Tag: Turkey

Turkey’s Erdogan says can’t tolerate Iran bidding to dominate Middle East

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Iran has been trying to dominate the Middle East and its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.   “It is really not possible to tolerate this. Iran has to understand,” Erdogan told a press conference, adding that Tehran should […]

Killings Deepen Rift as Turks Accuse Netanyahu of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

If the Paris attacks unleashed a powerful demonstration of unity, with world leaders gathering to denounce terrorism, they also touched off a divisive new chapter in the war of words between Turkey and Israel, once stalwart allies but now bitter rivals.   The latest exchange came on Thursday when Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey […]

Turkish PM says Benjamin Netanyahu on par with Paris attackers

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday compared his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to the Islamist militants who carried out attacks last week in Paris, saying both had committed crimes against humanity.   “Just as the massacre in Paris committed by terrorists is a crime against humanity, Netanyahu, as the head of the government that […]

Abbas in Turkey vows to return to Security Council with renewed statehood bid

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Monday that the Palestinians would become full members of the International Criminal Court as of April 1.   Abbas made the announcement during a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.   Abbas said that the Palestinians would soon go back to the UN […]

Palestinian Authority accuses Hamas of plotting against it from Turkish headquarters

Israel and Egypt have Hamas pinned inside Gaza after destroying hundreds of tunnels leading out of the Palestinian enclave, but the terrorist group is coordinating its efforts in the West Bank with logistical help from a command center more than 500 miles away in Turkey, according to Palestinian Authority officials.   The PA and the […]

Turkey calls for international cooperation to ‘protect’ al-Aksa Mosque

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Ankara is working to establish the “International Quds Foundation” in order “to protect” the al-Aksa Mosque from “Israeli aggression”.   Kurtulmus said that Turkey calls on all countries to cooperate against Israel’s “assaults” in Jerusalem (al-Quds in Arabic), the Turkish Anadolu Agency, the official government news agency in […]

Turkey grants passage for Iraqi Kurds to fight Islamic State in Syria

WASHINGTON – Turkey will allow safe passage to militia fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan through its territory into Kobani, a Kurdish border city in Syria under siege by Islamic State, Ankara said on Monday.   The announcement was a significant policy shift by a government that has long been hostile to Kurdish nationalists. Turkey, a member […]

UN says 70,000 Syrian refugees cross into Turkey

KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey –  The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group’s advance across northeastern Syria has hit 100,000, Turkey said Sunday as clashes broke out on the border between Turkish security guards and Kurds.   The head of Turkey’s AFAD disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure relates […]

Turkey’s Erdogan lashes out at Israel at election rally

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Sunday of deliberately killing Palestinian mothers and warned it would “drown in the blood it sheds”, pulling foreign policy to centre stage as a presidential race enters its final week.   Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters at his biggest rally so far ahead […]