315 articles tagged "Turkey"
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Ankara played key role in validating Damascus-Tehran pact and marketing a nuclear Iran <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 10, 2008
The intense exchanges afoot between Ankara, Damascus and Tehran in recent months burst into the open Tuesday, Aug.5 at the south Turkish Aegean resort town of Bodrum, when Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan entertained Syrian president Bashar Assad and a large party of notables. This is revealed by debkafile's Middle East sources.
Assad came fresh from his triumphant talks in Tehran three days earlier. The two leaders' Aegean lunch was followed on cue by Tehran's announcement that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would visit Ankara for talks with president Abdullah Gul on August 14.
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Al Qaeda responsible for attack on US Istanbul consulate, three Turkish police deaths
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2008
Three Turkish policemen and three gunmen died in a shootout at the entrance to the US consulate in Istanbul Wednesday, July 9. Three terrorists, identified by Istanbul police as Turkish members of al Qaeda, were killed after failing to break through to the consulate. Two policemen were killed on the spot, two more were gravely wounded and one died of his wounds.
In a separate attack, Kurdish rebel gunmen abducted three German tourists in E. Turkey.
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Turkish ruling party faces ban over Islamic headscarf ruling <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2008
A unanimous decision was taken Monday, March 31, by Turkey's constitutional court to hear a case for closing down the governing AKP party for actions to weaken the country's secular system. The chief prosecutor moved for prime minister Tayyep Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul to be banned from politics. They and 69 party officials have a month to prepare their defense in a case which bringsTurkey's secularist establishment and the ruling Muslim-rooted party to the point of showdown.
Their amendment of the constitution to permit girls at universities to wear headscarves is part of a 162-page case which accuses the government of an "Islamic agenda."
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Turkey pulls its troops out of northern Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2008
Ankara responded Friday, Feb. 29, to President George Bush's demand to end its ground operation against the PKK rebels holed up in northern Iraq.
Our political sources note that Ankara's surrender to Washington will strengthen the opposition in Israel's government and military command to a large-scale anti-missile military operation in the Gaza Strip for which the public is clamoring.
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Gates wants quick end to Turkish anti-terror incursion of N. Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 29, 2008
Wednesday, Feb. 27, US defense secretary Robert Gates said he measures the time-limit on the Turkish operation in "days, or a week or two, something like that, Not months."
debkafile's military sources reported the army was still tens of kilometers away from the PKK's main Qandil Mountain bases some 60 km south of the border which are claimed to be springboards for terrorist attacks in Turkey.
The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly, out on Friday, analyzes the tactical aspects and pitfalls of the Turkish-PKK operation in depth.
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Fighting intensifies in northern Iraq as Turkish fighters pound PKK positions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2008
The battles Mon. Feb. 25, four days after the Turkish ground incusion into Iraqi Kurdistan center on Hakurk, 20 km south of the Turkish border. The Turkish military reports 112 PKK Kurdish Party rebels killed and the loss of 25 soldiers. The PKK claims to have killed 27 soldiers after downing a Turkish Cobra Sunday.
Sunday, Iran stepped up security on its border with Iraqi Kurdistan.
debkafile's military sources report that between 1,000 and 3,000 ground troops entered Iraqi Kurdistan last week for their sixth incursion in 13 years to in pursuit of the roughly 3,000 separatists using northern Iraq as a base for attacks inside Turkey.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: 10,000 Turkish troops cross into N. Iraq to hunt down PKK rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2008
The land offensive early Friday, Feb. 22, was backed by with large armored forces, fighter jets and helicopters. The Turkish military said its troops would return home as soon as its goals of destroying rebel bases inside Iraqi Kurdistan were achieved. debkafile's military sources add: The question now is: Will the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga put up resistance to the Turkish incursion?
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Israel may sell Turkey an Ofek spy satellite in a $300m deal<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2008
Our military sources disclose that, contrary to the public statements made by the Israeli defense minister in Ankara and prime minister Ehud Olmert in Berlin, arms transactions were the key topic of their talks in the two capitals Tuesday, Feb. 11. Israel has ordered from Germany 3 more Dolphin submarines to double its navy's fleet of this type of sub which, according to foreign sources, is capable of carrying nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.
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PKK on the Run from US Intelligence-Driven Turkish Air Strikes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2008
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7 Jan. On Jan. 8, hours before he heads out on his Middle East tour, President George W. Bush will receive Turkish president Abdullah Gul in the White House with full honors as the first Turkish head of state to visit since Suleyman Demirel in 1996.
The range of topics to be covered by the visit is indicated by the size of the Turkish presidential party and his appointments.
Gul will be accompanied by his wife, foreign minister Ali Babacan, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler and Economy Ministers Mehmet Simsek, as well as Rear Adm. Alaattin Sever, head of the General Staff's Intelligence Department.
Before meeting Bush, Gul will have talks with Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as well as defense security Robert Gates.
The warming of US-Turkish ties in recent weeks owes much to the deepening intelligence relations between the two countries. It comes in the form of the ongoing handover of US intelligence to Turkey on the movements of the Kurdish Workers Party-PKK in northern Iraq.
Our sources have picked up rumors going round northern Iraq that PKK leaders are acting on a decision they reached in November to move their bases from the Qandil mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan to the predominantly ethnic Armenian South Caucasian region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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<span class="dnw">DEBKA-Net-Weekly</span>: Kurdish PKK Plans Move to South Caucasus - Away from Turkish Strikes and US Intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 11, 2008
In its January 4 issue, DEBKA-Net-Weekly's exclusive sources laid bare some of the fallout from the successful US intelligence assistance for Turkey's air strikes against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. This partnership has been effective enough to drive the PKK into seeking safer havens from which to attack Turkey. It has also injected great warmth in US-Turkish relations, a feature which colors the five-day visit to the US which President Abdullah Gul begins Wednesday Jan. 8, at the invitation of President George W. Bush.
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Iraqi military source reports 300 lightly-armed Turkish troops enter Iraqi Kurdistan<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2007
They are said to have moved into the Gali Rash mountainous area 2-3 km inside Iraq. No reports of clashes. The crossing, which is not confirmed by Ankara, is condemned by the Kurdish regional government in Irbil.
Monday, the Turkish army chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said the US had opened air space and provided intelligence for a Turkish air strike a day earlier on PKK bases in northern Iraq's regions of Zap, Hakurk, Avasin and the Qandil mountains.
debkafile adds: Washington for the first time opened the door to action by an external power in defiance of the authority of its two allies in Iraq.
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Turkish warplanes and helicopter gun-ships attack Kurdish rebels along Iraqi border Wednesday, order troops to cross over in pursuit<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2007
A Turkish lawmaker disclosed that the Turkish attack began Sunday, Oct. 21, after more than 12 Turkish troops were killed in an ambush by rebel Kurdish PKK guerrillas. He said F-16 jets and artillery pounded at least 63 rebel positions inside the Kurdish-controlled region and 300 Turkish commandoes were dropped by helicopter into Iraq to hunt down PKK fighters.
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Turkey rejects PKK ceasefire proposal Tuesday as Turkish forces remain massed on Iraq border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2007
Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq offered Monday to lay down arms in an effort to stave off a Turkish invasion to destroy their jumping-off bases demanded by thousands of demonstrators out on Turkish streets.
Ankara earlier confirmed the PKK took 8 Turkish soldiers hostage in their Sunday ambush and Turkish reprisal which left 17 soldiers, 32 Kurdish rebels dead.
On a two-day visit to Britain, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the London Times Turkey does not need permission from anyone to defend itself. Foreign firms, including Turkish and Israeli contractors, are removing their operations and employees from Iraqi Kurdistan.
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By an overwhelming majority, the Turkish parliament authorizes military operations to strike Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 19, 2007
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won permission Wed. Oct 17, by a margin of 507 to 19 to launch cross-border strikes for one year shortly after US President George W. Bush told reporters: "Turkey already has troops in Iraq and sending more is not in Turkish interests."
Visiting Syrian president Bashar Assad voiced support in Ankara for a Turkish invasion of Iraq to fight Kurdish terrorists.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Despite the crisis in US-Turkish relations over Armenia vote, Ankara has not ordered the Turkish army to push into northern Iraq<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2007
debkafile's military sources report that small Turkish armored and reconnaissance units have been operating inside Iraqi Kurdistan for some time.Two Turkish armed divisions have also been poised for months ready to invade at short notice and attack Kurdish PKK separatists in the Iraqi hideouts.
But prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to ride out both crises while avoiding a large-scale military operation if the Armenian question does not reach the US Congress floor and if no more Turks die at the hands of the PKK terrorists.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Iranian delegation visits Ankara with a warning and bid for information on Israeli air force's Sept. 6 attack in Syria<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2007
A high-ranking Iranian air force and intelligence delegation, led by a general, is reported by debkafile's intelligence sources to have landed secretly in the Turkish capital a few days ago. The visitors said Turkey's government and army should be warned that Iran would not stand by again in the event of another strike against Syria, whether by Israel or the US, or both.
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A Kurdish PKK attack kills 12 people after Turkish-Iraqi negotiators are stalled on key anti-terror clause<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2007
In southern Turkey, a Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) band ordered fourteen civilians and armed guards off a bus and shot dead all but two passengers. The ambush took place in the Sirnak province near the Iraqi border Saturday, Sept 29. The day before, Iraq and Turkey signed a security agreement aimed at reducing PKK cross-border operations. Ankara says 4,000 separatist terrorists are using N. Iraqi Kurdistan as a safe haven for mounting attacks in Turkey. But under the new accord, Iraq denied the Turkish army permission to cross the border in pursuit of the terrorists.
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Hijackers of Turkish Atlas Jet airliner surrender at Turkish Antalya airport <br/>All passengers and crew are off plane<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2007
The plane was hijacked by one Turkish national and one Syrian of Palestinian origin en route from Ercan airport, N. Cyprus to Istanbul Saturday. Most of the 136 passengers fled to safety by breaking down the rear door during a refueling stop in Antalya, S. Turkey. They reported the hijackers spoke Arabic and claimed to be al Qaeda. One passenger said the men tried to enter the cockpit to demand the plane be rerouted to Tehran, but found the door locked. The pilots persuaded them that a refueling landing was necessary at Antalya. The hijackers did not appear to be armed except with a knife and a package they said was a bomb.
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Ankara says all Turkish-US relations would be shattered if America were proved to have given arms to PKK Kurdish terrorists<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2007
Asked whether Ankara had evidence to support the claim, deputy prime minister and foreign minister Abdullah Gul said in a television interview there was no confirmation but there is an allegation and convincing confessions, which must be investigated. Ankara has asked Washington for clarifications.
On July 6, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 308, shed light on the occurrence which has caused such consternation in Ankara.
Four defectors of the Turkish separatist Kurdish party, the PKK, stood up in Ankara and announced that two armored vehicles had been sighted carrying American weapons to PKK hideouts in the Qandil Mountain of northern Iraq.
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NATO Sec-Gen arrives in Ankara to urge restraint against Iraq-based PKK rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2007
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer also expressed solidarity with Turkey's fight against terrorism.
Iraqi Shiite radical Moqtada Sadr this week warned Ankara to stop shelling N. Iraqi villages where Kurdish rebels are hiding out. Sadr vowed to defend the people of Kurdistan. The Iraqi government made a formal protest Saturday. Sunday, a bomb blast outside a clothing ship in Istanbul wounded 14 people.
debkafile's military sources traced the Turkish-Iraq crisis as it evolved over nine days:
On June 6, debkafile's military sources reported that several thousand troops had entered N. Iraq, the first wave of a Turkish incursion, with more to come.
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