Arab world

A new chapter in Greece’s Middle East military strategy – The New Arab

Concerns about Turkey’s regional assertiveness have pushed Greece to adopt a more proactive foreign policy, with Athens building new military and diplomatic alliances. “Against the Iranian axis, a resounding and strong regional alliance has been formed. Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf countries, and the State of Israel are members of this alliance.” The statement …

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How Turkey became a hub for Arab Spring exiles – The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Turkey is home to four million refugees – mostly Syrians – along with Arab activists, journalists and political figures. As a charismatic revolutionary from a scrappy Cairo neighbourhood, Ahmed Hassan was one of the stars of Jehane Noujaim’s 2013 documentary The Square, which followed a group of Egyptian activists as they toppled longtime ruler Hosni …

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Turkey bolsters influence across North Africa’s Maghreb – Digital Journal

Turkey is boosting its influence across North Africa, analysts say, intervening militarily in war-torn Libya and using “soft power”, trade and investment in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. While Turkish-made drones have won battles in Libya, its soap operas and other cultural products have won hearts and minds in Maghreb countries, several of which were once …

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UAE plays Gas Forum card sending message to Turkey – Arab Weekly

CAIRO–Turkey is beginning to have serious concerns after the United Arab Emirates joined the Cairo-based Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum as an observer. Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Jordan established the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) as an intergovernmental organisation in a virtual ceremony hosted by Cairo in September. France has applied to join, with …

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Erdogan accused of selling out Turkey’s most prized assets to Qatar – The National

Qatar’s purchase of a 10th of the Istanbul stock exchange sparked an outcry from Turkey’s opposition, which claimed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is selling off the country’s prized assets to save the struggling economy. The sale of the Borsa Istanbul stake to the Qatari Investment Authority was completed for an undisclosed fee when Qatari Emir …

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The death of Ayman al-Zawahri and the future of al-Qaida – Brookings Institute

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri may be dead or at least appears to be “completely off the grid,” according to journalist and veteran jihadi-watcher Hassan Hassan. These reports come at the same time as the killing of another very senior al-Qaida leader, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, in Tehran, reportedly by Israeli agents at the behest of the …

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Arab States Against Turkey – Polish Institute of International Affairs

In September, Egypt called on Arab states to create common, assertive policy against Turkey. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Morocco began to boycott Turkish imports. These moves stem from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s increasingly interventionist policy towards Arab states and the Mediterranean region. The escalating dispute puts the EU in …

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Macron’s War on Islamists Comes Up Against Erdogan’s Soft Power – Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — On an industrial estate in the French city of Strasbourg a few miles from the European Parliament, a grand plan to build the continent’s largest mosque is slowly taking shape. The Turkish organization behind the 30 million-euro ($36 million) project says the Eyyub Sultan complex, replete with a dozen domes and minarets and surrounded by conference halls, …

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French Muslims Could Learn from the African American Muslim Experience – Foreign Policy

An indigenous form of Islam developed within the West—rather than influenced by leaders from abroad—is the path to integration and peaceful coexistence. The despicable beheading of a school teacher in France by an extremist Muslim on Oct. 16—and an attack at a church in Nice later in October—point to a troubling cultural dynamic in Europe. …

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How a Lebanese company’s role in shipping Turkish arms to Libya landed it in the crosshairs of the EU – L’Orient Today

BEIRUT — The 40-year-old car carrier named Bana that plied the waters of the Mediterranean was unremarkable in almost all ways, except a dramatic one: the Lebanese-flagged vessel’s shipment of weapons from Turkey to Libya in January 2020 placed it squarely in a whirlwind of international intrigue. After public attention had faded over the Bana’s …

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While America counts its votes, Erdogan advances his agenda – Al Monitor

Erdogan has launched Turkey on an increasingly assertive and independent regional posture. Unlike Americans on the right and left, the concept of “endless wars” doesn’t register for him. And despite being a member of NATO, and a onetime aspirant for European Union membership, Erdogan seems to relish accusing Europe, and especially France, of mistreating Muslims, with pointed back-and-forths threatening boycotts and sanctions.

The next US administration may have come to come to terms with a Turkey that is less of an ally and more a self-interested occasional partner — and one that pursues its own agenda at the center of increasingly complex and conflict-prone relations in the Caucuses, the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean.

Terrorist attacks in Europe: How did Pakistan, Turkey help Islamist Extremism grow?

The reactions from some Muslim countries after this attack started from France have further increased these attacks. After this, a jihadi attack has been carried out in many countries. In particular, Turkey and Pakistan carried out several verbal attacks that provoked sentiments. As every country in the world is working together to fight the Coronavirus …

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