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Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

Mysterious American Flags In Syria Were Planted By U.S. Troops, Pentagon Says

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 09.20.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON ― U.S. forces operating in northern Syria raised American flags in the region last week, a Defense Department spokesman told The Huffingt...

With Erdoğan Hardening Its Tactics, Turkey's Kurdish Issue Approaches A Boiling Point

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 09.14.2016 | Home
Yavuz Baydar

All the signs are, Turkey's bleeding, unresolved Kurdish issue this time comes to a boiling point.

Turkish Tanks Roll Into Syria, Opening New Line Of Attack

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home

ELBEYLI, Turkey/BEIRUT, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Turkey and its rebel allies opened a new line of attack in northern Syria on Saturday, as Turkish tanks rol...

Car Bomb Kills Three In Southeastern Turkey

Reuters | Willa Frej | Posted 08.15.2016 | Home

Two officers and one civilian were killed when a car bomb exploded outside a police station near Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday,...

Turkey's Coup: The 'Valkyrie' Of Our Times

John A. Tures | Posted 07.16.2016 | Home
John A. Tures

The true story behind this coup is eerily similar to the events in Turkey in the middle of July coup.

A Noble Profession Has Turned Into A Curse In Turkey

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 06.23.2016 | Home
Yavuz Baydar

I have known Erol Önderoğlu for ages. This gentle soul has been monitoring the ever-volatile state of Turkish journalism for ages, more regularly than anybody else. His memory, as the national representative of the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been a prime source of reference for what we ought to know about the state of media freedom and independence.

Is Erdogan The Reason So Many Armenian Genocide Resolutions Are Being Passed?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.07.2016 | Home
John A. Tures

Foreign countries interested in condemning Armenian genocide should not only draw distinctions between Turkey and the actions of the Ottoman Empire. They should make the same distinction between Erdogan and the people of Turkey, who do not always support him.

Turkey's Creeping Authoritarianism: Is the Resistance Enough?

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.20.2016 | Home
Stephen Zunes

Turkey's march towards authoritarianism took another dangerous turn this past week with the forced resignation of moderate Islamist Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, apparently at the insistence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

At Least 10 Killed In Fighting Between Turkish Soldiers And PKK

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 05.09.2016 | Home

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed in two days of fighting between security forces and Kurdish militants in Turkey's southe...

Turkey's Ruling Party, the AKP, Is Next On Erdogan's Hit List

John A. Tures | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
John A. Tures

As Turkey slouches toward dictatorship, purging enemies and former allies, Recep Tayip Erdogan has a cheering section, in the form of the AKP, the ruling party in Turkey.

WATCH: Mayhem As Brawl Breaks Out In Turkish Parliament

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 05.03.2016 | Home

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish parliamentary committee approved a bill that strips deputies of immunity from prosecution, paving the way for legislation...

Turkish Soccer Pitches Tell the Story of Hardening Fault Lines

James Dorsey | Posted 03.21.2016 | Home
James Dorsey

Turkish soccer pitches tell the story of the country's multiple sharpening fault lines that are exploding into political violence on the streets of Turkey's major cities as the government fuels deep-seated political and ethnic tensions.

An Inhospitable Turkey

Zeynep Lokmanoglu | Posted 03.18.2016 | Home
Zeynep Lokmanoglu

Living in Turkey today means going out into the street and not fearing death more than you would on any given day. Living in Turkey means trying not to live with the realization that you are living in a war zone under the pretense that it's a civilized place.

Turks Eye US Embassy’s Terror Warning, Issued Two Days Before Ankara Attack, With Suspicion

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.15.2016 | Home

ISTANBUL -- In the wake of yet another deadly terror attack in Ankara, this time killing at least 37 people, some Turks have cast suspicions on a U.S....

Turkey Questions British Politician Close To Kurds

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 02.25.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Natalie McGarry, a British parliamentarian who has advocated for the Kurdish population in the Middle East, was briefly detained in Turk...

Obama Is Letting Turkey Target The U.S.'s Best Bet Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 02.11.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Turkey's brutal treatment of its Kurdish population could plunge the country into a full-on civil war and make the Middle East even more...

Russia Is Exploiting Syria's Kurds And America's Frustrations to Complicate The Fight Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 01.30.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON -- As Syria peace talks begin in Geneva, America's key partners on the ground feel neglected, excluded and increasingly receptive to a man ...

Why We Can't Afford to Abandon Turkey's Kurds

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 01.18.2017 | Home
Stefan Ihrig

JERUSALEM -- The renewed violence in the Turkish southeast owes a lot to an undigested history of violence against all sorts of ethnic and otherwise defined enemies of the Turkish state.

Turkey Cannot Effectively Fight ISIS Unless It Makes Peace With the Kurds

Ömer Taşpınar | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
Ömer Taşpınar

Erdogan doesn't fully support the eradication of jihadist groups in Syria. The reason is simple: the Arab and Turkmen Islamist groups are the main bulwark against the expansion of the de facto autonomous Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. Thus, Erdogan tries hard after each ISIS attack to create a "generic" threat of terrorism in which all groups are bundled up together without any clear references to ISIS. He is trying to present the PKK as enemy number one.

Turkey Suffers From Terrorism Because Erdogan Targets Political Opponents Instead

John A. Tures | Posted 01.12.2017 | Home
John A. Tures

Erdogan's crackdown on political rivals coupled with a disproportionate number of bombings at Kurdish rallies and other parties makes you wonder what's really going on.

Vice Journalist Released After 131 Days In Turkish Prison

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.13.2017 | Home

Vice News has confirmed that journalist Mohammed Rasool has been released on bail from a Turkish prison after 131 days behind bars. Rasool was arreste...

Fate of Turkish Democracy To Be Tested By the AKP and Its Archival, The Pro-Kurdish HDP

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
Yavuz Baydar

As the Kurdish conflict with severe measures threatens to bury whatever remains of hopes to establish peace, indications from the HDP camp, represented as the third largest group in Turkish parliament with 59 deputies of 550 are also clear.

The Bloody Cost Of Turkey's Crackdown On Kurds

The New York Times | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.31.2015 | Home

ISTANBUL — A major Turkish military operation to eradicate Kurdish militants in Turkey’s restive southeast has turned dozens of urban districts in...

Syria Should Not Cost Turkey Its Peace With the Kurds

Kaya Genc | Posted 11.30.2016 | Home
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's downing of a Russian military jet will help little in improving this much strained relationship. But it can clarify the basic political tensions which Turkey's Turkish and Kurdish politicians need to come to terms with, and get over, if they want to forge a new mode of coexistence inside Turkey's borders.