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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 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...

Turkey says a US national, member of Islamic State group, sent home as Ankara starts repatriating captured IS militants

Nov. 11, 2019 3:16 AM EST
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says a US national, member of Islamic State group, sent home as Ankara starts repatriating captured IS militants.

Turkey says at least 8 killed by car bomb in northeast Syria

Nov. 10, 2019 9:41 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A car bomb in northern Syria killed at least eight civilians and wounded 20 others Sunday in a town near the border with Turkey, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. The explosion struck a town south of the city of Tal Abyad, the ministry said. The city was captured last month by Turkish...

Erdogan: Turkey captured slain IS leader al-Baghdadi's wife

Nov. 6, 2019 4:19 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara but gave no other details. He did not say when or...

Joint Turkish and Russian patrols begin in Syrian region

Nov. 1, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

SEVIMLI, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Russia launched joint patrols Friday in northeastern Syria, under a deal that halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters who were forced to withdraw from the border area following Ankara's incursion. The Turkish Defense Ministry said an initial patrol...

The Latest: Joint Turkey-Russia patrols start in Syrian area

Nov. 1, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Turkey and Russia have launched their first joint patrol in northeastern Syria as part of a deal that halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters who were forced to withdraw from the border area following...

Turkey says its forces capture 18 Syrian soldiers in Syria

Oct. 31, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish military forces captured 18 Syrian government soldiers in northeastern Syria, Turkey's defense minister said Thursday, in one of the most dramatic examples of an increasingly muddled battleground following the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the area. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi...

The Latest: US armored vehicles in Syria to guard oil fields

Oct. 31, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 7:40 p.m. The U.S. military says its first batch of mechanized armored vehicles have arrived in southeast Syria, where they are to take part in securing oil fields and fighting remnants of the Islamic State group. U.S.-led Coalition...

Turkey summons US ambassador, condemns US House resolutions

Oct. 30, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey on Wednesday condemned two resolutions passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that symbolize deteriorating Turkish-American relations. Addressing his ruling party, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wouldn't recognize the nonbinding House resolution to recognize the...