Iran denies Turkish claim on taking part in anti-PKK operation

A Turkish soldier stands at the Iran-Turkey Border. (Reuters ) March 19, 2019 Hours after Turkey's interior minister was quoted as saying that a joint operation against Kurdish militants was launched together with Iran, an Iranian official denied any role. Turkey's Anadolu news agency had quoted Soleyman Soylu on Monday saying, "We started [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|Turkey|

Turkey, Iran to stage joint raid against Kurd rebels

A militiaman of the Kurdistan Freedom Party, an Iranian Kurdish opposition group, looks over the sandbags at a section of the frontline near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP) March 6, 2019 Neighbors Turkey and Iran will carry out a joint operation against Kurdish rebels, state-run Anadolu news agency quoted [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Turkey|

Iran and Turkey media push conspiracy theories about US, ISIS

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for a meeting at Erdogan's office in Ankara June 9, 2014. (AFP) By Seth J. Frantzman March 6, 2019 Iranian and Turkish media have pushed conspiracy theories about the US-led coalition and the defeat of Islamic State in Syria. As the [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|North America, Syria, Turkey, USA|

Iran fights to get around US sanctions in Iraq, Turkey, Russia and Syria

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after posing for photographs in Tehran, Iran, ahead of their summit to discuss Syria, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) February 26, 2019 A new customs gate in the Saray district of Turkey’s Van province is [...]

By |February 26th, 2019|Iraq, Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Frustrated Iranian refugees in Turkey launch Twitterstorm

With their Twitter campaign, Iranian refugees in Turkey want the world to hear their voice. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar February 16, 2019 A group of Iranian asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey has launched a Twitter campaign calling for the UN to process their cases after months of deadlock. Not only do the [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Turkey|

Venezuelan gold exported to Turkey might be going to Iran

Members of a military agency that transports valuables gold bars from a military plane to be taken to Venezuela's Central Bank, at the Carlota military airport in Caracas, March 1, 2018. (AP) February 2, 2019 The BBC reports that Turkey is being warned for possible misuse of gold imported from Venezuela, which is [...]

By |February 2nd, 2019|Latin America, Turkey|

Danial Babayani: the voice of Iran’s Turkmen Sahra

If the authorities become aware of their properties, Danial says, they will almost certainly confiscate them." (IranWire) By Aida Qajar January 25, 2019 He plays some Turkmen music on his phone while translating the words for me. The refrain in all Turkmen songs is the same, he says: the sound of horses trotting. This [...]

By |January 25th, 2019|Arts, Iran, Turkey|

Through a child’s eyes: crossing from Iran to Turkey

A Turkish soldier stands at the Iran-Turkey Border. (Reuters) By Aida Ghajar January 21, 2019 In the city of Kirikale, people told me about a park popular with refugees. When I went there,  the park was almost empty, apart from six young boys playing and chasing after each other. My host and I asked [...]

By |January 21st, 2019|Turkey|

One man’s story of life and smuggling in Iran’s Baluchistan

Anam Dehvari says smugglers in the border towns of Sistan and Baluchistan take passengers directly to Karachi, the largest port in Pakistan. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar January 7, 2019 I met Anam Dehvari in a Turkish city. Dehvari is the son of the late Sheikh Ali Dehvari, who was assassinated in Saravan, Baluchistan in [...]

By |January 7th, 2019|Afghanistan, Europe, Pakistan, Turkey|

Netanyahu, Erdogan feud as confrontations with Iran threaten

Benjamin Netanyahu and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP) By Selcan Hacaoglu December 25, 2018 Calling each other “baby killer” and “antisemitic dictator” might not be the best way to join forces against a shared threat, but that’s the level of discourse between Turkey and Israel these days. Both countries stand to lose from the anticipated [...]

By |December 25th, 2018|Isreal, Syria, Turkey|