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I Was in Turkey During the Ankara Attack | The National Interest


Oct 19, 2015 ... President Gul, widely considered the only Turkish leader capable of ... But, it would be equally misguided not to seize the opportunity to embrace a traumatized Ankara. ... guarantees about Turkey's sovereignty and its right to defend itself ... play the "kurds are terrorists" card this time around, and ne...

US, Turkey diverge on role of Kurds in Syria - Al-Monitor: the Pulse ...


Aug 2, 2015 ... Turkish targeting of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units ... Ankara is concerned that the Syrian Kurds will establish an autonomous region along Turkey's .... now seeks to assert itself as a new investment hub in the Middle East. .... the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has seized its autonomy ....

ISIS and the threat to Turkey | The Long War Journal


Jun 21, 2014 ... The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, ... So why does Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insist on referring to ISIS as an ... the very existence of this threat on the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) itself. .... You all think sharia is your trump card.

The Fragile Gains of Syria's Kurds | Stratfor


Jul 31, 2015 ... Syria's Kurds will maintain some degree of autonomy but Turkey's direct .... they have to entrench themselves in the lands they have seized.

The Kurdish war: How ISIS and Syria are reigniting an old conflict in ...


Oct 15, 2014 ... If the Turkey-PKK conflict restarts in earnest, the Syrian civil war will get even ... As you can see in the map above, Turkey has a significant Kurdish .... Share this card stack! .... Between 2008 and 2011, what's now ISIS put itself together out of .... Iraqi Kurds seized Sinjar, a town that rests on a critical h...

Turkey's Trump Card: Erdogan Can Cut Russia's Syrian Supply Line ...


1 day ago ... Turkey's Trump Card: Erdogan Can Cut Russia's Syrian Supply Line By Closing ... Charter flights to Turkey are now banned, Turkish imports will be .... That's shooting itself in the foot. ... How long can Erdogen survive his people when manufacturing, heating, lighting and basic ammenities cease to function?

World View: US Aligns With Kurds and Shias in Syria and Iraq ...


Jun 24, 2015 ... Syrian Kurd militias deal a heavy blow to ISIS; Turkey's support splits between ... First, it leaves the Kurdish forces poised to strike at the city of Raqqa itself, the ... Both Syria's army and Iraq's army have shown little will to fight ... The PYD/PKK seize certain regions and force people living there t...

Turkey Prefers Islamic State to Kurdish State - Gatestone Institute


Jul 5, 2015 ... No Turkish official stood up to say: "We will never allow the Islamic State ... After the Baath party in 1958 led Syria to integrate itself with Egypt in the ... At least the days when Syrian Kurds were not even given ID cards ... which was seized by the government and used for the resettlement of displaced Arabs.

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Why Erdogan Could Push for Early Elections: Turkey's Regulatory Bodies in a New Era, Policy Analysis, July 7, .... Can Turkey seize the 'Kurdish card' for itself?

Western Kurdish autonomous region in Syria: the PKK's last card by ...


Jul 30, 2012 ... Turkish authorities are worried that the PKK is using the current crisis in Syria to expand the area from which it can confront Turkey. ... Union Party (PYD), seized control of Syrian towns along the Turkish border. .... in Syria, the PKK seems to have made a strategic error in allying itself with the Syrian regime, ...

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Turkey duped the US, and Isis is reaping the rewards | Comment ...


Oct 4, 2015 ... By strongly playing the Turkish nationalist and anti-Kurdish card, Mr Erdogan hopes ... How does Isis itself assess the new US-Turkish accord?

Kurdistan: Ever closer to independence - The Economist


Feb 21, 2015 ... They must play their cards cleverly if they are to break away completely. ... Yet he is acutely conscious that a stable, independent Kurdistan can emerge only with the ... “The first country to talk to is Baghdad itself,” he says. ... to the Arabs), which they seized in the summer after the Iraqi security forces fled.

The Kurds could be the key to the Middle East | New York Post


Oct 18, 2015 ... Erdogan also negotiated a cease-fire with the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) a ... More importantly, perhaps, Turkey's Kurds seem to have undergone a major ... Assad, finds itself on the opposite side of Turkey in the Syrian war. ... If played right, the Kurdish card represents a counterbalance to dictators like ...

After decades of war, Kurdish party calls for dialogue in Turkey ...


Mar 21, 2013 ... Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan in Masnaa on the Lebanon-Syria border on 28 ... READ: Can Turkey seize the 'Kurdish card' for itself?

Patrick Cockburn: Turkey duped the US, and ISIS reaps rewards ...


Aug 30, 2015 ... By strongly playing the Turkish nationalist and anti-Kurdish card, Mr Erdogan hopes ... How does ISIS itself assess the new US-Turkish accord?