Conflicts – Fronts

US calls on reluctant foreign forces to leave Libya – Arab Weekly

NEW YORK -UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Thursday called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Turkish forces from Libya, after a deadline for them to leave was ignored. This appeal marked a firmer expression of US policy toward oil-rich Libya under the new administration of President Joe Biden. “We call on all …

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Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean Strategy Is Not About Natural Gas – Foreign Policy

Turkey’s adventures abroad are about more than hydrocarbons. They’re a bold and expensive attempt at geopolitical revisionism. In an episode that has tediously repeated itself several times since July, Turkey’s seismic-survey ships and navy vessels clash with Greek authorities while probing for hydrocarbons in waters off the small Greek island of Kastellorizo. Turkey and Greece—perennial …

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Sarraj Heads to Rome Again as Turkey ‘Summons’ his Senior Military Officials – Asharq AL-awsat

Libya has witnessed a flurry of developments in recent days, capped on Thursday with Government of National Accord (GNA) chief Fayez al-Sarraj’s surprise visit to Rome – his second in a month. Italian media noted that the two-day visit was supposed to have been a formal trip. Sarraj was then expected to then travel to …

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Turkey’s military build-up | Forces send in more military and logistical reinforcement to their posts in “de-escalation zone” – The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored this morning the entry of a new military column of Turkish forces via Kafr Losin crossing, north of Idlib. The column consists of 12 armoured vehicles. The column headed towards Turkish posts in southern rural Idlib. The number of military vehicles entered Syrian territory since the start …

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Azerbaijan collects spoils of Nagorno-Karabakh war for its own use – The National

In drone footage released by Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence, the camera captures an Armenian crew scrambling from the turret of a tank and running for nearby trees. There is no explosion but the tank is left behind. Drones haunted Armenian soldiers, leading to many such scenes. Fearful of a missile strike, soldiers abandoned lorries and …

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Commander threatens to target Turkish forces in Libya – AP

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan commander who launched an offensive last year to capture the capital Tripoli from the U.N.-recognized rival government threatened Thursday to use force against Turkish troops if Ankara doesn’t stop interfering in the war-stricken North African country. Khalifa Hifter’s comments came in response to the Turkish parliament’s decision to extend for …

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Annus horribilis: Key Greek-Turkish developments in 2020 – Al Jazeera

2020 has been the most acrimonious year for Greek-Turkish relations since 1974. Here, we review the key events that led to the fallout: January 2: East Med pipeline deal signed Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement to build the Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline that will carry natural gas 1,900km from the Eastern Mediterranean basin to …

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Europe’s human rights court hit by hackers after ruling critical of Turkey – Luxembourg Times

Hackers launched a “large-scale cyberattack” on the website of the European Court of Human Rights after it published a ruling critical of Turkey. The tribunal said the attack followed its 22 December order for Turkey to immediately release Selahattin Demirtas, a former leader of the pro-Kurdish HDP party. The court website was offline for around …

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Greece, Egypt Maritime Deal Posted on UN – GreekReporter.com

The agreement on the partial demarcation of maritime boundaries between Greece and Egypt was posted on the United Nation’s Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea on Thursday. The deal, signed on August 6, 2020, designates an exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean, which in turn gives the two countries rights …

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Turkey: U.S. and EU Sanctions Developments – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP – JDSupra

Key Points On December 14, 2020, in response to Turkey’s procurement of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system from Russia in 2019, the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on the Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) and four of its officers pursuant to the CAATSA sanctions provisions enacted by Congress against Russia in 2017. This follows …

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Turkey sends oil ship to eastern Med, approves Libya troop deployment – Arab News

Erdogan accused of raising tensions abroad to maintain influence inside Turkey Survey vessel will continue searching for oil and gas in territorial waters claimed by Greece and Cyprus ANKARA: Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorized controversial oil exploration by a survey vessel in the eastern Mediterranean for a further six months, until June next year. The …

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Greece: An Unknown Site of the Holocaust – Deutsche Welle (Translated from german)

The war crimes of the Nazis in Greece are hardly present for most Germans. A memorial in Münster is now providing information about Greece’s victims’ villages and cities of martyrs during World War II. The occupation of Greece by the German Wehrmacht (1941-45) and the question of reparation for the crimes committed at the time …

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