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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan A series of airstrikes has been launched by the US against Kurdish militants over the past week northern Syria has warned of a possible ground operation.

The first aerial operation. on Sunday his Warnings will be issued three days after the event. explosion rocked Istanbul A week ago, at least six people were killed and more than 80 injured by the explosion. Turkish officials claimed that Kurdish separatists were responsible for the explosion. This claim was denied by Kurdish groups.

Erdogan According to the strikers, “just the beginning” Moreover, the Turkish Armed Forces “will topple the terrorists by land at the most convenient time.”

Earlier on Wednesday’s defense ministry claim that 471 targets were hit, and that that “254 terrorists have been neutralized” Since the beginning of the attack, also known as “The Assault”, “Operation Claw-Sword.” The Sunday Review can’t independently verify the number of casualties.

But Erdogan has been pledging an incursion To northern Syria since May He previously stated that an invasion was planned for Syria. to create a 30-km (20-mile) deep “safe zone” It would be empty from allies fighters to The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), militant group Turkey and the US consider terrorist organizations.

Analysts have said That Erdogan We had not yet taken the initiative to act on his vow to invade because he hadn’t secured a green light from Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country has a large military presence in Syria.

But on On Wednesday, Alexander Lavrentyev, a senior Russian negotiator, stated that Moscow has tried to convince Turkey to “refrain from conducting full-scale ground operations.”

The northern Syrian region targeted Erdogan This includes the three important towns of Manbij and Tel Rifaat, which are all under the control Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

Washington backed the SDF and was instrumental in the fight against ISIS since 2014. But its backbone is the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, which Turkey considers a wing of the PKK and seeks to eliminate.

Soner Cagaptay is the director of The Washington Institute’s Turkish Research Program. The Sunday Review asked him how likely he was to become a Turkish leader. to Continue to follow up his This is your chance to pledge.

Turkey has been claiming for months that it will launch its next incursion. Are today’s claims any different or more serious?

Consider the Turkish incursions in the past. northern Syria, this time, something doesn’t seem to Be moving forward as quickly as possible. Turkish incursions typically follow one to two days of cross border shelling by artillery or drone strikes, before the military moves into. The drone strikes and cross-border artillery bombardment have been ongoing during this time. on It lasted almost a week. [there has been] No [ground] action. This means that something is missing.

How do you see the Kremlin’s recent comments on What is a potential incursion? Are you able to see it as a potential incursion?

Turkey is usually entered into the EU. northern Syria is in dire need to Two superpowers militarily active in Syria give their approval the US and Russia.

Russia is not aligned. Russia needs more information before it authorizes a full-scale Turkish incursion. Russia is seeking Ankara’s Turkish government. to Engage the Assad Regime to Engage to The war is being ended, in a sort of global handshake. That kind of discussion is likely to take several days, if it not weeks, and possibly even months. So until that type of discussion matures and comes, I believe. to Putin will not come to a conclusion. his green light to A Turkish incursion.

Turkey’s growing importance to The West in the Ukraine War: Are Western States likely to be affected? to Turn your blind eye to A incursion

The US has often objected to Turkish incursions target the YPG. The US, however, has relied on The YPG to Fight ISIS. So, it’s never happy when Turkey targets the YPG.

This time things are different. [Firstly]The big strategic picture is changing. Turkey’s importance [to] The US has changed as US policy zooms out from the desert [Middle East], and focuses on The [Eurasian] Steppe or zooms out from Syria into Ukraine

So, the US view is that Turkey’s strategic importance has increased. That’s the long-term shift.

In the short term, there’s also a tactical view [in] Washington, to whom Turkey has objected to NATO’s Nordic expansion. Ankara’s ability to raise objections is an excellent use of its resources, I believe to Sweden’s accession. Washington is now truly a nation. doesn’t want to irritate Turkey. That’s what I believe applies. to All NATO key allies

Members of the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday’s resolution formed a fact-finding mission. to probe Iran’s human rights violations during nationwide protests over the past months.

Germany and Iceland requested the motion. It was approved after 25 countries voted for it, six against, and 16 abstained at a special session in Geneva.

China tried to By submitting an unanticipated amendment, you can remove the article constituting the fact-finding missions to The resolution was criticized harshly and fell apart after being rejected by 25 countries.

Iran’s representative said the draft is “completely biased in nature and substance and does not reflect the facts and realities.”

Here’s the latest:

  • The Iranian government on Thursday was the first day of a national committee to investigate deaths linked to According to reports, the protest movement is sweeping the country. to The deputy foreign minister.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chief Volker Turk on Thursday: Iran is in a “full-fledged human rights crisis.”
  • Security staff confronted an Iranian football fan wearing a jersey bearing the name Mahsa Alimini. on Friday at Iran’s match against Wales in Qatar.
  • Footballer Voria Ghaffouri was arrested on Charges “dishonorable and insulting comportment towards Iran’s national soccer team as well as incitement against the regime,” According to Tasnim is a state-aligned news agency.

Netanyahu’s party signs deal with far-right Jewish Power party

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party in Israel said Friday it had signed a coalition deal with Itamar Ben Gvir’s far right Jewish Power party – the first agreement between Likud and another party as Netanyahu works to Build a government. Ben Gvir will be the Minister of National Security. his Party will also receive other posts.

  • Background: Ben Gvir’s party, on a joint ticket with Religious Zionism, made major gains in November’s election, helping secure Netanyahu’s path to Victory (the two parties have split since then). Ben Gvir had been demanding the public security minister position for some time – claiming Israel has lost control in the face of a wave of Palestinian attacks targeting Israelis. He was there to the site of Wednesday’s Jerusalem bomb blasts saying, “We need to back up our soldiers and our policemen, return to targeted killings (of Palestinian militants), rule the state of Israel, deter terrorism and charge a price for it.”
  • Why it is important: With this portfolio Ben Gvir will be in charge of police despite he himself having been in trouble with the law – convicted of anti-Arab racism and supporting terrorism. He’s also advocated a more permissive open-fire policy for police and soldiers to to be used against rioters who throw stones or use incendiary weapons. He also supports new legislation to give soldiers and police immunity from crimes committed while on duty.

india, Gulf states to Free trade negotiations for food and energy security can be resumed

India and the Gulf Cooperation Council have reached an agreement to resume talks on a free trade agreement, India’s Trade Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday, as his Reuters reported that a country seeks closer ties and cooperation with one of its largest trading partners.

  • BackgroundThese talks are the third attempt of India and the GCC to hold such talks. to Ink a trade agreement, following negotiations that were held in 2006-2008. GCC refers to six Gulf countries that include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates(UAE), Qatar and Kuwait.
  • Why it is important: The GCC is India’s largest trading partner, Goyal said, with bilateral merchandise trade in 2021-22 standing at $154 billion and services trade at $14 billion. The GCC contributes almost 35% of India’s oil imports and 70% of gas imports, he said, adding that bilateral talks will be held on Trade mechanism that includes the Indian rupee (and local Gulf currencies).

Cuban President meets Erdogan during rare visit to Turkey

Miguel Diaz Canel, Cuban President was met by his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday during a rare formal visit to Turkey, Reuters reported. They held bilateral talks and concluded cooperation agreements in various sectors. The Cuban leader emphasized that they had signed these agreements. his country’s willingness to Continue to improve relations between Ankara and the United States in areas such as energy, tourism, education, and security.

  • Background: This is your first trip to According to the Reuters, Turkey is led by a Cuban president in 27 years. to Turkish media. Diaz-Canel has just begun an international tour that includes Russia, Turkey and Algeria. to Seek out economic support and cooperation for the energy sector.
  • Why it is important: A communist-run country faces severe energy shortages that can last for hours. to International aid will be used to strengthen the grid. Cuba has been subject to an American economic embargo ever since 1962 following the communist revolution under Castro.

The Welsh Football Association (FAW) said the sport’s world governing body FIFA told the federation on Thursday, rainbow-colored flags (and hats) will be allowed in FIFA World Cup stadiums Qatar.

A post on the FAW’s official Twitter account reads, “In response to FAW, FIFA confirmed that Rainbow Wall bucket hats or rainbow flags fans will be allowed to enter to the stadium for @Cymru’s match against Iran on Friday. All World Cup venues were contacted and instructed to follow the agreed rules & regulations.

“The FAW urges FIFA to adhere to their message that everybody will be welcome in Qatar during the World Cup and continue to highlight any further human rights issues. We remain with the belief that football is for EVERYONE.”

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  • Iran beat 10-man Wales to Keep World Cup qualification hopes alive 

Zaid Benjamin, Journalist, tweeted a video on Thursday showing Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani jokingly asking Saudi Minister of Sports Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal how he slept the night before. The minister had earlier told The Sunday Review’s Becky Anderson in an interview that he was “waiting for someone to wake me up” Following his country’s stunning World Cup victory over Argentina on Tuesday.

Watch Sheikh Tamim’s interaction with the Saudi minister here:

Watch Becky Anderson’s interview here.