Turkey ramps up Iranian dissident extraditions

Abdollah Bozorgzadeh, Iranian Baloch activist. (Twitter) July 23, 2020 At least seven dissidents have been deported from Turkey to Iran since 2017 as the two countries bolstered relations. A further five are detained in Turkey and awaiting deportation, The Times reported. Turkey was once seen as a prime destination for Iranian visitors and a [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|Turkey|

Iranian parkour champ arrested in Turkey and faces deportation threat

Iranian parkour athlete and photographer Alireza Japalaghy. (Social Media) By Aida Ghajar July 4, 2020 On June 30, 2020, BBC Persian published a video concerning the arrest of Alireza Japalaghi, an Iranian parkour practitioner who was detained by Iranian authorities in May after publishing a video in which he kissed a girl on a Tehran [...]

By |July 4th, 2020|Arts, Turkey|

Iran resumes gas exports to Turkey

An Iranian worker stands in front of gas pipelines next to the flags of Turkey (R) and Iran. (AFP) July 1, 2020 Iran's gas exports to Turkey, which had been stopped since March 31 because of explosions on parts of the pipeline inside Turkey, resumed on Wednesday, SHANA, the news site of the Iranian [...]

By |July 1st, 2020|Turkey|

Iran says ‘no military solution’ for Syria in talks with Russia, Turkey

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) July 1, 2020 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said there is “no military solution” for Syria on Wednesday during a video conference with his Russian and Turkish counterparts about the [...]

By |July 1st, 2020|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Turkey and Iran orchestrate joint military operations against Kurdish insurgents

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Ankara, Turkey, May 7, 2017. (Reuters) By Aykan Erdemir June 29, 2020 Turkey and Iran last week carried out joint military operations against Kurdish insurgents in northern Iraq’s self-ruled Kurdistan region. This security cooperation shows that despite the lethal clashes between Turkish troops and Iran’s [...]

By |June 29th, 2020|Iraq, Turkey|

With history of killings, abductions Turkey is no safe haven for Iranian dissidents

Men walk at the Galata bridge with two Turkey flags, in Istanbul, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP) June 26, 2020 Iranian dissidents have sought refuge in Turkey since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, but with a long history of assassinations, abductions and extraditions, Turkey has been far from a safe haven for them. [...]

By |June 26th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkish soldier killed after coming under fire from across border with Iran

The soldiers were conducting reconnaissance and surveillance mission at the border town of Yuksekova in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari. (AP) June 24, 2020 One Turkish soldier was killed and two others were wounded in southeast Turkey as they came under fire from the Iranian side of the border, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said [...]

By |June 24th, 2020|Turkey|

Iran, Turkey likely coordinating attacks on Kurdish areas

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, greets his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, right, on 7 April 2015. (AFP) June 19, 2020 Iran and Turkey are likely cooperating in their recent attacks against Kurdish areas in Iraq and Iran, according to experts. Dr. Sarbist Nebi, a political philosophy professor and analyst, told Al Arabiya English that the [...]

By |June 19th, 2020|Iraq, Turkey|

Saudi Arabia condemns Iranian, Turkish military interventions in Iraq

Saudi Arabian Riyadh city view. (Shutterstock) June 18, 2020 Saudi Arabia condemned Turkish and Iranian aggression in Iraq, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday. The condemnation came after Turkish special forces and helicopters have been targeting Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq since Wednesday. Iran also shelled Kurdish areas on Tuesday. [...]

By |June 18th, 2020|Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey|

Denying Turkish official claim, Iran says no Kurdish PKK fighters inside country

Turkish Interior Minister called on the Iranian government to put an end to the PKK’s presence in Iran. (Getty) June 15, 2020 The presence of the Kurdish PKK militia on Iranian soil is a “red line,” a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said on Saturday, denying allegations by a [...]

By |June 15th, 2020|Turkey|