mena watch: Kremlin Confirms Upcoming Erdogan Talks on Syria

The Kremlin confirmed on Monday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would visit Russia for talks soon to discuss issues including the conflict in Syria, where Moscow and Ankara back opposing sides. Two Turkish officials told Reuters on Friday that Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin would hold talks later this month, with the violence in northwestern Syria likely to be the main item on the agenda. Despite backing opposing sides in both the Syrian and Libyan conflicts, Turkey and Russia have forged close cooperation in the defense, energy and tourism sectors.

MENA WATCH: NEUE MIGRATIONSKRISE IM HERBST-Afghanistankrise verstärkt Konflikt zwischen Türkei +EU

Der EU-Botschafter in der Türkei warnt vor einer humanitären Krise in den nächsten Monaten. Die Regierung in Ankara stellt Forderungen +erhöht damit den Druck auf Brüssel. –   Ozan Demircan 16.09.2021 – HANDELSBLATT

3,6 Millionen Geflüchtete aus Syrien leben mittlerweile in der Türkei, hinzu kommen Hunderttausende weitere Migranten, etwa aus Afghanistan.

Ankara Der Spitzenvertreter der Europäischen Union in der Türkei warnt vor einer humanitären Notlage in Afghanistan. „Wir erwarten eine schwierige Situation für den Herbst“, sagte der deutsche Diplomat Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut dem Handelsblatt. Er mahnt schnelle Hilfe für die Menschen vor Ort an, um eine neue Flüchtlingswelle wie im Jahr 2015 aus Syrien zu vermeiden.

Die Aussagen des EU-Botschafters nähren die Vermutung, dass im Herbst eine Flüchtlingswelle droht, die bis nach Europa reichen könnte. Damit droht politisches Chaos und ein Rechtsruck wie im Jahr 2015, als Hunderttausende Syrerinnen und Syrer nach Europa flohen.

Politiker und Diplomaten, der Eindruck drängt sich auf, vermeiden mit ihren Worten zwar Panikmache. Immer wieder fallen Worte wie „Solidarität“ und „Lastenteilung“, häufig wird die gute Zusammenarbeit zwischen Brüssel und Ankara betont. Doch wenn es ums Detail geht, dann dominieren Unterschiede, Forderungen und Enttäuschung über die andere Seite.

Anders ausgedrückt: Wenn tatsächlich, wie von den Vereinten Nationen prognostiziert, bald eine halbe Million Menschen Afghanistan verlassen könnte, dann bekommt erst die Türkei ein Problem – und dann Europa.

These reports of intra-Taliban fighting are so dubious, but they’re pushed from both sides. Pakistan wants moderates-vs.-hardliners to get its colonial regime in Kabul accepted and paid for. The opposition wants to suggest the Emirate is weak, so with support they can remove it.


MENA WATCH: Bennett’s first formal meeting with Sissi fell flat in terms of substance

Sep 15, 2021 DEBKA FILES ISRAEL Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had hoped to come out of his first meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh el-Sissi at Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday, Sept 13.9, with three gains. The atmosphere was friendly and the two leaders were photographed smiling and flanked prominently by their national flags.

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MENA WATCH : Secret wiretap that revealed the Turkish government’s strategy in Germany: Turkey’s Erdoğan enlisted German politicians and former bureaucrats as lobbyists in Germany

Abdullah Bozkurt/Stockholm 15.9.2021 nordic monitor

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recruited former German politicians and bureaucrats as lobbyists and influencers in order to advance policy goals, a secret wiretap has revealed.


The wiretap, obtained with a judge’s approval as part of a corruption investigation into Erdoğan’s inner circle, provides clues to the Islamist government’s strategy and how it tried to hide its operations in Germany as disclosed by İlker Aycı, chairman of national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY).

Aycı, the then-president of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) who worked closely with the government, was talking to President Erdoğan’s brother Mustafa Erdoğan about finding a government position for Volkan Ardor, a German national of Turkish origin and  a relative of the Turkish president.

Aycı explained that the Erdoğan government had adopted a tactic of hiring native Germans to promote the Turkish agenda in Germany because of what he described as bias against Turks in the German government. He said the Turkish government agency ISPAT, renamed the Presidency’s Investment Office in 2018, carries out its operations on German soil through prominent German figures such as a former Hamburg mayor and a former head of government of the same state for public relations purposes and polishing the image of the Turkish government.

Even Joschka Fischer, the foreign minister and vice chancellor in Gerhard Schroeder’s cabinet from 1998 to 2005, was working for the Turkish government, he added.

Secret wiretap that revealed the Turkish government’s strategy in Germany: 

Noting that President Erdoğan’s relative may not blend in well with German politicians and former bureaucrats who lobby on behalf of the Turkish government because he’s a Turk, Aycı expressed concerns about brining him into the mix. He claimed Turkey had enlisted politicians from the Green Party and the Christian Democratic Union and added that putting Ardor on a team of high-profile Germans would create problems in Germany.

Instead Aycı offered a position for Erdoğan’s relative at THY or the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) without attracting any attention from either the Germans or the Turkish opposition, which was raising concerns of nepotism in the Erdoğan government at the time. He also expressed concern that the German government might identify Ardor as a person who is close to Erdoğan’s family by virtue of their blood relation.

Other wiretap records show that Aycı personally met with Volkan while he was in Germany and that Volkan was apparently in consultation with President Erdoğan, then the prime minister, about his job placement. In an email he sent to Aycı, Volkan wrote: “I want to work at the agency [ISPAT] and have already talked with beyefendi [referring to Erdoğan]. My uncle [again referring to Erdoğan] told me to work, and so please give me a job as soon as possible.”

The Erdoğan government has used similar tactics in the US, where it paid more than $30.5 million to influence US policy or public opinion on behalf of Turkish interests during the Trump administration, according to a report in July 2021 by the independent NGO Open Secrets. Among those enlisted as lobbyists by Turkey was Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former personal attorney and former New York City mayor.


Turkey also signed a contract with a lobbying firm Ballard Partners, whose president, Brian Ballard, was vice chair of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and was a member of his transition team. Another lobbyist, Mercury Public Affairs, which had deep ties to Trump, also signed a contract with the Erdoğan government.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser who was forced to resign soon after the 2017 inauguration, also had ties to Turkey and got into trouble over them.

Ali İhsan Arslan, a close confidant of the Turkish president and a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), hired a former senior adviser to the Trump campaign, lobbyist Barry Bennett.

Many of the lobbyists who were recruited by the Erdoğan government in the US have faced investigation by the federal government on alleged violations of the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).

Aycı was a suspect in major corruption investigation that was pursued by prosecutors in Istanbul. He was identified as a key operative who facilitated the investments and private businesses of one-time al-Qaeda financier Yasin al-Qadi, with whom Aycı had been in frequent contact.

Aycı was involved in setting up the ruling AKP’s İstanbul office and  was also a consultant to Erdoğan during the latter’s term as mayor of İstanbul between 1994 and 1998. Al-Qadi is an Egyptian-born Saudi national who was at one time flagged by the US Treasury and the UN al-Qaeda sanction committee.

Al-Qadi, Aycı and Erdoğan’s son Bilal were leading suspects in the investigation and were the subjects of detention warrants issued on December 25, 2013 by the prosecutors. However, Erdoğan stepped in, illegally preventing the execution of the warrants by ordering the police to ignore the prosecutor’s orders. After the removal of the prosecutors and police chiefs who were involved in the investigation, Erdoğan managed to whitewash the crimes of his associates.








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MENA WATCH :Why has Turkey turned to Libya’s Gadhafi family?

Realizing that its current allies are not sufficient to secure Turkey’s interests in Libya, Ankara is now seeking to include Gadhafi family members into its calculus.

Fehim TastekinSeptember 13, 2021 AL MONITOR –

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MENA NEWS Turkey Developing New Unmanned Vessel

Sep 8, 2021

This post is also available in: עברית (Hebrew) IHN Tel Aviv

In recent years, Turkey has been developing more and more military platforms manufactured domestically. An unmanned anti-submarine warfare vessel has been designed and developed by Turkish shipyard Ares,

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BladeHawk Gruppe

ESET-Forscher haben eine gezielte Spionagekampagne über Android-Apps untersucht, die sich gegen Kurden richtet.

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MENA WATCH : Erdogan heralds massive military complex to coordinate military, security agencies

A planned joint complex to house Turkey’s top military bodies is touted as a move to enhance the army’s coordination and interoperability, but political and economic motivations also lurk behind the project.Metin Gurcan AL MONITOR – September 8, 2021

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MENA WATCH NEWS : Turkey has an interest in stabilising Afghanistan – former Canadian attaché

Anatolian Dispatch AHVAL NEWS – Sep 03 2021- NATO countries should welcome a greater Turkish role in Afghanistan, according to Chris Kilford, a former Canadian air force officer and defence attaché to Turkey and Azerbaijan.

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