The Death of Turkey's Business ClimateTuesday, 14 January, 2020 , 18:23 | By David L. Phillips | January 10, 2020

Human rights, democracy, and good neighborly relations create a favorable climate for doing business. When it comes to Turkey, the canary in the coal mine is nearly dead. Investors should be wary.


Hevrin Khalaf: Death of a peacemakerTuesday, 14 January, 2020 , 18:04 | January 13, 2020


A BBC Arabic investigation has uncovered compelling evidence suggesting the Syrian-Kurdish political leader, Hevrin Khalaf, was executed by a faction of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army.

Rebel group Ahrar al-Sharqiya, which fights for the SNA, is accused of her murder, but has told the BBC it is not responsible for the politician's death.

But by speaking to members of Ahrar al-Sharqiya, as well as Hevrin Khalaf's family, former colleagues and an eyewitness, plus using open source investigation tools, the BBC has discovered a different story about what happened on 12 October 2019.

The Turkish government, which backs the Syrian National Army, has not responded to BBC requests for comment.

Video produced by: Nader Ibrahim, Rosie Garthwaite and Mustafa Khalili. Graphics by Jasmine Bonshor.


How Trump Pushed U.S. and Iran to the Brink of WarTuesday, 14 January, 2020 , 17:11 | By Peter Baker, Ronen Bergman, David D. Kirkpatrick, Julian E. Barnes and Alissa J. Rubin

The story of that week, and the secret planning in the months preceding it, ranks as the most perilous chapter so far in President Trump’s three years in office.


Its Missiles Did Little Damage, but Iran Has More Potent WeaponsWednesday, 8 January, 2020 , 17:52 | By David D. Kirkpatrick and Ronen Bergman

Drones, militants and hackers: Iran has an array of stealthier and more effective options if hostilities escalate.

American military and intelligence officials were stunned at the precision, scale and sheer boldness of what they later concluded was an Iranian attack.


Iranian Blood Is on Our Hands, TooWednesday, 8 January, 2020 , 17:03 | By Geraldine Brooks

General Suleimani is not the only one who harmed civilians.

Ms. Brooks covered Iran as a Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal from 1987 to 1995.



Engel Statement on Turkey Resettling Refugees in Formerly Kurdish Northeast SyriaTuesday, 17 December, 2019 , 15:56

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs | Eliot L. Engel | December 11, 2019


Two British Kurds win seats in UK electionsMonday, 16 December, 2019 , 18:23 | Editing by John J. Catherine | December 14-2019


President Erdogan has issued a license to killTuesday, 3 December, 2019 , 17:41 | By Can Dundar

A few weeks ago, in a meeting with Turkish parliamentarians not long after President Trump’s announcement that U.S. special forces had killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that he regarded the U.S. president as a role model:


Opinion | Undoing Trump’s Syria BlunderFriday, 29 November, 2019 , 17:23 | By Paul Wolfowitz | Nov. 21, 2019

America’s mission to protect the Kurds after the Gulf War is a model for low-cost, low-risk intervention.

Mr. Wolfowitz served in senior posts in the Department of Defense in the administrations of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.




The Iran Cables: Secret Documents Show How Tehran Wields Power in IraqThursday, 21 November, 2019 , 17:52 | By Tim Arango, James Risen, Farnaz Fassihi, Ronen Bergman and Murtaza Hussain 

Hundreds of leaked intelligence reports shed light on a shadow war for regional influence — and the battles within the Islamic Republic’s own spy divisions