DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2010
China has decided to throw its military support behind Iran and the radical Middle East camp it leads including Syria and Turkey. Beiijng likes the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's plan for reviving the Non-Aligned Movement established in the 1950s.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 12, 2010
The arrival of a new Middle East player has startled Washington and Jerusalem: debkafile's military sources disclose that when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyep Erdogan met Syrian president Bashar Assad in Damascus Monday, Oct. 11, they talked less about the Kurdish question and more about the role China is willing to play in the military-intelligence alliance binding Syria, Iran and Turkey. Chinese warplanes took part in Turkey's recent air maneuver after breaking their journey to refuel in Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2010
The Turkish prime minister is going to extreme lengths to blacken his military commanders, such as plotting to overthrow his regime and sabotaging the war against Kurdish rebels, reaching as high as the chief in staff.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly July 4, 2010
Israel has finally moved on from its fractured relationship with Turkey. The Israeli Minister of Trade and Labor Minister, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer's last-ditch bid to save the relationship by meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolu last week was a flop. But Israel has meanwhile welcomed Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou's interest in slotting Athens into Ankara's place as Israel's strategic partner in the region.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2010
Obama got no answers when he challenged to Erdogan to state if was loyal to the West or his new radical friends led by Iran. He found the Turkish prime minister all fired up to continue his campaign against Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2010
Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan is determined to lead an anti-Western, anti-Israel Muslim bloc of nations, but has still to choose his senior partner - Iran or Egypt.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 17, 2010
DEBKAfile Special Report June 8, 2010
Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assured Turkish leaders whom he met in
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 2, 2010
The war projected between
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2010
To stop the flotilla crisis from spinning out of control,
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2010
Turkey threatens reprisals, Greece halts joint maneuver with Israel over Israeli naval commando action which killed 9 activists aboard the pro-Palestinian flotilla lead boat 80 miles out at sea. Casualty figures still not confirmed. Passengers attacked the soldiers, opened fire with gun snatched from a soldier and wielded knives and iron bars. The soldiers shot back after 10 were injured. Helicopters ferried all the casualties to Israeli hospitals. Nationwide alert for disturbances declared in
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2010
debkafile's military sources report Israeli concerns that on top of strong diplomatic reprisals,
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2010
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2010
The Turkish army, NATO's second largest, is showing little fight against the pro-Muslim Erdogan government's mass arrests of top military chiefs, past and present. Washington and Brussels ask which way it will jump in a war involving Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2010
Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan has engineered a fresh assault on the already crisis-laden relationship between
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2009
Tuesday, Oct.13, Syrian defense minister Gen. Ali Habib made the triumphant announcement: We held our first joint land military exercise (with Turkey) last spring. And today we have agreed to do a more comprehensive, a bigger one. He spoke at a ceremony declaring a free trade zone between the two countries and opening their borders for the passage of their citizens without visas. Present were the two foreign ministers, Ahmed Davutoglu and Walid Mualem.
The next day, Today's Zaman provided Ankara's explanation for its last-minute decision to cancel Israeli participation in the annual multiple air maneuver with NATO under the caption: Delay in delivery of Herons behind drill crisis, not politics.
debkafile's Ankara sources stress that foreign minister Davutoglu is steering the Turkish government and army toward a broad new horizon after persuading Erdogan that the way to restoring Turkey to the regional primacy enjoyed by the Ottoman empire depended on its assuming leadership and mediation roles in the Middle East and Muslim world.
Erdogan is not deterred by every single Turkish mediation effort running aground, a fact which his hostility to Israel is designed to mask.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2009
debkafile's military sources reveal that Turkish prime minister Tayyep Recep Erdogan and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck military cooperation deals on Oct. 28 which assured Iran of Turkish military intelligence and air force assistance against a possible Israeli attack on its nuclear sites. Also promised was Turkish surveillance of US military movements for providing Israel with back-up.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2009
Turkey's Today's Zaman Wednesday, Oct. 14, provided a new motive for Ankara's last-minute decision to cancel Israeli participation in the annual multiple air maneuver with NATO: A senior Turkish military source was quoted as saying: "Israel has failed yet again to deliver the Israeli-made surveillance drones known as Herons to Turkey."
debkafile's Special Analysis below points to the real reason for the Erdogan government's anti-Israel policy, and the destructive fallout from the Netanyahu government's tame response.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2009
Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak commented Monday, April 27, that Turkey's decision to hold military maneuvers with Syria is "disturbing."
And that is not all. The exercise will be accompanied Monday or Tuesday by the signing of a letter of intent for Turkish-Syrian cooperation in the defense industry.
debkafile's military sources report the two events mark the shrinkage of Turkey's military and trading ties with Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2009
Turkey's army chief Gen. Ilker Basburg brushed off the Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak's comment that the joint Turkish-Syrian military exercise was "disturbing."
Barak referred to the first exercise Turkey, Israel's longstanding military ally and NATO member, had ever staged with an Arab nation, Israel's avowed foe Syria. Gen. Basbug said it was only a border exercise, small-scale and "none of anybody's business."