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Turkish Military says 15 Rebels Killed in Clashes in Syria

ISTANBUL, Oct 3 – Clashes in northern Syria have killed 15 Turkey-backed rebels fighting Daesh in the last 24 hours, according to the Turkish military, which launched a cross-border incursion in late August. The latest fighting marks an escalation since Turkish troops crossed the border into Syria on Aug. 24 to back opposition fighters battling Daesh.

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Turkey Says no Compromise With Washington on Cleric’s Extradition

By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Aug 13 – Turkey will not compromise with Washington over the extradition of the Islamic cleric it accuses of orchestrating a failed coup, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, warning of rising anti-Americanism if the United States fails to extradite. Yildirim’s comments, at a briefing for local reporters, were the

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Turkish Military Officer Seeking Asylum in U.S. – Officials

By Phil Stewart and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON, Aug 9 – A Turkish military officer on a U.S.-based assignment for NATO is seeking asylum in the United States after being recalled by the Turkish government in the wake of last month’s failed military coup, U.S. officials told Reuters. The asylum bid is the first known case

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U.S. General Seeks to Soothe Turkey Ties Strained by Coup Purge

By Nick Tattersall and Gareth Jones ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 1 – America’s highest-ranking military officer sought on Monday to soothe strained ties with NATO ally Turkey, which was angered by the West’s response to a failed military coup and an apparent U.S. reluctance to hand over the cleric it says was responsible. The fallout from

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Turkey Expels Nearly 1,400 Personnel From Armed Forces

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Seyhmus Cakan ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, July 31 – The Turkish government dismissed nearly 1,400 military personnel for suspected links to a cleric it blames for an attempted coup, state media said on Sunday, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan announced sweeping changes to the armed forces. The expulsions are the latest attempt

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Turkish Troops Hunt Remaining Coup Plotters as Crackdown Widens

By Daren Butler and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA, July 26 – Turkish special forces backed by helicopters, drones and the navy hunted a remaining group of commandos thought to have tried to capture or kill President Tayyip Erdogan during a failed coup, as a crackdown on suspected plotters widened on Tuesday. More than 1,000 members of

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Turkish Military a Fractured Force After Attempted Coup

By Humeyra Pamuk and Gareth Jones ISTANBUL, July 26 – Just weeks ago, Commander Adem Huduti was inspecting Turkish troops on the Syrian border and being praised in the media for his role in the fight against Islamic State and Kurdish militants. Now, the head of Turkey’s second army, responsible for its borders with Syria

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Turkish Coup Trial to be Held Where Army Once Flexed its Muscles

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, July 25 – Officers accused of staging a failed coup in Turkey will stand trial in an Ankara district laden with symbolism for the country’s recent history – the scene of an army show of strength before a “post-modern coup” ousted its first Islamist-led government in 1997. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag

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Turkey Ruling, Opposition Parties to Rally Together After Coup

By Gareth Jones ISTANBUL, July 24 – Supporters of Turkey’s ruling and main opposition parties, usually bitter foes, were set to rally together on Sunday in support of democracy following a failed military coup as President Tayyip Erdogan tightens his grip on the country. In another demonstration of unity after the coup, which was staged

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Turkish President Gains Upper Hand in Power Struggle

By Samia Nakhoul and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, July 24 – At the crossroads between a divided Europe and a convulsed Middle East, Turkey is caught in a power struggle between former Islamist allies which is shaking democratic institutions and raises questions about its future path. Since a failed coup on July 15, the ruling

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