Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied reports that Moscow is building a military base in Afrin, but Ankara is not convinced by Russia’s comments on the matter, even as it has shied away from publicly responding to Moscow over its developing alliance with Syrian Kurds
Resolving the conflicts between Alevi and Sunni teachings is one of Turkey’s most important responsibilities, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said on the occasion of Nevruz.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he won assurances of greater U.S. support in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in talks on March 20 with U.S. President Donald Trump and top advisers, but cautioned that military might alone would not be sufficient
Category: GWYNNE DYER
The Sunni-Shiite civil wars in Iraq and Syria are both nearing their end, and in both cases the Shiites have won – thanks largely to American military help in Iraq’s case, and to a Russian military intervention in Syria. Yet Russia and the United States are not allies in the Middle East. At least not yet
A court in the southern province of Antalya has ruled that compulsory religion classes are “openly against the law,” following a complaint filed by an atheist family
Category: NURAY MERT
I am actually glad that Turkey made up with Russia, since it helps to ease the Syrian tragedy, and because it is a better foreign strategy to seek diplomatic solutions rather than follow the politics of enmity.
Academic Cuma Çiçek speaks to the Hürriyet Daily News about his book ‘The Kurds of Turkey: National, Religious and Economic Identities’
Category: SELİN NASİ
“I came [today] from a liberated Mosul… This is the first time that the Iraqi army is fighting with Kurdish Peshmerga forces side by side against ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] … [But] winning the war means nothing unless we also win peace,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said during a keynote speech at the fifth annual Sulaymaniyah (Suli) Forum last week, entitled “Beyond Daesh: Ending the Cycle of Conflict, Toward Durable Solutions.”
Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) President Massoud Barzani’s visit to Turkey last week created a minor controversy amid Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli’s fury over the KRG flag. Bahçeli described the KRG flag as a “rag” and condemned the raising of “the so-called flag” in Ankara during Barzani’s visit
Education in general and school curricula in particular have long been at the heart of political debate in Turkey. Turks in their 40s today have witnessed how elective religious classes have become compulsory in high schools after the 1980 military coup.
Gulf countries must tighten coordination to fight an increasing number of cyber attacks, experts said on Monday, as one official blamed hackers in Iran.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad on Fe. 25, meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the premier's media office said.
As the Donald Trump administration shapes its Mideast policies, the front against Iran is becoming clearer by the day.
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
“If you are going to be hanged, be hanged with an English rope,” is a famous Turkish saying. Anything that has the act of hanging cannot really imply something positive, but this saying has a positive connotation in reference to the British.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operation into Syria has delivered a major blow to the revenues of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAESH, according to a report by the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) and leading consultant group Ernst and Young (EY).
U.S. President Donald Trump on Feb. 20 named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for speaking his mind and challenging his superiors
French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Feb. 21 with Lebanon’s grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter
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
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