Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan

Coup Purge: Turkey Ousts Only Christian Mayor

The only Christian mayor in Turkey, a U.S. NATO ally, has been removed as part of a purge by the ruling Islamist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following an abortive coup earlier this year.

Februniye Akyol(25), Co-Mayor of the southeastern city of Mardin, TURKEY 27/02/2015 /LEJOURNAL_103130/Credit:EMIN OZMEN/LE JOURNAL/SIPA/1503111047 (Sipa via AP Images)

Turkey: If Kurds Help Liberate Raqqa from Islamic State, We Won’t

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned it will not participate in a U.S.-led coalition offensive to push the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) out of Raqqa, its de facto capital in Syria, if the Syrian Kurds are also involved in the operation.

IRAQ, Mosul : Peshmerga fighters inspect the remains of a car, bearing an image of the trademark jihadist flag, which belonged to Islamic State (IS) militants after it was targeted by an American air strike in the village of Baqufa, north of Mosul, on August 18,2014. Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed …

Iraqi Kurds Take Over Islamist Cleric Gulen’s Schools

The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has decided to assume control over all the schools in its jurisdiction linked to the religious movement led by imam Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkish President Recep Erdogan blames for the failed coup attempt against him.

U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller/File Photo

Making Room for Coup Plotters: Turkey May Release up to 93K Convicts

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a decree to initially release an estimated 38,000 in an apparent effort to make space for thousands of accused plotters detained in connection with last month’s failed military coup attempt.

Detained Turkish soldiers who allegedly took part in a military coup arrive with their hands bound behind their backs at the Istanbul Justice Palace (Adalet Sarayi) on July 20, 2016, following the failed military coup attempt of July 15. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 20 chaired a crunch …

Turkey Claims Gulen Urging Followers to ‘Perform Activities Against Turkey’

Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MIT) reports that it has deciphered an encrypted message U.S.-based imam Fethullah Gulen sent his followers who have fled Turkey, urging them to unite in the countries where they are now residing and “perform activities against Turkey,” according to Hurriyet Daily News.

Erdogan and Gulen

Turkish President Suspends, Arrests 50K-Plus People After Failed Coup Attempt

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has either suspended or detained nearly 50,000 people as part of a purge of the army, police, and the courts that expanded to universities and schools in the wake of a failed military coup attempt, according to the country’s intelligence service and religious authorities.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech in Istanbul, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Forces loyal to Erdogan quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left some hundreds of people dead and scores of others wounded Saturday. The chaos Friday night and Saturday …

Turkey Accuses Egypt’s Sisi of Supporting Kurdish Terrorist PKK Group

The Egyptian government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has provided funds and weapons to the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Marxist-inspired guerrilla group listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and the rest of NATO, according to a Turkish intelligence report.