Turkey Risks Isolation as it Approaches Manjib


Despite the success of the combined forces of Russia, Syria and Iran in Syria against Daesh and other terror networks, the war in Syria is intensifying. This intensification, however, is not due to the continued existence and strength of…

Turkey and Syria: Blood, Tears and Walls


A Turkish poet, Mustafa Goren, is standing in the middle of a street in the border town of Karkamış. He raises his index finger towards the sky prophetically, then shouts at me, with his powerful voice: “I’m against the invasion into Syria! Is this…

Erdogan Fighting Terror by Silencing the Media


Grotesque though it looks, Erdogan’s anti-terror strategy focuses not only on potential and actual terrorists, it equally targets those who, especially journalists, refuse to unconditionally subscribe to the official narrative…

The Bullets Of An Assassin: Nothing Is Beyond the Pale


The bullets of an assassin shook the world on Monday. Shot from behind by a former Turkish police officer, at an art gallery in Ankara, right across the street from the US embassy, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov…

Russian Ambassador Assassinated: Retaliation, But by Whom?


Just days after the liberation of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was gunned down while giving a talk at an art gallery in…

A Russo-Turkey War in the Cards


In the past few days, there have been monumental but unreported, unevaluated and even unseen events that make the world war a near certainty when and if Trump becomes the American president. Behind the scenes, the neocon cabal that…

Despite Rapprochement, Turkey-Russia Relations Remain Uneasy Over Syria


While a year has passed since Turkey shot down a Russian jet in Syria and while a few months have passed since the beginning of rapprochement between both…

On Putin-Erdogan Meeting in Syria—What is Happening


While a number of decisions worth leaving critical imprints on regional situation were taken, as was being expected, in a highly significant meeting between Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan…

Syria, Iraq and Turkey: a Slow Cook with Political Repression as a Result of Failed US Policy


The recent finger pointing and recriminations between the US authorities and Russian president Vladimir Putin has made it only too apparent that the US is determined to create “a threat to strategic…

Erdogan is Using PKK as Cover to Corner the Kurds

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While Turkey’s official narrative, with regard to the scope of operation Euphrates Shield’, is centred on eliminating the ‘militant’ PKK, ground realities hardly confirm it, and instead show that Erdogan’s current drive is mainly…

Syria: Turkey pushing Washington up the wall?


Turkish intervention in Syria, although primarily motivated by its security concerns vis-à-vis Kurds, has started to create consequences that are not simply confined to reversing the Kurdish advances. On the one hand, Turkey is…

Erdogan-Putin Mend Relations as the West Gets Unnerved


While the August 9 meeting between Turkey’s Erdogan and Russia’s Putin did go a long way in unfreezing their own relations, this meeting—and the prospects of warm relations between them—has certainly put the U.S. under…

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