Archive for the ‘Turkey’ Category

Syria refugees in Turkey resort to selling organs to survive

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Syria refugees in Turkey resort to selling organs to survive

Syrian refugees residing in Turkey have been discovered to be so desperate for money that they are selling their organs on the black market in order to pay for necessities such as rent, the US-based media channel CBS has revealed.

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Is rapprochement with Turkey possible?

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Is rapprochement with Turkey possible?

Henry Kissinger famously observed that diplomacy is “an accumulation of nuance”. Arguably the time is now ripe to begin accumulating such nuances in regard to Turkey. The difficulties of dealing with Turkey and President Recep Erdogan are incontestable and well-known. Nevertheless, Turkey’s geopolitical significance is equally indisputable and far-reaching. Many of the major issues in […]

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7 PKK terrorists killed in anti-terror operations in southeast Turkey, northern Iraq

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Comments Off on 7 PKK terrorists killed in anti-terror operations in southeast Turkey, northern Iraq

Turkish security forces killed seven armed terrorists in the country’s southeast and northern Iraq, the interior and defense ministries said Thursday.

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Turkey Arrests Dozens of ISIS Elements in 4 Months

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey Arrests Dozens of ISIS Elements in 4 Months

Turkish security forces have carried out a total of 8,163 operations targeting terrorist organizations during April, said Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli.

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Turkey persists in fight against terrorism despite coronavirus challenge

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey persists in fight against terrorism despite coronavirus challenge

As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the globe, including Turkey, the country persists in its fight against terrorist organizations. It has killed 230 terrorists in nearly 22,000 counterterrorism operations so far this year.

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Why Is Turkey Embracing Hamas?

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Why Is Turkey Embracing Hamas?

If the reports about Erdogan’s readiness to invite Hamas leaders to live in Turkey are true, that would also turn Erdogan into the spiritual father of a terrorist group that seeks to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic state.

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Turkey Ready to Buy US Defence System, But Stance on Russian S-400 Unchanged – Cavusoglu

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey Ready to Buy US Defence System, But Stance on Russian S-400 Unchanged – Cavusoglu

Turkey is ready to purchase the Patriot air defence system from the United States under certain conditions, but Ankara’s position on purchasing and keeping Russian S-400 air defence systems has not changed, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

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Explosion on Road in Southeast Turkey Kills 5

Monday, April 13, 2020 Comments Off on Explosion on Road in Southeast Turkey Kills 5

An improvised explosive device went off on a road in southeast Turkey on Wednesday, killing five forestry workers traveling to work, officials said.

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Turkey continues to fight terrorism through cross-border, domestic operations

Sunday, April 12, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey continues to fight terrorism through cross-border, domestic operations

Eighty terrorists were neutralized last month in cross-border and domestic anti-terror operations, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.

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Attack on Turkish soldiers spotlights Ankara’s Idlib conundrum

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Comments Off on Attack on Turkish soldiers spotlights Ankara’s Idlib conundrum

On March 19, Turkey’s defense ministry announced the death of two Turkish soldiers at the hands of “radical elements” in northwest Syria’s Idlib. The men were killed in a de-escalation zone that Turkey and Russia first delineated in 2018 and reaffirmed with a ceasefire deal on March 5. Hurras al-Din, an al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group, may […]

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5 HDP mayors in southeast Turkey detained in terror probe

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on 5 HDP mayors in southeast Turkey detained in terror probe

Five pro-PKK Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) mayors have been detained on suspicion of having terrorist links, reports said Monday.

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Turkey charges 20 Saudis over 2018 Khashoggi murder

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey charges 20 Saudis over 2018 Khashoggi murder

Turkish prosecutors have charged 20 Saudi nationals, including two former senior aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

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Turkey, Russia flesh out Syria ceasefire deal: Ankara

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey, Russia flesh out Syria ceasefire deal: Ankara

Turkey and Russia have agreed to begin joint patrols along a key highway in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib as part of a recent ceasefire agreement between the two sides, Turkey’s defense minister says.

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Deadly Clashes in Syria’s Idlib Show Limits of Turkey’s Options

Monday, March 9, 2020 Comments Off on Deadly Clashes in Syria’s Idlib Show Limits of Turkey’s Options

A deadly attack on Turkish forces in Syria has brought Idlib’s crisis to a dangerous crossroads. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Turkey, Syria and Russia experts explain what happened and what’s at stake.

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Kremlin Scrambles to Avoid Open Conflict With Turkey

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Kremlin Scrambles to Avoid Open Conflict With Turkey

The Kremlin was scrambling Friday to reach a stopgap agreement with Ankara to halt fighting in northwest Syria amid growing fears that Russia and Turkey are on the brink of open warfare.

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Russia accuses Turkey of shelling Syrian army to help militants

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Russia accuses Turkey of shelling Syrian army to help militants

Russia accused Turkey on Thursday of providing artillery support to militants fighting the Syrian army and said militants briefly broke through Syrian military positions in Idlib, Russian news agencies reported.

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Turkey to oppose Pakistan blacklisting at anti-terrorism finance meet

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey to oppose Pakistan blacklisting at anti-terrorism finance meet

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said he would help Pakistan stay off a terrorism financing blacklist at a meeting of a global finance watchdog, a move he suggested would counter “political pressure” from Islamabad’s critics.

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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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