Tag Archives: Turkey

As The CIA Resumes Arming Rebels, Trump Escalates Proxy War In Syria By
Back in February, it was quietly reported that the CIA had discontinued its support program to rebels in Syria. A month later, a knowledgeable source from the region disclosed to me that the Trump administration and the Saudi defense...
Flynn Allegedly Blocked Plan To Retake ISIS Stronghold That Turkey Opposed By
Former US national security adviser, Michael Flynn, reportedly blocked a military plan against the Islamic State that was opposed by Turkey just days before President Donald Trump was sworn in. The plan, to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group, was to be carried out...
Turkey Backs Russian-Iranian Plan For Syrian Safe Zones – U.S. Responds By Arming Kurds By
WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Tuesday, President Donald Trump continued to mimic the Obama administration’s stance on Syria by approving a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Little is known about the details of the plan,...
Syria Safe Zones Hold, Violence Drops Significantly By
  Last week, a series of safe zones in Syria went into effect, with an aim of separating warring factions around the country. The details of how this is all going to work isn’t clear. It is working though, and that’s a significant detail, with fighting dropping...
New Russia, Syria Deal Bans American Planes From Syrian Airspace By
Russia’s lead negotiator at the Astana Peace Talks, Alexander Levrentyev has confirmed that US coalition planes will be banned from flying over the Syrian safe-zones established in a key Memorandum at the Astana Peace talks. As the Astana group which is comprised of...
Iran, Russia And Turkey Sign Pact Creating Syria Safe Zones By
Russian, Iran and Turkey have signed a memorandum supporting the creation of Moscow-backed safe zones in Syria. An AFP reporter at peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana saw the heads of the delegations – who represent the three countries sponsoring the negotiations...
Tensions Mount Between Turkey, US Along Syrian Border By
Tensions rose Saturday along the Turkish-Syrian border as both Turkey and the United States moved armored vehicles to the region and Turkey’s leader once again demanded that the United States stop supporting Syrian Kurdish militants there. The relocation of Turkish troops...
Turkish Air Force Pounds US-Backed Rebel Positions In Iraq & Syria, Killing Dozens By
Turkish warplanes carried out a series of coordinated attacks against US-allied Kurdish forces in both northern Iraq and northeastern Syria today, killing more than 70 people, including at least 18 troops loyal to the Kurdish YPG, and pounding the area around the Iraqi...
The Turkish Referendum And Descent Towards Absolute Rule: Interview With Journalist Gürkan Özturan By
TURKEY— In recent years, and in particular following the unsuccessful coup attempt against the Turkish government on July 15, 2016, power and authority in Turkey have increasingly become consolidated in the hands of one man: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The...
Turkey’s President Erdogan Defends “Democratic” Power Grab By
Turkey’s President Erdogan is firing back against those accusing him of trying to become a dictator. From a Reuters report on Monday: “A defiant Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced the West’s ‘crusader mentality’ Monday after European monitors criticized...