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Turkish President Speaks About Justice in Syria and Iraq

Turkish President ErdoganTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed last Friday that the violence in the two neighboring lands of Turkey has caused a “highly sensitive” and unrest situation within the region.

In a conference held in the Black Sea coast of Turkey, Erdogan said, “Turkey has not taken sides in the conflicts surrounding the country and is neither against any sect or ethnicity, nor with them. Our side is always that of peace and dialogue.”

He also went on to say that in the context of this situation, Turkey has taken precaution against the outlawed terrorist organization and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, as they are a threat to the state.

According to reports, last Thursday, six people were killed in Bingol, which included two police officers. Erdogan sent condolence messages to the families of the victims. “Our security forces killed some terrorists and police operations continue to arrest the others responsible,” he said.

Erdogan also expressed his outrage at the increase in death toll due to pro – Kurdish protest in and around Turkey. Since the protestors accused the government of inaction against IS jihadis in Iraq, Erdogan mentioned that they were responsible of causing unrest in Turkey. Its important to notw though that the protests occurred after the IS militants tried occupying the town.

The Turkish government has been criticized by several individuals over their apathetic attitude to the IS militants and the civil war being faced by its neighborhood.

In a recent UN conference, he had cited the death of more than 200,000 Syrian citizens and also asked about the purpose of the United Nations if the body does not act in moments of crisis.

“The global conscience is aware that those ruthlessly criticizing some countries for lack of freedom of press ignore the 16 journalists who were killed in Palestine and the pressure on the media members,” Erdogan said.

Joe Biden has apologized to the Turkish president for his recent comments about him, which very well may be the result of Erdogan’s comment: “I have never said to (Biden) that we had made a mistake, never. If he did say this…, then he has to apologize to us.” “Foreign fighters have never entered Syria from our country. They may come to our country as tourists and cross into Syria, but no one can say that they cross in with their arms.”

The Turkish President has laid claims that Turkey has prevented 6,000 suspected militants from entering the country and 1,000 jihadis from leaving.

Six Airstrikes Target IS Militants Near Kobane

According to recent reports, six airstrikes were made targeting the IS militants near Kobane on October, 8th which killing 14 militants. However, reports suggest that at 1:20 PM local time IS militants shot down an Iraqi helicopter killing the two pilots who were onboard. This attack has raised concern over the IS militant’s ability to attack and destroy aircrafts in lieu of the ongoing attack by the US led coalition force.

According to Iraqi officials who were present during the attack, a shoulder – fired missile was used to take down the Iraqi Bell 407 helicopter. The helicopter crashed in a refinery in the north of Beiji, which is located approximately 200 kilometers from Baghdad. A defense ministry official confirmed the fact that both the pilots were unable to survive the attack.

Notably, this is the second attack by the IS militants on Iraqi helicopters over Beiji in a week. Previously, the IS militants shot down a M -35 helicopter last Friday near Beiji, once again killing both the pilots on board during the attack.

Additionally, US led coalition force airstrikes pushed the IS militants back from the town of Kobane, the area which the militants gained access to after three weeks of assault.

“They are now outside the entrances of the city of Kobani. The shelling and bombardment was very effective and as a result of it, IS have been pushed from many positions,” deputy Foreign Minister, Idris Nassan was found saying.

Nassan also said, “This is their biggest retreat since their entry into the city and we can consider this as the beginning of the countdown of their retreat from the area.”

According to a breaking news report, Washington is worried over Turkey’s reluctance in aiding the coalition forces and engage the IS militants in Kobane. “There’s growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre less than a mile from is border,” an unnamed senior administration official was quoted as saying. “After all the fulminating about Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe, [Turkey is] inventing reasons not to act to avoid another catastrophe,” the official said. “This isn’t how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s through from their border.”

Reports claim that Iran and the major powers will hold multilateral nuclear talks in Vienna. “I think that we will have bilateral and multilateral talks before the end of the next week in Vienna,” ministry representative Marzieh Afkham said when asked when Iran and its negotiating partners would next meet.

Australia To Step In The Fight Against IS Militants

Australian Special Forces have been granted permission to aid the local troops and start their mission of driving the IS militants out of their stronghold in cities and towns.

According to several sources, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot will be announcing that the problem with the Iraqi government has been solved on Tuesday. This points towards the fact that the Australian troops are now free to “advise and assist” the Iraqis.

As the RAAF missions began, it was acknowledged by Minister of Defence David Johnston that the IS militants were accustomed to the air strikes. “I think that’s pretty certain that they will adapt very quickly not to be out in the open where the Iraqi security forces can call in an air strike,” he said.

Although the air strikes were made were less on fixed targets and more in favor and support of the Kurdish and Iraqi forces on the ground, Senator Johnston has said that this will be harder in the major strongholds of Islamic State like Fallujah, Tikrit and Ramadi. “I think it was always going to be … that the Iraqi security forces would have to step up and go into these towns and clean them out,” said Johnston.

Marshal Geoff Shepherd, the former Chief of Air Force has said that it would be prudent for the military to melt with the population. “At the start of their campaigns, they were massing as a military force … but they’re smart enough now to melt back into the population and it will be more difficult to contain them by air power alone.” However, he also warned that this would increase the causalities among civilians. “We’re not going to win this just by bombing. We’re going to win it by challenging their ideology and their view of the world, and every time we kill an innocent civilian … that drives people into the arms of jihadis.” Geoff was reported saying.

Idris Nassan, a senior spokesperson of Kurdish military also laid claim to the fact that the IS militants were adopting to the air strikes far better than what was expected of them. “Air strikes alone are really not enough to defeat ISIS in Kobani,” said Nassan. “Each time a jet approaches, they leave their open positions, they scatter and hide. What we really need is ground support. We need heavy weapons and ammunition in order to fend them off and defeat them.”

According to latest reports, 200 Australian Special Forces soldiers will be working in Iraq, assisting the local troops on the ground.

British Tornado Jets Return To RAF with ‘no Reports’ of Bombing

british jetsThe first jets, which are known to take part in the mission against ISIS militants, have returned to RAF in Cyprus.  The RAF Tornado jets have completed their fifth mission in northern Iraq and are still looking for suitable targets of Islamic states.  In a recent report, the BBC defense correspondent has said, “no reports of any weapons dropped”.

The Ministry of Defense in London gave the confirmation that the mission had ended as the Tornados returned with their weapons still on board. The explanation, which was given, was that the Tornados did not identify any target that required immediate attack.

The RAF has a Rivet Jet plane which is responsible for setting up the surveillance system to identify the potential problems and targets; the intelligence in this case will be sought from the ground Kurdish and Iraqi forces.

In comparison to the British Tornado, the Arab and the US jets have conducted three airstrikes in the northern Iraq near Erbil, Kurdish capital and seven airstrikes in Syria against ISIS last weekend.

According to the Pentagon, US airstrikes destroyed a transport vehicle, two checkpoints of IS and a safe house in Iraq in the last attack. The US planes have also struck oil production and refining sites in addition to a command centre in Syria that was responsible for financial aid to the militants. In the recent airstrike over Iraq over the weekend, the Pentagon was aided by United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

According to Michael Fallon, UK Defense Secretary, “This is not a weekend campaign. We will see how it goes, but in the end (IS) have to be defeated in Syria.”, “This is going to take a long time.” Fallon was also found saying that 60 Britons were arrested while returning to UK from Iraq and Syria on suspicion of supporting and aiding the ISIS.

According to Cameron, the motion was limited to Iraq in an attempt to win cross party military support and avoid the defeating circumstances of last year when the Labour with Troy and Liberal Democrats blocked the air strikes against Syria’s president.

According to latest reports, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the IS militants were within 3 km of Kobane, the closest they have come since the rebellion this month. As of now, it is yet to be seen what steps will be taken by the UK Ministry and Pentagon while the IS militants march forward determinedly.