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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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Is President Erdogan of Turkey staging a coup attempt?

With the currently unfolding events in Turkey (attempted coup by the military) one of my first harsher reactions is this: Is President Erdogan trying to have a quasi coup (or quasi terrorist plot) ...
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Is the government policies of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 towards Armenians considered genocide?

The United Nations Genocide Convention (1948) lists five criteria that constitute genocide: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in ...
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To what extent do Scandinavian countries support the Kurds (PKK and YPG)?

Turkish President Erdogan is opposed to Finland and Sweden's inclusion to NATO because of their alleged support of the PKK. He said Scandinavian countries are "guesthouses for terrorist ...
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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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Is Turkey covertly supporting the Islamic State?

Islamic State oil is being more or less freely smuggled into Turkey, while foreign Jihadists are moving unhindered through Turkey into Iraq and Syria to join IS. Kurds, however, are being prevented ...
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Why is the Turkish Lira sliding?

What is the fundamental reason that the Turkish Lira is tumbling down during the last few months? Kindly, explain in layman's terms and in short.
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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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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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What are Turkey's objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO?

I was puzzled by this move by Turkey to block swift approval of Sweden and Finland to NATO Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday in another step toward the Western military ...
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Why does the EU keep Turkey out?

Turkey has applied for membership in the EU several times, but unlike Greece, it has never been admitted. What are the reasons that the EU has given for denying membership to this large and ...
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Why were 2745 judges dismissed in Turkey?

According to the BBC at least 2,745 judges have been dismissed in Turkey, following the recent failed coup d'état attempt. Why? How were these judges involved in the coup attempt? And if they were ...
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Why does Turkey suppress Kurdish culture?

It is pretty obvious that neither Turks nor Kurds are very enthusiastic about their current relationship with one another. Why did Turkey not integrate Kurdish culture, like the Ottoman empire had? ...
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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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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 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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Why was Çavuşoğlus (planned) campaign visit to The Netherlands and Germany controversial?

In March 2017, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte declared that the Turkish minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was not welcome to campaign among eligible Turkish voters in The Netherlands for a yes vote in ...
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Where are the ships with Ukrainian grain?

Recently, I've read an article on Politico about those ships with grain: "Excluding Turkey as the mediator country, almost all the grain exported from Ukraine is flowing not to the poorest ...
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Why does the 2017 referendum have strong support outside of Turkey?

In at least some overseas countries, if not overall, the "Yes" vote for the 2017 Turkish referendum was as strong as that within Turkey itself. If they're living in countries with somewhat good, if ...
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Did Turkey take revenge of Russian attacks on ISIS by downing the plane? [closed]

Is it possible that Turkey downed the Russian jet because they did not want Russia to be attacking ISIS (and maybe the Syrian Rebels)? It is quite clear that Turkey is the one who buys Oil from ISIS ...
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Was the Turkish 2017 constitutional referendum held democratically?

From the simple media coverage, I got that the April 2017 constitutional referendum was democratic and it took place without larger skirmishes. However, I realise that the "democracity" of elections ...
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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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Are there more recent (e.g post 2022) EU opinion polls on Turkey joining the EU?

I'm curious if public opinion in the EU countries on Turkey joining the EU has changed significantly in the past 6-7 years or so. I'm aware of one 2016 survey in which the public opinion about Turkey ...
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Why do Turkey and Azerbaijan have very close relations even though they are Sunni and Shia respectively?

In general, we see that Sunni and Shia sects in Islam do not get along very well. Why do Turkey and Azerbaijan have very close relations even though they are Sunni and Shia, respectively?
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What is Russia's exact position on the Turkish presence in Northern Syria?

Russia has hosted various talks between Syria and Turkey (at lower levels--their heads of state refuse to meet) in attempt to mitigate or solve the issue of the presence of Turkish troops in Syria, ...
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Turkish FM denied speaking to supporters in Europe

What I would like to know though is whether there is historical precedence for foreign heads of state to address followers in other countries. In the case of the Netherlands and Germany they refused ...
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Why doesn't Iraq just blockade the Bashiqa base if they really want the Turks gone from there?

Apparently there's a seven year dispute between the Iraqi central government and Turkey over the Turkish base at Bashiqa (near Mosul) located at about 150 km from the Turkish border. Seemingly there ...
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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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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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What gave Turkey the right to send troops into Iraq in 2015?

Recently, Turkey has sent troops into Iraq. This article mentions some recent developments: “We have confirmation that Turkish forces, numbering about one armoured regiment with a number of tanks and ...
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