The United States administration continues to reinforce its military bases and positions located near oil fields in Syria, which are currently under the occupation of the YPG/PKK terror group, in a move to strenghten its presence in the region under the pretext of thwarting Daesh.
The latest delivery was sent on Saturday night to the oil-rich Syrian provinces of al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor through the al-Waleed border crossing at the Iraq-Syria border.
According to local sources of Anadolu Agency in Deir ez-Zor, a logistics convoy containing 4x4 pickups, ambulances, minibuses and fuel-laden trucks passed from the border.
The number of trucks that the U.S. dispatched to the oil-rich areas has reached 600 in the last two months after Saturday's delivery, according to reports.
Earlier in October, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the U.S will strengthen its military presence in Syria with “mechanized forces” to prevent Daesh terrorists seizing oil fields and revenue.
Ankara has repeatedly called its NATO allies to suppport Turkey in the fight against terrorism.
Turkish President Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey's goal with its anti-terrorism operation in northern Syria was to maintain peace for Syrians, not to "seize its oil".
On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria, east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
"Neither the U.S. nor Russia could eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists there [from northern Syria] as they promised. So we have to do it," Erdoğan added.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.
Erdoğan headed to Switzerland for refugee forum
Turkey’s president on Monday headed to Geneva to co-chair the first Global Refugee Forum.Recep Tayyip Erdogan left on the Turkish presidential plane from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport at 10.55 a.m. local time (0755GMT).The Global Refugee Forum, hosted by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), serves as the main platform where state officials monitor the UN’s 2018 Global Compact on Refugees initiative.Erdogan is also expected to attend the opening ceremony of a photo and art exhibit entitled “Life continues, Art continues” spotlighting works by Syrian artists living in Turkey.Turkey hosts some 3.6 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world.Erdogan is accompanied by a delegation of top Turkish officials including Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Finance and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, Family, Labor and Social Services Minister Zehra Zumrut Selcuk, ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party acting Chair Numan Kurtulmus, and AK Party Deputy Chair Cevdet Yilmaz.
Turkish forces renovate school in northern Syria
The Turkish army turned a school heavily damaged by the terrorist group YPG/PKK back into an education center, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Monday.“Our heroic soldiers not only bring peace, security, roads, water, and electricity with other institutions of our government but also build a future for Syrian children by turning the schools that PKK/YPG terrorists used as headquarters into education centers once again,” the ministry said on Twitter, posting a short video of the project.Posted in both English and Turkish, the video shows the inside and outside of the newly renovated Nukra School in Ras al-Ayn, Syria.“The Turkish Armed Forces, National Defense Ministry, and Sanliurfa Governorate worked hand in hand with our Syrian brothers bringing the school up to educational standards,” said the video.A kindergarten was also added to the school, the video showed.Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring on Oct. 9 to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.Since then, Turkey reached agreements with both the U.S. and Russia to force the terrorist YPG/PKK to withdraw from the planned terror-free zone.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is its Syrian offshoot.
Turkey repatriates foreign terrorist to France
Turkey extradited a foreign terrorist fighter of France to his home country, according to a written statement by Interior Ministry on Monday.Turkey’s Interior Ministry said on Nov. 9 that the country would begin extraditing captured Daesh/ISIS terrorists to their home countries.The issue of handling of Daesh/ISIS members and their families detained in Syria -- including foreign members of the terror group -- has been controversial, with Turkey arguing foreign-born terrorists should be repatriated to their countries of origin, while several European countries have refused, saying the terrorists were denationalized.
PKK front groups send funds to terror organization
A front organization dubbed the "Kurdish Red Crescent" founded by the PKK/KCK terror group has been found to provide finances to terrorists.The PKK/KCK has sought to cover up its illegal activities including forcible recruitment, provision of financial and logistical support to terrorist activities and influencing public opinion through supposedly legal foundations in Europe since 1978.The Association for Assistance and Solidarity with Martyrs and Imprisoned Families (HEV-KOM) was among these organizations, created in Germany to provide financial resources to prolong the terror group's activities and support armed terrorists.After the PKK was included in European terror lists, the PKK/KCK renamed HEV-KOM in 1993 as the Kurdish Red Crescent to make it seem as a non-governmental organization or aid group.This Dusseldorf-based front organization was recognized as a foundation in 2005 and continues to operate in Europe.In 2012, another false charity, Heyva Sor a Kurd, was established by a group of doctors and health professionals operating under the so-called Kurdish Red Crescent in Amuda, Syria.The organization treats injured and sick members of the terror group in rural areas where they continue their terrorist activities, provides financial resources to the terror group and supports its propaganda activities.Legally, the establishment, recognition and representation of associations such as the Red Crescent and Red Cross are regulated by the Geneva Convention and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), under which only independent countries are permitted to establish such organizations.Member countries are only able to found one Red Cross or Red Crescent association each.Due to the nonexistence of an independent Kurdish state, the Kurdish Red Crescent is an illegal association in accordance with ICRC regulations.The so-called Kurdish Red Crescent organization applied to the ICRC to be recognized in 1997.However, the ICRC left the application unanswered because the association was not known internationally and did not belong to an independent state.In a 2007 lawsuit filed against the so-called aid agency in Germany, the Kurdish Red Crescent was determined to be a subsidiary of the banned terrorist organization PKK in Germany.According to testimonies of arrested PKK/KCK leaders, the so-called aid group collects money in Germany through supposed relief campaigns, threats and blackmail.The so-called Kurdish Red Crescent was subsequently found guilty of collecting the funds for the PKK/KCK terrorist organization.Activities of the organization have since been banned, though the PKK/KCK continues such activities in Germany under another front group known as Die Sonne Mesopotamiens -- The Mesopotamian Sun.This organization also has different names in other countries, and is called the Kurdish Red Moon in the U.K and Japan, Koerdische Rode Halve Maan in Belgium, Holland and Switzerland, Crossant Rouge Kurde in France, Stotteforeningen Mesopotamiens Sol in Denmark, Roja Sor a Kurdistan in Austria, Kurdiska Rode Halvmanen in Sweden and Mezza Luna Rossa in Italy.
South African photojournalist 'escaped' from captivity in Syria
A South African photojournalist who was kidnapped in northern Syria three years ago has reportedly escaped from his captors, relief agency Gift of the Givers said Sunday.‘‘Gift of the Givers received the encouraging news from unknown sources yesterday that Shiraaz Mohamed is free. The details are sketchy, but we were told that Shiraaz escaped from captivity and at some point was assisted by friendly people,’’ it said in a statement.Gift of the Givers said anonymous sources who claimed to have helped Mohamed after he escaped handed him over to Turkish intelligence officials. ‘‘We now wait for the South African government to make contact with Turkish Intelligence to bring Shiraaz home as soon as possible,” the statement said.The relief body also said an anonymous source who called them to confirm that Mohamed had escaped sent them two photos of the journalist to confirm he was free.Mohamed looked emaciated in the photos as he sat next to a mattress on a floor in a room.Gift of the Givers said they have informed Mohamed’s family and South Africa's International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor about the news. Mohamed was kidnapped in early 2017 while documenting the suffering of Syrian refugees in the town of Darkush. His captors were demanding $1.5 million in ransom.In August this year, he made a desperate appeal to the South African government and international community to help secure his release.In the video, a masked gunman wearing a military uniform was seen walking into an underground prison where he finds Mohamed sleeping on the floor. Dressed in torn clothes, Mohamed is seen being blindfolded by the gunman and later handcuffed.He is taken to another room where his blindfold is removed and the gunman starts shaving his beard.The kidnappers are seen throwing an orange overall at Mohamed, which he catches and later wears. He kneels down and starts speaking in the video, which surfaced on social media.
Turkey may close İncirlik, Kürecik bases 'if necessary', says Erdoğan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday that Ankara may close two bases in Turkey where U.S. soldiers are stationed "if necessary"."If necessary, we will hold discussions with all our delegations, and if necessary, we may close Incirlik [air base in southern Adana province] and Kurecik [radar station in eastern Malatya province]," Erdogan said in a televised interview.Speaking about a resolution passed in the U.S. Senate on Armenian allegations over the events of 1915, Erdogan said the bill was "completely political," adding: "It is very important for both sides that the U.S. does not take irreparable steps in our relations.""We regret that the polarization in U.S. domestic politics has had negative consequences for us and that some groups abuse developments about our country for their own interests in order to weaken [President Donald] Trump," Erdogan added.“We are not going to stand empty-handed. Let me say very clearly and openly: Is it possible to speak about America without mentioning Indians? It is a shameful moment in U.S. history. Similar things happened in Africa. Is it possible to put aside the French massacres in Rwanda, Algeria?“They did slave trade in cells from Senegal to America. What will we do to explain these to the international community? We have documents in our archive. We will reveal that the history of the West is the history of racism and colonialism. While all these massacres and genocides are standing, they cannot say anything to the nation which has a proud history like us,” said Erdogan.On Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution recognizing Armenian claims on the events that transpired in 1915.Turkey's position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia took place when some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.Turkey objects to the presentation of the incidents as "genocide" but describes the events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to examine the issue.- Drilling in Eastern MediterraneanStressing that there are significant hydrocarbon reserves beneath the Eastern Mediterranean, Erdogan said Turkey may work in the region with companies that are "strong in the international community".Noting that a security and military cooperation deal with Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) would go into effect after its ratification in the Turkish parliament, he underlined that with the deal, both Turkey and Libya's rights would be protected and that Turkey would not allow any unilateral steps to be taken."If the Libyan government requests military support, Turkey will make its decision," said Erdogan, reiterating that Turkey is "ready to provide all kinds of support to Libya.""We may take the necessary steps within international law," he added.On Nov. 7, Ankara and the Tripoli-based Libyan government reached two separate memorandums of understanding (MoUs), one on military cooperation and another on maritime boundaries of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.The memorandum on maritime boundaries asserted Turkey's rights in the Eastern Mediterranean in the face of unilateral drilling by the Greek Cypriot administration, clarifying that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has rights to the resources in the area. It went into effect on Dec. 8.Turkey has consistently contested the Greek Cypriot administration’s unilateral drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean.Since the spring of this year, Ankara has sent two drilling vessels -- Fatih and most recently Yavuz -- to the Eastern Mediterranean, asserting the right of Turkey and the TRNC to the resources of the region.Turkey’s first seismic vessel, the Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa, which was bought from Norway in 2013, has been conducting exploration in the Mediterranean since April 2017.Athens and Greek Cypriots have opposed the move, threatening to arrest the ships’ crews and enlisting European Union leaders to join their criticism.- Turkey’s counter-terrorism operation in northern SyriaErdogan said Turkey's goal with its anti-terrorism operation in northern Syria was to maintain peace for Syrians, not to "seize its oil"."Neither the U.S. nor Russia could eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists there [from northern Syria] as they promised. So we have to do it," he added. “They are particularly disrespectful to our Kurdish brothers,” said Erdogan.“They define the YPG/PKK as Kurdish,” he said, referring to Western countries. “In my opinion, this is disrespect to the Kurds.”Erdogan said they camouflage the YPG/PKK under the name SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces).He stressed that the YPG/PYD is an offshoot of the PKK terrorist organization.“The ringleader of the YPG/PKK, Ferhat Abdi Sahin, also known as Mazloum Kobani, is the spiritual son of the jailed leader of the PKK terrorist organization [Abdullah Ocalan]. The heads of the U.S. and Russia speak with this man. We can’t get results with this situation. Besides, this man is being sought with a red notice,” said Erdogan.“I also said this in the NATO meeting. If we are together in NATO, if we fight against terror together, how can you talk with these ringleaders? Firstly, we have to fix this.”He stressed that the fight against PKK terrorists should be carried out jointly and as it was against Daesh/ISIS terrorists.On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.- Fight against FETÖDuring the interview, Erdogan also said he would speak over the phone Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about returning FETO terrorists."We talked about this at the NATO meeting. The main topic in the phone call will be Libya, but we will talk about returning FETO members as well," he said.Erdogan said the number of FETO members is very high especially in the U.S., Germany, France, Belgium and Greece and they are given the opportunity to settle there.*Writing by Davut Demircan, Erdogan Cagatay Zontur and Havva Kara Aydin