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#Putin's invasion of #Ukraine has thrown a spanner into the #Russia-#Turkey relationship.

That offers the U.S. (& NATO) an opportunity to explore avenues for improving ties with #Ankara -- far from straightforward, but it's an opening.

For #Syria policy, this could be vital.
War in #Ukraine will have extremely negative impact on the humanitarian situation in #Syria -- and #Russia is now more likely than ever to veto cross-border aid access in July.

Any alternative plans will be dead in the water, without #Turkey playing a central role. We need that.
The #Biden admin appears to already be preparing for a possible severing of X-border aid access -- in part by seeking to provide a full sanctions waiver to NE & NW #Syria.

But we'll also need a massive #Turkey-based aid effort to fill [some of] the gap resulting from a UN veto.
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Tensions rapidly escalating between the #SDF & #Turkey.

- Overnight #TSK strikes on #PKK in #Iraq & NE #Syria, killed combatant & civilians.

= #SDF shelling barrage killed 9 civilians & wounded 30 in al-Bab this AM.

= SNA retaliatory shelling

= #SDF accusing US of complicity.
The U.S. considers the #PKK a designated terrorist organization and *does* share intelligence & coordinate with #Turkey on countering the #PKK -- in #Syria, #Iraq & #Turkey.

As a member of the #PKK network, that places the #SDF in a very awkward place -- and @CJTFOIR too.
@CJTFOIR The #SDF's decision to shell from NE #Syria cross-border into #Turkey today -- targeting #Cizre was a serious escalation.

One #TSK soldier was killed in that attack -- and #Ankara has long determined cross-border attacks to be a thick red line.

Escalatory spiral well underway.
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#Ankara is too often portrayed as a model Turkish city, bereft of the cosmopolitan legacies of cities such as Istanbul and Izmir. I wrote about the little known non-Muslim history of Ankara in my first article for
@AjamMC #Thread…
"Modern-day understandings of Ankara’s history, influenced and shaped by the discourses of Turkish nationalism, seek to paint a picture of Ankara in the Ottoman era as a small, remote, ethnically, linguistically, and religiously homogeneous town."
"In the early decades of the Republic, as the new buildings, boulevards, parks, squares, and thoroughfares of modern Ankara were designed and constructed, the city’s non-Muslim cultural heritage was sidelined, and oftentimes destroyed."
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🎙️This is a part of my interview to #Greek channel #AlertTV

⏩ ''The #Indian Navy must immediately come to the Aegean for military exercises - #Greece and #India must cooperate and stop #Ankara and #Islamabad!

⏩ ''Nowadays, both countries are facing the exact same common enemies, #Turkey and #Pakistan. We need to work together in the field of intelligence, as well as in the field of defense.''
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Νew provocative action by #Pakistanis in #Greece

A few days ago, they held a protest rally in Athens. Τhey bothered by the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to Europe!
During the last years, the #Pakistanis, with the help of the #Turks and the Chinese, are regrouping/joining forces.

#Greece and #India must cooperate and stop #Ankara and #Islamabad!
#Greece and #India should strengthen their bonds. It is quite important to reinforce our relations. We have to lay the groundwork. The Armed Forces of the two countries should start joint exercises immediately.
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A Turkish convoy near the city of Mari', north of #Syria, was attacked by two anti-armour missiles from the Tal Rifat area, which led to the destruction of two cars, the death of two Turkish policemen, and injuring a number of others.1/7
#Russia #USA #YPG #SDF #Erdogan ImageImage
The Turkish Interior Ministry confirmed that the Kurdish #YPG militia was behind this attack, as it controls the Tal Rifat area, while a number of Turkish officials confirmed that #Turkey will not remain silent this time.2/7…
At the outset, some important points should be highlighted to understand what happened and can take place in light of this tension as the information that confirms #Ankara's intention to start a new military operation in #Syria.3/7
#USA #Russia #Turkey ImageImage
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Mighty Sovereigns Of Ottoman Throne : Sultan Murad I

By Ekrem Buğra Ekinci

👆🏻 widely used illustration painted by court painter Konstantin Kapıdağlı in the early 19th century shows Sultan Murad I , the 3rd ruler of Ottoman beylik that turned into an empire .

👆🏻👉🏻📸 Credits : Büşra Öztürk - Daily Sabah
While his predecessor , Osman & Orhan ghazis , had gathered a nation & created a state , Sultan Murad I improved his lands , making a prosperous country from it for all citizens .
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The stakes involved in this UNSC #Syria vote are huge -- yet it shouldn't be a subject of debate at all.

Making use of its UN veto, #Russia seeks to starve #Syrians into submission -- for a guide to the issue, read this, by Jeffrey Feltman & myself:…
#Russia claims that cross-border aid should end & be replaced by cross-line assistance sent from #Damascus -- but that's BS.

For the 4.5m people in NW #Syria in the last 12 months:

- Cross-border: ~12,000 trucks
- Cross-line: 0

Negotiations for cross-line have gone nowhere.
In recent weeks, every single UN body & all major INGOs have made it 100% clear: "there's no alternative to cross-border aid."

Given #Russia's pitiful role in UN aid to #Syria (most years, IKEA funds more than #Moscow), it's simply exasperating that it would cut it altogether.
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#Pakistan FM seeks #Iran's support for PM #ImranKhan's agenda on #Islamophobia & #France, amid signs no #Muslim country so far supports this agenda.

In his public statement, Iran FM #Zarif has politely indulged Pak FM on this issue but without a clear commitment to this agenda.
#Pakistan Foreign Minister @SMQureshiPTI in #Tehran called on #Iran to support PM #ImranKhan's agenda on #Islamophobia & #France. He also invited #Turkey & #KSA to join in.

Seems difficult. Iran enjoys good ties w/ France. And so does Pres #Erdogan now.

FM @SMQureshiPTI in #Tehran said he will seek #Turkey Pres #Erdogan's support for PM @ImranKhanPTI's anti-#France agenda.

He might get little support beyond lip service. Presidents @RTErdogan+@EmmanuelMacron recently had recently had a good meeting:

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#Turkey #Ankara #Economy

Turkey's currency fell by as much as 14% after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired the country's central bank leader, who had been credited with bringing the lira back from historic lows.
Early in Asia-Pacific trading on Monday, the lira was trading about 8.4 against the US dollar, a significant depreciation from Friday's closing level of TL7.22. At that time of day, volumes in the lira-dollar pair are usually light; however,
a source at one bank said activity was higher than average. Later, the currency regained some of its losses, closing at 8.1 against the dollar, down about 12%. The new central bank head wrote in his column at the Islamist newspaper Yeni Safak last month that
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#Turkey #Ankara #Economy

According to the Anadolu news agency, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fired another central bank governor after just a few months on the job, citing an overnight decree.
Sahap Kavcioglu, a former member of Erdogan's ruling party, the AKP, will be the new head of the central bank, according to Anadolu. The decision comes only days after Turkey's central bank lifted the key interest rate by two percentage points to 19%.
Erdogan, on the other hand, has long advocated for low interest rates, often referring to the main rate as the "mother of all evils." Last month, the annual inflation rate climbed to over 15%.
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#Turkey began on Sunday the transfer of fighters from its terrorist groups in #Syria, to participate in the fighting within #Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen, sources told #Yemen Press Agency.

The sources said that #Turkish planes transported mercenaries of the
#terrorist#AlQaeda and #ISIS” organizations from the #Syrian territories to the #Qatari capital, #Doha, in preparation for their transfer to the #Yemeni city of #Marib across the Empty Quarter desert.
Many mercenaries loyal to #Ankara would be transported in the
#Syrian #territories through #Turkish and #Saudi airports, the sources added.

This comes days after several local and regional media circulated news of a #Turkish-Saudi understanding about Turkey’s participation in the war on #Yemen.

In the same context, leaders of the
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#Turkey #Ankara #Earthquake #Hazard

A parliamentary inquiry committee has prepared a report on earthquakes, which appear to be a persistent danger to Turkey, following four months of work. The report, which will be submitted to authorities after revisions,
calls for reversing the pattern of rural-to-urban migration and “transforming” nearly 7 million buildings at risk of disaster. The committee was founded in the aftermath of last year's deadly earthquake in the Aegean area.
The draft report, which was released on Friday by the Hürriyet newspaper, calls for the demolition or reinforcement of high-risk structures in order to withstand potential earthquakes. It also suggests a number of other interventions.
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#Turkey #Egypt #Ankara #DiplomaticTies

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared on Friday that Turkey and Egypt have agreed to restore diplomatic relations, putting an end to a nearly eight-year conflict between the two regional powers.
"We have resumed contact on a diplomatic level [with Egypt]," Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the state news agency Anadolu. There was no immediate reaction from Cairo.
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The chief of Vetevendosje and the new Prime Minister Albin Kurti, who won the election of Febuary 14th, received a letter from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulating him on his election victory.
Erdogan said in his letter that he appreciated the stance of Kurt's faction, which expressed its willingness to rethink the decision to open the Kosovo embassy in Jerusalem.
Furthermore, I am pleased to hear the position of your party if takes, that if takes the power it would reconsider engagement of Kosovo on opening of the Embassy in Jerusalem. I believe it would be useful to avoid such a move, which would cause serious harm to Kosovo,”
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Today #Libya's UN process careened over the line producing a new authority which frankly nobody would have expected when the #LPDF first met last November.

Abdul-Hamid Dbeiba will be the PM & Mohammed al-Mnefi the new President

A short thread on the new lay of the land
Firstly this vote can be read as a vote against the favourites: Fathi Bashagha and Aguileh Salah

Their union was always politically foolish given their bases are diametrically opposed. The addition of a military officer to their ticket simply made them too abrasive to too many
It takes a lot to fail at a process that was engineered for you. But it's the result of a focus on appeasing politicians rather than constituencies

The resistance to their ticket could be seen across social media and from armed groups preparing to violently reject them.
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#Shaking detected

4.7ML #Magnitude #Earthquake reported

Central Turkey, #Gölköy, #Ankara, #Turkey
7KM deep

2020/01/10| 19:53:01 UTC
GPS: 40.06, 33.32

reported by #emsc_Seismicportal Image
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Long Thread on #Turkey|’s 🇹🇷 role in #NagornoKarabakh and what India 🇮🇳 has to learn from this new dimension of asymmetric warfare!
Turkey 🇹🇷 supported #Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 not just diplomatically (supported by diplomats) & logistically (sending mercenary forces as reported by Reuters) but also by selling #BayraktarTb2 drones tilting balance against #Armenia 🇦🇲
The drone in question is #BayraktarTB2, (Tactic Block) a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) manufactured by Turkish company called #BaykarMakina
PC: Dailysabah Image
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1-Oğuz töresinde...
Devlet,fetret sürecine girdiginde;Seymen alayı toplanır ve SİN SİN ateşi yakılır.
Davullar çalınır.Devlete yeni baş seçimi sembolik olarak duyurulur.
Mesela,Papanın seçildiği Vatikan'ın bacasından çıkan dumanla halka duyurulur.
2-Türk 'lerde bu ritüel bu şekilde duyurulur.
Kısaca HEYET Devletin başını seçmiştir. Heyetin başını seçmiştir. Ve bu yüz yılda bir gerçekleşir. Gökbörü yüz yılda bir görünür. Atatürk sonrası devlet kendine baş seçmemiştir.
Son seçilmişten ,son seçilmişe geçen zaman dolmuştur.
3-Artık seçilen seçilmiştir. Buna Dönence diyoruz.
Oğuz Kağan töresi, devletin başına kimi seçtiğini açıkladıktan sonra Göktürk Toyu yani kurucu meclis toplanacaktır.
Siyasi partiler ve tüm yapılar YOK hükmüne alınacaktır.
Seçim Göktürk tarafından yapılmıştır.
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China declared the ratification of an extradition treaty with Turkey, a document that Beijing would like to use, among other items, to speed up the return of some "terrorist" refugees and Muslim Uighurs.
Although the bilateral agreement signed in 2017 has not yet been ratified by the Turkish parliament, concerns have already been posed among the large Uyghur diaspora (estimated at 50,000 people) present in Turkey.
Turkey has linguistic and cultural links with the Uyghurs, and Ankara has long been one of the main supporters on the international stage of their cause, while Turkey's public display of support has recently declined.
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#Turkey #Ankara #Coronavirus

Turkey will require a negative corona test for all entries in the future. For air passengers, this applies from Monday, for all other travelers from Wednesday, as Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
The PCR test must not be older than 72 hours. Passengers who do not have a test should not even board, he said. And those who come from Great Britain, South Africa or Denmark will be put into quarantine separately after entry.
In the United States, mutated viruses were recently detected, which are alleged to be significantly more contagious. Turkey is also expecting a first shipment of a Chinese vaccine on Monday, Koca said. An order has also been placed with the manufacturers Biontech / Pfizer.
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Because of the use of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, the USA is imposing sanctions on its NATO ally Turkey. This is announced by US Secretary of State Pompeo.
The sanctions effect Turkey's Presidency of defense Industries, its president and three employees.
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1/3 En route back to the region. Stopping first in #Ankara to discuss #Turkey’s support for #AfghanistanPeaceNegotiations.
2/3 From there, headed to #Doha to see how best we can help the sides build on the success of their recent agreement on rules and procedures and make quick progress on a political roadmap and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.
3/3 I'll also be traveling in the region to garner more international support for the #AfghanPeaceProcess.
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