‘Turkish Erdogan regime supporting Boko Haram terror’

This 14 November 2019 video is called Egyptian TV News Report Alleges Turkey Supplying Weapons to Nigeria’s Boko Haram.

By Steve Sweeney:

Turkey accused of supplying arms to Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram

TURKEY has been branded a “terrorist state” and is under investigation by the Nigerian military over allegations it supplied “sophisticated weapons” to jihadist terror group Boko Haram, according to a senior army official.

In the latest revelation linking Turkey’s authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to jihadists, it is claimed that Turkish Airlines was responsible for shipping arms to Nigeria.

In a 2014 audio recording circulating on YouTube, the assistant executive of the Turkish airline, Mehmet Karatas, allegedly told Mustafa Varank, a former adviser to Mr Erdogan, then-Turkish Prime Minister, that he felt guilty over the arms shipment to Nigeria.

“I do not know whether these [weapons] will kill Muslims or Christians. I feel sinful,” Mr Karatas was allegedly heard saying.

Mr Erdogan dismissed the claims at the time as “vile”.

But Nigerian Defence Headquarters spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said on Wednesday: “The veracity of the claims in the video cannot be ascertained immediately.

“However, it is a serious national-security issue, and I believe it is receiving the required attention at the national strategic level.”

In May 2017 the Nigerian government claimed to have intercepted an illegal arms shipment from Turkey, seizing 440 illegal pump-action rifles at the port in Lagos.

This came five months after customs officials halted a truck with 661 of the same weapons.

It is alleged that an intercepted phone call confirmed the arms deals, with Egpyt’s Ten TV host Nasha’t al-Deyhi saying: “Today’s leak confirms without a doubt that Erdogan, his state, his government and his party are transferring weapons from Turkey to — this is a shock, to where you may ask — to Nigeria; and to whom? — to the Boko Haram organisation.”

Mr Erdogan has long been accused of supporting jihadist terror groups.

European intelligence reports claimed that “forces” in his ruling party commissioned the Isis suicide attacks on a 2015 Ankara peace rally in which at least 109 people were killed.

In August, it was revealed that the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation had been smuggling scores of former Isis fighters across the Syrian border to lead battalions in the occupation of Afrin, which Ankara’s military invaded in January 2018.

Turkey is also alleged to have been the main buyer of oil originating from Isis sources in Iraq [and Syria].

In late 2015, Mr Erdogan and his family were accused by Russia of personally benefiting from the criminal oil trade.

Last month senior Isis commander Taha Abdurrahim Abdullah, a close confidant of deceased Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, claimed Mr Erdogan ordered the attack on the largely-Kurdish city of Kobane in 2014.

More recently Turkey allied with jihadists to invade northern Syria where it is accused of war crimes, including extrajudicial executions, rape and the use of chemical weapons.

Turkish regime deports refugees to Syrian war

This July 2019 video says about itself:

Turkey: Syrian refugees deplore upcoming raids and deportations in Istanbul

Syrian refugees expressed their concern and criticism towards authorities in Istanbul that set a four-week deadline for Syrians with a Temporary Protection Identification Document (TPID) to return to the provinces they are registered in or to face a forced transfer. The August 20 deadline was issued via a statement from the Istanbul Governor’s Office on Monday.

According to that statement, Syrians are required to carry their TPID or passports on them at all times.

A refugee residing in Istanbul shared his fear following the announced deportations: “We reach home terrified. Until we reach home we fear that someone might stop us, talk to us, or so. This is not the way we used to live. Where is the humanity?”

He added that “there is no work except in Istanbul, they are targeting us a lot. We are refugees; I raise my voice to the countries of the world pleading with them to stand with us. Everyone is deporting us, no one is supporting us at all, this is not right. Turkey hosted us for seven years, then finally they are sick of us.”

Another Syrian refugee said that “they capture them on the way, here, and in the streets, whoever does not have a TPID is taken and deported without taking into consideration that they have families and children.”

Istanbul authorities indicated that about 547,479 Syrians are under temporary protection in the Turkish capital.

Some media reported that hundreds of Syrians mainly residing in Istanbul have allegedly been deported back to areas in northern Syria, including the province of Idlib.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Turkey beat, threatened and misled Syrian refugees back to war zones

TURKEY illegally deported Syrian refugees ahead of their anticipated “safe zone” action, Amnesty International (AI) said yesterday.

Turkish police beat and threatened refugees into signing documents stating they were asking to return to war zones in Syria, the organisation found through interviews.

Others were told that they were signing a registration document which confirmed that they had received a blanket from a detention centre, or a form that expressed their desire to remain in Turkey.

The government has claimed that those who returned to Syria did so voluntarily.

Records from the Turkish authorities claim that 315,000 people have returned to Syria voluntarily.

AI researcher on refugee and migrants’ rights Anna Shea said: “Turkey’s claim that refugees from Syria are choosing to walk straight back into the conflict is dangerous and dishonest.

The European Union and the rest of the international community, instead of devoting their energies to keeping people seeking asylum from their territories, should dramatically increase resettlement commitments for Syrian refugees from Turkey.”

Senior Isis commander alleges Turkey‘s President ordered 2014 attack on Kobane: here.

The Communist volunteers fighting the Turkish invasion of Syria. A foreign fighter in the INTERNATIONAL FREEDOM BATTALION talks about the war to defend Rojava and the role of global solidarity: here.

THE case against Turkey for a chemical weapons attack during its invasion of northern Syria continued to grow today after the testimony of a doctor who treated the victims confirmed the use of white phosphorus: here.

CHEMICAL weapons inspectors have abandoned investigations into the alleged use of white phosphorus by Turkey on Kurds in northern Syria, saying on Saturday it falls outside of their remit. International investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said they would not examine tissue samples from victims of last month’s attack because white phosphorus injuries are produced by thermal, rather than chemical, properties: here.

Trump’s ‘ceasefire’ OKs Erdogan invasion of Syria

This 12 October 2019 video says about itself:

Protesters across the world condemn Erdoğan‘s invasion of northeastern Syria

Thousands of Kurdish residents of Qamishli and Tal Abyad protested against the Turkish invasion of northern Syria. Solidarity protests with Kurds, and against the Turkish invasion were also organized in the UK, Germany, Spain and other countries. Protesters condemned the offensive as yet another attempt by Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan to suppress the struggles of Kurdish people.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

US claims “ceasefire” deal in Turkey’s invasion of Syria

18 October 2019

The Trump administration claimed Thursday that it had achieved a major diplomatic victory by negotiating a “cease-fire” in the eight day old Turkish offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria. The US president had himself green-lighted the invasion in an October 6 phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and then pulled back US Special Forces troops deployed on the Syrian-Turkish border to facilitate the operation.

Announced at a press conference convened by US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the US embassy in Ankara, the existence of a “cease-fire” was immediately denied by Turkish officials, who asserted that they would never reach such a deal with “terrorist” forces. Ankara regards the YPG, which served as the Pentagon’s main proxy ground forces in the so-called war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as a branch of the PKK, the Kurdish separatist movement in Turkey, against which it has waged a brutal counterinsurgency campaign for the past three decades.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a 13-point “Joint Turkey US Statement on Northeast Syria” Thursday afternoon. Nowhere does the document mention a cease-fire, instead stating that Turkey will “pause” its offensive in Syria for 120 hours “to allow the withdrawal of the YPG”. Once the Kurdish militia is driven from the Syrian-Turkish border—the principal objective of the Turkish invasion—the military campaign dubbed Operation Peace Spring will be halted, according to the terms of the agreement.

The document begins by affirming the status of the US and Turkey as NATO allies and goes on to declare Washington’s understanding of Ankara’s “legitimate security concerns on Turkey’s southern border” and to affirm a commitment to “protecting NATO territories and NATO populations against all threats.”

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, said after the meeting between Erdogan and the US officials, “We got what we wanted … This means that the US has approved the legitimacy of our operations and aims.”

The deal also promises that no new US sanctions will be imposed against Turkey, and that existing sanctions will be lifted once the military operations in Syria are brought to a halt.

The invasion by the Turkish army has killed several hundred and sent at least 200,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing south for their lives. Atrocities have been attributed to Turkish-backed Islamist militias, drawn from the same Al Qaeda-linked forces that were previously armed and funded by the CIA in the regime change war against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Preening before the cameras in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump described the deal with Turkey—which amounted to Washington’s ceding to all of Ankara’s demands—as historic, “something they’ve been trying to get for 10 years, everybody, and they couldn’t get it.” He asserted that “millions of lives” had been saved, as if the shaky pause in the fighting on Syria’s northern border meant an end to the country’s eight year old conflict. He credited the deal to his “unconventional” approach and “rough love.”

In a rare statement of truth, Trump blamed the Obama administration for having “lost more than half a million lives in a very short period in the same region” during the protracted regime change operation launched in 2011.

The day before the Pence-Erdogan meeting in Ankara, Trump had told a White House press conference that the fighting on the Turkish-Syrian border had “nothing to do with us” and was “not our problem”. He referred dismissively to the YPG, which suffered some 11,000 casualties in the US intervention in Syria, suggesting that they were mercenaries who were “paid a lot of money to fight”, adding that they were “no angels”.

In response to growing bipartisan criticism, the White House also released an October 9 letter to Erdogan in which Trump warned the Turkish president that he would be seen as a “devil” if Turkey continued its offensive, while telling him “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” Turkish officials reported that Erdogan threw the letter in the trash and responded by stepping up the military assault in Syria.

The joint statement issued Thursday declares US-Turkish agreement on the establishment of a “safe zone in order to address the national security concerns of Turkey”, adding that this zone will be “primarily enforced by the Turkish Armed Forces and the two sides will increase their cooperation in all dimensions of its implementation.”

The statement gives no precise definition of the “safe zone”, nor spells out what role the US will play in its imposition. Pence told the press conference in Ankara that it would extend roughly 20 miles south of the Turkish-Syrian border but gave no indication of what length of the border it would cover. The Erdogan government has indicated its intention to occupy a 200-mile strip covering all of northeastern Syria from the Euphrates River to the Syrian border with Iraq.

Ankara has long advocated the creation of a “safe zone” inside the Syrian border, both to break up the semi-autonomous region carved out by the Kurds, and to create an area for the training and arming of Islamist militias in order to escalate the bloody sectarian civil war launched with the purpose of overthrowing Assad.

And to deport Syrian refugees in Turkey (who are not from north east Syria) to.

Erdogan has also stated his intention to send millions of Syrian Sunni Arab refugees from Turkey into the “zone”, an exercise in ethnic cleansing against the Kurds.

The demand for such a “zone” has been echoed by US Republicans like the late Senator John McCain, as well as Democrats such as Hillary Clinton, who made it part of her 2016 presidential platform. Both supported it as a means of prosecuting the war for regime change in Syria.

The US-Turkish proposal for carving out a “safe zone” is further complicated by the deployment of Syrian government troops along with Russian military units, which have moved into the cities of Kobane and Manbij, taking over bases abandoned by the US Special Forces that Trump ordered to withdraw. Syrian government troops have also moved into Raqqa, the former “capital” of ISIS which was decimated by US airstrikes.

The Kurdish militia forces announced on Sunday that they had invited the Syrian government and Russian forces to fill the vacuum left by the withdrawal of US troops in order to protect the population from the Turkish invasion. According to some reports, YPG militiamen in the border areas have integrated themselves into the government forces.

While Pence claimed at the press conference in Ankara that the Erdogan government had agreed not to engage in any military action in the Syrian city of Kobane, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu directly contradicted the US vice president, saying, “We did not make any promises about Kobane,” and that the issue would be discussed with Russia. …

While condemning the “betrayal” of the Pentagon’s erstwhile Kurdish proxy forces, the principal concern among politicians of both big business parties is that Trump has ceded ground in the Middle East to both Russia and Iran.

Faced with mounting political crisis, as well as intensification of the class struggle and social tensions within the United States, the threat of an escalation of US militarism in the region will intensify, regardless of the deal struck in Ankara. The danger is that the increasingly complex conflicts on the Syrian-Turkish border can erupt into a wider war, dragging in the entire region as well as the world’s two major nuclear powers, the US and Russia.

Fighting continued in northeastern Turkey in the wake of an agreement struck Thursday between US Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At least 14 civilians were reported killed Friday in air strikes and shelling near the bitterly contested Syrian border town of Ras Al-Ain: here.

Kurdish Dutch, Swedes against Erdogan invading Syria

This 12 October 2019 video is about Kurdish Swedish people demonstrating in Gothenburg, Sweden against the Turkish Erdogan regime invading Syria.

This 12 October 2019 video is about Kurdish Dutch demonstrating in The Hague against Erdogan invading Syria.

Kurdish Dutch demonstration in Amsterdam: here.

20,000 on London’s streets say ‘Stop the Turkish invasion’. ‘Rise up for Rojava’ rally opposes Erdogan’s brutal war on Syria’s Kurds: here.

World Peace Council condemns Turkish invasion of Syria: here.

Turkey’s Syrian “rebel” allies, the Islamist Syrian National Army (SNA, formerly the Free Syrian Army), are executing Kurdish civilians in areas they hold, according to multiple reports. Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf was executed; her bullet-riddled car appeared in a video surrounded by SNA fighters. Beyond Al Qaeda-linked calls to destroy infidels, the British Daily Telegraph noted, the SNA’s main outlook “is sectarian: they are anti-Kurdish and they are Arab chauvinists” … The Kurdish-led SDF militias in Syria, vastly outgunned by Turkish forces and vulnerable to air strikes, warned US officials in talks leaked by CNN that they would appeal for Russia to attack Turkey and protect SDF and Syrian army forces. As Turkey is legally a NATO ally of Washington and the European powers, such an attack could compel the United States and its European allies to either break the 70-year-old NATO alliance or go to war with Russia to protect Turkey: here.

DEBACLE: HUNDREDS OF ISIS SUPPORTERS ESCAPE Turkish forces approached a key Kurdish-held town in northern Syria, setting off clashes that allowed hundreds of Islamic State supporters to escape from a camp for displaced people and prompted U.S. soldiers to withdraw from a nearby base. [AP]

FIGHTING IN SYRIA HAS ALREADY DISPLACED 130,000 More than 130,000 people have been displaced from rural areas around the northeast Syrian border towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain as a result of fighting between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish militia, the United Nations said. [Reuters]

Kurdish Dutch people on war in Syria

Syrian families fleeing the Turkish invasion, AFP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 11 September 2019:

We asked Dutch people with a Kurdish or Turkish background how they view it [Erdogan’s invasion of Syria].

The Kurdish-Dutch film maker Beri Shalmashi fears a genocide. “Erdogan has announced an attack for which he will receive support from the United States of America, which has given him a free hand.” …

She thinks the Kurds are “almost silly” that they relied on equal cooperation with the US Americans in the fight against ISIS. “You can almost call them disposable heroes. If it comes in handy, then everyone likes to work with them. When they have finished, they are on their own again.”


The Kurdish-Dutch PhD student Yusuf Çelik recognizes the pattern. “The Kurds are almost getting used to being abandoned. There is a saying among the Kurds: ‘the mountains are our only friends’, that applies now.”

Shalmashi and Çelik think that yesterday’s threat by Erdogan to open the gate to the EU for refugees will not be without effect. “It seems that Europe [rather, European Union politicians] is more afraid that refugees are coming our way than of people being killed“, says Shalmashi. …

[Turkish Dutch Cemil] Yilmaz hopes that this “wicked war” will end soon. “People are used as pawns in a sad geopolitical game.”

Demonstration against Erdogan invading Syria, The Hague

Dutch-Kurdish demonstrators arriving in The Hague today, NOS photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Kurdish Dutch people gather in The Hague to demonstrate against the Turkish attack in Northeast Syria. …

The demonstration starts in front of The Hague Central Station, after which the demonstrators will march to the Malieveld.

The campaigners have Kurdish flags with them. Some also carry flags of the Kurdish armed groups YPG and PKK. The latter organization is seen by … [many NATO] countries, including the Netherlands, as a terror group because of attacks in the struggle against the Turkish authorities.

It is not illegal to carry a PKK flag in the Netherlands. The public prosecuting service says it is “a difficult matter”. “The pursuit of a Kurdish state is not illegal. Their ultimate goal is not a state in which committing violence is part of the state’s ideas. That is why we believe that showing the flag is not automatically punishable”.

Offensive in Syria

Turkey launched an offensive on Wednesday in Northeast Syria, an area where many Syrian Kurds live. By Turkish bombing, both civilian casualties and fighters of the YPG militia died. Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist organization because of their ties with the PKK.

The YPG … fought against the Islamic State [ISIS] in Syria. The Kurds feel betrayed by the US Americans since President Trump announced the withdrawal of US soldiers from northeastern Syria. In doing so, the US paved the way for Turkish President Erdogan to invade the Kurdish region.