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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Erdogan’s War

Turkey’s government has plenty of scapegoats for the current violence. But it should start by looking in the mirror. On March 13, yet another suicide bomb went off in Ankara, Turkey’s capital city, taking with it the lives of at least 37 people and wounding more than 70. This is...

Is Turkey crushing Kurdish self-rule in Syria?

Looking back at Turkey's failed peace process with the Kurds now that it has devolved into a bloody conflict also affecting Syria, the position of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan is perhaps best summarized through something he conveyed to lawmakers from the Kurdish-dominated Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) during a March...

How the Kurds Became Syria’s New Power Brokers

And why Erdogan's war against them threatens to undermine his relationship with the United States and spark a civil war in Turkey. Tal Rifaat, Menagh air base, Kefir Naya, Kefir Neris — town after town, village after village is falling to Kurdish-led forces as they blaze their way across northern...

Erdogan is on the brink of ultimate power, but Turkey is falling apart

The biggest losers are the Turkish people, as critics and political opponents of the President's regime are labelled ‘traitors’ and ‘terrorists’. Until 2002, when the AKP (Justice and Development Party) came to power, Turkey was doing pretty well in following Kemal Atatürk’s dictum: “peace at home, peace abroad”. Admittedly, there...

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