Tag: Turkey

Carter Calls on Turkey to ‘Stay Focused’ on Islamic State

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has called on Turkey to “stay focused” on the fight against Islamic State and not to engage with U.S.-allied Kurdish forces also battling the terror group in Syria.   The Turkish military and its Syrian rebel allies are in the sixth day of a campaign designed to drive IS militants […]

Stop the press: Turkey’s crackdown on its media goes into overdrive

Turkey has intensified its crackdown on the media since last month’s attempted coup, with rights groups decrying a wave of decrees that have turned the country into the world leader in locking up journalists.   During Turkey’s current three-month state of emergency the government has the authority to rule by decree and has ordered the […]

Turkey Uses Bilateral Ties with Israel as Alibi

Turkey Uses Bilateral Ties with Israel as Alibi DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 24, 2016, 10:11 AM (IDT) Tags:  Erdogan,  Binyamin Netanyahu,  Barack Obama,  Joe Biden,  Turkey,  Bashar Assad,  Syria,  Israel,  US,  Incirlik air base,  Kurds,  YPG,   Turkish army attacks Syrian Jarablus Wednesday, Aug. 23. Turkey – in full momentum since the Erdogan-Putin summit on […]

Turkey threatens to ‘intervene’ if Syrian Kurds don’t withdraw

Turkey on Thursday said it had “every right” to intervene if Syrian Kurdish militia do not withdraw east of the Euphrates River in Syria, as promised by the United States.   The Syrian Kurdish forces “must move to the east of the Euphrates and Turkey is following this very closely,” Defense Minister Fikri Isik told […]

Turkey, Israel in war of words despite normalization

Jerusalem and Ankara engaged in a nasty public exchange on Monday over Israel’s air strikes the night before in Gaza, just two days after the Turkish parliament ratified a rapprochement accord with Israel.   Following the air strikes, which came in response to a rocket attack from Gaza on Sderot, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued […]

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 […]