Posts Tagged ‘ Erdogan ’

Turkey’s New Islamic Republic

Dec 2nd, 2016 | By

By Andrew Harrod, originally published with The Philos Project. “What I just heard seemed to me to like a recipe for fascism.” So remarked Turkey scholar Gareth Jenkins during a recent lecture on Turkish politics, part of the Middle East Institute’s 2016 annual conference on Turkey. The participants soberly analyzed the dissolution of Turkey’s once

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More On The Turkey-ISIS Connection

Jan 19th, 2016 | By

In recent months, further information about the AKP government’s support for ISIS and other jihadis in Syria has come to light. Turkish journalists who have documented their government’s support for terrorists and who have published evidence of truckloads of arms and ammunition, as well as fighters, being sent into Syria have been threatened, arrested, and imprisoned by Turkish authorities. Foreign media have also extensively covered Turkey’s sponsorship of ISIS and other terrorist organizations, and documented the ease with which thousands of foreign and Turkish jihadis enter and exit Syria under the eyes of Turkish officials.



Conflicting Reports On Identity Of ISIS Suicide Bomber In Turkey

Jan 13th, 2016 | By

The bombing was likely a retaliatory move by Islamic State following Turkey’s crackdown on rising jihadism within its territory and along the 500-mile border it shares with Syria, as well as its shared border with Iraq. Just last week Erdogan announced that Turkish forces killed 18 members of Islamic State after the terrorists sought to enter a training camp in the Bashiqa region of northern Iraq. Questions, however, abound over the targeting of tourists.



Turkey’s Evangelical Churches Receive Death Threats From Islamic State

Dec 28th, 2015 | By

Church leaders have reported the threats to authorities, said advocacy group Voice Of the Martyrs (VOM), which supports the evangelical churches. VOM and its branches urged Christians to “join us in praying for the protection of these churches and for God’s guidance to be granted to their leaders.”



Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist Leanings May Have Caused Him To Provoke Russia

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By

Based on reported information, the Turkish shoot-down of a Russian SU-24 jet bomber along the Syrian border on Nov. 24 points to a preplanned, contrived incident that had to be authorized by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.



Turkish Editor On Trial For Exposing Turkey/ISIS Links

Nov 27th, 2015 | By

A Turkish newspaper editor is being tried for espionage and treason for publishing information about the Turkish government proving weapons to the Islamic State – and receiving bootleg oil from terrorists fighting in Syria.



Turkey On Brink Of Civil War

Sep 22nd, 2015 | By

Despite his supposed peace process with the Kurds in Turkey, it quickly became apparent that Erdogan viewed the rising power of Kurds in Syria as a much bigger threat than the barbarian hordes of the Islamic State. While international pressure finally forced Erdogan to allow assistance to flow and Kobani was saved, the deep sense of betrayal felt by Turkey’s Kurds was profound. Erdogan’s fundamental animosity had been laid bare. His hopes of coopting them into his Machiavellian schemes were dashed, probably irreparably.



Turkey Shuts Down Christian Schools Giving Bibles To Syrian Refugees

Jun 10th, 2015 | By

Christian schools in Turkey belonging to the Association of Churches of Jerusalem were recently shut down. Their crime? They were distributing Bibles to Syrian refugees – many of them Muslims – who have fled from the Islamic State. The church-linked schools were not only providing Bibles, but humanitarian relief.



Armenian Genocide: 100 Years Of Remembrance

Apr 24th, 2015 | By

In his Sunday sermon on April 12, “Pope Francis referred to the 1915 Turkish mass killings of Armenians as the ‘first genocide of the 20th century.’” This papal declaration instantly flared into a diplomatic uproar. It absolutely infuriated Turkey’s Islamist President Tayyip Erdogan, who “warned” the Pope against repeating his “mistaken” statement.



Barack Hussein Obama Will Join Turkish President Recep Erdogan At The Opening Of A New $100 Million Turkish Mega-Mosquetrosity In Maryland

Apr 22nd, 2015 | By

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide where Turkish forces systematically slaughtered an estimated 1.5 million Armenian Christians. This was the first genocide of the 20th century – and the current Turkish government still refuses to call it a genocide.