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The other answer is glossing over the shift over time in Turkey's approach to the matter. There's good background article on the more recent approach in the New York Review of Books. Basically, Turkey has assumed more direct control of their proxies in recent years. Some excerpts: The creation of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA), also known as ...


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What is the political objective of those groups (put down Assad?)? the main objective is to overthrow the Assad regime. however after that their aims differ widely, from Establishing an Islamic emirate to modern secular state, no common vision exists. Are they consistent with each other or do they fight between themselves? they fought each other in the ...


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I managed to find an actual statement of Turkish officials, snippets of which were quoted and paraphrased in the press, although apparently there were more: Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Ankara will not allow Syrian regime forces to gain ground in Idlib province, the last rebel-held area of Syria in comments published on Tuesday, a ...


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Turkey accuses Russia of encroaching into territory they consider their own Idea of agreement was pretty much straightforward: Russia and Turkey would force their respective proteges (government for Russia, and rebels for Turkey) to withdraw from designated demilitarized zone (this goes especially for heavier weapons) and establish ceasefire. Both Russia ...


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As an Arab and a Muslim, from the middle east , in simple terms the sunni-shia conflict only exist in the US media and their Allies in English speaking media , I have never heard the term in Arabic media, so simply, there is no sunni - shia hostility , only propaganda if you want to know more here is why the term became popular after the US invasion of ...


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Turkish officials have definitely come out against the sanctions: "Why are you putting pressure on other countries? Take your own measures. Why do other countries have to obey your unilateral decisions?" he [Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu] asked. However, as far as breaking the sanctions, the closest I could find was this indictment: ...


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"Good friends" may be an exaggeration, but "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" probably explains some of that. Turkey (or rather Erdogan) sees itself/himself as the leader of the Islamic/Sunni world (and this puts it at odds with Iran somewhat) but even more so with Iran's other Islamic/Sunni enemies, namely Saudi Arabia and the UAE. For example, Turkey and ...


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