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The battle for Kobane

Kurdish fighters are defending the northern Syrian city of Kobane against advancing IS terrorist militants. US-led airstrikes have proved unable to stop the Islamists, Ankara is currently refusing to intervene. Is the world's largest ethnic group without a state being left in the lurch?

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Friday, 26. June 2015

Kobane easy prey for IS

Months after being driven out of Kobane, Islamic State fighters have apparently returned to the northern Syrian border city and are attacking it again. The Kurds fighting against them say that the IS units gained access to the city via Turkish territory. The liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes complains that the IS had an easy time of it: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 21. October 2014

Erdoğan only supports Kurds he finds acceptable

In the fight against the terrorist Islamic State, Turkey is now giving Kurdish Pershmerga fighters from northern Iraq access to the enclosed city of Kobane in northern Syria. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is preserving his own interests with this decision, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica surmises: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 15. October 2014

Unrest between Ankara and PKK

The Turkish army bombed positions of the Kurdish PKK party in south-east Turkey on Monday night, according to observers. Relations between the two sides had ... » more

Avvenire - Italy | Wednesday, 15. October 2014

Erdoğan sacrifices Kobane

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would rather sacrifice the embattled border city of Kobane than allow the PKK to become stronger, the Catholic paper Avvenire believes: » more - Germany | Wednesday, 15. October 2014

Inactive Turkey provokes Kurds

The mutual provocations represent a real threat to the peace process, the state news portal comments: » more

Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 14. October 2014

New strategy against terrorist militia needed

The anti-terror coalition has failed and now urgently needs a new strategy, the conservative daily Le Figaro comments: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 14. October 2014

Force Ankara to intervene

The anti-terror coalition must persuade Ankara to join the fight against the IS, philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy urges in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 14. October 2014

IS has psychological advantage

It's time someone finally used military force to stop the advance of the Islamic State terrorists, the liberal daily Sme writes in alarm: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Monday, 13. October 2014

Erdoğan wants more recognition from West

Despite mass protests within the country and outside it Turkey did not intervene in the battle over Kobane on the weekend. The Sunni terrorist militia Islamic State is still trying to gain complete control of the Syrian border city. The Turkish government is waiting because it wants due acknowledgement from the West before joining the fight against the Islamists, the conservative daily La Vanguardia speculates: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Thursday, 9. October 2014

Inactive Turkey now a problem in Middle East

Turkey's inactivity in the battle for Kobane highlights the failure of its interest-driven politics and makes the country itself a new problem region in the Middle East, the liberal daily Jutarnji List contends: » more

Star - Turkey | Thursday, 9. October 2014

Kurds don't want miliary strikes in Kobane

Syrian Kurds have called on the international community to send armour-piercing weaponry to help defend Kobane. This is a strategy aimed at maintaining the Kurds' power in northern Syria, the pro-government daily Star suspects: » more

Cumhuriyet - Turkey | Wednesday, 8. October 2014

A high price for failed foreign policy

Twelve people died on Tuesday in Turkey's nationwide demonstrations against the government's inaction in Kobane. The government is paying the price for its misguided foreign policy, the Kemalist daily Cumhuriyet comments: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 8. October 2014

Drop role of passive bystander in Kobane

The anti-IS coalition and Turkey must help the Kurdish fighters who are defending Kobane against the IS terror group without further delay, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung urges: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Wednesday, 8. October 2014

Ankara refusing to act against terror

There's one simple reason why the Turkish government has not stepped in to help protect the people in Kobane and halt the advance of the IS militias, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny contends: » more

Sabah - Turkey | Wednesday, 1. October 2014

Airstrikes could weaken Kurds

The US attacks on the IS have direct repercussions for Turkey's relations with the Kurds, columnist Hasan Bülent Kahraman writes in the pro-government daily Sabah: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Wednesday, 24. September 2014

Bombs against IS just a first step

The airstrikes against the IS have once again put the global spotlight on the war in Syria, but a long-term policy is also needed in Iraq and the Kurdish regions, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes: » more


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