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Fugitives: Turkey sent ISIL insurgents to Marseille while French police waited at Paris airport

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — The French interior minister held talks here after Turkey sent three insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and then Levant to Marseille rather than Paris allowing them to escape. NATO has expressed increasing concern […]

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Report: Turkey’s Erdogan has stifled all criticism in media, military andjudiciary

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  /AP/Burhan Ozbilici

Special to WorldTribune.com from WASHINGTON — Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has silenced critics, a report said. Human Rights Watch said Erdogan has led a government campaign to crack down on critics and protesters. In a 38-page report, the […]

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Turkey’s strategic reliability as a NATO ally has become questionable at best

Air base in Incirlik, Turkey.

Special to WorldTribune.com Dr. Harry Dinella, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Increasing Turkish divergence from U.S., European Union, and Western strategic objectives has given urgency to Western military planning as to how to compensate for the probable lack of access in […]

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Turkey gets third AEW Boeing aircraft from U.S.

Peace Eagle Airborne
Early Warning and Control aircraft.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has received another airborne early-warning and alert aircraft from the United States amid growing concerns in Washington about the NATO partner’s drift under its Islamist government. The Turkish Air Force accepted delivery of the […]

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Spike in Turkey’s military exports tied to Iraq, Libya

Turkish Kirpi BMC 350 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Armored Vehicles.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has reported a sharp rise in defense exports. The Defense Industry Exporters Union said exports rose by 76 percent from July 2013 to July 2014. The union cited the sale of armored vehicles and […]

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After early support for ISIL, Turkey now finds itself focusing on homeland security

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey,  on Sept. 8. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey, faced with insurgency infiltration from at least three neighbors, has sought to invest in homeland security. Officials said President Recep Erdogan has approved plans to expand procurement of systems that would protect critical facilities in […]

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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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