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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
The report by McClatchy, the U.S. publishing company, alleging that Turkish intelligence tipped off the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, and led to the recent routing by the group of opposition forces trained in Turkey by the U.S., has seriously ruffled Ankara’s feathers
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s plans for keeping opposition parties out of government and driving Turkey to an early election appear to be working.
We know the official explanations by the U.S. and Germany for pulling out their Patriot missile batteries from Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inability to accept the results of the election on June 7 is driving Turkey into a hole it will be difficult to get out of.
Turkey has entered a tailspin. The longer the current bloody standoff between the security forces and the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) continues, the harder it is going to be to get back to any semblance of peace and normality.
By the time you read this, it should be a little clearer if Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is going to go for a coalition government that will reinstate a semblance of stability in the country – in other words, opt for the rational course – or decide on an irrational government formula with the ultra-nationalist Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is facing quandaries on multiple fronts as he tries to figure out the best coalition formula that will serve the interests of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). His choices are limited though
Justice and Development Party (AKP) executives often refer to a domestic and international “perception operation” aimed at sullying the good name of Turkey in order to undermine President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP.
Turkey is moving backwards again with regards to its Kurdish problem. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is twanging nationalist chords and saying it is not possible to go on with the Kurdish peace process.
If the AKP's calculation, for the sake of domestic political gains, is to end the Kurdish peace process and declare wholesale war on the PKK under the cover of joining the U.S.-led war against ISIL, this could leave Turkey in a worse situation than it is in today.
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