Ankara, December 10, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Manolis Kostidis
1050 Turkish citizens have joined the army of the Islamic state and are fighting at the side of the jihadists, a troubling fact for the Turkish leadership. The revelation was made by the president of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who revealed that “in Turkey, which consists of 81 cities, a total of 1050 persons from 70 cities joined the Islamic State. This should trouble us greatly as it might become a big threat to us”.
Barzani meets with head of MIT in Ankara
Many heads were turned by the visit of the leader of the Kurds of Northern Iraq Masud Barzani in Ankara. Almost immediately after arriving in the Turkish capital he went to the building that houses the Turkish secret service (MIT) and met with its head, Hakan Fidan.
Later he met with Erdogan and Davutoglu. A key issue in the discussions was how to deal with the threat of the Islamic State, as well as the issue of the Kurds of northern Syria, since Barzani is not a big supporter of the cantons model of governance used by the Kurds in Syria.