Between the 15th and 16th of July, a small group of Turkish military personnel attempted a military coup, blocking airports, roads, shutting down media and attacking important government buildings.
Last night, after the Iftar dinner in the Turkish province of Kilis, which borders Syria, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that millions of Syrian refugees will be granted a chance to become Turkish citizens.
This week, the Turkish parliament approved a law that radically reforms the two highest judicial institutions in the country – the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Council of State.
Yesterday evening, three armed suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, shooting many civilians before detonating their explosives, killing themselves and around 40 others, in addition to injuring approximately 230.
Two days ago, sources close to the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of apology to Putin for the downing of a Russian fighter jet on November 24 2015. Today, the two presidents spoke on the phone in an attempt to renew bilateral relations.
This morning, a car bomb hit an armored police transport vehicle in Dicle, which is in Turkey’s south eastern Diyarbakir province. The blast killed one policeman and injured seven additional people, six of whom were civilians. The strength of the explosion was so great that it damaged surrounding roads and buildings; security forces subsequently began …
After Turkish and Israeli delegations met in Rome on June 26, it was announced that they had reached a deal for normalizing relations. This deal comes after 6 years of strained ties following the Israeli attack on the Mari Marmara ship that was a part of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla”.
During his visit to Armenia, Pope Francis the denounced mass killings of the Ottoman Armenians in 1915 as “genocide”. Turkish officials responded with anger, accusing the Pope of being biased towards the Armenian narrative.
Recently, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that a referendum on whether the nation should proceed with its accession to the EU, should occur in Turkey in the near future.
The pro-Kurdish HDP party called today for international solidarity for the three journalists arrested on June 20, on “terror propaganda” charges. HDP claims that arrests are a severe violation of freedom of press.