Turkey


The Rise Of Anti-Immigrant Views In Turkey

As of July 2020, approximately 3,600,000 Syrians live in Turkey under Temporary Protection status having escaped tyranny in their homeland. Syrians under temporary protection (SuTP), have access to healthcare, education, social services and the labor market. Turkey’s geographical position made it an ideal place of refuge in 2016 when civil […]


Tents Are Tents, Homes Are Homes: A Plea To The International Community For Refugees

The global migration rate keeps increasing and solutions to resolve conflicts seem to be fewer or unknown. Refugees migrate into different countries using treacherous routes. When their lives are spared, some countries have helped with the support of the UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations to provide tents. These people spend […]


Turkish Jets Strike Kurdish Militant Targets In Northern Iraq

On Sunday, June 14th, warplanes took off from various air bases in Turkey directed at multiple Kurdish targets in various regions of northern Iraq, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Qandil stronghold. The Turkish Defence Ministry said that these actions came in response to an increase in militant attacks on […]


First Russian Airstrikes Since March Ceasefire Hit Northwest Syria

Russian airstrikes have been reported in northwest Syria, targeting the last major rebel-held territory in the region. These strikes mark a departure from a ceasefire that came into effect in March concerning the region. As such, the air raids were the first to have occurred in three months. While no […]


Fire Damages Greek Island Refugee Centre Amid Tensions

On Saturday March 7, a fire broke out at a refugee centre located on the Greek island of Lesbos. Greece’s firefighting service stated on Sunday that no injuries or casualties have been reported. However, significant damage to a warehouse containing various furniture and electrical appliances has been sustained. The installation, […]


Turkey Shoots Down Third Plane As Syrian Forces Retake Town

On the 2 March 2020, Turkish forces shot down a fighter jet flown by Syrian government forces, over southern Idlib. Meanwhile, Syrian forces have retaken the strategic town of Saraqeb in Northwest Syria, combing through neighbourhoods and further endangering the lives of civilians. Both Syrian media and the Turkish defense […]


Violence In Greek-Turkish Border Enters Second Week

Origins Of The Crisis In late February, following Turkey’s announcement opening its borders towards continental Europe, thousands of migrants and refugees made their way to the Greek border. This resulted in violence on both sides, with Greece and European Union claiming a coordinated attack and Turkey an overwhelmed system. Both […]


Turkey And Syria Clash In First Direct Conflict In Ongoing Civil War

As the Syrian Civil War enters its ninth year, the Turkish and Syrian governments clashed for the first time. On February 27th, “thirty-three of our soldiers were martyred as a result of the airstrike… by the forces of the [Bashar al-] Assad regime,” said Rahmi Dogan, the governor of a […]


Turkey And Russia Agree On Idlib Ceasefire Amid Intensifying Confrontation

On March 6th, Turkey and Russia concurred on a joint ceasefire agreement in Idlib, while clashes continued to intensify in the stronghold rebel-held region. Idlib has witnessed an escalation of bloodshed since last December, forcing millions of civilian to flee to the northern border of Turkey which resulted in the […]


What Are The Ramifications? Turkish Offensive In Syria Only A “Matter of Time”

President Erdoğan has warned that a Turkish offensive in Syria’s Idlib province is “only a matter of time” in an address to his Justice and Development Party last Wednesday, as Assad’s Russian-backed Syrian forces press deeper into the region. Meanwhile, the mass entry of more than 2,590 Turkish military vehicles […]


Tensions Escalate Between Russia And Turkey Over Syria

On the 29th February, Turkey’s President Erdogan asked Putin to back down and give Turkey a free path to combat the Syrian government, without Russian interference. The announcement follows news that on Friday 28th, Russia dispatched two state-of-the-art warships to the Syrian coast after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in […]


Syrian Troops Push To Secure A Strategic Highway In Rebel-Controlled Territory

Syrian government forces recently took more new areas from the insurgents to gain control over a key highway in the northwestern region of the country. This government-led offensive began in December and created a humanitarian crisis, causing around 600,000 people to flee their homes. According to the United Nations, this […]