Yeni Şafak daily and TVNET Editor-In-Chief İbrahim Karagül assessed developments throughout the U.S., Middle East and Europe in an online discussion shared on social media platforms on Thursday.
“The U.S. wants to get its hands on the money in banks in the Gulf,” said Karagül during a program with Yeni Şafak's Digital Publications Manager Ersin Çelik that was posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“The greatest bribery and corruption in the world is in the U.S.,” he added.
Western organizations transfer terrorists for PKK to Syria, Iraq
Many institutions supported by the U.S. and Europe are transferring Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists to serve in Iraq and Syria. All Western countries, especially the U.S., UK and Germany, are supplying terrorists to the PKK and Democratic Union Party (PYD).Yeni Şafak daily obtained information regarding these transfers. Three different battalions of over 7,000 foreign terrorist fighters are present in Syria. Among them are psychologically troubled former soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, illegal organization members, and Jewish and Christian missionaries who are sent to terrorist camps through various foundations, associations and companies.Foreign fighters travel without hindrancesPirate associations in Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Vienna, Paris and London provide consultancy services to European terrorist candidates regarding the journey to Syria. The candidates receive a three week preparatory course and an introduction to the region and the PKK.Fake passports are organized for some of the terrorists who go to Iraq by air without any hindrances. The travel expenses of Western candidates are also covered by “Kurdistan”-PKK associations.Many of the foreign fighters who are active in the region are able to travel to and from their homelands without any official barriers.Three battalions formedThere are three battalions of foreign terrorist fighters who fight in the ranks of the PKK/PYD. Over 7,000 of them are a part of the Bob Crow Battalion, Defend Kurdistan Battalion and International Battalion.These terror battalions have their own symbols and headquarters. Tattoos determined by the group administrations are a distinguishing feature.US in first placeThe majority of foreign terrorist fighters are from the U.S. The number of terrorists brought from Texas to Syria has exceeded 2,000. The majority of those who join the PKK are sent first to Iraq and then Syria by organizations such as Dwekh Nawsha and Bunch of Damn Reds.While Dwekh Nawsha deems itself a religious organization, a Bunch of Damn Reds is made up of anti-religious members. The movement of foreign fighters started in 2013 and accelerated in 2015, and the CIA is aware of this.US plans to divest heavy weapons from PKK/PYD in SyriaMedia encouragementIt was revealed that approximately 70 percent of foreign fighters in Kobani, Manbij and Raqqa joined the PKK after being influenced by coverage of the Washington Post, BBC, New York Times and CNN.Three addresses operated by the PKK function as the first point of contact for the terrorists coming from the west. Groups such as “Assisting the Volunteers of Rojova,” “Solidarity to Kurdistan” and “The Lions of Rojova” are the main tools of propaganda which have tens of thousands of followers.The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.PKK/PYD's ethnic cleansing in Syria 'unacceptable'
Foreign threats to Turkey
Karagül also discussed ongoing regional projects that aim to split Turkey and the Middle East.
“There is a project to dismantle this region. There are plans to divide Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the Middle East. Those who oppose these plans are being targeted,” he said.
“Daesh is made to look Islamic, but it operates entirely under the command of Israeli and American intelligence. Saudi Arabia is referring to Israel as an ally. This project is being conducted not on religion but on power balances. The PKK and PYD are external threats. So is FETÖ,” Karagül added.
Deputy PM says Kılıçdaroğlu is Turkey's national security issue
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ on Thursday said the country’s main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is part of “a big campaign of slander against Turkey.”“There is a big campaign of slander against Turkey; the FETÖ and U.S. sympathizers in the New York leg, and the CHP in the Turkey leg,” Bozdağ said.“Kılıçdaroğlu has become Turkey’s national security issue. Shouldn’t he reveal the content of the documents he claims as proof? He could not prove his claims and now he is miserable,” he added.Bozdağ said Kılıçdaroğlu’s “fraud, lies and immorality” was proven by his lack of evidence.Opposition claims against Erdoğan ‘total lies’: LawyerOn Tuesday, Kılıçdaroğlu, head of the CHP, in a speech to party lawmakers, presented papers he alleged were evidence of his claims that relatives of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had stashed money abroad.“He does not reveal who gave him the so-called evidence. Was it FETÖ, intelligence services of foreign counties or did he fabricate it himself? If it was an enemy of Turkey, then he must explain this alliance,” said Bozdağ.“Kılıçdaroğlu is trying to embed dirty politics in Turkey. He doesn’t even look at whether whoever is handing him claims against the president and his family is credible. He is blinded by hatred,” he added.Erdoğan, who has led Turkey since 2003, dismissed accusations by the CHP leader as lies and said he would take the CHP leader to court.About the “handful of papers” Kılıçdaroğlu brandished at the parliament during his party’s group meeting on Tuesday, Erdoğan said the opposition party leader did not submit this evidence to either a media outlet or any legal departments.
Opposition leader part of a foreign axis
The editor-in-chief slammed Turkey’s main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
“Kılıçdaroğlu has taken the side of the foreign axis,” Karagül said, hinting that the CHP leader had become an issue of national security.
Kılıçdaroğlu alleged that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had offshore accounts, claims Erdoğan vehemently denies. Erdoğan said the CHP leader was “telling lies,” adding that he would take Kılıçdaroğlu to court.
“Incidents in Iran are the work of U.S. intelligence. This will be revealed when the Reza Zarrab file is examined. But this is an economic attack on Turkey. We are faced with a foreign intervention. They are operating with the CHP. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was probably made to lead the CHP for these scenarios,” Karagül said.
“Kılıçdaroğlu is the domestic partner of the economic coup attempt. This must be accepted. He’s trying to confuse minds. Kılıçdaroğlu also has other material that he will share in stages. They [CHP] are working with the FBI,” he added.
Turkey stands behind its banking sector: Deputy PM
Turkey will do whatever is necessary to support its banking sector, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek reiterated on Wednesday."Yesterday as our prime minister expressed clearly, Turkey will do whatever is necessary to support its banking sector," Simsek said during the 8th Bosphorus Summit held in Istanbul.Referring to ongoing legal proceedings in the U.S., Simsek said: "If the banking sector is affected by this case, we will do whatever is needed. We are watching this case, which has considerable political dimensions. Nevertheless the banking sector has a large resilience to shocks."Simsek’s comments come amid a U.S. trial in which Turkish businessman Riza Sarraf, detained last year for alleged sanctions evasion, is due to testify in the case of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy CEO of state-owned Halkbank.U.S. federal prosecutors said Sarraf has pleaded guilty to the seven charges against him, and that he will “testify as a witness” at the trial, which began on Tuesday.Atilla was arrested in the U.S. earlier this year on similar sanctions violations charges
Opposition claims against Erdoğan ‘total lies’: Lawyer
A lawyer of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday rejected “false” allegations made by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.Lawyer Ahmet Özel’s remarks came after Kılıçdaroğlu claimed last week that Erdoğan allegedly had money abroad.“All allegations made by Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu against my client are total lies and all papers he has shown are fraudulent.“Kılıçdaroğlu must immediately share the papers he showed with the public,” Özel said in a statement.Erdoğan had also strongly rejected the allegations earlier and vowed to resign if they could be proved.In his speech to his party deputies in the parliament Tuesday, the main opposition leader presented some documents that he claimed was evidence for his allegation against the president.Özel said Kılıçdaroğlu should submit the documents to a public prosecutor’s office and file a legal complaint.He added that the opposition leader could share the documents with any media he wanted.The lawyer also said Kılıçdaroğlu had made similar claims against the president without providing any proof.He said Kılıçdaroğlu had once again been trapped by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization [FETÖ] and had been disgraced.Özel underlined that neither the president nor any of his family members had any money abroad.Legal measures would be taken against Kılıçdaroğlu and he would be questioned before the judiciary, the statement said.