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Sep 3, 2013

Erdogan closer to Turkish presidency with allies’ public backing

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, accused of authoritarian rule at demonstrations in June, has taken a step towards what he hopes will be a stronger executive presidency after two senior politicians publicly backed him for the post.

With less than a year to the vote, speculation has been mounting over what role Erdogan and Abdullah Gul, who occupies the current largely figurehead presidential post, will play in Turkey’s first popular presidential election in 2014.

Aug 23, 2013

Turkey calls for action after Syria attack

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey urged the U.N. Security Council on Friday to take “concrete action” after a deadly attack in Syria in which it said chemical weapons had clearly been used.

Syria’s opposition has accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people near Damascus by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held suburbs. Damascus has dismissed the allegation.

Aug 15, 2013

Turkish troops repel hundreds of ‘smugglers’ on Syrian border

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish troops returned fire after coming under attack along the Syrian border overnight as more than 1,000 alleged smugglers, including 150 on horseback, tried to cross into Turkey from Syria, the military said.

The incident on Turkey’s long Syria frontier, where tensions have been on the rise over the past couple of months, follows a string of similar confrontations between Turkish soldiers and hundreds of people described by the military as smugglers.

Aug 15, 2013

Turkish PM calls for U.N. Security Council to convene on Egypt

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called on Thursday for the U.N. Security Council to convene quickly after what he described as a massacre in Egypt and rounded on Western nations for failing to stop the bloodshed.

Egyptian security forces crushed the protest camps of thousands of supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday, clashes which killed several hundred people and defied Western appeals for restraint.

Aug 2, 2013

Syrian Kurds take fragile steps towards autonomy

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) – Looking back over the border at the Syrian hometown he fled, Adil is circumspect when he sees a Kurdish flag hoisted over its low-rise, breeze block buildings.

The 33-year-old Kurd has seen victors come and go and it is far too soon to celebrate.

Jul 23, 2013

Turkish troops kill civilian trying to cross into Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) – A Turkish border patrol killed one of eight civilians trying to cross illegally from Turkey into Syria on the tense frontier, the Turkish military said on Tuesday.

The shooting was the latest in a string of fatal incidents along the 900 km (560 mile) border and underscores a growing concern that Syria’s more than two-year-old civil war is fuelling lawlessness and dragging in neighboring states.

Jul 19, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan slams world’s ‘double standards’ on Egypt

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Western and Arab nations of “double standards” for failing to condemn the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, whose Muslim Brotherhood like Erdogan has Islamist roots.

Turkey has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of what it has called an “unacceptable coup” after Egypt’s powerful military shunted the country’s elected leader from office earlier this month.

Jul 18, 2013

Kurds seize town on Syrian-Turkish border

ANKARA (Reuters) – A Syrian Kurdish party with links to Kurdish militants in Turkey has seized control of a Syrian town on the Turkish border after days of clashes with Islamist fighters, the Turkish military said.

The capture of Ras al-Ain by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) will heighten Ankara’s fears the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria could embolden homegrown militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is fighting for autonomy in Turkey.

Jul 18, 2013

Kurdish-Islamist fighting spreads to Syrian oil fields

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) – Kurdish fighters have seized control of a Syrian town on the border with Turkey and are battling Islamist rebel groups linked to al Qaeda for control of oilfields in the northeast of the country.

The fighting is further evidence that the conflict between rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces that has engulfed Syria since early 2011 has splintered into turf wars that have little to do with ousting him.

Jul 18, 2013

Kurds seize town on Syria-Turkey border, Ankara concerned

ANKARA (Reuters) – A Syrian Kurdish party with links to Kurdish militants in Turkey has seized control of a Syrian border town after days of clashes with Islamist fighters, the Turkish military said.

The capture of Ras al-Ain on Syria’s northeastern border with Turkey by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) will heighten Ankara’s fears that the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria could embolden homegrown militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is fighting for autonomy in Turkey.