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Turkey slams U.S. request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.S. national security adviser of making “a very serious mistake” Tuesday by demanding that Ankara guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in northeastern …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018

Turkish president calls Khashoggi’s disappearance ‘very, very upsetting’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that he was closely following the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling it “very, very upsetting,” but stopped short of …


Erdogan inaugurates Turkey’s powerful executive presidency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in Monday under a new governing system that grants him sweeping executive powers, which critics say give him far too much control.


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018

Turkey: Partial results show Erdogan leading in elections

Polls closed Sunday in Turkey’s high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections, which could consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on power or curtail his vast political ambitions.


Turkey urges Muslim nations to stand with Palestinians

Turkey has called on Muslim nations to stand with Palestinians and to work to stop countries joining the United States in relocating their Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan will lose at polls

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party predicted Saturday that voters who backed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the past would “side with democracy” instead of a “dictatorship” during the …


Turkey’s Erdogan says missile deal with Russia is final

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country’s plan to purchase Russia’s long-range missile defense system is a “done deal,” brushing aside concerns from some NATO allies.


UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018

Turkey forces capture Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin

Turkish military and allied Syrian forces marched into the center of the northern Syrian town of Afrin Sunday, raising their flags and shooting in the air in celebration nearly two …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018

Turkish president says helicopter downed in northern Syria

Turkey’s president announced that a Turkish military helicopter was “downed” in northern Syria Saturday during Ankara’s offensive on Syrian Kurdish militia there.


Turkey vows to expand Syria offensive east to Iraqi border

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Friday to expand Ankara’s operation in a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria eastward, toward the frontier with Iraq.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Turkey vows to widen offensive against Syrian Kurds

Turkey’s president on Wednesday vowed to expand Ankara’s operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria beyond the enclave of Afrin and toward the town of Manbij, which would bring Turkish …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018

Turkish troops face fierce battles in Syrian Kurdish enclave

Intense clashes erupted Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in Syria, the third day of the Ankara offensive aimed at ousting the U.S.-backed Kurdish …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018

Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to expand Turkey’s military border operations against a Kurdish group that …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018

Turkey vows to ‘drown’ U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish force

Turkey’s president on Monday denounced U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to “drown this army of terror before it is born,” as Russia …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 14, 2018

Turkey vows imminent assault on Kurdish enclave in Syria

Turkey’s president said Sunday the country will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria “in the coming days” and urged the U.S. to support its efforts.


Germany, Turkey take small steps toward friendlier ties

The German and Turkish foreign ministers took small steps Saturday toward restoring friendlier relations after more than a year of tension between their countries, but they made clear that significant …


Erdogan says Turkey will clear border of Syrian Kurds

Turkey’s president slammed a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militant group Sunday and said he’ll clear his country’s border with Syria of “terrorists.”


Erdogan says U.S. sanctions on Iran weren’t binding for Turkey

Turkey’s president has argued that his country did not break a trade embargo on Iran as it hadn’t committed to abide by U.S. sanctions, and there were no United Nations …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017

Turkish businessman describes $50M bribe at sanctions trial

A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testified at a New York trial Wednesday that he paid over $50 million in bribes to Turkey’s finance minister in 2012 to overcome a banker’s fears …


Trump tells Turkey’s leader: U.S. to stop arming Syrian Kurds

The United States will cut off its supply of arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria, President Donald Trump told the Turkish president on Friday, in a move sure to please …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017

Trump denounces attack in Egypt, calls again for travel ban

President Donald Trump on Friday denounced the deadly mosque attack in Egypt and reached out to its president, asserting the world must crush terrorists by military means – and insisting …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

Jury selection postponed in Iran sanctions case

A judge postponed jury selection in the trial surrounding a conspiracy to help Iran evade economic sanctions after the star defendant, an international gold trader who had been trying to …


Turkish leader Erdogan visits mostly Muslim Serbia region

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a rousing welcome on Wednesday as he visited a predominantly Muslim region in southwestern Serbia.


Official: 12 Turkish agents to be charged for D.C. melee

Police are set to announce charges against a dozen Turkish security agents who were involved in a violent altercation when Turkey’s president visited Washington last month, a U.S. official said …


U.S., Turkey spar over Erdogan visit violence, Kurdish support

The Trump administration faced growing calls Thursday for a forceful response to violence by Turkish presidential guards on American soil, who were briefly detained this week but then set free. …


Turkey demands U.S. replace envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

Turkey has told the United States it will not join in any military operations that include Kurdish fighters in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday, while vowing to strike …


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017

Turkey’s president Erdogan fulfils ambition, but at a cost

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally fulfilled his long-held ambition to expand his powers after Sunday’s referendum handed him the reigns of his country’s governance. But success did not …


UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017

Turkey votes to expand president’s powers; critics cry fraud

Voters in Turkey’s landmark referendum Sunday appeared to approve constitutional changes that will greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to near-complete results carried by Turkey’s official …


UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017

Stability or autocracy? Turkey divided over key referendum

Turkey is heading toward a historic referendum on a new political system that could change the course of its history – and it has the country divided right down the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017

Hackers post Nazi insults and pro-Turkey messages on hundreds of Twitter accounts

Hackers apparently sympathetic to the Turkish government posted Twitter messages Wednesday on hundreds of public accounts – including those of Amnesty International, UNICEF and the BBC, among others – deriding …