Ankara’s strike against the Kurdish-held areas in Iraq and Syria is a political gambit by the Turks and a message from Erdogan to the US that he is really not happy about the situation, says Martin Jay, Beirut-based award-winning journalist.
The refusal to allow Turkey’s ruling AK Party to address the 1.5 million Turkish citizens living in Germany who are authorized to vote in an upcoming referendum is a violation of human rights, says German journalist Martin Lejeune.
Right-wing protesters have ransacked the local headquarters of a pro-Kurdish party in several Turkish cities since a deadly attack in the city of Kayseri in central Turkey left 14 soldiers dead and over 50 people wounded on Saturday.
Some 300 elite Turkish commandos have reportedly joined Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria to help the Free Syrian Army's offensive against Islamic State terrorists and Kurdish militias that Ankara is engaging on a foreign soil.
US officials are split over the future of Raqqa, Syria, with some claiming all international forces will leave the city once it is freed from terrorists, and others announcing plans to stay to ‘govern’ it along with Turkey.