Tag: Turkey

Afghan children drown as asylum boat capsizes off Turkey

Posted December 09, 2015 06:30:45 At least six Afghan children have drowned following a rubber dinghy carrying asylum seekers sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast. Turkey’s coastguard recovered the bodies of the kids but was nonetheless seeking for two other men and women reported missing, the country’s official state news agency mentioned. The asylum seekers were…


Turkey to keep troops in Iraq in spite of Baghdad’s protests

Posted December 08, 2015 06:18:40 Turkey says it will not withdraw hundreds of soldiers who arrived last week at a base in northern Iraq regardless of being ordered by Baghdad to pull them out within 48 hours. Essential points Turkey will not withdraw hundreds of soldiers deployed to northern Iraq without having permission Iraq says…


Iraq calls on Turkey to ‘immediately’ withdraw troops sent more than the border

Posted December 05, 2015 19:48:32 The Iraqi government has demanded Turkey withdraw soldiers it sent over the border to an region in the country’s north controlled by Islamic State militants. Turkish media reported that around 150 Turkish soldiers backed by 20 to 25 tanks had been sent by road to the Bashiqa region north-east of…


Erdogan says Turkey has ‘proof’ of Russian involvement in IS oil trade

Posted December 04, 2015 01:00:31 Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he had proof Russia was involved in illegal oil trade with the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, countering “immoral” Russian allegations that his own loved ones was importing oil from the jihadists. The Russian defence ministry on Wednesday accused Mr Erdogan and his…


Is Turkey acquiring oil smuggled by Islamic State?

Posted December 01, 2015 19:29:01 Photo: Aerial footage appearing to show rows of trucks near the Turkish-Syrian border becoming blown up surfaced in November. (AFP/Russian Defence Ministry) A war of words has broken out amongst Russia and Turkey more than accusations that Turkey is buying oil smuggled by Islamic State (IS). Essential points: US Treasury…


Turkey will not apologise for downing Russian fighter jet, PM says

Posted December 01, 2015 00:58:33 Turkey will not apologise for downing a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border, but Moscow need to reconsider retaliatory sanctions, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu says. “Protection of our airspace, our border is not only a right but a duty for my government and no Turkish premier or president…


Top Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elci shot dead in Turkey

Posted November 29, 2015 ten:18:09 A leading Kurdish lawyer has been shot dead in south-east Turkey right after unknown attackers opened fire on a gathering in the primarily Kurdish province of Diyarbakir, neighborhood officials say. The unknown assailants shot at Tahir Elci, head of the bar association in Diyarbakir, and 40 other activists as they…


Russia adopts retaliatory economic measures against Turkey over jet downing

Posted November 29, 2015 08:23:07 Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a decree adopting a series of retaliatory financial measures against Turkey more than the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border. The sanctions are “aimed at making sure national security and that of Russian citizens” and incorporated a ban on charter flights…


Turkey charges journalists with spying over Ankara arms supply claims

Posted November 27, 2015 11:45:38 A court in Istanbul has charged two journalists from the pro-secular Cumhuriyet newspaper with spying following they alleged Turkey’s secret solutions had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria. Do not worry, this ruling is nothing but a badge of honour to us. Cumhuriyet newspaper editor-in-chief Can Dundar Editor-in-chief Can…


Russia orders retaliatory economic measures against Turkey over jet downing

Updated November 27, 2015 00:59:06 Russia says it is preparing a raft of retaliatory economic measures against Turkey more than the downing of one of its warplanes, as tensions among the two nations heat up. Turkey said its F-16 jets shot down the Russian plane under its guidelines of engagement, even though Moscow says the…