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    Kerry Blasts Turkey for Insinuating that Washington Plotted Coup of Erdogan

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    The United States expressed concern that their longtime NATO ally and critical regional partner believed that Washington would try to overthrow their government calling the claims "harmful to bilateral relations."

    US Secretary of State John Kerry told Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavosoglu on Saturday that public claims suggesting that American officials masterminded the failed coup attempt in Turkey were categorically false and were harmful to relations between the two longtime NATO allies.

    Kerry urged Turkey to show restraint in the wake of the coup attempt and to follow the rule of law closely in its investigation into the plot, State Department spokesman John Kirby explained in a statement.

    “He made clear that the United States would be willing to provide assistance to Turkish authorities conducting this investigation, but that public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations,” said Kirby.

    Earlier in the day Labor Minister Süleyman Soylu created a firestorm when he publicly claimed that Washington was behind the coup in Turkey.

    "The US is behind the coup attempt. A few journals that are published there [in the US] have been conducting activities for several months. For many months we have sent requests to the US concerning Fethullah Gulen. The US must extradite him," said Soylu.

    ​The attempted coup has left 265 people dead and over 2,000 wounded across the country. Erdogan’s regime has responded by cracking down with fury imprisoning 2,745 opposition judges and arresting over 2,800 soldiers alleged sympathetic to the coup bid.

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    • The Night Wind
      Considering how many times Erdogan has been involved in fake US-instigated 'coups' himself, he no doubt recognizes whose fingerprints are all over the Turkish coup! For example, Libya, where the 'opposition leader' lived in Virginia and supposedly directed the coup against Qaddafi from there...
    • avatar
      This is a massive CIA blunder on the scale of the the Bay of Pigs and Lebanon. The US now has several thousand troops locked down in Incerlik air base along with dozens of nukes. Their regional power projection has suddenly disappeared. They'll be needing Jimmy Carter and a fleet of rescue helicopters. Because of this Russia now emerges as the regional super;power with a dominant axis of Assad, Iran and Turkey.
    • Kinky
      US has been shooting herself in the foot for quite some time now.
    • support
      Bob Hoferer, thanks. Well this is an official state online newspaper so if I am to engage in hopefully smile-inducing polemics and satire, I may as well do it in a manner of which my fifth grade English composition teacher would approve :)

      The situation is far, far worse than simply a negative emotional stimulus. All Queen Weirdogun the Last has to do is blast his way through a handful of American troops and surprise! He has a large number of American-made nuclear missiles all ready to go to sell to Iran, ISIS or the Eskimos.

      Or he may declare dominance over Western Europe and form his own organization, the Turkish Atlantic Treaty Organisation, or TATO. If Weirdogun signed a follow-on treaty with Poland they could call the organisation POTATO.

      Seriously, if the USAF running those nukes have not hit the self-destruct button they are probably planning to do so shortly. For those to fall into Turkish hands means that in the next few hours or days following that event, someone is going to have to drop one on that base.

      On the other hand that is an elegant and the least inexpensive way to cause the Islamists to crawl back into their caves for at least another couple of decades. For my money, Turkey and its US proxy support base was always the root of all evil during these terrorist-dominated years.
    • avatar
      With TURKEY friendly with Russia, what else you expected?
    • Ann
      As I said on yahoo, let me get this straight - - The US is known for "regime changes." It supports the coup in Ukraine, the U.S. OPENLY admits to trying to overthrow the democratically elected govt of Syria AS WE SPEAK, as they already did in Libya, Venezuela, Honduras and dozens of other countries - - BUT NOW THEY TAKE OFFENSE WHEN SOMEONE ACCUSES THEM OF SUPPORTING A COUP IN TURKEY?

      ...A coup that happened JUST DAYS after Erdogan started working to restore relations with Russia. Can we really believe anything anyone says?

      Turkey was our good buddy as long as they were supplying weapons to ISIS and buying their stolen Syrian oil, and keeping the road open for more imported mercenaries to go from Turkey into Syria - but now all of a sudden, THIS?

      As a side not to Support, it would not surprise me if Erdogan had PLAYED THE U.S. FOR JUST LONG ENOUGH to get it's hands on some nukes...and the U.S. globalist elites, being greedy, arrogant, dominating fuks, fell for it in their quest to rule the planet.
    • Ann
      chrrev, If he means "investigation" like the one hillary just got, why bother?
    • Annin reply tosupport(Show commentHide comment)
      support, I did not know that, thanks.
    • Annin reply toKinky(Show commentHide comment)
      Kinky, apparently their aim is improving...
    • Skevin
      It is well known that USA never support coups in foreign countries apart in Ukraine, Chili, nicaragua, Panama, Grenade, Korea, Afghanistan, Indonesia.....
    • Mensa
      No doubt it is U.S. U.S has quite a history with overthrowing governments.
    • Mensain reply toSkevin(Show commentHide comment)
      Skevin, ONLY if those coups are in U.S interest. "Democracy" is a pretext under that lie they are "justified" to do it.
    • avatar
      Yes boys and girls, we are being treated to fantastic theater, way beyond the Keystone Kops, the Marx Brothers and the three Stooges.

      Dang, ain't this something?
    • Bose
      It's very difficult to understand the current politics of Turkey
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      ptcjmin reply tojande.jande(Show commentHide comment)
      jande.jande, seems Nuland's cookies of Ukraine are of the usual standard measures, I,e, coup d'état size.
    • avatar
      It is curious why the coup leaders did not shut down the CNN Turk station. Maybe they were given assurances that they had nothing to fear from CNN?
    • supportin reply toAnn(Show commentHide comment)
      Ann, you are very welcome. One of the biggest failures of the American engineering community over the past 70 years which impacts the American economy severely is to have not learned and applied what Russians have learned through metallurgical development processes. It is safe to say that whether it is natural gas line explosions, drill rig explorions, refinery fires or aircraft and space vehicle engine failures involving US equipment, corrosion through rusting can be traced down as a possible cause. Stainless steel is nice if you have chromium in abundance: Russia does not. Therefore Russia uses manganese and molybdenum as its anti-corrosion element in their recipes for steel.

      Interestingly most steel knowhow originated starting at the time of the Crusades with Turks not Germany or Sweden. One of the reasons Saladin made monkey meat out of the Crusaders was because as a Kurd he had access to the excellent steel swords for which his neck of woods was noted.

      Today, Turkey still supplies 70-80% of the Western world's electric arc furnaces for refining and recycling steels and non-ferrous metals. There are over 380 large EAF's in the USA alone according to the US Steel Recycling Association. The vast majority of those furnaces are designed, supplied and installed by Turkish firms and experts.

      Also if your automobile company has a Turk metallurgist leading that production team, that firm tendss to be a world-beater. Chrysler's turnaround after their disaster in the early 1980's was spearheaded by a Turkish immigrant metallurgist.

      Because of this Turkish political chaos, watch US steel prices skyrocket over the next few months.
    • avatar
      CIA and Pentagon are out of step !!! There make blunders after blunder !!!!
      Poor USA there will only have lap dogs but no real partners !!!
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      Bush Rejects Taliban Bin Laden Offer
      By Kathy Gannon
      Associated Press Writer
      Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001; 1:50 p.m. EDT

      JALALABAD, Afghanistan –– A senior Taliban leader said Sunday that the Islamic militia would be willing to hand over Osama bin Laden to a third country if the United States halts the bombing of Afghanistan and provides evidence against him.

      President Bush quickly rejected the offer.

      "The president has been very clear, there will be no negotiations," White House spokeswoman Anne Womack said. Washington has repeatedly rejected any negotiations or conditions on its demands that the Taliban surrender bin Laden and his al-Qaida terror network.

      The statement by Deputy Prime Minister Haji Abdul Kabir did not break new ground. But its timing and the fact it was made to foreign reporters by such a senior figure – the Taliban's third most powerful figure – could indicate the movement was desperate for a way out of the crisis after more than a week of punishing airstrikes.

      Kabir said that if the United States gave evidence bin Laden was behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and halted the bombing, "we would be ready to hand him over to a third country" – a country, he added, that would never "come under pressure from the United States."

      "If America were to step back from the current policy, then we could negotiate," he said. "Then we could discuss which third country."

      Before the start of the air campaign, the Taliban had demanded evidence of bin Laden's involvement in the attack and had offered to try him before an Islamic court inside Afghanistan – proposals that the United States promptly rejected.

      Kabir's offer came a day after the Taliban's supreme leader rebuffed a "second chance" given by Bush for the Islamic militia to surrender bin Laden to the United States. In a blistering statement, Mullah Mohammed Omar said there was no move to "hand over anyone" and accused the United States of killing Afghans.

      The United States launched the airstrikes Oct. 7 after weeks of pressing the Taliban to give up bin Laden unconditionally.

      © Copyright 2001 The Associated Press
    • Annin reply toptcjm(Show commentHide comment)
      ptcjm, "coukies d'état"??
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