Category Archives: Turkey

Turkey Seals Off Border Area With Iraq For Three Months


The General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces yesterday published a list of forbidden zones in several southeastern provinces of Turkey, effectively sealing off the area along the Iraqi border in a depth of 20 to 30 kilometers. Another restricted … Continue reading

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Reports about Israel’s Fighter Jets Facing Turkish Ship Near Cyprus Called a Hoax


According to the Turkish newspaper Today’s  Zaman, yesterday’s reports by Turkish media that fighter jets from  both Israel and Turkey took to the air on Friday over a disputed natural gas field south of Cyprus, are entirely baseless. The Turkish … Continue reading

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Turkey Starts Offshore Exploration – Heading For Confrontation With Cyprus?


Ankara, 21 Sept 2011: Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc confirmed yesterday that a Norwegian survey ship is on its way to Turkey to start exploration of potential oil and gas fields in the region. The minister added that his … Continue reading

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Israel and Cyprus go ahead with oil exploration despite Turkey’s protests


The Greek and the Cypriot defense ministers have urged Turkey to respect international laws over the row about a possible Greek-Cypriot oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cypriot Dimitris Eliadis met his Greek counterpart Panos Beglitis in Greece yesterday, … Continue reading

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Minister: Turkey might go into Iraq again at any moment to fight PKK


The Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin announced yesterday that Turkish forces could cross the border into Iraq at any time to start another series of operations against the insurgents of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The minister continued that … Continue reading

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Turkey Wants U.S. Drones For Fight Against Separatists In Kurdistan

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As reported by the Washington Post on Sunday, the U.S. government is considering a Turkish request for deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) in Turkey for counterinsurgency operations. The UAV in question is the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, … Continue reading

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THE UNBIASED OBSERVERS, Issue 44


From 1 September 2011 this newsletter service is subscription only. See Balkan News Service for details. Wednesday, 31 August 2011   Politics and others: Bulgaria Bulgaria’s Consumer Protection Commission “Decapitated” after Dismissal of All its Members Bulgaria’s Government Adopts a Memorandum on … Continue reading

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