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Turkey Strips Two Pro-Kurdish MPs of Parliamentary Status

Ankara (MEE) – Move comes a day after the president called snap polls in June, reducing opposition HDP party’s strength further after a series of similar moves. Turkey’s parliament said it had stripped two MPs from the pro-Kurdish opposition party of their parliamentary status on Thursday, further reducing its strength in the assembly two months before a snap […]

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Turkish Snap Elections Set for June as Erdogan Looks to Secure Power

Ankara (GPA) – Turkish snap elections have been agreed to by President Recep Erdogan and his coalition partners as he seeks to make his final move to secure the new executive powers recently awarded his office.. Turkish President Recep Erdogan announced Wednesday that Presidential and Parliamentary elections originally slated for 2019 will now be moved to June […]

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As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab’s Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire

Ankara (MPN) – The intriguing case of Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab triggered massive waves in Turkey’s domestic politics, waves so large they are being felt in the United States. There is currently a case making its way through the U.S. federal courts that is playing a significant role in increasing tension between Washington and Ankara. Federal prosecutors […]

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Turkey S-400 Delivery Moved up Despite Possible US Sanctions

Ankara (GPA) – Turkey has moved the delivery date for the Russian missile systems forward, despite concerns that the purchase could violate US sanctions. The delivery of the Russian-made air-defense system was originally scheduled for the first quarter of 2020 but has now been moved up to July of 2019. The deal signed in December of last year marks […]

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Iran, Russia, Turkey Hold Trilateral Summit on Syria Crisis

Tehran (TNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held their second tripartite summit in under six months about war-stricken Syria. In the meeting, held in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday, Rouhani, Putin, and Erdogan, as the presidents of three guarantor countries of the […]

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Erdogan: Netanyahu a ‘Terrorist’ for Gaza Deaths

Ankara (MEE) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an escalating war of words between the two over the killing of 16 Palestinians in Gaza. Erdogan called Netanyahu a “terrorist” after the Israeli Prime Minister said he would not be “lectured to on morality” from a country […]

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Turkey Only a Few Mistakes Away from Confrontation with NATO Allies

Ankara (GPA) –  With Turkish threats to move on US positions near Manbij and France contemplating deploying more soldiers to aid Kurdish forces in Northern Syria, there is a growing likelihood Turkey may end up confronting one or both NATO allies. The situation on the ground in Syria may always be changing rapidly but this week has been […]

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Turkey Breaks with NATO, Refuses to Expel Russians

Ankara (GPA) – Turkey has broken with their NATO allies and decided not to expel Russian diplomats at the behest of the UK. Following the alleged March 4th Russian poisoning of Sergei Skripal, an ex-double agent in the UK, several European countries and the US have begun ejecting Russian diplomats from their countries. With both […]

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Afrin: Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch Is Testing the US-Kurdish Alliance

Damascus (MPN) – Turkey’s battle in Afrin proved NATO alliances supersede all others. Sending a message to the Kurds that dreams of an independent Kurdistan are no concern for the United States. In less than two months since Erdoğan’s Operation Olive Branch kicked off, the Kurdish “Rojava Project,” which aims for a unified Kurdish-controlled area in northeast Syria, […]

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How Turkey Uses Kidnapping and Hostage Negotiations As Diplomacy

Ankara (MPN) – Most U.S. allies would likely understand that, as a member of NATO, every nation is subject to the will of the U.S. Yet Erdogan is not your average U.S. ally and, instead of pleading to deaf ears in Washington, he has decided to take his purge global and use every method available […]

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