In just one day, Erdoğan changed his explanation for why Turkey is in Syria…


Explaining that purpose of Turkey’s military offensive into Syria is to “put an end to Assad’s governing” two days ago, Erdoğan today said that their target is not a country or a person.
Dutch Ask E.U. to Pressure Turkey Over Crackdown

The Netherlands joined Austria in balking at membership talks with Turkey, which has purged thousands of people after a failed coup effort.
The new Israeli Ambassador to Ankara, Eitan Na’eh, arrived to Ankara on Dec. 1 to start duties in his new post. Turkey’s newly appointed ambassador to Israel, Kemal Ökem, is expected to be in Tel Aviv in the first week of December, according to sources.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a phone conversation on Dec. 1., private broadcaster CNN Türk has reported
Despite ongoing sound and fury in ties between Turkey and the EU, efforts to accomplish a long-standing deal on granting visa-free travel to Turkish nationals in return for implementing the refugee Readmission Agreement have reached a critical point
The Turkish military operation in Syria is not against any person but terror groups, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Dec. 1
Connection with two soldiers deployed in Syria as a part of the ongoing Euphrates Shield Operation has been lost, the Turkish Armed Forces announced late on Nov. 29

Turkey’s Syrian and Iraqi adventures: the underlying message

Turkey is sending a message that its armed forces are still a strong and capable fighting force, despite large-scale purges of officers of the highest ranks.

Picture by Pivox. CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia CommonsTurkey, it appears, is itching for a fight in Iraq and Syria. Its August incursion into Syria, through the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield, was no doubt an important turning point. No longer an active bystander to the conflict in Syria, Turkey became an actual participant in the civil war that has been waging for over five years.


Pakistan court delays deportation of Turkish teachers

More than 100 Turkish teachers ordered to leave Pakistan are granted a stay by a local court.

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