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Anti-Islamic State Effort: US Views Turkey as Major Impediment

With the bulk of the Syrian opposition focused on fighting Assad, the United States has turned to the People's Protection Units (YPG) as a capable combat force with thousands of fighters to effectively fight the Islamic State on the ground...

Andrei AKULOV | 10.02.2016


 

Oil Prices and ISIS Ruin Kurdish Dreams of Riches

The civil war in Syria and Iraq and the rise of Islamic State (Isis) has brought the 30 million Kurds in the Middle East new terrors and fresh opportunities. In Syria, the conflict has led to the creation of a Kurdish quasi-state between the Tigris and Euphrates that fields a powerful army supported by US air power.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 08.02.2016


 

Erdogan’s Impunity

Entirely coincidentally, on January 29, just at the time when western nations were at last paying a little attention to Turkish President Erdogan’s persecution of so many of his citizens, the Turkish government alleged that a Russian aircraft had violated Turkish airspace...

Brian CLOUGHLEY | 05.02.2016


 

Syria Сonflict: Battle Continues, Peace Talks Stalled

The UN envoy for Syria has announced a «temporary pause» in peace talks in Geneva saying that the process will resume later this month. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with opposition leaders, Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, insisted «this is not the end, and it is not the failure of the talks». De Mistura said both sides were «interested in having the political process started», and that he had set a new date of February 25 for the resumption of the talks...

Dmitry MININ | 04.02.2016


 

What Kind of State Is Erdogan’s Turkey?

On the February 1, 2016 Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, held a press conference urging Turkey to investigate a report of the Turkish military shooting at unarmed civilians in the south-eastern town of Cizre...

Alex LEBEDINSKY | 03.02.2016


 

Istanbul Tragedy: Terrorists Strike Again

International terrorism has once again shown its cruel and inhuman face. A terrorist attack, the latest in a string of deadly terror incidents to strike Turkey, killed at least ten people including foreigners in the heart of Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet tourist district on January 12. A Syrian suicide bomber is believed to be the perpetrator. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but in all probability Islamic State militants were behind the blast...

Alex GORKA | 13.01.2016


 

Chaos in Middle East to Spur US-Turkey Friendship

The events of late 2015 – early 2016 show the US-Turkey ties are getting stronger. The Turkey’s role of a NATO's southern flank bastion is growing. The Islamic State, which is financed by illegal exports of oil through the Turkish territory, is used by Washington and Ankara to justify intense coordinated military activities. Turkey has permitted the use of İncirlik, Diyarbakır and Batman air bases by its Western allies...

Andrey ARESHEV | 12.01.2016


 

Turkey’s Middle East Policy: What Goes Around Comes Around

Russia's economic sanctions imposed against Turkey following its downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria on November 24, 2015, by Turkish fighter, came into force on January 1... Probably, Turkey will continue to be a serious destabilizing factor in the Middle East and adjacent regions. Meanwhile, the situation on the battlefield has changed in favor of Damascus. Hopefully, terrorists will be cut off from the supply routes across the Turkey’s border...

Andrey ARESHEV | 07.01.2016


 

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Bid for Independence to Become Burning Issue on International Agenda

A new non-Arab important actor may soon appear on the Middle East map. Iraqi Kurdistan Autonomous Region President and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader, Massoud Barzani demanded his party to work with other parties to find a mechanism of action to hold a referendum on the independence of Kurdistan...

Andrei AKULOV | 24.12.2015


 

Turkish-ISIL Oil Trade: The Roles of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Britain, and Israel (III)

Turkish officials were involved in illegal transport of oil from Iraq long before the emergence of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS/IS/DAESH). Their illegal trade expanded to the Syrian Arab Republic with the intensification of the conflict in Syria. Turkey, however, is not the only player involved in the illegal oil trade in Syria and Iraq. The operations of the Anglo-Turkish company Genel Energy PLC, which works in Iraqi Kurdistan and Malta, illustrates the constellation of financial and energy sector interests involved...

Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA | 19.12.2015




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US Targets Russia and China with North Korea Pretext

The North Korean state is routinely mocked in the West for engaging in hyperbole and bombast. Ironically, the Western reaction to its latest satellite launch is a carnival of knee-jerk hysteria and hyperbole. But all the bluster has conveniently given Washington an opportunity to proceed with its global missile shield plans. That is far more destabilizing to international security than any alleged North Korean violation...

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