Turkey accelerates security wall construction along Iranian border amid migrants’ flow

So far, 149 km of walls and barriers have been completed, spanning several border cities, including Agri, Hakkari, Igdir and Van in Turkey. (AFP) July 30, 2021 In a bid to stop the flow of migrants, Ankara has decided to expand the construction of a security wall along its border with Iran to [...]

By |July 31st, 2021|Turkey|

Turkish operation on Iran border halts over 1,450 migrants

The top of a hill from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Iran on June 25, 2012. (AFP) July 19, 2021 Security forces in eastern Turkey have conducted a major operation against people traffickers bringing migrants across the Iranian border, the provincial governor’s office said Monday. More than 1,450 migrants [...]

By |July 19th, 2021|Turkey|

Russia, Iran, Turkey to continue cooperation in Syria to defeat ISIS: Joint statement

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after posing for photographs in Tehran, Iran, ahead of their summit to discuss Syria, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) July 8, 2021 Russia, Iran, and Turkey will continue to cooperate in Syria to decisively defeat ISIS [...]

By |July 8th, 2021|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Iran: Clash near Turkey kills 2 Guard troops, 7 militants

Iranian security forces in West Azerbaijan province, Sept 27, 2020. (Twitter) May 11, 2021 Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard forces on Tuesday killed seven militants and dismantled their cell in the country’s northwest near the border with Turkey, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported. Two Guard members were also killed in the shootout. IRNA [...]

By |May 11th, 2021|Turkey|

The tragic lives of Iranian refugees in Turkey

For Iranian asylum seekers in Turkey, life is even more difficult. (Reuters) By Payam Younesipour May 8, 2021 It has been more than a year since coronavirus spread around the world and since it was classified a pandemic. Although long-term quarantine policies to control the virus in some countries have reduced the spread [...]

By |May 8th, 2021|Turkey|

Turkish government remains silent on deportation of Iranian woman

Men walk at the Galata bridge with two Turkey flags, in Istanbul, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP) April 26, 2021 Turkey’s government has failed to respond to inquiries about a report stating that an Iranian woman was arrested and deported after visiting the Israeli embassy in Ankara. A government spokesperson has acknowledged [...]

By |April 26th, 2021|Israel, Turkey|

Iranians in Turkey fear for safety after wave of deportations

Turkey is home to around 67,000 Iranians, with 39,000 claiming refugee status. (Shutterstock) April 20, 2021 Many Iranian dissidents no longer view Turkey as a safe haven after an increasing number of arrests and deportations in recent months. Turkey is home to around 67,000 Iranians, with 39,000 claiming refugee status. Millions pass between the [...]

By |April 20th, 2021|Turkey|

Turkey avoids clash with Iran-backed forces in Iraq, attacks Kurdish villages instead

PKK fighters stand in formation. (AFP) April 20, 2021 Turkish warplanes staged airstrikes on Monday against the northern mountainous terrain of Duhok province in Iraqi Kurdistan. Targets hit by the raid are believed to be held by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). No human casualties were reported, but a security source [...]

By |April 20th, 2021|Iraq, Turkey|

Turkey’s Halkbank urges end of US prosecution alleging Iran sanctions violations

A view shows the logo of Halkbank at its headquarters in Atasehir, in the Asian part of Istanbul December 17, 2013. (Reuters) April 13, 2021 A lawyer for Halkbank told a U.S. appeals court on Monday that the state-owned Turkish lender was immune from U.S. prosecution and that an indictment accusing it of [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|North America, Turkey, USA|

Zarif tries to defuse tensions with Ankara

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif at a press conference in Tehran, Dec 22, 2017. (AP) March 19, 2021 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Turkish officials in Istanbul on Friday as the two regional powers tried to move past tensions sparked by the deaths of Turkish captives in Iraq. Zarif and his [...]

By |March 19th, 2021|Turkey|