16-06-13

Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK

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Shocking Images of Dead Kurdish Fighters: Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK

August 12, 2010 

German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that purport to show PKK fighters killed by chemical weapons. The evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government, which has long been suspected of using such weapons against Kurdish rebels. German politicians are demanding an investigation.

It would be difficult to exceed the horror shown in the photos, which feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts. The victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists believe the people in the photos are eight members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) underground movement, who are thought to have been killed in September 2009.

In March, the activists gave the photos to a German human rights delegation comprised of Turkey experts, journalists and politicians from the far-left Left Party, as SPIEGEL reported at the end of July. Now Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, and a forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has backed the initial suspicion, saying that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died "due to the use of chemical substances."

Did the Turkish army in fact use chemical weapons and, by doing so, violate the Chemical Weapons Convention it had ratified?

Repeated 'Mysterious Incidents'

German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident. "The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things," said Claudia Roth, the co-chair of Germany's Green Party. "It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal."

The politician said there had been repeated "mysterious incidents of this type that are crying out for an independent investigation." Roth demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons "in order to nullify further allegations."

Ruprecht Polenz, a member of the German parliament with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union and the chairman of the Bundestag's Foreign Relations Committee, sees it the same way. "Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations," he told SPIEGEL ONLINE, adding that an international investigation would be the best approach.

Turkey has been suspected of using chemical weapons for years, points out Gisela Penteker, a Turkey expert with the international medical organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. "Local people have said that again and again," she explained. Finding proof is difficult, however, she said, because bodies were often released so late that it was hardly possible to carry out a thorough autopsy.

'PKK Propaganda'

In Turkey, human rights advocates have long demanded an investigation. The army, however, has refused to comment on the issue. Similarly, the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been stubbornly silent or tried to portray the accusations of war crimes as "PKK propaganda."

"The prime minister is not interested in human rights violations," says Akin Birdal, a member of the Turkish parliament whose pro-Kurdish BDP opposition party has repeatedly questioned in parliament if Erdogan's war in the southeast of the country is really being conducted legally. In Birdal's view, the only thing that matters to Erdogan is that the army eradicates the PKK problem once and for all "by any means necessary."

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

The newspaper also reports that it has obtained additional, shocking pictures in the meantime, supposedly autopsy photographs of six other killed Kurds. These images, too, have now been submitted to the Hamburg-based experts.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/shocking-images-of-dead-kurdish-fighters-turkey-accused-of-using-chemical-weapons-against-pkk-a-711536.html

12-06-13

Turkey protests: Uneasy calm in Istanbul

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June 12, 2013

Turkish anti-government protesters continue to camp at Istanbul’s Gezi Park despite a fierce crackdown by the riot police.

Protest leaders canceled plans Wednesday to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the previous night's violence in Istanbul's Taksim Square and Gezi Park showed talks would be fruitless.
Riot police used massive amounts of tear gas, water cannons and stun guns to break up protesters' large-scale demonstration Tuesday night.

The anti-government protests have now spread across the country. The demonstrators are calling for the resignation of Erdogan.

The unrest began on May 31 after the police broke up a sit-in held at Taksim Square to protest against a proposal to demolish Gezi Park.

Over the next 12 days, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters held demonstrations in 78 cities across the country.

According to the Turkish Human Rights Foundation, four people have died, including a policeman, and about 5,000 people have been injured in the protests.

Erdogan has said there will be no tolerance of people he accuses of 'seeking to harm Turkey' but he has been harshly criticized for the way he has handled the crisis, and Amnesty International has also censured the Turkish police for using excessive force against peaceful protesters.

11-06-13

Turkey: Taksim Square

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http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?PageID=238&NID=48599

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/11/turkey-protests-police-teargas-taksim-square

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Protests in Turkey: police's storming of Taksim Square

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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

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/11/486939.htm

03-06-13

Turkey anti-government protests continue

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June 3, 2013

Istanbul’s iconic Taksim square is still occupied with protesters calling for the resignation of the Turkish Prime Minister Raccip Tayipp Erdogan. Protests have been under way since Wednesday over the decision by Erdogan to build a shopping mall over the last park connected to Turkeys famous Taksim square.

Police clashed with protesters and used water cannons and tear gas in efforts to disperse the angry crowd. Amnesty International says two people have lost their lives while doctors patrolling the situation say 4 people are now legally blind due to the extensive use of tear gas. Despite the clear dismay of the Turkish population Erdogan says he will go through with building the mall.

Meanwhile the main Turkish opposition C-H-P party denied these claims and say Erdogan’a dictatorial style ruling is the reason for the hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding his resignation throughout Turkey.

Protests are gaining momentum throughout Turkey including the capitol Ankara. Meanwhile security forces have arrested over 900 protesters.

Turkish media say protests have begun to die down. This, as security forces prevent local media from covering the demonstrations. Despite media clamp down, protests are still in full swing and gaining momentum. Analysts believe protests are having such a big impact because the Turkish prime minister fails to meet public demands.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/03/306963/turkey-antigovernment-protests-continue/

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Turkey: anti-government protest

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Protesters carry the Turkish flag and shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration at Gezi Park near Taksim Square in central Istanbul today. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

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Turkey explodes – Colère contre Erdogan

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The resistance to construction projects in Gezi Park in Istanbul, has been transformed this weekend into a global questioning of the policy of the Turkish government.

Photo: Protesters clash with riot police near the office of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, June 3, 2013, during a demonstration against the demolition of the park (Gurcan Ozturk, AFP)

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La Turquie s’embrase - Une colère sans précédent contre Erdogan

La résistance face aux projets de construction dans le parc Gezi, à Istanbul, s’est transformée, ce week-end, en une remise en cause globale de la politique du gouvernement turc.

Photo: Les protestataires se heurtent à la police anti-émeutes près du bureau du Premier ministre turc Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, 3 juin 2013, lors d'une manifestation contre la démolition du parc (Gurcan Ozturk, AFP)

02-06-13

Latest News Syria: Protests against government in Turkey

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Popular Protests against Erdogan's Government Continue, Almost 1,000 Injured

June 2, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of protesters on Sunday took out to the streets in the main cities in Turkey chanting slogans demanding the Turkish government's resignation and Erdogan's departure.

Popular protests against the policies of the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which continue for the third day in a row  in Ankara, Istanbul and other areas, described the government as being "fascist".

The protestors stressed that they will not bow to that who believes himself "the new Ottoman wali' of  the Turkish people.

The Turkish police has responded to the peaceful protest by using tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters in Istanbul and the capital Ankara, in addition to other areas.

In reaction, some protestors tried to throw stones near Erdogan's office in Istanbul, while hundreds of protestors ignited fire in Tunali area in Ankara.

Helicopter launched tear gas on the residential neighborhoods, while photos on the Youtube showed an armored police truck hit a protestor.

A protestor in Taksim Square said that "demonstrations are for democracy and they will grow on".

The protestors expressed anger for the limited converge of the demonstrations by the Turkish TV channels due to the terrifying policy of the Government as dozens of journalists were arrested at Erdogan's era.

Erdogan Calls Demonstrators "Saboteurs"

Meanwhile, Erdogan lashed out at the demonstrators who took to the streets in protest against his policies as leader of the government of the Justice and Development Party which, according to them, lay the foundations for a new dictatorship.

Speaking during a conference of the Balkan Turks Association today, Erdogan described the protesters as "saboteurs" who want to block the development of Turkey.

Erdogan used the pretext of "military coup d'état" to justify the crackdown on the peaceful protesters, a pretext he previously used to get rid of his opponents by deposing them and putting them in jail and prosecuting them.

He ignored the popular demands for launching public liberties, stopping the "Brotherhoodization" of the Turkish state's institutions and the resignation of the government, by trying to make believe that the protest was all about opposition to uprooting trees in Taksim Square.

According to media reports, two persons were killed and more than 1000 others were injured because of the use of violence and excessive force by the security forces which receive their orders from Erdogan.

Rescue people told the media that about 1000 people were admitted to hospitals in Istanbul, while hundreds others were injured in Ankara due to clashes with the police.

A large number of protesters were arrested, which was estimated by the Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler at 939 detainees in more than 90 protests.

Amnesty International Criticizes Excessive Force Use by Turkish Police against Protesters

The Amnesty International criticized the use of excessive force by the Turkish police to disperse the popular protests against Erdogan's government which caused the death of two protesters and the injury of more than 1000 others.

"The Turkish authorities must order police to stop using excessive force against peaceful protesters in Istanbul and immediately investigate alleged abuses," said Amnesty International.

It noted that excessive force is routinely used by law enforcement officials to disperse protests in Turkey.

However, Europe and Central Asia Director at the organization, John Dalhuisen, said "The use of violence by police on this scale appears designed to deny the right to peaceful protest altogether and to discourage others from taking part."

The organization talked about the Turkish police officers using water cannon and tear gas for two days "to disperse a peaceful protest against the destruction of Gezi Park in central Istanbul," stressing that this is unacceptable.

It pointed out that Amnesty activists who were observing the protest were also hit with truncheons and tear gasses.

"The use of tear gas against peaceful protestors and in confined spaces where it may constitute a serious danger to health is unacceptable, breaches international human rights standards and must be stopped immediately," said Dallhuisen.

“The Turkish authorities must order police to halt any excessive use of force and urgently investigate all reports of abuse. They have a duty to ensure that people can exercise their right to free expression and assembly.

The organization has received several reports about preventing the injured protesters from receiving any medical care and taking them to police stations.

The Amnesty International issued an urgent call upon its activities around the world to take procedures regarding Turkey and called on Erdogan to cease the police' violence and end all aspects of abuse.

The spark of protests was triggered because of a project to uproot 600 trees from the Gazi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul in the framework of a plan set by Erdogan government's to build a shopping centre as part of a large scale regeneration of the area. The Park has always been  considered an outlet for the city's citizens.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/02/485292.htm

01-06-13

Latest News Syria: Suppression of peaceful protests in Turkey

 

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Information Minister: The Turkish People Don't Deserve Erdogan's Barbarity

Jun 1, 2013

Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi said Recep Tayyip Erdogan's suppression of the peaceful protests in Turkey yesterday is illogical and reveals his detachment from reality.

Al-Zoubi stressed in a statement on Saturday that the brotherly Turkish people do not deserve this barbarity, adding that it is unjustified that Erdogan should defy his people.

"We wish the Turkish people stability and calm…We call upon Erdogan to show wisdom and not to deal with the Turkish people in the same way he did with Syria," said the Minister.

He added that Erdogan leads his country in a terrorist way and is destroying the civil character of the Turkish people, reiterating that the Turkish people's demands do not deserve all this violence.

Al-Zoubi said if Erdogan is incapable of following non-violent means, he has to step down, stressing that the Turkish people have many and reasonable cadres.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/01/485223.htm

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15-05-13

Jeruzalem Post: 'Turkey used chemical weapons'

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'Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL,  JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT,

LAST UPDATED: 8/12/2010 

Report: German newspaper says photos of dead Kurds confirm use.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved Photo: Associated Press BERLIN – German politicians called on Thursday for an international investigation into the reported use of chemical weapons by the Turkish military. The weapons were used against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to the online edition of the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.

“Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations,” said Ruprecht Polenz, chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee in the Bundestag and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.

Polenz recommended an international investigation to examine the deaths of eight Kurdish activists from the PKK. Claudia Roth, co-chair of the German Green party, echoed Polenz’s criticisms, seconding his call for an investigation.

MP Andrej Hunko urged the German Foreign Ministry to file a complaint against Turkey with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

A forensic report from Hamburg University Hospital confirmed that the eight Kurds had been murdered by “the use of chemical substances.”

Turkish Kurdish human rights members delivered photos in March to a delegation of German politicians, Turkey specialists, and journalists. The bodies in the photos were severely deformed and torn to pieces; the photos formed the basis for the forensic report. Hans Baumann, a German expert on the authenticity of photos, confirmed that photos had not been doctored.

The eight Kurdish PKK members were killed last September. The 31 photos, according to German media, are so disturbing that news organizations have been reluctant to publish them. The murdered PKK rebels – two women and six men – range in age from 19 to 33.

The allegation of employing chemical weapons against the Kurdish minority group could further taint Turkey’s battered human rights record.

Turkey’s nearly 12 million Kurds are seeking increased rights and autonomy. Turkey’s armed forces have, according to human rights groups, brutally suppressed the Kurdish ethnic minority’s attempts to secure more independence in the southeast. In July, a series of violent clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels broke out. The PKK had previously attacked a Turkish military post, killing eight Turkish soldiers, prompting a wave of military strikes resulting in the deaths of 12 Kurds.

Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The alleged use of chemical weapons would constitute a violation of the anti-chemical weapons treaty.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry denied engaging in chemical and biological warfare, according to a report in the daily Tageszeitung. The paper noted that German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had been informed of the chemical weapons allegations before his trip to Turkey in late July, but has declined to take diplomatic action.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=184612

Chemical weapons for Syrian 'opposition' may have come from Turkey

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Turkish media reports that recently (2011) in fact the Turkish army used Napalm or most of all phosphor related substances in their fight against the PKK guerilla. In other words so called thermal weapons which are not banned by any international treaty (unless you target civilians) – even if they are really inhuman. 

To clear up the confusion about thermal bombs and banned chemical weapons read our Document about “The Turkish army and their  use of Chemical weapons”.

Christopher Milroy, a professor of forensic pathology in the UK, went to the Kurdish region of Turkey in the early nineties to investigate use of chemical weapons. Here is an excerpt from an article he published, A secret and dirty war, in the British Medical Journal from July 1994: 

The Turkish authorities refused permission to examine the area where the alleged use of napalm took place. The area had been sealed off and the bodies of the victims had been buried in a mass grave, which had subsequently been concreted over. Nevertheless, a few relatives had been able to identify the victims from clothing or distinct features and removed the bodies for proper Islamic burial. All the bodies were described as severely burnt, without bullet wounds. We believed that the examination of the bodies would probably be obstructed, but hoped to interview relatives to obtain descriptions of the injuries. In Ankara we met human rights workers and then travelled to Kurdistan. We had already been told that arrest warrants had been issued against doctors, lawyers, and other human rights workers who had intended to accompany us.

After a couple paragraphs describing how he and his team were harassed by police and security forces, Milroy continues with his accounts of interviews with family members.

The next day we drove to Adiyaman, where we interviewed another relative of one of the victims. His description was again of bodies so charred that there were no recognisable features to permit a visual identification. No bullet wounds were present. While we were talking to him we were told that a man who was going to try and collect samples from the bodies in a local village had been arrested by the Turkish authorities, along with his entire family. The last information I received was that they were still in prison.

Because of the harassment we were unable to conduct the examinations, though the descriptions given were consistent with the use of napalm. A case has been presented before the European Commission of Human Rights.

Based on Milroy’s description and what little information was published in the Spiegel Online’s article, one can assume that either napalm or white phosphorous were used. Both agents cause severe burning, often to the bone.

In 1999 a ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, a German public-service television station) television report alleged chemical weapons use against the PKK, citing an unnamed member of a Turkish military special unit. ZDF said that in May of that year, a Turkish source told them he had taken part in operations against the PKK in which an unidentified chemical weapon had been used against insurgents hiding in caves.

‘Everyone in there was gassed—it was absolutely certain that nobody survived,’ said the Turkish military source as quoted by ZDF. Amnesty International, which was called in by ZDF to evaluate the military source, described him as ‘all-around credible.’

German Defence Ministry spokesperson at the time, Dieter Puhl, called the report ‘totally false and misleading.’ It is important to note that during that time period, the German government was supplying Turkey with chemical weapons test laboratories. The Defence Ministry said the labs would serve only to ‘protect soldiers and the civilian population.’

In October 1999, Turkish Foreign Ministry deputy spokesperson, Sermet Atacanli, referring to the ZDF programme, said that ‘Turkey assumed the obligation not to develop, produce, store, or use chemical weapons, and meticulously abides by the relevant agreement.’

In August of 2000, Turkish military forces entered what was then called the ‘Northern NFZ’. The northern no-fly zone extended up from the 36th parallel and formed what was supposed to be a protected zone for the Kurdish population there. In the course of the air raids on 15 and 17 August chemical weapons and napalm were allegedly used. Ankara’s official line was that the raids were directed exclusively at PKK targets. Regardless of the official line, many civilians, including women and children, were killed.

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This was an area designated for the ‘protection of the Kurdish civilian population in the north of Iraq.’ Yet the US Embassy in Ankara did not condemn the attack. A spokesperson said: ‘There is information in the reports concerning the use of chemical weapons. But I will not appraise the incident or give detailed information.’ The information he did give was: ‘The US in general defends the rights of the Turkish government against PKK terrorists in northern Iraq.’ How can you defend the use of chemical weapons?

In 2006 14 members of the PKK were killed in a large-scale offensive by the Turkish army after Newroz. Chemical weapons use was suspected in the operation. Subsequently, protests erupted following the funeral for the 14 PKK members. Days of violence ensued in Diyarbakir and nearby cities and towns.

In August 2007 the DTP reported that chemical weapons were used against a group of 11 PKK fighters in ?irnex.

In December 2007 the Turkish Armed Forces bombarded an area in the Qandil mountains. Shortly thereafter almost 200 goats died after grazing in the area where the bombardment took place. A detailed lab analysis of the goat milk detected poison.

A March 2008 report in the Kurdish Globe again mentions chemical weapons use in the Qandil mountain area. Several PKK fighters were seriously wounded by ‘weapons mixed with chemicals; blood flowed from their ears, eyes, and noses.’ These symptoms are not indicative of the napalm or WP that was most likely used in other attacks, but were nonetheless a direct result of illegal toxins used by the Turkish military.

Preliminary examinations by the Kurdistan Ministry of the Environment showed that Turkey used banned weapons. A delegation from Iraq’s council of representatives also declared that Turkish troops had used chemical weapons.

The Kurdistan Ministry of Health organised a medical team to investigate the affected locations and victims’ health. Some affected families were taken to Hewlêr for further medical testing.

One important question is whether or not there is an official sanction by the Turkish government to use chemical and/or biological weapons in its counter-terrorism efforts.

On 23 July 1989, the Turkish newspaper ?kibine Do?ru published an article on chemical weapons use. The article spoke of a secret security directive by the Turkish Armed Forces permitting the use of such agents as part of the government effort to combat Kurdish fighters.

According to the directive, which was issued on 25 February 1986 and signed by Necdet Öztorun, who was at the time commander of the Turkish Army, various methods were deemed permissible to destroy tunnels, including: filling the tunnels with poison gas, and rendering them unusable by introducing a specially bred poisonous insects.

In another section of the directive, it makes mention of the permitted use of gas bombs and NBC (nuclear, biological, and chemical) weapons, such as fire making substances, and tear and emetic gas.

The Turkish government did not explicitly deny the existence of the directive, however, questions remain as to its authenticity.

Regardless of whether or not the directive is authentic, there is overwhelming evidence (though some will insist that it is only circumstantial) that the Turkish government and its armed forces routinely use chemical weapons against the PKK and Kurdish civilians. They have been doing it for decades and will continue to do so with impunity.  The above examples are only a partial account of what has been happening. So why is no one mounting a full-scale investigation of these atrocities? Perhaps the Spiegel Online story will spark some response. It is doubtful however that it will come from the Europeans or the Americans.

Does no one care that a member of NATO, a country that is seeking admission to the EU, is flagrantly violating international law within its borders and beyond? With chemical weapons! Has the ‘global war on terror’ become no more than a licence to kill for governments in Washington’s exclusive terror club? Apparently, and sadly, so.

Sources:

Kurdish radio invites reporters to see victims of Turkey’s chemical attack. IRNA News Agency, 21 May 1999. BBC Summary of World Broadcasts.

Chemical weapons test lab for Turkey from German military. Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 27 October 1999.

Turkish spokesman denies manufacture, use of chemical weapons. Anatolia news agency, 28 October 1999. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring.

Leicht, Justus. Turkish army kills Kurdish civilians in north Iraq. World Socialist Web Site, 30 August 2000.

Milroy, CM. A secret and dirty war. BMJ 1994;309:135 (9 July).

Turkey denies use of chemical weapons in operations against ‘terrorists’. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring. 30 March 2006.

Leicht, Justus. Turkey: Twelve dead and hundreds injured in Kurdish protests. Bella Ciao, 07 April 2006

Turkish Kurdish party accuses Turkey of using chemical weapons. Aso, 29 November 2006. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring.

Pro-Kurdish party says army used chemical weapons in fighting Kurds. Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 30 August 2007.

Suspected chemical weapons used in Turkish incursions. The Kurdish Globe, 01 March 2008.

Suspicion of Chemical Weapons in Turkish Bombardment. Rastî Blog, 02 April 2008.

Steinvorth, Daniel and Yassin Musharbash. Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK. Spiegel Online, 12 August 2010.

Exerpts : Kurdish commentary 2011

http://www.pydrojava.net/en/index.php?option=com_content&...

Photo: a victim of chemical weapons (napalm or white phosphorous)

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Redline: Turkey used chemical weapons against Kurds

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13 August 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.”

Israel National News / by Elad Benari

http://efendisizler.blogsport.de/?p=721

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Obama meets Erdogan: Peaceful...

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The White House website released a photo of Obama with his right hand on a baseball bat as he talked on the phone with Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

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Opposition slams Turkish government over Patriot missiles…

Turkey’s main opposition party has criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party over the deployment of Patriot missiles along the country’s border with Syria.

During a Sunday parliamentary session at which the country’s budget plan for 2013 was to be discussed, a heated debate on foreign policy broke out between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy leader Osman Koruturk, English-language newspaperToday’s Zaman reported.

“Turkey had never lost so much dignity in the eyes of its neighbors [as it has today],” Koruturk said.

He noted that Ankara maintained good relations with Tehran, Baghdad and Damascus in the past, and even mediated negotiations between Damascus and Tel Aviv over the Golan Heights.

“Today, we are at daggers drawn with all these,” Koruturk added.

The CHP deputy leader also criticized Turkey’s relations with NATO, stressing that Turkey is far from playing an active role in the Western military contingent.

“It looks as though major NATO members are directing Turkey through the alliance,” Koruturk said.

He highlighted that Syria is being used as an excuse for the deployment of Patriot missiles, and said the real aim for such a deployment is to protect the radar in the Kurecik district of Malatya province, which reportedly protects Israel.

NATO has approved of Turkey’s request for the deployment of Patriot surface-to-air missiles in its territory.

The agreement emerged from a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on December 4 despite strong opposition from Russia, Syria and Iran.

On December 14, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed orders to authorize the plan to deploy Patriot missile batteries and about 400 troops to Turkey following the announcement of a similar move by Germany.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/12/17/278505/turkey-opposition-slams-patriot-missiles/

Syria: Turkeys' opposition - Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de

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May 15, 2013

Chairman of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu will deliver a speech at the European Parliament Socialists Group, and hold a joint press conference with Hannes Swoboda, Chairman of Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, in Brussels.

16:00 Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th Floor salon protocolaire A. (if it is not boycotted by car bombings of the Turkish and Israeli intelligence Services).

19:30 Meeting with Kemal Kilicdaroglu: Salle Royale, Rue royale 324, 1210 Brussels

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CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, 14-16 Mayıs tarihlerinde Belçika ve Almanya'ya ziyaret gerçekleştirecek. 

CHP Genel Başkan Yardımcısı Faruk Loğoğlu tarafından basına yapılan açıklamada, Kılıçdaroğlu'nun, 14 Mayıs'ta Brüksel'e giderek, Avrupa Parlamentosu Başkanı Martin Schulz ile bir araya geleceğini ifade etti. Loğoğlu, Kılıçdaroğlu'nun bazı parlamenterlerle de özel görüşmeler yaptıktan sonra 22 Mayıs'ta  Almanya'ya geçeceğini söyledi. Kılıçdaroğlu, Alman Sosyal Demokrat Partisinin (SPD) 150. kuruluş yıl dönümü etkinliklerine de katılacak.

CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu aynı zamanda Belçika’da CHP, Belçika Birliği üyeleri ile de bir araya gelecek. CHP Belçika Birliği Başkanı Zehra Eryörük’ün Genel Başkan Kılıçdaroğlu’nun ziyareti hakkında yaptığı duyuruda.’’Genel Başkanımız Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu'nun Brüksel ziyareti onuruna Brüksel'de 19 Mayıs Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı'nı kutlayarak unutturulmak istenen Cumhuriyet değerlerine sahip çıkıyoruz.

Belçika'daki tüm vatandaşlarımızı bekliyoruz. Geniş yelpazedeki değerli sanatçılarımızdan şiirler, türküler şarkılar ve halkoyunları ile bayramımızı şölen gibi kutlayacağız’’ diyerek CHP üyeleri, sempatizanları ve gönüllerine geniş katılım çağrısında bulundu.

Tarih: 15 Mayıs 2013 Çarşamba
Saat: 19:30’den itibaren
Yer: La Salle Royale
Adres: Rue Royale 324, 1000 Brüksel

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http://www.gundem.be/tr/belcika/kilicdaroglu-belcika-ya-g...

http://en.haberler.com/cihan-news-agency-diary-gmt-100012...

http://chpbrussels.org/

http://kadersevinc.blogactiv.eu/

http://brussels.chp.org.tr/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdfs/news/expert/agenda_wee...

A non-government information center on Turkey 
Un centre d'information non-gouvernemental sur la Turquie:
http://www.info-turk.be/415.htm

CHP GENEL BASKANI KEMAL KILIÇDAROGLU REYHANLI'DA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgXVZ3Cpn-g

Kiliçdaroglu 'AP Sosyalist Grubu’nda konustu: Türkiye’nin modern demokratik bir 'Anayasa'ya ihtiyaci var:
http://www.abhaber.com/manset-haber/manset-haber/kilicdar...

https://www.facebook.com/K.Kilicdaroglu

https://twitter.com/kilicdarogluk

CHP Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Reyhanli'da:
http://www.aa.com.tr/tr/politika/177824--chp-genel-baskan...

http://www.amerikaninsesi.com/content/brukselden-washingt...

CHP Genel Baskani Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de
http://www.haberler.com/chp-genel-baskani-kilicdaroglu-br...

http://www.stargundem.com/ajanslar/kemal-kilicdaroglu-ap-...

http://www.gercekgundem.com/?p=545213

Kiliçdaroglu Brüksel'de
http://www.ulkedehaber.com/haber/kilicdaroglu-brukselde-1...

14-05-13

Turkey: Car bombings in Reyhanlı censored

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14 May 2013

Franz Kafka in his immortal novel “The Trial” portrays a gloomy bureaucratic world in which Mr. K. does not know what he is accused of and he himself has to find out what his crime is. He has to produce meaning out of an utterly meaningless world. This is a Kafkaesque world.

A small court that normally deals with petty crimes in one of the remote corners of Turkey has put all of us in just such a weird world. The Peace Court in the Reyhanlı district of Hatay, in which two car bombs exploded, killing dozens and leaving hundreds wounded earlier this week, issued a “reporting ban,” applicable nationwide, about this act of terror.

The Reyhanlı Criminal Court of Peace ruling says: “It has been decided to ban all forms of audio, visual and print reporting and their broadcast of the investigation into the May 11, 2013, explosion in the town of Reyhanlı that killed and wounded many people … and anything related to the context of the incident … [and] anything to do with anything about those killed and wounded in the incident.”

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) sent the decision to all media organs in Turkey. The naked truth, concealed by this strange legal language, is a media clampdown using the imposition of a comprehensive censorship mechanism via court decision.

The court based its incredibly comprehensive censorship decision on legal justifications used by the public prosecutor’s office when it asked for a ban on reporting, saying, “Reporting in print and visual media any information and visuals related to the investigation will impair the confidentiality of the investigation and endanger its proper progress.”

This means that all news and visuals about one of the biggest terror attacks Turkey has witnessed are banned because that may impair the “confidentiality” of the investigation. If one looks at the decision carefully in the context of the political-legal framework in which it was taken, some interesting details emerge.

The prohibition on publishing documents and other information related to the prosecutor’s investigation is being used as a cover to prevent the public from learning certain facts and truths that those in power would wish to keep secret. For example, the last similar “confidentiality” decision was given about the investigation into the Uludere massacre, in which 35 Kurdish villagers were killed by the Turkish Air Forces (THK), which they thought were terrorists. This effectively prevented anyone, including the relatives of the victims, from finding out anything about the investigation.

However, the ban on reporting about the Reyhanlı bombing goes far beyond any “investigation confidentiality” we have ever witnessed in Turkey and signals an extraordinary censorship effort. In this case, the court is banning not only reporting on the prosecutor’s investigation but on anything to do with the incident.

It doesn’t seem likely that a prosecutor in a small town would demand such a comprehensive censorship decision from the legal system. It is not hard to imagine that some sort of diplomacy transpired behind closed doors and that the prosecutor was instructed by the Justice Ministry to file for such a demand.

In fact, it is obvious that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government is extremely sensitive not only about this explosion but anything to do with the crisis in Syria and Turkey’s role in it, hence the effort to wrap a shroud of secrecy around it.

Obviously, the government, worried about having to answer questions on Turkey’s Syria policy in the aftermath of the terror attack, has opted to totally obstruct any such debate through a court decision obtained by manipulating the laws to the extreme. And this is really disturbing.

http://www.todayszaman.com/columnist-315440-how-and-why-w...

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13-05-13

Syria: Turkish, Israeli and American intelligence behind car bombings ?

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Israel: 'Red line' for unproved use of chemical weapons + bombing of Syria...

May 5, 2013

'Do the US, Iran Agree on Red Line For Syrian Chemical Weapons?'

The US' turnaround and the Israeli attack, which has been in the works since Obama’s visit to Israel last month, according to Ben Caspit, follow a US intelligence assessment made public on April 25, based on evidence from Great Britain, France and Israel, and made by US intelligence agencies with “varying degrees of confidence” of “small scale” chemical weapons use, based upon “physiological samples” where “the chain of custody is not clear.”
There were also four key events which took place on April 30: the meeting of the Arab League delegation with US Secretary of State John Kerry about a revived Arab Peace Initiative, a fiery speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, an Israeli attack on Gaza and Iran’s statement that chemical weapons use is a red line in Syria.
As the United States and United Nations proceed with their investigations into the allegations of chemical weapons use, Washington, its Arab allies and Israel are now looking to increase military pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, so that Assad will agree to a political solution that includes his stepping aside. Syria is no longer just a battle of “the opposition” against the “Assad regime.” Those days are long gone. Syria is now a full scale Middle East War, with sectarian overtones and direct Israeli engagement, with the United States and Israel taking the side of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey (read Sunni) to topple Assad, and break or set back the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah (read Shiite) axis.
(Iran has consistently opposed the use of weapons of mass destruction, as well as chemical weapons by any country, and has sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in this respect.)  http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/us-israel-syria-war-escalate-hezbollah.html

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Turkey: 'Red line' for unproved use of chemical weapons + blaming Syria's intelligence service for two car bombings that killed at least 46 people

May 9, 2013

'Turkey would support U.S.-led no-fly zone in Syria: NBC'

Washington — Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would support a U.S.-enforced no-fly zone in Syria and warned that Damascus crossed President Barack Obama's “red line'' on chemical weapons use long ago, according to an NBC News interview released Thursday.
A no-fly zone to prohibit Syrian military aircraft from hitting rebel targets has been mentioned by American lawmakers as one option the United States could use to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Right from the beginning ... we would say 'Yes,'' Erdogan said when asked if Turkey, a NATO member that shares its longest border with Syria, would support such action, according to an NBC.com report.
http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-says-syria-crossed-us-chemical-weapons-red-203220841.html

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May 12, 2013

'Turkey Blames Syria for Deadly Car Bombs'

Turkey — Turkey on Sunday blamed groups connected to Syria's intelligence service for two car bombings that killed at least 46 people in a Turkish border town a day earlier.
Turkish officials said Sunday that security services had arrested nine people, all Turkish citizens, including the alleged mastermind, after two car bombs ripped through Reyhanli, a small town close to Syria. Syria denied any involvement in the bombings.Turkey's interior minister, Muammer Guler, said an investigation showed that the huge blasts—which damaged almost 500 shops, 300 homes and 60 vehicles—were carried out by a "terrorist organization in close contact with Syria's intelligence agency."
Following the blast residents had attacked Syrian refugees and cars with Syrian number plates after the attacks, witnesses said.
One woman, who earlier Sunday buried a brother-in-law killed in the blast, blamed Turkey's prime minister for bringing Syrians to Reyhanli and demanded they leave the town.
"I don't want this government, I don't want Syrians here. Why weren't they taken somewhere further? We are tired of seeing Syrian fighters, it was the rebels who caused this," said the woman.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323716304578478631250320680.html

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May 22nd, 2012

'Syrian rebels say Turkey is arming and training them'

Michael Weiss, the Research Director of The Henry Jackson Society, said that the weekend before last he was in Hatay province, in southern Turkey, interviewing Syrian 'rebels' and 'activists', who all complained of the lack of foreign assistance 'in toppling the Assad regime'
Jackson: 'A lot's changed in a week. Rebel sources in Hatay told me last night that not only is Turkey supplying light arms to select battalion commanders, it is also training Syrians in Istanbul. Men from the unit I was embedded with were vetted and called up by Turkish intelligence in the last few days and large consignments of AK-47s are being delivered by the Turkish military to the Syrian-Turkish border. No one knows where the guns came from originally, but no one much cares.
This news, which has provided a much-needed morale boost to Syria's embattled opposition, does appear to corroborate a recent report by the Washington Post that the United States has been facilitating the transfer of Gulf-purchased weapons to the so called rebels:
'The U.S. contacts with the rebel military and the information-sharing with gulf nations mark a shift in Obama administration policy as hopes dim for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Many officials now consider an expanding military confrontation to be inevitable.
Material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border. Opposition activists who two months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said this week that the flow of weapons — most still bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military — has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.'
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/michaelweiss/100159613/syrian-rebels-say-turkey-is-arming-and-training-them/

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Israel's goal in Syria: Prolong war, maximize destruction:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/05/301972/israel-using-syria-war-to-spread-sectarian-chaos-in-me/

US tax buys bombs Israel drops on Syria:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/06/302104/us-money-buys-bombs-israel-drops-on-syria/

28-04-13

Solidarity with Syria: Turkey

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April 28th, 2013

ANTAKYA, (SANA) - The Turkish Peace Association and the International Peace Council held a huge festival in Antakya on Sunday to express solidarity with Syria in the face of the plot to which it was exposed.

The event was attended by social figures and MPs in addition to huge numbers of citizens.

The participants hailed the Syrian leadership and people, stressing that Syria is resisting the international imperialism and defending its independence and sovereignty.

They said that the future of the region should be determined only by its peoples, adding that the region’s peoples will foil the conspiracy against Syria.

The festival included popular songs by Turkish band and famous Turkish singers.

M. Nassr/ M. Eyon

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/04/28/479738.htm

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01-03-13

Turkey, Syria: NATO go home !

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People's Assembly Speaker: Door for Dialogue Open to All

March 1, 2013

Speaker of the People's Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham emphasized the importance of national dialogue as the basis for the political program for solving the crisis in Syria.

Meeting a Czech media delegation on Thursday, al- Lahham said that dialogue comprises all political and social forces according to national principles, indicating that the door is wide open to all who want dialogue, including the armed opposition.

Al-Lahham said that that the Syrian people's interest is the real compass for solving the crisis, laying emphasis on rejecting foreign interference in the Syrian internal affairs.

Al-Lahham pointed to the international double standards in approaching the situation in Syria as ''Some countries allege support for the political settlement for the crisis while in fact have no genuine intentions to pressure the gunmen to come to dialogue.''

He also indicated that certain media channels underestimate the perception of viewers through fabricating lies on Syria's events, adding that targeting the Syrian state uncovers foreign conspiracies to `fragment it, pointing to the attempts on the lives of elected MPs and the assassination of some, as well as threatening their families.

Al-Lahham said that the Syrian people, who presented an example in fraternity and coexistence throughout history ''will not allow evil, narrow-minded and takfiri powers to tamper with their cultural achievements," stressing that the Syrians will never succumb to the terrorism of armed groups.

He added that Syria is determined to push ahead with carrying out reforms to realize the aspirations of the Syrian people through a set of modern laws, indicating that the armed groups enjoy no support base in Syria.

Members of the media delegation said that their visit to Syria offered them an opportunity to get a close look at the reality of events, vowing to convey it to the Czech people and world public opinion.

M. Ismael

http://www.sana-syria.com/eng/21/2013/03/01/469970.htm

Photo: Turkish people rally against Patriot missile deployment:

http://www.news.az/articles/turkey/75399

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17-12-12

War on Syria: European Union and Israel

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“Herons” repainted in the colors of Germany

The drones (unmanned aircraft) used by NATO to bomb Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya are designed by Israel. The Israelis are denied entry into Afghanistan, but nevertheless, the Israeli drones provide ‘security’ for the coalition in Afghanistan. Israeli drones are used by Canada, France, Australia and Germany in Afghanistan. Today, Israeli specialists are on the air base at Ein Shemer for training the flight of “Herons” repainted in the colors of Germany. Many of Israeli military products are standard NATO-compatible.

German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted 461-86 on Friday, December 14, 2012, to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

Picture: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu

29-11-12

Turkey's and French' ambitions in the 'New Middle East'

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Since 2010, C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

On August 9, 2012, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the spearhead of last year’s campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi, called for 'rapid international action on Syria', comparing the current crisis with the situation in Libya. Sarkozy spoke with the Syrian opposition leader, Abdulbaset Sieda and they noted a 'total convergence in their views on the seriousness of the Syrian crisis as well as the need for rapid action by the international community to avoid massacres,' said a statement signed by Sarkozy and Sieda, the president of the Istanbul-based Syrian National Council. "They agreed that there are great similarities with the Libyan crisis," said the statement. On this way Sarkozy was putting pressure on French President Hollande, who has been much more moderate on the issue compared to his flamboyant predecessor.

On August 11, 2012, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were considering implementing no-fly zones for Syria after holding talks in Istanbul. According to Reuters, Clinton said that Ankara and Washington 'need to plan ways to assist the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad – including possibly implementing a no-fly zone'.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), held a Closed-Door Meeting In Turkey. They met with Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place on Tuesday at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff on Wednesday. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

On November 28, 2012, NATO General-Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO allies 'will respond positively to Turkey’s demand for Patriot missiles within “days” and that command of the system will be under NATO control'. “Russia has no right to intervene in this process. This is a NATO decision; third parties have nothing to say,” Rasmussen said about Russian objections to the deployment.

Earlier this year, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu declared that Turkey would be the 'owner, pioneer and servant of the post-Arab Spring Middle East'. Turkey has the second largest NATO army.

Photo: Fighters against Ottoman Empire in Syria, 1916. After World War I ended, the Ottoman Turks were finally driven out, and France occupied Syria. The French administered and exercised control of Syria until it finally gained its independence in 1946. France was the first NATO-member to recognize the so called Syrian opposition. It is clear that Turkey and France want to re-colonize Syria with the aid if its NATO-partners and that they have big personal ambitions for the 'New Middle East'.

Interesting links (if not blocked by Washington that leads a misleading war-campaign):

http://www.globalresearch.ca/nato-holds-secret-meeting-approving-syrian-operation/5303457

http://www.chathamhouse.org/media/comment/view/185833

http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/world/syria-history.html

http://rt.com/news/sarkozy-urges-syria-intervention-208/

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/top-nato-military-commander-holds-closed-door-meeting-in-turkey/

NATO Secretary General Speech - New NATO, New Turkey (published on February 20, 2012):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3YNJ3ESIW0

12-11-12

Seventeen Turkish soldiers killed

Turkish.Helicopter Crash.jpg'A new Middle East is about to be born. We will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East'. (Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu)

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Nov 10, 2012 - ANKARA, (SANA) – Seventeen Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday as their helicopter crashed in southeastern Turkey due to bad weather conditions, said Governor of the Turkish city of Siirt Ahmet Aydin.

Reuters quoted Aydin as saying that the Sikorsky helicopter crashed on Herekol mountain, in the Pervari area of Siirt province.

Turkish Army Kills 42 People over Three Days in Southeastern Turkey

Turkish warplanes and helicopters bombarded over three days targets in southeastern Turkey on the border with Iraq and Iran, killing 42 people.

The office of the Governor of Hakkari Province in southeastern Turkey said in a statement reported by Reuters that this operation, which started last Wednesday, is continuing in the province.

The statement added that a Turkish soldier was killed, while the research operations resulted in seizing amounts of ammunition and medical and food supplies.

The Turkish Air Force last Wednesday violated the Iraqi airspace and launched an offensive on a site in northern Iraq, killing three Iraqi citizens.

R. Raslan/ Mazen /H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/10/451702.htm

(The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't stop its war propaganda and its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria.)

10-11-12

Exercise Mavi Balina 2012 kicks off in Turkey

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United States European Command
November 5, 2012

NAPLES, Italy: The tri-lateral training Exercise Mavi Balina 2012 (MB12) kicked off in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Turkey, Nov. 5.

Mavi Balina is an invitational maritime exercise, hosted by Turkey, which focuses on providing realistic operational training in surface and submarine warfare for units and staffs of Turkish, Pakistani and U.S. Naval Forces, as well as promotes friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation.

Training with other military forces enhances mutual awareness and the maritime capability of international partners. Mavi Balina helps create an environment that promotes maritime safety and security, and interoperability between the participating nations.

Participating U.S. Naval Forces are the guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and an aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 9.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/turkey-host-na...

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the most believed poodle of Hillary Clinton.

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'A new Middle East is about to be born. We will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East'. (Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu)

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Formed around 2500 BC, the Syrian civilization is one of the most ancient on earth, and is strategically placed along the eastern edges of the Mediterranean Sea at the doorway to Asia and the Middle East.

Damascus, the capital, historically called the Fragrant City, is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet, and to this day remains one of the most important cultural and political centers in the Arab world.

For endless centuries Syria was fought over and subsequently controlled by varied factions, including the Egyptian, Roman and Ottoman empires.

The Syrian economy struggled under Ottoman rule, and any attempts at rebuilding were destroyed by the Mongols.

After World War I ended, the Ottoman Turks were finally driven out, and the French influence began.

The French administered and exercised control of Syria until it finally gained its independence in 1946.

In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel, and since then, both countries have occasionally discussed its return to Syria.

Observing that a "new Middle East is about to be born," Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently stated before the Turkish parliament that "we will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East." 

In reality, the Turkish government wants, as was the case under the Ottoman empire, to dominate Syria and the Middle East regio and it hopes to realize its dream with the support of NATO.

For several years, he CIA, the American State Department and the Pentagon are involved, working with NATO’s Turkey and the kleptocrats in Saudi Arabia to overthrow the Syrian government.

C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition, antitank weapons and explosives for terrorist attacks are being smuggled by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries from Turkey to Syria.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

On November 7, 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that NATO is preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles for deployment along the Turkish-Syrian border.

Photo: Fighters against Ottoman Empire in Syria, 1916.

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09-11-12

TURKEY'S WAR AGAINST SYRIA

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Observing that a "new Middle East is about to be born," Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently stated before the Turkish parliament that "we will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East."

In reality, the Turkish government wants, as was the case under the Ottoman empire, to dominate Syria and the Middle East regio and it hopes to realize its dream with the support of NATO.

For several years, he CIA, the American State Department and the Pentagon are involved, working with NATO’s Turkey and the kleptocrats in Saudi Arabia to overthrow the Syrian government.

C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition, antitank weapons and explosives for terrorist attacks are being smuggled by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries from Turkey to Syria.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

On November 7, 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that NATO is preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles for deployment along the Turkish-Syrian border...

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NATO Prepares To Deploy Interceptor Missiles To Turkey

Xinhua News Agency
November 8, 2012

NATO preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles

ANKARA: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday that NATO is preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles for deployment along the Turkish-Syrian border, local newspaper Today’s Zaman reported on its website.

Davutoglu made the remarks in Brussels following earlier statements by some other Turkish officials that Turkey is in talks with the United States and NATO over the deployment of Patriot missiles along its border with Syria.

Turkey and the United States are considering deploying missiles in the southern Turkish province of Kilis, according to the report.

In the past, Turkey requested the deployment of Patriot missile defense systems on its territory twice in the context of wars in Iraq, respectively in the early 1990s and the 2000s.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/nato-prepares-to-deploy-interceptor-missiles-to-turkey/

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06-11-12

War with Syria will lead to the downfall of Turkey

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Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists and C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and 'medical' working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. It proves once again that the Turkish government, which is not supported by the Turkish people, organizes the arming of terrorists for bombings in Syria with the cooperation of NATO which is an instrument of the US and Israel.

The Muslim World loses its faith in the Turkish leaders and there is a growing political division in Turkey.

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29-10-12

A war between Syria and Turkey is inevitable

Erdogan.petit.caniche.de.Hillary.Clinton.jpgISTANBUL, Oct. 9 2012 (Xinhua) - Turkey and Syria move closer than ever to the verge of war after Syria's latest mortar shelling killed five Turkish civilians.

The Turkey Parliament has authorized a war mandate last week, enabling further cross-border military action against Syria.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about the war twice within a week, saying that Turkey was not far away from war and called on his people to be prepared.

Turkey and Syria have been exchanging cross-border artillery fire for almost a week. In this sense, Turkey has already started fighting.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last Saturday that conflict between Turkey and Syria may escalate and spread to neighboring countries.

However, many Turkish analysts worry that it would be great mistake for Turkey to get involved in a war with Syria, which could bring serious consequences to this country.

"If Turkey starts war with Syria, it would be detrimental for both countries. Turkey's social stability, economic development and democratization process would all be badly affected," Aykan Erdemir, a Turkish MP from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), told Xinhua.

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the favorite poodle of Hillary Clinton.

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U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Turkey

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Turkey is one of five European nations that continue to house U.S. tactical nuclear weapons allocated for NATO.

Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists and C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and 'medical' working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. It proved once again that the Turkish government is not only arming Syrian terrorists but organizes with its NATO allies (with Israel in the background) also a real war against Syria.

Photo: In May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US $500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey

 


16-10-12

Turkey's prime minister: 'reform of U.N. Security Council'

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Turkey's prime minister Erdogan called for a reform of the U.N. Security Council, which he called an "unequal, unfair system" that didn't represent the will of most countries...

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U.N., an instrument of the US. and Israel

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted anynew construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) Oktober 2011: Israeli jets bomb Gaza Strip - Israeli jetfighters engage in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/206851.html

Photo: Erdogan, friend of the US. and Israel

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11-10-12

Israeli official: 'Declare Turkey a terror-supporting state'

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As a reminder:

Israeli official to Clinton: 'Declare Turkey a terror-supporting state'

2 September 2011

A hawkish Israeli politician reportedly wrote a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday, asking the US to declare Turkey a terror-supporting state, the Jerusalem Post reported early on Friday.

Danny Danon, who is also deputy Knesset speaker, wrote a letter to Clinton after Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu warned Israel to apologize until the UN releases its report in which he called on Washington to impose sanctions on Turkey and call it a terror-supporting state.

"Turkey has gotten closer to Iran and constitutes a direct continuation of the axis of evil. The government in Washington must answer the Turkish problem before it is too late," Danon wrote, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The Israeli official called for economic and diplomatic sanctions against Turkey until Ankara changes its ways and abandons what he said “the way of terror.”

"The Turks have crossed the line. They supported the flotilla, they support terror and they dare to ask Israel to apologize to them," Danon said.

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-255526-israeli-official-t...

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Note: US. president Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for terrorist attacks in Syria. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an "intelligence finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust the Syrian government. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan. On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. It proves once again that the Turkish government is not only arming Syrian terrorists but organizes with its NATO allies (with Israel in the background) also a real war against Syria.


Photo: Turkish fighter jets forced a Syrian passenger plane that was so called 'suspected of carrying weapons' to land at Ankara airport, what can be seen as a new military provocation and terrorist act of the Turkish government.

Is Turkey a terrorist state ?

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“The regime in Syria has now become a terrorist state,” Mr Erdogan declared on September 5, 2012, at a meeting of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party. “We do not have the luxury to be indifferent to what is happening there.”

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The military poker game of NATO

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After US and UK, Germany is the largest weapons supplier to Turkey

October 4, 2012

NATO members have both sold and donated a wide range of weapons to Turkey, including more than 500 combat aircraft, 500 combat helicopters, 5,000 tanks, and thousands of artillery pieces, mortars, machine guns and assault rifles. The United States has been Turkey's main supplier, providing about 80% of Turkey's arsenal. Over the past decade (up to 1995), the US Congress has appropriated $5.3 billion in military aid (grants and loans to purchase weapons) for Turkey, making Turkey the third largest recipient of US military aid (after Israel and Egypt).

Turkey has recently invited bids for the supply of four early warning aircraft (AWACS) (mid-1998). The contract is worth around $1 billion. The aircraft would enable Turkey not only to command and control its own airspace but also that of the surrounding region. Likely suppliers are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grunman, and Israel Aircraft Industries.

After US and UK, Germany is the largest weapons supplier to Turkey. Germany is currently trying to sell Turkey 1,000 Leopard II main battlefield tanks.

US. president Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for terrorist attacks in Syria. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an "intelligence finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust the Syrian government. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said some weeks ago that Britain steps up its support for terrrorists in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million).

Over 30,000 various weapons, including boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" have been channelled to Syria. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.

http://www.heureka.clara.net/sunrise/tr-arms2.htm

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Photo 1: On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. But the smiling faces and the news about Turkey's attack on the Syrian civil aircraft, tell us something about the 'democratic' plans they made.

Photo 2: Turkish fighter jets forced a Syrian passenger plane that was so called 'suspected of carrying weapons' to land at Ankara airportIt proves once again that the Turkish government is not onlyarming Syrian terrorists but organizes with its NATO allies (with Israel in the background) also a real war against Syria.

10-10-12

Germany rearmed: Commander of US European Command visits Turkey

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When did Hitler rearm Germany ?

February 1933

In February 1933, days after Hitler came to power, Hitler instructed the German general, von Fritsch to end German disarmament and to 'create an army of the greatest possible strength'. Germany began a remarkable increase in its level of weaponry that was to gather momentum during the mid-1930's. By July 1933, tanks were being produced and by 1934 Germany was making aircrafts and warships. The production of military aircraft rose from 36 planes in 1932 to 1,938 planes in 1934 and 5,112 planes in 1936. In 1935, Hitler introduced conscription and began to increase massively the number of soldiers in the German army.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/When_did_Hitler_rearm_Germany_a...

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Britain Tells Germany to Rearm - What would Churchill say?

May 8, 2012

Britain’s military establishment has a shockingly shallow grasp of history. British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said Germany must recognize “that it can’t continue to be the dominant economy in Europe without also significantly increasing its military capability,” after talks with his German counterpart Thomas de Maiziere in Germany, May 2.

Hammond chastised Germany for its “historic reluctance to deploy and operate overseas” and called on it to deliver “more usable firepower” to nato.

This view goes beyond the defense minister. On May 4, the House of Lords European Union Committee published a report on European defense, where it drew the same conclusions. For the EU to have “an effective security and defense policy,” Germany must play a bigger role, it said.

It sees America pulling its military out of Europe, making cuts and focusing on the Pacific. “Europe really does have to start to get its act together, and the only player that’s really missing in that is Germany, Europe’s powerhouse,” the chairmen of the committee, Lord Teverson, told bbc Radio 4’s Today program.

Even America takes the same view. Former U.S. representative to nato Nicolas Burns testified before the Lords committee. “The U.S. was, however, concerned about the diminishing budgets of most of its European allies, especially Germany, Italy and Spain,” the committee’s report states. “Ambassador Burns was particularly critical of Germany’s low level of spending on defense. Germany should make a greater commitment to collective defense and the modernization of its own military, and be more willing to deploy in difficult areas.”

U.S. President Barack Obama made similar statements last year, when he told German Chancellor Angela Merkel: “The world today does not fear a strong Germany. It is, rather, disappointed when Germany is too reserved.”

The committee also encouraged Britain to support more cooperation on defense within the EU. Their report states that Britain should drop its longstanding opposition to an EU operational headquarters.

Lord Teverson dismissed any concerns about Germany’s history by saying the war was over 60 years ago, and that even today, Eastern Europe is more worried about Russia.

How shallow. In a deeper view of history, 60 years is not that long.

The famous document agreed by Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference read: “It is our inflexible purpose to destroy German militarism and Nazism and to ensure that Germany will never again be able to disturb the peace of the world” (emphasis added).

The document goes on to use phrases like “break up for all time.” These men were thinking in longer terms than just 60 years.

Winston Churchill repeatedly warned about the rise of Germany, prior to World War ii. These warnings, based on Germany’s history, were ignored...

By Richard Palmer

http://www.thetrumpet.com/article/9373.8245.0.0/world/mil...

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Top NATO Military Commander Holds Closed-Door Meeting In Turkey

October 4, 2012

Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), has met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara in a little-publicized visit.

http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=382846#.UHTfe676lTs