The Reorganization of Al-Qaeda in Syria

VOLTAIRE NETWORK | 31 JANUARY 2017 Following the meeting at Astana during which Turkey’s position became closer to the positions taken by Russia and Iran, and the meeting at Moscow during which pro-Turkish opposition engaged in discussions with the republican opposition, an internal war is unfolding among armed groups. In this context, Al-Qaeda has reorganized…

The Erdoğan Family and Daesh

Hacked Emails Link Turkish Minister to Illicit Oil By Ahmet S. Yayla In late September, a Turkish hacker group, RedHack, released the emails of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Hackers have claimed that they downloaded around 20 gigabytes of data from Albayrak’s email…

Daesh Targets Kurdish Politicians

Why Does Islamic State Want to Kill Kurdish Politicians? Memed Aksoy The bomb attack in Diyarbakir (Amed), the Kurdish capital in Turkey’s southeast on 5 November 2016 targeted Kurdish and pro-Kurdish rights politicians. Turkish officials and media were quick to blame the incident on the PKK and framed the incident as a ‘revenge-attack’ against the…

Deadly Chemical Weapons Attack on Civilians in Aleppo

One person was killed and at least 30 injured as a result of a militants’ chemical attack in southwestern Aleppo, according to Al Mayadeen TV-channel reported. DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — All injured people are civilians, according to Al Mayadeen. Earlier on Sunday, a member of local militia told RIA Novosti that terrorists used chemical weapons during…

Danger Ahead: Russia, US and Turkey in Joint Operation to Retake Raqqa

Peter Korzun Even before the US-supported coalition led by Iraqi forces set foot in Iraqi Mosul, the plans had been announced to retake Raqqa, the de facto capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) caliphate, from the extremist group. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on October 27 that Turkey-backed opposition fighters inside Syria would…