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September 2017 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Turkey opens military base in Mogadishu Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Turkey has opened its largest military base in Africa, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, as the African country struggles in a protracted war against militants.
- Turkey Opens Largest Foreign Military Base in Mogadishu VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- Turkey's largest foreign military base in the world opened Saturday in Mogadishu, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Somali leaders, top Turkish military officials and diplomats.
- Israel played role in Iraq's Kurdish referendum: Turkish president Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Israel's Mossad spy agency has played a role in the recent Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq.
- Istanbul Taxi Cameras Prompt Surveillance Concerns VOA 29 Sep 2017 -- In Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, cameras are being installed inside taxis in a move city authorities claim will provide security for both drivers and passengers. But with the ongoing crackdown over last year's failed coup locking up more than 60,000 people and purging nearly 200,000 from their jobs, fears are growing that the measure is the latest effort to extend surveillance and control over the people.
- Turkey Calls For Summit With Iran, Iraq Over Kurdish Independence Vote RFE/RL 29 Sep 2017 -- On September 27, one day after members of his administration had rejected rumors of his imminent resignation as unfounded, Ramazan Abdulatipov told a Moscow radio station that he had decided to step down as Republic of Daghestan head on account of his age. (He turned 71 last month.)
- Putin, Erdogan Pledge To Closely Cooperate On Syria RFE/RL 28 Sep 2017 -- Following talks in Ankara, the Turkish and Russian presidents said they agreed to closely cooperate on ending Syria's civil war.
- Turkey and Russia Agree on Need for De-escalation Zone in Syria VOA 28 Sep 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday agreed to push for the creation of a "de-escalation" zone in Syria's key northern province of Idlib to help end the civil war.
- Turkish President Considers Independence Vote in Iraqi Kurdistan Illegitimate Sputnik 29 Sep 2017 -- According to the official results of Kurdistan's Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission, 92.7 percent of the voters backed independence of Iraqi Kurdistan. Following the referendum, Turkish authorities said that they were ready to support Iraq's territorial integrity.
- Turkish PM: Tehran, Ankara, Baghdad to meet on Iraqi KRG referendum IRNA 28 Sep 2017 -- Officials from Iran, Turkey, and Iraq will soon hold high-level talks on the recent referendum conducted by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government, the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told reporters on Thursday.
- Turkey won't shy away from harshest response if border threatened: Yildirim Press TV 28 Sep 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says his country's military forces will not hesitate to give a stinging response to a national security threat on the border with Iraq in reaction to Monday's referendum on independence of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Turkey agrees to 'only deal with Baghdad' over oil exports Press TV 28 Sep 2017 -- In a major U-turn, Turkey has agreed to solely deal with the central Iraqi government over crude oil exports, following a contentious secession referendum held by Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, the Baghdad government says.
- Iraqi PM's Office Says Turkey Agrees To Deal Only With Baghdad On Oil Exports RFE/RL 28 Sep 2017 -- Turkey told Iraq it would deal only with the Iraqi government on crude-oil exports, the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on September 28.
- Turkish Prime Minister Voices Support for Iraqi Steps Over Kurdish Referendum Sputnik 28 Sep 2017 -- The Iraqi prime minister's press service said Thursday that the Turkish prime minister supported the measures taken by the Iraqi government in view of the Kurdish referendum.
- Turkey to cancel all flights to Iraqi Kurdistan Region within days IRNA 27 Sep 2017 -- All flights from Turkey to Iraqi Kurdistan Region and vice versa will be cancelled by Friday evening, Consulate General of Turkey in Erbil, Iraq announced.
- Turkey's Erdogan Says Kurdish Referendum 'Treachery'; Iraq Rules Out Talks On Independence RFE/RL 26 Sep 2017 -- Turkey has accused the head of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region of "treachery" for pursuing an independence referendum, while the Iraqi government has threatened to ban flights into Kurdish regional airports.
- Turkey urges Iran, Iraq to find solution to KRG problem IRNA 26 Sep 2017 -- President of the Turkish Republican People's Party Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu urged Iran, Iraq and Turkey to find a solution to Iraqi Kurdistan Region referendum.
- Turkey will close border with Iraqi Kurdish region: President Erdogan Press TV 25 Sep 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will seal its border with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region over a contentious independence referendum the semi-autonomous region held on Monday, threatening the Kurdish leaders with blocking their key oil exports.
- Ankara to Take Measures in Case of Security Threats Amid Kurdish Referendum Sputnik 25 Sep 2017 -- In case the internal security is threatened, Ankara will take any measures to stabilize the situation during the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Monday.
- Turkey's Parliament Extends Mandate to Use Troops in Syria, Iraq for One Year Sputnik 23 Sep 2017 -- The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved a motion to extend a mandate, authorizing military operations in Syria and Iraq for one year, in the light of a scheduled referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, which Ankara strongly opposes, according to the voting results.
- Turkish parliament extends mandate for military troops in Iraq, Syria Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- The Turkish parliament has extended a mandate authorizing the deployment of the country's military forces in Iraq and Syria in the lead-up to a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq.
- Turkey vows security, economic measures against Kurdish independence referendum Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim falls short of ruling out cross border operations if Iraq's Kurdish region goes ahead with a planned independence vote.
- Iraqi Kurdistan vote poses direct threat to Turkish national security: Turkey Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Turkey's top security body says an independence referendum planned by Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region "directly" threatens Turkish national security.
- Turkey to deploy troops inside Idlib as part of Astana deal: Erdogan Press TV 22 Sep 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims his country will deploy troops to Syria's Idlib region as part of the Astana agreement with Iran and Russia on "de-escalation zones."
- Iran, Iraq, Turkey warn Kurds against referendum Press TV 21 Sep 2017 -- Iran, Iraq and Turkey have voiced concerns over a planned secession referendum in the northern Iraqi Kurdistan region, warning that the unconstitutional vote could fan the flames of tensions in the Middle East.
- Armenia May Scrap Accords On Normalizing Ties With Turkey, Sarkisian Tells UN RFE/RL 20 Sep 2017 -- In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has said that Yerevan will declare two protocols aimed at normalizing relations with Turkey "null and void" if Ankara does not show any progress toward their implementation.
- Clear Signal: Turkey Holds Drills on Iraqi Border as Kurdish Referendum Nears Sputnik 20 Sep 2017 -- The massive military drills launched by Ankara on the Iraqi border are an unambiguous statement of its readiness to respond to a threat, which may emerge after the Kurdish vote on September 25, experts told Sputnik adding that the situation risks degrading to chaos and escalation.
- Ankara Increases Pressure on Iraqi Kurds Before Independence Vote VOA 19 Sep 2017 -- Around 100 Turkish tanks and armored vehicles are massed on the Iraqi-Kurdish border, ostensibly for military exercises, that coincide with a hardening of Ankara's political rhetoric against the independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds.
- Turkish jets kill three civilians in Iraq: Report Press TV 20 Sep 2017 -- Three civilians have been killed when Turkish fighter jets bombarded Duhok province in Iraq's Kurdistan region, a report says.
- Turkey may impose bans on Iraqi Kurdistan if referendum held: Erdogan Press TV 20 Sep 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region with sanctions in case it goes ahead with plans to hold an independence referendum.
- Iraq breakup will lead to global conflict: Turkish minister Press TV 19 Sep 2017 -- Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli has reiterated Ankara's opposition to a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq, warning that disintegration of Iraq will lead to a global conflict.
- Azerbaijan Hosts Turkey For Air Force Drills RFE/RL 18 Sep 2017 -- The air forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey have begun a two-week military exercise in Azerbaijan.
- Turkey tries over two dozen journalists over alleged links to Gulen Press TV 18 Sep 2017 -- Turkish authorities have put on trial 31 former employees of the now shuttered Zaman daily and its English-language sister publication Today's Zaman over their alleged affiliation to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the failed July 2016 coup attempt.
- Turkey sends tanks near Iraqi and Syrian borders Press TV 18 Sep 2017 -- Turkey has launched a military drill featuring tanks close to the Iraqi border and dispatched military vehicles to its southern border with Syria where several warring sides are jockeying for position in the face of Daesh losses.
- Thanks, But No Thanks: US Axes Gun Deal With Turkey Following Embassy Brawl Sputnik 18 Sep 2017 -- As retribution for the violent attack on peaceful protesters outside of the Turkish embassy in May, the Trump administration is withdrawing from a deal to sell $1.2 million worth of weapons to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail.
- Turkey Dispatches 80 Military Vehicles to Border With Syria Sputnik 17 Sep 2017 -- The Turkish army has moved 80 military vehicles, including tanks, to the border with Syria, local media reported Sunday citing a military source.
- Turkey's Erdogan, Iraq's Abadi to discuss planned Kurdistan referendum Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he will discuss with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi a controversial plan in the Arab country's autonomous Kurdistan region for holding a referendum of independence on September 25.
- 'Blackmail' and 'Betrayal'! Turkish Minister Slams EU for Imperiling Membership Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- The war of words between the European Union and their tenuous ally Turkey continues to intensify, with a Turkish official accusing the EU of "blackmail" for threatening to kill Turkey's membership bid. This came after the EU head accused Turkey of taking "giant strides" away from the union.
- De-escalation zones don't mean Turkish troops presence: Syria official Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- The Syrian government has welcomed an agreement on implementing lasting ceasefire in a de-escalation zone in the conflict-plagued Arab country, stressing such a consensus does not grant Turkish military forces authorization to stay in Syria.
- U.S. Senator Says Turkey May Face Sanctions Over Weapons Deal With Russia RFE/RL 15 Sep 2017 -- A leading Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee says Turkey's recent purchase of antiaircraft missile systems from Russia may have violated a U.S. law that requires automatic sanctions to be imposed against Ankara.
- Iraqi Kurdistan's Independence Referendum May Provoke New Conflict - Turkish PM Sputnik 15 Sep 2017 -- As the independence referendum of Iraqi Kurdistan approaches, Ankara has again warned about the possible consequences of the upcoming vote.
- Ankara Threatens Sanctions Against Iraqi Kurds Over Independence Vote VOA 15 Sep 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned Friday that the Iraqi Kurdish plan to hold an independence referendum was a "grave mistake." Iraqi Kurdistan regional President Masoud Barzani has called for the referendum on September 25 in the semi-autonomous area.
- Turkey Says It Remains Dependable NATO Ally Despite Russian Missile Deal RFE/RL 14 Sep 2017 -- Turkey says it remains a dependable NATO ally after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed Western concerns over Ankara's purchase of antiaircraft missile systems from Russia.
- Ankara Purchase of S-400 Not Alternative to NATO Membership - Erdogan Spokesman Sputnik 14 Sep 2017 -- Turkey says that the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense missile systems and the country's relations with NATO 'complement each other'.
- Turkish Dissident Trial Begins Amid Controversy VOA 14 Sep 2017 -- In the Turkish capital, Ankara, the trial of two educators charged with terrorism has started. The defendants have been on a hunger strike for more than five months to protest their firing as part of a government crackdown after last year's failed coup. Their hunger strike and trial have become a focal point of government opposition.
- Iran, Turkey military chiefs: Kurdish vote 'dangerous' Press TV 14 Sep 2017 -- The military chiefs of Iran and Turkey have warned of dangerous consequences of an upcoming referendum on the possible secession of Iraq's Kurdistan region.
- Erdogan remains defiant as NATO allies criticize S-400 deal with Russia Press TV 13 Sep 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed criticism from his NATO allies over his country's purchase of Russia's strategic S-400 missile defense systems, saying Ankara would not "wait for" the Western military alliance to help Ankara with security affairs.
- Turkey EU membership far off: European Commission chief Press TV 13 Sep 2017 -- The head of the European Commission (EC) urges Turkey to stop comparing EU leaders to "Nazis," saying Ankara's behavior has cast chances of its EU membership far-off.
- Erdogan Says Turkey's Deal With Russia on S-400 Supplies 'Made US Furious' Sputnik 13 Sep 2017 -- Erdogan has commented on Washington's reaction to the Ankara-Moscow deal on S-400 systems' supplies a day after a contract had been signed.
- EU Commission President Rules Out Turkish Membership in Foreseeable Future VOA 13 Sep 2017 -- The head of the European Union Commission has ruled out Turkish membership of the bloc for the "foreseeable future" because of human rights concerns. In his annual State of the Union address Wednesday, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker cited human rights concerns as the reason.
- Turkey says paid deposit in S-400 deal with Russia Press TV 12 Sep 2017 -- Turkey says it has paid a deposit as part of an agreement with Russia for the purchase of an air defense system.
- Turkey Signs Deal To Buy Antiaircraft Missiles From Russia RFE/RL 12 Sep 2017 -- Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 antiaircraft missile systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow.
- Russia, Turkey S-400 Deal Underway: Ankara Paid Deposit for Russian Systems Sputnik 12 Sep 2017 -- The Turkish president confirmed the agreement of Russian S-400 air defense systems' delivery to Turkey had been signed and the deposit had been paid.
- Security forces kill almost 100 PKK terrorist in southeast Turkey Press TV 09 Sep 2017 -- Turkish troops have killed almost 100 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during operations in the country's southeast regions.
- Turkish Armed Forces Kill Nearly 100 PKK Militants Within Last Two Weeks Sputnik 09 Sep 2017 -- Turkish forces have eliminated roughly 100 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party in the last two weeks in the country's southeastern provinces, the Turkish General Staff said Saturday.
- Erdogan criticizes US for charging ex-minister over Iran bans Press TV 08 Sep 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced as "politically motivated" the US prosecutors' recent charges against a former economy minister accused of violating US sanctions on Iran, calling on Washington to review the move.
- Turkish Minister Dismisses U.S. Iran Sanctions Case Against Erdogan Aide RFE/RL 08 Sep 2017 -- Turkey's economy minister on September 7 dismissed a case brought by U.S. prosecutors against his predecessor for allegedly taking bribes and helping Iran violate U.S. sanctions law.
- Turkey Lets 7 German Lawmakers Visit Konya NATO Air Base VOA 08 Sep 2017 -- Amid rising German-Turkish diplomatic tensions, Ankara has allowed seven German lawmakers to visit German servicemen deployed at Turkey's Konya NATO air base. For several months, Ankara had banned such visits, saying the climate in bilateral relations was inappropriate.
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