Security

“Turkey has never given a fig for the Turkish Cypriots”!

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I read the article “Brown’s appraisal on Turkish intentions” of 23 August 2015 by Mrs Erato Kozakou-Marcoulli, posted on www.in-cyprus.com and for a moment I wondered whether there had been a mistake. Whether the article was written by the Refugee Association “Adouloti Kyrenia” and wrongly attributed to Mrs. Marcoulli. Agora Dialogue - Fanoulla Argyrou * Mrs. E.K-Marcoulli refers to the ... Read More »

No Exit? Gaza & Israel Between Wars

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Gaza City/Jerusalem/Ramallah/Brussels – ICG – Middle East Report N°162 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In the year since the 2014 Gaza war, little has been done to alter the conditions that precipitated it. The so-called Palestinian government of national consensus, formed in June 2o14 and seated in the West Bank, has been reconstituted without Hamas’s consent. Viewing Gaza as a trap, it refuses ... Read More »

Middle Eastern leaders flood to Moscow for Syrian talks, aerospace salon

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is to host the Jordanian King and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in Moscow on Aug. 25 to discuss the Syrian crisis and take part in a showcase of Russia’s military industry. Hurriyet - MOSCOW – Agence France-Presse Jordanian King Abdullah II and the strongman of the United Arab Emirates, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin ... Read More »

How Turkey Plays the War on Terror

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America’s reluctant ally finally offers token assistance against ISIS only as cover for a campaign against the Kurds. The American Conservative – By Philip Giraldi • The United States’s engagement in the Middle East since 2001 would be a comedy of errors but for the fact that it is not funny. It all began with the exploitation of a befuddled ... Read More »

Iraq: Conflict Alert

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A wave of protests has brought Iraq to the edge of yet more serious conflict. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has introduced sweeping reforms to halt the deterioration but in a manner that may make things worse. An important course correction is needed if he is to survive politically and Iraq is to avoid what could become in effect a military ... Read More »

Turkey to issue Interpol Red Notice for 52 PKK leaders

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The Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for 52 top leaders of the outlawed PKK. The prosecutor has also written to the Turkish National Police to determine the location of the 52, and will also apply to the Justice Ministry for the issuing of an Interpol Red Notice for the… The Ankara Crimes against the Constitutional Order ... Read More »

Venezuela state under martial law against smugglers

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BBC – The Venezuelan president has declared a state of emergency in a border region near Colombia following an attack by smugglers in which three soldiers and a civilian were injured. Nicolas Maduro said there would be 60 days of martial law in five municipalities of the state of Tachira. He also said the closure of the border, announced on ... Read More »

India-Pakistan talks cancelled amid recriminations

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Planned high-level talks between India and Pakistan have been cancelled hours before they were due to start on Sunday, amid mutual recriminations. BBC – Pakistan said that it could not accept India’s “preconditions” for the talks, while India denied that it was to blame. Delhi said that it was only willing to discuss “terrorism-related issues” at the talks and nothing ... Read More »

N. Korea’s Kim puts troops on war footing with South

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered his frontline troops onto a war footing Aug. 21 to back up an ultimatum for South Korea to halt high-decibel propaganda broadcasts across the border or face concerted military action. Hurriyet - SEOUL – Agence France-Presse The move came as military tensions on the divided Korean peninsula soared following a rare exchange of artillery ... Read More »