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U.S. government begins legal proceedings against Turkish hacker group – Ahval

The U.S. government is taking Turkish hacker group Ayyıldız Team to court in the United States, according to IndyTurk. The U.S. government lodged a request with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York requiring social media companies Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google to reveal details of the group’s social media …

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Priceless value of Turkey’s partnership – Daily Sabah

If both the U.S. and the EU were not following double standards in their ties with Turkey and lent the importance to the country that it deserves, today’s alliances would be much more powerful.

Turkey’s redlines were ignored many times by both the EU and the U.S. For example, the Greek Cypriot administration violated all international norms and agreements by rejecting the U.N. plan for Cyprus; however, it was still accepted as an EU member. However, this very EU created many obstacles for Turkey’s membership process.

Biden appoints staunch Turkey critic Brett McGurk to National Security Council – Middle East Eye

In 2017, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu openly called for McGurk’s removal. “Brett McGurk, the USA’s special envoy in the fight against Daesh [IS], is definitely and clearly giving support to the PKK and YPG. It would be beneficial if this person is changed,” Cavusoglu said at the time.

A Turkish official told MEE after McGurk’s nomination was revealed by US media reports earlier this week that the appointment was not surprising since Biden was gathering former Obama administration officials with “awful” track records to fill up national security positions. 

“Beyond doubt, McGurk has harmed Turkish-American relations,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. “He no longer has much room in northern Syria to support the YPG. But his attitude towards other issues in the region from Libya to Iraq remains to be seen.”

President-elect to Ecumenical Patriarch: We need your leadership – Orthodox Times

US President-elect Joe Biden has sent a reply letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressing his warm thanks for the congratulations letter sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch immediately after his election victory. In his letter, Joe Biden states: Your Holiness, Thank you for your kind words and wishes. I’m sorry because we have not yet had …

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‘Erdogan should be very, very worried’: What the Biden presidency means for Turkey – CNBC

Under outgoing President Donald Trump, many of the potential flashpoints between the NATO allies were smoothed over thanks to a friendly relationship between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   Looking ahead to a Joe Biden administration, there’s a chance that some of those tensions could blow up — but there is also chance for …

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What Will Biden Do About Turkey’s President Erdogan?

There’s a feverish discussion under way among foreign policy experts on what the President-elect should do about Turkey. It really has to be high up on his list of urgent worries, they seem to believe. Not least because Donald Trump’s approach was so incoherent and so apparently unfocused. That is, other than his rather arbitrarily …

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Whither Turkey’s Ambitions? | ISPI

In 1945, having survived the war without having to fight and avoiding invasion by the German army Turkey found itself pretty lonely after D-Day. The Soviet Union asked for two Turkish provinces and joint control over the straits. AT that 1945 moment, alone in standing against the Soviet threat for nearly a year and a …

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Chobani Yogurt CEO Hamdi Ulukaya Is a Pro-Employee Billionaire in Expansion Mode – Bloomberg

Fifteen years ago, the Chobani founder bought a shuttered dairy factory and began making Greek-style yogurt. His privately held company now earns more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue—all while distinguishing itself as a champion of Good Business. Here, Hamdi Ulukaya explains his magic formula to Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Joel Weber. Joel Weber: Hamdi, you’re a Turkish Kurd who came …

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Turkey warns Libya’s Haftar and supporters against attacking its forces – Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) -Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar warned on Sunday that the forces of Khalifa Haftar and their supporters based in eastern Libya would be viewed as “legitimate targets” if they attempted to attack Turkish forces in the region. Turkey is the main foreign backer of Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) based …

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The Turkish Offensive Against the Syrian Kurds – the Lost War of the West in Syria – Institut Montaigne

Before the Turkish offensive in Northeast Syria on 9 October 2019, the United States and its allies had already undoubtedly suffered a series of defeats in Syria: the man they had seek to remove, Bashar al-Assad, was still in place; the countless crimes perpetrated by his regime and supporters had gone unpunished; declared opponents of the …

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Turkish Bayraktar and Russian Pantsir: Has Turkey Gained Advantage over Russian Weaponry? – Modern Diplomacy

The US Navy Secretary (SECNAV), Kenneth Braithwaite, in a recent speech called for the establishment of a numbered fleet in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The SECNAV mentioned that the proposed 1st Fleet would be moved, “…across the Pacific until it is where our allies and partners see that it could best assist them as …

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Greece Could Usurp Turkey’s Role As Leading NATO Air Power In Eastern Mediterranean – RealClearDefense

Officially, Greece and Turkey are allies, both being members of NATO. Historically, this relationship has been much more hostile. A hot-and-cold pattern of war and reconciliation has characterized their interactions since the first Byzantine-Ottoman conflicts. Turkey and Greece have disputed territorial claims and rights to resources in the Eastern Mediterranean over the last several decades. …

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