Russia faces complex choices on how to play the Kurdish card

By Khalid Ibn Muneer Syria’s unending civil war has witnessed the unfurling of a new chapter with the cross-border bombardment by Turkish artillery on the Kurd-dominated pocket of Afrin. This move from Turkey was followed by relentless bombastic anti-Kurdish sentiments from Turkish political leaders. Turkish media have now gone into a nationalist frenzy, shrouded with … Continue reading Russia faces complex choices on how to play the Kurdish card

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Erdogan snares an ancient port on the Red Sea – with funds from Qatar?

Turkish president strikes a deal with Sudan to develop the historic port island of Suakin, raising suspicion that Qatari funds have been used to secure a base close to the port of Jeddah; Egypt is not happy about the deal either By Sami Moubayed   Shortly before Christmas, a highly controversial deal was struck in … Continue reading Erdogan snares an ancient port on the Red Sea – with funds from Qatar?

Turkey switches to full defiance of US, continues Putin courtship

By M.K. Bhadrakumar   On Monday, US National Security Advisor HR McMaster added to tensions in the Middle East when he condemned Turkey and Qatar as prime sponsors of extremist Islamist ideology. He tore into the Turkish leadership, saying the country’s growing problems with the West are largely due to the rise of the Justice … Continue reading Turkey switches to full defiance of US, continues Putin courtship

Turkey-Iran-Qatar entente mocks Saudi-led ‘Arab NATO’

By M.K. Bhadrakumar Middle East politics just witnessed two contrasting events. In Riyadh on Monday, there was a meeting of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) defense ministers. The previous day, in Tehran, came a trilateral “commercial” deal signed by Iran, Turkey and Qatar. The IMCTC spectacle outstripped the modest event in Tehran in terms … Continue reading Turkey-Iran-Qatar entente mocks Saudi-led ‘Arab NATO’

Russia’s S-400 missile system: A new Middle East invasion

Powerful and popular anti-missile/aircraft system is a game changer with its ability to use ultra-fast long- and short-range missiles By Stephen Bryen Saudi Arabia’s agreement to purchase the S-400 anti-aircraft Triumf anti-missile system from Russia is a major blow to the United States and its European allies. The deal follows Turkey’s $2.5 billion agreement to … Continue reading Russia’s S-400 missile system: A new Middle East invasion