Turkey reiterates in clarifying the crime of journalist Khashoggi

The Director of Communications of the Presidency of Turkey, Fahrettin Altun, declared through his Twitter account that his country is still in its efforts to clarify the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, who was a Saudi journalist and a contributor to The Washington Post, entered his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 and never left again.

“By combining all our means,” said Fahrettin Altun, “we prevent this organized and premeditated murder from covering up. But the attitude of the authorized Saudis that overshadows the transparency of the prosecution process and the lack of sufficient efforts for the fulfillment of justice hurt everyone’s conscience. ”

Turkey will monitor the case of Jamal Khashoggi said the Director of Communications of the Presidency and added: “We reiterate our call to international society to adopt a common position in the face of this murder committed.”

The special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, pointed in June directly to Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman responsible for the crime.

Meanwhile, MBS – acronym with which the future Saudi king is named – repeats how much interviewer he crosses these days, a phrase that has already become the plot line about his performance: “It is my responsibility because I was in charge, but I did not know anything”.

“The Khashoggi case is not closed, it is suspended in exchange for a bulky economic bill while the White House and its current tenant continue to consider that there is an economic benefit to extract while keeping the case in suspense,” said Haizam Amirah-Fernández of the Elcano Royal Institute.

Kurds begin withdrawal in compliance with truce with Turkey

The main alliance of Kurdish- led militias confirmed on Sunday its complete withdrawal from the Syrian border town of Ras al Ain, as stipulated by the truce agreed with Turkey.

“Within the framework of the temporary ceasefire of military operations with the Turkish side and through US mediation, the city of Ras al Ain was completely evacuated today by the combatants of the Forces of Democratic Syria. There is no longer any combatant within the city,” said Kino Gabriel, a spokesman for the FSD, on his Twitter account.

The FSD has not offered more details about the withdrawal process, however local media describe that the combatants left in dozens of military vehicles. In addition, a medical convoy arrived in the morning to evacuate the injured and transport the bodies of the fatalities.

The evacuation is a boost to the unstable ceasefire since it began Thursday night. Clashes have arisen daily, with occasional artillery firing, especially around Ras al-Ayn, a border town where Kurdish fighters have been surrounded by Turkish-led forces.

Minutes before the statement, local media reported the bombing of the city of Til Rifat in Shehba and the villages of Minix and Shewarxe in the Afrin district in Shera by the Turkish army and mercenaries.

This day is the third after the 120-hour ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the Syrian Kurdish militias.

The Turks began an offensive in northern Syria on October 9 under the pretext of removing Kurdish militias from the Turkish border and establishing a safe area in the northeast of the country to settle thousands of Syrian refugees who remain in Turkish territory, to despite the protest of the Government of Damascus.

Also, authorities in the northeast region of Syria have denounced the use of prohibited weapons by the Turkish army in their attacks against the civilian population.

Foza Yûsif, a member of the Executive Council of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM), said there were strong indications that the Turkish state used prohibited weapons in northern Syria and requested the inspection of an independent delegation.

Under the name Fuente de Paz, the operation faces Kurdish formations including the SDS, the militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Popular Protection Units (YPG) that dominate the Syrian northeast and to which Turkey links with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which he considers a terrorist.

For its part, the Syrian Government denounced that the Turkish offensive violates territorial integrity and international law. Syria reached an agreement with the Kurdish-Syrians to confront the Turkish offensive even though it does not recognize Kurdish autonomy east of the Euphrates River, nor its armed arm the SDS.

Turkey announces temporary suspension of offensive in Syria

Kurdish forces must complete their withdrawal from Syrian soil within 150 hours from noon on October 23 this year, according to statements by the Government of Turkey.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu, announced on Wednesday October 23 that the armed operation in Syria has been temporarily suspended but that the offensive has not yet been terminated.

“We have suspended the operation at the moment, but this does not mean that the offensive is over,” said the Turkish minister.

He also explained that this ceasefire determination comes after the talks held by the Government of Turkey with the administration of the United States (USA), in which Washington ceased fire.

“We have received the guarantee that the US has given us, so we have stopped the operation in this way at this time, but that does not mean we get out of here, we maintain our presence,” he said.

However, Minister Cavusoglu said that the fight against terrorist groups operating in Syrian territory has not ceased, which will remain after his capture, despite the announcement of peace.

“National security is vital for our nation, and we are clearing our borders of terrorists,” he said.

This ceasefire agreement has been organized between Russia, Syria and Turkey in a strategy that provides for the presence of the Russian military police and the Syrian border guard to protect the Turkish-Syrian border area.

With this announcement, it is also expected that the Democratic Forces of Syria (SDS) will withdraw permanently from the north of the Persian nation, as they have been doing in the past few days.

The Turkish Armed Forces began bombing and attacks on the northern part of Syria on October 9, after the United States. announce the withdrawal of its armed troops from this Syrian region.

President Trump threatens to destroy Turkey’s economy

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, threatened on Wednesday his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to destroy the economy of the Eurasian country while maintaining his troops in Syria.

“You don’t want to be responsible for killing thousands of people, and I don’t want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy, and I will do it.” “I’ve worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don’t let the world down. You can do a great deal,” Trump says in a letter leaked by US media.

After the publication of the letter, it is expected that the president of the United States will apply economic sanctions against members of the Erdogan Government, stop negotiations on a $100 billion trade agreement with Turkey and increase steel tariffs by 50%.

However, Trump tells his counterpart that the commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Kobani, is willing to negotiate and “is willing to make concessions that they never would have made in the past,” he added.

“History will look favorably on you if you do this in a correct and humane way. It will consider you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen. Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be silly!” Concludes the US president.

From the Presidency of Turkey, they reported that on October 22, President Erdogan will hold a meeting with Putin to discuss the fight against terrorism and the political process in Syria.

Turkey starts offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria

Erdogan announced on Wednesday the start of the offensive against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria, which aims to eradicate the “terrorist threat,” an action rejected by the Government of Damascus, because it violates its sovereignty.

The president said that the Turkish armed forces began the operation “Source of Peace” in northern Syria to prevent “the creation of a terrorist corridor along our southern border, and bring peace to the area.”

For its part, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting closed Thursday to address the military situation in Turkey, diplomatic sources said.

The meeting, claimed by the European members of the Council (Belgium, France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom), will take place after another meeting, also behind closed doors, on Colombia, according to the same sources.

On the other hand, the Syrian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the hostile intentions shown by the Turkish government and the concentration of troops on the border, as they constitute a flagrant violation of international law and United Nations resolutions, which defend unity, integrity and sovereignty of the Arab country.

He said the aggressive behavior of President Erdogan’s regime clearly shows Turkish expansionist ambitions in Syrian territory and cannot be justified under any pretext, according to the Syrian news agency SANA.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry held some Kurdish organizations responsible for the situation because of their subordination to the United States, referring to Syrian Kurdish militias, backed by Washington.

According to Turkish television reports, planes had bombed Kurdish positions in Syria across the border with Turkey.

“Turkish aviation launches heavy bombardment against the city of Ras al Ein, in the northwest of Al Hasaka province, there are also artillery attacks,” Syrian state television reported.

“The Turkish attack has also reached the town of Ayen Issa in the northern Raqqa camp,” said the Syrian agency SANA.

In this operation against the PKK / YPG (Kurdistan Workers Party / Popular Protection Units) and the terrorists of the Islamic State participate members of the Syrian National Army, a group that is an ally of the Government of Ankara.

For its part, Syria had previously condemned in the strongest terms the aggressive intentions of the Turkish regime and the concentration of its military on the Syrian border.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Turkey, a member of the Alliance, on Wednesday to “moderation” in his operation launched in northern Syria as it does not jeopardize the fight that the agency undertook against the jihadists.

The offensive, which launched Turkey in northeastern Syria, will aggravate the crisis in the Arab country and cause a new wave of refugees, said Huseín Amir Abdolahian, an advisor to the president of the Iranian Parliament.

“The Turkish operation in Syria further complicates the situation,” he wrote on his Twitter account.