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World - Turkey hits Syrian Kurd group again

Turkey hit Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria for the second time in less than 72 hours, the military said Saturday, as Ankara vowed further action. Rockets struck 70 People`s Protection Units (YPG) targets Friday, the Turkish armed forces said in a statement that did not reveal whether any militia fighters had been killed. The strikes came after two Ankara-backed Syrian opposition fighters were injured when YPG forces opened fire south of the flashpoint town of Jarabulus, the military said, quoted in the official Anadolu news agency.

Saturday, October 22, 2016  17:42


World - Turkey `obliged` to press on to Syria`s al-Bab, Erdogan says

By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Lisa Barrington ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish-backed forces will press on to the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab in Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, emphasizing Ankara`s drive to sweep militants and Syrian Kurdish fighters from territory near its border. The Syrian military, however, said the presence of Turkish troops on Syrian soil was unacceptable and a `dangerous escalation and flagrant breach of Syria`s sovereignty.` Backed by Turkish tanks, special forces and air strikes, a group of rebels fighting under the loose banner of the Free Syrian Army crossed into northern Syria in August and took the border town of Jarablus from Islamic State largely unopposed. The rebels have since extended those gains and now control an area of roughly 1,270 square km (490 square miles) in northern Syria.

Saturday, October 22, 2016  15:43


World - EU should not forget Turkey has alternatives, PM says

ANKARA (Reuters) - The European Union should not forget that Turkey `always has alternatives` Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, referring to Ankara`s long and so far unsuccessful effort to join the bloc. `Turkey has been working for over half a century for its EU membership, and has done more than what it should. Now the decision is the EU`s,` Yildirim said at a conference of his ruling AK Party, comments from which were broadcast live on television. `Turkey always has alternatives, don`t let the EU forget this. ...

Saturday, October 22, 2016  10:19


World - Turkey pounds Syrian Kurdish fighters as both sides try to fight IS

At least 90 Turkish rockets pounded a group of Kurdish fighters allied to a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria on Friday, as clashes intensified between two sides both supposed to be fighting Islamic State, a monitor and militia spokesperson said. The confrontation between Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and Kurdish fighters allied to a U.S.-backed militia fighting Islamic State is escalating as both sides race to be the first to expel Islamic State from the northern Syrian city of al-Bab. On Wednesday the heaviest Turkish air strikes so far on the Kurdish fighters hit villages recently captured from Islamic State by the Kurdish fighters, highlighting the conflicting agendas of NATO members Ankara and Washington in an increasingly complex battlefield The United States has backed the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their fight against Islamic State, infuriating Ankara, which sees the umbrella group`s dominant YPG militia as an extension of Kurdish PKK militants who have waged a three-decade insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

Friday, October 21, 2016  18:48


World - Turkey, Iraq reach agreement `in principle` on Mosul, U.S. says

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. `I think there`s agreement there in principle but now we`re down to the practicalities of that ... and that`s what we`re working through,` he told reporters as he ended his trip to Ankara. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Friday, October 21, 2016  16:35


World - Needs must; EU walks tightrope on Turkey

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - As dismayed as they may be at Turkey`s post-coup crackdown, EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday will avoid any harsh criticism of Ankara, whose help they badly need in keeping a lid on migration into Europe. Ankara`s dismissal and detention of tens of thousands of people over their alleged links to the failed July coup has cast a long shadow on its accession talks with the EU.

Thursday, October 20, 2016  11:42


World - Turkish police kill suspected Islamic State suicide bomber in capital

Turkish police shot dead a suspected Islamic State militant overnight who was believed to be planning a suicide bomb attack in the capital Ankara, the city`s governor said on Wednesday. Police tracked the suspect to the ninth floor of a building on Ankara`s outskirts, where he was killed in a gunfight around 3 a.m. (0000 GMT) after opening fire in response to a call to surrender, the state-run Anadolu Agency said. `The terrorist is judged to have been planning to carry out a suicide bomb attack and carried out reconnaissance around the old parliament building and Anitkabir,` Governor Ercan Topaca wrote on Twitter, referring to the mausoleum of modern Turkey`s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016  10:14


Most Recent - Suicide bomber shot, killed by anti-terror forces in Ankara

A suspected ISIS suicide bomber was shot and killed by anti-terror forces during a shootout in the Turkish capital of Ankara, state-run Anadolu agency reported. The suspect was shot after ignoring demands to surrender. `Scores of explosives` were found in the suspect`s home in the Ankara neighborhood of Etimesgut. Authorities had warned of potential terror attacks in the capital Monday. The warning comes as coalition forces mount a major offensive against ISIS in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016  07:05


World - Turkey`s EU minister says migrant readmissions may end without visa deal

By Tulay Karadeniz and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - The European Union should implement visa-free travel for Turks by the end of the year and stop insisting that Turkey change its anti-terrorism laws, or Ankara may cancel its side of a deal to stop illegal migration, Turkey`s EU minister told Reuters. Turkey agreed in March to stop illegal migrants crossing into Greece in exchange for financial aid for those in its care, the promise of visa-free travel for its citizens to much of the EU, and accelerated EU membership talks. Brussels first wants Turkey to change its anti-terrorism laws, which it deems too broad and potentially oppressive by European standards.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016  18:04


World - Turkey heads toward vote on stronger presidency, with nationalist nod

By Ercan Gurses and Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey`s ruling AK Party will soon bring to parliament its plans to expand the powers of the presidency, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday, paving the way for a referendum which the nationalist opposition said it would not oppose. President Tayyip Erdogan has long wanted an executive presidency, a Turkish version of the system in the United States or France, saying the country needs strong leadership. `We in the AK Party will bring to our great parliament our proposal containing constitutional change and the presidential system,` Yildirim told reporters in Ankara, before a meeting of the AKP in parliament.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016  12:37

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