Erdogan accuses the West of backing the IS group

Erdogan accuses the West of backing the IS group

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the West was breaking promises in Syria, accusing Ankara’s partners of backing “terror groups” including IS jihadists in the country. At least 37 Turkish soldiers have died in Turkey’s major incursion inside Syria since it was launched in August to back pro-Ankara Syrian fighters battling IS and […]

Obama, Erdogan meeting announced amid Turkish offensive on Syrian Kurds

Obama, Erdogan meeting announced amid Turkish offensive on Syrian Kurds

Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria if it fails to retreat, as Washington said President Barack Obama will meet his Turkish counterpart over the weekend. Turkish forces pressed on with a two-pronged operation inside Syria against Islamic State (IS)jihadists and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection […]

US seeks to placate Erdogan on extraditing cleric accused in coup

US seeks to placate Erdogan on extraditing cleric accused in coup

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought on Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a cleric it blames for July’s failed coup, saying Washington was cooperating but needed evidence to meet U.S. legal standards. Demands for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, in exile since 1999, and Turkish perceptions of an […]

Erdogan and ‘dear friend’ Putin mend relations, agree energy projects

Erdogan and ‘dear friend’ Putin mend relations, agree energy projects

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday after talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Moscow that the two nations can rebuild their damaged relations and move them even closer, promising to back major energy projects with Russia. Calling Putin his “dear friend” and hailing the start of “a very different period” in relations between […]

Erdogan accuses West of protecting coup plotters, ‘supporting terror’

Erdogan accuses West of protecting coup plotters, ‘supporting terror’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday launched his most bitter attack yet on Turkey’s Western allies over the July 15 attempted putsch, accusing them of supporting both “terror” and the coup plotters who tried to unseat him. Erdogan, who blames the plot on the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, also described the coup as a “scenario […]

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 […]

Turkey’s Erdogan meets opposition as post-coup crackdown continues

Turkey’s Erdogan meets opposition as post-coup crackdown continues

Turkey’s government on Monday continued its crackdown on those suspected of supporting a failed coup last week as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made overtures to the political opposition. Turkey ordered the detention of 42 journalists on Monday, broadcaster NTV reported, as part of a sweeping purge that began immediately after the unsuccessful military coup of […]

‘The coup is a gift from God’: Erdogan uses botched rebellion to start purge – including arresting 3,000 secular judges – to forge radical new Turkey after urging Islamists to stay on the streets

‘The coup is a gift from God’: Erdogan uses botched rebellion to start purge – including arresting 3,000 secular judges – to forge radical new Turkey after urging Islamists to stay on the streets

Turkish president Recep Erdogan has described Friday’s attempted coup as a ‘gift from God’ as it will allow him to ‘cleanse’ the army. The hard-line Islamist leader managed to cling onto power after making a dramatic appeal over FaceTime for his supporters to confront the military who attempted to seize strategic locations in Istanbul and […]

Thousands rally in support of Turkish President Erdogan after foiled coup

Thousands rally in support of Turkish President Erdogan after foiled coup

Thousands took to the streets of Turkey Saturday in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after authorities crushed a military coup that claimed at least 265 lives. After facing down the bloodiest challenge to his 13-year rule, Erdogan triumphantly addressed flag-waving supporters in Istanbul following Friday’s chaos in the strategic NATO member of 80 million […]

Live: Erdogan looks to take back control as Turkish military launches coup attempt

Live: Erdogan looks to take back control as Turkish military launches coup attempt

Turkish President Recep Erdogan claimed his government was back in control of the country Saturday morning following an overnight coup attempt by members of the military, though the situation on the ground remains unclear. Here are the main developments so far: Soldiers took control of TRT state television late Friday night. A statement read by […]