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Turkey arrests nine suspected Daesh terrorists

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey arrests nine suspected Daesh terrorists

Suspects arrested in southeastern Diyarbakir province were plotting attack in Turkey on Eid al-Adha, authorities say

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US reveals key Daesh money provider based in Turkey

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on US reveals key Daesh money provider based in Turkey

Washington has identified a critical financial facilitator for Daesh based in Turkey in a move to unsettle the remaining global financial networks of the terrorist group.

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Turkey launches new anti-terror operation in east

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey launches new anti-terror operation in east

With 1,006 personnel, Turkey has launched a new anti-terror operation in its eastern Tunceli province, the country’s Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday.

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Turkey frees 2 Czechs jailed on terror charges

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey frees 2 Czechs jailed on terror charges

Two Czech nationals jailed in Turkey three years ago for belonging to a Kurdish militant group flew back to Prague Friday after being granted early release following months-long negotiations between Turkish and Czech officials.

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Turkish secret service trade over ISIS women in Syria

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish secret service trade over ISIS women in Syria

Turkey has openly admitted that its secret service MIT is taking ISIS members out of the Hol Camp in northeast Syria.

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Turkish police detain 27 people over links to Islamic State

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish police detain 27 people over links to Islamic State

Turkish police said on Sunday they had detained 27 people with links to the Islamic State militant group whom they suspect were preparing for an attack.

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Turkey Says 17,000 Terrorists Eliminated So Far; 1900 Only In 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey Says 17,000 Terrorists Eliminated So Far; 1900 Only In 2020

Turkish security forces have neutralized more than 17,000 terrorists since July 2015, the country’s defence minister said on Wednesday.

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Turkey’s Generation Z Turns Against Erdogan

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s Generation Z Turns Against Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s online address to students on June 26 was the latest sign that his efforts to shape Turkey’s young generation in his image have failed. Thousands of students joining the YouTube livestream disliked the video and used the comments section to criticize Erdogan and tell him that he wouldn’t get their […]

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Ex-paratrooper who fought Isil claims Turkey put pressure on Britain to charge him with terror offences

Monday, July 20, 2020 Comments Off on Ex-paratrooper who fought Isil claims Turkey put pressure on Britain to charge him with terror offences

Daniel Burke was accused of terrorism offences after volunteering to help the Kurdish YPG fight against Isil in Syria.

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President Erdogan declares Hagia Sophia a mosque after Turkish court ruling

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Comments Off on President Erdogan declares Hagia Sophia a mosque after Turkish court ruling

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia a mosque on Friday hours after a top court ruled the ancient building’s conversion to a museum by modern Turkey’s founding statesman was illegal.

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Turkey arrests 42 over links to terror group PKK, including former HDP mayors

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey arrests 42 over links to terror group PKK, including former HDP mayors

Forty-two people, including former mayors of the pro-PKK Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), were detained for their suspected links to the PKK, a designated terrorist group that has waged a decadeslong insurgency against Turkey.

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Idlib to Tripoli: Turkey moves to dominate eastern Mediterranean

Saturday, June 27, 2020 Comments Off on Idlib to Tripoli: Turkey moves to dominate eastern Mediterranean

The first time Wael Amr got on a plane was not quite what he had hoped for. Air travel in films led him to imagine how glamorous it would be to leave Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province for an exotic holiday abroad.

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Pro-Kurdish Party Starts ‘Justice March’ in Turkey

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Pro-Kurdish Party Starts ‘Justice March’ in Turkey

The People’s Democratic Party has launched what it calls a march for ‘justice and democracy’ in response to President Erdogan’s growing crackdown on his critics.

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Turkey’s Plans for Hagia Sophia Strain Greek Relations

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s Plans for Hagia Sophia Strain Greek Relations

Plans to convert the famous 6th-century building in Istanbul back into a mosque, after being a museum since 1935, have further tested relations with Greece – already damaged by over other regional and international disputes.

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Terrorism won’t be Turkey’s fate, Interior Minister Soylu says

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Terrorism won’t be Turkey’s fate, Interior Minister Soylu says

Terrorism will soon no longer be a problem in Turkey, as the country has successfully destroyed a large number of them, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said, noting that the number of terrorists has been rapidly falling.

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Turkish jets strike Kurdish PKK positions close to refugee camps in Iraq

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish jets strike Kurdish PKK positions close to refugee camps in Iraq

Jets from Turkey carried out cross-border airstrikes on Monday targeting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Turkish Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, announced Turkish authorities.

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Turkey’s PKK Conflict: A Visual Explainer

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s PKK Conflict: A Visual Explainer

Context: Turkey’s conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU – continues in south-eastern Turkey and northern Iraq. In northern Syria, Ankara and the PKK’s Syrian affiliate, the People’s Protection Forces (YPG), remain pitted against each other. On the home front, the government […]

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Turkey deports 12 foreign terrorist fighters with suspected Daesh-links to Finland

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey deports 12 foreign terrorist fighters with suspected Daesh-links to Finland

Twelve foreign terrorist fighters have been deported to Finland with an evacuation flight as part of Turkey’s efforts to repatriate former Daesh-linked persons to their country of origin, the Interior Ministry announced Sunday.

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Palestinians in Turkey: What Erdogan Says vs. What Erdogan Does

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Comments Off on Palestinians in Turkey: What Erdogan Says vs. What Erdogan Does

While Erdogan is paying lip service to the Palestinian cause and praising Hamas, which is designated as a terrorist group by the US, EU, Canada and Australia, Palestinian refugees who fled to Turkey from Syria are complaining of discrimination and mistreatment by the Turkish authorities.

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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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