Erdogan’s threat to ‘come to Sinjar’

Saturday, 7 April 2018

With audacity, the Islamist President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not hesitate to publicly threaten that he will violate Iraq’s sovereignty and independence. What encourages such threats is the silence of his fellow Islamic leaders in Iraq. Turkey threatens IraqTwo days ago, Erdogan said in Istanbul while addressing the Iraqi government: “If you are able to handle them (referring to the elements of the PKK, who are present in Sinjar since its liberation from ISIS in late 2015) ...

Adnan Hussein

The Ankara conference: We are strangers here!

Friday, 6 April 2018

The photo that brought together Russia, Iran and Turkey’s leaders who were meeting in Ankara to discuss the Syrian affair sums up the current gloomy Arab scene.With a big smile, the three countries reached an agreement despite the different political beliefs that drive them and the conflicting biases in Syria. Russia and Iran are the reason why Bashar al-Assad’s regime stayed. Meanwhile, Turkey, under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has beaten the drums of the “verbal” war against ...

Mashari Althaydi

Erdogan calls Netanyahu ‘terrorist’ over Gaza deaths

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday of being “a terrorist” after the Israeli prime minister rejected Ankara’s “moral lessons” over deadly clashes in Gaza.“Hey Netanyahu! You are an occupier. And it is as an occupier that are you are on those lands. At the same time, you are a terrorist,” Erdogan said in a televised speech in Adana, southern Turkey.“What you do to the oppressed Palestinians will be part of ...

Netanyahu hits back at Turkey’s Erdogan over Gaza violence

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday over his sharp criticism of Israel after its soldiers killed 16 Palestinians when a major demonstration led to clashes.Erdogan has condemned Israel over its “inhumane attack” on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, prompting Netanyahu’s response.“The most moral army in the world will not be lectured to on morality from someone who for years has been bombing civilians ...

Erdogan to Macron: Who are you to speak of mediation with terrorists?

Friday, 30 March 2018

A senior Turkish official said on Friday that a French pledge to help stabilize a region of northern Syria controlled by Kurdish-dominated forces amounted to support for terrorism and could make France a “target of Turkey”. French backing for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), dominated by the Kurdish YPG militia, has angered Ankara at a time when it is fighting the YPG in northern Syria and considers it a terrorist organization. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said France had ...

Turkey begins operations in northern Syria, Erdogan ‘saddened’ by French stance

Friday, 30 March 2018

Turkey has started operations to clear northern Syria’s Ayn al-Arab, Ras al-Ain and Tel Abyad regions from militants up to the Iraqi border, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, adding that it would also clear militants from Iraq. Erdogan said Turkey has no intention of harming soldiers of allied nations positioned in the region, but that it could not allow militants to roam free. United States troops are positioned alongside Kurdish YPG militants in Syria’s Manbij. Meanwhile, ...

Iran, Russia and Turkey hold Syria talks in Astana

Friday, 16 March 2018

The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey were locked in talks on Syria in Kazakhstan Friday, almost a month after the Moscow and Tehran-backed regime began pounding an opposition enclave just outside of Damascus. The dire humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, is likely to be on the agenda as Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, Sergei Lavrov of Russia and Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey convened in the Kazakh capital Astana Friday. A Russian foreign ministry ...

Erdogan hopes Afrin will be ‘totally encircled’ by evening

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes Turkish forces will have completely encircled Afrin by Wednesday evening, a presidential source said, clarifying his earlier comments in a speech indicating the Kurdish-held Syrian city would fall by then. "In the president's speech the sentence 'I hope that Afrin will have completely fallen by the evening' should be understood as 'the encirclement will have been completed by the evening'," said a presidential source in a message to media, asking ...

The prospect of Turkish-Greek flare-up over Cyprus gas!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Is Turkey about to open a military front against Greece? As a matter of fact, hostile statements and recent events in the Aegean have led to fears of a potential conflict between Turkey and Greece. Last Saturday, Turkish warships threatened to use force against an Italian ship in order to prevent it from extracting gas in Cyprus. There have been reports that Greek and Turkish vessels confronted each other in waters off uninhabited disputed islands on January 12. There have also been frequent ...

Huda al-Husseini

Erdogan spokesman says Turkey talks with Syria on hold, messages conveyed

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Turkey is not in direct talks with the Syrian government, but its messages are being indirectly conveyed to Damascus, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Wednesday. Ibrahim Kalin also told a news conference that Ankara remains optimistic, but cautious, regarding ties with the United States after last week’s visit to Ankara by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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