Archive for April 13th, 2007

The Turkish Army Chief General Yasar Büyükanit has announced that it is necessary -militarily speaking- for Turkey, to enter Iraqi land to search for Kurdish rebels. Of course, he has added that he is waiting for political authorization. The reason of this “precaution” is that, as he added, the Americans were not going to like it. Of course, EU has ordered Turkey some restraint and has praised Turkey of being a constructive role in the area.

But they are not inactive: they are clearing the frontier of landmines, just in case…

The problem is that the situation in Iraq is already very complicated, being the Kurds the more pacific of all.

Mr Bürüyant has asked USA to stop the Iraqi Kurds helping the Turkish Kurds.

Turkey’s army chief General Yasar Büyükanit has called for a military incursion into neighbouring northern Iraq to hunt down Turkish Kurd rebels. He said the move would require parliamentary authorisation, but stressed that the armed forces are prepared for the mission. He also referred to intelligence indicating that rebels plan a fresh offensive in May. Turkey has accused Iraqi Kurds of tolerating and backing the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has waged an armed campaign for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey’s southeast since 1984. About 37,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

EU Urges Restraint Over Turkish Talk of Kurdish Crackdown | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 13.04.2007

The European Commission urged Turkey on Friday to play a “constructive” role in Iraq a day after Turkey’s army chief called for a military incursion into northern Iraq to hunt Turkish Kurd rebels. “The stability of Iraq is in our common interest,” Commission spokeswoman Krisztina Nagy told reporters in Brussels. “The EU recognizes the constructive role Turkey plays in the area and in this context it is important that Turkey continues to play such a positive role,” she added. “The EU is following the situation in the region very closely,” said Nagy. “Our hope and the interest of all involved is that possible differences are dealt with in a peaceful and constructive manner.”

Turkish General Threatens To Attack Kurdish Rebels In Iraq

Yasar Buyukanit, the head of the Turkish military’s General Staff, said a political decision was needed before any such cross-border operation could be made. “Do we need to have an operation into northern Iraq? There are two aspects to this issue,” he said. “First, from a military point of view, an operation in northern Iraq must be made. Will there be any benefits? Yes there will be. The second aspect is political. To make an operation beyond our borders, there must be a political decision.”

Escalation | The Moderate Voice

Cernig comments that this will put the U.S. in an incredibly difficult position: the U.S. cannot afford to lose the support of the Kurds, but it also cannot oppose NATO ally Turkey.

NoisyRoom.net » Blog Archive » Turkish forces drive into northern Iraq to destroy Kurdish PKK rebel bases in Iraqi Kurdistan

They crossed at several points – 20 km deep to target PKK camps east of Zaho and 30-40 kms up to the rural areas of Haftanin, Sinaht and Pirbela provinces. The Turkish army is also clearing landmines that could impede its cross-border offensive against rebel Kurdish camps.

Turkish general pushes for cross-border incursion into Iraq – International Herald Tribune

Turkey is aware of the consequences a military incursion into Iraq could have.

There is no way that our American friends would welcome such a move by Turkey. The idea is to persuade the Americans to address the problem more urgently than they have been,” said Ilter Turan, a political analyst at Istanbul’s Bilgi University. “I think people are frustrated that the Americans have been reluctant to do much about northern Iraq and many Turks hold the Americans responsible for what has happened (there).”

In Washington, the State Department said Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried had expressed U.S. concerns directly to Turkish authorities.

“The way we suggest it be dealt with is to have the Iraqis and Turkish governments working together to try to eliminate this threat,” spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters, adding that “the focus should be on trying to resolve this in a cooperative way, in a joint way, rather than to resort to unilateral actions.”

Eye On The World: UN Genocide Exhibit Postponed Over Turkish Objection to Armenian Reference

A U.N. exhibition on the 1994 Rwanda genocide, scheduled to open Monday, has been postponed because of Turkish objections to a reference to the murders of a million Armenians in Turkey during World War I. James Smith, chief executive of the British-based Aegis Trust which works to prevent genocide and helped organize the photo exhibition, said the U.N. Department of Public Information approved the contents and it was put up on Thursday. After a Turkish diplomat complained about the reference to the Armenian murders, he said, Armenia’s U.N. Ambassador Armen Martirosyan went to see the new Undersecretary for Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka and they agreed to remove the words “in Turkey.”


El Jefe del Estado Mayor Turco ha señalado que Turquía necesita invadir Iraq para impedir a los kurdos iraquíes ayudar a los kurdos turcos que continuamente pasan la frontera para, según Turquía, realizar atentados. Yasar Büyükanit ha señalado que es necesario militarmente para Turquía, pero que quiere tener el visto bueno político de su gobierno. Ha añadido que esta decisión no va a gustar mucho a “nuestros amigos americanos“.

El problema es que de todos los grupos de Iraq, el más pacífico es el kurdo, que además son también fieles aliados de EEUU. Así que Büyükanit ha pedido a USA que se haga cargo de esta cuestión.

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h/t E-nough!: Islam’s war against the West

Speaking at an Islamic rally in Niger, Libya’s Colonel Muammar Qaddafi claimed that Jesus was not crucified, and that Christianity is not a true world religion. “Christianity is not a faith for people in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas,” Qaddafy said. He said that Islam is the only faith that is destined to have worldwide application, and “all those believers who do not follow Islam are losers.”

The Libyan leader said that Jesus was a prophet sent to the people of Israel. He was not crucified, Qaddafy claimed, because another man with a similar appearance was executed in his place. Qaddafy said that he was hoping to correct popular misunderstandings about the history of religions, to demonstrate that only Islam is true.

Just read it all in the link above.

Other quotes from Khadaffi:

  1. Compensations for going non-nuclear.
  2. Khadaffi wants to be compensated (to stop immigration in Europe).

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Some of the terrorists who are been searched for by the Moroccan authorities have succeded in entering Spain. Security forces are searching in our country two terrorists who fled Morocco these past weeks, according to anti-terrorist sources. Both of them are Moroccan and have been trained in the terrorist tactics and the preparation of explosive belts in the training camps of Al-Qaeda in Mali. The organization founded by Bin Laden is traning in short periods of time to some new members in some locations in Algeria, Mali and Mauritania, before being detected by international espionage. Europe and USA, who had developed the antiterrorist plan called Trans Sahara in colaboration with the armies of 9 countries in the zone, consider that the movements made by Al-Qaeda in the region as a direct menace for the West.

On of these terrorist is being searched for in Andalusia, where the Police thinks he is living by now. The other one used a friend in a net of illegal immigrants’ traficking which is operating in Tánger’s area.

And more that are going to come. In the last two days 240 illegal immigrants have arrived to the Canary Islands.

The situation of the control of illegal immigration is far from solutioned: it’s true that this year have reached the Canary Islands only 1.525 illegals but last year by now, 3.914 have reached them. Anyway, as the European Agency for Frontiers is patrolling the waters of Mauritania and Senegal mainly, some incidents have happened. Last Sunday, some Africans who were travelling in a cayuco threw cocktail molotovs to the policemen who tried to intercept them in Mauritanian waters and the cayuco continued its trip.

The level of menace has not been levelled up -it is on level 2 because of the March 11th bombings’ judicial process- but the General Director of the Civil Guard and the Police had ordered to reinforce the vigilance in 6 Spanish provinces: Cádiz, Málaga, Almería, Alicante, Ceuta y Melilla.

ABC.es: nacional – terrorismo – Dos terroristas huidos de la célula de Casablanca han entrado en España

Algunos de los terroristas que están siendo buscados por las autoridades marroquíes han conseguido llegar ya a España. Las Fuerzas de Seguridad buscan en nuestro país a dos terroristas huidos de Marruecos en las últimas semanas, según ha sabido ABC de fuentes de la lucha antiterrorista. Los dos son de nacionalidad marroquí y han recibido instrucción sobre tácticas terroristas y preparación de cinturones explosivos en los campos de entrenamiento de Al Qaida en Mali. La organización fundada por Bin Laden imparte rápidos cursos de formación en medio del desierto entre Argelia, Mali y Mauritania antes de ser detectados por el espionaje internacional. Europa y Estados Unidos, que han desarrollado el plan antiterrorista Trans Sahara en colaboración con los ejércitos de nueve países de la zona, consideran los movimientos que está llevando a cabo Al Qaida en esta región como una amenaza directa para Occidente.

Uno de esos dos terroristas está siendo buscado en el sur de la Península, pues las Fuerzas de Seguridad lo sitúan casi con toda seguridad en Andalucía. El otro logró entrar en España hace al menos tres semanas gracias a un conocido en una red de tráfico de inmigrantes que opera en la zona de Tánger y Larache.

Más de 240 inmigrantes ilegales llegan en dos días a las costas de Canarias | elmundo.es

Responsables europeos y españoles aseguran que en el primer trimestre de 2007 las patrullas marítimas han conseguido reducir a la mitad la oleada de inmigrantes ilegales que pretendían alcanzar las costas.

Así, en los tres primeros meses de 2006 la cifra de inmigrantes llegados a las playas canarias fue de 3.914, mientras que en el mismo periodo de este año el número ha pasado a ser de 1.525, lo que supone un descenso del 60%, según el Gobierno canario.

[…] A solicitud del Gobierno español, la Agencia Europea de Fronteras (Frontex) trabaja en las aguas próximas a los países de salida, como Senegal, Mauritania y Guinea, para tratar de contener la oleada migratoria.

Además, el Ministerio de Exteriores firmó acuerdos de repatriación con varios gobiernos africanos.

Sin embargo, la situación está lejos de quedar resuelta. El pasado domingo, varios africanos que viajaban en un cayuco arrojaron cócteles molotov a los policías que trataron de interceptarlos en aguas de Mauritania, y la embarcación logró seguir su camino.

Se refuerza la vigilancia en seis provincias tras saberse que dos terroristas de Al Qaeda han huido a España – 20minutos.es

Aunque según fuentes de la lucha antiterrorista consultadas por El País el nivel de amenaza no ha subido el director general de la Guardia Civil y de la Policía ha ordenado reforzar la vigilancia en seis provincias españolas: Cádiz, Málaga, Almería, Alicante, Ceuta y Melilla.

El ministro de Interior, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, negó ayer que el riesgo de atentados terroristas haga necesario elevar el nivel de seguridad en España y aseguró que la cooperación entre las fuerzas de seguridad españolas y las marroquíes y argelinas en ese sentido es “francamente bueno”.

Rubalcaba recordó que a raíz del juicio del 11-M el Gobierno subió el hasta el nivel 2 la alerta por atentados, un nivel en el que las fuerzas de seguridad cubren especialmente espacios en los que se producen aglomeración de personas.

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  3. Al-Qaeda menaces Spain in a video because the presence of Spanish troops in Afghanistan.
  4. Spanish Defense Minister acknowledges the danger in Afghanistan for our troops.
  5. France-Spain-Morocco-Algeria update.
  6. Moratinos and the Marshall Plan Africa needs.
  7. Products of our imagination.
  8. Italy is also dealing with immigration.
  9. Zapatero does not accept critics from anyone in immigration matters.
  10. “Spain is not going to be destroyed by 25.000 more immigrants”.

Más en El Cerrajero, Etimologías,

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Both Councilmen had been followed by the ETA commando “Donosti”, recently caught, which wanted to kill them in case ETA Terrorist De Juana died in his hunger strike. Ramón Gómez and Teresa Vélez, had announced three months ago their intention of leaving political life to began working in the private sector and dedicate their time to their new born child, aged 10 months. Now police has discovered ETA had precise information -they have been followed and their personal data being controlled- to assassinate them.

This is not the first time they had appeared in the ETA lists of assassination objectives.

ETA also had information about a policeman of San Sebastián and of Pedro Miguéliz, Txofo, a protected witness of the National Court in the case of Lasa and Zabala’s torture and death by Gal squads -paradoxically both Lasa and Zabala were ETA terrorists and they were killed by Gal, an organisation built by some Socialist members in Government and the own police to eliminate ETA terrorists-. Txofo’s protection had been retired by National Court two months ago.

ETA plan was to kill the policeman by shots in a bar in San Sebastian. They were ordered to kill him automatically after the death of De Juana. ETA members discovered that this police agent used to go to a bar in the quarter of Amara and had been following him since June 22nd 2006. They had even planned it,  marking the chair in which the police agent used to sit. The commando terrorist would enter the “w.c.” to put a mask on and to charge the gun and when going out, he would shoot the agent.

The same people had also followed the Basque philosopher and member of the platform Basta Ya Fernando Savater. Also there was information about some other police agents and a military man, whose car had been controlled and knew where he used to park it in the night.

LD, El Mundo.es.

Eeh, they are very peaceful, aren’t they?

This comes as EUROPOL has announced terrorist group ETA has reorganised itself during the truce and now it is capable enough to attack great objectives and had organised and coordinated itself against high-level objetives. The report also defines the responsible criminals of kale borroka (street fight) as “organised and independent groups formed by young sympathisers of ETA who, following the gang’s instructions, attack objectives using technics of urban guerilla“. They have counted 144 acts of this nature both in Spain and France.

They also point out the rise in the activity of “the groups of nationalist-separatist Galizian [thugs]” in Portugal and in the Spanish frontier and points out that the independentist organizations were the ones who made the majority of the terrorist actions in European territory last year, making a total of 424.

The French anti-globalisation candidate José Bové has announced he supports the creation of a département of the French Basque Country, a long cherised dream by ETA terrorists&Co.


reports that two parties among the ones who founded Herri Batasuna

-ETA’s political party- figure in the Navarra’s Electoral council. The

parties are Eusko Abertzale Ekintza y LAIA Elkarlanean.

Last posts on De Juana:

  1. Otegi is freed as the prosecutors retire the accusation.
  2. Today’s demonstration 2.
  3. Today’s demonstration.
  4. Zapatero: “This is the first time a Government recognises that he has caved into ETA’s blackmail.
  5. Demonstration next Saturday.
  6. Friday’s protests and new developments.
  7. ETA victim Irene Villa leaves public life.
  8. Government sends the police to out the peaceful demonstrators.
  9. Pro-ETA terrorists’ supporters ask for more demands.
  10. De Juana is given the second grade for humanitarian reasons.
  11. De Juana will be freed for humanitarian reasons.
  12. AVT will be demonstrating next Saturday.
  13. ETA real victims, an intelligent quote and some stupid ones.
  14. Batasuna bans Amnesty International.

Luis, in Desde El Exilio, mentions the death threats PP council-woman Nerea Alzola is suffering.

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