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Turkish lawmakers switch parties in challenge to Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Web Desk) More than a dozen Turkish opposition lawmakers switched parties on Sunday in a show of solidarity as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rivals scramble to challenge him in a surprise snap election that could solidify his rule.Officials from the pro-secular Republican Peo­ple’s Party, or CHP, said 15 of …

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US supplies weapons to Kurdish militants free of charge: Erdogan

Ankara  (Web Desk) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the US and its allies have been providing free weapons to Kurdish militants operating in northern Syria in a move that poses a threat to Turkey’s security. In an interview with the Turkish NTV news channel on Saturday, Erdogan accused the …

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Threat to Turkey comes from ‘strategic partners’ – Erdogan

Ankara (Web Desk) Turkish President Recep Erdogan has sharply criticized the US and other NATO allies for their support of and reliance on Kurdish militias to keep a foothold in Syria, reiterating that Ankara views them as a threat to its security. “We cannot buy weapons from the US with …

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Erdogan’s snap polls: bold gambit or checkmate?

ANKARA (Web Desk) With his stunning call for elections in just over two months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to wrong-foot an unprepared opposition and capitalise on surging nationalist sentiment after his operation in Syria, analysts say.Erdogan and his party will be the strong favourites to win the …

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Tehran to host next trilateral meeting on Syria

ANKARA (Web Desk) The date of the next meeting on Syria has not been set yet, but the trio in a press conference after the meeting underlined the need for holding it in near future.In the Wednesday’s meeting, leaders of the three states discussed Syrian developments and implementation of Astana …

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Iran’s president officially welcomed in Ankara

ANKARA (Web Desk) President Rouhani is to hold a separate meeting with his Turkish counterpart within minutes and is also scheduled to meet his Russian President Veladimir Putin today.President Rouhani arrived in Ankara late Tuesday at the head of a delegation to attend the trilateral meeting with his Turkish and …

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Iranian, Russian, Turkish Presidents to Discuss Syria in Ankara

ANKARA (Web Desk) The first of the trilateral summits was held last year in Russia’s Black Sea city Sochi on Nov.22.In the second trilateral summit that will be held at the presidential complex in Ankara, the recent developments in Syria’s Afrin, the latest situation of the de-escalation zones in Idlib, …

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Erdogan calls Netanyahu ‘terrorist’ as insults fly after Gaza deaths

ISTANBUL (Web Desk) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu a “terrorist” on Sunday, escalating an exchange of insults that started after he criticized Israel’s lethal military response to a demonstration on the Gazan border.Israel has defended the killing of 15 Palestinians during Friday’s demonstration and Netanyahu …

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Six Turkish security force members killed in Kurdish militant attack

DIYARBAKIR, (Web Desk) Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants staged an attack near a military base in southeast Turkey’s Siirt province, killing six Turkish security force members and wounding seven, security sources said on Friday.They said the attack occurred in the area of a military base in the Eruh district of …

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