Kurdish separatism in Turkey
On a bright summer day in the eastern town of Malazgirt, while driving into the marketplace in plainclothes and in the company of his wife and daughter, Maj. Arslan Kulaks?z was shot and killed in a crossfire by unknown men. He was the commander of the post in the village. Admired by the villagers, he was a different kind of soldier for the Kurds of Turkey.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that the Turkish airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq constituted a violation of the country's sovereignty.
The Council of Ministers considered the airstrikes as "dangerous escalation and a violation of Iraq's sovereignty", al-Abadi said in a message on his official Twitter account.
It might appear lunacy to claim the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its mastermind, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, are pulling the country into a calamity in hopes of fomenting nationalism and sweeping back to a sufficient electoral majority to form a single party government. This is a very wild and horrible hypothesis. It cannot be true. It should not be true.
Turkey can't continue a peace process with the Kurdish rebels who are attacking Turkish targets, the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
It is impossible to continue "the peace process with those who target our national unity and brotherhood," Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday before leaving on an official visit to China, according to hurriyetdailynews.com.
An explosion late on Monday suspended gas transport along a pipeline between Turkey and Iran, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Y?ld?z has said.
The pipes were caught in flames due to the blast which was extinguished quickly, state-run Anadolu Agency quotes him as saying.
In Y?ld?z's words, transportation is set to continue as soon as repair works are finished.
One of the sharp qualities of Turkish President Tayyip Erdo?an in politics is his ability to reduce every complicated problem into one known equation and try to solve that as it is.
This might be a simplistic approach to politics in today?s world, but it has worked for him during his 20-plus years in politics.
How could weapons be drawn so quickly? How could death traps be set so quickly? How could those spiteful attacks be organized against the police and the military so quickly? Could it be any quicker, I wonder, to give out orders to ?attack, burn and destroy??