Archive for the ‘Turkey’ Category

Cracks in Turkish-Russian ties begin to show

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Cracks in Turkish-Russian ties begin to show

Mistrust instead of the spirit of mutually beneficial political cooperation is guiding current relations between Ankara and Moscow. Turkish-Russian ties are following a different trajectory today to what they were a year ago when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was promoting the notion of a strategic relationship in the making.

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France increases tension by recalling its envoy: Turkey

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on France increases tension by recalling its envoy: Turkey

France has increased the tension by recalling its ambassador in Turkey and has been continuing with its “one-sided and egocentric” approach towards incidents and bilateral relations with Turkey, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Oct. 25 in a written statement.

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Death toll update | Nearly 105 fighters killed and injured of “al-Sham Corps” close to Turkey in Russian airstrike on camp near Iskenderun region, north-west of Idlib

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Death toll update | Nearly 105 fighters killed and injured of “al-Sham Corps” close to Turkey in Russian airstrike on camp near Iskenderun region, north-west of Idlib

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented further casualties in the Russian airstrikes on a camp belonging to the Ankara-backed al-Sham Corps in Jabal al-Dawila area in Harem, north-west of Idlib.

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Turkey extends East Med exploration, sparks tensions with France

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey extends East Med exploration, sparks tensions with France

France gives Turkey two months to change East Med policies, recalls ambassador over Erdogan’s remarks about Macron. Turkey announced late Saturday that it is extending by one week a gas exploration mission in the eastern Mediterranean that has caused tensions with Greece.

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Turkish-French dispute carries over to Libya

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish-French dispute carries over to Libya

There are growing indications that Erdogan may be pushing to undermine the ceasefire in Libya. At the current stage of the French-Turkish political conflict, political and religious considerations are being purposely mixed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but the background of his clash with France confirms it has nothing to do with religion, which […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia, Magreb, Turkey

Turkey begins training Libyan coastguards and thus competes with the EU and Italy

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey begins training Libyan coastguards and thus competes with the EU and Italy

Turkish armed forces have started training the Libyan coast guard, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing reports of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The newspaper rates this as a “further blow” against Rome’s influence on the LibyanGovernment of National Accord [GNA] in Tripoli, as this activity has so far been carried out by the Italian military mission.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia, Middle Orient, Turkey

Iran, Turkey and Qatar condemn France over religious ‘desecration’

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Iran, Turkey and Qatar condemn France over religious ‘desecration’

Why would small groups in Gaza, such as Islamic Jihad, suddenly care about a cartoon in France when they have more pressing issues? This is a sort of regional competition over who “defends Muslims.” Turkey, Iran, Qatar, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have all come out with statements over the weekend slamming France over alleged […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient, Turkey

France recalls ambassador from Turkey after Erdogan jibe at Macron

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on France recalls ambassador from Turkey after Erdogan jibe at Macron

France on Saturday said it was recalling its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggesting his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, needed a mental health check-up, which Paris condemned as unacceptable.

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US issues more threats to NATO ally Turkey after Erdogan confirms tests of Russian-made S-400 systems

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on US issues more threats to NATO ally Turkey after Erdogan confirms tests of Russian-made S-400 systems

Turkey’s tests of its Russian-made S-400 air defense systems violate Ankara’s commitment to NATO and may hamper its security relations with the US, the Pentagon has said, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed the drills.

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US Embassy in Turkey warns of terror threat against Americans

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on US Embassy in Turkey warns of terror threat against Americans

The statement urged US citizens to avoid crowds and keep a low profile in areas frequented by foreigners. In a security alert issued Friday, the US Embassy in Turkey warned of a terror threat toward Americans in Istanbul and across the country.

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Turkey’s withdrawal in Idlib may be omen of war

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s withdrawal in Idlib may be omen of war

Turkey’s decision to evacuate military posts in regime-held areas in Idlib is hardly reassuring when considered against the backdrop of its continued military buildup elsewhere in the region.

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Russia, Turkey Hold Syria Meeting in Moscow

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on Russia, Turkey Hold Syria Meeting in Moscow

The Russian and Turkish sides are holding talks in the Russian capital, Moscow, to discuss the latest developments on the Syrian front. Russian News agency TASS reported that the Turkish Deputy-Foreign Minister, Sedat Önal, arrived in Moscow on Thursday, at the head of a political delegation, to hold meetings with Russian officials on Syria and […]

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Hamas using cyberwar base in Turkey to target enemies: The Times

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on Hamas using cyberwar base in Turkey to target enemies: The Times

Hamas is using a secret base in Turkey to carry out cyber warfare and counter-intelligence operations to target its enemies, according to a report by The Times who spoke to several western intelligence sources. The Times reported that the base is based in Istanbul and was set up two years ago separate from Hamas’ official […]

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Turkey’s withdrawal in Idlib may be omen of war

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s withdrawal in Idlib may be omen of war

Turkey’s decision to evacuate military posts in regime-held areas in Idlib is hardly reassuring when considered against the backdrop of its continued military buildup elsewhere in the region.

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Can Russia benefit from Turkey-Greece spat?

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on Can Russia benefit from Turkey-Greece spat?

In light of the conflict in the eastern Mediterranean between Turkey and Greece, Russia may be looking to strengthen its ties with Greece in order to further its interests in the region.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia, Turkey

The Tensions and Contradictions in Macron’s Diplomacy With Russia and Turkey

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on The Tensions and Contradictions in Macron’s Diplomacy With Russia and Turkey

French President Emmanuel Macron has taken an activist approach recently to a range of thorny and persistent challenges in and around Europe.

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Turkey, a taboo word in Sisi’s coy lexicon

Friday, October 23, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey, a taboo word in Sisi’s coy lexicon

Regional analysts consider Cairo to be playing a blurry political and media game, and this disturbs some of its allies, especially the Gulf states. Whenever Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi refers to Turkey in his speeches, he tends to do it implicitly, and he also deliberately refers to its transgressions indirectly.

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Greece wants from Germany to cut off arms supplies to Turkey

Friday, October 23, 2020 Comments Off on Greece wants from Germany to cut off arms supplies to Turkey

Against the background of military conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, quiet political-military diplomacy is being conducted on the European continent at the request of Greece.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia, Middle Orient, Turkey

Renewed Fighting Puts Nagorno-Karabakh Cease-Fire Under Severe Strain

Thursday, October 22, 2020 Comments Off on Renewed Fighting Puts Nagorno-Karabakh Cease-Fire Under Severe Strain

A cease-fire in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh was under severe strain on October 20 after new clashes between Azerbaijani and ethnic Armenian forces, despite a plea by the UN Security Council for both sides to respect the truce.

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Trump’s record on Israel is not as people tend to think – opinion

Thursday, October 22, 2020 Comments Off on Trump’s record on Israel is not as people tend to think – opinion

As an elected official with many family members living in Israel, I’m occasionally asked by family members, friends, constituents – and especially my fellow Israeli-Americans or Jewish-Americans with close ties to Israel – why I don’t support Donald Trump. I hear comments about Trump deserving Jewish and Israeli-American support because he’s the president who recognized […]

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Turkey’ fears further downward spiral in relations with Saudi Arabia

Thursday, October 22, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’ fears further downward spiral in relations with Saudi Arabia

“We have been spiraling deep down the rabbit hole since the Syrian civil war started in 2011,” a senior bureaucrat working for the security establishment told Al-Monitor. “We tried to mend bridges with Saudi Arabia, hoping to isolate Abu Dhabi — hoping that when the embargo against Qatar ends, we will continue on good terms […]

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Turkey approaches point of no return on employing Russian air defense system

Thursday, October 22, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey approaches point of no return on employing Russian air defense system

Ankara’s decision to test-fire its controversial Russian missiles, overriding US warnings, appears driven by a combination of motives related to its ties with both Washington and Moscow.

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Why Israel must stand with Armenia – opinion

Thursday, October 22, 2020 Comments Off on Why Israel must stand with Armenia – opinion

The Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict has once again come to violent confrontations between Azeris and Armenians over the hotly contested Nagorno-Karabakh region. The semi-autonomous area has been in dispute since the fall of the Soviet Union, with periods of lasting ceasefire in between, but Turkey’s expansionist and aggressive policies have likely sparked the recent uptick in violence […]

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Erdogan Says ‘Thoughtless’ Imitation of West Caused Largest Damage to Turkey

Thursday, October 22, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan Says ‘Thoughtless’ Imitation of West Caused Largest Damage to Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the thoughtless imitation of the West has caused Turkey the greatest damage.

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Turkey to relocate some of its military posts in Idlib, Syria

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey to relocate some of its military posts in Idlib, Syria

The Turkish Army is preparing to withdraw from three of its posting in the zone of distension established in the northern province of Idlib and its surroundings, Syrian media reported on Sunday.

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Erdogan’s Wars… From Libya to Armenia

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan’s Wars… From Libya to Armenia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s covetous ambitions are various. From seeking gas in the Mediterranean and the “Blue Nation” lie, to his aspirations for Libya’s oil crescent, his intervention in the Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh, coveting Azerbaijan’s oil, and his adventures in Iraq and Syria, his greed has led him to adopt belligerent policies. Turkey […]

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War in the Caucasus: Canada suspends drone technology export to Turkey

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on War in the Caucasus: Canada suspends drone technology export to Turkey

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg was in Turkey on Monday; There is no shortage of conflicts in which the NATO member is significantly involved: Syria, the eastern Mediterranean, Libya and now Nagorno-Karabakh – Turkish war equipment, soldiers and mercenaries are involved everywhere, who aggressively promote the national interest with acts of war or how in the […]

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Erdogan Declares War on Arabs

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan Declares War on Arabs

“Some countries in our region did not exist yesterday, and they may not exist in the future….” — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, addressing parliament on October 1, 2020.

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Unofficial but effective Saudi boycott strikes blow at Turkey

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Unofficial but effective Saudi boycott strikes blow at Turkey

Ajlan al-Ajlan, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Chamber of Commerce in Riyadh, launched a boycott campaign based on three No’s: “No investment, no imports, and no tourism.

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Azerbaijan admires the effectiveness of Turkish drones in Nagorno-Karabakh

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Azerbaijan admires the effectiveness of Turkish drones in Nagorno-Karabakh

Drones have proven their effectiveness in the course of hostilities, Azerbaijan has a sufficient number of such vehicles from Turkey and other countries to achieve its goal in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Turkish Drone Power Displayed in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish Drone Power Displayed in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Turkish-made drones are playing a role in Azerbaijan’s offensive in the breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Drones have become an integral part of Turkey’s foreign policy, but Turkey’s drone industry is facing scrutiny from the international community.

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Turkey: Erdogan Fueling Hostility Against the West

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey: Erdogan Fueling Hostility Against the West

The current problem is greater than the Turkish government’s violations against territorial waters and airspace of Greece, its continued occupation of northern Cyprus, or its threatening Europe with mass Muslim immigration or Islamist terrorists, among other hostile actions.

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Growing consensus against Turkey’s threats to Greece

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Growing consensus against Turkey’s threats to Greece

The US State Department, in unusually tough language, slammed Turkey for creating another crisis off the coast of a small Greek island. Turkey has been using NAVTEX, a naval warning announcement, to force its navy into Greek waters or off the coast of Greek islands under the guise of “research.” It is a carefully orchestrated […]

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia, Middle Orient, Turkey

Turkey: Armenia transports hundreds of PKK militants to fight Azerbaijan

Saturday, October 10, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey: Armenia transports hundreds of PKK militants to fight Azerbaijan

Armenia has been transporting hundreds of militants from the Kurdish terror group the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and what Turkey believes is the group’s Syrian branch, the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), in its renewed fight against Azerbaijan over the Armenia-occupied region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkish security sources claim.

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Truck bomb in Syria’s Al-Bab kills at least 18

Saturday, October 10, 2020 Comments Off on Truck bomb in Syria’s Al-Bab kills at least 18

At least 18 people have been killed in a truck bomb explosion in the Turkish-controlled town of Al-Bab in northwest Syria, a war monitor, activists and medics said.

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