Category Archives: Kurds

Erdogan invites a Turkey-shoot; Putin charges “back-stabbing”

Look at this map. The Russian SU-24 shot down 4 km inside Syria passed over a tiny tip of Turkey that protrudes into Syria. As Putin said, the jet obviously posed no threat to Turkey. A Turkish F-16 shot it down anyway, … Continue reading

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Unsteady winds across an unsteady pivot: Turkey at the center of Eurasian chaos.

Turkey looks now like the unsteady fulcrum of an unsteady Eurasia. Erdogan’s surprising AKP “restoration” to single party rule, has imposed an iron cage around the opposition, attempting vainly to give the impression of strength and stability. But the country … Continue reading

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Resurgent Neo-Cons: Smoke or Fire? (I) The Big Picture, with Economics

Officially, US Syria policy took a step backwards a month ago in two camps. They agreed that Assad could stick around a while, and they gave an opening to the Russian interventions. Russia had already begun a military buildup at … Continue reading

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The Ankara massacre (II): Davutoglu’s Gumption

So far no one has taken responsibility for the two massive explosions that killed over 100 and injured more than 200 in two simultaneous blasts at a peace rally in Ankara. The casualty list includes many still on the verge … Continue reading

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Allies Throwing Elbows: The US-led Coalition’s Ambivalent War on ISIS

Turkey’s agreement to join with the US-led coalition to create an “ISIS-free buffer zone” in northern Syria, and to offer the US its use of Incirlik airbase in the effort, is widely understood to have gained Turkey official US support for … Continue reading

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