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Turkey wins U.S. re-engagement against Syria in potentially fatal blow to Iran rapproachement

Incirlik Air Base.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs By whatever name, the unilaterally-imposed no-fly zone over an area of Syria, proposed by the U.S. and Turkey on July 27, is not an element of a supposed […]

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U.S., Turkey in talks on ISIL-free border zone; NATO convenes emergency meeting

Turkish soldiers near the Turkish-Syrian border town Reyhanli. / Osman Orsal / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkey and the United States have been discussing plans to try to rout Islamic State of Iraq and Levant militants from Syrian territory along the Turkish border, creating a safe haven […]

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Turkey enters the war on terror with air strikes targeting both ISIL in Syria and Kurds in Iraq

An image from aircraft cockpit video released by Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu of what they report to be strikes on Isis targets in Syria.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com The war on terrorism in Iraq and Syria is in danger of spreading to Turkey which could have explosive consequences. Turkey is beginning to feel the heat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in […]

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‘Game changer': Turkey opens air base to U.S., carries out first air strikes against ISIL positions

Turkish F-16.

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkish jets bombed Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) positions inside Syria for the first time on July 23. F-16 fighter jets launched the attacks from the southern city of Diyarbakir and dropped four guided bombs […]

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Middle East-North Africa now ‘most walled region in the world’

A portion of Saudi Arabia's "Great Wall" security barrier.

Special to WorldTribune.com As threats from jihadist groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) rise, nations in the Middle East and North Africa are increasingly fortifying their borders with fences and walls. “The Middle East and North […]

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Downfall of the ayatollahs: Strategic hope for the future, Persia-centric Middle East

Iran protester in Teheran on June 13, 2009. / Olivier Laban-Mattei / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, and Dr. Assad Homayoun GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs I’ve reached the end of this great history And all the land will talk of me: I shall not die, these seeds I’ve sown will […]

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Turkey’s calculation in finally joining the fight to stop ISIL

Turkish soldiers stand at a position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc.  /Murad Sezer/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkey has increased its role in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) but many observers say Ankara joined the fight in order to ultimately stop Kurds from establishing an autonomous region in northern […]

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UAE, Turkey, Lebanon stand to benefit from Iran’s economic turnaround after nuke deal

Teheran, Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com Business interests from UAE, Turkey and Lebanon could benefit greatly as Iran’s economy crawls out from under the heavy burden of international sanctions following the nuclear deal with Western powers. “Lebanon and the UAE would benefit from […]

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The overlooked strategic interplay of the Iran nuclear deal and the new Greek debt package

City Skylines And General Views Ahead Of Elections

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Greek government, in last-minute talks with its European creditors (predominantly Germany) achieved a breathing space on July 13, to start to manage its new economic framework. However, largely ignored by the Greek […]

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Turkey sends convoy to Syrian border; PM rules out unilateral intervention

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu responded to reports of an increased military presence at the border with Syria by saying unilateral intervention on Turkey’s part was “out of the question.” The Anadolu news agency on July 1 […]

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