Erdogan’s ambition to be Caliph of the New Ottomans becomes more obvious at Hagia Sophia

From Google translate, the description of the video below:

There was great excitement before the first Friday prayers performed in Hagia Sophia Mosque.

Ali Erba?, the Head of Religious Affairs, who went to the pulpit to read the sermon before the prayer, had a sword with the symbol of the conquest.

CONVENTION TRADITION
In the Conquest tradition of the Ottoman period, two green banners were hung on the pulpit of the mosque as a symbol of conquest. A sword was placed at the entrance of the pulpit.

Turkish Diyanet head: Sermons with swords ‘traditional’

Turkey’s religious chief on Friday explained that swords were traditionally held during religious sermons delivered at weekly Muslim prayers as a symbol of conquest.

After leading the Friday prayer at the Hagia Sophia Mosque — the first prayer following its reversion to being a place of Muslim worship — Ali Erbas told reporters: “Khutbahs [Friday sermons] had been delivered with a sword, without interruption, for 481 years. If Allah permits, we will resume this tradition from now on.”

“This is a tradition in mosques that are the symbol of conquests,” explained Erbas, who heads Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), adding that the Hagia Sophia Mosque is one of those symbols of conquest.

The Hagia Sophia served as a church for 916 years until the conquest of Istanbul, and a mosque from 1453 to 1934 — nearly 500 years — and most recently as a museum for 86 years. […]

Top Imam Ali Erba? climbed up staircase of Hagia Sophia’s pulpit with Ottoman sword

Ali Erba?, the top imam and president of the controversial Directorate of Religious Affairs of Turkey, used an Ottoman sword to climb up the staircase of the pulpit of Hagia Sophia.

His move was not accidental. As the Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt points out, this is a highly symbolic movement that fulfils Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman aspirations.

“The longing of our nation that had become a deep wound is over,” said Ali Erba? in his sermon, “the doors of the Hagia Sophia Mosque as in other mosques of the country will be open to all the servants of Allah.” He even warned that “those who touch the fundamental goods and values are cursed.”

Sermons with swords part of Turkey’s tradition, head of Diyanet says

Turkey’s religious chief on Friday explained that swords were traditionally held during religious sermons delivered at weekly Muslim prayers as a symbol of conquest.

After leading the Friday prayer at the Hagia Sophia Mosque – the first prayer following its reversion to being a place of Muslim worship – Ali Erba? told reporters: “Khutbahs (Friday sermons) have been delivered with a sword, without interruption, for 481 years. If Allah permits, we will resume this tradition from now on.”

 

“This is a tradition in mosques that are the symbol of conquests,” explained Erba?, who heads Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), adding that the Hagia Sophia Mosque is one of those symbols of conquest.

The Hagia Sophia served as a church for 916 years until the conquest of Istanbul, and a mosque from 1453 to 1934 – nearly 500 years – and most recently as a museum for 86 years.

H/T M.

Brad Johnson update on Azerbaijani war on Armenia

This conflict is more meaningful than what one may expect of a war between two small nations most people have never heard of. This is a proxy war between Turkish people, who are the population of Azerbaijan, and Armenia, where the survivors of the Armenian Genocide by the Turks live. Russia is backing the Armenian Christians and Turkey is backing the Azerbaijani Muslim Turks. This has potential to spread.

Brewing kinetic wars revolving around Turkey, Russia, and their proxies and allies

That interview was done around July 15, so about 5 days ago. The following links might be well interpreted through the lens of this interview.

Erdogan: ‘Egypt’s movements in Libya illegal, UAE conducts piracy activities’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of taking “illegal and unacceptable” steps in Libya.

Erdogan stated that Turkey “will continue to assume the responsibility it undertook in Libya” and “will not let the Libyans face military aggression alone.”

The Turkish president strongly criticised Egypt and the UAE’s support for the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar, stating: “The steps taken by Egypt and its support for Haftar are illegal. On the other hand, Abu Dhabi is committing piracy crimes by sending money and weapons to Haftar illegally and this is unacceptable… while we are standing with a legitimate government fighting coupists.”

Egypt’s parliament to mandate Sisi to intervene militarily in Libya

Informed sources told Ahram Online that the Egyptian parliament – the House of Representatives – is expected to hold a plenary meeting this week to discuss the political and military situation in neighbouring Libya.

The sources said the discussion is to be followed by a vote to mandate President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to intervene militarily in Libya to help defend the western neighbour against Turkish aggression.

In a 16 July meeting between leaders of Libyan tribes and El-Sisi, they asked him to authorise the Egyptian Armed Forces “to intervene to protect the national security of Libya and Egypt, if they see an imminent danger to both countries. President El-Sisi said he would do so after obtaining the approval of the Egyptian parliament.

In a resolution passed on 13 July, the Libyan  parliament also asked the Egyptian and Libyan armed forces to work together to guarantee the occupier’s defeat and preserve shared national security in the face of the dangers posed by the Turkish occupation.

Armenians have been protesting all over the world. A few days ago even at Parliament Hill in Ottawa there was a protest of Armenians, who have an understanding with Russia, who are defending themselves against Azerbaijan, who are backed by the Turks, and have threatened to attack Armenian nuclear power plants.

The main sign needs to be read carefully. It is a quote of the Azerbaijan leader and not meant to be read as if in the first person. But its not super clear unless you look closely at it.

Here is the Libyan black magic ring thing again. I know its already posted earlier but its too good not to post here again.

And Planes secretly deliver cargo to Haftar’s military bases in Libya, investigation finds

Cargo planes have been found to be dropping off unidentified material at airbases controlled by rogue Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, an investigation by Al-Jazeera Arabic TV has found.

An investigation by the channel, using satellite images and flight information, found that two Russian-made Ilyushin 76 planes registered to Reem Travel, an Emirati-Kazakh company made a number of trips from the Emirates, Israel and Jordan to the Haftar-controlled military bases in Libya in early April.

This was when Haftar was attempting to capture the Libyan capital Tripoli, which is controlled by the internationally-recognised government of Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj.

Yesterday: Egypt’s parliament to mandate Sisi to intervene militarily in Libya

Also yesterday: Egypt condemns Turkey’s political and military interference in Arab affairs

Egypt has a pretty large military.

Also yesterday, Erdogan claims Egypt’s movements in Libya illegal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of taking “illegal and unacceptable” steps in Libya.

Erdogan stated that Turkey “will continue to assume the responsibility it undertook in Libya” and “will not let the Libyans face military aggression alone.”

The Turkish president strongly criticised Egypt and the UAE’s support for the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar, stating: “The steps taken by Egypt and its support for Haftar are illegal. On the other hand, Abu Dhabi is committing piracy crimes by sending money and weapons to Haftar illegally and this is unacceptable… while we are standing with a legitimate government fighting coupists.”

Yes Erdogan is very familiar with using the idea of a coup to wrest political power with a military. Much like Marxists use a reformatted history of Africans in the West to do the same.

Brad Johnson on other regional conflicts involving Russian and Turkish allies. We did post this video below before, but it belongs here.

There is a great deal more news articles in the Reader’s Links post comments over the last several days. Anyone very interested in what appears to be brewing over there may want to take a deeper dive and see what they can pull.

Brad Johnson update on Greece and Turkey

Greece has actually stated it intends to go to war with Turkey over Turkish moves to take oil from Greek waters. There are a few revelations in this briefing with retired CIA Chief of Station, Brad Johnson.

(This was edited and posted very late last night, hence “Bard” instead of Brad.)

Inside a Turkish medical facility

We had this translation checked by our own Turkish speaker and it is accurate. Interesting and this has implications. Notice how nearly no safety protocols are taken by medical staff. What looks like an orderly or other official actually rubs his face as he passes the group of patients.

Two videos on the Invasion of Europe which suggest a much more serious problem

There are rumours, and even a video that suggests the Turks have set up some of the people amongst the migrants with actual guns and are firing them into Greece. I hope to have some quality information on that next week. But here are two videos for the moment that should raise some serious questions.

“The first casualty of war is truth” – Hiram Johnson

Stephen Coughlin in one of his briefs for CFSP explained that its important to read enemy propaganda, propaganda the enemy makes for us to consume, as much as it is to know what they make for domestic consumption. Below is an example of the former.

One of our new Turkish translators has confirmed our hunch that Anadolu Agency is a Turkish propaganda factory. And in that spirit…

Thank you M. for this contribution.

Canada has its own version of Anadolu of course.