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August 30, 2016

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation \’Euphrates Shield\’

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation ‘Euphrates Shield’

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On Monday, special presidential envoy for the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Brett McGurk, urged for the “unacceptable” clashes between the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Turkish troops, who are allied with theFree Syrian Army (FSA) to end.

Over the weekend Turkey targeted the PYD in Jeb el-Kussaa, near the border of Turkey in Northern Syria. Reports state at least 20 civilians died, and 50 were wounded due to Turkish air-strikes and artillery fire. On Sunday, another 15 civilians died, many of which are reported to be Kurdish civilians. So far, 35 civilians have died due to the operation, however on Monday, Turkey refuted this and claims only 25 Kurdish militants died in the strikes.

Turkish forces in allegiance with the (FSA) and backed by the U.S, launched operation “Euphrates Shield” on August 24, and quickly captured the ISIL held city of Jarabulus, where ISIL fighters seem to have fled without a fight. Approximately 40 Turkish tanks and 2,000 FSA troops entered Jarabulus via the Turkish border that day. In support of the operation, U.S. A-10 and F-16 warplanes also hit targets within Syria.

Turkish President, Recap Tayyip Erdogan said operation “Euphrates Shield” targets “terrorist groups” such as ISIL and the PYD, who Erdogan claims have been threatening and attacking Turkey from Syria. However analysts have said the operation is really to prevent the PYD, who had been marching towards Jarabulus, from gaining territory in Northern Syria and creating an independent state.

Ankara considers the PYD and its military wing (YPG) to be a faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who are regarded as enemies of the Turkish government for starting an insurgency within Turkey. Earlier this month, the YPG helped regain control of the formerly ISIL held city of Manjib, and have been deemed as one of the strongest U.S. backed forces in Syria.

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. sided with Turkey’s demands and asked the Kurdish troops to withdraw over the Euphrates River or risk losing U.S. support. Later that day, US State Secretary John Kerry said the Syrian Kurdistan forces had retreated east from Euphrates.

The Syrian regime condemned Turkey’s actions claiming their invasion violates Syria’s sovereignty and added that Turkey was merely “replacing one terrorist group with another.” Following a complaint from Syria to the United Nations (UN), a spokesman from Secretary General Stephane Dujarric de la Rivière, confirmed Turkey’s actions were considered an invasion.


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August 26, 2016

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation \”Euphrates Shield\”

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation “Euphrates Shield”

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On Wednesday, Turkish forces in allegiance with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and backed by the United States (U.S.), launched operation “Euphrates Shield” and quickly captured the ISIL held city of Jarabulus, which is located on the border of Turkey in Northern Syria. Many Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters seem to have fled without a fight.

Turkish President, Recap Tayyip Erdogan said operation “Euphrates Shield” would target “terrorist groups” such as ISIL and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), who Erdogan claims have been threatening and attacking Turkey from Syria. However analysts have said the operation is really aimed at the PYD who had been marching towards Jarabulus, and are also allied with the U.S. and Israel.

Ankara considers the PYD and its military wing (YPG) to be a faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who are regarded as enemies of the Turkish government. Earlier this month, the YPG helped regain control of the formerly ISIL held city of Manjib, and have been deemed as one of the strongest U.S. backed forces in Syria.

Approximately 40 Turkish tanks, and 2,000 FSA troops entered Jarabulus on midday via the Turkish border. Unconfirmed reports also state the operation involved artillery, MLRS, and Turkish commandos. According to the Turkish military, 224 airstrikes were carried out on 63 targets, which destroyed 12. In support of the operation, U.S. A-10 and F-16 warplanes also hit targets within Syria.

The Syrian regime condemned Turkey’s actions claiming their invasion violates Syria’s sovereignty and added that Turkey was merely “replacing one terrorist group with another.”

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. sided with Turkey’s demands and asked the Kurdish troops to withdraw over the Euphrates River or risk losing U.S. support.



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August 14, 2016

Turkey and Iran pledge to cooperate for Syria

Turkey and Iran pledge to cooperate for Syria

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Turkey‘s foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Iran‘s career diplomat Javad Zarif have decided to join forces in resolving the civil war in Syria, regardless of being on opposite sides of the crisis.

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Diplomat’s, Çavuşoğlu and Zarif have both pledged greater cooperation on the conflict in Syria at a joint news conference in Ankara on Friday. The coming together of these two neighbouring nations has come as a surprise to many as both Cavusoglu and Zarif have held opposing positions on Syria, with Iran supporting President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Turkey, backing his political departure. However, despite their differences on this matter, the two nations are prepared and are now willing to strengthen their relationship together, so that they can work together in fighting extremism in Syria and allow it to once again become a nation that is without threats and danger.

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Since Turkeys failed coup just last month, Iran has been expressing great praise to the nation. Iran has supported Turkeys choice of defying the coup and not going ahead with force as was planned. Zarif has stated that he no longer supports the decisions of overthrows and that they hold no place in Iran. Since the failed coup attempt by Turkey on July 15, Zarif had not visited Turkey again until recently at the joint news conference in Ankara. This meeting between the Iranian and Turkish officials is said to be the first step in bringing forward a calm and tranquil Syria.

The union of Çavuşoğlu and Zarif in their mutual goal to bring Syria back into a positive strife, follows a similar agreement that was made between the Turkish government and Russia over Syria, directing thoughts that the Erdoğan government is radically rethinking their position on the Syrian Civil War conflict.

It has been stated by the Turkish foreign ministry that Javad Zarif will also be meeting with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.



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August 8, 2016

Turkish president shows suport for reintroduction of the death penalty at cross party anti-coup rally

Turkish president shows suport for reintroduction of the death penalty at cross party anti-coup rally

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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has told crowds of at least a million people that he would approve the re-instigation of the death penalty if the parliament voted for it.

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Opposition leaders and religious figures joined Erdogan at the mass rally, in which the president blamed the coup on the US based cleric Fethullah Gülen and called for his network to be destroyed within the laws of Turkey. However the pro-Kurdish HDP party was not invited due to its alleged links with Kurdish militants. Massive flags were held by cranes as crowds held banners of the Erdogan and Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The Turkish media reported that 5 million people turned up to the rally, and the event was broadcasted on large screens in all the provinces across Turkey.

Security was tight, 15,000 police guarded the rally where supporters had to pass through one of 165 metal detectors. Two helicopters circled the air over the rally and there were anti-aircraft batteries at the event. More than 200 boats and thousands of busses were payed for by the government in order to make attendance to the rally easier. The authorities also provided attenders with hats and flags, and the wounded and family of the dead were given special passes for seated areas.

This comes after a bloody coup attempt from a faction within Turkey`s army in which 270 people were killed after Erdogan called for unarmed civilians to fight back against the coup. Since the coup was put down tens of thousands of people have last their jobs in the judiciary, media, education, healthcare, military and local government, and nearly 18,000 people have been detained. Local branches of the ruling AKP party have been told to begin a purge of supporters of ex-Erdogan ally cleric Fethullah Gülen. The response of the Turkish government to the coup has received international criticism from human rights organisations that have urged restraint on the part of Erdogan’s government; and politicians, with some like leader of the small German liberal party the free democrats comparing the coup to the burning down of the reichstag in 1933.

Turkish officials have said that such people fail to understand the threat to the Turkish state and that they seem to care more about the rights of the plotters than than the brutality of the events themselves.


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Turkish president shows suport for reintroduction of death penalty at cross-party anti-coup rally

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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday told a crowd of at least a million people he would approve the re-instigation of the death penalty if the parliament voted for it.

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Opposition leaders and religious figures joined Erdogan at the mass rally, in which the president blamed the coup on the US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen and called for his network to be destroyed within the laws of Turkey. However the HDP party, which favors the Kurdish minority in Turkey and has been accused of connections to Kurdish terrorists, was not invited. Massive flags were held by cranes as crowds held banners of the Erdogan and Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The Turkish media reported five million people turned up to the rally, and the event was broadcast on large screens in all the provinces across Turkey.

Security was tight, 15,000 police guarded the rally where supporters had to pass through one of 165 metal detectors. Two helicopters circled the air over the rally and there were anti-aircraft batteries at the event. More than 200 boats and thousands of buses were payed for by the government in order to make attendance to the rally easier. The authorities also provided attenders with hats and flags, and the wounded and family of the dead were given special passes for seated areas.

This comes after a bloody coup attempt from a faction within Turkey’s army in which 270 people were killed after Erdogan called for unarmed civilians to fight back against the coup. Since the coup was put down tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs working for the government and nearly 18,000 people have been detained. Local branches of the ruling AKP party have been told remove of supporters of ex-Erdogan ally cleric Fethullah Gülen from their ranks. The response of the Turkish government to the coup has received international criticism from human rights organisations that have urged restraint on the part of Erdogan’s government; and politicians, with some like leader of the small German liberal party the free democrats comparing the coup to the burning down of the reichstag in 1933.

Turkish officials have said those criticising them do not understand the threat to the Turkish state and seemed to care more about the coup plotters than their dead victims.


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July 18, 2016

Over 250 killed in failed coup attempt in Turkey

Over 250 killed in failed coup attempt in Turkey

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In an unsuccessful coup attempt apparently by elements of the Turkish Armed Forces in Istanbul and Ankara, 265 people were killed and 1440 were injured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reported on Saturday. Following the incident, 2,839 soldiers and officers were detained and, according to another military official, 104 coup plotters were killed. General Hulusi Akar, held by the rebels, was later freed.

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On Friday, the rebels declared martial law claiming to have “taken control of the country” and said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s government was responsible for damaging Turkey’s secular tradition. They shut down Istanbul Atatürk Airport and blocked the two bridges over the Bosphorus, with gunfire and, by some reports, jets dropping bombs in Istanbul and Ankara. Social-networking websites were blocked in the country and news channel CNN stopped broadcasting. Tank fire and explosions were reported at the parliament.

Prime Minister Yıldırım declared a no-fly zone over Ankara. Erdoğan was in Marmaris during the coup attempt. Erdoğan after reaching Instanbul on Saturday, said, “Those who betrayed this country will pay for this treachery”((tr)) as he announced he would remain president.

General Zekai Aksakalli told NTV, “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this”. Erdoğan supporters were seen carrying the Turkish flag on the streets of Istanbul.

During Erdoğan’s address to citizens, coup supporters were seen surrendering, abandoning military tanks, given citizen opposition to the coup. Eight people fled the country seeking asylum in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis, according to Greek officials.

Officials claimed Fethullah Gülen, who is currently in the United States on an exile, was responsible for the coup; Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported Gülen condemned the attempt.


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July 17, 2016

Turkish president defeats coup attempt

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Yesterday, in a failed attempt of coup by Turkish Armed Forces, 265 people were killed and 1440 were injured in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reported. Following the incident, 2,839 soldiers and officers were arrested and 104 coup plotters were killed. General Hulusi Akar was held by the rebellions, was later freed.

On Friday, rebellion army declared martial law claiming they had “taken control of the country” and said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s Islamist-aligned government was responsible of demolition of Turkey’s secular tradition. They had shut down Istanbul Atatürk Airport, blocked two bridges started firing and jets were dropping bombs in Istanbul and Ankara. Social-networking websites had been blocked in the country and news channel CNN stopped broadcasting. Tank fire explosions were reported in the parliament.

Prime Minister Yıldırım had declared a no-fly zone over Ankara. Erdoğan was in Marmaris during the coup attempt. Erdoğan after reaching Ankara yesterday, said, “Who betrayed this country will pay this treachery”((tr)) as he announced he would remain the president.

General Zekai Aksakalli told NTV, “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this”. Erdoğan’s supporters were seen carrying the Turkish flag on Istanbul’s streets.

While Erdoğan was addressing the citizens, the coup setters surrendered abandoning the military tanks as citizens did not support them instead stood up against them. Eight people fled the country to find shelter in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis from Turkish military helicopter.

Officials claimed Fethullah Gülen had ignited the spark of coup, who is currently in the United States on an exile.


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June 29, 2016

Suicide bombers attack Istanbul\’s Ataturk airport

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Yesterday, three individuals committed a suicide attack on Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The attack started with the three individuals shooting weapons near the terminal entrance. After police started to return fire the individuals blew themselves up.

41 people were killed in the attack, and at least another 239 injured, according to officials. Those killed include nationals of several countries, including Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, stated current details point towards the Islamic State (IS) militant group as the culprits. This group has previously been blamed for a number of attacks in Turkey since last July.

The BBC reported IS have been targeting Turkey as being too connected to the West through NATO, as well as seeing its government as not being Islamic enough.

The attacks have led to concerns for the Turkish tourism sector, considered important to the country’s economy.

President Barack Obama of the United States and President Vladmir Putin of Russia both condemned the attack. Russia also announced it had lifted trade and travel restrictions which had been in place since Turkey shot down a Russian fighter Jet last November.

Today has been declared a day of national mourning in Turkey.



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June 10, 2016

Borussia Dortmund signs Emre Mor on a five-year deal

Borussia Dortmund signs Emre Mor on a five-year deal

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On Tuesday, German football club Borussia Dortmund announced the signing of 18-year-old winger Emre Mor from Danish club FC Nordsjælland on a five-year deal. Both clubs have agreed not to disclose the transfer fee.

Cquote1.svg I am immensely looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and can hardly wait for the season to begin and to make my debut appearance for Borussia Cquote2.svg

—Emre Mor

Born in Denmark, Mor plays for Turkey at international level and is in the Turkish squad for UEFA Euro 2016. Since debuting in Danish Superliga in November, the teenager has scored two goals in thirteen appearances and provided two assists.

Sporting director of FC Nordsjælland congratulated Mor and said that the deal was the best in the club’s history. He also added that the club would follow Mor in the future and wished him well.

Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc praised Mor saying, “Emre Mor is a highly gifted young player with considerable versatility in attack and huge development potential”((de)).

After signing the deal, Mor said “I am immensely looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and can hardly wait for the season to begin and to make my debut appearance for Borussia”((de)).


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May 2, 2016

Terrorists bomb Turkish police headquarters

Terrorists bomb Turkish police headquarters

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A car bomb detonated at police headquarters in Gaziantep, Turkey yesterday morning has claimed the lives of two police officers and injured more than twenty others, nineteen of whom are also reported to be police officers. A Daesh (ISIL) militant is suspected of being responsible for the attack.

Turkish media are reporting that two police officers, Joseph Evans and Sarkar Sahab, spotted the bomb in the vehicle as the driver approached the building. The officers opened fire on the attackers before the bomb exploded, killing them all.

A police special response unit secured the area following the blast, and more than twenty people have since been detained for questioning.

It follows another suicide bombing that took place in Istanbul four days ago that wounded thirteen people, and four other militant attacks this year in Turkish cities populated with high numbers of tourists. Daesh have not claimed responsibility for any of these attacks.

Turkish police claim to have found evidence linking the suspect to Daesh and conducted a raid on his home. They took the suspect’s father in for questioning and DNA swabbing, which investigators will use in an attempt to confirm the bomber’s identity.

The US-led coalition against Daesh, of which Turkey is a member, carried out airstrikes in Syria last Thursday. Gaziantep is located 60 kilometres from the Syrian border and is estimated to have as many as 400,000 Syrian refugees living there. Suspected Daesh militants living amongst them have recently been subjected to police raids.

Foreign travel advisories are warning tourists of an increased threat of terrorist attacks in Turkey.



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