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The Martyrdom of Imam Hassan (AS)

Lebanese PM Accepts France Invite: Will This End Crisis?

Arab media: Baghdad not ready to host Saudi Crown Prince

Barzani seeking to mend ties with Iran, worrying US

The series of the arrogant prince

US troops told to ignore child abuse in Afghanistan

Shafaqna special: Did PML-N launch Tehrik.e.Labaik?

Balochistan mass murder:  A terrorist activity or human trafficking?

TTP in Afghanistan: How does Abdullah Abdullah’s confession shift burden from Pakistan to US?

Free Balochistan posters: A new game plan against CPEC

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi capital for France: Lebanese TV

Saudi siege of Yemen leaves three cities without clean water: Red Cross

Social Structure Founded by the Prophet (pbuh)

Death and Burial of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

How has Islamophobia changed over the past 20 years?

West Eyes Nuclear Deal-Style Missile Pact with Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Desperate Moves against Hezbollah

International conference on lovers of Ahlul Bayt (as) and the Takfiri issue

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

US Claims North Korea Behind FALLCHILL Malware

Saudi Arabia and Israel want to drag US into war against Iran: Former CIA officer

The story of a French woman who married four ISIS terrorists

'Saudi King Salman to step down next week'

Pakistan, US trade blame over cross-border terrorism

Delinking LeT from Haqqani network: Did US ditch India?

Is PTI backing Tehreek-e-Labbaik protests?

Israel ready to share intel on Iran with Saudi Arabia: Military chief

Saudi Arabia blackmailing detained princes to fill state coffers: Report

Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of Syria

50,000 Yemeni children will die by end of the year, says Save the Children

Saudi storms home of detained cleric Salman Al-Ouda

Morsi tells lawyer of threats to his life

How Israel and Saudi Arabia Conspire to Seize Control of the Middle East?

How Trump’s CIA Used Bin Laden Files and a Neocon Think Tank to Escalate Tensions With Iran

Decline in terrorism: Has Pakistan won the proxy war led by Israel and India?

Is TTP returning to South Waziristan again?

Scapegoat: Is Supreme Court going to disqualify Jhangir Tareen?

Is this the end of Nawaz dynasty in Pakistan?

US president takes issue with ‘naïve’ Times op-ed on Xi-Trump ties

Yemeni hospitals will run out of fuel in three weeks: UN

Will new chairman review NAB’s in-house legal view on Musharraf?

How serious is Iraqi Kurdistan about reviewing ties with Washington?

Why Pakistan wants Afghanistan to join CPEC?

Lebanese Bankers Fear Qatar-Style Blockade by Saudis

Corruption in Israel is not just an Israeli issue

New constituency’s controversy: Is PML-N trying to delay the election?

Media Silent as 1 Million Protesters March in Spain to demand the release of Catalan political prisoners

Did Israel enforce Trump to renegotiate nuclear agreement with Iran?

Non-bailable arrest warrants: Has Nawaz Sharif abandoned Ishaq Dar?

Shafaqna Insight: Why India cannot sabotage CPEC?

Zimbabwe army deploys soldiers outside Harare

Sheikh Salman to be tried later this month on false espionage charges

Startling revelations: How politician used terrorists to target their rivals?

Turkish President slams Saudi Crown prince over ’Moderate Islam’

Islamic Jihad vows retaliation for Israeli attack

Don’t get ‘too close’ to Iran: US warning to Pakistan

Re-opening of Hudabiya case: What is the game behind the curtains?

UK Hindu minister urges military aid to Israel

iPhone X owners complain of ‘green line of death’ on screen of $999 device

Rapprochement with Israel carries a heavy price tag for Riyadh

MMA revival: Is it an attempt to induct extremist religious parties into politics?

Shafaqna analysis: Why Pakistan cannot bring Altaf Hussain back?

Strong earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border, kills about 450

US envoy assures Israel that US will move embassy to Jerusalem

The untold story: why Priti Patel’s departure is ‘a great loss for Israel’

Policy flaws: How the electoral endorsement powered a terrorist organization

Mounting debt: Would Nawaz Govt leave a huge economic crisis behind?

Tillerson Warns Against Using Lebanon as Proxy for Mideast Conflict

How Saudi Crown Prince purged royal family rivals

South Sudan using food as weapon of war -UN report

Is Lebanese PM Hariri a Prisoner of Saudi Arabia?

What the Mossad’s female agents do — and don’t do — for the sake of Israel

Revival of MMA: Mullahs on the same page

Tightening noose around Sharifs: The awakening of NAB in Pakistan

Trump’s tweets, thin skin may cause nuclear war: Analyst

130 people killed in Iran’s Kermanshah as quake hits region

Spilling the beans: Karzai’s more revelations about US and Daesh collusion in Afghanistan

Leak: UAE planned financial war against Qatar

Did Trump beg for a war during his Asia trip?

Senior Saudi Princes tortured, beaten in royal purge

Pakistan Awami Itehad:  Who is behind Musharraf’s political gimmick?

When a Hindu devotee went to Karbala

World’s criminal silence on Collapsing Yemen

Wooing Pakistan back: The fodder of CSF for Pakistan

The Saudi-Iran conflict and us

Merger of adversaries: Who is pulling the strings?

Yemenis to give 'unprecedented' response to Saudi possible attack on Hudaydah

China urges South Korea to resume talks with North

Ankara’s reading of the recent events in Saudi Arabia

Scientists find way to make old human cells young again

Report: Daesh leader may be in eastern Syrian border city of Boukamal

Punjab Law Minister threatens MWM leadership of dire consequences

Bringing Hammad Siddique back:  Another pitfall for MQM

Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman bribed Donald Trump with $1bn

Trump’s Afghan gamble

Terror in Quetta:  Why State failed to protect AIG Hamid Shakeel?

Hudaibiya revived: The quagmire around Nawaz Sharif

Yemen facing world’s worst famine amid Saudi aggression, blockade

Hariri must return to Lebanon for official resignation: Tillerson

Saudis, UAE, Kuwait Order Citizens to Leave Lebanon

Turkey


Turkish President slams Saudi Crown prince over ’Moderate Islam’

1396/8/23 | 14:03
  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 ...

US in Iraq: Taking advantage of ISIS for military stay

1396/8/14 | 14:03
  American forces deployed to Iraq will hypothetically stay in that country until the ISIS terrorist group is fully defeated.     Appearing with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday night that the American forces deployed to Iraq will hypothetically stay in that country until the ISIS terrorist group is fully defeated, even if the Iraqi government asked Washington to leave. Last week, Tillerson called on the Iranian-backed ...

Hundreds of Turkey-backed Chinese Militants Arrive in Syria to Fight Gov't Forces

1396/8/13 | 14:03
Militant-affiliated websites reported on Friday that hundreds of Chinese terrorists trained by the Turkish intelligence officers have arrived in Northern Hama after intensifying clashes between the Syrian Army and Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board).   The websites reported that hundreds of militants of al-Sini (Chinese) al-Turkistani terrorist group have deployed in Northern Hama. The websites added that the newly-arrived terrorists have been equipped with the most modern weapons, adding that the terrorists ...

NATO General Threatens ‘Consequences’ for Turkey Buying Russian S-400

1396/8/8 | 14:03
  In looking to upgrade their air defense system, Turkey had a choice: buying the advanced Russian S-400 systems, or more expensive, US-made alternatives. Turkey chose to buy Russian, and NATO isn’t happy.   While NATO was initially just complaining the S-400 was incompatible with their own systems, top NATO General Petr Pavel told reporters this week that Turkey is likely to be punished by the alliance for not buying American.   “The principal of sovereignty obviously exists in acquisition of defense equipment, but the ...

Deporting Turkish couple: Did Pakistan violate international laws?

1396/7/27 | 14:03
  The Lahore High Court on Tuesday accepted a contempt of court petition against the federal government for deporting a Turkish couple ─ which had gone 'missing' late last month ─ in violation of the court's previous orders.     The high court had previously ordered the government not to deport the Turkish family ─ which was associated with the Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges system in Pakistan ─ and to place their names on the Exit Control List. However, Mesut Kacmaz and his wife, who were picked up along ...

US diplomats cast doubt on America’s ability to constrain Iran

1396/7/23 | 14:03
  A number of former U.S ambassadors in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria raising doubts on the efficiency of Donald Trump’s stances towards Iran, also raised doubts on Washington’s ability to keep Tehran in check in the region.   As the U.S president announced his anti-Iran position on Friday, former U.S ambassadors raised doubts on Washington’s ability to keep Iran in check.   According to reports by some Western news outlets, Donald Trump, who had repeatedly announced his anti-Iran stance in the region and Persian Gulf, also ...

Syria demands ‘immediate, unconditional’ pullout of Turkish troops from Idlib

1396/7/23 | 14:03
  The Syrian government has strongly denounced an incursion of Turkish military forces into the country’s militant-held northwestern province of Idlib, demanding “immediate and unconditional” withdrawal of Turkish troops from the war-ravaged Arab country. “The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the incursion of Turkish military units in[to] … Idlib province, which constitutes … blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and flagrant violation of international law,” an ...

Sudanese call for Arab-Turkish-Iranian security treaty

1396/7/20 | 14:03
  The president of Sudan’s National Ummah Party, Sadiq Al-Mehdi, has called for the conclusion of an Arab-Turkish-Iranian security treaty, under the auspices of Saudi Arabia and Egypt, in order to coexist and respect national sovereignty, Anadolu has reported.   “Based on the concept of tripartite coexistence,” explained Al-Mehdi, “everyone commits to supporting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and puts an end to the illusionary discussions about normalisation with Israel.” Such illusions, he added, are ...

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

1396/7/8 | 14:03
  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 ...

Western and Turkish backing for Doha

1396/7/5 | 14:03
The backing by Turkey, a NATO member state and rival to Saudi Arabia in the Muslim world, helps Qatar withstand the sanctions of four allied Arab states.   The support, moreover, gives assurances to the Qatari leaders, telling them that they will have beside them such serious patrons as the Turks who will not allow Qatar to fall victim to the Saudi excesses. Furthermore, the US has given a mix of paradoxical responses to the Qatari crisis, making clear to the Saudi leaders that they cannot cross certain red lines and damage Qatar as Washington ...

Reasons why Kurdish referendum causes Turkey’s concerns

1396/7/3 | 14:03
  Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim expressed on Monday his country’s strong opposition to the forthcoming Kurdish independence referendum, saying that the referendum the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) has planned is a challenge to the Turkish national security, and Ankara will take the necessary actions to face it.     The wave of Ankara’s opposition to the September 25 poll has continued with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asserting in Tuesday that Turkey will take final decisions to confront the Iraqi ...

Syrian activist and daughter ‘assassinated’ in Turkey

1396/7/1 | 14:03
  A prominent Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter have been found murdered in Turkey allegedly by members of Bashar Al-Assad’s security forces.     Istanbul police department confirmed today that the bodies of 60-year-old Dr Orouba Barakat and her 22-year-old daughter Halla were found in their apartment in Istanbul’s Uskudar neighbourhood, located in the Asian side of the city.     The police were called by friends of the victims who became concerned after failing to get in contact with the ...

Pakistan-Turkey-Iran against military solution to Afghanistan

1396/6/31 | 14:03
  Donald Trump during his presidential campaign had promised to end US-NATO’s failed mission in Afghanistan to liberate Afghan women, build a pipeline from Caspian Sea to Haifa refinery in Israel and return the country to become largest supplier to West’s drugs industry monopolized by the Zionist Mafia.     However, last month in his address to the nation, Trump announced his decision to deploy several thousands more US soldiers to help the US Viceroy Ghani in Kabul against anti-USrael Taliban.     Trump ...

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

1396/6/29 | 14:03
  Twitter account "Jeel al-Hurriyyah w-al-tanwir" [Generation of liberty and enlightenment" , published a document in which the Emirati ambassador highlighted the reasons behind the increased tension between the UAE and Turkey. According to this document Khalifah Shahin al-Marar, the UAE ambassador to Turkey, in a letter to the Turkish ministry of foreign affairs, highlighted the five main reasons, behind the differences between the two countries, in order of importance: 1-      Their different positions and policies vis a vis the ...

Diplomacy of visits: Can Pakistan pursue US to review new Afghan policy?

1396/6/23 | 14:03
  Khawja Asif has embarked on visit of China’ Russia’ Iran and Turkey. In his  meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif ended with agreement that the war in Afghanistan can only be ended through a negotiated conflict and such problems are better addressed by regional countries who have a much bigger stake in Afghanistan’s stability.    This is essentially the position Pakistan has long held, and after securing China’s support, Pakistan now has Iran on board. In the last few years, ...

Germany halts major arms supplies to Turkey as tensions heighten

1396/6/21 | 14:03
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, ...

1400 foreign women, children left behind by Daesh after Tal Afar liberation

1396/6/20 | 14:03
After being expelled from Tal Afar, the Daesh terrorist group has left behind some 1,400 foreign wives and children, who are now in the custody of the Iraqi government.    According to Iraqi security and aid officials on Sunday, those left behind are mostly from Russia, Turkey, and Central Asia, with some also from European countries. Iraqi officials are currently engaged in the process of verifying their identities and nationalities, as many of the women have lost or destroyed their original credentials. The group, which is the largest ...

Iran land route drastically cuts transportation time, cost to Qatar

1396/6/17 | 14:03
  A land route from Turkey to Qatar via Iran is now operational, with 200 trucks of food having already arrived in the Persian Gulf peninsula.   The trucks carrying milk, fruits, vegetables, grains and other food products made the journey from the Turkish city of Mardin to the Iranian port of Bushehr in the Persian Gulf from where they were carried by Ro-Ro ships to the Qatari port of Ruwais.     Qatar is under a blockade by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt which cut trade and transport links with Doha in June ...

Why US refuses to send F-16 trainers to Turkey, blocks Pakistan’s help

1396/6/15 | 14:03
  Commenting on the recent US refusal to heed Ankara’s request for F-16 training pilots to help replace airmen dismissed after last year’s military coup attempt and Washington’s move to prevent Pakistan from assisting Turkey, retired Turkish Lt-Gen Erdogan Karakus explained to Sputnik Turkiye what might be the reasons for this decision.        The US has rejected Ankara’s request to send F-16 training pilots to prepare new airmen in the wake of an array of dismissals following after last year’s military coup ...

UAE financially supports hacking Qatari news agency plot

1396/6/12 | 14:03
Turkish ambassador to Tunisia Omer Faruk Dogan stressed that Turkey will hand over the five people detained for hacking a Qatari news agency to the Qatari brotherly government.   He added these detainees have confessed that each of them received $ 50,000 from UAE Ambassador to Ankara to hack the Qatar News Agency (QANA) in order to publish the false news quoting from the Qatari emir. Turkish ambassador to Tunisia also stated: “they said that they were unaware of UAE and Saudi Arabia’s plot for putting Qatar under pressure, harming ...

Turkish FM: Why are Muslim nations silent on Rohingya?

1396/6/12 | 14:03
Turkey’s foreign minister on Saturday decried other Muslim countries’ silence on the plight of the Rohingya Muslims. “There are a great many Muslim countries. Where are they? Why are they silent?” Mevlut Cavusoglu asked at an event marking the Muslim Eid-al Adha holiday in the Mediterranean province of Antalya. He said to date Turkey had delivered more than $70 million in humanitarian aid to the Rohingya Muslims, and that no country in the world was showing more concern for the Rohingya than Turkey. But, he added: “It’s not enough ...

Israel’s anger with Turkey

1396/6/3 | 14:03
  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 ...

How Turkey looks at Qatar-Arab crisis from strategic viewpoint?

1396/5/18 | 14:03
  Qatar is Turkey's key ally in the Persian Gulf region as the two countries enjoy close political, military, and economic relationship.     When the Saudi-led Arab regimes in early June abruptly severed diplomatic ties and fueled a diplomatic crisis with Qatar, Doha and Ankara became even more engaged in close relations, making Turkey take huge economic profits from the Arab gaps.     Turkey’s Minister of Customs and Trade Bulent Tufenkci has recently reported that since June 5 that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, ...

Israel offers refuge to Iranian blogger

1396/5/16 | 14:03
  Israel offered asylum on Sunday to a Turkey-based Iranian blogger who it said faced forcible deportation to Iran, where she would be at risk given her work for an Israeli news site.   The Times of Israel has said that Neda Amin, its Persian-language blogger, left Iran in 2014 for Turkey. She has been in a court battle to prevent her repatriation and has sought other countries that might take her in as a refugee, the site said. Hostility between the two countries means that Iranians are generally not admitted to Israel.   But ...

Turkish Army Sends Huge Arms Cargo to Terrorists in Al-Bab

1396/5/13 | 14:03
The Turkish army dispatched a large cargo of light weapons and ammunition to its affiliated terrorist groups in al-Bab city in Northern Aleppo.   According to Hawar news, sources in al-Shahba region in Northern Aleppo reported that the cargo was sent through al-Ra'i border crossing towards the village of Sousian and then was transferred towards al-Bab region in Northern Aleppo on Wednesday. The sources added that the cargo was delivered to several militant groups affiliated to Sultan Morad terrorist group. Turkey sent its military into ...

Why US rejects Turkish calls for Gulen extradition?

1396/5/7 | 14:03
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 | 14:03
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 ...

Turkey transports ISIS terrorists from Mosul and Syria to Egypt

1396/5/3 | 14:03
A Jordanian official in the Jordanian foreign ministry revealed documented information that the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MiT) is planning to smuggle one thousand ISIS terrorists into Egypt by sea.   Relating the details of the plan, this official, who wished to remain anonymous, said that some of these terrorists who had fled from Mosul and Syria through human traffickers are supposed to be taken to the Sinai desert and others to Libyan coasts by way of sea, and then enter Egyptian soil through the Libyan-Egyptian borders. He ...

Succumbed to Saudi demands: Qatari Emir Calls for Negotiations to Ease Blockade

1396/5/2 | 14:03
With the four blockading states having pared down their previous list of 13 demands to six general principles, Qatar’s Emir is also expressing an openness to engaging in negotiations aimed at resolving the ongoing diplomatic crisis and return the situation to normal.   The previous 13 demands were clearly far more than Qatar was willing to give up, and the Emir reiterated today that any deal would have to respect Qatari sovereignty, but he apparently does see an opportunity at compromise, something that seemed unlikely before. The ...

Turkey state news agency leaks secret locations of US, French troops in Syria

1396/4/30 | 14:03
Turkey’s state news agency on Tuesday published the locations of secret US military bases in Syria as well as details on the numbers of US and French troops stationed there, sparking the ire of fellow NATO member states. In the latest display of tensions between Turkey and other NATO member nations, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency earlier this week published a detailed report of the secret locations of US military bases, operational posts and military posts inside Syria. The 620-word news report also included the numbers of US soldiers ...

US speeds up military aid to PKK/PYD

1396/4/28 | 14:03
A total of 195 trucks allegedly carrying military equipment for the PKK/PYD terror group were seen passing through the Iraqi border with Syria; it later arrived in the north-eastern Syrian province of Al-Hasakah, sources in the region said. The delivery was performed in two separate shipments; 95 trucks arrived in the city on 13 July while 100 trucks arrived on Tuesday, the sources, who asked not to be named due to security fears, told Anadolu Agency. “Stryker” armoured vehicles along with tanker trucks caught the attention during shipment. Before ...

Erdogan will be arrested in Sweden over genocide and crimes against humanity

1396/4/23 | 14:03
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president has been filed with a lawsuit in Sweden by the Swedish lawmakers. He was accused of “genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.”   Mr. Erdogan’s role in the bloody conflict between Turkish forces and Kurdish militants since 2015 was the core subject of the lawsuit that was filed by five Swedish MP. As Erdogan, Swedish MP, said, “We are five lawmakers handing in a complaint… (requesting) punishment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” Ms. Lillemets is one of ...

Planning to attack Qatar: Egypt to send warship to Persian Gulf

1396/4/20 | 14:03
  [caption id="attachment_47311" align="alignnone" width="1024"] SONY DSC[/caption] Some Persian Gulf Countries have requested that Egypt send a warship to the Persian Gulf as tensions with Qatar escalate.   The Commander of Egypt’s Navy, Read Admiral Ahmad Khaled Hassan, said that Qatar is the cause of the region’s instability because of its support of terrorist groups, and this is why many Arab countries have opted for cutting their ties with it. Of course, some countries, such as Iran and Turkey, have supported Qatar because ...

Saudis are after the Muslim brotherhood, and Turkey’s in the way

1396/4/17 | 14:03
    To listen to Donald Trump, speaking during his recent trip there, the Middle East splits neatly into opposing camps and it’s obvious which one harbors the good guys.   It didn’t take long for that notion to be publicly debunked. Within a couple of weeks of the president’s departure, a crisis over the Gulf state of Qatar had U.S. allies at loggerheads.     An alliance led by Saudi Arabia apparently enjoys Trump’s full support. And a second bloc looser and harder to classify, is at the heart of the dispute ...

Erdogan sets a condition for Turkish troops to leave Qatar

1396/4/16 | 14:03
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 ...

Syrian letters to UN blast Turkey's 'expansionist delusions'

1396/4/16 | 14:03
Damascus has written to the United Nations, denouncing Turkish forces’ recent incursions into the Syrian territory as a proof of Ankara’s partnership in terrorism plaguing the Arab country. In two letters addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the world body’s Security Council, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates blasted on Thursday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for adopting a “policy of aggression and expansionist delusions” in Syria. The letters cited Turkey’s fresh attacks in the ...

More Turkish troops arrive in Qatar

1396/4/9 | 14:03
A new batch of Turkish armed forces arrived in Doha last night to reinforce forces already in Qatar as part of a training programme which is currently underway. According to the Directorate of Moral Guidance in the Ministry of Defence of Qatar, “a new boost of Turkish armed forces to Al Udeid Air Base, to join the existing forces in the state, which began its training last week.” The planned exercises are part of a joint defence agreement signed between Doha and Ankara aimed at boosting the defence capabilities of both countries through ...

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

1396/4/6 | 14:03
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 ...

Turks flock to mosque to view clothes which belonged to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

1396/4/3 | 14:03
Large number of Turks have flocked to a mosque in Istanbul to see a set of clothes believed to have belonged to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, Rassd.com reported on Friday. The items on display were among those that the Prophet sent as a present to one of the early Muslims in Yemen. The clothes were taken to Istanbul during the 17th century. In the 18th century, the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Majeed built a mosque where they were kept. Every year during the holy month of Ramadhan the clothes are put on display for the public to see. It is reported ...

Hired gun: Is war with Iran now inevitable under new Saudi crown prince?

1396/4/3 | 14:03
Israel and Washington seem to have been instrumental in the rise of Riyadh's new leader, a hot-headed young royal who leaves a trail of havoc behind him. But can they control him?     In the hilarious novel by Christopher Buckley, 'Thank you for smoking,' the central character, Nick Naylor, works for Big Tobacco as a chief spokesman.   The reason why Naylor, who lobbies on behalf of cigarettes using ingenious ploys, was given the job in the first place was due to a blunder he made as a journalist before, where he incorrectly announced ...

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

1396/3/24 | 14:03
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 | 14:03
    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 | 14:03
  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 ...

MEHR NEWS | Iran, Russia, Turkey can help peace, stability in region

1396/3/4 | 14:03
TEHRAN, May 25 (MNA) – President Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart emphasized on improvement of bilateral ties to boost economic relations. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who talked to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the phone on Wednesday evening appreciated his Turkish counterpart’s congratulatory call and highlighted the lst four years as time for expansion and deepening of relations and cooperation between Tehran and Ankara; “to reach a $30 billion trade exchange between the two countries, a leap in relations is required,” ...

Erdogan: An occupied Jerusalem is shameful for Turks

1396/2/23 | 14:03
    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 ...

Tit for Tat: Erdogan in hot waters after US backs Syrian Kurd fighters

1396/2/20 | 14:03
  Turkey on Wednesday reacted furiously to a US plan to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Ankara considers terrorists, but the force battling jihadists said the move would hasten the extremists´ defeat. The issue risks further stoking tensions between Ankara and Washington less than a week before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to Washington to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump in their first face-to-face encounter as heads of state. The Kurdish Peoples´ Protection Units (YPG) is seen by Washington as the best ally against Islamic ...

Turkey President Erdogan backs India's UNSC bid

1396/2/14 | 14:03
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 | 14:03
    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

1396/2/12 | 14:03
  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 ...

May day protests in riots turn red in Turkey; One dead and more than 200 detained

1396/2/12 | 14:03
The May Day protests in Istanbul turned violent with security forces using tear gas, rubber bullets, and harsh behaviors.   Istanbul, once again, turned to the center of protests in Turkey. May Day celebration, commemorating the spring festival and more importantly, Labor Day celebrations, was the scene of protests in the most populates city of Turkey. Multiple groups of protesters tried to find their way to Taksim Square which was cordoned off by security forces yesterday. The march, despite police warnings, turned violent and more than ...