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March 2016 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Obama Stresses Commitment to Turkey Security in Meeting With Erdogan VOA 31 Mar 2016 -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday assured his Turkish counterpart of American commitment to the security of Turkey, a critical ally in the fight against the Islamic State group.
- Turkey's military dismisses allegations of planning for coup Press TV 31 Mar 2016 -- The Turkish army has dismissed as "baseless" media reports that it was planning a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkish base in Qatar to be ready in two years: Minister Press TV 31 Mar 2016 -- Turkey's Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz says a multi-purpose military base for the country's air force and navy in Qatar will be ready within two years as part of a defense agreement signed between the two countries.
- Turkish General Staff Rejects Reports of Alleged Military Coup Preparations Sputnik 31 Mar 2016 -- The Turkish army on Thursday rejected media speculation about a possible military coup in the country, taking legal action against those responsible for spreading such rumors.
- Turkey Threatens More Shelling on Syrian Kurds if Advance Continues Sputnik 31 Mar 2016 -- Turkish Armed Forces will continue to shell Kurdish militias in northern Syria along the Turkish border, if Kurdish forces cross the line between Jarabulus and Azaz, according to local media.
- Assad: Turkish Downing of Russian Jet Was Aggression Against Damascus Sputnik 31 Mar 2016 -- Bashar Assad said that Turkey's attack against a Russian aircraft in Syrian airspace can be considered aggression against Syria itself.
- Erdogan army fighting in Syria, says President Assad Press TV 31 Mar 2016 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says an army led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fighting in Syria alongside Takfiri militants.
- U.S. Authorizes Ordered Departure of DoD Dependents from Turkey AFPS 29 Mar 2016 -- The U.S. government has authorized the ordered departure of Defense Department dependents from Turkey, including those at Incirlik Air Base, according to Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook.
- US Relocates Most Defense Family Members from Turkey VOA 29 Mar 2016 -- The United States has ordered military families to leave parts of southern Turkey due to safety concerns.
- 50 Nusra Front terrorists cross into Syria via Turkey: Russia Press TV 29 Mar 2016 -- Russia says 50 militants belonging to al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, al-Nusra Front, have crossed Turkey's border into Syria.
- US, Turkey Look to Expand Fight Against IS VOA 28 Mar 2016 -- The U.S. and Turkey are discussing plans to expand cooperation in order to put greater pressure on Islamic State (IS) militants, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
- Remarks With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu US Dept. of State 28 Mar 2016 -- Remarks by John Kerry, US Secretary of State
- Diplomatic Row Deepens Over Turkey Press Freedom Trial VOA 28 Mar 2016 -- A diplomatic dispute between Ankara and its Western allies continues to grow over the presence of senior foreign diplomats at the trial of two Turkish journalists. Turkey's Justice and Foreign ministries are accusing the diplomats of interference in Turkey's judiciary.
- Daesh Crosses Turkey-Syria Border Despite Ankara's Efforts to Stem Flow Sputnik 28 Mar 2016 -- Turkey is trying to retain control over its borders, but Daesh militants are still managing to penetrate the country.
- Turkey Declares Curfew in Southeastern District Over Anti-PKK Operation Sputnik 25 Mar 2016 -- Turkish authorities declared a curfew in the country's Silvan district in the province of Diyarbakir due to a planned operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party.
- Over 20 PKK Militants Killed in Clashes in Turkey's Southeast - Official Sputnik 25 Mar 2016 -- Twenty four Kurdistan Workers' Party militants were killed in over 24 hours in clashes with the Turkish army in the country's southeast.
- Daesh continues smuggling oil to Turkey: Lavrov Press TV 24 Mar 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the flow of oil smuggled by Daesh across the Syrian-Turkish border is continuing despite attacks on the terror group's infrastructure, and the UN Security Council's ban on the illegal trade.
- 26 PKK members killed in Turkish airstrikes Press TV 23 Mar 2016 -- Turkey's military says its warplanes have conducted new combat sorties against positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the southeast of the country as well as northern Iraq, killing over two dozen PKK members.
- Turkey Demands EU Meet Commitment to Visa-free Travel VOA 23 Mar 2016 -- Just days after the announcement of a European Union-Turkey refugee deal, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the bloc, saying it could not be trusted. His main concern is the commitment for visa-free travel for Turks through the EU.
- Turkey Detained, Deported Suspected Brussels Attacker in 2015 VOA 23 Mar 2016 -- One of the men identified as a suicide bomber in the deadly terror attacks in Brussels had been detained by Turkey and deported to Europe, where he was released about eight months ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.
- Over 20 PKK Members Killed in Southeastern Turkey Within 24 Hours Sputnik 22 Mar 2016 -- Eight members of the separatist organization the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in Sirnak, three in Nusaybin and 12 in Yuksekova, according to the Turkish general staff.
- Turkey faced with biggest wave of terror: Erdogan Press TV 21 Mar 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to curb what he calls "one of the biggest and bloodiest terrorist waves" that his country has ever seen.
- Turkey's Inflamed Southeast Looking More and More 'Like Syria' Sputnik 21 Mar 2016 -- Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly Kurds, have been displaced by eight months of fighting between the Turkish military and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the country's southeast. As the situation continues to deteriorate, some observers have begun comparing the situation to the brutal war that engulfed Syria five years earlier.
- Turkish Army Kills 22 PKK Militants in Southeast of Country Sputnik 21 Mar 2016 -- Turkish General Staff reported that 22 militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed were killed in the past 24 hours during the standoff between the Turkish government and PKK.
- Syrian Kurds Accuse Ankara of Allowing Terrorists to Enter From Turkey Sputnik 21 Mar 2016 -- Turkey will take all the responsibility for allowing terrorists to enter Syria.
- Curfew Introduced in Seven Southeastern Regions in Turkey - Minister Sputnik 20 Mar 2016 -- The 24/7 curfew has been introduced in seven southeastern Turkish regions, the country's Interior Minister Efkan Ala said on Sunday.
- Turkey Blames Islamic State Militant for Istanbul Blast VOA 20 Mar 2016 -- Turkey blamed an Islamic State militant Sunday for the suicide bombing in Istanbul the day before that killed four people and wounded dozens more.
- Daesh terrorist behind Istanbul bombing: Minister Press TV 20 Mar 2016 -- The attacker behind Saturday's bombing in the Turkish city of Istanbul has been identified as an affiliate of the Daesh Takfiri group, Interior Minister Efkan Ala says.
- Two Americans Among 5 Killed In Istanbul Suicide Blast VOA 19 Mar 2016 -- The White House said two Americans were among five people killed in a suicide bombing Saturday in the main shopping district of Istanbul.
- Suicide Bombing Rocks Istanbul RFE/RL 19 Mar 2016 -- A suicide bomber has killed himself and four others in a central Istanbul shopping district, wounding at least 36 more people in the fourth such attack in Turkey this year.
- 'Refugees need protection, not rejection,' UN says in wake of EU-Turkey deal UN News 18 Mar 2016 -- The United Nations refugee agency has stressed the importance of ensuring safeguards in carrying out today's agreement between the European Union (EU) and Turkey on the situation of refugees and migrants making their way to Europe.
- EU, Turkey, Reach 'Landmark' Deal on Migrant Crisis VOA 18 Mar 2016 -- The European Union and Turkey agreed Friday on a deal that all sides hope will relieve Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II.
- Kurdish militants may launch attacks on Europe, Erdogan warns Press TV 18 Mar 2016 -- Using the momentum of fear created by a recent deadly attack in Ankara that was claimed by a Kurdish group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned European countries that they could become a victim of such attacks.
- European Leaders Meeting To Clinch Migrant Deal With Turkey RFE/RL 17 Mar 2016 -- Leaders of the European Union and Turkey are beginning a summit in Brussels on March 17 aimed at finalizing a deal to halt the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea to Greece.
- Parties mustn't have immunity from prosecution: Turkey PM Press TV 17 Mar 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called for stripping all parties of their parliamentary immunity to allow for prosecution in an apparent bid to intensify pressure on pro-Kurdish opposition lawmakers.
- Amid The Rubble, Some Turkish Kurds Wary Of EU-Ankara Deal RFE/RL 17 Mar 2016 -- As Ankara and the European Union hammer out possible measures to stem the flow of war refugees and other migrants to Europe, Kurds in Turkey's turbulent southeast are condemning the negotiations as a 'farce' that threatens to draw an unwitting EU into the persecution of a beleaguered minority.
- PKK Splinter Group Claims Responsibility For Ankara Attack RFE/RL 17 Mar 2016 -- A splinter group of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for the attack in Ankara on March 13 that killed 37 people.
- Russia: Turkey's actions undermine Syria peace efforts Press TV 16 Mar 2016 -- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday Turkey's actions in the region reduce the effectiveness of the cessation of hostilities in Syria.
- NATO AWACS increases Assurance Measures to Turkey NATO/SHAPE 15 Mar 2016 -- NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) has been deployed to one of its Forward Operating Bases (FOB) at Konya, Turkey to enhance the recognised Air and Maritime picture as part of the Alliance's tailored assurance measures to its southern Ally.
- Turkey Kurds full of feelings of vengeance: PKK leader Press TV 15 Mar 2016 -- A top militant from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has warned the Turkish government to expect payback for the ongoing military offensive in the southeastern Kurdish-majority regions.
- Kurds Notify Russian, US Centers of Turkey Violating Ceasefire in Syria Sputnik 15 Mar 2016 -- People's Protection Units (YPG) officials sent the ceasefire coordination centers a notice that Turkey violated ceasefire in Syria by shelling of YPG positions.
- Daesh Attempts to Assassinate Iraqi Kurdish Leader Sputnik 14 Mar 2016 -- Daesh suicide bombers attempted to assassinate Iraqi Kurdistan parliament speaker and Peshmerga leader Kemal Kerküki, who survived and told Sputnik Turkiye about the attack.
- Iraqi Kurds Delegation May Ask for Russian Military Aid to Fight Daesh Sputnik 14 Mar 2016 -- Aso Talabani, a Moscow representative of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government said that Iraqi Kurdistan had already requested military aid from Russia, however, Moscow has only been cooperated through the Baghdad authorities to date.
- Disputes Between Anti-Daesh Forces Impede Liberation of Mosul, Iraq Sputnik 14 Mar 2016 -- Mosul (the second largest city in Iraq) is still controlled by Daesh terrorists, due to the lack of coordination among anti-Daesh forces, a representative of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government in Moscow said Monday.
- Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters Waiting for Mosul Battle Plan VOA 14 Mar 2016 -- Makhmour stands on the edge of the divide between the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants.
- Some 2,000 Turkish Soldiers Remain in Iraq Against Baghdad's Will Sputnik 14 Mar 2016 -- Up to 2,000 Turkish troops remain deployed in northern Iraq in terms of the protests of Baghdad, a representative of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government in Moscow said Monday.
- Turkey warplanes bomb Kurdish bases in Iraq after Ankara blast: Army Press TV 14 Mar 2016 -- Turkish warplanes have targeted Kurdish militant bases in northern Iraq a day after a deadly bomb attack in the capital killed 37 people, the army says.
- Turkey: One of Ankara Attackers was Female Kurdish Rebel VOA 14 Mar 2016 -- Turkey: One of Ankara Attackers was Female Kurdish Rebel VOA 14 Mar 2016 -- Turkey pointed Monday to two Kurdish rebels – a man and a woman – as the likely attackers in the deadly suicide car bombing Sunday in Ankara that killed 37 people and wounded more than 100.
- Turkey imposes curfews in two Kurdish towns Press TV 13 Mar 2016 -- Turkey has announced a new round-the-clock curfew in two Kurdish-dominated towns in its southeast as part of operations to battle Kurdish militants.
- Turkey Imposes Curfew in Country's Southeastern Districts Sputnik 13 Mar 2016 -- The curfew was declared in the Turkey's provinces of Mardin and Hakkari, according to official statement.
- Russia says has evidence of Turkey forces on Syria soil Press TV 13 Mar 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow has evidence that Turkish forces are on Syrian territory despite Ankara's denial of troops' entry to the war-torn Arab country.
- Car bomb rocks Turkish capital, '27 killed, 75 injured' Press TV 13 Mar 2016 -- A bomb blast has occurred in the center of the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing at least 27 people and injuring 75 more, the governor's office said.
- Blast Rocks Turkish Capital, Killing At Least 27 VOA 13 Mar 2016 -- A large explosion ripped through the main square in Turkey's capital, Ankara, on Sunday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 75.
- 'No concessions' to Turkey on rights in refugee deal: Hollande Press TV 12 Mar 2016 -- French President Francois Hollande says his government will offer "no concessions" to Turkey on human rights or visas in exchange for guarantees to tackle the massive influx of refugees into Europe.
- As Ankara Eyes Tougher Visa Rules, Neighbors Fret RFE/RL 12 Mar 2016 -- Brussels says the reference point for a tougher Turkish visa policy should be the EU's own highly restrictive visa-free and visa-required lists for entering EU countries. If Ankara agrees to the EU's position, the results would be a drastic reduction in the number of countries whose citizens can easily enter Turkey - from dozens today to just a handful in the future.
- Russia urges Turkey not to torpedo Syria peace talks Press TV 12 Mar 2016 -- Russia has called on Turkey to stop actions that could torpedo Syria's peace talks and disrupt the ceasefire in the war-stricken country.
- Turkey Approves Billions in New Defense Projects Sputnik 10 Mar 2016 -- Amid escalating tensions, the Turkish government has approved nearly $6 billion in defense programs, largely aimed at increasing Ankara's own military production capabilities.
- Turkey's FM: Ankara can't force refugees back to war, terror Press TV 09 Mar 2016 -- Faced with widespread criticism, Turkey says it has no intention to send asylum seekers back to conflict zones under a potential agreement with the European Union aimed at stemming the flow of refugees into Europe.
- Turkey to finish anti-PKK military offensive in Sur soon Press TV 09 Mar 2016 -- Turkey's interior minister says the country's military operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Sur district of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir will finish soon in the light of victories against the militants.
- Europe-Turkey Deal to Stem Refugee Flow Criticized As 'Inhumane' VOA 08 Mar 2016 -- The European Union and Turkey appear close to striking a deal to try to end the flow of migrants crossing to Greece. The proposal has been criticized by human rights group Amnesty as 'inhumane'.
- UN rights expert calls on Turkey to reverse seizure of independent media group UN News 08 Mar 2016 -- An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Turkey to relinquish State control over Feza Media Group, which includes the Zaman newspaper.
- Turkey fires artillery rounds into Syria after alleged attack Press TV 08 Mar 2016 -- Turkey's military opened rounds of artillery fire Tuesday into Syrian territories after an alleged rocket attack from across the border killed one person and injured another.
- UN refugee agency 'concerned' about proposed EU deal to send migrants back to Turkey UN News 08 Mar 2016 -- The United Nations refugee agency today expressed a concern about any European response to the migrant crisis that involves the blanket return of all individuals from one country to another without sufficiently spelling out refugee protection safeguards under international law.
- EU Accused of Ignoring Human Rights in Turkey VOA 07 Mar 2016 -- The leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party has accused the European Union of ignoring the deteriorating human rights situation in the country in a bid to secure a migrant deal with Ankara.
- Turkey Presses EU At Summit To Curb Migrant Flow RFE/RL 07 Mar 2016 -- Turkey is pressing EU leaders for a number of concessions, including a doubling of funding from the bloc, in exchange for deeper cooperation to curb the flow of migrants to Europe, according to diplomats being quoted as intense negotiations continue in Brussels.
- Turkish Prime Minister Urges More NATO Support Sputnik 07 Mar 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Monday for increased NATO support for Turkey.
- Turkish Prime Minister Disagrees With EU on Media Freedom, Kurdish Issue Sputnik 07 Mar 2016 -- European Parliament (EP) President Martin Schulz said that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu disagreed with the European point of view on media issue.
- Turkey Asks EU for Additional $3B to Help Stem Migrant Flow VOA 07 Mar 2016 -- Ankara wants the European Union to double the aid it is is giving to Turkey to deal with the migrant crisis, the European Parliament's president said Monday.
- Turkey shelling Syria Kurdish fighters in Aleppo: YPG Press TV 07 Mar 2016 -- A Syrian Kurdish official says Turkey has fired artillery shells at Kurdish fighters in Syria's northern province of Aleppo.
- NATO to Expand Activities to Territorial Waters of Greece, Turkey Sputnik 06 Mar 2016 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the NATO's efforts aimed at helping both Ankara and Athens to cope with human trafficking and criminal networks, fueling the ongoing migrant crisis.
- Nusra Front Terrorists Shell Turkey to Provoke Return Fire Sputnik 06 Mar 2016 -- The Nusra Front terrorists shelled Turkish territory several times from Syria to provoke return fire from Turkish armed forces, the head of Russia's reconciliation center said Sunday.
- Turkish Forces Kill Over Hundred Kurds in Cizre in One Week Sputnik 05 Mar 2016 -- A representative of the Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party to the United States told Sputnik that Turkish security forces have killed 137 Kurds in Cizre over the past week.
- Turkish Military Instructors Gather Near Crimea to 'Train Mercenaries' Sputnik 05 Mar 2016 -- Deputy prime minister of Russia's Republic of Crimea said that Turkish military instructors have gathered in Ukraine's southern region of Kherson, which borders Crimea.
- EU urges Turkey to respect media freedom after newspaper seizure Press TV 05 Mar 2016 -- The European Union (EU) has called on Turkey to respect media freedom after Turkish police took control of the opposition newspaper Zaman.
- Turkish Police Disperse Protest As Newspaper Reopens After Takeover RFE/RL 05 Mar 2016 -- Police in Istanbul used tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting the forceful takeover of Turkey's largest newspaper.
- Turkish Prime Minister Calls For 'Common Perspective' With Iran RFE/RL 05 Mar 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Ankara and Tehran must develop 'common perspectives' in order to end sectarian strife in the region.
- Violent Clash in Istanbul at Newspaper Offices VOA 05 Mar 2016 -- Turkish police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of protesters trying to resist a takeover of the country's biggest newspaper, seized by authorities in a crackdown on opposition media linked to a religious group whose leader lives in exile in the United States.
- YPG says Turkish troops fired on it in northeast Syria Press TV 05 Mar 2016 -- A Syrian Kurdish group says the Turkish army has fired on its members in northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on the border with Turkey.
- Turkish Armed Forces Bombed Syrian Territory on March 4 Sputnik 05 Mar 2016 -- Turkish tanks from the territory near the Turkish town of Akcabaglar shelled the settlement of Dikmedase Idlib province in Syria on March 4, 2016, at 16:00, according to the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation.
- Turkish Forces Attack Daesh Targets in Syria's Aleppo Sputnik 05 Mar 2016 -- Turkish forces have launched artillery fire against Daesh targets in the north of Syria's Aleppo province, Turkish media report.
- Two more Turkish soldiers killed in PKK militant attack Press TV 04 Mar 2016 -- Two Turkish army soldiers were killed Friday in an attack by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on government forces in the volatile southeastern province of Sirnak.
- Turkey seizes control of opposition paper Zaman Press TV 04 Mar 2016 -- A Turkish court has ordered a board of trustees to take charge of the mainstream opposition newspaper Zaman.
- US criticizes Turkey over seizure of paper Press TV 04 Mar 2016 -- The United States has criticized the Turkish government for deciding to take control of the mainstream opposition newspaper Zaman, calling the decision "troubling".
- Erdogan Accuses Turkey's Constitutional Court of Breaching Constitution Sputnik 04 Mar 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the country's Constitutional Court on Friday of violating the Constitution by releasing two journalists from pre-trial detention who had been arrested for investigating the delivery of weapons from Ankara to militants in Syria.
- Military Sources: Turkish Tanks Not Shelling YPG VOA 04 Mar 2016 -- Turkish tanks shelled Islamic State positions in northern Syria and not those of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish military sources said on Friday, after the YPG said it was being targeted.
- Turkey Pushes Programs to Educate Syrian Refugee Children VOA 04 Mar 2016 -- With an estimated 500,000 Syrian refugee children in Turkey not attending school, the government is continuing to push for more educational programs. In a suburb of Istanbul, a pilot project is addressing the massive problem of educating children living outside refugee camps.
- Russian MoD Accuses Turkey of Ongoing Hostilities in Syria's Aleppo, Idlib Sputnik 04 Mar 2016 -- Ankara is fully responsible for ongoing hostilities in Syria's Aleppo and Idlib provinces as Turkey ensures steady supply of weapons to terrorists and keeps shelling groups of Kurdish militia fighting against al-Nusra Front, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.
- Merkel's Plan in Acute Danger: Turkey Rejects NATO Ships in Aegean Sea Sputnik 02 Mar 2016 -- Turkey has put unexpected obstacles in Angela Merkel's way with regard to cooperation with NATO and the recent military campaign in Aegean Sea.
- HDP lawmakers collaborating with terrorists: Davutoglu Press TV 02 Mar 2016 -- Turkey's prime minister has once again lashed out at the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), accusing its lawmakers of working with 'terrorists.'
- 1,845 cases opened in Turkey over insulting Erdogan Press TV 02 Mar 2016 -- About 1,850 cases have been opened in Turkey against those who stand accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the past two years, amid concerns over Ankara's attempt to hush dissidents.
- Pentagon approves contract to sell smart bombs to Turkey Press TV 02 Mar 2016 -- The Pentagon has signed a deal to sell nearly $700 million worth of smart bombs to Turkey as tensions are escalating between Ankara and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq.
- Over 200 killed in Kurds-Daesh clashes on Turkey-Syria border Press TV 02 Mar 2016 -- Fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) have clashed with the Takfiri Daesh terrorists near the Turkish border over the weekend, leaving a total of 206 people dead, among them civilians.
- Russian MoD Accuses Turkey of Attempts to Derail Syrian Ceasefire Sputnik 02 Mar 2016 -- Russia considers continuing artillery shelling of Syrian territory by Turkey to be a provocative act aimed at derailing reconciliation process in the war-torn country, the commander of the Russian center for reconciliation in Syria said Wednesday.
- Some 200 Civilians Remain Blocked by Turkish Army in Southern Kurdish City Sputnik 02 Mar 2016 -- About 200 people remain locked in the basement of buildings in the Kurdish town of Sur in southern Turkey fearing Turkish army would open fire on them if they go to the streets, Co-Chair of the Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Kamuran Yuksek told Sputnik Turkey on Wednesday.
- Russia after Turkey-Syria border closure over arms flow Press TV 01 Mar 2016 -- Russia's foreign minister has called for the closure of the Turkish border with Syria, saying the region is used to smuggle weapons into the Arab country to supply terror groups operating in Syria.
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