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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 »

‘Death to England': British embassy bears mark of Iran’s past anger

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The reopened compound gives cause for optimism, but graffiti inside offers Philip Hammond a reminder of Britain and Iran’s precarious history The Guardian – Julian Borger in Tehran The anger that has run like a dark thread through Britain’s relationship with Iran has left its enduring mark on the wall of the UK’s embassy in Tehran. Four years after a ... Read More »

Erdogan: The Order for War Came from God

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KQ News Desk Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made statements over Twitter regarding the war in Turkey and North Kurdistan. Assessing the intensifying battles between the Turkish army and Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) Erdogan tweeted: ‘The order came from God and from the people, not the mountains, this is what differentiates us.’ Erdogan said military operations against the PKK would ... Read More »

Turkey condemns BBC story on PKK

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UK broadcaster’s piece on Kurdistan Workers’ Party militants is ‘clear support to terrorism’, says Turkish Foreign Ministry. Anadolu Agency - ANKARA Turkey has condemned the BBC for publishing an article Ankara describes as “clear support to terrorism”. The criticism from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry comes after an Aug. 20 piece released by the U.K. broadcaster which featured interviews with members of ... Read More »

Mr. Oren’s Planet: A Bogus Account from Israel’s Man in Washington

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Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, displays a lamentable penchant for hyperbole in his new memoir, Ally. The National Interest - Dov S. Zakheim * Michael B. Oren, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide (New York: Random House, 2015), 432 pp., $30.00. MICHAEL OREN’S Ally, which offers his account of his four years as Israeli ambassador ... Read More »