MESOPOTAMIA NEWS ANALYSIS –  FRANCO-TURKISH COMPETITION ASCENDANT

by Soner Cagaptay  – Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research – September 2020

Given their sharply diverging views on conflict zones, secularism, and regional spheres of influence, the two states are swiftly becoming NATO’s next diplomatic hotspot.

Recent press reports according to which Paris claimed the Turkish navy “illuminated” a French vessel off the coast of Libya in June 2020 suggest that the flashpoint to watch inside the NATO alliance is not Turkey vs. U.S., but Ankara vs. Paris. Turkish-French ties date to the 16th century, when Ottoman Sultan Suleyman I and French King Francois I forged an alliance in 1536. France is Turkey’s oldest European friend, but the bilateral relationship has seen its ups and downs, most recently in Syria. In fact today, Turkey and France are locked in a deepening rivalry, centred on issues related to the Syrian and Libyan civil wars, the evolving East Mediterranean strategic environment, and last but not least French President Emmanuel Macron’s and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s opposing views on regional affairs.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS ERDOGAN DER HUBSCHRAUBER-MÖRDER

BRIEF AUS ISTANBUL: Folterinstrument Hubschrauber – VON BÜLENT MUMAY – -AKTUALISIERT AM 10.2020-11:09 FAZ

In der Türkei wurde in den letzten Tagen über zwei Hubschrauber-Geschichten gesprochen: In der einen geht es um einen der schlimmsten Fälle von Folter seit langem – in der anderen um die Gefälligkeit eines Generalstaatsanwalts.

Der Verlauf von Folter und Misshandlungen in der Türkei gleicht einem Elektrokardiogramm. Die Anzahl der Folterungen, von praktisch allen Regierungen abgelehnt, bildet eine stabile horizontale Linie.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS Intel: Turkey to test Russian S-400 air defense system amid tensions in NATO

Al-Monitor Staff Oct 6, 2020 – Turkey has issued aviation warnings for the area of the northern city of Sinop amid reports that Ankara’s military intends to test its Russian-built S-400 air defense system within the next two weeks.

“Missile firing will take place” up to 200,000 feet between Oct. 13-16 near the Black Sea coastal city of Sinop, a “notice to airmen” issued by the Turkish government read. Another notice listed civil aviation routes in the area that would be closed during the exercise. Unmanned aerial vehicles are also scheduled to be flown in the area.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL : Turkey’s Drones Are Coming In All Sizes These Days

Paul Iddon Contributor – Aerospace & Defense  FORBES  4 Oct 2020

Turkey is developing an increasing variety of lethal armed drones, ranging from large, high-flying, bomb-laden ones to very small, low-flying UAVs that can form deadly swarms.

In recent years, Turkey has developed an impressive local drone industry from the ground up. Armed Turkish-built Bayraktar TB2 and Anka-S drones have proven themselves in combat in operations in Syria, Iraq, and as far afield as Libya.

Ankara is presently building a variety of bigger and smaller drones that will fulfill a multitude of different roles for the Turkish military.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : NO DRONES ANYMORE TO ERDOGAN ! / CANADA – Turkey decries ‘double standard’ after Canada halts drone tech sales

“Turkey expects Canada to follow a policy free of double standards and to act without being influenced from those opposed to Turkey,” its foreign ministry said in a statement.

By REUTERS   OCTOBER 6, 2020

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ACTUAL HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT TURKEY

CHP’S RIGHTS VIOLATION REPORT – At least 275 people’s right to life violated in August  – 6 Oct 2020

At least 143 people, including five children, were subjected to torture and 63 people were subjected to physical and psychological violence in prisons, according to the report.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : LEAVING INCIRLIK ! FOREVER!  – US in talks to move key airbase out of Turkey. To Greece or the UAE?

Sep 29, 2020 @ 13:12 DEBKA FILES ISRAEL

A plan to remove the highly strategic US air base from Incirlik, Turkey, to Crete, Greece, was discussed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in talks with PM Kyrias Mitsotakis on Tuesday, Sept. 29, DEBKAfile’s US sources disclose. This plan was the real purpose of Pompeo’s visit to a US naval base at Souda Bay on the Island of Crete, before he sat down with Greek PM Kyrias Mitsotakis to talk about tensions with Turkey over East Mediterranean energy exploration rights.
The Trump administration seeks to beef up its military presence in the E. Mediterranean while slapping down Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for his anti-Western rhetoric, covetous fingers in every conflicted pie in the region, and weapons deals with Moscow.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS HINTERGRUND : Türkei schickt 4.000 Syrien-Kämpfer nach Aserbaidschan

DIE ZEIT  online 29 Sept 2020 – Präsident Erdogan versicherte in einem Telefongespräch mit seinem aserbaidschanischen Kollegen, dass die Türkei „mit allen Mitteln“ an der Seite ihrer „Brudernation“ stehen werde.

Zeit Online

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Wegen blutiger Proteste : Türkische Justiz geht gegen prokurdische HDP vor

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : CONTRA KURDEN & PKK (HDP)

  • Von Rainer Hermann  FAZ  – 28.09.2020-17:04  – Die türkische Justiz will Verfahren gegen Dutzende prokurdische Politiker eröffnen. Die Vorwürfe konzentrieren sich auf Vorgänge vor sechs Jahren. Will Erdogan damit nur von steigenden Corona-Zahlen ablenken?

Die türkische Regierung sagt, die Haftbefehle seien allein eine Angelegenheit der Justiz. Die oppositionelle HDP, die das Ziel der aktuellen Verhaftungswelle ist, hält das Vorgehen der Justiz jedoch für politisch motiviert. Jedenfalls hat die türkische Justiz  seit Freitag wegen Ereignissen, die sechs Jahre zurückliegen, den Druck auf die prokurdische Partei HDP erhöht.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : MACRON’S BUSINESS WITH ERDOGAN

Frankreich und die Türkei : Macrons Feuerpause mit Erdogan

Laut dem Präsidenten sieht Frankreich in der Türkei „keinen Partner“ mehr. Doch im Krieg der Worte mit Recep Tayyip Erdogan stimmt Emmanuel Macron nun mildere Töne an. Das geschieht nicht ganz uneigennützig.

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