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Germany wants ‘swift solution’ for lawyer detained in Turkey

Nov. 22, 2019 4:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says he’ll raise with his Turkish counterpart the issue of a lawyer retained by the Germany embassy in Ankara who was arrested two months ago. Heiko Maas said Friday that Germany wants a “swift solution” and he plans to speak to Turkish...

Turkey: Captured IS figure planned Russia, Germany attacks

Nov. 22, 2019 3:07 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's interior minister has identified a key Islamic State suspect captured by the country's forces in Syria as the alleged mastermind behind attacks in Russia and Germany, according to a newspaper report on Friday. Turkey had announced last week that it detained an "important" IS...

Turkey issues warrants for 133 officers over coup links

Nov. 19, 2019 2:04 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention of 133 military officers over suspected links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016. Anadolu Agency said Tuesday that 101 of the suspects were...

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...

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...

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...