Tag: Turkey

At height of Turkish coup bid, rebel jets had Erdogan’s plane in their sights

At the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan’s plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on.   The Turkish leader was returning to Istanbul from a holiday near the coastal resort of Marmaris after a faction in […]

Turkey coup attempt raises fears over safety of US nuclear stockpile

The attempted coup in Turkey on Friday and the subsequent closure of the Incirlik airbase in the south of the country have raised fresh questions about the wisdom of the US stationing the biggest stockpile of nuclear weapons in Europe at such a vulnerable site.   Even before the abortive putsch, the potential terrorist threat […]

Erdogan Triumphs After Coup Attempt, but Turkey’s Fate Is Unclear

Standing atop a bus outside his mansion in Istanbul on Saturday night, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, victorious after putting down a coup attempt by renegade factions of the military, told his followers, “We only bow to God.”   The symbolism was stark. The informal rally harked back to his days as an up-by-the-bootstraps populist and […]

Erdoğan clamps down after crushing attempted military coup

Turkey’s hardline president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, unleashed a purge of his enemies in the army and judiciary on Saturday after heading off an attempted military coup.   Erdoğan’s office put the death toll in street clashes and airborne dogfights between rebels and loyalists at 265. About 2,800 soldiers were arrested in a day of extraordinary […]

Syrian rebels stunned as Turkey signals normalisation of Damascus relations

More than five years into Syria’s civil war, Turkey, the country that has most helped the rebellion against the rule of Bashar al-Assad, has hinted it may move to normalise relations with Damascus.   The suggestion made by the Turkish prime minister, Binali Yıldırım, on Wednesday, stunned the Syrian opposition leadership, which Ankara hosts, as […]

Germany threatens to recall troops from Turkey

Germany will recall soldiers serving at the Incirlik airbase in Turkey if Ankara continues blocking German lawmakers from visiting the troops, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in remarks published on Wednesday.   Turkey, angered by a resolution passed by the German parliament last month that branded the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a […]

Muslim leader hosts rabbis, welcomes 3rd Temple

WASHINGTON – A prominent Turkish Muslim leader hosted a gathering of Israeli rabbis to call for an end of anti-Jewish sentiment in the Islamic world, saying he looks forward to the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.   Adnan Oktar welcomed the delegation, including Rabbi Dov Lipman and Rabbi Ben Abrahamson, for an iftar […]

High Court rejects petitions against Israel-Turkey agreement

The High Court of Justice rejected on Thursday three petitions which aimed to strike down the government’s agreement with Turkey.   The petitions had brought forward two central arguments: that by agreeing to compensate the families of the victims of the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, the government was agreeing to finance terror; and that the […]

Turkey to propose cooperation with Russia on fighting ISIS

Turkey said on Monday it wanted to cooperate with Moscow in combating Islamic State in Syria but denied having suggested it might allow Russia to use its Incirlik Air Base, near the Syrian frontier.   Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan last week expressed regret over last year’s shooting down of a Russian warplane, with the loss […]

Istanbul Ataturk Airport Reopens After Deadly Turkey Terror Attack

Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport reopened on Wednesday morning, hours after a coordinated terror attack blamed on ISIS left dozens dead, scores wounded and blood streaked throughout the arrivals hall.   Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said three terrorists had arrived in a cab and carried out the assault, opening fire and setting off at least […]