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Oct 27 09:31

Russian Airstrike Hits HQ of Syrian Islamist Group Close to Turkey; 80 Killed

Russia has attacked the HQ of Faylaq al-Sham, Turkey's favorite armed group in Idlib, and the leading faction of the NLF of the SNA.

Faylaq al-Sham is also present in the Astana process and the constitutional committee.

Claims that up to 50 Faylaq members died in the attack.

Oct 27 06:21

Russia knocking Turkish drones from Armenian skies

The electronic warfare system is known as “Belladonna”, a poisonous plant that gets its name from Renaissance women who used its extract for tinctures to dilate the pupils of their eyes, ostensibly to make them more attractive.

While Belladonna translates to “beautiful woman” in English, in Russian it has a second meaning: it is the name of a Russian electronic jamming system now credited with knocking out at least nine Turkish Bayraktar armed drones used by Azerbaijan to target Armenia.

If true – and no one has denied it – the system is now operating around the sensitive Russian military base at Gyumri in Armenia, far from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict area.

Oct 27 06:21

Russian Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Turkish-Backed Fighters in Syria

Russian airstrikes killed dozens of Turkish-backed fighters in Syria’s northwest Idlib province on Monday. The strike targeted a camp for Faylaq al-Sham, one of the larger Turkish backed groups in Idlib.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 78 fighters were killed, and more than 90 were wounded in the airstrikes.

Turkey sent thousands of fighters into Idlib earlier this year to halt a Syrian government offensive to retake Idlib, which is mostly controlled by Hayat Tahir al-Sham (HTS), an al-Qaeda affiliate formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

Russia and Turkey brokered a ceasefire in March to halt the violence in Idlib. While there has been shelling and minor offensives by both sides, the ceasefire has held relatively well. Monday’s airstrikes appear to be the largest Russian operations since the truce was reached.

Oct 27 06:09

Turkey's Erdogan says it's time for two-state solution in Cyprus

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday it was time for a realistic proposal about a two-state solution on the divided island of Cyprus to be discussed, and added that the parameters of the current talks were not sustainable.

Cyprus was split after a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. The European Union admitted the island into the bloc in 2004, represented by the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government in the south.

Its north is a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state only recognised by Ankara.

Oct 27 06:06

Biden Appeals to Bosnian Muslim and Albanian Voters Reveal Democrats’ Plans in the Balkans

US Democrat Presidential Candidate Joe Biden has been on a whirlwind campaign in an attempt to defeat President Donald Trump in next month’s election. Published policy papers has shown Biden’s strong support for Greece, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Albania and Kosovo as he seeks to win over millions of Diaspora votes. The candidate has taken a very strong anti-Turkey position in his bid to win over Armenian and Greek Diaspora voters at a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an makes daily threats of war against Greece and is directly sponsoring, arming and facilitating the Azerbaijani invasion of Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh.

However, away from Greece and into the heart of the Balkans, Biden is also appealing to the greatest enablers of Turkish expansionism into the region – BiH, Albania and Kosovo.

Oct 27 06:05

Recep Erdogan: Turkey’s Meddlesome and Mischievious Neo-Ottoman Sultan

Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s recent comments regarding his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron’s mental state has led to the recall of the French ambassador from Ankara. His assertion that Macron was “in need of mental health treatment” was not his first barb aimed at the French president. Back in August, he accused Macron of having “colonial aims” in Lebanon and referred to Macron’s visit to Beirut as a “spectacle”. But if there is any truth to Erdogan’s accusation, it is almost certainly a case of psychological projection. Erdogan himself has been explicitly engaged in a perennial quest aimed at restoring Turkish grandeur and influence to the great cost and the irritation of his country’s neighbours and traditional allies.

Oct 27 05:26

Russian Airstrikes Obliterate Turkish-Backed 'Rebel' Camp In Idlib, Killing Over 60

Though Syria has long fallen out of featured coverage in international media, it appears the war to take back Idlib province is heating up once again. Recall that on prior occasions over the past few years Washington has threatened some level of military intervention each time Syria and Russia prepared to finally liberate the northwest region from al-Qaeda and Turkish-backed jihadists (especially connected with 'rebel' claims of chemical weapons usage by government forces).

On Monday Russian jets pounded a camp full of Turkish-backed militants in Idlib, killing at least 60. Some media sources are reporting possibly over 70 killed and 100+ injured, making it one of the single deadliest airstrikes of the entire almost decade long war.

"The strike targeted the group Faylaq al-Sham, whose base is near several refugee camps in the heavily populated province of Idlib," The New York Times reports.

Oct 26 07:31

France Recalls Ambassador After Erdogan Said Macron "Needs Mental Help" Over "Islamist Terrorism" Label

It's been a weekend of a ratcheting diplomatic tit-for-tat angry statements between Turkey and France. Relations between the two NATO members were already on edge given France's strong backing of Greece's attempts to keep Turkish oil and gas exploration vessels out of its territorial waters in the eastern Mediterranean.

Paris has now recalled the French ambassador to Turkey in the biggest escalation to date as of late Saturday. It started with President Erdogan taking exception to how Emmanuel Macron characterized the brutal murder of middle school teacher Samuel Paty, beheaded outside Paris on October 16 by a young Chechen refugee angry the teacher had shown cartoon images of Muhammad.

Oct 26 07:07

‘US doesn’t know who it’s dealing with!’ Erdogan dismisses Washington’s threats over S-400 deployment

Turkey is not a “tribal state” that can be pushed around, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, dismissing the American warnings over its procurement of Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft systems.

Ankara will see through the deployment of its S-400 systems, which will not be disrupted by any threats or sanctions, Erdogan made clear, speaking in the eastern Turkish city of Malatya on Sunday. The Turkish leader even dared Washington to go ahead and introduce any S-400-related sanctions it might be planning.

You don't know who you’re dealing with. Whatever sanctions you have, don’t keep us waiting – introduce them. We paid for the F-35. You threatened us. You said, ‘Send the S-400s back to Russia.’ We are not a tribal state. We’re Turkey.

Oct 26 06:00

Is NATO ally Turkey forcing a dangerous US-Russia confrontation?

Armenia and Azerbaijan announced on October 20 that their foreign ministers would meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington this week in an effort to end the heaviest fighting between the two countries since the 1990s. It’s a worthy mission, but the Trump administration needs to exercise caution.

Oct 26 06:00

Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second personal attack Sunday on French President Emmanuel Macron.

Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his views on Islam and radical Muslims, Erdogan expanded his range to take aim at foreign critics.

“Whatever your sanctions are, don’t be late,” Erdogan said, referring to U.S. warnings for Turkey not to get directly involved in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, where Ankara supports Azerbaijan against ethnic Armenian forces.

The Turkish leader also mentioned Washington’s threat of sanctions after Turkey tested the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. The purchase has already seen Turkey kicked off the F-35 stealth fighter program.

Oct 26 05:58

Turkish president threatens Syrian Kurds amid increasing clashes in northeast Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an delivered remarks at the 7th Ordinary Provincial Congress of the Justice and Development (AK) Party in Kayseri and the key handover ceremony of Kayseri Urban Transformation Project, the website of the Turkish presidency said.

“Recently, we have seen that the efforts for a new terrorist formation near the Iraqi border in Syria have been accelerated. Let me say this more clearly; there is an effort to establish a terror state there. I would like to say this without beating around the bush: Turkey will never allow the establishment of a terror state right beside its borders. We will do whatever is necessary and drain this swamp of terrorism.”

Oct 26 05:36

Karabagh: NATO supports Turkey while seeking to eliminate President Erdo?an

In the Karabakh War, contemporary law is contradictory depending on whether it is interpreted in terms of ownership of the territory or the self-determination of the people. Taking advantage of this equivocation, the Turkish people (i.e., both Turkey and Azerbaijan) have just attacked this territory, self-proclaimed independent (Artsakh) although de facto linked to Armenia. Russia has already made it known that, according to the treaties, it will defend Armenia if it is attacked, but that its national security is not concerned by what is happening in Karabagh. Therefore, the only question is to establish whether Turkey has acted on the orders of the West, or whether it has taken an initiative that its own allies are likely to turn against it.

Oct 26 05:25

'Washington Has No Idea About Who It Deals With': Erdogan Brushes Off US Criticism Over S-400

On Saturday, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar stated that the country’s military is checking its S-400 air defence systems and preparing them for deployment.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made it clear once again that Ankara does not intend to abandon the S-400 missile systems purchased from Russia.

"The United States does not know who it is dealing with. You told us to send the S-400s back to Russia. But we are not a tribal state, we are Turkey", Erdogan told a meeting in the city of Malatya on Sunday.

Oct 25 06:59

Turkey Continuing to Check and Prepare Russian-Made S-400s for Deployment, Defence Minister Says

A day before, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that Ankara won't be holding any consultations with the US regarding tests of the air defence systems.

The Turkish military is checking the S-400 air defence systems and preparing them for deployment, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar stated on Saturday.

He stressed, however, that "the purchase and planned check-ups of the air defence systems do not mean that the country is alienating itself from NATO".

Oct 25 06:26

Erdogan says Macron needs ‘mental health treatment’ and doesn’t understand freedom of religion

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron of “mistreating” millions of Muslims after officials announced a crackdown on radical mosques and Islamic extremism across France.

“What is Macron's problem with Islam and Muslims? He needs mental health treatment,” Erdogan said at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party on Saturday, Turkish media reported.

What else can be said to a head of state that does not understand the freedom of belief and treats the millions of members of a religious minority in his country this way? First of all, he needs [a] mental check.

Oct 25 05:52

Turkey’s Relationship with ISIS Proves It Is Deserting Its European Allies

ISIS was so successful in 2014 in part because President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an of Turkey is a vocal supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood. Any distance Erdo?an has placed between himself and ISIS is attributable to pressure from Russia, the US, and Europe, not to his rejection of the group’s Islamist ideology.

In view of Turkey’s increasingly divisive and destabilizing influence in the Middle East, the region’s biggest concern for the West could be President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an’s burgeoning Islamist tendencies. In order to understand the Turkish role in the threat of ISIS, borne from the Muslim Brotherhood, it is necessary to rewind six years.

Oct 24 07:34

Pentagon warns Turkey of 'serious consequences' over missile system test

The United States military has warned Turkey of “serious consequences” after Ankara confirmed that it has tested a Russian-made missile defense system.

"The US Department of Defense condemns in the strongest possible terms Turkey's October 16 test of the S-400 air defense system," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement on Friday.

"We object to Turkey's testing of this system, which risks serious consequences for our security relationship," Hoffman said. "We have been clear and unwavering in our position: an operational S-400 system is not consistent with Turkey's commitments as a US and NATO Ally."

This came after the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that his country tested the missile system last week.

Oct 23 11:23

US Embassy In Turkey Suspends All Services, Citing Credible 'Terror Threat'

There's been a huge development out of Turkey at a moment the country is under US scrutiny after conducting major Russian S-400 missile defense system tests for the first time, which have run late last week into this week on the Black Sea coast.

The United States Embassy in Turkey says it has temporarily suspended all citizen and visa services based on a significant security alert.

Oct 22 10:44

UKRAINE IS BECOMING LOGISTICAL HUB FOR TURKISH WEAPON SUPPLIES TO AZERBAIJAN

The cargo plane of the Azerbaijani airline Silk Way West Airlines Boeing 747 announced that it will fly from Kiev to Milan, but ‘somehow’ appeared at the airport in Azerbaijan’s Baku, according to the flight path tracked by the Flightradar24 website.

Such an ‘accident’ and the state of secrecy surrounding it led to a reasonable concern that in fact the plane was transporting weapons or military and dual-use goods from Ukraine to Azerbaijan, which is de-facto in the state of war with Armenia. Right now, Azerbaijani troops are clashing with the Armenians in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Furthermore, earlier, Silk Way West Airlines was repeatedly spotted as a part of weapons-trading network that delivers various weapons and ammunition to conflict zones in the Greater Middle East. Later, such weapons often appear in the hands of terrorist groups.

Oct 22 06:04

Turkey Ready to Send Troops to Help Azerbaijan if Requested

On Wednesday, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said Ankara would not hesitate to send troops to support Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh if requested. Oktay added that at the moment, no such request had been made.

Since clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenian forces broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27th, Turkey has been outspoken in its support for Baku. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly called for Armenia to end its “occupation” of Azeri territory.

Turkey has been supporting Baku militarily through weapons sales. Turkish arms exports surged just before the fighting began. Sales rose from $278,880 in July to $36 million in August and jumped to $77 million in September.

Oct 22 05:51

Turkey extends exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters to Oct. 27

Turkey said on Wednesday it extended the stay of its Oruc Reis survey vessel and two other ships in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean until Oct. 27, in a move likely to further escalate tensions in the region.

Two other vessels, the Ataman and Cengiz Han along with Oruc Reis will continue work in an area southeast of the Greek island of Rhodes until Oct. 27, Turkey's Navy said in a maritime notice. The vessels had previously been scheduled to work until Oct. 22.

NATO members Turkey and Greece are at odds over conflicting claims to hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean and overlapping views on the extent of their continental shelves. Tensions flared in August when Ankara sent Oruc Reis to waters also claimed by Greece and Cyprus.

Oct 21 07:17

Turkey Withdraws From Military Outpost in Syria Surrounded by the Syrian Army

Turkey has evacuated an observation station in Syria’s northwestern Hama province that had been encircled by Syrian government forces.

The outpost in Morek had been Turkey’s largest in the province, which is now under the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad’s troops encircled it last year after an offensive on the province of Idlib, which is the last opposition stronghold in the country.

“After midnight Turkish forces began to evacuate Morek, and this morning a large convoy left” the area, an Ankara-backed Syrian rebel commander told AFP.

He said the troops would be redeployed to Turkish outposts in Idlib.

Oct 20 07:15

Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard Urges US Congress to Expel Turkey From NATO

The predominantly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1991 and announced plans to join Armenia. This led to a major war between Yerevan and Baku that lasted until 1994, when the sides agreed to start peace talks on the dispute mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group, headed by Russia, the US, and France.

US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has submitted a resolution to the US House of Representatives calling for the expulsion of Turkey from the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) said on Facebook.

The document published by ANCA claims that Turkey is openly supporting Azerbaijan in the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, an breakaway enclave that proclaimed independence from Baku after the breakdown of the Soviet Union and has since sought international recognition.

Oct 20 06:00

Turkey to Scrap Idlib Observation Post

The Turkish military has begun withdrawing from the Morek observation post in Idlib, Syria. They set up the post in 2018 and have reinforced it, ruling out ever abandoning it. Officials now say it has no military value and that they are dismantling the base.

This was one of 12 posts which were meant to support Syrian rebels in Idlib. Though Turkey isn’t saying so, this may reflect the rebel weakness in the area, and al-Qaeda’s dominance in Idlib.

Some Turkish officials are reporting that four observation posts and two military sites in Idlib will be going. The sites are said to be inconvenient to defend, and of little use to the rebels.

Oct 19 07:58

US Condemns Turkey's S-400 Test 'In Strongest Terms', If Confirmed

Earlier in the day, a video began circulating in Turkish media showing what appears to be the trail of a missile launch in the city of Sinop, which was thought to be the result of an S-400 air defence system test. Ankara previously announced plans to hold firing exercises in the region between 13 and 17 October.

The United States condemns "in the strongest terms" Turkey's test of S-400 air defence systems, if this really took place, spokeswoman for the State Department Morgan Ortagus said Friday.

Washington has already expressed its protest to the Turkish authorities over the test launch and warned about the "potential serious consequences" of the move, Ortagus added.

Oct 18 07:42

Turkey tests Russian-made S-400 defence system: Reports

A missile has been fired into the sky on Turkey’s Black Sea coast where the military was expected to test its Russian-made S-400 defence systems, according to a video seen by Reuters.

The video, taken in the coastal city of Sinop on Friday, showed a narrow column of smoke headed high into the blue sky.

Oct 17 08:19

EU gives Turkey until early December to de-escalate, chairman says

European Union leaders regret Turkey’s decision to send a natural gas exploration ship to contested waters in the Mediterranean, the bloc’s chairman said on Friday, reiterating that the EU would consider its options in December.

“We plan a summit in December. And we have planned, indeed, to tackle again and to assess the situation in the eastern Mediterranean and in Turkey,” European Council President Charles Michel told a news conference after an EU summit in Brussels.

“We deplore the unilateral actions and provocations by Turkey,” Michel said.

Oct 17 08:13

Turkish and Israeli Weapons Fueling Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Weapons-makers — aka merchants of death and mass destruction — fuel conflicts when occur.

The US by far dominates the global arms trade.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the US accounted for 36% of major conventional weapons sales from 2015 – 2019.

Throughout most of the post-WW II period, the US dominated the global arms market.

Arms and security expert William Hartung explained that for 25 of the past 26 years, “the United States has been the leading arms dealer on the planet, at some moments in near monopolistic fashion.”

Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries are major buyers of US arms.

In areas where large amounts of heavy weapons are sold, wars often follow.

Oct 17 07:47

US threatens ‘serious consequences’ if Turkey puts into operation its Russian S-400 missile systems

The US State Department has warned the Turkish government of “potential serious consequences” to the two nations’ security relationship should reports of Ankara testing the Russian S-400 air defense systems prove true.

“If confirmed, we would condemn in the strongest terms the S-400 test missile launch as incompatible with Turkey’s responsibilities as a NATO ally and strategic partner of the United States,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Friday.

Ortagus insisted that the air defense system “should not be operationalized,” adding, “We have also been clear on the potential serious consequences for our security relationship if Turkey activates the system.”

Washington’s reaction comes after a Reuters report showed “a narrow column of smoke headed high into the blue sky” near the city of Sinop in northern Turkey. According to the outlet’s defense analyst Turan Oguz, the smoke pattern suggested it was a missile launch of the Russian-made S-400.

Oct 17 07:27

Full Interview: Turkey is the Main Sponsor of Nagorno-Karabakh War, Armenian PM Pashinyan Says

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, which escalated at the end of September, has reportedly claimed several hundred lives. Despite the reached agreement mediated by Russia, there is no sustainable truce yet. Sputnik head Dmitry Kiselev spoke with both Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders in parallel interviews.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan explained in an interview to Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev how he sees the situation, the number of casualties Yerevan has taken and commented on the presence of foreign mercenaries in the region. He also spoke about who is behind the current aggravation of the conflict and why, what compromises the Armenian side is ready to make and what it will not accept under any circumstances.

Oct 17 07:12

Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkey Instigates An Old War With Older Ambitions

For more than ten hours, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov presided over tough and grueling negotiations between Armenian foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani foreign minister Jeyhun Bayramov. The talks focused on ending the recent war over the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (known by Armenians as Artsakh). They resulted in a humanitarian ceasefire and a commitment to further peace talks. It seemed to be a remarkable feat for Moscow’s veteran diplomat. At the time of this writing, the ceasefire has “largely held,” albeit by a thread.

Oct 15 12:48

WAR IN KARABAKH: TURKISH PROXIES ARE ALLEGEDLY TOO SCARED TO FIGHT ARMENIANS

About 1,000 members of Syrian militant groups deployed by Turkey to support the Azerbaijani advance in the Nagorno-Karabakh region have laid down their arms and refused to participate in hostilities, Armenian media outlets and military-affiliated sources claimed. They insist that Syrian militants were just used as cannon fodder and did not receive their promised money. According to sources loyal to the Syrian opposition, the number of Turkish proxies that died in the war with Armenia has exceeded 110.

Earlier, reports appeared from Syrian sources , claiming that about 400 members of Turkish-backed militant groups deployed in Syria’s northwest had refused to go to Azerbaijan. At least 16 of them were arrested by the so-called Hamza Division for complaining too much and for leaking information to the public.

Oct 15 05:49

Azerbaijan bought $77m worth of arms from Turkey a month before fighting

Azerbaijan bought $77m worth of arms from Turkey a month before fighting broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, with Turkish arms sales to Baku increasing sixfold this year, according to export data.

Data compiled by the Turkish Exports Assembly, which groups more than 95,000 exporting companies in 61 sectors, shows that Azerbaijan bought $123m worth of defence and aviation equipment from Turkey in the first nine months of 2020, the Reuters news agency reported.

Turkish arms sold to Azerbaijan included drones, rocket launchers, ammunition and other weapons that arrived after July, when border clashes that broke out between Armenian and Azeri forces prompted Turkey and Azerbaijan to conduct joint military exercises.

Oct 14 12:10

Turkish Lira Hits Fresh Record Low As S-400 Test Commences On Black Sea

Turkey is readying its comprehensive test of its S-400 missile-defense systems obtained from Russia last year which took Ankara's relationship with Washington to a new low and resulted in the US blocking and suspending deliveries of Lockheed Martin's advanced stealth F-35 fighter.

The test is expected to run starting Wednesday through Saturday at Sinop on the Black Sea, for which all flights have been banned in the area running east of the test field at an altitude less than 25,000 feet, according to Turkish aviation notices.

Oct 14 05:34

Turkey Threatens Armenia With Direct Military Intervention In Karabakh War

As of October 13, clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces continue in the southern part of the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, while on the other parts of the frontline Baku and Yerevan limited their military activity to exchange of artillery and aerial strikes. The humanitarian ceasefire signed by the sides in Moscow formally remains in force, but the terms of the ceasefire are not fulfilled by both sides.

The main point of instability is the town of Hadrut, which Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced to have been ‘liberated’ from ‘Armenian occupants’. However, Armenian forces apparently forgot to read his tweet and withdraw from the area. So, now, the Azerbaijani leader is forced to explain what’s going on.

Oct 13 12:05

In "Major Escalation" Turkey Renews Gas Exploration Off Greece, Vows Military Escort

In late September into early this month for a brief moment it looked as if the Turkey-Greece East Mediterranean dispute over Turkish hydrocarbons exploration was cooling, given intense diplomatic contacts and negotiations among the major players, which includes Cyprus and the EU. This after in August and earlier last month the rival sides conducted increased war games which threatened at any moment to become 'live' fighting.

But now this momentary calm has been shattered, as Turkey's navy late Sunday issued a public advisory saying it will sail the Oruc Reis survey ship to conduct exploration activities just off Greece's easternmost island of Kastellorizo. Turkey indicated the mission is planned over the next ten days, until October 22.

Oct 13 06:21

Turkey Notifies Russia: Armenia Must Withdraw From 'Occupied Azerbaijani Lands'

Ankara said that the Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, stressed during a telephone conversation he had today with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoigu, “the necessity of Armenia’s withdrawal from the occupied Azerbaijani lands.”

The Turkish Ministry of Defense stated, in a statement, that Akar called on Monday with Shoigu, and during the call, “views were exchanged on Armenia’s attacks on Azerbaijan.”

Oct 10 07:14

Erdogan: 'Jerusalem is our city, a city from us'

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an opened the Turkish parliament's legislative session on Thursday with a long speech that addressed the city of Jerusalem and the Palestinian people, in which he stated: "Jerusalem is our city."

Erdo?an referred to the Ottoman Empire's rule over Jerusalem, which lasted four centuries (1517-1917), to justify his claim.

Oct 09 11:54

Armenian President Says Turkey's Erdogan Creating "Another Syria In The Caucasus"

President Armen Sarkissian has charged that Turkey is creating “another Syria in the Caucasus” through its military and diplomatic support for Azerbaijan in the war for the autonomous ethnic Armenian breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“If we don’t act now internationally, stopping Turkey?.?.?.?with the perspective of making this region a new Syria?.?.?.?then everyone will be hit,” he said to the Financial Times in a new interview.

He further urged an international effort to stop the aggression which he said was fueled by Turkey, which he called “the bully of the region”.

Oct 08 12:27

TURKEY GETS BOGGED DOWN IN KARABAKH WAR AS ARMENIAN FORCES RECLAIM INITIATIVE

Armenian forces have reclaimed the tactical initiative in the battle for the Nagorno-Karabakh region and conducted several counter-attacks taking back positions earlier captured by Azerbaijan on the Jabrayil front on the evening of October 7. Later, on the morning of October 8, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced that Azerbaijani forces had launched a military offensive in the area, which had been repelled.

“Early in the morning, at 08:30, the enemy attempted an attack in the southern direction, but after losing 3 units of military equipment and about 20 soldiers, the enemy escaped from the battlefield near Jabrayil,” the representative of the Armenian Ministry of Defense Artsrun Hovhannisyan said.

“Fighting continues. our troops are performing their tasks brilliantly. We have some good luck, but heavy fighting continues,” he said.

Oct 08 07:57

France Confirms Turkish 'Military Involvement' In Karabakh After NATO Appeal Mocked

Just yesterday NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Turkey to use its "considerable influence to calm tensions" between Armenia and Azerbaijan as fierce fighting continues in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway region.

The appeal was widely mocked by commentators in the West as well as in Armenian media, given it's been well documented since the start of the conflict that Turkey has been a party to the conflict in backing its declared "brother country" Azerbaijan. And of course there's the historic Armenian Genocide which caused many to laugh at the strange NATO appeal, as if Turkey is somehow 'neutral'.

France has joined in the controversy over alleged Turkish intervention, as according to the AFP French government sources are now formally charging there's evidence of Turkish 'military involvement' in Karabakh.

Oct 08 06:40

How rivals Turkey, Israel and Pakistan ended up siding with Azerbaijan

Having clashed once again over decades-old claims in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan are on the brink of war.

The South Caucasus region had previously experienced flare-ups of violence in 2014 and 2016, with the last having been in July this year.

Various countries are embroiled in the latest escalation, with Russia, Iran and India more inclined towards Armenia, while Turkey, Israel and Pakistan are siding with Azerbaijan.

Announcing support for Baku as soon as hostilities broke out, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue the struggle until the end of the Karabakh occupation, declaring that "Turkey stands with and will continue to stand with friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan with all our means and all our heart."

Oct 08 06:39

In Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Erdogan eyes Turkey's "place in world order"

President Tayyip Erdogan’s strong backing for Azerbaijan in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh has set Turkey apart from other big nations and alarmed NATO allies that are demanding a ceasefire.

Oct 08 05:57

Purported Video of Turkey Redeploying S-400s to Black Sea Coast for Drills Emerges Online

The redeployment comes as Armenia is accusing Turkey of directly taking part in the armed conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The latter became a source of tension between Yerevan and Baku after the Armenian-populated republic declared independence in the 1990s.

Turkey's S-400 air defence systems, which Ankara obtained from Russia in 2019, have been spotted moving through the city of Samsun, possibly in the direction of Sinop, located on the Black Sea coast, Turkish journalist Ragip Soylu reported. The journalist noted that the Turkish Armed Forces recently published a NOTAM warning saying that the airspace over Sinop will be closed for 10 days between 5 and 16 October for military drills.

Soylu posted a video purportedly showing S-400s moving through the city of Samsun on their way to their destination.

Oct 07 07:59

Armenia PM Says Turkey Is Behind ‘War’ in Nagorno-Karabakh

On Tuesday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the support of Turkey motivated Azerbaijan to reignite fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. The fighting continues in the disputed region, with around 300 people reported killed, including civilians on both sides.

Oct 07 07:59

Video: Azerbaijan-Turkey Alliance Is Taking “Upper Hand” in War with Armenia

Azerbaijan is slowly but steadily gaining an upper hand in the war with Armenia for the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

As of October 5, the Azerbaijani military, supported by Turkish military advisers, specialists and intelligence, captured the towns of Jabrayil, Mataghis and Talysh after heavy clashes with Armenian forces. Azerbaijani sources also report the control over multiple villages including Ashagi Abdulrahmanli, Mehdili, Chakhirli, Ashagi Maralyan, Sheybey and Kuyjagh. On the other hand, the Armenian side confirmed that it lost ‘some positions’ but did not provide details claiming that the situation on the frontline has been rapidly changing.

Oct 07 07:31

'Major Obstacle': US 'Deeply Concerned' Over Reports of Turkey Potentially Testing S-400s

On Tuesday, it was reported that Turkey had deployed its S-400 air defence systems to the northern city of Samsun near the Black Sea, probably for testing, with Ankara making no official statement on the matter.

The US State Department has expressed alarm over reports about possible tests by Turkey of its Russian-made S-400 missile systems.

"We are aware of these reports. We continue to object strenuously to Turkey's purchase of the S-400 air defence system, and are deeply concerned with reports that Turkey is continuing its efforts to bring the S-400 into operation. Our suspension of Turkey from the F-35 programme, in response to the S-400 acquisition, signalled the seriousness with which the administration approaches this issue”, a State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Oct 07 07:08

Armenia's Prime Minister Accuses Turkey of 'Reinstating the Ottoman Empire' in Sending Mercenaries to Nagorno Karabakh

When Armenia and Azerbaijan resumed Europe’s oldest “frozen war” over the breakaway territory of Nagorno Karabakh on Sept 27, the intimate nature of the fighting—between trenches so close that soldiers on opposing sides could shout to each other in some places—gave the false impression of a bitter but parochial skirmish.

In fact, the battle already threatens to bleed beyond the mountainous 1700-square mile enclave in the South Caucasus to engulf Azerbaijan and Armenia in all-out war, and risks provoking an even wider conflagration. In an interview with TIME, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan doubled down on accusations that its bitter rival Turkey is already intervening militarily on behalf of Azerbaijan, claiming President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is vying to extend his influence in the region.

Oct 07 06:56

For Turkey, Pompeo has discarded US impartiality in east Med dispute

For weeks this summer, Turkey and Greece were left to their own devices, slinging mud over the media and charging warships into disputed waters of the eastern Mediterranean.

Eventually Germany intervened, but for Ankara the absence of a traditional power broker was palpable: Washington wasn’t there when it was needed. Worse, when it showed up, it had taken a side.

Turkish officials say the United States under its secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has lost its “constructive neutrality” in the region, which Ankara once depended on to navigate the thorny question of divided Cyprus.

Oct 07 06:19

Turkey To Conduct Major Test Of Russian S-400 Systems Despite US Sanctions Threat

Long after the Trump administration indefinitely suspended deliveries of Lockheed Martin's advanced stealth F-35 fighter to Turkey over its controversial deal with Russia to obtained the S-400 missile defense system, Ankara is ready to go 'live' with its Russian anti-air missiles in a comprehensive test.

Turkey was officially and finally kicked out of the F-35 program in summer of 2019, also amid threats of sanctions from Washington, as it was feared Russia could use the S-400 and its radar to obtain valuable and secret information from its Turkish partner on the Lockheed stealth fighter. This unwavering stance cost the United States at least half a billion dollars, according to reports at the time.

Oct 06 14:23

Purported Video of Turkey Redeploying S-400s to Black Sea Coast for Drills Emerges Online

The redeployment comes as Armenia is accusing Turkey of directly taking part in the armed conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The latter became a source of tension between Yerevan and Baku after the Armenian-populated republic declared independence in the 1990s.

Turkey's S-400 air defence systems, which Ankara obtained from Russia in 2019, have been spotted moving through the city of Samsun, possibly in the direction of Sinop, located on the Black Sea coast, Turkish journalist Ragip Soylu reported. The journalist noted that the Turkish Armed Forces recently published a NOTAM warning saying that the airspace over Sinop will be closed for 10 days between 5 and 16 October for military drills.

Soylu posted a video purportedly showing S-400s moving through the city of Samsun on their way to their destination.

Oct 06 08:13

As Nagorno-Karabakh battle goes on, Armenia wants Washington to explain if it supplied Turkey with F-16s to aid Azerbaijan

Armenia’s prime minister wants clarification from the US about the sale of F-16s to Turkey, claiming the advanced jets are bombing civilians amid the 'existential' battle with Azerbaijan over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh.
Turkey and Azerbaijan strongly denied the claims, but the rebuttals have not prevented Armenia from raising the issue of Ankara's perceived involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh fighting with its major NATO ally, the United States.

Last Thursday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a telephone conversation with US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, the New York Times reported on Monday. Washington “needs to explain whether it gave those F-16s [to Turkey] to bomb peaceful villages and peaceful populations,” Pashinyan told the Times.

Oct 06 06:58

Saudi Official: ‘The Boycott of Everything Turkish Is the Responsibility of Every Saudi’

Ajlan al-Ajlan, the head of Saudi Arabia’s Chamber of Commerce, declared in a statement this weekend that a full boycott of all Turkish products was “the responsibility of every Saudi.”

Tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have remained high since the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — under whose command Turkey has become the world’s most prolific jailer of journalists after China — used Khashoggi’s killing at the hands of Saudi agents to declare himself a friend of the free press and demonize Riyadh, suggesting that the homicide was a direct order from “the highest levels of the Saudi government,” as he wrote in the Washington Post.

Oct 06 06:28

Turkish armed drones used against Armenia, Azerbaijan confirms

Azerbaijan has acknowledged for the first time that it had been using Turkish-produced armed drones against Armenian targets in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Thanks to advanced Turkish drones owned by the Azerbaijan military, our casualties on the front shrunk,” said Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev in a televised interview on Monday with the Turkish news channel TRT Haber. "These drones show Turkey’s strength. It also empowers us.”

Heavy fighting broke out last week between Azerbaijan and Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed mountainous area, and clashes are ongoing. Scores have been killed on both sides.

Oct 06 06:18

Turkey Mediates Agreement Between Hamas and Fatah

After 15 years divided and in constant conflict of interest, the main Palestinian political forces, Hamas and Fatah, finally reached an agreement to hold new elections in Palestine. According to Hamas spokesman Saleh al-Arouri, there was a real consensus between the two parties and there is no longer any interest in pursuing divisions in Palestinian domestic politics. The negotiations were mediated by Turkey and the agreement signed in Istanbul. A commission has been created to establish the electoral calendar. Apparently, legislative elections will be held within six months. Then a date will be set for the presidential elections and for the Palestinian National Council. Another commission was also established in order to unify the popular struggle, creating a unified Palestinian national leadership.

Oct 06 06:12

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Epitome of Erdogan’s Neo-Ottomanism

On Thursday, October 1, French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of sending “Syrian jihadists” to fight in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. One would least expect from a French president to candidly confess the heavily armed militants that had been touted as “moderate rebels” during nine years of Syria’s proxy war were actually “terrorists.”

Nevertheless, Armenia’s ambassador to Moscow also corroborated that Turkey had sent around 4,000 fighters from northern Syria to Azerbaijan. Armenia also alleged Turkish military experts were fighting alongside Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous breakaway region of Azerbaijan run by ethnic Armenians, and that Turkey had provided drones and warplanes.

Oct 05 07:16

Analysis | Netanyahu and Erdogan in Unlikely Alliance Against Iran in Nagorno-Karabakh?

Azerbaijani cargo planes landing at Israeli air force bases in the Negev are a relatively common sight, attesting to the extensive arms deals between the two countries. But the frequency of arrivals and timing of Ilyushin Il-76 freighters – two of which landed at Uvda last Thursday, just two days before a major escalation in the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, followed by two more on Tuesday and Wednesday – suggest both the preparation and replenishing of Azerbaijani forces for the latest bout of fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, now in its fourth day.

Oct 05 06:50

Spike In Boycotts Of Turkish Goods And Services

For years, Turkey has injected itself, often militarily, into the sovereign affairs of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Greece, Cyprus, India, and now, Armenia and Artsakh. On October 2, reports emerged that Turkey is using NATO and American facilities to attack Armenia and Artsakh. Since NATO is unable or unwilling to rein in this rogue nation that many consider to be the single greatest threat to global security, public boycotts are increasingly gaining favor.

Six days into the renewed attacks by the Azerbaijan-Turkey-Israeli axis on Armenia and Artsakh, many countries have come forward to denounce the warmongers.

Oct 05 06:36

At least 64 Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters dead in Karabakh clashes, says UK war monitor

At least 64 pro-Turkey Syrian rebel fighters have been killed in clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over Nagorno-Karabakh, a Britain-based war monitor said in a new toll on October 3.

They were among the 1,200 combatants from pro-Ankara Syrian factions that Turkey has sent to fight for the Azeris since last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, updating its earlier figure of 850.
At least 36 of them have been killed in clashes in the past 48 hours alone, the Observatory added, increasing a previous toll of 28 to 64.

Oct 05 06:34

While Turkey encourages Karabakh violence, Iran fears domestic strife

The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan is energizing nationalist and ethnic tensions in neighboring Turkey and Iran. While Ankara encourages the violence, Tehran fears rising ethnic tensions among its own Armenian and Azerbaijani minorities.

Start with Turkey, the larger economic force in the Caucasus. For months Ankara’s full-throttled support for Azerbaijan, its bellicose rhetoric and their joint military drills, have looked like preparations for war. President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an is using the conflict to boost his credentials with nationalists and distract from perpetual economic crisis at home, much as he has done around the Mediterranean in recent years.

Oct 05 06:13

Turkey’s presence in NATO must be questioned: Francois Hollande attends pro-Armenian rally in Alfortville

François Hollande, the former President of France, responded to the invitation of the mayor of Alfortville Luc Carvounas to participative in a rally condemning the Turkish-Azerbaijani offensive against Artsakh, Le Parisien reports.

“A step has been taken with the bombing of civilian populations,” François Hollande stated. We end up with a war to conquer a territory. Turkey’s presence in NATO must be questioned,” Hollande stated.

“Does Erdogan still have his place in NATO?” Luc Carvounas said, in turn. “No!”answered the angry crowd.

Oct 05 06:09

Turkey Ramps Up Its Involvement in Armenian-Azerbaijani War

Azerbaijan has given Turkey control over the air segment of its military campaign to capture the Nagorno-Karabakh region, the Armenian Defense Ministry reported on September 30. According to Artsrun Hovhannisyan, Turkish and Azerbaijani aviation is being coordinated by the E7-T aircraft of the Turkish Air Force, which is an air command post. The military plane was spotted near the Turkish cities of Erzurum and Kars.

“It is possible that the leadership of the Turkish Air Force is on board this plane,” Hovhannisyan added.

As an example of such actions, the Armenian side claimed that two Turkish F-16 fighters, an Azerbaijani Su-25 attack aircraft, as well as a Turkish combat drone “Bayraktar”, which took off from the city of Kurdamir, had inflicted a missile and bomb attack on the Karabakh towns of Hadrut and Martakert.

Oct 05 05:57

Armenia asks European Court of Human Rights to step in & take action over Turkish role in Azerbaijan’s 'attacks on civilians'

Armenia submitted a formal request to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), on Sunday, complaining about Turkey’s open support for Azerbaijan in the two countries' ongoing dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

After violence claimed civilian lives on both sides over the weekend, Yerevan says it wants the ECHR to apply so-called “interim measures” against Ankara over its “assistance” to alleged Azerbaijani attacks against the civilian population in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. That's according to the office of Armenia's representative to the ECHR.

The interim measures can be applied by the court when there are fears that human lives are being threatened, or any kind of ill-treatment, such as torture, for example, is being used.

Oct 05 05:48

Los Angeles Mayor Calls on Turkey to Disengage From Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in the early hours of Monday expressed solidarity with the Armenian people in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and called on Turkey that support Azerbaijan to disengage.

"L.A. is proud to be home to the largest Armenian diaspora. We stand with the people of Armenia. I urge our leaders in Washington to conduct the sustained and rigorous diplomacy necessary to bring peace to the Artsakh region. Turkey must disengage," Garcetti said on Twitter.

Oct 05 05:34

How much damage can Arab states do to Turkish economy?

Turkey’s ailing economy, hit by the COVID-19 pandemic atop severe currency woes since 2018, is now facing economic reprisals by Arab countries incensed with Ankara’s policies in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia has already started an undeclared boycott of Turkish goods, according to Turkish exporters, amid rising Arab calls for economic retaliation against Turkey.

Egypt has been at the forefront of efforts to create a united Arab stance against Turkey, most recently at the Sept. 9 meeting of the Arab League. Whether Arab nations can mount an efficient joint action against Turkey is a question on its own, but the Turkish economy today is too vulnerable to dismiss or absorb large-scale reprisals.

Oct 05 05:31

In speech to lawmakers, Turkey's Erdogan proclaims 'Jerusalem is ours'

Turkish leader touts years of Ottoman rule over Jerusalem in key address opening new legislative session, charges Palestinians were now 'occupied' despite living in the city for 'thousands of years'

Oct 04 07:21

Erdogan Threatens to Launch New Operation in North Syria If Kurdish Units Remain

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Ankara was ready to launch another military operation to clear northern Syria from Kurdish militia.

"When we destroyed the terrorist corridor that was being built along our borders, we showed that our Syrian brothers were not alone. The terrorist zones that still exist in Syria must either be cleared as promised, or we will come and do it ourselves," Erdogan said at an event in Hatay province via video link.

The Turkish leader added that "any steps that could lead to a new humanitarian catastrophe in Syrian Idlib were unacceptable for Turkey."

Oct 03 10:53

Erdogan hopes Azerbaijan will continue offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh until disputed region is free from ‘Armenian occupation’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will stand with Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, calling on Baku to continue its assault and re-take control of the region.

Erdogan reiterated Ankara’s “full support” for its ally during his Friday speech at the inauguration of a city hospital in the central Turkish province of Konya.

“The brotherly state of Azerbaijan has started a great operation both to defend its own territories and to liberate the occupied Karabakh,” he said. “Turkey stands with and will continue to stand with friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan with all our means and all our heart.”

Oct 03 07:55

Turkey Releases Grisly Crime Scene Footage Of Khashoggi Killing On 2nd Anniversary

Turkey's Anadolu Agency has released gruesome never-before-seen footage related to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder. It is the second anniversary of his killing at the hands of a hit team believed sent by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

No less than 15 men were sent to kill one individual who ran afoul of MbS, which included a bone saw used to dismember his body after he entered the consulate to do paperwork related to his impending marriage, never to be seen again. Now for the first time police footage has been published of Turkish forensics investigators showing up to document what they found following the murder.

Oct 03 07:12

Live Updates: Turkey 'Stands by the Oppressed' in Caucasus, Erdogan Says

The hostilities in Azerbaijan’s Armenian-dominated breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh (known as Artsakh in Armenian) erupted on Sunday when both parties accused each other of violating the ceasefire.

President of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, Arayik Harutyunyan, said on Saturday that he was going to the frontline with the special forces.

Armenia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, which controls most parts of Nagorno-Karabakh, said that Azerbaijan had launched an offensive on the breakaway region, and both declared martial law and mobilisation. Azerbaijan has also declared martial law and partial mobilisation.

Oct 02 08:40

Russia, Turkey talk Azeri-Armenian conflict, agree coordination

Russia says its foreign minister and his Turkish counterpart have addressed the ongoing flare-up between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh, agreeing coordination of their efforts towards stabilization of the situation in the region.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the discussion had taken place on Thursday during a telephone conversation between Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu.

It said both the officials confirmed "readiness for close coordination of the actions of Russia and Turkey to stabilize the situation with the aim of returning the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to the channel of peaceful talks."

Oct 02 06:41

Turkey Is Killing Armenians. Again. (And Why It Matters to US)

The Turkish government under President Tayyip Erdogan is supporting Azerbaijan in its attacks on mostly Christian Armenia. Given Erdogan’s repeated sponsorship of anti-Christian jihadists around the world, The Stream interviewed regional expert Johannes de Jong about the conflict.

Oct 01 10:05

Analysis | Netanyahu and Erdogan in Unlikely Alliance Against Iran in Nagorno-Karabakh?

Azerbaijani cargo planes landing at Israeli air force bases in the Negev are a relatively common sight, attesting to the extensive arms deals between the two countries. But the frequency of arrivals and timing of Ilyushin Il-76 freighters – two of which landed at Uvda last Thursday, just two days before a major escalation in the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, followed by two more on Tuesday and Wednesday – suggest both the preparation and replenishing of Azerbaijani forces for the latest bout of fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, now in its fourth day.

Oct 01 06:07

Armenian Expert Azadian: Russian Military Base In Armenia Is A Deterrent Against The Turkish Threat; Turkey Foments Crises So It Can Intervene In, Or Exploit, Destabilized Regions In Order To Expand Its Empire

"The threat of war continues to loom on Armenia's border. The battle in the Tavush region of Armenia was only one episode which may very well be followed by others. The Armenian side is cognizant of the fact that it should not yet rest on its laurels. [2]

"Armenia proved the battle-readiness of its armed forces. But to what extent? President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has characterized Armenia's victory against Azerbaijan as a 'punch well beyond its capacity,'[3] which in strategic terms may be interpreted as the victory by Armenia being the result of tactical assistance from its strategic ally, Russia.

"In today's wars, drones have expanded the surveillance scope of armies. In this particular battle, the Azerbaijani army, which had boasted of its state-of-the-art military hardware, failed to deploy them properly and thus the Armenian side downed 13 of their drones, in addition to inflicting other critical losses.

Oct 01 06:06

Turkish drone war not possible without German help

Turkey is now at war in many countries. Azerbaijan, Southern Kurdistan, Northern Syria, Northern Kurdistan, Yemen and Libya are only some of the regions where Turkey is actively waging war. Armed drones have become the core element of Turkish aggression. Again and again so-called combat and reconnaissance drones massacre civilians in their lands, whether in Syria or Libya or in Northern Kurdistan. Guided missiles launched by drones are responsible for many Turkish war crimes - especially in Western Kurdistan/Northern Syria and Southern Kurdistan/Northern Iraq. In late June, three activists Zehra Berkel, Hebûn Mele Xelîl and Amina Waysî were the victims of an extrajudicial execution by a Turkish armed drone in Kobanê. In Kuna Masi near Sulaymaniyah, two people died a little later, and another eight people were injured, some of them seriously. One of the dead was a member of the East Kurdistan party PJAK.

Sep 30 06:52

Turkey Denies Allegation of Downing Armenian Jet

Armenia said a Turkish fighter jet shot down one of its warplanes during fighting with Turkey’s ally Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Turkey and Azerbaijan denied the accusation.

Armenian officials said a SU-25 from its air force was shot down in Armenian airspace by a Turkish F-16 that took off from Azerbaijan. If true, it would be a serious escalation by Turkey, which has pledged support for Azerbaijan in the conflict.

Fahrettin Altun, the communications director for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said the allegation was “absolutely untrue.” Azeri officials called the claim “another fantasy of the Armenian military propaganda machine.”

Sep 30 06:47

Turkish Claims that the PKK Is Operating in Nagorno-Karabakh Set Dangerous Precedent

Conflict sparked up again yesterday in Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, when Azerbaijan launched an offensive against Armenian forces. Although the Republic of Artsakh is not recognized by any state, including Armenia, and it is still internationally recognized as occupied Azerbaijani territory, it achieved a de facto independence in 1994.

Sep 30 05:43

Azerbaijan, Armenia clash as France, Turkey trade barbs: Live

Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia entered a fourth day on Wednesday in the biggest eruption of the decades-old conflict since a 1994 ceasefire.

At least 2,300 Armenian soldiers have been killed or wounded by Azerbaijani troops since the conflict began on Sunday, Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has said, according to Turkish media outlet Anadolu Agency.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Turkey’s “warlike” rhetoric was encouraging Azerbaijan to reconquer Nagorno-Karabakh.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed region inside Azerbaijan and controlled by ethnic Armenians. It broke away from Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s but is not recognised by any country as an independent republic.

Sep 30 05:42

Monitor: Turkey Sending Syrian Fighters to Azerbaijan

Several hundred Syrian fighters have been sent by Turkey to support Azerbaijan in its ongoing conflict with Armenia, according to a war monitor and a Syrian rebel commander.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has researchers across Syria, said over 300 Syrian fighters have been deployed to Azerbaijan, Turkey’s longtime ally.

“These Syrian fighters come from two ethnic Turkmen armed groups, including the Sultan Murad Division and the Suleyman Shah Brigade,” Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory, told VOA in a phone interview Tuesday.

Sep 29 12:46

AZERBAIJANI-ARMENIAN WAR: TURKISH F-16S ENTER THE GAME. ARMENIA THREATENS TO USE ISKANDER MISSILES

The Armenian-Azerbaijani war continues raging in the South Caucasus.

As of September 29, the Azerbaijani advance in the Nagorno-Karabakh region struck the Armenian defense and Azerbaijani forces were not able to achieve any military breakthroughs. Armenian troops withdrew from several positions in the Talish area and east of Fuzuli.

The Azerbaijani military has been successfully employing combat drones and artillery to destroy positions and military equipment of Armenia, but Azerbaijani mechanized infantry was unable to develop its momentum any further.

Sep 29 07:48

‘Support both on and off the battlefield’: Turkey throws weight behind ‘brotherly Azerbaijan,’ in fresh escalation

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu announced on Tuesday that Ankara will stand by Azerbaijan in the face of what he described as “Armenian aggression,” and offered both diplomatic and military assistance.

Speaking after a visit to the Azerbaijani embassy in Ankara, Çavu?o?lu told the press that the only way the fighting will end is if Yerevan rolls back on the ‘occupation’ of Nagorno-Karabakh. On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed similar sentiments.

“We talked about the aggression of Armenia and shared our thoughts on how it should be resolved,” said Çavu?o?lu. “There is only one solution: Armenia will withdraw from the territories it occupies. UN resolutions on the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan are clear.”

Sep 29 07:19

Azerbaijan Denies That Turkey Is Sending Fighters From Syria

Azerbaijan rejected a statement from Armenia that claimed Turkey had sent Syrian fighters to support Azeri forces after heavy clashes in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. On Sunday, fighting erupted between Azeri and Armenian forces in the disputed area and continued on Monday, leaving dozens dead.

Armenia’s ambassador to Russia claimed that Turkey sent about 4,000 fighters to Nagorno-Karabakh from northern Syria. An aid to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev denied these rumors.

“Rumors of militants from Syria allegedly being redeployed to Azerbaijan is another provocation by the Armenian side and complete nonsense,” the aid said.

Sep 29 07:15

Turkey sets up new military bases in Kurdistan Region, as air campaign continues: sources

Turkey has deployed more troops and set up four new military bases in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, as it continues bombardments on Duhok province, according to a security source.

“Turkey has set up four new military bases in Chale Zewke, Khala Sarka Spi, and Khala Rabia-Baranshe villages and near the village of Gire Biye in recent days,” a local security source who spoke on condition of anonymity told Rudaw on Monday, referring to villages in Duhok province’s Batifa subdistrict.

This comes as Turkish air forces conducted strikes on a valley in the vicinity of Baze village in the sub district early Monday, destroying the only water source for the village.

Sep 29 07:15

Turkey demands Armenia 'ends its occupation of Azerbaijan' amid re-ignited Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday demanded Armenia put an end to its "occupation" of Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, after fresh clashes broke out over the weekend.

"The time has come for crisis in the region that started with the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh to be put to an end. Once Armenia immediately leaves the territory it is occupying, the region will return to peace and harmony," Erdogan said.

His comments came after Turkish foreign minister reiterated his country's full support for Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on Monday.

Sep 29 06:40

Russia Appears Indecisive As Turkey Exposed As Backing Azerbaijan War In Karabakh

From the first minutes of the start of new large-scale hostilities in the zone of the Karabakh conflict, officials in Yerevan and Stepanakert (the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) pointed to the direct participation of Turkey in preparing an Azerbaijani offensive along the entire line of contact. Armenian experts also speak about this, citing rather convincing arguments.

Sep 29 06:40

Turkey hiring Syrian rebels to fight Armenians for Azerbaijan, Guardian claims, as Baku calls reports on mercenaries ‘nonsense’

In an echo of events in Libya, rebels from Syria’s Idlib province are being recruited by Turkey to fight for Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, The Guardian has reported, citing several militants.

Idlib is Syria’s northwestern province, and the last bastion of the Turkish-backed militants who once hoped to effect regime change in Damascus. It is there the recruitment drive for Azerbaijan began a month ago, three rebels told the Guardian’s correspondent Bethan McKernan. Her story was published on Monday evening.

Two brothers from Azaz said they had been summoned to a camp in Afrin on September 13 and told by a commander in the Sultan Murad Division that three- or six-month contracts were available “guarding observation posts and oil and gas facilities” in Azerbaijan for 7,000-10,000 Turkish lira a month.

Sep 29 06:32

Erdogan’s quest for regional hegemony is destabilizing & backing Azerbaijan against Armenia is the latest example

Throwing support behind Baku amid the escalation of the Azerbaijan-Armenia dispute, Turkey is playing the classic ‘middle power’ and is aiming to draw Russia and the US into the situation while pursuing its own interests.

The latest escalation of a territorial dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia is terrifying and worrying, do we need 2020 to get any worse? Military clashes commenced between the two countries in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, involving helicopters and artillery. Fighting has continued throughout Sunday night, and civilians are reportedly dead. Russia and the United States have both called for a ceasefire and an immediate halt to hostilities.

Sep 28 07:25

NATO Arms Sales to Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean Dispute

Recent confrontations in the Eastern Mediterranean – fueled by the prospect of exploiting offshore gas deposits – have raised fears of an upcoming armed clash in the region. The main contenders in the complex dispute are Greece and Cyprus on the one hand and Turkey on the other. The latter has advanced controversial claims over waters that are traditionally recognized as being under Greek and Cypriot jurisdiction. But other states are also involved due to geopolitical and economic interest, most notably France, Egypt, Israel, Italy, the US and Russia. While diplomacy is at work to prevent a destabilizing conflict, regional powers are also preparing for this scenario by conducting exercises and purchasing new armaments. Turkey has been expanding its military in recent years, often procuring important weapons systems from Europe or the US.

Sep 28 07:00

‘Defend your future’: Erdogan calls on ordinary Armenians to stand against their government as clashes with Azerbaijan continue

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Armenians to unite in opposition to their government, which he claims is the “biggest threat” to peace in the region, after military hostilities resumed with Azerbaijan.

Erdogan urged the people of Armenia to safeguard their future from their country’s leadership, which he claimed is using them like “puppets.”

In a series of tweets, on Sunday, the Turkish leader expressed hope that the “whole world” would stand with Azerbaijan in its “struggle against occupation and oppression.”

Sep 28 06:59

‘Azerbaijan is not alone’: Turkey throws weight behind Baku against historical nemesis Armenia in struggle over Nagorno-Karabakh

As hostilities erupted on Sunday between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, top-tier Turkish officials have reaffirmed Ankara’s support for Baku and blamed Yerevan for “playing with fire.”

Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin took to Twitter on the heels of fresh clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh. The senior official made clear that Ankara will side with Azerbaijan – a nation whose language and culture are close to those of Turkey – in the renewed conflict. “We strongly condemn the attack on Armenia against Azerbaijan,” Kalin wrote, adding that the neighboring post-Soviet country “is not alone” and has “Turkey’s full support.”

Sep 28 06:59

Journalists narrowly escape Armenian attack as military conflict with Azerbaijan resumes, Turkish state media claims

Journalists working for Turkish media came under fire from the Armenian military after hostilities broke out over the disputed border region between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Journalists from AA and TRT, Turkey’s public broadcaster, dove behind their vehicle and then made a hurried exit from the area after Armenian artillery reportedly landed in a nearby Azerbaijani settlement. According to AA, Armenian munitions fell within 100 meters (320 feet) of the reporters.

Footage of the incident shows the journalists scrambling to find cover as a large bang rings out. Wearing protective vests and helmets, the reporters then hurriedly get into their car and drive away. AA claims that two unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted in the area before the Armenian artillery opened fire.

Sep 24 06:03

Video: Turkish-based Syrian Militants Prepare to Participate in Azerbaijani-Armenian Conflict

1,000 fighters of the so-called Syrian National Army, a coalition of Turkish-funded militant groups, will be moved to Azerbaijan in September as a part of a 6-month long deployment, Syrian pro-militant media reported. According to reports, Turkish proxies will pass additional training and may even be deployed along the contact line with Armenian forces near the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region.

During the Azerbaijani-Armenian escalation in July, reports already surfaced that Turkey was deploying its Syrian proxies to support Azerbaijani forces in their standoff against Armenia. Then, Syrian sources also reported about a potential 6-month long contract for Turkish-funded militants. The monthly salary of one Turkish mercenary in the combat zone was reported to be 2,500 USD.

Sep 22 13:17

TURKISH-BACKED SYRIAN MILITANTS PREPARE TO PARTICIPATE IN AZERBAIJANI-ARMENIAN CONFLICT

1,000 fighters of the so-called Syrian National Army, a coalition of Turkish-funded militant groups, will be moved to Azerbaijan in September as a part of a 6-month long deployment, Syrian pro-militant media reported. According to reports, Turkish proxies will pass additional training and may even be deployed along the contact line with Armenian forces near the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region.

During the Azerbaijani-Armenian escalation in July, reports already surfaced that Turkey was deploying its Syrian proxies to support Azerbaijani forces in their standoff against Armenia. Then, Syrian sources also reported about a potential 6-month long contract for Turkish-funded militants. The monthly salary of one Turkish mercenary in the combat zone was reported to be 2,500 USD.

Sep 20 07:09

Trump Send Troops, Heavy Armor Back Into Syria After Russian, Turkish Provocations

According to three defense officials, the Pentagon has moved a small number of troops to Syria this week after a series of increasingly intense clashes between the U.S. and Russian military.

According to the officials, both the troops and the vehicles serve the purpose of showing the military presence and thus dissuading the Russian army from crossing into the eastern security area where the US, coalition, and Democratic Forces operate. The additional troops will include six Bradley combat vehicles and less than 100 soldiers operating in northeast Syria in a 90-day deployment.

Sep 20 05:18

Britain, France, and Germany Spurn US Plan for Iran Sanctions

Trump Administration officials have been saying this for weeks, but on Friday reiterated their intentions to try to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that includes broad sanctions against Iran. Officials say they expect every nation to comply.

The glaring problem with this is that the resolution doesn’t exist, at least not as an active resolution the US wants. The P5+1 nuclear deal gave the US the authority to reimpose sanctions on Iran, but the US had withdrawn from that pact years ago. Though the Trump Administration argued that didn’t matter, the UN has virtually unanimously rejected their interpretation, and rejected the UN Security Council resolution. The US believes the resolution becomes active Sunday, but the reality is it just doesn’t exist legally.

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These actions spell desperation on the cusp of madness, and the world is not following suit; so, what is next here, an invasion of Iran?!?

Considering just how "brilliantly" the other US occupations around the world are going, you might imagine it might just be time for a "re-think" on this; but of course, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu will not allow that to happen; he wants the US waging war against Iran, so Israel will not have to.

Sep 20 05:05

US Weighs Into Mediterranean Tensions With Weapons And Hypocrisy

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Twice in the past week, the United States has clumsily weighed into mounting tensions in the East Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey.

First, Washington announced last weekend the opening of a maritime security base on the island state of Cyprus, which is allied with Greece.

Then the U.S. followed up by formally clearing the way to send weapons to Cyprus, ending a 33-year arms embargo. Washington claims the arms are “non-lethal”, but we have seen that semantic ruse played before with regard to U.S. weaponizing Ukraine and other places. Never mind the hairsplitting, the move is a military involvement whichever way it’s presented.

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Oh and yes, where the hell IS NATO, in all of this?!?

Sep 18 05:33

Turkey dragging feet on commitments under Idlib agreement: Russia

Russia has criticized Turkey for its failure to fulfill its obligations under a bilateral ceasefire agreement on Syria's northwestern Idlib province, where the two countries back opposing sides.

“Despite the success notched up in the fight against international terrorism on the Syrian soil, the situation there is far from being stable,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing in Moscow on Thursday.

“The terrorist groups of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Guardians of Religion Organization have entrenched themselves in Idlib province. The activities of these outfits have been partially restrained as a result of deployment of Turkish forces in Idlib de-escalation zone and joint Russian-Turkish patrols on the M4 highway at the section between Saraqib and Jisr al-Shughur,” she added.

“Ankara is, nevertheless, delaying to honor its commitments under the latest Turkish-Russian deal concluded on March 5,” the diplomat pointed out.

Sep 17 10:56

Greece Vs Turkey: Is A War Inside NATO Possible?

On Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was forced to fly to Nicosia to discuss the situation in the Mediterranean Sea. The visit took place two weeks after the telephone talks between the presidents of the United States, Turkey and the Greek prime minister.

Donald Trump was unable to effectively resolve the Turkish-Greek controversy. During the talks, Kyriakos Mitsotakis complained about “destabilizing actions of Turkey, threatening peace and stability in the region, as well as testing NATO cohesion.” In response, Erdogan claimed the readiness to conduct a dialogue to resolve contradictions.

Asa result, Ankara sent another geological reconnaissance ship to the Mediterranean Sea. And exacerbated the already tense situation.

The essence of the conflict between Turkey, Greece and Cyprus lies precisely in the fact that Turkey is conducting geological exploration of minerals in the waters that Greece and Cyprus consider their exclusive economic zone.

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