Archive for the ‘Turkey’ Category

Kurdish Initiative Against a Turkish Invasion of South Kurdistan

Saturday, November 14, 2020 Comments Off on Kurdish Initiative Against a Turkish Invasion of South Kurdistan

The Kurdish Initiative Against a Turkish Invasion in South Kurdistan has released a report called “Avoiding a new war in South Kurdistan”. The report published by the Kurdish Initiative Against a Turkish Invasion in South Kurdistan and called “Avoiding a new war in South Kurdistan” exposes the “lies, disinformation and dirty plans by KDP” which […]

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Erdogan’s economic model of family loyalties collapses

Saturday, November 14, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan’s economic model of family loyalties collapses

Some analysts say the Turkish president felt compelled to sacrifice his son-in-law to save what could be saved. The sudden resignation of Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak announced the end of the model that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to impose, which is based on replacing those who are politically close to the leaders of […]

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Khaled Mishaal calls on Turkey to double its efforts in Palestinian cause

Friday, November 13, 2020 Comments Off on Khaled Mishaal calls on Turkey to double its efforts in Palestinian cause

Khaled Mishaal, former head of the political bureau of Hamas Movement, praised on Saturday Turkey’s role in supporting the Palestinian cause. He called on it to redouble efforts at the official and local levels to support all the occupied Palestinian territories in general, and Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip in particular.

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Moscow and Ankara have agreed to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey said

Friday, November 13, 2020 Comments Off on Moscow and Ankara have agreed to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey said

Tensions in the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh continue and hostilities are far from over, despite Azerbaijani and Armenian media reports that there is “moderate peace” in the region’s less populated areas. According to Turkish media, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held telephone conversations on Saturday [November 7th], agreeing to end […]

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Turkey: The Return of Demons

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey: The Return of Demons

Though Empire-builders of the first order, the Ottomans were always careful not to bite more than they could chew. Erdogan, however, is leading Turkey into empire-building adventures which it does not want and cannot afford. It has… launched a war of words with the European Union as a whole. Ostensibly, Turkey’s beef is about old […]

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Erdoğan’s Jihad on “Infidel Europe”

Monday, November 9, 2020 Comments Off on Erdoğan’s Jihad on “Infidel Europe”

Middle Eastern politics is always a trap for radical ideologues. In Erdoğan’s mindset the “infidel West” is militarily helping Armenia (the evil) and Turkey is militarily helping Azerbaijan (the righteous). Although Ankara and Baku categorically deny accusations, press reports and independent human rights observers have confirmed the arrival of hundreds of jihadists in Azerbaijan to […]

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Islam is Under Attack: Erdogan’s New-Old Lie

Monday, November 9, 2020 Comments Off on Islam is Under Attack: Erdogan’s New-Old Lie

Turkey’ sPresident, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, always strives to transfer his internal crises by distracting Turkish public opinion with fabricated issues abroad.Erdogan has become an expert in this field, especially, when the matter is religious and linked to Islam and Muslims. The reason is that religious matters are easy to be utilised and employed in serving […]

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Ankara Sets Up Military Base in Northern Raqqa, US Bolsters Troops in Deir Ezzor

Monday, November 9, 2020 Comments Off on Ankara Sets Up Military Base in Northern Raqqa, US Bolsters Troops in Deir Ezzor

The Turkish and Russian forces on Thursday conducted a joint military patrol in Syria’s Hasakah province while reports claimed that Ankara was establishing a military base in northern Raqqa. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) cited sources as reporting that four Turkish vehicles and four Russian ones “set off from Sherik crossing on Turkey […]

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Turkish-Backed Armed Opposition Militants Defect To SDF

Monday, November 9, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish-Backed Armed Opposition Militants Defect To SDF

Fighters from Turkish-backed groups have defected to the Syrian Democratic Forces, so they are not sent to fight in the Nagorno-Karabakh region writes North Press.

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Hamas balances ties between Turkey, Egypt

Monday, November 9, 2020 Comments Off on Hamas balances ties between Turkey, Egypt

A Hamas delegation has concluded a visit to Cairo to brief Egyptian officials on the latest efforts to bring about elections after reaching an agreement with Fatah in Turkey.

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Turkey’s business leaders keep quiet as economic crisis deepens

Monday, November 9, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s business leaders keep quiet as economic crisis deepens

Wary of the government’s wrath, Turkey’s main business groups are staying mum in the face of growing economic turmoil while keeping tabs on the prospect of early elections.

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Could Iran, Turkey and others take advantage of US post-election doubts?

Monday, November 9, 2020 Comments Off on Could Iran, Turkey and others take advantage of US post-election doubts?

Iranian and Turkish media are taking a “wait and see” approach to the US election. The usual shrill voices have been quiet for a few days, wondering like the rest of the world what might happen. Turkey’s media is infamous for transmitting the narrative of the increasingly aggressive regime in Ankara. That means it usually […]

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Security sources: ‘Turkey troops remain in Libya at GNA’s request’

Saturday, November 7, 2020 Comments Off on Security sources: ‘Turkey troops remain in Libya at GNA’s request’

Turkish security sources stated that Turkish troops will remain in Libya for as long as the Government of National Accord (GNA) wishes. The Libyan 5+5 Joint Military Commission agreed that the Turkish forces would return to bases and exchange detainees, during the two-day meeting to discuss mechanisms for implementing a permanent ceasefire in Libya.

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War between Russia and Turkey is entirely possible, the United States said

Saturday, November 7, 2020 Comments Off on War between Russia and Turkey is entirely possible, the United States said

According to experts and analysts from the American think tank Institute for the Study of War [ISW], the possibility of a direct war between Russia and the United States has grown very high, said in a monthly report of the institute.

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Turkish-Backed Forces Lose Important Base After Clashes With Jihadist Ally

Friday, November 6, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish-Backed Forces Lose Important Base After Clashes With Jihadist Ally

The Turkish-backed forces in northwestern Syria suffered a major loss this weekend, when they lost their headquarters to the jihadist rebels in western Aleppo.

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Turkey turns up heat on PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan

Friday, November 6, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey turns up heat on PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdish forces have deployed to a mountainous area long used as a camp ground by PKK militants, adding to the pressure the militants face from Turkey’s cross-border military operations in the region. Turkey’s months-long military operations in border areas on Iraqi Kurdistan soil have turned up pressure on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), […]

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Turkey’s anti-French incitement underpins protests in Syria

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s anti-French incitement underpins protests in Syria

The tense atmosphere in Syria illustrates how extremists are popular from Idlib to Jarabulus to Raqqa and Deir Ezzor. This is a swath of Syria where ISIS was once in control or had influence.

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After the U.S., Turkey Should Be Next to Leave Syria

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Comments Off on After the U.S., Turkey Should Be Next to Leave Syria

With the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crash dominating the headlines, the civil war in Syria has faded into media obscurity. But there is more bad news there that warrants the world’s attention.

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Turkey’s Former Economy Czar Looks to Unseat Erdogan and the AKP

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s Former Economy Czar Looks to Unseat Erdogan and the AKP

In a major political shake-up in Turkey, Ali Babacan, a former economy minister and once-close confidante of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recently ended months of speculation and formally launched a new political party to challenge his old boss.

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How Many Bridges Can Turkey’s Erdogan Burn?

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Comments Off on How Many Bridges Can Turkey’s Erdogan Burn?

Since his sweeping overhaul of Turkey’s political system in 2017, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cemented his near-total control over the country. Despite the worst electoral setback of Erdogan’s career in the Istanbul mayoral election in June 2019, as well as a tailspinning economy exacerbated by the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, he continues to […]

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No good news for Turkey from jihadi ranks in Syria

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on No good news for Turkey from jihadi ranks in Syria

Ahrar al-Sham, a prominent armed group that has often collaborated with Turkey in Syria, is hit by infighting that plays into the hands of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and dampens Turkish plans to remold rebel factions in Idlib. Turkey has gained ample experience in organizing, training, equipping and using armed militants in Syria since it forayed […]

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Erdogan sues Charlie Hebdo over caricature

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan sues Charlie Hebdo over caricature

An ongoing Turkey-France spat deepened after French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published a caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prompting legal action from Ankara. Turkish prosecutors launched a legal probe into the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo Wednesday after it published a cover containing an insulting cartoon depiction of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Erdogan warns Turkey has ‘right to mobilize’ again against Kurdish forces

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan warns Turkey has ‘right to mobilize’ again against Kurdish forces

The Turkish president’s comments come a year after Turkey launched an offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria. A year after launching an incursion into northeast Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the possibility of another offensive against US-backed Kurdish forces in the war-torn country.

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Turkey, Greece cancel naval drills set for Oct. 29, 28

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey, Greece cancel naval drills set for Oct. 29, 28

In one-time gesture of goodwill, Turkey cancels planned military shooting drills in Mediterranean, say security sources. ANKARA Turkey and Greece have mutually cancelled military drills set earlier this month by Ankara for this Wednesday, Oct. 28 and by Athens for Thursday, Oct. 29, according to Turkish security sources.

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Turkey-backed Syria fighters retaliate for deadly airstrike

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey-backed Syria fighters retaliate for deadly airstrike

Syrian opposition groups allied with Turkey lobbed hundreds of missiles and artillery rockets at government posts in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, in retaliation for a deadly attack that killed dozens of their fighters a day earlier.

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Charlie Hebdo sparks Turkish fury with cartoon of Erdogan

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Charlie Hebdo sparks Turkish fury with cartoon of Erdogan

Turkey on Tuesday accused French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo of “cultural racism” over a front-page cartoon for its latest edition that mocks President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Egypt worried about Hamas-Turkey close ties

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Egypt worried about Hamas-Turkey close ties

Egypt has demanded that Turkey stay away from issues the Egyptians are dealing with, including efforts to end the dispute between Hamas and the Palestinian ruling Fatah faction.

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Turkish lira slump continues as foreign tensions simmer

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish lira slump continues as foreign tensions simmer

The Turkish lira continued record losses Tuesday against major currencies as analysts questioned Central Bank independence and Ankara saw political spats deepen with foreign allies.

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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