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Tales of horror from YPG/PKK’s ‘black dungeon’ in Afrin

image AFRIN, Syria/ANKARA Innocent people held by YPG/PKK in their torture chambers have spoken about the horrors they faced when Afrin, northwestern Syria, was under control of terrorists. According to a TRT Kurdi report, terrorists did not even spare children and women at their so-called prison in Racu district, which was recently liberated by Turkish-backed troops during Operation Olive Branch. The report showed the “black dungeon" where terrorists brutalized Syrians. Free Syrian Army (FSA) Cmdr. Ehmed Badirli told TRT Kurdi about the torture he faced there. "YPG/PKK slammed my head against the wall in the black dungeon. Blood has accumulated in this ear

Experts voice concern over anti-Turkish bias in Greece

image ANKARA The Greek media is publishing more negative stories about Turkey than the Turkish media does about Greece, according to one international relations expert. Fragile ties between Turkey and Greece have fallen to new lows following Greek courts’ repeated refusal to extradite eight alleged putschist ex-Turkish soldiers in the wake of the 2016 defeated coup and the Turkish detention last month of two Greek soldiers. The first quarter of 2018 has been particularly tense. Apart from the soldiersissue, the Greek Cypriots' unilateral hydrocarbon search activities is a matter of grave concern to Turkey. Professor Ali Huseyinoglu, a member of Trakya Unive

Turkey calls on Israel to end ‘civilian massacre’

image ANKARA Turkish Deputy Premier Bekir Bozdag on Wednesday called on Israel to end the “disproportionate use of force against unarmed civilians” in the Gaza Strip. In a series of tweets, Bozdag said Israel was conducting “a civilian massacre”. “The Israeli government should immediately put an end to use of disproportionate force, attack and massacre of civilians and innocents.” He criticized countries and international organizations for keeping silent on the brutality, massacre and human rights violation of Israel. “We have seen how the countries and international organizations [...] have kept silent when massacres, human rights violations,

Facebook data leak increases to 87 million users

image NEW YORK Facebook raised the number of those affected from a data leak to 87 million users, from the previous estimate of 50 million, Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer said in a statement. In the worst data leak in company history, Facebook initially reported that 50 million of its users' private information were used without consent by U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica for critical political voting in thoatcountry and the U.S. Schroepfer said most of the affected users are in the U.S., and added "We will also tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica." He said the firm is making changes to bette

Turkey’s Athens consulate comes under attack

image ATHENS Turkey's Athens Consulate-General came under attack late Wednesday, according to Consul-General Oya Yazar. Yazar told Anadolu Agency that a group of 15 to 20 people came to the street where the consulate is located in the evening of Wednesday and began smearing the building's walls with red paint. No one was injured in the attack; however, the windows of the consulate’s waiting room were broken, Yazar said. The assailants later escaped, she added. According to Greek media, the Greek group called Rubikon, who view themselves as anti-government anarchists, claimed the attack. Greek police said they were probing the incident. Read more

Trump signs order to deploy troops to US-Mexico border

image WASHINGTON President Donald Trump signed a memorandum to deploy troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, officials said. “The president has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to work together with our governors to deploy the National Guards to our southwest border to assist the border patrol,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters at the White House prior to the signing. She said specifics were being worked out but did not provide details about how many troops would be deployed. But Mexico’s foreign ministry said Neilson told Foreign Minister Lu

Turkey, Iran, Russia vow to fight separatism in Syria

image ANKARA In a joint declaration Wednesday after a tripartite summit in the Turkish capital Ankara, the Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents stressed their joint resolve to oppose separatism as well as the use of terrorism as an excuse for changing Syria.  The statement, following a nearly two-hour closed-door meeting among Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, said the leaders “reject all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism.” They emphasized their strong and continued commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence, unity,

Explosives kill nearly 1,000 children in Syria in 2017

image GENEVA The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UNICEF called for international action in response to explosive hazards in Syria where at least 910 children were killed by explosive devices in 2017. "More than 8 million people are exposed to explosive hazards in Syria, including over 3 million children," the WHO and the UNICEF said in a joint statement on Wednesday. At least 910 children were killed and 361 children were maimed in Syria in 2017, including by explosive remnants of war and victim-activated improvised explosive devices, WHO and UNICEF said. 1,000 children were reportedly killed or injured in intensifying violence in the first 2 months of

4 PKK terrorists neutralized in eastern Turkey

image TUNCELI, Turkey Four PKK terrorists were neutralized during an anti-terror operation in the eastern Tunceli province, the governor's office said on Thursday. In a statement, the Tunceli Governor's Office said the terrorists were killed when a provincial gendarmerie unit launched an anti-terror operation on Wednesday in the rural Pulumur district. One soldier was also injured during the operation, the statement said. Anti-terror operations continue in the region, the statement added. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey, the U.S., and the EU. In its over three-decade-long terror campaign against Turkey, more than 40,000 people have b

Anger grows in Afghanistan over deadly seminary bombing

image KABUL, Afghanistan The reported killings of dozens of civilians in Monday’s air raid on a religious seminary by Afghan forces have sparked an outcry in the country. As the government promised to thoroughly investigate the deadly incident in northern Kunduz province’s Dasht-e-Archi district, Hezb-e-Islami party led by former Mujahedeen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Wednesday labeled the air raid as “in-human war crime.” The Afghan officials insist the raid only killed suspected militants. But local media outlets said over 100 civilians were killed in the deadly air raid on the religious seminary, which was adjacent to a mosque, in the Taliban-contr

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