The Islamic State (ISIS) and Turkey’s Political Shuffle within a Chaotic Middle East

Relationship with IranTurkey-Iran relations improved between January and June 2014 when the two countries exchanged nine diplomatic visits on the Secretary of State and presidential levels.  Video: 2012 Unnamed Syrian militants seize borders with both Iraq and Turkey.Kurdish Involvement in the Syrian CrisisKurdistan Foreign Relations also improved when, during these talks, the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was accompanied by the Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) Chief Fidan. It is probable that the issues concerning Kurdish involvement in the Syrian crisis, and especially the problems with foreign fighters, were discussed during the talks.For More on Foreign Fighters in Syria: Why we should be worriedFor More on Shia Foreign Fighters in SyriaIn the Beginning Syira was a Clandestine War between Tehran and AnkaraAt the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Iran and Turkey stood on opposite sides for different reasons. Ankara’s decision to support Syria’s…

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Coskun Unal

Coskun Unal is a retired Turkish Army Colonel. He joined the Turkish Special Forces as an Engineers' Lieutenant in 1992 and worked for Turkish Army Special Operations Command for 15 years,...