Turkey’s deputy prime minister has dismissed as “false” media reports that Syrian government forces were poised to enter a Kurdish enclave in Syria’s Afrin. Bekir Bozdag, however, warned any move by Syrian soldiers to help the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, repel a Turkish offensive in northwestern Syria would[…]
A manhunt was on in Turkey for at least one assailant who shot dead 39 people in a crowded Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s celebrations and fled the scene. About 70 others were wounded, three of those people in critical condition, Binali Yildirim, Turkey’s prime minister, said on Sunday. Interior[…]
The two co-chairpeople of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were among 12 members arrested in the early hours of Friday as part of a “terrorism probe” of the political group. Selahattin Demirtas said on Twitter early on Friday that police had arrived at his house in Diyarbakir to arrest[…]
A car bomb attack on a military station has killed at least eight soldiers in the Hakkari province of southeast Turkey, according to state media. Sunday’s attack in the Semdinli district also resulted in at least five injuries, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported, citing a statement by the Turkish armed[…]
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday vowed no let-up in a military campaign which he said had killed more than 3,000 mostly Kurdish militants this year in some of the heaviest fighting since their insurgency began three decades ago. In a New Year statement, Erdogan said Turkey had “the resources[…]
Turkish security forces on Friday pressed on with a relentless operation to root out Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants from two urban centres in the troubled southeast. The military operations against the PKK – which is classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the EU, the US and a number[…]
Violence broke out in Turkey’s restive southeast following the unexpected electoral victory of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), who scored a surprising electoral comeback on Sunday, regaining its parliamentary majority in a poll seen as pivotal for the future of the troubled country. A blast occured in the southeastern[…]
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has vowed to “wipe out” Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters from their mountain strongholds after 16 soldiers were killed in a rebel attack. “These terrorists must be wiped out from the mountains; whatever happens they must be wiped out,” he said in televised comments in[…]
With the recent outbreak of the violence and fighting between Turkey and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkey’s famed Kurdish peace process has entered uncharted waters. PKK began their fight for independence in the late 1970s and have been struggling for greater autonomy and recognition of Kurdish rights within[…]
The German foreign ministry has warned about possible attacks on Istanbul’s underground rail network and bus stops in the wake of Turkey’s assault on Kurdish armed groups in northern Iraq. “There could be increased attack activity by the PKK,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website on[…]
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