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IS fighters near Turkish border, despite US air strikes

Yildiz - Islamic State fighters were closing in Wednesday on a key Syrian town near the Turkish border, despite multiple US air strikes, as the Pentagon cautioned it "cannot bomb the militants into obscurity".

Turkey submits request to parliament for Syria, Iraq military action

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Tuesday said it has asked parliament to authorise military action in Iraq and Syria to halt the advance of Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Op-Ed: Turkey on brink of attacking ISIS and ISIL

The entire equation of the already complicated fight with Islamic terrorists in the Middle East could change by the end of the week.

US, British strikes seek to reverse jihadist advances

Yildiz - US warplanes launched multiple strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria Tuesday, seeking to turn up the heat, as Britain carried out its first air raids against the group.

Kurdish militants claim deadly ambush in Turkey's southeast

Istanbul - Three Turkish police were killed after an ambush in Turkey's overwhelmingly Kurdish southeast, in an attack claimed Saturday by armed Kurdish militants despite a one-and-a-half-year ceasefire.

Turkey prepared for military role in anti-IS coalition: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could take a military role in the coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants as Ankara moves to take a frontline position in the campaign, the Hurriyet daily reported Saturday.

Op-Ed: Turkey ready to fight ISIS/ISIL

Ankara - With even Russia offering to help, the biggest player near the battlefield is finally ready to intervene against Muslim terrorists. And it has a powerful Army.

French minister presses Turkey to avoid repeat of jihadi bungle

Ankara - The French interior minister on Friday held talks with his Turkish counterpart aimed at improving intelligence and security communications after an embarrassing bungle allowed three suspected jihadists who fought in Syria to walk free.

Erdogan signals more active Turkish role in anti-IS fight

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday signalled Turkey would take a more active role in the coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants following the release of Turkish hostages held by the jihadists.

Turkey stance 'changed' on anti-IS fight: Erdogan

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday signalled Turkey would take a more active role in the international coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants following the release of Turkish hostages held by the jihadists.

IS advance spells trouble for Turkey's Kurdish peace process

Istanbul - The advance of Islamic State (IS) jihadists through Syria's Kurdish areas has thrown a serious obstacle in the way of efforts to make peace between Turkey and Kurdish militants, just when an end was in sight to a 30-year insurgency.

Turkey shifts tone on IS but action awaited

Ankara - Turkey has toughened its rhetoric against Islamic State jihadists but the West is still waiting for action from Ankara after months of frustration with its lukewarm cooperation.

Kurdish refugees in Turkey adjust to harsh new reality

Suru - When he finally managed to cross the Turkish border to find sanctuary from jihadists in Syria, Abdelaziz Temo looked for shade to find refuge from the sun and water to refresh himself.He stopped in a small mosque in the Turkish border town of Suruc.

Turkey lifts headscarf ban in state high schools

Ankara - Turkey's secular opposition on Tuesday accused the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of seeking to impose religion on society after it lifted a ban on female students wearing the Islamic headscarf in high schools.

Turkey may offer 'military help' to fight against IS

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday welcomed US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria, saying Ankara could provide military or logistical support for the campaign."I look at it (the air strikes) in a positive way.

The 300: Kurdish fighters enter Syria, try to stop ISIS advances

As an estimated 66,000 Kurds poured over the Syrian boarder into Turkey, fearful of being slaughtered by advancing ISIS forces. More than 300 Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey have entered Syria in hopes of stopping the militant's onslaught.

IS fighters close in on Syria border town as thousands flee

Abdi - Islamic State militants closed in on Syria's third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands of people fled in terror across the border into Turkey.

Syria Kurds flee from IS jihadists into Turkey

Suru - Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey, fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention.

Turkey disappoints West with low-key role in IS fight

Ankara - Blamed by some for prompting the rise of the Islamic State insurgency, Turkey has finally taken steps to tighten its borders with Iraq and Syria but is still disappointing the West over its low-key role in the anti-IS fight.

46 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed

Ankara - Forty-six Turks held hostage for months by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq were freed and returned to Turkey on Saturday, to emotional family reunions and a triumphant Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
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