Tag: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

The mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One remains a highly sensitive issue.

Kew: Time for Trump to Recognize the Armenian Genocide

People around the world paused to commemorate Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day on Tuesday, a remembrance of the more than 1.5 million Armenians who were systematically exterminated between 1915 and 1923 under the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul (CNN) — Lawmakers in Turkey brawled during a debate over constitutional amendments that would expand presidential powers, according to state news agency Anadolu.

Turkish Parliament Passes Controversial Voting Law, Brawl Ensues

A fistfight erupted on the floor of the Turkish parliament on Tuesday following the passage of a controversial election law, which critics denounced as a means for the ruling party to rig elections and make effective political opposition all but impossible.

A Syrian army tank rolls into the formerly rebel-held area of Beit Nayem in Eastern Ghouta on March 6, 2018

Turkey: Anti-Kurdish Invasion of Syria to End by May

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed on Wednesday that Turkey wants its military operation against Syrian Kurds to end as soon as possible, preferably before May, so that the Afrin region can “quickly embrace stability and civilians can return.”

Anti-Darwinist author Adnan Oktar, better known as Harun Yahya, is a figure in Turkish creationism and a fervent advocate of creationism in the creation versus evolution debate. He is considered the leading Muslim advocate of creationism. Unlike the majority of Christian creationists, he subscribes to Old Earth creationism. He is …

Turkish Televangelist Goes to War with Erdogan’s Religious Directorate

The Turkish government has a thin skin at the best of times, and it has been especially quick to silence critics since its invasion of Kurdish territory in Syria began, but a flamboyant televangelist named Adnan Oktar apparently feels comfortable waging a vigorous war of words with the Directorate of Religious Affairs, otherwise known as the Diyanet.

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels man a checkpoint in Azaz

Erdogan Arrests Turkish Doctors for Condemning Military Operation in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian crackdown on dissent from his war in Syria continued on Tuesday with the arrest of eleven members of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), who dared to issue a public denunciation of the ironically-named “Operation Olive Branch.”

Turkey's President and leader of ruling Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Erdogan on Tuesday called on NATO to take a stance against the United States, a fellow ally, over its plans to form a 30,000-strong …

Erdogan: Kurds Are ‘Collaborators in the Postmodern Crusades’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Sunday speech on the Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin, Syria has gotten plenty of international attention, but a curiously underreported passage found the Islamist president railing against the Kurds as “collaborators in a postmodern crusade that our region is exposed to.”

Turkish anti-riot police detained at least seven people at a rally in Istanbul against Turkey's operation in Syria

Trump Urges Turkish President Erdogan to ‘De-Escalate, Avoid Civilian Casualties’ in Syria

President Donald Trump held a telephone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday afternoon in which he urged caution for Turkey’s military incursion into Syria and called for Turkey to “avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces.” However, Trump appears to have stopped well short of demanding Erdogan halt the operation against Syrian Kurds.

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, at al-Shaab presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. Within minutes of news breaking of a coup against Recep Tayyeb Erdogan, government-held areas in Syria broke out …

Syria and Turkey Accuse Each Other of Supporting Terrorism

There hasn’t been much love lost between Syria and Turkey since long before Syria’s civil war heated up in 2011, but the war of words escalated this week when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Syrian President Bashar Assad a “terrorist.” The Syrian regime responded by accusing Turkey of supporting terrorism and spilling Syrian blood.

Fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG), a mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria, fires their guns towards positions of militants of the so called Islamic State (IS) in Al Sinaa neighborhood, eastern Raqqa, Syria, 06 July 2017. Syrian activists say Islamic State group fighters are battling to repel the advance of …

Turkish FM Claims Trump Vowed to Stop Arming Anti-Islamic State Syrian Kurds

The Turkish government claimed Washington would stop arming the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian Kurdish militia considered among the most successful on the ground fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), following a conversation between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on November 24.

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Merkel: EU to Cut Aid to Turkey Over Democratic Backsliding

BRUSSELS — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said early Friday that European Union leaders have agreed to reduce financial assistance for helping Turkey get ready for possible EU membership due to that country’s violations of the rule of law and human rights.