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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.”
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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,” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has stressed that Turkey pays utmost importance to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and supports the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, during a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart in Kiev. Çavuşoğlu, who accompanied President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on his visit to Ukraine last weekend, met with […]
Turkey will provide a military facility in the southern province of Hatay, along with the Hirfanlı military base in the central Anatolian province of Kırşehir, for the training-equip program with the U.S. in the struggle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a Turkish official announced.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have given orders for work on creating a free trade zone between Ukraine and Turkey to be expedited, Erdogan said in Kyiv, after talks with Poroshenko.
Turkey’s government cannot take further steps in the peace process unless the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party(PKK) lays down its arms and takes concrete steps to foster peace, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said. “Peace is not possible under the shadow of arms … We cannot move forward in an environment in which promises are violated repeatedly unless we […]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay an official visit to Ukraine, where he will take part in the 4th meeting of the Ukrainian-Turkish High Level Cooperation Council on March 20. He will meet with Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk.
NATO’s Black Sea members Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey joined four other alliance states in a multinational naval exercise on March 10 just across the water from the Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia last year. The naval rapid reaction force in the Black Sea drills consists of a United States flagship, the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg, and ships from the six […]
“Turkey won’t be a part of an armed clash in Iraq or Syria. We can supply aid to Mosul, but we won’t be involved in a direct clash,” Davutoğlu said in his remarks to reporters en route to New York. However, he added that if there were to be a direct attack against Turkey, it […]
Two cargo planes carrying Turkish military aid to Iraqi soldiers arrived in Baghdad on March 3, a Turkish official said, stressing that the assistance includes non-lethal military equipment aid for 500 soldiers of the central government. The military aid includes camouflage desert caps, assault vests, helmets, sleeping bags, blankets for 500 soldiers, and 50 cold […]
Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northeast Syria Feb. 25, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group that recently beheaded 21 Egyptian Copts. The new Kurdish offensive launched at the weekend was […]
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan decided Monday to withdraw the two protocols on normalization of relations with Turkey from the parliament. Over the last six years the two documents remained as mere ink on paper after they were signed in 2009 due to “lack of political will” on the Turkish side, he said in a letter […]
Turkey and the United States have hammered out a deal for providing training and equipment to moderate opposition groups in Syria, a Turkish spokesman said here on Tuesday. Both sides are set to sign an agreement for a training and equipping program for Syrian opposition in the next few days, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju […]
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said that Turkey and Pakistan will “continue their cooperation and solidarity in the fight against terror and Islamophobia” around the world. “We have a common position regarding terrorism and all Islamophobic attacks in different parts of the world,” Davutoğlu told a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz […]
Turkey decided to shut its embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, and evacuate its diplomatic staff as a result of the worsening security situation in the country. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had issued a new travel warning for Turkish citizens on Saturday, urging them to leave Yemen immediately.
Kurdish militants have wrestled control of 65 villages in Kobane’s countryside from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) control since Jan. 26 in northern Syria, according to a Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) source. “Kurdish fighters are advancing rapidly because they know their area geographically very well and ISIL factions are withdrawing from […]
Turkey as a member of the OSCE Minsk Group observes all the steps taken to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which is a serious obstacle to peace, stability, prosperity and broad cooperation in the South Caucasus, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Feb. 3. The ministry said Turkey is trying to increase the efforts within the Minsk Group […]