Brit Press Echoes Gulen’s Charges That Turkish Coup Is Erdogan “False Flag” Attack

[SEE: Coup may have been staged, says top suspect Fethullah Gulen ]

For the last three years, the Turkish president has been methodically moving to take over the nodes of power.

People hold a banner depicting Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as they gather outside the Turkish parliament in Ankara on 16 July.
People hold a banner depicting Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as they gather outside the Turkish parliament in Ankara on 16 July. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

What happens in Turkey matters. It is a G20 economy in a sensitive part of the world, sharing borders with Iraq, Iran and Syria. Turkey is an asset to its Nato partners when it is able to exercise a leadership role. It can be a liability when its own problems – like the tension with its Kurdish population – spill over those frontiers. And it can be a millstone around the world’s neck when it decides, as it did on Friday, to self-harm.

The coup attempt that night was, by any account, a cack-handed affair. It was an attempt to grab the reins of a complex society with the almost quaintly antediluvian tactics of seizing the state television station and rolling some tanks on to the streets. It is as if the plotters had never heard of social media, while the Turkish president himself to addressed his supporters via FaceTime, urging them out on the streets. Crowds played chicken with the putschists, betting they would return to their barracks rather than have the streets run red with blood. Even then, at least 180 people – civilians, police and coup makers – died.

Indeed, the question is less why the coup failed than why it was ever carried out. If it had an air of amateur desperation, it is because its perpetrators probably assumed that this was their last chance to stop the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from getting the military completely under its control. At the beginning of August, the military high council will meet, as it does every year, to consider who gets promoted, retired or pushed aside. In the last few days, the pro-government press has been more than hinting that a spring cleaning of the ranks is long overdue.

Indeed, many would argue that Turkey was already in the throes of a slow motion coup d’état, not by the military but by Erdoğan himself. For the last three years, he has been moving, and methodically, to take over the nodes of power.

The pressures on the media have been well documented, as the country slides in international ratings by organisations such as Freedom House, from partly free to not free at all. Opposition newspapers have been taken over by court-appointed administrators. Dissident television stations have had the plug pulled from satellites; digital platforms are no longer seen in people’s homes. Erdoğan curses the very social media which this weekend helped to save his skin.

Increasingly, the government has put the judiciary under its thumb. It is now a brave judge who rules in a way he knows will give official offence. So while the Turkish parliament congratulated itself on a long night’s defence of democracy, many wonder why its members connived in the decline of the rule of law.

And still Erdoğan craves greater authority. Last May, he discarded one prime minister in favour of another more sympathetic to his plans to change the parliamentary system into a strong executive presidency. When the coup plotters stand trial, they may suffer the additional indignation of seeing their attempts to put Erdoğan in his place backfire, by providing a mandate for such increased powers. The president has already promised a purge of those still connected to the exiled dissident cleric Fethullah Gülen – Erdoğanspeak for anyone who opposes his will.

To the outside world, this spectacle should cause dismay. Turkish ambitions to project power, to assist in the fight against Islamic State, to help forge a settlement in Syria will be much harder to realise if the government is at war with its own military and the army at war with itself. A Turkey that governs through consensus is the more valuable ally. The Turkish economy, too, will be more buoyant if relieved of the weight of political risk.

The lesson of the failed coup is that Turkey needs a leader who can bring different sides of a divided society together – or at the very least, one who is willing to try.

American Turks Gather In Saylorsburg, PA To Demand Gulen’s Extradition

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Turks in the US demand to Turkey’s Gulen extradition

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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania – Turks Gathered in Pennsylvania in the US on Saturday to protest a coup attempt led by an expatriate Turley cleric living in self-imposed exile in the state.

 

Approximately 100 Turkish nationals from neighboring states converged on Fethullah Gulen’s Saylorsburg residence.

Some came from as far away as Washington DC to demand of Gulen’s extraditio to Turkey where he is wanted for charges related to multiple attempts to forcibly remove the elected Turkish government.

The latest attempt took place late Friday when a clique within the army tried to mount a military coup – raising anxiety from What many Turks had hoped was a by-gone era of periodic coups by the country’s historically powerful military.

Approximately 160 people were killed by coup plotters who blocked bridges and airports, Attempted a media blackout and went as far as to bomb the Grand Assembly, key buildings and shell Turks and law enforcement officials.

“Obama, make him go!” And “The nation is here, where are the Traitors?” The crowd in Pennsylvania chanted while calling through a megaphone to passing vehicles, “Your neighbor is a terrorist.”

Victory Transparent who Nejit Traveled from Connecticut to join the protest Gul told the Anadolu Agency that he wants to face the charges in Turkey.

“What we want is this guy to be turned over by the US government to the Turkish government so that he can go back and stand trial for what he did to Turkey,” he said.

Moses Kalsavl who came from the neighboring state of New Jersey to Gulen’s massive complex and echoed transparent, adding that the reclusive cleric is “killing Turkish people, he’s killing Muslim people.”

Hasan Strong, a protest organizer from Delaware, said not even the demonstration would be enough to shame Gulan into returning to feeling home country to face charges, but the protest was nonetheless Significant for raising awareness.

“There needs to come about an agreement between the US government and the Turkish government on this,” Strong said in reference to Ankara’s extraditio’s demands. “It is simply not enough to say we are allies and not act upon it.

“They [US officials] are always talking about strategic alliance” with Turkey, Hasan said. “As far as I can see, there must be a strategic situation that prevents them from giving him back.”

Strong is hopeful the situation could change Following the coup attempt.

“Turkey should play all its cards to get him back,” he said.

Gulen’s followers have opened numerous schools in the US and he is believed to hold financial assets worth billions of dollars.

Protesters also voiced support for the reinstatements of capital punishment t in Turkey.

The death penalty was Abolished in 2004 but for at least a decade before that Turkey did not execute any of prisoners.

Gul’s neighbors, Penny and Lester, who did not give their last names are, they say they are surprised the US government is not helping Turkey’s bid in its extraditio.

“Why are not they sending him back?” Lester, 74, asked rhetorically when he learned of the accusations of Gulan plotting and orchestrating a coup attempt.

Some 2,839 military personnel involved in the coup attempt have been arrested and 20 pro-coup soldiers, including senior officers, were killed during the their campaign to overthrow the government.

The government said the coup bid was organized by followers of Gulen, who is Accused of pursuing a long-running asymmetric campaign against the government through supporters within the Turkish state, Particularly the military, police and judiciary.

Pakistan in the grip of its Frankenstein’s monster?

Pakistan: in the grip of its Frankenstein’s monster?  

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Pakistan’s past policies of extending support to the Taliban during and after the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan are still haunting it as Islamabad authorities have to reject the accusations of support and sanctuary for the Afghan Taliban and its leaders again and again before the world. Lately, Pakistan has been caught in the crossfire due to the alleged disclosure of certain letters by Rahmatullah Nabil, former head of the Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security, alleging Islamabad of having links with militant groups that carry out attacks inside Afghanistan.

Nabil, who resigned last December after strongly criticising Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s overtures toward Pakistan on social media, has said that he leaked the documents because he wanted the public to be aware of the situation. These unverified letters contain an exchange of information and specific messages allegedly communicated between Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan. The text consists of an order from the ISI officials for making payments to militants, arranging safe houses and transportation of Taliban leaders in Pakistan. Other documents contained similar information, like a letter from the ISI to its offices in Nowshera directing them to move all Haqqani network militants to the towns of Miran Shah, Tochi and Mir Ali in army convoys, as well as tighten the security for them and their families. During his press conference, Nabil told a group of journalists in Kabul that he had released the letters to provide concrete evidence of Pakistan’s collusion with the Taliban and the associated Haqqani group, which has been blamed for a series of kidnappings and high profile suicide bombings in the capital.

Although the authenticity of the documents has not been verified, yetthe information gives hints about certain happenings that prove Pakistan’s alleged support to the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. Pakistan had lost its credibility when the most notorious terrorist of the world, Osama bin Laden, was found living safely with his family members in a compound located in Abbottabad. There are other such examples like the killing of Mullah Omar and Mullah Akhtar Mansour that further strengthen the idea that these militants enjoyed safe sanctuaries, and were being provided shelter by the establishment in Pakistan. The presence of the Quetta Shura is another shameful example that negates Islamabad’s claims that it has no links with the Afghan Taliban.

New evidence surfacing from Afghanistan is not surprising, but without doubt it would further worsen Islamabad’s relations with Kabul and the US. By extending support to the Afghan Taliban in the past, Pakistan has put itself into a great trouble. It was like playing with fire. It is a difficult situation for Pakistan and its civil and military leadership, and they have to prove through action that it is no more in collusion with the Taliban. Instead of allowing the US to strike these terrorists inside Pakistan’s territory, Islamabad itself should eliminate them. Alternatively, Pakistan has to use its influence on the Taliban who are ready to quit violence and become a part of the peace process. *

Secret Pak Army/Taliban Documents ‘s Released By Former Chief Afghan Intelligence Nabil

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Nabil release secret docs about Pakistan’s support to Afghan militants

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The former Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief, Rahmatullah Nabil has released classified documents about the support of Pakistan to the Afghan militant groups, specifically the notorious Haqqani terrorist network.

The six documents released by Nabil include formal letters by Pakistani military and the military intelligence of the country, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

Nabil says the Haqqani network not only remained intact from Zarb-e-Azb operations but the Pakistani military shifted the network’s fighters, families, weapons and other equipment to safe places.

He said the Afghan and American intelligence agencies were undoubtedly aware of the move and National Directorate of Security has hundreds of classified documents of the Pakistani military regarding its support to Afghan militants.

A summary of the six letters released by Nabil is as following:

TALIBAN DOCU 1According to Nabil, the first classified document he has shared is regarding the relocation of Haqqani terrorist network commanders to Miranshah in North Waziristan as Inam Rabbani belonging to MI-422 in Peshawar formally informs Gen. Khalid the head of MI-22 regarding the move amid Zarb-e-Azb operations.


The second document is regarding the current condition of the Haqqani terrorist network as CTC in Islamabad sent a formal letter to CTC in Nowshera asking regarding the personnel and commanders of the network based in Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi.

The letter states that the central office of ISI has instructed the 945 and 935 departments to bring the Haqqani network militants to Miranshah, Tochi and Mir Ali under the escort of the military.

ISI has also instructed the relevant authorities to ensure the security of the families of the Haqqani network commanders until they reach Miranshah.
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The second document is regarding the current condition of the Haqqani terrorist network as CTC in Islamabad sent a formal letter to CTC in Nowshera asking regarding the personnel and commanders of the network based in Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi.

 

TALIBAN DOCU 2The third document is regarding a formal letter by MI in Islamabad to MI-422 regarding the arrangement of accommodation for two Taliban commanders identified as Hafiz Gulbahar and Mawlavi Hamdullah who were displaced due to operations and had shifted to Hayatabad in Peshawar.

TALIBAN DOCU 5The fourth document is regarding an attack on military airport in Hamid Karzai International Airpot in Kabul.

The letter states that ISI has hailed the individuals involved in the successful attack on the airport and instructs to offer 2.5 million Pakistani ruppees for each of the individuals involved in the attack.

The individuals involved in the attack have been identified as Haji Khalil Haqqani, Haji Hakim Woloswal, Qari Zahir Shah and Mawlavi Hakim.

 

TALIBAN DOCU 4The fifth document is regarding a formal letter issued by SI 945 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa instructing the Haqqani terrorist network to kidnap or assassinate the Shi’ite leaders in Herat, Kabul and Farah province of Afghanistan.

TALIBAN DOCU 6The sixth document is regarding a formal letter issued by ISI office in Quetta to IW in Islamabad and 945 in Rawalpindi regarding the visit of ISI officers from Quetta council. The visit was aimed at discussing peace talks between Afghan government and the Taliban group and what should be the conditions of the group.