Category: NURAY MERT
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar could be seen as a return to the bad old Sunni alliance against Iran in the region.
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.
U.S. President Donald Trump shelved Washington’s years-long quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Feb. 15, saying he would back a single state if it led to peace
The Iraqi Air Force carried out a strike on a house where Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was thought to be meeting other commanders, the Iraqi military said on Feb. 13, without making clear whether he had been hit
A draft curriculum presented by Turkey’s Education Ministry has received a total of 184,042 suggestions, with the most complaints and suggestions coming regarding classes on Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, and the theory of evolution.
Compulsory religion classes in Turkish schools will be taught in such a way to approach all religions equally while an approach that championed Sunni Islam will reportedly be eliminated in accordance with European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rulings, Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz has said.
A Turkish Alevi foundation has released a list of suggestions that was submitted to the Education Ministry on Jan. 30 to demand that officials include lessons on their faith in religious classes amid changes to the country’s curriculum.
The Pentagon on Jan. 23 denied that it had coordinated air strikes with Russia in Syria, after Russia’s Defense Ministry said the United States had provided coordinates for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) remain Islamist at heart. This is more apparent today in Turkey’s domestic rather than its foreign policy though. In its foreign policy, there is a clear shift toward pragmatism.
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
Iraq’s foreign minister said he had carried messages between Iran and Saudi Arabia in a continuing attempt to curb a feud involving its two neighbors, Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB reported on Jan. 14
Category: MUSTAFA AYDIN
After months of preparation and supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s air power, the Iraqi army finally started its military operation to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Oct. 17, 2016.
Coming to terms with Russia’s pivotal role in the Syrian peace process has become a central fixation for Turkey and most other actors in the region
Sunni Arab tribal fighters trained by Turkey at a camp in northern Iraq have proven their battlefield mettle, the United States said Jan. 11
Turkey’s parliament will formally launch debates on a constitutional amendment package that will usher in a powerful presidential system
Iran said Jan. 10, it had finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year’s hajj, two weeks after Riyadh announced it
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s two-day visit to Iraq has resulted in mutual understanding among Ankara, Baghdad and Arbil to exert more efforts for a joint struggle against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has expanded its influence in northern Iraq.
Iran has welcomed a recent rapprochement between Turkey and Iraq, which reached a new level after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım visited the Iraqi capital on Jan. 6.
Ankara and Baghdad have decided to focus on a positive agenda instead of disagreeing during a visit on Jan. 7-8 that aims to overcome earlier tensions and find momentum in areas of potential cooperation
President Erdoğan declares that terrorist groups who have left Turkey reeling with a series of attacks will not divide the country
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