After shooting down Russian jet, what's next for Turkey?

The Syrian army offensive backed by Russia in the region northeast of Latakia and the downing of a Russian Su-24 by Turkey leaves many to wonder which scenario will play out in the coming weeks — will Russia retaliate, and if it does, how?
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on November 26

Egypt announces deal to reopen Rafah crossing, but when will it actually open?

Despite the fact that opening the Rafah crossing is an urgent humanitarian need for Gaza residents, it remains subject to political considerations associated with the quarreling factions: Hamas and Fatah.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 26

Is Lebanon preparing to support Russia's intervention in Syria?

When Russia asked airlines in Lebanon to change their routes for conducting military drills to ensure air traffic safety, the matter was blown out of proportion to the point that some considered Russia to have violated Lebanon’s sovereignty.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on November 26

Rouhani: Jets are not toys to shoot down

While the Rouhani administration has urged restraint and emphasized the need to focus on fighting terrorism, Iranian conservatives have condemned Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on November 25

Freed Palestinian prisoner: Swap deal with Israel is worthless if it excludes the sick

In an interview with Al-Monitor, freed Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allan talks details about his detention and release, stressing that he would not hesitate for one moment to resume his hunger strike if the Israeli army were to put him under administrative arrest again.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 25

Erdogan gobbles up power in new Turkish government

Turkey’s recently announced cabinet is stacked with loyal allies of the president, making it clear that this is the ‘government of Erdogan’.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on November 25

Who are 'Allah's lions'?

A mysterious security force has taken the lead in operations in Turkey’s Kurdish areas, raising alarm with its heavy-handed methods and seemingly religious motivation.
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 Orhan Kemal Cengiz for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 25

Chest-thumping pundits relish 'messing with Putin'

Jubilant reactions by pro-AKP pundits to Turkey downing a Russian jet were tempered by those of concerned AKP elites and a worried and satirical public.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on November 25

After Turkey's 'stab in the back' to Russia, will anyone support Ankara?

After it shot down a Russian fighter jet, Turkey is unlikely to get much support from its allies.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on November 24

Will downing of Russia warplane thwart France’s efforts for broader anti-IS coalition?

Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane threatens to complicate French efforts to bolster closer Western coordination with Moscow in combating IS.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on November 24

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