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Germany supports group behind Turkish coup attempt – Erdogan spokesman

ANKARA: Turkey on Sunday accused Germany of supporting the network of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric it blames for last year’s attempted coup, comments likely to aggravate a diplomatic feud between Ankara and Berlin. On Saturday, German news magazine Der Spiegel published an interview with the head of the BND foreign intelligence agency, who said Ankara… Read More »

Dutch nationalist Wilders – ban Turkish campaigning in the Netherlands

AMSTERDAM: Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders, who is expected to make huge gains in a March 15 election, said on Sunday he would ban Turkish officials from political campaigning in the Netherlands. On Friday, the Dutch government said plans by Turkish authorities to hold a referendum campaign rally in Rotterdam, were “undesirable,” but stopped short of… Read More »

Turkish army says 48 Islamic State militants killed in Syria on Sunday

ISTANBUL: Turkish-led air and ground operations in Syria killed 48 Islamic State militants on Sunday (Jan 8) while Turkish warplanes destroyed 23 buildings and shelters used by the jihadists, Turkey’s armed forces said in a statement on Monday. Turkey launched the ‘Euphrates Shield’ operation in support of Syrian rebels more than four months ago to… Read More »

Turkish military says Syria's al-Bab to Aleppo highway under full control

ANKARA: Turkey-backed Syrian rebel forces besieging Islamic State-controlled al-Bab have gained full control of the highway linking the town to Aleppo with intense ground and air fire support, the Turkish military said on Wednesday. In its daily round-up of the near four-month-old “Euphrates Shield” operation to push Islamic State away from the border area, the… Read More »

US denounces latest Turkish media crackdown

WASHINGTON: The United States issued a stern rebuke to its ally Turkey on Monday (Oct 31) after authorities stepped up their persecution of media outlets critical of the government. Washington regularly expresses concern about the increasingly authoritarian treatment of the media by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. But State Department spokesman John Kirby raised the… Read More »

Three Turkish soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Kurdish southeast – sources

ANKARA: Three Turkish soldiers travelling in a military personnel carrier were killed by a roadside bomb in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast on Friday, security sources said. Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were suspected of having planted the bomb on the road between Turkey’s Diyarbakir and Mardin provinces, the sources said. The separatist PKK has waged… Read More »

Turkish police search Istanbul courthouses, 173 face detention – media

ISTANBUL: Turkish police raided offices at three Istanbul courthouses on Monday after detention warrants were issued for 173 judicial personnel as part of an investigation into last month’s failed coup attempt, the private Dogan news agency reported on Monday. Ankara has accused U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the coup and is seeking his… Read More »

Turkish military officer seeking asylum in United States: US officials

WASHINGTON: A Turkish military officer on a U.S.-based assignment for NATO is seeking asylum in the United States after being recalled by the Turkish government in the wake of last month’s failed military coup, U.S. officials told Reuters. The asylum bid is the first known case involving a Turkish military officer in the United States… Read More »

Turkish army better able to fight Islamic State after purges – foreign minister

ANKARA: Turkey’s foreign minister described as “unfortunate” on Friday comments by the head of U.S. national intelligence suggesting that purges in the Turkish military after a failed coup were harming cooperation in the fight against Islamic State. “If they (the Americans) ask whether the fight against Daesh (Islamic State) has been weakened due to the… Read More »