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19
AUG
2014

Iraq army advances towards rebel-held Tikrit

Aljazeera, August 19, 2014: “Iraq army advances towards rebel-held Tikrit” Iraqi forces have launched an operation to retake Tikrit, the hometown of toppled President Saddam Hussein, from Islamic State fighters. Al Jazeera sources reported that the troops were...
18
AUG
2014

Israelis and Palestinians Agree to Lengthen Cease-Fire

Isabel Kershner, New York Times, August 18, 2014: “Israelis and Palestinians Agree to Lengthen Cease-Fire” Israeli and Palestinian officials agreed late Monday to extend a five-day cease-fire for Gaza that expired at midnight for 24 hours, reflecting the difficulty of...
17
AUG
2014

Turkey to look into claims of German spying: official

Agence France-Presse, Hürriyet daily News, August 17, 2014: “Turkey to look into claims of German spying: official” The Turkish authorities will throroughly investigate a report that Germany has been spying on its NATO ally since 2009, a senior official said Aug. 17,...
14
AUG
2014

Maliki’s political games

Hayder Al-Khoei, Aljazeera, August 14, 2014:  ”Maliki’s political games” Iraq’s fractured political process took a further dramatic turn on August 10 as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki publicly attacked the recently elected President Fuad Masoum. He said...
11
AUG
2014

Political Crisis in Iraq Deepens as Leadership Deadline Nears

Alissa J. Rubin and Michael  R. Gordon, The New York Times, August, 11 2014: “Political Crisis in Iraq Deepens as Leadership Deadline Nears” The political crisis deepened in Baghdad on Monday as a deadline approached for naming a new prime minister and the current...
09
AUG
2014

Even Authoritarian, the Turkish Prime Minister Remains a Key Player in the Middle East

Bayram Balcı, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, August, 9 2014: “Even Authoritarian, the Turkish Prime Minister Remains a Key Player in the Middle East” This coming August, for the first time in its history, Turkey will elect her president in a direct...
08
AUG
2014

Turkey downplays IS threat, but concerns grow

Semih İdiz, Al-Monitor, August 8, 2014: “Turkey downplays IS threat, but concerns grow” Turkey appears to be in a quandary, not knowing how to position itself against  the Islamic State (IS) as the jihadist group expands into the Kurdish regions of  Iraq and Syria and...
06
AUG
2014

Kurdish forces, Islamic State clash near Arbil

Reuters, Hürriyet Daily News, Augst 6 2014:  ”Kurdish forces, Islamic State clash near Arbil” Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State fighters on Aug. 6 just 40 kilometers southwest of the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil in northern Iraq, a senior Kurdish official...
04
AUG
2014

Gazze’de çelişkili Türkiye algısı

Fehim Taştekin, Al-Monitor, August 4 2014: “Gazze’de çelişkili Türkiye algısı” Venezüella’nın merhum Devlet Başkanı Hugo Chavez ile Filistin Halk Kurtuluş Cephesi’nin (FHKC) İsrail hapishanelerinde ömür tüketen Genel Sekreteri Ahmet Saadet’in fotoğraflarının altında...
24
JUL
2014

Kerry speaks to Turkish and Qatari counterparts to press for Gaza ceasefire

Agence France-Presse, Hürriyet Daily News, July 24, 2014: “Kerry speaks to Turkish and Qatari counterparts to press for Gaza ceasefire” US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke July 24 to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian Islamist group...