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Europe will face terror threat if Tripoli govt falls – Erdogan

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:34 PM

World powers are trying to mediate a lasting ceasefire at the international conference in Berlin

CEASEFIRE TALKS. Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar leaves after talks with Greek Foreign Minister in Athens, on January 17, 2020, days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin which he and the head of Tripoli's UN-recognized government are expected to attend. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

France, Egypt urge 'restraint' to avoid Libya escalation

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed readiness this month to send troops to Libya if requested by the country's Government of National Accord

AIRSTRIKE. Libyans inspect the damage at the site of a reported airstrike in the capital Tripoli's suburb of Tajoura, on December 29, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Erdogan says parliament to vote in January on Libya troop deployment

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:18 PM

'We will present the motion to send troops (to Libya) as soon as parliament resumes' on January 7, Erdogan says in a speech in Ankara

MOTION. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes the motion to send troops to Libya will be passed in parliament between January 8 and 9. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Trump ignores controversy to host Turkey's Erdogan

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:24 PM

On the day the impeachment process shifts to public hearings in Congress, Trump's meeting and joint press conference with Erdogan at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue promises extra fireworks

TRUMP-ERDOGAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on July 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump (L) speaks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the opening ceremony of the NATO summit, at its headquarters in Brussels. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Turkey begins joint patrols with Russia in northern Syria

Nov 01, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The soldiers head to the east of Derbasiyeh in a convoy of Turkish and Russian military vehicles to patrol a strip of territory several dozen kilometers long, according to Turkish military sources

PATROL. A picture taken on November 1, 2019 shows Turkish and Russian military vehicles driving on a road during a joint patrol near the Turkish border town of Kiziltepe, in Mardin province. Photo by Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Syria's Assad says he does not want Turkey as an 'enemy'

Nov 01, 2019 - 2:16 PM

However the Syrian president says that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself was an 'enemy' due to policies hostile to Syria

NOT ENEMY. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 31, 2019 shows President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a special broadcast interview in Syria's capital Damascus. Photo by SANA/AFP

Erdogan warns Syria offensive will resume unless Kurds complete withdrawal

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:27 PM

'If the promises given to our country by the United States are not kept, we will continue our operation from where we left off with greater determination,' Erdogan says

ERDOGAN'S WARNING. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the extended meeting with provincial heads of ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Turkey, on October 10, 2019.  File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish forces if no pullout

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'If the promises given to our country are not kept, as we did in the past we will not wait and restart the operation as soon as the time we have given ends,' says Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

'CRUSH HEADS'. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens he will not back down if Kurdish forces fail to pull out from the proposed safe zone. AFP file photo

Turkey-led strikes kill 14 civilians in northeast Syria

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustefa Bali says Turkey is clearly violating the terms of the agreement reached during a visit to Ankara by US Vice President Mike Pence

INJURED. A man who was injured during the ongoing Turkish offensive against Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria receives treatment at a hospital in Tal Tamr, near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain, October 18, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey, U.S. agree on Syria ceasefire to force Kurdish fighters' withdrawal

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The agreement for the 120-hour pause eases what escalated into an unprecedented crisis between the United States and Turkey, but critics quickly accused President Donald Trump of again abandoning Kurdish allies

AGREED. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center-left) and US Vice President Mike Pence (center-right) meet at the presidential complex in Ankara, Turkey, on October 17, 2019. Photo by Shaun Tandon/Pool/AFP

Turkey defiant on Syria operation as U.S. demands ceasefire

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:35 PM

(UPDATED) The operation, now in its second week, triggers flurry of diplomacy among major powers

PROTEST. A Kurdish protester holds a placard bearing the portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a demonstration against the latest Turkish military offensive in northeastern Syria on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Putin invites Erdogan to Russia amid Syria offensive – Kremlin

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Putin invited Erdogan 'for a working visit in the coming days. The invitation was accepted,' Putin's office says in a statement on October 15

PUTIN AND ERDOGAN. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Erdogan says Turkey 'can never declare ceasefire' in north Syria

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:53 AM

US President Donald Trump says, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Ankara to press Turkey to halt its offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters

Syrian government forces arrive in the town of Tal Tamr, not far from the flashpoint Kurdish Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey, which has been a key target of Turkish forces and their proxies since they launched their military assault, on October 15, 2019. Syrian regime troops arrived after Damascus deployed troops to the country's north to contain a days-long Turkish offensive.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Erdogan vows no ISIS fighters will escape Syria

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:52 PM

'We will ensure that no ISIS (Islamic State) fighters leave northeastern Syria,' Erdogan writes in the Wall Street Journal

ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the extended meeting with provincial heads of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in Ankara, Turkey, on October 10, 2019. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Erdogan threatens EU with refugee influx if criticizes Syria operation

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Turkey currently hosts 3.6 million refugees from the eight-year conflict in Syria – the highest number in the world

ERDOGAN AND EU. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns the EU that Ankara would allow millions of refugees to head to Europe if the bloc criticizes Turkey's military offensive in Syria. File photo by Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

Turkey faces U.S. 'sanctions from hell' after Syria Kurd assault

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Lindsey Graham, a senior US Republican senator who is usually a steadfast supporter of Donald Trump, warns Turkey of 'sanctions from hell'

ATTACK. Turkish army vehicles drive towards the Syrian border near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on October 9, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in Ankara for the latest summit on the Syrian conflict

SYRIA SUMMIT. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin at press conference after a trilateral meeting in Tehran on September 7, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Putin, Erdogan meet in Moscow with focus on Syria

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The meeting comes ahead of a September 16 summit in Ankara that will bring together the main foreign players in Syria's conflict – Putin, Erdogan and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakeshands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they visit the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon opening day in Zhukovsky outside of Moscow on August 27, 2019.  Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP

Assad regime forces mass in northwest Syria – monitor

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Russian-backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces gather north of the key town of Khan Sheikhun in a bid to take more territory from Turkish-backed rebels

Putin, Erdogan to 'activate' cooperation on Syria – Kremlin

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Turkey and Russia back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict but have worked closely, along with Iran, to find a political solution for Syria

SYRIA WAR. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan answer journalists' questions during a press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

'It's a problem': Trump tells Erdogan on Russia missile deal

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Turkey remains committed to the purchase, with Erdogan saying earlier this month: 'We have completed the business'

G20 SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Erdogan's party loses rerun of Istanbul mayor election

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:53 AM

With some 99% of ballots counted by Sunday night, Ekrem Imamoglu is winning by more than 775,000 votes – 54%, with Yildirim on 45%, the Anadolu state news agency reports

VICTORY. Ekrem Imamoglu, candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), makes his victory statement at CHP offices in Istanbul, on June 23, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Erdogan says Egyptian ex-president Morsi was 'killed'

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'Morsi was struggling on the floor in the courtroom for 20 minutes. Authorities unfortunately did not intervene to save him,' says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ALLY. This hand out picture taken and released by the Turkish Prime minister's press office on September 30, 2012 shows Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi (L) listening to Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a joint press conference in Ankara. AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRIME MINISTER OFFICE / YASIN BULBUL

Turkish election body sticks to disputed Istanbul rerun decision

May 09, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The election board has voided the opposition Republican People's Party narrow victory in Turkey's biggest city and economic hub Istanbul and ordered a replay of the vote

RERUN. Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, on May 8, 2019, following a decision by the authorities to re-run the city's mayoral election. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Erdogan welcomes controversial rerun of Istanbul vote

May 07, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The loss of Istanbul, the country's economic hub, was a shocking defeat for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party

RERUN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin and has refused to accept defeat. File photo by AFP

Erdogan calls for Istanbul vote to be re-run

May 04, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Refusing to concede the Istanbul result, Erdogan denounces 'massive irregularities'

ERDOGAN. In this file photo, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Istanbul police open probes over vote 'irregularities'

May 02, 2019 - 6:21 PM

More than 100 election officials have been summoned as part of the inquiries across 3 districts in Turkey's biggest city, according to state news agency Anadolu

ISTANBUL ELECTION. Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu cheer after Turkish election officials officially confirmed his win as Istanbul mayor on April 17, 2019 as they wait outside Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality hall for Imamoglu's arrival for a handover ceremony. File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Erdogan slams Macron over 'Armenia genocide' remembrance

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks come after France held its first 'national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide'

Turkey opposition win in disputed Istanbul vote confirmed – party

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The loss of the capital Ankara and Istanbul to the Republican People's Party is a major setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP after a decade and a half in power

OPPOSITION WIN. Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (C) arrives to receive his mandate certificate from authorities at the local courthouse in Istanbul on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan sees 'theft' in Istanbul vote results

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) The AKP demands a recount in Ankara and Istanbul, citing irregularities after tallies show the party is defeated in both cities in what would be a major setback in a decade and a half in power

AFTER ELECTIONS. This picture taken on April 4, 2019 shows a billboard depicting Turkey's main opposition party CHP mayor candidate Ekrem Imamoglu (R), that reads 'Thank you Istanbul. Ekrem Imamoglu - Istanbul metropolitan Mayor,' as another billboard of the Justice and Development Party portraying AKP's mayor candidate Binali Yildirim and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and reading 'Thank You Istanbul,' is seen in the background, in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Australian PM slams Erdogan for 'reckless', 'vile' Christchurch comments

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemns 'reckless' and 'highly offensive' comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in the wake of the Christchurch massacre

MAD. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Erdogan and Netanyahu trade 'tyrant,' 'dictator' insults

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Turkey and Israel have tense relations and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is a vocal critic of Israeli policies

TRADING INSULTS. This combination of pictures created on April 1, 2018 shows Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R). File photos by Ronen Zvulun and Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey tumbles into recession as polls loom

Mar 11, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The flagging economy coupled with a currency crisis last year are sensitive issues for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party before the vote on March 31

TURKEY. Skyscrapers are pictured at the financial and business district Maslak on August 15, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey, Iran to stage joint raid against Kurd rebels – minister

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu does not specify which PKK bases the planned operation will target but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously said it will be against militant hideouts in Iraq

JOINT RAID. A handout photo taken and released on February 9, 2019 by the Turkish presidential press service shows Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) listening to Interior Minsiter Suleyman Soylu (C) visiting the area of a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul, on February 9, 2019. AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Turkey has not revealed all about Khashoggi killing – Erdogan

Feb 16, 2019 - 9:21 AM

'We haven't given all the elements we have at our disposal,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Erdogan accuses EU of seeking Maduro's ouster in defiance of 'democracy'

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government survived a coup bid in July 2016, has given support to Nicolas Maduro in the wake of the crisis, telling him in a phone call to 'stand tall'

Erdogan in Moscow for talks with Putin on Syria safe zone

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will discuss with Vladimir Putin the creation of a Turkish-controlled 'security zone' in northern Syria, suggested by Donald Trump

SYRIA WAR. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan answer journalists' questions during a press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Syria Kurds reject 'security zone' under Turkish control

Jan 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Instead, the Kurds say they will accept the deployment of UN forces along the separation line between Kurdish fighters and Turkish troops

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participating in a training manuever, gather near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo's province, a few kilometres from areas controlled by a Kurdish-led coalition, on January 16, 2019. Turkey has threatened to launch a vast cross-border offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls most of northeastern Syria. Syria's Kurds today rejected a US proposal for a "security zone" under Turkish control along the Syrian side of the two countries' border.  Bakr ALKASEM / AFP

Turkey to set up Syria 'security zone' after Trump call

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM

In a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirms that 'a 20-mile security zone along the Syrian border... will be set up by us'

TURKEY. Turkish soldiers stand near a Turkish flag in Istanbul on May 1, 2017. File photo by Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Erdogan, Trump consider creating security zone in Syria

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

In a telephone conversation, the leaders 'discussed the idea of creating a security zone cleared of terrorism in the north of the country,' the Turkish presidency says in a statement

ON SYRIA. This combination of file pictures created on August 11, 2018 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) deliverling a speech during an AK party's group meeting at the AK Party's headquarters in Ankara, on January 26, 2018; and US President Donald Trump (R) during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 30, 2018. File photos by Adem Altan and Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump advisor in Turkey for talks on Syria pullout

Jan 08, 2019 - 1:16 PM

US President Donald Trump says the fight against ISIS is not over and that the withdrawal will be done in a 'prudent' manner

Turkey probes prominent TV anchor

Dec 29, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Fox Haber's TV anchor Faith Portakal faces an investigation over his tweet asking Turks to have a 'peaceful protest against rising natural gas fees'

PROBE. A Turkey prosecutor is launching an investigation on Fox Haber's TV anchor Faith Portakal after tweeting about high inflation. Photo from Portakal's Twitter

Erdogan invites Trump to Turkey amid Syria pullout

Dec 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

President Donald Trump is 'open to a potential meeting in the future,' says the White House

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018.  ADEM ALTAN / AFP

George Soros foundation says will end Turkey activities

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The foundation says it will apply for its closure to the court 'immediately,' but insists it conducted each operation in Turkey in compliance with the country's laws

Turkey has more evidence in Khashoggi murder – report

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:47 PM

A Turkish newspaper says a second voice recording clearly reveals that the murder of the Washington Post columnist has been premeditated

MORE EVIDENCE? A Turkish police officer opens the door of Saudi Consul's residence on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Khashoggi killing: Erdogan accuses 'highest levels' of Saudi govt

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:54 AM

In an editorial for 'The Washington Post,' Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Riyadh authorities of refusing to answer questions about Jamal Khashoggi's murder

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018 protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.  Allegations that Saudi Arabia killed a journalist inside its Istanbul consulate have forced Donald Trump into a position he never expected -- raising human rights with the kingdom he has steadfastly supported. Saudi Arabia was the first foreign destination as president for Trump, who has lavished praise on its ambitious crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and closely allied himself with the kingdom in a push to isolate the Sunni state's regional rival Iran.But Trump said October 8, 2018 he was "concerned" after a Turkish government source said Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent opinion writer living in the United States and who contributes to The Washington Post, was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate.   OZAN KOSE / AFP

Turkey wants 18 Saudis extradited over Khashoggi murder

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:27 PM

A written request for the extradition of the 18 suspects has been prepared by Istanbul's chief prosecutor

Saudi prosecutor to visit Istanbul over Khashoggi murder

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:03 PM

Turkish president Erdogan says they still have more evidence about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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U.S. revokes Saudi visas in first action over Khashoggi

Oct 24, 2018 - 8:35 AM

The State Department says it has identified 21 Saudis whose visas will either be revoked or who will be ineligible for future visas

STATE DEPARTMENT. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP