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Turkey expects Iraqi Kurds to cancel independence vote

ANKARA: (Web Desk) Turkey’s foreign minister says his country expects the administration of Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous Kurdish region to cancel an upcoming referendum on its independence. Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is on a visit to Baghdad, made the remarks on Wednesday at a press conference with his Iraqi counterpart, Ibrahim al-Ja’afari. …

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Joint Turkish-Iranian operation ‘always on the agenda’: Erdogan

ANKARA (Web Desk) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that a joint Turkish-Iranian operation against Kurdish militants was “always on the agenda”, a week after Tehran’s top armed forces commander visited Ankara for rare talks.Turkey has battled the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for decades, while the Iranian security …

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Turkey Signals Joint Offensive with Iran against PKK, PJAK

ANKARA (Web Desk) Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan said Tehran and Ankara may launch a joint operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its offshoot PJAK in the near future.“A joint operation with Iran against terror groups that are posing threat is always on the agenda,” Erdogan told …

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Turkey orders arrest of 35 media workers over alleged links to Gulen

ANKARA: (Web Desk) Turkish authorities on Thursday issued arrest warrants for 35 employees of media groups on suspicion of links to the alleged mastermind of the failed 2016 coup, Fethullah Gulen, reported the state-run news agency. Nine people have been detained so far, Anadolu news agency said, adding that the …

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Detention warrants issued for 35 media employees: State Media

ANKARA: (Web Desk) Turkish authorities have issued detention warrants for 35 journalists and media workers on suspicion of links to the movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded a failed military coup last year. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said police on Thursday conducted raids …

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Iran, Turkey, Qatar mull land route amid Saudi crisis

ANKARA (Web Desk) Turkey seeks to establish a land route via Iran for trade with Qatar which has relied on both countries for sourcing food since a diplomatic crisis broke out with Saudi Arabia.Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci on Saturday was in Tehran where he was expected to discuss using …

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Turkey, Qatar launch joint military exercises

ISTANBUL ( Web Desk) Turkey and its main regional ally Qatar on Tuesday launched military exercises in the emirate that will involve some 250 Turkish troops and 30 armoured vehicles, reports said.The exercises come as Ankara presses on with its unequivocal backing of Doha in the crisis triggered by the …

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Nearly 500 to face coup trial in Turkey

ANKARA (Web Desk) Nearly 500 people arrested in the crackdown following the failed July 15, 2016 coup in Turkey will go on trial today. They are accused of conspiring to oust the government from an air base seen as the plotters’ hub. A total of 486 suspects will go on …

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Russia Turkey S-400 Supply Contract Nearly Finalized

ANKARA (Web Desk) Few nominal issues are left to clear up in a generally formalized contract on the delivery of Russia’s S-400 missile systems to Turkey, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Friday.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said this week that Ankara and Moscow had signed a document on supplies …

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