EU/Turkey

Erdogan’s Flying Carpet Unravels

PJ Media 27 September 2014
By David P. Goldman

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a growing list of enemies. "Among his targets” at a recent address to a Turkish business group "were The New York Times, the Gezi

 

With Qatar on the retreat, Turkey will face more pressure over ISIL

Hurriyet Daily News 25 September 2014
By Barcin Yinanc

"With Qatar slowly backing down, Turkey will be left alone in its ambivalent stance about joining the international efforts to fight ISIL [the Islamic State of Iraq and the

 

How Turkey Plans to "Combat Anti-Semitism"

The Gatestone Institute 25 September 2014
By Burak Bekdil

In Turkey, hate speech is a crime only if it is committed against Muslim Turks. The penalty for failing to pay the tax [only for Jews] should be the revocation of the Jew's

 

Among U.S. partners striking Syria, Turkey is missing

The Washington Post 25 September 2014
By Adam Taylor

When President Obama spoke Tuesday of the strikes on the Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria, he prominently mentioned five partner nations from the Middle East: Saudi Arabia,

 

Turks leave for "family-friendly" IS group

The New Zeland Herald 25 September 2014

Asiya Ummi Abdullah doesn't share the view that the Islamic State group rules over a terrorist dystopia and she isn't scared by the American bombs falling on Raqqa, its power

 

'Jihadists' surrender after Turkey sends them to ‘wrong French airport’

France 24 24 September 2014

French security services were left red-faced Wednesday after three alleged French jihadists, arrested in Turkey, failed to arrive at Paris’s Orly airport where they were due to

 

Turkey: Erdogan Government Lifts Headscarf Ban in High Schools

International Business Times 24 September 2014
By Maria Khan

Turkey's secular opposition is in rage after the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lifted a ban on female students wearing the Islamic headscarf in state high

 

Erdogan's meeting with WJC cancelled

Daily Sabah 24 September 2014

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with a committee from the World Jewish Congress led by Ronald Steven Lauder as part of his trip to New York for the UN

 

ISIL offensive poses problems for Turkey

Today's Zaman 24 September 2014

Fierce fighting Monday between the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State (IS), and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria

 

Turkey: What Ally?

The Gatestone Institute 23 September 2014
By Burak Bekdil


The Turkish government "frankly worked" with the al-Nusrah Front, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, along with other terrorist groups. The Financial Task Force, an international body setting the standards for combating terrorist financing, ruled that Turkey should remain in its "gray list." While NATO wishes to

 

Looking for ISIL: How jihadists operate among Turks

Hurriyet Daily News 23 September 2014

This southern Turkish city has been one of the focal points of news stories about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It is one of the cities that have seen the

 

Turkish Security Troops Clash with Kurds, as Thousands Flee ISIS

News Wire 23 September 2014
By Boris Djuric

According to estimates by the UN’s refugee agency, at least 70,000 Kurds, most of them women, children and elderly people, have fled to Turkey since Saturday alone, and the

 

Qatar, cold shoulders for Kerry, and a mysterious offer

ACDemocracy 23 September 2014
By Norman A. Bailey

A trio of new developments are worthy of notice and all affect Israel directly or indirectly: As a first result of the Saudi crackdown on Qatar, a dozen major Muslim

 

Three Muslim Brotherhood leaders arrive in Turkey after leaving Qatar

CIHAN 22 September 2014

Following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement welcoming Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leaders who were recently asked to leave Qatar, a member of the MB, Jamal

 

Wagdy Ghoneim Arrives In Istanbul; Two Other Egyptian Brotherhood Leaders Also Part Of Group

Turkish media is reporting that Egyptian cleric Wagdy Ghoneim and two other leaders of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood have arrived in Istanbul following their departure from

 

Turkey ‘a difficult ally’ set to frustrate West: Professor

Hürriyet Daily News 22 September 2014
By Barçin Yinanç

Turkey might not be the West’s ‘non-ally’ denounced by the Wall Street Journal, but it is certainly a ‘difficult ally’ whose cooperation with Western partners will never be

 

Turkey may welcome Muslim Brotherhood brass after ouster from Qatar

FoxNews 22 September 2014
By Paul Alster

They're pariahs in much of the Middle East, but the Muslim Brotherhood may find the welcome mat in Turkey, a NATO ally that nonetheless seems unmoved by regional and western

 

‘Shame!’ Adverts in Turkey vilify singletons

Al Arabiya News 22 September 2014

Turkey’s Family and Social Policies Ministry came under fire following an ad-campaign targeting singles earlier this month was deemed offensive, the al-Monitor news website

 

Kurds Fighting to Prevent Slaughter of 50,000 by ISIS

The Media Line 22 September 2014

Kurdish fighters from Turkey and Iraq are rallying to stave-off ISIS forces surrounding about 50,000 Kurds in the area of northern Kobani in Syria. The Kurdish enclave is

 

The Islamic State Releases 49 Turkish Hostages

Pamela Geller 22 September 2014

Turkey is providing covert support to the Islamic State. That’s why their hostages were released. Obama’s "most trusted” and "favorite” foreign ally, which refused Obama’s