Erdoğan is happy to meet with Obama. For his followers, to be seen together is enough…

 

Turkey may find it hard to play a public role in the coalition the United States is building to strike at Islamic State targets in Iraq and possibly Syria for fear the militant group might retaliate against dozens of Turks held hostage.

The United States has surprisingly decided to send its former ambassador to Turkey as chargé d’affaires to Ankara, four years after he retired from the Department of State. The decision comes due to the delay in the Senate’s confirmation of the ambassadorial nominee for the Turkish capital city. “John Bass, President [Barack] Obama’s nominee as ambassador to Turkey, is waiting for a vote of confirmation from the U.S. Senate.
For three years, the Turkish government has allowed fighters to stream into Syria, though it says it has never helped ISIS
Country’s value to NATO and the West as a rampart against extremism has grown
The US said on Sept. 5 it was forming a ‘core coalition’ to battle ISIL militants in Iraq, calling for broad support from allies and partners but ruling out committing ground forces

Building an Anti-ISIL Coalition

Secretary of State John Kerry accompanied President Barack Obama to Wales to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit on September 4-5.
NATO leaders accused Russia of failing to take ‘a single step towards peace’ in Ukraine even as President Petro Poroshenko voiced ‘careful optimism’ about forging a ceasefire

Erdoğan to talk to Obama, Merkel over spying crisis
Ankara will sit down for a tête-à-tête with both Washington and Berlin to get to the bottom of spying claims that are dogging ties on the sidelines of the upcoming NATO summit in Wale
PM Davutoğlu meets judicial officers, discusses ‘parallel structure’
The meetings came ahead of the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) elections, which the government argues should be included within the framework of the struggle against the so-called ‘parallel state’
Turkish gov’t woos judicial officers ahead of key vote at top judicial body
The ruling AKP is stepping up its bid to break the alleged dominance of followers of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen in the judiciary, who it claims are acting as a ‘parallel state’

 

The extraordinary congress of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), in the wake of the party’s presidential election defeat to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti)
President Erdoğan and PM Davutoğlu have begun picking candidates to compose their strategic inner Cabinets and aims to have well-equipped teams

 

Turkey’s new EU minister’s first task is damage control on corruption claims
Semantics are crucial in the functioning of the European Union

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