Turkey’s use of Syrian rebels ‘helped weaken’ Aleppo rebellion

Turkey’s use of Syrian rebels ‘helped weaken’ Aleppo rebellion

The Syrian army is close to retaking full control of Aleppo for the first time since the uprising began. FRANCE 24 interviews a leading journalist to discuss what’s behind the rebels’ retreat and the big picture implications for Syria and the region. Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city and the nation’s economic hub, has been a […]

‘The coup is a gift from God’: Erdogan uses botched rebellion to start purge – including arresting 3,000 secular judges – to forge radical new Turkey after urging Islamists to stay on the streets

‘The coup is a gift from God’: Erdogan uses botched rebellion to start purge – including arresting 3,000 secular judges – to forge radical new Turkey after urging Islamists to stay on the streets

Turkish president Recep Erdogan has described Friday’s attempted coup as a ‘gift from God’ as it will allow him to ‘cleanse’ the army. The hard-line Islamist leader managed to cling onto power after making a dramatic appeal over FaceTime for his supporters to confront the military who attempted to seize strategic locations in Istanbul and […]