Ragip Soylu

Ragip Soylu

What is really behind the Iran Sanctions Case

What is really behind the Iran Sanctions Case?

November 30, 2017
It all began in April 2013 with a letter written by an effective group of members in the US House of Representatives to former US Secretary of State John Kerry and the US Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew. The letter, which mostly bared the signatures of the opposing republicans, stated that Turkey had violated sanctions the US had imposed on Iran.
US-led stabilization in Raqqa has a name START Forward

US-led stabilization in Raqqa has a name: START Forward

August 9, 2017
The Turkish government seems reluctant to contribute, but the U.S. State Department's stabilization program for Syrian province Raqqa is already underway and it has a name: START Forward.
Turkey sees less Beneficial Ally in Independent Kurdistan

Turkey sees less Beneficial Ally in Independent Kurdistan

June 23, 2017
Fifteen years ago, there was a Turkish state that would have gone to war against the KRG if they had wanted to seek independence. Now, the Turkish government only prefers to criticize such a bold move, underlying the interdependency between Irbil and Ankara.
Turkey's Dilemma over Gulf Showdown

Turkey's Dilemma over Gulf Showdown

June 9, 2017
Ankara believes that the Saudi-led coalition’s isolation of Qatar backed by Trump, would like to press Turkey to become an Iranian bulwark that could destroy long-standing and functioning relations with Tehran. The plot against Qatar might be the beginning of everything.
Here's the Pentagon's Plan to Counter the PKK

Here's the Pentagon's Plan to Counter the PKK

May 25, 2017
The Pentagon released a readout on U.S.
Turkey Lost its Manbij Leverage Against US-YPG Partnership

Turkey Lost its Manbij Leverage Against US-YPG Partnership

March 14, 2017
The Americans are now speculating on whether or not they prefer to give heavy weapons to the YPG, in order to calm their Turkish partners. But everyone knows that they will indirectly arm the militant group anyway.
To Keep Turkey in Check the US Has Become Deceptive

To Keep Turkey in Check, the US Has Become Deceptive in Al-Bab

January 12, 2017
One must accept that this is trickier than it seems, not just because the U.S.
Islam and Radicalism Trump Must Work With Turkey to Put

Islam and Radicalism: Trump Must Work With Turkey to Put Out the Fire

January 5, 2017
If helped by the Trump administration to put out the fires in Syria and its immediate neighborhood, Turkey may re-establish itself as a moderating force against all those extremist movements. In a couple of weeks, we will have a new U.