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Jul 25, 2015

Turkey stages first air strikes on Islamic State in Syria

ANKARA/ELBEYLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants.

Hours after the initial attacks, fighter jets were launched in a second round against Islamic State, while others targeted militants camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, according to local media.

Jul 25, 2015

Turkey stages first air strikes on Islamic State in Syria

ANKARA/ELBEYLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants.

Hours after the initial attacks, fighter jets were launched in a second round against Islamic State, while others targeted militants camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, according to local media.

Jul 24, 2015

Turkey stages first airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria, rounds up Kurds

ANKARA/ELBEYLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants at home.

The air strikes, which followed a phone conversation between Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, were accompanied by a series of police raids across Turkey to detain hundreds of suspected militants, including from Kurdish groups.

Jul 24, 2015

Turkish warplanes pound Islamic State in Syria as Ankara steps up to front-line

ANKARA/ELBEYLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria and police detained hundreds of suspected militants across Turkey on Friday, a sign that Ankara may have shed its hesitancy in taking a front-line role against jihadist fighters.

Turkey has long been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, emphasizing the need to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and saying Syrian Kurdish forces also pose a grave security threat.

Jul 22, 2015

Kurd militants say kill two Turkish police to avenge Islamic State bombing

ANKARA (Reuters) – Kurdish militants claimed responsibility for the assassination on Wednesday of two Turkish police officers in what they said was retaliation for a suspected Islamic State suicide bombing which killed 32 mostly young students.

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) said in a statement on one of its websites that the two police officers were killed at around 6 a.m. in the south-eastern town of Ceylanpinar for “collaboration with the Daesh (Islamic State) gangs”.

Jul 22, 2015

Suspected Turkish suicide bomber had travelled to Syria – officials

ANKARA, July 22 (Reuters) – A suicide bomber who killed at
least 32 people, mostly young students, in southeastern Turkey
is thought to have travelled to Syria last year with the help of
a group linked to Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said
on Wednesday.

There was “strong evidence” to suggest the bombing in the
border town of Suruc on Monday was carried out by a 20-year old
man born in the southeastern province of Adiyaman and of Kurdish
origin, the official told Reuters.

Jul 8, 2015

New Uber boat service seeks to bypass Istanbul’s choking traffic

ISTANBUL, July 8 (Reuters) – With the towering bridges that
span the Bosphorus choked by traffic, a new boat service from
Uber aims to capitalise on Istanbul’s infamous road
congestion.

In partnership with local sea transport company Navette the
Uber Boat venture is unlikely to net a significant chunk of the
company’s Turkey revenue, but it is further evidence of the
strategy underpinning its offerings – making it easier to
transport anything, in any way, by first booking a pickup
through a mobile app.

Jul 4, 2015

Galatasaray finally get their man as Podolski signs

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Lukas Podolski completed his transfer from Arsenal to Galatasaray on Saturday after the Turkish club agreed a fee of around 2.85 million pounds ($4.45 million) to finally land their man at the fourth attempt.

The Germany striker signed his contract in front of fans of the Istanbul side, who won the domestic league last season and have snared the 30-year-old having tracked him for three years.

Jul 4, 2015

Soccer-Galatasaray finally get their man as Podolski signs

ISTANBUL, July 4 (Reuters) – Lukas Podolski completed his transfer from Arsenal to Galatasaray on Saturday after the Turkish club agreed a fee of around 2.85 million pounds ($4.45 million) to finally land their man at the fourth attempt.

The Germany striker signed his contract in front of fans of the Istanbul side, who won the domestic league last season and have snared the 30-year-old having tracked him for three years.

Jul 1, 2015

Political uncertainty threatens Turkey’s economy as World Bank cuts forecasts

ISTANBUL, July 1 (Reuters) – The World Bank cut its growth
forecasts for Turkey on Wednesday as uncertainty over who will
govern exacerbated the country’s economic weaknesses and
vulnerability to global liquidity tightening.

Parliamentary elections on June 7 failed to give any party a
clear majority, plunging the lira to record lows against the
dollar. The AK Party, which lost its single-party rule for the
first time since coming to power in 2002, is now looking for a
junior partner to form a coalition government.