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June 23, 2012

Turkey’s president said Saturday that his country would do “whatever is necessary” in response to the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syria, adding a new complication to the tense relationship between the former allies split by Turkey’s support for Syrian rebels trying to overthrow the government.

“It is not possible to cover over a thing like this,” said President Abdullah Gul of Turkey, according to the Anatolia news agency. “Whatever is necessary will no doubt be done.”

Syria said Friday that its military forces had shot down a Turkish jet that had entered its airspace just off the Syrian coast. But Mr. Gul said Saturday that while the exact route of the plane had not yet been confirmed, it was routine for military jets flying at high speeds to briefly cross into another country’s airspace, and that the jet’s presence over Syrian territory was not intended as a hostile act.

The plane went down over the Mediterranean off the coast of the Syrian province of Latakia and south of the Turkish province of Hatay. On Saturday, Turkish officials confirmed that parts of the jet had been recovered.

Mr. Gul said the two governments were communicating at a high level despite the absence of a Turkish ambassador in Syria since Turkey closed its embassy in March. Syria’s state news agency, SANA, reported that the Syrian and Turkish Navies had established contact and were searching for the missing pilots.

Syria appeared eager to try to defuse the crisis. “We have no hostile intentions against Turkey,” Jihad Makdessi, a spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry, told the Lebanese broadcaster LBC.

But Mr. Gul’s promise to respond — he did not specify whether he meant diplomatic or military measures — signaled Turkey’s resolve. Faruk Celik, Turkey’s labor and social security minister, said that even if Syria’s airspace had been violated, the Syrian response was unacceptable, according to The Associated Press. “Turkey cannot endure it in silence,” Mr. Celik said.

Other Turkish officials urged restraint. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Turkey was awaiting an explanation from Syria about the downing of the plane, which he said was an unarmed surveillance craft. He called for calm while the details were sorted out, saying, “We should not give any credit to provocative acts and statements.”

The episode was another blow to relations between the neighbors, who were close before President Bashar al-Assad of Syria began his crackdown on Arab Spring protests 16 months ago, setting off a revolt by political and militia groups now supported by Turkey.

Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been one of the most strident critics of Mr. Assad’s government and its long crackdown, which has killed thousands since it began in March 2011.

Since then, Turkey has allowed more than 32,000 refugees to seek shelter in a string of camps across its 550-mile border with Syria. It has also provided crucial support to dissident groups and the Free Syrian Army, an anti-Assad militia whose leaders live under the protection of Turkish security forces in a fortified camp near the Syrian border.

On Friday, opposition activists reported that as many as 25 men had been shot dead in the village of Daret Azzeh, in northern Aleppo Province, in what the activists described as a battle between the Free Syrian Army and members of a pro-Assad paramilitary group.

On Saturday, Al Dunya television, a channel close to the Syrian government, dismissed those claims, saying those killed by the rebels were civilians and not armed fighters.

Opposition activists said the bloodshed continued on Saturday in cities and towns across Syria, with at least eight people killed. Shelling continued in the central city of Homs, where activists said at least one person was shot to death in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood and two others were killed in the rural suburb of Qusair.

An activist from the Revolutionary Council in Homs estimated that the shelling had wounded 400 people in the city, many of them seriously. He said that essential services had been cut off in the city. Syria’s restrictions on journalists make it impossible to confirm such reports.

Abou Bilal al-Homssi, an opposition activist in Homs, said that shelling had deterred the Red Cross from entering the area. “This is our second week under siege; the humanitarian situation is extremely dangerous,” he said.

In Deir al-Zour, near the border with Iraq, at least 28 people were killed on Saturday as Syria’s army battled rebels and shelled neighborhoods there, opposition activists told Reuters. The victims included women and children, according to hospital officials.

In the Tareeq Halab neighborhood of Hama on Saturday, security forces arrested young men and shelled the area, damaging the mosque of Fatima al-Zahraa, a local landmark, said activists with the Local Coordination Committees. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group with contacts in Syria, said that government forces killed at least two people in Hama on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory also reported that the Syrian Army on Saturday raided the southern town of Dara’a, where the uprising against Mr. Assad was born, with tanks, killing one person. On Saturday, Mr. Assad announced the formation of a new cabinet, led by a longtime insider, Riad al-Hijab, according to state news media. But the move fell short of a pledge he made last month for a more inclusive government, as crucial ministers kept their positions, including Defense Minister Dawood Rajiha, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim al-Shaar and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem.

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/24/world/middleeast/turkey-promises-retaliation-in-response-to-downing-of-military-jet-by-syria.html

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Abdullah Gül was born on October 29th, 1950 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_Gul

October 29th, 1950

October 29th

10 + 29 +2+0+1+1 = 43 = his personal year (from October 29th, 2011 to October 28th, 2012) = Frenemy.  This is no fun.

43 + 5 (May) = 48 = his personal month (from May 29th, 2012 to June 28th, 2012) = Location.  Where?  Guidance.  Direction.  Purpose.  A man on a mission.

Eight of Cups Tarot card

48 month + 22 (22nd of the month on Friday June 22nd, 2012) = 70 = his personal day = Flipping out.

Two of Pentacles Tarot card

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Eastern Turkey

October 23, 2011     10:12 a.m.

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 85 people and sparking widespread panic as it collapsed dozens of buildings into piles of twisted steel and chunks of concrete.

Tens of thousands of residents fled into the streets running, screaming and trying to reach relatives on cell phones. As the full extent of the damage became clear, desperate survivors dug into the rubble with their bare hands, trying to rescue the trapped and the injured.

“My wife and child are inside! My 4-month-old baby is inside!” CNN-Turk television showed one young man sobbing outside a collapsed building in Van, the provincial capital.

PHOTOS: Powerful quake strikes Turkey

The quake hit Turkey’s mountainous eastern region at 1:41 p.m. with an epicenter in the village of Tabanli, 10 miles from Van, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

State-run TRT television reported that 59 people were killed and 150 injured in the eastern town of Ercis, 25 others died in Van and a child died in the nearby province of Bitlis.

Turkish scientists estimated that up to 1,000 people could already be dead, due to low local housing standards and the size of the quake.

The hardest hit was Ercis, a city of 75,000 close to the Iranian border, which lies on the Ercis Fault in one of Turkey’s most earthquake-prone zones. Van, some 55 miles (90 kilometers) to the south, also suffered substantial damage.

As many as 80 buildings collapsed in Ercis, including a dormitory, and 10 buildings collapsed in Van, the Turkish Red Crescent said. Some highways also caved in, CNN-Turk television reported.

NTV television said hundreds of injured people were treated at the state hospital in Ercis. Survivors in Ercis complained of lack of heavy machinery to remove chunks of cement floors that pancaked onto each other, NTV television reported.

“There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed. There is too much destruction,” Ercis mayor Zulfikar Arapoglu told NTV television. “We need urgent aid. We need medics.”

In Van, terrified residents spilled into the streets screaming. Rescue workers and residents scrambled, using only their hands and basic shovels, to save those who were trapped.

Residents sobbed outside the ruins of one flattened eight-story building, hoping that missing relatives would be rescued.

Witnesses said eight people were pulled from the rubble, but frequent aftershocks were hampering search efforts, CNN-Turk reported.

U.S. scientists recorded eight aftershocks within three hours of the quake, including two with a magnitude of 5.6.

Serious damage and casualties were also reported in the district of Celebibag, near Ercis.

“There are many people under the rubble,” Veysel Keser, mayor of Celebibag, told NTV. “People are in agony, we can hear their screams for help. We need urgent help.”

He said many buildings had collapsed, including student dormitories, hotels and gas stations.

Nazmi Gur, a legislator from Van, was at his nephew’s funeral when the quake struck. The funeral ceremony was cut short and he rushed back to help with rescues.

“At least six buildings had collapsed. We managed to rescue a few people, but I saw at least five bodies,” Gur told The Associated Press by telephone. “There is no coordinated rescue at the moment, everyone is doing what they can.”

“It was such a powerful temblor. It lasted for such a long time,” Gur said. “(Now) there is no electricity, there is no heating, everyone is outside in the cold.”

Many residents fled Van to seek shelter with relatives in nearby villages.

“I am taking my family to our village, our house was fine but there were cracks in our office building,” Sahabettin Ozer, 47, said by telephone as he drove to the village of Muradiye.

NTV said Van’s airport was damaged and planes were being diverted to neighboring cities.

Authorities had no information yet on remote villages but the governor was touring the region by helicopter and the government sent in tents, field kitchens and blankets. Some in Ercis reported shortages of bread, Turkey’s staple food, due to damages to bakeries.

Houses also collapsed in the province of Bitlis, where an 8-year-old girl was killed, authorities said, and the quake toppled the minarets of two mosques in the nearby province of Mus.

There was no immediate information about a recently restored 10th century Armenian church, Akdamar Church, which is perched on a rocky island in the nearby Lake Van.

Turkey lies in one of the world’s most active seismic zones and is crossed by numerous fault lines. Lake Van, where Sunday’s earthquake hit, is the country’s most earthquake-prone region.

The Kandilli observatory, Turkey’s main seismography center, said Sunday’s quake was capable of killing many people.

“We are estimating a death toll between 500 and 1,000,” Mustafa Erdik, head of the Kandilli observatory, told a televised news conference.

The earthquake also shook buildings in neighboring Armenia and Iran.

In the Armenian capital of Yerevan, 100 miles from Ercis, people rushed into the streets fearing buildings would collapse but no damage or injuries were immediately reported. Armenia was the site of a devastating earthquake in 1988 that killed 25,000 people.

The quake was felt in northwest Iran, causing some panic in major cities, Iranian media reported, but without any mention of casualties or damage.

The quake was felt in Iran’s cities of Orumiyeh, Khoy and Salmas near the border, the official IRNA news agency reported.

It was also felt in Tabriz, an Iranian city about 200 kilometers east of the epicenter, the Mehr news agency reported, quoting the regional governor general, Jafar Zolfaqari.

The tremors were strong enough to cause “scenes of panic among the population of the cities,” according to several Iranian media.

However, there was “currently no indication of damage or casualties” in Iranian territory, Zolfaqari said.

Israel on Sunday offered humanitarian assistance to Turkey despite a rift in relations following an 2010 Israeli navy raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left nine Turks dead. In September, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and suspended military ties because Israel has not apologized. Israel has sent rescue teams to Turkey after past earthquakes in times of closer ties.

Turkey sees frequent earthquakes. In 1999, two earthquakes with a magnitude of more than 7 struck northwestern Turkey, killing about 18,000 people.

More recently, a 6.0-magnitude quake in March 2010 killed 51 people in eastern Turkey, while in 2003, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake killed 177 people in the southeastern city of Bingol.

Turkey’s worst earthquake in the last century came in 1939 in the eastern city of Erzincan, causing an estimated 160,000 deaths.

Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city with more than 12 million people, lies in northwestern Turkey near a major fault line. Authorities say Istanbul is ill-prepared for a major earthquake and experts have warned that overcrowding and faulty construction could lead to the deaths of over 40,000 people if a major earthquake struck the city.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fgw-adv-turkey-earthquake-20111023,0,6615726.story

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Turkey’s Declaration of Republic was on October 29th, 1923 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey

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the President of Turkey Abdullah Gül was born on October 29th, 1950 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_G%C3%BCl

October 29th

10 + 29 +2+0+1+0 = 42 = Turkey’s and Abdullah Gül’s personal year (from October 29th, 2010 to October 28th, 2011) = Relationships.

42 year + 9 (September) = 51 = Turkey’s and Abdullah Gül’s personal month (from September 29th, 2011 to October 28th, 2011) = President.  Harsh reality.

51 month + 23 (23rd of the month on Sunday October 23rd, 2011) = 74 = Turkey’s and Abdullah Gül’s personal day = Economic aid. 

  

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was born on February 26th, 1954 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recep_Tayyip_Erdo%C4%9Fan

February 26th, 1954

February 26th

2 + 26 +2+0+1+1 = 32 = his personal year (from February 26th, 2011 to February 25th, 2012) = Sovereign.

32 year + 9 (September) = 41 = his personal month (from September 26th, 2011 to October 25th, 2011) = Getting to know him.

41 month + 23 (23rd of the month on Sunday October 23rd, 2011) = 64 = his personal day= Misfortune.  This sucks.  Deep sadness. 

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Sunday October 23rd, 2011

October 23rd, 2011

10 + 23 +2+0+1+1 = 37 = Looking out for the best interests of your fellow countrymen.

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