Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might be aiming to tighten his grip on the domestic front, taking advantage of Ankara’s rising profile amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The ongoing war in Ukraine poses great economic and security risks to Turkey, with Russian troops controlling large stretches of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast and Turkey’s investments with both Russia and Ukraine already at risk. Due to his close relationship with Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had to navigate Turkey’s foreign policy during the war with extreme caution. On the other hand, the Turkish leader is pursuing a policy of radical pragmatism targeting Kurds in northern Iraq while negotiating with Israel and Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to transport oil and gas to Europe via Turkey.
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The Turkmen Front party and representatives have warned about a possible civil war in Kirkuk province.
Turkey’s wave of air attacks against Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria have reportedly hit oil assets run by international oil companies.
Since the launch of Operation Claw-Sword, Turkish strikes have widely targeted civilian and energy infrastructure, wreaking havoc and paralyzing economic life in northeast Syria.
The United States' top ally in Syria warned that unless Washington and the Kremlin push back more firmly Turkey will launch a ground offensive against his forces that will further undermine the battle against the Islamic State.
As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns of a possible new ground incursion into neighboring Syria, officials from the Kurdish-controlled region are pleading with the Biden administration to intervene.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rebuffed Russia's efforts to arrange a meeting with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, citing Turkey's upcoming elections and the presence of Turkish troops on Syrian soil.
In his first interview with international media following Tuesday's drone strike on his main headquarters in northeast Syria, Mazlum Kobane (also known as Mazloum Abdi), the commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said that the most likely target of a potential Turkish ground offensive against the Kurdish-controlled areas would be his native city of Kobani.
Euphrates Region Executive Council condemns Turkey drone attack on Autonomous Administration building
The Joint Chairman of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration of the Euphrates Region condemned the drone attack of the Turkish army on the building of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration and considered these attacks to be aimed at destroying the autonomous administration and the democratic experience of northern and eastern Syria.
Prof Birgit Ammann believes it has to be made clear that there is also a lot of serious critique against both the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the People's Defense Units (YPG) and their political environment- within and outside the Kurdish communities and that that the ban of both groups is totally outdated in Germany. A professor from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, she also said it is virtually impossible and unnecessary to figure the number of the Kurds in the world because Kurds do not need a number to justify their claims.
The Kurdish National Council announced it would hold its fourth congress after several years of delay.
On Nov. 20, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a series of airstrikes targeting northern Syria and Iraq, and vowed another ground invasion of Syria would shortly follow. Turkey claims that the airstrikes were a response to a deadly explosion in Istanbul in early November, alleging that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — a Kurdish-led rebel group that was an instrumental partner to the United States in its fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) — are to blame.
A high-level Russian diplomatic delegation is heading to Turkey on Thursday for talks amid repeated Turkish threats of a new ground offensive against the Kurdish groups in northern Syria.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Deputy Parliament Speaker Haydar Akar on December 6 did not allow pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Imam Tascier to speak in Kurdish in the Assembly.
A senior commander of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan announced the party has requested the Iraqi government to send another border protection regiment for military equipment and border preparation.
The marriage of convenience between Iraqi Kurdistan’s political dynasties is on the rocks.