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Former Commander Reveals Turkey’s Close Ties with ISIS in Syria

    Former Commander Reveals Turkey’s Close Ties with ISIS in Syria

In an explosive interview, a former ISIS commander has claimed that the terror group cooperated directly with Turkish state intelligence agencies for years on areas of “common interest”. The source said that senior Turkish government officials had numerous meetings with ISIS representatives to coordinate activities and that this also involved providing support and safe harbour…

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“It Can’t Be Fixed:” Senior ICC Judge Quits in Protest of US, Turkish Meddling

    “It Can’t Be Fixed:” Senior ICC Judge Quits in Protest of US, Turkish Meddling

THE HAGUE — A senior judge at the United Nations’ International Court in The Hague has resigned in protest of “shocking” interference from the Trump administration into a preliminary war-crimes investigation into U.S. troops. The judge, Christoph Flügge, who hails from Germany, slammed National Security Advisor John Bolton over his response last year to a…

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Re-Colonization: France, Turkey and England Return to their Colonial Ambitions

    Re-Colonization: France, Turkey and England Return to their Colonial Ambitions

For a decade we have been revealing the incongruity of the French desire to re-establish its authority over its old colonies. This was the logic behind the nomination by President Nicolas Sarkozy of Bernard Kouchner as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Kouchner replaced the French Revolutionary idea of  “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and…

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Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War in the Middle East is Far From Over

    Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War in the Middle East is Far From Over

Donald Trump wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it’s Wednesday, so that’s what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he’ll insist that Syria pay for the pullout. Maybe Trump will decide to hold a summit with Bashar al-Assad after deciding that the Syrian leader’s not such…

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Five Days after Bolton’s Reversal, US Syrian Troop Withdrawal Sort of Back On

  Five Days after Bolton’s Reversal, US Syrian Troop Withdrawal Sort of Back On

DAMASCUS, SYRIA — On Friday, the Trump administration’s Syria policy, specifically regarding the withdrawal of U.S. troops illegally occupying part of the country, experienced what appears to be yet another drastic reversal just days after top administration officials National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the de facto cancellation of…

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Turkey’s Top Brass in Conflict Over New Operation Against Kurds in Northern Syria

  Turkey’s Top Brass in Conflict Over New Operation Against Kurds in Northern Syria

On January 4th, al-Monitor published an analysis into a possible conflict in the Turkish army’s top brass over the operation in Syria. According to the author, Fehim Tastekin, while Turkey was negotiating with the US over the roadmap for the area east of the Euphrates River and Manbij, while also coordinating with Russia to get their approval…

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Turkey’s Erdogan Vows “All Measures” To Circumvent Sanctions On Iran

  Turkey’s Erdogan Vows “All Measures” To Circumvent Sanctions On Iran

Following Wednesday’s unexpected and dramatic full and “immediate” withdrawal of all US forces from Syria, Turkey has announced it will not play ball on Iran sanctions. According to a translation of the Turkish president’s words on Thursday during a previously planned summit with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara, journalist Abdullah Bozkurt reports, Turkish president Erdogan says Turkey won’t support US…

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The Real Reason Trump Decided To Pullout of Syria

  The Real Reason Trump Decided To Pullout of Syria

Last Friday President Trump had another long phone call with the Turkish President Erdogan. Thereafter he overruled all his advisors and decided to remove the U.S. boots from Syria and to also end the air war. This was the first time Trump took a decisive stand against the borg, the permanent neoconservative and interventionist establishment in his administration, the…

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Trump-Tweeted US Troop Withdrawal Plan Would Hand Off Northeastern Syria to Turks

  Trump-Tweeted US Troop Withdrawal Plan Would Hand Off Northeastern Syria to Turks

WASHINGTON — In what is being characterized by some as a “drastic reversal,” reports in both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post have claimed that the Trump administration is set to rapidly withdraw U.S. military forces from northeastern Syria, where the U.S. has occupied around 30 percent of Syrian territory since mid-2016. The…

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Recent Istanbul Summit on Syria Shows Just How Many Wildcards Remain

  Recent Istanbul Summit on Syria Shows Just How Many Wildcards Remain

The four-nation Turkey-Russia-Germany-France summit on Syria on October 27 in Istanbul had an impressive outcome. All participants – each with own interests – has some ‘takeaway’ from the summit, which itself is a measure of the success of the event. This is also important because the participants now have a reason to work together. Such…

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