Tagged: turkey

Hezbollah: No force can make us retreat from our right and our resistance, Aljoumhouria (Lebanon), 5 October 2014

Hisham Safieddine, president of Hezbollah’s legislative council, commented on the statements made by American Vice-President Joe Biden, viewing them as evidence and confirmation that the events happening in Syria are not a revolution, nor the will of the people.

Hezbollah: No force can make us retreat from our right and our resistanceThe Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) quoted Safieddine as saying: “What American Vice-President Joe Biden said yesterday, that the money and weapons that were being provided to takfiris came from countries allied to the United States. He named Turkey and some Gulf States, demonstrating once again that everything that we have been talking about with regards to what is happening in Syria is correct, and that what is happening there is not a revolution, nor the will of the people, but sabotage and the realisation of the political goals of regional countries, Western states, and America.”

He continued: “Turkey and the Gulf States, when they gave money and support with weapons, this was not just to achieve their goals, but because American asked them to do that. The United States, for its part, is a full partner with them in every drop of blood that has fallen in Syria, as well as all the suffering and destruction that has happened there. What the American Vice-President said yesterday clearly demonstrates that those who carry the responsibility for everything that has happened in Syria is the United States and its allies who act today as an international coalition to eradicate the terrorism that they created, funded and armed by their own admission.”

Safieddine added: “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was mistaken when he gambled on the overthrow of the regime in Syria, just as his old friends and rivals erred today. Just like they were mistaken previously, they are wrong today in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, and at the level of every balance in the region. They were completely mistaken if imagine that they can turn back the clock, as the saying goes.”

Safieddine pointed out that “it is not possible for any force, pressure, arming, media/political intimidation, or fatwa to make us retreat from our right, our resistance, our righteous causes that we have held onto for decades and to this day we take such a line and strong approach. We will keep it and stay loyal to all of our martyrs, sacrifices and bids.”

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Original article available here.

‘Death of Moroccan football player Ayoub Shatof in the ongoing war in Syria,’ Ariffino (Morocco), 27 April 2014

A young Moroccan footballer from the German Bundesliga died fighting in Syria last week. Ayoub Shatof underwent training in Turkey before joining the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Continue reading

‘Approximately 83,000 Moroccans visited Turkey in 2013,’ Hespress (Morocco), 10 February 2014

Turkey witnessed 9% growth in the number of tourists coming from Arab states last year, with over 3 million Arabs visiting the country for a number of reason. Tourists come to Turkey from around the Middle East for a variety of reasons, including shopping opportunities, hair transplants and to purchase homes. Continue reading

‘Turkish air raid on “ISIS” convoy in northern Syria,’ Al-Hayat (Saudi Arabia), 29 January 2014,

The Turkish army has reported that it launched an attack on a convoy belonging to the al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). The Islamist group was originally established in Iraq during the 2003 American invasion and has been active in Syria since 2011. The group has battled both regime and opposition forces during the course of the Syrian conflict.

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‘Baghdad agrees with the Kurdistan region to adopt a unified mechanism for the export of oil’, al-Rafidayn (Iraq), 20th January 2014

Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan sign an agreement on homogenizing the oil export mechanism to increase efficiency, meanwhile ceasing export of Kurdistani oil until an agreement is settled upon. Turkey flexes diplomatic muscle in the affair and the incident is further evidence of Kurdistan as a political actor in the region.

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‘A New Middle East?,’ Elaph (London), 7 January 2014

The conflict in Syria, as well as continued violence in Iraq, has caused some to make a case for the redrawing of the Middle East map based on sectarian lines. In this opinion piece, Hiwa Osman makes the case for parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran to be divided into separate states for Sunnis, Shias and Kurds, and briefly discusses the internal political dynamics that would go into forming these new states.

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‘Turkish newspaper: Turkish security detained Weapons Truck destined for Syria’, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (UK), 1 January 2014

Turkish border police stop a truck carrying arms destined for Syria. The drivers claimed to be carrying good for Turkish Islamic Relief Organization.

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‘The Islamic Front refuses to meet with the Americans in Turkey’, al-Mal, 16th December 2013

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Seven militias formed an alliance in late November under the banner of the Islamic Front. In an attempt to get peace talks off the ground there has been talk of a meeting between senior leaders of various factions in Istanbul, but to little avail.

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Turkish ambassador praises his country’s relations with Morocco, Hespress (Morocco), 11 December 2013

The Turkish ambassador to Morocco and a Turkish researcher from Istanbul highlighted the strong historical, cultural and religious ties between the two countries during a talk given at Mohammed V University in Rabat.

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Greece seizes ship carrying weapons to Syria or Libya, An-Nahar (Lebanon), 12 November 2013

اليونان تصادر سفينة محملة اسلحة الى سوريا او ليبيا

اعلن وزير التجارة البحرية اليوناني انه قرر مصادرة سفينة ترفع علم سيراليون تنقل اسلحة وذخائر يمكن ان تكون وجهتها سوريا او ليبيا

وتم اعتراض السفينة الجمعة في جنوب شرق بحر ايجه

وقال الوزير ميلتيادس فارفيتسيوتيس كما نقلت عنه وكالة الانباء اليونانية “بحسب الوثائق وتصريحات الطاقم والتي لا تتطابق حتى الان، كانت السفينة متجهة الى بلدان متوسطية في حالة حرب”. واضاف ان “الامم المتحدة تمنع تسليم اسلحة وذخائر لهذه البلدان”

وابحرت السفينة من اوكرانيا وكانت متجهة الى ميناء الاسكندرون في تركيا وفق قبطانها. لكن الوكالة اليونانية اوردت ان ميناءي طرطوس في سوريا وطرابلس في ليبيا تم ذكرهما كوجهة للسفينة في الوثائق التي سلمت للسلطات البحرية

واضاف الوزير “نحن مضطرون الى احتجاز السفينة ما دام ذلك ضروريا. علينا توضيح وضع هذه السفينة المشتبه بها وحمولتها

وعثر خفر السواحل اليونانيون على متن السفينة “نور ام” على عشرين الف بندقية كلاشنيكوف
واوضح الوزير انه “لم يتم فتح كل صناديق الحمولة، لكن (السفينة) كانت تنقل اسلحة وذخائر

وبعد اعتراضها قرب جزيرة سيمي اليونانية، تم اقتياد السفينة حتى جزيرة رودس حيث اوقف قبطانها التركي وافراد طاقمها السبعة وجميعهم هنود
وذكرت الوكالة اليونانية انه يشتبه بان السفينة استخدمت في الماضي لنقل مخدرات


Greece seizes ship carrying weapons to Syria or Libya

The Greek Minister of Maritime Trade announced that he decided to seize a ship flying the Sierra Leone flag and carrying weapons and ammunition that could be headed to Syria or Libya.

The ship was intercepted on Friday in the south-east Aegean Sea.

A Greek press agency quoted Minister Miltiades Varvitsiotis as saying “according to documents and statements of the crew, which couldn’t be corroborated until now, the ship was headed to Mediterranean countries in a state of war.” He added that that United Nations prohibits the delivery of weapons and ammunition to these countries.”

The ship sailed from Uganda and was headed the Iskenderun port in Turkey according to its captain. However, the Greek agency report that the ports of Tartus in Syria and Tripoli in Libya were mentioned as destinations for the ship in documents handed over to the maritime authorities.

The minister added “we are obliged to detain the ship for as long as necessary. We must clarify the status of this suspicious ship and its cargo.”

The Greek Coast Guard found 20,000 AK-47s aboard the “Nour Am” ship, and the minister explained that “all of the cargo trunks had yet to be opened, however the ship was transferring weapons and ammunition.”

After being intercepted close to the Greek island of Symi, the ship was led to Rhodes Island where its Turkish captain and its all seven of its Indian crew disembarked.

The Greek press agency reported that the ship raised suspicion as it had been used in the past to transport drugs.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Access article at: An-Nahar.

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