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Obama’s Arms-Export Tally


BY MARCUS WEISGERBER, CAROLINE HOUCK

Most of the $278 billion in approved sales have gone to Saudi Arabia and other Mideast allies.

The Obama administration has approved more than $278 billion in foreign arms sales in its eight years, more than double the total of the previous administration, according to figures released by the Pentagon on Tuesday.

Trump  Iran


DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis 

Donald Trump's ratings soar in Iranian media too
In more than one campaign speech, President elect Donald Trump declared that his number priority was “to dismantle the disastrous deal” with Iran, which he said was “the worst deal ever” He was referring to the 2015 accord negotiated with Iran by the 5P+1 (five Permanent Security Council members plus Germany), which the Obama administration presented as putting the lid on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

New, level-headed Trump


Ron Ben-Yishai

Analysis: Forget about the election campaign’s provocateur and chatterbox. The US president-elect’s victory speech made it clear that he feels the full weight of responsibility hanging on his shoulders. So in what direction does he plan to navigate America, and where do Israel and the Palestinians come in?

 Medvedev in Jerusalem


DEBKAfile Special Report 

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his prime minister Dmitry Medvedev to Israel Wednesday, Nov. 9 as a gesture to mark the 25th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Economy, Politics, Turkey
 Turkey financial strains


Author Mustafa Sonmez
Last week, Turkey’s government appointed the head of the Privatization Administration, Mehmet Bostan, as director general and board chairman of a newly established public company, the Turkish Sovereign Wealth Fund, moving a step closer to the creation of a sovereign wealth fund. The plan was first brought up in late July and hastily passed through parliament the following month.

 China Turkey


Altay Atli
ISTANBUL – Over the past year and a half, the relationship between China and Turkey has gone through serious ups and downs. In the summer of 2015, claims of a Chinese ban on Ramadan fasting in the country’s Muslim-populated Xinjiang region, which later turned out to be fabricated, snowballed in the Turkish Twittersphere, leading to anti-Chinese demonstrations, and souring the relations between the two countries.

Fracture


Ben-Dror Yemini

Op-ed: Western democracies are struggling with questions of national identity, solidarity, a shared ethos, the place of religion, etc. In European countries, the battle is between an old, corrupt and rotten establishment and populist and demagogic politics. In other words: Clinton vs. Trump.

Tayyip Erdoğan

Murat Yektin
It was an election where the American voters did not choose who they wanted more as president, but who they disliked less. Donald Trump eventually won against Hillary Clinton despite all support from the establishment and the media.

Battle for Raqqa


Author Fehim Taştekin
Following the operation launched to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria, an expedited operation code-named Wrath of the Euphrates was initiated to liberate the IS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria. Ankara has been perceptibly upset since it became known that the Raqqa operation was initiated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces despite earlier optimistic predictions that Ankara, which was sidelined from the Mosul operation, would be in partnership with the United States at Raqqa.

 Hulusi Akar


Officials in Moscow say Russia and Turkey are resuming military cooperation and plan to hold a meeting of an intergovernmental commission before the end of 2016.

IranTurkey Iraq


by Jonathan Spyer, The Jerusalem Post
Iran and Turkey are engaged in a contest for supremacy in northern Iraq, even as the fight against Islamic State continues.

Erdogan alienates all


Author Semih Idiz

Upon assuming office in May, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim promised that he would “increase the number of Turkey’s friends and reduce the number of its enemies.” Today, however, Ankara is losing friends rapidly, especially in Europe where there are calls for sanctions against Turkey. 

Buddies

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Mahir Zeynalov

Turkish journalist and analyst
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“We all saw who our friends and enemies are,” Turkish president said after the failed coup attempt. He is referring to Russia.

 US promises Turkey role in Raqqa


Author Amberin Zaman

US efforts to appease Turkey over its collaboration with Syrian Kurdish-led forces to take Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State, appeared to have yielded some progress over the weekend following an unannounced visit by Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Ankara.

Politics, Turkey
 Turkey descent to autocracy


Author Ali Bayramoglu
Watching the state of affairs in Turkey, one cannot help but wonder whether the country weathered a coup attempt in July or fell victim to a successful one. This alarming question is fueled by three patterns of action the government has followed after the botched coup, using extraordinary powers made possible by its declared state of emergency.

Turkish Posturing in Iraq


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As Iraqi Army forces enter Mosul proper and anti-ISIS coalition forces encircle the city, the complex and bloody operation to safely wrest a city of approximately one million people from the grip of ISIS militants will continue to dominate headlines. However, for the region’s power players, the question of what comes after Mosul’s fall may be more important than the conduct of the campaign itself.

Erdogan laicist


Burak Bekdil
Some observers have lately been advising foreign governments not to worry too much about Turkey’s (President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s) increasingly aggressive irredentist rhetoric because it is largely targeted at domestic consumption rather than addressing the relevant foreign audience. Well, yes and no.

Middle East, Politics
 Michel Aoun


After a 29-month presidential vacuum, Lebanese parliament elects former army commander Michel Aoun as president; under political deal, Saudi-backed Sunni Muslim leader Saad al-Hariri expected to become prime minister.

Politics, United States
Donald Trump

 By CAROLINE B. GLICK 
If Trump wins on Tuesday, it will be the establishment he defeats.

As these lines are being written it is Thursday morning in the US. Wikileaks announced hours ago that it is about to drop the mother lode of material it has gathered on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Economy, Politics, Turkey
Turkish economy


Summary
For several years, the Turkish economy has managed to keep its balance despite teetering on the brink of major problems. In 2013, the notorious "taper tantrum" exposed Turkey as one of the Fragile Five countries that would be most affected by an expected tightening in U.S. monetary policy, and the outlook for the country appeared bleak.