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Qatar and Turkey — backers of Muslim Brotherhood — formalize strategic ties

Qatari Emir Tamim meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Doha on Sept. 15.  /AA photo

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Qatar and Turkey, the two leading supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, have formed a strategic alliance. Qatar and Turkey agreed to establish a strategic cooperation council that would enhance coordination in the Middle East. […]

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Forced landing of U.S. F-15 hit by ISIL fire spotlights Turkey’s neutrality in new war


Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has been quietly helping in the U.S. war against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant but unlike other NATO partners is trying maintain its neutrality. Officials said President Recep Erdogan has approved a […]

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Obama said to push Syria no-fly zone with prodding from Turkey

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  /Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The United States is said to have been discussing a no-fly zone over Syria in an effort to stop Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Diplomatic sources said President Barack Obama has been promoting […]

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Kurdish insurgents report growing ISIL presence in Istanbul, assassination of leader

More than 1,000 Turkish citizens are said to be fighting for ISIL.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — The Kurdish Workers Party has reported an attack on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Turkey. The PKK said it attacked an ISIL leader in the Turkish city of Istanbul. In a statement, […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan marks electoral win by continuing purge of police

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey, fresh from the election of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has resumed its purge of police linked to the opposition. Officials said nearly 40 police officers were arrested on Sept. 1 and charged with espionage […]

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Turkey’s overlooked role in rise of latest ‘Islamic Caliphate’, and what’s coming next

Map released by ISIS.

Special to WorldTribune.com Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Much has been spewed forth about the seemingly inexorable and sudden rise, steeped in blood, of a chimeric new “state”, the so-called Islamic Caliphate. It has occupied land seized from […]

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Sen. Cruz: ‘Why is President Obama selling AMRAAM missiles to Turkey but blocking Hellfires for Israel?’

Sen. Ted Cruz

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, despite concern from Congress, has defended arms sales to Turkey. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama would maintain U.S. weapons exports to Turkey amid concerns that the NATO ally was […]

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Who armed ISIL? Former Soviet bloc nations aided by Turkey, sources say

ISIL fighters

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has received weapons shipments from the former East Bloc. Diplomatic sources said ISIL has been ordering anti-tank weapons, rockets, mortars, body armor and communications through fronts in Europe. […]

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Turkish opposition charges government knew of ISIL training, recruiting

Sezin Tanrikulu

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Despite assurances to the West, Turkey has retained the presence of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Opposition sources said ISIL has continued to operate in Turkey amid the Al Qaida wars in neighboring […]

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Turkey declines to provide U.S. ‘any kind of support’ against ISIL

Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has disassociated itself from the U.S. war against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled out cooperation with the United States in […]

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