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November 2018 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- US Allies France, Poland Eager to Help Turkey Bypass Pentagon Chopper Engine Ban Sputnik 30 Nov 2018 -- Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) was forced to look for a replacement to US and British-made LHTEC T8004A turboshaft engines for a defence order with Pakistan after the Pentagon refused to provide the company with an export license.
- Ukraine to Ask Turkey to Close Bosphorus to Russian Ships Amid Kerch Strait Rift Sputnik 29 Nov 2018 -- Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had discussed the possibility of mediating the crisis between Russia and Ukraine following a violation of Russia's maritime border by Ukrainian warships.
- Iran, Russia, Turkey vow to preserve Syria's sovereignty Press TV 29 Nov 2018 -- The guarantor states of the Astana peace process have ended their 11th round of talks in the Kazakh capital, reiterating their strong commitment to Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- Turkey, Russia will not use dollar for S-400 deal, says Erdogan Press TV 29 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will pay either in ruble or lira for the advanced Russian-built S-400 air defense missile system, regardless of strong opposition from the United States and warnings that Turkey should not buy the anti-aircraft platform.
- National Currencies to Be Used in Russia-Turkey Settlements on S-400 Deliveries Sputnik 29 Nov 2018 -- The settlements between Moscow and Ankara on the deliveries of the Russian S-400 air defence systems to Turkey will be carried out with the use of national currencies, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.
- British court rejects Turkey's extradition request for top Gulenists Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- A court in the United Kingdom has turned down a request by Turkish officials to extradite two senior members of 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 Refuses to Accept 'Fait Accompli' in Syria Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- Turkey is one of the main actors involved in the multilateral Syrian peace process. While contributing to the efforts of fighting terrorism in the Arab Republic, it also addresses its own security challenges represented by Turkish and Syrian Kurdish organizations, the PKK/KCK and PYD/YPG.
- Turkey warns US of 'action' if support for YPG continues Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Turkey has warned the United States of unspecified "action" if Washington refuses to stop supporting Kurdish militants based in Syria.
- Speculation Grows About Ankara-Riyadh Rapprochement VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- Ankara is opening the door to a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), fueling speculation of a possible improvement in ties that were strained by last month's killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul. Erdogan has blamed the death on unnamed elements of the Saudi Kingdom's leadership.
- Four Soldiers Killed in Military Chopper Crash in Istanbul Sputnik 26 Nov 2018 -- Turkish media reported that rescue teams have been dispatched to the helicopter's crash site in a neighbourhood in Sancaktepe district, Istanbul.
- Police search villa in northwest Turkey for remains of slain Saudi journalist Press TV 26 Nov 2018 -- Turkish police have searched the villa of a Saudi citizen in a northwestern province for the remains of murdered Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed after entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in early October.
- 'Negative Impact': Ankara Warns US not to Install Observation Points in Syria Sputnik 24 Nov 2018 -- Earlier this week, Defence Secretary James Mattis said that the United States is establishing several observation posts in northern Syria near the Turkish border in order to share military intelligence on terrorists' movements into Turkey.
- Ankara uneasy about US plan for 'observation posts' on Syria border: Turkish minister Press TV 24 Nov 2018 -- Turkey has expressed its strong dissent against Washington's plan to establish "observation posts" in northern Syria, along parts of its border with the Anatolian country, in a purported attempt to help prevent clashes between Turkish government troops and those armed Kurdish militia supported by the United States.
- Turkey blasts Trump for turning 'blind eye' to Saudi murder of Khashoggi Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Turkish foreign minister has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for turning a "blind eye" to the Saudi murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, blamed on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
- Turkey blasts Trump for turning blind eye' to Saudi murder of Khashoggi IRNA 23 Nov 2018 -- Turkish foreign minister lashed out at US President Donald Trump for turning a "blind eye" to the Saudi murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and blamed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the mishap.
- Turkey Suggests it Could Still Buy Patriot Systems Amid US Pressure Over S-400s Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- Earlier, a high-ranking US official told Turkish media that Washington was still considering slapping Ankara with sanctions over its purchase of Russia's S-400 air defence system amid fears that it could pose a threat to NATO and the F-35.
- Turkey Wants First Batch of Russian S-400s Before 2020 - Erdogan's Spokesman Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- Ankara expects the first batch of Russian S-400 air defense systems to be delivered to Turkey by the end of 2019, and joint production will start then, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday.
- Turkey charges Gulen, 27 others for killing of Russian ambassador Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Turkey has charged 28 people, including US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, for their alleged involvement in the killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara back in 2016.
- Turkey's Erdogan will not meet with bin Salman at G20 summit: Report Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will not meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an upcoming summit of the G20 in Argentina, a Turkish media report says, nearly two months after dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Arab kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
- Turkish court gives life sentences to dozens over 2016 botched putsch Press TV 21 Nov 2018 -- A court in Turkey has handed down aggravated life sentences to dozens of people on charges of involvement in the failed July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which the Ankara government accuses to have been masterminded by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen.
- Turkey requests extradition of Gulen, 83 other wanted people from US Press TV 21 Nov 2018 -- Turkey has presented the United States with a list of wanted people for extradition, comprising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's arch-foe, Fetullah Gulen, and 83 members of his movement.
- Turkish Court Jails 74 Officers for Life Over Failed Coup – Reports Sputnik 21 Nov 2018 -- A court in Ankara has sentenced 74 officers to life in prison for their role in the 2016 coup attempt to depose the Turkish president, the Anadolu news agency said Wednesday.
- Turkey Accuses US of Trying to Hush Up Alleged Saudi Role in Khashoggi Killing Sputnik 21 Nov 2018 -- Although officially condemning the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Washington is unwilling to antagonise Riyadh, which it sees as an important business partner and a "great ally" in the region.
- Turkish FM Says Ankara Could Seek UN Probe into Khashoggi Murder Sputnik 21 Nov 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he has discussed with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday the case of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- 'Done Deal': Turkish FM Says Purchase of Russian S-400 Cannot Be Cancelled Sputnik 21 Nov 2018 -- S-400 is the next-generation mobile missile system which can carry three different types of missiles capable of destroying a variety of aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range, from reconnaissance aircraft to ballistic missiles.
- Moscow, Ankara must take swift decisions on Syria's Idlib: Russian defense chief says Press TV 20 Nov 2018 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Moscow and Ankara need to take swift decisions to support a demilitarized zone in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, which has so far held off a government offensive on the last major terrorist stronghold in the country.
- US Continues De-escalation Effort Between Turkey, Kurds in Syria - Pentagon Sputnik 20 Nov 2018 -- The United States continues to try to de-escalate the situation between the Kurds and Turkey in Syria, US Department of Defense spokesperson Sean Robertson told Sputnik.
- Pentagon, US Congress Seek Alternatives to Russia's S-400 for Turkey - Spokesman Sputnik 20 Nov 2018 -- Russia's S-300 air defense systems in Syria have no impact on the United States' operations in the country, US Department of Defense spokesman Eric Pahon told Sputnik.
- Reports: Turkey-backed Rebels Battle in Afrin VOA 19 Nov 2018 -- Clashes in the Syrian town of Afrin are intensifying as Turkish-backed Syrian rebel factions continue fighting each other over influence in the northwestern town.
- Infighting between pro-Turkey militants kills 25 in Syria Press TV 19 Nov 2018 -- At least 25 militants have been killed in an "unprecedented" infighting between pro-Turkey groups over influence in Syria's northern town of Afrin, a pro-opposition monitoring group says.
- Turkey says US support for YPG Kurdish militants in Syria 'big mistake' Press TV 18 Nov 2018 -- Turkey's foreign minister says it is a "big mistake" for Washington to support the Syrian Kurdish militants of the People's Protection Units (YPG), stressing that the matter has strained relations between the two NATO allies.
- Khashoggi's Body Parts Possibly Taken Out of Turkey in Suitcases - Minister Sputnik 18 Nov 2018 -- The dismembered body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi could have been taken out of Turkey, where he was murdered, in suitcases, with those transferring the body taking advantage of their diplomatic immunity, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said.
- Khashoggi's killers flew remains out of Turkey: Turkish def. min. Press TV 18 Nov 2018 -- The killers of dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, flew his remains out of Turkey after chopping him up and putting him in bags, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has been quoted as saying.
- Gulen extradition to Turkey not on Washington's agenda, says Trump Press TV 17 Nov 2018 -- US President Donald Trump says the extradition to Turkey of Pennsylvania-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt, is not on Washington's agenda.
- US may extradite Gulen to ease Turkey pressure on Saudi Arabia: Report Press TV 15 Nov 2018 -- The White House is finding ways to extradite the US-based Turkish dissident Fethullah Gulen, an arch-rival of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a media report says.
- Turkey Rejects Saudi Claim on Khashoggi's Killing VOA 16 Nov 2018 -- Turkey has dismissed Saudi Arabia's latest version of events in the October 2 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul.
- US May Still Slap Turkey With Sanctions Over S-400 'Threat' to F-35 - Reports Sputnik 14 Nov 2018 -- Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that Ankara's purchase of the advanced Russian air defense system poses no threat whatsoever to the NATO alliance. Last month, the Turkish defense ministry announced that delivery of S-400s to Turkey would begin in October 2019.
- Turkey Demands Extradition of Over 450 Gulen-Linked Suspects - Minister Sputnik 14 Nov 2018 -- Turkey is demanding extradition of 452 people from 83 countries over their alleged links to the movement of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.
- Erdogan Ups Pressure on Riyadh Over Khashoggi VOA 13 Nov 2018 -- Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to ratchet up pressure on Riyadh over last month's killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
- Turkey's fighter jets kill 19 PKK militants in northern Iraq Press TV 13 Nov 2018 -- Turkish warplanes have killed 19 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group in a string of airstrikes against terrorist hideouts in northern Iraq.
- US bounty on key PKK figures part of Washington's policy of double standards: Turkish min. Press TV 12 Nov 2018 -- Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has described the US State Department's decision to offer rewards in exchange for information on three high-profile leaders of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group as part of Washington's policy of double standards.
- US Applies Double Standard by Offering Reward for PKK Members - Turkish Minister Sputnik 12 Nov 2018 -- Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has accused Washington of conducting a policy of double standards after the United States offered a reward for information on three high-ranking members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
- Ankara rejects French accusation of Khashoggi game-playing as 'impudent' Press TV 12 Nov 2018 -- The Turkish government has rejected as "very impudent" France's accusation that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing a "political game" over the brutal killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's diplomatic mission in Istanbul, raising speculations that France is trying to cover up the crime despite global resolve to hold perpetrators of the act to account.
- Turkey Announces Successful Test of 'Sapan' Railgun Hypervelocity Weapon Sputnik 12 Nov 2018 -- Ankara announced that it successfully tested an electromagnetic kinetic weapon, joining a club of developers alongside Russia, the US, China, and India.
- Airstrikes kill over dozen Kurdish PKK terrorists in northern Iraq Press TV 11 Nov 2018 -- Turkish military aircraft have "neutralized" more than a 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.
- Erdogan says shared recordings on Khashoggi killing IRNA 11 Nov 2018 -- Turkish media stated earlier that Ankara had obtained the recordings during its own investigation into the murder of the Saudi journalist in Istanbul.
- 15 PKK militants 'neutralized' in northern Iraq: Turkey Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- Turkey's military has claimed to have "neutralized" 15 militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) after striking the group's hideouts and armories in Iraq.
- Ankara gave out 'recordings' on Khashoggi murder to Riyadh, Washington Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey has given "recordings" on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France, and Britain.
- Turkey: Khashoggi Tapes Shared With Key Foreign Nations VOA 10 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday he has shared recordings of the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
- Turkey arrests dozens of on-duty soldiers over affiliation to Gulen movement Press TV 09 Nov 2018 -- Turkish security forces have arrested at least 74 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.
- Turkish court sentences Syrian correspondent to over 4 years in prison for insulting Erdogan Press TV 09 Nov 2018 -- A court in Turkey has sentenced a journalist working for Syria's official news agency, SANA, to more than four years in prison for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but indeed exposing the Ankara government's support for foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists operating inside Syria.
- Turkish-US Rapprochement Accelerates; Key Issues Unresolved VOA 09 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of World War I commemorations in France. The meeting comes as the two NATO allies seek to reset relations after sustained tensions.
- US Move Against PKK Trio Seen Snarling Peace VOA 08 Nov 2018 -- A recent U.S. move against Kurdish militant leaders in Turkey could complicate prospects for peace between the Turkish government and the country's Kurdish minority, activists and analysts said.
- NATO Membership Won't Prevent Turkey From Having Good Ties With Russia - Ankara Sputnik 08 Nov 2018 -- Turkey's NATO membership will not stand in the way of it developing a good relationship with Russia, Volkan Bozkir, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, said Thursday.
- US, Turkey Conduct Second Joint Patrol in Manbij VOA 08 Nov 2018 -- U.S. and Turkish forces have completed their second joint patrol in the area of Manbij, Syria, where Kurdish militia have been critical to defeating Islamic State fighters.
- Traces of acid found at Saudi consul general's home IRNA 08 Nov 2018 -- Saudi authorities used acid and other chemicals to dispose of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body, a source at the Turkish attorney general's office has told Al Jazeera.
- Cops Find Acid Used to Dissolve Journo's Body at Saudi Consul's Home - Reports Sputnik 08 Nov 2018 -- That discovery, made two weeks after the Saudi journalist's demise, reportedly led the authorities to conclude that Khashoggi's dead body was dissolved in acid in one of the rooms at the consul's residence.
- Turkey will take US bounty on senior PKK leaders cautiously: Presidential spox Press TV 07 Nov 2018 -- Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin has described the US State Department's decision to offer rewards in exchange for information on three key figures of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group as a "late" move that the Ankara government will take "cautiously."
- Joint US-Kurdish Patrols in Northern Syria 'Unacceptable' - Erdogan Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- Joint patrolling by the US military and members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria is unacceptable and could lead to negative consequences, Erdogan said Tuesday.
- Turkish Leader Vows Not To Honor U.S. Sanctions On Iran After Waiver Expires RFE/RL 07 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey will not honor renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil and shipping industries when waivers granted by Washington expire in six months.
- Turkish police detain 13 suspects over affiliation to Gulen movement Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- Turkish security forces have arrested more than a dozen 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.
- President Erdogan: Turkey will not abide by US sanctions on Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the US for rolling back sanctions on Iran, saying Ankara will not abide by the restrictive measures against its neighbor.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis' call with Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar DoD 02 Nov 2018
- Erdogan Says Order To Kill Khashoggi Was From 'Highest Levels' Of Saudi Government RFE/RL 02 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the order to kill Saudi opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi "came from the highest levels of the Saudi government," but he said he did not believe the king himself was involved.
- Erdogan: 'Highest Levels' of Saudi Government Targeted Khashoggi VOA 02 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the order to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.
- Erdogan: Order to kill Khashoggi came from 'highest levels' of Saudi gov't Press TV 03 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the assassination of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul had been ordered at the "highest levels" of the Saudi government, but he does "not believe for a second" that King Salman issued the order.
- US, Turkey Begin Joint Patrols in Syria's Manbij VOA 01 Nov 2018 -- U.S. and Turkish forces have begun joint patrols in the area of Manbij, Syria, where Kurdish militia have been critical to defeating Islamic State fighters.
- Turkey wants Saudi Arabia to disclose whereabouts of Khashoggi's body: Justice minister Press TV 01 Nov 2018 -- Turkey says it wants Saudi authorities to disclose the whereabouts of the body of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Arab kingdom's consulate in Istanbul last month, stressing that Ankara expects Riyadh's full cooperation in the ongoing investigation into the shocking case.
- Turkey Repeats Call for Full Saudi Cooperation in Khashoggi Probe VOA 01 Nov 2018 -- Turkey's justice minister again called on Saudi Arabia to fully cooperate in the investigation into last month's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
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