Friday, January 19, 2018

Russia, Iran open their arms as Turkey loses patience with U.S.

Russia, Iran open their arms as Turkey loses patience with U.S.

LONDON — Relations between the U.S. and Turkey have hit a new low over Washington's support of militias battling the Islamic State, according to analysts.
The government in Ankara views the Kurdish fighters as terrorists.
Experts warn that the crisis is resulting in Turkey — a longtime American ally with NATO's second-largest standing army — turning away from the West and toward Russia and Iran.
U.S. military support for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are led by the Kurdish YPG militia, have left Turkey furious. Officials have even warned that Turkish troops are ready to cross into neighboring Syria.
“Nobody should expect Turkey to be patient anymore,” the country's deputy prime minister, Bekir Bozdag, said Wednesday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also warned of an imminent incursion into Kurdish-controlled Afrin in northwest Syria.
Turkey sees the YPG as an extension of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist group by the U.S. and has fought a bloody insurgency since 1984 that has killed at least 35,000 people. With around one-fifth of Turkey’s population identifying as Kurdish, Turkey views the PKK and moves toward Kurdish independence regionally as an existential threat.
Image: A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units in Raqqa, Syria
A YPG member with a Kalashnikov assault rifle slung behind his back. Delil Souleiman / AFP - Getty Images file
"The U.S. is directly providing arms to a group ... whose ultimate ambition is not defeating ISIS," said Ziya Meral, a Turkey analyst at the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, a new British army think tank. "This group's ultimate ambition is creating an independent Kurdistan."
Kurds in the region have long harbored hopes of forming their own state. In Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government held a referendum on independence in September. Kurdish voters overwhelmingly backed independence but the result prompted Iraqi government forces to dislodge Kurdish militia from disputed regions including the oil city of Kirkuk. The referendum also angered neighbors like Turkey as well as Iran, which also has a restive Kurdish minority.
Meral said that “mistakes committed” by the Turkish state in crushing the movement and trying to force the minority to assimilate have resulted in deep grievances among many Kurds.
Fadi Hakura, a Turkey specialist at Chatham House, a London-based think tank, said that there was still a “serious cognitive dissonance” between Turkish and American officials.
He compared the situation with the Kurds in Syria and southern Turkey to a hypothetical “violent separatist Mexican movement” on America's southern border gaining traction among Hispanics in the United States.
“The United States is providing military and logistics to a group of Kurdish fighters that is closely linked to the PKK,” Hakura said. “The PKK is a separatist group that has used violence with the aim of achieving an independent Kurdish state. Naturally Turkey is apprehensive that a group of Syrian Kurdish fighters closely linked to the separatist Kurdish militants in Turkey is gaining a significant foothold in northern Syria.”
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As ties with the West deteriorate, Turkey was increasingly focusing on relations with America's rivals, he added.
“There is no doubt that declining relations with the United States will push Turkey closer into the arms of Russia and Iran,” Hakura said.
Last year, Ankara announced that it was purchasing Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems.
And on Thursday, Turkey announced that its chiefs of military staff and of intelligence had traveled to Russia to consult their counterparts ahead of a possible offensive in Syria, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.
Turkish troops have been in Syria for about three months after entering northern Idlib Province following an agreement with Russia and Iran to try to reduce fighting between pro-Syrian government forces and rebel fighters.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to try to assuage Turkish fears on Wednesday night.
“We are not creating a border security force at all,” he said, appearing to contradict an earlier announcement that the U.S.-led coalition would help set up a new 30,000-strong border force that includes the YPG. “What we are doing is we’re trying to ensure that local elements are providing security to liberated areas, and we still have.”
Tillerson said the issue of the border force been "misportrayed, misdescribed."
Image: Turkey Border
Turkish military trucks transport armored vehicles in Sanliurfa, which is close to the Syrian border. DHA / AFP - Getty Images file
“We have ISIS still attacking in parts of northwest Syria and along the Euphrates Valley, so this is just more training and trying to block ISIS from their escape routes,” he told reporters while traveling back to Washington from Vancouver where he had attended a meeting on North Korea.
Tillerson’s comments did not appear to lessen Turkish concerns.
"The practices of our NATO ally U.S. in Syria are unfortunately wrong and against the spirit of alliance,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Thursday, according to Anadolu. “The U.S. should end confusion over the region's future, and change its attitude toward peace and restoring relations with Turkey.”
It ultimately doesn't matter whether the Kurdish forces the U.S. is working within Syria are a border force or not, according to Meral. He said the whole situation had prompted a huge sense of betrayal within Turkey.
"The problem now is that the campaign against ISIS has entered a new phase, that the U.S. military is posturing toward a long-term force and training a YPG militia is a direct challenge to Turkey," Meral added.
The only way to bring Ankara back into the U.S. and NATO orbit was for Washington to fully understand why the Kurds are seen to pose an existential threat to Turkey and understand the impact the Syrian war was having on the country, according to Hakura.
“The United States is thousands of miles away from Syria whereas Turkey is on the border,” he said. “Syria is not a foreign policy for Turkey — it constitutes domestic policy.”
Why Odunlade Adekola May Never Deny He Is The Father Of Bukola Adeeyo’s Baby Girl

Why Odunlade Adekola May Never Deny He Is The Father Of Bukola Adeeyo’s Baby Girl

Few days ago, Nollywood actor Odunlade Adekola was fingered in a messy paternity case involving his protege, Bukola Adeeyo who put to bed in London on the 28th of June 2017.
Shortly after Miss Adeeyo’s delivery story broke, Odunlade Adekola was the only man fingered as the father of the adorable baby named Janell due to an alleged romantic relationship the duo had before she puts to bed. Colleagues of the actor who claimed to be aware of their relationship said Odunlade was responsible for Miss Adeeyo’s baby so he is the father of her baby.
However the request sent across to the actor to confirm the report was never honoured.
As at the time of this report, the talented Nollywood actor is yet to say a word on his relationship with baby Janell.
When Slickson put a call through to one of the Nollywood sources who broke the news today, the source said:
“You people are too inquisitive don’t you know according to Yoruba culture and tradition, it is a taboo for a a father to deny his blood child? I don’t think he will speak on this issue anymore. His silence says it all. Please let him be, when he feels the time is right, I believe he will speak on the matter. You never know what he is going through with his wife presently”.
EXPOSED! See Funke Akindele’s Real Age As She Lied About Her 39 Years Age Claims

EXPOSED! See Funke Akindele’s Real Age As She Lied About Her 39 Years Age Claims

Two days ago, Funke Akindele celebrated her birthday and she took to Instagram to announced that she just clocked 40 years old on Aug. 24.

She told her fans that she’s fabulously 39 and counting. However, Naija social media users seems to have carried the actress’ age matter on their head like metal bucket filled with water.
Funke who got married to boyfriend JJC Skillz at a private ceremony in London this week – is now enmeshed in an age controversy after conflicting reports emerged about her real age. The actress celebrated her birthday lowkey along with her musician lover and his family.
While she claims she’s 39, conflicting information on her Wikipedia page suggests she’s 40-years-old. According to the public online biography, the actress was born Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde on August 24, 1976 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria.
However, in a different twist, a Nollywood producer who wishes to remain anonymous, told Expressng that the actress is about 44-years-old.
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“As at when she starred in a soap opera “I Need To Know“, Funke’s age was already more than the teenage character which she portrayed. She is not 39 or 40 as she claims, she is 44 years old.
I have been around for quite a while to know this for sure. Age falsification and reduction is a trend in Nollywood and indeed every sector of the society, this is not the first time it is coming up,” the filmmaker said.
Explaining why entertainers tend to lie about their age, brand expert, Ikechukwu Orji said that corporate organizations are more disposed to associating with celebrities who are younger due to their youth segment appeal.
“In the corporate sector, we prefer to work more with celebrities with youth appeal and age plays a factor in this,”Orji said.
….. but wait! Who Funke Akindele’s real or fake age help? She is already blessed!!!
Actress, Funke Akindele Having Nightmares & Battling Serious Mood Swing Over Her Pregnancy

Actress, Funke Akindele Having Nightmares & Battling Serious Mood Swing Over Her Pregnancy

According to reports, Funke Akindele’s prophetess mother has moved in with the actress’ for prayers as she’s been attacked spiritually over her pregnancy.

Sources close to the actress, revealed she has been battling serious mood swing since she got pregnant, serious nightmare and occasional panic attacks.
The actress is beginning to sense fear of spiritual attack, though her husband, JJC Bello is putting the situation under control.
Infact, Funke’s mother has also moved in with her, at her multi-millionaire mansion in Ibeju-Lekki.

Copacabana beach HORROR: Baby killed and 17 people injured as car ploughs into pedestrians

Copacabana beach HORROR: Baby killed and 17 people injured as car ploughs into pedestrians

AN "OUT of control" car killed a baby and injured 17 people when it ploughed into a packed pedestrian area on Copacabana Beach in Brazil, leaving bystanders shocked and wanting to “lynch” the driver, police claim.

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At least 15 people have been hit by a car in Brazil
Police revealed an eight-month old baby died at the scene.
At least 17 people were hit by the out of control car.
The driver reportedly tried to escape but was then arrested by the police.
The black Hyundai car was said to be driving along the Avenida Atlântica road before unexpectedly crossing the bike path and boardwalk to end up on the sand of the beach.
When the police arrived on the scene they revealed that there was a lot of aggression being directed at the driver by bystanders.
The Colonel added: “We got there in time to keep him from being lynched.”
Accountant Magno Morais, 35, who witnessed the horror crash said confirmed the angry reaction from the immediate crowd.
He said: "It was shocking, we do not have a reaction at a time like this.
“People wanted to lynch the driver, but police at the scene prevented it. There were a lot of people run down.”
Local news has reported that the driver was involved in another incident two years ago when a motorcycle he was riding hit the back of a van.
He was treated by doctors from a local hospital at the time.
Speaking to local media, Daria Lasmar, 40, who helped try to save the baby that died at the scene, said medical staff spent 50 minutes trying to resuscitate the child.
She said: “I was crossing the signal.
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Police attended the scene just in time to calm the angry crowds
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A total of 15 people were believed to have been hit by the car
“When I put my foot on the boardwalk, the car raided and ran over several people. I approached the mother, she was crying a lot, saying that she had a lot of pain in her leg.
“She was saying ‘my baby’ and I asked if she was pregnant and she just repeated it.
“The grandmother appeared with the baby, but she was already fainting.
“She took the baby and the city guards cleared the way and took us in the car. Unfortunately, she died.
“They did the entire resuscitation procedure, it was 50 minutes, but she had cardiac arrest and then died.”
Police station rocked by huge explosion - area on lockdown after 'hand grenade attack'

Police station rocked by huge explosion - area on lockdown after 'hand grenade attack'

AN explosion has rocked a police station in Malmo, Sweden forcing officers to lock down the area after a suspected hand grenade detonate

Scene of reported explosion at police station in Malmo, Sweden

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The explosion was caused by a hand grenade according to local news reports. 
The police have released a statement to say they were called by several people due to a loud bang. 
Police spokeswoman Anna Goransson said to the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet: “The place is locked off and the bombing group is on its way.
"Fortunately, no people have been injured, but cars, I cannot say how many, have been damaged."
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There has been an explosion in a Swedish police station
The Aftonbladet have claimed that two people are suspected of being involved in the attack. 
The incident happened in the town of Malmo, which is in the south of Sweden, close to the border with Denmark. 
Police have been placed on high alert and deployed to various locations across the city. 

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The incident happened in the city of Malmo in Sweden
Police Area Manager Stefan Sinteus is at the scene of the incident to assess the damage. 
The incident happened at around 9pm local time.