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Erdogan Played Anti-Kurd Film in Oval Office. It Didn't Go Well

Lindsey Graham among GOP senators left miffed

(Newser) - President Trump had to umpire a tense exchange between Republican senators and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, which reportedly began when Erdogan aired a propaganda film against Syria's Kurds. Axios first reported that five Republican senators critical of Turkey's incursion into Syria watched as Erdogan whipped... More »

Meeting With Erdogan, Trump Rails About Impeachment

Says he's too busy to watch 'witch hunt'

(Newser) - President Trump met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday, and took time during their Oval Office meeting to slam another big event going on in DC simultaneously: the first day of public impeachment hearings . "I’m too busy to watch it. It’s a witch hunt, it’... More »

Erdogan Announces Capture of Baghdadi Wife, With Trump Dig

Turkey's president appears to reference Trump's post-raid address

(Newser) - Turkey is heralding another victory against the Islamic State: the capture of one of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's wives. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement Wednesday during a speech at Ankara University, adding an apparent dig at President Trump's post-raid address to the nation. Following... More »

Clinton Tweets Parody of Trump's Turkey Letter

Get your missiles out of Cuba. Everybody will say, 'Yay, Khrushchev! You're the best!'

(Newser) - In a move President Trump is likely to have a few things to say about, Hillary Clinton poked fun at his heavily criticized letter to his Turkish counterpart in a tweet Sunday. Writing "From the archives," she shared a letter that parodied Trump's tone in the letter... More »

We Won't Forget Letter From Trump: Erdogan

'Necessary steps' will be taken, Turkey's president says

(Newser) - Turkey's president said Friday that “we haven’t forgotten" President Trump's unusual letter and said that, in time, "steps will be taken" in response to it. "Don't be a fool," Trump had warned Recep Tayyip Erdogan the letter about Turkey's military offensive... More »

Kremlin Comments on Trump's Letter to Turkey

'You don’t often encounter such language in correspondence between heads of state'

(Newser) - Count the Kremlin among those puzzled by the personal letter President Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “You don’t often encounter such language in correspondence between heads of state," says spokesman Dmitry Peskov. "It's a highly unusual letter." Among other things, Trump... More »

'Don't Be a Fool,' Trump Said in Strange Letter to Erdogan

'Let's work out a good deal!' he says

(Newser) - A letter from President Trump to his Turkish counterpart surfaced Wednesday—and it was so unusual that many commentators initially had trouble believing it was real. Trump begins the letter to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which was first obtained by Fox , by saying "Let's work out a good a... More »

Turkey Rejects Calls for Syria Ceasefire

Turkish leader says he's 'not concerned' by US sanctions

(Newser) - Russia said it was working to prevent a conflict between advancing Turkish and Syrian government forces on Wednesday, as Turkey's president defied growing pressure and sanctions from Western allies for a ceasefire in northern Syria. Russia moved quickly to further entrench its leadership role in the region after President... More »

Trump Offers Bizarre Reason for Abandoning Kurdish Allies

'They didn't help us in Normandy,' he says

(Newser) - President Trump angered critics including fellow Republicans with bizarre remarks Wednesday downplaying the importance of the alliance between US and Kurdish forces against ISIS, and of alliances in general. The president defended his decision to allow a Turkish offensive in northern Syria by pointing out that Kurdish fighters did not... More »

Erdogan Tweets Operation 'Peace Spring' Has Started

As WaPo looks at the prisons holding ISIS militants in the region

(Newser) - And so it begins. The AP reports Turkey's President Erdogan announced in a tweet that the incursion into northern Syria has begun. He said the operation, dubbed "Peace Spring," intends to eliminate "the threat of terror" against his country. The AP reports Turkey has launched airstrikes... More »

White House: Turkey to Invade Northern Syria

US to pull troops ahead of planned offensive

(Newser) - The White House said Sunday that Turkey will soon invade northern Syria, renewing fears of a slaughter of Kurdish fighters allied with the US in a yearslong campaign against ISIS. For months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been threatening to launch a military assault on the Kurdish forces in... More »

Turkey Just Got Special Delivery That Won't Make US Happy

First shipment of Russian S-400 missile defense system has arrived in Ankara

(Newser) - A special delivery arrived in Turkey's capital Friday: the first batch of equipment for a $2.5 billion Russian S-400 missile defense system. A source tells the TASS news agency that two more shipments are expected by the end of the summer and that Turkish missile operators are being... More »

Turkey's Ruler Suffers His 'Biggest Defeat' Ever

Ekrem Imamoglu becomes mayor of Istanbul

(Newser) - In a blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an opposition candidate declared victory in the Istanbul mayor's race for a second time Sunday after the government-backed candidate conceded defeat in a high-stakes repeat election, the AP reports. "Thank you, Istanbul," former businessman and district mayor Ekrem... More »

After Trump Phone Call, Turkey Frees NASA Scientist

Serkan Golge was detained for more than 2 years

(Newser) - President Trump spoke to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, and the call appears to have gone well: Hours later, Serkan Golge, a Turkish-American former NASA scientist, was abruptly released from prison after more than two years. Golge, one of more than a dozen Americans detained after a... More »

In Turkey, 'Stunning' Election Results

President Erdogan's ruling party appears to have lost control of 2 major cities

(Newser) - It's a rarity for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Bad news at the voting booth, results that could signal real trouble for his reign after 15 years. These were local elections, not national, and Erdogan himself wasn't running. The results, however, are seen as a direct reflection on... More »

Turkish Leader to Bolton: You Made 'Grave Mistake'

Erdogan says US official erred in demanding safety of Kurds in Syria

(Newser) - The planned US withdrawal from Syria just got even thornier. Turkey's president criticized national security adviser John Bolton's comments on the issue and didn't meet with Bolton in a move widely perceived as a diplomatic snub. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took issue with Bolton's weekend statement... More »

NBA Player to Skip Game Over 'Freaking Lunatic'

Enes Kanter says Turkey's president may try to kill him

(Newser) - New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks' upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the AP reports. Kanter announced his plan Friday night after the Knicks' 119-112 win over the Lakers. The... More »

Turkey Masses Troops on Syrian Border Area Held by US

Report: 50 vehicles with troops and equipment crossed into Syria overnight

(Newser) - Turkey is massing troops near a town in northern Syria held by a US-backed and Kurdish-led force, a war monitor and Turkish media said Sunday. The buildup comes even though Turkey said it would delay a promised offensive in eastern Syria in the wake of President Trump's decision to... More »

Erdogan: I Gave Audio of Khashoggi Killing to US, 4 Other Countries

'They have listened to all the conversations in them,' says Turkish president

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France, and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the AP reports. Erdogan's comments on Saturday were the first public confirmation of... More »

Saudis' Amazon Boycott Shows Signs of 'Coordination'

Similar language found among 8K tweets mentioning boycott

(Newser) - Amazon can expect to send fewer packages to Saudi Arabia in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Thousands of social media users in the country are urging a boycott of Amazon.com and Dubai-based subsidiary Souq.com over coverage of the writer's killing published by the Washington Post,... More »

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