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Turkey to Scrap Migration Agreement with EU

Ankara, Turkey (SCF) – Turkey’s relationship with the EU and NATO appears to have plumbed new lows. Ankara’s agreement with the EU to help hold back a flood of migrants is about to end. On March 13, Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced the freeze amid an escalating row over Turkish officials’ access to the Netherlands. Another […]

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‘If Erdogan Wins It Will Be Worse for Us’: Kurds Fear Stronger Presidency

Istanbul, Turkey (MEE) Turkey will vote in April on giving President Erdogan greater powers. Many Kurds say a ‘Yes’ result will mean even harsher crackdowns Derya Okatan, a leading journalist on Istanbul’s Ozgur (Free) radio station, sensed what was to come when its website was shut down without warning on 28 September last year. The staff […]

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Top US Commander in Middle East: More Troops Needed in Syria

Jordan (GPA) – The top US commander for operations in the Middle East has apparently told reporters that more American troops may be needed in Syria for “maintaining momentum” in the fight against the Islamic State. General Joseph L. Votel, head of CENTCOM, and therefore head of all active US military operations has said that […]

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Turkish Opposition MPs Sit in Jail as President Seeks More Power

Diyarbakir, Turkey (MEE) Twenty-nine MPs were arrested in November as Erdogan set out plans for more power. Many will be in jail when the nation votes on his wishes. Her voice crackling through the microphone, but with an expression of defiance clearly visible on the prison video, Caglar Demirel spoke from a distance of 1,000km […]

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Theresa May Decides to Help Further Prop up Erdogan

London (GPA) – As the United Kingdom prepares to move away from the European Union, it seems Theresa May is looking to another EU pariah state as a possible future economic partner. UK Prime Minister Theresa May met for the first time with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Ankara this week. The meeting ended with […]

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After Liberation from ISIS, Security in Sirte is Breaking Down

ISIS IN ACTION Misratan-led al-Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) forces reportedly discovered the remains of 90 bodies 45 km south west of Sirte, apparently killed by the US airstrikes launched against ISIS cells on 19 January as a parting move by the Obama administration. The BM fighters reportedly captured two ‘terrorist’ suspects and killed four during the […]