Foreign-backed militants have kidnapped at least 13 more Kurds in the Syrian province of Aleppo, and turned them over to al-Qaeda-linked extremists.A monitoring group with close links to the militants said the 13 were captured at a roadblock in the Sfeira region of Aleppo on Sunday and were handed over to Al-Nusra Front, also known as Jabhat al-Nusra.
As fighting continues between foreign-backed militants and Syrian troops, neighboring countries seem to be dragged into the confrontation. The Turkish government has been a key ally to al-Nusra Front fighting against the Syrian army.
In a new development the P-Y-D — a Syrian political branch of the P-K-K– has taken control of the town of Ras al-Ain on Syria’s northeastern border , from al-Nusra Front. The two engaged in battle with each other and some bullets that reached Turkish soil killed a boy.
However, members of the main Turkish opposition Party have said it is actually just the opposite and that Turkey seeks for any reason to start a ground invasion in Syria.
C-H-P Lawmaker Faruk Logoglu said on Friday that the AK Party is after foreign intervention in Syria and is trying, by any means, to create a de facto situation to that end.” He also accused the government of pursuing an unrealistic foreign policy and acting in a partisan way in the Syrian crisis. Directly referencing to al- Nusra front, Logoglu also urged “the A-K-P government to end the support for radical groups fighting the Syrian government. In a similar development, senior officials of the B-D-P, the political wing of the P-K-K, expressed similar comments and have sternly warned Ankara against its support for al-Nusra front.
In the mean time, the Turkish army has beefed up security at its borders with Syria and Turkish troops shot at P-Y-D fighters after two rocket-propelled grenades fired from Syria hit a border post on the Turkish side of the frontier.
The idea of the Syrian conflict spilling over into Turkey’s soil has reached somewhat a new level. Ankara and the Kurdistan’s Workers party reached a historic peace agreement in March. Now the P-K-K and the Al-Qaeda-linked Al Nusra front are at odds or even better to say AT WAR with each other.
The political wing of the P-K-K has said the fact that assailant gangs affiliated with the al-Nusra front are supported by Turkish government is quote ” increasing our concerns.” This, as several soldiers patrolling Turkey border with Syria have been wounded by unknown gunmen.
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- Turkey finds sarin gas in the hands of Syrian Rebels. (trunewsmedia.wordpress.com)
- Turkey Alarmed at Syrian Border Fighting (voanews.com)
- Turkey police attack Kurd demonstrators (rinf.com)
Iraq’s defense ministry has broken up an Al-Qaeda terror gang that was working to produce poison gas for their attacks within the country as well as in Europe and North America.
The group of five people built two facilities in Baghdad to produce sarin and mustard gas, using instructions from another Al-Qaeda group, ministry’s spokesman Mohammed al-Askari told a news conference on Saturday.
The members of the cell were prepared to launch attacks domestically, and also had a network to smuggle the toxins to neighboring countries, and further afield to Europe and North America, Askari said.
The arrest of the cell members was possible because of cooperation between Iraqi and foreign intelligence services, he added.
The United Nations said last month that sarin nerve gas was used by militants fighting against the government in neighboring Syria.
Iraq and Syria share a 600-kilometre (375-mile) border, and officials have warned that Al-Qaeda-linked militants opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the government in Baghdad have set up camp in Iraq’s western desert region.
Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq is still active in the country, launching regular attacks on government and civilian targets.
So far, the group has largely refrained from waging violence outside Iraq, but earlier this year it publicly said it was linked to al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front, an extremist group fighting the Mr. Assad’s government.
- Iraq captures al Qaeda chemical weapons team (timesofmalta.com)
- Iraq captures suspected Al Qaeda cell that planned to make chemical weapons (abc.net.au)
- Iraq smashes Al-Qaeda poison gas cell in Baghdad (thenewstribe.com)
Turkish security forces found a 2kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front who were previously detained, Turkish media reports. The gas was reportedly going to be used in a bomb.
The sarin gas was found in the homes of suspected Syrian Islamists detained in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersia following a search by Turkish police on Wednesday, reports say. The gas was allegedly going to be used to carry out an attack in the southern Turkish city of Adana.
On Monday, Turkish special anti-terror forces arrested 12 suspected members of the Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliated group which has been dubbed “the most aggressive and successful arm” of the Syrian rebels. The group was designated a terrorist organization by the United States in December.
Police also reportedly found a cache of weapons, documents and digital data which will be reviewed by police.
Following the searches, five of those detained were released following medical examinations at the Forensic Medicine Institution Adana. Seven suspects remain in custody. Turkish authorities are yet to comment on the arrests.
In a separate incident in Adana, police reportedly received intelligence that an explosive-laden vehicle had entered the town of Adana on Thursday, the Taraf daily reports.
Ankara has attempted to bolster the Syrian opposition without becoming embroiled in the Syrian civil war, a policy which Damascus claims lead to the deadliest act of terrorism on Turkish soil.
On May 11, 51 people were killed and 140 injured after two car bombs exploded in the Turkish town of Reyhanlı, located near the country’s border with Syria.A dozen Turkish nationals have been charged in the twin bombings, and Ankara has accused Damascus of helping the suspects carry out the attack.
“This incident was carried out by an organization which is in close contact to pro-regime groups in Syria and I say this very clearly, with the Syrian Mukhabarat [intelligence agency],” Interior Minister Muammer Guler said.
Syria’s Information Minister Omran Zoubi denied any link the attack, saying his country “did not commit and would never commit such an act because our values would not allow that”.Zoubi further charged the Turkish government had facilitated the flow of arms, explosives, funds and fighters across the country’s border into Syria, claiming that that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party bear direct responsibility [for the attack].”
Reports of chemical weapons use by both Damascus and the Syrian opposition have surrounded the conflict in Syria for months.
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- Turkey finds Sarin gas in homes of Syrian rebels (arabworld360.blogspot.com)
- Turkey finds sarin gas in homes of suspected Syrian Islamists – reports (rt.com)
- Turkey finds sarin gas in homes of suspected Syrian Islamists – reports (EndtheLie.com)
- Turkey Captures al-Nusra Fighters Plotting Major Attack (news.antiwar.com)
- CIA & McCAIN’S AL-QAEDA MERCENARIES IN Syria CAUGHT WITH SARIN GAS [W/ VIDEO] (secretsofthefed.com)