232 articles tagged "Turkey"
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End of a warm friendship
Turkey ditches Assad, calls off participation in Gaza flotilla
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 25, 2011

debkafile's intelligence sources report that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has secretly ordered his government officials to dump Ankara's ties with Damascus with all speed and allowed Syrian opposition leaders to meet in Antalya on May 31-June 2 on ways to topple Bashar Assad. He is also thinking twice about a Turkish role in the June flotilla for breaking the Gaza blockade for fear Assad might seize on a clash at sea as a pretext for attacking Israel in an undesirable show of Syrian-Turkish solidarity.

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Slaughter at Moaret Al-Noman near Homs
Western intelligence: 7 m. Syrians in revolt can no longer be suppressed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2011

After shelling, tank assaults and siege left 100 protesters dead in the last 48 hours without quelling the unrest, Western intelligence sources believe the menace to the regime has careered too far for President Bashar Assad to hold it at bay - an assessment shared by Ankara. The protest is likely to keep on spreading and evolving into armed rebellion. Those sources estimate the uprising as already encompassing 6-7 million Syrians (out of a population of 26 million) and a third of its area.

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Barack Obama and Tayyip Erdogan
Obama Builds Strategic Understandings with Erdogan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2011

US President Barack Obama is building an alliance with Turkish premier Tayyip Erdogan to spearhead Washington's evolving Iranian and Middle East policies. Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, is slated to replace Egypt as America's senior Middle East Muslim partner. The two leaders share the conviction that together they can come up with a coherent policy for shaping a democratic Middle East. 

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Barack Obama
Who Quits Next after the US? London Is in Line
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011

The Libyan war has reached a stalemate. Only two NATO members, France and Britain are left willing to carry on fighting for the rebels. Both are racing each other to be the first to quit.

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Asif Ali Zardari and Abdullah Gul
Ankara Tries Its Luck with Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011

The uprising against the Assad regime in Syria finally knocked over the Turkish-Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah axis. Erdogan's vision of Turkey as the all-purpose super-mediator vanished into the blue yonder. He is now trying to climb back on the horse through the Muslim Brotherhood chapters of Egypt and Syria.

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Muammar Qaddafi
Coalition Just as Divided on Diplomacy as on Military Action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2011

While no one admits this, the military campaign to topple Muammar Qaddafi has stalled with no solution other than diplomacy. The first peace proposal has come from the coalition's target, Qaddafi himself.

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Tayyip Erdogan
Erdogan Pushes Forward with a New anti-American Muslim Bloc
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010

While offering Washington its good services,Turkey is taking advantage of US trust to deepen its ties with Iran, its superpower status for the Muslim world and its plans for a new anti-American Muslim bloc.

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Tayyip Erdogan
His Middle East Orientation Threatens Turkey's Economic Boom, Says a Growing Opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2010

The mounting opposition to Erdogan's policy comes from his own president and party leaders, who criticize his Middle East orientation as strengthening Iran at the expense of Turkey to the detriment of its future economy.

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Hillary Clinton writes The End
US drops Palestinian-Israeli track, cultivates Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 11, 2010

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had the thankless task of writing finis on the Obama administration's two-year effort to persuade Israelis and Palestinians to talk peace. It was time "to grapple with the core issues of this conflict" - borders, refugees, settlements, water and Jerusalem – she said, without mentioning timetables. debkafile reports the administration has now turned to a new plan for employing Turkey - first to broker a deal with Iran, then an Israeli-Syrian accord.

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Effusive Kremlin welcome for Lebanese PM Hariri
Moscow, Ankara move in on Lebanon's offshore energy potential
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 8, 2010

Russia's Vladimir Putin has reached out to the beleaguered Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to get in on the ground floor of the as-yet untapped Lebanese offshore energy fields, debkafile reports. He has also tested the ground for dipping into the Israeli gas bonanza, while offering Turkey substantial benefits in Moscow's Lebanese scheme. If Putin's multi-faceted plan works, Russia and Turkey will have a stake in Hariri staying in power and a stable Lebanon.

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Turkish PM challenges Israel:"Clean the blood!"
Turkey toughens terms for mending relations with Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report December 7, 2010

Israeli and Turkish representatives have just held two meetings for the purported objective of patching up Turkey's quarrel with Israel. All that has come out of Ankara so far, however, is a fresh torrent of anti-Israel abuse from Turkish leaders and harsher terms for settling the feud over the Israeli commando raid of May 31 which killed 9 Turkish activists leading a flotilla to break the Gaza blockade, debkafile's Middle East sources report.

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Turkey's Abdullah Gul sees the joke at NATO summit
US security guarantees for Israel worthless when Turkey controls missile shield
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 21, 2010

By bowing to Ankara's demand to omit Iran, Syria and their ballistic missiles as a threat from the NATO agreement to establish a missile shield base in Turkey, President Barak Obama has rendered worthless any US security guarantees offered Israel - especially in view of his quiet consent to placing the facility under a Turkish general.
So what exactly is the missile shield meant to guard against - if not Iran?

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Wen Jiabao
Chinese Fighter-Bombers in the Skies of Iran and Turkey
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.

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Chinese Air Force Su-27 warplane
Chinese warplanes make Mid East debut in Turkey and Iran
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.

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Turkish Colonel C.
Erdogan Charges Traitorous Military Chiefs with Sabotaging Kurdish War
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.

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Greek FM George Panadreou shows interest
Israel loses Turkey, gains Greece as strategic partner
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.

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Barack Obama and Recep Erdogan
Any Deals with Turkish Prime Minister Coldly Rejected
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.

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Abdullah Gul
Works on New Bloc Segregated from America's Influence
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.

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Turkish PM Recept Tayyip Erdogan, aspiring leader of all Muslims
Turkey and Israel in overt-covert fight to the finish
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 17, 2010

Ankara is leading a Muslim campaign for a worldwide boycott to strangle Israel. Jerusalem declares the Turkish IHH, a vital prop of its Islamic regime, a terrorist organization as dangerous as al Qaeda.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly, in its latest issue out Friday, looks at the overt battle of wills, watched helplessly from Washington - but also into the shadows, where NATO's only Muslim member is locked in clandestine combat with the Jewish state.
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Ahmadinejad to Erdogan: Now it's our turn to challenge Israel
Iran's Gaza-bound ships ready for clash with Israel - Ahmadinejad
DEBKAfile Special Report June 8, 2010

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assured Turkish leaders whom he met in Istanbul Tuesday, June 8 that Iranian "aid" vessels heading for Gazan waters within days will not shrink from a head-on clash with Israel.  On the Turkish-Israeli conflict, he said it would "change many issues in the world and mark the final countdown for Israel's existence."
debkafile reports Iranian and Turkish leaders agreed to synchronize the hoped-for clash with the Security Council sanctions vote - as a stunt for heading it off.

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