A long night for Turkey. Rallies all over the country for #Kobane

Galatasaray Lisesi önünde Kobanê direnişi için oturma eylemi yapıldı
Taksim, Galatasary Square, İstanbul

This blog in Turkish collects images from several rallies… Sendika.org also provides live updates.


Ground troops can be used in the operation targeting the ISIL as part of a comprehensive strategy targeting the Bashar al-Assad regime, Davutoğlu has reportedly said
Some want us to make a choice between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said the other day, adding both are the same in the eyes of Turkey.

Turkey’s quagmire since the Arab Spring

Just last week Erdogan once again ruffled some feathers with his polemical outburst at the UN General Assembly, questioning the legitimacy of Sisi’s rule.


ISIS Moves Into Syrian Kurdish Enclave on Turkish Border

Turkey freed British jihadis in swap deal for Isis hostages reports

Foreign Office seeking clarification over reports Istanbul swapped European jihadis for its diplomats held by Islamic State


3m refugees have fled Syria’s civil war why is the US accepting so few of them?

Strict counter-terrorism laws and a protracted resettlement process have kept the figure low, as have ethical concerns over which refugees to resettle. But could the US be doing more?

Since the start of the war in Syria in early 2011, the number of people fleeing the country has swelled to more than 3 million half of them children. The US has accepted only a staggering few just 36 in 2013.

It’s a complicated equation, but it’s not too difficult to solve. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was founded in 2013, based on the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), which previously called itself al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia (AQM).

Turkey’s ISIS crisis

The coalition forces still fail to show a tangible commitment to fighting against ISIS, aside from congratulating Turkey on its decision to use force against the militant group. Despite coalition air strikes, ISIS has been able to take control of hundreds of villages within recent weeks.

UK jihadist prisoner swap ‘credible’

Reports that British jihadists were involved in a prisoner swap between Islamic State and Turkey are “credible”, Whitehall officials tell the BBC.
They say there is no smoke without fire. This is the way many people see U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks that angered President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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