Biden’s apology spree. “UAE [also] says Biden apologises for any implication it supported militants

The United Arab Emirates said on Oct. 5 that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden had apologised to the Abu Dhabi crown prince for “any implications” in a speech he made last week that the UAE had supported Islamist militants in Syria.
‘President Erdoğan told me, he is an old friend, said you were right, we let too many people through, now we are trying to seal the border,’ US Vice President Biden has said while talking about the rise of the ISIL
Fighting continues in the Kurdish Syrian town of Kobani on Monday with explosions and gunfire heard in the city. The black flag of Islamic State (Isis) is also seen flying atop a building although Kurdish forces say the flag is a ruse. Meanwhile, Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles have gathered on the outskirts of the city Continue reading…
The outlawed PKK and the ISIL are the same for Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said. ‘It is wrong to consider them in different ways,’ he added, while calling PKK to defend Turkey’s eastern provinces as much as they defend the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane
Some 180 jihadists were handed back to ISIL for the release of the Turksih hostages, The Times has reported

Biden continues to apologize; first Turkey, now UAE


ISTANBUL — Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the United Arab Emirates Sunday for charging that the oil-rich ally had been supporting al Qaida

Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) – White smoke billows over the town of Kobane in Syria and the crash of mortar shells is clearly audible — the intensity of the battle for the Kurdish town is tangible from the Turkish side of the border.

Turkish Leader Demands Biden Apology – Sebnem Arsu – Oct 4 – ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey demanded an apology on Saturday from the American vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr., who, in a speech at Harvard University, claimed that Mr. Erdogan had admitted erring in allowing


The European Union’s criticism of Turkey should always have a ‘constructive’ nature, Turkish EU Minister Volkan Bozkır has said
EPC Commentary (European Policy Centre) 29 September 2014 Amanda Paul * Democratic values and basic rights in Turkey are hanging by a thread. Over the past eighteen months the rule of law, civil liberties and freedoms have been eroded which has left many Turks anxious over the direction in which their country is heading. With

Pakistan’s Lessons for Turkey – Michael M. Tanchum – Oct 5 – Last week, Turkey ‘s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared that Turkey is ready “for any cooperation in the fight against terrorism.” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu argued that Islamic State militants pose a greater threat to

Turkey considers Iraq, Syria incursions
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday was considering a motion that would give the government new powers to launch military incursions in Syria and Iraq and allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group, although the country has yet to define what role it intends to play in

La Turquie, future pièce maîtresse de la coalition
Le Temps (Suisse) mercredi 1 octobre 2014 Alain Rodier *, Propos recueillis par Boris Mabillard Le Temps: La Turquie a accepté de rejoindre la coalition contre l’EI après avoir longtemps refusé d’y participer. Pourquoi? Alain Rodier: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, le président turc, avait les mains liées. Essentiellement à cause des 49 otages capturés par l’Etat [Defending the Tomb of Suleyman Shah: Turkey’s Options and Challenges
EDAM Discussion Paper Series, 2014/8, 1 October 2014, 18 p. Can Kasapoglu & F. Doruk Ergun * As Turkey has hardened its rhetoric towards Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) following the release of the hostages, a new crisis seems to be in the offing with the increased activity around the Tomb of

The way to unblock Turkey’s EU path

Manuel Barroso, the outgoing head of the European Commission, remains hopeful about Turkish-EU ties even though very little progress has been made in recent years in Ankara’s bid for membership.

Tehran (AFP) – Iran warned neighbouring Turkey Thursday against doing anything that might aggravate tensions in the region, after the parliament in Ankara voted to authorise military intervention in Syria and Iraq.

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