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January 2017 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Turkish Military Operation in Syrian al-Bab Enters the Final Stage Sputnik 30 Jan 2017 -- The ongoing Turkish military operation in the vicinity of the Syrian city of al-Bab may be concluded within a month due to a number of factors.
- Turkey Kills 20 Daesh Terrorists During Aerial Bombardment in Northern Syria Sputnik 30 Jan 2017 -- According to the Turkish General Staff, 20 Daesh jihadist group members were killed in northern Syria as a result of airstrikes conducted by the Turkish Air Forces over the past 24 hours.
- Turkish Emergency Rule Modified Amid Mounting Criticism VOA 30 Jan 2017 -- In the face of growing international and domestic criticism under a presidential decree, several measures have been introduced to ease some of the most controversial aspects of Turkey's State of emergency.
- At least 18 Daesh terrorists killed in Turkey's operations in northern Syria Press TV 30 Jan 2017 -- Turkish forces have killed 18 Daesh terrorists during operations in northern Syria over the past 24 hours.
- Turkey detains pro-Kurdish party spokesman amid post-coup purge Press TV 29 Jan 2017 -- Turkish police have arrested the spokesman of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) as part of the government's crackdown on the pro-Kurdish opposition party launched following last year's failed military coup.
- Britain, Turkey sign £100 million warplane deal Press TV 29 Jan 2017 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has signed a £100 million warplane deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in hopes that the UK will emerge as Turkey's principal military partner.
- Greece Refuses to Extradite 50 Turkish Citizens Accused of Terrorism Sputnik 29 Jan 2017 -- Athens refused to extradite 50 Turkish citizens that are accused in Turkey of being members of terrorist organization, according to local media reports.
- Turkey Plans to Reach 80% of Domestic Defense Production - Defense Minister Sputnik 29 Jan 2017 -- Turkey's Defense Minister Fikri Isik said that country plans to decrease the dependence on arms import by reaching 80 percent of domestic production.
- 40 Turkish NATO military personnel in Germany request asylum: Media Press TV 28 Jan 2017 -- Some 40 Turkish military service personnel, mostly high-ranking ones, who were stationed at the facilities of NATO in Germany have applied for asylum in the European country, German media report.
- 'Dozens' of Turkish Soldiers Go AWOL in Germany Sputnik 29 Jan 2017 -- Dozens of Turkish soldiers have fled to Germany and are seeking asylum in connection with the failed coup attempt in Turkey last year – though most claim to have had nothing to do with plotting the coup.
- Turkish aerial attacks kill nearly 60 PKK militants in northern Iraq Press TV 27 Jan 2017 -- Nearly five dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed when Turkish military aircraft carried out a string of aerial attacks against the militants' positions in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Turkish airstrikes kill 10 civilian in Syria: Monitoring group Press TV 27 Jan 2017 -- Turkish airstrikes in and around the Syrian town of al-Bab have killed at least 10 civilians, including a child, a monitoring group says.
- Turkish Air Force Killed 57 PKK Fighters in Iraq on January 13-14 Sputnik 27 Jan 2017 -- The Turkish General Staff said Ankara's airstrikes had killed 57 PKK fighters on January 13-14 in an area in Iraq.
- Turkey Protests Ruling of Greek Court to Not Extradite Turkish Soldiers Sputnik 26 Jan 2017 -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday lodged an objection against the ruling of the Greek Supreme Court against the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers that fled their home country after the failed military coup in July 2016.
- Russia, Turkey Exchange Intel Data, Jointly Bomb Daesh in Syria's Al-Bab Sputnik 26 Jan 2017 -- Russia and Turkey conducted a joint aerial operation in Syria's Al-Bab after exchanging intelligence data on Daesh targets, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
- Turkey, Russia Taking Wait-And-See Approach on Trump's Syria Safe Zones VOA 26 Jan 2017 -- Turkey says it is too early to comment on U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to establish safe zones in Syria.
- Turkey Reportedly Pulling Tanks, Other Military Vehicles Toward Syrian Border Sputnik 25 Jan 2017 -- Turkish military are sending armored vehicles and gendarmerie forces to the border with Syria, Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday.
- Turkey says Astana deal paves way for political solution in Syria Press TV 25 Jan 2017 -- Turkey has hailed a ceasefire agreement it has reached with Russia and Iran during recent talks on Syria in Kazakhstan, saying the deal was diplomatically successful in facilitating the political settlement of conflict in the Arab country.
- Turkey: Syria Peace Talks 'Serious Diplomatic Success' VOA 25 Jan 2017 -- Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday this week's Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan were a "serious diplomatic success."
- Iran, Russia, Turkey issue joint statement on Syria IRNA 24 Jan 2017 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia and Turkey issued on Tuesday a joint-statement to put an end to current conflicts between Syrian government and political groups.
- Dozens of Turkey coup plot suspects on trial in Istanbul Press TV 23 Jan 2017 -- Turkey has put on trial dozens of military staff, including officers and soldiers, over their alleged involvement in the last July failed military coup.
- Turkey sacks deputy head of TMSF state fund in post-coup purge Press TV 23 Jan 2017 -- Turkey has sacked a deputy head of the TMSF state fund and sealed off two local television stations as Ankara intensifies a crackdown following a failed coup attempt last year.
- Turkish Forces Kill 65 Daesh Militants in Northern Syria - General Staff Sputnik 23 Jan 2017 -- The Turkish armed forces have eliminated 65 Daesh militants over the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, the Turkish General Staff said Monday.
- High Expectations in Ankara for Trump Presidency VOA 23 Jan 2017 -- Turkey's pro-government media, usually critical of the United States, welcomed the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
- Russian, Turkish Warplanes Conduct Joint Op Against Daesh in Syria's Al-Bab Sputnik 23 Jan 2017 -- Russian and Turkish warplanes conducted a joint operation against Daesh in Al-Bab in Syria's Aleppo province on January 21, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
- Turkey to Rebuild Infrastructure in Syrian Cities Liberated From Daesh Sputnik 23 Jan 2017 -- Turkey is set to begin rebuilding infrastructure in northern Syrian cities, which have been cleared of Daesh militants, Turkish media reported on Monday.
- UK has sold £50 million worth of arms to Turkey since coup Press TV 22 Jan 2017 -- The United Kingdom has sold almost £50 million worth of arms to Turkey since its government clamped down on opposition groups after the failed coup attempt in July 2016.
- Turkey orders over 400 arrests as post-coup crackdown widens Press TV 21 Jan 2017 -- Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for more than 400 people, including soldiers and security officers, over alleged affiliation to the network of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having orchestrated last July's failed military coup.
- Turkish Parliament Approves Draft Bill On Expanding Presidential Powers RFE/RL 21 Jan 2017 -- The Turkish parliament approved a draft bill early on January 21 that would dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and pave the way for a referendum on changing the constitution later this year.
- Fighting erupts in Turkish parliament over Erdogan powers bill Press TV 20 Jan 2017 -- Turkish MPs have once again engaged in physical violence after a female lawmaker handcuffed herself to the parliament's podium in protest at a constitutional reform package under debates.
- Russia, Turkey Constantly Coordinating Actions Regarding Syria Sputnik 20 Jan 2017 -- The Kremlin spokesman said Russia and Turkey were in contact with each other on Syria on a permanent basis.
- Turkish MPs approve more articles of new draft constitution Press TV 19 Jan 2017 -- Turkish lawmakers have passed more articles of a contentious constitutional reform package, which would give the president sweeping executive powers.
- Turkey issues arrest warrants for 243 military personnel in post-coup crackdown Press TV 18 Jan 2017 -- Turkish prosecutors have ordered the arrest of as many as 243 staff with the country's military over their alleged use of a messaging application, which Ankara associates with US-based opposition cleric Fetullah Gulen.
- Turkey Grants Arrest Warrants for 243 Military Personnel in Post-Coup Purge Sputnik 18 Jan 2017 -- A prosecutor in Istanbul issued arrest warrants Wednesday for 243 military service members suspected of links to a network blamed for last year's coup attempt, local media reported.
- Russia says Turkey jets join anti-Daesh operation in Syria's al-Bab Press TV 18 Jan 2017 -- Moscow says Russian warplanes and Turkish jets have jointly targeted positions of Daesh terrorists in the Syrian city of al-Bab.
- Turkish General Staff Praises First Joint Airstrikes With Russia in Al-Bab Sputnik 18 Jan 2017 -- The Turkish General Staff on Wednesday praised coordination with Russia in the operation against Daesh terrorist group in Syria's Al-Bab in the province of Aleppo.
- Russian, Turkish Jets Conduct First Joint Operation in Syria's Aleppo Sputnik 18 Jan 2017 -- The Russian General Staff said that Russian and Turkish military aircraft have conducted their first joint operation in Syria.
- Turkey's pro-Kurdish party leader faces up to 142 years in prison Press TV 17 Jan 2017 -- Turkish prosecutors have called for an imprisonment term of up to 142 years for the co-head of the country's pro-Kurdish opposition party over alleged charges of links to Kurdish militants.
- PKK bombing leaves 4 cops dead in southeastern Turkey Press TV 17 Jan 2017 -- Four Turkish police officers have lost their lives and two others sustained injuries in a roadside bomb explosion that targeted their patrol vehicle in Turkey's southeastern and Kurdish-populated province of Diyarbakir.
- Istanbul attacker nabbed, confesses to massacre: Turkish authorities Press TV 17 Jan 2017 -- Turkish authorities have announced they have captured the gunman who carried out a gruesome attack at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, saying he has confessed to staging the massacre.
- Turkey Says Nightclub Attack Suspect Uzbek-Born, Trained In Afghanistan RFE/RL 17 Jan 2017 -- Turkish authorities say they have captured the man they believe gunned down 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day.
- Turkish Fighter Jets Violate Greek Airspace Over Aegean Sea Sputnik 16 Jan 2017 -- Four Turkish fighter jets violated the Greek airspace over the eastern part of the Aegean Sea, local media reported on Monday.
- Fears Grow Turkey Is Getting Sucked into Syrian Conflict VOA 16 Jan 2017 -- Turkish media report thousands more soldiers will be sent into Syria, as Turkish forces struggle to recapture the strategically important town of al-Bab from so-called Islamic State.
- Turkish lawmakers pass first reading of constitutional amendments Press TV 15 Jan 2017 -- The first reading of controversial legislation aimed at boosting Turkey's president has been passed by the country's parliament.
- 249 civilians killed in Turkish assaults against northern Syria: Observatory Press TV 15 Jan 2017 -- A so-called monitoring group says nearly 250 civilians have lost their lives and more than a thousand others sustained injuries ever since the Turkish military launched an operation in northern Syria against purported positions of Daesh Takfiri terrorists and Kurdish fighters.
- Turkey Arrests Two Uighurs Suspected of Helping Nightclub Attacker Sputnik 14 Jan 2017 -- Turkish authorities have arrested two ethnic-Uighur Chinese nationals for suspected links to the deadly mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub in the early hours of New Year's Day.
- Turkey Completes Building Wall on Borders With Syria, Iraq Sputnik 14 Jan 2017 -- Turkey finished building concrete wall along the state's border with Syria and Iraq for security reasons, local media reported Saturday, citing the Turkish General Staff.
- Turkish Forces Kill 18 Daesh Militants, Destroy 14 Targets in Northern Syria Sputnik 14 Jan 2017 -- Turkish military killed 18 Daesh militants and destroyed 14 Daesh targets in the town, including eight shelters, two vehicles, two headquarters and two defense positions, according to media reports.
- Turkey detains Erdogan's former security chief in post-coup crackdown Press TV 13 Jan 2017 -- Turkish authorities have arrested the former chief of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security staff over his alleged affiliation to the network of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having orchestrated the failed July 15 coup attempt last year.
- Erdogan: Turkish Troops in Cyprus for Good Sputnik 13 Jan 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that for the Turkish military to leave Cyprus is entirely out of the question.
- Turkish Lawmakers Approve More Constitutional Changes RFE/RL 13 Jan 2017 -- Lawmakers in Turkey have approved three key provisions among changes to the constitution that have been proposed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
- Turkish Lawmaker Sentenced for Almost Five Years for PKK Ties Sputnik 13 Jan 2017 -- Nursel Aydogan, a member of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison for acting on behalf of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), according to media reports.
- Turkish Constitutional Amendments May Be Put to Referendum by End of Week Sputnik 13 Jan 2017 -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that amendments to the Turkish Constitution, introducing a full presidential system, may be put to the referendum by the end of the week.
- Scuffles erupt at Turkey's parliament over constitutional change Press TV 12 Jan 2017 -- Scuffles have broken out at Turkey's parliament amid debates over a controversial bill on constitutional amendments, which would expand the powers of the president.
- Fears of IS Threat Grow in Turkey After Attack VOA 12 Jan 2017 -- Rather than uniting Turkey, the so-called Islamic State attack on an Istanbul nightclub, which killed 39 on New Year's Day, appears to have only deepened societal divisions.
- US to Provide More Intelligence, Recon Support to Turkish Forces in Syria Sputnik 10 Jan 2017 -- The United States and its allies are set to provide additional intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance support to Turkish forces in northern Syria.
- Turkey's pro-Kurdish party set to boycott vote on presidential powers Press TV 10 Jan 2017 -- Turkey's pro-Kurdish party is set to boycott a parliamentary vote on planned changes to the constitution that would envisage expanded powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkish MPs back debates on bill extending presidential powers Press TV 10 Jan 2017 -- A new draft constitution long sought by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which will considerably enhance his remit, has passed its first parliamentary hurdle.
- Turkish Troops to Receive First Batch of New MPT-76 Rifles on Wednesday Sputnik 10 Jan 2017 -- Turkish forces will receive the first batch of domestically developed and produced MPT-76 assault rifles on Wednesday, local media reported Tuesday.
- Turkey 'Stuck in Quagmire' After Launching Al-Bab Offensive - PYD Co-Chairman Sputnik 09 Jan 2017 -- Turkish forces andtheir rebel allies have been engaged in a weeks-long operation to push Daesh out of al-Bab, but the town located in northern Syria remains under the militants' control. Salih Muslim, co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), told Sputnik that Ankara has become bogged down in a "quagmire."
- Turkish parliament to begin debates on presidential powers Press TV 09 Jan 2017 -- Amid considerable criticism and backslapping, a new draft constitution envisaging expanded powers for Turkey's president will be put to debate at the parliament.
- 'Turkey Sends US a Message' by Questioning Washington's Access to Incirlik Base Sputnik 09 Jan 2017 -- Access to the Turkish Incirlik airbase is a strategic matter in ties between Ankara and Washington. Turkey's threats to reconsider the use of the base by the US military indicate Ankara's concerns over Washington's stance on the Kurdish problem and the Turkish military operation in northern Syria.
- Turkish Security Forces Arrest 442 People in Anti-Terrorist Raids in January Sputnik 09 Jan 2017 -- Turkish security forces have arrested 442 people in anti-terrorist operations across the country over the past week, Hurriyet Daily News reported Monday, citing the Interior Ministry.
- Turkey police identify Istanbul attacker, reports say Press TV 08 Jan 2017 -- Turkish intelligence services and anti-terror police in Istanbul have identified the assailant who shot dead about 40 people at a nightclub in the port city during the early hours of the New Year's Day.
- Turkey's prime minister meets with Iraq's Kurdistan leader Press TV 08 Jan 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has met with Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in Erbil to discuss a range of regional issues.
- Turkey Says it Can Sell Companies, Strip Expats of Citizenship in Gulen Purge Sputnik 08 Jan 2017 -- Turkey has announced a new wave of firings, threatened to strip the citizenship of its nationals abroad and declared it has the right to sell seized companies, as the purge of supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the preacher and political figure Turkey blames for last year's failed coup attempt, rolls on.
- Turkey Dismisses More Than 6,000 Workers In Post-Coup Purge RFE/RL 07 Jan 2017 -- Turkey has dismissed more than 6,000 more police, civil servants, and academics under emergency rule, continuing a purge in the wake of a failed coup last July.
- Turkish Forces Destroy 12 Daesh Targets in Northern Syria - General Staff Sputnik 07 Jan 2017 -- The Turkish Armed Forces have eliminated 21 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 12 targets over the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, the Turkish General Staff said Tuesday.
- Turkey dismisses 6,000 more workers over links to botched putsch Press TV 06 Jan 2017 -- Turkey has expelled over 6,000 more police personnel, civil servants and academics as the government widens its crackdown on the opposition following the abortive mid-July 2016 coup.
- Iraqi Special Forces liberate 4 more districts in eastern Mosul Press TV 07 Jan 2017 -- Iraqi forces retake four neighborhoods east of Mosul, as part of the major operation to liberate the flashpoint northern city form Daesh terrorists.
- Iranian official welcomes Turkey's decision to withdraw troops from northern Iraq Press TV 07 Jan 2017 -- A senior Iranian official has welcomed Turkey's decision to pull out its forces from Iraq and respect the Arab country's territorial integrity as a positive move.
- Turkey agrees to withdraw forces from northern Iraq: PM Abadi Press TV 07 Jan 2017 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his administration has reached an agreement with Turkey over Baghdad's demand for the withdrawal of Turkish military forces from a camp in the north of Iraq.
- Iraqi PM Says Turkey Agrees to Withdraw Troops From Northern Iraq Sputnik 07 Jan 2017 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said Saturday that Ankara had agreed to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq, after talks with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim.
- Turkey confirms PKK behind bomb attack at Izmir courthouse People's Daily 06 Jan 2017 -- Turkish authorities have no doubt that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was behind the bomb attack in Izmir that killed two people, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Friday.
- Turkey Says Reconsidering U.S. Coalition's Use Of Strategic Air Base RFE/RL 06 Jan 2017 -- Turkish officials are suggesting that they may stop the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) militant group from using a strategically important air base near its border with Syria.
- Turkey Urges UN To Consider Sanctioning Parties Violating Syrian Truce RFE/RL 06 Jan 2017 -- Turkey's foreign minister said he and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discussed imposing sanctions on parties that violate the week-old cease-fire in Syria.
- Turkey orders detention of 380 businessmen over links to Fethullah Gulen Press TV 05 Jan 2017 -- Prosecutors in Turkey have ordered the detention of 380 businessmen suspected of assisting Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric who is accused by Ankara of having masterminded a coup attempt in the country in mid-July 2016.
- Bomb blast kills two near court in western Turkish city Press TV 05 Jan 2017 -- An explosion has struck near a courthouse in the western Turkish city of Izmir, leaving two people dead and several others wounded.
- Turkey launches fresh hunt in nightclub bombing Press TV 05 Jan 2017 -- Turkish security forces have arrested more suspects in connection with a Daesh attack on a famous nightclub in Istanbul, which claimed 39 lives and left many more injured.
- Turks turn down US military help, asks Russia for air support: US officials Press TV 05 Jan 2017 -- Turkey has declined the US military's offer to provide air support for its troops in Syria, asking Russia to take on the role instead, American officials say.
- Turkey using Incirlik airbase as leverage for US air support for Syria incursion Press TV 05 Jan 2017 -- Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik says the lack of US air support for Ankara's military operations in Syria is giving rise to negative public sentiment over Washington's use of Turkey's Incirlik airbase.
- Kurdish Militants Suspected In Deadly Turkey Blast RFE/RL 05 Jan 2017 -- Turkish officials say suspected Kurdish militants exchanged gunfire with police before detonating their vehicle in Turkey's Aegean coastal city of Izmir, killing a police officer and a courthouse employee.
- 2 Turkish Military Officers Given Life Terms for Coup Attempt VOA 05 Jan 2017 -- A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced two military officers to life in prison for their alleged roles in last year's failed coup attempt.
- Police Officer, Court Employee Killed in Izmir, Turkey, Car Bombing VOA 05 Jan 2017 -- Suspected Kurdish militants set off a car bomb near a courthouse in Turkey's western city of Izmir Thursday, killing a police officer and a courthouse employee, authorities said.
- Main suspect in Istanbul club attack entered Turkey via Syria: Hurriyet Press TV 04 Jan 2017 -- The Daesh-affiliated terrorist, who slew 39 people at an upscale Istanbul nightclub hours into the New Year, had reportedly entered Turkey via Syrian soil.
- Turkey Identifies Istanbul Attacker, Erdogan Vows Not To Give In To 'Terrorists' RFE/RL 04 Jan 2017 -- Turkish authorities say they have identified the perpetrator of the New Year's Day massacre at an Istanbul nightclub, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that the country will not surrender to "terrorists."
- Turkey Identifies Istanbul Nightclub Shooter VOA 04 Jan 2017 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday authorities have identified the gunman who killed 39 people in a New Year's attack at a nightclub in Istanbul.
- Turkey Moves to Block Internet Access VOA 04 Jan 2017 -- Even in the best of times, the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had a strained relationship with the Internet. Ankara repeatedly has tried to restrict various news and social media sites – such as YouTube and Twitter – during times of political stress or just to block content it finds insulting.
- Obama Welcomes Turkish, Russian Effort To Revive Syrian Cease-Fire RFE/RL 04 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed Turkey's effort with Russia to revive a Syrian cease-fire and peace talks in a conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkish parliament extends state of emergency for three months Press TV 03 Jan 2017 -- The Turkish parliament has approved the three-month extension of the country's state of emergency, which was initially implemented after a failed July coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey says mulls extending post-coup emergency rule Press TV 03 Jan 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the country's parliament is set to vote on extending the state of emergency declared following the failed July 15 military coup.
- Ominous Start To The New Year In Turkey RFE/RL 03 Jan 2017 -- 2017 has begun in much the same way 2016 ended: with the world in an uproar over yet another act of bloodshed claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.
- Kyrgyzstan Says Passport Holder No Longer Suspect In Istanbul Nightclub Attack RFE/RL 03 Jan 2017 -- Kyrgyz officials say the man whose name and passport have been circulated in Turkish and Italian media, as well as widely on social media, as the possible perpetrator of the New Year's Day massacre at an Istanbul nightclub is not a suspect in the case.
- Istanbul attack won't stop Turkey's operation in Syria: Deputy PM Press TV 02 Jan 2017 -- Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus has vowed that Ankara's military operation inside Syria would continue despite a recent terror attack in Istanbul which killed 39 people.
- Turkey detains 8 suspects over Istanbul nightclub shooting rampage Press TV 02 Jan 2017 -- Turkish security police have reportedly arrested eight people suspected of having links to a New Year gun massacre at an Istanbul nightclub that claimed the lives of nearly 40 people and wounded dozens of others.
- Turkish police searching for Istanbul nightclub attacker Press TV 02 Jan 2017 -- Turkish police continue the manhunt for an unidentified attacker who went on a deadly shooting rampage at a nightclub in Istanbul just over an hour into the New Year.
- Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Istanbul Nightclub Attack RFE/RL 02 Jan 2017 -- The Islamic State (IS) militant group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Day that killed 39 people and wounded dozens of others.
- Secular Critics: Erdogan Bears Responsibility for Nightclub Terror Attack VOA 02 Jan 2017 -- Turkey's prime minister vowed Monday to punish social media users who praise the terrorism of Islamic militants; but secular critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan say he and his government bear some responsibility for the New Year's Eve terror attack that left 39 people dead at an Istanbul nightclub.
- Officials: Turkey Close to Identifying Gunman in New Year's Attack VOA 02 Jan 2017 -- Turkish authorities say they are close to identifying the gunman being sought in connection with the New Year's attack on an Istanbul nightclub that left 39 people dead, many of them foreigners. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the assault.
- Russia, Turkey Reportedly Strike Daesh Positions in Northern Syria Sputnik 02 Jan 2017 -- The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Turkish Air Force, along with Turkey's artillery have carried out several operations against Daesh in northern Syria, Daily Sabah newspaper reported Monday.
- Manhunt For Shooter After Dozens Killed At Istanbul Nightclub RFE/RL 01 Jan 2017 -- A manhunt is under way in Istanbul for the gunman responsible for killing 39 people and wounding dozens more at a nightclub in Turkey's largest city early on January 1.
- Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Istanbul on New Year's Day UN News 01 Jan 2017 -- The United Nations Security Council today denounced a terrorist attack at a night club in Istanbul, Turkey, on 1 January, during which at least 39 people were killed and at least 69 were injured.
- Nightclub Massacre Prompts Questions About Competence of Turkish Security VOA 01 Jan 2017 -- An hour into the new year and shocked first responders were counting bodies in a nightclub on the coast of Istanbul's Bosphorus. The 39 dead and the dozens wounded had come to celebrate the arrival of 2017 but already, thanks to a lone gunman, this year appears set to be a bloody repeat of 2016 for Turkey.
- Search Continues for Istanbul Nightclub Attacker VOA 01 Jan 2017 -- A manhunt for the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul night club early Sunday continued into the evening, but authorities still have "no clarity" on who was responsible, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim said.
- Turkish Troops Kill 34 Daesh Militants, Destroy 17 Targets in Northern Syria Sputnik 01 Jan 2017 -- The Turkish Armed Forces eliminated 34 Daesh militants over the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, local Anadolu news agency reported Sunday, citing a statement by the Turkish military.
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