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US urges Pakistan to expel 'Taliban leaders'

Japanese capital holds evacuation drills in face of North Korean missile attack

Dozens of Saudi mercenaries killed as Yemeni forces hit base in Ta’izz

Germany stops arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Israel plans for railway connecting it with Saudi Arabia

Mossad has killed at least 3,000 Palestinians; Zionist expert

The Trump government spent more than $1M in recent Iran riots

Daesh among customers of Pakistani passport forger arrested in Bangkok

Dragging Pakistan into Afghan war: Would new US policy work?

Trump ‘not fit to clean toilets’: USA Today

Pakistan awaits Afghan ‘fatwa’ against TTP, affiliates

Dirty games: Was SSP Anwar Rao framed?

Saudis Transfer $2 Billion to Prop Up Yemeni Allies’ Currency

Putin calls on Israel to end occupation of Arab lands, proclaims solidarity with Palestine

Season of peace talks: Is the Super power begging for dialogues with Taliban?

Indian clandestine support for Korean nukes

US and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

Did Netanyahu offer friendship to Pakistan?

At least 5 killed as gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

Another demand for Sharia: The political motives behind Pir Sialv's demand

North Korean logistical delegation arrives in Seoul

Israel’s Mossad behind Lebanon car bomb attack against Hamas member: Report

US Escalates Afghan Airstrikes Through Winter, But Will It Matter?

Saudi Crown Prince to form a private army with help from American Blackwater Corporation!

Iranian youth are fully supportive of their political system: Asia Times

Pakistan’s enemy is our enemy, not in favor of Baloch separatists: US

ASWJ-allied Deobandi Fazalur Rehman elected MMA president

Encounter specialist: Can Zardari save his arm child Rao Anwar in Naqeebullah’s murder case?

Waging war against Pakistan army prohibited in Islam: Ex-Terrorist organization Chief Sufi Muhammad

Free Karachi: Another smear campaign against Pakistan in US newspaper

US military edge over Russia, China eroding: Mattis

5,000 Yemen Children Killed or Wounded in War Since 2015

Iran reiterates Missile program non-negotiable

Trump no longer following Saudi-UAE script on Qatar, says former envoy

Allama Raja Nasir lashes out at Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif

Did TTP really assassinate Benazir Bhutto?

A Jewish plot: Pushing India against China, Pakistan and Iran

An old headache: How did Haqqani network bring US on the knees

India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile: New Delhi

Saudis wasting billions by buying outdated weapons from US: Analyst

HRW urges UN sanctions on Saudi crown prince over Yemen war

Another minor raped: Why is Pakistan hesitant to hang rapists?

Modi and Netanyahu may get along great, but there are serious limitations to India-Israel relations

Season of protests: Is another national debacle in the offing?

Pakistan attaches importance to significant role of Iran in regional developments: Speaker

Hidden Israeli-Iranian war in Syria

Is Jordan breaking alliance with Saudi Arabia, West?

Russia weights behind Pakistan:  The end of US hegemony in South Asia?

Damage control: Has Trump conceded his defeat against Pakistan?

North, South Korea to march under 'unified flag' at Winter Olympics

US 'arrant erring' on al-Quds futile: Ayatollah Khamenei

Netanyahu: $500mn Israel-India arms deal 'back on track'

Saudi politicization of holy places is unislamic, we will continue to oppose

Israel prepares for air bridge to India over Saudi Arabia

Don’t forget old friends to make new one

Ulema decree against terrorism: Would religious card prove a true success against terrorism?

New network should be created to confront US-Israel alliance: Raza Rabbani

America seeks to use Taiwan against China: Today Online

Pakistan’s ruthless response to US: Why is India worried?

Shafaqna Exclusive: Is Govt hiding arrest of Zainab’s murderer for political purpose?

US new strategy seeks to create complex situation for Iran: Defense minister

Hamas blames Israeli regime for assassination attempt on its commander

US attacking North Korea would be like trying to get rid of Allah: Retired South Korean General

Egypt is not an honest broker for Palestinian reconciliation

Pakistan and Iran consult each other on many issues, says former diplomat

Surrendering of TTP terrorist: Is Pakistan gradually winning war against terrorism?

Inciting Pakistan: Is India inviting conventional war with Pakistan?

The secret behind Sharif's electoral success and popularity

Tel Aviv ‘disappointed’ by India’s rejection of Al-Quds as Israeli capital: Netanyahu

Syria militants in US seeking CIA dollars to ‘confront Iran’s influence’

US ‘policy of Armageddon’ means nuclear attack even against non-nuclear states

Rape, murder of 7-year-old Pakistani girl seem work of serial killer: Officials

Yemeni snipers kill three Saudi troopers in retaliatory attacks

Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution

US to sell 17 Black Hawk aircrafts to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia seeks arrest of citizens on wanted list who are abroad

US deploying 1,000 troops to Afghanistan

Israel Keeps Bombing Syria and Nobody Is Doing Anything About It

Fire-breathing rhetoric: Pakistani guns on China’s shoulder

Meeting with Trump: Did Imran Khan give US a hidden signal for future role?

Netanyahu in India: A dangerous alliance against Pakistan

Pakistan can’t be forced to compromise on national interests: US historian

Netanyahu Visits India: Muslims Burn Israeli Effigies in Protest

US-led coalition intends to create large new border force in Syria: Report

Interference of Saudi Intelligence services in Tehran’s deep operations

Hariri lauds Hezbollah, wants ‘best of relations’ with Iran

16 US troops and officers killed in Afghanistan

A hidden cost: Pakistan’s Psychological cost of war

Security agencies issue threat alert due plots of Daesh and Taliban factions

Can Pakistan’s judicial system punish killers of Innocent Zainab?

Is Balochistan a next ground of proxy war between Saudia and Iran?

ABN| Mass 'Free Zakzaky' protest in Istanbul, Turkey

Trump Gives World Four Months to Change Iran Nuclear Deal

Anti-Trump demonstrators march in Swiss capital

All parties must continue to implement JCPOA: Warns China's FM

Yemen's Displaced Families Escape Death from Saudi War to Makeshift Camps

Amnesty International urges probe after Myanmar’s Army admits its troops killed Muslims

Kasur Tragedy: Is Pakistani nation completely dead?

Trump Says He ‘Probably’ Has Good Relationship With Kim Jong Un

Pentagon Investigates Video of US Soldier Shooting Afghan Civilian

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Erdogan says Israeli regime, US targeting Iran, Pakistan, to loot resources

1396/10/17 | 13:02
Turkey’s President has accused the US and the Israeli regime of meddling in the affairs of Iran and Pakistan, as well as those of other Muslim countries, and are driven by the desire to grab their natural resources. “We cannot accept that some countries — foremost the US, Israel — to interfere [sic!] in the internal affairs of Iran and Pakistan,” President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Friday, On Tuesday President Donald Trump tweeted support for the protests against the Iranian Islamic establishment which erupted ...

Turkey backs stability, security in neighboring Iran, Erdogan tells Rouhani

1396/10/14 | 13:02
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country attaches high significance to stability and security in neighboring Iran.   In reaction to recent protests in some cities in Iran, Erdogan said in a telephone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday that Turkey regarded Iran’s stability and security as that of its own. Referring to Western media reports and remarks made by certain US and Israeli officials with respect to the protests, the Turkish president said his country was familiar with the West’s media ...

The Saudi-UAE media attack on Erdoğan

1396/9/29 | 13:02
  Immediately after the end of the Special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Summit on Jerusalem, which was called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a number of Saudi and UAE media outlets began attacking Iran and Turkey in an unusual way.   In an interview with Quds Press, the Secretary-General of the Turkish-Arab Institute for Strategic Studies in Turkey, Badr al-Din Habib Oglu, said: “The issue of Jerusalem has affected most of the Arab regimes, the Gulf regimes in particular, specifically Saudi Arabia.”   He ...

Israel terrorist, kid-killer regime: Turkish President

1396/9/21 | 13:02
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the Israeli regime as a “terrorist entity” and “killer of children.”   Responding to a recent decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Israeli-occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Tel Aviv regime, Erdogan on Sunday blasted the “disproportionate” force being used by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters, saying that Israel was an “oppressive and occupation” regime.   Speaking at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development ...

ABNA | Jerusalem a red line for Muslims: Erdogan

1396/9/14 | 13:02
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over reports that the United States plans to recognise Jerusalem al-Quds as the Israeli capital.  Such a move would be a "red line" for Muslims, Erdogan said on Tuesday.  Reports emerged on Friday that US President Donald Trump was considering recognising Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital, a move that would be symbolised by relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds , upsetting decades of US policy.  The plan has ...

Turkish President slams Saudi Crown prince over ’Moderate Islam’

1396/8/23 | 13:02
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indirectly lashed out at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman over his promotion of the so called moderate Islam saying the Saudi official is ignorant of Islam. President Erdogan said on Friday that the notion that there was a “moderate” Islam and an “immoderate” one was invented by the West to “weaken” the faith.   “Countries that do not let women drive cannot talk about moderate Islam,” Erdogan   told an entrepreneurship certificate ceremony of the Islamic Cooperation ...

Turkey’s Erdogan links fate of detained US pastor to wanted cleric Gulen

1396/7/8 | 13:02
  President Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Thursday that Turkey could free a detained US pastor if the United States handed over a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania whom Ankara has blamed for a failed military coup last year, an idea that Washington appeared to dismiss.     Turkey has been seeking the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan whose supporters are blamed for trying to overthrow Erdogan’s government in July 2016. Gulen has denied any role in the coup attempt, in which 250 people were killed. US ...

Shrouding Mystery: Who kidnapped Pak-Turk school teacher from Lahore?

1396/7/8 | 13:02
  Former teachers of Pak-Turk schools have expressed serious concern over the recent kidnapping of their colleague from Lahore, demanding that the Turkish family be recovered immediately.     Speaking at a press conference, educationists Osman and Navida Arslanhan said that the Turkish staff running the Pak-Turk institutions had been living in Pakistan under the UNHCR’s protection as asylum seekers since November 2016.     They said that the abduction of the Turkish educationist along with his family was a very serious ...

Germany halts major arms supplies to Turkey as tensions heighten

1396/6/21 | 13:02
Germany has stopped all major weapons exports to Turkey over the country’s worsening human rights situation amid heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. “We have put on hold all big requests (for arms exports) that Turkey has sent to us, and these are really not a few,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday after his ministry announced that another German couple have been detained in Turkey over alleged political charges.        Gabriel noted that Berlin was generally obliged to send arms to its NATO partner, ...

Erdogan criticizes US for charging ex-minister over Iran bans

1396/6/18 | 13:02
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced as “politically motivated” the US prosecutors’ recent charges against a former economy minister accused of violating US sanctions on Iran, calling on Washington to review the move. "I say clearly, I see this step taken against our former economy minister [Mehmet Zafer Caglayan] as a step taken against the Turkish republic," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Friday before departing for a visit to Kazakhstan.     ...

Israel’s anger with Turkey

1396/6/3 | 13:02
  The battle of Al-Aqsa Mosque is ongoing with the Netanyahu government, which is surrounded by corruption cases and drowning in the confidence crisis that is being threatened with the emergence of more evidence regarding its involvement in corrupt and suspicious deals.      Under the current circumstances, the Israeli government and its media mouthpieces found the best solution to be exporting its crisis abroad and fabricating crises with countries that support the worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque, beginning with Turkey and ...

Why US rejects Turkish calls for Gulen extradition?

1396/5/7 | 13:02
Recently, Gulen said that the US will never yield to the Turkish demands and will never hand him over to the Turkish authorities, pouring cold water on the Ankara optimism about succeeding in bringing the dissenter back to the country for trial.   Now the Turkish government appears backed down on its previous anti-Gulen stance, and will approve of him at least being put under house arrest in the US. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuls publicized the stance shift after a cabinet meeting at a press conference. “If you are saying ...

Turkish diplomacy ends in Persian Gulf without results

1396/5/4 | 13:02
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has wrapped up a tour of Arab countries involved in a dispute but has failed to help bring the feuding sides closer to one another. Erdogan arrived in Qatar on Monday on the last leg of a tour that had also taken him to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. In Qatar, he met with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha. Qatari state news agency QNA said the two sides discussed joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, reviewed defense and economic cooperation, and praised Kuwait’s mediation role in the crisis. During ...

Using the analogy of Gullen for Imran Khan: Is PML-N portraying PM as Erdogan?

1396/4/27 | 13:02
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan was following Turkey's Fethullah Gulen's model to destabilise the government.     The minister compared Imran Khan to Fethullah Gulen who, according to him, harboured a network in the political apparatus of Turkey through which he was trying to control the political system while he himself was in exile.     On the same pattern, Imran Khan was trying to destabilise the government with the help of like-minded ...

Erdogan sets a condition for Turkish troops to leave Qatar

1396/4/16 | 13:02
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed support for Qatar amid Gulf tensions and claimed his troops will only be withdrawn if Qatar asks them to leave. “We remain loyal to our agreement with Qatar. If it requests us to leave, we will not stay where we are not wanted,” Erdogan said in a meeting in Cairo yesterday. Since the inception of the Gulf tension in June, Turkey has sent soldiers and food supplies in aid of Qatar, to sidestep a siege via land, air and sea by an Arab coalition. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain ...

Turkey won’t allow establishment of a state in northern Syria: President Erdoğan

1396/4/6 | 13:02
Turkey will “never” allow the establishment of a state in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, while criticizing the United States for cooperating with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG). “In our south, in northern Syria the PYD and YPG are trying to do things. You should know that regardless of those standing with or behind you, Turkey, with its armed forces and all its capabilities, won’t allow the establishment of a state in northern Syria,” Erdoğan said ...

Rift with Kingdom: Would Erdogan  meet the same fate of Morsi?

1396/3/28 | 13:02
  Saudi Arabia said Saturday a Turkish military base similar to that built in neighbouring Qatar would not be welcome in the kingdom, insisting it is "not needed".     The statement came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly said he had offered to build a military base in the Muslim kingdom shortly after work began on Turkey´s facility in Qatar.       "The kingdom cannot allow Turkey to set up a military base on its territory," said a statement carried by SPA state news agency.The statement, ...

UAE paid $3bn to finance coup attempt in Turkey: Report

1396/3/24 | 13:02
The United Arab Emirates financed a high-profile coup attempt last year in Turkey and paid about three billion dollars to the putschists, a columnist in a Turkish daily has claimed. Mehmet Acet, a columnist for Yeni Safak daily, said on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meant the United Arab Emirates when he recently hinted at a Muslim country that spent billions to topple the Turkish government in the coup in July 2016. Cavusoglu said in recent remarks that a foreign country funneled money to the putschists while making efforts ...

Mounting tension among gulf allies: Pakistan to send soldiers to Qatar

1396/3/21 | 13:02
    Turkey launched diplomatic initiatives to defuse the tension in the region after nine countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar, and tried to impose an embargo on the country.   Within this framework, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke to the leaders of the countries in the region, and called for dialogue for settlement of the crisis.    Turkey’s parliament ratified the decision of sending troops to the region, within the framework of the military base agreement ...

Why is Erdogan siding with Qatar?

1396/3/20 | 13:02
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved legislation for increased military cooperation with Qatar, including a deal for the deployment of Turkish troops there.   The move is a sign of support for the Gulf state in its dispute with its regional neighbours. The legislation, which also foresees cooperation in military training, was rapidly passed in parliament on Wednesday, a day after Erdogan openly sided with Qatar and criticised other Gulf countries' moves to isolate it.   Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other Arab ...

Erdogan: An occupied Jerusalem is shameful for Turks

1396/2/23 | 13:02
    On Monday, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Zionist entity a racist and apartheid state. He urged Turks to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque more often as Israeli occupation of Al-Quds (Old Jerusalem) is shameful for Turks. Erdogan was referring to UNESCO’s recent resolution confirming that Old Jerusalem is an occupied city. Last year, UNESCO had declared that Old Jerusalem had nothing to do with Jewish religion.   Erdogan also warned Donald Trump administration on relocating US embassy to Jerusalem. “The ...

Turkey President Erdogan backs India's UNSC bid

1396/2/14 | 13:02
As an op-ed published in Shafaqna has already disclosed the motives of Tayyep Erdogan's visit to India, that Erdogan wants a quid pro quo that is support against Fathullah Gulen in India and providing a vote for India's bid to enter in NSG.  http://pk.shafaqna.com/EN/44057 Now most of the English dailies of Pakistan has confirmed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supported India's bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council, even as he called for major reforms in the exclusive body. Referring to the ongoing ...

Rejecting the call for Kashmir: Did India slap in Erdogan’s face?

1396/2/14 | 13:02
    India on Monday dismissed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's suggestion of multilateral talks on the Kashmir dispute, insisting the matter must be resolved bilaterally through talks between Islamabad and New Delhi, the Hindustan Times reported.   Erdogan had, in an interview before his arrival in India earlier this week, suggested that the two countries needed to 'strengthen multilateral dialogue' in an attempt to find a solution to the Kashmir issue.   Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson ...

Erdogan in India: Turkey’s plan to stab Pakistan in the back

1396/2/13 | 13:02
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived India on Sunday on a two-day visit, has said that India and Pakistan need to “build bridges, strengthen dialogue between different stakeholders” to resolve the Kashmir dispute.   The Turkish leader praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a well-meaning friend with whom he had discussed the Kashmir issue many times.   Mr Erdogan, who will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said in an interview to TV news channel WION that Kashmir question upset both countries and “surmounting ...

Erdogan in India: Turkey’s plan to stab Pakistan in the back

1396/2/12 | 13:02
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived India on Sunday on a two-day visit, has said that India and Pakistan need to “build bridges, strengthen dialogue between different stakeholders” to resolve the Kashmir dispute.   The Turkish leader praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a well-meaning friend with whom he had discussed the Kashmir issue many times.   Mr Erdogan, who will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said in an interview to TV news channel WION that Kashmir question upset both countries and “surmounting ...

Turkey’s Erdogan rejects parallels between Kashmiris, Kurd terrorist groups

1396/2/11 | 13:02
      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  called for a negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India hours before he began a two-day visit to New Delhi. In an interview in Ankara ahead of his visit to India, he totally rejected any similarity between Kurdish terrorist groups and Kashmiris.     Erdogan said the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir is between the states of Pakistan and India and both the countries need to settle it once and for all.     To a question about Turkey's ...

Return of a dictator : Erdogan to wreak new havoc

1396/1/31 | 13:02
As results of Sunday’s referendum started pouring in, the opposition cried foul, alleged that the election commission had “changed the rules in the middle of the game” and demanded a recount of at least 37pc of the votes, the European Union claiming that the plebiscite was held in “an unfair environment”. The big issue is: what next? Will the AKP’s victory heal the wounds inflicted by the July 2016 coup attempt and its aftermath, or will Mr Erdogan continue with his petulant behaviour? Euphoric after the win, Mr Erdogan ...

Erdogan’s victory: Did Turkish people desire for dictatorship?

1396/1/29 | 13:02
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly won a historic referendum on Sunday that will tighten his grip on power, but the knife-edge result left the country bitterly divided and the opposition crying foul.   The sweeping constitutional changes approved in the vote create a presidential system that will grant Erdogan more power than any leader since modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his successor Ismet Inonu.   The 'Yes' campaign won 51.4 per cent of the vote against 48.6pc for 'No', the election commission ...

Will the war in Syria go back to square one?

1396/1/6 | 13:02
  After Aleppo is not like before Aleppo”…this is how President Bashar al-Assad spoke of the coming era after the great victory scored by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies in Aleppo; where Erdogan had built his Ottoman dream, where the Saudis had built their dreams of ousting President Assad, and where the U.S’s plans of Aleppo becoming the doorway to the partitioning of Syria, to serve its own interests, also fell.       All of these dreams fell in Aleppo, so how will the terrorism axis come to terms with the ...

What is Erdogan’s plan: Why Europeans will not walk safely on their streets?

1396/1/6 | 13:02
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned the European Union (EU) that if the diplomatic spat between Turkey and several European countries continues, Europeans won’t be able to walk their own streets safely.   President Erdoğan made the comments Wednesday in what is another increase of tensions between Turkey and the EU that began when Germany and the Netherlands banned several Turkish ministers from holding campaign rallies for the upcoming Turkish referendum. Erdoğan has threatened Europe before, but this ...

Ankara rendezvous: Is Erdogan playing for both ends?

1395/11/22 | 13:02
  President Donald Trump and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to cooperate in the fight against militants in Syria, in their first phone call since the new US leader took office, Ankara.     In their eagerly awaited phone call late Tuesday, the presidents discussed acting together in Turkey's battle to capture the Syrian town of Al-Bab from the militant Islamic State (IS) group and taking the main IS stronghold of Raqa.     “Both leaders agreed to act together in Al-Bab and Raqa” in Syria, the source said. ...

Unending lust for power: Turkey’s new Ameer-ul-Muslimeen

1395/11/11 | 13:02
  Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s carefully planned move to become legal dictator of Turkey is in its final stages. In the wake of a foiled coup, Erdogan removed or imprisoned every judge not on his side, shut down all opposition newspapers, and jailed all of his political opponents.   After his hand-picked court approved the changes Erdogan wanted, all that remains is a Public Referendum which Erdogan will win simply because he gets to count the votes.     Since the failed coup and the introduction of emergency powers, he has ...

Return of Ottoman era: Erdogan, Turkey’s Zia-ul-Haq

1395/11/6 | 13:02
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already begun campaigning for the referendum that would make drastic constitutional reforms, turning the system into a Presidential one.   With the help of new reforms, Erdogan could become the head of state, the head of government and the head of the ruling party.   The proposed changes transfer powers traditionally held by the national assembly to the presidency, rendering it a largely advisory body.     This looks like the end of the “Kemalist dream”, as Erdogan seeks ...

Turkey’s U-Turn: Erdogan’s realization of Assad’s importance

1395/11/5 | 13:02
  Turkey said on Friday it was no longer “realistic” to insist on a solution to the Syria conflict without President Bashar al-Assad.     Ankara acknowledged last year that Assad is an actor in Syria but it is the first time a senior Turkish official has openly said it would be unrealistic to insist on the embattled leader's departure for any solution.     Turkey, a vocal critic of Assad, has backed Syrian opposition militants fighting for his ouster since the complex conflict began with anti-government demonstrations ...

Parting ways: Erodgan to kick out UK and US from Turkish land

1395/10/29 | 13:02
  Britain and the US are drawing up plans to move warplanes and Special Forces from crucial airbases after Turkey threatened it would kick the allies out.   It comes after stark warnings from Ankara that the West is not doing enough to support Turkey’s position against the Kurds. Last night one expert warned that Ankara had taken yet another step towards dissolving its membership to Nato.    Britain operates more than 150 Special Forces soldiers from two bases in Turkey for ground operations in Syria and Iraq, while the US ...

Turkey’s realistic approach: Why Assad is a key to Syrian peace?

1395/10/26 | 13:02
  Turkey still believes a united and peaceful Syria is impossible with President Bashar al Assad but wants to proceed “step-by-step” and see the outcome of planned peace talks in Astana, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Friday.     Our position on Assad is clear. We don’t believe that a united, peaceful Syria will be possible with Assad remaining in power.     Speaking to reporters at a roundtable in Ankara, Kalin said fighting in Syria had largely stopped over the past two weeks under a ceasefire ...

Spilling the beans: US’s old ally expose the dirty secret of US-ISIS partnership

1395/10/9 | 13:02
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the West was breaking promises in Syria, accusing Ankara´s partners of backing "terror groups" including IS (Daesh) militants 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 Kurdish militia.         Erdogan had made a similar claim on a visit to Pakistan in November alleging that "the West stands by Daesh right now" and its weapons ...

West is backing Daesh (ISIS), breaking promises in Syria: Erdogan

1395/10/7 | 13:02
ANKARA: 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 (Daesh) militants 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 Kurdish militia. Casualties have mounted as the military seeks to take the town of Al-Bab from IS militants and Ankara has become more impatient over the lack of support from the ...

EU accession: The question behind Turkey’s failure to enter in EU ring

1395/9/23 | 13:02
Previous month the European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution in favour of freezing Turkey's EU membership accession process.   The EU is saying that Turkey’s lack of reform, democratic backsliding and post-coup crackdown stand in the way of continuing negotiations.   This partially explains President Recep Erdogan's exploration of whether the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation can be a viable alternative to the EU for Turkey.   The accession framework isn't working at present. Sticking to it will only generate more ...

Turkey bombing: Time for Erdogan to pay back

1395/9/22 | 13:02
Two bombs exploded less than a minute apart, killing 29 people and wounding 166 outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night, in a co-ordinated attack on police shortly after a match between two of Turkey's top teams.     There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But the blasts came less than a week after Islamic State urged its supporters to target Turkey's "security, military, economic and media establishment".     The bombings come five months after Turkey was shaken by a failed military coup, in which ...

From Democracy to Authoritarian: Erdogan’s successful stage coup drama

1395/9/21 | 13:02
  Turkey's ruling party is to submit a bill to parliament on Saturday expanding the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a move supporters believe will streamline the political system but opponents fear will lead to one-man rule.   The constitutional change, which has been sought by Erdogan since he became president in 2014, would see Turkey switch to an executive presidency along the lines of the United States or France.   But it has become the latest polarising issue surrounding the Turkish strongman, who has been ...

Shafaqna Special: Pak-Turk Schools and unfair deportation

1395/9/13 | 13:02
  As Turkish teachers and staff working in Pak-Turk schools leave for their country following government’s decision to not extend their visas, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday stopped the deportation of at least 107 instructors from Pakistan. The government’s decision coincided with the recent visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Islamabad during which he addressed a joint session of the National Assembly. At the very least, the government has a responsibility of investigating whether any of those being deported even ...

Erdogan’s another gamble: Turkey’s blackmailing to EU

1395/9/8 | 13:02
Turkey’s president has threatened to tear up a landmark deal to stem the flow of refugees into Europe a day after the European parliament urged governments to freeze EU accession talks with Ankara. The threat underlines how far relations between Turkey and the European bloc have deteriorated in recent months, particularly after a coup attempt in July. “You clamoured when 50,000 refugees came to Kapikule, and started wondering what would happen if the border gates were opened,” Erdogan said in a speech on Friday at a women’s rights conference, ...

Pleasing Erdogan: Pakistan’s foreign policy, a laughing stock

1395/8/28 | 13:02
  Students and teachers of Pak-Turk school staged a protest against deportation of Turkish staff from Pakistan. The protest was staged inside their boy’s campus at Raiwand Road. Turkish staff at the school has been ordered by the interior ministry to leave Pakistan within one week. Turkish staff members of the Pak-Turk school moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against orders of the Interior Ministry to leave the country by November 20. It is pertinent to mention here that in July this year, Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Sadik Babur Girgin ...

Turkey's Delusions of Dominance: Erdogan’s march to dictatorship

1395/7/19 | 13:02
    In a part of the world where state security prisoners are a state secret, Turkey has been dribbling out the figures of the tens of thousands of soldiers, cops, judges, prosecutors, academics and others arrested after the attempted coup of 15 July. From leaks to local journalists and occasional bulletins by the government, the nearest statistic for the total number of Turks imprisoned – even for a few weeks – now comes to a grand (and shocking) total of 70,756. Any Arab state would arrest a citizen who merely uttered such figures ...

An unending vendetta: Erdogan runs amok  

1395/7/16 | 13:02
 The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sola Enikanolaye, has said that the Nigerian students who were arrested in Turkey may have been paying for the refusal of the Nigerian government to shut down some Turkish schools and institutions in Nigeria. Some 50 Nigerians studying in Turkey were reportedly arrested on Friday for an alleged link to a terrorist organisation in the country. Around 32,000 people have been arrested for suspected links to Mr Gulen’s movement — dubbed by the state as the ‘Fethullah ...

Gulenist officers reveal plan to kill Erdogan

1395/5/24 | 13:02
ANKARA: Testimony from three officers involved in the July 15 coup attempt, which Ankara attributes to a military junta loyal to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), shed light on how they plotted to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and their intimate connections with Gülenist.Excerpts from the testimonies published in Turkish media outlets reveal a common pattern in the testimonies that officers are trying to shift blame to their colleagues.Erkan Kıvrak, a former aide to Erdoğan, admitted that he relayed information on the whereabouts ...

A smart move: Erdogan unnerves West with Russia’s visit

1395/5/22 | 13:02
Turkey has seen an upheaval in its foreign and domestic politics, exacerbated by the near-disastrous coup attempt on 15 July.In view of the current "frost" in the AKP government's relations with both the US and the EU, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to choose Russia for his first official visit abroad since the botched coup appears rich in symbolism. And Western leaders will be looking on nervously. The EU's migrant deal with Turkey has run into trouble and the US is under pressure to extradite self-exiled Islamic leader Fethullah Gulen, ...

Show of power: How Erdogan dividing Turkey?

1395/5/21 | 13:02
More than 1 million Turks have gathered in Istanbul for a rally called by President Tayyip Erdogan to denounce a failed coup — a show of strength staged in the face of Western criticism of widespread purges and detentions. The "Democracy and Martyrs' Rally" at the Yenikapi parade ground, built into the sea on the southern edge of Istanbul's peninsula, marks the climax of three weeks of nightly demonstrations by Mr Erdogan's supporters, many wrapped in the red Turkish flag, in squares around the country. "Let all of you know, the leader of this ...

Game behind coup: Stage coup and Erdogan’s authoritarianism

1395/5/12 | 13:02
The US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed by Turkey for orchestrating a failed coup this month is a pawn backed by a "mastermind", President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, hinting that greater powers were behind the attempted putsch. Erdogan often refers to a "mastermind" in his speeches, a reference widely seen as an allusion to the West in general and the United States more specifically. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in the self-imposed exile in the United States for years, has denied any involvement in the failed coup ...