Middle East

US confirms sharing intel with Syrian Kurds against ISIL

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Washington has confirmed that it has been sharing intelligence and information with the Syrian Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. “We do get intelligence from, get information from a wide range of people – obviously, look for it anywhere we can get it. So yes, there is some intelligence and information sharing going ... Read More »

With friends like Turkey, who needs enemies?

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After its reluctance to confront Isil, Ankara is proving to be a very unreliable Nato ally For a country that is supposed to be a pivotal Nato ally, Turkey sure has a strange way of showing loyalty to its friends in their hour of need. Ankara’s support in the battle to defeat the fanatics of the Islamic State (Isil), who ... Read More »

Afghanistan’s Political Transition

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Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, inherits a government that is running out of money and losing ground to the insurgency. As foreign troops withdraw, the new government must stay united and move quickly on reforms. In its latest report, Afghanistan’s Political Transition, the International Crisis Group examines the politics surrounding the deeply contested 2014 presidential election, analysing threats and opportunities. ... Read More »

CPS tells George Galloway he faces no charges over ‘Israel-free zone’ speech

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George Galloway will not face charges over a speech he made in August declaring Bradford an “Israel-free zone”. The Respect MP for Bradford West was interviewed by police under caution over claims that his statements in Leeds had incited racial hatred. The Crown Prosecution Service said on Wednesday night it had decided not to charge Galloway, who labelled the allegations ... Read More »

America’s ISIS War Now Called ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

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U.S. military operations against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, now in their third month, will officially go by the name Operation Inherent Resolve, the Pentagon says. Commander Elissa Smith, a representative for the Pentagon, confirmed the name choice to Newsweek Wednesday. Targeted strikes against the Islamic State (more commonly known as ISIS) began on August 8. ... Read More »

Alevis rally in Turkish capital against jihadist attacks

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Members of a group of Alevi associations gathered in the Turkish capital Ankara on Oct. 12 to hold a rally to protest jihadist violence launched by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, as well as compulsory religions classes in Turkey. Some deputies from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) also joined the rally in ... Read More »

Zero logic in Ankara

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Friday to pursue a peace process with his country’s Kurds to his “last breath.” While such a promise is admirable, it highlights his obstinacy, as he ignores the plight of thousands across Turkey’s southern border defending their town to their last breath. Erdogan’s refusal to lift a blockade on the Syrian-Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, under ... Read More »

Turkey’s Hegemonial Ventures in Syria and Iraq

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As the U.S.-led air strikes targeted the Islamic State (IS) fighters across the Syrian frontier with Turkey, the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani became more forsaken than ever. The township is now at the mercy of IS militants, who are poised to capture it after three weeks of siege. Kobani, which is the Kurdish name of the township, is ... Read More »

Jailed PKK leader calls for speeding up peace process, warns of ‘massacres': HDP co-chair

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The jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has called for an acceleration of the Kurdish peace process following deadly recent clashes stemming from protests against the jihadist assault on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, while warning of “provocations and massacres,” Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said. “We had the chance to exchange messages with Mr. [Abdullah] ... Read More »