Top Israeli: Erdogan’s ambitions, based on Muslim Brotherhood ideology, go beyond Turkey

Top Israeli: Erdogan’s ambitions, based on Muslim Brotherhood ideology, go beyond Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, March 16, 2017 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working against Western interests and pursuing a “neo-Ottoman empire using Muslim Brotherhood ideology,” a former Israeli defense minister said. Turkey under Erdogan is one of three “radical” elements seeking to expand their influence in the Middle East, along with Iran and jihadists such […]

U.S.-based aid group forced to shut down operations in Turkey

U.S.-based aid group forced to shut down operations in Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, March 9, 2017 An America-based aid group that was assisting Syrian refugees in Turkey has been forced to shut down its operations by the Ankara government. Mercy Corps, one of the world’s largest humanitarian groups, was informed by the Turkish interior ministry that it no longer had permission to work in Turkey, […]

Turkey, Russia, U.S. military chiefs hold talks on fight against ISIS

Turkey, Russia, U.S. military chiefs hold talks on fight against ISIS

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The chiefs of staff of the Turkish, Russian, and U.S. militaries are meeting in southern Turkey, amid progress made by a U.S.-led coalition in pushing Islamic State (IS) militants out of Syria. Hulusi Akar, Joseph Dunford, and Valery Gerasimov are likely to discuss in Antalya the […]

Assad’s forces take over positions from U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria

Assad’s forces take over positions from U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, March 7, 2017 In a deal said brokered by Russia, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces have taken over frontline positions from a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria. The Syrian army took over the positions in the city of Manbij, where the U.S.-backed Manbij Military Council had been fighting anti-Assad rebel forces backed […]

Turkey has completed more than half of its Syria border wall

Turkey has completed more than half of its Syria border wall

by WorldTribune Staff, February 27, 2017 Turkey has finished construction on more than half of its 511-kilometer (317 miles) security wall along its border with Syria. “The construction works are ongoing and we will complete it as soon as possible,” said Ergun Turan, president of Turkey’s state-owned housing agency TOKI. Turkey shares a 900-kilometer (559 […]

Turkey reports CIA director will visit as Trump, Erdogan discuss ISIS strategy

Turkey reports CIA director will visit as Trump, Erdogan discuss ISIS strategy

by WorldTribune Staff, February 8, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a Feb. 7 phone conversation, discussed joint action aimed at liberating the Islamic State (ISIS)-controlled Syrian cities of al-Bab and Raqqa. Turkish presidency sources said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would visit Turkey on Feb. 9 to discuss […]

Trump’s travel ban finds wide support in the Middle East

Trump’s travel ban finds wide support in the Middle East

by WorldTribune Staff, February 5, 2017 Middle East countries, which deal with the threat of terrorism on a 24/7 basis, are widely backing U.S. President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations. Mideast governments who are dealing with the consequences of former President Barack Obama’s “fecklessness … want the United States […]

Assad’s forces advance north toward rebels backed by U.S., Turkey, Gulf states

Assad’s forces advance north toward rebels backed by U.S., Turkey, Gulf states

by WorldTribune Staff, January 22, 2017 Syrian forces backed by Russia, Iran and Hizbullah seized several villages from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) on Jan. 22 as they advanced closer to Turkish-backed rebels in the country’s north. President Bashar Assad’s army and its allies captured the villages of Sora, Moran, Surja al-Saghira and […]

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, January 19, 2017 While each nation backs opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, Russia and Turkey carried out joint airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets on Jan. 18, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russian military spokesman Lt.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said nine Russian aircraft and eight Turkish planes […]

Turkey’s parliament moves on reforms granting Erdogan more power

Turkey’s parliament moves on reforms granting Erdogan more power

by WorldTribune Staff, January 16, 2017 Constitutional reforms that will significantly boost the powers of the presidency moved a step closer to approval in Turkish parliament on Jan. 15. In a late-night session in Ankara, a majority of lawmakers voted in favor of the final article in the reform package presented by President Recep Tayyip […]

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