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  • Capital: Ankara
  • Major Languages: Turkish
  • Currency: Turkish Lira
  • Timezone: GMT +2:00

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On Friday 15 July, 2016, a faction of the armed forces carried out a coup d'état attempt in Turkey. Over the course of a couple of hours the self-appointed ‘Peace at Home Council’ attempted to seize control of key resources in the capital, Ankara, and in the city of Istanbul. The Fatih Sultan Mehmet and Bosphorus bridges in Istanbul were blocked by military vehicles, commercial airspace was closed at the city’s Ataturk Airport and soldiers stormed the buildings of the state broadcaster, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), in Ankara. The momentum shifted when Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, conducted a live interview with CNN Turk via Facetime from Marmaris, where he was on holiday. He called on his supporters to take to the streets in defiance of the military; tens of thousands responded within minutes and confronted troops across the country, filling public squares and surrounding the airports. Military aircraft fired on the Turkish parliament in the early hours of Saturday morning, but by then the coup was falling apart and President Erdogan was making a televised speech claiming victory.  Around 300 people were killed during the night, including civilians and Turkish police officers, while hundreds more were wounded.

Although the coup itself was short-lived, the ramifications for the country are significant. Erdogan immediately accused his former ally, the self-exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen, of being behind the power grab. The two had fallen out in 2013 during the widespread corruption investigations against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Aside from the members of the military actively involved in the coup, tens of thousands of civilians have been arrested or sacked for alleged links to it. These include members of the judiciary, teachers and academic staff, along with activists and members of the media. The government has enacted a state of emergency, and there are fears that Erdogan and the AKP will use the coup to strengthen their grip on power. In recent years the government has been accused of becoming increasingly Islamic, conservative and authoritarian, stifling dissent from political opponents and arresting hundreds of activists and journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in 2015 the number of journalists jailed in Turkey doubled from the previous year, and in 2016 the country jailed more journalists than any other state, overtaking China.

Prior to the coup, tensions had already been growing in Turkey after a ceasefire between the government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) broke down in July, 2015, ending two years of relative peace. The breakdown in relations was sparked when a suicide bomber with links to the Islamic State (IS) carried out a suicide bomb attack in the southern town of Suruc, killing 32 youth activists. Kurdish groups claimed the government had failed to support them in the fight against IS in Syria, while the PKK killed two Turkish police officers in Celanpinar in “revenge” for the Suruc deaths. The government has resumed airstrikes on PKK militants in south-eastern Turkey and in northern Iraq, while the PKK has returned to targeting the Turkish security forces. Military and militant activity is highest in the provinces of Van, Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis, Hatay, Diyarbakir, Tunceli, Siirt and Hakkari.  Curfews are also in place in large parts of the south-east as part of an ongoing state of emergency, while tens of thousands of people have been displaced. 

The Suruc bombing also resulted in the Turkish government ending its apparent ambivalence towards IS. In July, 2015 the Turkish military started bombing IS positions and allowing NATO planes to use its airbase for operations in Iraq and Syria. The security services also carried out counter-terrorism raids, arresting hundreds of people across the country. However, the situation is further complicated by the fact that the PKK’s sister organisation, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), are also fighting IS in northern Syria. Due to the operations against the PKK and IS there is an increased threat of terrorist attacks in Turkey, including in the capital, Ankara and the largest city, Istanbul. In June, 2016 suspected Islamist militants attacked Istanbul's Ataturk International airport, killing 42 people and leaving more than 230 others wounded.  Just weeks earlier the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a break-away faction on the PKK, bombed a police bus in the Vezneciler area of Istanbul, killing six officers and six civilians.  There have also been multiple attacks in Ankara, including a twin bombing that killed 95 people and wounded hundreds more at a peace rally in October, 2015.  Aside from IS, the PKK and TAK there are other smaller groups which are capable of carrying out attacks within Turkey, such as the left-wing Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).  The resort towns in the south-west of the country have so far avoided any significant acts of terrorism, although there are fears that IS or similar groups will look to target tourists and foreign nationals, similar to the events in Tunisia and Egypt.

Acts of violent crime towards foreign nationals is rare in Turkey, although isolated incidents have been reported in some of the country’s resort towns. In June, 2013 a UK national was stabbed multiple times following a dispute in the town of Marmaris, while there are often reports of sexual assault during the summer holiday seasons. Bag-snatching and muggings do take place in most urban centres, and tourists should take precautions to secure all personal belongings. In Istanbul crime levels are low and it is regarded as one of the safest metropolises in the world.  Opportunist crime is most common in areas such as Taksim Square, Beyazit, Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar.

Turkey is among a number of countries worldwide which have been badly hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

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Alerts for Turkey

Ankara building collapse kills two

A building collapse in Ankara has led to the deaths of at least two people. The incident happened on Friday, when a building in the Kecioren district collapsed following a blast, killing two and injuring four others. Preliminary investigations into the collapse suggest the accident may have been triggered by a gas leak, which in turn caused the explosion, leading to the collapse.

Turkey extends military mission in Syria and Iraq

Turkey’s parliament has agreed to give their military another two years to conduct operations in Syria and Iraq. The motion allowing cross-border operations in the two countries was first passed in 2013 and has been continued every year since. The parliament also voted to continue Turkey’s participation in a UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.

Four IS suspects arrested in Afyonkarahisar

Four suspected Islamic State (IS) members have been arrested in the city of Afyonkarahisar. The suspects, who were foreign nationals, were detained during a raid by the Provincial Security Directorate Anti-Terrorism Branch.

Four fighters ‘neutralised’ in south-eastern Turkey

At least four fighters were ‘neutralised’ by Turkish armed forces in a domestic anti-terror operation called Operation Eren-13. Turkey’s Interior Ministry said that the armed fighters were targeted in the Siirt province where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is known to be active.

Strong earthquake strikes in Mediterranean

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has struck in the Mediterranean Sea. Tremors were felt across several Greek islands, as well as the Antalya region of Turkey and parts of northern Egypt. The quake struck at 06:32 on Tuesday morning at a depth of 37.8km, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Turkish lira hits new low following central bank sackings

The Turkish Lira dropped by around 1 percent against the US dollar on Thursday after three central bankers were fired in a decree signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This drop is due to fears surrounding Erdogan’s political intervention in economic policy. According to reports, the Lira is declining faster than any other emerging-market economy, losing 60 percent of its value in the last three years.

Turkish Covid-19 infections highest since April

Turkey’s daily Covid-19 infections hit 33,860 on Tuesday (12 October), according to the ministry of health, the highest figure since April 29. The rise has been put down to the re-opening of schools and lifting of all curfews and travel restrictions at the beginning of July. Turkey’s vaccination programme has been hit by delays, with only 54.9 percent of its 85 million people fully vaccinated.

Erdogan threatens new Syria offensive following death of two police officers

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch a new offensive in northern Syria in response to the killing of two Turkish police officers. “We have no patience left regarding some regions in Syria which have the quality of being the source of attacks on our country,” Erdogan said in a news conference on Monday. The officers died in a missile attack in the Azaz region of Syria; Turkish officials said the People's Protection Units (YPG) were responsible.

Kuwait plane forced to make emergency landing in Turkey after bomb threat

A passenger airplane from Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways was forced to make an emergency landing in Turkey after a bomb threat was received. Jazeera Airways said it received “a communication indicating a potential security situation,” however, “this communication was evaluated and deemed to be not credible." Some 51 passengers and six crew members were evacuated and Trabzon Airport was closed while security forces search for the bomb. The plane took off from Kuwait City and the destination is unknown.

Turkey's annual inflation rises by almost 20 percent

Turkey's annual inflation rose by 19.58 percent in September to its highest level in two-and-a-half years. Inflation has remained in double-digits for most of the past five years. Month-on-month, consumer prices rose 1.25 percent in September, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. The lira weakened 0.2 percent after the inflation data was released and was trading at 8.880 to the US dollar. It hit a record low of 8.9490 after the rate cut and is down some 17 percent this year.

Turkey and Russia hold Syria ceasefire talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have held face-to-face talks in Sochi to discuss the progress of the 2020 Syrian ceasefire deal. Erdogan wants to shore up the truce because of repeated violations and escalations over the last 18 months. These talks are the first between the two countries since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and follow on from fighting which brought Turkey and Russia close to direct conflict.

Erdogan travels to US for talks with President Biden

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has travelled to New York for talks with his US counterpart, President Joe Biden. Relations between Turkey and the US have been strained in recent years over a number of issues, including Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system. However, following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and Turkey's offer to help run Kabul airport,  US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Turkey was  “an important NATO ally and an invaluable partner in the region”.

Turkish police arrest two IS members

Two members of Islamic State (IS) have been arrested in the Turkish province of Trabzon on charges of terrorism, police said on Thursday (16 September). The arrests were part of an operation planned and carried out by police in the Ortahisar district. Turkey was the first country to declare IS a terrorist group and has seen over 300 people killed and hundreds more injured in at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks, and four armed assaults linked to the group.

Turkey records highest Covid-19 infections since May

Turkey recorded 27,802 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours before September 14, the highest daily number of new infections since 4 May. The country also logged near daily records of deaths with 276 people falling victim to the virus. Turkey’s Health Ministry has said that over 103 million vaccinations had been administered, with over 40 million people being fully vaccinated; however, this rise in infections and deaths has been the sharpest in Europe and the Middle East. Despite rising numbers, there is now only one Turkish province, the north-eastern Gümüshane, that is in the highest “high risk” tier. 

Syrian oil spill reaches Turkish coast

The recent oil spill emanating from Syria’s Baniyas Thermal Power Station has reached the coast of Turkey in the Samandag district of the southern Hatay province. Hatay Governor Rahmi Dogan said: “Due to weather, some oil has also arrived on our shores in small amounts that are being removed by [teams tasked by the ministry].” The Ministry of Transport is taking charge of the Turkish cleanup efforts deploying six vessels to tackle part of the 15,000-ton oil spill that is reportedly “as big as the island of Cyprus.” Syrian officials announced last week that the tank filled with 15,000 tons of oil had been leaking since August 23.

Two arrested over PKK links

Turkish police have arrested two suspects over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which is designated as a terrorist organisation by Turkey. The men were arrested by local gendarmerie forces along with the chief prosecutor’s office in Adiyaman for allegedly providing financial support to the PKK. Turkey has had a storied, 35-year campaign against the PKK which has seen the deaths of at least 40,000 people.

Turkey holds talks with Taliban over Kabul airport

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had held its first talks with the Taliban in Kabul in relation to the Taliban’s offer for Turkey to run the strategic Kabul airport. Erdogan said that Turkey was still assessing the offer, adding that the recent bomb attacks on the airport show the importance of security and safety before any decisions were made. Erdogan said, “They [The Taliban] said: ‘We will ensure the security, you operate [the airport].’ We have not made any decision on this issue yet. We will make our decision once calm prevails.”

Turkey enhances border security to halt migrant influx from Afghanistan

Turkish authorities have stepped up efforts to block Afghan refugees from entering the country. A three-metre-high wall has been set up in the border town of Van to stop the influx from Iran. Turkey plans to add another 64km by the end of the year to a border wall that started in 2017. Ditches, wire and security patrols around the clock cover the rest of the 560km frontier. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged European countries to take responsibility for any new influx, warning that Turkey had no intention of becoming "Europe's migrant storage unit".

Greece installs fence at Turkish border

Greece has installed a 40km fence at the border with Turkey. During a visit to the Evros region on Friday, Citizens' Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said: "We cannot wait, passively, for the possible impact," referring to concerns about a surge of migrants from Afghanistan. Around 60,000 migrants remained in Greece following the migrant crisis in 2015, which saw more than one million people flee conflict in the Middle East and Central Asia. Earlier this week Turkish President said there would be a new wave of migration unless "necessary measures" are taken in Afghanistan and Iran.

Turkey targets PKK militants in Hakkari province

Turkish gendarmerie forces killed a group of eight Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists in south-eastern Hakkari province, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said Thursday (19 August). Soylu said Turkey had been tracking the terrorists for a while and killed them in the Cilo Alandüz area, but did not reveal their names or ranks. Another statement by the ministry noted that the terrorists were killed as part of Operation Even 14.

YPG/PKK terror suspects remanded in custody in southeastern Turkey

Three suspected members of the YPG terror group, the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), were remanded in custody in south-eastern Turkey. They were among four individuals arrested in an anti-terror operation in the Sanliurfa province. The remaining suspect was released under judicial control.

Turkish man shoots child and kills mother after not being able to marry minor

A Turkish man shot a 15-year-old girl and killed her mother on August 16 after the family refused his wish to marry the underage girl. The 52-year-old mother died at the scene, while the child was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. Neighbours called ambulances and gendarmerie to the scene of the crime; the killer was arrested near the scene.

Rescue efforts ongoing as death toll rises from flooding

Around 8,000 rescue workers are currently deployed to provinces in the Black Sea region of Turkey, where flash floods have now killed at least 70 people. A further 47 are missing after torrential rain and caused mudslides and widespread flooding across Kastamonu, Sinop and Bartin. Thousands of people have been evacuated and further heavy rain is forecast throughout Monday. The flooding comes as a searing heatwave sparked hundreds of fires in the south-east of the country.

Russian firefighting plane crashes in Bertiz

A Russian plane used to drop water on forest fires in southern Turkey crash-landed on Saturday. A Russian defence ministry spokesman said the eight people onboard died when the plane came down in the Kahramanmaras area of Bertiz. At least eight people have been killed in more than 200 fires across southern and south-eastern Turkey since July.

Death toll rises from Black Sea flooding

At least 44 have now been confirmed dead in floods in the northern Black Sea region of Turkey. The floods inflicted serious damage on the Bozkurt district of Kastamonu province, and in Bartın and Sinop provinces. Officials from the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced that 36 people died in Kastamonu, seven in Sinop province and one woman in Bartın. At least 112 villages in Kastamonu and 86 villages in Sinop have been left without electricity, and 1,700 people have evacuated the region. 

Dozens of PKK terror suspects arrested

At least 95 terrorists affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were caught as security forces raided 104 locations to track down people believed to be involved in propaganda and others activities for the terror group. Equipment and weapons were also seized.

Dozens more arrested after attacks on Syrians in Ankara

Turkey’s chief prosecutor announced the arrest of 72 more people implicated in attacks on the shops of Syrian migrants in the capital Ankara. The new detentions bring the total number of people detained since Wednesday night’s violence to 148. Violence was sparked after a fight led to the murder of a Turkish man by a Syrian refugee.

Death toll from flooding rises to 27

Northern Turkey rescue teams have recovered 10 more bodies overnight, raising the death toll to 27. Heavy rainfalls that pounded Black Sea coastal provinces on Wednesday caused flooding that demolished homes and bridges and has led to 1,700 people being evacuated, including hundreds air lifted to safety by helicopters. The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), said Friday that the latest bodies were found in worst-hit Kastamonu.

Child injured in Serekaniye shooting

A bullet which was reportedly fired from Serekaniye - currently under Turkish occupation - has apparently hit and injured a young child in the Urfa province, bordering Syria. The child has been identified as a three-year-old boy, who was seriously injured and is now receiving treatment in hospital for life threatening injuries.

Dozens arrested for attacks on refugee's homes

Following violence last night, the Ankara Directorate of Security announced that “76 people who provoked citizens, posted untrue messages and were involved in the incidents have been caught.” Violence against refugee homes and businesses was sparked after a local man was stabbed to death by a refugee in the central Altindag area of the city. According to the statement, “of the caught persons, 38 had a criminal record on charges of plunder, wilful injury, and theft” and they “will be brought to account before the law.”

Six killed amid Black Sea floods

Flooding in Turkey’s Black Sea region have claimed at least six lives, and at least one person is missing. Floods due to heavy rain hit the northern Black Sea region on Wednesday. Rescue teams have been deployed to flood-hit areas, and the search for the missing is ongoing, while evacuations of some areas continue. The Turkish Red Crescent is also at the scene to help people affected by the disaster. 

One killed in Ankara knife fight

One person died and another was injured in a knife fight between foreigners and residents of a neighbourhood in a park in Ankara. A refugee reportedly wounded two residents with his knife after a dispute turned into a fight in the Battalgazi area. A group of 100 people gathered after the incident causing damage to workplaces and vehicles owned by foreigners. This injured were taken to hospital where one later died.

Dozens detained in operations targeting TSK Gulen terror group

Turkish police, have detained 46 people as part of an operation targeting followers of the Gulen movement, designated as a terror group by Turkey, within the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The targets included 13 in active duty, 22 former military officers, and 36 former military cadets with 46 being arrested across 25 provinces. The accused are suspected of communicating with members of the Gulen, an Islamist fraternal unit led by Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim preacher. Called the “Fethullah Terrorist Organisation “ (FETO) by Turkey, the Gulen have been outlawed since 2013, however, only after Gulen’s corruption investigations targeted Turkish President, Erdogan.

Nearly all fires contained, says Erdogan

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that 196 of the 208 wildfires have been contained since they began last week, while efforts to contain the remaining fires in five provinces are underway. Fires remain in Antalya, Mugla, Isparta, Aydin, and Denizli. The remaining fires will be fought using five helicopters with night flying capabilities supplied by Ukraine, as well as 56 helicopters, 16 amphibious aircraft, and nine drones which are currently being used to tackle the fires. 

Power plant evacuated in Milas due to wildfires

A power plant in the southern town of Milas has been evacuated as wildfires continue to burn. Staff were ordered to leave the Kemerkoy Thermal Power Plant in Mugla’s Turkevleri district after fire reached the perimeter of the site on Wednesday. "The thermal power plant is facing the threat of burning down,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement. “There has been a tremendous wind. Otherwise, it would have been easier to contain.” At least eight people have been killed in fires across the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts in the last two weeks.

Government calls for help in tackling wildfires

Turkey's government has appealed for international assistance to help it tackle wildfires in the south-east of the country. At least eight people have now been confirmed dead in the fires, while hundreds of people have been evacuated from coastal areas. On Monday officials said more than 130 fires have been contained but efforts are ongoing to distinguish others that continue to rage; on Sunday the European Union said it would send water-carrying planes to assist.

Disaster areas declared as wildfire death toll rises to six

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared parts of southern Turkey as "disaster areas". The move comes after two forest workers were killed by wildfires, bringing the total death toll to six. “We will continue to take all necessary steps to heal our nation’s wounds, compensate for its losses, and improve its opportunities,” said Erdogan on Saturday during a visit to Manavgat. Fires are still reportedly ongoing in 10 locations in Turkey.

Four killed as wildfires spread in coastal areas

At least four people have been killed as wildfires continue to spread along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. By Friday morning 57 fires had been contained but others were continuing to rage Osmaniye, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Adana, Mersin and Kutahya. Dozens of villages and hotels have been evacuated, including in Manavgat where three deaths were reported. The fourth death was reported on Thursday in Mugla’s Marmaris area. Strong winds and high temperatures have been blamed for the spread of the fires.

Forest fire death toll rises

Three people have been reported dead as a result of the fires fires burning near the southern coast of Turkey. Scores more people were hospitalised after suffering burns. Residents from 18 villages have been relocated out of the path of the fire, which is being fanned by strong Mediterranean winds.

Dozens injured in forest fire in Antalya

A large forest fire in Turkey’s Antalya province injured at least 53 people on Wednesday 28 July. The fire broke out near the Manavgat town with two aircraft, 15 helicopters and other equipment sent to tackle the blaze. Multiple neighbourhoods have been evacuated as the fire moves closer to residential areas.

Covid-19 infections double in two weeks

New cases of Covid-19 doubled in just over two weeks to 9,586 on Thursday. This is Turkey’s highest daily infection rate since 19 May, with 52 related deaths according to an official tally that prompted a warning from the health minister. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said: “We have seen the highest number of cases recently.” Infections remain down on the last peak in April and May.

Migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast

A boat with 45 people onboard sank off south-western Turkey. The Turkish Coast Guard is conducting a search-and-rescue mission, according to the Turkish Defence Ministry. The boat sank 260km off the coast of the resort town of Kas. There is no information regarding the nationality of the migrants who were on the boat. 37 of the passengers have been rescued, search operations continue for the remaining migrants and refugees.

Kurdish man killed in Konya

A Kurdish man was killed and two others were injured in an allegedly racist attack in Turkey's central province of Konya. A man, aged 43, died and two of his family members were wounded as a group of 60 people attacked the family, who had just moved to the area, calling them terrorists. The victim's brother said "they were pressuring us, telling us to sell our land and move away." 

Turkey 'neutralises' PKK terrorists

A Turkish anti-terror operation has targeted members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in eastern Agri province, "neutralising" three members of the group. A ministry statement said: "Attempts by the terrorist organisation to infiltrate eastern Anatolia and the Black Sea region were thwarted." The statement also detailed that one of the militants involved was the provincial head of the PKK.

Police clash with protestors in Istanbul, Izmir

Turkish police have clashed with protesters who had gathered to mark the Suruç massacre and detained 60 of them in Istanbul and Izmir. On the sixth anniversary of the massacre, demonstrators gathered and were calling for justice and for coverups to end; however, they were met with extreme force by the police. Journalist Emre Orman wrote on Twitter: "Here are the moments when police attacked the press, us. One civilian police pushed me against an armoured vehicle and punched me while I recorded footage." Police reportedly dispersed pepper spray into buildings where protestors took shelter and even locked protestors inside a police van after setting off pepper spray in the van. Sixty protestors who were arrested and released on July 21 had medical examinations which showed torture by the police.

Opposition Member of Parliament restored to Turkish Parliament

Ömar Faruk Gergerlioglu of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) was restored to the Turkish assembly following the order of a retrial in an earlier case. Gergerlioglu's right to be elected and engage in political activities and right to personal liberty and security had been violated by an earlier trial where he was convicted of spreading propaganda for the outlawed terrorist group, PKK. Turkey's government contends that the HDP is the political branch of the PKK, and has filed a court case to disband the party due to its alleged terrorist ties.

Multiple terrorism suspects arrested

Eight people with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) terror group were arrested in Istanbul on Friday 16 July. Operations were conducted simultaneously across 10 different locations in seven districts of the city. A large number of organisational documents and digital materials were also seized.

People killed in floods in Black Sea region

At least six people have been killed and one other is missing due to floods and landslides in Turkey's Black Sea region. Following heavy rainfall in the region of Rize on July 14, landslides and floods have piled up debris and floodwater in residential areas. The Turkish government have deployed divers, along with additional crews and search and rescue dogs to find other missing people.

Gunman attacks offices in south-western Turkey

A man in the town of Marmaris in the Turkish Riviera opened fire on the district offices of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) offices with a shotgun on Wednesday morning. The attacker, a 28-year-old man, arrived at the building at 06:00 local time, firing several rounds of bullets into the building that was empty at the time. There were no casualties or injuries, but the building suffered material damages.

Delta variant cases almost triple in a week

The number of Delta variant Covid-19 cases in Turkey has risen to some 750 from 284 seven days ago and overall cases climbed 20 percent at the weekend compared to a week earlier. Turkey eased most coronavirus-related restrictions on July 1 after daily cases tumbled from a peak above 60,000 in April to around 5,000, Health minister Koca said new figures pointed to a rise. He called on people to get vaccinated and said that around 61 percent of the adult population had received at least one dose of vaccine. He has set a target level of 70 percent by the time of the Eid al-Adha holiday next week.

Rare phone call between Turkish and Israeli presidents

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held telephone talks with Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog, in a sign of a possible realignment between the two former allies after years of hostile relations. Erdogan, a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause, frequently criticises Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians. However, during his call with Herzog, Erdogan emphasised the “great importance” of Turkey-Israel ties for security and stability in the region, the Turkish presidency said. Erdogan also underlined Turkey’s emphasis on continuing dialogue despite differences of opinion, it added in a statement.

Turkish soldier killed and three injured in gun fight on Turkey-Syria border

A statement was issued by the governor of the Turkish city of Mardin, confirming the death of a Turkish soldier and the injury of three others in gunfire, which caused the overturn of their military vehicle on the Turkey-Syria border. The exchange of fire reported on Wednesday 7 July occurred between Turkish border guard forces (Jandarma) on one side and the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) on the other after several individuals attempted to cross the border into Turkish territory. Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fired warning shots separately at the civilians attempting to illegally cross the border, injuring two civilians before they managed to reach Turkish territory.

Inflation rises to 17.5 percent

Turkey's annual inflation has risen to a two-year high of 17.53 percent. Consumer spending also increased after Covid-19 restrictions were eased in Turkey, and the rising inflation will complicate efforts by the central bank to cut interest rates. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sacked the previous central bank governor in March after he increased rates by two percentage points; Erdogan's decision saw the lira lose more than 15 percent of its value.

Women protest at Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

Women joined protests across Turkey on Thursday after the government officially withdrew from the Istanbul Convention. The treat to prevent gender-based violence was ratified by 45 countries and the EU in 2011. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan annulled Turkey's ratification of the convention in March and on Thursday he unveiled an "Action Plan for Combating Violence against Women." Police fired tear gas at demonstrators in central Istanbul.

Police disperse female protesters in Izmir

Turkish police have dispersed a group of female protesters outside the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in the city of Izmir. The protesters wanted a local road to be renamed after Deniz Poyraz, who was killed by an unknown assailant at the HDP headquarters in Konak, Izmir last week. The party accused the government and Turkish officials of being behind the killing.

Iraq calls on Turkey to withdraw troops from north

The Iraqi government has called on Turkey to withdraw its troops from the north of the country. Three people were killed on Saturday when the Turkish armed forces targeted the Makhmour refugee camp. "We stress on the need to prevent the violation of Iraqi sovereignty, and the withdrawal of Turkish forces present in the regions of [Kurdistan] and Mosul, which is a violation of the principle of good neighbourliness, and a violation of international norms and covenants," the Iraqi presidency said in a statement.

Turkish lira crashes to record low

The Turkish lira has crashed to a record low after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an interest rate cut. "I am behind the same claim on this issue – I even spoke to the central bank governor today – we certainly need to lower interest rates,” Erdogan told state broadcaster TRT Haber. He claimed that lower rates would lift the burden on investments. The currency dropped to 8.63 against the US dollar on Wednesday morning.

President fires another Central Bank deputy governor

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sacked one of the central bank's four deputy governors. Oguzhan Ozbas was removed two months after the president fired Naci Agbal, the third central bank governor in less than two years. He has been replaced by Semih Tumen, a professor of economics at TED University in Ankara. The Turkish lira lost 14 percent of its value against the dollar since March.

Senior IS member detained in Istanbul

A senior Islamic State (IS) member has been detained during a police operation in Istanbul. The Afghan national, codename ASIM, was a close aide of former IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He was arrested during an operation in the Atasehir district on Wednesday, police said in a statement on Sunday.

Over 200 arrests made in May Day protests

Turkish police have arrested more than 200 for holding unauthorised protests on May Day, a part of International Labour Day celebrations. The protesters in Istanbul breached restrictions imposed to curb a third wave of coronavirus. The office of Istanbul's governor said 212 people had been arrested after they broke away from marches and tried to enter Taksim Square. 

Crypto exchanges placed under terror funding regulations

Turkey has, by presidential decree, placed crypto asset service providers under anti-money laundering and terrorism financing regulations. The move comes after last month's decision by the central bank to ban the use of crypto assets for payments on the grounds that such transactions were risky. In the ensuing aftermath two Turkey-based cryptocurrency trading platforms, Thodex and Vebitcoin, were placed under separate investigations, culminating in the arrest of six suspects linked to the Thorex probe. Inflation and a weak lira had contributed to the increasing use of cryptocurrency in Turkey and a potential motivation for policy changes surrounding crypto asset providers.

Turkey signs deal for Russian Sputnik V vaccines

The Turkish government has signed a deal for 50m doses of the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. Supplies will start arriving in the country next month, according to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. The deal was agreed as Turkey goes into a full nationwide lockdown on Thursday to curb a surge in infections and deaths. Streets and markets have been crowded since the lockdown was announced as people try to stock up on essential items.

President announces full lockdown as Covid cases rise

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a nationwide "full lockdown" starting on Thursday due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. The lockdown will be in place until 17 May and will see all schools closed and strict limits imposed on public transport. “At a time when Europe is entering a phase of reopening, we need to rapidly cut our case numbers to below 5,000 not to be left behind. Otherwise, we will inevitably face heavy costs in every area, from tourism to trade and education,” Erdogan said. There were over 37,000 new cases on Monday along with 353 new deaths.

Turkish airstrikes target PKK militants in northern Iraq

Turkey has carried out airstrikes against suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq. The Turkish defence ministry said the raids were conducted in the Metina region, while commando forces also engaged in ground operations. "There’s no room for the separatist terror group in the future of Turkey, Iraq or Syria,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in response to the offensive. The number of casualties has not been confirmed.

President Biden formally recognises 1915 Armenian genocide

US President Joe Biden has issued a statement formally describing the 1915 massacre of Armenians as a genocide. "Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring," said Biden in a statement to mark Armenian remembrance day. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that Turkey "entirely rejects" the US decision. Biden's predecessors refrained from using the term genocide over concerns that it would damage relations with Turkey.

IS suspects detained in Istanbul

The Turkish security forces have arrested 14 people suspected of links with the Islamic State (IS). Anti-terror units carried out raids at eight addresses across four districts of Istanbul on Tuesday. All of the suspects are reported to be foreign nationals.

Turkish delegation will travel to Egypt next month for talks

A Turkish delegation will travel to Egypt next month for 'normalisation talks. “Egypt invited a delegation from Turkey. The delegation will go in early May,” said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The two countries severed diplomatic relations in 2013, while they backed rival groups during the conflict in Libya. The Egyptian government was also angered by Ankara's support of the Muslim Brotherhood and former President Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown by the military.

Court sentences former soldiers to life in prison over 2016 coup attemp

A Turkish court has sentenced 22 former soldiers to life in prison for their roles in the failed coup in 2016. The group included former lieutenant colonel Umit Gencer, who was found guilty of “violating the constitutional order” by ordering TRT television to read out a “coup declaration”. Former colonel Muhammet Tanju Poshor and former major Osman Koltarla were also jailed by the court in Ankara. The Turkish government accuses US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the failed coup, allegations that he denies.

Retired generals arrested over government criticism

Ten retired admirals have been arrested along with more than 100 retired naval officers after they criticised the government's Istanbul canal project. The detainees signed an open letter warning that the proposal for a new waterway from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean could damage the country's security. Ankara responded by accusing the former military officials of “using force and violence to get rid of the constitutional order.” The Turkish defence ministry said the text had “no purpose other than undermining our democracy”.

Greece accuses Turkey of migrant provocation

Greece has accused Turkey of provocation by attempting to divert migrant boats into Greek waters. Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi cited reports by the Greek coastguard of multiple incidents on Friday in which the Turkish coastguard and navy accompanied migrant boats "to the border of Europe" in a conscious effort "to provoke an escalation." Mitarachi continued: "It is beyond doubt that these migrants departed Turkish shores, and given the fact they were supported by Turkey, were not at risk." Turkish authorities strongly reject this claim and accuse Mitarachi of distorting events. Interior Minister Ismail Catakli has instead accused Greece of pushing back migrants in seven incidents on Friday and that it was Turkey who rescued them. 

Turkey reports more than 40,000 new Covid cases

Turkey has recorded 40,806 new cases of coronavirus, the largest single daily figure since the start of the pandemic. The announcement comes a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced enhanced restrictions, including weekend lockdowns during the holy month of Ramadan starting on 13 April. There have been more than 3.3m cases of the virus in Turkey, along with 31,713 deaths.

Government tightens restrictions after Covid-19 cases rise

Turkey has tightened restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus following a rise in cases. The change in policy comes a month after restrictions were eased, and 58 of Turkey's 81 provinces are currently classed as being red (very high risk). Weekend curfews will be imposed and restaurants will be allowed to open at 50 percent capacity. The daily 21:00-05:00 curfew will remain in place. There were 32,400 new cases of the virus on Monday.

Thousands protest Turkey's withdrawal from domestic violence treaty

Thousands of people gathered in Istanbul for the second consecutive Saturday to protest against the government's decision to withdraw from a domestic violence treaty. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced last week that Turkey was pulling out of the Istanbul Convention, which was agreed upon in the city in 2011. Ergodan said the treaty had been “hijacked by a group of people attempting to normalise homosexuality” which was against Turkey's values. The protesters gathered under heavy police presence, while a smaller rally was also reported in Ankara.

Former police chiefs jailed over killing of journalist

Two former police chief have been jailed for life for their role in the killing of a journalist in 2007. Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was shot dead outside the offices of the Agos weekly by Ogun Samast, who was 17 at the time of the killing. Former police intelligence chief Ali Fuat Yilmazer and Ramazan Akyurek were jailed for helping to orchestrate the attack.

Turkish lira suffers sharp drop after Erdogan sacks central bank chief

The Turkish lira dropped 15 percent to near its all-time low on Monday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sacked the central bank chief. Naci Agbal was replaced by Sahap Kavcioglu, a former banker and ruling party lawmaker, on Saturday. The currency partially recovered against the US dollar later in the day after Finance Minister Lutfi Elvan said Turkey would stick to free-market rules; Kavcioglu offered similar reassurances to Turkish banks on Sunday. However, he has previously supported the president's view that high interest rates cause inflation.

Turkey withdraws from domestic violence convention

Turkey has withdrawn from an international accord designed to protest women. The Council of Europe convention was signed 10 years ago in Istanbul and is designed to prosecute domestic violence. The government's decision to pull out sparked protests from rights group's in Istanbul on Saturday, while the council's Secretary-General Marija Pejcinovic Buric: "This move is a huge setback to these efforts and all the more deplorable because it compromises the protection of women in Turkey, across Europe and beyond."

Police arrest HDP officials and human rights activist

Turkish police have detained several officials from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Istanbul. Ten people were arrested over their alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), according to state news agency Anadolu. The arrests come after a senior public prosecutor called for the HDP to be dissolved over its links to Kurdish militants. In a separate raid Ozturk Turkdogan, head of the Ankara-based Human Rights Association (IHD), was also detained on Friday in the capital. "His arrest is a blatant human rights violation. He must be released now,” the IHD tweeted in response to the arrest.

Tourist bus crashes in Kayseri

A bus carrying Indonesian tourists has crashed in icy conditions near Kayseri. At least 25 people were wounded when the vehicle overturned on the route to Nevsehir from the Erciyes Ski Centre. Several of the wounded were taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Turkish authorities investigate HDP lawmaker over militant links

A Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) affiliated lawmaker, Dirayet Dilan Tasdemir, is under investigation by Turkish authorities over suspected militant links, prosecutors said on Sunday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his ruling AK Party and their ally the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) accuse the HDP of links to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which the HDP denies. The investigation comes after Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told broadcaster A Haber that Tasdemir had, according to a surrendered PPK militant, visited Gara, the site where the PKK allegedly executed 13 Turkish captives last week. Many HDP members have been investigated, tried and jailed on charges of terrorism by Turkish courts.


President Erdogan announces plans to start lifting Covid restrictions

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced plans to start lifting restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus from next month. The gradual lifting of restrictions will be done on a province-by-province basis, while schools will reopen nationwide on 1 March. “We will categorise our provinces as low, medium, high, and very high risk based on infection and vaccination rates. As of March, we are beginning the gradual normalisation period,” said Erdogan. There have been more than 2.6m cases and almost 27,000 Covid-related deaths in Turkey.

Turkey summons US ambassador over PKK statement

Turkey has summoned the US ambassador in response to a statement on the killing of 13 kidnapped Turks in Iraq. The US said it supported Turkey and would condemn the killings if it was confirmed that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was responsible. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the statement a farce. “You said you did not support terrorists, when in fact you are on their side and behind them,” said Erdogan in a televised address.

Turkey suggests compromise over S-400 defence system

Turkey could be willing to compromise over the deployment of the S-400 air defence system. Ankara's decision to purchase the Russian missiles led to the US imposing sanctions and suspending Turkey's involvement in the F-35 fighter jet programme. Turkish officials also want to prevent the US from strengthening Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters in neighbouring Syria.

PKK suspects detained in Istanbul, Bitlis raids

Eleven people have been detained by Turkish gendarmeries over their alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Officials carried out the raids in Istanbul and in the eastern province of Bitlis on Friday. Officers seized a Kalashnikov rifle, two shotguns along with nine mobile phones.

President Erdogan calls for new constitution

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a new "civilian" constitution in Turkey. In a statement on Monday, Erdogan said the previous constitutions, enacted in 1961 and 1982, were created following military coups. “Perhaps the time has come for Turkey to debate a new constitution,” Erdogan said. “This work must be conducted in front of the people and through the participation of all of their representatives in a transparent manner, and the text that emerges must be presented to the people for their approval.” The president has also criticised Turkey's LGBT community over a piece of artwork that reportedly combined LGBT symbols with an image of an Islamic site. Almost 160 people were detained on Monday during protests at Boğaziçi University following Erdogan's speech.

Court sentences former Kurdish MP to 22 years in prison

A Turkish court has sentenced a former Kurdish MP to 22 years in prison on terrorism charges. Leyla Guven, a member of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was convicted of membership of a "terror group" and disseminating "terror propaganda." Guven was not present at the sentencing and the court has ordered her immediate arrest.

US sanctions Turkey over Russian missile system

The US government has imposed sanctions on its NATO ally Turkey over its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence system. Washington had previously warned of sanctions over the sale, claiming that the system was a threat to NATO security. “The United States made clear to Turkey at the highest levels and on numerous occasions that its purchase of the S-400 system would endanger the security of US military technology and personnel and provide substantial funds to Russia’s defence sector, as well as Russian access to the Turkish armed forces and defence industry,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Turkey's defence ministry called on the US "to reconsider this unfair decision."

Turkey appoints ambassador to Israel

Turkey has appointed an ambassador to Israel, two years after Ankara withdrew its envoy. The Turkish government took the step in May 2018 in response to Israeli attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The appointment of Ufuk Ulutas, 40, comes after a number of Arab countries agreed to normalise relations with Israel following US-brokered talks.

Over 60 FETO terror suspects detained

Around 66 suspected terrorists have allegedly been detained by the Turkish security forces nationwide. The suspects have been arrested for their alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) - the group responsible for the 2016 defeated coup. It's been reported that the suspects allegedly changed their addresses frequently to avoid detection and systematically rented safe houses through relatives with no links to the group. Most of the arrests were reportedly carried out in Izmir.

Government introduces weekend lockdown to curb coronavirus

The Turkish government has introduced a full lockdown at weekends and a curfew during the week to curb the spread of coronavirus. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement on Monday after daily cases surpassed 30,000. There were also 188 fatalities in the previous 24 hours. The weekday curfew will be imposed from 21:00 to 05:00 and at weekends from 21:00 on Friday to 05:00 on Monday.

Hundreds jailed over 2016 failed coup

A Turkish court has jailed 337 suspects to life in prison over their alleged role in the failed coup attempt in 2016. At least 25 F-16 pilots were among those sentenced by the court. Almost 300,000 people have been detained over the last four years, including thousands of teachers and civil servants, over alleged links to the US-based Muslim preacher and businessman, Fethullah Gulen.

Finance Minister Berat Albayrak resigns

Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has resigned due to unspecific health issues. “After serving in ministerial posts for nearly five years, I took the decision not to continue my duty (as finance minister)," said Albayrak, who is also the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His resignation come just days after Erdogan sacked the central bank governor after the Turkish lira lost 30 percent of its value against the US dollar since the start of the year.

Three-year-old girl rescued after Izmir quake

A three-year-old girl has been rescued from a collapsed building in Izmir. The girl was found 91 hours after a powerful earthquake hit western Turkey, killing more than 100 people and leaving almost 1,000 injured. “We have witnessed a miracle in the 91st hour,” said Izmir mayor. “…Along with the great pain we have experienced, we have this joy as well.” The girl was taken to hospital for treatment.

Death toll from earthquake rises to 28 in Izmir

The death toll from Friday's earthquake has risen to 28 in the coastal city of Izmir. Rescue teams have been working through the rubble of collapsed buildings to search for survivors. Turkey's Environment and Urbanisation Minister Murat Kurum said 100 people have been found alive under the rubble, including a mother and three children who were found 18 hours after the 7.0-magnitude quake. There have been almost 400 aftershocks, including 33 which were more than 4.0-magnitude.

Powerful earthquake hits Greece and Turkey

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake has hit Greece and Turkey, causing some buildings to collapse. According to the BBC, the quake epicentre has been located about 17km off the coast of Turkey's western Izmir province, north of the Greek island of Samos. Data from the USGS shows the quake occurred at approximately 11:51 UTC on Friday and had a shallow depth of just 10km. Provisional reports have given no indication of casualties as of yet, although images from the Turkish city of Izmir show significant building damage. Tremors were reportedly felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul, as well as on the Greek island of Crete.

Turkey to take legal action over French cartoon

Turkey's government has stated it will take legal action over a cartoon of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which was published in French magazine Charlie Hebdo. According to reports, Turkey has vowed to take "legal, diplomatic actions" over the cartoon, which depicts Erdogan lifting the dress of a veiled woman. Presidential communications director Fahrettin Altun said: "Charlie Hebdo just published a series of so-called cartoons full of despicable images purportedly of our president. We condemn this most disgusting effort by this publication to spread its cultural racism and hatred". The development is the latest in an escalating row between France and Turkey over French President Emmanuel Macron's tough stance on radical Islam following the death of a French teacher who showed his students a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on free speech earlier this month. The teacher was killed by a Muslim man, sparking a crackdown on Islamist groups in France and prompting Macron to defend the teacher's right to use the offensive cartoon.

US consulate employee handed five-year jail term

A Turkish court has handed a US Consulate employee a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of aiding a terrorist organisation. According to reports, Mete Canturk, a consulate security officer, was found guilty of "knowingly and willingly" helping US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen's network - which is considered a terrorist organisation by the Turkish government following an alleged coup attempt by Gulen in 2016. Canturk is expected to appeal the ruling, as he claims his meetings with the police officers who were part of Gulen's network were carried out in an official capacity and he had not known they were involved in criminal activity. The arrest of Canturk, along with two other US consulate employees in Turkey, has stoked tensions between Ankara and Washington.

Erdogan encourages French goods boycott

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has encouraged Turks to boycott French goods amid  row over France's tougher stance on radical Islam. The boycott comes after France defended a recently murdered teachers' right to show cartoon depiction of the Prophet Muhammad - something which is widely regarded as offensive in Islam. In a televised speech on Monday, Erdogan called for the boycott urged world leaders to protect Muslims. Over the weekend, Erdogan also suggested French President Emmanuel Macron needed a mental health check for speaking so forcefully on Islam - prompting France to recall its ambassador to Turkey.

US embassy warns of kidnapping threat

The US embassy in Ankara has warned of an increased threat of "terrorist attacks and kidnappings" against foreign nationals. “The US mission in Turkey has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, including against the US consulate-general, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey,” the embassy said. All citizen and visa services have been suspended at the embassy and consulate offices in Istanbul and Izmir.

Research ship returns to disputed waters

A Turkish research ship at the centre of a row with Greece has reportedly returned to disputed waters in the Mediterranean. According to reports, the Turkish navy has confirmed that the Oruc Reis will spend 10 days in the disputed area for seismic research, having last been withdrawn in September ahead of diplomatic attempts to resolve the dispute after tensions flared in August, when the ship was first sent out. The disputed area in question is claimed by Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus. This time, the Oruc Reis will also be accompanied by two other ships, Ataman and Cengiz Han. Greece has described the move as "destabilising" and a "serious escalation".

Armenia claims Turkey downed fighter jet

Armenian officials claim that one of its fighter jets has been shot down by Turkish forces. The foreign ministry said the pilot of the SU-25 died after it was targeted by a Turkish F-16 in Armenian space. Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry and Turkish officials both denied shooting down the warplane. Meanwhile, Azerbaijani officials claim that 12 civilians have been killed and 35 wounded by Armenian fire.

Authorities investigate death of US journalist

The Turkish authorities are investigating the death of a US journalist in the country. Andre Vltchek, 57, had been travelling from Samsun to Istanbul with his wife; when they arrived his wife could not wake him. The private DHA news agency said police recorded his case as a “suspicious death” and the journalist’s wife and two drivers will be questioned.

Research ship leaves disputed Mediterranean waters

A Turkish ship has reportedly left disputed waters in the Eastern Mediterranean amid a row with Greece. The deployment of the Oruc Reis seismic research ship by Ankara caused tensions to flare last month, leading to a fallout over oil and gas exploration in the disputed area, which is claimed by Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus. The EU has backed Greece and threatened sanctions on Turkey over the issue. The ship's return to waters near southern Turkey has been welcomed by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who described the withdrawal as a "positive first step", while Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar insisted the retreat did not mean Ankara was giving up its claim to the area.

Islamic State commander arrested in Adana

A senior Islamic State (IS) commander has been arrested during an operation in Adana province. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Mahmut Ozden was planning an attack in the country. "[The suspect] had been constantly receiving orders from both Iraq and Syria to carry out an attack in Turkey," Mr Soylu said on Tuesday. Last week police arrested another IS suspect who they said was planning an attack in Istanbul.

Turkish forces neutralise militant in Baskale, Van

A suspected militant has reportedly been 'neutralised' by the Turkish forces in the Van province. According to reports, the militant was apprehended by the security forces in the Baskale district of the province on Tuesday. It has not been clarified which militant group the individual is thought to be a member of. The Turkish forces often use the term 'neutralise' when a suspect has either been captured or killed, or has surrendered.

Flash floods kill six

Flash floods in northern Turkey have killed at least six people, while 10 others remain missing. The floods were caused by heavy rainfall and have caused widespread disruption and damage in Giresun province, with roads buried in mud and debris. While six deaths have been confirmed, some 153 people have been rescued so far as nearly 1,000 aid workers assist search efforts. Floods have also begun to spread to neighbouring provinces, including Trabzon and Rize, where some injuries have been reported. 

Azerbaijani mobster killed in Antalya

An Azerbaijani mobster, known as Nadir Salifov, has reportedly been killed in a shooting incident in southern Turkey. Salifov was allegedly shot dead by his bodyguard in the Serik district of Antalya, whilst he was having dinner in a hotel restaurant. The bodyguard managed to flee the scene immediately after the incident, but was later apprehended by police at a checkpoint between Antalya and Denizli several hours later. The motive behind the killing remains unclear. Salifov had been accused and convicted of murder and other gang-related crimes.

Iraq claims Turkish drone killed two commanders

Iraq cancelled a ministerial visit and summoned Turkey's ambassador over allegations that a Turkish drone strike killed two Iraqi military officers. Turkey carried out several strikes against PKK militants in the northern autonomous Kurdish region. Iraqi officials said two border guard battalion commanders and their driver died in the strike on Tuesday.

Thousands rallies to demand end of violence against women

Thousands of people joined rallies across Turkey to voice their anger at gender-based violence. There is increasing frustration among women's rights activists in the country over reports that the government will withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, which came into force in 2014. The convention is a binding instrument to combat various acts of violence against women, including rape and female genital mutilation. Ten people were detained in Izmir during a sit-in protest, while other rallies were held in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana and Antalya.

Seven security personnel killed in plane crash

Seven Turkish security personnel have been killed in a plane crash in eastern Turkey. The jet was carrying out surveillance and reconnaissance operations when it crashed into Mount Artos in Van province. The cause of the crash was under investigation, said Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

Three Turkish soldiers killed in firework blast

Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and six others wounded after a truck transporting fireworks exploded. The troops had been removing fireworks from a factory that blew up in the town of Hendek last Friday. Seven people died and 100 were wounded in the earlier blast. The owner of the factory has been arrested.

Special forces deployed to northern Iraq

The Turkish special forces have been deployed to northern Iraq to take part in operations against Kurdish rebels. Airstrikes also targeted militant positions in the Haftanin region on Wednesday. "Our heroic commandos are in Haftanin," the ministry said, dubbing the new operation "Claw-Tiger". "Our commandos - who are supported by combat helicopters and drones - have been transported by our air force." The operation is targeting members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Parliament gives rights to neighbourhood protection groups

Parliament has passed a bill that will give additional powers to neighbourhood protection groups. The bill was supported by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party and passed despite concerns over potential human rights violations. The local watchmen, known as "bekci", will be allowed to carry firearms, stop vehicles and carry out body searches. The main opposition, pro-secular Republican People's Party (CHP), and two other opposition parties voted against the proposal.

Security forces arrest four PKK militants in Istabul

The Turkish security forces have arrested four suspected PKK militants in Istanbul. Officials said anti-terror police detained four Syrian nationals who were planning attacks in the country. Six other suspects were arrested in a separate raid in the south-eastern Sanliurfa province.

Dozens killed in truck bomb attack, Afrin

At least 40 people have been killed and 47 others wounded in a truck bomb attack in the north-western city of Afrin. A fuel tanker exploded in the middle of a crowded street in the Souk Ali area on Tuesday. Turkish officials blamed the attack on the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), although there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Ankara launched a security operation in 2018 against the YPG and other Kurdish groups operating in northern Syria.

Government lifts Covid-19 quarantine in 177 areas

The Turkish government has lifted quarantine restrictions in 177 sites across 44 provinces. A further 162 sites remain under quarantine, which was imposed in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). There have been 110,130 confirmed cases and 2,805 deaths in Turkey.

Thousands of prisoners set for temporary release

Around 45,000 prisoners are set to be temporarily released from jail as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). Turkish MPs have agreed to support the bill, which was introduced by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). The group will not include people convicted or awaiting trial on terrorism offences, such as opponents of the government. On Monday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected the resignation of Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, who offered to step down due to the backlash over his handling of a curfew.

Officials claim terrorist attack halts gas flow

Iranian officials claim that a terrorist attack near the border with Turkey has halted natural gas exports. "This morning, terrorists attacked a natural gas pipeline inside Turkey near Iran's Bazargan border with Turkey ... flow of gas has been halted," said Mehdi Jamshidi-Dana, director of National Iranian Gas Co on Tuesday. He claimed that PKK militants are believed to have carried out the attack as Turkish border guards have abandoned their posts due to the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Coronavirus cases rise above 10,000

The number of confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Turkey has now exceeded 10,000. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said there have been 1,610 new cases, bringing the nationwide total to 10,827. The death toll has also increased by 37 to 168.

All international flights suspended and internal travel restricted in Turkey

Turkey has suspended all international flights and expanded restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the new measures in a statement on Friday. "The duration of these measures will depend on our people's determination to follow instructions," Erdogan said. "God willing, we will overcome this issue in the shortest time possible if all measures are strictly followed." There have been 92 deaths and 5,698 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.


Two Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in a suspected PKK attack in northern Iraq. The Turkish Defence Ministry said PKK militants fired mortar rounds at Turkish positions late on Wednesday. The Turkish army carried out retaliatory strikes that killed eight militants.

Turkish Airlines suspends almost all international flights

Turkish Airlines have suspended nearly all international flights due to the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19). Flights have been suspended to all international locations with the exception of New York, Washington, Hong Kong, Moscow and Addis Ababa until 17 April. "If your flight is in less than 72 hours, please consult the travel agency through which you purchased your ticket," said the airline in a statement. "Or, if you bought your ticket through Turkish Airlines website, mobile application, call center or sales offices; you can visit a Turkish Airlines sales office or contact our global customer service for your transactions."

Two Turkish soldiers killed in rocket attack, Idlib

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in a rocket attack in the northern province of Idlib. The Turkish defence ministry said the rocket was fired by "radical groups" on Thursday. Artillery units returned fire in response to the attack, although the ministry did not release any further details. Two weeks ago a ceasefire was agreed in Idlib following talks between Turkey and Syria.

Turkey announces first coronavirus death

Turkey has announced its first death from the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Minister of Health Koca says an 89-year-old died as the number of cases increased in one day to 98 from 47. "The big majority of those who tested positive are recovering," he said in a statement. Earlier the country's vice-president said 2,800 Turkish nationals were being repatriated from nine European countries after they were refused entry.

Ceasefire agreed between Erdogan and Putin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have announced a ceasefire in northern Syria. The agreement was reached following a meeting between the pair in Moscow. Erdogan warned that any further attacks by Syrian government forces would be met with retaliation. The ceasefire is set to begin at midnight.

Fight breaks out in parliament

Turkish lawmakers exchanged blows in parliament on Wednesday during a speech by an opposition politician. Engin Ozkoc, a legislator from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), had earlier accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of disrespecting soldiers killed in Syria's Idlib region. Several politicians threw punches at each other during the brawl. More than 50 Turkish soldiers have been killed in Syria over the last month.

Two Turkish soldiers killed in Idlib clashes

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in an attack by Syrian government forces in Idlib province. The Turkish defence ministry confirmed the incident, which also left six troops with injuries. In response, Turkey's armed forces carried out retaliatory attacks against Syrian forces. The incident comes ahead of planned talks between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Turkey shoots down another Syrian plane

Turkey's armed forces have shot down another Syrian government plane in Idlib province. "Turkish regime forces targeted one of our warplanes, which led to its fall in the northwest area of Maarat al-Numan," Syrian state media reported. The incident comes two days after Turkey shot down two other Syrian jets in the province. Heavy fighting has been ongoing throughout the province, including the key city of Saraqeb which was recaptured by Syrian government forces, with support from Russian airpower.

Turkey increases offensive against Syrian army

Turkey shot down two Syrian jets and targeted multiple regime sites including the military's Al-Nayrab airport in Aleppo on Sunday. This was followed by drone strikes that killed at least 19 Syrian soldiers across Idlib province. Ankara announced a full-scale military operation against the Syrian government, dubbed "Spring Shield." Syria has responded by closing the airspace in Idlib. The escalation comes after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in Syrian airstrikes in the province last week.

Turkey hits Syrian government targets

The Turkish military has targeted multiple Syrian government targets in response to an airstrike that killed 33 Turkish soldiers. In a statement, Turkish officials said 200 government targets were hit, during which 309 Syrian soldiers were killed. The EU warned that the situation could result in a serious conflict. "There is a risk of sliding into a major open international military confrontation," said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to discuss the situation and a meeting is due to take place between officials at the Turkish foreign ministry in Ankara today.

Nine killed in Iranian earthquake

At least nine people have been killed in an earthquake that had its epicentre in western Iran. A further 37 people were wounded and hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the 5.7-magnitude quake, which struck on Sunday afternoon. At least 75 people were also wounded in the West Azerbaijan province of Iran. A series of smaller aftershocks were also reported on both sides of the Iran-Turkey border.

PKK militants arrested in south-east Turkey

More than 20 PKK militants have been arrested by the Turkish security forces in raids across south-east Turkey. The Hakkari Governorate said police carried out 25 raids in the province over the weekend. An AK-47 was seized during the operation.

Avalanche death toll reaches 38

At least 38 people have now been confirmed dead after two avalanches truck Van province. The majority of the victims died while attempting to rescue people trapped by an earlier landslide. Operations are ongoing to find more survivors, although the efforts have been hampered by blizzards and further bad weather.

Disruption expected as plane crashes after overrunning runway at Istanbul's SAW

Severe disruption could impact flights to and from Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) after a plane overran the runway. Hurriyet reported that the accident happened when the aircraft attempted to land on Wednesday afternoon. Some passengers were evacuated, while there are no immediate reports of casualties. According to local media, the plane was travelling from the western resort city of Izmir. It reportedly involved a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800. Passengers heading to SAW are advised to check for flight status updates with their respective airlines.

President Erdogan vows to resist any Syrian advance in Idlib

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to stop any attempts by Syrian government forces to advance in Idlib province. "Syria is right now trying to buy time by driving those innocent and grieving people in Idlib toward our borders," said Erdogan in a statement. The threat comes days after deadly clashes between Turkish and Syrian troops in the region. Officials in Ankara said 76 Syrian soldiers were killed on Monday in response to the shelling that killed seven Turkish soldiers and a civilian.

Dozens missing after avalanche near Van

At least eight people have been killed and more than 50 others buried by snow following a series of avalanches near the eastern city of Van. The first avalanche occurred in Bahcesaray district on Tuesday, striking a minibus on the Van-Bahcesaray highway. Rescue workers were dispatched to the scene before a second avalanche struck. A local governor said 25 people have been rescued but bad weather was hindering efforts to recover others.

Four Turkish soldiers killed in Idlib

At least four Turkish soldiers have reportedly been killed in a recent shelling attack in the Idlib province. The shelling was allegedly carried out by the Syrian government forces during the early hours of Monday morning, targeting an undisclosed position in the Saraqib area. According to reports from Reuters, at least nine others were also injured in the shelling, one of them critically. Turkey's Ministry of National Defense stated that Turkish forces had also retaliated against the attack and destroyed targets in the Idlib region.

Twenty-two killed after earthquake hits Elazig

At least 22 people have been killed and more than 30 others are missing after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit the eastern Elazig province. The quake struck the Sivrice district at 20:55 local time on Friday. Several strong aftershocks, including one of 5.4-magnitude, were reported in the area. Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) President Mehmet Güllüoğlu said rescue teams have been deployed to the scene.

Parliament to vote on military deployment

Turkey's parliament is set to vote on whether to deploy troops to Libya on Thursday. Last week President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would approve a request for military support from the Government of National Accord (GNA), who are trying to fight off an assault by the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA). "We are ready. Our armed forces and our defence ministry are ready," said Vice-President Fuat Oktay on Wednesday.

Four suspected PKK militants killed in Mardin

The Turkish security forces have apparently killed four suspected members of the Turkish Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) militant group. The suspects were reportedly apprehended on Thursday during an operation targeting a suspected militant hideout in a rural part of Derik town in the Mardin province. According to reports, the suspects resisted arrest and initiated an exchange of fire which left four of them dead. A small cache of weapons was also discovered and confiscated.

Turkey orders Israeli ship out of Cypriot waters

Turkey has ordered an Israeli research vessel to vacate Cypriot waters. The ship, Bat Galim, of the Israeli Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institution, was operating in coordination with Cypriot officials. The incident comes after Turkey signed a maritime agreement with Libya, which has sparked complaints from Greece which claims that its maritime territory has been violated in the deal.

Turkey threatens to close Incirlik airbase

Turkey has threatened to close the Incirlik airbase in response to threats of US sanctions. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement on Sunday after US senators backed legislation to impose sanctions on Turkey over their decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile defence systems. "If it is necessary for us to take such a step, of course we have the authority... We will close down Incirlik if necessary," Erdogan said. The US has used the base since 2011 to launch drone strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.

Five militants killed in Mus

Five suspected militants have been killed by the Turkish security forces in Mus. The Interior Ministry said gendarmerie command special forces carried out an operation, backed by air support, on Saturday. The militants are suspected of being members of the outlawed PKK group.

French woman detained over IS links

A French woman has been detained in Turkey after attempting to join the Islamic State (IS) group. The suspect flew from France to Istanbul before travelling by bus to the southern Adana province. Officials said she was intending to cross into Syria to join IS when she was detained. She has since been repatriated back to France.

Turkey kills seven PKK militants in northern Iraq

The Turkish air force has killed seven PKK militants in northern Iraq. The National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that airstrikes were carried out in the Hakurk region. The ministry said the militants were plotting an attack when they were "neutralised." Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in Iraq in May.

Turkish police fire tear gas at women's day rally

Turkish police have fired tear gas to disperse people at a women's day rally in Istanbul. Around 2,000 people gathered to take part in the march on Monday. The event was planned to coincide with the UN-backed International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women. Riot police also fired plastic bullets to disperse the crowd as it headed on to Istiklal Avenue.

Turkish forces clash with Kurds in Tel Tamr

Pro-Turkish forces have clashed with Kurdish fighters in the northern strategic town of Tel Tamr. “Fierce clashes continue between Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) and pro-Turkish groups in northern from Tel Tamr to Abu Rassin," reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Four SDF fighters were killed during the exchange. Turkish troops have also been fighting to recapture the villages of Rihaniyeh, Amriyah, Irbin, Faisaliah, Minhar and Mahmudiyah.

Authorities start deporting foreign jihadists

The Turkish authorities have started deporting foreign jihadists from detention centres. A US national was deported on Monday and seven German nations will be sent back on 14 November. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said around 1,200 foreign Islamic State (IS) fighters are currently being held in Turkish prisons. Several Western countries, including the UK and the Netherlands, have revoked the citizenship of IS fighters in a bid to stop them from returning.

British founder of White Helmets found dead in Istanbul

A former British army officer who helped set up the White Helmets in Syria has been found dead. James Le Mesurier, CEO of the Mayday Rescue group, was found dead near his home in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul on Monday. Initial reports said Le Mesurier fell from the balcony of his home but investigations are still ongoing. Syria and Russia both accused him of being a British spy and supporting what they described as terrorist groups. Karen Pierce, the UK’s representative to the United Nations, said the British government was "looking very closely" at the investigation, while the Turkish Milliyet newspaper reported that Turkish police believe that he may have been pushed.

Dozens hospitalized over contaminated spinach

At least 66 people have been hospitalised with food poisoning in Turkey. The patients are believed to have eaten contaminated spinach, according to an initial analysis from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. A total of 44 people required treatment in Istanbul, with a further 22 similar cases reported in Tekirdag. Officials have warned people to thoroughly wash spinach and other fresh produce before consumption.

Turkey and Russia agree deal over Syria offensive

Turkey and Russia have agreed to create a "safe zone" in north-east Syria as part of a "historic" deal. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Sochi as a five-day truce was set to expire. Under the agreement, Ankara will control a 32km stretch between the towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain, while joint patrols will monitor a 10km area to the east and west of the "safe zone". The deal has also extended the timeframe for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from the border.

Seven PKK killed in south-eastern Turkey

Seven members of the PKK militant group have been killed during counter-terror raids across south-eastern Turkey. The Interior Ministry said two people were killed in the Lice area of Diyarbakir province, three in Mardin and two more in Bitlis province. One of the deceased has been identified as Fedai Kocer - Yusuf Demir - a wanted terrorist.

SDF claims Turkey violating truce

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has accused the Turkish military of violating the temporary ceasefire in northern Syria. "Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters, civilian settlements and the hospital," said a spokesperson for the SDF, Mustafa Bali. However, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has denied that any military operations are ongoing in the area. On Friday Amnesty International accused Turkish forces and Syrian rebel allies of committing "war crimes" during its offensive in north-eastern Syria.

Turkey announces temporary ceasefire in Syria

Turkey has agreed to a temporary ceasefire in northern Syria following talks with US Vice-President Mike Pence. Military operations will be suspended for five days to allow Kurdish-led troops to withdraw from the Turkish border. "The US side has accepted the necessity of a safe zone to protect Turkey's security interests. And we have reached a full agreement for the Turkish army to control this zone," said Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Kurds agree deal with Assad after Turkish onslaught

Kurdish fighters have agreed to a deal with the Syrian government in an attempt to counter Turkey's cross-border offensive. Officials from the Kurdish administration said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would be assisted by government forces, adding that the agreement "paves the way to liberate the rest of the Syrian cities occupied by the Turkish army such as Afrin." Syrian and Russian troops were reportedly heading to Kobane and Manbij on Sunday night with the aim of retaking them from Turkish troops. Earlier, officials in Ankara said troops had seized the border town of Tal Abyad following heavy fighting with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), while Kurdish officials said 860 Islamic State (IS) fighters had managed to escape from a prison in Ain Issa.

Death toll from Turkish operation passes 340

At least 342 people have been killed by the Turkish armed forces since the military operation began on Wednesday. A Turkish soldier and four allied fighters have also been killed, along with at least 11 civilians.  The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said 64,000 people had fled their homes in north-east Syria, before warning that around 300,000 people could be displaced. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed "serious concerns" about the operation and called on Turkey not to undermine the fight against Islamic State (IS). "These gains must not be jeopardised. An imminent concern is that captured Daesh prisoners must not be allowed to escape," said Stoltenberg.

Two journalists wounded in YPG shooting

Two journalists have been wounded in a shooting at a restaurant in Mardin province. Snipers from the People's Protection Units (YPG) are suspected of carrying out the attack, which took place in the Nusaybin district. Earlier in the week, the YPG targeted a live broadcast in the Akcakale district of Sanliurfa province.

Turkish forces launch ground and air offensives

The Turkish military has launched ground and air offensives against targets along the Syrian border. At least seven civilians have been killed in the first wave of the operation, which started on Wednesday. Thousands of people have already fled the area and heavy fighting has been reported in several border towns, including Ras al-Ain and Tal-Abyad. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said 109 'terrorists' have been killed overnight, while he has also threatened to send Syrian refugees to Europe amid international criticism of the operation.

Turkey launches Syrian offensive

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkish troops have entered northern Syria. "The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists in northern Syria," said Erdogan on Wednesday afternoon. The stated aim of the offensive is to create a "safe zone" for Syrian refugees and to clear the border of Kurdish-led forces. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), has called for the US and UN to implement a no-fly zone in northern Syria to protect its fighters from Turkish airstrikes.

Kurds issue call to arms ahead of Turkish invasion

Syrian Kurds have issued a call to arms in the north-east of the country ahead of a Turkish invasion. On Wednesday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said people were fleeing from the border town of Tal Abyad in anticipation of an attack by Turkish troops. Ankara has been building up its military forces along the southern border despite warnings from US President Donald Trump that he would "totally destroy and obliterate" the Turkish economy if the operation goes "off limits".

PKK militants targeted in northern Iraq

At least 17 PKK militants have been killed in the latest Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. Strikes were conducted in the Zap, Gara and Avasin region, according to Turkey's National Defense Ministry. Scores of PKK militants have been killed since Turkey launched Operation Claw in the Hakurk region in May.

President Trump threatens Turkey over Syria operation

US President Donald Trump has threatened to "obliterate" Turkey's economy if the country goes "off-limits" in its military operation in Syria. On Monday the US said it was withdrawing its troops from area of north-eastern Syria, sparking criticism from US-backed Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who said they had been abandoned. "As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)," said Trump on Twitter. The Pentagon said the US did not endorse any Turkish operations in northern Syria.

Four soldiers killed in Hatay province

Four Turkish soldiers have been killed in an attack in the southern Hatay province. The Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement (HBDH) released a statement claiming responsibility for the killings, which took place in the Belen district on Thursday. The group said it carried out the attack in response to the killing of two communist fighters, while they also denounced the ruling AKP and its leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Last week two members of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) were killed by police in Eskisehir.

US troops withdraw as Turkey prepares new offensive

US troops have started withdrawing from north-east Syria as the Turkish military prepares to launch a new offensive against Kurdish fighters. US forces "will not support or be involved in the operation" and "will no longer be in the immediate area", said White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham in a statement. Reuters reported that US troops had already evacuated two observation posts at Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have been backed by the US for several years, said the new Turkish offensive will wipe out the gains it has made in the fight against Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

Two MLKP suspects killed by police

Two members of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) have been killed by police in Eskisehir province. The pair were suspected of carrying out an attack which targeted police on Wednesday. "Our police have detected a cell house in Eskisehir. The terrorists didn't surrender and opened fire. Two police officers were slightly injured. Both terrorists were captured dead," Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a statement.

Istanbul hit by 5.8-magnitude earthquake

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake has been reported near the city of Istanbul. The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said the quake struck in the Sea of Marmara at a depth of 6.9km. Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, although some residents said their buildings shook and schools were evacuated.

Five wounded in bomb attack on police bus

Five people have been wounded in a bomb attack on a police bus in Adana. The blast on Wednesday morning was caused either by an "improvised explosive device or a different type of bomb," said governor Mahmut Demirtas. None of the injuries is reported to be life-threatening.

Two Turkish soldiers killed by IED in Iraq

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed by an IED in northern Iraq. Turkey’s Defense Ministry said the PKK had planted the device, which exploded when a supply convoy passed by on Monday. Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq in May and regularly carry out ground and airstrikes against Kurdish militants.

Two wounded in fire at chemical factory

Two people have been wounded in a fire at a chemical factory in Istanbul. Firefighters took two hours to contain the blaze at the site in the Tuzla district on Wednesday. A fire engine and several cars were destroyed in the blaze, while the two wounded firefighters were taken to hospital for treatment.

Two PKK militants killed in Iraq airstrike

Two PKK militants have been killed in airstrikes in northern Iraq. Jets targeted the group in the northern Zap region, according to Turkey's Ministry of National Defence on Wednesday. Weapons depots and shelters were also destroyed in the operation.

Three PKK militants killed in Turkish airstrikes

Three PKK militants have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. The National Defense Ministry said the strike was carried out in the Gara region on Monday. In May Operation Claw was launched in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, with further phases in July and August.

Seven killed in PKK attack, Diyarbakir

At least seven civilians have been killed and nine others wounded in a suspected PKK attack in south-eastern Turkey. A vehicle carrying forest workers hit an improvised explosive device in the Kulp district of Diyarbakir province on Thursday afternoon. Some of the wounded were taken to Salhaddin Eyyubi Hospital for treatment.

Three PKK militants arrested, one neutralised in Artuklu

At least three Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants have allegedly been arrested, while a fourth suspected militant has been 'neutralised' in the Artuklu district of Mardin. According to reports, the militants were apprehended by the Turkish security forces in the rural Elmabahce neighbourhood during security operations, which were carried out earlier this week. Turkish officials often use the term 'neutralised' to mean killed, captured, or surrendered. In this context, it's most likely the fourth militant was killed, as the three other PKK militants were confirmed to have been arrested. Various arms, weapons, and ammunition were found on their persons.

Soldier killed in Mardin attack

A Turkish soldier has been killed and two others wounded in a PKK attack in the south-eastern Mardin province. Suspected PKK militants planted roadside bombs which detonated in the Omerli district on Wednesday. The wounded troops were taken to the local state hospital for treatment.

Previously detained Iranian oil tanker en route to Iskenderun

The Iranian oil tanker which was previously detained in Gibraltar before being released earlier this month is said to be en route to Turkey. The Adrian Darya 1 (formerly known as the Grace 1) is currently travelling through the Mediterranean and is said to be on course for Iskenderun Port in Turkey. The ship was seized by the British authorities in July on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. The vessel has changed course a number of times throughout the last week and it remains unclear if Iskenderun Port will be the ship's final destination.

Airstrikes neutralise 24 militants

At least 24 suspected militants have reportedly been 'neutralised' in a series of airstrikes carried out by the Turkish security forces in recent counter-terror operations. The militants allegedly belonged to the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) and airstrikes targeted suspected PKK positions in parts of Turkey and neighbouring Iraq. Officials from the Turkish defence ministry claimed that at least 11 PKK militants were neutralised in air operations in Turkey, along with a further 13 suspected PKK militants in Iraq's Sinat-Haftanin region. 

Two injured in bridge collapse

Two people have sustained minor injuries after a bridge collapsed in northern Turkey over the weekend. The incident occurred in the northern town of Terme in the Samsun province, situated near the Black Sea. According to reports, a large sinkhole opened up at one end of the bridge, where the structure rejoined the bank. Two people fell into the river below, but survived with only minor injuries. A vehicle was also damaged in the incident. It's believed the incident was caused by recent torrential rain in the area. Traffic disruption should be anticipated as roadwork repair operations get underway.

Saudi Arabian woman kidnapped from hotel in Istanbul

A Saudi Arabian woman has allegedly been kidnapped from a hotel in the Turkish capital city of Istanbul. Reports indicate the woman was abducted in whats thought to have been a targeted kidnapping from a yet unspecified hotel, although it's alleged the attack took place in the Asian side of Istanbul. According to reports, the woman was sprayed int he face with an unidentified substance which knocked her unconscious. She was then taken away by an unidentified man. The woman was allegedly taken several days ago and had been staying in the hotel with her husband and their children. The motive behind the abduction remains unclear. Just last week, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey issued a warning to its citizens, advising them to exercise caution after a group of Saudi nationals were shot at and robbed by gunmen in Istanbul.

Soldiers killed in operations against PKK

A Turkish soldier has been killed and three others wounded during operations against the PKK in south-east Turkey. The provincial governor of Sirnak province said the death was reported during raids in the village of Kosreli. The troops were deployed to protect staff from the Turkey Petroleum Corporation (TPAO).

Seven killed in Nevsehir bus crash

At least seven people have been killed and 11 others wounded after a bus crashed into a truck in the central Nevsehir province. The minibus was transporting agricultural workers when it collided with the other vehicle in the town of Acigol on Monday. The public prosecutor has launched an investigation into the crash.

Six PKK militants killed in Hakkari operation

The Turkish security forces have killed six PKK militants during operations in the south-eastern province of Hakkari. Troops engaged the militants after they had attacked a military base in the Semdinli district. Turkish jets have also killed five PKK militants across the border in the Qandil region of Iraq.

Turkey and US agree to Syria safe zone

Turkey and the US have agreed to set up a safe zone in northern Syria. The two NATO allies agreed to "establish as soon as possible a joint operations centre in Turkey to coordinate and manage the establishment of a safe zone", the Turkish defence ministry and US embassy in Ankara said in a joint statement. Tensions have been strained between the two countries due to Turkey's relationship with Russia, along with the US support from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria. Ankara considers the YPG to be an offshoot of the outlawed PKK militant group.

Seven PKK militants killed in northern Iraq

Seven suspected PKK militants have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. The operation was conducted in the Gara region, according to Turkey's National Defence Ministry. Turkish jets frequently target Kurdish militants in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq.

Turkey set for offensive in Kurdish-controlled area

Turkey is set to launch a fresh offensive in a Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Russia and the US had been informed about the operation, which is expected to be conducted east of the Euphrates River. "We entered Afrin, Jarablus, and Al-Bab. Now we will enter the east of the Euphrates," Erdogan said in the city of Bursa. Tensions between Turkey and the US are already under pressure after Ankara purchased S-400 missile defence systems from Russia, prompting Washington to cancel a contract to sell F-35 jets to Turkey.

Two PKK militants neutralised in border incident

Two suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have allegedly been neutralised following an incident near the Iraq-Turkey border on Tuesday morning. According to reports, the Turkish security forces encountered a number of suspected PKK militants attempting to cross the border into Turkey illegally in the Meteena mountain region of Iraq's Dohuk Governorate, which borders the southern Sirnak province in Turkey. The term 'neutralised' is used by the Turkish forces when militants have been killed or arrested, or they handed themselves in.

Polish tourists wounded in Kemer bus crash

At least 22 Polish tourists have been wounded in a bus crash near the Turkish resort of Kemmer. "Seven people are still in hospital. Amongst these seven, three are seriously injured," said Ewa Suwara, a spokeswoman for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The vehicle left the road and careered down a slop on Tuesday.

Six thousand refugees arrested in Istanbul

Six thousands refugees and migrants have been arrested during raids in Istanbul over the past two weeks. "We have been carrying out an operation since July 12 ... We have caught 6,122 people in Istanbul, including 2,600 Afghans and around 1,000 Syrians," said Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. There are an estimated 3.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, with more than half a million thought to be in Istanbul.

Turkey bombs Kurdish region of northern Iraq

The Turkish military has carried out multiple airstrikes against Kurdish militants in the northern region of Iraq. "Following the evil attack in Erbil, we have launched the most comprehensive air operation on Qandil and dealt a heavy blow to the (PKK) terror organisation," Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement. The PKK denied playing any role in the killing of three Turkish consulate staff at a restaurant in Erbil on Wednesday.

Fifteen killed in bus crash, Van province

At least 17 people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a bus crash in the eastern province of Van. The vehicle was transporting illegal migrants when it overturned on the Van-Ozalp highway on Thursday. Officials said the victims, who were from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, had travelled across the border from neighbouring Iran.

Three Turkish consulate staff shot in Erbil

Three Turkish consulate staff members have been shot dead at a restaurant in the Kurdish city of Erbil. Turkey’s deputy consul general and two other diplomatic employees were killed while having lunch in the Ankawa suburb of the city on Wednesday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the "heinous attack," while the Kurdish militant group, the PKK, has denied any responsibility.

Journalists acquitted of terrorism charges

Two journalists and a media rights activist have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a court in Istanbul. Erol Onderoglu, from Reporters Without Borders, and journalists Ahmet Nesin and Sebnem Korur Financi all faced up to 14 years in prison on charges including “inciting the committing of crimes”, “praising crime and criminals” and “conducting propaganda for a terrorist organisation.” The trio all worked as a guest editor of the pro-Kurdish newspaper Ozgur Gundem before they were detained.

Eight PKK militants killed in northern Iraq

Eight PKK militants have been killed in the Metina region of northern Iraq. The Turkish air force conducted several airstrikes as part of Operation Claw. Weapons stores and militant hideouts were also reportedly destroyed in the strikes, according to the National Defence Ministry.

Turkey receives first shipment of S-400 missile system

Turkey has received the first shipment of the Russian S-400 missile system. The Turkish defence ministry said the equipment had been sent to the Murted airbase outside Ankara. The delivery has been made despite warnings from the US that it will impose sanctions on Turkey and cancel the sale of F-35 fighter jets. Washington has also suspended a training programme for Turkish pilots in the US.

Two soldiers killed in PKK attack

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in a PKK attack in the eastern province of Hakkari. Militants targeted a military patrol near the border with Iraq earlier this week, according to Turkish officials. The PKK has also kidnapped and killed two shepherds in Sirnak province. Abdulhakim Demir and Vali Cevik were abducted in the village of Gecitboyu.

Bus veers off the road in Aksaray

At least 41 people have been wounded after a bus veered off the road in central Turkey. The accident happened when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the Aksaray-Ankara highway. The bus was heading from Sirnak to Istanbul.

Arrest warrants issued over Gulen links

Turkey has issued arrest warrants for 120 suspects accused of links to the outlawed Gulen movement. Prosecutors in the provinces Istanbul, Konya and Izmir issued the warrants for suspects which include members of the military. Tens of thousands of people have been arrested since the failed coup in 2016.

Turkish soldier killed in Syria clashes

A Turkish soldier has been killed during fighting in northern Syria. Turkey's Defence Ministry said five other troops were wounded during fighting with the YPG on Wednesday. Syrian government troops have also fired artillery and mortars at a Turkish observation post in Idlib province. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) sent reinforcements to the area in response to the attack.

Nine PKK militants killed in Iraq airstrikes

Nine suspected PKK militants have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. The National Defense Ministry said the operations were conducted in the Haruk and Metina regions over the last two days. Weapons depots and shelters were also destroyed in the strikes.

AK Party defeated in Istanbul re-run

Turkey's ruling AK Party has lost the re-run of the mayor election in Istanbul. Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu, who won the first vote, had a lead of 775,000 votes with most ballots counted. "We are opening up a new page in Istanbul," said Imamoglu. "On this new page, there will be justice, equality, love." The AKP forced a re-run after claiming the March vote was hit by voting irregularities.

Four killed in Black Sea flooding

At least four people have been killed in flooding in Turkey's Black Sea region. "Search and rescue teams of 280, including Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), Search and Rescue Association (AKUT), and gendarmerie forces are searching the region," said interior minister Süleyman Soylu. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain in the region.

US cancels pilot training over S-400 dispute

US officials said a training programme for Turkish pilots has been suspended due to a dispute over Russian air defence systems. The pilots had been training at an airbase in Arizona but the US said Turkey's purchase of S-400 systems could endanger its aircraft in the Middle East. Washington said Ankara cannot purchase its F-35 stealth fighter jets if it goes ahead with its S-400 purchase.

PKK militants killed in airstrikes, northern Iraq

At least 19 PKK militants have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. Weapons depots and machine gun positions were also destroyed in the strikes, which started on Monday. The defence ministry also said two Turkish soldiers were killed by a bomb during operations in the Hakurk region.

AKP accused of smear against opposition candidate

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been accused of doctoring a video to smear the opposition mayoral candidate for Istanbul. The Cumhuriyet newspaper claims the AKP manipulated footage of an interview with Ekrem İmamoğlu, the Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate, to suggest that he supported the outlawed Gulen movement. İmamoğlu later released the full unedited interview and said the AKP was trying to defame him. A rerun of the vote is scheduled for 23 June after the AKP protested the first election, which was won by İmamoğlu.

Police officer killed in PKK attack

A Turkish police officer has been killed and two others wounded in a PKK attack in south-eastern Turkey. The incident took place in the Sanliurfa province as the security forces were conducting operations. Two PKK militants were later "neutralised," according to Turkish authorities.

Former police detained over FETO links

The Turkish security forces have arrested 46 former police officers accused of links to the outlawed FETO organisation. Ankara prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 64 people and police are still searching for the remaining suspects. FETO was accused of orchestrating the failed coup in 2016.

Re-run announced for Istanbul election

Turkey's electoral body has ordered a re-run of local elections in Istanbul following complaints from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The opposition Republic People's Party (CHP) won the original vote and their deputy chair, Onursal Adiguzel, said the re-run proved it was "illegal to win against the AKP." President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there has been "illegality" in the first vote and the re-run was "an important step to strengthen our democracy."

Airstrikes kill 14 PKK militants in northern Iraq

Turkish airstrikes have killed at least 14 PKK militants in northern Iraq. Turkey's National Defense Ministry said the operations were carried out in the Zap region late on Sunday. The strikes also destroyed PKK hideouts and ammunition depots in the Haftanin region.

UAE spy commits suicide in Turkish prison

A man accused of spying for the UAE in Turkey has committed suicide in prison. The suspect hanged himself at the Silivri prison on Sunday despite being held in solitary confinement. He and another man, both Palestinian nationals, were arrested in April and accused of spying on Muslim Brotherhood members living in Turkey.

Football player killed in bus crash

A football has died and six of his teammates wounded after the bus they were travelling in crashed near the city of Alanya. Czech international Josef Sural, who played for Aytemiz Alanyaspor, died in hospital following the incident. Club chairman Hasan Cavusoglu claimed the driver of the vehicle had fallen asleep at the wheel as he drove the group back from a game at Kayserispor on Sunday.

Former intelligence head arrested in Ankara

The former Intelligence Department Head Sabri Uzun has been arrested in Ankara. Uzun was accused of making propaganda for a terrorist organisation, according to Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office. He has been accused of being a member of the outlawed FETO group, linked to self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Four Turkish soldiers killed in PKK clashes

Four Turkish soldiers were killed and six others wounded in clashes with PKK militants in the south-eastern province of Hakkari last week. The Defence Ministry said the attack took place in the Cukurca district, close to the borders with Iraq and Iran. The Turkish military responded with air and ground strikes against the PKK.

Security forces kill five PKK militants

The Turkish security forces have killed five PKK militants during operations in the south-east of the country. The interior ministry said the suspects were killed in the Bestler-Dereler region of Sirnak province. The ministry added that the operations in the region are ongoing.

AKP suffers election setback

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost control of the capital Ankara in local elections. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party is also losing the mayoral race in the largest city, Istanbul, according to the election commission. Although the AKP-led alliance has won just over 50 percent of the votes across the country, the party has alleged irregularities at polling stations in Ankara. "We will use our legal rights to the fullest, and we will not allow the will of our citizens to be altered in Ankara," said AKP general secretary Fatih Sahin.

Two police officers shoot each other, Kayseri

Two Turkish police officers have been wounded after they opened fire on each other in the central Kayseri province. The incident occurred at Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) on Tuesday afternoon, prompting additional security measures to be enforced. Travellers should expect delays at the airport.

Turkey kills 12 PKK militants in northern Iraq

At least 12 PKK militants have been killed after the Turkish military carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq. The Defense Ministry said were carried out in the Zap region on Saturday. Two Turkish soldiers were also "martyred" over the weekend, the ministry said in a statement.

Economy falls into recession

Turkey's economy shrank by 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. The drop followed a 1.6 percent contraction in the third quarter, which means that the economy is in recession. A trade war with the US has coincided with the Turkish lira falling by 30 percent against the US dollar, leading to higher interest rates. The struggling economy - including rising food prices and high unemployment - will be used by the opposition against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of local elections later this month.

Hundreds of warrants issued in anti-Gulen raids

More than 1,000 people have been issued with warrants for alleged links to the outlawed Gulen movement. The Turkish security forces carried out raids across the country have led to the arrest of 124 suspects across 76 provinces. The latest operation is targeting members of the security forces who cheated during entrance exams in 2010. Tens of thousands of people have been arrested since the failed coup in 2016, which the government blamed on US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Police block pro-Kurdish rally in Istanbul

Turkish police have blocked a pro-Kurdish rally organised by the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Istanbul. Riot police surrounded 40 HDP lawmakers to prevent them from marching on the Istiklal Avenue. "We are here to join our voices with Leyla Guven, to lend our strength to her fight," said HDP co-leader Sezai Temelli, referring to the HDP lawmaker who has been on hunger strike for nearly a hundred days.

Apartment block collapses in Istanbul

At least one person has been killed and several others are trapped after an apartment block collapsed in Istanbul. The eight-storey block came down at 16:00 local time in the Kartal district. Firefighters, medics and police officers are at the scene to search for survivors. "It was built in 1992 as a five-story building but two more stories were added later illegally," said Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya.

Armed forces kill 75 PKK militants

The Turkish armed forces said it killed 75 PKK militants during operations in January. A further 350 suspects were detained across the country, including several senior PKK leaders. One Turkish soldier and a civilian were killed during the same period.

Protesters storm military camp in northern Iraq

At least one person has been killed and 10 others wounded after protesters stormed a Turkish military camp in northern Iraq. Angry residents torched vehicles and damaged buildings during the incident near Dohuk on Saturday. The group carried out the raid in protest at Turkish airstrikes against PKK militants in the area, which resident claim have killed civilians. Turkey's defence ministry said the attack was the result of "provocation by the PKK terrorist organisation".

Court orders release of Kurdish MP

A court in Turkey has ordered the release of a Kurdish MP, who has been on hunger strike since November. Leyla Guven, a member of the People's Democratic Party (HDP), is seriously ill after launching the strike in protest at the imprisonment of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. She was arrested last January for criticising the Turkish military operation against the outlawed PKK.

Erdogan reject Trump threats to economy

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected threats by his US counterpart, Donald Trump, who said he would "devastate" the Turkish economy. Trump said if Turkish troops attack the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria then the US would be forced to respond. The US president made the comments after he announced the withdrawal of US forces from Syria, which prompted to the resignation of several senior US military officials. "You cannot get anywhere by threatening Turkey economically," Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in response.

Six dead as cargo ship sinks in Black Sea

Six sailors have been killed after a Panama-flagged cargo vessel sank in the Black Sea on Monday. Seven others were rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard around 80nm off Samsun province. Samsun Governor Osman Kaymak said rescue operations were ongoing.

Soldier killed in PKK attack near Iran border

A Turkish soldier has been killed and two others wounded in a suspected PKK attack near the border with Iran. The troops were on patrol near the village of Emince in Igdir province when they came under fire. The troops returned fire, killing one militant.

President Erdogan threatens Manbij offensive

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he with send troops into the Syrian town of Manbij if the US does not remove members of the People's Protection Units (YPG). “Manbij is a place where Arabs live, but they have surrendered the area to the terror organisation,” said Erdogan on Friday. “Now we are saying that you should cleanse, remove them, or else we will enter Manbij. I am speaking very clearly.” The Turkish government considers the YPG to be the Syrian branch of the outlawed PKK, although the US government has backed the YPG in its fight against Islamic State (IS).

Nine killed in Ankara train crash

At least nine people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded in a train crash in the Turkish capital, Ankara. A high-speed train hit another train and then an overpass at the Marsandiz station at around 06:30 local time. Emergency workers were sent to the scene to assist with the rescue efforts.

Police arrest 14 DHKP-C members in Ankara

Turkish police have arrested 14 alleged members of the DHKP-C terrorist group. Officers conducted raids in seven areas of the capital, Ankara, on Monday morning. The far-left group have carried out several high profile attacks inside Turkey, most notably a bombing at the US Embassy in 2013.

FETO-linked suspects arrested in raids

The Turkish security forces have arrested 14 people accused of links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) in raids in 15 provinces. Police also seized digital materials during the operation, while arrest warrants are still outstanding for 13 other people. Thousands of people have been detained in recent years over alleged links to the outlawed FETO group, which the government claims was behind the failed coup in July 2016.

PKK militants killed in Iraq airstrikes

At least 12 PKK militants have been killed in Turkish military operations on both sides of the southern border with Iraq. Jets targeted militants in the Zap and Metina regions of northern Iraq, while troops also targeted PKK positions in the south-eastern Mus province. In a statement the army said the militants were plotting attacks on Turkish bases.

Four soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Four Turkish soldiers have been killed and another wounded after a Turkish military helicopter crashed in Istanbul. The UH-1 helicopter came down in the Sancaktepe district on Monday morning. An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.

Academics detained in nationwide raids

Several academic and activists have been detained in raids across Turkey. At least 14 people were arrested after Turkish prosecutors issued warrants for 20 suspects, all of whom were believed to have links to the jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala. They are all accused of "creating chaos and mayhem" and "seeking to overthrow the government" in relation to the anti-government protests against the Gezi Park development in 2013.

Turkish jets target PKK in northern Iraq

Turkish airstrikes have killed six suspected PKK militants in northern Iraq. The armed forces carried out strikes in the Gara and Metina region on Thursday. Ammunition dumps and weapons caches were also destroyed in the operation.

Troops exchange fire with SDF along Syrian border

Turkish troops have exchanged fire with Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) along the Turkey-Syria border. At least four SDF fighters were killed in the exchange, which occurred in the Ayn al-Arab region on Wednesday. Six others were wounded in airstrikes in the region, while the SDF claims to have hit a Turkish military vehicle.

Dozens arrested nationwide for FETO links

Dozens of people accused of links to the banned Gulenist Terror Group (FETO) have been arrested in nationwide raids. Teachers, police officers and members of the military were among those detained. Thousands of people have been arrested since the failed coup in July 2016, which the government blamed on the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his supporters.

Army targets YPG positions along Syrian border

The Turkish army has targeted YPG positions along the border with Syria. State-run media said troops fired on the YPG in the Zor Magar region, east of the Euphrates river, on Sunday. The incident came after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "we will eliminate the threat towards Turkey," at a summit in Istanbul at the start of October. Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has reported US-led airstrikes against suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in Deir Ezzor, which followed clashes between militants and fighters from the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF).

Erdogan claims Khashoggi murder planned in advance

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Saudi Arabia of planning the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Addressing MPs on Tuesday, Erdogan said there was strong evidence that the premeditated murder was carried out in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "Why was the consulate not opened to investigators immediately? Why were so many different statements given by Saudis? Who is the local collaborator who disposed of Khashoggi’s body? Saudi must answer all these questions," said Erdogan. Separate media sources are reporting that Khashoggi's body has been found in a well on the grounds of the consulate, although Turkish officials have not confirmed these claims.

Turkey to release detained US pastor

A court in Turkey has ordered the release of US pastor Andrew Brunson. He was convicted of aiding terrorism and sentenced to three years in prison, but allowing for the two years he has already spent in detention and for good behaviour he will be released and allowed to leave the country. The case caused a diplomatic row between the US and Turkish governments, with the US imposing sanctions on two senior cabinet ministers in April in an attempt to pressure Ankara into releasing Brunson.

Turkish officials claim evidence of Khashoggi's killing

Turkish officials have told the Washington Post that it has audio and video evidence that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered," said an anonymous security source. "You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic. You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured, and then murdered." Meanwhile, several media companies have announced that they are pulling out of a Saudi investment conference due to the reports of Khashoggi's murder, and British billionaire Richard Branson said he has suspended talks with the kingdom's Public Investment Fund.

Turkey claims missing Saudi writer was murdered

Turkish officials have claimed that the missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate. Khashoggi has not been seen since visiting the consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday, which initially sparked rumours that he had been detained for his criticism of the Saudi government. Over the weekend an official from the ruling AK Party told local media that there was concrete evidence that he was killed. Saudi Arabia has strongly denied the "baseless" allegations and claimed to be "working to search for him." Hundreds of people gathered outside the consulate on Monday to demand information regarding Khashoggi's whereabouts.

Seven soldiers killed in PKK attack

Seven Turkish soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in a suspected PKK attack in south-eastern Turkey. The troops were targeted in the Gercus district of Batman province on Thursday. A major military operation was launched following the attack to track down the assailants.

Saudi journalist goes missing in Istanbul

A senior Saudi journalist has gone missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Jamal Khashoggi, a strong critic of the Saudi government who lives in the US, went to complete paperwork but hasn't been seen since. "We don't know if he is being detained, questioned or when he will be released," said the Washington Post, who Khashoggi worked for.

Two security guards killed in PKK attack

Two security guards have been killed in a PKK attack in the south-eastern Sirnak province. An improvised explosive device (IED) was planted in the Silopi district and detonated as the guards were on patrol. Two others were wounded in the blast and have been transported to a hospital for treatment.

TV executives jailed in Istanbul

Three former TV executives have been jailed by a court in Istanbul. Hayatin Sesi TV’s former co-owners Mustafa Kara and Ismail Gokhan Bayram and editor-in chief Gokhan Cetin were found guilty of disseminating propaganda for the PKK and Islamic State (IS). The trio were handed terms of three years and nine months. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned the verdict, saying the sentences were "harsh and disproportionate."

Three PKK militants killed in Hakkari

Three PKK militants have been killed by the Turkish security forces in Hakkari province. The Interior Ministry said an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) targeted the insurgents in the Kavakli region.

Turkey sends reinforcements to Syrian border

Turkey is sending additional troops to the Syrian border in preparation for the major offensive by the Syrian regime on rebel-held Idlib province. Soldiers and military equipment have also been sent to Turkish outposts in northern Syria. "We have a military presence there and if that military presence is damaged or attacked in any way, it would be considered an attack on Turkey and would therefore receive the necessary retaliation," a Turkish security force told Reuters. Turkey also fears that the assault on Idlib will lead to a mass exodus of Syrian refugees, with an estimated 800,000 people trapped in the province.

Three PKK militants killed in Bingol

Three PKK militants have been killed by the Turkish military in the eastern Bingol province. In a statement, the local governor's office said troops carried out a counter-terror operation in the Asagikoy district. Earlier this week the government said 68 senior Kurdish militants have been killed nationwide since 1 January.

Erdogan takes control of wealth fund

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed himself as the head of the country's sovereign wealth fund. He has also named Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, who is also the president's son-in-law, the vice-chairman of the fund. Erdogan previously criticised the management of the fund and vowed to take tighter control of the country's struggling economy after he was re-elected in June.

Three wounded in Istanbul shooting

Three people have been wounded in a shooting in the Beylikduzu district of Istanbul. Two groups exchanged fire on Monday night, according to police.  A manhunt was launched to track down the assailants.

Spy agency captures bomb suspect in Syria

Turkey's intelligence agency has captured a key suspect behind the 2013 bomb attack in the town of Reyhanli.  Yusuf Nazik, a Turkish citizen, was detained by operatives of the National Intelligence Organisation in the Syrian port city of Latakia. At least 53 people died when two bombs exploded in the border town in May 2013.

HPG claim attack on Turkish troops

The Popular Defense Forces (HPG) claim to have killed 17 Turkish troops in attacks in Colemerg and Elih in Hakkari province. "Our forces carried out on September 4 at 17:30 an operation against the elements of the Turkish occupation army who are stationed on Elîser hill in Gever district of Colemerg where the sites and fortifications of the enemy were destroyed and two elements of the Turkish occupation army were killed in this operation," said the HPG in a statement. There was no comment from the Turkish military on the claims.

Three militants killed in northern Iraq

Three suspected militants have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. In a statement, the Turkish military said the pre-emptive strikes were carried out in the Gara area because the militants were planning attacks against troops.

Warrants issued for soldiers over FETO links

Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 22 soldiers over alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). Eight people have been detained in operations so far, with both serving and former service personnel among those wanted. Since the failed coup in July 2016 thousands of soldiers and police officers have been arrested in Turkey.

Russian tourists wounded in bus crash

Twelve Russian tourists have been wounded in a bus crash in southern Turkey. The vehicle was carrying 25 Russian tourists from Belek to the airport in Antalya province when the accident occurred. The wounded were transported to hospitals in Serik for treatment.

Russia agree missile deal with Turkey

Russia will supply S-400 missile systems to Turkey next year as part of an existing military contract. "The contract on the S-400 to Turkey is being executed within the agreed timeline," said Alexander Mikheyev, chief of weapons manufacturer Rosoboronexport. The agreement will increase tensions between Turkey and the other members of NATO, including the US who have imposed economic sanctions on Ankara over the detention of a US pastor.

Woman wounded by PKK mine in Tunceli

A woman has been wounded after a mine exploded in the eastern province of Tunceli. The victim stepped on the device in a rural area on Tuesday. She was taken to Firat University Hospital by military helicopter for treatment. The PKK is suspected of planting the mine to target the security forces.

Shots fired at US embassy in Ankara

Shots have been fired at the US embassy in Ankara. No injuries were reported after unknown gunmen opened fire on a security cabin in the capital on Monday morning. The incident comes amid an ongoing diplomatic row between Turkey and the US over tariffs and the detention of an American pastor, Andrew Brunson.

Lira falls over economy concerns

Turkey's central bank has been forced to launch emergency measures after the Turkish lira continued to weaken on Monday. The currency dropped to 7.24 against the US dollar when markets opened and has lost around 45 percent of its value this year. "The central bank will closely monitor the market depth and price formations, and take all necessary measures to maintain financial stability if deemed necessary," the bank said in a statement. Last week US President Donald Trump approved the doubling of tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum after Ankara refused to release an American pastor.

Police arrest IS suspects in Istanbul raids

Turkish police have arrested 38 people suspected of links to the Islamic State (IS) during raids in Istanbul. Counter-terror police carried out 12 separate raids in six districts on Friday. Communication devices containing pro-IS media were reportedly confiscated during the operation.

Mother and child killed in PKK attack

A mother and her 11-month old child have been killed in a suspected PKK attack in eastern Turkey. The victims were travelling through the Yuksekova district of Hakkari province when the remote-controlled device exploded. According to reports the woman was married to a Turkish soldier.

Security law passed to replace emergency rule

The Turkish government has reportedly passed a security law which is set to replace emergency rule. The parliament ratified the new counter-terror law in a session on Wednesday. According to Reuters, the law will give authorities broader powers in responding to terror threats and will also enable the the two-year state of emergency - imposed following a failed military coup in 2016 - to be lifted.

Three PKK militants neutralised in Mardin

The Turkish security forces have allegedly neutralised three PKK militants in the Mardin province. A counter-insurgency operation was reportedly launched in the Nusaybin area of the province, targeting the three militants. It has not been specified whether the suspects were killed, wounded, or arrested; however, it was stated that three firearms were seized from the suspects - indicating they were either detained or killed.

PKK leader killed in Iraq strikes

The logistics head from the PKK has been killed in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. The military said Hasan Cakmak, also known by his code name Delil Karakocan, was "neutralised" on 13 July. The military also released footage of the operation on social media.

Turkey issues arrest warrants for FETO suspects

Turkey has issued arrest warrants for 24 people accused of being members of the banned Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). The suspects allegedly infiltrated Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT), according to prosecutors. Meanwhile, 84 people were given aggravated life sentences on Thursday for alleged involvement in the failed coup in July 2016, which the government blamed on FETO.

Four students arrested over Erdogan cartoon

Four Turkish students have been arrested for displaying a cartoon which mocked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The students printed the banner and held it up at their graduation ceremony at the Middle East Technical University last week. The "The World of Tayyip" cartoon, which shows various animals with faces resembling the president, was first published in a satire magazine 12 years ago. Erdogan filed a defamation lawsuit at the time but it was thrown out on the grounds of free speech.

Erdogan appoints son-in-law as head of finance ministry

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed his son-in-law as the head of Turkey's treasury and finance ministry. News of Berat Albayrak's appointment was greeted poorly by international markets on Monday, with both the BIST 100 index and the Turkish lira falling. Albayrak, who married Erdogan's daughter Esra in 2004, has vowed to "work night and day" to deal with the country's soaring inflation.

PKK militants killed in south-east operations

At least 18 suspected PKK militants have been killed during military operations in the south-eastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Osmaniye. The Interior Ministry said the militants had been "neutralized," adding that operations in the region are ongoing.

Train derails in north-west, 24 dead

At least 24 people have been killed and more than 70 others wounded after a train derailed in north-west Turkey. The train was heading to Istanbul from the town of Kapikule, near the Bulgarian border, when six of the train carriages derailed. The authorities said landslides caused the crash, although some local media claimed a collapsed bridge was the reason. Rescue operations are ongoing at the site.

Iraqi forces kill 10 PKK militants in cross-border operations

At least 10 PKK militants have reportedly been killed in cross-border security operations launched by the Iraqi forces. The Iraqi officials allegedly confirmed the fatalities in an announcement on Friday morning, stating that the operations targeted the Hakurk and Kani Rash parts of northern Iraq and neighbouring Hakkari province in south-eastern Turkey.

Travel warning updated

The US has issued an update to its travel warning for foreign citizens travelling to Turkey. The advisory maintains that all travellers should reconsider their need to travel to Turkey due to a continued high risk of terrorist attack targeting tourists and arbitrary detention. 

President Erdogan re-elected for five-year term

Turkey's incumbent president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been re-elected for a new five-year term. Erdogan won almost 53 percent in the first round of a presidential poll, with rival Muharrem Ince second with 31 percent. The vote was the first since a controversial referendum last year, during which the post of prime minister was abolished. Ahead of the vote, Ince accused state media of political bias after Erdogan received more than 180 hours of airtime, compared to less than 16 for Ince.

Turkish dancer shot dead in Bodrum

A Turkish singer and two other people have been killed in a shooting in Bodrum. Hacer Tulu was at the Club Medusa in the resort town when gunmen opened fire. Four people have been detained by police in Manisa in connection with the attack, although a motive has not yet been established.

Airstrikes kill 26 along Turkey-Iraq border

At least 26 suspected militants have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in southern Turkey and across the border in northern Iraq. The military said the strikes were carried out in Diyarbakir and Sirnak provinces and the Qandil area, close to the Iran-Iraq border. Recently President Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch a ground offensive in the Qandil region against PKK hideouts.

Turkish soldier killed in bomb attack

A Turkish soldier has been killed and two others wounded in a bomb attack in the south-eastern province of Siirt. Suspected PKK militants planted the device in the rural Eruh district before detonating it remotely. The troops were taken to a hospital in Siirt for treatment, where one later succumbed to their injuries.

Three AK party members killed in Sanliurfa attack

Three members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK) have been killed and eight others wounded in an attack in the south-eastern Sanliurfa province. Ahmet Yıldız, brother of AK deputy Ibrahim Halil Yildiz, was among those killed in the shooting. Police arrested 10 people in connection with the attack, which is believed to have been carried out by PKK-sympathisers.

Fifty-one terror suspects detained in Istanbul

At least 51 terror suspects have been arrested by the Turkish authorities in Istanbul. The detainees are thought to have links to the Islamic State (IS). Reports have also indicated that some of the suspects were allegedly plotting an attack. 

Migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast

A migrant boat has reportedly sunk off the coast of Turkey. The accident is alleged to have happened in the Mediterranean Sea, killing approximately 35 migrants. The Mediterranean has become a frequent migrant route, with small boats often carrying almost double their maximum capacity - heightening the risk of fatal accidents at sea. 

Village guard killed in Diyarbakir

A village guard has been killed in a suspected PKK attack in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir. The incident occurred during clashes with militants in the Hani district on Thursday. The guard was rushed to the Selahaddin Eyyubi State Hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Two guards killed by roadside bomb, Hakkari

Two village guards have been killed by a roadside bomb in the south-eastern province of Hakkari. The device exploded on Thursday near the borders with Iraq and Iran. The Turkish military launched operations to target the assailants, suspected to be PKK militants.

Court sentences former military personnel to life

A Turkish court has sentenced 104 former army personnel to life in prison for their alleged involvement in the failed coup in 2016. The court in Izmir province said the accused were found guilty of "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order." Among those convicted were former air force chief of staff lieutenant general, Hasan Huseyin Demiraslan, and ex-Aegean army command chief of staff, major general Memduh Hakbilen.

Two Turkish troops killed in PKK attack

Two Turkish troops have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the eastern province of Agri. The PKK militant group are suspected of planting the device in the Dogubayazit district. In a separate incident, three PKK fighters were "neutralized" in the Semdinli district of Hakkari province.

Thousands join pro-Palestinian rally

Thousands of people have gathered in Istanbul to join a pro-Palestine rally. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the rally, which comes days after more than 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops at the border with Gaza. The president has also organised a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to denounce Israel's use of force, along with the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

PKK militants killed in south-east airstrikes

At least four PKK militants have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in the south-eastern Hakkari province. The military said the targets were "neutralized" in the Yuksekova district on Thursday. The latest phase of the PKK insurgency has been underway since July 2015, since when more than 1,000 troops and several thousand PKK fighters have been killed, mostly in the south and east of the country.

Suspected IS supporters arrested in Istanbul

Turkish police have arrested 54 people suspected of being supporters of the Islamic State (IS). Police said all of the suspects were foreign nationals who were planning to travel to Syria to fight for IS. The arrests following a similar operation in late-April, during which 41 people were detained in the city.

Two soldiers wounded in PKK attack

Two Turkish soldiers have been wounded in a suspected PKK attack in Sirnak province. The troops clashed with gunmen in the Idil district on Monday, close to the Syrian border. The injured troops were transported by helicopter to the Sirnak State Helicopter for treatment.

Turkish opposition appoints candidate

Turkey's main opposition party has announced its candidate for the upcoming presidential election. Muharrem Ince from the Republican People's Party (CHP) will challenge incumbent Tayyip Recep Erdogan from the AK Party on 24 June. Ince has been highly critical of Erdogan, accusing him of turning Turkey into an increasingly authoritarian and Islamic state.

Dozens wounded after earthquake hits Adiyaman

Dozens of people have been wounded after a strong earthquake hit the Adiyaman area of Turkey. Reuters has reported on the incident, claiming that as many as 39 people have been wounded. The 5.1-magnitude earthquake allegedly occurred at 13:34 UTC at a shallow depth of just seven kilometres near the Samsat district. Damage to buildings and infrastructure has been reported from surrounding areas.

President Erdogan calls snap election

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called a snap election for 24 June, more than a year ahead of schedule. In a speech in Ankara, Erdogan said the vote was brought forward so that he could deal with the challenge posed by Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq. Following the election, Turkey will switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system, giving Erdogan significantly increased powers.

Three soldiers killed in PKK attack

Three Turkish soldiers have been killed in a suspected PKK attack in the southern province of Sirnak. Militants fired rockets at a military base near Kuyutepe on Sunday. In response, the security forces launched air-supported operations against the PKK in the area.

Army officers detained over Gulen links

Turkish prosecutors have ordered the detention of 70 army officers over alleged links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Police have conducted operations across 34 provinces following the order from prosecutors in Konya on Friday. More than 160,000 people have been arrested and 50,000 charged or jailed since the failed coup in July 2016.

Turkish army kills three PKK militants

Three PKK militants have been killed by the Turkish military in the south-eastern province of Sanliurfa. In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said the suspects were "neutralized" in response to cross-border fire on a post in Akcale. The incident comes as the Turkish military continues it operation against Kurdish militants in neighbouring Syria under Operation Olive Branch.

Two killed in Hakkari IED blast

At least two Turkish soldiers have been killed and a third has been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the Hakkari province. The IED was likely planted by militants in an attempt to target the security forces; however, no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Gunman kills four at Eskisehir university

A gunman has shot and killed four teaching staff at a university in the north-western city of Eskisehir. The assailant has been identified as a research fellow at the Osmangazi University on Thursday. Following the shooting, the gunman surrendered to police and has been detained for questioning. Local media reported that the assailant was fired from his role and the attack was motivated by revenge.

Seven troops killed in PKK attack

Six village guards and a Turkish soldier have been killed in a suspected PKK attack in the south-eastern province of Siirt. Three guards and four soldiers were also wounded in the attack, which occurred near the village of Ormandi. The incident comes as the Turkish military continues its operation against Kurdish militants in neighbouring Iraq.

PKK militants killed in counter-terror operations

Turkish security forces have "neutralised" 23 PKK militants during counter-terror operations in the south-east of the country. The Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday that raids were carried out in the Hatay, Tunceli, Mardin and Batman provinces. The Tunceli-Pulumur-Erzincan road was closed for traffic during the operation.

Two killed in PKK attack

A Turkish soldier and a village guard have been killed in a suspected PKK attack in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir. The Diyarbakir Governor’s Office said gunmen opened fire on the victim's vehicle in the Hani district on Monday afternoon. Four others were also wounded during the attack.

Shots fired at Uber driver amid taxi dispute

Shots were fired at an Uber driver in the Kucukcekmece district of Istanbul over the weekend. The incident came amid increasing tensions better taxi and Uber drivers in the city. An unknown gunman fired four shots at the vehicle but the driver was not wounded. Last week several Uber drivers were assaulted by taxi drivers who were pretending to be customers.

Turkey jails 25 journalists

A Turkish court has jailed 25 journalists accused of links with the failed coup in 2016. The group included Murat Aksoy, a prominent newspaper reporter, who was jailed for 25 months for aiding a terrorist organisation. Others received terms of up to seven and a half years. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said the charges were "a disgrace to Turkey's justice system, and we call on authorities to drop the charges on appeal." 

Politicians clash in parliament over Afrin operation

A brawl erupted inside Turkey's parliament on Wednesday during a debate on the operation in neighbouring Syria. Members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) attacked the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Mahmut Togrul. The AKP accused Togrul of being a "mouthpiece of the PKK" after he raised concerns over the increasing civilian casualties in the conflict in Afrin.

Four arrested over US embassy plot

Four Iraqi nationals have been arrested in connection with a plot to attack the US embassy in Ankara. The group were detained during raids in the Samsun province on Monday. The Ankara governor's office said security has been increased around the embassy.

Over 100 migrants detained

Over 100 migrants have reportedly been detained by the Turkish authorities. Reports claim as many as 126 migrants were caught trying to illegally cross the Greek border. It's suspected they were attempting to travel across Europe.

Saleh Muslim released by Czech court

On Tuesday a Czech court ordered the release of Saleh Muslim, the prominent Syrian Kurdish leader who had been detained in Prague under a Turkish arrest warrant for a 2016 terror attack.  Muslim is the former leader of the Democratic Union Party (PDY) which Turkey says is part of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which has waged insurgency aganst the Turkish state for 30 years and is widely banned as a terror group.  Muslims' lawyer said he had agreed to participate in any extradition proceedings, but Ankara declared the decision "in support of terrorism", and likely to have a negative impact on relations between the two countries.

Saleh Muslim arrested in Prague

Saleh Muslim who is a former co-chairman of the main Syrian Kurdish movement, has been arrested in the Czech capital Prague on Sunday, on a warrant issued by Turkey.  The Turkish government views Muslim's Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its' associated militia as terrorists, and blame them for the 2016 bombing of a convoy of buses in Ankara, in which 37 people were killed.  There had been a reward of $1 million offered for his arrest, and efforts have already begun to have him extradited to Turkey.  Turkey is currently involved with a major military campaign against Syrian Kurdish forces in the Afrin region of Syria.

Military plane crashes in Izmir

A Turkish military training plane has reportedly crashed in the Izmir area, killing the two army pilots flying the aircraft. According to reports, both pilots died when the plane crashed immediately after take-off from an air base in the Cigli district. An investigation has been launched into the accident.

Fifteen detained in nationwide drug raids

At least 15 drug suspects have been arrested in recent nationwide drug raids. Counter-narcotic operations targeted suspects in the Adana, Antalya, Bartin, Kahramanmaras, and Mersin areas. The majority of suspects were detained in Antalya, Bartin, and Kahramanmaras, where a collective 12 suspects were arrested.

Hundreds detained for opposing Syrian offensive

Turkey has arrested 573 people for opposing the military operation in northern Syria. The government made the announcement on Monday, stating: “Since the start of Operation Olive Branch, 449 people have been detained for spreading terrorist propaganda on social media and 124 people detained for taking part in protest action." President Tayyip Erdogan has publicly called opponents of the intervention "traitors".

Turkish soldiers killed in Afrin operation

At least seven Turkish soldiers have been killed during the ongoing military offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. Five troops died when their tank was attacked by rebels, another died in a separate incident in northern Syria while one soldier was killed near the border. Fourteen soldiers have now died since the Olive Branch operation was launched on 20 January in a bid to force the People's Protection Units (YPG) out of the enclave of Afrin.

Four wounded by rocket fire, Kilis

At least four people have been wounded by rocket fire in the border province of Kilis. Two missiles fired from neighbouring Syria hit a house and a restaurant on Thursday. The incident comes as Turkish military operations continue against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian enclave of Afrin.

Turkey reverses decision to release Amnesty head

Turkey has reversed its decision to release the local head of Amnesty International. Taner Kilic was detained in June and charged with membership of a terrorist organisation, a claim which he denies and which Amnesty called "baseless." A court in Istanbul ordered the conditional release of Kilic on Wednesday before a prosecutor appealed the decision. "To have been granted release only to have the door to freedom so callously slammed in his face is devastating for Taner, his family and all who stand for justice in Turkey," said Amnesty's Secretary General Salil Shetty.

Turkey claims 260 Kurdish fighters killed in Syria operation

Turkey's military claims that 260 Kurdish fighters have been killed in the ongoing operation in northern Syria. Turkish troops crossed the border on Saturday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to defeat the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPD) around the city of Afrin. Erdogan has also threatened to extend the operation to the city of Manbij, which is also controlled by Kurdish forces. The YPG confirmed that some of its fighters had been killed, but said Turkey's claims are greatly exaggerated.

Eleven killed in Turkish bus crash

Eleven people have been killed and 44 others wounded in a bus crash in the central Eskisehir province. The vehicle was heading to the north-western province of Bursa from the capital Ankara when the accident occurred. Investigations are underway into the cause of the crash and the driver has been remanded in custody.

Turkish troops enter northern Syria

Turkish troops have entered the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin as part of the planned ground operation against Kurdish fighters. Operation Olive Branch began on Sunday following dozens of airstrikes on Kurdish targets late on Sunday. “This is a national struggle,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a rally in Bursa on Sunday. “We will crush anyone who opposes our national struggle.” The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said they had repelled the initial Turkish assault and retaliated with rocket fire on border posts.

PKK suspects arrested in Aydin

Turkish security forces have arrested nine suspected PKK militants in the south-western province of Aydin. A member of the PYD/PKK was also detained in a separate raid in the south-eastern province of Sanliurfa. The raids come ahead of a planned cross-border operation by the Turkish military against Kurdish forces in neighbouring Syria, with heavy bombardment already reported in the region.

Syria threatens Turkey ahead of military operation

Syria has threatened to "destroy" any Turkish warplanes that enter its airspace. The warning comes ahead of a planned cross-border military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria. "We warn that the Syrian Air Force is ready to destroy Turkish air targets in the skies of Syria," Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mikdad. "We warn the Turkish leaders that if they start fighting in the region of Afrin, it will be seen as an aggression by the Turkish army against the sovereignty of Syria."

Turkish forces mass near Syrian border

Turkey is amassing a large military force near the Syrian border ahead of a potential offensive. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebels would support Turkish efforts to clear the "terror nests" of Afrin and Manbij, areas which are controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). The move follows the US decision to build-up a 30,000-strong border force made up largely of YPG fighters, which Ankara regards as an offshoot of the outlawed PKK.

Eight PKK militants killed in Tunceli

Eight PKK militants have been killed by the Turkish armed forces in Tunceli province. The local governor's office said the counter-terrorism office was carried out in the Pulumur district on Saturday. One of the deceased has been identified as Murat Dag, who had a $250k bounty on his head. Weapons including Kalashnikovs and M-16 rifles were recovered during the operation.

Hundreds of migrants detained in nationwide operation

Hundreds of migrants have been detained in nationwide security operations carried out over the last few days. The Turkish security forces conducted arrest operations in the Edirne, Izmir, and Mugla provinces, arresting almost 270 migrants. The majority of the detainees were arrested in the Edirne province after failing to produce adequate documentation. It's possible the migrants were attempting to pass through Turkey en route to Europe, as the Edirne province borders Greece.

PKK targeted in northern Iraq

The Turkish military has carried out further airstrikes in northern Iraq, targeting suspected PKK militants. In a statement, the Turkish military said: "A group of armed PKK terror organization members, who were preparing for an attack on Turkish border posts, were spotted and neutralized by fire from aircraft of the Air Forces."  Seventeen militants were reportedly killed in the strikes.

Two PKK militants killed in Mardin

Two suspected PKK militants have been killed in a counter-terrorism operation in south-eastern Turkey. The military said raids were carried out in the Dargecit district of Mardin province on Saturday, adding that the two suspects were preparing an attack.

Scores of PKK militants killed in airstrikes, northern Iraq

At least 80 suspected PKK militants have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. The military said the strikes, which were carried out on Monday, also destroyed a weapons cache and two vehicles. The raids were carried out in the Asos region.

Hundres of arrest warrants issued for Gulen supporters

Turkish prosecutors have issued 360 arrest warrants for alleged supporters of cleric Fethullah Gulen within the army.  Once a supporter of President Erdogan, Gulen has lived in exile in America for years after a dispute between them.  Turkey insists a purge is essential to root out what they call "a state within a state".  Over 700 people were arrested last week in an ongoing operation since the failed July 2016 coup. Over 50,000 suspects have been imprisoned and some 150,000 officials and military personnel dismissed. 

Two soldiers wounded in PKK attack in Sirnak

Two soldiers were wounded in a PKK attack in the south-eastern province of Sirnak. Militants fired a rocket launcher at troops in the Silopi district on Thursday. The wounded were transported to Sirnak State Hospital for treatment.

Turkish security forces kill 58 PKK militants

The Turkish security forces have killed at least 58 PKK militants during counter-terror operations over the last week. The interior ministry said the operations were carried out between 13 and 20 November. Several others were arrested during the period.

Three militants killed in Diyarbakir gunfight

Three Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) militants have been killed and another has been arrested in a gunfight in the Hazro district of Diyarbakir. The gunbattle broke out between PKK militants and the security forces during a counter-terror operation in the village of Kirmatas. The security forces also confiscated a number of weapons and explosives during the raid.

Four PKK militants killed in Sirnak airstrikes

Four PKK militants have been killed in airstrikes in the south-eastern Sirnak province. The Turkish Armed Forces said the operation was carried out in a remote part of the province following intelligence that the militants were planning to carry out an attack.

PKK militants targeted in border region

At least 27 PKK militants have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the Turkish military. The strikes hit sites in the south-eastern provinces of Sirnak and Bitlis, along with the Hakurk region of northern Iraq. Two senior PKK commanders, identified as Xebat and Cekdar, were among those killed in the operations.

Terrorist suspects held in Istanbul raids

Istanbul police have arrested at least 82 foreign nationals during a series of counter-terrorism raids. Police targeted alleged Islamic State (IS) supporters and members during the raids in the Bagcilar, Beykoz, Fatih, Kucukcekmece, Pendik, Sancaktepe, and Sisli districts. The move follows a similar operation conducted by police in the capital, Ankara, on Thursday.

Turkey, France and Italy cooperate on missile defence

On 8 November, Turkey signed a letter of intent with France and Italy to strengthen cooperation on joint defence projects, including air and missile defence systems.  The Franco-Italian EUROSAM consortium together with Turkish companies will look into a system based on the SAMP-T missile system, and to determine the common needs of the three countries.  Turkeys' Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli is in Brussels attending a NATO meeting.

Nine PKK militants killed in Sirnak province

At least nine suspected PKK militants have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in the south-eastern Sirnak province. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said in a statement that strikes were carried out in the Bestler and Dereler region over the weekend. Similar strikes were also carried out in the Qandil region of northern Iraq.

Police officer killed in Diyarbakir

A Turkish police officer has been killed and four others wounded in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir. The officers were carrying out counter-terrorism raids in the Kayapinar district when they were targeted by suspected PKK militants, who threw grenades at police. One PKK fighter also died during the confrontation.

Six Turkish soldiers killed in Hakkari

Six Turkish soldiers and two village guards have been killed in clashes with PKK militants in Hakkari province. The incident happened as the militants were trying to cross into the Semdinli district from neighbouring Iraq. Five PKK fighters were also killed during the encounter.

Turkish authorities detain scores of migrants

The Turkish authorities have allegedly detained over 200 migrants in nationwide operations. According to reports, at least 126 migrants were intercepted in the north-western Edirne province, while a further 44 were apprehended in Kirklareli. Another 109 migrants were detained in the south-western Mugla province and, in a separate operation, 66 migrants were arrested near Bogaz Island. It's believed most of the migrants were trying to reach Greek islands in the Mediterranean. 

Turkish journalists cancels Amsterdam speech after arrest warrant issued

Turkish journalist, Can Dundar who has been living in hiding in Germany, has cancelled his plans to give a talk in Amsterdam next week because Turkey has called for an international warrant to be issued for his arrest. Dundar, the former editor of secular paper Cumhuriyet, was sentenced to almost six years in prison for leaking state secrets and accusing the government of providing weapons to jihadis in Syria.  The Turkish public prosecutor has asked Interpol to issue the arrest warrant, although it is not yet clear whether this has been honoured.  

Turkish civil society figure held at Istanbul airport

On 19 October, Turkish police detained a businessman who is one of the country's leading civil society figures.  Osman Kavala was detained after flying in from the southern city of Gaziantep.  Kavala is the chairman of the Anatolian Culture NGO which aims to overcome differences within Turkish society through culture and art. Dogan news agency said that he had been detained in line with an investigation by Istanbul prosecutors.  The arrest comes as concern intensifies over the fate of Turkish civil society under the state of emergency imposed after last year's failed coup that aimed to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Eleven human rights activists including the two top figures from Amnesty International's Turkey branch will go on trial in Istanbul next week on hugely controversial terror charges, while 156 journalists detained under the state of emergency are currently behind bars.

Police bus hit by roadside bomb in Mersin

A shuttle bus carrying police officers has hit a roadside bomb in the southern Mersin province. At least 12 officers were wounded in the blast, which occurred at 17:20 local time in the Yenisehir district. The PKK militant group are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Four Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq

Four Turkish soldiers have been killed in two separate incidents in northern Iraq. The Turkish military said improvised explosive devices (IEDs) caused the deaths in the Zap region, close to the border with Turkey. Ankara blamed the PKK for the attacks and said 16 militants had been killed in airstrikes in the past 24 hours.

Turkish soldiers wounded in PKK attack, Siirt

Seven Turkish soldiers have been wounded in a roadside bomb attack in the south-eastern province of Siirt. The troops were in a military vehicle when the device exploded in the Ucyol region of Sirvan district. The PKK militant group are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Journalist jailed over PKK article

A journalist from the Wall Street Journalist (WSJ) has been jailed in absentia on propaganda charges. Ayla Albayrak, who has dual Turkish and Finnish nationality, was sentenced to two years and one month over an article written in 2015 about clashes between the PKK and the Turkish armed forces in south-eastern Turkey. “This was an unfounded criminal charge and wildly inappropriate conviction that wrongly singled out a balanced Wall Street Journal report,” said Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of the WSJ.

Turkey exchanges fire with HTS along Syrian border

Turkish armed forces have clashed with Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) militants along the border with Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the clashes took place near the village of Kafr Lusin on Sunday. Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army rebels have also been carrying out operations against HTS in Syria's Idlib province. "We are taking new steps to ensure security in Idlib," said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "Today a very serious operation is ongoing in Idlib and this will continue. We will absolutely not allow the creation of a terror corridor along our borders."


Four Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attack

Four Turkish soldiers have been killed and five others wounded in an attack by suspected PKK militants in the eastern Hakkari province. The troops were travelling in the Yeksekova district on Wednesday morning when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded. The injured soldiers were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Sixteen PKK militants detained in Istanbul

Sixteen people accused of links to the PKK militant group have been arrested during raids in Istanbul. Turkish police carried out the arrests across nine districts of the city in the early hours of Thursday morning. Officers also seized a gun and ammunition during the raids.

AKP politician targeted in IED attack

A local politician from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been targeted in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack. The device was planted on the car of Salih Kahraman, deputy head of the AKP's Hakkari provincial branch, which was parked outside his house in the Berçelan district. The vehicle was damaged but no injuries were reported at the scene.

Four PKK militants killed in Hakkari

Four suspected PKK militants have been killed in Turkish military operations in the south-eastern Hakkari province. “Four separatist terror organization members were neutralized as the result of fire by Firtina howitzers,” military officials said on Friday. The armed forces also carried out further cross-border strikes on PKK bases and ammunition depots in the Zap region of Iraq.

Rival criminals group clash outside Istanbul court

Rival criminal groups have clashed outside a courthouse in Istanbul. Gunshots were reported at the Istanbul Palace of Justice in Caglayan between the Sarah and Sahin syndicates on Thursday. At least one person was wounded in the incident, while police arrested eight people at the scene.

Police officer killed in Istanbul shooting

A Turkish police officer has been killed and another wounded in a drive-by shooting in Istanbul. Gunmen opened fire on the officers at a checkpoint in Gaziosmanpasa on Monday morning. The assailants were arrested when they crashed their vehicle while attempting to flee the scene.

Turkish jets launch airstrikes in Zap

Turkish jets have launched airstrikes against PKK militants in the northern Iraqi province of Zap. At least three militants were killed in the strikes, according to the Turkish military. The army has been carrying out strikes on Mt Qandil near the Iranian border since July 2015.

Thousands join pro-secular rally in Istanbul

Thousands of people have joined a pro-secular rally in Istanbul. The event, which was attended by MPs from the opposition People’s Party (CHP) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), was organised to call for a secular and scientific education which is free to all Turkish children. “A system is being imposed on our children that says ‘education for as much as your money,’ or ‘education if you have money.’ We have struggled to give our kids an honored future and will continue to do so,” said Feray Aytekin Aydogan, head of the Union of Education Workers.

PKK militants targeted in Agri province

Five PKK militants have been killed in airstrikes in the eastern province of Agri. The Turkish military said the group were preparing attacks when they were targeted in the Diyadi district on Thursday.

Soldier wounded in car bomb blast in Diyarbakir

A Turkish soldier has been wounded in a car bomb blast in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir. A suspected PKK militant refused orders to stop at the Duru military post in the Lice district on Sunday. Troops opened fire on the vehicle, which exploded after hitting concrete barriers. Elsewhere gunmen shot dead Mehmet Salih Arlsan, a 62-year-old businessman, during an apparent abduction attempt in Siirt province.

Two PKK militants killed in Sirnak

Two Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed by the Turkish security forces in the south-eastern province of Sirnak. The deaths occurred during counter-terrorism raids in the Tahtakayaliklari area on Monday. The incident came a day after a Turkish soldier was killed in a PKK rocket attack in Hakkari province.

Four PKK militants killed in Hakkari military operations

Four members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group have reportedly been killed in military operations carried out by the Turkish armed forces in the south-eastern Hakkari province. The operations targeted a suspected PKK hideout in the rural Oglu area on Thursday 31 August. At least one of the deceased militants is thought to have been directly involved in two terror attacks in which three police officers were killed.

Bomb wounds eight in Izmir

Eight people have been wounded in an explosion in Turkey's western province of Izmir. The device had been planted in a bin in the Buca district early on Thursday. “We are getting information from police sources and they are focusing on the possibility of a terrorist attack,” said district mayor Levent Piristina.

Two killed in PKK attack, Diyarbakir

Two people have been killed in an attack by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir. An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated as two military vehicles passed in the Cinar district. Another civilian was killed in a separate attack in the Saydamli area of Lice district.

Two soldiers wounded in Hakkari blast

Two Turkish soldiers have been wounded in a bomb attack in the south-eastern province of Hakkari. The troops were driving through the village of Cobanpinar in the Yeksekova district when the device exploded. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are suspected of planting the bomb.

Two PKK militants killed in Van province

Two suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed by the Turkish security forces in the eastern province of Van. Troops also destroyed a van packed with explosives during the operation, which was carried out in the Gurpinar district. The pair were reportedly planning to detonate the device in a residential area before they were intercepted.

Nine journalists arrested over Gulen links

Nine journalists have been arrested in Turkey for their alleged links to the Gulenist movement. Among the nine detainees were Burak Ekici, a journalist working for the Turkish opposition Birgun newspaper. Thousands of people from different areas of society have been detained in Turkey for alleged links to US-based cleric Fethullah Guel, who Ankara blames for the failed coup in July 2016.

Two killed in PKK attack

Two people have been killed in an attack by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in south-eastern Turkey. A civilian vehicle carrying construction workers in the Semdinli district of Hakkari province when they hit an improvised explosive device (IED) on Monday. The incident comes days after a 15-year-old boy and a soldier were killed in a PKK attack in the north-eastern Trabzon province.

Police officer fatally stabbed in Istanbul

A Turkish police officer has been fatally stabbed in an attack in Istanbul. The assailant, reported to be a member of the Islamic State (IS), was shot dead after carrying out the attack at a police station on Sunday. He was already in custody on suspicion of preparing a suicide bomb attack in the city.

Turkish forces kill four PKK militants

Four Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in a security operation in eastern Turkey. The Turkish General Staff said two militants were killed in the Senyayla region of Mus, while two others died in Sirnak. Six other suspected militants surrendered to the security forces in the Silopi district of Sirnak.

Strong earthquake hits off Bodrum

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off the south-western resort of Bodrum. The quake struck 14km off the coast at a depth of 10km, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage following the earthquake, which comes a month after another quake killed in the same region killed two people on the Greek island of Kos.  In June 10 people were wounded in a 6.3-magnitude quake north-west of the coastal city of Izmir.

Tour boat sinks off Marmaris

One person has died and two others are missing after a tour boat sank off the resort of Marmaris in south-west Turkey. The Anemone, a 20m motor yacht, sank 200 metres off Bozburun port on Wednesday. "The ship sank rapidly for an unknown reason about 500 meters from the Marmaris-Bozburun gulf," a local official said. The deceased has been identified as Ali Dogan Cayirioglu, the owner of the vessel.

Two Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attack

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in an attack by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the south-east of the country. The troops were travelling in a military vehicle when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Diyarbakir province.  Elsewhere three PKK militants were killed by the security forces in the Tunceli province on Tuesday.

Hundreds go on trial over failed coup plot

Almost 500 people have gone on trial in Turkey over their alleged role in the failed coup attempt in July 2016.  The 486 suspects are going on trial in a special courtroom outside the capital, Ankara, to be charged with various crimes, including murder and attempting to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim cleric-turned-businessman accused of orchestrating the coup, is being tried in absentia.

PKK militants killed in south-east operations

Twelve suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in counter-terror operations in south-eastern Turkey and northern Iraq. Strikes were carried out in the Zap and Matina regions of Iraq on Saturday, while jets also hit targets in the Beytussebap district of Sirnak province. Weapons caches and tunnel networks were also destroyed, according to the Turkish Armed Forces.

Istanbul hit by torrential rain

A severe storm with torrential rain and hail has hit Istanbul, causing flash flooding and disruption to public transport.  Three people were wounded in the city, two when a wall collapsed and another injured in a fire at a port, which was caused when high winds knocked over a crane. Flights were delayed or cancelled, while motorists were stranded in flooded streets. This is the second severe storm to hit the city this month.

Turkish police arrest IS suspects in Istanbul

Turkish police have arrested 26 people with alleged links to Islamic State (IS) in Istanbul. Turkish police said counter-terror officers carried out raids on 14 addresses across nine districts of the city.  Officials said 17 of the suspects were foreign nationals, who were taken to police headquarters for questioning.

Two PKK militants killed in south-east

Two suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in a counter-terrorism operation in Sirnak province. The regional governor’s office said the clash occurred in the Farasin-Beytussebap region on Wednesday. Elsewhere a tunnel linking Turkey to Syria has been discovered in Mardin province.  Security sources said the PKK used the tunnel to move arms and militants across the border.

Turkey targets PKK in northern Iraq

At least nine Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq. Jets targeted militants in the Zap region late on Tuesday, according to the Turkish General Staff. The military said the group were planning to carry out attacks on Turkish border posts.

PKK attacks kills one Turkish soldier in Siirt

One Turkish soldier has been killed and two others wounded in an attack by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Siirt province. Gunmen opened fire on the troops with long-barreled weapons in the Baykan district on Monday morning. The two wounded soldiers were taken to Baykan State Hospital for treatment, while an operation was launched to locate the militants responsible.

Anti-Israel protests held across Middle East

Anti-Israel protests have been held in several cities across the Middle East over the security measures introduced at holy sites in Jerusalem's Old City.  More than 8,000 people gathered in Jordan's capital, Amman, on Friday, while other rallies were held in Beirut, Lebanon and Istanbul, Turkey. "With our soul, with our blood, we will sacrifice ourselves for you, Al-Aqsa,” the crowd in Amman chanted. Two Palestinians died on Friday during violent clashes with the Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Two killed in Kos as strong earthquake hits off Turkey

Two people have been killed and more than 100 others wounded on the Greek island of Kos after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the Turkish coast. The quake struck 10km SSE off the Turkish resort of Bodrum at a depth of 10km. Several injuries have also been reported in Bodrum, while damage has been reported in both locations, particularly in Kos town. Several smaller quakes have also been recorded in the area, including two 4.7-magnitude tremors close to Kos.

Flash floods hit Istanbul

Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding across Istanbul, creating widespread disruption. Flooding in several metro stations led to disruptions, while the Eurasia Tunnel, which connects the Asian and European sides of Istanbul under the Bosporus strait, was temporarily closed to traffic on Tuesday morning. The city's tram service between the Bağcılar suburb to Kabataş on the banks of the Bosphorus was also suspended. 

Turkish police kill IS suspects in Konya

Turkish police have killed five suspected Islamic State (IS) members in the central city of Konya.  Special forces officers carried out a raid at a property in the Meram district on Wednesday. Four officers were also wounded during the raid.

Justice march heads to Istanbul

Turkey's main opposition is heading towards Istanbul as part of its three-week 'justice march' from the capital, Ankara. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), organised the march to protest against the government crackdown since the failed coup in 2016.  "We will fight for (justice) inside and outside parliament," said Kilicdaroglu. A large rally is expected to be held in the city on Sunday, with tens of thousands due to attend,

Police detain IS militants in Istanbul raids

Turkish police have arrested 29 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants during raids in Istanbul.  Local media said 22 of the suspects were foreign nationals who were detained in operations in 20 locations in the city.

Rights activists detained in Turkey

Eight prominent human rights activists have been detained by Turkish police. Among those detained is Amnesty International's Turkey director, Idil Eser.  The arrests are "a grotesque abuse of power and highlight the precarious situation facing human rights activists in the country", said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary General.  The raid was carried out at a digital workshop at a hotel in Buyukada island, near Istanbul.

PKK militants targeted in Kars airstrikes

The Turkish military has carried out a series of airstrikes against suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the north-eastern Kars province.  The strikes targeted hideouts in the Sesveren Valley in the Kagizman district early on Thursday.  A similar operation in Kars last month killed eight PKK militants.

Police officer shot dead at Turkish court

A Turkish police officer has been shot dead at a court in Bursa province. The assailant, who has been identified as Musa Guler, 37, used a rifle to carry out the attack before shooting himself dead at the court in Gemlik.  Guler had lost $11k in a foreclosure lawsuit involving his ex-wife.

Five killed in PKK attacks in south-east

Five people have been killed in four separate attacks in south-eastern Turkey.  A soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Cukurca district of Hakkari province.  Elsewhere a village guard was killed and another wounded in a bombing in the Caldiran district of Van province, while roadside workers were targeted near a military base in Sirnak, leaving two dead and five wounded. Another worker was killed at a different site in Sirnak, while three Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants were killed in a subsequent army operation.

Two AKP officials killed in south-east

Two officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have been shot dead in south-eastern Turkey. Orhan Mercan, the AKP's deputy head in the Lice district of Diyarbakir, was targeted outside his home on Friday night.  The following evening Aydin Ahi, AKP deputy in the Ozalap district of Van, was kidnapped from his home and shot dead nearby.  AKP officials have blamed both attacks on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Three soldiers killed in PKK attack, Sirnak

Three Turkish soldiers have been killed in an attack by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the south-eastern Sirnak province.  A military vehicle transporting supplies was ambushed near the Elmali military base on Tuesday.  Elsewhere, four PKK members have been arrested in Sanhurfa province on suspicion of planning an attack on ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party provincial deputy Ibrahim Halil Yildiz.

Turkey exchanges fire with YPG in Syria

The Turkish military has exchanged fire with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.  The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said it hit YPG targets in the Afrin region on Tuesday in response to cross-border shelling.  "Support vehicles in the region were used to retaliate in kind against the harassing fire and the identified targets were destroyed/neutralised," the military statement said.  It is not clear if either side suffered any casualties.

Six PKK militants killed in Siirt

Six suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed by the Turkish security forces in Siirt province.  Governor Mustafa Tutulmaz said the militants died in clashes in the Pervari and Eruh districts late last week.  On Thursday the group claimed to have killed 20 Turkish soldiers in an ambush in the south-eastern Hakkari province.

Counter-terror operations conducted against PKK

At least 53 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants and 10 Turkish soldiers have been killed in the past week, according to the military. In a statement on Friday, Turkish General Staff said counter-terror operations had been conducted in Sirnak, Hakkari, Diyarbakir, Bingol, Elazig and Siirt provinces.  Hand grenades, machine guns, rocket launchers and other various weapons were seized during the operations, along with around 4,000kg of ammonium nitrate and other material used for making explosive devices.

Kidnapped teacher killed by PKK near Dersim

A teacher who was kidnapped last week by militants of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) has allegedly been killed by the militant group. The victim was abducted from Zaxge village near Dersim on Friday 16 June by suspected armed PKK militants. The militant group has now claimed responsibility for the abduction, stating that the teacher was kidnapped and killed for allegedly betraying information regarding PKK fighting positions.

Thousands march in Anakara after opposition MP jailed

Several thousand people have gathered in the Turkish capital, Ankara, to protest against the 25-year prison sentence given to an opposition lawmaker.  Enis Berberoglu from the Republican People’s Party (CHP) was sentenced on Wednesday on charges of spying.  CHP head Kemal Kilicdaroglu denounced the verdict, saying Berberoglu "has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without any evidence. What kind of a mentality or law is that? We never accept that."

Turkish soldiers killed in Diyarbakir attack

At least 15 Turkish soldiers have been killed in an attack by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Diyarbakir province.  “The operation also led to the destruction of seven military vehicles,” a PKK spokesman told ARA News.  The incident comes a day after a Turkish soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Bingol province.

Three dead in Istanbul hotel fire

Three people have been killed in a fire at a hotel in Istanbul's Kumkapi district.  A water boiler exploded at the Skalion Hotel, causing the fire to spread throughout the six-storey building.  An investigation was launched into the incident and the hotel owner has been arrested on suspicion of negligence.

Two PKK militants killed in Hakkari clashes

Two Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in clashes with the Turkish security forces in the south-eastern province of Hakkari.  Gunmen attempted to infiltrate an army base in the Semdinli, leading to a gunbattle with troops.  Elsewhere a Turkish soldier has been killed by a roadside bomb in the eastern Bingol province.

Strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Aegean

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded on the eastern Greek islands on Monday afternoon. At least 10 people have been wounded and several houses and structures on the island of Lesbos were damaged. The quake's epicentre was in the Aegean Sea, close to the western coast of Turkey, between Izmir and Bergama.  Several aftershocks have also been recorded.

One killed, 12 PKK arrested in security operations

A militant of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) has been killed and 12 others have been arrested in security operations. The first operation targeted suspected PKK militants in the town of Ogul in the southeastern Hakkari province where one militant was shot dead after a gunfight broke out. Twelve others were arrested in separate operations in the Hozat and Pertek districts of the eastern Tunceli province. The suspects will be charged with membership of a terrorist organisation and abetting a terror group.

Turkish soldier killed in Mardin clashes

A Turkish soldier has been killed in clashes with suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Mardin province.  Two militants were also killed in the fighting, which took place in the Dargecit district late on Wednesday evening.  Meanwhile two soldiers were wounded by an explosive device in the Tunceli province.

Soldiers arrested over Gulen links

Turkish police have arrested 35 military personnel over alleged links to the Gulen movement. The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office made the announcement on Monday, adding that raids were carried out across 20 provinces.  The movement, known as the Gülenist Terror Organisation (FETO) in Turkey, has been blamed for the failed coup last July and since then more than 50,000 people have been arrested by the authorities over their alleged support of FETO.

Suspected PKK militant killed in police operations, Malatya

A suspected Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militant has been killed in police operations in the Malatya province. The police apprehended the suspect in a cemetery in the town of Yakinca in the Yesilyurt district on Friday; however, the situation quickly escalated as the suspect opened fire on the police officers, prompting a fatal gunfight. The suspect was wanted by the police for allegedly plotting a terror attack in affiliation with the PKK.

Airstrikes kill 23 PKK militants

Airstrikes have killed at least 23 PKK militants in Iraq and Turkey. Approximately 13 militants were killed in the northern Duhok Governorate of Iraq, while a further 10 militants were killed in the Van province in Turkey.

Thirty PKK militants killed in eastern Turkey

At least 30 suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in counter-terror operations in eastern Turkey.  The Gendarmerie General Command said the operation took place in the Agri province on Thursday.  Three Turkish soldiers and a village guard also died in the clashes.

PKK rebel killed in clashes, Erzurum

A member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been killed and a Turkish soldier has been wounded in clashes in the Erzurum province. The clashes broke out between the PKK and Turkish forces in the early hours of the morning, near the Bespinar and Degirmen Dere villages in the Senkaya district, where the Turkish forces had been conducting searches when they encountered at least five PKK militants.

Ten dead in army-PKK clashes

Two Turkish soldiers and eight suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in clashes in the south-eastern Agri province.  Fighting erupted in the Kışlak district on Thursday, according to the provincial governor.  Eleven troops were also wounded during the fighting; two were transferred to a hospital in Van while the rest were taken to Dogubeyazit State Hospital.

Turkey carry out missile tests in Black Sea

Turkey has carried out a ballistic missile test near the Black Sea coastal region of Sinop.  “A new launch of our 280-kilometer range Bora missile has been made in Sinop. It is about to fall onto its target in the Black Sea at this moment. Turkey is now making its own missiles. We have gained great self-confidence,” said Defence Minister Fikri Isik.

US to arm YPG militia against IS

The US has approved proposals to arm the Kurdish militia. the People's Protection Units (YPG), in Syria.  The group are fighting to retake territory from the Islamic State (IS), including their self-declared caliphate in Raqqa.  Turkey, a NATO ally of the US, is strongly opposed to the proposals to support the YPG, which it views as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).  "We cannot accept the presence of terrorist organisations that would threaten the future of the Turkish state... We hope the US administration will put a stop to this wrong and turn back from it," Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Wednesday.

PKK militants targeted in south-east

At least 16 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in military operations in south-east Turkey.  Airstrikes killed seven militants in the Terzi Tepi region, while seven others were killed in an operation in the Beytussebao district.  Elsewhere, two suspected PKK fighters died in a clash with security forces in the Cukurca district of Hakkari province.

TAK leader arrested in northern Iraq

The suspected leader of the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) has been arrested in Erbil in northern Iraq.  Haci Turmak, codename 'Doktor Aydin', was detained during a joint operation with the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Tuesday.  TAK, an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), have carried out multiple attacks across Turkey, including a car bombing outside the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul last year that killed 38 people.

Turkish police make arrests over May Day plots

Turkish police have arrested 16 suspects linked to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) and six others linked to the Islamic State (IS).  The arrests were made on Sunday over allegations that the two groups were planning to carry out separate attacks on May Day.  The DHKP-C were targeted in raids in Istanbul, while the IS supporters were detained in Izmir.

Iranian TV executive shot dead in Istanbul

An Iranian television executive and his Kuwaiti business partner have been shot dead in Istanbul.  GEM TV founder Saeed Karimian was travelling through the Maslak district on Saturday when masked assailants set up a roadblock and opened fire on his vehicle.  He had previously been tried in absentia by a court in Tehran for spreading propaganda against the Iranian state, while his family said Karimian received several threats in recent months.  Turkish police are investigating the incident.

Four Turkish soldiers in PKK attacks

Four Turkish soldiers have been killed in attacks by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in south-eastern Turkey.  Two soldiers died when an IED exploded in Kars, while two others died in a blast in the Uludere district of Sirnak province.  The wounded soldiers were taken to local hospitals for treatment, while the security forces launched operations to arrest local PKK militants responsible for the attacks.

PKK militants targeted in Sirnak

At least 13 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in military operations in Sirnak province.  The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) carried out strikes in the rural Bestler Dereler area on Wednesday.  Two gun positions were also destroyed in the operation.

AKP declares victory in constitutional referendum

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has declared victory in the country's referendum on constitutional change.  The "Yes" vote received around 51.4 percent of the vote, with voter turnout around 85 percent.  The decision will see Turkey move from a parliamentary system to an executive presidency and will see the post of prime minister scrapped.  Turkey's opposition have demanded a recount, citing irregularities, while EU observers condemned the vote as "unfair and unfree".

Police arrest 412 Kurdish militants

Turkish police have arrested 412 people suspected of involvement in Kurdish militancy.  The Interior Ministry said operations were conducted across 21 provinces on Wednesday.  The statement also said 131 Islamic State (IS) members were arrested in 13 provinces.  The latest raids came after the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) carried out a bomb attack on a police compound in Diyarbakir on Tuesday.

PKK militants used tunnels for Diyarbakir attack

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claims to have used tunnels to carry out Tuesday's attack on a police compound in Diyarbakir.  Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu confirmed that the incident was a terrorist attack during an interview with Haberturk on Wednesday.  The assailants dug a 30m tunnel from an adjacent building and planted around one tonne of explosives and diesel, which were detonated by a timer.  One officer and two civilians were killed in the blast.

IS supporters arrested in Izmir

Nineteen suspected Islamic State (IS) supporters have been arrested in the coastal city of Izmir.  The group are accused of planning to "sabotage" the referendum on constitutional change at the weekend.  The state-run Anadolu news agency said the group had been in contact with IS cells inside Syria, while digital material and documents were confiscated by police.

Bomb hits police compound in Diyarbakir

An explosion has wounded several people at a police compound in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.  The blast hit a vehicle repair section of the compound in the Baglar district, causing part of the roof to collapse.  The cause of the explosion has not been confirmed and there has been no immediate claim of responsibility.  The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has carried out multiple attacks in Diyarbakir and across south-eastern Turkey, and the incident comes ahead of a referendum on constitutional change that, if successful, would broaden President Tayyip Recep Erdogan's powers.

PKK militants killed in army operations

At least 36 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed during operations conducted by the Turkish military in the south-eastern and eastern province.  The raids were carried in Diyarbakır, Şırnak, Batman, Tunceli, Hakkari and Kars between 31 March and 6 April, the military said in a statement.  Turkey's interior minister, Süleyman Soylu, claims PKK recruitment over the last six months was down by 90 percent compared to the previous year.

Syrian refugees wounded in Izmir attacks

At least 30 Syrian refugees have been wounded and more than 500 others forced to flee a makeshift camp following an attack by armed Turkish locals.  A mob of around 300 people marched to the camp in the Torbali district of Izmir on Saturday over claims that a local child had been beaten by refugees.  One person was critically wounded in the attack and taken to the provincial centre of Izmir for treatment.

Australia warns of terror threat on Anzac Day

The Australian government has warned of an increased terror threat in Turkey during the Anzac Day commemorations.  The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued the warning ahead of the anniversary on 25 April, which marks the first major military operation by Australian and New Zealand forces in World War One.  Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan said his government had received information of a possible threat and advised travellers to be cautious if visiting Gallipoli during the affected period.

Six PKK militants killed in Bitlis

The Turkish military has killed six suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the eastern Bitlis province.  The Bitlis Gendarmerie Regional Command targeted the group in the rural Anadere area of Tatvan on Tuesday.   Troops also discovered explosives - ammonium nitrate mixed with fuel - in the Tokachi area of the province.

Three killed, five wounded in Sirnak bomb attack

At least three Turkish soldiers have been killed and five others have been wounded in a bomb attack in Sirnak. It is believed that the bomb attack was orchestrated by militants residing in terrain surrounding the Gabar Mountain.

Child killed in Mardin bombing

A three-year-old girl was killed and her brother wounded in a bombing in the south-eastern province of Mardin.  The blast occurred in the Abdulkadir Pasa neighbourhood of Nusaybin district on Thursday.  The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are suspected of planting the device.

Turkey ends operation Euphrates Shield in Syria

Turkey has officially ended its operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria.  "Operation Euphrates Shield has been successful and is finished. Any operation following this one will have a different name," Prime Minister Binali Yildrim said in a statement.  The operation was launched last August with the aim of supporting the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to push Islamic State (IS) militants from Turkey's southern border.

Two PKK militants killed in Van

Two suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in the eastern province of Van.  Counter-terror police raided a property in the Shalihiye district on Thursday, leading to a gunbattle.  Five other suspects were arrested in the operation, while automatic rifles and explosives were seized from the scene.

IS recruiter arrested in southern Turkey

Turkish police have arrested a suspected Islamic State (IS) recruiter during a raid in the southern town of Saricam.  A Syrian national identified as Safwan Qahwati was detained on Wednesday.  He is believed to have provided weapons and explosives training to foreign nationals joining IS in Syria and Iraq.

PKK militant killed by own explosives

A suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant has been killed after a bomb he was preparing exploded prematurely.  Another militant was also wounded in the blast, which occurred in the town of Buca in Izmir province.  A second device exploded 20 minutes later in a rubbish bin around 300m from the first blast.  Bomb disposal teams were dispatched to the scene to scan for other IEDs.

Turkish soldier killed in rebel attack, Hakkari

One Turkish soldier has been killed in a rebel attack in the Yuksekova area of the Hakkari province. An armed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) rebel opened fire on Turkish security forces while they were unloading equipment in the mountainous terrain near Yuksekova city - where counter-terror operations are ongoing.

Forty-one militants killed in transnational counter-terror operations

At least 41 Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in Turkish counter-terror operations. Thirty-three PKK militants have been killed in counter-terror operations targeting militants in the Tunceli province of Turkey. A further eight PKK militants have been killed in air operations conducted in northern Iraq - likely in the Qandil mountains. 

Turkish soldier killed in PKK clashes

A Turkish soldier has been killed and four others wounded in clashes with Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Hakkari province.  The incident happened in the Cukurca district late on Wednesday where militants attacked the Geriktepe base.  The four soldiers were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Turkish soldier killed by sniper along Syrian border

A Turkish soldier has been killed by sniper fire from across the Syrian border.  The military said the soldier was in the Hatay province when he was hit by shots from Syria's Afrin on Wednesday.  The Turkish military responded by returning fire into the territory, which is controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia.  The YPG said Turkey had fired the first shots, wounding at least 10 civilians in villages near the border.

Two soldiers killed on Mardin-Diyarbakir highway

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb on the Mardin-Diyarbakir highway.  Troops were travelling in a convoy near Mazidagi when the device exploded on Wednesday morning.  The government has blamed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for the attack.

Twitter accounts hacked with anti-Nazi Turkish messages

Dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts have been hacked by a group attempting to spread an anti-Naxi message written in Turkish. The hijack has stemmed from an ongoing diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the Netherlands over alleged Dutch anti-migrant Nazism. Large global companies - such as Forbes, Starbucks Holland, Reuters Japan - and other influential high-profile accounts - such as Amnesty International, the UK Department of Health, European Parliament accounts, BBC North America - have been targeted in the attacks. Many accounts targeted had no connection to the diplomatic dispute. Reuters has reported that several messages included the phrase "see you on April 16" - which is presumed to be a reference to the scheduled referendum in Turkey which could grant Erdogan further powers. Most accounts targeted have recovered operational control.

Hot air balloons crash in Nevsehir province

Three hot air balloons have crashed in central Turkey, leaving at least 49 people - many of them tourists - wounded.  The incident happened in the Cappadocia region of Nevsehir province on Tuesday and appears to have been caused by unexpectedly strong winds.  A spokesman at the private Kapadokya Hospital said none of the injured are in a critical condition.

Dutch ambassador to Turkey barred from Ankara

The Dutch ambassador to Turkey has been officially barred from returning to Ankara in the latest escalation of the diplomatic row between the two countries. The deputy prime minister of Turkey, Numan Kurtulmus, has stated that the Dutch ambassador will not be allowed to enter the Turkish capital and that high-level political talks will be suspended. The diplomatic ban is a retaliatory action against the Dutch decision to block Turkish protests and rallies against the alleged Dutch and German endorsement of 'Nazism' in upcoming elections. Turkey has accused both countries of advocating far-right ideals against Islamic radicalism - which are reminiscent of the Nazi party's xenophobic policies.

Five killed in helicopter crash, Istanbul

Five people have been killed in a helicopter crash in Istanbul.  The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter had taken off from Istanbul's main Ataturk airport in foggy conditions, and some initial reports suggest it may have crashed into a television tower in the Büyükçekmece district.  Seven people were on board the helicopter, owned by Turkish conglomerate Eczacibasi, when it crashed, including four Russian citizens.

Soldier killed in Diyarbakir clash

A Turkish soldier and four suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants were killed in clashes in Diyarbakir on Wednesday.  The incident happened in the Lice district during military operations.  Fighting was also reported in the Hani and Kulp districts.

Three IS suspects arrested in Gaziantep

Three suspected Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers have been arrested in Turkey's southern Gaziantep province.  The governor's office said two people were arrested on 14 February, with a third suspect detained in neighbouring Adiyaman province last week.  Last August IS carried out a suicide bomb attack on a Kurdish wedding in Gaziantep, killing 57 people.

Islamic State (IS) suspects arrested in Istanbul raids

Turkish police have arrested 35 suspected Islamic State (IS) members during raids in Istanbul.  Officers carried out raids in 41 locations across the Sultanbeyli and Pendik districts on Wednesday.  The detained suspects were taken to the Istanbul Police Department's anti-terror bureau for questioning.

Suspect crashes into Bursa restaurant

A suspect has crashed a stolen vehicle into a restaurant in the north-western city of Bursa, wounding 11 people.  Orhan Aksu, a suspect in a murder case, stole a vehicle in a carjacking on Saturday, during which the driver was shot three times.  Aksu was also wounded in the crash and will be detained when he is released from hospital.

Turkish soldier killed in PKK clashes

A Turkish soldier has been killed in clashes with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the southern province of Hatay.  The clashes occurred in the Amanos Mountains, and late on Tuesday the military carried out four airstrikes on PKK positions.  Earlier on Tuesday police arrested more than 800 people suspected of having links to the PKK in raids across the country.

Hundreds arrested over PKK links

The Turkish security forces have arrested more than 800 people over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).  The Turkish Security Headquarters made the announcement in a written statement on Tuesday.  Police carried out the raids in the capital Ankara, the eastern provinces of Agri, Mus, Erzincan, Bitlis, and Van, as well as the southern provinces of Adana, Mersin, and Antalya, the central province of Konya, and the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and Gaziantep.

Hundreds of PKK suspects detained in nationwide operations

Hundreds of people suspected of affiliation with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been detained in nationwide anti-PKK operations conducted by the Turkish state military. Anti-terror operations targeted seven provinces - Adana, Antalya, Istanbul, Izmir, Malatya, Merzin, and Van - capturing a total of 238 PKK suspects. Caches of weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the operations.

Police arrest four IS suspects in Gaziantep

Turkish security forces have arrested four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in the southern province of Gaziantep.  Gaziantep Governor’s Office said the four men were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.  Suicide vests, explosives and weapons were also seized during the raids.

Earthquake detected off Ayvacik coast

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has occurred off the Ayvacik coast in the Canakkale province. The earthquake occurred at 03:51 UTC, at a depth of 10km. No tsunami alert has been issued, and no fatalities have been reported, however four people have been wounded and infrastructural damage has been reported in the Cam, Gulpinar, Tasagil, Tuzla and Yukari villages. Strong aftershock tremors have been experienced and those in the areas affected should continue to anticipate further tremors. 

Turkish police officers sparks hostage reports at Istanbul hospital

A Turkish police officer has attempted to commit suicide at a hospital in Istanbul.  Earlier reports in the local media suggested that the man had taken staff members hostage; however, Zekayi Kutlubay, the hospital's chief physician, said the officer had barricaded himself in his room at the psychiatric unit of Cerrahpasa hospital.  Kutlubay added that police were trying to convince him not to kill himself.

Gunman opens fire at Istanbul restaurant

One person has been killed and two others wounded in a shooting at a restaurant in Istanbul.  A lone gunman reportedly carried out the attack on Monday in the city's Beykoz district.  Local media said the assailant saw a man at the restaurant who killed his father 12 years ago and opened fire on him.

Four Islamic militants arrested in Bursa operation

Four suspected members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly Nusra Front) militant group have been arrested in the north-western province of Bursa.  Turkish security forces carried out raids in three areas of Yildirim district between 15 and 18 January, according to the Dogan News Agency. The group were suspected of sending money to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham fighters in Syria.

Five Turkish soldiers killed, nine wounded in bombing, al-Bab

Five Turkish soldiers have been killed and nine others have been wounded in a bombing carried out by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in al-Bab. ISIS militants allegedly planted explosives in a vehicle, which was driven into the Suflaniyah area of al-Bab and detonated. The Turkish troops have been supporting the Syrian government rebels in their struggle against ISIS. 

Police arrest 27 IS suspects in Bursa

Turkish police have arrested 27 suspected Islamic State (IS) members in the north-western city of Bursa.  Counter-terrorism officers carried out raids in seven locations across the city on Wednesday, also seizing passports and fake ID cards.  The group are suspected of involvement in the New Year's Day attack on a nightclub in Istanbul, during which gunman Abdulgadir Masharipov killed 39 people.

Two PKK militants killed in Van province

Two Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in a police operation in the eastern province of Van.  The Van Provincial Department raided a property in the Edremit district where two suspects were allegedly planning a terrorist attack.  Police said the suspects opened fire on them, leading to a gunfight during which both militants were killed.

Bomb explodes in Diyarbakir

Four police officers have been killed and two others wounded in a bombing in the southern city of Diyarbakir.  The device exploded as a police vehicle passed by the Dicle University campus on Monday. The wounded officers were transferred to Dicle University Medical Faculty for treatment.

MPs clash in Turkish parliament

Scuffles broke out between ruling and opposition MPs in Turkey's parliament on Thursday.  Clashes erupted between lawmakers from the AK Party and the opposition Republican's People Party during a vote on controversial constitutional amendments.  Critics say the changes will give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan too much power.

Gunmen attack police station in Gaziantep

Gunmen have attacked a police station in the southern border city of Gaziantep.  A suspected suicide bomber was shot dead by police while trying to enter the station, while another assailant is reportedly still at large.  Bomb disposal teams have been deployed to the area to search for any additional explosive devices.

Flights cancelled at Istanbul airports

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled from Ataturk International Airport and Sabiha Gokcen International Airport due to heavy snowfall in the region.  Turkish airlines announced the cancellation of 227 domestic and international flights from the city's two airports on Monday.  The General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMİ) urged passengers to monitor the latest updates on official websites or call centers before their flights.  The snow also led to disruption on the city's roads, with the municipality sending out additional staff and vehicles to clear the snow.

Police fire tear gas at Ankara protesters

Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters outside parliament in the capital, Ankara.  The opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) called for the rally, which is angry at proposed constitutional changes that would increase the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan.  Parliament is expected to pass the constitutional changes before the measures are put to a referendum in the next few months.

Police arrest Uighurs over Istanbul nightclub attack

Turkish police have arrested a group of ethnic Uighurs in connection with the deadly attack on a nightclub in Istanbul.  Deputy PM Veysi Kaynak said there was evidence that the gunman was also an ethnic Uighur, a group who hail from China's Xinjiang region and parts of central Asia.  The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack on the Reina nightclub, which killed 39 people.

Car bomb explodes outside Izmir courthouse

At least 11 people have been wounded in a car bombing outside a courthouse in the coastal city of Izmir.  Police officers shot dead two assailants at the scene, while a third is reported to be on the run.  The blast struck at around 16:00 in the Bayraklı district on Thursday.

Dozens killed in Istanbul nightclub attack

At least 39 people have been killed in a shooting at a nightclub in Istanbul. A gunman opened fire on patrons of the Reina nightclub at 01:30 local time as people celebrated the New Year. Many of the deceased are reported to be foreign nationals, while around 70 people were also wounded in the attack. The interior minister said a manhunt is underway to find and arrest the assailant.

Gunman opens fire on US embassy

The US embassy in Ankara has closed after a gunman fired shots near the building.  A suspect identified as 'Sahir S' in the Turkish media fired nine rounds near the embassy in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  The incident came hours after Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot dead at an art gallery in the city.  The US embassy said its missions in Ankara, Istanbul, and the southern city of Adana would be "closed for normal operations on Tuesday".

Russian ambassador shot in Ankara

Russia's ambassador to Turkey has been shot and wounded in the capital, Ankara.  Andrei Karlov was making a speech at an art gallery when he was targeted by an unidentified gunman on Monday.  The ambassador was taken to hospital for treatment, while further clashes were reported between the assailant and security forces at the site.

Soldiers killed in Kayseri bombing

At least 13 soldiers have been killed and 56 others wounded in a car bombing in the central Turkish city of Kayseri.  The blast struck a bus opposite the Erciyes University on Saturday. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said seven people have been detained in relation to the attack, which comes a week the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) carried out a similar bombing in Besiktas, Istanbul.

Turkish author killed in attack, Istanbul

Turkish author, Beki İkala Erikli, has been killed in an attack at her personal office in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. The suspect was an armed female assailant who managed to flee the scene on foot after the attack. Police investigations are underway, however the assailant has not been identified yet.

Dozens of wounded Syrian refugees arrive in Hatay

At least 51 wounded Syrian refugees have arrived in Hatay from Aleppo. The refugees have been offered medical help from Turkish medical teams in the area, with more refugees expected to arrive throughout the next few weeks. Aleppo has been torn by civil war in Syria between the Syrian regime forces and militant forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) - resulting in the evacuation of thousands of Syrian civilians - many of whom have been caught in bombings and require immediate medical attention.

Terror alert issued in Adana

A terror alert has been issued in Adana amid suspicion of a potential Islamic State (IS) attack. The Turkish police forces have reportedly issued the alert after receiving intelligence suggesting an imminent terrorist threat from IS militants as they are believed to have developed the intent and capability to carry out an attack. Travellers in the area should avoid unnecessary travel, and be on alert for suspicious activity - which should be reported to local authorities. 

Turkish army targets PKK in northern Iraq

The Turkish military said 29 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in airstrikes across the border in northern Iraq.  The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said the militants were "neutralised" in the northern Zap region.  The operation comes days after the military carried out 12 strikes on PKK targets in the same area.

Flights cancelled across Turkey due to snow

Dozens of flights have been cancelled across Turkey due to snow and freezing rain.  Turkish Airlines said it cancelled 20 scheduled domestic and international flights planned for Wednesday, while the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMİ) announcing that five percent of the flights from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport scheduled between 13 and 14 December would be cancelled. "Passengers should check the websites of the companies they bought tickets from to stay informed as to whether their flight will be affected," the DHMI statement said.

Turkish jets hit Kurdish militants after Istanbul attack

Turkish fighter jets have carried out a series of airstrikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.  Planes struck 12 different Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets in Zap on Sunday, a day after the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) carried out a twin bomb attack in Istanbul, killing 44 people.  The security forces have also detained 235 people for alleged links to the PKK, including members of the Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP).

TAK claims Istanbul attacks

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) militant group has claimed responsibility for the twin bomb attack in Istanbul on Saturday.  TAK - an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - said two of its fighters also died in the incident near the Vodafone Arena.  The group said the attacks were in reprisal for the ongoing operations against Kurdish groups in the south-east of the country.

Twin bomb attack kills 38 in Istanbul

At least 38 people have been killed and more than 160 others wounded in a twin bomb attack outside a football stadium in Istanbul. The car and suicide bomb exploded hours after a match between Besiktas and Bursaspor at the Vodafone Arena on Saturday evening. Initial reports suggest that the blast was targeting a police riot van, with many of the dead said to be police officers.  The Turkish government has blamed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for the "terrorist" attack.

Two mayors arrested on terrorism charges

Two Turkish mayors have been arrested by anti-terror police of charges of terrorism. The mayor of Kayapinar, Mehmet Ali Aydin, and the mayor of Yenisehir, Selim Kurbanoglu, have been detained in connection to police probes into public officials associating with terrorist organisations. The probes came after two co-mayors of the Diyarbakir city were arrested in October on terrorism charges. Both sets of mayors arrested have members of Turkey's Democratic Regions Party (DBP).

Three soldiers killed in Hakkari province

Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in clashes with Kurdish militants in the south-eastern province of Hakkari.  The troops were targeted in the Cukurca district by suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Friday morning.  The Turkish military deployed additional troops to the region in response to the attack, which occurred close to the border with Iraq.

Soldier killed in PKK attack in Sirnak province

A Turkish soldier was killed in a roadside bomb attack in the south-eastern Sirnak province on Wednesday.  The device, which exploded as a military vehicle passed, had been planted in the Uludere district, close to the border with Iraq.  The military suspect that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were behind the attack.  Earlier this week the governor of Sirnak said 10 PKK militants had been "neutralised" by the army in counter-terrorism operations.

Village guard killed in PKK attack in Diyarbakir

A village guard has been killed and two others wounded in a suspected attack by militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the south-eastern Diyarbakir province.  The incident happened in the Cardak neighbourhood of Silvan district on Monday evening.  The victims were transferred to a local hospital where one of them succumbed to his injuries.

Two Turkish soldiers killed in eastern Turkey

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in an attack by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the eastern province of Tunceli.  The soldiers were wounded during clashes in the Aliboğazı region on Monday before succumbing to their injuries at the Elazig Firat University Hospital.  The incident occurred as the Turkish military launched a major operation against PKK bases in Tunceli and Bingol province, seizing bomb-making materials and weapons.

Two dead in Adana car bombing

At least two people have been killed and 30 others wounded in a car bombing outside the governor's office in the south-eastern town of Adana.  The device exploded in a car park outside the office at around 08:00 on Thursday morning.  "Damned terror continues to target our people. We will fight with this terror to the end in the name of humanity," Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik  said.  Adana is 16km from the Incirlik Air Base and 40km from Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

Turkish jets carry out al-Bab strikes

Turkish warplanes have resumed airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) positions around the north-western city of al-Bab, following a week-long pause.  Positions in Bzaghah, Qabasin, Suflaniyah and the north of al-Bab were hit in the strikes, with the Turkish military claiming 17 IS targets were destroyed.  The strikes came a day after a Turkish soldier was killed and three others wounded near al-Bab.  The wounded soldiers were evacuated across the border to Turkey's Gaziantep province for treatment.

Swedish journalists detained in Turkey

Turkish police have detained two Swedish TV journalists in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir.  The pair, who have not been fully identified, were arrested for filming near a military zone.  They have been transferred to a section of the police which specialises in the deportation of foreign nationals.  Last week French journalist Olivier Bertrand was detained in Gaziantep province, an incident which French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault described as "deeply shocking, unacceptable."

Turkish officers seek NATO asylum

A number of Turkish officers serving in NATO have requested asylum in their host countries, according to the alliance's secretary-general.  Jens Stoltenberg did not name the individuals or the countries where they had been posted, but said he will travel to Istanbul for talks at the weekend. Reports in the German media have suggested that several Turkish officers have sought asylum in Germany.  The Turkish government has arrested or sacked tens of thousands of civil servants and security personnel since July's failed coup.  

Two wounded in shooting near Russian consulate

Two people have been wounded in a shooting near the Russian consulate in Istanbul's Istiklal Street.  Local media have reported that the incident was sparked by an argument among three people and was not related to the consulate.  The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening and police have launched an investigation.

Pro-Kurdish mayor arrested in eastern Turkey

The mayor of eastern Siirt province has been arrested during a terrorism-linked probe, according to Turkish police.  Tuncer Bakirhan, who belongs to the Democratic Regions Party, a sister party of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was detained after Siirt public prosecutor's office issued a warrant.  Last month Diyarbakir Mayor Gulten Kisanak, also a member of a pro-Kurdish party, was arrested over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Ten wounded in Istanbul blast

At least 10 people have been wounded in an explosion in Istanbul.  The blast was reported at a cosmetics manufacturing plant in the Sultanbeyli suburb .  The cause of the blast has not yet been established, and comes just hours after four people were wounded in a blast in the Maltepe district of the city.  According to the Dogan News Agency the device was sent via a courier to an electronics and engineering company and exploded when an employee opened it.

Opposition newspaper head arrested in Turkey

The head of the opposition daily Cumhuriyet has been arrested in Turkey.  Akin Atalay was detained on arrival at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport on Friday after he returned from Germany.  Nine staff members at Cumhuriyet were arrested last week as part of the ongoing government crackdown which has seen more than 35,000 people arrested and thousands more sacked or suspended in response to July's failed coup.

Three wounded in attack on governor's office in Mardin

Three people have been wounded in an attack on the district governor's office in the south-eastern province of Mardin.  Unknown assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at Muhammed Fatih Safitürk's office in the Derik district on Thursday.  The district governor was among the wounded and has been transferred to the Kiziltepe State Hospital for treatment.

Seven PKK militants killed in Tunceli

At least seven suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in operations in the south-eastern province of Tunceli.  The regional governor's office said the army had carried out counter-terror operations in the Bali Deresi region on Monday.  A cache of weapons and explosives were also recovered during the operation.

Soldier killed in PKK attack in Sirnak

A Turkish soldier has been killed in an attack by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the south-eastern province of Sirnak.  Troops from the Görmeç Battalion were targeted late on Monday eveining before the assailants fled into nearby woods.  Another soldier was wounded in the incident and transported to Sirnak State Hospital.

Shots fired at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport

Turkish police opened fire on a motorcycle outside Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport on Sunday after the rider ignored an order to stop.  One of two men on the motorcycle was wounded and arrested while the second was arrested following a police pursuit.  The incident led to a temporary restriction on vehicles entering and leaving the airport.

Deadly blast rocks Diyarbakir

Several people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a large explosion in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.  The country's justice minister, Bekiz Bozdag, said Friday's blast killed both police and civilians in the largely Kurdish city.  The incident came after 11 MPs from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party were arrested as part of ongoing terrorism-related investigations.

Turkey removes 1,200 gendarmerie for coup links

Turkey's Interior Ministry said more than 1,200 gendarmerie personnel have been removed from office for alleged links to July's failed coup.  In a statement the ministry said 419 commissioned officers, 604 noncommissioned officers, 158 sergeants, 28 privates first class and nine other officials had been removed since July 15.  More than 110,000 civil servants, judges, prosecutors and members of the security forces have been sacked or suspended as part of the government's ongoing purge.

Three soldiers and thirteen PKK militants killed in Hakkari province

On 31 October, clashes between Turkish soldiers and militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Hakkari province resulted in the deaths of three soldiers and 13 PKK fighters. The soldiers were on an operation in the Daglica district when they came under fire, leaving three soldiers and four militants dead and another soldier wounded. Nine more PKK militants were killed and four were severely wounded in a separate operation in the Hisar region of the province. Turkish security officials state that security operations are being carried out in the province to root out militant forces, and are being supported by airstrikes. 

Security guards wounded in PKK attack

Three security guards have been wounded in an attack by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the southern Mardin province.  The incident happened outside the offices of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party in the Kiziltepe district late on Sunday.  Police have launched an operation to catch the assailants.

Cumhuriyet newspaper editor arrested in raid

Turkish police have arrested the editor-in-chief of a leading opposition secular newspaper.  Murat Sabuncu was detained along with nine other employees of the Cumhuriyet newspaper during raids on Monday.  The move came a day after 10,000 civil servants were sacked and 15 media outlets shutdown over alleged links to July's failed coup.

Internet blocked and clashes between police and protesters in Diyarbakir

On 26 October, a full internet shutdown was reported in Diyarbakir, as were protests over the arrest of Mayor Gültan Kışanak and co-mayor Fırat Anlıon. The connectivity issues have affected Diyarbakır, Mardin, Batman, Siirt, Van, Elazığ, Tunceli, Gaziantep, Şanlıfurfa, Kilis and Adıyıman. Both landlines and mobile internet operators have been affected by the shutdown. Demonstrators have clashed with police in the streets of Diyarbakir, with police using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters. 

Mayor of Diyarbakir arrested on terrorism charges

On 25 October, Gültan Kışanak, the mayor of Diyarbakir, was arrested as part of an ongoing terror probe. Mayor Kışanak is a member of the pro-PKK Democratic Regions Party (DBP). Democratic Regions Party (DBP) member and co-mayor Fırat Anlı was also taken into custody. 

Dozen wounded in Antalya blast

At least 12 people have been wounded in an explosion in the southern resort town of Antalya.  None of the injuries are serious and were caused by flying glass in a car park outside the Antalya Trade and Industry Chamber.  "It could be an explosion caused by an accident. Initial information suggests there are no life-threatening (injuries)," Antalya Mayor Menderes Turel told broadcaster CNN Turk.

Turkish military kills eighteen PKK militants

On 21 October, the Turkish military stated that they had killed 18 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in operations in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq. 12 PKK fighters were killed on 20 October in Cukurca district, Hakkari province, and six were killed in airstrikes in the Avashin Basyan region of northern Iraq. The Turkish military also claimed to have fired on Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish YPG militia targets in northern Syria. The Syrian military called the strikes an act of "blatant aggression" and stated that they will shoot down any Turkish jets entering Syrian airspace. 


Twenty-three killed and five wounded in clashes between army and PKK in Çukurca, Hakkari province

On 19 October, 23 people were killed and five were wounded in counter-terror operations against militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Çukurca, Hakkari province. 21 PKK militants were killed in combined air and ground offensives, and two Turkish soldiers were killed. The fighting was focused in the Uzundere Hisar and Güven areas, between 00:00 and 07:00 local time. Nine PKK militants were killed in an operation by ground troops, during which the two Turkish soldiers were killed, and two others were killed in a drone strike. Another ten militants were killed in airstrikes at around 08:25 local time. The five wounded soldiers were all taken to hospital for treatment. 

Three people injured in PKK mortar attack in Osmaniye

On 19 October, three people were wounded in an attack carried out by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Osmaniye province. Five mortar shells were fired from the Amanos Mountains into the nearby Gebeli and Selimiye neighbourhoods. A mother and her four-year-old son were among those wounded and have been taken to hospital, along with the third wounded individual. All three are reported to be in a good condition. An operation to catch the attackers has been launched by the security services. 

Turkish fighter jets violate Greek airspace

Shortly before 16:00 local time on 19 October, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets violated Greek airspace southeast of Rhodes and south of Kastellorizo and were pursued by two Greek fighter jets. A separate pair of Turkish jets then entered Greek airspace and engaged in an aerial battle with the Greek aircraft. Greek defence officials state that the Turkish aircraft were all armed. The Turkish jets then reportedly withdrew back to Turkish airspace without further incident. On 20 October, another Turkish jet entered Greek airspace near the islet of Panagia and was intercepted by Greek fighters.

Turkish Airlines suspends flights to Suleymaniyah, Basra and Najaf

On 18 October, Turkish Airlines temporarily suspended all flights to Suleymaniyah, Basra and Najaf due to the ongoing operation to retake Mosul from Islamic State (IS) forces.

Four Islamic State suspects arrested in Istanbul

On 18 October, four Islamic State (IS)-linked suspects who fought against the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) have been arrested in Istanbul. The Istanbul Police Department carried out raids in the districts of Ümraniye, Üsküdar, Sultanbeyli and Pendik.

Police kill suspected Islamic State suicide bomber in Ankara

On 19 October, Turkish police shot dead a suspected Islamic State (IS) militant who was believed to be planning a suicide attack in Ankara. Police reportedly tracked the militant to the ninth floor of a building on the city's outskirts at around 03:00 local time. The suspect opened fire when police called for him to surrender, leading to a firefight in which he was shot dead. Explosive materials, including sticks of dynamite and ammonium nitrate, were recovered from the scene. Police believe the suspect may have been planning to attack ceremonies due to be held on 29 October at the old parliament building and Anitkabir.

Ten PKK militants killed in airstrikes in Tunceli province

On 17 October, the governor's office in Kutudere, Tunceli province, released a statement reporting that ten militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) had been killed in airstrikes. The statement also claimed that violent clashes had taken place between PKK militants and Turkish security forces in the area. 

Public gatherings banned in Ankara over terror threat

On 17 October, the Ankara governorate banned all public gatherings and demonstrations until 30 November after reportedly receiving information about potential terror attacks. They said that the decision was taken "to ensure people's safety and public order." The governorate stated that certain groups were thought to have been planning attacks on meetings and public demonstrations. The decision to ban all public demonstrations is in line with the national state of emergency declared after the failed 15 July coup attempt. 

Rocket attack in Kemer district, Antalya; no casualties

On 14 October, three rockets hit a fishing company's shop in the Kemer district of Atlaya. They were reportedly launched in the direction of the harbour, where an oil tanker was anchored. One of the rockets hit a warehouse, which caught fire but the flames were quickly extinguished. No casualties were reported in the bombardment. Police have begun an investigation into the attack and are sweeping the area where they believe the rockets were launched. 

One soldier killed, five wounded in PKK bomb attack in Şırnak province

On 13 October, one soldier was killed and five security personnel, including four soldiers and one village guard, were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in a rural area in the Beytüşşebap district of Şırnak province. Militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) detonated the device as the security personnel were carrying out a search operation. The wounded have been taken to Şırnak State Hospital. Security forces engaged in armed clashes with PKK militants after the attack, and security operations are underway in the area. 

Police arrest 55 members of HDP and DBP parties

On 11 October, Turkish police arrested 55 members of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and affiliated Democratic Regions Party (DBP) in raids across Diyarbakir district. Senior officials, co-chair members and lawmakers were among those arrested. Computers, mobile phones, cameras and data storage devices were all confiscated in the raids. 

Cargo train hit by IED in Erzincan

On 11 October, a cargo train was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Erzincan, damaging the rails and causing the train to derail. No one was killed in the incident and police have launched a large-scale operation in response to the attack. An investigation into the incident has begun. 

Turkish-backed rebels capture 14 villages around Dabiq

On 10 October, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that, in the past 24 hours, Turkish-backed rebel forces had recaptured 14 villages from Islamic State (IS) forces around Dabiq. Braghidah, al-Bul, Jazir, Sheikh Rih, Kafrghan, Ghazal, Yahmoul, al-Adiyyah, al-Toqli, Shwirin, Tal Hussein, Mrighel, Rael, and Fairuziyyah are all villagers that were previously under IS control. Rebel units are reportedly advancing towards Dabiq, with support from Turkish tanks and airstrikes. 

Government orders detention of police officers

On 11 October, Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of 125 police officers in Istanbul over links to the Gulen movement, who the Turkish government blames for the failed 15 July coup attempt. Authorities carried out raids across Istanbul, and 30 of the 125 officers taken into custody were deputy police chiefs. The prosecutor said that the officers were suspects because of their use of a little-known smartphone app called ByLock. 

AKP member shot dead in Diyarbakir

On 10 October, an official in the ruling AK Party, Deryan Aktert, was shot dead by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants. Aktert, who headed the party's branch in the Dicle district of Diyarbakir, was attacked in his office at 22:30 local time (19:30 GMT). No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but Turkish authorities believe it was carried out my members of the PKK. 

Islamic State attacks Turkish troops in Bashiqa

On 9 October, Islamic State (IS) militants used an unmanned drone and artillery, reportedly left by Iraqi forces when they were forced out of the area in 2014, to attack Turkish troops in Bashiqa military camp. Turkish forces responded by shooting down the drone with a stinger missile and targeting IS positions with heavy howitzer artillery. 

Police use tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in Ankara

On 10 October, police used tear gas, water cannons and plastic bullets to prevent pro-Kurdish activists from holding a protest marking the one-year-anniversary of an Islamic State (IS) attack on Ankara Central railway station, in which 103 people died. The governor of Ankara had previously banned demonstrations and protests as part of the state of emergency declared across the country in the wake of the failed 15 July coup attempt.

Hundreds of PKK militants killed since August

On 10 October, Turkish military sources stated that 417 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in security operations since 29 August. 79 militants have also been arrested, 41 of whom reportedly surrendered. Mortars, rockets, machine guns, rifles, ammunition and other equipment have also been seized during the operations. Turkish forces have suffered 88 killed and 152 wounded during the operations. 

Car bomb kills 18 at south-east checkpoint

At least 18 people have been killed and 26 others wounded in a car bomb attack at a checkpoint in south-eastern Turkey.  The device exploded after soliders stopped a vehicle in Durak in the Hakkari province.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although Turksih officials have blamed militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Two suicide bombers detonate vests in Ankara

Two suicide bombers were killed after they detonated their explosive vests in the capital, Ankara on Saturday.  Police said the man and woman, who were planning attacks on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), blew themselves up after refusing to surrender to police.  The incident happened on a rural horse farm in Haymana on the outskirts of the capital.

Five wounded in explosion outside police station in Istanbul

At approximately 14:00 GMT on 6 October, five people were wounded, one seriously, after a car bomb exploded outside a police station in the Sirinevler district of Istanbul, close to Ataturk airport. Emergency services attended the scene within minutes and security forces have been deployed in the area. It is not yet known who is responsible for the attack. 

Over one hundred arrest orders issued for military and intelligence personnel over failed coup attempt

On 5 October, the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office issued detention warrants for 101 suspects believed to have links to the Gulen movement, held responsible for the failed coup attempt on 15 July, 2016. Many of the arrest orders are for serving military and intelligence service personnel. A total of 55 people have been detained in arrest operations carried out in 31 provinces, and digital data was seized during searches of their homes.

Rising diplomatic tensions between Turkey and Iraq

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has summoned Iraq's ambassador to Ankara over the Iraqi parliament's decision to remove the Bashiqa camp, 30km northeast of Mosul, where Turkish troops train Iraqi forces. The Iraqi parliament also branded the Turkish forces "occupiers." On the same day, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador to Baghdad. Baghdad complained about the deployment of Turkish troops to the camp, calling it a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and insisting the Turkish forces be withdrawn. Turkey said that the 150 soldiers and up to 25 tanks were stationed in Bashiqa to protect Turkish servicemen training Iraqi volunteers to fight the Islamic State (IS).

Twenty-three Islamic State militants killed in clashes with Turkish forces

On 5 October, 23 Islamic State (IS) fighters were killed in clashes with Turkish forces in Ziyara, northern Syria. One Turkish soldier was also killed in the fighting and three others were wounded. The clashes broke out when IS militants attempted to infiltrate the area. Turkish military sources state that 75 IS targets have also been shelled 221 times. 

Five PKK suspects detained over car bombing plot in Adana province

On 4 October, police arrested five Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Adana province. The suspects are accused of being in the final stages of preparing simultaneous car bomb attacks in multiple locations, including Adana airport, the district Governor's office and multiple police stations. Counter-terrorism police reportedly seized 21 kilos of TNT explosive, two hand grenades and a machine gun during the raid. 

Two soldiers killed in attack on military base in Diyarbakir

On 4 October, two soldiers were killed and three more wounded when Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants launched an attack on the Killihane Tepe military base in the Lice district of Diyarbakir province. A group of militants fired on the base at approximately 17:30 local time with rocket launchers and rifles. The dead and wounded were evacuated to hospitals in Diyarbakir. 

Government suspends 12,800 police officers

On 4 October, the Turkish government announced that 12,801 police officers, including 2523 police chiefs, have been suspended from the police force pending investigations into links with the Gulen movement and the failed 15 July coup. 

State of emergency extended for three months

On 3 October, the Turkish government extended the state of emergency, first implemented in the aftermath of the failed 15 July coup attempt, for another three months. It will be renewed from 01:00 local time on 19 October. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that the country's fight with terror is so "deep" that it cannot be resolved in just three months.  

Two soldiers killed in PKK attack in Hakkari province

On 3 October, two soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated next to their vehicle in the Kamışlı village in Yüksekova district, Hakkari province. The device was remotely detonated by militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). One soldier was wounded in the attack and was evacuated to Yüksekova State Hospital.

Brother of Fethullah Gulen arrested in Izmir

On 2 October, police arrested Kutbettin Gulen, brother of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, at the home of a relative in the Gaziemir district of Izmir province. Fethullah Gulen has been accused by the Turkish government of organising the failed 15 July coup attempt. Kutbettin is the first of Gulen's siblings to be arrested, and has been accused of "membership of an armed terror group."

Six PKK militants killed in Ordu province

On 30 September, six militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in a clash with security forces in Ordu province. The militants were spotted by the security forces during routine field scanning, and are believed to be the same militants that carried out an attack in Mesudiye on 31 July in which three soldiers were killed. An M16 assault rifle was found on the bodies, along with five AK47 rifles, hand grenades and several documents. 

One killed and two wounded in PKK bomb attack

On 30 September, one village guard was killed and two soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated next to their vehicle as they travelled along the Sirnak-Cizre highway in Sirnak province. Military sources have stated that the device was placed by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants. The wounded soldiers were immediately evacuated to Sirnak State Hospital. 

One thousand five hundred prison staff suspended over coup links

On 30 September, Turkish authorities suspended 1500 prison personnel and guards over links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey accuses of orchestrating the failed 15 July coup. The staff have been temporarily suspended but could be sacked if concrete links are found in the investigations.

Four migrants killed and twenty-three missing after boat capsizes in Aegean Sea

On 29 September, a dinghy carrying 31 migrants capsized in the Aegean sea, south-west of Bodrum, killing four. A further 23 migrants are still missing. The dinghy had reportedly left Turkey and was heading towards Greece.

PKK militants kill three village guards in Hakkari province

On 29 September, three village guards were killed when militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fired on them as they were patrolling a rural area of Hakkari province. Village guards are local residents who are paid and armed by the Turkish government and occasionally fight alongside the security forces against the PKK. 

Arrest warrants issued for suspected coup supporters

On 27 September, the Turkish government issued 121 arrest warrants in 18 different cities as part of an operation to arrest perpetrators and supporters of the failed 15 July coup. Those wanted for detention reportedly include directors of a charity linked to the movement of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government accuses of orchestrating the coup. 


Eighty-seven members of the National Intelligence Agency dismissed

The Turkish government has dismissed 87 members of the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) over suspected links to US-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen. Gulen is blamed by the government for the failed coup attempt on 15 July. Criminal complaints have been lodged against 52 of those dismissed. 141 MIT personnel have been dismissed since the coup attempt and investigations on 100 of them have now been completed. 

Four soldiers killed in roadside bomb attack in Mardin province

On 26 September, four soldiers were killed and six others were wounded when a roadside bomb planted by PKK militants detonated as they passed by. The soldiers and village guards were returning from duty in a civilian minibus when the device exploded on the Kızıltepe - Derik road in the Derik district of Mardin province. The injured soldiers were transported to various hospitals in the region where four of them later died of the wounds they sustained. An operation has been launched to capture those responsible. 

Six wounded after rocket fired from Syria lands in Turkey

On 22 September, a rocket fired from Syria landed in Kilis, on the Turkish border, wounding six people. Five of the wounded are believed to be children. The rocket, alleged to have been fired by Islamic State (IS) militants, hit a busy shopping street in the town. All six victims are Syrian nationals and none of their wounds are life-threatening. This is the first such attack since Turkish-supported rebels cleared IS fighters from Turkey's southern border earlier this month. 

Two killed in flooding in Black Sea region

Two people have died in flooding in the Beşikdüzü district of Trabzon province, in the Black Sea region, after heavy rains caused rivers to spill over their banks. The bottom floors of hundreds of houses and businesses have flooded and cars have been abandoned in the street. Electricity has been cut off in some areas and water installations have been damaged, with the authorities distributing water among residents. Rescue teams have been deployed to rescue people who have been cut off by the rising water. 

Attacker shot after attempting to storm Israeli embassy in Ankara

An attack on the Israeli embassy in Ankara was foiled when a local guard shot the assailant in the leg. The attacker reportedly approached the embassy with a knife before he was engaged by the security guard and wounded in the foot. It is not known whether he was attempting to attack police officers or the embassy itself. Turkish media reported that two people tried to enter the embassy, with staff taking refuge in a shelter. Initial reports claimed that one person was killed, but this is is unconfirmed.

Thirteen arrested in Izmir over FETO links

On 20 September, 13 people were arrested at the headquarters of PETKIM, the country's biggest petrochemicals company, in the Aliaga district of Izmir, western Turkey. They were accused of having links to the Fethullahist Terror Organisation (FETO), who President Erdogan has labelled as being behind the failed coup attempt on 15 July. The operation took place at 09:00 local time (06:00 GMT).

Two Islamic State suicide bombers arrested in south-eastern Turkey

Two Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers alleged to have been planning attacks have been arrested in south-eastern Şanlıurfa province were arrested on Monday. Suicide vests and explosives were found on the suspects, leading police to believe that they were about to carry out an imminent attack. Their nationalities have not yet been released. 

Forty foreign nationals arrested in Istanbul over links to Islamic State

Simultaneous raids on 23 addresses in Fatih district, Istanbul, by Turkish counter-terror police led to the arrest of 40 foreign nationals, suspected to have ties to the Islamic State (IS) terror group. The suspects are reported to be from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Azerbaijan, with some of them having travelled to the conflict areas within Syria several times. 

Five PKK militants killed in Hakkari province over AKP politician's assassination

On 16 September, Turkish security forces killed five PKK militants during a military operation in Semdinli district, Hakkari province. The militants are suspected of being involved in the assassination of an AKP politician in Hakkari province on 14 September. Security sources state that three of the militants were killed by artillery fire in one area of the district, and the other two were killed close by, without giving further details. 

One killed and four injured in PKK IED explosion in Mardin

On 15 September, one person was killed and four others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Nusaybin neighbourhood of Mardin province, south-eastern Turkey. The device is believed to have been planted by PKK militants.

Ten killed and five wounded in PKK attack in Agri

On 15 September, an attack launched by PKK militants in Agri province, eastern Turkey, left seven village guards, one former village guard, 1 sergeant and one soldier dead. Three soldiers and two civilians were wounded in the attack. Following the attack, an armed clash between PKK militants and Turkish security forces broke out in the Tendurek Mountain. 

British Embassy in Ankara temporarily closed for security reasons

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have released a statement saying that "The British Embassy in Ankara will be closed to the public on Friday 16 September for security reasons." 

German embassy and consulates closed amid attack fear

The German embassy in Ankara and several other consular posts were shut down temporarily, due to the possibility of an attack during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. The German Foreign Ministry confirmed the closure of the consulates and the embassy, however it did not give the reason or further information. Some speculate that the preventive closure of the buildings was due to a publication of the German weekly Der Spiegel, which portrayed the Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan as a dictator. The move was condemned by the Turkish foreign ministry, who considered the move as provocative and absent of truth. 

AKP member killed in Hakkari province

On 14 September, Ahmet Budak, a local politician of the ruling AKP party was shot and killed outside of his house in Şemdinli district, Hakkari province. The assailants were not identified and escaped the area. The authorities have not released any details as to the motivation behind the assassination, and a three-day curfew has been imposed in the area. 

Three PKK militants killed in airstrikes in Hakkari Province

On 13 September, Turkish airstrikes in the Semdinli district of Hakkari province killed at least three suspected PKK militants. Military sources claim the airstrikes occurred between 00:01 and 00:33 local time (21:01 and 21:33 GMT). The strikes come a day after a suspected PKK car bomb wounded 50 people in Van.

Seven PKK militants killed in airstrikes in Hakkari province

On 12 September, airstrikes in the border province of Hakkari, south-eastern Turkey, killed seven PKK militants and destroyed three PKK targets. The airstrikes hit the Yuksekova district of the province between 12:30 and 13:00 local time (09:30 and 10:00 GMT).

Turkey formally requests US arrest of cleric Gulen over coup plot

Turkey has made a formal request to the United States for the arrest of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen on charges of orchestrating the failed military coup in Turkey on 15 July, 2016. The Turkish government blames members of Gulen's religious movement for the attempt, and any arrest of Gulen could lead to his extradition. However, the extradition could take years as non-legal factors like humanitarian arguments will have to be considered. Gulen has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, and denies any involvement in the coup.

Forty-eight wounded in car bomb in Van

A car bomb was detonated 650 feet from the provincial administration building and office of the local ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Van, eastern Turkey. The explosion wounded 48 people but did not cause any fatalities. The attack occurred at 10:50 local time and wounded 46 civilians, including a number of Iranians, and two police officers. Two victims are said to be in a critical condition in hospital. A number of ambulances and fire crews were deployed to the scene. 

At least thirty arrested at mass protest in Diyarbakir

On 9 September, clashes between Turkish police and around 200 demonstrators in front of the education directorate in Diyarbakir led to the arrest of at least 30 protesters. The protesters were demonstrating against the targeted suspension of 10,000 teachers. Police reportedly used teargas and water cannons to disperse the protesters. The demonstrations came after the government's suspension of 11,500 teachers over accusations of supporting the PKK on 8 September.

Police search for 61 booby-trapped cars

On 9 September, Turkish security forces stepped up efforts to locate 61 vehicles throughout Turkey, reported to be laden with explosives. The security board in Diyarbakir reported an impending series of suicide bomb attacks to be staged by the PKK, and released a list with all the license plate numbers of all the suspected vehicles. The security board also demanded that security forces be put on maximum alert, especially for the festival of Eid al-Adha. Security taskforces were also notified of the need to carry out precautionary ambushes on suspected vehicles once intelligence was received. 

Turkey conducts major operation against PKK

Turkey is conducting its largets ever military operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  On Wednesday the army said 186 PKK fighters had been killed over the course of a few days, while more than 11,000 teachers have been suspended for alleged links to the outlawed group.  The state-run Anadolu news agency said they were suspected of activities "in support of the separatist terrorist organisation and its affiliates".  Thousands of teachers and civil servants have already been suspended over alleged links to cleric Fetullah Gulen, who the government blame for the failed coup in July.

Two soldiers killed after military operation in Hakkari province

Two soldiers have been killed on Monday during a military offensive in Hakkari province, south-eastern Turkey. According to Dogan News Agency, the incident happened as security forces launched an operation targeting Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Çukurca district. The operations took place in several rural areas of Kale, Dagbasi and Seni Tepe and are still ongoing. The report comes after a deadly weekend across the region, where at least a dozen soldiers were killed and 26 others injured.

Two soldiers and one village guard killed in Siirt and Van provinces

On 1 September, two soldiers and one village guard were killed in separate attacks by militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the provinces of Siirt and Van, eastern Turkey. Specialised sergeant Halit Şıltak was killed and one other soldier was wounded in a firefight with PKK militants in the Pervari district of Siirt. Militants also launched another attack in the Çaldıran district of Van, killing one specialised sergeant and one village guard. Four village guards and three soldiers were also wounded in the attack. An operation, supported by aerial assets, was launched to track down and apprehend the attackers. 

One soldier killed and one wounded in Siirt province

Turkish media has reported that one Turkish soldier was killed and one other was wounded after Kurdish militants opened fire on security forces as they were conducting a military operation in Siirt province, southeast Turkey. Operations are underway to catch the suspects, with Turkish forces being covered by aviation assets. 

Interior minister resigns amid political and security turmoil

Turkey's Interior Minister, Efkan Ala, stepped down from office on Wednesday amid the ongoing political and security turmoil in the country. A statement issued by the country's prime minister, Binali Yildirim, announced the minister's resignation without releasing any further details. The Interior Ministry of Turkey has been suffering heavy criticism over the successive bombings across the country. Efkan Ala was also one of the masterminds of the purge launched by President Tayyip Erdogan following the coup attempt on 15 July.

Scores arrested over terror links in southern Turkey

Anti-terrorism police officers arrested 40 suspected Islamic State (IS) fighters in two separate southern provinces on Friday. A police source told the Anadolu Agency that 20 suspects were arrested in Konya, while the others were detained in Seyhan district, Adana province. The move comes days after 50 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a wedding in Gaziantep.

Eight police killed in riot police HQ bombing in Sirnak

A Turkish police station in Sirnak, south-eastern Turkey, was the target of a bomb attack on Thursday night. Eight police officers have been killed and at least 45 others were injured when the bomb-laden vehicle hit a riot police headquarters in Cirze, located near the border with Syria and Iraq. Despite no group claiming responsibility, the government blamed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, who retain a powerful influence in the region. The attack comes as the Turkish government launched several cross-border incursions into Syria to attack the Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish militias.

Main opposition leader attacked during visit to Artvin

The leader of the government's main opposition party escaped unharmed following an armed attack during a visit to Artvin, north-eastern Turkey. Three police officers were shot dead when unknown assailants opened fire at the convoy of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the People's Republican Party (CHP). Sources linked to the CHP leader denied he was the target, however the country's interior ministry blamed the attack to members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Kemal Kilicdaroglu took part in a pro-Erdogan demonstration in early August, where several government officials and hundreds of thousands of people stormed the streets of Istambul.

Turkish tanks cross Syrian border towards Jarablus

A dozen Turkish tanks and other military vehicles reportdly crossed the Syrian border in direction to Jarablust area on Wednesday. Military sources told Turkish media that the offensive comes after more than 80 insurgent targets were destroyed by artillery and airstrikes. The operation was allegedly supported by the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), which stated to have captured the nearby village of Hjeliya. Turkey's government fears that the area will become a Kurdish stronghold. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that: "(...) our forces began an operation against the Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) terror groups." The offensive comes days after consecutive shelling from Syria hit the Turkish town of Karkamis.

Police officers injured by roadside bomb in Antalya

Two police officers were injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the province of Antalya, southern Turkey. The attack happened as the security forces' armored vehicle was passing through the Antalya-Kemer coastal highway. The police launched investigations to determine who is responsible for the attack, which is not common in the popular touristic Mediterranean region.

Three shells fired from Syria hit Turkey

Three rocket shells fired from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Kilis on Tuesday. Turkey's military returned fire in retaliation. It is not yet known if there were any casualties on either side. Earlier on Tuesday, two mortar rounds fired from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Karkamis, and the Turkish military again retaliated, hitting Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria. 

Fifty dead in Gaziantep suicide bombing

At least 50 people have been killed and scores more wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a wedding in Gaziantep.  Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed Islamic State (IS) for the attack, claiming that the bomber was aged between 12 and 14 years-old.  The blast targeted guests at a Kurdish wedding in the Şahinbey district of the border province late on Saturday night.

Qatar airlines plane makes emergency landing in Istanbul

A Qatar airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Ataturk airport, Istanbul, earlier today, following an engine fire. All passengers disembarked safely. The plane was forced to turn around moments after taking off from the airport.

Twin car bomb blasts kill six and wound 210 in Turkey

Six people have been killed and more than 210 others wounded in two separate car bomb attacks in eastern Turkey.  A car bomb exploded outside a police station in Van province late on Wednesday, killing a police officer and two civilians.  More than 70 people were also wounded in the blast, which the Turkish authorities have blamed on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).  Hours later another car bombing hit a police headquarters in the city of Elazig, killing three police officers and wounding more than 140 other people.

Court rules seizure of pro-Kurdish newspaper

A Turkish court ordered on Tuesday the closure of the pro-Kurdish news outlet, Ozgur Gundem, claiming that it was a channel of propaganda for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The Ozgur Gundem was previously raided by the government in 2014, when the newspaper was heavily fined and had several of its correspondents arrested. The move comes as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan carries on with his purge following  July's attempted coup. Since the declaration of the state of emergency, more than 130 media outlets across the country have been shut down.

Seven killed and scores injured by PKK bomb attack in Diyarbakir

An attack, alleged to have been carried out by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, has killed seven people and injured at least 21 others in Diyarbakir, south-eastern Turkey. The Turkish Dogan News Agency reported that the attack happened as a truck carrying explosives hit the Mural Uçar Regional Traffic Inspection Station, in Sukurlu village. The incident comes amid an ongoing police crackdown targeting PKK members, where nearly 160 people were already arrested under suspicion of links to the outlawed group.

Three soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Sirnak

A roadside bomb planted by suspected militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has killed three soldiers and injured eight others in Sirnak province, south-eastern Turkey. The device went off on Wednesday when an armoured vehicle was passing through the Uludere district, near the Iraq border. The attack comes a day after two patrol officers were killed by blast caused by a improvised explosive device (IED) in the same region.

Ten foreign nationals detained over links to Fetullah Gulen

As part of the ongoing purge carried out by President Tayyip Erdogan, 10 foreign nationals have been detained over suspected ties to the US-based cleric Fetullah Gulen. Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmus, told the media on Monday that four of the suspects remain in custody. To date over 18,000 people have been detained or arrested, while tens of thousands were suspended from public office jobs. Fetullah Gulen is suspected of being the mastermind behind the failed military coup attempt held on 15 July.

A dozen PKK militants killed in Siirt airstrikes

A Turkish military source announced on Monday that 13 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants were killed in airstrikes in Siirt. The operation happened as part of an intelligence tip-off in a rural area of the south-east Turkish province. The operation comes nearly 10 days after three soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack on the Siirt-Eruh road, amid an offensive against PKK militants settled in the region.

Two village guards killed by IED in Sirnak

Two village guards have been killed by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Sirnak, south-eastern Turkey. The officers were patrolling the surrounding area when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off. An operation was launched to search for the assailants in the highly volatile area known for heavy insurgent activity. Village guards work as a militia force in order to tackle down PKK influence in the region.

Turkey issues arrest warrant for US-based preacher

A court in Istanbul issued an arrest warrant for the preacher Fethullah Gulen on Thursday. The US-based movement leader is accused by President Tayyip Erdogan of being one of the masterminds behind the recent failed coup. The Turkish government have already sent to the US two documents which link Gulen to the attempted coup of 15 July. Since then thousands of government officials and military personnel were arrested during President Ergodan's purge.

Twenty detained in counter-terror operation in Adana

Turkish police detained 20 people suspected of links to the Islamic State (IS) group on Wednesday. During the counter-terrorism operation over 22 addresses were raided across southern Turkey's Adana province. Several documents, digital files and weapons were seized along with the suspects. The province is located near the Incirlik airbase, where US military personnel are stationed to carry out missions against IS in Iraq and Syria. Turkey has increased its counter-terrorism operations after the attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, where 41 people were killed and hundreds more wounded.

Four soldiers killed in twin PKK attacks

Four Turkish soldiers were killed in two separate attacks by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters on Sunday.  Three soldiers were shot dead and two others wounded in fighting in the Ordu province, while in Hakkari province militants killed one soldier and wounded six others.  More than 600 members of the Turkish security forces and 7,000 suspected militants have been killed since the latest ceasefire between the government and the PKK broke down last year.

Army repells PKK assault in Hakkari

The Turkish army has killed at least 35 suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters in the south-eastern province of Hakkari.  The military said they repelled a major PKK assault on a base in the Cukurca district, close to the Iraqi border, in the early hours of Saturday.  The incident came shortly after the PKK killed eight Turkish soldiers in the same region.

Three soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Siirt

Three Turkish soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb in Siirt province, southeast Turkey. According to local authorities the bomb was detonated remotely as an armoured military vehicle was travelling on the Siirt-Eruh road. Two of the victims died instantly, while the other succumbed to his wounds at the local hospital. The incident happened amid an ongoing operation to arrest militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the region.

Scores of media outlets shut down in Turkey

Following the recent failed coup, the Turkish government ordered the closure of dozens of media outlets on Wednesday. According to official sources, several television stations, newspapers, magazines and news agencies were shut down amid the ongoing purge carried out by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Among them are pro-Kurdish newspapers as well as news outlets linked to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, accused by the president of being the mastermind behind the coup attempt. 

Three police officers killed in Mardin attack

Three Turkish police officers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the south-eastern province of Mardin.  The device went off in the Derik district as an armoured police vehicle passed by on Monday.  The security forces claim the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were behind the attack.

Arrest warrants issued for 42 journalists

Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists as part of the ongoing purge carried out in response to the failed coup.  Private broadcaster NTV said prominent commentator Nazli Ilicak was on the list of journalists, although the Turkish government has not responded to the claims.  More than 13,000 people have been detained since the coup, while around 37,000 civil servants and police officers have been suspended.

Government announces state of emergency after failed coup

The Turkish government has declared a three-month state of emergency after last week's failed military coup. The announcement was made during a live television broadcast after a five-hour National Security Council meeting on Wednesday. The decision was also published on Thursday in the Official Gazette, the government's official journal. The state of emergency, which allows the executive power increased authority, is expected to be used by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to extend his purge against those suspected of involvement in the coup attempt.

Two police officers killed in northern Turkey

Two police officers have been killed and five others wounded in an attack in northern Turkey.  Trabzon Governor Yucel Yavuz said in a statement that a terrorist group had attacked police officers on duty at a checkpoint in Macka district of Trabzon province. Security forces have been dispatched to track down the assailants.

Istanbul deputy mayor shot dead

A deputy mayor has been shot dead by an unknown assailant in Istanbul.  Cemil Candas, a member of the opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) and deputy mayor of the Sisli district, was killed at his office on Monday.  The CHP have strongly condemned the attempted coup in Turkey, despite being fiercely critical of the ruling AKP government.  Earlier, MPs were reportedly told to evacuate the Turkish parliament building in Ankara over an unspecified security threat.

Turkey purge continues after failed coup

Around 6,000 people have now been detained in Turkey in relation to the failed coup, according to Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.  Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said parliament will reconsider reintroducing the death penalty in the country.  The sweeping arrests are expected to continue in the coming days in what Mr Bozdag has described as a "clean-up operation".  The arrests reportedly include Gen Erdal Ozturk, commander of the Third Army; Gen Adem Huduti, commander of the Second Army; and Akin Ozturk, the former Chief of Air Staff; along with more than 2,740 judges.

Coup fails as government resumes control

The Turkish government has resumed control of the country following last night's attempted coup by a faction of the military.  Around 200 people were killed and more than 1,400 have been wounded in the unrest, while 2,839 members of the security forces have been arrested.  It is still not clear who instigated the power grab; however, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insinuated that US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind it.  There are still reports of sporadic explosions in the capital, Ankara, and the city of Istanbul, while travel is still disrupted and Turkey's air space is still closed in some parts of the country.

Army group seizes control of Turkey

A major incident has broken out in Turkey after a faction of the army said it had taken control of the country.  The Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul have been closed, while in the capital, Ankara, there are reports of gunfire and low-flying aircraft.  Military vehicles have also been deployed to Istanbul airport and all flights have been cancelled.  A statement from the military group read out on NTV television said: "The power in the country has been seized in its entirety," however Prime Minister Binali Yildrim stressed the government was still in charge.

Four terrorists arrested in Sanliurfa

Four Syrian nationals were arrested in Turkey on Tuesday over alleged terrorist links. Anonymous sources told the government-run Anadolu Agency that the four Islamic State (IS) militants were planning an imminent attack when they were captured in Sanliurfa, near the Syrian border. A cache of ammunition and several weapons and explosives were also seized by the security forces. 

Six troops killed in PKK attacks

Six Turkish soldiers have been killed in two bomb attacks by suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in south-eastern Turkey.  A roadside bomb exploded on the road between Semdinli and Aktutun in Hakkari province, killing four soldiers and wounding one other.  A military outpost was also targeted in the Ercis district of Van province, killing a soldier and a member of a state-sponsored militia.  The attacks come after a senior PKK commander, Fehman Huseyin, was reportedly killed near the Syrian city of Qamishli on Friday.

PKK strongholds destroyed along Iraq-Syria border

Seven Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) strongholds have been destroyed in airstrikes carried out by the Turkish Air Force in Sirnak, south-eastern Turkey. The operation was the result of intelligence work that identified the location of several PKK positions close to the borders with Iraq and Syria.

Dozens arrested in connection to Istanbul airport attack

Series of raids were conducted by police forces in Istanbul and Izmir in connection to the attack at the Ataturk International airport. According to the state-run media agency Anadolu, police raided 16 locations in Izmir and Istanbul's Pendik, Sultanbeyli and Basaksehir districts, where more than 20 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants were arrested.  At least 42 people were killed and more than 230 injured in the attack at Europe's third busiest airport.

Police officer killed in bomb attack in Diyarbakir

Eight people were injured in a bomb attack in Diyarbakir province, south-eastern Turkey, on Tuesday. Among the casualties were six civilians and two police officers, one of whom later succumbed to his wounds at the Diyarbakir Military Hospital. According to state media, the attack was carried out by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the Dicle district. The incident came on the same day as unknown militants attacked Istanbul's Ataturk International airport, killing 36 people.

Twin suicide blast hits Istanbul airport

At least 41 people have been killed in a suspected twin suicide bomb attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International airport.  There have also been reports of gunfire and more than 230 injuries at the arrivals area of the airport.  No one has claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, while security forces are still searching for further assailants. Ataturk airport is one of the busiest in the world, serving more than 60 million passengers in 2015.

Three dead in Ankara University Hospital shooting

An employee at the Ankara University Hospital opened fire on his colleagues on Friday. According to the Dogan news agency, the man shot dead three of his fellow employees after being accused of theft. One person was also injured during the shooting. Police officers rushed to the scene and arrested the man, who was a member of the University's pharmacy department.

Three press-freedom campaigners arrested

Turkish authorities arrested three free press campaigners on Monday. The suspects, including the local representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), were arrested on allegations of spreading 'terrorist propaganda'.  European Union Foreign Policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said that the court decision "goes against Turkey's commitment to respect fundamental rights, including freedom of media". President Tayyip Erdogan has faced increasing criticism over his government's suppression of opposition-led media and its undermining of the freedom of the press.

Police fire tear gas at banned LGBT rally in Istanbul

Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannons during a banned LGBT pride rally in Istanbul.  Dozens of people attended the event in the city's central Taksim square on Sunday, before police intervened.  Members of ultra-nationalist groups are also reported to have attacked people at the event. Istanbul Pride, an event which has been held since 2003, was due to take place on 26 June before authorities banned it in order to "safeguard security and public order."

Music fans attacked by mob in Istanbul

A group of Radiohead fans have been attacked at a record store in Istanbul by an angry mob.  The incident happened at the Velvet Indieground record sort in the Cihanggir district on Friday night, where unidentified assailants beat people with sticks with bottles for consuming alcohol during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.  The attack sparked an anti-fascist protest in the city on Saturday, which led to clashes with police.  The protesters shouted "Shoulder to shoulder against fascism!" and denounced President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish troops kill 11 Syrians at border crossing

Turkish border guards have shot dead 11 Syrians as they tried to cross into Turkey, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Right.  Two women and four children are reported to be among the victims of the attack, which happened near the border village of Khirbet al Jouz on Saturday night.  Turkish officials said they are investigating the reports, although the military denied that anyone was killed.   "Last night there was an attempt to cross the border illegally but no shots were fired directly on people," a Turkish military statement said. 

Syrian journalist shot in Turkey

A Syrian journalist has been seriously wounded in an attempted assassination in south-eastern Turkey.  Ahmed Abd al-Qader was shot in the head by two men on motorcycles in the town of Urfa on Sunday.  It is the second attempt on al-Qader's life following a similar attack in March.  He was one of the founders of the "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently" campaign group, which has been documenting atrocities carried out by the Islamic State (IS).  The group claimed responsibility for the attack on al-Qader via its Amaq news agency.

Nine wounded in car bomb blast in Tunceli

Nine people have been wounded in a car bomb attack in the eastern province of Tunceli.  The blast struck near a housing block for local courthouse workers in the Ovacik district.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, although in recent weeks the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and an offshoot, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), have carried out similar bombings in Istanbul and Midyat.

Car bomb hits police station in Mardin

A car bomb has killed three people and wounded around 30 others in the south-eastern province of Mardin.  The device exploded outside a police station in the Midyat district on Wednesday morning.  Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) carried out the attack, although they have not claimed responsibility.

Bomb targets police bus in central Istanbul

At least 11 people have been killed and more than 30 others wounded after a bomb exploded in central Istanbul.  The device targeted a police vehicle in the Vezneciler district during the Tuesday morning rush hour.  The city's Grand Bazaar in historic Beyazit Square is close to the site of the explosion.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, with Islamic State (IS), the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) have all carried out similar attack in recent months.

Roadside bomb wounds Turkish soldiers in south-east

Seven Turkish soldiers have been wounded in a roadside bomb attack in the south-east of the country.  The troops were travelling in a military vehicle in the Diyarbakir province when the device exploded.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, although the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) frequently targets the Turkish security forces in the region.

Fethullah Gulen movement designated a terrorist group

The Turkish government has officially designated the movement of the US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen as a terrorist group. President Tayyip Erdogan stated on Monday that the government will pursue its members and "they will be brought to account". Erdogan accuses the group of conspiring against his government through the recruitment of supporters in the media, judiciary and education. Fethullah Gulen, self-exiled in the US, was allied to Erdogan until 2013, when police and prosecutors opened a corruption investigation against Erdogan's inner circle.

Curfew imposed in 11 Kurdish cities across eastern Turkey

A curfew in 11 Kurdish towns has been declared by the Turkish security forces. In a statement issued on Thursday, an official confirmed that the curfew is due to last for 15 days in several eastern Kurdish parts of the country, such as Dersim, Nazimiye and Ovacik. Turkey says the measure has been taken to protect civilians from operations carried out by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants. Since August 2015, Turkish forces have imposed several curfews in Kurdish areas in order to weaken PKK influence.

Six Turkish soldiers killed in Van province

Six Turkish soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in a roadside bomb attack in the south-eastern province of Van.  The troops were traveling in the Caldiran district when the device exploded on Tuesday afternoon.  Meanwhile police have clashed with pro-Kurdish protesters in the city of Mardin, leading to the arrest of more than 100 people.

IS suicide bomber dies during police raid in Gaziantep

A suicide bomber has attacked Turkish security forces during a police operation in Gaziantep, southern Turkey. The suspected terrorist was found within a Islamic State (IS) hideout on Thursday, when he blew himself up. Another suspect has been arrested, while no security forces were reportedly injured in the blast.

PKK claim to have shot down Turkish helicopter

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has released a video which appears to show a militant bringing down a Turkish Cobra helicopter with a surface-to-air missile in Hakkari province.  The footage was posted on Saturday by Gerilla TV, a network associated with the PKK.  The Turkish army confirmed the loss of a helicopter but insisted that it went down due to technical problems.

Four wounded in Istanbul blast

Four people have been wounded after a homemade bomb exploded in the city of Istanbul.  The device went off in the Maltepe district of the city in the early hours of Monday morning, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.  Two passengers in a car and two pedestrians were wounded by metal pieces from the blast, which had been planted under an overpass.  No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four killed and scores injured in Diyarbakir bombing

An explosion killed four people and injured 17 others in the Sarikamis district in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir. According to the Interior Ministry, the blast occurred while suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants were loading explosives onto a small truck. Among the casualties are four alleged bomb-markers. The incident comes days after three people were killed and dozens were wounded by a bomb blast in city's Baglar district.

Eight soldiers injured by blast in Istanbul

A vehicle transporting military personnel was attacked near a military barracks in Istanbul's Sancaktepe district on Thursday. Five soldiers and three civilians were wounded after a parked car exploded near the entrance of the military complex in the Samandira neighbourhood. Eight Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) members were promptly arrested following successive intelligence-led operations across Istanbul.

Sixteen killed in clashes in Hakkari

Clashes between Turkish forces and members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) resulted in the death of eight Turkish soldiers on Friday. The incident took place near a military base in Cukurca, Hakkari province, where eight people were also injured. Six soldiers were killed at the scene and two others died after a helicopter dispatched to provide assistance crashed. In a counter-offensive, six PKK militants were killed. Fighting between government forces and PKK insurgents intensified after the collapse of the two-year ceasefire agreement last year.

Two terrorist suspects arrested in Istanbul

Turkish police arrested two suspected terrorists in Istanbul on Wednesday. According to security sources, the alleged militants planned an attack against a local media organization building. One of the suspects had previously been on trial on terrorism charges. In February, the Istanbul offices of the Yeni Safak and Yeni Akit journals were simultaneously attacked with Molotov cocktails and gunfire by unknown masked men.

Three dead in Diyarbakir bombing

Three people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded in a bombing in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.  The device exploded in the Baglar district as a police patrol passed on Tuesday.  Earlier two police officers were killed in Van province while attempting to defuse a roadside bomb.

Three Turkish troops killed in Nusaybin

Three Turkish soldiers have been killed in a bombing in the south-eastern town of Nusaybin in Mardin province, close to the Syrian border.  The troops were trying to defuse the device when it exploded on Sunday.  The Turkish military blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Turkish journalists jailed for five years

Two prominent journalists have been jailed by a Turkish court for revealing state secrets.  Erdem Gul and Can Dundar were given sentences of five years and five years 10 months respectively at the sentencing hearing on Friday.  Dundar, editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, had earlier escaped an attempted assassination outside the courthouse in Istanbul.  The sentences have been widely condemned, with John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Director for Amnesty International, called the convictions a "travesty of justice".

Turkish PM to resign amid rift with President Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu presented his resignation on Thursday amid deteriorating relations between him and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The announcement came during a speech delivered at the Justice and Development Party (AK) headquarters in Ankara. He stated that he will step down after a party meeting at the end of the month and will not run again for office. Presidential aide Cemil Ertem said the country and its economy would stabilise further "when a prime minister more closely aligned with President Erdogan takes office".

Car bomb targets troops in Mardin

A car bomb attack has killed one Turkish soldier and wounded six others in the south-eastern Mardin province.  The device exploded outside a gendarmerie station in the Derik district on early on Wednesday.  The military blamed the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).  

Turkish MPs clash in parliament

Members of Turkey's ruling AK Party clashed with the pro-Kurdish opposition in the country's parliament on Monday.  Several lawmakers were wounded when a fight erupted during a discussion about lifting MP's immunity from prosecution.  The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) claim the move is an attempt by the AKP to limit dissent, while the government claim the opposition are an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Pary (PKK).

Car bomb kills two police in Gaziantep

Two police officers have been killed and 22 other people wounded in a car bombing in southern Syria.  The device exploded outside a police headquarters in the city of Gaziantep, close to the Syrian border, on Sunday morning.  The assailant is suspected to be a member of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.  Meanwhile three Turkish soldiers were killed in an ambush by Kurdish militants in the nearby Mardin province.

Eleven IS militants killed near Karkamis

Eleven Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in northern Syria. IS fighters launched mortar attacks against Turkish positions near the border town of Karkamis on Thursday. The Turkish military returned fire, killing all eleven attackers. The town of Karkamis is just across the border from the IS-held town of Jarablus.

Female suicide bomber wounds 13 in Bursa

At least 13 people were wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the north-western city of Bursa on Wednesday.  The city's governor said the female assailant detonated the device near the city's 14th Century Grand Mosque.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police fire tear gas at Ankara protesters

Turkish riot police fired tear gas to disperse a group of protesters in Turkey's capital, Ankara, on Tuesday.  More than 100 people gathered outside parliament to call for the government keep its secular constitution.  The unrest was sparked when Speaker Ismail Kahraman said the country should drop references to secularism, which have been in place since Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

Syrian rockets hit border town of Kilis

At least one person has been killed and 26 others wounded after five rockets hit the Turkish border town of Kilis on Sunday.  Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan, who was in the town at the time of the attacks, urged local residents to remain calm and promised the government would introduce measures to protect the town.  Police used water cannons to disperse a group of protesters, who were angry at the government's failure to act.

Dutch journalist arrested for anti-Erdogan tweet

A Dutch-Turkish journalist was detained on Sunday after posting tweets critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Ebru Umar was arrested in the resort town of Kusadasi on Sunday, and although she was later released she is not allowed to leave Turkey.  More than 1,800 similar cases have been launched against people insulting Erdogan since 2014.

Three soldiers killed in Tunceli blast

Three Turkish soldiers have been killed after their vehicle hit an IED in the eastern province of Tunceli.  The troops were travelling on the Dersim-Xarpet when the roadside device exploded on Friday morning.  The military deployed extra resources to the area to hunt down the perpetrators, suspected to be members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Dozens arrested in Turkey over FETO links

At least 43 people have been arrested on suspicion of links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). The operation was carried out in 28 provinces and targeted alleged members of the group led by the US-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen. President Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of setting up a parallel state structure and conspiring against the government through a network of journalists, lawyers and police officers. The operation comes as part of a warrant issued by the Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office on Monday for the arrest of 140 people.

PKK fighters killed in south-east operations

Turkish security forces have killed 18 suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the south-eastern Mardin province.  Army sources told local media that the militants were trying to cross the border into Syria from the town of Nusaybin when the fighting erupted.  Troops also seized weapons and ammunition in the operation.  Meanwhile one person was killed and another wounded in rocket fire in the border town of Kilis on Monday.

Erdogan warns EU over migrant deal

In a statement on Thursday, the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his country will not take back Syrian migrants if the European Union (EU) does not comply with its part of the deal.  Erdogan said that "there are precise conditions" which need to be met, and if the EU does not take the necessary steps, then Turkey will not implement the agreement. The statement comes after Germany and Turkey acknowledged the initial success of the deal, which was reached in March and aims to reduce the migrant influx into Europe. In return, Turkey is due to receive benefits such as visa-free travel for its citizen to the EU's Schengen zone and €6bn in aid.

PKK targeted in south-east operations

Turkey's military said 27 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters have been killed in operations in the south-east of the country.  According to the Turkish General Staff six militants died in Mardin province, four in Sirnak and 17 in the Hakkari province.  The clashes came after the PKK killed six security officials in an IED attack in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province.  “Many people, many organizations collaborated [against us]. Many countries supported it [the PKK], but they could not be successful. And they will not be successful,” Turkey’s Interior Minister Efkan Ala said on Sunday.

Fifteen IS militants arrested in Izmir

Fifteen suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) militant group have been arrested in the western coastal town of Izmir.  The raids were conducted in various parts of the town, while a cache of various weapons, documents and jihadist materials were seized. The operation comes two days after 16 suspected members of the terrorist group, Nusra Front, were arrested in a counter-terrorism operation in Adiyama in south-eastern Turkey.

Six killed in Diyarbakir bombing

At least six people have been killed and 20 others wounded after a bomb exploded in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.  The blast appeared to target an armoured police vehicle as it passed near a busy bus terminal on Thursday afternoon.  The incident comes a day before Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is due to visit the city.

Sixteen Nusra Front militants arrested in south-east

Sixteen alleged members of the Syria-based Nusra Front militant group have been arrested during counter-terror operations in south-eastern Turkey. The operations were carried out across 20 different locations in the eastern province of Adiyaman. The Turkish government has previously been accused of collaborating with the Nusra Front, a faction of al-Qaeda; however Ankara has rejected the claims and says it considers the group to be a terrorist organisation.

Dutch consulate in Istanbul closed over terror threat

The Dutch consulate in Istanbul has been evacuated and temporarily closed due to a "possible terror threat".  The foreign ministry advised its citizens to avoid the area around the consulate on Wednesday, without giving any details on the specific nature of the threat.  The consulate is located on Istiklal Caddesi in the Beyoglu area of the city.

Five Turkish troops killed in south-east bomb attacks

Five members of Turkey's security forces have been killed in three separate bomb attacks in the restive south-east.  One soldier died and six others were wounded when a bomb exploded in Nusaybin near the Syrian border, while two police officers and a soldier were killed in another bomb attack in the town of Yuksekova, near the Iranian border.  A third blast hit a military convoy in the Mazidagi district of Mardin province, killed a police officer and wounding three others.  On Tuesday the military also announced that 23 PKK militants had died in recent operations in Nusaybin, Yuksekova and Sirnak.

Suicide blast rocks central Istanbul

At least five people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in central Istanbul.  The assailant detonated the device on the popular Istiklal Street in the city's Taksim square area on Saturday morning.  The incident comes less than a week after the bombing in the capital, Ankara, which killed 37 people.

Police officer killed in PKK attack in Mardin

One Turkish police officer was killed and three others injured in a bomb attack on Friday. An armoured police vehicle was attacked by Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants during a counter-terrorism operation in the southern district of Mardin. The officers wounded in the attack were taken to a local hospital where one of them succumbed to his wounds. The operation comes after the Turkish authorities declared a curfew in the district on Monday.

TAK claims responsibility for Ankara bombing

In an online statement the Kurdish Freedom Hawks (TAK) claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing in Ankara on Sunday. TAK is affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which was previously blamed by the Turkish authorities for the attack that killed at least 37 people. TAK said that the intention was to target security forces as revenge for military operations against Kurdish groups in the south-east of the country.

German embassy in Ankara closed over terror threat

Germany closed its embassy in Ankara and its general consulate in Istanbul over a possible terrorist threat. The consulate warned its citizens that the measure is preventive and urged them to stay away from the area. In a statement issued on Thursday the German Foreign M5nister, Frank Walter Steinmeier, said: "Yesterday evening, some very concrete indications - to be taken very seriously - reached our security services, saying that terror attacks against German institutions within Turkey were being prepared." 

Four killed in latest Diyarbakir clashes

At least four people have been killed in the latest clashes between the Turkish army and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.  Three militants and a soldier died during the fighting in the city's Baglar district.  The Turkish government has intensified its military campaign against the PKK since the car bomb attack in the capital, Ankara, over the weekend which killed at least 37 people.

Turkey targets PKK after Ankara attack

Turkey has intensified military operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the country's south-east and in northern Iraq.  Turkish jets carried out airstrikes on 18 targets in Iraqi Kurdistan, while in the south-east curfews have been enforced in the mainly Kurdish towns of Yuksekova and Nusaybin.  The operations began hours after a suicide car bomb attack in the capital, Ankara, killed at least 37 people and wounded 125 others.  "Terror organizations and their pawns are targeting our innocent citizens in the most immoral and heartless way as they lose the fight against our security forces," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement.

Deadly car bomb rocks Ankara

At least 32 people have been killed and more than 120 others wounded in a car bombing in the Turkish capital, Ankara.  The blast struck near Guven Park in the Kizilay district on Sunday evening.  The incident comes a month after a bomb targeted a military convoy in the city, killing 28 people and wounding dozens more.  No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack, although officials have suggested that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) may be behind it.

Government seizes Zaman newspaper

The Turkish government has seized control of the country's largest newspaper, the Zaman.  Police raided the paper's headquarters in Istanbul on Friday evening, leading to clashes with protesters who had gathered outside.  On Sunday the traditionally critical editorial changed to adopt a pro-government line, while the online version published a holding message promising "unbiased coverage for our readers".  Prior to the raids Zaman said Turkey was going through its "darkest and gloomiest days in terms of freedom of the press".

Two police officers killed in Nusaybin car bombing

A car bomb and rocket attack killed two police officers and wounded 35 others in Nusaybin on Friday.  According to the security forces, the attack caused significant damage to a police station and surrounding residences in the south-eastern town. A clash broke out between the security forces and militants after the explosion, which the authorities have blamed on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Two members of the DHKP-C shot dead in Istanbul

Two women who attacked a police station were shot dead during a shootout with the Turkish police on Thursday. The assailants, both members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), managed to escape in a vehicle after the attack and hid inside a building in Istanbul's Bayrampasa district. The DHKP-C is an extreme-left movement which has been waging a violent campaign in Turkey for more than three decades.

Dozens arrested during protest in Diyarbakir

Demonstrators took to the streets in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir to protest against the curfew imposed by the Turkish government.  The police used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets against the protesters, while at least 33 people - mainly Kurds - were arrested.  The protest was instigated by senior officials from Turkey's third biggest party, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), who are accused by the Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, of supporting the Kurdish militant groups, including the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Ten killed in clashes between the army and PKK in Mardin

Three Turkish soldiers and eight Kudistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed in clashes in south-eastern Turkey during a counter-terrorism operation. According to the Turkish Armed Forces, one of the deceased is Gendarmerie Lt. Emrah Sahin, while the identity of the other two remains unknown. Since December over 280 security forces personnel and thousands of PKK militants have been killed in fighting across south-eastern Turkey and northern Iraq.

Police arrest 11 people over newspaper attacks

Turkish police have arrested 11 people in connection with an attack on the offices of two pro-government newspapers.  The suspects were detained in a series of raids across the city of Istanbul on Monday.  Local media claimed that the group were members of United Freedom Forces (BÖG), an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Bogazici University evacuated

The Bogazici University in Istanbul was evacuated on Thursday after a suspicious car parked near its northern campus. The police were called and a helicopter was dispatched to survey the area. The precautions come after last weeks' car bomb attack in Ankara which killed 29 people. 

Gendamerie post attacked in Kemalpasa

Unknown assailants attacked a gendamerie post in the outskirts of the Aegean port city of Izmir on Tuesday. Rocket launchers damaged a building beside the gendamerie post in Kemalpasa. No one was  killed or injured in the attack. The episode comes after a recent bomb attack by suspected Kurdish militants killed 29 people in the capital, Ankara.

Military helicopters target PKK in Sirnak

Turkish military helicopters have killed at least nine Kurdish fighters in the south-eastern province of Sirnak.  Cobra attack helicopters targeted suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters in a remote area of Idil district on Wednesday morning.  Parts of the district were placed under a 24-hour curfew last week as the Turkish military increased operations against Kurdish militants.

Four soldiers killed in Diyarbakir clashes

Four Turkish soldiers have been killed in the latest series of clashes with suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the south-east of the country.  Two soldiers were killed and another wounded in the Sur district of Diyarbakir province, while a soldier wounded in the Lice district on 18 February also died of his injuries on Sunday.  In a statement the General Staff said a fourth soldier died in the Idil province of Sirnak province.

Turkey hits Kurdish targets in Syria and Iraq

Turkey's military have hit Kurdish targets in Syria and Iraq in response to the car bombing in Ankara on Wednesday, which killed 28 people.  The Turkish government claimed Kurdish militant groups - the People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - were responsible for the attack in the capital.  "Yesterday's attack was directly targeting Turkey and the perpetrator is the YPG and the divisive terrorist organisation PKK. All necessary measures will be taken against them," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a televised speech.

Four dead in Diyarbakir clashes

Two Turkish soldiers and two police officers have been killed in clashes with suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters in the south-eastern Diyarbakir province.  The victims died in two separate confrontations in the Sur district early on Friday morning.  “Our wounded officers were swiftly brought to a hospital, but they could not be saved despite all efforts,” said the army in a statement.

Deadly car bomb hits Turkish capital

At least 18 people have been killed and 45 others wounded in a suspected car bomb attack in the Turkish capital, Ankara.  The device exploded near military transport buses in the heart of the city on Wednesday evening.  “We are looking into details of the explosion,” Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said.  The PM was due to fly to Brussels on Wednesday but has cancelled his visit in light of the attack.

Three Turkish soldiers killed in Sur

Three Turkish soldier have been killed in clashes with Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the south-western district of Sur. Two soldiers were instantly killed and the other succumbed to his wounds later. The attack comes after seven Turkish security officials were killed in clashes with the PKK in the south-eastern districts on Tuesday.

Pro-government newspapers attacked by PKK militants

Two suspected militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attacked the offices of two pro-government Turkish newspapers on Thursday. The attackers threw Molotov cocktails and opened fire at the Yeni Akit and Yeni Safak headquarters in Istanbul. No casualties were reported, while the Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus has condemned the attack.

Group arrested with explosives at Syrian border

Turkish soldiers have arrested a group of 34 people and seized explosives and four suicide vests near the Syrian border.  “Between 12 and 15 kilos of explosives and four belts that could be used for suicide attacks were found in two bags,” the army said in a statement.  The group were detained in the border town of Karkamis in Gaziantep province on Wednesday.

Sixteen PKK militants killed in south-east clashes

Sixteen suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed in fighting in the south-eastern Sirnak province.  The governor's office said the clashes took place in the Cizre district on Sunday evening during a security operation. A large explosion was also heard in the Cudi neighbourhood, followed by sporadic gunfire.

Police officer killed in Cizre clashes

A Turkish police officer has been killed in clashes with suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the south-eastern Sirnak province.  The incident happened in the Cizre district on Thursday as officers were enforcing a curfew in the region.  More than 250 members of the security forces are reported to have been killed in the renewed conflict with the PKK in south-eastern Turkey.

Two wounded in Istanbul blast

Two people were wounded when an explosive device went off near a bus station in Istanbul on Thursday.  The bomb had been placed inside a bin and wounded two bystanders when it went off in the Sultanbeyli district.  Bomb disposal officers were deployed to the scene and the area was cordoned off.  Earlier police had carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious device in the city's Eyup district.

Hundreds flee Diyarbakir as curfew lifted

Hundreds of people have fled the restive south-eastern city of Diyarbakir after the city's curfew was lifted.  There have been renewed clashes in the city between Turkey's security forces and militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).  "It's always the ordinary people who suffer," Mehmet Ceylan, 45, told Reuters. "I've lived in Sur [district] for years, and I've never witnessed a scene like this."

Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK clashes

Three Turkish soldiers have been killed in clashes with the suspected militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in south-eastern Turkey.  The unrest was reported in the Sur district of Diyarbakir on Wednesday.  A fourth soldier remains in a critical condition after an IED exploded during a search operation in the area.

Five wounded in blast at Turkish school

Five children have been wounded after suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants threw an explosive device at a school in south-eastern Turkey.  The attack happened at the Celebi Eser middle school in the Baglar district of Diyarbakir.  Regional education official Adnan Hurata told state media that the children were in hospital but there condition was not serious.

Ten wounded in Cizre shootings

Ten people, including two Kurdish opposition politicians and a journalist, have been wounded in a shooting in the south-eastern town of Sirnak in Cizre province.  The group, led by lawmaker Faysal Sariyildiz from the opposition Democratic Peoples' Party (HDP), were fired on by unknown assailants as they attempted to rescue people wounded in earlier clashes in the town.  Security forces are enforcing a 24-hour curfew in the town, which is close to the Syrian and Iraqi border, following clashes between Turkish troops and militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Two killed in Sirnak clashes

At least two people have died in clashes in the south-eastern province of Sirnak.  The deceased were killed in two separate incidents in the Sur and Cudi districts earlier this week.  A military curfew was due to be lifted in the area, but will now continue following the latest unrest.

Rocket hits Turkish school near Syrian border

At least one person died and several others were wounded when a rocket landed near a school in southern Turkey.  Officials said the device was fired from Syria and hit the Eyup Gokco Imam Middle School in the border province of Kilis.  The Reuters news agency reported that Islamic State (IS) militants have fired the rocket from positions in Syria, while the Turkish military are reported to have carried out retaliatory strikes.

Bomb kills three police officers in south-east

Three Turkish police officers have been killed and four others wounded in a bomb attack in south-eastern Turkey.  The troops were travelling in an armoured vehicle when the roadside device exploded in Sirnak province.  The Turkish authorities said the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) carried out the attack. 

Police officer killed in Siirt clashes

A Turkish police officer has been killed and two others wounded in clashes with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on the south-eastern province of Siirt.  Local media said the clashes erupted when security forces carried out raids on two houses in the town of Ulus on Friday morning.

Car bomb targets police HQ in Diyarbakir

At least six people have been killed and 39 others wounded after a car bomb exploded near a police headquarters in south-eastern Turkey.  The blast hit the entrance of the Cinar district police complex in the Diyarbakir province on Thursday morning.  Turkish officials have blamed the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Deadly bomb attack in Istanbul tourist district

At least 10 people have been killed and 15 others wounded after a bomb exploded in the historic Sultanahmet square in Istanbul.  The blast hit at around 10:20 local time in the district, which is close to the Blue Mosque and is popular with tourists.  The have been reports that a suicide bomber caused the explosion; however Turkish police said investigations are still underway.  No group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack.

Three arrested over Syrian filmmaker killing

Three people have been arrested in Turkey over the killing of a Syrian activist and filmmaker.  Naji al-Jerf was shot dead with a silenced pistol in Gaziantep in southern Turkey last month.  Jerf was a member of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), an activist group which has been reporting on abuses by the Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern Syrian city.

Bus accident in Canakkale leaves six dead and 30 injured

A bus carrying migrants crashed into a car in Canakkale province, leaving six people dead and injuring 30 others. The vehicle reportedly hit the car on a bridge and fell onto the river bed. The bus is believed to have been transporting illegal refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Myanmar to the island of Lesbos. Police have launched an investigation.

One police officer shot and wounded in Istanbul

Three unknown gunmen attacked a police vehicle as it was patrolling in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on Wednesday afternoon. One police officer was wounded in the shooting and was taken to hospital. He is not thought to be in a serious condition. An operation was launched to catch the attackers. 

Turkish army kills 14 Kurdish militants in Diyarbakir

The Turkish security forces have killed at least 14 suspected Kurdish militants during operations in the southern province of Diyarbakir.  A member of a Kurdish militia fighting alongside government forces also died in Tuesday's clashes, which took place in the Sur district.  On Monday a Turkish court sentenced Bekir Kaya, the co-mayor of the city of Van, to 15 years in prison for his alleged membership of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Worker killed in Istanbul airport blast

A female cleaner has been killed in an explosion at the Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul.  The incident happened on the airport tarmac at around 02:00 on Wednesday morning. Turkish authorities said they are investigating the cause of the blast, while armed police have increased security at the airport terminal.

Turkish forces kill 25 PKK militants in Cizre

Turkish security forces have killed 25 suspected militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in operations in Cizre and Silopi.  The authorities said 24 of the fatalities were in Cizre, which has been under curfew since September. “The terrorists wanted to paralyse daily life in these towns by intimidating inhabitants who they had extorted,” Interior Minister Efkan Ala told the state-run Anatolia news agency.

Two killed in Diyarbakir clashes

Two people have been killed in clashes between protesters and police in the south-eastern district of Diyarbakir.  Around 5,000 people took part in the rally in the Sur district on Monday to protest against a curfew and wider security crackdown in the region.  Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the stone throwing protesters, while around 40 people were arrested.

Russian warship fires warning shots at Turkish vessel

A Russian warship has fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea. "The crew of the Russian patrol ship Smetlivy - which was located 22km from the Greek island of Lemnos in the northern part of the Aegean Sea - avoided collision with a Turkish seiner," the Russian defence ministry told the AFP news agency.  Relations between Turkey and Russia have been strained since a Russian jet was shot down near the Syrian border in November.

Turkish police officer shot dead in Diyarbakir

A Turkish police officer has been shot and killed in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir.  The officer was attempting to defuse an IED in the Sur districk when he was hit by sniper fire.  He was taken to the Dicle University Medical Faculty Hospital, but later died of his injuries.

Turkey angry over Russian rocket launcher stunt

Turkey has summoned the Russian ambassador after a serviceman on a Russian naval vessel allegedly brandished a rocket launcher while the ship passed through Istanbul.  The NTV news channel broadcast images which appeared to show the incident on the deck of the Caesar Kunikov as it passed the Bosphorus Strait on Saturday. "For a Russian soldier to display a rocket launcher or something similar while passing on a Russian warship is a provocation," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters. The incident comes less than two weeks after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border.

Large blast hits Istanbul metro

Police are investigating the cause of a large explosion at a metro station in Istanbul.  There are reports of injuries at the Bayrampasa station following the blast, which occurred around 17:15 local time. The authorities have suspended services on the city's metro network.

Turkey shoots down Russia jet on Syrian border

Turkey has shot down a Russian military aircraft on the Syrian border. "Our two F-16 planes on air patrol duty intervened in the plane in question on November 24, 2015, 9:24am, according to the rules of engagement," a Turkish military statement said. The Russian pilots, who both ejected from the Su-24, were warned "ten times in five minutes" after violating Turkish airspace. The incident happened near the mountains of Antakya.

Eight Moroccan nationals detained over IS links

Turkish police have detained eight Moroccan nationals over suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.  The suspects were intercepted at Istanbul Ataturk Airport as they headed to Germany via Greece. "Today's successful identification of Moroccan terror suspects attests to the fact that the most effective means to fight terrorism is for source countries to share intelligence with Syria's neighbours," a security official told Al-Jazeera.

Five police officers wounded in suicide blast

Five Turkish police officers were wounded when a suspect opened fire on them and then detonated a suicide vest near the Syrian border.  The Gaziantep governor's office said the incident happened in the centre of Gaziantep city on Wednesday night.  The blast came hours after troops clashed with suspected Islamic State (IS) militants outside the city, while at the same time the G20 leaders are meeting in the city of Antalya, 700km west of Gaziantep.

Fourteen dead in latest clashes between army and PKK

Three Turkish soldiers and 11 suspected Kurdish militants have been killed in the latest outbreak of fighting in the south-east of the country.  Two troops died when their vehicle hit an IED in the town of Lice, while a third died in fighting in the Ercis district of Van province.  Turkish authorities said 11 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in military operations in the towns of Cizre and Silopi on Thursday.

Turkish soldier killed in Hakkari province ambush

A Turkish soldier has been killed and a police officer wounded after suspected PKK militants ambushed their convoy in the south-eastern province of Hakkari.  The security forces were targeted in the Cumhuriyet neighbourhood of Yuksekova district on Tuesday morning.  Hours later at least six soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb near the town of Silvan in Diyarbakir province.

Police arrest 20 people suspected of IS links in Antalya

Turkish police arrested 20 people suspected of links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Antalya province on Friday.  The operation was carried out by dozens of officers in central Antalya and in the Alanya and Manavgat districts.  The arrests were part of series of operations against the group, and comes a week ahead of a G20 summit of world leaders in the province.

PKK ends unilateral ceasefire with Turkish government

Militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have said that they will resume fighting against the Turkish government, ending the unilateral ceasefire announced last month. "The unilateral state of inaction has ended due to the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government's latest attacks," said a PKK statement released in the pro-Kurdish media. There has been an escalation in military operations against the group since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party won a majority in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

Two Turkish soldiers killed in Hakkari province

Two Turkish soldiers and at least 15 suspected militants have been killed in clashes in the south-eastern province of Hakkari.  In a statement the military said that 15 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were "neutralized" in the Yuksekova district.  Meanwhile Turkish jets have continued to carry out airstrikes against the PKK in northern Iraq and southern Turkey, destroying 16 militant positions on Wednesday.

AK party regains parliamentary majority

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his party's election victory is a vote for "unity and integrity" after it regained its parliamentary majority.  The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won 49.4 percent of the vote, giving it 316 seats. Erdogan also said the result "delivered an important message" to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party that "oppression and bloodshed cannot coexist with democracy".

Police clash with IS militants in Diyarbakir

Two Turkish police officers and at least seven suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in a shoot-out in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.  The clashes erupted as officers carried out raids on more than a dozen houses in the Kayapinar district on Monday morning. "An important Islamic State cell has been neutralized," said government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus. "Work to identify (militants) and to uncover their connections in other cities is still under way."

Thousands join rally to mourn victims of Ankara bombings

Thousands of people gathered in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Sunday to mourn the victims of Saturday's twin bomb attack in the city, which killed at least 95 people.  Protests were reported in the largely Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey, with demonstrators condemning the attack and calling for peace.  Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that the Islamic State (IS) is likely to have carried out the bombings, although no group has yet taken responsibility.

Twin blast kills 86 at Ankara peace rally

At least 86 people have been killed and more than 180 others wounded after two bombs exploded at a peace rally in the Turkish capital, Ankara.  Thousands of people had gathered in the city on Saturday morning to call for an end to the fighting between the government and fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which have escalated since a ceasefire broke down in the summer.  Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced three days of mourning in response to the attack, which appears to have been carried out by suicide bombers.  The pro-Kurdish HPD party blamed groups linked to the state for the attack, while the government said it was the work of terrorists.

PKK and Turkish army trade attacks in south-east

The Turkish army killed at least 12 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in operations in the south-eastern provinces of Hakkari and Diyarbakir on Monday.  The PKK responded by killing three soldiers in a roadside bomb attack in Diyarbakir's Kocakoy district.  On Monday Turkey's prime minister condemned a video which appeared to show the body of a Kurdish militant tied to an armoured vehicle and dragged through the streets. “It is unacceptable to treat any corpse this way, even if it is a dead terrorist,” Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Russian jet violates Turkish airspace

A Russian aircraft entered Turkish airspace near the Syrian border on Saturday, prompting Turkey to scramble two F-16 fighter jets.  Russia described the violation as a "navigational error", although Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned: "Even it is a flying bird it will be intercepted". Meanwhile NATO has demanded that Russia "immediately cease" all airstrikes on "the Syrian opposition and civilians".

Turkish military targets PKK in northern Iraq

Turkey's president has announced that the military has targeted militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. "We carried out cross-border operations overnight. Over 30 terrorists were killed," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised speech.  He added that operations in south-eastern Turkey and northern Iraq would continue "without pause".

Turkish soldiers wounded in PKK bombing

At least 20 Turkish soldiers have been wounded in a bomb attack in the eastern province of Bitlis.  Local news reports claim that militants from the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) planted the device outside an officers club in the town of Tatvan.  Elsewhere an eight-year-old girl was killed in Diyarbakir when the PKK fired an RPG at an armoured carrier, but missed and hit a residential apartment instead.

Turkish soldiers wounded in PKK attacks

A total of 24 Turkish soldiers have been wounded in two separate bomb attacks in the south-eastern province of Van.  The first blast struck a military vehicle late on the Baskale-Hakkari highway late on Monday night, injuring 13 soldiers.  Two hours later 11 soldiers were hurt when their vehicle hit an explosive device on the Van-Hakkari road.  The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are believed to have carried out both attacks.

Eleven killed, fifteen wounded in clashes with PKK

On September 15, 11 people were killed and a further 15 wounded in separate clashes between the army and PKK militants in the southern provinces. In Mus province, 12 Turkish soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb by alleged PKK militants. In Hakkari province, two policemen were killed and two injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) along the Hakkari-Van highway. In Mardin province, one policeman was critically injured in a roadside bomb attack in the Nusaybin district. In Siirt province, six PKK militants were killed in military operations in Eruh district, with three other militants killed in Pervari district. 

Turkey lifts new curfew in Cizre

Turkish authorities have lifted a curfew on the predominately Kurdish city of Cizre, 12 hours of re-imposing it. The city had been under an enforced curfew since September 4. It was lifted on Saturday, only to be re-imposed on the Sunday. 

Curfew restored in Cizre after one day

Turkish authorities have reimposed a curfew in the city of Cizre, just one day after it was lifted. Officials say that the move is necessary to enforce security and save lives while tracking down PKK militants. Three Turkish police were killed on Sunday in two separate attacks in the south-east. A car bomb near Sirnak killed two officers, while a rocket attack in Silvan killed another. Security forces reportedly chased the militants, with helicopter support, killing at least five. 

One killed in PKK attack on police in cafe

One civilian was killed and three policemen were wounded on Friday when suspected PKK militants opened fire on a cafe in Diyarbakir. A small group of police were in a cafe in the centre of the city when the gunmen opened fire. Three police were wounded and one young male civilian, named as Seyhmus Sanir, 22, was killed. He was a waiter working at the targeted cafe. The police, one of whom is in a serious condition, are being treated in hospital. 

At least 30 dead in Cizre violence

At least 30 people have been killed in clashes in Cizre since a military operation began there last week. The Turkish interior ministry said that most of the dead were Kurdish militants, but the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) says 20 civilians were killed in the violence. Locals have described Cizre as being "under siege" since the military imposed a curfew. On Thursday, police stopped a delegation of HDP leaders who were trying to enter the city on foot in an attempt to draw attention to the growing crisis in the city. The group included the party's leader, Selahattin Demirtas, and 20 members of parliament. They were intercepted by police near Idil, 28km from Cizre. 

Security forces block pro-Kurdish march to Cizre

Turkish security forces have blocked a delegation from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) from reaching the city of Cizre.  HDP co-chair Salahettin Demirtas said the group were stopped by armoured vehicles on the Midyat-Idil road.  A curfew has been in place in the district Friday after violent clashes erupted between militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the police.

Pro-Kurdish HDP party offices attacked in Ankara

A crowd has attacked the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish HDP party in Ankara. HDP offices in at least six other Turkish cities were reported to have also been attacked. HDP leaders have accused Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's governing AK Party (AKP) of stoking unrest to drum up nationalist support ahead of elections on 1 November.

PKK releases 20 Turks abducted in August

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) today released 20 Turkish citizens, including customs officials, kidnapped in August by militants in the east of Turkey and then moved to Iraq. The PKK handed the 20 over to a delegation of human rights activists, Iraqi Kurdistan officials, and members of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) who travelled to Iraq. The customs officers are expected to arrive at Turkey's Habur border crossing later Tuesday. The captives had been held in PKK camps in Iraqi Kurdistan since their abduction, and were released early Tuesday by the militants in Dohuk province, northern Iraq.

Police officers killed in Igdir bus attack

At least ten police officers have been killed and several others wounded in a bomb attack on a Turkish police minibus in the Igdir region. Turkish officials have blamed PKK militants for the attack at the Dilucu border gate, on the Turkey-Azerbaijan border. Turkish security forces launched a retaliatory operation against Kurdish fighters after the attack.

PKK attack kills soldiers in south-eastern Turkey

Fifteen Turkish soldiers have been killed in an attack by PKK rebels in the village of Daglica, Hakkari province. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were detonated as two armoured vehicles were passing through the village. Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said he was saddened by the attack and promised a "decisive" response.

Vice News journalists released in Turkey

Two British journalists from Vice News have been released from prison in Turkey; however, their local fixer remains in custody.  The three were charged with "working on behalf of a terrorist organisation" when they were arrested in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir last Thursday.  The decision to release the two men comes a day after the UK government issued a strongly worded statement which reminded Turkey of its obligations to the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Turkish airstrikes target PKK in south-east

Turkish military aircraft have carried out airstrikes on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in the south-east of the country.  State-run media reported that 20 militants were killed in the strikes, which were carried out in response to the deadly shooting of a Turkish soldier in Hakkari province.  More than 900 PKK fighters and around 70 Turkish troops have been killed since a ceasefire collapsed in late-July.

Turkish police fire tear gas at Istanbul protesters

Turkish police have fired tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse protesters in the city of Istanbul.  Around 500 people took part in the anti-government rally in Istiklal Street on Tuesday, which turned violent when the demonstrators attempted to form a human chain.  The Anatolia news agency said 14 people had been arrested, including an freelance photographer who was working for Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Police officer killed in PKK ambush

A Turkish police officer has been killed in an ambush by suspected Kurdish militants in the eastern province of Igdir.  Olgun Kurbanoglu, 45, was shot dead in the Karakoyunlu district by two men believed to be members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).  Several police officers have also been wounded in a separate incident in Sirnak province after a remote-controlled bomb exploded near their vehicle.

Turkey holds British journalists on terror charges

Two British journalists and their Turkish fixer have been detained by police and charged with "aiding a terrorist organisation".  Vice News reporters Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury had been filming in the south-eastern region of Diyarbakir, which has recently seen clashes between Turkish troops and fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).  Vice News has called the charges "baseless and alarmingly false".

FSA commander killed in Turkey bomb attack

A commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army was killed in an attack on his car in the southern province of Hatay on Wednesday. Jamil Raadoun, the commander of the Sukour al-Ghab group, died in hospital from the injuries he sustained when explosives were detonated on his vehicle.

Two soldiers killed after convoy hits explosives in south-east Turkey

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and three wounded on Monday when the vehicle they were travelling in hit an explosive device buried in the road. The explosion occurred near the town of Semdinli, Hakkari province.

Security incident near US Consulate in Istanbul

On August 22, shots were fired near the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul. The US Bureau of Diplomatic Security has advised people to avoid the area for the time being, and to monitor local media for further developments.

Turkish floods kill at least eight in Artvin

At least eight people have been killed after heavy flooding and a landslide hit the province of Artvin, in north-eastern Turkey. The flooding was caused by torrential rainfall. Artvin's governor, Kemal Cirit, told local media that three people died after a house collapsed. He added that two people are still missing. The heavy rain is expected to ese off over Monday night. 

Eight soldiers killed in south-east Turkey bomb attack

Eight Turkish soldiers were killed in a bomb attack on their vehicle by PKK militants in south-east Turkey on Wednesday, the military has said. PKK militants planted explosives on a highway in the province of Siirt and detonated them at around 11.10 GMT, as security forces clashed with PKK fighters across the region. 

Explosion and gunfire heard at Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul

A large explosion followed by gunfire have been reported at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul.  Local media claim that two armed assailants have been detained by police near the German consulate.  There have not been any reports of injuries in the attack at the site, which was the seat of power during the Ottoman Empire and is a popular tourist attraction. 

Teenager killed in clashes with police in Istanbul

A 17-year-old has been killed in clashes in Istanbul between police and a group allied to the outlawed PKK group. The clashes erupted late Tuesday when a group of around 20 people sought to hold what was described as an unauthorised demonstration in the Esenler district of Istanbul and opened fire on the police. The group involved in the Istanbul clashes, said to be members of the PKK's youth wing, the Revolutionary Patriotic Youth Movement (YDG-H), had their faces masked and were carrying Molotov cocktails and bomb-making equipment. Police defused an unexploded bomb at the scene, and four people were arrested. 

Soldier killed in PKK attack in Diyarbakir province

One soldier has been killed and another three injured in clashes with PKK militants in Diyarbakir province. According to the Turkish General Staff, the incident took place when the provincial and district gendarmerie command launched an operation after suspected PKK members had set up roadblocks on the highway between Diyarbakir and Bingol. The wounded soldiers were taken to Dicle University Medical Faculty Hospital, where one of them succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. The governor’s office added that some PKK members had also been injured in the clashes.

Police detain four suspects, seize drone and weapons en route to IS

Police conducted an operation against Islamic State-linked organisations and individuals in Gaziantep on Tuesday, detaining four suspects. A vehicle with four people, including three foreign citizens, was stopped by a police search in the city centre as part of the investigations carried out into individuals who provide logistical support to IS. A quantity of military equipment, including a drone and several camouflage uniforms, was confiscated. All four IS-linked suspects were jailed, pending trial. 

Three killed, two wounded in attacks in Turkey's southeast

A Turkish soldier and two PKK militants were killed in a spate of attacks in southeast Turkey. The soldier was killed by a remote-detonated bomb in Bingol province, and the two PKK fighters were killed during an operation in response to the attack. In a separate incident, two youths linked to the PKK opened fire with rifles at a police vehicle in the town of Nusaybin, which borders Syria, early Friday morning, wounding two policemen. 

Police officer injured in bomb attack in Tunceli

A police officer has been injured in Tunceli province after a bomb, suspected to have been remotely detonated, exploded as he was passing it by in his armoured vehicle. He was transferred to hospital and is said to be in a stable condition. An investigation has been launched, but the PKK is suspected to be behind the attack. 

One soldier and two assailants killed in Diyarbakir attack

A Turkish sergeant has been killed following a PKK attack on Diyarbakir gendermerie station, along with two of the attackers. Four soldiers and a village guard were also injured.

Soldier killed in new PKK attack

The Turkish military says Kurdish rebels attacked an infantry brigade command in southeast Turkey, killing a soldier. A military statement said PKK rebels opened fire on the Akdizin base in Şırnak province early Tuesday morning. The soldier died of his wounds in hospital. 

Four police officers killed in IED attack in Sırnak province

Four police officers were killed and one seriously wounded after a landmine suspected to have been planted by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists exploded in Şırnak province. Reports say that the landmine exploded while an armoured police vehicle was passing by the Başak neighbourhood in the Silopi district where a policeman and three PKK militants had been killed. 

Bomb attack on Istanbul police station

At least seven people, including three police officers, have been injured in a bomb attack on a police station in Istanbul.

Gun attack on US consulate in Istanbul

Two assailants opened fire outside the US consulate in Istanbul, hours after seven people, including three police officers, were injured in a bomb attack. No one is reported to have been injured in the attack, and the attackers fled when police returned fire. One of the assailants has reportedly now been arrested. 

Istanbul police on alert after car bomb notice

Istanbul police have begun stopping and inspecting a specific type of vehicle on an Istanbul highway after receiving a bomb notice. Cube trucks of a specific make and model have been inspected at the Çamlıca toll booths, with Special Operations police officers taking part in the controlled operation.

Three killed in clashes between security forces and PKK in Sirnak

Three people have been killed and one policeman critically wounded in the south-eastern province of Şırnak, during clashes between security forces and PKK militants. 

Bus driver killed by PKK roadside bomb

A bus driver has been killed by a roadside bomb planted by the PKK's affiliate, the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H) in southeastern Turkey. The 31-year-old civilian, Sahip Akil, died when an explosive device exploded in the Cizre district of Şırnak province. The intended target of the attack was the police, but instead a minibus which Akil was driving at the time of the explosion was caught in the blast. 

US carries out first drone strike in Syria from Turkey

The US has carried out its first air strike on the Islamic State in Syria from a base in Turkey. An unmanned drone was used on Monday. No specific details about the target were given. The drone flew out of Incirlik airbase near the southern city of Adana. 

Explosion hits Shah Deniz gas pipeline

An explosion has hit the Shah Deniz pipeline carrying natural gas from Azerbaijan, but there was no disruption to supply as the flow had already been suspended for routine maintenance. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion, but it comes days after an attack by the PKK Kurdish militant group halted the flow in a pipeline carrying crude oil from Turkey to Iraq. The explosion on the Shah Deniz pipeline took place in Turkey's Posof province near the Georgian border. 

Two security personnel killed by mine in southeast Turkey

Two members of the Turkish security forces were killed by a homemade mine in the south-eastern province of Sirnak. 

Two soldiers killed in PKK suicide blast

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish PKK militants. A tractor laden with explosives was driven into a military police station near the town of Dogubayezit, Agri province. Four of those injured are in a serious condition. 

Five killed in clashes between authorities and PKK

Kurdish rebels have raided a Turkish police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks, leaving five dead. PKK militants raided the police station in Pozanti, killing two policemen and sparking a gunfight that killed two of the attackers. In the eastern province of Kars, militants detonated a bomb on the rail line and fired on rail workers sent to repair it. One worker was killed. 

Plane makes emergency landing in Warsaw

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 has made an emergency landing in Warsaw's Frederic Chopin airport. All 332 passengers were safely evacuated and airport services are checking the plane. It is not known what caused the emergency landing, but a suspicious package was reportedly spotted on board, according to TVN24.

Turkish policeman and civilian killed in shooting

A Turkish policeman and a civilian have been killed in a shooting in the predominately Kurdish Cinar district, in the southeastern Diyarbakir region. Policeman Mehmet Uyar was sitting in front of a tea house when unknown gunman opened fire from a car. He later died of his wounds in hospital, as did a civilian passer-by. Another civilian was wounded. The attack is being blamed on the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK).

Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK ambush

Three soldiers have been killed in a PKK ambush in Şırnak, in the southeastern Anatolian region. The incident occurred whiloe Turkish troops were trying to secure a road for a military convoy. One officer and two privates were killed, along with one PKK attacker.

Germany warns of possible terrorist attack on Istanbul public transport

Germany has warned about possible attacks on the underground rail networks and bus stops. The German Foreign Ministry has said that "there could be increased activity from the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). Beyond that, there are indications of possible attacks on the underground rail network and bus stops in Istanbul."

Specialised non-commissioned officer killed

A specialised non-commissioned officer has been killed during an armed attack in Hakkari's Semdinli district. The attacker shot Sergeant Ziya Sarpkaya in the head as he was withdrawing money from a bank. He died in hospital. Turkey has accused the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) of the murder.

Gendarmerie Commander killed in eastern Turkey

A Gendarmerie Commander has been killed in an attack in the Malazgirt district of Mus province. Armed attackers opened fire on Major Aslan Kulaksiz as he was travelling in his car with his wife and child. He died of his wounds in hospital that day. Ten suspects have been detained.

Protesters clash with security forces

Protesters have clashed with security forces in a flashpoint district of Istanbul. The demonstrators hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at police, who responded with water cannons, tear gas and plastic bullets. The clashes started when police moved in after activists refused to hand over the body of Gunay Ozarslan to authorities for burial. He was killed on Friday in nationwide raids against suspected militants.

Car bomb kills two soldiers as PKK truce breaks down

A car bomb attack on a military convoy in South-Eastern Turkey has killed two soldiers and injured four more. The attack, in the town of Lice in Diyabakir, came after Turkish bombers hit Kurdish separatist camps in northern Iraq. The Kurdish PKK has threatened to break off a two-year ceasefire after the Turkish bombing raids on Saturday. 

Turkish air strikes on IS and PKK in Iraq and Syria

Turkey's air force have attacked Islamic State (IS) positions and Kurdish PKK militants in northern Iraq. The Turkish government claim they have targeted PKK shelters, bunkers, storage facilities and other 'logistical points'. They did not give details of what their bombers had targeted in their attacks on IS in Syria. Turkey also shelled IS and PKK positions from inside the country.

Turkish jets target Islamic State in Syria

Turkish jets have carried out airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in northern Syria.  Security forces also carried out dozens of raids on properties in Istanbul, during which a member of the Marxist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party Front (DHKP/C) was killed in an exchange of fire with police.  Other raids were carried out in the capital, Ankara, the city of Izmir and the province of Sanliurfa.  The mass operation comes days after a suicide bomb attack by an IS-linked assailant in the southern city of Suruc killed 32 people.

Police officer shot dead in Diyarbakir

A Turkish police officer has been shot dead and another officer wounded in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.  The shooting comes a day after two officers were killed in an attack near the Syrian border which was claimed by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), who said it was revenge for Monday's suicide bomb attack which killed 32 people in the town of Suruc.

Two Turkish police officers killed near Syrian border

Two Turkish police officers have been killed in an attack near the Syrian border.  The officers were found dead at a house in the city of Sanliurfa on Wednesday morning, two days after a suicide bomb killed 32 people in nearby Suruc.  The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the killing in a statement: "Today around 6am, a revenge operation was carried against two policemen collaborating with Daesh [Islamic State] in Serêkaniyê North (Ceylanpınar/Urfa),".

Explosion kills 27 in Turkish border town

At least 27 people have been killed and more than 100 others wounded in an explosion in the south-eastern border town of Suruc.  The blast occurred during a press conference at a cultural centre in the town, which is close to the Syrian town of Kobane.  Earlier reports suggest that the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber, although there has not yet been any official confirmation.

PKK says ceasefire with government is over

The Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) have released a statement which announced that a ceasefire with the Turkish government is over.  The group said that the government's dam building project in the south-east of the country has violated the 2013 agreement. “Our guerrillas with responsibility pledged themselves to honor the ceasefire since the beginning of the process, but the Turkish government with its arbitrary actions has already resumed the war against the Kurdish people,” read the statement. “The government has started the war against the Kurds and we will not remain silent,” it added.

Suspected IS members arrested in Turkey

Turkish authorities have arrested 21 people suspected of being members of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.  The Anadolu Agency said three of the suspects were foreign nationals who were planning to cross into Syria.  Police carried out raids in Istanbul, the north-western Kocaeli province and the southern provinces of Sanliurfa and Mersin.

Thai consulate attacked in Istanbul

Turkish protesters have attacked the Thai consulate in Istanbul by a group protesting against the deportation from Thailand of around 100 Uighurs to China.  A group of around 200 people gathered in front of the consulate building on Wednesday night, throwing stones while chanting "Allah-u Akbar".  Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the Uighurs sent to China "will likely face torture".

Three killed in Diyarbakir clashes

At least three people have been killed in clashes between rival Kurdish groups in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.  The unrest was sparked when unknown gunmen shot dead Aytac Baran, head of the Yeni Ihya Der aid group, on Tuesday evening.  The killed triggered fighting between Baran's supporters and members of the People's Democratic Party (HDP), who were accused of carrying out the attack.

Ruling AK party loses majority

Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AK) has lost its majority in the country's parliamentary elections for the first time in 13 years.  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party secured 41 percent of the vote, a significant drop from 2011, and needs to form a coalition or continue as a minority government.  The pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) passed the 10 percent threshold and has secured seats in parliament for the first time, sparking celebrations in the largely Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.

Police clash with protesters at pro-Kurdish rally

Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters during a pro-Kurdish rally in the east of the country.  Hundreds of people took part in the rally, which was organised by the People's Democratic Party (HDP), in the city of Erzurum.  The unrest came ahead of parliamentary elections which are due to be held this weekend.  Elsewhere a HDP campaign vehicle was fired on by unknown assailants in the Bingol province, leaving at least one person dead.

Opposition candidate shot in Adana

An opposition party candidate has been shot while campaigning in the southern city of Adana.  Elif Dogan Turkmen, a lawyer running for the Republican People's Party, was hospitalised after he was shot in the knee. Last week, a candidate from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), was stabbed while electioneering in the city.

Swedish woman shot dead in Istanbul

A Swedish woman has been shot dead in the Turkish city of Istanbul.  Maggie Bagdo, who was visting the city with friends, was gunned down outside a nightclub in the Besitkas district on Sunday night.  Police said the assailants, who had been denied entry to the club, opened fire from a car before fleeing the scene.

Turkish TV contestant shot in head

A Turkish woman competing in a television talent show has been shot in the head at her home in Diyarbakir province.  Nineteen-year-old Mutlu Kaya had previously received death threats for taking part in the Sesi Cok Guzel show.  One person has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Another false bomb threat targets Turkish flight

A Pegasus Airlines flight heading for Lviv, Ukraine, was forced to return to Istanbul following another false bomb scare.  Flight TC634 is the latest Turkish flight to be targeted by false bomb threats, with at least five similar incidents reported since the end of March.

Istanbul in security lockdown ahead of May Day rallies

Around 20,000 Turkish police have been deployed across Istanbul as the city is put under a security lockdown ahead of May Day protests.  The police have blocked off roads to the centre of the city and public transport has been suspended "to maintain the peace".  Thousands of people are expected to join unauthorized rallies later today, while a large police presence has also been reported in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Turkish Airlines flight makes emergency landing over bomb scare

Turkish Airlines flight TK1923 bound for Switzerland was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing in Istanbul after a bomb scare.  The Boeing 738, which was carrying 151 passengers, landed safely in Istanbul and no explosive device has been found.

Shots fired at football team bus in Turkey

Shots have been fired at a bus carrying the Fenerbache football team in north-eastern Turkey.  The driver was wounded when unknown gunmen opened fire on the bus on the road to Trabzon airport.  Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said an investigation was under way.

Woman dies in Istanbul police HQ attack

Turkish police have shot dead an armed woman and wounded a gunman during an attack on a police headquarters in Istanbul.  Governor Vasip Sahin said the woman was carrying a bomb when she was shot.  Earlier on Wednesday an intruder was arrested at offices of the ruling AK party, while on Tuesday a prosecutor died during a hostage siege at an Istanbul courthouse.

Massive power outage hits Turkey

A massive power outage has caused widespread disruption across Turkey.  Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said all possible causes were being investigated, including terrorism, while a crisis centre has been setup at the energy ministry.  Istanbul was particularly badly hit, with trams and subways shutdown as only 15 percent of the city had power.

Prosecutor taken hostage at Istanbul court

A Turkish prosecutor has been taken hostage by a leftist group at a court house in Istanbul.  Images have been released on social media which show Mehmet Selim Kiraz with a gun to his head.  Mr Kiraz was handling the case of a 15-year-old boy who died in a police gas attack when he was captured by members of the DHKP/C group.  Turkish special forces have entered the building ahead of a possible rescue operation.

Swedish journalist missing near Syrian border

A Swedish freelance journalist has gone missing near the Turkish border, according to a Swedish newspaper.  The man, who has not been identified, was planning to enter Syria via the Turkish town of Gaziantep to cover the conflict.  According to the Expressen newspaper he has not been heard from in four days, raising fears that he has been kidnapped by Islamic militants, such as the Islamic State (IS).

Woman opens fire on police post in Taksim Square

A woman armed with a machine gun has opened fire on a police post in Istanbul's Taksim Square.  No casualties have been reported although some police cars were damaged.  The woman managed to flee the scene on foot before police could arrest her.

Protests sparked by Gezi Park ruling

Two Turkish police officers have been given 10-year prison sentences for the killing of an anti-government protester in Istanbul's Gezi Park in 2013.  The ruling sparked protests outside the court in Kayseri, with campaigners claiming the sentences were too lenient.  Ali Ismail Korkmaz died during clashes between protesters and police during demonstrations against plans to redevelop the park.

Police defuse bombs in Istanbul

Turkish police have defused two homemade devices at shopping centres in Istanbul.  Shoppers reported a suspicious package at a site in Basaksehir in the west of the city, while in the nearby Sefakoy neighborhood police detonated butane fuel refills after cordoning off the area.    According to the Dogan news agency no group has claimed responsibility for planting the device.

Female suicide bomber kills police officer in Istanbul

A female suicide bomber has carried out an attack in Istanbul, killing a police officer and wounding another.  The assailant went to a police station in the tourist area of Sultanahmet, claiming to have lost her purse before detonating the device. "Two separate bombs [that were on the suicide bomber and that didn't go off] were defused. One policeman is wounded. Police forces and intelligence services are investigating whether there is a link to any group," said Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's prime minister.

Authorities raid media outlets in Turkey

Turkish authorities have raided two media outlets linked to US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, arresting 23 people.  The offices of the Zaman newspaper and Samanyolu TV station were targeted on Sunday, with those detained accused of trying to setup an illegal organisation which plans to overthrow President Tayyip Erdogan's government. "History will remember the good people who walked without looking back for a more democratic Turkey," said Zalman's editor-in-chief, Ekrem Dumanli, who was among those arrested.

Rogue Turkish soldier kills colleagues on Syrian border

A Turkish soldier has killed two colleagues before committing suicide near the Syria-Turkish border.  The incident happened in the Ceylanpinar district of Sanliurfa.  The provincial governor Izzettin Kucuk said "a psychologically disturbed soldier killed two others, who were on duty at the same guard post".

Turkish protesters attack US sailors

Three US Navy sailors have been attacked by a group of anti-American protesters in the city of Istanbul.  The dozen or so protesters threw red paint at the sailors and shouted "Yankee, go home!".  Turkish police have arrested 12 people in connection with the incident, while the sailors returned unharmed to their ship, the USS Ross.

Turkey launch airstrikes against PKK militants

Turkish jets have carried out a series of airstrikes against Kurdish militants near the Iraqi border.  The F-16s targeted outposts of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Daglica in the mountainous Hakkari province.  It was the first major military operation against the group since they declared a ceasefire in March, 2013.

Kurdish protesters killed in clashes

At least 10 people have been killed in clashes between Kurdish protesters and Turkish police across Turkey.  Five people died in the south-eastern town of Diyarbakir, while other deaths were reported in the Mus, Siirt and Batman provinces.  Large protesters were also held in the capital, Ankara and largest city Istanbul.  The protesters were demanding that the government do more to protect the Syrian border town of Kobane from Islamic State fighters.

Security forces clash with Kurds near Syrian border

Renewed clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish protesters have been reported near the Syrian border over the weekend.  Troops used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowds near the Syrian border town of Kobane, which is under threat from Islamic State (IS) militants.  The Kurds have been gathering near the border to express solidarity with Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq who are battling to halt the advance of IS.

Turkey sends troops to Syrian border to halt Islamic State

Turkey has sent dozens of armoured vehicles to the Syrian border after Islamic State fighters closed in on a key Kurdish town.  Several explosions were reported inside Turkey from near the town of Kobane, while Turkish trooped also returned fire.  The Turkish government is expected to pass a motion authorising  its forces to operate across the border into Syria and Iraq as part of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State.

Troops clash with Kurdish protesters near Syrian border

Turkish troops have fired tear gas at Kurdish protesters near a Syrian border crossing.  Police said they were tried to stop Kurdish fighters from leaving the country to fight against Islamic State militants.  The clashes erupted after more than 66,000 Kurdish refugees crossed into Turkey after authorities opened the border on Friday.

Protests against Syrian refugees erupt in Istanbul

Hundreds of people have clashed with Turkish police in Istanbul during a protest against the rising number of Syrian refugees in the country.  Around 1.2 million Syrians are estimated to have crossed the border to escape the ongoing conflict in their country, causing tensions in some Turkish cities.  Local news agencies said the unrest started in the Ikitelli district in the east of the city over claims that a Syrian man had sexually harassed a teenage Turkish girl.

Kurdish protester killed in PKK statue dispute

A Kurdish demonstrator has been killed in clashes with Turkish security forces during a protest over the removal of a controversial statue.  The unrest was sparked when troops attempted to dismantle the statue of Mahsum Korkmaz, founder of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), in the south-eastern town of Lice.  Two other protesters were wounded in the clashes.

Two killed in clashes at Kurdish protest

Two Kurdish protesters have died from gunshot wounds following clashes with government troops in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir.  Hundreds of people gathered to demonstrate against the construction of new military barracks in the area before petrol bombs were thrown at the security forces.  Both sides have accused the other of firing the first shots.

Police fire tear gas at Taksim anniversary protests

Turkish police have fired tear gas at protesters in Istanbul and Anakara during rallies to mark the one-year anniversary of mass anti-government protests.  In 2013 thousands of people gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square, initially to protest against the redevelopment of Gezi Park although the focus soon shifted to wider political grievances.  Several people died in the unrest, while thousands more were wounded.

Man shot dead during funeral march in Istanbul

A Turkish man has been shot dead while attending a funeral procession in Istanbul.  Ugur Kurt, 30, was hit by a stray bullet when riot police clashed with a small group of protesters in the city.  The march was being held in memory of the 301 miners who died in last week's mining disaster in Soma, as well as the teenage boy killed during a protest in March last year.

Unions call for national strike over mine disaster

Turkey's main union has called for a one-day national strike on Thursday in protest against the mine disaster that killed at least 282 people earlier this week.  The unions are angry at what they say are poor safety standards at the former state-run facility in Soma in western Turkey. "Hundreds of our worker brothers in Soma have been left to die from the very start by being forced to work in brutal production processes in order to achieve maximum profits".  Anti-government protests have already been reported in Soma, where the car of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan was attacked, as well as in Taksim Square in Istanbul and in Kizilay Square in the capital Ankara.

Hundreds trapped in Turkish coal mine

At least 300 miners are believed to be trapped following an explosion at coal mine in the western province of Manisa.  Local officials said that around 20 people have been killed and 30 others wounded after a fire broke out in the mine near the town of Soma.  Search and rescue teams are attempting to rescue the remaining miners, who are trapped around 4km from the exit.

Tear gas fired during May Day protests in Istanbul

Turkish riot police have fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters near Istanbul's Taksim Square.  Thousands of people defied a ban on protests at the site to gather for the May Day demonstrations, leading to a confrontation with around 40,000 police officers.  Some of the protesters laid wreaths in memory of the 34 people killed during the 1977 May Day protests.  

Turkey's PM Tayyip Erdogan claims election win

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed a landslide victory for his ruling party in the country's local elections.  Speaking at the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Ankara Mr Erdogan said he would "enter the lair" of his enemies and make them "pay the price" for plotting his downfall. "Those who attacked Turkey got disappointed". 

Young boy critically wounded in Turkey protest

A ten-year-old boy has been critically wounded at a protest in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.  Mehmet Ezer was hit at close range by a tear gas canister fired by riot police during a pro-Kurdish rally.  The incident comes after the death of a 14-year-old boy who was also wounded by a tear gas canister in Istanbul last year.  His death earlier this month, after 269 days in a coma, sparked widespread unrest against police bruatlity.

Turkish military shoots down Syrian jet

The Turkish military has shot down a Syrian jet for violating its airspace in the southern Hatay province.  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard", while Syria denounced the action as "unprecedented and unjustifiable".

Clashes reported after protest boy's funeral

Turkish riot police have clashed with protesters following the funeral of a teenage boy wounded in anti-government clashes last year.  Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the crowds near Istanbul's Taksim Square, while clashes were also reported in the capital, Ankara.

Protests in Turkey after protest teen dies in hospital

Several protests have erupted in Turkey after a teenager who was wounded at an anti-government protest last year died in hospital.  Berkin Elvan was struck on the head by a tear gas canister as he walked to buy bread in Istanbul in June, 2013 and he had been in a coma ever since.  Clashes erupted outside the hospital where he was being treated in Istanbul, while several thousand people also took to the streets in the capital, Ankara.

Anti-government protesters rally in Istanbul

Several thousand people have rallied in Istanbul and the Turkish capital, Ankara, to protest against further allegations of corruption against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds in Istanbul's Kadikoy Square.  The protests were organised by the main opposition Republican People Party (CHP) after leaked recordings were released which suggested that Mr Erdogan and his son discussed hiding large sums of money from police.

Car bomb hits Turkey-Syria border post

A car bomb has exploded at a border post in southern Turkey, wounding at least 40 people.  A Turkish official said that the blast occurred at the Oncupinar border post, which is next to a camp housing thousands of Syrian refugees.

Turkish MPs fight over judicial reforms

A mass brawl has broken out in Turkey's parliament as MPs approved controversial plans to reform the country's judiciary.  Ali Ihsan Kokturk from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) was left needing hospital treatment for a suspected broken nose, while another MP from the AK Party broke several fingers.  The new legislation gives the justice ministry increased control over the higher council of judges and prosecutors; however the opposition called the legislation a "government maneuver" to hide allegations of corruption.

Clashes erupt over new internet censorship laws

Turkish riot police clashed with protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square over the weekend, firing tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds.  Hundreds of people took part in the demonstration against new government controls over the internet, which were approved by the Turkish parliament last week.  The country's opposition claim that the move is part of government attempts to stifle an ongoing corruption scandal.

Flight diverted to Turkey after hijack attempt

A flight from the Ukraine has been diverted to Turkey following a reported hijacking attempt.  A Turkish official told Al Jazeera that the Pegasus Airlines plane was being searched at Istanbul airport after a passenger claimed that there was a bomb on board.  According to reports the pilot sent out an alert when a man tried to gain access to the cockpit of the plane, leading the Turkish military to scramble an F-16 military jet.

Police officers sacked by government decree

Around 350 police officers have been sacked by the Turkish government as part of an escalating corruption scandal.  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the police of plotting to undermine his government after the sons of the three cabinet ministers were arrested last month as part of an investigation into corruption.  According to local news outlets as many as 1,700 officers have been dismissed since the investigations began.

Anti-government protesters clash with police

Turkish police have fired water cannons and tear gas at anti-government protesters in Istanbul.  The unrest was sparked by a corruption scandal in Turkey which has seen 24 people arrested, including the sons of two government ministers.  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims the charges a part of "dirty operation" aimed at undermining his government.  

Suspected bomber arrested near PM's office

Turkish police have arrested a "mentally unstable" man carrying what appeared to be a suicide bomb near the prime minister's office in Ankara.  The police fired several shots in the air when 52-year-old suspected attempted to breach a security cordon and enter Recep Tayyip Erdogan's offices.

Kurdish rebels threaten to renew insurgency

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have threatened to re-enter Turkey from northern Iraq unless the government resumes the peace process.  Cemil Bayik, a founding party member, said "either they accept deep and meaningful negotiations with the Kurdish movement, or there will be a civil war in Turkey".

PM Erdogan promises Kurdish reforms

Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has announced a series of political reforms which are seen as key to the Kurdish peace process.  The proposals include allowing towns to use Kurdish names, an end to a ban on women wearing headscarves in public and a change to the electoral threshold to allow smaller parties to enter parliament.

Gunmen open fire on Erdogan convoy in Istanbul

Several shots have been fired at the official convoy of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul.  No injuries were reported during the incident.

Syrian helicopter shot down by Turkish warplanes

Turkish forces have shot down a Syrian helicopter after it crossed the border into Turkish airspace.  According to Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc two F-16 jets repeatedly warned the Mi-17 helicopter after it ventured near the town of Yayladagi in Hatay province. 

Protesters clash with riot police in Istanbul

Turkish police have used water cannons and tear gas to break up anti-government protests in Istanbul.  The unrest, which is now into its third day, was sparked by the death of a demonstrator in the southern city of Antakya on Monday.

British woman killed in Dalyan shooting

A British woman has died and two members of her family wounded in a shooting at the Turkish resort of Dalyan.  According to local reports the gunman was a local gardener who was known to the victims.

PKK rebels halt withdrawal from Turkey

Militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have halted their withdrawal from south-eastern Turkey, citing a failure by the government to adhere to the peace plan agreed earlier this year.  In a statement the group said that they would continue to respect the ceasefire with state security forces.

Protests erupt following coup trial verdicts

Protesters have clashed with riot police in Silivri after Turkey's former army chief Geneeral Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life in prison.  General Basburg was on trial along with more than 270 other military officers, lawyers and journalists, who were all accused of being members of the underground Ergenekon group which plotted to overthrow the Turkish government.

Two killed in Syrian border clashes

Two Turkish nationals have been killed by stray gunfire during clashes along the Syrian border.  The fire came from the northern Syrian town of Ras-al Ain during fighting between rebel fighters and Kurdish militants.

Police clash with protesters outside Gezi Park in Istanbul

Turkish riot police have fired tear gas and water cannons at a group of around 3,000 protesters outside Gezi Park in Istanbul.  This latest rally had been organised by the Taksim Solidarity Platform, a combination of opposition political groups who have been protesting against the Turkish government.

Army officer kidnapped by PKK militants

A Turkish army officer has been kidnapped by militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir.  The officer was ambushed on the main road near Kayacik village, hours after clashes between villagers and troops left one person dead.

Kurdish protesters clash with police in south-east

Turkish riot police have clashed with Kurdish protesters in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir.  Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the crowds, who had gathered to protest against the government's lack of commitment to the peace process with the PKK militant group.

Attack on Al Jazeera cameraman condemned

Turkish Journalist's Association calls on officials to investigate Monday's assault on two cameramen by riot police  in Istanbul's Taksim Square.

Turkish riot police clear protestors from Taksim Square

Turkish riot police move into Istanbul's Taksim Square to repel anti government protestors who have set up camp there for the last two weeks.

Protestors are claiming that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become increasingly authoritarian, trying to impose conservative Islamic values on a secular state.

Protesters clash with police in Ankara

Protesters have clashed with riot police in the Turkish capital Ankara, defying the government's call to end the unrest which began last week.  Some 5,000 people had gathered in Kizilay Square before police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds.

Protests continue despite Deputy PMs apology

Riot police have clashed with protesters in Istanbul for a fifth consecutive night, despite Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc issuing an apology for the violent police response over the weekend.  Two people have died in the unrest so far, while dozens more have been wounded.

Anti-government protests continue across Turkey

Anti-government protests have been held across Turkey for a fourth consecutive day, leading to further violent clashes reported in Istanbul and Ankara.  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the unrest on the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and "extremist elements" with foreign links.

Thousands arrested after Istanbul protests

More than 1,700 people have been arrested and dozens more wounded after a weekend of violent anti-government protests in central Istanbul.  Police fired water cannons and tear gas at the protesters, who were angry at government plans to redevelop a park in the city.  Smaller rallies against the government were also held in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Twin car bomb attack leaves 43 dead on Syrian border

Two car bombs have exploded in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, leaving at least 43 people dead and more than 100 others wounded.  Bulent Arinc, the deputy prime minister of Turkey, blamed the Syrian government for the attack.

PKK rebels start Turkey withdrawal

Separatist fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have started to withdraw from south-eastern Turkey to bases in northern Iraq.  The PKK declared a unilateral ceasefire in March, while the group's imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan remains in peace talks with the Turkish government.

Riot police clash with May Day protesters

Turkish riot police have fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters during a May Day Demonstration in Istanbul's Taksim Square.  The clashes erupted after police blocked all roads leading to the square, which led to protesters storming the police barricades.

PKK fighters announce Turkey withdrawal

The militant wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has announced that its fighters will withdraw from Turkey from 08 May.  The militants, who have been fighting the Turkish government for three decades, have said that the withrawal to Iraq will be phased over several months.

Riot police clash with trial protesters

Turkish riot police have clashed with protesters outside a court near the Turkish capital, Istanbul.  Thousands of people had gathered in support of the 'Ergenekon' group, a collection of 275 people accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

Turkey Data Sheet

Population:
75.6 million
Major Religion/s:
Islam
International dialing code:
+90
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
112
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
230V
Climate:
Diverse climate: Moderate in the north-west, Mediterranean climate in the south, cold in the east.
Ohter Major Cities:
Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya
Borders:
Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Syria