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Turkey’s Tomb Raiders

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It was a story that mystified many non-Turks. On the night of Feb. 21, Turkey sent a military convoy into Syria to rescue 38 of its soldiers…
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Once again we see how muddled the Middle East is and always has been. To think this particular military operation has its roots in a deal stuck between the Turkish government and France in 1921. Even stranger is that the figure involved goes back to the beginnings of the Ottoman Empire.in the thirteenth century. And it is likely that the Kurds and Turks cooperated; now that is even stranger.

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Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS

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Suicide bombs. Captured soldiers. Guerrilla attacks. Iran claims it’s under assault by Sunni militants like ISIS. Now Tehran is making mass arrests to try to stop the onslaught.
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If Iran, Turkey, and some of the Sunni states join together to fight ISIS, this may be the beginning of real peace among Islamic nations. Now, can they accept Israeli help and will Israel be smart enough to offer it? An alliance to fight madness might just help fight the underlying madness of the region.

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KBucketeer's curator insight, October 10, 2014 3:50 AM

They have been after the Sunnis in Iran ever since they came into power.  Just another reason for cracking down on their own people.

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Revenge of the Kurds

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As ISIS rolls toward Baghdad, the Kurds are gaining oil, ground, and power.
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The Kurds have an opportunity to establish their homeland, and I hope they make it. The weird thing is that Turkey is their ally. Will the Turks allow the Kurdish areas of their country greater autonomy, maybe even separation? Stay tuned to one of the less talked about places in the Middle East.

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Turkey’s Proxy War in Libya

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Why did Saqr Geroushi, the commander of Operation Dignity’s Libyan air force recently announce that the forces under his command would shoot down Turkish aircraft...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

One thing the Euro-American alliance and all the non-Islamic countries of the world must keep in mind is that Islam, particularly in the Middle East, is divided not only between Shia and Sunni but also between factions as to who will hold the caliphate. Yep, that fantasied seat of power still looms as the ultimate prize just as the Holy Grail dominated the minds of Medieval Christians. To believe that our non-believer states have real allies in that region, even those like Turkey that proclaim their non-sectarian status or those like Egypt that are dominated by their military, or those like Saudi Arabia that are quick to take our money for their oil, is to build foreign policy on fools gold.

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Turkey's role in Islamic State fight may hinge on ancient tomb

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By Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks
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I love history and as a writer I adore symbolism, but I must admit this strikes me as weird. There are lots of good reasons for Turkey to get involved in the fight against ISIS but defending a tomb?

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