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Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | 09/01/2016

Ankara should stay out of Tehran-Riyadh conflict

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Iranian ambassador on Friday, after official Iranian media associated Turkey with the execution of the Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia. Ankara should do its best to stay out of this conflict, the liberal daily Hürriyet Daily News believes: "Turkey needs to stay totally impartial in this conflict, as it did in the Saudi-Iran crisis 25 years ago. Ankara had strictly pursued 'active neutrality' during the whole Iraq-Iran war [in the 1980s], which should rule once again. Yet this would require Turkey to refrain from actively contributing to the 'Islamic Military Alliance' which was founded by Saudi Arabia just before this crisis, excluding Shia countries in the region, and which Ankara agreed to join. Keeping in mind that this fire will burn in the region for a long time, Turkey also needs to secure its position as much as possible."

Hürriyet - Turkey | 08/12/2015

Ankara's Kurdish problem blocking Syria solution

The Syria policies of Russia and the US are converging in the fight against the IS terrorist organisation, the conservative daily Hürriyet observes: "While Russia is stepping up its attacks against the IS, the US is becoming more flexible regarding Assad. ... In addition, the 'Vienna peace plan' - that is the pursuit of a political solution in Syria - has brought about closer cooperation between the US and Russia. .. Ankara knows that, and has for this reason agreed to a transitional solution with Assad. It also knows that the US and Russia agree on the topic of the [Syrian-Kurdish militia] PYD. Now Ankara is sending soldiers to Mossul to train the Peshmerga fighters under the Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani. In this way Ankara is strengthening the rivals of those on whom the coalition relies as a local power base [against the IS]. ... Taking a wider view, it's clear that the PYD will be the toughest nut for Turkey."

Hürriyet - Turkey | 26/08/2014

Assad also helped IS to success

The terrorist Islamic State militia was only able to become so powerful because the international community misjudged its stance regarding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the conservative daily Hürriyet observes: "The first false assumption was that the IS would wage a war against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. But it didn't take long before everyone realised that Assad's targets and those of the terrorist militia were the same. ... The second false assumption was that 'If Assad goes, so will the IS'. But rather than leaving, Assad is growing ever stronger. At the moment 13 of 14 Syrian provinces are in his hands. Only one, Rakka, is under the IS's control. ... The IS saved Assad, but that isn't all. The IS has overtaken Assad and become the biggest threat to the entire region. ... Then people assumed Assad and the IS wouldn't attack each other. But this theory was refuted last month when the IS began to target the Syrian regime. The reason: the IS no longer needs Assad because the Syrian opposition has been silenced."

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