On Nov. 10 Turkey commemorated the 79th anniversary of the passing of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey.
The crisis in northern Iraq started after the referendum on Sept. 25, escalating to another level after the resignation of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani.
Turkey, the EU and the U.S. recently met to discuss the arrest of journalists and human rights activists.
In the midst of the ongoing vias crisis with the U.S., we seem to have forgotten about Idlib. But there is heavy military action going on around Turkey’s southern border province of Hatay. Drones and intelligence personnel are working around the clock.
Focus has recently been on the independence referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), but dizzying activity is actually ongoing in all areas of Turkey’s external affairs.
I have always believed that choking the Kirkuk-Yumurtalık pipeline would be a punishment to Iraq as a whole and not only to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani and his team. I wrote about this a number of times and uttered it on television shows.
Bilateral crises with European countries such as Germany, France and the Netherlands are causing serious destruction in Turkey’s EU membership process.
A new state of emergency decree, numbered 694 and issued on Aug. 25, rendered Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT) compatible with the “presidential system,” which the country will officially transition to in 2019.
Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the National Movement Party (MHP), recently criticized the Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) plan to hold an independence referendum and said “this should be considered ‘casus belli’ [cause for war].”