Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin has accused Iran of not doing enough to curtail the activities of the PKK (Kurdish Worker’s Party). The minister says that Iran has neglected to act against the PKK’s “intensified campaign” within its borders. The PKK, labeled a terrorist organization by the EU, the US, and Turkey, has been “using Iran as a base for sanctuary and as a site for transit, training and indoctrination, recruitment, fund-raising and the supply of arms and munitions.” Relations between Turkey and Iran have grown tense after NATO’s decision to send Patriot missiles to Anatolia to protect against any spillover of the Syrian conflict. The minister in turn critiqued Germany for failing to extradite wanted PKK terrorists to Turkey.
A day after a strike against a bakery in Halfaya killed at least 90 people, the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi visited Damascus to talk with President Bashar al-Assad. According to Assad, the meeting was “friendly and constructive.” The current regime has blamed the bakery attack on terrorists. An activist in Halfaya said that a shortage in flour caused nearly 1,00 people to queue at the bakery in order to buy bread. Most were women and children.
Yale University Professor Paul Bracken blogs at Constitutional Daily about the perils of ignoring the bigger picture on nuclear issues. He specifically talks about the second nuclear age, when three regional conflicts–in the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia–will become increasingly defined by their nuclear contexts.
Reading List: Drone Edition
Blogger Mehreen Kasana has compiled an impressive list of articles concerning drone warfare in 2012. Check it out here.