to any other country, but not all of it gets recycled
Turkey received nearly 40% of the UK’s plastic waste exports in 2020 – an increase by a factor of 18 since 2016, when 12,000 tonnes were sent.
European Union member states also sent 20 times more plastic waste to Turkey last year compared to 2016.
Nihan Temiz Atas, biodiversity projects lead from Greenpeace Mediterranean, based in Turkey, said: “Around 241 truckloads of plastic waste come to Turkey every day from across Europe and it overwhelms us.
“As far as we can see from the data and the field, we continue to be Europe’s largest plastic waste dump.”
Nina Schrank, senior plastics campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said the crux of the problem was overproduction, and urged the government to ban plastic waste exports and reduce single-use plastic by 50% by 2025.
The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We are clear that the UK should handle more of its waste at home, and that’s why we are committed to banning the export of plastic waste to non-OECD countries and clamping down on illegal waste exports – including to countries such as Turkey – through tougher controls.
“The UK is a global leader in tackling plastic pollution and our proposals for extended producer responsibility for packaging, a plastic packaging tax and mandatory electronic waste tracking will boost recycling rates, reduce waste and cut crime.”
Many wealthy countries send recyclable waste overseas as it is financially cheap, reduces domestic landfill and can help areas achieve recycling targets.
Last year, Malaysia’s environment minister said the government had sent back 150 shipping containers of illegally imported plastic waste to their country of origin – 42 of which belonged to the UK.
#AceHealthReport – May.06: Travellers from countries on the red list would otherwise face bills of up to £1,750-per-person to isolate in a hotel if they flew to the UK directly:
#CoronavirusNewsDesk – #Covid19 Britons fly via Turkey to avoid costly quarantine: Passengers are breaking their journey in Istanbul, and staying in hotels there for a fraction of the cost they would have to pay in Britain but are they endangering other peoples lives?
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By Sue Mitchell BBC News
Those using the route must still quarantine at home once back in the UK.
One hotel worker in Istanbul said he had seen British nationals flying in from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh – which are all on the UK’s red list.
The BBC has also spoken to travellers returning from Pakistan to the UK, many of whom were attending weddings or funerals and say they couldn’t afford the cost of quarantining once the rules changed.
As long as they isolate at home for 10 days after returning from a non-red list country, they are not breaking the UK government’s Covid rules.
‘Red list’ countries
The UK has a so-called red list with travel heavily restricted to countries on it – usually those with high coronavirus rates.
Any British citizen arriving home who has been to a country on the list in the past 10 days must then pay to quarantine in a government-approved hotel.
The cost is £1,750 for a single adult, while a family of four with teenage children would pay £3,700. Guests are largely restricted to their rooms for the duration.
By comparison, anyone arriving in the UK from a country not on the list is told to self-isolate at home – so long as they’ve not been in a red list country in the past 10 days.
SuppliedHashir, a student, said he could not afford the cost of quarantining in the UK
One travel agent in Bradford said some of his clients who had travelled to Pakistan had been left facing a hefty bill to return home after the country was placed on UK’s banned list on 9 April.
“I’ve got customers who can’t afford to come back,” said Ascher Khawaja of Oltrax Travel, citing UK quarantine costs. To ease the burden on his clients, Mr Khawaja says he has arranged 15-20 journeys home via Turkey.
The country brought in a three-week lockdown last week because of rising infections – but it has not been added to the UK’s red list. “With the hotel factored in, it works out at around £600 compared to £1,700-plus,” he said.
Anyone entering Turkey must have had a negative Covid test within 72 hours. They also must have a negative PCR test to leave the country. Foreign tourists are, however, exempt from Turkey’s current lockdown rules.
TV and a fridge
Bradford businessman Mohammad Saad travelled to Pakistan on 23 March to attend his nephew’s funeral and had been due to fly home on 10 April – the day after Pakistan was added to the red list.
When he couldn’t change his flights, he and his 16-year-old son flew to Turkey instead. The cost was about £450 for 10 days in Istanbul, he said.
“It’s like an extra holiday. Then you can fly back into the UK from Istanbul without any hotel quarantine.”
Hashir, a 21-year-old student returning from Pakistan, said he had met other Britons at the airport when he arrived in Istanbul.
“There’s no way I have that money, I’m a university student,” said Hashir, referring to the cost of returning directly to the UK. He is due back in the UK on 7 May.
Zulfiqar Ali, a 45-year-old taxi driver from Leeds, travelled from Pakistan to Istanbul on 24 April. “I paid £100 for 11 nights. It’s a double bed, a TV and a fridge. It was online and food was very cheap.”
He said he was returning to the UK on 5 May.
SuppliedZulfiqar Ali paid £100 for 11 nights in Istanbul
The BBC has also spoken to staff at hotels in Istanbul. One accommodation worker in the old city said British travellers were using the country as “a bridge”.
His hotel had booked British passport holders travelling from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India – all on the red list, he said.
Turkey has since tightened its rules on people arriving from India, who must now quarantine in designated dormitories.
A manager at another hotel in the city said, through his membership of an international booking website, he could see there had been a rise in people travelling from Pakistan and India to Istanbul.
Bradford MP Naz Shah said others had been unable to book family rooms on the UK hotel quarantine booking system. She said she was “deeply concerned” about children potentially missing school because their parents can’t afford to fly home.
The UK’s Department for Transport said people who had not been in a red list country for the past 10 days were not prevented from entering the UK – but should isolate at home.
It said the rules were aimed at stopping people – other than British residents – entering the UK from red list countries.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.30: Speaking at the opening ceremony of the MKEK’s Barutsan Rocket and Explosive Factory in the capital Ankara, Erdoğan said that the new facility was established with domestic resources:
Turkey to locally produce materials used in ammunition, missiles and will produce these products locally at international standards at the newly established energetic materials production facility under Turkey’s Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK).
by DAILY SABAH WITH AA
Joining an exclusive club of countries nationwide, now Turkey will be able to produce explosives such as RDX, HMX, and CMX, he stressed.
“Recent events and the overt and covert embargoes we have been subjected to created the need to manufacture such critical products within our country,” Erdoğan said.
Catapulting Turkey to the big leagues, the new factory can produce next-generation explosives, the president added, adding that modular gunpowder systems, something Turkey used to import, are now also set to be produced domestically.