Alaturka Gazetesi

Turkey arrests 7 Daesh/ISIS-linked terror suspects

By Cankut Tasdan and Merve Yildizalp

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish police arrested seven foreign nationals — allegedly linked to Daesh/ISIS terror group — in an operation in the capital Ankara, according to a security source on Thursday.

The arrest came after arrest warrants were issued for 12 foreign citizens for their alleged links to terrorists in conflict zones in Syria and Iraq, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

According to the source, the arrested suspects included five Iraqi and two Syrian nationals.

Since recognizing Daesh as a terror group in 2013, Turkey has been attacked by Daesh/ISIS terrorists numerous times, including 10 suicide bombings, seven bombings, and four armed attacks which killed 315 people and injured hundreds.

In response to the attacks, Turkey launched anti-terror operations at home and abroad, neutralizing 3,500 Daesh terrorists and arresting 5,500.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev

Alaturka Gazetesi

Turkey: Police arrest 12 for suspected FETO links

By Yusuf Soykan Bal

IZMIR, Turkey (AA) – A total of 12 people were arrested in Turkey on Wednesday for their suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind a defeated 2016 coup attempt in the country.

Prosecutors in the Aegean province of Izmir issued arrest warrants for 25 suspects on charges of using the terror group’s encrypted smartphone messaging app, ByLock, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.

Simultaneous operations were carried out across six provinces — Izmir, Bursa, Kutahya, Kocaeli, Mus and Corum.

The operations continue to arrest other suspects, the statement said.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Turkey also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

* Writing by Havva Kara Aydin

Alaturka Gazetesi

Total of 23 FETO suspects arrested in Turkey

By Yavuz Emrah Sever

YALOVA, Turkey (AA) – A total of 23 FETO suspects have been arrested across Turkey over alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt in the country, judicial sources said on Wednesday.

The suspects were arrested during simultaneous operations conducted in Yalova, Bursa, Erzurum, Istanbul, Sakarya, Samsun and Kocaeli provinces, according to the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity due to media restrictions.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

* Writing by Zehra Nur Duz

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Israel arrests Palestine’s Jerusalem minister

By Abdel-Raouf Arnaout

JERUSALEM (AA) – Israeli forces detained Jerusalem Affairs Minister Fadi al-Hadami of the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday, according to an official statement.

In a statement, the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry said Israeli forces raided the minister’s home and searched it before taking him into custody.

There was no comment from the Israeli military on the arrest.

This is the second time Israeli forces arrested the Jerusalem minister in the last three months.

Israeli forces have escalated their actions against Palestinian activities in Jerusalem since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the occupied city as Israel's capital in 2017.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the decades-long Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — occupied by Israel since 1967 — might one day serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.


Israel detains foreign activists in occupied West Bank

By Qais Abu Samra <br>

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – The Israeli army on Friday detained 15 people, including both Palestinians and pro-Palestine foreign activists, in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil [Hebron], according to an Anadolu Agency photojournalist.

An Israeli military force detained the 15 as they attempted to fix a road that runs through the Israeli-occupied city, the photojournalist said.

According to the same source, roughly 150 foreign solidarity activists, along with a number of local residents, had been taking part in the road-construction project when the arrests were made.

The Israeli army has since reportedly designated the area a “closed military zone”.

The road in question falls within “Area C” of the West Bank, according to the terms of the Oslo Agreement.

Signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel, the 1993 agreement divides the Israeli-occupied West Bank into three areas.

“Area A” falls under the full administrative and security control of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA); “Area B” falls under the PA’s administrative control and Israeli security control; and “Area C” — in which Hebron is located — falls under the exclusive administrative and security control of Israel.

In a related incident, Jewish settlers on Friday vandalized several Palestinian homes in the West Bank city of Nablus, according to a Palestinian official.

Ghassan Daghlas, the PA official in charge of the Israeli settlement file, told Anadolu Agency that Jewish settlers had raided the Arab town of Hawwara in Nablus, where they spray-painted racist and anti-Arab slogans on Palestinian-owned homes and vehicles.

Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank complain of frequent attacks by Jewish settlers, which often include acts of physical violence, vandalism and the destruction of Palestinian farmland.

Last year alone, Jewish settlers carried out 482 separate attacks on Palestinians and their property across the West Bank, according to Israeli media reports.

There are currently 250 Jewish-only settlements built across the West Bank, which Israel occupied in 1967. Considered illegal under international law, these settlements are home to an estimated 600,000 Israeli Jews.


Turkey: 26 FETO terror suspects detained

By Sebahatdin Zeyrek

ANKARA, Turkey (AA) – Turkish security forces on Friday arrested 26 suspects, including active serving soldiers, for their alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup, judicial sources said.

Earlier, prosecutors in the capital Ankara issued arrest warrants for 29 suspects, including a colonel and sergeants as part of probes into the FETO’s clandestine network within the military, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Out of the 29 suspects, 14 suspects are serving soldiers, they added.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.


London: PKK supporters disturb peace in the city

By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal</p> <p>LONDON (AA) – The activities of terrorist PKK sympathizers in London over the past week have come under more scrutiny, with some asking why backers of an illegal group are allowed to gather, mobilize publicly, and even freely raid media and human rights organizations.</p> <p>Groups of protestors carrying terrorist PKK flags, banners, and posters — bearing the insignia of the illegal group or the likeness of its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan — have been seen on the streets of the British capital.</p> <p>A group of 50 PKK sympathizers invaded a building in London last Wednesday where the offices of Turkish international news channel TRT World and Britain’s ITV are located.</p> <p>Another group on Saturday night invaded Amnesty International’s entrance and manhandled a security officer before being removed by police who were called to the scene.</p> <p>In both incidents, the groups hung up posters and symbols of the terrorist organization PKK/YPG and freely and openly showed their solidarity with terrorism.</p> <p>The PKK is a banned organization in the U.K. and anybody seem openly praising its terrorist activities should face prosecution.</p> <p>The supporters have been observed shouting anti-Turkish slogans and were able to mount propaganda without interference from the authorities, despite laws that deem some of their actions on these marches criminal offences.</p> <p>- Amnesty arrests</p> <p>&quot;It is with considerable regret that Amnesty International can confirm that just before 10 p.m. last night a group of approximately 40 protesters rushed the door and forcibly entered the offices of the organization's International Secretariat in London,” the rights group said in a statement.</p> <p>“A security guard was pushed and pulled to the ground and trampled underfoot,” it said.</p> <p>Amnesty also said the police were called to the scene and they “assessed the situation and determined that criminal offenses had been committed and took action to remove those occupying the building.”</p> <p>“Regretfully some of the protesters refused to leave and the police had to arrest and physically remove them,&quot; it added.</p> <p>- Loopholes</p> <p>Supporters of the terrorist group are known for their attacks on Turkish workplaces and mosques across Europe.</p> <p>Although the group is banned in the U.K., the police have tolerated activities by its supporters, including rallies.</p> <p>In 2016 rallies, two young Turkish citizens were attacked, a policeman was injured, and some members of the general public were harassed by PKK supporters.</p> <p>London Mayor Sadiq Khan last year said that the PKK terrorist group takes advantage of loopholes in the U.K. to prevent counter-measures by the Metropolitan Police.</p> <p>Speaking to Anadolu Agency in 2018, Khan said the loopholes that allow occasional demonstrations to be held by PKK supporters in the U.K. capital are not acceptable, adding that the Metropolitan Police ought to act against any banned organizations.</p> <p>“I think it’s very important for the government and the home secretary to close those loopholes,” Khan said.</p> <p>The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years and has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.</p> <p>The YPG/PYD is its Syrian branch.</p> <p>


Turkey: 4 FETO suspects trying to enter Greece arrested

By Hakan Mehmet Sahin

EDIRNE, Turkey (AA) – Four people, who were planning to cross to Greece through illegal means, were arrested in Turkey’s northwestern Edirne province for their suspected links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) on Saturday, military sources said.

The suspects caught near the prohibited military zone between Greece and Turkey, were including an ex-colonel, Mahmut Erel, who had been wanted by Turkish security forces for “being member of a terrorist organization “.

Another suspect Sabri A. was also wanted for the same charge, while the two others, M.K. and E.K. were users of ByLock, an encrypted cellphone app used by FETO coup plotters.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

*Writing by Can Erozden


Algeria’s richest man arrested on corruption charges

By Hassan Jibril

ALGIERS (AA) – An Algerian court has ordered the arrest of billionaire Issad Rebrab, the country’s richest man, on corruption charges, according to the state television.

The Sidi Mohamed Magistrate Court in central Algiers ruled late on Monday that Rebrab be put in provisional custody.

Rebrab, owner of Algeria’s Cevital Group, was put in jail for allegations that he “made false statements, imported sub-standard equipment, and was exempted from paying custom fees”.

The state television did not say how long Rebrab would stay in prison, but videos circulated on social media showed the arrival of a national gendarmerie vehicle to the Harrach prison east of the capital with the business tycoon on board.

Known as Algeria’s richest man, Rebrab is currently worth some $3.8 billion, Forbes magazine reported in January.

Late last month, Ali Haddad, another prominent Algerian businessman, was similarly detained on corruption charges.

Haddad is a former head of Algeria’s Business Leaders Forum, which is composed largely of business people close to recently-resigned President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

The arrest came only days after Ahmed Gaid Saleh, Algeria’s military chief-of-staff, pledged to crack down on government corruption.

Last week, Algerians demonstrated in Algiers — for the ninth week in a row — to demand investigations into all Bouteflika-era corruption cases.

The 82-year-old Bouteflika stepped down early this following weeks of popular protests against his rule.

  • Writing by Ali Abo Rezeg

Saudi Arabia detains 13 for planning 'terrorist acts'

RIYADH (AA) – Saudi Arabia has detained 13 citizens for allegedly planning to carry out “terrorist acts” in the kingdom.</p> <p>In a Monday statement, the Saudi State Security Agency said the arrests were carried out only hours after gunmen attacked a police station in capital Riyadh.</p> <p>According to the security agency, the attack’s perpetrators belong to the Daesh terrorist group.</p> <p>On Sunday, four attackers were killed — and three policemen injured — in a foiled attack on a police station in a northern district of Riyadh. <br>

The following day, Daesh claimed responsibility for the failed attack.

In a video posted by the Daesh-linked Amaq news agency, the notorious terrorist group said the attack had been carried out “in revenge for the Muslims imprisoned in the [Saudi] kingdom, Syria and Iraq”.

According to the Saudi authorities, the perpetrators of Sunday’s attack attempted to storm the police station before being gunned down by security forces.

Last July, Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack on a security checkpoint in Saudi Arabia’s central Al-Qassim region that left a policeman and a foreign resident dead.