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Video: Erdogan Goons Were Told To ‘Attack’ Protesters

Not surprised.

Audiovisual analysis of footage recorded at the Turkish embassy on Tuesday sheds light on the verbal commands given by Turkey’s president prior to his bodyguards’ attack on a group of Kurdish protesters.

A professional sound editor named Salih Ferad conducted the analysis on behalf of The Daily Caller.

Using noise reduction and volume enhancement techniques, Ferad determined that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail shouted out the phrases “he says attack” and “come, come, come” as they charged the protesters.

The battle cries came just after Erdogan appeared to relay orders to his personal bodyguard while sitting in the back of a black Mercedes Benz outside of the embassy.  DailyCaller

Video:  Analysis of video recorded at Turkish embassy, May 16, 2017

Video: ‘Erdogan’s Bodyguards’ In Violent Clash With Protesters In Washington DC

This is the second time this has happened with Erodgan’s body guards.

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The U.S. State Department voiced concerns Wednesday about the violent confrontation outside the Turkish embassy in Washington the day before that led to 11 people being injured and two arrests.

“Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech,” the State Department said in a written statement, adding that it was communicating its “concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms.”

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, “Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest.”

According to initial accounts and video shot at the scene, a fight broke out between a group of men standing outside the ambassador’s residence and another group of men and women standing across the street near Washington’s Dupont Circle.

“We witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters,” a police official said on Wednesday.

Witnesses told The Guardian that the fight erupted when the visiting Turkish president’s security attacked protesters carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD party outside the embassy, hours after Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Trump at the White House. FoxNews

 

Turkey Slams U.S. Plan To Arm Syrian Kurdish Fighters, Demands Decision Reversed

The Kurds have proven to be the most effective force in fighting ISIS.

President Trump has approved a plan to arm Syrian Kurds so they can participate in the battle to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State, a strategy that has drawn deep opposition from Turkey, a NATO ally.

American military commanders have long argued that arming the Y.P.G., a Kurdish militia fighting alongside Syrian Arab forces against the Islamic State, is the fastest way to seize Raqqa, the capital of the militants’ self-proclaimed caliphate. NYTimes

The United States must support its NATO ally Turkey and reverse its decision to arm Syrian Kurds in the battle against the Islamic State, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. USA Today

Turkey slammed the Trump administration’s decision to supply Syrian Kurdish fighters with weapons against the Islamic State group and demanded Wednesday that it be reversed, heightening tensions between the NATO allies days before the Turkish leader heads to Washington for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the fight against terrorism “should not be led with another terror organization” — a reference to the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the YPG, which Turkey considers an extension of the decades-long Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast. “We want to know that our allies will side with us and not with terror organizations,” he said.

Turkey, which has sent troops to northern Syrian in an effort to curtail Kurdish expansion along its borders, has for months tried to lobby Washington to cut off ties with the Kurds and work instead with Turkish-backed opposition fighters in the fight for Raqqa.

But the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, of SDF, which has driven IS from much of northern Syria over the past two years with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes, are among the most effective ground forces battling the extremists. In announcing the decision on Tuesday to arm the Kurds, the Pentagon’s chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White, called the militia “the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future.”

On Wednesday, the SDF said it captured the country’s largest dam from the Islamic State group. The fighters, which are Kurdish-led but also include some Arab fighters, said they expelled the extremists from the Tabqa Dam and a nearby town, also called Tabqa.

It was the latest IS stronghold to fall to the Kurdish-led fighters as they advance toward Raqqa — the seat of the militants’ so-called caliphate along the Euphrates River. The fall of Tabqa leaves no other major urban settlements on the road to Raqqa, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away. NYDailyNews

Iran’s Potential Role In Enforcing Zones Along Israeli Border Raises Concerns

Russia, Turkey and Iran are to map out the specific zones by June 4th.

Netanyahu:  “With the framework of these arrangements, and also without them, there is an Iranian effort to become firmly established on a permanent basis in Syria, either through the presence of ground forces, or naval forces,” Netanyahu said. He also said the Syrians are involved in a “gradual attempt to open up a front against us on the Golan Heights.” JPost

Iran’s potential role in enforcing a security zone in southern Syria has raised concerns for Israel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said Tuesday.

Under the terms of an agreement signed last week in Astana, Turkey, several large areas of western and southern Syria would become protected areas where the use of weapons, including airstrikes, would be prohibited. Russia, Iran and Turkey would be empowered to “take all necessary measures” to enforce the peace in these zones, including attacks inside those areas against Nusra Front, al-Qaida or ISIS.

One of the zones would be in southern Syria in rebel-held territory along the Israeli-Syrian border by the Golan Heights.

Dunford, who was traveling in Israel this week to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top defense officials, said Israel is concerned about the possibility of having Iranian or Iranian-backed forces, such as Hezbollah, so close to its border….

Israel has supported the rebel presence along its border, providing field hospitals to maintain a buffer between it and the Iranian and Hezbollah-backed Assad regime, said Anthony Cordesman, a senior Middle East expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Cordesman said that Israel may endorse security zones to bring stability to Syria, but it’s unlikely to agree to any limits that would keep it from protecting interests in southern Syria or striking shipments.

Cordesman questioned whether the agreement would move forward.  Stars & Stripes

Dutch-Turkish Diplomatic Rows Escalate

This mess started because Erdogan is looking at the large number of Turks living in Europe, especially in Germany and the Netherlands, to help secure victory in the April 16 referendum that would amend the Turkish constitution and would give the presidency sweeping new powers.

Video: Turkish minister expelled as Dutch police break up pro-Erdogan protest

The Netherlands, which holds general elections on Wednesday, had repeatedly said Cavusoglu was not welcome to campaign for Turkey’s April referendum in the country and refused his plane permission to land.

The Dutch decision to ban Cavusoglu from visiting came after Germany and other European nations also blocked similar campaign events. France24

The Netherlands’ refusaled to grant Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s airplane landing permission Saturday in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, where he was scheduled to address a “yes” rally.

But later, Turkey’s Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya appeared at the scene after reportedly travelling by car overland from Germany.

She was stopped just outside the consulate by Dutch police, and after several hours of negotiations escorted back to the German border.  France24

Tensions simmered Sunday as the Dutch authorities expelled Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, sparking protests in Rotterdam Sunday. France24

Erdogan Reacts

On Saturday, Erdogan reacted angrily to the decision, accusing the Dutch of being “the vestiges of Nazis”.

“They are the vestiges of the Nazis, they are fascists,” Erdogan told an Istanbul rally on Saturday, days after he angrily compared moves to block similar rallies in Germany to “Nazi practices”.

The war of words continued Sunday when Erdogan called on “all international organisations” to impose sanctions on the Netherlands, who he said was behaving “like a banana republic”.  France24

Video: Dutch riot police break up pro-Erdogan demonstration in Rotterdam

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Dies After Gun Attack In Ankara

Tensions have escalated dramatically between Russia and Turkey over last few years.  Turkey has aided and backed ISIS terrorist for years.  Russia views the attack as a terrorist act.  The gunman has been identified as Mert Altintas a Turkish police officer.

The Russian ambassador to Turkey has died after being shot by a gunman in Ankara, where he was attending a photo exhibition, the Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

“This is a tragic day in the history of Russian diplomacy. Today, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov died after being shot at during a public event in Ankara,”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Monday evening.  The assault on the Russian ambassador is an “act of terrorism,” she added.  The ambassador, Andrey Karlov, was shot after he was about to deliver a speech on the opening of the exhibition “Russia in the eyes of Turks.”..

The perpetrator, who was wearing a suit and a tie, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is great’ in Arabic) during the attack, AP reports, citing their own photographer.

The attacker also said several words in Russian, according to the news agency, and damaged several of the photos at the expo.

Turkish NTV broadcaster says that three other people were also injured in the attack on the ambassador.

The attacker has been killed by Turkish Special Forces, Turkish Anadolu news agency reports. Russian Interfax news agency, citing a source in the Turkish military, also confirms that the gunman was neutralized…

The attacker reportedly identified himself as a police officer as he entered the exhibition, a Turkish military source told Interfax.

“We have information, from one of the witnesses, that the attacker presented himself as a police officer, showing the relevant ID at the entrance. This information is being checked right now,” the source is quoted as saying. RT

Twin Blasts Rock Istanbul

Twin attacks in Istanbul, Turkey by a suicide bomber and a car bomber near a soccer stadium Saturday night killed 38 people and wounded 166 others.

The blasts occurred just hours after Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party unveiled a draft constitution that would strengthen Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidency and potentially allow him to rule the country until 2029. The party said it was designed to help the president fight these and other threats to the country.

Had the bombs exploded earlier, the death toll could have been significantly higher, killing fans as they streamed out of the 40,000 capacity stadium at 9pm. FinancialTimes

Twin blasts rocked Istanbul this evening, with a car bomb detonating at a football stadium as a suicide attacker struck at a nearby park, killing 38 people and injuring 166 more.

‘Two bombings may have taken place according to our understanding: one outside the stadium… the other at Macka Park,’ Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

‘The explosion at Macka Park is believed to have been carried out by a suicide bomber,’ he added.

The Turkish government imposed a media ban in the wake of the blasts, citing ‘national security’ concerns.

The car bomb rocked the streets near Istanbul’s Besiktas sports stadium late this evening, which lies on the European side of the city.

The blast in central Istanbul wounded at least 166 people after the end of a match between two of Turkey’s top teams, the Interior said.

The bomber was said to have targeted a riot police bus stationed near the stadium of Istanbul’s Besiktas football club.

The park where the suicide attack happened lies just one street east of the stadium, in central Istanbul.  DailyMail

DNC Official Shared Political Intel With Turkish Government Officials

Murat Guzel owns Nimeks, an organic juice company based in Pennsylvania.  He has written op-ed  endorsements for Hillary under his title as chairman of the DNC’s heritage council and as an officer with the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council.

He has contributed  large donations to to committees that supported Hillary Clinton for president and various Democratic politicians; he also has visited the White House.

A Turkish-American businessman who is head of the Democratic National Committee’s Heritage Council claimed to have paid a former GOP congressman to write a pro-Turkey op-ed last year and also provided secret updates on his own political activities to members of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inner circle, newly released emails reveal.

The businessman, Murat Guzel, was also interviewed by the FBI earlier this year along with several Turkish nationals linked to its government, other emails indicate.

The bombshell revelations come from the hacked email account of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s energy minister and Erdogan’s son-in-law. The emails, which number more than 57,000, were originally released by a hacker collective called RedHack, but they received little attention in the American press until they were published on Monday by WikiLeaks…

But in addition to his steadfast support for Democrats and his official positions with the DNC, the emails hacked from Albayrak’s account suggest that Guzel, who is a naturalized American citizen, also appears to have strong allegiances to his native land and to Erdogan…

Guzel, who is a director at MÜSİAD-USA, a Muslim business association that represents Turkish companies, is seen in the emails reporting his activities to Albayrak as well as to Bilal Erdogan, the son of Turkey’s president, and Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan’s press secretary.

Some of the emails show that Guzel asked the Turkish officials for help in coordinating his political activities in the U.S. In turn, he was directed to coordinate with other U.S.-based operatives to push Turkey’s political issues.  DailyCaller

Turkey Sacks 10,000 More Civil Servants And Shuts Down 15 More Media Outlets

erdogan-cabinet-meetingTurkey is not a democracy, it is a Islamic dictatorship.

Turkey has sacked another 10,000 of its civil servants and shut down 15 more media outlets they claim supported a failed military coup in the country earlier this year.

The government has dismissed the officials and closed down the organisations saying they have suspected links to terrorist organisations and US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara has blamed for the failed uprising.

More than 100,000 people had already been sacked or suspended and 37,000 arrested since the failed coup, in an unprecedented crackdown the government says is necessary to root out all supporters of Gulen from the state apparatus…

The decrees have ordered the closure of 15 more newspapers, wires and magazines, which report from the largely Kurdish southeast, bringing the total number of media organisations closed since the emergency rule in July to nearly 160.DailyMail

Ankara Plans To Repeat Syria Success In Iraq

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Turkey has been in a row with Iraq’s central government over Turkish troops near Mosul.  Erdogan has warned of  bloodshed if the Iraqi army uses Shiite militia to retake Mosul, which is a largely Sunni city.

Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with President Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan has previously voiced frustration that NATO member Turkey has not been more involved in the U.S.-backed assault on the Iraqi city, once part of the Ottoman empire and still seen by Turkey as firmly within its sphere of influence.

Iraq, meanwhile, views Turkish military moves on its territory with apprehension, and any agreement on Mosul would defuse a major source of tension between the neighbors. Reuters

What is Ankara’s strategic thinking about the battle for Mosul in Iraq, even as Turkey unleashes airstrikes on US-backed Kurds in Syria? One undeniable fact: Ankara feverishly wants to be in Mosul when the cards in Iraq are reshuffled.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responding to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s ultimatum that Turkish soldiers can’t enter Mosul, said Oct. 17, “How can you keep me out? I have a 350-kilometer [200-mile] border there. Those who have nothing to do with the place are entering Mosul. Why? Because Baghdad is supposed to have invited them. … We will be there for the operation and at the table.”

The next day, newspapers close to Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government reported his words in banner headlines. Erdogan has thus made Mosul an important domestic political issue in Turkey. al-monitor

Lawsuit Launched to Stop Bucharest Mega-Mosque

The drawings depicting a proposed mega mosque and Islamic Centre in Budapest.- HungarianFreePress.com
The drawings depicting a proposed mega mosque and Islamic Centre in Budapest.- HungarianFreePress.com

The mosque will mimic Ottoman-era architecture, was greeted with outrage in a country that was under Ottoman Turkish domination for nearly five centuries until 1877.

In 2015, Romanian prime minister at the time, Victor Ponta made a mutual exchange deal with Turkey that had been in the works for decades.   A Turkish mega-mosque would be built in Romania’s capital and Romania would build a new Orthodox Church in Istanbul.

The Istanbul church project was abandoned because it is “not allowed under Turkish law.”  Deal broke, no deal?  Nope the largest mosque in Eastern Europe — second only to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul is still going to be built in Budapest. “Ponta approved the Bucharest mosque project anyway, saying it was a multicultural symbol of Romania’s acceptance of the Muslim community.”

Historian Ionut Cojocaru: “It is a bit surprising, building such a big mosque in a country where the number of Muslims is very small…

Critics say the large size of the mosque is out of proportion to the small size of Bucharest’s Muslim population. The 13,000 square meter (140,000 square foot) project, to be situated near the Romexpo trade fair grounds, includes a mosque for 2,000 worshippers, a Koran school, a library and a recreational center…

“Turkey attempts a symbolic conquest of Europe through these mosques,” said Tudor Ionescu, leader of the anti-immigration Noua Dreaptă (New Right) party. “I don’t know why we are the recipients of such a ‘blessing.'” Noua Dreaptă has organized protests against the project where people have chanted, “Romania is not a Turkish province.”

Lawsuit

Opponents of a proposed Turkish mega-mosque in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, have filed a lawsuit against the government in an effort to halt the project.

The property, valued at more than four million euros ($4.4 million), is being provided for free by the Romanian government, while the construction costs, estimated at three million euros ($3.3 million), are being paid for by Turkey.

Ponta said the mosque will reap economic benefits for Romania because Turkey is the country’s leading non-EU trading partner. The mosque’s critics, including an array of Romanian academics, historians, politicians, anti-immigration groups and even some Muslims, counter that not only will it increase Turkish influence over Romania, it will also encourage Muslim immigration to the country.

Government gave a grant of free land for the mega-mosque, land once belonged to ” the family of Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu, who was beheaded by the Turks” on August 15, 1714.

“We consider the disposal of free land which, ironically, belonged to the family of Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu, who was beheaded by the Turks on August 15, 1714, to be a betrayal of the Romanian people. In the current context in which all of Europe is being brought to its knees by terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists, we are entitled to fear the establishment of Islamic learning schools. We believe the Romanian state is unable to ensure the security of its citizens, and approving a mega-mosque in Romania could set a precedent with unintended catastrophic consequences.” GateStoneInstitute