Tag: Turkey

Turkish army shells Islamic State positions in Syria for second day

Turkey has shelled Islamic State positions in Syria for a second day, as expectations grow of a major Ankara-backed offensive against the jihadis.   With tensions high on the Turkey-Syria border after the bombing of a wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep killed 54 people, howitzers hit Isis and Kurdish rebel targets across the […]

Turkish EU Minister: ‘We Will Be An EU Member Within 6 Years

Turkey’s ambassador to the European Union (EU), Selim Yenel, has claimed the country’s Islamist president “saved democracy” in Turkey, which will join the EU in just a few years. “I know that there are countries which do not want us in the EU. But Turkey wants to enter. We strive for full membership. For us, it […]

Turkey’s Erdogan blames child bomber for attack that killed 51

A suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 carried out the attack on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Saturday that killed at least 51 people, the president said.   The attack was the deadliest in a series of bombings in Turkey this year, and President Tayyip Erdogan said Islamic State […]

Turkey to release 38,000 inmates as prisons swell to bursting point

The fact that 3,000 prosecutors and judges are among those who have been placed under arrest in the wake of the coup has made it even harder to process the accused.   Civil rights groups have expressed concern over conditions in the prisons. “In order to make space, they are piling people on top of […]

Analysis: Erdogan’s Purge to Coup-Proof Turkey’s Military May Backfire

LONDON — In the hours after his loyal supporters suppressed an insurrection of military officers last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the bloodiest coup attempt in Turkish history a “gift from God” that would allow him to “cleanse our army.”   In nearly a month since the uprising, Erdogan has sought to clean […]

Report: ‘Terrorists’ could seize US nuclear weapons from Turkish base

“Terrorists or other hostile forces” could possibly capture dozens of US nuclear weapons housed in a Turkish air base near the Syria border, AFP cited a Washington-based think tank as warning Monday.   Turkey, which has NATO’s second-largest military, allows the United States to use the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey to launch attacks […]

Turkish FM says parliament to approve deal with Israel next week

The Turkish parliament is expected to pass legislation next week making it impossible for Turks to bring legal cases against IDF soldiers and officers involved in the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, thereby paving the way for a full normalization of ties.   Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking on Wednesday to journalists in Ankara, said […]

Turkish parliament to vote on Israel-Turkey reconciliation deal

Turkeys foreign minister has said that parliament will approve a deal to normalize ties with Israel before it goes into its summer recess later this month, the Anadolou news agency reportedThursday.”I think we will finalize this work before the parliament goes into the summer recess,” Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as telling the state-run agency.In June, […]

Putin and Erdogan Vow to Repair Ties as West Watches Nervously

Against a backdrop of rising tensions between Turkey and the West, Presidents Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey pledged on Tuesday to repair relations after nine months of open antagonism.   Although their meeting in St. Petersburg on Tuesday produced little beyond vows of friendship and cooperation, the symbolism of […]

Israel’s let-down: Putin-Erdogan hook-up with Iran

The talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Reccep Erdogen in St. Petersburg scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, are causing trepidation among Israel’s policy-makers and military leaders. Their summit takes place on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, concluding nine months of hostility between the two capitals that was sparked by Turkish jets shooting down a […]