Sunday, August 20, 2017

Whistleblower exposes how NATO’s leading ally is arming and funding ISIS

“I am the police chief who was asked to guard ISIS terrorists”. A former senior counter-terrorism official in Turkey has blown the whistle on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s deliberate sponsorship of the Islamic State (ISIS) as a geopolitical tool to expand Turkey's regional influence and sideline his political opponents at...

Turkey’s emergency rule stokes Kurdish separatism

Five days after the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened back-to-back meetings with the Council of Ministers and the National Security Council, installing a nationwide state of emergency. According to what he said at the time, the state of emergency, which empowers the government...

Kurds become new target of Ankara’s post-coup purges

While Ankara's post-putsch crackdown on Gulenists is increasingly called into question — most recently by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself — the purges are now expanding to Kurdish quarters accused of backing the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a designated terrorist group. Days after some 11,000 teachers were suspended with...

No transition process in Syria with al-Assad: Turkish FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has dismissed the possibility of a transition process in Syria including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, adding operations conducted by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) should continue towards the south of the country and that the Manbij area “should be cleared of terrorists.” Speaking at a...

Turkey’s Erdogan Announces Largest Operation in History Against Kurds, as 11,000 Teachers Suspended

Crackdown against Kurdish affiliates comes amid separate operations against suspected followers of cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkey is waging the largest operation in its history against Kurdish militants and the removal of civil servants linked to them is a key part of the fight, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, as...

How Ankara, Washington plan to achieve regional energy security

When US Vice President Joe Biden recently met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara, Turkey’s recent attempted coup, Fethullah Gulen and Syria were the main items discussed. However, in a press conference following the meeting with the prime minister, Biden highlighted two other points: The United States...

Turkish tanks in Syria: Why Ankara is doing this

The suicide bombing in Gaziantep is one manifestation of a complex and brutal war that Turkey is now confronting with military force. More than a month after the coup attempt of 15 July, Turkey is still reeling from the blow which some Turks compare to 9/11 in terms of the...

Here’s How to Stop Turkey’s Anti-American Turn

Turks are wondering if the United States was behind the coup to overthrow Erdogan. And Washington should realize they have good reasons to worry. Most foreigners seem to have difficulty understanding just what a watershed event last month’s failed coup was for Turkey. My country has had four military coups...

Turkey PM: Russia can share Incirlik airbase with US if necessary

But Moscow doesn’t need key facility used by US-led coalition to launch airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria, says Binali Yildirim. Ankara has given Russia the go-ahead to use its Incirlik air base for operations in Syria, though no official request from Moscow to use the strategic military facility has...

Russia could use Incirlik airbase if necessary – Turkish PM

Ankara wouldn’t mind it if Russia used the Incirlik airbase for its anti-terror missions against Islamic State terrorists in Syria, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim hinted on Saturday, but acknowledged that no such requests have been made. Turkey opened Incirlik airbase to fight Daesh terrorists. It is being used...

Is Turkey abandoning NATO or vice versa?

A piece I wrote in October 2014 titled “Is NATO membership shackling Turkey?” was about the Turkish public opinion debate over NATO. Today's article asks whether NATO might find Turkey's membership burdensome. There is a growing perception in Turkey that NATO has been apathetic in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt and hasn't...

Will road to Moscow lead Ankara to Damascus?

Turkey's diplomatic initiatives to overcome its long-felt isolation internationally and in the Middle East have begun to yield results. After reconciling with Israel and Russia and sending friendly messages to Cairo, Ankara appears to have extended its initiative to Damascus, taking its pulse for a possible reconciliation. Ismail Hakki Pekin is the one name associated...

Turkey-EU clash is now just a matter of time

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's warnings that Turkey's refugee deal with the European Union will collapse if it fails to waive visa restrictions for Turks have become more frequent, almost routine in recent days, signaling a looming and serious crisis in Turkish-EU ties. The emergency rule Erdogan declared after surviving the failed July...

What will be Turkey’s toll for a second chance with Russia?

Although he brought together a million people at an Aug. 7 rally in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan still doesn’t feel safe in his own country. He might feel safer in Russia, although the countries were on the brink of war after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet Nov. 24. Fearing an...

Turkey’s Erdogan Can’t Afford Abrupt Pivot Into Putin’s Embrace

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to be shunning the West, by picking Russia as his first overseas destination since surviving a coup attempt and calling Vladimir Putin his “dear friend” during the visit. Symbolism aside, Turkey is too intertwined with its old allies to drop them. Trade between Turkey and...

Erdogan Threatens To Abandon US Dollar In Trade With Russia

The unexpectedly sharp antagonism between Turkey and the west accelerated today, and one day after NATO preemptively reminded Turkey that it is still a NATO alliance member and advising Ankara that "Turkey’s NATO membership is not in question", Turkey had some more choice words for its military allies. Cited...

Turkey signals joint defense plan with Russia

Turkey and Russia will establish a joint military, intelligence and diplomacy mechanism, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday. Speaking at Anadolu Agency’s Editors’ Desk, Cavusoglu said the previous day’s meeting between Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin had paved the way for closer ties following a nine-month freeze after...

Erdoğan and Putin discuss closer ties in first meeting since jet downing

Turkish president holds talks in St Petersburg with Russian counterpart, thanking him for support in wake of last month’s coup attempt. Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a clear-the-air summit in St Petersburg on Tuesday, the first time the pair have met since they fell out over the Russian...

Erdogan Allies Accuse Leading Washington Think Tank of Orchestrating Coup

The Turkish government has arrested or detained tens of thousands of soldiers, police officers, academics, and journalists in the wake of last month’s failed coup attempt. Some supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have a new target: a prominent Washington think tank. The Woodrow Wilson Center, a nonpartisan organization founded...

CIA also behind failed coup attempt: Former Turkish army chief

Turkey’s former army chief, İlker Başbuğ, has commented on the July 15 failed coup attempt, believed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), saying the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was also behind it. “There was foreign support in...

Is Erdogan really stronger after failed coup?

The prevailing view among punditry and the media, both Turkish and international, is that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged much stronger from the July 15 coup attempt and is now empowered to steer the country as he likes. This assumption, however, is less than convincing for those who have...

Turkey, once the great hope of the Middle East, is left weak and unstable

The destabilisation of Turkey is good news for Isis as Turkish security organisations devote their efforts to hunting down Gulenists. Coup attempt and purge are tearing Turkey apart. The Turkish armed forces, for long the backbone of the state, are in a state of turmoil. Some 40 per cent of its generals...

Turkey’s Other Crackdown

The aftermath of the coup is getting all the headlines. But Turkey's war against the Kurds continues in the shadows. ISTANBUL — At 7:43 in the morning, Hursit Kulter sent a final message to his family. “I won’t get out,” the Kurdish politician wrote. “Give my greetings to everyone.” It...

Turkey putschists promised a new military base to the US

US would have had a military base near Turkey-Syria border, if coup had succeeded, according to a Junta - US military agreement. The United States Army, one of the architects of the recent Turkey coup plot, would have built a new military base at the zero point of the Turkey-Syria...

CIA’s clandestine meeting in Istanbul on coup night

As more evidence surfaces daily, it will be evident that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was playing a huge role behind the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. Henri J. Barkey, former CIA personnel and the current Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for...

Putin, Erdogan Mend Ties as Post-Coup Turkey Turns to Russia

Turkey and Russia will seek to speed up the repair of frayed relations when Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Vladimir Putin for talks in St. Petersburg next month in the wake of the failed military coup against the Turkish president. Russia “isn’t just our close and friendly neighbor, but also a...

How Egypt’s Brotherhood helped counter Turkey’s coup attempt

Egypt's outcast Muslim Brotherhood would be hard-pressed to find a country more welcoming than Turkey, and it appears the group's support might have played a role in quashing the July 15 attempted coup. Ankara has not demanded the departure of any of the group’s leaders, as Qatar did in September...

The de-Gulenification of Turkey

If one needs to define what is going on in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed July 15 coup attempt, besides the arrest of the actual putschists, here is an accurate term: The de-Gulenification of Turkey. Just like the de-Baathification process in post-occupation Iraq, the aim is to...

Turkey thanks Putin for unconditional support over coup attempt

Turkey has expressed its satisfaction with the unconditional support Russian President Vladimir Putin lent to the Turkish government in the wake of the July 15 failed coup attempt and vowed to speedily improve bilateral ties with Moscow after an eight-month rift. “We thank the Russian authorities, particularly President Putin. We...

US Commander Campbell: The man behind the failed coup in Turkey

The organizer and financial distributor of the coup attempt turns out to be an ISAF ex- US commander, investigation reveals. A former U.S. commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, was the organizer of the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey, sources...

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