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Turkey is engaging in hostage diplomacy with the US, officials say

Turkey is engaging in “hostage diplomacy” by holding several US and German citizens on seemingly trumped-up terrorism charges as bargaining chips in order to force the US and Germany to extradite Turkish nationals, according to current and former security officials in Europe and the US.

U.S irate at Turkey for exposing military positions in Syria

In a move that has angered the U.S, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu Agency has leaked the precise locations of U.S. bases in northern Syria. The move – which exposes the exact locations of American soldiers on the front lines in the war-torn nation – has sent the ongoing feud between the two NATO allies to new lows.

Turkey’s president had a bad NATO summit, too

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spent the early part of this year repeatedly insulting his NATO allies, partly with the aim of stimulating nationalist sentiment at home in order to win a constitutional referendum giving him nearly autocratic powers. He won that referendum in April, and has since been trying to repair his damaged ties with the West.

Russia secures presence in the Mediterranean, Turkey accepts Assad!

Two very important developments regarding the Syrian conflict: Russia signed an agreement that prolongs its presence in the country and increases its forces and its installations there and Turkey seems to accept for the first time Assad on power in a post-solution Syria.

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