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Turkish Troops Mass on Syrian Border Preparing Advance on US-backed Kurds

Ankara (GPA) – It appears the ambitions of the Turks and Kurds are finally near their collision point as Turkish President Recep Erdogan prepares to sweep out what he calls the “terror nests” in northern Syria. This dust-up started last weekend when the US announced the creation of a new Kurdish-led Border Security Force to […]

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Erdogan Hopes to Continue Talks on Syria with Putin Rather than Trump

Ankara (AMN) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that he was not planning to discuss the US intentions to create “border security forces” northern Syria with US President Donald Trump, but would maintain contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I am not planning to call Trump, but contacts with Putin continue,” Erdogan told […]

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Erdogan Prepares for Incursion into Kurdish Controlled Afrin

Ankara (GPA) – Turkish President Recep Erdogan announced the likely offensive in Kurdish Controlled Afrin on Saturday. Trouble continues to brew in Idlib as the Turkish military – already creating problems for the Syrian military – prepares to open a second front from their positions in Idlib, into the Kurdish controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria. The upcoming […]

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Why Did Sudan Close Their Border with Eritrea?

Khartoum (GPA) – Sudan closed their border with Eritrea as long-standing tensions with Egypt begin to flare up. Ongoing disputes over territory and resources, as well as Sudan’s relations with Turkey, triggered the dispute. On January 6th Sudan shut their border with Eritrea after fortifying it with thousands of troops. The closure comes off the […]

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Erdogan: Won’t Extradite Terrorists to US Until Gulen is Returned

Ankara (GPA) – Turkish President Recep Erdogan has said he will no longer extradite terrorists to the US until the exiled cleric is returned. Erdogan announced his new policy yesterday at a meeting of local administrative officials at the presidential palace in Ankara. The move is meant to step up the pressure for the US to return ex-Erdogan […]

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Syrian ‘Rebels’ Flaunt Turkish Equipment in Idlib [VIDEO]

Damascus (GPA) – Militants in Idlib release photos and a video showing off their Turkish military equipment. As the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive in Idlib province heats up, besieged rebel coalitions are putting up a fair amount of resistance. One factor enabling these rebels is apparently an influx of new Turkish equipment, which signals […]

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What’s Driving Turkey’s Recent Emergence as a Middle East Power?

Ankara (MPN) – Many observers believed Erdogan wouldn’t be able to maintain his authoritarian political machine as well as maintain this economic growth, but the foreign policy of Turkey has countered these projections, leading Ankara to expand opportunities by partnering with everyone from Iran to the U.K. Over the last decade or so, the West […]

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With Opening of Turkish Border, Georgia’s Armenians Grow Uneasy

Tbilisi (EAN) – A few weeks ago, residents of the village of Dadash, on Georgia’s border with Turkey, blocked the main highway connecting the two countries. Their aim, they said, was to call attention to rampant lawlessness in the area since the opening of the border post with Turkey in 2015. In particular, they assert that their livestock […]

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Russia & Turkey Urge External Actors Should Stay Out of Iran’s Business

Moscow (GPA) – The Russian and Turkish Foreign Ministries have both issued statements on the protests in Iran sharing one message: external actors need to stay out Tehran’s internal affairs. As Iran enters its seventh day since protests began in several major cities across the country, Tehran’s allies are now issuing warnings about external actors […]

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Turkey Detains 20 Suspected Daesh Members, Including 15 Foreigners

Ankara (MEMO) – Turkish police have detained 20 people, including 15 foreign nationals, on suspicion of links to Daesh during raids in Istanbul, tightening security ahead of the anniversary of a nightclub attack in which dozens were killed. The raids by the anti-terrorist branch of the Istanbul police took place on Saturday and targeted four locations across the […]