Turkey faces quagmire in Syria By M.K. Bhadrakumar

20 August 2019 — Indian Punchline

Militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham fire anti-aircraft gun mounted on pickup truck in Syria’s Idlib province last week

The three-year old Russian-Turkish tango in Syria has been incisive, exciting and provocative, but the inability of the two partners to trust each other or surrender to the care and needs of the other has deprived the relationship of the energies to work symbiotically.

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S-400 and Turkey: A Middle Eastern Perspective

4 August 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Middle Eastern media outlets have been actively reporting on the delivery of Russia’s S-400 Triumph missile systems purchased by Turkey.

The authors of these articles have tried to assess the significance of this deal for Turkey, the reaction of Ankara’s NATO allies and the possible consequences in terms of the regional and global balance of power. The headlines of a number of these stories are quite telling: “Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?”, “Will Turkey leave NATO?”.

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Shifting Alliances: Is Turkey Now “Officially” an Ally of Russia? Acquires Russia’s S-400. Exit from NATO Imminent? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

13 July, 2019 — Global Research

Turkey is taking delivery of Russia’s S 400 missile defence system. What this signifies is that Turkey and Russia are now “officially” allies. The first shipment of the S-400 landed in Ankara on July 12, according to Turkey’s Ministry of Defense. (see image below)

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Washington delivers ultimatum to Ankara on S-400 deal with Russia BY Padraig McGrath

4 July 2019 — InfoRos

The latest controversy surrounding Turkey demonstrates that internal discipline within NATO is crumbling

Padraig McGrath, political analyst

Washington delivers ultimatum to Ankara on S-400 deal with Russia

On July 2nd, the State Department reiterated warnings that the United States will take retaliatory measures if Turkey does not reverse its decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defence system.

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Turkey begins to openly combat Syrian troops

18 June 2019 — Inforos

This may spoil Moscow-Ankara relations

Yury Veselov, military observer, Inforos

The Defense Ministry of Turkey officially confirmed on June 16, 2019 that Turkish artillery was involved in shelling Syrian governmental army positions near Tell Bazam in the “de-escalation zone” in the northwest of the Idlib province. This was allegedly “made in agreement with the Russian side as response to accurate data indicating from where two Turkish observer posts were attacked.”

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Explaining Russia’s Position on Idlib

4 June 2019 — The Saker

by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog

Over the past five years my work in the information space has been consciously aimed at explaining why the Russian military does and doesn’t do certain things, whether it be in relation to Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Venezuela, etc, and why demanding that Putin bombs everything in sight is exactly what the CIA wants so-called “pro-Russians” to say. Yet I haven’t exhausted (maybe I never will exhaust it?) this topic because it is so vast and, ultimately, complex. And it is because of this seemingly insurmountable complexity that questions like “Why doesn’t Russia liberate all of Ukraine”, “Why doesn’t Russia save Donetsk and Lugansk in the same way it saved Crimea?”, “Why doesn’t Russia boot America out of Syria?”, etc are asked on social media.

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Waging War on Iran without Turkey? Is Turkey Sleeping with the Enemy? The Russia -Turkey -Iran “Triple Entente” By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

10 May 2019 — Global Research

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Recent reports suggest that Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, together with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are “doing everything possible to instigate a war with Iran”. Will they succeed?

Bolton-Pompeo are involved in deliberate acts of provocation. The Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group is currently en route to the Persian Gulf  “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime…”

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There’s No Quick Fix To US-Turkish Tensions by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

20 December 2018 — Oriental Review – The Indian Punchline

The battle of wits between the US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan is getting curioser and curioser. Trump fancies himself to be the ultimate deal-maker. But he is underestimating the wily Turkish leader who may be one up on him.

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Turkey’s Hour of Reckoning in Syria Melkulangara Bhadrakumar

29 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

During a Pentagon briefing last weekend, Secretary of Defence James Mattis dropped a bombshell by innocuously slipping in that the US military intends to set up a string of observation posts on the Syrian-Turkish border. Mattis implied that Turkey was on board and that the idea was for the two militaries to jointly prevent any terrorist threats to the US’ NATO ally emanating out of Syrian territories.

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Saudi Regime Survives but Enters the Time of Troubles By Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

6 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

In a sensational disclosure quoting “intelligence sources”, former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer wrote in the Financial Review newspaper on Sunday that the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered on October 2 in Turkey was far from a “bleeding heart liberal” but was a seasoned intelligence agent and a sympathizer of the Muslim Brotherhood working on regime change in his country.

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