Kobane burning. 70,000 Syrian Kurds flee into Turkey in 24 hours…

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2014 at 17:48

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Situation in Kobane.

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Frederike Geerdink ‏@fgeerdink 2 solidarity tents right at border destroyed by army. why? luitenenant told me: ‘we had our orders’. 

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BBC News (World) ‏@BBCWorld  Turkish police fire tear gas to stop more Kurds arriving over from #Syria  via @marklowen

As many as 70,000 Syrian Kurds have poured into Turkey since Friday fleeing an offensive by ISIL

Turkish military police attacks Kurdish volunteers on the border.

Kurds volunteering to fight Isis turned away at Turkish border – video

Turkish security forces disperse Kurds who had gathered at the Turkish border with Syria on Sunday, to cross into Syria and fight with Kurdish militants against Islamic State (Isis). In recent days, Isis have seized ground close to the town of Kobani, home to half a million people. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has renewed a call for Turkish Kurds to rise up in support of Kobani Continue reading…

Support demo for Kobane, today in Taksim, İstanbul

President Erdoğan has indicated possible flexibility regarding Turkey’s stance in its contribution to the coalition against ISIL
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with freed Mosul consulate staff in the Çankaya presidential palace on Sept. 21 and said they would be given leave for the next month.
President Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and that it was the result of diplomatic and political negotiation.
‘Still, without the U.S. bombing, perhaps we wouldn’t be able to survive,’ the freed diplomat says
It all started very early today… And it was a happy day.Turkey had managed to save 49 of its people from the hands of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization, which challenged world powers either by beheading their citizens or by forcing them to pay huge sums of ransom money. In this regard, Ankara deserves praise, but it should also be tolerant for criticism for its conduct during the crisis.


Why NATO ally Turkey won’t fight with US against Islamic State
Fears for the safety of diplomatic hostages and disagreements with DC are keeping Ankara on the sidelines.Obama’s dysfunctional coalition of the unwilling

The US’ call for “the broadest coalition of nations” to fight ISIS is simply an invocation of past moral crusades. But other states’ wilingness to commit to war is much different than 2003.

‘This is a source of pride for Turkey. Even richer countries cannot admit 60,000 people in one day,’ Kurtulmuş said

101 days of captivity end for 49 captives after intel agency operation

Some 101 days in captivity for Turkey’s consul general in Mosul and 48 others at the hands of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization finished with a happy ending on Sept. 20 following the Turkish intelligence agency’s intense work and a secret operation.

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

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