Turkey: ‘150,000 troops to enter Syria’ reports not true

9 February 2016 0

Recent media reports saying 150,000 troops from Saudi Arabia are to enter Syria via Turkish borders in order to aid in anti-Daesh operations are not true, Turkish Prime Ministry sources said on Monday. Turkey’s bases are open for the coalition forces as part of the fight against Daesh and Ankara is ready for every type of cooperation in this sense, said the sources, who were not named according to Turkish Prime Ministry policy. Several media Read More

Istanbul’s Sultanahmet still draws tourists after attack

4 February 2016 0

Tourists still flock to Turkey’s largest city Istanbul despite the recent suicide bombing at famous Sultanahmet site, which is visited by up to 14 million tourists each year. “Terror is everywhere. The attack did not scare me. It is a part of life,” says Australian Julian Bowmen, speaking to Anadolu Agency in the city’s tourist hub of Sultanahmet, home to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. “[Friends and family] strongly recommended [that I visit] both Read More

Turkey: Over 1,000 Daesh suspects held over 12 months

30 January 2016 0

Over 1,000 foreign Daesh suspects have been apprehended in Turkey over the last year, Turkey’s military said on Saturday. According to the Turkish General Staff, 643 Daesh suspects were detained as they attempted to cross into Turkey, while 496 were held while trying to enter Syria from Turkey from Jan. 1, 2015 until now. These numbers translate into a 90 percent increase in the amount of Daesh suspects held over the last five months of Read More

Turkey’s CHP party re-elects Kilicdaroglu as chairman

17 January 2016 0

Kilicdaroglu was reelected with 990 votes out of 1,238 delegates that casted their ballots during the party’s 35th Annual Congress held in the Turkish capital Ankara. A total of 248 votes were declared invalid. The party had a total of 1,275 delegates but 37 delegates did not cast their votes. Republican People’s Party is the biggest opposition party in Turkey with 134 members in the 550-seated Turkish parliament.Kilicdaroglu has been leading the party since May Read More

Dozen PKK members killed in Turkish border town

17 January 2016 0

Turkish security forces killed 12 PKK terrorists in the southeastern district of Cizre, the military said in a statement Sunday. The Turkish General Staff said Saturday’s deaths in Cizre, on the Syrian border, were among 320 terrorists killed in the town since anti-terror operations were launched across southeast Turkey on Dec. 15. On Tuesday, the military said 578 PKK terrorists had been killed since the start of operations in five districts in the provinces of Read More

Civilians killed in PKK-linked car bomb attack

14 January 2016 0

Five civilians, including a five-month-old baby, were killed in Wednesday’s car bomb attack on a Turkish police facility, the prime minister has said. The incident took place in the Cinar district of Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province at about 11.30 p.m. (2130GMT), Diyarbakir Governorate said in a statement.  A policeman is also among the dead. Diyarbakir Governorate – which blamed the terrorist organization PKK – also said shots were fired at police during the assault.  One Read More

Turkey summons Iran’s ambassador over Erdogan broadcast

8 January 2016 0

Turkey has summoned Iran’s ambassador to Ankara over the controversy created by some Iranian media outlets on Erdogan’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia. Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday the Iranian ambassador was summoned to the office over Iranian media broadcast that linked Erdogan’s visit to Saudi Arabia with the executions of 47 people there. The statement condemned the stories run by the Iranian media and the accusations against Erdogan, and Read More

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