Sunday, September 15, 2019

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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...

US backing ensures Arab-Kurd alliance in Syria will survive

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), which has expanded its operation in northern Syria by sending tanks to al-Rai, needs a win. Just as important, the Turkish government needs a story about how the balances have shifted since the TSK’s intervention and how the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by the...

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...

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...

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...

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’s secret pact with Islamic State exposed by operative behind wave of ISIS attacks

New evidence has emerged that the Turkish government under President Erdogan is covertly providing direct military, financial and logistical support to ISIS, even while claiming to fight the terror network. The evidence comes in the form of testimony from an ISIS terrorist captured by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, widely recognised as...

How they blew the coup

On the evening of July 15, Turkish TV networks informed the public around 11 p.m. that a small group of renegades from the Turkish Armed Forces linked to the Gulenist movement had launched a coup. Since then, there has been endless speculation about the failed attempt, including whether the coup was...

Will failed coup push Erdogan toward Iran, Russia?

Along with its many implications at home, the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey may have important repercussions on Ankara’s foreign policy, especially regarding Syria. The apology Ankara extended to Moscow last month for the Nov. 24 downing of a Russian jet had already raised expectations that normalization with Moscow...

The Purge After the Coup

Turkey's political parties were united in opposing the attempted military coup -- but Erdogan's attempt to use the incident to tighten his control on the state could tear them apart again. ANKARA — Citizens facing down tanks, retaking their streets and bridges, arresting rogue soldiers: The images of Turkey's failed...

What’s Behind Turkey’s Coup & Purge?

With Turkey now undergoing the largest military/governmental purge in modern history, the question of Turkey's future in terms of its domestic stability and structure is in flux and the possibilities facing the world, especially Syria, in regards to any changes of Turkish foreign policy are shaky as well. But...

Behind The CIA Desperate Turkey Coup Attempt

On the evening of July 15, a group of Turkish army officers announced that they had staged a military coup d’etat and had assumed control of the country. They claimed that Erdogan was in a desperate flight for his life and that they were now in the process of...

The coup attempt in Turkey has presented the US and Europe with a huge...

Turkey's president Recep Erdogan called Friday night's attempted government takeover by a faction within the Turkish military "an act of treason," and vowed that the coup-plotters would "pay a heavy price" for their actions. "This insurgency is a blessing from Allah, because it will allow us to purge the military" of mutineers, Erdogan...

Erdogan Is Blaming the Coup on a Shadowy Turkish Cleric Who Lives in Pennsylvania

The Turkish president wants Washington to send 75-year-old Fethullah Gulen back home to face trial. Deep in the heart of the Pocono Mountains — a scenic, isolated region of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania — Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen lives a quiet existence on a sprawling 26-acre estate. But more...

Erdogan Has Nobody to Blame for the Coup but Himself

After years of broken promises and deepening paranoia, the Turkish president earned his comeuppance. This is not what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meant when he said he wanted to transform Turkey. The tanks and gunfire in the streets of Ankara mark the fifth time since 1960 that the Turkish military...

Turkish Politics Return to Meromictic Form

Editor's note: As a coup in Turkey unfolds, this analysis, first published in December 2013, explores the competing circles of power that are now challenging the conservative rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He has long sought to move the country away from control of its older secular elites, which...

Before Turkish Coup, President’s Drive to Stifle Dissent Sowed Unrest

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's escalating efforts to silence critics have had a chilling effect at home. The coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the culmination of a long-mounting discontent with the man who has essentially ruled the nation since 2002. Turkey has faced increased dangers in the past year....

Turkey’s Deep State Has a Secret Back Channel to Assad

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently patched up ties with Russia and Israel. Are a couple of nationalist politicians laying the groundwork for a deal with Syria’s strongman? ISTANBUL — In the past month, Turkey has worked to turn two old rivals into new friends. On June 27, Turkish officials...

Erdogan’s latest wake-up call on Islamic State

US, Russia should give Jabhat al-Nusra no quarter. The Obama administration is considering a plan to coordinate airstrikes with Russia against Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, in return for Russia’s commitment to pressure the Syrian government to end its airstrikes against civilians and US-backed moderate armed groups operating in...

Turkey’s Next Military Coup

How Empowering the Generals Could Backfire. Before Turkey took an authoritarian turn under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, many thought that the former head of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) would go down in history as the leader who finally tamed Turkey's military and resolved the country’s decades-long conflict with...

Turkish Military’s Influence Rises Again

A force that once ousted civilian leaders now shapes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's moves in Syria and against Kurdish insurgents at home. ISTANBUL—After 13 years of being methodically marginalized during Recep Tayyip Erdogan's tenure atop Turkish politics, the army is regaining its clout as the president sidelines his political rivals. Turkey's...

How the US caused the Erdogan-Davutoglu divorce

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is stepping down and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will hold an extraordinary congress on May 22 to elect a new chairman and prime minister. Davutoglu will not be one of the candidates on the ballot. Sources in Ankara explain the process as the graceful exit of...

Turkey’s prime minister resigns amid high-level rifts and deepening crises

ISTANBUL - Turkey's prime minister resigned Thursday after a public rift with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, throwing the country’s politics into turmoil and paving the way for Erdogan to consolidate power at a time of domestic and regional crises. In an otherwise defiant speech in Ankara, the capital, Prime Minister...

Turkey Has Given Up on Democracy Outside Its Borders, Too

Not too long ago, Ankara was working to promote democracy across its region. But an increasingly authoritarian President Erdogan has lost interest. Turkey’s drift back into authoritarianism has international implications. After losing its parliamentary majority last June, the country’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) recovered ground to win just under 50 percent...

Turkey witnesses unprecedented onslaught on critical media

ANKARA, Turkey — In late March, Turkey’s 20-year-old liberal daily Radikal announced it was closing down, two years after it terminated its print edition to become a web-only publication. Though financial strains were said to have forced the closure, the real reason was an open secret — the daily’s...

Will government seize Turkey’s largest bank?

Turkey's largest private bank, Isbank, increasingly has become a government target the last few years, increasing the perception of growing political oppression of the nation's banking sector. Established in 1924 by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Isbank has been under intense criticism by pro-government media since...

Military wipes its hands of Turkish politics

The Turkish military appears to be taking a hands-off approach to the country's toxic political environment, refusing to get stuck between the president's impassioned followers and fervent foes. In recent years, Turks had come to believe that the word “coup” had been discarded from the lexicon of the civilian-military relationship and that the...

Erdogan’s Epic Europe Trolling

The EU's decision to restart membership talks with Turkey was a major victory for Ankara -- but not for the reason you think. Even amid the wide-ranging criticism of Turkey’s recent refugee deal with the European Union, there’s no denying that many of the demands the Turkish government put forward...

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