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Daily Briefing: WHAT’S WITH TURKEY?

World Today: Turkey’s Stance on NATO Expansion Is ‘Blackmail’, Expert Says:  TVP World, May 15, 2022 In this episode of World Today, TVP World focuses on Turkey’s role in the context of the war in Ukraine and its recent unenthusiastic stance on the idea of Finland and Sweden joining NATO. TVP World asked Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum to shed more light on the issue.

Can a Renewed Alliance Between Israel and Turkey Stabilize the Middle East?:  Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak,  Mosaic, June 7, 2022

Is Turkey Russia’s Secret Weapon Inside NATO?:  Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, May 20, 2022

Turkey Threatens New Ethnic-Cleansing Invasion of Syria – Analysis:  Seth J. Frantzman, Jerusalem Post, May 24, 2022

Hamas Operatives Granted Turkish Citizenship, Assumed Turkish Names to Avoid Global Scrutiny:  Abdullah Bazkurt, Nordic Monitor, June 6, 2022

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Turkey Wants a Bribe for Allowing Sweden and Finland to Join NATO:  Michael Rubin, 1945, May 17, 2022Against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s increasingly erratic behavior, Sweden and Finland seek NATO membership. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Putin’s sanctions-evasion lifeline, has threatened to block their application.

Turkish Government Released From Prison In 2019 Dozens Of Iran-Backed Hizbullah Hitmen Responsible For Over 100 Killings In Turkey:  A. Smith, MEMRI, June 7, 2022 — On April 25, 2022, Turkish journalist Özgür Cebe reported that right before the March 31, 2019 local elections, the Turkish government released from prison one Mehmet Salih Kölge, who had been the deputy of Hüseyin Velioğlu, the leader of Hizbullah in Turkey who was killed in a shootout with police in Istanbul on January 17, 2000.

Deputy Minister Discusses Turkey’s Planned Military Operation into Syria With US Official:  Hurriyet Daily News, June 3, 2022 — Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal held a telephone conversation on June 2 with Permanent Representative of the US to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield discussing the developments in Syria including Turkey’s planned military operation into the neighboring country.

US Warns Turkey Again About Attacking Northern Syria:  Laurie Mylroie, Kurdistan 24, June 1, 2022 — For the second time in as many weeks, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price warned Ankara against a cross-border attack into Syria, including the area held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Former US State Department Adviser: ISIS Will Remain Risk Until Turkey Stops Supporting It:  Medya News, June 5, 2022 — David L. Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and a former expert at and senior adviser to the US State Department, spoke with Artı Gerçek about Turkey’s relations with the United States and NATO and its involvement with ISIS.

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