Patrick Cockburn, The Independent: Turkey, once the great hope of the Middle East, is left weak and unstable
The destabilisation of Turkey is good news for Isis as Turkish security organisations devote their efforts to hunting down Gulenists
Coup attempt and purge are tearing Turkey apart. The Turkish armed forces, for long the backbone of the state, are in a state of turmoil. Some 40 per cent of its generals and admirals have been detained or dismissed, including senior army commanders.
They are suspected of launching the abortive military takeover on 15-16 July, which left at least 246 people dead, saw parliament and various security headquarters bombed and a near successful bid to kill or capture President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 29, 2016
ISIS Wants a Global Civil War -- Maajid Nawaz, Daily Beast
Why the Next President Must Regionalize Iraq -- Mark Pfeifle, Time
The US, the Peshmerga and Mosul -- Michael Knights, Al Jazeera
What drove Syria's Nusra Front to detach itself from al-Qaeda? -- David Roberts, BBC
Analysis: Al Nusrah Front rebrands itself as Jabhat Fath Al Sham -- Thomas Joscelyn, Long War Journal
It's Not You, It's Me: Al-Qaeda Lost Jabhat al-Nusra. Now What? -- Clint Watts, War on the Rocks
How can Europe tackle 'IS'-inspired terrorism? -- Samira Shackle, DW
When will our politicians accept the reality of Islamic terrorism? -- Douglas Murray, Spectator
What Saudi Arabia can offer Israel -- Akiva Eldar, Al-Monitor
Most ASEAN countries 'want to stay out of Beijing's South China Sea dispute with the Philippines' -- Liu Zhen and Catherine Wong, South China Morning Post
Who Supports China in the South China Sea -- Wang Wen & Chen Xiaochen, Diplomat
1MDB: The inside story of the world’s biggest financial scandal -- Randeep Ramesh, The Guardian
French special-forces deaths in Libya illustrate the West's difficult position -- Casper Wuite, The Interpreter
No arrivals: The visible isolation of Caracus -- Ramen
Why This U.S. Election Needs Even More Putin -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg