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Supporters of Turkey's Syria op Rally Outside White House

A group of Turkish nationals living in the U.S. on Sunday rallied in front of the White House in support of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring against terrorists in northern Syria. The demonstrators held up signs saying that the PKK terror group, its Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed branch, the People's Protection Units (YPG), are the same. They denounced the terrorist groups and called on the U.S. government to end support to the YPG. The U.S. partnered with the YPG in its fight against Daesh terror group, despite listing the PKK as a terror organization. Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring, the third in a series of cross-border anti-terror operations in northern Syria targeting terrorists affiliated with Daesh and the PKK's Syrian offshoot the YPG, on Oct. 9 at 4 p.m.

US Withdraws Forces from Observation Post in Syria – Peace Spring

The US withdrew its forces from military observation post in south of Ayn al Arab in northern Syria, according to security sources. The US started to withdraw from Ayn al Arab, also known as Kobani, at 15:00 pm local time 1200GMT. Earlier, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said that the US is preparing to evacuate about 1,000 US troops from northern Syria. The decision came a week after US President Donald Trump announced that the US would pull back its forces from the Syrian border after a telephone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Tal Abyad liberated by Turkish and allied forces – reports. The city centre of Syria's Tal Abyad district has been cleared of YPG/PKK terrorists.

Intercontinental New York Times Square Names Gul Turkmenoglu New General Manager

New York (September 26, 2019) – InterContinental® New York Times Square is pleased to announce the appointment of hospitality veteran Gul Turkmenoglu to the role of General Manager. Turkmenoglu comes to InterContinental® New York Times Square with nearly 30 years of hospitality experience having spent the last 20 years in leadership roles. In her new role, Turkmenoglu will be managing all aspects of the hotel and its day-to-day operations including 603 guestrooms and four luxury suites as well as more than 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

General Harrigan: "Turkey Remains An Incredibly Important Partner to the Alliance"

By Ali Cinar-New York - "We recognize that Turkey will be a NATO partner that we’re going to continue to work with, and particularly from a military-to-military perspective, our relationships, the cooperation, remains very strong. There will always be areas that there will be tension, areas that we have to work our way through, but I will assure you that the work that we’re accomplishing together with our Turkish partners remains very solid. That relationship is strong." said Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa; Commander, Allied Air Command.

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Colliers International Adds Damla Barrett To New York Leasing Practice as Director

NEW YORK, May 14, 2019 -- Leading global commercial real estate services firm Colliers International Group Inc. announced today that Damla Barrett has joined the company as Director with a focus on tenant representation. She will be based in Colliers’ New York City office. Damla, who is fluent in Turkish, joins Colliers from Jones Lang LaSalle, where she represented The Turkish Consulate General in its 20,000-square-foot relocation to 605 Third Avenue. She was instrumental in helping Humanscale secure its global headquarters at 1114 Avenue of the Americas while doubling their footprint from 12,000 to 24,000 square feet.

TOA Awards Applications Start

Applications to Outstanding Achievement Awards, Heritage + Diversity + Legacy have started. Awards which are given by the first and only Turkish American business magazine, TURKOFAMERICA, will go this year to those who contribute to the development of the United States in the economic, political, cultural and social areas while preserving their ethnic values.  Award ceremonies have been held in different themes since 2015. The first year, America’s 50 most effective Turks, in 2016, America’s 30 Most Effective Women, in 2017, 40 Turkish-Americans under 40, and in 2018, Friends of Turkey in America were awarded. This year’s awards will be given to those from different ethnicities who have contributed to the communities they live in. Award winners will consist of names from a variety of ethnic groups other than American Turks and take their awards at the ceremony which will be held at U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in Washington DC on November 15, 2019. Applications are to start on July 9 and end on August 15, 2019.

TCA and TUSIAD Leadership Meet with Members of Congress

TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy and TUSIAD President Simone Kaslowski recently met with Members of Congress to highlight the importance of maintaining the strategic alliance and dialogue between the United States and Turkey. The meetings were set up by TCA on the occasion of the inaugural delegation led by Kaslowski to Washington as TUSIAD’s new president. TUSIAD, i.e. the Turkish Industry and Business Association, is Turkey’s equivalent of the Business Roundtable in the U.S.

Hakan Atilla, Turkish Banker Released from US Prison in Sanctions Case

NEW YORK — A Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade economic sanctions has been released from a U.S. prison, his defense attorney said Tuesday. Mehmet Hakan Atilla was released from prison Friday and surrendered to U.S. immigration officials to await deportation, attorney Victor Rocco said. It was not immediately clear when Atilla would be deported to Turkey. A federal jury convicted Atilla in 2018 of participating in a conspiracy that allowed Iran to launder billions of dollars in oil proceeds through world financial markets.

Daron Acemoglu is Named Institute Professor at MIT

Turkish American economist Daron Acemoglu has been named Institute Professor, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) highest faculty honor. Professor Acemoglu is now one of the 12 Institute Professors, along with 11 Institute Professors Emeriti. Professor Acemoglu has been promoted to the rank of Institute Professor in recognition of his “significant impacts in diverse fields of economics.” The honor is an “exceptional distinction by a combination of leadership, accomplishment, and service in the scholarly, educational, and general intellectual life of the Institute and wider community.”

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Turkish Citizen Elected as the Next Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America

Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, who was born and raised in Bakirkoy, Istanbul, is the first Turkish citizen in history to be elected to lead the Greek Orthodox congregation in the United States. He was elected unanimously by the "Holy Council" (Synod) of the Fener Greek Patriarchate in Istanbul, led by Patriarch Bartholomeos. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will be enthroned as the seventh Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Saturday June 22, 2019 in Manhattan, NY.

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