13 Dec 2018

Turkey vows military operation against US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria

“Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria ‘within a few days,’ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States. In recent months, Turkey has shelled Kurdish positions across the border in

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08 Oct 2018

Turkey’s Erdogan tells ministers to stop using U.S. firm McKinsey

“Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered his ministers to stop receiving consulting services from U.S. firm McKinsey, after a government deal with it came under fire from the main opposition. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a

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31 Jul 2018

New powers make Erdogan the sole decision-maker on Russian S-400 deal

Turkey’s June elections passed sweeping changes to the power of its executive leadership, placing “nearly limitless” powers in the hands of President Erdogan. Erdogan is now the sole authority who will decide whether the country inks a deal for a missile defense system with Russia, or whether they will reject

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10 Jul 2018

Turkey dismisses 18,000 state employees for alleged terrorist links

Over the weekend, Turkey fired over 18,000 employees of the state for alleged connections to organizations that “act against national security.” No organizations were named, but the firings likely targeted those with any kind of connection to the coup-related cleric Futullah Gulen or the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The employees

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25 Jun 2018

Erdogan’s power expands with election victory

Turkey’s Erdogan has been declared the victor of the country’s first presidential election under its year-old constitution. This victory consolidates Erdogan’s leadership of the country that started in 2002 as Prime Minister. Second-place challenger from the center-left party received a reported 30.75% of the vote. Opposition has decried Erdogan’s increasingly

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