Erdoğan insisted on the Bashiqa base, “Turkey-backed Syrian rebel forces attack ISIL’s Dabiq…

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Oct. 15 that Turkey’s presence in the Bashiqa military base in northern Iraq will remain, amid the ongoing row with Baghdad, which has demanded the immediate withdrawal of the Turkish military from the camp
Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters began an attack on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-held village of Dabiq in northwestern Syria on Oct. 15

Erdoğan slams isolation of Turkey from Iraq operation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed efforts to isolate Turkey from a possible operation on the Iraqi city of Mosul against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
Iraqi PM Abadi has responded to President Erdoğan, who said Turkish troops won’t leave Bashiqa, on Twitter: We will liberate our land through the determination of our men and not by video calls”.


In Istanbul for energy summit, Putin voices support for project to transport natural gas to Turkey and EU countries.
The Russian and Turkish leaders agree to intensify military and intelligence contacts after ministers sign a gas pipeline deal in Istanbul.

Russia & Turkey: Putin and Erdogan Make Up in Istanbul, To a Point

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are keen to demonstrate their political friendship is back on track. But behind the smiles and shared jokes during their October 10 meeting in Istanbul, the rivalries that caused relations to nosedive remain.


Erdoğan fights for inquiry into German TV comic to be reopened

Turkish president seeks to overturn German decision to halt investigation into Jan Böhmermann, who satirised him

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