Norway apologizes to Turkey over NATO drill incident

18 November 2017 0

Norway’s defense minister on Friday apologized to Turkey after a civilian Norwegian official depicted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an “enemy collaborator” during a NATO drill in the Scandinavian country. In a statement published on the Ministry’s website, Frank Bakke-Jensen said: “During a NATO exercise at the Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger an exercise message was published on the internal exercise network. “The message does not reflect Norway’s views or policies and I apologize Read More

Turkey withdraws troops from NATO drill in Norway

17 November 2017 0

President Erdogan says move comes after his name, picture of Ataturk used in ‘enemy chart’ during drill Turkey has withdrawn its troops from a NATO military drill in Norway after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his name and the picture of Turkish Republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were used in an “enemy chart”. “There was an incident in Norway,” Erdogan told ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party members in capital Ankara. “They used Read More

Turkey’s flying aces stun crowds at UK airshow

16 July 2017 0

The Turkish Air Force’s demonstration flight team — SOLOTURK — has been the center of attention once again at a world-famous airshow being held in the U.K. SOLOTURK, one of the world’s most-renowned flight demonstration teams, drew the admiration of thousands of visitors and aviation fans at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 (RIAT17) held this weekend in Fairford, a small town in Gloucestershire, England. An Anadolu Agency team visited the airshow and accompanied SOLOTURK, Read More

Laptop ban on US-bound Turkish Airlines’ flights ends

5 July 2017 0

The ban on carrying large electronic devices aboard U.S.-bound passenger aircraft ended for Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul early Wednesday, according to an airline spokesman and passengers. The ban was lifted after American security officials visited Turkish airports to monitor security arrangements. The U.S. in March banned all passengers from carrying large electronic devices, such as laptops, on commercial flights to the U.S. from 10 international airports in eight Muslim-majority countries — Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Read More

Turkey neutralizes 7 terrorists in northern Iraq

28 June 2017 0

Turkish warplanes have neutralized seven PKK terrorists during airstrikes northern Iraq, according to an official statement released on Wednesday. The airstrikes were launched in Avasin-Basyan region early morning that also destroyed PKK shelters and weapons depots. On Tuesday, Turkish jets also conducted an airstrike in Metina region, killing two terrorists. More than 1,200 people, including security personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the Read More

Srebrenica decision by Dutch court ‘great injustice’

27 June 2017 0

Hague Court of Appeal rules Dutch government ‘partially liable’ for death of some 300 Muslim men in 1995 Srebrenica massacre The decision by a Dutch court of appeal on Tuesday holding the Dutch government “partially liable” for the deaths of some 300 Muslim men during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre is a “great injustice,” according to the head of Mothers of Srebrenica Association. “Today I have suffered a great injustice. This judgment does not only concern Read More

Russia: Daesh leader may have been killed in Syria

16 June 2017 0

Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was likely killed late May in a Russian airstrike in Syria’s northern city of Raqqah, according to the Russian defense ministry on Friday. The Russian aircrafts attacked on May 28 a command post, where Daesh leaders were meeting and killed around 300 Daesh militants, including 30 field commanders, the ministry said in a statement. “According to information, which is being verified via various channels, the meeting was also attended by Read More

UK Muslim communities slam terrorism

6 June 2017 0

A senior Muslim police officer has lead condemnation by UK Islamic groups of the latest London terror attack, saying they were ready to act with the authorities to defeat extremism. A Metropolitan Police commander in West London, Mak Chishty, read out a statement with representatives of various Muslim groups, describing Saturday’s deaths in central London as “an attack on all communities, including Muslim communities”. At least seven people died and almost 50 were injured when Read More

Turkey calls for dialogue to solve Qatar row

5 June 2017 0

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman on Monday called for dialogue and negotiation among the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) after some of its members severed diplomatic relations with Qatar for national security concerns. Earlier on Monday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen cut links with Qatar, in the worst rift in years among some of the major states in the Arab world. Ibrahim Kalin said in a written statement Read More

Russia lifts further trade sanctions against Turkey

3 June 2017 0

Decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev features agriculture, construction, tourism sectors Russia on Friday further relaxed trade sanctions placed on Turkey in the aftermath of the downing of a Russian fighter jet in 2015. In a statement, the government said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had signed a decree lifting the ban on some agricultural produce and Turkish companies involved in construction, engineering and tourism. The development is the latest in the lifting of sanctions Read More

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