Turkey conducts airstrikes on Kurdish militant bases in Syria and Iraq following Istanbul bombing

Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes on Kurdish militant bases in northern Syria and northern Iraq on Sunday, destroying 89 targets, Turkey’s defence ministry said, in retaliation for a bomb attack in Istanbul that killed six people one week ago. The strikes targeted bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish… Read More Turkey conducts airstrikes on Kurdish militant bases in Syria and Iraq following Istanbul bombing

Six dead, twenty-two suspects arrested following bomb attack at shopping street in Istanbul

Turkey’s government blamed Kurdish militants on Monday for a blast that killed six people in Istanbul’s main shopping street, and said police had detained 22 suspects, including the person suspected to have planted the bomb. State broadcaster TRT released footage of police escorting a woman, the main suspect, from an apartment after an overnight raid.… Read More Six dead, twenty-two suspects arrested following bomb attack at shopping street in Istanbul

Sweden resumes arms exports to Turkey

Sweden’s Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP) said on Friday reversed a ban against exporting military equipment to Turkey, following the Nordic country’s decision to join the NATO military alliance and agreement to overcome Turkish objections. The Sweden and Finland sought membership to NATO earlier this year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but faced a hurdle… Read More Sweden resumes arms exports to Turkey

Russia, Ukraine announce surprise prisoner exchange

Russia and Ukraine carried out an unexpected prisoner swap on Wednesday, the largest since the war began and involving almost 300 people, including 10 foreigners and the commanders who led a prolonged Ukrainian defence of Mariupol earlier this year. The foreigners released included two Britons and a Moroccan who had been sentenced to death in… Read More Russia, Ukraine announce surprise prisoner exchange

Israeli, Turkish leaders hold first meeting since 2008

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday for the first face-to-face talks between leaders of the U.S.-allied nations since 2008, Lapid’s office said. Israel-Turkey relations, long-frosty amid feuding over the Palestinian cause, have warmed in recent months, with energy emerging of… Read More Israeli, Turkish leaders hold first meeting since 2008

Turkey, Russia reach resolution deal on nuclear plant dispute

President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey and Russia had reached a deal resolving a dispute over a nuclear power plant being built at Akkuyu in southern Turkey, reinstating a Turkish contractor, broadcaster NTV and other media said on Saturday. “A deal has been reached regarding Akkuyu,” Erdogan was quoted as telling reporters after a visit to… Read More Turkey, Russia reach resolution deal on nuclear plant dispute

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for review of Ukraine grain deal

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he wanted to discuss reopening a U.N.-brokered deal that allows Ukraine to export its grain via the Black Sea after accusing Kyiv and the West of using it to deceive developing countries and Russia. Putin’s criticism, which alleged that the deal was delivering grain, fertiliser and other foodstuffs to… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for review of Ukraine grain deal

Russia continues offensive across Ukrainian regions

Russian forces pressed on with their offensive across several Ukrainian regions on Monday, while President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned of the potential for more serious attacks ahead of Ukraine’s 31st anniversary of independence from Soviet rule. Artillery shells rained down on Nikopol, a city near Zaporizhzhia – Europe’s biggest nuclear plant, while missiles struck near the… Read More Russia continues offensive across Ukrainian regions