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  • Islamic State shows new strategy with Istanbul attack

    3 weeks ago

    The latest Islamic State (ISIS) bombing in Turkey, which killed 11 tourists, marks a change in the group’s strategy.

    Ten Germans and one Peruvian were killed, and at least a dozen injured in a suicide bombing in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood on Tuesday.

    “Clearly...

  • Suicide bomber kills 10 people, mainly Germans, in Istanbul

    January 12, 2016 | 8:47 am

    A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, in Istanbul's historic heart on Tuesday, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on Islamic State.

    All of those killed in Sultanahmet square, near the...

  • Turkey unsettled by ‘anti-Islamic’ messages in U.S. presidency race

    January 11, 2016 | 2:48 pm

    Turkey is unsettled by "anti-Islamic" messages in the U.S. presidential campaign, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, citing the 2016 race for the White House that has seen the Republican front-runner advocate a ban on Muslim immigration. 

    Donald Trump, the...

  • Teenager says attack on Jewish teacher was for Islamic State

    January 11, 2016 | 11:47 am

    A teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher in Marseille on Monday is a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who said he acted in the name of the militant Islamist group Islamic State, the prosecutor in the southern French city of Marseille said.

    "He claimed to have acted in the name...

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  • Saudi Arabia vs. Iran

    January 6, 2016 | 12:22 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Turkey should avoid picking sides in the current diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran, according to experts.

    “I hope that Turkey doesn’t feel that it needs to rush in and take sides in this issue. It’s not in the...

  • Bodies of 34 migrants found on Turkish coast, at least 12 rescued

    January 5, 2016 | 10:48 am

    The bodies of 34 migrants, at least seven of them children, were found at two sites along Turkey's Aegean coast on Tuesday after they apparently tried to cross to the nearby Greek island of Lesbos.

    The flow of migrants, mostly fleeing Syria's civil war in search of sanctuary in...

  • Israel wary of continued conflict in Syria

    December 29, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    It’s been seven years since Israel and Syria were in talks mediated by Turkey.

    Those negotiations in Ankara were premised on de-coupling Damascus from its alliance with Iran and Hezbollah and dislodging Israel from the Golan.

    Neither side could envision paying the price...

  • Turkey sees no normalization of Israel ties without end to Gaza blockade

    December 28, 2015 | 8:25 am

    Turkey sees no normalization in ties with Israel unless its conditions for ending the Gaza blockade and compensation for the deaths of 10 Turkish activists in 2010 are met, a presidential spokesman said on Monday.

    Relations between Turkey and Israel soured when the activists were...

  • Israel and Turkey reach preliminary deal to restore ties

    December 17, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Israel and Turkey have reached a preliminary agreement to normalize relations, including the return of ambassadors to both countries, an Israeli official said on Thursday.

    The deal was reached during a recent meeting in Switzerland between the incoming head of Israel's Mossad...

  • Turkey Incursion Into Iraq Intensifies

    December 14, 2015 | 6:23 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Turkey’s recent deployment of troops and tanks into northern Iraq has caused a major diplomatic row between Ankara and Baghdad, but experts say Turkish forces are there to stay.

    “Honestly speaking there is not much Baghdad can...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan: Normalization of ties with Israel would benefit region

    December 14, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the normalization of ties between his country and Israel would benefit the entire Middle East.

    “This normalization process would be good for us, Israel, Palestine and the entire region,” Erdogan told reporters Sunday, the Turkish Daily...

  • Four Israeli reactions to the Turkish-Russian fallout

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 2, 2015 | 12:54 pm

    Turkey and Russia — long allied against alleged overweening Western interference — have been on the outs since last week, when the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey says crossed into its airspace. Russian fighter jets are targeting enemies of Syria’s Bashar...

  • Russia and Turkey refuse to back down in row over jet downing

    November 25, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

    Underscoring the message, Russian...

  • Surviving crew member of Russian jet says no warning from Turkey

    November 25, 2015 | 8:08 am

    The surviving crew member of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey said on Wednesday the plane received no warnings from the Turkish Air Force and did not fly over Turkish air space, Russian news agencies reported.

    Turkey shot down the Russian plane near the Syrian border on...

  • Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of ‘serious consequences’

    November 24, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had repeatedly violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said...

  • Uncertainty grips Middle Eastern markets

    November 17, 2015 | 9:24 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The impact of the Middle East’s ongoing woes on the region’s tourism businesses has been well documented. The industry’s standing has been tarnished not just by continuing conflicts, but also by repeated terrorist attacks...

  • Crowded skies over Syria

    November 16, 2015 | 9:35 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    In response to the Paris terror attacks that have so far claimed 129 lives and wounded 300 more, French warplanes have for the first time attacked Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside of Syria.  Until now, France had limited its...

  • Russia suspends Egypt flights as Western intelligence backs bomb theory

    November 6, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Russia suspended all passenger flights to Egypt on Friday after a deadly plane crash at the weekend as Western officials said intelligence "chatter" supported the theory that the jet was brought down by a bomb. 

    Putin's decision was a response to the crash of an Airbus A321...

  • Erdogan says world must respect Turkish election result

    November 2, 2015 | 10:44 am

    A jubilant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday cast the return of Turkey to single-party rule as a vote for stability that the world must respect, but opponents fear it heralds growing authoritarianism and deeper polarization.

    The AK Party, whose roots are in political...

  • Family of Mavi Marmara victim sues Ehud Barak

    October 22, 2015 | 1:28 pm

    The family of a Turkish-American killed during the Israeli raid of the Mavi Marmara ship have sued former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

    Barak was served with papers on Tuesday after giving a speech near Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported. The lawsuit was filed Oct....

  • U.S. civil suit brought against Israeli ex-PM Ehud Barak

    October 21, 2015 | 4:24 pm

    Relatives of a 19-year-old U.S. citizen killed in Israel's 2010 storming of a Turkish-led aid flotilla are suing former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for the raid, in which nine activists died.

    Furkan Dogan, a dual Turkish-U.S. citizen, was filming on the flotilla carrying...

  • After Syria coordination talks with Israel, Russia beckons to Turkey, U.S.

    October 7, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Russia ended high-level military talks with Israel on Wednesday with a call on other countries, including a suspicious United States and aggrieved Turkey, to coordinate operations in Syria.

    The two countries discussed how they can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in...

  • U.S. ‘greatly concerned’ by Russia incursion of Turkey airspace

    October 5, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday the United States was "greatly concerned" about the incursion by a Russian plane into Turkish airspace over the weekend and he had intensified discussions with Moscow.

    He said his Turkish counterpart called him about the incident on...

  • Germany’s moral courage

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    Around 7 a.m. last Sunday, The New York Times landed on my balcony with a thud, like it always does. It woke me up and startled my cats, like it usually does, until we all realized it’s the same old, same old, and lay our heads down again.

    But when I finally emerged about an hour...

  • Germany’s moral courage

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Around 7 a.m. last Sunday, The New York Times landed on my balcony with a thud, like it always does. It woke me up and startled my cats, like it usually does, until we all realized it’s the same old, same old, and lay our heads down again.

    But when I finally emerged about an hour...

  • Jewish-Israeli man stopped from joining Islamic State

    September 1, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    A Jewish-Israeli man who planned to join the Islamic State was apprehended in Turkey and returned to his parents.

    Turkish authorities apprehended the man, 21, whose family members arrived in Turkey and traveled back to Israel with him on Tuesday, according to the Times of Israel....

  • Turkish court charges Vice News reporters with terrorism links

    August 31, 2015 | 3:40 pm

    A Turkish court on Monday formally charged three employees of Vice News with having links to a terrorist organization, the online news channel said, days after they were detained while reporting from the mainly Kurdish southeast.

    Security sources and local media identified the...

  • Turkey steps up assault on PKK

    August 12, 2015 | 10:22 am

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to intensify its crackdown on PKK Kurdish troops in Turkey “until not one terrorist is left,” after a series of attacks that targeted security forces and a US consulate left at least six people dead. The violence in Turkey comes...

  • Kurdish fighters seen as primary target of Turkey’s Erdogan

    July 29, 2015 | 12:05 am

    Following a devastating Islamic State (ISIS) linked attack on a Turkish town near the Syrian border, the Erdogan government has launched a campaign primarily targeting the Kurdish fighters who are ISIS’s most effective opponents, essentially terminating the peace process with...

  • Finding Unexpected Joy in Turkey

    July 27, 2015 | 11:58 am

    I never expected to be able visit Turkey.

    Although everyone I knew that had been loved it, they all said how they thought it was too inaccessible for me. You see, I can't walk much because of my disabilities, and generally use a wheelchair scooter to get around if we don't have...

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