Two military officers sentenced to life in prison over failed Turkey coup

Two military officers sentenced to life in prison over failed Turkey coup

Two senior Turkish military officers were jailed for life on Thursday for involvement in July’s failed coup attempt that killed almost 250 people, marking the first conviction related to the putsch, news agencies said. The court found that a colonel and a major had been assigned duties as provincial commanders after the intended overthrow of […]

Turkey identifies alleged Istanbul nightclub attacker

Turkey identifies alleged Istanbul nightclub attacker

Turkish authorities have identified the gunman responsible for the attack on an elite nightclub that killed 39 people celebrating New Year, the foreign minister said Wednesday. “The identity of the person responsible for the Istanbul attack has been established,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told Anadolu news agency during a televised interview. He did not name the attacker […]

Turkey blames US-based cleric Gulen for envoy’s assassination

Turkey blames US-based cleric Gulen for envoy’s assassination

Russian investigators arrived in Turkey on Tuesday to help investigate the assassination of Moscow’s ambassador as the Turkish government pointed the finger of blame at exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who resides in the United States. Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot nine times in the back on Monday by off-duty Turkish policeman Mevlut […]

French journalist to be expelled from Turkey

French journalist to be expelled from Turkey

A French journalist detained three days ago in southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border is to be expelled, his employer, online media Les Jours, said Sunday. “We have received confirmation that the expulsion of our journalist is under way,” Les Jours said on Twitter. Olivier Bertrand was detained Friday in Gaziantep province, where he was […]

French journalist arrested in Turkey

French journalist arrested in Turkey

A French journalist was arrested in Turkey on Friday, his employer said, in a move that comes against a background of journalist detentions in the country following an attempted coup in July. Isabelle Roberts, the head of French news website lesjours.fr, said journalist Olivier Bertrand was arrested while reporting in the town of Gaziantep, just […]

Deadly car bomb blast rips through Kurdish city in Turkey

Deadly car bomb blast rips through Kurdish city in Turkey

A minibus laden with explosives tore through a building in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding 100 more, according to officials. The massive blast occurred in Diyarbakir’s Baglar district, near an annex of the city’s police headquarters. The bomb ripped the facades off buildings, with […]

Turkey detains leaders of pro-Kurdish party

Turkey detains leaders of pro-Kurdish party

Turkey detained two co-leaders and nine other lawmakers of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) early on Friday over reluctance to give testimony for crimes linked to “terrorist propaganda.” The Turkish Interior Ministry said detention orders for 13 MPs were issued, but only 11 were detained as two lawmakers were abroad. Lawyers had earlier said […]

Turkey fires thousands more civil servants, shuts media outlets

Turkey fires thousands more civil servants, shuts media outlets

Turkey said it had dismissed a further 10,000 civil servants and closed 15 more media outlets over suspected links with terrorist organisations and U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed coup in July. More than 100,000 people had already been sacked or suspended and 37,000 arrested since the failed coup, in […]

Clashes rock Turkey’s Diyarbakir after arrest of Kurdish mayors

Clashes rock Turkey’s Diyarbakir after arrest of Kurdish mayors

Turkish police clashed with protesters in Diyarbakir on Wednesday, using tear gas and water cannon to prevent them demonstrating against the detention of the Kurdish-majority city’s co-mayors. Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli were taken into custody on Tuesday night in a surprise move against the leaders of a city hit by renewed fighting between Turkish […]

Blast rocks Mediterranean resort in Turkey

Blast rocks Mediterranean resort in Turkey

An explosion Tuesday in the parking lot of the local chamber of trade in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya in southern Turkey caused minor injuries, according to Turkish media reports. The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but the Antalya mayor’s office said the blast could be an accident, CNN Turk reported. […]

Taking Aleppo will ‘push terrorists back to Turkey’, says Assad

Taking Aleppo will ‘push terrorists back to Turkey’, says Assad

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday that the Syrian army’s capture of Aleppo, which has come under renewed bombardment in an effort to seize its rebel-held sector, would be “a springboard” to pushing “terrorists” back to Turkey. Rescue workers said that Syria’s military backed by Russian warplanes had killed more than 150 people in […]

Turkey and Russia sign gas pipeline deal amid warming ties

Turkey and Russia sign gas pipeline deal amid warming ties

Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on Monday for the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, accelerating a normalisation in ties. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russia’s Vladimir Putin at an Ottoman-era villa in Istanbul for talks which touched on energy deals, trade […]

Turkish-backed fighters drive IS group from Syria-Turkey border

Turkish-backed fighters drive IS group from Syria-Turkey border

Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels expelled the Islamic State group from the last strip of territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border on Sunday, effectively sealing the extremists’ self-styled caliphate off from the outside world. Also on Sunday, Syrian pro-government forces backed by airstrikes launched a wide offensive in the northern city of Aleppo, […]

Clashes between Turkey and Kurds in Syria ‘unacceptable’, says US

Clashes between Turkey and Kurds in Syria ‘unacceptable’, says US

Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are “unacceptable,” the Pentagon said Monday, asking all sides to stand down. “We’ve called on both sides to not fight with one another, to continue to focus the fight on ISIL,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, using an acronym for the […]

Turkey shells Kurdish forces in northern Syria

Turkey shells Kurdish forces in northern Syria

Turkish troops fired on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, highlighting the complications of an incursion meant to secure the border region against both Islamic State and Kurdish advances. Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered Jarablus, one of Islamic State’s last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, on […]

Turkey, US-led coalition launch major operation in northern Syria

Turkey, US-led coalition launch major operation in northern Syria

Turkish special forces units and jets supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria to wipe out Islamic State militants along the Turkey-Syria border, Turkish officials said. The Turkish army began firing artillery rounds into the Syrian border town of Jarablus at around 0100 GMT and Turkish and U.S. warplanes […]

Turkey shells Kurdish and IS group positions in Syria

Turkey shells Kurdish and IS group positions in Syria

The Turkish army has shelled Kurdish as well as Islamic State (IS) group positions in northern Syria, according to Turkish media reports Tuesday, in a bid to open up a corridor for a major rebel assault. In a double-pronged approach, Turkish artillery shells on Tuesday hit positions held by the Kurdish YPG militants in the […]

Turkey backtracks on ‘IS group child bomber’ claims

Turkey backtracks on ‘IS group child bomber’ claims

Turkey on Monday went back on claims that a child bomber linked to Islamic State (IS) jihadists carried out a deadly suicide bombing close to Syria, saying it had no clue who was behind the attack. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Ankara could not confirm who was the perpetrator of the attack on a […]

Bomb attack on wedding leaves dozens dead in Turkey

Bomb attack on wedding leaves dozens dead in Turkey

At least 30 people were killed when a suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosives among people dancing on the street at a wedding party in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep on Saturday, security and hospital sources said. President Tayyip Erdogan said it was likely that Islamic State militants had carried out the late-night attack, […]

Deadly car bombs strike police stations in eastern Turkey

Deadly car bombs strike police stations in eastern Turkey

At least three police officers were killed and 100 people wounded by a car bomb at a police station in the eastern Turkish city of Elazig on Thursday, security sources said, hours after a similar bombing killed three people elsewhere in the region. Footage on the CNN Turk channel showed offices inside the police station […]

Turkey to release 38,000 from prison, frees space for coup plotters

Turkey to release 38,000 from prison, frees space for coup plotters

Turkey will grant early release to some 38,000 prisoners who committed crimes before July 1, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday, amid reports of prison overcrowding after the failed coup. Bozdag said in a series of messages on Twitter that the move was “not an amnesty” and the convicts were not being pardoned but released […]

Give us visa-free travel or lose migrant deal, Turkey tells EU

Give us visa-free travel or lose migrant deal, Turkey tells EU

  Ankara has said that the deal whereby Turkey stems the flow of illegal migrants to the European Union will be torn up if the bloc does not grant Turks visa-free travel in the EU. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was asked by Germany’s Bild newspaper whether thethousands of refugees in Turkey would be allowed […]

Turkey issues arrest warrant for US-based cleric Gulen over coup

Turkey issues arrest warrant for US-based cleric Gulen over coup

Turkey issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, accusing him of ordering the coup attempt aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. An Istanbul court issued the warrant, the first after the failed putsch for the reclusive cleric in Pennsylvania, the Anadolu news agency said. In the warrant, Gulen stands accused […]

Post-coup, Turkey’s Erdogan seeks to tighten grip on country

Post-coup, Turkey’s Erdogan seeks to tighten grip on country

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he wanted to introduce constitutional changes to bring the Turkish spy agency and military chief of staff directly under his control as he seeks to tighten his grip on the country after the failed coup. Turkey meanwhile pressed ahead with a crackdown on the alleged accomplices of the […]

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