Turkey

OVER 1000 DETAINED IN TURKEY DUE TO TIES WITH U.S.-BASED CLERIC by Alistair Galloway

Turkish authorities arrest more than 1000 members of the nationwide police force who are said to be supporters of the U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen. These detentions come only 10 days after the Turkish people voted narrowly to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s already extensive powers in a referendum that European election observers described as “marred by irregularity”. 

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TURKEY REMOVES PRO-KURDUSH MP’S TITLE, SENTENCES ANOTHER by Alistair Galloway

The Turkish government removed Figen Yuksekdag’s, one of the two leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), status as a member of parliament and sentenced the other leader, Selahattin Demirtas, to five months in prison. Idris Baluken, an HDP lawmaker, was also arrested.

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TWO KILLED BY CAR BOMB IN TURKEY by Alistair Galloway

A child and a security guard were killed and seventeen other people wounded by a car bomb which exploded in the garden of a housing complex in Sanliurfa province in southeast Turkey.  The attack was carried out by an unidentified individual who had parked the explosives-laden car outside the complex, according to governor Gungor Azim Tuna, who called it a terror attack. 

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REINA NIGHTCLUB SHOOTER CAPTURED by Alistair Galloway

Turkish officials announced they captured the perpetrator from the January 1 attack on the Reina Nightclub in Istanbul, which killed 39 people.  Vasip Sahin, the governor of Istanbul, said the man is called Abdulgadir Masharipov, and was born in Uzbekistan and received training in Afghanistan

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CAR BOMB KILLS TWO, WOUNDS TEN IN IZMIR, TURKEY by Alistair Galloway

A car bomb exploded on 5 January outside a courthouse in Izmir, Turkey, followed by a gun fight, leaving a policeman and a civilian dead from the initial blast and 10 people injured either from the bomb or the resulting gunfire. Security forces killed two attackers after the blast and are searching for a third.  

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RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR SHOT IN TURKEY by Alistair Galloway

The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot and killed at an art gallery in Ankara on 19 December. The gunman yelled ‘Allahu akbar’ and ‘don’t forget Aleppo’ as he shot Karlov in the back during his speech at the gallery. 

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TWO BOMBINGS IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY by Alistair Galloway

Kurdish Freedom Hawks (TAK), a group broken away from the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), claimed responsibility for two bombings on Saturday, 10 December, in Istanbul. Further, TAK stated that the Turkish people were not the aimed targets of the attack. 

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PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CENTRE FOR TURKEY STUDIES by Alistair Galloway

Frontier Horizons is pleased to announce in December 2016, the launch of a partnership with The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) to deliver specialised analysis on matters concerning Turkey, and neighbouring countries including Syria, Iran and the Kurdistan region of Iraq. CEFTUS’ expertise will complement Frontier Horizons political risk reporting on over 50 countries, and current deep insights into issues such as terrorism in Yemen, and Boko Haram or pipeline incidents in Nigeria. 

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TURKEY WITHDRAWS CHILD RAPE BILL by Alistair Galloway

The Turkish Prime Minister has withdrawn a bill that pardons men convicted of sex with underage girls if they have married them. The bill received backlash due to differences in understandings of the terminology used and the idea that underage girls can be married to men of legal age with their parents’ consent. 

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SECURITY SITUATION AT EMBASSIES IN ANKARA by Lewis McKinnon

The British and German embassies in Ankara received intelligence that there could be a threat to their embassies during the holiday period for Eid al-Adha, last week. In response, both embassies shut down for a day to eliminate the threat. The German School in Istanbul also shut down during the holiday. 

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LATEST POLITICAL CLASHES IN TURKEY by Lewis McKinnon

There were five key political clashes that occurred in Turkey on 17 and 18 August. Most notably, 12 police officers were killed and more than 200 wounded (including 85 police officers) in a Kurdistan Workers’ (PKK) bomb attack targeting police headquarters in Elazig on 18 August. 

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ATTEMPTED COUP IN TURKEY by Lewis McKinnon

Mid-afternoon on Friday 15 July a faction of the Turkish military, linked to the Gulenist Terror Organisation, attempted to stage a coup d’état in order to overthrow President Tayyip Erdogan’s government. However by Saturday 16 July this uprising was quashed by military troops loyal to the government alongside police officers and civilians. 

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EXPLOSIONS AND GUNFIRE AT ISTANBUL AIRPORT by Lewis McKinnon

There were at least two explosions at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport this evening, leaving over 10 people dead and 20 people wounded, according to the Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag. Istanbul’s governor, Vasip Sahin, reported that there were at least three attackers involved. Bozdag further stated that one of the attackers opened fire with a rifle before he blew himself up. 

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BOMB IN ISTANBUL KILLS 11 by Lewis McKinnon

At around 8.38am on 7 June a bomb-laden car was detonated as a police bus was passing near a police station in Istanbul’s Vezneciler neighbourhood. According to Istanbul’s Governor Vasip Sahip, 11 were killed, including seven police officers and four civilians, and 36 were wounded.

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37 KILLED IN ANKARA BOMBINGS by Alistair Galloway

Terrorist attacks continue in Turkey as country’s Syria policy continues to falter. A car bomb exploded in Ankara’s central Kizilay neighbourhood on Sunday evening, killing 37 and injuring more than 125. The blast targeted the area’s transportation hub, near the metro station and several bus and minibus stops. 

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BOMBING IN ANKARA HIGHLIGHTS LINK BETWEEN PKK AND PYD by Alistair Galloway

Involvement of the Syrian Party for Democratic Unity (PYD) and its military branch, the People’s Protection Forces (YPG), emphasizes an escalation in geopolitical tensions regarding the Kurdish independence movement, the Syrian civil war, and the international campaign against the Islamic State. The PYD is considered an ally of the United States against the Islamic State, and is  aligned with Russia against other Syrian rebel groups that are targeting the Assad Regime.

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