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Syria

Recovery from the disaster of the century needs more than a few months of international assistance

Two devastating earthquakes hit the Turkish-Syrian border on February 6. The epicenter of the first 7.7 magnitude quake struck 34 kilometers west of Gaziantep,...

Turkey-Syria earthquake relief efforts spawn new diplomatic initiatives

With rescue efforts continuing after a devastating 7.8 Richter earthquake that took place on the Turkey-Syria border on February 6, survivors are miraculously still...

Why it’s important to save the independent Kyiv Post

When I returned to Ukraine to work for the Kyiv Post, I had a vague plan to stay for three years. Two years of combing...

Greece again agrees to expand US defense cooperation

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias traveled to Washington October 13-14 to participate in a scheduled session of the US-Greece Strategic Dialogue, where he met...

Will Central Asia serve as Europe’s bridge to Afghanistan?

Just over one month on from the fall of Kabul, Europe is still grasping for answers to the question of how to engage in...

What are Turkey’s ambitions in Afghanistan after the US’ withdrawal?

After the United States finished its withdrawal from the two-decade war in Afghanistan on August 31, regional powers remain at work trying to understand...

The West must apply the lessons of Afghanistan and Tunisia to Libya

Twenty years have now passed since 9/11. Since then, differing ideas of the importance of democracy in Middle Eastern policy have dominated the foreign...

What next after 20 years of war in Afghanistan? Anatol Lieven on the U.S.’ legacy and the Taliban’s rise

On August 30, 2021, a C-17 transport plane took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, signaling the end of America’s longest war....

Economic progress and political reforms give post-Soviet space reason to celebrate

On August 30th, Kazakhstan celebrated one of the country’s most important holidays—Constitution Day, which commemorates the adoption of the 1995 constitution which confirmed the...

France has a generals problem: Why there’s a fray in civilian-military relations

The sensitive question of civilian control of the armed forces is one which Western democracies like the United States and France must continue to...

Making sense of the Italy-UAE rift

Earlier this month the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered the withdrawal of all Italian aircraft and personnel from its Al Minhad Air Force Base...

A broken migration system

Turkey and Greece are both transit countries for migrants on their way to Germany and wealthy destinations in northern Europe. Migrants are resilient. Many...

A fiscal pandemic on the EU’s eastern border may eventually strike at the heart of Europe

The economic crisis in the European Union that was caused by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has slowly started to subside after months...

Turkey: A state sponsor of terrorism?

Turkey functions like a state-sponsor of terrorism (SST), fueling Islamist extremism domestically and deploying jihadist mercenaries to Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh. Listing Turkey as...

Blinken reaffirms America’s focus on rebuilding partnerships

During his March 22-25 trip to Brussels, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized repeatedly that the Biden administration will work to rebuild America’s...

Erdogan starts a political earthquake in Turkey

Significant developments are underway in Turkey. Most ominously, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved...

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and wife Asma test positive for COVID-19

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma have tested positive for Coronavirus, the president's office said in a statement on Monday.A post on...

Is Turkey undermining the Washington Agreement?

In a deal brokered during the closing months of the presidency of Donald Trump, Kosovo and Israel agreed to establish diplomatic relations as part...

Is Turkey Biden’s “ally from hell”?

Ten years ago, The Atlantic ran as its cover story a piece titled “The Ally From Hell”. The article followed the raid that killed al-Qaeda...

Kazakhs return home from Syria

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The National Security Committee of Kazakhstan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and with the support of...

UN calls for total ceasefire in Syria

The United Nations special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, has called for an immediate ceasefire across the country to enable an "all-out-effort" to combat...

Syria braces for lockdown after first virus case

Syria reported the first coronavirus infection on Monday. The healthcare system in the country has been ravaged after a decade of civil war, and...

UN's Gutteres calls for 'immediate global ceasefire' to focus on COVID-19 fight

The United Nations’ chief Antonio Guterres appealed Monday for a global ceasefire to protect civilians in conflict zones during the coronavirus pandemic. He warned...

Turkey, Russia carry out first joint patrol in Syria

Turkey and Russia have completed their first joint military patrol along a strategic highway in Syria's northwestern region. Under the recently agreed ceasefire, Syria’s president...

Turkey says Idlib ceasefire details agreed on with Russia

Turkish defence minister Hulusi Akar announced on Thursday that Turkish and Russian officials have agreed on the details of a ceasefire deal in Syria's...

Clashes between migrants, police erupt on Greek-Turkish border

Clashes have erupted on the Greek-Turkish border, with Greek security forces using tear gas and a water cannon to hold back the thousands of...

Putin, Erdogan agree ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib

Russia and Turkey agreed a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin announced on March 5 after talks with his Turkish counterpart...

Syria violence escalates, brawl in Turkish parliament ahead of Putin-Erdogan talks

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to meet today in Moscow in a bid to ease tensions...

Turkey shoots down warplane as Syrian forces retake town

Turkish forces downed a warplane flown by Syrian government forces over Idlib on Tuesday, as a strategic town in northwest Syria fell under the...

Russia rejects UN’s claims on war crimes in Syria

Russia on Tuesday rejected a claim by United Nations investigators that Russian air attacks in Syria amounted to a war crime by targeting civilian...

Erdogan warns Europe to expect millions of migrants

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Monday that "millions" of migrants would soon head for Europe. He was accused by EU leaders that he...

Turkey announces major offensive against Syrian government forces

Turkey said Sunday it was pursuing a military operation called “Operation Spring Shield” in northwest Syria after the government forces killed 34 Turkish soldiers...

Clashes erupt as Turkey allows thousands of migrants to head for Greece

Thousands of migrants have gathered at Turkey's border with Greece, after the Turkish government last week allowed their passage to Europe, saying it had...

Turkey says will not stop Syrian refugees reaching Europe

Turkey is "no longer able to hold refugees" following a Syrian attack in Idlib, a spokesman for president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP party,...

Syrian airstrikes kill dozens of Turkish soldiers in Idlib

33 Turkish soldiers were killed and dozens more wounded in an airstrike in Syria’s Idlib province, in the bloody battle for control of the...

Russia rejects idea of truce with Syria’s rebels

Russia announced on Tuesday it would never agree to a ceasefire with the rebels in Syria's Idlib region. The announcement comes as the Syrian...

Erdogan confirms presence of Turkey-backed Syrian fighters in Libya

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday confirmed for the first time that pro-Turkish Syrian fighters are in Libya alongside training teams dispatched by...

Clashes in Syria escalate as Turkey-backed forces launch assault in Idlib

At least two Turkish soldiers were killed and another five wounded in Syrian government air raids on Thursday near Idlib. Turkish officials said that...

Assad predicts final victory after gains in northern Syria

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad congratulated his forces Monday for recent gains in northwestern Syria that led to his troops consolidating control over Aleppo province. In...

EU adds eight businessmen and two companies to Syria sanctions list

European Ministers added on Monday 8 Syrian individuals and 2 companies to the Syria sanctions list, whose activities directly benefited the President's Bashar al-Assad's regime,...

Turkey, Russia to hold talks as Syrian forces seize most of Aleppo province

Syrian government forces made major advances yesterday in the country’s northwestern Aleppo province, seizing most of the rebel-held region, state media said. The advancement comes...

Top politicians gather in Munich for security summit

Heads of state and government, security leaders and diplomats gathered for the 56th annual Munich Security Conference, which runs from 14-16 February. This year’s...

Deadly clashes in Syria as Turkey-Russia talks end without agreement

Talks in Ankara between Turkey and Russia ended without agreement on stopping clashes in Syria. According to Turkey’s defense ministry, five Turkish soldiers were killed...

Syrian army intensifies attacks in Idlib despite Turkish warnings

Five Turkish soldiers have been killed in an attack carried out on a military base in Idlib province by Syrian government forces. The Turkish military...

Syrian government forces nearly shoot down passenger plane, Russia blames Israel

Russia on Friday said its ally Syria nearly shot down a civilian plane on Friday while trying to repel an Israeli airstrike near Syria’s...

EU calls for end to bombings against civilians in Syria

The European Union called on Thursday for an end to the "extraordinary human suffering" of the civilian population in Syria, amid a renewed offensive...

Erdogan warns Syrian forces to pull back from Idlib posts

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Syrian government forces in Idlib to pull back behind a line of Turkish observation posts by the end...

Turkey launches counterattack against Syrian forces

At least 13 Syrian soldiers were reportedly killed by Turkish forces in Syria’s Idlib region on Monday. The attack that came in retaliation for an...

Iran’s top commander Soleimani killed in US drone strike

Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force and the mastermind behind the Islamic Republic’s military and foreign policy in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon,...

Resumption of peace talks may pause Turkish drilling in Cyprus EEZ

Incoming new EU Commission may be keener on negotiations to resolve regional East Med problemsLIMASSOL, Cyprus – The possible resumption of the dormant peace...

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