Tag: Turkey

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 […]

Turkey: Erdogan threatens to block immigrants into the EU if visa deal doesn’t go through

“The European Union is not behaving in a sincere manner with Turkey,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan commented to French newspaper La Monde, noting that the EU was supposed to waive the need for visas from Turkish citizens since June 1   “If our demands are not satisfied then the readmissions will no longer be […]

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 […]