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The Future of Incirlik Air Base

Despite the sweltering Turkish summer, American pilots shopped for handsewn leather jackets at Pop’s Leather. Sitting on the edge of the NATO airbase at Incirlik, Pops is just one of many businesses that have for decades depended upon American clientele. Today, they receive nary a visitor says Shafak Acikgoz …

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The End of ISIS is in Sight. What is Next?

Given that the last strongholds for ISIS (known as Daesh in the region) in Raqaa, Syria and Mosul, Iraq have fallen, it is likely the group in its current territory-based form will gone by the end of 2017.  Only weeks ago, Daesh was allowed to leave central Syria before …

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US options in Syria – split between Kurdish and Turkish allies, and reality

According to reports by Kurdish media a source from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has revealed that thousands of military personnel of the US-led Global Coalition are present in Syrian Kurdistan and other northern regions of the country. “Nearly 4,000 troops and military advisors of the anti-Islamic State Global …

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The End of ‘Assad Must Go’, Putin Welcomes Syrian President in Sochi

Putin/Assad Meeting Cements the End of U.S. Dominance in the Middle East Tom Luongo I’m not a terribly religious man.  But, I’d like to believe there is a special corner in Hell reserved for those that fomented the Syrian Civil War. From its beginnings in Libya with gun-funneling through …

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Isn’t it time for Turkey to withdraw from the military wing of NATO?

Irked by increasing diplomatic clashes with the West, Ankara is warming to a new alliance with Moscow. How ready is the West for the geostrategic and geoeconomic costs of losing Turkey? Metin Gurcan The United States and Europe are on the verge of losing the Turkish public to Russia. Since November …

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Russia’s Arms Sales to Middle East Countries Spike to Record-High Levels

Andrei Akulov Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, ended on Nov.16, having drawn over 79,000 trade visitors, up around 20% over the last version of the event in 2015. The total order tally is $113.8 billion in orders. It …

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Expect further chill in US-Turkish relations

Commentary | Editor Experts say that US-Turkish relations are at their lowest since the 1974, when Congress imposed an arms embargo after Turkey invaded Cyprus, according to a recent CNBC article. Since botched coup last July relations between the US and Turkey have been in a downward spiral. …

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A Telling Comparison: Israel versus North Korea

by Kim Petersen  Missing from corporate media accounts is what causes the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK aka North Korea) to be singled out for opprobrium for what, essentially, is developing a deterrent against any entity that would attack it. A comparison with how the United Nations …

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The inside story of the Saudi night of long knives

Princes, ministers and a billionaire are ‘imprisoned’ in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton while the Saudi Arabian Army is said to be in an uproar By PEPE ESCOBAR The House of Saud’s King Salman devises an high-powered “anti-corruption” commission and appoints his son, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, as …

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