Tag: Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Ankara would "have to do something" in response after Austria moved to close mosques and expel Turkish-funded imams, slamming the decision as anti-Islamic

Turkey: Erdogan Fires 18,000 Civil Servants Before Inauguration

The government of Turkey issued a blanket decree Sunday firing 18,632 state employees for unspecified “links with terror groups” and has increased the number of arrests for “insulting the president” ahead of the inauguration of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Monday.

Erdogan's poll success tightened his 15-year grip on power in the face of a revitalised opposition

Turkey Tells U.S. Iran Sanctions ‘a Mistake’ While Forging Closer Ties with Tehran

Turkey denounced the embargo imposed by its NATO ally the United States on state sponsor of terror Iran as a “mistake,” arguing that America “does not have the right” to force other countries to implement its unilateral decision,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) on Friday.

Citizens wave Turkish Flags during a march towards July 15 Martyrs' Bridge to protest Parallel State/Gulenist Terrorist Organization's failed military coup attempt and to show solidarity with the Turkish government in Istanbul, Turkey on July 21, 2016. Parallel State is a terrorist organization leaded by U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, who …

Turkish Prime Minister Claims 2016 State of Emergency Will End Monday

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told the nation’s state-run Anadolu Agency on Thursday that the newly re-elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will end the national state of emergency, imposed after a failed coup in 2016, on Monday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to hold on to the presidency but the outcome is likely to be very tight

Erdogan Uses Violence to Contain Istanbul Gay Pride Parade

LGBT Turks staged a gay pride rally Sunday in Istanbul despite warnings by police that the event was not legal, after reportedly coming to a last-minute agreement to allow a smaller gathering. Police nonetheless attacked congregants with rubber bullets and arrested at least five, ending the event the same way it has for the past four years.

SOCHI, RUSSIA MAY 17, 2018: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (not in picture) at Bocharov Ruchei residence. Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images)

Turkey Lashes Out at Russia and Iran over Assad De-Escalation Zone Violation

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu blamed Syrian regime allies Russia and Iran, as well as the United States, on Friday for dictator Bashar al-Assad’s bombardment of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other rebel forces in southern Syria in violation of the de-escalation zone established by Moscow and Washington.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to reporters as the GOP majority prepares to end its participation in the Russia probe, officially shutting down the panel's investigation, during a brief news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott …

Erdogan Spokesperson Tells Rep. Adam Schiff to ‘Shut Up’

A spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Erdogan told Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to “shut up” on Tuesday after he urged people not to congratulate the Turkish strongman on his controversial election victory on Sunday.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the main opposition Republican People's Party leader, speaks to the media in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, two days after elections in Turkey. Kilicdaroglu maintained that the ruling party's loss of its majority would cripple president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP Photo)

Turkish Opposition Chief to Erdogan: ‘Congratulations for What?’

In remarks Tuesday, Turkish secular opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu refused to congratulate President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on his election victory Sunday, asking “congratulations for what?” and insisting that “one does not congratulate a dictator.”

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, on April 16, 2017, after the results of a nationwide referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny. Erdogan on April 16, 2017 hailed Turkey for making a 'historic decision' as he …

Turkey: Opposition Prepares Army of Monitors for Sunday’s Election

Turkey’s ruling and opposition parties have launched the final stretch of this year’s presidential campaign, with elections scheduled for Sunday, amid widespread concerns that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will cruise to an easy win through irregular voting situations and possible election fraud.

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.

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.

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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.”

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.

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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.