Probably scared of Russian revenge, Turkey is back to old alliances: “After five years, Israel and Turkey agree on reconciliation pact

Haaretz – Barak Ravid – Dec 17, 8:24 AM

Israel and Turkey have arrived at an understanding on a reconciliation agreement to put an end to the long crisis in relations between the two countries and to bring about normalization of ties between the two. A senior official in Jerusalem told


In an apparent bid to single out practices of the elected Israeli gov’t which are disreputable for the Turkish gov’t from the broad framework of the bilateral relationship with Israel, a senior executive of Turkey’s ruling party has said the “friendly” nature of relations with both “the Israeli state and the Israeli people” were undisputable for Turkey
Turkey will drop charges against Israeli officers in the deaths of Turkish activists aboard a ship in 2010, and Israel will establish a fund for the victims’ families. – Dec 17, 3:04 PM

Turkey is under massive cyberattack. Since Monday morning, the country’s official domain name servers have been under a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The attack’s perpetrators are unknown, but it reveals the vulnerabilities of the

Several Turkish websites have been under cyberattack for four days, with Russian hackers claimed to be prime suspects behind the attack, daily Hürriyet has reported
A Blind Eye Toward Turkey’s Crimes
Center for Research on Globalization
Theoretically, it would be a great story for the American press: an autocrat so obsessed with overthrowing the leader of a neighboring country that he authorizes his intelligence services to collaborate with terrorists in staging a lethal sarin attack
Mr. Putin forecast that the slumping economy would soon rebound and praised efforts by Secretary of State John Kerry to find a political solution in Syria.
The Iraqi government has called on Turkey to pull out all of its troops, saying it never invited their participation in an international effort to train forces to fight the Islamic State.
Turkey’s deployment of troops to the outskirts of Mosul in support of a training mission set off protests in Baghdad, where Iraqi authorities said they had not agreed to it.
The Russia-Turkey Spat: The Big Picture

The past, in particular a shared desire to right perceived historical wrongs, is making it more difficult for Turkey and Russia to smooth over their present differences.

International Amnesty announcing that refugees in Turkey are being locked up and deported, has written in its latest report that some of the refugees are being handcuffed for days, beaten up and expelled to countries where they had fled.
U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) increased interest rates for the first time since 2006 by a quarter of a percentage point to between 0.25 percent and 0.50 percent
The European Union has seen little evidence that Turkey has managed to reduce departures of migrants for Greek islands in the two weeks since it signed an agreement to do so, an EU document showed on Dec. 17
Turkey ‘mistreated scores of migrants’

Amnesty International accuses Turkey of detaining and mistreating scores of migrants, pressuring some of them to return to war zones.
A number of Turkish troops stationed at Bashiqa Camp near Mosul on Dec. 14 were transferred to a region under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, Turkish sources told Hürriyet Daily News
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) fined Turkey 8,000 euros, finding it guilty in the case of a life-sentenced convict who had no prospects of conditional release

Russia and Turkey’s tit-for-tat tale

Tomatoes, footballers and oil rigs suffer as Russia and Turkey bicker

Turkey withdraws troops from Iraq camp

Turkey reportedly withdraws some of its troops from a camp near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in Iraq, following complaints from Baghdad.
The extradition of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen was “unofficially” demanded in a civil suit filed last week by lawyers hired by the Turkish government, while a judge who accepted the appeal has given Gülen 21 days to respond to accusations filed against him


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