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Merve Şebnem Oruç

Merve Şebnem Oruç

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Time for Sunnis to be announced terrorist

The anti-Daesh coalition formed in September 2014 under the leadership of the U.S. was faced by another “de facto” coalition along with the “joint operation center” Russia formed in September 2015 with Iran, Iraq and Syria in Baghdad as it was landin... more

Historic agreement in Libya, UAE and Mohammed Dahlan

On our agenda is Russia, which continues to keep tensions high after the downing of its jet; contrasting statements from the Baghdad administration and Northern Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) regarding the presence of Turkish troops in Ba... more

Does Putin's nonsense make him insane?

Peter the First, known as Peter the Lunatic in Turkey, is known as Peter the Great in the West. While some prefer to call him “mad," Peter, leading the Tsarist Russia for 41 years from the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 18th century ... more

Was the Russian passenger plane downed by ISIL?

Setting up a game, being a player and even reading the game in the Middle East's idiosyncratic chaos. Just as you think “everything is over,” an unexpected retaliation happens and you think, “the real game is just starting.” Plans on paper may backfi... more

Turkey made its choice, now for its allies

The Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) 49.5 percent victory in the Nov. 1 general elections, is, without a doubt, going to be as determining in Turkey's foreign policies as in its internal affairs. One of the main topics discussed in the four... more

Civil war, coup, World War III

The turbulences in our region have naturally affected Turkey, too. When the Arab Spring, which turned into a proxy war as a result of the revolution it faced in Syria, triggered first a regional then a global conflict atmosphere, Turkey was greatly a... more

Why is Assad still here?

It could have declared a no-fly zone in western Syria and stopped Bashar Assad from bombing his own people. But it didn't. It could have at least sent anti-aircraft to the Syrian opposition groups with which it has direct contact to help them protect... more

The U.S.A and Russia's 'fight against terror'...

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was in Russia yesterday, for the opening ceremony of the newly built Moscow Mosque in the capital city. Made by the Russian Muslims Religious Administration, the mosque's main sponsor was businessman Süleyman Kerimov an... more

Are we the ones who denied that Syrians sought refuge in Iran?

Before 3-year-old Syrian Aylan Kurdi's tiny body hit the coast of Bodrum, a resort town in western Turkey, the bodies of refugees, women and children trying to reach Europe had hit Libyan shores. They didn't even turn to look. For weeks the misery of... more

'Old foe, new friend' partners of the anti-Erdoğan coalition

We started seeing the first signs of strange alliances during the Gezi incidents. The cooperation of the neo-nationalists with the Turkish left was no surprise for those who know the recent history of Turkey, yet it was interesting to see some libera... more

On the recent history of US-Turkey relations

If we don't count the last two-year tension between Ankara and Washington until the latest agreement made within the context of fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, we can say that Turkey-U.S. relations seriously falter... more

Will Salih Muslim sell you out as well?

Following the religious holiday, we've entered a new period, which will even push coalition negotiations into the background of the agenda, after a week of important developments. Turkey's air strike on ISIL in the north of Syria, attacks against PKK... more

New era after the Turkey-US agreement

Turkey has left behind a somber and quite strenuous week. The statements made by the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) politicians –which increased tensions- following the suicide attack in Suruç, where 32 people lost their lives, was follo... more

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