Turkey

Erdogan’s AK Party Defeated in Istanbul Mayoral Election

'In this city today, you have fixed democracy'

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's opposition has dealt President Tayyip Erdogan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura of invincibility and delivering a message from voters unhappy over his ever tighter grip on power.

RIP, Turkish Democracy

With his iron fist, President Erdogan has crushed a decades-long period of free and fair elections in Turkey

When he was mayor of Istanbul in the 1990s, now-Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared democracy to a streetcar. "You ride it until you arrive at your destination," he said. "Then you step off." On Monday, Erdogan stepped off the streetcar.

Wiretaps: Turkey Aided Passage of Militant ISIS Terrorists Into Syria

Report exposes Turkey's role in aiding ISIS fighters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoganA cache of wiretaps originating in Turkey appear to show the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aiding the passage of militant fighters tied to the ISIS terror group into and out of Syria, according to new reports that are raising questions about Turkey's commitment to its military alliance with Washington, D.C.

U.S. Concerned Sale of American Warplanes to Turkey Could Boost Russian Intel Ops

Sale of F-35s to Turkey hits roadblock amid concern of Russian interference

F-35AThe Pentagon is urging caution surrounding a contested military deal with Turkey that would see it purchase several American-made F-35 warplanes that U.S. officials fear could be exploited for intelligence purposes by Russia, which has parallel military deals with Turkey.

Beware of Erdogan

The president of Turkey cannot be trusted to protect American interests in Syria

If the Trump administration is basing its withdrawal from Syria on Erdogan's promises to replace Washington's leadership role, which includes protecting the Kurds, it better come up with a new plan.