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June 2016 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Turkey did apologize for shooting down Russian plane, Putin says Press TV 30 Jun 2016 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin says Turkey did apologize to Moscow for shooting down a Russian jet fighter last year, although Ankara insists it has only expressed regret over the incident.
- Turkey EU Membership Talks Progress VOA 30 Jun 2016 -- A new chapter has opened in Turkey's bid for EU membership, as negotiations for budget contributions began in Brussels.
- Readout of Secretary Carter's Call with Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Isik DoD 29 Jun 2016
- Turkish opposition lashes out at Erdogan over Israel, Russia developments Press TV 29 Jun 2016 -- The Turkish opposition has harshly criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent political maneuvers, including the normalization of ties with Israel.
- Turkey Airport Attack Points to Spreading Regional War VOA 29 Jun 2016 -- Tuesday's suicide attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, that killed at least 41 people and wounded more than 200, highlights how far Turkey has fallen from its former status as a regional example of stability.
- Turkey Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers, Wounds 3 VOA 29 Jun 2016 -- A roadside bomb killed two soldiers and wounded three others in Turkey's Mardin province Wednesday.
- At Least 41 Dead In Suicide Attacks At Istanbul Airport RFE/RL 29 Jun 2016 -- Turkish officials have raised the casualty figures from June 29 attack on Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport to 41 killed and 239 injured.
- Turkey Blames Islamic State for Deadly Attack on Istanbul Airport VOA 29 Jun 2016 -- Turkey blamed Islamic State jihadists Wednesday for the deadly assault on Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, denouncing the latest terrorist attack in the country and vowing to fight terrorism "until the end."
- After 'Apology' Back-And-Forth, Turkey Moves On RFE/RL 28 Jun 2016 -- and he is really not the type to do so. Reconciling with Israel and Russia? Never! Erdogan is an Islamist (is he?) facing Israel -- no way. And Russia, well, Turkey and Russia are too deeply involved on opposite sides in Syria. So, no!
- Deadly Explosions Hit Istanbul International Airport RFE/RL 28 Jun 2016 -- At least 36 people were killed and scores more wounded in a suicide attack on Istanbul's main international airport late on June 28.
- Secretary-General condemns deadly terrorist attack at international airport in Istanbul UN News 28 Jun 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today's terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, according to his spokesperson.
- Turkish PM Calls for National Unity as Airport Death Toll Rises VOA 28 Jun 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim issued a call for national unity early Wednesday as his country faced a rising death toll from a suicide attack that killed at least 39 people at Istanbul's Ataturk international airport.
- Turkey's Erdogan Apologizes to Putin over Downed Jet - Kremlin People's Daily 28 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent his apologies to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the death of a Russian pilot of the Su-24 bomber downed by Ankara in November last year, voicing readiness to mend ties, the Kremlin said Monday.
- Turkey denies apology to Russia over downed jet Press TV 28 Jun 2016 -- Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey has only expressed regrets to Russia over a downed jet in Syria, denying reports of an apology.
- Erdogan apology for downing jet too little, too late: Russian official Press TV 28 Jun 2016 -- A senior Russian official says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's apology for the last year's downing of a Russian military jet is too late and too little, and is the result of his failed foreign policies.
- Turkey Reaches Out to Russia to End Feud VOA 28 Jun 2016 -- Turkey's president has reached out to his Russian counterpart, expressing regret for November's downing of a Russian bomber by a Turkish fighter. There is rising expectation bilateral relations will be repaired, but mutual suspicions are expected to remain.
- Erdogan Expresses Regret Over Russian Pilot's Death RFE/RL 27 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin to express "condolences" to the family of a pilot who died after Turkish forces shot down a Russian warplane and to appeal for a return to "friendly ties."
- Erdogan Sends Condolences to Putin Over Death of Russian Su-24 Pilot Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Erdogan "is sorry" and is willing to deal with the crisis in the relations between two countries.
- Turkey allows German defense minister's visit to air base Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Turkey has agreed to grant a visit to German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to an air base south of the country a day after the minister reacted angrily to Ankara's refusal to allow a trip to the base by a German political delegation.
- Ankara apologizes to Moscow over downing Russian jet Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apologized to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over Ankara's shooting down of a Russia's military jet last year which shattered ties between the two countries.
- Moscow, Ankara step up measures to smooth ties: Turkish deputy PM Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Turkish deputy prime minister says his country and Russia have stepped up measures to normalize ties soured since last November.
- Israel, Turkey 'reach normalization deal' Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement on the normalization of their relations six years after an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla killed 10 Turkish activists in high seas and sent their ties spiraling into a cycle of tensions.
- Turkey, Israel End 6 Years of Diplomatic Strain VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- The Israeli and Turkish prime ministers announced the restoration of full diplomatic relations, frozen for six years following the killing of Turkish activists who sought to break Israel's economic blockade of Gaza.
- Turkey detains 28 over alleged links to exiled cleric Gulen Press TV 25 Jun 2016 -- Turkey has reportedly arrested more than two dozen people for allegedly funding the movement of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen whom the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards as an opponent.
- Turkish Parliament Grants Immunity to Military for Anti-Kurdish Campaigns Sputnik 25 Jun 2016 -- The Grand National Assembly of Turkey voted Thursday to not prosecute soldiers engaged in a crackdown on Kurdish separatist groups.
- Separate PKK attacks leave six Turkish soldiers dead Press TV 24 Jun 2016 -- At least six Turkish soldiers have lost their lives when members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) launched two separate attacks against government forces in the southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Mardin.
- Turkey parliament grants immunity to security, armed forces Press TV 24 Jun 2016 -- Turkey's parliament has passed legislation that grants immunity to security and armed forces involved in "counter-terrorism" operations, amid a Turkish crackdown on separatist Kurdish groups.
- Turkey, US kill 8 militants in northern Syria Press TV 23 Jun 2016 -- At least eight Daesh terrorists have reportedly been killed by Turkish artillery fire and US airstrikes in northern Syria.
- Turkish jets bomb PKK sites in north Iraq, southeast Turkey Press TV 22 Jun 2016 -- Turkish warplanes have conducted fresh airstrikes against the positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey.
- Turkey Launches Third Naval Corvette to Promote Domestic Defense Industry Sputnik 22 Jun 2016 -- In a lavish ceremony, Turkey unveiled its third naval corvette over the weekend, with a fourth on the way.
- Turkey's Priorities in Fighting Terrorism Questioned VOA 21 Jun 2016 -- The Turkish government's priorities in fighting terrorism are coming under question, as it increasingly cracks down on proponents of Kurdish rights while, critics say, it fails to show the same zeal against the Islamic State.
- Turkey Arrests 3 Advocates for Press Freedom VOA 20 Jun 2016 -- In what journalists rights groups call a further deterioration of press freedoms in Turkey, three prominent pro-media activists were arrested Monday on "terrorists' propaganda" charges, according to Turkish media reports.
- Turkey, US-led coalition kill 23 Deash militants in Syria: Report Press TV 20 Jun 2016 -- At least 23 Daesh militants have been killed by Turkish artillery fire and US airstrikes in northern Syria, a Turkish broadcaster claims.
- Erdogan says Turkey is ready to build aircraft carriers Press TV 19 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country's defense ministry is now capable of building full-fledged aircraft carriers.
- Erdogan to go ahead with controversial Gezi park redevelopment plans Press TV 19 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced the revival of controversial plans to redevelop a central Istanbul park that sparked major anti-government protests back in 2013.
- Ankara 'Makes Three Important Steps' Toward Thaw With Moscow Sputnik 16 Jun 2016 -- According to Turkish newspaper Habertürk, over the last week Ankara made three important steps toward the improvement of political, economic and cultural ties with Russia.
- Erdogan's Letter to Putin Means 'Ankara Ready to Open New Page' With Moscow Sputnik 15 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Russia's national holiday, sending him a letter in which he expressed hope for the improvement of ties between both countries. In an interview with Radio Sputnik, Turkish politicians from various parties commented on the issue.
- Erdogan sends first letter to Putin since Su-24 downing Press TV 14 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent a congratulatory letter to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Russia's National Day in the first such contact since bilateral relations hit a low after Ankara downed a Russian fighter jet in November last year.
- Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Isik DoD 14 Jun 2016
- Opposition warns of 'ethnic civil war' in Turkey Press TV 14 Jun 2016 -- The leader of a Turkish opposition party has warned of an "ethnic civil war" in the country as a result of growing divisions between Kurds and Turks.
- Erdogan Sends Letter to Putin, Hopes for Improved Ties With Russia Sputnik 14 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Russia's national holiday, expressing hope for good bilateral relations.
- Turkey: No cooperation with 'terrorists' in Syria Press TV 14 Jun 2016 -- Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey will not allow cooperation with terrorist organizations in Syria, referring to Kurdish groups which the US supports.
- Car bomb rocks eastern Turkish town, nine injured Press TV 13 Jun 2016 -- A car bomb explosion has hit the Turkish town of Ovacik in the eastern province of Tunceli, injuring several people.
- Israeli, Turkish Officials say They are Close to Repairing Relations VOA 13 Jun 2016 -- Turkish and Israeli ministers say they are close to mending relations that were severely strained after the 2010 killing of nine Turkish activists on a boat seeking to break Israel's economic blockade of Gaza.
- Turkish warplanes kill 13 PKK militants in southeast Press TV 11 Jun 2016 -- Turkish warplanes have conducted fresh airstrikes against the positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), killing 13 militants of the group in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
- Turkish FM Vows Further Expansion of NATO Defense Shield Sputnik 11 Jun 2016 -- Romania, Poland, and Turkey have all agreed that NATO's installation of missile defense systems in Eastern Europe is necessary, in light of what they consider to be "Russia's aggressive attitude."
- Turkish army airstrike, soldiers kill 13 Kurdish PKK militants Press TV 10 Jun 2016 -- More than a dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed after Turkish military aircraft and army soldiers carried out a raft of counter-terrorism operations against the Kurdish militants in Turkey's southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Van.
- Turkish police targeted in deadly car bombing Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Turkish security sources say at least four people have been killed after a powerful car bomb attack hit a police station in the southeastern province of Mardin on Wednesday.
- Erdogan Signs Law Stripping Turkish Lawmakers Of Immunity RFE/RL 07 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed a bill into law that lifts the parliamentary immunity of lawmakers.
- Turkish air raids, army operations kill 27 separatist militants: Military Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- The Turkish military says it has killed 27 members of a separatist Kurdish group during a series of air and ground operations in the country's mainly-Kurdish southeast.
- Armenia genocide useful blackmail opportunity against Turkey: Erdogan Press TV 04 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says charges that the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against the Armenians are being used to "blackmail" Turkey.
- Erdogan: Armenian Issue Used To 'Blackmail' Turkey RFE/RL 04 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says charges Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians a century ago are being used as "blackmail" against Turkey.
- German Lawmakers Recognize Ottoman Killings Of Armenians As A Genocide RFE/RL 02 Jun 2016 -- Germany's lower house of parliament has approved a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians during World War I by Ottoman forces as a "genocide," unleashing a furious reaction from Ottoman successor state Turkey.
- Germany Recognizes Armenian Genocide, Drawing Turkey's Ire VOA 02 Jun 2016 -- German lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize the World War I-era killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide, triggering an angry reaction from Ankara.
- How Long Can US Mask Disagreements With Turkey? VOA 02 Jun 2016 -- For months the U.S. has sought to keep up appearances when it comes to relations with Turkey, striving to downplay disputes with Ankara and to mask discord. But a dispute over the best way to defeat the Islamic State terror group is exposing how much at cross-purposes the two countries are – risking longer-term harm to the U.S.-Turkish strategic alliance, say analysts.
- Turkey warns Germany over Armenian 'genocide' vote Press TV 01 Jun 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says a resolution expected to be approved by German lawmakers declaring the 1915 killings of Armenians a genocide will damage ties with Berlin.
- Turkish PM Plays Down Armenian Genocide Claims in Feud with Berlin VOA 01 Jun 2016 -- Ankara is warning of serious consequences if the German parliament passes a motion accusing Turkey's then-Ottoman rulers of genocide against its Armenian minority. Turkey and Germany have close economic and political ties and Berlin has become dependent on Ankara to stem migrants entering the European Union.
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