Category Archives: Turkey

German parliamentary report describes Turkey as an invader in Syria

A report drafted by the German Bundestag’s Scientific Services Department suggests that Turkey’s role in Syria qualifies as an occupying force, Deutsche Welle Turkish service reported on Wednesday, citing press agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA).

“When examined closely, Turkey’s military presence in Afrin as well as Azaz, Al Bab and Jarablus in northern Syria fits into the description of military occupation from an international law standpoint,” the report read.

The Kurds choose between loyalty to Syria or defeat by Turkey

by Elijah J. Magnier

Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from occupied northeast Syria, the Kurds of al-Hasaka have for the last two days been negotiating with the government of Damascus on how to spare the province from a possible Turkish invasion. Syrian General Ali Mamlouk, the Syrian president’s special security advisor, says that “he is talking with the Kurdish delegation to find a way for the Syrian army to deploy its forces along the borders with Turkey and, in consequence, stop a possible Turkish invasion of Northeast Syria”, confirmed a decision-maker source in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Turkey | Turkey’s attack on Rojava resuscitates ISIS

The Turkish state’s hostility towards the Kurdish people and its threats against Rojava continue. On December 12, 2018, the Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, during his speech at a meeting with the defense industry, declared the following: “Whilst we issued our warnings concerning the east of the Euphrates, we were also engaged in preparations. We will start the operation to clear the east of the Euphrates from separatist terrorists in a few days.”

Turkey | Erdogan and Putin lay key piece of TurkStream

TurkStream natural gas pipeline project ready to operate in 2019 after tests, says Turkish President Erdogan.

With the Turkish and Russian presidents doing the honors, on Friday the last offshore section of a landmark natural gas pipeline was put into place.

Saudi Arabia | CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman ordered Khashoggi murder

The CIA has concluded in an assessment that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

The US agency said it had collected multiple sources of intelligence indicating that the crown prince, known as MBS, issued the instructions for the killing, the Washington Post reported on Friday.