Turkey Approves Military Action Against Syria as Cross-Border Attacks Continue

By: Friday October 5, 2012 7:35 am

Turkey’s Parliament approved military action against Syria yesterday, though they downplayed it as not a prelude to an invasion or a “war mandate.” But while Syria apologized for cross-border shelling that killed five in Turkey and drew this response, the Turkish military fired over the border for a second day, as the Turkish Prime Minister [...]

Turkey Considers Syria “Clear and Imminent Threat”

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 9:35 am

That fear of escalation between Syria and Turkey grew stronger today, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Syria as “a clear and imminent threat,” promising to retaliate for a downed Turkish jet, and warning the Syrians about approaching the Turkish border. In his most outspoken criticism of the Damascus regime, Erdogan vowed to [...]

Turkish PM Could Invoke NATO Right to Collective Self-Defense Against Syria

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 12:55 pm

This is pretty much what I expected when violence from Syria moved across the border to Turkey. I mentioned that Turkey was a NATO member. And now the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is hinting at NATO member obligations: “We have many options. A country has rights born out of international law against [...]

Obama Uses Turkey for Back Channel With Iran

By: Friday April 6, 2012 9:33 am

I think you have to take what David Ignatius writes with a grain of salt sometimes. But I will note that the war fever over Iran’s nuclear program has subsided somewhat. And now, this: President Obama has signaled Iran that the United States would accept an Iranian civilian nuclear program if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei [...]

Turkey’s Erdogan Calls on Mubarak to “Welcome the Will of the Nation for Change”

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 11:01 am

We are seeing US policymakers moving ever closer to suggesting that Hosni Mubarak must relinquish power in Egypt. John Kerry, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made that case today in the New York Times, calling on Mubarak to “accept that the stability of his country hinges on his willingness to step aside gracefully [...]

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