Tag: Turkey

Migrant crisis: One million enter Europe in 2015

The number of migrants and refugees crossing into Europe by land and sea this year illegally has passed one million, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. This represents a fourfold rise on the total last year. Most crossed by sea, with more than 800,000 travelling from Turkey to Greece. Half are migrants from Syria. […]

Turkey to Continue Withdrawal of Troops From Northern Iraq

Turkey announced on Saturday that it would continue to withdraw its troops from a military base in northern Iraq, saying that there had been miscommunication with Baghdad regarding the deployment of the forces, sent as part of a mission to train Kurdish and Sunni Arab forces in the fight against the Islamic State.   Turkey […]

Face-saving formula on Gaza blockade could allow Israel-Turkey normalization

Amid speculation about whether Israel would ease its blockade of Gaza as part of a deal to normalize ties with Turkey, one government official said Saturday that Jerusalem has already significantly increased the quantity of goods allowed into the Gaza Strip in recent months.   The Istanbul-based Daily Sabah, affiliated with the ruling Justice and […]

Hamas leader meets Turkish president amid talk of Jerusalem-Ankara detente

Hamas is closely following reports about rapprochement between Turkey and Israel and is waiting for official word from Ankara on the issue.   On Saturday, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal met in Istanbul with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the first meeting between the two since reports surfaced about an agreement between Turkey and Israel to […]

Isaac Herzog, Avigdor Liberman: Turkey-Israel deal comes too late

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Friday criticized as tardy an emerging deal that could lead toward normalized diplomatic ties between Israel and Turkey.   On Wednesday, incoming Mossad head Yossi Cohen, and Joseph Ciechanover, who has served as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s special envoy to Turkey for the past five years, met with Turkish Foreign […]

Israel and Turkey move closer to reconciliation, normalized relations

Israel and Turkey are close to normalizing full diplomatic ties, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said Thursday night, following a high level secret meeting in Switzerland a day earlier to hammer out the reconciliation terms.   Incoming Mossad head Yossi Cohen, and Joseph Ciechanover, who has served as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s special envoy […]

NATO to aid Turkey in hopes of preventing full-fledged clash with Russia, sources say

NATO plans to send air defense support to Turkey partly to minimize the risk of Ankara shooting down another Russian warplane while assuaging its fears of a spillover from the conflict in Syria, senior alliance sources say.   The mission, expected to be approved by the Western defense alliance’s council on Friday, has been under […]

Putin Tells Press Conference: I’m Proud of My Mysterious Daughters

“My daughters live in Russia and studied only in Russia, I am proud of them,” he said. “They speak three foreign languages fluently. I never discuss my family with anyone.”   He added: “Every person has a right for their fate, they live their own life and do it with dignity.”   The whereabouts and […]

Erdogan says Turkey has proof Russian Federation involved in IS oil trade

Russian Federation has already banned some Turkish food imports in retaliation as part of a sanctions package, and has accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his family of benefiting from the smuggling of oil from Islamic State controlled territory in Syria and Iraq, allegations Turkey denies. That jet was shot down by Turkey after they […]

‘Turkey lying on purpose for its troops stay in Iraq’

The Iraqi government on Tuesday renewed its demand for the full withdrawal of Turkish troops from its territory, asserting that Turkey must respect Iraq’s sovereignty.   Although Iraq has made several such requests in the past weeks and has urged NATO to force Turkey to immediately withdraw its troops, Turkey responded that withdrawing their troops […]