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Turkish Newspaper Close To President Erdogan Calls To Form Joint Islamic Army To Fight Israel

March 14, 2018
March 7, 2018


On December 12, 2017, ahead of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul,  the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak, which is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP party, published an article  titled “A Call for Urgent Action,”[1] which also appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?”[2] The article called on the 57 member states of the OIC to form a joint “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack the state of Israel. It notes that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in manpower, equipment and budget, and presents statistics to prove this. It also advocates establishing joint bases for the army’s ground, air and naval forces that will arrive from all over the Muslim world to besiege Israel, while noting that Pakistan, as the only nuclear country, has “a special status” among the OIC countries. An interactive map provides information on military forces stationed in various locations and the role they can play in the potential joint Muslim attack on Israel.

The Source Of The Yeni Şafak Article: The SADAT Company Website

The main points of the article are taken from the website of the Turkish SADAT International Defense and Consulting Company, which provides consultancy on defense and warfare, both conventional and unconventional, and on military organization, training and gear. The company has an agenda of promoting pan-Islamic military cooperation. According to its mission statement, it seeks “to establish defense collaboration and defense industry cooperation among Islamic countries, to help the Islamic world take its rightful place among the superpowers by providing… strategic consultancy and training services to the militaries and homeland security forces of Islamic countries.”[3]

According to Israeli security sources, the SADAT company is involved in aiding Hamas, and seeks to assist – with funds and military gear – the creation of a “Palestine Army” to fight Israel.[4]

SADAT Founder Adnan Tanrıverdi

The SADAT company was founded by Erdoğan’s senior advisor on military affairs, retired general Adnan Tanrıverdi, and is chaired by his son, Melih Tanrıverdi. Adnan Tanrıverdi (b. 1944) served in the Turkish army’s Artillery Corps and headed the Home Front Command in northern Cyprus.  He is an expert on assymetric warfare, and was dismissed from the Turkish military in 1996 for his Islamists leadnings. A former Turkish army officer, Ahmet Yavuz, described him as “an enemy of Atatürk” and stated that his dismissal from the army was not surprising.[5]


The Yeni Şafak article is based on a PDF booklet featuring a number of articles by Tanrıverdi, as well as other materials, that appeared on the homepage of SADAT’s website and has since been removed.[6] Some of the articles are virulently anti-Israel and promote the goal of arming the Palestinians and forming an Army of Islam to eliminate Israel.

One of these articles, titled “SADAT and the Future of the Muslim World” describes Israel as “the outpost of the new Crusade and a dagger in the heart of Islam,” and “the eyes, ears and fist of the Christian World.” A second article, titled “How to Solve the Palestinian Question?” emphasizes the need to utilize the OIC as the basis for a permanent defense cooperation committee, and also describes his vision of establishing military bases for the purpose of liberating Palestine. An article titled “Palestine Too Should Have an Army” articulates Tanrıverdi’s vision of forming a Palestinian army equipped with tanks and other heavy weaponry, and adds that this army, along with a united Army of Islam, can bring about Israel’s military defeat within 10 days and its diplomatic defeat within 20 days.

The fact that Yeni Şafak echoes Tanrıverdi’s articles indicates that regime-associated media is promoting an agenda of attacking Israel.

Tanrıverdi Associate Arrested In Israel On Suspicion Of Aiding Hamas

Recently, Israel became aware of Tanrıverdi’s activities after it arrested a Turkish academic, Cemil Tekeli, on suspicion of aiding Hamas terrorists in Turkey. According to the Israeli paper Makor Rishon, Tekeli, who has since been deported to Turkey, is a close associate of Adnan Tanrıverdi. The Makor Rishon report featured a photo of him with both Adnan and Melih Tanrıverdi:[7]

From left to right: Melih Tanrıverdi, Saudi colonel, Adnan Tanrıverdi, and Cemil Tekeli

The following are excerpts from the Yeni Şafak article, along with some of the images and infographics that accompanied it. Bold text was highlighted in the original :

“This Wednesday, Istanbul will host an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, at which decisions on military and economic issues will presumably be made. In this framework, it becomes evident that the member states’ [joint] military might greatly exceeds that of Israel. Moreover, in a possible military operation, this superiority [can] be realized on the ground by [setting up] joint military bases for ground, air and naval forces. Below are a map and statistics presenting a comparison between Israel and the [proposed] Army of Islam…

“What If An Army Of Islam Was Formed Against Israel?

“If the OIC member states unite and form a joint military force, it will be the largest army in the world. These countries’ total population is 1,674,526,931. The number of soldiers in active service in these countries is at least 5,206,100. Their [overall] military defense budget, of $174,728,420, is also worthy of emphasis.

“Half Of Istanbul

“As for Israel, it is significantly inferior. The population of this country, which attempted to occupy Jerusalem while surrounded by Muslim states, is 8,049,314. Note that the population of Istanbul alone exceeds 14 million. The number of soldiers in active service in the [Israeli] occupation forces is 160,000, and [Israel’s] defense budget is approximately $15, 600,000,000.

Infographic comparing the OIC countries with the Israel:

Defense Budget: OIC: $174,728,420; Israel: $15,600,000. Population: OIC: 1,674,526,931; Israel: 8,049,314. Soldiers: OIC: 5,206,100; Israel: 160,000″

“Islamic Countries Will Lay Siege To Israel

“Among the decisions that can be taken at the OIC [summit] is to form a ‘Jerusalem Task Group.’ In this framework, military steps are likely to be taken. The [Muslim] armies, ranging from Africa to Asia, surpass the Israeli [army in might]. So if an Islamic army is formed, Israel will be under a siege.

“At The First Stage: 250 Thousand Soldiers

“In a possible military operation, the first step is expected to involve 250,000 soldiers, and the establishment of joint land, air and naval bases for use in the short term.

“500 tanks and armored vehicles, 100 war planes, 500 attack helicopters and 50 warships and submarines can be mobilized.

Interactive map providing information on particular bases and missions in a possible operation against Israel. Clicking on various locations provides the following information, for example:

Eskişehir KonyaKilis:  In case of a military operation, air bases in various locations will house 100 planes and 500 attack helicopters, and also serve as reinforcement and supply bases. 250,000 military staff, including pilots, will be ready for duty.

[Northern] Cyprus: In case of a military operation, the 50 warships and submarines stationed in naval bases can take an active role [in the fight] against Israel in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The Turkish navy, among others, will participate in the operation. Together the forces will comprise 250,000 men.

“Military Bases Close to Israel Available For Immediate Action

“The war planes that will be dispatched to the region from greater distances will be stationed in airbases [closer to Israel]. Israel will most likely to be besieged by the naval fleets that will be sent to the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

“The Necessary Equipment Exists

“The military capability of the OIC member states is considerable. These armies have the necessary equipment to carry out a military operation on land, sea and air.

“Even Turkey Alone Is Superior [To Israel]

“Turkey will serve as an important headquarters during the operation, due to its land, air and naval infrastructures. The Turkish army, which carried out ‘Operation Euphrates Shield’ [in Syria in 2017] with great success, is now ranked the world’s seventh strongest army, and the second largest army among the NATO powers. Turkey has approximately 4,000 tanks and 1,000 war planes and other aircraft. Its navy made significant progress during the last years, with 194 vessels at its disposal.

“As the only country which possesses nuclear weapons, Pakistan has an important status among the 57 Muslim [OIC] countries…

“Those who believe that they are the owners of Jerusalem today will not find a single tree to hide behind tomorrow”

“Asia’s Military Defiance

“In a statement, Malaysian Defense Minister [Hishammuddin] Hussein described Trump’s recognition [of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] as a blow to Muslims, and added: ‘The Malaysian armed forces are ready to fulfill their duty regarding Jerusalem.’

“Turkey Is Forming Alliances

“In recent years, Turkey has launched a series of collaborations with [OIC] member states. The joint military drill with our Iraqi neighbors conveyed a clear message to the terrorists, and Turkey is [also] engaging in new collaborations with Qatar, Somalia and other Gulf and African countries. In this context it should be underlined that Turkey is taking steps to realize the model of the ‘Army of Islam,’ forging alliances with many Muslim countries to increase its military mobility.”


[1] Yeni Şafak (Turkey), December 12, 2017.

[2], December 12, 2017.


[4], February 14, 2018.

[5], August, 17,2016.

[6] The booklet is available from MEMRI upon request.

[7] Makor Rishon (Israel), February 18, 2018.

U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria

March 14, 2018

By: Adam Kredo March 14, 2018 12:20 pm Free Beacon

Source Link: U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria

{Kim must need a place for his nukes since he says he wants to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. – LS}

The United States is monitoring information indicating that North Korea may be running a large underground military base in Syria that could be used for advanced weaponry and nuclear-related work, according to regional reports and U.S. officials tracking the situation.

Regional reports have begun to surface indicating North Korea has neared completion of the construction of an underground military base located near Qardaha in Syria, the hometown of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“According to … satellite images and a military source the underground facility has been under construction for seven years, started by the beginning if the Syrian revolution in March 2011,” Zaman Al Wasl, a Syrian news outlet, reported earlier this month. “The high level of secrecy and tight guard in the North Korean base raise speculations whether it’s a nuclear facility or overseas depot for North Korean weapons.”

U.S. officials told the Washington Free Beacon they are monitoring these reports and efforts by North Korea to help Assad rebuild Syria’s chemical weapons factories.

“We are aware of reports regarding possible DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] assistance to Syria to rebuild its chemical weapons capabilities,” a State Department official, speaking on background, told the Free Beacon. “We take these allegations very seriously and we are working assiduously to prevent the Assad regime from obtaining material and equipment to support its chemical weapons program.”

The Trump administration has been engaged in efforts to counter North Korea’s proliferation in Syria, particularly its efforts to supply Assad with chemical weapons.

“The United States has long expressed its deep concerns about both the assistance the DPRK provides to Syria’s weapons programs and Syria’s ongoing possession and use of chemical weapons—both activities in defiance of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions,” the State Department official said.

The underground North Korean military base could be hiding more than just chemical weapons, according to regional reports indicating that the sheer size of the base, which is mostly situated within a mountain, raises concerns of nuclear work.

Purported satellite images of the base circulating on the internet indicate that only a small portion of the facility is visible from above ground.

“Long tunnels have been built during the last seven years in a deep valley in Qardaha under the supervision of North Korean experts,” the Zaman Al Wasl outlet reported.

The United Nations recently cited North Korea for its increased efforts to meddle in Syria and provide the Assad regime with new caches of chemical weapons.

This has fueled U.S. concerns about the hermit nation at a time when the Trump administration is pursuing diplomatic talks regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Evidence that North Korea is working to bolster the Assad regime is likely to fuel further international tensions as Iran and Russia undertake similar efforts. The newest underground facility may facilitate further Iranian and North Korean military collaboration.

The Trump administration is continuing efforts to crackdown on this military collaboration and is urging allies to apply similar pressure.

“North Korea is a significant threat to international security and the Assad regime’s ongoing use of chemical weapons is a similar affront to international law,” the State Department official said. “We work with all our partners to uphold U.N. Security Council Resolutions and prevent North Korea and Syria from further threatening international peace and stability.”

Caught On Tape: Islamist Erdogan Makes Hand-Sign Of Ultranationalist “Grey Wolves”

March 14, 2018

With the characteristic greeting gesture of Turkish ultranationalists and neo-fascists Grey Wolves, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greeted the crowd at a meeting of his party AKP in Mersin, in South Turkey.

He recited also his favorite poem “One heart, one flag, one nation, one homeland.”

As reports, The Grey Wolves (Turkish: Bozkurtlar) is a Turkish ultranationalist organization with close links to to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) with which Erdogan has made an alliance ahead of the 2019 elections.

The characteristic hand sign used by Grey Wolves and MHP supporters represents a wolf head. In Turkish nationalist myth, the Turks originate from a wolf.

Next to Erdogan, a high-ranking official – maybe a minister? – had raised his hand in the Rabia sign, a gesture symbolizing the resistance of the Muslim Brotherhood to the Sisi regime in Egypt.

When the crowds began to shout at Erdogan to engage them in the military operaiton in Afrin, he told them

“When it is time to order the mobilization, I will join first and then all of you, because we believe in martyrdom,” he replied.

“They do not know the Turks, they do not know the Turkish nation, they do not know the Turkish armed forces,” he warned.

There is talk that the part of the MHP will challenge the alliance with Erdogan in the next elections. Cities in the south of Turkey were the first to vote for MHP when it gained power in the beginning of 2000’s.

Israel joins Arab states at historic White House meeting

March 14, 2018

March 14, 2018

The Trump administration brought together Israel and a number of Arab nations, including those that have no official ties with the Jewish state, to strategize solutions for Gaza’s population.

By: World Israel News Staff

On Tuesday, Israeli representatives met with their counterparts from five Arab countries with whom the Jewish state currently has no formal diplomatic relations to discuss improving the lives of Gaza Strip residents.

While representatives of Egypt and Jordan also attended, the Palestinian Authority boycotted the meeting, refusing to participate in any manner.

“Thank you for putting all tensions aside to work with us,” tweeted President Donald Trump’s Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt. “Everyone left politics at the door and focused on practical solutions.”

 “We regret that the Palestinian Authority is not here with us today,” Greenblatt lamented. “This is not about politics. This is about the health, safety and happiness of the people of Gaza, and of all Palestinians, Israelis and Egyptians,” he added.

Among the Arab nations that attended the meeting were Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman. Other critical stakeholders who attended the meeting included United Nations representatives and individuals representing USAID and the Office of the Quartet, bringing together almost two dozen nations and international organizations.

While the PA opted to sit out the White House meeting, it sent its Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Intelligence Head Majed Faraj to Gaza on Tuesday. The PA officials were traveling to a wastewater facility inauguration, but instead were attacked in an assassination attempt on their convoy.

The White House gathering follows an emergency meeting of donors in Brussels that Israel recently called in an attempt to generate investments in Gazan infrastructure. Facing a 43.6% unemployment rate and a security and economic blockade, Gazans remain at the mercy of the bitter power struggle for control of the enclave between the Hamas terrorist group and Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction.


Erdogan hopes Kurdish-held Afrin town to be fully captured by Turkey Wednesday evening

March 14, 2018
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The Kurdish Syrian enclave of Afrin “will soon fall completely, God willing,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared in a speech. He added that he hopes it will happen by Wednesday evening.
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The statement came as Erdogan addressed local administrators at the presidential compound in Ankara. He also said civilian residents of the area were being evacuated through humanitarian corridors organized by Turkey.

Ankara launched an operation in northwestern Syria two months ago after the US announced that it was planning to boost the predominantly-Kurdish militia force, SDF, with training and weapons. The militias played the role of the ground force for the US-led siege of Raqqa, the now-destroyed stronghold of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

The Turkish government considers Syrian Kurdish militias an extension of the domestic Kurdish militant movement, the PKK. Ankara and the PKK have been locked in a decades-long armed conflict that claimed thousands of lives. The empowerment of Syrian Kurds was perceived as a serious threat to national security by the Erdogan government.

Ankara is not planning to seize Syrian territories, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday during a press conference. “The aim of Afrin operation ‘Olive Branch’ is to eliminate terrorists in the region,” the minister stated. He added that Turkey agreed with the US that militants should leave the Afrin region and nearby Manbij city in northeastern Syria.

In the meantime, the Syrian Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) said Erdogan is unrealistic about his plans in Afrin. “This evening he [Erdogan] will take all of Afrin?” YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud asked, according to Reuters. “Erdogan is lying to the people, I don’t know how this would happen,” he added. Turkey considers the YPG to be an arm of the PKK movement, dubbed a terrorist organization by Ankara.

Erdogan has reproached NATO allies over their failure to support his “counter-terrorist” operation in the Kurdish-held Syrian region.

“Hey NATO where are you? We’re fighting so much. NATO, is Turkey not a NATO country? Where are you? You’ve invited NATO-member states to Afghanistan,” Erdogan said in an inflammatory comment.

Humor at its best !

March 14, 2018

Palestinians to Sue US at International Criminal Court over Jerusalem Recognition

The Palestinians want to sue Trump over his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel\s capital. On what grounds?

By: United with Israel Staff

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis

The Palestinian Authority (PA) plans to file a legal complaint against US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to a Palestinian official, the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported Monday.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki will fly to The Hague in the near future to file a suit against the US at the ICC over Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December, Saleh Rafat, an executive committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told the official Voice of Palestine radio.

Trump’s historic recognition has “violated all international laws and resolutions,” Rafat calimed, without giving further details about the legal basis for the complaint.

Al-Maliki will file another ICC complaint against Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman for “their involvement in crimes against the Palestinian people,” Rafat said.

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has triggered an outcry in the Arab world, but Arab states have failed to take any action beyond statements.

‘Political, Hypocritical and Cynical Maneuver’

The PA became an official member of the ICC in 2015. At the time, Jerusalem responded with rage and derided the (ICC), saying the PA’s decision to join the ICC, in order to initiate proceedings against Israel, is a “political, hypocritical and cynical maneuver.”

Ever since, the PA has been using the international body as a forum from which to launch diplomatic attacks against the Jewish state.

“The ICC was established in order to prosecute those responsible for the world’s gravest atrocities. It is not acceptable to cooperate with those attempting to abuse the ICC system and its limited resources to promote their political agenda,” Israel stated.

“Israel will continue to defend itself and its citizens while respecting international law and abiding by Israel’s independent, impartial and effective legal system,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry stated.