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Syria Army Reinforced Close to Front with Turkish-Backed Forces: Report

Damascus (TM) – Syrian government troops backed by Russian forces have sent extra troops toward the city of Manbij in coordination with the militia that controls it, a militia spokesman said, as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said they were preparing to attack it, Reuters reported. The deployment was coordinated with the US-backed militia in Manbij, the spokesman for the […]

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Trump Did Not Tell Erdogan he Would Extradite Gulen, White House Official Says

Washington (MEE) – US President Donald Trump did not tell his Turkish counterpart that he intends to extradite US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a senior White House official told Reuters, contradicting recent statements from Turkey’s foreign minister. Trump “did not commit to extradite” Gulen during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the recent G20 summit […]

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Op-Ed: Why Erdogan is Probably Lying About Extraditing Gulen (and More)

Ankara (GPA) – There are reasons to question the recent statement by Turkey’s foreign minister that Donald Trump is working on extraditing Fethullah Gulen (or any claims by Ankara for that matter). Speaking in Doha over the weekend, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a crowd that Turkish President Recep Erdogan and his American counterpart, Donald Trump were […]

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The Strategic Approach of Turkey-Venezuela Relations

Caracas (ONT) – The arrival of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Venezuela means a new chapter in international relations in a world that reconfigures its maps of political, commercial and financial alliances. Turkey is willing to strengthen economic ties with the Venezuelan State and strongly assumes it in the Binational Business Forum in Caracas. The Turkish president confirmed […]

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Erdogan implies US has to choose between Turkey and YPG

Ankara (TM) – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday implied that the US has to choose between Turkey and a Kurdish militia in Syria as “it is the end of the road.” “Today we’ll take very important decisions. They need to see that it’s the end of the road. This is a chance for those who claim to […]

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Khashoggi Effect: Erdogan Inverts the Paradigm, whilst Gulf & Allies Sink in Quagmire

Ankara (SCF) – It seems that the quartet (US, Israel, UAE and MbS himself, naturally), acting in the cause of ‘exonerating MbS’, think they have got their ‘coup’ with Trump’s “maybe he did, but maybe he didn’t”, exculpation. They are probably quite pleased with themselves. MbS may stay for now, and embarrass everyone at the […]

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Occupancy Rate in Turkish Prisons More Than 40,000 Above Capacity

Ankara (TM) – Şaban Yılmaz, the director general of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, has announced that prison occupancy in Turkey exceeds capacity by some 40,000 inmates, the T24 news website reported on Wednesday. Speaking at a meeting of the Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights, Yılmaz specified that as of today some 260,000 inmates are being held in Turkey’s […]

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Erdogan: US, Saudis, Germany, UK Heard Khashoggi’s Murder Audio

Ankara (TLS) – “We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They know.” Erdogan said Saturday. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday his country shared recordings related to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and a number of European countries. “We […]

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Turkish Local Elections: Will Irreconcilable Differences End Erdogan’s Coalition?

Ankara (GPA) – Irreconcilable differences between the AKP and MHP have the potential to fracture Erdogan’s coalition in the upcoming Turkish local elections. With Turkish President Recep Erdogan unwilling to bend on some key issues, his legislative allies in the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) continue to defect. The latest evidence of this tension between the […]

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Pastor Andrew Brunson’s Release Shows Turkey Still Needs US

Ankara (GPA) – The US pastor’s two-year detention is over, but what does Andrew Brunson’s release mean for the smoking crater that is the current state of Turkish-US relations? After just over two years, the American Pastor Andrew Brunson has finally been released from Turkish custody. Brunson was arrested shortly after the 2016 coup attempt against Turkish President […]

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