Justice and Development Party
The ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) spokesperson has refuted reports that gold mining activities which has come under fire were taking place on Mount Ida - or Kaz Mountains - in the northwestern province of Çanakkale, saying they were actually being carried out 40 kilometers from the mountains.
Turkey has reiterated its vow to smash the terror corridor in northeastern Syria regardless of the ongoing talks with the United States on setting up a safe zone, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on July 26. He called Turkey's NATO ally to act with common sense over their S-400/F-35 spat to avoid further injustice towards Turkey.
Things are happening in Turkey that are not entirely apparent to the rest of the world. The results of recent local elections which saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) lose control of Istanbul showed that the Turkish strongman's star is losing its luster. Meanwhile, there have been some as-yet tentative moves inside the party challenging his authority.