Latest News Syria: Letter to the Turkish government

November 7, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) - The Syrian government has underlined the gravity of the terrorist groups' acquisition of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

The government referred, in a letter addressed to the counter-terrorism committees at the UN Security Council in New York, to the information unveiled by a court indictment in the Turkish city of Adana against a terrorist group comprising Syrian and Turkish members that sought to obtain chemical weapons.

The letter clarified that the abovementioned al-Qaeda-linked group sought to obtain materials used in manufacturing the toxic Sarin gas before having them transferred to Syria.

The letter warned of the possibility that other terrorist groups might lay hands on chemical weapons, which poses a threat to Syria, the region and the world.

The letter demanded that the committees concerned at the UNSC work to match the chemicals mentioned in the indictment with the toxic gas used in Damascus countryside, Aleppo countryside and other sites in Syria.

It also requested that the committees inquire as to the reason behind the Turkish authorities releasing some defendants before arresting them again, and looking into whether it was intended to waste evidence in the case or evidence pertaining to other past of planned terrorist acts.

The letter also demanded that the committees oblige the Turkish government to cooperate with the counter-terrorism bodies into the case and any other terrorist activities, also requesting that a deeper and more thorough investigation be conducted into the issue with the participation of the countries neighboring Turkey and some European states.

The government stressed, in its letter, the necessity that the Turkish authorities ask the Turkish companies that sold the toxic chemicals to the suspects about the names and locations of the persons or bodies that purchased or sought to purchase the chemical materials.

Reliable sources have indicated that the Turkish public prosecutor's indictment of the terrorist group was predicated on compelling evidence related to them having procured WMDs in Turkey ahead of transferring them into Syria.

The evidence is based on investigations and testimonies confirming that the suspects are responsible for the crimes attributed to them, not to mention the affiliation of some of them to al-Qaeda and establishing contacts with its leaders, with intent to procure and transfer chemicals into Syria for handing them to the terrorist groups there.

The letter held the countries backing the anti-Syria terrorist activity in the region and the world fully responsible for the past and possible terrorist attacks inspired by that support that violates the relevant counter-terrorism UNSC resolutions.

M. Ismael

November 7, 2013 - 'Weapons Seized in Turkey near Syria'
A cargo truck bearing 12,000 rocket heads was seized by Turkish police near the Syrian border, possibly on the way to rebel forces.


Syria: Damascus Demands War Reparations

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil

October 22, 2013

Damascus Demands War Reparations: “Countries Which Ruined Syria Must Compensate”: Syrian Deputy PM

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil says countries that have participated in Syria’s crisis must compensate for the destruction they have brought to the Arab country.“We must not forget that Syria is a country rich in resources. Clearly, however, after all this destruction, its own resources are insufficient for reconstruction. Thus, one must mobilize private funds and additional resources, including form of compensation. It is natural that countries that have destroyed Syria must compensate,” Jamil said in an interview with the Russian TV channel Russia Today (RT) on Monday. The Syrian deputy prime minister pointed the finger at Turkey, accusing the country of looting Syria’s industrial hub, Aleppo.

He further noted that corrupt figures who subsequently became representatives of foreign-backed opposition groups will also have to pay for post-conflict reconstruction.

Jamil said that the issue of compensation by the states, which have played a role in the destruction of the Middle Eastern country, will be one of the priority themes at the upcoming Geneva II conference.


Belgium supplied weapons to the Syrian opposition and is  thus partly responsible for the destruction of Syria

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Photos: Belgian FN MAG machine gun. They are mounted on vehicles in service with the French army and exported to the Middle-East. - Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister and leader of the European liberals, pleaded for a military intervention in Libya.  The man has good relations with the weapons and oil industry and is actually pleading for a military intervention in Syria.









Colonial history: Turkey’s attempt to extend its control to Mesopotamia


September 1922:
Turkish troops enter the Allied controlled demarcation zone around Gallipoli and encamp at Chanak. Allied governments are determined to prevent Turkey occupying Chanak and reinforcements, including a number of Royal Air Force (RAF) units, are rushed to the area.
Elements from Nos. 4, 25, 56, 203 207, 208, and 267 Squadrons are formed into the Constantinople Wing, which supports the garrison until the crisis is settled in August 1923.

5 September 1922:
After the First World War, Turkey makes strenuous attempts to extend its control to Mesopotamia (renamed Iraq in September 1921), going as far as massing troops on the Turkish-Iraqi border and infiltrating irregular forces into Iraq.

By August 1922, irregulars, working with the local Kurdish tribes, have occupied Rowanduz and are probing towards Rania and Sulaimaniya. During the month, a mixed column of Imperial troops and levies, sent to restore the situation, are forced to retreat and it is subsequently decided to evacuate Sulaimaniya. Eighteen Royal Air Force (RAF) transport aircraft participate in the evacuation, which begins on this date.

30 September 1922:
Following earlier British reverses during September 1922, a Turkish Army detachment crosses into Iraq and established a post at Koi Sanjak, within 40 miles of Kirkuk. After an ultimatum dropped on the post is ignored, air action begins against Koi Sanjak and the neighbouring villages and the Turkish detachment is forced to withdraw.

1 October 1922:
The Royal Air Force (RAF) assumes military control of Iraq and throughout the winter of 1922-23, irregular posts are located and attacked from the air.
These attacks form the first effective check on Turkish aspirations with air supply operations conducted in support of Royal Air Force squadrons operating from Kirkuk.


Photo: British Military Aviation in 1922


Resistance against injustice: Turkey


Protesters in Turkey stress continued resistance against injustice

Jun 15, 2013

Turkish people who have been protesting against the policies of the Justice and Development Party and its leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan for more than two weeks said they are determined to continue protests until their demands are met.

"We will continue the resistance against every injustice in our country…This is just the beginning and we will continue the struggle," the AFP quoted 'Taksim Solidarity', a group supporting the protest movement, as saying in a statement Saturday.

The group affirmed that the protesters are today stronger and more organized and optimistic than they were 16 days ago, when the spark of the protest broke out with a group of environment activists gathering in Gezi Park in Istanbul to protest a government's project that would lead to the Park's demolition.

No sooner had the protests begun that they spread to the capital Ankara and other Turkish cities with the protesters demanding the release of their comrades who were arrested by the Turkish police in its crackdown on the protests.

The police used tear gas bombs and water cannons to disperse the protesters, during which the operation, five people were killed and more than 7500 were injured, in addition to the arrest of hundreds.

The protesters however continued to go out to the streets demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Erdogan and his government, holding Erdogan responsible for how things ended up in Turkey.

Leader of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, said his party, which is represented by over 100 MPs, supports all the demands of the Turkish protesters, warning of the consequences of the police's use of violence in an attempt to suppress the protests.

In a press conference for foreign reporters, Kılıçdaroğlu highlighted the absence of freedom of journalism and the politicization of the judiciary in Turkey.

He criticized the Turkish government's intervention in Syria, particularly in terms of hosting and funding the terrorist groups.

H. Said



Turkey: Taksim Square

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Turkey: Turkish Police Storm into Taksim Square



Turkish Police Storm into Taksim Square to Suppress Protests

Jun 11, 2013

Protests in Turkey have taken a serious course on the 12th day with the Turkish police, backed by armored vehicles, storming into Taksim Square, the center of the protest movement demanding the departure of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party, and his government.

The France Agence-Presse reported that hundreds of policemen broke into Taksim Square using tear gas bombs and removed some barricades set up by the demonstrators in some of the main streets surrounding the Square, backed by armored vehicles equipped with water cannons.

Media reports indicate that the confrontations are still going on in Taksim Square during which the Turkish police also used rubber bullets to keep away the demonstrators who dispersed into byroads chanting “Every Place Is Taksim”.

Meanwhile, a security cordon was imposed around the statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the middle of Taksim Square where tens and flags were removed.

Russia Today channel announced that its correspondent and cameraman were injured due to the police’s use of tear gas and water cannon, adding that the camera totally smashed after the cameraman fell on the floor due to an injury by a tear gas bomb.

In an attempt to justify Erdogan’s police’s storming of Taksim Square, Governor of Istanbul, Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, claimed that the protesters who occupied the Square for 12 days damaged the image of Turkey.

Speaking in a press conference, Mutlu said the protesters were making the Square look as though it was under “occupation” and was “negatively affecting our country’s image in the eyes of the world opinion and leading to reaction from within the society.”

He considered that the aim of moving into the Square is not to force the protesters outside the Square but to remove the banners and pictures hung on the building.

These developments came one day after Erdogan’s government promised that it was not going to allow the protesters to go on whom he earlier described as “anarchists” and “saboteurs”.

Issuer of Devilish Fatwas Rushes to Erdogan’s Help

Meanwhile, the so-called head of the Union of Muslim Scholars, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the one who has issued a series of instigative fatwas to encourage the bloodshed of the Syrians, rushed to his Erdogan’s help.

Being his Muslim Brotherhood partner, al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa prohibiting protesting against Erdogan to protect the latter form the wrath on the Turkish streets.

Like al-Qaradawi and his devilish fatwas against the Syrian people, Erdogan is involved in the bloodshed in Syria.

Tens of security, intelligence and media reports confirmed that Erdogan’s government has been supplying the terrorists with the funds and arms to fight the Syrian army and people, in addition to holding training camps for them on the Turkish land and opening its borders for them to enter Syria.

H. Said





Crackdown on peaceful protesters in Istanbul: Noam Chomsky

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Outspoken American linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky has condemned the brutal police crackdown on protesters denouncing the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, saying it recalled "the most shameful moments of Turkish history."

"I would like to join Amnesty International and others who defend basic human rights in condemning the brutal measures of the state authorities in response to the peaceful protests in Taksim in Central Istanbul," Chomsky said in a written statement June 1.

"The reports of the past few days are reminiscent of some of the most shameful moments of Turkish history, which, it seemed, had been relegated to the past during the progress of the past years that has been welcomed and praised by all of us who wish the best for Turkey and its people," he added.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality had planned to replace the little green patch surrounded by multi-storey hotels with a reproduction of the Artillery Barracks ("Topçu Kışlası") that used to occupy the sight. According to the project revealed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the barracks would be converted into a shopping mall and could also serve as a residence with social facilities.

However, the plans stirred huge debate among Istanbul locals, who objected to the conversion of one of the last green areas at the heart of the city into yet another shopping mall.

Latest News Turkey: What is happening in Istanbul?

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What is happening in Istambul? By İnsanlik Hali

3 June 2013 — Global Research

To my friends who live outside of Turkey:

I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

Four days ago a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and students.  Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least one in every neighborhood! The tearing down of the trees was supposed to begin early Thursday morning. People went to the park with their blankets, books and children. They put their tents down and spent the night under the trees.  Early in the morning when the bulldozers started to pull the hundred-year-old trees out of the ground, they stood up against them to stop the operation.

They did nothing other than standing in front of the machines.

No newspaper, no television channel was there to report the protest. It was a complete media black out.

But the police arrived with water cannon vehicles and pepper spray.  They chased the crowds out of the park.

In the evening the number of protesters multiplied. So did the number of police forces around the park. Meanwhile local government of Istanbul shut down all the ways leading up to Taksim square where the Gezi Park is located. The metro was shut down, ferries were cancelled, roads were blocked.

Yet more and more people made their way up to the center of the city by walking.

They came from all around Istanbul. They came from all different backgrounds, different ideologies, different religions. They all gathered to prevent the demolition of something bigger than the park:

The right to live as honorable citizens of this country.

They gathered and marched. Police chased them with pepper spray and tear gas and drove their tanks over people who offered the police food in return. Two young people were run over by the panzers and were killed. Another young woman, a friend of mine, was hit in the head by one of the incoming tear gas canisters. The police were shooting them straight into the crowd.  After a three hour operation she is still in Intensive Care Unit and in  very critical condition. As I write this we don’t know if she is going to make it. This blog is dedicated to her.

These people are my friends. They are my students, my relatives. They have no «hidden agenda» as the state likes to say. Their agenda is out there. It is very clear. The whole country is being sold to corporations by the government, for the construction of malls, luxury condominiums, freeways, dams and nuclear plants. The government is looking for (and creating when necessary) any excuse to attack Syria against its people’s will.

On top of all that, the government control over its people’s personal lives has become unbearable as of late. The state, under its conservative agenda passed many laws and regulations concerning abortion, cesarean birth, sale and use of alcohol and even the color of lipstick worn by the airline stewardesses.

People who are marching to the center of Istanbul are demanding their right to live freely and receive justice, protection and respect from the State. They demand to be involved in the decision-making processes about the city they live in.

What they have received instead is excessive force and enormous amounts of tear gas shot straight into their faces. Three people lost their eyes.

Yet they still march. Hundred of thousands join them. Couple of more thousand passed the Bosporus Bridge on foot to support the people of Taksim.

No newspaper or TV channel was there to report the events. They were busy with broadcasting news about Miss Turkey and “the strangest cat of the world”.

Police kept chasing people and spraying them with pepper spray to an extent that stray dogs and cats were poisoned and died by it.

Schools, hospitals and even 5 star hotels around Taksim Square opened their doors to the injured. Doctors filled the classrooms and hotel rooms to provide first aid. Some police officers refused to spray innocent people with tear gas and quit their jobs. Around the square they placed jammers to prevent internet connection and 3g networks were blocked. Residents and businesses in the area provided free wireless network for the people on the streets. Restaurants offered food and water for free.

People in Ankara and İzmir gathered on the streets to support the resistance in Istanbul.

Mainstream media kept showing Miss Turkey and “the strangest cat of the world”. ***

I am writing this letter so that you know what is going on in Istanbul. Mass media will not tell you any of this. Not in my country at least. Please post as many as articles as you see on the Internet and spread the word.

As I was posting articles that explained what is happening in Istanbul on my Facebook page last night someone asked me the following question:

«What are you hoping to gain by complaining about our country to foreigners?»

This blog is my answer to her.

By so called «complaining» about my country I am hoping to gain:

Freedom of expression and speech,

Respect for human rights,

Control over the decisions I make concerning my on my body,

The right to legally congregate in any part of the city without being considered a terrorist.

But most of all by spreading the word to you, my friends who live in other parts of the world, I am hoping to get your awareness, support and help!

Please spread the word and share this blog.

Thank you!



Photo: A wounded woman lays on Taksim Square after clashes with riot police on May 31, 2013 during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in Taksim Square in Istanbul. Protesters tried to prevent the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality from demolishing the last remaining green public space in the center of Istanbul as a part of a major Taksim renewal project.

Turkey: Manifestations anti-gouvernementales


Le 28 mai 2013, des manifestations débutent en Turquie. Ces mouvements de protestations sont initialement menés à Istanbul par des écologistes et des riverains s'opposant à la destruction du parc Taksim Gezi. Ce parc qui est l'un des rares espaces verts du centre d'Istanbul doit disparaitre dans le cadre du Projet de piétonnisation de la place Taksim. Ce projet immobilier prévoit la reconstruction de la caserne de Taksim, un bâtiment historique démoli en 1940 devant accueillir un centre commercial. Les manifestations s'intensifient suite à la violence de la charge de la police pour déloger un groupe occupant du parc. L'objet des protestations s'est ensuite élargi en des manifestations anti-gouvernementales. Les manifestations se sont également étendues à d'autres villes en Turquie, ainsi que dans d'autres pays ayant d'importantes communautés turques.

Les manifestants ont pris le contrôle de la place Taksim à Istanbul et de rues de la capitale, Ankara8 ainsi que Bursa, Eskisehir, Izmir, Mersin, Adana, Izmit, Konya, Samsun, Trabzon et Bodrum. Certains des manifestants s'identifiaient sous le tag #OccupyGezi.

Les protestataires viennent d'horizons divers. On retrouve des partisans de droite aussi bien que gauche, des nationalistes turcs mais aussi kurdes. Les revendications des manifestants vont des préoccupations environnementales locales initiales à des questions telles que les limitations de vente d'alcool, l'interdiction des baisers dans les transports publics à Istanbul, et la guerre en Syrie. Ces affrontements sont l'un des événements les plus difficiles que le premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan a à traiter en dix ans de mandats.

Le 31 mai 2013, la police a réprimé les manifestants avec des gaz lacrymogènes. 60 personnes au moins ont arrêtées et des centaines ont été blessées. L'action de la police a été largement relayée sur Internet. Des milliers de manifestants se sont rassemblés sur l'avenue Istiklal dans la nuit du 31 mai.



Israel National News: Turkey used chemical weapons

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Report: Turkey Used Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

Der Spiegel magazine reports that photographs have proven that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 8/13/2010, 1:08 AM / Last Update: 8/13/2010, 

According to a report that was published on Thursday in the German magazine Der Spiegel, German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

The photographs in question were given in March by activists to a German human rights delegation, comprised of experts, journalists and politicians from Turkey’s Left Party. The photos feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts, so much so that he victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, which according to Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists show eight members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) underground movement, considered a terrorist movement by the UN, EU and NATO. They are believed to have been killed in September 2009.

A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has said that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died "due to the use of chemical substances."

Turkey has long been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels, and the evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government to come up with answers. German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany's Green Party, told Der Spiegel: "The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things. It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal."

Roth also demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

Die Tageszeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin, reported on Thursday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations. The Ministry said that Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and as such its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons.

The newspaper also reported that it has obtained additional pictures from the autopsies of six other killed Kurds. These images have also been submitted to the experts for examination.

Human rights activists in Turkey have also demanded an investigation, but the Turkish army has refused to comment.

Recently, there has been an increase in acts of PKK rebels against Turkish military targets. A PKK rocket killed six Turkish soldiers in the Mediterranean port at the end of May. At the end of June, Turkish security forces shot dead two villagers gathering herbs in northern Kurdistan after mistaking them for Kurdish resistance fighters.

In response, the Kurds attacked foreign military positions in the portions of what they consider their homeland  occupied by Turkey and on a bus carrying military personnel in Istanbul. The Kurds believe that their country should include the adjoining parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria that have large Kurdish populations and that once also had a Jewish community. The Kurdish Jews emigrated to Israel in the early days of the Jewish state.

Since 1984, more than 45,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict to achieve goals that were defined as self determination, independence and later as, cultural recognition. The United States recently announced that it sides with Turkey in the conflict and regards the PKK as a terrorist group. Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June: "We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK. The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”

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