ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of Turkish police officers were dismissed from their posts overnight and some moved to traffic duties, local media said, further undermining a graft investigation Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan portrays as a covert attempt by a rival to usurp state power.
Erdogan, facing the biggest challenge of a ten-year rule that has seen the military banished from politics, the economy booming and Ankara pressing its influence in the Middle East, portrays the operation as a “dirty plot” by followers of a U.S.-based Islamic cleric. The cleric backs no political party but enjoys broad influence in the police and judiciary
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has mooted the retrial of hundreds of army officers convicted of planning his overthrow, in an apparent attempt to discredit rivals he accuses of contriving a corruption crisis to drive him from office.
Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party is widely held to have relied heavily on U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen’s influence in the police and judiciary in breaking the power of an army that carried out three coups between 1960 and 1980 and forced an Islamist-led government from power in 1997.
ISTANBUL, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
urged Turks to rally around him in fighting what he termed a
dirty plot by foreign-backed elements targeting “the bread on
your table, the money in your pocket, the sweat of your brow”.
“History will not forgive those who have become mixed up in
this game,” Erdogan said in a televised end of year address
devoted almost entirely to a corruption investigation he says
has been engineered in police and judiciary to undermine his
government and sap its influence in the Middle East and beyond.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s government said on Tuesday it was fending off a “mini coup attempt” by elements in the police and judiciary who served the interests of foreign and domestic forces bent on humbling the country.
Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said the ruling AK Party had in the past survived military coup plots and attempts in the courts to outlaw it. It would not now yield to a corruption investigation he said targeted the government but was already damaging the national economy.
ISTANBUL, Dec 18 (Reuters) – During the 1990s it was
dangerous in Turkey to sing or own recordings of the melancholic
songs of Kurdish poet and singer Sivan Perwer.
His army of fans in southeastern Kurdistan risked
prosecution listening to bootleg tapes of his melodies about
Kurdish identity, love and loss, often accompanied by a lute.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police detained sons of three ministers along with some prominent businessmen in a corruption inquiry on Tuesday, state officials said, in what was widely seen as a challenge to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan by a powerful Islamic cleric.
Police carried out dawn raids in the main commercial city Istanbul, detaining around 20 people including business figures close to Erdogan, and searched the headquarters of state-run Halkbank in the capital Ankara, state officials and banking sources said. Halkbank shares fell 13 percent.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police detained the sons of three cabinet ministers and several well-known businessmen as part of investigations into alleged corruption on Tuesday, state officials said, in a blow to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan months ahead of elections.
Police carried out dawn raids in the main commercial city Istanbul, detaining at least 18 people including prominent business figures, and searched the headquarters of state-run Halkbank in the capital Ankara, state officials and banking sources said. Halkbank shares fell some five percent.
SANLIURFA, Turkey (Reuters) – Abu Huseyin says he has sent dozens of people from this ancient city in southeastern Turkey to join jihadist groups in northern Syria and vows to continue helping them fulfill what he says is their duty to God.
Several hundred Turks are estimated to be among thousands of foreigners swelling the ranks of Islamist rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, generating what some politicians say is a risk that, radicalized and battle-hardened, they could one day return to stage attacks on Turkish soil.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – When gunmen stormed a wedding and shot dead a guest in southeastern Turkey, they stirred fears of a new outbreak of bloodshed in a region increasingly destabilized by Syria’s civil war.
The killing in the city of Batman highlighted divisions between Kurds which echo the faultlines of the conflict in Syria, complicating Ankara’s efforts to draw a line under a three-decade Kurdish insurgency on its own soil.
NUSAYBIN, Turkey (Reuters) – Thousands of Kurds protested on Thursday against Turkish plans to build a wall along the Syrian border, calling it a move to stop Kurdish communities strengthening cross-frontier ties as Syria splinters from civil war.
The rally underscored the sectarian strains spilling over from Syria’s war, which grew out of a 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and has fragmented into a patchwork of antagonistic ethnic and sectarian pockets that risk destabilizing neighboring Middle Eastern countries.