Middle Orient

Merkel not discouraged by Turkey-Cyprus setback

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday the most recent disagreement between Turkey and Greece over Cyprus had made the relationship more difficult and patience was required to settle differences. “This has been a setback but we should not be discouraged,” she said. Turkey and EU member state Greece are …

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Israel Strikes Syrian Weapons Depots, Damascus Claims Raid Failed

Israeli jets have again struck at Syrian military depots according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict. The Syrian state-run SANA news agency reported the strike but said the Syrian missile defense system deflected the bulk of the attack, intercepting “most” of the Israeli weapons …

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Erdogan Pushes for Turkish Role in Afghanistan after US Leaves

Turkey is going ahead with its plans to take over security at the Kabul international airport after the pullout of U.S. troops, despite opposition from the Taliban. Ankara is in negotiations with Washington to secure the airport, which analysts say is key to maintaining stability and an international presence in …

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New Russian Fighter Checkmate May Be in Demand in Middle East and North Africa

Russia’s new single-engine fighter Checkmate, the prototype of which was presented at the MAKS-2021 air show in the Moscow region, may be in demand in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Director Dmitry Shugayev said. “The Middle East may be highly interested, …

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Kıbrıs’ta Barış 47 Yaşında – Ahmet GÖKSAN

“Görülüyor ki 20 Temmuz, anavatanın geniş topraklarına toprak katmak için yaratılmış bir istila değil, Kıbrıs Türk tarafının yalvarması sonucu adanın altüst edilen, darbeyle ayaklar altında çiğnenen düzenini kurmak için olmuştur.” İngiliz sömürge döneminde 1950’li yıllarda başlayan olaylar sonrasında 16 Ağustos 1960 tarihinde kurulan Türk ve Rumların eşit ortaklığına dayanan Kıbrıs …

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Surprise: no one ‘bad guy’ responsible for violence in the Middle East

Americans love a good-guy, bad-guy story — especially in the Middle East. In the 1980s, Muammar Ghaddafi was “the mad dog of the Middle East.” Two decades later, overthrowing Saddam Hussein was supposed to be a death blow to the “Axis of Evil.” Around the same time, Syria became a …

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Baghdad explosion kills at least 28 in busy Sadr City market

The attack occurred in a crowded marketplace as residents were shopping for the holiday of Eid al-Adha. A bomb killed at least 28 people in Baghdad on Monday, hospital and police sources told Reuters, in what marked the latest explosion to target the Iraqi neighborhood of Sadr City this year. …

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Serbia has its reasons for sending ambassador to Syria

Belgrade breaks with EU consensus by being one of the first European countries to upgrade its relations with Damascus to ambassadorial level. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in July 17 for his fourth seven-year presidential term after winning more than 95.1% of the votes in democratically dubious elections held …

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New Israeli government on mission to rehabilitate ties with Jordan

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid are working to rehabilitate the bilateral ties with Jordan after the setbacks to the relationship under former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu left no shortage of hot potatoes on his desk. Some are political time …

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