U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ankarafor talks aimed at building a coalition against ISIL, a visit that comes after Turkey refused to allow the use of its air bases for launching attacks on the extremists
Key Arab allies of the United States agreed to ‘do their share’ to fight ISIL, while NATO member Turkey refused to join its Arab neighbors in their public pledge in Jeddah, citing concerns regarding the 49 Turkish hostages in Mosul
theguardian.com – Ian Black – Sep 11, 12:01 PM – The Syrian government and its close allies in Moscow and Tehran warned Barack Obama that an offensive against Islamic State (Isis) within Syria would violate international law yesterday, hours after the US president announced that he was

 

The militants sell cheap oil to the country—and keep 49 hostages
ISIL now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground in Iraq and Syria, the Central Intelligence Agency, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000
French President Francois Hollande said in Baghdad on Friday he would discuss humanitarian aid and military support for Iraq’s fight against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants (ISIL)

Turkey Is Courted by U.S. to Help Fight ISIS

NYT > Turkey by By HELENE COOPER

Chuck Hagel, the Defense secretary, met with Turkish officials on Monday to persuade them to join the coalition being formed to fight the Sunni militant group.

Ankara is torn between joining a coalition to fight the Islamic State and effects actions could have back in Turkey.

An international coalition against Islamic State: regional considerations
Middle East Eye
Former Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan is staunchly opposed to the Assad regime and has left the border between Syria and Turkey largely porous, allowing both refugees to flow out and foreign fighters to flow in, although there have

The thirty-year war, continued

Barack Obama’s new strategy against the Islamic State commits the United States to further long-term conflict. It involves a great forgetting of the recent war in Iraq.

Soon after the start of the Iraq war in March 2003, a column in this series spoke of the risk of a “thirty-year war” in the Middle East. More than eleven years on – and after thirteen years of the “war on terror” – Barack Obama has now committed the United States to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State with “a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy”.

 

Present-day Turkish censorship result of Genocide denial policy: Assange
PanARMENIAN.Net
PanARMENIAN.Net – Censorship in Turkey has advanced because many were happy to see that with respect to Kurdish and Armenian Genocide issues. Now it has spread onto everything else, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said during an online Q&A …
Assange: Discussions on Genocide are halted via Turkish censorship (video)
Turkey struggles to curb access to Ottoman archives because of the Armenian …
Arka News Agency
YEREVAN, September 12. /ARKA/. Turkey is making every effort to prevent opening up of the Ottoman Empire archives due to the problem of the genocide against Armenians, founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange said. “Censorship started rising in Turkey as …
Present-day Turkish censorship result of Genocide denial policy: Assange
Assange: Discussions on Genocide are halted via Turkish censorship (video)
GTE Policy Brief (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No. 18, September 2014 by Ergun Özbudun * On 10 August 2014, in the first popular election of the Turkish President in the history of the Republic, Prime Minister and Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected in the first round with 51.79 percent of
Financial Times (USA Ed) September 11, 2014, p. 6 By Piotr Zalewski in Istanbul Turkey’s economy grew at a slower pace than expected in the second quarter following months of political uncertainty and a surge in violence across Iraq and Syria in recent months. Figures released by Turkey’s statistical institute showed gross domestic product growth

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