TURKEY: MIL COMMANDER, POL: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Army officer, revolutionary, and 1st President of Turkey. Credited with being the founder of the Republic of Turkey. His surname, Atatürk (meaning "Father of the Turks"), was granted to him in 1934 and forbidden to any other person by Turkish law. Sought to transform the former Ottoman Empire into a modern and secular nation-state. The principles of Atatürk's reforms, upon which modern Turkey was established, are referred to as Kemalism.
Iraqi Kurds join the war in Syria
Iraqi Kurds are preparing to defend their Syrian brethren against an offensive by al-Qaeda-linked groups, raising fears of new cross-border front in Syria’s expanding civil war. Massoud Barzani, the
Secret peace talks between US and Taliban collapse over leaks
Secret exploratory peace talks between the United States and the Taliban leadership have broken down after details of the negotiations were leaked, Western diplomats have told The Daily Telegraph.
AFGH: TALIBAN: Mullah Dadullah Akhund's younger half-brother. Succeeded him as commander of the Taliban in s. Afgh.. After his release from a Pakistani prison in 2013, Dadullah returned to Afgh. Following the Aug 2015 announcement that Akhtar Mansour had succeeded the deceased Mullah Omar as leader of the Taliban, Dadullah refused to pledge allegiance to him, instead setting up a base with supporters in his native Zabul Province. Clashes followed between the forces loyal to Dadullah and…
محمد یعقوب، رهبر آینده طالبان در کشور (عکس)
Though this photo bears a striking resemblance to Tayeb Agha (TA), I found it on this site with a heading that began with “Mohammad Yaqub" (MY). No other photo was on this page and no mention of TA was made either. MY has been in the news lately b/c he’s the elder son of Mullah Omar who, it has been discovered, has been dead for 2 years. Some report that the 26-year old MY is favored to be Omar’s successor. Others report that MY, “a ‘famous Taliban commander’, was among the dead in a 2009…
Mullah Omar hails peace talks; says Taliban are not puppets of Pakistan and Iran
Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Omar, in his exhaustive Eid message, has dropped hints that he supports peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
Spurned Saddam henchman was brains behind Isis
A former military intelligence officer under Saddam Hussein was the mastermind behind the Islamic State’s rise to power, according to documents uncovered by a German magazine. The documents
David Ben-Gurion's legacy, through Shimon Peres' eyes
Shimon Peres’ political biography of his mentor and former boss David Ben-Gurion ends up being as much about him as about Israel’s founding father. But this is not unreasonable, as Peres is as much the Old Man’s successor as he was his aide
TURKEY: JOURNALIST: Hrant Dink. Prominent member of the Armenian minority in Turkey. Best known for advocating Turkish-Armenian reconciliation and human and minority rights in Turkey; often critical of both Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide. Prosecuted 3 times for denigrating Turkishness, while receiving numerous death threats from Turkish nationalists. Assassinated in Istanbul in Jan 2007 by Ogün Samast, a 17-year old Turkish nationalist.
SAUDI ARABIA: Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Deputy crown prince, 2nd deputy PM and MoD. Youngest MoD in the world. Also chief of the royal court, and chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs. On 23 Jan 2015, King Abdullah died, and Salman took the throne. 1st major event in his tenure as MoD was Op Decisive Storm, which started as a bombing campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Kabul, nuovo agguato contro gli italiani
Kabul - Terzo attacco in dieci giorni alle truppe italiane impegnate nell’Afghanistan occidentale, mentre il mullah Dadullah, mandante del sequestro Mastrogiacomo, ha minacciato di uccidere l’interprete del giornalista italiano, Ajmal Naskhbandi, se non saranno liberati altri due prigionieri talebani. Per fortuna, anche questa volta si registra solo un ferito lieve tra i soldati italiani impegnati nello scontro a fuoco, ma la zona dove è avvenuto, nella provincia di Herat, si trova più a…