Category Archives: Turkey

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seize control in almost all of al-Bab

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have seized control of almost all of Syria’s al-Bab and are now working to find and clear mines, Turkey’s defense minister told state-run Anadolu news agency on Thursday. The Free Syrian Army, backed by Turkish tanks, warplanes

Turkey: We call on Iran to reconsider its relationship with countries of region

Turkey asked Iran to reconsider its relationship with the countries of the region. Turkey also requested Iran to appreciate their efforts in the war against terrorism, stressing that Ankara does not want to complicate matters with Iran. Turkey called on

Football: Turkish company wins Qatar World Cup contract

Qatar World Cup organisers announced on Wednesday that Turkish construction company Tefken will build the 40,000-seater Al Thumama Stadium for the tournament in five years’ time. A statement from the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the tournament organising body

Turkish military: 44 ISIS militants killed in north Syria

Turkish forces and the US-led coalition have killed at least 44 ISIS extremists in northern Syria in the last 24 hours, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported. Land and air forces have stuck 109 ISIS targets, including shelters, as part of

Turkey responds: Iran is responsible for regional instability

Diplomatic tensions escalated between Turkey and Iran on Tuesday as the countries traded accusations over their roles in the Syria conflict and the Middle East. The pair have been regional rivals for centuries but have sought to forge a pragmatic

Iran warns Turkey to avoid ‘pushing Tehran’s patience to limits’

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi has cautioned Turkish officials to “watch their words about Iran” on Monday, warning that Iran’s patience has a limit. “Turkey is one of our important neighbors and it has enjoyed much of our assistance,

10-year-old child killed in southeast Turkey car bomb

A car bomb on Friday rocked the southeastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa, close to the Syrian border, killing a child and wounding 17 people, the provincial governor’s office said. “Eighteen of our citizens have been taken to hospital, among them

Pentagon has evidence of ISIS ‘exodus’ from Syria’s Raqqa

A months-long campaign to isolate and pressure the ISIS group’s self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, is paying off as the administrative backbone of the militant organization is beginning to crack, the Pentagon said Friday. ISIS leaders “are beginning the process

Angelina Jolie, Cristiano Ronaldo shot Syrian refugee Turkish series

American actress Angelina Jolie and international footballer Cristiano Ronaldo shot a new Turkish series that highlights the plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Turkish Daily Sabah reported on Thursday. The series “Hayat Koprusu” – which translates to Bridge of Life

Car bomb in Turkish town kills 3-year-old, wounds 15 people

A car bomb attack targeting government lodgings in southeastern Turkey has killed a 3-year-old child and wounded 15 people, an official said. The bomb exploded near the homes of judges and prosecutors in the mainly-Kurdish town of Viransehir, in Sanliurfa

Turkey clearing Syria’s al-Bab of remaining ISIS militants

Turkey on Thursday said its armed forces were engaged in “clean-up” operations to clear remaining ISIS militants from the flashpoint Syrian town of al-Bab after a weeks-long campaign. The Turkish army, backing Syria rebels, have since December been engaged in

Turkish foreign minister defends idea of ‘safe zones’ in Syria

Turkey’s foreign minister, on a visit to Qatar on Wednesday, defended the idea of “safe zones” in war-ravaged Syria and pressed the need for them to be properly funded. Mevlut Cavusoglu said that only through making the zones habitable would

Saudi Arabia, Turkey have identical views on regional conflicts

Ties between the Kingdom and Turkey are set to scale new heights as their interests align on key regional issues following talks between King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan here Tuesday. The summit at Al-Yamamah Palace also focused

Turkey’s Erdogan arrives in Saudi Arabia, meets King Salman

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived for talks in Saudi Arabia on Monday and met with King Salman to further strengthen ties as part of a Gulf tour. The two Sunni powers have become increasingly close over the past year,

Turkey’s Erdogan says aims safe zone in Syria after Raqqa operation

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey aimed to create a safe zone in Syria, extending its military operations to the towns of Manbij and Raqqa after driving ISIS from al-Bab, if it acts together with the US-led coalition. In

Erdogan: King Salman was first leader to contact me after coup attempt

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has said that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was the first first leader to contact him after coup attempt in his country and assured him of solidarity with Turkey. Erdogan also said that terrorism is changing

Turkey nightclub attacker reportedly asks for death penalty

An ISIS militant who attacked a famous nightclub at the heart of Istanbul has reportedly asked to be given a death sentence in his testimony. Uzbek-origin Abdulkadir Masharipov, who killed 39 people and wounded 65 others, said that “it would

Erdogan says Turkish operation in Syria will continue to Raqqa

Tayyip Erdogan

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the final goal of a Turkish military incursion into Syria was not just to retake the city of al-Bab from ISIS, but to cleanse a border region including Raqqa of the militants. “The

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