Failed Coup in Turkey: 15/07/2016

Interesting confirmation of background, and how we/they arrived at this position . . . .

Understanding the Turkish mindset

"Located between West and East, the Republic of Turkey links Europe to the Middle East and the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. The country also controls two maritime chokepoints and holds significant economic, military and cultural influence throughout the region. However, the union between the country’s capital-rich cosmopolitan western provinces and the underprivileged conservative eastern regions has shaped a duality in the geopolitical mindset of Turkey".


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Under pressure, France toughens talk on Turkish Syria operation
France is getting a bit more upset about 'Operation Olive Branch':
The French government has faced growing criticism at home over its response to developments in northern Syria where Turkey launched its operation“Olive Branch” nearly two months ago to sweep Syrian Kurdish YPG militants from the border.

“While concerns over border security are legitimate... at the same time ... It must be said that it absolutely does not justify the deep incursion of Turkish troops in the Afrin zone,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers in parliament.

“The situation is critical and serious,” he said, adding that Paris feared the Turkish operation was also weakening the action against Islamic State militants.

France, like the United States, has extended arms and training to a YPG-led militia in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, and also has dozens of special forces based in the region. That has infuriated Turkey, which considers the YPG an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Former Pres Hollande also chipping in:
Former president Francois Hollande, who originally gave the green light for French support to the Kurds, on Monday bemoaned incumbent Emmanuel Macron’s Syria policy, in particular his attitude to the Kurds.

“If I supported the Kurds as part of the coalition, it is not to leave them in the situation they are in,” he told Le Monde.“It is not possible to celebrate the liberation of part of Syria and let entire populations die when we know the role they played in getting that result.”
 
Operation ‘Olive Branch’ sounds suspiciously like Turkspeak for ‘Eliminate the Kurds’.

Kurdish participation in the world's attempts to control and eliminate the obscenity that was daesh was important.

The present silence over Turkey’s present actions smacks unpleasantly of the silence that was present during the Armenian genocide.
 
Syrian rebel fighters enter Afrin town, say Kurdish forces have...
Turkish sponsored FSA have entered Afrin along with Turkish troops:
“Afrin city centre is under control as of 8:30 this morning,” Erdogan told a rally marking the 103rd anniversary of the World War One Gallipoli campaign. Turkish and Free Syrian Army flags had been raised in Afrin, he said.

“Most of the terrorists have already fled with tails between their legs. Our special forces and members of the Free Syrian Army are cleaning the remains and the traps they left behind,” Erdogan said. “In the centre of Afrin, symbols of trust and stability are waving instead of rags of terrorists.”

There was no immediate comment from the Kurdish forces.
YPG reported as having left Afrin:
Free Syrian Army spokesman Mohammad al-Hamadeen said the fighters entered the town from the north, east and west. “Maybe it will be cleared by the end of the day — it’s empty of (YPG) fighters, they cleared out”.
What next for Erdogan? Manbij?
 
After the battle - Aid, gunfire and looting in Syria's Afrin
It would appear that the Tr sponsored FSA are not 'following orders' and are looting in Afrin:
Shops were closed and some people left for villages outside Afrin, the main town in a pocket of Kurdish-controlled territory in northwest Syria. One resident said the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army rebel fighters who swept into Afrin on Sunday morning had been looting shops and homes.

“The Free Syrian Army came and entered into Afrin and supposedly we were going to be safe. But it turned out to be the opposite,” said the man, who did not give his name.

“The Free Syrian Army looted our cars, looted our houses, looted our shops. It has become like we are all homeless (even) in our houses. No food, no drink, no security.”
Ankara is apparently taking the reports seriously:
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said Ankara was taking reports of looting in Afrin seriously. “We are looking into the incidents. Apparently they have happened. Some groups apparently did not follow the orders that were given by their commanders,” Ibrahim Kalin told CNN.
Meanwhile, the ICRC say that residents trust of Turkish Red Crescent is lacking and are asking for greater access:
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on Monday for greater access to the civilian population of Afrin, saying that Turkey’s Red Crescent lacked credibility among the Syrian Kurds after the Turkish military operation.

Turkey, however, has promised to support people in Afrin and on Monday its emergency relief agency AFAD was distributing aid in the centre of the town.

“Since yesterday when the Turkish Army and Free Syrian Army entered here our duty started for the humanitarian affairs,” said AFAD’s director Mehmed Gulluoglu.

“Today we are here for need assessment and also for the first distribution. We are distributing food, hygiene kits and some prepared food and some blankets any case.”
 
Turkey says will drive Kurdish YPG from Syrian border area if no...
As threatened previously, Manbij next. Trump and Erdogan to speak but the rhetoric is a drive to Manbij:
Turkey will drive the Kurdish YPG militia away from the Syrian border if it does not reach agreement with the United States on a plan to remove the group from Syria’s Manbij region, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.

“If this plan is not realised, the only option left will be clearing away terrorists. This is not just valid for Syria, but also for Iraq,” he said in interview with state-run Anadolu news agency.

He added that President Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump will speak by telephone on Thursday.
 
Turkey targets 155 suspected Gulenists in new operations, police,...
Another 155 alleged Gulenists arrested:
Friday’s roundup included warrants for 55 employees in 13 provinces of Isik Publications, a publishing company that printed Gulen’s books, Istanbul police said.

Warrants were also issued for 38 former police officers in six provinces who were accused of being members of Gulen’s purported network, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported. Twenty-four had been detained, it said.

In addition, police targeted 62 executives of five labour unions in a third operation spread across seven provinces, Anadolu said. Thirty-eight had been detained, it said.
There's an awful lot of civil servants and other govt employees who apparently support Gulen. Looks more like not supporting Erdogan means you're a Gulenist:
In the 18 months through December 2017, nearly 160,000 people have been arrested and 152,000 civil servants sacked as part of a post-coup crackdown, according to a report published by the United Nations on Tuesday.
 
Certainly a good excuse for purging anyone suspected of not being... “islamic’ enough... too pro-western...not totally pro Erdogan... ie: Gulenist.

Erdogan certainly does not seem worried about tightening up tension in the ME with his tacit support for the new talk in the leading daily, of an Islamic coalition to remove Israel. Good move from a NATO partner.
World War 3: Turkey's Erdogan calls for 'ARMY of Islam' to ATTACK Israel on all sides

Meanwhile the EU plans on pouring more money into Turkey. With Brexit looming and the EU budget facing possible shortfalls this may not be popular.
EU BACKLASH: Fury brews among rogue states as another £3BILLION sent to Turkey
 
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France's Macron offers to mediate between Turkey and Syrian Kurds
France stepping into the mix. Wants to be a broker between the sides, talking with the northern Syrian representatives including YPG Kurds, one of whom mentioned the President stating he would send French troops to Manbij. No comment by the President's office:
France has offered to mediate between Turkey and the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, and assured the SDF of Paris’ support in stabilising northern Syria, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Thursday.

Speaking after Macron met a delegation from northern Syria that included the Kurdish YPG militia, Khaled Eissa, a Kurdish official based in Paris, said Macron had promised to send French troops to Manbij to support the fight against Islamic State and dissuade Turkey from advancing on the town.

The president’s office declined to comment on that.
 
Erdogan spokesman says expects Turkey's allies to take clear...
Looks like Turkey aren't appreciative of Macron's alleged comments. Erdogan's spokesman Kalin talks about 'friends and allies' without naming names:
“We, as Turkey, reject far from serious approaches like ‘dialogue, contacts, mediation’ with such terror structures,” Kalin wrote.

“Countries which we regard as friends and allies must display an open and clear stance against all kinds of terror, instead of taking steps which amount to legitimising terror structures,” he added, without naming any country.
 
“We, as Turkey, reject far from serious approaches like ‘dialogue, contacts, mediation’ with such terror structures,” Kalin wrote.

“Countries which we regard as friends and allies must display an open and clear stance against all kinds of terror, instead of taking steps which amount to legitimising terror structures,” he added, without naming any country.


How Ironic, the description fits what is happening in Turkey today, and the stance by many of not wishing to deal with Turkey on account of the internal policies carried out by Erdogan against those he has declared ‘enemies’.
 
Turkey orders arrest of cleric Gulen over killing of Russian envoy
Putin’s off to visit Erdogan to discuss various things including Syria along with Rouhani according to the Haberturk newspaper. Presumably to show his solidarity with Putin, Erdogan has decided to arrest seven people along with Gulen (who is in the ‘States) regarding the assassination of the Russian envoy to Turkey killed in 2016. Seems rather a long time after to make those arrests:
Turkey has ordered the arrest of the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and seven others over the 2016 assassination of the Russian envoy to Turkey, the Haberturk newspaper said on Monday, a day before Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the country.
Two day visit between Putin, Rouhani and Erdogan. I wonder how long the ‘de-escalation zones’ guaranteed by Turkey will last:m. Gulen’s movement is alleged to be behind the assassination and the ‘coup’:
Putin arrives on a two-day visit on Tuesday and will meet President Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Their three countries are the guarantors of the Astana peace talks that has set up “de-escalation” zones across war-torn Syria.

Erdogan said Gulen’s movement was behind the assassination, a charge the cleric has denied. Erdogan also blames the preacher’s network for an attempted military coup in July 2016.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, has denied the charge and condemned the coup.

Haberturk said the authorities ordered the arrests of the eight as the killing was carried out on their orders.
 
While thousands of Turkish civil servants, lawyers, Dr’s, police, reporters, writers, and military personnel lost their jobs, now cannot support themselves, or have been imprisoned, Turkey continues to demand entry into the EU.
More than 100,000 Turks who lost jobs after 2016 coup attempt await rulings

Turkish human rights has for centuries been pretty appalling. The Armenian Genocide which they continue to furiously deny, and will not allow any form of discussion on, involved the active participation of a massive number of the population. Indeed Turkish Human Rights...or lack of, has been the main reason up till today why, Turkey has not been allowed to become an EU member.

In the last few years there has been little evidence that this situation has improved, if anything their behaviour, together with that of Erdogan has simply confirmed that there has been no real change and that they should not be allowed to join the EU, a cause that continues to be an aggressively sought goal of theirs.
EU TORN in two over Turkey - Austria calls for end to talks as Juncker seeks accession
Varna summit unlikely to bring Turkey, EU closer

The bad deal that the EU hastily cobbled up with Turkey to try and redress the EU’s own disastrous policies and decisions, Merkal’s incredibly stupid invitation, and the EU’s ‘Crown Jewel’ of free movement that has flooded Western Europe with illegally entering economic migrants, has resulted in an economic blunder of gigantic proportions...along with the nightmarish socially de-stabilising scenario of adding 80,000,000 Muslims to the predominantly Christian West. An oil and water situation that has historically been the cause of bitter conflict.

The EU itself is in a state of turmoil as they oh so slowly realise how badly they failed to grasp the financial implications of losing one of their major ‘cash cows’. Britain was being milked and not very well treated, and are leaving. Meanwhile the EU continue to blunder on with financial and social policies which they cannot afford, and will destroy them. Turkish entry a prime example of a major conundrum they themselves created.

Turkey’s present Middle East actions, diplomatic actions with Russia, purchase of major Russian weapon systems, statements about a major Islamic alliance to wipe out Israel, and belligerent attitudes are all highly dubious activities of a supposed NATO member, and prospective EU partner.
 
While thousands of Turkish civil servants, lawyers, Dr’s, police, reporters, writers, and military personnel lost their jobs, now cannot support themselves, or have been imprisoned, Turkey continues to demand entry into the EU.
More than 100,000 Turks who lost jobs after 2016 coup attempt await rulings

Turkish human rights has for centuries been pretty appalling. The Armenian Genocide which they continue to furiously deny, and will not allow any form of discussion on, involved the active participation of a massive number of the population. Indeed Turkish Human Rights...or lack of, has been the main reason up till today why, Turkey has not been allowed to become an EU member.

In the last few years there has been little evidence that this situation has improved, if anything their behaviour, together with that of Erdogan has simply confirmed that there has been no real change and that they should not be allowed to join the EU, a cause that continues to be an aggressively sought goal of theirs.
EU TORN in two over Turkey - Austria calls for end to talks as Juncker seeks accession
Varna summit unlikely to bring Turkey, EU closer

The bad deal that the EU hastily cobbled up with Turkey to try and redress the EU’s own disastrous policies and decisions, Merkal’s incredibly stupid invitation, and the EU’s ‘Crown Jewel’ of free movement that has flooded Western Europe with illegally entering economic migrants, has resulted in an economic blunder of gigantic proportions...along with the nightmarish socially de-stabilising scenario of adding 80,000,000 Muslims to the predominantly Christian West. An oil and water situation that has historically been the cause of bitter conflict.

The EU itself is in a state of turmoil as they oh so slowly realise how badly they failed to grasp the financial implications of losing one of their major ‘cash cows’. Britain was being milked and not very well treated, and are leaving. Meanwhile the EU continue to blunder on with financial and social policies which they cannot afford, and will destroy them. Turkish entry a prime example of a major conundrum they themselves created.

Turkey’s present Middle East actions, diplomatic actions with Russia, purchase of major Russian weapon systems, statements about a major Islamic alliance to wipe out Israel, and belligerent attitudes are all highly dubious activities of a supposed NATO member, and prospective EU partner.
@Resasi, thank you for all of that.
 
It would appear that even now the EU is in a state of melt-down over the deal they hastily cobbled together.
EU to be FLOODED with migrants? VITAL deal with Turkey could be on the brink of collapse

The EU have for a while concocted financial deals that have been hasty, ill thought out, and proved very costly. The Greek financial EU black hole being only one such example.
‘A dystopian NIGHTMARE’ Anger at EU plans for €56BN bank raid to fund Brexit black hole

This deal with Turkey appears to be yet another, with the potential for yet another migrant crisis...and/or a veritable flood of Turks, many now persona non grata in their own country...many of whom, are likely to be Muslim.

Probably thoroughly decent people but potentially creating a de-stabalising social imbalance in the West.

Turkey does not seem to have fully complied with agreed conditions...which were pretty one sided anyway, EU states are reluctant to release funds, and both sides are now upset. The EU is also slowly realising that the cash cow that allowed the funding of these crazy deals will be leaving.

Hopefully the UK is extricating itself from a potentially very unpleasant situation.
 
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Erdogan says approach of Russia's Lavrov to Syria's Afrin very wrong
Erdogan seems upset by Lavrov's comments that the part of Syria Turkey invaded recently in Afrin should go back to Assad's govt. This is only days after Putin and Rouhani met with Erdogan in Ankara. He'll hand it back when he's good and ready:
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday described as “very wrong” the approach of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the future of Syria’s Afrin region, where Turkey carried out an offensive to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia.

Russia’s Interfax on Monday reported Lavrov as telling a news conference that the easiest way to normalise the situation in Afrin was to put the area back under the control of the Syrian government.

Erdogan told reporters that Turkey would hand over Afrin to its residents “when the time comes”.
 
Turkey orders detention of 70 army officers over Gulen links -...
That's another 70 officers from the Tr Army warrants(?) for alleged Gulen links. Apparently they are on the list for being shopped by other soldiers under interrogation questioning:
Turkish prosecutors ordered the detention of 70 serving army officers over alleged links to the U.S.-based preacher accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, Milliyet daily said on Friday.

Police launched simultaneous operations in 34 provinces across Turkey in a probe led by state prosecutors in the central Turkish province of Konya, Milliyet said.

It said the suspects were targeted based on statements by soldiers previously detained over ties to the cleric Fethullah Gulen and were believed to have been responsible for student houses for Gulen’s movement.
Detentions up to 160,000 now according to UN HR and they've dismissed a similar number of civil servants. 50,000 formally charged:
The U.N. human rights office said last month Turkish authorities had detained 160,000 people and dismissed nearly the same number of civil servants since the failed coup in July 2016, which Ankara blames on Gulen. He denies any involvement.

Among those detained, more than 50,000 have been formally charged and kept in jail during their trials.
E2A: Turkey orders detention of 140 people over Gulen links - Anadolu
The 70 Army Officers are joined by 70 others on 'ze list'. I'm unsure if another 18 in custody are from the 70 or not:
Turkish prosecutors ordered the detention of 140 people including serving army officers over alleged links to the U.S.-based preacher accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, the state-run Anadolu agency said on Friday.

Police launched simultaneous operations in 34 provinces across the country for 70 serving army members in a probe led by state prosecutors in the central province of Konya, Anadolu said.

It said the suspects were targeted based on statements by soldiers previously detained over ties to the cleric Fethullah Gulen and were believed to have been responsible for student houses for Gulen’s movement.

In another investigation led by the Istanbul prosecutor’s office, Turkish authorities captured 18 people out of 70 suspects who were sought due to links to the Gulenist network in the naval forces, Anadolu said.
 
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Turkey's Erdogan declares early elections on June 24
Elections to be brought forward by a year because.... well .....'the country urgently needed to make the switch to an executive presidency '
“Even though the president and government are working in unison, the diseases of the old system confront us at every step we take,” Erdogan said in a speech broadcast live on television.

“Developments in Syria and elsewhere have made it urgent to switch to the new executive system in order to take steps for our country’s future in a stronger way... We discussed Mr Bahceli’s call with our relevant authorities. We came to the agreement that we should approach this early election positively.”
Basically, he won a referendum on changing to an 'executive Presidency' but it only gets implemented after the next presidential election. So he needs to win the Presidential election to be an 'executive President':
The government had previously dismissed the prospect of early polls. Erdogan last year narrowly won a referendum to change the constitution and create an executive presidency. However, those extended powers are not due to take effect until after the presidential election.

Bahceli’s small MHP party is expected to form an alliance with Erdogan’s ruling AK Party in the parliamentary polls.
 

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