Raqqa is free as ISIS loses steam, but hold off on the victory dance

Source:The Hill Date:21Oct2017

Poignant finale:  As the Arab Spring unfolded, this rising Islamic State struck a vivid contrast to the rapid collapse of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, an intoxicating counterpoint to failed

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‘Turkey Shield’ to purge region of terrorist organizations

Source:Yeni Safak Date:20Oct2017

Yeni Safak, a pro-AKP daily details Turkish Military’s plans to stop PKK and PYD-YPG  in Iraq and Syria. It promises heavy clashes and years of involvement in the Southern neighbors.

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Erdogan’s diplomatic spats leave a trail of Turkish disputes

Source:Financial Times Date:19Oct2017

This FT article actually describes Turkey’s institutional collapse, as Erdogan “personalizes” power in the Palace and among non-elected advisors, whose division of labor is 

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What to do about Turkey?

Source:European Council on Foreign Relations Date:19Oct2017

Turkey will be on the menu as European leaders meet for dinner in Brussels on 19 October, but it won’t be a happy meal. Relations between the EU and Turkey have deteriorated sharply over the past

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SDF captures Syria’s Raqqa city from ISIL

Source:al Jazeera Date:17Oct2017

Destroyed and depopulated, Raqqa also faces an uncertain political future. The US and SDF have pledged to hand over the city to civilian rule, but the shape and political make-up of this civilian

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Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds

Source:BBC news Date:16Oct2017

The military also said troops had taken control of a military airport, police station, power plant and several industrial areas, as well as key bridges, roads, junctions. The Kurdistan Region

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EU leaders prepare for Turkey showdown

Source:Financial Times Date:16Oct2017

Turkey risks losing more than €1bn in aid linked to its bid to join the EU, as member states prepare for a showdown over their deteriorating relationship with Ankara. A summit of the union’s

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Kurdish and Iraqi troops in Kirkuk standoff amid fears of new violence

Source:The Guardian Date:14Oct2017

This is the opening salvos of a new nightmare in Iraq which is certain to drag in Turkey. Kirkuk becomes the new battlefield between Kurds and Shia.  PM Abadi does not wish to attack, but

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The man at the crux of the U.S.-Turkey dispute is about to go on trial

Source:Washington Post Date:13Oct2017

At the center of the increasingly bitter dispute between the United States and Turkey is a demand by an irate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that American prosecutors free a Turkish-Iranian gold

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The American Alliance With Turkey Was Built On a Myth

Source:Foreign Policy Date:13Oct2017

It’s time to realize that Washington and Ankara share neither values nor interests, and that their partnership cannot return to its Cold War heyday.

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