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Foreign Policy: The New Dictators

Strongmen are seemingly everywhere. Russian President Vladimir Putin is omnipresent; the media has obsessed over everything from his latest actions in Syria and Ukraine to his sudden and recurring reshuffling of his inner circle in the Kremlin. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political purge following a failed military coup has won sustained attention. And even in China, a system ...

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New York Times: Obama Administration Considers Arming Syrian Kurds Against ISIS

The Obama administration is weighing a military plan to directly arm Syrian Kurdish fighters combating the Islamic State, a major policy shift that could speed up the offensive against the terrorist group but also sharply escalate tensions between Turkey and the United States. The plan has been under discussion by the National Security Council staff at a moment when President ...

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Independent: Young Nurse ‘Attacked on Turkish Bus for Wearing Shorts’

A young woman was allegedly verbally and physically assaulted on a public bus in Turkey, with reports claiming it could be because she was wearing shorts. The attack took place on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday in the Maslak neighbourhood of Istanbul. It left Ayşegül Terzi, a 23-year-old nurse, with severe facial bruising. The incident was captured ...

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The Economist: “Turkey’s Gulen Purges: A Conspiracy So Immense”

ISTAR GOZAYDIN, a professor at Gediz University in Izmir, felt the sting of Turkey’s purges earlier than most. She was fired days after July’s failed coup, not by the government but by her own university. She had tweeted articles opposing reinstating the death penalty and condemning mob violence. “Perhaps [school officials] thought they could escape intervention by suspending me,” she ...

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CNN: Turkey Says ISIS Cleared From Turkish-Syrian Border

Turkey is claiming success in its campaign to eradicate ISIS from its border regions. The terror group has reportedly lost control of the last strip of its territory along the Syrian-Turkish border, according to sources and Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu. “The Turkish border with Syria was cleared Sunday of Daesh terrorists,” Anadolu reported. “The Jarablus-Azaz line is totally under ...

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Opinion: Welcome to Demokrasi: How Erdoğan Got More Popular Than Ever

The village headman, or muhtar, is the plankton in the food chain of Turkish politics. He – or, less often, she – is an elected local official who counts heads, settles feuds, and finds cats. On the night of 15 July, Can Cumurcu, the muhtar of the affluent neighbourhood of Çengelköy, on the Asian shore of Istanbul, led the defence ...

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WSJ: Fighting Escalates on Turkey-Syria Border, Endangering U.S. Forces

Tensions rise after the death of the first Turkish soldier along the newest battlefront of the Syrian war The death of a Turkish soldier in the newest battlefront of the Syrian war is stoking tensions between two U.S. allies, Turkey’s military and Syrian Kurdish rebels, heightening the risk to U.S. forces in the area and their common fight against Islamic ...

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National Interest: How America Can Work with Turkey without Losing Syria’s Kurds

Turkey’s military has staged a ground attack in Syria, sending in tanks and troops alongside Syrian Arab rebels to push the Islamic State group (ISIS) from the border town of Jarabulus and to block further territorial gains by Kurdish forces. Turkish action to stop ISIS is welcome, but not if it comes at the expense of America’s Syrian Kurdish allies. ...

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Reuters: Turkish Army Pounds North Syria, Monitor Says 20 Civilians Killed

A group monitoring the Syrian war said Turkish air strikes and artillery attacks killed at least 20 civilians and wounded dozens more on Sunday, the fifth day of Turkey’s cross-border campaign that it says targets Islamic State and Kurdish forces. Turkey’s warplanes roared into north Syria at daybreak and its artillery pounded what security sources said were sites held by ...

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Reuters: Turkey Fires on U.S.-backed Kurdish Militia in Syria Offensive

Turkish troops fired on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, highlighting the complications of an incursion meant to secure the border region against both Islamic State and Kurdish advances. Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered Jarablus, one of Islamic State’s last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, on Wednesday. But President Tayyip Erdogan ...

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