An American oil company has signed a deal with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to develop and modernize existing oil fields in northeastern Syria, Al-Monitor reported on July 30. The deal was made “with the acknowledgement and encouragement of the White House," sources told Al-Monitor.
Richard Moore, who served as British ambassador to Turkey from January 2014 to December 2017, has been named as the next chief of MI6. A fluent Turkish speaker, he studied at Oxford and first joined MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, in 1987.
German regional authorities have started to contact German citizens of Turkish origin and ask them whether they acquired a second citizenship after 2000, daily Hürriyet said on July 16. Germany's post-2000 law made it possible for the country to withdraw German citizenship from those who had taken up another citizenship following their naturalization in Germany.
Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of shelling military positions and villages on July 16, breaking a day of ceasefire in border clashes between the two former Soviet republics. Turkey's Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, slammed "Armenia's attacks on Azerbaijan and the smear campaign against Turkey."
A Turkish man has been sentenced to 25 years in jail in France for killing his wife, with whom he was going through a divorce. The 39-year-old man said in his defense that he committed the murder "out of love," French media said.
The entry of nine Turkish entrepreneurs into breakaway Northern Cyprus without being placed under 14-day quarantine has angered the locals. The incident also led to a crisis in the coalition government of the UBP and HP with the latter demanding that ministers responsible from the incident resign.
Representatives of the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) and a PYD-led coalition of Kurdish parties have reached a breakthrough agreement on a "common political vision" following a series of US-backed talks.
Adem Somyürek, who was serving as a minister in the Victoria government of Australia, has been sacked from his cabinet following allegations that he used thousands in cash and parliamentary employees to create fake branch members for his party.
An Azeri young activist has protested the arbitrary police detentions in his country by climbing onto the roof of his house and playing legendary Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya's “Başkaldırıyorum” song, which translates as “I revolt.”
A Swiss court blocked the extradition to Germany of an alleged PKK regional leader, ruling that German authorities had not made enough of a case against the man whose group is not banned in Switzerland. The man, a Turkish citizen whose identity was not revealed in the Federal Criminal Court verdict, had fought extradition since his arrest at Zurich airport last November on an international warrant.
Russia has confirmed the delivery of Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Syria in "two batches" which commenced combat duty on June 1. “Syrian Arab Army received the second batch of advanced MiG-29 fighter jets from #Russia - in the framework of military & technical cooperation between our countries,” the Russian Embassy in Syria said on June 3.
The Russian Defense Ministry has sent military cargo to Syria through the Bosphorus, maritime and aviation expert and Duvar English contributor Yörük Işık said on Twitter. Russian forces in Syria have relying on the Bosphorus as a major supply route between their home ports in the Black Sea and their base in Tartus.
KRG President Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met on May 30 with Maj. Gen. Eric Hill, commander of Coalition's Special Operations Forces to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Hill pointed out that the KRG is an important partner of the United States and Coalition Forces in the fight against ISIS.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the May 27 police killing of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd in a series of tweets. The president said the mentality that killed Floyd was "racist and fascist" and condemned the "inhumane mentality." Turkey has been experiencing a period of increased police violence since the 2013 anti-government Gezi protests when more than 20 people were killed.
Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's sons said on May 22 that they have forgiven those who murdered their father, prompting criticism from Hatice Cengiz, the journalist's fiancee. "His ambush and heinous murder does not have a statute of limitations and no one has the right to pardon his killers. I and others will not stop until we get #JusticeForJamal," Cengiz said.