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Turkish military action in the Middle East?

The Turkish parliament has given the government the go-ahead for military action against terrorists in Syria and Iraq. The Syrian army and the Kurds are fighting the radical Islamic IS militia there. What goals is Ankara pursuing in this region?

Radikal - Turkey | Wednesday, 1. July 2015

Turkish buffer zone in Syria unrealistic

After a meeting of the National Security Council on Monday, pro-government media in Turkey have reported on plans by Ankara to establish a buffer zone in Syria. This option is unrealistic, the liberal Internet paper Radikal believes: » more

Cumhuriyet - Turkey | Monday, 29. June 2015

Anti-Kurd coalition will bring war to Turkey

According to media reports Ankara is planning a military operation in the Turkish-Syrian border region. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had previously announced that he would do everything possible to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state in northern Syria. If the AKP forms a coalition with the extremist-right MHP it will be a declaration of war against all Kurds, the Kemalist daily Cumhuriyet warns: » 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

Main focus of Tuesday, 14. October 2014

Turkey and US at odds over military bases

Ankara on Monday contradicted statements by US government representatives according to which the US would be allowed to use Turkish military bases for attacks on ... » 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

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 13. October 2014

Kurdish democratic project is being crushed

The advance of the IS extremists threatens to destroy the successful democratic experiment in the Kurdish dominated region of Rojava in northern Syria, the left-liberal daily The Guardian complains: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 8. October 2014

IS militants advance into Kobane

Despite international airstrikes and Kurdish resistance, IS militias penetrated deep into Kobane on Tuesday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he feared the Syrian ... » 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

El País - Spain | Wednesday, 8. October 2014

Erdoğan fears Kurdish solidarity

Turkey's biggest fear in this conflict is that the IS's attacks will lead to a wave of solidarity among Kurds which could pose a domestic problem for the country, political analyst José Ignacio Torreblanca writes in his blog with the left-liberal daily El País: » 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

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

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 7. October 2014

Turkey must finally step in

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan must finally take resolute action against the IS extremists because they are his greatest enemies, the conservative daily the Financial Times demands: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Tuesday, 7. October 2014

Turkey gambling away its credibility in Syria

Turkey will only send ground troops to Syria if the anti-IS coalition also takes action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Monday in an interview with US news channel CNN. But no one's interested any more in what Turkish politicians have to say, the liberal daily Radikal complains: » more

T24 - Turkey | Monday, 6. October 2014

War mandate shows Ankara's dreams of conquest

The Turkish parliament on Thursday approved the government's plans for military action against the terrorist IS militia in Syria and Iraq. The AKP government has forced Turkey to join the war to suit its own interests, the liberal daily T24 believes: » more

Yeni Şafak - Turkey | Thursday, 2. October 2014

Ankara faces difficult decision

Turkey is right to consider military intervention against the IS, the pro-government daily Yeni Şafak comments: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 2. October 2014

Turkish safe zone in Syria controversial

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's proposal for setting up a "safe zone" in Northern Syria is controversial in the Arab World, the left-liberal daily Der Standard explains: » 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

T24 - Turkey | Sunday, 28. September 2014

Turkey pursuing its own goals in Syria

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has for the first time adopted a harsh tone in the fight against the IS. Without ground troops the terrorist militia can't be fought, he said on Friday, and called for the creation of a no-fly zone over Syria. But the latter in particular also serves Turkey's own interests, the liberal Internet paper T24 believes: » more


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