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Live-fire exercises deemed too dangerous for rebels trained to fight ISIL

Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters fire a mortar on July 9.  / Khalil Ashawi / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey and the United States have decided to refrain from training Syrian rebels with live fire. Officials said Ankara and Washington have drafted a training program for thousands of Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State […]

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Turkey’s war on Kurdish protesters boosts firm owned by Erdogan ally


Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Kurdish unrest has bolstered the fortunes of a Turkish armored vehicle producer. The expanded use by the Turkish police and security forces of riot control vehicles has sent stocks of producer Katmerciler Ekipman rising rapidly […]

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Putin exploits latest Biden gaffe, offers helping hand to Turkey

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com When U.S. Vice President openly chastised Turkey for allowing foreign militant fighters to cross its territory into Syria to join Islamist State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), President Vladimir Putin of Russia picked […]

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Kurds blame Erdogan for tolerating ISIL presence in S. Turkey

Kurdish protesters gathered in front of a hospital to which Bagdu was rushed after being shot on Oct. 14. / DHA Photo

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was believed to have established an operational presence in southern Turkey. Kurdish sources said ISIL was operating in southern Turkey against refugees from Syria. They said ISIL squads were […]

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan said ready to ‘take initiative’ in fight against ISIL, Syria’s Assad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reviewing recommendations for Turkish military intervention in Syria. Officials said Erdogan, supported by parliament, has been studying options for Turkish intervention in Syria. The officials said the options range from […]

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Iran, Turkey secretly sent emergency weapons to Kurds against ISIL

Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iran and Turkey quietly came to the aid of Kurdistan in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani said neighboring states have sent weapons to help block […]

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Report: Turkey fears ISIL backlash, ‘will continue to put the brakes on’ military action

Syrian Kurds cross theTurkish border in droves as ISIL nears they Syrian city of Kobani.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Turkey has encountered a dilemma over whether to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a report said. The Brookings Institution asserted that Ankara remains uncertain over its role in the U.S.-led war against […]

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Having nurtured ISIL, Turkey relishes the decimation of Kurdish Kobani

Kurds in Suruc, Turkey look on as ISIL presses its assault across the border in Kobani, Syria.  /Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Newly-elected Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdogan had, by Oct. 7, carefully re-started Turkey’s war inside Syria, to remove the government of President Bashar Assad, and had begun to draw the “old alliance” of […]

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Turkey warns Cyprus against gas exploration in the Mediterranean

The SAIPEM 10000 drillship.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has asked the Republic of Cyprus to end energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean. The Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed objection to the deployment of an energy exploration ship in Cyprus’ economic zone in the […]

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