Tag Archives: ANKARA

Erdogan says Turkey may hold Brexit-like referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday it would be “easier” if the EU blocked Ankara’s bid to join the bloc, suggesting he could even hold a referendum on the matter. It was the latest barb in the bitter dispute

Turkish soldier killed by sniper fire from Kurdish-controlled Syria

A Turkish soldier was killed by a sniper shot from across the border in a Kurdish-controlled part of northwestern Syria, the Turkish military said on Wednesday. The soldier was killed in the Turkish border province of Hatay. The shooting came

Another Turkish rally possible in Germany before referendum, Erdogan spokesman says

There is a possibility that Turkish ministers could plan another rally in Germany ahead of an April 16 referendum on changing the constitution, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Sunday, a move that could further heighten tension with Berlin. Turkey

Turkey may cancel migrant readmission deal with EU, says foreign minister

Turkey may cancel a migrant readmission agreement with the European Union, and is also re-evaluating a $6 billion refugee deal with the bloc, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised interview late Wednesday. Cavusoglu’s remarks came at a time

Turkey formally protests minister’s treatment in Netherlands

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Netherlands’ top diplomat to formally protest its treatment of a Turkish minister in that country over the weekend as well as what it said was “disproportionate” use of force against demonstrators in a

Turkey promises harsh retaliation after Netherlands bars ministers

Turkey told the Netherlands on Sunday that it would retaliate in the “harshest ways” after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam, as a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among Turkish immigrants escalated. President Tayyip Erdogan said “Nazism is

Turkey ‘to strike Syrian Kurd militia’ unless it leaves Manbij

Turkey on Thursday threatened to strike Syrian Kurdish militia forces if they don’t withdraw from Manbij, a former bastion of Islamic State extremists that has been taken over by predominantly-Kurdish forces. “We will strike the YPG if they do not

Ankara: Nearly 50,000 Syrians have returned home

Tens of thousands of Syrians have returned home from Turkey since the start of Ankara’s military operation inside the country, Turkey’s foreign minister said Friday. “Nearly 50,000 Syrians have returned to this area from Turkey since the Euphrates Shield operation

Road to Raqqa a tricky path for US-Turkey cooperation

Menekse Tokyay

By : Menekse Tokyay Turkish officials have recently been in close contact with their US counterparts, and a possible joint military operation in the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa is on the table. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Feb. 12

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

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

Russian bombing in Syria kills three Turkish soldiers

Russian air strikes on Thursday accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers during an operation against ISIS in Syria, the Turkish military said, highlighting the risk of unintended clashes between the numerous outside powers in a complex war. “During an operation by

Turkish army, Syrian rebels escalate assault on ISIS-held city

Syrian rebel forces supported by Turkish armed forces have seized control of strategically important hills around the ISIS-controlled town of al-Bab, Turkey’s military said on Wednesday. It said in a statement that 58 ISIS militants were killed in air strikes,

Iran to impose legal restrictions on some US entities, individuals

Iran denounced on Friday as illegal new sanctions imposed on it by the United States and said it would impose legal restrictions on American individuals and entities helping “regional terrorist groups,” state TV quoted a Foreign Ministry statement as saying.

Top Khamenei ally: Useless for US to threaten Iran over missile test

A top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday Iran will not yield to “useless” US threats from “an inexperienced person” over its ballistic missile program. US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said on

May urges Turkey to maintain human rights after coup

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday urged Turkey to maintain the rule of law and observe its human rights obligations in the wake of the July 15 failed coup. She was speaing after meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. In

Turkish bill boosts President Erdogan’s powers

Turkey’s parliament early Saturday backed a controversial bill that would dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The parliament in a late-night session approved the seven final sections of the 18-article constitution and in a final vote the

Istanbul nightclub attack ‘involved an intelligence organization’

The mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve was carried out professionally with the involvement of an intelligence organization, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday. “It appears the Reina attack is not just a

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