Erdogan accuses the West of backing the IS group

Erdogan accuses the West of backing the IS group

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the West was breaking promises in Syria, accusing Ankara’s partners of backing “terror groups” including IS jihadists in the country. At least 37 Turkish soldiers have died in Turkey’s major incursion inside Syria since it was launched in August to back pro-Ankara Syrian fighters battling IS and […]

Why the West’s right wing admires Vladimir Putin

Why the West’s right wing admires Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is widely admired by right-wing leaders in Western democracies – including Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen – a stark reversal from when conservatives were the staunchest of Cold Warriors. Autocratic Russian President Vladimir Putin has garnered much admiration in recent years from a bevy of right-wing politicians who […]

Israel approves more than 400 new West Bank settlement homes

Israel approves more than 400 new West Bank settlement homes

  Israeli authorities approved 466 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, settlement watchdog Peace Now said, despite growing international criticism over such projects. The approvals mostly involved new housing units, but a retroactive green light was also granted to 179 existing homes in the Ofarim settlement. Around 50 new units received final […]

Erdogan accuses West of protecting coup plotters, ‘supporting terror’

Erdogan accuses West of protecting coup plotters, ‘supporting terror’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday launched his most bitter attack yet on Turkey’s Western allies over the July 15 attempted putsch, accusing them of supporting both “terror” and the coup plotters who tried to unseat him. Erdogan, who blames the plot on the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, also described the coup as a “scenario […]

West cooperating secretly with Damascus, claims Assad

West cooperating secretly with Damascus, claims Assad

AMMAN: Syrian President Bashar al Assad said in an interview to be broadcast on Friday that Western countries had sent security officials to help his government covertly in fighting Islamist militants involved in Syria’s war. Assad, in remarks to Australia’s SBS News channel that were carried by Syrian state media, said Western states — who […]