Turkey Announces New Military Offensive

Ankara says it wants a 30-kilometer “safe zone” along entire Syrian border Turkey will soon launch a new military operation in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Though he did not provide any specifics, the incursion is likely to target areas held by US-backed Kurdish militias, which Turkey has already done on…

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…

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’s Shelling in Northern Syria Leaves Several Children Injured

The Cradle (Photo credit: Hawar News Agency) Turkish occupation forces have occupied large swathes of northern Syria, encompassing over 1,000 settlements, in violation of the UN charter Turkish occupation forces in northern Syria launched a large-scale artillery attack on the vicinity of Ain Issa district, in the countryside of Raqqah city, injuring at least four…

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…

Why Erdogan Is in a Rush for Peace with Saudi Arabia

Vladimir Platov On April 28 the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Saudi Arabia for an official visit which is already called symbolic for Ankara and Riyadh. As reported by Turkish media, Erdoğan had a meeting with the Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz followed by a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at…

Why has Turkey Closed its Skies for Russian Aircraft Bound for Syria?

Valery Kulikov On April 23, during a tour of Latin America, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced that his country was closing its airspace to Russian military and civilian flights bound for Syria. But he added that this decision did not mean that Turkey was joining in the anti-Russian sanctions – it was simply that…

Turkey Continues to Exploit Iraq Crises to Create Safe Zone

Arab Weelky Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar meets with military personnel at a command centre, in Ankara, April 18, 2022. (Reuters) ANKARA – Turkey is reportedly seeking to create a safe zone in northern Iraq, just as it did in Syria, where it succeeded in controlling a strip of land that includes Kurdish areas and…

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…

Russian Official Reveals White Helmets Have Been Deployed to Ukraine

The Cradle Members of the White Helmets appear in celebrations alongside militant groups operating in rebel-held Idlib, Syria. (Photo credit: Sarmeen) The controversial NGO has ties to various extremist groups, including Al-Qaeda, and was founded in 2013 by a former British mercenary The deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, revealed on…