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What Turkey Wants in the War on Islamic State 21 octobre 2014

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The Wall Street Journal Europe (USA) October 21, 2014, p. 13

By Ibrahim Kalin *

Airstrikes alone will not be sufficient to eliminate Islamic State (also referred to as ISIS). This has been Turkey’s view from the outset of its march into Iraq and Syria, and military officials in the U.S. and elsewhere now share this view. (suite…)

The road to Damascus passes through Ankara 16 octobre 2014

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Hindustan Times (India) Thursday, October 16, 2014, p. 10

Rajendra Abhyankar *

Turkey will generate a new set of regional dynamics when it commences military operations against ISIS. The Turkish parliament’s vote in favour of a cross-border military action is a force multiplier in Syria for the US and Nato. (suite…)

Turkey is never going to rescue the Syrian crisis 14 octobre 2014

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London Evening Standard (UK) Monday, October 13, 2014, p. 14

Norman Stone *

The US will now be allowed to use Turkish bases against IS. But Ankara’s choice is between war or revolt at home. (suite…)

Turkey’s Dangerous Bet on Syria 10 octobre 2014

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International New York Times (USA) Friday, October 10, 2014

By Sinan Ulgen *

Wahington – With the Islamic State just miles from its border, Turkey is now facing its most severe security challenge in decades. In response, the Turkish government is seeking to accomplish the impossible; Ankara wants to fight the Islamic State, carry out regime change in Syria and roll back Kurdish autonomy all at the same time. (suite…)

Battle for Kobani: Turkey has good reasons for caution 9 octobre 2014

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The Guardian (UK) 9 October 2014, p. 36

Editorial

The eyes of the world have been focused for the last few days on a little Kurdish town in Syria which few had heard of until a week or so ago. The plight of Kobani, close to the Turkish border, and under siege by Islamic State forces as they try to establish control over ever-larger territory in Syria and Iraq, is being presented as a sort of morality tale. (suite…)

Turkey, ISIL and the PKK: It’s complicated 7 octobre 2014

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Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey) October 7, 2014, p. 3

Murat Yetkin

It’s a complicated equation, but it’s not too difficult to solve. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was founded in 2013, based on the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), which previously called itself al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia (AQM). ISI was founded in 2004 in reaction to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. (suite…)

How ISIS Could Soon Control Close to Half of the Syrian Border with Turkey 7 octobre 2014

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The National Interest (USA) October 7, 2014

Michael Werz and Max Hoffman *

The end appears very near in Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) in northern Syria as ISIS closes in on the city from three sides. For the past two weeks, Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units, or YPG (the military arm of the Democratic Union Party), have resisted an intense offensive by ISIS militants there. (suite…)

Pakistan’s Lessons for Turkey 6 octobre 2014

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The International New York Times (USA) Monday, October 6, 2014

By Michael M. Tanchum and Halil M. Karaveli *

Last week, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared that Turkey is ready  »for any cooperation in the fight against terrorism. » Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu argued that Islamic State militants pose a greater threat to Turkey and the Muslim world than to the West. (suite…)

Turkey and the PKK: How to deal with Syria’s Kurds 4 octobre 2014

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The Economist (UK) no. 950

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The emergence of another Kurdish entity on its borders unsettles the government. (suite…)

Turkey Votes to Allow Operations Against ISIS 3 octobre 2014

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The New York Times (USA) Friday, October 3, 2014, p. A 6

By Ceylan Yeginsu

Turkey appeared to take a big political step toward joining the American-led campaign against the militants of the Islamic State when its Parliament voted Thursday to authorize expanded military operations in Iraq and Syria and to allow foreign forces to launch operations from its territory. (suite…)

Turkey to Vote on Syria Policy 1 octobre 2014

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Policy Analysis (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) N° 2317, Oct 1, 2014

Soner Cagaptay *

Turkey has thus far avoided overt participation in the international airstrikes against ISIS, reflecting its continued vulnerability to the group and its complex policy priorities in neighboring Syria. (suite…)

Who is Joining ISID From Turkey, Why, and How? 23 septembre 2014

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BBC Monitoring European (UK)  September 23, 2012                                      Türkçe

by Rusen Cakir

We know that some of the foreigners who fight in (IS)ID [Islamic State (of Syria and the Levant), ISIL] in Syria and Iraq have joined the organization from Turkey. In addition, there are those who are of Turkish origin but who live in Western countries, and who generally cross over into Syria from Turkey. (suite…)

Thousands of Kurds flee Syria for Turkey 22 septembre 2014

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The Guardian (UK) Monday, September 22, 2014, p. 17

Martin Chulov, Middle East correspondent

Call for aid and US air strikes as Isis extremists’ advance triggers unprecedented flood of refugees. More than 70,000 Kurds fled from northern Syria into Turkey at the weekend and tens of thousands more were trying to cross the border as the terror group Islamic State (Isis) intensified its assault on a crucial Kurdish safe haven near the border. (suite…)

Struggle Against ISIS, Border Crossings and Turkey 21 septembre 2014

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Review of Regional Affairs (ORSAM) No.11, September 2014                العربية  Türkçe

Oytun Orhan *

ISIS, which originated in Iraq, was strengthened thanks to the power vacuum and violence that Syrian civil war sparked. The group diverted this strength to Iraq, and spread its control area from Mosul to the Iranian border in a short time. (suite…)

Turkey Obtains Release of Hostages Held in Iraq 21 septembre 2014

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The New York Times (USA)  Sunday, September 21, 2014, p. A 9

By Ben Hubbard, Sebnem Arsu and Ceylan Yeginsu.

Ankara, Turkey — Turkey secured the release of 49 hostages who had been held for more than three months in Iraq by the jihadists of the Islamic State on Saturday, marking a moment of joy for Turkey while raising questions about how it had managed to set them free. (suite…)

Turkey’s strong record on Isis 21 septembre 2014

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The Observer (UK) 21 septembre 2014, p. 50
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Abdurrahman Bilgic *

Your article « Isis surges towards the borders of Turkey as west mulls options » (News, 24 August) implies that Turkish borders are « the only way to smuggle oil, weapons and foreign fighters into Iraq and Syria » and claims that « Turkey has a lack of will to confront the jihadis » and « Turkey has facilitated an extremist threat either through neglect or undeclared policy ». (suite…)

From Turkey, ISIS Draws Steady Stream of Recruits 16 septembre 2014

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The New York Times (USA) Tuesday, September 16, 2014, p. A 1

By Ceylan Yeginsu, Ankara (Turkey)

Having spent most of his youth as a drug addict in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Turkey’s capital, Can did not think he had much to lose when he was smuggled into Syria with 10 of his childhood friends to join the world’s most extreme jihadist group. (suite…)

Turkish reluctance hurts U.S. plans for coalition against Islamic State 16 septembre 2014

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Reuters World General News (UK) Tuesday, September 16, 2014

By Jonny Hogg and Nick Tattersall, Ankara/Istanbul

NATO member Turkey not signed up to military coalition. Doubts in Ankara that U.S. strikes will be enough. Turkey wants to see Syria’s Assad out. (suite…)

GMF’s Lesser: US-Turkey bilateral ties remain troubled 15 septembre 2014

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Today’s Zaman (Turkey) Monday, September 15, 2014, p. 9

Yonca Poyraz Doğan, Istanbul

While US Secretary of State John Kerry was on a trip through the Middle East and Europe recently to gather commitments of support against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — which now calls itself the Islamic State (IS) — from US allies, he also lobbied Turkish leaders, highlighting the country’s strategic importance to the US. (suite…)

Turkey takes a quiet role in NATO’s fight with Islamic State 15 septembre 2014

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The Washington Times Daily (USA) September 15, 2014, p. A9

Desmond Butler, Istanbul (Associated Press)

Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group. (suite…)