US prepares for Iraq

On July 9, CNN spread the news that the U.S. is planning to attack the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with drones. The American press has also created the impression in the last few days that Washington might conduct an airstrike soon.

How ISIL activity is bad for Turkey

Of the $30 billion Iraqi imports, a third is from Turkey. Gaziantep alone provides around a fifth of Iraq’s imports. So Iraq by itself is important for Turkey. Now two things are happening at once. First of all, it is getting increasingly harder to send trucks down to Iraq. Secondly, Iraqi import demand is declining rather rapidly as Iraq transforms into a war zone.

Thirty-three Syrian refugees caught off Turkish coastline

The Turkish coastguard has stopped a boat of human traffickers off the southwestern Datça peninsula carrying Syrian refugees to the Greek island of Symi in the early hours of July 11.

Two human traffickers, who jumped off of the boat during the raid, were both caught and detained after they reached land by swimming.

Xenophobia spreading!

A small girl, about eight-nine years old approached the windshield of the car at the corner less than 100 meters away from Door Number 5 of the Presidential Palace. That is the door used for visiting dignitaries and the media, and in a way after the main gate, which is generally used by the president and Protocol A, is the second most important gate of the presidential compound.

Those who think PKK will abandon arms without democracy are ‘dreamers,’ says senior member

Those who think the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) will withdraw from armed struggle before the Kurdish people live in a “free and democratic” society are “dreamers,” a founding member of the organization has said, amid a fresh push from the government to revive the stalled peace process.