BasNews 14/04/2018 – 10:39 ERBIL – Turkey has welcomed the airstrikes carried out by the US and its allies UK and France early on Saturday against the Syrian regime in retaliation to a poison gas attack which killed dozens of civilians last week.”We welcome this operation which has eased the humanity’s conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime,” Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : BRUSSEL EU GIPFEL PROTOKOLL / PALÄSTINENSER UMSIEDELN NACH SINAI – EU-Türkei-VerhältnisSchwer irritiert
6.04.2018 21:02 Uhr – tagesschau.de – Die EU und die Türkei scheinen sich immer weiter zu entfremden. Das Protokoll eines Diplomatengesprächs mit einem hochrangigen türkischen AKP-Politiker offenbart tiefes Misstrauen.Von Oliver Mayer-Rüth, ARD-Studio Istanbul
Beim EU-Türkei-Gipfel in Varna deutete sich bereits an, wie weit Brüssel und Ankara derzeit politisch auseinanderliegen. Das Protokoll eines EU-Diplomaten zu einem Gespräch mit Volkan Bozkir, Abgeordneter der Erdogan-Partei AKP und Vorsitzender des Auswärtigen Ausschusses des türkischen Parlaments, macht noch einmal klar, dass es in außenpolitischen Fragen derzeit kaum Schnittmengen zwischen Ankara und den Regierungen der EU-Länder gibt. Aufgrund seiner Expertise sollte Bozkir wissen, wovon er spricht. Er dürfte mit seinen Ansichten auch nicht allzu weit vom türkischen Staatspräsidenten entfernt liegen.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : MUSTAFA KARASU (PKK) CLAIMS PRESSURE ON APO OECALAN – WHILE OTHER SOURCES REPORTING DIRECT NEW TALKS BETWEEN APO & ANKARA
Turkey Steps up Pressure on Jailed PKK Leader: Official
Basnews English – 3 /04/2018 – ERBIL — A top official from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has revealed that the Turkish government has stepped up its pressure on their founder and leader Abdullah Ocalan in the Imrali Prison. Executive Council Member of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), Mustafa Karasu, revealed in a recent article published on media outlets affiliated to his party, that the Turkish authorities have taken away Ocalan’s television and radio. ”
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – Turkey offers death benefits to its Syrian anti-Kurdish allies
Metin Gurcan April 5, 2018 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary – Kudos bestowed on Turkey’s Free Syrian Army allies for their performance in Operation Olive Branch appear to have earned the fighters additional financial and medical support from the Turkish government. Turkey is preparing to provide additional financial and medical support to its closest ally in Syria, a group of Free Syrian Army (FSA) militias, in an effort to strengthen it by boosting morale.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DIE NEUE DAUERHAFTE SÜD-OST-ACHSE
Von Michael Martens , Athen – FAZ – 5 April 2018 – Putin und Erdogan demonstrieren in Ankara Einigkeit. Sie wollen auch in Zukunft kooperieren – nicht nur auf dem Schlachtfeld.Ein Atomkraftwerk, ein Luftabwehrsystem, eine Gasleitung, ein Krieg – und vielleicht sogar ein Frieden: Die Liste der russisch-türkischen Kooperationsvorhaben ist lang. Und sofern die Türkei nicht wieder ein russisches Kampfflugzeug abschießt wie im November 2015, werden einige der Vorhaben vielleicht sogar verwirklicht werden.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS RUMOURS : IS ABDULLAH OECALAN (PKK) IN DIRECT INTENSIVE CONTACT WITH ERDOGAN GOVERNMENT (TURKEY)?
PKK’s Sinjar Withdrawal Ordered by Abdullah Ocalan: Report
5 Apr 2018 – A media source claimed on Tuesday that the withdrawal of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas from Sinjar was ordered by the party’s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan.The London-based Al-Hayat said in a report that Ocalan’s decision was to prevent any Turkish military offensive on the Yezidi-populated city in northern Iraq. According to the report, the United States has also had a role in the process.
It also claimed that the Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga forces are expected to replace the PKK positions in Sinjar region.After taking over Afrin in northern Syria, Turkey threatened to expand its anti-PKK operation to northern Iraq, specifically to Sinjar.The PKK, in a rapid decision, announced that it would pull out of the region as its mission to secure the area for Yezidis has already been accomplished. More via www.mesop.de
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS COMMENTARY – Semih Idiz April 3, 2018 – AL MONITOR
Article Summary – Ankara’s enthusiasm over President Trump’s promise to pull out of Syria is dampened by President Macron’s promise to increase support for Syrian Kurdish groups opposed by Turkey. The meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian and Iranian counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, in Ankara this week has gained added significance for Turkey in light of potentially game-changing developments in Syria.First there was President Donald Trump’s remark about withdrawing from Syria, and then there was French President Emmanuel Macron’s vow to provide strong backing for Syrian Kurdish groups opposed by Turkey as terrorist organizations.
WILL THE REAL ABDULLAH ÖCALAN PLEASE STEP FORWARD? – By Sheri Laizer 1 March 2016
Will the PKK return to its original Manifesto endorsing a ‘national liberation struggle’ for a greater Kurdistan given Kurdish territorial gains beyond the watchtowers and the barbed wire?
Five young men wearing flared trousers and fitting shirts, in keeping with the fashions of the mid 1970s, walk side by side smoking cigarettes and discussing the goals of the Turkish left.Among them is Abdullah Öcalan, Apo, not yet envisioned as group ‘leader’. (Apo the Kurdish abbreviation of the longer name Abdullah, like Memo for Mehmet and Hemo for Hamit). It did not mean ‘Uncle’ as some said much later.One of the group of friends, Necdet (a pseudonym) recalls: “Apo did not shine brighter than anyone else. It surprised me when he became leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party. He wasn’t smarter, wasn’t even as sophisticated as some of the others that were serious intellectuals. No one listened to him more than to any other.”
TOPICS: Columbia University David L. Phillips – ISIS & ERDOGAN
By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier, www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com A team of Columbia University researchers from the United States, Europe, and Turkey confirmed last week that the Turkish government has provided to ISIS: military cooperation, weapons, logistical support, financial assistance, and medical services. This detailed investigation was headed by David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.
He had served as Senior Advisor and Foreign Affairs Expert for the U.S. Department of State.
Here are brief excerpts from the extensive research documenting the direct links between Turkey and ISIS: