End of the Quiet Before the Storm in Lebanon

After weeks of continuous Israeli threats against Lebanon, Hezbollah, intensive military exercises and preparations for a new war, one week after publication of the threats of the Israeli war criminal, the crazed “minister of defense” Barak in the Washington Post, in which he said during an interview published in the newspaper that Israel will hit Lebanese governmental institutions directly if Hezbollah fires rockets at Israeli cities, some IDF soldiers trespassed the “Blue Line” and moved into the Lebanese territory in an attempt at provoking Hezbollah into firing rockets at Israel. Hezbollah did not take the bait but the reaction of the Lebanese people and troops on location was as predictabe as the outcome: a shootout with several dead and wounded, an israeli army spokesman contradicting himself and still telling nothing but lies.

Lebanese security sources reported that 3 Lebanese soldiers were killed and several people were Israeli soldier who was wounded during the attack on Lebanon.injured in a clash with Israeli troops near the border. The IDF soldiers violated UN resolution 1701 which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. The Israeli troops deliberately trespassed the “Blue Line” and moved into Lebanon on Tuesday afternoon. These troops proceeded to attack Lebanese property and they fired four rockets that fell near a Lebanese army checkpoint in the village of Al-Adaisseh in the area. The Lebenese soldiers responded to the Israeli attack. At least three Lebanese and one Israeli soldiers were killed, several Lebenese were injured and some houses were damaged during the exchange of rockets and gunfire along the border between the conflicting parties.

Wounded Lebanese soldier. (Pic Credit: Arab Newspapers)The unjustified provocation of the IDF soldiers which developed into an attack erupted in the morning after Israeli soldiers reportedly attempted to uproot olive trees on the Lebanese side of the border, and place cameras. The civilian Lebanese owners of the olive trees clashed with the IDF troops and refused that they uproot their trees, the only economic source on which these farmers can rely. The refusal on part of the Lebanese civilians of the invasion attempt of the IDF led to the withdrawal of the Israeli troops, who later opened fire to the Lebanese side, which developed into an exchange of gunfire and rockets.

Among the Lebanese victims was Assaf Abou Rahhal, a journalist from Al-Akhbar newspaper, who was covering the conflict in Al-Adaisseh. The IDF criminal Lieutenant Colonel Dov Harari was also killed in the same attack, and another war criminal and provocateur was seriously injured.

Abu Ali (52 years), a Labenese from Al-Adaisseh village, said that Israeli aircraft had been flying over the area several days ago “but we remain strong in our land”. He said: “I witnessed the Unifil peacekeepers raising White and UN flags in the area but the Israelis continued directing artillery fire at Lebanon Army outposts and toward us”.

Israeli vehicles patrol an area near the site of an exchange of fire between Israeli and Lebanese troops along the border between Israel and Lebanon, seen from the southern border village of Adaisseh, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. Lebanon and Israeli troops exchanged fire on the border Tuesday in the most serious clashes since a fierce war four years ago. Pic. Credit: AP - Lutfallah DaherIsraeli tank patrols an area near the site of an exchange of fire between Israeli and Lebanese troops along the border between Israel and Lebanon, seen from the southern border village of Adaisseh, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. Lebanon and Israeli troops exchanged fire on the border Tuesday in the most serious clashes since a fierce war four years ago. Pic. Credit: AP – Lutfallah Daher

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FC Chief, 4 personnel killed in Peshawar suicide attack

FC Chief, 4 personnel killed in Peshawar suicide attack

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber killed Commandant Frontier Constabulary Siffwat Ghayur and at least four FC personnel in Peshawar’s Saddar area on Wednesday, Geo News reported.

According to sources the suicide bomber hit the vehicle of FC Commandant when he was leaving the office for home.

FC Cantonment, confirming the death of Siffwat Ghayur, said that four guards accompanying him were also killed in the attack.

The powerful blast injured 9 people including 3 policemen who have been shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.

The suicide bomber’s head has been found off Deens Center, usually a crowded commercial area where the blast occurred. Other vehicles present around the FC Chief’s were also damaged.

Gunshots were also heard immediately after the blast.

Heavy contingents of police and FC personnel reached the blast site and sealed the area for collecting evidence.

Siffwat Ghayur, considered to be an honest and valiant police officer, served as CCPO Peshawar before assuming the office of FC Commandant. The deceased, who also remained a Commandant of Police Academy for three years, played a significant role in maintenance of peace in Peshawar.

Senior Provincial Minister Bashir Bilour also reached the blast site and told the reporters that the blast was a suicide attack. He said the suicide bomber was in a taxi that struck the FC vehicle.

He said the terrorists are going berserk because they have failed to achieve their goals.

Nabucco Gasps Last Breath As Shareholders Re-Assess Demand For Pipeline

Nabucco Pipeline Decision Could Be Postponed To Next Year -OMV

VIENNA (Dow Jones)–OMV AG (OMV.VI) Wednesday said a final decision on whether to build the 3,000 kilometer long, European Union-backed Nabucco gas pipeline from the project’s partners could be postponed to the beginning of 2011.

UPDATE 1-Nabucco investment decision by Q1 at latest-OMV

Wed Aug 4, 2010 9:40am GMT

VIENNA Aug 4 (Reuters) – The final investment decision for the planned Nabucco gas pipeline will be made in the first quarter of next year at the very latest, an official for Nabucco shareholder OMV (OMVV.VI: Quote) said on Wednesday.

The decision will be made after Nabucco’s owners have determined demand for the pipeline in a so-called open season process, probably in the fourth quarter of this year, OMV’s gas chief Werner Auli told a news conference.

The Vienna-based Nabucco consortium has said it plans a final investment decision by the end of 2010 but the overall project has already been subject to several delays.

The decision is one of the main steps towards realising the European Union-backed pipeline, which aims to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian gas.

“The open season process should happen in Q4,” Auli told journalists in OMV’s news conference to present second-quarter results.

“The final investment decision could happen this year or … in the first quarter of 2011 at the latest,” he said.

Auli said it was still possible complete the process this year because the open season process should take around three months.

Nabucco’s other shareholders include Hungary’s MOL (MOLB.BU: Quote), Romania’s Transgaz (TGNM.BX: Quote), Bulgaria’s Bulgargaz, Turkey’s Botas and Germany’s RWE (RWEG.DE: Quote

Turkey tries to split the Caucasus on the river Kura

Turkey tries to split the Caucasus on the river Kura

Ruben Safrastyan:

Turkey is trying to split the Caucasus and to isolate Armenia and Russia: Expert

Turkey has long contemplated the creation of a tripartite axis with Azerbaijan and Georgia, so that, seeing no possibility to take the whole South Caucasus under its wing, split the region. It in a conversation with a REGNUM correspondent said News Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenia, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Ruben Safrastyan, commenting about Turkey’s intention to create a union of countries through which the river Kura.

According to him, plans to establish economic, and later a political and military alliance between these three countries have failed after a five-day war in South Ossetia. “After that Ankara has decided to go for the normalization of relations with Armenia since lost all hope of restoring the trilateral project”, – he said.

However, according to Safrastyan, more recently, against the backdrop of the increasing contacts between Tbilisi and Baku, it seems that Turkey is trying to revive its program to split the South Caucasus and the isolation of Armenia and Russia.

“According to the Turkish side, the basis of this plan should be based on the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline, Baku-Erzurum gas pipeline and the planned railway line from Kars to Tbilisi. But this program has a military component, which Turkey wishes to include, using the pretext of protection of the Baku- Ceyhan. Even three years ago negotiated the establishment of the Turkish-Azerbaijani-Georgian military units, which were placed along the pipeline would be to protect it, “- he said, adding that the project has angered the United States, who said that if necessary NATO alone can ensure its security.

According Safrastyan, and this time the Turkish side’s attempts to split the South Caucasus will not succeed. “This axis can be created only if the center will be someone very strong.” Turkey has no such capacity, “- said Ruben Safrastyan.

As REGNUM reported earlier news, the governor of the Turkish province of Ardahan, Mustafa Tekmen said that Turkey plans to establish a union of countries through which the river Kura – is Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Source – a REGNUM

“Action Plan for the Fight against Fundamentalism,” Turkey’s Gladio

Action Plan for the Fight against Fundamentalism

PLAN TO FINISH OFF AKP AND GÜLEN

Taraf has uncovered a new “Action Plan to Combat Reactionaryism”, which belongs to the Office of the Chief of Staff. According to the plan, emphasis would be made that the officers arrested as part of Ergenekon investigation were “innocent” and propaganda would be staged that AKP has eventually aimed at introducing “a regime taking religious principles as a basis”.

It is uncovered that the Office of the Chief of Staff has prepared a new action plan titled, “combating reactionaryism”. The plan prepared by Naval Infantry Staff Senior Colonel Dursun Çiçek in April 2009 clearly voices concern over Ergenekon investigation. A call is made to stage actions “before the agenda of Ergenekon investigation is changed” as it is aimed at giving high profile to those news articles that the active and retired officers arrested under Ergenekon have been put in jail just because they were fighting reactionary Islam.

The new plan belonging to the Office of the Chief of Staff, that was seized in the office of Lawyer Serdar Öztürk, a former officer now practicing as a lawyer, who was arrested as part of Ergenekon investigation, were taken down under minutes and are now expected to incorporated into the third indictment on Ergenekon. At the same time, Öztürk was acting as the attorney for Colonel Levent Göktaş, a member of the Special Forces, who was also arrested under Ergenekon.

Support Section Directorate No 3 of the Operations Department in the Office of the Chief of Staff is the new title of the Psychological Warfare Department. Any planning made for the Office of the Chief of is now being executed by this section. The new plan belonging to the Office of the Chief of Staff, that was seized in the office of Lawyer Serdar Öztürk, a former officer now practicing as a lawyer, who was arrested as part of Ergenekon investigation, were taken down under minutes and are now expected to incorporated into the third indictment on Ergenekon.

THE NAME OF THE MILITARY BEING BLACKENED

The part, “Current Status”, of “the Action Plan To Combat Reactionaryism”, which comprises four pages criticizes Ergenekon investigation: “Intensive activities are carried out by the religiously reactionary groups to erode the image of the official institutions of the state, particularly TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) as efforts are under way to blacken the names of retired and active military staff, who have made substantial contributions to TSK, by charging unfounded allegations against them as part of Ergenekon.”

“UNFRIENDLY ELEMENTS” ERODING TSK

The part, “Unfriendly Elements”, of the plan claims that it is aimed at having “a regime based on religious principles” by eroding TSK:

–          TSK is regarded as the sole institution that would prevent their aim of establishing a regime based on religious principles by disbanding Atatürk’s Principles and Revolutions and toppling the secular, democratic and social state of law;

–          They publish any information and documents seized, which erode TSK through the media which support them;

–           They attempt to prove that the meetings of unity and solidarity in which the public has shown intensive interest have been intentionally planned by Ergenekon;

–          It is claimed that TSK cooperates with various terror networks including PKK terror network under Ergenekon roof.

–          False news articles are developed that the top level commanders are Jewish, Armenian, pro-Sebatay, etc.;

–          They broadcast audio and video recordings which they claim belong to TSK staff in order to keep the public opinion pre-occupied and cause information pollution.

“FRIENDLY ELEMENTS” TO BE USED ACCORDING TO A PLAN

The plan prepared by Colonel Çiçek also refers to “the Friendly Elements”, which would be used against reactionary Islam. Here are those “friends”:

–          Propaganda efforts revealing the actual faces of the religiously reactionary groups are carried out via the press and publication organs in an orchestrated manner.

–          Information activities are executed for TSK staff and their members.

–          Those members of the staff, who are believed to have been infiltrated into TSK, and their families are followed and placed under control.

–          Measures are introduced on the issue of computer and document security.

MEDIA ACTION PLAN

TSK ‘INNOCENT’, ALL THE BLAME ON THE RELIGIOUSLY REACTIONARY STAFF MEMBERS

In reference to Ergenekon operation under the part, “Media Activities”, a call is made for preparation of news articles that TSK members are “innocent”:

–          Persons such as İskender Evrenseloğlu and Ömer Öngüt we keep on hold ready for action will be ordered to stage actions and speeches catching public interest and these persons will be identified with other reactionary Islamist groups, particularly FG followers so that the public opinion may establish analogy between any such groups.

–          It will be ensured that any TSK staff members seized or agreeing to disclose would make statements in line with the themes determined by us and that such disclosure would have wide coverage in the press.

–          News articles will be fabricated that TSK staff members arrested under Ergenekon investigation are innocent and that they are slandered just because they effectively fight reactionary Islam. – It will be ensured that figures such as Nurettin Veren would make statements about FG group on TV programs in line with the themes determined by us.

–          By commissioning news articles that as TSK staff members belonging to other religious societies such as Kurdoğlu, etc., are disassociated with TSK, they have been expelled on ground of their affiliation with FG group so that there would be public opinion that FG group  suffered substantial damage.

–          News articles will be commissioned that no action being staged by PKK terrorist organization against any schools, classrooms and hostels in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia regions as well as in the north of Iraq, which are owned by FG followers is a clear sign of a link between the two networks and also of an agreement between them.

“KURTLAR VADİSİ” MUST BE WRITTEN OFF

–          Series such as “Kurtlar Vadisi” (The Valley of the Wolves), “Kollama” (Protection) and “Tek Türkiye” (The Only Turkey), which are popularly viewed by the public, misleading the public opinion on the current events must suffer loss of reliability by commissioning adverse news articles on them.

–          By ensuring an intensive coverage of images and news articles showing the school students belonging to the National Education Ministry as they practice worshipping, the public image of the National Education Ministry will be degraded.

–          News articles will be commissioned that AKP followers have not given up on their luxurious life styles at a time when the impact of the economic crisis is acutely felt in our country so that the public opinion would be informed of the fact that this situation “conflicts with the Islamic understanding” and further that their approach, “man of the people”, never reflects the reality.

–          By constantly keeping current any news articles about Armenia and Greece, which would lead to public reaction, expansion of the base of the nationalist parties will be ensured.

PLAN TO FINISH OFF AKP

“WE’VE GOT A DUTY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, SO LET’S TAKE ACTION NOW”

Noting that a “duty” must be undertaken under the circumstances, the plan says: “to put an end to the hesitancy over this issue by revealing the internal face of the religiously reactionary elements and eradicate public support for such networks. To minimize the impact of the erosive campaigns staged under Ergenekon, to put an end to the negative propagandas carried out against TSK”.

This is followed by the part, “execution”, of the plan and these phrases are used: “Information support activities will be executed to bring out to light the facts on the radical religious groups, particularly AKP government promoting the idea of establishing an Islamic state based on Islamic Law by overthrowing the secular and democratic order and various groups and Fetullah Güven group supporting it, to break the public support and put an end to their activities”.

–          By causing the key communication specialists, who are AKP followers, to make contradictory statements publicly, it will be ensured that there would be public perception that AKP internally experienced serious disagreement and divisions.

THE AGENDA FOR ERGENEKON TO BE CHANGED

According to the plan, there is a requirement that the activities be put into motion in three parts synchronously with each other. The items required to be done are listed by the part, “Planning and General Activities” as follows:

–          The propagandas to be executed will focus on the theme that there is no opposition to religion.

–          Actions: the agenda for Ergenekon case is being changed.

PART ON FETULLAH GÜLEN

LET’S CONNECT TO LIVE BROADCASTS

–          It will be ensured that by getting connected to any radio and television programs having a high audience under a different identity during live broadcasting, speeches are made under the disguise of a FG follower, commenting like a teased TG follower: “Yes, brother, anybody causing trouble to us is an Ergenekon sympathizer. It is a big duty for us to cause trouble to them. Nobody would be capable of dealing with us”.

LET’S DO “BLACK PROPAGANDA”

The conclusive part of the plan covers “Black Propaganda Activities”. Here is that part:

–          Voice recordings which would be identified as having been broadcast by the religiously reactionary elements and cause listeners to find us justifiable will be arranged in order to create information pollution over the issue of voice recordings which have recently led to considerable repercussions.

–          It shall be ensured that any staff members captured by fabricating cause publicly in connection with various information and documents would provide statements that they were FG followers and once such staff members were made public by the press, news articles shall be ordered about their morally negative aspects.

–          It will be ensured with regard to the staff members as identified above that by identifying as their closest associates the most negative person in their circle of friends no matter that person is an ordinary figure, there would be a belief that this was actually the internal face of FG followers.

–          It will be ensured that any objects associated with any elements (Jews, CIA, MOSSAD, Moon Sect, Houmeini, etc.) through which a link is intended to be established with FG followers, apart from any weapons and munitions there, would be on the same location  by causing house raids to be staged on the basis of tips.

–          It will be ensured that information and documents rekindling the Anti-Alawite feelings would be present in such houses as part of house raids.

–          It will be ensured that there would be public opinion that FG group suffered substantial damage by commissioning news articles that any TSK members having association with religious societies such as Kurdoğlu, etc., have been expelled from service solely on ground of their association with FG group at the time when they would be disassociated with TSK.

The theme, “Fettullah Güven (FG) followers have gotten out of control, directly attacking TSK”, will be covered; in this scope, campaigns will be staged causing the citizens to comment: “This is beyond the limit! We are Muslim like them but FG followers are obviously making provocation to attack TSK”.

–          Campaigns will be staged tipping on any religiously reactionary officers and non commissioned officers carrying out reactionary activities, who are in the category of objectionable / suspicious staff members and consequently, news articles will be commissioned about their morally negative aspects.

–          By developing frightening propaganda against any other reactionary TSK staff members who could not be identified under the operation made against reactionary TSK staff members, it will be ensured that such persons would be uncovered by forcing them to make mistakes or would give in voluntarily.

–          By ensuring that material such as weapons, munitions, plans, etc., would be found as part of the “Işık Evleri” raids to be made under military offenses in line with forming an armed terror network, FG group would be categorized under an “Armed Terror Network” or “Pro-Fettullah Armed Terror Network” (FSTÖ), with any investigation thereof being carried out under the military judiciary.

–          The issue of moderate Islamist will be particularly emphasized, with the fact that FG followers act under the US guidance and that they aim to degrade the core of Islam being voiced intensively.

PLAN TO FINISH OFF FETTULLAH GÜLEN

It is now uncovered that the Office of the Chief of Staff has prepared a new action plan titled, “combat reactionaryism”.  The new plan belonging to the Office of the Chief of Staff, that was seized in the office of Lawyer Serdar Öztürk, a former officer now practicing as a lawyer, who was arrested as part of Ergenekon investigation, were taken down under minutes and are now expected to incorporated into the third indictment on Ergenekon. At the same time, Öztürk was acting as the attorney for Colonel Levent Göktaş, a member of the Special Forces, who was also arrested under Ergenekon.

The conclusive part of the plan covers “Black Propaganda Activities”. Here is that part:

–          Voice recordings which would be identified as having been broadcast by the religiously reactionary elements and cause listeners to find us justifiable will be arranged in order to create information pollution over the issue of voice recordings which have recently led to considerable repercussions.

–          It shall be ensured that any staff members captured by fabricating cause publicly in connection with various information and documents would provide statements that they were FG followers and once such staff members were made public by the press, news articles shall be ordered about their morally negative aspects.

–          It will be ensured with regard to the staff members as identified above that by identifying as their closest associates the most negative person in their circle of friends no matter that person is an ordinary figure, there would be a belief that this was actually the internal face of FG followers.

–          It will be ensured that any objects associated with any elements (Jews, CIA, MOSSAD, Moon Sect, Houmeini, etc.) through which a link is intended to be established with FG followers, apart from any weapons and munitions there, would be on the same location  by causing house raids to be staged on the basis of tips.

–          It will be ensured that information and documents rekindling the Anti-Alawite feelings would be present in such houses as part of house raids.

–          It will be ensured that there would be public opinion that FG group suffered substantial damage by commissioning news articles that any TSK members having association with religious societies such as Kurdoğlu, etc., have been expelled from service solely on ground of their association with FG group at the time when they would be disassociated with TSK.

The theme, “Fettullah Güven (FG) followers have gotten out of control, directly attacking TSK”, will be covered; in this scope, campaigns will be staged causing the citizens to comment: “This is beyond the limit! We are Muslim like them but FG followers are obviously making provocation to attack TSK”.

–          Campaigns will be staged tipping on any religiously reactionary officers and non commissioned officers carrying out reactionary activities, who are in the category of objectionable / suspicious staff members and consequently, news articles will be commissioned about their morally negative aspects.

–          By developing frightening propaganda against any other reactionary TSK staff members who could not be identified under the operation made against reactionary TSK staff members, it will be ensured that such persons would be uncovered by forcing them to make mistakes or would give in voluntarily.

–          By ensuring that material such as weapons, munitions, plans, etc., would be found as part of the “Işık Evleri” raids to be made under military offenses in line with forming an armed terror network, FG group would be categorized under an “Armed Terror Network” or “Pro-Fettullah Armed Terror Network” (FSTÖ), with any investigation thereof being carried out under the military judiciary.

–          The issue of moderate Islamist will be particularly emphasized, with the fact that FG followers act under the US guidance and that they aim to degrade the core of Islam being voiced intensively. The religiously fundamentalist media will not be allowed to cover this subject.

LET’S CONNECT TO LIVE BROADCASTS

–          It will be ensured that by getting connected to any radio and television programs having a high audience under a different identity during live broadcasting, speeches are made under the disguise of a FG follower, commenting like a teased TG follower: “Yes, brother, anybody causing trouble to us is an Ergenekon sympathizer. It is a big duty for us to cause trouble to them. Nobody would be capable of dealing with us”.

HERE IS THE “PLAN TO FINISH OFF AKP”

“WE’VE GOT A DUTY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, SO LET’S TAKE ACTION NOW”

Noting that a “duty” must be undertaken under the circumstances, the plan says: “to put an end to the hesitancy over this issue by revealing the internal face of the religiously reactionary elements and eradicate public support for such networks. To minimize the impact of the erosive campaigns staged under Ergenekon, to put an end to the negative propagandas carried out against TSK”.

This is followed by the part, “execution”, of the plan and these phrases are used: “Information support activities will be executed to bring out to light the facts on the radical religious groups, particularly AKP government promoting the idea of establishing an Islamic state based on Islamic Law by overthrowing the secular and democratic order and various groups and Fetullah Güven group supporting it, to break the public support and put an end to their activities”.

–          By causing the key communication specialists, who are AKP followers, to make contradictory statements publicly, it will be ensured that there would be public perception that AKP internally experienced serious disagreement and divisions.

AGENDA FOR ERGENEKON TO BE CHANGED

According to the plan, there is a requirement that the activities be put into motion in three parts synchronously with each other. The items required to be done are listed by the part, “Planning and General Activities” as follows:

–          The propagandas to be executed will focus on the theme that there is no opposition to religion.

–          Actions: the agenda for Ergenekon case is being changed.

–          News articles will be commissioned that AKP followers have not given up on their luxurious life styles at a time when the impact of the economic crisis is acutely felt in our country so that the public opinion would be informed of the fact that this situation “conflicts with the Islamic understanding” and further that their approach, “man of the people”, never reflects the reality.

HERE IS THE ACTION PLAN FOR MEDIA UNDER THE PLAN

TSK INNOCENT, ALL THE BLAME ON THE REACTIONARY STAFF MEMBERS

In reference to Ergenekon operation under the part, “Media Activities”, a call is made for preparation of news articles that TSK members are “innocent”:

–          Persons such as İskender Evrenseloğlu and Ömer Öngüt we keep on hold ready for action will be ordered to stage actions and speeches catching public interest and these persons will be identified with other reactionary Islamist groups, particularly FG followers so that the public opinion may establish analogy between any such groups.

–          It will be ensured that any TSK staff members seized or agreeing to disclose would make statements in line with the themes determined by us and that such disclosure would have wide coverage in the press.

–          News articles will be fabricated that TSK staff members arrested under Ergenekon investigation are innocent and that they are slandered just because they effectively fight reactionary Islam. – It will be ensured that figures such as Nurettin Veren would make statements about FG group on TV programs in line with the themes determined by us.

–          By commissioning news articles that as TSK staff members belonging to other religious societies such as Kurdoğlu, etc., are disassociated with TSK, they have been expelled on ground of their affiliation with FG group so that there would be public opinion that FG group  suffered substantial damage.

–          News articles will be commissioned that no action being staged by PKK terrorist organization against any schools, classrooms and hostels in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia regions as well as in the north of Iraq, which are owned by FG followers is a clear sign of a link between the two networks and also of an agreement between them.

“KURTLAR VADİSİ” MUST BE WRITTEN OFF

–          Series such as “Kurtlar Vadisi” (The Valley of the Wolves), “Kollama” (Protection) and “Tek Türkiye” (The Only Turkey), which are popularly viewed by the public, misleading the public opinion on the current events must suffer loss of reliability by commissioning adverse news articles on them.

–          By ensuring an intensive coverage of images and news articles showing the school students belonging to the National Education Ministry as they practice worshipping, the public image of the National Education Ministry will be degraded.

–          News articles will be commissioned that AKP followers have not given up on their luxurious life styles at a time when the impact of the economic crisis is acutely felt in our country so that the public opinion would be informed of the fact that this situation “conflicts with the Islamic understanding” and further that their approach, “man of the people”, never reflects the reality.

–          By constantly keeping current any news articles about Armenia and Greece, which would lead to public reaction, expansion of the base of the nationalist parties will be ensured.

(Istanbul based) Taraf Daily, 12 June 2009

Top promotion in Turkish army clouded by coup case

ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Gen. Hasan Iğsız, acting commander of the 1st Army. HÜRRİYET photo
Gen. Hasan Iğsız, acting commander of the 1st Army. HÜRRİYET photo

The general expected to be named this week to head Turkey’s land forces has been called, along with 18 other military officers, to testify as part of the Ergenekon probe into an alleged anti-government coup plot.

The summons added yet more drama to the already tense Supreme Military Council, or YAŞ, which faces a dilemma about the pending promotions of 11 generals and admirals for whom arrest warrants have been issued in another alleged coup plot, the “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer) case.

Ergenekon prosecutor Zekeriya Öz on Monday called Gen. Hasan Iğsız, the acting commander of the 1st Army, to testify in an investigation of online anti-government propaganda allegedly linked to the Action Plan for the Fight against Fundamentalism. That case has been combined with a branch of the Ergenekon probe, which is investigating an alleged gang accused of plotting to overthrow the ruling government by fomenting chaos in society.

Iğsız had been expected to be promoted to Land Forces Commander, the second-highest rank in the military, during this year’s YAŞ, which began Sunday. The alleged connection to the Ergenekon case may see Iğsız lose the promotion to Gendarmerie Cmdr. Atilla Işık, who is also being considered for the post, newspapers said Tuesday.

19 officers summoned

Öz began investigating the alleged online propaganda after an anonymous military informant sent a letter to Ergenekon prosecutors, claiming that an anti-fundamentalist action plan had been prepared by Col. Çiçek, upon instruction by Gen. Iğsız. The letter also said Çiçek had signed and presented a memorandum to Iğsız that explained how the colonel had built websites aiming to undermine the government.

Along with Iğsız, 18 other officers – including Çiçek and acting North Area Navy Commander Adm. Mehmet Otuzbiroğlu, who are also suspects in the Sledgehammer probe – were also called to testify about the websites. They are expected to do so within two or three days.

Gül-Erdoğan meeting

On Tuesday, the third day of this year’s YAŞ, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met President Abdullah Gül before a lunch hosted by the latter for the members of the military council, NTV reported. No statement was made to the press. After the lunch, a meeting was held between Erdoğan, Gül and Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ.

On the first day of the critical meeting Sunday, the government and the military had raised conflicting views on the promotion of 11 officers for whom arrest warrants have been issued in the Sledgehammer case.

The officers objected to the arrest warrant during the one-week period when such objections were allowed, as did all 102 people for whom the warrants were issued. The Istanbul high criminal court is scheduled to make a decision any day about whether the officers’ appeals will be admitted.

Since the court has yet not issued a ruling and the council was scheduled to make its final decision regarding the officers’ promotions Tuesday, the council is reportedly considering adopting a formula to hold the 11 officers in their present posts for an additional year, delaying controversial promotion decisions, according to media reports Tuesday.

During YAŞ, the retirement of 134 generals and admirals will be discussed, nearly 35 generals and admirals will be promoted to a higher rank and 45 colonels will be appointed generals and admirals. The decisions made at the council will be made public after they are presented to President Gül on Wednesday for his approval.