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Proxy Wars: How Turkey and Iran Employ Militias Abroad – The National Interest

On October 17 protestors stormed the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Baghdad, attacking Iraq’s largest Kurdish political party. The protestors are linked to the Hashd al-Shaabi, or the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).  Two days later, the bodies of ten people from Iraq’s Sunni majority Salahuddin province were discovered. The kidnapping and murder of these …

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What’s next for Erdogan after eastern Mediterranean and Caucasus? – Al Monitor

Turkey’s involvement in the South Caucasus conflict and decision to test the S-400 missile system show that Erdogan is continuing to embark on new adventures despite his recent failure in the eastern Mediterranean. Although Turkey’s gunboat diplomacy in the eastern Mediterranean ended in failure, Ankara’s direct involvement in the South Caucasus conflict and decision to …

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Turkey Seeks Regional Hegemony as It Mulls Nagorno-Karabakh Campaign – Foreign Policy

If Turkey intervenes in Nagorno-Karabakh, it would only be the latest entry in Ankara’s growing list of military adventures. In the escalating conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Caucasus enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, most global powers have called for a negotiated cease-fire rather than backing one side. Most powers, that is, except Turkey. Nearly …

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Erdogan’s Turkey is drunk on power – The Jerusalem Post

Erdogan has made his foreign policy intentions crystal clear in recent years, and the international community would do well to heed the warning. The raging conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh has given Turkey another opportunity to expand its violent, imperialist tendencies under the iron fist of President Recep Erdogan. In fact, the sudden outbreak of …

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The Vampire Ship – The New Republic

How the seizure of Europe’s largest heroin shipment created bloody fallout throughout the world—and sparked still-raging political corruption scandals in Turkey, Greece, and the Middle East On April 28, 2014, a fishing trawler intercepted an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman, a day after the tanker had left Dubai for Greece. Three men climbed …

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Greek FM: Turkey Is The Only Country That Opens War Fronts Everywhere – Greek City Times

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on the sidelines of a meeting with his Maltese Foreign counterpart said that Turkey is the only country that opens a war front everywhere. The need for Europe to “fully stand up to these circumstances” and “to respond firmly but without hesitation to Turkish challenges, security issues, but also to …

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Turkey and Greece staring into ‘the abyss’ as tensions in Mediterranean risk spiraling into conflict – The Telegraph

Observers fear a mistake or miscalculation could lead to military conflict between the Nato members As warships bristling with 21st century weapons systems prowled the eastern Mediterranean, Turkey’s president drew on a rather earlier era to underline his latest round of sabre-rattling towards Greece. Recep Tayyip Erdogan chose the anniversary of a battle that took …

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The Real Reason Turkey’s Erdogan Is Mad at Joe Biden – Bloomberg

The Democratic candidate’s longstanding sympathy for the Kurds is likely what’s causing Ankara anxiety. It’s easy to dismiss the recent Turkish uproar over a Joe Biden video as political theater. The video, from a conversation between the Democratic presidential candidate and the New York Times editorial board, is eight months old. In it, Biden describes Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan …

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Turkey could free enslaved Yazidis. Instead, it’s keeping them – Washington Examiner

SINUNI, Iraq — Sinuni, an overwhelmingly Yazidi town just miles from the Syrian border, is a traumatized town. With the defeat of the Islamic State, it has largely rebuilt. Crowds gather in front of government offices to apply for compensation grants to help fund their rebuilding. Children walk alone to school, albeit overcrowding and a …

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Militant Leader in Rare Appearance in Iraq – New York Times

BAGHDAD — Wearing a black turban and black robes, the leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic state that stretches across eastern Syria and much of northern and western Iraq made a startling public appearance, his first in many years, at a well-known mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to a video released on Saturday …

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