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August 14, 2016

Turkey and Iran pledge to cooperate for Syria

Turkey and Iran pledge to cooperate for Syria

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Turkey‘s foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Iran‘s career diplomat Javad Zarif have decided to join forces in resolving the civil war in Syria, regardless of being on opposite sides of the crisis.

File photo of Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, 2015.
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Diplomat’s, Çavuşoğlu and Zarif have both pledged greater cooperation on the conflict in Syria at a joint news conference in Ankara on Friday. The coming together of these two neighbouring nations has come as a surprise to many as both Cavusoglu and Zarif have held opposing positions on Syria, with Iran supporting President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Turkey, backing his political departure. However, despite their differences on this matter, the two nations are prepared and are now willing to strengthen their relationship together, so that they can work together in fighting extremism in Syria and allow it to once again become a nation that is without threats and danger.

File photo of Javad Zarif, 2014.
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Since Turkeys failed coup just last month, Iran has been expressing great praise to the nation. Iran has supported Turkeys choice of defying the coup and not going ahead with force as was planned. Zarif has stated that he no longer supports the decisions of overthrows and that they hold no place in Iran. Since the failed coup attempt by Turkey on July 15, Zarif had not visited Turkey again until recently at the joint news conference in Ankara. This meeting between the Iranian and Turkish officials is said to be the first step in bringing forward a calm and tranquil Syria.

The union of Çavuşoğlu and Zarif in their mutual goal to bring Syria back into a positive strife, follows a similar agreement that was made between the Turkish government and Russia over Syria, directing thoughts that the Erdoğan government is radically rethinking their position on the Syrian Civil War conflict.

It has been stated by the Turkish foreign ministry that Javad Zarif will also be meeting with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.



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July 18, 2016

Over 250 killed in failed coup attempt in Turkey

Over 250 killed in failed coup attempt in Turkey

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In an unsuccessful coup attempt apparently by elements of the Turkish Armed Forces in Istanbul and Ankara, 265 people were killed and 1440 were injured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reported on Saturday. Following the incident, 2,839 soldiers and officers were detained and, according to another military official, 104 coup plotters were killed. General Hulusi Akar, held by the rebels, was later freed.

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On Friday, the rebels declared martial law claiming to have “taken control of the country” and said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s government was responsible for damaging Turkey’s secular tradition. They shut down Istanbul Atatürk Airport and blocked the two bridges over the Bosphorus, with gunfire and, by some reports, jets dropping bombs in Istanbul and Ankara. Social-networking websites were blocked in the country and news channel CNN stopped broadcasting. Tank fire and explosions were reported at the parliament.

Prime Minister Yıldırım declared a no-fly zone over Ankara. Erdoğan was in Marmaris during the coup attempt. Erdoğan after reaching Instanbul on Saturday, said, “Those who betrayed this country will pay for this treachery”((tr)) as he announced he would remain president.

General Zekai Aksakalli told NTV, “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this”. Erdoğan supporters were seen carrying the Turkish flag on the streets of Istanbul.

During Erdoğan’s address to citizens, coup supporters were seen surrendering, abandoning military tanks, given citizen opposition to the coup. Eight people fled the country seeking asylum in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis, according to Greek officials.

Officials claimed Fethullah Gülen, who is currently in the United States on an exile, was responsible for the coup; Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported Gülen condemned the attempt.


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July 17, 2016

Turkish president defeats coup attempt

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Yesterday, in a failed attempt of coup by Turkish Armed Forces, 265 people were killed and 1440 were injured in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reported. Following the incident, 2,839 soldiers and officers were arrested and 104 coup plotters were killed. General Hulusi Akar was held by the rebellions, was later freed.

On Friday, rebellion army declared martial law claiming they had “taken control of the country” and said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s Islamist-aligned government was responsible of demolition of Turkey’s secular tradition. They had shut down Istanbul Atatürk Airport, blocked two bridges started firing and jets were dropping bombs in Istanbul and Ankara. Social-networking websites had been blocked in the country and news channel CNN stopped broadcasting. Tank fire explosions were reported in the parliament.

Prime Minister Yıldırım had declared a no-fly zone over Ankara. Erdoğan was in Marmaris during the coup attempt. Erdoğan after reaching Ankara yesterday, said, “Who betrayed this country will pay this treachery”((tr)) as he announced he would remain the president.

General Zekai Aksakalli told NTV, “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this”. Erdoğan’s supporters were seen carrying the Turkish flag on Istanbul’s streets.

While Erdoğan was addressing the citizens, the coup setters surrendered abandoning the military tanks as citizens did not support them instead stood up against them. Eight people fled the country to find shelter in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis from Turkish military helicopter.

Officials claimed Fethullah Gülen had ignited the spark of coup, who is currently in the United States on an exile.


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March 21, 2016

Suicide bomber attacks Istanbul, kills four

Suicide bomber attacks Istanbul, kills four

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At least four people were killed by a suicide bomb in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Saturday morning. The suicide bomber was a fifth death.

At least 36 people were injured, according to Turkish health minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu. Reports varied on how may injured were foreigners; Minister Müezzinoğlu identified the nationalities of twelve injured from Israel, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Iran, and Dubai. The blast occurred prematurely, according to CNN Türk.

The attack took place on Istiklal Street, a popular pedestrian commercial street.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the blast “inhumane,” saying Turkey would continue to fight “centres of terrorism”.

This is the third attack in Turkey in just over a month, following a car bomb that killed more than 30 people in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, six days earlier, and the bombing of a military convoy in mid-February.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey condemned the Ankara attack, saying, “Terror organisations and their pawns are targeting our innocent citizens in the most immoral and heartless way as they lose the fight against our security forces[…] Terror attacks — which intend to target the integrity of Turkey, unity and solidarity of our people — do not diminish our will to fight against terror, but further boost it.”

The Ankara attack has since been claimed by a Kurdish military group, the Kurdish Freedom Falcons: “We claim the operation of March 13, 2016, at 6:45 p.m. in the heart of the Republic of Turkey”.

The Kurdish Freedom Falcons are associated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to Reuters, violence has escalated in southeast of Turkey since the July collapse of the Turkey–PKK ceasefire.



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Suicide bomber attacks Istanbul

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At least four people were killed in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Saturday morning. The suicide bomber was a fifth death.

At least 36 people were injured, according to Turkish health minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu. Reports varied on how may injured were foreigners; Minister Müezzinoğlu identified the nationalities of twelve injured from Israel, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Iran, and Dubai. The blast occurred prematurely, according to CNN Türk.

The attack took place on Istiklal Street, a popular pedestrian commercial street.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the blast “inhumane,” saying Turkey would continue to fight “centres of terrorism”.

This is the third attack in Turkey in just over a month, following a car bomb that killed more than 30 people in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, six days earlier, and the bombing of a military convoy in mid-February.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey condemned the Ankara attack, saying, “Terror organisations and their pawns are targeting our innocent citizens in the most immoral and heartless way as they lose the fight against our security forces[…] Terror attacks — which intend to target the integrity of Turkey, unity and solidarity of our people — do not diminish our will to fight against terror, but further boost it.”

The Ankara attack has since been claimed by a Kurdish military group, the Kurdish Freedom Falcons: “We claim the operation of March 13, 2016, at 6:45 p.m. in the heart of the Republic of Turkey”.

The Kurdish Freedom Falcons are affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to Reuters, violence has escalated in southeast of Turkey since the July collapse of the Turkey–PKK ceasefire.



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March 16, 2016

37 killed in Ankara bombing

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A car bomb has killed at least 32 people and wounded over 120 others in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, on Sunday evening. The attack occurred in Guven Park in the central commercial and transit district of Kizilay.

The blast is the second Ankara bomb attack in a month, after the bombing of a military convoy in mid-February.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey condemned the attack, saying, “Terror organisations and their pawns are targeting our innocent citizens in the most immoral and heartless way as they lose the fight against our security forces[…] Terror attacks — which intend to target the integrity of Turkey, unity and solidarity of our people — do not diminish our will to fight against terror, but further boost it.”

While the attack remains unclaimed by any group, the Turkish President suggested the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or an affiliated group was behind the blast.

In the aftermath, social media websites including Facebook and Twitter in Turkey have been shut down. The ban was put in place in an effort to limit the dissemination of photos and videos of the blast and subsequent evacuation, the Gölbaşı Penal Court of Peace in Ankara claimed.

Turkey has attacked Kurdish rebels by air in northern Iraq, while CNN reported Turkey carried out anti-error raids arresting 29 or more people.



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