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Archive for: July, 2011

Highest-ranking Turkish soldiers resign

Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner announced his resignation Friday afternoon. His resignation was followed by the resignations of Turkey’s Land, Sea and Air Force commanders. The Supreme Military Council, or YAŞ, is to meet in two days. Other soldiers are expected to be promoted so that that the council can convene.

Erdogan: Turkey is “strong” against any Europe financial crisis

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that Turkey was fully prepared against a financial crisis in Europe. Speaking to reporters prior to his departure from Ankara’s Esenboga International Airport for Azerbaijan, Erdogan said that “there could be a crisis in the West. However, we are prepared against an economic crisis”. “In the past, […]

China Tells U.S. to Halt Spy Plane Flights: Report

China has demanded that the United States stop spy plane flights near the Chinese coast, saying they have “severely harmed” trust between the two countries, state-run media reported July 27. The comments came after Taiwanese media reported two Chinese fighter jets attempted to scare off an American U-2 reconnaissance plane that was collecting intelligence on […]

Turkey, Iran step up fights on PKK, PJAK

Increasing acts of violence by outlawed Kurdish organizations in the region have pushed Turkey and Iran to conduct separate operations on the Iraqi border, which has witnessed serious clashes between Iranian forces and militant groups. The Iranian army has launched a powerful operation against the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan, or PJAK, in Iran, […]

Turkey Defense Minister May Up Prominence of Navy

Turkey’s naval programs are expected to gain prominence after the appointment of a maritime expert as the country’s new defense minister, procurement officials said. There may also be a reshuffle of personnel at the procurement office, excluding the top official, Murad Bayar, as well as a flurry of new procurement rules. But they said the […]

The U.S.-Saudi Dilemma: Iran’s Reshaping of Persian Gulf Politics

By Reva Bhalla Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian  Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran  and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s  fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow  Washington to keep a meaningful military presence […]

UN delays release of flotilla report at Israel’s request

A UN panel investigating a bloody Israeli interception of an aid flotilla on May 31, 2010, has postponed, once again, the release of its findings to allow for further efforts for Turkish-Israeli reconciliation. The request for the delay came from Israel, officials said. The report was first expected to be released on July 7, but […]

US asks for action from Turkey for Armenian reconciliation

The United States is pressing Ankara to move toward rapprochement with Yerevan following the collapse of talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan last month to discuss the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. “The time is right for normalization. Some action to get the process moving, to give [it] momentum would be fine,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton […]

Turkish girl reported missing in Norway shooting

A Turkish girl was reported  missing after the armed attack staged in Utoeya island of Norway on Friday. Diplomatic sources said on Saturday that the mother of the girl called  Turkish Foreign Ministry and Turkish Embassy in Oslo, and said that she had not  heard from her daughter who might be in the youth camp […]

Further chill in ties if Israel rebuffs apology

The Turkish government has for the first time voiced the existence of its “Plan B” against Israel if no apology comes before a July 27 deadline, a plan that will include measures to further freeze relations. The statement comes amid an ongoing debate in the Israeli Cabinet over whether or not to formally apologize to […]



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