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Syria Crisis: News, Updates & Discussion

Discussion in 'Greater Asia & Middle East' started by Hembo, Jun 9, 2011.

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    Fossil news and its ilk makes such predictions everyday. Not to taken too seriously :XD
     
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    https://us.yahoo.com/news/turkish-president-says-hes-control-coup-faltering-071351073.html?ref=gs

    Turkish coup quashed, 194 reported killed in clashes
    SUZAN FRASER and DOMINIQUE SOGUEL,Associated Press 49 minutes ago







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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president declared he is in control of the country early Saturday as loyal military and police forces quashed a coup attempt during a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left dozens dead.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who flew home early Saturday, said coup supporters "will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey."

    The chaos capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey which critics blamed on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake-up, a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media and renewed conflict in the mainly Kurdish areas of the southeast.

    Gen. Umit Dundar, the newly appointed acting chief of the general staff, said more than 190 people died in clashes: 41 police officers, two soldiers, 47 civilians and 104 people described as "coup plotters."

    Dundar said officers from the Air Force, the military police and the armored units were mainly involved in the attempt.

    More than 1,500 military personnel were arrested across the country, said a senior official who was not authorized to speak to the media. The state-run Anadolu news agency said more than 1,100 were wounded. Colonels and generals implicated in the rebellion were fired and loyal troops rescued the military chief who had been taken hostage at an air base on the outskirts of Ankara.

    Erdogan flew into Ataturk airport early Saturday and was greeted by large crowds. He told them: "They have pointed the people's guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people is in charge. They won't succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything."

    Military chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar is taking over the command of the operation against the coup plotters, CNN-Turk said.

    Fighting continued into the early morning, with the sounds of huge blasts echoing across Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, including at least one bomb that hit the parliament complex. Television footage showed images of broken glass and other debris strewn across a lobby leading to the assembly hall.

    CNN-Turk said two bombs hit near the presidential palace, killing five people and wounding a number of others.

    Government officials, who blamed the unrest on a U.S.-based Islamist cleric, said the coup failed as Turks took to the streets overnight to confront troops attempting to take over the country.

    The chaos capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey which critics blamed on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake-up, a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media and renewed conflict in the mainly Kurdish areas of the southeast.

    Turkey, a NATO member, is a key partner in U.S.-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State group, and has allowed American jets to use its Incirlik air base to fly missions against the extremists in nearby Syria and Iraq. A coup against the democratically elected government could make it difficult for the United States to continue to cooperate with Turkey.

    Turkey's Police Chief Celalettin Lekesiz said 16 coup plotters were killed in clashes at Turkey's military police command.

    In images broadcast on CNN-Turk, dozens of soldiers walked among tanks with their hand held up, surrendering to government forces on Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge. Discarded gear was strewn on the ground. People, some holding flags, climbed onto the tanks.

    Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has called all legislators for an emergency meeting Saturday, Anadolu reported.

    U.S. President Barack Obama urged all sides in Turkey to support the democratically elected government. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and called for respect for democracy.

    The coup attempt began late Friday, with a statement from the military saying it had seized control "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for law and order to be reinstated."

    Fighter jets buzzed overhead, gunfire erupted outside military headquarters and vehicles blocked two major bridges in Istanbul. Soldiers backed by tanks blocked entry to Istanbul's airport for a couple of hours before being overtaken by pro-government crowds carrying Turkish flags, according to footage broadcast by the Dogan news agency.

    But the military did not appear unified, as top commanders went on television to condemn the action and order troops back to their barracks.
     
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    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/islamic-state-ranks-shrink-amid-071935422.html

    A top U.S. military commander said that the militant group that calls itself Islamic State is on the retreat "on all fronts" as the number of its combatants at its disposal declines.

    Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, the outgoing commander of the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, told a Pentagon press briefing on Wednesday that the number of IS fighters had fallen as a result of international military efforts against the group, also known as "Daesh."

    "We estimate that over the past 11 months we've killed about 25,000 enemy fighters. When you add that to the 20,000 estimated killed prior to our arrival, that's 45,000 enemy taken off the battlefield," MacFarland said, adding that Islamic State's territorial power in Syria and Iraq was starting to decline.
     
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    What this commander means they trained and equipped 45k.
     
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    Turkeys now in Russia's camp. Thanks to the US who can do shit about it in spite of Turkey shelling the crap out of Manbij.
     
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    http://www.janes.com/article/63240/france-carries-out-large-scalp-eg-attack-on-targets-in-syria

    France carries out large SCALP-EG attack on targets in Syria
    Frédéric Lert, Bordeaux - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
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    The four Rafales take off each carrying two SCALP-EG missiles. Source: French Ministry of Defence
    The French Air Force launched a large strike against Islamic State targets in Syria using only MBDA SCALP-EG cruise missiles on 21 August.

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the raid involved four Rafale multirole fighters, four Mirage 2000D jets, and a French Navy Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft.

    It released photographs showing the four Rafales each armed with two SCALP-EGs and the four Mirages each with a single SCALP-EG. It said "about 10" SCALP-EGs hit and destroyed Islamic State facilities that were used to store and maintain heavy weapons in the eastern Syrian province of Al-Raqqah.

    A MoD source told IHS Jane's that 11 SCALP-EGs were launched; a malfunction was detected in the 12th missile before it was released and it was brought back to base for maintenance.

    As part of Operational 'Chammal', the French Air Force has Mirage 2000D jets deployed at Jordan's Prince Hassan Air Base, but the MoD refers to this location as the 'deployed airbase' in Jordan. The Rafales are deployed to Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    The SCALP-EG is designed to destroy hardened targets in areas protected by air defences. Although the Islamic State has only limited short-range air defence capabilities, the French Air Force has used at least 50 against the Islamic State since 15 December 2015, including ones launched from Rafale-Ms flying from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. The largest previous raid involved four Rafales launching eight missiles against targets in the Aleppo region on 2-3 January.

    In comparison, the UK has announced that the RAF has used its Storm Shadow version of the SCALP-EG just once in the campaign against the Islamic State. The missiles targeted a large Saddam-era bunker in Iraq being used by the extremist group on 26 June.
     
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    Turkey's in camp ISIS.
     
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    The Kurds just reported that ISIS cannibals in Jarablus just shaved their willies and became the moderate head choppers.
     
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    Shaving their willies means they are ready for death.
     
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    ISIS now have the(open)patronage of the Duperpower of the planet.
    The kurds got dumped. Biz as usual for the US to stop Turkey from joining Russians.
     
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