Turkey’s Erdogan stirs the Iran-Azerbaijan pot

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Aug 22, 2017. (REUTERS) October 23, 2021 Iran is in no position to "target Azerbaijan" for relations with Israel for fear of its own Azari population, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Referring to a [...]

By |October 23rd, 2021|Azerbaijan, Turkey|

Turkey’s Halkbank can be prosecuted over Iran sanction violations, U.S. appeals court rules

A branch of Halkbank in central Istanbul, Turkey. (REUTERS) October 23, 2021 A US appeals court on Friday rejected Halkbank's bid to dismiss an indictment accusing the state-owned Turkish lender of helping Iran evade American sanctions. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals said even if the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act shielded the [...]

By |October 23rd, 2021|North America, Turkey, USA|

Ex-major says Iran planned honey trap to abduct him in Turkey

Mehrdad Abdarbashi, a major and air-force helicopter pilot had been living as an asylum-seeker in Van, eastern Turkey. (Supplied) October 18, 2021 An ex-Iranian military officer has told Iran International TV that Iranian intelligence used a ‘honey trap’ in a plot to render him from Turkey in September. The former officer was named [...]

By |October 18th, 2021|Turkey|

Turkey detains eight people, thwarting attempt to kidnap former Iranian soldier

A Turkish soldier, with Iranian soldiers in the background, stands guard on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey. (Reuters) October 14, 2021 Turkish authorities have detained eight people, including two alleged Iranian agents, who attempted to abduct a former Iranian soldier back to Iran, Turkey’s state-run agency reported on Wednesday. The Anadolu [...]

By |October 14th, 2021|Turkey|

Turkey drawn into Iran-Azerbaijan transport tensions

Azerbaijan has arrested some Iranian truck drivers and introduced taxes for using the land corridor through which Iranian commerce reaches Armenia, Russia, and Europe. (Supplied) October 8, 2021 Reports of a halt in Iranian trucks entering Turkey were "completely fake and mischievous," Iran's Consul-General in Erzurum, eastern Turkey, said Thursday. Sajjad Soltanzadeh, said [...]

By |October 8th, 2021|Azerbaijan, Turkey|

Turkey plans military drills with Azerbaijan after Iran’s army exercises near border

A Turkish army tank moves, in Silopi, near the Habur border gate with Iraq, south-eastern Turkey, Sept. 29, 2017. (AP) October 4, 2021 Turkey will hold joint military drills with Azerbaijan this week in a region bordering Iran after Baku’s government criticized Tehran for staging army exercises near its border. “The Steadfast Brotherhood-2021 [...]

By |October 4th, 2021|Azerbaijan, Turkey|

Turkey set to clear over 80,000 mines on Iran border

Iranian soldier ensures security at Iranian border in Kurdistan. (Iran Media) September 30, 2021 Turkey has started the removal of 83,000 landmines along its eastern border with Iran as part of a two-year EU-funded project, a spokesperson for the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Turkey told AFP on Wednesday. The 18.6-million-euro project, carried [...]

By |September 30th, 2021|Turkey|

Tehran newspaper sniffs Azeri-Turkish-US-Israeli plot against Iran

Turkish and Azerbaijani armed forces conducted a joint military drill in Azerbaijan, July 3, 2021. (IHA) September 29, 2021 Iran's flagship principlist newspaper Kayhan in a commentary Tuesday detected a plot against Iran and Russia that it said was hatched by the United States and Israel with the cooperation of President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|Azerbaijan, Israel, North America, Turkey, USA|

Turkey plans to add 242 kilometers of border wall with Iran

Turkey began building its border wall with its eastern neighbor in 2017 and has so far completed 221 kilometers of the concrete structure. (Reuters) September 17, 2021 Turkey will add 242 kilometers (150 miles) to its border wall with Iran to prevent the influx of illegal immigrants and bolster security, Interior Minister Süleyman [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Turkey|

Iranian journalist pressured by IRGC after fleeing to Turkey

Iranian journalist Masoud Kazemi who was arrested on May 22, 2019. (Supplied) By Golnaz Esfandiari September 11, 2021 Iranian journalist Masoud Kazemi was exultant when he was released from Tehran's notorious Evin prison in April 2020. "The nightmare is officially over," tweeted Kazemi, the former editor of the monthly magazine Sedaye Parsi, posting [...]

By |September 11th, 2021|Turkey|