Category: BURAK BEKDİL
It is not a secret that Turkey’s own narrative of “Turkish affairs” is probably Turkey’s worst enemy. Its inconsistency, unrealism and inflammatory rhetoric-based policy actions are the other suicidal features of Turkish policy calculus. Turkish leadership and diplomacy, inevitably, suffers from a serious problem about being convincing.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
There have been a series of mistakes by the government and by the courts that have cast a shadow on the investigations into the bloody military coup attempt of July 15 in Turkey.
As the Turkish, U.S. and French defense ministers were meeting in Brussels on Oct. 26 for an assessment on the situation in Mosul and Iraq in general, Ankara was focused on helping the Free Syria Army (FSA) take control in towns that are key for its border security.
Category: FİKRET BİLA
Even though the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahçeli, fiercely opposed the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) when they proposed the presidential system to the Constitution Conciliation Committee last term, this time he said “There is no harm in asking the nation; AK Party should introduce its proposal.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and in Iraq on Oct. 26, along with Turkey’s concerns over the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to a statement from the Turkish presidency.
Two soldiers were killed in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack on Oct. 27 in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Fighters of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey regards as a terror organization, will be included as a part of the force to isolate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-held Syrian city of Raqqa, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said on Oct. 26.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has told U.S. President Barack Obama to exclude the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) from the upcoming Raqqa operation to oust jihadists, reiterating Ankara’s determination to continue its military offensive toward al-Bab, Raqqa and Manbij in northern Syria.
Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized the detention of the co-mayors of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, asking why Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı were not detained previously “if they supported terror.”
The recent reshuffle in the police department will lead to an intensification of the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, vowing to completely “uproot the PKK.”
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
The co-mayors of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır were detained late on Oct. 25 on “terrorism” charges
Locals in the eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey have been experiencing problems in internet connection since 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 26, amid calls by the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for people to take to the streets to protest against the recent detention of Diyarbakır’s co-mayors.
A suspected Syrian army helicopter dropped barrel bombs on Turkish-backed rebels on Oct. 25, killing two rebels, the Turkish military has said.
The house of a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) youth branch head in the Muradiye district of the eastern province of Van was attacked with a hand-made explosive by a group of assailants late on Oct. 25.
Turkey will sweep the Democratic Party Union (PYD) from Manbij, a key Syrian city close to the Turkish border that has been liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed.
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
There was only one good aspect of the diplomatic crisis between Russia and Turkey that erupted after the downing of a Russian war plane by Turkish jets on the Syrian border nearly a year ago: The possible suspension of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant project.
Turkey is ready to launch a ground operation in Iraq if it feels threatened by developments there, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Oct. 25, at a time when a U.S.-backed offensive to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from the city of Mosul is on the agenda
A 5-year-old child has died after being struck by an armored police vehicle as he was playing on a street in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Şırnak.
A militant from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who was sought with a reward of 1 million Turkish Liras has been killed in the eastern province of Bitlis
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