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How serious is the possibility of a Turks military attack on Iran? [closed]

Recently, the Turks threatened Iran with a military strike aimed at capturing the Turkish-occupied territories of Iran. The Turkish-populated areas of Iran are mainly bordered by Azerbaijan and Turkey....
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How did Turkish media change their tune on al-Sisi (allegedly) in lockstep with the new Turkish foreign policy on Egypt?

It's fairly well known that government/AKP-aligned actors have taken an increased share of control of Turkish media, be it directly through acquisitions or through advertisement revenue. I'm curious ...
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Why couldn't Turkey become a developed country?

Developed country A developed country (or industrialized country, high-income country, more economically developed country (MEDC)) is a sovereign state that has a high quality of life, developed ...
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Which EU member countries are opposed to Turkey's accession to the EU?

As far as I know, France is a strong opposer of Turkey's full membership in the EU. What other EU member countries are opposed to Turkey's accession to the EU?
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Why does Russia choose to depend on the Bosporus Strait for shipping?

According to the Wikipedia article on the proposed Istanbul Canal, it is said that the Bosporus has nearly 3 times the amount of ship traffic as the Suez Canal. Presumably this ship traffic comes ...
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Why would Turkey leave the Istanbul Convention (now)?

As of today, Turkey appears to have withdrawn from the Istanbul Convention, an effort by the Council of Europe to create a standard legal approach to battling violence against women and domestic abuse....
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S-400 technology transfer to Turkey

As far as I know, the Turkish proposal to purchase Patriot PAC-3 was refused because Turkey wanted a technology transfer, but the USA didn't want to. Am I correct? If I am correct, then what is going ...
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Do users of F-16s need the USA's permission to use them in attack roles?

Document reveals official US position on F-16s Are users of F-16 fighter planes obliged to take the USA's permission to use them in attack roles? I am especially curious about Turkey and Pakistan. P....
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What is the basic difference between Turkey using S-400 vs India purchasing S-400 or Greece using S-300? [duplicate]

See: Why is there different policies from the USA for Turkey vs Greece/ India? My above question was closed. So, I am reformulating the question and posting it again. Russian S-300s used by 3 NATO ...
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Why is there different policies from the USA for Turkey vs Greece/ India? [closed]

Russian S-300s used by 3 NATO member countries According to the above link, the Russian S-300 missile defense system is being used by three NATO countries: Greece, Bulgaria, and Slovakia. the USA ‘...
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Is Turkey an indispensable partner in NATO?

I know that Turkey has the second-largest army in NATO after the USA. Turkey also controls the Bosphorus strait. But, is Turkey an indispensable partner in NATO? Can NATO function properly without ...
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Grey Wolves and NATO

''In the late 1970s, former military prosecutor and Turkish Supreme Court Justice Emin Değer documented collaboration between the Grey Wolves, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Counter-...
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what was the fundamental reason that Erdogan had been able to defeat secularists in the country?

Secularists ruled Turkey for a long period of time. Why did they gradually lose control of Turkey's politics? What has been the root cause of their influence gradually waned?
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Why is Turkey allied with Azerbaijan instead of with Armenia?

In the current conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Turkey supports the latter. What made them choose one over the other?
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Can the European Union defend its geopolitical interests militarily in the east Mediterranean against Turkey?

The latest deployment of Greek, French and Turkish warships in the east Mediterranean is probably only military sabre-rattling. But I wonder whether the EU would actually be able to effectively defend ...
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Why has President Erdoğan threatened UAE when Turkey itself has diplomatic relations with Israel?

Turkey may recall ambassador in UAE, suspend diplomatic ties, Erdoğan says Why has President Erdoğan threatened the UAE when Turkey itself has diplomatic relations with Israel?
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Why is the Hagia Sophia decision of Turkey attracting so much attention around the world? [closed]

In Spain, there are numerous mosques converted into churches. TRT compiled a list of Islamic landmarks in Greece which were converted into various things including an adult film studio. In India, they ...
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Has AKP ever failed to pass any bill after losing majority in Turkish Parliament?

In the 2018 Turkish parliamentary election, Justice and Development Party (AKP) won 295 seats out of 600 and lost majority in the Turkish Parliament. On the other hand, the People's Alliance they ...
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Why did Turkey reject the Chinese FD-2000 and then purchase the Russian S-400?

Chinese firm wins Turkey's missile defense system tender Turkey cancels $3.4 billion missile defense system tender: official This analysis says that Turkey rejected using a Chinese missile defense ...
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Has Turkey made any demands for the EU to meet so they keep the refugees?

Brief context Now lately, I have been watching the news, and the President of Turkey had a meeting in Brussels to negotiate further conditions with the NATO and EU. European Countries Stances... As ...
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Are there any laws that would oblige the EU to assist an EU-member that is attacked by a non-member

Assuming either a limited conflict or a full scale war: What optional actions can the EU take to assist a member state Are there any laws that would oblige the EU to assist a member-state with ...
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Why doesn't the EU use its economic power to deal with Turkey's demands?

Despite Turkey having a (in comparison) weak economy, the European Union seems incapable of putting them into their place. As far as I can tell, there is no reason to fear a military conflict (NATO), ...
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Why has Turkey "opened the floodgates" for migrants to the EU?

Over the past few days, Turkey has reportedly relaxed restrictions on the movement of migrants travelling through the country into the European Union via the Greek border, allowing the hundreds of ...
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Who are the Turkey-backed Syrian rebels?

There have been during past days many opportunities to highlight the role of Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in military operations. There are operating against both Kurdish and Assad forces. In this ...
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In what respect exactly is Turkey accusing Russia of violating their agreement in Syria?

Breaking news on the BBC is that Assad's army and Turkey's military have exchanged significant shelling in the past couple of days. It's also mentioned that: In 2017, Turkey and Russia signed a "...
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Is Turkey busting the US (oil) sanctions on Iran?

What is known about the extent of Turkey's compliance with US sanctions on Iran? I've read some conflicting reports. One from May said that Turkey completely stopped buying Iranian oil, obeying US ...
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How come Turkey and Iran are good friends despite Turkey having substantial Sunni population?

I've seen Iran is being viewed as a rival by practically every Sunni state. So, how come Iran maintains good ties with Turkey despite the latter having a substantial Sunni population? I would be ...
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Why don't some Muslim countries need Saudi support while some other Muslim countries do?

Previously, we saw that Egypt supported Saudi Arabia as opposed to Turkey when Saudi Arabia promised to build a bridge over the Red Sea. In the case of the recent summit in Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia's ...
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Why has Trump refused to recognize the Armenian Genocide?

On December 12th, 2019, the US Senate voted unanimously to recognize the Armenian genocide as a matter of American foreign policy. The bill, which was co-sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) ...
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Why is the US concerned about Turkey's S-400 deal? [duplicate]

Is this for being concerned about Turkey's self-defense capabilities or is it more about that Russia competes with the U.S on arm deals? What reasons does the US havefor being concerned about Turkey'...
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Has the US clarified where they (rather than Turkey) expect the SDF to withdraw from?

VOA reported yesterday: With the withdrawal set to end Tuesday evening local time, Erdogan is warning Washington of its responsibilities to enforce it. "We expect our American allies to keep ...
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Has Turkey explained how their larger "safe zone" is going to be different from what's going on in Afrin?

Reuters reports: The U.N. said more than 130,000 people have fled since the Turkish [Peace Spring] operation began. As Syrian Kurdish forces fall back, there are fears that those who remain will end ...
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Has Turkey released the Greek soldiers they apprehended in 2018?

Turkey apprehended two Greek soldiers (which Greece says were border guards) in 2018 inside Turkish territory. Thereafter Erdogan proposed a swap with alleged 2016 coup perpetrators that Greek had ...
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Was there any outcry or diplomatic protest that Turkey bugged the Saudi consulate?

Of course the murder of Khashoggi eclipsed the circumstances how Turkey proved it happened. But were there any protests or concerns expressed at how Turkey treats the foreign missions in its country, ...
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Could the EU call bluff Turkish threat to send 3.6 milion refugees?

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Europe with a flood of refugees on Thursday if the continent’s leaders call the Turkish invasion of Syria an “occupation.” “We will open the gates ...
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Has Pence essentially granted Kurdish Syrian territory to Turkey, subject to Russian approval?

The Guardian reports Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters would pull back from Turkey’s proposed 20-mile (32km) deep “safe zone” on its border, Pence told reporters in Ankara on Thursday evening ...
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What could Donald Trump do to damage the economy of Turkey? [closed]

Recently US President Donald Trump has threatened to "destroy the Turkish economy" in retaliation for Turkish President Erdoğan's military decisions following the removal of US troops from Syria. ...
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Can a NATO member call Article 5 after being attacked outside its national borders? [duplicate]

Assuming that the Turkish army gets involved in military action beyond its southeast border to Syria, what should the NATO do? Please consider three cases of military action: from Kurd troops, from ...
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Does the M4 highway in Syria reside entirely in the initially announced Turkish "safe zone"?

According to CNN, Turkey and its proxies having cut off the M4 highway, which runs roughly in the east-west direction along the northern border (but in the Kobane-Aynisa sector it's more like ...
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Has Russia said anything about helping Syria fight Turkey, now that the SDF has allowed Assad's army to move north?

Apparently the Kurds have struck a deal with Assad's government. The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said the Syrian army would deploy along the entire length of the border as part of ...
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Has the US explained why it vetoed the UN resolution condemning Turkey’s Syria invasion?

France, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Poland just sponsored a resolution in the United Nations Security Council condemning Turkey’s invasion of Northern Syria (home of the Syrian Kurds). ...
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Why is Turkey attacking the Kurds in Syria?

Recently, I heard that Turkey has launched strikes against Syrian Kurds. According to Reuters: ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey pressed its military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters ...
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What is President Trump's first public reaction to Turkey's invasion into Northern Syria against his stark warning?

Hours ago, Turkey started an offensive into North Eastern Syria: ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies have launched their military operation into northeastern Syria, President Tayyip ...
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What is "demographic engineering" and how does it differ from ethnic cleansing?

The Guardian reports (emphasis mine): Ankara says the planned safe zone could allow up to two million Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey to return, although international observers and the ...
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Why has the UK has not yet signed a continuity trade agreement with Turkey?

From UNCTAD, as of 3 Sep 2019: Among the countries which currently grant preferences to the EU but for which the UK has not yet reached an agreement to grant continued preferential market access, ...
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What specific measures has Turkey taken to stem the flow of refugees to the EU?

After the Cyprus gas spat this summer, in which the EU imposed some financial sanctions on Turkey, the latter has suspended the "readmission" protocol of Syrian refugees agreed with the EU ...
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Why Turkey's president thinks that by cutting interest rate it will lower inflation?

Recently, President Erdogan sacked the head of Turkey’s central bank because he didn't want to cut interest rates. He even said: “We said that if rates fall, inflation will fall. He didn’t do what was ...
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Why is the USA against Turkey buying S-400 systems from Russia? [duplicate]

Turkey bought several S-400 anti-aircraft systems from Russia. They will be delivered soon. But the USA threatens sanctions and economic attacks.
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How does Turkey's purchase of the S-400 anti-air system jeopardize the F-35?

(Not sure if this is the right place for the question, but the roots of it are political.) From what I've seen, Turkey's decision to buy the Russian S-400 anti-air system has jeopardized its ...
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Why did Turkey not wait until after acquiring US F-35 before initiating talks with Russia about S-400? [closed]

The United States has blocked shipment of F-35 technology to Turkey over a Turkish decision to purchase S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia. Why didn't Turkey wait until they had ...