The U.S. military is now helping Turkey's hardliners achieve their goals against the very Kurdish fighters whose close coordination with U.S. bombers have pushed ISIS back from Kobane and disrupted its supply lines.
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.
Erdogan wants Turks to blame others for the country's problems. However, there will be a tipping point when they blame Erdogan for mismanaging Turkey's affairs, endangering its security and turning a blind eye to criminal profiteering by his friends and family.
A few key countries, like Pakistan, would not normally allow U.S. spy planes on their territories. What to do, what to do? Such was the dilemma of Anthony Marshall, who worked at the CIA at the very beginning of the U2 program.
The more chaotic things get in the Middle East, the more power and territory Kurds can control. But the more power and territory they control, the greater the fear in Tehran, Ankara, and Baghdad that the Kurds will create greater Kurdistan.
Turkish cuisine is not very different from others around the Eastern Mediterranean, though it can be delightfully spicier--as anyone who has been to the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul will recognize.
The Turkish President's self-serving fake war against terrorism could have the tragic consequence of escalating the violence throughout Turkey and neighboring countries. If Ankara is truly interested in countering the Jihadists, it should have done that long ago, instead of arming and abetting ISIS and other terror groups.
The following is the English translation of statements made by the Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Jawad Zarif at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affa...
If Turkey feels more insulated from ISIS and the Syrian civil war--as the safe zone created by Turkish and coalition bombing will ensure--it is even more unlikely to use its army to battle ISIS.
Before the United States dispatched its F-15's and F-16's over the skies of Iraq and Syria last fall, the administration worked furiously behind the scenes to assemble an anti-ISIL coalition that would prove durable.
JERUSALEM -- Even at this early stage, it is apparent that the agreement has empowered Iran regionally. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite regime lavished praise on the agreement, rightly recognizing that enhanced international legitimacy and financial resources will enable Shia Iran to provide greater backing. Assad's other major regional ally, Lebanon's Hezbollah (which the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization), also supports the deal. Vladimir Putin's Russia is also happy to have received U.S. assistance, however indirectly, in strengthening Assad's hold on power.
Germany's disregard for Greek lives didn't begin during WWII. It can also be traced back to WWI. For Germany, any policy that advanced its economic or commercial interests, no matter how horrendous and inhumane was and, apparently, still is acceptable.
Four years ago, my father passed away in Turkey. My mother and I went there this year to settle some undealt paperwork.
China and Turkey had high hopes when Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on a 2010 visit to Ankara negotiated a strategic partnership that envisioned Turkey helping China quell a simmering insurgency in its north-western autonomous region of Xinjiang.
We in the U.S. are not, in fact, the world. We need to cure our movement of its myopia and remember that justice for the LGBT community is a global cause, spreading far beyond our borders.
It is hard to see why Turkey would take on the task of paying off European taxpayers who are the ultimate creditors of Greece. But it is surely worth exploring whether the two economies might together form a more optimally sized currency union than the current one Greece is stuck in.