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Turkey will not remove forces from Idlib

Turkey will not evacuate its military observation post in northern Syria’s Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in the region, after a suspected Syrian government attack this month, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency has said that Syrian government forces have carried out at least three …

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Turkey planning more missile purchases from Russia

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that the purchase of S-400 defense systems from Russia was a done deal, adding that Ankara would also jointly produce S-500 defense systems with Moscow. U.S. officials have called Turkey’s planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense system “deeply problematic,” saying it would …

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Turkish backed rebels attack Kurds in Syria

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels launched an offensive into territory held by the Kurdish YPG militia north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, seizing some territory before heavy shelling forced them to retreat. The operation marked an escalation on one of the most complicated theaters of the multi-sided Syrian war. …

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Turkey trying to circumvent US oil embargn on Iran

Turkey is trying to convince the United States to allow refiner Tupras, its biggest oil importer, to continue buying crude oil from Iran free of sanctions, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said on Friday. Last year, Washington announced sanctions against buyers of Iranian oil, granting eight countries, including Turkey, waivers …

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Turkey counting on Trump to avoid sanctions

Turkey’s hopes of avoiding punishing U.S. sanctions over its purchase of a Russian air defense system appear increasingly pinned on intervention from Donald Trump, but the president has little leeway to counter Ankara’s many critics in Washington. The two NATO allies have argued for months over Turkey’s order for the …

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Erdogan: S-400 contract ago

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey was continuing to make payments under its deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defense systems and the United States had not presented the same terms when it offered to sell the rival Patriot missile system. “The S-400 holds an important place …

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Erdogan, the local elections and Syria

By Dr. Akil Mahfoud* — The results of the municipal elections in Turkey (March 31, 2019) show that politics sometimes takes in what the politician thinks it gives, and may hit him from his safe haven, and lose in terms of his expected victory. The Turkish President Rajab Tayeb Erdogan …

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Turkey looking into elections results

Turkey’s High Election Board (YSK) will recount local election votes in eight districts of Istanbul after objections, YSK head Sadi Guven said on Wednesday, after President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP) appealed results across the city. The main opposition, which had earned a narrow victory over the AKP according to …

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Turkey retaliates in Syria following murder of soldier

One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded in a mortar attack on their position in northwest Syria on Sunday and Turkey’s military launched retaliatory fire, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. It said the attack was carried out by the Kurdish YPG militia in the Afrin region, where Turkey-backed …

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US punishing Turkey over S-400 purchases

The United States could soon freeze preparations for delivering F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, officials told Reuters, in what would be the strongest signal yet by Washington that Ankara cannot have both the advanced aircraft and Russia’s S-400 air defense system. The United States is nearing an inflection point in …

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Turkey lambasts EU over human rights

Turkey criticized European Union leaders on Tuesday for attending a summit hosted by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi days after nine men were executed for killing Egypt’s chief prosecutor. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was hypocritical for EU leaders, who have told Ankara that reinstating the death penalty in …

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Uighur issue raised in UN by Turkey and UK

Turkey and Britain voiced concern on Monday at China’s alleged mistreatment of Uighurs and other Muslims in its Xinjiang region, with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu calling on Beijing to protect freedom of religion and cultural identity. The issue came up as U.N. Human Rights Council opened its main annual …

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Hundreds more military men arrested in anti-Gulen investigation

Turkey ordered the arrest of 295 serving military personnel on Friday, the prosecutor’s office said, accusing them of links to the network of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says orchestrated a 2016 attempted coup. Those facing detention included three colonels, eight majors and 10 lieutenants, with around half …

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Turkey furious over EU belligerance over joining

Turkey criticized on Thursday as “unacceptable” a vote by the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee calling for the suspension of EU accession negotiations with it. The Foreign Affairs Committee called on the European Commission and member states on Wednesday to formally suspend EU accession negotiations with Turkey, citing disregard for …

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Turkey firm on missile purchase from Russia

Turkey is going ahead with a purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system, a Turkish parliamentarian said ahead of an informal Friday deadline which a U.S. official said Washington has set for Ankara to respond to a rival U.S. offer. NATO member Turkey has repeatedly said it is committed to buying …

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Turkey tells China to close Uighur internment camps

Turkey called on China to close its internment camps for Muslims, saying the camps which reportedly hold a million ethnic Uighur people are a “great shame for humanity”. Last week, rights activists urged European and Muslim nations to take the lead in establishing a U.N. investigation into China’s detention and …

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Turkey to begin petroleum drilling in Cypriot waters

Turkey will begin drilling for resources around Cyprus, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday, a move that could create tensions with neighboring Cyprus and Greece over ownership of natural resources. Attempts to tap gas and oil in the eastern Mediterranean have caused friction between Athens and Ankara. Turkey and …

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US appoints special investigor for Khashoggi case

Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said on Thursday she will travel to Turkey next week to head an “independent international inquiry” into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Callamard, in a statement to Reuters in Geneva, said that during the Jan. 28-Feb. 3 …

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Erdogan issues further threat to Syria Kurds

President Tayyip Erdogan made clear on Monday that Turkey would not allow a “safe zone” that it is considering setting up in northern Syria to become a base for Kurdish separatists. Last week, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Dec. 19 to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, …

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Turkey deports Dutch journalist on terrorist tip-off

Turkey said on Thursday it had deported a journalist working for the largest Dutch financial newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad, after it received information from Dutch police that she had links to “a designated terrorist organization”. The newspaper defended its journalist, Ans Boersma, calling her expulsion a “flagrant violation of press …

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