221 articles tagged "Turkey"
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Barack Obama and Tayyip Erdogan
Asymmetrical Tactics for Toppling Two More Arab Rulers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011, 12:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama and Erdogan had divided up Arab Revolt missions between them, targeting another two Arab rulers, Muammar Qaddafi and Bashar Assad, for eventual eviction – first by diplomacy, then by force - when Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi jumped in with a demand for NATO to halt hostilities in ...

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman
Netanyahu Shifts to Solo Policy-Making, Drops Advisers and Turns to Lieberman
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011, 12:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

Prime Minister Netanyahu has dropped his long-time ally and partner-in-policymaking Defense Minister Ehud Barak and turned to hardline Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as his only adviser. But essentially, Bibi has dispensed with a circle of advisers and taken over the solo lead in all defense affairs and important foreign relations.

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Syrian troops in northern Syria
Turkish choppers over Syria. NATO boosts Izmir base
DEBKAfile Special Report June 20, 2011, 8:07 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile reports war fever in and around Syria after Syrian President Bashar Assad's speech Monday, June 20, sparked riots by disappointed protesters in Damascus and Latakia. Syria airspace remains open to civilian traffic although Cypriot sources earlier reported it closed. Turkish military helicopters are reported infiltrating northern Syria on reconnaissance missions and Arab sources report NATO is planning to fly extra troops from Spanish and German bases to the Izmir Air base in western Turkey to expand the current number of 400.

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New Lebanese defense minister Fayez Ghosn with his party boss Sleiman Franjieh
Lebanon has a radical new government. It gives Assad his second front
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2011, 11:03 AM (GMT+02:00)

Lebanon has a new government headed by Najib Mikati, ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hizballah. Formed suddenly on June 13, the 30-minister lineup has earmarked an unprecedented 18 portfolios – including defense and interior – to Hizballah loyalists and pro-Syrian politicians. While fighting the uprising against his rule, Bashar Assad has recaptured Beirut. The appointment of friendly Fayez Ghosn as defense minister places the army at the service of Damascus and portends trouble on the Lebanese-Israeli border.

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Tayyip Erdogan
To Send Troops into Syria with US Backing? Or Not
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2011, 10:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

Turkey considers giving Bashar Assad a last chance before resorting to military action after receiving the promise of a US shield against Iranian or Syrian missile retaliation. Assad, for his part, is rigidly fixated on his harsh crackdown and a victory over the rebels against his regime.

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Assad Is Writing another Victory Speech
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2011, 10:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

Assad's decision to bank on the army to extinguish the revolt against him is paying off. The US and the West could have starved him of funds for his crackdown by an embargo on Syrian oil experts – but refrained from doing so. In any case, the Syrian economy ...

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Syrian soldiers in Jisr a-Shughour
Assad's purge of Jisr a-Shughour and Erdogan's election
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 12, 2011, 8:30 AM (GMT+02:00)

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is championing the Sunni Muslims of Jisr a-Shughour against the tanks and helicopters of his erstwhile allies Bashar Assad, Iran and Hizballah, to promote his ambition as a leading Muslim power. Sunni Muslims outside are avidly watching the Muslim Brotherhood's first challenge in any Arab uprising to an Arab army in battle, hoping for large-scale Syrian army defections in defiance of the ongoing massive purge of the rebellious town.

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Syrian soldiers are now dying in battle
Turkey to send troops into Syria. Syrian helicopters machine-gun protesters
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2011, 11:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian crisis has taken a dramatic turn: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday night, June 10, decided to move his army into northern Syria where battles were blazing in Idlib, Maarat al-Numaan and Jisr al-Shuhour, debkafile's sources report. His government is considering defining its mission as the protection of civilian lives against a barbaric ruler citing the UN Security Council resolution on Libya. Refugee camps will also go up on the Syrian side of the border to stem the flow into Turkey.

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Assad Craves a Settling of Scores with all His Foes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011, 11:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

Bashar Assad's survival unscratched from the uprising against him would have been impossible without expert and active aid from Iran and Hizballah. It has left the radical Iran-led axis alive and kicking. And the Syrian experience has honed the Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah collaboration into a formidable pro-Shiite combined fighting force. Assad ...

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End of a warm friendship
Turkey ditches Assad, calls off participation in Gaza flotilla
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 25, 2011, 9:18 AM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile's intelligence sources report that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has secretly ordered his government officials to dump Ankara's ties with Damascus with all speed and allowed Syrian opposition leaders to meet in Antalya on May 31-June 2 on ways to topple Bashar Assad. He is also thinking twice about a Turkish role in the June flotilla for breaking the Gaza blockade for fear Assad might seize on a clash at sea as a pretext for attacking Israel in an undesirable show of Syrian-Turkish solidarity.

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Slaughter at Moaret Al-Noman near Homs
Western intelligence: 7 m. Syrians in revolt can no longer be suppressed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2011, 10:35 PM (GMT+02:00)

After shelling, tank assaults and siege left 100 protesters dead in the last 48 hours without quelling the unrest, Western intelligence sources believe the menace to the regime has careered too far for President Bashar Assad to hold it at bay - an assessment shared by Ankara. The protest is likely to keep on spreading and evolving into armed rebellion. Those sources estimate the uprising as already encompassing 6-7 million Syrians (out of a population of 26 million) and a third of its area.

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Barack Obama and Tayyip Erdogan
Obama Builds Strategic Understandings with Erdogan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2011, 12:30 AM (GMT+02:00)

US President Barack Obama is building an alliance with Turkish premier Tayyip Erdogan to spearhead Washington's evolving Iranian and Middle East policies. Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, is slated to replace Egypt as America's senior Middle East Muslim partner. The two leaders share the conviction that together they can come up ...

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Barack Obama
Who Quits Next after the US? London Is in Line
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011, 11:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Libyan war has reached a stalemate. Only two NATO members, France and Britain are left willing to carry on fighting for the rebels. Both are racing each other to be the first to quit.

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Asif Ali Zardari and Abdullah Gul
Ankara Tries Its Luck with Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011, 11:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

The uprising against the Assad regime in Syria finally knocked over the Turkish-Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah axis. Erdogan's vision of Turkey as the all-purpose super-mediator vanished into the blue yonder. He is now trying to climb back on the horse through the Muslim Brotherhood chapters of Egypt and Syria.

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Muammar Qaddafi
Coalition Just as Divided on Diplomacy as on Military Action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2011, 3:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

While no one admits this, the military campaign to topple Muammar Qaddafi has stalled with no solution other than diplomacy. The first peace proposal has come from the coalition's target, Qaddafi himself.

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Tayyip Erdogan
Erdogan Pushes Forward with a New anti-American Muslim Bloc
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010, 11:25 PM (GMT+02:00)

While offering Washington its good services,Turkey is taking advantage of US trust to deepen its ties with Iran, its superpower status for the Muslim world and its plans for a new anti-American Muslim bloc.

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Tayyip Erdogan
His Middle East Orientation Threatens Turkey's Economic Boom, Says a Growing Opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2010, 12:10 AM (GMT+02:00)

The mounting opposition to Erdogan's policy comes from his own president and party leaders, who criticize his Middle East orientation as strengthening Iran at the expense of Turkey to the detriment of its future economy.

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Hillary Clinton writes The End
US drops Palestinian-Israeli track, cultivates Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 11, 2010, 12:21 PM (GMT+02:00)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had the thankless task of writing finis on the Obama administration's two-year effort to persuade Israelis and Palestinians to talk peace. It was time "to grapple with the core issues of this conflict" - borders, refugees, settlements, water and Jerusalem – she said, without mentioning timetables. debkafile reports the administration has now turned to a new plan for employing Turkey - first to broker a deal with Iran, then an Israeli-Syrian accord.

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Effusive Kremlin welcome for Lebanese PM Hariri
Moscow, Ankara move in on Lebanon's offshore energy potential
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 8, 2010, 9:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russia's Vladimir Putin has reached out to the beleaguered Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to get in on the ground floor of the as-yet untapped Lebanese offshore energy fields, debkafile reports. He has also tested the ground for dipping into the Israeli gas bonanza, while offering Turkey substantial benefits in Moscow's Lebanese scheme. If Putin's multi-faceted plan works, Russia and Turkey will have a stake in Hariri staying in power and a stable Lebanon.

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Turkish PM challenges Israel:"Clean the blood!"
Turkey toughens terms for mending relations with Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report December 7, 2010, 10:53 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israeli and Turkish representatives have just held two meetings for the purported objective of patching up Turkey's quarrel with Israel. All that has come out of Ankara so far, however, is a fresh torrent of anti-Israel abuse from Turkish leaders and harsher terms for settling the feud over the Israeli commando raid of May 31 which killed 9 Turkish activists leading a flotilla to break the Gaza blockade, debkafile's Middle East sources report.

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