Category: BURAK BEKDİL
The optimists were optimistic that former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s forced de-parture in May and his replacement with the pragmatic Binali Yıldırım would recalibrate Turkey’s Sunni Islamist-based foreign (and domestic) policy.
Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
Turkey is going through a historically important process. Turkish troops are in both Iraq and Syria, actively fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) inside and outside Turkey, and its offshoot the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Oct. 25 that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s plan for Syria would “lead to World War Three,” because of the potential for conflict with military forces from nuclear-armed Russia.
Category: SELİN NASİ
Having bid farewell to the final TV debate between the two candidates in America’s presidential election, we have now entered the last round in the race to succeed Barack Obama in the White House.
Turkey is looking to kill a number of birds with one stone amid its recent insistence on participating in the offensive on Mosul, according to a Turkish professor of international relations
The usage of ByLock, an encrypted messaging application that is said to have been used by members of the Gülen Movement under U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, according to a Turkish-origin U.S. citizen, who has been revealed to be the patent holder for the app
Fish breeding in the dams of the landlocked southern Turkish province of Kahramanmaraş are exported to 15 countries across the world, daily Hürriyet has reported.
Two police officers were killed and nine people were wounded in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack late on Oct. 22 in the eastern province of Bingöl, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Iraq’s parliament has voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties
Category: GWYNNE DYER
Two great sieges are getting underway in the Middle East, one in Mosul in Iraq and the other in Aleppo in Syria.
The Syrian military said on Oct. 20 that it would bring down any Turkish war planes entering Syrian air space, a response to air strikes carried out by Turkey overnight in northern Syria
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced early on Oct. 17 that an offensive had begun to retake Mosul, the country’s second biggest city, from under the occupation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
“Withdraw your troops from Bashiqa with honor before you are kicked out by force,” said the Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr last Wednesday. For several weeks now, tension between Ankara and Baghdad has been climbing over the Turkish military’s presence in the Bashiqa camp.
A U.S. judge on Oct. 17 rejected Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab’s bid to dismiss an indictment accusing him of conspiring to conduct hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions for the Iranian government or other entities in order to evade U.S. sanctions.
Vodafone has agreed a partnership with Iranian internet firm HiWeb to help modernize its network, the companies said on Oct. 18, making the British company the latest Western firm to enter Iran after sanctions were lifted
The Russian and Syrian air forces have halted all air strikes on Aleppo, two days ahead of a planned pause in bombing designed to allow rebels and civilians to leave the city, the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Oct. 18.
Since Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 and the military operations in eastern Ukraine, the concept of a “Cold War” has become part of our daily lexicon again.
Iraqi forces have launched a campaign to retake Mosul, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the prime minister said on Oct. 17 in what the US hailed as a "decisive moment" in the battle to crush the jihadist group
Iran’s national oil company said on Oct. 17 that it has offered 50 oil and gas fields to international bidders, the first time it has done so since last year’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers
Turkey has proposed sending an international aid convoy to Aleppo, the long-besieged Syrian city where around 300,000 people are facing shortages of food, medication and other essential supplies, at a critical meeting held in Swiss city Lausanne with the U.S., Russia and neighboring countries to Syria.
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