Tag Archives: Turkey

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

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

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

Turkey’s economy and a timely Gulf trip

By : Dr. Manuel Almeida This week’s Gulf tour by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is another indicator of how much the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has invested in deepening Turkey’s relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

After invading Syria, does Hezbollah threaten Israel or Turkish-Saudi interests?

When the Shiite group’s fighters first poured into Syria to fight the mostly Sunni rebels, many observers expected Hezbollah to be worn down and its reputation as the pre-eminent anti-Israel force to be tarnished as it was dragged into a

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

Crown Prince Mohamed bin Naif meets with Erdogan

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Republic of Turkey on Monday. During the meeting, the Crown Prince reviewed bilateral relations binding Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Turkey arrests Frenchman suspected of helping plan New Year nightclub attack

Turkish authorities have arrested a Frenchman suspected of helping plan a New Year’s Day shooting in an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. The man, a 22-year-old French citizen of Turkish descent,

King Salman discusses regional developments with Turkey’s Erdogan

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held at Al-Yammamh Palace a session of official talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Republic of Turkey. During the session of talks, they reviewed bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation between the two

Deputy Crown Prince reviews bilateral relations with Erdogan

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Republic of Turkey. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of

Pro-Ankara rebels, Syria regime ‘agree security line’ in al-Bab

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have created a security corridor to avoid clashes in the battle to capture the flashpoint town of Al-Bab from ISIS militants, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. If confirmed, it would mark a

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,

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