Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for bombing two Egyptian churches as worshippers gathered to mark Palm Sunday, killing at least 38 people in the deadliest attacks on the Coptic Christian minority in recent memory
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on April 8 assured Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of continued U.S. support to defeat Islamic State Iraq and the Levant ISIL, the Iraqi government said in a statement.
Category: EURASIAN ECONOMIC SUMMIT
I would like to address you about the chronic weakness of civil institutions in the Arab World and the role this weakness has played in the chaos we are witnessing in the region.
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
Angry statements from Ankara being flung in all directions, but mostly at the West, show that Turkey has abandoned diplomacy in international affairs.
Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed co-chair of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has called on all voters in Turkey to go to the ballot boxes and to “beat fear” in the April 16 referendum on whether to shift to an executive presidential system.
At least 43 civilians, including women and children, were killed on March 27 by airstrikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition aircraft in western Mosul, according to a senior Iraqi military officer.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied reports that Moscow is building a military base in Afrin, but Ankara is not convinced by Russia’s comments on the matter, even as it has shied away from publicly responding to Moscow over its developing alliance with Syrian Kurds
Resolving the conflicts between Alevi and Sunni teachings is one of Turkey’s most important responsibilities, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said on the occasion of Nevruz.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he won assurances of greater U.S. support in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in talks on March 20 with U.S. President Donald Trump and top advisers, but cautioned that military might alone would not be sufficient
Category: GWYNNE DYER
The Sunni-Shiite civil wars in Iraq and Syria are both nearing their end, and in both cases the Shiites have won – thanks largely to American military help in Iraq’s case, and to a Russian military intervention in Syria. Yet Russia and the United States are not allies in the Middle East. At least not yet
A court in the southern province of Antalya has ruled that compulsory religion classes are “openly against the law,” following a complaint filed by an atheist family
Category: NURAY MERT
I am actually glad that Turkey made up with Russia, since it helps to ease the Syrian tragedy, and because it is a better foreign strategy to seek diplomatic solutions rather than follow the politics of enmity.
Academic Cuma Çiçek speaks to the Hürriyet Daily News about his book ‘The Kurds of Turkey: National, Religious and Economic Identities’
Category: SELİN NASİ
“I came [today] from a liberated Mosul… This is the first time that the Iraqi army is fighting with Kurdish Peshmerga forces side by side against ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] … [But] winning the war means nothing unless we also win peace,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said during a keynote speech at the fifth annual Sulaymaniyah (Suli) Forum last week, entitled “Beyond Daesh: Ending the Cycle of Conflict, Toward Durable Solutions.”
Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) President Massoud Barzani’s visit to Turkey last week created a minor controversy amid Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli’s fury over the KRG flag. Bahçeli described the KRG flag as a “rag” and condemned the raising of “the so-called flag” in Ankara during Barzani’s visit
Education in general and school curricula in particular have long been at the heart of political debate in Turkey. Turks in their 40s today have witnessed how elective religious classes have become compulsory in high schools after the 1980 military coup.
Gulf countries must tighten coordination to fight an increasing number of cyber attacks, experts said on Monday, as one official blamed hackers in Iran.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad on Fe. 25, meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the premier's media office said.
As the Donald Trump administration shapes its Mideast policies, the front against Iran is becoming clearer by the day.
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
“If you are going to be hanged, be hanged with an English rope,” is a famous Turkish saying. Anything that has the act of hanging cannot really imply something positive, but this saying has a positive connotation in reference to the British.
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