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TURKEY POLITICS: May 16-17 Erdogan to Meet President Trump

TURKEY POLITICS: May 16-17 Erdogan to Meet President Trump 0

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he will meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in Washington.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Orders Missile-Armed Ship to Syria After US Attack

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Orders Missile-Armed Ship to Syria After US Attack 0

“Russian ship armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will visit the logistics base in Tartus,” a source said. The Admiral Grigorovich is capable of carrying a Ka-27 or Ka-31 helicopter and can reach speeds of up to 30 knots (55kph).

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TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan Warns Europeans ‘Will Not Walk Safely’ If Attitude Persists

TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan Warns Europeans ‘Will Not Walk Safely’ If Attitude Persists 0

“Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground,” Erdogan said at an event for Turkish journalists in Ankara, in comments broadcast live on national television.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Dutch PM Mark Rutte Bars Mevlut Cavusoglu From Flying to Rotterdam

TURKEY POLITICS: Dutch PM Mark Rutte Bars Mevlut Cavusoglu From Flying to Rotterdam 0

“If my going will increase tensions, let it be. I am a foreign minister and I can go wherever I want,” Mevlut Cavusoglu Turkish Foreign Minister said.

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CYPRUS POLITICS: Anastasiades Says ‘Turkey Referendum Affecting Peace Talks’

CYPRUS POLITICS: Anastasiades Says ‘Turkey Referendum Affecting Peace Talks’ 0

“It would have been honest for Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to have said it’s best to suspend negotiations until referendum is over,” Anastasiades.

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SYRIA POLITICS: U.S.-Allied Militia Agrees to Hand Villages to Syrian Government

SYRIA POLITICS: U.S.-Allied Militia Agrees to Hand Villages to Syrian Government 0

Turkey’s campaign in Syria is aimed at driving Islamic State from its border and at preventing expansion in the area by the YPG, which it regards as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is waging an insurgency against Ankara.

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CYPRUS POLITICS: 1950 Vote Row Stalls Reunification

CYPRUS POLITICS: 1950 Vote Row Stalls Reunification 0

Cyprus reunification talks were in disarray on Wednesday after reports the Turkish Cypriot side would not join this week’s meeting in an escalating row that opened old wounds over past Greek Cypriot ambitions to unite with Greece.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Turkish Army, Free Syrian Army Attack Islamic State

SYRIA POLITICS: Turkish Army, Free Syrian Army Attack Islamic State 0

“The battles began a short while ago to complete what had been achieved yesterday,” said a commander of a leading FSA group fighting in al-Bab, who requested anonymity.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan, Trump Unite to Defeat ISIS

TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan, Trump Unite to Defeat ISIS 0

Turkish President Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed in phone call overnight to act jointly against ISIS in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army, Allies Cut Off Islamic State Supply Route Near al-Bab: Monitor

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army, Allies Cut Off Islamic State Supply Route Near al-Bab: Monitor 0

Syrian army’s advance towards al-Bab risks triggering a confrontation with the Turkish military and its allies, groups fighting under the Free Syria Army banner, which have been waging their own campaign to take the city.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Turkish Parliament Votes to Press On With Constitutional Reform Debate

TURKEY POLITICS: Turkish Parliament Votes to Press On With Constitutional Reform Debate 0

Turkish parliament voted on Tuesday to press on with debate about a constitutional reform package that would expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan

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FRANCE POLITICS: Sakine Cansiz Death Sparks Massive Protests

FRANCE POLITICS: Sakine Cansiz Death Sparks Massive Protests 0

Sakine Cansiz, a founder of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in early 1980s, and two Kurdish women were found dead in the Kurdish Information Centre in Paris.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Islamic State Claims Reina Nightclub Attack

TURKEY POLITICS: Islamic State Claims Reina Nightclub Attack 0

“Turkish government should know that the blood of Muslims shed with airplanes and artillery fire will ignite a fire in their own land,” Islamic State said.

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TURKEY POLITICS: West Supporting YPG, PYD, ISIS – Erdogan Says

TURKEY POLITICS: West Supporting YPG, PYD, ISIS – Erdogan Says 0

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, “They (West) are supporting all terror groups — YPG, PYD, Daesh (IS). It’s quite clear, perfectly obvious.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Aleppo Evacuations Face Delays, Government And Opposition Blame Each Other

SYRIA POLITICS: Aleppo Evacuations Face Delays, Government And Opposition Blame Each Other 0

Syrian activists say the last evacuations of rebels and civilians from the northern city of Aleppo are being held up, while the government and opposition blame each other for the delay.

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TURKEY POLITICS: EU Lawmakers Urge Halt To Turkey-EU Membership Talks

TURKEY POLITICS: EU Lawmakers Urge Halt To Turkey-EU Membership Talks 0

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, “The EU should decide whether it wants to continue its future vision with or without Turkey.”

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SYRIA: Demands For Assad’s Departure ‘Thoughtless’ – Russia

SYRIA: Demands For Assad’s Departure ‘Thoughtless’ – Russia 0

Russia’s Dmitry Peskov said Assad needs to stay in power to prevent the country from falling into the hands of jihadist.

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IRAQ: Haider al-Abadi Warns Turkey Of ‘Regional War’

IRAQ: Haider al-Abadi Warns Turkey Of ‘Regional War’ 0

“We have asked more than once the Turkish side not to intervene in Iraqi matters,” Haider al-Abadi said.

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SYRIA: Turkish Forces Will Remain In Syria To Battle Islamic State

SYRIA: Turkish Forces Will Remain In Syria To Battle Islamic State 0

President Tayyip Erdogan said the bombing in Sirnak province would increase Turkey’s determination as it fights terrorist groups at home and abroad.

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NIGERIA: The Absurdity Of Call For Closure Of Nigerian-Turkish Colleges

NIGERIA: The Absurdity Of Call For Closure Of Nigerian-Turkish Colleges 0

The anti-intellectualism attitude of the Erdogans of this world must not be allowed to infect Nigeria.

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