Swedish, Finnish delegations in Turkey to discuss NATO bids

Swedish and Finnish delegations will meet with Turkish officials on Wednesday to discuss their differences regarding their membership bids to join NATO after Ankara voiced concerns about the Nordic countries’ support for terrorist groups. The consultations on the two countries’ NATO membership applications will be held in Ankara between Turkey’s delegation, headed by Presidential Spokesperson … Read more

No progress in NATO bids unless concrete steps: Presidential spox

Turkey echoed concerns about Swedish and Finnish countries’ support for terrorist groups during the meeting between Turkish officials on Wednesday regarding Nordic countries’ membership bids to join NATO. According to the presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın’s statement, Turkey also made clear that their NATO bid could not progress until the security concerns are reassured. Noting that … Read more

Swedish state TV airs interview with top terrorist amid Turkey talks

The Swedish state television channel SVT aired an interview with Salih Muslim, a prominent figure from PKK terrorist group’s Syrian offshoot, the YPG, as Turkish, Finnish and Swedish delegations met on Thursday regarding the two Nordic countries’ NATO bids. The terrorist ringleader Muslim said the YPG/PYD trusts Sweden, in the interview conducted in northern Syria. … Read more

Turkish soldier killed by PKK terrorists in N. Iraq

A Turkish soldier was killed Thursday during a military operation against the PKK, the defense ministry announced on Thursday, bringing the number of Turkish soldiers killed in the region to six since Tuesday. A day earlier, the ministry said more than 100 PKK/YPG terrorists were eliminated as part of Operation Claw-Lock. Ankara has launched a … Read more

NATO chief supports Turkey’s stance on YPG/PKK security concerns

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg supported Turkey’s stance regarding opposition to Sweden and Finland’s membership bid over their support for terrorist groups. Stoltenberg told Spanish media that no country, other than Turkey, has suffered from terrorist attacks and that Ankara, as an important NATO ally, has legitimate security concerns that need to be addressed and resolved. … Read more

FM Çavuşoğlu calls on US to take action against YPG/PKK terrorists

The United States should take action against the PKK terrorist group and its Syrian offshoot, the YPG, if it truly understands Turkey’s concerns as it claims, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Thursday as he criticized Washington for cooperating with terrorists. Speaking to reporters on his way back from Israel after a groundbreaking meeting, Çavuşoğlu said … Read more

Turkey’s National Security Council hints at new ops on southern border

Turkey’s top security body hinted Thursday at a new military operation on the country’s southern border following recent statements from Turkish officials and clashes with PKK terrorists. “Current and future military operations being conducted on Turkey’s southern borders do not target the territorial integrity of its neighbors, but stem from national security needs and will … Read more