Turkish and Iraqi authorities continued talks this week regarding the opening of a new border crossing between the two countries to circumvent the Kurdistan Region, a proposal in consideration since the Kurds’ push for independence last year. Head of Iraqi Customs Authority, Kadhim al-Aqabi, and Turkey’s ambassador to Baghdad, Fatih Yildiz, sat down Tuesday to…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised on Wednesday 1 August 2018 to “fight” against the Kurdish rebels “to the last” after the death of an infant and his mother in a bomb attack that aroused strong emotion in Turkey. Nurcan Karakaya and his 11-month-old son Bedirhan were killed Tuesday evening 31 August in a bomb…

(OLJ/AFP) Turkish Head of State Recep Tayyip Erdogan triumphed on Monday 25 June 2018 after winning a new mandate in the first round with strengthened powers against a pugnacious opposition that acknowledged its defeat while judging the campaign unfair. After winning Sunday’s parliamentary and presidential elections against a strong opposition, Mr. Erdogan offered himself in…

Police on Friday 22 June 2018 detained 20 Daesh members in the capital Ankara and the Mediterranean city of Mersin. Suspects are accused of plotting terror attacks ahead of the June 24 elections. In Ankara, counterterrorism police stormed residences of suspects, all foreigners, early Friday. Nationalities of suspects were not clear, while media outlets reported…

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and another was injured in an attack by PKK militants in southeastern Hakkari province, security sources said on Wednesday. In a statement, the provincial governor’s office said the kurdish militants carried out a rocket attack at around 10.30 a.m. local time (0730GMT) on a military convoy passing from a military…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish Air Force attacked a group of PKK commanders while they were holding a meeting in the mountainous Qandil region of northern Iraq. “During the last operation, we attacked a gathering of very important terrorists, but there is no precise information on the results, but we have no…

The General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces announced on Friday 15 June 2018 that a few days ago, on 12 June, in the Qandil Mountains region in northern Iraq, air operations “neutralized” 26 insurgents from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). On 11 June, Ankara announced the start of a military operation against the Kurds…

The Turkish army announced on Tuesday 12 June 2018 that it destroyed 12 targets linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during air raids last night in northern Iraq, where Ankara is intensifying its operations. The targets were located in the Kandil, Hakurk and Avasin-Basyan areas. The army claims to have “neutralized” 34 separatist PKK…

Turkey is advancing towards the rear bases of the Kurdish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebellion in the mountains of northern Iraq, the Turkish Interior Minister said Monday, adding that an operation was only a “timing issue”. The PKK, an organization classified as “terrorist” by Ankara and its Western allies, has been leading a bloody rebellion…