NPR, By Michelle Keleman, February 28
Masses of refugees wait in line to receive food aid distributed in the Yarmouk camp on Jan. 31 in Damascus, Syria. (United Nation Relief and Works Agency/Getty Images)
A photo from Syria is grabbing the world’s attention: a sea of people lining up for food amid the rubble of [...]
Al Jazeera, February 25
The head of Al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria has given rival Islamist militants five days to accept mediation to end their infighting or face a war that “will terminate them,” according to an audio recording posted on Tuesday.
Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of Al-Nusra Front, called on the Islamic State in Iraq [...]
McClatchy, By Roy Gutman & Hannah Allam, February 17
Reyhanli, Turkey — Caught off guard by the abrupt dismissal of the U.S. point man for moderate Syrian rebels, the Obama administration is now searching for new clients to aid in an insurgency that’s dominated by Islamist factions, including groups with connections to al Qaida.
This is wishful thinking. As I noted on twitter a few days back: The Turkish Left is a disorganized, heterogenous rabble, incapable of tying their own boots. Erdogan has given them ample opportunity to define themselves against him, at the bare minimum. They have declined to do so. And will continue to do so.
France24, February 6
Turkish lawmakers approved legislation late on Wednesday that will tighten government controls over the Internet, in a move roundly criticised as a fresh assault on freedom of expression, access to information and investigative journalism.
The text notably permits a government agency, the Telecommunications Communications Presidency (TIB), to block access to websites without [...]
Al Qaeda Franchises of al Qaeda, chiefly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), seek to foment Shia-Sunni warfare in the region and, amid the ruins, establish control over western Iraq and parts of Syria. It then seeks to coalesce a Syrian-Iraqi region with other regions in the Islamic world stretching from Mali [...]
The Sunni of Anbar
The grim strategic situation facing Iraqi Sunnis today parallels that of ten years ago when they were beset by powerful enemies in al Qaeda but also US troops and Shia militias. The solution, albeit a short-lived one, came by allying with US troops in the Anbar Awakening. Of course, this option [...]
Reuters, By Parisa Hafezi
ANKARA, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited Iran on Wednesday to bolster trade and energy ties, state TV said, in what also looked like a bid to defuse tensions over Syria by capitalizing on Tehran’s diplomatic opening to regional rivals and the West.
Iran has been a strong strategic ally of [...]
The agreement between Iran and the P5+1 powers has been received with considerable optimism in much of the world, as has the beginning of its implementation this week. Iran will limit its enriched uranium program and halt further work on the Arak heavy-water reactor capable of producing plutonium. In exchange, Iran will get substantial though [...]
Turkey’s President Gul is making a bold move to calm the political chaos in Turkey. Will he succeed or will the paranoid Prime Minister Recep Erdogan decide that Gul’s efforts are part of the conspiracy to remove Erdogan from power? (Image: Turkish Presidential Seal)
Since December 17, scores of Erdogan cronies have been arrested for [...]
Turkey continues its crisis of governance and personal power. There seems to be no good outcome at this point given the conversion of Turkey to a dictatorship. PM Erdogan is changing laws and stopping police investigations. When corruption charges were brought against dozens of Erdogan officials and friends, the poice and prosecutors who brought the [...]
Will Summer protests return to Turkey Jordi Bernabeu Farrús
The Republic of Turkey is consumed by intense conflict, conspiracy charges, and underlying financial problems that simply won’t go away. A perfect storm is brewing in Turkey.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government and supporters are charged with a secret gold-for-oil deal with Iran. The [...]
Turkish gold for Iran’s natural gas – this is the end for Erdogan WikiCommons
Hurriyet Daily News columnist Mustafa Sonmez broke a story that should define the outcome of the Turkish crisis. If he’s accurate about the Erdogan government’s scheming, the crisis in Turkey is over. It is just a matter of time for [...]
New York Times, By C. J. Chivers, December 28
A new analysis of rockets linked to the nerve-agent attack on Damascus, Syria, in August has concluded that the rockets were most likely fired by multiple launchers and had a range of about three kilometers, according to the two authors of the analysis.
The authors said [...]
I would judge the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors if I had authority,: Turkish PM ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Erdogan after the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) overturned Erdogan’s change in police and judicial procedures to protect his position:
“From here, I am filing a criminal complaint [against the HSYK]. The [...]