Pakistan on the Mediterranean

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

On March 18, European and Turkish diplomats signed off on a comprehensive deal on migrants pouring from Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East through Turkey and into the European Union. Under the terms of the deal, for every illegal migrant the E.U. returns to Turkey, Turkey would send one refugee for resettlement in Europe. Additionally, Turkey and Europe agreed to re-open discussions concerning the Muslim country’s efforts to join the E.U., and Europe agreed to allow Turks visa-free travel throughout the Schengen zone.

Russian Special Forces Hunting Turkmen Rebel Leader

Vladimir Putin

JERUSALEM—Russian special forces in Syria have reportedly stormed a Syrian town near the Turkish border in a hunt for the Turkmen rebel leader who claimed he and his men shot the pilot of a Russian bomber as he was parachuting to earth after his plane was shot down by Turkish warplanes in November.

FSB’s New Intimidation Tactic: Harassing Turkish Banks

Federal Security Service (FSB) in central Moscow / Wikimedia Commons

The FSB, Russia’s internal security service, this month launched a series of raids on Turkish banks based in Moscow, according to at least one Russian media outlet citing the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News. The charges against the banks center on alleged money-laundering activities.