World Bulletin / News Desk
Syrian opposition activists have been receiving training and supplies of vital equipment from a joint effort by the US and the UK to create a powerful alternative to the Bashar al-Assad regime, British daily the Telegraph reported on Sunday.
According to journalist Damien McElroy, reporting from İstanbul, “The training takes place in an İstanbul district where handsome apartment blocks line the steep slopes and rooftop terraces boast views over the Golden Horn waterway.”
A British consultant overseeing the program was quoted in the report as saying that the program aims to improve the capabilities of the Syrian opposition. "We are not 'king-making' in Syria. The UK and the US are moving cautiously to help what has been developing within Syria to improve the capabilities of the opposition," the consultant reportedly said.
"What's going to come next? Who is going to control territory across Syria? We want to give civilians the skills to assert leadership.”
According to the report, the program also aims to ensure that it “does not fall into the trap of promoting sectarian agendas or the rise of al-Qaeda-style fundamentalists.”
The report says the project is overseen by the US State Department's Office of Syrian Opposition Support (OSOS) and US Foreign Office officials. It says while the US has allocated $25 million for political opponents of Assad, Britain is granting 5 million pounds to the cause of overthrowing the regime.
Turkish defense industry exports increased by 21 percent in January-August period reaching over $1 billion, according to the national association of exporters.
High inflation figures are largely related to food prices, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said.
Turkish Aerospace Industries handed last four of modernized F-16 fighters to Pakistan in a ceremony in Ankara on Tuesday.
Tuesday's newspapers cover the corruption probe targeting President's Erdogan's son, PM Davutoglu’s unveiling of the new government program as well as more detentions in Turkey’s ‘wiretapping’ sweep.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry urged Israel to withdraw their decision and stick to international law.
'To open the Halki Seminary (historic theological Greek school) is easy, but Greek side should take similar steps,' said President Erdogan.
The Turkish Exporters' Assembly announced a 5.2 percent rise in exports for August.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry rejected claims about the country’s general consulate staff in Mosul, who have been kept hostage by rebels in Iraq since June 11.
New Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu outlined the coming government’s program, highlighting the resolution of the Kurdish question.
The programme put emphasis on a strong economy, envisaging a monetary policy which stepped up the struggle against inflation but also supported growth and employment
Erdogan and Davutoglu, who was appointed prime minister last week, have both made clear that their efforts to curb Gulen's influence will continue in their new roles
Amasya MP Mehmet Naci Bostanci is elected ruling AK Party's new parliamentary group deputy chairman.
Turkey's President Erdogan made his first foreign visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as president on Monday.
Ali Babacan will retain overall responsibility for the economy in the new cabinet, government spokesman Bulent Arinc said
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