Turkey stops supporting the Syrian National Coalition

According to the Turkish political analyst Musa Özuğurlu, President Erdoğan has instructed that all support be withdrawn from the Syrian National Coalition.
This decision is of little effect at the military level but has important political ramifications.

Although the Syrian National Coalition lacks clout even in Syria, Western powers consider it “the legitimate representative of the Syrian people”.

In practice, today, members of this Coalition are controlled by Saudi Arabia; this is at Qatar’s expense. Turkey is an ally of Qatar.

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Shallow 4.9 earthquake strikes near Bodrum, western Turkey

The earthquake hit at a depth of 4.3km. No casualties have been reported so far.

Bogazici University’s Kandilli Observatory, which specializes in earthquake research, as well as the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) report that the magnitude of the quake was 4.8.

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Sunday’s quake comes less than a week after a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck around 14km from Bodrum. It’s the fourth powerful earthquake to hit Turkey since the beginning of the summer, with 6.7 and 6.3-magnitude earthquakes having hit off the Turkish coast in July and June respectively.

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New Evidence of Turkey and Qatar Role in Plot to Blow Up UAE Airplane

image-UAE Etihad Airplane Turkey Qatar Terror Attack Foiled
UAE Etihad Airplane Terror Attack Foiled

New evidence confirms the close ties between the Turkey’s Regime in Ankara and ISIS terrorist organization.

The Australian Police after managing to foil an attempt to blow up an Emirati (UAE) Airplane by members of ISIS terrorist organization confirmed in new information that the terrorist operation to blow up the Emirates Etihad airplane over Sydney was planned for in Turkey by a leading commander in ISIS terrorist organization.

Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan in a press conference stated that 2 terrorists from ISIS tried to plant a bomb on a UAE’s Etihad Airways plane while departing from Sydney Airport (SYD) heading to the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Phelan pointed that investigations have revealed that ISIS commanders sent the bomb’s components to Australia in last April through an international shipping service from Turkey.

(Turkey’s) Zaman Opposition Newspaper considered this terrorist operation a continuation of Turkey’s support for terrorist entities, especially ISIS terrorist organization in cooperation with its ally the Emirate of Qatar.

Turkey – Qatar Terror Alliance

This increases evidence condemning Turkey in the international community for its sponsoring of terror, and positions (Erdoganstan) as the main ally and supporter of terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East region.

Syria has been the main target for the largest terror war in history in the past 6.5 years through this Turkish – Qatari – Saudi and other Gulfies and regional players alliance, with the complete blessings, sponsorship, approval and logistical support from the regimes in the United States of America, United Kingdom, France and many others.

After invading and destroying Libya, taking control of Tunisia and Egypt back then, the International Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization through its political wings (Erdogan’s AKP party in Turkey and the states of Qatar and Saudi…), its military wings: the FSA ‘Free Syrian Army’ or better called Free FROM Syrians Army, Al-Qaeda with its many variants that used to operate under the FSA umbrella then alongside it, and other groups that follow the Muslim Brotherhood doctrine like HAMAS which turned from a Palestinian liberation movement to a terrorist organization with Palestinians being the main fuel for it, and its financial wings the abundant wealth of the Gulfies.

In 2012 Turkey and Qatar were documented beyond any doubt to facilitate the destruction of Syrian economy by stealing whole factories and machinery, Syrian strategic wheat stock, and other produce, then burning down silos, olive and wheat fields in massive areas.

While the maniac ruling Turkey claims, like his brothers in Saudi, Qatar and other terror sponsoring regimes, that he is fighting terror and that his country is a victim of terrorist attacks and the resulting refugees crisis, thinking this would save him and the others from their responsibility in creating these terrorist organizations and bringing them to our region.

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Turkey Unfriends ISIS on Facebook

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COLOSSAL Storm about the distance from Chicago to Turkey spotted near Neptune’s equator


[8/5/17/ SPUTNIK]  A gigantic storm system has been spotted near Neptune’s equator, so large that astronomers were easily able to observe it despite Neptune’s dimness and distance from Earth. The storm was the southernmost ever observed on the distant gas giant.

“This one is weird, because it’s really big and it’s not dark. It’s bright, and the bright stuff is probably sort of like cirrus clouds on top of a thunderstorm that’s underneath,” Bryan Butler of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory told National Geographic. “And it seems to be staying steady, for it’s been a month or something now.”

In the past, Neptunian storms have only been observed on the planet when it was in total darkness. But this storm system was 5,600 miles in length — about the distance from Chicago, IL, to Ankara, Turkey. The massive storm covered a circular area 30 degrees wide.

“Seeing a storm this bright at such a low latitude is extremely surprising. Normally, this area is really quiet and we only see bright clouds in the mid-latitude bands, so to have such an enormous cloud sitting right at the equator is spectacular,” said Ned Molter, a graduate student of astronomy at University of California, Berkeley, in a statement. Molter discovered the storm system by accident while observing Neptune with a telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

The storm system, which is three-quarters as large as the Earth, could be caused by “a huge, high-pressure, dark vortex system anchored deep in Neptune’s atmosphere,” according to a statement issued by the observatory.

The clouds are probably methane clouds that exist in multiple strata of Neptune’s atmosphere — it is extremely rare for Earth storms to exist in multiple atmospheric strata, with only 44 recorded in the last 100 years.

The size of the storms suggest that a vortex of some kind is holding the storm in place, according to Molter. “This big vortex is sitting in a region where the air, overall, is subsiding rather than rising. Moreover, a long-lasting vortex right at the equator would be hard to explain physically. … This shows that there are extremely drastic changes in the dynamics of Neptune’s atmosphere, and perhaps this is a seasonal weather event that may happen every few decades or so,” de Pater said in the observatory’s statement.

Impressive as the new storm system on Neptune may be, it still pales compared to Jupiter’s 10,000 mile long, seemingly immortal Great Red Spot, a storm system that has raged for at least 350 years.

However, don’t count Neptune out. Winds of 1,000 miles per hour have been known to sweep across Neptune, making it the solar system’s windiest planet. By comparison, even the most intense Earth hurricanes hardly break 160 mph.

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In 1989, the Voyager 2 Spacecraft (the last human ship to swing by Neptune) observed a stupendously large storm on Neptune’s surface. The “Great Dark Spot” captured the imagination of astronomers for a time, but by the time the Hubble Space Telescope trained itself on Neptune in 1994, the storm had seemingly dissipated.

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Turkey joins with Qatar to hold joint navel drills in Persian Gulf


Qatar says it is reportedly set to hold joint naval exercises with Turkey in the Persian Gulf waters as part of joint efforts to fight terrorism in the region.

The Qatari Defense Ministry said the Turkish warship TCG Gokova had docked at Hamad Port to take part in the drills, the Doha-based al-Sharq newspaper reported on Monday, without giving a date.

The most advanced Turkish military vessel will also join the maneuvers, the report added.

The naval exercises will be held in the framework of military cooperation between Ankara and Doha to combat terrorism, according to the report.

The drills come at a time when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have imposed a trade and diplomatic embargo on Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

They presented Qatar with a list of wide-ranging demands and gave it an ultimatum to comply with them or face unspecified consequences.

The demands included removing Turkish troops from Qatar’s soil, shutting down the broadcaster Al Jazeera, scaling back cooperation with Iran and ending ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Doha has, however, denounced the demands as unreasonable, refused to meet them, and said that they were meant to force the country to surrender its sovereignty.

Turkey has signaled support for Qatar following the country’s isolation by several of its neighbors. It has also sent food aid to the Persian Gulf state.

Ankara has stepped up mediation efforts to settle the dispute, but it has failed to help bring the feuding sides closer to one another.

Late last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrapped up a tour of Arab countries with no breakthrough in the Qatar crisis resolution.

Last week, Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah told RT Arabic that his country’s military was in the final stages of preparations for joint exercises with the US and Turkish forces.

He further hailed the “special strategic relationship” between Qatar and Turkey, adding that the 2015 military agreement between the two states “can’t be annulled only because some countries decided to announce a blockade of Qatar.”

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/358013-Turkey-joins-with-Qatar-to-hold-joint-navel-drills-in-Persian-Gulf

War of words: Turkey says Jews should ‘appreciate’ Ottoman Empire, Israel says its ‘days have passed’


As tensions over the Temple Mount continue to rise, Ankara says that Jews should treasure the legacy of the Ottoman Empire, when all religions enjoyed freedom of worship. Israel says it’s absurd for Turkey to lecture the “only democracy” in the region.

Ankara, along with Tel Aviv, has been vocal regarding the spat over Israel’s security measures in and around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a site which is holy to both Jews and Muslims.

On Wednesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Jews should place value on the fact that religious tolerance flourished during Ottoman rule in Jerusalem.

“At the Ottoman era, communities belonging to different religions and sects lived in peaceful co-existence and enjoyed freedom of worship for centuries,”reads a statement by ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu.

“In this context, Jews would be expected to know best and appreciate the unique tolerance during the Ottoman era,” it continues.

Recalling the seizure of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip in the wake of the 1967 Six Day War, Muftuoglu said “the responsibility that rests with Israel is to urgently make common sense prevail, go back to the status quo at Al-Haram Al-Sharif.”

Israel immediately responded, with the foreign ministry writing in a statement that “it’s absurd that the Turkish government, which occupies Northern Cyprus, brutally represses the Kurdish minority and jails journalists, should lecture Israel, the only true democracy in the region.”

Comment: Ask the Palestinians what they think about Israel being the “only true democracy” in the region.

It added that “the days of the Ottoman Empire have passed.”

The modern-day territories of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including Jerusalem, were under Turkish rule between 1517 and 1917.

The heated war of words broke out on Tuesday, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Muslims to go to Jerusalem to support their brothers in faith and protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the third holiest site after Mecca and Medina – from Israeli actions.

“If today Israeli soldiers are heedlessly able to soil the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque with their boots citing trivial incidents as a pretext, and if Muslims’ blood is being easily shed there, then the reason for it is our failure to defend Al-Quds [Jerusalem] strongly enough,” Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Erdogan added that the Ottomans had acted in Jerusalem “with such great delicacy and sensitivity that it is impossible not to remember them with gratitude and longing given today’s cruelty.”

He also accused Israel of using excessive force against Palestinians, prompting Tel Aviv to point out Ankara’s own conflicts.

“It would be interesting to see what Erdogan would say to the residents of northern Cyprus or to the Kurds,”the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Wednesday, as cited by the Times of Israel.

“The days of the Ottoman Empire have passed. Jerusalem was, is, and will always be the capital of the Jewish people,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry said. “Those who live in glass palaces should be wary of casting stones.”

Clashes between the Palestinians and Israeli forces have taken place outside the Temple Mount since Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at the holy site earlier this month. Israeli authorities have agreed to dismantle the installations following repeated warnings from the Arab League, but have vowed to replace them with technologically advanced security cameras.

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Turkey Exits NATO: President Erdogan Purchases Russia’s S-400 Advanced Missile-Defense System

Russia S-400 Triumf Missile System

Turkey reached an agreement with Russia to purchase the most sophisticated missile-defense system, the S-400, a senior Turkish military official told Bloomberg last week.

Under the $2.5 billion agreement Ankara would receive two batteries of the antiaircraft missile from Moscow within the coming year and then produce two more batteries in Turkey.

At the beginning of June, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was ready to deliver the missile system, and a Russian military-industry official said an agreement on technical details had been reached in mid-June.

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Turkey stepped up efforts to acquire its own missile-defense system after the US, Germany, and the Netherlands — all NATO members — decided at the end of 2015 not to renew their Patriot-missile deployments in southern Turkey. Spanish and Italian missile batteries remain in the country, but those systems are linked to the NATO air-defense system.

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The deal has not been finalized and could still fall through, as has happened before — under pressure from the US, Turkey scrapped plans to buy missiles from a Chinese state-run company that had been sanctioned for allegedly selling missiles to Iran. (Ankara has also sought out alternative missile systems from the US and France.

But the agreement has deepened concern that Turkey is drifting away from its longstanding alliance in NATO, which it joined during the security bloc’s first enlargement in 1952.

The S-400 deal “is a clear sign that Turkey is disappointed in the US and Europe,” Konstantin Makienko, an analyst at Moscow-based think tank the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, told Bloomberg.

“But until the advance is paid and the assembly begins, we can’t be sure of anything.”

“The problem is, how do you inter-operate in the NATO system with Russians? They’ll never inter-operate,” US Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on Friday. “We’ll have to see — does it go through? Do they actually employ it? Do they employ it only in one area? All that kind of stuff. But you know, we’ll have to take a look at it.”

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The S-400 system can detect and target manned and unmanned aircraft and missiles and hit targets up to 250 miles away. But it is not compatible with NATO systems, nor would it be subject to the same NATO limits on deployment, meaning that Ankara could set it up in places like the Armenian border or Aegean coast.

A Turkish official also told Bloomberg that the S-400s delivered to the country would not have friend-or-foe identification systems, making them deployable against any target.

While Russia is unlikely to supply Turkey with its most up-to-date missile system, the deal would give Ankara a leg up on its goal to build defense-industry capacity — which may stem in part from Western reticence to exchange advanced technology with Turkey.

UPDATE: => It’s Official, Turkey Is Getting Russia’s S-400 Air Defense System July 25, 2017

The licensing agreement allowing Turkey to produce S-400 batteries domestically would save it some of the billions needed to create a new industry, Makienko told Bloomberg.

“Either way, this is in line with Turkey’s massive weapons modernization drive that saw the emergence of new land, air and sea-based systems for domestic use and export,” Center for Naval Analyses researcher Sam Bendett told The National Interest.

Turkey has also discussed a missile-system purchase with a Italian-French joint venture, and agreements with Russia may be a means to gain leverage in those negotiations.

The deal may also serve political purposes.

Turkey’s relationship with other NATO members has been strained, in part because of the ongoing war in neighboring Syria — sentiment that appears to have intensified after the attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.

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Turkish officials were reportedly disappointed in NATO countries’ response to the coup, and Erdogan’s crackdown in the months since has been criticized by members of the security bloc. Ties with Germany are especially strained, and Berlin is currently redeploying its troops and equipment from a base in southern Turkey to positions elsewhere.

It may also be Turkey’s way of spurning the EU, the political and economic bloc that has in the past recognized Ankara as a candidate for membership. Foundering accession talks were scrapped by the EU in late 2016, amid Erdogan’s post-coup-attempt crackdown.

On Sunday, Erdogan accused the EU of “messing us about,” citing the bloc’s broken promises over issues like visa deals and Syrian migrants.

“We will sort things out for ourselves,” he said. “There’s no other option.”

Turkish officials have said more than once that dealings with Russia shouldn’t be seen as a search for an alternative to either the EU or NATO. But observers in Russia described it as a significant development

The S-400 system would “close Turkish skies,” to Western aircraft in particular, Makienko, the Moscow-based analyst, told Russian news site Vzglyad, according to Russian state-owned outlet Sputnik.

“If the Turks really purchase Russia’s missile defense systems, it will be a tectonic shift, a game-changer in the arms market,” he said.

Russia’s S-400 Air Defense System

UPDATE: => It’s Official, Turkey Is Getting Russia’s S-400 Air Defense System July 25, 2017


An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. A gunman opened fire on Russia’s ambassador to Turkey at a photo exhibition. Source: AP

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Turkey purchasing Russian S-400 air defense systems would concern Washington – Pentagon

“There was a media report that was incorrect. They have not bought the S-400 air defense system from Russia. That would be a concern, were they to do that, but they have not done that,” General Dunford said Saturday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. 

Russia and Turkey have been discussing the contract since November 2016, with top officials from both sides confirming at different times the deal has been “agreed upon” and “having arrived at the final decision point.” Since Ankara is reportedly seeking a loan to get the systems, “the current discussion refers to financial issues,” according to Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov.

The sophisticated Russian S-400 anti-missile system is designed to shoot down aircraft at a range of up to 400km and ballistic missiles up to 60km away, while engaging 36 targets simultaneously.

Turkey has been working to develop its national defense systems, but lacks appropriate technology. In 2015, it pulled out of talks with China over buying its FD-2000 (HQ-9) air defense system, scrapping the $3.4-billion agreement after Beijing supposedly refused to share the technology along with the batteries.

Ankara used to rely on its NATO allies, mainly the US and Germany, for anti-missile protection. However, in 2015, the US, Germany, and the Netherlands withdrew the Patriot systems from Turkish soil, allegedly in response to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on the Kurds.

READ MORE: Turkey ‘in talks to buy Russian S-400 anti-missile system’ after snubbing China deal

While highlighting that Turkey is “an important NATO ally,” Dunford praised the “competence and focus” of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (YPG), due to which the US operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have been successful. He admitted it has been “a source of friction with Turkey.”

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Two killed in 6.7-magnitude quake off Greece and Turkey resorts

Bodrum (Turkey) (AFP) – At least two people were killed on the Greek island of Kos Friday when a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook the popular summer resort holiday destinations of the Dodecanese Islands in Greece and the Aegean coast of Turkey.

The epicentre of the quake was approximately 10.3 kilometres (6.4 miles) south of the major Turkish resort of Bodrum, a magnet for holidaymakers in the summer, and 16.2 kilometres east of the island of Kos in Greece, the US Geological Survey said.

It had a depth of 10 kilometres, USGS said.

Two people were killed on the Greek island of Kos, the ANA news agency reported. The quake caused injury and damage, the agency cited the island’s mayor as saying.

In the Turkish resort of Bodrum, television pictures showed throngs of worried residents and holidaymakers in the streets.

“The biggest problem at the moment are electricity cuts in certain areas (of the city),” Bodrum mayor Mehmet Kocadon told NTV television.

“There is light damage and no reports that anyone has been killed” in the area.

The governor of the southern Mugla province — where Bodrum is located — said some people had been slightly injured after falling out of windows in panic.

The quake was also felt on the Datca peninsula — also a major resort area — as well as Turkey’s third city of Izmir on the Aegean to the north.

An AFP correspondent holidaying in Bodrum said the major earthquake had been followed by several aftershocks.

“The bed shook a lot. Some bottles fell and broke in the kitchen and the patio,” said Turkish pensioner Dilber Arikan who has a summer house in the area.

“I screamed I was very scared because I was alone.”

The quake was also felt by holidaymakers on the Greek island of Rhodes.

“We were very surprised. We were scared and we immediately went outside,” Teddy Dijoux, who was holidaying with his family at a Rhodes resort, told AFP.

“That lasted a long time. I quickly gathered up my children to leave the hotel,” said holidaymaker Sylvie Jannot.

Turkey and Greece sit on significant fault lines and have regularly been hit by earthquakes in recent years.

This year alone, Turkey’s western Aegean coast was hit by several significant earthquakes, which brought back memories of past deadly earthquakes.

In June, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake gutted a village on the Greek island of Lesbos, killing a woman and leaving more than 15 injured. The quake also caused panic on Turkey’s Aegean coast.

On August 17, 1999, a huge earthquake measuring more than 7.0 magnitude near the city of Izmit devastated vast areas in the country’s densely populated northwestern zone, notably around Istanbul, killing over 17,000 people.

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Pentagon Furious After Turkey Leaks U.S. Base Locations In Syria

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