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Club Z - Bulgaria | 14/01/2016

Open conflict between Ankara and IS

In the wake of the attack in Istanbul Turkey is in danger of plunging into a spiral of violence, the news website Club Z fears: "The unofficial truce between Turkey and the IS ended with the arrests of recent months and the destruction of a number of the terrorist organisation's sleeper cells. The attack in Istanbul can be seen as a warning to Ankara to stop hunting down IS people. … However, it could also lead to Turkey starting a real war against the 'Islamic State' by joining the US-led international coalition. Turkey could then send ground troops to Iraq and Syria to fight the terrorists. That in turn would lead to a series of IS attacks in Turkey, especially given that among the jihadists are more than 2,000 Turks with close ties to the Turkish province of Hatay and other regions on the Syrian border."

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | 16/12/2015

Al-Baghdadi successfully dividing Europe

The IS terror organisation under leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has succeeded in its plan to destabilise Europe, the daily 24 Chasa observes: "The self-styled caliph has already been able to divide European societies by reviving outdated religious and ethnic prejudices. ... 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the countries of Europe have once again begun to erect fences and seal themselves off from each other. What's more, anti-Muslim sentiment and repression are on the rise in Europe. In this respect the Europeans have even exceeded al-Baghdadi's expectations, because this will only exacerbate the isolation and radicalisation of Muslim youths. Some of the hotheads among them will become lone wolves and follow the jihadists' strategy."

Club Z - Bulgaria | 01/12/2015

Moscow's mission increasing Syria's suffering

Moscow's mission in Syria will become even more resolute after Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet, the news website Club Z predicts: "Putin will be even more brazen in his support for Assad's regime. At a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallim, [Russian Foreign Minister] Lavrov already made Russia's support for the Syrian regime clearer than ever. … How will Nato react to Russia's monopoly in the Syria conflict? Will Washington's reaction remain confined to disputing the Russian version of the fighter jet's downing? How far are Washington and its allies willing to let Russia's involvement in the Syrian swamp go? It's hard to tell how the situation will pan out, but one thing's for sure: the Syrian people will suffer more than they already have in the last four years."

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | 11/10/2012

For Mohammed Khalaf political Islamism has no chance in the long term

The Islamist parties and movements that came to power after the Arab Spring will sooner or later be rejected by the Arab populations, the Bulgarian journalist and Islam expert Mohammed Khalaf writes in the daily 24 Chasa: "Unfortunately the ideals of the Arab revolution were betrayed and a new kind of barbarity has entered through the window of democracy. The defenders of a 'return to the roots' have used the new liberties to their own advantage, although they believe neither in liberty nor in human rights and democracy. ... Instead these new movements, parties and power elites are fanning hatred and banning everything that doesn't fit into their world view. ... No doubt this wave of political Islam will soon determine the social and political processes in the Arab countries that only a little while ago were oppressed by military dictators. On the long term, however, with their anti-modern attitudes they have no chance. They will be rejected by people who come into contact with other cultures and values over the Internet and who are ready to burst the fetters of estrangement to participate in a globalised, civilised world."

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