Friday, February 3, 2023


Turkey summons envoys of 9 western countries over security alerts

Ankara summoned ambassadors of nine Western countries including the United States on Thursday, slamming their decisions to temporarily shut diplomatic missions and issue security alerts following Quran-burning incidents in Europe.

Turkish base in northern Iraq comes under rocket attacks

Unidentified attackers fired eight rockets at a Turkish military base in northern Iraq on Wednesday, the Counter-Terrorism Group, a security organisation in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, has announced.

Erdogan says Turkish elections to be held a month earlier than scheduled

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkey will hold elections on 14 May, one month earlier than scheduled.

White House to ask Congress to approve F-16 sales to Turkey

The administration of President Joe Biden plans to ask Congress to approve a $20bn sale of new F-16 jets to Turkey, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Turkey says troops withdrawal from Syria requires Damascus political steps

The withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syria requires steps in the political process, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated.

Turkish FM says Erdogan, Assad to meet soon

A meeting between the Turkish, Syrian and Russian presidents has been scheduled, but not for January, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.

Car bomb in Turkey’s restive southeast wounds several police officers: Officials

Several Turkish police officers have been injured after a car bomb exploded as their minibus was passing on a highway in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, Turkish officials have confirmed.

Syrian president Assad rejected Russian requests to meet with Turkey’s Erdogan: Report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rebuffed his Russian allies' efforts to hold a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, citing Turkey’s upcoming elections and the presence of Ankara's troops on Syrian soil.

Turkish military operation in Syria threatens US forces: Army

The US military has announced recent Turkish airstrikes in Syria “threatened the safety” of American soldiers still in the country. It claimed that further escalations could “compromise efforts to defeat the remnants of the Islamic State (Daesh) terrorist group.”

Turkey’s Erdogan says meeting with Syria’s Assad possible

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not ruled out meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, although the two countries have been regional foes since the war broke out in Syria in 2011.

Turkish president signals ground offensive in Syria, Iraq

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signaled a possible ground offensive in northern Syria and Iraq. It comes after Ankara’s forces launched cross-border air raids on what they call locations used by Kurdish groups they blame for a recent bombing in central Istanbul.

Turkish army hits targets in Syria, Iraq after Istanbul blast

The Turkish military has conducted a series of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, targeting several towns and villages in in the war-torn countries.

8 killed, 81 injured in Istanbul blast, suspect in custody

A suspect is in custody following the explosion that killed at least eight people and injured more than 80 in Istanbul on Sunday, Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced on Monday.

Death toll in Turkey mine explosion rises to 41

The death toll from a blast inside a coal mine in northern Turkey has risen to 41, the Turkish president has confirmed, as rescue operations were concluded.

Dozens killed in mine blast in Turkey

At least 28 people were killed in a coal mine explosion in northern Turkey, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed on Friday. He noted that 11 others pulled out alive were being treated in hospital.

Turkey could attack ‘all of a sudden one night’: Erdogan threatens Greece

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on his warning that Ankara could “come all of a sudden one night” in response to perceived Greek threats. He suggested a Turkish attack on its neighbor cannot be ruled out.

Dozens killed, wounded in road accidents in Turkey

At least 32 people were killed in south-east Turkey on Saturday when vehicles crashed into first responders who were attending earlier accidents, authorities confirmed.

“Turkey and Israel agree to restore full diplomatic relations”

Turkey and Israel have agreed to restore full diplomatic relations and will exchange ambassadors following gradual improvement in relations, the office of the Israeli prime minister and Turkish foreign minister have announced.

Iraqi FM says Turkey violated country’s sovereignty 22k+ times since 2018

Iraq’s foreign minister says Turkey has violated the Arab country’s sovereignty more than 22,700 times since 2018 and the foreign ministry has sent 296 notes of protest to Ankara over the attacks.

Erdogan: Astana process, most effective measure to push political solution for Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the Astana peace process, launched in 2017 at the initiative of Iran, Russia and Turkey to tackle the tensions in Syria, is the best format for a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the war-torn country.

MbS visits Turkey for first time since Khashoggi murder

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey on Wednesday for the first time in years for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at fully normalising ties that were ruptured after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Iran says opposed to Turkish military operation on Syria-Iraq border

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh says Tehran is opposed to any military action and use of force against other countries with the aim of resolving disagreements. He made the remarks in response to a question about a planned Turkish military action on Syria-Iraq border.

Erdogan: Turkey, Saudi Arabia striving to increase all-out relations

Ankara and Riyadh are striving to increase all kinds of political, military and economic relations to start a new era, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said early Friday.

One killed, four injured in Turkey blast

At least one person was killed and four others were injured when an explosion hit a bus carrying prison guards in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa on Wednesday, local officials confirmed.

Baghdad says Turkey’s operation threatens Iraq’s national security

The military operation of Turkey’s armed forces in northern Iraq threatens the national security of the Arab country, a statement by Iraqi President Barham Salih’s office said on Tuesday. Ankara launched a new military campaign against Kurdish forces in the north of the Middle Eastern state on Sunday evening.

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