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#41 DesertEagle

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 2105 PM

Two of them don't have moustaches. Does that make them kinder and gentler?


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#42 T19

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 2215 PM

So when does NATO start pulling his chAin. Turkey is not acting or sounding like an Allie. Maybe USA should close airbase. It's not like turkey will let u use it

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 0447 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHA! We wish....
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#44 DADI

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 0631 AM

So when does NATO start pulling his chAin. Turkey is not acting or sounding like an Allie. Maybe USA should close airbase. It's not like turkey will let u use it

 

A few years back I've heard that on the Bulgarian coast, asset prices are peaking since Erdogan came to power...

The relatively new American Embassy in Sofia is massive...

 

People could read the map, up until... 


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#45 DADI

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 0655 AM

Two of them don't have moustaches. Does that make them kinder and gentler?

 

Certainly would make them be considered "Moderate" by most western media commenters...

 

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#46 Paul G.

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 1126 AM

I have to agree with him on that latter point.  Moderate Muslims would be more accurate.


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Posted 09 December 2014 - 1521 PM

Ottoman language classes to be introduced ‘whatever they say,’ vows Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waded into the heated debate over the possible inclusion of Ottoman language classes in the high school curriculum, vowing that the classes will be introduced “no matter what they say.” 

 

“There are those who don’t want Ottoman [language] to be learned and taught. This is a very big danger,” Erdoğan said on Dec. 8, delivering a speech at “5th Religion Council” hosted by the Directorate General of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) in Ankara.

“Whether they want it or not, Ottoman [language] will be learned and taught in this country,” he pledged.

According to decisions taken by Turkey’s National Education Council, which closed its annual meeting over the weekend, Ottoman language classes will be compulsory for imam-hatip religious vocational high schools and elective for other high schools.

The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) apparent enthusiasm for the Ottoman language courses has been widely interpreted as a further sign of its wish to impose its particular interpretation of history and values in Turkey’s education system.

“There are those who are uneasy with this country’s children learning Ottoman. But it is actually nothing stranger than ‘ageless Turkish.’ With it, we will learn realities. They say, ‘Will we teach children how to read gravestones?’ But a history and a civilization is lying on those gravestones,” Erdoğan said.

The president also suggested that pressure on freedom of expression in this country “actually dates back to two centuries ago.”

“Since the Tanzimat up until today, for around last 200 years, certain issues could not be discussed freely, with self-confidence and courage,” Erdoğan said, referring to the Tanzimat reform era in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. “Let alone freely discussing matters of religion; religion and pious people were systematically subjected to all kinds of criticism, insult and abuse.”

Later in the day, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu accused the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) of “acting with enmity toward their own history,” while also describing the debates over the Ottoman language courses as simply “a storm in a teacup.”

“The student who wants to choose [the Ottoman language class] can do so. The student who doesn’t want to, doesn’t choose it. This is the proposal. What is this allergy for history? What is this enmity for culture? It is not possible to understand,” Davutoğlu said.

In response, the CHP said Erdoğan did not have a problem only with the Republic or the principle of secularism, but rather a problem with the transformation that began in the 1800s in the Ottoman era. 

“You will on the one hand speak about science and technology, while on the other hand you will make irrelevant 18th and 19th century decisions. Even the Ottomans would not make these decisions,” CHP Deputy Parliamentary Group Chair Akif Hamzaçebi said at a press conference later on Dec. 8.

“The transformation that the Ottoman [Empire] carried out from the beginning of the 1800s is a transformation that he [Erdoğan] could not accept,” Hamzaçebi added."

 

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#48 DADI

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 0309 AM

"Hamas leader Mashaal endorses Turkish leaders in surprise speech

 

Khaled Mashaal, the head of Hamas’ political bureau, has made a surprise appearance at an event of Turkey's ruling party, endorsing the Turkish leaders and voicing his hope to "liberate Palestine and Jerusalem" together with them in the future.

"A strong Turkey means a strong Palestine ... Inshallah, God is with us and with you on the road to victory," Mashaal said in his address to the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) annual congress in the Konya province on Dec. 27..."

 

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Well,

Now that Hamas is watching how Qatar is moved to full co-operation with SA and Egypt, while Hamas leaders in Gaza prase Egypt and A-Sisi (hoping he will somehow forget that they are "Muslim Brotherhood") - Mashal is looking for a new sponsor - And who is better that the Sultan..


Edited by DADI, 28 December 2014 - 0315 AM.

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 1103 AM

Hail the Sultan

 

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 1128 AM

 

Erdogan slams Netanyahu for attending Paris rally

Turkish president says Israeli prime minister must first answer for Gaza crimes, accuses Europeans of hypocrisy over anti-Muslim attacks.

 

Speaking alongside visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Erdogan attacked the Israeli leader's conduct and policies. "How can a man who has killed 25,000 people in Gaza with state terrorism wave his hand in Paris, like people are waiting in excitement for him to do so? How dare he go there?"

 

"You should first give an account for the children and the women you have killed," added Erdogan, who has been an outspoken critic of Israeli offensives against Hamas in the Strip, despite close commercial ties between Israel and Turkey.

 

Erdogan, who did not attend the Sunday march, accused the West on Monday of hypocrisy for its stance over the attacks, though Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu did participate in the rally.

 

"The West's hypocrisy is obvious. As Muslims, we've never taken part in terrorist massacres. Behind these lie racism, hate speech and Islamophobia," Erdogan said. "Please, the administrations in those countries where our mosques are attacked need to take measures.

http://www.ynetnews....4614409,00.html

 

 

Sultan on the roll again.


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Posted 13 January 2015 - 1146 AM

on a lighter note

 

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#52 Colin

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 1239 PM

Saw that, quite comical. that man must have a very small penis


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#53 Corinthian

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 1931 PM

:lol:

 

I reckon his house has a golden bathtub with an entire wall serving as surface for his mural wearing whatever Suleiman the Magnificent was wearing, while riding a white horse into battle.

 

Peeps like that have a "I Love Me I am So Great" house....

 

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#54 JasonJ

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 1948 PM

If he keeps it up, the west may no longer care what Turkey thinks when considering whether or not to assist the Kurds.
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#55 Simon Tan

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 0102 AM

Sorry.....you think they care now? As long as the Turks don't start shooting, it's OK.

ETA:- Sinjar has been cleared. There is now a direct border to Rojava proper.


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#56 JasonJ

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 0208 AM

Sorry.....you think they care now? As long as the Turks don't start shooting, it's OK.


Yea I did more or less. Maybe I'm giving them too much credit though :lol:
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#57 mnm

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 0709 AM

That Erdogan guy is getting as ridiculous as this.


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#58 Jeff

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Posted 17 January 2015 - 1558 PM

Normally, his actions would be troubling but given their NATO status, It's really disturbing.


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#59 Panzermann

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Posted 17 January 2015 - 1945 PM

Surprise surprise what our friend is doing behind NATO's back:

Turkish military says MIT shipped weapons to al-Qaeda

Secret official documents about the searching of three trucks belonging to Turkey's national
intelligence service (MIT) have been leaked online, once again corroborating suspicions that
Ankara has not been playing a clean game in Syria. According to the authenticated documents,
the trucks were found to be transporting missiles, mortars and anti-aircraft ammunition. The
Gendarmerie General Command, which authored the reports, alleged, "The trucks were carrying
weapons and supplies to the al-Qaeda terror organization. But Turkish readers could not see the
documents in the news bulletins and newspapers that shared them, because the government
immediately obtained a court injunction banning all reporting about the affair.
When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was prime minister, he had said, You cannot stop the MIT
truck . You cannot search it. You dont have the authority. These trucks were taking humanitarian
assistance to Turkmens.
Since then, Erdogan and his hand-picked new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have repeated at
every opportunity that the trucks were carrying assistance to Turkmens. Public prosecutor Aziz
Takci, who had ordered the trucks to be searched, was removed from his post and 13 soldiers
involved in the search were taken to court on charges of espionage. Their indictments call for
prison terms of up to 20 years.
In scores of documents leaked by a group of hackers, the Gendarmerie Command notes that
rocket warheads were found in the trucks' cargo.
According to the documents that circulated on the Internet before the ban came into effect, this
was the summary of the incident:

On Jan. 19, 2014, after receiving a tip that three trucks were carrying weapons and explosives
to al-Qaeda in Syria, the Adana Provincial Gendarmerie Command obtained search warrants.
The Adana prosecutor called for the search and seizure of all evidence.
Security forces stopped the trucks at the Ceyhan toll gates, where MIT personnel tried to
prevent the search.
While the trucks were being escorted to Seyhan Gendarmerie Command for an extensive
search, MIT personnel accompanying the trucks in an Audi vehicle blocked the road to stop
the trucks. When MIT personnel seized the keys from the trucks' ignitions, an altercation
ensued. MIT personnel instructed the truck drivers to pretend their trucks had malfunctioned
and committed physical violence against gendarmerie personnel.
The search was carried out and videotaped despite the efforts of the governor and MIT
personnel to prevent it.
Six metallic containers were found in the three trucks. In the first container, 25-30 missiles or
rockets and 10-15 crates loaded with ammunition were found. In the second container, 20-25
missiles or rockets, 20-25 crates of mortar ammunition and Douchka anti-aircraft ammunition
in five or six sacks were discovered. The boxes had markings in the Cyrillic alphabet.
It was noted that the MIT personnel swore at the prosecutor and denigrated the gendarmerie
soldiers doing the search, saying, "Look at those idiots. They are looking for ammunition with
picks and shovels. Let someone who knows do it. Trucks are full of bombs that might
explode.
The governor of Adana, Huseyin Avni Cos, arrived at the scene and declared, The trucks are
moving with the prime ministers orders and vowed not to let them be interfered with no
matter what.
With a letter of guarantee sent by the regional director of MIT, co-signed by the governor, the
trucks were handed back to MIT.
Driver Murat Kislakci said in his deposition, This cargo was loaded into our trucks from a
foreign airplane at Ankara Esenboga Airport. We are taking them to Reyhanli [on the Syrian
border]. Two men [MIT personnel] in the Audi are accompanying us. At Reyhanli, we hand
over the trucks to two people in the Audi. They check us into a hotel. The trucks move to
cross the border. We carried similar loads several times before. We were working for the
state. In Ankara, we were leaving our trucks at an MIT location. They used to tell us to come
back at 7 a.m. I know the cargo belongs to MIT. We were at ease; this was an affair of state.
This was the first time we collected cargo from the airport and for the first time we were
allowed to stand by our trucks during the loading."
After accusations of espionage by the government and pro-government media, the chief of
general staff ordered the military prosecutor to investigate,. On July 21, the military
prosecutor declared the operation was not espionage. The same prosecutor said this incident
was a military affair and should be investigated not by the public prosecutor, but the military.
The civilian court did not retract its decision.


The government cover-up

Though the scandal is tearing the country apart, the government opted for its favorite tactic of
covering it up. A court in Adana banned written, visual and Internet media outlets from any
reporting and commenting on the stopping of the trucks and the search. All online content about
the incident has been deleted.
The court case against the 13 gendarmerie elements accused of espionage has also been
controversial. The public prosecutor, who in his indictment said the accused were involved in a
plot to have Turkey tried at the International Criminal Court, veered off course. Without citing any
evidence, the indictment charged that there was collusion between the Syrian government, al-
Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS). The prosecutor deviated from the case at hand and charged
that the killing by IS of three people at Nigde last year was actually carried out by the Syrian
state.
At the moment, a total blackout prevails over revelations, which are bound to have serious
international repercussions.


source: http://www.al-monito...ng-weapons.html


Of course this has to be taken with a grain of salt, as the turkish army dislikes Erdogan.

Edited by Panzermann, 17 January 2015 - 1951 PM.

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#60 Mistral

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 1504 PM

It seems the costume dressing is here to stay.

 

http://www.hurriyetd...0&NewsCatID=341


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