Tag: Turkey

Turkey’s Erdogan stages mass rally in show of strength after coup attempt

President Tayyip Erdogan told a rally of more than one million people on Sunday that July’s failed coup would be a milestone in building a stronger Turkey, defying Western criticism of mass purges and vowing to destroy those behind the putsch.   The “Democracy and Martyrs’ Rally” at the Yenikapi parade ground, built into the […]

Christians pay price as Turkey turns to Islam after attempted coup

The attempted coup in Turkey sent shockwaves around the world. Here was a Nato ally, thrown into chaos overnight. MARCO GIANNANGELI in Istanbul uncovers how the power struggle has paved the way for a more extreme form of Islam to take hold. Amid the cacophony of police sirens, low-flying helicopters and rifle fire, there was […]

Turkey president prime minister issue direct orders to military commanders

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a new presidential decree Sunday that introduced sweeping reforms to Turkey’s military in the wake of a July 15 failed coup, bringing the Turkish armed forces further under civilian authority.   The decree, the third to have been issued after a three-month state of emergency was declared following the attempted […]

Turkey issues warrants for 47 journalists as Gülen urges US not to extradite him

Authorities in Turkey have issued warrants for the detention of 47 former executives or senior journalists of Zaman newspaper, as the reclusive cleric accused by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of orchestrating a failed coup demanded the US resist demands for his extradition.   At least one journalist, former Zaman columnist Şahin Alpay, was detained […]

Erdogan shuts down 1,000+ private schools, 1,200+ charities, 15 universities

Turkey’s purge of Gulen supporters continued on Saturday with the closure of hundreds of private schools, charities and other institutions suspects of links with the US-based cleric. Ankara declared a state of emergency after a failed military coup. The decree issued by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is his first since the state of emergency was […]

EU Warns Turkey Over Death Penalty After Coup

Turkey has been warned if it brings back the death penalty all negotiations to join the European Union are off.   EU chief Jean Claude Juncker also said the country is in no position to become a member of the bloc “any time soon” following the attempted coup.   His comments come after Preisdent Recep Tayyip […]

Erdogan vows Turkish military shake-up as emergency rule takes hold

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Thursday to restructure the military and give it “fresh blood” as emergency rule took hold across the NATO member country after last week’s attempted coup.   Erdogan’s comments to Reuters in an interview – his first since announcing a state of emergency late on Wednesday – came as Turkey […]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares state of emergency after failed military coup

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a three-month state of emergency, following the failed military coup on 15 July, which left hundreds of people dead, while also hailing citizens who took to the streets to stop tanks as heroes and martyrs.   The state of emergency has been declared under Article 120 of the […]

‘Bloody massacres’: Syria appeals to UN after French & US airstrikes ‘kill over 140 civilians’

Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border. The deaths came just a day after US air assaults killed a further 20 people in Manbij. The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent letters to the UN secretary general and […]

Turkey chaos following coup attempt leaves Assad as big winner

The Turkish government’s massive crackdown on opponents and those alleged to be involved in the failed coup has left the country’s military and institutions weaker and less able to play a large role in toppling Syria’s regime.   Turkish authorities have suspended or detained around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers since the […]