Turkey’s War With the Kurds Is Getting Bloodier by the Day
Mohammed Ekinci still has nightmares. “We were standing here,” he says, gesturing to a small garden in front of the Amara Culture Center in Suruc, southern Turkey. “Everyone was running,” the tall science student says. “They were covered in blood. I could see body parts in the trees we... Read more
Little Armenia Could Play a Big Role if Russia and Turkey Ever Go to War
It’s no secret that the relationship between Russia and Turkey is dismal, with the countries clashing over their respective roles in the Syrian civil war. Russia backs the Syrian regime. Turkey backs the regime’s opponents. What is less-known is a little country that has huge geopolitical significance and a... Read more
Will the Ceasefire in Syria Hold?
After five years of brutal civil war in Syria, is there finally light at the end of the tunnel? A new ceasefire deal brokered by the United States and Russia in late February offers some hope. The terms of the deal require the Americans and Russians to bring their... Read more
Turkey Claims It Will Wipe Out the PKK — Here’s a Million Reasons Why It Can’t
The Turkish government talks tough. “You cannot discourage us from our war on terror,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said earlier this month. “Those mountains will be cleared of these terrorists. Whatever it takes, they will be cleared.” Davutoglu was referring to the bombing campaign against the Kurdistan Workers Party,... Read more
Turkish Police Have a Bad Habit of Harassing Journalists
Turkish authorities have arrested three Vice reporters — British citizens Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury along with their Iraqi fixer. They were in Turkey’s Kurdish region covering violent clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurds in the province of Diyabakır. On Aug. 31, police charged the trio with “engaging in terror activity.” Diyabakır Police... Read more
Turkey’s Bombing Campaign Echoes the 1990s
For years, Turkey has fought an off-and-on war with the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. The guerrilla group–based along the Iraqi-Turkish border–carries out raids, and in response, Turkey launches air strikes, artillery bombardments and even the occasional ground invasion. The Kurdish guerrillas use the mountainous border region as a... Read more
Turkish Jets Bombed These Villages
Iraqi-Kurdistan’s mountainous border with Turkey is littered with abandoned villages, under-populated towns and bases for the guerrilla Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. On July 25, Turkish jets bombed villages and PKK positions after years of relative calm. But during a recent trip by War Is Boring to several villages... Read more
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