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VT Senior Editor Gordon Duff investigates the Deep Roots and Tentacles of the Dark Side
Jim W. Dean - It looks like geopolitical 'whack-a-mole' is here to stay.
Pompeo has accused Turkey of undermining NATO, and is not the only one within the current US “deep state” who think Turkey has gone rogue.
Jim W. Dean - While Erdogan tries to hustle the emirs and the princes, they are attempting the same with him.
Jim W. Dean - I will predict that anyone teaming up with crooked Erdogan will end up similar to those who might have thought hooking up with deeply flawed Trump was the key to a guaranteed seat at the unipolar sharing of the loot.
Ankara reveals its double standards by buying oil from the Syrian Kurds, who are considered terrorists by the Turkish authorities.
The region has experienced 29 earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 or higher in the last 100 years
David Boyajian - Just days ago, in our nation’s capital, Azeri demonstrators chanted “jihad, jihad, jihad” and flashed the hand signal of Turkey’s homicidal, neo-fascist Grey Wolves.
The setback in the south of Karabakh was confirmed by the Armenian Defense Ministry, who insisted that the situation is still under full control. If this is under full control, it’s hard to imagine how the Armenian side sees the variant of the situation when all is not under control.
The Armenian-Azerbaijani war, which started on September 27, continues in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region despite international diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the conflict.
...from PressTV, Tehran First published ... October 19, 2020 Six years after her suspicious death, Press TV reporter Serena Shim is remembered as one of the...
Jim W. Dean - Turkey's Erdogan is playing the EU for a fool now, as it knows it is under Covid stress and the Brexit battle showdown is coming to an end, where it might get stiffed by Boris Johnson.
Erdogan's latest actions and statements concerning the crisis around Nagorno-Karabakh clearly demonstrate that he continues to handle his blunders and Turkey’s problems from a position of strength and foolhardiness.
With the COVID pandemic, the world economy is no longer in focus. In America, millions of jobs are more than lost, the industries themselves have contracted or disappeared. No one knows what the world economy will be, what will survive, and what nations may well crumble economically as well.
If Azerbaijan experiences more difficulties in the conflict and is not able to develop momentum, Turkish involvement in the conflict will grow further.
Analysts say that in fact what it aims is to achieve are the goals of his government’s foreign patrons in the Washington establishment, thus losing Karabakh and using this as a pretext to break its remaining ties with Russia and pushing the country towards integration with NATO.
NATO has taken a low profile in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, leaving the impression that it may have decided to let matters take their course, which would be the antithesis of NATO's charter mission.
Jim W. Dean - Both sides seem to be picking off forward units, where artillery already have the approach ranges.
Salman Rafi Sheikh -- If violence begets violence, alliance produces a counter-alliance.
Turkey may have agreed to cede control of territory in southern Idlib to pro-Assad forces in a meeting with Russia on September 16. If the reports of a deal are true...
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has called on Turkey to rein in allied militants in northern Syria, who may have committed a range of war crimes against civilians, including hostage-taking, rape and torture.
By championing ‘the Palestinian cause’, Erdogan intends to channel the anti-Israel energy towards the UAE and other Arab countries that are apparently willing to recognize Israel.
Jim W. Dean - The good news is the 'live fire' drills, another Erdogan showmanship ploy, will probably not go on and save its military from wasting ammunition.
Expansion into northern and northwestern Syria are open goals of President Erdogan and his Neo-Ottoman project. The neutralization of terrorists, the political settlement of the conflict and the stabilization of Syria promoted by the other side of this deal goes contrary to Turkish tactical interests.
The European Union has threatened to slap sanctions on Turkey if it continues with what Brussels has called "illegal drilling". Greece launched naval drills this week in the area where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas, and France, Cyprus, and Italy said they would join Athens.
Turkey is in Libya with both feet, one on the sand and one in the Mediterranean where it is claiming vast oil and gas drilling rights, with warships currently sailing with exploration drilling rigs. Erdogan asked no one's permission, and NATO has been silent on the issue.
Jim W. Dean - VT is back up after being hacked for several hours when one of two key stories were up -- on the Saudis shifting tactical nukes to Turkey to be closer to the NW Syrian battleground, and the NATO tripwire to drag the US into a wider conflict.
The open intervention of Egypt into the conflict will put an end to Turkish hopes to consolidate its recently increased influence in Libya.
Turkish intervention in Libya has not only significantly shifted situation in Libya, but also brought a new challenge for regional security and put MENA on the brink of war.
Can Turkey help liberate Arabia from the Ibn Saud crime family?
Under the influence of combat drugs, Uyghur combatants committed crimes against humanity in Syria, murdering hundreds of men, women and children, while de-populating entire villages and towns. They have been cooperating with various terrorist groups...
Jim W. Dean - With the Covid-19 train barreling down the tracks, the last thing the EU wants is a big surge in refugees.
Jim W. Dean - So once again we have Erdogan possibly snookering the Russians into another agreement that he has no intentions of honoring, using the jihadis as patsies.
Turkey has reportedly decided to activate its Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system in April despite warnings from the US that if it does so, it will be unable to acquire America’s Patriot missile-defense batteries.
With over 1,000 personnel, Turkey has launched a new anti-terror operation in three eastern provinces, the Interior Ministry announced on March 13.
A volley of rockets struck the Camp Taji military base in Iraq on the evening of March 11, killing three US-led coalition service members, two of them Americans and one British, and injuring 12 others.
Terrorist groups operating in Idlib are preparing for a new rebranding under Turkish patronage. According to Syrian sources, Hayat Tarir al-Sham (formerly the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), the Turkistan Islamic Party (an al-Qaeda-linked group), the National Front for Liberation (a coalition of Turkish proxies friendly to al-Qaeda) and several smaller groups are going to create a united command center and even declare a formal merger
Jim W. Dean - The idea of pussy footing around in not closing the door to all illegal immigration is insanity under the current virus spreading conditions.
'Sochi 2.0' agreement has brought about a pause in fighting its chances of lasting are slim. Russia seems keen to avoid open conflict with Turkey and is accordingly giving Turkey one last chance to act against the extremist groups in Idlib, especially Hayat Tahrir Ash-Sham.