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Is the US planning a new operation for Turkey?

When U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson was suddenly dismissed from office one morning with a seven-line tweet, the term “Tillersoned” was coined in social media – meaning, “The one who was left without notice.”The gossip aside, we cannot disregard t... more

A new object is approaching the PKK/YPG

In a meeting with a group of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputies, National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli says, “We are grateful to the MİT [National Intelligence Organization].”The MİT is the invisible hero of the Afrin operation.Be... more

One kilometer away from Afrin

Let me start by quoting an article recently published, on March 7 to be exact, in one of the most-read newspapers in the U.S., the New York Times, written by Anne Bernard:“For six weeks, Turkey has mounted a campaign to wrest control of Afrin from th... more

Will the Afrin operation end here?

There are two phone lines in the Hatay headquarters of Operation Olive Branch that allow direct communication with the city of Tal Rifaat located in the south of Afrin.These lines have been operating 24/7 since the operation started.On the Hatay side... more

Iran, Assad and PKK’s dance in Afrin

It is known that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian affiliate, the YPG, which has understood that it cannot respond to the operations of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF)/ Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the context of Operation Olive Branch, since t... more

Is the US trustworthy this time?

Let’s start with the following question:If Turkey had not initiated the Afrin/Olive Branch Operation upon agreeing with Russia, would U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have come to Turkey?He would certainly have but it would have been very diffic... more

What was the US’s message and how will Ankara respond?

You must have watched.Yesterday, a very striking image was displayed on television screens from the Jandaris town in the west of Afrin.PKK / YPG elements deployed on the town’s streets were seen randomly launching rockets they had loaded onto a vehic... more

‘What if Turkey does it again,’ fears the US

"Two senior American generals came to the front line outside the Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday flying outsized American flags on their vehicles, in case pro-Turkish forces just the other side of the no man’s land, 20 yards away, did not realize ... more

Latest news on the Afrin operation

According to research, 83 percent of the society supports the Olive Branch operation launched in Afrin. Among the actions of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK) government to date, there was, at the most, a 73 percent support of health inv... more

Water sleeps, but the enemy doesn’t!

The Afrin operation is closely followed by everyone, friend and foe. The air operation the U.S. conducted in Iraq in 1991 being broadcasted live on CNN screens had stirred some emotions. Meanwhile, Turkey’s live broadcast of the air-backed Operati... more

Countdown for Afrin

Early October last year, on the way back from Iran with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it was already only a matter of time before the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) set foot on Syrian territory again for Idlib. While discussing this matter on the fligh... more

Did Halkbank really commit these crimes?

On Jan. 3, the jury of the New York/Manhattan Court found Hakan Atilla guilty of five of the six counts he was charged with. On the same day, the New York Southern District Attorney’s Office that is looking into the case made a single-paragraph st... more


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