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Dec 15, 2014

Turkish police raid media close to cleric rival Gulen, detain 24

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police raided media outlets close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric on Sunday and detained 24 people including top executives and ex-police chiefs in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan calls a terrorist network conspiring to topple him.

The raids on Zaman daily and Samanyolu television marked an escalation of Erdogan’s battle with ex-ally Fetullah Gulen, with whom he has been in open conflict since a graft investigation targeting Erdogan’s inner circle emerged a year ago.

Dec 14, 2014
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Turkish police raid media close to Muslim cleric Gulen, detain 24

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(A Zaman media group journalist holds a banner as he stands outside the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Turkish police raided media outlets close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric on Sunday and detained 24 people including top executives and ex-police chiefs in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan calls a terrorist network conspiring to topple him.

Dec 14, 2014

Turkish police raid media outlets close to Gulen, detain 23 people

ISTANBUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Turkish police raided media
outlets close to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on
Sunday and detained 23 people nationwide in operations against
what President Tayyip Erdogan says is a network conspiring to
topple him.

The raids on Zaman newspaper and Samanyolu television marked
an escalation of Erdogan’s battle against his former ally Gulen,
with whom he has been in open conflict since a corruption probe
targeting Erdogan’s inner circle emerged a year ago.

Dec 14, 2014

Turkish police raid media outlets close to Gulen, detain 23 people

ISTANBUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Turkish police raided media
outlets close to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on
Sunday and detained 23 people nationwide in operations against
what President Tayyip Erdogan says is a network conspiring to
topple him.

The raids on Zaman newspaper and Samanyolu television marked
an escalation of Erdogan’s battle against his former ally Gulen,
with whom he has been in open conflict since a corruption probe
targeting Erdogan’s inner circle emerged a year ago.

Dec 12, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan signals fresh moves against Gulen supporters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan signaled a fresh campaign against supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on Friday, vowing to pursue them “in their lairs”.

The pledge came a year after the emergence of corruption investigations targeting Erdogan’s inner circle which he said was a plot to topple him orchestrated by a “parallel structure” of supporters of Gulen. The cleric, a former ally of Erdogan, denies the charge.

Nov 29, 2014

Pope Francis prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a gesture of inter-religious harmony in a country bordering the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Francis took off his shoes as he entered the huge mosque, before bowing his head in prayer for several minutes, facing Mecca and standing next to Istanbul’s Grand Mufti Rahmi Yaran, in what a Vatican spokesman described as a joint “moment of silent adoration” of God.

Oct 16, 2014

With Syria at war, can Turkey and Ocalan still bring Kurds peace?

ISTANBUL/SURUC Turkey (Reuters) – As southeast Turkey’s Kurds rioted last week in fury at Ankara’s refusal to rescue the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from advancing Islamists, it was to Abdullah Ocalan that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu turned for help.

Sitting in jail on the windswept island where he has spent the last 15 years, Ocalan wields more power as a peacemaker than he ever did as the guerrilla commander leading a Kurdish insurgency in which 40,000 people have died.

Oct 15, 2014

U.S.-led air strikes intensify as Syria conflict destabilizes Turkey

MURSITPINAR Turkey/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria’s Turkish border after the jihadists’ advance began to destabilize Turkey.

The coalition had conducted 21 attacks on the militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani over Monday and Tuesday and appeared to have slowed Islamic State advances there, the U.S. military said, but cautioned the situation remained fluid.

Oct 14, 2014

Mideast violence spreads as Turkey bombs Kurdish militants

ISTANBUL/SURUC Turkey (Reuters) – War against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq threatened to spill into Turkey on Tuesday, where reports emerged that the air force had bombed Kurdish fighters furious at Ankara’s refusal to help protect their kin in Syria.

At least 35 people were killed in riots last week when members of Turkey’s 15-million-strong Kurdish minority rose up in anger at the government for refusing to help defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from an Islamic State assault.

Oct 10, 2014

Islamic State seizes large areas of Syrian town despite air strikes

MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said on Thursday, as U.S.-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces looked on without intervening.

With Washington ruling out a ground operation in Syria, Turkey said it was unrealistic to expect it to mount a cross-border operation alone to relieve the mainly Kurdish town.

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