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Erdogan calls on US to hand over Kurdish commander
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the United States hand over the (American ally) commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria, in a sharp rebuke of Washington's call for negotiations with the Syrian Kurds. The call for Mazloum Abdi's extradition on Thursday came after US President Donald Trump, in a letter to Erdogan on October 9, said the Kurdish commander was "willing to negotiate" with the Turkish president and "make concessions that they would have never made in the past".

Abdi heads the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

Turkey, however, views the group as "terrorists" ... Speaking to state-run TRT on Thursday night, Erdogan said he instructed his justice minister to take the "necessary steps" for Abdi's extradition. "With the US, we have an extradition agreement. The US should hand this man to us," he said.

The Kurds blame a decision by the US to pull its forces out of Syria for Ankara's offensive and have turned to Syria and Moscow, Washington's foes, to deploy troops to help fend off the Turkish assault.

 



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Turkey’s Erdogan Sues French Magazine Over ‘Eradicator’ Cover

 

https://www.courthou...adicator-cover/

 

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ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched legal proceedings against a French magazine which branded Turkey’s president “The Eradicator” after he sent troops into Syria to push back Kurdish forces, media reported Friday.

 

The complaint was filed against Le Point director Etienne Gernelle and the head of the magazine’s international service Romain Gubert, the official Anadolu news agency reported. 

 

On this week’s cover Le Point published a picture of Erdogan giving a military salute with the subtitle “Ethnic cleansing: the Erdogan method,” provoking sharp criticism from Turkish government officials.

 

The cover’s headline called Erdogan “The Eradicator” and asked: “Will he be allowed to massacre the Kurds — and threaten Europe?”

 

In a petition presented to the Ankara prosecutor’s office, Erdogan’s lawyer Huseyin Aydin said the cover was “publicly insulting” to the president — a crime in Turkey.


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls


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After reading the article below, I was tempted to start a thread on Turkish history in the History forum. However, since it discusses the current head of state of that country in detail, I decided this thread was still appropriate.

 

Erdoğan's ‘Deep State’ Fixation

 

https://www.courthou...state-fixation/

 

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WASHINGTON (Courthouse News) – When the U.S. House of Representatives launches open hearings into its impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, President Donald Trump will be hosting a head of state who shares his obsession about the so-called “deep state.”

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is landing Washington for a visit to the White House, has used its specter to discredit his perceived opponents in the military, judiciary, law enforcement and the press.

 

“When Turks talk about the ‘deep state,’ they’re not just talking about factions or cliques within the government bureaucracy,” former Turkish parliamentarian Aykan Erdemir told Courthouse News in an interview inside his Washington office. “They’re talking about concrete cases of pogroms, violence, assassinations carried out by elements within the state.”

 

…Originating from the Turkish concept of the “derin devlet,” the deep state has taken on newfound significance in Erdoğan’s Turkey and Trump’s United States. Erdoğan exploited fears of this shadowy collective to consolidate power after being implicated in a 2013 corruption scandal, after Istanbul prosecutors implicated his allies in Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party in a bribery scheme.

 

…A Courthouse News investigation found that Turkey’s lobbying in the United States swelled enormously during the Trump presidency, largely in firms linked to both leaders. The top five recipients in Turkish government-linked money among the firms saw those contracts more than quadruple from 2014 to 2018.


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Turkey says it bought Russian S-400s to use them, not put them aside

Source: Reuters

NOVEMBER 16, 2019 / 4:09 AM



ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey bought S-400 missile defense systems from Russia to use them, not put them aside, the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate said on Saturday, days after talks between President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump.

In an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk, Ismail Demir said it was not logical for any country to purchase such systems only to put them aside, but added that Turkish and U.S. officials would aim to tackle the issue. He also said that no Russian personnel would come to Turkey to operate the S-400s.

 


Read more: https://www.reuters....SKBN1XQ07Z?il=0



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Trump, Turkey, Syria, and Russia are losing much face with their latest collective fiasco. One case in point:

 

 

Kurdish female politician, who worked to unite Christians, Arabs, Kurds, executed in Syria

 

https://www.christia...9q0Av6fEYzJ2ODU

 

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(The Christian Post) Hevrin Khalaf, a female politician who worked to unite Christians, Arabs and Kurds in Syria was among nine individuals executed by a Turkish-backed group in the northeast region of the country, according to a human rights monitor.

 

Khalaf, the 35-year-old Future Syria Party’s secretary-general, was “taken out of her car during a Turkish-backed attack and executed by Turkish-backed mercenary factions,” along with her driver, said the political arm of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, local media reported.

 

“This is a clear evidence that the Turkish state is continuing its criminal policy towards unarmed civilians,” it added.

 

On Twitter, Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, spoke of Khalaf’s efforts to foster tolerance in Syria and condemned her death as a “war crime.”

 

“Turkish state-backed media hails a ‘successful operation’ to ‘neutralize’ an unarmed 35-year old woman working to unite Arabs, Christians, and Kurds in NE Syria. Ms. Hevrin Khalef was reportedly dragged from a vehicle and shot to death. That’s a war crime,” he tweeted.


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Isolated Erdogan: nearly a million party members walk out on ruling Turkish party

 

https://www.thenatio...-party-1.943575

 

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(The National) Seventeen years to the month after Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won its first election, the party is showing signs of fatigue as members abandon the movement that has dominated Turkish politics for nearly two decades.

 

In recent months, claims of dwindling party numbers suggest increasing disillusionment among its conservative supporters.

 

This week the opposition Arti Gercek newspaper cited figures from the Supreme Court to show that nearly 58,000 members had quit the AKP in the past two months.

 

Since August 2016, a month after a failed coup that led to a widespread crackdown, more than 902,000 AKP supporters resigned their party membership, the newspaper said.

 

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Despite such losses, the party still has a membership of 9.8 million – figures that easily surpass most major political parties in Europe as well as domestic rivals.


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls






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