Tag: Turkey

Sunday's election focus will be on whether longterm leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan can win the presidency in the first round and if his ruling party keeps its parliamentary majority

Turkish Opposition Candidates Defy Erdogan: ‘Our Choice Is the West’

The major opposition candidates in Turkey’s presidential election, scheduled for June 24, have launched campaigns against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and have strategically avoided targeting each other, instead spending much of the week condemning Erdogan’s moves towards an Islamist dictatorship.

Turkish pro-Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtas has spent more than a year behind bars

Jailed Kurdish Candidate in Turkey Threatens Erdogan’s Power

Presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) gave a remarkable campaign speech to Turkish voters on Sunday. His supporters say Demirtas is the only real challenger to incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even though Demirtas is running with a rather large handicap: he is in jail.

Turkey backed opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army patrol the northwestern city of Afrin, Syria, during a Turkish government organised media tour into northern Syria, Saturday, March 24, 2018. Turkey and allied Syrian opposition fighters captured the city of Afrin on Sunday, March 18, nearly two months after the …

Report: Turkey Supporting Seizures of Kurdish Property in Syria

A report published Thursday alleges that Turkey-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are seizing, looting, and destroying property in the predominantly Kurdish region of Afrin, further fueling fears that Ankara is quietly forcing a demographic change along its border with Syria.

TOPSHOT - Singer/actress Rihanna attends the World Premiere of OCEANS 8 June 5, 2018 in New York. - OCEANS 8 will be released nationwide on June 8, 2018. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Haram: Turkey Fines Music Channels for Playing Rihanna Hits

The most prominent media watchdog group in Turkey reportedly slapped unprecedented fines this week on Turkish music channels for playing songs by Barbadian pop star Rihanna, branding her music “inappropriate.”

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Turkey Suspends Migrant Deal with Greece

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has suspended a bilateral agreement with Greece allowing Athens to return migrants to Turkey, in retaliation for Greece’s failure to extradite eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece after Turkey’s failed 2016 military coup.

In this April 4, 2018 file photo, a U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council soldier passes a U.S. position near the tense front line with Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria. The People's Protection Units, known by their Kurdish acronym YPG, said in a statement Tuesday, June 5, 2018, that it's …

U.S. Confirms Deal with Turkey to Withdraw Allied Kurds from Manbij, Syria

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) confirmed on Tuesday that it reached an agreement with Turkey to pull the American-allied Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), deemed “terrorists’ by Ankara, from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, arguing that the move will “reduce tensions.”

Turkey and Russia have been on opposing sides of the civil war in Syria since the conflict broke out in 2011, with Moscow the key backer of President Bashar al-Assad and Turkey pressing for his ouster.

Turkey Rejects Russian Claims in Georgia, Challenging Assad in Syria

The Foreign Ministry of Turkey condemned Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad Wednesday for what it labeled a “clear violation” of international law in recognizing the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two Georgian breakaway regions invaded by Russia in 2008.

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) fires a Tomahawk land attack missile early Saturday, April 14, 2018, as part of the military response to Syria's use of chemical weapons on April 7. The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes …

Pentagon Denies Syrian Media Claim U.S. Targeted Military Sites

Syrian state media and a military media unit run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said early on Thursday that the U.S.-led coalition targeted Syrian army positions in Syria’s desert, but U.S. military officials denied any knowledge of the strikes.

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Caroline Glick: Endgame for the U.S.-Turkey Relationship

Sixteen  years ago, Erdogan launched Turkey on a trajectory that is implacably hostile and antithetical to the very notion of a Turkish-U.S. alliance, let alone to continued Turkish membership in NATO.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gesture as he delivers a speech to members of his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party, during its weekly meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Erdogan has reacted angrily to a group of some 300 well-known French personalities who urged prominent Muslims, by …

Turkey Shuts Down French Language Programs in Response to Quran Reform Letter

Turkey banned universities in the country from accepting new students in their French language departments in response to a letter from prominent French personalities urging the Muslim world to abandon the violent passages that remain in the Quran, a Turkish official confirmed to Al Jazeera on Sunday.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures during an exclusive interview with AFP in the capital Damascus on February 11, 2016. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Assad: ‘We Are Fighting the Terrorists … Which Are the American Army’

In an extensive interview published Thursday covering his ties to Iran, accusations of chemical weapons use, and a potential meeting with President Donald Trump, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad referred to the U.S. military as “terrorists,” alongside the Turkish and Saudi armies.

Andrew Brunson, who ran a church in the western city of Izmir, was detained by the Turkish authorities in October 2016

Turkey May Face U.S. Sanctions over Imprisoned American Pastor

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, two U.S. Secretaries of State, and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) pressed Turkish officials this week to release American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been in prison since October 2017 for allegedly aiding terrorists.