News Scan for Turkey, Oct 18th 2016
Turkey will fight Isis in Mosul, President Erdogan says
Bitter row between Ankara and Baghdad over role of Turkish troops in battle to retake Mosul threatens future of operation, US says. It is “out of the question” for Turkish troops to stay out of the US-backed Iraqi army offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from Isis, the Turkish president has said.
“We will be in the operation and we will be at the table,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated in a televised speech on Monday. “Our brothers are there and our relatives are there. It is out of the question that we are not involved.”
Mr Erdoğan’s comments came as Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced that the long-awaited operation to reclaim the city has begun.It is “out of the question” for Turkish troops to stay out of the US-backed Iraqi army offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from Isis, the Turkish president has said. “We will be in the operation and we will be at the table,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated in a televised speech on Monday. “Our brothers are there and our relatives are there. It is out of the question that we are not involved.”
Mr Erdoğan’s comments came as Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced that the long-awaited operation to reclaim the city has begun.
Turkey warns that World War Three is inevitable if the Syrian conflict continues because ‘America and Russia WILL come to a point of war’
Turkey has warned the world will be plunged into a global conflict with America and Russia on opposing sides if the war in Syria cannot be resolved.
Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus made the comments as tensions between Washington and Moscow surged in the last week with the US pulling the plug on Syria talks and accusing Russia of hacking attacks.
It comes as his country and Western allies have been calling for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down, while Russia is a key backer of the regime in Damascus alongside Iran.
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A woman to improve the judiciary in Turkey?
The Istanbul Bar Association, which is the biggest bar in the world with 40,000 members, is going to elections. Bars are not just professional organizations; they are defenders of justice, the guarantee of the right of defense in society.
That’s why the question of who heads the bars are not just an issue for lawyers – it is an issue that interests us all, especially this time around, when rights violations are hitting new highs each day.
Five different groups will compete and one of them has a woman candidate for president, Several Ballıkaya.
The bar has never had a woman president in its 138-year history, with women nominated as a candidate to head the bar just three times. In her 26-year career, Ballıkaya has been at the center of the struggle for human rights and democracy, standing behind the victims of torture or parents who have lost their children due to extrajudicial execution. She followed their cases with the principle that every victim of injustice needs to be defended.
Shell wants to supply more natural gas to Turkey, says senior executive
Shell wants to supply Turkey with more liquefied natural gas (LNG), grow in the natural gas market and expand its cooperation with Turkey as the country has the potential to become a gas hub, according to a senior company executive.
“We want to increase our investments in Turkey and, in particular, to be a bigger player in the natural gas market. Currently, we are one of the companies that imports natural gas to Turkey and engages in the domestic natural gas trade. We supply BOTAŞ [Petroleum Pipeline Corporation] with LNG; as such, we foster resource diversity and contribute to the strengthening of natural gas supply security in Turkey. We want to provide more LNG for Turkey in the period to come,” said Shell Global Vice President Maarten Wetselaar, on the sidelines of the World Energy Congress in Istanbul.
Inferno’ a great opportunity to revive Turkey’s tourism: Association
“Inferno,” Ron Howard’s new movie starring Tom Hanks and based on Dan Brown’s 2013 bestseller, could be an opportunity to revive Turkey’s struggling tourism sector and to lure more foreign tourists, Hoteliers Association of Turkey (TÜROB) President Timur Bayındır has said.
The film, which premiered in Florence on Oct. 8, was released in Turkey on Oct. 14, and Istanbul’s historic peninsula plays a significant role in the plot, particularly the historic Basilica Cistern. Bayındır said sector players were hopeful of a boost in interest after a difficult year for the Turkish tourism industry.
“This movie will make a great contribution to the promotion of Istanbul and Turkey by fueling people’s attention to the historic spots shown in the movie,” he said in a written statement on Oct. 17.
compiled by Editor BTT
This is a news-scan from major Turkish papers and internet sites. However, we do not verify above stories neither do we vouch for their accuracy.