Turkey Swings West: The Ukraine War and Domestic Elections

Erman Çete While Ankara has always sought to maintain a careful balance between east and west, Turkey’s 2023 election candidates believe they need US support to win. Ankara’s rapprochement with the US has been accelerated by events in Ukraine. These ties will also shape Turkey domestically, with or without a 2023 Erdogan electoral win. On…

Iranian IRGC Colonel Assassinated in Tehran

The Cradle The body of IRGC Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei lays motionless in his car outside his home after being assassinated by unknown armed assailants, likely hired by the Israeli Mossad, on 22 May 2022. (Photo credit: IRNA) Many are pointing towards the Mossad as being behind the assassination Unknown assailants shot and killed an…

Communist Youth of Turkey (TKG) Protest NATO at Incirlik Air Base

Communist Youth of Turkey protested against NATO and US imperialism in front of the American base in Incirlik, Adana. TKG members who wanted to march to Incirlik Base were blocked by riot police. The Communist Youth of Turkey (TKG) issued a statement on May 6 and said, “We are continuing to take the path that…

US and NATO Increasing Pressure on Turkey

Vladimir Platov For many a year, relations between Ankara and Washington have been characterized by an “unstable balance.” If initially, when Erdogan first came to power, his Justice and Development Party (AKP) was supported by the United States, then over time it has ceased to be an American project, demonstrating (as well as Erdogan himself)…

Turkey Opposes Sweden and Finland Joining NATO

Turkey has opposed the alliance intentions of the Scandinavian nations, claiming they are like ‘a guesthouse for terrorists’ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared on Friday that Ankara opposes the possibility of Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO because he believes the two Scandinavian nations harbor ‘terrorists’. By ‘terrorists’, the Turkish leader meant militants of…

Are Western Spooks Backing a New ‘Ukrainian White Helmets?

Samir Mustafa Are Western Spooks Backing a New ‘Ukrainian White Helmets? Al Mayadeen investigates A new attempt is made by Western mercenaries to fuel the fight in Ukraine further under the guise of “humanitarian assistance,” former Western soldiers and mercenaries are at the forefront of such operations. A British mercenary with alleged ties to the…

Syria Affirms Universality of Chemical Weapons Convention Will Not Be Achieved Without Forcing Israel to Join the Convention, Place its Weapons Under Control

29 April، 2022 Damascus, SANA Syria has affirmed that achieving the universality of the Chemical Weapons Convention represents a very important step in ensuring the establishment of an effective global system against chemical weapons. “This matter will not be achieved without forcing Israel to join this treaty and place its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons…

By Restricting Moscow’s Moves, Erdogan is Playing Russian Roulette

Abdel Bari Atwan If closing part of Turkish airspace to Russian planes is an indication of Ankara’s new direction, it may prove fatal for Turkey across several fronts. Turkey’s decision to close its airspace to Russian military and civilian aircraft bound for northern Syria surprised many observers. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s announcement of this decision to Turkish journalists…

War it is – and Escalation is Coming

Alastair Crooke It is indeed war. NATO is at war with Russia. German legalists may say not, but when the West arms Ukraine; when NATO Special Forces are in Kiev (i.e. the British SAS), and are training their militia protégés to use their weapons to kill Russians, is it really relevant (or known) from whose shoulder the (UK…

Daesh Operations in Syrian Desert Thwarted With Help of Russian Air Power

Ilya Tsukanov Syria and its anti-terrorism coalition partners have spent years battling jihadist fighters seeking to topple the Damascus government. Syrian authorities have repeatedly accused the United States of providing direct and indirect support to militants. The Pentagon typically dismisses these allegations, or refuses to comment. Syrian and allied forces have seen an “exceptional” level…