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June 2018 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Turkish jets kill 4 PKK militants in northern Iraq: Military Press TV 30 Jun 2018 -- Turkey's military says it has conducted airstrikes against the positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group in northern Iraq, killing at least four members of the "terrorist" outfit.
- Turkey arrests former opposition lawmaker on terrorism charges Press TV 29 Jun 2018 -- A Turkish court has ordered the arrest of a former lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on several charges, including aiding a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey sees no progress with EU under Austria's presidency Press TV 29 Jun 2018 -- Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu believes that no positive steps will be taken with the European Union this year as Austria will take over the bloc's six-month rotating presidency.
- Turkey vows to keep Iran ties despite US pressures Press TV 29 Jun 2018 -- Turkey says it remains determined to maintain trade ties with Iran in an apparent defiance against a purported plan by the US to urge all nations to cut imports of Iranian oil from November.
- Ankara: Trump Vowed to Help Turkey Purchase F-35 Despite Threats from Congress Sputnik 29 Jun 2018 -- Notwithstanding threats from the US Congress to halt the shipment of F-35s to Ankara due to its purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems, Lockheed Martin has transferred the first two jets to Turkey. Turkish pilots will now be acquainting themselves with the F-35s at an airbase in Arizona.
- Turkey's Re-Elected Leader Eyes Less Tension With NATO VOA 29 Jun 2018 -- There is momentum for improving Turkey's frayed relations with the West even as it warms up to Russia, a senior Turkish government adviser told VOA on condition of anonymity, days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected.
- Turkey's Erdogan, alliance partner agree to lift state of emergency: Report Press TV 28 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his alliance partner have agreed not to extend the controversial state of emergency, which has been in place since the 2016 abortive coup and will expire next month.
- Turkey Says It Won't Honor U.S. Demand To Stop Buying Iran's Oil RFE/RL 28 Jun 2018 -- Turkey has said that it does not plan to honor a U.S. call for countries to stop importing oil from Iran, calling the demand "not binding" on Ankara.
- Turkey issues arrest warrants for nearly 100 over affiliation to Gulen network Press TV 27 Jun 2018 -- Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for nearly 100 people on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey's EU accession talks deadlocked: EU Press TV 27 Jun 2018 -- The European Union (EU) says talks with Turkey to potentially accept Ankara's accession to the bloc have reached a deadlock over alleged Turkish rights violations and judicial failures.
- U.S. Official Says Warned Turkey F-35 Jet Sales Jeopardized By Russian Deal RFE/RL 27 Jun 2018 -- A top U.S. State Department official says Turkey has been warned that its purchase of F-35 stealth fighter jets is in jeopardy unless it drops a plan to buy S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.
- Re-Elected Erdogan Faces Tough Economic Challenges VOA 27 Jun 2018 -- While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan easily handled his presidential rivals in the June 24 election, analysts warn that economic and financial challenges may be far more formidable foes.
- Turkey rejects US ban on Iran oil purchases Press TV 27 Jun 2018 -- Turkey says Washington's demand to stop purchasing oil from Iran will not be binding for Ankara, stressing that it would only respect measures announced by the United Nations toward its eastern neighbor.
- US warns Turkey against S-400 purchase from Russia Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- The United States has once again warned Turkey against the purchase of S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia, threatening to impose sanctions on Ankara and also stop delivery of F-35 fighter jets.
- New round of arrests starts in Turkey after Erdogan win Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- Turkish judiciary officials have ordered the detention of more individuals suspected of involvement in an abortive coup in 2016.
- West Faces Deepening Turkey Conundrum VOA 25 Jun 2018 -- Despite Turkey's economic woes, many Turks who voted Sunday for Recep Tayyip Erdogan see him as the architect of recent boom years that have seen massive improvements in their standard of living.
- Opposition parties denied equal conditions in Turkey elections: Observers Press TV 25 Jun 2018 -- International observers have denounced the lack of "equal" conditions for candidates to campaign in Turkey's twin presidential and parliamentary elections that were swept by incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party.
- Erdogan vows to continue capturing Syrian territories Press TV 25 Jun 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to continue Turkey's military operations in Syria and "liberate Syrian lands" after claiming victory in presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday.
- Turkey's Erdogan Wins New Term In Poll Criticized By Monitors RFE/RL 25 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a new five-year term and will enjoy sweeping new powers after his victory in an election that international monitors said lacked "equal" conditions and his closest challenger said turned Turkey into "a one-man regime."
- Turkey's Erdogan, his alliance win presidential, parliamentary elections People's Daily 25 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his alliance at the parliament won in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, state-run Anadolu Agency announced.
- Erdogan Claims Victory In Turkish Elections RFE/RL 24 Jun 2018 -- Incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that unofficial results from Turkey’s presidential election show that he won outright in the first round. Erdogan also said the alliance led by his Justice and Development Party (AKP) has won a parliamentary majority.
- Vote Count Under Way In Pivotal Turkish Elections RFE/RL 24 Jun 2018 -- The counting of votes is under way across Turkey in presidential and parliamentary elections that are being seen as a test of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power after more than 15 years of increasingly authoritarian rule.
- Erdogan, AKP Lead in Turkish Election With Around 50% of Votes - Reports Sputnik 24 Jun 2018 -- The incumbent president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leading in the country's snap elections, with 56,5% after half of the votes counted, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey. Erdogan's main rival, Muharrem Ince of the CHP received 28,6%.
- Voting officially ends in Turkey's elections with Erdogan's party ahead Press TV 24 Jun 2018 -- Voting has officially ended in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections with preliminary results showing the country's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party ahead of other contestants.
- Polls open in Turkey in biggest test for Erdogan Press TV 24 Jun 2018 -- Turkish voters have begun casting their ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections in the biggest test for President Tayyip Erdogan since he came to power more than a decade and a half ago.
- Nearly 300 Turkish diplomats seek asylum in Germany after 2016 coup attempt Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- Nearly 300 Turkish diplomats have sought asylum in Germany since the 2016 coup attempt against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Erdogan, rival Ince trade blows at final election rallies on eve of Turkey polls Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- Turkish incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his closest rival Muharrem Ince have traded blows in mass rallies just a day before the country's most fiercely contested presidential and parliamentary elections in decades.
- Turkish police arrest 47 suspects over links to Gulen network Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- Turkish police forces have arrested at least 47 people on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Opposition Unites In Bid To Halt Turkey's March Toward One-Man Rule RFE/RL 23 Jun 2018 -- The winner of Turkey's next presidential election will take office with more powers than a Turkish president has ever had -- including the ability to rule by decree as head of both state and government, and to disband parliament.
- Turkey's Presidential Rivals Make Final Campaign Push VOA 23 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main challenger, Muharrem Ince, made a final push for support at rival rallies in Istanbul on Saturday, a day before presidential and parliamentary elections.
- US gives Turkey first F-35 despite opposition at home Press TV 22 Jun 2018 -- The United States has delivered the first of the six F-35 warplanes it has contracted to give to Turkey, despite domestic opposition over Ankara's decision to buy the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system.
- U.S. Senators Move Again To Block F-35 Sales To Turkey Over Russia Deal RFE/RL 22 Jun 2018 -- U.S. senators have moved for a second time to block delivery of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey unless it abandons an arms deal with Russia, even as the plane's manufacturer announced the roll-out of the first aircraft purchased by Ankara.
- 'Ill-Advised Policy': Turkish President Slams US Move to Block F-35 Sale Sputnik 22 Jun 2018 -- Despite intense pressure from Washington and the US Senate's decision to suspend the sale of the F-35 fighter jets, Turkey remains all set to buy S-400 air defense systems from Russia.
- US Fears Russia May Get Access to F-35 Tech Via Turkey - Reports Sputnik 22 Jun 2018 -- Despite Congressional efforts to block the delivery of F-35 combat aircraft to Ankara, the first two of the advanced US fighters have been handed over to Turkish military representatives.
- Turkey takes delivery of first two F-35 fighter jets in US TRT World 22 Jun 2018 -- First two F-35 fighter jet delivered to Turkey during a ceremony in Forth Worth, Texas. Ankara plans to get 100 F-35 fighter jets in coming years, and as part of this deal 30 aircraft were ordered.
- Turkish military will continue striking PKK bases in northern Iraq, says Erdogan Press TV 21 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country's military forces will continue aerial attacks against the positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Turkey's ruling AKP may form coalition if fails to secure majority: Erdogan Press TV 21 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he might seek to form a coalition government if his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) fails to secure a majority in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.
- Despite US Senate Vote, Turkey Expects F-35 Jets in 2020 – Foreign Minister Sputnik 21 Jun 2018 -- While voicing concern over Ankara's deal to purchase advanced air and missile defense systems from Russia, the US Senate has blocked the planned delivery of nearly 100 F-35 fighter aircraft to its NATO ally.
- Lackluster Erdogan Campaign Faces Rejuvenated Opposition in Turkey VOA 21 Jun 2018 -- Ahead of the general and presidential elections set for June 24, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged his ruling AKP could lose its parliamentary majority. The rare admission comes as missteps and a perceived lackluster performance have beset Erdogan's campaign.
- Turkey election rivals accuse Erdogan of media monopoly Press TV 20 Jun 2018 -- Opposition candidates in Turkey's presidential election say incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a near-monopoly over the media in the run-up to the June 24 elections.
- PKK rocket attack kills two soldiers in southeast Turkey Press TV 20 Jun 2018 -- Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in a rocket attack launched by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group on military vehicles in southeastern Turkey.
- Turkey will 'definitely take F-35s' despite US Congress saying 'No' RT 20 Jun 2018 -- Both Ankara and the Pentagon are set to complete a deal for F-35s, ignoring a decision by US lawmakers to torpedo the shipment of 100 fighter jets to Turkey. Their opinion doesn't matter, Ankara has said.
- Senate Ban on F-35 Sale to Turkey Blow to Most Expensive US Jet Program – Media Sputnik 20 Jun 2018 -- Worried by Turkey's desire to buy advanced air and missile defense systems from Russia, the US Senate has drawn up a bill that could block the planned delivery of nearly 100 F-35 fighter aircraft from the US over Ankara's plans to buy S-400.
- Turkey Getting F-35 Jets, Despite Congressional Objections VOA 20 Jun 2018 -- Despite opposition in Congress, Turkey will receive its first F-35 Joint Strike fighter jet this week, Pentagon and aviation industry officials tell VOA.
- Turkey can consider early election: Nationalist party leader Press TV 19 Jun 2018 -- Leader of Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) says an early election could be called in the country if an alliance between the MHP and the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) fails to form a majority in the parliament after the June 24 elections.
- Turkey slams US bill to block F-35 sales, hints at alternatives Press TV 19 Jun 2018 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has denounced an American bill seeking to prohibit the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Ankara, stressing that his country has "alternatives" in the face of such a measure.
- 'Turkish jets kill 26 militants in southeast Turkey, Iraq' Press TV 19 Jun 2018 -- The Turkish military says it has conducted airstrikes on southeast Turkey and northern Iraq, killing 26 militants and destroying their positions.
- Senate Approves Ban On Sale Of U.S. F-35s To Turkey Over Russia Deal RFE/RL 19 Jun 2018 -- The U.S. Senate has passed a major defense bill that would block the sale of U.S. F-35 fighter jets to Turkey unless it abandons a deal to buy S-400 missile-defense systems from Russia, drawing criticism from Ankara.
- US Senate's Move to Block F-35 Supplies Won't Stop Turkey From Buying S-400 - PM Sputnik 19 Jun 2018 -- Turkey will find alternatives after the US Senate's decision to suspend Ankara's participation in the F-35 fighter jet production program, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, after the US Senate decided to stop the jet deliveries over Ankara's intention to buy S-400s.
- Dozens of US Lawmakers Protest Delivery of F-35s to Turkey Sputnik 19 Jun 2018 -- A truly bipartisan letter sponsored by 44 members of the US House of Representatives calls for the US to "prevent the planned delivery of F-35 Lightning II jets" to Turkey. "Turkey is actively operating to undermine US interests around the world," the legislators said.
- Syria strongly condemns presence of US, Turkish forces around Manbij Press TV 19 Jun 2018 -- Syria has strongly denounced the presence of Turkish and US troops around the Arab country's northern town of Manbij, a day after soldiers of both countries entered the outskirts of the flashpoint town as part of a deal reached between Ankara and Washington to purportedly remove US-backed Kurdish militants from the area and "secure" the region.
- US, Turkey Start Coordinated Patrols in Syrian Town of Manbij Sputnik 19 Jun 2018 -- The People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers a terrorist group, agreed to retreat to the east side of the Euphrates River, meeting a longstanding demand by Ankara.
- Turkish forces enter outskirts of Syria's Manbij as part of deal with US: Media report Press TV 18 Jun 2018 -- Turkish troops have reportedly entered the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij as part of a deal agreed with the United States to remove Washington-backed Kurdish militants from the area and secure the region.
- Turkish Army Occupies Outskirts of Syria's Manbij Sputnik 18 Jun 2018 -- The Turkish armed forces have occupied the outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij in line with a road map coordinated with the United States, the NTV television channel reported citing local sources.
- Manbij Military Council Denies Turkish Military Presence in City - Council Head Sputnik 18 Jun 2018 -- There are no Turkish troops in the Syrian city of Manbij, however they are deployed in the area of the Euphrates Shield operation, Mohammed Abu Adil, the head of the Manbij Military Council, told Sputnik.
- US, Turkey Begin 'Coordinated, Independent' Patrols Near Manbij VOA 18 Jun 2018 -- The United States has begun "coordinated but independent patrols" with Turkey near the volatile northern Syrian city of Manbij, the Pentagon confirmed to VOA on Monday.
- Turkish Presidential Candidate Gives Jail Cell TV Speech VOA 17 Jun 2018 -- A Turkish presidential candidate made his campaign speech Sunday from jail.
- No country allowed to use Incirlik Air Base against Iran: Turkish PM IRNA 17 Jun 2018 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that no country will be allowed to use Incirlik Air Base against Iran.
- Turkish fighter jets 'neutralize' 35 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- Turkish military aircraft have "neutralized" nearly three dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group when they carried out a string of airstrikes against terrorist hideouts in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Turkish jets target high level PKK meeting in Iraq's Qandil Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- Turkish fighter jets have targeted a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) meeting in Iraq's Qandil mountains, says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Leaked Erdogan Video Stokes Turkish Vote-Rigging Fears VOA 15 Jun 2018 -- A leaked video of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vote sparked fears of possible vote rigging ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24.
- US 'blackmails' Turkey into scrapping S-400 deal with Russia: Minister Press TV 14 Jun 2018 -- Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli has slammed as "blackmail" Washington's pressure on Ankara to scrap its finalized deal to with Russia to purchase the S-400 air defense missile systems.
- Turkey-backed armed groups looted, destroyed civilian property in Syria's Afrin: HRW Press TV 14 Jun 2018 -- Human Rights Watch says Turkey-backed militants in the Syrian town of Afrin have looted and destroyed civilian property after taking control of the Kurdish-dominated region in March.
- Erdogan vows to lift Turkey's state of emergency if re-elected Press TV 14 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised that he would lift the state of emergency that has seen tens of thousands detained or dismissed from their jobs since the 2016 coup attempt if he is re-elected in the upcoming presidential elections.
- Turkey offered Russia to jointly produce S-500 missile system: Erdogan Press TV 14 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for Ankara and Moscow to jointly produce a new generation of S-500 high-altitude missile defense systems.
- Turkey Slams US Demand to Drop S-400 Deal in Exchange for F-35s as 'Blackmail' Sputnik 14 Jun 2018 -- US lawmakers have introduced a bill that proposes banning the shipment of F-35 jets slated for Turkey unless it cancels its deal with Russia on the purchase S-400 air defense systems.
- Turkey's Erdogan Offers Putin to Jointly Produce New Gen S-500 Missile System Sputnik 14 Jun 2018 -- Turkey is eyeing a long-range missile defense system of its own as part of its current effort to enhance the county's defensive strategic military capabilities.
- Assad Vows Resistance Against US, Israeli, Turkish "Occupying Forces" in Syria Sputnik 14 Jun 2018 -- In an interview with the al-Alam News Network on Wednesday, President Bashar Assad underscored his country's full support for "any act of resistance, whether against terrorists or against occupying forces regardless of their nationality."
- Syria's Assad says US, French, Turks, Israeli troops are occupying forces Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says that the American, French, Turkish and Israeli troops present in his country are occupying forces.
- Erdogan Seizes on Growth Figures to Persuade Skeptical Public VOA 11 Jun 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is campaigning for re-election, seized on the latest Turkish growth figures as a vindication of his economic policies in the face of skepticism from not only voters but international investors of the country's economic strength.
- Turkey will bring S-400 missile systems into play if necessary, Erdogan says Press TV 12 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says Ankara will utilize sophisticated Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, which it plans to acquire under a deal finalized late last year, if necessary.
- Turkish jets 'destroy 12 PKK targets' in Iraq Press TV 12 Jun 2018 -- Turkish fighter jets have destroyed 12 targets belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the Turkish military says, as the army steps up a campaign against militant positions in the Qandil region.
- Turkish Presidential Challenger Seeks Kurdish Vote as Erdogan Courts Nationalists VOA 12 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a military offensive against Kurdish separatist headquarters in Iraq. The action comes as Erdogan targets nationalist voters in elections later this month.
- Turkish Military Already in Iraq, Ready to Advance on Kurdish Base - PM Sputnik 10 Jun 2018 -- According to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Turkish forces are currently based dozens of kilometers inside northern Iraq and could push further to attack the Kurds in the Qandil Mountains. This is where the stronghold of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), designated as a terrorist organization in Turkey, is reportedly located.
- Turkish army stationed 30km inside Iraq: PM Yildirim Press TV 09 Jun 2018 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the country's troops have been "deployed 30 kilometers inside" Iraq and in its northern regions in a declared goal of eliminating militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
- 9 PKK militants killed as drone strike targets southeastern Turkey Press TV 09 Jun 2018 -- At least nine members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group have been killed when the Turkish military carried out an airstrike on the country's southeastern province of Sirnak.
- Turkey Constructs 475-Mile Wall Along Syrian Border – Reports Sputnik 09 Jun 2018 -- Turkey has constructed a 764-kilometer (475-mile) concrete wall along the country's border with Syria, he Anadolu Agency reported on Saturday, citing an anonymous Turkish official.
- Turkey will purchase S-400s from Russia to safeguard own security: Interior Min. Press TV 08 Jun 2018 -- Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says his country has an unalienable right to protect its own security and will spare no efforts to procure sophisticated Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to achieve such a goal.
- Turkey Reportedly Plans to Establish Joint 'Safe Zone' in Syria, Iraq Sputnik 08 Jun 2018 -- According to the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak, taking the city of Manbij in northern Aleppo Governorate will be the first step in creating this security zone, which will extend through Idlib, al-Bab and A'zaz in the north-west of Syria, before later being extended through currently Kurdish held territory east of the Euphrates and in northern Iraq.
- Turkish courts handed jail terms to over 2,000 suspects over failed coup: Justice minister Press TV 07 Jun 2018 -- Turkey says its courts have so far handed prison terms for more than 2,000 people suspected of having links to a failed coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan two years ago.
- Don't utilize S-400s even if you buy them from Russia, US tells Turkey Press TV 07 Jun 2018 -- American officials have reportedly asked their Turkish counterparts not to make use of sophisticated Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems even if Ankara acquires them under a deal finalized late last year.
- Turkey Rejects US Demand to Cancel Russian S-400 Deal - Reports Sputnik 07 Jun 2018 -- Ankara dismissed Washington's threat of sanctions and demand to cancel the purchase of Russian-manufactured S-400 air defense systems during recent talks in Washington, at the same time expressing its readiness to take the latter's security concerns into account, Hurriyet reported on Thursday, citing diplomatic sources.
- Turkey Eyes Clearing East Euphrates of Kurdish YPG Units VOA 07 Jun 2018 -- Turkey will seek to clear the entire east Euphrates area of Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), preferring to resort to a political settlement similar to the agreement made on Manbij, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.
- Turkey ready to attack northern Iraq: Erdogan Press TV 08 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is ready to attack northern Iraq if the Iraqi central government does not take action against Kurdish militants groups there.
- Turkey court tries 22 students for spreading 'terror propaganda' Press TV 06 Jun 2018 -- A Turkish court has begun the trial of 22 students from a prestigious university in Istanbul who are accused of spreading "terror propaganda" for their opposition to Turkey's military moves in Syria.
- US Threatens Turkey With 'Ripple Effect' for F-35 Deal Amid Row Over S-400 Sputnik 06 Jun 2018 -- Speaking at the Heritage Foundation event on Tuesday, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell laid out the Trump administration's strategy in Europe.
- Students' Trial a Focal Point in Criticism of Turkish Crackdown VOA 06 Jun 2018 -- In an Istanbul courthouse, 22 students from one of Turkey's elite universities went on trial Wednesday on terrorism charges. The case has become a focal point in growing criticism of an ongoing legal crackdown under emergency rule.
- Turkey to look for alternatives if US reneges on F-35 deal: Cavusoglu Press TV 05 Jun 2018 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the Ankara government will engage in diplomacy with other nations to beef up its air force and even increase efforts to manufacture its own fighter aircraft in case the United States does not stand committed to its F-35 deal with Turkey.
- Turkish FM Reveals Date of US F-35 First Delivery to Ankara Sputnik 05 Jun 2018 -- Turkey expects the first delivery of US F-35 stealth fighter planes on June 21 this year, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, adding that the agreement between Ankara and Washington on jets remained in force.
- Turkey Threatens Strike on Kurds in Iraq VOA 05 Jun 2018 -- Turkey is warning it will launch a decisive strike on the longtime Kurdish separatist group PKK at the group's base in northern Iraq. The top Turkish diplomat said Ankara would draw on cooperation from the U.S. and others do so.
- Turkey, US agree on 'road map' for Syria's Manbij Press TV 05 Jun 2018 -- Turkey and the US have agreed a plan on the withdrawal of Washington-backed Kurdish militants from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, which has been a source of tension between the two NATO allies for months.
- U.S.-Turkey Joint Statement US Dept. of State 04 Jun 2018
- US Threats Over Defense Deals Including S-400 Purchase Unacceptable - Turkish FM Sputnik 04 Jun 2018 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday that he had discussed the supply of S-400 systems and F-35 jets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
- Turkey Could Start Anti-PKK Operation in Iraq's Qandil Mountains Soon – Minister Sputnik 04 Jun 2018 -- Turkey may soon start an operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq's Qandil Mountains, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Monday, as quoted by Daily Sabah newspaper.
- Turkey Admits 'Tension' With US Over F-35 Deal Sputnik 04 Jun 2018 -- Turkey’s intention to buy S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia threatens to botch plans for the delivery of 100 F-35A fifth generation fighter aircraft to the Turkish Air Force Command.
- Turkish security forces 'neutralize' 30 PKK terrorists in one week Press TV 04 Jun 2018 -- Turkish security forces have "neutralized" at least 30 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, including three high-profile figures, during counter-terrorism operations across Turkey in the past one week.
- Turkey says awaiting right time to attack PKK in Iraq's Qandil region Press TV 04 Jun 2018 -- Turkey says the country's launching of a military operation against purported positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq's northern monotonous region of Qandil is only a matter of time.
- US, Turkey Agree on Roadmap to Resolve Dispute Over Syria Town VOA 04 Jun 2018 -- The United States and Turkey have agreed on a roadmap to resolve the future of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, an issue that has become a major source of tension between the NATO allies.
- Turkey's Erdogan calls on NATO ally US to fulfill its strategic partner role Press TV 02 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on its NATO ally the US to act as a strategic partner instead of blocking its arms deals.
- 15 PKK militants killed in airstrikes in Turkey, northern Iraq: Military Press TV 02 Jun 2018 -- The Turkish military says the country's warplanes have "neutralized" at least 15 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group in northern Iraq and eastern Turkey.
- Erdogan Again Warns US Not to Abandon F-35 Deal Over S-400 Supplies to Turkey Sputnik 02 Jun 2018 -- In April, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell declared that Turkey's purchase of a S-400 air defense system from Russia could negatively affect the delivery of F-35 jets to Ankara.
- Turkish Foreign Minister Heads to US to Resolve Tensions VOA 02 Jun 2018 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is heading to Washington to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The two-day visit starting Sunday seeks to resolve bilateral tensions between the NATO allies.
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