Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

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

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

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

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Tag Archives: Turkey

Turkey warns Iraqi Kurdish referendum risks ‘civil war’

:: Turkey on Wednesday warned that a plan by the leadership in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region to hold a referendum on independence next month could lead to civil war, in Ankara’s strongest warning yet against the poll.

Iran chief of staff in Turkey for talks on Syria, Iraq

:: Iran’s chief of staff arrived in Ankara Tuesday for “unprecedented” talks with Turkey’s leadership reportedly aimed at narrowing differences on the Syria crisis and coordinating policy on Iraq. General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri is due to meet

Turkey’s temptation for Afrin

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: On Aug. 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “By launching the military operation Euphrates Shield, we had thrust a dagger at the heart of the new terrorist formation in Syria. We

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,

Washington relies on Moscow to influence Tehran

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: Kurdish national ambitions are hitting Iranian, Turkish and Arab roadblocks — all for different reasons. Tensions and radical differences are growing more intense between conflicting projects, amid a clamor regarding partition and

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 corners Kurds along the border with Syria

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: Developments are taking place along Turkey’s borders that will likely have significant implications. A few days after the replacement of army, navy and air force commanders, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated warnings

Pictures show Turkey building ‘security wall’ along Iran border

:: Turkey has begun building a “security wall” along part of its border with Iran, regional officials said today, in a move aimed at stopping Kurdish separatists. Pictures showing huge concrete blocks being moved into place were

Turkey’s Erdogan says Germany abetting terrorists

:: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany on Monday of assisting terrorists by not responding to thousands of files sent to Berlin or handing over suspects wanted by Turkish authorities. “Germany is abetting terrorists,” Erdogan told a

Erdogan plans new attack on northern Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

:: Turkey may launch a new cross-border military operation into northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Ankara has already begun reinforcing its border against possible threats from Kurdish militants by dispatching artillery to the southeastern province

One prisoner of Hezbollah to be exchanged for each group that leaves for Syria

:: A Turkish court arrested three soldiers allegedly filmed beating up and verbally abusing four young Syrians who attempted to cross the border illegally, state media reported Monday. The video, widely shared on social media but which

Upcoming talks on Syria

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: The seventh round of talks on Syria was held on July 12-14 in Geneva. Several processes are underway for a political settlement. Their scopes overlap occasionally but they do not repeat each

Turkey detains more than 1,000 in latest anti-terror raids

:: Turkish authorities detained 1,098 people over the last week for suspected links to militantgroups or last year’s failed coup attempt, the interior ministry said on Monday. In a statement, the ministry said 831 of those were

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

Turkey’s year of turmoil

Carl Bildt

By : Carl Bildt :: It has been one year since the failed coup in Turkey, and questions about the country’s future still abound. Last year’s attempted coup was nothing if not dramatic. Mutinous F-16 fighters bombed

Turkey’s Erdogan says Israel damaging Jerusalem’s “Islamic character”

:: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Wednesday of inflicting damage on Jerusalem’s “Islamic character”, in comments likely to further inflame regional tensions in a dispute over the Al-Aqsa mosque. The dispute over security at the

Turkey’s Erdogan says Gulf trip ‘productive’, will continue efforts

:: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday described his trip to the Gulf to deal with the Qatar crisis as “productive and successful”, following two days of talks that appeared to yield no immediate progress towards healing

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