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US, Turkey pledge to work closely to deal IS 'lasting defeat'

Ankara - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter vowed during a visit to Ankara on Friday to ramp up joint efforts with Turkey to deal Islamic State jihadists a "lasting defeat", the Pentagon said.

Turkish in deadly raids on US-backed Syrian Kurd fighters

Ankara - Turkish warplanes have carried out deadly strikes on US-backed militias in northern Syria, including Syrian Kurdish fighters, a monitor said Thursday, action that is likely to raise tensions between the NATO allies.

New constitution before parliament 'very soon': Turkish PM

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday said the government would "very soon" submit proposals to parliament for constitutional changes bolstering the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ankara, coalition agree Turkish jets to join Mosul operation: minister

Ankara - Turkish jets will continue to take part in the air operation backing Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga to retake Iraq's second city of Mosul from jihadists after the defence minister said late Tuesday Ankara had agreed a deal with its coalition partne...

Ankara bans public gatherings in terror alert: governorate

Ankara - The Turkish capital Ankara on Monday banned all public gatherings and demonstrations until the end of November after receiving information about potential terror attacks, the governor's office said.

Turkey to take part in Mosul operation: Erdogan

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday indicated that Turkey would play a role in the US-backed Iraqi offensive to retake the city of Mosul from jihadists, saying it was unthinkable that Ankara would stay on the sidelines.

Turkish-backed Syria fighters advancing on IS-held Dabiq

Istanbul - Turkish-backed fighters were advancing Saturday on the northern Syrian town of Dabiq, which has become a rallying cry for the Islamic State group as the prophesied scene of an end-of-days battle."We are now advancing. Where?

Turkey 'ready to help recapture Mosul from IS'

Istanbul - Turkey will on Saturday talk to its coalition partners about possibly joining a major US-backed offensive by the Iraqi army to recapture Mosul from Islamic State jihadists.

Raising tensions, Turkey prepares for post-IS Mosul

Istanbul - Raising tensions with Iraq ahead of the planned US-backed operation by Iraqi troops to retake Mosul from Islamic State (IS) jihadists, Turkey is seeking to have its say over who controls and lives in the city once the extremists are ousted.

Turkey seeks arrest of judges, prosecutors over 'Gulen app'

Ankara - Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants on Friday for 189 judges and prosecutors over suspected links with the US-based Islamic cleric accused of ordering the failed July coup, state media reported.

Turkey's Erdogan to Iraqi PM: 'Know your place'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday snubbed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's criticism of the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq ahead of a planned operation to retake Mosul city, urging him to "know your place".

Russia says its oil firms ready to back curbs with OPEC

Istanbul - Russia on Tuesday said its oil majors were ready to back moves by the government to curb oil production in coordination with OPEC to push up pressured oil prices.

Putin says Russia ready to join measures to limit oil production

Istanbul - President Vladimir Putin on Monday said that non-OPEC member Russia was ready to join measures to limit oil production, saying that this was the only way to balance the market after a prolonged period of low prices.

Putin in Turkey to push energy deals despite Syria crisis

Istanbul - Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Turkey on Monday for talks with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pushing forward ambitious joint energy projects as the two sides try to overcome a crisis in ties.

Turkey police thwart Ankara protest on bombing anniversary

Ankara - Police in Ankara on Monday used tear gas and plastic bullets to prevent pro-Kurdish activists from holding a protest to mark the first anniversary of the worst attack in Turkey's modern history.

Car bomb attack kills 18 at Turkish military checkpoint

Ankara - Eighteen people were killed Sunday when a van packed with five tonnes of explosives blew up in Turkey's restive southeast, the prime minister said, in an attack blamed on Kurdish militants.

Nine Turkish soldiers killed in car bombing

Ankara - Nine Turkish soldiers were killed and 11 others wounded on Sunday in a car bomb attack in the restive southeast which was blamed on Kurdish militants, state media reported.

Erdogan takes spin in Bosphorus's first road tunnel

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went for an inaugural spin on Saturday in Istanbul's latest mega-project: the first-ever road tunnel linking the city's European and Asian sides under the Bosphorus Strait.

'Huge disaster' averted in Turkey as suspects blow themselves up

Ankara - Two people suspected of planning a car bomb attack on the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday blew themselves up after being confronted by police, averting what the justice minister called a "huge disaster".

Kurdish group close to PKK claim Istanbul bombing: website

Istanbul - A radical Kurdish group with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility on Friday for a motorbike bombing near an Istanbul police station.
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