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July 2020 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Anti-Femicide Protests Sweep Turkey VOA 31 Jul 2020 -- A wave of protests sparked by the slaying of a young woman has been sweeping across Turkey as the government considers leaving an international convention that protects women against violence, despite warnings from rights groups about the rising number of killings of women.
- Athens Elects to Buy 50 Turkish Tactical Drones Sputnik 30 Jul 2020 -- Turkish drone maker Assuva Savunma Sanayi announced on Tuesday the Greek Ministry of Defense had decided to buy 50 tactical drones made by the company which can be used for search and rescue missions as well as minesweeping.
- Turkey's parliament approves law regulating social media Press TV 29 Jul 2020 -- The Turkish parliament has passed a law that imposes new requirements on social media companies with more than 1 million daily users and orders their local representatives to address government concerns over content.
- Turkey suspends Mediterannean oil research plan as goodwill gesture to Greece Press TV 28 Jul 2020 -- Turkey says it has suspended plans for seismic research for oil in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as a goodwill gesture amid ongoing talks with neighboring Greece.
- Turkey Can Address US Concerns About S-400/F-35 Compatibility Issues, Defence Minister Says Sputnik 28 Jul 2020 -- The United States should reconsider its decision to suspend Turkey from the F-35 aircraft programme and stands ready to address any issues related to the S-400 air defence system's and F-35 jet's compatibility, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday.
- Turkish Military Sees Opportunity in Vulnerable and War-Torn Places VOA 28 Jul 2020 -- A Turkish government decision earlier this month to turn back Istanbul's historic Hagia Sophia into a mosque after more than 80 years as a museum has renewed debate over the direction of the Muslim country, with some experts saying President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, through his expansionist policies at home and abroad, is attempting to revive a new Ottoman Empire.
- Erdogan Seeks to Tame Social Media, Again VOA 28 Jul 2020 -- Turkey is poised to introduce drastic measures to control social media platforms.
- Turkey reports 921 new COVID-19 cases, 225,173 in total Global Times 26 Jul 2020 -- Turkey's COVID-19 cases increased by 921 to a total of 225,173 on Saturday, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
- Turkey warns Egypt of 'dangerous military adventure' in Libya Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- Turkey has warned that Egypt would embark on a "dangerous adventure" if it went ahead with a plan to deploy troops in the North African country.
- Turkey made no coordination with Iraq for military op in Kurdistan region: Foreign ministry Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has vehemently condemned an ongoing Turkish operation in the country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region against hideouts of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, saying the cross-border offensive is being carried out without any coordination with the Baghdad government.
- Greece says Turkey encroaching on its territory, threatening NATO's cohesion Press TV 22 Jul 2020 -- Greece says Turkey is attempting to encroach on its territorial waters and threatening the cohesion of NATO through "illegal and provocative behavior" in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
- Turkey Battles Criticism Over Decision to Turn Hagia Sophia Into Mosque VOA 22 Jul 2020 -- This Friday, Islamic prayers are due to be held in Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia for the first time since Turkey's government decided to re-convert the ancient cathedral into a mosque. Russia has stepped in, with Moscow voicing concern to Ankara over the fate of the historic building, including its world-famous Christian mosaics.
- In Ankara, Turkey, Russia declare coordination for Libya truce Press TV 22 Jul 2020 -- Russia and Turkey have agreed to work harder for a sustainable ceasefire in Libya in coordination with the United Nations.
- Qatari Defenсe Minister in Talks With Turkish Counterpart, Libya's GNA Interior Minister Sputnik 21 Jul 2020 -- Qatari Minister of State for Defen?e Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah has held negotiations with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, and Fathi Bashagha, the interior minister of Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), amid Cairo's decision on the possible deployment of armed forces to Libya, the ministry said.
- Turkish drilling in Mediterranean can affect relations with EU, Germany warns Press TV 21 Jul 2020 -- Germany says Turkey's failure to halt drilling activities in contested waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea would affect relations between Ankara and the European Union (EU).
- Erdogan Eyes Social Media: The Last Refuge for Turkey's Journalists VOA 21 Jul 2020 -- For Turkish journalist Emre Kızılkaya, social media is a necessity. He's been using platforms including Twitter since 2008, tweeting during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul in 2013 and when soldiers raided his newspaper building after the failed coup attempt in 2016.
- Turkey Faces Pressure as Libyan Conflict Widens VOA 21 Jul 2020 -- The Egyptian parliament's decision Monday to authorize the possible deployment of Egyptian troops in Libya is highlighting concerns in the region about a possible escalation of the Libyan conflict. International pressure is, meanwhile, growing on Turkey over its involvement as Ankara doubled down on its support of Libya's Government of National Accord, fueling fears of a wider a regional war.
- Iraqi lawmaker slams Turkey's plan to create buffer zone in northern Iraq Press TV 20 Jul 2020 -- A senior Iraqi legislator has denounced the ongoing Turkish cross-border offensive in the country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region against hideouts of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, saying Ankara plans to create a buffer zone in northern Iraq similar to the one already established in the northern part of Syria.
- Turkey police detain dozens of suspected Daesh members in Istanbul Press TV 19 Jul 2020 -- Turkish police have arrested at least 27 suspected members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in a counter-terrorism operation in Istanbul.
- Turkish health minister warns of growing intensive care, intubated COVID-19 patients Global Times 18 Jul 2020 -- Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Friday warned of the increasing number of intensive care and intubated COVID-19 patients in the country.
- Turkey Infiltrates Syrian Displaced Persons Camp, Frees Moldovan Mother VOA 17 Jul 2020 -- Officials with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are expressing dismay after Turkish intelligence agents infiltrated a displaced persons camp to smuggle out a Moldovan woman and her four children.
- Pentagon Says Turkey Sent 3,500 Syrian Fighters To Back Libyan Government RFE/RL 18 Jul 2020 -- The U.S. military says Turkey sent more than 3,500 Syrian fighters to Libya during the first three months of 2020 to help the North African country's internationally recognized government in its civil war against a rebel commander.
- Turkey's Erdogan says Egypt involved in 'illegal' action in Libya Press TV 17 Jul 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Egypt is taking "illegal" action in Libya by supporting the rebels there.
- Azerbaijan-Armenia Clashes Highlight Turkey-Russia Rift VOA 16 Jul 2020 -- Military clashes between Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan continued Thursday, further raising tensions between Turkey and Russia, which back opposing sides in the conflict.
- A Turkish Diplomat's Mysterious Death In Turkmenistan RFE/RL 16 Jul 2020 -- Turkish diplomat Kemal Uchkun had been stationed in Turkmenistan since January 2018.
- Turkish Defence Industries Chief Vows to Keep S-400 Secrets Safe Sputnik 16 Jul 2020 -- Late last month, a US senator suggested that the diplomatic spat between Turkey and the US over the Russian-made S-400 air defence system could be resolved if Washington simply bought the recently delivered systems from Ankara by tacking the expense on to the 2021 National Defence Authorization Act.
- Reconnaissance plane crashes in eastern Turkey, 7 killed Press TV 16 Jul 2020 -- A Turkish reconnaissance aircraft has crashed in a mountain in eastern Turkey for unknown reasons, killing seven people.
- At Least 7 Security Personnel Dead After Reconnaissance Plane Crash in Turkey Sputnik 16 Jul 2020 -- The crash of the reconnaissance plane in Turkey's Van province claimed the lives of seven security personnel, according to the Anadolu news agency.
- Roadside bomb hits Russian-Turkish patrol in Syria, injuries reported Press TV 14 Jul 2020 -- Several Turkish and Russian soldiers have been wounded after a roadside bomb planted by militants in Syria went off near a joint Moscow-Ankara patrol in the Arab country's northwestern province of Idlib.
- Russia-Turkey Joint Patrol Hit By Bomb Attack In Syria RFE/RL 14 Jul 2020 -- Russia's Defense Ministry said on July 14 that a roadside bomb planted by militants hit a joint Russian-Turkish patrol in Syria, wounding three Russian soldiers, Russian news agencies reported.
- Syria: Three Russian Soldiers, Turkish Troops Injured in Explosion During Joint Patrol Sputnik 14 Jul 2020 -- In December 2019, three Russian servicemen were also injured in a blast from an improvised explosive device during a routine patrol in Syria. Russian and Turkish forces are currently carrying out joint patrols along a key highway in the restive Syrian proince of Idlib.
- Libya headed for conflict: Pro-rebel parl. invites Egypt intervention; Turkey gives ultimatum Press TV 14 Jul 2020 -- Libya's conflict seems to be headed for escalation, with the pro-rebel parliament "approving" Egyptian military intervention in the country, and Turkey conditioning an earlier ceasefire to the handing over of Sirte city and Jufra airbase to the government.
- Turkish military forces deployed over dozen kilometers into northern Iraq: Top lawmaker Press TV 14 Jul 2020 -- The head of the security and defense committee at the Iraqi parliament has condemned Ankara's ongoing cross-border operation in the country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region against hideouts of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, stating that Turkish forces are now deployed more than a dozen kilometers into the area.
- Turkey asks over 100 countries to extradite Gulen network members Press TV 13 Jul 2020 -- The Turkish Justice Ministry has asked 105 countries, including the US and Germany, to extradite more than 800 people affiliated with 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 Calls on Haftar's Troops to Withdraw From Sirte, Jufra Sputnik 13 Jul 2020 -- Units of the Libyan National Army, headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, must withdraw from Sirte and Jufra, and if they fail to do so a military operation against them will be launched, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.
- BREAKING: Security Council extends for one year, lifesaving cross-border aid to Syria UN News 11 Jul 2020 -- On its fourth attempt this week, the Security Council has on Saturday, authorized for one year, cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey into northwest Syria.
- UN Security Council Agrees to Aid Change to NW Syria VOA 11 Jul 2020 -- After days of disagreement, the U.N. Security Council agreed late Saturday to a slimmed down cross-border aid operation from Turkey into northwest Syria, after pressure from Russia and China threatened to totally sever the lifeline.
- Turkey reports 1,003 new COVID-19 cases, 210,965 in total Global Times 11 Jul 2020 -- Turkey's COVID-19 cases increased by 1,003 on Friday, while the total cases climbed to 210,965, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
- Erdogan Says Conversion of Hagia Sophia Into Mosque Step Towards Making Turkey Great Sputnik 11 Jul 2020 -- The decision to convert Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a mosque is a step towards making Turkey great and the opinions of other countries do not matter, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.
- Turkey reports 1,041 new COVID-19 cases, 208,938 in total Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- Turkey's COVID-19 cases increased by 1,041 on Wednesday, while the total cases climbed to 208,938, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
- COVID-19: Turkish Embassy Official Dies Of Pneumonia In 'Coronavirus-Free' Turkmenistan RFE/RL 09 Jul 2020 -- The global death toll from the coronavirus is over 550,000, with more than 12 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the respiratory illness.
- Erdogan Faces Backlash Over Plans to Convert Hagia Sophia Into Mosque VOA 09 Jul 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces a growing backlash over his plans to turn Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
- Iraqi president censures Turkish 'military violation' of Iraqi soil Press TV 09 Jul 2020 -- Iraqi President Barham Salih has censured Turkey's ongoing cross-border operation in the Arab country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region against hideouts of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, describing the offensive as a "military violation" of Iraqi soil.
- Ankara Testing Russian-Bought S-400s on US-Made Fighter Jets in Turkey, Report Says Sputnik 08 Jul 2020 -- Moscow and Ankara signed a $2.5 billion agreement on the sale of S-400s to Turkey in late 2017, with delivery of the system beginning in July 2019. The deal prompted Washington to kick Turkey out of the F-35 fighter jet program and threaten the country with sanctions.
- Analysts See Thaw in US-Turkish Relations VOA 08 Jul 2020 -- Analysts say Turkey's deepening involvement in the Libyan conflict could be the catalyst for a reset in relations with the United States, in recent years strained by regional policy differences and mutual distrust.
- Russia, Turkey working on ceasefire in Libya Press TV 08 Jul 2020 -- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow and Ankara are working on an immediate ceasefire agreement in Libya.
- Turkish Foreign Minister Calls for EU Backing After Naval Standoff With France Sputnik 06 Jul 2020 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu urged the European Union on Monday to side with Ankara after accusing France of wrongly depicting a standoff between their ships in the Mediterranean.
- Thirst threatening 1 million people in Syria's Hasakah due to cutting water by Turkish forces Press TV 06 Jul 2020 -- Intense thirst threatens the lives of about one million people living in and around Syria's northeastern city of Hasakah, as Turkish troops and allied militants continue cutting off drinking water supplies to the region by stopping a major border pumping station, a report says.
- Turkish troops, allied militants cut off drinking water to people in Syria's Hasakah, environs Press TV 05 Jul 2020 -- Turkish military troops and allied militants have once again cut off drinking water supplies to about a million people living in and around the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah by stopping a border water pumping station, a report says.
- Iraq officially protests Turkey's cross-border offensive Press TV 05 Jul 2020 -- The Iraqi government has expressed its official protest at Turkey's attacks against the Arab country's north, saying the offensive must immediately stop.
- Trial in Killing of Journalist Khashoggi Opens in Turkey VOA 03 Jul 2020 -- A trial of those charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi opened Friday in Turkey, but none of the 20 Saudi nationals accused in the killing were in attendance.
- Iraq threatens to sever trade ties with Turkey over cross-border operation Press TV 03 Jul 2020 -- Iraq has threatened to cut off its trade ties with Turkey in protest at Ankara's ongoing cross-border operation in the country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region against hideouts of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group.
- Turkish Drone Strike Leaves Civilian Casualties VOA 02 Jul 2020 -- Ceiling and concrete walls are all that is left of a grocery store owned by a young Kurdish couple here in this riverside, tourist village in northern Iraq.
- Coronavirus response: Turkey delivers critical aid to Iraq NATO 02 Jul 2020 -- On 30 June 2020, as part of Allied support in response to COVID-19, Turkey delivered critical medical supplies to the Iraqi people as a sign of solidarity between two neighbouring countries.
- France should apologize over 'false claims' about naval incident in Mediterranean: Turkish FM Press TV 02 Jul 2020 -- Turkey says France should apologize for making "false claims" about a naval incident between the warships of the two NATO allies in the Mediterranean last month that prompted Paris to ask for a NATO investigation.
- Turkey Wants France to Apologise Over Mediterranean Warships Incident That Led to NATO Probe Sputnik 02 Jul 2020 -- Turkish frigates confronted French naval forces in the Mediterranean Sea as they tried to inspect a ship, purportedly carrying weapons to Libya in violation of the UN ban. The incident took place amid Ankara's attempts to help the UN recognised government of national accord in its fight against the army of General Haftar.
- No Legal Ground For Re-Selling Russian S-400 to US, Turkey Says Sputnik 01 Jul 2020 -- Earlier, the US Senate introduced an amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which would allow the United States to purchase Russian-made S-400 defence systems from Turkey to resolve issues over the missile's alleged incompatibility with the US F-35 fighter jet program.
- In Call With Erdogan And Putin, Iran's Rohani Calls For End Of 'Illegitimate' U.S. Presence In Syria RFE/RL 01 Jul 2020 -- The "illegitimate" presence of U.S. forces in Syria should end immediately, Iranian President Hassan Rohani told Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a video conference on July 1 on the situation in the war-torn country.
- Turkey accuses France of 'bias' toward UAE, Egypt in Libya Press TV 01 Jul 2020 -- Turkey's Ambassador to Paris has accused France of being "biased" toward the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, saying the French government is ignoring violations of a Libyan arms embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council to the benefit of renegade General Khalifa Haftar.
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