Obama heads to G-20 with new urgency following Paris attacks

The global anxiety sparked by a series of deadly attacks in Paris by the Islamic State group has given new urgency to President Barack Obamaand’s upcoming talks with world leaders at the G-20 meeting in Turkey.
The crisis in Syria, where the Islamic State group has taken root, was already high on the agenda at the meeting of 20 leading industrialized and emerging-market nations. But the violence in Paris that killed at least 127 people will dramatically change the dynamic of the talks in Antalya, Turkey, a seaside resort city just a few hundred miles from the Syrian border.
In remarks from the White House shortly after the attacks Obama said, andquotWeand’re going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice, and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people.andquot
French President Francois Hollande said Islamic State militants were behind the attacks and the extremist group claimed responsibility Saturday. The US has not yet said whether it believes the group is responsible for the carnage.
Obama was due to depart Washington on Saturday afternoon for a trip that also includes stops in the Philippines and Malaysia. Heand’s also supposed to travel to Paris in two weeks for a high-stakes climate conference, though thereand’s now some doubt whether that meeting can take place in the French capital, given that securing the leaders could come at the expense of other pressing security matters.
Security is expected be extremely tight in Turkey as leaders gather for two days of talks in Antalya, where several suspected Islamic State militants were recently detained.
Ahead of Obamaand’s talks in Turkey, Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting in Vienna with his counterparts from Russia, Turkey and other nations with a stake in Syria. The discussions suggest a new seriousness in efforts to end the 4 andfrac12- year civil war, though how or when that might happen still remains deeply uncertain.
US officials have played down prospects for an imminent breakthrough to quell Syriaand’s civil war and defeat the militants that have taken aantage of the chaos. Obamaand’s National Security Aiser Susan Rice said the goal was simply to make andquotincremental progress.andquot
More than 250,000 people have been killed in the clashes between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Eleven million people have been uprooted from their homes, sparking a massive migration crisis in Europe that is also expected to be on the agenda at the G-20 meeting.
ltm through the street until they were escorted to police cars in an operation carried out against the faith-based Gulen movement, popularly known as the Hizmet movement and inspired by the teachings of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen. The operation was carried out over charges of providing financial support to alleged members of the and”parallel structure,and” a term invented by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refer to the Gandulen movement.
Images of the suspects in handcuffs, in particular those of headscarf-wearing women, sparked public outcry. Following the reactions, Ceren was suspended by Manisa Governor Erdogan Bektai upon an order from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu.
Ceren was appointed Manisa police chief in June of last year. Since then, Ceren has made controversial statements and conducted controversial police operations in Manisa. He ordered police raids on three and”reading roomsand” that provide a beneficial environment for children from disaantaged socioeconomic backgrounds as well as 11 civil society organizations, which were raided on April 30 based on the much criticized and”reasonable suspicionand” clause that was signed into law by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Dec. 12.
Speaking to the press about the raids on the Manisa CSOs, Ceren declared their owners, educators and businessmen criminals despite these people having no criminal record. Ceren even likened these people to members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK), which has killed over 30,000 people so far.
Even former Deputy Prime Minister and former Justice and Development Party (AK Party) spokesman Bandulent Arinandc criticized the police raids ordered by Ceren at the time.
During a news program on May 6, Arinandc acknowledged that the raids were government-led and criticized them, saying that something suspicious was going on in Manisa and that these operations would lead to a loss of votes for the AK Party, adding: and”Iand’m going to ask Manisa to vote [for us], as I already have. Wonand’t they say to me: andlsquoWe know you and we like you, but [police under pressure from the AK Party] are raiding other people we likeandhellip The police chief is doing this and that like the head of a gang!and’ How can I reply when they say this to me?and”
Arinandc, continuing in his criticism of the raids on the CSOs, said: and”[Police] are conducting raids in the middle of the day. What are they looking for? The CSO are innocent. It is a very grave matter to these people that their associations are being raided like terrorist organizations.and”
Other controversial operations:
April 8: Teams from the Manisa Police Departmentand’s counterterrorism unit conduct simultaneous raids on five CSOs in Manisa: the Manisa Workers Union (MAandcAD), the Manisa Education Volunteers Union (MEGDER), the Manisa Active Educators Association (AKED), the Manisa Millennium Public Servants Association and the Industrialists and Businessmen of Manisa (MASiAD) — all raided by dozens of police officers based on and”reasonable suspicion.and”
May 5: Police raid six associations in Manisa, among them the Manisa branch of Kimse Yok Mu, a charity.
May 13: Seven businesses, including a media distribution office, are raided by the police in Manisa. The raids targeted Cihan Medya Daiitim A.i., which distributes the Zaman and Todayand’s Zaman dailies.
Aug. 26: Police officers and inspectors from several government bodies raid Gandulen-inspired private and prep schools in Manisa, including a kindergarten.
Aug. 30: Police raid the iehzade Mehmet Primary and Secondary Schools in Manisa.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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