Tag: Turkey

Turkey Urges China to End Mass Detention of Muslims

BEIJING — Turkey has called China’s mass repression of its Uighur Muslim ethnic minority a “great shame for humanity” and has urged the Chinese government to close detention camps estimated to hold a million people, a rare rebuke from a majority-Muslim country. In a strongly worded statement on Saturday, the […]

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U.N. Execution Expert Will Investigate Khashoggi Killing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — An expert from the United Nations human rights office will look into the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist killed in October by Saudi agents, the agency said on Friday. Agnès Callamard, the special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, […]

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In Turkey, Senator Calls for Slower, Smarter U.S. Withdrawal From Syria

ANKARA, Turkey — After lengthy meetings with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Senator Lindsey Graham called on Saturday for a slower, smarter withdrawal of American troops from Syria to avoid setting off a broader war and a nightmare for Turkey. Mr. Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has a long […]

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‘We Came to Take You to Riyadh’: Khashoggi Killing Detailed in New Book

ISTANBUL — A new book written by three Turkish reporters and drawing on audio recordings of the killing of a Saudi expatriate, Jamal Khashoggi, offers new details about an encounter that began with a demand that he return home and ended in murder and dismemberment. “First we will tell him […]

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Editorial Observer: John Bolton’s Wars

It’s temping to pity John Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser. Tempting because it falls to the irascible but experienced Mr. Bolton to try to explain, or even undo, the president’s more impulsive and erratic foreign policy decisions. Pity because of the mortifying contortions required. This past week Mr. Bolton […]

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Saudi Women, Tired of Restraints, Find Ways to Flee

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Whenever her father beat her, or bound her wrists and ankles to punish her for perceived disobedience, the Saudi teenager dreamed of escape, she said. As desperate as she was to leave, however, the same question always stopped her short: How would she get out? If she […]

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U.S. Forces Begin Withdrawing From Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The United States began withdrawing its troops from Syria on Friday, an American military spokesman said, a first step in President Trump’s plan to remove American forces from one of the Middle East’s most complex battlefields. The surprise announcement came in a statement from Col. Sean Ryan, […]

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Turkey: U.S. ‘Intertwined and Engaged with a Terrorist Organization’ in Syria

Turkey’s foreign minister claimed that the United States was struggling to withdraw troops from Syria because it had complicated the battlefield with its support of “terrorist” groups and that only severing ties with the Syrian Kurdish groups Turkey opposes could fix the problem. America’s most reliable battlefield allies in Syria are the members of the […]

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Saudi Arabia Seeks Death Penalty for 5 Suspects in Khashoggi Killing

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor on Thursday formally requested the death penalty for five suspects in the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, but provided no new information about the murder or the investigation into how it happened. The killing of Mr. Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate […]

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Spurning Erdogan’s Vision, Turks Leave in Droves, Draining Money and Talent

ISTANBUL — For 17 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won elections by offering voters a vision of restoring the glories of Turkey’s Ottoman past. He extended his country’s influence with increased trade and military deployments, and he raised living standards with years of unbroken economic growth. But after a failed […]

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Trump After Mattis

Jim Mattis, as secretary of defense, has done his best to preserve and defend the system of global alliances that the United States spent the last 70 years building and leading. In his resignation letter on Thursday, Mr. Mattis wrote that the United States was the “indispensable nation in the […]

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Can Trump Avoid Making an Even Bigger Mess Out of Syria?

American support for the Kurds of Syria was destined for a short shelf life. The alliance was born in 2014, during fierce fighting between the Kurds and the Islamic State. For several years afterward, the Syrian Kurds fought alongside American troops against jihadists in northeastern Syria and were rightly seen […]

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U.S. Exit Seen as a Betrayal of the Kurds, and a Boon for ISIS

The day that President Trump ordered the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, the Islamic State claimed that it had set off a bomb in Raqqa, the group’s former capital, killing a Kurdish fighter. It was a small, isolated attack, but the Islamic State’s boast was a canny assertion of […]

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U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Grants Putin Goal of ‘No Foreign Forces,’ Leaves Kurdish Allies Adrift

A U.S. military withdrawal from Syria would fulfill a significant goal of Iran, Russia, and their ally Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, as well as benefit Turkey, which has repeatedly urged the United States to stop lending support to Syrian Kurdish militiamen fighting the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). The Syrian conflict has drawn in troops from the […]

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Klein: U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Would Be Victory for Iran, Russia and Turkey

President Donald Trump’s reported decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria could negatively impact the campaign to rid the country of Iranian influence while telegraphing a message of abandonment to our Kurdish allies as Russia solidifies control in Syria. Numerous news media reports on Wednesday cited anonymous sources stating that Trump decided to remove the […]

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Former Michael Flynn Business Associates Indicted in Turkey Lobbying Case

WASHINGTON — Two former business associates of Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, have been indicted as part of a federal investigation into Turkey’s secret 2016 lobbying campaign to pressure the United States to expel a rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Charges against the two […]

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U.S. Is ‘Working On’ Extraditing Gulen, Top Turkish Official Says

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday that the United States was “working on” extraditing Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim religious leader who is wanted in Turkey on charges that he instigated a failed coup there two years ago. The presence of Mr. Gulen in the United States — he has […]

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Jailing Hundreds of Journalists Worldwide Is the ‘New Normal,’ Group Finds

More than 250 journalists have been jailed worldwide in 2018, a number that has been reached for three consecutive years, an advocacy group said Thursday, calling it a sign that an authoritarian response to critical news coverage is “more than a temporary spike.” The group, the Committee to Protect Journalists, […]

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Michael Flynn Asks Judge for Leniency for Lying to F.B.I.

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, asked a federal judge late on Tuesday to spare their client any prison time for pleading guilty to lying to investigators, citing his significant cooperation with the special counsel’s investigation. Mr. Flynn’s lawyers said his lengthy military […]

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The War on Truth Spreads

A free and unfettered news media has long been anathema to authoritarian rulers, but even George Orwell might not have anticipated that some of the most unscrupulous assaults on press freedoms would one day be perpetrated by democratically elected governments. Witness these recent events: Earlier this week Maria Ressa, founder […]

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