The State Department and Pentagon have issued a departure order to family members of American military personnel and diplomats in Turkey, citing increased threats from terrorist groups.
On March 18, European and Turkish diplomats signed off on a comprehensive deal on migrants pouring from Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East through Turkey and into the European Union. Under the terms of the deal, for every illegal migrant the E.U. returns to Turkey, Turkey would send one refugee for resettlement in Europe. Additionally, Turkey and Europe agreed to re-open discussions concerning the Muslim country’s efforts to join the E.U., and Europe agreed to allow Turks visa-free travel throughout the Schengen zone.
JERUSALEM—A delegation of American Jewish leaders met this week in Ankara with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an apparent indication that normalization of Turkey’s relations with Israel is in the offing.
JERUSALEM—Russian special forces in Syria have reportedly stormed a Syrian town near the Turkish border in a hunt for the Turkmen rebel leader who claimed he and his men shot the pilot of a Russian bomber as he was parachuting to earth after his plane was shot down by Turkish warplanes in November.
Turkish police detained three Russian citizens with suspected connections to ISIS this week as part of a nationwide security sweep following a suicide bombing on Tuesday.
A suicide bomber appeared to target foreigners in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, setting off an explosion that killed 10 people and injured 15 others, many of them German nationals.
JERUSALEM—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has likely vilified Israel more than any other national leader outside of Iran in recent years, sounded in a recent press briefing like Israel’s best about-to-be friend.
The FSB, Russia’s internal security service, this month launched a series of raids on Turkish banks based in Moscow, according to at least one Russian media outlet citing the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News. The charges against the banks center on alleged money-laundering activities.