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June 22, 2012

Turkey announced Friday that Syrian forces had shot down a Turkish warplane with two crew members over the Mediterranean, a potentially ominous turn for the worse in relations already frayed because of Turkey’s support for Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrians later acknowledged their antiaircraft gunners had downed the plane, contending it had violated Syrian airspace.

Turkey’s announcement, from the office of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, came after an emergency security meeting by Turkish officials in Ankara over the fate of the plane, which had been reported missing hours earlier amid conflicting reports over whether it had crashed or had been downed intentionally.

The measured wording of the announcement suggested that Turkey had not yet concluded that the Syrian action was provocative, and it acknowledged that Syrian rescue teams were cooperating in trying to locate the aircraft and crew. But the statement also left open the possibility that Turkey, a NATO member, would respond militarily, an outcome that could further complicate and widen the Syrian conflict.

“As the result of the data provided by our related institutions and the research jointly conducted with Syria, it was understood that our plane has been downed by Syria,” said the statement from Mr. Erdogan’s office. “Turkey, after the incident is fully enlightened, will lay forward its attitude and take necessary steps.”

It was the first time since Syrian-Turkish relations began to deteriorate last year that the Syrian military had shot down a Turkish military aircraft.

The plane, identified by Turkish and Western news agencies as an American-made F-4 Phantom, went down near the southern coast of Hatay Province in Turkey, which borders Latakia Province in Syria.

The Syrian Defense Ministry said later in a statement carried by the official Syrian Arab News Agency that its antiaircraft gunners had hit an unidentified aircraft flying at “very low altitude and at high speed” over Syria’s territorial waters less than a mile offshore, causing it to crash into the sea near the village of Om al-Tuyour. The statement said it was later found that the aircraft was a “Turkish military plane that entered Syrian airspace and was dealt with according to laws observed in such cases.”

Mr. Erdogan is one of the most strident critics of Syria’s sharp repression of its antigovernment uprising, now in its 16th month. Turkey has allowed more than 32,000 Syrian refugees to seek sanctuary and has permitted Syria’s opposition forces and dissidents in exile to organize and funnel supplies from Turkey over the 550-mile border with Syria.

Turkey is also a leading member of the “Friends of Syria” group of countries, including the United States, that has been pushing for the ouster of Mr. Assad. Last month, Turkey joined the United States and European countries in expelling Syrian diplomats in response to evidence that Mr. Assad’s forces had massacred civilians in western Syria.

The new rupture in Turkish-Syrian relations came as reports of a possible new mass killing emerged Friday in Syria’s northern Aleppo Province.

Opposition activists said those killings, in the village of Daret Azzeh, were the outcome of a military skirmish in which soldiers of the Free Syrian Army, the main armed rebel force, carried out a surprise attack on a group that included suspected members of the shabiha, the feared pro-government militia accused by the opposition of complicity in numerous killings, detentions and torture. At least 25 men were shot to death.

“The armed opposition in the area ambushed a number of cars,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an antigovernment group based in Britain with networks of contacts inside Syria.

video that the Observatory posted online from activists, said to have been recorded in Daret Azzeh, showed carnage, with bloodied corpses piled around a white pickup truck riddled with bullet holes. Many corpses were clothed in military fatigues or black clothes, a trademark of the shabiha.

The official Syrian Arab News Agency’s account of the Daret Azzeh killings attributed them to armed terrorist gangs, the standard government description for all opposition forces, and said the killers had kidnapped and tortured the victims.

At least 56 people were killed elsewhere in clashes and protests around Syria, opposition accounts said.

The mayhem in Syria has escalated since Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, the Norwegian commander of the 300 United Nations monitors in Syria, suspended their work last Saturday because of relentless violations of a two-month-old cease-fire and a peace plan that has all but collapsed.

Kofi Annan, the special envoy of the United Nations and Arab League who negotiated that plan, issued a new plea on Friday for intensified international pressure on the antagonists in the conflict.

“It’s time for countries of influence to raise the level of pressure on the parties on the ground and to persuade them to stop the killing and start the talking,” he said in Geneva.

Mr. Annan has been working to convene a meeting next Saturday in Geneva of Syria’s neighbors and major powers who can influence the Syrian government and opposition. He said he wants the meeting to include Iran, Mr. Assad’s only ally in the region, despite objections by the United States and Britain. Russia, Mr. Assad’s most important backer, wants Iran to participate in such a meeting.

The Russians also have grown increasingly irritated with American accusations that the Kremlin is arming the Syrian military with weapons aimed at crushing Mr. Assad’s opponents.

Russia’s Interfax news service reported Friday that Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia said that relations with the Americans are complicated by “the American mentality, the thought one has instilled since one’s childhood — we are No. 1 in the world and we are infallible.”



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February 26th, 1954

2 + 26 +1+9+5+4 = 47 = his life lesson = Famous.  What does the future hold?

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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.



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Turkey’s Declaration of Republic was on October 29th, 1923 according to

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the President of Turkey Abdullah Gül was born on October 29th, 1950 according to

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

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. 


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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Recep Tayyip Erdogan votes in Istanbul (12 June 2011)

12 June 2011  15:54 ET

Near-complete results from Turkey’s
election show the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan
has won a third term.

With 99% of ballots counted the AKP had 50% of the vote, which local media
said translated to 326 seats in parliament.

But that would be 41 seats short of the two-thirds majority needed to amend
the country’s constitution unilaterally.

In his victory speech, Mr Erdogan said the AKP would “discuss the new
constitution with opposition parties”.

“The people gave us a message to build the new constitution through consensus
and negotiation,” he told supporters in Ankara.

The secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) had 26% of vote and the far-right
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 13%.


More than 50 million people, about two-thirds of Turkey’s population of 73
million, were eligible to vote in Sunday’s election.

The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Istanbul says Turkey faces another four years with
Mr Erdogan the dominant figure, and his AK party pretty much able to do what it
likes in parliament.

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Because the MHP passed the 10% threshold for a party to enter parliament, the
AKP was denied the two-thirds “super majority” and will not be able to push
through a new constitution without putting it to a referendum, our correspondent

And the AKP’s failure to win at least 330 seats means it will not even be
able to put amendments to the public without consulting the opposition. The
party won 341 seats in 2007.

The CHP meanwhile won 135 seats, 23 seats more than last time, and the MHP
54, 17 seats fewer.

Under its new leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the CHP ditched its image as a
supporter of military intervention in politics, fielded young candidates, and
presented itself as a champion of European social democratic values.

Turkey is a member of Nato and a candidate for EU membership.

Independent candidates fielded by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party
(BDP) also did well in the south-east, winning 5.8% of the vote and 35 seats.

Our correspondent says this will increase pressure on the government to
address its long standing demands for greater autonomy and official recognition
of Kurdish identity.

‘Turkey is proud of you’

The AKP, which has Islamist roots, has presided over strong economic growth
and a more assertive foreign policy since taking power in 2003.

It has also seen unemployment fall – down to 11.5% in March from 14.4% in the
same period last year. The country is a member of Nato as well as a candidate
for membership of the European Union.

The AKP put its economic record at the centre of its campaign, promising an
ambitious programme of new construction if elected.

Projects included a canal from the Black Sea to the Aegean, a new city
outside Istanbul and new bridges, airports and hospitals.

Casting his vote in Istanbul, Mr Erdogan said he hoped the election would
“contribute to strengthening of peace, rights and freedoms”.

Earlier, he shook hands with supporters outside the polling station, who
burst into applause and chanted: “Turkey is proud of you.”



Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was born on February 26th, 1954 according to

February 26th, 1954

2 + 26 +1+9+5+4 = 47 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.


February 26th, 1954

February 26th

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



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