How Deadly are Turkish Bayraktar TB2 Drones in Ukrainian Hands?

Ukrainian-operated Bayraktar TB2 Turkish drones are back in the news having taken out 2 Russian patrol boats in the Black Sea. While it is passed off as a major victory, it actually proves just how limited the Bayraktar’s capabilities are in a conflict with an opponent fielding superior air defense systems. Ukrainian Bayraktar drones have…

Turkish Fighters and the Internationalization of the Ukrainian War

Vladimir Platov More recently, the topic of Turkey and its use of fighters with Syrian war experience in a number of armed conflict zones has been discussed at length in the pages of NEO. However, the topic of foreign fighters in the current events in Ukraine, as well as the involvement of a number of NATO countries…

Whenever There’s Militants, There’s Turkey

Vladimir Platov Turkey has recently been receiving a considerable amount of attention in the publications of various media outlets. However, much of the reporting revolves around the attitude of Ankara and the Turkish president himself towards various armed conflicts, where Turkey still plays a major role. One example of this is the Turkish leader’s offer…

A Silent Turkish-Russian Standoff in Kazakhstan

Yeghia Tashjian Recent turmoil in Kazakhstan highlighted another Russian-Turkish fault line in Central Asia Photo Credit: The Cradle Turkey’s dream of a common army for Turkic countries may have been dashed by the quick Russian-led CSTO operation to subdue violent unrest in Kazakhstan early this year. Long seen as the pole of stability in Central Asia,…

Turkey Draws Closer to the US and Europe

M. K. Bhadrakumar A US Navy destroyer crosses the Bosphorus to enter the Black Sea, as tensions simmer around Ukraine. (File photo)  Being a “swing state” may have tactical advantages but when life gets tough and the tough gets going, there could be consequences. Turkey once faced such a moment of truth a hundred years ago. It faces…

British Intelligence Intensifies its Struggle against Russia and China in Central Asia

Vladimir Odintsov In a recent interview for the The Telegraph Damian Hinds, the British Minister of State for Security and Borders, named the most threatening states with which British politicians and secret service agents must contend. According to him, clear dangers are posed by Russia, China, and Iran. That a representative of Britain’s present-day political and military…

Turkish Military Presence in Africa On the Rise

Uriel Araujo: Turkish president with African leaders during the Second Turkey -Africa forum in 2018. (Photo : courtesy of BRICS Information Portal) This month, over a dozen African nations participated in the two-day Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit in Istanbul, hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Its theme was “Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity”….

Militias Threaten Military Escalation to Postpone the Libyan Elections

Editorial Comment: The Dabaiba government, following orders from Turkey, failed to prepare the security environment for holding elections. Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the Government of National Unity, Najla Al-Manqoush, is in Istanbul today, attending the Turkish-African Summit. – A.V. Libyan political circles described the military escalation that some militias…

Armed Clashes in Sebha: Manufacturing Consent to Postpone Elections

One dead and two wounded in armed clashes in Sebha, southern Libya following clashes between forces affiliated with the Libyan army and others loyal to the Dabaiba government after an attempt to storm the Military Intelligence headquarters. Armed groups are a security dilemma threatening the Libyan elections Sebha (Libya) – The city of Sebha, west…

Libya: The Muslim Brotherhood Escalates Campaign Against Elections

The Brotherhood in Libya escalates against the elections with a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Commission Tripoli – A group of demonstrators affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya began a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in the capital, Tripoli, to demand the postponement of the elections…

Libya: Where Fortune Favors the Corrupt Who Control Wealth and Arms

Protesters Gather in Sebha in Support of Saif Qaddafi, Demanding Free and Fair Elections and an Impartial Judiciary The electoral scene in Libya leaves no room for optimism for a better future in the foreseeable future. The main actors in the course of events are  armed force on the ground, political money, and abuse of…

Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabaiba: Turkey’s Man in Libya

A  statement of the Turkish National Security Council reflected concern about the holding of elections in Libya despite the initial acceptance of the candidacy of Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, who is described as Ankara’s strongman in the country and who has recently gained popularity, which he built by appeasing different components and segments of…