Turkey v NATO: Will Ankara’s Syria incursion destroy ties with partners?

NATO member Turkey appears to be straining the patience of allies with its operation in Syria’s northwest – but just how far can the ties stretch before they snap? Turkey’s “anti-terrorist” operation in the Kurdish area of Afrin, northwest Syria, looks set to expand, with Manbij and Idlib being voiced as the next targets. As … Continue reading Turkey v NATO: Will Ankara’s Syria incursion destroy ties with partners?

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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

‘Cold War Mentality’: US Defense Strategy Includes False Judgments on China

BEIJING (Sputnik) - The new US National Defense Strategy includes a lot of false and absurd judgments related to China, which are the remnants reflecting the Cold War mentality, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a Saturday statement. "On January 19, the US Department of Defense released the reporton the National Defense Strategy. The plan of the national strategy, … Continue reading ‘Cold War Mentality’: US Defense Strategy Includes False Judgments on China

Japan mulls deploying F-35B fighters on helicopter carrier

First real flattop since WWII would be sea change for Tokyo Japan may soon face the sticky task of defining the difference between a “defensive aircraft carrier” and an “offensive” one. The Asahi Shimbun noted in a year-end analysis that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is mulling a proposal to convert the Izumo, a Maritime Self-Defense … Continue reading Japan mulls deploying F-35B fighters on helicopter carrier

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?