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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...

Trump to confront Turkey about buying Russian defense system

Nov. 10, 2019 9:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will confront Turkey's leader about his decision to buy a Russian air defense system when they meet this week at the White House amid strained relations between the two NATO allies. Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said Sunday that the United States...

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...

Turkey's defense ministry says 8 civilians killed in car bomb attack in northeast Syria.

Nov. 10, 2019 8:59 AM EST
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense ministry says 8 civilians killed in car bomb attack in northeast Syria.

Turkish patrol kills Syrian protester amid shaky truce

Nov. 8, 2019 1:09 PM EST

IDIL, Turkey (AP) — A Syrian protester was killed after a Turkish military vehicle ran him over on Friday as it drove through an angry crowd protesting a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeastern Syria, Kurdish forces and a Syria war monitoring group said. The fatal incident reflects the increasingly...

The Latest: UN envoy hails 1st round of Syria charter talks

Nov. 8, 2019 8:15 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The U.N. envoy for Syria says first talks on the country's constitution involving Syrian opposition, government and civil society representatives have "gone much better" than many would have expected. Geir Pedersen says the two...

Hungary expects gas from TurkStream pipeline by late 2021

Nov. 7, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary plans to be able to get natural gas from the TurkStream pipeline by the end of 2021, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday after hosting a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Hungary depends greatly on natural gas from Russia. It now arrives through...

Erdogan: Al-Baghdadi's inner circle trying to enter Turkey

Nov. 7, 2019 5:38 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that members of slain Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's "inner circle" are trying to enter Turkey from Syria. Erdogan also said the number of people with family ties to al-Baghdadi who have been caught by Turkey "is...

Turkey's Erdogan to meet Trump in Washington next week

Nov. 6, 2019 4:21 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says Turkey's leader will travel to Washington next week for talks with U.S. President Donald Trump. Erdogan's planned trip to Washington had been put into doubt following votes in the U.S. House of Representatives aiming to sanction...