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Erdogan: Turkish intelligence orchestrated anti-Saudi campaign in Western media over Khashoggi murder

Erdogan wanted to weaken the Saudis in order to strengthen Turkey’s bid to be once again the leader of the Islamic world. The Western media eagerly played along, wanting to use the Khashoggi murder as a stick they could use to beat Trump, as well as to weaken the opposition to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and burnish Obama’s legacy, the Iranian nuclear deal. So Turkish intel and the Western establishment media happily cooperated with each other, their goals coinciding.

This indicates once again that the establishment media is not by any stretch of the imagination an actual news source. It’s just a propaganda organ for the Left.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column with images first appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by Meriç Dağlı on Unsplash.

Time for an Independent Kurdistan as a buffer against Iran

Syrian Kurdish woman YPJ fighter

An independent Kurdistan would be a bulwark for the US and ally Israel as we, chaver Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdish National Assembly of Syria (KURDNAS) and Former Reagan National Security Council senior official , Prof.Norman Bailey of the University of Haifa in Istael have espoused.

A start to that would be the establishment of a US controlled safe zones in the predominately Kurdish northeastern Syria and Russian one in the Northwestern enclave of Afrin. That was proposed by David Keleti and this writer in a March 2017 Israel Behind the News Interview.

That would be enabled by the existing tactical air fields that US coalition air units use in northeast Syria to fly missions in support of the 50,000 YPG Kurdish led Syrian Democratic Force now being armed by the US for the push to retake Raqqa, the administrative capital of the Islamic State.

Kurdistan in northeastern Syria could assist in covert operations of Kurdish resistance forces in adjacent northwestern Iran in the Zagros mountains.it could protect the back door into the predominate Yazidi area of Sinjar in adjacent Iraq.

If the Kurdish safe zone could be extended to the Mediterranean coast in Syria it would facilitate shipment of both Syrian and Iraqi Kurdistan produced oil for export to Israel and the West via a network of pipelines.

A free Kurdistan could also develop into a commercial agricultural bread basket for the region.

We bet the estimated 300,000 Israelis of Jewish Kurdish legacy like MK Mickey Levy would kvell about an automous independent Kurdistan.

Kurdistan would serve as buffer against Iran

In order to assist the creation of a Shia Crescent from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, the question remains: Is Iran working to thwart the creation of an independent Kurdistan? Are they working together with Syria in order to further this strategic goal? According to an Iraqi source, Ira…

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VIDEO: Muslim tries to break into American Airlines cockpit, U.S. fighter jets scrambled

Because of this incident, fighter jets escorted the plane into Honolulu. Uskanil, as you can see from the report below, was drinking — so therefore people will say that this incident had nothing to do with Islam or jihad. And that may be, although it may also be that he was drinking to steel himself for an act of jihad that he knew would be a good deed that would outweigh all the bad deeds he had committed, including the drinking itself. Also, many, many people drink on airplanes and before they board airplanes, sometimes to excess, and yet don’t end up trying to break into the cockpit. This bears watching, but given the present climate it is anybody’s guess as to whether the full story will ever be released to the public.

“Man Who Allegedly Tried to Break Into Cockpit of LA to Hawaii Flight Identified,” by Jason Kandel, NBC Los Angeles, May 19, 2017:

A 25-year-old man was arrested Friday after he allegedly tried to break into the cockpit of an American Airlines plane from Los Angeles to Hawaii, officials said.

Anil Uskanil

Officials identified the passenger as Anil Uskanil of Turkish ethnicity. He was escorted off American Airlines Flight 31, after it landed safely at 11:35 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time, according to a statement from the airline.

The series of events leading up to the arrest began at 2:45 a.m. at LAX, airport police said.

Los Angeles International Airport Police Division responded to a radio call of a passenger going through a door from the Terminal 5 concourse that led out onto the airfield ramp, according to a statement from LAX.

Uskanil, who was a ticketed passenger on an American Airlines flight, had gone through TSA screening and was immediately spotted by a contractor and detained, LAX Public Information Officer Frederick Badlissi said.

Airport police investigated and determined Uskanil had been drinking but did not meet the criteria for public intoxication. He was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited, given a pending court date and released to board his flight to Honolulu.

On the flight Uskanil had been loitering near the restroom, carrying a laptop, a government source told NBC News. Flight attendants asked him to return to his seat and he refused, the source said.

Uskanil then seemed to lunge toward the cockpit door, according to the source, and that’s when several passengers subdued him….

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Muslim who shot Russian ambassador identified, member of ‘special ops unit’

The gunman who shot Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, has been identified as a Turkish police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas. He was reportedly a “member of the special ops unit in Ankara.” According to eyewitness accounts, he was heard shouting:  “We die in Aleppo, you die here” and “don’t forget Aleppo, Syria.”

Altintas stood behind Karlov as he “gave a speech at an art gallery in the Turkish capital.” Then, only moments later, Altintas drew a handgun and shot the ambassador “nine times before reportedly shouting ‘Allahu Akbar.’”

WARNING: Graphic video of the assassination of Andrey Karlov.

Meanwhile, “Russian President Vladimir Putin has said then killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara is designed to spoil Russo-Turkish ties.” Obviously.

“Gunman who shot Russian ambassador to Turkey named by Interior Minister”, by Will Worley, UK Independent, December 19, 2016:

The gunman who shot dead the Russian ambassador to Turkey has been named as Mevlut Mert Altintas.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said he was 22 years-old and worked for the police riot squad in Ankara for the past two-and-a-half years, PA reported.

Security sources told Reuters he was not on duty at the time.

Ambassador Andrey Karlov was speaking at an art exhibition in Ankara when the gunman opened fire.

The attacker had been stood alone, wearing a dark suit, behind Mr Karlov as he spoke.

Numerous shots were heard, before the attacker launched into a diatribe on the beleagured city of Aleppo in Syria.

“We die in Aleppo, you die here” and “don’t forget Aleppo, Syria,” were heard shouted by the gunman during the attack.

The city has been subject to an intense Russian bombardment in recent weeks…..

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VIDEO: The Islamic State has its roots in classical Islam

Why the Islamic State uses any means to advance its goal of forcing the world to become Muslim, as it understands Islam.

Syrian Refugee Children Sew Islamic State Uniforms in Turkey

One jihadi child proudly declared that he wanted ISIS to spread to the world so sharia would expand to all countries and a caliphate would rule.

On June 6, the Daily Mail published an exclusive report documenting how the Syrian refugee children as young as nine in the Turkish town of Antakya “are employed to stitch the uniforms that end up on the backs of frontline ISIS [Islamic State (IS)] fighters.”

“Syrian refugee children,” according to the Mail, “are forced to work in a military uniform sweatshop that sells camouflage to ISIS.

“Unable to go to school and desperate for money on the Turkish border the boys work 12 hour days for £10.

“Factory owner Abu Zakour has no problem selling uniforms to ISIS: ‘It doesn’t matter where my customers are from,’ he told the Mail.

Zakour’s factory also supplies Al Qaeda group Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and other rebel FSA fighters with military garb. The reports says that the children – mostly boys and a couple of girls “hidden upstairs” are paid a minimum of 40 Turkish lira (£10) to help make “the uniforms that get smuggled across the border to rebel groups.”

Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesperson of Turkish presidency, responded to the story  saying that “those are unserious statements.”

“The claims that the uniforms of DAESH,” said Kalin, referring to the Islamic State with an Arabic acronym, “are stitched at a textile factory in Antakya are unserious statements. They must prove it. What they want to do is a perception operation.”

However, the reporters from the Mail already went to the sweatshop in the city of Antakya, spoke directly with the factory owner and took photos of Syrian children or “child slaves” making uniforms for the Islamic State.

The city of Hatay, or Alexandrette, where the Antakya district is located, has been in the news for quite a long time for the increasing ISIS activities taking place there.

A 13-year-old Syrian child, for instance, who said he wished to be named Abu Hattab, told BBC Turkish in 2014 that he would like to go to Raqqa from Hatay, on the Syrian border, to join the Islamic State.

“For they practice sharia,” the child said in an attempt to justify his decision. “They are killing Alawites, kafirs [infidels], and apostates. They are killing the enemies of Allah.”

The jihadi child proudly declared that he wanted “the Islamic State to spread to the world so that sharia would expand to all countries and the caliphate would rule the world.”

His mother, an Arabic teacher, also said that she supported his son’s decision to join the Islamic State. “I want him to be a jihadist. I sent him to get training at an organization called Aleppo Islam eight months ago. He received military and sharia education there.

“I would be very happy if he dies in Syria,” the 53-year-old woman added.

Apparently, Antakya and Hatay – like many other Anatolian towns – have become the targets of many Islamist groups fighting in Syria and operating in Turkey.

Antakya, or the ancient city of Antioch, was called “the cradle of Christianity” and is one of the five centers (Patriarchates) of the ancient Pentarchy. It is the first place where the followers of Jesus were referred to as “Christians.” It used to be Byzantine Empire’s third largest city.

“The mixture of Roman, Greek, and Jewish elements,” writes Encyclopaedia Biblica, “admirably adapted Antioch for the great part it played in the early history of Christianity. The city was the cradle of the church.”

According to Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia, “Two great figures for the beginnings of Christianity were born here [in Antioch]: Saint Paul at Tarsus and Luke the evangelist at Antioch… The principal languages spoken by the Christians of western Anatolia were Greek, Armenian and Syriac.”

Many jihadist armies throughout history – including Seljuk Turks (1084), Mamelukes (1268) and the Ottomans (1516) –invaded Hatay, an ancient Greek-Roman city, diminishing, year after year, the Christian populations and culture there.

The area was eventually incorporated into the republic of Turkey in 1939. Today Antioch/Antakya is a majority-Muslim town in southern Turkey. Christians there are now a small minority.

“The relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims,” wrote Professor Philip Carl Salzman in Balanced Opposition: the Tribal Foundations of Arab Middle Eastern Islamic Culture “is defined by Islamic doctrine as one of superiority-inferiority, and of endless conflict until the successful conquest of the non-Muslims.”

And the conquest is always accompanied and followed by horrific crimes: bloodshed, sexual slavery, beheadings, torture, rape, burying alive, kidnapping, and burning.

Today, ISIS engages in these crimes daily. But yesterday’s jihadists also committed the same crimes all across the territory which is today commonly termed “the Muslim World”.

The peoples historically victimized by violent Jihad or Islamic raids include Jews, Zoroastrian Persians of Iran, Baluchistan and Afghanistan, Byzantine Christians, Armenians, Assyrians, Christian Coptic Egyptians, Christian Coptic Nubians  (modern Sudanese), Yazidis, Hindus of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Greeks, Bulgarians, Serbs, Croats, and Hungarians, among others.

Christians of Anatolia were mostly eradicated from Anatolia throughout centuries. Today ISIS aims to “finish the business” and eradicate the remnant Christians from the Middle East.

This appears the inevitable outcome of Islamization of territories and cultures. And this is what Hatay and Antakya as well as the rest of Anatolia have been going though for centuries.

ABOUT WILLIAM REED

William Reed is a human rights activist and a student of Turkish language and history.

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of a Syrian refugee child in Turkey. Photo: © Reuters

At least 5,000 Muslim and Chinese terrorists entered Syria via Turkey

The evidence of Turkey’s tacit support for the jihadis in Syria, including the Islamic State, continues to mount.

“At least 5,000 jihadists entered Syria from Turkey, including Chinese Uighurs,” Asia News, April 22, 2016 (thanks to C. Cantoni):

Damascus (AsiaNews) – Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi (pictured) confirmed recent reports that more than 5,000 Jihadis travelled through Turkey on their way to Idlib and the outskirts of Aleppo.

The Syrian leader told Russian news agency Sputnik that “Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar, as well as Western countries such as Great Britain and France have no real desire to move the process of the political settlement,” and are pushing for a military solution.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al Moallem said many countries continue to provide Islamist fighters advanced weapons, most notably Turkey….

Syria’s UN Permanent Representative Houssam-Eddin Ala said that hundreds of new fighters have entered Syria through Turkey, noting that “Saudi Arabia continues to put pressure on the delegation from the Riyadh conference to reject any agreement.”

A Christian living southwest of Aleppo, who asked his name be withheld, told AsiaNews that a large number of Jihadi fighters from the Islamic Turkmen Party are being deployed.

“They received weapons and ammunition from the al Nusra Front and Jund al-Aqsa (Soldiers of Al Aqsa), which includes Syrians and others. Meanwhile, logistical work is being undertaken, with new positions with sandbags being prepared.”

“In the past few days, East Asian-looking fighters have joined the Islamic Turkmen Party, speaking Chinese,” the source added. They are probably “Chinese Uighurs coming through Turkey”.

Al Ahrar Sham fighters “are no longer on the frontline, but in the rear.”

In the village of Al Bawabiya (southwest of Aleppo, two kilometres from the Aleppo-Damascus Road, where the new Jihadis from Islamic Turkmen Party have set up their headquarters), the people are scared to death by the arrival of Turkic Uighur fighters “who have taken over abandoned houses”.

“They know that preparations are underway for a big fight,” he said. Residents have only two choices: “join the fighters, coerced or to survive, or quickly flee. Standing up to these armed men is impossible.” (PB)

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13-year-old Muslim boy caught trying to join the Islamic State

Think about all the Muslims who must have helped this boy get all the way from Germany to the Turkish-Syrian border. And no one seems to have said to him, “Wait! Think again and turn away! John Kerry says that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam!” And now that he is going to be sent back to Germany, how can authorities be sure that they aren’t sending him back to the very people who inspired him to make the trip in the first place? And what will he do in Germany in a few years when he feels the call of jihad again?

“13-Year-Old Boy Caught Trying to Join Islamic State,” by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, April 16, 2016:

A 13-year-old boy from Germany was caught on the Turkish-Syrian border on his way to joining the Islamic State (ISIS).

Authorities have returned the boy, now 14, to Bavaria after he started his long journey nine months ago to join the Islamic state in Syria. After several months in a Turkish detention centre he has now returned home.

The teen, who grew up in Munich, was looking to go on jihad with the fighters of ISIS and expected to be sent back to Germany to carry out potential terrorist attacks reports Die Welt.

A spokesman for the German Federal police said that the boy, whose family are said to originally be from Iraq, flew from Ankara on Thursday night. Accompanied by Turkish police for the entirety of the flight, he was handed over to the custody of police in Munich where he remains.

At the airport he was allowed a brief visit from his mother, though the Munich youth office refused to give her custody of her son until a full investigation can be completed.

Media sources have found little information about the identity of the teen radical, but have reported that he is currently being held in a youth detention facility in Munich. A police spokesman said that he will also be vigorously questioned by officials of the German Federal Security agency for any ties to the Islamic State he may have.

Reports have also suggested that the boy used his family connections in Turkey to aid his plan to join the terrorist group. It is said that the 13-year-old’s aunt actively helped him and tried to smuggle him across the border from Turkey into Syria.

His aunt is said to have left him at the border where he was arrested by police shortly after. The police were able to arrest the aunt soon after they found out about her involvement, and are looking to charge her with supporting a terrorist group as well.

The boy is said to have been radicalized by Salafist preachers in Munich long before he made the attempted journey to Syria.  Only a few weeks before he left the country the boy was apparently handing out leaflets on behalf of a local Salafist group as part of a campaign in the centre of the city….

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Turkey seizes six Christian churches as ‘state property’

“Turkey seizes six churches as state property in volatile southeast,” World Watch Monitor, April 6, 2016:

After 10 months of urban conflict in Turkey’s war-torn southeast, the government has expropriated huge sections of property, apparently to rebuild and restore the historical centre of the region’s largest city, Diyarbakir.

But to the dismay of the city’s handful of Christian congregations, this includes all its Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches. Unlike the state-funded mosques, Turkey’s ancient church buildings – some of which pre-date Islam – have been managed, historically, by church foundations.

The new decision has effectively made the Diyarbakir churches – one 1,700 years old, another built only in 2003 – state property of Turkey, an Islamic country of 75 million.

Who are the Kurds?

Kurds make up an estimated 20% of the total Turkish population. The Kurds maintain the Allies promised them an independent state after World War II, which never happened. Since 1984, more than 40,000 have died in Turkey in the fight for autonomy. Over the past 10 months, the Turkish army have killed an estimated 5,000 PKK militants and lost 355 soldiers across the southeast, according to current government statistics. (The number of civilian deaths remains in dispute.)

Turkey’s southeast is heavily populated by Kurds – an ethnic Muslim group also extending across Turkey’s borders into Iran, Syria and Iraq, where Kurdish militias are prominent in all the regional fighting.

Fierce fighting, centring heavily on Diyarbakir, has escalated since the end of a two-year ceasefire between the Turkish armed forces and the militants of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (the PKK) in June 2015.

Last autumn, the PKK youth declared self-rule over large parts of the Diyarbakir district of Sur, digging trenches and building barricades to keep authorities out. Blanket curfews left the populace under siege for weeks at a time, causing more than 30,000 to flee the city.

Then in late March, the government announced the “urgent expropriation” of 6,300 plots of land in the Sur district. Six churches are now under state control: the Virgin Mary Syriac Orthodox Church, the Surp (Armenian for “Saint”) Sarkis Chaldean Catholic Church, the Diyarbakir Protestant Church, the Apostolic Armenian Surp Giragos Church, an Armenian Catholic church, and the Mar Petyun Chaldean Catholic Church.

Churches affected and their historical significance

For much of the past 10 months, the small Christian communities of Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Turkish Christian converts have been unable to access their church buildings in Diyarbakir’s city centre due to the heavy fighting; several have suffered minor damages.

Few Christian houses of worship exist in Turkey’s southeast. Although it is the ancestral homeland of Syriacs and Armenians, well over a million of these ethnic Christians were massacred and sent on death marches during the final years of the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the 20th century.

Diyarbakir’s Surp Giragos Church is the largest Armenian church in the Middle East. Sitting near the banks of the Tigris River, its large bell tower stands out as a symbol of Christianity’s once vibrant presence in the region.

First built in the 1600s, Surp Giragos was closed in the 1960s after the city became depopulated of Armenians. After the diaspora funded $1 million for its renovation, Surp Giragos reopened in 2011.

Very few Armenians still live in Diyarbakir. The church only holds services for major holidays like Christmas and Easter, when priests fly in from Istanbul to offer communion. The rest of the year it has remained open as a tourist attraction.

The new expropriation order, published in the government’s Official Gazette on 25 March, came from a council of ministers led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The decision was based on Article 27 of Turkey’s Expropriation Law. According to Fatmagul Sari, the Minister of Environment and Urban Planning, the decision was made as a “last resort” to protect the area. In 2010, 330 structures in the Sur neighbourhood were demolished as part of an urban renewal programme.

The ruling has caused “disquiet” among Armenian, Syriac and Chaldean communities, according to the Turkish-Armenian daily, Agos. Multiple church foundations are preparing to appeal the decision. Archbishop Aram Atesyan of the Armenian Apostolic Church said he has demanded a meeting with Sari to ask the cabinet to correct the decision….

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of the Virgin Mary Syriac Orthodox Church in Diyarbakir, Turkey.

Turkey wants ‘Islamophobia’ declared crime against humanity

“I am one of the first political leaders officially declaring that anti-Semitism is a crime. I expect an official declaration that Islamophobia is a crime against humanity as well. Islamophobia emerged from the Western countries and this is a challenge that we all together need to surmount.” Since honest discussion of how jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism is generally classified as “Islamophobia,” such a declaration would have the effect of stifling all examination of or opposition to the jihadis’ motives and goals. The jihadis could then advance unimpeded and unopposed.

“Erdogan: Anti-Semitism is a crime, Islamophobia should be too,” Jerusalem Post, April 3, 2016:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with CNN ensured that Jewish citizens living in Turkey will be safe, and slammed European countries for not heeding his terror warnings.

When asked by CNN correspondent Christine Amanpour about the heightened threat towards Jews in Turkey, Erdogan firmly replied: “We have a very significant number of Jewish citizens and they have always been safe and secure where they are in Turkey.”…

On the alarming trend of anti-Semitism in Turkey and across Europe, Erdogan said: “I am one of the first political leaders officially declaring that anti-Semitism is a crime,” he said, adding “I expect an official declaration that Islamophobia is a crime against humanity as well. Islamophobia emerged from the Western countries and this is a challenge that we all together need to surmount.”

Erdogan also slammed European member states for not heeding his terror warnings, saying: “We have been calling the nations for a common stand against terrorism and many of the European member states failed to attach the significance that this call for action deserved.”

On the increased number of European nationals fleeing their countries to fight for ISIS, Erdogan added: “We have French fighters with ISIS, we have German fighters in ISIS, we have Australian fighters in ISIS and 22 countries out of the 19 countries feeding fighters into ISIS are EU member states. This is very meaningful which is why we need to form a strong alliance with EU member states.”…

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