US official: Turkey’s shelling of Afrin in Syria would hurt regional stability

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Turkish artillery fired into Syria’s Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area. The cross-border bombardment took place after days of threats from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to crush the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin in response to growing Kurdish strength across a wide stretch of north Syria. Direct military action against territory held by Kurdish militia would open a new front in Syria’s civil ...

Turkey sends armed convoys to Syrian border

Monday, 15 January 2018

Turkish forces began a military fortification plan on their border, sending reinforcements to areas bordering Syria.A convoy, including armed vehicles and soldiers, arrived in the Sanliurfa province southeast of Turkey, and will be heading to Gaziantep, according to local Turkish media.A similar convoy also carrying military equipment reached the southern province of Hatay.The move followed the announcement by the US-Kurdish Alliance of the formation of a border force headed by Kurdish factions ...

Excluding Turkey from the EU is a dangerous mistake

Saturday, 13 January 2018

In September of last year, as Germany’s election drew to a close, Angela Merkel went head to head in a TV debate with her main rival Martin Schulz. As expected, they clashed on the country’s economic outlook and what to do about the migrant crisis that has severely affected Germany. But on one topic, they were curiously aligned: Turkey.Turkey, Schulz said, had “crossed all the red lines” and if elected chancellor he would end talks with the country on European Union ...

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Turkey to continue Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, Erdogan says

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Turkey's military will continue its operation in Syria's Afrin and Manbij regions, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday during a parliamentary address to his ruling AK Party. In 2016, Turkey launched the Euphrates Shield operation on its Syrian border to eradicate what it called a "corridor of terror", made up by the dual threat of ISIS and Syrian Kurdish fighters. 

Turkey seeks jail term for NBA player for insulting Erdogan

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Anadolu Agency says an indictment prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office accuses the New York Knicks player of insulting the president in a series of tweets he posted in May and June 2016. Kanter said he wasn't concerned and continued his criticisms of Erdogan, saying, "That dude is a maniac." ...

Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause of heightened tension in the Middle East and derail the peace process. "Russia and Turkey believe that this decision does not help stabilize the situation in the Middle East, but on the contrary, it adds to an already complex situation," Putin said. Speaking Monday after a ...

Emergency OIC summit, Arab League meeting called to discuss Jerusalem

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Jordan and the Palestinians on Wednesday requested an emergency Arab foreign ministers’ meeting to discuss the issue of Al-Quds, the Arab League said. The meeting is likely to be convened on Saturday, a diplomatic source said. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Dec. 13, his spokesman said on Wednesday. ALSO READ: Document reveals US asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move “In the face ...

Greek police raids find explosives, 9 held over links to banned Turkish group

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Greek police found bomb-making equipment and detonators in raids in Athens on Tuesday and were questioning nine people over suspected links to a banned militant group in Turkey ahead of an expected visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan next week. Eight men and a woman thought to hold Turkish citizenship were being detained after morning raids at three different addresses in central Athens. Earlier, police officials told Reuters the individuals were being quizzed for alleged links to the ...

Erdogan: We are ‘on same wavelength’ with the US in latest talks

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump last Friday were the first occasion in a long time the two NATO allies were "on the same wavelength" and the communication would continue in the coming days. In a speech to deputies from his ruling AK Party in parliament, Erdogan said discussions would continue on the issues of Syrian Kurdish forces, defense industry cooperation and the fight against the network of a US-based cleric whom Ankara ...

US still seeking explanation for arrest of staff in Turkey

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The United States has not yet received official communication from Ankara as to why local staff of the US mission in Turkey were arrested, US ambassador John Bass said on Wednesday, commenting on a diplomatic crisis between the NATO allies.Bass, whom Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has blamed for the dispute, told reporters the United States did not intend to disrupt its long-standing relationship with Turkey and the two countries would continue to engage on the issue.

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