#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – November 03 – A total of 24 people have been killed and another 7 have been rescued after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the northern coast of Istanbul.
With a further 12 are missing, AP reported.
A rescue official said most of the dead were children and that the boat had been carrying between 30 and 40 migrants.
Six people are known to have been rescued by the Turkish coastguard, while 10 bodies were recovered.
According to local reports, the refugees were believed to have been heading for Romania.
#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.
#AceNewsServices – October 15 – American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria’s Turkish border after the jihadists’ advance began to destabilize Turkey.
The coalition had conducted 21 attacks on the militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani over Monday and Tuesday and appeared to have slowed Islamic State advances there, the U.S. military said, but cautioned the situation remained fluid.
U.S. President Barack Obama voiced deep concern on Tuesday about the situation in Kobani as well as in Iraq’s Anbar province, which U.S. troops fought to secure during the Iraq war and is now at risk of being seized by Islamic State militants.
“Coalition air strikes will continue in both of these areas,” Obama told military leaders from coalition partners including Turkey, Arab states and Western allies during a meeting outside Washington.
The fight against Islamic State will be among the items on the agenda when Obama holds a video conference on Wednesday with British, French, German and Italian leaders, the White House said.
War on the militants in Syria is threatening to unravel a delicate peace in neighboring Turkey where Kurds are furious with Ankara over its refusal to help protect their kin in Syria.
The plight of the Syrian Kurds in Kobani provoked riots among Turkey’s 15 million Kurds last week in which at least 35 people were killed.
Turkish war-planes were reported to have attacked Kurdish rebel targets in southeast Turkey after the army said it had been attacked by the banned PKK Kurdish militant group, risking reigniting a three-decade conflict that killed 40,000 people before a ceasefire was declared two years ago.
#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.
#AceBreakingNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – October 11 – Turkey has agreed to allow Syrian opposition fighters to be trained on Turkish soil.
At least 2,000 fighters will be trained by Turkish and American special forces, a Turkish official said Saturday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Turkey’s intelligence service will select and screen the fighters, who will be trained in groups of 400.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – October 02 – Turkey’s parliament approved a motion Thursday that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.
Parliament voted 298-98 in favour of the motion which sets the legal framework for any Turkish military involvement, and for the potential use of Turkish bases by foreign troops.
#AceBreakingNews – SYRIA – October 01 – Islamic State beheaded seven men and three women in a northern Kurdish area of Syria, Reuters said, citing a monitoring group.
The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdulrahman, said Wednesday that five anti-Islamic State Kurdish fighters, including three women, and four Syrian Arab rebels were detained and beheaded on Tuesday.
A Kurdish male civilian was also beheaded, according to Abdulrahman.
He said what happened 14km west of Kobani, a Kurdish town besieged by Islamic State near the Turkish border, was part of a campaign to frighten residents resisting the militant group’s advance.
#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – September 22 – The European Commission headquarters in Brussels was going to be the target of an alleged terrorist plot, according to media reports it was reported by EUobserver today.
Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on Monday (22 September) say police found a cache of weapons and explosives in an apartment in Brussels.
One of the two suspects, both Dutch nationals of Turkish origin, is said to have links to Shariah4Belgium, a Belgian radical Salafist organisation.
The couple, said to be residents in The Hague, were detained early August at the Brussels airport after returning from Syria via Turkey.
A European Commission spokesperson said they are aware of the plot but had received no warnings or threats, reports the Guardian.
Authorities, for their part, are increasingly stepping up efforts to contain possible threats from returning nationals who have fought alongside Islamist militia groups in Syria and Iraq.
Governments are concerned some of the more radical may be seeking to stage attacks on their home turf.
In Belgium, around a quarter of the 400 nationals who have left to fight have since returned. Most are entering the warzone in Syria through by crossing over the Turkish border.
Belgian paper L’Echo says police are actively tracking around 90 of the returned fighters.
“Our starting point is that among them, one out of nine aim to carry out an attack,” an unnamed source told the paper.
“That is a conservative estimate, if you also take into account the people who help them,” added the source.
Some are said to have joined the Islamic State (Isis), the extremist group behind recent be-headings of reporters and aid workers.
#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 13 – US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo on the latest leg of a regional tour to forge a coalition to battle the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Kerry is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.
The United States says it is “comfortable” it can build an international coalition to fight the armed group, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant on the specifics, it risks finding itself out on a limb.
President Barack Obama this week unveiled a rough
plan to combat Islamic State group fighters simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, thrusting the US directly into two different wars in which nearly every country in the region has a stake.
The broad concept of a coalition has been accepted in Western capitals and on Thursday 10 Arab states, including regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed up to a “co-ordinated military campaign”.
“I’m comfortable that this will be a broad-based coalition with Arab nations, European nations, the United States, others,” Kerry said in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday.
But he added it was “premature” to set out what tasks individual coalition partners would shoulder.
Iran ruled Out:
US officials have said the coalition will be broad. However, when asked on Friday, Kerry ruled out Iranian involvement as inappropriate due to its support for the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.
He said there were “any number of reasons” why Iran should not join a Paris conference on Monday to discuss coalition strategy.
Iran has never offered to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria, describing it as “shrouded in serious ambiguities”. It has sent soldiers to Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to combat Islamic State fighters there.
“No one has called me and asked me with respect to the presence of Iran, but I think under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reasons. It would not be appropriate, given the many other issues that are on the table with respect to their engagement in Syria and elsewhere,” Kerry said.
The US on Friday said that it was at war with Islamic State, a day after Obama’s statement that strikes against the group were to extend into Syria.
The comments by Pentagon and White House officials on Friday came as the US president was pressed to clear up doubts about how he saw the conflict with the group, also known as ISIL.
“The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaeda,” Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House, said.
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#AceWorldNews – September 07 – Two NATO warships, Canadian frigate Toronto and Spain’s Almirante Juan de Borbon have entered Black Sea waters over the weekend, Itar Tass news agency reported referring to its military diplomatic source.
The ships will take part in the international Sea Breeze drill, conducting exercises from September 8 to 10.
On Friday, another two NATO warships, the French Navy ship Commandant Birot and the US destroyer Ross, entered the area.
It is expected that the drill will also involve Turkish and Romanian frigates, as well as a Georgian patrol boat.
#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – May 31 – Turkish police have blocked access to Istanbul’s Gezi Park and the nearby area to prevent demonstrations to mark the one-year anniversary of the biggest anti-government protests.
Metro station Taksim has also been closed.
According to local media, 25,000 officers were deployed on Saturday.
The measure comes as Taksim Solidarity, the group that organized last year’s protest movement, called for a demonstration on Taksim at 7 pm (1600 GMT).
(BBC News) – June 2013 – At least 12 people have been injured after Turkish police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters occupying a park in central Istanbul.
An Istanbul court later ordered the temporary suspension of the project to uproot trees in the park.
But there is wider anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the unrest has spread to Ankara.
Protests have also been reported in other cities, including Bodrum, Konya and Izmir.
The US later expressed its concern over the reported number of injuries in Istanbul.
“We believe that Turkey’s long-term stability, security and prosperity is best guaranteed by upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association, which is what it seems these individuals were doing,” state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
“These freedoms are crucial to any healthy democracy.”
Earlier this month, riot police clashed with tens of thousands of people attempting to hold a May Day march in Istanbul. Then on May 31, 2013, police evicted a peaceful sit-in protest against the government’s plans to destroy the park, when six people, including a police officer, were killed.
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#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – May 29 – A segment of a train station being built as part of a new Turkish high-speed rail line collapsed in the north-western province of Sakarya, injuring at least six workers, the Dogan news agency and broadcaster CNN Turk reported.
Turkish State Railways said part of a scaffolding platform collapsed and that the six workers had been taken to hospital, Reuters reports.
It said no more were trapped and that it was investigating the circumstances of the accident.
The 330 mile line, set to become operational in June, will link Istanbul and the capital Ankara.
Construction, however, has been delayed as a result of attempted sabotage.
The collapse comes less than three weeks after a mining disaster killed 301 workers, shedding a spot light on poor worker safety conditions in the country.
Reuters – CNN Turk – Dogan News Agency
#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – May 23 – Iraq’s self-ruled northern Kurdish region announced Friday that it has made its first oil shipment through its own pipeline to the international market, AP said.
The pipeline bypasses the central government in Baghdad, which insists that it has the sole right to market the country’s natural resources.
More than 1 million barrels were loaded Thursday night in Ceyhan and shipped to Europe, the Kurdish Ministry of Natural Resources said, without naming the buyer.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said that the exact quantity of the exported crude was around 1.05 million barrels and the shipment was headed “probably to Italy and Germany.”
AP – RT – Turkish and Iraq News
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – April 27 – Turkish security forces on Sunday detained an American journalist and two Syrians as they tried to cross a river flowing from Syria into southern Turkey by raft, the army said.
The three were spotted on the Asi river near the border province of Hatay, the army said in a statement, without revealing their identities.
The journalist, said to be 60 years old, was taken to a police station for questioning and then flown to Istanbul for deportation, Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website.
Nothing was immediately known about the fate of the Syrians.
AFP – Hurriyet
#AceNewsServices – ANKARA – April 24 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent troops to Syria to guard the tomb of a Turkish figure in the Arab country, local media report.
Erdogan sent some 300 forces and several armoured vehicles to the neighbouring country to protect the tomb of Suleyman Shah, who was the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s Today Zaman daily said on Wednesday.
The convoy also consists of six tanks and a food truck.
Turkey considers the tomb of Suleyman Shah as sovereign Turkish territory under a treaty signed with France in 1921.
The Tomb of Suleyman Shah (Turkish: Süleyman Şah Türbesi) is dependent, forming a sort of exclave of the Republic of Turkey situated in Aleppo, Syria. It is the burial place of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
He is believed to have drowned in the Euphrates River in modern-day Syria, and an Ottoman tomb in or near Qal’at Ja’bar has been associated with Suleyman Shah. In accordance with Article 9 of the Treaty of Ankara (1921) signed between France and Turkey, the tomb “shall remain, with its appurtenances, the property of Turkey, who may appoint guardians for it and may hoist the Turkish flag there
The tomb is located in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.
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#AceWorldNews – April 06 – (OSCE) – SYRIA – The bloody attack on the border town of Reyhanlı was carried out by Syrian elements of Al-Qaeda, and not by groups connected to the government of Bashar Assad, Tacan Ildem, Turkey’s representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), told the OSCE Permanent Council on March 27.
The report, published in Sunday’s Zaman, is the first time a Turkish official has contradicted the long-standing Turkish assertion that Damascus was behind the attack.
On May 11, 2013, twin car bombings left 53 people dead and 140 wounded. It is the single deadliest terrorist act in the history of Turkey.
#AceWorldNews – BENGHAZI – April 06 – (Reuters) – Public and private sector staff including oil workers went on strike in the Libyan port city of Benghazi on Sunday, protesting against worsening security and demanding the resignation of parliament whose mandate has expired.
Traffic at Benghazi’s international airport was halted by the strike. As a result, a Turkish Airlines plane was turned away, according to state media.
Oil companies, universities and schools also closed, heeding a call by political groups for a day of “civil disobedience” to demand better security, witnesses said.
Government forces have failed to improve security in the port city where car bombs and killings of police and army officers have become part of daily life.
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#AceBreakingNews – ANKARA – April – Ankara court ordered a Turkish government ban on YouTube to be lifted, but allowed the blockage of 15 specific videos to remain in place.
The move comes after a similar overturning of a government ban of Twitter.
The court in the capital Ankara said the YouTube ban was too broad and instead specifically blocked access to 15 videos, a copy of the court document showed, as Reuters reports.
Unlike the decision on Twitter, the ruling on YouTube was not taken by Turkey’s constitutional court and may be overruled by a court of higher jurisdiction.
This means that in practice the video hosting service will remain blocked for now, pending a likely government appeal. RT
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#AceNewsServices – ANKARA – March 31 – Google says Turkey has been intercepting its Internet domain, redirecting users to other sites in the latest battle between Ankara and Web giants.
In a weekend post on Google’s security blog, software engineer Steven Carstensen said the company has received “several credible reports and confirmed with our own research that Google’s Domain Name System (DNS) service has been intercepted by most Turkish ISPs (Internet Service Providers).”
Carstensen said the DNS server “tells your computer the address of a server it’s looking for, in the same way that you might look up a phone number in a phone book.”
“Imagine if someone had changed out your phone book with another one, which looks pretty much the same as before, except that the listings for a few people showed the wrong phone number,” he added.
“That’s essentially what’s happened: Turkish ISPs have set up servers that masquerade as Google’s DNS service.”
Ace Related News: March 30 – Sophos – That’s because the easiest way for a country to get its ISPs to block access to a site like twitter.com is to tell them to stop resolving the name of the site in their DNS servers.
Most home users rely on their ISP for access to DNS, the Domain Name System that turns human-style internet names to computer-style numbers.
For example, when you ask your ISP how to find twitter.com, this is what happens. http://wp.me/p120rT-13WV