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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:...
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...
Safe Zones As Soft Military Occupation: Trump’s Plan For Syria, Iraq Is Taking Shape By
MINNEAPOLIS– Soon after his inauguration, President Trump stoked concerns regarding of U.S. intervention in Syria after announcing his plan to create so-called “safe zones” within Syria. At the time, Trump had ordered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, along with...
In Major US Shift, Tillerson Says Assad’s Future Up To Syrian People By
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Turkey has uncovered a dramatic shift in US policy toward Syria, as Tillerson declared in his visit with Turkey’s Foreign Minister that the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be left up to the Syrian people. Throughout...
UK Triggers Brexit, Starts Eyeing Up Middle East By
As the UK triggered its divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is already working to secure new trade partnerships and deals in the Middle East. International trade minister Liam Fox has said that the UK is already in informal...
Ex-CIA Chief: Michael Flynn Discussed Transferring Gulen With Turkish Officials By
Former US national security advisor Michael Flynn discussed with Turkish officials the possibility of transferring Fethulla Gulen to Turkey, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing ex-Central Intelligence Agency director James Woolsey. Woolsey said he attended...
White House: Trump Unaware Flynn Was A Foreign Agent By
(REPORT) — The White House is once again scrambling to do damage control today, as National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned last month, registered this week as the agent of a foreign government related to his company’s lobbying on behalf of Turkey. White...
Boots On The Ground Increase Risks Of Tangling US In Syria’s War By
BEIRUT  — Rolling around 200 Marines backed with howitzers into northern Syria, the United States is shifting from working quietly behind the scenes in Syria’s conflict, turning instead toward overt displays of U.S. force in an attempt to shape the fight. The latest...
Boots On The Ground: US Sends Troops To Syria’s Manbij By
After capturing the Syrian city of al-Bab from ISIS, Turkish officials made it clear that the next military target was the city of Manbij, along the Euphrates River. Manbij was captured last year from ISIS by the Kurdish YPG, with considerable US military support. Turkey...
Syria Makes Russian-Brokered Deal With Kurds To Counter Turkey By
(REPORT) — Back in August, Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria focused a lot on seizing ISIS territory along the border. At this point, all the easily claimable ISIS cities are gone, and Turkey’s forces are increasingly bumping up against the forces of the Syrian...