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Turkish President Approves Interim Government

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.28.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved an interim government that will lead Turkey into a new election in November,...

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?

The Only Thing We Know For Sure Is That We Share Tears

Nuri Kino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

My heart is breaking. The cease-fire between the Turkish government and the PKK has been cancelled. My heart is breaking because the country doesn't have a government, because ISIS operates from within the country, and that the tourism industry and thus, Turkey, can be affected financially.

Why Erdoğan Is Fighting Two Wars -- Against ISIS and the PKK

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Mustafa Akyol

ISTANBUL -- As the tough leader who gave the "terrorists" what they deserve, Erdogan can garner more nationalist votes for his party. Pro-PKK Kurds have lately emerged as the biggest obstacle to Erdogan's dream of drafting a new constitution with an all-powerful "presidential system" tailor-made for him.

Turkey Is on the Road to Armageddon

Behlül Özkan | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- The current situation in Turkey is nothing short of apocalyptic. Radical Islamists who have turned the country into a "jihadi highway" to Syria -- while Ankara has looked the other way -- are now carrying out attacks within Turkey itself. The AKP's Syria policy from 2011 onward has been the single greatest foreign policy disaster in the history of the Turkish Republic.

A Fragile Peace Between Turkey And The Kurds Is Collapsing

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.29.2015 | World

A fragile ceasefire in Turkey has threatened to fall apart this week, as conflict flared again between the government and the militant Kurdistan...

Sophia Jones

Turkish Voters Made History Last Night, Putting Erdogan's Power In Check. Now What?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Voters issued an unexpected blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday night’s historic election by pushing his party out ...

Jailed Kurdish Leader Says Armed Struggle With Turkey 'Unsustainable'

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2015 | World

By Daren Butler DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 21 (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan said on Saturday his ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Rand Paul, Longtime Foe Of Nation Building, Is Ready Now To Redraw The Middle East

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Nation-builder" probably isn't a term Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would use to describe himself. The libertarian-leaning senator has built a...

Amidst the Medieval Darkness of ISIS, the Kurds Stand for Secularism and Democracy in the Middle East

Behlül Özkan | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's Kurdish movement has managed to survive and grow for 30 years in the Middle East, where politics is a dangerous business. Whether in Iran, Iraq, Syria or Turkey, the Kurds are now one of the key players in the Middle East, having won the world's admiration for their defeat of ISIS in Kobani. Secular, democratic and a champion of women's rights, the Kurdish movement has emerged as the most serious rival to radical groups like ISIS.

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...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Turkey, Reluctant Partner In Obama's ISIS Strategy, Frustrates U.S. Officials

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey, with its resources, geographic position and potential regional sway, is uniquely suited to be the West's key partner against the...

For The Kurds, No Friends But The Americans

Rashid Karadaghi | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Rashid Karadaghi

The recognition by the US of the Kurds in Syrian-occupied Kurdistan as an ally against ISIS is a positive step but must be followed by US recognition of the Kurds in Syria and elsewhere as an oppressed people with legitimate national rights and aspirations.

Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani, Sparks Debate on What Is Politics?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The dispute over the nature of Dalkurd's support for Kobani raises the question of what the border line is, if there is one, between humanitarian and political aid to groups in distress as a result of conflict as well as the double standards applied by some Western nations.

Sophia Jones

Why Turkey Will Let Iraqi Kurds, But Not Turkish Kurds, Fight Extremists In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- For weeks, Turkey has barred Turkish Kurds from crossing the border into Syria to defend their ethnic fellows in Kobani against the Islami...

Fiercest Fighting In Days Between Kurds And ISIS In Kobani

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

By Humeyra Pamuk URFA, Turkey, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as Is...

Turkey Would Oppose U.S. Arms Transfers To Kurds

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkey wouldn't agree to any U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic militants in Syria, President Rec...

Report: Turkish Jets Hit Kurdish Rebel Targets

AP | SUZAN FRASER and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 12.14.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said Tuesday, the first ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

As They Battle ISIS For Kurdish Town, U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Question Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.09.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- For three weeks, Syrian Kurdish fighters, outgunned and outnumbered, have held off an unrelenting assault from the Islamic State on the ...

Sophia Jones

Turkey's Refusal To Help Besieged Kurds Fight ISIS Is Backfiring

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Kobani, a Kurdish town in northern Syria just a stone’s throw from the Turkish border, wasn't widely known until recently. But now, wit...

Kurds Protesting Across Europe Ask For Help Against ISIS

AP | SUZAN FRASER and ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 12.07.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish protesters clashed with police in Turkey leaving at least 14 people dead and scores injured Tuesday as demonstrators i...

Turkish President Says Syrian Town Under Islamic State Siege Is About To Fall

Reuters | Posted 12.07.2014 | World

(Reuters) - Turkey's president said the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani was "about to fall" as Islamic State fighters pressed home a three-week assault ...

Mollie Reilly

Kurds Face Massacre In Syrian Border Town As Turkey Just Watches

HuffingtonPost.com | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

The Turkish military is just watching as outgunned and outnumbered Kurdish fighters warn that a massacre is imminent in a town visible across the Syri...