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Turkey: Country in Western Asia with a small portion in Southeastern Europe
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeastern Europe. East Thrace, the part of Turkey in Europe, is separated from Anatolia by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus and the Dardanelles. Istanbul, which straddles Europe and Asia, is the largest city in the country while Ankara is the capital. Turkey is bordered by Greece and Bulgaria to its northwest, the Black Sea to its north, Georgia to its northeast, Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to its east, Iraq and Syria to its southeast, the Mediterranean Sea to its south, and the Aegean Sea to its west. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of the country's citizens identify as Turkish, while Kurds are the largest minority at anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of the population.

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For Syrians fleeing Idlib, Turkish border wall becomes symbol of their plight

When Hassan Mighlaj's family ran from the bombs battering their village in northwest Syria, they came up against a wall: an imposing gray concrete wall, crowned with barbed wire and spanning the border..
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Turkey will repel Syrian forces from Idlib posts this week: Erdogan

Turkey plans to push Syrian government forces away from its military observation posts in northwest Syria's Idlib region this week, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, despite continued..
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Turkey vows to drive Syrian forces back from Idlib [Video]Turkey vows to drive Syrian forces back from Idlib

President Erdogan says Ankara will 'not take a smallest step back in Idlib' against Syrian forces.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published

Iran quake hits villages in Turkey, kills at least nine people [Video]Iran quake hits villages in Turkey, kills at least nine people

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northwestern Iran killed at least eight people in neighbouring Turkey and injured dozens more on both sides of the border. The epicentre of the quake, was near the Iranian..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Several dead in Turkey after earthquake hits Iran border area [Video]Several dead in Turkey after earthquake hits Iran border area

The magnitude 5.7 earthquake kills nine people in Turkey and leaves dozens wounded, according to Turkey's health minister.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:47Published

Nine Dead After Quake Hits Rural Eastern Turkey [Video]Nine Dead After Quake Hits Rural Eastern Turkey

Nine people are dead and hundreds of buildings lay in ruins in southeastern Turkey on Sunday. Reuters reports a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, injuring dozens in villages..

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Nine dead in Turkey after quake hits rural Iran border region [Video]Nine dead in Turkey after quake hits rural Iran border region

At least nine people were killed in southeastern Turkey on Sunday after an earthquake struck near the border with Iran. Ciara Lee reports

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UN warns of 'bloodbath' as Syria fighting escalates [Video]UN warns of 'bloodbath' as Syria fighting escalates

Turkey's president to phone Russian counterpart as fighting in Syria threatens nearly one million trapped civilians.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published

Fighting rages in northwest Syria; two Turkish troops killed [Video]Fighting rages in northwest Syria; two Turkish troops killed

Deadly air attacks come a day after President Erdogan warned of an imminent Turkish military offensive in Idlib.

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Turkey ancient city Hasankeyf under threat as government prepares to flood [Video]Turkey ancient city Hasankeyf under threat as government prepares to flood

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Erdogan threatens 'imminent' Turkish operation in Syria [Video]Erdogan threatens 'imminent' Turkish operation in Syria

Turkish leader says talks with Russia over northwest Syria failed to achieve 'desired result'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:13Published

Uninvited guest hounds players in a Turkish soccer match [Video]Uninvited guest hounds players in a Turkish soccer match

Dog invades the pitch and catches the ball during a Turkish soccer match. Video credit: Bein Sports

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Syrian army strengthens Aleppo grip before Russia-Turkey talks [Video]Syrian army strengthens Aleppo grip before Russia-Turkey talks

State media says government forces make significant gains in northwest amid push against last major rebel bastion.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:21Published

Turkey reinforces troops in Syria, vows to hit 'radicals' [Video]Turkey reinforces troops in Syria, vows to hit 'radicals'

Turkey will use force against rebel groups violating a ceasefire in Syria's northwest Idlib region, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Thursday in an apparent response to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:02Published

Erdogan warns Syrian regime against further attacks against Turkish soldiers [Video]Erdogan warns Syrian regime against further attacks against Turkish soldiers

The Kremlin hit back at Ankara, accusing it of disregarding its commitment under the agreement to stabilise the region.View on euronews

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Erdogan: Turkey will hit Syrian government forces 'anywhere' [Video]Erdogan: Turkey will hit Syrian government forces 'anywhere'

President Erdogan says Turkey will push Syrian gov't forces beyond observation posts in Idlib 'by any means necessary'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:05Published

Warplane flies over northeast Syria during reports of U.S. air strike [Video]Warplane flies over northeast Syria during reports of U.S. air strike

A warplane flew over a village in northeast Syria on Wednesday (February 12) following reports by Syrian and Turkish media that at least one air strike was carried out by U.S. jets. Lauren Anthony..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:08Published

Turkey will strike Syrian forces if Turkish soldiers are hurt: Erdogan [Video]Turkey will strike Syrian forces if Turkish soldiers are hurt: Erdogan

Turkey's military will set aside past ceasefire agreements to strike Syrian government forces by air or ground anywhere in Syria if another Turkish soldier is hurt, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:31Published

Erdogan threatens to hit Syrian regime forces 'anywhere' if Turkish troops hurt [Video]Erdogan threatens to hit Syrian regime forces 'anywhere' if Turkish troops hurt

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Syria's army pushes into Idlib province [Video]Syria's army pushes into Idlib province

Syrian forces backed by Russian fighter jets retake key government positions as Turkey’s Erdogan warns of swift revenge if more Turkish troops are attacked.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published

Turkey retaliates after Syrian government shelling kills 5 troops [Video]Turkey retaliates after Syrian government shelling kills 5 troops

Ankara hits more than 100 enemy targets after deadly attack in Idlib, with ruling party spokesperson ruling out retreat.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:05Published

Turkey-Syria fighting escalates war's new chapter [Video]Turkey-Syria fighting escalates war's new chapter

Artillery strikes between Turkish and Syrian government troops have killed at least five Turkish soldiers, with casualties among the Syrians not immediately known. The open fighting between the two..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Syria war: Turkey sends military reinforcements to Idlib [Video]Syria war: Turkey sends military reinforcements to Idlib

Syria's offensive prompts Ankara to send 150 vehicles with commandos and ammunition to rebel-held province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:56Published

Syria's warring sides face off in town east of Idlib city [Video]Syria's warring sides face off in town east of Idlib city

Syrian government forces battled rebels and weathered Turkish artillery barrages on Thursday as they tried to seize Saraqeb town in northwestern Idlib province in a new push to recapture the last rebel..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:27Published

Aid groups warn of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in northwest Syria [Video]Aid groups warn of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in northwest Syria

As aid groups urge ceasefire in Idlib region, UNSC set to meet over Turkey-Russia tensions, diplomats say.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

 

Erdogan says U.S. has not supported Turkey in Syria's Idlib: CNN Turk

President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States had not yet provided support to Turkey in Syria's Idlib region and that he would need to speak to U.S. President Donald Trump about the issue again,..
Reuters - Published

Russia accuses Turkey of helping foreign fighters enter Libya: Ifax

Russia on Wednesday accused Turkey of helping foreign fighters cross into Libya, the Interfax news agency reported.
Reuters - Published

'History disappears' as dam waters flood ancient Turkish town

Every day hundreds of people gather on the banks of the Tigris river in southeast Turkey to watch a 12,000-year-old town disappearing before their eyes.
Reuters - Published

Turkey says 132 on flight from Iran to be quarantined

All 132 passengers and crew on a Turkish Airlines plane from Tehran will be quarantined for 14 days and tested for possible coronavirus infection at a hospital in Ankara, Turkish Health Minister..
Reuters - Published

Turkish-backed rebels say they seized town in Syria's Idlib in first advance

Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have seized the town of Nairab in northwest Syria's Idlib province, Turkish and rebel officials said on Tuesday, the first area to be taken back from..
Reuters - Published

Turkish plane from Iran diverted to Ankara amid coronavirus worry

A Turkish Airlines flight from Iran to Istanbul was diverted to Ankara on Tuesday at the request of Turkey's Health Ministry, an aviation source said, and TV broadcasters said passengers were suspected..
Reuters - Published

Kremlin says it isn't discussing a Syria summit with Macron, Merkel

The Kremlin said on Tuesday it was working to organize a summit with Turkey and Iran to discuss the conflict in Syria's Idlib region, but was not organizing a separate mooted four-way summit that would..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says two Turkish troops killed in Libya conflict

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday two Turkish troops were killed in Libya where they back the internationally-recognized government in the north African state's conflict, adding allied Syrians..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says no agreement yet on four-way Syria summit

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that there was not yet full agreement on holding a proposed March 5 summit with Russia, France and Germany on the conflict in Syria's Idlib, but he may..
Reuters - Published

Turkey arrests captain of crashed Pegasus flight in Istanbul: Anadolu

Turkish authorities have arrested the captain of a Pegasus Airlines plane that skidded off the runway and killed three people at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport this month, state-run Anadolu news..
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As Syrian forces advance on Idlib, families fear being trapped at Turkish border

Syrian government forces are advancing closer to the displaced persons camp where Adnan Abdelkarim and his family have taken shelter along the Turkish border after being uprooted multiple times, and he..
Reuters - Published

Russia, Turkey preparing talks on fighting in Syria's Idlib province: TASS

Russia and Turkey are preparing talks on how to de-escalate fighting in Syria's Idlib province, TASS news agency reported on Monday, citing Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Reuters - Published

Earthquake in Turkey-Iran border region kills nine, injures more than 100

Nine people were killed and buildings collapsed across southeastern Turkey on Sunday when a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, injuring more than a hundred in villages and towns..
Reuters - Published

Eastern Libya forces say 16 Turkish soldiers killed in fighting

Forces loyal to Libyan eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar said on Sunday they had killed 16 Turkish soldiers in recent weeks, a day after Turkey acknowledged it had lost several "martyrs" in combat..
Reuters - Published

Several Turkish troops wounded in Idlib by government shelling, Observatory says

Several Turkish troops were wounded on Sunday in Syria's Idlib province after pro-Damascus forces targeted a Turkish military convoy with heavy artillery, prompting it to retreat northwards, the Syrian..
Reuters - Published

Nine dead in Turkey after quake hits rural Iran border region

Nine people died and hundreds of buildings collapsed in southeastern Turkey on Sunday after a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, injuring dozens in villages and towns in both..
Reuters - Published

Syrian bomb kills 16th Turkish soldier this month in Idlib

A Turkish soldier was killed in Syria's Idlib region in a bomb attack by Russian-backed government forces, the defence ministry said on Saturday, Turkey's 16th military death during a month in which..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says to meet Putin, Merkel, Macron on March 5 over Idlib

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he will meet Russian, German and French counterparts on March 5 to discuss the situation in Syria's Idlib region, where a recent push by government..
Reuters - Published

U.N. suggests Turkey border crossing to deliver aid to Syria's northeast

The United Nations has suggested that the Tal Abiyad border crossing between Syria and Turkey could be used to deliver aid to civilians in northeast Syria after Russia and China blocked the world body..
Reuters - Published

Russian, Turkish defense ministers discuss stabilization in Idlib

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has discussed the situation in Syria's Idlib with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar, Russian news agencies reported on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

France, Germany call on political solution to 'catastrophic' Idlib crisis

The leaders of France and Germany told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that the humanitarian crisis in Syria's northwest Idlib province needed a political solution and that the three should meet soon..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan tells Russia's Putin it's necessary to control Syrian government in Idlib

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan emphasized the necessity to control Syrian government forces and halt a humanitarian crisis in Syria's Idlib region during a phone call with Russia's Vladimir Putin,..
Reuters - Published

Re-arrested Turkish businessman accuses Erdogan of intervening in case

Prominent Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala, re-arrested this week hours after being acquitted over his role in nationwide 2013 protests, said on Friday President Tayyip Erdogan had intervened to..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan asks France, Germany to help end Syrian humanitarian crisis

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan asked the French and German leaders to provide "concrete" support in ending a humanitarian crisis in northwest Syria's Idlib region, the Turkish presidency said on..
Reuters - Published

Kremlin: Syria talks with Erdogan, Merkel and Macron under discussion

Russia is discussing the possibility of holding a summit on Syria with the presidents of Turkey, France and Germany, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Libya's Haftar says any ceasefire would be contingent on Turkish withdrawal: RIA

Khalifa Haftar, Libya's eastern military commander, said he would be ready for a ceasefire if Turkish and Syrian mercenaries left the country and Ankara stopped supplying weapons to Libya's..
Reuters - Published

Turkey will activate Russian S-400 missile systems: minister

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday that Turkey will activate the S-400 missile systems which it has bought from Russia and there should be "no doubt" about this.
Reuters - Published

Turkish minister says U.S. may send Patriot systems to Turkey to use in Syria's Idlib

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday that the United States may send Patriot missile systems to Turkey to use for security in the face of the conflict in northwestern Syria's Idlib..
Reuters - Published

Flare-up in fighting in northwest Syria pulls in Russian, Turkish forces

Turkish forces and Syrian rebels fought government troops in northwest Syria on Thursday and Russian warplanes struck back in a sharp escalation of an intense battle over the last rebel bastions,..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Syrian air strikes kill two troops near Idlib

Turkey said two of its soldiers were killed and five others wounded in Syrian government air strikes in northwest Syria on Thursday, bringing Turkish military fatalities to 15 so far this month in the..
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Turkey, Russia discussing use of Syrian air space in Idlib: minister

Turkey and Russia are discussing the use of Syrian air space in the northwestern region of Idlib and the problem can be overcome if Russia "steps aside", Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told..
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Russia accuses Turkey of shelling Syrian army to help militants

Russia accused Turkey on Thursday of providing artillery support to militants fighting the Syrian army and said militants briefly broke through Syrian military positions in Idlib, Russian news agencies..
Reuters - Published

Turkey exempts visa requirements for some EU states, Britain

Turkey has decided to exempt visa requirements for citizens from European Union countries Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland, as well Britain, for tourism up to 90 days as of March 2,..
Reuters - Published

Turkey, Russia discuss joint patrols option in Syria's Idlib: official

Turkey and Russia are discussing possible joint patrols as one way to reach a deal to halt fighting and stem an exodus of civilians in Syria's Idlib region, a Turkish official said on Thursday, a day..
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Turkey says talks with Russia on Syria warning but more needed

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday there was some rapprochement with Russia in talks about Syria's Idlib region, where Ankara has threatened to mount an offensive, but added..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says its guarantees in Libya depend on durable ceasefire

Turkey's guarantees in Libya are dependent on a truce between warring sides being upheld, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, adding that Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar was..
Reuters - Published

'Convict, prosecute terrorist leaders': Pakistan gets FATF warning

Pakistan has been given a stern message by almost all FATF member countries, barring Turkey and Malaysia, to honour the remaining 13 action plan items by the June 2020 FATF plenary. This would include..
IndiaTimes - Published

Turkey edges towards direct conflict with Russian-backed Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a military operation by his forces to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebels in northwest Syria was now "a matter of time" after talks..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says main opposition should be probed for Gulen links

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the main opposition party should be investigated for possible links to the U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt, amid a..
Reuters - Published

Turkey threatens action on Syria as Russian-backed government offensive pushes toward border

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a Turkish military operation to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebel strongholds in northwest Syria was now "a matter of time" after..
Reuters - Published

In northern Syria, currency switch shows Turkey's influence

Last month Hussam Shamo, a baker in northern Syria, stopped selling his bread in Syrian pounds after the latest slump in the currency forced him to push up prices yet again.
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says new Kavala arrest order needs to be respected

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday there needs to be respect for a new detention warrant issued for philanthropist Osman Kavala, after he was acquitted a day earlier over his role in..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says third Turkish drill ship to begin operations in 2020

Turkey has purchased its third offshore drilling ship which will arrive in Turkey next month, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding that the ship will begin operations in 2020.
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says Syria talks with Russia unsatisfactory, offensive 'matter of time'

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday talks with Russia on the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib were far from meeting Turkey's demands and warned that a military operation there was a "matter..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says respects Gezi ruling, but protests were "heinous attack"

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he respected a court decision to acquit philanthropist Osman Kavala and eight others over their role in the Gezi Park protests, but that the 2013..
Reuters - Published

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