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September 2018 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Turkish warplanes 'neutralize' over dozen PKK terrorists in northern Iraq Press TV 30 Sep 2018 -- Turkey's military says more than a dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group have been killed as Turkish military aircraft conducted a series of airstrikes against terrorist hideouts in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Turkey arrests 14 bankers over affiliation to Gulen movement Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Turkish security forces have arrested more than a dozen bankers 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.
- Erdogan accuses US of breaking promises on Syria's Manbij Press TV 28 Sep 2018 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has censured the United States over its non-compliance with a deal reached in June on the withdrawal of Washington-backed Kurdish militants from Syria's northern city of Manbij.
- 'US Did Not Keep Its Promises': Erdogan Blasts Washington Over Manbij Roadmap Sputnik 28 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President accused the United States on Friday of failing to fulfill promises to withdraw the self-defense forces of the Syrian Kurds from Syria's Manbij.
- Turkey not to follow US in sanctioning Iran: Turkish FM IRNA 27 Sep 2018 -- Turkey will not stand alongside the US to impose sanctions on Iran, said the foreign minister of Turkey.
- Turkey Will Not Join US Sanctions Against Iran - Foreign Minister Sputnik 27 Sep 2018 -- Ankara will not uphold Washington's sanctions against Tehran and will continue its trade with the Middle Eastern country, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Sputnik.
- Turkey's Erdogan Visits Berlin to Reset Relations VOA 27 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began a three-day state visit to Germany on Thursday, the latest step in rapprochement efforts after more than a year of acrimony that pushed bilateral ties to the breaking point.
- Erdogan vows to continue Iran gas imports despite US threat Press TV 26 Sep 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will continue to buy natural gas from Iran despite US President Donald Trump's Nov. 4 deadline for countries to stop importing Iranian oil and gas.
- At UN speech, Turkey's Erdogan slams use of economic sanctions as 'weapons' Press TV 26 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used his address to the United Nations General Assembly to criticize the use of sanctions as "weapons" against countries in an implicit reference to the United States.
- In Veiled Swipe at US, Erdogan Blasts 'Countries Trying to Create Chaos' Sputnik 25 Sep 2018 -- Turkish-US relations have reached a new low in recent weeks amid back and forth sanctions against officials, a tariff war sparked by US restrictions on Turkish steel and aluminum and a drop in the value of the lira, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pinned on a "series of negative statements" by Washington.
- Turkish military vehicles enter Syria's Idlib after militant snub Press TV 25 Sep 2018 -- Turkish military vehicles have entered Idlib after militants snubbed an agreement between Turkey and Russia for the creation of a buffer zone in the northwestern Syrian province, the last major militant stronghold in the Arab country.
- Turkish authorities order to arrest 61 soldiers over affiliation to Gulen movement Press TV 24 Sep 2018 -- Turkish authorities have ordered the arrest of 61 soldiers from the navy and land forces, including senior officers, on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded and orchestrated the mid-July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Erdogan US Visit Seen as Opportunity to Reset Ties VOA 24 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly at a time of high tensions with Washington. But Erdogan's four-day visit could offer an opportunity to reset ties.
- Iraq not allowing Turkish troops back to Bashiqa: Report Press TV 23 Sep 2018 -- Iraq has refused to allow Turkish troops back into the Arab country following a leave from their bases, a government-affiliated think tank in Baghdad has reported.
- Russia, Turkey agree on borders of buffer zone in Syria's Idlib province Press TV 22 Sep 2018 -- Russia and Turkey have reached a consensus on borders of a demilitarized zone in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, which is the last major stronghold of anti-Damascus militants, in an attempt to avert a possible full-scale offensive by the Syrian government against terrorists in the militant-held region.
- Turkey arrests dozens of on-duty soldiers over affiliation to Gulen movement Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- Turkish security forces have arrested dozens of on-duty soldiers 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.
- Dangers, Opportunities for Turkey in Idlib Deal, Analysts Say VOA 21 Sep 2018 -- Ankara is signaling its readiness to use force against radical groups in the Syrian Idlib enclave as part of a deal struck with Moscow, which has been pressuring the Turkish government to comply with terms of an accord made between the Russian and Turkish presidents.
- Russia, Turkey 'optimistic' about Syria's Idlib deal, working out details: UN official Press TV 20 Sep 2018 -- Russia and Turkey say they are optimistic about but still working on a demilitarized buffer zone to separate Syrian government troops from Takfiri militant groups in the northwestern province of Idlib, says the UN humanitarian adviser, as Ankara seeks to forestall a full-scale military operation by Damascus against terrorists in the militant-held region.
- Turkish court orders release of prominent opposition legislator Press TV 20 Sep 2018 -- A Turkish court has ordered the release of a prominent lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), who had been sentenced to more than five years in prison for his alleged role in disclosing government secrets.
- UN chief welcomes agreement over buffer zone in Idlib IRNA 19 Sep 2018 -- The agreement between Turkey and Russia to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting civilians living in Idlib, Syria, has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
- Turkey Could Deploy Additional Troops to Idlib Under Deal With Russia - Ankara Sputnik 18 Sep 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on September 17 to create a demilitarized zone along the contact line between the armed opposition and government troops in Idlib by October 15.
- Turkey needs to send more troops to Idlib under deal with Russia: FM Press TV 18 Sep 2018 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country will need to deploy more troops to Syria's militant-held northwestern province of Idlib following an agreement with Russia, which entails a demilitarized zone in the crisis-plagued area.
- Turkey to create joint bank with Iran to help trade in local currencies Press TV 17 Sep 2018 -- Turkey is reportedly looking into a plan to establish a join bank with Iran to help both countries trade in local currencies as US pressures to restrict their access to the dollar are already mounting.
- Turkey sends large batch of reinforcements to military post in Syria's Idlib Press TV 17 Sep 2018 -- Turkey's military has reportedly deployed its most significant batch of reinforcements to Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in weeks, as Ankara strives to prevent a full-scale offensive by the Syrian government against thousands of terrorists in the militant-held region.
- Erdogan, Putin Strike Deal on Idlib Demilitarized Zone VOA 17 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin say they have reached an agreement that averts a looming military offensive on the Syrian rebel-held Idlib enclave.
- Russia, Turkey agree to create buffer zone in Syria's Idlib Press TV 17 Sep 2018 -- The leaders of Turkey and Russia say they have agreed to create a demilitarized buffer zone to separate Syrian government troops from Takfiri militant groups in the northwestern province of Idlib, as Ankara seeks to prevent a full-scale operation by the Damascus government against thousands of terrorists in the militant-held region.
- Russia, Turkey Agree To Create Buffer Zone In Syria's Idlib RFE/RL 17 Sep 2018 -- The presidents of Russia and Turkey have agreed to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria's Idlib region to separate government and rebel forces.
- Turkey to Cooperate With Russia on Eliminating Terrorists in Idlib - Erdogan Sputnik 17 Sep 2018 -- Turkey is ready to cooperate with Russia on the fight against terrorist groups in the Syrian northwestern province of Idlib, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of his upcoming talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Al-Abadi orders troops deployment along border with Turkey IRNA 17 Sep 2018 -- The National Security Council of Iraq in a session presided over by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi approved deployment of border guards along borders with Turkey.
- Wanted PKK terrorist killed in Turkish airstrike in northern Iraq Press TV 16 Sep 2018 -- Turkish fighter jets have killed a prominent member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group during a counter-terrorism operation in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Turkey Sends Huge Military Convoys to Idlib as Damascus' Op Looms – Reports Sputnik 16 Sep 2018 -- Even though the Turkish defense minister warned against a military solution, Ankara sent reinforcement troops to the last remaining terrorist stronghold in Syria, Idlib province, on Friday.
- Turkey's S-400 purchase from Russia matter of 'national decision': NATO chief Press TV 15 Sep 2018 -- Secretary General of the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg has described as a matter of "national decision" Turkey's plan to purchase the advanced Russian-built S-400 air defense missile system, regardless of strong opposition and warnings from the United States.
- Erdogan blames US for 'heinous economic attack' on Ankara Press TV 14 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States of launching what he called a "heinous economic attack" on Turkey after the national currency lira hit a record low following US sanctions.
- Erdogan Blames US for 'Heinous Economic Attack' on Turkey Sputnik 14 Sep 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the US is behind the economic attack on Turkey which has cost the lira approximately 40 percent of its value this year.
- Ankara Keeps Plans to Buy S-400 Systems Despite US Pressure - Russian Deputy PM Sputnik 14 Sep 2018 -- Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov's statement comes following earlier US media reports that Turkey has begun construction of a platform site for a Russian S-400 missile defense system, despite pressure from Washington to abandon plans to purchase the military equipment.
- Turkey Amasses Forces in Idlib Ahead of Damascus Offensive Sputnik 14 Sep 2018 -- Turkey has sent convoys of troops to the province, despite its defense minister having said a military operation would drag the enclave toward disaster.
- Turkey gives Fethullah Gulen's foster son 30-year jail term Press TV 13 Sep 2018 -- A court in Turkey's southeastern province of Sanliurfa has handed down a 30-year jail term to the foster son of 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.
- Turkey's Central Bank Defies Erdogan, Hikes Rates VOA 13 Sep 2018 -- The Turkish central bank caught international markets by surprise Thursday as it aggressively hiked interest rates in an effort to strengthen consumer confidence, stem inflation and rein in the currency crisis.
- Analysts: Looming Idlib Conflict Threatens Turkey's Syria Strategy VOA 11 Sep 2018 -- Turkey is urging the international community to intervene to prevent Syria from launching an offensive in Syria's last remaining rebel-held Idlib enclave. The latest call for action comes as Syrian government forces mass around Idlib ahead of an expected assault for control of the enclave.
- Attack on Syria's Idlib Risks a Severe Security Crisis - Erdogan Sputnik 11 Sep 2018 -- In an article published Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community to take action to prevent an attack on Idlib, the last rebel enclave in Syria, and warned that "the entire world stands to pay the price" otherwise.
- Militant Warns Erdogan Against 'Selling Idlib' Ahead of Syrian Army Offensive Sputnik 11 Sep 2018 -- With the Syrian Army continuing to amass troops and military hardware in southern Idlib, militants occupying the province are seemingly beginning to panic, warning Ankara against giving Damascus the greenlight to launch its long-awaited offensive in northwestern Syria.
- Erdogan: Idlib liberation battle could pose risks to Turkey, Europe Press TV 11 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned against what he called "the security and humanitarian risks" of an upcoming Syrian army operation to liberate Idlib Province, which holds the largest concentration of militant groups, including those backed by Ankara.
- Turkey Appeals For Idlib Cease-Fire At UN Security Council RFE/RL 11 Sep 2018 -- Turkey has called for international backing for a cease-fire in the last rebel stronghold in Syria, telling the UN Security Council that an all-out assault on Idlib Province will result in a "major humanitarian catastrophe."
- Turkish court sentences 115 suspects to jail over affiliation to Gulen movement Press TV 10 Sep 2018 -- A court in Turkey has handed down jail terms to more than 100 people, including former air force officers, 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 Sends Reinforcements to North of Syria - Militant Group Spokesman Sputnik 10 Sep 2018 -- The Turkish army keeps sending reinforcements to the north of Syria, Wael Alwan, a spokesman for Syrian militant group Faylaq al-Sham, told Sputnik on Monday.
- With Turkey Ties Strained, US Warms Up to Greece VOA 07 Sep 2018 -- As ties between the U.S. and Turkey have turned sour, relations between the U.S. and Greece are warming rapidly.
- Turkey starts constructing site for Russian S-400 missile system: Report Press TV 07 Sep 2018 -- Turkey has reportedly begun building a site for the advanced Russian-built S-400 air defense missile system, regardless of strong opposition from the United States to the plan and warnings that Ankara should not buy the anti-aircraft platform.
- Erdogan Warns of Massacre as Syria Summit Ends in Deadlock VOA 07 Sep 2018 -- Turkey is again warning that a "bloodbath" would result from any Syrian government military offensive on Syria's last rebel stronghold of Idlib.
- Turkey voices concern over US support for Kurdish rebels in Syria IRNA 07 Sep 2018 -- Turkish president on Friday expressed concern over the Washington support for the Kurdish rebels, including the YPG and PKK in Syria.
- Putin, Erdogan in Tehran for crucial Syria summit Press TV 07 Sep 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have arrived in Tehran for a key summit to discuss key issues of interest, mainly a planned Syrian operation to retake Idlib.
- Erdogan Warns Russia, Iran Against Offensive In Syria's Idlib Province RFE/RL 07 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia and Iran that an attack by Syrian government forces and their allies on Idlib Province, the last rebel stronghold in the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country, would result in a "massacre."
- Turkey Has Reportedly Proposed Evacuating Militants From Syria's Idlib Sputnik 07 Sep 2018 -- For the Syrian government, retaking the last militant stronghold in Idlib is crucial to scoring a final victory in the seven-year civil war.
- Turkey Begins Construction of Site for Russian S-400 - Reports Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- Turkey has begun building a platform site for a Russian S-400 missile defense system, despite pressure from Washington to abandon plans to purchase the military equipment, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing a source with firsthand knowledge of an unpublished intelligence assessment.
- Erdogan warns against missile strikes during upcoming Idlib liberation operation Press TV 05 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned against missile strikes during an upcoming military campaign by the Syrian army to liberate Idlib Province, the last major militant stronghold in the Arab country.
- Turkish President Speaks Against Possible Operation in Syrian Idlib - Reports Sputnik 05 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Rejep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that the possible offensive in Syria's Idlib province would be a massacre, local media reported.
- Erdogan Warns Of 'Massacre' In Idlib As Syrian Government Prepares Assault RFE/RL 05 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that an attack on Syria's Idlib Province could cause a "massacre," as government forces prepare for a major offensive against the last rebel-held region.
- Turkey Defends its Borders With Syria in Fear of Refugee Inflow - Reports Sputnik 04 Sep 2018 -- The Turkish military is sending military equipment to Kilis province bordering Syria over concerns of a new wave of refugees that could be provoked by a possible military operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, Hurriyet Daily News reported on Tuesday.
- US, Turkey Agree 'Any' Syrian Offensive in Idlib 'Unacceptable' - US State Dept Sputnik 04 Sep 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Tuesday over the phone with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, about the situation in Idlib, Syria.
- Moscow, Tehran, Ankara Ultimately Want Put an End to War in Syria - Russian FM Sputnik 04 Sep 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the end goals of Russia Turkey and Iran in Syria may differ at some aspects, but the countries ultimately want the Syrian conflict to end.
- Turkey detains over dozen officers over affiliation to Gulen movement Press TV 03 Sep 2018 -- Turkish Naval Forces have arrested more than a dozen officers 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 to trade in local currencies with Iran, China Press TV 03 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has plans to ditch the dollar in trade with Iran and China and instead use local currencies.
- Erdogan Wants Shift to National Currencies in Trade to Cut Dependence on Dollar Sputnik 03 Sep 2018 -- Earlier, the Turkish President pledged that he would pursue non-dollar transactions in trade with Russia and other countries, adding that America behaves "like wild wolves."
- Turkey will pursue non-dollar transactions in trade: Erdogan Press TV 02 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at the United States for behaving like "wild wolves," saying Ankara would pursue non-dollar transactions in trade with Russia and other countries.
- Turkey Will Not Ask for Permission on S-400 Deal With Russia - Erdogan Sputnik 02 Sep 2018 -- Turkey is eyeing a long-range missile defense system of its own as part of its current effort to enhance the country's defensive strategic military capabilities.
- Erdogan Calls For Stronger Turkish-Kyrgyz Ties RFE/RL 01 Sep 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for closer ties with Kyrgyzstan during a two-day official visit to the Central Asian nation.
- Erdogan: Rating Agencies 'Can't Topple Turkey With Dollars' Sputnik 01 Sep 2018 -- A fierce tariff spat with the US and a diplomatic row over the fate of American pastor Andrew Brunson, detained in Turkey in 2016, have dealt a heavy blow to the Turkish national currency, sending consumer prices up and the lira tumbling down.
- Erdogan on S-400 Deal Amid US Sanctions Threat: 'We Don't Regret Our Decisions' Sputnik 01 Sep 2018 -- The United States has warned its allies against buying S-400 air defense systems from Russia and threatened sanctions against any country anywhere that acquires the state-of-the-art system.
- Turkey Designates Tahrir al-Sham as Terrorist Group Sputnik 01 Sep 2018 -- Turkey has listed the Jabhat al-Nusra* armed Islamist group as a terrorist organization, according to a decree signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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