Tag: Turkey

Analysis: Erdogan victory could mean more Turkey-Israel crises

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s resounding election victory came as bad news for Israel, which has suffered the brunt of his insults and schemes.   Erdogan’s ruling Islamist AK Party now has a free hand to continue its crackdown against the local media that criticizes its government and others that are deemed to be enemies […]

Turkey election: President Erdogan tightens his grip on power in surprise landslide victory

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a decisive victory in the Turkish parliamentary election, with his Justice and Development Party (AKP) winning a majority of seats and defeating the other three opposition parties.   With 98 per cent of the vote counted, the AKP had won 49.4 per cent and 316 seats in the 550 […]

Turkey confirms shelling Kurdish fighters in Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has confirmed that the Turkish military has attacked Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said Turkey shot at its forces in the town of Tal Abyad on Sunday. The YPG has been a key ally of the US in fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) […]

Germany Offers Turkey a Deal: Support For EU Bid In Return For Migration Crisis Help

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has done something of a U-turn and offered Turkey a deal: support for faster progress with its bid to join the European Union in return for more cooperation with stemming the flow of migrants and refugees, and reaccepting those who have been rejected by Europe.   Speaking in Istanbul at a joint news […]

NATO Chief Warns of Russian ‘Escalation’ in Syria

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday warned of a “troubling escalation” in Russian military activity in Syria, as defense ministers held talks on Moscow’s dramatically expanded air campaign.   Stoltenberg also said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was ready to deploy forces in key member Turkey if needed after Ankara complained about a series […]

Syria crisis: Russian Caspian missiles ‘fell in Iran’

Four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from the Caspian Sea landed in Iran, unnamed US officials say. It was unclear whether the missiles caused any damage, they said. On Wednesday, Russia said it had fired 26 missiles at 11 targets in north and north-west Syria – about 1,500km (930 miles) away. On Thursday, it […]

NATO head says Russia’s Turkey air violations ‘not an accident’

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that Russian violations of Turkish airspace were “not an accident” after Turkey complained of two incursions by Moscow’s jets.   “For us, this does not look like an accident, it is a serious violation,” Stoltenberg told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels ahead of a meeting of the […]

Turkey vows to protect borders after Russian warplanes may have violated its airspace

Two Russian fighter jets may have flown into Turkish air space accidentally, a senior U.S. military source said Monday.Although NATO had suggested the Su-30 and Su-24 planes flew into Turkey this weekend, the military source told Fox News the intelligence into the “alleged incursion” of the Russian jets has not been validated.  “We don’t believe […]

Thousands more migrants pour into Austria as 13 drown off Turkey

Nickelsdorf (Austria) (AFP) – Crowded aboard buses and trains, thousands more migrants flooded into Austria on Sunday as at least 13 desperate refugees drowned making the perilous trip to Europe in search of a better life.   Six children were among those who died off the coast of Turkey after the inflatable dinghy carrying them […]

Turkey hunts PKK in Iraq as nationalist violence spreads

Ankara (AFP) – Turkish forces crossed into Iraq to pursue Kurdish militants after dozens were killed in the deadliest attacks for years, as protesters assailed offices of the main pro-Kurdish party in a night of nationalist-tinged violence.   Thirteen Turkish police were killed on Tuesday in a new attack by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, […]