Turkish PM: No troops into Syria

Turkey says it has no plans to send ground troops into Syria to fight the Islamic State (IS) group, as it continues air strikes on IS positions.
An Ankara Criminal Court of Peace has approved a decision by the country’s gov’t-controlled internet watchdog to block nearly 100 Kurdish and left wing websites on the grounds of making terrorist propaganda
Syrian safe zone: US relents to Turkish demands after border crisis grows

Deal on buffer area adds pressure on UK parliament to allow British military involvement in Syria and raises questions about Kurdish peace process

After several days of prevarication, US officials have confirmed the Obama administration’s agreement to Turkish demands to set up a coalition-protected “safe zone” inside northern Syria in return for permitting US aircraft to use Turkey’s military bases to attack Islamic State.

NATO Security General Jens Stoltenberg has called an emergency meeting to discuss security tomorrow (Tuesday 28 July) at the request of Turkey after last week’s suicide bombing and Turkish security operations against Islamic State and PKK Kurdish militants.

The members of the Parliament Spokespersons Board from two opposition parties have boycotted a courtesy visit to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan because it took place at the controversial presidential palace.
A senior Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader based in Istanbul, along with three other suspected ISIL members, were arrested on July 27
The United States and Turkey have agreed to work together to clear Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants from northern Syria by forming an “ISIL-free zone,” a U.S. official said on July 27, confirming a Hürriyet Daily News report on July 25
HDP Co-Chair Demirtaş:”These operations are carried out in favor of the government. We will struggle against AKP not to come power alone due to a snap election.”
Credit rating agency JCR Eurasia Rating’s head, Orhan Ökmen, says the end of the state “domestic ceasefire” is undermining Turkey’s place as an investable country, referring to the recent spike in military and police operations against armed groups inside the country

The Turkish army has been carrying out air strikes against the IS in Syria and the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq since Friday. At Ankara’s behest Nato will convene to discuss the situation on Tuesday. Commentators call for the military alliance to adopt a clear stance vis-à-vis its member Turkey and see Turkish domestic politics behind the attacks.

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Police detain protesters at Turkey's decision to end PKK peace process, July 26, 2015,Istanbul.


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held several phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iraqi President Fuad Masum on July 26 and informed them about recent cross-border military operations against the outlawed PKK in northern Iraq and ISIL positions in Syria.
Kurdish fighters seized a key town in northern Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on July 27, cutting a supply lifeline from the jihadists’ de facto Syrian capital, a monitor said.
The Turkish military are not targeting Syrian Kurds after Kurdish forces and a monitoring group said tanks shelled Kurdish-held villages in northern Syria, a Turkish government official said
Turkey shells Kurdish-held village in Syria

Tanks fire on the border village of Zur Maghar overnight, reportedly wounding four fighters, after Turkish air strikes against Kurdish forces in Iraq

The Turkish army’s ongoing military operations in Iraq and Syria to crack down on terrorists was engineered by the Justice and Development Party (AKP), whose objective to regain its one-party government is dragging Turkey into a “civil war,” the leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, has claimed
Police attacked people who gathered for the deceased member of DHKP/C to hold a funeral ceremony in Gazi Quarter of İstanbul. A police officer died, two people were injured
A police officer has been killed in clashes with a group of protesters in Istanbul’s Gazi neighborhood after days of clashes following the death of a Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) member in a vast anti-terror operation launched last July 24 in Istanbul
Turkish Army Forces’ fighter jets keep bombing PKK and ISIS targets in northern Iraq.
Violence flares on Sunday night between Kurdish protesters and Turkish forces after the funeral of a demonstrator who died protesting against military strikes targeting Kurdish camps in northern Iraq.

There are increasing indications that IS fighters are behind the suicide bomb attack in Suruç, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Tuesday. Ankara must finally join forces with the Kurds against the IS, some commentators urge. Others praise the AKP government’s efforts against IS terror.

VIDEO: Anger at state after Turkey massacre

A mass funeral ceremony has taken place in Turkey for most of the 32 activists killed in a suicide bomb attack in Suruc, near the Syrian border.
Turkey grapples with Islamic State dilemma after Suruc bomb
The photos that came to symbolise a deadly attack in Turkey
theguardian.com – Martin Chulov – Jul 25, 4:07 PM

When US special forces raided the compound of an Islamic State leader in eastern Syria in May, they made sure not to tell the neighbours. The target of that raid, the first of its kind since US jets returned to the skies over Iraq last August, was


Turkish newspaper columnist fired over tweet critical of Erdoğan

Press freedom groups register deep concern at firing of respected journalist

Press freedom organisations have taken up the case of Turkish newspaper columnist Kadri Gürsel who was fired over a tweet critical of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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