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Alleged Turkish spy ring arrested in Germany amid increasing bilateral tensions

Frankfurt International Airport.

Special to LONDON — Germany has disclosed the dismantling of a Turkish espionage ring amid increasing tensions between the two nations. Germany has accused Turkey of tolerating the presence of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said three […]

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Number of young Jews in Turkey choosing to live abroad doubled last year

Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul, Turkey.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey’s ancient Jewish community has begun to flee amid rising threats from Islamists and nationalists. A prominent Jewish executive reported that the community of some 12,000 was being eroded by fears of attacks. Mois Gabay […]

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Turkey’s military goes entrepreneurial, sells draft exemptions

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has found a novel way to pay for weapons — offer young men to buy their way out of the military draft. The government has drafted a plan to raise $5 billion through selling […]

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U.S. drops ‘unfair designation’ of Kurdish groups’ as terrorists

Brett McGurk

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has removed two Kurdish movements from the State Department list of terrorist organizations. In 2001, the State Department, under pressure from Turkey, placed a range of Kurdish groups on the terror list. […]

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Division of F-35 labor eases cost burden for partner states like Turkey

Italy and Turkey were selected as the first European locations for JSF support.

Special to WASHINGTON — Turkey has been selected to provide support for the U.S.-origin Joint Strike Fighter. The Defense Department said Turkey would supply initial heavy maintenance for the engine of the F-35 fighter-jet, built by the U.S. firm […]

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EU to Turkey on out-of-synch security policies: ‘We need to improve’

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini with Turkey's President Recep Erdogan.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has drifted from European Union foreign and security policy. The EU has determined that relations with Ankara was at their lowest point in decades. Officials said Turkey’s cooperation with Brussels dropped from 80 percent […]

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House weighs sanctions on Qatar, Turkey for financing Hamas

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress is considering sanctions on Qatar and Turkey for their support of Hamas. Two House subcommittees have urged the administration of President Barack Obama to conduct an investigation and take measures to stop Ankara and […]

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Kurdistan using increased oil exports to fund war on ISIL


Special to BAGHDAD — Kurdistan, despite the war with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, plans to increase crude oil exports. The Kurdistan Regional Government said it would bolster exports to Turkey and reach 400,000 barrels per day by […]

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Report: U.S. holds Al Qaida chief said to have played role in Benghazi attack

Abel Basset Azouz. / Milliyet

Special to ANKARA — The United States has reportedly gained custody of Al Qaida’s chief in Libya. A prominent Turkish newspaper reported that Abel Basset Azouz was arrested in northwestern Turkey in November 2014 as he tried to enter […]

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Rival Libyan governments fight to control border with Tunisia

Gen. Khalifa Haftar (4th from left) with Libyan army commanders in Benghazi on Dec. 3. / Stringer / Reuters

Special to CAIRO — Libya’s rival governments, backed by different states in the region have been fighting for control over the border with Tunisia. A government led by Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thini has ordered military strikes near the […]

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