#Kobane updates. Turkey agrees to let US use US air base in Turkey…


Turkey ‘agrees to US air base use’

Turkey has agreed to let the US use its military bases in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, senior US officials say
A student of the prestigious Bosphorus University has been killed while fighting alongside Kurdish forces against ISIL militants in Kobane

Media bodies call on Turkey to release detained Kurdish journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have called for the release of 20 Syrian-Kurdish journalists and media workers who were detained by the Turkish military.

Kurdish Rebels Assail Turkish Inaction on ISIS as Peril to Peace Talks

P.K.K. commanders say their halting, nine-year-old peace process with the Turkish government and, indeed, the future of the region, turn on the battle for Kobani.
ISIL militants enslaved and sold Yazidi women and children, a magazine purportedly published by the extremists claimed
‘We will make them pay dearly’ Turkish President Erdoğan vowed in a speech in eastern Turkey’s Bayburt yesterday. ‘Like they paid for what they did in Bingöl, they will pay more in future,’ he said.

How not to understand ISIS

The view that one particular religious doctrine is uniquely extremist won’t help us to appreciate the cycles of brutality that feed on narratives of torture, murder and desecration.

A Kurdish woman fighter is leading the battle against militants of the ISIL in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, a monitoring group and activists said
The budget of the institution has almost doubled in Erdoğan first year as the head of state
Whether in Idlib or Mosul, only the locals of areas under ISIL control can throw off the group’s yoke, PM Davutoğlu while again targeting al-Assad
Members of a group of Alevi associations gathered in Ankara to protest the ISIL violence and religion classes

Pro-gov’t columnist levels threats, confirms tax fine risk for Doğan
Today’s Zaman
In his article titled “Julian Assanges of Turkishmedia will pay heavy price,” Küçük said that just as the US and the UK made Julian Assange and Edward Snowden pay a heavy price for the “treason” they committed, several media outlets and journalists in

The German Federal Government’s Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid Christoph Strasser is paying a five-day visit to Turkey

Turkish Reforms Entangle Education

Secularism in schools has been undergoing a transformation that signals a reticence on the part of the government to separate religion from politics.

Will Turkish military become the ground force against ISIL?
Today’s Zaman
Many military officers in the lower ranks are against the war because they think that the AKP government dishonored them during theErgenekon trial investigations and the peace negotiations with the PKK. Many of them that I have contacted feel useless


On the anniversary of Ankara becoming Turkey’s capital, take a look at how Istanbul’s artistic elite have declared the metropolis to be nothing but a ‘city of bureaucrats’ and how a handful of books and films have tried putting the city on the cultural map

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