Tag: Turkey

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 […]