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An aerial view taken on Feb. 6, 2020, shows smoke billowing from tires burnt by Syrians in an attempt to hinder air strikes.

Turkey’s Intervention in Syria Will Slow Assad, But It Won’t Stop Him

Ankara's latest move might slow the Syrian regime's Russian-backed onslaught on Idlib, but the tyrant will remain on the throne so long as the world turns a blind eye.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greece Accidentally Steered Into a Foreign-Policy Crisis

Turkey is redrawing its borders in the Aegean—and the Greek government is failing to do much about it.

Afghan men walk along the highway between the Turkish cities of Dogubayazit and Agri, in eastern Turkey, near the border with Iran on April 22, 2019. After crossing the border, they were unable to obtain proper documentation that would allow them to ride public transportation, forcing them to walk for hours or days as they travel toward Istanbul on their way to Europe.

As America Shuts Its Doors, Afghan Refugees Are Stuck in Turkey

The Trump administration has made it nearly impossible for Afghans who aided U.S. troops to claim asylum in the United States. Instead, thousands who aided Americans on the battlefield are stranded in a country that doesn't want them.

A ship spewing heavy smoke is pictured on the Bosphorus in Istanbul on April 21, 2009.

In Turkey, a Battle Over Infrastructure Could Shape the Next Presidential Race

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s drive to build a new canal to bypass the Bosphorus faces a formidable opponent: Istanbul mayor and likely presidential contender Ekrem Imamoglu.

Pro-nationalist university students shout during a protest against the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers during a demonstration in Ankara on July 21, 2016.

Erdogan’s Purges Have Replaced One Islamic Sect With Another

Turkey expelled alleged sympathizers of Fethullah Gulen from government jobs after the 2016 coup attempt. Other Islamic sects, and one in particular—the Menzil—are now filling the vacuum.

Bishop Sahak Masalyan (center), the chairman of the Religious Council of the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul, addresses the congregation at Surp Asdvadzadzin Patriarchal Church on Nov. 11, 2019.

Turkey Must Stop Meddling in Armenian Church Affairs

The Turkish government is imposing its political preferences when it comes to selecting the leaders of the country’s minority groups—and posing a threat to religious freedom.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala, left, and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu

Newly Aggressive Turkey Forges Alliance With Libya

Erdogan’s latest bid to reshape the Mediterranean provides military support to Tripoli against Russian-backed rebels.

A member of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Forces of Asayish

Greenlighted by Trump, Turkey Invades Syria

Five essential reads on the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria.

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Who Exactly Is Turkey Resettling in Syria?

Ankara claims it’s helping displaced Syrians return home. Kurds and international observers accuse Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government of demographic engineering.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey Pitches Plan to Settle 1 Million Refugees in Northern Syria 

Questions arise as to whether Erdogan’s $26 billion megaproject is intended to clear his border of Kurds.

Mazloum Abdi, the commander in chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces

Kurdish Commander Calls on Trump to Prevent ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

The SDF’s Gen. Mazloum Abdi wants international observers to stop Turkish-backed forces from displacing the Kurds.

The S-400 air defense system

U.S. Lawmakers Move to Punish Turkey for Buying Russian Missile System

Congress stopped short of imposing sanctions but signaled it may act unilaterally if Trump does not.

Pro-Turkish Syrian fighters carry away remains of the victims of a car bomb explosion at the industrial zone in the northern Syrian town of Tal Abyad

Turkey Begins Resettling Refugees in Northeastern Syria

Continued reports of atrocities by Turkish-backed forces raise concerns about ethnic cleansing.

Turkish-backed Syrian Arab fighters man a checkpoint in the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin in northern Syria after seizing control of it from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on March 18, 2018.

The Fight for ISIS’s Old Territory Is Just Beginning

A host of forces including Turkish and Iranian proxies to Russian troops and Syrian government forces are jockeying for control of the lands that once were held by the Islamic State.

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) jokes with U.S. President Donald Trump (center) next to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) as they arrive for the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11, 2018.

Don’t Blame Turkey for NATO’s Woes

Emmanuel Macron thinks the Atlantic alliance is brain-dead, but its problems have deeper roots than the recent U.S.-Turkish spat over Syria.

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