PKK leaders Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik and Duran Kalkan have been added to the U.S. ‘Reward for Justice’ list prepared by the U.S. State Department in fighting against terrorism.
Ankara has learnt how to survive, not only without American support, but also despite the American efforts to hurt the country politically and economically. Turkey has learnt how to carry out cross-border military operations in a country where U.S. forces are settled in favor of Turkey’s adversaries.
“Recent developments in Iraq illustrate that the KDP and PUK will continue to dominate Iraqi politics. You can essentially read this as the Barzani and Talebani houses continuing their reign on this shaky settlement, a settlement found based on a delicate division of power in the region.”
The case of the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the release of Andrew Brunson and Turkey’s foreign policy calculations this week.
The question of how the new government in Iraq will be formed is a question of matter to Turkey as this will affect Ankara’s fight against the PKK.
If terror is the use of violence by non-state actors targeting civilians in order to achieve their political objectives, Gulenists did this on the night of July 15 in 2016 and, hence, they are a textbook example of terrorist organizations – a very innovative one.
By coming to an agreement with Russia, Turkey has allowed a month for the Syrian rebels to lay their options on the table.
In diplomatic efforts with Russia, Turkey is trying to ensure European powers support Ankara in its strive to ensure a battle does not occur in Idlib.
While the joint statement published after the Tehran summit did not guarantee a peaceful solution over Idlib, some diplomacy is better than no diplomacy for Turkey.
The current mess in the Middle East is mainly due to regional powers acting in the absence of greater ones.