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Is Erdogan 'Wagging the Dog' Against the Kurds in Turkey?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
John A. Tures

In 1997, the movie Wag the Dog told the tale of an American President who created a fictitious war against Albania to distract from domestic scandals, ensuring reelection. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must have seen it, as he's following the same script against the Kurds in order to boost his party's flagging fortunes. But will it work?

Assad Blames Turkey For Regime Setback As His Forces Pound Rebel-Held City

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT, April 17 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Turkish support was the main factor that helped insurgents to seize the northwe...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Why Turkey Finally Made A Move Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey made its boldest move yet against the Islamic State over the weekend. It wasn't to help the U.S.-led air campaign against the...

Turkish Soccer Body Penalizes Kurdish Club Amid Mounting Tensions

James Dorsey | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Turkish Football Federation (TFF) decision to penalize a third tier soccer club in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir for adopting a Kurdish name reflects mounting tension in south-eastern Turkey.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Bad News For U.S.-Turkish Cooperation: ISIS May Have Launched Attack From Turkey

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any day now, the U.S. and Turkey may finally reach an agreement on jointly combating the Islamic State. But in the meantime, Turkey appe...

Turkey's 'Road to Damascus' Moment

Scott Ritter | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Scott Ritter

If there is ever going to be a solution to the problem of the Islamic State that has a hope of preserving the current geo-political structure of Mesopotamia and the Levant, it rests with the survival of Bashar al-Assad's regime and the resurgence of Syria as a viable national player in the region.

ISIS Seizes More Than One-Third Of Kobani

Reuters | Daren Butler and Oliver Holmes | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

By Daren Butler and Oliver Holmes MURSITPINAR, Turkey/BEIRUT, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian borde...

Turkey's Parliament Approves Military Operations In Iraq, Syria

AP | SUZAN FRASER and DIAA HADID | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament approved a motion Thursday that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria a...

Hundreds Of Kurds From Turkey Cross Into Syria To Fight ISIS

AP | DIAA HADID and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Is...

Howard Fineman

U.S. Plans To Inch Up Role In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Kiev is burning, but Damascus, Homs and Aleppo are dying. There’s little the U.S. can do about Ukraine -- it’s literally Russia...

Syria Lurches From Bad to Worse

Allan Topol | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Allan Topol

At this point, we have no ally in Syria with any strength or credibility. The U.S. has a choice of backing the Islamic Front, which it finds repugnant, or it can acquiesce to Assad's continued rule. Another bad choice. The January peace conference in Switzerland will be a farce if it even occurs.

Joshua Hersh

Syria's Humanitarian Quagmire Worsens, U.N. Official Reports

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- In this small Turkish city near Syria's northern border, aid workers complain that the humanitarian disaster unfolding just 45 mi...

Turkey Seizes Truckload Of Warheads Near Syria Border

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

ISTANBUL, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Turkey seized a truck loaded with 1,200 rocket warheads and other weapons near the border with Syria on Thursday and det...

Turkey in Disarray

Allan Topol | Posted 12.28.2013 | World
Allan Topol

In an effort to make himself the leader of the Islamic Middle Eastern world, Erdogan decimated that relationship which has cost Turkey in terms of shared intelligence about hostile neighbors including Iran.

Turkey's Arms Purchase Should Jolt U.S. Alliance Policies

Ivan Eland | Posted 12.23.2013 | World
Ivan Eland

Obsolete and entangling alliances have indeed kept the United States "in" these regions with a significant military presence long after the Cold War ended.

Why Assad Will Win

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Now, after more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands more uprooted from their homes or taking refuge in Turkey and Jordan, the muddled situation is becoming clearer.

In Lebanon, Refugees and Residents Alike Struggle to Survive

Sharon Waxman | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Sharon Waxman

While the humanitarian community must first respond to the most vulnerable refugees -- women, children and those not registered with the UN -- it must take a long-term view. This requires stepped up support for local social service providers.

Syria Issues Turkey Travel Warning, Irony Ensues

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.28.2014 | World

In an odd announcement that has led some to point out the irony of the situation, Syria issued a Turkey travel warning, cautioning its citizens to avo...

An Unwelcome Anniversary for Syrians

Ned Colt | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Ned Colt

Somehow, we need to do more to maintain a focus on the humanitarian disaster that is Syria, and to provide a tiny flicker of hope that the worst will soon be over.

The Arab Summer

Ian Bremmer | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Ian Bremmer

The furious protests that have toppled autocrats and roiled politics across North Africa and the Middle East for the past two years will enter a new phase in 2013.

Reports: 2 Syrian Generals Defect

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 02.27.2013 | World

By SUZAN FRASER, The Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey -- Officials at Turkey's Foreign Ministry say two Syrian air force generals have defected and ...

Panetta Reportedly Signs Order To Send Missiles To Turkey

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.12.2013 | World

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Tu...

Turkey Urges Muslim States To Recognize Syria Opposition

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2012 | World

DJIBOUTI, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Muslim nations to recognise a fledgling Syrian opposition coalition on...

Assad's Forces Intensify Attacks As Rebels Gain

Reuters | Posted 12.14.2012 | World

By Angus MacSwan BEIRUT, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces have dropped Russian-made cluster bombs over civilian areas in ...

Turkey Condemns U.N. Over Syria Inaction

Reuters | Posted 12.13.2012 | World

* Erdogan says U.N. Security Council inaction encouraging Assad * Syrian gov't forces hit rebels with air power, artillery ...