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Washington's relationship with Ankara amid a "Turkish-American spring"

Washington's relationship with Ankara amid a "Turkish-American spring" | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Turkey's Ambassador to the US Namik Tan said the US relationship with Turkey was in "excellent" condition amid upheaval in Iran, Syria and the wider Middle East at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.
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Turkey’s Sanctions on Syria Hurt Business for Border City

Turkey’s Sanctions on Syria Hurt Business for Border City | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In a large industrial center, everyone from olive vendors to owners of large textile conglomerates says the shifting geopolitics are proving bad for business.
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Gunfire spreads fear at Turkey-Syria border

* Syrian guards shooting at any movement at border -residents * Turkish truck drivers say threatened by Syrian troops * One says bodies of five soldiers lay on the road 

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Turkey acts as mentor for emerging Islamists in region

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - As Islamist groups emerge triumphant in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan seems decided to act as their...
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Syria hit with Turkey sanctions as army losses mount

Syria hit with Turkey sanctions as army losses mount | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Syria's biggest trade partner Turkey suspended all financial credit dealings with it on Wednesday and froze its government's assets, joining the Arab League in isolating President...
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Turkey to Set Syria Sanctions

Turkey's foreign minister said that Turkey would announce sanctions against Syria after they have been discussed with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is recovering from an operation.
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Cutting out Syria, Turkey considers Iraq as alternate trade route as Damascus faces sanctions

BEIRUT — Turkey said Tuesday it will consider using Iraq as an alternative transit route for trade with the Middle East, cutting out Syria entirely as Damascus faces broad economic sanctions over its deadly crackdown on an 8-month-old uprising.
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Syrian rebel leader waiting in Turkey

Syrian rebel leader waiting in Turkey | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's John Simpson tracks down Colonel Riyad al-Asad, the leader of the rebel Free Syrian Army, who is waiting in Turkey for his time to come...
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Turkish trial of journalists raises human rights concerns

Turkish journalists Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener appeared in court today in a trial that has some questioning the health of Turkey's democracy, long considered a model in the Muslim world.
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Turkish prime minister tells Syria's Assad to step down

Turkish prime minister tells Syria's Assad to step down | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Turkey's prime minister Tayyip Erdogan says Syrian president Bashar al-Assad should resign for the sake of regional peace.
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Erdogan's Moment

Erdogan's Moment | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Red carpets, honor guards and gun salutes are for garden-variety visiting politicians and monarchs: for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Cairo put on the kind of reception usually reserved for rock stars. Turkey's Prime Minister was greeted at the airport by thousands of cheering fans, many holding aloft posters of their hero. Fusillades of flashbulbs turned night into day.

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Turkey backs Arab calls on Syria

Turkey backs Arab calls on Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab League and Turkey call for "urgent steps" to protect Syrian civilians, hours after rebel troops reportedly attack a military base near Damascus.
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Turkey steps up pressure on Syria

Turkey steps up pressure on Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Turkey increases pressure on Syria over the crackdown on protests, with PM Erdogan warning Damascus against shedding "the blood of the oppressed".
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Analysis: Turkey and allies want Syria's Assad out, just not yet

Analysis: Turkey and allies want Syria's Assad out, just not yet | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Turkey, with strong backing from its Arab and Western allies, very much wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down -- but not just yet.Under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and...
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Turkey: We won't allow Syria to threaten security of region

Turkey: We won't allow Syria to threaten security of region | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Turkey has said that it does not want military intervention in Syria but that it is ready for 'any scenario', including setting up a buffer zone inside Syria.
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On the Front Line with Syria's Free Army

On the Front Line with Syria's Free Army | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

AIN AL-BAIDA, SYRIA – The Turkish flag flies next to the green, white, and black standard of the Syrian revolution at a Free Syrian Army (FSA) position above the village of Ain al-Baida. Here, about 150 rebel fighters -- mostly defectors from the Syrian Army -- are situated in concrete and cinderblock houses pockmarked by bullet holes, their weapons pointed across the valley at the Syrian military below.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Syria: Descent into Mayhem!

Assad feigns innocence, Clinton meets Ghalioun & SNC leaders, Shell and Total suspend Syria operations, clashes take place along Turkish, Lebanese and even Jordanian borders with greater frequency, defections increase, so do the killings, the arrests, and the levels of impunity and defiance, as Syria descends slowly into Mayhem.

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Syria: The view from next door

Syria: The view from next door | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's Jim Muir looks at how Syria's neighbours are reacting to the crisis and how the various outcomes might affect them.
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Turkey raises Syria military option

Turkey raises Syria military option | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ISTANBUL/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkey Tuesday raised the option of military intervention in neighboring Syria while Russia rejected even an arms embargo as Damascus tries to stifle anti-government protests.Highlighting...
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Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Favors Turkey Model

Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Favors Turkey Model | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood would follow the Turkish model were it to gain power should President Bashar al-Assad’s regime fall, said Mohammad Shaqfah, the exiled leader of the outlawed Syrian group.
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Turkish prime minister tells Syria's president to step down or risk tragic end - CNN.com

Turkish prime minister tells Syria's president to step down or risk tragic end - CNN.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a stern warning to Syria's president Tuesday, urging him to resign or risk the same fate as Libya's Gadhafi.
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Turkey: What's Behind the Country's New Internet Filtering System

When Turkish officials announced earlier this year that all internet users would soon be forced to sign up for a government-run filtering program (see this previous post), a loud outcry ensued, with p...
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The Syria Game of Thrones: Turkey vs. Iran vs. the Saudis in Battle to Shape a Rebellion’s Outcome - Global Spin

The Syria Game of Thrones: Turkey vs. Iran vs. the Saudis in Battle to Shape a Rebellion’s Outcome   - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab League called Wednesday for "urgent measures"  to protect Syrian civilians in the face of violent repression by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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Turkish papers highlight contingency plans for Syria

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish newspapers said on Saturday Ankara had contingency plans to create no-fly or buffer zones to protect civilians in neighboring Syria from security forces there if the bloodshed...
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Turkey-Syria relations reach new lows after embassy attacks

Turkey-Syria relations reach new lows after embassy attacks | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Ammar Abdulhamid, a US-based Syrian poet and activist who runs the Tharwa Foundation, says "The Turkish government is now forced to make hard choices." "Neutrality is not a viable option here, and the question now confronting Mr. Erdogan and his advisers regarding Syria deals with the extent of their potential involvement in managing the looming transition there," he told SES Turkiye. "This calls for a greater engagement with opposition groups, and not only the SNC, but also greater logistical and material support to the Syrian Free Army," he said..

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