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‘Kurdish complexities’ a major issue in Trump’s Syria call

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Staff, made a public appearance at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC on Feb. 23, just a few days before the presentation of a new plan by the U.S. security apparatus to President Donald Trump about a new plan to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DAESH, that involves military operations to take Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq from their hands.

Comment(s) 2/25/2017

Turkey’s Syria moves as Trump deadline gets near

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık announced on Feb. 23 that the Syrian town of al-Bab had been largely captured from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DEASH, by Turkish-backed Free Syria Army (FSA) forces during the Euphrates Shield operation, as a new round of talks were set to start in Geneva for the political future of the war-torn country.

Comment(s) 2/24/2017

PM adopts ‘embracing’ mood ahead of referendum campaign

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım denies there has been any policy change from his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) ahead of the launch of its official campaign on Feb. 25 for the constitutional referendum on April 16.

Comment(s) 2/23/2017

Why do leaders have to bother with parliament?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

If you change the word “parliament” with “congress,” it could also be applicable to the United States under Donald Trump and if you like, you could add the word “courts” as well for all strong leaders.

Comment(s) 2/22/2017

Turkey’s Jarablus operation deals major blow to ISIL revenues

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operation into Syria has delivered a major blow to the revenues of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAESH, according to a report by the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) and leading consultant group Ernst and Young (EY).

Comment(s) 2/21/2017

Turkish referendum among the Top 10 risks

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The official report of this year’s 53th Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17-19 was titled “Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?”

Comment(s) 2/20/2017

Shaky security balances on Munich Conference agenda

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Before the official opening of the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg answered reporters’ questions in a press conference.

Comment(s) 2/18/2017

Will the US leave Syrian Kurdish partners for Turkey?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

U.S. Chief of Joint Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford is set to visit Turkey on Feb. 17. Following the Feb. 9 visit of CIA head Michael Pompeo, Dunford is the second high-ranking U.S. official’s visit to Turkey, as part of a Middle Eastern tour

Comment(s) 2/17/2017

Russia plays Kurdish card as US, Turkey watch

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Moscow hosted a Kurdish conference on Feb. 15 that drew Kurdish political figures from four neighboring Kurdish-populated countries: Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Comment(s) 2/16/2017

CHP outflanks AKP in first stage of referendum campaign

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The first date signaled as the launch of the “yes” campaign of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) for the April 16 referendum was Feb. 7.

Comment(s) 2/15/2017

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