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June 2017 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Kurds in Northern Syria Fear New Turkish Incursion VOA 28 Jun 2017 -- Kurdish officials say they have spotted increasing numbers of Turkish troops and military equipment gathering on the border after Turkey's president threatened to send his forces into northern Syria to pursue groups that Turkey sees as supporters of Kurdish militants.
- Turkish Forces Detain Over 850 Suspected PKK Members Within Week Sputnik 28 Jun 2017 -- 866 militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were detained in a total of 835 counterterrorism operations conducted from June 19 to June 28, during which a large number of militants' weapons were destroyed, according to local media.
- New Turkish Military Operation in Syria Possible Sputnik 28 Jun 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara is ready to launch a new military campaign similar to the Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria.
- Turkey: Military Returned Fire Against Syrian Kurds VOA 28 Jun 2017 -- Turkey's military said Wednesday its forces destroyed Syrian Kurdish targets overnight in retaliation for artillery fire against Turkish-backed forces in northern Syria.
- Turkey says returned fire on Kurdish YPG militants in Syria Press TV 28 Jun 2017 -- The Turkish military claims it has fired back at US-backed Kurdish militia after they targeted the anti-Damascus militants it supports in Syria.
- German Police Warn Politicians About Alleged Spying By Turkish Intelligence Sputnik 28 Jun 2017 -- Amid deep political differences between Ankara and Berlin, the German media reports that the Turkish intelligence agency MIT has been caught spying on German politicians.
- Erdogan: Saudi-led group's demands 'unlawful intervention' Press TV 25 Jun 2017 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a sweeping list of demands issued by four Arab states is an unlawful intervention against Qatar's sovereignty and a violation of international law.
- Turkey's Erdogan rejects pledges over weapons for Kurdish fighters in Syria Press TV 25 Jun 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says those countries that promised Ankara to get back weapons supplied to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) once the militiamen accomplished their alleged counter-terror mission in Syria are actually trying to trick Turkey and would eventually realize their mistake.
- Turkey after 'joint mechanism' with US to collect arms from Syrian Kurds Press TV 24 Jun 2017 -- Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik says Ankara wants a "joint mechanism" with Washington to take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) once the US-backed militiamen manage to drive Daesh Takfiri terrorists out of Syria's northern city of Raqqah.
- Ankara sends reinforcements for Turkey-backed militants in Syria Press TV 22 Jun 2017 -- Turkey has deployed military reinforcements, including soldiers, vehicles, and equipment to northern Syria, says a UK-based monitoring group.
- Turkish, Russian Troops May Be Present in Idlib De-escalation Zone Sputnik 22 Jun 2017 -- Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that the Russian side had put forward a proposal to send servicemen from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to de-escalation zones in Syria.
- Germany OKs Plan to Pull Troops From Turkey's Incirlik Air Base VOA 21 Jun 2017 -- Germany will withdraw 280 troops, as well as surveillance planes and refueling jets, from the Incirlik air base in Turkey following a decision by the German parliament on Wednesday. The troops will be relocated to a base in Jordan.
- Turkish soldiers take part in military drills in Qatar Press TV 19 Jun 2017 -- Turkish troops have taken part in planned joint military exercises in Qatar amid a widening rift between the Arab country and its neighbors in the Persian Gulf region.
- Turkish PM's top adviser detained over Gulen links released Press TV 17 Jun 2017 -- Turkish authorities have freed Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's chief adviser that was arrested earlier this month over suspected links to the movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded last year's failed coup.
- Baseless Expectations: Saudi Arabia Rejects Turkish Idea to Station Troops There Sputnik 17 Jun 2017 -- Saudi Arabia does not intend to allow Turkey to form a military base in the Kingdom as there is no need for it, the Saudi Press Agency stated Saturday, citing an official source.
- US-led Coalition Closely Monitoring Turkish Training of Syrian Militia VOA 16 Jun 2017 -- The U.S.-led coalition in Syria is closely monitoring Turkey's arming and training of a Syrian militia in northern Syria and asking Turkey instead to return the region to control of local residents, coalition sources told VOA.
- Turkish MP gets 25 years in jail for exposing MIT arms aid to Syria militants Press TV 14 Jun 2017 -- A Turkish court has sentenced a prominent lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) to 25 years in jail for his role in leaking secret documents to a newspaper showing the country's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) shipped weapons to foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists in Syria.
- Ankara Backs Qatar in Saudi-led Showdown VOA 13 Jun 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has placed himself at the forefront of the defense of Qatar, in the face of Saudi Arabia-led economic and diplomatic sanctions.
- Erdogan Says Anti-Qatari Sanctions Contradict Islamic Values Sputnik 13 Jun 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated commenting the sanctions recently imposed against Qatar by a number of states in the Middle East and Africa that depriving Qatari people from food and water, travel, or worship is non-humanitarian, non-Islamic.
- Turkey sends military team to assess deployment in Qatar amid embargo Press TV 13 Jun 2017 -- Turkey has dispatched a team of military experts to Qatar to evaluate troop deployment, as several Arab states have imposed an all-out embargo against the peninsula over allegations of supporting terrorism.
- Turkish Forces Kill 20 PKK Militants in Eastern Turkey, Northern Iraq Sputnik 13 Jun 2017 -- A total of 20 members of Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) were eliminated by the Turkish Air Force in eastern Turkey and northern Iraq, according to the statement of Turkey's General Staff.
- Turkish-EU Talks Rekindle Membership, Human Rights Hopes VOA 12 Jun 2017 -- European Union and Turkish officials are scheduled to meet in Brussels Tuesday to try and put Turkey's decades-long, on-again, off-again bid to join the EU back on track.
- Ankara Urges Kurdistan to Reconsider Independence Referendum Plans Sputnik 12 Jun 2017 -- Turkey's deputy prime minister said such referendums "boost instability".
- Iran, Turkey Send Food to Qatar Amid Fears of Shortages VOA 11 Jun 2017 -- Iran has sent at least four cargo planes of food and will continue to send more to Qatar after its biggest suppliers cut ties with the import-dependent country, according to Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi.
- Turkey to continue to support Qatar: President Erdogan Press TV 10 Jun 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will continue to support Qatar in a dispute between Doha and several other Arab countries.
- Irking Turkey, Israel and Cyprus Begin Mountain Military Drills Sputnik 11 Jun 2017 -- Hundreds of Israeli commandos are headed to Cyprus as the two countries prepare to start a large-scale, week-long military drill Sunday.
- Erdogan approves bill to deploy troops to Qatar Press TV 09 Jun 2017 -- Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan has approved legislation that allows the deployment of Turkish military forces to Qatar, in what has been interpreted as a sign of Ankara's support for Doha in the face of attempts by certain Arab countries to isolate Qatar.
- Turkey Condemns Iraqi Kurdistan's Planned Independence Referendum Sputnik 09 Jun 2017 -- Iraqi Kurdistan's planned independence referendum is a "terrible mistake" toward achieving regional stability, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.
- Turkey Says Iraq's Kurdistan Independence Vote 'Grave Mistake' RFE/RL 09 Jun 2017 -- Turkey has criticized a plan by Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to hold a referendum on independence, calling it a "grave mistake."
- Turkey Agrees to Send Up to 3,000 Troops to Qatar Amid Gulf Diplomatic Crisis VOA 08 Jun 2017 -- Turkey's decision to send up to 3,000 troops to Qatar further cements their growing ties, but it virtually eliminates a possible role for Ankara to mediate between Qatar and the Gulf states that have decided to isolate it for alleged support of terrorism.
- Turkey, Iran Back Qatar In Dispute With Other Arab States RFE/RL 08 Jun 2017 -- Turkey on June 7 threw its support behind Qatar in Doha's split with other Arab states, with Ankara accelerating troop deployment to Doha and offering to provide food and water supplies that have been cut off by Saudi Arabia.
- Turkey parliament approves troop deployment to Qatar Press TV 07 Jun 2017 -- Turkey's parliament approves a measure to deploy troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar amid a widening rift between the Arab country and neighbors in the Persian Gulf region.
- Plot Thickens? Turkish Parliament Approves Deployment of Troops at Qatar Base Sputnik 07 Jun 2017 -- The Turkish parliament on Wednesday approved draft legislation allowing the deployment of Turkish troops to a military base in Qatar in light of the ongoing rift between Qatar and other Gulf Arab countries, Turkey's NTV television reported.
- Turkey to Germany: Have it your way with Incirlik troops Press TV 07 Jun 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Germany's removal of its troops from the Incirlik air base will be of little consequence.
- Germany to withdraw troops from Incirlik base in Turkey Press TV 07 Jun 2017 -- Germany will withdraw its troops and reconnaissance aircraft from an air base in Turkey as relations between the two NATO member states are worsening.
- Germany To Pull Troops From Turkish Base In Dispute With Ankara RFE/RL 07 Jun 2017 -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet has decided to pull German troops and reconnaissance planes out of Turkey's Incirlik air base after Ankara refused to let lawmakers visit them.
- Berlin Approves Withdrawal of German Troops From Incirlik Airbase in Turkey Sputnik 07 Jun 2017 -- The German cabinet has approved a decision to withdraw troops from the Incirlik airbase in Turkey.
- Germany to Pull Out of Incirlik Base After Failure of Last Ditch Crisis Talks Sputnik 06 Jun 2017 -- Germany's impending exit from Turkey's Incirlik air base is the latest in a string of disputes which have soured relations between the two countries.
- Turkey to strip 130 people of citizenship on terror charges Press TV 05 Jun 2017 -- Turkey says it will revoke the citizenship of 130 overseas nationals, including the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, over allegations of terror activities and crimes against the constitutional order, unless they return to the Anatolian country within a three-month period beginning from June 5.
- Turkey Demands 130 Expats Return to Face Trial or Lose Citizenship Sputnik 05 Jun 2017 -- One hundred and thirty Turkish citizens, including exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen and two pro-Kurdish parliamentarians who fled the country, have been given 90 days to return to the country and face prosecution, or else suffer a revocation of their citizenship.
- Turkish Forces Killed 46 PKK Militants in Late May's Anti-Terror Operation Sputnik 05 Jun 2017 -- 46 militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) during 483 anti-terrorist operations in late May were killed by Turkish security forces, while other 170 PKK members were detained, according to local media.
- Security forces kill eight PKK militants in eastern Turkey Press TV 04 Jun 2017 -- At least eight members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed after Turkish security forces launched an operation against the militants in the country's eastern province of Kars.
- Turkey detains premier's top adviser over links to Gulen movement Press TV 03 Jun 2017 -- Turkish security forces have arrested Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's chief adviser over suspected links to the movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having orchestrated last year's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey Reproaches US Over Arming Kurdish YPG in Syria Sputnik 01 Jun 2017 -- Supplies of weapons by the United States to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria to fight jihadists do not befit the two countries' alliance, Turkey's National Security Council (MGK) said Thursday.
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