Ahead of normalization with Israel, Turkey’s Erdogan meets Hamas leader

Ahead of normalization with Israel, Turkey’s Erdogan meets Hamas leader

by WorldTribune Staff, June 26, 2016 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Hamas leader Khaled Masha’al on June 24 reportedly to ease tensions amid Turkey’s announcement that it will normalize ties with Israel. Erdogan met with Masha’al in Istanbul to discuss “ways to resolve the disagreements among Palestinians as well as Turkish humanitarian assistance,” […]

U.S. denies ISIL role in ‘tragic accidental death’ of contractor at Turkey’s Incirlik air base

U.S. denies ISIL role in ‘tragic accidental death’ of contractor at Turkey’s Incirlik air base

by WorldTribune Staff, June 20, 2016 The United States has said Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) played no role in the death of a U.S. military contractor at his home in Turkey. ISIL claimed a squad of its jihadists assassinated the contractor at his home in the Turkish city of Adana on June […]

Report: Israel, Turkey normalization 95 percent ‘finalized’

Report: Israel, Turkey normalization 95 percent ‘finalized’

by WorldTribune Staff, June 20, 2016 Turkey and Israel will reach agreement on re-establishing normalized relations in “a matter of days,” a report said. A senior Israeli official on June 19 said rapprochement between Jerusalem and Ankara was over 95 percent complete, Hebrew-language Ynet website reported. “Almost everything has been finalized. We’ve concluded over 95 […]

Reports: Turkish forces killed refugees (including children) fleeing from ISIL areas of Syria

Reports: Turkish forces killed refugees (including children) fleeing from ISIL areas of Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, June 19, 2016 Turkish border guards shot and killed at least eight Syrians, including four children, who were fleeing areas controlled by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), reports said. The Syrians were gunned down “while trying to flee their war-torn country” on June 19, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights […]

Humanitarian fury: Doctors Without Borders bans aid from EU over refugee deal with Turkey

Humanitarian fury: Doctors Without Borders bans aid from EU over refugee deal with Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, June 17, 2016 The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders “effective immediately” will no longer accept funding from the European Union or any of its member states. The group said in a statement released on June 17 that the move was precipitated by the EU–Turkey refugee deal and urged European nations to rethink […]

Kurdish militants warn Turkey no longer safe for tourists

Kurdish militants warn Turkey no longer safe for tourists

by WorldTribune Staff, June 13, 2016 A Turkish militant group has warned foreign tourists to stay away from the country. The Kurdish Freedom Falcons (TAK), a break-away group from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has claimed responsibility for an attack on June 7 that targeted a police bus near Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Eleven people were […]

Turkey’s Erdogan flies home early after friction over Muhammad Ali funeral

Turkey’s Erdogan flies home early after friction over Muhammad Ali funeral

by WorldTribune Staff, June 10, 2016 A dust-up over his role at the funeral of boxing legend Muhammad Ali prompted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to leave the proceedings early and fly back to Turkey. Erdogan and other government representatives left for Turkey on Feb. 9 without participating in the full funeral ceremony in Louisville, […]

Former Miss Turkey convicted of ‘insulting’ Erdogan on social media

Former Miss Turkey convicted of ‘insulting’ Erdogan on social media

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 A fashion model and former Miss Turkey received a suspended sentence of over one year for “publicly insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an Instagram post. An Istanbul court sentenced Merve Buyuksarac, 27, to one year and two months in prison for a satirical poem she posted on her […]

ISIL gains territory near Turkish border through which rebel forces have been supplied

ISIL gains territory near Turkish border through which rebel forces have been supplied

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has launched its biggest offensive in Syria’s Aleppo province in two years and gained territory from rebel forces near the Turkish border. ISIL captured territory from Syrian rebels on May 28 and inched closer to a town on a supply route for […]

U.S. troops ordered to remove Kurdish insignias from uniforms

U.S. troops ordered to remove Kurdish insignias from uniforms

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 The Pentagon has ordered U.S. special forces soldiers to stop wearing the insignia patch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on their uniforms. Photos of U.S. troops with the insignia patches infuriated Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian president, who views the YPG as a terrorist organization linked to the Kurdish […]

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