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Turkey Repatriates Islamic State Members

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On Tuesday, Turkey’s defense minister announced an American man suspected of being part of the Islamic State is being sent back to the United States (AP). The suspect spent three days in a heavily militarized zone on the border between Greece and Turkey after Athens refused his entry (AP). On Thursday, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said […]

Pompeo Meets with Erdogan Amid Khashoggi Disappearance

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the missing Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi (BBC). This is after multiple news outlets worldwide have reported the Saudi Arabian government murdered the journalist. Pompeo held separate meetings with the Turkish president as well as foreign minister, the latter saying talks were […]

Turkey’s Extradition Request for Syrian Kurdish Leader

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Saleh Muslim, a former leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD) in Syria, has been detained in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday. The Intercontinental Police (Interpol) arrested him at the request of Turkish Interpol (Associated Press). The Turkish government considers the PYD to be an affiliate branch of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which […]

Responses to Kurdish Independence Referendum

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The people of Iraqi Kurdistan voted to secede from Iraq on Monday, despite opposition to the referendum from almost every government in the Middle East. Kurds throughout the region celebrated the victory, and Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, claimed a mandate to negotiate independence with Baghdad (Guardian). The Iraqi government refuses to recognize […]

Turkish Police Increase Operations against Suspected ISIL Agents

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On February 5, Turkish police arrested 450 suspects linked to Daesh, aka ISIL, in early-morning raids across 18 provinces in Turkey (AA; AP; NYT). Other independent reports later said 690 suspects were held by the end of the day (NYT). The police detained four suspects allegedly planning to carry out an attack in Turkey (AP). […]

Assad and Syrian Rebel Groups Talk at Astana

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On January 23, Syrian rebel groups and the Assad government met face-to-face in Astana to cement a ceasefire agreement, along with representatives from Turkey, Russia and Iran (AP; Haaretz; Reuters). Iranian, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers moved to establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and enforce full compliance with the ceasefire (Haaretz). This monitoring, as […]