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Iran, Iraq, Turkey et al.; Pieces of the same puzzle

Nov 29, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

No matter how often President Bush gets stern with Iran, the country’s radical president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, hits back: “You, who have used nuclear weapons against innocent people, who have used uranium ordnance in Iraq, should be tried as war criminals in courts.” But now, he is on the offensive against enemies of his regime. He’s surrounded by American troops in Afghanistan and in Iraq, yet he shows no sign of toning down his hateful policies against the United States and Israel. It’s not clear if he’s trying to provoke the United States, but the “liberated” Iraq seems to be creating some strange bedfellows.

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Law of the land(s); In Cyprus, legal battles hinge on politics

Nov 24, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Bush administration’s policies, particularly Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in Washington three weeks ago, have begun causing problems for Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos.
Mr. Talat argues that since a majority of Greek Cypriots rejected a referendum in April to reunify the island, Turkish Cypriots are gaining advantage. But Greek Cypriots have joined the European Union with the Cyprus problem still unresolved – and they’re using their stronger position to further complicate the situation.

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Washington, Ankara and tough love; The evolving U.S.-Turkey relationship

Nov 8, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The war in Afghanistan has barely registered in news coverage for a while; the focus on U.S. foreign policy is all about Iraq. And when there is a focus on Turkey’s relationship with the United States, that seems to be all about Iraq as well. However, “I think the difference of how we view Turkey and France in Afghanistan and how we view them in their participation in Iraq – I think it is not a French or Turkish problem,” said Col. David Lamm, former chief of staff of the Combined Forces Command in Afghanistan. “It is an American problem. Because we add up in great sum Iraq as the global war on terror where in fact Iraq is just another piece of the global war on terror.”

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Iraqi Kurds and Turkey; Cooperation needed against the PKK

Nov 1, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

When President Bush welcomed President Massoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq to the Oval Office last Tuesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry asked why he was being called “president.” If one needs to put words in U.S. officials’ mouth, they would say, “Turks are unpleasantly missing the point when it comes to the onus of our relations with the Kurds.”

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