14 Jun 2019

Turkey says would retaliate against U.S. sanctions over Russian S-400s

Turkey on Friday warned that the country will “take reciprocal steps” if the US government “takes any negative actions towards” the country over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile-defense systems. The US has been urging Turkey for months not to go through with the purchase, which it considers a security

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20 May 2019

Syrian Government Starts Campaign to Retake Last Opposition Stronghold of Idlib

Supported by Russia and Iran, the Syrian army has launched a final push for Idlib Province, the last province in Syria still controlled by opposition forces. It therefore seems more certain than ever that the Syrian civil war, which began in 2011, will be decided in favor of president Bashar

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01 May 2019

Trump weighs labeling Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

US President Donald Trump plans to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization. The decision is a response to a recent request by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a military commander who came to power after organizing a coup against the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule of Egypt under President Mohamed

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10 Apr 2019

Turkey will look elsewhere if U.S. won’t sell Patriots, F-35s: minister

Despite US pressure, Turkey is not changing its mind on its decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile-defense systems. The US has put its planned sale of US F-35 fighter jets to Turkey on hold because it fear that the use of a Russian missile-defense system by Turkey, a NATO ally,

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21 Mar 2019

U.S. may soon pause preparations for delivering F-35s to Turkey

US officials believe the US may soon put its planned sale of US F-35 fighter jets to Turkey on hold over Turkey’s recent decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile-defense systems despite US warnings. The US is concerned that the use of a Russian missile-defense system by Turkey, a NATO ally,

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14 Mar 2019

Turkey and US head to new crisis over Ankara’s S-400 purchase

Turkey’s recent decision to follow through with its planned purchase of Russian S-400 missile-defense systems despite US warnings has severely strained relations between the two countries and analysts believe that it may lead Washington to reconsider whether Turkey should remain part of NATO. The US government strongly discouraged Turkey from

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05 Mar 2019

Trump targets India and Turkey in trade crackdown

Just as the US-China trade war seems to be coming to an end with both countries working to finalize a new trade agreement, the US government has announced significant unilateral changes in its trade relations with India and Turkey. US President Trump stated that his administration is ending the preferential

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22 Feb 2019

US says 200 troops to remain in Syria after forces’ withdrawal

Instead of a complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria, as US President Donald Trump initially wanted, government spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has stated that “[a] small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time.” The announcement followed a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep

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02 Jan 2019

Istanbul police: Judicial action taken against over 2,500 social media users in 2018

Government crackdowns against social media users continued in 2018. In Turkey, “Judicial actions have been taken against 2,793 social media users in 2018, Istanbul police have said in a statement. According to the written statement, judicial actions were taken against 750 people for conducting ‘terrorist propaganda’ on their social media

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26 Dec 2018

Trump agrees to visit Turkey after invitation from Turkish president, official says

“A Turkish official says U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s invitation to visit the country that straddles Asia and Europe. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters after a Cabinet meeting on Monday that Trump wants to make the trip in 2019 but a date hasn’t

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