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Turkey calls on US to reverse decision on F-35 exclusion

Jul. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the "spirit of alliance," the Turkish government said Thursday, and called on its NATO ally to reverse the decision. In a major break with a longtime ally, U.S. President Donald Trump's...

US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program

Jul. 17, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major break with a longtime ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of an American-led fighter aircraft program because it is buying a Russian air defense system that would aid Russian intelligence. The decision has significant implications for the...

Gunmen in restaurant in northern Iraq kill Turkish diplomat

Jul. 17, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Unknown gunmen opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate and one Iraqi civilian, Turkish officials and Kurdish security forces said. The rare shooting in broad...

Trial of former Flynn business partner begins in Virginia

Jul. 15, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to hide the fact that he and Flynn were secretly working on behalf of the Turkish government to advance its agenda, prosecutors said Monday. A federal jury in Alexandria heard opening statements in the...

Russian planes continue to deliver S-400 parts to Turkey

Jul. 15, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey hopes to co-produce high-tech weaponry systems with Russia in the future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, further defying its NATO ally the United States, which has warned the country of possible sanctions over its purchase of a Russian-made missile defense system....

Turkey marks 3rd anniversary of failed coup

Jul. 15, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is marking the third anniversary of the July 15 failed coup attempt against the government with prayers and other events remembering its victims. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday attended a prayer recitation at a mosque on the grounds of the presidential complex,...

Flynn's absence leaves hole at trial of ex-business partner

Jul. 12, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors will have to go to trial Monday against the ex-business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn with no assurance they can present evidence of any kind from Flynn himself. Court documents unsealed this week revealed prosecutors no longer plan to call...

The Latest: Turkey objects to case against ex-Flynn partner

Jul. 12, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the upcoming trial of Bjian Kian, one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local) 6:15 p.m. A spokesman for Turkey's president says U.S. prosecutors are off base in bringing a one-time business partner of former national...

US deciding how to punish ally Turkey over Russian arms deal

Jul. 12, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. edged closer to crisis Friday with NATO ally Turkey, which began receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system in defiance of Trump administration warnings that the deal would mean economic sanctions and no access to America's most advanced fighter jet. Despite the...

Despite US warnings, Russian S-400 systems land in Turkey

Jul. 12, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said "the first group of equipment" of the...