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ISIS Tells Turkish Muslims to Rebel Against ‘Infidel’ Erdogan

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

A new jihadist video entitled “A Message to Turkey” has appeared on the Internet, in a video that emerged late Monday, allegedly produced by the “Raqqa State Media Office.”

Two months ago Da’esh (ISIS) launched a Turkish-language magazine with a cover story entitled “The Conquest of Constantinople.” The group urged a new Islamic conquest of Turkey’s largest city – Istanbul.

The messenger in the video released Monday is a Turkish fighter who proclaims allegiance to Da’esh (ISIS) and urges Turks to rebel against “infidel” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The greying, bearded fighter, who wears glasses, speaks on the film in an accent-free Turkish, exhorting his fellow Turks to help him conquer Istanbul.

He accuses the Muslim president – himself a fundamentalist – of “selling the country to Crusaders” and giving the United States access to Turkish air bases “just to keep his post.”

Two younger, bearded men, each wearing a scarf tied as a makeshift turban and armed with a gun, are seated on either side of him – appearing almost as students or acolytes – but remain silent throughout the footage. The video is shot among barren desert hills.

“Turkish people: Fight against the friends of the devil. There is no doubt that [the] devil’s order is weak…

“Let us all embrace God’s way… Altogether and under the orders of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi … let’s conquer Istanbul, which the traitor Erdogan works day and night to hand over to crusaders,” the fighter chides, sitting with a rifle propped against his body.

The authenticity of the video could not be verified, but the SITE Intelligence Group described it as a call by a Turkish ISIS fighter for support from Muslims in Turkey.

No specific threats of attacks were made in the video.

US, Germany Pull Patriot Batteries from Turkey

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The United States and Germany have both announced they plan to pull their Patriot missile batteries from Turkey following a reassessment of the threat from Syria.

Both nations deployed the anti-missile defensive batteries on the southern Turkish border in 2013 in response to a request submitted to NATO by Ankara over “spillage” from the Syrian civil war.

Additional Patriot missile batteries were provided by the Netherlands as well, but were withdrawn earlier this year, and replaced instead by units from Spain.

The Patriot units from the United States will be returned stateside, ostensibly for “upgrades,” according to a joint Turkish-U.S. statement issued on Sunday.

“The United States and NATO are committed to supporting Turkey’s security and regional stability,” the statement said. “If needed, the United States is prepared to return Patriot assets and personnel to Turkey within one week.”

Germany, meanwhile, has said it will shut down its Patriot program altogether.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced last week that Berlin will allow its three-year Patriot mission simply to lapse in January rather than seek parliamentary approval for renewal, Reuters reported.

“The threat in this war-torn region has shifted in focus,” von der Leyen said in a statement on the German defense ministry’s website. “It now stems from the terror organization Islamic State. Therefore, we will remain engaged in the region in a continued effort to stabilize it.”

Turkey’s Leaders Meet With Hamas in Ankara

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed international Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal to Ankara on Wednesday.

Senior Turkish officials joined the meeting, which reportedly focused on Turkey’s role in providing support to the Palestinian Authority, according to the Al Resalah website.

Also discussed at the meeting were “the changes in the region and Erdogan’s concerns in the Palestinian cause,” according to the report.

Meshaal also met with Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as well.

No statement was made to the media following the talks.

A statement released in Gaza by a Hamas official said Wednesday that a delegation led by Meshaal briefed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Qatar at a recent meeting between the two men during which Lavrov reportedly invited Meshaal to Moscow.

Meshaal told Lavrov about conditions in Gaza, according to the statement.

2 Israeli Arabs Nabbed Attempting to Join ISIS

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Cleared for publication: Two Israeli Arabs were indicted Thursday after they traveled to Turkey and attempted to join the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization in Syria, according to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

Over the past two years, more than 40 Israeli Arabs have joined the terrorist organization, the Shin Bet reported. The indictment filed this week noted the rising trend with concern and commented there is a “real possibility the ideological and military training could be exploited for the purpose of terrorist activity against Israelis.”

Of three wannabe Da’esh fighters who had apparently planned to join the terror group in May, one was caught and arrested, but his two companions succeeded in reaching Syria.

Feras Sheritach, 19, a resident of Akev near eastern Jerusalem was arrested earlier this year after he had already returned to Israel. Sheritach failed to reach Syria because his passport was expired when he arrived at Istanbul airport along with his brother and cousin, according to the indictment documents.

He decided instead to return to Israel to renew the document – and was arrested in a joint operation by the Shin Bet and Israel Police. He has been charged with attempting to join an outlawed organization. His brother and cousin remained in Turkey, meanwhile, and successfully crossed the border into Da’esh-controlled areas of Syria. Their identities have not been released.

A second Israeli Arab, 21-year-old Hamis Adnan Hamis Salameh of Ramle, was arrested last month after arriving in Ben Gurion International Airport on an extradition order executed together with Turkish authorities. He too was indicted Thursday, in Lod District Court, on charges of contact with a foreign agent and attempting to enter an enemy state.

According to the Shin Bet, Salameh confessed to interrogators that as with Sheritach, he also planned to join Da’esh after watching recruiting and propaganda videos on the Internet, later making contact online with one of the group’s recruitment members via Twitter.

Salameh was arrested by Turkish police in the border town of Adana just a few hours before he was scheduled to cross the border into Syria, according to a Shin Bet statement.

Last month, the Shin Bet announced the indictment of six suspected Da’esh (ISIS) members from the Negev Bedouin town of Hura. Five of the six were teachers and allegedly used their positions to spread the ISIS philosophy and propaganda among students and teachers.

All six were accused of sharing the Da’esh doctrine with their family members and associates. They were charged with distributing materials for an illegal organization; support for a terrorist organization; conspiracy to commit a crime and illegally exiting the country. Those who were teachers were brought to a hearing at the Education Ministry and their teaching licenses were revoked as well.

Turkey Accuses Kurdish PKK Terror Group of Teaming With ISIS

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The Turkish government has accused the outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group of collaborating with Da’esh (ISIS).

Turkish officials made the accusation this week ahead of the emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels held on Tuesday at the request of Ankara.

Oddly, the Kurdish group accused Turkey of “collaboration” with ISIS in September of last year. The terror group called at the time for fellow Kurds to unite their forces and cross into Syria to fight Da’esh.

At that point, Turkey was doing little or nothing to block ISIS terrorists from coming and going across its border with Syria. Nor did it stop anyone else from crossing its border to reach the terror group.

Ankara changed its tune 10 days ago.

That is when an ISIS suicide bomber attacked a Turkish border town, killing at least 28 and wounding 100 others.

But Turkey simply added ISIS, and a second front, to the battle it continues to wage against the PKK, and has persuaded the United States to help it create a “Da’esh-free” zone along its border with Syria.

It is also using the additional support it won this week at the NATO meeting as political cover for its counter terror war against the PKK, which continues unabated.

Turkey began striking PKK bases in the Kurdistan region following a conversation between U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last Saturday. The move was vehemently condemned by Kurds who saw it as an attempt to reverse gains by their people in the Mideast. The U.S. was accused of trading away Kurdish safety and rights for the use of Turkey’s Incirlik air base in Diyarbakir for the war against ISIS.

(Erdogan, meanwhile, sees no irony in the fact that Israel carried out its last three counter terror operations against Hamas for exactly the same reasons he gives about the PKK. He simply condemns the Jewish State for any self-defense against the Gaza-based radical Islamist terrorist organization, regardless.)

Meanwhile, Turkey is becoming an increasingly important energy hub in the Middle East, trading with Europe, Russia, Iran and Iraq, which may simply add more fuel to the fire. Two oil pipelines run from Iraq to ports in Turkey, in addition to a natural gas pipeline which runs through Turkey from Iran.

The PKK is not unaware of this, and accordingly attacked the natural gas pipeline this week. An oil pipeline was sabotaged one day later as well, but no group has yet taken responsibility for that attack.

Britain Warns Citizens Against Travel to Turkey, Fearing ISIS Attacks

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Britain’s Foreign Office issued a travel alert Monday for citizens vacationing in Turkey, warning against “all but essential travel to certain regions.” British nationals are also being told not to go within 10 kilometers (approx. 6 miles) of the Turkish border with Syria.

“There’s been a lot of trouble in Turkey of late,” according to a spokesperson for the Foreign Office who spoke with the UK Daily Express.

Britons in Turkey face a “high” threat from Da’esh (ISIS), according to the alert, which warned its citizens that Turkey is continuing to launch air strikes against the terror organization.

Ambassadors from all 28 member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are in Brussels today (Tuesday, July 28) for an emergency meeting requested by Turkey last week under Article 4 of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty. Turkey requested the meeting due to the increasing danger facing its troops — posed by ISIS (“Da’esh” in Arabic), and by attacks from the PKK Kurdish Workers’ Party terror organization.

UK officials are becoming increasingly concerned that Da’esh will retaliate against Turkey, thus involving at least some Britons. More than 2.5 million British tourists visit the country each year.

“There’s a high threat from terrorism in Turkey. There are active terrorist groups throughout the country,” the Foreign Office said.

“These include domestic religious extremist and ideological groups, and international groups involved in the conflict in Syria.

“Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect places visited by foreigners.”

Ben Gurion Airport Hits Peak in Passenger Traffic

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Approximately 70,000 passengers on 430 flights will have passed through Ben Gurion Airport by the end of Thursday, making it the busiest day of the year so far.

Tourism is up by approximately 7 percent, and 1.7 million passengers are expected to arrive and depart at the airport next month.

Israel suffered a sharp decline in tourism last August and September during Operation Protective Edge and now is rebounding.

Turkey, which Israel sunned two years ago after worsening relations, is back in favor and follows Greece as the favorite destination. Next in line are Italy and the year.
Slightly more than a quarter of passengers fly El Al.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ben-gurion-airport-hits-peak-in-passenger-traffic/2015/07/23/

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