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Diplomacy
For the first time since taking office, Biden and Erdogan meet: "We discussed regional collaborations"

As part of the US president's eight-day trip to Europe, the two met in Brussels at the NATO summit. The meeting comes after tensions between the two countries due in part to the Biden administration's recognition of the Armenian genocide.

"A productive and honest conversation," Erdogan said at the conclusion. Biden: "A very good meeting"

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Middle East analysis
Report: Turkey has supplied Saudi Arabia with military UAVs

If indeed this supply was actually made, then it is a unique deal between two countries that have different alliances and are in different coalitions in the Middle East

The website JANES reports that Turkey recently reported to the UN Convention on Arms Control (UNROCA) that it has supplied three UAVs to Saudi Arabia. The UAV models were not reported in the report, but they were classified in category IV-B, which means armed UAVs.

According to the site, two types of UAVs from this category are manufactured in Turkey: Baykar Bayraktar TB2 and the larger UAV Anka, both of which can carry guided armament produced by the Turkish company Roketsan.

If indeed this supply was actually made, then it is a unique and exceptional deal between two countries that have different alliances and are in different coalitions in the Middle East. While Turkey heads the militant Sunni coalition that also includes Qatar and the Libyan government in Western Libya, Saudi Arabia leads the moderate pro-Western Sunni camp.

This deal may be one of the first signs of the disintegration of this coalition structure (which also includes the Iranian-led Shiite-radical camp), when at the beginning of the year the first rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Qatar was recorded and the boycott imposed on Qatar was lifted.

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Middle East analysis
Diplomatic sources hint at a US-Turkish "deal" involving Syria

Diplomatic sources have hinted at the possibility that the United States of America and Turkey will reach an agreement on various issues, including the Syrian issue.

Informed diplomatic sources told the Arabic-language news site Ashrak al-Awsat published in England that "negotiations between the United States and Turkey are in progress."

The website stated that the negotiations "focus on concluding a multifaceted deal, not only related to the Russian missile deal (S-400), but to the role that Turkey can play in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American and international forces."

Negotiations include the fate of the Turkish-Syrian border areas, especially those extending northeast of Euphrates.

Sources said: "The deal we are talking about also includes the future of the S-400 missiles and the situation in Syria, including in particular an attempt to reduce its concerns about the "Kurdish enclave" in areas east of Euphrates, and its active contribution to resolving the humanitarian crisis in all Syrian opposition areas."

Sources added, "Nothing is guaranteed so far, although conditions on the ground lead to the belief that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be forced to accept this deal, for reasons related to internal political and economic difficulties."

It should be noted that US National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan confirmed at a press conference last Monday that Erdogan and Biden will discuss the Syrian issue during their first meeting in Brussels on the 14th of this month.

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Middle East analysis
Egypt-Turkey rapprochement stems from temporary political considerations, will not lead to real reconciliation

Egyptian journalist, Shams Mahmoud, on Turkish website: Egypt-Turkey rapprochement stems from temporary political considerations, will not lead to real reconciliation

In the recent months, there has been a considerable warming of relations between Turkey and Egypt, following many years of intense tension and hostility stemming mainly from Turkey's support of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) movement, which is outlawed in Egypt and is considered the bitterest enemy of the Al-Sisi regime.

On April 10, 2021 Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Turkish counterpart Cavusoglu spoke on the phone, and five days later, on April 15, the latter announced that "a new era" in the relations between the two countries had begun, and that a Turkish delegation would visit Cairo in May to discuss the normalizing of relations and reappointment of ambassadors.

A Turkish delegation indeed came to Egypt on May 5 and met with senior officials to discuss the relations between the countries and various regional issues of mutual interest.

The rapprochement between Turkey and Egypt in the recent months has also been evident in the Egyptian media, which gradually stopped publishing the anti-Turkish content that had been prevalent on it for years. 

"At the same time, the considerable difference between the positions of Turkey and Egypt, as well as the desire of the Egyptian regime to 'take revenge' on Turkey and Turkey's desire to 'educate' the Egyptian regime, mean that the relations between them are permanently strained and depend on the external support [received by] Egypt and on the economic situation in Turkey. 

This, [in turn], means that what is [currently] taking place [between them] is just rapprochement based on interests, not [real] reconciliation. It is similar to the 'Gulf reconciliation,' where no side believes the others, especially after those waves of hostility that almost ended with a military invasion of Qatar and a military coup against [Recep] Tayyip Erdogan and his party."

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Middle East analysis
Erdogan: The people of Turkey are behind me!

Excellent cartoon by Susan Dewar, a perfect summary of what's happening Turkey today.

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Middle East News
Turkish air strike kills at least three in refugee camp inside Iraq

A Turkish air strike killed at least three people and injured others on Saturday at a camp for displaced people in northern Iraq housing thousands of Kurdish refugees from Turkey, said Rashad Kelani, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party official.

The air strike took place three days after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Iraq that Turkey would "clean up" a refugee camp which it says provides a haven for Kurdish militants.

An Iraqi security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed an air strike had killed and injured people in the camp but did not give details.

Turkish forces have stepped up attacks on bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) inside northern Iraq over the last year, focusing their firepower and incursions mainly on a strip of territory up to 30 km (about 20 miles) inside Iraq.

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Middle East analysis
Turkey refused Egypt's request to hand over Muslim Brotherhood leaders

Turkey refused Egypt's request to hand over the leaders of the wanted Muslim Brotherhood, according to the British "Middle East Eye" website, relying on Egyptian intelligence sources.

Sources said the Turkish delegation had informed Egypt that Ankara could not extradite the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood wanted to Egypt, adding that most of these leaders are now legally residing in Turkey.

The talks in Cairo, led by the deputy foreign ministers, were the latest in a series of rapprochement moves between the two countries to improve tense relations between them.

Turkish officials did not comment on the content of the talks. However, Turkish Vice President Poet Octai said Ankara is ready to improve relations with all countries in the region, not just Egypt. Egypt has so far responded cautiously to Turkish initiatives.

On Thursday evening, Egypt and Turkey concluded another round of talks in Cairo, in the first open negotiations between the two countries, after a two-year break that lasted two days, led by Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdi Sanad Luza and his Turkish counterpart Ambassador Sadat Onal.
A joint statement said: "The discussions were open and in-depth, touching on bilateral issues, as well as a number of regional issues, particularly the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq, and the need to achieve peace and security in the eastern Mediterranean." The statement did not clarify any details on the issues discussed by both parties.

Relations between Egypt and Turkey have been strained since the Egyptian army, led by then-military commander Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi, ousted the democratically elected president, Muhammad Morsi, in 2013. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, was a close ally. Of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Middle East News
Erdogan calls on U.S. executives for better ties with Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan asked several U.S. corporate executives for better ties in a call on Wednesday in which he again criticised the White House's decision to call the 1915 Ottoman massacre of Armenians a genocide.

Erdogan said U.S.-Turkey ties would nonetheless enter a "new era" after his face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden set for June 14, their first since last year's U.S. election.

The video conference call, first reported by Reuters on Monday, included officials from Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, Kellogg, PepsiCo, Cisco, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson, according to a video aired on Turkish TV.

Erdogan thanked companies that believed in Turkey and said he expects the United States to be more constructive, adding U.S. tariffs on aluminium and steel remain a problem. He said they could cooperate in Syria and in Libya including in energy.

"I believe we will make Turkey ... a base for production and technology," he told the executives via a translator in televised remarks.

"Biden's statement on the 1915 events has put an added burden on our ties, but I believe the meeting we will hold on June 14 at the NATO summit will be the sign of a new era," he added.

"By simplifying our incentive system, we will ensure investors can take advantage of incentives easier."

Biden and Erdogan have held only one call, on April 23 when Biden said he would call the massacre of Armenians a genocide, a move that drew Turkish condemnation.

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Middle East News
US against Turkish remarks against Israel

The United States strongly condemns Turkish President Erdogan's remarks, calling Israel a "terrorist state." U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. is calling on Erdogan and other Turkish leaders to refrain from fermenting statements that could lead to more violence

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History in Focus
At Least Three Of Muhammad's Swords Were Seized From Jewish Tribe

Pakistan's leading Islamist Urdu-language daily Roznama Ummat reports that at least three of the nine swords belonging to Islam's founder Muhammad were seized from the Jewish tribe of Banu Qaynuqa, which lived in Medina in the seventh century. 

"The Messenger used the double-edged sword 'Al-Qazeeb' on journeys. No war was fought with it. It reached the prophet as war booty [seized] from the Jewish tribe of Banu Qaynuqa," the report said. The Ottoman rulers decorated the sword, and today it is preserved in the museum portion of the Topkapı Palace Museum in Istanbul. 

The Roznama Ummat report added: "The weight of this 100-cm pious sword is 930 grams. Its weight, including the sheath made of colored leather, is 1,684 grams... The sword's blade has the following words written in silver: 'There is no deity but Allah, Muhammad is Allah's messenger, Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Abdul Mutallib.'" 

The Urdu daily noted that Muhammad had three or four swords after the Battle of Banu Qaynuqa: Al-Batar, Qala'i, Mataf, and Al-Qazeeb. It is possible that one of the three swords is the same as Al-Qazeeb under a different name.  

Azb, one of Muhammad's nine swords, is preserved in the Jama Masjid Al-Hussain Bin Ali in Cairo, Egypt. Commenting on the significance of these swords, the Urdu daily noted: "When the Pakistani armed forces launched an operation [against the Pakistani Taliban] in North Waziristan, this operation was named Zarb-e-Azb [Strike of Azb] – after Prophet Muhammad's sword Azb. Prophet Muhammad's sword Azb had been the reason for the subjugation of the unbelievers at the Battle of Uhud [in March 625 CE]." 

At the Battle of Uhud, Muhammad gave Zulfiqar, another sword, to Ali, who would later become the fourth caliph of Islam, according to the Sunni tradition. "He used this to kill many big chieftains of the polytheists of Mecca," the Urdu daily said, adding that Zulfiqar and the remaining swords are preserved in the Topkapı Palace Museum in Istanbul. 

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Middle East News
Erdogan Speaks Against Israel, Calls it a "Terror State"
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a "terror state" on Saturday after Israeli police used rubber bullets and stun grenades after being attacked by rock-hurling Palestinian terrorists at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque yesterday. The clashes in East Jerusalem resulted in the injury of 17 Israeli police officers. Speaking at an event in Ankara, Erdogan called on all Muslim countries and the international community to take "effective" steps against Israel, adding that those who remain silent were "a party to the cruelty there." "The cruel Israel, terror state Israel is mercilessly and unethically attacking Muslims in Jerusalem," Erdogan said. There was no immediate response from Israel's foreign ministry. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that law and order would be maintained in Jerusalem as would the right to worship. 🇮🇱 IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! 🇮🇱
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Middle East News
A new U.S. intelligence report assessing the situation in Syria in the near future
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Commission has released its annual report, in which it estimates that Russian-Iranian rivalry on Syrian soil will continue. The report stressed that after ten years of war, the Assad regime and its opponents have reached an unstable deadlock. The report points to the possibility that “most of the front lines will remain constant over the next six months. " "The regime will not resume the major attack on Idlib without clear political and military support from Russia, based on the previous unwillingness to confront the Turkish army directly," it said. "It is almost certain that the Syrian opposition is no longer able to pose a threat to the regime and instead seeks to protect its remaining areas of control in northern Syria and maintain Turkish support," the report said. Russia is also said to "maintain a long-term military and economic presence in Syria, which will allow it direct access to natural resources in order to continue to exploit them as well as expand its military presence in the country." The report states that Russia will work to normalize relations between the international community and Damascus, with the aim of encouraging investment efforts and rehabilitation of external factors, while reducing the impact of sanctions on the regime. It is worth noting that the Assad regime and Russia ceased their attack on Idlib, following their clash with the Turkish military invading force, following which a ceasefire agreement was signed between Idlib and Turkey in Russia in 2020, which continues to this day despite repeated violations.
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Middle East News
More than 200 arrested on May 1st protests in Turkey
Turkish Police have arrested more than 200 on the May 1st protests after clashing with Police. Reports say the suspects arrested for breaking Covid19 guidelines by attending the event. Source: Walla News!
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Global News
Erdogan To US: Look at 'Genocide' of Native Americans
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Monday US President Joe Biden to retract his recognition of the 1915 Armenian genocide. Turkey’s leader said that Washington’s decision will harm relations between the two NATO members. The US should “look in the mirror” for what Erdogan described as the “genocide of Native Americans.” Infuriated Ankara stressed that Biden’s historic recognition on Saturday has opened a “deep wound” in the already tense relations between the nations. Source: Walla! News
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Global News
Kurds Kill Turkish Troops
Two Turkish soldiers were killed Tuesday morning during fighting with the Kurdish militant group, PKK. Source: H Breaking News
# Turkey # Syria # Erdogan
Middle East News
Erdogan: Biden's recognition of the Armenian genocide will harm our relationship
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today (Monday) attacked US President Joe Biden's recognition of the Armenian genocide, saying it would have a "devastating effect" on relations between the two countries. Erdogan claims the statement is "baseless" and accuses "Armenian gangs" of the 1915 carnage. Source: Walla News
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Middle East analysis
Bahraini MP Jamal Bu Hassan: Erdogan’s rule constitutes a threat to all Arab countries
Turkish president Erdogan’s rule is a threat to all Arab countries, including the GCC, because he seeks to become a sultan and restore the Ottoman Empire. Source: Memri.org
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Middle East News
Armenians in Israel demand that the winds of change from the United States reach the Knesset: "Absurd that Israel is behind."
The Armenian community has seen Biden join 30 countries that US President Joe Biden's recognition of the Armenian Genocide has rekindled the community's frustration in the country. The tangle of diplomatic interests vis-à-vis Turkey, which prevented the United States from operating until yesterday, has prevailed over the administration of justice in previous attempts. The community hopes the announcement marks a change and urges the government to join its ally and the 30 other countries that have sided with the Armenians. "People are slowly waking up to this, and are beginning to understand the magnitude of the matter," says Serge Bedoyan, a resident of Haifa. To this day people have denied, and unfortunately, the government here also had emissions here. When we needed the Armenians they used us, but when we really needed the recognition - we are not here. "It is not done in the government properly, it is solely from politics from Erdogan, and he also suddenly understands that there is a situation where the balance of power is changing." Source: Walla News! 🇮🇱 IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! 🇮🇱
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History
Turkey Has Still Not Admitted to Past Crimes
This weekend marked 106 years since the Armenian Genocide. During the Genocide, the Ottoman Empire brutally murdered 1.5 million Armenians simply for being Christians. Source: StandWithUs
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UPDATE
The US ambassador to Turkey was summoned for a conversation following the recognition of the murder with the Armenians
The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced last night (Sunday) that it had summoned the US ambassador for talks following the United States' first declaration, which would define the Armenian massacre during World War I as genocide. Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sadat Onel said the declaration had no legal basis and that Ankara "opposes it, considers it unacceptable and condemns it severely". He also said that this would damage relations between the countries, which would be difficult to repair. 🇮🇱 IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! 🇮🇱 Source: Walla News
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