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Syria and Turkey inch closer to war after shelling kills 5 Turkish soldiers

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Syria and Turkey inch closer to war after shelling kills 5 Turkish soldiers

Syria and Turkey inched closer to all-out war Monday as their troops exchanged deadly fire for the second time in a matter of days in Idlib, a contested and ravaged northern province that is the last remaining major rebel redoubt in Syria’ s nearly nine-year war.

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Turkey deploys tanks to Syrian border amid fresh Idlib violence

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey deploys tanks to Syrian border amid fresh Idlib violence

Ankara to protect civilians and prevent Idlib exodus, governing party MP says, as Syrian government attacks intensify.

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Turkey ‘coordinated’ with IS: SDF commander

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey ‘coordinated’ with IS: SDF commander

Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said his alliance anticipated a direct Turkish intervention in Syria and claimed that Turkey had ‘coordinated’ with the Islamic State terrorist group, during an interview with the privately owned TeN satellite channel on Sunday.

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Four Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria bomb attack: ministry

Monday, January 13, 2020 Comments Off on Four Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria bomb attack: ministry

Four Turkish soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement overnight.

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Turkey’s interference in region encourages terrorism: Dar al-Ifta

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s interference in region encourages terrorism: Dar al-Ifta

“Turkey’s interference in the region creates a fertile environment for extremists and terrorist groups,” said the Observatory for Monitoring Takfiri Fatwas and Extremist Ideologies at Dar al-Ifta in a statement on Sunday.

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Turkey to increase military support to Libya if necessary: President Erdogan

Sunday, January 5, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey to increase military support to Libya if necessary: President Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will increase its military support to Libya’s internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) if necessary and will evaluate military options there.

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Turkey Deploys Armed Drones to Northern Cyprus as Tensions Escalate

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Deploys Armed Drones to Northern Cyprus as Tensions Escalate

Turkey has deployed armed drones to northern Cyprus as tensions escalate in the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean over energy resources and control of their distribution. Greek- and Turkish Cypriots remain at loggerheads over the issue with the dispute now drawing in other nations.

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Erdogan says Turkey ready to help Afghanistan to eliminate IS

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Erdogan says Turkey ready to help Afghanistan to eliminate IS

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey would give all the necessary support for the eradication of the Islamic State (IS) from Afghanistan.

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Turkey hints it could bar US from using key air bases

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey hints it could bar US from using key air bases

Turkey’s foreign minister suggested Wednesday that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible U.S. sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

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Russia, Turkey and Iran express concern about militants in Syria’s Idlib

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Russia, Turkey and Iran express concern about militants in Syria’s Idlib

Russia, Turkey and Iran are concerned about the increased presence of terrorist groups in Syria’s Idlib province, the three countries said after talks in Kazakhstan, pledging to coordinate actions aimed at eliminating the militants.

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Turkey and Russia Judged Bigger Risk Than ISIS for U.S. Troops in Syria

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey and Russia Judged Bigger Risk Than ISIS for U.S. Troops in Syria

American commanders have requested guidance on dealing with an attack from those armed groups and others from Iran and the Syrian government, but officials say they have received muddled direction.

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Turkey Not Resuming Military Operation in Northeast Syria: Security Source

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Not Resuming Military Operation in Northeast Syria: Security Source

Turkey is fully abiding by the agreements it reached with Russia and the United States regarding northeast Syria and is not resuming its military offensive, a security source said on Monday.

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Turkey seizes Daesh terrorist recruitment list by country

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey seizes Daesh terrorist recruitment list by country

Turkish intelligence and security forces seized recruitment lists containing the names of Daesh operatives and their nationalities in a counterterror operation targeting the terrorist group in southern Turkey.

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Russia plans to sign new S-400 deal with Turkey in first half of 2020: Official

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Comments Off on Russia plans to sign new S-400 deal with Turkey in first half of 2020: Official

A high-ranking Russian military figure says Moscow plans to sign a new contract with Turkey to supply new batteries of the advanced Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in the first half of 2020.

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U.S. hoping its security gamble with Turkey in Syria will pay off

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. hoping its security gamble with Turkey in Syria will pay off

Two months after Ankara threatened to launch an operation into northern Syria, where US forces are present, the US and Turkey seem to be working closely on a “security mechanism” that supposedly seeks to fulfill Turkey’s concerns about Syria.

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Turkey says three million could return to safe zone in Syria

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey says three million could return to safe zone in Syria

urkey’s president has said that up to three million Syrian refugees could return to their country to live in a “safe zone” in the north.

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Delivery of second S-400 battery to Turkey completed, defense ministry says

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Delivery of second S-400 battery to Turkey completed, defense ministry says

Turkey’s Defense Ministry says the delivery of the second battery of the advanced Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems has been completed, and that the systems would become operational in April 2020.

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Russia Hopes Su-35 and Su-57 Could Interest Turkey Amid F-35 Row With US

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Comments Off on Russia Hopes Su-35 and Su-57 Could Interest Turkey Amid F-35 Row With US

Earlier, after a visit to an air show in Russia, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that Turkey may opt to buy Russia’s Su-57 fifth generation fighter, instead of the F-35, after the US kicked Ankara out of the programme earlier this year.

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Turkey Building Second Base in Qatar Amid Gulf Tensions – Reports

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Building Second Base in Qatar Amid Gulf Tensions – Reports

Turkey established its first military base in Qatar in 2017, on the basis of a bilateral security agreement signed in late 2015, with the base said to be part of a broader security effort by the two countries to confront unspecified “common enemies.”

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Turkish Security Council Mulls Syrian Operation, Despite Washington’s Warnings

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Turkish Security Council Mulls Syrian Operation, Despite Washington’s Warnings

Turkey’s National Security Council met Tuesday to decide whether to launch a military offensive into Syria against the YPG Kurdish militia. With Washington backing the YPG and warning against any unilateral action, the two NATO allies could be on a collision course.

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Turkey bombs Kurdish region in Iraq after diplomat killed

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey bombs Kurdish region in Iraq after diplomat killed

Turkish defence minister said the attack ‘dealt a heavy blow’ to the ‘terrorist’ Kurdish armed group, PKK, in Qandil. Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on the Kurdish region in northern Iraq in response to the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the region, the country’s defence minister said.

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US Cuts Turkey Out of F-35 Fighter Jet Program

Saturday, July 20, 2019 Comments Off on US Cuts Turkey Out of F-35 Fighter Jet Program

The United States is officially removing Turkey from its F-35 stealth fighter jet program after Ankara accepted the Russian delivery of its S-400 missile defense system.

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Turkey: Out in the Cold

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey: Out in the Cold

The fight for Tripoli has killed more than 750 people – not a stunning number when compared to 9/11, but not small enough to be ignored like a bomb blowing up in Paris, Istanbul or Berlin.

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Islamic State Turkey province video claims new wilayah in old turf

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State Turkey province video claims new wilayah in old turf

ISIS released a propaganda video from ‘Wilayah Turkey,’ showing a small group of militants pledging bayah, or allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The eighth in the “And the best outcome is for the righteous” series, the video is the first from this new province, but ISIS already has a complex presence in Turkey.

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Libyan National Army: Turkey supports terrorists, directly interferes in Libya

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on Libyan National Army: Turkey supports terrorists, directly interferes in Libya

The Libyan National Army has accused the Turkish regime of supporting terrorist groups in Libya. The army announced in a statement that Libyan National Army is fighting against armed terrorists on Libyan territories, while a Turkish logistic support has been offered to terrorist elements since years ago.

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Turkey vows ‘heavy price’ in case of any aggression by Libya’s Haftar

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey vows ‘heavy price’ in case of any aggression by Libya’s Haftar

Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says Ankara will retaliate against any attack by militia fighting for renegade Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, who has ordered to target Turkish interests in Libya.

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Russia Plans To Deliver S-400 Missiles To Turkey In July, Says Kremlin Aide

Sunday, June 16, 2019 Comments Off on Russia Plans To Deliver S-400 Missiles To Turkey In July, Says Kremlin Aide

Russia said on June 11 that it plans to deliver its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in July, just days after Washington gave Ankara a deadline of July 31 to reverse the purchase or face the loss of subcontracting work on the U.S.-led F-35 fighter-jet project.

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Are Russia and Turkey making deals or parting ways in Syria?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Are Russia and Turkey making deals or parting ways in Syria?

Over the past few weeks, northwest Syria witnessed yet another serious military escalation. Russian and Syrian regime forces unleashed a deadly campaign of bombardment on parts of Idlib, Aleppo and Hama provinces, after two attacks by Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an armed group formerly linked to al-Qaeda, killed 22 pro-regime fighters on April 27.

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Erdogan: Russian S-400 Delivery May Be Brought Forward

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Erdogan: Russian S-400 Delivery May Be Brought Forward

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Russian air-defense missile systems could be delivered earlier than initially planned, standing by a purchase that has put the NATO member at odds with Washington.

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Invincible no more? Turkey’s Erdogan suffers election defeat

Sunday, April 7, 2019 Comments Off on Invincible no more? Turkey’s Erdogan suffers election defeat

Twenty-five years ago, Turkish Islamists’ march to power began in the country’s capital, Ankara, and its largest city, Istanbul, when the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) predecessor, the Welfare Party (RP), captured the two municipalities. The loss of these cities in Sunday’s local elections could well mark the beginning of their descent. Millions of […]

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Turkey’s Ruling Party Suffers Heavy Losses in Key Local Polls

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey’s Ruling Party Suffers Heavy Losses in Key Local Polls

VOA’s Turkish and Kurdish services contributed to this report. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party suffered heavy losses in Sunday’s local elections, losing critical cities across the country, while the main opposition party is on course to win the capital Ankara. In Istanbul, election results remain too close to call, with opposition claims of voter […]

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No US F-35 equipment shipment to Turkey over Russia’s S-400: Report

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Comments Off on No US F-35 equipment shipment to Turkey over Russia’s S-400: Report

The United States has stopped shipment of equipment for F-35 equipment to Turkey over the country’s defensive cooperation with Russia, a report says. Reuters cited two unnamed sources in a report Monday, suggesting that the Turkish officials had been notified about the matter by their American counterparts “in recent days.”

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Turkey’s President Erdogan accuses the West of terrorism

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey’s President Erdogan accuses the West of terrorism

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, once spoke of terrorist acts committed with a pen. Ahead of local elections, he has turned his attention to those committed with vegetables. “They’ve made aubergine, tomato, potato and cucumber prices increase,” he told a rally last month, referring to wholesalers suspected of hoarding. “They are spreading terror.”

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Turkish intervention could trigger Syria’s ‘second great war’

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Turkish intervention could trigger Syria’s ‘second great war’

After a bloody and protracted five-year war, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition are on the verge of declaring victory against the Islamic State after the fall of its last crumbs of territory in Baghuz. With Islamic State cells continuing to operate to deadly effect in Syria and neighboring Iraq, it’s […]

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Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants: minister

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants: minister

Turkey and Iran carried out a joint operation against militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said according to state-owned media.

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