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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Turkey and the U.S. have reached an agreement on anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) struggle and are just about to start conducting joint operations against ISIL targets in northern Syria.
For the first time, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) opened fire on Turkish territory. For the first time, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked ISIL within Turkey
Turkey and Syrian Kurds have been at odds since the Kurds in northern Syria consolidated their power during the war in Syria.
“Turkey’s foremost priority, as a European country, is to continue its relations with the EU, being well aware that it is a great European state. Turkey will find its place in that world.”
“We are exchanging messages with the PYD [Democratic Union Party]. Our dialogue channels are open. The course of Turkey’s relations with the PYD depends on their attitude. Tal Abyad is a test case for them.”
It is one of Europe’s oldest people, yet has a Muslim majority. The whole nation is ethnically homogenous, yet split among three religions.
Turkey and Israel currently share a common fate. General elections were held in Israel three months ago and a new coalition in the Knesset was only last month formed - and is still “in flux.”
For the first time since the November 2002 national elections, there is uncertainty in Turkey about which party will rule Turkey from tomorrow on.
“Knowing what you’ve got, knowing what you need, knowing what you can do without. That’s inventory control.”
Sarajevo is a typical Ottoman town where you instantly come across mosques, bazaars and fountains remaining from the Ottoman era, while there are many Turkish-speaking people to be found walking through its streets.
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