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July 2017 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Turkey detains 1,098 over alleged links to militant outfits, failed coup in single week Press TV 31 Jul 2017 -- Turkey says in the course of a single week it has detained 1,098 people either for their suspected links to terrorist groups or over having affiliation to the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed by Ankara for purportedly masterminding and orchestrating last year's failed putsch against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- US Concerned 'Only About Interoperability' of S-400 Systems Purchased by Turkey Sputnik 31 Jul 2017 -- The Pentagon said Monday the only concern it has regarding the purchase of S-400 systems by its ally Turkey is the one of interoperability.
- Turkey sacks two MPs over alleged PKK links Press TV 27 Jul 2017 -- The Turkish parliament has dismissed two pro-Kurdish lawmakers from their legislative position over government allegations that their Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is affiliated with a local militant group.
- Turkey Wants to 'Ease Dependence on NATO' by Purchasing Russian S-400 Sputnik 26 Jul 2017 -- Russia and Turkey are currently at the final stage of negotiations regarding the delivery of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems to Ankara. The US signaled that Turkey buying the missiles would become a major concern for Washington.
- Turkey Hoping for Easing of Russian Sanctions With Missile Deal VOA 26 Jul 2017 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara has agreed to purchase Russia's S-400 missile systems, despite NATO concerns.
- Turkish President Criticizes Israel Over Al-Aqsa VOA 25 Jul 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized Israel for security measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque, also known as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem. Rising tensions over the mosque could threaten attempts at rapprochement between Israel and Turkey.
- Turkish diplomacy ends in Persian Gulf without results Press TV 25 Jul 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has wrapped up a tour of Arab countries involved in a dispute but has failed to help bring the feuding sides closer to one another.
- Germany Must Push NATO to Settle Issue With Konya Base in Turkey – Official Sputnik 24 Jul 2017 -- Turkey banning German lawmakers from visiting German personnel at the NATO military base in Konya is a matter of relations within the alliance, and Berlin must urge NATO to settle the issue, chairman of the Defense Committee of the German Parliament Wolfgang Hellmich said on Monday.
- Turkish president continues Persian Gulf tour to resolve Qatar crisis Press TV 24 Jul 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has traveled to Kuwait after visiting Saudi Arabia as part of a regional tour to help resolve a dispute among several Arab countries in the region.
- Turkish Opposition Leader Calls Ankara's Meddling in Syrian Conflict a Mistake Sputnik 24 Jul 2017 -- The leader of the largest opposition political party in Turkey sharply criticized Ankara's foreign policy, especially regarding the Syrian conflict and the Qatari diplomatic crisis.
- Erdogan: Qatar Crisis Not In 'Anyone's Interest' As Gulf States' Tour Begins RFE/RL 23 Jul 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has embarked on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and ally Qatar amid a regional crisis, saying no country had an interest in prolonging the situation.
- Turkey's Erdogan Heading to Gulf in Bid to Ease Qatar Crisis VOA 21 Jul 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan starts a two-day tour of Gulf states Sunday in an effort to resolve a crisis involving Qatar, and four Arab states accusing the small peninsular nation of supporting terrorism.
- Germany 'halts all arms shipment to Turkey' Press TV 21 Jul 2017 -- Germany has frozen all arms shipment to Turkey after Ankara arrested several human rights activists, including a German national.
- Totally Wasn't Us: Turkey Denies Role in Map Outlining US Presence in Syria Sputnik 21 Jul 2017 -- A spokesman from the offices of the Turkish president has stated that Ankara was not involved in the publication of a map that showed, among other things, the location of US military positions in Syria. The map was published by a Turkish state-run news agency.
- Sixth Group of Turkish Troops Arrives in Qatar Sputnik 20 Jul 2017 -- A sixth group of Turkish troops arrived at a military base in the Qatari capital of Doha to take part in joint military exercises, media reported Wednesday.
- Germany vows to overhaul Turkey relations amid tensions Press TV 20 Jul 2017 -- German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in Berlin on Thursday that Germany would review state guarantees for foreign investment in Turkey and would urge businesses against putting their money there. Gabriel said that Berlin would also review its support for EU financial flows to the long-time aspirant to membership of the bloc.
- Turkey, Germany Step Up War of Words RFE/RL 20 Jul 2017 -- Turkey on July 20 told Germany that bilateral ties could not be founded on "blackmail and threats" after the German foreign minister vowed steps that would limit investment in an escalating dispute.
- Turkish PM names new justice, defense ministers in cabinet reshuffle Press TV 19 Jul 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has announced a cabinet reshuffle, replacing or swapping 11 of the country's 26 ministers.
- Turkey's State-Run News Agency Leaks U.S. Base Locations In Syria RFE/RL 19 Jul 2017 -- The Pentagon has voiced concerns to Turkey after the NATO ally's state-run news agency published U.S. base locations in northern Syria, in a move that could deepen distrust between the two NATO allies and endanger U.S. forces in the area.
- Turkish Media Reveals 'Sensitive' Info on US Forces in Syria, Pentagon Outraged Sputnik 19 Jul 2017 -- The United States now has as many as 10 military posts in Syria on the territory controlled by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the Anadolu news agency reported.
- Russian S-400 Systems' Delivery Contract With Turkey Ready, Loan Being Discussed Sputnik 18 Jul 2017 -- Technical issues of the contract for the supply of Russian S-400 missile systems to Turkey have been resolved, only administrative ones remain, the general director of Russia's Rostec state corporation said Tuesday.
- Turkey Says It Is Dealing Blows to IS Cells VOA 17 Jul 2017 -- Turkish security and intelligence organizations are dealing blows to Islamic State cells and networks in the country, a high-level Turkish official told VOA, speaking on condition of anonymity.
- NATO's secretary general calls on Germany, Turkey to end airbase dispute Press TV 17 Jul 2017 -- NATO's secretary general has called on Turkey and Germany to put an end to their dispute over MPs visiting Turkish air bases.
- PKK bombing leaves 17 soldiers injured in southeastern Turkey Press TV 17 Jul 2017 -- More than a dozen Turkish soldiers have sustained injuries in a roadside bomb explosion that targeted their military vehicle in Turkey's southeastern and Kurdish-populated province of Hakkari.
- 100-plus caught up in Turkey post-coup dragnet Press TV 17 Jul 2017 -- One year after undergoing a bloody coup attempt, Turkey continues with its arrest campaign against suspected accomplices to the failed putsch. In the most recent crackdown, authorities have ordered the detention of 127 more people in this connection.
- All those responsible for failed coup will be beheaded: Erdogan Press TV 16 Jul 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that he will chop off the heads of traitors while the country marks the first anniversary of a failed coup.
- Political Polarization Deepens in Turkish Commemoration of Defeated Coup VOA 16 Jul 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has inaugurated a monument to commemorate the 250 people who died opposing a military coup a year ago .
- Turks Commemorate One Year Since Failed Coup RFE/RL 15 Jul 2017 -- Tens of thousands of people waving Turkish flags joined a national unity march in Istanbul on July 15, converging at an iconic bridge to mark the anniversary of a military coup attempt in which hundreds were killed.
- Turkey Marks Anniversary of Failed Coup VOA 15 Jul 2017 -- The Turkish government marked the one-year anniversary Saturday of a failed military coup by firing nearly 7,400 additional civil servants, convening a special parliamentary session and hosting a series of "national unity marches."
- Turkey to pay $2.5bn for Russian S-400 missiles: Official Press TV 14 Jul 2017 -- Turkey has agreed to shell out $2.5 billion in order to purchase Russia's most advanced missile defense system S-400, provided that Moscow agrees to transfer the technology as well, an official says.
- Turkey Bans German Lawmakers From Visiting NATO Base in Konya Sputnik 14 Jul 2017 -- Ankara banned German lawmakers from a visit to a NATO military base in the Turkish province of Konya, where German military personnel are stationed, according to media reports.
- Fire causes blasts at Turkey military zone near Syria: Reports Press TV 13 Jul 2017 -- A large fire has erupted at a military zone in Turkey's southern province of Kilis, near the Syrian border, triggering small blasts as it spread to a nearby ammunition depot, media report.
- Turkish Forces Detain 44 PKK Militants, Including Istanbul Terror Act Organizer Sputnik 13 Jul 2017 -- Turkish security forces and intelligence have detained 44 fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), outlawed in Turkey, including the organizer of the 2016 Vodafone Arena terror attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul, the city's governor, Vasip Sahin, said Thursday.
- At Least 10 Turkish Soldiers Injured in Ammunition Depot Fire Near Syria Border Sputnik 13 Jul 2017 -- A fire, which occurred at the ammunition depot in the Turkish province of Kilis near the border with Syria on Thursday, left at least 10 servicemen injured, local media reported.
- Political Divide Deepens in Turkey as Failed Coup Anniversary Approaches VOA 13 Jul 2017 -- Saturday marks the first anniversary of Turkey's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but with a post-coup crackdown firmly in place, there are concerns about a deepening political divide as the government marks the turmoil.
- Lifting emergency rule currently out of question, says Turkish president Press TV 12 Jul 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled out an immediate end to the year-old state of emergency imposed following a failed coup last year.
- Erdogan Says Lifting State of Emergency in Turkey Not Under Discussion Sputnik 12 Jul 2017 -- The removal of Turkish emergency regulations will not be considered for discussion as long as the country's security is being threatened, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.
- Turkish army jets kill 11 Kurdish militants in southeast Press TV 11 Jul 2017 -- At least 11 militants with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been killed as Turkey's fighter jets bombed their positions in two areas of the country's southeast overnight.
- Turkey Deploys Military Vehicles Convoys Near Syria's Northwestern Border Sputnik 11 Jul 2017 -- Turkey has deployed six military transport convoys to the Musabeyli area, which is located in the Kilis province that borders Syria's de facto self-governing Kurdish regions, local media reported Tuesday.
- Greeks, Turks Blame Each Other for Collapse of Cyprus Talks VOA 10 Jul 2017 -- As expected, both sides are blaming the other for the collapse of the latest Cyprus peace talks which diplomats saw as the best chance yet to reunify the divided island.
- Turkey Says Goodbye to German Troops as Ankara-Berlin Ties Remain Tense Sputnik 10 Jul 2017 -- On Sunday, Germany started the withdrawal of its troops from the Turkish Incirlik base, as the result of a decision approved by the Bundestag in June following a row between Berlin and Ankara.
- Tillerson Hopes to Mend Strained US-Turkey Relations VOA 10 Jul 2017 -- The strained U.S. relations with Turkey are beginning to improve, but will require much more work, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
- Tillerson Marks Failed Turkish Coup Anniversary VOA 09 Jul 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has marked the anniversary this week of last year's failed coup coup in Turkey, praising the courage of the Turkish people in defending democracy but failing to mention the widespread government crackdown that has followed since.
- Massive Istanbul Crowd Protests Erdogan's Crackdown on Rights VOA 09 Jul 2017 -- Tens of thousands of people massed in Istanbul Sunday to protest Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on critics of his government in the wake of last year's failed military coup.
- Germany starts pulling out troops from Turkish base Press TV 09 Jul 2017 -- German defense authorities have finally ordered the start of withdrawal of troops from a base in southern Turkey after the two countries failed to settle disputes on how Berlin could access the base.
- Germany Starts Military Withdrawal From Turkish Incirlik Airbase Sputnik 09 Jul 2017 -- Germany started on Sunday the withdrawal of its forces from the Turkish Incirlik airbase, what was approved by Bundestag in June following Berlin's row with Ankara, German media reported.
- Turkish Intelligence Believes Amnesty International Preparing Coup in Country Sputnik 09 Jul 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused on Saturday the international human rights organization Amnesty International of preparing a new coup attempt in the country, citing intelligence data.
- EU tells Erdogan to cancel constitutional overhaul Press TV 06 Jul 2017 -- Europe has advised Turkey to cancel a proposed overhaul of its constitution or forfeit its request to join the European Union (EU).
- Turkish Police Detain Rights Activists; EU Parliament Advises Suspension On Accession Talks RFE/RL 06 Jul 2017 -- Amnesty International says Turkish police have detained the group's director in Turkey along with other human rights activists.
- Turkey's Opposition Leader on Long March for Justice VOA 06 Jul 2017 -- On Day 20 of his "March for Justice" Kemal Kilicdaroglu still has a spring in his step. The 68-year-old leader of Turkey's Republican People's Party (CHP) has often been criticized for being an ineffectual opposition party leader. Now, Kilicdaroglu is galvanizing opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his year-long crackdown on dissent following last July's failed coup.
- Syrian letters to UN blast Turkey's 'expansionist delusions' Press TV 06 Jul 2017 -- Damascus has written to the United Nations, denouncing Turkish forces' recent incursions into the Syrian territory as a proof of Ankara's partnership in terrorism plaguing the Arab country.
- Clashes with Turkey likely in days: Syrian Kurdish militants Press TV 06 Jul 2017 -- The head of a US-backed Kurdish militant group fighting in Syria says a confrontation is likely "within days" between his fighters and the Turkish forces recently deployed to Syria's Aleppo Province.
- Kurdish Officials: Turkish Movements in N. Syria Threaten Raqqa Operation VOA 06 Jul 2017 -- Syrian Kurdish officials say Turkey's shelling of Kurdish militias in northwestern Syria and its troops' mobilization in the border region are preparation for a full-fledged military assault on northern Syria, which could impede U.S.-backed operations to rout Islamic State from its de facto capital, Raqqa.
- Turkish Opposition Leader Pledges to Challenge Crackdown VOA 05 Jul 2017 -- The leader of Turkey's main opposition party has pledged to continue his campaign for justice in the face of government accusations of supporting terrorism.
- Russia, Turkey, Iran Fail To Agree On Details Of Syria De-Escalation Zones RFE/RL 05 Jul 2017 -- Diplomats from Russia, Iran, and Turkey have failed to reach agreement on final details regarding so-called "de-escalation zones" in parts of war-torn Syria.
- Turkey Shells Kurdish Settlements Near Syria's Afrin Sputnik 04 Jul 2017 -- Syrian Kurdish settlements located near Afrin in the country's northwest came under artillery fire from Turkish troops, Rezan Hedo, a member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council, told Sputnik on Tuesday.
- Turkish freighter comes under Greece's fire after ignoring warnings Press TV 03 Jul 2017 -- The Greek coast guard has fired on a Turkish freighter after the ship failed to comply with an order to dock at a port in the Aegean Sea.
- Ankara Condemns Greek Coast Guards' Attack on Turkish Freight Ship Sputnik 03 Jul 2017 -- Ankara condemned the Greek coast guards' Monday fire against the Turkish cargo ship in the Aegean Sea, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement, obtained by Sputnik.
- Greek Coast Guard Opens Fire on Turkish Cargo Ship in Aegean Sea - Reports Sputnik 03 Jul 2017 -- Turkish NTV channel reported that the Greek coast guard opened fire on a Turkish-flagged cargo ship in the Aegean Sea.
- Turkey Vows to Keep Troops in Qatar Despite Arab States' Demands Sputnik 03 Jul 2017 -- Turkey will maintain its military presence in Qatar, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday, hours after Arab states agreed to extend a deadline for Doha to accept their demands, including pulling Turkish troops out of the country, amid the diplomatic crisis.
- Turkey to Build Own Aircraft Carrier, Reach Technological Independence - Erdogan Sputnik 03 Jul 2017 -- Turkey is determined to build an aircraft carrier by its own efforts and has no doubts about its success, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.
- Turkish Military Op Against Kurds in Syria's Afrin Could Begin 'Any Time Soon' Sputnik 03 Jul 2017 -- A joint military operation between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish Armed Forces against Kurdish military units in the Syrian city of Afrin could take place any time soon, a FSA commander told Sputnik Turkey.
- Turkish Troops, Syrian Rebels Allegedly Mulling New Op in Syria Against Kurds Sputnik 02 Jul 2017 -- Around 20,000 members of opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Turkish troops will participate in a new military operation in the northwestern Syrian Afrin region, which is under control of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), Turkish Sabah newspaper reported on Sunday.
- Syrian Kurds Vow to Stop Turkish Troops' Advance on Afrin Sputnik 02 Jul 2017 -- Nuri Mehmud, an official representative of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), said in an interview with Sputnik Turkey that the group will defend its territories if there is an attack on Afrin from Turkey.
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