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Why Turkey worries about Kurdish Referendum?

ANKARA (Web Desk) Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim expressed on Monday his country’s strong opposition to the forthcoming Kurdish independence referendum, saying that the referendum the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) has planned is a challenge to the Turkish national security, and Ankara will take the necessary actions to face it.The …

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Turkish parliament extends mandate for military troops in Iraq, Syria

ANKARA (Web Desk) The Turkish parliament has extended a mandate authorizing the deployment of the country’s military forces in Iraq and Syria in the lead-up to a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq.The vote during the parliament’s emergency session on Saturday comes as Ankara has repeatedly stressed that it …

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KRG referendum ‘illegitimate and unacceptable’: Turkey

ANKARA (Web Desk) The Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) planned referendum in northern Iraq is illegitimate and unacceptable, Turkey’s top security body, the National Security Council (MGK) said on Friday.A statement released after the closed MGK meeting, which was held under the presidency of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and lasted over …

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Khawaja Asif talks Afghanistan, regional security with Turkish leadership

ANKARA (Web Desk) Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met with Turkish leadership in Ankara on Tuesday as part of his tour to regional powers in the aftermath of the United States’ new policy announcement on Afghanistan and South Asia.Asif,in meetings with Turkish President Recip Tayyep Erdogan,Prime Minister Benali Yildirim and …

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Turkey issues arrest warrants for 63 over alleged coup links

ANKARA (Web Desk) Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 63 individuals, including former staff of the National Intelligence Agency (MIT), for their alleged links to a US-based dissident accused of leading last year’s failed coup.Based on the orders, police launched operations to make arrests in 21 provinces throughout Turkey,the …

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Assad may win war but will preside over a ruined Syria

BEIRUT (Web Desk) Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad appears to be winning the war against those who sought his overthrow, but he will preside over a ruined country with an economy in tatters.“Assad remains in charge of most of the population and most of the important territory, and I expect him …

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Pakistan and Kazakhstan to execute energy, defence projects

ASTANA (Web Desk) Pakistan and Kaza­khs­tan on Saturday agreed to execute joint projects in the fields of defence, energy and communication to widen bilateral cooperation.The agreement was reached during a one-to-one meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev. The president is here to attend the first …

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Turkey says citizens face ‘racist treatment’ in Germany

ANKARA (Web Desk) Turkey on Saturday asked citizens to be “cautious” in Germany and stay away from political gatherings ahead of this month’s election, as tensions ratcheted between the Nato allies.Ties have plummeted since last year’s attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Germany’s strong criticism of an ensuing …

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Bomb explosion wounds eight in Turkey’s Izmir

ANKARA: (Web Desk) A bomb placed in a garbage container has exploded in the western Turkish city of Izmir, wounding at least eight people on a shuttle bus nearby. The explosion took place in Izmir’s Buca district on Thursday around 0500 GMT, the Turkish media said. According to the reports, …

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