Some 127 zones in 15 provinces in eastern Turkey have so far been declared “temporary military secure zones,” amid tightened security measures against outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacks

Turkey to vote in November snap poll

Snap elections are being called in Turkey after efforts to form a coalition government in the wake of a June vote fail.
32-year-old Captain Ali Alkan killed in the attack at gendarmerie station has been buried in Osmaniye province. In the funeral ceremony, Alkan’s elder brother Lieutenant Colonel, Mehmet Alkan, reacted against Justice and Development Party (AKP) members: “Why do those favoring resolution [process] now advocate fighting?”
The incumbent Justice and Development Party (AKP) government dragged the country into terror and violence, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) has said, vowing to resolve the Kurdish issue on the basis of “democracy and justice” by coming to power in the upcoming early election
Co-mayors of two districts in the southeastern Diyarbakır province have been arrested on charges of “breaking up the unity of the state and integrity of the country.” Among the arrested were also the Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Sur district co-chair and an employee from Women’s Academy, Güneş Ölmez.
Four mayors in southeastern Turkey have been arrested for announcing their autonomy from Ankara in response to violent attacks by state forces during battles between the military and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
A senior outlawed PKK figure has responded to calls from the co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to halt violence, ruling out any “one-sided” move to silence arms
The government is obliged to implement decisions taken by Turkey’s Supreme Court and the ECHR on the rights of the Alevis, or else the justice system will be blocked by thousands of new legal cases and ‘unfortunate’ things could take place, says Professor İzzettin Doğan, the head of the Cem Foundation
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My barber agreed with me today that the most striking image of the past week was the one that showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan making a political speech with his hand on the coffin of slain soldier.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has defended its report on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), stating it was only one of the many reports it did on Turkey

President Erdogan of Turkey to Call for New Election

After no deal emerged from weeks of talks, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would call a Nov. 1 vote to break the impasse among the four main political parties.
As many as 55 Turkish security personnel have been killed in terrorist attacks across Turkey over the past month, while the security forces have killed 771 militants from the outlawed PKK in operations within the country and in northern Iraq, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Aug. 21.
Tarık Ziya Ekinci is of the opinion that Erdoğan is going to overlook persistence of the conflict atmosphere during the election campaign period to have the HDP remain under the election threshold.
The far-right “Idealist Hearths” (Ülkü Ocakları), which has close links with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), vowed in a statement that it will remain within the law and will not take an active role in fight against terror – unless the security forces fail to accomplish their duties.
Former prosecutor Zekeriya Öz has sought political asylum from Germany following an arrest warrant issued for him after he headed Turkey’s biggest corruption investigation involving the sons of four former ministers in 2013, daily Sözcü reported
Some 126 people were in Turkish prisons on charges of being a member of ISIL as of Aug. 10 2015, the Justice Ministry has stated in reply to question submitted by Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Faysal Sarıyıldız.
‘I think of Selahattin Demirtaş as a werewolf. He lives like a normal human during the day but turns into a monster when a full moon rises at night,’ AKP figure and former Health Minister says
An official from the Turkish Presidency has shared images of cigarette boxes belonging to village heads (muhtars) who have reportedly quit smoking at the request of President Erdoğan

One man’s ego dragging Turkey to re-election: CHP

Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has accused President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of egotistically “violating democracy” with his push for new polls, while heaping scorn on both PM Ahmet Davutoğlu and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli for staying silent on the development
Turkish forces have killed 771 militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey over the last four weeks, the state-run Anadolu Agency said on Aug. 21.
Recent attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which have killed more than 50 Turkish security forces have revealed that the group installed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on roads while peace talks were continuing, a security analyst has told daily Hürriyet
Turkey should play a full part in the US-led air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and take better control of its border with Syria, the US defense secretary said on Aug. 20.

Would new elections in Turkey serve AKP?

President Erdogan says the solution to the current political impasse is to turn to people’s will.
Reuters – Aug 23

If democracy is the art of compromise, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is no democrat. And if democracy means listening to the electorate and respecting the spirit of parliamentary procedure, he fails on these criteria as well. Turkey went…

Transparency International has criticized the poor criminal liability of legal entities in Turkey, in addition to political interference in foreign bribery investigations, in a report titled “Exporting Corruption” that was revealed Aug. 20

Turkey is heading rapidly toward a new election and only the “will of the people” can break a political deadlock after the ruling AK Party failed to form a working government, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday (19 August).

In pictures: PKK fighters prepare for battle with IS

Images of PKK fighters at their military training camp in Iraq

VIDEO: The women taking up arms against IS

The BBC has gained exclusive access to a PKK training camp where Yazidi and Kurdish women are learning to fight.

Renegade partridge headbutts Turkish president at mosque opening


LONDON — Whenever animals are used in shows, speeches, or — as in this case — to mark the inauguration of a mosque, there’s the potential for something to go badly wrong.

The AKP begins drafting plans to prevent the HDP from assuming any interim government role that would involve a national security portfolio

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