“DEAŞ gelini”nin babası Trump'a karşı dava açtı

WASHINGTON (AA) – Terör örgütü DEAŞ'a katıldığı için Başkan Donald Trump tarafından ABD'ye dönmesine izin verilmeyeceği belirtilen Hoda Muthana'nın babası, Trump'a karşı dava açtı.

Eski bir Yemenli diplomat olan baba, mahkeme kararı olmaksızın kızını vatandaşlıktan çıkardığı için Trump yönetimine karşı başkent Washington'da hukuki süreç başlattı.

Babanın "ABD hükümeti zorla kızım ve kızımın oğlunun haklarını elinden aldı." ifadesine yer verilen dosyada, davanın Başkan Trump ve ABD Dışişleri Bakanı Mike Pompeo'ya karşı açılması dikkati çekti.

2015 yılında henüz 20 yaşındayken Alabama eyaletinden Suriye'ye giderek terör örgütü DEAŞ'a katılan ve bu süre içerisinde 3 kere evlenip boşanan Muthana'nın, 18 aylık bebeğiyle beraber ABD'ye dönmek istediğini ifade etmesi, Trump yönetimi tarafından tepkiyle karşılanmıştı.

Trump, "Muthana'nın ülkeye sokulmaması talimatını verdim." ifadesini kullanmış, Pompeo ise "O bir terörist. Başkan Trump'ın da net olarak ifade ettiği gibi ülkeye giremeyecek. Çünkü ABD vatandaşı değil, ABD vatandaşlığı hakkına da sahip değil ve tehdit oluşturmak için ülkemize geri dönmeyecek." açıklamasını yapmıştı.

Pompeo'nun sözlerine karşı ise Muthana'nın avukatı Hassan Shibly, müvekkilinin ABD vatandaşı olduğuna vurgu yaparak şu açıklamayı yapmıştı:

"Trump yönetimi, vatandaşlarının haklarını haksız yere ellerinden almaya devam ediyor. Hoda Muthana ABD vatandaşıdır ve ABD pasaportu vardır. Kendisi, babasının diplomatlık görevini bırakmasının birkaç ay ardından 1994 yılında New Jersey'in Hackensack kasabasında doğdu."

Başkan Trump, DEAŞ'a karşı "son" operasyonların yapıldığına vurgu yaparken, operasyonlar sırasında yakalanan Avrupa kökenli DEAŞ'lı teröristlerin ülkeleri tarafından geri alınması yönünde çağrı yapmıştı.

Trump'ın Avrupa ülkelerine bu yönde çağrı yaparken, kendisinin Muthana'yı vatandaşlıktan çıkarmak suretiyle sorumluluktan kaçması ise tepkilere sebep oldu.

Özellikle sosyal medya üzerinden yapılan tartışmalarda Muthana'nın ABD'ye alınmaması gerektiği yönünde görüşler özellikle dikkati çekerken, bu fikre karşı çıkanlar genç kadının ABD'ye getirilerek hukuki sürece dahil edilmesi gerektiğini savundu.

ABD'de aşırı sağcı bir yayın politikası izleyen Washington Free Beacon adlı yayın organının editörü Matthew Continetti, FOX TV'ye yaptığı yorumda Muthana'nın ülkeye geri getirilmesi durumunda Guantanamo'ya konulması gerektiğini ileri sürdü.

Continetti, Muthana'nın ülkeye alınmaması gerektiğini belirtirken, alınması durumunda ise önünde iki seçenek olduğunu belirtti. Continetti, "Muthana ABD vatandaşı değilse Guantanamo'ya yollamalıyız. Eğer vatandaş ise yargılarız. Çözüm bu kadar basit." dedi.

Terör örgütü üyeleriyle yaptığı evlilikler nedeniyle ABD basınının "DEAŞ gelini" olarak nitelendirdiği Muthana, haber kanalı ABC News'e verdiği mülakatta 2015 yılında DEAŞ'a katıldığını, o sıralarda yaptığı nefret içerikli paylaşımlardan ve örgütün işlemiş olduğu suçlardan utanç duyduğunu belirtmişti.

Muthana 18 aylık bebeğiyle beraber ABD'ye dönmek istediğini ifade etmişti.

US: Daesh bride's family files lawsuit against Trump

             By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - The father of an American woman who fled her home in the state of Alabama to join the Daesh terrorist group is filing a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to get her returned to America.</p>  <p>The legal team representing Ahmed Ali Muthana, a former Yemeni diplomat at the U.N., argue remarks by Trump and his administration that said Hoda Muthana, 24, is not a U.S. citizen, subsequently barring her from re-entry, are unconstitutional.</p>  <p>&quot;The failure of the United States to facilitate the return of Ms. Muthana and her son as it is obligated to do under the Constitution and the Fourth Geneva Convention will cause immediate and irreparable harm by jeopardizing their ability in the future to return to the United States,&quot; the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America said in a lawsuit filed late Thursday.</p>  <p>Trump said Wednesday in a tweet he told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to not let Muthana and her 18-month-old son into the country. Pompeo called her a &quot;terrorist&quot; and said that she had no legal basis to enter the country.</p>  <p>The question of Muthana's citizenship is in murky waters, due to the fact that her father had served as a diplomat prior to her birth.</p>  <p>A person born in the U.S. to foreign diplomats is not automatically considered a citizen. </p>  <p>However, her attorneys argue Trump and Pompeo are inaccurate, saying that her U.S. birth qualifies her as a citizen.</p>  <p>Hassan Shibly, Muthana's lawyer, provided Anadolu Agency with a photo of her birth certificate showing she was born in New Jersey as well as a 2004 letter from the U.S. mission to the UN, saying her father was no longer a diplomat Sept.1, 1994, before she was born.</p>  <p>When applying for her passport, Muthana's father sent the UN letter to immigration authorities and they accepted the documentation and issued her a passport in 2005, and then renewed it in 2014.</p>  <p>In 2016, under President Barack Obama, a letter addressed to Muthana and sent by the U.S. to her family in Alabama tried to revoke her passport while she was still in Syria. That contradicted the Vienna Conventions of Diplomatic Relations, which says a person's diplomatic immunity ends when a post ends, according to the lawsuit.</p>  <p>The State Department, however, says it was not officially notified of the termination until Feb. 6, 1995, after Muthana's birth.</p>  <p>Shibly told Anadolu Agency this week that Muthana is extremely remorseful for her ignorance and arrogance, and that she had been brainwashed. The attorney says that she wants to help speak out against radicalization, is willing to face trial in the U.S. and is aware she would likely be charged and placed in jail.</p>  <p>&quot;One of the things Hoda really wants to do is to be able to speak out and protect others from those very same mistakes,&quot; he said.

UPDATE – Bill to end Trump border wall declaration enters House

                              ADDS DATE OF VOTE IN GRAF 11</p>  <p>By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - House Democrats introduced a formal resolution of disapproval Friday in a bid to thwart U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall emergency declaration.</p>  <p>Trump last week made the announcement in a bid to circumvent the congressional appropriation process after lawmakers gave him only a small fraction of the $5.7 billion he had been seeking to build the U.S.-Mexico separation barrier. </p>  <p>His declaration has already been met with a slew of expected legal challenges, including more than a dozen states seeking to overturn the executive action. </p>  <p>The resolution entered by congressman Joaquin Castro and co-signed by more than 200 lawmakers in the House of Representatives marks the first congressional challenge to the controversial declaration, which Trump said he did not need to make when he announced it at the White House. </p>  <p>The resolution seeks the declaration's termination, and Trump has threatened to veto it should it reach his desk.</p>  <p>But unlike much of Washington's politics there has been a fair amount of bipartisan pushback to the president's declaration over concerns that it sets a dangerous precedent, and violates the Constitution's separation of powers. </p>  <p>House Speaker Nancy Pelosi circulated a letter Thursday to all House lawmakers urging them to support the resolution, saying it &quot;undermines the separation of powers and Congress’s power&quot; over federal appropriations. </p>  <p>&quot;The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated,&quot; she wrote. &quot;We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the President’s assault.&quot;</p>  <p>Republicans in the House and Senate have, to varying degrees, publicly warned against the president's action but with the Democratic-led resolution guaranteed to enter the Senate the president's congressional allies have an awkward test looming. </p>  <p>As a privileged resolution it will have to be taken up in the Senate within 18 days of the House’s passage, a near certain scenario with the Democratic majority solidly lined up behind the effort.  </p>  <p>The House will vote on the measure Tuesday, according to Pelosi.

Bill to end Trump border wall declaration enters House

             By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - House Democrats introduced a formal resolution of disapproval Friday in a bid to thwart U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall emergency declaration.</p>  <p>Trump last week made the announcement in a bid to circumvent the congressional appropriation process after lawmakers gave him only a small fraction of the $5.7 billion he had been seeking to build the U.S.-Mexico separation barrier. </p>  <p>His declaration has already been met with a slew of expected legal challenges, including more than a dozen states seeking to overturn the executive action. </p>  <p>The resolution entered by congressman Joaquin Castro and co-signed by more than 200 lawmakers in the House of Representatives marks the first congressional challenge to the controversial declaration, which Trump said he did not need to make when he announced it at the White House. </p>  <p>The resolution seeks the declaration's termination, and Trump has threatened to veto it should it reach his desk.</p>  <p>But unlike much of Washington's politics there has been a fair amount of bipartisan pushback to the president's declaration over concerns that it sets a dangerous precedent, and violates the Constitution's separation of powers. </p>  <p>House Speaker Nancy Pelosi circulated a letter Thursday to all House lawmakers urging them to support the resolution, saying it &quot;undermines the separation of powers and Congress’s power&quot; over federal appropriations. </p>  <p>&quot;The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated,&quot; she wrote. &quot;We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the President’s assault.&quot;</p>  <p>Republicans in the House and Senate have, to varying degrees, publicly warned against the president's action but with the Democratic-led resolution guaranteed to enter the Senate the president's congressional allies have an awkward test looming. </p>  <p>As a privileged resolution it will have to be taken up in the Senate within 18 days of the House’s passage, a near certain scenario with the Democratic majority solidly lined up behind the effort.  

Koreas: North pleads with UN to help tackle food gap

ANKARA (AA) – North Korea has appealed to the United Nations, asking for its help address its chronic food shortages that threaten the basic livelihood of the country's people.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said figures provided by Pyongyang show "a shortfall of 1.4 million tons in food production this year, including crops of rice, wheat, potato, and soybean".

According to UN figures, at least 10.5 million North Koreans, or 41 percent of its population, "are in need of food aid".

North Korea's call for help comes ahead of a second summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders in Hanoi, Vietnam, set for Feb. 27-28.

Pyongyang is facing severe UN sanctions since 2006 when it first tested its nuclear arsenal violating international norms.

Dujarric said that several UN agencies were in talks with North Korea "to take early action in order to address humanitarian needs".

Daesh bride could help US stem radicalization: lawyer

            By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) – Four years ago, Hoda Muthana left her home in Hoover, Alabama and embarked on a journey to join Daesh's self-proclaimed caliphate.</p>  <p>While there, she took the name Umm Jihad, or &quot;Mother of Jihad,&quot; and regularly used her social media accounts to stoke pro-Daesh sentiments, laud the terror group and call on Muslim-Americans to carry out attacks against their countrymen.</p>  <p>But after being married to three Daesh fighters and giving birth to a son, Muthana, who is now 24 years old, says the war and bloodshed she witnessed made her realize her mistake and she wants to come home.</p>  <p>&quot;Seeing friends, children and the men I married dying changed me,&quot; Muthana said in a letter to her lawyer, Hassan Shibly.</p>  <p>While the U.S. administration says she is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed back into the country, Shibly says her return could make for a powerful tool against terrorism and radicalization.</p>  <p>&quot;One of the things Hoda really wants to do is to be able to speak out and protect others from those very same mistakes,&quot; he told Anadolu Agency.</p>  <p>&quot;I think her going down the dark path that she went down, and being a witness to how evil ISIS is, and then coming back to testify to the world how evil they are can be very, very helpful in protecting others from making those same mistakes,&quot; he added, using another name for Daesh.</p>  <p>According to George Washington University's Program on Extremism, 60 Americans left the U.S. to join Daesh in Iraq and Syria.</p>  <p>Those who want to return could become advocates against Daesh, since they have firsthand experience in what happened there, according to David Malet, Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology of the School of Public Affairs at American University.</p>  <p>&quot;Many foreign fighters return with powerful stories of why others should not do what they have done. If she were used in this way, Muthana would be a much more credible spokesperson against ISIS than anyone in the Trump administration,&quot; Malet told Anadolu Agency.</p>  <p>&quot;We know that less than one-tenth of one percent of returnees have become involved in domestic plots. My own research shows that most plots occur within the first few months of return and that there has never been a long-term threat after that.&quot;</p>  <p>President Donald Trump and his administration said Muthana would not be allowed back in the country, calling her a &quot;terrorist,&quot; while Shibly said she had been manipulated by people online to brainwash her and that she did not have full control of her social media accounts.</p>  <p>&quot;She realizes that she had completely gone astray, that she was very ignorant and arrogant and angry and she had lost her way. And she wants to make amends for her mistakes and find a safe haven for her child to grow up in,&quot; he said.</p>  <p>Shibly argues that her U.S. birth qualifies her as a citizen, providing Anadolu Agency with a photo of her birth certificate showing Muthana was born in New Jersey as well as a letter from the U.S. mission to the UN saying her father was no longer serving as a diplomat when she was born.</p>  <p>Someone born to a foreign diplomatic officer is not automatically considered a U.S. citizen at birth.</p>  <p>The State Department, however, said the letter &quot;only addresses&quot; Ahmed Ali Muthana's diplomatic privileges &quot;during his reported length of service&quot; and fails to address when those &quot;privileges and immunities began and ended&quot;.</p>  <p>Malet says the Trump administration is contradicting its own calls for other countries to take back citizens caught in Syria and put them on trial.</p>  <p>&quot;The administration is using the same tactics that the UK, Australia and others use to argue that she is not a citizen because of her father's legal status. This turnaround will discourage other countries from repatriating their citizens and lead to longer-term problems.&quot;</p>  <p>It is unclear whether Muthana will be allowed to return to the U.S. and face trial for joining Daesh, and her legal status still remains a mystery.</p>  <p>She is currently living in statelessness in the al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria, where she is the only American among its 39,000 residents.

“ABD'nin Suriye'den çekilme kararı doğru”

WASHINGTON (AA) – Dünyaca ünlü uluslararası ilişkiler kuramcısı John Mearsheimer, ABD'nin Suriye'de herhangi bir stratejik çıkarı olmadığını belirterek, "ABD Başkanı Donald Trump'ın Suriye'den çekilme kararını doğru buluyorum." dedi.

Siyaset, Ekonomi ve Toplum Araştırmaları Vakfı Washington Ofisi (SETA DC) tarafından düzenlenen panele katılan Mearsheimer, ABD'nin dış politikasını ve "liberal hegemonyanın çöküşünü" değerlendirdi.

Mearsheimer, ABD Başkanı Trump'ın dış politika anlayışında "liberal hegemonya" gibi bir yaklaşım olmadığını savundu.

Liberal hegemonyanın çöküşüyle ilgili "Trump'ın başkan seçilmesi", "Çin'in ciddi şekilde yükselmesi" ve "Rusya'nın yeniden toparlanıp sahneye çıkması" maddelerini sıralayan Mearsheimer, tam da bu süreçte Trump'ın seçimleri kazanarak başkan olduğunu söyledi.

"Trump, önceki başkanlardan farklı olarak ABD'nin egemen olduğu liberal bir hegemonya hayal etmiyor." değerlendirmesini yapan Mearsheimer, Trump'ın mümkün olduğunca çatışma alanlarından çıkmak istediğini kaydetti.

  • "Suriye'den çekilme kararı doğru"

ABD'nin Suriye'de herhangi bir stratejik çıkarı olmadığını vurgulayan Mearsheimer, "Bu bağlamda Donald Trump'ın Suriye'den çekilme kararını doğru buluyorum. Bırakalım oradaki sorunu Rusya düzeltmeye çalışsın, biz değil." ifadelerini kullandı.

Mearsheimer, ABD'nin Suriye'deki sorunlara önemli ölçüde kaynaklık ettiğini, artık belli bir noktadan sonra Rusya ve Türkiye gibi ülkelerin oradaki sorunları çözebileceğini kaydetti.

ABD'nin asıl büyük yüzleşmesinin Çin'le olacağına dikkati çeken Mearsheimer, bu noktada özellikle petrol kaynaklarından dolayı Körfez bölgesindeki karşılaşmanın çok önem taşıdığını ifade etti.

  • "Çin'le yüzleşme belirleyici olacak"

Mearsheimer, ABD için stratejik önem derecesine göre artık Doğu Asya, Körfez ve Avrupa şeklinde bir sıralama olduğunu belirtti ve ABD'nin Çin'le karşılaşmasının onlarca yılın dünya politikasını belirleyeceğini söyledi.

Milliyetçiliğin günümüz dünyasındaki en güçlü yön tayin edici unsur olduğunu dile getiren Mearsheimer, bu güçlü duygu sebebiyle ABD'nin ya da başka bir büyük gücün herhangi bir ülkeye istediği gibi girip çıkamadığını kaydetti.

UPDATE – 200 troops to stay in Syria after pullout: White House

            ADDS DETAILS THROUGHOUT</p>  <p>By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - The U.S. will keep about 200 troops in Syria for an as yet undetermined amount of time following a planned pullout of U.S. forces, the White House said Thursday.</p>  <p>“A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,&quot; spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement. </p>  <p>The announcement follows President Donald Trump's abrupt decision in December to withdraw all U.S. troops from the war-torn country, where American forces have been working to defeat the Daesh terror group. </p>  <p>Trump's policy shift rattled close allies and drew swift rebukes from some of his most ardent supporters on Capitol Hill. </p>  <p>Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the president's closest legislative allies, publicly broke with him over the planned pullout. </p>  <p>Following the White House's announcement, however, he lauded Trump's decision to leave some U.S. forces in Syria &quot;as part of an international stabilizing force&quot;.</p>  <p>&quot;A safe zone in Syria made up of international forces is the best way to achieve our national security objectives of continuing to contain Iran, ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS, protecting our Turkish allies and securing the Turkish border with Syria,&quot; Graham said, using another name for Daesh.</p>  <p>The White House did not mention the forces being part of an international force in its statement, nor did it specify where the troops would remain. </p>  <p>But the announcement follows a phone call earlier in the day between Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which the White House said the leaders &quot;agreed to continue coordinating on the creation of a potential safe zone&quot;.</p>  <p>The 200 troops will be split between At-Tanf, an area near the Iraq-Jordan border, and northeast Syria, CNN reported, citing an anonymous U.S. official with knowledge of the matter. 

200 troops to stay in Syria after pullout: White House

            By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - The U.S. will keep about 200 troops in Syria for an as yet undetermined amount of time following a planned pullout of U.S. forces, the White House said Thursday.</p>  <p>“A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for period of time,&quot; spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement. </p>  <p>The announcement follows President Donald Trump's abrupt decision in December to withdraw all U.S. troops from the war-torn country, where its forces had been working to defeat the Daesh terror group. 

UPDATE – Erdogan, Trump discuss Syria, economic ties over phone

            ADDS WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT</p>  <p>By Ahmet Salih Alacaci</p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed Washington’s planned troop withdrawal from Syria in a phone call late Thursday.</p>  <p>The two leaders agreed that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria should be carried out in line with common interests, stressing the need to support the political process in the war-torn country, according to Turkish presidential sources.</p>  <p>They also reiterated their countries’ determination to fight all forms of terrorism.</p>  <p>They also agreed to further enhance economic relations, setting a goal of $75 billion in bilateral trade. </p>  <p>The White House said separately in a statement that Erdogan and Trump agreed to continue coordinating on the creation of a potential safe zone in northern Syria.</p>  <p>It also noted that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford would host their Turkish counterparts within the week for further talks.</p>  <p>Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.</p>  <p>Last December, Trump made a surprise announcement that the U.S. would be withdrawing all of its troops from Syria and said Daesh had been defeated in the country.