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Erdogan strategy vs Kurds said failing as he scrambles to retain power

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s gambit to repair the damage from his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) crushing defeat in June elections by waging an unofficial war against Kurdish forces appears to have backfired. New polls on […]

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Erdogan-tied newspaper hits ‘Jewish’ Murdoch for spreading Kurdish ‘propaganda’

Rupert Murdoch

Special to WorldTribune.com An Islamist newspaper tied to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the Wall Street Journal and “Jewish businessman” owner Rupert Murdoch of spreading “propaganda” for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Yeni Akit, which is closely aligned […]

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United States, Turkey complete plans for ‘comprehensive’ offensive against ISIL

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Special to WorldTribune.com The United States and Turkey are set to engage in “comprehensive” air operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Aug. 24 that the air campaign will target […]

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U.S. military ‘outraged’ by Turkey’s attacks on Kurdish forces after anti-ISIL deal

U.S.-led coalition officers train Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Leaders within the United States military were said to be “outraged” when Turkey launched air strikes against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq only hours after Ankara reached a deal with the U.S. to allow use of a […]

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Secret Iran-Turkey collaboration produces ceasefire in Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran and Turkey, who support opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, negotiated a 48-hour ceasefire on Aug. 12 after a month of behind-the-scenes negotiations. The ceasefire stopped fighting between Syrian insurgents, backed by Turkey, and Syria’s […]

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Kurdish leader: Turkey’s Erdogan ‘is protecting ISIL’, using safe zone to ‘stop the Kurds’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com An official with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered attacks on the PKK to prevent the Kurds’ advances against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “The Turkish claim […]

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Iran and Russia preparing peace plans for Syria, united fronts against ISIL

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomes Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in Teheran on Aug. 5.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iranian leaders on August 5 offered to help mediate the conflict in Syria and said they would soon present a Syrian peace plan to the United Nations. “We will do everything […]

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Turkey’s strategic Incirlik air base joins the war targeting the Kurds, ISIL and Syria

A United States Air Force cargo plane maneuvers on the runway after it landed at the Incirlik Air Base, on the outskirts of the city of Adana, Turkey, July 31.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com A complex agreement reached by the Obama administration with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allows U.S. coalition and Turkish aircraft to launch hostilities from the Incirlik air base. U.S.-led coalition aircraft are arriving in Turkey in preparation […]

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Turkey wins U.S. re-engagement against Syria in potentially fatal blow to Iran rapproachement

Incirlik Air Base.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs By whatever name, the unilaterally-imposed no-fly zone over an area of Syria, proposed by the U.S. and Turkey on July 27, is not an element of a supposed […]

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U.S., Turkey in talks on ISIL-free border zone; NATO convenes emergency meeting

Turkish soldiers near the Turkish-Syrian border town Reyhanli. / Osman Orsal / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkey and the United States have been discussing plans to try to rout Islamic State of Iraq and Levant militants from Syrian territory along the Turkish border, creating a safe haven […]

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