Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, More »

De Mistura: October will be ‘decisive’ in Syrian crisis

:: The United Nations hopes for a “serious negotiation” between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said More »

 

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Turkey policeman stabbed to death by ISIS suspect

:: An officer was stabbed to death near a police station in Istanbul on Sunday by a suspected member of ISIS, Turkish media said. The attacker, who was suspected of preparing to carry out a suicide bombing,

Turkish government steps up counterterrorism efforts

:: A series of raids in the southern province of Adana and the eastern province of Elazig on Friday saw 42 people detained by police over their suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and

Turkey detains soldiers ‘who beat Syrians on border’: Army

:: Turkish authorities have detained a group of soldiers who were filmed allegedly beating up and verbally abusing four young Syrians who attempted to cross the border illegally, the army said in a statement. The video, which

Turkey newspaper staff provisionally freed as pressure grows for journalists

:: Seven staff from the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet were provisionally freed on Saturday after nine months in jail, as calls intensified for the release of four journalists still behind bars. An Istanbul court Friday ordered that

Anti-Israel protest at Istanbul synagogue

:: A group of Turkish ultra-nationalists on Thursday protested outside one of the most significant synagogues in Istanbul to denounce Israel’s security measures at a sensitive holy site in annexed east Jerusalem, the Dogan news agency said.

Erdogan to visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar amid Gulf crisis

:: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will this month visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are locked in a deep diplomatic crisis, his office announced Tuesday. Erdogan will also visit Kuwait, the main mediator in the Qatar

Turkey: Jerusalem holy site closure ‘crime against humanity’

:: Turkey on Monday blasted Israel’s two-day closure of a Jerusalem holy site, following a deadly attack, as a “crime against humanity.”Israel closed the Haram al-Sharif compound, or the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem, on Friday and Saturday

Turkish police kill five and seize Kalashnikovs in raid on ISIS cell

:: Turkish police killed five ISIS militants in a raid on a house in the city of Konya on Wednesday and four police were slightly wounded, the Dogan news agency said. Special forces police launched the operation

Foreigners among 29 Daesh suspects detained in Istanbul for ‘planning attack’

:: Anti-terror officers in Istanbul detained 29 suspected members of Daesh, while UN feared a “significant risk of torture” against senior rights activists including a regional director of Amnesty International who were arrested in Turkey this week.

Turkey detains 5 bomber suspects near Syria border

:: Turkish police have detained five suspected would-be suicide bombers including three Syrian nationals in southern Hatay province near the border with Syria, local authorities said on Saturday. Two of the suspects had been wearing suicide vests

Istanbul demolishes nightclub targeted in New Year attack

:: Istanbul authorities on Monday demolished the Reina nightclub that was hit by a deadly militant gun attack on New Year revelers, saying the venue had violated Turkish legislation. Once the favored glamour haunt of the city’s

Turkey wants US envoy on ISIS removed over Kurdish policy

:: Turkey said on Thursday the US special envoy in the battle against ISIS should be removed because he supported Kurdish militants, and warned that Ankara would act unilaterally if it faced attack from the Syrian Kurdish

Turkish MPs elect judicial board under new Erdogan constitution

:: Turkish lawmakers elected seven members to a reshaped judicial authority on Wednesday, part of a constitutional overhaul backed by a referendum last month that considerably expands the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan says the changes

Turkey slams US decision to arm Kurds battling ISIS in Syria

:: Turkey on Wednesday slammed as “unacceptable” a US announcement that Washington would supply arms and military equipment to Kurdish fighters battling ISIS in Syria. “The supply of arms to the YPG is unacceptable,” Deputy Prime Minister

After ban, Turkish Airlines to offer laptops to VIP travelers

:: Turkish Airlines on Saturday said it would offer laptops to business-class travelers after Britain and the United States banned large electronic devices from the cabin of flights from certain countries. Washington has barred all electronic devices

Police use tear gas to disperse May Day protests in Istanbul

Turkish police on Monday used tear gas to disperse a group of protesters as they sought to defy a ban and march to Istanbul’s Taksim square to celebrate May Day, an AFP journalist reported. Police tried to

Erdogan: Turkey and US can turn Raqa into ‘graveyard’ for ISIS

Turkey and the United States can join forces to turn ISIS’s defacto capital of Raqa in Syria into a “graveyard” for the militants, the Turkish president said on Saturday. “The huge America, the coalition and Turkey can

Erdogan says Turkey retaliating against ‘serious’ mortar fire on Syria border

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey’s southern border region with Syria had come under serious mortar fire over the last two days and Turkish forces were retaliating as necessary. Erdogan also told a conference in Istanbul

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