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IS Leader Baghdadi Arrived at Area of U.S. Raid 48 Hours Beforehand : Turkish Official

ANKARA (Reuters) - Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi arrived at the location in Syria where he was reportedly killed early on Sunday in a U.S. raid some 48 hours before the operation, a senior Turkish official said. The Turkish army had advance knowledge of the U.S. operation in Syria’s Idlib, the official said, adding that Turkey would continue to coordinate its actions on the ground with the “relevant parties”.

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Reliving the Ottoman New York

SYMA MOHAMMED - TRT WORLD - Through a walking tour across the island of Manhattan, two historians shine a light on a great many connections that existed between the former Ottoman Empire and America. When one thinks of New York City’s Lower Manhattan area, iconic images of gleaming skyscrapers overlooking the Hudson River tend to spring to mind. Now home to the city’s bustling financial district, Lower Manhattan’s history as a trading port has been largely physically erased, and consequently forgotten. However, unearthing historical archives reveals an unexpected relationship between the city and the Ottoman Empire.

The American Turkish Society's 2019 Gala Honors Vehbi Koç Foundation For 50 years of Excellence in Philanthropy At Cipriani 25 Broadway On November 1st

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Turkish Society will honor Vehbi Koç Foundation at their 2019 Gala on Friday, November 1 at Cipriani 25 Broadway, in New York. Gala Chair, Peggy Rockefeller Dulany will present the Koç Family with the American Turkish Society's "50 years of Excellence in Philanthropy Award."

New York Ataturk Chorus and Incesaz to Perform at the Legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City

New York, NY- On Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. Turkish and International Music Ensemble brings renowned Turkish band Incesaz and New York Ataturk Chorus to Carnegie Hall. This will be the first time for Incesaz and New York Ataturk Chorus to perform Turkish music at this iconic stage to more than 600 audiences. The concert will begin with New York Ataturk Chorus singing an exciting repertoire of classical songs including polyphonic arrangements that reflect the vibrancy of Turkish music. Led by music director Nedim Katgi on the piano, the Chorus will be joined by eight professional instrument players. Since the chorus’ inception, talented and dedicated volunteer singers from New York Metropolitan area have gathered together with the common purpose of perpetuating the richness and diversity of Turkish choral music for the enjoyment and edification of audiences. The Chorus hopes that the concert at Carnegie Hall will draw attention and interest to Turkish music, promote Turkish music to a wider variety of audiences with diverse backgrounds, develop current audience base and nurture a sense of community and a love for Turkish music.

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.

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