Tag: Turkey

As it happened: Turkish army engages in first gunfight with ISIL after soldier killed on border

Here are the updates as they were posted:19:54 – “It seems that the Turkish army has included ISIL in the scope of its rules of engagement,” Hürriyets Ankara bureau chief Deniz Zeyrek told on CNNTürk, after more details emerged regarding the start of todays incident.19:40 – Private broadcaster CNNTürk reports that the initial clash occured as […]

Turkey PM vows to continue operations against IS, PKK

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday vowed Turkey would continue operations against Islamic State (IS) jihadists and Kurdish militants, after bombing raids on IS in Syria and the arrest of hundreds of suspected militants in Istanbul.   “The operations that were started today are not a single event but a process,” Davutoglu told reporters […]

Turkey agrees to allow U.S. military to use its base to attack Islamic State

Turkey has agreed to let the United States use Turkish soil to launch air attacks against the Islamic State, signaling a major shift in policy on the part of the once-reluctant American ally, U.S. officials said Thursday.   The decision to allow U.S. warplanes to use the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey is one […]

Thousands of Syrian Refugees Flee to Turkey

Thousands of Syrian refugees poured into Turkey on Sunday to escape the battle between Kurds and Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists for the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, as the Turkish authorities reopened the border after days of closure.   The Syrians, many carrying sacks of possessions and small children, flooded through the Akcakale border gate […]

Erdogan wanted to turn Turkey into Iran, and there’s no room for another Iran

Former president Shimon Peres expressed optimism on Monday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party failed to win an outright majority in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, seemingly thwarting his plan to gain more power by changing the country’s constitution and creating a powerful US-style presidency.   Speaking at the IDC’s 15th Annual Herzliya Conference, under […]

Turkey’s election likely to thwart Erdogan’s power move, highlight autocratic trends

Turkey’s general election looks likely to push Tayyip Erdogan’s dream of an all-powerful presidency further from his reach, and usher in a period of turbulence as its most divisive modern leader jockeys to maintain his dominance.   Barred by the constitution from party politics as head of state, Erdogan has nonetheless campaigned across Turkey before […]

Egypt death sentences for Morsi and others worry US, UN, Turkey

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will closely monitor the appeals process for the death sentences and urged actions that would promote the rule of law. The US State Department said Egypt’s practice of mass trials and sentences was unjust and often used against members of the opposition or non-violent activists. “We are deeply concerned […]

Erdogan Of Turkey Just Gave A Speech Asking His People To Elect His Party Because He “Aims To Invade Jerusalem”

Nothing in the western media covered what the Turkish Anadulu Agency released, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech this Friday with a strange message riddled with statements that were predicted in the Bible regarding Antichrist. From his desire to invade Jerusalem and to Muhammad’s claim to have ascended to heaven from there, Erdogan called on all Turks to refocus on […]

Turkey and Saudi Arabia alarm the West by backing Islamist extremists the Americans had bombed in Syria

Turkey and Saudi Arabia are actively supporting a hardline coalition of Islamist rebels against Bashar al-Assad’s regime that includes al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, in a move that has alarmed Western governments.   The two countries are focusing their backing for the Syrian rebels on the combined Jaish al-Fatah, or the Army of Conquest, a command […]

Fresh UN-backed talks begin in Geneva

Special envoy Staffan de Mistura said more than 40 groups had been invited to attend one-on-one meetings over the next five to six weeks.   Iran and Turkey have also been invited, but jihadist militant groups have not.   Mr de Mistura described it as a stock-taking process, saying there would be no big roundtable […]