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Selcan Hacaoglu

Erdogan Forges Accord to Name East Jerusalem Palestinian Capital

The world’s largest bloc of Muslim countries declared East Jerusalem the capital of a future Palestinian state at a meeting convened by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, solidifying opposition to President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.

Erdogan Warns of Syria Offensive Ahead of Talks With Putin

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday signaled that a Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces in the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin could be imminent, as he traveled to Russia to discuss the Syrian conflict with Vladimir Putin.

Erdogan Announces Start of Syria Mission Planned With Putin

Turkey sent special forces and commandos over the border into Syria, the start of a joint mission with Russia and Iran whose stated goal is to monitor a cease-fire agreement and pacify a stronghold for Islamic militants -- but one that also has major implications for the region’s Kurds.

Why the U.S. and Turkey Are Suddenly in a Major Standoff

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey, allies since the aftermath of World War II, have soured in the 15 months since an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey’s leader continues to blame the putsch on a self-exiled cleric based in the U.S., Fethullah Gulen, whom the U.S. has so far refused to extradite. Further increasing tensions, the U.S. and Turkey are at odds over the war in Syria. This backdrop may help explain why the arrest of a U.S. consular empl

Erdogan's Escalating Feud With U.S. Hammers Turkish Markets

Markets in Istanbul tumbled after the U.S. and Turkey stopped issuing visas for each other’s citizens in a spat related to last year’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, deepening divisions between NATO members already at odds over the war in Syria.

Syrian Rebels Enter Idlib as Turkey Gears Up for 'Risky' Mission

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey are engaged in a “serious operation” in the country’s Idlib province, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, part of a joint mission with Russia and Iran to monitor a ceasefire agreement and pacify a rebel stronghold in northwest Syria.

Turkey Gears Up for ‘Risky’ Syria Mission With Russia and Iran

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey are engaged in a “serious operation” in the country’s Idlib province, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, part of a joint mission with Russia and Iran to monitor a ceasefire agreement and pacify a rebel stronghold in northwest Syria.

Putin, Erdogan Agree to Coordinate Steps on Syria Zones

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to take coordinated steps to set up and monitor a combat-free zone in Syria, while reaffirming a commitment to build a new gas pipeline and Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.

Turkey Says Merkel Bending to Populism With EU Accession Threat

A top adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed “populist” exchanges during Germany’s election campaign after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she’ll urge European Union leaders to decide whether to suspend or end Turkey’s accession to the bloc.

Erdogan's Gulf Crisis Trip Signals Conflicting Turkish Interests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will wade deeper into the Gulf crisis with trips to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar from Sunday, diplomacy that may be as much about protecting his nation’s regional interests as finding a way out of the six-week impasse.

Turkey Chooses Russia Over NATO for Missile Defense

Turkey has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire Russia’s most advanced missile defense system, a senior Turkish official said, in a deal that signals a turn away from the NATO military alliance that has anchored Turkey to the West for more than six decades.

Gulen Slams Turkey Crackdown Before Erdogan Demands Extradition

The exiled cleric accused by Turkey of orchestrating last year’s attempted coup charged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with seeking to silence critics, as the Turkish leader prepared to push for the preacher’s extradition in a White House meeting with Donald Trump.

Erdogan Welcomes 'Decisive' Trump Meeting Amid Tensions on Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he’s looking forward to a “decisive meeting” with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, whose decision to arm Kurdish groups against Islamic State in Syria has stoked tensions between the two NATO members.

Erdogan's Personal Guards Among 9,000 Suspended Officers

Turkey suspended 9,000 police officers, including more than a dozen tasked with protecting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family, extending a crackdown on suspected followers of a U.S.-based cleric who the government blames for orchestrating last year’s attempted coup.

The Fraud Claims Tainting Turkey's Referendum Win: QuickTake Q&A

The narrow victory of a historic referendum to centralize power in the hands of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been tarnished with allegations of fraud. Opposition parties are challenging the vote, which saw 51.4 percent of Turks approve the measures, and international monitors have disputed its fairness. According to unofficial results, the margin of victory for the package of constitutional changes was just shy of 1.3 million ballots. As Erdogan insists he won’t tolerate criticism

Trump, Unlike Europe, Congratulates Erdogan on Referendum Win

President Donald Trump called Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him on his referendum victory, a sharp departure from the critical reception some European officials have given to the vote to expand Erdogan’s powers.

Turkish Faith in Erdogan Tested by Constitutional Referendum

In his shop sandwiched between the mud and brick houses in a tiny town at the heart of Anatolia, Mevlut Ickedal says he has long ago turned off the television because he can’t stand round-the-clock coverage of his favorite politician: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey Said to Seek U.S. Support to Attack IS Syria Bastion

Turkey is seeking U.S. support to lead a ground offensive against Islamic State’s main stronghold in Syria, a Turkish official said, a move that could give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more influence in the conflict and undermine Kurdish groups linked to separatists he’s fighting at home.

How Turkey’s Erdogan Might Get Still More Power: QuickTake Q&A

Turkey’s voters will get their say April 16 on whether to abolish the job of prime minister and formally switch the center of executive power to the office of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Since taking the job in 2014, Erdogan, who’d been the prime minister for 11 years before that, has taken steps to transform what had been a mostly ceremonial post into what his opponents say is becoming the seat of one-man rule. This latest bid to consolidate his legal authority comes during a state of emerg

Turkey’s PM Chides Clinton on Pledge to Arm Kurds in Syria

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim criticizes U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for plans to arm Kurds in Syria against Islamic State, in speech in Ankara on Tuesday. Yildirim says U.S. arm shipments to Kurds overshadows U.S. alliance w/ Turkey U.S. pretending to fight Islamic State by arming Kurds, says Yildirim If terrorist activities continue in east of Euphrates river in Syria, Turkey will do "what’s necessary" there too: Yildirim Yildirim warns that any attempt to ch