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MURAT YETKİN

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Turkey, US agree on Iraq but disagree on Syrian front in anti-ISIL fight

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Neither Turkish President Erdoğan nor US Vice President Biden were able to convince each other on their priorities in the Syrian front of the fight against ISIL during an almost four-hour meeting in Istanbul

Comment(s) 11/24/2014

Are Turkey-European Union relations incurable?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Turkish business community is “worried” about “perceptions” that the distance between Turkey and the European Union has been increasing.

Comment(s) 11/21/2014

Ankara watches as al-Assad leaves exit path in Aleppo siege

MURAT YETKİN writes:

To retake Syria’s second largest city from rebels, the forces loyal to President al-Assad are tightening the vice on Aleppo, but leaving a path to the exit, a ranking Turkish military source said

Comment(s) 11/20/2014

Where does ISIL’s money come from?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) estimated the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) combatant manpower to be between 20,000 to 31,500 in Iraq and Syria combined, and that was back in September, before the organization had attracted new recruits from all over the world.

Comment(s) 11/19/2014

Free Syrian Army abandons Aleppo, leader flees to Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the recognized armed opposition group against Bashar al-Assad in Syria, has ceased its resistance in Aleppo, Syria’s second biggest city, withdrawing its 14,000 militia from the city, a ranking Turkish security source told the Hürriyet Daily News on Nov. 17.

Comment(s) 11/18/2014

Opposition warns Turkish government of WWI lessons

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Answering a question from a journalist about reports claiming U.S. President Barack Obama has changed his strategy on Syria to prioritize the removal of Bashar al-Assad, to aid in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL)

Comment(s) 11/15/2014

Iran urges Turkey to cooperate on Syria

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“I was there, watching the parade in the Red Square, and everything was the same as the year before,” said Ali Reza Bigdeli, the Iranian ambassador to Ankara, speaking about the Soviet Union’s traditional October Revolution celebrations in 1990.

Comment(s) 11/14/2014

Something is bubbling beneath surface in Turkish government

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Is something happening within the Turkish government? Given the government-dominated political atmosphere in Turkey nowadays, the question might be a dangerous one to ask in public

Comment(s) 11/13/2014

Erdoğan’s headaches: Not just ISIL, PKK and Syria

MURAT YETKİN writes:

For observers who do not want to see more tension in Ankara, it might be a relief to see that it is not President Erdoğan, but rather PM Davutoğlu who is going to attend the G-20 summit

Comment(s) 11/10/2014

Both AKP and PKK unhappy with Turkish govt’s Kurdish dialogue

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Signals coming from both the ruling AK Parti and the PKK indicate that neither is happy with the current state of the dialogue process

Comment(s) 11/10/2014

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