Turkey

Erdogan Declares three-month long State of Emergency

Yesterday, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced a three-month long state of emergency as a response to the failed coup attempt of July 15. Today, the President’s decision was published in the Official Gazette and went into force.

Turkey

Erdogan says Death Penalty for Coup Soldiers is not off the Table

Early this morning, while speaking to the crowd in front of his Presidential Residence in Istanbul, President of Tukey Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that he is ready to reinstate the death penalty if the Turkish people demand it, and if the Parliament of Turkey passes the necessary laws.

briefing / Syria

US support for Kurdish advances on ISIS in Syria strengthening Kurdish autonomy

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) group, an alliance of Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac Christian militias, continues to make strategic gains against ISIS. The SDF appears poised to capture Manbij, which is to the west of the Euphrates, further diminishing ISIS’ reach. Moreover, these continued advances have led to increased speculation that the SDF will indeed …