Behind the Lines: ‘Mr. Erdogan has settled your bill’


Turkey already has the will and the raw materials. This knowledge is the factor it currently lacks.


Turkey’s burgeoning strategic relationship with Pakistan raises nuclear concerns

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, in an address on September 4 this year to his ruling Justice and Development Party’s governing body, spoke openly of his country’s nuclear ambitions.

“Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. I, however, am not supposed to have missiles with nuclear warheads. This, I cannot accept,” the Turkish leader said. “And right next to us, there is Israel, right? With everything [it has], it is frightening [other countries].”

Turkey already has the major elements for acquiring a nuclear capability – rich uranium deposits, and the TR-1 and TR-2 Research Reactors maintained by the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority.

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PM Barzani, Turkish FM Discuss “Mutual Security Concerns”

Basnews English 28/11/2019 – 14:41 Published in Kurdistan  ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani held a press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after a meeting in Ankara, saying they discussed mutual security concerns among other topics.

Barzani told reporters that Erbil sees its ties with Ankara as strategic, historic, and important. He pointed out that they discussed during their talks that strengthened stability and security is needed for the entire region.“Security and bilateral trade were the focus of my meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today. We discussed our mutual interests and challenges, and ways we can work together to stabilise the region as a whole,” Barzani said.

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Türkei: Wie sich Erdoǧan Einfluß in Deutschland kauft

Eine Anfrage der Linksfraktion im Deutschen Bundestag ergab: Die Spuren des hinter dem „Europäischen Islamophobie-Bericht“ stehenden Thinktanks SETA führen direkt ins nahe private Umfeld des türkischen Präsidenten.

Die Fraktion der Partei DIE LINKE im Deutschen Bundestag stellte kürzlich eine Schriftliche Kleine Anfrage an die Bundesregierung bezüglich der 2005 in der Türkei als „Siyaset, Ekonomi ve Toplum Arastirmalari Vakfi“ („Stiftung für politische, wirtschaftliche und soziale Forschung, kurz: SETA) gegründeten Organisation mit Niederlassungen in Washington DC, Brüssel und Berlin (Mena Watch berichtete). Gefragt wurde u. a. nach den Kenntnissen der Bundesregierung hinsichtlich der Finanzierung der Stiftung, nach etwaigen Verbindungen zu nationalistischen und fundamental-islamischen Vereinigungen in Deutschland sowie nach Kontakten von SETA zur Bundesregierung.

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Turkish Human Rights Commission Issues Report on Assyrian Nun, Villages

Turkish Human Rights Commission Issues Report on Assyrian Nun, Villages
By Abdulmesih BarAbraham

2019-11-26 23:21 GMT – AINA NEWS –  St. Dimet Assyrian Monastery in southeast Turkey.Istanbul (AINA) — The Istanbul Branch of the Human Rights Association Commission Against Racism and Discrimination published a report highlighting severe rights violations against the Assyrian Nun Verde Goekmen, who lives alone in the church of St. Dimet in the village Zaz (Turkish IZBIRAK), in the Tur Abdin region in southeast Turkey.

The report is titled Safety Of The Life Of Nun Verde Goekmen In The Village Zaz (Izbirak) — Midyat, Tur Abdin – And The General Social Situation Of The Assyrian Villages In The Region.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS EXCLUSIV : “Turkey is refusing to back a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland

………. until the alliance offers Ankara more political support for its fight against Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria, four senior alliance sources said.”

Ankara has told its NATO envoy not to sign off on the plan and is taking a tough line in meetings and in private conversations, demanding the alliance recognize the YPG as terrorists in the formal wording, the sources said.

Turkey’s NATO delegation was not immediately available for comment. Turkey’s defense and foreign ministries did not respond to requests for comment.

Exclusive: Turkey holds up NATO military plans over Syria dispute – sources

Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) – 27 Nov 2019 – Turkey is refusing to back a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland until the alliance offers Ankara more political support for its fight against Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria, four senior alliance sources said.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INSIGHT: US sanctions on Turkey ‘inevitable’ after apparent S-400 radar test

Diego Cupolo November 26, 2019 – Article Summary – al monitor – US officials are expected to impose sanctions on Turkey following reports that Turkey is testing its Russian S-400 radars in Ankara. Turkish media broadcasts showed US-made F-16 fighter jets flying over Ankara Monday to test what appeared to be functioning Russian-made radars that are part of Turkey’s newly acquired S-400 missile defense systems. The scene gave rise to speculation over whether the S-400s had been activated — a move that US officials have long threatened would trigger sanctions on Turkey. An unnamed Turkish defense official later confirmed the tests had taken place while speaking to Bloomberg News, and now Turkey observers expect lawmakers in Washington to punish Ankara for actions they say threaten NATO security systems.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SYRIA-KURDISTAN  : CEMIL BAYIK NOT SATISFIED –  There’s conflict between PKK and SDF chief, Turkish Interior Minister says

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that there’s a rift between the PKK and its Syrian affiliate YPG, adding that he finds the attitudes of the HDP and the PKK towards SDF chief Mazloum Kobani “interesting.” “They should embrace this man, who is being tried to be legalized internationally, but they don’t,” he said.

22nd November 2019 6:05 pm (+03) Interior Minister speaks during an event. Duvar English

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that there’s a conflict between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).In an interview, Soylu said that SDF chief Mazloum Kobani, whose legal name is Ferhat Abdi Şahin, is not being embraced by pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the PKK.

“There’s a conflict between Qandil and Ferhat Abdi Şahin,” Soylu told daily Hürriyet on Nov. 22, as he referred to PKK headquarters in Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq.

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MESOPOTAMIA THE THE FINAL EVIDENCE : Turkish NGOs Meet With Jihadi Leaders In Syria, Help Fighters Cross Border, Fundraise For And Organize Events With Hamas, Hizbullah, Sell Jihadi Publications, Raise Money From Schoolchildren In Coordination With Turkish Government

November 22, 2019   No.1488 By: A. Smith*  MEMRI

This report will review the terror-related and jihadi activities of nine Turkish NGOs. The activities of these organizations include meeting jihadi leaders in Syria, housing jihadi fighters traveling to Syria, raising money for and organizing events with Hamas and Hizbullah, hosting Hamas leaders at conferences, and spreading jihadi ideology online and via printed matter such as books and magazines.

IHH Sent 6.6 Million Euro To Hamas, Reportedly Helped Jihadis Cross Into Syria, Received Award From Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)

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‘ERDOGAN THE GOOD’ OR ‘ERDOGAN THE BAD’? – Featuring Soner Cagaptay


Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy October 25, 2019 – An in-depth conversation on Washington’s misguided tendency to view Turkey through binary lenses based entirely on Erdogan’s policies, forgetting the country’s strong political diversity.

Reilly Barry, editor-in-chief of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy, sat down with Soner Cagaptay to discuss what underlying factors are most influential for policymakers on US-Turkey relations right now, especially in light of Turkish troops’ entry into northeast Syria and targeting of the former American partners, the YPG. Despite the seemingly recent wave of American bipartisan critique of Trump’s withdrawal policy, which was hastily announced on October 6th, and denouncement of Turkey’s actions, this has been a center point of bilateral tension for years. As mentioned by foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in 2017, America’s support for the YPG, who Turkey views as a Syrian branch of the internationally recognized terrorist group PKK, was at the time and has remained one of the top three major issues in the bilateral partnership. 

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS LATEST : Turkey’s defense industry sees rise of ‘the president’s men’

Metin Gurcan November 20, 2019 – Article Summary Decision-making power in Turkey’s defense industry is shifting from the military to businessmen close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The authoritarian normalization that continues to mark relations between Turkey’s political and military echelons since the 2016 failed coup is now affecting the policymaking process in the country’s defense industry. The industry is the new favorite of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as the bruising financial crisis heavily hit his former favorite sector, construction.

Four major reasons are behind Erdogan’s piqued interest in the defense industry:

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