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Separately, Human Rights Watch on Friday criticized the way Turkey is conducting its offensive in northern Syria, saying it has failed to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties. The New York-based group cites three attacks in the Afrin region in late January that it says killed a total of 26 ...
Turkey and Jordan signed a military cooperation agreement during a meeting between Jordanian King Abdullah II and Turkey's Chief of the General Staff General Hulusi Akar, the Arab Weekly reported. Discussed at the meeting, which was also attended by the Jordanian Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of ...
BERLIN (AP) -- The German government says one of its citizens held in Turkey has been released, but must remain in the country. The foreign ministry's announcement Friday follows the release last week of German journalist Deniz Yucel, who had been detained in Turkey for over a year. Yucel was held ...
The governments of Turkey and Iran are both considering developing their own government-backed digital currencies, following on the heels of the Feb. 20 pre-sale of Venezuela's national oil-backed Petro coin. Feb. 21, a day after the Petro's launch, Iran's Ministry of Information and Communications ...
In comments made to reporters in Ankara on Friday, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said the move was "null and void" and that Turkey expected Dutch officials to be "more careful" about the issue. His comments were coupled with a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement that described the 142 to three ...

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is fully supporting Hamas, an "age-old feature" of political Islam, said Burak Bekdil in an analysis for the Gatestone Institute. New evidence has emerged that Turkey is backing an organisation that is recognised as terrorist by the United States and ...
Ankara's bellicose rhetoric and a spate of recent incidents in the Aegean have led to fears of war igniting between Turkey and Greece, journalist wrote John Smith on the news site Greek Reporter.com. Greek and Turkish naval vessels collided in waters off uninhabited islets that both sides claim on Feb.
Istanbul, February 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkish authorities to scrap the article of a draft bill that would expand internet censorship in Turkey. The Parliamentary Planning and Budget Commission yesterday passed article 73 of the bill, which would require online ...
Cyprus has accused Turkey of obstructing its offshore gas exploration in the east Mediterranean. Turkish Cypriots want a revenue-sharing agreement to be finalised before any drilling off the divided island can start. It was hoped that the potential of natural gas could bring the two sides together. But the fear ...
Television broadcasts and social media postings showed crowds celebrating in the main square of the city of Afrin, waving flags and holding posters of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and the Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is imprisoned in Turkey on terrorism charges. The entry into Afrin ...
Tens of thousands of Syrians are expected to return to the Kurdish region of Afrin after Turkey finishes its military offensive against the YPG militia and secures the area, Turkish officials said on Thursday. Turkey - together with the Syrian opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group - last month launched ...
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, holding an olive branch arrives to deliver a speech at an event in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Erdogan said Turkish troops involved in the month-long offensive, codenamed 'Operation Olive Branch', to drive out Syrian Kurdish militiamen from a ...
The most significant obstacle to finishing the war against the ISIS "is America's supposed friend and NATO ally, Turkey," wrote renowned American journalist David Ignatius in an article. Ignatius quoted a U.S. senior administration official saying that the State Department's goal is "getting to yes" with Turkish ...
The Trump Administration appears to have pulled relations with NATO ally Turkey away from a "crisis point" after a slew of high-level meetings over the past week. But sharp disagreements on everything from the war in Syria to Russia's role in the Middle East make it unlikely that the United States can ...
The six were all sentenced for being associated with the movement of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, which Turkey accuses of being behind a failed coup attempt in July 2016. journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak received life sentences on the charge of being informed about ...
Germany is welcoming home a journalist who spent a year awaiting charges in a Turkish prison, while the very same court on Friday sentenced six other journalists to life in prison. Deniz Yucel, who holds dual citizenship in Germany and Turkey, made his return home to Germany Friday, where he writes for ...

"The court decision condemning journalists to aggravated life in prison for their work, without presenting substantial proof of their involvement in the coup attempt or ensuring a fair trial, critically threatens journalism and with it the remnants of freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey," said David ...
But next month it is expected the EU will offer Ankara more money for hosting Syrian refugees. Johannes Hahn, the EU's top enlargement official, said the bloc's executive European Commission in Brussels was analysing the Turkish visa documents. He said: "Turkey understands that in principle Europe is ...
The report and the findings of polls and focus groups conducted in Turkey late last year conclude that Erdogan is trying to craft a new nationalism. "He is doing this with his political rhetoric, but he is also drawing on a genuine upswelling of nationalism from the Turkish populists" Max Hoffman, one of the ...
A Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in prison in relation to a failed coup attempt in 2016, state media reported. The six journalists received aggravated life sentences for "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order", an unnamed judicial source told Anadolu news agency on Friday. Turkey ...
Istanbul -- Efforts by Turkey this week to repair relations with the United States and Europe stumbled over deepening concerns about the length and breadth of its state of emergency, which has been used to round up tens of thousands. Europe's top human rights official called on Turkey on Friday to lift ...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Relations between their countries have reached a crisis point, and the two leaders failed to resolve the conflict during a three-hour dinner in Ankara. They're at odds over a Turkish military operation in Syria to dislodge ...
Acknowledging that US-Turkey relations have been in crisis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Turkish counterpart said Friday in Ankara that the two countries will create the groups to deal with points of friction. Even as Tillerson called out Turkey's increasingly dire record on democratic norms, and its ...
American diplomats are out in force in Turkey this week. On Sunday, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster met in Istanbul with Ibrahim Kalin, his nominal counterpart. On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis met with Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli in Brussels on the margins of the NATO ...
In a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the capital, Ankara, Grandi expressed his gratitude for Turkey's hospitality towards Syrian refugees, and its policy of inclusion by providing access to education, health care and employment. "Turkey and its people have provided safety and refuge ...
A crisis in relations between Turkey and the United States is exposing the Achilles heel of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - his country's massive current account deficit. Short-term portfolio inflows, which Turkey relies on to finance the deficit, turned into outflows in the final two months of 2017, the latest ...
On this day in 1927, the United States and Turkey resumed diplomatic relations. They had been severed by the Ottoman Empire, a German ally, on April 20, 1917, after the United States declared war on Germany. The United States never declared war on the Ottoman Empire. Henry Morgenthau, Sr., served ...
It was not Turkey that started the war in Syria but it is Turkey that continues to face the consequences of it and today it is sheltering 3.5 million refugees on its soil, the Turkish premier added. Ties between Ankara and Berlin have been strained since the defeated coup in Turkey in 2016, as Turkish politicians ...
As the 2019 presidential elections approach, change has gained a more profound meaning to many voters in Turkey. Ruled by the same party and leader since 2002, an unusually long time for a competitive political system, many people in Turkey wonder when and how change can possibly happen.
Brussels -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday the United States and Turkey are having an open dialogue about their growing differences over the fight in Syria, and are "finding common ground." Speaking at the close of a NATO defense ministers meeting, Mattis presented a more calm ...
Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, is on his way to Turkey for the last leg of his high-speed tour of the Middle East. His meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to be one of the most challenging of his trip, with US Turkish relations at a low ebb over events in Syria. Al Jazeera's ...
The Royal Courts of Justice in London, where the high court is situated. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Images. The high court in London has refused to return an absconding British prisoner to Turkey on the grounds that the country's jails are so overcrowded they are unsafe following the 2016 ...
Earlier this week, Turkey demanded the US expel the YPG from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition, which has been fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria with support from the US. "We demanded this relationship be ended," Nurettin Canikli, Turkey's defence minister, told ...
Turkey, which hosts a major U.S. air base, has demanded that the Trump Administration stop arming and training a Kurdish militia in northern Syria. Ankara argues the U.S.-backed Kurds share personnel and ideology with the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, a terrorist group that has waged a deadly ...
As the turmoil in Syria enters its seventh year, its adverse geopolitical consequences stretch far beyond the Middle East. Developments in Syria have affected Turkey, too. Before the Arab Spring, Turkey was a rising star in its neighborhood, but has become a troubled nation in the years since. Its president ...
As the United States and Europe continue to ponder ways to manage relations with an increasingly assertive, unpredictable and nationalist Turkey, a fascinating study released by a liberal DC think tank might offer them some valuable clues -- while also adding to their confusion. In its report, "Is Turkey ...
A Turkish law professor has been deported and an Israeli Arab is facing indictment over involvement in a Hamas effort to funnel money for terrorism to the West Bank and Gaza via Turkey, the Shin Bet security service announced on Monday. Kamil Tekeli, a Turkish law professor, was arrested by the Shin ...
Turkey and African countries on Monday agreed to have "a streamlined and focused African Union-Turkey partnership, a statement said. The Turkey-Africa 2nd Ministerial Review Conference was held in Istanbul with 19 African countries in attendance. In a statement -- titled The Second Ministerial Review ...
HDP is the only political party in Turkey that opposes Operation Olive Branch, the military action in northern Syria against Kurdish fighters known as the YPG. "An investigation has been launched into lawmakers Pervin Buldan and Sirri Sureyya Onder by the chief prosecutor for the crimes of carrying out ...
Turkey's foreign ministry has criticized Cyprus for a "unilateral" offshore hydrocarbons search after Turkish warships prevented a rig from reaching an area off Cyprus where it's to start exploratory drilling for gas. In a statement Sunday, the ministry said Greek Cypriots were disregarding the "inalienable rights ...
US-backed YPG in northern Syria says it has reached agreements with the Russian and Iran-backed regime of Bashar al-Assad to allow reinforcements to be sent to Afrin, to sustain their war against Turkey. YPG is regarded by Turkey as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought ...
The HDP is a Kurdish umbrella organization that unites several different groups active in western Turkey, including socialist parties, feminists, anti-militarists, environmentalists and LGBTI activists. As a matter of principle, the HDP leadership duo comprises one candidate with Kurdish roots and another with ...
A growing number of members of the U.S. Congress are speaking out against the sale of 100 fighter jets to Turkey, Greek newspaper Kathimerini said . One example, it said, was Congressman David Cicilline, who "called for the deal to be scrapped in July last year in response to an incident when ...
A closed-door meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week demonstrates an increased interest from U.S. lawmakers in imposing sanctions on NATO ally Turkey, wrote Blaise Misztal, the national Security Expert at the Washington Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) think tank along with Jessica ...
The note said Djibouti, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Somalia and Tanzania would be invited by Turkey as observers. It added that one of the objectives of the conference is to review the preparations for the Third Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit which will take place in Istanbul in 2019. The conference also aims to ...
Many of us take for granted our freedom to express opinions and to sign petitions about various social and political issues, including those that criticise government policy. This is no longer the case for people in Turkey, including academics. The most egregious example is the punishment meted out to the ...
Following another question about the İncirlik Air Base, located in Adana, Turkey, Işık criticised U.S. policies in the Middle East and claimed that "if Turkey's medium and long-term interests" pointed in that direction, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government would not hesitate to re-evaluate the ...
Turkey's military issued a brief statement Friday, saying its jets hit 19 targets, including shelters, ammunition depots and gun positions belonging to "terror" organizations. All planes returned safely, the statement added. Afrin-based Kurdish official Rezan Hiddo said by telephone that Turkish warplanes hit 23 ...
Relations between the United States and Turkey, the nations with the two biggest armies in NATO, are "at a tough spot", a senior U.S. official said. U.S. state Department spokesperson Heather Nauert opened her press conference on Tuesday with stern warnings to the Turkish government, expressing ...



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