Tag: Erdogan, Recep Tayyip

Erdogan Warns That Turkey Will Keep Deporting ISIS Detainees

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey warned Western nations that he would continue to release people who were thought to be members of the Islamic State and send them back to their home countries if governments continued to pressure Turkey with sanctions. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday shortly before leaving Ankara for a […]

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Behind Trump’s Dealings With Turkey: Sons-in-Law Married to Power

ISTANBUL — Behind President Trump’s accommodating attitude toward Turkey is an unusual back channel: a trio of sons-in-law who married into power and now play key roles in connecting Ankara with Washington. One, Turkey’s finance minister, is the son-in-law of its strongman president and oversees his country’s relationship with the United States. Another is the […]

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Turkey Starts Sending Captured Foreign Fighters Home From Syria

ISTANBUL — Turkey on Monday started making good on its vow to send foreign fighters who were captured in Syria back to their home countries, including one it sent to the United States, the Interior Ministry told the state-run news agency. “One American foreign terrorist fighter whose proceedings are completed has been deported,” a ministry […]

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Europeans Bewildered as Trump Stomps Off

MILAN — Now it’s impeachment. To many of the world’s ordinary citizens, not well versed in American constitutional procedures, it means one thing only: Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States, is accused of serious foul play. Pressuring the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on a political rival’s son? Unbelievable. Is the impeachment […]

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U.S. Envoy in Syria Says Not Enough Was Done to Avert Turkish Attack

WASHINGTON — The top American diplomat on the ground in northern Syria has criticized the Trump administration for not trying harder to prevent Turkey’s military offensive there last month — and said Turkish-backed militia fighters committed “war crimes and ethnic cleansing.” In a searing internal memo, the diplomat, William V. Roebuck, raised the question of […]

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A Wife of al-Baghdadi Is Captured by Turkey, Erdogan Says

ISTANBUL — Turkey has captured one of the wives of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain leader of the Islamic State movement, in addition to several other family members, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech on Wednesday. He also confirmed the capture of Mr. al-Baghdadi’s elder sister and brother-in-law in the town of Azaz, in […]

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Greek Refugee Camps Are Near Catastrophe, Rights Chief Warns

ATHENS — Life in the overcrowded migrant camps on Greek islands “has dramatically worsened” in the past year, with thousands of refugees fighting to meet their most basic needs, Europe’s top human rights official warned on Thursday. “It is an explosive situation,” the official, Dunja Mijatovic, the human rights commissioner of the Council of Europe, […]

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Hundreds of U.S. Troops Leaving, and Also Arriving in, Syria

WASHINGTON — Every day in northeastern Syria, waves of American troops are pulling out under President Trump’s order this month that paved the way for a Turkish offensive that included assaults on the Pentagon’s allies, the Syrian Kurds. And at the same time, a separate wave of American troops from the opposite direction is pouring […]

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Samantha Power: Why the House Finally Recognized the Armenian Genocide

On Tuesday, by a vote of 405 to 11, the House of Representatives defied the Turkish government’s intimidation and, for the first time in 35 years, passed a resolution that recognized the Armenian genocide. In acknowledging the Ottoman Empire’s killing of more than one million Armenians as “genocide,” the House follows more than two dozen […]

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Syria Peace Talks to Open After a Long, Strange Month

GENEVA — The first United Nations mediator who tried to broker peace in Syria declared it “mission impossible” and abandoned the effort. That was seven years and hundreds of thousands of deaths ago. Now, as Mediator No. 4 prepares to try again, diplomats appear to be setting their sights lower and choosing their language carefully. […]

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Turkish and Kurdish Forces Said to Clash in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Turkish forces and Turkish-backed militias appeared to have clashed with the Syrian army and the Kurdish-led militia in northeastern Syria on Thursday, raising the temperature in a volatile area where the Syrian government, Turkish forces, Kurdish-led fighters and Russia are maneuvering for position after the abrupt pullout of American troops. Turkish-backed forces […]

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Donald Trump’s ‘Very Special’ Victory in Syria

In announcing a “permanent” cease-fire along the Turkish-Syrian border on Wednesday, President Trump smugly declared that “this was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else.” The president, incapable of irony, probably not referring to his own abrupt decision on Oct. 6 to stab Syrian Kurds in the back by giving Turkey […]

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It Always Comes Back to Syria

Until this month, the Syrian revolution-turned-war had largely slipped from the news pages. It bursts into view in snapshots: the image of a drowned toddler, face down on a Turkish beach as his family fled a war that has killed at least half a million people; the black flags of the Islamic State fluttering, and […]

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Turkey Halts Syrian Incursion, Hours After Deal with Russia

AKCAKALE, Turkey — The Turkish Army halted its incursion into a Kurdish-run area of northern Syria on Wednesday morning, after a deal between the Turkish and Russian governments promised that Kurdish fighters would retreat from the Turkish-Syrian border. In a statement, the Turkish defense ministry said it would not advance beyond an area of roughly […]

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Erdogan and Putin Meet as Syria Cease-Fire Nears an End

SOCHI, Russia — The leaders of Turkey and Russia were meeting at this Black Sea resort city on Tuesday, an opportunity for both of them to consolidate their gains in Syria in the wake of President Trump’s sudden withdrawal of American troops. The meeting began hours before the end of an American-brokered truce between Turkish […]

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Erdogan’s Ambitions Go Beyond Syria. He Says He Wants Nuclear Weapons.

WASHINGTON — Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wants more than control over a wide swath of Syria along his country’s border. He says he wants the Bomb. In the weeks leading up to his order to launch the military across the border to clear Kurdish areas, Mr. Erdogan made no secret of his larger ambition. […]

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Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria

WASHINGTON — President Trump is leaning in favor of a new Pentagon plan to keep a small contingent of American troops in eastern Syria, perhaps numbering about 200, to combat the Islamic State and block the advance of Syrian government and Russian forces into the region’s coveted oil fields, a senior administration official said on […]

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Trump Is a Weak Man in a Strongman’s World

For a long time in arguments about the perils posed by the Trump presidency, my watchword has been: Trump is weaker than you think. Too weak to pass legislation. Too weak to get his hacks appointed to Federal Reserve seats. Too weak to use the bully pulpit, or any instrument, to boost his approval ratings […]

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Pence, Thrown Into Turkey Negotiations, Pleases Few With Erdogan Agreement

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence’s most notable public appearances recently have been as a warm-up act for President Trump at his rallies. His big-ticket projects include low-visibility roles leading the National Space Council and the Commission on Election Integrity, and serving as something of a traveling Trump administration salesman, promoting the new North American […]

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Turkey’s Victory Over Donald Trump

President Trump’s decision to withdraw 1,000 American troops from Syria without consulting any aides, experts or allies, and without any warning to America’s Kurdish comrades in arms, whom he placed in mortal danger, has provided chilling evidence of the danger posed by his chronic inability to appreciate a president’s responsibilities. Mr. Trump, as he always […]

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