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|

Iranian Baloch activist risks being extradited to Iran after arrest in Turkey

Abdollah Bozorgzadeh, Iranian Baloch activist. (Twitter) June 13, 2020 An Iranian Baloch activist risks being extradited to Iran and facing execution after he was arrested by the Turkish intelligence services in Ankara on Thursday. Abdollah Bozorgzadeh was arrested outside his home early Thursday in Ankara by agents from Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT), [...]

By |June 13th, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Turkey to open Iran, Iraq border gates this week to boost trade

A Turkish soldier stands at Iran-Turkey Border. (Reuters) June 3, 2020 Turkey will open its Gurbulak border gate with Iran and the Habur border gate with Iraq this week in order to help boost trade as coronavirus containment measures are eased, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Wednesday. In an interview with state [...]

By |June 3rd, 2020|Turkey|

Iran minister says Turkey unwilling to repair gas pipeline blown up in attack

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh talks to reporters in Algeria on Sept 27, 2016. (Reuters) By Maryam Sinaiee May 26, 2020 Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh on Monday blamed Turkey for not showing interest in repairing a gas pipeline near the Iranian border blown up by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in March. [...]

By |May 26th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey-Iran border open for trucks despite contagion risk

Turkish truck drivers recently complained about the poor health conditions there and the bad treatment they received from Iranian customs police. (IRIB) May 9, 2020 Despite the continuing risk of contagion, Iran and Turkey decided on Thursday to partially re-open their Bazargan (Gurbulak in Turkey) land border for 60 trucks per day on [...]

By |May 9th, 2020|Turkey|