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US to arm Kurdish fighters against Isis in Raqqa, despite Turkish opposition

US to arm Kurdish fighters against Isis in Raqqa, despite Turkish opposition

.The US considers the Kurdish-led forces a critical battlefield partner in Syria, but Nato ally Turkey calls them a terrorist group The Trump administration has announced it will arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters “as necessary” to recapture the key Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, despite intense opposition from Nato ally Turkey, which sees the Kurds as terrorists. The decision is meant …

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Turkey dismisses 367 officials, closes 2 TV channels

Another 367 dismissed from state institutions 2 more TV channels shuttered

The Turkish government on Monday issued a decree closing down two television channels and dismissed 367 officials for endangering national security. The decree also announced the creation of a commission of investigation as part of the state of emergency in force since July 2016, to deal with cases of officials dismissed by this measure, Efe news reported. In addition, 124 …

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Turkey issues 400 more arrest warrants

Turkey orders over 400 arrests as post coup crackdown widens

Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for more than 400 people, including soldiers and security officers, over alleged affiliation to the network of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having orchestrated last July’s failed military coup. Turkish-language Haberturk television news network reported on Saturday that the suspects were being sought for using ByLock mobile application, which the …

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Interior minister: Armed attack on Istanbul nightclub kills 39, injures 69

Armed attack on Istanbul nightclub kills 39, injures 69: Interior minister

At least 39 people are dead and 69 others have been wounded in an armed attack on a nightclub in Turkey’s Istanbul, the interior minister says. According to reports, the gunman, wearing a Santa Claus costume, killed a police officer and a civilian before he entered the Reina club and opened fire at the people who were celebrating the New …

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Report: Turkey plane transfers Daesh terrorists from Aleppo to Yemen

Report: Turkey plane transfers Daesh terrorists from Aleppo to Yemen

Yemeni sources say a Turkish plane transporting scores of Daesh Takfiri terrorists has landed in the Aden International Airport in southern Yemen. Yemen’s al-Masirah news website reported that the plane carried 150 terrorists who were evacuated from Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo after Syrian government forces fully retook control of the city. On December 22, the Syrian army said Aleppo …

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Erdogan says U.S.-led coalition gives support to terrorist groups in Syria

Erdogan says U.S.-led coalition gives support to terrorist groups in Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he has evidence that U.S.-led coalition forces give support to terrorist groups including the Islamic State and Kurdish militant groups YPG and PYD, he said on Tuesday. “They were accusing us of supporting Daesh (Islamic State),” he told a press conference in Ankara. “Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It’s …

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Turkey ‘coup’: International reaction

Turkey 'coup': International reaction

An army group in Turkey says it has taken over the country, with gunfire heard and military jets flying low over the capital, Ankara. International figures having been responding to the unfolding situation in the country. The White House said US President Barack Obama had spoken to US Secretary of State John Kerry and agreed that all parties in Turkey …

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Turkey still shooting at refugees as young as three, says Human Rights Watch

Turkey still shooting at refugees as young as three, says Human Rights Watch

Turkish border guards are still shooting at Syrians fleeing violence in their hometowns, killing or injuring children as young as three, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The rights group said in a statement that Turkish border guards in March and April used excessive force against Syrians and a smuggler trying to reach Turkey, killing five people, including a child …

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Israel and Turkey reach preliminary deal to restore ties

Israel and Turkey reach preliminary deal to restore ties

Israel and Turkey have reached a preliminary agreement to normalise relations, including the return of ambassadors to both countries, an Israeli official said on Thursday. The deal was reached during a recent meeting in Switzerland between the incoming head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, Yossi Cohen, Israeli envoy Joseph Ciechanover and Turkish foreign ministry under-secretary Feridun Sinirlioglu, the official said, …

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