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Iraq retakes Habur crossing with Turkey

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi authorities were handed on Tuesday control of the main land border crossing between Turkey and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, announced three Iraqi officials. One of the officials released photos of the Iraqi flag as it was being raised above the border gate. Iraqi and Turkish forces have been deployed in the area and Turkish […]

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France, Turkey to discuss methods to achieve peace in Syria

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off

France and Turkey will discuss the parameters and progress in setting up a “Contact Group” to spur peace efforts in Syria and streamline ongoing processes in this area, an official source said Wednesday. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is hosting his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Paris on Thursday for talks that “will focus […]

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Turkish FM says not too late for KRG to go back

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed confidence in a return to normal relations with northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) should it correct its “mistake”, i.e. the holding of an illegitimate independence referendum. “This was neither a democratic nor a legal referendum,” Cavusoglu said. “It is illegal according to Iraq’s constitution.”

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Turkey jets kill 8 PKK in North Iraq

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Air Force conducted an operation in northern Iraq, killing at least eight PKK militants, the Turkish military said Tuesday. The PKK militants were plotting an attack on Turkish military locations on the Turkish-Iraqi border, according to a statement issued by Turkish General Staff.

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Turkey welcomes Tal Afar’s liberation

Friday, September 1, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey will continue to stand with the people of Tal Afar in the post-Daesh period just as it helped and harbored tens of thousands people that escaped there, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday, welcoming the liberation of the predominantly Turkmen town by Iraqi forces from the terrorist group. “Hereby we […]

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Turkey, Romania, Poland discuss counterterrorism at tripartite summit

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu participated on Friday in a Turkey, Romania and Poland trilateral meeting of foreign ministers in Poland along with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, where strengthening NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism was reportedly discussed. Çavuşoğlu visited Warsaw, Poland yesterday for talks and attended the foreign ministers’ meeting. Polish Foreign […]

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Mattis in Turkey for talks on Syria, Kurds

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis held talks with Turkish leaders in Ankara on Wednesday focusing on Washington’s arming of a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as a terror group by Turkey, a move which has strained ties between the NATO allies. Mattis flew in for the one-day visit after stopping in Iraq to review progress in the […]

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Turkey restricts cross-border movement with Syria

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey is limiting cross-border movement at Bab Al-Hawa (Cilvegözü) crossing with Syria after the area was taken by a terrorist group, Customs Minister Bülent Tüfenkci said Wednesday. Tüfenkci told reporters that the restrictions were imposed after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants took control of the area.

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Turkey extends state of emergency for 3 months

Monday, July 17, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey’s Parliament approved the Cabinet’s motion Monday to extend the ongoing state of emergency in the country for another three months starting from July 19, official media reported. The motion was backed by votes of ruling Justice and Development Party and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

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US air force chief visits Turkey for talks on Syria

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Comments Off

Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein held talks in Ankara with his Turkish counterparts. Goldfein met with Commander of the Turkish Air Force Abidin Ünal and other senior military officials in order to discuss ongoing military cooperation in Syria as part of international efforts to defeat the Islamic […]

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Turkey welcomes liberation of Mosul

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Monday “welcomed” the liberation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul over the weekend. On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to celebrate the victory over the Daesh terrorist group. “We welcome the successful completion of the military operation conducted since October 2016 for the liberation of Mosul,” […]

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Turkey attacks Kurdish militia, Iraqi militants

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish forces retaliated with an artillery barrage overnight and destroyed People’s Protection Units (YPG) targets after the Kurdish militia opened fire on Turkey-backed forces in northern Syria, the military said on Wednesday. It said Turkish warplanes separately struck Kurdish militants in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing seven fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) group, […]

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Pakistan, Turkey discuss defence cooperation

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was awarded the Legion of Merit in Ankara on Tuesday in recognition of his services for promotion of Pakistan-Turkey defence ties. Speaking on the occasion, General Bajwa dedicated the award to the martyrs of both Pakistani and Turkish armed forces.

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Turkey warns on Gulf crisis escalation

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

As part of its efforts to ease tension in the Gulf region, Ankara has called on all parties to come to a common solution and overcome differences to avoid a sectarian crisis in the region, which would put all countries in danger. “With all the already existing problems in the region, and particularly at a […]

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Turkey calls on N. Iraq to reconsider referendum bid

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Monday called on the Northern Iraq to reconsider the planned referendum bid in September. Speaking following the cabinet meeting in Ankara, Numan Kurtulmus raised concerns regarding the independence referendum, which is supposed to be held in

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Algeria condemns Turkey attack, calls for cooperation against terrorism

Monday, August 22, 2016 Comments Off

Algeria on Sunday condemned the attack that targeted a wedding ceremony in Turkey, while urging the international community for wider cooperation in the fight against terrorism. The Algerian Foreign Ministry described the terrorist attack that hit Turkey on Saturday night as a “perfidious act.”

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Turkey wants to repair ties with Egypt

Monday, August 22, 2016 Comments Off

Turkey wants to repair its ties with Egypt, after relations soured over the removal of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday. Relations between Ankara and Cairo took a nosedive after the Egyptian military deposed Morsi on July 30, 2013. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, had been a close […]

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Turkey hails Libya’s unity govt’s move to Tripoli

Thursday, July 14, 2016 Comments Off

A statement from the Turkish foreign ministry late Tuesday greeted Libya’s UN-backed unity government as it moved into its new headquarters in the country’s capital. “We welcome Libya’s unity government’s move into the government building in Tripoli,” the statement said. Turkey will continue to “strongly” support Libya’s territorial integrity and national unity, it added.

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Turkey says it hopes to restore relations with Egypt

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Comments Off

The Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmuş said Monday that Ankara did not take any step to “normalise” relations with Egypt, but it would like to restore bilateral affairs. Kurtulmuş’s declaration comes after Turkey recently improved its relations with both Russia and Israel.

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Tunisia condemns Istanbul terrorist attack

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Comments Off

Eleven people including seven policemen and four civilians were killed and 36 others wounded in a car bomb attack on police bus this morning in Istanbul. Tunisia, on Tuesday, condemned the terrorist attack that targeted this morning Beyazit Square district in the Turkish city of Istanbul and claimed the lives of several police officers and […]

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Turkey supports Libyan unity, solidarity

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Comments Off

Turkey will support Libyan unity and solidarity, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday. “Turkey will always take your side in the context of Libya’s economic development and reconstruction when Libya gains stability,” the premier said in an Ankara meeting with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, from Libya’s unity government. Davutoglu said Turkey had offered support […]

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US, Turkey to work together to clear IS in Syria and Iraq

Monday, July 27, 2015 Comments Off

The United States and Turkey have agreed to work together to clear Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants from northern Syria by forming an “ISIL-free zone,” a U.S. official said on July 27. “The goal is to establish an ISIL-free zone and ensure greater security and stability along Turkey’s border with Syria,” […]

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NATO chief: Turkey has not asked for substantial military help

Monday, July 27, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey has not asked for substantial military help from NATO in its campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Kurdish militants, the alliance’s chief said on July 27, a day before it meets to discuss the fighting. Jens Stoltenberg also warned Turkey that its bombing campaign could endanger the progress […]

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Turkey calls for NATO meeting on security threats

Monday, July 27, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey has called for a meeting of its NATO allies to discuss threats to its security and its airstrikes targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq, as Turkey boosts international efforts to gain support for the strikes. NATO’s secretary general said […]

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Death toll in Suruc reaches 32 people

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Comments Off

The death toll in the Suruc terrorist attack went up to 32 people after a number of the injured succumbed to their injuries, said a Turkish official Tuesday. Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told the press that investigation in the matter did not yield any evidences regarding the perpetrators of the attack. The Turkish […]

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EU, NATO condemn attack in Suruc, Turkey

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Comments Off

The EU and NATO condemned Monday the terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Suruc, which has led to the loss of many innocent lives and left many injured. “My thoughts and sympathies are with the families and loved ones affected by this heinous act. There can be no justification for terrorism. We stand in […]

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NATO warships to hold military exercises in the Black Sea

Friday, July 10, 2015 Comments Off

NATO warships have entered the Black Sea ahead of military exercises this weekend. The training aims at reaffirming the US-led alliance’s commitment to defending the member states, in the wake of Russia’s apparent military aggression in eastern Ukraine.

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Turkey could send troops to Syria if its borders are threatened

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that his nation has no intentions of seizing any other lands, neither is it interested in going to war without a reason, adding that the parliament has sanctioned action in the event of threats to its borders.

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US to deploy 450 more military trainers to Iraq

Thursday, June 11, 2015 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama on June 10 approved the deployment of 450 more US military trainers to Iraq, a cautious bid to reverse gains by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. The White House said the forces will join an already 3,100-strong mission to “train, advise and assist” the Iraqi army […]

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Some 123 US soldiers to train moderate Syrian opposition

Thursday, April 30, 2015 Comments Off

Some 123 U.S. soldiers arrived in Turkey for training of moderate Syrian opposition, along with weapons that are being transferred to İncirlik Airbase for equipping part of the program. Syrians, who will be trained in Hirfanlı military base in Kırşehir, will be transferred to southern Hatay where they will be equipped with necessary briefing for […]

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International countries condemn IS slaughter of Ethiopian Christians

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

The international community has condemned the slaughter of at least 28 Ethiopian Christians in an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) video, with Ethiopia confirming that the victims were its citizens. “This not a clash of civilizations, this not a fight between Islam and the West,” an EU spokesman said in a statement. […]

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Turkey welcomes UN decision on Houthi rebels

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

Ankara has voiced pleasure over the adoption of a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing an arms embargo targeting Houthi rebels who rule most of Yemen, calling the decision “a clear message and warning” to the force. “In order for peaceful conditions, that will provide the realization of a political resolution, to occur, it is important […]

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Turkey condemns terror attacks in Egypt’s North Sinai

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Comments Off

The Foreign Ministry has condemned terrorist attacks that killed at least 14 people on Sunday in Egypt’s North Sinai and expressed its solidarity with the Egyptian people. In a statement issued on late Monday, the Foreign Ministry said: “We condemn the terrorist attacks which were committed on April 12 in North Sinai’s provincial capital. May God rest the […]

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Turkey, Pakistan pledge to support Saudi over Yemen crisis

Friday, April 3, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey and Pakistan have called on “all Yemeni groups” for a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis, while pledging support for Saudi Arabia’s actions, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on April 3. Turkey and Pakistan agreed to lend “all potential support” to Saudi Arabia in order to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of […]

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Turkey urges Iraq to support Sunnis and Kurds in fight against IS

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

The Iraqi government should gain the support the country’s Sunnis to regain their confidence in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, stressing an armed struggle against the jihadist group would not be sufficient without the support of all Iraqi people, especially its Sunnis. […]

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