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Turkey starts offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria

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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.

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Russia and Turkey advocate cessation of harassment in Libya

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The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called on the parties in Libya to declare a ceasefire since Sunday, January 12.

“I would like to emphasize a call – which Presidents Putin and Erdogan have addressed to all Libyan parties – to cease hostilities and declare a ceasefire starting Sunday, January 22,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the meeting held by the leaders in Istanbul.

For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mavlut Cavusoglu ratified this position in favor of the cessation of hostilities in Libya, where the Government of National Agreement (GNA), based in Tripoli, and the House of Representatives (HoR), with headquarters in Tobruk, with support from the Libyan National Army (LNA) of General Khalifa Haftar.

The fighting in Libya continues after the military aggression of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2011 and the assassination of leader Muammar Ghadafi.

Turkey recently intervened in favor of the GNA and sent ground troops to the nation of North Africa, while Russia has maintained communications with Haftar and rejects foreign intervention in the conflict.

Meanwhile, the GAN attacked on Wednesday positions occupied by its opposition in Sirte and caused 10 deaths.

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Women march against femicide in Turkey

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Before the increase in violence against women in Turkey, dozens of women protested this Saturday denouncing the seriousness of the situation and calling on the Government to take action to curb femicide.

“We will be on the streets to protect women’s rights until no more women are killed,” said one of the participants in the mobilization, Bircan Sahin.

“Stop the murders of women!”, “Stop the macho violence!” and “Don’t look at the violence, do something” were some of the slogans chanted by the protesters, who carried posters with names and numbers, representing the victims.

At the event, held in the Asian part of the city, they told shocking stories of women victims of femicides recently throughout the country. Among the cases he highlighted that of Emine Bulut, whose death at the hands of his ex-husband, last August, caused great commotion in Turkey.

“The murder of Emine Bulut caused frustration and resentment in society. Her last words continue to ring in the ears of all women: I do not want to die,” said one of the organizers, Gamze Ozturk, referring to the label (“#olmekistemiyorum”) that became a trend on Twitter.

In the first eight months of 2019, 294 women were killed in Turkey and, in August alone, at least 40 lost their lives. Last year, they were victims of 440 homicides, according to the women’s rights advocacy group We Will Stop Femicide, which recounts the gender-motivated killings.

The alarming figure was commemorated by the artist Vahit Tuna, who set up an installation on the facade of a building in Istanbul, where he exhibited 440 pairs of shoes with heels, demonstrating against the acts of domestic and sexual violence left by hundreds of female victims in Turkey.

The work of art covers an area of ​​260 square meters, takes up the Turkish tradition of placing the shoes of someone who died outside an entrance.

Although Turkey ratified the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe of 2011 to prevent sexist violence, activists say there is still much to be done to enforce the laws.

Nuray Buldan

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Turkey reiterates in clarifying the crime of journalist Khashoggi

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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.

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An accomplished writer and debator, Nuray has a great passion for reporting news around Turkey. She is extremely well-versed in politics and especially the main issues today revolving around Erdoğan and the Syrian Turkish conflict. Beyond formal writing and reporting, Nuray also enjoys poetry and novels in both English and Turkish.

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