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June 2020 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- France supports a 'pirate' in Libya: Turkey Press TV 30 Jun 2020 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says France is supporting a "pirate" in Libya, a reference to Libyan rebel commander Khalifa Haftar, who has been fighting the internationally-recognized government in the North African country.
- Kurdish Militia Groups Say Turkey Establishing Military Bases in Northern Iraq, Reports Claim Sputnik 28 Jun 2020 -- Kurdish militia groups have accused Turkey of establishing military bases in northern Iraq as part of Ankara's ongoing offensive against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Al Arabiya broadcaster reports on Sunday.
- Turkey reports 1,396 new COVID-19 cases Global Times 27 Jun 2020 -- Turkey confirmed 1,396 new coronavirus cases and 19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, taking the total infection cases to 194,511 and the overall death toll to 5,065, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted on Friday.
- EU Slams Turkey's Actions Along Greek Border, Drilling in East Mediterranean VOA 27 Jun 2020 -- The European Union's top diplomat has voiced concern about deteriorating relations between Greece and Turkey. Rallying to the defense of Greece, an EU member state, though, Josep Borrell warned Turkey that any attempt to undermine Greece's borders and rights would be considered an equal affront to the EU. The EU official, however, fell short of spelling out any potential reprisals against Turkey.
- Turkey Says Soldier Killed After Coming Under Fire From Across Iranian Border RFE/RL 24 Jun 2020 -- Turkey's Defense Ministry says one Turkish soldier has been killed and two others wounded in the southeastern part of the country after they came under fire from the Iranian side of the border.
- Civilian Killed as Suicide Bomber Attacks Turkey Military Training Center in Somalia VOA 23 Jun 2020 -- One person was killed, and two others were injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Turkey-Somalia military training academy in Mogadishu on Tuesday, witnesses and officials say.
- France 'Won't Tolerate' Turkey's Behavior in Libya, Macron Says VOA 23 Jun 2020 -- French President Emmanuel Macron says he "won't tolerate" the role that Turkey is playing in Libya, calling it an obstacle to peace.
- Coronavirus Watch in Mideast: Iran's COVID-19 cases nudge 205,000 as Turkey's tally exceeds 187,000 People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases approached 205,000 in Iran on Sunday, while Turkey's tally of coronavirus infections surpassed 187,000.
- Bolton Claims Trump Probably Obstructed Justice by Trying to Intervene in Turkish Bank Probe Sputnik 21 Jun 2020 -- The former national security advisor, who expressed a willingness to testify in the Democrats' botched Ukrainegate impeachment trial earlier this year, is getting ready to release a new tell-all book filled with a host of juicy new allegations against the president. Trump has called Bolton a "whacko" and a "liar."
- Turkey Deploys More Troops to Northern Iraq for New Anti-Kurdish Offensive Sputnik 21 Jun 2020 -- Turkish Ministry of National Defence announced on Sunday sending additional special operations forces to the north of Iraq where Turkey's Operation Claw-Tiger is underway against Kurdish forces.
- Turkey Seeks Diplomatic Gains After Risky Libya Military Intervention VOA 20 Jun 2020 -- Turkey is seeking to reap diplomatic rewards from its military success in Libya. Recent gains by Turkish-backed forces of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) are enhancing Ankara's influence in Libya and with the European Union.
- Egypt warns Turkey, orders army to be ready for intervention in Libya Press TV 20 Jun 2020 -- Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has warned of direct military intervention in Libya if Turkish-backed forces continue their advance.
- Turkey says Haftar forces must withdraw from Libya's Sirte for lasting truce Press TV 20 Jun 2020 -- Turkey says forces loyal to Libya's renegade General Khalifa Haftar need to pull out of the strategic city of Sirte for a lasting ceasefire, denouncing France for "jeopardizing" NATO's security by supporting the strongman.
- Turkey Brushes Off France's 'Groundless Allegations' of Aggression in Mediterranean Sputnik 18 Jun 2020 -- The French Foreign Ministry on 17 June accused Turkey's navy of hostile actions towards its NATO allies to prevent them from imposing a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.
- Ankara, Washington Agree to Join Forces in Libya, Turkish Foreign Minister Says Sputnik 18 Jun 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US leader Donald Trump have agreed to cooperate in Libya, gripped by a nine-year civil war, the Turkish foreign minister said Thursday.
- Iraq summons Turkish envoy again to protest military op, demand troop withdrawal Press TV 18 Jun 2020 -- The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has once again called in the Turkish ambassador to express its strong protest over a military operation by Turkish forces in the country's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, and to demand that Ankara immediately halt its assaults there.
- Turkey Says It Struck 500 Kurdish Militant Targets In Northern Iraq Radio Farda 18 Jun 2020 -- Turkey's Defense Ministry says the country's military has struck more than 500 Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq during an operation in the region against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
- Turkey Launches New Military Operation Against PKK in Northern Iraq, Defence Ministry Announces Sputnik 17 Jun 2020 -- Turkey has launched new military operation Claw-Tiger in the northern Iraqi region of Haftanin against forces of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and "other terrorist elements", the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.
- Turkey sends special forces into Iraq 'against PKK militants' despite Baghdad's outrage Press TV 17 Jun 2020 -- Turkey says it has deployed special forces – backed by aerial and artillery support – to a northern Iraqi region in what it calls an operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, despite Baghdad's outrage over Ankara's increased military activities on Iraqi soil.
- Turkey-Greece Energy Dispute Heats Up VOA 16 Jun 2020 -- Tensions between Turkey and Greece are escalating as both sides vow to defend their territorial rights.
- Turkish, Russian forces come under attack during joint patrol in Syria's Idlib Press TV 16 Jun 2020 -- Russia's Defense Ministry says Russian and Turkish military forces have been attacked during a joint patrol on the strategic M4 highway in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, but there were no deaths or injuries among the troops.
- Turkey planning to set up 2 permanent military bases in Libya: Turkish daily Press TV 15 Jun 2020 -- Turkey is reportedly planning to set up two permanent military bases in Libya following the Tripoli government's operation to retake areas seized by rebel forces under the command of renegade general Khalifa Haftar.
- Syria to launch new offensive in Idlib as Turkey deadline passes Press TV 15 Jun 2020 -- Syrian government forces have been preparing to launch an offensive against militants in Idlib after Turkey failed to live up to its commitments under a deal with Russia.
- Turkey Says Moscow, Ankara Have 'No Significant Disagreements' on Need for Libya Ceasefire Sputnik 15 Jun 2020 -- Turkey deployed combat troops to Libya earlier this year, and has provided large amounts of military equipment to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) for its war against General Haftar's Libyan National Army (GNA). Moscow is seeking to facilitate a political settlement to end the long-running Libyan civil war.
- Iraq condemns Turkish violation of its airspace to hit PKK positions in Kurdistan region Press TV 15 Jun 2020 -- Iraq has denounced recent Turkish violation of its airspace to target a refugee camp in the Arab country's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region as a flagrant violation of its sovereignty.
- UAE finances anti-Turkey PKK terrorists in northern Iraq: Report Press TV 15 Jun 2020 -- A report says the United Arab Emirates has allegedly provided financial support to the anti-Turkey PKK militant group in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Turkey launches airstrikes against PKK targets in northern Iraq Press TV 15 Jun 2020 -- Turkish jet fighters have launched an operation against Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq, according to Turkey's Defense Ministry.
- Turkish military dispatches new convoy to northeastern Syria Press TV 14 Jun 2020 -- Turkish military forces have reportedly brought in new reinforcements to Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, as Ankara is aggressively seeking to cement its military presence in the embattled region following a cross-border offensive earlier this year.
- Turkey, Russia Postpone Talks Focused On Libya, Syria RFE/RL 14 Jun 2020 -- Russia and Turkey have postponed high-level talks that were expected to focus on Libya and Syria, where the two countries support opposing sides in long-standing conflicts.
- Turkish Military Conducts Large-Scale Air, Naval Drills in Mediterranean Sputnik 13 Jun 2020 -- The Turkish navy and air forces have conducted large-scale military exercises in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the country's Defence Ministry said on Friday.
- Turkey Planning to Establish 2 Permanent Military Bases in Libya – Reports Sputnik 12 Jun 2020 -- Turkey is planning to establish two permanent military bases in Libya as part of its continued support for the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported on Friday, citing military sources.
- After Missteps, Turkey Tames Coronavirus VOA 11 Jun 2020 -- Turkey has turned into a surprising coronavirus success story, despite fears that its outbreak – at one time one of the fastest growing in the world – would spin out of control and leave the country overwhelmed.
- US 'Deeply Concerned' About Turkish Drilling in Mediterranean VOA 11 Jun 2020 -- The United States is urging Turkey to stop drilling in contested waters of the Mediterranean Sea out of concern the move will hurt diplomatic relations with Greece. Tension is rising among the NATO neighbors and others in the region trying to control energy-rich zones.
- Egypt's ceasefire proposal for Libya aims to save Haftar: Turkey Press TV 10 Jun 2020 -- Turkey has slammed Egypt's proposal for a ceasefire in Libya as not sincere, saying the initiative aims to save renegade general Khalifa Haftar, whose fighters are losing ground in the war-torn country.
- Turkey issues arrest warrants for 275 military personnel over 'links to coup mastermind' Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- Turkey has issued arrest warrants for 275 more people, mostly military staff members, over their suspected linked to of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, who stands accused of having masterminded a failed coup in 2016.
- Roadside bombing kills two, wounds eight in Turkey's Van Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- A roadside bomb planted by PKK terrorists has detonated in eastern Turkey, killing two and wounding eight others aboard a personnel shuttle.
- Erdogan, Trump agree on 'some issues' regarding Libya Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he and US President Donald Trump have come to unspecified agreements about the conflict in Libya, where a host of countries are aiding rebels against a Turkish-backed government.
- Iran rejects Turkey excuse with warning, expects gas flow to resume Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- An Iranian energy official says he expects Turkey to resume gas imports from Iran by mid-July, putting an end to a relatively long gap which raised many eyebrows.
- Ankara, Moscow reach agreement over another S-400 batch: Official Press TV 08 Jun 2020 -- Ankara and Moscow have agreed on the delivery of new batteries of the advanced Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems, the head of Turkey's Defense Industry says.
- Russia, Turkey Reach Agreement in Principle on Delivery of Second Batch of S-400s - Turkish Official Sputnik 08 Jun 2020 -- The deployment of the first batch of S-400 air defence systems was delayed due to the global pandemic and was not complete by April 2020 as previously planned. Despite this setback, Turkey assured that eventually the systems will be deployed and used in spite of the US threats of sanctions against the country.
- 80 pct of total COVID-19 cases in Turkey recovered: minister Global Times 07 Jun 2020 -- Eighty percent of the total COVID-19 cases in Turkey have recovered and the majority of the patients stayed at home without any symptoms, the Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Saturday.
- Turkish Ambassador in Greece Confirms Ankara Ready to Address Maritime Zones Delimitation Sputnik 07 Jun 2020 -- Relations between the two countries have been strained by border tensions and Turkey's oil and gas exploration plans in the Mediterranean. Recently, the Turkish Petroleum Corporation announced plans to drill for natural gas in areas considered by Greece to be part of its continental shelf.
- Turkey, Libya to enhance cooperation in Eastern Mediterranean: Turkish president Global Times 06 Jun 2020 -- Turkey and Libya agreed to further enhance their cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean over a deal made on maritime delimitation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.
- Greek Defence Minister Warns Athens Prepared for Conflict With 'Aggressive' Turkey Sputnik 05 Jun 2020 -- Relations between the two NATO members have been poor for centuries following several major wars, as well as tensions over Cyprus, repeated military confrontations in the Aegean Sea, and concerns by Athens that Ankara is deliberately "threatening Europe" with an influx of Middle Eastern refugees.
- Why Is Turkey Involved in Libyan Conflict? VOA 04 Jun 2020 -- Turkey and Libya further strengthened their bilateral ties on Thursday in a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Tripoli-based Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.
- Turkish parliament strips status of two pro-Kurdish lawmakers, one MP from main opposition party Press TV 04 Jun 2020 -- The Turkish parliament has stripped two pro-Kurdish lawmakers and one MP from the main opposition party of their parliamentary status as the Ankara government presses ahead with a clampdown on opposition members.
- Libya's prime minister to meet with Turkish president in Ankara Press TV 04 Jun 2020 -- Libya's Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj is about to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, as the two allies seek to lock in recent gains against the North African country's rebel commander, Khalifa Haftar, ahead of a fresh round of peace talks on a potential truce.
- 'Haftar cannot win this war,' Turkish Foreign Minister says of Libya conflict Press TV 03 Jun 2020 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Libya's eastern-based renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar will not manage to emerge victorious out of the ongoing conflict in the country.
- Greece Protests Turkish Drilling Plans in Mediterranean VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- Greece has lodged strong protest with Turkey over Turkish plans to expand oil and gas exploration in in areas of the Mediterranean Sea that Greece considers its own. The Greek government has warned that any drilling in Greece's continental shelf areas will spark a heated response. Analysts warn that could spell a war between the two NATO allies.
- Russia Expects Turkey's Final Decision on 2nd Delivery of S-400 Missile Systems Sputnik 02 Jun 2020 -- Russia began delivering the first batch of S-400s to Turkey in July 2019. Washington, unhappy about the deal between Moscow and Ankara, has demanded that Turkey cancel all purchases of the S-400s, threatening to delay or cancel deliveries of fifth-generation F-35 jets to the country. However, the Turkish cabinet has refused to scrap the agreement.
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