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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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If Turkey succeeded or failed its war against Kurds in Syria, what will happen geopolitically? [on hold]

So assume two scenarios: 1) Turkey totally occupy the territories in northern Syria that they want, then what will happen to geopolitics and how will the other countries react? How will Turkey's ...
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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 ...
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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 in 2016. ...
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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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How is the word “civilization” interpreted by Turkish revolutionists?

Politic activists in "Young Turks" like Ziya Gokalp supported Turkism, Islamism and Modernism . According to that Turkic tribes converted Islam, became aware of common nationality which is Turkish ...
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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 ...
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Is the PKK [still] a terrorist group?

I am wondering if the designation of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as a terrorist group might be outdated. Are there any instances of the PKK targeting civilians during the insurgency of 2015-...
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U.S. and Turkey geopolitical relationship

Are the U.S. and Turkey allies?
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What is the origin of the narrative regarding Ottomans in the non-Muslim world?

A public narrative, which was visible in the recent terror attack in Christchurch that, even though various wars/battles among various world powers ravaged Europe, and various invasions also took ...
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Is Turkey in “the” EU Customs Union?

Is Turkey in “the” EU Customs Union or in a bilateral customs union with the EU?
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Why would a planned Turkish invasion of Syria motivate US troops' withdrawal?

According to Fox, President Trump may have ordered troops withdrawn from Syria due to President Erdoğan giving advanced warning of an imminent anti-PKK Turkish invasion. Why would this motivate the US ...
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Is Erdogan seen as a potential dictator in Turkey?

An interesting analogy made by Visual Politik in this video claims that: [Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the] "Anakin Skywalker of politics, he started out as the good guy in the movie but we all know ...
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Does Turkey have an extradition treaty with Saudi Arabia?

Jamal Khashoggi's murder happened in the Saudi Arabia embassy in Turkey. President Erdogan wants the 15 men suspects to be tried in Turkey. Is that possible?
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Are there political reasons why Turkey would want to catch Saudi Arabian agents committing a crime?

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Turkish officials allege that Saudi agents killed Khashoggi inside the consulate, and have ...
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Why did Germany veto an expanded customs union between the EU and Turkey?

From Are relations between Turkey and Germany getting back to normal? Mr Erdogan will arrive in Germany with a long wish-list. He would like to see Germany lift its veto on an expanded customs ...
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What evidence does Turkey's government have on Andrew Brunson?

Andrew Brunson is an American pastor whose imprisonment by Turkey on charges of espionage has led to tension with the United States From NPR: Brunson, 50, is originally from North Carolina and has ...
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Did (other) officials from EU countries condemn Trump's tariffs on Turkey?

Assuming this is not fake news: Germany's minister for economic affairs and energy on Sunday lashed out U.S. President Donald Trump over his trade row with Turkey, while accusing him of dictating ...
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How common are sanctions against EU/NATO countries for the release of indicted US civilians?

We see that USA has put sanctions on Turkey for not releasing one of its (civilian) citizens. Has this type of thing, (requests made by the USA to have its citizens released from custody), ever ...
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Why does PRC devalue its currency on purpose, but Turkey is worried about the devaluation of its currency?

PRC regularly devalues its currency to promote export. On the other hand, Turkey is worried about the plummet of its currency. Why two outcomes in the same type of case?
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Why is Turkish Lira sliding?

What is the fundamental reason that Turkish Lira is tumbling down during the last few months? Kindly, explain in layman's terms and in short.
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What is the importance of Andrew Brunson for the US government?

Andrew Brunson was arrested in 2016 because of being a member of FETÖ, which is an organization responsible* for the coup attempt in Turkey. * This is the consensus in Turkey. In addition, the ...
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Did the Trump administration condemn or express worry about the Turkish purges?

I checked the Wikipedia article on the topic of the purges and I see that the Obama administration, as well some EU & European national governments' officials have expressed various levels of ...
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Are there some detailed accounts of how the post-2015 Turkish purges happen?

I'm asking this because most (Western) news stories on the topic are rather opaque, along the lines of "X thousands of state employees in sector Y" got purged. Granted, there are so many of these ...
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What is Turkey's purge all about?

What is Turkish purge undertaken by Erdogan all about according to himself? Is this purge only about getting rid of FETO influence in the country and/or the government, or it has some other agenda? ...
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Did any group in Turkey oppose Cyprus invasion?

Did any group in Turkey oppose Cyprus invasion? If Yes, Were they political groups or non-political/human-rights groups? What was their rationale or objective? Were they arrested?
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Did İyi Parti-Demokrat Parti enter parliament despite having less than 10% of the vote? How?

In Turkish parliamentary elections, a threshold of 10% applies for any party to enter parliament. At the 2018 general election, İyi Parti-Demokrat Parti reportedly reached 9.96%, yet also reportedly ...
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Is there an explanation for Erdogan winning the elections despite of polls and economic decline?

Erdogan has won the elections straight from the first round: Turkey's long-standing leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a new five-year term after securing outright victory in the first round of ...
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Why did the Tunceli province, in the center of Turkey, vote so much against Erdoğan in the presidential elections?

I was checking the official results of the Turkish presidential election, 2018 in the section Seçim 2018 of the news agency AA. In there, we see how Erdogan managed to win in almost all the regions: ...
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Did Erdoǧan cheat in the 2018 election?

Did Erdoǧan cheat in the 2018 Turkish election? Cheating means, for example: Gerrymandering Buying/bribing/scaring voters Jailing/scaring/assassinating candidates Interrupting/blocking candidates ...
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Is there any division of opinion in Turkey regarding Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's role?

Are there people in Turkey who think that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was not a hero and was actually responsible for the decline of the Turkish nation? If Yes, why do they think that? If Yes, is this a ...
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How did Erdogan take control of Turkish Military?

Post-Kemal Turkey has a history of military's interference in civil matters whenever there was even the slightest symptom that the government was showing sympathy towards religion. They even hanged ...
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Is Turkey as relevant to NATO as it was during the cold war?

Is Turkey as relevant to NATO as it was during the cold war?
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Why does Turkey need so many varieties of missile defense systems?

Russia to deliver S-400 air defenses to Turkey in 2020. Ankara, Washington in talks over Patriot missiles. Turkey discussing missile defense purchases from Eurosam Turkey contracts eurosam, aselsan ...
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Why doesn't the U.S. want to extradite Fethullah Gülen to Turkey?

Recently, Turkey claimed, that it won't do extraditions to U.S. until U.S. extradites Gülen to Turkey. (source) Why U.S. do not want to do it? Turkey is one of its closest allies on Middle East. ...
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Why does Erdogan hate Bashar Al Assad?

Why does Erdogan hate Bashar Al Assad so much? “Assad is definitely a terrorist who has carried out state terrorism,” Erdogan told a televised news conference with his Tunisian counterpart Beji ...
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Why has Macron offered to mediate between the Turkish government and YPG force of Syria?

Recently, the French president Macron has offered to mediate between the Syrian Kurdish force YPG and the Turkish government. How will Macron or France benefit from mediating between the YPG Kurds ...
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Why can't Erdogan's dictatorship be defined as benevolent?

Erdogan's policies towards Turkish citizens are in general considered to be Authoritarian. This authoritarianism is generally attributed to Ergodan's hunger for power, and it is alleged that Turkey is ...
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Iran rebukes Turkey on Syria incursion - Why?

Turkey is in Syria launching an offensive against the Kurds, and Iran just issued a warning for Turkey to back off. This confuses me - isn't it in Iran's interest for Turkey to suppress the Kurds? Why ...
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Why would Russia supply a NATO country with S400 Missiles batteries?

Yesterday, Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, announced that Russia will supply four S-400 missile batteries for $2.5 billion to Turkey. This seems bizarre for a number of ...
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Why does Turkish president Erdoğan feel so threatened by exiled cleric Feytullah Gülen?

Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016 (many believe it was staged by Erdoğan), Erdoğan has used the coup attempt as an excuse and solidified power and arrested thousands of opponents. This ...
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What does this symbol (Turkish coat of arms) mean?

Can you tell me what the symbol below means? I would like to know more about it. Tell me everything about every one piece.
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What flag is it?

The flag is a red star, in a yellow circle, in a green ring, on a red background. The photo is from a protest under the Polish presidential palace against legitimizing the Turkish president Recip ...
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Have the USA ever suspended visa services in any NATO state before Turkey?

The United States suspended visa services in Turkey a few days ago (CNN). I wonder if that has happened in any other NATO state before. A web search only returned the states that are currently ...