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Analysis Middle East Syria

What’s Next for the Former Jabhat al-Nusra?

At the end of July, Jabhat al-Nusra announced they would be officially cutting ties with al-Qaeda– a decision that had been debated within al-Nusra for about a year– now calling themselves Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. A more “moderate” rebranding  certainly appears advantageous for the group from many angles. Desire to Avoid US and Russian Airstrikes As […]

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President Obama Openly Supports War Criminal

(TFC) – While it isn’t over, the indications are the coup against Erdogan has failed. The stated goals of those behind the coup were to return to a secular government and reinstate the rule of law.  The President of the United States encouraged people to “support the democratically elected government of Turkey”. He said this while his […]

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Middle East Turkey

Breaking: Wikileaks Releases Almost 300,000 Internal Emails From Turkish Government

(GPA) – After a 24 hour bout of cyber attacks; Wikileaks has released almost 300,000 internal emails from the Turkish government. Wikileaks obtained the emails a week before last Friday’s coup by members of the Turkish military. Originally the site didn’t intend to release the emails but pushed their timeline up following the massive purges of government […]

Middle East Turkey

14 Ships and Turkish Navy Commander are Still Missing

Days after the attempted coup, Turkish authorities are still searching for vessels, their crews, and a navy commander. 14 ships remain unaccounted for; leaving Turkish authorities to question whether crew have been taken hostage, have fled to safety, or were accomplices to the coup. None of the ships have attempted to make contact with naval […]

Europe

John Kerry Met with Azerbaijan’s President Days Before Dispute in Nagorno-Karabakh Region

(TFC) On the morning of April 5th, Armenian separatists and Azeri defense ministry announced a ceasefire in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. But with such a complex and fragile history will this ceasefire hold? With foreign interests involved (including that of NATO members), and corruption exposed due to the recently leaked Panama Papers, this ceasefire […]

Europe Greece

Cargo ship from Turkey full of weapons seized by Greek authorities

(TFC) According to Greek and Turkish sources, a cargo ship containing thousands of weapons, ammunition, and explosives was seized by Greek authorities on February 28th. The ship– sporting a Togo flag– had reportedly left a Turkish port in Izmir and was traveling to Lebanon as well as the southeastern African coast. The ship, named “Kukui Boy”, […]

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Middle East Syria Turkey

Turkey Defies US, Risks Global Isolation by Attacking Syria

Ankara, Turkey (TFC) – As negotiations between the major state actors in the Syrian conflict continue without a solid solution; Turkey has used the confusion on the ground to continue military actions to gain territory. The targets include both US and Russian allies – the two leading nations in the Syrian negotiations – leaving Turkey in an […]