Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey: Islamism, Violence and the State’ by Mehmet Kurt (Pluto Press, 208 pages, £54)
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met Saudi King Salman on Aprl 19, beginning a series of talks to reinvigorate the Riyadh-Washington alliance in the face of common adversary Iran.
A bomb blast hit a bus convoy waiting to enter Aleppo on April 15, killing and wounding dozens of people after an evacuation deal between Syria's warring sides halted and stranded thousands at two transit points on the city outskirts.
Category: VERDA ÖZER
The reasons and implications of President Donald Trump’s recent attack on Syria are being widely discussed.
Russia and the United States have a shared understanding that U.S. air strikes on Syria should not be repeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem in Moscow on April 13, Interfax news agency reported.
Why would Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has consolidated control over Syria’s largest cities in the past year, risk a new international backlash by using chemical weapons?
Rakhmat Akilov, the main suspect in the truck attack in Stockholm that killed four people and injured 15, has admitted to committing a terrorist crime, his lawyer told a court on April 11.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, down from the 40 percent it held nearly three years ago, a military spokesman said April 11
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
In contrast to the many modern, huge (and ugly) municipality buildings in Istanbul, Edirne has a small but historic central municipality building. A picture of the members of the municipality’s assembly dating from 1902 shows 12 members: Six Muslim and six non-Muslim
Category: NURAY MERT
Liberal warmongers lost the last U.S. election but have won the day! Finally, they have managed to get someone to strike Syria.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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