Recep Tayyip Erdogan

  • Turkey Feb 29

    Turkey Opens Gates Into Europe as Migrants Gather on Border

    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country’s borders with Europe are now open

  • Turkey Feb 27

    33 Turkish Soldiers Killed in Northeast Syria Air Strike

    Turkey on Friday raised the death toll from a Syrian government airstrike on its forces in northwestern Syria the day before to 33 Turkish troops killed. It was the largest death toll for Turkey in a single day since it first intervened in Syria in 2016.

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 20, 2019

    US Troops in Syria Going to Iraq, Not Home as Trump Claims

    While President Donald Trump insists he’s bringing home Americans from “endless wars” in the Mideast, his Pentagon chief says all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State group. They aren’t coming home and the United States isn’t leaving the turbulent Middle East, according to current plans outlined...

  • President Oct 19, 2019

    Turkish-Backed Forces, Kurds Clash Despite Syria Cease-Fire

    Turkish-backed Syrian fighters clashed with Kurdish-led forces in several parts of northeastern Syria on Saturday, with some crossing the border from Turkey to attack a village, a war monitor said. Both sides blamed each other for fighting that has rattled the U.S.-brokered cease-fire. Nearly two days into the five-day halt in fighting, the two sides were still trading fire around...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jan 14, 2019

    Trump Says US Will Hurt Turkey Economically If It Hits Kurds

    President Donald Trump’s warning that if Turkey attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will “devastate Turkey economically” has drawn a sharp response from Ankara and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman. Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria has left the United States’ Kurdish allies in the war against the Islamic State group vulnerable to an...

  • President Nov 13, 2018

    Recording of Khashoggi Killing Is ‘Truly Atrocious,’ Says Turkey’s Erdogan

    The audio recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is so horrific that a Saudi intelligence official who heard it speculated that the killer may have been on heroin, Turkey’s president was quoted as saying Tuesday. Speaking to journalists on board his plane while returning from World War I commemorations in Paris, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said that Turkey...

  • CNN Nov 5, 2018

    Saudi Investigators Worked to Remove Evidence: Turkish Source

    Members of a team from Saudi Arabia sent to help Turkish authorities investigate the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi worked instead to remove evidence of the slaying, a senior Turkish official said Monday. The official confirmed a report in Turkey’s Sabah newspaper that an 11-member team of Saudi investigators that arrived in Turkey nine days after Khashoggi was killed to...

  • President Nov 2, 2018

    Turkey: Highest Level of Saudi Govt Ordered Writer’s Slaying

    The order to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, adding that the international community had the responsibility to “reveal the puppet masters” behind the slaying. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Erdogan said he did not believe that Saudi King Salman had ordered the...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 11, 2018

    US Pastor Released From House Arrest, Flown Out of Turkey

    An American pastor flew out of Turkey on Friday after a Turkish court convicted him of terror links but freed him from house arrest, removing a major irritant in fraught ties between two NATO allies still strained by disagreements over Syria, Iran and a host of other issues. The court near the western city of Izmir sentenced North Carolina native...

  • DONALD TRUMP Aug 17, 2018

    US Threatens More Sanctions, Keeping Turkish Crisis Alive

    Turkey and the United States exchanged new threats of sanctions Friday, keeping alive a diplomatic and financial crisis that is threatening the economic stability of the NATO country. Turkey’s lira fell once again after the trade minister, Ruhsar Pekcan, said Friday that her government would respond to any new trade duties, which U.S. President Donald Trump threatened in an overnight...

  • DONALD TRUMP Aug 15, 2018

    Turkey Ups Tariffs on Some US Goods in Spat Over Detained Pastor

    Turkish media reports say a Turkish court has rejected an appeal for the release of an American pastor from detention. Pastor Andrew Brunson’s lawyer had on Tuesday renewed an appeal for the clergyman’s release from house arrest and for his travel ban to be lifted. Hurriyet newspaper said the court in Izmir rejected the appeal, but that a higher court...

  • President Aug 14, 2018

    Turkey’s Erdogan Vows US Boycott, But Diplomats Resume Talks

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods amid a diplomatic spat that has helped trigger a Turkish currency crisis. Showing no signs of backing down in a standoff with the United States, Erdogan suggested that Turkey would stop procuring U.S.-made iPhones and buy Korean Samsung or Turkish-made Vestel instead. He said, “If they have...

  • DONALD TRUMP Aug 10, 2018

    Trump Steps Up Steel, Aluminum Tariffs as Turkey’s Currency Plunges

    A financial shockwave ripped through Turkey on Friday, when its currency nosedived on concerns about its economic policies and a dispute with the U.S., which President Donald Trump stoked further with a promise to double tariffs on the NATO ally. The lira tumbled 14 percent in one day, to 6.51 per dollar, a massive move for a currency that will...

  • Trump administration Aug 1, 2018

    Trump Sanctions 2 Turkish Officials Over Detained US Pastor

    The U.S. will impose sanctions on two Turkish officials over a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges, the White House announced Wednesday. President Donald Trump warned last week that he might impose sanctions against Turkey, a key NATO ally, for its treatment of Andrew Craig Brunson in a case that has strained U.S.-Turkish relations....

  • DONALD TRUMP Apr 15, 2018

    US Pastor on Trial for Alleged Terror Ties, Spying in Turkey

    An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing 35 years in prison on charges of “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member” and “espionage.” The trial...

  • Department of Justice Mar 23, 2018

    US Drops Charges Against Erdogan Bodyguards Over DC Brawl

    U.S. prosecutors said Thursday they have dismissed all criminal charges against seven of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards stemming from a brawl in Washington last year in which protesters were beaten. The charges were dropped last month just a day ahead of a meeting between Erdogan and now-outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but the State Department said the...

  • President Mar 16, 2018

    Dead Man Walking: Court Rejects Romanian’s Claim He’s Alive

    Constantin Reliu learned in January that he was dead. After more than 20 years of working as a cook in Turkey, the 63-year-old returned home to Romania to discover that his wife had had him officially registered as dead. He has since been living a legalistic nightmare of trying to prove to authorities that he is, in fact, alive. He...

  • DONALD TRUMP Sep 1, 2017

    Turkey’s PM Erdogan Slams US Indictments as ‘Scandalous’

    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday denounced the indictments in the United States of 19 people, among them 15 Turkish security officials, calling them “scandalous.” The 19 suspects have been accused of attacking peaceful demonstrators gathered outside the Turkish ambassador’s Washington home during a visit by Erdogan in May. Videos of the infamous brawl show Erdogan supporters and security...

  • President Jul 18, 2017

    6 Human Rights Activists Jailed in Turkey Pending Trial

    A court in Istanbul has ordered six human rights activists — including Amnesty International’s Turkey director — formally arrested pending a trial on charges of aiding an armed terror group. Four others activists were released from custody Tuesday pending the outcome of a trial. They have been barred from traveling abroad and have to report regularly to police. The group...

  • President Jul 15, 2017

    Turks Commemorate 1 Year Since Coup Try With Massive March

    Turkey’s president addressed tens of thousands of people Saturday at a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the country’s crushed military coup, vowing to “rip the heads off” of terror groups and of the coup-plotters who tried to end his more than a decade-long rule. Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined the large, flag-waving crowd who took part in a national unity...

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