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Car bomb kills at least 18 in Syrian town held by Turkey

Nov. 16, 2019 10:06 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb exploded Saturday in a northern Syrian town controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters, killing at least 18 people and wounding several others, Syrian opposition activists and Turkey’s Defense Ministry said. Northern Syria has been hit by several explosions that have...

American IS suspect repatriated from Turkish-Greek border

Nov. 15, 2019 9:42 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An American citizen suspected of being an Islamic State group member was deported to the U.S. on Friday after spending five days in no man’s land between Turkey and Greece, the Turkish interior minister said. Suleyman Soylu said the suspect — identified by local media as...

GOP senators confronted Erdogan over video, participants say

Nov. 14, 2019 2:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a contentious Oval Office meeting, a band of GOP senators rebuffed the effort by Turkey’s president to depict anti-Islamic State Kurd forces as terrorists, with White House allies taking a harder line against Recep Tayyip Erdogan than did President Donald Trump. Participants...

The Latest: Germany detains 7 people deported by Turkey

Nov. 14, 2019 12:58 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey deporting captured Islamic State suspects to their home countries. (all times local): 9:45 p.m. German federal police say they have detained seven people deported by Turkey for alleged Islamic State links. Federal police detained them as they arrived Thursday...

Turkey deports American IS suspect stuck at Greek border

Nov. 14, 2019 10:25 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An American man suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group is being repatriated to the United States after spending three days in a no man's land between Turkey and Greece, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said Thursday. The United States agreed to take him in and will...

Erdogan says Turkey won’t dispose of Russian S-400s

Nov. 14, 2019 9:34 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is willing to purchase U.S.-made Patriot air defense systems but will not agree to disposing of the Russian S-400 system it has already bought, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. Speaking to reporters on board his plane on his way back from a meeting with...

The Latest: New evidence emerges in impeachment hearing

Nov. 13, 2019 10:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump (all times local): 10 p.m. On Day One of public impeachment hearings, the top American diplomat in Ukraine revealed new evidence that President Donald Trump was overheard asking about political...

The Latest: US, Turkey remain divided on air defense

Nov. 13, 2019 8:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are “very good friends,” but their meeting Wednesday at the White House...

US and Turkey have friendly talks but differences persist

Nov. 13, 2019 7:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are “very good friends,” but their meeting Wednesday at the White House failed to resolve an issue that has badly strained relations between the two NATO allies. Trump and Erdogan concluded a visit...

Turkey says it captured ‘important’ IS figure in Syria

Nov. 13, 2019 1:01 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s interior minister said Wednesday that his country’s forces have captured an "important" figure within the Islamic State group, in Syria. Suleyman Soylu said the suspect is still being interrogated but did not identify the person or provide further details....