Tag: Turkey

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 […]

Putin’s Campaign Against Turkey Hits the High Seas

The nearly month-long feud between Russia and Turkey reached a new battlefield over the weekend: the sea.   A Russian warship fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing boat in the Aegean Sea, ostensibly to avoid a possible collision. The Russian Defense Ministry said the boat came within 1,600 feet of the Smetlivy destroyer, one […]

Saudi Arabia announces 34-state military alliance to fight terrorism

Saudi Arabia has announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a statement published on the state news agency, SPA.   “The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations centre based in Riyadh […]

NATO Military Buildup on Russia’s Doorstep: Bracing for War?

The 28-nation North Atlantic Alliance is actively facilitating the entry of the former Yugoslav republics, Georgia and Ukraine and is drawing Finland, Sweden and Moldavia into its orbit. It has also set up a cybersecurity center in Estonia and a strategic propaganda center in Latvia. In the latest such move, NATO military command redeployed around 70 US tanks to Romania. This is […]

Iraq threatens Turkey with UN action over troop deployment

Iraq has threatened to go to the UN if Turkey does not withdraw soldiers it sent to areas near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul within 48 hours. Baghdad said the deployment was done without consultation and was a violation of national sovereignty. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defended the move as routine troop rotation […]

Putin: Turkey ‘will regret’ downing Russian bomber in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has castigated Turkey’s leaders, warning that they will regret shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria. In a state of the nation speech, broadcast live on Russian television, he said that “if anyone thinks Russia’s reaction will be limited to trade sanctions, they are deeply mistaken”. “We’ll remind them again […]

Russia and Turkey accuse each other of buying oil from the Islamic State

The war of words between Moscow and Ankara took a new turn early this week in the wake of Turkey’s Nov. 24 downing of a Russian jet that had flown briefly into Turkish airspace during a sortie in Syria.   Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, traded accusations on the […]

Obama Urges Turkey and Russia to Set Aside Differences and Focus on ISIS

Aiming to head off a rift between major Mideast players, President Barack Obama urged Turkey and Russia on Tuesday to set aside tensions over the downing of a Russian warplane and focus on the common priority of defeating the Islamic State group.   Obama, in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, vouched for […]

Russia has ‘more proof’ ISIS oil routed through Turkey, Erdogan says he’ll resign if it’s true

Moscow has grounds to suspect that Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 on November 24 to secure illegal oil deliveries from Syria to Turkey, Putin said on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris on Monday.   “At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled […]