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Turkey: German Arms Sales Frozen; Travel Warning Issued for German Citizens

Berlin (AHT) – Germany has frozen all arms deliveries to Turkey, the Bild newspaper reported on July 21, amid a row between the NATO partners that has sharply worsened since the arrest of several rights activists in Istanbul, according the Turkish Newspaper Hurriyet Daily News. Berlin stepped up its travel advisory for Turkey on July 20 and warned it would review […]

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Turkey: Big Changes One Year after Failed Coup

Ankara (Tasnim) – Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy experienced big changes a year after failed coupe in the country and it seems that Ankara has now a more realistic approach at least in case of regional and international developments. On 15 July 2016, a coup d’état was attempted in Turkey against state institutions. The attempt […]

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Erdogan Could Face an Arrest Warrant in Sweden as Lawmakers Sue him for Genocide

Stockholm (AHT) – On Monday, five Swedish lawmakers from the Left and Green parties signed the complaint to the Swedish International Public Prosecution Offices with regard to the conflict in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority region, where Kurdish militants and Turkish security forces are engaged in clashes since their ceasefire collapsed in 2015. The lawsuit is the first of its kind […]

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Russia Sees No Obstacles to Arms Deliveries to Turkey: Official

Ankara (Tasnim) – There are no obstacles for signing a deal between Turkey and Russia on deliveries of Russian arms and other military equipment, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told Sputnik on Sunday. The negotiations on possible deliveries of the Russian S-400 air defense systems to Turkey have taken place since 2016. In March 2017, […]

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US Sharply Snubs Turkey as It Announces Arms for Syrian Kurds

Raqqa (teleSUR) – While arms supplies for Kurds may clear the road to victory in Raqqa, the move will definitely complicate relations between Washington and Ankara. U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a swift snub to NATO partner Turkey, approving the sale of arms to Kurdish fighters seeking to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the […]

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Turkey Grabbing Syrian Land by Moving Border Fence: Syrian Ambassador

Idlib (Tasnim) – Turkey has unilaterally moved a border fence deeper into Syrian territory in an apparent “land grab” violating Syria’s sovereignty, Syria’s ambassador to Russia said on Wednesday. Syrian ambassador Riad Haddad said Turkey “has moved the barbed-wire [border fence] deeper into our territory, exploiting the drying up of Afrin River southeast of the […]

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Erdogan’s War of Words Inciting Terror in Europe

Ankara, Turkey (SCF) – Only hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a bloodcurdling warning about terror attacks against European citizens, four people lay dead on the streets of London. That death toll may rise further because several of those injured in the attack this week in the British capital are in critical condition, fighting for […]

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Turkey, NATO: Getting Closer to Divorce

Ankara, Turkey (SCF) Turkey has been a NATO ally since 1952, and US aircraft have used Incirlik Air Base in the south during the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The base is home to a stockpile of US tactical nuclear weapons. A perusal of media reports leads to the conclusion that Turkey and NATO are heading […]

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Turkey to Scrap Migration Agreement with EU

Ankara, Turkey (SCF) – Turkey’s relationship with the EU and NATO appears to have plumbed new lows. Ankara’s agreement with the EU to help hold back a flood of migrants is about to end. On March 13, Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced the freeze amid an escalating row over Turkish officials’ access to the Netherlands. Another […]

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‘If Erdogan Wins It Will Be Worse for Us’: Kurds Fear Stronger Presidency

Istanbul, Turkey (MEE) Turkey will vote in April on giving President Erdogan greater powers. Many Kurds say a ‘Yes’ result will mean even harsher crackdowns Derya Okatan, a leading journalist on Istanbul’s Ozgur (Free) radio station, sensed what was to come when its website was shut down without warning on 28 September last year. The staff […]

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