Category: MURAT YETKİN
A day before meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in a move that none of the parties want to correlate with a U.S.-supported move by the Saudis to form an anti-Iranian, Sunni front in the region
Iraqi forces closed in on Tikrit on March 3 their progress slowed by jihadist snipers and booby traps, on the second day of Baghdad's largest operation yet against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
During his visit to Iraq on March 4, Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yılmaz said Turkey is ready to give all kinds of “intelligence and logistical support” to the neighboring country’s government in the fight against terrorism
Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadists in and around Tikrit in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)'s main strongholds.
Turkey will continue to assess whether or not to take part in an international military operation to retake Mosul from ISIL, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz said
Security footage has emerged appearing to show three British schoolgirls, believed to be on their way to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), waiting for hours at a bus station in Turkey before travelling to a city near the Syrian border, media reported on March 1.
Category: TASTE OF THE PAST
In the days of the Ottoman Empire, pederasty-like relationships were common between pre-pubescent boys and bearded older men. Though today it seems homoerotic, the relationship had a deeper meaning according to the mystic Sufis and their search for God
Category: AHU ÖZYURT
There will be a lot of political discussion on the evacuation and relocation of the Tomb of Süleyman Şah in Syria.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants armed with sledgehammers and jackhammers have destroyed priceless ancient artefacts in Iraq's city of Mosul on Feb. 26
Category: MUSTAFA AYDIN
Turkey woke up to the week with a surreal story: The Turkish Armed Forces with 39 tanks, 44 armored and 17 other vehicles, 542 soldiers, 19 F16s, two AWACs and two UAVs moved 40 km into Syrian territory, recovered the remains of Süleyman Shah
Kurdish forces have prevented displaced Arabs from returning to disputed areas of Iraq that Kurdish leaders want to incorporate in their autonomous region over Baghdad's objections, a report said Feb. 26.
World leaders have proved "shameful and ineffective" in failing to protect civilians from groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Amnesty International said on Feb. 25, calling 2014 a "catastrophic" year
Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against ISIL in northeast Syria yesterday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group
A counter-terrorism conference attended by senior Muslim scholars from around the world on Wednesday called for education reform to tackle religious extremism.
Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shiite Muslim men who were travelling by bus through central Afghanistan, officials said on Feb. 24
Category: NURAY MERT
This is not a place for a book review, but Shadi Hamid’s “Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a new Middle East” (Brookings Institute Book, 2014, Oxford University Press) needs to be mentioned, even if briefly, since Islamism and the Middle East never cease to be hot topics.
Yemen's beleaguered Western-backed president escaped house arrest and fled the capital to friendly territory Feb. 21, labelling as a coup the grab for power by the Shiite militia that had held him.
Yemen's political parties are edging closer to a deal that would resolve the crisis caused by the Shiite Huthi militia seizing power, UN envoy Jamal Benomar has said
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected Turkey’s appeal to a ruling that said high school students must be allowed to opt out of religious education classes, which are currently compulsory
The officials say Bilal Duqmaq was brought back to his native Lebanon aboard a Turkish jet and was accompanied by Turkish policemen who handed him over to Lebanese authorities.
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