Russia Says Military Cooperation With Turkey Resuming

 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.

Turkey's Land-Grab Wish List

Erdogan greedy

by Burak Bekdil, The Gatestone Institute
Why is Turkey's Islamist regime reviving century-old Ottoman territorial claims?
Each time in recent history that Turkey's pro-Sunni neo-Ottomans opted for assertive foreign policy in this turbulent part of the world, there were more casualties and no happy ending for any state- or non-state actor, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey.

Destination ‘great Muslim democracy’: Time to get off the train

Muslim democracy

Burak Bekdil
Every new day adds fresh validation to the adage that “Turkey is fun unless you have to live in it.” In one recent speech, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described himself as an enemy of interest rates “because interest rates are a means of abuse.”

Chemical warfare has become a routine in the Middle East

 Chemical warfare

Alex Fishman

Analysis: Israel is facing a situation in which its potential enemies – radical Islamic states or organizations – have turned chemical weapons into legitimate warfare.
James Clapper, the American director of national intelligence, relayed a public strategic warning to countries in the Middle East last week: The United States is not really capable of influencing nuclear proliferation. We cannot help you against a nuclear enemy, and each country is on its own.

Russia wants limited Turkish military action in Syria

Turkish invasion Syria

Barcin Yinanc
“We never believed it was the decision of the president to shoot down the plane. We know that outside forces were involved with that decision,” said Leonid Reshetnikov, the head of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS).

The Turkish Armed Forces Restructured Featured

Turkish military

By Lars Haugom

 The Turkey Analyst

The Turkish military is undergoing a comprehensive post-coup restructuring process. It is not difficult to understand the rationale behind increased civilian government control of the armed forces after the July 15 coup attempt. 

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