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Turkey sends military convoy with 300 troops into Syria to protect tomb

Suleyman Shah tomb

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has acknowledged military operations in Syria. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan said Turkish troops were sent to northern Syria to protect the tomb of Suleyman Shah. Erdogan said a military convoy was sent to the tomb, some 25 kilometers inside Syria and under Turkish sovereignty. “The job of our convoy […]

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Deal’s off: Kurdish insurgents streaming back into Turkey

PKK fighters.  /DHA photo

Special to ANKARA — Turkey’s intelligence community has determined that Kurdish insurgents returned from their bases in Iraq and Syria. In a report by two intelligence agencies, the Kurdish Workers Party was said to have ended its withdrawal from Turkey, launched in 2013. The report, titled “Solution Process/PKK Report,” said the insurgency group has […]

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U.S. offers reward of $3 million each for capture of 3 Turkish insurgents


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has sought help for the capture of three Turkish insurgency commanders. The State Department offered a reward for the capture of three senior members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front. Those targeted were identified as Musa Asoglu, Zerrin Sari and Seher Demir Sen, deemed responsible for attacking […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan fires longtime defense chief without explanation

Murad Bayar

Special to ANKARA — Turkey, in a purge of opponents of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, has dismissed its defense procurement chief. Officials said Erdogan ordered the firing of Defense Industry Undersecretary Murad Bayar. They said Bayar was dismissed in a decision recorded on March 27. Turkey’s Official Gazette confirmed the removal of Bayar, who […]

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U.S. calls on Muslim allies Turkey and Morocco to train Libya’s ‘weak’ military

Gen. David Rodriguez.  /AP

Special to WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said the Obama administration has reached out to Muslim allies within and outside NATO to help rebuild Libya’s military. The officials cited Morocco and Turkey, the latter which recently completed a training course for Libyan soldiers. “The Libyan institutions across the board are very, very weak after the […]

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Turkey reports Russian missile systems radar-locked on its F-16s near Syria

Turkish Air Force F-16

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has determined that the Syrian military was deploying a range of Russian-origin air defense systems along its border. The Turkish military said the Syrian military was using at least three surface-to-air missile systems to track the Turkish Air Force. The military identified the systems as the SA-2, SA-5, SA-11 […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan assume new powers critics say he could use to punish political foes

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has amended its defense tenders that would allow the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan to favor state-owned companies over their private counterparts. The Cabinet has approved regulations that change military procurement tenders issued by the Defense Ministry. Under the revision, disclosed in December 2013, the ministry could decide […]

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Turkey might opt for ‘indigenous’ missile defense system in quiet, dodgy deal with China

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.  /AFP/Getty Images/Adem Altan

Special to ANKARA — Turkey, which is under intense pressure from NATO over its procurement of  a China’s ballistic missile defense battery, might copy it and claim it as an indigenous system. Western diplomats said NATO has assessed that Ankara could indefinitely delay signing an agreement for China’s HQ-9 BMD system. Instead, the government […]

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Turkey weighs $2.5 billion underwater gas pipeline from Israel


Special to TEL AVIV — Turkey, despite a military and political boycott, has been considering acquiring natural gas from Israel. Industry sources said the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has approved negotiations with an Israeli consortium for offshore gas. The sources said Ankara was considering plans to build a gas pipeline from […]

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Double cross: Kurdish insurgents return to Turkey reinforced with Syrian war veterans

PKK fighters near the Turkish border.  /AP

Special to ANKARA — The Kurdish Workers Party has revived its operational presence in Turkey despite the promise of reconciliation with the government. Officials said Turkey determined that PKK established cells in cities in the NATO member. The officials said PKK, bolstered by thousands of fighters from Iran, Iraq and Syria, was focused on […]

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