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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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Turkish, US, Iraqi discuss security challenges

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off on Turkish, US, Iraqi discuss security challenges

Senior Turkish, Iraqi and US military officials met in Ankara on Thursday to discuss regional developments and security challenges. Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, his Iraqi counterpart Othman Al-Ghanimi, Commander of US European Command (EUCOM) Curtis Scaparrotti and Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) Joseph Votel attended the meeting.

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Turkish, US, Iraqi military officials to discuss security issues in Akara

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off on Turkish, US, Iraqi military officials to discuss security issues in Akara

Ankara would host on Thursday a trilateral meeting for top Turkish, Iraqi and US military officials, the Turkish General Staff said Monday. The meeting would be attended by Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Iraqi counterpart Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi, Commander of the US European Command Curtis Scaparrotti and Commander

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Iraq retakes Habur crossing with Turkey

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Iraq retakes Habur crossing with Turkey

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 on France, Turkey to discuss methods to achieve peace in Syria

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 on Turkish FM says not too late for KRG to go back

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 on Turkey jets kill 8 PKK in North Iraq

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 on Turkey welcomes Tal Afar’s liberation

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 on Turkey, Romania, Poland discuss counterterrorism at tripartite summit

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 on Mattis in Turkey for talks on Syria, Kurds

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 on Turkey restricts cross-border movement with Syria

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 on Turkey extends state of emergency for 3 months

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 on US air force chief visits Turkey for talks on Syria

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 on Turkey welcomes liberation of Mosul

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 on Turkey attacks Kurdish militia, Iraqi militants

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 on Pakistan, Turkey discuss defence cooperation

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 on Turkey warns on Gulf crisis escalation

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 on Turkey calls on N. Iraq to reconsider referendum bid

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 on Algeria condemns Turkey attack, calls for cooperation against terrorism

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 on Turkey wants to repair ties with Egypt

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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