(ANKARA, Turkey.) Erdogan says will soon hold a tender for the construction of a canal on the outskirts of Istanbul, and plans for it to proceed are well underway #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.08: Ankara will soon hold a tender for the construction of a canal on the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey’s president has said. Estimated at over $9 billion, the project drew sharp criticism from environmentalists and the opposition:

Turkey will push Istanbul canal plan forward ‘whether you like it or not’, Erdogan says, promises to ‘lay groundwork’ this summer which is estimated at over $9 billion, for the project and has drawn sharp criticism from environmentalists and the opposition’

7 Apr, 2021 14:57 

Turkey will push Istanbul canal plan forward ‘whether you like it or not’, Erdogan says, promises to ‘lay groundwork’ this summer
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Speaking before lawmakers with his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party on Wednesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said work on the ambitious project is expected to start shortly.

“We’ve completed preparations for Canal Istanbul to a great extent,”Erdogan said. “The tender will be held soon and we’ll lay groundwork in the summer.”

The project, estimated to cost at least 75 billion lira ($9.2 billion), will create a whole new city of some 500,000, Erdogan predicted. The president brushed off any criticism of the project, insisting Turkey will go forward with it “whether you like it or not.”

The canal project has already drawn criticism from various sides. The waterway would extend some 50 kilometers along the western outskirts of Istanbul, running parallel to the busy Bosporus strait, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

The project has been attacked by Turkish opposition over its eye-popping costs, which are expected to further burden the already-strained resources of the country. Turkey’s national currency, the lira, has been locked into a perpetual downward slide over the past few years.

The canal project has also raised the concerns of environmentalists who argue the artificial waterway may damage local ecosystems and pollute freshwater resources.

The ambitious plan has also been criticized by some in the country’s military circles, with over 100 ex-navy officers releasing an open letter to warn about the potential security implications over the weekend.

The Bosporus is the subject of the 1936 Montreux Convention, the cornerstone international treaty regulating Turkey’s sovereignty over the straits. The treaty strictly limits the tonnage of military ships of nations from other regions allowed to enter the Black Sea. That is why the digging of a new waterway not subject to the treaty may push Turkey into a conflict between major naval powers.

“We are of the opinion to refrain from any kind of rhetoric or action that could make the Montreux Convention… a matter of controversy,” the group stated, adding that it was “worrying” to open the treaty up to debate: Turkey detains over 200 soldiers in raids over links to self-exiled Muslim cleric Gulen

The letter sparked an angry reaction in Ankara, with 10 ex-admirals being arrested and others investigated. The declaration from the military’s ex-leaders was “reminiscent of coup times”, according to presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin. The top officials signaled the letter’s signatories will be subjected to a major probe into their motives.

“Not only those who signed but also those who encourage them will give an account before justice,” Erdogan’s top media aide Fahrettin Altun has said.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.08: 2021:

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) JUST IN: On Monday officials detained 10 retired admirals after a letter signed by more than 100 of them warned against a possible threat to a treaty governing the use of Turkey’s key waterways #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.06: The Ankara chief public prosecutor’s office said arrest warrants have been issued for the 10. Prosecutors also ordered four other suspects to report to Ankara police within three days, opting not to detain them because of their age.

Turkey detains 10 retired admirals over open letter criticizing the Istanbul Canal project: ‘The admirals used their declaration to criticise the Kanal Istanbul, a multibillion-dollar artificial waterway connecting the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea to ease shipping traffic on the Bosphorus Straits’

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They also addressed the prospect of possible revisions to the 1936 Montreux Convention, which is about control of the Istanbul Straits.

Their statement triggered an urgent central committee meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party for Monday to discuss the issue in detail, and Ankara’s Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into the signatories.

One of the signatories was 63-year-old Cem Gurdeniz.

He was the architect of Turkey’s “Blue Homeland” maritime doctrine, and his vision gained increased popularity last year with the country’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

“The fact that withdrawing from the Montreux Convention was opened to discussion related to the Kanal Istanbul and the authority to exit from the international treaties was met with concern,” the statement said.

“Kanal Istanbul will open the Montreux Convention to discussion, and will lead to Turkey’s total loss of sovereignty over the Sea of ​​Marmara.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• The admirals addressed the prospect of possible revisions to the 1936 Montreux Convention, which is about control of the Istanbul Straits.  

• The statement triggered an urgent central committee meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party for Monday to discuss the issue in detail. 

• The admirals stressed that the convention was an agreement that ‘best protects Turkish interests.’ 

• A few days ago, 126 retired Turkish diplomats released a statement to warn the government over the same issue.

In a 2018 decree Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assigned himself authority to withdraw the country from any international treaty or pact, such as the Montreux Convention, without parliamentary approval.

Last month Turkey approved plans to develop the 45-kilometer canal project and, since then, the status of the Montreux Convention has become a hot topic.

The admirals stressed that the convention was an agreement that “best protects Turkish interests.”

Recently 126 retired Turkish diplomats released a statement to warn the government over the same issue.

The convention gives free passage to all civilian vessels, and determines the mode of entry, duration of stay and tonnage of warships from nonliteral countries.

Kanal Istanbul will shorten the route of naval vessels from nonliteral countries to reach their destinations in the Black Sea as long as they pay the necessary fees.

But, if no further abrupt revision is made to the convention, these vessels have to respect the rules of Montreux as they will enter Kanal Istanbul from the Dardanelles straits that are still determined by this decades-long international regime.

In a country still shaken by the failed coup attempt of 2016, the admirals’ declaration caused anger in government circles and led to claims that it was reminiscent of past coup periods.

(With wires) Arab News/

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.06: 2021:

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) JUST IN: Army are planning to reclaim disputed islands in the Aegean Sea according to Scandinavian Nordic Monitor website on Saturday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.24: Turkey was planning on invading a total of 131 islands, islets and small rocks on the Aegean Sea, the Scandinavian Nordic Monitor website reported on Saturday:

Turkish army officials issued plans to invade 131 Greek islands in the Aegean Sea: ‘According to a document the website claims to have obtained, Turkish army officials had issued plans to capture what they claim to be ”disputed territories” in the Aegean Sea’

“Turkey Planned to Invade 131 Greek Islands, Classified Documents Reveal,” by Nick Kampouris, Greek Reporter, March 20, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

The secret document is a PowerPoint presentation with a total of sixteen slides and it showed maps of the disputed -according to the Turkish propaganda- islets.

The presentation is most likely a product of Turkish military academies, and it is still unclear when it was originally produced.

The leaked documents show in detail how Ankara was planning on using air and sea forces to occupy the Greek islands, proving yet again the complete disregard of Ergodan’s administration for global security and cooperation within the NATO alliance.

Greek islands listed
As the Nordic Monitor reports, the islands, islets and rock formations that were listed are as follows: three locations on Zurefa (Ladoxer in Greek), 13 on Koyun Adaları (Oinousses), 21 on Hurşit (Fimena), 18 on Nergiscik (Arki), 15 Keçi (Pserimos), 12 on Gelemez (Kalolimnos), 2 on Bulamaç (Farmakonisi), 10 on Sakarcılar (Yali), 11 on Koçbaba (Levita), 2 on Karaada (Strongili) and 24 locations around the island of Crete.

The study was based on lessons drawn from the Kardak (Imia) islet crisis of 1996, which brought Athens and Ankara on the brink of a generalized military confrontation. The latter was avoided due to the mediation of Washington….

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.24: 2021:

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) Court Report: Former military commanders & fighter jet pilots have been handed life sentences who bombed police compounds and the parliament building in the Ankara during a failed 2016 coup #AceNewsDesk report

#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.

German Navy frigates 'Hamburg' © AP Photo/Focke Strangmann

Berlin hits out at Ankara after Turkey prevents arms search on Libya-bound ship

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:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: Nov.26:2020:

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) JUST IN: Officials have summoned diplomatic envoys from the EU, Germany and Italy in protest over an attempt to search a Turkish cargo ship heading to Libya on the suspicion it was transporting embargoed weapons according to RT News #AceNewsDesk report

#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:

German Navy personnel stand in front of the Frigate Hamburg. © Reuters / Ahmed Jadallah / File Photo

Ankara prevents German forces on Libya arms embargo mission from checking Turkish ship

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:

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian © Reuters / Mohamed Abd El-Ghany ; Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan © Reuters / Pavel Golovkin

‘Soothing statements’ by Erdogan won’t be enough for Turkey to avoid EU sanctions, French FM warns

The European Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting in December to decide if Ankara deserves to be sanctioned over its “expansionist” policies.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.23: 2020:

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#SyriaCrisis (10:42 A.M.) – On Saturday morning, another Turkish military convoy entered northwest Syria bringing with it the forces and equipment required to set up yet another observation base #AceNewsDesk reports

#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

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TURKEY: ‘ Suleyman Demirel (known as Baba) dies at age 90 @AceNewsServices

#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.

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#Breaking144 ‘ Islamic State suspect Kagirov arrested – Reports ‘

#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.

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TURKEY: ‘ Police arrest 17-people in clashes with rival Kurdish groups ‘

#AceNewsReport – TURKEY:June.10: Turkish police have detained 17 people in clashes between rival Kurdish groups that left four people dead, AFP said.

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.

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#BREAKING Erdogan accepts Cabinet Resignation of PM Davutoglu ‘

#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.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Accepts Cabinet Resignation
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WASHINGTON: ‘ US BREAKS ARMS DEAL OVER HANDOVER OF TWO FRIGATES TO TURKEY ‘

#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 '

‘ 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.

#ANS2015

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KOBANI: ‘ PESHMERGA FIGHTERS ENTER KOBANI VIA TURKEY ‘

#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 '

‘ 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.

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#ANS2014

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ISTANBUL: ‘ NINETEEN MINE WORKERS TRAPPED IN COAL MINE COLLAPSE ‘

#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

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.

Turkey is no stranger to mining disasters and the country has one of the world’s worst industrial accident records. Its worst ever mining disaster took place less than six months ago in the western town of Soma, where 301 workers were killed.

Here’s why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

Nineteen workers trapped in mine collapse in southern Turkey

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Gareth Jones)

#ANS2014

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‘ SIX CONSULATE’S RECEIVED PACKETS OF YELLOW POWDER BUT TEST FREE OF BIOLOGICAL AGENTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 27 – Hungary’s consulate in Istanbul received packets of an unidentified yellow powder on Monday, Reuters reported, citing the city governor’s office.

Similar envelopes sent to five Western consulates in Turkey’s largest city last week prompted security alerts.

Sixteen people from three of the missions of the US, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium were hospitalized as a precaution.

The package at the Hungarian consulate is believed to have been sent at the same time as the others but was not opened until Monday morning.

The yellow powder sent to a number of consulates in Istanbul showed no initial signs of a biological threat, Turkey’s health ministry said Monday.

“There was no sign of anthrax, plague, tularaemia, ricin or botulinum toxin or any other biological warfare substance,” the ministry said, as cited by Reuters.

Further tests are being carried out for other possible substances after the consulates of the US, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium and Hungary received suspicious packages containing powder.

#ANS2014 

#canada, #france, #germany, #hungary, #turkey, #united-states

‘ LEBANESE-IRANIAN REPORTER KILLED IN CAR CRASH AFTER TURKEY ACCUSES HER OF SPYING ‘

#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 Shim has 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.

Press TV has additionally expressed suspicion, implying that it may not have been an accident. “Just a couple of days ago she had been threatened by Turkish intelligence,” the broadcast said. 

 

Source: 

#ANS2014

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SYRIA: ‘ ISIL TRANSFERS WAR CASUALTIES TO TURKISH HOSPITALS ‘

#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.

Source: 

#ANS2014

#kobani, #turkey

TURKEY: ‘ Refugees Fleeing from the Onslaught of the Islamic State Sleep on the Streets ‘

#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.

Dispatch:  

#ANS2014

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BAGHDAD: ‘ IRAN AND TURKEY SECRETLY SENT WEAPONS TO KURDISTAN ‘

#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.

Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani

“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.

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#ANS2014

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TURKEY: ‘ Turkish War-Planes Bomb Kurdistan Workers Party Targets Near Iraq Border ‘

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

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 declared a 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.

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TURKEY: ‘ Denial by Ankara Allowing Washington to Use its Bases Leads to Speculation ‘

#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.

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