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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition party elects new leaders

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition elected new co-presidents Sunday, following a crackdown on the party for alleged terror links that led to the jailing of one of its leaders and hundreds of …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

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 resumes airstrikes on Syrian Kurdish enclave

Turkey resumed airstrikes in Syria’s Kurdish enclave of Afrin after a brief lull, killing and wounding several people, the military and Kurdish officials said Friday.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

8 Turkish troops die in Syria operation; Russian pilot slain

Turkey said eight of its troops were killed Saturday in Ankara’s military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia, the deadliest day in the two-week-old offensive in the enclave of Afrin, …


Turkey: Rocket attacks from Syrian enclave kill 2

Two people were killed on Friday after a barrage of rockets was fired at two border towns in Turkey from the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin across the border, officials …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

Turkey-backed forces push into Syrian Kurdish enclave

Syrian government forces pushed into an opposition stronghold on Thursday, as Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters battled with Kurdish militants in a nearby area.


Civilians pay price as Turkey battles Syrian Kurds

Rockets fired from northern Syria into a Turkish border town killed a teenage girl and wounded another person on Wednesday, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported, in the latest fallout from …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Turkish forces target strategic hill near Syria’s Afrin

Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters captured a strategic hill in northwestern Syria on Sunday as their offensive to root out Kurdish fighters entered a second week.


German police break up Kurds’ protest of Turkish military op

German police broke up a protest rally of more than 20,000 Kurdish immigrants after participants refused to take down flags and symbols of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party.


2 Seattle-area men accused of smuggling handguns hidden in cars shipped to Turkey

Two Seattle-area men have been arrested by federal agents for allegedly conspiring to violate the U.S. Arms Export Control Act after officials in Turkey found handguns hidden in vehicles shipped …


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, 10:32 a.m.

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: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

Thousands on run, hiding as Turkey keeps up Syria offensive

France’s top diplomat and the U.S. defense secretary Tuesday urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its battle against a Syrian Kurdish militia as the Turkish military pressed its operations in …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 10:08 a.m.

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: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 10:41 a.m.

Turkish troops enter Kurdish enclave in northern Syria

Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces attacked a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on Sunday in their bid to oust from the area a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia, which responded with …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 1:12 p.m.

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 …


Syria threatens to down Turkish jets over its Kurdish region

Syria said on Thursday its air defense would shoot down any Turkish jets that carry out attacks within Syria, a stark warning as tensions soar over apparent preparations by the …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

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, 8:39 p.m.

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.


Plane dangles off cliff after skidding off runway in Turkey

A commercial airplane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously Sunday off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the Black …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 4:09 p.m.

Russia urges Turkey to help stop rebel raids in Syria

The Russian military has urged its Turkish counterparts to tighten monitoring of opposition in northern Syria in the wake of a drone attack on Russian military bases in the country.


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 …


U.S. Embassy announces end to visa crisis with Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced Thursday that it is resuming normal visa services for Turkish citizens, saying Turkish authorities had adhered to assurances that no local staff would be …


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, 3:02 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Turkish-Iranian gold trader pleads guilty, set to testify

A Turkish-Iranian gold trader will reveal a multibillion dollar conspiracy to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions at the trial of a Turkish banker in a case that prosecutors say has …


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, 5:10 p.m.

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: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 10:10 a.m.

Lofty Thanksgiving: Astronauts feasting on pouches of turkey

Astronauts at the International Space Station will feast Thursday on pouches of Thanksgiving turkey.