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Aug 21, 2015

Second group of U.S-trained Syrian rebels could be deployed ‘within weeks:’ source

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A second group of rebel fighters trained in Turkey by the U.S.-led coalition could be deployed to Syria within weeks as part of a campaign to push Islamic State insurgents away from the border, diplomatic sources told Reuters on Friday.

The United States and Turkey plan to provide air cover for what Washington judges to be moderate Syrian rebels, in a joint operation to flush Islamic State from a rectangle of border territory roughly 80 km (50 miles) long. U.S. jets have already begun air strikes from Turkish bases in advance of the campaign.

Aug 18, 2015

Islamic State fighter urges fellow Turks to conquer Istanbul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A fighter proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State has appeared in a video urging fellow Turks to rebel against “infidel” President Tayyip Erdogan and help conquer Istanbul, highlighting the threat the NATO member faces as it battles the radical insurgents.

Turkey has been in a heightened state of alert since launching a “synchronized war on terror” last month, which included air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and the opening of its air bases to U.S.-led coalition forces.

Aug 18, 2015

Islamic State fighter urges fellow Turks to conquer Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Aug 18 (Reuters) – A fighter proclaiming
allegiance to Islamic State has appeared in a video urging
fellow Turks to rebel against “infidel” President Tayyip Erdogan
and help conquer Istanbul, highlighting the threat the NATO
member faces as it battles the radical insurgents.

Turkey has been in a heightened state of alert since
launching a “synchronised war on terror” last month, which
included air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and
the opening of its air bases to U.S.-led coalition forces.

Aug 6, 2015

Turkey to boost security for energy infrastructure as PKK attacks rise

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey will deploy thermal cameras and horse-back patrols to heighten security around key oil and gas pipelines as Kurdish militant attacks increase, in a bid to safeguard energy supplies in the import-dependent country, energy officials said.

Tighter security around energy infrastructure would be welcomed by Iraqi Kurdistan, whose oil exports to the world are piped through Turkey. A recent attack on the line has cost it more than $250 million by halting oil pumping.

Aug 5, 2015

Turkey says coalition to launch ‘comprehensive battle’ against Islamic State

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey said on Wednesday a U.S.-led coalition will soon launch a “comprehensive battle” against Islamic State militants from Turkish air bases, but Syria said any military action not coordinated with Damascus would breach its sovereignty.

NATO-member Turkey formally agreed to open its air bases to U.S. and coalition aircraft last month, a major policy change after years of reluctance in taking a frontline role against the Islamist fighters pressing on its borders.

Aug 5, 2015

Turkey says coalition to launch ‘comprehensive battle’ on Islamic State

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey said on Wednesday a U.S.-led coalition will soon launch a “comprehensive battle” against Islamic State militants in northern Syria from Turkish air bases.

The NATO member formally agreed to open its air bases to U.S. and coalition aircraft last month, a major change in policy after years of reluctance in taking a front-line role against the Islamist fighters pressing on its borders.

Aug 3, 2015

Turkey’s main opposition accuses Erdogan of blocking coalition efforts

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s main opposition leader has accused President Tayyip Erdogan of blocking efforts to form a coalition government and warned him against taking the country to new elections through “blood politics” by reopening conflict with Kurdish militants.

The ruling AK Party, founded by Erdogan, holds its final day of initial talks with the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Monday as it tries to find a junior coalition partner after losing its parliamentary majority in a June election.

Aug 2, 2015

Two soldiers killed, 31 wounded in PKK suicide attack in east Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Turkish army said two of its soldiers were killed and 31 wounded in an attack overnight by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), as violence escalated following Ankara’s air bombardment of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

The suicide attack was carried out with a tractor loaded with two tonnes of explosives on a gendarmerie outpost in the Dogubeyazit district of eastern Agri province, bordering Iran, the provincial governor’s office and the army said.

Aug 2, 2015

Two security forces killed, 24 wounded in PKK attack in east Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Two security force members were killed and 24 were wounded in a suicide bombing attack overnight by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey’s eastern province of Agri, the local governor’s office said in a statement on Sunday.

The attack was carried out with a tractor loaded with two tonnes of explosives on a gendarmarie outpost located in the Dogubeyazit district of eastern Agri province, bordering Iran, the governor’s office said.

Aug 1, 2015

Kurdish militia in Syria accuses Turkey of ‘provocative’ attacks

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week, calling the attacks provocative and hostile.

Turkey began a campaign of air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq and Islamic State fighters in Syria last Friday, in what Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called a “synchronized fight against terror”.