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Turkish forces seize control of Syrian town of Afrin and celebrate by tearing down statue of Kurdish hero

Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies have raised their flags in the town centre of Afrin and declared full control after a two-month campaign …

Middle East

Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels seize Afrin, Syria, after nearly two-month offensive

The Syrian Kurdish dream of creating an autonomous state stretching across the country's north suffered a crushing blow Sunday when Turkish-backed rebel forces routed a militia from the city of Afrin after a nearly two-month offensive.<p>The enclave along the Syria-Turkey border had been controlled by …

Middle East

Turkish-led forces ‘seize control’ of Syrian city of Afrin

Turkey's president said Sunday the Turkish military and allied Syrian forces have taken "total" control of the city of Afrin, the target of a nearly two-month-old offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia, which said fighting was still ongoing.<p>President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish flag …

Middle East

Turkish-backed forces seize Afrin in northern Syria

Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army fighters reportedly met little resistance upon entering Afrin. A local official has warned that Kurdish forces …

Middle East

Swiss investigate alleged Turkish attempt to kidnap businessman

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland is investigating whether Turkish diplomats planned to drug and kidnap a Swiss-Turkish businessman as part of a crackdown after the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.<p>The Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger said that one of the two envoys linked …

North Africa

Arsonists attack Turkish community centres and businesses across Germany

Unknown attackers hurled incendiary devices at the centre in the town of Ahlen, police said, also telling national news agency DPA they were not …


Turkish-Arab ties marked by fear and loathing

A senior Turkish diplomat says Ankara misread the Middle East and ended up relying on Iran and its backer Russia, the two countries that Arab regimes …

South Asia

Brawl erupts after vote law passed in Turkish parliament | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s parliament passed a law revamping electoral regulations on Tuesday, backing legislation the opposition said could open the door to fraud and jeopardise the fairness of 2019 polls, and triggering a brawl on the floor of the chamber.<p>FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip …

North Africa

Turkey Wants to Keep American Pastor Behind Bars for Life

American officials and supporters say Andrew Brunson has been “unjustly imprisoned” under false charges. Turkish prosecutors demanded life …

South Asia

Turkish Kurd seeking refugee status in Japan losing hope amid what critics call a flawed system

On a chilly afternoon in mid-January, more than 30 Kurdish asylum-seekers gathered in front of United Nations University in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward to …

Asylum Seekers

Turkish foreign minister's U.S. visit postponed: spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's planned visit to Washington on March 19 has been postponed, his spokesman said on Thursday, following the U.S. decision to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.<p>The spokesman did not give a reason for the decision. On Wednesday, …

South Asia

The fall of Ghouta threatens Israel, US interests and the West

Iran and Russia are using regime gains in Ghouta to further their hegemony in Syria<p>A man pushes a cart past damaged buildings at the besieged town of …

Middle East
South Asia

Have Iran join NATO? Preposterous. Keep Turkey in? Equally insane.

The core of the U.S.-Turkey relationship has been Turkey’s participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the bedrock security structure …


Can Europe maintain relations with 'autocratic' Turkey? |View

<i>By Marc Pierini</i><p>The European Commission is due to publish its next progress report on Turkey in April 2018. This standard procedure is meant to outline how candidate countries have advanced in aligning with the EU’s political and technical criteria for accession and to chart their paths forward. …

North Africa

America and Turkey Need to Step Back From the Brink

Syria is today one of the world’s most dangerous places. The United States, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Israel, the Syrian regime, the Free Syrian Army, …

Middle East

Nationalistic fervor rising in Greece, Turkey

It is increasingly difficult to distinguish between rhetoric and reality in the deteriorating relationship between Greece and Turkey.


Greek appeals court rejects Turkey’s request for extradition of eight soldiers

A Greek appeals court on March 16 rejected a Turkish demand for the handover of eight Turkish soldiers accused of having a direct role in Turkey’s …

North Africa

Turkey’s top court rules for second time that rights of journalist Şahin Alpay were violated

Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled on March 16 for a second time that the rights of arrested writer Şahin Alpay have been violated.

Constitutional Courts
South Asia

Erdogan rejects EU Parliament motion on Afrin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday rejected the European Parliament's motion calling Turkey to end its military operation in northern …

North Africa

Turkish Embassy condemns PKK attacks in France

Turkish Embassy in Paris on March 16 condemned recent arson attacks on three vehicles and a cafe belonging to Turkish citizens in the French capital …


Turkey’s operation in Syria shows its military limitations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ongoing operation in northern Syria provides a stark illustration of Turkey's military’s limitations. The …

Middle East

Kurds protest in Germany against Turkish govt, 3 arrested

German authorities say three people have been arrested in the northern city of Hannover when Kurdish demonstrators protesting Turkish military …

North Africa

Turkey’s band of pro-Erdoğan hackers keep trolling Europe

In September 2016, Austria started experiencing what its intelligence services have since described as the country’s first bout of cyberterrorism. In that month, there was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the Vienna Airport, followed by a paralysis of the National Bank (“the biggest …

North Africa

Syria’s new exiles: Kurds flee Afrin after Turkish assault

Once a haven for refugees from the war in Syria, Afrin has found itself a flashpoint<p>On a muddy trail in northern Syria, the war’s newest exiles are leaving. Most are Kurds, fleeing Afrin for the regime-held city of Aleppo, just over a grey horizon. Behind them, Turkish troops and Arab forces they …

Middle East

Hitting Putin Where It Hurts

LONDON — In private, even some of Theresa May’s most ardent supporters concede that she is a reluctant decision maker. But after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, the British prime minister had no choice but to do something.<p>Mr. Skripal, a former Russian double …


Russian Hackers Attacking U.S. Power Grid and Aviation, FBI Warns

Russian hackers are conducting a broad assault on the U.S. electric grid, water processing plants, air transportation facilities and other targets in …


US gets tougher on Russia; new sanctions, accusations

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its toughest challenge to Russia to date, the Trump administration accused Moscow on Thursday of an elaborate plot to penetrate America's electric grid, factories, water supply and even air travel through cyber hacking. The U.S. also hit targeted Russians with sanctions for …

Donald Trump

Turkey: Dismantling Democracy

Democracy and human rights in Turkey are deteriorating at an astonishing speed. Wholesale abuses of the rule of law and human rights – ongoing since …

Rights & Freedoms