Öcalan calls for new initiative to resolve Turkey’s Kurdish conflict
By TM – August 8, 2019 THE TURKISH MINUTE
Jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan has called for a new initiative to bring a peaceful settlement to the ethnic violence in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast and says he is ready to assume his role towards that end, the Artı Gerçek news website reported. Öcalan’s remarks were released by the Asrın Law Firm, which sent a group of lawyers to meet with him on Wednesday on the prison island of İmralı.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE ACTUAL TERMS OF THE POLITICAL TRADE – U.S. SAFE ZONE DEAL CAN HELP TURKEY COME TO TERMS WITH THE PKK AND YPG
by Soner Cagaptay – PolicyWatch 3161 – August 7, 2019
Checking the YPG’s ascendance in Syria could bring the PKK back to the negotiating table, ultimately making Turkey more amenable to Kurdish enclaves across the border.
Earlier today, Ankara and Washington agreed to “stand up a joint operations center in Turkey as soon as possible to coordinate and manage the establishment of a safe zone” in Syria. This development could help realign the relationship between Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its Syrian offshoot, the People’s Defense Units (YPG), a group that controls large swaths of Syria’s northern frontier. That in turn could help heal a major sore point in U.S.-Turkish relations.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REPORT UPDATE : US warns Turkey on Syria amid last-ditch talks to resolve buffer zone dispute
Ayla Jean Yackley August 6, 2019 Article Summary – AL MONITOR – The United States says it will prevent a unilateral incursion into Syria by its NATO ally, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s patience is running out with protracted talks on removing Kurdish fighters from Turkey’s border region. The head of the Pentagon cautioned Turkey on Tuesday against undertaking a unilateral military operation in northern Syria to target a US-allied Kurdish militia as American defense officials visited Ankara in what was seen as an eleventh-hour effort by Washington to block a Turkish attack.
GROWING ANTI-SYRIAN SENTIMENT IN TURKEY
by Soner Cagaptay and Deniz Yuksel – PolicyWatch 3159 – August 5, 2019
Refugees are being blamed for the country’s economic and social troubles, resulting in online hate speech, vigilante violence, and further pressure on the government to change the status quo in north Syria
On June 22, the office of provincial governor Ali Yerlikaya announced that Syrian nationals who are not registered in Istanbul would have to leave the city by August 20. The area is now closed to further registration of such nationals, half a million of whom reside in Istanbul city alone. Coming from the office of an official appointed by the central government, the announcement highlights the country’s growing political tensions over the refugee issue.
MAJORITY OPPOSITION TO SYRIAN PRESENCE
4m 5 Aug 2019
A meeting between Turkish and U.S. officials on Syria safe zone is underway in Ankara Turkish officials are expected to refuse latest US offer due to disagreements over the depth of the zone and levels of control “The meetings may continue tomorrow”
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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SPECIAL : VON DER OSTEN BIS ZUR WESTEN – NEUE MIGRATIONSWELLE IM PULL-VERFAHREN
von Soeren Kern 1. August 2019 – GATESTONE INSTITUTE – Englischer Originaltext: Turkey Threatens to Reignite European Migrant Crisis
“Wir stehen vor der größten Migrationswelle der Geschichte. Wenn wir die Schleusen öffnen, wird sich keine europäische Regierung länger als sechs Monate halten können. Wir raten ihnen, unsere Geduld nicht auf die Probe zu stellen.” — Der türkische Innenminister Süleyman Soylu.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SPECIAL “GRANDDADDY” : Was Boris Johnson’s great grandfather an Ottoman traitor or a hero?
Orhan Kemal Cengiz August 1, 2019 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary Boris Johnson ascending to power in the United Kingdom has triggered a debate on the role and views of his great grandfather, Ali Kemal, in Turkish history.
Wikicommons – Ali Kemal, the last Ottoman interior minister, was also a well-known journalist and one of the most-hated figures in the nationalist narrative of the Turkish Republic. When conservative politician and former London mayor Boris Johnson became prime minister of the United Kingdom, a jubilant mood spread through the small Turkish village of Kalfat, where residents consider Johnson a “local son.” They are proud that distant relatives of the polarizing politician still live among them. Johnson’s great-great-grandfather Haci Ahmet Riza Efendi was born in Kalfat, and the house he lived in still stands.
READ IN: العربية Lamar Erkendi August 1, 2019 – Article Summary – AL MONITOR – 1 August 2019 – Turkey is sending military reinforcements to its border with Syria after two missiles were recently launched from Syria toward a border city, portending an imminent Turkish offensive in the area. A Turkish Armed Forces military convoy, consisting of armored vehicles, ammunition and howitzers, are being dispatched from Kilis towards Gaziantep to support the units at the Syrian border, on July 14, 2019 in Kilis, Turkey. QAMISHLI — In the evening on July 22, two missiles were launched from Ras al-Ayn in the countryside of al-Hasakah governorate in northeastern Syria toward Ceylanpinar on the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkish media reported that six people, including a child, were injured, while it remains unclear who was behind the missiles.
Several Republican senators are tweeting today their stance on Turkey and the F-35, with some calling for sanctions to be placed on Turkey over its purchase of the S-400. The tweets come amid reports that President Trump is not in favor of sanctions on Turkey
Senator Mike Rounds@SenatorRounds -20h
I agree w/ @POTUS: b/c of Turkey’s decision to purchase the Russian S-400 air defense systems, we had no choice but to end its involvement w/ our F-35 program. The S-400 program can be used to learn about the F-35s advanced stealth capability – a threat to our national security.
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