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Erdogan says Kurdish rebels will not shelter in Syrian safe zone

21 Jan 2019

ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan made clear on Monday that Turkey would not allow a "safe zone" that it is considering setting up in northern Syria to become a base for Kurdish separatists.

As economy sours, Erdogan's party could lose grip on big cities in local polls

15 Jan 2019

ANKARA After a decade and a half in power and an economic boom gone sour, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party could lose control of some large cities in local elections on March 31.

Erdogan says Turkey has no business in Syria's Manbij if YPG militia leaves

28 Dec 2018

ANKARA Turkey will have nothing left to do in the Syrian town of Manbij once "terrorist organizations" leave the area, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, hours after the Syrian army said it had entered the town.

Erdogan says Turkey has no business in Syria's Manbij if YPG militia leaves

28 Dec 2018

ANKARA Turkey will have nothing left to do in the Syrian town of Manbij once "terrorist organisations" leave the area, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, hours after the Syrian army said it had entered the town.

Erdogan says Turkey has no business in Syria's Manbij if YPG militia leaves

28 Dec 2018

ANKARA Turkey will have nothing left to do in the Syrian town of Manbij once "terrorist organisations" leave the area, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, hours after the Syrian army said it had entered the town.

Turkey says it will take over fight against IS after U.S. pull-out

22 Dec 2018

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Turkey will take over the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria as the United States withdraws its troops, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, in the latest upheaval wrought by Washington's abrupt policy shift. | Video

Turkey to delay Syria operation, Erdogan welcomes U.S. decision to withdraw troops

21 Dec 2018

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey would postpone a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria as he "cautiously" welcomed Washington's decision to withdraw its troops in the area.

At tense Ankara news conference, EU rebukes Turkey over detentions

22 Nov 2018

ANKARA Top EU officials rebuked Turkey on Thursday over its arrests of journalists and academics and the long pre-trial detention of a Kurdish politician, holding a forthright press conference with Turkey's foreign minister in Ankara that quickly turned tense.

European court says Turkey holding Kurdish politician too long without trial

20 Nov 2018

ISTANBUL The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) urged Turkey on Tuesday to swiftly process the legal case of the ex-head of the pro-Kurdish opposition, saying his pre-trial detention had gone on longer than could be justified.

UPDATE 3-European court says Turkey holding Kurdish politician too long without trial

20 Nov 2018

* ECHR court says length of detention unjustified (Adds Erdogan, Demirtas statement, lawyer's appeal for release)

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