Turkish warplanes have for the first time joined raids by the US-led coalition against Islamic State positions in Syria, the foreign ministry said Saturday, after Washington urged Ankara to play a full role in the battle against the jihadists.
“Our fighter planes … along with planes from the coalition yesterday (Friday) evening began joint operations against (IS) targets which pose a threat to the security of our country,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
ISTANBUL, TURKEY — The results of June’s general election shook Turkish politics to its core, knocking President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) party from its perch after 13 years in power while propelling a pro-Kurdish party into parliament for the first time.
Now, Turkey is poised for another political shakeup, after Mr. Erdoğan on Friday called for snap elections to be held on Nov. 1, following the collapse of efforts to cobble together a coalition government earlier this week. ∞∞∞∞∞ CLICK HERE FOR MORE »»»»
The Turkish leader also said he would form an interim government to lead the country to the election, and that he had no intention of giving Turkey’s opposition leader – Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the second-placed Republican People’s Party (CHP) — a mandate to do so. After Prime Minister Davutoglu failed to agree to an AKP-led coalition this week, Erdogan did not offer the CHP the chance to do so.
Renewed fighting with PKK rebels after a two-year cease-fire came weeks after the AKP lost its majority in the June general election, leading to growing skepticism about the motive for the return to hostilities.
Opponents have accused Erdogan of seeking early elections all along and meddling in coalition talks in the hope that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would benefit by being seen as the only way to peace.
Davutoglu’s AKP lost its 12-year majority rule in June elections mainly due to the success of the newly created pro-Kurdish HDP. ∞∞∞∞∞ CLICK HERE FOR MORE »»»»
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that the nation will hold an early election Nov. 1, after no group won a majority from voters in June and Erdogan’s party was unable to find a coalition partner.
Erdogan said he will meet with the parliament speaker on Monday, the day after the deadline for forming a new government, to complete the formalities. ∞∞∞∞∞ CLICK HERE FOR MORE »»»»
Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan has confirmed the country will soon hold a general election, as largely expected, after his new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu failed to form a coalition to govern.
“We will take our country to elections,” Erdoğan said, but added that he would not meet with the speaker of parliament to fix the date until Monday. ∞∞∞∞∞ CLICK HERE FOR MORE »»»»
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called for the holding of new parliamentary November 1, less than six months after the first election that plunged Turkey into a political stalemate following the failure to form a coalition government.
“God willing, Turkey will vote again for new legislative elections on November 1,” said the president told reporters, as he left a mosque in Istanbul. Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he would meet the Speaker of Parliament on Monday to make arrangements and formalize the decision. ∞∞∞∞∞ CLICK HERE FOR MORE »»»»
ISTANBUL – Turkey does not expect to deploy ground forces in Syria to fight Islamic State, although that option should remain on the table, Foreign Minister Mevult Cavusoglu said in a television interview on Thursday.
“Right now, no ground operation is envisaged, but in the future whatever is needed to fight Islamic State – including ground operations – should be done, this is my personal opinion,” Cavusoglu told HaberTurk TV. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
The Turkish prime minister has told the BBC that Turkey will push again for a no-fly zone over northern Syria to protect civilians fleeing both Islamic State and Syrian government forces.
Ahmet Davutoglu said he would work with the US to establish a “safe area” for people displaced by Syria’s conflict. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
There have been recent reports of talks between Israel and Turkey aimed at normalizing relations, but a significant improvement in the relationship is unlikely as long as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist AK Party remains in power.
In an interview with the Turkish daily Sabah, published on Sunday, Israel’s chargé d’affaires in Turkey, Amira Oron, said that “with the current positive attitude, I think we will be able to normalize our relations. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
CESME, Turkey – The Turkish coastguard on Tuesday rescued 330 Syrians adrift in the Aegean Sea after failing to reach Greece, as the number of migrants attempting the treacherous passage to Europe surges.
Members of the group said they had been travelling on eight small boats. They included dozens of children, at least five of them newborn, and women, some of whom were visibly pregnant. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»