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Aug 24, 2015

U.S., Turkey to launch ‘comprehensive’ anti-Islamic State operation

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey and the United States will soon launch “comprehensive” air operations to flush Islamic State fighters from a zone in northern Syria bordering Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Monday.

Detailed talks between Washington and Ankara on the plans were completed on Sunday, and regional allies including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan, as well as Britain and France may also take part, Cavusoglu said in an interview.

Aug 19, 2015

Eight soldiers killed, Istanbul palace attacked as Turkish unrest mounts

ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Gunmen opened fire on Turkish police outside an Istanbul palace and eight soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in the southeast on Wednesday, heightening a sense of crisis as the country’s political leaders struggle to form a new government.

The Istanbul governor’s office said two members of a “terrorist group” armed with hand grenades and an automatic rifle were caught after attacking the Dolmabahce palace, popular with tourists and home to the prime minister’s Istanbul offices.

Aug 17, 2015

Turkey’s Erdogan gambles on using crisis to consolidate power

ANKARA (Reuters) – As efforts to form a new government flounder and Turkish jets bombard Kurdish militants, President Tayyip Erdogan is hoping to turn Turkey’s deepest uncertainty in more than a decade to his advantage.

Declaring the end of single-party rule a betrayal by “terrorists” and “so-called intellectuals”, he has cast Turkey as confronted by a new domestic enemy which, by implication, only a leader as strong as he can defeat.

Aug 17, 2015

Turkey’s Erdogan gambles on using crisis to consolidate power

ANKARA, Aug 17 (Reuters) – As efforts to form a new
government flounder and Turkish jets bombard Kurdish militants,
President Tayyip Erdogan is hoping to turn Turkey’s deepest
uncertainty in more than a decade to his advantage.

Declaring the end of single-party rule a betrayal by
“terrorists” and “so-called intellectuals”, he has cast Turkey
as confronted by a new domestic enemy which, by implication,
only a leader as strong as he can defeat.

Aug 3, 2015

In Turkish villages facing Islamic State, doubt hangs over U.S. strategy

KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Packets of cigarettes and tea gathering dust in his one-room store, Mustafa Karatas doubts a joint U.S.-Turkish plan to flush Islamic State militants from the Syrian border will make much difference to his business any time soon.

This main commercial street in Karkamis, a Turkish town of 10,500 people, sits directly opposite the border post. Shut for more than a year, the military sealed the crossing with a breeze block wall a few months ago. Behind it, just inside Syria, the black flag of Islamic State flaps in the breeze.

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 yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire

ISTANBUL (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 six Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets including shelters, depots and caves, 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

NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force.

Following a 90-minute meeting in Brussels, Turkey won the backing it sought for stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes.

Jul 28, 2015

Turkey seeks NATO endorsement in Islamic State fight

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey sought moral support for its campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday with its North Atlantic allies, with both NATO and Ankara playing down any idea of a call for military help from the alliance.

Turkey requested urgent consultations with its 27 NATO partners in Brussels after stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes, also hitting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq at the weekend.

Jul 27, 2015

In fight against Islamic State, Turkey’s Erdogan sees chance to battle Kurds

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Forced into battle against Islamic State as it presses on Turkey’s borders, President Tayyip Erdogan is seizing the chance to keep another foe in check, bombing Kurdish militants he sees as a threat to the integrity of the Turkish state.

Casting the operations as a war on terrorist groups “without distinction”, Turkey launched air strikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time last week and granted the U.S.-led coalition access to its air bases after years of reluctance.

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