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Turkish Army Says Qandil Strike Killed 35 PKK Members

Ankara (MEE) – President Erdogan recently warned of a potential ground offensive against the PKK in Iraq. Turkish warplanes reportedly killed 35 militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq’s Qandil mountain region on Friday, the Turkish military said. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said on Saturday that Turkish warplanes had struck […]

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Turkey Election: Erdogan Pledges to Lift State of Emergency After Presumed Victory

Ankara (GPA) – President Recep Erdogan’s latest promise in the lead up to the Turkey election is that he will finally lift the state of emergency in place since July 2016. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again shown that despite some recent turmoil, he still plans on winning the Turkey election on the 24th of this month […]

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Turkey Election: Recep Erdogan Looking at Second-Round Challenge

Ankara (GPA) – The Turkish election for President is in full swing and it seems the incumbent, Recep Erdogan is going to face a second-round challenge. If the latest polls are to be believed, Recep Erdogan doesn’t seem to be in as good of electoral shape as he was when he first called this snap election in […]

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Erdogan Prepping New War Pitched as an Anti-PKK Operation

Ankara (GPA) – Turkey’s military and Prime Minister have announced a new illegal ground campaign said to be an ‘anti-PKK operation’ in Iraq. On Friday, the Turkish government announced yet another illegal incursion into a neighboring country. This time the target isn’t Syria but Iraq, more specifically, the headquarters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) – a […]

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Turkish FM: YPG Will be Disarmed as Part of Roadmap

Ankara (TM) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Tuesday said the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militant group in northern Syria, would be disarmed as part of a roadmap that Turkey and the US endorsed yesterday, the NTV news website reported. “I didn’t get the idea that they would designate the YPG as a terrorist group, […]

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China Can Hold Trump’s Trade War Hostage

Beijing (SCF) – Calling Donald Trump a bull in a china shop would be a kindness. His approach to foreign affairs has been at times a refreshing stick in the eye to the global post-WWII institutional order. But, in recent months it has morphed into something more dangerous. And his desire to solve the Gordian […]

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Israel Freezes Armenian Genocide Bill Due to Fears it Could aid Erdogan

Tel Aviv (MEE) – Foreign ministry says vote has been postponed as the recognition could be used favorably by the Turkish president in elections. Israel froze work on a bill recognizing the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by the Ottomans as genocide due to concerns it could aid the Turkish president in upcoming elections, an Israeli official said […]

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Turkish Conscript in 5th day of Military Service Gets Life Sentences on Coup Charges

Ankara (TP) – The İstanbul 26th High Criminal Court handed down aggravated life sentences to 41 defendants on Friday, among them Ahmet Özdemir, who was fulfilling his mandatory military service and joined the army only five days before a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. He was sentenced to 14 aggravated life sentences for the alleged murder of […]

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Erdogan, Putin Discuss Developments in Syria

Damascus (TNA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed recent developments in Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the phone. According to presidential sources, Erdogan and Putin pointed out the significance of achievements gained in the Astana process for a political solution in Syria and stressed that the government and opposition […]

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Why Recep Erdogan Sometimes Says Cool Things

Ankara (GPA) – There has been some confusion lately as to why the Turkish President sometimes says cool things like “Israel is a terrorist state.” Here’s a brief explainer for you: Let’s start with a question about whatever country you might live in. When do your politicians kick their lies into overdrive? If you answered ‘election season’ […]

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