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March 2017 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Turkish minister says other military operations possible in Syria Press TV 31 Mar 2017 -- Turkey has not ruled out the possibility of yet another military intervention in war-torn Syria despite officially announcing the completion of a months-long offensive in the Arab country, claiming that the end of a military operation does not mean that "threats" against Ankara have been eliminated.
- Turkey to Continue Efforts in Syria to Ensure National Security - General Staff Sputnik 31 Mar 2017 -- Turkey will continue its efforts to ensure its national security in Syria, despite the end of the Euphrates Shield operation, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement obtained by Sputnik on Friday.
- Turkish prosecutors seek life sentences for 45 coup suspects Press TV 31 Mar 2017 -- Prosecutors in Turkey seek life sentences for more than 40 people stationed at an air base outside Ankara, from where plotters allegedly led the attempted coup of July 15, 2016.
- Turkish PM: Turkey's Euphrates Shield operation in Syria complete Press TV 29 Mar 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has announced the end of the country's Euphrates Shield operation on Syrian soil.
- Tillerson Says U.S., Turkey Face 'Difficult' Choices In Syria RFE/RL 30 Mar 2017 -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the United States and Turkey must make "difficult" decisions about how to defeat the extremist group Islamic State (IS) in Syria.
- Press Availability With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu US Dept. of State 30 Mar 2017 -- Press Availability by Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State
- Tillerson Underscores Importance of Turkey in IS Fight VOA 30 Mar 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hailed Turkey as a trusted ally after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other leaders Thursday during his visit to Ankara.
- US Arrests Turkish Banker in Iran Sanctions Case VOA 30 Mar 2017 -- Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a prominent ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, came to New York this week to school investors on his state bank's plans to sell new dollar bonds.
- Counterterror Efforts High on Agenda in Tillerson's Meetings with Turkey, NATO VOA 29 Mar 2017 -- The United States is examining its next steps in the campaign to defeat Islamic State militants and stabilize the refugee crisis with regional allies, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks on trips to Turkey and NATO headquarters this week. The top U.S. diplomat will press NATO allies to demonstrate a clear path to increase defense spending, in his first meeting with counterparts from this security bloc.
- German-Turkish Rift Spirals: Incirlik Base Under Review, Spy Claims Investigated Sputnik 29 Mar 2017 -- The ongoing row between Germany and Turkey has escalated, harsh diplomatic words transforming into decisive action with tangible economic, military and political consequences. The German government is seeking to relocate its military base in Incirlik, and authorities are to investigate allegations of Turkish spying on its soil
- Turkey to Use Assault Drones in Operations Against Kurdistan Workers' Party Sputnik 29 Mar 2017 -- Turkey will use unmanned aerial assault vehicles in military operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), expanding their military's current practice of utilizing surveillance drones to locate militants on the ground, Osman Kaymak, the governor of the eastern Turkish province of Tunceli, said Wednesday.
- US Secretary of State to Visit Ankara at a Critical Time VOA 29 Mar 2017 -- Rex Tillerson is making his first visit to key NATO ally Turkey as U.S. secretary of state.
- Turkish FM slams decision to fly Kurdish flag in Kirkuk Press TV 29 Mar 2017 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has criticized a decision in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to hoist the Kurdish flag over government buildings and public places.
- Turkey spying on Gulen supporters unacceptable: German minister Press TV 28 Mar 2017 -- A German state minister has accused Turkey of committing "unacceptable" acts of espionage against the purported followers of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having engineered last July's botched coup in the country.
- Nearly 5,000 academics dismissed since coup attempt: Turkish opposition Press TV 27 Mar 2017 -- Turkey's main opposition party says nearly 5,000 academics have been sacked by the government since last summer's failed coup.
- Iran dismisses Turkey's claims as justification for its expansionist policies Press TV 26 Mar 2017 -- Iran has dismissed the recent "unacceptable and unjustifiable" remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Tehran, saying Ankara is leveling accusations against other countries to justify its expansionist policies.
- Erdogan says Turkey may hold referendum for EU accession Press TV 26 Mar 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a second referendum may be held after the April constitutional reforms vote over the continuing of EU accession talks.
- Flynn discussed removing Gulen with Turkish officials: Ex-CIA chief Press TV 25 Mar 2017 -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn discussed with senior Turkish officials the possibility of removing Turkey's exiled opposition figure Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of masterminding a coup attempt last year, according to a report.
- Erdogan Says Turkey May Hold Referendum on EU Accession Talks Sputnik 25 Mar 2017 -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey could hold a referendum on whether to continue the accession talks with the European Union.
- Russian, Turkish Tensions Reopen Over Syria VOA 23 Mar 2017 -- The Turkish foreign ministry says it has summoned Russia's top diplomat in Turkey over the killing of one of its soldiers that has been blamed on a Syrian Kurdish group that Moscow is supporting. The dispute is putting increasing strain on rapprochement efforts between the countries.
- Turkey to Seize Assets of Sponsors of North Korean Nuclear, Missile Programs Sputnik 23 Mar 2017 -- Turkey will seize the assets of any persons found financing North Korea's missile and nuclear related programs, according to the announcement published in the Official Gazette on Thursday.
- Russia Deals Major Blow to Turkey's Syria Policy VOA 22 Mar 2017 -- Russian and Turkish soldiers are facing off over the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin. Ankara says the area that borders its territory is under the control of PYD 'terrorists' affiliated with the Kurdish insurgent group the PKK. But Moscow, like Washington, views the PYD and its YPG militia which controls Afrin as key to fighting Islamic State.
- Syrian Kurdish militias, Turkish military exchange cross-border fire Press TV 22 Mar 2017 -- Cross-border tensions are rising between Kurdish militias in Syria and Turkey's military after a Turkish soldier was fatally shot from a Kurdish-controlled area in northwestern Syria.
- Erdogan's Party Says Turkish Politicians To Stop Rallies In Germany RFE/RL 21 Mar 2017 -- Turkish politicians, amid escalating tensions between Ankara and Berlin, say they will not attempt to stage any more rallies in Germany ahead of an April 16 referendum on proposed constitutional changes that would expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Capital punishment 'red line' for EU membership, Brussels tells Ankara Press TV 19 Mar 2017 -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned Turkey against any return of the capital punishment in the Anatolian country, saying the measure is a "red line" in Ankara's stalled bid for membership in the European Union.
- Turkey summons German ambassador over Frankfurt PKK rally 'scandal' Press TV 19 Mar 2017 -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned the German ambassador to Ankara to voice its outrage at a Frankfurt rally in which tens of thousands of protesters brandished the insignia of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), lambasting Berlin for the "pro-PKK rally scandal."
- Turkey Threatens Another Rally In Germany, Escalating Tensions Further RFE/RL 19 Mar 2017 -- Turkey says there is a possibility that Turkish ministers could plan another rally in Germany ahead of an April 16 referendum, a move that could further escalate tensions between Ankara and Berlin.
- German Intelligence Chief Says No Evidence Gulen Behind Turkey Coup Sputnik 19 Mar 2017 -- Germany is not convinced that US-based writer, political activist and former imam Fethullah Gulen was behind the failed July 15 coup in Turkey, the country's intelligence chief said Saturday.
- Turkey's Referendum Campaign Unfair, Erdogan Opponents say VOA 19 Mar 2017 -- Opposition figures in Turkey say they have faced threats, violence, arbitrary detentions, a lack of TV airtime and even sabotage in the campaign for a referendum on expanding the president's powers.
- Germany Turkey Tensions on Rise following Nazi Comment by Erdogan VOA 19 Mar 2017 -- Tensions between Germany and Turkery are on the rise again, with the Turkish president accusing the German chancellor of using "Nazi" measures. The accusation follows a pro Kurdish rally in Germany Saturday that turned into a rally against the Turkish President.
- Erdogan Calls for Reinstatement of Death Penalty in Turkey VOA 18 Mar 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he expects parliament to move to allow capital punishment - a change that could officially end Turkey's bid to join the European Union.
- Merkel Rejects 'Trading Provocations' With Erdogan, Says 'Insults Must Stop' RFE/RL 17 Mar 2017 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she does not want to join the escalating war of words with Turkey on March 16 but warned Turkish leaders that "the insults must stop."
- Turkey Opens Over 2,600 Criminal Cases for Insulting President Sputnik 17 Mar 2017 -- A total of 2,673 criminal cases were filed over six months on charges of insulting Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a report for the Human Rights Joint Platform (IHOP) on Friday.
- Turkey's Largest Military Base Overseas to Be Opened in Somalia in April Sputnik 17 Mar 2017 -- Turkey's largest military base abroad will be opened in April in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, media reported Friday.
- Turkey Launches Anti-PKK Operation in Country's Eastern Tunceli Province Sputnik 17 Mar 2017 -- Ankara started the military operation against the militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the province of Tunceli, according to local media.
- Turkey Widens War of Words to Include All of EU VOA 17 Mar 2017 -- Turkey's president continues to ratchet up tensions with the European Union, as he campaigns ahead of an April referendum to extend his presidential powers. The unprecedented rhetoric is raising concerns as to whether Turkish-EU relations can recover.
- Turkey threatens to cancel refugee deal in row with EU Press TV 16 Mar 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to end a contentious agreement with the EU, aimed at halting the refugee influx into the continent as tensions between the two sides continue to escalate.
- Ankara Not to Integrate S-400 System Into NATO Missile Defense System Sputnik 16 Mar 2017 -- S-400 missile system that Ankara plans to buy from Russia will not be integrated into NATO missile defense system, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık said on Thursday.
- Turkey's Top Diplomat Warns of Religious Wars in Europe VOA 16 Mar 2017 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is warning of "religious wars" coming to Europe in response to the re-election of Mark Rutte as Dutch Prime Minister.
- Germany warns of Turkey's NATO departure as Ankara-Amsterdam tensions soar Press TV 15 Mar 2017 -- Germany has warned against Ankara's departure from NATO as tensions continue to escalate between Turkey and the Netherlands over an upcoming constitutional referendum that would expand the Turkish president's powers.
- Turkey Blocks Cooperation With NATO Partners As EU Dispute Escalates RFE/RL 15 Mar 2017 -- Turkey has blocked some military training and other work with NATO "partner countries" in an apparent escalation of a diplomatic dispute with EU states, officials and sources said on March 15.
- Turkey's Erdogan warns of more sanctions against 'rotten' Netherlands Press TV 14 Mar 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that there is still more room for imposing further sanctions on the Netherlands, amid an unprecedented deepening row between the two NATO allies that erupted after a ban on Turkish ministers prevented them from speaking at political events in Rotterdam.
- Turkey summons Dutch envoy over treatment of minister, protesters Press TV 13 Mar 2017 -- Turkey has summoned the Netherlands' envoy to formally complain about the treatment of Turkish diplomats over the weekend as well as the excessive use of force against demonstrators in an ensuing protest.
- Turkish Opposition Leader Predicts Referendum Will Fail RFE/RL 13 Mar 2017 -- The leader of Turkey's main opposition party has predicted the country will vote against increasing the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an April referendum.
- Ankara Bans Dutch Ambassador, Halts Diplomatic Flights, High-Level Meetings Sputnik 13 Mar 2017 -- Ankara has banned the Dutch ambassador from entering Turkey and suspended all high-level political discussions with the Netherlands, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş announced Monday.
- Turkish-Dutch Diplomatic Dispute Escalates VOA 13 Mar 2017 -- Dutch envoy Daan Feddo Huisinga was summoned Monday by the Turkish foreign minister for the third time in as many days to receive a diplomatic dressing down.
- Turkey's president says Netherlands will pay price for 'shameless behavior' Press TV 12 Mar 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the Netherlands will "pay the price" for its "shameless" treatment of Turkey's ministers after the European country barred the flight of the Turkish top diplomat and deported the country's family minister.
- Tensions Escalate Between Turkey, Netherlands After Turkish Ministers Barred From Rallies RFE/RL 12 Mar 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the Netherlands would "pay the price" after expelling a Turkish minister and preventing Ankara's top diplomat from landing ahead of planned political rallies.
- French Foreign Ministry Calls on Turkey to Avoid Provocations Amid Rally Ban Sputnik 12 Mar 2017 -- France calls on the Turkish authorities to ease tensions and avoid provocations following recent bans on Turkish ministers by the Netherlands and Germany, the French Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
- Turkey Vows to Retaliate for Netherlands' 'Unacceptable Behavior' VOA 12 Mar 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Sunday that Turkey will retaliate in the "harshest ways" and "respond in kind to this unacceptable behavior" after the Netherlands refused to allow a Turkish minister into the country and expelled another one.
- Erdogan: Dutch Will 'Pay a Price' for Blocking Turkish Ministers from Rally VOA 12 Mar 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the Netherlands Sunday it would "pay a price" for refusing to allow Ankara's foreign minister into the country and expelling another minister Saturday to keep them from holding rallies with Turkish immigrants.
- Turkey summons Dutch charge d'affaires over canceling FM's flight permit Press TV 11 Mar 2017 -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned the Netherlands' charge d'affaires in Ankara after authorities in the Dutch city of Rotterdam withdrew the landing permission for Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's plane in an escalating row over Turkey's campaign rallies in Europe.
- Netherlands bars Turkish FM's plane from landing Press TV 11 Mar 2017 -- The Netherlands has barred a plane carrying the Turkish foreign minister from landing to drum up support for an April referendum in Turkey, saying the trip was be a threat to public order.
- Proposed constitutional reforms in Turkey non-democratic: Council of Europe Press TV 11 Mar 2017 -- The Council of Europe has censured a hotly-pursued drive by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to change the country's parliamentary ruling system to a presidential one.
- Erdogan Calls Dutch 'Nazi Remnants' After Landing Permission Denied For Turkish Foreign Minister RFE/RL 11 Mar 2017 -- A diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands over attempts by Ankara to campaign for a referendum escalated throughout March 11 - with tit-for-tat reactions in both countries - after Dutch authorities denied the Turkish foreign minister's plane permission to land.
- Ankara 'Will Retaliate': Erdogan Squares Off as Netherlands Keeps Turkish FM Out Sputnik 11 Mar 2017 -- Turkey will retaliate over the Netherlands refusing to let Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's plane land in the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday.
- Turkey-Europe Row Deepens, But Germany Wants Ankara Onside VOA 11 Mar 2017 -- Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, was barred Saturday from landing in the Netherlands as opposition grows to Turkish campaigning throughout the European Union.
- Turkey shells border posts near Syria's Manbij, kills army soldiers Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Turkish military forces have shelled the positions of Syrian government troops and their allied fighters from popular defense groups in the country's northwestern province of Aleppo, leaving several soldiers dead and injured.
- Turkey: UN report details allegations of serious rights violations in country's southeast UN News 10 Mar 2017 -- The UN human rights office today published a report detailing allegations of massive destruction, killings and numerous other serious human rights violations committed between July 2015 and December 2016 in southeast Turkey.
- UN Accuses Turkey of Massive Destruction, Torture in Kurdish Areas VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- A new report accuses Turkey's security forces of widespread and systematic human rights violations, including massive destruction of towns and killings of mainly Kurdish people in the southeast.
- Aid Groups Fear Mass Expulsion of Western NGOs From Turkey VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- United Nations officials and international aid workers fear the Turkish government is gearing up to shutter more Western nongovernment organizations working with Syrian refugees and overseeing cross-border relief missions inside Syria following the expulsion Tuesday of Mercy Corps, one of the world's biggest humanitarian nonprofits.
- Damascus Calls on UN to Make Turkey Stop Aggression and Withdraw Army From Syria Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- Syria's Foreign Ministry has sent complaints to the UN Secretary-General and UN Security Council President over the Turkish army's continuing "aggression" against the war-torn country, the SANA news agency reported Friday.
- Syria calls on UN to force Turkey to withdraw troops Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Syria has called on the United Nations and the Security Council to oblige Turkey to immediately withdraw its "invading forces" from the Syrian territory, stop cross-border attacks and maintain regional and international security and stability.
- Putin, Erdogan Pledge Cooperation To Help Bring End To Syrian Conflict RFE/RL 10 Mar 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, citing improved bilateral ties, pledged to work together to help bring an end to the conflict in Syria.
- Putin hails closer Moscow-Ankara ties on Syria crisis Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised close interactions between Moscow and Ankara as part of efforts to find a promising solution to the nearly six-year-long foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria, which has killed thousands of people and left the Arab country in ruins.
- Erdogan, Putin to Meet in Rapprochement Efforts VOA 09 Mar 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is heading to Russia in the latest step in rapprochement efforts between the countries. Erdogan is to meet Friday with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin
- Turkey warns US on Raqqah push with Kurdish help Press TV 09 Mar 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has warned of a major damage to US relations with Ankara if Washington includes Kurdish forces in the operation to retake Syrian city of Raqqah from Daesh.
- Turkey has increased 'intelligence efforts' in Germany, Berlin says Press TV 08 Mar 2017 -- Germany's domestic intelligence agency BfV has warned about Turkey's increased espionage activities in Germany, amid souring relations between the two countries ahead of a Turkish referendum to boost the power of the president.
- Germany Warns Turkey Nazi Remark A 'Red Line,' Calls For Dialogue RFE/RL 08 Mar 2017 -- German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said Germany and Turkey must work toward restoring ties damaged by several diplomatic rows, but warned Ankara that making a comparison to Nazis in any dispute is a "red line that cannot be crossed."
- German Domestic Intelligence Marks Increase of Turkish Spying Activities Sputnik 09 Mar 2017 -- Germany's domestic intelligence service registered a boost in Turkish spying activities.
- Dunford Discusses Syria With Turkish, Russian Counterparts AFPS 07 Mar 2017 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is meeting with his Russian and Turkish counterparts here today to discuss the situation in northern Syria.
- 'Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs meet in Turkish city' Press TV 07 Mar 2017 -- The Turkish army says its chief of the general staff has met with his Russian and American counterparts in Turkey, discussing the situation in Iraq and Syria among other things.
- Armed Forces Chiefs Meet in Turkey Over Syrian Kurdish Tensions VOA 07 Mar 2017 -- The U.S. top general, Joseph Dunford, along with the chief of Russia's general staff, Valery Gerasimov, were hosted by their Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya. According to officials, the meeting sought to find ways to avoid potential confrontations among the forces operating in Syria.
- Turkey won't plan Manbij attack without US, Russia coordination Press TV 06 Mar 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says his country will not plan an attack on the Kurdish-held city of Manbij without the coordination of US and Russia.
- Ankara launches vast security operation against PKK militants in southeast Press TV 06 Mar 2017 -- Security forces in Turkey have launched one of their largest "anti-terrorist" operations over the past years against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group in the country's troubled southeast.
- UN Court Reports Turkey to Security Council VOA 06 Mar 2017 -- A United Nations court has referred Turkey to the Security Council for failing to release a judge imprisoned for suspected involvement in last year's failed coup.
- German-Turkish Tensions Escalate VOA 06 Mar 2017 -- A steady flow of German politicians has angrily condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his comments accusing Berlin of returning Germany to its Nazi past. Justice Minister Heiko Maas described the remark as "absurd, disgraceful and outlandish."
- Kurds Shed Light on Russia-Damascus Deal to Prevent Turkey's Attack on Manbij Sputnik 06 Mar 2017 -- Control over six villages to the west of the Syrian city of Manbij has been turned over to the Syrian Army, sources in the Manbij Military Council (MMC) said.
- Turkey Deploys Cobra 2 Armored Vehicles at Syrian Border Sputnik 05 Mar 2017 -- Turkey deployed its domestically produced, next-generation Cobra 2 armored vehicles to ensure security on the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkish Hürriyet newspaper reported.
- Syria loses contact with reconnaissance jet near Turkey Press TV 04 Mar 2017 -- A Syrian fighter jet has gone missing during a reconnaissance mission close to the border with Turkey.
- Syrian Army Lost Contact With Jet Flying Reconnaissance Mission Near Turkey Sputnik 04 Mar 2017 -- The Syrian army lost contact with a jet performing a reconnaissance mission near the Turkish border, local media said Saturday.
- Turkish PM Says Syrian MIG-23 Warplane Fell on Syria-Turkey Border Sputnik 04 Mar 2017 -- A Syrian military jet has crashed in south Turkey's Hatay province, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Saturday.
- Third German town cancels Turkish rally, police say Press TV 03 Mar 2017 -- Amid a deepening dispute between Ankara and Berlin, a third German town has called off a rally by a Turkish government minister, police say.
- Turkey-backed Kurds clash with PKK branch in N Iraq Press TV 03 Mar 2017 -- Turkey-backed Kurdish fighters engage in deadly clashes with militants affiliated with the anti-Ankara Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar.
- Germany's Merkel Rejects Turkish Criticism After Meeting Bans RFE/RL 03 Mar 2017 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected Turkey's allegations that forces within the government in Germany are working to prevent Turkish leaders from campaigning there for a "yes" vote in next month's referendum to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.
- German officials block pro-Erdogan rally by Turkish minister Press TV 02 Mar 2017 -- German officials have forbidden Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag from addressing President Tayyip Erdogan's supporters in the town of Gaggenau amid a diplomatic row between the two countries.
- Turkey tells Kurds to leave Syria's Manbij or face attack Press TV 02 Mar 2017 -- Turkey has threatened to strike Syrian Kurdish forces if they do not withdraw from the northern city of Manbij near the Turkish border.
- Turkey Sets Up Military Bases in Syrian Cities of al-Bab, Azaz Sputnik 02 Mar 2017 -- Reliable sources in the Middle East have told Sputnik that Turkey continues setting up military bases in the north of Syria. Kurdish politician Rezan Hiddo spoke to Sputnik Turkiye about what Turkey's Armed Forces are up to in the area.
- Erdogan: Turkey Ready to Crush Daesh in Syria Jointly With Russia Sputnik 02 Mar 2017 -- The Turkish leader said Ankara was ready to fight Daesh jointly with Russia if Moscow sent a corresponding request.
- Syria reserves right to use force against Turkey: Envoy Press TV 02 Mar 2017 -- Syria's ambassador to the United Nations says Damascus reserves the right to use force against Turkey's military invasion of the Arab country.
- Turkey seizes Kurdish-held villages in northern Syria Press TV 01 Mar 2017 -- Turkish-backed militants have seized two Kurdish-held villages in Syria, inching closer to Manbij, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to capture.
- Turkish Forces Destroy 16 PKK Targets in Northern Iraq Sputnik 01 Mar 2017 -- Turkish military destroyed 16 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants' targets in the north of Iraq, media reported Wednesday, citing the Turkish General Staff.
- Germany Poised to Mount More Raids on Turkish Imams Accused of Spying VOA 01 Mar 2017 -- Tensions are increasing between Berlin and Ankara over claims that Turkey has been using Islamic preachers in Germany to spy on supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric who President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses of orchestrating last July's failed coup against him.
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