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December 2017 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Turkey, Russia sign deal on supplying S-400 missile systems Press TV 29 Dec 2017 -- Turkey and Russia have signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems, finalizing a deal that the two countries had been working on for more than a year.
- Turkey Signs Russian Missile Deal, Reportedly Worth $2.5 Billion RFE/RL 29 Dec 2017 -- Turkish defense officials say Ankara and Moscow have signed a deal under which Russia will supply up to two S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries to Turkey.
- Russia, Turkey Sign Loan Agreement on Supply of S-400 Air Defense Systems Sputnik 29 Dec 2017 -- Russia and Turkey signed a loan agreement on the supply of Russia's S-400 air defense missile systems in Ankara on Friday, the TRT channel reported.
- Turkey deploys troops in Qatar amid Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis Press TV 27 Dec 2017 -- A group of Turkish troops have been deployed to a military base in Qatar amid the diplomatic crisis between Doha and a Saudi-led quartet of Arab countries.
- Russia to supply Turkey with four S-400 missile divisions worth $2.5 billion Press TV 27 Dec 2017 -- Russia will sell Turkey four divisions of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system worth $2.5 billion under a deal agreed between the two sides earlier this month, says the head of Russian conglomerate Rostec.
- Turkish aerial attacks kill nine PKK militants in northern Iraq Press TV 27 Dec 2017 -- Nine 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.
- Russia Says Shipments Of S-400 Missiles To Turkey Likely To Begin In 2020 RFE/RL 27 Dec 2017 -- Russia is planning to begin shipments of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey in March 2020, a senior official says of a deal that has raised eyebrows because Turkey is a NATO member.
- Turkey Dispatches Another Batch of Troops to Qatar Amid Gulf Crisis Sputnik 27 Dec 2017 -- The crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors erupted earlier in June, with the latter demanding Qatar to close the Turkish military base on its territory.
- Turkey Buys 4 Russian S-400 Systems, Russian Loans to Cover 55% of Costs Sputnik 27 Dec 2017 -- The Russian Rostec Corporation said that the deliveries of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey will start in March 2020, with 45 percent of the contracted sum to be paid in advance by Ankara.
- Turkey to reconstruct Sudan's ancient port city, seeks to exert influence in Africa Press TV 26 Dec 2017 -- Sudan says Turkey will reconstruct a ruined Ottoman-era port city on Sudan's Red Sea coast, as Ankara seeks to expand its military and economic ties in the African continent.
- Turkish Government Fires Thousands More as 2016 Coup Blowback Continues Sputnik 25 Dec 2017 -- Turkey has fired 2,756 more people from its public service sector for alleged ties to terror groups in reaction to 2016's attempted military coup.
- Critics Say Turkey's New Emergency Decree Could Incite Vigilante Groups VOA 25 Dec 2017 -- Lawyers and politicians in Turkey are warning that a new emergency decree could incite violence, and encourage formation of vigilante groups.
- Ankara dismisses 2,756 public workers over suspected 'terror' links Press TV 24 Dec 2017 -- Turkish authorities have sacked more than 2,700 people from a number of public institutions over suspected links to "terror" groups or organizations in the latest round of purges since last year's botched putsch against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey Sacks More Than 2,700 In Continuing Purge RFE/RL 24 Dec 2017 -- Turkey has dismissed 2,756 more people from their jobs in public institutions for alleged links to terror groups as Ankara presses ahead with purges launched following last year's failed military coup.
- Over 2,700 Turkish Public, Military Servants Fired Over Links to Gulen Sputnik 24 Dec 2017 -- The Turkish government has ordered the firing of 2,756 more public servants and military servicemen over alleged links to Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement referred to as the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) by Ankara and accused of being behind the failed coup attempt in July 2016.
- Russia, Turkey finalize deal on S-400 missile defense system: Putin's aide Press TV 21 Dec 2017 -- Russia has finalized an agreement with Turkey on the sale of the S-400 air defense missile system.
- Turkey seeks life sentences for 60 ex-military generals over 1997 coup Press TV 21 Dec 2017 -- At least sixty people face demands for life jail terms over their alleged role in toppling the government of Turkey's former prime minister Necmettin Erbakan 20 years ago.
- Turkish Security Forces Detain 55 Daesh Suspects in Country's West Sputnik 21 Dec 2017 -- Turkish security forces have detained 55 people on suspicion of having ties to Daesh (outlawed in Russia) terrorist group during counterterrorism raids in Istanbul, the most populous city of the country, and in the western province of Izmir, the Anadolu news agency reported Thursday.
- Turkey court sentences 15 soldiers to life in prison over coup attempt Press TV 20 Dec 2017 -- A Turkish court has handed down life sentences to 15 soldiers for their role in a failed military coup in July 2016, which sparked a wide-scale crackdown.
- Turkish authorities issue detention warrant for 106 over links to failed coup Press TV 18 Dec 2017 -- Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants for 106 people, believed to have worked as matchmakers for the so-called Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which is accused by Ankara of orchestrating last year's failed military coup, Istanbul police say.
- Ankara to open diplomatic mission in East al-Quds: Erdogan Press TV 17 Dec 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his country's support for Palestine in the wake of US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital, stating that Ankara plans to open an embassy in East Jerusalem al-Quds.
- Erdogan: 'Day is Close' When Turkey Will Open Embassy in East Jerusalem Sputnik 17 Dec 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his tough position on the Jerusalem issue days after the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC) emergency summit in Istanbul.
- Senior PKK terrorist killed in anti-terror operation in eastern Turkey Press TV 17 Dec 2017 -- Turkish security forces have killed a high-profile member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group during an anti-terrorism operation in the country's eastern province of Tunceli.
- Turkish Banker Denies Helping Iran Evade U.S. Sanctions In High-Profile Case RFE/RL 16 Dec 2017 -- An executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank has denied that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions as he took the witness stand in his defense in a high-profile sanctions case unfolding in New York.
- Turkey Summons U.S. FBI Agent Over Testimony In Iran Sanctions Case RFE/RL 14 Dec 2017 -- Turkish police have summoned an FBI official over the testimony of a former Turkish police investigator in a high-profile U.S. court case involving alleged violations of sanctions on Iran, Turkish news agencies reported.
- US Official Accuses Turkey of Pushing Extreme Islamist Ideology VOA 13 Dec 2017 -- An already tense relationship between the United States and Turkey appears to be under more strain after a top Trump administration official accused Turkey of spreading what he called extreme Islamist ideology around the world.
- Turkish FM slams Arab's weak response to US al-Quds decision Press TV 12 Dec 2017 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at some Arab countries over their "weak" reaction to US recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital.
- Iran, Turkey defense chiefs censure Trump's al-Quds 'mistake' Press TV 12 Dec 2017 -- The Iranian and Turkish defense chiefs have denounced as "a big mistake" a US decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's "capital."
- Witness In Iran Sanctions Case Says Turkey's Erdogan Aided Evasion Scheme RFE/RL 12 Dec 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was among the targets of an investigation in Turkey into suspected bribery and money laundering in connection with a scheme to help Iran evade sanctions, a former Istanbul police officer has testified.
- Russia S-400 missile deal almost done: Erdogan Press TV 11 Dec 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that a deal to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems will be finalized by the end of the week.
- Putin Visits Ankara as Bilateral Relations Continue to Deepen VOA 11 Dec 2017 -- In their third meeting in a month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Ankara. The talks primarily focused on Syria, but Putin's visit coincides with U.S.-Turkish relations, reeling from a crisis sparked by U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
- Turkey arrests Erdogan's aviation technician over links to US-based opposition leader Press TV 09 Dec 2017 -- Turkish officials have arrested an aviation technician, who was on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's helicopter flight crew on the night of the July 2016 coup attempt, on charges of affiliation to a movement led by the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the botched putsch.
- Erdogan Says U.S. Trying To 'Blackmail' Turkey With Iran Sanctions Case RFE/RL 06 Dec 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called the New York trial of a Turkish banker accused of conspiring to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions "blackmail" and a "blemish" on his country.
- Quds status change to lead to catastrophe, Turkey warns Press TV 04 Dec 2017 -- Turkish authorities have warned that any change in the current status of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, as proposed by the United States, would lead to a major catastrophe in the region.
- Ankara Steps Up Threats Against Syrian Kurdish Enclave VOA 04 Dec 2017 -- For security reasons, Turkey is ratcheting up its threat to intervene militarily against Kurdish forces in Afrin, a Syrian region on Turkey's border.
- Erdogan Accuses US of Attempts to Punish Turkey Over Ankara's Independence Sputnik 04 Dec 2017 -- Turkish President claims that was acting inside Turkey with the help of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, saying that Washington is trying to punish and compromise Ankara.
- You Gon' Get Caught: Financial Misdoing Charges Mount Against Turkey's Erdogan Sputnik 03 Dec 2017 -- The Turkish president goes on the defensive as charges mount in Ankara international corruption case.
- US courts 'can never try my country,' says Turkish president Press TV 02 Dec 2017 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected the planned trial by a US court of a Turkish bank executive who has been accused of evading Washington's sanctions against Iran, saying courts in the United States cannot put Turkey on trial.
- Turkey: US trial of gold trader meant to 'corner' economy Press TV 02 Dec 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has denounced as politically motivated a recent testimony given by Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab in a US court implicating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an alleged Iran sanctions-busting scheme.
- Under Pressure, Turkey's President Slams Testimony at Sanctions Trial VOA 01 Dec 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reacting angrily after testimony in a New York trial implicated him in an alleged multi-million-dollar scam to evade U.S.-imposed sanctions against Iran. His reaction is adding to concerns Ankara is on a collision course with U.S. courts that could have financial and political repercussions.
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