- Turkish General Staff to Meet on possible Syria Incursion
- Iran’s Crude Oil Exports to Turkey up 7.6% in Q1: Eurostat
- China says Tourists Attacked in Turkey during anti-China Protests
Turkish General Staff to Meet on possible Syria Incursion
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has recalled the commanders of troops deployed along part of its border with Syria to the capital Ankara, for a meeting during which they will discuss a possible military incursion into Syria.
The call to commanders of armored and motorized brigades in the region was made following last week’s visit to the border region by Land Forces Commander Gen. Hulusi Akar and 2nd Army Commander Gen. Adem Huduti. Over the weekend, Special Forces Commander Major Gen. Zekai Aksakalli also visited the region.
Although Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said last week that there were “no immediate plans” for any incursion, the TSK has recently deployed additional troops and equipment along part of its border with Syria.
Ankara has floated the creation of a “safe zone” on Syrian territory due to concerns about Syrian Kurd advances and the presence of fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as well as the possibility of a fresh wave of refugees fleeing conflict, with fighting north of the city of Aleppo having recently intensified.
Currently, 54,000 soldiers – around 15 percent of the Land Forces’ total staff – are deployed near the border with Syria.
As part of the build-up, on July 5 a military convoy carrying cannons and missile batteries arrived in Kilis province near the border.
Meanwhile, military equipment sent from the TSK’s Artillery and Missile School in Polatli, Ankara, is planned to be deployed near the town of Elbeyli in Kilis and at the Oncupinar border crossing. [Source: Hurriyet Daily News]
Last week Erdogan has addressed that they would never allow a state to be formed in northern Syria, and that they would do anything at any cost to prevent this. It is clear that Erdogan means any state that PYD/PKK or DAESH would establish, but this is also clear that Turkish government would never allow to a Khilafah Rashidah as long as it stays a member of the NATO.
Iran’s Crude Oil Exports to Turkey up 7.6% in Q1: Eurostat
The volume of Iran’s crude oil exports to turkey rose 7.6 percent in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same period of time in 2014, according to the EU statistics agency Eurostat.
Iran’s exports of crude oil to turkey increased to 1.427 million tons during January-March 2015 from 1.323 million tons in the three-month period last year, the Tasnim News Agency reported on Saturday. Turkey imported 5.194 million tons of crude oil from Iran in 2014, showing one percent drop from 5.255 million tons in 2013.
The Turkish Petroleum Refineries Co., TUPRAS, which is Turkey’s only oil refiner, supplies about 30 percent of its required crude oil from Iran.
Turkey was the 6th biggest importer of Iranian non-oil goods in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, according to the Iran Customs Administration.
Iran exported $2.158 billion of non-oil goods to Turkey and imported $3.822 billion of non-oil goods from the country. [Source: Tehran Times]
As usual in the scene Turkish And Iranian deputies conflicts each other, while in the back scene trade between two countries keeps growing. Exactly like we watched the trade growing between Turkey and the Jewish entity after that famous “One Minute” storm.
China says Tourists Attacked in Turkey during anti-China Protests
China has warned its citizens traveling in Turkey to be careful of anti-Beijing protests, saying some Chinese tourists have recently been “attacked and disturbed”.
The notice, posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on Sunday, said there had been “multiple” demonstrations in Turkey targeting the Chinese government.
Relations between Turkey and China have been strained recently over the treatment of Muslim Uighur people in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, who have reportedly had been banned from worship and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
China’s treatment of the Uighurs is an important issue for many Turks, who see themselves as sharing a common cultural and religious background. Turkey vowed on Friday to keep its doors open to ethnic Uighurs fleeing persecution.
“Absolutely do not get close to or film the protests, and minimize to the greatest extent outside activities on one’s own,” the Chinese notice said.
Turkish daily Hurriyet reported a small group of people last week attacked a Chinese restaurant in Istanbul’s touristy Tophane district, smashing windows.
On Sunday in Istanbul, several hundred protesters marched towards the Chinese consulate carrying flags and chanting anti-China slogans outside the building, located towards the end of a leafy uphill road from the coast of the Bosphorus strait.
Earlier in the day, some of the protesters had burned a Chinese flag.
“They (the Uighurs) are our brothers and are being persecuted for their faith. They did nothing wrong, their only fault is to be Muslim,” said 17-year old Muhammet Gokce who was wearing a blue head band with the words “East Turkestan you are not alone”.
“Turkey should embrace its brothers, should save them from the brutal hands of communist China.” [Source: Reuters]
Where is the Khalifah of the Ummah! Where is the head of the Ummah! The Ummah is orphan since the Ottoman Caliphate has been demolished. And no Muslim country will be safe until The Khilafah Rashidah has been reestablished again.
«إِنَّمَا الإمَامُ جُنَّةٌ يُقَاتَلُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِ وَيُتَّقَى بِهِ»
“Only the Imam is a shield, behind whom you fight and you protect yourself with.”