Official tells MEE the drug is beneficial when used to treat coronavirus patients, with many Turkish doctors seeming to agree
Ragıp SoyluRevelations about the company which has done the hydroxychloroquine study indicate that Turkey was right to continue using the drug
• The Guardian exposes that the company isn’t legitimate, doesn’t have enough employees, hides its methodology
When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently to William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger Bregman
Ragıp SoyluSix boys were shipwrecked for 15 months in an island, and they didn’t kill each other.
Instead, they set up a commune with food garden, gym, a badminton court, chicken pens and a permanent fire. They even perfectly fixed a broken leg
Saudi crown prince threatened Russian president over production cuts prior to flooding market. 'The call ended badly,' sources tell MEE
Ragıp SoyluEXCLUSIVE: Saudis launched oil price war after the Crown Prince MbS has shouting match with Putin
• Putin refused the Saudi threats in the phone call
• MBS informed Kushner about the price war ultimatum before delivering it to Putin
Latest request came earlier this month as Ankara asked Washington for two batteries of Patriot missile systems to shield border area from air attacks
Ragıp SoyluSCOOP: Turkey requests US conduct aerial patrols near Idlib as precaution against Syrian regime,
• The request also included Patriots to be deployed in Hatay
• Since then Trump didn’t give any indication to Erdogan that he would commit his military
Khaled Khoja was once president of the SNC. Now he's co-founded Davutoglu's Future party, raising eyebrows in both countries
Ragıp SoyluFormer Syrian opposition leader becomes Turkish opposition politician
• Khaled Khoja joins Davutoglu’s Future party as a co-founder
• He used his Turkish name because he is Turkish and a citizen since 1993
• Turkish leftists call him “a jihadi”
Turkish sources said police found Le Mesurier's body outside of his home in Istanbul
Ragıp SoyluLe Mesurier’s house was only accessible by fingerprints
• His wife says they went to bed together. And was woken up by door bell rang by police
• She went and saw that the window was open, the body on the ground
• No one else in security footage
Turkey and Qatar are strategic partners. Since 2015, the two countries have taken their political, economic and military relations to the next level. Qatar...
Ragıp SoyluNEW — Harsh editorial by Turkish govt aligned Daily Sabah against Al Jazeera
“The Turkey-Qatar partnership's future is at stake. Until the network takes necessary steps, the Turkish government must consider Al Jazeera English a hostile outlet.”
Halt in fighting within five days would allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw beyond a designated safe zone
Ragıp SoyluMy two cents:
With this deal, Erdogan got what he wanted from Syrian Kurdish YPG/SDF.
Erdogan LITERALLY PROPOSED this week that only deal he would accept was YPG leaving heavy weapons and withdraw its troops from the safe zone.
HE GOT IT
Non-committal on the phone, the US president surprised even Turkish officials with his public support for Ankara's assault into Kurdish-held territory
Ragıp SoyluYou think Trump shocked Pentagon, State Department and US Congress by pulling out from parts of Northern Syria?
TURKS WERE ALSO SURPRISED by the White House readout, because Trump didn’t tell Erdogan in the call that he was going to withdraw
Ragıp SoyluAnkara would wait about a week for US forces to fully pull out from the area before launching its offensive in Syria, senior Turkish official told MEE.
“But if we see a risk, there would be an intervention [before then],” the official said
Turkey's prosecutor's office says Zaki Hasan, a Palestinian agent allegedly working for the Emiratis, apparently committed suicide
Ragıp SoyluSuspected UAE spy dies in Turkish prison:
• Zaki Hasan, a Palestinian, retired general from Palestinian intel.
• Was accused of gathering info on PLO, Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood individuals/companies
• An associate of Dahlan?
U.S. Embassy Ankara Ankara, Turkey November 6, 2018 Over the past two days I have been very pleased to have my first visit to Ankara since assuming my position as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. During...
If the Syrian regime attacks Idlib, the result will be a humanitarian and geopolitical disaster.
Ragıp SoyluErdogan writes for @WSJ on Idlib:
• Idlib is last exit before the toll
• US should stop using hierarchy of death; conventional weapons kill more people than chemicals
• Instead of Assad massacre, a counterterrorism op needed in Idlib
President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are about to attack Idlib, the last rebel-held province in Syria. Fear of mass slaughter is increasing.
Ragıp Soylu“Arab fairy tales start with a line: Kan ya ma kan. It was, or it wasn’t. The myth is yours to believe in or to deny.
Kan ya ma kan, there was an international community.
Kan ya ma kan, there were values of justice and decency.”
By @kshaheen on Syria
During his meeting with French Minister Le Maire, Treasury and Finance Minister Albayrak warned that the U.S. was isolating itself from its allies and that Turkey and France have decided to act jointly against U.S. unilateralism
Ragıp SoyluTurkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak visited Paris today, after a meeting his French counterpart, he said Turkey and France agreed to act together against Trump tariffs and Iran sanctions
Unilateral actions against Turkey by the United States will undermine American interests and force Turkey to look for other friends and allies.
Ragıp SoyluTurkish President Erdogan writes for NYT about recent Brunson crisis with Trump
“Unilateral actions against Turkey by the United States will undermine American interests and force Turkey to look for other friends and allies”