Category: VERDA ÖZER
We are all locked in on Syria. Our eyes and ears have been focused on this land. Yet this seems to make us overlook what’s going on in another country along Turkey’s southern borders, which is Iraq.
Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry summoned Iraq’s ambassador in Manama to protest against remarks by Iraqi officials denouncing the execution of men convicted of a 2014 bomb attack, state news agency BNA said on Jan. 16, Reuters reported
Category: ABDULKADİR SELVİ
Not too long ago, it was only three months ago when Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi issued harsh statements against Turkey. During Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s recent visit to Iraq, al-Abadi was constructive and is expected to visit Turkey in March or April
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
“Ten years ago, the Americans helped Sunni tribal leaders in Anbar province west of Baghdad form the ‘Awakening’ movement to defeat a previous incarnation of violent fundamentalist Islam - al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Category: TOLGA TANIŞ
The Mosul operation has started, while a symbolic opening kickoff will be conducted in the coming days.
A resolution adopted by Iraq’s parliament criticizing the Turkish military presence at the Bashiqa base in northern Iraq does not represent all of Iraqis, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, describing the move as ill-intended
Turkish troops will remain in Iraq to continue the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to make sure that no change to the region’s “demographic structure” is imposed, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has vowed.
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘ISIS: A History’ by Fawaz Gerges (Princeton University Press, 384 pages, $28)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s words dropped like a bombshell last week
Category: GWYNNE DYER
Property prices in central Baghdad are as high as London’s, even though Iraq’s national income is down by 70 percent since the collapse in the oil price. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) bombs regularly devastate parts of the capital, and still the real estate market booms
Turkey’s ongoing crisis with Russia and Iraq has proven that the government’s long-standing and wrongheaded foreign policy has turned Turkey’s regional adversaries into foes and united them into an anti-Turkish bloc, the leader of the main opposition party has said
Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
The pace of developments in our neighborhood is so fast and intense that neither diplomats nor academics and journalists can spare additional time to analyze individual incidents or make good assessments before establishing sound policies and reporting about them
Qatar's emir has appointed an ambassador to Iraq, the first since the embassy was closed 25 years ago, Iraqi and Qatari media said, in the latest sign of a thaw in relations between Gulf Arab countries and Iraq.
Category: ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ
The latest attack by the barbaric jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on July 20 in Suruç is the latest proof of the imminent danger Turkey is facing, especially from its own citizens trying to be a part of the “global jihad.”
Since the fall of 2014, the international community has been implementing strategic military operations to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Iraqi forces are on a westward push to retake Anbar, a sprawling Sunni-dominated desert province captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in their offensive last year.
A land operation is necessary to support air operations in Syria and Iraq if the military operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is to be successful, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said
U.S. officials have told their Turkish counterparts that Washington is sorry for not taking Ankara’s proposals and views on increasing radicalism in Syria and Iraq into consideration, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has claimed
Category: CENGİZ ÇANDAR
The moment when I heard about the attack on Charlie Hebdo, I was depressed. I knew there would be people all around the world who would focus on the “religious identities” of those who fired the bullets, as well as their political identities.
As 2014 continued with instability in the Middle East, Turkey remained surrounded by tensions in the region
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