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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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U.S. sees Turkish offensive in Syria as unnecessary: U.S. official

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. sees Turkish offensive in Syria as unnecessary: U.S. official

The United States is not discussing a Turkish offensive in northeast Syria with Turkey and believes no such operation is needed to address Ankara’s security concerns, a U.S. official told Reuters on Wednesday, dismissing media reports to the contrary.

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Turkey rows against strong currents in northern Syria

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey rows against strong currents in northern Syria

Despite its initial pleasure upon hearing of the US withdrawal from Syria, Turkey seems to be facing difficulties in achieving its goals in its southern neighbor. Recent back-and-forth statements between the United States and Ankara have pointed to a couple of disagreements over the Syria dossier.

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Turkey: Uniting an “Army of Islam” to Defeat Just One Country

Friday, February 22, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey: Uniting an “Army of Islam” to Defeat Just One Country

Istanbul recently hosted the second “International Islamic Union Congress,” sponsored mainly by the Strategic Research Center for Defenders of Justice (ASSAM), which is headed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s chief military advisor, Adnan Tanriverdi, a retired lieutenant general and an Islamist.

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Has Turkish President Erdoğan Distanced Himself from the Muslim Brotherhood?

Friday, February 8, 2019 Comments Off on Has Turkish President Erdoğan Distanced Himself from the Muslim Brotherhood?

The picture sent shockwaves through Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s grassroots: A poor Egyptian member of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan in Arabic) handcuffed by the Turkish police, put aboard a Turkish Airlines plane to fly back to Cairo, to be tortured and eventually executed. Is President Erdoğan not a staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood? […]

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Turkey to set up safe zones in Syria: President Erdogan

Saturday, February 2, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey to set up safe zones in Syria: President Erdogan

Turkey says it will form safe zones in northern Syria so that millions of Syrian refugees hosted by the Ankara government could return to their home country, which is now recovering from nearly eight years of foreign-sponsored militancy.

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Turkey Warns It’s Ready for Strike Against Syrian YPG

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Warns It’s Ready for Strike Against Syrian YPG

Turkey claims its military preparations for a cross-border operation into Syria against a Kurdish militia are complete. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar made the announcement Tuesday. “When the time comes, the necessary actions will be taken both in Manbij and east of the Euphrates,” Akar said during a visit to a military facility in Turkey’s […]

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Turkey deploys tanks at border with Syria

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey deploys tanks at border with Syria

The Turkish military deployed tanks and armored vehicles to the border province of Hatay on Jan. 13, as Turkey continues its preparations for a planned military operation in the east of River Euphrates in Syria against ISIL and the YPG, which it sees as the Syrian branch of the PKK.

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Turkey and US: Conflict Contained, Not Resolved

Monday, November 26, 2018 Comments Off on Turkey and US: Conflict Contained, Not Resolved

Only three months ago Turkey and its NATO ally the United States had too many issues about which to disagree: They had major divergences over Syria; they had different views on Turkey’s plans to deploy the Russian-made S-400 air defense system on NATO soil; they had mutual sanctions on top government officials due to Turkey’s […]

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Iraq denounces Turkish strikes on Kurdistan

Friday, March 23, 2018 Comments Off on Iraq denounces Turkish strikes on Kurdistan

Iraq on Thursday denounced Turkish airstrikes on anti-Ankara, Kurdish fighters’ locations in the north of the country that left a number of civilians dead. In a statement, the foreign ministry spokesperson, Ahmed Mahgoub, said “The Iraqi foreign ministry denounces the continuation of aggressions and transgressions upon Iraqi borders by the Turkish

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EU President expresses concern over Turkey arirstrikes in Kurdistan

Friday, March 23, 2018 Comments Off on EU President expresses concern over Turkey arirstrikes in Kurdistan

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani on Thursday called on Turkey to abide by international law following news of Turkish airstrikes killing four civilians in the Kurdistan Region’s border areas. According to residents and local activists, overnight Turkish airstrikes killed four civilians camping in rural areas as part of Newroz celebrations in the Choman […]

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Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to support Syria in fight against terrorism

Friday, March 16, 2018 Comments Off on Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to support Syria in fight against terrorism

Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to continue supporting Syria in the fight against terrorism and the political settlement of the crisis in the country. Lavrov made his remarks during a press conference of the foreign ministers of the guarantor states of the cessation of hostilities in Astana […]

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Abdrakhmanov: Astana process guarantor states’ foreign ministers could convene next month

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off on Abdrakhmanov: Astana process guarantor states’ foreign ministers could convene next month

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said that a meeting of the Russian, Iranian, and Turkish foreign ministers could be held next month, followed by the next round of Astana meetings on Syria.

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UNSC to discuss Afrin operation on Monday

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off on UNSC to discuss Afrin operation on Monday

The United Nations Security Council said it would hold an emergency session on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria following Turkish cross-border operations, France’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Sunday. The French Foreign Ministry said the UN Security Council had agreed to hold a session to address Turkey’s attack on the Syrian Kurds in Afrin […]

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EU voices concern over Turkish operation against Kurdish group in Sydia

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off on EU voices concern over Turkish operation against Kurdish group in Sydia

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said Monday that she is “extremely worried” about the Turkish military operation in Afrin, Syria, against the Kurdish YPG fighters. “We discussed this today with the ministers at the opening of our meeting. I am extremely worried and I will discuss this, among other things, with our Turkish interlocutors,” she […]

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Iraqi army takes control of border crossing from KRG forces

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off on Iraqi army takes control of border crossing from KRG forces

Control of the Ibrahim Khalil border gate between Turkey and northern Iraq has been handed over to Baghdad, Turkey’s prime minister announced on Tuesday. Speaking at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s parliamentary group meeting, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkish officials will remain in control of the Habur border gate on the Turkish […]

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