Pro-Turkish rebels have cautiously welcomed the Russian-Turkish agreement to create a “demilitarized zone” in Idleb province, the last insurgent stronghold in Syria, while jihadists have rejected it. Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week overcame their divisions over the fate of this region threatened by a regime offensive, announcing the creation by 15 October…

At least 26 PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in counterterrorism operations across Turkey over the past week, according to the Interior Ministry on Monday. Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured. In a statement, the ministry said the Turkish…

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…

Turkish military has “neutralized” 12 PKK members during anti-terror operations in eastern Turkey and northern Iraq, the military said on Thursday 26 July 2018. Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured. In a post on its official Twitter account,…

(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…

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…