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U.S. funding of Syrian YPG militia will impact Turkey’s Ottoman slap

A U.S. decision to continue funding the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Turkey’s future moves, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. By –  Ercan Gurses & Daren Butler U.S. officials have said that Tillerson expects to have difficult conversations when he visits Turkey on Thursday and Friday, given that the ...

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U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

A plan to create a new American-backed, Kurdish-led border force in northeastern Syria has raised alarms in the region that the United States may be helping to cement an autonomous Kurdish enclave that could further divide the country. By – Anne Barnard  The 30,000-strong force, vehemently opposed by Russia, Turkey, Iran and the Syrian government, could also ignite a new phase ...

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Political Islam, a Totalitarian Doctrine

Totalitarianism is a political system of absolute power where the state has no limit to its authority and regulates every aspect of public and private life. By – Bill Warner THE NATURE OF ISLAM The most common assumption about Islam is that it is a religion based on the Koran. However, the religious aspect is only a small part of Islam. ...

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At least 300 British ISIS fighters are hiding in Turkey

At least 300 British ISIS fighters are hiding in Turkey, it has emerged, amid fears they could try to slip home to carry out terror attacks. Thousands of jihadists fled to Turkey after the terror group lost its grip on the strongholds of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq this year. By – Julian Robinson Western security sources have warned of an increased risk of atrocities in ...

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ISIS jihadis have left Syria and are heading back to Europe to mount terror attacks

Saddam al-Hamadi, 26, was arrested by Turkish security forces last month He helped to smuggle new ISIS recruits into group’s de facto capital, Raqqa As city falls, the former ISIS fighter has warned terrorists are targeting Europe Frontline roles reserved for foreign fighters, including British recruits, he said By –  Gareth Davies A former Islamic State militant captured after the fall ...

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Germans see Trump as bigger problem than North Korea or Russia

Germans see U.S. President Donald Trump as a bigger challenge for German foreign policy than authoritarian leaders in North Korea, Russia or Turkey, according to a survey by the Koerber Foundation. Via: Noah Barkin   Topping the list of foreign policy concerns were refugees, with 26 percent of respondents worried about Germany’s ability to cope with inflows of asylum seekers. Relations with ...

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Turkey’s Mosque Islamizes Denmark

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clearly sees Turks living in the West as a spearhead of Islam.”Yes, integrate yourselves into German society but don’t assimilate yourselves. No one has the right to deprive us of our culture and our identity”, Erdogan told Turks in Germany as early as in 2011. Via: Judith Bergman   This assessment of Milli Görüs, however, does not ...

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Muslim Countries Refuse Refugee

Five of the wealthiest Muslim countries have taken no Syrian refugees in at all, arguing that doing so would open them up to the risk of terrorism. Although the oil rich countries have handed over aid money, Britain has donated more than Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar combined. Via: Donna Rachel Edmunds Between 10 and 12 million Syrians have ...

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Independent Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan’s recent referendum on whether to declare independence from Baghdad garnered only slight attention in the U.S. Even the overwhelming vote (93 percent favored independence) and America’s long involvement in the region did not make the story more prominent. Via: John R. Bolton Nonetheless, we would be badly mistaken to underestimate its importance for U.S. policy throughout the Middle East. ...

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Erdogan Threatens to Invade, Cut Off Oil Pipeline From Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to cut off the pipeline that carries oil from northern Iraq to the outside world, intensifying pressure on the Kurdish autonomous region over its independence referendum. Via: reuters.com Erdogan spoke shortly after Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Ankara could take punitive measures involving borders and air space against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) ...

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