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Turkey sends reinforcements to Syrian border in fight with Kurdish fighters


Special to ANKARA — Turkey has expanded operations to the Kurdish enclave in neighboring Syria. The Turkish Army has deployed reinforcements along the border of the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. Officials said the reinforcements were meant to stop […]

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Key Obama nominee, when pressed, says Turkey is turning from democracy

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged that Turkey was heading toward dictatorship. The administration of President Barack Obama has told Congress that Turkey was moving away from democracy. In a hearing, an administration nominee told the […]

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Islamists with ties to Erdogan openly incite violence against Turkey’s Jews

Islamists burn an Israeli flag outside the Israeli consulate in Ankara.  /AP

Special to ANKARA — Turkey, the biggest NATO supporter of Hamas, has overseen a backlash that threatens its ancient Jewish community as well as tens of thousands of Israeli tourists. Islamists linked to Turkey’s ruling party have attacked the […]

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ISIL’s ‘gang of thieves’ in Turkey stole 1,800 vehicles for operations

Close to 2,000 vehicles stolen in Turkey have been put to use by ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

Special to ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has formed a huge fleet of vehicles stolen from Turkey. A leading Turkish daily reported that ISIL was deploying nearly 2,000 Turkish vehicles in Syria. The Milliyet newspaper […]

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Kurdish insurgents deploy 1,000 fighters to stop ISIL siege of Syrian city

PKK fighters

Special to NICOSIA — The leading Kurdish insurgency movement has intervened to save its compatriots in Syria. The Kurdish Workers Party has sent nearly 1,000 fighters to stop an offensive by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the […]

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Hamas chief said to urge anti-Israel PR drive in frequent phone calls with Turkey’s Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, with Hamas leader Khaled Masha'al.

Special to ANKARA — Hamas has been coordinating with its leading ally in NATO amid the Gaza Strip war with Israel. Turkish sources said Hamas Executive Council leader Khaled Masha’al has been consulting with Ankara to form a strategy […]

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Turkey cracks down: Skunk riot drone will fire paint and pepper balls

South African company Desert Wolf's Skunk riot control drone

Special to ANKARA — Turkey’s Islamist government is facing scruting over its purchase of an unmanned aerial vehicle designed to battle civilian protesters. The opposition has questioned the government over its purchase of the Skunk Riot Copter. The copter, […]

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Turkey says oil still flowing in from Iraq despite ISIL offensive

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz

Special to ANKARA — Turkey’s energy supplies have not been affected by the war in neighboring Iraq. Officials said the advance by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant did not suspend the flow of crude oil […]

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Turkey, Kurdistan sign 50-year oil deal

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani

Special to BAGHDAD — Turkey and Kurdistan have signed a long-term fuel agreement. Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government signed a 50-year accord for the export of oil from the autonomous region in northern Iraq. Officials said the Kurdish […]

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Turkey forms new agency for border security and surveillance

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu.  /Reuters

Special to ANKARA — Turkey, fighting infiltration from such neighbors as Iran, Iraq and Syria, plans to form a border security agency. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has approved plans for a border security enforcement […]

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