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Syrian Kurds press big offensive against IS in northeast of Syria

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Armenia pulls back from talks to normalize ties with Turkey

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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US, Turkey agree to train Syrian opposition forces

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Turkey, Pakistan discuss cooperation on fight against terror

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Turkey evacuates its embassy in Yemen

Monday, February 16, 2015 Comments Off

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.

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Kurdish forces free over 60 Kobane villages from IS control

Friday, February 6, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Turkey to keep efforts for solving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Turkey blasts Egypt for death sentences

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey has harshly condemned an Egyptian court’s decision to sentence 183 men to death over allegations of killing 13 policemen in 2013, accusing the judiciary decision of being politically motivated. “We strongly condemn the confirmation of the death sentences of 183 people, constituting a new contingent of mass death sentences, which has reached 1,000 people, […]

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Egypt does not attend second International meeting on Libya

Thursday, January 29, 2015 Comments Off

Egypt and Libya boycotted on Wednesday the second session of the International Contact Group on Libya in Addis Ababa objecting to the presence of Qatar and Turkey. Egypt withdrew from the meeting to “send a clear message” that there must be coordination about the participation of countries outside the African Union, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh […]

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Turkey calls on PKK to lay down arms by March 21

Thursday, January 29, 2015 Comments Off

The Turkish government has publicly declared its demand that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) lay down arms on the Nevruz festival, which is marked on March 21, underlining that the jailed PKK leader’s 2014 Nevruz message needed to be developed further this year. “On this Nevruz, laying down arms and taking a further step […]

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Turkey condemns Egypt over disproportionate use of force on protesters

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey has strongly condemned Egypt over its disproportionate use of force on protesters wanting to mark the fourth anniversary of their Jan. 25 revolution and expressing condolences to families of those killed during the protests in 2011. “It is impossible for the Egyptian administration to provide stability and security to its people with this exclusive […]

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Tension grows near Turkish border with Syria as Kurds advance in Kobane

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey’s border with Syria has again witnessed tension in the wake of Kurdish forces’ success in driving jihadists from Kobane, with Ankara contrastingly attracting international applause and domestic opprobrium over the affair. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, meanwhile, slammed the Kurdish parties fighting there for ruining the town, once home to around 200,000.

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Turkey deploys Spanish Patriot missiles in south province of Adana

Monday, January 26, 2015 Comments Off

Spainish Patriot air defense missiles have been deployed in the southern Turkish province of Adana, as part of Turkey’s request for NATO assistance on the country’s border with Syria, the head of the Spanish unit in Turkey said on Jan. 26. The battery commander of the Spanish Patriot air defense missile system, Captain Luis Burgos […]

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Turkish President delays Africa tour to attend Saudi King funeral

Friday, January 23, 2015 Comments Off

Foreign leaders gathered in a cavernous mosque in the Saudi Arabian capital on Jan. 23 for the funeral of King Abdullah. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the leaders of Sudan and Ethiopia joined Gulf rulers for the funeral prayer at Riyadh’s Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque. Erdoğan said he […]

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Pakistan, Turkey to increase parliamentary cooperation

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil ?i?ek during a meeting on Thursday agreed to further enhance interaction between the parliamentarians of the two brotherly countries and to share legislation experience. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 10th session of the Parliamentary Union of […]

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Turkish PM says closing border with Syria is not easy to achieve

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey is unable to close its 510-mile-long border with Syria, which has been crossed by thousands of foreign terrorist volunteers. “We cannot put soldiers everywhere on the border. In any case, there isn’t any state on the other side [of the frontier],” Davutoğlu said on Wednesday during his visit to […]

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Turkey calls for new era in relation with Armenia

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has called on all Armenians to jointly seek ways to resolve their historical differences with Turkey, stressing that it is a must for Turks and Armenians to “engage in humane relations and to recognize each other in light of 800 years of common history.” “It’s possible for two ancient people […]

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Turkey to increase cooperation with EU to stop IS

Friday, January 16, 2015 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who is visiting Brussels this week, offered to cooperate more with Europe in the fight against the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Davutoğlu is currently visiting Brussels and trying to highlight common grounds with the EU and expressing Turkey’s readiness to work with them in every field. […]

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NATO foreign ministers to meet in Turkey

Thursday, January 15, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey will host a NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in the southern province of Antalya between May 13 and 14. Turkey previously hosted meetings of NATO foreign and defense ministers in 1994 and 2010 respectively, and the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government in 2004. On the sidelines of the meeting in Antalya, in […]

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Davutoglu, Merkel discuss bilateral relations

Monday, January 12, 2015 Comments Off

Visiting Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeir, discussing issues pertaining to bilateral ties and matters of mutual interest. An official statement here said that the Syrian crisis, Turkey’s EU membership bid, and efforts to counter Islamophobia were discussed during the meeting. Later, the […]

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Turkey rejects accusations of not doing enough against terrorism

Monday, January 12, 2015 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday he could not understand why his country has been accused of not doing enough to fighting terrorism. “We will not accept that we are being accused of not doing enough to fighting terrorism. These accusations are false,” Davutoglu told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Turkey reaffirms commitment in fight against terror

Friday, January 9, 2015 Comments Off

Terrorist attacks are possible in every country and Turkey has been and will continue to take all necessary security measures, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, when questioned whether Turkey is at risk of an attack similar to the one that took place at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris a few days ago. […]

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Turkish Ex-President urges Muslims to condemn Paris attack

Friday, January 9, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey’s former President Abdullah Gül has joined the condemnations of the shooting in Paris that killed 12 people at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, calling on the Islamic world to denounce the incident. “I condemn the brutal terrorist attack on magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in the strongest possible of terms,” Gül, who handed […]

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Turkey to order more F-35 jets

Thursday, January 8, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey has decided to order four more of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets in addition to the two it previously ordered, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Wednesday. Turkey said in 2012 it was sticking to plans to buy 100 of the planes with an initial order of two planes for delivery in 2015. “It […]

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Turkey warns its citizens to evacuate Libya

Thursday, January 8, 2015 Comments Off

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has warned Turkish citizens in Libya to evacuate the country “immediately” through a statement released late on Jan. 7. “Because of the conflict and the airstrikes in Libya recently, we are suggesting that our citizens leave the country immediately,” the statement said. The ministry also said that the Turkish Consulate General […]

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Blast kills three persons in Istanbul

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Comments Off

A suicide female bomber blew up hereself at the tourist police station in the historic Sultanahmet district, downtown Istanbul, on Tuesday. The blast killed a police officer, beside the assailant, and injured two policemen, including one seriously.

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Iraqi Kurdish PM will visit Turkey

Friday, December 19, 2014 Comments Off

The prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nechirvan Barzani, is set to arrive in Turkey on the night of Dec. 18, ahead of talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç has announced.

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Turkey says delimitation of the Mediterranean between Egypt and Greece is not acceptable

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Comments Off

Any delimitation of the Mediterranean between Egypt and Greece will not be acceptable if it affects Turkey’s national interests, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said. Davutoğlu’s remarks were published on Dec. 7 in the Greek newspaper To Vima, in an interview given at the end of the third High-Level Cooperation Council meeting between Greece and […]

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Turkish FM says no rift between policies with EU

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Comments Off

The EU’s foreign policy chief did not raise any criticism or proposals for the alignment of Turkey’s foreign policy with the EU, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, in reply to remarks by Federica Mogherini. Despite Turkey’s “very important contributions” to the EU’s security and defense policies, the EU had not included Ankara in […]

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EU to push for Turkey’s support in fight against IS

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

New European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was to meet Turkish leaders Dec. 8 for talks expected to focus partly on the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in neighboring Syria. “The Syrian crisis is going to be one of the key issues on her agenda,” an EU official […]

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British PM, to visit Turkey, meet Erdogan

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

British Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to Turkey on Dec. 9 to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss how to stop Britons crossing into Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters via the Turkish border, his spokesman said. The visit comes after Britain said last month […]

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Turkish, Azerbaijani, Georgian FMs to discuss trilateral meeting

Friday, December 5, 2014 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is scheduled to meet with his Azerbaijani and Georgian counterparts for a trilateral meeting in the eastern province of Kars on Dec. 10. During the meeting, Çavuşoğlu, Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov are expected to discuss bilateral and regional issues, increasing cooperation between the […]

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Turkish PM to visit Greece on Friday

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is due in Athens for talks on Friday amid a tense atmosphere between Greece and Turkey, which has been exacerbated by the neighboring country’s decision to carry out naval exercises in the Aegean while discussions take place in the Greek capital. Turkish ships and submarines have been conducting exercises in […]

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Turkey aims for cooperation with European defense industry

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

Turkey’s exclusion from the European Defense Agency is undermining closer cooperation between Turkish and European defense companies, Sedat Guldogan, deputy undersecretary of the country’s Ministry of National Defense Industries said Wednesday.

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US, Turkey converge on Syria, Turkish FM says

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Comments Off

A considerable convergence between Turkey and the United States has emerged during recent talks concerning the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said. “I can say, particularly with the U.S., there is a convergence in our approach toward ISIL, the […]

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