Turkey Rejects Israeli Aid after Major Earthquake

7.0 earthquake in Turkey While all eyes are on American elections, interesting things continue to occur in the Middle East. Turkey, once a trusted NATO ally who conducted joint military drills with Israel, has turned completely 180 degrees. Turkish President Erdogan has long yearned to re-establish the old Ottoman Empire in which he would sit …

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Turkey Solidifying its Choice to Side with Russia

A long-time NATO ally, Turkey has been led down a different path since the August 2014 election of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Steadily since that time, Erdogan has forsaken NATO allies to drift toward the Russian power block. Recently, Turkey entrenched itself even further with Russia when it purchased the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft defense system, …

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US Reinstates Full Sanctions on Iran Today

The Trump administration is reimposing crippling sanctions on Iran's exports, oil and and financials sectors today.  These follow restrictions on purchasing US dollars, exporting of oil, and sale and trade of gold, graphite and precious metals, handed down in August.  President Trump calls them the "strongest sanctions our country has ever issued," and Iran's economy …

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UPDATE: Israeli Air Strikes on Latakia

Following up an earlier report today about an attack on Latakia, Syria, reports are confirming major airstrikes on advanced Iranian weapon systems there.  Syrian and Russian defense systems were activated against what is believed to be an Israeli airstrike.  There are also reports of other warships (perhaps France) participating in the strike. Russia is said …

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