Turkey’s defense minister demands Kurdish forces “move to the east of the Euphrates” as Turkish tanks enter Syria again Thursday

Turkish tanks reportedly enter Syria for second consecutive day; Defense Minister warns Kurdish forces to withdraw from region

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Turkey continued to deploy tanks into Syria on Thursday morning following its invasion into Syria on Wednesday morning.

According to reports, ten tanks entered into Syria Thursday into and around Jarabulus in continued fighting in what Turkish officials have reported to be military efforts to eradicate the Islamic State from the region. The excursion is also reported to combat Kurdish forces in the Jarabulus region across the Euphrates.

On Thursday morning, Defense Minister Fikri Isik claimed that Turkey has every right to invade Syria and demanded Kurdish forces “move to the east of the Euphrates” stating “They have not yet withdrawn but we are watching and monitoring whether they will withdraw. Turkey will be following, moment by moment,” warning that “If this withdrawal doesn’t happen, Turkey has every right to intervene.”

On Thursday, a reported 20 Turkish tanks entered Turkey supported by around 500 soldiers of the Free Syrian Army. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed the attack was to take the fight against the Islamic State into Turkey’s own hands, stating “The attacks that targeted our country from Syria have come to such a level that leaves us no choice but to solve this problem immediately.” The military excursion comes following a suicide bombing in Gaziantep, Turkey that killed 54.

Erdogan stated that “If the world does not reach an agreement against on terrorism then everyone is responsible for the consequences” and that “a unified fight is a must.” Following a meeting with Vice Prsident Joe Biden in Ankara on Wednesday, Erdogan stated that Whether Daesh [Islamic State], the PKK, the PYD or FETO- all are terrorists in our view… We cannot make distinctions [between] bad terrorists, good terrorists. Terrorists are terrorists.”

Turkey invades Syria in large-scale ground operation Wednesday morning

A reported 70 targets destroyed, Turkey claiming military advance as means to combat Islamic State; Syrian rebels assisting Turkish forces; Kurdish PYD demands Turkey withdrawal immediately

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Turkey invaded Syria on Wednesday morning, claiming its military operation is to fight the Islamic State.

Syria rebels have joined Turkey in the military invasion and are assisting Turkish forces in operation combatting ISIS and the Kurdish PYD. The operation is being referred to as the “Euphrates Shield”.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim confirmed the operation began in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Turkish military deploying tanks and warplanes targeting Islamic State targets and Syrian Kurdish forces in the border town of Jarablus, a reported 70 targets destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes.

Turkish President Erdogan addressed the military operation, stating “The attacks that targeted our country from Syria have come to such a level that leaves us no choice but to solve this problem immediately and the process for this started today,” stating that “If the world does not reach an agreement against on terrorism then everyone is responsible for the consequences… a unified fight is a must. Daesh [Islamic State] has nothing to do with Islam. On the contrary, it is the biggest trouble for Islam in this century.”

The Kurdish Democratic Union Party has demanded Turkey’s immediate withdrawal from Syria, stating on Wednesday morning “Turkey is trying to turn its indirect occupation of Syria into a direct one. We demand that Turkey immediately withdraws from the territory of Syria, stops supporting terrorist groups in Syria, otherwise we will force them out of our territory.”

Escalation on the border between Syria and Turkey began on Monday when the Turkish military began shelling Islamic State positions in northern Syria not far from Jarablus.

Turkey and Israel to appoint ambassadors in coming days

Following approved reconciliation deal by Turkish Parliament, Israel and Turkey to resume diplomatic relations and appoint ambassadors in coming days

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Turkey and Israel will officially resume diplomatic relations and are scheduled to exchange ambassadors in the coming days according to Turkey’s Foreign Ministry.

The report was confirmed by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Tuesday and follows the Turkish Parliament’s ratification of a reconciliation deal with Israel on Saturday.

A statement released by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office on the approval of the reconciliation deal was released following the ratification. It stated “Israel welcomes the Turkish Parliament’s decision to approve the deal recently concluded by the two governments and looks forward to the next steps of its implementation, including the return of our respective ambassadors.”

While diplomatic relations are to renew following six years of severed ties, the Turkish Foreign Ministry heavily condemned Israel’s military strikes on over the weekend in the Gaza Strip. The Ministry released the statement “The normalization of relations with Israel does not mean that we have to remain silent about attacks against the Palestinian people in Gaza. On the contrary, we will continue to defend the Palestinian issue in the face of Israeli actions which violate international law and are contrary to basic human morality.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry responded, stating “The normalization of our relations with Turkey does not mean that we will remain silent in the face of its baseless condemnations. Israel will continue to defend its civilians from all rocket fire on our territory, in accordance with international law and our conscience. Turkey should think twice before criticizing the military actions of others.”

The IDF reported that it had hit over 50 terrorist sites in the Gaza Strip following a rocket attack on the southern town of Sderot, Israel.

Iran unveils first domestically built long-range air missile defense system in Tehran

Iran announces production of turbojet cruise missile technology while unveiling domestically built S-300-like system

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Iran unveiled its first domestically builtlong-range air missile defense system during a arms and military ceremony in Tehran on Sunday, the system very similar to the S-300 system purchased from Russia.

The system, Bavar-373 (Belief 373), is part of Iran’s ongoing and evolving military developments, particularly in its missile program.

The Bavar-373 holds capabilities such as engaging missiles, fighter jets, drones and ballistic missiles. It includes missile-launcher vehicles and missile guidance systems and advanced radar engagement.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan stated on the missile system that “Our goal was not to make an Iranian version of the S-300, but rather a [new] Iranian system” which Iran built domestically.

Dehqan also confirmed Iran’s ongoing development of its turbojet cruise missile technology. He stated that the technology would be developed in the “near future” and “could increase the speed of our missiles,” adding that “in the near future will achieve the technology to produce underwater supersonic cruise missile, as well… We have greatly increased the range of our marine cruise missiles and currently possess missiles with a range of 200 kilometers, which are anti-ship and anti-surface.” He reported changes in “strategic systems” of its cruises missiles in the “increasing power of their engines and ranges.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was present at the ceremony, boasted of Iran as “one of only eight countries in the world that have mastered the technology to build [such] engines.”

The announcements come following Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announcement over the weekend that Iranian-Russian military cooperation would increase and expand in the near future, a spokesman for the Commission, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini stating that Iran would cooperate and assist Russia in “combatting ISIS”. Hosseini also confirmed that the Russian purchased S-300 surface-to-air missile would be delivered and functional in its entirety by March of 2016 and that Iran had already begun training personnel to operate the missile system.

 

IDF responds to rocket fired from Gaza Strip at Sderot

No injuries or damages reported; IDF responds to rocket attack; PFLP claims responsibility for attack

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Both IDF armored corps and the Israel Air Force responded to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Sunday afternoon.

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at Sderot, a southern city in Israel most targeted by rocket fire. The rocket landed in a residential area and near to a college, with no injuries or damages reported.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed the attack, stating “The rocket hit the town of Sderot where some 19,000 people live. Thankfully, despite the attacker’s intentions, the rocket failed to wound anybody. In response, the IDF responded and attacked two Hamas positions.”

The IDF reported that it hit two Hamas infrastructures, the Palestinians reporting two injuries from airstrikes.

The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) took responsibility for the rocket attack, claiming it has a right to “practice all forms of resistance in response to the crimes and hubris of the occupation.”

Israel holds Hamas, the ruling party of the Gaza Strip, responsible for all attacks on the State of Israel. The rocket fired today was the 16th rocket fired into Israel in 2016.

Sunday into Monday, the IDF carried out numerous strikes in the Gaza Strip following a rocket attack over the weekend. The Salafi Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis, a terrorist organization affiliated with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on Monday.

According to the IDF, over 50 terrorist targets were hit in the strikes, the IDF spokesperson’s Unit stating on the mission “The IAF targeted terrorist infrastructure in response to projectile fire at the city of Sderot, which violated Israel’s sovereignty and placed Israeli lives at risk. Hamas is the sovereign ruler of the Gaza Strip and it will be held responsible for any terrorist attack emanating from Gaza. The IDF will continue to act decisively at all times to protect and defend the State of Israel.”

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Iran to increase cooperation and assistance in Russian military efforts

Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission members confirm increased cooperation, claim military assistance is fight against ISIS

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Following two days of strikes carried out in Syria by Russian bombers deployed from Iran, Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announced that Iranian-Russian military cooperation would increase and expand in the near future.

A member of the Commission, Alireza Rahimi stated following the strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday that “This is a bigger plan and a bigger agreement… which is not fixed in the Middle East, and especially in Syria,” stating that “depending on the development of the situation in Syria, new decisions could be made,” without giving specifics.

Additionally a spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini stated that Iran would cooperate and assist Russia in combatting ISIS, stating that “Iran has been ready to carry out… cooperation, including sharing facilities with Russia in combating ISIS.”

Hosseini also spoke of the S-300 surface-to-air missile system Iran purchased from Russia, stating on Thursday that “In view of the fact that Russia remains committed to its obligations and supplies the S-300 systems in strict accordance with the schedule, the Islamic Republic of Iran is no longer sees reasons for legal claims,” adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran has begun “the necessary training of personnel” for the S-300 system.

Russia began delivering the missile system earlier this year, the missiles for the S-300 system delivered in July. Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili confirmed that the entire system would be delivered and operational no later than March of 2017.