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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”.

Aug 1, 2015

Iraq’s Barzani condemns Turkish bombing he says killed civilians

BAGHDAD/ISTANBUL, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The president of Iraq’s
Kurdistan region on Saturday condemned Turkey’s bombardment of a
village there which he said had killed civilians, and called for
a return to the peace process.

“We condemn this bombardment that led to the martyrdom of
people from the Kurdistan region and call on Turkey not to
bombard civilians again,” Massoud Barzani said in a statement.

Jul 29, 2015

Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on Kurdish group

ISTANBUL, July 29 (Reuters) – Turkish jets launched their
heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight
since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip
Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible.

The strikes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets
including shelters, depots and caves in six areas, a statement
from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office said. A senior
official told Reuters it was the biggest assault since the
campaign started.

Jul 29, 2015

Turkey launches heaviest air strikes on PKK since campaign began: official

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish fighter jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, a government official said, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible.

The F-16 jets hit six targets in Iraq and were scrambled from an air base in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operations.

Jul 27, 2015

Turkish help for Uighur refugees looms over Erdogan visit to Beijing

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The folded piece of paper with a photo of a four-month-old baby tells a story that will loom over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Chinese hosts when he visits Beijing this week.

Baby Arife is a Uighur, one of thousands of members of China’s Turkic language-speaking Muslim ethnic minority who have reached Turkey, mostly since last year, infuriating Beijing, which accuses Ankara of helping its citizens flee unlawfully.

Jul 27, 2015

Insight – Turkish help for Uighur refugees looms over Erdogan visit to Beijing

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The folded piece of paper with a photo of a four-month-old baby tells a story that will loom over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Chinese hosts when he visits Beijing this week.

Baby Arife is a Uighur, one of thousands of members of China’s Turkic language-speaking Muslim ethnic minority who have reached Turkey, mostly since last year, infuriating Beijing, which accuses Ankara of helping its citizens flee unlawfully.

Jul 27, 2015

Syrian Kurds say hit as Turkish army battles Islamic State

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Kurdish fighters in northern Syria accused the Turkish army of shelling their positions on Monday, highlighting the precarious path Ankara is treading as it simultaneously battles Islamic State in Syria and Kurdish insurgents in Iraq.

Long a reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey last week made a dramatic turnaround by granting the alliance access to its air bases and bombarding targets in Syria linked to the jihadist movement.