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Erdogan Vows to 'Cleanse' Turkish Military of 'Viruses'

3-month state of emergency declared

(Newser) - Turkey's president has declared a three-month state of emergency following a botched coup attempt , saying he would rid the military of the "virus" of subversion and giving the government sweeping powers to expand a crackdown that has already included mass arrests and the closure of hundreds of schools.... More »

Iraq's 'Garden of Eden' Added to Prestigious List

Wetlands of southern Iraq are one of 12 new UNESCO world heritage sites

(Newser) - Fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, vast and remote wetlands along the border with Iran in southern Iraq that are considered to be the biblical "Garden of Eden" have just been named a UNESCO world heritage site, the United Nations reports. Among the 12 new sites added to... More »

Reclusive Cleric in the Poconos Suddenly in World Spotlight

Turkey formally requests the US extradite Fethullah Gulen

(Newser) - The US will soon have a dicey decision to make in regard to the failed coup in Turkey. The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has formally requested that the US extradite the man it says is responsible for the uprising, moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, reports USA Today . The... More »

Turkey Jails 85 Generals, Admirals Over Failed Coup

Dozens of others are still being interrogated

(Newser) - Turkey's state-run news agency says courts have ordered 85 generals and admirals jailed pending trial over their roles in a botched coup attempt . Dozens of others are still being questioned, the AP reports. Anadolu Agency said Tuesday that those formally arrested include former air force commander Gen. Akin Ozturk,... More »

Erdogan's Plane Met With 'Trouble in Air' During Coup

Why rebel jets didn't fire is 'mystery': former military official

(Newser) - An attempted military coup in Turkey over the weekend that killed hundreds was put down , but more details continue to trickle out—and this one has some scratching their heads. As President Recep Tayyip Erdogan jetted back to Istanbul from his vacation in Marmaris during the uprising, rebel fighter jets... More »

In Dizzying Crackdown, Turkey Detains 6K

Government has fired 3K judges, prosecutors

(Newser) - Turkey's justice minister says some 6,000 people have been detained in a government crackdown on alleged coup plotters and government opponents, reports the AP . Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says that "the cleansing (operation) is continuing. The number could surpass 6,000." Bozdag also said he was... More »

Turkey Blames Cleric in US for Coup Attempt

Purge of supporters in military, judiciary is underway

(Newser) - After a military coup attempt that now appears to be firmly quashed , the Turkish government is focusing its wrath on Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. The town is home to Fethullah Gulen, an influential cleric who leads a popular movement called Hizmet, and President Recep Tayyib Erdogan blames his followers for the coup... More »

Turkey: 161 Dead, Thousands Arrested as Coup Quashed

PM vows military plotters 'will pay a heavy price'

(Newser) - Forces loyal to Turkey's president say they quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles, and gunfire that left dozens dead as Saturday dawned. Authorities arrested thousands of people as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed those responsible "will pay a heavy price for their treason... More »

Turkey's Military Claims Control in Apparent Coup

Turkey's government say the uprising will fail

(Newser) - Members of Turkey's armed forces said they had taken control of the country, but Turkish officials said the coup attempt had been repelled early Saturday morning after a night of violence that left at least 17 dead, according to state-run media. The AP reports explosions, gunfire, and an air... More »

ISIS Developing Scary New 'Signature'

'Wolf packs' emerge even as group suffers military setbacks

(Newser) - The Islamic State is gloating after a series of attacks claimed in its name, including those in Bangladesh , Iraq , Turkey , and Saudi Arabia . Some related coverage:
  • As ISIS suffers military setbacks within its self-declared borders, it seems to be shifting toward more guerrilla-type operations. USA Today takes a look.
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Officials Say 1-Armed Man Behind Istanbul Airport Attack

They call him 'Akhmed One-Arm,' and he's a known terrorist

(Newser) - The attack on Istanbul's airport that left dozens dead and hundreds injured Tuesday was likely organized by a one-armed Chechen terrorist who goes by "Akhmed One-Arm," Fox News reports. A news organization in Turkey identified Ahmed Chatayev as the organizer of the terrorist attack, as did US... More »

Turkish Official: We Know Where Airport Attackers Were From

He says the 3 suicide bombers were from Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan

(Newser) - As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose Thursday to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, and police raided neighborhoods for suspects linked to the Islamic State group. Turkish authorities have said all information... More »

Turkey Arrests 13 After Airport Attack

One victim was trying to get son back from ISIS

(Newser) - Police in Turkey have arrested at least 13 people, including three foreign nationals, in raids in Istanbul and around the country after Tuesday's devastating attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport . The death toll from the attack, which has been blamed on ISIS, has now risen to 42, with more... More »

One Airport Attacker Detonated Bomb After Being Shot

Turkey may now step up fight against ISIS

(Newser) - Three suicide bombers killed at least 36 people and injured more than 140 others in a Tuesday attack that could result in an escalation of the fight against ISIS. The blasts struck Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, which is the base of Turkish Airlines and a target certain to draw a... More »

At Least 36 Killed in Suicide Bombings at Istanbul Airport

Officials believe ISIS is behind the attack

(Newser) - Several suicide bombers have hit Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing at least 36 people and wounding more than 140, Istanbul's governor and other officials said Tuesday. The attack is being linked to ISIS. Turkey's NTV television quoted Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin as saying three suicide bombers carried out... More »

Turkish Cops Use Tear Gas on Protestors After Radiohead Attack

Radiohead fans were reportedly attacked by an angry mob in Istanbul

(Newser) - Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons Saturday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting an attack targeting an event for Radiohead fans the previous night, the AP reports. Skirmishes between police and demonstrators broke out near a record store that hosted the Radiohead event that ended in violence. On... More »

Germany Genocide Vote Infuriates Turkey

Yanking ambassador is just the first step, Erdogan says

(Newser) - The German Parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to Germany. The motion passed with support from all the parties in Parliament, with one abstention and one vote... More »

Turkey: Istanbul Bomber Was ISIS Member

He was a Turkish citizen and not on any wanted list, minister says

(Newser) - Turkey's interior minister has identified the suicide bomber who killed four foreign tourists in Istanbul as a militant with links to ISIS. Minister Efkan Ala says the bomber was Turkish citizen Mehmet Ozturk, who was born in 1992 in Gaziantep province, which borders Syria. Ala says Ozturk wasn't... More »

2 Americans, 3 Others Killed by Suicide Bomber in Istanbul

At least 20 were injured

(Newser) - A suicide attacker detonated a bomb on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping street on Saturday, killing five people, the AP reports. The White House announced that two of the dead were American citizens, though it didn't identify them, according to AFP . Twenty other people were injured in the attack.... More »

Migrants Will Be Returned to Turkey Under New EU Deal

Human rights groups warn the deal will increase the suffering of migrants

(Newser) - The migrant crisis in Europe will enter a new chapter Sunday after the EU and Turkish government agreed Friday to return all migrants and refugees attempting to enter Europe to Turkey, the Washington Post reports. It adds that the deal essentially "turns Turkey into the region's refugee camp.... More »

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