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Dec 15, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan says media raids a response to ‘dirty’ plot

IZMIT, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that weekend raids on media outlets close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric were part of a necessary response to “dirty operations” by political enemies, and dismissed European Union criticism of the moves.

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

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

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 11, 2014

Turkey may suggest LNG project to Russia

ISTANBUL, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Turkey could propose to Russia
building an LNG terminal in an energy complex on its border with
Greece, as part of talks on planned new gas pipeline with its
northern neighbour, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.

Last week Russia scrapped the South Stream pipeline project
to supply gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine,
citing EU objections, and instead named Turkey as its preferred
partner for an alternative pipeline.

Dec 9, 2014

Erdogan’s Ottoman language drive faces backlash in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan stirred fierce criticism on Tuesday with plans to make lessons in Ottoman Turkish mandatory in high schools, prompting one opposition politician to declare that an army could not force his daughter to learn the language.

Erdogan said on Monday that Ottoman, an old form of Turkish using a version of Arabic script replaced by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with the Latin alphabet on foundation of the secular Republic in 1923, should be taught in schools to prevent younger generations losing touch with their cultural heritage.

Dec 4, 2014

Turkey frets after Putin picks it for major gas role

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Russia’s offer of a
centre stage role in its revised gas export plans to Turkey,
after President Putin killed off the South Stream pipeline to
southeast Europe, has been greeted with more muted applause in
Ankara than Moscow might have hoped.

Privately, Turkish energy officials say it important that
the planned prestige gas link with Azerbaijan, in which Turkey
has a stake, should not be jeopardised. Russian offers of
cheaper gas were also treated with some caution.

Nov 22, 2014

Turkey trains Kurdish peshmerga forces in fight against Islamic State

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday.

Turkish soldiers began special forces training with Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq three weeks ago, peshmerga spokesman Brigadier General Halgurd Hikmat said. The Turkish official said similar assistance would be given to Iraq’s National Guard.

Nov 22, 2014

U.S. welcomes oil deal between Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden welcomed an agreement between Iraq’s central government and its northern Kurdistan region over the management of oil exports, a step forward in a feud that has threatened the unity of Iraq.

After years of friction, the two sides last week struck a deal in which Kurds will give half of their overall oil shipments to the federal government and Baghdad will pay overdue civil servants’ salaries in the region.

Nov 21, 2014

Turkey, U.S. play down differences on fight against Islamic State

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey and the United States played down differences in the fight against Islamic State on Friday, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made clear Ankara would keep pressing for a no-fly zone in Syria and President Bashar al-Assad’s removal.

Turkey has been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) insurgents. Ankara argues that the coalition’s air strikes in Iraq and Syria are not enough and it has pushed for a more comprehensive strategy involving Assad’s departure and the creation of a buffer zone inside Syria to protect displaced civilians.