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Did PTI refuse IMF package due to tough conditions?

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Post to keep attention on other dissident Saudis after Khashoggi’s death, editor suggests

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Post to keep attention on other dissident Saudis after Khashoggi’s death, editor suggests

1397/7/30 | 08:28
  After the death of Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post should keep an eye on other dissident Saudis, suggests the editor for the journalist apparently assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. "It's to keep attention not just on this problem, but for all the problems within Saudi Arabia that Jamal himself was advocating for," Karen Attiah said of The Washington Post contributor during an interview with CNN on Sunday. "I think this is a unique opportunity for us to push for answers on the detainment and -- other performers and activists." She ...

Details of the 11-minute audio recording of the torture and death of Khashoggi

1397/7/26 | 08:28
Turkish newspaper, Yeni Safak, revealed on Tuesday that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization has an 11-minute audio recording of the torture and murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul. The newspaper emphasised that the 11-minute recording confirms the attack which Khashoggi was subjected to immediately after entering the consulate. Hence, the audio was shared with international parties to inform them of what happened. While Al-Jazeera reported, on behalf of sources in the Turkish law ...

Kashoggi's death episode: How Trump is blackmailing Bin Salman?

1397/7/26 | 08:28
  Saudi Arabia has delivered a previously promised $100 million to the United States as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Riyadh to discuss the fate of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after visiting the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul more than two week ago. According to a New York Times report, the money landed in American accounts on Tuesday and was for purported American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from the clutches of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. The ...

Turkish daily says audio tapes indicate Saudi journalist 'decapitated'

1397/7/25 | 08:28
  Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated inside Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul, pro-government daily Yeni Safak reported Wednesday, saying it had heard audio recordings of the incident. Khashoggi’s alleged killers tortured the journalist during interrogation by cutting his fingers off, Yeni Safak said, claiming it had heard multiple recordings. The newspaper said Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was then decapitated. Pompeo arrives in Riyadh for talks on missing journalist Khashoggi vanished ...

Jamal Khashoggi changes the Middle East at potentially horrible cost

1397/7/20 | 08:28
  The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East. At stake is not only the fate of a widely respected journalist but the future of Turkish-Saudi relations. Mr. Khashoggi’s fate whether he was kidnapped by Saudi agents during a visit to the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul to obtain proof of his divorce or murdered on its premises, threatens to severely disrupt the US-Saudi ...

Murder of Saudi Journalist: A ticking time bomb between Turkey and KSA

1397/7/19 | 08:28
  Turkish officials have been granted access to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul who, as per the Turkish authorities a murder of a Saudi journalist took place. Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Journalist who contributed opinion articles for Washington Post and also known to be the staunch critic of Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited the consulate two days back. He was seen entering the consulate in the CCTV footage but no evidence whatsoever has been presented by Saudi Arabia maintaining that he left soon after. According to Turkish authorities, ...

Turkey vows to put on trial Saudi officials tied to Khashoggi case

1397/7/18 | 08:28
  An advisor to Turkey’s president has vowed that the country will prosecute all those involved in the suspected kidnapping or murder of a dissident Saudi journalist in Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul, even if it involves the Saudi consul himself.   Yasin Aktay made the comments to the Palestinian Shehab news agency on Tuesday, adding, “Turkey is a state of law and prosecutes anyone who commits crimes in its territory.” “This will be a file between Saudi Arabia and us,” the Turkish official warned. On Friday, Saudi Crown ...

Missing Saudi journalist killed at consulate in Turkey: Sources

1397/7/15 | 08:28
  Authorities in Turkey have indicated that Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist known for his criticism of then kingdom, could have been killed at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul where went missing in on Tuesday. Two Turkish sources said on Saturday that they believed that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. One source told the Reuters news agency that elements in the Saudi consulate had planned Khashoggi’s murder in the facility and when they killed the journalist, they moved the body outside. “The initial ...

US threats of imposing sanctions on Iran 'unjust': Turkey's Erdogan

1397/7/10 | 08:28
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed as unjust the United States' move to impose sanctions against Iran and threaten to further toughen them. In a speech at the opening of the Turkish parliament on Monday, Erdogan added that excluding Iran from regional matters is wrong. He emphasized that the US had taken the wrong path by threatening and using blackmail instead of dialogue, saying it was impossible for any country to trust Washington. In his second address to the General Assembly in New York on September 25, US President ...

Will Russia swallow Israel’s insult?

1397/7/7 | 08:28
Russia is one of the most protective countries of Israel and its security. This was strongly confirmed during the on going Syrian war. While Russia does not agree with some Israeli actions sometimes, the lack of approval does not develop into anger, and Russia continues to search for ways and means to ensure Israel’s security. Russia has swallowed a number of insults and humiliations from Turkey, the US, France, and Israel for confronting the armed organisations in Syria. It preferred the insults to the clashes, which could potentially result ...

Turkey pledges to support Pakistan on Kashmir at UN

1397/6/24 | 08:28
Turkey has assured Pakistan of complete support in its quest for a peaceful solution to the long-standing issue of Jammu and Kashmir. “In the group, which has been formed over Kashmir in the UN, we will stand with Pakistan and try to make [its efforts] successful,” the visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a press conference he jointly add­ress­ed with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi after a formal round of talks between the two sides on Friday. He said it was Turkey’s desire that the Kashmir dispute ...

Turkey-US Spat: Is US driving Turkey into the arms of Russia?

1397/6/17 | 08:28
On July 25, 2018, Andrew Craig Brunson, the American pastor who is living in Turkey, was released from jail confinement (of more than a year) to serve house arrest due to health problems. Brunson, a-50-year old pastor was arrested during the purges that took place after the failed coup d’état attempt in Turkey in 2016. The American pastor was arrested on charges of espionage and terrorism. Currently, he is facing 35 years in prison pertaining to the charges that have been leveled against him. Bilateral relations between the old partners ...

Iran, Turkey agree to defy US sanctions by boosting business ties

1397/6/17 | 08:28
The presidents of Iran and Turkey on Friday called for further promotion of business ties between the two neighboring states in a bid to counter the effect of unilateral sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran and Ankara. “Iran and Turkey must further boost their economic relations to counter US sanctions,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a Friday meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is in Tehran to attend a trilateral summit on Syria with his Iranian and Russian counterparts. Rouhani called for enhancement of banking ...

Possibility of new bloc of Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, China, Russia highlighted

1397/6/16 | 08:28
  Pakistan’s military and diplomatic experts and IR scholars see in current scenario an opportunity of emergence of a new bloc in which Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, three Muslim countries and China and Russia could join each other.   A seminar titled ‘US Exit from Iran Nuclear Deal: Emerging Geo-Political Dynamics’ was organized by Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Institute of Maritime Affairs (IMA) in Islamabad where experts criticizing the US unilateral exist from Iran nuclear deal have said that Pakistan should support Iran ...

Daesh to lose all territory in Syria by 2019: French army chief

1397/6/16 | 08:28
  The French military chief says the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group will have been flushed out from all the territory it once controlled in Syria under a self-proclaimed “caliphate” before the end of this year. France’s Chief of Defense Staff Francois Lecointre made the remark in a press conference on Thursday, adding that the physical annihilation of the so-called caliphate would “probably” occur “late autumn.” Daesh is no longer in control of any urban bastions in Syria and its sporadic presence in the Arabic country is ...

What does bombing on Idlib in Syria mean for the Kurds?

1397/6/15 | 08:28
  Government forces in Syria are cruising toward a victory, a remarkable foot which no other Middle Eastern country has managed to pull when the civil war had escalated to such an extent. Syrian and Russian air force fighter jets pounded Idlib, the only remaining stronghold for Syrian rebels, in the most recent development in the conflict.   Government forces have seized Idlib resulting in the increased concerns of massive non-combatant causalities which could mount up to hundreds of thousands in number. Due to the fear of excessive ...

How China is backing Turkey against US bullying ?

1397/5/27 | 08:28
In a new measure aimed at supporting the Turkish economy and bolstering trade relations between Turkey and China, the richest fifty-nine Chinese businessmen, headed by billionaire Jack Ma have steered toward Turkey in order to set up partnerships and search for new investment opportunities. The Turkish media reported that the Chinese group includes businessmen the individual wealth of each of them happens to be within the range of 15 to 30 billion dollars. The men intend to meet with senior officials and prominent businessmen in Turkey to discuss ...

UAE hits out at Qatar’s pledge to invest in Turkey

1397/5/27 | 08:28
UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has hit out at Qatar’s pledge to make a $15 billion direct investment in Turkey. In a post on his Twitter page, Gargash referred to a recent visit to Ankara by the Qatari emir and his pledge to help Turkey overcome an ongoing currency crisis and described it as an attempt to “buy sovereignty”. “Full sovereignty cannot be bought with money but is achieved by establishing sincere and reliable relations with surrounding countries,” Gargash said in his tweet, the daily Gulf News reported. . The ...

Lira crisis and ‘collateral currency damage’ to other countries

1397/5/24 | 08:28
The crisis in Turkey is no longer limited to threatening its own territory, only. In fact, this crisis is spreading to other emerging markets like India, Argentina, and South Africa. On 15th August 2018, the Indian Rupee hit an all-time low against the US dollar.   Following the fall in South African rand and Argentinean Peso in the past few days, the Indian Rupee falls next in line to suffer because of the Turkish Lira crisis. Many fear that this crisis holds potential to damage the global financial system. The Indian currency, on Monday, ...

Pakistan's Imran Khan voices support for Erdogan, people of Turkey

1397/5/23 | 08:28
  Prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan on Tuesday expressed the hope that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the people of Turkey will steer their country out of economic challenges. In a Twitter post on the occasion of Pakistan's independence day, the PTI chairman said people of Pakistan are praying for the success of President Erodogan and the people of Turkey in dealing with the severe economic crisis. He said the people of Turkey will deal with the current challenges confronting their country as they have always succeeded against ...

Iran slams US for 'bullying' Turkey

1397/5/20 | 08:28
Iran´s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waded into the mounting row between Turkey and the United States on Saturday, accusing Washington of an "addiction to sanctions and bullying". US President Donald Trump´s "jubilation in inflicting economic hardship on its NATO ally Turkey is shameful," Zarif wrote on Twitter. "The US has to rehabilitate its addiction to sanctions (and) bullying or entire world will unite -- beyond verbal condemnations -- to force it to," he warned. "We´ve stood with neighbours before, and will again now." Trump ...

Turkey’s lira crisis: How bad can it get?

1397/5/20 | 08:28
Turks have over the last half decade counted the rapid depreciation of the Turkish lira on the screens outside doviz (exchange) booths with a mixture of bewilderment, alarm and ironic amusement.   The currency had spent much of 2014 hovering at just over two to the dollar but broke through the three mark for the first time after the 2016 failed coup bid and then slid to four earlier this year. But the hemorrhaging reached an unprecedented intensity in the last weeks as Turkey’s ties with the United States strained further and markets ...

Turkey to sell 30 ATAK helicopters to Pakistan in major military export deal

1397/4/23 | 08:28
  Turkey and Pakistan have finalized a deal for the sale of 30 multi-role and all-weather TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK attack helicopters in an agreement that has been billed as one of Ankara’s largest single defense industry exports. “Contract negotiations on T129 ATAK helicopters between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and the Pakistani Ministry of Defense Production were finalized,” Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency cited the Turkish Defense Industries Undersecretariat (SSB) as saying on Friday. Military sources, requesting ...

Turkish Defense Minister: Ankara is building four corvettes for the Pakistan Navy

1397/4/15 | 08:28
A tender opened by the Pakistan Navy to supply four corvettes has just been concluded and Turkey has won the tender,” Canikli told reporters during an official visit to Montenegro on Thursday. He added, “It is [a] multi-billion dollar project and Turkey has undertaken such a sophisticated project for the first time in the international arena. Negotiations were going on for over six months. They have been completed after a really difficult and exhaustive period, and the agreement was signed today.” “The tender’s result is important ...

Arab trio warned Israel about Turkish drive in al-Quds: Report

1397/4/9 | 08:28
Israel's Ha'aretz says Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have warned Israel about increasing Turkish activities in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds. Ha'aretz said the trio had told the regime about "an attempt by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to 'claim ownership over the Jerusalem [al-Quds] issue.'" The daily wrote that Saudi Arabia had purportedly "expressed concern over Erdogan trying to mobilize the Jerusalem issue in order to boost his image across the Arab and Islamic world, and present himself as ...

Turkey vows to keep Iran ties despite US pressures

1397/4/9 | 08:28
Turkey says it remains determined to maintain trade ties with Iran in an apparent defiance against a purported plan by the US to urge all nations to cut imports of Iranian oil from November.   Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted by media as saying that Ankara would not cut off trade ties with Iran “at the behest of other countries” in a clear reference to the US. "If the United States' decisions are aimed at peace and stability, then we'll support them, but we don't have to follow every decision. Being allies doesn't ...

Erdogan is back: Would Sick man of Europe rise again?

1397/4/5 | 08:28
  Erdogan's securing close to 53 percent of the vote was enough to comfortably return him to the presidency. Moreover, the People’s Alliance — a bloc between Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) — won a parliamentary majority. Yet the significance of these polls is that Erdogan has become the country’s first-ever executive president. This is not a question of a ceremonious title. Far from it. This new system was constitutionally introduced last year by way of a referendum ...

Turkey election: Erdogan wins re-election as president

1397/4/4 | 08:28
Turkey's long-standing leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the country's presidential poll in the first round, the election authority chief says. Sadi Guven said the president "received the absolute majority of all valid votes", but gave no further details. State media reports put Mr Erdogan on 53% with 99% of votes counted, and his closest rival Muharrem Ince on 31%. The opposition is yet to officially concede but said it would continue its democratic fight "whatever the result". It had earlier cast doubt on results being broadcast by state ...

Turkey Elections: Will Strongman Erdogan Lose?

1397/4/3 | 08:28
  Turkey’s strongman president Recep Tayyip Erdogan thought calling snap elections would be a good way to remain in power for at least another five years. But in the days leading up to the June 24 elections in Turkey, his position looks more precarious than before. Opinion polls suggest that his party could lose its parliamentary majority, forcing him to enter a second round in the presidential race. There’s a lot at stake for Erdogan. If he wins, he will abolish the position of prime minister and transfer all powers to himself, the ...

Closure of mosques in Austria may lead to ‘war between cross & crescent’ – Erdogan

1397/3/20 | 08:28
  Austria’s move to close mosques and expel “foreign-funded” imams has infuriated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warning of a war “between cross and crescent” and threatening that Ankara will not sit idle. “These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul on Sunday. Crescent, which can be seen on mosques and other Muslim entities, symbolizes Islamic religion since time immemorial. They say they're ...

Austria could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams

1397/3/19 | 08:28
Austria says it plans to close at least seven mosques and expel dozens of imams and their families in a crackdown on what it calls “political Islam” and foreign funding of religious groups. Interior Minister of the right-wing government Herbert Kickl announced the plan on Friday, saying up to 60 Turkish-funded imams could be deported. He also said a total of 150 people risked losing their right to residence in the country. The Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also said the government was shutting down a Turkish nationalist mosque in the ...

Turkey ready to attack northern Iraq: Erdogan

1397/3/18 | 08:28
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is ready to attack northern Iraq if the Iraqi central government does not take action against Kurdish militant groups there. In an interview with CNN Turk on Thursday, Erdogan said Turkey may strike the Iraqi city of Qandil, "at any moment one evening." A military action would go on to include Sinjar and Makhmur as well, he added. Turkish military forces have regularly crossed the border with Iraq to carry out operations against positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the ...

Turkey, Pakistan reach largest-ever defence contract

1397/3/10 | 08:28
Turkey and Pakistan have agreed on the sale of a batch of 30 Turkish-made T129 ATAK multirole combat helicopters, reports foreign media quoting Turkish officials. A government election manifesto revealed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey and Pakistan “just recently” agreed on the contract, which is the largest-ever Turkish-Pakistani defence contract. The two countries have been negotiating a T129 deal since 2014. This is the first export contract for the helicopter. Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI, maker of the ...

US slaps new sanctions on entities working with Iran airlines

1397/3/3 | 08:28
The US has imposed new sanctions against nine Iranian and Turkish individuals and companies as well as a number of aircraft providing goods and services to four Iranian airlines. The sanctions announced by the US Treasury Department on Thursday, targeted the entities cooperating with Iran's Mahan Air, Caspian Air, Meraj Air, and Pouya Air. The Treasury Department claimed in a statement that the banned entities extend a lifeline to the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). The statement claimed that Caspian Airlines and ...

Turkish intelligence receives information about an attempt to assassinate Erdogan

1397/2/30 | 08:28
Information emerged about a possible attempt to assassinate the Turkish president ahead of his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Special services for Turkey and the Balkans are studying information on an attempt to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Rossiiski Dialog, quoting TRT. Turkish intelligence services received reports from Turks living near the Macedonian capital of Skopje about “the existence of reports of an assassination attempt targeting Erdogan during his visit to a Balkan country,” the Anatolia ...

Pakistan, Turkey to raise voice against Israeli atrocities at world forums

1397/2/26 | 08:28
  The governments of Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to raise the issue of Palestinians’ massacre at the hands of Israeli forces at all international forums, including the United Nation. The move came after Israeli troops killed at least 60 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem on Monday – the conflict’s bloodiest day in years. On Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made a phone call to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and invited him to attend an ...

Turkey asks Israeli envoy to leave country

1397/2/25 | 08:28
  Turkey on Tuesday asked the Israeli ambassador to leave the country following indiscriminate violence and killings by Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border, diplomatic sources said. The Foreign Ministry summoned Ambassador Eitan Naeh and told him it would be “appropriate” for him to return to his country “for a while”, said the sources, who refused to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, reports Anadolu Agency. At least 60 Palestinian demonstrators were martyred and thousands more injured by Israeli forces.   Thousands ...

Turkey ‘concerned’ by UAE's military build-up on Yemen’s Socotra

1397/2/22 | 08:28
  Turkey has voiced concern over the recent developments in Yemen’s Socotra after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) deployed forces to the island, saying they pose a threat to the country’s sovereignty. Earlier this month, the UAE deployed some 300 soldiers, along with tanks and artillery, to Socotra amid widening divisions with the Riyadh-sponsored forces loyal to the former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. "We are closely following the recent developments in Yemen's Socotra Island," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement ...

Turkey slams French figures demanding change in Quran

1397/2/16 | 08:28
  Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik slammed a French manifesto proposing removal of some Quran verses, saying those 300 prominent French figures were as “bigot” as Daesh members who infer violence from the holy book.   “This is the most striking example of intellectual violence and barbarism. Whoever these people are and whatever they have been doing up till now, they will be written at the beginning of the history of bigotry,” Celik said on Twitter. “Barbarism is intellectually and politically centered in the ...

US senators try to block F-35 transfers to Turkey

1397/2/7 | 08:28
  Three US senators have introduced a resolution aimed at blocking the transfer of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey, which is a NATO ally of the United States. The bill against the transfer of the high-tech, radar-evading American aircraft was introduced by Republicans James Lankford and Thom Tillis, and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen on Thursday. The three senators issued a joint statement in which they raised fears that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had embarked on a "path of reckless governance and disregard for the ...

Erdogan's dual face: Turkey welcomes US-led airstrikes in Syria

1397/1/25 | 08:28
Turkey has welcomed a joint strike by the US, UK, and France against the Assad regime in the wake of a suspected chemical attack, which killed dozens outside of Damascus in Syria. In a statement on Saturday, the Foreign Ministry termed the airstrikes as an “appropriate response”. “We welcome this operation which has eased humanity’s conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime,” the ministry said. “Attacks with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, that ...

Turkey Threatens to Attack French Forces in Syria For Backing Kurds

1397/1/11 | 08:28
  Following Thursday’s announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron that he is sending special forces to the Syrian city of Manbij to back up the US-led coalition, including Kurdish YPG, against potential Turkish attacks, Turkey is threatening France.   Turkish officials declared Macron’s announcement to be the “completely wrong approach,” and to amount to support for terrorism. Deputy PM Bekir Bozdag added that France would “become a target of Turkey” if they keep cooperating with the Kurds. This adds yet more complexity ...

Erdogan: Turkey Ready to Attack US-Backed Kurds in Manbij

1397/1/9 | 08:28
  Following a meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement threatening to attack the Syrian city of Manbij unless Kurdish forces immediately and unconditionally withdraw.   They has been demanding the Kurdish YPG withdraw from Manbij since they captured it from ISIS, on the grounds that it is on the western shore of the Euphrates River, and Turkey doesn’t allow Kurds west of the river. The US backed the Kurds in taking Manbij, however, and US forces are still embedded in the ...

Contradictions abound in Turkey’s military incursions in Iraq and Syria

1397/1/8 | 08:28
  A military incursion ordered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the plains of Sinjar to thwart Kurdish rebels belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is stoking old tensions and prompting new questions over Turkey’s partnership with its Arab neighbours. “We said we would go into Sinjar,” Erdogan told Turkey’s Trabzon community on Sunday. “Now operations have begun.” Turkey’s confidence failed to convince officials in Baghdad. Under the “everything is under control” guise, Iraq’s Joint Operations Command ...

Iraq vows to prevent cross-border attacks on Turkey

1397/1/7 | 08:28
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Baghdad will not allow cross-border attacks on Trukey days after Ankara said it had launched a military campaign against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. Abadi told his Turkish counterpart, Binali Yildirim, during a phone conversation on Monday that Iraqi armed forces had instructions to prevent “foreign fighters” from launching cross-border attacks on Turkey. The two officials also agreed on taking necessary measures against the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) and discussed cooperation in the ...

Erdogan Calls University Students 'Terrorists'

1397/1/6 | 08:28
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called a group of anti-war students “terrorists” Saturday in response to demonstrations at one of the country’s top universities. Erdogan also announced an investigation into protests that happened at the public Bogazici University while speaking in Samsun province. “We won’t give these terrorist youth the right to study at these universities,” said Erdogan, according to the Associated Press. On Monday a group of students at the school distributed candy to commemorate the deaths of ...

Greece close to fatal accident with Turkey: Defense minister

1396/12/20 | 08:28
  The Greek defense minister has slammed Turkey for what he said was violating its airspace and territorial waters, warning that Athens is on the verge of a “fatal accident” with Ankara. “We are very close to a fatal accident. When our airspace is violated, we send our aircraft to drive the Turkish aircraft outside our airspace,” Panos Kammenos said in an interview with French newspaper Liberation on Saturday, according to the Greek Reporter news website. “Greece is basically at the mercy of an accident that can at any moment ...

Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of ethnic cleansing in Afrin region: Report

1396/12/20 | 08:28
  Syrian Kurds in the country’s northwestern Afrin region have accused Turkey of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the residents of the enclave as Turkish forces intensify their military aggression against the region. According to a Saturday report by the British broadcaster Sky News, funerals of the war victims are now a daily occurrence in Afrin, with residents burying the bodies of civilians, including children, and Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) forces in a sparsely populated farmland on the outskirts of Afrin ...

Saudi crown prince includes Turkey, Iran in his definition of 'axis of evil'

1396/12/16 | 08:28
  Saudi Arabia's crown prince says Qatar will not be barred from an Arab summit in Riyadh later this month, but predicted the standoff with Doha could last a long time. Prince Mohammed bin Salman's comments were made to local editors during a visit to Egypt this week and published Wednesday in the independent Al-Shorouk newspaper. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing the tiny but super-rich Gulf state of supporting militant groups and forging close ties with Iran. The prince ...

Saudi-owned private broadcaster bans Turkish dramas, soap operas

1396/12/15 | 08:28
  A Saudi-owned private television network has stopped showing Turkish programs and shows amid growing tensions between Ankara and some Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf region. A spokesman for the Arab world’s largest private broadcaster, MBC, said on Monday that the decision to pull the plug came into effect at the Dubai-based group on March 2. MBC did not, however, state specifically who was behind the decision. “There is a decision, which also apparently included several Arab television stations in several countries, including ...