Latest Turkey News

Angered at EU, Turkey threatens to release IS prisoners

Nov. 12, 2019 5:15 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday issued a veiled threat suggesting Turkey could release the Islamic State group prisoners it holds and send them to Europe, angered at a EU decision to impose sanctions on his country over its drilling for gas in Mediterranean waters...

Turkey's president, responding to EU sanctions, says he could release Islamic State prisoners and return them to Europe

Nov. 12, 2019 3:22 AM EST
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president, responding to EU sanctions, says he could release Islamic State prisoners and return them to Europe.

Turkey starts returning IS fighters; deports US national

Nov. 11, 2019 6:05 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to their home countries, a Turkish official said. The move...

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Nov. 11, 2019 6:00 PM EST

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and...

EU unveils sanctions plan to hit Turkey over Cyprus drilling

Nov. 11, 2019 2:28 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday unveiled a system for imposing sanctions on Turkey over its unauthorized gas drilling in Mediterranean waters off Cyprus but no Turkish companies or officials have yet been targeted. EU foreign ministers adopted a mechanism making it possible "to sanction...

Briton who helped found Syria's White Helmets dies in Turkey

Nov. 11, 2019 1:14 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A former British army officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer organization in Syria was found dead in Istanbul early Monday, Turkish officials and the group said. The cause of death was under investigation. James Le Mesurier's body was found near his home in the Beyoglu...

Lavrov: Armenia to grant Russia access to biological labs

Nov. 11, 2019 1:11 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia and Armenia have finalized talks on cooperation in biological security. Russia long has pushed for access to three biological labs in Armenia, which have been sponsored by the United States. Some Russian media have alleged that the...

3 blasts hit Syrian town near border with Turkey, 6 killed

Nov. 11, 2019 12:16 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Three car bombs went off Monday in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, killing at least six people, while a priest was shot dead in a nearby area by extremists, state media and activists said. Northern Syria has been hit by several explosions that...

Bosnia: Citizens who fought for IS in Syria can return

Nov. 11, 2019 10:54 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia on Monday said it will take back the country's citizens who have been captured while fighting for the Islamic State group and who will face legal proceedings upon return to the Balkan country. About 260 Bosnian citizens remain in the camps in Syria, including...

Syrian media, Kurdish news agency report at least one explosion in a northern Syrian town near border with Turkey

Nov. 11, 2019 8:35 AM EST
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian media, Kurdish news agency report at least one explosion in a northern Syrian town near border with Turkey.