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Turkish Newspaper Close To President Erdogan Calls To Form Joint Islamic Army To Fight Israel
March 7, 2018
The Source Of The Yeni Şafak Article: The SADAT Company Website
The main points of the article are taken from the website of the Turkish SADAT International Defense and Consulting Company, which provides consultancy on defense and warfare, both conventional and unconventional, and on military organization, training and gear. The company has an agenda of promoting pan-Islamic military cooperation. According to its mission statement, it seeks “to establish defense collaboration and defense industry cooperation among Islamic countries, to help the Islamic world take its rightful place among the superpowers by providing… strategic consultancy and training services to the militaries and homeland security forces of Islamic countries.”
According to Israeli security sources, the SADAT company is involved in aiding Hamas, and seeks to assist – with funds and military gear – the creation of a “Palestine Army” to fight Israel.
SADAT Founder Adnan Tanrıverdi
The SADAT company was founded by Erdoğan’s senior advisor on military affairs, retired general Adnan Tanrıverdi, and is chaired by his son, Melih Tanrıverdi. Adnan Tanrıverdi (b. 1944) served in the Turkish army’s Artillery Corps and headed the Home Front Command in northern Cyprus. He is an expert on assymetric warfare, and was dismissed from the Turkish military in 1996 for his Islamists leadnings. A former Turkish army officer, Ahmet Yavuz, described him as “an enemy of Atatürk” and stated that his dismissal from the army was not surprising.
The Yeni Şafak article is based on a PDF booklet featuring a number of articles by Tanrıverdi, as well as other materials, that appeared on the homepage of SADAT’s website and has since been removed. Some of the articles are virulently anti-Israel and promote the goal of arming the Palestinians and forming an Army of Islam to eliminate Israel.
One of these articles, titled “SADAT and the Future of the Muslim World” describes Israel as “the outpost of the new Crusade and a dagger in the heart of Islam,” and “the eyes, ears and fist of the Christian World.” A second article, titled “How to Solve the Palestinian Question?” emphasizes the need to utilize the OIC as the basis for a permanent defense cooperation committee, and also describes his vision of establishing military bases for the purpose of liberating Palestine. An article titled “Palestine Too Should Have an Army” articulates Tanrıverdi’s vision of forming a Palestinian army equipped with tanks and other heavy weaponry, and adds that this army, along with a united Army of Islam, can bring about Israel’s military defeat within 10 days and its diplomatic defeat within 20 days.
The fact that Yeni Şafak echoes Tanrıverdi’s articles indicates that regime-associated media is promoting an agenda of attacking Israel.
Tanrıverdi Associate Arrested In Israel On Suspicion Of Aiding Hamas
Recently, Israel became aware of Tanrıverdi’s activities after it arrested a Turkish academic, Cemil Tekeli, on suspicion of aiding Hamas terrorists in Turkey. According to the Israeli paper Makor Rishon, Tekeli, who has since been deported to Turkey, is a close associate of Adnan Tanrıverdi. The Makor Rishon report featured a photo of him with both Adnan and Melih Tanrıverdi:
The following are excerpts from the Yeni Şafak article, along with some of the images and infographics that accompanied it. Bold text was highlighted in the original :
“This Wednesday, Istanbul will host an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, at which decisions on military and economic issues will presumably be made. In this framework, it becomes evident that the member states’ [joint] military might greatly exceeds that of Israel. Moreover, in a possible military operation, this superiority [can] be realized on the ground by [setting up] joint military bases for ground, air and naval forces. Below are a map and statistics presenting a comparison between Israel and the [proposed] Army of Islam…
“What If An Army Of Islam Was Formed Against Israel?
“If the OIC member states unite and form a joint military force, it will be the largest army in the world. These countries’ total population is 1,674,526,931. The number of soldiers in active service in these countries is at least 5,206,100. Their [overall] military defense budget, of $174,728,420, is also worthy of emphasis.
“Half Of Istanbul
“As for Israel, it is significantly inferior. The population of this country, which attempted to occupy Jerusalem while surrounded by Muslim states, is 8,049,314. Note that the population of Istanbul alone exceeds 14 million. The number of soldiers in active service in the [Israeli] occupation forces is 160,000, and [Israel’s] defense budget is approximately $15, 600,000,000.
Infographic comparing the OIC countries with the Israel:
“Defense Budget: OIC: $174,728,420; Israel: $15,600,000. Population: OIC: 1,674,526,931; Israel: 8,049,314. Soldiers: OIC: 5,206,100; Israel: 160,000″
“Islamic Countries Will Lay Siege To Israel
“Among the decisions that can be taken at the OIC [summit] is to form a ‘Jerusalem Task Group.’ In this framework, military steps are likely to be taken. The [Muslim] armies, ranging from Africa to Asia, surpass the Israeli [army in might]. So if an Islamic army is formed, Israel will be under a siege.
“At The First Stage: 250 Thousand Soldiers
“In a possible military operation, the first step is expected to involve 250,000 soldiers, and the establishment of joint land, air and naval bases for use in the short term.
“500 tanks and armored vehicles, 100 war planes, 500 attack helicopters and 50 warships and submarines can be mobilized.
Interactive map providing information on particular bases and missions in a possible operation against Israel. Clicking on various locations provides the following information, for example:
“Eskişehir – Konya – Kilis: In case of a military operation, air bases in various locations will house 100 planes and 500 attack helicopters, and also serve as reinforcement and supply bases. 250,000 military staff, including pilots, will be ready for duty.
[Northern] Cyprus: In case of a military operation, the 50 warships and submarines stationed in naval bases can take an active role [in the fight] against Israel in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The Turkish navy, among others, will participate in the operation. Together the forces will comprise 250,000 men.
“Military Bases Close to Israel Available For Immediate Action
“The war planes that will be dispatched to the region from greater distances will be stationed in airbases [closer to Israel]. Israel will most likely to be besieged by the naval fleets that will be sent to the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.
“The Necessary Equipment Exists
“The military capability of the OIC member states is considerable. These armies have the necessary equipment to carry out a military operation on land, sea and air.
“Even Turkey Alone Is Superior [To Israel]
“Turkey will serve as an important headquarters during the operation, due to its land, air and naval infrastructures. The Turkish army, which carried out ‘Operation Euphrates Shield’ [in Syria in 2017] with great success, is now ranked the world’s seventh strongest army, and the second largest army among the NATO powers. Turkey has approximately 4,000 tanks and 1,000 war planes and other aircraft. Its navy made significant progress during the last years, with 194 vessels at its disposal.
“As the only country which possesses nuclear weapons, Pakistan has an important status among the 57 Muslim [OIC] countries…
“Those who believe that they are the owners of Jerusalem today will not find a single tree to hide behind tomorrow”
“Asia’s Military Defiance
“In a statement, Malaysian Defense Minister [Hishammuddin] Hussein described Trump’s recognition [of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] as a blow to Muslims, and added: ‘The Malaysian armed forces are ready to fulfill their duty regarding Jerusalem.’
“Turkey Is Forming Alliances
“In recent years, Turkey has launched a series of collaborations with [OIC] member states. The joint military drill with our Iraqi neighbors conveyed a clear message to the terrorists, and Turkey is [also] engaging in new collaborations with Qatar, Somalia and other Gulf and African countries. In this context it should be underlined that Turkey is taking steps to realize the model of the ‘Army of Islam,’ forging alliances with many Muslim countries to increase its military mobility.” – source
Preparing for the next war: US, IDF forces launch Juniper Cobra American and Israeli forces launched operation “Juniper Cobra” this week, a two-week joint defense training exercise bringing together more than 4,500 service members from the IDF and the US military’s European Command (USEUCOM).
Since 2001, Israeli and US security forces have conducted a total of eight Juniper Cobra joint combat exercises, including the most recent exercise in February 2016.
This year, the US military has deployed over 2,500 service members, including 1,400 Marines and 1,100 naval personnel. In addition, 2,000 IDF soldiers are slated to take part in the exercise, making Juniper Cobra 2018 the largest joint combat exercise between Israel and the US this year.
Two US Navy vessels have taken up positions off the coast of Israel and will be taking part in the exercise.
The ninth Juniper Cobra exercise will hone the ability of US and Israeli forces to coordinate their responses to complex threats, especially missile attacks from regional foes like Iran and Hezbollah.
The exercise simulates scenarios in which US forces would deploy to Israel in order to aid the Israeli air force.
The drill, Israel Air Force Captain Ron Shavit told Arutz Sheva, focuses on a “scenario in which missiles are launched at Israel. One of the [goals] of the drill is to cooperate together and improve our abilities and work together.”
Dozens of aircraft, missile defense systems, ground forces, and naval assets will be involved in the exercise as complex multi-front combat scenarios are simulated in real-time.
“It is great to be here in Israel and it is great to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Israeli parties as we participate in Juniper Cobra ’18,” US Army Colonel David Shank told reporters.
“This is a bilateral exercise, it is a ballistic missile exercise and it is an exercise that provides us the opportunity to continue to strengthen our partnership and deepen the cooperation that we have with our Israeli partners.”
Together, the participating units will perform computerized simulations of a variety of rocket threat scenarios in different regions. The simulations include the use of the “Arrow,” “Iron Dome”, “Patriot”, and “David’s Sling” Systems. The David’s Sling system was declared operational in April 2017.
“The ‘Juniper Cobra 2018’ exercise will serve as an opportunity for the IDF, and the IAF in particular, to enhance operational capabilities in the face of high-trajectory threats,” said Commander of the Aerial Defense Array, Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich.
“The exercise demonstrates the strategic and fundamental cooperation between the IDF and the US Armed Forces. In the coming weeks we will train together to face complex and challenging scenarios, which are relevant to the dynamic range of threats that we must be prepared to face.”
US Marines come to Israel
USS Iwo Jima berths at Israel’s coast as part of joint Jupiter Cobra 2018 exercise between US, Israeli militaries.
The USS Iwo Jima will arrive off the coast of Israel Tuesday as part of the joint US-Israeli military exercise “Juniper Cobra 2018”.
The Iwo Jima carries 1,400 marines in addition to 25 aircraft and three hovercraft. Its home port is the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida. The warship is currently serving with the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet.
The Juniper Cobra 2018 joint exercise is focused on improving defense capabilities from an integrated ballistic attack. In addition to the aerial cooperation, additional exercises will be held, in which some 650 American marines will take part.
These exercises with enable the IDF and the US military to enhance cooperation between the two forces.
The Iwo Jima can deploy various aircraft and ground vehicles, along with amphibious landing craft, while maintaining a safe distance from the shore. In addition, the ship has tools and systems that allow the landing of air crews and equipment on its 257-meter (843 feet) landing strip, while off the coast of a combat zone.
Marine Commander, Marine Captain Farrell J. Sullivan noted, “The exercise is an extraordinary opportunity for both armies to work together and demonstrate their mutual commitment.” – source